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Ezra Klein: January 9, 2011 - January 15, 2011

Reconciliation

Recap: There's no such thing as 'the job-killing health-care bill'; the repeal vote is not the most important thing happening to the law right now; and Bruce Reed joins the White House. Elsewhere: 1) Paul Krugman takes a long look...

By Ezra Klein  | January 14, 2011; 7:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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The triumph of party

The White House is hiring or promoting an awful lot of Clinton people. But it's worth noting that the sum total of Clinton people serving in top slots isn't really changing. Bill Daley is replacing Rahm Emanuel, who was...

By Ezra Klein  | January 14, 2011; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Regulations, not repeal votes, will decide the future of the health-care law

The repeal vote on the floor of the House isn't even close to the most important thing happening to the health-care law right now. For that, you'd need to look across town, to where the Institute of Medicine is discussing...

By Ezra Klein  | January 14, 2011; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Something is better than nothing -- but how much better?

Cap-and-trade is dead. But it looks like a renewable energy standard of some sort has a chance of passage. As energy economists Robert Stavins and Dick Schmalensee observe, this is ridiculous: In addition to being "less effective and more costly"...

By Ezra Klein  | January 14, 2011; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Energy  
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Lunch break

Flying paint: floating from floating on Vimeo....

By Ezra Klein  | January 14, 2011; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The White House brings in Bruce Reed

I've not paid much attention to the resignation of Ron Klain, Chief of Staff to the Vice President. But now that Biden has named Bruce Reed to replace him, I'm a bit more interested. Reed -- who is pictured...

By Ezra Klein  | January 14, 2011; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Obama administration  
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'The entire Confederacy was a land-bound Titanic'

One of the main themes of this blog is that we spend too much time analyzing things in terms of individuals and too little time thinking about the systems and structures which cause those individuals to act the way we...

By Ezra Klein  | January 14, 2011; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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After the debt ceiling vote fails

Great piece by Greg Ip on the various ways the United States could delay defaulting on its debt even if Congress didn't raise the debt ceiling. Congress may get to decide whether to raise the debt limit, but the administration,...

By Ezra Klein  | January 14, 2011; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Budget  
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Cooperating with co-ops

Remember the health-care cooperatives that Sen. Kent Conrad proposed as an alternative to the public option but that never really got taken seriously? Well, they made it into the final version of the law. Odds are that they won't have...

By Ezra Klein  | January 14, 2011; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Are liberals more inclined toward compromise than conservatives?

Do liberals value compromise more than conservatives? Maybe. This Gallup poll says they do. But I wouldn't take it too seriously. Snapshot polls -- polls that don't go back many years, and thus don't have data across different political...

By Ezra Klein  | January 14, 2011; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Polls  
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There's no 'job-killing health-care law'

I'm glad the House GOP is planning to "resume thoughtful consideration" of their bill to repeal the health-care reform law. Nothing about the tragedy in Tucson makes the health-care law any better, any worse or any less worthy of...

By Ezra Klein  | January 14, 2011; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (185)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Wonkbook: Obama's tax woes; health-reform repeal vote rescheduled; do we know who is too-big-to-fail?

Top Stories Obama's pledge to not raise middle-income people's taxes could prevent a tax overhaul, reports Lori Montgomery: "President Obama's refusal to raise taxes for the vast majority of Americans will prevent him from pursuing a broad overhaul of...

By Ezra Klein  | January 14, 2011; 5:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Reconciliation

Recap: What politics looks like to a child; 2010 tied with 2005 for hottest year on record; and the GOP creates some policy uncertainty. Elsewhere: 1) Remember the health-care co-ops? 2) Robert Stavins on renewable energy standards. 3) A deep...

By Ezra Klein  | January 13, 2011; 7:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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The secret about secrets

Matt Yglesias reflects on the media's obsession with government secrets: In a world drowning with information, it’s remarkably easy to get too caught up in the idea of finding out secrets. Just think of all the banal, publicly available factual...

By Ezra Klein  | January 13, 2011; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Discomfort with comfort

For me, the one really false note in the president's speech last night came when he said, "If there are rain puddles in Heaven, Christina is jumping in them today." It was ... cheap, somehow. More like what you tell...

