The Political Gabfest for May 5, 2011.

The Political Gabfest for May 5, 2011.

The Political Gabfest for May 5, 2011.

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May 6 2011 8:21 PM

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On this week's Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the death of Osama Bin Laden, whether the photo of a dead Bin Laden should be released to the public, and how the operation that tracked him down affects the debate over torture.

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


A New York Times piece on the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, with the iconic photo of the president's national security team in the Situation Room.

Video footage of the celebrations at White House and Ground Zero after President Obama's announcement.

A Wall Street Journal piece arguing that the United States faces bigger challenges than al-Qaida in the Middle East.

An Atlantic piece on the Obama administration's "slippery story" of Bin Laden's death.


Jack Shafer's Slate piece arguing that the president should release the photos of Bin Laden's body.

A Reuters piece with graphic photos of three dead men at the Bin Laden complex.

A New York Times piece on how the Bin Laden raid revives the debate over the value of torture.

John Yoo's Wall Street Journal op-ed arguing that the Bin Laden mission benefited greatly from Bush administration interrogation policies.


Dahlia Lithwick's Slate piece arguing that Bin Laden's death shouldn't change our views about torture.

A National Journal piece on whether the war in Afghanistan will die with Bin Laden.

Maura R. O'Connor's Slate piece on the effect of Bin Laden's death on the war in Afghanistan.

A Daily Mail piece on how President Obama took "SIXTEEN HOURS" to make up his mind about Bin Laden mission.


Emily chatters on her Slate piece on the latest developments in the Phoebe Prince case.

David has two cocktail chatters this week. His first is a pair of amazing listener diagrams about Emily's DOMA argument from last week's Gabfest (see them on our Facebook page). His second is a blog post from NPR's Robert Krulwich about the book Star Man, which recounts the 1967 death of Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov.

John chatters on famous last words.

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Posted on May 5 by John Griffith at 8:20 p.m.

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