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The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics


Aug 7, 2015

There weren’t any knock-out punches in Thursday’s federal leaders debate, but there were certainly interesting moments. This week on The Press Gallery, Edmonton Journal’s politics podcast, city columnist Paula Simons, provincial affairs columnist Graham Thomson and provincial affairs reporter Jodie Sinnema join host Brent Wittmeier to talk winners, losers and highlights from the Thursday night fracas. Also discussed this week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s comments that Alberta’s provincial government is a disaster rejected by the population. On the provincial scene, Health Minister Sarah Hoffman has apologized for a lack of clarity over a $75 million primary care network funding cut and Wildrose leader Brian Jean is off on a provincial tour. Good Stuff from the Gallery, a weekly segment, concludes the show. Jodie's pick: Fact-checking seven claims made during Thursday's federal leaders debate. http://www.thestar.com/news/federal-election/2015/08/07/fact-checking-7-claims-in-the-leaders-debate.html Paula’s pick: Asher Schechter's column on two homegrown terrorist acts in Israel. Israel’s New Plan for Dealing With Jewish Terrorists Is All Wrong http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel/1.670014 Graham's pick: John H. Richardson writes a feature for Esquire on the personal and existential dilemmas of being a climate scientist when many people refuse to believe you. When the End of Human Civilization Is Your Day Job. http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a36228/ballad-of-the-sad-climatologists-0815/ Brent’s pick: Conor Friedersdorf on recently revealed videos featuring Planned Parenthood talking about fetal tissue for biomedical research, plus the opposition to IUDs in Colorado. Two Stories That Are Shaping the Abortion Debate. http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/08/two-stories-that-are-changing-the-abortion-debate/400385/