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Ezra Klein: May 17, 2009 - May 23, 2009

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• What about the future of capitalism? • How Nebraska got pranked. • The best buns in DC. • Should defaulters feel bad? • The Department of Homeland Security is asking sci-fi writers for advice. I'm out for Memorial Day...

By Ezra Klein  | May 22, 2009; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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The Bank of America Surprise

A smart friend made an interesting point to me today. If you had been trading on insider information on the stress tests, you would have gotten your shirt handed to you. Learning a week in advance that Bank of...

By Ezra Klein  | May 22, 2009; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Financial Crisis  
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I Believe in the CIA

It is, at this point, an old story. Conservative pundit dismisses waterboarding. Conservative pundit dismisses waterboarding and decides to prove how humane it is by undergoing it himself. Conservative pundit gets waterboarded. Conservative pundit changes his position on waterboarding. The...

By Ezra Klein  | May 22, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Comment Update

I've been assured that, as of today, some technical fixes have been implemented that should make commenting easier. In particular, they should get rid of the nasty bug where the system says you're logged in but won't let you comment....

By Ezra Klein  | May 22, 2009; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Guest Graph: Henry Aaron on Social Security's Solvency

Fun title, right? But this is a new feature on the blog. "Guest Graph" is where I'll ask experts in various fields to contribute a post built around a graph of their choice. They choose the image. They choose the...

By Ezra Klein  | May 22, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Charts and Graphs, Guest Graph, Social Security  
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The Credit Model

The Atlantic's Conor Clarke slaps down a credit card skeptic with a defense of the very concept of credit. And he's right! Credit is a good thing. And credit cards can, and should, be a good thing. But they're...

By Ezra Klein  | May 22, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Should the Government Give You a Credit Card?

This is sort of a brilliant idea: In fact, while transactional credit provision is a perfectly good business, it might be reasonable for the state to offer basic transactional credit as a public good. This would be very simple to...

By Ezra Klein  | May 22, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Economic Policy, Solutions  
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Communists: They're Just Like Us!

The New Republic's John Judis digs up an old pamphlet from the Young Communist League: Some people have the idea that a YCLer is political minded, that nothing outside of politics means anything. Gosh no. They have a few simple...

By Ezra Klein  | May 22, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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What the Government Learned From Chrysler

When the government sent Chrysler into bankruptcy a few weeks ago, there was an argument going around that the move was basically a ploy to pressure GM's bondholders into cooperation. It was the government executing a hostage for effect. That...

By Ezra Klein  | May 22, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Does 'School Choice' Have to Mean Privatizing Education?

No....

By Ezra Klein  | May 22, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Pity the Country Club

This sort of thing makes me positively ache for the revolution: Their standing dinner reservation at the country club is for 6:30 p.m., because at least that much never changes. Every Wednesday night, Charles and Mimi Cluss dress in...

By Ezra Klein  | May 22, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Why Republicans Fear Henry Waxman

When you hear Republican hill staffers talk about their deepest fears, there's an interesting tendency to give those fears a name and a face. That name? Henry Waxman. Waxman, of course, is the Democratic chairman of the Energy and...

By Ezra Klein  | May 22, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Congress  
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Can the IRS Save America?

You know what's easier than taxing new things? Collecting the taxes people should already be paying on old things. "People should follow the law" is not a huge argumentative lift. Which is why I'm glad to see this: Treasury Secretary...

By Ezra Klein  | May 22, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Economic Policy  
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Dick Cheney's Awkward New Role

This doesn't fit. Dick Cheney is the inside man. The quiet guy. The Secret Service literally referred to him by code name "backseat." It's not that he's never given an interview or a speech. But that's not how he acts....

By Ezra Klein  | May 22, 2009; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Should Ben Bernanke Roll the Dice?

Reuters writer Felix Salmon writes up an idea I've never heard before, or even thought I'd hear: [Nick Denton] has a theory about how we ended up in the midst of this huge economic crisis: he blames the hubris of...

By Ezra Klein  | May 22, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Federal Reserve, Financial Crisis, Solutions  
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Tab Dump

• Remember the New York Times economics writer who found himself in foreclosure? Megan McArdle reports that the story is more complex than he initially explained. • Were the stress tests too near-sighted? • Adam Serwer reminds me that I'm...

