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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Hurricane Sandy, the state of the presidential race going into the final weekend, and the conservative backlash against New York Times polling expert Nate Silver.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:
- John says Romney’s polling momentum has stalled; if you’re unfamiliar with Nate Silver’s work, his Oct. 28 post has an overview of the polls and a discussion of his methodology.
- Slate’s Matt Yglesias looks into Romney’s plans for FEMA.
- John references feedback he collected from undecided voters.
- David wonders how Mormonism may affect Romney’s political views about FEMA; in Mother Jones, Stephanie Mencimer reports on what’s unique about the Mormon response to prior natural disasters.
- David also references Julia Ioffe’s comparative study, in The New Republic, of the Russian response to their 2010 Heat Wave.
- Bloomberg’s Josh Barro argues that shifting FEMA’s responsibilities to the states won’t save money.
- John notices that Romney has improved his polling most by moving away from the conservative pundit class.
- Ezra Klein inventories some of the critiques of Nate Silver’s methodology.
Emily chatters about why the Supreme Court isn’t a dog’s best friend.
John chatters about The Browser.
David chatters about the Fitter Families Contest. Here's the medal he talked about:
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Podcast production by Michael Vuolo. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich.