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February 22, 2021
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“When they Cuomo, we go high.”

In This Episode

House Democrats try to pass the American Rescue Plan by the end of the week, President Biden says he wants schools open five days a week by the end of April, and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Administration is under investigation for undercounting Covid-related nursing home deaths. Then Georgia State Representative Bee Nguyen talks to Tommy about her fight against a new round of voter suppression legislation from Republicans.


Show notes


Covid Relief 

  • Politico: Democrats shift Congress into top speed on Covid aid, but it may still be too slow for many
  • Reuters: U.S. House Democrats advance $1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid bill 
  • CNN: House Democrats unveil full $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill with minimum wage increase 
  • CNN: READ: Full House Democratic Covid relief and $15 minimum wage increase bill
  • NYT: Republicans Struggle to Derail Increasingly Popular Stimulus Package
  • Vox: Congress is writing up Biden’s stimulus plan. Here’s what’s in it.
  • Quinnipiac: February 3, 2021 – 61% Optimistic About Next Four Years With Biden In Office, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; 68% Of Americans Support The $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Relief Bill
  • Yahoo News: Yahoo News/YouGov poll: More than two-thirds of Americans side with Biden on COVID relief — and most support the rest of his agenda
  • CNN Analysis: In stimulus push, Biden calls on Republicans to heed their constituents
  • WaPo: Biden to critics of $1.9 trillion relief plan: ‘What would they have me cut?’ 
  • ABC News: Biden White House memo reveals strategy to pressure Republicans on COVID relief 
  • WaPo: Biden is winning Republican support for his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan. Just not in Washington. 
  • Politico: Sanders ‘confident’ $15 minimum wage would be allowed via reconciliation 
  • CNN: Sanders says $15 minimum wage not ‘incidental’ to federal budget as its place in Covid relief bill questioned
  • Politico: Biden privately tells governors: Minimum wage hike likely isn’t happening 
  • AP: Biden’s $15 wage proposal: Job killer or a boon for workers? 
  • CNN: Biden says he doesn’t think $15 minimum wage will survive in his Covid-19 relief proposal
  • The Hill: Biden expects minimum wage increase will be dropped from final relief bill
  • The Hill: Little known Senate referee to play major role on Biden relief plan
  • The Hill: Manchin meets with advocates pushing for $15 minimum wage
  • LA Times: Biden, progressive Democrats heading toward clash over minimum wage and student loans 
  • Roll Call: Small-business tax cuts eyed as sweetener for minimum wage boost 
  • Politico: The jockeying to replace Neera Tanden has begun
  • CNN: Neera Tanden to keep reaching out to senators next week as confirmation in jeopardy 
  • NYT: Neera Tanden, Biden’s Budget Nominee, Faces Challenge to Confirmation 
  • Politico: Manchin to oppose Tanden for OMB, imperiling major Biden nomination 
  • Axios: Manchin to vote “no” on Tanden’s nomination for White House budget office director
  • WaPo: Sen. Joe Manchin announces opposition to White House budget pick, possibly dooming her nomination 
  • NYT: Democrats’ Big Tent Helped Them Win. Now It Threatens Biden’s Agenda. 
  • WaPo: Mostly united over covid relief, Democrats face divisions over Biden’s massive second economic plan 
  • AP: Biden faces questions about commitment to minimum wage hike
  • The Hill: Biden seems set to pick fight over Rahm Emanuel


