Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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In Ironic Twist, Conservatives Finally Win War on Christmas But Kill Santa in the Process

Here's the latest version of the Arctic meltdown, this time in cheerful Christmas colors: For a while there, it looked like maybe things were heading back down to normal, but then a few weeks ago temps started spiking again. It's now more than 30 degrees warmer than normal at the North Pole. Data since 1958 is here. Show More Summary

A Trump Tariff Wall Would Help a Little, But Hurt a Lot

So let's suppose that Donald Trump really does impose a 10 or 15 percent tariff on all goods entering the United States. Or maybe only Chinese and Mexican goods. 1 What would happen? Who would be the winners and losers? The simplest way to think about this is to remember what happens when tariffs are reduced. Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 23 December 2016

As you can see, Hopper is getting ready for Christmas. She has spurned this particular cat bed since the day we bought it, but as soon as we put it under the tree she claimed it as her own. Does our tree look a little sparse? I assure you we have plenty of ornaments higher up, but we decided to keep the bottom foot of the tree free of distraction. Show More Summary

Nine Things I'm Tired Of

To celebrate the Grinch version of Christmas, here's my 2016 list of stuff I've gotten tired of over the past year. I'm not suggesting that nobody should use any of these memes in the future. Go ahead! Who cares whether I'm annoyed? Nor are they the the worst cliches or most overused examples in the world. Show More Summary

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback Wants to Wreck the US Economy Too

Oh man: Sam Brownback, the Kansas governor whose tax cuts brought him political turmoil, recurring budget holes and sparse evidence of economic success, has a message for President-elect Donald Trump: Do what I did. ....“My critics, which are many, they only want to look at the budget,” Mr. Show More Summary

Meet Mike Pence, America's New Prime Minister

The front page of my morning LA Times happened to feature the headlines on the right. The headline on women reminds me of this Slate piece about how a lot of women who voted for Trump are now worried that he might defund Planned Parenthood. Show More Summary

Vladimir Putin Is a Happy Camper These Days

In his annual press conference, Vladimir Putin took a victory lap: “Democrats are losing on every front and looking for people to blame everywhere,” Putin said in answer to a Russian TV host, one of 1,400 journalists accredited to the marathon session. Show More Summary

Raw Data: Working-Age Population Growth

The Washington Post reports that 2016 "had the lowest rate of population growth of any year since the Great Depression." The US population, it turns out, grew by slightly less than 0.7 percent compared to 2015. There's some good news and bad news about this. Show More Summary

The F-18 vs. the F-35: ¿Quien Es Mas Macho?

More brilliance from Donald Trump: Based on the tremendous cost and cost overruns of the Lockheed Martin F-35, I have asked Boeing to price-out a comparable F-18 Super Hornet! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016 There is nothing that military buffs love more than nerding out about the F-18 vs. Show More Summary

Donald Trump Has a Brilliant Media Strategy

Like everyone, I'm often snarky about Donald Trump's social media addiction, but I have to admit it works wonders. Today's two tiny tidbits about Israel and our nuclear arsenal produced these top-of-the-site headlines from the New York Times (left) and the Washington Post (right): Trump's press strategy since the election has had two parts. Show More Summary

Here's Why Donald Trump Needs a Facebook Page

I've been so fixated on Donald Trump's mesmerizing Twitter performances that it's escaped my attention that he also has a well-maintained Facebook page. 1 As near as I can tell, it's used for three things. First, when 140 charactersShow More Summary

The Road From 98% Autonomous Cars to 100% Autonomous Cars Will Take About Five Years

Uber decided to put a few of its self-driving cars on the road in San Francisco without bother to tell anyone, so yesterday the California DMV revoked the registration of its cars. During the week they were tootling around the city, however, people reported that Uber's cars were running red lights and making right turns incorrectly. Show More Summary

Quote of the Day: Obamacare To Be "Fixed" By Trump Administration?

From Phillip Blando, a spokesman for the Trump transition team, on news that Obamacare enrollments are running well ahead of last year: The enrollment numbers announced today show just how important health care coverage is to millions of Americans. Show More Summary

FBI Director James Comey Caved In to Republican Wrath

At the Washington Post today, Sari Horwitz has a long tick-tock about James Comey's conduct during the presidential election. Much of it is about the strained relationship between Comey and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, but it starts out like this: Twelve days before the presidential election, FBI Director James B. Show More Summary

Raw Data: Donald Trump's Twitter Followers

Donald Trump started out on Twitter in 2009 with 216 followers. When he announced he was running for president in June 2015, he had 2.94 million followers. Just before Election Day he had 12.8 million followers. Today he has 17.7 million followers: Not bad. Show More Summary

Business Community Shocked That Trump Might Impose Import Tariffs

CNN reports that the business community is shocked at the idea that Donald Trump might impose import tariffs when he takes office: Two sources who represent business interests in Washington tell CNN that the man in line to be White House...Show More Summary

Panel Survey Shows Huge Movement to Trump After Comey Letter

The November edition of the panel survey done by the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics is out. Dan Hopkins tells us that it shows something interesting. A lot of people really did switch to Donald Trump at the last minute: While...Show More Summary

Peter Navarro: Genius or Idiot? Or Neither?

Tyler Cowen says that UCI professor Peter Navarro is "one of the most versatile and productive American economists of the last few decades." Matt Yglesias says Navarro is an idiot. Who's right? I think there's a category error here. Back in September, Navarro co-authored a paper about Donald Trump's trade policy. Show More Summary

Suddenly, Conservatives Are No Longer Quite So Colorblind

Bill O'Reilly is suddenly a big defender of the Electoral College: Abolishing the Electoral College, that is the subject of tonight’s Talking Points Memo. After Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, the left in America is demanding that the Electoral College system put into place in 1787 be scrapped. Show More Summary

Republicans Are Afraid to Stand Up to Trump For Fear of Nasty Tweets

Over at National Review, Tim Alberta ponders "Conservatism in the Era of Trump." It's not a pretty picture. There's no one more conservative than the House Freedom Caucus, but they've already started to cave in to Trumpism: Consider Trump’s stated intention to seek a $1 trillion dollar infrastructure package soon after taking office. Show More Summary

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