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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Hillary Clinton’s commanding performance before the House Benghazi Committee and what it means for the 2016 election, Jeb Bush’s continuing fight with Donald Trump over George W. Bush and whether it can revive his faltering campaign, and the disquieting claims about the dire state of the Democratic Party and whether Democrats can rebound from their historic losses at the state and local level.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:
- Hillary Clinton’s long-awaited Benghazi hearing occurred on Thursday, before the House Benghazi Committee. Why did the hearing take place and how did it go (and do Americans even care)?
- Was the hearing really about emails, or was it all just a sham (and who is Sidney Blumenthal)? What does the hearing mean for the Clinton campaign moving forward?
- Slate’s Jamelle Bouie argues that Hillary Clinton won the Benghazi hearing.
- Read more of Slate's coverage of the 2016 campaign.
- Jeb Bush and Donald Trump are back at it again—over George W. Bush. Why does Jeb seem so eager for a fight?
- What should Jeb do? Is he still the candidate to beat, or will his constant mistakes derail his once promising campaign?
- John discusses how Jeb Bush didn’t want to be defined by his brother but now wants to get him back in the race.
- Read more of Slate’s coverage of the GOP primary.
- Vox’s Matthew Yglesias argues that Democrats are not only in denial, but are in deep trouble as well. Are they? And, if so, what is the root cause of their troubles?
- What are Democrats doing to remedy their catastrophic and historic losses? Is America really as politically divided and partisan as we think?
- Read more of Slate’s coverage of news and politics.
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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Links compiled by Tarik Barrett.