Ezra Klein

Ted Cruz Republicans Listen Only to Themselves

The theme of Ted Cruz’s filibuster this week was “Make D.C. Listen.” But Cruz himself doesn’t listen; he talks. And talks. And talks. It’s no wonder the Texas senator can’t hear what the public is actually saying. A recent CNBC poll asked whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act should be defunded. By 44… Read more »

Summers Battle Was Front in War Over Wall Street

Larry Summers’s campaign to replace Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke wasn’t doomed by any of the typical doubts about a potential Fed chief. Senate Democrats weren’t worried that Summers was too tolerant of inflation or insufficiently committed to quantitative easing. In fact, they weren’t worried about his opinions on monetary policy at all. Summers fell… Read more »

Arguments for Intervening in Syria, With Rebuttals

The original rationale for the Iraq War was that the U.S. wasn’t safe so long as Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. It quickly became clear that wasn’t enough to justify an invasion. So other arguments were trotted out — each suggesting more ambitious goals, and thus requiring more expansive means, than the last…. Read more »

Why Do We Even Care About Syria’s Chemical Weapons?

The United Nations estimates that more than 100,000 Syrians have died since the country’s civil war began in March 2011. More die every day. But the U.S. is not considering military action to save them. The strikes that the Barack Obama administration favors, and that Congress is now debating, have a more limited purpose: to… Read more »

Summers Pick Fits Obama’s Preference for Beaten Path

At this point, Larry Summers isn’t just the favorite for Federal Reserve chairman. He’s the overwhelming favorite. Unless something truly unexpected shows up in the vetting process (a paid toast at Bashar al-Assad’s birthday party, for example) or the administration comes to believe Senate Democrats will revolt against a Summers nomination, he’s going to get… Read more »