The Shutdown: Week 2. Also, Scalia's New York interview and McCutcheon v. FEC.

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Oct. 11 2013 11:17 AM

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Bazelon, Dickerson, and Plotz on the government shutdown, Justice Scalia's interview with New York, and more campaign finance at the Supreme Court.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss a potential breakthrough in the government shutdown, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's freewheeling interview with New York magazine, and the Supreme Court's latest campaign finance case.

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

  • Gallup poll this week found the Republican Party's approval rating at an all-time low.
  • President Obama said Tuesday he would be open to a short-term deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.
  • Justice Scalia's interview with New York covered everything from his favorite TV shows to his judicial philosophy.
  • Scalia is winning an informal competition among the justices to see who gets the most laughs during oral argument, the New York Timesreports.
  • Oral argument in McCutcheon v. FEC were this week.
  • In a 2011 New Yorker story, Jane Mayer explained how a conservative multimillionaire took control of the North Carolina state legislature.

John chatters about a photo project chronicling the bedrooms of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

David chatters about the songs Woody Guthrie wrote for a 1940s public health service VD education program.

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Podcast production by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Rebecca Cohen.

Emily Bazelon was a Slate senior editor from 2005 to 2014. 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.



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