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Blog Profile / Kevin Drum


URL :http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum
Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:6546
Posts / Week:33.3
Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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Why Do Republicans Hate the Beatles?

Over at the Facebook Data Science blog, Winter Mason shows us how personal likes and dislikes line up with political ideology. Democrats like Maya Angelou, The Color Purple, and The Colbert Report. Republicans like Ben Carson, Atlas Shrugged, and Duck Dynasty. Show More Summary

Quote of the Day: Bush Would Have Punched Putin in the Nose

Here is John Boehner, the leader of the House of Representatives and third in line for the presidency: When you look at this chaos that’s going on, does anybody think that Vladimir Putin would have gone into Crimea had George W. Bush...Show More Summary

Question of the Day: Does Obama Plan to Flood America With Ebola Patients?

From Fox anchor Megyn Kelly to Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee: So do you believe that the administration is planning on bringing Ebola patients from overseas here to America? Yes, that's an actual question, and I probably don't have to tell you what Goodlatte's answer is. Show More Summary

Republicans Coming On Strong in Last Week Before Election

It's now seven days until Election Day, and unfortunately things are trending pretty badly for us liberal types. The ABC/Washington Post poll on the right shows that Democrats and Republicans are pretty much all planning to vote for their own party next week, which leaves the election in the hands of independents. Show More Summary

Paying for Stuff Will Soon Be Almost as Easy and Reliable as Using Cash

Sarah Halzack describes the difference between between ApplePay and a competing system, CurrentC, due to roll out next year: Apple Pay's system relies on near-field communication chips, allowing users to wave their smartphones in front of a reader and confirm the purchase with a fingerprint scan. Show More Summary

Refusing Medicaid Expansion Is Costing Red States a Bundle

Here's a remarkable chart cobbled together from a survey of state Medicaid directors by the Kaiser Family Foundation. It's a little ugly, but bear with me. This is a projection of Medicaid enrollment and spending for 2015 that compares states that accepted the Obamacare Medicaid expansion with those that didn't. Show More Summary

John Boehner Still Hasn't Sued Obama Over Obamacare. Why Not?

Three months ago, John Boehner threw a bone to the tea-party faction that was nipping at his heels and demanding action against the lawless tyrant Obama and his executive orders that routinely defied both the Constitution and the duly enacted laws of the land. Show More Summary

Here's Two and a Half Cheers for No-Drama Obama

On Saturday I promised to both agree and disagree with Matt Yglesias, but I never quite got around to the agreeing part. So let's do that today. Yglesias was writing in response to a fairly typical complaint from Josh Green that President...Show More Summary

Kobani Still Holding Out -- But Is That Good News?

Like Mark Thompson, I've been a bit out of circulation for the past couple of weeks—enough to pay only minimal attention to Iraq, anyway—and also like Thompson, I'm a little surprised to come back and discover that Kobani is still holding out against ISIS. Show More Summary

Housekeeping Finale

I am home and the cats are becoming re-acquainted with their long-lost daddy. Monday should bring a return to normalcy. That is all.

Profiles in Mainstream Media Courage

Laura Poitras, the journalist who first worked with NSA leaker Edward Snowden and later wrote groundbreaking stories with Glenn Greenwald about the stunning growth and reach of the US surveillance state, describes her initial interaction...Show More Summary

Social Networking Employs More People Than We Think

This is a pretty amazing story from Wired reporter Adrian Chen about the army of workers who spend their days monitoring the raw feeds of social networking sites to get rid of "dick pics, thong shots, exotic objects inserted into bodies,...Show More Summary

Quick Treatment Update - And Thanks

I had my first round of chemo about six hours ago, and I had no reaction at all. No nausea, no vomiting, no nothing. I ate lunch an hour afterward. Obviously this may change as things progress, but so far I seem to be tolerating the treatment regimen well. Show More Summary

Amazon Must Be Stopped - Sort Of

Enough of this cancer nonsense. Let's agree and disagree with Matt Yglesias today (not that I'm comparing him with cancer, mind you). First off, the disagreement. In the current issue of the New Republic, Franklin Foer pens a righteous rant against Amazon as an evil, marauding monopoly that needs to be crushed. Show More Summary

Friday Cancer Blogging - 24 October 2014

A few of you have probably cottoned onto the fact that people don't usually spend a week in the hospital for a broken bone, even a backbone. So in the long tradition of releasing bad news on Friday afternoon, here's my first-ever Friday...Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 24 October 2014

We're a little late with catblogging today, but not bad under the circumstances—which partly include all those meddling doctors with their tests and pills and questions, but are actually mostly technological. For the most part, the Windows tablet and the new phone have been godsends in the hospital. Show More Summary

Final Housekeeping Update

According to my surgeon, yesterday's kyphoplasty went swimmingly well. I needed to be prepared for normal post-op recovery pain, but once I was through that my back should be in good shape. Unfortunately, "normal post-op recovery pain" turned out to be hours of excruciating, mind-numbing agony. Show More Summary

Housekeeping Note

No blogging today, I'm afraid. I've been having lower back problems for several months, and on Friday night it got a lot worse. Saturday morning I couldn't get out of bed, and had to be transported to the ER. It turns out that I had a compression fracture of one of my lumbar bones. Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 17 October 2014

I don't know about you, but I could stand to have catblogging a little earlier than usual this week. What you see here is one of the many cat TVs now installed in our home. This is the dining room TV. There are also cat TVs in the kitchen and the study. Show More Summary

WHO Admits That It Failed Utterly In Its Response to Ebola

The Guardian has a fairly chilling story today about an internal report from the World Health Organization that basically concludes WHO completely botched its response to the Ebola outbreak in Africa: The UN health agency acknowledged that, at times, even its own bureaucracy was a problem. Show More Summary

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