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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the Senate deal on background checks that could help a gun bill move forward, President Obama’s budget proposal, and Anthony Weiner’s strategic steps toward political rehabilitation and a possible run for New York City mayor.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:
- Dave Weigel explains why Democrats are ready to declare any gun bill a victory.
- Matt Yglesias differentiates the budget proposals: "the White House wants to substantially redistribute income downward, while the GOP wants to do just the reverse”.
- If Obama wants a grand bargain, John says the President needs a handful of GOP senators -- and then needs to worry about the Democratic base.
- Wonkblog’s Dylan Matthews charts the impact of moving to chained-CPI: up to $849 less for someone who retired in 2001.
- The New York Times Magazine profiled Anthony Weiner.
- Will Saletan argues that Weiner’s genius is that his strategy isn’t presented as a strategy.
Emily chatters about a Supreme Court case about the right to patent human genes.
John chatters about his existential dread that his phone will turn itself on. Or that his laptop will suddenly be in Iran (free registration required). Since taping, Dom has taken the original post down—see an explanation on Dom’s Tumblr.
David chatters about a Korean War priest who is being awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor.
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Podcast production by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich.