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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:
● The Guantánamo memoir of Mohamedou Ould Slahi in Slate.
● The New York Times’ Charlie Savage reported on the current hunger strike by Guantánamo prisoners; he’s also assembled a Tumblr that inventories the reading library available to prisoners.
● The New York Times published an op-ed by Guantánamo prisoner Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel about the hunger strike.
● Also via The New York Times, documents and research about Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel and Mohamedou Ould Slahi.
● President Obama can actually close Guantánamo whenever he wants, writes Eric Posner.
● Congress’ fast fix for ending the FAA furlough will make sequestration worse, writes John.
● Justice O’Connor made her remarks about Bush v. Gore during an interview with the Chicago Tribune.
● Emily is extremely frustrated with Justice O’Connor.
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Emily chatters about 42, a film about Jackie Robinson.
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Podcast production by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Jeff Friedrich.
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