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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:
- In Elonis v. United States the U.S. Supreme Court held in favor of free speech on social media. (Or did it?) What does it all mean—particularly in the context of domestic violence?
- In Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. the U.S. Supreme Court held in favor of religious freedom in the workplace. What does it all mean—particularly for religious minorities?
- What’s the big deal with “on-background briefings”? (And what does it even mean?)
- Is it really all that bad and should we even care? Or is it anodyne (and does the press even have a right to complain)? New York Times reporter Adam Nagourney has a particularly interesting perspective.
- Introducing Caitlyn Jenner. What does she mean for the LGBTQ movement, as well as for future generations?
- Has her experience been too atypical and too glamorous (and at what price)? Read Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox’s take.
- Read Emily’s piece on LGBTQ pioneer Renée Richards.
- Don’t forget to watch John Dickerson’s first Face the Nation as its new host!
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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