Political Gabfest

The “House Speaker John Lewis” Edition

The Political Gabfest discusses the Florida recount, what House Democrats should prioritize during the new session, and the legal challenge to Trump’s appointment of Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and John Dickerson discuss unfounded allegations of fraud in the Florida recount, decisions facing House Democrats about their leadership and agenda, and the lawsuit challenging Trump’s unprecedented appointment of Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.

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


• Dan Sweeney for the Sun Sentinel: “Florida Recount: What’s True and What’s False

• Annie Karni and Marc Caputo for Politico: “Florida Recount Gives Pam Bondi a New Shot at Trump’s Inner Circle

• David A. Graham and Cullen Murphy for the Atlantic: “The Clinton Impeachment, as Told by the People Who Lived It


• Neal Katyal for the Washington Post: “The Rules Are Clear: Whitaker Can’t Supervise Mueller’s Investigation

• Adam Liptak for the New York Times: “Conservative Lawyers Say Trump Has Undermined the Rule of Law

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

The Regeneration Trilogy by Pat Barker

In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

La Grande Illusion, directed by Jean Renoir


The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen

• The Rev. James Martin’s Facebook post discussing The Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussell

• Hardcore History: “Blueprint for Armageddon

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

John: Nick Kapur’s Twitter thread about a Japanese illustrated history of America from 1861.

Emily: Eli Hager for the Marshall Project: “The Courts See a Crime. These Lawyers See a Whole Life.

David: Rebecca Boyle for the New York Times: “In Brazil, Animals Cross a Road of No Return

Listener chatter from Drew Thurlow @drewthurlow: Vybarr Cregan-Reid for the BBC: “Why We are Living in the Age of the Chair

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment the hosts discuss the centennial of the First World War.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.
Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.