Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
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Posts / Week:31.3
Archived Since:February 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Liar or Idiot? Yet Again, Donald Trump Poses the Eternal Question.

For the first time in my career, I've recently gotten a little self-conscious about my blogging. I'm keenly aware of how bad it is to blog nonstop about every dumb thing Donald Trump says or does, and yet, it really is hard to resist. Show More Summary

A Reader Poll: How Are the Olympics Being Covered In Your Country?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that NBC is the worst Olympics broadcaster ever in history. Todd VanDerWerff explains why NBC is so bad today, and I was curious to finally read a serious take on the subject. So what does he tell...Show More Summary

Nobody Wants to Talk About the P-Word

The New York Times reports that neither major candidate for president is talking much about the poor: Mrs. Clinton, who is scheduled to speak about her economic plans on Thursday near Detroit, is campaigning as an advocate for middle-class families whose fortunes have flagged. Show More Summary

Trump's Kids Are in the Arena. If They Dish It Out, They Have to Learn to Take It, Too.

Bob Woodward says that Donald Trump isn't the only one using "excessive rhetoric" these days. Hillary supporters are doing it too: He went on to cite a Wednesday column by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who wrote Trump’s children...Show More Summary

Today's Perfect Storm of Trivial Lies From Donald Trump

Glenn Kessler landed himself in the perfect storm this morning: a tale of (a) Trump largesse, (b) told by Sean Hannity, and (c) confirmed by the Trump campaign. Already, you know it's a lie. There are not enough Pinocchios in the world...Show More Summary

Feds Move to Open Up Marijuana Research

Drug policy expert Mark Kleiman has been telling me for years that the biggest obstacle to high-quality research on marijuana is the fact that there's only one authorized supply source for legitimate medical studies. So I'm totally prepped...Show More Summary

CNN: Secret Service Has Spoken to Trump About "Second Amendment People"

Here is today's Twitterized version of the Trump Daily News: Breaking: US Secret Svce has spoken to #Trump campaign re: 2nd Amendment comments, "more than one conversation” -USSS official tells me — Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) August 10, 2016 No such meeting or conversation ever happened - a made up story by "low ratings" @CNN. — Donald J. Show More Summary

The Olympics Should Be Permanently Hosted In....Los Angeles

Grecophile Paul Glastris thinks we should stop moving the Olympics around and hold them permanently in Athens: Part the reason for Greece’s debt crisis—and the continuing Depression-level economic hardships Greece is suffering underShow More Summary

Big Sale in Progress on Trump Gold Executive Membership Cards!

As near as I can tell, pretty much everyone in America is on Donald Trump's email list. But just in case you're not one of the lucky ones, I thought I'd bring to your attention that Trump is having a big sale on Gold Executive Membership...Show More Summary

We'll Have Self-Driving Cars By 2025

Atrios takes to the podium once again to insist that self-driving cars are just a pipe dream of nerdy cultists: If the driver has to pay attention it isn't a self-driving car. And the self-driving cars are never going to happen (in my lifetime, yes, yes, one day our descendants might upload their brains into self-driving car bodies). Show More Summary

Does Hillary Clinton Want to Take Away All Your Guns?

Charles Cooke says that Hillary Clinton really does want to take away your guns: Before he made his reprehensible “Second Amendment people” joke yesterday, Donald Trump said once again that Hillary Clinton wants “to abolish, essentially...Show More Summary

House Republicans Set to Release Shortest Investigation Report Ever

A House investigation has confirmed that the military's top brass were a little too addicted to happy talk in the war against ISIS: A House Republican task force has found that officials from the U.S. military’s Central Command altered intelligence reports to portray the U.S. Show More Summary

Republicans Find Yet Another Way to Cut Taxes on the Rich

I will happily concede that poking holes in Donald Trump's tax "policy" is just an idle way to pass the time, like doing a crossword puzzle or watching a Division III football game. Still, it occasionally pays off in entertainment value. You all know that Trump's economic plan, unveiled yesterday, is basically a huge giveaway to the rich. Show More Summary

Donald Trump Suggests Gun Folks Might Have a Remedy if Hillary Clinton Wins Election

It's funny how often I react differently from the rest of the world to Donald Trump's various idiocies. Last week, for example, I must have collected a couple dozen of them on the blog. But there were a few I left out. Trump called Hillary Clinton "the devil," for example, and after looking at the context it seemed like a nothingburger. Show More Summary

Tweet of the Day: Barack Obama Has Never Built a Golf Course

Hmmm: Giuliani says people elected Obama "who has never built a building or a golf course in his entire life." — Tasneem N (@TasneemN) August 9, 2016 This has now become the hottest meme in my Twitter feed. Some have taken it a wee bit...Show More Summary

Labor Productivity Is Looking Distinctly Unhealthy

Labor productivity is in the dumps: The longest stretch of productivity declines since the end of the 1970s is threatening to restrain U.S. worker pay and broader economic growth in the years ahead. Nonfarm business productivity, measured...Show More Summary

Ohio: Best Bang For the Buck in the United States?

Here is the Tax Foundation's estimate of how far a dollar goes in each state: The law of supply and demand works! Highly desirable places to live cost more. (I could only squeeze in the top and bottom 15. Sorry. Click the link if your...Show More Summary

Unsurprisingly, Medicaid Expansion Helps Poor People Get More Medical Care

Noam Levey reports on some new research about Medicaid expansion: “The effects of expanding coverage will be an unfolding story over time,” said Dr. Benjamin Sommers, lead author of the study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine....Sommers...Show More Summary

How Much Are Internet Kidneys Going For These Days?

From my inbox this morning, here is the entire message: Please I want to sell one of my kidney o+ I don't think I need a kidney at the moment, but maybe later. And anyway, I need one in A-negative. If you're going to spam me with this...Show More Summary

Michael Kinsley Has a Bone to Pick With Vox

Today's worst person of the first 15 minutes of the morning is Michael Kinsley, who has some bones to pick with modern internet journalism, pioneered by people he calls "Ezras," after Ezra Klein, founder of Vox. Here's a sample: An Ezra also will shuffle the deck and summarize ruthlessly. Show More Summary

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