Ezra Klein

Ezra Klein is a staff reporter at The Washington Post. You can read his blogging here. His work has appeared in the LA Times, The Guardian, The Washington Monthly, The New Republic, Slate, and The Columbia Journalism Review. He's been a commentator on MSNBC, CNN, NPR, and more.

Recent Articles

SOTU Live Coverage and Open Thread

New commentary up top. Your commentary in comments. Let's play ball.

7:26 -- Why do Dems need to have their leaders give the rebuttal? Our congressional heads have a lot of roles and talents, but oratory is not necessarily among them. Is there a reason we can't have, say, Biden and Tim Ryan offering the response? Anyway, I need dinner. Been fun, though.

7:23 -- Pelosi's a markedly ineffective speaker. Her facial expressions are off, delivery monotonous. She's definitely making Reid look good here. And us bad. Or at least boring.

Are We Gonna Get Sinclair'd?

Over at MoJo, they're finding that the revealed thrust of Bush's Social Security plan isn't matching the pre-SOTU leaks on what it'll be. Full of good intentions, they try and reconcile the two and have some trouble, but I fear it might be simpler than that. Sinclair simple. You remember them, of course. After getting crucified for a couple weeks over an obvious attempt to smear John Kerry, they came on air with a balanced, calm portrayal of the issue. No one following the controversy believed that had been their intent, but no one could prove it, either.

Outrageous, etc...

Blah blah blah Orwell blah blah blah:

Outgoing Attorney General John D. Ashcroft forcefully defended some of his most controversial policies and statements yesterday, arguing that aggressive law enforcement and intelligence gathering were "expansions of freedom" that helped prevent terrorist attacks on the United States.

Sally Ho, Oh Sullivan!

Andy Sullivan is sorta-kinda-maybe leaving the blogosphere, at least for awhile. I don't generally agree with the guy (particularly when he called me part of some imaginary liberal fifth column), but he's one hell of a writer and I've always liked his blog. Plus, when he agreed with you, you could just quote him and appear eloquent by association, which was a nice service.

We're The Winners, But Where Are The Contestants?

Matt's got a post full of true bigthink on the multipolarity (present and future) of the word, and our position vis-a-vis the emerging powers of China and India. Read it in full. I, on the other hand, am going to zoom in a bit: