December 23, 2020

December 23, 2020

Top News

  • Congress passes COVID stimulus without state, local aid. Smart Cities Dive
  • Trump threatens to not sign COVID-19 bill, wants bigger stimulus checks. Reuters
  • One-Month Eviction Moratorium, $25 Billion in Rental Aid in Covid Bill. RouteFifty
  • Moderna’s Coronavirus Vaccine Begins Arriving at Strained Hospitals Across the U.S. New York Times
  • Nearly twice as many Americans are hospitalized right now with COVID-19 than in spring. Fortune
  • Trump pardons 15, including people convicted in Mueller probe. CNBC

Energy & Natural Resources

  • Congress takes aim at climate change in massive relief bill. Associated Press
  • A Plan by Eastern States to Cap Tailpipe Emissions Gets Off to a Slow Start. New York Time
  • Cruz asks Trump for Senate vote on Paris Agreement. E&E News
  • The U.S. will soon rejoin the Paris climate accord. Then comes the hard part. Washington Post
  • With Climate Change Focus, Biden Filling Environmental, Interior Posts. U.S. News

Indian Affairs

  • Biden: Federal government ‘has long-broken promises to Native American tribes’. The Hill
  • COVID-19 is crushing Native American reservations. But distrust of the government makes vaccines a hard sell. Los Angeles Times
  • For Native Americans, Rep. Haaland’s Nomination Signals A Relationship Shift. NPR
  • U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case Involving Crow Nation. Native News
  • It’s 2020. Indigenous Team Names in Sports Have to Go. New York Times


  • AAPI lawmakers ramp up pressure on Biden to nominate Julie Su for Labor secretary. Axios
  • Wave of Attempted Fraud Hits State Unemployment Claims Programs. Wall Street Journal
  • Uber fined $59 million for dodging questions about sexual assaults. The Verge
  • Amazon Workers Near Vote on Joining Union at Alabama Warehouse. New York Times
  • Companies lobby to get their workers first in line for vaccine. NBC News
  • Environmental groups line up behind Levin for Labor. Politico
  • Weekly initial jobless claims rose to 885,000 last week. NBC News

Taxation & Trade

  • Tucked into Congress’s massive stimulus bill: Tens of billions in special-interest tax giveaways. Washington Post
  • U.S. publishes list of Chinese and Russian firms with military ties. Reuters
  • Federal stimulus includes wind, solar tax credit extensions, adds first US offshore wind tax credit. Utility Dive
  • U.S. trade deficits continue to grow. Axios
  • $600 second stimulus checks could be coming. Here’s who’s first in line to get them. CNBC
  • Some automakers want more time to meet new trade rules, Mexican official says. Reuters


  • Two Years into the Government’s National Quantum Initiative. Nextgov
  • Dozens of US organizations also used software targeted by Russian hackers: analysis. The Hill
  • The Antitrust Case Against Big Tech, Shaped by Tech Industry Exiles. New York Times
  • Facebook highlights small businesses as it ramps up Apple criticism. Tech Crunch
  • Twitter to wipe Trump’s followers before Biden handover. BBC News

Transportation & Infrastructure

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