By Ezra Klein  | May 21, 2009; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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What Would Happen if we Delayed Health Care Reform?

Bossman Steve Pearlstein had a nice column yesterday arguing that budget hawks need to handle health reform with care. The Congressional Budget Office can only evaluate things we've already done. Those, of course, are the only policies we have data...

By Ezra Klein  | May 21, 2009; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Health Economics, Health Reform  
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Has TARP Worked Exactly as Planned?

The Atlantic's Derek Thompson is feeling optimistic: Bank of America has found it surprisingly easy to begin to raise the $34 billion dollars required by the stress tests, and public confidence in the banking system post-tests is up for the...

By Ezra Klein  | May 21, 2009; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Financial Crisis, Solutions  
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Health Reform for Beginners: The Employer Tax Exclusion

This is why people are bored by health care policy. This, right here. The fact that the central concept in health care reform relies on the differential tax treatment of health care benefits when provided by your employer. Even italicizing...

By Ezra Klein  | May 21, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Health Economics, Health Reform For Beginners  
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From the Comments: Can Government Work be Cool Even if it Doesn't Make You Rich?

Replying to the earlier thread on the happy employees of various federal agencies, commenter Econowonk writes: Although I am not looking for work, I check for jobs on a weekly basis to provide insight to friends and family. For probably...

By Ezra Klein  | May 21, 2009; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Government  
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The Most Pernicious Phrase in Washington

Over dinner last night, my friend Chris Hayes, who's also the Washington editor of The Nation magazine (his blog is here), made a very nice point on one of the more villainous turns of phrase in Washington's ongoing budget...

By Ezra Klein  | May 21, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Budget  
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Health Care Resources!

• You guys are all reading The Daily Dose, right? That blog written by the Washington Post's health reporters? Good, just checking. • The Kaiser Family Foundation has an excellent little widget that lets you compare all the congressional health...

By Ezra Klein  | May 21, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Health Reform For Beginners  
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What Can Comic Books Tell Us About the Guantanamo Debate?

Atrios, I think, has the right response to the bewildering furor over keeping terrorists in domestic prisons. These are not "actual supervillains with special powers." And if indeed they were actual supervillains with special powers, our prisons would probably still...

By Ezra Klein  | May 21, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Ask the Expert: Eight Thoughts on the Patients' Choice Act

Henry Aaron, the Brookings Institution's famed health care expert and Washington's leading health care curmudgeon, sent along a couple of thoughts on the Patient's Choice Act. What follows comes from him and I agree with most of it. He's right,...

By Ezra Klein  | May 21, 2009; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Why I Like Recovery.gov, Recovery.org, and, More Broadly, the Internet

Post reporter Alec MacGillis is certainly right that Recovery.org is superior to Recovery.gov. But let me put it this way: If all we had was Recovery.gov, then dayenu. It's easy to forget what a new development it is for...

By Ezra Klein  | May 21, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Why Academics Specialize

As an academic brat, I've never quite understood why so many of my parents' friends seem to have dedicated their lives to almost comically esoteric subjects (the political implications of the migratory patterns of the Mongolian horsefly between 1972 and...

By Ezra Klein  | May 21, 2009; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Good Policies Need Good People

I can't remember who made this point to me. Maybe it was Tyler Cowen. But we were talking about the Swedish health care system. "The reason we can't have that health care system," said my forgotten interlocutor, "is that we...

By Ezra Klein  | May 21, 2009; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Why Mark Bittman Should Weigh in on Food Policy

"I'm qualified to speculate about policy but I'm not really qualified, in Washington, to talk about policy. The soda tax is an interesting proposal. Ending some of the subsidies that have proven so destructive over the years would be a...

By Ezra Klein  | May 21, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Food  
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The Plate is Political

I've mentioned the panel discussion between New York Times food writer Mark Bittman and local chef Jose Andres a couple of times on the blog. Well, I'm doing it again. But this time, I've got the video! I'm particularly taken...

By Ezra Klein  | May 21, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Food  
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How the Government Has Made the Banks Into Gamblers

The New Republic's Noam Scheiber offers two reasons the prospect of banks straining to repay their Troubled Assets Relief Program money worries him. They worry me too, and for the same reasons. The only thing I'd add is that this...

