Wonkblog Debates

  • Neil Irwin, Sarah Binder, Derek Khanna, Matthew Yglesias and Ezra Klein talk Washington dysfunction
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  • Ezra Klein discussing the filibuster and gridlock.
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  • Neil Irwin sets up the discussion for the evening.
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  • Sarah Binder discusses polarization and divided goverment.
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  • Slate columnist Matthew Yglesias: "How scary is a lost primary?"
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  • Derek Khanna talks Republican priorities
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  • Neil Irwin at the Washington dysfunction wonkblog debate
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  • Ezra Klein at the wonkblog debate.
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  • The 'wonk desk' at the wonkblog debate.
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May 1, 2013, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. | The Hamilton
Could Washington be better called Dysfunction Junction? Are the blockages that stand in the way of sound policymaking failures of individual legislators and presidents? Or are they rooted in the structure of the U.S. political system? Do the anti-majoritarian aspects of Congress--filibuster rules in the Senate, gerrymandering in the House, and so on--represent a system that is broken, or do they create a surprising strength and resilience in the American idea? What, if anything, should be done to reform the way politics works? Wonkblog’s Ezra Klein argues that Washington’s problems are profound, and structural--and three top policy minds of varying ideological persuasions go to bat for a lively debate on how Washington works, doesn’t work, and should work.

    Video highlights

    Ezra Klein on the American political system

    Ezra Klein on the American political system

    At the Wonkblog debate, Ezra Klein says, “We have throughout time always been tweaking the American political system to make it work a better...now, the system has changed in ways we didn’t intend it to.”
    Yglesias: “How scary is losing a primary?”

    Yglesias: “How scary is losing a primary?”

    At the May 1 Wonkblog Debate, Slate columnist Matthew Yglesias says we should hold elected officials to ”a little bit of a higher standard.”
    Khanna on Republicans’ priorities

    Khanna on Republicans’ priorities

    Derek Khanna, “I think the Republican perspective is, if you put forward a budget and it literally never balances...that is not, by textbook definition, a budget.”
    Sarah Binder says  there are no innocent parties in the Senate

    Sarah Binder says there are no innocent parties in the Senate

    At the May 1 Wonkblog debate, Sarah Binder discusses polarization in Congress.