Political Gabfest: Supreme Court Health Care Battle, Christie for President, and the Wall Street Protest

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Sept. 30 2011 5:00 PM

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the upcoming legal battle over health care in the Supreme Court; Florida’s rescheduled GOP primary; the potential presidential candidacy of Chris Christie; and the Occupy Wall Street protest.

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

Dahlia Lithwick’s Slate piece about taking health care reform to the Supreme Court.
A New York Times piece about the Obama campaign’s struggle to hold onto the Republican turf he won in 2008.
Mike Huckabee’s campaign commercial from 2007 featuring a cross in the background.
John’s Slate piece on Chris Christie’s uncharacteristic coyness about his potential presidential run.
John’s Slate interview with Mitch Daniels on his decision not to run for president.
Richard Cramer’s book about the 1988 presidential race.
A Washington Post article about the appeal of Chris Christie’s blunt style.
A New York Times article about young people protesting around the world.
A Pew poll showing Americans are split evenly over the existence of “haves” and “have-nots.”

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John chatters about a satirical Rick Perry lip-reading video.

Emily chatters about the Diaper Bank in Connecticut and initiatives to provide low-income families with better access to diapers.
David announces the new CMS driving the Slate website and chatters on two very dirty country songs: Fish by Craig Cameron and Big Green Tractor by Jason Aldean.

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Posted on Sept. 30 by Aviva Shen at 5 p.m.

Emily Bazelon was a Slate senior editor from 2005 to 2014. She is the author of Sticks and Stones.

John Dickerson is Slate's chief political correspondent and author of On Her Trail. Read his series on the presidency and on risk.

David Plotz is Slate's editor at large. He's the author of The Genius Factory and Good Book.


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