Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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You Should Read the “Maoist Insurgency” Memo. It’s Bananas.

H.R. McMaster has been cleaning house at the National Security Council recently. In particular, he recently fired a protege of Michael Flynn named Rich Higgins for writing some kind of outrageous memo that eventually found its way to Donald Trump’s desk. Did Higgins deserve this just for an ill-considered memo? Today we can finally make […]

Donald Trump Really Has It In For the State Department

What happened while I was at lunch? Let’s see. Jeffrey Lord got fired from CNN for tweeting “Sieg Heil” at someone. Scientists announced that pig-human transplants will be available soon. Other scientists have created mutant ants. And Donald Trump thanked Vladimir Putin for kicking out hundreds of American diplomats. Wait. What? “I want to thank […]

Lunchtime Photo

Yesterday’s photo was taken on the way to Silverado Canyon. Today’s was taken in the canyon itself. This was one of those things where I could barely see what I was taking a picture of. I was standing awkwardly and shoving the camera out in front of myself, shooting almost blind. That’s why this picture […]

Paul Manafort Squealed, Now He’s In the Hot Seat

Hey, remember that meeting last year between Don Jr. and the Russian attorney? The one that was set up because the attorney promised some dirt on Hillary Clinton? Sure you do. But how did anyone find out about that, anyway? Bloomberg tells us today that Paul Manafort was the snitch: Manafort had alerted authorities to […]

Here’s the Latest Outrage From the Intolerant Left

Breitbart writer John Carney is unhappy: We’re going to have to create a full #MAGA shadow cultural industry because the Opposition Media can’t even do fashion without attacking us — John Carney (@carney) August 10, 2017 My Twitter feed is full of snark about this. But it’s also full of puzzlement. How is this […]

Just How Removed From Reality Is Donald Trump?

Yesterday Donald Trump tweeted this: My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before…. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2017 This is, obviously, wrong. The modernization of our nuclear arsenal has been in progress for years, and it […]

Is the United States an Oligarchy?

Here’s something interesting that’s not related to North Korea. Filip Novokmet, Thomas Piketty, and Gabriel Zucman have turned their analytical eyes toward Russia. Here’s what income trends look like there: This is a stunningly fast rise of the oligarchy. Communism fell between 1989 and 1991, and in the ten years after that the rich in […]

James Damore Speaks to the Press — Sort Of

So what’s up with James Damore, the Google dude who wrote that diversity memo and then got fired? The New York Times had this yesterday: “I have a legal right to express my concerns about the terms and conditions of my working environment and to bring up potentially illegal behavior, which is what my document […]

Can Someone School Me on Romans 13?

Robert Jeffress, a follower of the Lamb of God¹ and a loving shepherd of His flock—and one of Donald Trump’s favorite pastors—is apparently pretty stoked at the idea of launching hellfire on North Korea: When it comes to how we should deal with evil doers, the Bible, in the book of Romans, is very clear: […]

Nonexistent VA Reform Draws Big Cheers

Dave Weigel is attending some Republican town halls today to see what’s on the minds of real Americans in the heartland: Also I’m finding that by FAR the biggest “what we’ve done this year” applause line for Rs is VA reform. — Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) August 9, 2017 This is a pretty good example of […]

Lunchtime Photo

I’m a fan of all kinds of landscape photography, and one of my favorites is a picture of hills or mountains receding into the hazy distance, with the colors getting foggier and more washed out the farther away they are. Here’s an example if you don’t know what I’m talking about. I’ve tried taking pictures […]

Donald Trump’s North Korea Comments, Explained

OK, fine, let’s write about the North Korea thing. When Donald Trump says something truly preposterous, the usual response is for someone in the White House to suggest anonymously that he didn’t really mean it. This can take many forms, and today it took this one: WH officials take issue with “people on TV who […]

Raw Data: Astrology in Europe

This is apropos of nothing except that (a) I really don’t want to write about nuclear war with North Korea, and (b) Ross Douthat happened to point to it as part of an argument that other countries are stupid too. Anyway, here are the results of a 2011 study about the beliefs of Europeans: Apparently […]

Chart of the Day: Middle Class Incomes vs. the Rich, 1946-2014

I’m pretty sure I’ve posted a chart like this one before, but no matter. This one is better. It’s from David Leonhardt, and it shows income growth for various income levels over two periods of recent history: As we all know, incomes of the working and middle classes rose steadily in the decades after World […]

“Fire and Fury” From Donald Trump

Apparently Trump O’Clock came while I was busy writing about humans incinerating the earth. It turns out that Donald Trump is thinking along the same lines: North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been […]

Lunchtime Video

In addition to our ducklings on our lake, we have a gaggle of brand new Egyptian goose babies and their noisy parents. But no lunchtime photo. Sorry. Instead, we have a very special episode of Lunchtime Video! Enjoy.

Welcome to Hell: Climate Change in the United States

A draft version of the Fourth National Climate Assessment has been leaked to the New York Times. Why? Because scientists were naturally afraid that the Trump administration might just decide to bury it. After all, here’s what it says: Many lines of evidence demonstrate that it is extremely likely that human influence has been the […]

Hot Take: Why Are Small Business Owners So Happy?

A reader writes that he’d like my take on “the single weirdest trend I’m aware of in American opinion: small business optimism.” I aim to please, so here’s my hot take. First off, here’s the small-business optimism index from NFIB, via Calculated Risk: Next up are a couple of other charts from NFIB’s website: There […]

The Sabotage of Obamacare Is Doing Great

A week ago: Blaming the uncertainty over health care reform in the U.S. Senate, insurance carriers will stop offering plans under the Affordable Care Act in nearly all of Nevada’s rural counties, including Carson City and Douglas County….Only Anthem currently sells plans on the exchange in those counties. Today: After significant dialogue with state leaders […]

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