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Ezra Klein: January 17, 2010 - January 23, 2010

Tab dump

1) Ron Brownstein: "We are operating in what amounts to a parliamentary system without majority rule, a formula for futility." 2) Can foreign corporations now dump money into American elections? 3) When Joe Lieberman isn't threatening to filibuster, he's partnering...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 22, 2010; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Poll: Massachusetts does not think Scott Brown should obstruct health-care reform

Frustrated by the lack of good data on why Massachusetts voters made the decisions they did, The Washington Post partnered with the Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard University to dig into the motivations of Brown voters, Coakley voters and...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 22, 2010; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Polls  
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Reconcile this!

Political scientist -- and six-time winner of the National Journal's budget trivia contest --Sarah Blinder tells you all you need to know about the reconciliation process....

By Ezra Klein  |  January 22, 2010; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Rep. John Dingell: 'The fact of the matter is we don't have time to be angry.'

There is no politician alive today who has worked as long, or as hard, on health-care reform as Rep. John Dingell Jr. Sometimes called the "dean of the House," the 83-year-old Michigan Democrat occupies the seat his father once...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 22, 2010; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
Categories:  Health Reform , Interviews  
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Is it time to break up?

I should say, at the outset, that I'm not a fan of this idea. But there's no denying that breaking the health-care bill into different pieces is receiving serious consideration. Nothing is decided, but according to House aides, there would...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 22, 2010; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Tom Toles gets a look at the Democratic playbook

By Ezra Klein  |  January 22, 2010; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Lunch break

A primatologist with the best beard I've ever seen explains what makes humans unique....

By Ezra Klein  |  January 22, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Money, money, money ... money!

Matt Yglesias has a good post on the danger of corporate expenditures: A group doesn’t actually need to spend vast sums of money to have a decisive influence on politics. It just needs to be able to credibly threaten...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 22, 2010; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Government  
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Obama comes out swinging -- but at whom?

Obama's got a town hall in Ohio today, and his prepared remarks offer the first glimpse of his new message on health care. I ran for this office to rebuild our economy so it works not just for a fortunate...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 22, 2010; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Four reasons Democrats should pass the health-care bill -- from an opponent of the effort

Bill Galston has never been a supporter of the Obama administration's decisions to take on health-care reform. That said, having come this far, he doesn't think they can turn back. I have argued since October of 2008 against beginning the...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 22, 2010; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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The Republican plan to pass 'health-care reform'?

Sam Stein is hearing some rumblings: Health care reform advocates are concerned that passing a scaled-back version of reform legislation -- an option being considered by President Obama and Democratic Party leaders -- could end up playing into the hands...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 22, 2010; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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If you can't hire, you can't fire

Bruce Bartlett thinks that Timothy Geithner is becoming a liability to Obama, but there's not much Obama can do about it. Geithner's political tone-deafness is becoming a serious liability to Obama. The problem with replacing him, as I have said...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 22, 2010; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Obama administration  
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Majorities

James Fallows notes: Fifty-nine senators, representing (as explained here) some 63 percent of the American public, accompanied by a large House majority and a president recently elected with 70 million votes, cannot enact changes in the nation's health-care system that...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 22, 2010; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Health-care experts agree: The House should pass the Senate bill

For nearly three-quarters of a century, Presidents and Congressional leaders have tried to enact legislation that would make health care accessible to Americans. Although pieces of this dream have been realized -- health care for the elderly, the disabled, and...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 22, 2010; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Menu labeling is not enough

When last we saw some results from New York's menu labeling initiative, they were from an experiment testing the outcomes at fast food restaurants in low-income neighborhoods, and they were dismal. Now comes news that calorie-labeling appears to be...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 22, 2010; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Health  
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The failure narratives continue

Newsweek's Michael Hirsh: Someone must have misinformed Barack Obama when he ran for president that the U.S. Constitution allotted him only a one-year term, rather than four years. Otherwise it's difficult to understand why, faced with solving a Depression-size economic...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 22, 2010; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Don't forget to blame the Senate

A lot of the onus for health care's sudden derailing has been placed on the House, which is bafflingly opposed to passing the Senate bill. But the Senate isn't making life any easier, refusing to do the one thing that...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 22, 2010; 8:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Health Reform , Senate  
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Tab dump

1) The OK Cupid blog might be the best blog on the Internet. 2) Ross Douthat's case for incrementalism makes a lot more sense if you don't think about the magnitude of the problems or the consequences of inaction. 3)...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 21, 2010; 6:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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And the failure stories begin

If you want to see why letting health-care reform die is a bad idea, look no further than Michael Scherer's story tallying up "Five Ways Obama Went Wrong." Scherer hammers Obama for taking on too much, overestimating his mandate, assuming...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 21, 2010; 5:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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The Senate bill is the most progressive base bill Democrats will get

The negotiations on the Hill are increasingly odd. One of the options is to pass the Senate bill. That's not a perfect option, because it's not as progressive as the House bill. Another option is to pass the Senate bill...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 21, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Can Democrats govern?

