May 17, 2019

May 17, 2019

Top News

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio Enters 2020 Race for President. New York Times
  • Phillip Swagel Named Next Congressional Budget Office Director. Wall Street Journal
  • Trump’s Immigration Plan Gets a Rose Garden Rollout and a Cool Reception. New York Times
  • House passes drug pricing bills paired with Obamacare fixes. Politico
  • Haven’t been following the abortion-ban news? Here’s everything you need to know. Washington Post
  • The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics. Politico

Energy, Natural Resources, & Agriculture

  • Interior secretary mum on whether Utah will be new home to BLM headquarters. Deseret News Utah
  • Trump readies up to $20B more in aid to rescue farmers from trade war. Politico
  • The biggest breakthrough in agriculture to help feed the planet may come from outer space. CNBC
  • PG&E Transmission Lines Caused California’s Deadliest Wildfire, State Officials Say. NPR
  • Chairman Peterson Threatens to Sue USDA Over CRP. AgWeb
  • Investigators Urge E.P.A. to Pursue Scott Pruitt for $124,000 in ‘Excessive’ Travel Costs. New York Times

Indian Affairs

  • Congressional Hearing On Chemawa Lays Out Possible Fixes To ‘Total Crisis.’ Oregon Public Broadcasting
  • House passes tribal casino bill one week after Trump urged GOP to oppose it. Washington Post
  • US bill calls for DOJ review of Indian Country probes. Associated Press
  • Deb Haaland announces U.S. House version of Savanna’s Act and addresses efforts for MMIW. Indian Country Today
  • Under new Washington law, state will invest more in improving Native American tribal members’ health. Seattle Times


  • Labor Law Safeguards for Worker Lawsuits Imperiled at NLRB. Bloomberg Law
  • Sara Nelson’s Art of War. The New Republic
  • Mayors Score Win in Lawsuit Over Troubled Retirement Plan Endorsement Deal. Route Fifty
  • Work in America Is Greedy. But It Doesn’t Have to Be. New York Times

Taxation, Trade, & Defense

  • U.S. reaches deal with Canada, Mexico to lift steel, aluminum tariffs, clearing key obstacle to passage of Trump’s new trade deal. Washington Post
  • How Xi’s Last-Minute Switch on U.S.-China Trade Deal Upended It. New York Times
  • Trump Set to Delay Auto Tariffs Amid EU, Japan Trade Talks. Bloomberg
  • Democrats Seek Review of Russian Investment in Kentucky. New York Times


  • Senate Commerce chair to renew push for regs on self-driving vehicles. The Hill
  • As Commercial Spaceflight Takes Off, The Aviation Industry Get Protective of Airspace. The Verge
  • Self-driving buses come to Providence. Boston Globe
  • Communities Are Fighting 5G, Permit by Permit. CityLab
  • Facebook’s A.I. Whiz Now Faces the Task of Cleaning It Up. Sometimes That Brings Him to Tears. New York Times

Transportation & Infrastructure

  • Pelosi and Schumer expected to meet with Trump for second round of infrastructure talks. The Hill
  • House Democrats Unveil A Broad Infrastructure Package Targeting Climate Change. Pacific Standard
  • House lawmakers introduce bill to protect U.S. rail-car manufacturers. Progressive Railroading
  • Trump Administration Cancels Nearly $1 Billion In California High-Speed Rail Funding. NPR
  • New Federal Funding Targets ‘More Efficient, Cleaner Transportation.’ NGT News
  • Federal Infrastructure Funding is Good, but Local Governments Want Flexibility Too. Route Fifty

Transportation Experts, Government Leaders Stress Human Factor of Infrastructure. Transport Topics

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