By Ezra Klein  | May 21, 2009; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Financial Crisis  
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Dissecting the Republican Health Care Plan (Part 2)

An admission: I shouldn't be calling this "the Republican health care plan." There's no involvement from GOP leadership. There's no endorsement from the House Republican Caucus. The Patient's Choice Act is the work of four men. Sens. Tom Coburn (Okla.)...

By Ezra Klein  | May 21, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Tab Dump

• How good are Jim Cramer's stock picks? • Are terrorists supervillains? Can we keep them in Arkham? • Dissecting Henry Waxman's compromises. • Quarantines in the U.S. and China. • Tony Soprano meets Robert Nozick. Finally, one note of...

By Ezra Klein  | May 20, 2009; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Obama Wants My Help!

Just got an e-mail from the Obama administration -- the first I've seen in some time. Barack Obama, it seems, "needs my voice" on health care. Ezra -- The chance to finally reform our nation's health care system is here....

By Ezra Klein  | May 20, 2009; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Is it Non-Credible to be Pro-Union?

Kate Bronfenbrenner is the director of labor research at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations. This week, she released a new study entitled "No Holds Barred: The Intensification of Employer Opposition to Organizing." In it, Bronfenbrenner examined 1,004...

By Ezra Klein  | May 20, 2009; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Unions  
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Your Waistline in Charts

The New York Times' David Leonhardt has a nice column today laying out the case for a soda tax. But some of the strongest evidence comes alongside the column, in this graph showing the change in different food prices over...

By Ezra Klein  | May 20, 2009; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Charts and Graphs, Food  
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How the Credit Card Bill Helps Good Card Holders

I just got off the phone with an Oregon radio show that was doing a segment on the credit card bill. "Will this hurt our listeners who pay their bills," they asked? This is not a wise way of thinking...

By Ezra Klein  | May 20, 2009; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Economic Policy  
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European Health Systems: Still Better

I've been thinking a lot about European health care systems for an upcoming article (exciting teaser right? Stay tuned!), but I can't resist sharing this graph. You frequently hear that America might spend a uniquely large amount on health care,...

By Ezra Klein  | May 20, 2009; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Charts and Graphs, International Health Care  
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Can We Make Financial Products as Safe as Toasters?

My colleagues Zachary Goldfarb, Binyamin Appelbaum and David Cho had a nice scoop last night. Apparently, Larry Summers, Tim Geithner, Barack Obama, and a variety of other "senior policymakers" met last night to discuss the creation of a new regulator...

By Ezra Klein  | May 20, 2009; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Financial Crisis, Solutions  
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Dissecting the Republican Health Care Plan (Part 1)

The word of the day is "convergence." That -- and that alone -- is the definitive message of the conservative health reform alternative developed by Sens. Tom Coburn (Okla.) and Richard Burr (N.C.), as well as Rep. Paul Ryan (Wisc.)....

By Ezra Klein  | May 20, 2009; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Who Should Get the Praise for the Credit Card Bill?

The credit card bill that passed the Senate is less a set of new rules defined by legislation than an acceleration of new rules decreed by the Federal Reserve. Last December, the Federal Reserve set out a pretty sweeping series...

By Ezra Klein  | May 20, 2009; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Even the Committee on Science and Technology Wants a Piece of the Financial Crisis

It's borderline adorable to watch the various congressional committees scramble for a piece of the financial crisis. Yesterday, for instance, the Committee on Science and Technology held a hearing on "The Science of Insolvency." Those are words, I admit, that...

By Ezra Klein  | May 20, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Congress, Economic Policy, Solutions  
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Tab Dump.

• Ted Kennedy's cancer in remission? • Michael Lewis on Warren Buffett. • The stimulus next time. • People really don't like the credit card industry. • Why does organized labor hate Ron Wyden? • The difficulty with predicting the...

By Ezra Klein  | May 19, 2009; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Health Care Reform For Beginners

Mike Rorty wants me to write a series introducing some of the concepts in health care reform, along the lines of Baseline Scenario's excellent set of "Financial Crisis for Beginners" posts. It's a good idea. I can think of a...

