Political Gabfest

The “Hack, Sputter, Cough” Edition

Listen to Slate’s show about Clinton’s health, Trump’s foundation, and improving incomes.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, John Dickerson, Ruth Marcus, and David Plotz discuss Clinton’s coughs and gaffes, Trump’s foundation, and new numbers showing improving incomes.


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

Ruth chatters about Christine Brennan writing about Penn State honoring former coach Joe Paterno.

John chatters about a new theory that Mary Todd Lincoln’s mental health problems were due to a B12 deficiency.

David chatters about a New York Times reporter chronicling her hajj and explaining the minutiae of the Muslim rite in a fantastic series.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Links compiled by Kevin Townsend.