By Ezra Klein  | January 13, 2011; 6:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
 
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Policy uncertainty rears its head

You'll remember how policy uncertainty was a big worry for Republicans in the run-up to the election. The idea was that if business didn't know what next year's policy would look like, they couldn't make investments. There wasn't much of...

By Ezra Klein  | January 13, 2011; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Lunch Break

Why are so many things broken? And how can we fix them? Seth Godin at Gel 2006 from Gel Conference on Vimeo....

By Ezra Klein  | January 13, 2011; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Worrying about regulations, Part II

A reader who works in the federal government writes in with an example of a regulation that's in the Code of Federal Regulations but shouldn't be: I have one extreme example of regulatory rigidity and the problems it may cause....

By Ezra Klein  | January 13, 2011; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Politics to a child

There's a line from the president's speech last night that I've not been able to get out of my head. It comes in the section about Christina Taylor Green, the 9-year-old who was killed last Saturday in Tucson. "She was...

By Ezra Klein  | January 13, 2011; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Worrying about regulations

Michael Mandel is waging a one-man war against the government's tendency to pile on regulations during economic downturns. I worry his approach is a little indiscriminate: Genetically modified crops can still contaminate non-genetically-modified crops even if the economy is weak....

By Ezra Klein  | January 13, 2011; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Don't blame the Senate on Mitch McConnell, Part II

Josh Green responds to my argument that Mitch McConnell is less the indispensable man than a leader who reflects the incentives and realities of the modern Senate. Green makes two points. First, that "getting a bunch of craven, despondent senators...

By Ezra Klein  | January 13, 2011; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Senate  
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Wonkbook: 2010 hottest year on record; Obama speaks in Arizona; Fed's 'beige book' sees slow recovery

The president's speech in Arizona last night was, I thought, deeply affecting and quite beautifully written. But it will be well-covered elsewhere. And there's another story that deserves our attention: According to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

By Ezra Klein  | January 13, 2011; 6:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Reconciliation

Recap: Don't blame the state of the Senate on Mitch McConnell; Sarah Palin's missed opportunity; and inequality in one graph and one thought experiment. Elsewhere: 1) Sen. Mark Udall wants Republicans and Democrats to sit together at the State of...

By Ezra Klein  | January 12, 2011; 7:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Uncertainty for me, but not for thee

There's uncertainty around cost projections for any bill, and that's even more true for a big piece of legislation with many moving parts like the Affordable Care Act. But whenever I read conservatives talking about the uncertainty involved in these...

By Ezra Klein  | January 12, 2011; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Health Reform  
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'Paper Doll Orgy'

It's been a heavy few days around here, but one of the bright spots was walking to the mailroom and finding a copy of Ted McCagg's “Paper Doll Orgy” waiting for me. McCagg is a brilliant, absurdist cartoonist whose...

By Ezra Klein  | January 12, 2011; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Books  
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Inequality among the rich in one graph and one thought experiment

Catherine Rampell asked the hardworking folks at the Tax Policy Center to estimate the paychecks that correspond to different income percentiles. In other words, if you're the 37th percentile, or the 85th, how much are you making? Then she graphed...

By Ezra Klein  | January 12, 2011; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Inequality  
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Lunch Break

This man tried to build a toaster from scratch: Capitalism is an amazing thing....

By Ezra Klein  | January 12, 2011; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Remedies that go too far, Part II

Will Wilkinson makes the case for doing nothing, at least for the moment: The things we already fear and already desire more thoroughly to control are most vividly salient to us. We seize on those: guns, crazy people. Did Jared...

By Ezra Klein  | January 12, 2011; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Sarah Palin's missed opportunity

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. I'll stand with Jon Chait and, oddly enough, Sarah Palin on this one: Palin is right to feel aggrieved. As Chait says, many have blamed her for a killing rampage that she had nothing to...

By Ezra Klein  | January 12, 2011; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (259)
 
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After the Senate

Russ Feingold reflects....

