The Gabfest: Obama’s drone policy, a #SOTU preview, and David Leonhardt’s Here’s the Deal.

The Gabfest: Obama’s drone policy and his upcoming State of the Union. Plus, the NYT’s David Leonhardt on how…

The Gabfest: Obama’s drone policy and his upcoming State of the Union. Plus, the NYT’s David Leonhardt on how…

Slate's weekly political roundtable.
Feb. 8 2013 3:07 PM

The Drone On Gabfest

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and special guest David Leonhardt, Washington bureau chief for the New York Times, discuss Obama’s drone policy and his upcoming SOTU address. Plus, they discuss Leonhardt’s new ebook, Here’s the Deal: How Washington Can Solve the Deficit and Spur Growth.

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John chatters about Ian McEwan’s Sweet Tooth.

Emily chatters about upcoming Supreme Court cases, including Maryland v. King and a challenge to the voting rights act.

David chatters about … cocktails! He recommends rye and Bar Hill Gin.

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Podcast production by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich. Executive Producer: Andy Bowers.