Egypt Unrest, Health Care Ruling: The Political Gabfest for Feb. 4, 2011.

Egypt Unrest, Health Care Ruling: The Political Gabfest for Feb. 4, 2011.

Egypt Unrest, Health Care Ruling: The Political Gabfest for Feb. 4, 2011.

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Feb. 4 2011 1:26 PM

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On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss political unrest in Egypt, the latest Federal court ruling on health care, and 2012 presidential politics.

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


A Wall Street Journal piece on the weeklong wave of demonstrations in Egypt.

A New York Times piece on this week's clash between Mumbarak's allies and foes.

An Atlantic piece arguing that Hamas is actually different from the Muslim Brotherhood, just as Slate is different from Microsoft. (Note: Slate is actually quite different from Hamas as well.)

A Guardian piece on the impact of the WikiLeaks cables on Tunisia and Egypt.


A Washington Post piece on U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson's decision to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act.

A Slate piece on whether the Supreme Court will overturn health care reform.

A Politico piece on the Senate's vote not to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

A Politico piece on the resignation of Jon Huntsman, the former ambassador to China and possible Republican presidential candidate.


A Real Clear Politics piece on the reissue of Mitt Romney's book, No Apology: Believe in America—which used to be titled No Apology: The Case for American Greatness.

Emily chatters on a study from VIDA that tallied the number of men and women writers appearing in general interest and literary magazines.

John chatters on recent statements of support for gay marriage from Barbara Bush and Meghan McCain, just a couple years after their fathers campaigned against it.

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Posted on Feb. 4 by John Griffith at 1:30 p.m.

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