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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?
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:
- John explains why the president’s warmer overtures to the GOP are not part of a trap.
- David references Matt Yglesias’ comparison of the “thrilling” Ryan proposal to the relatively “boring” proposal put forward by Democratic Sen. Patty Murray.
- Emily says that Michael Bloomberg’s nanny-state soda ban was overturned by nanny-state judicial activism.
- Emily mentions Nicholas Confessore’s reporting on the beverage industry’s financial support of New York civil rights groups, advocacy organizations, and business associations.
- Emily also recommends a New York Times Magazine piece by Michael Moss looking at “the extraordinary science of addictive junk food.”
John chatters about the first ever White House press conference.
David chatters about how to ask a job applicant a great interview question.
Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. The email address for the Political Gabfest is email@example.com. (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)
Podcast production by Andrew Bouve and Andy Bowers. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich.
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