Media Round Up: Week of February 28th

Happy Friday! Welcome to our Media Round Up. Each week we’re collecting and sharing our favorite gender + politics stories. Here’s what caught our eye this week:

Biden Drops Tanden Nomination Amid Bipartisan Opposition

Emily Cochrane, Michael D. Shear and Jim Tankersley, The New York Times

On Tuesday, the White House announced it would be dropping Neera Tanden’s nomination for director of the Office of Management and Budget following bipartisan congressional opposition in an evenly split Senate. President Biden said in a statement that Tanden had requested to withdraw her nomination and that he’s looking forward to finding another role in the administration for her. Tanden, who would have been the first Indian American to lead the office, drew criticism due to past tweets in which she  critiqued Republican and Democratic lawmakers.

You can read the full article here.

A Cuomo departure would set up Kathy Hochul to be New York’s first female governor

Peter W. Stevenson, The Washington Post

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is being pressured to resign by members of both parties following a number of sexual harassment allegations against him. On Wednesday, Gov. Cuomo announced he would not consider leaving office despite the state attorney general’s investigation into the claims. If Gov. Cuomo were to resign, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul would become New York’s first woman governor. “If she were to come into the governor’s office in this way, she’d come in with some reservoir of goodwill, some reservoir of trust,” said Julie Novkov, professor of political science and women’s, gender and sexuality studies at the University at Albany. “New York perceives itself as being a progressive state, and we’ve never had a woman governor.”

You can read the full article here.

Elizabeth Warren renews push for wealth tax after joining Senate finance panel

Amanda Becker, The 19th

On Monday, Senator Elizabeth Warren renewed her 2019 Democratic primary campaign proposal for a wealth tax in order to combat income inequality and repair the economy. Joining Sen. Warren in the unveiling of the Ultra-Millionaire Tax Act are Democrats Rep. Pramila Jayapal and Rep. Brendan Boyle, and the act is co-sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders. The proposal would levy a 2% annual tax on households and trusts worth $50 million to $1 billion, with an additional 1% tax on those over $1 billion. Experts estimate this tax would raise over $3 trillion in a decade.

You can read the full article here.

Progressive House Democrats pressure Harris to invoke rarely employed move to ignore parliamentarian decision on wage hike

Manu Raju, CNN

Many House Democrats are asking Vice President Kamala Harris to invoke a move that hasn’t been used since 1975 — ignoring the Senate’s parliamentarian decision on the federal minimum wage. The move would draw criticism from both Republicans and Democrats who say defying the parliamentarian would cause disruption in the Senate, and risk sinking the overall $1.9 trillion relief bill. “For the last twelve years, working Americans have struggled to get by under a federal minimum wage that remains stuck at $7.25 per hour,” says the letter to Harris pressuring her to invoke the move. “Since its establishment in 1938 as part of the New Deal, the federal minimum wage has never gone this long without a boost.”

You can read the full article here.

RBG could be honored with a monument at the U.S. Capitol

Caroline Kitchener, The Lily

The U.S. Capitol, which primarily houses monuments and portraits of white men from our nation’s history, could have a new permanent addition in the form of a fixture honoring the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. On Tuesday, the Democratic Women’s Caucus introduced a House bill to build a monument of Ginsburg in a prominent place in the Capitol as a tribute to her lifelong fight for women’s rights. “She was an icon and a trailblazer who dedicated her life to opening doors for women at a time when so many insisted on keeping them shut,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who presented a companion bill in the Senate. “It is only fitting that the members of the Senate and the House of Representatives honor her life and service by establishing a monument in the Capitol.”

You can read the full article here.

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