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Ezra Klein: July 19, 2009 - July 25, 2009

The Congressional Budget Office vs. The White House

I'm not sure what it says about me that I'll interrupt my weekend for a new Congressional Budget Office report, but whatever it is, consider it said. The CBO has brought out a new report estimating the impact of the...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 25, 2009; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Tab Dump

• Time has a nice look at the final days of the Bush administration, when Dick Cheney was begging Bush to pardon Scooter Libby. • Jeffrey Goldberg hearts J Street. • Steve Pearlstein takes on the Blue Dogs. • David...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 24, 2009; 6:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Trapped in the Fine Print

Kevin Drum makes note of one of the more appalling practices of credit card companies: writing the fine print of your card agreement such that you can't sue them. In general, those tiny letters at the bottom of your...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 24, 2009; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Financial Regulation , Solutions  
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Obama on Education

Amid everything else that's going on, I'm not really sure where President Obama is getting time to receive briefings on education reform and begin pushing "Race to the Top," the $4.35 billion program to provide grants to encourage states to...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 24, 2009; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Education  
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No Cost Controls Without Coverage Expansions

"As a practical, political matter," writes Paul Krugman, "controlling health care costs and expanding health care access aren’t opposing alternatives — you have to do both, or neither." That "practical, political," is an important distinction: You could, in theory, cut...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 24, 2009; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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What's Going on in the House (or Is Health-Care Reform Becoming a Prisoner's Dilemma?)

News reports filtering out of the House suggest that talks between Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman and the seven Blue Dogs on his committee have broken down. The situation is dire enough that Waxman is declaring his willingness...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 24, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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A President You Could Drink a Beer With. After He Called You Stupid, Anyway

This is a smart, if unorthodox, move: Barack Obama is going to have Skip Gates and Sgt. Jim Crowley, the officer who arrested Gates, over to the White House for a beer. My only quibble is that the White House...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 24, 2009; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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500 Days of Summer

Things have been a bit heavy around here lately. But it's Friday. So let's talk about love. Not a love story. But a story that's -- sigh -- about love. Like a lot of urban twentysomethings who listen to...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 24, 2009; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Movies  
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Why Democrats Will, at the End of the Day, Pass Health-Care Reform

"Democrats should, but almost certainly won't, listen to Jon Chait," writes Matt Yglesias. He's referring to this post Chait wrote on the way Americans will judge health-care reform: People do not pay close attention to details...[I]f health care reform...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 24, 2009; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Lunch Break

I'm really excited for Imogen Heap's upcoming album, Ellipse. "Canvas" is the first song, not to mention video, we've seen off of it, and like so much of Heap's work, it's hauntingly beautiful. Update: In comments, Chris notes that another...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 24, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Against Congress's Summer Vacation

Newsweek's Katie Connolly -- actually, their style conventions appear to make that NEWSWEEK's Katie Connolly, which is so much more emphatic! -- has a smart take on the looming August recess: Many moons ago I worked in a consulting...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 24, 2009; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Federalism: Objectively Pro-Recessions

I keep meaning to link to James Surowiecki's excellent take on the problems with fiscal federalism, but keep forgetting. So I'm just going to do it. Before I forget. No excuses. Here we go! If you came up with a...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 24, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Economic Policy , Solutions  
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The Education of a Cost Cutter (or How Peter Orszag Stopped Worrying and Learned to Bypass Congress)

As told to the Wall Street Journal's Laura Meckler: The battle heated up in June, when Mr. Orszag visited Capitol Hill to discuss health care with a small group of House Democrats. The meeting started well, with one lawmaker after...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 24, 2009; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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In Praise of the Barnes and Noble Book Review Section

Rob Pegoraro isn't too impressed with Barnes and Noble's new e-bookstore. Not being an e-book reader, I don't have much to say on that. But I did want to recommend the book review site the company is running, and not...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 24, 2009; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Kirsten Gillibrand and the Power of Primaries

In the House, Kirsten Gillibrand was known as something of a moderate. She was, according to the numbers, the 219th most liberal Democrat in Congress, which is to say, she wasn't a very liberal Democrat. But now she's in the...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 24, 2009; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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The End of Bipartisanship?

