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Programming note

In recent months, this blog has focused almost entirely on health-care reform. Some of my more recent readers think that it actually is a health-care blog, and that I'm a health-care reporter. But during the campaign, I wrote about the campaign. And during the financial crisis, that consumed my days.

The question I've been wrestling with is, well, what comes next? I think of my topic as the intersection of policy and politics, so I'll stick in that realm. But it won't have the easy through-line that health care offered.

The one thing I do want to do is add some aggregation to the blog. To that end, I've hired Dylan Matthews -- who many of you know as a former guest blogger of mine and the blogger behind Minipundit -- to help me run through the papers in the morning and flag items I'd otherwise miss. That's how I caught the Wall Street Journal's report that the administration had come out for national exchanges, for instance, and the Economist's commentary on the virtues of taxing bank size.

None of this should change the nature of the blog too much. It may increase the frequency a bit, and there'll be more short items noting that this or that is happening. The hope is that you can be reasonably confident that if you read this blog, you're not missing anything major that occurred in the issues I try to cover (namely, domestic and economic policy, and congressional procedure). That's not to say you'll get full coverage of everything, but you'll know it happened, and you'll know where to go for that coverage.

I will still write all posts, of course. And for all that I have my ideas for the site, it is, in the end, written for you guys. So if you have suggestions or comments, this is a good thread for them. And as always, you can e-mail me using the form up top.

By Ezra Klein  |  January 13, 2010; 5:05 PM ET
 
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I find that what you find interesting is interesting to me. I like that the mix of topics is kind of eclectic. What I like:

I read the morning LivePulse at Politico to find out what's coming that day on HCR. Other sites I like are dday's "Roundup" on FDL. Greg Sargent seems to have good insider info--I read the Morning Plum and the Happy Hour roundup. Open Left lets me know what happening on the activism side. I also like Naked Capitalism, although I find it depressing and the "antidote du jour" is much needed.

My non-political interests are reality TV (e.g. Top Chef, Project Runway U.S. Australia and Canada, Survivor, Stewart, Colbert, and SNL), movies--especially horror and sci fi, music, and neuroscience. I also appreciate ideas for cheap activities I can do with my wife.

Posted by: bmull | January 13, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I would be very happy if you turned your primary focus to the climate change bill and covered it the way you've done for health care.

Posted by: tyronen | January 13, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

And Spencer Ackerman's blogroll link text to this blog ("One day we’ll all work for Ezra Klein") becomes just a little bit more true ...

Posted by: WarrenTerra | January 13, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I enjoy your combination of wonkish knowledge and breezy, accessible style.

After reading parts of TAP's recent special section called "Made in the USA" I'd like to see your take on what Congress is/could do to change the net loss of manufacturing jobs in the US. How do other industrialized countries successfully handle this? For example Germany.

Can the US have a jobs/economic policy that benefits ordinary working Americans or will that desire always be thwarted by big business' desire for the lowest labor costs and the highest profits?

I also enjoy your food pieces. A great change of pace. My 5-year-old son loved the roasted pumpkin seeds (your recipe) we made from our Halloween pumpkin long after its physical shell had passed from this world.

Posted by: friscokid | January 13, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

I'd love it if you wrote about climate policy as you've written about health care. E.g.: Cap and Trade legislation vs. EPA regulation. I'd love to understand what the EPA's options are, how they fall short of what Congress can do, and, as with Health Care, the pros and cons of specific policy proposals. E.g.: if Nuclear is cost-competitive with other clean energy sources, why not let the market sort out the winning technologies, without special loan guarantees for Nuclear?

I've got to believe that your writing about this, from your prominent platform, might actually get read by people who matter, and so might actually have a salutary effect on what gets passed. And this is certainly the most important policy topic out there, for the nation and the globe.

Thanks for a great BLOG.

Posted by: jssl | January 13, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Posting often is good, Ezra, but there is such a thing as posting too often. Andrew Sullivan has gone over that edge and following him now just too hard because his blog is such an endless stream of clutter. Be careful you don't go there too.

Posted by: wagster | January 13, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

More. Chartz.

Posted by: andrewlong | January 13, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Agree with wagster. High quality is far more important than high quantity.

You should not aim to provide information on "anything major that occurred in the issues [you] try to cover"-- that's what the Washington Post (ostensibly) is there for. You are very good at providing high quality analysis.

