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Posted at 7:12 PM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Reconciliation

By Ezra Klein

Recap: The best and worst ideas in the fiscal commission's final report; Republicans dare Democrats to reform the filibuster; and Obama's bad poker.

Elsewhere:

1) Avik Roy rounds up the fiscal commission's health-care proposals.

2) Google attacks its grifters.

3) I think Ross Diuthat is right about Wikileaks.

4) Felix Salmon assesses Gawker's new strategy and structure.

Recipe of the day: It's the first night of Channukah, so here are some latke ideas.

By Ezra Klein  | December 1, 2010; 7:12 PM ET
 
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happy chanukah!

may you always find yourself
in
a Festival of Light...

:-)

Posted by: jkaren | December 1, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Happy Channukah!

Also, what's the deal with the new blogger Jennifer Rubin getting two spots with her drawing image on the Washington Post opinion page and you getting bumped?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/opinions/index.html?nid=roll_opinmain

How bad a hit did your page views take due to that?

Posted by: jnc4p | December 1, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

So the new thought for the day is that Wikileaks will make the US more secretive and that Assange may actually intend for that to happen. He's the Bin Laden of info.

You guys think way too much. You are looking through the wrong end of the telescope.

We already classify pretty much everything, so it will be really hard to classify more information. What's left, lunch menus?

So, maybe fewer people will have access to this sort of information. This is a technical issue not a legalistic one. Just waving a policy memo saying you can't have access doesn't cut it. You have to limit access electronically with new security measures across a far flung series of networks administered by legions of network administrators. The initial response might be severe, but then all sorts of people will not be able to do their jobs. Inevitably, security will back off here and there until we are close to where we are now. This will all take a long time and will cost a lot of money because it is very complicated and thousands of people will have a say in the process. And it will not be very effective.

A safe prediction: the companies that get these security contracts are going to do very well in the next few years. First they will tighten it up, then they will loosen it.

It should be obvious that there will be lots of legislation on this issue. They will jack up the punishment for the leakers, but the real focus will be on the hosting companies and the companies that control the bandwidth.

Think back to the Bush era snooping that the Obama administration has perpetuated. The big guys already play ball. The companies who cooperated were protected and handsomely rewarded. The very easy solution to the Assanges of the world is to count on the same friends that our government has always counted on: the telecom industry.

It looks like Lieberman got Amazon to kick Wikileaks off their portion of the cloud. So think of Wikileaks as ratcheting up the government control of the internet.

The issue is not that the government will change its behavior. It will not 'turn inward'. It won't have to. It will probably continue to function pretty much as it always has. But what it will do is more of what it already knows is effective: use its friends who control the internet.

That's a battle we may have already lost.

Posted by: Nat_51 | December 1, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Again, it's NO "bad poker", Ezra! His whole career proves Obama is a highly intelligent guy. So, why should he do incredible dumb mistakes, that people less intelligent than him can easily detect at first glance? That makes NO sense! Apply Occam's razor, MUCH MORE likely explanation is the Obama is actually doing EXACTLY what he wants to do. He WANTS that right wing course! Hell, he even sees himself as a BlueDog (which, imho, is still too generous. He's a compassionate conservative!): http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/01/us/politics/01bai.html?_r=1&ref=politics

So, really, Ezra, stop fooling yourself, but look at the evidence! All of Obama's actions, and lots of sources in the WH, say the conservative policies are NOT "mistakes", but deliberate. Really, your "bad poker" theory is totally baseless, and doesn't correlate with the facts!

Posted by: Gray62 | December 2, 2010 7:20 AM | Report abuse

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