Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

It's Time For Yet Another SAFE Act!

I'm currently at my local infusion center getting my bones strengthened, but the miracle of modern technology means that I can blog even with an IV drip in my arm. Besides, it's only my left arm, and who needs that? Anyway, today's subject is the SAFE Act. Show More Summary

Illegal Immigration From Mexico Continues to Decline

The latest Pew report on illegal immigration from Mexico shows that the flow of people across the southern border continues to slow. There are fewer immigrants coming to the US and there are fewer going back to Mexico. In total, theShow More Summary

Here Is Hillary Clinton's Plan to Defeat ISIS

Here's the Reader's Digest version of Hillary Clinton's plan for defeating ISIS: It’s time to begin a new phase and intensify and broaden our efforts to smash the would-be caliphate and deny ISIS control of territory in Iraq and Syria. Show More Summary

The Press Needs to Stop Encouraging Republican Lunacy Toward Muslims

Donald Trump is still Donald Trump, trying to gain attention by saying obviously outrageous things. But his latest outrage looks a little contrived. Here's the full context of his recent interview with Yahoo's Hunter Walker: Yahoo News asked Trump whether his push for increased surveillance of American Muslims could include warrantless searches. Show More Summary

Brennan Center: No "Crime Wave" in 2015

Has there been an explosion of crime in 2015? It will take some time before official figures are available, so the Brennan Center decided to compile some unofficial figures through October. They surveyed the 30 largest cities and asked...Show More Summary

When Will Republicans at Last Get Serious About National Security?

Today the Wall Street Journal editorial page sings the praises of French President François Hollande: French security forces Wednesday conducted hundreds of antiterror raids and placed more than 100 suspects under house arrest....Security...Show More Summary

Jeb Bush Has Missed a Chance to Revitalize His Campaign

I'm just noodling around here, but I wonder if Jeb Bush has blown a chance over the past few days. See, I figure his only hope of winning is to let everyone else fight it out for a share of tea party vote while he gets the lion's share of the other half of the Republican Party. Show More Summary

Shopping Around Is the Key to Low Prices in Obamacare

Abby Goodnough writes today about switching health care coverage each year during Obamacare's year-end open enrollment period: The Obama administration is encouraging switching as a way to avoid steep increases in premiums — and to promote competition among insurers, as the law intends. Show More Summary

Even in the Hands of an Expert, Mockery Is Tough to Control

I sort of promised myself that I wasn't going to comment again on the whole mockery thing, but President Obama's remarks yesterday are a pretty interesting case study of both the strength and weakness of mockery as a political tool. First, here's what he said about refugees at a press conference in the Philippines. Show More Summary

The SALt Lamp Explained

You might have seen this in the New York Times today: The president hosted a discussion of climate change at the chief executives’ forum along with Jack Ma, founder of the e-commerce giant Alibaba, and Aisa Mijeno, a Filipino entrepreneur who invented a lamp that runs on saltwater. In response to a question about her lamp from Mr. Show More Summary

Health Update

I'm afraid the news can't always be good on the health front. I got my latest lab work yesterday and it wasn't encouraging. My immune system, after stabilizing last month, weakened again. My neutrophil count is down to 1500, which isn't quite in the danger zone but is mighty close. Show More Summary

Medicaid Provides Pretty Good Health Coverage for Children

Via Harold Pollack, here's an interesting study of children's health care. The researchers investigated how good Medicaid coverage was, and the results were surprisingly positive. I have painstakingly modified the chart so that higher...Show More Summary

Could Obama Have Prevented the Rise of ISIS in 2012?

Back in 2012, Fred Hof was President Obama's advisor for Syria. Today, Zack Beauchamp asks him if there was anything we could have done back then to prevent the rise of ISIS: In mid-2012, President Obama's key national security officials...Show More Summary

Here's Yet More Posturing From Republicans on National Security

Here's the latest from congressional Republicans: Sen. Richard Burr (R., N.C.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday his panel will launch a review of encryption use. Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) introduced a bill...Show More Summary

How Should Fear of Syrian Refugees Be Fought?

My blog posts don't usually provoke a lot of outrage on social media. I'm just not that kind of writer. But today was an exception, when I suggested that lefties should tone down their mockery of calls to limit the number of Syrian refugees admitted to the country. Show More Summary

Sorry, But Ben Carson Just Doesn't Care About Foreign Policy

Who would ever have guessed that someday we'd have a serious presidential candidate who makes Donald Trump look sober and grounded? And yet, that's Ben Carson has done. Here's one of his foreign policy advisors, perhaps under the misapprehension...Show More Summary

Here's a Plan to Defeat ISIS. It Might Even Work.

Here is Fred Kaplan's 8-point plan for fighting ISIS: First, NATO should invoke Article 5.... Second...ISIS could come under much fiercer bombardment.... Third, this air power should be directed to support all ground forces engaged in fighting ISIS, no matter how unpalatable they might otherwise be—including Iranian-backed militias.... Show More Summary

The Disgrace of Lamar Smith and the House Science Committee

The Washington Post writes today about a long-running feud between die-hard climate-denier Lamar Smith and pretty much anyone who says that climate change is real: The flash point in the feud between House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is a congressional subpoena. Show More Summary

We Need to Re-Learn the Lessons of the Iraq War

Jeff Guo writes about the likelihood that the Paris attacks will inspire reprisals against Muslims: “This is precisely what ISIS was aiming for — to provoke communities to commit actions against Muslims,” said Arie Kruglanski, a professor of psychology at the University of Maryland who studies how people become terrorists. Show More Summary

Liberals Should Knock Off the Mockery Over Calls to Limit Syrian Refugees

Chris Cillizza on the post-Paris push among Republicans to keep Syrian refugees out of the country: Over the past 24 hours, almost half of the nation's governors — all but one of them Republicans — have said they plan to refuse to allow...Show More Summary

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