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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Michigan’s new right-to-work law and the declining power of unions, the Supreme Court’s decision to tackle marriage equality in two very different cases, and the depiction of torture in Zero Dark Thirty.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:
- For this week’s Audible recommendation, David suggests Sideways Stories from Wayside School.
- John has an update on the lack of progress in the “fiscal cliff” negotiations.
- Emily notes that right-to-work laws are “cleverly titled to sound benevolent”; Slate’s Brian Palmer explains how “right-to-work” became management’s favorite political catchphrase.
- Emily says the Supreme Court’s decision to review two marriage equality cases amounts to the civil rights case of our generation.
- Emily references issues of “standing” that confront both cases. In Hollingsworth v. Perry, Walter Dellinger says the legal dynamics of who will defend California’s Prop 8 may affect how far the Supreme Court goes in its ruling. Scotusblog has additional updates on United States v. Windsor, the case related to the Defense of Marriage Act.
- Emily says that NYU Professor Kenji Yoshino has been exploring the different ways the court might split the difference in its review of the two cases.
- Emily refers to Justice Scalia’s defense, earlier this week, of controversial remarks he has made regarding homosexuality.
- David mentions Frank Bruni’s column about Zero Dark Thirty.
- Emily’s critique of Zero Dark Thirty includes links to some of the debate surrounding the Bush administration’s interrogation tactics. Slate film critic Dana Stevens says it’s a vital, disturbing, and necessary film.
John chatters, grimly, about a study showing a spike in deaths caused by falling TVs.
David chatters about Susan Jacoby’s piece about Robert Ingersoll in the American Scholar.
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Podcast production by Michael Vuolo. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich.