April 17, 2020

April 17, 2020

Top News

  • Trump Says States Can Start Reopening While Acknowledging the Decision Is Theirs. New York Times
  • States Announce Regional Efforts to Restart the Economy. Route Fifty
  • McCarthy signals progress being made on small business relief. Politico
  • The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics. Politico

Energy & Natural Resources

Indian Affairs

  • Tribes sue Treasury over recovery money for for-profit corporations. Politico
  • How Native Americans Are Fighting a Food Crisis. New York Times
  • A U.S. tribe’s uphill battle against climate change. Reuters
  • Tribes press judge to halt US-Canada pipeline as work starts. Associated Press


  • U.S. now has 22 million unemployed, wiping out a decade of job gains Washington Post
  • Rail labor groups seek federal oversight on temporary waivers. Freight Waves
  • Democrats press Labor secretary for broad distribution of unemployment benefits. The Hill
  • Straggling in a Good Economy, and Now Struggling in a Crisis. New York Times

Taxation & Trade

  • Counties Say They Need More Federal Money To Stay Solvent Amid Coronavirus Shutdowns. NPR
  • States Are in a Quandary as Taxes Evaporate and Virus Spending Soars. New York Times
  • The Paycheck Protection Program has already run out of money. Vox
  • China’s Export Restrictions Strand Medical Goods U.S. Needs to Fight Coronavirus, State Department Says. Wall Street Journal


  • How GM and Ford Switched Out Pickup Trucks for Breathing Machines. The Verge
  • Anyone Feel Like Saving Electric Scooters? CityLab
  • The Pandemic Could Be an Opportunity to Remake Cities. Wired

Transportation & Infrastructure 

  • Highway fund’s shortfall deepened by plunge in gas tax revenue. Roll Call
  • More than one-third of U.S. bridges are in disrepair, infrastructure group says. NBC News
  • On America’s Busiest Highways, the Virus Leaves an Open Road. New York Times
  • Wary of public transport, coronavirus-hit Americans turn to bikes. Reuters
  • Cities Are Taking Advantage Of Less Traffic To Rethink Their Roads. NPR

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