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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the legal challenge to Trump’s immigration ban, Senate confirmations, and Saturday Night Live’s White House satire.
Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show:
- David French in the National Review: “Does Donald Trump Understand that Chaos Has a Cost?”
- Ryan Lizza in the New Yorker: “How President Trump Could Seize More Power After a Terrorist Attack”
- Jack Goldsmith in Lawfare: “Does Trump Want to Lose the EO Battle in Court? Or Is Donald McGahn Simply Ineffectual (or Worse)?”
- Nora Ellingsen in Lawfare: “It’s Not Foreigners Who Are Plotting Here: What the Data Really Show”
- Ezra Klein in Vox: “How to Stop an Autocracy”
- Politico reports on Trump’s response to Melissa McCarthy’s spoof of Sean Spicer
Emily chatters about Trump tweeting at Nordstrom and whether it can sue him for it.
David chatters about nonprofit The Bronx Defenders and job opportunities at Atlas Obscura.
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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Links compiled by Kevin Townsend.