Slate's Political Gabfest: Qaddafi’s Death, the GOP Race, Gilad Shalit, Zanesville, and Lying About Military Service

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Oct. 21 2011 1:13 PM

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Listen to Slate's show about Muammar Qaddafi’s death, the GOP race, Israeli prisoner Gilad Shalit, the Zanesville animal massacre, and lying about military service.


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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, William Saletan, and David Plotz discuss Qaddafi’s death, Republican class warfare, the prisoner swap that led to the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, the Zanesville animal massacre, and a Supreme Court case on lying about military service.


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

Will’s Slate piece about Republican class warfare.
John’s Slate piece recapping this week’s GOP debate.
The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll indicating that Romney leads as second-choice candidate.
Will’s Slate piece about Reverend Robert Jeffress’ statement that a Christian candidate is better than a “moral, good person.”
The Egypt TV interview with Gilad Shalit.
A poll showing that 79 percent of Israelis supported the prisoner swap that brought Gilad Shalit home.
A Washington Post article about the Hamas negotiations to lift the blockade of Gaza.
A New York Times article on criticism for the Gilad Shalit interview.
An Associated Press article about the Zanesville animal massacre.
Philip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials.
A New York Times article about the Supreme Court case deciding whether Congress can criminalize lying about one’s military service.

Will chatters about a deceptively heartwarming article about a couple married for 72 years who died holding hands after getting into a car crash.

Emily chatters about a Supreme Court case deciding whether corporations can be held liable for human rights violations abroad.

David chatters about a New York Times op-ed about Zuccotti Park and public/privately owned spaces.

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Posted on Oct. 21 by Aviva Shen at  1:13 p.m.

Emily Bazelon is a Slate senior editor and the Truman Capote Fellow at Yale Law School. 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.

Will Saletan writes about politics, science, technology, and other stuff for Slate. He’s the author of Bearing Right.