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The "hundred days" myth


Matt and Dara are joined by Vox's Andrew Prokop to talk about the very notion of a president's "first hundred days," whether or not it is a useful or important metric for their performance. Andrew talks about the history of the term, originating with F.D.R., and our hosts evaluate some of the recent lines of comparison between Biden and Roosevelt that have been floating around in the discourse lately. Plus, some research is analyzed that examines the effect of the channel placement of Fox News in certain areas, and Republican performance in federal elections.


"The myth of a president's 'first 100 days'" by Andrew Prokop, Vox (Apr. 29, 2021)

"Biden's first 100 days, explained in 600 words" by German Lopez, Vox (Apr. 30, 2021)

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Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Slowboring.com

Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration Reporter, ProPublica

Andrew Prokop (@awprokop), Senior Politics Correspondent, Vox


Erikk Geannikis, Editor and Producer

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