July 16, 2021

July 16, 2021

Top News

  • Democrats Roll Out $3.5 Trillion Budget to Fulfill Biden’s Broad Agenda. New York Times
  • Senate Democrats unveil bill to decriminalize marijuana. The Hill
  • Cuba lifts customs restrictions on food and medicine after biggest protests in decades. CNN
  • COVID cases rise again in US amid lagging vaccination rates. Al Jazeera English
  • The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics. Politico

Energy & Natural Resources

  • Biden wanted a climate alliance with Europe. He’s getting a fight. Politico
  • Sprawling wildfires scorch Western U.S. amid severe heat wave. Axios
  • U.S. Senate panel passes energy measure likely to shape infrastructure bill. Reuters
  • Too few companies advocate for climate-friendly policies despite lofty goals: report. Smart Cities Dive
  • The U.S. Climate Envoy Went To Moscow And Talked About More Than Climate. NPR

Indian Affairs

  • Western fires threaten parched American Indian tribal lands. ABC News
  • Indian boarding school investigation faces hurdles in missing records, legal questions. NBC News
  • How Did Allison Highwolf Die? Distrust Fuels a Mystery in Indian Country. New York Times
  • Native Americans continue to boast highest vaccination rates in the US. The Hill


  • Democrats’ Budget Deal Seeks to Penalize Labor Law Violators. Bloomberg Law
  • Poll: 1.8 million Americans have turned down jobs due to unemployment benefits. Axios
  • Union workers get higher pay, if they can join. Reuters
  • Fed’s Powell Concedes Anxiety About Higher Inflation but Resists Policy Shift. Wall Street Journal
  • Tensions Await Julie Su in Shaping Role as Labor’s Deputy. Bloomberg Law

Taxation & Trade

  • Senior Democrats prepare Medicare and climate initiatives as well as tax increases on wealthy as details of $3.5 trillion budget deal emerge. Washington Post
  • U.K. Trade Secretary Downplays Outlook for U.S. Trade Deal Soon. Bloomberg
  • Democrats Call for a Tax on Imports From Polluting Countries. New York Times
  • IRS Announces $15 Billion In Child Tax Credit Payments Have Been Delivered To Families—Here’s What To Know About The New Relief. Forbes
  • As Dems push SALT cap repeal, many states have OK’d workaround. Fox Business


  • FCC finalizes program to rip and replace Huawei, ZTE telecom equipment in the U.S. CNBC
  • Homeland Security funding package pours millions into migrant surveillance. The Hill
  • Biden finds an ally against Big Tech. Fortune
  • U.S. Competition Policy Is Aligning With Europe, and Deeper Cooperation Could Follow. Wall Street Journal

Transportation & Infrastructure 

  • Transportation Stakeholders Renew Calls for Congressional Action. Transport Topics
  • These are America’s 10 worst states for infrastructure. CNBC
  • GOP infrastructure negotiators rankled by Schumer’s deadline. Roll Call
  • Buttigieg, DeFazio test drive electric LTD bus to promote transit infrastructure legislation. Register-Guard

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