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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:
- Eisenhower’s heart attack and how his administration responded to it in the press
- The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold reporting on Trump’s charitable giving, which includes stories on a 6-foot portrait of Trump, the lack of evidence for his claims that he’s donated tens of millions of dollars, and how Trump retooled his charity to make it spend other people’s money
- The delinking of consumer confidence and approval ratings
- Newsweek’s “How the Trump Organization’s Foreign Business Ties Could Upend U.S. National Security”
- Adam Davidson writes in the New Yorker that we’re as rich as we were in 1998
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.