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Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:6388
Posts / Week:33.8
Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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Images Rule Our World

One of the most famous anecdotes from the Reagan years comes from Lesley Stahl, then a reporter for the CBS Evening News. After airing a long, critical piece during the 1984 campaign, she got a cheerful call from Dick Darman at the White House. Show More Summary

Climate Change News Just Keeps Getting Worse and Worse

The World Meteorological Organization announced today that global levels of carbon dioxide reached their highest point ever in 2013. No surprise there. They also announced that the growth rate of CO 2 reached its highest point ever.Show More Summary

Quote of the Day: Why Republicans Don't Want to Vote on Airstrikes in Iraq

From Republican congressman Jack Kingston, explaining why no one wants to hold a vote to approve military action in Iraq: A lot of people would like to stay on the sideline and say, ‘Just bomb the place and tell us about it later.’ It’s an election year. Show More Summary

Should Liberals Support OTC Access to Oral Contraceptives?

There's been a mini-boomlet lately in Republican candidates supporting over-the-counter access to birth control pills. This is great! There's very little medical reason to require a prescription for oral contraceptives, and OTC pills are far more likely to be used regularly than prescription pills. Show More Summary

Is It Time For Yet Another War?

Dave Weigel sums up the recent American reaction to ISIS: On August 18, the airstrikes helped Iraqi forces take back the Mosul dam from ISIS. The next day, ISIS released a video of captured journalist James Foley being beheaded by one of their men. The video, surely meant to sow fear and breed over-reaction, succeeded magnificently. Show More Summary

Every Single Thing You Need to Know About Gerrymandering and Republicans

For some reason—boredom? coincidence? hot weather peevishness?—a bunch of bloggers today have been arguing about whether Republican control of the House is due to gerrymandering. I don't get this. Gerrymandering is what it is. The best studies I've seen suggest that it accounts for 6-8 additional Republican seats. Show More Summary

A Brief Note on Texas Hospitality

Jay Nordlinger had an unusual experience with a taxi wrangler at the Dallas airport yesterday: The man put my suitcase in a taxi’s trunk. I handed him a tip. He said, “No, no, we’re not allowed to take that.” I have been a fair number...Show More Summary

If Scotland Secedes, They Better Secede From the Pound Too

Scotland will be voting next week on whether to secede from Great Britain, and Paul Krugman is aghast: Everything that has happened in Europe since 2009 or so has demonstrated that sharing a currency without sharing a government is very dangerous. Show More Summary

Multivitamins: Almost Worthless, But Maybe Not Quite

From Emily Oster: Many medical studies show positive health effects from higher vitamin levels. The only problem? These studies often can’t tease out the effect of the vitamins from the effect of other factors, such as generally healthy living. Show More Summary

Obama Announces Policy Change, Hill Dems Complain. Film At 11.

Here's a Twitter conversation between me and Ezra Klein on Saturday: Klein: What I’m hearing from Hill Dems is that they’re happy the immigration order is delayed, but angry at how poorly the issue has been handled Drum: Of course they are. Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 5 September 2014

I have sad news today. Domino's thyroid finally got the better of her, and she's been a pretty sick kitty for the past month or two. About six weeks ago she gave up on dry food, so we switched to wet food. That helped, but she gradually ate less and less of it. Show More Summary

Obamacare Now Benefiting From an Amazing Life Spiral

Courtesy of the Kaiser Family Foundation, here's a cheerier chart for this morning. It shows the projected premium increases under Obamacare, and it's really pretty amazing. After years of double-digit increases, next year will bring an average decrease in premiums of 0.8 percent. That's genuinely stunning. Show More Summary

Euro Area Economy Is Even Worse Than Ours

Would you like some more dreary economic news? No? Too bad. The latest GDP report for the euro area is in, and GDP was flat compared to Q1 and up only 0.7 percent compared to last year. This comes on top of news from a few days ago that euro-area inflation is down to 0.3 percent, which is dangerously close to deflation territory. The basic GDP chart is below.

Chart of the Day: Net New Jobs in August

The American economy added 142,000 new jobs in March, but about 90,000 of those jobs were needed just to keep up with population growth, so net job growth clocked in at an anemic 52,000. The headline unemployment rate ticked down to 6.1 percent, but that's mostly because of rounding. Show More Summary

Chart of the Day: The Rich Are Getting Richer, The Poor Are....

The Federal Reserve's 2013 Survey of Consumer Finances report is out, and guess what? Over the past 25 years, the rich have seen their wealth skyrocket, from 44.8 percent of the total to 54.4 percent of the total. The poor, by contrast,...Show More Summary

ISIS is a Test of Leadership. Real Leadership.

From Ron Fournier, writing about President Obama and the threat of ISIS: A columnist should never admit uncertainty, but here's mine: I'm not ready to side with the hawks or the doves. It's conventional wisdom that columnists should always be self-assured. Show More Summary

Colleges Don't Teach Much, but College Students Don't Know It

The Collegiate Learning Assessment is just what it sounds like: a test that measures critical thinking, analytic reasoning, and communications skills in college students. Several years ago, Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa reported that most students didn't improve much on this test after four years of college, and a full third didn't improve at all. Show More Summary

ECB Finally Shows Signs of Taking Lousy Economic Growth Seriously

In a surprise move, the European Central Bank cut interest rates nearly to zero today And there's more: The central bank said that in October it would begin buying asset-backed securities, bundles of loans issued by banks to businesses and households....Perhaps more significantly, Mr. Show More Summary

No, Obama's Ukraine Policy Isn't "Muddled"

Time's Michael Scherer writes today about President Obama's foreign policy: “NATO must send an unmistakable message in support of Ukraine,” Obama said. “Ukraine needs more than words.” The rhetoric hit its marks. The message, however,...Show More Summary

How Hackable Are Your Security Questions?

Kevin Roose writes today that security questions are ridiculously easy to hack and we should get rid of them: There are all kinds of ways to lock down your most important accounts — Gizmodo's guide is a good place to start....Eventually,...Show More Summary

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