January 8, 2021

January 8, 2021

Top News

  • Biden will release all available vaccine doses in break from Trump administration policy of holding back stock for second dose. CNN
  • U.S. tops 4,000 coronavirus deaths in one day for the first time. CBS News
  • Trump says he won’t attend Biden inauguration. The Hill
  • Ossoff defeats Perdue in Georgia, handing control of Senate to Democrats, NBC News projects. NBC
  • Capitol riots: Pro-Trump protesters storm the US legislature – in pictures. BBC News
  • The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics. Politico 

Energy & Natural Resources

  • House rules would exempt coronavirus, climate bills from budget limits. Roll Call
  • The Energy 202: New clean energy lobbyists line up sway Biden administration. Washington Post
  • How Joe Biden plans to use executive powers to fight climate change. Vox
  • Warnock, Ossoff Win Senate Seats in Georgia, Widening Potential for Clean Energy Policy From Congress. Greentech Media
  • Renewables stocks soar as Democrat-led Congress improves environment for green investments. Utility Dive

Indian Affairs

  • Biden’s chance to renew reservation economies. The Hill
  • Pandemic Highlights Deep-Rooted Problems in Indian Health Service. New York Times
  • Washington, Oregon, 29 tribes sue over plan to move archives. KTVZ
  • After decades, U of M is finally on track to return Native burial objects dug up in 1920s. Star Tribune
  • Indigenous Treaties Are Helping to Secure Environmental Wins. New York Public Radio
  • Vaccine trials’ fast rollout reveals distrust. Indian Country Today


  • Google workers form new labor union, a tech industry rarity. The Associated Press
  • Biden Taps Boston Mayor Marty Walsh As Labor Secretary. NPR
  • Trump administration finalizes rule that could define gig workers as contractors. The Verge
  • U.S. shed 140,000 jobs in December, halting labor market recovery. Axios
  • America Can’t Even Produce the Things It Invented. New York Times
  • 24 U.S. States Will See a Minimum Wage Increase in 2021. US News

Taxation & Trade

  • U.S. trade policies have disproportionately harmed Black and Latino workers, not just the White working class Trump courted, researchers find. Washington Post
  • Biden Tax-Increase Agenda Revived as Democrats Win Senate. Wall Street Journal
  • U.K.-U.S. Race for Mini Trade Deal Slowed By Trump’s Mob Crisis. Bloomberg
  • Who Is Katherine Tai, Biden’s Pick For U.S. Trade Representative? NPR
  • U.S. suspends French tariffs over digital services tax. Reuters


  • Online researchers scramble to identify Capitol raid participants. The Verge
  • Social platforms flex their power, lock down Trump accounts. The Associated Press
  • Accolades pour in for Raimondo after Biden picks her for commerce secretary. The Providence Journal
  • ‘This is going to come back and bite ’em’: Capitol breach inflames Democrats’ ire at Silicon Valley. Politico
  • Chairman Pai Remarks to the Media Institute. FCC

Transportation & Infrastructure

  • Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Resigns, Citing Violence At Capitol. NPR
  • Top Senate Democrats Hopeful About Infrastructure Agenda Amid Political Turmoil. Transport Topics
  • Massachusetts lawmakers pass nearly $17 billion transportation bond bill as legislative session pushes past traditional deadline. MassLive
  • Chinese search giant Baidu to make electric cars. The Verge
  • U.S. FAA says five political appointees resigning after Capitol riot. CNBC

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