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House Oversight Chairman, Trey Gowdy (R-SC). Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images

House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy (R) sent a letter Wednesday asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to disclose additional records concerning administrator Scott Pruitt’s frequent first-class travel trips and a controversial condo rental agreement.

The details: Gowdy said he received some documents on Pruitt's travel habits, which have been the subject of growing scrutiny. As for documents on the $50-per-night condo deal with the wife of an energy lobbyist, the congressman said the records submitted are “insufficient to evaluate compliance with federal ethics rules." The New York Times reports Wednesday that Pruitt wanted to update the EPA's traditional challenge coin to show "symbols more reflective of himself and the Trump administration."

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Standardized testing becomes another pandemic victim

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National standardized reading and math tests have been pushed from next year to 2022, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: There’s mounting national evidence that students are suffering major setbacks this year, with a surge in the number of failing grades.

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European countries extend lockdowns

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Recent spikes in COVID-19 infections across Europe have led authorities to extend restrictions ahead of the holiday season.

Why it matters: "Relaxing too fast and too much is a risk for a third wave after Christmas," said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

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Africa CDC: Vaccines likely won't be available until Q2 of 2021

Africa CDC director Dr. John Nkengasong. Photo: Mohammed Abdu Abdulbaqi/Anadolu Agency via Getty

Africa may have to wait until the second quarter of 2021 to roll out vaccines, Africa CDC director John Nkengasong said Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

Why it matters: “I have seen how Africa is neglected when drugs are available,” Nkengasong said.