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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Democrat Doug Jones’ win over Trump-backed Roy Moore in Alabama, the tax bill’s status, and how those accused of sexual assault should be handled.
Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show:
- German Lopez for Vox: “Voter Suppression in Alabama: What’s True and What’s Not”
- Ford Fessenden and K.K. Rebecca Lai for the New York Times: “How the Tide Turned Against Roy Moore in Alabama”
- Casey Burgat for the Washington Examiner: “Lobbying’s influence on the Republican tax bill shows why Congress needs more staff”
- Karoun Demirjian for the Washington Post: “Grassley: Two Controversial Federal Bench Nominees Won’t Be Confirmed”
Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:
- Emily: The American Bar Association’s letter to Jeff Sessions asking senators to take diversity into account when proposing candidates for U.S. attorney positions
- John: The Post, in theaters soon
- David: Botnik Studios used A.I. to generate a remarkable new Harry Potter chapter
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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Links compiled by Izzy Rode.