The Ezra Klein Show
The Ezra Klein Show
New York Times Opinion
There’s Been a Massive Change in Where American Policy Gets Made
Since 2021, Democrats have controlled the House, the Senate and the presidency, and they’ve used that power to pass consequential legislation, from the American Rescue Plan to the Inflation Reduction Act. That state of affairs was exceptional: In the 50 years between 1970 and 2020, the U.S. House, Senate and presidency were only under unified party control for 14 years. Divided government has become the norm in American politics. And since Republicans won back the House in November, it is about to become the reality once again. But that doesn’t mean policymaking is going to stop — far from it. As America’s national politics have become more and more gridlocked in recent decades, many consequential policy decisions have been increasingly pushed down to the state level. The ability to receive a legal abortion or use recreational marijuana; how easy it is to join a union, purchase a firearm or vote in elections; the tax rates we pay and the kind of health insurance we have access to: These decisions are being determined at the state level to an extent not seen since before the civil rights revolution of the mid-twentieth century. Jake Grumbach is a political scientist at the University of Washington and the author of the book “Laboratories Against Democracy: How National Parties Transformed State Politics.” In it, Grumbach tracks this shift in policymaking to the states and explores its implications for American politics. Our national mythologies present state government as less polarizing, more accountable to voters and a hedge against anti-democratic forces amassing too much power. But, as Grumbach shows, in an era of national political media, parties and identities, the truth is a lot more complicated. So this conversation is a guide to the level of government that we tend to pay the least attention to, even as it shapes our lives more than any other. Mentioned: Dynamic Democracy by Devin Caughey and Christopher Warshaw “Does money have a conservative bias? Estimating the causal impact of Citizens United on state legislative preferences” by Anna Harvey and Taylor Mattia State Capture by Alex Hertel-Fernandez “From the Bargaining Table to the Ballot Box” by James Feigenbaum, Alexander Hertel-Fernandez and Vanessa Williamson Paths Out of Dixie by Robert Mickey “Old Money: Campaign Finance and Gerontocracy in the United States” by Adam Bonica and Jake Grumbach Book Recommendations: Fragmented Democracy by Jamila Michener Private Government by Elizabeth Anderson Dilla Time by Dan Charnas Thoughts? Email us at (And if you’re reaching out to recommend a guest, please write “Guest Suggestion” in the subject line.) You can find transcripts (posted midday) and more episodes of “The Ezra Klein Show” at, and you can find Ezra on Twitter @ezraklein. Book recommendations from all our guests are listed at “The Ezra Klein Show” is produced by Emefa Agawu, Annie Galvin, Jeff Geld, Rogé Karma and Kristin Lin. Fact-checking by Michelle Harris and Kate Sinclair. Original music by Isaac Jones. Mixing by Jeff Geld. Audience strategy by Shannon Busta.
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The Matt Walsh Show
The Matt Walsh Show
The Daily Wire
Ep. 1076 - Why Western Civilization Is Giving Up On Itself
Click here to join the member exclusive portion of my show:  Today on the Matt Walsh Show, Americans continue to drop out of the workforce at an alarming pace. This is part of a general decline that includes church attendance and marriage rates. What is behind all of this? And how much of it is the leftover effect of the COVID shutdowns? We'll talk about that today. Also, Republicans add another election loss to their tally. Time Magazine shocks no one with their person of the year selection. A grand jury report proves that the sex abuse scandal in Loudoun County is way worse than we thought. California makes plans to deliver reparations. And a woke Tik-Toker explains why white people should seek permission before hanging out with black people. Very important advice. - - -  DailyWire+:   Become a DailyWire+ member for 30% off using code HOLIDAY at checkout:     Represent the Sweet Baby Gang by shopping my merch here:    Get 30% off Jeremy’s Razors Gift Bundles:   - - -  Today’s Sponsors: 40 Days For Life - Check out 40 Days for Life – locations, podcast, and free magazine: Birch Gold - Text "WALSH" to 989898, or go to, for a FREE Goldback with every $5000 purchase, when you convert an existing IRA or 401k into a precious metals IRA with Birch Gold by December 22nd. Epic Will - Use Promo Code 'WALSH' for 10% off your Will:  - - - Socials: Follow on Twitter:  Follow on Instagram:  Follow on Facebook:  Subscribe on YouTube:  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
59 min
3 Things
3 Things
Express Audio
Belagavi border row, Goldy Brar’s alleged arrest, and a mosque in Ayodhya
First, Indian Express’ Kiran Parashar joins us to explain the Belagavi border dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka.  Second, Indian Express’ Navjeevan Gopal talks about Goldy Brar’s alleged detention and subsequent interview. (12:28) Third, Indian Express’ Asad Rehman discusses the 2019 supreme court judgement which allotted 5-acres land for a mosque in Ayodhya and why it has been delayed. (19:12) Hosted by Anwiti Singh Scripted and Produced by Anwiti Singh, Utsa Sarmin, and Rahel Philipose.  Edited and mixed by Suresh Pawar and Abhishek Kumar  The Indian Express has released a new history podcast show called Pages from the past. In its first season, hosts Adrija Roychowdury and Damini Jaiman explore the stories of five princely states that were reluctant to join the Indian union in 1947. You can listen to the first episode of this 5-episode season for free on or download our app where all the episodes are available for free. You can find the links here: Listen to the first episode for free on The Indian Express website: Or listen to all the episodes for free on The Indian Express app: iOS link:  Android link:
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