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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the latest on the Hillary Clinton email scandal and what it means for her campaign and for Democrats in the 2016 election, the worsening European migrant crisis and the moral obligation of the world to help, and the Kentucky clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and whether her religious convictions should supersede her obligations as a government official.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week’s show:
- Hillary Clinton’s email scandal (for which she has “apologized”) just won’t go away, with a federal judge declaring that she did not follow government email policies and an FBI investigation under way. What do the latest emails actually reveal, has she broken the law, and can it get much worse?
- Will her history of scandals ultimately destroy her credibility and derail her once-inevitable campaign (and undermine President Obama’s legacy in the process), or is the whole fiasco much ado about nothing (more Veep than House of Cards)? And what does it all mean for Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential aspirations?
- Slate’s chief political correspondent Jamelle Bouie argues that while Democrats have the right to be angry with her, Hillary doubters are wrong.
- Read more of Slate’s coverage of the 2016 campaign
- With as many as 50 people (believed to be migrants) found dead in a truck in Austria, 200 bodies of migrants found dead by the Libyan Coast Guard, thousands more arriving to mainland Greece, an unprecedented influx in Germany, chaos in Hungary, and a Syrian boy found drowned of the coast of Turkey, Europe is facing a historic migrant crisis.
- Who are the migrants (are they economic migrants or refugees seeking asylum—or both?), why are they surging into Europe, which countries are most impacted, what is Europe doing to keep migrants out, and why is the European Union struggling so badly?
- How can Europe best manage this historic influx (without compromising its core value of open borders) and what is the collective global moral obligation to help (why isn’t the Middle East doing more)?
- Read more of Slate’s coverage of the European migrant crisis
- After losing in federal court, on appeal before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals (what happened?), and before the U.S. Supreme Court (what happened?), Kentucky clerk Kim Davis has been held in contempt of court and jailed for her continued refusal to comply with a court order—and the governor's order—to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
- Why can’t she be fired, why won’t she quit, and is this just the beginning of a growing national trend?
- Can Kim Davis use her strongly held religious beliefs as an excuse or is she obligated to do her job (and is she being taken for a ride by her lawyers)? What do GOP hopefuls have to say?
- Read more of Slate’s coverage of news and politics
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Podcast production by Daniel Bloom. Links compiled by Tarik Barrett.