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Blog Profile / Kevin Drum


URL :http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum
Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:6477
Posts / Week:33.5
Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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Chart of the Day: Net New Jobs in September

The American economy added 248,000 new jobs in September, but about 90,000 of those jobs were needed just to keep up with population growth, so net job growth clocked in at 158,000. That's not bad. The headline unemployment rate ticked down to 5.9 percent, due to a combination of more employment and more people dropping out of the labor force. Show More Summary

Support for Ground War Against ISIS Keeps Growing

"So much for war weariness," crows Ed Morrissey today, and unfortunately it's hard to argue with him. Here's the latest: This is a Fox poll, so maybe we have to take it with a grain of salt. Question 22, after all, is about whether Barack...Show More Summary

No, There Is No "Troubling Persistence" of Eugenicist Thought in America

Andrew Sullivan points me to a piece by Michael Brendan Dougherty bemoaning the "troubling persistence" of eugenic thought in America. But Dougherty's evidence for this is tissue-paper thin, especially in his credulous treatment of the...Show More Summary

Would You Pay $20 For a Non-Reclining Seat in Front of You?

Slate has a great example today of the endowment effect, aka the status quo bias: In an online survey, we asked people to imagine that they were about to take a six-hour flight from New York to Los Angeles. We told them that the airline had created a new policy that would allow people to pay those seated in front of them to not recline their seats. Show More Summary

Hooray! This Young Billionaire Actually Invented Something Useful

Elizabeth Holmes is the third-youngest billionaire on the Forbes 400 list (behind Facebook tycoons Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz). And hooray for her! Her business model doesn't depend on getting drunk teenagers to eventually regret that they ever heard of the internet. Show More Summary

Here's a Great New Cause For the Tea Party

Harold Meyerson writes today about something called the Investor-State Dispute Settlement provision, a feature of most trade agreements since the Reagan administration. Basically, it means that if, say, a Mexican company objects to a regulation in Texas, it can sue Texas. Show More Summary

What? Why Is There No Code Name for the ISIS Bombing Campaign?

I learned something new today: code names for military operations only became a public thing after World War II, and it was only around 1980 that the names of major operations got turned into serious PR exercises. Paul Waldman runs down...Show More Summary

Take Two: Are Americans Really In Love With War?

Yesterday I wrote that the American public is "in love with war." This was obviously a bit of a rant, born of frustration with our seemingly bottomless tolerance for addressing foreign policy problems in suitably small countries with military force. Show More Summary

Here's How Fact Checking Exits the Real World and Enters Wonderland

So here's the big controversy of the day out in our nation's heartland. Joni Ernst, running for Senate in Iowa, is one of 21 Republicans who voted in favor of a "personhood" amendment to the state constitution. It says that "the inalienable...Show More Summary

You Insult Henry Kissinger At Your Peril

Newly declassified documents show that Fidel Castro pissed off Henry Kissinger so badly that he drew up plans to "clobber the pipsqueak": Mr. Kissinger, who was secretary of state from 1973 to 1977, had previously planned an underground effort to improve relations with Havana. Show More Summary

Mitt Romney Takes Another Crack at Explaining the 47 Percent

In a recent interview with Mark Leibovich, Mitt Romney offered up a new excuse for foolishly venting to a supporter during the 2012 campaign about the perfidy of the "47 percent" (i.e., the folks who take no personal responsibility for their lives and just want lots of free bennies from the government). Show More Summary

Peak Oil Is All About Cheap Oil

Russell Gold writes in the Wall Street Journal that perhaps the idea of peak oil is a myth. After all, technology keeps getting better and better, allowing us to extract more oil from old fields. Of course, it's expensive to do business this way: When the oil industry overcomes an obstacle and boosts oil production, costs typically increase. Show More Summary

We Are In Love With War

I'm going to make this short because I simply don't have a thousand-word essay in me about war fever. But the more I think about our campaign against ISIS, the more dismayed I become. I always figured that if the time ever came when a president wanted to bomb Iran, it would be pretty easy to whip up the usual war frenzy over it. Show More Summary

Intel Community Dusts Itself Off and Casually Shows Obama Who's Boss

A friend brings to my attention this New York Times piece: By late last year, classified American intelligence reports painted an increasingly ominous picture of a growing threat from Sunni extremists in Syria, according to senior intelligence and military officials. Show More Summary

Here's Why Obama Fumbled on the Economy Last Night

Paul Waldman asks us to imagine what's going to happen the next time there's some kind of Islam-inspired terror attack on American soil: The news media would amp up the fear to levels we haven't seen in the last decade, encouraging everyone to look for sleeper cells lurking down at the Piggly Wiggly. Show More Summary

Report: Secret Service Lied About White House Fence Jumper

Omar Gonzalez, the White House fence-jumper from earlier this month, apparently surprised the guard at the front door because a nearby alarm box had been muted: After barrelling past the guard immediately inside the door, Gonzalez, who was carrying a knife, dashed past the stairway leading a half-flight up to the first family’s living quarters. Show More Summary

Here's Yet Another Rage-Inducing Scam in the American Health Care System

Here is your statistic of the day: The average salary of an emergency room physician was $311,000 in 2014, rising from $247,000 since 2010 — a period when many other types of doctors experienced declines in salaries, according to Merritt...Show More Summary

Republicans Once Again Favored to Take Control of the Senate

Remember my post a couple of weeks ago saying that Republicans were no longer favored to take control of the Senate? Well, recent polls have not been kind to the Ds, and now everyone—including Sam Wang—agrees that Republicans are once again favored. Show More Summary

Obama Needs to Learn How to Admit Error on National TV

So President Obama was on 60 Minutes last night. Steve Kroft asked about the meteoric rise of ISIS in northern Iraq: Steve Kroft: How did they end up where they are in control of so much territory? Was that a complete surprise to you? President...Show More Summary

Obama Threatened Far More Often Than Any Previous President

Carol Leonnig has a piece in the Washington Post today about a botched Secret Service response to a 2011 shooting at the White House: The suspect was able to park his car on a public street, take several shots and then speed off without being detected. Show More Summary

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