Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
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Posts / Week:32.6
Archived Since:February 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Camera Collection Update

I have a new camera, so that means I need to update my camera gallery. This time I took a family photo, and then practiced my Photoshop skillz by erasing the background so they all look like they're floating in air. I'm really bad at this kind of thing because I can't draw a straight line with a mouse to save my life. Show More Summary

Trump Abroad: Big Talk, Not Much Big Action

Here's a headline in the LA Times this morning: Is this really true? I'm not so sure. What Trump demonstrated was big talk far more than big action. He signed a $110 billion weapons deal with the Saudis that was only a hair different from what Obama had agreed to. Show More Summary

Trump Tweets Get Ever More Divorced From Reality

Donald Trump has a long history of tweeting nonsense, but this might be his most unbelievable tweet ever: I look forward to reading the @CommerceGov 232 analysis of steel and aluminum- to be released in June. Will take major action if necessary. — Donald J. Show More Summary

Kushnergate Update: Was It Really All About Syria?

Here's an interesting new tidbit on the Jared Kushner front. The New York Times account of Kushnergate says that the reason Kushner wanted to set up backchannel comms to Russia was so that Michael Flynn could hold private conversations about Syria. Show More Summary

The Kushner Backchannel Story Is Hard to Make Sense Of

Last night the Washington Post and the New York Times both reported that Jared Kushner buttonholed the Russian ambassador last December about setting up a secret communications backchannel with Moscow. This was during the transition period, six or seven weeks before Trump was inaugurated. Show More Summary

Yet More Quotes of the Day

On Donald Trump: President Trump reportedly complained to world leaders about roadblocks he has faced setting up golf courses in the European Union....“Every time we talk about a country, he remembered the things he had done. Scotland? He said he had opened a club. Show More Summary

Quote of the Day #2: Tax Plans

The Wall Street Journal provides an example of the criticism leveled at Donald Trump's press operation: Some Trump advisers have also questioned the judgment of communications officials, citing as an example the rollout of a tax-plan...Show More Summary

Quote of the Day: Pink Donut Boxes

From Peter Yen of Santa Ana Packaging, a manufacturer of donut boxes: Anytime you see a movie or sitcom set in New York and a pink doughnut box appears, you know it obviously took place in L.A. I did not know that! But it turns out that pink donut and pastry boxes are unique to Southern California. Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 26 May 2017

Someone in comments the other day was kvetching about the fact that I tend to crop my photos pretty tightly, and that's true. I like sharp, tightly-cropped pictures. Still, variety is the spice of life, and my fondness for close-ups means that you rarely get to see Hilbert or Hopper in action. Show More Summary

Trump: Overseas Trip Has Saved "Millions of Jobs"

Donald Trump claims that his world trip this week has saved millions of jobs. Millions! A White House official said Trump was not talking just about the Saudi deals but “benefits to trade from the entire trip from Saudi Arabia to the G7.” He noted that “any improvement on trade would save many jobs. Show More Summary

Did Michael Flynn Lobby for the Turkish Government?

Last year, Michael Flynn received half a million dollars as part of a contract with the Inovo Group, headed by Ekim Alptekin, the chairman of the Turkey-US Business Council. Was this legit? Or is Inovo just a front for the Turkish government? David Corn investigates: The paperwork Flynn filed with the government is confusing. Show More Summary

American Health Care Is Expensive. It Will Take Years to Change That.

A couple of days ago I tossed off a late-night post pointing out that health care is expensive, so it's hardly surprising that estimates of California's proposed single-payer plan have clocked in at a net additional cost of around $200 billion. Show More Summary

The Blue-Slip Rule Is On Its Last Legs

The Washington Post confirms what we've already heard about Senate Republicans doing away with the blue-slip rule: Leaders are considering a change to the Senate’s “blue slip” practice, which holds that judicial nominations will notShow More Summary

Gianforte Issues Stomach-Turning "Apology"

Yesterday Greg Gianforte melted down and assaulted a reporter who tried to ask him a question. Today he issued one of the most repugnant apologies I've ever heard: "When you make a mistake you have to own up to it. Last night I made a mistake.. Show More Summary

Mr. Ivanka Trump Now Under Investigation

We now know for sure who the person "close to Trump" is: Investigators are focusing on a series of meetings held by Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and an influential White House adviser, as part of their probe into Russian...Show More Summary

Paul Romer and the Parataxis of the World Bank

Via Tyler Cowen I learn that "Bankspeak," the jargon of the World Bank, is a big issue. Who knew? Here's an excerpt from a 2015 report of the Stanford Literary Lab: The biggest surprise came with the most frequent collocate of all: “and”. Show More Summary

Trump: I'll Put a Stop to Germany Selling Cars in the US

This from Der Spiegel: US President Donald Trump complained bitterly about the German trade surplus on his meeting with the EU top in Brussels. "The Germans are evil, very evil," said Trump. This was learned by the SPIEGEL from participants in the meeting. Show More Summary

Lunchtime Photo

Here's a morning glory with a busy little bee inside. Actually, two bees, I guess. Isn't it nice to see everyone doing the job nature has assigned them?

Appeals Court Upholds Ban on Travel Ban

An appeals court has upheld the injunction on President Trump's travel ban: Trump's order "speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination," Chief Judge Roger L. Show More Summary

Let's Drop the Hysterics About Trump and NATO's Article 5

Is Donald Trump committed to NATO? Here's what the press says about that today: New York Times: "President Trump on Thursday once again refused to explicitly endorse NATO’s mutual defense pledge, instead lecturing European leaders on what he called their 'chronic underpayments' to the military alliance." Wall Street Journal: "Mr. Show More Summary

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