The Gabfest on the debt-ceiling negotiations, Amazon's sales-tax fight in California, and Utah's anti-bigamy laws.

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July 15 2011 12:55 PM

The Dogs and Mimes Gabfest

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On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the debt-ceiling negotiations, Amazon's sales-tax fight in California, and Utah's anti-bigamy laws.

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

John's Slate piece on how the debt-limit talks show Washington's rhetoric to be even more empty than usual.
A Washington Post piece on Sen. Mitch McConnell's debt-ceiling proposal.
A Gallup poll showing that only 20 percent favor deficit reduction by cutting spending only.
A Washington Post piece on the impact of Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge.
A New York Times piece on the Democrats' "new boogeyman," Eric Cantor.
A Washington Post piece laying out what might actually happen if a debt deal is not reached by Aug. 2.
Farhad Manjoo's Slate piece on's "unfair and unethical" stance on state sales taxes.
A New York Times piece on a Utah polygamy lawsuit filed by Sister Wives star Kody Brown.
A Washington Post piece stating that an estimated 38,000 "self-described Mormon fundamentalists" practice polygamy.
The IMDb profile of the 1978 film Days of Heaven.

John chatters on the 32nd anniversary of President Jimmy Carter's famous "malaise speech," in which he never actually said the word malaise.

Emily chatters on the film The Beginners. And how she hates dogs in movies. And she's not crazy about mimes, either.

David chatters about his disdain for tubing.

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Posted on July 14 by John Griffith at 12:55 p.m.

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