July 21, 2017

July 21, 2017

The Weekly Trek

July 21, 2017

Top Political News

  • Sean Spicer Resigns as White House Press Secretary. NY Times
  • After cancer diagnosis, John McCain says he’ll be back soon. ABC News
  • Widening Russia probe prompts shake-ups in Trump’s legal, communications staff. Washington Post
  • Sessions won’t resign for now, but gets Trump’s message. Politico
  • The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics. Politico

Energy & Natural Resources

  • This could be the next big strategy for suing over climate change. Washington Post
  • Do 97% of scientists really agree? It’s ‘overwhelming’. E&E
  • In the push to deliver on campaign promises, Interior’s energy drive looms large. Washington Post
  • Amid opposition, an unlikely ally applauds Trump’s ag pick. E&E
  • U.S. fines Exxon Mobil over Ukraine-related sanctions violations. Reuters
  • Nominees have mostly easy time at hearing. E&E
  • Feds Examine Military Flares In Mysterious Oregon Wildfires. Oregon Public Broadcasting
  • Portland’s ban on bulk fossil-fuel terminals reversed. Portland Business Journal
  • Interior Secretary Tours Cascade-Siskiyou Monument, Hears Concerns. Oregon Public Broadcasting

Indian Affairs

  • NCAI Update on FY 2018 Interior Appropriations. NCAI
  • Obamacare Repeal: ‘Dire Consequences, Including Death’ if Indian Health Service Funding Cut. Indian Country Today
  • Should Indian Reservations Give Local Cops Authority on Their Land? The Atlantic


Taxation, Trade, & Defense


  • Self-Driving Cars Get Boost With Unanimous Vote by House Panel. Bloomberg
  • Lyft to Develop Self-Driving Car Technology in New Silicon Valley Facility. NY Times
  • Waiting for the bus is about to get less bad. Wired
  • Microsoft’s profits grow as company pushes cloud computing. Washington Post
  • CNN Receives First-Ever Part 107 Waiver for Closed Set Drone Operations. CNN
  •  NTSB, NSC Arrange Expert Panel for Roundtable Discussion on Driver-Assistance Technology. NTSB
  • Mattis Turns to Tech Advisers for Help to Modernize Military. RealClear Defense


  • GOP signals infrastructure bill must wait. The Hill
  • Americans Say They Back Higher Gas Tax to Fix Crumbling Roads. Bloomberg
  • Trump’s desire for private infrastructure money will narrow his choices to mostly urban projects. Marketplace
  • Factories or Runways? Municipal Airports Face Economic Pressure. NY Times
  • The Dilemma When Uber or Lyft Outcompetes Public Transit. Bloomberg
  • Interstate tolls looming for metro area. Portland Tribune
  • Newberg-Dundee bypass gets $22 million from transportation bill passed by Legislature. Newberg Graphic

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