It's worth taking a step back from health-care reform for a second. What Democrats are doing isn't just abandoning a particular policy issue. They're proving themselves unable to govern. Democrats spent most of 2009 with 60 votes in the Senate...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 21, 2010; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Health care in Massachusetts

The craziest thing about interpreting Scott Brown's election as a strike against health-care reform is that Brown comes from a state that has already implemented this health-care reform and likes it. In fact, Brown voted for it and defended it...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 21, 2010; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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A thought

How would health-care reform's prospects change if members of Congress and their families wouldn't have health insurance unless it passed?...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 21, 2010; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Online dating advice

If you want to take a break from the relentlessly depressing news out of Washington, I highly recommend this OK Cupid analysis of how well different types of photographs did for members of their site. If you're looking for a...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 21, 2010; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Goldman/Exxon 2012

With health-care reform gasping for breath, I've not had time to dig into the Supreme Court's decision to allow corporations to spend freely on elections. The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that corporations may spend as freely as they like to...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 21, 2010; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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The Democrats' options

The Jons (Chait, Cohn) aren't too sold on the idea of pushing a slimmer, leaner bill through reconciliation. Nor am I, to be honest. But as I see it, there are two strategies that Democrats should be entertaining right now....

By Ezra Klein  |  January 21, 2010; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Lunch break

Michael Voltaggio teaches you how to make fresh bread in the microwave....

By Ezra Klein  |  January 21, 2010; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Did Nancy Pelosi just declare health care dead?

"I don't see the votes for [passing the Senate bill] at this time," she said. If the pressure eases now, it's hard to see the votes emerging at some later time. And if the House backs off now, it's impossible...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 21, 2010; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
 
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Live chat today

You've got questions, and while I wouldn't characterize what I've got an answers, per se, I certainly have responses. You can submit questions here, or join in live at noon....

By Ezra Klein  |  January 21, 2010; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Scott Brown: Inadvertent hero of banking reform?

If Scott Brown's election was very bad for health-care reform, it looks like it was very good for financial reform. Desperate to add a new issue into the news cycle and give Democrats something they can actually fight for,...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 21, 2010; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Financial Regulation  
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Obama offers the case against paring the bill back

From his interview with George Stephanopoulos: If you ask the American people about health care, one of the things that drives them crazy is insurance companies denying people coverage because of preexisting conditions. Well, it turns out that if you...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 21, 2010; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Will the more conservative Senate bill win over more conservative House members?

Reader DS writes: I live in Tallahassee, Florida 2nd Congressional District. My Congressman is Allen Boyd, who is about as conservative a Democrat as you can get. He voted against the first healthcare bill. I just called his office and...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 21, 2010; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Some comments on 'staying home'

"If you have the numbers to pass arguably the singular liberal issue of our time, and then refuse to do it, then why are we here?" asks Ta-Nehisi Coates. It's a good question. But he goes on to dismiss the...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 21, 2010; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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The problem with paring back

Let's say you want to buy a house from me. And at the last minute, your portfolio take a big hit and you realize you have less money than you think. "Pare it back," you say. What do I do?...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 21, 2010; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Tab dump

1) How Brazil, Russia, India and China came to be known as BRIC. 2) What journalism taught Gabriel Garcia Marquez. 3) "The bills before Congress are politically partisan and substantively bipartisan." 4) What are financial markets good for? 5) "You...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 20, 2010; 6:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Is health-care reform stabilizing?

It's been a bad day for health-care reform. Maybe the worst it's endured so far. A week ago, people were writing victory speeches. Today, they were trying out language for epitaphs. But by nightfall, the situation seemed to be stabilizing...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 20, 2010; 6:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Will bloggers profit if newspapers charge?

The New York Times is going to start charging for access. They seem to have settled on a "metered" system, in which folks will get to read a couple of articles each month for free, but have to purchase unlimited...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 20, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Journalism  
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Political courage

Matthew Yglesias has a good post on the strange concept of political courage. Sometimes political change really does take courage. To march in Selma, Alabama and have state troopers beat you up takes courage. To take to the streets in...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 20, 2010; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Do Republicans freak out like this?

Commenter Kevin Willis writes: As a long-time Republican -- because that's the best party from which to vote against Democrats from -- I am much more excited by the Democrats reaction to the Brown victory than the Brown victory itself....

