Political Gabfest

The “Halloween” Edition

The impeachment resolution, Twitter’s ban on political ads, and the downfall of Katie Hill.

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Episode Notes

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

• Niraj Chokshi for the New York Times: “This Guy Thought He Beat Facebook’s Controversial Political Ads Policy”

The Enigma of Reason by Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

• Emily: Anna North for Vox: “ ‘Failed’ Abortions, a Period-Tracking Spreadsheet, and the Last Clinic Standing: the Controversy in Missouri, Explained”

• John: Erica L. Green and Dana Goldstein for the New York Times: “Reading Scores on National Exam Decline in Half the States”

• David: James LaPorta for Newsweek: “Classified Name Revealed of Special Ops Hero Dog Wounded in Syria Raid That Killed ISIS Leader”; Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors at the Kennedy Center

• Listener chatter from Chris Anderson @chrisnhamp: Steve Dent for Engadget: “Migrating Eagles Flew to Iran and Racked Up Huge Roaming Bills”

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily and John discuss the founders’ meticulous efforts to establish a balance of power across the three branches of government.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.

Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.

About the Show

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.