Political Gabfest

The “Build Back Never” Edition

Manchin says he’s out; Azmat Khan on U.S. killings of civilians overseas; and omicron.


Episode Notes

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

Matthew Yglesias for Slow Boring: “$1.75 Trillion Is Plenty of Money to Write a Good Build Back Better Bill
Here Are Some Solid Options

Simon Bazelon and David Shor for Slow Boring: “A Permanent CTC Expansion With a Sharper Means-Test Would Protect Poor Kids Better And Be More Popular

Jonathan Chait for New York magazine: “Biden Should Take Manchin’s Deal Right Now

David Wallace-Wells for New York magazine: “Gauteng’s Omicron Wave Is Already Peaking. Why?

Derek Thompson for the Atlantic:”Is Omicron Milder?

Azmat Khan for the New York Times: “Hidden Pentagon Records Reveal Patterns of Failure in Deadly Airstrikes

Azmat Khan for the New York Times Magazine: “The Human Toll of America’s Air Wars

Azmat Khan for the New York Times Magazine: “The Uncounted

Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad

Here’s this week’s chatter:

Emily: Katie Benner, Zolan Kanno-Youngs, and Charlie Savage for the New York Times: “Some Inmates Can Stay Confined at Home After Covid Emergency, Justice Dept. Says

John: The Power of Meaning, by Emily Esfahani Smith, Mozhan Marno, and On the Meaning of Life, by Will Durant

David: Hard Knocks In Season: The Indianapolis Colts

Listener chatter from Mo Trent: stuffin.space

For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment Emily, John, and David discuss their most and least useful years of formal education. Special thanks to listener Sean McPherson for the suggestion.

Tweet us your questions and chatters @SlateGabfest or email us at gabfest@slate.com. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

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.