Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Greek Media Really, Really Wants Yes Vote On Euro-Bailout

Henry Chu of the LA Times reports on how the Greek media is presenting Sunday's upcoming vote on the bailout: Strong emotions are in abundant supply. But impartial reporting is not. Along with Skai TV, nearly all the mainstream press...Show More Summary

Bobby Jindal Really, Really, Really Hates Gay Marriage

From The Advocate: After three courts told him he had to, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal will finally allow his administration to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples today. ....Jindal's administration argued it's possible the...Show More Summary

China Adopts an Unusual Approach to Fighting a Stock Market Crash

Hum de hum hum. Greece is in trouble. Puerto Rico too. And don't forget China: Chinese shares plunged Thursday, even as Beijing grasps for solutions to stem the selling, including relaxing rules on the use of borrowed funds to invest in stocks....The Shanghai Composite closed down 3.5% while the smaller Shenzhen market was down 5.6%. Show More Summary

My $500 Pill Revealed

Have you ever wondered what a $500 pill looks like? Well, here's your answer: it looks like pretty much any other pill. Anyway, I'm supposed to take this for 21 days, then a week off, then another 21 days, etc. This will last a few months before we know if it's working. Show More Summary

Greece vs. Germany: Behind a Veil of Morality vs. Technocracy, the Germans are Winning the War of the Narrative

Just a quick note on Greece. Although I've often written at greater length on the Greek crisis, in shorter posts I often sound as If I blame the whole thing on Germany. That's shorthand, though, and fairly sloppy shorthand. Here's the thing: Greece bears plenty of blame in this whole debacle. Show More Summary

Chart of the Day: Net New Jobs in June (Sucks, Sucks, Sucks)

The American economy added 223,000 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 133,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent. Unfortunately, this isn't the mediocre news it looks like. Show More Summary

There's More to Kumbaya Than Just Getting Liberals and Conservatives to Agree

Tim Lee lists four pro-growth policy reforms that he thinks liberals and conservatives can agree on: Let developers in coastal cities build more Boost high-skilled immigration Reform copyright and patent laws Liberalize occupational licensing rules In theory, I suppose these could be areas of bipartisan agreement. Show More Summary

Greece Is Just a Few Days Away From Unconditional Surrender to Germany

Apparently the Greek prime minister is blinking: In a letter sent on Tuesday to the creditors — the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund and other eurozone countries — Mr. Tsipras said Greece was “prepared to accept”...Show More Summary

Santorum Holding Onto Debate Stage By His Fingernails in Latest CNN Poll

Fox News will be sponsoring the first Republican debate on August 6, and they have decided to limit the stage to the top ten candidates. The lucky winners will be the ones who "place in the top 10 in an average of the five most recent, recognized national polls leading up to Aug. Show More Summary

Atlanta Fed Says Workers Finally Benefiting From Recovery

Here's some potentially good news. There are various way of tracking wage growth (with or without benefits, employer survey vs. worker survey, nonsupervisory vs. everyone, etc.), and the Atlanta Fed has introduced a new wage index constructed from the Current Population Survey. Show More Summary

Jeb Bush's Finances Could Spell Trouble For Him in the GOP Primaries

Jeb Bush is in big trouble: Since leaving the Florida governor’s office in 2007, Jeb Bush has made about $29 million, a considerable increase in his personal wealth since reentering the private sector....The documents show he paid an...Show More Summary

Did Republicans Ever Think They Really Had a Chance of Winning King v. Burwell?

Today, Harold Pollack wins the award, something. Best geek-obsessive amateur polling and chartmaking of 2015? Whatever, it's really impressive. Man, I wish I had done this. So here's what he did: Last week, before the Supreme...Show More Summary

Managers of America Unite! You Have Nothing to Lose Except Straight Time for 60 Hours of Work a Week

If you're paid 12 bucks an hour, you're not making much. But hey—at least you're eligible for overtime. Hooray! Federal law dictates that you be paid time-and-a-half for working more than 8 hours in a day or 40 hours in a week. But wait. Show More Summary

Health Update Update

As you may recall, the key thing my doctor—and I—would like to see on the multiple myeloma front is a big drop in my M protein level, a marker for cancerous plasma cells. Today we got the latest results, and it's up to 0.9. Since the...Show More Summary

Health Update

This is probably it for blogging today. It's biopsy day for me, and unfortunately this is up in LA, so it's going to wipe out most of the day. The good news is that this is the last of the tests for now, and in a week or two we'll know for sure how well I responded to the second-round chemo up at City of Hope. Show More Summary

Court Rules EPA Must Consider Cost in Regulation of Power Plants

In today's EPA case, the question at hand was whether EPA has to consider both costs and benefits when it makes the decision to regulate power plants. EPA says it has to consider only benefits during the initial decision, and can consider...Show More Summary

This Will Probably Not Be a Very Fun Week

This week's news to watch for: Greek talks have broken down and they might be about to leave the euro, causing chaos. Negotiations with the Iranians have hit a pretty rough patch. There may be no nuclear deal after all. Puerto Rico has effectively declared bankruptcy. China's stock markets, which have been falling already, are off a cliff today. Show More Summary

Greece Now Has to Decide Whether to Leave the Euro. It's Not a No-Brainer.

Today's news is all about Greece. To make a long story short, the Greeks last week presented the Europeans with an austerity proposal that was pretty much what they had been asking for. But It turned out that "pretty much" wasn't good enough. Show More Summary

And Now For Something Completely Different

A new 1 study from Swift, Stone, and Parker has identified the top four components of a successful online fundraising appeal. Here they are: The end of a quarterly fundraising cycle. Clear comparisons to the opposition's fundraisingShow More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 26 June 2015

This is a bird's eye view of cat TV. Sort of like breaking the fourth wall, feline style. But how did Kevin get on TV? He was in here just a minute ago. Very fishy, no?

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