By Ezra Klein  | May 19, 2009; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Are Good Credit Card Users Good Credit Card Customers?

Justin Fox has some further thoughts on the credit card industry. He's a good customer and, he thinks, a fairly profitable one. it is possible that at $2.87 for every $100 charged, I'm not a profitable customer. It is...

By Ezra Klein  | May 19, 2009; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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What Accounts for Warren Buffett's Success?

Michael Lewis's long review of the new biography of Warren Buffett is about as good as you'd expect. That is to say, it's very, very good. For instance: A shrewd evaluator of businesses and the people who ran them, Buffett...

By Ezra Klein  | May 19, 2009; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Should California Get a Bailout?

As a Californian, I find this argument comforting. But as a Californian, I find the need for this argument extremely troubling. California Really Is Too Big to Fail. Ask yourself this question: If AIG and other Wall Street firms...

By Ezra Klein  | May 19, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Solutions  
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The High Cost of Poverty

I tossed this into tab dump last night, but The Post'sDeNeen Brown's article on the high cost of being poor is really worth a full read. Brown focuses on a few costs: Those of goods, like groceries, which tend to...

By Ezra Klein  | May 19, 2009; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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How Inequality Accelerated the Financial Crisis

Historian Niall Ferguson took to the New York Times this morning to argue that "if deregulation is to blame for the recession that began in December 2007, presumably it should also get some of the credit for the intervening growth."...

By Ezra Klein  | May 19, 2009; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Financial Crisis  
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The Credit Card Bill Could Be Bad for Those With Good Credit -- And That's Okay

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cCredit Checkcolbertnation.comColbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorGay Marriage The Senate is voting today on a bill reforming some of the credit card industry's ugliest practices. The biggest change would block interest rate increases until...

By Ezra Klein  | May 19, 2009; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
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Credit Default Swaps for Carbon?

"If you liked what credit default swaps did to our economy," writes energy executive David Sokal, "you're going to love cap-and-trade." But that's nonsense. Credit default swaps created the illusion of lowered risk in the financial markets which led to...

By Ezra Klein  | May 19, 2009; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Climate Change, Financial Crisis  
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The Senate Finance Committee Peers Behind the Couch

The Senate Finance Committee just released its package (pdf) of financing options for comprehensive health care reform. None of them are painless. They all require raising taxes or cutting profits on one group to pay for health services for...

By Ezra Klein  | May 19, 2009; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Health Economics, Health Reform  
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Why You Should Always Attend Events Headlined by Chefs

Unlike me, Mike Madden has his priorities in order. At noon yesterday, he was at the Center for American Progress to hear food writer Mark Bittman plug his new book and Spanish chef Jose Andres expound on all matters edible....

By Ezra Klein  | May 19, 2009; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Food  
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Contagion Nation

We can all be glad that swine flu is looking likely to top out at quite contagious rather than quite contagious and incredibly lethal. That's some good luck, in no small part because America isn't terribly well equipped to deal...

By Ezra Klein  | May 19, 2009; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Health  
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Department of Unintended Consequences

As The Post's Steven Mufson reports today, the new CAFE/emissions standards are a big deal. The average car will have to hit 39 miles per gallon by 2016 -- a serious increase over the current 27 mpg requirement. And...

By Ezra Klein  | May 19, 2009; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Climate Change  
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Your Brain on Google

I liked these musings from Peter Suderman: Reading on the web is almost certainly affecting the way we process information, but it’s not making us stupid. Instead, it’s changing the way we’re smart. Rather than storehouses of in-depth information, the...

By Ezra Klein  | May 19, 2009; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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The Repo Market

Yale's Gary Gorton -- gah, so much bold! -- has an interesting new paper called "Slapped in the Face by the Invisible Hand: Banking and the Panic of 2007." Gorton's paper attempts to explain the "where" of the panic. The...

By Ezra Klein  | May 19, 2009; 7:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Financial Crisis  
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• Your brain isn't a library. It's an index. • A tale of two banking crises: Japan vs. Korea. • The difference between quantitative and qualitative easing. (shorter and simpler than it sounds!) • Being poor is expensive! • Kids...

