Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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Let Us Now Praise Baby Boomers. And Berate Them Too.

Over at the Washington Post, it's time for some intergenerational griping. Jim Tankersley kicks things off with a piece blaming boomers for our economic woes. Really? Here's an economic history of the past 70 years: The US economy boomed...Show More Summary

Pick Out Kevin's Lunch Today

A few days ago, for no special reason, I began to wonder how many different fast food places I had eaten at during my life. So naturally I hopped over to Quick Serve Restaurant and took a look at the latest QSR 50, their ranking of the 50 biggest fast food joints. Show More Summary

Ben Carson and the Tale of Redemption

For those of you who may have missed it, the Wall Street Journal decided to check out another Ben Carson story yesterday. Here's the story as recounted in Gifted Hands, about Carson's time as a student at Yale: Ben is broke. Finds ten-dollar bill on sidewalk. Show More Summary

It's Not Just Middle-Aged Men Who Are Dying Younger

That paper by Angus Deaton and Anne Case about middle-aged white men dying at higher rates seems to be having a second life, so I want to highlight something that I might have buried in my initial post about it: it's not just middle-aged men. Show More Summary

Ben Carson Seems to Have a Serious Personal Honesty Problem

We all know that Ben Carson has some wacky ideas. We also know that he has some pretty strange views of history. And that a lot of his policy proposals make no sense at all. But he's long had a pretty good reputation for being truthful. Show More Summary

Are Conservatives Really Going All-In on Ben Carson?

Wow. I gather that conservatives are making a big U-turn on Ben Carson. This morning most of them were wringing their hands over Carson's deception about being accepted at West Point. Now they're defending him and blaming the whole thing on Politico and its typical liberal media hatred of conservatives. Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 6 November 2015

When I came home from the hospital last year, we (i.e., Marian) scurried around for a few days moving furniture. In the end, one of our sofas ended up getting shoehorned into my study, where it was out of our sight and all too vulnerable to feline claws. Show More Summary

Keystone Pipeline Finally Put Out of Its Misery

President Obama has finally killed off the Keystone XL pipeline for good—or until a Republican occupies the White House, anyway. His reasoning was so typically Obamian I almost laughed: For years, the Keystone pipeline has occupied what I frankly consider an overinflated role in our political discourse. Show More Summary

Congratulation on a Great Century, Gravity

Science News has a big package in the current issue about Gravity's Century. I'd just like to add a personal note of congratulations to this. I think gravity has had a great century. It has kept me from floating into space for 57 years. Show More Summary

Russia Is Very Unlikely to Launch a War Against ISIS

Charles Krauthammer on what's going to happen if it turns out ISIS was responsible for bombing Metrojet Flight 9268: “As for the Russians, the Russians have had a decades long struggle with the radical Islam in the Caucasus and Chechnya,” he said. Show More Summary

Ben Carson Lied About Scholarship to West Point

Oh hell. While I was busy nattering on about Ben Carson's pyramid theory, it turns out that Carson was busily destroying his campaign. Or Politico was, anyway: Ben Carson’s campaign on Friday admitted, in a response to an inquiry from...Show More Summary

Ben Carson's Pyramid Nonsense Is not a Religious Belief

Tyler Cowen thinks we're all being too hard on Ben Carson for his belief that the pyramids were built by Joseph to store grain: We mock Ben Carson for this, but we do not make fun of those who believe openly in the Trinity, Virgin Birth, ex cathedra, and many other beliefs which are to my mind slightly less plausible claims. Show More Summary

Chart of the Day: Net New Jobs in October

The American economy added 271,000 new jobs last month, 90,000 of which were needed to keep up with population growth. This means that net job growth clocked in at a brisk 181,000 jobs—nearly all of it in the private sector. Not bad!...Show More Summary

The Uninsured Rate Just Keeps Going Down, Down, Down

I'm back. I've now done my civic duty yet again, so I'm safe until the next time the Orange County justice system wants me to sit around all day and curse at unreliable Wi-Fi coverage. Oddly, their Wi-Fi is worse than it was the last time I was there, three or four years ago. Show More Summary

Who Is Ben Carson's Mystery Physicist?

By now, we all know that Ben Carson thinks the pyramids were built by Joseph as grain silos. I'm sort of curious about where this idea came from, and maybe eventually we'll find out. In the meantime, I'd like to highlight a different part of Carson's pyramid speech: “I recently had a discussion with a well-known physicist. Show More Summary

Midget Nerd? Seriously?

I guess you don't need me to tell you about Bush 41's opinion of Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld. Poor Jon Meacham spent years writing a biography of Bush, and all anyone cares about is a few quotes calling people "iron-asses," an epithet Bush applied to Rumsfeld and, apparently, the entire Cheney family. Show More Summary

Housekeeping Note

Last night I was checking my calendar and realized that I have jury duty today. Exciting! So probably no blogging. Unless I end up waiting around all day and never getting called, in which case maybe I'll do some blogging on my tablet. We'll see.

Is Ben Carson a Liar? Or Does He Just Not Care?

Here is Ben Carson, wandering off topic when the Miami Herald asks him about abuses of our Cuba policy: "I think the way to fix that is not so much to abolish the act, but dealing with the specific area where the abuse is," Carson said,...Show More Summary

How Honest Is Your Favorite Candidate?

I was browsing through my Twitter feed a few minutes ago and a string of tweets inspired me to do a bit of original research about the honesty of our presidential candidates. I think we all have a gut feel for who's fairly honest and who's not, but I figured there might be a more rigorous way to measure this. So I hopped over to PolitiFact. Show More Summary

The Great Mystery of Commute Time and Income Mobility

Here's something I ran across accidentally today. In a working paper released a few months ago, Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren try to estimate the effect on low-income children of moving to better neighborhoods. In particular, which...Show More Summary

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