By Ezra Klein  |  January 20, 2010; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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New Democratic talking points: 'We give up'

Reading the new talking points distributed to Senate Democrats, you'd think Republicans had won a majority last night, not shave a 20-vote deficit to a 19-vote deficit. It's as if they took Roy Edroso's headline -- "Scott Brown Wins Mass....

By Ezra Klein  |  January 20, 2010; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Sometimes, a bunny is just a bunny

One of my favorite scenes from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" features King Arthur and his knights creeping up on the cave of a feared beast. Peering over the rocks, they see bones, smoke and the black maw...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 20, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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There's precedent for the House passing the Senate bill

A reader sends along this bit of history: In 1979 the House again passed a very strong bill, but the Senate committee approved a less desirable version, giving weaker protection to smaller areas. [For example, this version left the 1.5-million-acre...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 20, 2010; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Is 60 votes the loneliest number?

Mark Schmitt thinks that Democrats are lucky to be left with 59 votes in the Senate: At the risk of seeming Pollyanna-ish, I want to make the case that having exactly 60 votes put Democrats -- and good policy --...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 20, 2010; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Lunch break

Every Democrat in Congress should be forced to watch this. Twice. And if it helps, they should remember that John "Bluto" Blutarsky was later elected to the United States Senate. Voters like confidence....

By Ezra Klein  |  January 20, 2010; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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The other health-care reform option

My preference is that House Democrats pass the Senate bill and then run their fixes through the reconciliation process. But I think there is an argument that the current health-care bill has been terribly compromised by the months of controversy,...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 20, 2010; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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How pollsters hurt pundits

The Washington Post's resident poll expert Jon Cohen explains why there's so little good information on what the Massachusetts election "means." Everyone has a theory. But there is precious little in the way of concrete data to support any...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 20, 2010; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Breaking up is hard to do

Some Democrats are suggesting that leadership breaks the health-care bill into different pieces and passes them separately. I'll just outsource this to Jon Cohn: As a matter of policy, breaking up the bill into component parts doesn't work, unless you're...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 20, 2010; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Demoralized Democrats

Reader MK writes: I've voted for Democrats all my life. I've campaigned for and donated to the Democratic Party. But if they say they can't or won't go any further on health care because they only have 59 votes in...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 20, 2010; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
Categories:  Democrats  
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The difference between Democrats and Republicans

Imagine that after 9/11, a liberal Senate Democrat had quietly placed a hold on George W. Bush's nominee to lead the Transportation Security Agency. The problem in this case wasn't qualifications. The nominee was a former airport security chief, FBI...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 20, 2010; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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The deficit commission cometh

I'm not opposed to a deficit commission, but making a major push to announce it the morning after Scott Brown's election seems like a pretty good way to further demoralize the liberal base. Faced with growing alarm over the nation's...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 20, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Budget  
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Obama at year one: The end of the inside game

One year ago today, Barack Obama was inaugurated president of the United States of America. This is not the anniversary he was hoping for. Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts was one of those unknown-unknowns that Donald Rumsfeld so feared:...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 20, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Obama administration  
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'Think of everything you could do while serving in Congress. Would any single act be bigger than this?'

Jon Cohn writes a letter to nervous House Democrats....

By Ezra Klein  |  January 20, 2010; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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The Massachusetts special election in graph form

That graph is from Joshua Tucker, and it's worth thinking about a bit. The reaction to the Massachusetts special election is obviously about the grim prospects of 2010 rather than the loss of one seat. The psychological impact on...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 20, 2010; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  2010 Midterms  
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What Ted Kennedy would tell the Democrats

And here comes the firing squad. Anthony Weiner went on MSNBC to suggest that Democrats drop health care and pivot to jobs. Evan Bayh is blaming "the furthest left elements of the Democratic Party," who have gotten exactly nothing they...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 19, 2010; 11:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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Election night open thread

Take it away. Update: Coakley concedes. According to the teevee, Coakley actually lost among voters who liked Barack Obama, which is an interesting data point. In any case, the big question now is how the race reverberates in Washington. There's...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 19, 2010; 9:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
 
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Programming note

I'll be updating the blog throughout the night as we know more about the outcome in Massachusetts. I'll also be on Rachel Maddow's show at 11:45 p.m. Eastern to comment on the results....

