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

Clinton 2.0

Da Moose is right , Hillary is making the sweet moves. If Bill's enormous charisma and obvious potential gave him the credibility to cross liberals on key policies (or symbols), Hillary's position as bugaboo of the right and liberal icon is allowing her to assume unorthodox stances on issues where progressives desperately need some creative repositioning. And it's freedom she's taking, at least if her efforts to stake out consensus ground on choice and tougher, but fairer, positions on immigration reform are admissible as evidence. I've said it before, but after spending three years laughing at Hillary for President remarks, I'm starting to take them quite seriously. Now, if I could only power through The Right Nation and The Persian Puzzle , maybe I could get to Hillary's Turn and give you all a feel for her abilities as a campaigner. Ah, bookshelf, why must you mock me so?

Policy Pitfalls

Brad's got a good post on the ironically named Copenhagen Consensus, Bjorn Lomberg's blue-ribbon panel to determine the most cost-effective forms of environmental activism. His point -- that it'd all be well and good if governments would actually follow the recommendations rather than just use them to knock down spending on global warming prevention is well-taken, and one that's relevant far beyond Lomberg.

Suggestions?

Privatization . Private accounts . Personal accounts clearly have but a few days left before some forgetful pundits start getting Guantanamo'd for the term. And yes, we could just watch successive labels fall like manna from the lips of Luntz, but here at EK Inc., we like to stay ahead of the curve. So what's the next, next, next name for this kick in the New Deal's gut gonna be? Best answer gets a mention, and the transcendent joy that comes from seeing your label appear in my posts. Get crackin'. Update : Matt's got a great idea ...

Talking 'bout Labor

Nathan Newman, as usual, has the indispensable last word on the labor debate. Arguing over how to revitalize labor and publicize its internal struggle for reform is well and good, but bloggers would be better used and the movement better off if they focused their attention towards individual, on-the-ground labor fights. Point taken. To start, he suggests signing up for e-mails from American Rights at Work (done) and shining the light on the Bush NLRB's various outrages, the most recent being their ruling that supervisors who advocate for a union taint the election and invalidate the results, while supervisors who campaign against a union are perfectly kosher. Done.

Kramers

Sue reminds me of what impressed me most about DC -- the brilliant merging of the bar and bookstore. My drunkenness is seriously impeded by my nerdiness, hanging out with the books often wins over cracking open some beer. Usually, this inconveniences only my girlfriend*, who is stunningly tolerant of my poor life choices. Other groups of people, however, are less enthralled by periodicals and usually respond to my suggestions with a mix of derision and incredulity. But DC! There I can suggest going to the bars and sneakily lead to a bookstore. It's a dream come true. *How I got a girlfriend is an excellent, excellent question. Chalk it up to freestyle shirt buttoning.

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