Political Gabfest

The “Don’t Worry, I’ll Pardon You” Edition

The Political Gabfest discusses Trump’s offer to pardon lawbreakers who help build a border wall, whether the U.S. is a republic or a democracy, and how journalists can choose to punch up or punch down internet harassment.

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Episode Notes

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

• Nick Miroff and Josh Dawsey for the Washington Post: “ ‘Take the land’: President Trump Wants a Border Wall. He Wants It Black. And He Wants It by Election Day.”
• Jamelle Bouie for the New York Times: “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Understands Democracy Better Than Republicans Do”
• Jacob T. Levy for the Niskanen Center: “Democracy for Republicans”
• David Karpf for Esquire: “I Called Bret Stephens a Bedbug. Then He Tried to Squelch My Freedom of Speech. What a Day.”
• Dahlia Lithwick for Slate: “Journalism Won’t Get Us Out of This”
• Jonathan Swan and Margaret Talev for Axios: “Scoop: Trump Suggested Nuking Hurricanes to Stop Them From Hitting U.S.”

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

• John: Dan Chiasson for the New Yorker: “Reader, I Googled It”; What We Talk About When We Talk About Books: The History and Future of Reading by Leah Price
• Emily: Shane Goldmacher for the New York Times: “The Federal Election Commission Needs 4 of 6 Members to Enforce the Law. It Now Has 3.”
• David: Jessica Contrera for the Washington Post: “ ‘NO EXCESSIVE BARKING’: A Chevy Chase Dog Park Divides the Rich and Powerful”
• Listener chatter from Juan Carlos Gonzalez-Najera: This Is Football

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John talk about nuking hurricanes.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.

Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.

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Voted “Favorite Political Podcast” by Apple Podcasts listeners. Stephen Colbert says, “Everybody should listen to the Slate Political Gabfest.” The Gabfest is hosted by Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz. Listen for the debates, stay for the cocktail chatter.

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  • David Plotz is a host of the Slate Political Gabfest, an editor at large at Business Insider, and the former CEO of Atlas Obscura.

  • Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine, the author of Charged and Sticks and Stones, and co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest.

  • John Dickerson is a 60 Minutes correspondent, co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, host of the Whistlestop podcast, and author of Whistlestop and On Her Trail.