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Reuters: Coronavirus ‘Collateral Damage’ Hits U.S. Rural Power Providers

Electric cooperatives, which serve about 42 million rural Americans, are a window of sorts into the far-reaching effects of the pandemic.

Bloomberg Law: Dakota Access Oil Line to Be Shut by Court in Blow for Trump

The Dakota Access pipeline must shut down by August 5, a district court ruled this week in a stunning defeat for the Trump administration and the oil industry.

NPR: Supreme Court Rules That About Half Of Oklahoma Is Native American Land

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that about half of the land in Oklahoma is within a Native American reservation, a decision that will have major consequences for both past and future criminal and civil cases.

The Conversation: Covid-19 Exposes Why the Postal Service Needs to Get Back into the Banking Business

Postal banking could serve the unbanked and do so efficiently. A basic postal banking system would allow every United States Postal Service branch to act as a limited-service bank, offering services like checking and saving accounts, pre-paid debit cards and small loans.

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