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Posted at 6:14 PM ET, 04/30/2010

Introducing Wonkbook

By Ezra Klein

Longtime readers know that I've wanted to improve this site's ability to aggregate policy news and commentary for a while. I even hired Dylan Matthews to help me do it. The problem was that adding more posts each day buried the analytical work in aggregated content. Bummer.

That means there's still a lot more information and worthwhile content than I can get to in individual posts, but that I think fits with the mission of this site. So we're going to go in another direction. Wonkbook is a morning e-mail I'll be sending out aggregating the most important news, and the most useful commentary and analysis, on domestic and economic policy. I'd say that it won't be as boring as it sounds, but if you're coming to this blog regularly, you probably don't think that sounds too boring. Plus, it won't be as boring as it sounds. There'll even be recipes.

You can see an example here (though it has some spacing problems we've since worked out). But what you should really do is click here to subscribe. It'll hit your inbox by 8 a.m. every weekday, and by 9 or so, you'll be a genius. And in case you're not convinced, here's my final try: I promise you I wouldn't be waking up at 6 a.m. to write this thing if I didn't genuinely think it was worth the effort.

So, one more time: Subscribe!

Also, I should say that this was in the works even before Mark Leibovich spent 8,000 words profiling Mike Allen and Playbook. As it is, I don't want to be the guy Washington wakes up to. I want to be the guy it wonks out with.

Update: Some of you have noted that the 'subscribe' link uses the e-mail address associated with your Washington Post account, which may not be the e-mail you want to use. I'm inquiring about a sign-up that allows you to use any e-mail you wish, but you can also change the e-mail in your WaPo account here.

But I'd add that there's good reason to keep the online accounts you use to login to newspapers fairly current. The way the news sites make money from their advertisers is by having enough data to effectively sell online ads. The more data they have, the better they can target the ads, and the more they can get from advertisers. If this business model can be made to work, news sites may remain free. If it can't, they'll all have to go behind paywalls, or go out of business, or vastly cutback on things like reporting.

By Ezra Klein  | April 30, 2010; 6:14 PM ET
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Will there be an RSS feed?

Posted by: mithriltabby | April 30, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Clicking on the link produces the following message: "You are now subscribed to the Ezra Klein's Wonkbook newsletter."

The Ezra - far more intelligent than The Danny.

Posted by: rt42 | April 30, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

It looks like it autosubscribes to whatever address you have the Post? The registration I gave the Post for authentication wayback when I was an undergrad is not the email I use for daily communication. Not really sure how to change this.

Will Wonkbook mean less content for the blog? I rather like the format as it is, though I can understand your reasons for frustration with it.

Posted by: adamiani | May 1, 2010 2:41 AM | Report abuse

Ezra, I would also like to subscribe to this with a different email than my post email. Also defunct.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 1, 2010 4:23 AM | Report abuse

That sounds awesome - I'm looking forward to it!

Posted by: SimonDK | May 1, 2010 6:00 AM | Report abuse

You can shorten the "analysis" part by explaining that you're always going to defend the position of the Democratic Party leadership.

Posted by: bmull | May 1, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

"improve this site's ability to aggregate....{the White House talking points as sent to me on a daily basis by the White House communications office per new strategy outlined by the director].."

Posted by: truck1 | May 2, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Subscribed. But here's another kind of resource I want and haven't found yet (thanks for asking):

I want a place where I can go to see exactly where we are on a given issue at any given time. Think Wikipedia meets The Week magazine. And I want it organized like this:
-Summary of a serious issue (eg Financial Market Collapse)
-Specific problem associated with that issue (eg, Derivatives/TBTF/etc)
-Currently proposed solutions to specific problem
-Currently known pros and cons of the proposed solutions to the specific problem
-Timeline of the entire process, from serious issue identification to proposed solutions to identification of pros and cons

The reason I want this kind of resource is that, at any moment, I want to be able to know if I really know what I think I know. You know? And especially if I'm too lazy/otherwise occupied to follow the details of an issue every moment of every day, I want to catch up without having to spend hours on the Google. In other words, I want one place where I can find executive summary-style factsheets on all of the issues we're dealing with at any given time. An Issuepedia, if you will. Does such a thing exist?

Posted by: slag | May 2, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Ezra, I don't follow your argument about keeping login emails current. I get the connection between data and ad revenue, but not the connection between keeping the email current and the Post getting more data.

Posted by: MosBen | May 2, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I like it, Ezra The email format still needs some work -- the items are all crowded together so it's a little hard to read. I have tired of Playbook's gossipy stuff. Birthdays of people I don't know, so-called insider stuff that is really only self congratulatory. So yours is a welcome grown up addition. However, it sounds like a lot of work. You must be a morning person!!

Posted by: LindaB1 | May 3, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

"...there's still a lot more information and worthwhile content than I can get to..."


While aggregating is a great service, I think you could become more widely read by focusing in on 1 (or at most 2) topic(s) in a day.

Posted by: HalHorvath | May 3, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

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