Friday, October 18, 2013

The "Was That the Alamo or the Battle of the Bulge?" Gabfest

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss how and why the debt ceiling crisis was finally resolved, the implications of that deal for the future of American politics, and whether teens should be allowed to post publicly on Facebook.

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

  • The shutdown solution Rep. Paul Ryan proposed in a Wall Street Journal op-ed never gained traction.

  • President Obama's no-negotiation position on raising the debt limit was unpopular, but tying the funding of the government to Obamacare was even less popular, John writes.

  • Dave Weigel says Republicans are already rewriting the history of their own defeat.

  • In his remarks after the deal was done, Obama called for an end to the demonization of government.

  • Facebook loosened its privacy rules for teenagers so it could make more money, Emily writes.

Emily chatters about an endearing Red Sox video on Intentional Talk.

John chatters about a Kottke article on brain training games.

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Podcast production by Mike Vuolo. Links compiled by Rebecca Cohen.

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