Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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The Trump Administration Didn’t Like a Report That Says Refugees Have a Net Positive Impact. You’ll Totally Believe What They Did Next.

As part of his executive order banning refugees, Donald Trump ordered HHS to produce a report about the economic impact of refugees. The answer, according to HHS, is that refugees contributed $269 billion in tax revenue and used $206 billion in services, for a net positive impact of $63 billion over the past decade. However, […]

Did Donald Trump Really Apologize to the President of Turkey?

Last May, a loud but peaceful group of Kurdish demonstrators gathered outside the home of the Turkish ambassador to protest the visit of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan’s bodyguards, apparently at the direction of Erdogan himself, waded into the crowd and started beating people bloody. Nearly everyone in America was appalled, from Congress to […]

Americans Want to Believe We’ve Made a Lot More Progress on Race Than We Actually Have

While Kevin’s on vacation, we’ve invited other Mother Jones writers to contribute posts. Turns out Americans have too rosy a view of racial equality in the country. In a new paper published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a group of Yale psychologists has found that people in the US vastly overestimate the progress made in closing the […]

Republican Texas House Leader Wants State to Admit Civil War Was About Slavery

Today, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, joined the continuing push to take down Confederate monuments by calling for the removal of a plaque at the statehouse entitled the “Children of the Confederacy Creed” that asserts the Civil War “was not a rebellion, nor was its underlying cause to sustain slavery.” House Speaker Joe Straus is calling […]

The Left Seems Pretty United In Opposition to Antifa

Here’s an article that was posted prominently online today in the Wall Street Journal: How Antifa Violence Has Split the Left Broadly labeled antifa, for “antifascist,” such protesters are part of a loose affiliation of far-left groups and individuals who unite around a willingness to confront, sometimes violently, anyone they perceive to be an agent […]

Lunchtime Photo

The Skellig Islands are famous for several reasons: They are beautiful, pristine, world treasures, etc. There’s a 6th century monastery at the top of Skellig Michael. Little Skellig hosts gazillions of gannets. Also puffins, but only through August 7, when they depart for Iceland (boo!). The final scene of Star Wars VII was filmed there. […]

Trumpcare 3.0 Will Eliminate Health Insurance For 25 Million People

I suppose you have to give Republicans credit for persistence: they’re now trying yet again to repeal Obamacare. The first attempt ended when Paul Ryan couldn’t round up the votes in the House. The second attempt ended when Mitch McConnell couldn’t round up the votes in the Senate. Now we have Graham-Cassidy, which is considerably […]

Here’s Some Good News About Climate Change. Really.

Here’s some potentially good news on the climate front. The most aggressive climate goal we have is to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5°C from their pre-industrial average. The most recent IPCC report suggests that to do this, we need to limit total future carbon emissions to about 250 billion tonnes of CO2 […]

Here’s the Real Inside Story of How Paris Won the 2024 Olympics

Ladies and gentlemen, I present possibly the most ridiculous story ever written. This weekend the New York Times explained how Paris won the 2024 Olympics after repeated failures in recent years: Paris Won the 2024 Olympics by Learning From Its Mistakes Although the Olympic bidding process is notoriously opaque, Paris’s successful bid for the 2024 […]

I Tried To Freeze My Credit. It Was Kind of Infuriating.

While Kevin’s on vacation, we’ve invited other Mother Jones writers to contribute posts. Kevin, as you’re probably aware, has strong opinions on the Equifax disaster, so let’s keep that ball rolling while he enjoys fiddle tunes and a half-pint in the Irish pubs. Over at the New York Times, finance columnist Ron Lieber has kept busy […]

Donald Trump Is Normalizing Bald-Faced Lying

One of the worst things about the Trump era is the way it’s normalized bald-faced lying. I don’t mean cherry picking or exaggerating or twisting facts. I mean people just telling outright lies because they figure no one will bother checking—and if they do, well, who cares? You can ignore it or bluster your way […]

Lunchtime Photo

One of the great things about County Kerry in Ireland is that it makes photography easy. Maybe too easy. Basically, you just pull off the road every once in a while, point your camera in a random direction, and take some pictures. They’ll all be great. But let’s start out with something simple. This perfect […]

Here’s a Better Identity Theft Idea for Elizabeth Warren

Hannah Levintova reports that Elizabeth Warren has introduced legislation in response to the Equifax hack: The bill, titled the Freedom from Equifax Exploitation (FREE) Act, would require credit reporting agencies to offer customers free options to impose or lift a “credit freeze” that stops the sharing and selling of personal credit information to third parties. […]

Perhaps Evangelicals Really Are “Easy to Command” After All

While I’ve been tromping around in Ireland, I see that this chart from Thomas Edsall has been making the rounds: Edsall comments on this and other recent poll results: What happened in the interim? The answer is obvious: the advent of Donald Trump….Michael Barber and Jeremy C. Pope, political scientists at Brigham Young University, reported […]

Perhaps Some Day People Will Be Able to Afford California After All

California has an affordability problem. The median cost of a home is $505,800—up $321,000 from five years ago. Homelessness is also on the upswing, with more than 118,000 people without shelter—more than any other state in the country. Californians “are living during the worst housing crisis our state has ever experienced,” said David Chiu, a state assemblyman […]

Goodnight, Cassini

While Kevin’s on vacation, we’ve invited other Mother Jones writers to contribute posts. Early Friday morning, the Cassini spacecraft ended it’s 20-year-long journey as it burned up in Saturn’s atmosphere.  One last look…Explore theShow More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging – 15 September 2017

I may be traipsing around in Ireland right now, but the miracle of technology has allowed me to make sure you get your weekly dose of cat. Here is Hopper cooling herself off from the afternoon heat in the underbrush of the jungle that is our backyard. Next week I hope to have an Irish […]

There Will Be Zero Counties Without Obamacare Insurers in 2018

While Kevin’s on vacation, we’ve invited other Mother Jones writers to contribute posts. As Republicans have tried to rip apart Obamacare this year, one of their most frequent rhetorical strategies has been highlighting areas of the country where there might be zero insurance plans sold on the insurance exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act.  […]

My Tough Life As a Blogger

Here is my new blogging home: This is not intended to make anyone jealous. It’s purely informational. Also, I met one of my neighbors this morning: I told him I had just arrived from America, and his reply was, “Bah.” I guess that’s appropriate.

Lunchtime Photo

The expression on this little girl’s face is priceless. I took this picture at Disneyland, on the raft leaving Tom Sawyer’s Island, and I figure she’s either bored by the whole TSI experience or annoyed at being forced to leave so soon. Hard to say which. But she’s definitely projecting some attitude.

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