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Feb. 14 2014 11:38 AM

The "Are You on Hillary's Hit List?" Gabfest

Listen to Slate's show about new Hillary Clinton revelations, the middle class's disappearance, and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong's “distressed babies” debacle.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, David Plotz, and special guest Adam Davidson of NPR’s Planet Money discuss a newly published trove of papers about Hillary Clinton, the decline of the middle class, and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong's health care blunder.

Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:

  • The conservative paper the Free Beacon published a collection of papers from the archives of Hillary Clinton's friend Diane Blair, including letters, notes from conversations, and campaign memos.
  • Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes just released HRC, a biography of Clinton. Politico published an excerpt.
  • When Blair asked Clinton why she wanted to keep a record of their conversations about health care, Clinton reportedly said, "Revenge."
  • Only the top 5 percent of earners have recovered from the recession, and only 63 percent of the potential workforce is employed.
  • Economists refer to today's unemployed young people as a "lost generation."
  • AOL CEO Tim Armstrong said that two employees' distressed babies cost the company $1 million each and forced AOL to cut benefits.
  • The mother of one of the babies, Deanna Fei, responded to Armstrong's comments in Slate.
  • Employer-based health care originated with World War II wage controls.

Emily chatters about her former classmate Andre Lee's documentary The Prep School Negro.

John chatters about Shirley Temple's extraordinary life.

Adam chatters about how much tougher Greenwich Village was in his youth.

This week's credits are in the style of a yoga instructor.

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 Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Rebecca Cohen.

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

John Dickerson is Slate's chief political correspondent and author of On Her Trail. Read his series on the presidency and on risk.

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

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