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How Grover Norquist makes the case for tax increases

In our interview yesterday, Grover Norquist argued that Republicans shouldn’t strike deficit deals with Democrats because the spending cuts never stick but the tax increases always do. I don’t really buy it, but looking at Naftali Bendavid’s description of the deal being developed in the Senate makes me a bit more sympathetic.

By Ezra Klein  | March 10, 2011; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Congress, Democrats, Economy, Republicans  
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Did John Boehner accidentally make a shutdown more likely?

John Boehner got some plaudits -- including from me -- for permitting an open amendment process on the House spending bill. But as Jon Bernstein notes, that process may have had the unintended consequence of making a government shutdown...

By Ezra Klein  | February 24, 2011; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Congress  
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Does an 'open House' weaken the tea party?

Jon Bernstein wonders whether Speaker John Boehner's use of "open rules" -- which has allowed more than 400 amendments to the spending bill and led to a number of high-profile defeats for both Boehner and the House's more conservative bloc...

By Ezra Klein  | February 17, 2011; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Congress  
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Is John Boehner doing a good job as speaker?

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy That was the topic of my segment last night with Rachel Maddow, and I've been thinking about it ever since. In the clip above, Maddow makes a detailed...

By Ezra Klein  | February 16, 2011; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  Congress  | Tags:  Ezra Klein  
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How do legislators learn?

Referring to some comments made by Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) about the budget deficit, Jon Bernstein wonders about the job "the Democratic Party policy network" is doing educating its elected officials on the basic facts of public policy. This is...

By Ezra Klein  | February 16, 2011; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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A very smart speech by Speaker Boehner

If you spent the afternoon watching C-SPAN, as I did, you heard applause. A lot of it. Over and over again. And when John Boehner took the podium to be sworn in as Speaker of the House of Representatives,...

By Ezra Klein  | January 5, 2011; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
Categories:  2010 Midterms, Congress  
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Spending is fun, cutting is hard, Ezra Klein , November 17, 2010
Why wait to seat the new Congress?, Dylan Matthews , November 12, 2010
The end of the 'do-something' Congress, Ezra Klein , November 2, 2010
The limits of filibuster reform, Dylan Matthews , October 28, 2010
What kind of speaker will John Boehner be?, Ezra Klein , October 27, 2010
The revolving door in one graph, Ezra Klein , September 24, 2010
Want to know more about lame-duck sessions?, Ezra Klein , September 20, 2010
Welcome back, Congress, Ezra Klein , September 13, 2010
From the Senate delay case files, Washington Post editor , July 8, 2010
Pricing the Fair Elections Now Act, Washington Post editor , July 8, 2010
Passing the Fair Elections Now Act, Washington Post editor , July 8, 2010
Wrapping up Senate reform with Superbill, Washington Post Editors , June 2, 2010
Wrapping up Senate reform with Superbill, Washington Post Editors , June 2, 2010
Assessing Senate reform proposals, Part 1, Washington Post Editors , June 2, 2010
Best quote about why Senate reform is needed, Washington Post Editors , June 2, 2010
Guidelines for Senate reform, Washington Post Editors , June 2, 2010
Sit down, honey, let's kill some time, Washington Post editor , April 2, 2010
Are policy concessions worth it?, Washington Post editor , April 1, 2010
Would a constitutional convention get it right?, Washington Post editor , April 1, 2010
Times have changed, Ezra Klein , March 31, 2010
The cost of reconciliation, Ezra Klein , March 30, 2010
Discrediting the legislative process itself, Ezra Klein , March 19, 2010
Explaining deem and pass, Ezra Klein , March 16, 2010
'Unprecedented', Ezra Klein , March 16, 2010
The arms race of rules, Ezra Klein , March 16, 2010
The cap-and-trade context, Ezra Klein , March 11, 2010
The House's filibuster, Ezra Klein , March 8, 2010
How do whips whip?, Ezra Klein , March 5, 2010
Casualties of the reconciliation process, Ezra Klein , March 2, 2010
The Republicans' genius compromise strategy, Ezra Klein , February 24, 2010
The recent history of reconciliation, Ezra Klein , February 24, 2010
Getting real about bill length, Ezra Klein , February 10, 2010
Congress by remote control, Ezra Klein , February 10, 2010
Minority rules, Ezra Klein , February 5, 2010
The problem with the Gang of Six, Ezra Klein , February 4, 2010
The primacy of process, Ezra Klein , February 3, 2010
Getting real about Congress, Ezra Klein , February 1, 2010
Congressional inaction isn't an option, Ezra Klein , January 14, 2010
Busy bees, Ezra Klein , January 8, 2010
Cameras and Congress, Ezra Klein , January 8, 2010
Making transparency into a reality, Ezra Klein , January 7, 2010
A tale of two Mitches, Ezra Klein , December 11, 2009
The neglected House, Ezra Klein , November 30, 2009
Let Congress be Congress again, Ezra Klein , November 24, 2009
Four ways to end the filibuster, Ezra Klein , November 11, 2009
Can Congress control costs?, Ezra Klein , November 6, 2009
America's unusually democratic democracy, Ezra Klein , October 22, 2009
Don't Read The Bill!, Ezra Klein , September 25, 2009
The Primacy of Congress, Ezra Klein , September 4, 2009
Do Populous States Have Liberal Senators?, Ezra Klein , August 10, 2009
How Do You Kill the Filibuster?, Ezra Klein , August 6, 2009
Filibuster Nation, Ezra Klein , August 5, 2009
Can Democrats Have a 50-Vote Senate?, Ezra Klein , August 3, 2009
Am I a Radical?, Ezra Klein , July 31, 2009
Misremembering the Filibuster, Ezra Klein , July 31, 2009
Why Republicans Fear Henry Waxman, Ezra Klein , May 22, 2009
 
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