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By Ezra Klein  |  June 23, 2010; 11:03 AM ET
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What were the underlying fundamentals of previous economic recoveries? Are there significant changes in those fundamentals now re global labor markets, "peak oil", sustainability of real estate values, birth rates in developing countries, tech driven productivity gains?

Posted by: BobFred | June 23, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

After hearing a possible suggestion from a friend, I'm wondering could Gen. McCrystal be docked a star for insubordination and still lead the Afghan effort? Is there any precedent for publicly punishing a general without removing him from position.

(Disclaimer, the question in no way reflects the views of anyone except myself, particularly not my employer.)

Posted by: greg_sanders | June 23, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

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. I've always wondered, does the US play on a level playing field? Surely there are advantages in the dollar being the reserve currency. And our farm subsidies surely make our huge farm exports artificially competitive against the agricultural goods of developing countries, which they routinely complain about in international bodies.

Posted by: Andrew36 | June 23, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

What will the push for efficiency in health care mean for jobs? Will some of the new efficiency measures be labor saving and reduce jobs, or will they be a complement to labor and require them? I wonder if the European experience with an efficient medical system could shed some light on this question. Thanks.

Posted by: mlewis3 | June 23, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

How many filibusters/cloture votes demands have taken place during 111th Congress?

What were they and what dates did they take place. Yeah. I'm looking for a list of ALL of them.

Posted by: bswainbank | June 23, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

How does the racial achievement gap vary geographically and historically?

Posted by: roberthemphill | June 23, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Taking into consideration current demographic trends, how many majority-minority congressional districts could plausibly be drawn by 2020? 2030? "Plausibly drawn" could just mean that the districts comport with the Supreme Court's decision in Shaw v. Reno stating that the districts can't be so bizarrely drawn such that you could tell from the face of the district that race was the only consideration in drawing it.

Posted by: jackie_chiles | June 23, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Why keep asking for questions?

There are now hundreds of suggestions in past threads of this subject.

How about answering some of those?

Or if you still insist on new questions then here's one: How many of the commenter "research desk" suggestions in the past were good and how many were not so good?

Posted by: Lomillialor | June 23, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Re: UCMJ-88 -- why can officers use contemptuous language about, say, the Secretary of State, but not the Secretary of Transportation?

Posted by: adamiani | June 23, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Would the currently proposed EPA regulations on carbon, plus some clean energy subsidies in the energy bill, plus state level regulations on carbon in California and New England be enough to prevent catastrophic climate change? How much would carbon emissions be reduced by those steps? (Assuming none are latter repealed by future GOP Congresses/Administrations?

Posted by: mike777 | June 23, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Yesterday, the Washington Post had an interesting article on sun spot activity. There were hundreds of years of data that showed that sun spot activity followed an 11 year cycle. There was scientific consensus. The debate was over. Scientists had computer models that were unquestionably accurate and predicted that sun spot activity was suppose to be increasing over the last two years. However, it has not increased and may have implications on earth’s climate. So my question is: since the solution to global warming is higher taxes, how much will the tax rate have to be increased to get the sun spot cycle back to normal? Also, if Al Gore can come up with some hypothesis to link sun spot activity with human activity will he win another Nobel prize?

Posted by: cummije5 | June 23, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Suppose the oil leak in the gulf just cannot be stopped. How long/how much oil would leak before some equilibrium point was reached and the flow of oil stopped?

Posted by: horsecow | June 23, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

The Hill is reporting that Congress won't pass a budget resolution this year for FY 2011. This is particularly unfortunate, as it would preclude the adoption of reconciliation instructions that would be needed (or so it appears right now anyway) in order to get any kind of decent sized jobs bill through the Senate. But, under the 1974 budget act congress can pass two budgets each fiscal year. Can Congress pass a second 2010 budget this year containing nothing but reconciliation instructions for a suitably big jobs bill (like EPI's proposal from earlier this year)?

Posted by: rwclayton7 | June 23, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

How much of the federal budget goes towards civil servant salaries and benefits? What if you exclude the postal service and DOD?

Posted by: keir1 | June 23, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Is there any data or research out there concerning the psychological effects of our 24 hour news culture on people? How many people are getting anti-anxiety meds because the news freaks them out too much?

I generally contend that the phenomena of the 24 hour cable news network is bad for a number of reasons. But I wonder what it is doing to people who put a lot of energy into keeping very close track of the news cycle.

Combine that with the fact that the political left and right seem to be on completely different planets, most news reporting lacks any sort of context, and no one seems interested in facts, and it must be taking a toll on people? Right?

Posted by: seattleguy9384 | June 23, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Can the report about Al Gore being investigated for a sex crime possibly be true? Could the knowledge that this news was going to be made public be the real cause of the Gore divorce? Could all the talk about him being like a boy scout have been wrong? Could other things said by, or about him be wrong? Could this lead to the discrediting of global warming, aka climate change, aka the greatest crisis man has known? This should have been about Clinton -- but Gore??!?

Posted by: truck1 | June 23, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

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