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Mick Mulvaney may have been too honest about the way Washington, D.C., works. Plus the rise of cohabiting couples, the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale, and more.
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Too Much Transparency? A new rule proposed by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt would require the agency to publish all the scientific data that informs its clean-air and clean-water rules. Because of privacy laws surrounding medical data, many long-running studies on the health effects of pollution wouldn’t meet the proposed standards for regulators’ consideration. And Mick Mulvaney, the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, told members of the American Banking Association that policy makers pay attention to lobbyists who give them money—a widely acknowledged truth of the Washington “swamp” that most officials are reluctant to publicly condone.

A newwith their children, a sign of a shift in social values as well as economic stability. And lawmakers recently voted unanimously to allow babies on the Senate floor. Behind this step toward accommodating working parents is a congressional culture that’s long been

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