The Political Gabfest for May 13, 2011.

The Political Gabfest for May 13, 2011.

The Political Gabfest for May 13, 2011.

Slate's weekly political roundtable.
May 13 2011 12:05 PM

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On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the fallout from the death of Osama Bin Laden, the debt ceiling fight, and the latest entrants and almost-entrants in the GOP presidential race.


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

A Washington Post piece on the growing fallout of Osama Bin Laden's death and its effect on U.S.-Pakistani relations.
A New York Times piece on U.S. strategy in Afghanistan after Bin Laden's death.
Polls from Reuters and AP on President Obama's rising approval ratings.
A New York Times piece on the information analysts are gleaning from the data taken from Bin Laden's complex.
President Obama's 60 Minutes interview about the Bin Laden raid.
A Washington Post piece on John Boehner's debt ceiling speech, in which he declared tax hikes "off the table."
A Politico piece on the cloud of pessimism hanging over deficit talks this week.
A Washington Post piece on the effort by Democrats to end tax breaks for big oil companies.
A Politico piece on Newt Gingrich's announcement that he's running for president in 2012.
A Wall Street Journal piece on Newt Gingrich's impressive private accomplishments.
A Politico piece on Ron Paul's imminent bid for the White House.

Emily chatters on John McCain and Meghan McCain, her two heroes of the week. John McCain pushed back against claims that torture lead us to Osama Bin Laden. And Meghan McCain appeared in a provocative anti-skin-cancer ad that elicited a rude response from Glenn Beck.
John chatters on World War II memorial sculptures in the former Yugoslavia.
David chatters on the fantastically cheesy Eurovision Song Contest.

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Posted on May 13 by John Griffith at 12:05 p.m.

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