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Blog Profile / Kevin Drum


URL :http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum
Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:6481
Posts / Week:33.5
Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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Is Clean, Green Fusion Power In Our Near Future?

Fusion is the energy source of the future—and it always will be. That used to be a Unix joke, but in various forms Unix has actually become pretty widespread these days. It runs the server that hosts the web page you're reading; it's...Show More Summary

Lots of People May Misunderstand Thomas Piketty, But That Doesn't Mean They're Wrong

Thomas Piketty is having another moment in the blogosphere. As you may remember, he's famous for the equation r > g, which states that the rate of return on investments is historically higher than economic growth. This means that rich...Show More Summary

No, There's Still No Evidence There Was an Active WMD Program in Iraq

C.J. Chivers of the New York Times has a long piece today about chemical weapons found in Iraq after the 2003 invasion. A few dead-enders are now gleefully claiming that Bush was right after all. Iraq did have WMD! This is ridiculous enough that—so far, at least—the savvier wing of the conservative movement is staying mum about the whole thing. Show More Summary

Yet More Housekeeping

How much detail do you want about my medical woes? Well, I'm bored, so you're going to get more. By the time you read this, I should be sedated and ready for a something-plasty, a procedure that injects bone cement into my fractured L3 lumbar vertebra. Show More Summary

Housekeeping Update

Just a quick update. Yesterday my doctor decided to do a "little bedside test" to get a better reading on the state of my bones. It was indeed bedside, and it was indeed done with just a local anesthetic, but I guess it wasn't a very powerful one. Show More Summary

What World Leader Has Done the Most Damage to the Global Economy?

Who's worse: Amity Shlaes or Angela Merkel? You have to give the nod to Merkel, of course. Unlike Shlaes, who is limited to cheering on horrifically bad ideas that would immiserate millions, Merkel has the power to actually implement horrifically bad ideas that immiserate millions. Show More Summary

What's the Point of an Unenforceable Noncompete Agreement?

We all learned recently that sandwich shop Jimmy John's forces its workers to sign a noncompete agreement before they're hired. This has prompted a lengthy round of blogospheric mockery, and rightfully so. But here's the most interesting...Show More Summary

Please Rescue Us. Now Go Away.

Ed Kilgore brings the snark: I realize the remarks of politicians should not be imputed to the entire populations they govern or represent. But still, it's hard to avoid noting that Texas—the very sovereign State of Texas, I should clarify,...Show More Summary

Tom Cotton Is Upset That Democrats Ended a Free Money Stream for Banks

The latest from the campaign trail: Republican Tom Cotton said during an Arkansas U.S. Senate debate on Tuesday that "Obamacare nationalized the student loan industry." The first-term congressman added, "That's right, Obamacare grabbed money to pay for its own programs and took that choice away from you." Huh. Show More Summary

The Kids These Days Know More Than You Probably Think

When I write about American education, the background implication is usually simple: kids these days are dumber than they used to be. Schools are bad; the children are slackers; and the Chinese are going to destroy us. Frankly, I doubt this. Show More Summary

We All Hate Congress. But Why?

Steven Taylor notes today the well-known fact that 90 percent of House members are easily reelected but Congress as a whole has an approval rating only slightly higher than Ebola. But if people hate Congress so much, how is it that they...Show More Summary

It Doesn't Matter Which Diet You Choose

In the category of "news you can use," Emily Oster summarizes a new study that compares weight loss on various diets. After cutting through all the muck, we get the chart on the right. The answer, it turns out, is that all of the diets are about equally effective. So which one you choose is mostly a matter of preference. Show More Summary

Darrell Issa is Finally Going Off His Nut

Darrell Issa's latest jihad is also one of his most peculiar: he's accusing the EPA of working too closely with environmental groups. Seriously. That's it. Here's a report from the New York Times about the "cozy" relationship between...Show More Summary

Republicans Are Far More Critical of American Schools Than Democrats

Over at Vox, Libby Nelson interviews Jack Schneider, a history professor at College of the Holy Cross, about why Americans think schools are in decline despite the evidence that they're actually better than they used to be. Here's Schneider: The first reason that people think schools are in decline is because they hear it all the time. Show More Summary

Election Rule #34: Process Gaffes Matter. Policy Gaffes Don't.

Last year, it was conventional wisdom that Republicans had a very good shot at gaining control of the Senate in this year's midterm election. But then GOP candidates started to falter a bit in Kansas, North Dakota, and other swing states. Show More Summary

There's No Ebola Vaccine Yet Because We Cut the NIH Budget Ten Years Ago

As we all know, the federal budget is bloated and wasteful. It needs to be cut across the board. Right? Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health, said that a decade of stagnant spending has "slowed down" research on all items, including vaccinations for infectious diseases. Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 10 October 2014

Catblogging has become harder recently. There's no shortage of cuteness, obviously, but getting good pictures of the cuteness is tricky. The problem is simple: 55-year-old human reflexes combined with cheap-camera shutter lag are simply no match for 10-month-old kitten reflexes. Show More Summary

Americans Hold Wide Range of Opinions on Various Subjects

Ashley Parker apparently drew the short straw at the New York Times and got assigned to write that hoariest of old chestnuts: a trip through the heartland of American to check the pulse of the public. So how's the public feeling these...Show More Summary

Was Obama Naive?

Paul Krugman has finally come around to a fair assessment of Barack Obama's term in office: not perfect, by any means, and he probably could have accomplished more with better tactics and a better understanding of his opponents. Still and all, he accomplished a lot. Show More Summary

Germany Continues to Demand a European "Austerity Suicide Pact"

Matt O'Brien is gobsmacked that Germany continues to promote the virtues of austerity even as Europe edges ever closer to a triple-dip recession: Germany should stop obsessing about its short-term deficit, and start spending more on roads and bridges and schools instead. Show More Summary

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