Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: The consequences of inaction and obstruction

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Ezra Klein/NY Times:

Biden Is the Anti-Trump, and It’s Working

If you can dial down the conflict, you can dial up the policy.

But the relative quiet is deceptive: Policy is moving at a breakneck pace. The first weeks of the Biden administration were consumed by a flurry of far-reaching executive orders that reopened America to refugees, rejoined the Paris climate accords and killed the Keystone XL oil pipeline, to name just a few. Now the House has passed, and the Senate is considering, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, a truly sweeping piece of legislation that includes more than a half-dozen policies — like a child tax credit expansion that could cut child poverty by 50 percent — that would be presidency-defining accomplishments on their own.


NEW: With 50+ mil vaccinated, the the urgent question on many minds is: When can I throw away my mask?

In private with other vaccinated people? Right now.

In public spaces? Depends on disease rates and the percentage of vaccinated people.

— Apoorva Mandavilli (@apoorva_nyc) March 3, 2021
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