The Gabfest on the debt ceiling deal, how it affects Republican presidential candidates, and the economy.

The Gabfest on the debt ceiling deal, how it affects Republican presidential candidates, and the economy.

The Gabfest on the debt ceiling deal, how it affects Republican presidential candidates, and the economy.

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Aug. 5 2011 12:41 PM

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On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, David Plotz, David Weigel, and guest panelist Adam Serwer of the American Prospect discuss the debt ceiling deal, how the deal affects Republican presidential candidates, and the economy.

Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:
Weigel's Slate piece on the debt ceiling deal.
A New Republic piece on how Bill Clinton handled his 1995 debt ceiling crisis better than Obama.
Bill Safire's New York Times column on the 1995 debt ceiling fight.
Jacob Weisberg's Slate piece arguing that the debt ceiling debacle proves there's "no point in explaining complicated matters to the American people."
A National Review Online piece arguing that large defense cuts would be an "open invitation to our enemies."
A Washington Post piece on opposing reactions to the debt deal from Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman.
A Politico piece on the prospects of a Rick Perry 2012 candidacy.
Paul Burka's Texas Monthly piece on eight things Yankees ought to know before they write stories about Rick Perry.
A Bloomberg piece this week's decline in the stock market, the worst slump since February 2009.
Adam's American Prospect piece on whether Obama is "toast" in 2012.

Weigel chatters on Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik's anti-Muslim manifesto.
Adam chatters on Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to negotiate the borders of a Palestinian state based on pre-1967 lines.
David has three chatters this week. His first is Hang Up and Listen's call-in podcast coming up this week. (Call 77-HANGUP-10 to submit your questions for the show.) His second is Slate's newest podcast, a monthly feature on civil war stories.His third is his Slate piece chronicling what happened when he celebrated his Facebook birthday three times in July.

The e-mail address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (E-mail may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

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Slate Senior Editor Emily Bazelon, Chief Political Correspondent John Dickerson, and Editor David Plotz host the Gabfest weekly.