The Gabfest on the latest Republican presidential debate, a Democratic loss in New York, and the Jackie O tapes.

The Gabfest on the latest Republican presidential debate, a Democratic loss in New York, and the Jackie O tapes.

The Gabfest on the latest Republican presidential debate, a Democratic loss in New York, and the Jackie O tapes.

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Sept. 16 2011 2:50 PM

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On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the latest Republican presidential debate; the Democrats' loss of the New York congressional seat formerly held by Anthony Weiner; and newly released tapes of interviews with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, recorded shortly after her husband John F. Kennedy's assassination.

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

John's Slate piece on the latest Republican presidential debate in Tampa, Fla.
A Washington Post piece on Texas Gov. Rick Perry's controversial executive order mandating girls in the state receive HPV vaccinations.
John's Slate piece on Rick Perry's "truth-teller" rhetoric.
A New York Times piece on Republican Bob Turner's upset victory in Anthony Weiner's former congressional district.
A CNN piece on whether the NY-9 results signal that Jewish voters are abandoning the Democratic Party.
A New York Times piece on U.S. efforts to block a Palestinian vote at the U.N.
An ABC News piece on an oral history of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis released this week.
Jessica Grose's Slate piece on Jackie Kennedy's "recorded diss list."
An Atlantic piece on the top eight quotes from the Jackie Kennedy tapes.

John has two cocktail chatters this week. His first is a 1964 LBJ campaign commercial. His second is an obscure William Faulkner quote from his second novel, Mosquitoes.

Emily chatters on NASA's recent "Astronomy Picture of the Day" of a solar eclipse on Saturn, and a second feature on NASA's first documented "circumbinary planet."

David has two cocktail chatters this week. His first is an upcoming Slate/Intelligence Squared debate in New York City, in which his wife, Hanna Rosin, will argue that "men are finished." His second is Tom Perrotta's new novel, The Leftovers.

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Posted on Sept. 16 by John Griffith at 2:50 p.m.

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