The Gabfest: Obama’s second-term scandal trifecta, the DOJ’s snooping on reporters, and the murder conviction of abortion doctor Kermit…

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May 17 2013 11:38 AM

The Barack Obama Is Richard Nixon Gabfest

Listen to Slate's show about Obama’s scandal trifecta. Plus, the murder conviction of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss President Obama’s season of scandals and his prospects for second-term governing. Then, they talk in more detail about the Justice Department’s snooping on AP journalists, and about the conviction of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia. 

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

Emily chatters about John Dickerson: John won the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for his series, “How to Measure for a President.”

David chatters about Geoguesser.

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 staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and 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.

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