The Sequestering Obama’s Golf Game Gabfest
Listen to Slate's show about the sequester standoff, a new challenge to campaign finance laws, and the president’s snub of the White House press corps.
Posted Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at 3:13 PM
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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and David Plotz discuss the standoff over the impending sequestration cuts, and the Supreme Court’s review of a challenge to campaign contribution limits. Plus, they talk about a White House press corps that is grumpy about their access to the president.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:
- Check out Emily’s recent appearances on The Colbert Report, Fresh Air, and Morning Joe. See a full list of Emily’s upcoming appearances on her website.
- Absolutely everything you need to know about the sequester, at Wonkblog.
- Via John, the GOP’s plan to replace the sequester, and the president’s.
- Emily cites Paul Krugman’s continuing argument that now is not the time to rein in spending.
- Emily mentions a poll by the Hill showing that most Americans do not know what the sequester is.
- John cites a USA Today/Pew Research Center poll showing that most Americans favor Obama’s approach to the deficit and the sequester.
- The New York Times reports on the Supreme Court challenge to aggregate individual campaign contribution limits.
- Do we need the White House press corps? Dave Weigel gives his take.
Emily chatters about Shane Koyczan’s “To This Day” project.
John chatters about a dolphin superpod.
David chatters about putting his feet up on the desk.
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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.