Slate's Political Gabfest for Jan. 30.

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Jan. 30 2009 11:25 AM

The Absurd and a Little Testy Gabfest

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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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