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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and the Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus discuss the Comey testimony, and the legal debate about cellphone data privacy, and they welcome Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to the stage to weigh in on the state of the Democratic Party.
Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show:
- Former FBI Director James Comey’s full remarks published a day before his testimony.
- Philip Allen Lacovara writes in the Washington Post: “I helped prosecute Watergate. Comey’s statement is sufficient evidence for an obstruction of justice case.”
- Adam Entous writes in the Washington Post: “Top intelligence official told associates Trump asked him if he could intervene with Comey on FBI Russia probe”
- Thomas B. Edsall writes in the New York Times: “Has the Democratic Party Gotten Too Rich for Its Own Good?”
Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:
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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Links compiled by Kevin Townsend.