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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 firstname.lastname@example.org! 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.