Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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Lunchtime Photo

One of the great things about photography as a hobby is that I don’t get bored in airports anymore. Instead, I wander around looking for things to take pictures of. This is a plane taking off at Heathrow while we waited around for our flight home in October. The funky colors are partly due to […]

No, the Trade Deficit Is Not At a Record High

Here’s a story at Wonkblog today: Trump said he’d shrink the trade deficit with China. It just hit a record high. The trade deficit with China hit a record high in 2017, defying President Trump’s repeated promises to shrink a number that he regards as a test of whether other nations are treating the United […]

White House: Illegal Laws Can Only Be Extended for Six Months

If Congress can’t come to an agreement on DACA, President Trump could always just extend the program a while longer. Right? White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly said Tuesday that President Trump is not expected to extend a March 5 deadline for when legal protection and work permits begin to expire for young […]

Trumpism Is Modern Republicanism

Generally speaking, I figure I can make common cause with any conservative who opposes Donald Trump. Jonah Goldberg, for example, might believe that the best way to fix Social Security is to let Monsanto grind up old people and manufacture Soylent Green for sale to North Korea. Whatever. We can argue that out later. For […]

Opioid Crisis? What Opioid Crisis?

From Politico: Kellyanne Conway’s ‘opioid cabinet’ sidelines drug czar’s experts Say what? A cabinet full of opioids? White House counselor Kellyanne Conway has taken control of the opioids agenda, quietly freezing out drug policy professionals and relying instead on political staff to address a lethal crisis claiming about 175 lives a day. The main response […]

The Media Couldn’t Get Enough of the Nunes Memo

Alvin Chang writes about how the media got snookered—again—by a ridiculous Republican obsession: We’ve been here before: the Uranium One conspiracy; the allegation that Hillary Clinton colluded with Russia; the theory that the DNC killed a staffer who was supposedly the source of the email leak; the stories about the “deep state” trying to undermine […]

One Way or Another, Donald Trump Will Have to Testify About Russia

Unsurprisingly, President Trump’s lawyers are dead set against having the fabulist-in-chief sit down for an interview with Robert Mueller: His lawyers are concerned that the president, who has a history of making false statements and contradicting himself, could be charged with lying to investigators. Their stance puts them at odds with Mr. Trump, who has […]

Notes Toward a Postmodern Trump

At a rally today in Ohio, President Trump said that Democrats who didn’t clap at his State of the Union address were treasonous. Over at National Review, Dan McLaughlin comments: If you watch the actual video, you can see the flippancy here. Trump is plainly not being serious about treason — he’s playing this for laughs, […]

Bitcoin, Stock Market Both Tumbling

Things that make you go “hmmm”: I can’t say that these things are necessarily related. Presumably bitcoin is crashing because it was a Ponzi scheme all along and the air finally went out of it. The stock market isn’t crashing, but it is tumbling and I have no idea why. Neither does anyone else, no […]

The Eagles Won and Pennsylvania’s Gerrymandering Is Finally Dead

The Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl yesterday. But that wasn’t the only good news for Pennsylvania. There’s more. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently ruled that the Republican gerrymandering of the state’s congressional districts was wildly unconstitutional. Show More Summary

John Lott Makes a Mistake. Again. News at 11.

Last week, John Lott released a working paper showing that illegal immigrants in Arizona “are at least 142% more likely to be convicted of a crime than other Arizonans.” I didn’t bother reading it or reporting on it because Lott is spectacularly dishonest and unreliable in his work and it’s not worth the time to […]

Raw Data: Inflation Rate for Different Products

I don’t have any special reason to post this. I just felt like it. The Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks overall inflation, of course, but they also track inflation for specific types of products: cars, medical care, computers, etc. Here are the inflation rates since 2005 for nine different categories compared to the overall inflation […]

New Paper Says Regulation Not Strangling the Economy

In a new paper, Alex Tabarrok and Nathan Goldschlag investigate whether heavyhanded government regulation has been responsible for a decline in dynamism in the American economy. They define dynamism about the way you’d expect: fewer startups, less job creation, aging firms, and weak productivity growth. Their approach is pretty simple: different sectors of the economy […]

Nunes Now Planning to Shower America With Memos

Jonathan Swan says that Devin Nunes isn’t done. Apparently he was so thrilled with the response to his memo about the FBI that he’s planning to write about other agencies too: Republicans close to Nunes say there could be as many as five additional memos or reports of “wrongdoing.” ….Nunes hinted at what’s coming next […]

Hey Orange County Residents: What Is This?

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of odd contrails in the sky, and today I got some pictures with my phone. Here’s what the path looks like at the start of their flight: I’m pretty sure airplanes don’t take off at a 45 degree angle. So it’s a missile test of some kind, right? Here’s […]

In Shocker, Deficit Explodes Yet Again Under Republican Rule

The Treasury Department is going to be borrowing a lot of money this quarter: No worries. At least the rich are getting richer and schoolteachers are getting an extra $1.50 per week: Paul Ryan doesn’t want you to see this deleted tweet where he said that the GOP’s trillion dollar plus giveaway to the rich […]

NYT: Maybe the Nunes Memo Was a Right-Wing Scam All Along

Baby steps: The release of the memo mattered less than #releasethememo. After weeks of buildup, the three-and-a-half-page document about alleged F.B.I. abuses during the 2016 presidential campaign made public on Friday was broadly greeted with criticism, including by some Republicans. Show More Summary

Donald Trump Craters the Stock Market

The stock market had a bit of a bad day today: Donald Trump didn’t mention this in his tweetbragging about the economy today, and liberals are so damn honest that every mention I’ve seen is about how this isn’t really his fault anyway. Which is true. But would it kill us to rub Trump’s nose […]

Friday Cat Blogging – 2 February 2018

Forget the Nunes memo. What you are all really wondering about is what happened when Hilbert found Hopper occupying his pod. Prepare to be shocked! Here’s how it played out. Hilbert jumped up on my desk. He did a cat version of a double take. Then he started licking Hopper. This is usually the prelude […]

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