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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, John Dickerson, David Plotz, and Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post discuss the Twitter-firing of Rex Tillerson, the special election results from Pennsylvania, and Betsy DeVos’ bizarre interview on 60 Minutes.
Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show:
- Peter Baker, Gardiner Harris, and Mark Landler for the New York Times: “Trump Fires Rex Tillerson and Will Replace Him With C.I.A. Chief Pompeo”
- The expertise of Harvard Business School professor Gautam Mukunda in Vox: “Trump Is Trying to Run the Government Like His Business. That’s Why He’s Failing.
- Donald Trump appears in Home Alone 2.
- Steven Shepard for Politico: “Lamb Outraises Saccone by Nearly Five-to-One Margin in Pennsylvania Special Election”
- Conor Lamb’s TV ad, “Bio”
- Philip Bump for the Washington Post: “Trump Celebrates Winning 52 Percent of Women in 2016—Which Is Only How He Did Among Whites”
- Lesley Stahl for 60 Minutes: “Human Cargo, Secretary of Education, Treating Trauma”
- Alexandra Petri for the Washington Post: “Betsy DeVos Has Definitely Seen a School at Least Once”
Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:
David: Robert F. Worth for the New York Times Magazine, “How a Ransom for Royal Falconers Reshaped the Middle East”
John: Stephen Hawking was born on the anniversary of Galileo’s death and died on Einstein’s birthday, and Catherine Price’s How to Break Up With Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life”
Ruth: Susan Goldberg’s note “For Decades, [National Geographic’s] Coverage Was Racist. To Rise Above Our Past, We Must Acknowledge It” and “These Twins, One Black and One White, Will Make You Rethink Race”
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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Links compiled by Izzy Rode.