Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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Weekly Poll Update: Donald Trump Is Imploding

Once again, let's show both of my favorite pollsters today. Sam Wang's meta-margin continued its reversion to the mean and then blew past it. Hillary Clinton is now leading Trump by 4.7 percentage points: Wang's current prediction is that Clinton has a 97 percent chance of winning and will rack up 332 electoral votes. Show More Summary

Brand New Mexican/Illuminati Conspiracy Theory Ready for Public Release

Just when you think that things can't get weirder, they get weirder. But don't I say that every day? Lately, yes I do. Nonetheless, Donald Trump and his brain trust are truly getting even weirder: Donald Trump will broaden his attack...Show More Summary

Big Money Is Fleeing the Republican Party

Donald Trump is right: American elites really do have it in for him. With 25 days to go until an epic bloodbath, rich Republican donor are demanding that the RNC disavow him: To an elite group of Republican contributors who have donated...Show More Summary

Chart of the Day: Americans Really Don't Like to Cook

My attempts to avoid writing about Donald Trump are getting more and more desperate. Here's today's chart of the day: For the 18th straight month and by the widest margin ever, restaurant sales in Sept. ($55.6B) were greater than grocery store sales ($52.5B) — Mark J. Show More Summary

Dodgers Win!

Hey! The Dodgers are playing for the NL pennant and the Giants aren't. Forget about Donald Trump. For a few moments, at least, life is good.

Donald Trump Finally Tells Us What He Really Thinks

It's a little hard to pick out excerpts that give you a flavor of Donald Trump's latest speech. It's an absolutely spectacular—and chilling—rant that paints a paranoid picture of the world hardly seen since The Protocols of the Elders of Zion was published. Show More Summary

Wondering Why Crime Is Up? Look to Older Whites, Not Young People of Color

Mike Males tells us today in the LA Times that Donald Trump is right: violent crime went up in 2015. However, you might be surprised at which demographic groups are responsible for this rise. Federal crime statistics don't provide age/race...Show More Summary

Michelle Obama Says Everything You Need to Know About Donald Trump

Here is Michelle Obama speaking in New Hampshire earlier today. I've started it in the middle, after all the intros and throat-clearing are done. Listen to the whole thing. Just do it. That is all.

Here's Why Bob Dylan Won the Nobel Prize in Literature Today

At the New Republic yesterday, Alex Shepard suggested that this might be the year for Don DeLillo to win the Nobel Prize in Literature: No American has won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 23 years, not since Toni Morrison. And it’sShow More Summary

Is Pain the Reason So Many Men Aren't Working These Days?

Why are fewer prime-age men working these days? Is it because video games are more attractive than low-paid work? Because they can increasingly rely on women making good incomes? Because society is breaking down? Princeton professorShow More Summary

With Nowhere to Turn, Trump Lobbies For Serbian Vote

Donald Trump has lost the support of women, blacks, Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, the disabled, Muslims, and pretty much every other demographic group other than angry white men. So who's left that might vote for him? How aboutShow More Summary

Paul Ryan Deserves Our Respect For Abandoning Trump

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, on Monday: Speaker Paul Ryan told House Republicans on a conference call Monday morning that he’s done defending Donald Trump and will focus on maintaining his party’s increasingly imperiled House majority,...Show More Summary

Trump Pretends He's Going to Sue the New York Times

So how did Donald Trump respond to today's New York Times story featuring two women who said he groped them? He, um, denied it: In a phone interview on Tuesday night, a highly agitated Mr. Trump denied every one of the women’s claims. “None of this ever took place,” said Mr. Show More Summary

Donald Trump Is a Pig

Is Donald Trump a serial groper? Jessica Leeds says yes: More than three decades ago, when she was a traveling businesswoman at a paper company, Ms. Leeds said, she sat beside Mr. Trump in the first-class cabin of a flight to New York. Show More Summary

How Should the Press Handle the Hack of John Podesta's Email?

Let's give some thought to a journalistic quandary: How should news organization handle the leak of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's hacked emails? Under normal circumstances there would be nothing much to think about. Once they're out, they're out. Show More Summary

Brexit Threatens British Ice Cream Imports

Tyler Cowen points to the following tidbit in the Financial Times: The plummeting pound is threatening UK households’ supplies of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and Marmite spread, as Tesco, the country’s biggest supermarket, pulled dozensShow More Summary

LAT Poll Finally Makes It Unanimous: Donald Trump Is a Loser

In the LA Times poll, Donald Trump has been consistently in the lead for the past month, even as other polls show Hillary Clinton ahead. Today, 27 days before November 8, doomsday has finally been postponed: There is a 19-year-old black man in Illinois who has no idea of the role he is playing in this election. Show More Summary

Court's CFPB Ruling Is Part of a Dangerous Trend

Conservatives are thrilled about yesterday's court decision regarding the CFPB. Here's Iain Murray: In a rare victory for the Constitution and American political tradition, the US Court of Appeals from the DC Circuit today found that...Show More Summary

Robots Love Gossip and Conspiracy Theories Too

First it was the failure of robot vacuums. Then Tesla's autopilot slammed into a truck in broad daylight. Now boosters of AI have to deal with another fiasco. The Washington Post reports that Facebook's shiny new algorithm for selecting...Show More Summary

The Final Numbers Are In: Trump's Tax Plan Is a Huge Windfall For the Wealthy

I know this is pretty meaningless, but TPC has released its latest—and presumably final—analyses of the Trump and Clinton tax plans. There's nothing surprising in them: Trump's plan features gigantic tax cuts for the wealthy and Clinton's features big tax increases on the wealthy. Show More Summary

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