The Political Gabfest for Jan. 28, 2011.

The Political Gabfest for Jan. 28, 2011.

The Political Gabfest for Jan. 28, 2011.

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Jan. 28 2011 12:27 PM

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On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the president's State of the Union address, Rahm Emanuel's Chicago mayoral bid, and the civil unrest in Egypt.

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


John's Slate piece on President Obama's challenge to "win the future" in the State of the Union address.
A New York Times piece on the ideological battle of the coming year: what to cut?
An Atlantic piece on the dual Republican responses to the State of the Union from Reps. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., and Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.
A New York Times piece on the Illinois Supreme Court ruling that allowed Rahm Emanuel to remain on the Chicago mayoral ballot.
An earlier Slate piece arguing that the Illinois Supreme Court should "let Rahm run."
An Associate Press piece on this week's protests in Egypt.
A Washington Post piece on the U.S. reactions to protests in Tunis, Cairo, and Beirut.
A Business Week piece on reported blockages of Twitter services in Egypt.
An October 2010 New Yorker piece by Malcolm Gladwell on Twitter's role in revolutions.
A link to Tim Pawlenty's new pre-presidential ad—or is it a trailer for the next Die Hard?
Emily chatters on a Politico piece about former Washington, D.C., school chancellor Michelle Rhee.

David chatters on a piece in Harper's Bazaar about Barbra Streisand's house, complete with a shopping mall in her basement.

John chatters on Henry Adams' Democracy, an American Novel, the last good American political novel. Democracy will also be the subject of an upcoming edition of the Slate Gabfest Book Club.

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Posted on Jan. 28 by John Griffith at 12:27 p.m.

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