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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Obama says he hopes to continue to use his BlackBerry to e-mail friends while in office. However, as John points out, such a move could be fraught with problems, among them security issues.

The group discusses a recent New York Times Magazine spread with photos of more than 50 members of the new administration.

They also discussed Obama's audio book Dreams From My Father, for which he won a Grammy award (his first of two).

David chatters about the White House organic farm project, the Who Farm.

Emily talks about a Google Map that shows the homes of people who contributed money in support of California's Proposition 8 last fall. Those opposed to the map call it a major invasion of privacy. Others defend it on free-speech grounds.

John chatters about the CNN interview in which Obama talked about choking up while rehearsing his acceptance speech at last summer's Democratic Convention in Denver when he spoke about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Obama said he would "try to keep it together" during his inaugural speech.

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