GOP debate, SCOTUS Immigration and Redistricting Cases, and the Future of Independent Bookstores

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon discuss the latest GOP debate, the controversial immigration and redistricting cases at the Supreme Court, and buying books from independent bookstores versus Amazon.

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

John’s Slate piece on the Sioux City GOP debate.
John’s Slate piece on Mitt Romney’s claim that Newt Gingrich is “zany.”
A CBS News piece on how the battle between Romney and Gingrich could drag on until spring.
Dahlia Lithwick and Barry Friedman’s Slate piece on the three controversial cases on the Supreme Court’s election-year docket.
An NPR series arguing that prison economics drove the formulation of the Arizona immigration law.
A Washington Post article about a civil rights report finding rampant discrimination against Latinos by Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Farhad Manjoo’s Slate piece arguing that buying books on Amazon is better than buying them from independent bookstores.
Gary Shteyngart’s novel, Super Sad True Love Story.

Emily chatters about a YouTube video,” Shit Girls Say,” and Linda Holmes’ list of commenter types on year-end lists.

John chatters about his search for interesting iPhone/iPad apps to keep him occupied on the road and asks you to send him your favorite unusual or less well-known apps and podcasts at or on the Facebook page.

David chatters about Mark Bauerlein’s article The Research Bust in the Chronicle of Higher Education, which struggles with how to measure the worth of humanities research.

The e-mail address for the Political Gabfest is (E-mail may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

Podcast production by Andrew Bouvé and Dale Willman. Links compiled 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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