The Gabfest on the Case Against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Obama’s LBJ Problem, and How to Regulate Marijuana.

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April 26 2013 3:46 PM

The “That Dime Bag Will Be $14.50 With Tax” Gabfest

Listen to Slate's show about the case against bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, President Obama’s backbone problem, and how to tax the new pot market.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the challenges of questioning and prosecuting Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the handling of terror suspects since 9/11. They also assess fresh critiques of President Obama’s inability to negotiate with Congress, and they discuss the complexities that confront Colorado as it tries to regulate its new marijuana industry.

Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:

Emily chatters about the way the cookie crumbles.

John chatters about a postcard about Gertrude Stein.

David chatters about 100% Men.

Topic ideas for next week? You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

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.