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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and special guest Ta-Nehisi Coates of the Atlantic discuss the Petraeus affair, President Obama’s news conference on Benghazi and the fiscal cliff, and the Supreme Court’s review of the Voting Rights Act.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:
- Listener homework: Watch Lincoln, and post your questions or comments to the Gabfest Twitter or Facebook pages!
- Visit the Slatest blog for ongoing updates about the Gen. Petraeus affair. And Emily has a few questions for the FBI.
- David and Emily reference Alison Buckholtz’s discussion of military spouses and infidelity.
- Regarding weird things about Florida, Ta-Nehisi recommends George Packer’s study of the state's experience of the foreclosure crisis.
- Ta-Nehisi also mentions Client 9, the 2010 documentary about former governor and current Slate contributor Eliot Spitzer.
- President Obama, at his first news conference since re-election, acted like he had leverage and a mandate, says John Dickerson.
- Emily references Ramesh Ponnuru’s analysis, in the National Review, of the GOP’s challenges with the middle class.
- Nathaniel Persily, professor of political science and law at Columbia University, says the Voting Rights Act of 1965 may be doomed.
- “Republicans want ‘stuff’ too,” says Ta-Nehisi, in response to Mitt Romney’s assertion that Obama won the election by handing out gifts to Democratic constituencies.
Emily chatters about a plan to record and broadcast the plays of August Wilson.
Ta-Nehisi chatters about Bound for the Promised Land, a biography of Harriet Tubman.
David chatters about the technicalities involved in a Texas secession effort.
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Podcast production by Michael Vuolo. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich.