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Ezra Klein: February 14, 2010 - February 20, 2010

Reid: Democrats will use reconciliation to finish health-care reform

Big, encouraging news on health-care reform today: Harry Reid says that Senate Democrats will use the reconciliation process to finish the bill within the next 60 days. I've noticed some confusion about what this means, so some quick context: Reid...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 20, 2010; 8:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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Tab dump

1) Economist Alan Blinder assesses the costs and benefits of the job-creation proposals. 2) Thinking through what a responsible 2020 budget would look like is a bit scary. 3) What Grant Achatz saw at El Bulli. 4) "The evidence presented...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 19, 2010; 6:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Relax about the debt

Matt Miller explains how he stopped worrying and learned to distrust debt predictions. As a debt worrywart who devoured one of Pete Peterson's doomsday books on my (first) honeymoon, and who came to Washington to help balance the budget in...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 19, 2010; 6:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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The strange politics of the public option revival

Trying to figure out the politics of this public option revival has been a bit of a strange experience. On the one hand, momentum seems to be building: The letter asking Reid to run the public option through the...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 19, 2010; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Buying back in to Medicare buy-in

Since the moment seems to have opened back up for idle policy speculation, it's worth saying that it probably makes more sense to put Medicare buy-in into the reconciliation process than the public option. For one thing, the public option...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 19, 2010; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Chris Dodd's strange idea

A sizable portion of the United States Congress wants to fire the Secretary of the Treasury. The Treasury Department itself is overworked and understaffed, with a number of key nominations sitting in limbo even as the agency struggles to handle...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 19, 2010; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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The dumb design of Medicaid

In a recession, two things happen to Medicaid. First, Americans become a lot poorer, so more of them need the program's help: The recession has fueled the greatest influx of Americans onto Medicaid since the earliest days of the public...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 19, 2010; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Why Americans hate (some of) their elites

"As we’ve made our institutions more meritocratic," David Brooks muses, "their public standing has plummeted. We’ve increased the diversity and talent level of people at the top of society, yet trust in elites has never been lower." Brooks offers...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 19, 2010; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Government  
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Lunch break

David Cameron -- who's likely to be the next prime minister of the U.K. -- gives a TED talk on the future of government in an age when technology has empowered individuals and governments are running out of money....

By Ezra Klein  |  February 19, 2010; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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A quiet victory over terrorism

By now, you already know that an anti-tax activist crashed his plane into an IRS building yesterday morning. The local authorities and the White House quickly said that this wasn't terrorism, even though what they meant was that it...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 19, 2010; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Sins of commission

If you're one of the literally tens of people who've been anxiously waiting for the president to sign an executive order forming a fiscal commission with little actual power and a slim likelihood of working, then yesterday was your lucky...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 19, 2010; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Budget  
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Book: The remix

What do people think of this? Helene Hegemann, a seventeen-year-old German writer, has “mixed” (her word) together a best-selling novel titled “Axolotl Roadkill.” According to an article in the Times, Hegemann lifted entire pages from a novel by a lesser...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 19, 2010; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Books  
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You don't need the filibuster to defeat bills that don't have majority support

"Killing the filibuster outright is unwise," commenter Lommilialor writes in response to my earlier post on the subject. "Had we done that before 2000, Social Security would now be privatized and bankrupted and the Bush tax cuts would not be...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 19, 2010; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Senate  
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How much is your contact list worth?

Dan Lyons explains that the Internet economy only looks free. In fact, it's just operating off of a new medium of exchange: privacy. What's happening is that our privacy has become a kind of currency. It's what we use...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 19, 2010; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Tom Toles is worth a thousand words

By Ezra Klein  |  February 19, 2010; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Are we too big for democracy?

Speaking of democracy, Kurt Andersen worries we're too large for it to work any longer. The framers worried about democratic government working in a country as large as this one, and it’s possible that we’ve finally reached the unmanageable tipping...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 19, 2010; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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The filibuster's conservative tilt

Megan Carpentier's argument in favor of the filibuster sells itself as a filibuster defense that even liberals can love, but actually shows why liberals should want to rid the Senate of the practice as quickly as possible, and why it's...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 19, 2010; 7:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
 
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Tab dump

1) Peter Beinart offers an interesting account of Washington's dysfunctions, but his solutions don't make much sense. 2) Fareed Zakaria thinks the moderates are winning the fight for the Islamic world. 3) Planning a vacation can make you happier for...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 18, 2010; 6:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Is the public option making a comeback?

Sen. Michael Bennet's effort to revive the public option in the reconciliation process is gaining steam, with almost 20 senators signing on to the idea. Among them are Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Schumer, who are not, shall we say,...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 18, 2010; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (106)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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How the Big Mac became the Big Mac

How an idea becomes a product at McDonald's: When I visited his kitchen, Coudreaut made an exquisite endive and poached-pear salad with dried cherries and mustard-seed dressing. Say he wanted to put that salad on the menu. Among his...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 18, 2010; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Food  
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It's the outcomes, stupid

There are a lot of different parts to the government. There's the president, the Congress, the Senate, your governor, the general government itself, and much more. But people aren't very keen on making distinctions between them. As you can see...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 18, 2010; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Charts and Graphs , Political Science  
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Better than listening to it

Democratic and Republican rhetoric, in graph form....

By Ezra Klein  |  February 18, 2010; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Another good stimulus graphic

This one from my paper: Full story here. I'm increasingly coming to the conclusion that the structure of the stimulus, and the fact that it all passed at once, has made it hard for the administration to explain what it's...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 18, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Stimulus  
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Chat transcript

College Park MD: How is it that small-business jobs are the key to national job growth? Do they really add up? And what constitutes as a small-business job anyway? Ezra Klein: Steve Pearlstein wrote a good article on this a...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 18, 2010; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Lunch break

"You find out something very disturbing about yourself when you eat Sichuan hot pot," Anthony Bourdain says. "No Reservations" has become one of my favorite shows on television, by the way....

By Ezra Klein  |  February 18, 2010; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Lunch Break  
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The state of health-care reform

What Greg Sargent is hearing tracks roughly with what I'm hearing: The House and Senate are nearing a compromise bill that the president can present at the Blair House Summit. That compromise looks a lot like we expected it to...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 18, 2010; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Do former governors make for better senators?

"The former governors have formed an informal caucus of their own within the Senate," writes David Broder, "inviting former mayors and state attorneys general to join them. What they have in common is the discipline of coming from jobs...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 18, 2010; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Senate  
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Live chat at noon today

If you don't send me questions, I'm going to retire from blogging. Maybe I'll find work helping grow a business, helping guide an institution of higher learning or helping run a worthy charitable endeavor....

By Ezra Klein  |  February 18, 2010; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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The case for infrastructure spending and against tax credits

Andrew Samwick -- a former director of George W. Bush's Council of Economic Advisers -- thinks the bipartisan support for tax incentives to hire workers just shows that neither side understands what government is good at doing. If the Federal...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 18, 2010; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Chapter 9

Ever wondered whether a city can declare bankruptcy? Just days after becoming controller of financially strapped Harrisburg, Pa., in January, Daniel Miller began uttering an obscure term that baffled most people who had never heard it and chilled those who...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 18, 2010; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Recommended reading

Chris Jones's profile of Roger Ebert is the best thing you'll read today. The only possible competition is Roger Ebert's thoughts on Chris Jones's profile of Roger Ebert....

By Ezra Klein  |  February 18, 2010; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Anthem is not alone

The Department of Health and Human Services has a report (pdf) out this morning detailing the eye-popping premium hikes that insurers in different states have requested (56 percent in Michigan, 23 percent in Maine -- that sort of thing). If...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 18, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
 
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Bad stimulus math

Yesterday's posts on the stimulus provoked a lot of reader e-mail. One point, in particular, kept coming up: If you divide the bill's spending by the bill's job creation, it doesn't look that good. "What is $800 Billion divided by...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 18, 2010; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Stimulus  
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Tab dump

1) Men want to date younger, women want to date older. 2) An old Michael Kelly profile of David Gergen. 3) What's happening to Greece looks an awful lot like an insurance death spiral. 4) Reid doesn't appear to have...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 17, 2010; 6:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Evan Bayh comes out against the filibuster

It took him a day or two, but Evan Bayh has finally begun saying why Washington doesn't work, rather than just complaining that it doesn't. Here he is saying that the filibuster should be 55 votes rather than 60, and...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 17, 2010; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Senate  
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The White House's troubled relationship with labor

The administration would probably be having an easier time getting unions to sign on to an excise tax compromise if the unions felt that the administration was fighting for them on, well, anything. Instead, card check seems dead, and the...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 17, 2010; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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How is financial regulation like a fine wine?

It becomes more appealing with age. In particular, it appears to be very popular among Wall Street's old guard of retired executives in their 70s and 80s, who're calling for a more ambitious financial regulation package than even Paul Volcker...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 17, 2010; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Next steps for stimulus

As something of a follow-up to the previous post, this Wall Street Journal graphic (look up) is a neat way of conceptualizing the composition of the program and the trends in the spending. Year one focused on the spending...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 17, 2010; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Stimulus  
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A job is a job

I've been getting some e-mails from conservative readers saying that, sure, the stimulus created jobs, but they were all public sector, so they don't count. "There were none, or very little, private sector jobs saved or created," writes one...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 17, 2010; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Stimulus  
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Who owns us?

For what it's worth, Japan, rather than China, is now our biggest creditor....

By Ezra Klein  |  February 17, 2010; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Selling insurance across state lines: A terrible, no good, very bad health-care idea

The big Republican idea to bring down health-care costs is to "let families and businesses buy health insurance across state lines." Jon Chait has some commentary here, but I want to simplify a little bit. Insurance is currently regulated...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 17, 2010; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
Categories:  Health Coverage , Health Reform  
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Is inflation our friend?

The more I watch our political system work -- which looks curiously like everything else looks when it's not working -- the more I think we're eventually going to inflate away a lot of our debt. Or maybe we'll default....

By Ezra Klein  |  February 17, 2010; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Can Greece take a quick holiday from the Euro?

If the Euro is causing Greece all these problems, can't the country just leave the Euro? And if that's too drastic, then, as Martin Feldstein suggests, can't it just take a little break from the Euro? Well, no. Barry Eichengreen...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 17, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Lunch break

Jon Stewart's interview with Jenny Sanford is some uncomfortable television. What does Sanford miss from living in the governor's mansion? The prison inmates who cleaned her dogs and tended her rose gardens. They liked doing it, she's pretty sure. The...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 17, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Evan Bayh: The evidence for the defense

It's no secret that I don't have a very high opinion of Evan Bayh. But it's only fair to present the evidence that he's not the poll-driven mediocrity I've presented him as. First, Jon Alter: I'm not sure people realize...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 17, 2010; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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The big story on the stimulus

The day-to-day stories on the stimulus are mostly very small and very political. Republicans hypocritically attacking the bill while taking credit for the spending. Conservatives charging that some mayor in some town spent an infinitesimal fraction of the money...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 17, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
Categories:  Economic Policy , Stimulus  
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Tom Toles is worth a thousand words

By Ezra Klein  |  February 17, 2010; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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The Senate can change its rules, but it can't change the country

Gerald Seib's column diagnosing the problems of the Senate as being problems of our politics is very good, and echoes my own thinking to an almost scary degree. As he says, the "broader political system, more than the filibuster, is...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 17, 2010; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Senate  
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Translating McConnell

Howard Fineman delivers some real talk on Mitch McConnell: The blizzard had paralyzed Washington. So it was an apt day for a chat (by phone) with Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican who is working successfully—yet with surprisingly little personal...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 17, 2010; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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The tax of the future

Tyler Cowen makes the case for a value-added tax. Greg Mankiw sort of agrees....

