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Jan. 4 2013 2:16 PM

The After the Fiscal Cliff, the Debt Ceiling Chasm Gabfest

Listen to Slate's show about the fiscal cliff deal, the dysfunctional Congress, and a newspaper’s decision to publish a map of gun permit owners. Plus, an interview with Slate's “War Stories” columnist Fred Kaplan.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and special guest Dave Weigel discuss the fiscal cliff deal, the dysfunctional Congress, and the decision by the Journal News to publish a map of gun permit owners. Plus, David interviews Slate's “War Stories” columnist Fred Kaplan about his new book, The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot To Change the American Way of War.

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

Emily chatters about skate skiing and lattes, despite David’s scorn.

Dave Weigel chatters about new directions for several comics that were created by Rob Liefeld. Listener @sparker417 recommends Prophet #21.

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 Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich.

Emily Bazelon was a Slate senior editor from 2005 to 2014. She is the author of Sticks and Stones.

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

David Weigel, a former Slate politics reporter, is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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