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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, John Dickerson, David Plotz and Emily Bazelon discuss the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, Obama’s modest bounce, and the Chicago teachers’ strike.  

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

David is jealous of John’s guest appearance on this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest. You can also catch Emily on this week’s Slate Audio Book Club.

Timelines of the events in Egypt and Libya, from Slate’s Dave Weigel and the Washington Post.

Weigel also says “Romney did not ‘gaffe.’” John says that “in international affairs, what, when, and how you say something is important.”  

Just how important is a good ambassador? That and other Libya answers from Slate’s Brian Palmer.

Gallup’s Sept. 11 post-convention analysis tracked a 3-point bounce for Obama; Nate Silver’s Sept. 11 analysis wondered if that bounce would hold.  

John talks about a Sept. 11 Washington Post-ABC News poll that found a larger bounce for Obama among registered voters than among likely voters.

David thinks Obama needs to spend heavily on ground efforts to make up for his relatively worse polling among likely voters. Nate Cohn has a similar analysis.

Emily says research on teaching evaluations says they are best at identifying the most and least effective teachers. In March, a group of education researchers sent Mayor Emanuel an open letter raising concern about the evidence that links teacher evaluations with school improvement.     

John mentions “Waiting for Superman” and “Won’t Back Down”— two movies about the current reform movement.

Emily chatters about a breast-feeding professor.

David chatters about his wife Hanna Rosin’s new book, The End of Men: And the Rise of Women . David and Hanna appeared on The Today Show on Sept. 13.

Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest

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Podcast production by Mike Vuolo and Andy Bowers. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich.

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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