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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the town hall brawl, the fight over what happened in Libya, and Mitt Romney’s efforts to win women voters.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:
- David mentions that the insta-polls scored it for Obama; Nate Silver has a full roundup of instant reaction.
- John also scores the town hall debate an Obama win.
- Emily remembers a night full of rule violations; Slate’s Josh Voorhees pulls out the rule book.
- Emily mentions Will Saletan’s Slate piece about the Republican framing of the attacks in Libya.
- In his look toward Monday’s foreign policy debate, John explores why the campaigns continue to get Libya wrong.
- The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg makes a similar comment to David’s—that building higher embassy walls won’t solve anything.
- David Bernstein, reporting for the Boston Phoenix, fact-checks Romeny's "binders full of women" claim.
- The Washington Post’s Wonkblog brings you the second presidential debate in graphs, including one on the gender wage gap.
- An Oct. 15 USA Today poll found Romney gained significant support among likely women voters.
Emily chatters about a U.S. Court of Appeals decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.
John chatters about the amended seal of the United States which hung between the candidates. Do you know more about the significance of “the union and the Constitution forever?” Post your answers to our Facebook page!
David chatters about White House beer.
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Podcast production by Michael Vuolo. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich.