Blog Profile / Kevin Drum


URL :http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum
Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:6700
Posts / Week:30.8
Archived Since:February 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

So What's Next For Israel and Palestine?

I thought all along that Benjamin Netanyahu was going to win this week's election in Israel. I never wrote about it, but Mark Kleiman is my witness. My reasoning was simplistic: the polls were pretty close, and Netanyahu is a survivor. Show More Summary

Republicans Take Game Playing to New Heights With Latest Budget

I would like to nominate this for least surprising headline of the year: And it gets even better. This is unusually straightforward reporting: House Republicans called it streamlining, empowering states or “achieving sustainability.”...Show More Summary

I Have Great Lungs

In addition to the whole multiple myeloma thing, regular readers may recall that about a year ago I suddenly developed breathing difficulties. Things have improved since then, but I still have regular spells of shortness of breath. In...Show More Summary

"Arming Our Allies" a Fiasco Yet Again in Yemen

No surprise here: The Pentagon is unable to account for more than $500 million in U.S. military aid given to Yemen amid fears that the weaponry, aircraft and equipment is at risk of being seized by Iranian-backed rebels or al-Qaeda, according to U.S. Show More Summary

My Un-Miracle

If a miracle happened on Friday, an un-miracle happened on Sunday. I was fine all day Friday, fine on Saturday, and fine Sunday. Until lunchtime. Then I collapsed again. Ditto on Monday around 10 am. Ditto again today. As usual, no idea what's going on. But I'll blog whenever I have spurts of energy.

My Day

Heart test. Check. EKG. Check. Chest X-ray. Check. Complete spinal X-ray. Check. 20 vials of blood drawn. Check. All that's left is a lung test tomorrow and dropping off a stool sample. Then I get a week off before I visit City of Hope for an orientation and further instructions in preparation for the stem cell transplant in April. Progress!

Republicans Are Making Obama Popular Again

This isn't exactly Oprah levels of adulation or anything, but President Obama's Gallup approval ratings have been rising steadily ever since Republicans won the midterm elections last year. He's been bouncing around positive territory...Show More Summary

Factlet of the Day: Mutual Funds Suck

Jeff Sommer summarizes the results of actively managed mutual funds over the past five years: If all of the managers of the 2,862 funds hadn’t bothered to try to pick stocks at all — if they had merely flipped coins — they would, as a group, probably have produced better numbers. I am not an investment advisor, so do whatever you want to do. Show More Summary

Ides of March Catblogging - 15 March 2015

Et tu, Hopper? A few days ago I featured Hilbert draped over my sister, so I figured that turnabout is fair play: here's Hopper draped over me to make up for the lack of normal Friday catblogging. Hopper is a Daddy's girl, and will sit on no one's lap but mine. Show More Summary

Chart of the Day: Even the Rich Think the Middle Class Is Getting Screwed

A couple of weeks ago Pew did a poll about government policies during the recession, but I've been too sick to blog about it. However, it's stayed safely in my Saved Stuff folder awaiting my recovery, so here it is today. It's really two charts. Show More Summary

Pi Day Health News

Well, a miracle happened. Last Monday, the 2nd, I fell off a deep cliff. For no apparent reason, I was sleeping very poorly and I spent entire days is a miasma of lethargy so great I was nearly debilitated. Twice things got so bad that I went to the ER. Then, yesterday, suddenly I climbed back on the cliff. Show More Summary

Friday Hummingbird Blogging - 13 March 2015

My physical collapse this week prevented me from taking any new cat pictures, and today I have full day of workups in preparation for stage 2 of chemo. However, I did snap a new picture of our hummingbird babies yesterday. They seemShow More Summary

Health Update

On Tuesday I landed in the emergency room once again, and with the same results: there's nothing wrong with me. Nothing aside from a debilitating fatigue and lassitude, that is. But whatever it is, my oncologist doesn't think it's related to the chemo meds, and the ER doc was unable to find any other likely medical cause. Show More Summary

Once Again, Obamacare Is Turning Out To Be Cheaper Than Expected

Here's some good news: the latest report from the CBO has reduced its estimate of the cost of Obamacare. This is due partly to a slight decrease in the number of people CBO expects to be covered, but mostly due a lower estimate of the cost of insurance premiums. Show More Summary

Yes, Education Matters. But It's Not the Answer to Growing Income Inequality.

David Brooks has a bit of an odd column today: For many years, Democratic efforts to reduce inequality and lift middle-class wages were based on the theory that the key is to improve the skills of workers. Expand early education. Make college cheaper. Show More Summary

Sunday Hummingbird Blogging

I'm feeling just energetic enough today to actually eat lunch (hooray!) and take a picture of the baby hummingbirds in our backyard. They sit there all day with their beaks stuck in the air waiting for mama to come home and deposit something yummy. Hummingbirds must be pretty stubborn critters. Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 6 March 2015

Today's catblogging is special. As usual, the lighting in our living room is pretty bad, but nonetheless, this is your first glimpse of the commenter known as Inkblot's Aunt—aka my sister Karen. She's been wonderful about helping usShow More Summary

A Zombie From the 90s Makes the Case For Demanding Strong Encryption

Companies like Apple and Google have announced recently that they will start providing their customers with encryption that even Apple and Google don't have the keys for. This means that even if law enforcement officers get a subpoena for data held by the companies, it won't do any good. Show More Summary

Yet Another Health Update

I promised another health update last night, so here it is. I know that some of you are interested in this, while others find it tedious, so I'll put it all below the fold. Here's the nickel summary: There's a good chance I'm going to continue feeling lousy for a couple of weeks or so, but I should start to improve after that. Continue Reading »

Republicans Are Already Prepping for Possible Government Shutdown in the Fall

The Supreme Court will rule later this year on the question of whether Obamacare subsidies should be repealed in states that don't run their own insurance exchanges. That would gut a major portion of the law, and Jonathan Weisman reports...Show More Summary

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