Political Gabfest on upcoming First Amendment cases at the Supreme Court, the definition of “on background,” and Caitlyn Jenner.

The Clinton Campaign’s “On-Background” Briefings

The Clinton Campaign’s “On-Background” Briefings

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June 5 2015 12:50 PM

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s religious freedom and free speech cases, the debate surrounding the Clinton Campaign’s “on-background briefings,” and Caitlyn Jenner’s glamorous introduction to the world.


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Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week’s show:

Emily chatters about the “endless” questions faced by Laura Kipnis during her Title IX “inquisition.” (Read the article that started it all—and listen to the Slate Culture Gabfest on the Laura Kipins Title IX investigation.)


John chatters about Sgt. Henry Johnson and Sgt. William Shemin, who were posthumously honored with the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor. John also chatters about the debut of Stephen Colbert’s Late Show podcast.

David chatters about billionaire hedge-fund manager John Paulson’s historic $400 million–dollar donation to Harvard University (and Malcolm Gladwell’s derisive response to the gift). David also chatters about the documentary The Queen of Versailles. (Listen to the Slate Culture Gabfest about the documentary.)

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