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Ezra Klein

History of Political Idiots

Jag Bhalla | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Jag Bhalla

Idios in Ancient Greek meant private, and only someone not in their right mind would choose to ignore the fact that all private interests depend on the public good. We are idiots if we ignore this, or vote for politicians that do.

Why Raising Medicare's Age Is Not The Fiscal Cliff Solution

The New Republic | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics

President Obama hasn’t proposed increasing the eligibility age for Medicare. But would he agree to do so, in order to secure a broader agreement tha...

Wealthy Should Give Thanks for Their Welfare Benefits

Jag Bhalla | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics
Jag Bhalla

American capitalism requires workers. Workers, young and old, require health care. We can't allow them to be treated like inhuman resources, that can be consumed, and the residue conveniently and cheaply disposed of.

New Documentary Illuminates Perils of U.S. China Policy

Michael Sigman | Posted 01.13.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

The connection between the irresistibility of cheap Chinese-made products and the loss of America's manufacturing base -- along with the threat to peace on earth -- is at the heart of Death by China.

Vote As If Your Life Depends on It... Or At Least As If Mine Does

Scott Schoettes | Posted 01.02.2013 | Politics
Scott Schoettes

If you are on the fence about who to vote for in this election, I would ask you to think long and hard about the people who will suffer and die down the road, because we let healthcare reform die in the Election of 2012.

RNC Obamacare Ad Features Prominent Health Care Defender

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 10.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new Republican National Committee ad that began airing in Ohio Thursday criticizes Obamacare, but oddly features one of the law's bigg...

This Is Not Your Mother's Medicare: Part 1

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

We agree with Paul Ryan that we need a debate to determine how Medicare can be improved. What we do not need, however, is much of what passes for debate these days -- diatribes, finger-pointing, ad hominem attacks, and systematic presentations of misinformation.

The Panic In The Romney Team

Eric Zuesse | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

Reporters don't get admission into the innermost important workings of a presidential campaign until the historians do -- if ever -- but on some rare ...

Paul Ryan's Radical Economic Regime: Why His House Budget Legacy Is a Lesson in Elitism

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 10.13.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Do Americans realize that under a Ryan economic regime, tens of millions of our poor neighbors would be dropped categorically and coldly to the curb, with no support whatsoever from the very system that our forefathers and mothers set up to ensure that America would prosper?

What's Next for Obamacare?

Linda Bergthold | Posted 09.01.2012 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

The public, as ignorant of the specifics of the Affordable Care Act as ever, can be forgiven for believing Republicans that this decision is "the biggest tax hike in history." But that is actually an outright lie.

Michael Calderone

Liberal D.C. Magazine Raises Enough To Stay Alive

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 06.20.2012 | Media

The American Prospect, the liberal politics and policy magazine that was on the verge of shutting down last month, has exceeded its fundraising goal a...

Why Republicans Oppose The Individual Mandate

The New Yorker | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics

On March 23, 2010, the day that President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, fourteen state attorneys general filed suit against the law...

Michael Calderone

Influential Liberal Magazine May Close

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 05.01.2012 | Media

The American Prospect, an influential liberal politics and policy magazine, could shut its doors at the end of May unless the nonprofit publication ra...

Both Sides: Watch the Track, Not the Horse Race: Gas, Health, Afghanistan

HuffPost Radio | Posted 03.18.2012 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgReagan and Matalin skip who's up-down in the GOP contest to debate spurting gas prices, the constitutionality of "Obamacare" and our exit strategy from Afghanistan post- massacre. Then: do presidential speeches ever matter, Mr. Reagan?

The 35.9 Percent

The Daily Princetonian | Posted 05.08.2012 | College
The Daily Princetonian

The fact that the subject of Ivy League students entering finance arouses curiosity reveals some of the prejudices of the curious. If we agreed that Wall Street were a great place to begin a career, the question wouldn't be worth thinking about.

Media Power Couples: Who's The Ultimate Media Duo? (PHOTOS)

Posted 02.14.2012 | Media

Power couples are everywhere in the media -- from TV reporters and anchors to executives, all the way through to newspaper and magazine writers. We're...

Republican Politics and the Unemployment Conundrum

David Coates | Posted 03.18.2012 | Politics
David Coates

Instead of judging the job plans of any of the leading Republican candidates against a mythology of their own making, let's instead examine them against the real causes of American job loss since 2008.

Wonk Bloggers And The Vanishing Voices Of Workers

In These Times | Posted 03.14.2012 | Media

The hiring of wonky bloggers  like Yglesias--Slate hired him as its "business and economics correspondent" last November--is a labor issue that not o...

As Obama Mishandles the Economy, Pundits Misjudge the Politics

Jim Sleeper | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

About bare-knuckled politics, Beltway commentators have little to say. Ezra Klein gives us the inevitable, inexorable, crippling worldview in which the people don't exist, except in Pew polls.

Writer Naomi Klein On Occupy Wall Street: 'The Sky's The Limit'

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 12.07.2011 | Media

Two Kleins spoke about the growing Occupy Wall Street movement on Thursday's "Rachel Maddow." The Washington Post's Ezra Klein was filling in for M...

Chutzpah! Obama's Black Caucus Speech

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 11.26.2011 | Black Voices
Leonce Gaiter

If the President wants anyone to follow him, he had better start leading -- something he has consistently failed to do since his inauguration.

Some Myths About Social Security and Medicare

Linda Bergthold | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

It's the season of political misinterpretations and outright lies. Websites like Politifact try to sort things out. But people still seem willing to believe the most negative things about two of our most durable social programs: Social Security and Medicare.

"Helpless President Lit" - The Latest Trend in Political Tragedy

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Call it "Helpless President Lit." A recent Ezra Klein column is the latest in a growing genre which celebrates our Commander-in-Chief, not as a powerful leader, but as a perennial victim.

Why Are Discredited "Agencies" Like S&P Dictating Our Economic Future?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 09.23.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

S&P knows exactly what it is, and so should everyone else. It's the for-profit company which, while masquerading as an "agency," bartered its coveted AAA ratings for increased profits. The real question is why?

Beyond A Default: Catastrophic Calculations

The Washington Post | Ezra Klein | Posted 09.15.2011 | Business

It’s easy to understand why the government will have more trouble borrowing if it fails to pay its debts. It’s a bit harder to see why ordinary Am...