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Posted at 6:39 PM ET, 02/16/2011


By Ezra Klein

Recap: Simpson-Bowles punted on more stuff than people tend to admit; you can't fix Medicare and Medicaid without fixing the health-care system; and John Boehner is throwing around false numbers, but I respect the effort he's making to run an open House.


1) "Americans confront a grim new reality: Our corporations don't need us anymore. Half their revenues come from abroad. Their products, increasingly, come from abroad as well."

2) A profile of urban economist Ed Glaeser.

3) Paul Waldman remembers the Gadflyer, the first outlet that ever paid me to write anything.

4) Paul Ryan is spending down the credibility he got with the "road map" pretty fast.

Recipe of the day: Romesco sauce improves pretty much everything.

By Ezra Klein  | February 16, 2011; 6:39 PM ET
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"Our corporations don't need us anymore. Half their revenues come from abroad. Their products, increasingly, come from abroad as well."

We've come a long way since Fezziwig & Company a 170 years ago. We now live in a world made almost entirely by Scrooge and Marley.

Posted by: tomcammarata | February 16, 2011 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Young Ezra,

Friends of ours, who lived in Catalunya (Sant Cugat, just outside of Barcelona) for nearly 5 years do not put tomatoes in their romesco. A slice of toasted bread, 50 g. almonds pan-toasted with a little olive oil, roasted peppers from the jar (tho' fresh roasted and peeled are better), a dried nyora pepper rehydrated with a little hot water, a tsp of sugar, a Tbs of red wine vinegar, and a pinch of sea salt, whirled together in the food processor, with .75 to 1 c. olive oil added in a thin stream to the workbowl, while the blade is turning.

Catalan elixir! Great with roasted veggies, chicken, meat.... Must stop and have some!

Posted by: njprogressive | February 17, 2011 12:28 PM | Report abuse

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