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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest: Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and Kirsten Powers discuss Republicans abandoning Trump, the art of the political apology, and a Caitlin Flanagan essay in the Atlantic linking binge drinking to helicopter parenting.
Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show:
- A Vox piece on why Trump goes wrong when he tries to “speak conservative”
- Hillary Clinton’s sit-down interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace
- “The Art and Science of Apologizing” in the Atlantic
- Aaron Lazare’s book, On Apology
- Jonathan Merritt writes “Trump-Loving Christians Owe Bill Clinton an Apology” in the Atlantic
- Caitlin Flanagan’s piece in the Atlantic: “How Helicopter Parenting Can Cause Binge Drinking”
John chatters about a potential future Whistlestop: the time a chorus of psychiatrists called Sen. Barry Goldwater “unfit” to be president.
Kirsten chatters about the show Veep on HBO.
Emily chatters about Missouri’s lead public defender assigning the governor a case in an effort to compel action on the public defender office’s budget needs.
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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Links compiled by Kevin Townsend.