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March 25, 2021
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“Biden’s chance to go big.” (with Heather McGhee!)

In This Episode

Jon and Heather talk about how Biden’s next economic plan could be even more progressive and transformative than the last, the results from the latest Crooked Media/Change Research Pollercoaster series on voting rights in Arizona, and whether anything can get done on gun control. Then, they discuss their favorite under-the-radar headlines.


Show notes


Will Biden Build Back Bigger?

  • NBC: Manchin calls for ‘enormous’ infrastructure package paid for with new taxes
  • NPR: Building A Big Infrastructure Plan, Biden Starts With A Bridge To Republicans
  • NYT: Biden Team Prepares $3 Trillion in New Spending for the Economy
  • NYT: Infrastructure Plan Seeks to Address Climate and Equality as Well as Roads
  • NYT: An Unusually Optimistic Conversation With Bernie Sanders
  • The Hill: Manchin says Democrats should pay for infrastructure, raise corporate taxes
  • NYT: How to Collect $1.4 Trillion in Unpaid Taxes
  • ABC: Biden’s COVID relief package is ‘right size’: Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen
  • Vox: How much to worry — and not worry — about inflation
  • NYT: How 10 Prominent Economists Think About Overheating
  • USA Today: Polls find most Americans support Biden’s COVID-19 stimulus package


Pollercoaster Series: Arizona and Voting Rights

  • Crooked Media: PollerCoaster: Voting Rights in Arizona
  • NYT: Republicans Fear Flawed Candidates Could Imperil Key Senate Seats
  • AZ Central: We didn’t help get Kyrsten Sinema elected so she could ensure Senate gridlock
  • Daily Kos: Sinema’s schtick is wearing thin in Arizona
  • AZ Family: New poll shows Kyrsten Sinema’s moderate approach has weakened democratic support
  • Vox: Poll: 61 percent of Arizonans say passing major bills is more important than keeping the filibuster
  • NYT: Democrats take their first steps in what they hope will be big changes to election law.
  • WaPo: ‘Shame, shame, shame:’ Sens. Schumer, McConnell spar over GOP efforts to roll back voting access
  • WSJ: Senate Lawmakers Spar Over Voting Rights Bill 
  • Politico: Voting rights clash hurtles Senate toward nuclear breakdown
  • Bloomberg: Manchin Says Any Overhaul of Voting Rights Must Have GOP Support
  • NY Mag: Will Joe Manchin Save Voting Rights? 
  • WaPo Opinion: H.R. 1 can’t pass the Senate. But here are some voting reforms that could.
  • WaPo: Opinion: This is no time to compromise on democracy reform


Gun Violence

  • NYT: Across States, a Checkerboard of Gun Laws Reflects Partisan Tilt
  • NYT: A List of Recent Mass Shootings in the United States
  • NYT: Nearly 40,000 People Died From Guns in U.S. Last Year, Highest in 50 Years (12/2018)
  • NYT: Why Does the U.S. Have So Many Mass Shootings? Research Is Clear: Guns. (11/2017)
  • NYT: How They Got Their Guns (2/2018)
  • WaPo: Shootings never stopped during the pandemic: 2020 was the deadliest gun violence year in decades
  • NYT: The latest mass shooting draws a familiar reaction in Washington, with lawmakers splintering along partisan lines.
  • WaPo: A key gun-violence loophole: It’s easy for guns to cross state borders
  • AP News: S. Carolina senator suggests everyone be made militia member
  • Denver Post: Boulder shooting suspect’s gun would’ve been illegal under city’s now-void assault-weapon ban
  • WaPo: ‘Ridiculous theater’: Sen. Cruz’s pushback on gun restrictions epitomizes high hurdles
  • WaPo: What Ideas Are in Play in the Latest U.S. Gun Debate
  • NYT: Biden has a long, frustrating history of pushing for gun control.
  • NPR: Gun Violence Deaths: How The U.S. Compares To the Rest of the World 


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