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Posted Friday, April 29, 2011, at 3:09 PM
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On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss President Obama's birth certificate, the administration's national security shakeup, and the dustup over defending the Defense of Marriage Act.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:
The White House's official release of President Obama's long-form birth certificate.
John's Slate piece on why the controversy over the president's birth certificate is not America's finest moment.
A USA Today/Gallup poll showing that 24 percent of Americans have doubts about whether President Obama was born in the United States.
Mark Penn's 2007 statement that then-candidate Obama's "roots to basic American values and culture are at best limited."
The inaugural episode of Slate's "Manners for the Digital Age" podcast with Farhad Manjoo and Emily Yoffe.
Fred Kaplan's Slate piece on President Obama's national security shakeup this week.
A New York Times piece on the blurring line between intelligence and warfare in modern national security.
A Politico piece on how Leon Panetta's nomination as Secretary of Defense signals that President Obama is serious about Pentagon budget cuts.
A Washington Post piece on the controversy over defending the Defense of Marriage Act.
Dahlia Lithwick's Slate piece arguing that even opponents of DOMA should want it to get a vigorous defense.
A New York Times op-ed by Dale Carpenter arguing that King & Spalding's decision not to defend DOMA is a sign of progress for gays and lesbians in the U.S. courts system.
Emily chatters on political uncertainty in the Middle East, especially in the wake of a power-sharing deal between Fatah and Hamas.
John chatters on the fact that before 1950, public safety officials didn't even try to predict tornadoes in the interest of unnecessary panic.
David chatters on typographic city maps drawn entirely with text.
David Plotz is the Editor of Slate. He's the author of The Genius Factory: The Curious History of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank and Good Book. He appears on Slate's Political Gabfest.
Emily Bazelon is a Slate senior editor and writes about law, family, and kids. She is also the Truman Capote Fellow at Yale Law School and a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine. Her new book is Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Empathy and Character. Find her at email@example.com or on Facebook or Twitter.
John Dickerson is Slate's chief political correspondent and author of On Her Trail. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read his series on the presidency and his series on risk. Follow him on Twitter.
Illustration by Robert Neubecker.