Jeff Bezos buys the Washington Post, Mitch McConnell’s Tea Party Trouble, and Civil Forfeiture in America

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Aug. 9 2013 2:22 PM

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, David Plotz and Emily Bazelon are joined by special guest Jack Hitt, a contributor to the New York Times Magazine and This American Life, and author of Bunch of Amateurs: A Search for the American Character. They discuss Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ purchase of the Washington Post and the challenges, from the left and right, to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s reelection campaign. They also discuss a New Yorker exposé on American civil forfeiture laws by Sarah Stillman.

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Emily chatters about Orange Is the New Black, which she discovered via the Culture Gabfest, and about a plan to transport women away from the real life Danbury, Conn. prison the show depicts.

Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

Podcast production by Andy Bowers. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich.

Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and the author of Sticks and Stones

Jack Hitt is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and the public radio program This American Life. His work also appears in Harper's, Rolling Stone, and Wired. He is the author of Off the Road: A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim's Route Into Spain, which has been made into The Way, a motion picture starring Martin Sheen.

David Plotz is Slate's editor at large. He's the author of The Genius Factory and Good Book.

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