If Corporations Are People, Can They Be Zealots?

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Nov. 29 2013 3:16 PM

The Hobby Lobby Liberal Sobby Gabfest

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss how the Iranian nuclear deal could cause a realignment of Middle Eastern politics, what religious rights corporations have, and whether Harry Reid's filibuster rule change will destroy the Senate.

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

  • The Iranian nuclear deal is everything a reasonable person could hope for, Fred Kaplan writes.
  •  It's not clear whether the birth control methods that Hobby Lobby doesn't want to pay for are actually abortifacients, Will Saletan writes.
  • The Religious Freedom Restoration Act sounds like a Republican bill, but it was actually sponsored by liberals.
  • It was time for the filibuster to die, Emily argues.
  • John writes that filibuster reform officially marks the death of the old Senate.

Emily chatters about the GoldieBlox ad that went viral and the subsequent backlash.

John chatters about Richard Paul Pavlick, who was almost Kennedy's assassin.

David wonders where in his house he should put the TV to minimize sloth. Post your suggestions on our Facebook page.

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 the CEO of Atlas Obscura and host of the Slate Political Gabfest.

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