Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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Donald Trump Is Tired of All Our Stupid Deals

The leakiest administration ever continues to leak. Today, the Washington Post published transcripts of those calls with Mexico’s president and Australia’s prime minister that got a lot of attention a few months ago. Here’s just the Trump side of the end of his conversation with Malcolm Turnbull, prime minister of Australia, about the American agreement […]

Afghanistan Plan Killed Because ‘21’ Closed For Remodeling 30 Years Ago. This Is Not a Joke.

In today’s edition of “Stupid Things Donald Trump Says,” the topic is Afghanistan. The problem is that the president wants to win, but his generals are a bunch of losers. NBC News has the leak: During the July 19 meeting, Trump repeatedly suggested that Defense Secretary James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of […]

No, There’s No “Trump Effect” In the Stock Market

Donald Trump whines constantly that newspapers refuse to report how great the stock market is doing on his watch. Today, the Washington Post finally caved in, reporting on its front page about the Dow Jones’ “stunning rise to 22,000.” And Trump deserves the credit: The markets’ most recent run-up does indeed have something to do […]

Single Payer? Take a Look At How South Korea Did It.

Joshua Holland writes in The Nation that progressives need to get serious about universal health care. In a presidential campaign, it might be OK to vaguely suggest full-blown single-payer with no copays, implemented by 2018. In real life, every country relies at least partly in private insurance. Every country also requires out-of-pocket expenses: no country […]

Donald Trump Only Lied a Tiny Bit on Monday!

And now for something completely different: I’m going to defend Donald Trump. Sort of. This is a high-wire act, but I think I can pull it off. Trump is getting flak for lying about a phone call from the president of Mexico. “As you know, the border was a tremendous problem and they’re close to […]

The Rich Sure Do Cheat On Their Taxes a Lot

A team of researchers has combined disclosures from the Panama Papers with administrative tax data and population records in Scandinavia and finds that “tax evasion rises sharply with wealth.” The rich do this primarily by parking wealth in Switzerland and other tax havens. I don’t think this comes as a surprise to anyone, but the […]

Nobody Wants To Be Uber’s CEO

The LA Times reports that Uber is having a lot of trouble finding a new CEO: As the company’s board inches ahead in its search for a new chief executive to run the embattled ride-hailing company, candidates are dropping out before they’ve even met with every board member….“They’re trying to hire someone for two very […]

Can Anything Other Than a Nuclear Strike Stop North Korea?

I have a question for the national security crowd. North Korea clearly wants nuclear capability. They want it very badly because they think—not irrationally—that it’s the only thing that can reliably protect them from an American invasion. It is, right now, their highest priority by far, and nothing will stop them from obtaining it. Not […]

Free TV! Gotta Be Illegal, Right?

This Wall Street Journal article is inspiring some mockery on Twitter: Dan Sisco has discovered a technology that allows him to access half a dozen major TV channels, completely free. “I was just kind of surprised that this is technology that exists,” says Mr. Sisco, 28 years old. “It’s been awesome. It doesn’t log out […]

Republicans Can Fix the CSR Problem in Five Minutes If They Want To

Donald Trump continues to threaten to cut off CSR subsidies in 2018, a move that would significantly increase the cost of health insurance for the poor. But even Republicans are getting tired of his endless gameplaying about this: Congressional Republicans moved on Tuesday to defuse President Trump’s threat to cut off critical payments to health […]

Donald Trump Knows Nothing About Health Care, Taxes, or Trade

Politico has gotten hold of a transcript of Donald Trump’s interview with the Wall Street Journal a few days ago. It started out with a question about the Republican health care bill: MR. BAKER: What have you been doing, Mr. President, sort of behind the scenes? PRESIDENT TRUMP: A lot. A lot. Good to know! […]

Lunchtime Photo

I love this photo from Huntington Beach. Not because there’s anything special about it per se, but because this guy is just so perfect. He looks like he parachuted directly out of Baywatch or The OC. He is the perfect Southern California lifeguard.

What’s the Most Conservative Demographic in the United States?

What is the most male-dominated industry in the United States? I don’t know for sure, but it might well be “evangelical preacher”: Trump White House met with 100 Christian evangelical leaders last week. Again. More Summary

California: Trump Sabotage Will Add 14% to 2018 Health Premiums

California has one of the most successful Obamacare exchanges in the country. Partly this is because California is a big state, which makes it a competitive place for health insurers. But it’s also because California is a liberal state and has done everything it can to make its exchange work well. That pays off. Today, […]

What Republicans Think These Days

We have some interesting results from a YouGov poll released last week. First up, here are the number of Republicans who trust Donald Trump more than various news sources: Republicans trust Trump by enormous margins over mainstream news sources. They trust Trump by enormous margins over conservative news sources. And they even trust Trump by […]

Health Update

My M-protein level is back down after its little spike last month. That’s good news. The longer this particular maintenance regime keeps the multiple myeloma in check, the better. Aside from that, I have a sore knee, a blister on my toe, and a rash. The knee is from God know’s what, while the blister […]

Investigator Alleges White House Was Behind Fake Fox News Story About Seth Rich Murder

Last year, DNC staffer Seth Rich was shot to death near his home in Washington DC. In May, Fox News ran a segment suggesting that Rich had provided Wikileaks with internal DNC emails, and was rubbed out in retaliation. Because, you know, that’s the kind of thing the DNC would do. Sean Hannity was all […]

Kushner: Nothing Much Has Happened in Middle East Over Past 50 Years

Jared Kushner chatted with a group of congressional interns yesterday, and warned them not to leak anything he said. One of them promptly leaked an audio recording of the session, and Wired has it. Here is Kushner on his goal of bringing peace to the Middle East: He doesn’t directly answer either question, but he […]

Thanks to Trump, Relations With Russia Are Spiraling Out of Control

Thanks to Donald Trump, our relationship with Russia is going off the rails. Think about what’s happened in just the past year. First, Russia interfered with our election. Obama retaliated in a measured way by kicking out a few diplomats and seizing a couple of Russian compounds that had been used as bases for spying. […]

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