August 20, 2021

August 20, 2021

Top News

  • Nine Democrats hold firm on opposing budget without infrastructure vote first. Roll Call
  • Biden to address chaotic Kabul evacuation, flights resume. Associated Press
  • As Covid-19 hospitalizations increase, a greater number of Americans are deciding to get vaccinated. CNN
  • The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics. Politico

Energy & Natural Resources

  • Hydrogen could fill multiple gaps in the US energy system, but will energy regulations allow it to? Utility Dive
  • EPA bans pesticide linked to health problems in children. Associated Press
  • Outdoor Workers Could Face Far More Dangerous Heat By 2065 Because Of Climate Change. NPR
  • The Bill That Could Truly, Actually Bring Back U.S. Manufacturing. Atlantic
  • Court Blocks a Vast Alaskan Drilling Project, Citing Climate Dangers. New York Times

Indian Affairs

  • Native American population jumps to largest size in modern history. Axios
  • Native American Nominated For National Park Service Director. National Parks Traveler
  • Little Justice for Child Sex Abuse Victims in Indian Country. U.S. News and World Report
  • Why the jump in the Native American population may be one of the hardest to explain. CNN
  • Tribes’ Victory in Oklahoma at Risk in Bold Request to the Supreme Court. New York Times


  • Punching In: Labor Enforcement Agenda Rests on Democratic Bill. Bloomberg Law
  • Trumka era ends, and union tactics may be in for a makeover. Politico
  • Vaccine mandates at work meet their toughest opponent: America’s labor shortage. CNN
  • AFL-CIO’s Shuler Says Priority Is Overhaul of U.S. Labor Laws. Bloomberg Law

Taxation & Trade

  • Why US-China trade talks are failing to take off despite pressure from American business. South China Morning Post
  • The sneaky tax move Democrats are planning. Yahoo Finance
  • Biden keeps many Trump tariffs in place, confounding businesses hoping for reprieve. Washington Post
  • 61% of Americans paid no federal income taxes in 2020, Tax Policy Center says. CNBC
  • Treasury: Few small business owners will see tax hikes under Biden proposal. The Hill


  • Amazon is emailing sellers to warn them about Congress’ Big Tech antitrust bills. CNBC
  • Today’s Taliban uses sophisticated social media practices that rarely violate the rules. Washington Post
  • Policy groups ask Apple to drop plans to inspect iMessages, scan for abuse images. Reuters
  • Using satellites and AI, space-based technology is shaping the future of firefighting. NBC News

Transportation & Infrastructure 

  • U.S. will extend COVID-19 transport mask mandate through Jan. 18. Reuters
  • Federal program to cut bus emissions gets a Senate mandate: Some buses must pollute. Washington Post
  • American cities are experimenting with free public transit. Quartz
  • Nancy Pelosi Braces for Showdown With Moderates Next Week Over Infrastructure Vote. Wall Street Journal
  • Why Legacy Wealth Is an Easy Target to Fund Infrastructure. Time

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