Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Support for Puzder as Labor Secretary Is Slipping Away

National Review opposes the confirmation of Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labor: Puzder is not without his virtues, of course. He is a staunch opponent of knee-jerk demands to raise the federal minimum wage to $15, which he has rightly identified as a surefire way to send minimum-wage workers to the local unemployment office. Show More Summary

How Is Wall Street Doing in the Trump Era? It Depends.

The Wall Street Journal says that Wall Street is booming again: Shares in America’s banks are booming again....Investor expectations of higher interest rates, lower taxes, lighter regulation and faster economic growth under the Trump administration have added $280 billion in combined market value to the nation’s six largest banks since Nov. Show More Summary

NYT: Trump Team Had "Repeated Contacts" With Russian Intelligence During the Presidential Campaign

ZOMG! Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election,Show More Summary

Uninsured Population Holding Steady at About 10%

The latest CDC numbers on the uninsured population are out, and as of September 2016 the number of uninsured in the US had dropped from about 17 percent before Obamacare to 10.3 percent. That continues to be below the original CBO estimate...Show More Summary

Raw Data: Deportation of Criminal Aliens, 2000-2016

Last week, ICE coordinated a set of raids in several cities that ended with the arrest of nearly 700 undocumented immigrants. ICE claims this was business as usual. President Trump says it was all part of keeping his campaign promise to get tough on criminals who are in the country illegally. Show More Summary

Spicer Is Spinning Flynngate As a "Matter of Trust, Pure and Simple"

From the White House briefing room: Spicer just confirmed that Trump was "informed" of DOJ warning that Flynn might be vulnerable to Russian blackmail. When? — Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) February 14, 2017 The answer turns out to be January 26. Show More Summary

Orphan Drugs Are Your Friend

Carolyn Johnson reports that another cycle in the pharmaceutical outrage machine is building up: Politicians are, once again, concerned that a drug company that plans to sell an old medicine for a very high price is taking advantage of the system. Show More Summary

Republicans Say That Flynngate Is Over. It's Not.

Paul Ryan is doing his best to put lipstick on the Michael Flynn pig: >@SpeakerRyan on WH-Flynn: "As soon as they realized they were being misled by [Flynn], they asked for his resignation." — John Bresnahan (@BresPolitico) February 14, 2017 This is, of course, a falsehood untruth fib evasion flimsy lie. Show More Summary

ISIS Is Already Preparing For Its Eventual Destruction

The Washington Post tells us today that ISIS knows it's doomed and has already begun preparing a strategy for survival as a purely virtual organization: [The Islamic State], now confronting its own eventual fall, is devising a modified...Show More Summary

Show Us the Transcripts!

The intelligence community has transcripts of Michael Flynn's conversations with the Russian ambassador. Will someone please leak them? Surely we all deserve to know just what Flynn "inadvertently" failed to mention to Mike Pence and Reince Priebus? And please don't try to pretend that releasing Flynn's conversation would harm national security. Show More Summary

The Dead Pool - Special Michael Flynn Edition

My previous post ("Michael Flynn Is In Big Trouble") was either an example of spectacularly good timing or spectacularly bad timing. I'm not sure which. In any case, just as I clicked the Publish button, an alert popped up on my screen telling me that Michael Flynn had resigned. Show More Summary

Michael Flynn Is In Big Trouble

The Washington Post has the latest on Flynngate: The acting attorney general informed the Trump White House late last month that she believed Michael Flynn had misled senior administration officials about the nature of his communications...Show More Summary

Terrorism and Comedy: A Conversation

Let us engage in some civil conversation with our friends across the aisle. First, here is David French on terrorism: There are a few terror-related memes that crawl all over the left side of the internet — all of them designed to minimize, to downplay, the jihadist threat. Show More Summary

Obama Accomplished Way More In His First Month Than Trump

I'm jumping the gun a little here, but I'd like to remind everyone that during his first month in office, Barack Obama: Signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Banned torture. Signed a $787 billion stimulus bill. Sent 17,000 additional...Show More Summary

NSA May Be Withholding Intel from President Trump

This was the scene at Mar-a-Lago as news came in that North Korea had conducted a missile test. The public is all around. Classified documents are lying on the table. People are on the phone where anyone can overhear them. There is no operational security at all. Show More Summary

Revolutionary New iPhone Set to Debut Someday

Steve Jobs may be dead, but his reality distortion field lives on: The speculative frenzy that always precedes a new iPhone has been supercharged in anticipation of the 10th-anniversary release expected later this year. Analysts in research...Show More Summary

Foreign Leaders Have a Big Decision to Make

What's the best way for a foreign leader to handle Donald Trump? The last few days have shown us the two approaches that are likely to become most common. The question every leader has to ask is: Should you be a man 1 or should you be...Show More Summary

Iowa Union Shocked to Learn That Republicans Are Anti-Union

Cops and firefighters voted overwhelmingly for Republicans in Iowa and are now shocked—shocked!—to learn that Republicans are anti-union. The latest attempt to destroy public sector unions exempts public safety employees, but that isn't...Show More Summary

Trump's Job Approval Has Gone Both Up and Down

I've put up this chart before, but it's worth putting up again. This is President Trump's job approval rating since Inauguration Day: I've read a bunch of stories saying that Trump's job approval has cratered since he took office, but that's not really true: it's gone up two points. Show More Summary

Foreigners Are Fleeing From Treasury Bonds, But It's Probably Not Trump's Fault

Bloomberg reports that foreigners are tripping over themselves to unload their holdings of US treasuries: In the age of Trump, America’s biggest foreign creditors are suddenly having second thoughts about financing the U.S. government. ....From...Show More Summary

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