December 17, 2021

December 17, 2021

Top News

  • Biden signs debt limit increase, averting potential economic disaster. CNN
  • Joe Manchin cancels Build Back Better’s Christmas party. Vox
  • South Africa Daily Covid Cases Hit Record; Hospitalizations Muted. Bloomberg
  • Senate parliamentarian rejects ‘Plan C’ immigration plan. Roll Call
  • The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics. Politico

Energy & Natural Resources

  • Democrats push forward with EV tax credits. Roll Call
  • Biden orders U.S. to stop financing new carbon-intense projects abroad. Reuters
  • Coal shrugs off climate goals. Axios
  • The world is burning the most coal ever to keep the lights on. The Business Standard

Indian Affairs

  • Native American communities lashed by Covid, worsening chronic inequities. Guardian
  • Native American leaders on Long Island seek unmarked burial sites law. Newsday
  • Oregonian Chuck Sams sworn in as 1st Native American director of National Park Service. Oregonian
  • Inside the US push to uncover Indigenous boarding school graves. Al Jazeera


  • OSHA opens probe into deadly Amazon warehouse collapse in Illinois. CNBC
  • U.S. economy poised for strong end to 2021; labor market tightening. Reuters
  • California’s Revised Covid-19 Worker Safety Rule Nears Approval. Bloomberg Law
  • SCOTUS to decide if stopped train is ‘in use’ under labor law. Reuters

Taxation & Trade

  • U.S. Pitches Truce to Japan Over Trump-Era Steel, Aluminum Tariffs. Bloomberg
  • A Wonky Tax Break for the Well-Off Is a Bigger Problem for Democrats Than You’d Think. Time
  • Key House Ag Dem wants to hear from Tai as ag worries about Biden trade approach. AgriPulse
  • Guam, America’s Forgotten Territory, Is New Front Line Against China. Wall Street Journal


  • Americans want tighter government regulation of social media. Axios
  • States and Localities Seek Unified Front Against Ransomware Threats. RouteFifty
  • Internet outages point to web’s concentration of power. NBC
  • Silicon Valley’s voice in Washington dissolves. Politico

Transportation & Infrastructure 

  • Biden administration to announce plans to recruit truck drivers. Roll Call
  • A Congressman’s Parting Message to Transit Supporters: Get Excited. Bloomberg CityLab
  • Amtrak’s New $22 Billion Man: Meet the CEO Who Will Manage Its Federal Infusion of Cash. Wall Street Journal
  • Seattle’s regional transit system adopts plans for more equitable service. Smart Cities Dive

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