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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Donald Trump’s recent attacks on women, developments in the Democratic race, and President Obama’s blaming of the media for the rise of Trump.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week’s show:
- Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, was charged with battery this week in the now-infamous incident involving Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields. But the Trump campaign is not much interested in the truth.
- Recent polling shows Trump is down 10 points to Ted Cruz in Wisconsin.
- Trump’s negativity rating among women is seriously low and historically unprecedented.
- Delegate math for a Bernie Sanders nomination: To get a majority he needs to round up about 56 percent of the remaining delegates. Clinton typically wins the closed contests; Sanders would also need to gain ground in those races. Also, Sanders needs to pick up more nonwhite voters and older voters.
- Obama recently chastised the media for its “coarsening of the political campaign,” implying its responsibility for the rise of Trump.
- Jack Shafer, meanwhile, writes about the ways in which Obama has clamped down on the media during his presidency.
Emily chatters about a boon for women’s reproductive rights: the new Food and Drug Administration’s label change for mifepristone, the most widely used abortion drug.
John chatters about the Mammoth cheese, a gift of republicanism intended for President Jefferson in 1801.
David chatters about a demographically specific urban revival in the U.S.
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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Links compiled by Elle Bisgaard-Church.