Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
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Posts / Week:32
Archived Since:February 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Republicans Have a Sneaky Plan to Kill California Bullet Train

A reader tweets: "CA high speed rail and Trump. Your favorite things, together at last!" The San Francisco Chronicle has the story: Freshly empowered California Republicans in Congress are pushing the Trump administration to hold off...Show More Summary

Donald Trump Is Unhappy That His Ratings Aren't Better

Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman have a deeply reported story today about the first two weeks of the Trump presidency, filled with lots of juicy little details. But here's what leaped out at me. See if you can figure out what ties together...Show More Summary

Super Bowl LI Dog Blogging

Here is how I spent a good portion of the Super Bowl today: From left to right are Charlie, Emmy, and Heidi. In the background is Scout. And here is the exact moment that the Patriots won: When I got home, Hilbert accused me of being unfaithful. What could I say? The evidence was conclusive. But he forgave me as soon as I changed clothes.

Charts of the Day: When Econ 101 Goes Wrong

You all may remember that back in 2000-01 Enron engineered an artificial shortage of electricity in California, which sent prices skyrocketing. This was a harrowing affair, and ever since then California has been building new power plants. Show More Summary

Your Final Trump Weirdness For the Day

Your White House at work: Some early moves by Trump officials have given hints about their priorities — and raised concerns within the administration. ....According to one U.S. official, national security aides have sought information...Show More Summary

Chronic Marijuana Use Is Up In Colorado

A new report from the Colorado Retail Marijuana Public Health Advisory Committee tells us that among 18-25 years olds, 13 percent report using marijuana daily or near-daily. Mark Kleiman is taken aback that this has gotten hardly any...Show More Summary

Did Kellyanne Conway Lie on Hardball?

In a post today about Kellyanne Conway's "Bowling Green massacre" lie, Bob Somerby asks an excellent question: What have they done with the real Kevin Drum? That's easy: he died on November 8th. Continuing directly: In his own furious, snark-heavy post, Drum asserts that Conway didn't make an honest mistake in her error-strewn recitation. Show More Summary

Here's How the Green Card Chaos Unfolded

Josh Rogin has a fascinating piece in the Washington Post today about the turmoil within the Trump administration over the immigration order issued last week. Much of this was due to the fact that no one outside the White House, including those who had to carry out the order, were part of the review process. Show More Summary

The Dead Pool - 4 February 2017

Members of the Trump administration are starting to drop like flies, and I figure someone should keep track. Note that I'm keeping a spot open for Betsy DeVos in hopes that I can fill it in sometime soon: So who's next? Well, there's this from Rep. Show More Summary

CNN Turns Down Opportunity to Interview Kellyanne Conway

CNN, which is the target of a boycott by the Trump administration, turned down an opportunity to have Kellyanne Conway on its Sunday show: Why did CNN do this? If it's just pique over being denied access to Pence, then boo. If it's because Conway is such a serial liar that no self-respecting news outlet should give her air time, then yay. But which is it?

Trump Sabotage of Obamacare a Big Success: Enrollment Down By a Half Million or More

The signup period for Obamacare is over, and total enrollment fell short of last year. The Washington Post reports the details: The lower total...marks a striking turnabout from the trend as the Obama administration neared its end —Show More Summary

Raw Data: Commercial Lending Is As High As It's Ever Been

I know that nobody cares about this, but my post this morning about commercial lending got me curious. The proper way to judge whether banks are making loans is to look at total bank lending as a percent of GDP. So I did. And as long as I did the work, I might as well pretty it up and share it with you. Show More Summary

Is Reaching Out Beyond White Men an Example of "Politicizing" Science?

This coming Earth Day is the March for Science. "On April 22, 2017, we walk out of the lab and into the streets," say the organizers in a charming effort to sound like hellions. It doesn't really work, though, thanks to a Twitter feed...Show More Summary

Trump Plans to Gut Dodd-Frank Because His Friends "Just Can't Borrow Money"

President Trump plans to sign an executive order rolling back regulations that his friends find annoying: The move would address another one of Trump’s campaign promises: Dismantling 2010’s financial reform legislation, known as Dodd Frank. Show More Summary

Chart of the Day: Obama Era Ends With 152 Million People at Work, an Increase of 9.9 Million

The American economy added 227,000 new jobs last month. Unemployment ticked up slightly from 4.72 percent to 4.78 percent, so the headline rate increased from 4.7 percent to 4.8 percent. The whole jobs report was a little strange, though, due to a whopping revision in BLS's estimate of the total population of the country. Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 3 February 2017

It is rose-pruning season, and that means Marian has been outside pruning our roses in the lovely weather we've had this week. The cats have been supervising, of course. We humans aren't entirely to be trusted, you know. And after a hard day of supervising, what's better than a nice, cold glass of iced tea? As you can see, Hilbert was not amused.

Retirement Advisors Now Free to Rip You Off Again

Nine months ago President Obama signed an executive order that required retirement advisers to act in the best interest of their client. That seems like a good idea, doesn't it? Maybe to you it does, but as it turns out, Republicans hate it. Show More Summary

Check Out Kellyanne Conway's Version of an Apology

Just to follow up on last night, here is Kellyanne Conway's apology for telling the nation about the "Bowling Green massacre" on prime time TV last night. It's a masterpiece: On @hardball @NBCNews @MSNBC I meant to say "Bowling Green...Show More Summary

Why Did the News Media Cover Up the Bowling Green Massacre? Why???

Tonight, Kellyanne Conway told Chris Matthews: I bet it's brand new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized, and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre. Show More Summary

Trump Touts Plan to Allow Russian Money in US Elections

Sorry about the clickbait headline. Here's what Trump actually said: Freedom of religion is a sacred right, but it is also a right under threat all around us. That is why I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution. That doesn't seem so bad. Show More Summary

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