The Political Gabfest for April 22, 2011.

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On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, Michael Newman, David Plotz, and David Weigel discuss the Donald Trump presidential bid, the debt-ceiling fight, and the controversy over Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson.

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

Weigel's Slate piece on how Donald Trump's 2012 presidential campaign explains the Trump 2000 campaign.
Nate Silver's New York Times piece on the media's coverage of the 2012 presidential candidates.
A Talking Points Memo piece in which Trump warns Republicans not to give up the "birther" issue.
An MSNBC video of Trump discussing the right to privacy and abortion.
Recent CNNand Wall Street Journal/NBC polls on the current status of the 2012 Republican presidential field.
A Politico piece on Republican demands before agreeing to a debt-limit increase.
Weigel's Slate piece on the proposed McCaskill-Corker spending cap, which could be part of a debt ceiling compromise.
Annie Lowrey's Slate piece on the awful things that might happen if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling.
A Third Way chart on the inconsistent trend in debt-ceiling votes over the past decade.
A 60 Minutes segment on inconsistencies in the stories of Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson.
Jon Krakauer's 75-page exposé on Mortenson, Three Cups of Deceit: How Humanitarian Greg Mortenson Lost His Way.
A clip of Greg Mortenson discussing local Pakistani villagers' sense of time.
A clip from Return of the Jedi explaining Weigel's obscure reference to a "sarlacc pit."


Weigel chatters on a new one-man show by Mike Daisey, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs."

Newman chatters on Kenyan runner Geoffrey Mutai, who won the Boston Marathon in record time but was not granted the official world record.

Plotz chatters on Seattle's Experience Music Project, the bizarre monument to rock n' roll and science fiction developed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

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Posted on April 22 by John Griffith at 2:49 p.m.

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