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House Oversight opens investigation into EPA administrator’s compliance with ethics law

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has opened an investigation into Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s compliance with an ethics law that requires officials to disclose all sources of money earned in an amount greater than $5,000 two years prior to holding an appointed position, according to a letter House Oversight chairman Elijah…MORE

Disney heir calls on company to give 50% of exec bonuses to lowest-paid employees

Abigail Disney is doubling down on her criticism of executive pay at her family’s company. Just days after calling the pay of Disney’s top brass “insane,” the granddaughter of company co-founder Roy Disney wrote an opinion piece in the Washington Post, in which she acknowledged she “struck a nerve with a Twitter thread about wage…MORE

William Barr decried ‘hatchet jobs’ on Ken Starr in 1998

William Barr said in a 1998 interview that he was “disturbed” that Attorney General Janet Reno had not defended independent counsel Ken Starr from “spin control,” “hatchet jobs” and “ad hominem attacks.” Two decades later, Barr is now attorney general himself — and defending another president who has repeatedly blasted a special counsel’s investigation of…MORE

Europe’s oil giants are getting the climate message. US companies not so much

Equinor just became the latest European energy company to cave to investor pressure over climate change. The Norwegian state producer joins major oil companies Total, Royal Dutch Shell and BP, as well as coal mining and commodities giant Glencore, in taking steps to make their businesses more green. While none of the companies have immediate…MORE

Federal judge says he’ll block abortion clinic referral restriction rule

A federal judge in Oregon announced Tuesday he will issue a preliminary injunction against federal restrictions that prohibit taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring patients to abortion providers, according to The Oregonian. US District Judge Michael J. McShane called the federal restriction a “ham-fisted approach to public health policy,” but has yet to issue a…MORE

Jennifer Garner nabs cover of People’s ‘Beautiful People’ issue

Jennifer Garner’s response to being selected as the cover person for People magazine’s Beautiful issue was so typically Jennifer Garner. “This is so embarrassing, I mean seriously,” the actress said after her selection was announced Tuesday on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” The “Love, Simon” actress said it was her first time seeing the cover, which…MORE

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