Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Why Does Obamacare Repeal Have to Come Before Tax Cuts?

Yesterday I made fun of President Trump for not understanding why his tax cut plan would be easier to pass after Obamacare had been repealed. But I have a confession: I don't really understand it either. Jon Chait's explanation is typical: The connection between the two issues might seem obscure, but it matters technically. Show More Summary

The Dirges Have Begun For Steve Bannon

The blog has been heavily Trump-centric today, but what can you do? When it rains, it pours. This evening brings us yet another story based on dozens of interviews with Trump's closest advisors, most of whom are apparently willing to...Show More Summary

Today's Idiocy Roundup

There's so much to learn in the world. A couple of days ago, for example, the Department of Health and Human Services issued this statement regarding CSR subsidies for Obamacare: The New York Times report is inaccurate. The administration is currently deciding its position on this matter. Show More Summary

Lunchtime Photo

Baby Canada Geese are coming our way here in Irvine, but only if Mama Goose can keep her nest warm and protected. Yesterday, a villainous maintenance man in a motorboat swung by with the obvious intent of stealing her eggs. But she knew how to foil his fiendish plot: get up on a rock and honk loudly at him. Show More Summary

Trump Floats Nonsense Idea of Privatizing Airports and Dams

Philip Howard attended Tuesday's infrastructure confab with President Trump. The Guardian reports on what he told them: Donald Trump is considering privatising America’s airports and dams as part of an infrastructure building programme...Show More Summary

The Curious Case of Dr. Donald and Mr. Trump

On Fox Business this morning, President Trump said he's not done with health care after all. In fact, he wants to take another swing at TrumpCare before he tackles tax cuts for the rich. Just for the record, then, here is what Trump's domestic and foreign policy has looked like over the past two months: March NAFTA is the worst trade deal ever. Show More Summary

A Baseball Sacred Cow Finally Starts to Fall

I'm getting answers to all sorts of nagging sports questions this month. Earlier I learned that, as I've long suspected, intentional fouling virtually never works in the final seconds of a basketball game. Today, Jared Diamond writes...Show More Summary

The White House Is Now Officially "West Wing Apprentice"

Michael Goodwin asked President Trump if he still had confidence in Steve Bannon. Here's what he said: I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late....I’m my own strategist. Bravo! The usual schtick in DC is to swear undying support for someone right up until the moment you stick a shiv in his gut. Show More Summary

Don't Blame Tech For Airline Woes

Farhad Manjoo says that airline travel sucks and Silicon Valley has made it even worse: Travel search engines rank airlines based on price rather than friendliness or quality of service. Online check-in, airport kiosks and apps allow airlines to serve customers with fewer and fewer workers. Show More Summary

Which Airline Kicks Off the Most Passengers?

With "involuntary deplanings" in the news, Nate Silver points us to some data that's oddly intriguing. Here's how often passengers are kicked off flights on the Big Four airlines in the United States. It comes via the Department of Transportation's latest monthly report: Delta overbooks at a far higher rate than any other airline. Show More Summary

Quote of the Day: Trump Needs Ivanka Around to Keep Him From Being Too Dickish

Sean Spicer put his foot in it today over Syria. You can google the details if you want, but basically he used the words Hitler and gas in the same sentence, and you just know that's not going to end well. Instead, let's turn to theShow More Summary

Lunchtime Photo

This is United flight 1134 on approach to John Wayne Airport in beautiful Santa Ana, California. No passengers were harmed in the making of this photograph.

Trump Suddenly Committed to Ousting Assad From Power

The folks at Webster's might be unhappy about this, but WTF seems like a lock for Word-of-the-Year honors in 2017. Today, the Trump administration is apparently promising regime change in Syria and hoping that Vladimir Putin will help...Show More Summary

Trump Woes Now Extend to Annual Easter Egg Roll

Somebody please tell me this is a joke. It's a joke, right? Ha ha ha.

United Airlines Lost a Billion Dollars This Morning

The most important story of the past 24 hours—by a mile—is the guy who was dragged off an overbooked United flight yesterday by a security team. The details are still a little sketchy, but the YouTube video is awesome and the guy has an actual scratch on his face. Show More Summary

Obamacare Is Doing Well, But Trump and Ryan Can Change That If They Want

Today brings a couple of pieces of tentative good news for Obamacare. First there's this: The Trump administration says it is willing to continue paying subsidies to health insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act even though...Show More Summary

Trump Continues His Love Affair With the Egyptian President

Have you noticed that everyone is paying less attention to President Trump's tweets lately? I suppose it's finally started to sink in that his tweets are just performance art for his fans, not an indication of any actual policy views. Show More Summary

Health Update

No news is good news, and I've had no news for the past couple of months. My M-protein level remains stable, which means the multiple myeloma is under control for the time being. I saw my oncologist today, and he seemed pretty happy with all my other levels too. But here's an odd thing. Show More Summary

We Still Don't Know How Much Trump's Victory Was About Race

How much was race a factor in the 2016 election? It's pretty obvious that Donald Trump explicitly appealed to racial sentiment more than any Republican presidential candidate in recent memory, but did it work? Did he pick up more votes from resentful, disaffected whites than any other GOP nominee would have? At first blush, the answer seems to be no. Show More Summary

What Do You Do About a Guy Like Assad?

Today's ABC/Washington Post poll says that 51 percent of Americans support President Trump's missile strikes on Syria. I suppose it could be worse. But Americans also continue to engage in magical thinking. Take a look at this: So 51 percent of Americans support removing Assad from power, but only 35 percent support military action to remove Assad. Show More Summary

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