Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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Kids Are Killing a Lot Fewer Cops These Days

Let's end the day with some good news. As you all know, violent crime began falling after leaded gasoline began its phaseout in the mid-70s. And because lead affects the brain development of infants and toddlers, the fall in crime began with the youngest kids. Show More Summary

Google Searches for Hillary's Emails Peaked After Comey's Letter

As long as we're on the subject of James Comey and Hillary's emails, here's a chart showing Google searches on the subject: I know what you're thinking. Are you ever going to give this a rest, Kevin? No, I'm not. There may be periods when I don't happen to blog about it, but I'll never give it a rest. Show More Summary

Can You Guess What Was the Most-Read Politics Story of 2016?

Here are the most-read stories of 2016 in the New York Times, noted without comment. (Except for the big red oval, that is.)

Swamp Watch - 3 January 2017

It's been a while since I've done one of these. After a flurry of activity Trump slowed down when he got to the tail end of his cabinet, but today he finally decided on a nominee for US Trade Representative. It might seem as if this position is more important than usual, since Trump campaigned heavily on trade, but it's probably not. Show More Summary

Quote of the Day: Obamacare Replacement Will Leave No One Worse Off

From House Speaker Paul Ryan, on Republican plans to repeal and replace Obamacare: There will be a transition and a bridge so that no one is left out in the cold, so that no one is worse off. This quote is a month old, but I only noticed it today when Nancy LeTourneau brought it to my attention. Show More Summary

Republicans Haven't Canceled Their Ethics Office Hit Job, Just Delayed It

According to the Washington Post, House Republicans have backed off their plan to gut their ethics committee: House Republicans scrapped plans to weaken an independent ethics watchdog on Tuesday after a backlash from President-electShow More Summary

Ford's Plans in Mexico Have Nothing to do With Donald Trump

Here's the news from Ford: The automaker also said it is canceling plans for a new $1.6 billion plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, but confirmed that the next-generation of its Focus compact will be produced at its Hermosillo, MexicoShow More Summary

Were 401(k) Plans Just a Big Mistake?

The Wall Street Journal ran a piece yesterday about the folks who (accidentally) created the 401(k) retirement plan. They aren't happy with their creation: Many early backers of the 401(k) now say they have regrets about how their creation turned out despite its emergence as the dominant way most Americans save. Show More Summary

It's Not Donald Trump That American Corporations Are Excited About

Corporate America is about to go on a spending spree! They're so excited about Donald Trump that they can't hold themselves back! Except, um, maybe that's not it after all. The Wall Street Journal reports that the stock market rallyShow More Summary

House Republicans Vote to Rein In Serious Investigation of Republicans

When Republicans control Congress and a Democrat is president, it's all investigation all the time. It doesn't matter if any of the stuff they're investigating is genuinely scandalous or not. They just keep at it, month after endless month. With a Republican about to take over the White House, we all expected this to come to a halt. Show More Summary

Obama Was Right Not to Get Involved in Syria

Charles Krauthammer comments on the war in Syria: Look, the most important thing here is that this cease-fire, to the extent that it holds, is not a result of clever diplomacy. It’s what the Romans called “the peace of the grave.” The...Show More Summary

No, Millennials Are Not Wizards With Computers

Happy New Year! I promise this post is not about Donald Trump, even though it starts with him. Here he is talking further about the whole hacking episode: “I don’t care what they say, no computer is safe,” he added. “I have a boy who’s 10 years old; he can do anything with a computer. Show More Summary

Trump Promises New Episode of The Donald Show on Tuesday (or Maybe Wednesday)

Happy New Year! Here is the president-elect of the United States on the last day of the old year, offering his skepticism that Russia was behind the hacks of the DNC and other political organizations during the election: “I just want them to be sure because it’s a pretty serious charge,” Mr. Show More Summary

Here's a Scientific Concept More People Should Know: Gravity

Happy New Year! Every year, asks scientists a question. This year it's "What scientific term or concept ought to be more widely known?" Various worthies proposed things like neurodiversity, regression to the mean, Bayes' theorem, matter, and— Wait. Show More Summary

The Lesson of 2016: Rabid Congressional Investigations Work

So what did we learn this year? That America is more susceptible to authoritarian populism than we thought? Not really. Trump's victory was a fluke, driven by Russian hacking, James Comey, and some bad polls in a few states. That racism...Show More Summary

The Future of Mass Transit Is Driverless

When we talk about driverless cars, we usually talk about driverless cars. But I was musing the other day about other driverless vehicles, and in particular how driverless technology will affect mass transit. I suspect it will make mass transit far more useful and more popular. Show More Summary

Why Are CDs Cheaper Than Digital Downloads?

Last night I decided to buy a bunch of old-man albums from my youth that I've never gotten around to getting before. But old man though I might be, I am 21st century in my listening habits. I don't need a bunch of CDs cluttering up my house, just digital downloads. Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 30 December 2016

It's Hilbert's turn this week, so he has the honor of hosting the final catblogging of the year. Here he is camping out on our neighbor's roof two doors down. He's about a hundred feet away from me, but in this era of cheap superzoom cameras that posed no problem. Show More Summary

Sprint Update: 5,000 New Jobs, But They Still Don't Know What They're For

Last April, Sprint announced that it planned to hire 5,000 workers to deliver cell phones to customers at their homes. A few days ago it announced it would be hiring 5,000 new workers for...something. I surmised that these were actually the same 5,000 workers, and Sprint wasn't doing anything new. Show More Summary

Julian Assange Didn't Say WikiLeaks Gives Russia a Pass Because It's Already Open and Transparent

Readers who are extremely long in the tooth will remember a blogger named Steven Den Beste from back in the day. He was a gung-ho warblogger who wrote very long, very nerdy pieces about the urgent need to invade Iraq (with occasional...Show More Summary

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