Do Tech and Wealth Ruin Cities?

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Dec. 13 2013 3:12 PM

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, recorded live in San Francisco, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, David Plotz, and special guest Roman Mars discuss who wins and loses in the latest budget deal, whether Obama can salvage an effective second term, and whether tech millionaires will drive everyone else out of San Francisco.

Live political gabfest in San Francisco.

Courtesy of Andy Bowers

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

  • Matt Yglesias compares Paul Ryan and his allies on the budget deal to teenagers who try to preserve their status as "technical" virgins.
  • The Cato Institute is not a fan of the new budget deal.
  • George Packer examines Silicon Valley's foray into politics in The New Yorker.
  • Farhad Manjoo argues that tech wealth is good for San Francisco.

Emily chatters about a man whom her sister helped exonerate after he spent 34 years in prison.

Roman chatters about crazy ants.

David chatters about a group of conservative state legislators who want to rewrite the Constitution.

John chatters about the locked-room game the Gabfesters played before the show.

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 Abdullah Rufus and Andy Bowers. 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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