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Was That A Great Or Terrible Night For Biden?

Was That A Great Or Terrible Night For Biden?

Update: 2023-11-093


This week, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the 2023 election results and Democratic wins in Ohio, Virginia, and Kentucky; President Joe Biden’s numbers in recent polls and the youth vote; and U.S. v. Rahimi at the Supreme Court, the 2nd Amendment and gun control, and the history and tradition test. And you can be a part of the show: submit your Conundrum


Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:

Lisa Lerer and Shane Goldmacher for The New York Times: “Abortion Rights Fuel Big Democratic Wins, and Hopes for 2024

Molly Olmstead for Slate: “Sean Hannity Had Quite the Takeaway About Abortion After Tuesday’s Elections

Kate Zernike for The New York Times: “Ohio Vote Continues a Winning Streak for Abortion Rights

Laura Vozzella for The Washington Post: “Democratic wins in Virginia could deflate Youngkin’s White House buzz

Hannah Knowles and Dylan Wells for The Washington Post: “Democrat Andy Beshear wins reelection for governor in Kentucky” 

Matthew Yglesias for Slow Boring: “23 thoughts on the 2023 midterms

John Dickerson for The Atlantic Festival 2023: “Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro on Leading a Key Swing State

Shane Goldmacher for The New York Times: “Trump Leads in 5 Critical States as Voters Blast Biden, Times/Siena Poll Finds

Jonathan Swan, Ruth Igielnik, and Maggie Haberman for The New York Times: “Trump Indictments Haven’t Sunk His Campaign, but a Conviction Might

Nate Cohn for The New York Times: “Why Biden Is Behind, and How He Could Come Back

Philip Bump for The Washington Post: “Are young voters actually split between Trump and Biden?

Daniel A. Cox for the AEI Survey Center on American Life: “Why are Young Voters So Down on Joe Biden?

Pew Research Center’s Beyond Red Vs. Blue: The Political Typology: “Outsider Left

Sudiksha Kochi for USA Today: “Former Obama adviser Axelrod says Biden should consider dropping out of 2024

Robert Barnes for The Washington Post: “Court seems likely to allow gun bans for those under protective orders

Jordan Smith for The Intercept: “In Overturning Roe, Radical Supreme Court Declares War on the 14th Amendment

Thomas Jefferson: “To James Madison From Thomas Jefferson, 6 September 1789

Ulysses S. Grant Revealed: “President Ulysses S. Grant On The U.S. Constitution

Michael Barbaro and Jonah E. Bromwich for The New York Times’s The Daily podcast: “The Trumps Take the Stand


Here are this week’s chatters:

John: Reuters: “Napoleon’s hat heading to auction in France”; Marielle Brie: “Napoleon Bonaparte’s Bicorne Hat”; and Kai McNamee for NPR: “Lost French love letters from the 1750s reveal what life was like during wartime

Emily: Liberty Puzzles

David: Jessica Sidman for Washingtonian: “Why Is Dallas on the Cover of This DC Guidebook?

Listener chatter from Sheila McIntyre: Sophie Mann-Shafir for The Provincetown Independent: “TPRTA Misled Members on Voter Registration; Town Meeting Postponed


For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Emily, John, and David talk about the trial testimony by the Trump family – Donald, Donald, Jr., Eric, and Ivanka – in the civil case of New York v. Trump. 

In the latest Gabfest Reads, David talks with Kristi Coulter about her book, Exit Interview: The Life and Death of My Ambitious Career.


Email your chatters, questions, and comments to (Messages may be referenced by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)


Podcast production by Cheyna Roth 

Research by Julie Huygen

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