If Corporations Are People, Can They Be Zealots?

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Nov. 29 2013 3:16 PM

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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.

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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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