The Political Gabfest for Oct. 30, 2009.

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Oct. 30 2009 7:36 PM

The Boys Club Gabfest

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On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss how health care reform is limping forward, how much damage (political and otherwise) the shortage of swine flu vaccinations is creating, and marriage and basketball in the Obama White House.

Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:


Timothy Noah's piece in Slate about "trigger options."
The Obama marriage as portrayed by Jodi Kantor in the New York Times Magazine.
Mark Leibovich on the "boys club" of the Obama White House in the New York Times.David chatters about Adrian Chen's piece in Slate on "graving."
Emily chatters about how kids find debunking magic tricks more interesting than the magic itself.
John chatters about former Obama political strategist David Plouffe's book  about the 2008 Obama presidential campaign.