The Political Gabfest for March 11, 2011.

The Political Gabfest for March 11, 2011.

The Political Gabfest for March 11, 2011.

Slate's weekly political roundtable.
March 11 2011 12:28 PM

The P.T. Barnum Hucksterism Gabfest

Listen to Slate's review of the week in politics.


The Political Gabfest has moved! Find new episodes here.

Become a fan of the Political Gabfest on Facebook. We post to the Facebook page throughout the week, so keep the conversation going by joining us there.

Listen to the Gabfest for March 11 by clicking the arrow on the audio player below:

The Slate Political Gabfest is coming to West Lafayette, Ind., and you're invited! We'll be taping a live show at University Church near Purdue University on Thursday, April 7, 2011. Register for FREE tickets, courtesy of our sponsor TIAA-CREF, at


On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the latest twists and turns in the Wisconsin union uproar, congressional hearings on the U.S. Muslim community, the continued failure to close Guantanamo, and de-funding NPR.

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

A New York Times piece on the Wisconsin Assembly's vote to strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights.
A Politico piece on Rep. Peter King's controversial hearing on radicalization within the American Muslim community.
A New York Times piece on Rep. King's past support of the Irish Republican Army.
A Slate piece on Rep. King's broad-brush indictment of the "Muslim community."
A Washington Post piece on President Obama's executive order creating an indefinite detention system for prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
A Washington Post piece comparing President Obama's new Gitmo policy to that of George W. Bush.
A Politico piece on the resignation of NPR CEO Vivian Schiller and the ongoing battle over funding in Washington.
An ABC News piece on James O'Keefe, whose undercover sting video led to Schiller's resignation.
A Slate piece on why conservatives will continue to attack NPR, whether it gets federal funding or not.

John chatters on a Bloomberg poll on the proposed budget cuts, which shows that the public is embracing the relationship between deficit reduction and job growth.


Emily chatters on a decision from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the right for students to wear "Be Happy, Not Gay" T-shirts.

David chatters on an Outside Online piece about Joe Simonetti's 50-mile bike commute and the ongoing war between cyclists and drivers.

The e-mail address for the Political Gabfest is (E-mail may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

Posted on March 11 by John Griffith at 12:28 p.m.

Like Slate on Facebook. Follow the Gabfest on Twitter.

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