Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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

Blog Post Archive

Midget Nerd? Seriously?

I guess you don't need me to tell you about Bush 41's opinion of Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld. Poor Jon Meacham spent years writing a biography of Bush, and all anyone cares about is a few quotes calling people "iron-asses," an epithet Bush applied to Rumsfeld and, apparently, the entire Cheney family. Show More Summary

Housekeeping Note

Last night I was checking my calendar and realized that I have jury duty today. Exciting! So probably no blogging. Unless I end up waiting around all day and never getting called, in which case maybe I'll do some blogging on my tablet. We'll see.

Is Ben Carson a Liar? Or Does He Just Not Care?

Here is Ben Carson, wandering off topic when the Miami Herald asks him about abuses of our Cuba policy: "I think the way to fix that is not so much to abolish the act, but dealing with the specific area where the abuse is," Carson said,...Show More Summary

How Honest Is Your Favorite Candidate?

I was browsing through my Twitter feed a few minutes ago and a string of tweets inspired me to do a bit of original research about the honesty of our presidential candidates. I think we all have a gut feel for who's fairly honest and who's not, but I figured there might be a more rigorous way to measure this. So I hopped over to PolitiFact. Show More Summary

The Great Mystery of Commute Time and Income Mobility

Here's something I ran across accidentally today. In a working paper released a few months ago, Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren try to estimate the effect on low-income children of moving to better neighborhoods. In particular, which...Show More Summary

Conservatives Won Big on Tuesday....In the South

The Washington Post's headline today is a brutal one for liberals: "From coast to coast, conservatives score huge victories in off-year elections." But that's not really right. Conservatives did win big victories in Virginia, Kentucky, and Houston. Show More Summary

There's No Secret to Ben Carson's Success

What accounts for Ben Carson's popularity? It's not really that hard, says Ed Kilgore: Less obvious — and finally being recognized by political reporters spending time in Iowa — is that Carson is a familiar, beloved figure to conservative...Show More Summary

School Life Is Better If You Can Dump the Troublemakers

Charter schools tend to suspend, expel, and force out more students than public schools. Is this the secret to their high test scores? Libby Nelson argues, correctly I think, that it's not. Not directly anyway. Good studies have controlled...Show More Summary

White American Without a College Degree Are Seriously Depressed These Days

A new paper by Angus Deaton and Anne Case has gotten a lot of attention for showing that mortality among middle-aged whites has increased over the past two decades in the United States, driven primarily by an increase in suicides, alcohol abuse, and drug overdoses. Show More Summary

California Bullet Train Cost Goes Up Yet Again

Here's the latest HSR news from California: The California high-speed rail authority bowed to pressure from California legislators and members of Congress late Tuesday and released a copy of a 2013 report showing a large estimated increase...Show More Summary

Obamacare Co-Op Closures: A Headache, Not a Catastrophe

Six years ago the Obama administration backed away from offering a public option in Obamacare. In its place, we got nonprofit co-ops. Paul Krugman was not impressed: Let’s be clear: the supposed alternative, nonprofit co-ops, is a sham. Show More Summary

Sarcasm Turns Out to Be Great Creativity Tool. You're Welcome.

A new paper suggests that sarcasm is underrated: Studies 1 and 2 found that both sarcasm expressers and recipients reported more conflict but also demonstrated enhanced creativity following a simulated sarcastic conversation or after recalling a sarcastic exchange. Um, yeah. Show More Summary

Trump's Insults Are Weak, Lack Energy

Me, yesterday, on how Donald Trump is likely to attack rising star Marco Rubio: "The obvious route for Trump is to mock Rubio's inability to balance his own checkbook, but I'm hoping for something more original." Trump, today: "He is a disaster with credit cards. Show More Summary

Quote of the Day: "Death to America" Not Nearly as Unfriendly as You Think

From Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: The slogan "death to America" is backed by reason and wisdom....It goes without saying that the slogan does not mean death to the American nation; this slogan means death to the US’s policies, death to arrogance. I'm glad we finally got that cleared up. Show More Summary

Do Anti-Poverty Programs Work Better Than We Think?

Poverty data generally comes from the Census Bureau, which bases its analysis on the Current Population Survey. But do poor people under-report or underestimate the value of the programs they participate in? They might, and it seems to me it's pretty easy to figure this out. Show More Summary

Marco Rubio Needs to Come Clean on His Tax Plan

This is ridiculous. Marco Rubio says his tax plan is more favorable to the poor than the rich, and both left and right-leaning tax groups agree. But—this is because Rubio's plan includes a new $2,000 fully refundable personal tax credit. Show More Summary

Justice Takes a Biblical Turn

I feel guilty. The New York Times is running a marathon look at arbitration and other forms of private justice, and I haven't highlighted any of it even though it's long been one of my pet issues. Big corporations increasingly insist...Show More Summary

New Poll Has Modest Good News for Hillary Clinton

A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll suggests that Hillary Clinton's testimony before the Benghazi committee was pretty successful. More people are satisfied about her account of Benghazi. More people think the continuing investigation is unfair. Show More Summary

GOP Primaries Turning Into a New Season of Survivor

The whole Republican bedwetting exercise over their allegedly heinous treatment at the hands of CNBC is certainly entertaining for those of us who aren't Republicans. But Republicans themselves are now making it even more Survivor-like by splitting into two competing tribes: Team Letter and Team Buck Up. Show More Summary

Tyrant Obama Issues Rule Creating Death Panels, No One Cares

This happened last Friday and I completely missed it: Six years after legislation to encourage end-of-life planning touched off a furor over “death panels,” the Obama administration issued a final rule on Friday that authorizes Medicare...Show More Summary

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