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Blog Profile / Kevin Drum


URL :http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum
Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:6749
Posts / Week:32.8
Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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Happy Holidays! Economic Growth Finally Starting to Look Robust.

Hey, take a look at this. Yet another revision is in, and the Commerce Department now estimates that third-quarter GDP grew at a sizzling 5.0 percent rate, following a nearly-as-good 4.6 percent rate in the second quarter. Part of this is still a make-up for poor growth in the first quarter, but it's good news nonetheless. Show More Summary

Putin Ally Says Putin Needs to Make Peace With West

Things that make you go hmmm: Russia faces a “full-blown economic crisis” next year that will trigger a series of defaults and the loss of its investment-grade credit rating, a respected former finance minister has warned. Real incomes...Show More Summary

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

I'm going to keep things simple this year: Mother Jones is great! You already know that if you subscribe to the magazine (which you should) or if you read this blog. But no single source of funding can support what we do, so we rely on multiple sources. Show More Summary

Someone Needs to Invent a Great Non-Opioid Painkiller

Austin Frakt writes about the stunningly widespread use and abuse of narcotic painkillers in the US: Opioids now cause more deaths than any other drug, more than 16,000 in 2010. That year, the combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen became the most prescribed medication in the United States. Show More Summary

There Is No Higher Ed Bubble. Yet.

Is there a higher-education bubble? Will technology produce cheaper, better alternatives in the near future? Are kids and parents finally figuring out that if Bill Gates can drop out of Harvard and become the richest man in the world,...Show More Summary

When Will China Finally Get Tired of Propping Up North Korea?

The United States might not have much leverage over North Korea, but China does. Virtually all of North Korea's external trade is with China, and Chinese support is pretty much all that keeps North Korea from collapsing. This means that...Show More Summary

No, There Really Isn't Much We Can Do To Retaliate Against North Korea

A couple of days ago I wrote a post suggesting that there might not really be much we can do to retaliate against North Korea for the Sony hack. So I was curious to read "A Reply to Kim’s Cyberterrorism," a Wall Street Journal editorial telling us what options we had. Show More Summary

Let's Blame Conservatives For All the Killings They're Responsible For

Via Atrios, here is America's-mayor-for-life Rudy Giuliani commenting on the killing of two New York City police officers yesterday by a deranged gunman: “We’ve had four months of propaganda starting with the president that everybody should hate the police,” Giuliani said during an appearance on Fox News on Sunday. Show More Summary

Here's How the Sony Hack Is Like 9/11

I doubt that I'm the first to say this, but has anyone noticed a striking a similarity between 9/11 and the Sony hack? Not in terms of scope or malevolence, of course, but in terms of—what's the best word here? Creativity? Bang for the buck? Here's what I mean. Show More Summary

Personal Health Update

I haven't had any fresh news on the health front lately, so I haven't brought it up on the blog. But I continue to get lots of queries and good wishes, and today I finally have something to report. I'm 8 weeks through my 16-week regimen of chemotherapy, and last week my doctor ordered up sort of a halftime report on how I'm doing. Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 19 December 2014

I have to run, but before I do here's what passes for an action shot of the dynamic duo. It's about the best I can do these days. As you might guess, they're entranced with something we're waving around just outside the frame. Maybe a pencil? I'm not sure. Show More Summary

More Good News For Obamacare: Employer Health Coverage Hasn't Crashed

The share of the population with employer health insurance has been slowly eroding for years. The chart on the right tells the story: total coverage rates have dropped from 70 percent to 62 percent since 2001. The trend is pretty clear:...Show More Summary

Are Republicans Really Ready to Embrace Net Neutrality?

Well, this is unexpected. Democrats are generally in favor of net neutrality, the principle that all websites should be treated equally by internet service providers. Companies can't pay extra for faster service and ISPs can't slow down or block sites they don't like. Show More Summary

We Should Respond to North Korea. But What If We Can't?

Over at the all-new New Republic, Yishai Schwartz sounds the usual old-school New Republic war drums toward North Korea. "The only way to prevent future attacks," he says, "is for foreign governments to know that attacks against U.S....Show More Summary

One Little Survey Question Explains All of Politics

Jonathan Bernstein points to a new Kaiser survey that examines opposition to the individual mandate in Obamacare. Here's what they found: It remains among the least popular aspects of the law — with just a 35 percent approval rating....Show More Summary

Mystery Chart of the Day: What's Up With All the Skinny Economists?

The chart on the right is excerpted from the Wall Street Journal. It shows which occupations have the lowest obesity rates, and most of it makes sense. There are folks who do a lot of physical labor (janitors, maids, cooks, etc.). There are health professionals who are probably hyper-aware of the risks of obesity. Show More Summary

Rick Perry Is One Lucky Dude

From James Pethokoukis: The energy sector gives, and the energy sector takes. The stunning drop in oil prices looks like bad news for the “Texas Miracle.” (Texas is responsible for 40% of all US oil production — vs. 25% five years ago...Show More Summary

Yeah, Democrats Are Pretty Pro-Corporate Too

A couple of days ago I poured cold water on the idea that tea partiers might join up with the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party to form some kind of populist anti-corporate coalition. "Every once in a while they'll get themselves...Show More Summary

Is Vladimir Putin Ready to Make a Deal?

In his yearly press conference, Vladimir Putin appeared to be trying to cool down the rhetoric over Ukraine: Mr. Putin recognized the efforts of President Petro O. Poroshenko of Ukraine in ending the conflict in the southeast of that...Show More Summary

Rape Is Way Down Over the Past Two Decades — But So Is All Violent Crime

Keith Humphreys passes along some positive news about rape: Twenty years ago, the National Crime Victimization Survey was redesigned to do a better job detecting sexual assault....In the space of one generation, the raw number of rapes...Show More Summary

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