The Political Gabfest on The Obamas, the New Hampshire Primary, and the Supreme Court on Religious Freedom

Slate's weekly political roundtable.
Jan. 13 2012 12:45 PM

The Head Made of Green Cheese Gabfest

Listen to Slate's show about Jodi Kantor’s new book The Obamas, the New Hampshire primary, and a Supreme Court case on religious freedom in employment.

ILLO_political-podcast

Become a fan of the Political Gabfest on Facebook. We post to the Facebook page throughout the week, so keep the conversation going by joining us there.

To listen to the discussion, use the player below:

On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon talk with author Jodi Kantor about her controversial new book The Obamas. They also discuss the GOP primary in New Hampshire and a Supreme Court case on religious freedom and ministerial exception.

Advertisement

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

Jodi Kantor’s book, The Obamas.
A CBS News interview with Michelle Obama on her reaction to Kantor’s book.
John’s Slate piece on Romney’s New Hampshire victory.
A CBS News article about Sheldon Adelson’s $5 million donation to Gingrich’s super PAC.
John’s Slate piece on the Republican attacks on Romney’s record at Bain Capital.
The Gingrich super PAC’s ad attacking Romney as a “corporate raider.”
John’s Slate piece on Gingrich’s “pious baloney” comment.
Bill Kristol’s Weekly Standard piece on Bain Capital.
The Pew Research poll finding that two-thirds of the public believe there are strong conflicts between the poor and the rich.
Hosanna-Tabor Church v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
, a Supreme Court case deciding whether or not a church can be sued for discrimination by religious teachers.
Employment Division v. Smith
, a case about whether Native Americans could be exempt from Oregon’s ban on peyote for religious use.

Emily chatters about a Supreme Court case, Compucredit v. Greenwood, which allows credit-card repair firms to force arbitration because of the fine print of loan agreements.  She also chatters about Lena Dunham’s film, Tiny Furniture.

John’s chatter focuses on a quote from Kottke.org about what it’s like to deeply understand math.

The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (Email 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 is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and 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.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

The Irritating Confidante

John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.

My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s

Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee

Medical Examiner

Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?

Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?

Technology

Driving in Circles

The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.

The World’s Human Rights Violators Are Signatories on the World’s Human Rights Treaties

How Punctual Are Germans?

  News & Politics
Politics
Oct. 22 2014 12:44 AM We Need More Ben Bradlees His relationship with John F. Kennedy shows what’s missing from today’s Washington journalism.
  Business
Moneybox
Oct. 21 2014 5:57 PM Soda and Fries Have Lost Their Charm for Both Consumers and Investors
  Life
The Vault
Oct. 21 2014 2:23 PM A Data-Packed Map of American Immigration in 1903
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 21 2014 3:03 PM Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
  Slate Plus
Working
Oct. 22 2014 6:00 AM Why It’s OK to Ask People What They Do David Plotz talks to two junior staffers about the lessons of Working.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 21 2014 9:42 PM The All The President’s Men Scene That Perfectly Captured Ben Bradlee’s Genius
  Technology
Technology
Oct. 21 2014 11:44 PM Driving in Circles The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.
  Health & Science
Climate Desk
Oct. 21 2014 11:53 AM Taking Research for Granted Texas Republican Lamar Smith continues his crusade against independence in science.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.