Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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Let Us Now Figure Out Who to Blame for Brexit

Brexit has passed, and now it's time to find someone to blame. Sure, you can go with the pack and blame David Cameron or Nigel Farage, but that's not much fun. Here are four plausible but not entirely obvious choices: Ed Milliband In order to keep peace within his own party, Prime Minister David Cameron promised a vote on Brexit in 2013. Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 24 June 2016

Here are the cultural references in this morning's four blog posts: Bette Davis, All About Eve. New York Daily News, October 30, 1975. The Sun, April 11, 1992. Sinclair Lewis, It Can't Happen Here. And here is Hilbert, one of the primary cultural references for Friday catblogging. How could you possible walk by this and not give him a tummy rub?

Sure, Donald Trump Could Win. Here's How.

Paul Waldman asks: "In Britain, cultural resentments won out over stability. Can Donald Trump create the same result here?" Sure. The odds may be against it, but of course Trump can win in November. Let's set the stage with the observation that both candidates start with about 45 percent support. Show More Summary

It Was Immigration Wot Won It

Josh Marshall today: The UK always had one foot in and one foot out of the EU. (This is the main reason departure seemed such folly; the UK had already opted out of the worst parts of EU membership.) I've seen a lot of people making similar comments. Show More Summary

EU to Britain: Drop Dead

The folks who were opposed to Brexit want Britain to get the hell out as soon as possible: The EU’s top leaders have said they expect the UK to act on its momentous vote to leave the union “as soon as possible, however painful that process...Show More Summary

Blue Cross Pulling Out of Minnesota

This is some genuine bad news for Obamacare: Minnesota's largest health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has decided to stop selling health plans to individuals and families in Minnesota starting next year. The insurer explained extraordinary financial losses drove the decision. Show More Summary

Brexit Wins

British voters have voted to leave the EU. What a waste. I'm skeptical that this will cause economic Armageddon, but I doubt that it will do Britain any good either. So now they'll spend the next three or four years up to their gills...Show More Summary

Donald Trump Makes a Dupe of Yet Another TV Professional

Jamelle Bouie makes a seemingly indisputable point about Donald Trump: This is what I mean. Sure Trump can give a speech and then someone asks him a basic question and he falls apart. — Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) June 23, 2016 Let's dispute this anyway. Show More Summary

Yes, Automation Is Going To Take Away Our Jobs—Eventually

Will increasingly intelligent automation eventually put humans out of work? There are some plausible reasons to think this might never happen. But there are also some really dumb reasons to think it won't happen. The dumbest, by a mile,...Show More Summary

I Would Vote For Bernie Sanders If He'd Promise to Ban Popups on the Web

I had a slight meltdown about an hour ago when a little ScreenTip® showed up in Excel. It was covering something I needed to see and I couldn't get rid of it and I'd finally had enough. I started pounding the keyboard and yelling and just generally scaring the hell out of the cats. Show More Summary

USDA: Avocado Consumption Has Skyrocketed In the 21st Century

From Vox today: A new analysis published in JAMA this week looked at US eating habits from 1999 to 2012 and found that...there was no change in total fruits and vegetables consumed. (When Americans do eat vegetables, fully half of them are tomatoes and potatoes — often in the form of sugar-laden ketchup and greasy fries.) Wait. Show More Summary

Weekly Flint Water Report: June 10-16

Here is this week's Flint water report. As usual, I've eliminated outlier readings above 2,000 parts per billion, since there are very few of them and they can affect the averages in misleading ways. During the week, DEQ took 137 samples. The average for the past week was 7.05.

Should the Press Call Donald Trump a Liar?

The LA Times headline for Donald Trump's big attack speech yesterday is on the right. Trump called Hillary Clinton a "liar," but his own speech included "falsehoods." Here's a small sample of other headlines: New York Times: Donald Trump...Show More Summary

Affirmative Action Upheld, Executive Action on Immigration Struck Down

The Supreme Court upheld affirmative action at the University of Texas today, but deadlocked on DAPA, President Obama's executive action on immigration: The Supreme Court handed President Obama a significant legal defeat on Thursday,...Show More Summary

Donald Trump Is Frying My Brain

Here is Donald Trump talking to an evangelical audience on Tuesday about how he raised his children: I always tell people, “No drugs, no alcohol, no cigarettes.” And I add to some — if it’s appropriate: I say, if they go to church and if they start at a young age, that’s a tremendous asset.... Show More Summary

Chart of the Day: Comparing School Districts in Different Cities

How are our big cities doing when it comes to educating their students? It's easy to look at overall test scores, but that doesn't tell you much. In general, whites score better than Hispanics and Hispanics score better than blacks on the "gold standard" NAEP test. Show More Summary

Researchers Discover Amazing Trick for Raising Your IQ

Can brain-training games increase your IQ? Some studies suggest they can, but a group of George Mason psychologists were suspicious. Maybe IQs increased only because participants knew they were engaging in a study of intelligence, with the placebo effect doing all the heavy lifting. Show More Summary

Jerry Falwell Jr. Poses With Miss October 1987, And Evangelicals Are Not Amused

In case you're curious, here's what's currently making the rounds in evangelical circles. I've helpfully annotated it for you. You're welcome.

Supreme Court Says Illegal Police Stops Are OK as Long as They Find an Outstanding Warrant Afterward

A couple of days ago the Supreme Court released its opinion in Utah v. Strieff. The facts of the case are pretty simple. Working from an anonymous tip about drug dealing, a police detective staked out a house and then randomly detained a man named Edward Strieff as he was leaving. Show More Summary

Paul Ryan Wants to Increase the Medicare Eligibility Age to 67

Republicans announce a lot of health care plans. All of them are essentially the same, "a familiar hodgepodge of tax credits, health savings accounts, high-risk pools, block granting of Medicaid, tort reform, and interstate purchaseShow More Summary

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