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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss why healthcare.gov has been a disaster, whether Twitter accounts like @Natsecwonk contribute to free speech, and what Maryland gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler should have done about a house full of drunk teenagers.
- Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week's show:
- Federal officials didn't fully test healthcare.gov until two weeks before it opened.
- Before the Obamacare website was up and running, John wrote about how much was riding on its functionality.
- The government's software development model is outdated.
- Jofi Joseph was fired from his White House job for tweeting as @natsecwonk.
- Maryland gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler visited his son at a party where teens were drinking but didn't intervene. He now says he made a mistake.
Emily chatters about the play Arguendo.
John chatters about Gerald Ford's entry to politics as a Republican primary challenger.
David chatters about a man determined to bury his wife in his front yard.
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Podcast production by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Rebecca Cohen.