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If you like interviews with economists who know about every financial crisis over the past 800 years, political scientists who know about every serious primary challenge in the past 40 years or senators who want to reform the filibuster, then this blog was the place to be today.

But maybe that's not your thing.

1) "The world would be a better place if all the political 'analysts' on cable news were given the title 'guesser.'"

2) The New York Times is really starting to look bad in its handling of the Blumenthal story -- or is that non-story?

3) Growth good. Faster better.

4) "By substituting public debt for private debt, we managed to delay the day of reckoning."

5) I'll be talking financial regulation on "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" at about 8:15 p.m. Eastern.

Recipe of the day: Vegetable eggs Benedict.

By Ezra Klein  |  May 19, 2010; 6:29 PM ET
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"2) The New York Times is really starting to look bad in its handling of the Blumenthal story -- or is that non-story?"

Make no is still a story.

The NYT may have been imperfect in the way the story was reported, but it is still an important and disturbing story, and if any party "is really starting to look bad," that party continues to be Blumenthal, not the reporter who uncovered and reported the story.

Posted by: Patrick_M | May 19, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, Ezra. I don't see how the Times looks bad for not providing a longer clip that would have shown a neutral statement "during the war in Vietnam" combined with a decidedly misleading one "in Vietnam." Sargent seems to think this exculpatory, as if the statements were contradictory. They clearly are not. If a person earlier in a speech says "served during that war" and then says "served in that country," what impression are they likely to leave? Why would we think they were not intending to?

Posted by: FrBill1 | May 19, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

i always wondered how the signing of the Magna Carta affected the local markets and the ensuing financial crisis. Now if I read that blog post I CAN FIND OUT.

oh wait, you meant 80.

Posted by: visionbrkr | May 19, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

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