The Absurd and a Little Testy Gabfest
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Updated Friday, Jan. 30, 2009, at 11:25 AM
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Emily chatters about a Slate piece by David J. Morris, in which he outlines why the United States should close the military's torture school, known by the acronym SERE. Morris is a former Marine officer who graduated from the SERE program.
David talks about how Pope Benedict XVI recently revoked the excommunication of four bishops from a traditionalist sect. One of the four, Bishop Richard Williamson, recently said that he believes no more than 300,000 Jews died during World War II and none of them in gas chambers.
John chatters about a provision in the House stimulus package that would have prevented disgraced Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich from spending any of the stimulus money that would go to the state. The provision became moot after Blagojevich was removed from office this week by the Illinois state Senate.
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Posted on Jan. 30 by Dale Willman at 11:25 a.m.
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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz talk politics. This week: surviving the inaugural crush, Obama's first week in office, and sacrifice begins at home.
Emily Bazelon is a Slate senior editor and writes about law, family, and kids. Her forthcoming book, Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Empathy and Character. Find her at email@example.com or on Facebook or Twitter.
John Dickerson is Slate's chief political correspondent and author of On Her Trail. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read his series on the presidency and his series on risk. Follow him on Twitter.
David Plotz is the Editor of Slate. He's the author of The Genius Factory: The Curious History of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank and Good Book. He appears on Slate's Political Gabfest.