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The White House has withdrawn the nomination of Kathleen Hartnett White to lead the Council on Environmental Quality, the Washington Post reports, amid mounting concerns about her lack of related expertise and past comments on climate change. A White House official had told Axios on Friday she was withdrawing her nomination.

  • Per Axios' Ben Geman: "Hartnett White faced criticism from members of both parties during her rocky confirmation process. Democrats have strongly attacked her for refusing to endorse the scientific consensus that human activities have been the dominant cause of warming since the mid-20th century," while farm state Republicans took issue with "her past criticisms of ethanol and the federal Renewable Fuel Standard."

Go deeper: What we learned about Hartnett White.

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

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Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after sheltering with maskless colleagues during last week's deadly Capitol riot. But he did not specify whether his diagnosis was connected to the siege.

Far-right figure "Baked Alaska" arrested for involvement in Capitol siege

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The FBI arrested far-right media figure Tim Gionet, known as "Baked Alaska," on Saturday for his involvement in last week's Capitol riot, according to a statement of facts filed in the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia.

The state of play: Gionet was arrested in Houston on charges related to disorderly or disruptive conduct on the Capitol grounds or in any of the Capitol buildings with the intent to impede, disrupt, or disturb the orderly conduct of a session, per AP.