December 4, 2020

December 4, 2020

Top News

  • Momentum builds for bipartisan $908 billion stimulus package as more GOP senators express support. Washington Post
  • Last-minute snags complicate massive spending deal. Politico
  • Joe Biden’s Cabinet Begins to Take Shape. New York Magazine
  • US Covid-19 hospitalizations set another daunting record at 100,667. CNN
  • Trump, Pence to campaign in Georgia as Senate runoff turnout concerns grow among GOP. ABC
  • The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics. Politico

Energy & Natural Resources

  • Meet Biden’s Energy and Climate Cabinet Contenders. New York Times
  • McMorris Rodgers will make history as first woman at top of Energy and Commerce. Politico
  • ANWR’s for sale. Can Biden stop it? E&E News
  • 3 ways Biden can drive clean energy with financial policy. Green Biz

Indian Affairs

  • Once-Ignored Promises to Tribes Could Change the Environmental Landscape. RouteFifty
  • Native Americans Helped Flip Arizona. Can They Mobilize in Georgia. New York Times
  • With 1 Of Their Own In The Statehouse, Native Americans In California Win New Rights. NPR
  • What a Joe Biden Cabinet Pick Might Mean for Native Americans—and Democrats. Politico Magazine
  • Progressives urge Haaland for Interior as short list grows. The Hill


  • Representative Finkenauer in contention for Biden’s Labor secretary. Reuters
  • Reinventing Workers for the Post-Covid Economy New York Times
  • Fed’s Evans, Disappointed by Jobs Data, Isn’t Ready for More Fed Stimulus Wall Street Journal
  • The US labor board accused Google of illegally spying on employee activists, firing them, and blocking workers from organizing. Business Insider
  • U.S. labor market losing steam as COVID-19 pandemic rages. Reuters

Taxation & Trade

  • CFOs feel confident Biden won’t be able to raise the corporate tax rate to 28%: Survey. CNBC
  • US-China relations: Joe Biden says trade war tariffs to remain in place for now as alliance building comes first. South China Morning Post
  • Biden Offers Transatlantic Embrace to EU’s Already Open Arms. Bloomberg
  • U.S. appeals court skeptical of ending cap on state and local tax deductions. Reuters


  • Government should take bigger role in promoting U.S. technology or risk losing ground to China, commission says. Washington Post
  • Uber reportedly will sell its flying taxi business to secretive startup Joby Aviation. The Verge.
  • Facebook says it will remove coronavirus vaccine misinformation. New York Times
  • Timnit Gebru: Google staff rally behind fired AI researcher. BBC News

Transportation & Infrastructure

  • Federal Relief Proposals Aren’t Enough to Thwart Some of the Worst Transit Cuts. Bloomberg CityLab
  • Portland, OR city employees to pilot e-cargo bikes. Smart Cities Dive
  • Bipartisan $908 billion emergency relief framework includes funding for transportation. Mass Transit
  • Lawmakers Want Data to Decide the Future of America’s Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure. RouteFifty
  • USDOT pushes swift implementation of first pedestrian safety plan. Smart Cities Dive

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