Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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Bonus Friday Cat Blogging - 17 April 2015

My sister has given me loads of catblogging photos to choose from, and this week I'm choosing this one. I understand that Hilbert contested Hopper's right to this spot for a bit, but Hopper defended herself and is now queen of the chair. Show More Summary

Just How Racist Are Schoolteachers?

It's no secret that black kids are more likely to be suspended from school than white kids—three times more likely, according to a 2012 report from the Office of Civil Rights. And now a study published this week in Psychological Science...Show More Summary

Vaping Among Teens Skyrockets in 2014

Is this chart on the right, from the Washington Post, good news or bad? On the one hand, teen cigarette use has plummeted from 16 percent to 9 percent over the past four years. On the other hand, the total rate of teen smoking—cigarettes plus e-cigarettes—has risen from 17 percent to 22 percent. Show More Summary

Corporate Lobbyists Outspend the Rest of us 34 to 1

Lee Drutman looks at the real problem with lobbying in the American political system: Looking at lobbying in the aggregate, what jumps out is the stark imbalance in resources. Corporations blow everyone else out of the water. Business...Show More Summary

Republican Judges Set to Rule on Republican Objection to New EPA Regs

Things that make you go "hmmm": Environmental attorneys say they are confident the court will reject the emergency appeal. Nevertheless Thursday's hearing, before three Republican-appointed judges, marks the first of what promises to...Show More Summary

Chris Christie's Social Security Proposal is Cruel and Callous

So Chris Christie is going to campaign on the bold idea of reducing Social Security payments. My guess is that Christie is going to learn that Social Security remains the third rail of American politics, and will get therefore get charred to a crisp before much longer. Show More Summary

As Cities Raise their Minimum Wage, Where's the Economic Collapse the Right Predicted?

The Fight for 15 protest in New York City. Fast Food Forward Fast-food cooks and cashiers demanding a $15 minimum wage walked off the job in 236 cities yesterday in what organizers called the largest mobilization of low-wage workers ever. Show More Summary

Even the World Bank Has to Worry About the Competition

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has just published a deep look into the World Bank's track record of ensuring that the projects it sponsors don't end up harming local communities. Since 2004, more than 3.4 million...Show More Summary

Health and Logistical Update

Howdy everyone. I'm back. But I'll bet you didn't even know I was gone. I spent most of the day up at City of Hope in Duarte getting a few final tests plus a final visit with my transplant physician before I go next week up for the final stage of chemo. Show More Summary

Democrats in Oregon of All Places Just Torpedoed a Bill to Expand Abortion Rights

Here's how quickly the prospect of expanding abortion rights can kill a piece of legislation: In February, a group of state lawmakers introduced a bill that would require insurers to cover the full spectrum of women's reproductive services at an affordable prices. Show More Summary

Drum vs. Cowen: Three Laws

Today Tyler Cowen published his version of Cowen's Three Laws: 1. Cowen’s First Law: There is something wrong with everything (by which I mean there are few decisive or knockdown articles or arguments, and furthermore until you have found the major flaws in an argument, you do not understand it) 2. Show More Summary

Senate's Iran Bill Probably Not a Bad Idea After All

President Obama has said that he's willing to sign the latest Senate version of a bill that gives Congress a say in any nuclear deal with Iran. I'm glad to hear to that because, oddly enough, I'm pretty much in favor of the current bill. Show More Summary

Driving While Black Has Actually Gotten More Dangerous in the Last 15 Years

Walter Scott's death in South Carolina, at the hands of now-fired North Charleston police officer Michael Slager, is one of several instances from the past year when a black man was killed after being pulled over while driving. No one...Show More Summary

Republicans Like Class Warfare—So Long As It's Against Hillary Clinton

How do you go about redefining Hillary Clinton? As one of the most well-known political figures in modern history, just about everyone in America already has a opinion of her. After months in the lab and out in the field polling voters...Show More Summary

Hair Update

Huh. My hair is starting to fall out in clumps. That's not supposed to happen until after the chemo next week. I wonder what's going on?

Worst. Logo. Ever.

I've kept my distance from the nearly insane volume of reaction to Hillary Clinton's presidential announcement this weekend, including the tens of thousands of turgid words deconstructing her allegedly revolutionary announcement video. Show More Summary

No, the Poor Are Not Squandering Public Money on Filet Mignon

Are the poor blowing their food stamps in wild bacchanalias of filet mignon and lobster thermidor? Is this something that we ought to keep a closer look on as protectors of the public purse? You can probably figure out the answer already, but, um, no. Show More Summary

Half of Emails Are Answered in 47 Minutes or Less

Many people seem to agree that email sucks, and almost as many of us are annoyed by "inbox zero" coworkers telling everybody in earshot how damn productive they are. We get it. But while we all agree that email is slow, tedious, annoying,...Show More Summary

Today's Republican Dilemma: Who Do They Hate More, Barack Obama or Vladimir Putin?

Here's the latest from our pal in Russia: President Vladimir V. Putin on Monday approved the delivery of a sophisticated air defense missile system to Iran, potentially complicating negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear program and further...Show More Summary

Chart of the Day: Yet More Good News For Obamacare

During Obamacare's initial open enrollment period, the uninsured rate dropped dramatically. Then it leveled out a bit when enrollment closed. So how are things going in its second year? The latest Gallup numbers tell the story. During...Show More Summary

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