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April 09, 2020
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“Biden v. Trump v. Coronavirus.”

In This Episode

The general election between Joe Biden and Donald Trump begins as Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign, COVID-19 trutherism gets worse as Trump media tries to spin the death toll, and Democrats look for a way to make voting safe and easy despite opposition from Trump and his allies. Alex Wagner, the host of Crooked Media’s new podcast Six Feet Apart, joins to break down the news, and Stacey Abrams talks to Dan about protecting the right to vote, the coronavirus response, and 2020 veepstakes.

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Show notes

Bernie Out

    • NYT: Bernie Sanders Drops Out of 2020 Democratic Race for President
    • WaPo: Bernie Sanders ends his presidential campaign
    • Politico: Bernie Sanders suspends his presidential campaign
    • Vox: Bernie Sanders ends his second bid for the presidency
    • FiveThirtyEight – Why Bernie Sanders Lost
    • The Atlantic – The 2020 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet
    • Biden Statement – Statement From Vice President Biden
    • NYT: Biden vs. Trump: The General Election Is Here, and Transformed
    • WaPo: Biden earns slew of new endorsements, from former challengers to ‘Never Trump’ Republicans
    • WaPo:Biden enters the general election about where Hillary Clinton did in 2016
    • NYT: From a 5th-Place Finish to Here: A Timeline of Joe Biden’s Comeback
    • Vox: Watch: Bernie Sanders announces the end of his presidential campaign
    • WaPo: The Trailer: The warning from Wisconsin
    • HuffPo: Will We Ever Live In Bernie Sanders’ America?
    • CNN: Sanders had multiple conversations with Obama ahead of decision to end campaign
    • Politico Mag – Bernie Sanders Didn’t Win the Ideas Primary, Either
    • WSJ: Bernie Sanders’s Allies Aim to Keep Shaking Up Democratic Party
    • Business Insider – Bernie Sanders vows to stay on upcoming ballots and continue to gather delegates so he can ‘exert significant influence over the party platform’


  • Politico: Bernie’s congressional backers want Biden to buy in on progressive agenda 


    • Vox: Joe Biden will have a very hard time winning over the Berniesphere
    • NBC News – Progressive youth groups issue a list of demands for Joe Biden
    • Vox: Bernie Sanders’s campaign is over, but his legacy is winning
    • Politico Magazine – ‘Life After Bernie’: The Young Left Braces for Disappointment in 2020
    • NYT Op-Ed – Bernie Sanders Never Lied


  • LAT: Bernie Sanders’ Hollywood supporters are ‘devastated’ he dropped out


  • Mediaite – Trump Invites Bernie Supporters to Republican Party, Trolls Elizabeth Warren After Sanders Drops Out
  • Politico: Biden moves quickly to exorcise ‘the ghosts of 2016’
  • NYT: Now Comes the Hard Part for Joe Biden
  • USA Today – Joe Biden leads Donald Trump by 8 points in new poll; majority believe US is in a recession
  • CNBC: Biden and the DNC start to lay the groundwork for a joint fundraising effort to take on Trump
  • CNN: 2020 is shaping up to be all about Trump

Playing politics in the Pandemic

  • NYT: In New York, which saw a record number of deaths, “the bad news is actually terrible.”
  • WaPo: America’s most influential coronavirus model just revised its estimates downward. But not every model agrees.
  • Reuters: U.S. coronavirus death projection lowered, New York fears undercount
  • Politico: Trump’s top health officials predict diminished coronavirus death toll
  • ABC News: CDC director downplays coronavirus models, says death toll will be ‘much lower’ than projected
  • WaPo: Fox News is suggesting coronavirus deaths are significantly inflated. Data and logic suggest otherwise.
  • CNN: Right-wing media suggests coronavirus death toll is inflated, despite experts saying the opposite
  • Media Matters: Fox’s Brit Hume claims the number of coronavirus deaths are being inflated
  • WaPo: Coronavirus death toll: Americans are almost certainly dying of covid-19 but being left out of the official count
  • NYT: Official Counts Understate the U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll
  • The Atlantic: In Right-Wing Media, the Pivot Didn’t Happen
  • Media Matters: Fox News and other right-wing media mount new back-to-work push against coronavirus lockdowns
  • Salon: Tucker Carlson: Not job of public health officials to make “big decisions” about COVID-19 response
  • NYT: Alarm, Denial, Blame: The Pro-Trump Media’s Coronavirus Distortion
  • FiveThirtyEight – How Popular is Donald Trump
  • FiveThirtyEight – How Americans View The Coronavirus Crisis And Trump’s Response
  • Navigator: Coronavirus Live Updates: Public Opinion on Coronavirus: Navigator Daily
  • CNN – CNN Poll: Majority of Americans now say the federal government has done a poor job of preventing coronavirus spread
  • The Hill – Poll: Trump approval rises to 46 percent while disapproval rating drops
  • USA Today – Polls: Majority of Americans disapprove of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, trust Fauci
  • WSJ – The ‘Trump Bump’ Is Already Over
  • RealClear Politics – Trump’s Polling Bump Was Easy Come, Easy Go
  • Politico: Trump: GOP should fight mail-in voting because it ‘doesn’t work out well for Republicans’
  • WaPo: Trump, who has lied about voting for years, disparages voting by mail for self-serving reasons
  • The Hill: Trump defends his mail-in ballot after calling vote-by-mail ‘corrupt’
  • Vox: Democrats should making voting reform a nonnegotiable baseline for the next stimulus bill
  • Reuters: Most Americans, unlike Trump, want mail-in ballots for November if coronavirus threatens: Reuters/Ipsos poll
  • NPR: Fact Check: Is Mail Ballot Fraud As Rampant As President Trump Says It Is?
  • NBC News: Coronavirus has ignited a battle over voting by mail. Here’s why it’s so controversial.
  • NY Mag: What Democrats Might Need to Sacrifice to Get Voting by Mail
  • Politico: The new coronavirus funding battle over the November election