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  • Statistician Nate Silver’s ESPN Site Debuts in Blog Glut

    Nate Silver, the New York Times blogger who jumped to ESPN last year, introduced his revamped FiveThirtyEight.com website today as more traditional media companies seek investments in online journalism.

  • Republicans Discover Evidence of Jobs Crisis

    The U.S. has been in a jobs emergency since at least 2008. The cause of the crisis -- too little demand -- isn’t mysterious, and neither are the solutions. We could invest in infrastructure to create construction jobs. We could give tax breaks to employers who hire new workers. We could restore the payroll tax cut to workers so they have more money to spend. We could help state and local governments hire back some of the employees they laid off during the recession. Macroeconomic Advisers, an economic consulting firm, found that the American Jobs Act, which contained many of these policies, would have created 2 million jobs.

  • Floundering Swing State Economies Could Doom Obama: Ezra Klein

    The 2012 election is looking better for President Barack Obama. In the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, he opened a six-point lead against Mitt Romney -- a finding confirmed in two other polls this month by Rasmussen and Reuters-Ipsos.

  • A Decade of Missed Chances Bedevils U.S. Prospects: Ezra Klein

    After the failure of the 1973 Geneva Peace Conference, the Israeli diplomat Abba Eban sighed that “The Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” In recent years, the same could be said of Americans.

  • Ron Wyden, Senator From Planet Where Congress Works: Ezra Klein

    There’s a joke that Senator Ron Wyden’s staff members pass around the office. When they’re tired and overworked by their Energizer Bunny of a boss, it’s delivered with a sarcastic bite. When they’ve had their full eight hours of sleep, it’s their rallying cry. “You got a problem?” they say to one another. “Ron Wyden has a comprehensive, bipartisan solution to fix it.”

  • Growth More Than Debt Key to Understanding Euromess: Ezra Klein

    On my blog, I tried for a while to get the term “Euromess” to catch on. Fail. The world seems to have settled on “the European debt crisis” as the accepted term for the run on sovereign bonds that’s bedeviling the euro area. So I gave in and started calling it “the European debt crisis,” too. Now I’m regretting it.

  • Information Is Free Only Because Advertisers Pay: Ezra Klein

    For much of the 19th century, newspapers were financed by political parties. It was a transparent, transactional relationship: The newspaper would officially partner with a political party, and in return they received direct infusions of cash, customers and even news.

  • To End Deficits, Congress Must Stay Inside Baselines: Ezra Klein

    Pop quiz: Does President Barack Obama want to raise taxes or lower them? This one should be easy. Republicans say Obama’s budget plan raises taxes. The White House agrees. Case closed, right?

  • We Asked Obama for Change, Got Lousy T-Shirt Instead: Ezra Klein

    Guess who tweeted this: “This Black Friday, take 10% off all purchases ... with code 10%TURKEYDAY.”

  • Reckless, Dumb and Scared: Coming of Age After 9/11: Ezra Klein

    You know how we know the terrorists didn’t win? It’s not because we killed Osama bin Laden. It’s because we killed him and we didn’t really care.

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