Weekly Trek: May 22, 2015

Weekly Trek: May 22, 2015

Top Political News

  • Recent polling data makes clear just how many different candidates could plausibly win the Republican nomination. National Journal
  • The Obama administration sharpened its focus on regulatory deadlines with the release Thursday of its Spring Unified Agenda.
  • Republican and democratic presidential candidates differ substantively about projections of American power. WSJ


  • The House on Tuesday approved a two-month extension of funding for transportation projects. The bill is now in the Senate, which has just a few legislative hours left before a scheduled weeklong Memorial Day recess. The transportation program’s spending authority is set to expire May 31. Wash Post
  • USDOT expects to receive 800 applications for TIGER VII grants. Progressive Railroading
  • Ten senators urged President Barack Obama to nominate a permanent administrator to lead the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration in a letter released May 21. Letter
  • Oregon to test pay-per-mile in lieu of gas tax. Columbian
  • Brookings released a paper on Thursday in regards to Open Skies and estimating travelers’ benefits from free trade in airline services. Brookings
  • Airports fire the latest shot in ongoing passenger fee wars. USA Today
  • Danny Sebright, president of the US-UAE Business Council, wrote an Op-Ed in The Hill urging lawmakers to proceed with caution in taking actions to limit free trade or restrict Open Skies agreements. The Hill The Op-Ed was in response to this piece in The Hill published a day prior.
  • How America’s failing public transportation increases inequality. The Atlantic


Energy & Natural Resources


  • The Obama administration is expected to announce in the coming days a major clean water regulation that would restore the federal government’s authority to limit pollution in the nation’s rivers, lakes, streams, and wetlands. NY Times
  • First-ever final rules governing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants are projected for release in August by the Environmental Protection Agency, according to the agency’s updated regulatory agenda. The EPA’s spring 2015 regulatory agenda is available here
  • The Pacific Northwest faces major wildfire risk due to low snowpack prompting Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a statewide drought emergency last Friday. E&E publishing



  • The Supreme Court on Tuesday announced a much-anticipated ERISA plan decision in the case of Tibble v. Edison International. National Law Review
  • The Wall Street Journal published an article on how the largest U.S. pensions are divided on activism.
  • “Right-to-work” brings new challenges to Wisconsin labor unions. In These Times


Foreign Affairs & Defense


  • On Wednesday, the U.S. government released numerous documents from Osama Bin Laden’s “bookshelf.” Politico
  • President Obama, in a commencement address to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, warned that climate change poses an immediate national security risk that will profoundly affect the military. Wash Post
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