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June 10, 2021
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“Does size matter?” (with Pete Buttigieg!)

In This Episode

Joe Biden’s Hot Vax Summer is off to a rocky start thanks to Republicans in Congress, and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg talks to Jon Lovett about how the administration plans to pass their jobs and infrastructure plan. Then, Dan Pfeiffer and Jon Favreau talk about some bright spots in the Biden agenda, and answer listener questions.


Show Notes



  • WaPo op-ed by Joe Biden: My trip to Europe is about America rallying the world’s democracies 
  • CNN: Joe Biden heads overseas as his prospects darken at home
  • AP: Biden to assure allies, meet Putin during 1st overseas trip
  • The Atlantic: Joe Biden Worries That China Might Win
  • Politico: Trans-Atlantic talks to end steel tariffs face a tough problem: China
  • NYT: Biden Is Embracing Europe, but Then What? NATO and the E.U. Have Concerns.
  • Politico: The never-ending, ever-frustrating hunt for the ‘Biden doctrine’ 
  • NYT: Cicadas Took On Biden’s Press Plane. They Won.
  • WSJ: Biden’s Agenda Takes On Steep GOP Resistance in Senate
  • Politico: Modest goals for Kamala Harris in her first foreign trip
  • Axios: Biden, Capito abandon infrastructure talks 
  • Special Report with Bret Baier: Capito Joins Fox News as White House Ends Infrastructure Negotiations with Senate GOP
  • Punchbowl
  • NYT: A bipartisan group of House lawmakers unveils an infrastructure proposal.
  • Politico: Inside Biden and Manchin’s Joemance
  • Politico Playbook: Why bipartisanship won’t get any easier in the Senate 
  • CNN: Democrats fear Biden’s agenda may be squandered as they pressure key moderates to abandon Senate GOP
  • Politico: Biden climate adviser: Infrastructure plan could omit some climate proposals
  • Truthout: Most Voters Prefer Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Over Smaller GOP Proposal
  • The Hill: Poll: Majority say it’s important to pass infrastructure bill with bipartisan support 



  • NYT: Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Bill to Bolster Competitiveness With China 
  • CNN: Senate passes massive bipartisan bill to combat China’s growing economic influence
  • WaPo: Senate approves sprawling $250 billion bill to curtail China’s economic and military ambitions 
  • NYT: Manchin’s Bipartisan Ultimatum Becomes a Democratic Stumbling Block
  • Vox: How Congress wrecked its own science bill, explained in 600 words
  • Slate: The Government Might Borrow a Move From Amazon to Turn More Cities Into Seattle
  • NBC: Bipartisan negotiators making progress on police reform bill 
  • CNN: Tim Scott on policing overhaul negotiations: It will be ‘very hard’ to meet June deadline 
  • NYT: Democrats, About to Miss a Police Reform Deadline, Hold Out Hope
  • Politico: Booker: Police reform talks see ‘meaningful progress’ 
  • NYT: As Talks Bog Down, Hopes for Bipartisan Deals on Biden’s Priorities Dim
  • CNN Poll 
  • NYT: Senate Confirms First Biden Judges, Beginning Push to Rebalance Courts
  • NBC News: Manchin puts Democrats in a bind as infrastructure talks churn
  • NBC News: Senate Democrats start confirming Biden’s judges to ‘restore the balance’ in courts 
  • FiveThirtyEight: How popular is Joe Biden
  • WaPo: Biden administration to buy 500 million Pfizer vaccine doses to donate to the world
  • WaPo Opinion: Were Biden’s bold first 100 days a mirage?
  • Political Playbook: Biden under pressure to act, not mull
  • NYT Opinion: What Happens When Biden’s Honeymoon Period Ends? 
  • PBS: What Biden can and can’t get from an evenly split Senate


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