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

IS THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY ON OBAMA'S SIDE? IS OBAMA ON THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY'S SIDE?

Jon Cohn is enthused. Paul Krugman is excited. Maybe I'm just churlish. Maybe I'm getting cranky as I age. But I can't shake my skepticism about today's big health care announcement.

SNL DOES THE STRESS TESTS.

Minutes two through five of this skit sort of read like an old Celebrity Jeopardy script that they dusted off and applied to Tim Geithner and Citibank. But minute one is very good.

FROM THE ED SCHULTZ SHOW.

Lawrence O'Donnell was co-hosting, and O'Donnell wanted to talk about the problems with using budget reconciliation. And so we did. I think he's probably right about the problems of using reconciliation for health care policy, but he's underplaying its importance as a threat. It makes a bipartisan bill more, not less, likely. I make this point a bit fuzzily on the program, but think of it like this: A legislative process has two basic outcomes. Bill or no bill. The majority wants bill. The minority wants no bill. And the Senate, as an institution, is built to favor the no bill position.

THE FEDERAL RESERVE AND THE IMF AGREE.

I'd been hearing that the Federal Reserve's estimates for how much capital the banking system would need were quite a bit lower than the IMF's. More evidence that the stress tests are optimistic and that Geithner is a Wall Street stooge! But James Surowiecki digs deeper into the numbers and finds that they're actually quite close. "Unless you think the I.M.F.’s estimates are unrealistic or softballed," he concludes, "it’s simply wrong to call these results a whitewash."

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