Blog Profile / Kevin Drum


URL :http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum
Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:6809
Posts / Week:30.5
Archived Since:February 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Quote of the Day: George Bush Still in Foreign Policy Denial

From Bloomberg's Josh Rogin, after reading a transcript of George W. Bush's remarks on the Middle East to a closed-door meeting with Jewish donors this weekend: For George W. Bush, the remarks in Vegas showed he has little respect for how the current president is running the world. Show More Summary

The Law, In Its Finnish Majesty....

In Finland, a speeding ticket costs you more if you're rich than if you're poor. Fair enough, perhaps. "The thinking here is that if it stings for the little guy, it should sting for the big guy, too," says the New York Times. In any case, I already knew this. Show More Summary

Tales From City of Hope #7: Weekend Update

Since my actual stem cell transplant happened on Thursday, that counts as Day Zero. Today is Day +2. It turns out that part of the prep for the transplant was an IV injection of both Benadryl and Ativan, so I was pretty conked out the entire day. Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - April 24 2015

While Kevin is undergoing treatment, we've invited lots of exciting guest writers to stop by in his honor. But there's no reason the hospitality can't extend to another species, is there? This week's Mother Jones affiliated cat is Max,...Show More Summary

Bonus Friday Cat Bloggging - 24 April 2014

In the top photo, Hopper is scrooched under Karen's display case just to show she can do it. But something has caught her attention. It turned out to be Hilbert, who was innocently walking down the stairs and got pounced on a few seconds after this picture was taken. Show More Summary

If You Read One Post About Labor Force Participation This Decade, Let It Be This One

While Kevin Drum is focused on getting better, we've invited some of the remarkable writers and thinkers who have traded links and ideas with him from Blogosphere 1.0 through today to pitch in posts and keep the conversation going. Here's a missive from Max Sawicky, a DC-based economist and blogger. Show More Summary

Tales From City of Hope #6: What Does Kevin Smell Like?

As you recall from yesterday, the DMSO preservative used to keep my stem cells fresh was alleged to cause a distinct body odor. So today, after the transfusion, I asked everyone who came into my room what I smelled like. The results are displayed on the right in chart form because Science™. The results were disappointing. Show More Summary

The Feds Say One Schmuck Trading From His Parents' House Caused a Market Crash. Here's the Problem.

Illustration by Giacomo Marchesi On Tuesday, the Justice Department and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, a key Wall Street regulator, blasted out press releases declaring a great victory in their war on illegal manipulation of financial markets. Show More Summary

Bitcoin's Problem With Women

While Kevin Drum is focused on getting better, we've invited some of the remarkable writers and thinkers who have traded links and ideas with him from Blogosphere 1.0 through today to pitch in posts and keep the conversation going. Here's...Show More Summary

Tales From City of Hope #5: My Stem Cells Have Come Home to Papa

It is 9:49 am PDT on April 24, and my stem cell transfusion is complete. It took less than 20 minutes. Now the stem cells just have to graft and start multiplying, each of them eventually maturing into some kind of blood product (red blood cell, white blood cell, platelet, etc.). Show More Summary

Who's Tired Of Politics?

Yesterday lifelong political junkie George Packer reluctantly confessed something: "It might not be wise for a sometime political journalist to admit this, but the 2016 campaign doesn’t seem like fun to me." Ed Kilgore and Dylan Byers both took issue with this. Show More Summary

The American Teen Whose Death-by-Drone Obama Won't Explain

On Thursday, President Barack Obama appeared in the White House press room to reveal that a US strike in January on an Al Qaeda compound had killed two hostages held by the terrorist group, Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian, and Warren Weinstein, an American. Show More Summary

It's Not the 1% Controlling Politics. It's the 0.01 Percent.

Even before presidential candidates started lining up billionaires to kickstart their campaigns, it was clear that the 2016 election could be the biggest big-money election yet. This chart from the political data shop Crowdpac illustrates...Show More Summary

Tales From City of Hope #4: The Smell of Victory in the Morning

Chemotherapy is over and tomorrow is Tag Null: that is, Day Zero, when they pump my own frozen stem cells back into me. The entire process takes about 20 minutes, but I'll be in the hospital practically the entire day getting liters and liters of IV fluids. Show More Summary

By Immense Coincidence, GOP Benghazi Probe Scheduled to Finish Up During Height of 2016 Hillary Campaign

From Bloomberg News: The findings of a Republican-led committee investigating Hillary Clinton’s response to the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, likely will not be released until next year, just months before the 2016 presidential election. I am shocked, shocked to hear this news.

Obama Has a Plan to Expand Medicaid in Red States—by Weakening It

One of the Affordable Care Act's major provisions sought to expand the number of people covered by Medicaid by allowing people earning up to 138 percent of the poverty line to enroll. But in many parts of the country, it hasn't worked out that way. Show More Summary

Washington State Is So Screwed

California's been getting all the attention, but it isn't the only agriculture-centric western state dealing with brutal drought. Washington, a major producer of wheat and wine grapes and the source of nearly 70 percent of US applesShow More Summary

Does Walmart Have Plumbing Problems?

No, really. Did five Walmart stores have to shut down and abruptly lay off all their workers within hours because they suddenly discovered massive plumbing problems? Michael Hiltzik is skeptical.

Tales From City of Hope #3: The Stop Sign For Dwarves

This is the stop sign at the end of the road that runs outside my apartment in Parsons Village. It is about three feet high. There are no other stop signs on the corner. As far as I can tell, there are (currently) no obstructions that prevent building a normal height sign. Show More Summary

New Document Cache Shows the Real Roots of ISIS Are as Much Secular as Religious

Spiegel has quite a fascinating report this week about the origins and growth of ISIS. It's a great counterpoint to Graeme Wood's Atlantic piece from February that focused on the Islamic and theological roots of ISIS and the territorial...Show More Summary

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