The Gabfest for July 27.

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July 27 2007 11:28 AM

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Friday, July 27, 2007

A milestone of sorts this week: It's the last time our panelists will gather in the musty, over-air-conditioned, desk-chair graveyard affectionately known as the Slate D.C. conference room. John explains in the podcast. They also take on Barack and Hillary's squabbling, Attorney General Gonzales' strange appearance before Congress, and the many meltdowns in professional sports this week. Posted by Andy Bowers at 11:28 a.m.

Friday, July 20, 2007

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If we are to believe John and David, Emily Bazelon was wearing a pirate costume when they gathered to tape this week's Gabfest. Between giggles, they discussed Iraq and the National Intelligence Estimate, campaign news, and Harry Potter mania. In Cocktail Chatter, David staged a rousing defense of Rupert Murdoch (again!), John took heart from two pieces of presidential polling, and Emily reported on an outbreak of eco-terrorism in her D.C. neighborhood.

Here are some of the stories the panelists mention in this week's Gabfest:

Salon's interview with Elizabeth Edwards
Barbara Sjoholm's Slate piece about female pirates
John's take on the Edwards ad—and Elizabeth Edwards' "Fray" posting
The Washington Post on the eco-terrorist attack on a Hummer
The "Damned Spot" on Mitt Romney's oceanic campaign ad:

Our e-mail address is podcasts@slate.com. (E-mail may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Posted by June Thomas at 11:48 a.m.

Friday, July 13, 2007

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The Gabfest team of Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz reunited in the D.C. conference room to discuss the week's news. On the agenda this week: the war in Iraq, the continuing fight over executive privilege, and John McCain's campaign woes. In Cocktail Chatter, David remembers his interview with McCain on the topic of … ultimate fighting; Emily is shocked by former Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona's congressional testimony; and John sees a pattern in the Bush camp's latest remarks on the Scooter Libby case.

Here are some of the stories the panelists mention in this week's Gabfest:

Thursday's Washington Post editorial about the Iraq war
Fred Kaplan's look at the White House progress report on Iraq
The video of Sen. Patrick Leahy dressing down Sara Taylor
Dahlia Lithwick on Taylor's testimony
The Talking Points Memo posting John and Emily discussed
John's piece on McCain's campaign crackup
Finally, the book David mentioned was The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies

Our e-mail address is podcasts@slate.com . (E-mail may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Posted by June Thomas at 12:09 p.m.

Friday, July 6, 2007 

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John Dickerson is in Aspen, Colo., at a fancy "ideas festival," but he managed to take part in the Gabfest … by speakerphone. Emily Bazelon plays host, guiding the conversation from presidential politics, through the hypocrisy of President Bush commuting Scooter Libby's 30-month prison sentence, to the terrorist incidents in Britain. In Cocktail Chatter, David talks golf, John reflects on the Obama-Clinton rivalry, and Emily discusses a medical study about the long-term effects of dieting.

Here are some of the stories the panelists mention in this week's Gabfest:

John's June 14 prediction, "No way Scooter Libby is going to prison"
Harlan J. Protass' discussion of why Libby's commutation is at odds with President Bush's sentencing policy
Sydney Spiesel on whether dieting makes you fatter in the long run

Our e-mail address is podcasts@slate.com. (E-mail may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Posted by June Thomas at 11:10 a.m.

Friday, June 29, 2007

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This week we're back to the classic Gabfest crew: John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and David Plotz. They gathered in the D.C. conference room to discuss this week's Supreme Court decisions, Dick Cheney's attitude problem, and the final fate of the immigration bill. And Plotz couldn't stop hatching great story ideas.

Here are some of the stories the panelists mentioned in this week's Gabfest:

Walter Dellinger on the importance of Brown v. Board of Education
Emily on the Roberts Court's decisions
Kausfiles
SCOTUSblog's stats on this term's Supreme Court decisions
The Bowles opinion Emily chattered about
Once, the movie David raved about
Vitiate, the word John had trouble with

Our e-mail address is podcasts@slate.com. (E-mail may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Posted by June Thomas at 3:38 p.m.

Friday, June 22, 2007

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This week, regular panelists Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson were out of the office, so David Plotz rounded up a pair of pinch hitters: Slate senior editor Timothy Noah and foreign editor June Thomas. They discussed New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's departure from the Republican Party, Rudy Giuliani's short stint on the Baker-Hamilton committee, and the tumult in the Gaza Strip. In Cocktail Chatter: Michael Moore's new movie, Gay Pride, and why some summer camps have a strict no-care-package policy.

Here are some stories related to this week's Gabfest:

Fred Kaplan on Rudy Giuliani
John Dickerson's slide show on Giuliani's passion for cross-dressing
Mitchell Prothero's dispatch from Gaza City

And the book title Tim couldn't remember is The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad, by Fareed Zakaria.

Our e-mail address is podcasts@slate.com. (E-mail may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Posted by June Thomas at 12:14 p.m.

June Thomas is a Slate culture critic and editor of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section. 

Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and the author of Sticks and Stones

Andy Bowers is the executive producer of Slate’s podcasts. Follow him on Twitter.

John Dickerson is Slate's chief political correspondent and author of On Her Trail. Read his series on the presidency and on risk.

David Plotz is the CEO of Atlas Obscura and host of the Slate Political Gabfest.