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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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Cold December as safety nets expire

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Safety nets are likely to be yanked from underneath millions of vulnerable Americans in December, as the coronavirus surges.

Why it matters: Those most at risk are depending on one or more relief programs that are set to expire, right as the economic recovery becomes more fragile than it's been in months.

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People wait in line at Food Bank Community Kitchen on Nov. 25 in New York City. Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Food Bank For New York City

America's food banks are sounding the alarm during this unprecedented holiday season.

The big picture: Soup kitchens and charities, usually brimming with holiday volunteers, are getting far less help.

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AstraZeneca CEO: "We need to do an additional study" on COVID vaccine

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AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot said on Thursday the company is likely to start a new global trial to measure how effective its coronavirus vaccine is, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: Following Phase 3 trials, Oxford and AstraZeneca said their vaccine was 90% effective in people who got a half dose followed by a full dose, and 62% effective in people who got two full doses.