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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the tightening race between Hillary and Bernie in Iowa, the Supreme Court’s upcoming blow to unions, and Sean Penn’s controversial interview with Mexican drug lord El Chapo.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week’s show:
- Polls essentially show a tie between Sanders and Clinton in Iowa. Is Bernie Sanders truly rising? Is Sanders the dog that caught the postal van?
- Is Hillary’s health care attack signaling a more vehement side? Is the attack nonsensical?
- Is criticism of Bill unfair to Hillary?
- Will Sanders win in Iowa and New Hampshire? Will that be enough to take Clinton down?
- The Supreme Court looks poised to deliver a huge blow to public-sector unions with a case that the conservative majority sees as a First Amendment issue.
- Declining union membership is correlated to declining middle-class income. Without public-sector unions what will protect the middle class? What will happen to the labor movement in the United States?
- We luxuriate in all the ways Sean Penn’s interview with El Chapo Guzmán was terrible—a journalistic embarrassment—before our more substantive critique. (Plus, see Lowen Liu’s fabulous line-edit of Penn’s interview for Slate.)
- How would Emily, John, and David have done the interview? What about letting El Chapo review the article before publishing? What if Penn had just given El Chapo a byline?
- Should it have been a Mexican journalist conducting the interview?
- Oh, and El Chapo didn’t even know who Sean Penn was, and was really only crushing on the actress Kate del Castillo.
- Read more of Slate’s coverage of news & politics.
John chatters about Maria Popova’s article on the psychology of trust, “The Confidence Game.”
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Podcast production by Jayson De Leon. Links compiled by Elle Bisgaard-Church.