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Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz talk politics. This week, the economic stimulus package, Bill Richardson's departure, and the too-long inauguration planning.
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President-elect Barack Obama had hoped that his economic stimulus package would await his signature soon after his inauguration, but it now appears that the package will be delayed at least until February. This week, Obama warned of the possible consequences of a delay, saying the economy would become "dramatically worse" if Congress did not act quickly.
Meanwhile, former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer wrote in Slate that any stimulus package should include spending on more than just basic infrastructure needs—it should also include "visionary" spending for things like Internet access and robots in schools.
Another part of Obama's stimulus plan calls for a faster shift toward the use of electronic medical records. Many experts feel this would improve medical treatment. It would also be a boon to a number of companies across the country.
Emily Bazelon is a Slate senior editor and writes about law, family, and kids. She is also the Truman Capote Fellow at Yale Law School and a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine. Her new book is 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.