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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Russia’s intervention in the U.S. election, Trump’s secretary of state pick Rex Tillerson, and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Atlantic cover story “My President Was Black.”
Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show:
- Theodore R. Johnson writes in Slate: “Russia Didn’t Hack the U.S. Election. It Hacked the Voters.”
- The New York Times tells the narrative of how Russian cyberpower “invaded the U.S.”
- CBS News’ Major Garrett writes about the White House’s theory of “Stray Voltage”
- Steve Coll writes in the New Yorker about Rex Tillerson
- Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Atlantic cover story “My President Was Black”
- Obama notes in a David Remnick New Yorker interview that even presidents are only “part of a long-running story. We just try to get our paragraph right.”
- Tressie McMillan Cottom responds to Ta-Nehisi Coates’ piece in the Atlantic: “The Problem With Obama’s Faith in White America”
Emily chatters about James Sturm’s Slate cartoon series “Off Season,” her sister Dana Bazelon’s piece in Vox about inmate visitation restrictions, and an amazing New York Times series on how money undermined the criminal justice reform effort of pretrial diversion.
John chatters about North Carolina’s Republican Legislature moving to tie the hands of the new Democratic governor and a Washington Post column in which Michael Gerson recommends the three texts President-elect Trump should read.
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