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Blog Profile / Kevin Drum


URL :http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum
Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:6343
Posts / Week:33.9
Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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Chart of the Day: The Federal Deficit Is In Pretty Good Shape These Days

You already know this—don't you?—but just to refresh your memories, here's the latest projection of the federal deficit from the Congressional Budget Office. As you can see, for the entire next decade CBO figures that the deficit will be running at a very manageable 3 percent of GDP, right in line with historical averages. Show More Summary

Obama's Iraq Policy Has Been Pretty Masterly

I'm not a diehard supporter of Barack Obama's foreign policy. Some of his actions I just plain disagree with: the surge in Afghanistan, the enormous increase in drone use, his almost inhuman patience in putting up with Bibi Netanyahu's nearly open contempt for him. Show More Summary

Is Europe's Central Bank Finally Getting Worried About Deflation?

Brad DeLong notes that Mario Draghi, the head of Europe's central bank, went off text in his speech at Jackson Hole. Here's his summary of Draghi's extended ad-lib: The speech text says: The ECB knows that inflation has declined. The...Show More Summary

Wyoming Is Thinking About Accepting Medicaid Expansion After All

Michael Hiltzik passes along the news that Wyoming's governor is the latest traitor to the cause of denying health care to poor people no matter what the cost: The reason for Wyoming's wavering is clear: It's money. The Health Department...Show More Summary

Ukraine Claims it Has Captured Russian Soldiers

Ukraine claims that it now has proof that Russian soldiers have been involved in fighting on Ukrainian soil: Ukraine released video footage on Tuesday of what it said were 10 captured Russian soldiers, raising tensions as President Vladimir V. Show More Summary

Here's the Latest Right-Wing IRS Fantasy

Here's a great example of the conservative media bubble at work. I was browsing The Corner a few minutes ago and came across a post telling me that the government has, rather astonishingly, acknowledged that it has another backup of Lois Lerner's missing emails. Show More Summary

Quote of the Day: Congressmen and Crackpots

From Jon Chait, responding to Paul Ryan's list of favorite books about economics and democracy—which notably fails to include his former favorite book, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged: It seems the lesson Ryan has drawn from the harmful publicity...Show More Summary

Yes, Republicans Really Are Unprecedented in Their Obstructionism

When we talk about Republican obstruction of judicial nominees in the Senate, the usual way is to look at filibusters and cloture votes. But that can sometimes be misleading, since cloture votes can happen for a variety of reasons. Or we can look at the raw number of seats filled. Show More Summary

This Time Is Different

I was chatting with a friend about the relentless, one-sided hawkishness on display yesterday on the morning chat shows, and he responded: The recurring "stay tuned for" loop are clips of McCain ("We never should have left"), Graham ("ISIS no longer JV"), Ryan ("What's the president's plan for eradicating ISIS?"). Show More Summary

Hating On Obamacare Not Really a Great Strategy for GOP Governors

Does opposing Obamacare hurt you or help you if you're a Republican governor? To find out, Sam Wang took a look at nine Republican governors who were first elected in 2010 and are now running for reelection. The chart on the right tells the story. Show More Summary

Bonus Sunday Cat Blogging - 24 August 2014

I've gotten several queries about how Mozart is doing, and as you might expect, the answer is that Mozart is delighted with his new home. Last night at dusk he was leaping around in my mother's native habitat garden and chasing all the little things that only cats can see at dusk. Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 22 August 2014

Here's Domino helping Marian with a bit of gardening in the front yard. The days may not be sunny and warm forever, so she's taking advantage of whatever ones are left to her.

Did Obamacare Wreck a Baseball Game?

A few days ago, a Chicago Cubs game was called in the fifth inning after the grounds crew had so much trouble spreading a tarp that the field got soaked during a rain delay and play couldn't be continued. The Corner reveals what really happened: Insiders at the ball club report that the real culprit is Obamacare. Show More Summary

Chart of the Day: Welfare Reform and the Great Recession

CBPP has posted a series of charts showing the effects of welfare reform on the poor over the past couple of decades. In its first few years it seemed like a great success: welfare rolls went down substantially in the late 90s while the number of poor people with jobs went up. Show More Summary

Obamacare May Not Be Popular, But Its Provisions Sure Are

Brian Beutler on the way health care reform is playing out in the Arkansas Senate race: T he most interesting thing about Senator Mark Pryor’s decision to tout his support for the Affordable Care Act in a well-financed, statewide television ad isn’t that he stands apart from other embattled Democrats this election cycle. Show More Summary

The Intersection of Social Liberalism and Social Media is Brutal

I think it's safe to say that Freddie deBoer is considerably to my left. But even he finds much of contemporary social liberalism dispiriting and self-righteous: It seems to me now that the public face of social liberalism has ceased to seem positive, joyful, human, and freeing. Show More Summary

Chart of the Day: The Horrible Toll of the Recession on the Poor

When we talk about rising income inequality, we usually talk about the skyrocketing pay of the top 1 percent. And that's quite proper, since that's the main driver of increasing inequality. But new census data shows that when it comes to net worth—which is basically total wealth—the biggest change has been at the bottom. Show More Summary

Russian Sanctions Mostly Hitting Russian Consumers

The BBC reports on how those Russian sanctions against Western food have put the squeeze on European and American suppliers: Moscow officials say frozen fish prices in the capital's major supermarkets have risen by 6%, milk by 5.3% and an average cheese costs 4.4% more than it did before the 7 August ban took effect. Show More Summary

In Ferguson, Cops Hand Out Three Warrants Per Household Every Year

Alex Tabarrok comments on the rather remarkable caseload of Ferguson's municipal court: You don’t get $321 in fines and fees and 3 warrants per household from an about-average crime rate. You get numbers like this from bullshit arrests...Show More Summary

Housekeeping Note

That's it for the day. I'm off to the hospital for yet another test that will undoubtedly show nothing wrong with me. But you don't know until you look, do you? See you tomorrow.

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