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Photo: Jason Andrew/Getty Images

Tuesday brought both a new EPA science policy that conservatives cheered and more ominous headlines for the embattled agency boss Scott Pruitt, who faces a suite of ethics controversies.

Between the lines: The combination highlights why Pruitt's fate is hard to predict. He's forging ahead with policies that conservatives and some business interests have long sought, yet there are fresh signs of eroding GOP support.

What's happening: Pruitt proposed rules that limit the types of scientific studies used to inform regulations by requiring that the data is publicly available for "validation and analysis."

  • EPA called it a pro-transparency move that would bolster the integrity of the rulemakings. It drew cheers from key Republicans and allied interests, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
  • But environmentalists and health advocates attacked the plan, noting that robust studies of links between pollution and health often rely on confidential personal health information.

Yes, but: Tuesday also brought fresh signs of political peril for Pruitt thanks to the scandals around spending, his living arrangement last year and more.

  • The Washington Post reports that several Senate Republicans said Pruitt's actions deserve more Capitol Hill scrutiny.
  • Per Bloomberg, Sen. John Thune — the Senate's third-ranking Republican — said Pruitt has "serious questions to answer."
  • E&E News ($) reported Tuesday afternoon that some top White House aides predict Pruitt isn't long for the job.

Publicly the White House has been more circumspect, praising Pruitt's policy moves while noting that they're investigating the questions around him.

What's next: Pruitt testifies tomorrow before two House committees.

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Texas urges Supreme Court to leave abortion ban in place

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Texas on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to keep in place a law that bans abortions after an embryo's cardiac activity is detected, which can be as soon as six weeks and before many people know they are pregnant.

Driving the news: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is asking the high court to ignore the Justice Department's emergency request that they temporarily block the law while federal courts consider its constitutionality since it "lacks standing because it has not been injured by SB 8."

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That sucking sound you hear is the outflow of meme-chasing dollars from the stock market.

Why it matters: The caravan has moved on. The dream of getting rich quick still lives, but today it's more often found in the world of crypto, NFTs or even sports betting than it is in the stock market.

Latinas who brew seek to shake craft beer industry

A server at Mujeres Brew House in San Diego rings up a customer in front of a selection of craft beers. Photo: Russell Contreras/Axios

Independent craft brewers are popping up in cities across the country, and a small but growing number of them are Latina-owned or run by a Latina head brewer.

The big picture: Latinas are opening up independent craft breweries from California to Colorado as Latina-owned small businesses continue to be one of the fastest-growing segments of the economy despite a lack of venture capital.