The Political Gabfest for Feb. 25, 2011.

The Political Gabfest for Feb. 25, 2011.

The Political Gabfest for Feb. 25, 2011.

Slate's weekly political roundtable.
Feb. 25 2011 3:08 PM

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On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the fight over public unions in Wisconsin, unrest in Libya, and the Defense of Marriage Act.

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


An Associated Press piece on the heated debate over public-sector union rights in Wisconsin.
A New York Times piece on the spread of the union fight to Indiana and Ohio.
A Wall Street Journal piece on "crunch time" for organized labor, which references several polls on the issue.
A Washington Post piece on President Obama's response to the Wisconsin anti-union bill.
A Washington Post piece on lessons from the government shutdown of 1995-96.
A New York Times piece on Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's violent response to rebellion in Libya.
A New York Times piece on ways the United States can nudge Qaddafi from power.
A New York Times piece on the economic impact of the turmoil in Libya, especially on oil prices.
A Slate piece on the Obama administration's decision to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court.
A New York Times piece on what the decision means for gay couples.

David chatters about the David vs. Goliath story of Patrick Rogers, who "foreclosed" on his bank, Wells Fargo, for failing to respond to his mortgage questions.
Emily chatters on embarrassing news for Fox News Chief Roger Ailes, who allegedly urged an employee to lie to federal investigators about former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik.
John chatters on a recent Gallup poll (which he referred to as a Pew poll on the podcast) about the uncertain, unformed 2012 Republican presidential field.

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Posted on Feb. 25 by John Griffith at 3 p.m.

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