The Weekly Trek: May 12, 2017

The Weekly Trek

May 12, 2017

Top Political News

  • Trump Warns Comey Not to Leak to Press. Wall Street Journal
  • Sessions orders tougher sentences in DOJ memo. The Hill
  • Senate GOP’s agenda is at a moment of reckoning with unpredictable Trump. Washington Post
  • 5 Questions About James Comey’s Firing, Answered. Politico
  • The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics. Politico

Energy & Natural Resources

  • Republicans cheer killing 14 rules as window for action closes. E&E
  • Tillerson signs international declaration recognizing climate change. The Hill
  • Trump’s EPA revives controversial Alaska mining project. The Hill
  • Tesla starts taking orders for premium solar roofs. Reuters
  • Study breaks down Oregon’s clean energy hot spots. Portland Business Journal
  • Wyden and Merkley push back against Trump’s national monument review. Oregonian
  • Washington state suing over Trump decision to restart coal-lease program. Associated Press

Indian Affairs

  • Native American advocates size up Trump administration. CNN
  • Tribal activists protest rollback of environmental regulations. Indianz


  • Merrill Lynch will allow IRA commissions in some circumstances under DOL fiduciary rule. Investment News
  • Aetna Beats ERISA Lawsuit Over Transgender Breast Surgery. BNA
  • What a new report reveals about white economic hardship and Trump’s big win. Washington Post

Taxation, Trade, & Defense

  • It’s deal-making time: Trump’s trade envoy is confirmed. Politico
  • How Trade Will Change Under Trump. Wall Street Journal
  • The Economist talks to the President of the United States about economic policy. Economist
  • The $2 Trillion Question in Trump’s New Tax Plan. Wall Street Journal
  • Mnuchin to brief G7 on Trump tax, regulatory plans: official. Reuters


  • Construction Industry Drafts Digital Future With Drones, Giant 3-D Printers. Wall Street Journal
  • Judge Asks Federal Prosecutors to Investigate Uber’s Driverless Car Program. Wall Street Journal
  • The toughest challenge for self-driving cars? Human drivers. Washington Post
  • New P3s May Finally Bridge the Digital Divide. Governing


  • Ports and Waterways Get Attention From Congressional Lawmakers. Route Fifty
  • Trucking Industry’s Tale of Woe: Too Many Big Rigs. Wall Street Journal
  • Mayor’s group creates infrastructure task force to work with Trump. The Hill
  • Trump names advisor to prioritize infrastructure projects. American City & County
  • How The Humble Gas Tax Became An American Bogeyman. Wired
  • Crumbling roads and bridges bring higher taxes and fees. Associated Press
  • WSDOT receives “President’s Award” honors from Washington Airport Management Association. WSDOT
  • Transportation Proposal Would Raise $8 Billion For Oregon Roads, Transit. Oregon Public Broadcasting
  • City of Portland escalates fight with Uber. Portland Business Journal

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