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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.

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

Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and the author of Sticks and Stones

David Plotz is the CEO of Atlas Obscura and host of the Slate Political Gabfest.

David Weigel is a reporter for the Washington Post. 

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