Democrats are increasingly annoyed with Max Baucus. It's not just that he seems more interested in negotiating with Republicans than with his own party. It's that his process isn't working. People forget this, but months ago, the plan was...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 24, 2009; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Tab Dump

• You always hear about the really good health-care systems of other countries. But what about the really bad ones? • Pico Iyer on the Dalai Lama. • Did overconfidence cause the financial crash? • Making good hummus. (Actually, I've...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 23, 2009; 6:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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The Conditions for Cuts in Defense Spending

Gordon Adams, the former head defense analyst for the Office of Management and Budget, has an interesting post on the end of the F-22 and the general theory behind cutting defense programs. The F-22's demises, he says, followed a very...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 23, 2009; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Budget  
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Obama Returns to Campaign Footing

It took me a moment to place the rhythm of Barack Obama's speech at the Cleveland Clinic today. It didn't sound like his press conference last night. Too many jokes. And it didn't sound like his recent interviews. Too sing-song...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 23, 2009; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Michael Gerson vs. George Will on Global Warming

I've gotten a bunch of requests for a response to George Will's assertion that “If you’re 29, there has been no global warming for your entire adult life.” I'm actually puzzled enough by that comment to not really know how...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 23, 2009; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Climate Change  
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The Politics of Taxes in California

One of the big problems in California is that raising taxes requires a two-thirds majority in the legislature. Republican legislators are rare in California, but not that rare, and so their unified opposition to tax increases means there are never...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 23, 2009; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  California  
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The Kids Are Alright

But they'd be alrighter if someone would tax employer health benefits already. Or so says Dylan Matthews over at Campus Progress. He doesn't go into this, but the young actually do have an interest in eliminating or capping the employer...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 23, 2009; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Lunch Break: "You Are Totally at One With the Company"

How to be a better "Beautiful Balloons" employee....

By Ezra Klein  |  July 23, 2009; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Chat Transcript

Today's live chat involved a reader letting us in on his plans to illegally evade taxes, a review of Ray's Hell Burger, George Will's global warming column, an accusation of "breezy arrogance," and a lot of health-care chatter. Enjoy! Washington,...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 23, 2009; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Obama on the Politics of Cost Control

For all that last night's press conference brought the wonk, it had nothing on Obama's chat with Fred Hiatt. That was like wonk heaven (though wonks, of course, don't believe in heaven, as there's very little empirical evidence of an...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 23, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Live Chat Today

Noon eastern. Join in here. Submit questions here. It's going to be so much fun you won't know what to do with yourself....

By Ezra Klein  |  July 23, 2009; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Economist-in-Chief

Some wags have labeled President Obama's performance last night as the "professor-in-chief." "If I really like a politician’s speech," wondered Paul Krugman, "isn’t that an indication that he lacks the popular touch?" Krugman was closer than he knew. Obama...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 23, 2009; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Goldman Sachs Gives Taxpayers a $1.1 Billion Profit on Stock Warrants

I can't tell if this is a blog post from Allan Sloan (exciting!) or a very short column (less exciting.). In any case, it's an example of Goldman Sachs making a concession to taxpayers, and thus worth a link, and...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 23, 2009; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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An Interesting Point on Cost Control From Brad DeLong

He writes: The problem, I think, is that the CBO has a category for cost control but no category for getting system incentives right. It is a budget office, after all, not a philosopher-king office. The problem, however, is that...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 23, 2009; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Health Economics , Health Reform  
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Page 16 of the House Health-Care Bill Does Not Make Insurance Illegal

There's been a weird talking point bubbling up that the House health-care plan makes private insurance -- sigh -- illegal. Rep. Michelle Bachmann, who breathes out crazy like the rest of us exhale carbon dioxide, warns that "on the 16th...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 23, 2009; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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The Problems With the Federal Reserve -- and Its Alternatives

William Greider, author of "Secrets of the Temple: How the Federal Reserve Runs the Country", knows more about the Fed than just about anyone alive, with the possible exception of those who worked there. And that's only a possible exception....

By Ezra Klein  |  July 23, 2009; 7:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Federal Reserve , Solutions  
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Tab Dump

Just one today, because I really want you to read it. • Fred Hiatt interviews Barack Obama on the tensions, or lack thereof, between health-care reform and fiscal responsibility....

By Ezra Klein  |  July 22, 2009; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Nancy Pelosi on Health-Care Reform

Earlier today, in an interview with three reporters, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said health-care reform would pass the House and that it would include a public plan. She also said the Blue Dogs were basically resigned to this prospect, and...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 22, 2009; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Health Reform , Interviews  
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Filibustering Is Not the Same as Voting "No."

Speaking of the filibuster, it's worth pointing to Matt Yglesias's post noting that 58 senators passed a bill eliminating funding for the F-22. Fifty-eight. Not 60. You do not need 60 votes to pass a bill in the United...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 22, 2009; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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The Filibuster and Democracy

When you talk about potentially eliminating the filibuster, liberals have a tendency to quickly bring up the specter of Social Security privatization. That is to say, they have a tendency to quickly bring up an instance in which the filibuster...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 22, 2009; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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What's in It for Me?

