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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the third GOP debate and whether it marks the end of Jeb Bush’s White House aspirations, the two-year budget agreement shepherded by outgoing House Speaker John Boehner and whether it is a victory for President Obama, and yet another troubling encounter between a white police officer and a black citizen—this time involving a high school student in her classroom—and what it means for education policy and race relations in America.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week’s show:
- The third Republican debate (including the undercard) was hosted by CNBC, this week at the University of Colorado in Boulder (watch it here in 90 seconds). It focused on fiscal policy and was full of contentious exchanges (mostly with the CNBC moderators). Who won?
- With Ben Carson maintaining his soporific cool and Donald Trump largely quiet, the pundits declared Sen. Marco Rubio the clear winner and decried Jeb Bush as the biggest loser. Is Jeb’s campaign really in a “death spiral” and is he probably toast, or is it just a case of where perception is reality? (And was Sen. Ted Cruz the real winner?)
- John explains why Rubio won the debate. Jamelle Bouie argues that Jeb died on that stage.
- Read more of Slate’s coverage of the GOP primary
- Led by outgoing Speaker John Boehner and over the objections by Paul Ryan and many in the GOP caucus, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a crucial bipartisan budget deal (read more about the deal here and here). The Senate passed the deal early Friday morning.
- Is the deal—the “clean” exit that Boehner sought—a victory for President Obama or simply a strategic ploy by Republicans and a harbinger of things to come (such as “symbolic stuff”)?
- Will new Speaker of the House Paul Ryan be able to control disgruntled Republicans or is the GOP really in disarray?
- Read more of Slate’s coverage of news and politics
- Ben Fields was fired this week after video showed him flipping and slamming a student for failing to comply with a teacher’s request regarding her cellphone (his attorney has since defended his actions). Could this incident have been avoided?
- Why does school discipline differ for girls based on race and hue, why are black children treated so differently than white children, and why are black students disciplined and suspended and expelled disproportionately across the country (including preschoolers)? Why are black boys viewed as older and less innocent than white boys, and why are myths about racial differences in behavior so prevalent and persistent?
- Is our education system separate and unequal, what does it all mean for the school-to-prison pipeline, and what can be done to remedy these issues?
- Jamelle Bouie examines implicit bias and the lessons of brutality from this disturbing incident.
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Podcast production by Jason De Leon. Links compiled by Tarik Barrett.