Political Gabfest

The “All About the Benjamins” Edition

The Political Gabfest discusses the deal to avoid a second shutdown, Jeff Bezos’ claims of sextortion, and Ilhan Omar’s tweets about Israel.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the deal to avoid a second shutdown, Jeff Bezos’ claims of sextortion, and Ilhan Omar’s tweets about Israel.

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

• Steven Mufson for the Washington Post: “Trump Urges Tennessee Valley Authority to Keep Open an Aging Coal-Burning Power Plant

• Caitlin Dickerson for the New York Times: “Why Border Wall Talks Suddenly Became a Showdown Over ‘ICE Beds’

• Peter Beinart for the Forward: “The Sick Double Standard in the Ilhan Omar Controversy

• Michelle Goldberg for the New York Times: “Ilhan Omar’s Very Bad Tweets

• Eugene Volokh for Reason: “Is Threatening to Publish Bezos’ Nude/Lewd Pics Criminal Blackmail?

• Jeff Bezos for Medium: “No Thank You, Mr. Pecker

• Dan Savage for the New York Times: “Jeff Bezos, Please Release Your Dirty Selfies

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

• Emily: Zach Despart and Keri Blakinger for the Houston Chronicle: “Kim Ogg’s Request for 100 More Prosecutors Criticized by Reformers”; Grits for Breakfast: “Hiring More Harris Co. Prosecutors Would Harm the Rest of the System

• John: Andrew G. McCabe’s book excerpt in the Atlantic: “Every Day Is a New Low in Trump’s White House

• David: Laura Helmuth for Smithsonian magazine: “Abraham Lincoln, True Crime Writer”; Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land

• Listener chatter from Rick Zucker @rnzucker‏: Shane Dixon Kavanaugh for the Oregonian: “Not Just Oregon: Saudi Students in at Least 8 States, Canada Vanish While Facing Criminal Charges

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, John, David, and Emily discuss whether sexism is behind the stories that Sen. Amy Klobuchar is a bad boss.

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