The Political Gabfest: The Debt Ceiling Deal, the Shutdown's Long-Term Fallout, and Teen Privacy on Facebook

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Oct. 18 2013 12:05 PM

The "Was That the Alamo or the Battle of the Bulge?" Gabfest

Bazelon, Dickerson, and Plotz on the long-term implications of the shutdown and Facebook's privacy settings for teens.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss how and why the debt ceiling crisis was finally resolved, the implications of that deal for the future of American politics, and whether teens should be allowed to post publicly on Facebook.

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

  • The shutdown solution Rep. Paul Ryan proposed in a Wall Street Journal op-ed never gained traction.
  • President Obama's no-negotiation position on raising the debt limit was unpopular, but tying the funding of the government to Obamacare was even less popular, John writes.
  • Dave Weigel says Republicans are already rewriting the history of their own defeat.
  • In his remarks after the deal was done, Obama called for an end to the demonization of government.
  • Facebook loosened its privacy rules for teenagers so it could make more money, Emily writes.

Emily chatters about an endearing Red Sox video on Intentional Talk.

John chatters about a Kottke article on brain training games.

David chatters about a graphic adaptation of the Gettysburg Address.

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 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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