The Gabfest: How the Government Spies on Big Data, Chris Christie’s Special Election, and the Supreme Court’s Ruling on…

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June 7 2013 12:40 PM

The Let Me Just Swab Your Cheek Gabfest

Listen to Slate's show about how the government spies on big data, Chris Christie’s special election scheme, and the Supreme Court’s ruling on routine DNA collection.  

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the new revelations about the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to hold a special election for New Jersey’s vacant Senate seat, and the Supreme Court’s ruling that upholds routine collection of DNA samples from criminal suspects.

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

John chatters about the inevitability of gay marriage.

Emily chatters about ticketing the parents of bullies.

David chatters about sharing.

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 Bill Smee. 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.