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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the Trump administration inner circle, whether journalists and bureaucrats should treat his presidency as normal, and Facebook’s fake news problem.
Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show:
- Kris Kobach, Kansas attorney general and a Trump insider, said the transition team is considering a Muslim registry
- Ross Douthat writes in the New York Times: “You Must Serve Trump”
- Eliot Cohen writes in the Washington Post: “I told conservatives to work for Trump. One talk with his team changed my mind.”
- David Luban writes in Slate: “The Case Against Serving in the Trump Administration”
- Jack Shafer writes in Politico: “Don’t Fret About Fake Political News”
Emily chatters about the upcoming book by Fordham Law professor John Pfaff: Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform.
For his chatter, John remembers renowned journalist Gwen Ifill.
David chatters about the (very soothing) Netflix series The Crown, chronicling the life of Queen Elizabeth.
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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Links compiled by Kevin Townsend.