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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss recent police shootings, an Atlantic cover story on what ails American politics, and the upcoming party conventions.
Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show:
- On this week’s Face the Nation, Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP notes that, in many communities, the problem isn’t re-establishing a relationship between police and black Americans; it’s about creating one that’s never existed.
- Ferguson, Missouri, relies on fees and fines for municipal revenue.
- Jonathan Rauch’s cover story in the Atlantic: “How American Politics Went Insane”
- The anti-Trump forces hope to use the rules committee to upend the Republican Convention.
Emily chatters about why Ruth Bader Ginsburg insulting Trump is problematic.
John chatters about a story from the book The Republic of Spin in which Warren Harding’s 1920 campaign had him pitch in a Chicago Cubs game in Ohio.
David chatters about a game he created called “10-Second Spouse” where you pick a defined area where you have 10 seconds to pick someone you’d marry.
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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Links compiled by Kevin Townsend.