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Ezra Klein
Founder and editor-at-large, Author, "Why We're Polarized" Podcasts,
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Ezra Klein Dec 4
Replying to @KFILE
I’m so, so sorry. I can’t imagine. And no parent should have to go through this, either.
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Ezra Klein Dec 4
The CARES Act was effective enough in early 2020 that poverty *actually fell*. But that ended. And as Republicans refuse to pass more support, we're seeing a horrifying rise in poverty, and it's getting worse, fast.
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Andrew Yang🧢🇺🇸 Dec 2
.’s new book somehow reads as if it were written after the election. For anyone concerned about how polarized we have become - and why - this book is for you. 👍
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Robinson Meyer Dec 1
At the national level, the pandemic response has been so much weirder than we’ve reckoned with. So many institutions assumed to be essential during a pandemic have instead been genuinely harmful. So many institutions assumed to be marginal during a pandemic have been life-saving.
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Ezra Klein Dec 1
As would say, just Give. People. Money. Being in need isn’t a moral failing. Being in a position to give isn’t a grant of special insight into the lives of other people.
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Ezra Klein Dec 1
Replying to @ezraklein
If Republicans don't like it, if they want to be involved, let them come to the table to legislate. But don't, under any circumstances, *wait* for Republicans to come to the legislating table before you'll act.
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Ezra Klein Dec 1
I agree with this. The Biden administration needs to resist clever theories about sequencing. They need, to the fullest extent possible, to blitz, just flood the zone with executive action.
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Vox Nov 30
Vox’s and legendary science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson discuss what the future of climate change will look like — and how it will force humanity to rethink capitalism, borders, geoengineering, terrorism, currency, and more.
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Zach Griffen Nov 29
As it so happens...in my dissertation, I write about an actual attempt to create a Council of Social Advisers in the late 1960s. It's an interesting case study in the relationship between economics and other social sciences.
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Ezra Klein Nov 30
Replying to @attackerman
Congrats!
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Spencer Ackerman Nov 30
Look at my beautiful child. If you’re interested in learning about the specific ways the Forever War paved the path to our current American political moment, you can know PREORDER REIGN OF TERROR: Please please do!
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Eric Levitz Nov 30
woke: Biden is betraying the left by filling his cabinet with corporate Dems. bespoke: Biden is betraying the left by refusing to fill his cabinet with far-right Republicans (who would be replaced by Dem governors, if they vacated their Senate seats)
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Ezra Klein Nov 30
Replying to @billmckibben
Also, I didn't know until all this that literally officiated his wedding (and this whole thread is worth a read, for a more personal perspective on Deese).
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Ezra Klein Nov 30
Replying to @ezraklein
People around Biden have talked about running a "climate administration," where climate is embedded in everything they do. Choosing a climate policymaker to lead NEC suggests, to me, that they mean it, because NEC has its hands on so many realms of policy.
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Ezra Klein Nov 30
Replying to @ezraklein
One truism of politics is that ideology and experience get debated a lot but prioritization is often the key thing. And a WH where NEC is led by Deese, whose main issue is climate, is going to prioritize climate more one where NEC is led by any of the other obvious candidates.
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Ezra Klein Nov 30
Replying to @ezraklein
Deese came up in the Obama administration through the NEC, but turned to focus on climate over time, taking the portfolio over from John Podesta. So he's unusual in that he's got NEC experience but, at this point, has spent more time working on climate policy.
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Ezra Klein Nov 30
Replying to @ezraklein
NEC usually goes to an economic policymaker. Larry Summers, Gene Sperling, and Jeff Zients ran it for Obama. There were lots of economic policymakers Biden could've tapped who wouldn't have sparked controversy in climate Twitter because they don't focus on climate.
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Ezra Klein Nov 30
Replying to @ezraklein
That said: NEC is hugely important. It organizes the options the president sees, it structures WH policy debates and priorities. It's the nerve center for all economic policymaking, organizing the information from the other organs of government.
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Ezra Klein Nov 30
Replying to @ezraklein
I also wish people, like Deese, who want to hold high-up positions in government would stop going to places like BlackRock in their out-years, because whatever the merits of the individual jobs they take, the revolving door builds cynicism about government.
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Ezra Klein Nov 30
Replying to @ezraklein
To lay my biases on the table first: I reported on Deese's work throughout the Obama administration, and have a lot of respect for him as someone who gets hard things done in government, wants to do the right thing, and grasps policy debates unnervingly fully and quickly.
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