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Ezra Klein: February 7, 2010 - February 13, 2010

Tab dump

1) How to fix the nominations process. 2) It's true that everyone should listen to Mike Konczal. 3) Everyone should have a John Mayer rule. 4) The word "interesting" means something different when journalists say it. 5) I'll be on...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 12, 2010; 7:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Will health-care insurance save your life?

Megan McArdle's column questioning the link between insurance coverage and mortality (researcher speak for "dying") is interesting, but ultimately misleading. At its base, it takes a methodological difficulty (it's hard to measure mortality) and blows it into something approximating...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 12, 2010; 6:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (108)
Categories:  Health Reform  | Tags: health insurance, healthcare, medicare  
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The golden-ticket holders

Curious who's getting an invite to Blair House for the big health-care summit? Well, wonder no more. The White House has released the congressional guest list. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) Sen. Mitch McConnell (Ky.), Republican leader Sen. Richard...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 12, 2010; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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How a dumb idea becomes a law

Commenter JD is appalled by how dumb our laws are. Ezra, I find the following quote from the Courage article completely confusing and would be interested in your view on it: "Under federal law, Courage's findings about efficacy can't alter...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 12, 2010; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Health Economics  
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Citizen's United is part of the problem, but it's not part of the answer

Some powerful Democratic senators are trying to do something about the Citizen's United decision. I think that's a mistake. Democratic leaders in Congress unveiled proposals Thursday that would limit the impact of a Supreme Court decision allowing unfettered corporate spending...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 12, 2010; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Let's make a deal

The fact that Republicans are demanding Democrats disavow any deals on health-care reform in advance of the Feb. 25 summit (which the GOP is apparently now attending) is the most encouraging news I've heard in weeks: It means Republicans, at...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 12, 2010; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Iron Man was right

Spencer Ackerman's adjudication of the dispute between Captain America and Iron Man is some of the most relevant punditry you'll read today. And, incidentally, I agree with Spencer entirely: Iron Man was unequivocally right in the argument over superhero...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 12, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Medicare hypocrisy

Paul Krugman has a sharp column today flaying Republican hypocrisy on Medicare cuts. Where the GOP was once happy to propose cuts up to 12 percent on Medicare, and while they're happy, in Paul Ryan's budget, to propose cuts that...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 12, 2010; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Lunch break

Speaking of corruption, here's a great TED talk on how to expose it -- and how to fight it....

By Ezra Klein  |  February 12, 2010; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Can you change people's minds about money in politics?

I'm doing a BloggingHeads later today with Larry Lessig to discuss his excellent article on the ways in which the torrent of money in politics harms both outcomes and perceptions of the political process. This morning, Tyler Cowen posted...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 12, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Government  
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A deal on nominations that even a Republican could love

The administration scored a big victory last night, or at least it thinks it did. After President Obama finally threatened to make recess appointments if Senate Republicans didn't let some of its nominees through the confirmation process, the Republicans allowed...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 12, 2010; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Obama administration  
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What reconciliation is for

One of the weirder ideas out there is that it would somehow be unorthodox to use the budget reconciliation process to smooth out the difference between two health-care reform bills that have already been passed. But as Henry Aaron points...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 12, 2010; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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A Tom Toles cartoon is worth a thousand words

By Ezra Klein  |  February 12, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Got to admit it's getting better...

According to the Post's latest poll, 75% of Americans think gays should be able to serve openly in the military. Even in the Senate, that's enough to get something done. And maybe more encouragingly, that number is up 13% from...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 12, 2010; 7:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Tab dump

1) Paul Ryan's taste in books is disappointing. 2) How does the Nordic economic model fare in times of crisis? 3) It's hard to get doctors to follow new evidence. 4) The trans-partisan tendency in American politics. 5) Conservatives are...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 11, 2010; 6:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Tab Dump  
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Filibuster reform needs 67 votes, Reid says

Harry Reid just put the kibosh on any attempts to change the filibuster that don't go through a 67-vote rule change process. That doesn't much surprise me: Democrats aren't in shape to spark a massive confrontation over minority rights....

By Ezra Klein  |  February 11, 2010; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Senate  
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Commented: The center cannot hold

Remember when the public option was the controversial part of the health-care bill? Now it's the Medicare reforms, which are far more modest than what the Republicans are proposing, and the individual mandate, which Chuck Grassley and Olympia Snowe and...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 11, 2010; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Reid overrules Baucus on jobs bill

In part of his bid to attract bipartisan votes on the jobs bill, Max Baucus larded it up with all sorts of tax cuts that had nothing to do with jobs, and then further added in a promise to consider...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 11, 2010; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Can't afford one star? Hire them all!

