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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and special guest Will Dobson discuss the politics of immigration reform and the unrest in Egypt. Plus, they discuss Emily’s New York Times Magazine cover story about compensating the victims of child pornography.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:
- John writes that Marco Rubio is using immigration to get to the big stage.
- Could supporting the “octogang’s” proposal actually help the GOP win Hispanic voters? Dave Weigel explores the GOP's demographic dare.
- Emily says that tougher enforcement of the border has, in fact, already happened.
- John says that the gang of eight does not represent a new spirit of bipartisanship.
- Egypt’s nascent democracy is experiencing growing pains—but that’s the usual course of political development, says Sheri Berman in Foreign Affairs.
- Last year, Will Dobson wrote about the challenges of reforming Egypt’s political system. Will’s book is titled The Dictator’s Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy.
- In addition to her cover story about the victims of child pornography, Emily talked to the New York Times Magazine about reporting the piece.
Emily chatters about the decline in law school applications.
John chatters about a digitally annotated version of Moby Dick.
David chatters about a family cut off from all human contact for 40 years.
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Podcast production by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich.
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