Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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Blog Post Archive

White Ballot Access, Black Ballot Access

Greg Sargent draws our attention today to a new report from the left-leaning Center for American Progress on, among other things, ballot access in all 50 states plus DC. They grade each state based on things like availability of preregistration,...Show More Summary

The July Surprise

Ed Kilgore surveys the Republican primary landscape and throws out a few thoughts about the upcoming first debate on Fox: Fox will allow only ten participants, chosen by the results of five national polls taken in the week or so before...Show More Summary

Greece Looks Screwed; China Looks In Trouble Too

From the Financial Times: Hundreds of Chinese companies have halted trading in their shares as Beijing races to insulate the economy from the country’s steepest equity decline in over two decades. The list of suspended companies hasShow More Summary

Today's Proposal In Legislative Transparency: You Amend It, You Own It

Last week Wisconsin Republicans tried to sneak language into a budget bill that would have gutted the state's open records law. Sadly for them, they got caught and had to withdraw the proposal—which, Gov. Scott Walker hastily assured...Show More Summary

There Are Things That Erode Public Trust in Science. Primordial Gravity Waves Aren't One of Them.

I had to laugh just a little when I read this last night: Jan Conrad, an astroparticle physicist, claims that "The field has cried wolf too many times and lost credibility," and he worries that false discoveries are undermining public trust in science. Show More Summary

A Reporter Reveals How the Press Treats Hillary Clinton

In what is obviously a carefully calculated bit of Bob Somerby bait, Jonathan Allen today reveals "the media's 5 unspoken rules for covering Hillary." Here's the nickel summary: Everything, no matter how ludicrous-sounding, is worthy...Show More Summary

Food Irradiation: Great Technology, Lousy Name.

Roberto Ferdman interviews Jayson Lusk, an agricultural economist at Oklahoma State University, about why the public's aversion to GMO foods has stayed strong even as the scientific consensus has become nearly unanimous that GMO foods are safe. Show More Summary

California Should Allow Physician-Aided Suicide

Greece has pressed the self-destruct button, and no one knows what will happen next. Here in California, we are debating whether to create a self-destruct button, and no one knows what will happen next. (Did you like that segue? Huh?...Show More Summary

Greece's Big Fat No

It appears that the Greek referendum is headed toward a landslide No vote. With about half of the votes counted as I write this, the No vote is very strongly in the lead and Greece's interior ministry has released an official projection showing the No side winning 61 percent of the vote. There are a couple of takeaways from this. Show More Summary

Happy Independence Day!

Jeez, what am I doing, blogging about serious stuff today? Well, that's it. I'm going to go clean the grill or watch a parade or do something else that's date appropriate. Have a happy 4th, everyone!

Obamacare Rates May Be Going Up Significantly in 2016 -- Or Maybe Not

The New York Times reports that insurers are asking for significant rate increases for 2016: Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans — market leaders in many states — are seeking rate increases that average 23 percent in Illinois, 25 percent...Show More Summary

On Independence Day, Pentagon Shows Off Some Real Fireworks

From W.J. Hennigan on the front page of this morning's LA Times: As diplomats rush to reach an agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program, the U.S. military is stockpiling conventional bombs so powerful that strategists say they could cripple Tehran's most heavily fortified nuclear complexes, including one deep underground....U.S. Show More Summary

China Halts IPOs in Peculiar Attempt to Prop Up Stock Market

The latest from China, where the stock market continues to plummet: China has decided to suspend new stock sales and establish a market-stabilization fund aimed at fighting off the worst equities selloff in years, as concerns grow among...Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 3 July 2015

Today you get a very special episode of Friday Catblogging. It's a movie! I made it with my shiny new Surface 3, and although it's not the greatest catblogging movie ever made, it does prove the old adage: any camera you have is better than any camera you don't. Show More Summary

Greek Media Really, Really Wants Yes Vote On Euro-Bailout

Henry Chu of the LA Times reports on how the Greek media is presenting Sunday's upcoming vote on the bailout: Strong emotions are in abundant supply. But impartial reporting is not. Along with Skai TV, nearly all the mainstream press...Show More Summary

Bobby Jindal Really, Really, Really Hates Gay Marriage

From The Advocate: After three courts told him he had to, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal will finally allow his administration to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples today. ....Jindal's administration argued it's possible the...Show More Summary

China Adopts an Unusual Approach to Fighting a Stock Market Crash

Hum de hum hum. Greece is in trouble. Puerto Rico too. And don't forget China: Chinese shares plunged Thursday, even as Beijing grasps for solutions to stem the selling, including relaxing rules on the use of borrowed funds to invest in stocks....The Shanghai Composite closed down 3.5% while the smaller Shenzhen market was down 5.6%. Show More Summary

My $500 Pill Revealed

Have you ever wondered what a $500 pill looks like? Well, here's your answer: it looks like pretty much any other pill. Anyway, I'm supposed to take this for 21 days, then a week off, then another 21 days, etc. This will last a few months before we know if it's working. Show More Summary

Greece vs. Germany: Behind a Veil of Morality vs. Technocracy, the Germans are Winning the War of the Narrative

Just a quick note on Greece. Although I've often written at greater length on the Greek crisis, in shorter posts I often sound as If I blame the whole thing on Germany. That's shorthand, though, and fairly sloppy shorthand. Here's the thing: Greece bears plenty of blame in this whole debacle. Show More Summary

Chart of the Day: Net New Jobs in June (Sucks, Sucks, Sucks)

The American economy added 223,000 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 133,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent. Unfortunately, this isn't the mediocre news it looks like. Show More Summary

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