Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

College-Educated Millennials Don't Have It So Bad

Quoctrung Bui of the New York Times writes today about perceptions of massive unemployment among young college grads: We asked: “What would you guess is the current unemployment rate for four-year college graduates between the ages of 25 and 34?”...The most common answers for college graduates were between 20 and 30 percent. Show More Summary

Muhammad Ali's Fist — Life Size?

This is from the great Pictures on a Page, by Harold Evans. Originally published in Esquire in 1974. But is it really life size? On the printed page, yes it is. On the web, who knows? It all depends on how your device scales it. That's something that goes missing in the digital world. Show More Summary

Weekly Flint Water Report: May 21-27

Here is this week's Flint water report—late but not forgotten, due to some kind of weird screw-up at the Michigan DEQ site. First they didn't have the data. Then eventually they did, but the spreadsheet was unreadable. Then they took everything down entirely. Show More Summary

Three Interesting Tidbits About Trump University

For some reason I got curious about the whole Trump University thing this afternoon, so I started googling sort of randomly to learn more about it. I came across several interesting items that seemed worth sharing, but I don't really have any special narrative to put together about them. Show More Summary

Health Update

My M-protein level is basically the same as last month, and my oncologist thinks things have probably stabilized. This is both good and bad news: Stable is obviously good, but on the other hand, we'd have preferred things to stabilize at around zero, not 0.33. Still, he's fairly satisfied since everything else is in its normal range. Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 3 June 2016

Here are four common pet names for Hilbert and Hopper in our household: Chickie My little kittenball Pumpkin Sweetie pie Can you guess which ones are mine and which ones are Marian's? In the meantime, enjoy this picture of Hilbert in jail. Show More Summary

The Last Gasp of the Angry White Guy Is Finally Upon Us

For many years now, the Republican Party has relied on the votes of white men to win the presidency. But that's gotten harder and harder. As Lindsey Graham famously put it four years ago, "We're not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term." Graham was right: there's only just so much you can do with this demographic. Show More Summary

Here's the Latest in the Annals of Prosecutorial Misconduct

Here's a jaw-dropping entry in the annals of prosecutorial misconduct. Down in Miami, the US Attorney's office tells defense attorneys to use a local shop called Imaging Universe when they make copies of discovery documents. Its owner, Ignacio E. Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton Lays Out the Case Against Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton gave a "big" foreign policy speech yesterday, but it wasn't really a foreign policy speech. That is, its purpose wasn't to spell out a "Hillary Doctrine" or reprise her well-known positions on various global issues. Its purpose was to clearly expose Donald Trump as the ignorant cretin he is. Show More Summary

Chart of the Day: Net New Jobs in May

The American economy added 38,000 new jobs last month. However, since we need 90,000 new jobs just to keep up with population growth, this means that net job growth clocked in at a dismal -52,000 jobs. The official excuse for this drop...Show More Summary

Forget the Economy. Donald Trump Is Fighting the Culture Wars.

Donald Trump's core support is, famously, concentrated among whites with high school degrees or less. Via Ronald Brownstein, here's how these folks feel about cultural change: No surprise here. They're a little bit sexist, a little bit homophobic, a little bit racist, and a little bit xenophobic. Show More Summary

New Lie Detection Standard Needed in Era of Trump

Which is better, in-band signaling or out-of-band signaling? Old-school telecom geeks know what I'm talking about. In-band means that control codes (start, stop, ready, etc.) are transmitted as part of the data stream. Out-of-band means...Show More Summary

Here's the Best News We've Gotten All Year

No joke. This may be boring as hell, but it really and truly is great news: Federal Reserve officials strongly signaled they will toughen big-bank capital requirements even more than they have since the 2008 crisis, a move that will add to the pressure on the largest U.S. Show More Summary

Obama in Elkhart: "I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Being Blunt About This"

Dave Weigel says that conservatives weren't impressed with President Obama's speech yesterday: Big gap between media, which played this big, and conservatives, who saw Obama making a stuttering mess of himself —...Show More Summary

Trump University "Stars" Turn Out To Be Just More of Donald Trump's Marks

As you know, several former students at Trump University have claimed that the whole operation was a fraud. Trump's response has been simple: these are just a few malcontents. Most of Trump U's students were delighted with the education they got. Well, funny thing about that. Show More Summary

Unemployment Claims in 2016 Have Set a New Record Low

The Department of Labor announced today that the 4-week moving average of initial unemployment claims was 276,000 in May. "This marks 65 consecutive weeks of initial claims below 300,000, the longest streak since 1973." Not bad—especially when you consider that the population of the country has increased by 50 percent since then. Show More Summary

Obama Is Right: We Need to Expand Social Security. But Not For Everybody.

On Wednesday President Obama joined the retirement crisis bandwagon: A lot of Americans don’t have retirement savings. Even if they’ve got an account set up, they just don’t have enough money at the end of the month to save as much as they’d like because they’re just barely paying the bills. Show More Summary

"Tight" Labor Markets Not Really All That Tight

The Wall Street Journal passes along good news today: Fed’s Beige Book: ‘Tight Labor Markets’ Are Pushing Up Wages Tight labor markets are good. But how tight are they, really? The full Fed report is here. Here's the super-abridged version...Show More Summary

Go Ahead. Have a Potato Chip.

The FDA wants the food industry to cut down on sodium. Julia Belluz reports: Public health groups have been sounding the alarm for years about how the food industry's liberal use of sodium is harmful to our health....As it stands, the average American consumes about 3,400 mg of sodium per day. Show More Summary

Trump U Records Unsealed, and It's Not a Pretty Sight

Those newly unsealed documents in the Trump University case don't paint a pretty picture of either the "university" or Donald Trump himself: Jason Nicholas, another witness for the plaintiffs who worked as a sales associate for five months in 2007, also said he was appalled by what went on at the university. Show More Summary

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