The Political Gabfest for May 27th, 2011.

The Political Gabfest for May 27th, 2011.

The Political Gabfest for May 27th, 2011.

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May 27 2011 12:57 PM

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On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Sarah Palin and the 2012 Republican presidential race; a victory for Democrats in New York; and the Supreme Court and California prisons.

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

A Real Clear Politics piece on Sarah Palin's "One Nation" bus tour, which kicks off Sunday in Washington, D.C.
John's Slate piece on how a Palin candidacy could help and hurt Mitt Romney.
A Politico piece on why Mitch Daniels decided not to run for president.
The latest episode of Slate's "Manners for the Digital Age" podcast on declaring your love via Facebook.
A Washington Post piece on the implications of a Democratic victory in this week's House special election in New York.
A Politico piece on five Medicare lessons from the NY-26 election.
A New York Times piece on the Supreme Court's decision that California's overcrowded prisons are cruel and unusual punishment.
Dahlia Lithwick's Slate piece on whether photographs of California's overcrowded prisons belong in a Supreme Court decision about those prisons.
A New York Times piece on American exceptionalism and the incarceration rate.
Emily's New York Times Magazine piece on California's "three strikes" law.
A New York Times piece on John Edwards' new legal problems.


John has two cocktail chatters this week. His first is the reappearance of the red crested rodent, which has been hiding for 113 years. His second is the discovery of 17 lost pyramids and 1,000 tombs in Egypt.

Emily chatters on her podcast interview with Flannery Mullins, one of the teens charged in connection with the death of Phoebe Prince.

David chatters on a New York Times Magazine piece about conjoined twins that share a part of their brains.

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