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The “Brexit Pursued by a Bear” Edition

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, John Dickerson, David Plotz, and Jamelle Bouie discuss the Orlando shooting and its aftermath, are joined by the Economist’s Washington Bureau Chief and Lexington columnist David Rennie for a discussion of the so-called Brexit vote, and ponder whether anti-Trump Democrats should protest the GOP convention.


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


  • David Rennie, the Economist’s Washington bureau chief and Lexington columnist, joined the Brexit discussion. The magazine published a cover story opposing the leave campaign: “Divided We Fall.”
  • Trump’s response to Orlando was disapproved of by a majority of Americans, according to a recent CBS poll.
  • This week, Jamelle asked the question: “Does Terrorism Help Donald Trump?
  • A Reuters/Ipsos poll found Donald Trump with only 32 percent support compared with 46 percent for Hillary Clinton.

Jamelle chatters about ESPN’s 30 for 30 extended documentary on O.J. Simpson: O.J.: Made in America

John chatters about a new Field Notes’ reporter’s notebook: a limited edition called the “Byline” that he helped them design! (There’s even a video with John on their site.)

David chatters about Invisibilia’s new season, starting this week with a story from his wife, Hanna Rosin, about a wonderful work of vandalism in the New York subway.

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Podcast production by Dan Bloom. Links compiled by Kevin Townsend.