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July 29 2011 12:20 PM

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On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, Annie Lowrey, and David Plotz discuss the pressing debt-ceiling debate, the politically based shootings in Norway, and the bullying of gay students in Minnesota.

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

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Annie's Slate piece on the "weird and chaotic" situation if the government does not raise the debt ceiling by Aug. 2.
A Bloomberg Businessweek piece on the slumping stock market.
A Washington Post piece on dueling debt deals proposed by John Boehner and Harry Reid.
A New York Times piece on how the attacks Norway shift the immigrant debate in Europe.
Anne Applebaum's Slate piece on Anders Breivik's "insane conviction" that his own government was illegitimate.
A New York Times piece on Breivik's 1,500-page manifesto.
A Minnesota Public Radio piece on lawsuit against the Anoka-Hennepin School District over a policy that creates a "hostile environment for gay students."
A Mother Jones piece on the "teen suicide epidemic" in Michele Bachmann's district.
Emily chatters on the blog Dinner: A Love Story, and two things she found on the site this week: a recipe for "Detox Soup" and the children's book The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip.
Annie chatters on a New York Times piece about parents paying for private jets to take their kids to camp, and Matt Yglesias' blog post on summer-camp cost inflation.
David chatters on his new "Dillon Panthers" polo shirt, which he bought from the Friday Night Lights prop sale.

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