The Political Gabfest for Dec. 17, 2010.

The Political Gabfest for Dec. 17, 2010.

The Political Gabfest for Dec. 17, 2010.

Slate's weekly political roundtable.
Dec. 17 2010 5:36 PM

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On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, John Dickerson, David Plotz, and Emily Bazelon discuss the tax cut extensions, a challenge to Obama's health care plan, and Mark Zuckerberg as Time's Person of the Year

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

A Politico piece on President Obama's tax-cut deal, which passed the senate this week.
A New York Times op-ed arguing that Democrats should give up on the estate tax.
A CNN Money piece on the total cost of the tax cut deal.
A clip from John Boehner's tear-laden interview on 60 Minutes.
David Brooks' editorial on Obama's big victory in the tax-cut fight.
A Politico piece on the implications of Monday's health care decision in Virginia.
A Talking Points Memo piece on a potential error in Judge Henry Hudson's decision.
The Time profile of Mark Zuckerberg, the 2010 Person of the Year.
A New York Magazine piece on how Julian Assange was robbed of the title.

David chatters on a New York Times piece about Cal-Tech's awful sports teams.
Emily chatters on Jews and Christmas carols. Yeah, no link for that one.
John chatters a recent study that found short conversations improve performance in cognitive tests.

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