The Political Gabfest on the week after Charlie Hebdo, Romney 2016, and Obama’s free community college.

Is Romney 2016 for Real?

Is Romney 2016 for Real?

Slate's weekly political roundtable.
Jan. 16 2015 1:37 PM

The “Tom Hanks Went to Community College and So Should You” Edition

Listen to Slate’s Political Gabfest about the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attack, Romney 2016, and Obama’s community college initiative.

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in France, whether Mitt Romney is really contemplating a third run for the White House, and President Obama’s plan to make community college free for all Americans.

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

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Emily chatters about Will Oremus’ article in Slate on how auto-play videos could put news websites out of business, as well as David Carr’s recent New York Times piece about Facebook’s quiet collaboration with media publishers.

John chatters about Jonathan Horn’s “The Man Who Would Not Be Washington” and the SCOTUS case that returned Arlington House to the Lee family.

David chatters about France’s collective singing of “La Marseillaise” and recommends listening to David W. Blight’s discussion of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

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Podcast production by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Tarik Barrett.