The Gabfest on Mitt Romney’s European Adventure, Ted Cruz’s Win, and the Chick-fil-A Controversy.

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Aug. 3 2012 4:08 PM

The Chick-fil-A Gabfest

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, David Plotz, Emily Bazelon, and Slate political editor Will Dobson discuss Mitt Romney’s European adventure, Ted Cruz’s win in Texas, and the Chick-fil-A controversy.

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

  • David will interview—or interrogate—his wife, “DoubleX” co-founder Hanna Rosin, about her new book, The End of Men, on Sept. 11 in Washington (tickets here) and on Sept. 12 in New York (more details here).
  • The Gabfesters talk about Romney’s travel itinerary: Great Britain, Israel, and … Poland? The Atlantic’s Molly Ball has more on why Poland was included.
  • Emily says that polling shows most Americans support President Obama’s handling of foreign policy, and Will says that Poles—and most other Europeans—would probably vote for Obama. Fareed Zakaria summarizes the data for both assertions.
  • Will discusses Romney’s op-ed in the National Review on his culture remarks.
  • Emily mentions a response to Romney from Jared Diamond in a New York Times op-ed.
  • David talks about Harry Reid’s comments to the Huffington Post about Romney’s taxes.
  • Will and David talk about research on political polarization in Congress; is a good start for more info.
  • Some of the recent remarks by the president of Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy, can be found in this interview with the Biblical Recorder.

David chatters about the upcoming live show in Seattle on Oct. 4. He also describes a recent trip to the National Archives, where he saw a pardon note written by President Lincoln.    

Emily chatters about her summer reading pick, Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn.

Will chatters about Al-Jazeera’s tool for tracking Syria’s defections.

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Podcast production by Dale Willman. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich.

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

Emily Bazelon was a Slate senior editor from 2005 to 2014. She is the author of Sticks and Stones.

William J. Dobson is Slate’s politics and foreign affairs editor and the author of The Dictator’s Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy.


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