The Gabfest: Immigration reform, the NSA’s defense of domestic snooping, and Obama’s sliding poll numbers.

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June 21 2013 2:38 PM

The "Can Anyone Stop This Darn Immigration Bill?" Gabfest

Listen to Slate's show about progress on immigration reform. Plus, Obama’s defense of the NSA and why his sliding poll numbers matter.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the progress of a Senate deal on immigration reform. They also debate the latest news about the NSA’s domestic surveillance programs and discuss the significance of President Obama’s eroding poll numbers.

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

John chatters about his visit to Antietam and the podcast tours available at Civil War Traveler.
Emily chatters about the Supreme Court’s ruling on Arizona’s voter registration law.

David chatters about Glynn Washington’s podcast, Snap Judgment.

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.