The Gabfest: Marco Rubio and immigration reform, abortion restrictions in North Dakota and Alabama, and Mike Rice and bullying in sports.

The Gabfest: Marco Rubio Gets  Cold Feet on Immigration Reform, New Restrictions on Abortion in North Dakota and Alabama,…

The Gabfest: Marco Rubio Gets  Cold Feet on Immigration Reform, New Restrictions on Abortion in North Dakota and Alabama,…

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April 5 2013 1:57 PM

The Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor ... But Not on the Basketball Court Gabfest

Listen to Slate's show about Marco Rubio’s vacillation on immigration reform, new abortion laws in conservative states, and the line between tough coaching and bullying.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and special guest Will Saletan discuss the immigration reform deal that’s giving Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio cold feet, the new laws passed by several states that widen restrictions on abortions, and the termination of Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice for his bullying of players.

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Emily chatters about her (obviously still festering) loss to doubles tennis star Lisa Raymond and about Lisa’s inspiring recent partnership with Laura Robson, a 19-year old British player.  

Will chatters about North Korea’s inability to get anything by the Atlantic’s Alan Taylor, who spotted some photoshopping that tried to make North Korea’s hovercraft fleet look larger than it is.

John chatters about historian Michael Beschloss’ Twitter account, @BeschlossDC and his recent tweet about how Life magazine changed its cover after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr

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Podcast production by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich.

Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and the author of Sticks and Stones.

John Dickerson is a co-anchor of CBS This Morning, co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, host of the Whistlestop podcast, and author of Whistlestop and On Her Trail.

Will Saletan writes about politics, science, technology, and other stuff for Slate. He’s the author of Bearing Right.