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1) Harold Meyerson is fed up with federalism.

2) Why D.C. has so little good street food.

3) What it's like to eat without sight.

4) James Fallows is skeptical about Obama's Afghanistan policy.

Recipe of the day: I made this nude pasta last night. I'd add salt and some chili flakes to the recipe, and really make sure the pieces are small, but it's worth trying.

I'll be on Countdown with Keith Olbermann about 8:15 p.m. eastern talking health-care reform.

By Ezra Klein  |  December 2, 2009; 6:19 PM ET
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--"Why D.C. has so little good street food."--

What do you think is different about what government has done to "street food", and what it's done and doing to health care?

Posted by: msoja | December 2, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

ps. Mickey Kaus calls you "particularly disingenuous". What do you suppose that's about, Klein? And will you answer him?

Posted by: msoja | December 2, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

pps. Chili flakes? And more salt? It's a nuanced dish, Klein, with subtle flavors, not something you throw chili flakes at.

And are you aware that chili flakes are the beef lips of the pepper world?

Yeesh. Kids today.

Posted by: msoja | December 3, 2009 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Let us give our President the Benefit of the Doubt and here is why....

After great Deliberation and Agony, Pres. Obama called for an Escalation of the "struggle" but he also Coupled it with an End date of this Struggle by military might and because of that (end date), I have Hope that soon the Long Nightmare of the twin wars, ignited by the twin towers will be over.

I saw in Pres. Obama a heart that bleeds for this decision for anyone whose heart center is open and active feels the pain of this task, yet, speaking with a Heavy Heart, I also heard in that speech the unspoken wish or Intent that he was going to also bring Bin Laden to justice ( the great Prize and Symbol)! I also heard the great Urgency he feels to bind up all loose nuclear threats and to prevent them from getting into those hands within Afghanistan and Pakistan which might annihilate the world as we know it. He has not made this this "call to arms" for Oil or for profit based upon a lie but a heartfelt desire to keep safe the people in the world, in the binding up of these nuclear threats to the world by this faction which he knows is still out there plotting to do harm! That in this way we are Standing up for Peace and that somehow we must go into Hell for a Heavenly cause.

I heard him also say to the Military Industrial Complex Machine that there will be an end date, and that it will not be open-ended, but that the battle for peace might call for other strategic ways to get to this goal -- that giving the benefit of the doubt to his generals -- he will try their way (since they are so much more knowledgeable about military than him).
As, he spoke about true security from a world without nuclear weapons (his real true goal), he also spoke about the need to unite with the world to accomplish this task because in truth, terror and nuclear weapons is a world problem! And finally, he called us to the time after 9/11, when we were all united but got deviated from the course, but to return to that Unity of purpose, one more time.... and that if he is lucky, he will bring home the Prize, Bin Ladin, break the back of this threat, and then for the weary and battle scarred-soldiers they can look onward and say, well done -- yet, there's no place like home, there's no place like home!

Let us trust " that there is a goodness in all of life that cannot even be eliminated by thoughts that temporarily cause you to believe that negativity is the underlying reality of human life on earth... " (1) Let us call on that goodness to illuminate our way forward towards that peace and goodwill and seal the door where evil dwells.

1. Ron Scolastico. Doorway to the Soul

Posted by: wdsoulplane | December 3, 2009 5:30 AM | Report abuse

Good job on Countdown, Ezra. You came across as more supportive of the public option on TV than you do on your blog. I'm not sure whether that was due to me misreading your blog posts or you not writing them clearly.

Posted by: redwards95 | December 3, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

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