The Gabfest on Ted Cruz's Non-Filibuster, Obama and Rouhani's Non-Handshake, and Revenge Porn's Non-Legality

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Sept. 27 2013 12:27 PM

The Ted Cruz Is One Angry Canadian Gabfest

Listen to Slate's show about Congress' debtageddon negotiations, the thaw with Iran, and whether revenge porn should be illegal.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss why government shutdown negotiations look particularly grim this time around. They also discuss the handshake that never was between President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and what that means for Middle East politics. Finally, they contemplate whether it should be illegal to post naked photos of your ex online.

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

  • The latest list of Republican demands for a debt-ceiling increase is a grab bag.
  • Matthew Yglesias writes that compromising on the debt ceiling in 2011 was Obama's worst mistake as president.
  • CNN's translation of Rouhani's remarks about the Holocaust includes the word reprehensible; Iranian news agency Fars' translation does not.
  • Emily argues that California's revenge porn bill doesn't go far enough.

Emily chatters about the 2011 Iranian drama A Separation.

John chatters about outsourcing memories to Google

David chatters about Bert Haanstra's short film Zoo.

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 Rebecca Cohen.

Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and 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.

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