May 8, 2020

May 8, 2020

Top News

  • Justice Department Is Dropping Case Against Ex-Trump Adviser Michael Flynn. NPR
  • April Unemployment Rate Rose to a Record 14.7%. Wall Street Journal
  • U.S. House Democrats to attempt passing next coronavirus bill soon. Reuters
  • The Government Is Ready to Reopen. Its Citizens Aren’t, Polls Show. New York Times
  • The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics. Politico

Energy & Natural Resources

  • The Trump Administration Is Reversing Nearly 100 Environmental Rules. Here’s the Full List. New York Times
  • Americans Are Pumping Gas Again as States Reopen. Wall Street Journal
  • Coronavirus crisis hits solar and wind energy industry. Washington Post
  • Need More Outdoor Public Space? Maybe Cities Already Have It. CityLab

Indian Affairs

  • Native tribes to start getting COVID-19 relief promised in March. But why the delay? McClatchy DC
  • ‘New normal’ for tribal casinos reopening. Indian Country Today
  • Native American tribes, facing COVID-19 surges, need more medical, financial aid. Marketplace


  • The state of employment in pandemic America, in 6 charts. Vox
  • In Some States that Are Reopening, Workers Face an Ultimatum: Go Back to Work or Lose Unemployment. Route Fifty
  • Uber and Lyft face landmark lawsuit over gig worker classification. NBC News

Taxation & Trade

  • SBA slashes disaster-loan limit from $2 million to $150,000, shuts out nearly all new applicants. Washington Post
  • Lawmakers offer bill to expand employee retention tax credit. The Hill
  • Trump Eyes New Tax Cuts for Next Stimulus Package. New York Times
  • Trump casts doubt on U.S.-China trade deal, contradicting his officials. Politico


  • Some U.S. city transit agencies turn to Uber as ridership drops during coronavirus crisis. Reuters
  • The Future of Travel. New York Times
  • Congress Dawdles on Remote Voting. Lawfare
  • Uber lays off 14 percent of its workforce in COVID-19-related cost-cutting. The Verge

Transportation & Infrastructure

  • Researchers explore effects of COVID-19 on urban mobility. SmartCitiesDive
  • Transportation Isn’t Going to Be the Same after Pandemic: Study. Car and Driver
  • A Post-Pandemic Reality Check for Transit Boosters. CityLab
  • Public Transit Systems Adapt to Plummeting Ridership. Route Fifty
  • With No Way ‘Back to Normal,’ Transit Focuses on Public Good. Government Technology

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