Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Here Is the Latest Campaign Faux Controversy

I can't tell if this faux controversy is actually getting much attention, but I know my readers all want to stay up to date: Donald Trump’s campaign sought an apology Saturday from his Democratic rival after Hillary Clinton took aimShow More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 9 September 2016

Here is Hilbert minding his domain in the deep, dark undergrowth of our backyard. So majestic. So serene. So feline. King of the jungle indeed.

Donald Trump's Love Affair With Vladimir Putin Really Is Alarming

What do you think of Vladimir Putin? Personally, I think he's a thuggish autocrat, and the fact that Donald Trump seems to admire him is just one more nail in the coffin of Trump's obvious unsuitability to be elected dogcatcher, letShow More Summary

Larry King Dupes Donald Trump Into Interview on Russian TV

Today we learn just how easy it is to trick Donald Trump. Yesterday he was interviewed by Larry King on RT, a TV network funded by the Russian government. That's probably not a good look, especially for a candidate already viewed as alarmingly cozy with Vladimir Putin. Show More Summary

Washington Post Admits the Hillary Clinton Email Mountain Is a Molehill After All

The Washington Post writes today that the Hillary Clinton email story is "out of control": Judging by the amount of time NBC's Matt Lauer spent pressing Hillary Clinton on her emails during Wednesday's national security presidential forum, one would think that her homebrew server was one of the most important issues facing the country this election. Show More Summary

Here's Why I Don't Believe Hillary Clinton Was Trying to Evade FOIA

National Review editor Rich Lowry says that regardless of the Washington Post's opinion, Hillary Clinton's email affair won't go away: It will remain with us, if for no other reason than that it is impossible for Hillary Clinton to be truthful about it. Show More Summary

Today in Politics: A Time Capsule For Your Grandchildren

I'm feeling overwhelmed. Everywhere I turn, I find yet another nugget that's hardly worth a blog post but nonetheless feels like a nutshell version of politics this year. So consider this post a time capsule. Someday you can show itShow More Summary

IAEA: Iran Not Cheating on Nuclear Deal

I know nobody cares about this, and I apologize in advance for burdening you with actual information. So I'll keep it short: Iran has kept to a nuclear deal it agreed with six world powers last year limiting its stockpiles of substances that could be used to make atomic weapons, a report by the U.N. Show More Summary

Tell Us How You Really Feel, Kevin

Here are three recent takes on Donald Trump. First, Jonathan Chait: I had not taken seriously the possibility that Donald Trump could win the presidency until I saw Matt Lauer host an hour-long interview with the two major-party candidates. Show More Summary

The Long-Awaited Trump Pivot Is Here

National Review editor Rich Lowry captures my deepest fear: There was a lot of skepticism about Trump’s latest purported pivot when he made Kellyanne Conway his campaign manager last month, but he has indeed pivoted. He is always going...Show More Summary

Aleppo Is the Rodney Dangerfield of War-Torn Cities

The biggest flashpoint in Syria right now is the city of Aleppo, where rebels and regime forces have been fighting for years and have all but destroyed the city. Whichever side eventually wins has a decent chance of going on to win the Syrian civil war. Show More Summary

Are Voters Really Having Trouble Deciding This Year?

Here is David Lauter in the LA Times this morning: In this election season of discontent, a lot of voters are having trouble committing. Around 1 in 5 voters nationwide report themselves as undecided or flirting with third-party candidates,...Show More Summary

Donald Trump Supported the Iraq War

Free of charge, I have a question for the next big-time journalist who interviews Donald Trump. Here it is: Mr. Trump, you clearly supported the Iraq War. We have audio tape of it! In 2002 Howard Stern asked you if you were in favor of invading Iraq, and you said, "Yeah, I guess so." And yet for the past year you've repeatedly lied about this. Why? You're welcome.

Obamacare Continues To Do Better Than Initial Projections

The latest CDC figures on the uninsured are out, and they've continued their downward trend since Obamacare was passed. The uninsured rate for those under age 65 clocked in at 10.0 percent, 1 compared to a projection of 11 percent from...Show More Summary

Comey: Clinton Email Case Was Open and Shut

James Comey is pissed: FBI Director James B. Comey said in a memo to the bureau’s employees that the decision not to charge Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while secretary of state was “not a cliff-hanger” and,Show More Summary

Donald Trump Just Demonstrated That He Knows Precisely Nothing About National Security

The phrase "not even wrong" is a cliche by now. It was Wolfgang's Pauli's reaction to a physics paper he had been given to read, and it basically means that something is so far off point that it's entirely meaningless. It's like asking...Show More Summary

Today in Trumpisms

I know how pointless this can get, but I can't help myself. Here are the greatest hits from Donald Trump's recent interview with David Muir of ABC News. First off, when he met with the president of Mexico, did they discuss paying for...Show More Summary

Late Morning News Roundup

I'm experimenting with letting our cats outside, but only under tight supervision. That means I've been away from the computer for the past hour, so let's check up on what's happening. The biggest news, of course, is the introduction...Show More Summary

Trump: IRS Audit Not Stopping Me From Releasing My Tax Returns

You probably think the headline on this post is clickbait. Nope. Here is Trump on Bill O'Reilly's show last night: “I am under a routine audit, and when it’s completed I will release my returns,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday, repeating a claim he has made routinely during his presidential campaign. Show More Summary

Old People Can't Escape Their Childhood, Still Committing Violent Crimes at High Rates

Keith Humphreys emails to say that his latest piece in the Washington Post is "Drum bait." That's my favorite kind of bait! Let's take a look: In absolute terms, arrests (like crime) are as expected consistently concentrated among the young at each historical time point. Show More Summary

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