Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Yes, Of Course People on Obamacare Are Getting Lots of Medical Care

Jordan Weissmann writes this today: One of Tom Price’s go-to criticisms of the Affordable Care Act is that it does not, in fact, provide people much in the way of care. The law has helped many Americans obtain insurance, sure. But because the policies have such high deductibles, he argues, patients still can’t afford medical help. Show More Summary

Is It Really Illegal to Make Undercover Recordings in California?

I Am Still Not A Lawyer, and I don't want to go too far down this rabbit hole, but I've gotten a fair amount of pushback to my post last night suggesting that the folks who did the undercover Planned Parenthood videos shouldn't be prosecuted. Show More Summary

Obamacare Doesn't Save Many Lives. But Why Do We Focus So Much on That?

Ross Douthat raised a common conservative talking point in his column this weekend: It’s worth raising once again the most counterintuitive and frequently scoffed-at point that conservatives have made about Obamacare: It probably isn’t...Show More Summary

Lunchtime Photo

It's wildflower season in the desert, and nearby Anza-Borrego was said to have a "superbloom" this year. I didn't feel like making the trek out there, especially since I'd have to wake up around 4 am to get there for sunrise, but a reader suggested that I check out Upper Newport Bay instead. That's a more civilized 6:30 am wakeup call. So that's where I was last Saturday.

Globalization Isn't Dead, But It's Taking a Nap

The Wall Street Journal says that globalization is dead, killed on a rising tide of financial crisis, populism, and nationalist politics. Some threads of their evidence are more convincing than others, but a quick look at global trade...Show More Summary

Why Does Apple Object to News About Drone Strikes?

Over at the Intercept, Josh Begley has a story that's disturbing—but not in the usual Intercept way: Five years ago, I made a simple iPhone app. It would send you a push notification every time a U.S. drone strike was reported in the news. Show More Summary

EU-Britain Divorce Will Get Started... Someday

Prime Minister Theresa May submitted an official notice today the Great Britain will be exiting the European Union: Now that Prime Minister May has officially given notice to Tusk, the next step is to begin negotiations about the negotiations. Show More Summary

California Should Leave Undercover Video Activists Alone

Remember the undercover Planned Parenthood videos that caused such a fuss last year? Their creators, David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, are back in the news: Two antiabortion activists whose controversial undercover videos accused Planned...Show More Summary

Trump Keeps Asking For More Military Spending. He's Not Going to Get It.

Not satisfied with proposing $54 billion in domestic spending cuts for next year, today President Trump asked Congress to cut $18 billion in what's left of the current fiscal year: The White House is asking Congress to cut $18 billion...Show More Summary

Lunchtime Photo

This is our new Hello Kitty Cafe at the Spectrum shopping center. You're jealous, aren't you? You wish you had a Hello Kitty Cafe. This picture was taken shortly before I was kicked off the property. 1 Snapping pictures with cell phones is fine, it turns out, but the security guards are told to watch out for anyone with a "high end" camera. Show More Summary

In Private, It Turns Out That Trump Is Pretty Much the Same

Roger Cohen writes about the Trump-Merkel meeting a couple of weeks ago: When Donald Trump met Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany earlier this month, he put on one of his most truculent and ignorant performances. He wanted money — piles...Show More Summary

Your Morning in Tweets

It's been one of those mornings. My best source to capture the flavor of the news today is my Twitter feed. In no particular order: Spicer says there is a double standard. when leaks to press, focus on substance. with nunes info, people...Show More Summary

Who Was Devin Nunes' Secret White House Source?

Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking minority member on the House Intelligence Committee, has called for Devin Nunes to recuse himself from further involvement in the Russia probe. This comes after Nunes' bizarre unveiling of supposed evidence that the Obama White House really did surveil Trump aides during the transition. Show More Summary

Trump Team Continues to Act Guilty Over Russia Ties

One of my complaints about Hillary Clinton during the email affair was the fact that she sometimes acted guilty even when she wasn't. Now it's Donald Trump's turn. Here is the Washington Post today: The Trump administration sought to...Show More Summary

Leverage and Liquidity Are the Keys to a Strong Banking System

I'm a big fan of higher capital ratios (i.e., lower leverage) as a way of making the banking system safer, so I was disturbed when Tyler Cowen pointed to a new paper suggesting that high capital ratios don't reduce the likelihood of financial crises. Show More Summary

Trump Set to Take an Axe to Climate Change Rules

This is all completely expected, but it's still depressing as hell. The Trump administration has already approved two new pipelines and said it will reconsider tougher fuel economy standards that Barack Obama put in place, but that was just the start. Show More Summary

Lead Update: White Folks and Alabama Prisoners

It's been...weeks, at least, since I've mentioned lead and crime, and today I got two nice little anecdotes at once. The first is from lead researcher extraordinaire Rick Nevin, who directs our attention to this chart: As predicted by the lead-crime theory, the prison population of younger cohorts (15-25) has dropped the most. Show More Summary

Lunchtime Photo

We have our first baby waterfowl of the season! These are baby Egyptian geese, which the Nestor of the 21st Century informs me are actually ducks. Shelducks, to be exact. Aren't these little shelducklings adorable?

Trump Job Approval Continues Free Fall

Here's your weekly look at Donald Trump's job approval rating. He's now in a net hole of 15 percentage points, and still falling.

Who Wins and Who Loses From TrumpamaCare?

Earlier this morning I sketched out a possible compromise between Obamacare and Trumpcare that might have a chance of getting through Congress if everyone agrees to a plan that would rely on both Republican and Democratic votes. I consider...Show More Summary

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