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Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:6284
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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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Congress Needs Its Own Dormitory

Paul Waldman is exasperated with the latest fad among members of Congress: sleeping in your office to demonstrate to your constituents just how much you really, truly hate the Sodom that is modern Washington DC. It started after theShow More Summary

Voter Fraud Literally Less Likely Than Being Hit By Lightning

Justin Levitt has been tracking allegations of voter fraud for years. "To be clear," he says, "I’m not just talking about prosecutions. I track any specific, credible allegation that someone may have pretended to be someone else at the polls, in any way that an ID law could fix." So far, he's found 31 cases representing around 200 individuals. Show More Summary

Map of the Day: Here's Why Congress Doesn't Really Care About Your Petty Problems

Via Vox, here's a colorful map from Broadview Networks that helps illustrate one reason that policymaking in Congress often seems so disconnected from the real world. It's because policymakers tend to be pretty well-off folks living in a pretty well-off region that shelters them from the problems many of the rest of us encounter. Show More Summary

News You Can Use: Don't Auto-Renew Your Obamacare Policy

Sam Baker has a long piece in National Journal about a looming Obamacare problem that could hit a lot of people who renew their coverage later this year. Here's the short version: federal subsidies are calculated based on a "benchmark" plan, and this means that low-income taxpayers can buy the benchmark plan at pretty low cost. Show More Summary

Here's What You Need to Know About Tax Inversions: Almost Nothing

I guess that corporate tax inversions are slated to be the topic of the week. This is the maneuver in which a corporation buys a company overseas and then transfers its headquarters to the new country, where tax rates are lower. Voila!...Show More Summary

The Safest Job in the Country: Member of Congress

In the wake of tonight's elections, Geoffrey Skelley of Sabato's Crystal Ball tweets: Remaining incumbents look good to make it to November, so 303/306 incumbents have won renomination this cycle....Should clarify: HOUSE incumbents are now 303/306 in renomination tries; SENATE incumbents are 19/19. Show More Summary

Russian Hackers Probably Know Your Passwords

Holy crap: A Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion username and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses, security researchers say. The...Show More Summary

Chart of the Day: The Terrorist Watchlist By the Numbers

Over at the Intercept, Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux break down the federal government's terrorist watchlist for us: Of the 680,000 people caught up in the government’s Terrorist Screening Database—a watchlist of “known or suspected...Show More Summary

The Siberian Permafrost Just Sent Us a Warning Message

One of the scary aspects of climate change is the possibility of positive feedback loops. When arctic ice melts, for example, it exposes seawater, which doesn't reflect as much sunlight as ice. So more sunlight is absorbed, which makes...Show More Summary

Obama Wants Businesses to Put Their Money Where Their Mouths Are

The Economist interviewed President Obama this week, and Clive Crook was discomfited by this snippet: The Economist: We see a lot of business people and they do complain about regulation. Mr Obama: They always complain about regulation. Show More Summary

Rand Paul Is Learning How To Be a Good Stage Actor

Back when he was a reckless and irresponsible youngster, Rand Paul suggested cutting off all foreign aid, specifically including aid to Israel. "I want to be known as a friend of Israel," he said, "but not with money you don’t have." Oh wait. Show More Summary

Chart of the Day: How Austerity Wrecked the Recovery

I've previously nominated a version of the illustration below as chart of the year, and last year I wrote an entire piece for the print magazine as basically just an excuse to get it in print. Bill McBride's version focuses on public...Show More Summary

Hispanic Vote Unlikely to Be Crucial in 2014

Republicans have repeatedly failed to pass anything of substance regarding immigration, and their latest fiasco over the border crisis makes their haplessness more apparent than ever. But will it matter this November? Nate Cohn says no: Hispanic voters are all but absent from this year’s most competitive Senate battlegrounds. Show More Summary

House Report: Benghazi Is Just Benghazi

The Republican-led House Intelligence Committee—officially now just a bunch of RINO traitors, I guess—is about to release a report saying that what happened in Benghazi is pretty much what the entire non-insane world has figured allShow More Summary

Lotus Watching in LA

I spent the afternoon up in LA with my mother, and she wanted to go over and check out the new, rejuvenated Echo Park along with its new, rejuvenated lotus plants. It's a little late in the season to see them in all their glory, but they're still blooming. Show More Summary

Can Obama Order Immigration Amnesty All By Himself?

Normally, says Ross Douthat, all the recent alarmist liberal chatter about impeachment "would simply be an unseemly, un-presidential attempt to raise money and get out the 2014 vote." But not this time: Even as his team plays the impeachment...Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 1 August 2014

Domino's new favorite snoozing spot is the closet in our master bedroom. Naturally, knowing that everyone would want to be kept up to date on this development, I took a picture. Unfortunately, it turns out that cameras need a stream of photons to work properly, and the inside of a closet doesn't have many. Show More Summary

John Brennan Needs to Leave the CIA, One Way or Another

What's going on with the CIA hacking into Senate computers? Here's a very brief, very telescoped timeline to get you up to speed: 2009: The Senate Intelligence Committee begins working on an investigation of CIA torture during the Bush administration. Show More Summary

Should Pundits Apologize More Often?

From Dan Drezner: One norm I’d really like to see emerge is pundits admitting error and apologizing when they get things wrong, and Frum did that. But I’m curious what other norms, if any, should be strengthened among the pontificating class. I'd dissent slightly from this. Show More Summary

Opposition to Obamacare Suddenly Spiked in July

Here's the latest news on Obamacare from the Kaiser Family Foundation: it suddenly became a lot more unpopular in July: So what happened? I can't think of any substantive news that was anything but good, so I figure it must have been the Hobby Lobby decision. Show More Summary

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