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Why are Scam PACs So Much More Common on the Right Than the Left?

Politico's Ken Vogel reports on a phenomenon that's gotten a fair amount of attention on both the right and the left: Since the tea party burst onto the political landscape in 2009, the conservative movement has been plagued by an explosion...Show More Summary

Murder In Los Angeles Is Way Down Among Teenagers

The LA Times reports that murder is becoming less common among teenagers: “You're not seeing youngsters like you have in the past,” said Det. Todd Anderson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. “You used to see a lot more kids who were 16, 17, 18, 19. Show More Summary

Greek Investors Apparently Surprised By Stuff No One Should Be Surprised About

The latest news from Greece is a bit peculiar: Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told his new cabinet on Wednesday that he would move swiftly to negotiate debt relief, but would not engage in a confrontation with creditors that would jeopardize...Show More Summary

ISIS Fighters Lose Kobani In Win For Obama's Iraq Strategy

From the LA Times: Kurdish fighters in the Syrian border town of Kobani appeared poised Monday to deal a decisive defeat to Islamic State militants after months of street clashes and U.S. aerial bombardment, signaling a major setback for the extremist group. ....The apparent breakthrough shows how U.S. Show More Summary

Scott Walker Is the Winner in 2016's First Republican Campaign Cattle Call

Rep. Steve King (R–Tea Partyville) held his big annual Republican confab in Iowa this weekend, and most of the 2016 wannabe candidates for president were there. But I know you're all busy people who don't care about the details. Youjust want to know who won. Show More Summary

Does the Internet Really Make Dumb People Dumber?

I don't normally get to hear what Bill Gates thinks of one of my ideas, but today's the exception. Because Ezra Klein asked him: Ezra Klein:....Kevin Drum, who writes for Mother Jones, has a line I've always thought was interesting, which is that the internet makes dumb people dumber, and smart people smarter. Show More Summary

ANWR Proposal Shows That Obama's Power to Set the Agenda Is Alive and Well

Here's the latest salvo in President Obama's flurry of executive activity following the 2014 election: President Obama proposed designating 1.4 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as protected wilderness, drawing cheers...Show More Summary

It's Time for Greece to Decide If It's Leaving the Euro

As expected, the Syriza party won power in Sunday's election in Greece. Their platform is pretty simple: the austerity forced on Greece after the 2008 financial collapse is no longer tolerable. The Greek economy is in shambles, growth is negative, and unemployment is above 25 percent. Show More Summary

When Will Benjamin Netanyahu Finally Go Too Far?

I keep wondering if it's ever possible for Benjamin Netanyahu to go too far. He's treated President Obama with truly astonishing levels of contempt and disdain for nearly his entire tenure, and he's done it in the apparent belief that his political support in the US is so strong and so bipartisan that he'll never be held to account for it. Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 23 January 2015

I wrote this morning's short post and then spent the rest of the morning napping. This is ridiculous, and I don't know what's going on. I'm a thousand percent better than I was Tuesday and Wednesday, but still dog tired. One possibility is that this is due to a change in my chemo schedule. Show More Summary

John Boehner Faces a Revolt of the Moderates

Having awakened from my slumber, I see that John Boehner has a whole new problem on his hands. Apparently the rump moderate wing of the the Republican Party is starting to feel itchy: Female lawmakers pushed the party to drop Thursday's...Show More Summary

Yet More Housekeeping

I have returned to the land of the living. The last 36 hours have been pretty hellish, but the good news is that I think I know what happened, and it's not likely to happen again. I hope. That said, I'm still pretty tired. We'll see how the rest of the day goes.

Housekeeping Update

No blogging today. Sorry. Lots of stuff going on with my body right now. But I should recover eventually.

Obama's Small Ball Is Making Republicans Itch

Jordan Weissman describes the modest nature of President Obama's new tax proposals: Combined, Obama’s hikes would raise $320 billion over a decade, or $32 billion per year. That’s just a smidge more than 1 percent of last year’s federal tax revenue—more than a rounding error, but not much more. Show More Summary

Eric Holder Ends Horrible Civil Asset Forfeiture Program

I was getting better over the weekend, then yesterday I relapsed back into coughing fits. And today is a holiday anyway, so probably blogging will be light. But I hate to let this development from last Friday continue to go unremarked: Attorney...Show More Summary

Did Market Monetarist Predictions Trounce Everyone Else During the Great Recession?

Via James Pethokoukis, Scott Sumner claims that Market Monetarists got things right during the aftermath of the Great Recession when others didn't: It must be a major embarrassment to the profession that us lowly MMs turned out to be...Show More Summary

Half of All Public School Kids in Poverty? Be Careful.

What's up with the copy desk at the Washington Post? Here's a new story about our public schools: Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty By Lyndsey Layton For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public...Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 16 January 2015

Looky here: it's Hilbert plus the entire Drum clan. On the far left, that's me and my sister circa 1963 (my brother is there too, but Hilbert is hiding him.) Aren't we cute? In the middle are my parents, and on the right are Marian's folks. Show More Summary

This Year's Flu Vaccine Was 23 Percent Effective

The LA Times passes along the news that this year's flu vaccine gives you a 23 percent lower chance of contracting the flu: That 23% figure is a measure known as “vaccine effectiveness,” and it’s certainly on the low end of the spectrum. Show More Summary

No, Congress Never Intended to Limit Obamacare Subsidies to State Exchanges

The Supreme Court will soon hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell, in which conservatives will argue that the text of Obamacare limits federal subsidies only to people who buy insurance from state-run exchanges, not from the federal exchange. Show More Summary

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