The Political Gabfest for Jan. 7, 2011.

The Political Gabfest for Jan. 7, 2011.

The Political Gabfest for Jan. 7, 2011.

Slate's weekly political roundtable.
Jan. 7 2011 5:01 PM

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On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the new Congress, the U.S. Constitution, and iPads in the classroom.


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

John's Slate piece about John Boehner's "humble" first speech as speaker of the house.

A New York Times piece on Boehner's ascension to power.

A CNN piece on the GOP's agenda for the 112th Congress.


William Daley's 2009 op-ed in the Washington Post urging liberals to move to the middle.

Politico pieces on Robert Gibbs' departure and the selection of Gene Sperling to chair the National Economic Council.

A Washington Post piece on the reading of the Constitution on the House floor, minus all the parts about slavery.

A Slate piece on the Tea Party's fetish for the Constitution.


A New York Times piece on schools in New York, Chicago, and other cities that are handing out iPads to their students.

David chatters on Andrea Carlisle's poem " Emily Dickenson's To-Do List," as read by Garrison Keillor.

Emily chatters on a New York Times book review of Annie Proulx's Bird Cloud.

John chatters on the surprisingly melancholic tone of this week's RNC chairman's debate.

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Posted on Jan. 7 by John Griffith at 5 p.m.

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