I'm an avowed romantic comedy fan, but "Valentine's Day" looks dreadful: too many actors and not enough talent. "Love Actually" had Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson. Plus, Hugh Grant, who may not be a fine thespian but is...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 11, 2010; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Movies  
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Biden on Palin

Joe Biden has a sensible, gracious take on Sarah Palin: As it happens, that tracks almost exactly with the findings of the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll....

By Ezra Klein  |  February 11, 2010; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Blame Rahm?

It's a bit weird to see so much blame accruing to Rahm Emanuel for the administration's woes. Emanuel wasn't part of the campaign team. He was brought in to help govern. In that capacity, his primary job was shepherding...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 11, 2010; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Obama administration  
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Private contracting in Medicare, and health care more generally

I promised to return to this subject after I'd dug into the details a bit more, so here we are. The rumor going around that the health-care bills won't let you pay your doctor for services that your insurer won't...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 11, 2010; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Lunch break

This has become my go-to egg poaching method. it's particularly great if you're having people over for brunch, as you can poach a bunch of eggs all at once....

By Ezra Klein  |  February 11, 2010; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Chat transcript

Brooklyn, NY: Snowpocalypse: good or bad for Health Care Reform? Ezra Klein: On the bright side, it's given Washington something else to talk about for a few days. On the not-so-bright side, it's given Washington something else to talk about...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 11, 2010; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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The Senate Finance Committee's jobs bill

The Senate Finance Committee has released a draft (pdf) of its jobs bill, called the HIRE Act. If you've been following along, that might sound strange to you: Wasn't the jobs bill coming from Byron Dorgan and Dick Durbin?...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 11, 2010; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Economic Policy  
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Passing health-care reform: Still a good idea

Nate Silver doesn't understand how any Democrats looking at their poll numbers could possibly decide against passing health-care reform: Tracking the Congressional Democrats' approval ratings in Quinnipiac polling over the past six months -- they're now down to just...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 11, 2010; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Polls  
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Live chat today

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By Ezra Klein  |  February 11, 2010; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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'The Daily Show' on the snow

The weather makes two types of people happy, says Jon Stewart. Children and global warming deniers. The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cUnusually Large Snowstormwww.thedailyshow.comDaily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorHealth Care Crisis...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 11, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Collins vs. Brooks

You don't usually get this much real talk in the conversations between Gail Collins and David Brooks. Here's Collins describing her colleague's M.O. You’re a man of good will with a fatal attraction to tidy programs. I admit it’s a...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 11, 2010; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Where was Frank Foer?

I don't have much to say about Leon Wieseltier's decision to imply that Andrew Sullivan is an anti-Semite. Frankly, I find Wieseltier's prose so self-admiringly opaque that it's nearly impossible to figure out what he's saying about anyone at anytime....

By Ezra Klein  |  February 11, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Food stamps

I can't get over the fact that one in eight Americans are on food stamps. Graph credit: The New York Times....

By Ezra Klein  |  February 11, 2010; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Tab dump

1) I kept meaning to write about Anthem Blue cross jacking up its rates by almost 40 percent and kept getting sidetracked. So just read what Jon Cohn wrote about it. 2) Is the Toyota mess a failure of regulators?...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 10, 2010; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Comments of the day

Kevin Willis thinks remote voting makes more sense in theory than in practice. I think a serious proposal for remote voting might be problematic. Whose going to institute an electronic system, if we went that route? Diebold? Don't get me...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 10, 2010; 6:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Let's not make a deal

I don't know why Ruth Marcus thinks that adding tort reform to the bill will attract Republican votes. Senate Democrats -- and the White House -- repeatedly signaled their willingness to do just that and found no takers. Indeed, one...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 10, 2010; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Oh, Canada?

Earlier today, I joked that it's a wonder Canada gets anything done at all, what with the all the snow up there. Well, joke's on me. They don't: If you want to talk about really egregious government shutdowns explained with...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 10, 2010; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Federal Reserve concerned that economic growth could come back

The back-story: When the banks freaked out last year, the Federal Reserve pumped a lot of money their way. But the banks haven't been lending that money. Instead, they've been sitting on it, using it to cushion themselves against any...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 10, 2010; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Federal Reserve  
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Congress is older, whiter, manlier than the rest of America

Ladies and gentlemen: Your United States Congress! Congress now includes more women and Asians than ever, but it is considerably less diverse, older, better educated, more likely to have served in the military and not as likely to have...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 10, 2010; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Congress  
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Getting real about bill length

In my conversation with Lamar Alexander yesterday, he kept coming back to the Senate health-care bill's length as a reason that he couldn't support it. "You can’t be sure what’s in the Senate bill," he said, "because it's 2,100 pages...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 10, 2010; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Congress  
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Simple solutions to simple problems

I realize there are lots of problems that cannot be solved just by throwing money at them, but snow removal is not one of them. That's Steve Pearlstein, whose column today wins the award for Best Use of the Snowstorm...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 10, 2010; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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No, the snow does not disprove global warming

