Apr 24, 2018 - Energy

Pruitt's new "transparency" rule could limit research the EPA uses

Scott Pruitt testifying during a House hearing on the mission of the EPA. Photo: Pete Marovich/Getty Images

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is considering what he calls a "transparency" regulation that limits which studies the agency can use to those that have data already available to the public, the Washington Post reports.

Yes, but: Critics say the new standard would be less transparent and more restricting, limiting use to information that could be essential. Landmark studies such as a 1993 study that linked particle air pollution to premature deaths would, under the regulation, be unavailable to use because the information wasn't made public by researchers.

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Bolton alleges in book that Trump tied Ukraine aid to investigations

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President Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton alleges in his forthcoming book that the president explicitly told him "he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens," the New York Times first reported.

Why this matters: The revelations present a dramatic 11th hour turn in Trump's Senate impeachment trial. They directly contradict Trump's claim that he never tied the hold-up of Ukrainian aid to his demands for investigations into his political opponent Joe Biden.

Impeachment: Then & now

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We are living in a measurably different political and media landscape than when the Senate acquitted President Bill Clinton of impeachment charges in 1999.

The big picture: These dynamics are setting the pace as President Trump’s legal team speeds through arguments to seek a fast acquittal.

Huawei threatens America's closest relationship

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photos: Leon Neal/Getty Staff, Fabrice Coffrini/Getty Contributor

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is inching toward a decision that could profoundly harm the "special relationship" between Britain and the United States under President Trump.

Driving the news: Johnson is expected to decide, as soon as this week, whether to defy Trump's request that he ban Chinese technology giant Huawei from the U.K.'s 5G wireless network.