The Gabfest: Paul Ryan Versus Democrats on the Budget, Bloomberg’s Soda Ban Fizzes Out, and the Coexistence of Religion…

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March 15 2013 2:39 PM

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss Paul Ryan’s updated GOP budget proposal and President Obama’s visits to Capitol Hill, and the overturn of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s soda ban by a New York judge. Plus, the selection of a new pope raises the question: Can religion and modernity coexist?

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Podcast production by Andrew Bouve and Andy Bowers. 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. Follow him on Twitter.

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