"It's going to keep snowing in DC until Al Gore cries 'uncle,' " tweets Jim DeMint, who seems to be really enjoying how ignorant he is about climate science. In fact, the U.S. Global Change Research Program actually predicted...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 10, 2010; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
Categories:  Climate Change  
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Lunch break

A neat introduction to the cars of the future. (Via Brad Plumer)...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 10, 2010; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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What Obama could learn from Bush

Last night, Craig Becker's nomination to the National Labor Relations Board was approved, with 52 senators voting in favor of Becker and 33 voting against him. Wait, sorry, I got that wrong. It was rejected with 52 senators voting...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 10, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  Government  
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Serious professionals

Leave it to the GOP to make a harsh partisan attack out of Valentine's Day....

By Ezra Klein  |  February 10, 2010; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Scott Brown to write a book

Scott Brown is writing a book about his life. First, don't worry: The Senate will still have an independent voice for Massachusetts. Brown spokeswoman Gail Gitcho said that her boss "considers his Senate duties his first priority," which isn't...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 10, 2010; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Books  
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Congress by remote control

As we've discussed before, the reason holds and filibusters and cloture calls and all the rest of it is so effective is because the Senate operates amidst a scarcity of time: There's a lot the majority wants to do...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 10, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Congress  
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Americans still want health-care reform

So, 63 percent of Americans -- that's enough to break a filibuster, you know -- think Congress should keep on trying to pass a comprehensive health-care plan. It turns out that "even Republicans are critical of their congressional leadership,...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 10, 2010; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Polls  
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Ryan for prez?

Paul Ryan's budget proposal is getting some attention. So the media's next step is obvious: Ask Ryan whether he's running for president. He isn't, but that probably won't put the questions to rest. Mori Dinauer has a nice take on...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 10, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Tab dump

1) The best review you'll read of financial crisis books. 2) Has American democracy gotten too democratic? 3) Democrats filibuster more democratically. 4) Michael Kinsley condescends to Charles Krauthammer. 5) A great time-lapse video of the snow piling atop Washington,...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 9, 2010; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Commented: Don't let the achievable be the enemy of the perfect

Commenter Burndtdan wasn't impressed with my post this morning arguing that you can't confused fantasy plans with realistic legislation. Although I don't support the measures in Ryan's budget, I have to firmly disagree with your entire framing. A bill that...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 9, 2010; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Sen. Lamar Alexander: 'I don’t see how you can pare back the current bill'

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) was a co-sponsor of the Wyden-Bennett bill. As recently as July, he said "we should support legislation like the Wyden-Bennett plan I’ve co-sponsored" rather than the health-care legislation before the Senate. So it caught my eye...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 9, 2010; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  Interviews  
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The future of the jobs bill

Derek Thompson predicts how the effort to get a bipartisan jobs bill is likely to play out: Republicans will ask if Obama's willing to consider an across-the-board tax cut. He'll say no, because he doesn't think it will create...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 9, 2010; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Comment of the Day: The Netflix of dating

Yesterday, I offhandedly remarked that a Netflix of dating would match you to partners based on how others had rated them as dates. In comments Kevin Willis expanded on the theory: Unfortunately, the "Netflix of Dating" would recommend dates who...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 9, 2010; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Want to edit Foreign Affairs?

After all, who better than Time's 2006 Person of the Year to take over the august journal?...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 9, 2010; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Lunch break

Randall Munroe -- author of the very best thing on the Internet -- gave a talk to the folks at Google....

By Ezra Klein  |  February 9, 2010; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Lunch Break  
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If the summit fails ...

This isn't a very encouraging plan: Mr. Obama has repeatedly said Democrats' messy negotiations soured the public. The White House now hopes that a better, more public process will boost public support and give congressional Democrats enough confidence to pass...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 9, 2010; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Against books -- sort of

George Packer's post on Twitter is rather less considered than his colleague Steve Coll's. Packer, a prominent figure who offered a controversial argument in a public forum, responds to the criticism of his argument by saying, "the response to...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 9, 2010; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Books  
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Reader questions: No, the health-care bill does not keep you from paying money in exchange for services

Commenter Fast Eddie is concerned: Do you have enough courage to take on the most controversial part of the whole Obama-Reid-Pelosi agenda? If they managed to get the Senate bill passed in the House, HOW WOULD THAT EFFECT A MIDDLE...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 9, 2010; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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The EPA option

With prospects for a cap-and-trade bill dimming, Brad Plumer considers what it would look like for the EPA to begin regulating carbon emissions: In March, the EPA will propose its new fuel-economy standards for cars and light trucks (the goal...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 9, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Climate Change  
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Your daily Toles

I may make this a daily thing. If Tom Toles can be the official cartoonist for the Washington Post, why can't he be the official cartoonist for this blog? Synergy!...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 9, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Don't confuse a plan that will score with a plan that will work

Ross Douthat's post defending Rep. Paul Ryan's health-care plan veers into some rank anti-intellectualism, which is uncommonly cheap for Douthat. The criticisms that the Economist and Jonathan Cohn are making of Ryan's plan isn't that its cost controls are...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 9, 2010; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Should the government be running AIG today?

