Episode

4/29 Assessing the Biden Administration’s First 100 Days w/ David Dayen

April 29, 2021

Sam and Emma host David Dayen, Executive Editor at The American Prospect, to assess Biden’s first 100 days in office, what he’s accomplished, what’s been left on the table, and how we should read last night’s address as we move forward. They talk discourse versus policy, how lingering deficit hawkery obfuscates the future benefits of childcare and infrastructure improvements, and why it’s more pressing to provide immediate relief to American families than it is to tax the rich to pay for it. Then, Sam and Emma continue the conversation around Biden’s “blue-collar blueprint” and Jamaal Bowman helps highlight democrats’ tenuous hold over the senate in his response to Biden’s address.

And in the Fun Half: Dave from Scranton calls in to talk about avoiding reactionary politics and cynicism in the left, the group presents the Grifter Elegy that is J.D. Vance’s senatorial run, and Donald Trump sticks by Rudy Giuliani through levels of double standards that nobody has ever seen before, while Andrew gets theoretical in defense of his daddy. Next, they touch on Kamala Harris’ refusal to acknowledge the unrest caused by U.S. imperialism abroad, and by systemic racism at home, plus, your calls and IMs!

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