The Gabfest on the Prisoner Hunger Strike at Guantánamo, Congress' FAA Furlough Fix, and Justice O’Connor’s Bush v. Gore

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May 3 2013 2:33 PM

The "Whoops, Did I Really Just Hand the 2000 Election to Bush?" Gabfest

Listen to Slate's show about the hunger strike at Gitmo, Congress' FAA fix, and Sandra Day O’Connor’s Supreme Court regrets.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the morass at Guantánamo Bay, including the ongoing prisoner hunger strike, a prisoner’s memoir excerpted on Slate, and what President Obama can do to finally close the detention center. They also discuss Congress' quick fix to stop flight delays caused by FAA furloughs, and retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s recent expression of regret about the landmark Bush v. Gore case.

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

John chatters about some great posts from listeners, gathered on our Facebook page, about where they listen to the Gabfest. This week, John encourages listeners to post photos of where they listen to the Gabfest.

Emily chatters about 42, a film about Jackie Robinson.

David chatters about the release of Dead Man’s Burden, a film by the fiancé of former Gabfest intern Gail Sullivan. Tickets for the premiere.

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

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



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