Political Gabfest

The “He’s a Natural Toucher” Edition

The Political Gabfest discusses Joe Biden, the White House’s stonewalling of Congress, and Brexit—with guest Anne Applebaum.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Joe Biden, the White House’s stonewalling of Congress, and Brexit—with guest Anne Applebaum.

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

The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis

• Margaret Taylor for Lawfare: “How the White House Plays Hardball on Congressional Oversight of Security Clearances

• David Roberts for Vox: “The Radical Moral Implications of Luck in Human Life

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

• Emily: Truth in Our Times: Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts by David E. McCraw and Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

• John: Michael Lewis’ Against the Rules podcast

• David: Sarah McVeigh for the Cut: “What It’s Like to Grow Up With More Money Than You’ll Ever Spend”; Win $15,000 for your First Journey with Atlas Obscura

• Listener chatter from @loucorn: Quentin McDermott for the Australian Broadcasting Corp.: “Behrouz Boochani’s Mission to Change Offshore Detention Laws Using a Smuggled Mobile Phone

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, David, and John discuss New York’s new congestion pricing plan.

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