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Ezra Klein: June 20, 2010 - June 26, 2010

FinReg finale

I've not had the time to dig into the financial regulation bill that emerged from conference committee this morning as deeply as I'd like, and I'll try to rectify that Monday. For now, Pat Garofalo's chart comparing the House, Senate...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 25, 2010; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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The pitfalls of leaks

One more meta-point on the leaked e-mails. There is a general presumption in journalism that secret information is of more value than public documents. You also see this in the attention paid to gaffes that are, say, caught on a...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 25, 2010; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
 
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On Journolist, and Dave Weigel

I began Journolist in February of 2007. It was an idea born from disagreement. Weeks, or maybe months, earlier, I had criticized Time's Joe Klein over some comments he made about the Iraq War. He e-mailed a long and searching...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 25, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (324)
 
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Research desk responds: How generous is the United States?

By Dylan Matthews wintday asks: how do Americans compare with the people of other countries as to charitable contributions, in total, per capita, in proportion to GDP or some other measure of wealth. And if possible, please break out contributions...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 25, 2010; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Congress at its best

As some of you know, the conference committee that finished the financial reform bill televised its deliberations on C-SPAN. That was a big step toward a form of transparency that people said they wanted, but they wanted it more in...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 25, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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FinReg finished?

Happily, I've got some dribs and drabs of online access here on the Hill, so I can mention that the conference committee finished work on financial regulation in the wee hours of the morning. No one has the final text...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 25, 2010; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Gone learnin'

I'm up on the Hill this morning learning about Senate rules, so blogging will be a bit slow till the afternoon....

By Ezra Klein  |  June 25, 2010; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Wonkbook: Jobs bill fails again; DISCLOSE Act passes House; Reid's climate strategy

Rough day yesterday for Senate Democrats' -- and for the unemployed -- as the $100 billion bill extending unemployment insurance and supporting state budgets once again failed in the Senate. The bill, though mostly paid for, would've added about...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 25, 2010; 1:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Wonkbook  
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Reconciliation

Recap: Reid says a climate bill will need "broad bipartisan support" if he's going to bring it to the floor; the military acquitted itself well during the McChrystal affair; and it's worth remembering the 2001 airline bailout. Elsewhere: 1) Barney...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 24, 2010; 6:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Tax extenders bill fails

A quick list of presidents who wouldn't have been inaugurated if 57 percent of the vote was insufficient: Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Dwight...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 24, 2010; 6:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Stabenow: Republicans want to 'create as much pain as possible'

Sen. Debbie Stabenow came right out and said what lots of Democrats think in a conference call with reporters today. "If [Republicans] can stop the recovery from occurring, if they can create as much pain as possible, people will be...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 24, 2010; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Stimulus  
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Research desk responds: Mo' money, mo' politics

By Dylan Matthews MSPMatt asks: How much do we as a country spend on elections and lobbying, respectively? OpenSecrets.org is the place to go for this sort of data. They keep records of what an average winning House or Senate...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 24, 2010; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Fannie Mae takes aim at defaulting homeowners

Fannie Mae has announced plans to "lock out" borrowers from getting a new loan if "they default on a mortgage they could afford to pay." If this is, as it seems, Fannie's strategy to cut down on strategic defaults, it's...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 24, 2010; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Housing Crisis  
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Does divorce beget divorce?

Ross Douthat picks up on a study showing that an individual couple is likelier to get divorced if others in their peer group are getting divorced and comes away with a critique of no-fault divorce laws based off of a...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 24, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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The Senate unemployment bill founders

Before talking about what's happened to the Senate jobs bill, it's worth first talking about what's in the Senate jobs bill. The biggest and most important item is the extension of unemployment insurance. This comes in a few different parts:...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 24, 2010; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
 
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Lunch break

Buzzfeed's got a list of the top five reaction videos to Landon Donovan's goal in yesterday's match against Algeria. I liked this one, from a bar in Nebraska....

By Ezra Klein  |  June 24, 2010; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Remember the airline bailout?

An annoyed reader wrote in this morning with a reasonable request: "Could do some researches on those GOP who are running against bailout and see who voted for the [post-9/11] Airline Bailout in 2001?" The airline bailout, the reader...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 24, 2010; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Want to learn about Senate procedure tomorrow?

One of my longstanding themes is that an enormous amount of American public policy is decided by the rules, quirks and composition of the Senate. But though a lot of people understand politics and a fair number of people understand...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 24, 2010; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Congress  
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Research desk is open

It's a big world out there, but Dylan Matthews is slightly taller than you'd expect him to be....

By Ezra Klein  |  June 24, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Praise for the military

The McChrystal controversy has reflected extraordinarily well on the military as an institution. McChrystal's comments themselves amounted to impolitic and unwise gripes about his bosses in front of a reporter. In any other context, it'd be a story, but...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 24, 2010; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Reid: Climate bill must have 'broad bipartisan support' or he won't bring it to the floor

I don't want to say that a serious climate change bill is dead, exactly, but this statement from Jim Manley, Harry Reid's spokesman, doesn't inspire confidence. “Sen. Reid has made it clear to proponents on and off the Hill and...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 24, 2010; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Climate Change  
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As I hit the kill switch, now that's how you let the beat build ...

