The Fending Off Total Disaster Gabfest
Listen to Slate's show about Obama's debt plan, a new, unflattering book about the Obama White House, and the execution of Troy Davis.
Posted Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at 11:28 AM
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On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon discuss President Obama's debt plan, a new book by Ron Suskind that paints an unflattering picture of the Obama Administration, and the execution of Troy Davis.
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Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:
John's Slate piece on Obama's debt plan and "staying angry."
A video of Elizabeth Warren declaring, "there is nobody in this country who got rich on his own."
Jacob Weisberg's Slate piece about Ron Suskind's Confidence Men.
A Washington Post blog post about the pseudo-debate surrounding the Solyndra scandal.
The 1996 Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA).
Dahlia Lithwick's Slate piece on what Troy Davis' execution means for the criminal justice system.
The Root's piece about the recent execution of James Byrd's killer, white supremacist Lawrence Russell Brewer.
Emily also chatters about a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson's story "Circles."
David chatters about a New York Times report about a children's contest in Somalia that awards the winners AK-47 rifles and hand grenades. He also plugs a Future Tense event at New America Foundation with Slate technology columnist Farhad Manjoo. You can RSVP for the event here.
David Plotz is the Editor of Slate. He's the author of The Genius Factory: The Curious History of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank and Good Book. He appears on Slate's Political Gabfest.
Emily Bazelon is a Slate senior editor and writes about law, family, and kids. Her forthcoming book, Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Empathy and Character. Find her at email@example.com or on Facebook or Twitter.
John Dickerson is Slate's chief political correspondent and author of On Her Trail. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read his series on the presidency and his series on risk. Follow him on Twitter.
Illustration by Robert Neubecker.