The Gabfest: Confronting Gun Violence, Teetering on the Edge of the Fiscal Cliff, and Remembering Robert Bork

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Dec. 21 2012 2:35 PM

The Last Shot Gabfest

Listen to Slate's show about the political legacy of the Newtown shootings, Boehner’s Plan B, and the legacy of Robert Bork.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss how America might confront gun violence in the wake of the latest mass shooting tragedy in Newton, Conn. They also update the latest offers exchanged between President Obama and Speaker Boehner in the fiscal cliff negotiations, and discuss the legacy of the late Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork.

Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:

Emily chatters about Dafna Lizner’s reporting on the White House Pardon Attorney’s Office.

David chatters about the discovery of an early example of human compassion.

Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

Podcast production by Michael Vuolo. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich.

Emily Bazelon is a Slate senior editor and the Truman Capote Fellow at Yale Law School. She is the author of Sticks and Stones.

John Dickerson is Slate's chief political correspondent and author of On Her Trail. Read his series on the presidency and on risk.

David Plotz is Slate's editor at large. He's the author of The Genius Factory and Good Book.