The Gabfest on South Carolina, Keystone Pipeline XL, and SOPA/PIPA Protests

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Jan. 20 2012 1:44 PM

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the suddenly-exciting South Carolina primary, President Obama’s decision not to approve the Keystone oil pipeline from Canada, and the protests over the Internet piracy bills known as SOPA and PIPA.

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

John’s Slate piece on the last South Carolina debate.
The latest polls showing that Gingrich has started to close in on Romney in South Carolina.
The ABC News interview with Newt Gingrich’s second wife, Marianne, in which she claims Gingrich asked for an open marriage.
The Esquire feature on Marianne Gingrich from 2010.
John’s Slate piece on whether or not Romney’s wealth prevents him from connecting with voters.
The Citizens for Tax Justice report calculating that Romney’s tax plan would cut his own taxes by almost half.
The Stop Online Privacy Act and the PROTECT IP Act.
The Wikipedia black-out web page about SOPA and PIPA.
Matt Yglesias’ Slate piece arguing that some copyright infringement can be good for the economy.

Emily chatters about the decision by the Supreme Court to reject cases that would clarify when schools could punish kids for slandering each other on social media.

John chatters about a Washington Post piece finding that self-esteem boosting does not improve children’s performance in school. He also gives a shout-out to the Culture Gabfest.

David chatters about a Men’s Journal interview with Mark Wahlberg, in which he claimed he would have stopped 9/11 had he been on the plane.

The e-mail address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (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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