Political Gabfest

The “Hardest Job in the World” Edition

Listen to Slate’s show about Ronny Jackson, Hawaii v. Trump at SCOTUS, and the impossibility of the presidency.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Ronny Jackson’s will-he-won’t-he Cabinet nomination, arguments before SCOTUS in Hawaii v. Trump, and John’s new piece on the presidency.

Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show:


Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

Emily: Matthew Birkhold for Electric Lit: “Why Do So Many Judges Cite Jane Austen in Legal Decisions

John: “Pay Attention: What I Discovered From Sensory Deprivation

David: Don Blankenship is running for U.S. Senate in West Virginia while living in Nevada, on parole, and with a long and storied history of misdeeds.

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Podcast production by Jayson De Leon. Links compiled by Izzy Rode.