What We’re Following
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.
Family Matters: A new report finds that more and more unmarried parents in the U.S. are living together with 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 slow to welcome female members.
Entertainment Ethics: After its adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale won critical acclaim, Hulu is launching the series’ second season. The early episodes dwell on women’s suffering at the expense of the show’s more-subtle messages, Sophie Gilbert writes. The Netflix documentary Wild Wild Country is carefully evenhanded in its portrayal of the so-called cult of Rajneeshpuram, but a writer whose mother was one of the cult’s members recalls some aspects of the story that this approach leaves out.