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URL :http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum
Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:6632
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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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Everyone Loves Charts! Except For Those Who Don't.

This post is going to end up being insufferably nerdly, so bear with me. It comes via Justin Wolfers, who tells us about a new study showing that if you present information, it's more persuasive if it includes a chart. Since my Wikipedia...Show More Summary

After a Year Off, the Triumphant Return of My Annual Black Friday Post

According to the retail industry, "Black Friday" is the day when retail profits for the year go from red to black. Are you skeptical that this is really the origin of the term? You should be. After all, the term Black ___day, in other contexts, has always signified something terrible, like a stock market crash or the start of the Blitz. Show More Summary

Thanksgiving Cat Blogging - 27 November 2014

This year we have new catblogging stars, and thus new cats dreaming about the traditional turkey clipart. In case you're curious, no, I didn't pose Hilbert. This is his natural way of sleeping. Have a nice day, everyone, and please avoid doing any shopping. Tomorrow is early enough. Happy Thanksgiving.

I'm Pretty Thankful This Year. Here's Why.

You might not expect someone who was diagnosed with cancer a few weeks ago to be feeling especially thankful right now. And it's true that I'm not excited about either the cancer itself or the fairly miserable effects of the weekly chemotherapy that's treating it. Show More Summary

Europe Wants To Make Its Memory Hole Global

Europe's infamous right to be forgotten is on track to become truly Orwellian: Europe’s privacy regulators want the right to be forgotten to go global. In a new set of guidelines agreed Wednesday in Brussels, the body representing the...Show More Summary

Under Pressure From Obama, France Delays Warship Sale to Russia

I confess that I'm surprised to read this: France has put on hold a controversial deal to supply Russia with two high-tech amphibious assault ships following international concern over Moscow's military involvement in Ukraine ....After...Show More Summary

Obama Has Really Gotten Inside the GOP's Head

Jeremy Peters writes in the New York Times today that the tea party has morphed from an enraged bunch of economic populists to an enraged bunch of anti-immigration zealots. And by cracky, they want Republicans to crush the tyrant Obama for his immigration insolence and they want them to do it now: Satisfying the conservative base will be difficult. Show More Summary

GOP Takes Revenge Over Immigration Order in Tax Bill. Obama Tells Them to Pound Sand.

Danny Vinik describes the tax extender package currently wending its way through Congress: Imagine somebody asked you to imagine the worst possible deal on taxes. It'd probably have the following qualities: It would be bad for the environment. It...Show More Summary

A Nuclear Deal With Iran Probably Won't Happen

Over at Foreign Affairs, Aaron David Miller and Jason Brodsky run through four reasons that we failed to reach a nuclear deal with Iran by this weekend's deadline. This is the key one: An internal IAEA document that was prepared in 2009...Show More Summary

Is Obama Trolling Republicans Over Immigration?

Jonah Goldberg is unhappy with President Obama's immigration order, but he's not steaming mad about it. And I think this allows him to see some things a little more clearly than his fellow conservatives: Maybe President Obama is just...Show More Summary

Economic Growth Starting to Show Real Signs of Life

The latest numbers from the Commerce Department show that GDP increased faster than we thought in the third quarter of 2014. Growth clocked in at 3.9 percent, an increase from the original estimate of 3.5 percent. "The economy expanded at its fastest pace in more than a decade," says the Wall Street Journal. Show More Summary

More Patents Does Not Equal More Innovation

Via James Pethokoukis, here's a chart from a new CBO report on federal policies and innovation. Needless to say, you can't read too much into it. It shows the growth since 1963 of total factor productivity (roughly speaking, the share...Show More Summary

Are Term Limits a Good Idea?

Jim Newton, a longtime local politics reporter in Los Angeles, wrote his final column for the LA Times today. In it, he offered up "a handful of changes that might make a big difference," and the one that resonates with me is his suggestion...Show More Summary

Obama's Immigration Order: Lots of Sound and Fury, But Not Much Precedent

In the New Republic this weekend, Eric Posner warns that President Obama's recent executive action on immigration may come back to haunt liberals. Obama's order was perfectly legal, he says, but "it may modify political norms that control...Show More Summary

Finland Starting to Think Hard About Joining NATO

Behold the results of Vladimir Putin's brilliant strategy of scaring the hell out of every single country within bomber range of Russia: As Russian-backed separatists have eviscerated another non-NATO neighbor this year — Ukraine — Finnish leaders have watched with growing alarm. Show More Summary

One Man Should Not Dictate Immigration Policy

You know, the more I mull over the Republican complaint about how immigration reform is being implemented, the more I sympathize with them. Public policy, especially on big, hot button issues like immigration shouldn't be made by one person. Show More Summary

Chart of the Day: Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States

Matt Yglesias linked today to a map from the Pew Hispanic Center showing which states had the highest populations of unauthorized immigrants. It was interesting but unsurprising: the biggest states (California, Texas, Florida, New York) also have the most unauthorized immigrants. Show More Summary

Benghazi Is Over, But the Mainstream Media Just Yawns

After two years of seemingly endless Benghazi coverage, how did the nation's major media cover the report of a Republican-led House committee that debunked every single Benghazi conspiracy theory and absolved the White House of wrongdoing? Long story short, don't bother looking on the front page anywhere. Show More Summary

Republicans Finally Admit There Is No Benghazi Scandal

For two years, ever since Mitt Romney screwed up his response to the Benghazi attacks in order to score campaign points, Republicans have been on an endless search for a grand conspiracy theory that explains how it all happened. Intelligence was ignored because it would have been inconvenient to the White House to acknowledge it. Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 21 November 2014

Here in Drumland we have a new version of the Second Commandment. Here's the rewrite: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to any other cats: for I, the Lord thy Hilbert, am a jealous cat. Here's the backstory. Last week I got slightly concerned that Hopper was getting a bit less sociable. Show More Summary

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