Nancy Scola talks sense on Joe Lieberman's Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, which has been characterized as giving the president a "kill switch" to flip on the Internet. A healthy skepticism is probably the appropriate response. ... People...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 24, 2010; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Wonkbook: Oil containment threatened; Fannie cracks down; US alone on spending

In another example of machines rising up to destroy their human masters, a collision with an underwater robot knocked out the cap BP has siphoning oil from the leaking well in the Gulf. In other news, the US finds...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 24, 2010; 6:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Reconciliation

Sorry that blogging was a bit slow this afternoon. Got caught up writing my column. But before I disappeared into Google docs, I wrote about a possible brightening in health reform's poll numbers, a report showing that the U.S. health-care...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 23, 2010; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Research desk responds: How the U.S. distorts the playing field

By Dylan Matthews Andrew36 asks: We often hear from businesses and members of government saying that other countries, specifically China, should be on a level playing field in trade and business. This includes currency manipulation, subsidies, lax safety standards, etc....

By Ezra Klein  |  June 23, 2010; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Can politicians comfort the markets while hammering each other?

I've been reporting out a column on deficits this week, and what really comes through when you talk to the people worried about this stuff is that the question is not "what can we do to reduce the long-term deficit?"...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 23, 2010; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Budget  
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Lunch Break

A Hasidic take on Lady Gaga:...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 23, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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U.S. health-care system: Still bad

Years ago, the World Health Organization came out with a ranking of health systems that placed the US 37th. Over time, there's been a fair amount of controversy over the WHO's methodology, and so the Commonwealth Foundation began a new...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 23, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  Health of Nations  
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Research desk is open

You've got questions, Dylan Matthews has Google....

By Ezra Klein  |  June 23, 2010; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Affordable Care Act popular among everyone but seniors

Jon Chait picks out some interesting crosstabs in the Gallup poll I linked earlier. Health-care reform, as you can see in the table atop this post, is comfortably popular with every demographic except for seniors. And seniors, of course,...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 23, 2010; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Some recommended Afghanistan reading

Tom Friedman has a searing column this morning on the larger failures of our strategy in Afghanistan, and James Fallows and Tom Ricks both think McChrystal should be fired and replaced by James N. Mattis....

By Ezra Klein  |  June 23, 2010; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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How to punish McChrystal?

It seems clear that President Obama does not want to fire Gen. Stanley McChrystal. That has been obvious in all of the administration's public comments on the issue. There's no political upside to firing McChrystal. The administration does not...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 23, 2010; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Health-care reform getting more, not less, popular

I got an e-mail from the House minority leader's office this morning linking me to their new report, "Obamacare: Three Months of Broken Promises." "Three things are abundantly clear about President Obama’s new health care law three months after it...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 23, 2010; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Health Reform , Polls  
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Wonkbook: Judge strikes drilling moratorium; Hoyer proposes deficit deal; energy meeting delayedff

A federal judge ruled that that the Interior Department could not impose a moratorium on deep-water drilling, surprising the White House and throwing off their response. Meanwhile, the McChrystal hubbub (and other factors) caused them to cancel a hotly-anticipated...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 23, 2010; 6:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Reconciliation

Recap: The media have trouble covering the issues behind the news; state budget woes are driven by state unemployment numbers; and Peter Orszag had huge policy successes leavened by some political failures. Elsewhere: 1) Most Americans support paid sick leave....

By Ezra Klein  |  June 22, 2010; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Research Desk responds: Do conservative states get more federal money?

By Dylan Matthews joemomma1 asks: Is it true that more conservative states receive a larger percentage of money for social programs? Andrew Reamer and Rachel Blanchard Carpenter at Brookings have helpfully broken down federal aid in Fiscal Year 2008 by...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 22, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Taxes  
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An agenda for the next OMB director

Andrew Samwick writes: I am less concerned about who will succeed outgoing OMB Director Peter Orszag than what the new budget director will do. We face an unusually high unemployment rate of 9.7 percent and ridiculously low interest rates, even...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 22, 2010; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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What Peter Orszag accomplished -- and what he failed to do

Before Peter Orszag was named director of the Office of Management and Budget, he led the Congressional Budget Office. OMB is part of the executive branch and advocates for the president's priorities, but CBO is an independent budget watchdog that...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 22, 2010; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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Why is Orszag leaving?

I've got an article that just went up at Newsweek on Peter Orszag's tenure, so I'll hold my comments on that till my next post. First, I figured I'd say something on why I think he's leaving, but Noam Scheiber...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 22, 2010; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Budget deficits reflect economic conditions, not just government policy

A better way to make the point I was trying to make in this post is to say that people overestimate the degree to which budget deficits are a reflection of government policy rather than a reflection of background...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 22, 2010; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Budget  
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Lunch break

Lawrence Lessig reexamines the remix:...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 22, 2010; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Policy matters, but it's not the only thing that matters

Policy wonks, as you might imagine, like to argue about which policies produce the best outcomes. But when you're looking to confirm or debunk policy preferences, you can exaggerate their centrality to outcomes. That's what Matt Yglesias is getting at...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 22, 2010; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Research desk is open

You've got questions and Dylan Matthews, improbably but reliably, can find answers....

