November 20, 2020

November 20, 2020

Top News

  • White House chief of staff ‘can’t guarantee’ U.S. government will avert December shutdown. Washington Post
  • US coronavirus cases soar to new daily high of more than 185,000. CNN
  • Three Ways Governments Can Maximize Covid-19 Funding Now. RouteFifty
  • What Cities Need From the Biden Administration in the First 100 Days. Bloomberg CityLab
  • The Cabinet Appointments That Really Matter In The Incoming Biden Administration. FiveThirtyEight
  • The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics. Politico

Energy & Natural Resources

  • Due to COVID-19, 2020 greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. are predicted to drop to lowest level in three decades. USA Today
  • New Trump administration rules could allow more logging and roadbuilding in the nation’s forests. Washington Post
  • Don’t Discount States for U.S. Climate Progress. Bloomberg
  • Climate Activists Want Biden To Bar Appointees With Fossil Fuel Ties. NPR
  • Biden Plans to Move Fast With a ‘Climate Administration.’ Here’s How. New York Times
  • Biden will rejoin the Paris Climate Accord. Here’s what happens next. CNBC

Indian Affairs

  • Native American votes helped secure Biden’s win in Arizona. AP
  • Practical hurdles, cultural distrust in Native communities could hamper vaccine distribution. NBC
  • Haaland says Biden will be ‘breath of fresh air’ on Native American issues. The Hill
  • Native Americans Are Afraid, Hard-Hit As Coronavirus Spikes In The Great Plains. Huff Post


  • Unions disagree over Biden’s Labor secretary pick. Politico
  • Expect a New World for Investing Rules Under Biden. Barrons 
  • Uber and Lyft used sneaky tactics to avoid making drivers employees in California, voters say. Now, they’re going national. Washington Post
  • Bernie Sanders makes case for being Biden’s Labor secretary, says ‘would be a very attractive position’. Fox News
  • Unemployment Claims Rise as Economic Worries Grow. New York Times

Taxation & Trade

  • Trade Restrictions Relax After Early Pandemic Surge. Wall Street Journal
  • Congress Blasts IRS for Limits on Forgiven PPP Loan Tax Breaks. Bloomberg
  • Asia-Pacific Nations Sign Huge Trade Deal With China While U.S. Sits It Out. NPR
  • Joe Biden has made his pick for treasury secretary, says he will announce choice soon. NBC
  • ‘Everyone likes Katherine Tai’: House trade lawyer emerges as USTR contender. Politico


  • Tech in the Biden era. Tech Crunch
  • EPA sets 2030 national recycling goal, stakeholders call for more federal action. Smart Cities Dive
  • States Launch Broadband Grant Programs with CARES Act Money. RouteFifty
  • Mayors unveil $60B plan to support Midwest energy transition. Smart Cities Dive
  • Inside the behind-the-scenes fight to convince Joe Biden about Silicon Valley. Recode

Transportation & Infrastructure

  • Lawmakers Set to Give Infrastructure a Fresh Look in 2021. Wall Street Journal
  • APTA survey shows voters want to see emergency funding for transit. Mass Transit
  • US infrastructure spending to benefit from state initiatives. World Highways
  • Rahm Emanuel under consideration to become Biden’s transportation secretary. CNN
  • Severe Transit Cuts Would Cripple U.S. Economy, Experts Warn. Bloomberg CityLab
  • Study: The Best—and Worst—State Highway Systems. RouteFifty

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