February 12, 2021

February 12, 2021

Top News

  • Pelosi expects Covid relief will be signed into law before unemployment programs expire. CNBC
  • Biden Announces Deal For 200 Million More COVID-19 Vaccines. NPR
  • Even with acquittal, GOP sees trial ending Trump’s shot at future office. The Hill
  • Trump’s defense team faces a heavy burden, but loyalty to former President hangs over trial. CNN
  • House Democrats unveil draft coronavirus relief legislation. The Hill
  • The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics. Politico

Energy & Natural Resources

  • Dem Sen. Manchin asks Biden to reverse Keystone XL rejection. Associated Press
  • Senate advances nomination of Biden EPA pick Regan. The Hill
  • Tribal Coal Fields Will Test Biden’s Environmental Justice Goals. Scientific American
  • White House launches clean energy effort, $100 million in technology funding. Reuters
  • Judge overturns Trump action that lifted mining ban in U.S. West. PBS

Indian Affairs

  • Congressional leaders request resources for urban Indians in budget reconciliation. Indian Country Today
  • U.S. Interior Department to consult with tribal leaders on climate, COVID-19. Reuters
  • Hawaii, Alaska senators to lead Indian Affairs committee. Star Advisor
  • U.S. Supreme Court sets oral argument in ‘bad men’ treaty rights case. Indianz
  • Senate Committee on Indian Affairs under new leadership. Indian Country Today


  • Marty Walsh receives Senate committee approval for Labor; nomination heads to full body. Boston Herald
  • DOL Reinstates Atty Who Claimed Trump Tie Axed Oracle Suit. Law360
  • Real unemployment rate closer to 10 percent, says Fed Chair Jerome Powell. NBC News
  • Amazon union vote underway in Alabama warehouse. CNBC
  • DOL Seeks To Delay Tip Regulations, Independent Contractor Final Rules. JD Supra
  • Legislation to ensure transportation worker safety introduced. WorkBoat

Taxation & Trade

  • Under Biden, China faces renewed trade pressure. Associated Press
  • Proposals Would Help States and Localities With Paid Leave Costs. Route Fifty
  • Child Tax Credit Plan Pushes Democrats’ Goal of Funding Boost for IRS. Wall Street Journal
  • Tax filing season officially begins Friday. Here’s why you should file as soon as possible. CNBC
  • Now out of office, Trump may have to face tax questions. Washington Post
  • Biden treads carefully around Trump’s combative trade policy. Associated Press


  • Facebook oversight board received 9,000 comments on Trump suspension case. The Hill
  • The Biden administration is working to help address global semiconductor chip shortage. The Verge
  • Biden’s China Tech Policy at Crossroads Over Commerce Security Pick. Wall Street Journal
  • How Google Influences the Conversation in Washington. Wired
  • Amazon sues New York attorney general to preempt COVID-19 lawsuit. Reuters
  • Microsoft urges US to ‘copy’ Australian push to make tech giants pay for news. The Hill

Transportation & Infrastructure

  • Ford bets $29B on leading the ‘electric vehicle revolution’. Smart Cities Dive
  • Biden administration talks infrastructure — but not a price tag. Politico
  • Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell first woman to lead Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Spokesman Review
  • Metro board expresses wariness over increased debt but gives tentative approval. Washington Post
  • The future of “smart” cities is in street lights. Axios
  • Uber and Lyft are getting less unprofitable, but COVID-19 is still a drag on their business. The Verge

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