The Gabfest on the president's jobs speech, the Republican presidential debate, and the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

The Gabfest on the president's jobs speech, the Republican presidential debate, and the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

The Gabfest on the president's jobs speech, the Republican presidential debate, and the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

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Sept. 9 2011 4:48 PM

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On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the president's jobs speech, the Republican presidential debate, and the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

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

John's Slate piece on President Obama's jobs proposal.
A National Journal piece on the numbers behind Obama's jobs plan.
A New York Times piece on the many audiences for the president's speech.
John's Slate piece on the battle between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry at the GOP presidential debate.
A CBS News piece on Rick Perry's controversial HPV vaccine policy in Texas, which came up during the GOP debate.
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's book on how the federal government assesses risk, Breaking the Vicious Circle: Toward Effective Risk Regulation.
A Slate piece by John Mueller and Mark G. Stewart on why the government massively overestimates the risks of terrorism.
A Washington Post piece on a possible terrorist plot around Sunday's anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

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John chatters on former Marine Corps Cpl. Dakota Meyer's remarkable bravery in Afghanistan, for which he will receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Emily chatters on two court rulings from this week. The first is a split decision from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on South Dakota's informed consent abortion laws. The second is the 4th Circuit's decision that the state of Virginia cannot sue over the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate.

David chatters on misophonia, a condition in which people become enraged by the sound of other people eating.

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Posted on Sept. 9 by John Griffith at 4:48 p.m.

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