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On this special episode of the Slate Political Gabfest, recorded live at the Texas Tribune Festival, Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss Brett Kavanaugh’s experience in purgatory and the possibility that former felons will regain the right to vote in Florida. Then they are joined by guest DeRay Mckesson who discusses his new book, On the Other Side of Freedom.
Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show:
- Emily’s interview at the Texas Tribune Festival with Eric Holder: “One on One With Eric Holder”
- Benjamin Wittes for the Atlantic: “Kavanaugh Bears the Burden of Proof”
- On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope by DeRay Mckesson
- DeRay Mckesson’s podcast, Pod Save the People
- Fatal Force, the Washington Post’s database of police shootings
- Emily Atkin for the New Republic: “Did Flint’s Water Crisis Damage Kids’ Brains?”
- Jennifer L. Doleac for Brookings: “New Evidence That Lead Exposure Increases Crime”
- Emily Bazelon for the New York Times Magazine: “Will Florida’s Ex-Felons Finally Regain the Right to Vote?”
- Ian Ayres and John Fabian Witt for the Washington Post: “Democrats Need a Plan B for the Supreme Court. Here’s One Option.”
- Heidi Bond for Slate: “I Received Some of Kozinski’s Infamous Gag List Emails. I’m Baffled by Kavanaugh’s Responses to Questions About Them.”
Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:
- David: Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis, and Chris Mooney for the Washington Post: “Trump Administration Sees a 7-Degree Rise in Global Temperatures by 2100”
- Emily: Katie Benner for the New York Times: “Judge Denies Trump’s Request to Dismiss Emoluments Lawsuit”
- John: Hayley Campbell for BuzzFeed: “I Hung Out With Jeremy Bentham’s Severed Head and This Is What I Learned”
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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.
Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.