The Political Gabfest for Dec. 24, 2010.

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On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, John Dickerson, David Plotz, and Emily Bazelon discuss the New START, the not-so-lame duck session of Congress, and what the 2010 census data means for politics.

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

A New York Times piece on the ratification of the New START.
A Slate piece on the Republican Party's silly fight against New START.
A Politico piece on President Obama's lame duck victory lap.
A Washington Post piece on the winners and losers of the lame duck session.
An op-ed from Bruce Ackerman in the Washington Post questioning the constitutionality of the lame duck Congress.
New York Times pieces on votes to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and approve the health bill for 9/11 responders.
A Politico piece on the power shifts embedded in the 2010 census data.
Atlantic pieces on the two major political stories of the 2010 census: more congressional seats in red states and a boom in Hispanic voters.

John chatters on the remains of Amelia Earhart, which may have been discovered on a deserted South Pacific island this weekend. Or maybe they're from a turtle. Either way, big news.

Emily chatters on a draft executive order from President Obama that would create a process for reviewing the status of Guantanamo Bay detainees.

David chatters on Dr. Robert Beard's absurd list of the 100 most beautiful words in the English language. The word "rock"—apparently one of David's favorites—sadly did not make the list.

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