December 8, 2017

December 8, 2017

Top Political News

  • Congress Passes Bill to Avert Shutdown for 2 Weeks. National Public Radio
  • Senate confirms Kirstjen Nielsen, a top White House aide, to lead Homeland Security. Washington Post
  • Al Franken to Resign From Senate Amid Harassment Allegations. New York Times
  • Job Growth Signals Robust Economy, With Gain of 228,000. New York Times
  • The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics. Politico

Energy & Natural Resources

  • Trump Disbands Group That Prepared Cities for Climate Shocks. Bloomberg
  • Gov. Kate Brown to appear on annual Al Gore climate broadcast. Portland Business Journal
  • Patagonia, REI and Other Outdoor Retailers Protest Trump’s Decision to Shrink Utah Monuments. New York Times
  • Trump shrinks 2 Utah national monuments, but no word on Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou. Oregonian

Indian Affairs

  • Five American Indian tribes, furious over Trump shrinking Bears Ears on his trip to Utah, sue the president. Salt Lake Tribune
  • Tribes: Trump’s monument order disrespects native people. Washington Post
  • What happens now that Trump has said he’ll scale back Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante. PBS


  • The fight to make bad jobs better. Vox
  • New Labor Board Counsel Looks at Undoing Obama-Era Rulings. Bloomberg BNA
  • Trump Administration Sides Against Unions in Key Supreme Court Case. Governing

Taxation, Trade, & Defense

  • Mexican ambassador says NAFTA has 50-50 change of being terminated. The Hill
  • After Push on Taxes, Republicans Line Up Welfare Reform Next. Wall Street Journal
  • Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital and Orders U.S. Embassy Move. New York Times



  • After cutting taxes, Trump looking to localities to raise revenue for infrastructure. Washington Post
  • Trump to release infrastructure plan next month. The Hill
  • USDOT opts to repeal ECP brake rulemaking. Progressive Railroading
  • Portland might toll roads, bridges. Portland Tribune
  • Trump admin scraps Obama-era proposal requiring airlines to disclose bag fees. The Hill
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