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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, special guest Julia Ioffe, of the New York Times Magazine, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the aftermath of Israel’s 2015 Knesset elections, the return of Russian President Vladimir Putin from his mysterious disappearance, and the sudden resignation of Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock amid allegations of ethical and legal violations.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week’s show:
- Are you All About Eve?
- Bibi Netanyahu surges to victory despite his racist campaign. What does this mean for the Israeli left, has he torpedoed any prospect for peace and a Palestinian state, and how will his victory impact Israel’s strained relationship with the U.S.?
- Peter Beinart argues that the peace process is over, and the pressure process must begin.
- Slate’s Will Saletan explores the new reality of U.S.–Israel relations.
- Vladimir Putin finally returns from his mysterious hiatus. What happened? Was he sick? Did he have a love child with his mistress?
- Fiona Hill explores what might happen if Putin disappeared for real.
- Masha Gessen discusses how Putin’s absence proves chaos will be his only successor.
- Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock abruptly resigned. What happened and why?
- Was it his Downton Abbey–inspired office, his pattern of lavish spending, his undisclosed travel and suspicious trips, and/or his shady real estate deals?
- Chris Cillizza on what Schock’s resignation really means.
- Sample some of Julia Ioffe’s impressive reporting from Russia.
Julia chatters about the new Russian documentary Homeward Bound, the recent Russian celebration marking the first anniversary of the annexation of Crimea, and the fact that Vladimir Putin does not watch Netflix’s House of Cards.
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