October 16, 2020

October 16, 2020

Top News

  • Pelosi, Mnuchin cite progress in economic relief talks but eye obstacles with Senate Republicans. Washington Post
  • McConnell: GOP has the votes to confirm Barrett to Supreme Court this month. The Hill
  • Six Takeaways From Thursday’s Dueling Trump and Biden Town Halls. New York Times
  • Biden and Trump Return to U.S. Campaign Trail, Trump Fundraising Lags. Reuters
  • The US is approaching 8 million Covid-19 cases and the pace of new infections signals a tough winter. CNN
  • The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics. Politico

Energy & Natural Resources

  • The number of global methane hot spots has soared this year despite the economic slowdown. Washington Post
  • Trump hits Biden on fracking in appeal to Pennsylvania voters. The Hill
  • Trump’s And Biden’s Plans For The Environment. NPR
  • By Calling Climate Change ‘Controversial,’ Barrett Created Controversy. New York Times

Indian Affairs

  • Donald Trump signs Savanna’s Act, ‘a critical first step’ to address missing and murdered Native Americans. USA Today
  • For the Navajo Nation, ‘Everything Takes Time,’ Including Voting. New York Times
  • How Native Americans’ right to vote has been systematically violated for generations. The Guardian
  • The Alaska Native village of Kake defends their right to hunt. High Country News


  • Fiat Chrysler, Union Avert Canada Strike With Tentative Deal. Wall Street Journal 
  • 8 million Americans fall into poverty after Republicans let coronavirus aid expire: study. Salon
  • Jobless claims jump, hitting highest level since mid-August. CNBC
  • Jobless Workers Built Up Some Savings. Then the $600 Checks Stopped. New York Times

Taxation & Trade

  • Some States See Better Than Expected Revenues, But Budget Outlook Is Still Tough. RouteFifty 
  • How Biden would use trade agreements to fight global warming. Politico
  • Biden tax plan gives $620 tax cut to middle class, new study says. CNBC
  • US election: China’s trade gap with United States was 43 per cent bigger in September than when Donald Trump took office. South China Morning Post


  • Transit agencies ‘ill prepared’ for cyberattack: survey. Smart Cities Dive
  • U.S. Senate’s McConnell says it is ‘reprehensible’ that social media platforms blocked stories. Reuters
  • UAVs can play a vital role in the future of smart cities. Smart Cities Dive
  • Trump administration rolls out strategy to secure, promote critical technologies. The Hill

Transportation & Infrastructure

  • The Need to Reboot and Rebuild Public Transit. Governing
  • Administration wants to exclude ‘anarchist jurisdictions’ from coronavirus safety grant. Washington Post
  • Electric vehicle firms partner to ramp up charging station access, reliability. Smart Cities Dive
  • Modern aircraft ventilation systems aren’t spreading viruses, DoD study suggests. CNN
  • Rep. Rodney Davis Introduces Highway Funding Measure. Transport Topics

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