Iowa caucus, recess appointments, and economic immobility on the Political Gabfest

The Gabfest on Iowa and New Hampshire, Richard Cordray’s Recess Appointment, and American Economic Immobility

The Gabfest on Iowa and New Hampshire, Richard Cordray’s Recess Appointment, and American Economic Immobility

Slate's weekly political roundtable.
Jan. 6 2012 12:42 PM

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Listen to Slate's show about Iowa and New Hampshire, Richard Cordray’s recess appointment, and American economic immobility.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the GOP contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, Obama’s recess appointment of Richard Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and a New York Times article about American economic immobility.


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

John’s Slate piece on Santorum’s surprise surge in Iowa.
A CBS News video of Santorum’s comment that he “doesn’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.”
John’s Slate piece on McCain’s endorsement of Romney.
Dave Weigel’s Slate blog post on Cordray’s recess appointment.
James Fallows’ Atlantic piece on how the Republicans’ blocking of Cordray’s appointment amounts to “nullifcation.”
Ezra Klein’s Washington Post blog post explaining why Obama is only making four particular recess appointments.
The New York Times piece on economic mobility in America versus in European countries.

John chatters about how students in New Hampshire booed Santorum for equating gay marriage and polygamy. He also chatters about a list of “don’ts” for women on bicycles from the 1895.

Emily chatters about a children’s book, Moon Over Manifest.

David chatters about Smithsonian Magazine’s dinosaur blog.

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Podcast production by Andrew Bouvé and Dale Willman. Links compiled by Aviva Shen.