By Ezra Klein  | January 12, 2011; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Don't blame the Senate on Mitch McConnell

Josh Green's profile of Mitch McConnell is very, very good. But it suffers from one major problem: It's about Mitch McConnell. The thesis of the article is that McConnell is the man for this obstructionist moment. As his friend...

By Ezra Klein  | January 12, 2011; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Senate  
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Remedies that go too far

Marc Ambinder spoke to a bevy of former Secret Service agents and current physical-protection specialists who said that "members [of Congress] can take commonsense steps to reduce the likelihood of an incident, steps that only mildly compromise their access to...

By Ezra Klein  | January 12, 2011; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Wonkbook: NCLB reform coming; Boehner opposes new gun laws; John Kerry's speech; oil spill recommendations

Top Stories Obama wants to revise No Child Left Behind, reports Nick Anderson: "President Obama will mount a fresh attempt this year to rewrite the No Child Left Behind education law, a top administration official said this week, and...

By Ezra Klein  | January 12, 2011; 6:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Reconciliation

Recap: The Affordable Care Act in one table; a great speech by John Kerry; and what comes after the labor movement? Elsewhere: 1) E-books for troops. 2) How to make congresspeople safer -- but at what cost? 3) Rawls and...

By Ezra Klein  | January 11, 2011; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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So, Dr. Eichengreen, what kind of currency do we have?

The world's reserve currency -- if you can keep it: The one thing that could jeopardise the dollar’s dominance would be significant economic mismanagement in the US. And significant economic mismanagement is not something that can be ruled out. The...

By Ezra Klein  | January 11, 2011; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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'The state of American business is improving'

That's the bottom line that Tom Donahue, president of the Chamber of Commerce, delivered in his "State of American Business" address this morning. A double-dip is unlikely. The recovery seems to be picking up steam. "Overall, we believe the economy...

By Ezra Klein  | January 11, 2011; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Are employers getting ready to hire?

Michael Mandel posts a bunch of data suggesting that (online) "help wanted" ads have skyrocketed over the past year, even as unemployment has also increased. "The labor market is getting ready for a massive rise in employment over the next...

By Ezra Klein  | January 11, 2011; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Economy  
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Income inequality and the poor

There might be questions about the relationship between income inequality and median incomes, but according to Lane Kenworthy, there's no real question about the relationship between income inequality and low-end incomes: There isn't one. If we look across the rich...

By Ezra Klein  | January 11, 2011; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Inequality  
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Lunch Break

Apparently, we're all cyborgs now:...

By Ezra Klein  | January 11, 2011; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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How professionals do it

Pulitzer-prize winner Michael Chabon describes his writing process: Early on, I decided to make a used-records store on Telegraph Avenue one of the key settings of my novel in progress. Okay, maybe "early on" is an under-exaggeration. Maybe it would...

By Ezra Klein  | January 11, 2011; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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If you read only one John Kerry speech today ...

Sen. John Kerry appeared at the Center for American Progress today to give a speech on "gridlock and globalization." The address should've been a snooze, but it's not. It's an ambitious and plausible diagnosis of our country's economic problems...

By Ezra Klein  | January 11, 2011; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
 
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The Affordable Care Act in one table

Chapin White, a former CBO analyst, has a good overview (pdf) of the Affordable Care Act's major provisions in the Berkeley Electronic Press. White is more pessimistic than I am on the Independent Medicare Advisory Board, and he's more pessimistic...

By Ezra Klein  | January 11, 2011; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Charts and Graphs, Health Reform  
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The Commerce Clause and your vest

It's always hard to say what one Supreme Court case means for another Supreme Court case. But as Warren Richey reports, the court -- to the dismay of Justices Scalia and Thomas, both of whom dissented -- just turned down...

By Ezra Klein  | January 11, 2011; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Legal  
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Who can replace labor?

James Surowiecki has a nice column this week looking at how and why the Great Recession has ravaged labor when the Great Depression was so instrumental in invigorating it. His basic thesis is that, as labor weakened, it was unable...

By Ezra Klein  | January 11, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Unions  
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Keeping an eye on tax reform

Did you know the Senate Finance Committee has already started holding hearings on the subject? You can watch the proceedings, and download the testimony, here....

