The Doomsday Scenario Gabfest
Listen to Slate's show about the fiscal cliff negotiations, lessons from the 2012 campaign, and the New York Post’s tragic cover photo.
Posted Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at 10:23 AM
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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the GOP’s search for better leverage in the fiscal cliff negotiations, lessons from the 2012 presidential campaign from Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio, and the ethics of the New York Post’s tragic cover photo.
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.
- David recommends “The Turn of the Screw” as this week’s Audible selection.
- Emily and David agree with Matthew Yglesias: raising the Medicare eligibility age is a bad idea.
- Ygelsias is also following the GOP’s discussion of a plan to recapture negotiating leverage by refusing to raise the debt ceiling.
- John’s recap of the “Campaign Decision Makers Conference” at Harvard’s Institute of Politics details some of the lessons learned by the Romney and Obama campaigns.
- David references David Brooks while arguing that conservatives should re-evaluate their use of anti-government rhetoric. This week, Brooks wrote about what the GOP should seek in return for higher tax rates.
- Slate’s J. Bryan Lowder has more on the New York Post’s cover photo of Ki Suk Han.
- John chatters about a piano performance by One Direction.
- Emily chatters about the Supreme Court’s review of several gay marriage cases and its likely next steps.
- David chatters about a Vanity Fair piece about the French Foreign Legion.
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Podcast production by Michael Vuolo. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich.
Emily Bazelon is a Slate senior editor and writes about law, family, and kids. She is also the Truman Capote Fellow at Yale Law School and a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine. Her new book is Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Empathy and Character. Find her at email@example.com or on Facebook or Twitter.
John Dickerson is Slate's chief political correspondent and author of On Her Trail. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read his series on the presidency and his series on risk. Follow him on Twitter.
David Plotz is the Editor of Slate. He's the author of The Genius Factory: The Curious History of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank and Good Book. He appears on Slate's Political Gabfest.