The Gabfest on the Arizona and Michigan Primaries, Mitt Romney’s Shifting Abortion Views, and a New Affirmative Action Case…

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Feb. 24 2012 11:01 AM

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Listen to Slate's show about the Arizona and Michigan primaries, Mitt Romney’s shifting abortion views, and a new affirmative action case heading to the Supreme Court.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the upcoming Arizona and Michigan primaries, talk to Slate’s Will Saletan about Mitt Romney’s flip-flops on abortion, and discuss the Supreme Court’s decision to take on an affirmative action case from the University of Texas.

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

The latest Public Policy Polling poll showing Santorum ahead of Romney in Michigan by 4 points.
John’s Slate piece on the Arizona debate.
Mitt Romney’s op-ed in the Detroit News criticizing Obama’s auto bailout.
John’s Slate piece on Santorum’s martyr complex.
Will’s book, Bearing Right: How Conservatives Won the Abortion War.
Will Saletan’s Slate piece on Romney’s shifting abortion stance.
Will’s answers to readers’ questions on Romney’s abortion views.
Emily’s Slate XX Factor blog post on the Virginia ultrasound bill, and what its failure means for Romney.
The 5th Circuit’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas.
The Supreme Court’s previous affirmative action case, Grutter v. Bollinger.

Emily chatters about Amtrak’s new ban on children riding trains alone.

John chatters about Albert Kahn’s early 20th century efforts to catalog humanity in color photography. The photos are collected in The Dawn of the Color Photograph: Albert Kahn’s Archives of the Planet. John also chatters about a recently discovered collection of family photographs in which Mitt Romney looks relatively normal.

David chatters about his son’s obsession with toy cars and wonders what boys fixated on before cars were invented.

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

Emily Bazelon is a Slate senior editor and the Truman Capote Fellow at Yale Law School. 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.