By Ezra Klein  | May 18, 2009; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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A Bit More on Immigration and Health Reform

One other point on the issue of undocumented workers and health care insurance. The assumption here is that covering undocumented workers probably hurts documented workers. They pay more in taxes, say, or face more crowded emergency rooms. But that misses...

By Ezra Klein  | May 18, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Department of Fun Post Titles: Quantitative Easing and the Federal Reserve

My colleague Neil Irwin has a nice piece on the state-of-play at the Federal Reserve: Having pulled out every tool at its disposal to combat the recession and financial crisis, there is an open question about what kind of appetite...

By Ezra Klein  | May 18, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Economic Policy  
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Housekeeping

So: new blog! A couple features worth noting. On the left, you'll see a box called "Think Tank." I'll be keeping that updated with longer reports, articles, studies, and policy briefs that I think are interesting. A lot of...

By Ezra Klein  | May 18, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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How Did "Ezra" Get So Popular?

A couple months ago, MIT got a lot of attention for a slick presentation they made at the TED conference. The product was called "the Sixth Sense," and it was sort of like a Minority Report interface for shoppers. Looking...

By Ezra Klein  | May 18, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Tech  
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Food Matters

I have one regret about today's start at The Washington Post: I'm missing Mark Bittman and Jose Andres talk food at the Center for American Progress. Le sigh. But you don't have to miss them. Their talk is streaming here....

By Ezra Klein  | May 18, 2009; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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The Failure of Old Ideas

Bruce Bartlett's new book sounds pretty good: As a domestic policy advisor to Ronald Reagan, Bartlett was one of the originators of Reaganomics, the supply-side economic theory that conservatives have clung to for decades. In The Next Economics, Bartlett goes...

By Ezra Klein  | May 18, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Economic Policy  
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Undocumented Immigrants and Health Reform

The New Republic's Jon Cohn talked to some Hill sources last week and they gave him good news: The Congressional Budget Office is scoring early versions of heath reform at $1 trillion over 10 years, rather than $1.5 trillion, or...

By Ezra Klein  | May 18, 2009; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Health Coverage  
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Health Care Cost Fallacies

Tyler Cowen has cheekily been offering up some "health care cost fallacies" that are afflicting reform-minded folk. For instance, he asks if health reformers will agree with the "correct claim" that the "the fiscal outlook is grimmer than before, therefore...

By Ezra Klein  | May 18, 2009; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Health Economics  
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Jim Cramer's Contrition

Justin Fox conducted a sort of strange interview with CNBC'sJim Cramer last week. A lot of it was Cramer rewriting his appearance on Jon Stewart's show. The substance of that exchange, it turns out, was that Stewart is a big...

By Ezra Klein  | May 18, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Your World in Maps: Climate Change Edition

The scattered protesters received most of the coverage at the University of Notre Dame yesterday. But Barack Obama's speech merits some attention too. Health care, the administration's top domestic priority, was nowhere to be found. But climate change appeared frequently....

By Ezra Klein  | May 18, 2009; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Climate Change  
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The 'Japanese Experience'

You hear a lot about the "Japanese experience" these days. This does not, as you might hope, refer to reasonable portions of fish and extremely small electronics. This is the grim path out of the financial crisis. Economists talk...

By Ezra Klein  | May 18, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Financial Crisis  
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Can Menu Labeling Make Us Healthier, Cheaper, Better?

Sen.Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro(D-Conn.) are reintroducing the aptly-named MEAL Act. "MEAL" stands -- somewhat awkwardly -- for Menu Education And Labeling. That is to say, it stands for calorie counts. Right there on the menu. Next...

By Ezra Klein  | May 18, 2009; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Health  | Tags:  Calories, Diet, healthcare  
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The FICO Scores Seemed So Innocent.

Ed Andrews wasn't the sort of guy who fell into money troubles. He wasn't financially illiterate and he wasn't unemployed. He wasn't stricken ill and he wasn't drowning in credit card bills. And there was more than what he wasn't....

By Ezra Klein  | May 18, 2009; 6:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Financial Crisis, Housing Crisis  
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Introduction

I'm not one for long introductions. This is a blog. I'm a blogger. We'll have fun. You'll see. But the overlords say it's good form. So! Our topic will be the politics and policy of the economy. But that doesn't...

By Ezra Klein  | May 18, 2009; 1:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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