The Gabfest on the president's debt ceiling speech, the rise of Michele Bachmann, and a Supreme Court case on the sale of violent video games to kids.

The Gabfest on the president's debt ceiling speech, the rise of Michele Bachmann, and a Supreme Court case on…

The Gabfest on the president's debt ceiling speech, the rise of Michele Bachmann, and a Supreme Court case on…

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July 1 2011 12:04 PM

The Mucking About Gabfest

Listen to Slate's show about the debt ceiling smackdown, the rise of Michele Bachmann, and kids and violent video games.

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On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the president's debt ceiling speech, the rise of Michele Bachmann, and a Supreme Court case allowing the sale of violent video games to kids.

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

A Politico piece on President Obama's press conference about the debt ceiling debate.
John's Slate piece on the president's demands in the debt ceiling negotiations.
A Huffington Post piece on Mark Halperin's suspension from MSNBC for calling President Obama a "dick" live on air.
A National Journal piece on Michele Bachmann's strong showing in polls in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Christopher Hitchens' Slate piece on Michele Bachmann's blend of "old parochialism" and "not-so-new isolationism."
A Washington Post piece on Michele Bachmann's admission that she had a previously unreported miscarriage.
A video of Rep. Jackie Spier, D-Calif., announcing on the House floor that she once had an abortion.
A New York Times piece on the Supreme Court's decision that states cannot ban the sale of violent video games to children.
Emily's New York Times piece on the country's propensity to panic whenever kids fall in love with a new, potentially dangerous technology.
Brian Palmer's Slate piece on whether it's worse for a child to see pornography or graphic violence.

John chatters on A New Culture of Learning, a book that explores the benefits of learning new skills by tinkering with problems.
Emily chatters on her home state of Connecticut's abysmal fiscal condition.
David chatters on Split Screen: A Love Story, a short film by J.W. Griffiths shot on a Nokia N8 cell phone.

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Posted on July 1 by John Griffith at 12:04 p.m.

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