December 18, 2020

December 18, 2020

Top News

  • Congress hits a new snag on Covid relief bill as shutdown deadline looms. NBC News
  • Over 1.1 million ballots cast in early voting for Georgia U.S. Senate runoffs. Reuters
  • 45,000 names, 130 packets of information, and gut instincts: How Biden is managing his transition. Washington Post
  • Biden’s Health-Secretary Pick Becerra Would Focus on ‘Covid, Covid, Covid’. Wall Street Journal
  • FDA prepares to OK a second vaccine as average daily cases and deaths hit records. CNN
  • The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics. Politico

Energy & Natural Resources

  • Biden to tap former Michigan Gov. Granholm to lead Energy Department. Politico
  • How green technologies may ‘outcompete’ high carbon sectors by 2030. Greenbiz
  • Biden picks top North Carolina environmental official to run EPA. Washington Post
  • Biden’s Twin Climate Chiefs, McCarthy and Kerry, Face a Monumental Task. New York Times
  • Inslee proposes his latest climate-change package as part of Washington budget. The Seattle Times

Indian Affairs

  • Biden makes historic pick with Haaland for Interior secretary. The Hill
  • First Coronavirus Vaccine Doses Administered In Hard Hit Indigenous Communities. NPR
  • Trump’s impact on Indian Country over four years. High Country News
  • Tribal leaders respond to the idea of an Indigenous Interior secretary. High Country News
  • A crisis of invisibility: inside San Francisco’s planned Native American cultural center. The Guardian


  • Amazon Warehouse Workers In Alabama Plan Vote On 1st U.S. Union. NPR
  • How Biden Can Move His Economic Agenda Without Congress. New York Times
  • Weekly initial jobless claims rose to 885,000 last week. NBC News
  • Can Your Employer Require You to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine? AARP
  • Panel Finds ‘Serious Concerns’ With Mexican Labor Reforms. New York Times

Taxation & Trade

  • Trump asks about special counsel for Hunter Biden tax investigation. USA Today
  • Government Leaders Clash Over Next Step for Trump’s Ban on Chinese Stocks. Wall Street Journal
  • Talking With The Tax Court Chief Judge: A Year Of Change. Forbes
  • U.S. brands Vietnam, Switzerland as currency manipulators. NBC News
  • Foreign Investment Pours Into China Despite Trade War, Pandemic. Bloomberg


  • Appointee who led Trump’s tech crackdown tapped for top DOJ role. Politico
  • The antitrust lawsuits against Google just keep coming. CNN
  • Trump Could Torpedo a Bill to Boost Funding for AI. Wired
  • FTC orders Amazon, Facebook and others to explain how they collect and use personal data. CNBC
  • US cyber-attack: US energy department confirms it was hit by Sunburst hack. BBC News

Transportation & Infrastructure

  • Infrastructure key to balancing climate and economic goals in developing countries. Science Daily
  • Strong Freight Rates Drive Up Demand for Leased Trucks. Transport Topics
  • Mayor de Blasio will ride subway to prove it’s safe amid COVID-19. New York Post
  • Public transit in the US is already underfunded. The pandemic has made it worse. Vox
  • Study explores link between public transportation and spread of seasonal flu. Washington Post
  • The Emergency Funding Ideas That Could Help Keep Transit Alive. Bloomberg City Lab

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