August 21, 2020

August 21, 2020

Top News

  • Biden Promises ‘Light’ After Trump’s ‘Darkness’: 7 Takeaways From The DNC. NPR
  • After Democrats Nominate Biden, Spotlight Shifts to Trump, RNC. Wall Street Journal
  • Steve Bannon Is Charged With Fraud in We Build the Wall Campaign. New York Times
  • DeJoy Senate hearing: Postal Service will prioritize ballots over other mail, postmaster testifies. Washington Post
  • The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics. Politico

Energy & Natural Resources

  • Wildfires rage across California amid extreme heat, dryness. The Washington Post
  • Google Maps will show wildfire boundaries in near real time. The Verge
  • Trump administration approves opening Arctic refuge for drilling. Politico
  • Chicago to build $32M urban farm on brownfield site. SmartCitiesDive

Indian Affairs

  • Covid-19 incidence more than triple among Native Americans, new CDC report says. CNN
  • Contested water settlements inflamed the Navajo Nation’s health crisis. High Country News
  • Tribal groups warn Inhofe bill could undermine sovereignty. Associated Press


  • Unemployment Claims Rise as Rollout of $300 Benefit Lags. New York Times
  • These States Aren’t Waiting for the Feds to Create COVID-19 Worker Safety Rules. Pew Charitable Trusts
  • State and Local Public Pension Funding Levels Steady—For Now. Route Fifty
  • Seattle mayor unveils plan for ride-hailing minimum wage. SmartCitiesDive

Taxation & Trade

  • States Still Struggling to Use Federal Covid Relief Funds. Bloomberg Law
  • Fed Officials Said the Economy Needed More Help From Congress. New York Times
  • Business leaders say they are unlikely to implement Trump’s payroll tax order. Washington Post
  • U.S.-China Trade Talks Delayed, Not Derailed. Wall Street Journal


  • A Move for Driverless Mass Transit Hits Speed Bumps. Wired
  • Seattle Releases Electric Scooter Regulations amid Questions. Government Technology
  • Uber and Lyft shutdown in California averted as judge grants emergency stay. The Verge
  • Residents need a seat at the table when planning smart cities. SmartCitiesDive

Transportation & Infrastructure

  • ‘We’re Desperate’: Transit Cuts Felt Deepest in Low-Income Areas. New York Times
  • 14 states sue Trump administration over gas transportation rule. The Hill
  • Bus Ridership Was in Trouble Long Before COVID-19, Study Finds. Government Technology
  • COVID-19 pandemic puts airport terminal projects on pause, while others move forward. USA Today

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