The Gabfest on the Republican presidential debate, the president's war powers, and schools punishing students for online actions.

The Gabfest on the Republican presidential debate, the president's war powers, and schools punishing students for online actions.

The Gabfest on the Republican presidential debate, the president's war powers, and schools punishing students for online actions.

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June 17 2011 11:56 AM

The Fighting Against the System Gabfest

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On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the Republican presidential debate, the controversy surrounding the president's war powers, and a court decision on schools punishing students for online actions.

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

John's Slate piece on Mitt Romney's strong performance in this week's Republican presidential debate.

A Washington Post piece on Michele Bachmann's impressive showing in the debate and her impact on the 2012 GOP field.

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A New York Times piece on the Obama administration's defense of the continuing U.S. role in Libya and its applicability to the War Powers Act.

A Huffington Post piece on John Boehner's warning that the president might be violating the War Powers Act.

A Hill piece on a House bill that would defund the U.S. mission in Libya.

A Student Press Law Center piece summarizing a 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals decision that school students cannot be suspended for creating parodies of their principals on MySpace.

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John chatters on an Andrew Sullivan post on whether willpower is a finite resource.

Emily chatters on The Submission, a forthcoming novel by Amy Waldman about a juried competition to build a memorial at Ground Zero.

David has two chatters this week. His first is a follow-up from last week: he took a listener's suggestion to tear himself away from the Game of Thrones novels by reading the Wikipedia plot summaries. His second is a grotesque political ad that's currently running in California.

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Posted on June 17 by John Griffith at 11:55 a.m.

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