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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest: Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz are joined by Franklin Foer to discuss recent reports about Paul Manafort’s work in Ukraine (and apparent demotion in the Trump campaign). They also talk about the unrest in Milwaukee and a recent BuzzFeed piece on Juanita Broaddrick.
Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show:
- Paul Manafort’s possibly illegal connections to Russian power-players reported on by the Associated Press
- And Paul Manafort’s link to secret cash payments in Ukraine reported on by the Times
- Trump’s new campaign executive Steve Bannon has an affinity for investigative reporters, as detailed in a 2015 Bloomberg Businessweek profile
- Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke blames riots on “black cultural dysfunction” as written on Vox
- Katie J.M. Baker writes “Juanita Broaddrick Wants to Be Believed” in BuzzFeed
John chatters about the Partnership for Public Service, the nonprofit that assists in presidential transitions, recommending President Obama ease restrictions on lobbyists working in the White House.
Emily chatters about Ryan Lochte and other U.S. Olympic swimmers claiming they were robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro.
David chatters about Underground Airlines, a new book set in a counterfactual present day in which slavery still exists.
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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Links compiled by Kevin Townsend.