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Republicans and Democrats alike are supporting President Trump's acceptance of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's resignation on Thursday.

The big picture: Pruitt was embroiled in several ethics scandals, yet through it all President Trump stood by him publicly, saying in April that "Scott is doing a great job" despite being "TOTALLY under siege." Pruitt credited his resignation to "unrelenting attacks on me personally," saying they "are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us."

  • Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL):
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  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY): "Took you long enough. Still a very long way to go to fully #DrainTheSwamp."
  • Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT): “Scott Pruitt was the worst EPA administrator in the history of the agency ... I will do everything possible to see that the next EPA administrator actually believes in environmental protection."
  • Sen. John Barasso (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works: “It has become increasingly challenging for the EPA to carry out its mission with the administrator under investigation. President Trump made the right decision to accept his resignation. I look forward to the confirmation of the next head of the EPA. In the meantime, I know Assistant Administrator Andrew Wheeler is well prepared to continue the progress already made under President Trump.”
  • Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA): "President Trump made the right decision. Administrator Pruitt’s ethical scandals and his undermining of the President’s commitment to biofuels and Midwest farmers were distracting from the agency’s otherwise strong progress to free the nation of burdensome and harmful government regulations."
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC): "I believe the President was right to accept @EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's resignation. Like @realDonaldTrump I appreciate all of Scott's efforts to roll back the Obama Administration's burdensome regulations ... but it has become increasingly clear it was time for a change at EPA."
  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA):
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  • Former Director of the U.S. Office Government of Ethics, Walter Shaub:
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  • Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW):

Go deeper: How things will (and won’t) change at the EPA with Pruitt gone

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Reports: CIA finds "Havana Syndrome" unlikely caused by foreign campaign

CIA Director William Burns testifies during a Senate hearing on Capitol Hill last April. Photo: Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images

A preliminary CIA report rules out a foreign global campaign as the cause of American and Canadian diplomats affected by a mysterious illness known as "Havana syndrome," per multiple reports.

Why it matters: Some lawmakers had suggested the sometimes debilitating illness was due to directed energy attacks. But CIA officials told the New York Times that most of the 1,000 cases reported to the government could be "explained by environmental causes, undiagnosed medical conditions or stress." This finding has angered some victims, per the NYT.

Jan. 6 panel subpoenas 2 far-right "America First" activists

The House panel investigating the Capitol riot, from left; Reps. Bennie Thompson, Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger and Jamie Raskin on Capitol Hill in December. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The House select committee investigating the Capitol riot issued subpoenas Wednesday for far-right leaders Nick Fuentes and Patrick Casey, who allegedly encouraged followers to go to D.C. and challenge the 2020 election results.

Why it matters: The action underscores the panel's increasing focus on rallies held ahead of the Capitol attack and how extremists were drawn to former President Trump's baseless claims of widespread voter fraud, per the New York Times.

Democrats fail to change Senate rules to pass voting rights bill

Senate Majority Leader during a news conference in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Democrats failed Wednesday night to change Senate filibuster rules to pass the voting rights bill, with Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) voting with Republicans.

The big picture: The failed effort came after Senate Republicans blocked the voting rights measure from coming to a final vote earlier Wednesday.

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