Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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Actually, It's Comey Wot Won It

I'm not quite sure what prompted this, but who cares? I will never forget that FBI Director James Comey was responsible for Donald Trump, and here's yet another example that illustrates this: After the release of the Comey letter, Trump's favorability shot up six points. Show More Summary

After Threats, Time For Talks With North Korea?

VP Mike Pence is on the Korean Peninsula today: Pence warns North Korea of U.S. resolve shown in Syria, Afghan strikes by @RobertaRampton and @juminism — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) April 17, 2017 David Frum would...Show More Summary

It's the Wall Wot Won It

Phil Klinkner takes to the pages of the LA Times this morning to tell us that immigration was a big deal in the 2016 election: Comparing the results of the 2012 and 2016 ANES surveys shows that Trump increased his vote over Mitt Romney’s on a number of immigration-related issues. Show More Summary

Views of Trump Down, But Job Approval Is Up

According to Gallup, views of President Trump's have plummeted since February: On the other hand, according to Pollster his approval rating has been improving for the past couple of weeks: I guess a couple of high-profile bombings can do wonders even if people don't really trust you much anymore.

It's Easter in Mar-a-Lago

What's on our president's mind on this lovely Easter morning? Let's check in: Our military is building and is rapidly becoming stronger than ever before. Frankly, we have no choice! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 16, 2017 This...Show More Summary

How Do Partisans React to the Election of One of Their Own?

Via Gallup, here's another hot-off-the-presses example of different partisan responses to similar situations: Republican views of the taxes they pay improved substantially when Bush and Trump were elected—even before any actual changes were made to the tax code—while Democrats had essentially no reaction when Obama was elected. Show More Summary

Urban vs. Rural Recovery From the Great Recession: Another Look

Thomas Edsall writes that as we recovered from the Great Recession, big cities did pretty well but rural areas didn't. "The fact that people living outside big cities were battered so acutely by the recession goes a long way toward explaining...Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 14 April 2017

This is Hilbert taking a look at the outside world as Marian and I returned from a walk. He was so thrilled to see us that we couldn't stop him from jumping down. This is bad, bad, bad, and in the end Marian had to pick him up and carry him the rest of way home, just to make sure he didn't start getting any ideas. Show More Summary

Trump Policy on Visitor Logs Provides Hint to How He Governs

So much for visitor logs: The Trump administration announced Friday that it would not follow former president Barack Obama's policy of voluntarily disclosing the names of most visitors to the White House complex....White House communications...Show More Summary

Inflation, Consumer Spending Both Down in March

Uh oh. The latest CPI figures are out today. It's just another monthly reminder that inflation is spiraling out of—wait. What? Inflation went down in March? So it did: As you can see, the Consumer Price Index (dark blue) declined last month by a fair amount. Show More Summary

Are US Airlines Worse Than European Airlines? This Chart Won't Tell You.

A couple of days ago I wrote that we, the traveling public, have conclusively demonstrated that we care about nothing but price. This is one reason air travel has become progressively more awful. Steve Randy Waldman is sick and tired...Show More Summary

Lunchtime Photo

This was taken a day after this month's full moon on the campus of Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. This was formerly the site of the Crystal Cathedral, one of Orange County's most famous landmarks, built by the Rev. Robert Schuller in 1980. Show More Summary

Republicans Love Bombing, But Only When a Republican Does It

A few days ago I noted that Republican views of the economy changed dramatically when Donald Trump was elected, but Democratic views stayed pretty stable. Apparently Republicans view the economy through a partisan lens but Democrats don't. Are there other examples of this? Yes indeed. Show More Summary

How Many Republicans Are Atheists?

How many Americans are atheists? Many people don't really like admitting it, but Brian Resnick points today to an attempt to get at the truth. In the cleverly titled "How many atheists are there?" a pair of researchers sent people surveys with a bunch of personal questions (Are you vegetarian? Do you work from home? Etc.). Show More Summary

Lunchtime Photo

This freeway sign hanging out in the middle of nowhere (well, a Target parking lot anyway) has intrigued me for a long time, so here's a picture of it. Needless to say, your mileage may vary on how intriguing you find it. Marian's response...Show More Summary

Susan Rice Did Nothing Wrong, Part the Millionth

I missed this a couple of days ago, but Nancy LeTourneau alerts me to a recent CNN report about Susan Rice's requests to "unmask" the names of individuals in intelligence reports that she received when she was Obama's National Security Advisor. Show More Summary

Donald Trump Is Learning a Lot at the White House Academy for Government Studies

I'm just writing these down for posterity: Trump on health care: "I have to tell you, it's an unbelievably complex subject. Nobody knew health care could be so complicated." Trump on China and North Korea: "[President Xi] then went into the history of China and Korea....And Korea actually used to be a part of China. Show More Summary

The Trump-Russia Connection Was the Buzz All Over Europe in 2016

The Guardian reports that European spy agencies, including Britain's GCHQ, were the first to notice an unusual number of contacts between Trump campaign advisors and Russian officials: GCHQ first became aware in late 2015 of suspicious...Show More Summary

Why Does Obamacare Repeal Have to Come Before Tax Cuts?

Yesterday I made fun of President Trump for not understanding why his tax cut plan would be easier to pass after Obamacare had been repealed. But I have a confession: I don't really understand it either. Jon Chait's explanation is typical: The connection between the two issues might seem obscure, but it matters technically. Show More Summary

The Dirges Have Begun For Steve Bannon

The blog has been heavily Trump-centric today, but what can you do? When it rains, it pours. This evening brings us yet another story based on dozens of interviews with Trump's closest advisors, most of whom are apparently willing to...Show More Summary

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