Biden-Ryan debate reaction, Romney’s polling bounce, and the Supreme Court considers affirmative action: This week’s Gabfest.

The Gabfest: Biden and Ryan Debate, Romney Surges, and SCOTUS Considers the Future of Affirmative Action

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Oct. 12 2012 3:28 PM

The Barcalounger Gabfest

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and special guest Jacob Weisberg discuss the vice presidential debate, Mitt Romney’s surge in the polls, and affirmative action back at the high court.

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


Jacob chatters about fun British politics.

John chatters about the encyclopedic History of American Presidential Elections by Facts on File, Inc.

Emily chatters about “The Hit Man’s Tale” by Nadya Labi in The New Yorker.

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

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Podcast production by Mike Vuolo and Chris Wade. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich.

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.

Jacob Weisberg is chairman and editor-in-chief of The Slate Group and author of The Bush Tragedy. Follow him on Twitter.

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