Political Gabfest on the Koch brothers, the death penalty, and political correctness.

Can the Death Penalty Be Humane?

Can the Death Penalty Be Humane?

Slate's weekly political roundtable.
Jan. 30 2015 11:41 AM

The “Can You Buy a President for $889 Million” Edition

Listen to Slate's show about the Koch brothers’ $889 million commitment to the 2016 elections, the Supreme Court’s death penalty case, and Jonathan Chait’s essay about political correctness.


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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the Koch brothers’ $889 million commitment to the 2016 elections, SCOTUS’s consideration of whether the death penalty should be humane, and Jonathan Chait’s essay about political correctness.

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Emily chatters about the recent travel bans during Winter Storm Juno and whether or not an occasional travel ban might be a good way to clean up after inclement weather.

John chatters about Jeffrey Goldberg’s co-authored piece on the night the D.C. Police marched several dozen prostitutes across the 14th Street Bridge into Virginia. And revisit his chatter from last week in his moving tribute, “To the Teacher Who Changed My Life.”

David chatters about the Swedish film Force Majeure.

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