Political Gabfest

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The Political Gabfest discusses the Kavanaugh controversy, Trump tax revelations, and the new(ish) North American trade deal.

Donald Trump as a child sometime between 1946 and 1955.
Donald Trump as a child sometime between 1946 and 1955.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss the Kavanaugh controversy, Trump’s apparent tax evasion, and whether the new North American trade deal is better than the old one.

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

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Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

Emily: Eli Rosenberg for the Washington Post: “ ‘I’m done hiding this’: Jason Kander pulls out of mayor’s race, citing PTSD and depression

John: Doyle Rice for USA Today: “Searching for ‘Planet X,’ Scientists Discover Distant ‘Goblin’ Object Billions of Miles Beyond Pluto

David: Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World by John Wright and Bradley Hope

Listener chatter from Gretchen Falk @fgr01: Money Rock: A Family’s Story of Cocaine, Race, and Ambition in the New South

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.

Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.