By Ezra Klein  |  February 17, 2010; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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Should we budget for snow or for blizzards?

Stan Collender pushes back on the idea that the government should spend in preparation for freak events rather than historical averages: In the immediate aftermath of last week’s blizzard, many were saying that the governments needed to buy more...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 17, 2010; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Magical third-party thinking

The fact that anyone thinks Evan Bayh is going to swoop in, capture the presidency and heal politics is just evidence that not enough people have read Mark Schmitt's essay on third-party fantasies....

By Ezra Klein  |  February 17, 2010; 7:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Tab dump

1) "If you’ve ever fantasized about what would happen if the people who helped create the global financial crisis started getting serially murdered, you should give this book a go." 2) The anatomy of the tea parties. 3) "The Senate...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 16, 2010; 6:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Tab Dump  
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The many, many Senate jobs bills

You've probably heard a lot about the Senate jobs bill. First, it was an $80 billion bill written by Max Baucus. Then, Harry Reid tossed that out as too diffuse and vowed to push a leaner $15 billion package...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 16, 2010; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Economic Policy  
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Sometimes I worry about congressional Republicans

They just don't know what they want....

By Ezra Klein  |  February 16, 2010; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Holding the ratings agencies accountable

Andrew Ross Sorkin had an interesting report today on some lawsuits meant to hold the ratings agencies responsible for the securities that they branded safe and that turned out to be dangerous. The plaintiffs argued that the rating agencies, rather...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 16, 2010; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Financial Crisis  
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Evan Bayh: An ordinary politician

My impression of Evan Bayh was that he was a major deficit hypocrite. Despite spending all his time talking about the need to reduce spending, he'd voted for all the major spending increases in recent years. When I looked...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 16, 2010; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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What a difference a primary challenge makes

Michael Bennett is a moderate Democratic senator from Colorado. Kirsten Gillibrand was a moderate Democrat in the House until she was appointed to fill Hillary Clinton's Senate seat. Neither is the sort of politician you'd expect to be out front...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 16, 2010; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Tom Toles is worth a thousand words

By Ezra Klein  |  February 16, 2010; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Will the excise tax survive?

Robert Pear reports that it's in danger. House Democrats never liked the tax, unions always hated it, and neither group is feeling like taking a hit right now. On the other hand, most agree that the health-care reform process is...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 16, 2010; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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What do Democrats want out of the White House's health-care summit?

"Ironing out the policy particulars [of the health-care bill] is not a real obstacle," sighs one tired Senate aide. "We were pretty much there before Massachusetts. We pretty much had an agreement. We know where we’ll end up. The...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 16, 2010; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (118)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Lunch break

I've been listening to a lot of Janelle Monae this morning. Her new single is even better, but there's no video, and thus it's no good for lunch break. You can listen to it here, though....

By Ezra Klein  |  February 16, 2010; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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The continuing housing slump

According to a few new analyses, you can expect home prices to remain pretty depressed over the next few years. The process that begins with a homeowner falling behind on payments and ends with someone else buying the house...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 16, 2010; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Housing Crisis  
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Your waist in maps

The Daily Yonder has a set of great maps up comparing different diet behaviors (fast food spending, soda drinking, meat consumption and so on) with obesity. The most interesting, perhaps, is the map showing fruit and vegetable consumption. To...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 16, 2010; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Coming soon to a newsweekly near you

I don't know what it says that I didn't manage to break the news of my Newsweek column, but I can at least confirm the reports: Newsweek has hired me as a biweekly columnist. I'll also be writing longer features...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 16, 2010; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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The president matters -- even when he doesn't

One of the ways to think about the difficulties facing the legislative process is that the most important player in congressional elections doesn't have a vote in Congress. Here's political scientist Alan Abramovitz. This brings up the most important...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 16, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Political Science , President  
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Valuing life

