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April 29, 2021
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“A Very Lit Joint (Address) with Jen Psaki.”

In This Episode

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki joins Jon and Dan to break down President Biden’s first address to a Joint Session of Congress. Then, new 2020 Census data jeopardizes Democratic control of Congress, and Republicans spend the week spreading a slew of wild conspiracies about the Biden Administration with the help of their propaganda outlets.


Show Notes



  • WaPo: Read President Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress 
  • NYT: Biden, Calling for Big Government, Bets on a Nation Tested by Crisis 
  • Vox: 5 winners and 3 losers from President Biden’s first congressional address
  • WaPo Analysis: 4 takeaways from Biden’s first address to Congress 
  • Politico: ‘Setback into strength’: Biden makes emotional pitch in first joint address to Congress
  • Axios: Biden to the nation: “America is on the move again”
  • NY Mag: Biden’s Two-Part Economic Strategy Was Years in the Making
  • NYT: Biden’s $4 Trillion Economic Plan, in One Chart 
  • NYT: Biden Details $1.8 Trillion Plan for Workers, Students and Families
  • WaPo: White House proposes $1.8 trillion package that would dramatically expand education, safety net programs 
  • Vox: Biden takes aim at American inequality by investing $1.8 trillion in families 
  • CBS News: CBS News Poll of Speech Watchers
  • NYT: In a Locked-Down Capitol, Biden Will Address a Sparse Audience
  • Axios: Biden to meet with party leaders on May 12
  • Politico: Biden to invite lawmakers to the White House next week to discuss big spending packages 
  • NPR: Sen. Scott’s Republican Response To Biden’s Address, Annotated 
  • Politico: ‘America is not a racist country’: Sen. Tim Scott delivers GOP response
  • The Independent: Tim Scott insists US is not racist in response to Biden speech – after revealing racist abuse he has faced
  • WaPo: Tim Scott seeks to balance role as dealmaker on policing and critic of Biden agenda in Wednesday night address
  • NYT: Tim Scott, the Senate’s only Black Republican, will deliver the G.O.P.
  • rebuttal to Biden.
  • Vox: The State of the Union response — and why it’s always terrible — explained 
  • NPR: For State Of The Union’s Responders, The Warm Glow Often Fades Fast



  • Axios: States that voted for Biden lose 3 net House seats after Census count 
  • Cook: 2020 Census: What the Reapportionment Numbers Mean 
  • Politico: Florida braces for legal fights after picking up just 1 congressional seat 
  • Politico: For the lack of 89 people, New York will lose 1 House seat
  • Politico: California will lose a House seat for the first time, and the scramble is on
  • Politico: Census surprise: Texas gains only 2 seats as shift to Sun Belt slow
  • Census.gov: Apportionment Population Counts and What to Expect on Release Day 
  • AP: What’s behind the growth slump? Takeaways from census data 
  • Politico: Census data leaves Latinos wondering: Were we counted? 
  • NPR: Biden To Make Historic Census Director Pick With Latinx Statistician Rob Santos 
  • AP: Fear, lack of funding hurt census in Sun Belt, advocates say
  • Axios: 1 big thing: Census shifts House seats to Trump states
  • Cook: The 32 House Incumbents in the Most Redistricting Danger 
  • Politico: Redistricting kicks off ruthless year of House infighting 
  • Politico: Redistricting delays freeze 2022 House races
  • Brennan Center: The Redistricting Landscape, 2021–22
  • Politico: The redistricting cycle is about to begin
  • Politico: GOP scores an early win in 2024 race 



  • Chicago Tribune: How a nonsense story about Joe Biden taking your hamburgers away became red meat for conservatives 
  • CNN: Fact check: No, Biden is not trying to force Americans to eat less red meat 
  • WaPo: No, officials are not handing out Harris’s picture book to migrant kids
  • NYPost: Kamala isn’t at the southern bodern – but at least one migrant kid got Veep’s book 
  • NYT: Iran’s Foreign Minister, in Leaked Tape, Says Revolutionary Guards Set Policies 
  • WaPo: The John Kerry-Iran controversy, explained
  • Politico: GOP tears into Kerry amid Iran controversy
  • CNN: Federal agents execute search warrants on Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan home and office
  • WaPo: Federal agents execute search warrant at Giuliani’s home
  • FiveThirtyEight: Biden approval rating
  • FiveThirtyEight: Trump approval rating
  • McClatchy: ‘He’s bland’: Republicans struggle to find line of attack that sticks to Biden
  • AP: Some local GOP leaders fire up base with conspiracies, lies 
  • NY Mag – Republicans Can’t Decide Which ‘Uncle Joe’ to Attack
  • NYT: Some Republicans have turned to conspiracy theories and misinformation to explain the Capitol attack. 
  • Ipsos Poll: More than 1 in 3 Americans believe a ‘deep state’ is working to undermine Trump
  • YouGov poll: 30% of Republicans have ‘favorable’ view of QAnon conspiracy theory
  • CBS: What we know about the “unprecedented” U.S. Capitol riot arrests 
  • AP: Some local GOP leaders fire up base with conspiracies, lies
  • The Atlantic: Tucker Carlson, Unmasked 
  • Vox: Biden’s fake burger ban and the rising culture war over meat
  • BuzzFeed News: Facebook Knows It Was Used To Help Incite The Capitol Insurrection 
  • WaPo: Far-right sources on Facebook get more engagement than any other political posts, study finds


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