Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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As Usual, the Unrich in America Continue to Tread Water

I commented briefly yesterday on the CBO's latest report about the distribution of household income, but I didn't get a chance to show you the main event: Income growth since the Reagan era. Here it is: The nice thing about the CBO income estimates is that they're pretty comprehensive. Show More Summary

It's Time To Bury "Economic Anxiety" Once And For All as a Campaign Issue

A new Pew report says that Hispanics are pretty optimistic about the future. Ben Casselman comments: Hispanics’ optimism seems to fly in the face of one of the dominant narratives of this year’s presidential campaign: voters’ economic anxiety. Show More Summary

No Secretary of State Ever Used a State.Gov Email Account Until John Kerry

Karin Lang, a State Department official responsible for records management, testified yesterday about Hillary Clinton's email practices: Lang, a career employee who in July 2015 became director of the Executive Secretariat staff, which...Show More Summary

Thursday Egyptian Goose Blogging

Still no sightings of the baby geese. Soon, I'm going to be reduced to posting pictures of seagulls. But not yet! Today we have a lovely Egyptian Goose. Which is actually a duck. But as you've probably figured out, I'm pretty casual about types of waterfowl, so this doesn't bother me. In my book, they're all ducks anyway.

Obamacare: Still Doing Great, Still Not Causing Involuntary Part-Time Work

Under Obamacare, employers are required to either provide health insurance to their full-time employees or else pay a fine. In 2015, this mandate went into effect for companies with over 100 employees. In 2016 it went into effect for...Show More Summary

Conservatives Know That Emailgate Is Bullshit, and Game Theory Proves It

Conservatives crack me up sometimes. Here is NR's newest writer, Dan McLaughlin: Now that President Obama has formally endorsed his former Secretary of State for President, it’s no longer possible for him — or a Justice Department directly...Show More Summary

Obama's Tax Increase Has Reduced Income Inequality

Max Ehrenfreund passes along the latest from the Congressional Budget Office today: Here’s proof President Obama really did reduce inequality Income inequality declined abruptly in 2013 after President Obama and Congress negotiated an increase in taxes on the wealthiest Americans, according to new federal data. Show More Summary

Chart of the Day: Have Blue-Collar Workers Seen a Raise in the Past Half Century?

I was taking a look at something else this morning, and then decided to put it off because I wasn't sure I was measuring the right thing. But along the way I happened to take a look at one of my favorite wage series, the one for production and nonsupervisory workers. Show More Summary

Mid-Week Waterfowl Blogging

Still no sign of the baby geese. Where do they hide? So that means the water torture continues. I'm reliably informed that yesterday's bird was a cormorant, which seems like an odd way to spell duck. But English is a funny language. So here he is again, this time in non-diving mode.

Five Miscellaneous Things Not Big Enough For a Post of Their Own

A few random hits from my reading list today: Stimulus. Softball pitchers are awesome! "Pit a professional baseball player against a top fastpitch pitcher, and he’ll most likely strike out, as hitting legends Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, and Mike Piazza all did when they faced fastpitch pitchers at charity events." Response. Show More Summary

The Tech Biz Is Not Much Different Today Than It Was In the 70s

Tim Lee says we routinely sell technology short: People underestimated the first PCs in the 1970s. They were so underpowered that you could hardly do anything useful with them....The same thing happened with the internet. In the 1980s it was hard to use and couldn't do very much. Show More Summary

Weekly Flint Water Report: May 27-June 2

Here is this week's Flint water report. As usual, I've eliminated outlier readings above 2,000 parts per billion, since there are very few of them and they can affect the averages in misleading ways. During the week, DEQ took 383 samples. Show More Summary


Yet another scandal for Hillary Clinton! This one revolves around a report that she wore a $12,495 Armani jacket recently. And she wore it to a speech on income inequality. It's Armanigate! But in a fearless act of investigative journalism, Fashionista has discovered that, in fact, the jacket has been marked down to $7,497. Show More Summary

What Did Donald Trump Mean by "No PP"?

As you'll recall, after forgetting what "TPP" meant in a speech last night, Donald Trump smirked and made a little joke to his audience: "What you mean is, 'No PP.'" Or, perhaps, "no pee pee." But what did he mean? Readers have offered...Show More Summary

California's Calamitous Republican Party, In One Chart

This year's general election for the California Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer will feature no Republicans: The top vote-getters in California's open primary were a pair of Democrats, Attorney General Kamala Harris and Rep. Show More Summary

The Diving Duck of Irvine

I still haven't been able to track down our new baby geese, and I'm going to torture you with daily waterfowl pictures until I do. Today you get a video! It's the diving duck of Irvine.

Some Closing Thoughts on the Democratic Primary

A few random thoughts about tonight's election results: Hillary Clinton won a majority of the pledged delegates, a majority of the superdelegates, and a majority of the popular vote. If you can't stand her regardless, that's fine, but a clear majority of Democrats preferred her to Bernie Sanders. Show More Summary

Our Donald Question of the Day: What Is "No PP" Supposed to Mean?

Apologies for the lousy video, but can someone please explain this: Here's a transcript, such as it is: GUY IN AUDIENCE: No TPP! TRUMP: No PPP, you're right about that. [Smirks toward crowd.] And you mean, no PP. Trump is such a moron...Show More Summary

Poor Donald Has Been "Misconstrued" Yet Again. Why Does This Keep Happening to Him? Why?

Donald Trump has issued a statement about his beef with Judge Curiel: It is unfortunate that my comments have been misconstrued as a categorical attack against people of Mexican heritage. I am friends with and employ thousands of people of Mexican and Hispanic descent. Unfortunate indeed. Show More Summary

Sen. Mark Kirk Un-Endorses His Party's Candidate for President

Here's our first un-endorsement of the season: First un-endorsement -- Sen. Mark Kirk. "I cannot and will not support my party's nominee for President." — Erica Werner (@ericawerner) June 7, 2016 Kirk was always likely to be one of Trump's first defectors. Show More Summary

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