July 19, 2019

July 19, 2019

Top News

  • Trump to nominate Eugene Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court justice, as his next secretary of Labor. Washington Post
  • Trump Administration, Congress Have Agreed on ‘Top-Line’ Spending Levels, Mnuchin Says. Wall Street Journal
  • House condemns Trump’s ‘racist’ tweets targeting minority congresswomen. Politico
  • Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, Who Led Liberal Wing, Dies at 99. New York Times
  • The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics. Politico

Energy, Natural Resources, & Agriculture

  • Top Trump officials tell Bureau of Land Management staff most of them must leave D.C. by end of next year. Washington Post
  • USDA expected to lose two-thirds of research staff in move to Kansas City. The Hill
  • Trump administration freezing fuel efficiency penalties. Reuters
  • California’s Wildfires Are 500 Percent Larger Due to Climate Change. The Atlantic

Indian Affairs


  • House passes long-sought $15 minimum wage legislation. Washington Post
  • Pricey pension rescue headed to House floor next week. Roll Call
  • For Decoding Labor Market, Unemployment Rate May Not Do the Job. Wall Street Journal
  • Uber and Lyft drivers were paid up to $100 to protest a bill that could make them employees. LA Times
  • Court Delivers Blow to Federal Unions Fighting Trump’s Workforce Orders. Government Executive

Taxation, Trade, & Defense

  • Lighthizer Charms Congress, but Struggles to Sell USMCA. Wall Street Journal
  • House Votes to Repeal Obamacare Tax Once Seen as Key to Health Law. New York Times
  • U.S., China Trade Negotiators Talk for Second Time Since Truce. Bloomberg


  • Despite High Hopes, Self-Driving Cars Are ‘Way in the Future.’ New York Times
  • Tesla floats fully self-driving cars as soon as this year. Many are worried about what that will unleash. Washington Post
  • Why Electric Scooters Companies Are Getting Serious About Safety. CityLab

Transportation & Infrastructure

  • A Runaway Train Explosion Killed 47, but Deadly Cargo Still Rides the Rails. New York Times
  • Portland to Vancouver in two hours – by high-speed rail. SF Gate
  • Startups Are Abandoning Suburbs for Cities With Good Transit. CityLab
  • Trump admin holding back billions in transit funding, say congressional critics. Curbed
  • Federal Inactivity Drives State Creativity With Infrastructure Funding. Transport Topics
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