The Best Political Gabfest Segments of the Year, Including Colbert’s Surprise Appearance

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Dec. 27 2013 9:47 AM

Our Favorite Gabfest Segments of the Year

Snowden a traitor? Are bikes like cars? Colbert’s surprise guest chatter, and more!


From Edward Snowden's leaks to historic Supreme Court decisions to the government shutdown, 2013 brought the Slate Political Gabfest fodder for analysis, argument, and Churchill references a-plenty. Here are a few of Emily Bazelon’s, John Dickerson’s, and David Plotz's favorite segments of 2013.

On The "If This Be Treason, Make the Most of It" Gabfest, June 14, 2013. In the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations about the massive scope of the NSA's surveillance programs, the Gabfest grappled with whether his actions made him a hero or a traitor.

On The Argle-Bargle Gabfest, June 28, 2013: The Gabfest explored the implications of the Supreme Court's gay marriage decisions. Emily argued that Justice Kennedy's DOMA opinion passes the common-sense test, even if it doesn't pass the constitutional lawyer test.


On The "Do You Live in This Town?" Gabfest, July 19, 2013: The New York Times Magazine's Mark Leibovich discussed This Town, his best-selling book skewering Washington's self-absorption.

On Gabfest Extra: The Government Shutdown, Day 1, Oct. 1, 2013: John and David Weigel considered the tensions that produced the shutdown and discussed the likelihood of progress in the budget negotiations.

On The Don't You Dare Call It a Catfight Gabfest, Nov. 15, 2013: Emily, John, and David sparred over whether we should treat bikes like cars or cars like bikes.

On The Healthcare.bomb Gabfest, Oct. 25, 2013: David translated the credits into rhyming couplets.

On The Scary, Out-of-Touch, Narrow-Minded, Stuffy Old Man Gabfest, March 22, 2013: Stephen Colbert joined John, David, and Emily for cocktail chatter.



The Democrats’ War at Home

How can the president’s party defend itself from the president’s foreign policy blunders?

An Iranian Woman Was Sentenced to Death for Killing Her Alleged Rapist. Can Activists Save Her?

Piper Kerman on Why She Dressed Like a Hitchcock Heroine for Her Prison Sentencing

Windows 8 Was So Bad That Microsoft Will Skip Straight to Windows 10

We Need to Talk: A Terrible Name for a Good Women’s Sports Show


Cringing. Ducking. Mumbling.

How GOP candidates react whenever someone brings up reproductive rights or gay marriage.


How Even an Old Hipster Can Age Gracefully

On their new albums, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant, and Loudon Wainwright III show three ways.

The U.S. Has a New Problem in Syria: The Moderate Rebels Feel Like We’ve Betrayed Them

Homeland Is Good Again! For Now, at Least.

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