School Reopening

  • Bloomberg: Biden Aides Continue to Drive for School Reopenings by April 
  • NPR: Biden Says He Wants Most K-8 Schools Open 5 Days A Week By His First 100 Days 
  • FiveThirtyEight: Polls On Reopening Schools Are All Over The Map 
  • AP: Muddled promises on schools pose political problem for Biden
  • WaPo Opinion: Opinion: Republicans think they’ve found Biden’s big weakness. But there’s a problem. 
  • WaPo: Republicans unite around a message — schools should reopen, and Democrats are to blame
  • Politico: GOP tries to weaponize pandemic-exhausted parents against Biden 
  • NYT: Republicans Seize on Shuttered Schools as a Political Rallying Cry 
  • Politico: Teachers union leader on reopening schools: ‘If the NFL could figure out how to do this, let’s do it’
  • Daily Beast: Teachers Unions Say CDC Reopening Guidelines Are Fine, if You’ve Got Cash
  • HuffPo: Amid Tough School Reopening Battles, Americans Continue To Cheer Teachers Unions
  • NYT: The Union Leader Who Says She Can Get Teachers Back in Schools 
  • WaPo: Is it safe to open schools? Yes, but …
  • Vox: What it would really take to reopen American schools
  • NYT: C.D.C. officials say most available evidence indicates schools can be safe if precautions are taken on campus and in the community.
  • NYT: What Does a More Contagious Virus Mean for Schools?
  • NPR: If Schools Follow CDC Guidance, Biden’s Reopening Goals Could Be Hard To Reach
  • NBC News: Map: Which counties are ready for schools to fully open? 
  • CNBC: CDC’s classroom guidance would keep 90% of schools at least partially closed
  • CNN: CDC director says ‘we have work to do’ when it comes to reopening schools safely
  • CDC: Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation
  • NYT Magazine: Rhode Island Kept Its Schools Open. This Is What Happened.
  • WaPo Analysis: School reopenings: A political pledge the Biden administration has limited authority to back up
  • The Hill: Fauci: Stimulus bill needs to be passed for schools to reopen
  • NPR: Education Dept. Launches First Federal Effort To Track School Reopening 
  • NYT: Biden Is Vowing to Reopen Schools Quickly. It Won’t Be Easy.
  • Morning Consult: Teachers Should Be Vaccinated Before Schools Reopen, Most Voters Say 
  • WaPo: Biden team struggles to specify when schools will open, normalcy will return 
  • Politico: Fauci: ‘Non-workable’ to vaccinate teachers before schools open
  • CNN: Biden says teachers should move up in priority to receive Covid-19 vaccine 
  • CNN: White House says teacher vaccinations are ‘not a requirement to reopen’ schools
  • CNBC: Prioritizing teacher vaccinations will be a challenge until shortage is resolved, Biden official says 
  • LA Times: California will earmark 10% of weekly COVID-19 vaccine supply for teachers


Covid in Nursing Homes

  • WaPo Analysis: Andrew Cuomo’s nursing home problem is getting worse
  • Spectrum News: A Timeline of New York’s Nursing Home Controversy
  • NYT: New Allegations of Cover-Up by Cuomo Over Nursing Home Virus Toll
  • AP: AP: Over 9,000 virus patients sent into NY nursing homes
  • NYT: N.Y. Severely Undercounted Virus Deaths in Nursing Homes, Report Says 
  • NPR: Investigation: Cuomo Team Undercounted N.Y. COVID-19 Nursing Home Deaths
  • New York State Office of the Attorney General: Attorney General James Releases Report on Nursing Homes’ Response to COVID-19 
  • The New Yorker: The Sound and the Fury of Andrew Cuomo
  • NYT: As Outcry Over Nursing Homes Grows, Cuomo Lashes Out at Critics 
  • NYT: Cuomo Attacks a Fellow Democrat Over Nursing Home Criticism 
  • NYT: Cuomo Accepts Some Blame in Nursing Home Scandal but Denies Cover-Up 
  • The Guardian: ‘Meet the governor we’ve known all along’: how Cuomo fell from grace
  • NY Mag: AOC Calls for ‘Full Investigation’ of Cuomo Nursing Home Scandal
  • WSJ: Nursing-Home Death Data Was Sought From Cuomo by U.S. Prosecutors 
  • NBC News: U.S. attorney, FBI investigating Cuomo’s handling of nursing home deaths 
  • NYT: Cuomo Faces Revolt as Legislators Move to Strip Him of Pandemic Powers 
  • NBC News Opinion: Trump made Cuomo a Covid hero. A nursing home scandal proves the honeymoon’s over. (
  • Slate: Why Do Democrats Pretend Andrew Cuomo Did a Good Job With COVID? 
  • SacBee: California nursing home workers died of COVID. The industry failed to tell state watchdogs
  • NYT: Cuomo at a Crossroads: What Comes Next? 
  • The New Republic: Andrew Cuomo Needed Donald Trump



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