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Chicago Live Show: Wednesday, July 10, 7 p.m., at the Thorne Auditorium on the Chicago campus of Northwestern University. Tickets and additional information here. Now with special guest Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!
On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, John Dickerson and David Plotz are joined by special guest Garance Franke-Ruta, senior editor at the Atlantic. They discuss immigration reform’s path through the House of Representatives, Hillary Clinton’s age, and the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:
- It’s just another fantasy of political journalists, says David. But Jonathan Chait makes the case for why a discharge petition might happen.
- Who needs Hispanic voters? David Weigel wrote about the voting math that is shaping the GOP approach to immigration reform.
- Thomas Edsall also reviewed the GOP’s internal debate about its demographic challenges.
- The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin reported on how the GOP is making an early issue of Hillary Clinton’s age.
- Garance wrote that Clinton’s bigger problem may be the age of her advisers and loyalists.
- David remembers Reagan’s comeback to a question about age at the 1984 Reagan-Mondale debate.
John chatters about first ladies Obama and Bush, who met this week in Africa.
Garance chatters about Justices Elena Kagan and Antonin Scalia, unlikely hunting buddies.
Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. The email address for the Political Gabfest is firstname.lastname@example.org. (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)
Podcast production by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich.