April 27, 2018

April 27, 2018

We are pleased to announce the release of “The Next Generation of Mobility – A Federal Policy Primer for an Autonomous Future,” our first in what will be a series of policy primers. We welcome your comments and look forward to continuing to shape the emerging autonomous vehicle market and transportation ecosystem together.

Top Political News

  • Senate Confirms C.I.A. Chief Mike Pompeo to Be Secretary of State. New York Times
  • Ronny Jackson Withdraws As VA Nominee. National Public Radio
  • Russia ran U.S. election interference, no Trump collusion: panel Republicans. Reuters
  • Macron rebukes Trump with ‘Obama State of the Union address.’ Politico
  • Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez is ‘severely admonished’ by Ethics Committee, ordered to repay gifts. Washington Post
  • The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics. Politico

Energy & Natural Resources

  • Five takeaways from Pruitt’s big testimony. The Hill
  • Trump administration official says it’s a ‘top priority’ to improve U.S. weather forecasting model. Washington Post
  • How Windmills as Wide as Jumbo Jets Are Making Clean Energy Mainstream. New York Times
  • House passes bill rejecting court-ordered Snake River dam spills to help fish. Portland Business Journal

Indian Affairs

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs head steps down after only six months in office: report. The Hill
  • Trump challenges Native Americans’ historical standing. Politico
  • Appeals Court: Tribal Casinos Can Be Subject to US Labor Law. Associated Press
  • Interior rejected staff advice when scuttling tribes’ casino. Politico
  • May 5th Voted National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls in U.S. Indian Country Today


  • House approves amendment to standardize rules on meal, rest breaks. Fleet Owner
  • A study finds nearly half of jobs are vulnerable to automation. The Economist
  • Why Working on the Railroad Comes With a $25,000 Signing Bonus. Wall Street Journal
  • How the Loss of Union Power Has Hurt American Manufacturing. New York Times

Taxation, Trade, & Defense

  • Trump taps USTR’s Gerrish as acting head of Export-Import Bank. The Hill
  • Leading Mexican Presidential Candidate Would Respect Nafta Deal. Wall Street Journal
  • U.S.-China trade fight reaches top American court in antitrust case. Reuters
  • McMaster and Commander. The New Yorker
  • Exit Macron, Enter Merkel. The Atlantic
  • Kim, Moon Pledge End To Korean War And Denuclearization Of Peninsula. National Public Radio
  • Kate Brown calls May 21 special session to extend business tax break. Oregonian


  • Tesla Autopilot chief leaves to join Intel. Reuters
  • With Self-Driving Cars on Horizon, Cities Worry About Parking. Bloomberg Government
  • The first drone warship just joined the Navy and now nearly every element of it is classified. CNBC
  • ‘Smart’ streetlights sign of things to come around town. Portland Tribune


  • House passes 5-year reauthorization of Federal Aviation Administration. The Hill
  • FHWA Notice Clears Way for State DOTs to Tap Full FAST Act 2018 Highway Funding. AASHTO
  • Rural Areas to Get Federal Funding Boost in New Transportation Grant Program. Route Fifty
  • Gov. Kate Brown hires Saltzman chief to direct transportation policy. Oregonian
  • Lawmakers should pursue vehicle mileage tax to save Highway Trust Fund: study. The Hill
  • Cars Are Ruining Our Cities. New York Times
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