Monday’s Headlines Blame Joe Manchin

  • Sen. Joe Manchin’s demands for the Build Bad Better package wouldn’t even keep the status quo — in many cases, they would actually make things worse. (The American Prospect)
  • Mother Jones delves into the centrist West Virginia Democrat’s ties to fossil fuel industries. He leads all members of Congress in campaign donations from oil and gas, natural gas pipelines and coal mining, and most of his wealth is tied up in the coal brokerage he founded.
  • The Natural Resources Defense Council, Rocky Mountain Institute and Smart Growth America introduced a new tool to estimate how much more driving and pollution additional highway lanes will generate. (NRDC)
  • Washington, D.C. subway service cutbacks will remain in place this week as the investigation into a D.C. Metro derailment continues, and on the heels of another train evacuation Friday. (Washington Post)
  • Honolulu is moving forward with a tax on hotel rooms, part of which would go toward the city’s embattled light rail project. (Hawai’i Public Radio)
  • Bus lanes on San Francisco’s de facto highway of Geary Boulevard could serve as a model for future transit projects. (Chronicle)
  • The frontrunner in Boston’s mayoral race, Michelle Wu, supports fare-free transit. (Commonwealth)
  • The bike shop employee who designed Minneapolis’ bike maps is retiring. (MinnPost)
  • The Toledo Blade editorial board came out in favor of Vision Zero.
  • Charleston is close to finding a new bike-share operator. (City Paper)
  • The kids are alright: A Brown Daily Herald writer explains why we should get rid of cars.
  • Who among us hasn’t thrown pumpkins at a driver who almost hit their wife and child while parking in front of their house? (WTAE)

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