The Gabfest: Opposition to the Hagel nomination, #mintthecoin to solve the debt ceiling, and gender parity in the White House.
The Gabfest: The Embattled Hagel Nomination, the Platinum Coin Debt Ceiling Option, and Gender Parity in the Obama Administration
Slate's weekly political roundtable.
Jan. 11 2013 1:15 PM

The $1 Trillion Gabfest

Listen to Slate's show about the embattled Hagel nomination, the platinum coin option, and Obama’s administration full of men.

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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.


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 (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

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

John Dickerson is a Slate political columnist, the moderator of CBS’s Face the Nation, and author of On Her Trail. Read his series on the presidency and on risk.

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