How Realistic Is an Elizabeth Warren Run in 2016?

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July 18 2014 11:36 AM

The “So Sue Me” Edition

Listen to Slate's show about John Boehner’s lawsuit against Obama, Elizabeth Warren’s possible 2016 campaign, and the arrest of a single mother who left her 9-year-old in a park.


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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss John Boehner’s threatened lawsuit against President Obama, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s possible 2016 run for the Democratic presidential nomination, and the role of police in the community.

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

  • On Monday, David Plotz stepped down as editor in chief of Slate. Deputy Editor Julia Turner replaced Plotz, who despite the changes will remain at Slate as editor at large and host of the Political Gabfest.
  • The GOP is threatening to sue Obama over the president’s delay of Obamacare’s employer mandate. Some see the lawsuit as a way to redirect far-right calls for impeachment.
  • The lawsuit’s legitimacy rests in part on whether the House has legal standing.
  • Federal courts generally abide by the “political question doctrine,” refusing to hear cases that could be easily solved by other branches of government.
  • The Justice Department’s refusal to challenge Colorado’s and Washington’s marijuana laws is a prime example of selective enforcement.
  • Elizabeth Warren is seen as a possible challenger to Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.
  • Republicans blocked Warren’s student loan legislation.
  • An NBC/Marist poll released this week shows Hillary Clinton’s enormous advantage among Democrats.  
  • Kevin Roose argues that Warren is attempting to change the dialogue on financial regulation.
  • Debra Harrell, an African-American single mother and McDonald’s employee, was arrested after leaving her child at a park during the workday. Previously, Harrell’s daughter spent her summer break surfing the Web at her mom’s work, but the family’s laptop was stolen during a break-in.
  • Instances of child abduction by strangers are extremely rare.

Emily chatters about Amelia Showalter’s analysis of the Gabfest’s guest hosts.

John chatters about the description of the Berlin airlift in William Manchester’s “The Glory and The Dream: A Narrative History of America, 1932-1972.

David chatters about Richard Linklater’s film “Boyhood.”

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Podcast production by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Max Tani.

Emily Bazelon is a Slate senior editor and the Truman Capote Fellow at Yale Law School. She is 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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