Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
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Posts / Week:30.8
Archived Since:February 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Sunday Hummingbird Blogging

I'm feeling just energetic enough today to actually eat lunch (hooray!) and take a picture of the baby hummingbirds in our backyard. They sit there all day with their beaks stuck in the air waiting for mama to come home and deposit something yummy. Hummingbirds must be pretty stubborn critters. Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 6 March 2015

Today's catblogging is special. As usual, the lighting in our living room is pretty bad, but nonetheless, this is your first glimpse of the commenter known as Inkblot's Aunt—aka my sister Karen. She's been wonderful about helping usShow More Summary

A Zombie From the 90s Makes the Case For Demanding Strong Encryption

Companies like Apple and Google have announced recently that they will start providing their customers with encryption that even Apple and Google don't have the keys for. This means that even if law enforcement officers get a subpoena for data held by the companies, it won't do any good. Show More Summary

Yet Another Health Update

I promised another health update last night, so here it is. I know that some of you are interested in this, while others find it tedious, so I'll put it all below the fold. Here's the nickel summary: There's a good chance I'm going to continue feeling lousy for a couple of weeks or so, but I should start to improve after that. Continue Reading »

Republicans Are Already Prepping for Possible Government Shutdown in the Fall

The Supreme Court will rule later this year on the question of whether Obamacare subsidies should be repealed in states that don't run their own insurance exchanges. That would gut a major portion of the law, and Jonathan Weisman reports...Show More Summary

The Hack Gap Lives!

I've been following the news a little vaguely over the past few days, but I noticed an interesting confirmation of the hack gap in the treatment of Hillary Clinton's email affair. Perhaps you noticed too? There was, obviously, a difference...Show More Summary

Chart of the Day: Net New Jobs in February

The American economy added 295,000 new jobs last month, 90,000 of which were needed to keep up with population growth. This means that net job growth clocked in at 205,000 jobs, which is quite a bit better than January and represents a nice confirmation that the labor market has picked up over the past four months. Show More Summary

Health Note Placeholder

So where was I all day Thursday? It's getting a little late and I'm tired, but I promise to regale you with the whole story sometime Friday. It wasn't quite what I was expecting, but in the end things probably turned out OK. More in the morning.

Health Note

I suppose the lack of content makes it obvious, but today has been a very bad day. I haven't been able to sleep more than few hours for the past few days, despite plenty of sleep meds. I'm completely exhausted, and not just because of the lack of sleep. Show More Summary

Tea Party Loses Big in Today's Vote on Clean DHS Funding Bill

It looks like the conventional wisdom was correct: The House will vote as soon as Tuesday afternoon on a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security for the rest of the fiscal year. The measure will not target President Obama'sShow More Summary

Summers: Yes, the Robots Are Coming to Take Our Jobs

Jim Tankersley called up Larry Summers to ask him to clarify his views on whether automation is hurting middle-class job prospects. Despite reports that he no longer supports this view, apparently he does: Tankersley: How do you think...Show More Summary

There's Really No Plan B on Iran, Is There?

Yesterday was one of my bad days, but one consequence of that is that I zoned out in front of the TV for long stretches. This allowed me to hear an endless procession of talking heads spend time talking about what we should do aboutShow More Summary

Tikrit is an Early Test of Iraq vs. ISIS

Well, here we go: The Iraqi military, alongside thousands of Shiite militia fighters, began a large-scale offensive on Monday to retake the city of Tikrit from the Islamic State....Monday’s attack, which officials said involved moreShow More Summary

Quote of the Day: Secret Scheming Places of Tea Party Congressmen Revealed!

From Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, on the tactics of tea partiers who are holding up the DHS funding bill over their increasingly pointless insistence that it include a provision repealing President Obama's immigration program: WhileShow More Summary

Scott Walker Is Making Shit Up, Just Like His Hero Ronald Reagan

This morning, once again trying to show that fighting against Wisconsin labor unions is pretty much the same as fighting ISIS or communism, Scott Walker repeated his contention that Ronald Reagan's early move to fire striking air traffic controllers was more than just an attack on organized labor. Show More Summary

Kagan: Netanyahu Speech Is a Blunder

Even the ever-hawkish Robert Kagan thinks Republicans blew it by inviting Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress: Looking back on it from years hence, will the spectacle of an Israeli prime minister coming to Washington...Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 27 February 2015

My biopsy is scheduled for this morning, so once again you get early cat blogging. Hopper got center stage last week, so this week it's Hilbert's turn. Speaking of Hopper, though, a few days ago she demonstrated the wonders of the internet to me. Show More Summary

Marco Rubio Has a Peculiar Idea of How to Defeat ISIS

Steve Benen points me to Marco Rubio today. Here is Rubio explaining how his ISIS strategy would be different from President Obama's: “ISIS is a radical Sunni Islamic group. They need to be defeated on the ground by a Sunni military force with air support from the United States,” Rubio said. Show More Summary

Republicans Shoot Selves in Foot, Schedule Second Shooting for March

Here's the latest bit of drama in the DHS funding fight: The House will vote Friday on a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security for three weeks in an attempt to avert a shutdown slated for Saturday at the massive agency. ....Speaker...Show More Summary

Why Did the Pentagon Announce Its Battle Plan for Mosul Months Ahead of Time?

Last week, in a briefing to reporters, the Pentagon announced that it planned an offensive against Mosul in late spring. But why? Normally you don't telegraph military plans months in advance. Joshua Rovner and Caitlin Talmadge suggest two related reasons. Show More Summary

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