What if Congress Votes ‘No’—Will Obama Still Strike Syria? Also, New Adventures in Federalism and Why Twitter Hurts Campaign…

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Sept. 6 2013 2:45 PM

The "Now, I Asked You So Nicely to Go to War" Gabfest

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the significance of President Obama’s surprise decision to seek congressional approval for a military mission in Syria. They also discuss the gun and pot laws provoking new fights about federalism. Finally, they talk about a new report that condemns the state of campaign journalism.

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David chatters about The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley.

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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.