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By Dylan Matthews

Today, Suzy bemoaned the entire tone of the immigration debate, I interviewed Danielle Ewen on the federal policy map around early education and child care, and Justin looked at Ben Bernanke's speech in Wyoming.

1) Only letting all the Bush tax cuts expire will get us close to a solution to the debt crisis.

2) President Obama should be appointing and confirming more judges.

3) ProPublica's latest investigation of collateralized debt obligations.

4) No recipe, but John recommends this comprehensive (and graphic) guide to butchering chickens, which is either useful or a case for vegetarianism, depending on your inclination.

I was vague about this yesterday, but just to be clear, I'm still working for The Post part time on Wonkbook and may stop back in on the blog during the coming semester, but Research Desk is coming to an end because I have to go back to school. Papers to write, tests to take, poorly lit wood-paneled rooms to hang out in, etc. But thank you all for reading, and for helping Research Desk succeed. It's been a blast.

By Dylan Matthews  |  August 27, 2010; 6:45 PM ET
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"Only letting all the Bush tax cuts expire will get us close to a solution to the debt crisis."

In principle that we should let all of them expire, it's the "soak the rich" attitude that demands unequal treatment that is problematic for our future. If we want a lot of things, we all should pay for them.

Posted by: staticvars | August 27, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

That's the most you are going to say about the ProPublica bombshell, Ezra? It's as disgusting as it gets: our tax money was used to make sure bonuses in the millions were paid to thousands of managers making phony self-dealing sales to phony entities. And the most you can say is that it's ProPublica's "latest"?

You could not possibly calculate it more finely to minimize attention to this monumental study while pretending you've done your duty to report it. Sounds like you've been as co-opted big-time as many say, Ezra. Hundreds of billions should be clawed back from these obvious frauds from those thousands of managers, and hundreds if not thousands should be spending many years in prison. The Hamptons, Nantucket and the Vineyard should be ghost towns, loaded with amazing foreclosure deals for the empty homes these felons bought with those billions we gave them.

Posted by: urbanlegend | August 28, 2010 2:50 AM | Report abuse

Thank you for Research Desk, Dylan, it's been the best feature of this blog lately. Enjoy the coming term at Harvard.

To "urbanlegend": Ezra didn't write this post, Dylan Matthews did. Ezra is on vacation this week. Ask him about it when he gets back instead of lobbing accusations.

Posted by: Brodysattva | August 28, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

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