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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the Republican Party amid Donald Trump’s judge comments, Hillary Clinton clinching the nomination, and the Stanford University rape case.
Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show:
- Paul Ryan called Trump’s comments about Judge Gonzalo Curiel the “textbook definition” of racism.
- In a Face the Nation interview with John Dickerson, Trump said a Muslim judge would treat him unfairly.
- John also interviewed Paul Ryan on Face the Nation, where he asked the House speaker about Trump and the Republican Party.
- John mentions historian Bruce Miroff’s argument that liberal ideas were tied to George McGovern’s 1972 loss, noting that conservatives worry about a Trump loss doing the same to conservative ideas.
- Howard Dean received a call from Al Gore the night before he dropped out, in a scene described by the Atlantic’s Molly Ball.
- BuzzFeed published the moving statement that the Stanford rape victim read to her attacker in court.
- The six-month sentence for Brock Turner has prompted a recall effort on the judge.
- Dan Turner, the father of the ex-Stanford swimmer, wrote a letter defending his son that has drawn intense criticism.
Emily chatters about the WNYC podcast Two Dope Queens.
John chatters about learning from Reddit about how “shot towers” were built in the late 18th century to manufacture bullets by dropping molten lead from heights that would allow them to harden into spheres, a huge improvement on the cavity molds of the era.
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