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

The House of the People Gabfest

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The Slate Political Gabfest is coming back to D.C. for a live show, and you're invited! We'll be at the Sixth & I Synagogue on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at 7 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.sixthandi.org.

We'll also be hosting a pre-show cocktail hour from 5 to 6. If you're interested in joining, e-mail gabfest@slate.com for more details.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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