Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Is It Getting To Be Time For Another Eurozone Crisis?

The New York Times reminds us today that the eurozone's debt worries are still with us: Even as global stock markets climb, worries are building among investors that long-simmering debt troubles in Greece and Italy will put additional...Show More Summary

Map of the Day: How We Get Hurt

Amino is a health care startup dedicated to "making health care simple and intuitive using data, design, and a whole lot of empathy." Yesterday they posted the following map: This is not the most common form of injury, which is "bruising" or "open wound" in nearly every state. Show More Summary

More Parents Are Helping Their Kids Pay the Rent

From the New York Times: Almost half of people in their early 20s have a secret, one they don’t usually share even with friends: Their parents help them pay the rent. Moving into adulthood has never been easy, but America’s rapidly changing...Show More Summary

California Farmers Surprised That Trump Is Anti-Immigrant

The LA Times reports that the biggest garlic producer in the country has adopted an intriguing new strategy: Christopher Ranch, which grows garlic on 5,000 acres in Gilroy, Calif., announced recently that it would hike pay for farmworkers from $11 an hour to $13 hour this year, or 18%, and then to $15 in 2018. Show More Summary

Your Morning Trump

President Trump met with airline executives today: Mr. Trump said the air-traffic control system is “totally out of whack”....“We want the traveling public to have the greatest customer service and with an absolute minimum of delays,” Mr. Show More Summary

Conflict Minerals Are About to Get a Reprieve

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of the most war-torn places on earth. Much of the money to keep the war going comes from mining operations in the eastern part of the country that are are effectively controlled not by theShow More Summary

We Put People In Prison For Way Too Long

If you want to talk about mass incarceration, here's the most important fact to know: 90 percent of all American inmates are kept in state and local prisons. Unless you have some specific reason, you should pretty much ignore all statistics...Show More Summary

We Are Seeing a Return of the Mayberry Machiavellis

Consider the following three things that have happened in the past month: After years of promising to repeal Obamacare, Republicans finally have the power to do it. But they've suddenly discovered that it's going to be a lot harder than...Show More Summary

Carbon Tax vs. EPA Regs: Would It Be a Good Trade?

In the Wall Street Journal today, a couple of old-school conservatives propose a carbon tax as a response to climate change. But there's a catch. Here are George Shultz and James Baker: We suggest a solution that rests on four pillars. Show More Summary

Trump Outrageously Plays Favorites In Latest Tweet

This is outrageous: My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person -- always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2017 The president of the United States shouldn't play favorites. Show More Summary

US Army Has Picked Up Bullshitting Pointers From President Trump

Did Donald Trump learn his bullshitting skills from the Army, or is it the other way around? “Only about one-third of our [58 Brigade Combat Teams] are ready,” said Gen. Daniel Allyn, Army vice chief of staff. “Of the BCTs that are ready,...Show More Summary

Yemen Shuts Down Further Ground Raids

Our adventure in Yemen last week failed to kill its target; caused the death of numerous Yemeni civilians; resulted in one dead American sailor; and ended with the loss of a $70 million helicopter. Now comes another blow: Angry at the...Show More Summary

Trump's Staff Sure Seems Eager to Tell the World He's an Imbecile

Every day brings new stories out of the White House about what an idiot Donald Trump is. I kinda sorta try to stay away from them, with only sporadic success. But this one is worth it for reasons unrelated to the anecdote itself. Here are S.V. Show More Summary

Americans Flee America For Overseas Health Care Just Like Canadians

I'd forgotten all about this, but tonight was the date of the great Ted Cruz-Bernie Sanders debate. Apparently Cruz decided to haul out the old chestnut about Canadians fleeing en masse to the US for health care, which just proves how...Show More Summary

Why Have Teen Abortion Rates Plummeted?

In the New York Times today, Scott Arbeiter writes about abortion: The Guttmacher Institute reported last month that the rate of abortions per 1,000 women has fallen to the lowest rate since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. While the...Show More Summary

Please Stop Getting the "Muslim Ban" Wrong

Ruthann Robson says this today about President Trump's immigration order: Moreover, the EO itself does address religion. In its subsection on resuming refugee claims, which the EO suspends for 120 days, it instructs the government to...Show More Summary

Donald Trump Is Doing a Lousy Job, But It Hasn't Affected His Popularity

Here's a funny thing. President Trump's job disapproval rating has increased a staggering eight points in just two weeks: And yet his overall favorability rating has stayed steady. In fact, it's actually gone up a smidge. How is it that 20 million people have decided he's doing a lousy job but this hasn't affected his favorability? It's a mystery.

A Conservative Discovers the Racist Right

Over at National Review, Jay Nordlinger comments on racism: The 2016 election cycle made me much wiser, in addition to sadder....All my life, I had heard about racists, anti-Semites, and other such types on the right. Maybe I was sheltered, but I almost never encountered any of them. Show More Summary

Trump Accidentally Makes Support of Civil Asset Forfeiture Administration Policy

The latest from our president: Sheriff tells Trump that state senator is doing something he doesn't like Trump: "Do you want to give his name? We'll destroy his career." — Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) February 7, 2017 Actually, Trump was obviously joking about destroying the nameless senator's career. Show More Summary

No, Public Schools Don't Suck

Over at Vox, Mark Bauerlein has a complaint about public schools: Last year at a public school in Southern California, my niece’s 12th-grade teacher led the students to the football field one afternoon for a little exercise in social awareness....It’s called the Privilege Walk, and it’s not an uncommon activity in high schools and college. Show More Summary

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