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Blog Profile / Kevin Drum


URL :http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum
Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:6284
Posts / Week:34.1
Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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Don't Believe the Crocodile Tears Over High Corporate Tax Rates

The US corporate tax code is inefficient, distortive, and staggeringly complex. Almost no one defends it on those grounds. But US multinational corporations, who have recently been engaged in a wave of tax inversions, have a different complaint: our tax rates are just flatly too high. Show More Summary

Rick Perry Indictment Highlights the Hack Gap Once Again

Simon Maloy finds five pundits arguing that last week's indictment of Rick Perry was flimsy and obviously politically motivated: Who are these five pundits downplaying the case against Texas’ Republican governor? In order: New York magazine’s...Show More Summary

It Looks Like Obamacare Is Here to Stay

Republicans may say that Obamacare is still the white-hot issue it's always been, and among their tea party base that might still be true. But if money talks, it turns out that Republicans no longer really believe Obamacare is a winning issue anywhere else. Show More Summary

Medicare Advantage Might Not Be a Boondoggle Anymore

I've written periodically in this space about the problems with Medicare Advantage. In a nutshell, it costs a lot more but provides very little in the way of additional services. It's really not much of a poster child for the benefits...Show More Summary

Most Songs are Three Minutes Long Because That's How Most of Us Like Them

Kelsey McKinney asks today why popular songs are almost all 3-5 minutes long. The historical basis for this is obvious: 45 rpm singles hold about three minutes of music, so modern pop music was born in an era when technology limited songs to about three minutes or so. Show More Summary

White Juries Are Not Kind to Black Defendants

Alex Tabarrok passes along the results of a new study about the racial composition of jury pools and the resulting juries: What the authors discover is that all white juries are 16% more likely to convict black defendants than white defendants but the presence of just a single black person in the jury pool equalizes conviction rates by race. Show More Summary

We Created a Policing Monster By Mistake

Although I've avoided writing about Ferguson for private reasons, I almost wrote a short post yesterday in order to make one specific point. But it turns out to be OK that I didn't, because Annie Lowrey wrote it for me and did a better...Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 15 August 2014

Yesterday, in a surprising act of cooperation, Domino just sat in the sun while I took her picture from a distance. Usually I can get off maybe one or two shots before she realizes what's going on and heads directly over to the camera. Show More Summary

Open War in Ukraine Is a Little Bit Closer Every Day

"Maybe it’s just me," tweets Blake Hounshell, "but open warfare between Ukraine and Russia seems like a BFD." Yes indeed. As it happens, we're not quite at the stage of open warfare yet, but we sure seem to be getting mighty close. Remember that Russian "aid convoy" that everyone was so suspicious of? Well, it turns out to be....pretty suspicious. Show More Summary

Who Should Run Against Hillary?

Andy Sabl surveys the Democratic field today and concludes that, sure enough, Hillary Clinton is the prohibitive frontrunner. Who could challenge her? Any Democratic candidate jumping in at this point will have to have already demonstrated...Show More Summary

Europe Agrees to Arm the Kurds

What are the odds that Iraqi Kurdistan will ever be able to secede and form its own sovereign state? That depends in large part on whether the United States and other countries support Kurdish independence, which so far they haven't....Show More Summary

A California Hospital Charged $10,000 for a Cholesterol Test

By now, I assume we all know that hospitals charge widely varying rates for similar procedures. But it's often hard to pinpoint exactly what's going on. Sometimes it's due to the amount of regional competition. Sometimes the procedures in question vary in ways that simple coding schemes don't pick up. Show More Summary

White House Tightens Up Arms Shipments to Israel

The Obama administration has tightened up the process for providing arms to Israel: White House and State Department officials who were leading U.S. efforts to rein in Israel's military campaign in the Gaza Strip were caught off guard...Show More Summary

How Software Turns Low-Wage Work Into Constant Chaos

I'm glad to see the New York Times write about the way low-wage workers are abused via scheduling software that turns their lives into an endless series of daily emergencies: Ms. Navarro’s fluctuating hours, combined with her limited resources, had also turned their lives into a chronic crisis over the clock. Show More Summary

Everyone Is Now Officially Banned From Whining About Presidential Vacations. Forever.

Yes, yes, yes: sign me up as a charter member of the movement to STFU about presidential vacations. Both sides do it. Bush got hit with criticism from Democrats. Obama gets it from Republicans. Clinton got it. Reagan got it. Fine. We're all guilty. Show More Summary

Take Two: What's Behind the Religious Conflicts in Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq

Earlier today I recommended a Fareed Zakaria video about the roots of the current civil wars in Syria and Iraq. Sam Barkin, a professor at UMass Boston, emails to say that Zakaria's history is faulty: While reading your post of about...Show More Summary

The Paperless Office Has Beaten Out the Paperless Bathroom After All

Back when I was in the document imaging business, we joked that the paperless office would become a reality about the same time as the paperless bathroom. In other words, even those of us in the biz didn't really believe in the hypeShow More Summary

Quote of the Day: Honda Is Keeping Car Thievery Alive

From Josh Barro: One of the factors that keeps car theft going in the United States is the reliability of old Hondas. Think about the advertising possibilities! Hondas are built so tough that thieves want them no matter how old they are. Show More Summary

Arming the Syrian Rebels Wouldn't Have Stopped ISIS

Did the United States make a huge mistake by not aggressively supporting and arming the Free Syrian Army back in 2011-12? Did this decision produce a power vacuum that prompted the rise of ISIS in Iraq? Marc Lynch says no to the first question: The academic literature is not encouraging. Show More Summary

A Republican Lawsuit Against Obama Will Mostly Just Piss Off Democrats

Here's an interesting tidbit via Greg Sargent. The latest McClatchy poll asked voters what they think of (a) impeaching Obama and (b) suing Obama. A full 45 percent of Republicans favor impeachment and 57 percent favor suing him. But...Show More Summary

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