Political Gabfest

The Weiner Edition

Listen to Slate’s show about Clinton scandals new and old, the fascinating Anthony Weiner documentary, and Peter Thiel funding Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Clinton scandals new and old, the fascinating Anthony Weiner documentary, and Peter Thiel funding Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker.

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

  • Hillary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s equally abysmal trustworthiness poll numbers
  • The new documentary Weiner, about Rep. Anthony Weiner
  • A New York Times article on Gawker, Peter Thiel, and Silicon Valley gossip journalism
  • The Forbes article that first named Peter Thiel as the billionaire funding Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker
  • An Andrew Ross Sorkin New York Times article in which Peter Thiel confirms the he funded the Gawker lawsuit and opens up about his motivations
  • Mother Jones’ costly (but victorious) lawsuit brought by an Idaho billionaire

John chatters about a delightful New York magazine article about two buildings dueling across Canal Street with Post-It window art.

Emily chatters about Amnesty International’s decision to put out a recommendation decriminalizing sex work.

David chatters about a favorite new podcast called Tumanbay, a Game of Thrones–style epic inspired by Egypt’s Mamluk slave dynasty.

Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest (#heygabfest). (Tweets may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Links compiled by Kevin Townsend.