May 7, 2021

May 7, 2021

Top News

  • A $4.5B Pool of Economic Recovery Funds States, Localities Can Tap Into. RouteFifty
  • House to advance appropriations bills in June, July. The Hill
  • Covid: US backs waiver on vaccine patents to boost supply. BBC
  • Knives out: GOP leaders turn on Cheney. Roll Call
  • The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics. Politico

Energy & Natural Resources

  • GOP sees opportunity to knock Biden amid rising gas prices. The Hill
  • What does ‘conserved’ environment mean? Interior seeks an answer. Roll Call
  • A narrow path for Biden’s ambitious land conservation plan. Washington Post
  • U.S. eyes nuclear reactor tax credit to meet climate goals – sources. Reuters
  • EPA Announces Plans To Strengthen Enforcement And Advance Environmental Justice. JD Supra

Indian Affairs

  • The Map Of Native American Tribes You’ve Never Seen Before. NPR
  • Indian Affairs Announces OIED’s NABDI 2021 Grant Application Solicitation Opportunity. Red Lake Nation News
  • Haaland: Santorum’s Native American comments ‘unfortunate’. The Hill
  • Efforts to address missing, killed Indigenous women falter in Oregon despite new law. The Oregonian


  • Biden’s Labor Department reverses Trump-era gig worker rule. The Verge
  • Jobless claims tumble below 500,000 in another sign the labor market is getting closer to pre-pandemic levels. CNBC
  • Joe Biden’s support of labor unions is historic. Here’s what it means. Detroit Free Press
  • The economy added just 266,000 jobs in April even as states eased COVID restrictions and vaccinations rose. USA Today

Taxation & Trade

  • US Trade Representative Katherine Tai says she expects to meet Chinese counterpart Liu He ‘in the near term’. South China Morning Post
  • Biden open to 25% corporate tax rate as part of an infrastructure bill compromise. CNBC
  • U.S. Trade Deficit Rises to Record $74.4 Billion in March, Driven By Consumer Demand for Imports. US News & World Report
  • Who Would Pay Biden’s Corporate Tax Increase Is Key Question in Policy Debate. Wall Street Journal


  • Amazon Web Services looks to help clean energy startups take flight. Axios
  • Automakers and universities team up to fix AV industry’s talent gap. Smart Cities Dive
  • How Bitcoin Mining Keeps Old Fossil-Fuel Plants Alive. Mother Jones
  • In 1st Big Test, Oversight Board Says Facebook, Not Trump, Is The Problem. NPR

Transportation & Infrastructure

  • High-speed rail gets moment in congressional spotlight. Smart Cities Dive
  • House Committee, White House Prepare for Highway Bill’s Consideration. Transport Topics
  • Two senior Senate Democrats propose $73 billion to shift U.S. to EV transit buses. Reuters
  • Public transit hopes to win back riders after crushing year. Associated Press
  • In Biden’s infrastructure moonshot, a big question: Can the nation still achieve its highest ambitions? Washington Post

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