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Posted at 6:00 PM ET, 12/23/2010


By Ezra Klein

Recap: The productivity of the 111th Congress doesn't weaken the case for Senate reform; a century of efforts to break the filibuster in one graph; and this can't possibly be necessary.


1) The Wyden-Gregg recipe for bipartisanship.

2) Speaker Boehner's first act will be to make it easier for the House to increase the deficit.

3) Jon Cohn explains what defunding might mean for the health-care law.

4) I'll be talking filibusters and congressional productivity on the Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell tonight.

5) Tomorrow's a federal holiday, so the blog will be dark. Merry Christmas!

Recipe of the day: In honor of Jewish Christmas, here's my Kung Pao recipe.

By Ezra Klein  | December 23, 2010; 6:00 PM ET
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--*Jon Cohn explains what defunding might mean for the health-care law.*--

It's begun. The balance of health care in the country is being fought over by politicians.

That's exactly the reason one doesn't want government anywhere near something as important as health care.

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