March 23, 2018

March 23, 2018

Top Political News

  • In late-night drama, Senate passes $1.3 trillion spending bill, averting government shutdown. Washington Post
  • Winners and losers from the $1.3T omnibus. The Hill
  • Trump signs spending bill after earlier veto threat. Politico
  • Trump’s Lawyer Resigns as President Adopts Aggressive Approach in Russia Inquiry. New York Times
  • Trump National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster To Resign, Be Replaced By John Bolton. National Public Radio
  • The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics. Politico

Energy & Natural Resources

  • Congressional Negotiators Reach Deal On Wildfire Funding. Oregon Public Broadcasting
  • Broad Coalition Praises Congress for Fire Funding Fix in Omnibus Spending Bill. Nature
  • Spending bill rejects Trump’s proposed EPA cut. The Hill
  • Superfund, Water Infrastructure See Funding Bump in Omnibus. Bloomberg BNA
  • Borrowing G.O.P. Playbook, Democratic States Sue the Government and Rack Up Wins. New York Times
  • Regulators roll back NEPA for wireless projects. E&E News

Indian Affairs

  • There’s Never Been a Native American Congresswoman. That Could Change in 2018. New York Times
  • Indian country deserves a competent, permanent Indian Health Service director now. The Hill
  • Zinke Tells Tribal Leaders in Arizona He’ll Fight Opioids. Associated Press
  • Native American, conservation groups sue Trump for failing to protect humpback whale habitat. The Hill
  • Washington state Senate petitions FBI on safety of Native women. Yakima Herald


  • Chain restaurants say new apprenticeship program could ease shortage of truck drivers. AJOT
  • Could the West Virginia Teacher Strike Spark a Labor Movement? West Virginia Public Broadcasting
  • McDonald’s agrees settlement in franchisees’ U.S. labor case. Reuters
  • The omnibus bill blocks a Trump rule that would allow bosses to keep workers’ tips. Vox

Taxation, Trade, & Defense

  • U.S. Exempts Some Allies From Tariffs, but May Opt for Quotas. New York Times
  • After Trump orders tariffs, China threatens its own tariffs in response. Associated Press
  • Nafta Negotiators Signal Progress on Thorny Auto Content Rules. Wall Street Journal
  • Federal Reserve hikes interest rate to highest level in a decade amid stronger economy. Washington Post
  • Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Convinced Me He’s a Force to Be Reckoned With. TIME
  • Former French president Sarkozy held over Gaddafi cash inquiry. Reuters


  • Self-driving Uber vehicle strikes and kills pedestrian. Washington Post
  • Arizona says not time to rein in self-driving cars after Uber fatality. Reuters
  • Here’s how Uber’s self-driving cars are supposed to to detect pedestrians. Tech Crunch
  • Trump Infrastructure Proposal Could Fund Self-Driving Truck Lanes, DOT Official Says. Transport Topics
  • Facebook Faces Growing Pressure Over Data and Privacy Inquiries. New York Times


  • Transit spending gets boost in congressional spending bill. Curbed
  • Falling transit ridership poses an ‘emergency’ for cities, experts fear. Washington Post
  • Lawmakers introduce bipartisan bill to speed up infrastructure permitting. The Hill
  • Public transit officials are ‘struggling to understand’ Trump’s proposed cuts. Washington Post
  • New federal budget would likely keep money flowing to Lynnwood light rail. Seattle Times
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