Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

VW Admits to Emissions Fraud in 11 Million Vehicles

Wow. It's not just half a million cars in the United States. It turns out that Volkswagen installed its emissions cheating software in 11 million cars worldwide, mostly in Europe: The German automaker said it was setting aside the equivalent...Show More Summary

Housekeeping Note

I'll be up in LA this morning seeing one of my rotating cast of doctors, so no blogging today. I may put up an item or two later in the day.

Does France Control What American Internet Users Are Allowed to See?

We all saw this coming eventually, but here's the latest on Europe's ill-considered "right to be forgotten": French data protection regulators on Monday rejected Google's bid to appeal an order that requires the company to block French...Show More Summary

Quote of the Day: Carly's Ex Doesn't Think Much of Her Chances

From Todd Bartlem, Carly Fiorina's first husband, on the GOP presidential race: In the clown car that is the Republican Party, she's the ultimate clown. In fairness, if we took the opinions of exes seriously, very few of us would look good. Show More Summary

The Fat Lady Finally Sings for Scott Walker

Scott Walker, low on funds and polling at zero percent, has dropped out of the Republican race for president. Let's see now, what did I say about Walker late last year? Oh yes: Predictions are hard, especially about the future. But if...Show More Summary

Capitalism and Machines Go Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly

James Pethokoukis says that economist Deirdre McCloskey has written "the most powerful defense of market capitalism you will ever read." It's based on the chart on the right, which shows the fantastic growth of the world economy since...Show More Summary

Raw Data: Here's How Black Kids Are Really Doing in School

Bob Somerby is pretty ticked off at the way our "journalistic elites" cover black kids. In particular, he's ticked off at liberals who seem to care only about black kids getting shot, and conservatives who care only about promoting scare...Show More Summary

VW Loses About $20 Billion in Value in 2 Hours

Guess what happens when you concoct a contemptible scheme to secretly blow off emission rules on your cars—and then it suddenly becomes not so secret? Answer: your respected multinational corporation loses about $20 billion of value over the course of a few minutes. Show More Summary

CNN Poll: Hillary Clinton Gains Ground on Bernie Sanders

Yesterday I wrote about the new CNN/ORC poll taken after Wednesday's Republican debate. Today CNN released the results of its polling on the Democratic race, and they have it at 42 percent for Hillary Clinton vs. 24 percent for Bernie Sanders. Show More Summary

Here's a Heartwarming Story of Innovation in the Pharmaceutical Business

Apparently the new hotness in the pharmaceutical industry is this: (1) Find an old, generic drug that's used only rarely and made by only one company. (2) Buy it. (3) Jack up the price astronomically. Since you have a monopoly, there's not much that anyone can do about it. Show More Summary

Carly Fiorina: Is She America's Next Millard Fillmore?

From George Colony, chief executive of tech research firm Forrester, judging Carly Fiorina's tenure as head of Hewlett-Packard: I'd put her at the top of the bottom third of C.E.O.s. Good enough for me! In round numbers, this means she's another Millard Fillmore. Show More Summary

Fiorina, Rubio Are Big Winners of Second Debate

As usual, I'm more interested in which candidates are moving up and down than in which candidates are ahead—with one exception that I'll get to. After all, it's still more than four months before the first primary ballot is cast. A new CNN/ORC poll shows that there were two clear winners from Wednesday's debate: Fiorina and Rubio. Show More Summary

WTF, Volkswgen?

On Friday I saw a bunch of headlines about Volkswagen facing possibly huge fines for violating EPA rules. There have been a lot of headlines like this recently, so I sort of shrugged and moved on. It wasn't until yesterday that I actually read a couple of the stories and realized what Volkswagen had actually done. Show More Summary

We Are Programmed to Receive

It's Saturday, and I am oh-so-tired of Donald Trump. (The latest: he finally coughed up his favorite Bible verse, but it doesn't actually appear anywhere in the Bible. Since this was an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, he knew this had to be coming but still didn't bother to look up a genuine verse. Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 18 September 2015

This is how I often take a shower: with an audience of one trying to figure what I'm doing. Hopper is, by turns, fascinated (movement! sprinkly stuff!) and appalled (he's covering himself with water! on purpose!). When I'm done, she peers suspiciously into the shower stall and eventually hops in. Show More Summary

Carly Fiorina Keeps Digging a Hole She Never Should Have Started

Over at Vox, Sarah Kliff asks the Fiorina campaign to back up Carly's claim that the Planned Parenthood sting videos show "a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive...Show More Summary

PBO vs. BHO: The Twitter Differences Between Democrats and Republicans

James Pethokoukis points me to a paper in PLOS ONE about different word usage on Twitter among Democrats and Republicans. Some of it was unsurprising. Democrats curse more, use more internet slang, and are more touchy-feely. Republicans...Show More Summary

Why Did Carly Fiorina Accept $500,000 From a Ted Cruz super PAC?

Ted Cruz has a stable of super PACs supporting him. One is called "Keep the Promise 1" and it did something odd a few months ago: it donated $500,000 to Carly Fiorina. I missed this at the time, but an FEC letter has brought it backShow More Summary

Punters Agree: Bush Won, Trump Lost on Wednesday

Ed Kilgore is aghast that Politico ran a story using prediction markets to figure out who won Wednesday's debate: I've been known to joke that at its worst Politico gives you a snail's-eye view of American politics. But this is self-parody: hourly variations in betting market! Obviously Ed is a killjoy. Show More Summary

Media Advisory: Don't Help Turn Vaccines Into a Political Football

During Wednesday's debate, Dr. Ben Carson was very clear that vaccines don't cause autism. "But it is true that we are probably giving way too many in too short a period of time," he added. And Dr. Rand Paul agreed: "Even if the science...Show More Summary

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