Apr 3, 2018

White House probing Scott Pruitt for ethics violation

A White House official told the WSJ Monday that the administration is probing Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt’s connection with an energy lobbyist. ABC News first reported last week that Pruitt paid $50 per night for a bedroom in an apartment near Capitol Hill last year owned by the lobbyist, who has clients in industries regulated by the EPA.

What's next: The official said the administration wants to “dig a little deeper" because it's not pleased that the EPA released a statement saying Pruitt's actions do not violate federal ethics rules. Meanwhile, a New York Times report, released late Monday, says a client linked to the lobbyist last March had a project approved by the EPA. The agency and the firm both denied any connection between the approval and the condo rental, per the Times.

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Cisco, Sony postpone events amid continued protests

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Cisco said Monday night that it is postponing the online version of Cisco Live, its major customer event, amid the ongoing protests that have followed the killing of George Floyd.

Why it matters: Cisco joins Sony, Electronic Arts and Google in delaying tech events planned for this week.

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Twitter suspends fake antifa account tied to white nationalists

Twitter said Monday that it has suspended an account named "ANTIFA_US" which it says was tied to the white nationalist group Identity Evropa. Over the weekend, the account had called for violence and its posts had widely circulated online.

Why it matters: It's the latest example of social media being used to exploit and sharpen the very real divisions in American society. It's also the latest example of Twitter more aggressively rooting out false information on its platform.

Updated 27 mins ago - Politics & Policy

The latest: George Floyd protests nationwide

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued for a seventh day across the U.S., with President Trump threatening on Monday to deploy the military if the unrest continues.

The latest: Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser criticized federal police in a tweet Monday night for using munitions earlier in the day "on peaceful protestors in front of the White House, an act that will make the job of (DC Police Department) officers more difficult." "Shameful!" she added as she urged residents to go home and stay safe.