Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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CDC Says Teens of Color Are Having a Lot Less Sex

Teenagers are having less sex. Actually, strike that. White teenagers are having about as much sex as ever. But among black and Hispanic teenagers, there’s been a sudden and steep dropoff among the number of high school seniors who say they have ever had intercourse: I’m a little skeptical about how reliable these numbers are. […]

Lunchtime Photo

Ireland is full of abandoned, weatherbeaten homes. This one is in Castlecove, a few miles north of where we stayed during our vacation. The yard is wildly overgrown, but I hacked my way in to take a peek. If I had taken this picture at dusk instead of dawn—and perhaps underexposed it instead of deliberately […]

I’m Just a Big Ol’ Optimist About the Future of America Under Donald Trump

I’ve been meaning to weigh in on the latest raft of pieces about the decline of American democracy, the decline of Western liberalism, the decline of globalism, and the decline of everything else in the era of Trump. In a nutshell, I’m far more optimistic than most of the people writing about this. Unfortunately, I […]

How Much Is Bitcoin Really Worth?

I’m curious. Of all the bitcoin trades made in an average day, does anyone know how many of them are sales of bitcoin for actual money? And by “actual money,” I mean exactly what you think I mean: dollars, euros, yen, pesos, yuan, etc. Also, why isn’t there a cryptocurrency named quatloos? Oh wait: there […]

Raw Data: World Stock Market Performance in 2017

Stock markets around the world were on a roll last year. Here’s the year-end report card from Yardeni: The biggest winners around the globe were France, Germany, Italy, China, India, Argentina, South Korea, and South Africa. The biggest losers were Russia and Pakistan.

The President of the United States Threatens Lawsuit to Stop Publication of a Book

Holy shit: A lawyer representing President Trump sought Thursday to stop the publication of a new behind-the-scenes book about the White House that has already led Trump to angrily decry his former chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon. The legal notice — addressed to author Michael Wolff and the president of the book’s publisher — said […]

Trump Threatens to Sue Bannon in Fight to Crown Washington’s Alpha Chimp

Now this is a classic Trumpian feces-flinging brawl. He’s bringing the famous Trump nondisclosure agreement into his battle with ex-friend Steve Bannon: Late Wednesday, lawyers for Trump sent a cease-and-desist letter to Bannon, arguing he violated the employment agreement he signed with the Trump Organization in numerous ways and also likely defamed the president. They […]

Auto Sales Dropped in 2017, and They’ll Drop Again in 2018

The Wall Street Journal reports that auto sales dropped 1.8 percent last year: The U.S. auto industry suffered its first annual sales decline since the financial crisis eight years ago, but a streak of strong profits is expected to overshadow a slowdown in dealership traffic….Executives have reasons for optimism as employment gains are leading to […]

Voter Fraud Storyline Axed in “Donald” Season 2

The scriptwriters for The Donald Show are getting lazy with their story arcs. I mean, take a look at their latest punt: Episode 2017.1: Donald is desperate to prove that he won the greatest presidential victory of all time. But how? Episode 2017.2: Cheating! That’s the ticket. His offscreen arch-nemesis Hillary hoovered up millions of […]

A Reporter in the Oval Office? What Could Go Wrong?

Over lunch I read the Michael Wolff piece everyone is talking about, and the basic takeaway is the same as hundreds of other articles about Donald Trump: he’s a moron; he’s only barely functionally literate; he watches a ton of TV; he’s ignorant about almost everything; he never seriously listens to anyone; he has settled […]

Lunchtime Photo

This picture shows a couple of tourists in a jaunting car, touring around Killarney National Park near Torc Falls. They’re probably coming from Muckross House, which is about a mile to the left.

Donald Trump Unfriends Steve Bannon

I guess Donald Trump and Steve Bannon are no longer best friends: Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency.¹ When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve was a staffer² who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen […]

I’m an Introvert Who Like New Ideas

Maggie Koerth-Baker says personality tests are all junk science except for one: the Big Five test. Fine. So I took it. Would you like to know how I came out? Of course you would! But let’s put it into chart form, shall we? My comments: Concientiousness. I’m not sure I’m quite that conscientious. But, yeah, […]

Health Care Costs Are Under Control, But the Industry Still Gets Its $1 Trillion Bonus Every Year

The Kaiser Family Foundation retweeted an old chart about health care expenditures yesterday, so let’s do one of our own: The growth rate is slowing down (yay!), but the decadal data from 1970-2000 hides a big bubble in the 70s and 80s. For a longer-term view, here’s plain old medical inflation as calculated by the […]

Government Media Awards Show Scheduled for 5 O’Clock

On Monday at 5 pm, college football holds its national championship game. But if you’re not a sports fan, don’t worry. Donald Trump has you covered: I will be announcing THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR on Monday at 5:00 o’clock. Subjects will cover Dishonesty & Bad Reporting in various categories […]

Still No Deal on DACA?

Over the past few months, Republicans have been too busy reducing corporate taxes to bother negotiating a budget for the 2018 fiscal year (which is already three months old). Instead they keep passing stopgap bills to keep the government going for a few weeks longer. The last one allowed everybody to go home for the […]

Lunchtime Photo

It’s January, but there’s still plenty of color left on the trees here in Southern California. Mostly you see it on the liquid amber trees, but the tail-end of the maples are still around too. These maples are out in Black Star Canyon, and quite brilliant when they’re backlighted by the afternoon sun.

NATO Defense Spending Started Increasing Three Years Ago

Susan Glasser has a long piece in Politico today about Donald Trump’s foreign policy, and it’s about what you’d expect: pretty much everyone overseas thinks Trump is dumb, ignorant, and vain. They’ve responded in various ways: opportunistically when Trump is on their side (Israel, Saudi Arabia); with over-the-top flattery when they want to keep him […]

Australian Ambassador Told FBI About Trump Campaign Connection With Russia

Over the weekend the New York Times ran a story about the event that first sparked the FBI investigation of Donald Trump’s connection to Russia during the 2016 campaign. It turns out that campaign advisor George Papadopoulos got a little tipsy in London and told the Australian ambassador to Britain that Russia had lots of […]

Barack Obama’s Legacy: Improving Airline Safety Around the World

Check this out: Thanks Obama! I’m just joking, of course. I don’t know if Obama had anything to do with this in the United States, let alone the entire world. But in Donald Trump’s latest tweet he takes credit for the 2017 number because he has been “very strict on Commercial Aviation.” Uh huh. I […]

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