Political Gabfest

The “Sick and Tired of Your Damn Emails” Edition

Listen to Slate’s show about the Democratic debate, whether Paul Ryan should run for speaker, and Wisconsin’s possible landmark gun control case.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the first Democratic debate and what we learned about each candidate and the state of the 2016 Democratic primary; whether Rep. Paul Ryan wants to be speaker of the House, and what happens if he does; and how a jury verdict in Wisconsin holding a gun seller liable for the consequences of an illegal sale might inform the ongoing gun control debate in the U.S.

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

Emily chatters about the Lifetime series Unreal.

John chatters about Bob Woodward’s newest novel, The Last of the President’s Men.

David chatters about PBS’s The Great British Baking Show and the Guano Islands Act.

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Podcast production by Jason De Leon. Links compiled by Tarik Barrett.