Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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Trump to Hotel Workers: Drop Dead

The hero of the blue-collar working man apparently has his limits. Workers at the Trump International Hotel voted to unionize a few months ago—hardly surprising in a union town like Las Vegas—but Donald Trump is having none of it: Ever since the vote, Donald Trump’s managers have fought unionization every step of the way. Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton: "Politics Has to Play Some Role In This"

Hillary Clinton is famously well briefed, so you can be sure she had no trouble answering question from the Daily News editorial board. "Look, I'm excited about this stuff," she said. "I'm kind of a wonky person. I'm excited by it." Needless to say, this also meant her interview was spectacularly dull. Show More Summary

Yet Another Feinstein-Burr Bill Has Been Leaked

Senators Dianne Feinstein and Richard Burr apparently have a very unreliable staff. Yet another discussion draft of a national security bill they're jointly sponsoring has been leaked to the press. They really need to tighten up their operation.

Ted Cruz Is Almost as Popular as Donald Trump

In case you haven't been playing close attention, the Republican primary race has become quite the nail biter. Ted Cruz still has a lot of ground to make up, but as you can see in the Pollster chart below, over the last month he's nearly caught up to Donald Trump in overall popularity. Show More Summary

Donald Trump, Skinflint

While I was busy over the weekend renovating the hub of my blogging empire, Donald Trump made his first-ever visit to the September 11 Memorial Museum in New York City. While there, he donated $100,000 to the museum: Reporters who were invited late on Friday to join Mr. Show More Summary

Objectivity in Journalism Has Some Serious Pitfalls

I've been a little chart heavy this morning, and now I've got one more. This comes from a paper written a few months ago by Jesse Shapiro of Brown University, and it presents a simple model of how journalism can fail when special interests are involved. Show More Summary

Chart of the Day: The Rich Live a Lot Longer Than the Poor

This really is the chart of the day. It seems like it's been making the rounds on about half the blogs I read: It comes from the Health Inequality Project, and it will come as no surprise to regular readers of this blog. Still, these findings are even more dramatic than usual. Show More Summary

Scientists Undervalue Meticulousness By a Lot

According to a note in Nature, honesty and curiosity are the most highly prized traits among scientists. That's all well and good. I'm also happy to see perseverance and objectivity on the list. Also humility, attentiveness, skepticism, courage, and willingness to collaborate. Show More Summary

Friday Fundraising and Catblogging - 8 April 2016

April is an important fundraising month here at Mother Jones, and my colleague David Corn—you may remember him as the guy responsible for Valerie Plame and Mitt Romney's 47 percent snafu—wrote a pitch called "Trump, the Media, and You,"...Show More Summary

Paul Krugman Is Annoying

Paul Krugman doesn't think much of Bernie Sanders. Krugman being Krugman, that means he's been flooding the zone with anti-Bernie columns and blog posts. This hasn't gone over well with many of his erstwhile fans: judging by my own behavior,...Show More Summary

Benghazi Committee Passes 700-Day Milestone

House Democrats pointed out today that the Select Committee on Benghazi has now been cranking along for 700 days. Steve Benen comments: To put this in context, the 9/11 Commission, investigating every possible angle to the worst terrorist...Show More Summary

Bernie Sanders Has Really Pissed Off Margaret Archer

Bernie Sanders is headed to the Vatican: Whether or not the pope shares the Vermont senator's enthusiasm for Eugene Debs, he's "feeling the Bern" enough to have invited the Jewish presidential candidate to speak at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, during a conference on social, economic, and environmental issues. Show More Summary

It's Been Quiet Lately. Maybe a Little Too Quiet...

Didn't there used to be some guy named Donald Trump running for president? Whatever happened to him? It seems like days since I've heard a desperate cry for attention from the campaign trail.

CEO Pay Down in 2015, But Still Higher Than Its Bubble Heights

Sad news today from the Wall Street Journal. Among CEOs of big companies, stock-based pay was up 7 percent last year and cash pay was up 2 percent. But thanks to slower growth of CEO pensions, overall compensation was down 4 percent. But perhaps CEOs will be mollified by the broader picture, which you can see in the chart on the right. Show More Summary

Yawn. Yet More Good Obamacare News

There's so much good news about Obamacare, you really are getting tired of winning all the time, aren't you? Well, here's the latest: This is courtesy of Gallup. It shows that after a couple of modest increases in the uninsured rateShow More Summary

Maybe Atrios Is Right About Driverless Cars

A couple of weeks ago we bought a Neato robotic vacuum. It wouldn't operate for more than five minutes at a time, so I called tech support. They were very nice, and said I had to "calibrate the battery." Huh. I did that, and it got better, but then it wouldn't return to its base. Show More Summary

Does It Really Matter if Bernie Called Hillary Unqualified?

Josh Marshall weighs in on the flap over Bernie Sanders saying that Hillary Clinton is unqualified to be president: Various things Clinton said can be reasonably interpreted as questioning whether Sanders is up to the job of the presidency. Show More Summary

Yep, Wisconsin's Voter ID Law Is All About Suppressing the Vote

Let's be clear here: it's not exactly breaking news that photo ID laws are designed not to fight voter fraud—which is all but nonexistent—but primarily to make it harder for Democratic constituencies to vote. Still, it's nice to hear it from the horse's mouth sometimes. Show More Summary

Environmentalists Get Bit By California's Premier Environmental Law

I'm a pretty committed environmentalist, but it's still hard not to feel a bit of schadenfreude over the problems that California's premier environmental law has had on the construction of bike lanes: The California Environmental Quality...Show More Summary

Bernie Voters Not Very Interested in Non-Bernie Democrats

Dave Weigel notes that Wisconsin's Supreme Court race was yet another setback for Democrats: They saw a decent chance to defeat Rebecca Bradley, a conservative justice appointed to the state Supreme Court by Walker. Her opponent, JoAnne Kloppenburg, nearly won a seat on the court in 2011. …Bradley won the election, a surprise to Democrats. Show More Summary

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