Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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Three Quotes

These are all from Donald Trump: January 27, to James Comey: “I need loyalty. I expect loyalty.” February 24, to Comey: “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go.” Over the next two months, Comey declines to let Flynn go. On May 9, Trump fires Comey. May […]

Housekeeping Update

Our RSS feed is back! Here’s the address: Still working on getting comments to post properly….

Lunchtime Photo

This is not the Gobi Desert, though it sort of looks that way. It’s a man and his Corgi at Santa Monica beach.

Comey Will Testify That Trump Asked Him to Drop Flynn-Russia Investigation

Our current intelligence chiefs declined to say today whether President Trump asked them about getting the FBI to drop its Russia investigation. Wimps. However, former FBI director James Comey is ready to testify freely and fully tomorrow. Here’s his prepared testimony about his meeting with Trump on January 27: And here’s his testimony about the […]

A Terrorist Attack Is Not Like a Car Accident

Jonah Goldberg is tired of liberals downplaying terrorist attacks with rote claims that terrorism is small potatoes compared to traffic accidents or swimming pool deaths: Imagine if I were to respond to complaints from, say, Black Lives Matter in the same way so many people respond to terrorism: “Yes, yes, this is regrettable. Police shouldn’t […]

What’s Really Behind the Republican Push to Privatize Air Traffic Control

President Trump spent Monday touting his plan to privatize the air traffic control system. I don’t really have a considered opinion on the merits of this. Both private and government-run systems are used elsewhere in the world, and they seem to work about equally well. However, we should be clear on exactly what the motivation […]

Housekeeping Note

Just a quick note about our big software upgrade. It mostly went pretty well, but there are a few glitches still outstanding. In particular, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about comments and the RSS feed. Both should be up and running shortly. Comments have to be ported over from the old site, and that […]

Why Do Republicans Want to Unregulate Wall Street?

I understand why Republicans want to repeal Obamacare. I understand why they want to cut taxes on the rich. I understand why they want to slash social welfare programs for the poor. I may not like it, but I mostly understand it. But why do they want to repeal the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill? Their […]

America Is Inching Closer to Energy Independence

The Wall Street Journal reports that the United States is now an oil exporting giant: American oil exports are emerging as a disruptive new force in global markets. The U.S. exported 1 million barrels of oil a day during some months so far this year—double the pace of 2016—and is on track to average that […]

Obamacare Repeal Is Right on Track

This is just a placeholder post to make sure everyone is on the same page about the progress of Obamacare repeal. After the House failed to pass Trumpcare 1.0, we all thought it was dead. When Paul Ryan revived it, we figured it was still dead. There was just no way to reconcile the various […]

Your Evening Trump Roundup

Things we’ve learned in the past few hours: Russiagate #1: After James Comey’s meeting with Donald Trump in February, in which Trump asked him to shut down the Russia investigation, Comey told Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he didn’t want to be left alone with Trump ever again. Russiagate #2: In March, Trump explicitly asked […]

Here Are Three Big Tests of the Donald Trump Approach to Public Policy

It occurs to me that we now have three tests of Donald Trump’s barstool approach to public policy: Immigration. Trump hasn’t done much on the policy side to reduce illegal immigration, but he has stepped up the pace of high-profile raids. He’s also blustered a lot and pissed off just about the entire nation of […]

Those High Obamacare Deductibles Aren’t So High After All

Republicans have been griping for years about the “worthless” health insurance provided by Obamacare. Why worthless? Because the deductibles are so high. This takes some serious chutzpah, since high-deductible insurance has been a favorite Republican meme for decades. Show More Summary

Trumpcare Could Screw Millions With Employer Insurance

Here’s something that’s been brewing for a while, but is only now starting to get some attention. The Trumpcare bill that passed the House allows states to waive the ten essential benefits mandated by Obamacare. But this doesn’t just affect individual insurance purchased on the exchanges. It also affects employer insurance: Under the House bill, […]

That's It For Today

This is my last post for the day. Starting in a few minutes we'll be replacing the guts of our website with something newer and better than what we have now, and no one at MoJo is allowed to edit the site until we're done. That willShow More Summary

Chart of the Day: Health Care Spending as a Percentage of GDP

This is apropos of nothing in particular. I was over at the World Bank site fiddling around with some stuff and happened to look at their chart for health care spending. There's a good case to be made that as GDP rises, the share devoted to health care also rises. Show More Summary

Trump Is Now Lying to His Own National Security Staff

In his NATO speech a week ago, Donald Trump declined to explicitly endorse Article 5, the provision that says an attack on one is an attack on all. I'm on record as suggesting that reaction to this was sort of overblown, but Susan Glasser provides some behind-the-scenes context to suggest it was quite a bit worse than I thought. Show More Summary

What's the Deal With Rex Tillerson?

I'm not quite sure how to phrase this, but, um, what's the deal with Rex Tillerson? The guy was CEO of ExxonMobil. Out of the blue, Donald Trump decides to make him Secretary of State, a job about as unexpected as if someone made me head of NASA. Show More Summary

Lunchtime Photo

The East Basin in Dana Point harbor.

Donald Trump Doubles Down on Boorish Temper Tantrums

President Trump was busy during his early morning "Fox & Friends" time. Around 6 am there was this: People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN! — Donald J. Show More Summary

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