I'm sort of running out of ways to write "David Leonhardt has a good column today," but David Leonhardt has a good column today. He's trying to puzzle through (a) what's in health-care reform for the average insured American, and...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 22, 2009; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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A Rare Instance of a Working Legislative Process

It's nice to see a compromise resulting in actual good policy: Moderate House Democrats and a key committee chairman emerged from a three-hour meeting at the White House on Tuesday with a tentative agreement to give an outside panel —...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 22, 2009; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Michael Steele Doesn't Know What Health Insurance He Has

On some level, John McCain's confusion over the number of houses he owned was understandable. It actually turned out to be fairly hard to figure out how many houses he owned. Some were split into parts. Most were under his...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 22, 2009; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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The Status Quo Alternative

Good column from Steve Pearlstein today: Among the range of options for health-care reform, there's one that is sure to raise your taxes, increase your out-of-pocket medical expenses, swell the federal deficit, leave more Americans without insurance and guarantee that...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 22, 2009; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Jay-Z Was Wrong

This is the death of autotune. Also, of my innocence. This video, incidentally, was released as "part of the [Mike] Pence youth initiative," which would be a great name for a punk band....

By Ezra Klein  |  July 22, 2009; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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The Mid-Session Budget Review

It's sort of fun watching wonkish issues that most people know nothing about become major talking points when some operative somewhere sniffs an opportunity. Imagine my surprise, for instance, when last year's Democratic primary persuaded half the country to suddenly...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 22, 2009; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Budget  
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Tab Dump

• William Greider wonders whether we should dismantle the Federal Reserve. • Should progressives embrace cost sharing in health care? • What mortgage-backed securities and lemons have in common. • That California budget deal doesn't look so hot. • Do...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 21, 2009; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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In Fed We Trust

It's not often that anyone calls a book about the Federal Reserve "essential, lucid — and, it turns out, riveting — reading." But that's Michiko Kakatuni's take on David Wessel's "In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke's War on the Great...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 21, 2009; 5:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Books  
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The Difficulties of Health IT

Earlier today, I had the unexpected pleasure of chatting with Contessa Brewer's cardiologist uncle on MSNBC. Her uncle made two main points: First, that rising health-care costs are primarily the product of medical malpractice. That feels true to a lot...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 21, 2009; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Senate Votes to Cut F-22 Funding

Good news out of the Senate today, which voted to cut funding for the F-22. As Kevin Drum says, "the case against the F-22 was pretty rock solid, and if the funding cutoff had failed it would have meant that,...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 21, 2009; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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"I Don't Do Policy," Says RNC Chairman Michael Steele

Dana Milbank filed a nice report from RNC Chairman Michael Steele's speech yesterday, which borrowed pretty liberally from a message document that GOP pollster Alex Castallanos had drawn up. "Only one thing would have made the performance more impressive,"...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 21, 2009; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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The Long Game Strategy

"It's always darkest before the dawn," goes the old saying. The Washington version is that it's always darkest before the deal. Legislators have a tendency to seem maximally rebellious in the days before a piece of legislation is actually finished....

By Ezra Klein  |  July 21, 2009; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Jim Horney Walks You Through Conference Committee

During a conference call yesterday, President Obama was pretty explicit in naming conference committee as the juncture at which the White House would get directly and forcefully involved in shaping the final bills. But conference committee is a relatively obscure...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 21, 2009; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Congress , Health Reform , Interviews  
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Choice and Financial Products

Our friends at the Baseline Scenario persuaded Elizabeth Warren to contribute a guest post on the virtues of the Consumer Protection Financial Agency. The whole thing is worth reading, but this rejoinder to those who say the CPFA would reduce...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 21, 2009; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Financial Regulation , Solutions  
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Markets in Everything

Paul Krugman's post rebutting the liberals who have turned on cap-and-trade because it would create a "market" for carbon and this "market" could be used for "profit" and "speculation" by members of "Wall Street" is probably the most important blog...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 21, 2009; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Climate Change , Solutions  
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Lunch Break: Amazing Creatures Under the Sea

But don't take it from me. Take it from David Gallo, who used his TED talk to show video of some of the most astonishing organism imaginable. Make sure to watch through to the end, where an octopus makes our...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 21, 2009; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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What Did Rahm Emanuel Learn From 1994?

Over at the Guardian, Michael Tomasky tries to put himself in the head of a "centrist legislator" considering his various options on health-care reform. The best outcome, says Tomasky, is that the bill fails and our imaginary centrist votes against...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 21, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Thinking Clearly About Health-Care Spending

I fear this post will seem obvious to most of you, and pedantic to some. But commentators tend to be extremely unclear when they talk about the changes in spending that will result from different bills. There are two things...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 21, 2009; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Why Does Max Baucus Take This Money?

