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• Paul Krugman writes some science/economic fiction.

• Ryan Grim gets one lobbyist to open up about the deal between the White House and the pharmaceutical industry. That said, the important thing isn't necessarily that the deal was struck, but that it's been abandoned.

• Speaking of which, looks like the administration's deal with Pharma is paying some dividends.

FDA vs. Big Chicken.

Pa amb tomàquet -- bread with tomato -- is one of my favorite dishes. The important thing is to have sturdy bread and toast it well. The bread needs to be stiff enough, and hard enough, to effectively "grate" the soft pulp of the tomato. Serve with Manchego cheese.

By Ezra Klein  |  August 13, 2009; 6:37 PM ET
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Good for posting the old Krugman piece. It's a sharp and even amusing piece of work that I"ve tried to point out to people. Now that there's a link to it here, everyone will see it!

Posted by: bdballard | August 13, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm still laughing at "A Question of Time" from earlier today.

Posted by: rmgregory | August 13, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Funny how much Krugman undershot what he wrote (I assume by his constant references to 1996) just 13 years ago. He thought it would take a week for a bootleg CD to show up on the other side of the world? 13 years later some kids hardly know what a CD is and it only takes moments for music to make its way around the world.

Posted by: ImMark | August 13, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

just was looking at the paula deen recipe in your tweet column, for potatoes and green beans, calling for 1/2 stick butter ,1/4 cup of bacon grease and 1/4 pound salt pork.
i hope her readers have good health care policies.
they are going to need them.

anyway, enjoy your pa amb tomaquet!!

Posted by: jkaren | August 13, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

“Megan McArdle’s Hypocrisy Exposed: Portrait Of A Libertarian As A Taxpayer-Subsidized Brat”

“Just when you think you’ve seen so much hypocrisy that nothing can shock you, along comes Megan McArdle. McArdle, who blogs for the Atlantic Monthly, presents herself as a principled libertarian, fiercely denouncing any attempt to provide any sort of government-funded health care, because as she argues, big government is bad, bad, bad. She’s written some truly appalling things over the years as a shill for big corporate interests, recently defending Goldman Sachs because, as she wrote, “financial meltdowns offer no villains.””

“Last week, McArdle posted an encyclopedia-length article on the Atlantic Monthly’s site, denouncing Obama’s health care plan in a rambling piece that essentially boiled down to this: big government is a bad thing, and free markets are the medicine you need, even if you don’t like it, and even though you can’t afford it.”

“What Megan McArdle doesn’t mention is that her own privileged upbringing was funded by public money. That’s right, Megan McArdle is just a second-generation product of the sleazy NYC construction business, which has been using public money for private gain since the Tammany Hall era. Even more galling is that Megan’s father got his start in the public sector working in taxpayer-funded health care programs. If it weren’t for her father’s employment as a public health care official in the 1970s, Megan McArdle’s life might have turned out completely different from the privileged one she enjoyed…..”

Posted by: robertsmith1 | August 14, 2009 6:06 AM | Report abuse

"Serve with Manchego cheese."

Serve with bone-in bull intestine. Weren't you paying attention?

Posted by: pj_camp | August 14, 2009 8:11 AM | Report abuse

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