The Political Gabfest for April 1, 2011.

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April 1 2011 10:50 AM

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On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss American intervention in Libya, the Supreme Court's look at women workers at Wal-Mart, and academic intimidation in the Midwest.

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

John's Slate piece on President Obama's speech about the conflict in Libya
A National Journal piece on Obama as the "no-doctrine president."
An Atlantic piece on Obama's "impossible choice" in Libya.
A New York Times piece on the CIA's presence in Libya.
A Foreign Policy piece on why Libya is not Rwanda.
A Los Angeles Times piece on Wal-Mart Stores v. Dukes, a class action sex-discrimination case that was argued in front of the Supreme Court this week.
A New York Times piece on the controversial theories of sociologist William T. Bielby, whose research is key to the plaintiff's argument in the Wal-Mart case.
New York Times piece on open records request from conservative groups for the emails of left-leaning college professors in Wisconsin and Michigan.
Paul Krugman's New York Times column on recent attacks from the "American thought police."
Jack Shafer's Slate piece arguing that every FOIA request has a political purpose.

John chatters on the tentative budget deal being debated in Congress, and how the upcoming vote will define the ideological lines of the new House.
Emily chatters on Justice Clarence Thomas's decision in Connick v. Thompson, a wrongful incrimination case.
David chatters on Pillars of the Earth, an eight-part miniseries on the building of a cathedral in 12th-century England.

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Posted on April 1 by John Griffith at 10:48 a.m.

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