John Judis recalls how regulations were assessed in the Bush years: Bush stopped weighing the costs and benefits of deregulation and issued an executive order allowing OIRA to intercede before agencies made their initial proposals, thereby providing industry lobbyists with...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 16, 2010; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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All you ever wanted to know about the research on health insurance and health -- and more

I think I've said quite enough on the question of whether health-care insurance reduces the risk of death. But one of the first things I did when looking into the subject was call Stan Dorn, the author of the Urban...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 16, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Tab dump

1) The future-bailouts-of-America club. 2) Center for American Progress president John Podesta thinks the American system of governance "sucks." 3) People trust government more when the economy is good, and less when the economy is bad. 4) The 43 most...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 15, 2010; 6:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Meet the next economic crisis

Elizabeth Warren thinks a "huge wave of mortgage failures on commercial real estate" are going to rip through community banks next year, dealing a serious blow to the economic recovery we've begun to feel comfortable predicting. Community banks are more...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 15, 2010; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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What's going on in Europe?

Paul Krugman is annoyed by efforts to suggest that the problems of Greece, Spain and other small countries in the Eurozone's weak economic alliance are simply the result of fiscal profligacy: The truth is that lack of fiscal discipline isn’t...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 15, 2010; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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A California insurer shows how health-care reform would work, and help

The Anthem Blue Cross saga appears to have a happy ending: After criticism from the administration, the insurer has delayed the planned 40 percent rate hike. That will give the company time to reevaluate whether it's worth the blow-back,...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 15, 2010; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Have other countries figured out how to reduce the deficit?

The basic problem bedeviling deficit reduction is that the actual proposals to cut the deficit are unpopular with voters in the next election even though the potential effects of cutting the deficit may be popular with voters in elections that...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 15, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The Politics of Nations: Great Britain

As the dysfunctions of our political system have become a more prevalent theme on this blog, I've gotten a large number of requests for a series exploring the political systems of other countries. How England runs its health-care system...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 15, 2010; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  The Politics of Nations  
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Bye, Bayh

Wondering what Indiana Democrats will do now that they don't have Evan Bayh to kick them around anymore? Well, it's a bit complicated. What's interesting about Bayh's decision isn't just that Bayh doesn't seem to want to hold his seat...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 15, 2010; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  2010 Midterms  
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Lunch break

When life gives you snow -- as it's going to do to D.C. again, tonight -- make snocream. Here's how:...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 15, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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When opinions on health-care insurance stop being polite and start getting complicated

One further comment on the skepticism that some have adopted on whether health insurance coverage saves lives: This is not a skepticism consistent with either their actions or their professed beliefs. For one thing, all involved have good health-care insurance...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 15, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Do Democrats have a plan?

They think so: The emerging strategy seeks to take advantage of the partisan stalemate in Congress over Obama's nominees and major policy initiatives, and to turn the page on a year when the White House failed to secure passage...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 15, 2010; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Democrats  
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Tom Toles is worth a thousand words

In related news, Evan Bayh has decided to retire. He said he wants to spend more time scolding his family for moving too far to the left....

By Ezra Klein  |  February 15, 2010; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Democrats released a compromise health-care reform proposal

On Friday, I posted about the guest list for the White House's health-care summit, but I missed the big news in the accompanying invitation (mostly because I didn't notice that there was an accompanying invitation). Here's the money bit:...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 15, 2010; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Lawrence Lessig and I talk Congress, corruption, and the populism of tea parties

By Ezra Klein  |  February 15, 2010; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Why Obama can't fire anyone

The politicization of the nomination process is usually understood as an obstacle to the president's ability to hire people. In reality, it may be doing even more damage to his ability to fire people. And that's not something members...

By Ezra Klein  |  February 14, 2010; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
 
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Happy Valentine's Day!

You're all my valentines. Well, one of you is much more my valentine than the rest of you, but you know what I mean....

By Ezra Klein  |  February 14, 2010; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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