The Weekly Trek: May 19, 2017

The Weekly Trek

May 19, 2017

Top Political News

  • Trump departs for first foreign trip. The Hill
  • CBO score of Obamacare repeal bill expected Wednesday. Politico
  • Everything you need to know about the Russia investigation’s ‘special counsel’. Washington Post
  • Poll: Trump approval sinks to new low. The Hill
  • The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics. Politico

Energy & Natural Resources

  • Deputy nominee pledges to get federal energy flowing. E&E
  • Democrats prod Trump Interior nominee over lobbying work. The Hill
  • GOP senators push Trump for DOE research funding. The Hill
  • Trump admin delays greenhouse gas measurement rule for highways. The Hill
  • BPA nixes costly and controversial I-5 power line proposal. The Oregonian
  • Apple’s Oregon wind farm eyes bigger, and fewer, turbines. Portland Business Journal

Indian Affairs

  • Bears Ears critics say Zinke told them he’ll recommend repeal. E&E
  • Life Expectancy Falling in US—But In Tribal Communities, Not So Much. Indian Country
  • Siletz Indians Ask Oregon Tribes to Unite for Salem Intertribal Project. Indian Country
  • Tribes Fighting Pipeline Drop Appeal but Battle Continues. Associated Press
  • New Mexican running to be 1st Native American congresswoman. Associated Press


  • HUD budget slashes housing programs, drawing protests from advocates. Politico
  • Trump’s budget calls for hits on federal employee retirement programs. Washington Post
  • Full Employment Confronts Trump, Fed With Tougher Trade-Offs. Wall Street Journal

Taxation, Trade, & Defense

  • House mulls ‘alternatives’ to border adjustment — Ryan. E&E
  • Trump Administration Says It’s Ready to ‘Modernize’ NAFTA. Atlantic
  • How U.S. Settles Sugar Dispute With Mexico Could Signal Nafta Intent. Wall Street Journal
  • GOP tries to keep spotlight on taxes. The Hill
  • Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, Gov. Jay Inslee talk trade, climate change, orcas. Seattle Times


  • In A Driverless Future, Uber And Lyft Will Sit In The Passenger Seat. Fast Company
  • Uber Threatens to Fire Self-Driving Car Executive. Wall Street Journal
  • Uber Is Fighting To Push Waymo’s Self-Driving Lawsuit Out Of The Public Eye. BuzzFeed
  • Waymo Tests Hardware to Ease Passenger Fears of Driverless Cars. Bloomberg


  • Trump’s infrastructure plan won’t contain list of projects. The Hill
  • Lawmakers, Administration Say Gas Tax on Table to Fund Infrastructure. Morning Consult
  • Senators unveil infrastructure investment bill. The Hill
  • Glimmers of Optimism on Capitol Hill About Chances for an Infrastructure Package. Route Fifty
  • Trump Administration Is Still Talking About the TIGER Grant Program. Route Fifty
  • Counties Provide the Local Lens for Infrastructure Package. Route Fifty

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