Political Gabfest

The Completely Authentic, Totally Spontaneous, Fun-Loving Campaign Reboot Edition

Listen to Slate’s show about Hillary Clinton’s campaign reboot, the latest on the Iran nuclear deal, and Russia’s involvement in the Syrian civil war.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, John Dickerson, David Plotz, and special guest Julia Ioffe, contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine, discuss Hillary Clinton’s apology over her endless email scandal and her (latest) more humorous and heartfelt campaign reboot, President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal and what it means for Democrats politically, and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s motives for his escalating involvement in the ongoing civil war in Syria.

Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week’s show:

Julia chatters about the Russian “political expert” who proposed nuking the United States.

John chatters about the discovery of Homo naledi and “underground astronauts.”

David chatters about the greatest white bread in the world and Slate’s new podcast about the college admissions process, Getting In.

Slate’s Political Gabfest is coming to San Francisco on Tuesday at the historic Nourse Theater, with special guest Merlin Mann. A few more tickets remain available at slate.com/politicalSF. If you are a Slate Plus member, you will be eligible for a discount on your ticket purchase. If you’d like to become a Slate Plus member, visit slate.com/gabfestplus.

Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest (#heygabfest). (Tweets may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

Podcast production by Sarah Abdurrahman. Links compiled by Tarik Barrett.