Looking back, Felix Salmon thinks the government should have nationalized AIG: The dispute between Goldman and AIG was one over collateral. Goldman wanted AIG to put up ever-increasing amounts of collateral against the [credit defaults swaps] which it had written...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 9, 2010; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Financial Crisis  
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Let's make a deal

John Boehner and Eric Cantor have responded to Barack Obama's invitation to sit down and talk health-care reform. They answered in the form of a ransom note. Here are their demands: 1) "Assuming the President is sincere about moving...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 9, 2010; 7:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
 
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Tab dump

1) The “finish the kitchen” theory of health-care reform. 2) I think the "Netflix of dating" would match you to partners based on how other people like you had rated their dates. 3) Citibank's new business strategy appears to be...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 8, 2010; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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There will be no smackdown

Talking to some of the liberals I know, the hope seems to be that the White House health-care summit goes something like this, but for health care rather than religion: But it won't. The political point of the summit is...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 8, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Wanted: More money in politics

Most people worry that there's too much money in politics. But Mark Schmitt, who knows quite a lot about this issue, worries that there's about to be too little....

By Ezra Klein  |  February 8, 2010; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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The Senate's problem is not disagreement. It's elections.

Paul Krugman's column today tells the story of the Sejm, the Polish legislative body that ran under the principle of unanimity. As you might have guessed, it didn't work very well, and Poland didn't do very well (though you...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 8, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Government  
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On Twitter

I really liked this post from Steve Coll on the moral characteristics of communications mediums: At the Washington Post, I became responsible for thinking about new media. When the World Wide Web exploded in the late nineteen-nineties, some of its...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 8, 2010; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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The budget in boxes

The New York Times had a wonderful budget graphic last week that did a nice job putting both the budget and the freeze into perspective. First, here's what our budget looks like, with each major category broken into its own...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 8, 2010; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Budget  
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There's something new under the sun

I've been racking my brain all morning, but I really can't come up with another example of a president gambling major legislation on a televised, hyped showdown with the leadership of the minority party. Congressional Democrats have been begging Obama...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 8, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Lunch break

Google had, by far, the best Superbowl ad last night. For one thing, it wasn't based around rank hatred of women. For another, it managed to be poignant and touching in the space of 30 seconds. It was as much...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 8, 2010; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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A primer on the antitrust exemption for insurers

For those still confused about the antitrust exemption for the insurance industry, Jenny Gold has a nice piece running through the issue. The policy takeaway is that the CBO estimates that repeal will have no measurable impact on premiums or...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 8, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Democrats win the Super Bowl?

According to a poll (pdf) conducted in the days before the Super Bowl, "Democrats strongly prefer the Saints, by a 36-21 margin, but Republicans are narrowly going for the Colts, 26-25. Independents lean toward the Saints as well, 33-20."...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 8, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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The six Republican ideas already in the health-care reform bill

At this point, I don't think it's well understood how many of the GOP's central health-care policy ideas have already been included as compromises in the health-care bill. But one good way is to look at the GOP's "Solutions...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 8, 2010; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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The future of cable?

I've always been under the impression that a la carte cable would be cheaper than the current arrangement, where I pay for several hundred channels I'll never watch. James Surowiecki says that that's just not true: The simple argument for...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 8, 2010; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Bipartisan FinReg talks bog down

Looks like the talks aimed at securing bipartisan support for a financial reform bill have deadlocked, and Democrats are readying to move forward on their own. “A bipartisan bill would be preferable," Chuck Schumer said, "but not at the expense...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 8, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Elections matter

The GOP spent much of yesterday scrambling to answer Barack Obama's invitation to a televised White House health-care summit. They came up with a dodge. "We know there are a number of issues with bipartisan support that we can start...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 8, 2010; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
 
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Invisible Senates

Perhaps the most galling fact about Ben Nelson's extra-special deal to give Nebraska free money was that it wasn't, as people keep saying, evidence that the system is broken. That particular Kodak moment was evidence that the system is working...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 8, 2010; 7:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Senate  
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Obama calls the next play for health-care reform

Super Bowl Sunday isn't generally a hot day for health-care news. But if the Saints can be in the Super Bowl, then anything can happen. And so it did, with Barack Obama sitting down for an interview with Katie...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 7, 2010; 5:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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