Ezra Klein

Ezra Klein is a former Prospect writer and current editor-in-chief at Vox. 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

Words? Meet Actions.

I know Bush doesn't read the papers, but can't someone in his office monitor them ? Because post-inauguration speech, this story seems worth some attention. A prominent Iranian artist and pro-Democracy activist fled to Australia, was detained for the last five years, and has now been denied a humanitarian visa, which means deportation. When the news came down, he attempted to overdose on sleeping pills which, all in all, was a logical move as he's expected to be tortured and executed upon arrival in Iran. Seems like the perfect moment for America to intercede on his behalf, highlighting the brutality of the Iranian regime and proving our commitment to freedom expands beyond rhetoric and can be sought without warheads. Be a nice moment to think outside the box and do some good. Particularly for a President so quick to argue that "actions speak louder than words". So c'mon Mr. Bush -- if you're going to salivate over freedom in your inauguration, might as well give its peaceful...


I'm going to keep this atop the page for the day, or at least the morning. New posts will appear under it. If you've read the welcome message already, just scroll on down for fresh blogging goodness. If not, click "More" and have at it.

Tech Supported

Is the "Read More" feature working now, or are people still being deposited betwixt my name and photo? And someone mark down my 20 points for correctly using "betwixt" in a sentence. Update : All signs point to yes. Greg, who figured it out, is just as talented as he claims .

Senate Dems Rub Eyes, Grab Toothbrush, Wake Up

Good post by Kos on the changes Reid has wrought. The Senate Dems really have transformed from a yipping, useless caucus to a united opposition force. And it's as much in what they do -- The 10 Leadership bills, Schumer retiring the DSCC's debt in record time -- as in what they feel freed to do, with the recent, finally contentious hearings being a perfect example. It almost makes losing those three seats worth it. Almost. Also : His post on Barbara Boxer being Wellstone's heir-apparent is a good one. But her reinforced backbone didn't pop out of thin air, not only did she get more votes nationwide than anyone not named "Bush" or Kerry", but, in California, she got more votes period. She beat Kerry by 200,000, Bush by quite a few more, and absolutely demolished the Arnold-approved Bill Jones. With that achieved, she's got six clear years and a true mandate backing her, so expect big things. Also : Kos is right . No on Gonzales. That whole vote for him or Hispanics will hate you thing...

Tech Support

I'm getting complaints that clicking on "Read More..." vaults you to the top of the page. This isn't happening for me, but it's widespread enough that I should try and fix it anyway. So all you html geniuses out in the audience -- any idea what's going on? if it helps, something weird happens when you click "All Done!" and it only shows a couple posts down the page. I don't know if that's connected, but there it is. Also -- the picture. Some seem to love it, others seem to hate it. So I'm putting it to vote. Should it stay? Should it be replaced with another, less suggestive, photo? Or will opening-day concerns over my buttoning habits evaporate amid the flood of good posts I'm planning to write? The power is yours. Also , it got a bit buried today, so if you missed it, I think this Goldwater factoid is interesting.