December 11, 2020

December 11, 2020

Top News

  • Senate passes stopgap funding bill to avert shutdown at midnight. CNN
  • FDA Panel Endorses Covid-19 Vaccine. Wall Street Journal
  • Daily U.S. death toll will exceed 9/11′s for months, CDC director says. Washington Post
  • “It doesn’t have to be this way”: Cities brace for more pain as lawmakers clash over COVID relief bill. CBS News
  • Georgia Republicans fired up for Senate runoff despite ‘rigged’ election fears. Reuters
  • The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics. Politico

Energy & Natural Resources

  • House, Senate approve natural resources bills. E&E News
  • The Energy 202: House Democrat concerned Biden’s future interior secretary is already being undercut. The Washington Post
  • OPEC and allies agree to historic oil production cut. NBC News
  • Russia restarts Nord Stream 2 pipeline construction despite U.S. sanctions. Reuters

Indian Affairs

  • Native American Tribes: Risk Census Undercount or Risk COVID. Governing
  • Grijalva defends Haaland for Interior. Politico
  • Lawmakers vote to return illegally seized tribal land. E&E News
  • Study: COVID-19 Mortality Twice as High Among Native Americans. U.S. News


  • US weekly jobless claims rise more than expected to 853,000 as labor-market recovery slows. Business Insider
  • Biden Recruiting for ‘Acting’ Roles to Jump-Start Labor Agenda. Bloomberg Law
  • U.S. Department of Labor Publishes Final Rule to Implement Legal Requirements for Religious Exemption. US DOL
  • Patrick Gaspard to leave George Soros’ Open Society Foundations. Axios
  • Unemployment Claims Jump, Casting New Shadow Over U.S. Economy. New York Times

Taxation & Trade

  • Trump Adviser Peter Navarro Repeatedly Violated The Hatch Act. Forbes
  • Brexit: PM and EU say trade deal unlikely by Sunday. BBC News
  • Biden picks longtime China critic Katherine Tai as top U.S. trade official. CNBC
  • Former Hong Kong Lawmaker Urges U.S. to Punish China’s ‘ATM’: the Banking Sector. U.S. News
  • A Letter From 9 Million U.S. Expats to Janet Yellen. Washington Post


  • Uber wants drivers and delivery workers to get priority access to COVID-19 vaccine. Tech Crunch
  • Apple CEO Says Most Staff Won’t Return to Office Until June. Bloomberg
  • FTC suffering a cash crunch as it prepares to battle Facebook. Politico
  • Tech giants to face large fines under Europe’s new content rules. Politico
  • China’s Xi Ramps Up Control of Private Sector. ‘We Have No Choice but to Follow the Party.’ Wall Street Journal

Transportation & Infrastructure

  • ‘Existential Peril’: Mass Transit Faces Huge Service Cuts Across U.S. New York Times
  • Warning of drastic cuts, transit agencies revive push for $32B in federal aid. Politico
  • The jet-setters scheming to break all the COVID rules. Daily Beast.
  • Keolis to temporarily reduce commuter rail service, citing employee COVID-19 absences. Boston Globe.
  • Agencies tap public surveys to gauge transit trends. Smart Cities Dive

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