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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon are joined by special guest Todd Purdum, contributing editor for Vanity Fair and senior writer at Politico. They discuss the Bradley Manning verdict and the latest news about Edward Snowden and the NSA. Then, they discuss how the Justice Department plans to regain its oversight of Texas election law after the Supreme Court’s June ruling on the Voting Rights Act. Plus, they assess the state of Clinton fatigue.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:
- Prosecuting Bradley Manning for “aiding the enemy” was preposterous and totalitarian, writes Will Saletan in Slate.
- Glenn Greenwald’s latest scoop on how the NSA monitors the Internet.
- Slate contributor Richard Hasen on attorney general Eric Holder’s move to restore federal oversight of Texas election law.
- What’s the matter with North Carolina? Dahlia Lithwick explains.
- John writes that “the issue lurking behind Clinton drama is Clinton fatigue.”
Todd chatters about how Senator Everett Dirksen’s strange gargling habits helped pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Emily chatters about A House in the Sky: A Memoir.
John chatters about voters’ persistent wish that Obama act like LBJ, as profiled in Dan Balz’s new book Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America.
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Podcast production by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich.