The “Earmarks & Skidmarks” Edition

Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Allison Kaplan Sommer and Noah Efron discuss three two topics of incomparable importance and end with an anecdote about something in Israel that made them smile this week.

You Say “Corruption” Like It Was a Bad Thing!
Should coalition members get to earmark millions for their favorite causes?

Death, Taxes & Traffic
The Knesset’s new “pigovian” congestion tax will make half a million people pay handsomely every time they drive into Tel Aviv. Isn’t it time that someone made Allison pay?

A Likud So Powerful That Even It Can’t Form a Government?
For our most unreasonably generous Patreon supporters, in our extra-special, special extra discussion, we try to make sense of a new poll finding that if elections were held today, the Likud would grow stronger – to 36 seats – but that neither today’s coalition nor today’s opposition would be able to form a government. What’s it augur?

All that and the enchanting sounds of Tandu*!


  • El Adir
  • Shabbat ba-Boker (by Yoni Rechter, Tirzah Atar & Stevie Wonder)
  • Modeh Ani (by Meir Ariel)

*With eternal gratitude to Reena Berenberg!

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