Rick Perry's presidential bid, President Obama's September economic speech, and fine-tuning the economy, on this week's Political Gabfest podcast.

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Aug. 19 2011 11:29 AM

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On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and special guest David Leonhardt, economics columnist for the New York Times, discuss Rick Perry's presidential bid, President Obama's September economic speech, and fine-tuning the economy.

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

John's Slate piece on Rick Perry's "confident and tentative" approach to policy.

John's Slate piece on Perry's attack on Ben Bernanke, in which he called the Fed chief "treasonous."

A New York Times piece in which Larry Summers describes Perry's comments as "primitive" and "abhorrent."

A Washington Post piece on the sharp divide between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry on the issue of global warming.

A YouTube clip of a Texas man baking cookies on his car's dashboard.

Economist Justin Wolfers' dissertation on the effect of oil booms on gubernatorial elections.

A Politico piece on Obama's decision to "turn focus to job creation."

A Washington Post piece on Obama's forthcoming plan for job creation and economic growth.

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Emily chatters on the imminent death of the U.S. Postal Service, as chronicled in recent pieces by Slate's Annie Lowrey and Businessweek.

John chatters on the changing landscape of campaign reporting, with rapid-fire news tweets and quick citizen reporters like Think Progress.

David Leonhardt chatters on this year's boring pennant races in Major League Baseball.

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Posted on Aug. 19 by John Griffith at 11:25 a.m.

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