Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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Donald Trump Slams…Something

A couple of hours ago on Twitter, Donald Trump condemned the white nationalists who marched in Charlottesville last night. Or did he? We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) […]

Factlet of the Day: Music Reviews Are Terrible

And by terrible, I mean fawning: Between 2012 and 2016, Metacritic, a website that aggregates critics’ reviews for music, films, television and video-games, gave just eight out of 7,287 albums a “red” score—a designation that means reviews were “generally unfavorable” or worse. In other words, only 0.1 percent of all albums reviewed were judged even […]

Republicans Have Made Obamacare More Popular Than Ever

Here’s the latest Kaiser tracking poll on the popularity of Obamacare: Approval of Obamacare has been rising steadily ever since Trump won the election. Net approval has now been positive for eight consecutive months, by far the longest stretch of positive approval since the law took effect in January 2014. On the less positive side, […]

How Do We Know Deterrence Works Against North Korea? Because It Already Does.

I want to make a quick point that’s pretty obvious, I guess, but that hasn’t been getting much attention. It’s this: North Korea and the United States have been successfully practicing mutually assured destruction against each other for more than half a century. It’s not the same as MAD between the Soviet Union and the […]

Friday Cat Blogging – 11 August 2017

Three months ago, I posted a picture of Hilbert playing under the sheets as we made the bed. I intended to post a matching picture of Hopper the next week, but things just kept getting in the way. Today my excuses finally ran out. So here it is, the long-awaited second half of my diptych […]

House Leaders Working on Obamacare Stabilization

Caitlin Owens reports that a pair of House Republicans—one a moderate and one an archconservative—are working on a bill to stabilize Obamacare: Reps. Tom MacArthur and Mark Meadows are working together on an individual market stabilization package, according to a senior GOP aide. It will include funding for the Affordable Care Act’s cost-sharing reduction payments […]

Tax Penalties are 40 Percent Higher Than in 2012

The Wall Street Journal reports today that the number of people who are underpaying their estimated quarterly taxes and incurring IRS penalties is skyrocketing: Apparently it’s something of a mystery why this is happening. The number of filers has gone up only slightly. The total penalty amount has stayed about the same. The laws haven’t […]

Are Books By Women Just a Bunch of PC Nonsense?

John Podhoretz is unhappy: The sheer PCness of this list is suffocating. — John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) August 11, 2017 Even though this Esquire list is more than a year old, I couldn’t help myself. I clicked the link, expecting to find a wild list of obscure femino-socialist tracts that no one in the real […]

Does Donald Trump Have Anyone Left That He Listens To?

Politico writes that Steven Bannon is increasingly isolated within the White House: The conservative news site Breitbart has waged a nonstop campaign against national security adviser H.R. McMaster, but so far it seems to have done the most damage to someone else: Steve Bannon. A Wall Street Journal editorial earlier this week accused Bannon of […]

You Should Read the “Maoist Insurgency” Memo. It’s Bananas.

H.R. McMaster has been cleaning house at the National Security Council recently. In particular, he recently fired a protege of Michael Flynn named Rich Higgins for writing some kind of outrageous memo that eventually found its way to Donald Trump’s desk. Did Higgins deserve this just for an ill-considered memo? Today we can finally make […]

Donald Trump Really Has It In For the State Department

What happened while I was at lunch? Let’s see. Jeffrey Lord got fired from CNN for tweeting “Sieg Heil” at someone. Scientists announced that pig-human transplants will be available soon. Other scientists have created mutant ants. And Donald Trump thanked Vladimir Putin for kicking out hundreds of American diplomats. Wait. What? “I want to thank […]

Lunchtime Photo

Yesterday’s photo was taken on the way to Silverado Canyon. Today’s was taken in the canyon itself. This was one of those things where I could barely see what I was taking a picture of. I was standing awkwardly and shoving the camera out in front of myself, shooting almost blind. That’s why this picture […]

Paul Manafort Squealed, Now He’s In the Hot Seat

Hey, remember that meeting last year between Don Jr. and the Russian attorney? The one that was set up because the attorney promised some dirt on Hillary Clinton? Sure you do. But how did anyone find out about that, anyway? Bloomberg tells us today that Paul Manafort was the snitch: Manafort had alerted authorities to […]

Here’s the Latest Outrage From the Intolerant Left

Breitbart writer John Carney is unhappy: We’re going to have to create a full #MAGA shadow cultural industry because the Opposition Media can’t even do fashion without attacking us — John Carney (@carney) August 10, 2017 My Twitter feed is full of snark about this. But it’s also full of puzzlement. How is this […]

Just How Removed From Reality Is Donald Trump?

Yesterday Donald Trump tweeted this: My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before…. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2017 This is, obviously, wrong. The modernization of our nuclear arsenal has been in progress for years, and it […]

Is the United States an Oligarchy?

Here’s something interesting that’s not related to North Korea. Filip Novokmet, Thomas Piketty, and Gabriel Zucman have turned their analytical eyes toward Russia. Here’s what income trends look like there: This is a stunningly fast rise of the oligarchy. Communism fell between 1989 and 1991, and in the ten years after that the rich in […]

James Damore Speaks to the Press — Sort Of

So what’s up with James Damore, the Google dude who wrote that diversity memo and then got fired? The New York Times had this yesterday: “I have a legal right to express my concerns about the terms and conditions of my working environment and to bring up potentially illegal behavior, which is what my document […]

Can Someone School Me on Romans 13?

Robert Jeffress, a follower of the Lamb of God¹ and a loving shepherd of His flock—and one of Donald Trump’s favorite pastors—is apparently pretty stoked at the idea of launching hellfire on North Korea: When it comes to how we should deal with evil doers, the Bible, in the book of Romans, is very clear: […]

Nonexistent VA Reform Draws Big Cheers

Dave Weigel is attending some Republican town halls today to see what’s on the minds of real Americans in the heartland: Also I’m finding that by FAR the biggest “what we’ve done this year” applause line for Rs is VA reform. — Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) August 9, 2017 This is a pretty good example of […]

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