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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the prospects for a deal to avert the fiscal cliff, whether the long-discussed option of limiting the filibuster is really going to happen, and the ethics of outing bullies online.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:
- Email your conundra to email@example.com! Examples from our 2010 and 2011 conundra Gabfests.
- John offers an analytical filter to help you interpret the progress of the fiscal cliff discussions.
- Emily refers to a liberal justification for not making cuts to health care spending; as Jonathan Cohn puts it, we should wait and see if the Obamacare reforms create savings.
- David asks John about Obama’s efforts to rally public support for his agenda.
- John mentions a point advanced by Peter Orzag, that vague plans to reform tax breaks will get harder as the negotiations get specific.
- Wonkblog has a collection of links to filibuster reform coverage.
- Emily refers to a 2011 Slate piece about the filibuster by Akhil Reed Amar.
- Emily wrote about the online confrontation between internet group Anonymous and a group of teen bullies.
- John chatters about elephant tusk poaching statistics.
- Emily chatters about tales of “misdirected mating” in the New York
- David chatters about the modern challenge of depicting what people do all day. And—congrats to former Gabfest intern Gail Sullivan and Jared Moshe on their engagement! The first Gabfest wedding!
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Podcast production by Michael Vuolo. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich.
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