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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and Vox executive editor Matthew Yglesias discuss the Supreme Court’s pragmatic approach, the Greek debt crisis and what it means for the eurozone, and Donald Trump getting fired by everybody while surging in the polls.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week’s show:
- In Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, the Supreme Court held that the Elections Clause and 2 U.S.C. § 2a(c) permit Arizona’s use of an independent commission to adopt congressional districts. What does it all mean (in plain English)?
- In Glossip v. Gross, the Supreme Court held that death row inmates failed to establish a likelihood of success on the merits of their claim that the use of midazolam as the first drug in Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol violates the Eight Amendment. What does it all mean (in plain English)?
- In Obergefell v. Hodges the Supreme Court held that the 14th Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage is lawfully licensed and performed out of state. What does it all mean (in plain English)?
- Justice Anthony Kennedy and Chief Justice John Roberts demonstrated the import of context and consequences. Has the court become more liberal and is the judicial branch the best way to effectuate social change? Emily explains the Supreme Court’s opinion writing process.
- Read more of Slate’s coverage of Jurisprudence.
- This week, Greece became the first developed nation to default on its IMF obligations. What happened and what’s happening now?
- Can the eurozone survive without Greece and how does the debt crisis affect the global economy (and the euro)—and the United States?
- Read more of Slate’s coverage of the Greek financial crisis.
- Despite getting fired by almost everybody, Donald Trump continues to surge in the polls.
- What cost him his jobs and why does the GOP base seem to love him so much?
- Read more of Slate’s coverage of the 2016 campaign.
Matt chatters about why Donald Trump should buy part of Greece instead of running for president.
Emily chatters about Jeanne Marie Laskas’ forthcoming book Concussions.
David chatters about Sir Nicholas Winton and his SundanceNow Doc Club recommendation No Impact Man.
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