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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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Health Update

Last Saturday I wrote a post whining about how tired and nauseous I was and how I crashed every day around 2 pm. I wrote that post a little before noon, and then....nothing. No crash. Sunday: no crash. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: no crash. Show More Summary

Note to Politicians: Stop Being So Self-Centered About Medical Research Funding

Steve Benen mentions one of my pet peeves today: politicians who want to cut spending on everything except for research on one particular disease that happens to affect them personally. A couple of years ago, for example, Sen. Mark Kirk suddenly became interested in Medicaid's approach to treating strokes after he himself suffered a stroke. Show More Summary

Republicans Find Yet Another Ingenious Way to Suppress Democratic Votes

The number of ways that Republicans invent to reduce the voting power of the Democratic Party is truly impressive. Here's the latest: The court has never resolved whether voting districts should have the same number of people, or the same number of eligible voters. Show More Summary

Cuba Is Cautiously Hopeful and You Should Be Too

Friend of the blog Jay Jaroch recently spent some time in Cuba. Here's the first of three posts about what he observed while he was there. If you’re looking for a country that has solved the problem of income inequality, look no further than Cuba, where everyone has next to nothing. Show More Summary

Judges Are Just Extensions of Political Parties These Days

From a post by Dara Lind about a court ruling on President Obama's immigration plan: The two Republican-appointed judges hearing the case sided against the administration, while the Democratic-appointed judge on the panel sided withShow More Summary

How Many US Troops Will Be In Iraq By the Time Obama Leaves Office?

Over the past few days I've been trying to catch up with the fall of Ramadi and what it means for the war against ISIS. But it's not easy figuring out what really happened. According to Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Ramadi was yet another debacle for the Iraqi military: "What apparently happened is the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight. Show More Summary

Sen. Lindsey Graham: Iranians in Pool Halls Are All Liars

Lindsey Graham is the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of the US Senate. Here he is, slipping into his Mr. Hyde role: Senator Lindsey Graham, the first speaker Friday morning, appearing from Washington via video, spoke of losing his parents as...Show More Summary

Chart of the Day: Politicians Don't Know Their Own Districts Very Well

Here's a fascinating tidbit of research. A pair of grad students surveyed 2,000 state legislators and asked them what they thought their constituents believed on several hot button issues. They then compared the results to actual estimates...Show More Summary

So How Did My Experiment Turn Out?

On Monday I announced that this was Experiment Week. Today is Saturday, and Science™ has spoken. It turns out that I'm kinda sorta OK for about four or five hours in the morning. As long as I rest every hour or so, I can indeed write a couple of light blog posts, take a walk around the block, and shower and shave. Show More Summary

Ireland Is Latest Country to Approve Gay Marriage

I don't have anything profound to say about this, but it's just a nice piece of good news. And I could use some good news these day: Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on...Show More Summary

For the First Time Ever, Conservatives No Longer Outnumber Liberals in America

Via Ed Kilgore, here's an interesting chart from the good folks at Gallup: What's interesting about this is that the change is due almost entirely to Democrats and Democratic leaners. Since 1999, that group has gone from 35 percent liberal...Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging Counterpoint: I Don't Care About Your Cute Cat

While Kevin Drum is focused on getting better, we've invited some remarkable writers, thinkers, and Friends of Kevin to contribute posts and keep the conversation going. Today, in the spirit of open debate, we interrupt our regularly...Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 22 May 2015

One of the reasons we got a pair of sibling cats last year is because I've always wanted a couple of cats who would sleep together in an adorable little kitty pile. And that's worked out pretty well. Is there anything cuter than Hilbert and Hopper snoozing together in the picture below? I don't think so. I really don't.

Don't Panic: Health Insurance Rates Aren't About to Rise by 50 Percent

Here's the latest Fox News bait from the Wall Street Journal: Major insurers in some states are proposing hefty rate boosts for plans sold under the federal health law, setting the stage for an intense debate this summer over the law’s impact. In New Mexico, market leader Health Care Service Corp. Show More Summary

Republicans Hate Obamacare Even If They Like Their Own Obamacare Plans

A new Kaiser poll gives us an in-depth look at what people think about health insurance plans purchased through an Obamacare exchange. Some of the results are unsurprising: people like plans with low deductibles; most say it was easy to shop for a plan; and most were pretty satisfied with the plans they purchased. Show More Summary

CNN Plans to Feature Peanut Gallery Debate as Warmup for Main Event

CNN will be hosting the second Republican debate, and they've come up with a....unique way of dealing with the fact that there are just too damn many candidates. To handle the crowd, they're going to have two separate debates: "The first...Show More Summary

By About 2020, We'll Probably Finally Know Whether a $15 Minimum Wage Is a Good Idea

So my near neighbor of Los Angeles is poised to raise the minimum wage to $15. How should we think of that? Personally, I'm thrilled. Not because I think it's a slam-dunk good idea, but because along with Seattle and San Francisco it will give us a great set of natural experiments to figure out what happens when you raise the minimum wage a lot. Show More Summary

Rand Paul's Latest Fundraiser Now Underway

I see from the intertubes that Sen. Rand Paul has begun another talking filibuster. This time it's to protest any legislation that extends the NSA's ability to access to metadata from phone calls, even if the data is held by the phone companies and available only by court order. Show More Summary

Eight Good Lessons About Health Care — Plus a Ninth

Over at Vox today, Sarah Kliff and Julia Belluz have a list of eight things they now do differently after reporting on health care for a combined decade between them. It's a great list, and unless I missed something I think I agree with every word on it. Show More Summary

Big Banks Plead Guilty to Collusion, But Fines are Pocket Change

Five of the planet's biggest banks have finally been forced to plea guilty to collusion charges in the foreign exchange market: The Justice Department forced four of the banks — Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays and the Royal BankShow More Summary

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