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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss former Florida governor and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s comments about “anchor babies” and immigration. They also debate the controversy involving New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and topless desnudas in Times Square, and ask David Leonhardt, managing editor of the Upshot section of the New York Times, about the impact of China’s economic crisis on global markets.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week’s show:
- Jeb Bush’s controversial remarks about “anchor babies” landed him in hot water (and seemed to contradict his prior position) and were exacerbated by his efforts to clarify his comments. Can he recover—and will his new, more aggressive tone toward Donald Trump help?
- Donald Trump is, once again, “trumping” after ejecting award-winning journalist and Univision reporter Jorge Ramos from his recent press conference. Will his latest ploy hurt his poll numbers and foment further harm to the GOP among Latino voters, or will he remain politico Teflon?
- Jamelle Bouie, Slate’s new chief political correspondent, explores how the GOP’s immigration problem could extend to include Asian voters.
- Read more of Slate’s coverage of the GOP primary.
- Read more of Slate’s coverage of the 2016 campaign.
- After weeks of manipulating its markets, particularly by devaluing the yuan, China’s economic crisis led to unprecedented turmoil in global markets (including the loss of $2.1 trillion in value as the U.S. stock markets fell off a cliff—and more than $5 trillion in value globally). What happened and why did it happen (whatever you do, don’t sell)?
- Slate’s Alison Griswold and Jordan Weissmann offer a crystal-clear explanation of why global stocks plummeted. David Leonhardt explains that part of the problem is that stocks are expensive.
- Was this an economic harbinger of a future recession (can crashes be a good thing?) or evidence of the growing strength of the post-recession U.S. economy? And should we even pay attention to markets or invest in stocks at all?
- Fortunately, U.S. markets are rebounding (thanks, in part, to sound fiscal policy), global markets are recovering, and China is beginning to recuperate.
- Read more at Slate’s Moneybox blog about business and economics.
- New York City (along with 60 other cities) has been taken over by topless women (NSFW), pitting Mayor Bill de Blasio (and his multiagency city task force)—along with Gov. Andrew Cuomo—against the desnudas of Times Square.
- Are the topless women violating the law, is the uproar overblown (and unhealthy), and who were the pioneers of the topless movement?
- Read more of Slate’s coverage of news and politics.
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Podcast production by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Tarik Barrett.