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Scott Pruitt. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Trump administration is eyeing significant changes to President Obama's fuel efficiency standards, including a possible freeze on the standards for cars and light trucks, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: The draft proposal by the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) calls for freezing the standards at 2021 levels and holding them in place until 2026, per the Post. It also targets California's fuel-efficiency rules by rolling back an Obama administration mandate that allowed the state to set its own emissions limits.

  • Per WaPo, California's high standards have resulted in manufacturers building "more fuel-efficient automobiles to maintain access to California's massive market."
  • Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has argued that one state shouldn't "dictate" the rules for the rest of the country.
  • Democrats and environmental groups pushed back on the proposal, per the Post, but NHTSA officials said the review of the proposal will be "public, robust, and transparent."

What's next: The draft is not yet final, and hasn't been signed off on by the EPA, nor has it been sent to the White House. Before it's finalized, it would be open for public comment.

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Why it matters: The existing PET brain scan test costs some people about $5,000 and often isn't covered by insurance, AP reports.

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Arizona and Wisconsin officials confirmed the presidential election results in their states, formalizing President-elect Joe Biden's victories in the key battlegrounds.

Why it matters: The moves deal yet another blow to President Trump's efforts to block or delay certification in key swing states that he lost. 

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