Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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Last night the Mother Jones site suddenly went crazy—but only on Firefox on my tablet. Every other combination of site, browser, and platform works fine. This morning, AdBlock suddenly stopped working. Everywhere. Have gremlins invaded my house? I guess I'll just wait a day or two and see if everything spontaneously fixes itself, as so often these things do.

Chart of the Day: The Current State of the GOP Race

Here's the Real Clear Politics take on the Republican primary race as of Friday. I've modified it to show only the top six candidates—which, let's face it, are the only ones we're really interested in at this point. Note that this is...Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 25 September 2015

A few weeks ago Hopper got her picture taken in the bathroom sink, so naturally Hilbert immediately decided he wanted his picture taken in the bathroom sink. He doesn't fit quite as nicely, but he seemed pretty happy. He never went back, though. Once he'd evened things up with Hopper, he moved on to other attention-demanding exploits.

Jeb Bush: Deficits Are For Democrats to Worry About

I analyze the news for you: What Jeb Bush said this morning: Everybody freaks out about the deficit....But if we grow our economy at a faster rate, the dynamic nature of tax policy will kick in....I'm more optimistic. What he meant: We should freak out about the deficit only when a Democrat is president. Show More Summary

Boehner Resigns, Cruz Explodes, Shutdown Averted

The always charming Ted Cruz reacts to the news that John Boehner will be resigning from Congress next month: If it is correct that the speaker, before he resigns, has cut a deal with Nancy Pelosi to fund the Obama administration for...Show More Summary

71% of Americans Think Civil Asset Forfeiture Is Wrong

Julian Sanchez draws my attention to a YouGov poll from last month about civil asset forfeiture, the practice of confiscating money that police merely believe to be connected to a crime. What do Americans think of this? I suppose I should...Show More Summary

Debating the Debates: Should Democrats Have More?

Ryan Cooper wants more debates. Before we boo him off the stage, though, note that he's asking for more Democratic debates. And he thinks Hillary Clinton ought to be in favor. Here's why: It would stop Republicans from dominating 2016...Show More Summary

The EPA Is Coming After Your Defeat Devices

If you're using a defeat device on your car, you'd better remove it ASAP. New testing protocols are coming in the wake of the VW scandal: The EPA is sending a letter to auto manufacturers to explain that it may test or require testing...Show More Summary

Chart of the Day: The Surprisingly Close Relationship Between Housing Sales and Housing Starts

The Economist notes a "bizarre" relationship today: For the last forty years the number of new houses built privately has been almost exactly one-tenth the total number of houses bought and sold in a given year. So, for example, if 1m...Show More Summary

Some Notes Toward a Comprehensive Plan For Screwing Martin Shkreli

As we all know, Rosa Parks was not the first black woman in Montgomery to be arrested for refusing to move to the back of the bus. There were two before her, but local black leaders declined to make test cases out of them. They waited...Show More Summary

Let's Experiment With Universal Preschool

I'm a considerable fan of early childhood education. Megan McArdle says she's tentatively in favor too, but "I am opposed to blind boosterism of such programs, the kind that confidently predicts marvelous results from thin empiricalShow More Summary

Why Is No One Talking About the Menace of the Pacific Ocean?

Look, if we're going to have a wall on the Southern border and the Northern border, then I want a wall along the Western border too. I won't feel safe until we build one. Shame about the view, but national security comes first.

Spreadsheet of the Day: How Many People Did VW Kill?

How many people did VW's NOx defeat device kill? Over the weekend I did a rough estimate and figured that over the past six years VW's excess NOx emissions probably killed about a dozen people in Southern California. Since then I've slightly revised my spreadsheet to account for an error, which increases my estimate to about 17 people killed. Show More Summary

Quote of the Day: "Carly Cut His Balls Off"

It's been obvious to me for a while that the best way to get under Donald Trump's skin is to attack him where it really hurts. Don't call him a clown or an entertainer. That's water off a duck. But he genuinely cares about his reputation as a dealmaker. Show More Summary

Quote of the Day: "He Didn't Think We'd Respond?"

From a Carly Fiorina aide, defending their absurd smear today of Jeffrey Sonnenfeld: After more than a decade of attacking Carly's character and misrepresenting her career, he didn't think we would respond? I guess he's not ready for the arena after all. The context for this involves Trumpishly juvenile behavior from a whole cast of characters. Show More Summary

If You Accuse Hillary Clinton of Lying, You Should Be Careful With the Truth Yourself

I was noodling around this afternoon and decided to check out Drudge. Hmmm. A picture of Obama with 'horns' next to the pope. Some nutcases in California think the drought is part of a government weather-control conspiracy. China wants to control the internet. Show More Summary

It Might Be Time to Rethink How We Do Emissions Testing

This sounds cool. Max Ehrenfreund writes today about Gary Bishop, a research engineer at the University of Denver, who has been working on real-life emissions testing for cars: Bishop's laboratory has developed a roadside sensor, which...Show More Summary

It Sure Looks Like Hillary Clinton Didn't Have a Cunning Plan to Foil Congressional Investigators

This happened yesterday while I was away from my desk: The FBI has recovered personal and work-related e-mails from the private computer server used by Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of state, according to a person familiar...Show More Summary

Jeb Bush Has No Clue About Business Regulation

Jeb Bush today in the Wall Street Journal: To understand what is wrong with the regulatory culture of the U.S. under President Obama, consider this alarming statistic: Today, according to the World Bank—not exactly a right-wing think tank—the U.S. Show More Summary

For Blue-Collar Men, Life Looks Increasingly Dismal

Here's a merger of two charts that have made the rounds recently. The first, from Brookings, shows a familiar pattern: the median pay of a man employed full-time has dropped substantially since 2010. The second, from the Kaiser Family...Show More Summary

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