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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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COVID-19 pandemic was "preventable disaster," WHO-commissioned report says

A health worker gives a COVID-19 test to a woman in Oakland, California. Photo: Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group

The COVID-19 pandemic was a "preventable disaster" that exposed weak links "at every point" of the preparedness process, according to a World Health Organization-commissioned report published Wednesday.

Why it matters: The report by the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response criticized governments worldwide for being unprepared for the pandemic despite the prevalence of past "global health threats," such as Ebola, Zika, and SARS outbreaks.

Don McGahn agrees to House panel interview on Russia report

Former White House counsel Don McGahn during a discussion at the NYU Global Academic Center in Washington, D.C., in 2019. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

Former White House counsel Don McGahn agreed Wednesday to speak with the House Judiciary Committee about the Russia investigation that led to the impeachment trial of former President Trump — with certain conditions, per a court filing.

Why it matters: The agreement ends a two-year standoff after McGahn, a key player in former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, repeatedly refused to agree to a subpoena for testimony — resulting in the matter being taken to court.