The Gabfest: Apple’s Offshore Tax Avoidance, Obama’s New Drone Policy, and the Debate Over Education Reform.

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May 24 2013 12:30 PM

The an Apple a Day Keeps the Taxes Away Gabfest

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and David Plotz discuss how Apple and other corporations avoid paying U.S. corporate taxes. They also discuss Obama’s new drone policy and the debate over education reform.

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

Emily chatters about Meg Wolitzer’s new book, The Interestings.

David chatters about Eurovision—and pitches a U.S. version.

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.