The Political Gabfest for March 25, 2011.

The Political Gabfest for March 25, 2011.

The Political Gabfest for March 25, 2011.

Slate's weekly political roundtable.
March 25 2011 4:35 PM

The Grit and Gristle Gabfest

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On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the U.S. and allied intervention in Libya, the 2012 GOP race getting under way (really), and South Dakota's attempt to make abortion even more difficult.

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

A New York Times piece on NATO taking over command of the Libyan intervention.
One of Tim Pawlenty's Jerry Bruckheimer-esque web ads.
A Slate piece about why you shouldn't count out Michele Bachmann as a GOP contender.
An Associated Press story about South Dakota's new abortion law.
A Washington Post story about the many anti-abortion laws being pushed in GOP-run states.
John chatters about Monday's upcoming Audio Book Club, in which he and Emily (along with Hanna Rosin) will discuss the novel Swamplandia! by Karen Russell. You'll be able to find the podcast in the Slate Daily Podcast feed or at www.slate.com/bookclub.
Emily chatters about Julia Sweeney's "Sex Ed." monologue on the Minnesota Public Radio website.
David chatters about a New York Times article by Martin Fackler profiling a Japanese town in which residents responded to the earthquake/tsunami disaster by pulling together in an extraordinary way.

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Posted on March 25 by Andy Bowers.

Slate Senior Editor Emily Bazelon, Chief Political Correspondent John Dickerson, and Editor David Plotz host the Gabfest weekly.