Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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Hillary Fudges on the Minimum Wage

I didn't see last night's debate, but I noted this in the transcript this morning: BLITZER: If a Democratic Congress put a $15 minimum wage bill on your desk, would you sign it? CLINTON: Well, of course I would. And I have supported supported the fight for 15. Show More Summary

Donald Trump Continues to Know Nothing About the Bible

Oh look. Donald Trump has a new favorite Bible verse: WHAM 1180 AM radio host Bob Lonsberry asked the Republican front-runner if he had a favorite verse or story from the Bible that’s impacted his thinking or character. “Well, I think many. Show More Summary

We Need to Quit Trying to Cut Middle-Class Income Taxes

The boffins at the American Enterprise Institute have created an online tool that allows you to investigate the effects of various kinds of tax policy. This sounds like a lot of fun, though I haven't tried it out myself. But Jim Tankersley...Show More Summary

UC Davis's Effort to Scrub Its Pepper-Spraying Incident From the Internet Worked Pretty Well—Until Reporters Found Out About It

In an embarrassing revelation, the Sacramento Bee reports that UC Davis has spent $175,000 trying to scrub the internet of references to its infamous 2011 pepper spraying incident. So how did that go? Aja Romano says not so well—andShow More Summary

Almond Bandits Have Gone High Tech

Well, here's a headline you don't see every day:

Republicans Apparently Think Zika Only Affects Blue States

Yesterday the CDC confirmed that the Zika virus does indeed cause birth defects. "There is no longer any doubt that Zika causes microcephaly," the CDC director announced. This confirmation of Zika's threat, said the New York Times, "may...Show More Summary

Dear Time Magazine: Cut the Crap, Okay?

Sigh. Matt Yglesias draws my attention to this week's cover of Time, a Trump-friendly warning that we're all doomed thanks to the national debt. Matt takes apart this inane argument just fine, but I'll do it more quickly: You will never have to pay down this debt. Show More Summary

It's Time to Give the 90s a Rest

The 1990s sure are being relitigated these days, aren't they? The repeal of Glass-Steagall. Welfare reform. The crime bill. NAFTA. This is...mostly kind of boring. Glass-Steagall almost certainly had nothing to do with the 2008 financial crisis, and it had been effectively dead for years before it was officially repealed anyway. Show More Summary

President Obama Has Finally Gone Too Far

The tyranny of President Obama's reign of terror knows no bounds. Now it extends to shaking down the creators of Game of Thrones: During HBO’s Sunday red carpet for the premiere of Season 6’s first episode, the showrunners confirmed that the president will receive advance episodes of the show. Show More Summary

Donald Trump Is Now Way Out Ahead of Ted Cruz

Two days ago—two!—I posted a Pollster chart showing that Ted Cruz had nearly caught up to Donald Trump on a national level. This was based on polling through April 6, and today we have polling results through April 11. Look what's happened: Yikes! The head-to-head between Trump and Cruz has gone from 39-38 to 53-25. Show More Summary

Premium Increases Under Obamacare Have Stayed Really Low

The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a report on 2016 premium increases under Obamacare. This is useful information if you want to answer the following question: How much do actual Obamacare users have to pay for coverage? Of course, if this is the question you're interested in then you have to take into account all the data. Show More Summary

Health Update

More good news this month: My M-protein level has declined again, from 0.43 in March to 0.37 in April. Overall, it's gone down by about a third since the start of the year, so apparently the dex is doing some good. And speaking of dex,...Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton Wants to Eliminate Lead Within Five Years

In a speech on environmental justice today, Hillary Clinton made a bold proposal: Clinton proposes goal of ending lead exposure in 5 years — Ben Adler (@badler) April 13, 2016 Be still my heart! Hillary's plan has eight parts, and the...Show More Summary

The Wall Street Journal Cons Its Readers Yet Again

Every once in a while I get suckered into reading a Wall Street Journal op-ed. I'm not sure why. They're all the same, after all. Today the clickbait (or is it hatebait?) was "History of a Climate Con" from Holman Jenkins: A little history is in order to appreciate the cynical nadir of climate politics in the U.S. Show More Summary

Here's How to Apologize to a Smart 20-Year-Old

According to a bit of research from the Ohio State University, the best apologies contain two elements: Acknowledgment of responsibility Offer of repair That's it. It's also nice—but not really necessary—to express regret, explain how you screwed up, and say you're sorry. Show More Summary

Feeling Hungry? Have a Deep-Fried Butter Ball.

Nutritional research is really hard. To do it right, you need a large sample of people; you need to randomly assign them to different diets; they need to actually stick to the diet; and they have to be followed for years. In real life,...Show More Summary

The Gender Pay Gap Is Still About 21 Cents Per Dollar

Today is Equal Pay Day, so let's break down the numbers for the gender pay gap. According to an up-to-date study by Francine Blau and Lawrence Kahn, the current wage gap for annual earnings is 21 cents: On average, women earn 79 cents for every dollar a man earns. So that's the headline number. Show More Summary

Paul Ryan Does Not Want to Be Your Next President

Paul Ryan will apparently be making a Shermanesque statement about an hour from now: Ryan...has arranged a hastily called 3:15 p.m. press conference inside the Republican National Committee. Advisers say he will insist — in his clearest...Show More Summary

Weekly Flint Water Report: April 2-7

I got tired of waiting for Michigan's DEQ to post Friday's water testing result, so here is this week's Flint water report through Thursday. As usual, I've eliminated outlier readings above 2,000 parts per billion, since there are very few of them and they can affect the averages in misleading ways. During the week, DEQ took 368 samples. The average for the past week was 10.07.

Can You Guess Who Gets the Most Abuse in Comments?

The Guardian decided to analyze their corpus of 70 million comments to see who gets the most abuse. The results won't surprise you: Although the majority of our regular opinion writers are white men, we found that those who experienced the highest levels of abuse and dismissive trolling were not. Show More Summary

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