Political Gabfest

The “Badly Written & Reseached Disaster” Edition

Impeachment, the end of Kamala Harris’ campaign, and guest Ruth Marcus’ new book about Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation.


Episode Notes

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

• The New York Times’ The Daily: “What Happened to Kamala Harris?
Supreme Ambition: Brett Kavanaugh and the Conservative Takeover, by Ruth Marcus
• Jonathan Martin, Astead W. Herndon, and Alexander Burns for the New York Times: “How Kamala Harris’s Campaign Unraveled
• Joe Biden campaign advertisement
• Paul Rosenberg for Salon: “What if Joe Biden Wins? It Could Mean Long-Term Trouble for Democrats
• Ellen Barry for the New York Times: “The Jungle Prince of Delhi

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

• John: Antonio de Luca and Sasha Portis for the New York Times: “New York’s Subway Map Like You’ve Never Seen It Before
• Emily: Gillian Brockell or the Washington Post: “The Statue of Liberty Was Created to Celebrate Freed Slaves, Not Immigrants, Its New Museum Recounts
• David: Paul Krugman for the New York Times: “America’s Red State Death Trip
• Listener Kathleen Bartemes @KathyBartemes: Erica Pearson for the Star Tribune: “An 11-Year-Old La Crosse Boy Has Become an International Crochet Phenom

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, David, and John discuss whether it is better to give or to receive.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.

Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.


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  • David Plotz is a host of the Slate Political Gabfest and the CEO of City Cast.

  • 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 CBS political analyst and correspondent, co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, host of the Whistlestop podcast, and author of The Hardest Job in the World.