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Secretary Ryan Zinke. Photo: Shawn Thew - Pool/Getty Images

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke plans to depart the administration by the end of the year, President Trump announced on Saturday after Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs reported.

The backdrop: Zinke has been the target of an Interior Department's inspector general investigation over concerns about his travel and "potential conflicts of interest," which Jacobs says were factors in his decision to step down as Secretary. Axios' Amy Harder reports that the Department will see "less ethical controversy and smoother processes but little, if any, substantive policy shifts" with Zinke gone.

Go deeper: Smoother, but same track expected at Interior following Zinke's departure

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Bipartisan group of senators seeks coronavirus stimulus deal

Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine). Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

At least eight Republican and Democratic senators have formed an informal working group aimed at securing new coronavirus spending during the lame-duck session, a move favored by President-elect Biden, two sources familiar with the group tell Axios.

Why it matters: It may be the most significant bipartisan step toward COVID relief in months.

FCC chairman to depart in January

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Ajit Pai will leave his post as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Jan. 20, the agency said today.

Why it matters: Pai's Inauguration Day departure is in keeping with agency tradition, and could set up the Biden administration with a 2-1 Democratic majority at the FCC if the Senate fails to confirm another Trump nominee during the lame-duck period.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
3 hours ago - Economy & Business

GM's shrinking deal with Nikola

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

General Motors will no longer take an equity stake in Nikola Corp. or build its pickup truck, under a revised deal that still envisions GM as a key tech supplier for Nikola's planned line of electric and fuel cell heavy trucks.

Driving the news: The revised agreement Monday is smaller in scope than a draft partnership rolled out in September that had included a $2 billion stake in the startup and an agreement to build its Badger pickup.