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Slate Political Gabfest

Slate: The God Intended This Gabfest to Happen Gabfest

Friday, October 26, 2012

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Ployz, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson and special guest William Saletan. This week: The Campaign 2012 homestretch, the Republicans' continuing "rape" problem and the Castle Doctrine.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

David Remnick and Hendrik Hertzberg on the choice between Obama and Romney.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

David Remnick and Hendrik Hertzberg on the choice between Obama and Romney.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Why Did You Give Me That Bag of Skittles Edition

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Julia Turner discuss the 40th anniversary of "Free to Be You and Me," Saturday Night Live's presidential debate parodies, and the website HeTexted.com.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Obama and Romney debate foreign policy

Monday, October 22, 2012

Obama and Romney debate foreign policy

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WNYC News

Foreign Policy Experts Weigh in: What to Expect in the Final Presidential Debate

Monday, October 22, 2012

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President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will tackle foreign policy issues in Monday’s third and final presidential debate – meaning a nuclear Iran, the future of Syria, negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and China's relationship to the United States are all fair game.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

John Cassidy and Hendrik Hertzberg on the campaign after the second debate.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

John Cassidy and Hendrik Hertzberg on the campaign after the second debate.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

What will swing the US election?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

What will swing the US election?

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Transportation Nation

Presidential Debate: No Transpo Talk, Just Gas Prices and Oil Production

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

US President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney debate on October 16, 2012 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Although the second question in Tuesday night's presidential debate was about gas prices, those hoping for conversation about transportation policy  -- or even the word "transportation -- were disappointed.

And while President Barack Obama once spoke frequently about the need to renew the country's infrastructure, that word also wasn't uttered by either candidate.

But here's what was talked about: a transcript of the conversation shows the word “gas” 30 times.

In response to a question about how much the U.S. can control gas prices, President Obama said: "The most important thing we can do is to make sure we control our own energy. So here's what I've done since I've been president. We have increased oil production to the highest levels in 16 years. Natural gas production is the highest it's been in decades." A few moments later, he said that during his administration, "we doubled fuel efficiency standards on cars. That means that in the middle of the next decade, any car you buy, you're going to end up going twice as far on a gallon of gas."

Governor Mitt Romney disputed the president's numbers. "Oil production is down 14 percent this year on federal land, and gas production is down 9 percent," he said, adding that "I'll get America and North America energy-independent. I'll do it by more drilling, more permits and licenses. We're going to bring that pipeline in from Canada." This led to a spirited exchange about domestic oil production.

Later in the debate, the candidates sparred over the auto industry bailout, but during the debate the words “transportation,” “infrastructure” and “transit” weren’t mentioned once.

President Obama did use a “bus driver” as a salary example during a tax policy question; he also said he’d take the money the country has been spending on war and “rebuild America — roads, bridges, schools.”

No matter what their commitment to transit, one thing is certain: one of these men will be gracing a D.C. fare card in January.

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Transportation Nation

DC's Metro Prepares for Inauguration Day

Monday, October 15, 2012

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DC's transit agency is circulating proposed designs for a commemorative fare card that will be sold for the presidential inauguration.

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According to a WMATA spokeswoman, the agency will print 100,000 of these $15 cards, which would come pre-loaded with a one-day rail pass. (Functional and collectible!)

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The Takeaway

Toledo, Ohio Mayor Says Stop Bashing China

Friday, October 05, 2012

For most mayors, having both presidential candidates campaigning in your town or city at the same time is cause for excitement. But for Mayor Michael Bell of Toledo, Ohio, it brought some mixed feelings.

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Slate Political Gabfest

Slate: The Live From Seattle Gabfest

Friday, October 05, 2012

A special live show of Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon and guest Dan Savage. This week: The debate, the election aftermath and the maternity leave that wasn't.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jeffrey Toobin on The Oath

Friday, October 05, 2012

Jeffrey Toobin takes a close look at the Supreme Court and its relationship to the White House. His new book The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court documents how, from the moment Chief Justice John Roberts blundered through the Oath of Office at Barack Obama's inauguration, the relationship between the Supreme Court and the White House has been confrontational. Barack Obama and John Roberts are completely at odds on almost every major constitutional issue.

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On The Media

The Post-Game Wrap-Up

Friday, October 05, 2012

The first presidential debate of the season electrified Romney's supporters and disappointed Obama's. Brooke looks at the reaction to the debate, and checks in on what the pundits are saying.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

Hendrik Hertzberg and John Cassidy discuss the first debate.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Hendrik Hertzberg and John Cassidy discuss the first debate.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Is Romney's debate victory a game-changer?

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Is Romney's debate victory a game-changer?

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The Takeaway

Election 2012: When the Enthusiasm Fades

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Sometimes we’re madly in love with our candidates, but sometimes that love fades. That's been the case for Hermene Hartman, an Obama supporter from Chicago.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Explainer: "Skewed" Polling

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Republicans say that recent polling data favoring Obama is skewed. Jonathan Bernstein, political scientist who writes A Plain Blog About Politics, fact-checks the claim, and explains the tricky nature of party ID in polls.

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Slate Political Gabfest

Slate: The Moochers, Beggars and Parasites Gabfest

Friday, September 21, 2012

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: Romney fingers freeloaders, author Sasha Issenberg explains The Victory Lab and SCOTUS officiates gay marriage.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Middle East turmoil and the US response

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Middle East turmoil and the US response

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The Takeaway

Analyzing Obama's Post-Convention Bounce

Friday, September 14, 2012

Between the slight damper of Hurricane Isaac and Clint Eastwood's chair performance, it is not terribly surprising that polls show President Obama benefiting from more of a post-convention bounce than Mitt Romney. Daniel Hopkins, a political science professor at Georgetown University, explains. 

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