Political Gabfest

The “Vote By Mail” Edition

States’ reopening before it’s safe, this year’s election security challenges, and economist Gene Sperling on “economic dignity.”


Episode Notes

Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:

Nicholas Confessore, Andrew Jacobs, Jodi Kantor, Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Luis Ferré-Sadurní for the New York Times: “How Kushner’s Volunteer Force Led a Fumbling Hunt for Medical Supplies

Jason Dearen and Mike Stobbe for the Associated Press: “Trump administration buries detailed CDC advice on reopening

Emily Bazelon for the New York Times Magazine: “Will Americans Lose Their Right to Vote in the Pandemic?

Mark Joseph Stern for Slate: “Trump Can’t Cancel the Election. But States Could Do It for Him.”

Economic Dignity by Gene Sperling

Gene B. Sperling for the New York Times: “Martin Luther King Jr. Predicted This Moment

Jason DeParle for the New York Times: “As Hunger Swells, Food Stamps Become a Partisan Flash Point

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text’s online classes

Spy Hop’s on-demand art classes

National Karate’s online classes

Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:

Emily: Richard L. Hasen for Slate: “We Cannot Hold an Election Without a Functional Post Office”; Strict Scrutiny: “Stay Frustrated”

John: The New York Times’ The Daily:  “One Meat Plant. One Thousand Infections”; Mike Baker for the New York Times: “‘Murder Hornets’ in the U.S.: The Rush to Stop the Asian Giant Hornet

David: Benjamin Wofford for The Washingtonian: “Sally Quinn Modeled the Erotic Hero of Her 1991 Bestseller on…Anthony Fauci. Yes, that Anthony Fauci.”; Perry Stein and Donna St. George for the Washington Post: “Despite Pushback, Sidwell and Other D.C.-area Prep Schools are Keeping Their Small-Business Loans

Listener chatter from Dave Campbell @DaveCampbell116: Twitter thread from Rhodri Davies. @Rhodri_H_Davies tweets about Irish people donating to a crowdfunding campaign to help Choctaw and Navajo people hit by COVID-19, in recognition of support given by Choctaw during Irish famine of 1845.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.

Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.


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