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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Trump’s apparent pay-to-play with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, the upcoming presidential debates, and Georgetown University’s form of reparations for its slaveholding past.
Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show:
- Christina Wilkie in the Huffington Post: “Trump Held Fundraiser for Pam Bondi at Mar-a-Lago After She Dropped Investigation”
- Patrick Healy and Matt Flegenheimer in the New York Times: “Hillary Clinton Piles Up Research in Bid to Needle Donald Trump at First Debate”
- Philip Rucker in the Washington Post: “Inside Debate Prep: Clinton’s Careful Case vs. Trump’s ‘WrestleMania’ ”
- Ben Mathis-Lilley in Slate: “Georgetown Will Give Admissions Preference to Descendants of Slaves It Benefited From”
- Matt Yglesias writes in Vox: “Against Transparency”
John chatters about how psychopaths may prefer bitter tastes.
Emily chatters about the President’s Council of Advisers on Scientific Technology criticizing common forms of forensic science used to convict people.
David chatters about a fantastic Vanity Fair piece looking back at the entire Theranos saga.
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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Links compiled by Kevin Townsend.