Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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Carly Fiorina Keeps Digging a Hole She Never Should Have Started

Over at Vox, Sarah Kliff asks the Fiorina campaign to back up Carly's claim that the Planned Parenthood sting videos show "a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive...Show More Summary

PBO vs. BHO: The Twitter Differences Between Democrats and Republicans

James Pethokoukis points me to a paper in PLOS ONE about different word usage on Twitter among Democrats and Republicans. Some of it was unsurprising. Democrats curse more, use more internet slang, and are more touchy-feely. Republicans...Show More Summary

Why Did Carly Fiorina Accept $500,000 From a Ted Cruz super PAC?

Ted Cruz has a stable of super PACs supporting him. One is called "Keep the Promise 1" and it did something odd a few months ago: it donated $500,000 to Carly Fiorina. I missed this at the time, but an FEC letter has brought it backShow More Summary

Punters Agree: Bush Won, Trump Lost on Wednesday

Ed Kilgore is aghast that Politico ran a story using prediction markets to figure out who won Wednesday's debate: I've been known to joke that at its worst Politico gives you a snail's-eye view of American politics. But this is self-parody: hourly variations in betting market! Obviously Ed is a killjoy. Show More Summary

Media Advisory: Don't Help Turn Vaccines Into a Political Football

During Wednesday's debate, Dr. Ben Carson was very clear that vaccines don't cause autism. "But it is true that we are probably giving way too many in too short a period of time," he added. And Dr. Rand Paul agreed: "Even if the science...Show More Summary

Obama Needs To Take Responsibility For Syrian Training Failure

With a grand total of four—or maybe five!—Syrian rebels in the field following a year of training efforts, it's obvious that things aren't working well. President Obama apparently thinks it's not his fault: The White House says it is...Show More Summary

"When Do We Get Rid of the Muslims?" Donald Trump: "We're Going to be Looking at a Lot of Different Things."

So what's the incident that will finally send Donald Trump back to his mansion to mope about not being president? I mean, the guy seems invulnerable. And he's certainly survived a stupendous number of gaffes that would have killed anyone...Show More Summary

Another Shot Fired in the Great Immigration vs. Wages War

Does illegal immigration suppress the wages of native-born workers? The evidence suggests that it doesn't—or not much, anyway. One of the data points supporting this is a study done by David Card of the effect of the 1980 Mariel boatlift on workers in Miami. Show More Summary

Obamacare Has Now Been MIA in Two Debates

In the first Republican debate, Obamacare was barely mentioned. Over at National Review, Ian Tuttle notes that last night it was also MIA: Beyond a few brief in media res mentions from candidates, a repeal line in Cruz’s closing address,...Show More Summary

Who Won the Fiction Sweepstakes in Last Night's Debate?

I just took a quick survey of all the various fact checks of last night's debate and totted them up. The following list includes only items that I judged (a) fairly important and (b) pretty clearly wrong or misleading, which means I left out several close calls. Show More Summary

It's Official: Hillary Clinton Is Just Being Hammered by the Press

Nate Silver takes a quantitative look at Hillary Clinton's headlines since July 24 and concludes that she's just getting hammered. The calendar on the right shows the near-daily punches she's taking: Since Friday, July 24 — I’ll talk...Show More Summary

Jake Tapper Was Way Too Obsessed With Donald Trump Last Night

I mentioned this last night, but I want to call it out specifically this morning: Jake Tapper sounded like he was auditioning for a place on Celebrity Apprentice during his moderation of the Republican debate. Over and over, instead of simply asking questions, he framed them in terms of something Donald Trump said. Show More Summary

Carly Fiorina Was Good Last Night, But She Wasn't Great

After he was quoted in Rolling Stone insulting Carly Fiorina's looks, Donald Trump said he was really talking about Fiorina's "persona." So last night Jake Tapper asked Fiorina if she wanted to comment on Trump's persona. She paused, then replied stonily, "Women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Show More Summary

Debate Liveblogging: The Second GOP Presidential Debate of 2015

Get comfortable, folks: you have three hours of Republican debatifying ahead of you. Let's do this thing. 8:12 - Debate to start momentarily. 8:08 - Everyone has a notebook, water, and a pen. No other props allowed. But what about spy pens?

I Think It's Safe to Say That the Ahmed Mohamed Incident Is a Product of Islamophobia

So are conservatives starting to cover the Ahmed Mohamed story? With a three-hour debate death march looming, I don't have the energy to do a serious survey. But I did hop over to The Corner and found this from Ian Tuttle: Unlike the...Show More Summary

Debate Liveblogging Tonight at 8 pm Eastern: Come See If Kevin Can Make It Through the Whole Thing

Last night my editor asked if I was planning to liveblog today's debate. Sure, I said. I always think I'm going to swear off this stuff eventually, but then I cave in yet again. So, yes, I'll be liveblogging Donald and Ben and the nine...Show More Summary

Artificial Intelligence for Kids Is the Hot New Toy Sensation

Artificial intelligence is here, baby! In the past five years, breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and speech recognition have given the devices around us — smartphones, computers, cars — the ability to engage in something approaching...Show More Summary

Poverty Is Still Winning the War on Poverty

The Census Bureau released its latest report on income and poverty today, and there were no big surprises. Median income is basically flat or down for all ethnic groups, though things would look a bit better if health care benefits were included. Show More Summary

How to Get Arrested In Two Easy Steps: (1) Be Named Ahmed, (2) Build a Clock

From Fox News: The incident went viral on social media and the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed was the top non-promoted U.S. trend on Twitter early Wednesday morning. Some supporters alleged Mohamed was arrested only because of his name, or the way he looked. Show More Summary

"Several Dozen" Tea Partiers Hold Fate of Nation in Their Hands

The tea partiers are feeling their oats: House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) is bracing for what could be the toughest weeks of his speakership as several dozen conservatives in his party are threatening to topple him unless he is...Show More Summary

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