Political Gabfest

The “The President Is Not a White Supremacist” Edition

The Political Gabfest discusses the Christchurch massacre; why Democratic presidential candidates who are straight, white, and male are dominating the news coverage; and whether the Electoral College should be abolished.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and guest host Jamelle Bouie discuss the Christchurch massacre; why Democratic presidential candidates who are straight, white, and male are dominating the news coverage; and whether the Electoral College should be abolished.

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

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• Jamelle Bouie for the New York Times: “The March of White Supremacy, From Oklahoma City to Christchurch

• Charlie Warzel for the New York Times: “We’re Asking the Wrong Questions of YouTube and Facebook After New Zealand

• Ryan Broderick and Ellie Hall for BuzzFeed News: “Tech Platforms Obliterated ISIS Online. They Could Use The Same Tools on White Nationalism.

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• Nitasha Tiku for Wired: “Why Tech Platforms Don’t Treat All Terrorism the Same

Anti‐Semite and Jew: An Examination of the Etiology of Hate by Jean-Paul Sartre

• Jamelle Bouie for the New York Times: “The Trouble With Biden

• Jill Filipovic for CNN: “Elizabeth Warren Nailed It

• Linda Hirschman for the Washington Post: “The Electability Trap

• Jamelle Bouie for the New York Times: “The Electoral College Is the Greatest Threat to Our Democracy

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Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

• Emily: Karen Zraick for the New York Times: “Florida Republicans Push to Make Ex-Felons Pay Fees Before They Can Vote

• Jamelle: The Three Body Problem series by Cixin Liu

• David: The Power of the Dog series by Don Winslow

• Listener chatter from Dough Pahl: Chip Read for CBS News: “How Two of President John Tyler’s Grandsons Are Still Alive, 174 Years Later

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and Jamelle discuss traveling through America’s South.

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