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

STEALTH SUBSIDIES CONTINUE.

Tim Geithner's announcement that banks who wanted to repay their money early would have to also leave the FDIC's low-interest lending program received a pretty favorable response the other day. Banks shouldn't be able to leave only those government programs that impose regulatory constraints. No banks with benefits! But as Binyamin Appelbaum and Neil Irwin explain, they'll still be getting government help:

YOU CAN'T FIGHT CITY HALL.

I never understand the fuss over Supreme Court nominations. The president holds all the power. That's even more true if his party controls the Senate. So when conservative groups "concede that they have little chance of derailing Obama's choice, barring a scandal," what does it mean? If they derail Obama's choice, he'll just make another choice. It's not like defeating his first nominee would make him lose a turn, or let Mitch McConnell choose the next candidate. Bush, for instance, got beat on Harriett Miers, and then nominated a more conservative justice in her stead. The hubbub is baffling. The opposition can't win. They can only delay losing.

YOUR STRESS TESTS IN GRAPHS: HOW STRESSFUL ARE THEY?

The administration's argument for the stress tests' stringency is made on page seven of the results. There's even a helpful graph:

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ARLEN SPECTER AND HIS ZOMBIE HORDES FIGHT FOR THE CURE.

specterbald.jpgOf late, Arlen Specter has been engaged in something of a crass-off against, well, himself. His argument for switching parties was that he'd lose the Republican primary. His argument for consistency was that he would still oppose the interests of the very voters he was now courting. But www.SpecterfortheCure.com is something of a new low.

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