Posted by: hutchie6 | January 13, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

I'd be fascinated if you could talk about financial regulations the same way you talk about health care. It's a topic I know almost nothing about, and it's something that (we can hope) congress might try to pass this year.

Covering the climate change bill would also be interesting.

Posted by: ishkabibbly | January 13, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Keep posting about
Health (as opposed to health care reform)
Food policy
FDA

also climate change would be good too

Posted by: KDID | January 13, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Exactly, I had reaction like 'ishkabibbly'. What we need is a sustained blog follow up of Financial Reform bills. I think Ezra you can count yourself lucky that back to back such a complex legislations with so much at 'stake' are getting worked through Congress. HCR has been and is MUST for President Obama. Financial Reforms are MUST for Congress. So both will have to reach to their logical ends. The same cannot be said about Cap and Trade.

At a higher level, Ezra, it is pretty clear that American Politics has reached a 'cutting edge' I doubt any Democracy in the world has reached. Both due to the peculiar way we make laws here (elected reps. write laws not Admin Secretaries / Ministries) and top of the line technology with ultra competitive politics; we have got this unique situation. The cutting edge I am talking is 'extra-ordinary people's participation’ in making complex legislations. This blog has pioneered that or at least first among best of all such blogs. That is the future of Media in American type Democracy. 'Post-Global' was one way WaPo did few things like bringing experts together with reader’s participation; but there is no legislation involved there.

What I want is - Ezra, your expanding Team and WaPo; to delve upon this phenomenon of 'legislation by blogging' and pursue this line fundamentally. I am not trying to exaggerate influence of this blog on HCR, but I also do not want to under-estimate the impact this blog had had on HCR.

So cheers to Ezra and your bosses, who must be navigating this project through all the complex organizational politics, for this blog and efforts to build further on this.

BTW - it is good that you clarified that all posts will be written by you so far. As long as we know the author name when he or she is different than Ezra, it is fine. We really do not want one more 'avoidable' controversy like what happened on Andrew Sullivan's blog Daily Dish.

Let us be always truthful here and thanks for the excellent reporting so far.

Posted by: umesh409 | January 13, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Keep at it Ezra. I'd love for you to take a similar deep approach to one or two legislative efforts and then link across to other bloggers or articles on whatever else. Overall if there was more discussion of the policy along with a bit of politics we may have a chance of improving the outcomes of government, so keep at Ezra.

Posted by: ChicagoIndependant | January 13, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

First, congratulations on hiring your first underblogger a la Sullivan! You know you've hit the bigtime when you get to start hiring staff like he has.

Yet, I totally agree with umesh above:

"As long as we know the author name when he or she is different than Ezra, it is fine. We really do not want one more 'avoidable' controversy like what happened on Andrew Sullivan's blog Daily Dish." Exactly

Posted by: silentbeep | January 13, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

I GUESS it's less important than things like climate change legislation and financial regulation, but I really miss your old food policy posts. Our nation's food policy directly ties in with climate change, too!

Posted by: shanehuang | January 13, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

If you're taking requests, I vote for continuing to keep the blog policy-heavy. There are so few places to go to get policy analysis that we desperately need you in that arena.

Posted by: slag | January 13, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Climate change, please. I think it will require a different approach than the one you used so effectively with HCR, but if not you, who?

Posted by: SamPenrose | January 14, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Transportation and livable cities! Pick up where Ryan Avent's left off since going over to the Economist.

Posted by: Joey-K | January 14, 2010 2:18 AM | Report abuse

Finance
Immigration

Posted by: Athena_news | January 14, 2010 2:22 AM | Report abuse

I think it'd be cool for you to have a proper foil. A conservative, or maybe a libertarian, who is civil and gets just as deep into the policy weeds as you do. Multi-post exchanges--like the current Manzi-Chait or even the one with McMegan you had a while back--are always entertaining and informative.

Perhaps you can get him or her to wear a twisty mustache.

Posted by: thedavidmo | January 14, 2010 3:53 AM | Report abuse

Trust your instincts. I became a health care wonk because you are a health care wonk. If it interests you write about-- it will be interesting writing. If it doesn't interest you, don't--we'll be able to tell your heart isn't in it.

Posted by: HankGreene | January 14, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Your health policy coverage is a must-read for me. In graduate school, I interned with a government agency estimating the cost of President Nixon's national health coverage proposal. I've followed the debate avidly. I realize that you'll turn to other subjects, but please make sure you keep up the indispensable work in health policy.

Posted by: ktyson51 | January 14, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

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