Dan Eggen has a nice piece today tracking the money flowing from the health-care industry to the senators tasked with reforming and regulating it. The lead recipient of industry dollars? Max Baucus. Charlie Rangel, Chuck Grassley, and Dave Camp have...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 21, 2009; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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The Future of the Kindle

Kevin Drum has a post musing on the differences between reading books printed on paper and reading books that have been loaded onto his Kindle. His conclusion isn't kind to the e-reader: [W]hat's struck me the most in my...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 21, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Tab Dump

• Julia Child was not a fan of the Julia & Julie project. • Phil Gramm said the recession was all in our heads. Not true, but the crash might have been in Wall Street's head. • Was Walter Cronkite...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 20, 2009; 6:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Barack Obama on Health-Care Reform: Trust Us.

At about 5:30 p.m. today, President Obama held a conference call on health-care reform that included, in his closing remarks, an unusually thorough glimpse at the White House's legislative strategy: The House bills and the Senate bills will not...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 20, 2009; 6:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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The Unbearable Lightness of Greg Mankiw

A friend e-mails: Hey man. So my soon-to-be professor Greg Mankiw writes this: http://gregmankiw.blogspot.com/2009/07/is-deficit-neutrality-too-easy-test.html and I'm curious: How would you respond? Is it just that we should be willing to spend more of a deficit for health care? Or is...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 20, 2009; 5:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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One Way to Lower Medical Malpractice Costs

It sounds a bit silly, but there's a whole lot of evidence to suggest that saying sorry actually works....

By Ezra Klein  |  July 20, 2009; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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The Low Cost of Chickens

I've not yet read Ellen Ruppel Shell's "Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture", but I have read a review of the book, and even a blog post about the review of the book, which in D.C., puts me ahead...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 20, 2009; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Food  
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Department of Puzzling Press Releases

From, the White House Press Office: The President issued the following statement after meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and leaders of the LDS Church at the White House today: "I enjoyed my meeting with President Monson and Elder...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 20, 2009; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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What Do You Mean by "Innovation?"

Justin Fox on financial innovation: I'd rather have today's financial system, however flawed it is, than the financial system of [the year] 1200. But at the same time, an estimated 97.3% of all financial innovations (I just made that up,...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 20, 2009; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Financial Regulation , Solutions  
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A Reality Check on Health-Care Reform

My basic experience with Twitter is that you can say a lot in 140 characters. But you can't do a very good job explaining what you just said. For instance, today I tweeted -- and yes, saying that makes...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 20, 2009; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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On the Moon

Charles Krauthammer is not a big fan of spending billions to expand health-care coverage to all Americans. But he is, as readers learned Friday, a big fan of spending billions to fund space travel. Some might consider those two opinions...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 20, 2009; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Lunch Break

Walter Cronkite died on Friday. He'll be remembered as one of the greatest news anchors of all time. And his steady, serious, sober narration during the chaotic moments after John F. Kennedy's assassination shows why:...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 20, 2009; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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The High Cost of Failure

"[E]ven if health care was the predominant factor" in the 1994 midterm elections, writes Ed Kilgore, "it's not at all clear that the defeat of the Clinton health plan, as opposed to the composition and presentation (at least as perceived...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 20, 2009; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Obama Says Health-Care Reform "Must" Include Public Option

The president devoted this week's radio address -- which, as you can see above, is also a YouTube address -- to health-care reform. Most of it you know already, but as Brian Beutler points out, Obama added some strong...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 20, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Decisions for Israel

I have no problem with the idea that Israel is a sovereign nation that doesn't have to listen to anybody or do anything it doesn't want to do. If it wants to continue constructing illegal and counterproductive settlements then that's,...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 20, 2009; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Bill Kristol Says Kill Health-Care Reform (Obamarama Remix)

Bill Kristol has some advice for Republicans. "With Obamacare on the ropes, there will be a temptation for opponents to let up on their criticism, and to try to appear constructive, or at least responsible," he writes. "My advice,...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 20, 2009; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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The Dangers of Technological Solutions

Maybe we won't pass cap-and-trade. Maybe we can't cut carbon emissions. Maybe we won't retrofit our buildings or switch to plug-in hybrids or start eating less meat. And maybe we won't need to. Climate change is the unanticipated byproduct of...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 20, 2009; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Climate Change  
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When Brute Force Fails

Most of you know Mark Kleiman as an excellent blogger. But there's also his exciting and mysterious alter ego: Mark Kleiman; crime expert. And his alter ego has published a new book: "When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less...

By Ezra Klein  |  July 20, 2009; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Books  
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