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June 27 2008 12:13 PM

The Supreme Court Wrap-Up Gabfest

Listen to Slate's review of the week in politics.


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John Dickerson is on vacation this week, but Dahlia Lithwick stepped in to chat with David Plotz and Emily Bazelon. They discussed the final decisions of the Supreme Court term, campaign high jinks, and elections in Zimbabwe.

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Dahlia, David, and Emily discuss several recent rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, including decisions on the right to bear arms, the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, and the death penalty for child-rapists.

Presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama spoke out against some of the court's decisions.


Yale law professor Jack Balkin writes that Obama supports a compromise on wiretapping legislation because he feels he may need such a measure if he becomes president.

John McCain's adviser Charlie Black says a terrorist attack on U.S. soil before November would help the Republican's candidacy.

As Africa prepares for Friday's presidential run-off election in Zimbabwe, in which opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai has refused to run following increased violence against his supporters, some are calling for military intervention in the southern African nation.

Emily chatters about a visit to Capitol Hill by Dick Cheney aide David Addington and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo. The two appeared to testify about their roles in developing the Bush administration's interrogation policies.

Dahlia giggles over a Department of Justice inspector general's report about the politicization of the department's summer intern program.