The Gabfest on the Supreme Court’s Health Care Decision, Arizona’s Immigration Law, and the Triviality of Modern Presidential Campaigns

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June 29 2012 2:43 PM

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This week’s Slate Political Gabfest was recorded live in New Haven, Conn., as part of the Arts and Ideas Festival. On the show, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and John Dickerson discuss the Supreme Court’s long-awaited health care decision, the court’s partial invalidation of Arizona’s immigration law, and why the presidential campaign has become so trivial. Plus, you can listen to the pre-ACA decision segment John, Emily, and David recorded in which they predicted how they thought the court would rule. (Download available here.)

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

The full Supreme Court opinion finding the Affordable Care Act constitutional.

John’s Slate piece on Obama’s victory at court.
A CBS News poll from June finding 37 percent of Americans wanted the court to overturn the full law.
Matt Yglesias’ Slate piece on whether or not Romney will be able to repeal health care if he wins the election.
Obama’s response to the health care decision.
Romney’s response to the health care decision.
The Supreme Court’s Arizona v. United States opinion.
Antonin Scalia’s controversial bench statement.
Eric Posner’s Slate piece on the Arizona decision’s expansion of presidential power.
Richard Posner’s Slate piece on Scalia’s dissent.
by R.J. Palacio, Emily’s Audible recommendation.
The Q&A with Romney spokesperson Rick Gorka after the Arizona decision, which was acted out by John, David, and Emily.

John chatters about a series of one-minute videos by the New York Historical Society and NYC Media (such as one about a tin elephant-shaped hotel).
David chatters about a Vice Magazine piece about a paintball game between journalists and Hezbollah.
Emily chatters about Rielle Hunter’s vindictive memoir, What Really Happened.

The email address for the Political Gabfest is (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

Podcast production by Andy Bowers, 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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