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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the Supreme Court decision to save Obamacare (yet again), the debate over Confederate iconography, and Pope Francis’ polemical encyclical on climate change.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week’s show:
- In King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court held that subsidies to help lower-income Americans buy health insurance would remain available in all 50 states. What does it all mean (in plain English)?
- What does the opinion reveal about Chief Justice John Roberts (and Justice Antonin Scalia), and how does the decision affect President Obama’s legacy?
- Read more of Slate’s Jurisprudence coverage.
- Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, reopened its doors following a racial terror attack that led to mounting calls for states to remove the Confederate flag and Confederate iconography (including calls by presidential hopefuls Dr. Ben Carson and Hillary Clinton).
- What is the real history of the Confederate flag, what does it really mean in a contemporary context (and where does the flag belong), and is resolving the Confederate flag debate enough (or is more needed)?
- Read more of Slate’s coverage of the Charleston shooting.
- Pope Francis delivered a polemical encyclical on climate change, offering a passionate rejection of global capitalism.
- Is Pope Francis right (as well as aligned with Catholic history), or did he go too far? How do conservatives feel about climate change (particularly GOP presidential candidates)?
John chatters about how bees are, quite literally, worrying themselves to death.
David chatters about NBC’s Friday Night Lights.
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