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1) How Wall Street wins on the Hill.

2) How lobbyists complete Congress's homework.

3) Weighing the costs of end-of-life care.

4) Some of the best brackets I've ever seen.

5) Ron Paul's son has entered the Kentucky Senate race. His name, I kid you not, is Rand Paul.

I've got a wedding to attend tomorrow, so I'll be off until Monday. In the meantime, thanks for a great 2009. Between moving to The Washington Post and diving into the health-care reform debate, it's been an incredibly exciting year. And I'm enormously thankful, as always, to all of you for reading. Without you, I'd be in law school or something. The thought is chilling.

By Ezra Klein  |  December 30, 2009; 8:31 PM ET
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Happy (almost) 2010. I just got back from a 3-day trip and am now going to catch up with all of your posts that I missed. I think this is the first comment I've made on this blog but I read it every day.

Posted by: nadine5 | December 30, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

blessings in this new year.

here is a beautiful gift in honor of gentle endings and hopeful beginnings.....2010.

Posted by: jkaren | December 30, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Wow 1-2-3 are a real downer. The UC study on end-of-life care was notable for how little spending variation there is between the major UC medical centers. It shows that having the Regents breathing down your neck, comparing you to your peers makes a difference.

Anyway Happy New Year Ezra and fellow commenters!

Posted by: bmull | December 30, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Happy New Year Ezra and commenters on this blog!

You have done great in 2009 and so many of your posts along with comments have been fantastic. Many thanks for all those superb blog posts and comments.

Looking forward to the same incisive coverage in 2010.


Posted by: umesh409 | December 30, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Ezra, you rock. You've been a significant force in Washington for good, and it's been a pleasure reading you all year. Good luck in the next decade!

Posted by: MediaGlutton | December 31, 2009 1:35 AM | Report abuse

Happy New Year to you, Ezra! And congratulations on--and blessings for--your new home, too. May you enjoy many, many years of happiness there.

It's wonderful to see you turn up on MSNBC so often, especially since I get to say, "Hey, I knew him and wrote for his blog *back in the day* " (which was all of, what, three years ago?! Seems like yesterday...).

May 2010 be a magic year for us all.


Posted by: litbrit | December 31, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Ezra. You're my first blog in the morning and I check back regularly through the day. You call out the hypocrites, but also recognize the need for finesse.

Cheers, look forward to 2010 and beyond.

Posted by: ChicagoIndependant | December 31, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Ezra, you are great! All the best to you in 2010!

Posted by: hillgirl8024 | December 31, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Dude, happy New Years. I really, really enjoy this blog.

Also: although it's hilarious his name is Rand, sadly he's not named after Ayn Rand:

Posted by: Chris_ | December 31, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Many thanks to you Ezra for helping to sort out the insanity, I only wish I had discovered this blog sooner. Peace to you and your family in the New Year. It's going to be fun.

Posted by: LiberalForReal | December 31, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse


As you can imagine, on the subject of Ron Paul's son's name, no one hates this more than me.

Posted by: Randinho | December 31, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Happy New Year to you too, Ezra. Thanks especially for your best-in-class blogging on health care this year. It's wonderful that you're at the Post now.

Do we have any confirmation that "Rand" is taken from you-know-who's last name, or is that just the obvious conclusion?

Posted by: jeffwacker | December 31, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse


We're the same age and I'm in law school. Not that you need any further confirmation, but you definitely have the better gig.

Posted by: Soccr234 | January 1, 2010 4:35 AM | Report abuse

Ezra, you and a few other excellent bloggers have inspired me to make a go at blogging. Let the fun begin.

Posted by: LiberalForReal | January 1, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

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