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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest Emily Bazelon, Jamelle Bouie, and David Plotz discuss the fourth Republican debate and whether it helped clarify the GOP primary, the student protests at the University of Missouri and Yale University and what they can teach us about racism and the modern protest movement, and the Obama administration’s decision to appeal its executive action on immigration to the United States Supreme Court and whether the judicial branch is the appropriate venue for deciding the issue.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week’s show:
- The fourth Republican debate took place this week in Milwaukee, and focused on jobs, taxes, and the economy. Who won?
- Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio were generally viewed as winning the debate, but who will win the conservative vote? And was Jeb Bush able to revive his campaign? (Why are governors having such a hard time?)
- John offers his take on the fourth GOP debate (tune in as John moderates the Democratic debate on Nov. 14 from Des Moines, Iowa).
- Jamelle argues that the GOP candidates are unprepared for a general election that is fought over the economy and explores Ted Cruz’s insurgent and incognito campaign.
- Read more of Slate’s coverage of the GOP primary
- The president and chancellor of the University of Missouri both resigned this week in response to student protests. What happened (and what has happened since)?
- Meet Jonathan Butler, the student whose hunger strike inspired the boycott by the football team. What does an actual “Concerned Student 1950” think of the protests, should it really take a football team to force change on campus, are we witnessing the birth of a nation-wide movement, and what happens next?
- Jamelle explains why more black athletes may exert their political power for civil rights.
- Students at Yale University are protesting an incident involving a fraternity and an email exchange about Halloween. What’s going on?
- Are the students responding appropriately, is it time to take political correctness seriously, or should the local knowledge and character of the social unrest inform the discussion?
- Read more of Slate’s coverage of news and politics
- Following a defeat in the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit the Obama administration has decided to appeal its executive action on immigration to the United States Supreme Court. What happened?
- Are President Obama’s immigration policies constitutional or unconstitutional? What happens next?
- Read more of Slate’s coverage of jurisprudence
Tarik chatters about President Obama’s historic visit to a federal prison in Vice’s special report “Fixing the System” (learn more about the administration’s re-entry efforts here) and Aziz Ansari’s new Netflix series Master of None.
Emily chatters about the West Virginia Supreme Court’s landmark ruling that Joseph A. Buffey could withdraw his guilty plea for a 2002 robbery and rape because prosecutors withheld DNA evidence supporting his innocence.
David offers a conundrum: What is the best way to approach a parent who is acting particularly vicious toward his or her child?
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