The Gabfest: The Sequester Standoff, Campaign Contributions, and Presidential Golf

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Feb. 22 2013 3:13 PM

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.

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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:

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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 the Truman Capote Fellow at Yale Law School. She is the author of Sticks and Stones.

John Dickerson is Slate's chief political correspondent and author of On Her Trail. Read his series on the presidency and on risk.

David Plotz is Slate's editor at large. He's the author of The Genius Factory and Good Book.