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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the recent boat disaster in the Mediterranean Sea and the burgeoning migration crisis in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East; the Koch brothers’ support (or not) for Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wisconsin, in the 2016 GOP presidential primaries; and the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage cases.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week’s show:
- Almost 900 people died while attempting to cross the Mediterranean (the exact number remains unknown). What’s behind the surge in refugees that has Europe struggling to cope and who is to blame?
- How do Europe’s economies manage the costs of the migrant crisis? Should the European Union open its borders or adopt Australia’s “stop the boats” policy? Will the EU’s 10-point action plan help solve the crisis or is it a solution in name only?
- Is there a moral obligation to help? Adam Davidson debunks the myth of the job-stealing immigrant.
- The Koch brothers signaled their support for Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin—or did they? What happened and what are they up to?
- Has American politics become a plutocratic spectacle? Jeb Bush certainly isn’t helping (and is his super PAC plan illegal?).
- Same-sex marriage cases will be argued before SCOTUS next week. What are the couples’ and the states’ respective arguments?
- After decades of victories and defeats, as well as overwhelming evidence that same-sex marriage does not undermine traditional marriage, SCOTUS is poised to finally legalize gay marriage. But should the court let the people vote? And what happens next?
- What do the 2016 GOP presidential candidates (and Hillary Clinton) have to say about gay marriage?
- Read the remarkable story about the 41-year romance of Anthony Corbett Sullivan and Richard Frank Adams.
John chatters about the most recent episode of Whistlestop, in which he tells the salacious tale of the love child that nearly cost Grover Cleveland the 1884 presidential election.
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