Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Disability Insurance Is Going to Be a Big Deal In Next Year's Presidential Campaign

Another year, another report from the Social Security Trustees. Here's the basic chart, which shows the combined Social Security Trust fund becoming insolvent in 2034, one year later than last year's projection. At that point, if nothing...Show More Summary

CFPB Wins $700 Million Deceptive Practices Case Against Citibank, So Ted Cruz Wants to Shut Them Down

Steve Benen points out today that Ted Cruz wants to eliminate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau because it "does little to protect consumers." Ironically, this comes on the same day that the CFPB won a case against Citibank for deceptive practices that resulted in a $700 million fine. Show More Summary

The Republican Party Has Only Itself to Blame for Donald Trump

Seth Masket argues persuasively that we should judge parties by who they nominate, not by who runs. After all, anyone can run, even a carnival barker cretin like Donald Trump. I basically agree, but I also think Jonathan Bernstein makes...Show More Summary

Chart of the Day: We're a Car Crazy Nation Yet Again

Bill McBride passes along the news that after after a five-year slump, vehicle miles traveled in the US started to rise again in 2012, and in May of this year finally surpassed the previous record. However, this is a 12-month rolling average, so it's a little slow to pick up trends. Show More Summary

When Is a Tax Not a Tax? When It's a Fee to Keep the Highway Trust Fund From Going Broke Next Month.

Good news! The Senate has come up with a compromise 6-year highway funding bill. It's 1,030 pages long, so no one really knows what's in it, and it only specifies funding sources for three years. But let's not be picky. It's a bill.Show More Summary

AFFH: What You Need to Know to Keep Up With the Latest Right-Wing Outrage

Conservatives have a whole laundry list of stuff they're outraged about: Benghazi, Fast & Furious, Agenda 21, Obamaphones, etc. etc. So what's the latest from the right wing? Stanley Kurtz tells us: Conservative opinion has been alive with outrage over AFFH for a month now. Huh. Show More Summary

Raw Data: How Many Unarmed Victims Do Police Shoot Each Year?

Via Bob Somerby, here's some raw data from the Washington Post's ongoing analysis of police shootings in America: According to the Post, about 16 percent of the victims weren't carrying a deadly weapon at the time they were killed. That...Show More Summary

In Today's GOP, It Pays to Be a Moderate as Long as You Don't Act Like One

Ed Kilgore writes today about John Kasich's biggest problem: There's a fundamental truth in Republican politics that I hope will someday stop being true: there's rarely any percentage at all in proclaiming oneself as a moderate. That's...Show More Summary

ISIS Starting to Look Like a Real Government

Stephen Walt is growing pessimistic about our current limited effort to "degrade and destroy" ISIS: He added that now, after almost a year of American airstrikes on the group, it is becoming clear that “only a large-scale foreign intervention...Show More Summary

Trump Takes Big GOP Lead, But Plummets After McCain Remarks

Today brings the latest presidential poll from the fine folks at ABC News and the Washington Post. Today's big news is that Hillary Clinton has maintained her 63-14 percent lead over Bernie Sanders. Just kidding! I know you don't care about that. Show More Summary

Big Banks Get Their New Marching Orders From the Fed

Seven years after the great banking meltdown of 2008, and five years after the passage of Dodd-Frank, the Fed has finally announced new capital requirements for large, systemically important banks that could devastate the financial system if they failed. Show More Summary

What's Next For Black Lives Matter?

As you may have heard already, the Netroots Nation gathering in Phoenix this weekend turned into quite the mess. Already suffering from a boycott for choosing the immigrant-unfriendly state of Arizona for this year's gathering, its session...Show More Summary

Uber vs. Taxis: Who Does Better in Low-Income Neighborhoods?

Does Uber routinely pick up riders in good neighborhoods but avoid those who call in from poor neighborhoods? A new study suggests it doesn't. Mark Kleiman, who played a small role in the study, explains what it found: The design could...Show More Summary

Oregon Sensibly Votes to Make Oral Contraceptives Available Without a Prescription

Good news from Oregon: Oregonians will be able to buy birth control at a pharmacy without a doctor's prescription beginning next year, potentially making the state the first in the nation to allow the practice. The bill was overwhelmingly approved in the state House and Senate and was signed by Gov. Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 17 July 2015

A few days ago the Hallmark Channel decided to present us with a showing of kitten baseball. We recorded it, since you never know when a few minutes of zoning out in front of adorable kittens might be just what you need. But it turned out that Hopper was fascinated. Show More Summary

Do You Live in a Fuck State or a Shit State?

The Guardian reports today on the latest work of Jack Grieve, a professor of forensic linguistics at Aston University in the UK, aided by research from Diansheng Guo and Alice Kasakoff of the University of South Carolina and Andrea Nini, of Aston University. Show More Summary

More Pluto! Troughs, Hills, and Pitted Surfaces!

Here's the latest from Pluto, a hi-res image of the Sputnik Plain, which should be enough to get Republicans seething. From NASA: In the latest data from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, a new close-up image of Pluto reveals a vast, craterless...Show More Summary

Quote of the Day: Mike Huckabee Wants American Wars to Last Ten Days Max

From noted national security expert Mike Huckabee: Here is what we have to do: America has to have the most formidable, fierce, military in the history of mankind. So when we have a threat, whether it is ISIS, Boko Haram, Al Qaeda, Hamas,...Show More Summary

Our Kids Are Fat, But They Don't Know It

More kids are overweight today than in the past, but fewer of them realize it: A team of researchers at Georgia Southern University found an alarming rise in the lack of self awareness among children and teenagers in the United States. Show More Summary

USA! USA! USA! American Math Prodigies Beat Out China, South Korea

We are once again the math champs of the world: The U.S. edged out China by four points, 185-181. South Korea took third place. The rankings were based on the number of points scored by individual team members on six problems. Students...Show More Summary

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