The Gabfest on the Super Tuesday results, Rush Limbaugh, and Eric Holder’s Legal Case for Targeted Killings

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March 9 2012 1:22 PM

The “I’m Not Assassinating You, I’m Targeted-Killing You” Gabfest

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the Super Tuesday results, Rush Limbaugh’s explosive comments about Sandra Fluke, and Eric Holder’s attempt to make a legal case for targeted killings of Americans overseas.

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

John’s Slate piece on Mitt Romney’s narrow victory on Super Tuesday.
An ABC News/Washington Post poll that puts Romney’s unfavorability levels with independents at 44 percent.
Bill Simmons’ interview with Obama discussing sports.
A New Republic blog post reporting that only 28 percent of Rush Limbaugh’s listeners are female.
A clip of Stephen Colbert mocking Romney for saying Limbaugh’s comments were “not the language I would have used.”
Eric Holder’s speech at Northwestern University Law School making the case for targeted killings.
Emily’s Slate piece on Eric Holder’s unsatisfying speech.
Charlie Savage’s New York Times article on the secret memo authorizing the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki.

John chatters about former first lady Barbara Bush’s assertion that this is the “worst campaign she’s ever seen in her life.”
Emily chatters about a landmark settlement in a Minnesota gay bullying case.
David chatters about an article in the San Jose Mercury News reporting that Harvard tuition is now cheaper than California state schools.

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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.

David Plotz is Slate's editor at large. He's the author of The Genius Factory and Good Book.


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