The Political Gabfest for May 21, 2010.

The Political Gabfest for May 21, 2010.

The Political Gabfest for May 21, 2010.

Slate's weekly political roundtable.
May 21 2010 6:57 PM

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On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and David Plotz discuss primary election results, the political climate heading into midterm elections, and the controversy over Richard Blumenthal's claims about his Vietnam War service.

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

The New York Times piece on Richard Blumenthal.
The XX Gabfest podcast discussion of Rep. Mark Souder.
Emily chatters about the Supreme Court ruling on life without parole for juveniles.
David chatters about his trip to see a NASA shuttle launch.
John chatters about South Korea blaming North Korea for an attack on a South Korean ship.

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Posted on May 21 by Gail Sullivan at 6:53 p.m.

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