The Political Gabfest for Jan. 14, 2011.

 The Political Gabfest for Jan. 14, 2011.

 The Political Gabfest for Jan. 14, 2011.

Slate's weekly political roundtable.
Jan. 14 2011 6:07 PM

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This week's Slate Political Gabfest was recorded live at the historic Sixth & I Synagogue in Washington, D.C.  Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the shooting in Arizona of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others, how the shooting will affect American politics in the future, and the book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.

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

A New York Times piece detailing the shootings in Tucson, Ariz.

An Associated Press piece on how Jared Lee Loughner's mental troubles didn't prevent him from buying a gun.


A National Journal piece on how the shooting brought out the best in politicians and the worst in the media.

John's Slate piece on Sarah Palin's "blood libel" response to the Tucson shooting.

A Slate piece on the armed hero who nearly shot the wrong man amid the chaos in Tucson.

A Politico piece on the spike in gun sales following this weekend's shootings, including a 60 percent increase in Arizona.


A piece from the Hill on how security reviews have risen to the top of the congressional agenda.

A Politico piece calling the Giffords shooting "Obama's Oklahoma City moment."

A Wall Street Journal piece by Amy Chua, author of the new book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.

David chatters on his hatred of Woody Allen. Years from now, David contends, every movie by the iconic director will be deemed "completely useless." Yes, even Annie Hall. Bring on the hate mail.


Emily chatters on a New York Times piece by David Siegel on how law school is often a losing game.

John chatters on a recent study that found the higher your social class, the worse you are at reading people.

If you enjoyed the chat about Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, be sure to tune in to Slate's Audio Book Club on Tuesday, Jan. 27. Chua's book is the club's selection for January. You can also vote on that page for the February "Audio Book Club"selection.

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