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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon; New York Times columnist Ross Douthat; and Ruth Marcus, deputy editor with the Washington Post’s editorial page, discuss the GOP’s proposed tax “reform,” Roy Moore’s victory in Alabama, and Trump’s attack on pro athletes.
Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show:
- Ruth Marcus for the Washington Post: “Where Are All the President’s Women?”
- Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Alan Rappeport for the New York Times: “Trump Proposes the Most Sweeping Tax Overhaul in Decades”
- Brian Lyman for the Montgomery Advertiser: “Robert Bentley Appoints Luther Strange to U.S. Senate”
- Harry Enten for FiveThirtyEight: “The NFL Protests May Be Unpopular Now, but That Doesn’t Mean They’ll End That Way”
- Ross Douthat for the New York Times: “Trump’s Empty Culture Wars”
Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:
- Emily: Jaime Lowe’s upcoming book, Mental: Lithium, Love, and Losing My Mind
- Ross: Reflecting on the TV show The Girls Next Door in the wake of Hugh Hefner’s death
- Ruth: Binge-watching Srugim, which she describes as “Friends meets Yentl”
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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Links compiled by Izzy Rode.