By Ezra Klein  | January 11, 2011; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Wonkbook: Gun control legislation being introduced; the Fed is the most profitable bank in history; previewing the oil spill report

Top Stories Companion bills banning the gun magazine used in the Tucson shooting are being introduced, reports Shira Toeplitz: "One of the fiercest gun control advocates in Congress, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), pounced on the shooting massacre in Tucson,...

By Ezra Klein  | January 11, 2011; 6:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Reconciliation

Recap: Who the financial sector is ripping off; this is a good time to look at our rhetoric, even if rhetoric wasn't responsible for the shooting; and Rep. Paul Ryan hasn't been very fiscally responsible lately. Elsewhere: 1) Did you...

By Ezra Klein  | January 10, 2011; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Towards better budget hawks

It's not just Rep. Paul Ryan who's been facing criticism for receiving an award for fiscal responsibility despite making a series of fiscally irresponsible decisions. The triumvirate of deficit-hawk organizations that gave out the award -- the Comeback Coalition, the...

By Ezra Klein  | January 10, 2011; 6:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Budget  
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The deficit doesn't care what you say, only what you do

The occasion of Rep. Paul Ryan winning an award for fiscal responsibility has left a lot of people wondering where the Paul Ryan who seemed to care so much for fiscal responsibility has gone. In recent months, Ryan has...

By Ezra Klein  | January 10, 2011; 4:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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On equality of opportunity

Some good thoughts from Paul Krugman: These days, America is the advanced nation with the least social mobility (pdf), except possibly for Britain. Access to good schools, good health care and job opportunities depends [a] lot on choosing the right...

By Ezra Klein  | January 10, 2011; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Bernanke the banker

Felix Salmon looks at the data and concludes that "no bank in the history of the world" has been as profitable as the Federal Reserve was in 2010....

By Ezra Klein  | January 10, 2011; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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A good time to turn down the temperature

At this point, there's no evidence that any statement from any politician sent Jared Loughner over the edge. But I don't think, as some are arguing, that we can just exhale and ignore the ugly and violent rhetoric that's creeping...

By Ezra Klein  | January 10, 2011; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Lunch Break

A big part of the reason that Rep. Giffords is still alive, and that there is some hope of some sort of recovery, is the remarkable work that neurosurgeons are capable of doing these days. It's also a tribute to...

By Ezra Klein  | January 10, 2011; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Why Jared Loughner hated Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Nick Baumann spoke to Bryce Tierney, a friend of Jared Loughner's, about the nature of Loughner's grudge against Giffords: Tierney, who's also 22, recalls Loughner complaining about a Giffords event he attended during that period. He's unsure whether it was...

By Ezra Klein  | January 10, 2011; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
 
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Who is the financial sector ripping off?

Over the last couple of weeks, I've been e-mailing smart economists and finance types with the same question: Is finance a rip-off? And if it isn't, what explains the sector's incredibly high-profit margins? After all, in a normal market, high...

By Ezra Klein  | January 10, 2011; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Financial Crisis  
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The mental-health angle

Most of the explanations for Saturday's shooting that hinge on policy or politics don't stand up to their own counterfactuals very well. I see little evidence, for instance, that Jared Loughlin was particularly influenced by the statements of any mainstream...

By Ezra Klein  | January 10, 2011; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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Column: Making the best of our invisibile infrastructure

You're probably reading this on junk. And I'm not talking about newsprint - industry woes aside, that's high-quality stuff. But if you're on a computer or an iPad, and you're not plugged into an Internet jack in the wall? Junk,...

By Ezra Klein  | January 10, 2011; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Tech  
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Wonkbook: Congress grieves; post-shooting legislation; committee chair elections

The awful events of the weekend have reshaped the legislative agenda. Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced that the House will be postponing the week's planned votes -- including the repeal of health-care reform. And when the body does return...

By Ezra Klein  | January 10, 2011; 6:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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What the shooting shouldn't change

I've heard some talk on cable news of giving congressmen security details and using rope lines and so forth at events. I hope we don't end up going there, for the very reasons Jon Bernstein lays out: American democracy has...

By Ezra Klein  | January 9, 2011; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
 
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