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Nov. 15 2013 1:43 PM

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss what happens if healthcare.gov doesn't work by Nov. 30 (5:31), why Elizabeth Warren isn't Hillary Clinton's worst nightmare in 2016 (22:13), and whether bikes should be treated like cars (34:34).

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

  • Matthew Yglesias explains why "if you like your plan, you can keep it" shouldn't be a policy goal.
  • Conservatives should provide an alternative to Obamacare, not just gloat as it falters, Ramesh Ponnuru and Yuval Levin write in the Wall Street Journal.
  • Elizabeth Warren may be the only Democrat who could challenge Hillary Clinton in 2016, Noam Scheiber argues at the New Republic.
  • Dave Weigel writes that Scheiber's theory is bunk.
  • It's silly to assume only one woman can run for office at once, Hanna Rosin writes.
  • A New York Times op-ed decries drivers who get away with killing cyclists.
  • The Weekly Standard's Christopher Caldwell claims that cyclists (including Plotz) are trying to take over the road for liberal elitists.

Video of the Gabfest taping on Nov. 14 was broadcast live on Spreecast. If you missed it, here’s the archived video:

John chatters about how to help typhoon victims: Give them money.

Emily chatters about Collision Low Crossers, a book about a year in the life of the New York Jets.

David chatters about train-ride videos.

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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