By Ezra Klein  |  June 22, 2010; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Think tank

1) Pew releases an analysis of how the press covered health-care reform. 2) The Breakthrough Institute, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, and Brookings have an action plan for energy innovation. 3) The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget creates...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 22, 2010; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Think Tank  
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Is health care becoming cheaper over time?

In yesterday's research desk thread, dt4211 asked: How much of the cost growth in medical care (if any) is driven by increases in costs for the same services, and how much is the costs associated with new treatments and services...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 22, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Health Economics  
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Unemployment, not budget practices, to blame for state woes

One of the responses I've gotten to my column on the anti-stimulus is that state budget deficits are the direct result of irresponsible state governments and so helping them out would be rewarding fiscal irresponsibility. I don't want to...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 22, 2010; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Economy  
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Do the news media spend too much time on news?

The graph above comes from Pew's study of the media's coverage of health-care reform, and on first blush, it makes the media look, well, not great, but not awful. There really were a lot of stories devoted to the...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 22, 2010; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Health Reform , Journalism  
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Wonkbook: Orszag out in July; swipe fee deal reached; a "Hoover moment"

Budget chief Peter Orszag might become the first member of President Obama's cabinet to resign, which means it's time for Washington to play its favorite game: Guess the replacement! Meanwhile, House and Senate conferees have reached a deal on...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 22, 2010; 6:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Reconciliation

Recap: Liberals have a complicated relationship with President Obama; voters care more about jobs than about the deficit, but they don't necessarily care for Democrats' solutions; and a utilities-only cap-and-trade bill could work out okay. Elsewhere: 1) Igor Volsky summarizes...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 21, 2010; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Missing the deficit opportunity

"Spend now, while the economy remains depressed; save later, once it has recovered," writes Paul Krugman. "How hard is that to understand?" I think we can be even more specific than that. The rate on 10-year treasuries is about 3.42...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 21, 2010; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Budget  
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Research desk responds: The financialization of the economy

By Dylan Matthews Msantow asks: What percentage of the US economy is taken up with financial services? My sense is that it has gone from single digits in the early 80s, to somewhere between 20% and 25% presently ... but...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 21, 2010; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Financial Regulation  
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A utilities-only cap-and-trade

The big movement on the climate-change bill today is that various power players -- including, most importantly, Rahm Emanuel -- are talking up a "utilities-only cap-and-trade bill." To put this in the simplest terms, it would mean that we price...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 21, 2010; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Climate Change  
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Why the individual market doesn't work

The graphic above comes from a survey the Kaiser Family Foundation conducted among adults who purchase health coverage on the individual market. What the survey found was a broken market: People with health insurance don't think they can shop...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 21, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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What the EPA can, and can't, do

With senators beginning to whine that John Kerry is annoying them by talking climate when they want to talk midterms, it's worth thinking seriously about what can be done on climate change in the absence of a bill that prices...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 21, 2010; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Climate Change  
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Lunch break

David Byrne explains how architecture helped music evolve....

By Ezra Klein  |  June 21, 2010; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Jobs beat deficit for voters, but not for politicians

I'll admit that until I looked into this last week, I thought that the Gallup poll suggesting that the deficit had become a top concern was a fairly conventional result. But as Ben Somberg notes, that's not the case: Jobs...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 21, 2010; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Polls  
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Liberals and Barack Obama

Ross Douthat has an interesting column today limning the distance he sees between the dissatisfaction liberals have with Barack Obama and the amount Obama has done for liberalism. There are a couple of things to say here. First, there...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 21, 2010; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Research desk is open

You've got questions, and there's a surprisingly good chance that Dylan Matthews has answers....

By Ezra Klein  |  June 21, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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What to do about the doc fix?

There were many moments during the health-care reform process where the participants did not exactly cover themselves in glory, but the one that is going to cause the most ongoing annoyance was the punt on the rates that Medicare pays...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 21, 2010; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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China moving towards revaluing its currency

Story here. Some good analysis of both the economics of the move and what it shows about the US-China relationship here....

By Ezra Klein  |  June 21, 2010; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Clinton and the housing boom

Last week, I asked Dylan Matthews to pull together a graph tracking rates of homeownership against policies designed to increase homeownership. The result was surprising: Neither Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Community Reinvestment Act, nor the tax reforms that created...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 21, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Charts and Graphs , Housing Crisis  
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XKCD

Obviously, he's watching the wrong media outlets. The true test of legitimacy comes from viewer responses to an online poll....

By Ezra Klein  |  June 21, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Wonkbook: WH talks climate compromise; meet the anti-stimulus; return of the Superfund tax

Rahm Emanuel said over the weekend that the White House would "welcome" an energy bill with limited emissions reduction. Unsurprisingly, environmentalists are starting to voice their displeasure with the administration. The Senate has finally passed a "doc fix" restoring...

By Ezra Klein  |  June 21, 2010; 6:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Wonkbook  
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