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Recap: The Senate passed an extension of unemployment benefits, but a closer look at the bill reveals a broader failure; the case against Elizabeth Warren; and Dylan Matthews looked at an idea for a deficit-neutral stimulus.

1) Do cheaper doctors provide inferior care?

2) I'd feel better if Mitt Romney's inner circle included some policy people.

3) Inflation is low, but wage growth is lower.

4) I'll be on "Countdown" tonight talking about the unemployment situation.

Recipe of the day: I agree that pickled things -- notably jalapenos and red onions -- are great in eggs.

By Ezra Klein  |  July 20, 2010; 5:32 PM ET
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Maybe tomorrow (after you speak with an attorney) you can get your stories straight:

Posted by: clawrence12 | July 20, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

From a practical standpoint, JournoList is far less interesting than (for example) Campus Progress and other sub-entities of Center for American Progress. Since CAP and CAP-Jr are required to be non-partisan to maintain their tax-exempt status, a mere partisan whisper -- a "Vote for [x]" slipped into the signature of an e-mail message -- has a significant impact. Who knows -- students embedded within Campus Progress may have been busy collecting data for quite some time.

Having said that, Jon Chait offers a useful analogy in his attempt ( to quash proper inquiry into the activities of the JournoList conspirators: the conversations of JornoList are as secret and as protected as conversations around the water cooler... which is to say that such conversations are absolutely public and are fair game for use in any arena.

If a group of "journalists" (and based on the available data, it's not clear that any JournoList members were journalists as that term is commonly defined) are dumb enough to get together, spew bilge, and keep a written record of it, that's certainly their right; likewise, their employers and readers have rights which probably ought to be exercised.

Posted by: rmgregory | July 20, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Pure comedy gold when Chait dismisses the wild reactions by "Palin, Sullivan and the like."

Posted by: clawrence12 | July 20, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

I have a question for Research Desk - can you do a writeup on those ads I see all the time? I remember reading it had something to do with which companies are unionized - UPS or FEDEX - but I can't tell what the real deal is.

Posted by: AB14 | July 20, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse


Ups is unionized. If ups and their thug buddies get their way FedEx prices are going up

Posted by: visionbrkr | July 20, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse


Ups is unionized. If ups and their thug buddies get their way FedEx prices are going up

Posted by: visionbrkr | July 20, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Home run on Countdown. Absolutely clear analysis and soundbites. MSNBC should give you an hour/day to do a pop political-economy show... for wage earners instead of versions of your think tank entries...

Posted by: otterinwater | July 20, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Klein! Rufen Sie mich nicht rassistisch an!

Posted by: DemoKraut | July 21, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

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