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Posted at 7:32 PM ET, 12/22/2010


By Ezra Klein

Recap: Why the lame-duck session has been so productive; Mitch McConnell says the darndest things; and every Senate Democrat supports filibuster reform.


1) A history of the word "austerity," which has just been named Merriam-Webster's word of the year.

2) A smart take on the Census.

3) Another smart take on the Census.

4) I'll be talking lame-duck session -- or "Angry Birds session," depending on your point of view -- on the Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell tonight.

By Ezra Klein  | December 22, 2010; 7:32 PM ET
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The division of the Washington Post, Kaplan University, which contributes 58% (that's more than half, for those of you in Rio Linda) of the total revenues to the WaPo is being sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for alleged racial discrimination.

It sounds like political correctness run amok, to me, but maybe Klein -- "I think it plausible that racial anxieties are behind some of the opposition to Barack Obama's health-care reform plan" -- can look into it for everyone.

A different kind of troubling, though probably not to Klein, is that a sizable chunk of Kaplan's revenues come directly from the federal government. So Klein, who largely exists to extol the wonders of the federal government, is actually subsidized by the federal government.


Posted by: msoja | December 22, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

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