The Political Gabfest for Jan. 29, 2010.

The Political Gabfest for Jan. 29, 2010.

The Political Gabfest for Jan. 29, 2010.

Slate's weekly political roundtable.
Jan. 29 2010 2:54 PM

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Get your free 14-day trial membership of Gabfest sponsor Audible.com, which includes a credit for one free audiobook. This week, listener Mary Lane recommends Philip Pan's Out of Mao's Shadow and Rob Gifford's China Road. You'll find links to this and previous Gabfest recommendations on our Audible RSS feed.

Information about the upcoming live Gabfest in New York City can be found here. Five pairs of VIP front-row tickets will be auctioned off on Feb. 10. An additional 40 tickets will soon go on sale for $20 each.

On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, Christopher Beam, and David Plotz discuss reactions to President Obama's State of the Union address, how to help the Democrats, and the iPad.

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

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A map of what states might look like if their borders were periodically redrawn to reflect population changes.
Chris chatters about the disintegration of the Nashville Tea Party Convention.
David chatters about a curious Yale admissions video.
Emily chatters about an AARP piece on sexting and the elderly.

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Posted on Jan. 29 by Gail Sullivan at 2:54 p.m.

Jan. 22, 2010

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Get your free 14-day trial membership of Gabfest sponsor Audible.com, which includes a credit for one free audio book. Listener R.J. Bee recommends Ted Sorenson's Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History, a fascinating first-hand account of the Kennedy administration. You'll find links to this and previous Gabfest recommendations on our new Audible RSS feed.

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On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and Dahlia Lithwick discuss the Supreme Court ruling on corporations and the First Amendment, Scott Brown's Massachusetts win, and the Obama administration's first year.

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

The Atlantic article by James Fallows
George Packer's New Yorker article on Obama
Margaret Talbot's New Yorker piece on the gay marriage trial
David chatters about Thomas Rick's article on using nuclear generators to provide electricity to Haiti
Information about the upcoming live Gabfest can be found here.

The e-mail address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (E-mail may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

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Posted on Jan. 22, 2010, by Gail Sullivan at 5:39 p.m.

Jan. 15, 2010

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Get your free 14-day trial membership of Gabfest sponsor Audible.com, which includes a credit for one free audiobook. Listener Gary Vandiver recommends Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys. You'll find links to this and previous Gabfest recommendations on our new Audible RSS feed.

On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss earthquake relief for Haiti, the week's political roundup, and gay marriage on YouTube. 

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

President Obama's remarks on Haiti.
The State Department Web site with information on donating to disaster relief efforts in Haiti
A New York Times interview with Harold Ford Jr.
Sarah Palin's sportscasting footage.
The Supreme Court order blocking video coverage of the Proposition 8 gay-marriage trial.
Globe Newspaper Co. v. Superior Court, another case involving press access to courtrooms.

David chatters about the upcoming live Gabfest at 7 p.m. on March 3at HousingWorks in New York City, a Slate event on Jan. 20 at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C., and a  video of prison inmates who tattooed the whites of their eyes.

The e-mail address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (E-mail may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

Posted on Jan. 15, 2010, by Gail Sullivan at 7:43 p.m.

Jan. 8, 2010

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Get your free 14-day trial membership of Gabfest sponsor Audible.com, which includes a credit for one free audio book. Listener Diane Cochran recommends Alfred Lansing's Endurance, a story of Ernest Shackleton's botched Antarctic voyage in 1914. Also, Emily Bazelon recommends Jack Gantos' Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key and Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles. You'll find links to these and previous Gabfest recommendations on our new Audible RSS feed.

On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the fallout from the Christmas Day airplane bombing attempt, the changing national political landscape for Democrats, and Brit Hume's religious advice for Tiger Woods.

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

The passage from Matthew to which John refers when discussing Brit Hume and Tiger Woods.
David's 2000 piece on Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.
Peter Baker's article on Obama and terrorism.
David chatters about an article listing the 100 best jobs in 2010.
John chatters about John McCain's Senate re-election radio ads.
Emily chatters about the upcoming gay marriage trial in California, Perry v. Schwarzenegger.

The e-mail address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (E-mail may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

Posted on Jan. 8, 2010, by Gail Sullivan at 3 p.m.

Dec. 31, 2009

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Get your free 14-day trial membership of Gabfest sponsor Audible.com, which includes a credit for one free audiobook. Listener Rachel Carr recommends James Joyce's The Dubliners. You'll find links to this and previous Gabfest recommendations on our new Audible RSS feed.

On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and David Plotz take a break from politics to field listener questions in a game of truth-or-dare.

The e-mail address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (E-mail may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

Posted by Gail Sullivan at 1:18 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2009.

Slate Senior Editor Emily Bazelon, Chief Political Correspondent John Dickerson, and Editor David Plotz host the Gabfest weekly.