Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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Racist Nationalism Is on the Rise All Over the World

Zack Beauchamp has a long piece at Vox today that runs down the recent rise of far-right populists in Europe and the United States. Has this been driven by anger from blue-collar workers lashing out at their losses from globalization? This anger plays some small part, but it doesn't tell most of the story. Show More Summary

The Progressive Case For Hillary Clinton Is Pretty Overwhelming

For a lot of liberals, the most important goal of this election is to keep Donald Trump out of the White House. And since Trump naturally sucks up most of the political oxygen, that means lots of blogging about Trump and not so much about Clinton. But a lot of lefties aren't happy about that. Show More Summary

Donald Trump Is Teaching the Whole World How to Lie

Donald Trump lies practically every time he opens his mouth. That's hardly even notable anymore. What is still notable is the corrosive effect he has on nearly everyone who enters his orbit. His kids lie without compunction. His spokespeople lie without compunction. Show More Summary

Why Are There Any Liberals Supporting Gary Johnson?

According to the latest New York Times poll, Gary Johnson is supported by 26 percent of young voters. 1 Of these Johnson supporters, how many are former supporters of Bernie Sanders who would normally be expected to switch to Hillary...Show More Summary

AP Jumps on the "Lie" Bandwagon

Josh Marshall points us to yet another news outlet telling it like it is: Not sure Ive ever seen an AP lede quite like this via @TPM — Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) September 17, 2016 Meanwhile,...Show More Summary

Donald Trump's Trillion-Dollar Lie

I come bearing good news. But first, we have to get a little technical. I promise it won't hurt a bit. Many corporations are "pass-through" entities. Mostly these are partnerships and small businesses, and they aren't taxed on their profits. Show More Summary

TPC Report: Paul Ryan's Tax Plan Gives 100% of Its Benefits to the Top 1%

File this one under "too good to check." Max Ehrenfreund passes along the latest analysis of Paul Ryan's tax proposal from the Tax Policy Center and notes that by 2025 it gets a wee bit lopsided: This is like a parody of Republican tax proposals. Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton's Pneumonia Seems to Have Helped Her

Here's an odd thing: Net favs Friday update. A little shift in last week. Will vote follow next week? — Charles Franklin (@PollsAndVotes) September 16, 2016 Around Monday or Tuesday of this week, Hillary Clinton's favorables went up about four points and Donald Trump's went down four points. Show More Summary

Here's How Donald Trump Might End Up Winning the Birther Controversy

I'm heartened to see a few more journalists explicitly acknowledging that Donald Trump lied when he said Hillary Clinton was responsible for starting the birther conspiracy theory. That's the good news. Here's the bad news: Don Lemon...Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 16 September 2016

In today's news—actually a couple of weeks ago, but who's counting?—a heroic Swiss cat has been credited with guiding a lost and injured Hungarian hiker out of the Alps back to the village of Gimmelwald. We don't get many chances toShow More Summary

Is It Time to Panic Yet?

Uh oh. A couple of days ago Sam Wang said Hillary Clinton still had a 90 percent chance of winning. Today he says it's either 77 percent or 86 percent, depending on whether you're a Bayesian or a Driftian. "For Democrats, it is a good...Show More Summary

Will the Press Finally Turn Against Donald Trump Today?

This is interesting. As I mentioned earlier, Donald Trump announced today that he would hold a press event to discuss birtherism. Cable news showed up in force, but instead of getting what they were told, they got this: Trump showedShow More Summary

Bernie Sanders Update

Was I too hard on Bernie Sanders yesterday? Maybe! I mentioned that although he hadn't done much for Hillary Clinton, he seemed to have plenty of time to campaign against Debbie Wasserman Schultz in her primary race. However, a reader...Show More Summary

The Most Important Word in Washington Today: Lie

I understand why reporters don't like to use the word lie. It's emotionally charged. You have to be absolutely sure that you're referring to something that's flatly, factually wrong, not merely exaggerated or cherry picked. And you have to be sure that the speaker knows he's telling a lie. Those are the rules. Show More Summary

Trump Promotes His Hotel, Will Maybe Address His Birtherist Past

Good God. Donald Trump has all of cable news on tenterhooks while he makes them wait for his announcement on birtherism. Amazing. Anyway, Trump is looking especially orange today, and naturally he starts off with a commercial for his new DC hotel. Show More Summary

Trump: "I Know Nothing" About Vladimir Putin

Hmmm: Donald Trump actually said this about Putin to Jimmy Fallon on @FallonTonight: — Matt Wilstein (@TheMattWilstein) September 16, 2016 Here's what Trump said about Putin: "I know...Show More Summary

Donald Trump Still Won't Say Obama Was Born in the US

FFS. Once again Donald Trump had a chance to say that he now believes Barack Obama was born in the US, but he refused: In the interview, conducted late Wednesday aboard his private plane as it idled on the tarmac here, Trump suggested...Show More Summary

Can You Cut $150 Billion From the Domestic Budget?

The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities says I'm wrong. Donald Trump's "Penny Plan" wouldn't cut domestic spending by 25 percent. It would cut it by 29 percent. Oh well, what's a few percentage points among friends? Either way, the...Show More Summary

Don't Hate Millennials. Save It For Bernie Sanders.

MoJo's editor-in-chief is in trouble over this tweet: i have never hated millennials more — Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) September 15, 2016 Now, you'd think that because Clara is my boss, I'm going to defend her over this. Show More Summary

Donald Trump Releases Economic Plan That PT Barnum Would Have Been Proud Of

Donald Trump released a fancifully-named "fact sheet" today about his economic plan. He says it's going to be great! Trump has clearly internalized the lesson of PT Barnum: if you're going to lie, you might as well lie big. So why not...Show More Summary

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