The Political Gabfest for March 16, 2011.

The Political Gabfest for March 16, 2011.

The Political Gabfest for March 16, 2011.

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March 16 2011 12:34 PM

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On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the nuclear situation in Japan, Pvt. Bradley Manning's treatment in prison, and the 2012 Republican presidential campaign.

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

A New York Times piece on the nuclear crisis in Japan following massive earthquakes and a tsunami.

A New York Times piece on the implications of the disaster on the U.S. nuclear power industry, which points out that three of the world's chief sources of large-scale energy production—coal, oil, and nuclear power—have all experienced eye-popping accidents in just the past year.

Will Saletan's Slate piece on the relative safety of nuclear power, even after the tragedy in Japan.

A clip from The Day After, a  1983 made-for-TV movie about large-scale nuclear war.

A New York Times piece on the Japan's elderly citizens and the horrific echoes of World War II.

A Politico piece on the treatment of Pvt. Bradley Manning, who allegedly leaked classified information to the Web site WikiLeaks.

A New York Times piece on the resignation of State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley after controversial remarks about Manning's treatment.

Atul Gawande's New Yorker piece on whether long-term solitary confinement should be considered torture.

A Washington Post piece on Mitt Romney's biggest hurdle in the 2012 presidential election: convincing people he's truly a conservative.


David chatters on his new political crush, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. The two met at this week's Gridiron Club Dinner, and the next day Gov. Daniels sent David a full itinerary for an upcoming weekend in Indianapolis.

Emily chatters on an all-girls preschool in Santa Cruz, Calif., aptly named "The Pink Academy."

John chatters on the gentlemanly tone of past political campaigns, as when John F. Kennedy suspended his 1960 campaign after Richard Nixon injured his knee.

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Posted on March 16 by John Griffith at 12:34 p.m.

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