The Live in Washington, D.C., Gabfest
Listen to Slate's show about Obama's second inauguration, filibuster reform, and the perils of tweeting on the job.
Posted Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at 11:17 AM
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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, recorded live at Washington's Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and David Plotz discuss Obama’s second inaugural address, filibuster reform, and social media policy in the workplace. They also take audience questions at the end of the show.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:
- John says Obama used his inaugural speech to nod to the coalition that elected him and to sew it more fully into the American story.
- The Washington Post has the complete transcript of Obama’s speech.
- How have four years in the White House changed the Obamas? Jodi Kantor asked friends and staffers close to the first family.
- After taping, the Democrats did not embrace the “constitutional option” for reforming the filibuster; Ezra Klein explains why.
- The Washington Post’s Wonkblog has a one-pager on Sen. Jeff Merkley’s proposal, which included a so-called “talking filibuster.”
- The Brennan Center for Justice has written widely about the history of the filibuster and reform options.
- Brendan Greeley’s piece in Bloomberg Business Week explores the interests that may have shaped the evolution of filibuster policy.
- Slate contributor Josh Eidelson says “Go Ahead, Complain About Your Job on Facebook.” The New York Times also wrote about recent decisions about workplace social media policies by the National Labor Relations Board.
- In the question-and-answer session, John and David tell Emily that she really needs to watch Joe Biden’s performance at the recent Senate swearing-in ceremony.
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Emily chatters about the ethics of stopping an Amtrak train if you sleep past your stop.
John chatters about his favorite line from President Grant’s second inaugural address.
David chatters about honorific protocol.
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Podcast production by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich.
Emily Bazelon is a Slate senior editor and writes about law, family, and kids. Her forthcoming book, Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Empathy and Character. Find her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook or Twitter.
John Dickerson is Slate's chief political correspondent and author of On Her Trail. He can be reached at email@example.com. Read his series on the presidency and his series on risk. Follow him on Twitter.
David Plotz is the Editor of Slate. He's the author of The Genius Factory: The Curious History of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank and Good Book. He appears on Slate's Political Gabfest.