Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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We've Reached #cut50 For Young Black Men

Here's come good news for MLK Day. The incarceration rate for young black men is now down more than half since 2001: The not-so-good news is that this has nothing to do with better criminal justice policies or efforts to create opportunities for people of color. Show More Summary

Monica Crowley Is the First Casualty of the Trump Administration

Monica Crowley won't be joining the Trump administration after all: “After much reflection I have decided to remain in New York to pursue other opportunities and will not be taking a position in the incoming administration,” she said in a statement. Show More Summary

Why Do Republicans Hate Obamacare?

Why are Republicans so hellbent on repealing Obamacare? This came up on Twitter the other day, and at first it sounds like a silly question. They've been opposed to Obamacare from the start, and they've been vocal about what they don't like. But it's a more interesting question than it seems. Show More Summary

Donald Trump Hopes the EU Collapses

Donald Trump is giving interviews this weekend! Here's what he has to say: His health care plan, which is almost down to the "final strokes," will provide "insurance for everyone." He wants to give Medicare the power to negotiate drug prices. He thinks more countries will leave the EU, and that's fine with him. Show More Summary

Evidence of Bizarre Trump-Russia Ties Continues to Ooze Out

So what's new on the Trump-Russia front? First up, the Independent tells us that the former MI6 agent behind the now-famous dossier alleging close ties between Russia and the Trump team was dismayed that his findings didn't generateShow More Summary

Today in Politics As I Experienced It

One of the benefits of being sick—oh, bollocks. There are no benefits to being sick. However, with a couple of short interludes, I slept until about 1:30 in the afternoon today, which is 4:30 for you elitist East Coasters. That means I missed the whole day. Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 13 January 2017

I'm alive. Barely. My congestion decided to migrate up into my ear canals yesterday, so every time I cough my right ear blocks up and the world starts spinning. Unfortunately, I cough a lot. It doesn't last too long, but it happens often enough to keep my stomach in a permanent state of mild nausea. Show More Summary

No, Tech Firms Are Not Huge Job Creators

James Pethokoukis rounds up some evidence today that, contrary to their reputations, modern tech companies create just as many jobs as the big industrial giants of yore. The problem is that he's comparing today's companies with companies from a century ago, when the labor force was far smaller. Show More Summary

The NFL Sucks So Hard

I don't suppose anyone cares, but I just want to say for the record that I agree entirely with Bill Plaschke today: Every relationship is built on honesty, so the San Diego Chargers should hear this as their moving vans are chugging up the 5 Freeway on their noble mission of greed. We. Show More Summary

DOJ Inspector General to Review Comey Letter

Well, this is interesting: BREAKING: Justice Dept. Inspector General launches review of FBI and DOJ actions ahead of 2016 presidential election — ABC News (@ABC) January 12, 2017 I doubt that this will find anything illegal about Comey's actions. Show More Summary

In Iowa, It's All About Terrorists and Welfare Bums

New York Times reporter Trip Gabriel spent all of 2015 in Iowa. He recently returned to the small town of Monticello to see how folks felt now that Donald Trump had been elected: The Iowans I interviewed largely went about their lives...Show More Summary

Trump Meets With Monsanto and Bayer to Discuss DOJ Merger Review

Tom Philpott passes along a bit of news about Donald Trump that flew under the radar yesterday: Amid the furor surrounding allegations of covert ties with Russian intelligence figures as well as his first press conference since winning...Show More Summary

BBC's Paul Wood: There Are Four Sources For Possible Trump-Russia Blackmail

The BBC's Paul Wood provides yet more detail on allegations that the Russians have possession of blackmail tapes on Donald Trump: Claims about a Russian blackmail tape were made in one of a series of reports written by a former British intelligence agent. Show More Summary

What Happened to Kellyanne Conway?

Has anyone written a definitive profile of Kellyanne Conway? I seem to vaguely recall seeing her on cable news over the years, and she always seemed pretty normal. Conservative, of course, but not crazy or especially mendacious. Not anymore, though. Show More Summary

Here's a Bit More on That Trump-Russia Dossier

Yahoo News provides some further information about the man behind the Trump-Russia dossier: The operative — identified today by the Wall Street Journal as Christopher Steele, a former Russian operations officer for Britain’s MI6 intelligence...Show More Summary

Should BuzzFeed Have Published the Trump Dossier?

Last night, BuzzFeed decided to publish a dossier of raw intelligence put together by a British former MI6 officer. Like most reports of this kind, it contains lots of tittle-tattle, and there's a good chance that much of it is untrue. Show More Summary

Health Update

Nothing much to report this month. After four straight months of my M-protein level holding stable at exactly 0.58, I was hoping to extend the streak to five. But no: this month it's at 0.51. That's down a bit, so it's good news. Everything else is stable and normal too (for me, that is). Show More Summary

Here Are the 3 Actual Pieces of News From Trump's Press Conference

So what was the actual news from Trump's press conference? Here it is: He will introduce legislation (or a plan or something) to both repeal and replace Obamacare within a few weeks. He now believes Russia was probably behind the election...Show More Summary

Donald Trump Holds a Press Conference!

NOTE: This liveblogging of Donald Trump's press conference would have worked a lot better if I'd actually published it instead of keeping it as a draft for the entire time. Sigh. Can I plead sickness? Anyway, here's what I wrote in real...Show More Summary

The Evidence is Overwhelming: James Comey Decided Who Our Next President Would Be

Over at Vox today, a trio of researchers takes a broad look at the evidence that FBI Director James Comey affected the election. Their conclusion: The evidence is clear, and consistent, regarding the Comey effect. The timing of the shift...Show More Summary

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