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Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:6477
Posts / Week:33.5
Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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Everyone Please Calm Down About the White House Jumper

In response to the fence-jumper who got inside the White House before being apprehended, the Secret Service is considering the possibility of creating a larger "buffer zone" around 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: One proposal is to keep people...Show More Summary

Obamacare Isn't Perfect, But That's No Reason to Give Up On It

A few days ago I noted that health insurance companies were starting to price certain drugs at higher rates. Not just certain brands of drugs, but entire classes of drugs. This is being done in an apparent attempt to discourage patients with certain conditions from applying for insurance. Show More Summary

The Great "Out-0f-Network" Scam Is Eating Patients Alive. And It's Supposed To.

Over the weekend, Elizabeth Rosenthal gave us the latest installment in her series of rage-inducing stories about the American health care system. Like all the others in the series, it was all but ignored by the rest of the world. IShow More Summary

Roger Goodell's Life Just Got a Whole Lot Worse Today

There's been a mountain of talk about the Ray Rice domestic violence case, but the evidence about exactly what happened and when it happened has remained stubbornly fuzzy. Now that's changed. Today's blockbuster ESPN piece, like all stories of this nature, relies a lot on unnamed sources and therefore still isn't quite rock solid. Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 19 September 2014

We have a very busy squirrel in our backyard. He is tireless in his quest to find pine cones and bury them in our garden. In fact, every time Marian goes out to do some gardening, she routinely digs up half a dozen pine cones. They're everywhere. Show More Summary

Quote of the Day: Nathan Deal Is Tired of Barack Obama's Treachery

From Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, apparently upset that his tax-fighting economic policies aren't yet producing a paradise on earth: It’s ironic that in a year in which Republican governors are leading some of the states that are making the most progress, that they almost, without exception, are classified as having a bump in their unemployment rates. Show More Summary

When I Was 5, I, Um -- What Were We Just Talking About?

I remember approximately diddley-squat 1 about my childhood. But why? Melissa Dahl explains the latest research to me today: The way parents tend to talk to their sons is different from the way they talk to their daughters. Mothers tend...Show More Summary

Republicans Really, Really Want to Send Ground Troops Into Iraq

I missed this NYT/CBS poll when it came out a couple of days ago, but a friend pointed it out to me this morning. I don't think much comment is necessary. It's pretty easy to see how the fight against ISIS is going to turn into a massive game of Munich-mongering and appeasement-baiting in short order. Yikes.

Obama Signs Order to Take Away Your Antibiotics

Here's the latest from the White House: The Obama administration on Thursday announced measures to tackle the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, outlining a national strategy that includes incentives for the development of newShow More Summary

Don't Worry, the Crazy Is Coming Soon in the House Benghazi Hearing

Yesterday's Benghazi hearing, chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R–SC), was shockingly calm. Aside from a bit of gotcha over a 15-year-old report, there were no conspiracy theories, no hot buttons pressed, no shrieking clown shows. The extremely...Show More Summary

How to Discriminate Against Pre-Existing Conditions in Two Easy Tiers

Via ProPublica, here's an editorial published yesterday in the American Journal of Managed Care: For many years, most insurers had formularies that consisted of only 3 tiers: Tier 1 was for generic drugs (lowest co-pay), Tier 2 was for...Show More Summary

IHOP Has Cut Back Its Menu By 30 Items

Here's an interesting factoid: in 2008 we apparently reached Peak Menu. That year, the average menu contained 99.7 items. Then the housing bubble burst, we entered the Great Recession, and menus began to shrink. Today's menus feature a paltry 92.6 items. Why is this? Cost is one reason: it's cheaper to support a smaller menu. Show More Summary

Apple Gives Its Middle Finger to the NSA

I'm a little late getting started this morning, even though I actually woke up much earlier than usual. What happened is that I wrote a post; then lost it by hitting the wrong key and blowing away my browser window; then recreated it; and then decided not to publish it after all. Show More Summary

The MoJo Investigative Fund Needs Your Help

The Mother Jones Investigative Fund is the secret behind some of the best work Mother Jones does. Right now we're trying to raise an infusion of $65,000 over the next two weeks, and I'm worried that we won't reach our goal. The urgency is real. Show More Summary

Quote of the Day #2: Pick an Issue, Any Issue

From self-declared visionary Newt Gingrich, asked what the Republican agenda should be for this year's campaign: I don’t actually care what it is, for the next seven weeks, as long as it exists. Come on, folks! Just pick anything that sounds good and rally around it. Does Newt have to do all your thinking for you?

Scotland Should Plan On Having Its Own Currency

When provinces propose a split with the mother country, they usually insist that they'll continue to use the old currency. This is odd on its face since having your own money is usually considered one of the key attributes of a sovereign state. Show More Summary

Prison Rates are Down. Thanks to Lead, They're Going to Stay Down.

Yesterday the Bureau of Justice Statistics released the latest numbers on incarceration rates, and the headline news is that we're sending fewer people to prison. But there's an interesting wrinkle in the numbers that few news outlets have picked up on, even though it's a trend that's been obvious in the numbers for a long time. Show More Summary

Quote of the Day: Go Away, I'm Performing Brain Surgery

From the campaign of GOP House candidate Monica Wehby, declining to respond to allegations of plagiarism: Dr. Wehby is too busy performing brain surgery on sick children to respond, sorry. This might be the most brilliant refusal to comment ever in the history of politics.

Republicans Are No Longer Favored To Take Control of the Senate

Speaking of poll aggregators and the Senate race, here's an interesting infographic from Vox: I actually haven't been following the polling super closely, so I didn't realize that basically no one is still projecting a Republican takeover except for Nate Silver—though things are still close enough that none of this probably means much yet. Show More Summary

Polling Cage Fight Heats Up Today

Nate Silver today: I don’t like to call out other forecasters by name unless I have something positive to say about them.... But he wants to make an exception for one guy: Sam Wang. The guy is so preposterously deluded that something...Show More Summary

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