The Gabfest: The Embattled Hagel Nomination, the Platinum Coin Debt Ceiling Option, and Gender Parity in the Obama Administration

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Jan. 11 2013 1:15 PM

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and David Plotz discuss the embattled Defense secretary nomination, the platinum coin solution to the debt ceiling, and gender parity in the Obama administration.

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

Emily chatters about drunk driving at the Supreme Court.

John chatters about the death of Richard Ben Cramer, the author of What It Takes.

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.

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.

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