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100 Days In: Is Biden Actually a Progressive?

podcast April 29, 2021

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In this week’s episode, we review some of the most consequential news out of Washington D.C., from President Biden’s American Families Plan to the latest DOJ confirmation hearings and the House Judiciary Committee’s historic approval of H.R. 40 (a bill that would establish a commission to study reparations). It’s safe to say we are pleasantly surprised with how well things are going.

Joe Biden – @JoeBiden & @POTUS

Vanita Gupta – @vanitaguptaCR

Kristen Clarke – @KristenClarkeJD

Articles on Kristen Clarke and Vanita Gupta being tapped for the DOJ
NYT // Katie Brenner – Senate Democrats joined by Lisa Murkowski, confirm Vanita Gupta for a top Justice Dept. job https://nytimes.com/2021/04/21/us/vanita-gupta-senate-confirmation.html

NPR.org // Jason Breslow – Civil Rights Attorney Vanita Gupta Confirmed As Associate Attorney General https://npr.org/sections/trial-over-killing-of-george-floyd/2021/04/21/989599055/civil-rights-attorney-vanita-gupta-confirmed-as-associate-attorney-general

Newsweek // Kristin Clarke – I Prosecuted Police Killings. Defund the Police—But Be Strategic https://newsweek.com/i-prosecuted-police-killings-defund-police-strategic-opinion-1510018

NPR.org // Carrie Johnson – Kristen Clarke’s Civil Rights Record Led Her To Barrier-Breaking DOJ Nomination https://npr.org/2021/04/14/986851081/kristen-clarkes-civil-rights-record-led-her-to-barrier-breaking-doj-nomination

BuzzFeed News // Zoe Tillman – There Are 93 US Attorneys. Seven Are Women And Only Two Are Black. https://buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetillman/trump-us-attorneys-lack-diversity-justice-department

American Families Plan

WhiteHouse.gov // Fact Sheet: The American Families Plan https://whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/04/28/fact-sheet-the-american-families-plan/

Washington Post // Jeff Stein – White House’s new 1.8 Trillion ’families plan’ reflects ambitions – and limits – of Biden presidency https://washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2021/04/24/biden-families-plan-tax/

NYT // Jim Tankersley – Biden Will Seek Tax Increase on Rich to Fund Child Care and Education https://nytimes.com/2021/04/22/business/biden-taxes.html

H.R. 40
Democracy in Color with Steve Phillips – Reparations 101 https://democracyincolor.com/podepisodes/2020/7/9/reparations-101
Congress.gov // Sponsor Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee – H.R. 40 – The Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act https://congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/40/cosponsors

Associated Press // Kevin Freking – House panel poised to advance bill on slavery reparations https://local21news.com/news/nation-world/house-panel-poised-to-advance-bill-on-slavery-reparations

Aljazeera // William Roberts – Reparations for US slave descendants gains momentum https://aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/15/reparations-for-us-slave-descendants-gains-momentum

NYT // Angela Glover Blackwell and Michael McAfee – Banks Should Face History and Pay Reparations https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/26/opinion/sunday/banks-reparations-racism-inequality.html

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