Political Gabfest

The “Eight Count” Edition

Listen to Slate’s show about Manafort, Cohen, McGahn, potential presidential impeachment, and the Kavanaugh nomination.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Tuesday’s conviction of Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen’s guilty plea, and Don McGahn’s cooperation with the special counsel as well as Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination.

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


Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

  • Emily: The terrible attempts to link disability access to the closing of predominantly black polling places in Georgia.

The Associated Press: Backlash Erupts Over Poll-Closing Plan in Black County

Carol Anderson for the New York Times: Brian Kemp, Enemy of Democracy

Ed Kilgore for New York magazine: Georgia County Trying to Close Most of Its Polling Places

  • David: Making It a new show with Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman (stars of Parks and Rec) in the spirit of the Great British Bake Off but of crafts.


For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, the hosts discuss whether Trump adviser Larry Kudlow should have invited his old friend—white supremacist publisher—Peter Brimelow to his birthday party. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at Slate.com/gabfestplus.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Links compiled by Izzy Rode.