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March 01, 2021
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"Bienvenidos a Orlando (with Will Smith!)"

In This Episode

Democrats debate a path for the minimum wage now that the Senate parliamentarian has ruled against using budget reconciliation. Donald Trump gives the first speech of his ex-presidency at CPAC, where Republicans spend more time talking about Mr. Potato Head than about the pandemic. And Will Smith joins Jon F. to talk about his new docuseries on the 14th Amendment, “Amend: The Fight for America.”


Show notes


Covid Relief and the Minimum Wage

  • NYT: Biden Agenda Faces Difficult Test as Stimulus Measure Heads to Senate 
  • WaPo: House Democrats pass Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief plan despite setback on minimum wage
  • Politico: House passes Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package 
  • ABC News: A bipartisan coronavirus relief bill would be easier to pass: GOP Sen. Rob Portman 
  • CNN: White House and Democrats defend House passing Covid-19 relief package without GOP support
  • The Hill: DNC releases video hitting Republicans on vote against coronavirus relief bill 
  • WaPo: Biden, facing resistance in Congress, courts GOP governors 
  • NYT: Give Biden a Chance? On Covid Aid, Some Trump Voters Just Might 
  • Politico: The GOP’s anti-stimulus rallying cry: What happened to the unspent $1 trillion? 
  • WaPo Analysis: The GOP might oppose one of the most popular bills in decades. How risky is that?
  • WaPo Analysis: Dissecting the House GOP spin against Biden’s $1.9 trillion covid relief bill
  • CBS News: 13 House Republicans are voting by proxy on COVID relief bill, citing pandemic, but they’re speaking at CPAC 
  • WaPo: Minimum-wage increase imperiled in covid relief bill by Senate official’s ruling
  • NYT: Top Senate Official Disqualifies Minimum Wage From Stimulus Plan
  • Vox: The $15 minimum wage is effectively dead — for now
  • American Prospect: First 100: Put the Minimum Wage Bill on the Floor 
  • The Truthout: $15 Minimum Wage Would Have Bigger Budget Impact Than GOP Tax Cuts, Says CBO
  • NPR: $15 Minimum Wage Would Reduce Poverty But Cost Jobs, CBO Says 
  • Roll Call Op-Ed: Congress should use the budget to raise the minimum wage 
  • Message Box: The Case for Firing the Parliamentarian
  • Vox: Democrats’ remaining options for raising the minimum wage, explained
  • Politico: Democrats short of a backup plan after minimum wage ruling 
  • WaPo: Power Up: Liberals mount pressure campaign to overrule Senate parliamentarian on minimum wage
  • WaPo: Minimum-wage increase imperiled in covid relief bill by Senate official’s ruling
  • The Hill: Klain says Harris would not overrule parliamentarian on minimum wage increase 
  • WaPo: Some Democrats want to fire the Senate parliamentarian who scuttled $15 minimum-wage plans. It’s been done once before. 
  • WaPo: Senior Democrats abandon backup plan on $15 per hour minimum wage hike
  • NY Mag: Democrats Can Still Get a $15 Minimum Wage Into the COVID-Relief Bill 
  • NYT: House Passes $1.9 Trillion Stimulus as Democrats Work to Salvage Wage Raise
  • WaPo: Senate Democratic leaders explore tax penalties on corporations paying below $15 an hour
  • The Hill: ‘Plan B’ for $15 minimum wage unveiled 
  • CNN: House and Senate progressives split over next steps on minimum wage 
  • Politico: Progressives push to squash Senate filibuster after minimum wage defeat
  • CNN: Would progressives support Covid relief package if minimum wage is taken out? Depends on how 
  • NYT: Republicans Grapple With Raising the Minimum Wage 



  • WaPo: At conservative conference, Trump’s election falsehoods flourish
  • Politico: CPAC puts a bull’s-eye on China
  • LA Times: Conservatives slam California, challenge Gavin Newsom at CPAC
  • NYT: A Day Before He Speaks, Conservative Gathering Is Mostly About Trump 
  • NYT: Trump Loyalists Spurn ‘Failed Republican Establishment of Yesteryear’ 
  • NYT: At CPAC, a Golden Image, a Magic Wand and Reverence for Trump
  • Daily Beast: CPAC Speaker Angela Stanton King Promotes QAnon From Stage 
  • Vox: CPAC 2021 shows how conservatives have learned nothing about the coronavirus
  • WaPo Opinion: Opinion: CPAC’s speakers exult in conservative victimhood
  • CNN: Fact checking CPAC: speakers make false claims about the election, the Capitol attack, immigration, Covid, and The Muppets
  • HuffPo: Kimberly Guilfoyle’s Wild CPAC Prediction About Trump Puzzles Pretty Much Everyone
  • Slate: CPAC Organizer Vehemently Denies Stage Was Designed to Look Like Nazi Symbol
  • ABC News: 3 key takeaways from Friday’s CPAC event: Speakers stand behind Trump
  • Mother Jones: Ted Cruz Screams His Way Through Bad Jokes at CPAC
  • Politico: Fauci on CPAC speech: ‘I’m sure that you can get a standing ovation by saying I’m wrong’
  • Vox: Kristi Noem tried to take a victory lap for her coronavirus response on CBS. It did not go well. 
  • CNN: 2024 Republican prospects seek their own breakout moments at Trump-dominated CPAC
  • Rolling Stone: CPAC Erupts in Delight After Hawley Brags About Trying to Overturn Election
  • NYT: Trump Pledges G.O.P. Unity, Then Attacks Republicans Who Backed Impeachment
  • CNN: Trump tells CPAC crowd ‘the incredible journey’ is ‘far from being over’ 
  • NPR: Trump Blasts Biden In His 1st Speech Since Leaving Office 
  • NYT: Trump, Addressing Conservatives, Plans to Claim Leadership of G.O.P. (2/28)
  • Politico Playbook:  POLITICO Playbook: Fears about Trump out of the cage
  • NYT: Trump Wins CPAC Straw Poll, but Only 68 Percent Want Him to Run Again 
  • The Hill: Trump wins CPAC straw poll with 55 percent


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