By Ezra Klein  |  January 19, 2010; 6:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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David Brooks's argument for direct democracy

I disagree with quite a bit in David Brooks's column today. But I'm fascinated by its democratic radicalism. Based on a quick aggregation of polls and a special election in which the Democrat repeatedly insulted the local sports team, Brooks...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 19, 2010; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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It's always good news for insurers

Many of you will remember that insurance stocks skyrocketed when the Senate passed the health-care reform bill, confirming many liberal's suspicions that the bill was a massive giveaway to insurers. Now those same stocks are skyrocketing on news that Senate...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 19, 2010; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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The problem with '30 Rock'

It's an old story: British TV show comes to America and all of its characters are played by much hotter actors. But American television's terror of putting normal-looking people on screen is most troubling in "30 Rock." The biggest...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 19, 2010; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Steny Hoyer: 'The Senate bill clearly is better than nothing'

Over the weekend, Nancy Pelosi said, "Let's remove all doubt, we will have health care -- one way or another." Now her number two in the House, Steny Hoyer, is saying that "the Senate bill clearly is better than nothing."...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 19, 2010; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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It doesn't matter if Brown is a liberal or conservative Republican

Reihan Salam and Andrew Sullivan are arguing the finer points of Scott Brown's ideology. That's fine to do with a president or a governor, but it's misleading with a legislator. Kit Bond, for instance, is one of the most...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 19, 2010; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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The myth of commissions

The theory that bipartisan commissions will make all of our hard decisions for us relies on the experience of the Greenspan Commission in the ’80s, which put Social Security on a sounder footing. But according to Robert Ball, who helped...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 19, 2010; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Will Democrats kill the health-care bill?

One thing I don't want to do is be a soothsayer on the special election in Massachusetts. I have no interest in telling anybody that it's not bad for Democrats. It is. Much of the race has turned on Coakley's...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 19, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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What jerks understand

Clay Shirky thinks his female students, and women in general, need to behave more like self-aggrandizing jerks -- which is to say, to behave more like men: That’s the kind of behavior I mean. I sat in the office of...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 19, 2010; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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How holds make it impossible to fire Tim Geithner (or anyone else)

When it comes to absurd Senate customs, the filibuster isn't even the worst of the lot. That honor goes to holds, which, like the filibuster, are being used with a new ferocity. Annie Lowrey tallied up the numbers and...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 19, 2010; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Obama administration , Senate  
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Lunch break

"Coakley believes Larry Bird is a 'Sesame Street' character. Coakley went into the bar in 'Cheers' and didn't know anybody's name." The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cMass Backwardswww.thedailyshow.comDaily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorHealth Care Crisis...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 19, 2010; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Harold Ford takes a page out of the Martha Coakley playbook

When the Boston Globe asked Martha Coakley whether her campaign hadn't been a bit too passive, it wasn't a great idea for Coakley to spit back, "As opposed to standing outside Fenway Park? In the cold? Shaking hands?" Uh, yeah....

By Ezra Klein  |  January 19, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  2010 Midterms  
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More Massachusetts context

If Scott Brown wins today, Democrats go from having the largest Senate majority since the 1970s to...the second largest Senate majority since the 1970s. They go from 60 votes for health-care reform to 59. Republicans haven't had a majority this...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 19, 2010; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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How air conditioning created the modern Republican Party

Congressional scholar Nelson Polsby explains: The most important thing, probably, that happened to the House of Representatives over the last fifty years, say, was that it went from a body dominated by the conservative coalition of Democrats -- Dixiecrats mostly...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 19, 2010; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Congress , Political Science  
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Think Tank: The uninsured, the debt and the case of the missing primary challenges

(1) I get the sense that some Democrats in Congress could use a refresher on the stakes in health-care reform. According to a study conducted by researchers at Harvard Medical School, 45,000 people die a year because they lack health...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 19, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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The city of the perishable

Some months ago, Nancy Pelosi told me that she calls Washington "the city of the perishable." Let things sit for very long and they have a tendency to spoil. That, she said, is what informs her theory of legislating....

By Ezra Klein  |  January 19, 2010; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Government  
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Want to worry about the deficit?

Donald Marron rounds up some readings....

By Ezra Klein  |  January 19, 2010; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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The only thing Democrats need to fear is fear itself

To state some of the arguments of my earlier post more succinctly, the short-term danger of a Scott Brown victory is not Scott Brown in the Senate, or even 41 Republicans in the Senate. It's Democrats freaking out and abandoning...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 19, 2010; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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State of the Union scheduled

It'll be on January 27th, the White House says. And it's a lot easier to write that speech if health care passes than if it fails....

By Ezra Klein  |  January 19, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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After the Massachusetts special election

I don't know who will win today's special election in Massachusetts. But I do know what should happen -- and what can happen -- after the votes are counted and the winner is seated: Democrats should pass health-care reform....

By Ezra Klein  |  January 19, 2010; 7:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Putting the health-care bill into perspective

This column originally appeared in the Sunday business section. Also, I'm off today for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Regular blogging resumes tomorrow. No matter what the players involved in the health-care reform fight want for the bill, they're all...

By Ezra Klein  |  January 18, 2010; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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