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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz are joined onstage in D.C. by Evan McMullin to discuss the firing of FBI Director James Comey, the state of conservatism under Trump, and what Utah and D.C. can learn from one another.
Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show:
- Josh Dawsey writes in Politico: “Behind Comey’s Firing: An Enraged Trump, Fuming About Russia”
- Benjamin Wittes and Susan Hennessey write in Lawfare: “The Nightmare Scenario: Trump Fires Comey, the One Man Who Would Stand Up to Him”
- McKay Coppins writes in the Atlantic: “How Trump Is Changing What ‘Conservative’ Means”
- Matthew A. Winkler writes in Bloomberg: “Want a Formula for Success? Study Utah”
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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Links compiled by Kevin Townsend.