The Weekly Trek: December 14, 2018

The Weekly Trek: December 14, 2018

Top Political News

  • ‘There’s no plan’: Congress skips town as shutdown nears. Politico
  • Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl To Step Down, Leaving McCain’s Seat Vacant Again. NPR
  • Trump Inaugural Fund and Super PAC Said to Be Scrutinized for Illegal Foreign Donations. New York Times
  • The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics. Politico

Energy, Natural Resources, and Agriculture 

  • Negotiators Reach Compromise on $867 Billion Farm Bill. Wall Street Journal
  • Sen. Joe Manchin to take top Democratic slot on Energy committee amid uproar on left. Washington Post
  • Trump EPA Proposes Major Rollback Of Federal Water Protections. NPR
  • Trump signs bill that likely keeps early earthquake-warning system on track in Northwest. Seattle Times

Indian Affairs


  • How tech workers are fueling a new employee activism movement. Washington Post
  • In a tight labor market, companies bet big on five-year rewards. Reuters
  • Kentucky Supreme Court Strikes Down Pension Law That Sparked Teacher Protests. NPR

Taxation, Trade, & Defense

  • Trump to Steer More Money to ‘Opportunity Zones.’ New York Times
  • U.S., China Kick Off a New Round of Trade Talks. Wall Street Journal
  • Elon Musk says Tesla will refund customers who don’t receive their cars by the time a lucrative tax break is slashed next month. Business Insider


  • America’s Power Grid Isn’t Ready for Electric Cars. CityLab
  • Farm Bill Expands Rural Broadband Funding. Route Fifty
  • How Robo-Cars Handle the Frustratingly Human Act of Merging. Wired


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