July 26, 2019

July 26, 2019

Top News

  • House passes two-year budget deal to lift spending, suspend debt ceiling. Washington Post
  • What We Learned From Mueller’s 7 Hours on Capitol Hill. New York Times
  • Esper confirmed as Defense secretary. Politico
  • Senate Confirms Former Delta Executive Stephen Dickson as FAA Administrator. Transport Topics
  • The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics. Politico

Energy, Natural Resources, & Agriculture

  • Scoop: Fed to host its first conference dedicated to climate change. Axios
  • Three EPA Advisory Panels Could Be Slashed Under Trump Order. Bloomberg Environment
  • California, Wary of More Wildfires, Is Paying for Them Already. New York Times
  • Could Renewable Natural Gas Be the Next Big Thing in Green Energy? Yale Environment 360

Indian Affairs

  • Senate hearing looks at hemp-growing obstacles for farmers and state and tribal governments. Nutritional Outlook
  • Elevated opioid risks found at Native American hospitals. Associated Press
  • Julián Castro: Partner with tribes ‘for a fairer and more prosperous future.’ Indian Country Today
  • Tribe at center of pipeline protests launches solar farm. Associated Press


  • The Plan to Save Truckers’ and Miners’ Pensions Is Running Out of Time. Wall Street Journal
  • Kentucky’s New Pension Law Marks Unprecedented Reforms. Governing. Governing
  • Trump administration asks court to let it restrict federal unions now. Washington Post

Taxation & Trade

  • White House Hopes Congress Will Take Up USMCA in September, Kudlow Says. Wall Street Journal
  • U.S. manufacturing is in a ‘technical recession.’ How worried should we be? Washington Post
  • Opportunity Zoning. Urban Institute
  • Should Electric Vehicle Drivers Pay Per Mile? CityLab
  • Uber, Lyft Rides May Be Taxed Under San Francisco Measure. Bloomberg
  • U.S. Economy Grew at 2.1% Rate in 2nd Quarter, G.D.P. Report Says. New York Times


  • Advancing New Technologies a Priority for USDOT Leadership, OMB Official Says. Transport Topics
  • Ford’s scooter company launches aggressive expansion plan with next-gen scooter. The Verge
  • Justice Department Opens Antitrust Review of Big Tech Companies. New York Times
  • The $26.5B T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Moves a Big Step Forward. WIRED

Transportation & Infrastructure

  • Senate Begins Consideration of Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill. ARTBA
  • Calif. skirts Trump, signs mileage deal with 4 automakers. Associated Press
  • Federal Watchdog Recommends Congress Improve Freight Infrastructure Grants. Transport Topics
  • Railroads face a freight slowdown. Associated Press
  • Was the Automotive Era a Terrible Mistake? The New Yorker
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