Every week I listen to Slate Magazine’s Political Gabfest. I always look forward to what the three hosts, David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon, include at the end of the podcast for their topics of conversation at their weekly cocktail parties. Being a fan of both cocktail chatter and cocktail parties, I decided to riff on that theme and add my weekly top three stories that I think would be great conversation pieces at weekly cocktail parties.

  1. Spencer Ackerman gets hit with a pain-ray. Really.
  2. Culling Labour’s Blairites, by Michael Meacher.
  3. How Stalin invented American Exceptionalism, per the Atlantic.