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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss a challenge to the Affordable Care Act that could cost millions of Americans their health insurance, the indignation caused by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech before Congress, and whether or not Chris Christie’s presidential campaign is over before it has even begun.
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- Another Obamacare case. Who is behind it this time and what happens if they win? Do Republicans even want Obamacare overturned?
- Michael Cannon and Jonathan Adler argue that the subsidy rule is illegal while Linda Greenhouse agues that overturning Obamacare would redefine statutory interpretation. What do the states in support of and in opposition to the subsidies think?
- The Obama administration and Democrats are indignant over Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit. But what can the White House do?
- Will Bibi’s visit benefit his chances for re-election while undermining U.S.-Iran nuclear negotiations? Jeffrey Goldberg explains the Netanyahu disaster.
- After a New Jersey Superior Court judge ruled that Chris Christie broke state law—and with donors abandoning him—can his presidential aspirations recover or is his campaign over before it’s even begun?
- Is Jeb Bush, who is leading the shadow primary and positioning himself well in Iowa, behind Christie’s decline? And what happened to the rest of the GOP presidential field?
David Plotz chatters about John’s new podcast, Whistlestop, about presidential campaign history; Virginia Heffernan and Paul Ford's hilarious emails to inspire dread in the other; and The Slate Group’s announcement of Panoply, a new podcasting partnership.
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