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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, special guests Jamelle Bouie, the new chief political correspondent at Slate, and Jack Hitt, prolific magazine writer and frequent contributor to This American Life, join Emily Bazelon to discuss Donald Trump’s immigration policy and its impact on the GOP’s prospects with Hispanic voters, whether the rise of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, is sustainable and whether Black Lives Matter is winning over Democratic candidates, and the recent New York Times investigative piece about working conditions at Amazon and the future of white-collar workers in the digital economy.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week’s show:
- Since solidifying his lead, Republican front-runner Donald Trump has unveiled the details of his immigration reform plan. It includes forcing Mexico to pay for a border fence, deporting the children of undocumented immigrants, and repealing birthright citizenship.
- Is Trump’s specificity a problem for his GOP rivals, how flawed is his plan, does it paint Republicans into a corner with Hispanic voters, and what would happen if it were actually implemented?
- Jamelle Bouie discusses how Trump’s astonishingly cruel plan is getting rave reviews from the GOP.
- Emily Bazelon examines the unwelcome return of “illegals” to the immigration debate.
- Read more of Slate’s coverage of the GOP primary.
- Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont continues to strike a chord with millions of Americans and impress with his mega-rallies. Has his surge peaked and what does he do next? (And is he still the “Left’s Ron Paul”?)
- Video has surfaced showing Hillary Clinton confronting Black Lives Matter activists. What does the meeting reveal about her approach to race and politics?
- Jamelle Bouie argues that the Black Lives Matter protests matter.
- Read more of Slate’s coverage of the 2016 campaign.
- The New York Times published an insightful and troubling piece about the bruising workplace at Amazon (particularly for white-collar workers).
- Is working at Amazon really as awful as the article claims (especially for families)?
- Read more of Slate’s coverage of news and politics.
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Podcast production by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Tarik Barrett.