Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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Debate Liveblogging Tonight!

I don't find the Democratic debates nearly as interesting as the Republican slugfests, but I'll be liveblogging tonight's showdown regardless. It's on MSNBC at 9 pm Eastern, and for the first time we don't have to waste a third of our questions on Martin O'Malley. That alone makes it worth tuning in.

Donald Trump Losing Steam After Iowa Loss

It's only one poll, and a national poll at that, but PPP says that Donald Trump is suffering badly from his loss in Iowa: “Donald Trump’s really seen some cratering in his support this week,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. Show More Summary

Flint Probably Has Bigger Problems Than Lead Pipes

The latest from Flint: Mayor Karen Weaver is calling for immediate removal of lead pipes from Flint's water distribution system, and is expected to detail her request at a news conference later Tuesday, Feb. 2....Replacing all of Flint's...Show More Summary

The Party Is Deciding....On Marco Rubio?

Over at FiveThirtyEight, they're taking The Party Decides out for a spin by tracking the most important sign of just how the party decides: endorsements. This is allegedly the key metric for predicting the nomination, and they report...Show More Summary

Yes, Bernie Sanders Is Questioning Hillary Clinton's Integrity

Greg Sargent points us to this exchange yesterday on CNN: WOLF BLITZER: Are you suggesting that Secretary Clinton is beholden to Wall Street and big money? BERNIE SANDERS: No. What I’m simply saying is a fact. She recently reported that her Super PAC received $25 million. Show More Summary

Marco Rubio Lashes Out Against Call For Religious Toleration

President Obama, during a speech today at a Baltimore mosque: If we’re serious about freedom of religion — and I’m speaking now to my fellow Christians who remain the majority in this country — we have to understand an attack on one faith is an attack on all our faiths. Show More Summary

Yet Another Look at BernieCare

I hope you'll pardon a bit of real-time navel-gazing. It won't take long. A couple of weeks ago Bernie Sanders released an outline of his single-payer health plan, and I pronounced it "pretty good." A week later, Emory's Kenneth Thorpe took a detailed look at Sanders' plan and basically concluded that it was fantasy. Show More Summary

And Now For a Short Dental Interlude

I'm off to the dentist. My teeth are actually in fine shape, but when you hit your 50s all the fillings you got in your 20s and 30s apparently start to go south, so they have to be removed and refilled. Or so my dentist says, anyway. Today I get two or three of them replaced. I don't remember exactly. Hopefully she does.

The Republican Field Is Shrinking Rapidly

I know how easy it is to lose track of things. So just for the record, we're now down to seven real candidates on the Republican side of things: Cruz Rubio Bush Trump Carson Christie Kasich This doesn't count the three dead-enders who haven't officially quit yet: Jim Gilmore, Rick Santorum, and Carly Fiorina. Show More Summary

The Excuses Are Flying High in Trumpworld

Watching Donald Trump make excuses for yet another business failure is edifying. Here's Trump on why he lost in Iowa: I think we could've used a better ground game, a term I wasn't even familiar with....But people told me my ground game was fine. Show More Summary

Here's Some Context For Blood Lead Levels in Flint

I don't have any special point to make with these charts. They show blood lead levels in children over the past couple of decades for a few selected states, and they're meant only to provide a bit of context for reporting about Flint. Show More Summary

Chart of the Day: Another Sign That Dodd-Frank Is Working

Via Matt O'Brien, this chart from JP Morgan shows financial sector leverage over the past few decades. As you can see, leverage skyrocketed during the Bush era, which contributed to the 2008 financial meltdown, and then plummeted shortly thereafter. Show More Summary

Conservative Culture and the Fear of Reverse Racism

Bruce Bartlett has written a new paper that examines the role of "reverse racism" in the rise of Donald Trump. Bartlett touches on a number of topics—e.g., changing demographics, partisan realignment, the media promotion of race as an...Show More Summary

Let the Whining Begin

This is such an awesome bit of whining from Donald Trump that I felt I had to share it. I think we need a new word for this. Trump+whining = Twining. Or Trump + griping = Triping. Or something. Maybe figure out a way to add the concept that he's actually a winner even when he's objectively a failure. That might take some kind of German construction, though.

Clinton Beats Sanders, 50-50

I'm not much of a horse-race guy, but it sure seems like the horse race is now key to the future of the Democratic primaries. The problem for Bernie Sanders is that he has an obvious structural disadvantage—superdelegates are almost 100 percent Clinton supporters—as well as a problem in the states following New Hampshire. Show More Summary

Boring Mortgages Are Too Boring For Wall Street—Again

Liar loans are back! These mortgages, which are given to borrowers that can’t fully document their income, helped fuel a tidal wave of defaults during the housing crisis and subsequently fell out of favor. Now, big money managers including Neuberger Berman, Pacific Investment Management Co. Show More Summary

Ted! Ted! Ted!

Here are tonight's big messages as we all fondly say "Goodbye, Iowa": Ted Cruz: I will have the shortest name of any president in history. Marco Rubio: Benghazi! Donald Trump: Finishing in the top ten is a great victory. Jeb Bush: I have a short name too. Show More Summary

It Turns Out That Millennials Like Hillary Clinton Just Fine

It's the first election day of the cycle, so I might as well go with the flow. Langer Research recently asked millennials how they'd feel if various candidates won the presidency. Here were the choices: like declaring a national holiday like...Show More Summary

The Political Generation Gap Has Become a Generation Chasm

This is nothing new, but I continue to find it sort of fascinating. Here's Pew's breakdown of the voting generation gap over the past 40 years: At the turn of the century, there was no partisan difference in the votes of young and old. Show More Summary

Health Update—So Far Filed Under "Huh?"

So what was the dexamethasone thing about last night? Here's the story. During my first round of chemotherapy I took a three-med cocktail. One of the meds was dexamethasone, a corticosteroid. It helps the other drugs work better, and also seems to program cancerous myeloma cells to die on their own, which is a handy attribute. Show More Summary

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