Weekly Trek: May 29, 2015

Weekly Trek: May 29, 2015

Top Political News

  • The U.S. economy contracted 0.7% in first quarter of this year, signaling a weaker start than first thought. NY Times
  • Former Sen. Rick Santorum launched his second consecutive White House bid on Wednesday. The Hill
  • House Republican leaders plan to move the Commerce-Justice-Science, and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bills to the floor next week.
  • How often do former members of Congress lobby? Not as often as you might think. WashPo

Transportation

  • Build America Champion Wyden has new infrastructure-bond plan to attract private investment in the nation’s infrastructure. Bloomberg
  • S. open skies forum unlikely to close any time soon. The National
  • Cost of radio spectrum an obstacle to Positive Train Control. Philadelphia Inquirer
  • The Justice Department late last Friday released guidelines that would explicitly bar the agency from using drones solely to monitor activity protected by the First Amendment, like peaceful protests. The Hill
  • Congress has set a new deadline of July 31st to keep road and infrastructure projects funded. The Hill
  • The highway lane next to yours isn’t really moving any faster. CityLab

 

Energy & Natural Resources

  • The Bureau of Land Management announced its plan Thursday to save the sage grouse. WashPo
  • After 15 years of regulatory confusion, the Obama administration released a final rule Wednesday that would increase the number of streams and wetlands that receive automatic protection under the Clean Water Act. AP and The Hill
  • Nestle Bottled-Water Plan Draws Fight in Drought-Stricken Oregon. Bloomberg
  • Proposed EPA Carbon Rules Will Mean Higher Bills and Fewer Coal Plants, New Report Says. WSJ

 

Labor

  • An American workplace war that’s reached a tipping point. CNBC
  • A recently issued code of conduct defines reasonable practices for public pension service providers, but are there practices public pensions should adhere to themselves? PlanSponsor
  • Ten ways to make the economy work for the many, not the few. HuHuffPost
  • The upcoming excise tax on high-cost health plans, known as the “Cadillac tax,” could affect a huge percentage of employers, despite the perception it would only affect luxury plans, according to comments received this month by the Internal Revenue Service. WSJ
  • Democrats recount labor’s pressure tactics. Politico

Foreign Affairs & Defense

  • The American public overwhelmingly supports U.S. drone strikes that target extremists in the Middle East, a new poll finds. Politico
  • China’s military strategy focuses on projecting power. NY Times
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