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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Rick Perry’s flat tax plan, the new all-time lowest approval for Congress, and Mississippi’s anti-abortion personhood amendment.

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


John’s Slate piece on what Rick Perry needs to make a comeback.
John Harwood’s New York Times interview with Rick Perry.
Rick Perry’s quote calling Mitt Romney a “fat cat.”
John’s Slate piece about Mitt Romney’s consistency on a flat tax.
A report on the focus group in Cincinnati that called Rick Perry a bully.
A story about 9/11 terrorist Mohammed Atta eating nothing but boiled potatoes, as reported by Terry McDermott in the biography Perfect Soldiers.
The CBS/New York Times poll reflecting Americans’ extremely deep mistrust of government.
Philip Roth’s novel, The Plot Against America.
David’s Slate article about Mississippi’s anti-abortion personhood amendment.
A video of a woman confronting Romney on his support for personhood laws.
David chatters about an EW oral history of The Princess Bride.
John chatters about Eric Cantor’s just released the House calendar, which has 109 workdays and 151 vacation days.
Emily chatters about a Paris Review essay, “The Amaneunsis.”

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Podcast produced by Aviva Shen.

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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