The Political Gabfest for Aug. 20, 2010.

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Aug. 20 2010 11:50 AM

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On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, David Plotz, Michael Newman, and Dave Weigel discuss the New York City mosque and our "Muslim" president. They also provide a political primary update.

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

New York Times piece on efforts to block mosques across the country.
Siena poll finding that most New Yorkers oppose the mosque but defend the right to build it.
Will Wilkinson's piece on the mosque controversy and politics of distraction.
Pew poll finding that one in five Americans believes Obama is a Muslim.
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David chatters about Chinese ire over repatriated panda Tai Shan.
Dave chatters about an ambient remix of Justin Bieber's song "You Smile."
Michael chatters about the controversy between the Los Angeles Times and a teachers union.

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