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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s surprising fall and sudden withdrawal from the Republican primary, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina’s rapid rise in the polls following the second GOP debate, and Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States and seeming universal appeal.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week’s show:
- Koch brothers’ darling and former Republican favorite Gov. Scott Walker suspended his campaign (surprising some). How did it happen, what went wrong, and what happens next?
- What happened to the “strong” Republican field, and how will Scott Walker’s departure impact the GOP primary?
- John discusses how Scott Walker’s campaign is one of the fastest flameouts in recent political memory. Slate’s Jamelle Bouie explains how Scott Walker was flanked on all sides.
- Read more of Slate’s coverage of the GOP primary.
- Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has surged to the front of the GOP primary polls. (What a difference a debate makes!) How did she do it, what does it mean, will it last, and is she more than just the CNN-created flavor of the week?
- Jamelle Bouie argues that Carly Fiorina’s surge is very likely to be short-lived.
- Read more of Slate’s coverage of the 2016 campaign.
- This week marks Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States. During his visit, the Pope called for environmental stewardship, respect for life and the traditional family, and compassion toward immigrants.
- How is Pope Francis proving so appealing across the political and ideological spectrums, can his visit help repair the upheaval within the Catholic Church, and can the Pope convince Cafeteria Catholics—both Republican and Democratic—to fully embrace his inclusive message?
- Read more of Slate’s coverage of Pope Francis’ U.S. visit.
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