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The Office of Compliance has rejected Sen. Tim Kaine's request for information about the number of sexual harassment claims made against members in the Senate and money spent on settlements, citing the Congressional Accountability Act's confidentiality requirements.

Why it matters: The rejection is inconsistent. In a letter published by Politico, the compliance office's executive director said the "confidentiality provisions" of the 1995 law prohibits the office from providing a detailed response and the information would not be reliable. But earlier this month, the office provided the House Administration Committee with details on taxpayer-funded settlements processed in the lower chamber just one day after they were requested.

Kaine, who had promised to make the information public, tweeted: “Very disappointing. If we truly want to fix the broken system on the Hill, we need to understand the scope of the problem."

Go deeper: Congress has paid $17 million in sexual misconduct and discrimination settlements.

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during a January event in Los Angeles. Photo: Sarah Morris/Getty Images

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday he's authorized the city's Department of Water and Power (DWP) to shut down utilities at locations that host large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.

Driving the news: Garcetti's announcement follows a fatal shooting at a house party attended by roughly 200 people last Monday, the Los Angeles Times notes.

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Facebook, Twitter take down Trump post saying kids are immune to coronavirus

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Facebook removed a video post from President Trump Wednesday in which he claimed in an interview with Fox News that children are "almost immune" to COVID-19.

Why it matters: It’s the first time that Facebook has removed content from Trump's account for violating policies on coronavirus-related misinformation.