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Scandal, it seems, no longer stops politicians in their tracks.
George Santos — who was expelled from Congress last Friday — will reportedly make six figures after just one week as a Cameo star. Donald Trump has been mired in countless trials and controversies — and yet he is still the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination.
This week on “Matter of Opinion,” the hosts reminisce over famous political scandals of yore. From tan suits to yacht affairs, what actually makes a scandal scandalous? And in the Trump era, are there real consequences to messing up anymore? Plus, Michelle Cottle tears down the house with her holiday gift guide.
(A transcript of this episode can be found in the center of the audio player above.)
Mentioned in this episode:
“Checkers speech,” Richard Nixon Foundation
“Watergate: A New History,” by Garrett M. Graff
“White House Plumbers,” a five-part miniseries on Max
“Healthy Holly” book series, by Catherine Pugh
“All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid,” by Matt Bai
“Bush Encounters the Supermarket, Amazed,” by Andrew Rosenthal in The New York Times
“A Very Thin Line: The Iran-Contra Affairs,” by Theodore Draper
“The Final Days,” by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
“George Santos Is Earning Six Figures From Cameo Videos,” by Ben Smith and Kadia Goba on Semafor
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