To listen to the discussion, use the player below:
On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the momentum behind the GOP tax plan, Project Veritas’ attempt to entrap the Washington Post, and the Supreme Court’s examination of the legality of tracking cellphones in Carpenter v. United States.
Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show:
- Jugal K. Patel and Alicia Parlapiano for the New York Times: “Republicans Say the $1.5 Trillion Tax Bill Pays for Itself, but Experts Disagree”
- Dylan Matthews for Vox: “ ‘Pass-Through’ Companies, the Issue That Could Make or Break the Senate Tax Bill, Explained”
- Shawn Boburg, Aaron C. Davis, and Alice Crites for the Washington Post: “A Woman Approached the Post With Dramatic—and False—Tale About Roy Moore. She Appears to Be Part of Undercover Sting Operation.”
- SCOTUSblog: “Carpenter v. United States”
Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:
- Emily: Rebecca Traister on The Ezra Klein Show and Green, by Sam Graham-Felsen
- John: This week’s episode of Face the Nation, which features Robert Dallek, Ron Chernow, Nancy Koehn, and Mark Updegrove
- David: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; Wonder; Version Control, by Dexter Palmer; and the perfect holiday gift,Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders
For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment the hosts discuss whether the United States should have a royal family of its own. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at Slate.com/gabfestplus.
Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest (#heygabfest). (Tweets may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)
Become a fan of the Political Gabfest on Facebook. We post to the Facebook page throughout the week, so keep the conversation going by joining us there. Or follow us @SlateGabfest. The email address for the Political Gabfest is firstname.lastname@example.org. (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)
Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Links compiled by Izzy Rode.