Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
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Posts / Week:32.6
Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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Looking for a Definition of "Bad Optics"? Look No Further.

Donald Trump is embroiled in a scandal over his ties to Russia. He just fired his FBI director over this, a move widely viewed as Nixonian. So who does Trump meet with today at the White House? First, the Russian ambassador and foreign minister. Show More Summary

Today Is All Comey All the Time

It's gonna be one of those days, isn't it? It's all Comey all the time. Check out the front page of the New York Times right now: I've highlighted the ones that got headlines, but there are actually 16 stories about the Comey firing there. Show More Summary

Yeah, the Comey Firing Was All About Russia

Politico has a big "inside" look at the Comey firing tonight, and it is bananas: [Trump] had grown enraged by the Russia investigation, two advisers said, frustrated by his inability to control the mushrooming narrative around Russia. Show More Summary

A Quick Look at Manufacturing Jobs

Donald Trump is bragging today that "Manufacturing openings, hires rise to highest levels of the recovery." Well of course they have. As long the economy keeps expanding, openings will set a new record every month, more or less. Like so: If you want to know how manufacturing is really doing, you want to look at it as a percentage of all job openings. Show More Summary

It's Crunch Time for the Republican Party

How the world works, 2017 edition: July 2016: Republicans are united in outrage when James Comey declines to recommend charges against crooked Hillary Clinton despite mountains of evidence that she is totally guilty. Today: Republicans...Show More Summary

Border Apprehensions Down Again in April

Another month, another drop in illegal immigration. The conservative Washington Times is crowing about it: Illegal immigration across southwest border down 70 percent under Trump Illegal immigration across the southwest border dropped...Show More Summary

The Dead Pool - 9 May 2017 - Special James Comey Edition

FBI Director James Comey has been fired. Why? The White House hasn't said, but it seems to be linked to Comey's bungled testimony to Congress regarding the number of emails Huma Abedin forwarded to her husband. There's zero chance that...Show More Summary

Donald Trump Is Sulking Over His Immigration Order

Yesterday I wondered what kind of progress the Trump administration had made on its new immigration rules. They ought to be nearly finished by now, making the court case over Trump's executive order moot. Well, it turns out the judges...Show More Summary

Lunchtime Photo

This is one of our monarch butterflies. We only have three or four, but it's always nice when one of them makes an appearance in the garden and flits around for a while. BTW, this is an example of a picture I couldn't have taken with my old camera. Show More Summary

The Dream Never Dies in Afghanistan

Apparently we are going to stay in Afghanistan forever. If we leave, the Taliban will likely take over large swathes of the country—if not the entire place—and no president wants to be in office when that happens. But neither can we "win." So we just keep announcing the same old plan: send in more troops. Show More Summary

Comey Screws Up Again

Last week, FBI Director James Comey testified that Huma Abedin, one of Hillary Clinton's closest aides, had forwarded "hundreds and thousands" of emails to her idiot husband so that he could print them out. Conservatives crowed. It was...Show More Summary

Donald Trump's 18-Day Gap

We didn't really learn anything new in today's congressional hearing, but the questioning did highlight one of the ugliest aspects of the Flynn affair. Sally Yates testified that she informed White House counsel on January 26 that Mike Flynn had lied about his contacts with the Russians and that he was vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians. Show More Summary

Donald Trump Is Getting Scared About Russia

Oh man, this cracks me up. This whole Russia thing is really getting to President Trump. After today's congressional hearing, he was so hellbent on making sure everyone knew that James Clapper said there was "no evidence" of collusion between Trump and Russia that he ordered his staff to change his Twitter picture pronto. Show More Summary

The New York Times Has Imported the Ethics of the Wall Street Journal

As you may know, the New York Times hired Bret Stephens a couple of weeks ago as a new columnist on their op-ed page. Stephens is a conservative who previously worked at the Wall Street Journal, and he's a climate...something. Climate...Show More Summary

Lunchtime Photo

The Angel Motel in Orange, California.

Income Stagnation Has Hit the Young Harder Than the Old

Max Ehrenfreund points us today to a new paper by a quartet of researchers that looks at lifetime incomes of various age groups. They find that middle-class income has stagnated and income inequality has gone up over the past few decades. Show More Summary

Trump Has Already Pre-Smeared Sally Yates

Sally Yates is a career civil servant in the Justice Department. She was hired under the first Bush administration, promoted during the Clinton administration, promoted again during the second Bush administration, and yet again under the Obama administration. Show More Summary

We Should Have a New List of Banned Countries By Now

On January 27, President Trump issued an executive order on immigration. Within 30 days, the Secretary of Homeland Security was ordered to compile a list of the information needed from foreign countries to properly adjudicate new visa applications. Show More Summary

Are Younger Police Officers More Productive Than Older Ones?

Tyler Cowen points us to a study from last year which concludes that police officers become "less productive" as they gain experience. Here's the abstract: This study analyzes two decades of data from a municipal police agency and describes the average patrol officer career productivity trajectory. Show More Summary

The Dead Pool - 7 May 2017

I have a little catching up to do. Mark Green, President Trump's second pick to be Secretary of the Army, has withdrawn. Green is a Tennessee state legislator who has made disparaging remarks about gays, trans people, and Muslims. Sadly,...Show More Summary

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