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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the Supreme Court’s “Jerusalem passport” case, whether it’s smart or cynical (or both) for Hillary Clinton to adopt Obama’s voter mobilization strategy, and what can be done to relieve the nation’s mounting student debt.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week’s show:
- In Zivotofsky v. Kerry, the Supreme Court held in favor of the executive branch in its foreign policy dispute with Congress.
- What does it all mean, and was the case even about constitutional “recognition” powers?
- Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign is poised to retrace the 2008 and 2012 Obama campaigns’ successful supporter mobilization strategy. Should Democrats feel insulted by her abandonment of the (Bill) Clinton coalition?
- Is courting Obama’s base the best approach (especially given the contemporary political climate), or is it a strategic error and the wrong way to win the presidency?
- The U.S. Department of Education announced that it would forgive the federal loans of tens of thousands of students. What’s behind the decision that could cost taxpayers between $800 million and $3.5 billion?
- One New York Times op-ed offers a troubling rationale for defaulting on student loans. Slate’s Jordan Weissmann argues for why the New York Times should apologize.
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