Blog Profile / Kevin Drum


URL :http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum
Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:9199
Posts / Week:31.4
Archived Since:February 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Murder Is Down in New York City

Here's the latest from the New York Police Department: The reduction in crime includes less murders, robberies and burglaries. - NYPD Dept. Commissioner Shea pic.twitter.com/ze7f2DfGtJ — NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) September 6, 2016 That's fewer murders, pal. Show More Summary

Another Dose of Liberal Heresy: Government Transparency Can Be Taken Too Far

A few months ago I wrote about one of my "liberal heresies": I'm not really a big fan of campaign finance reform. "Maybe this will be the first entry in a periodic series," I said hopefully. But no. I'm a big old wimp, so I never wrote...Show More Summary

We Will Never Get to Hear Gretchen Carlson's Tapes of Roger Ailes

Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson said she had tape recordings of Roger Ailes being a disgusting creep. Sadly, we'll never get to hear them: 21st Century Fox is pleased to announce that it has settled Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit....We...Show More Summary

Did Donald Trump Try to Bribe the Attorney General of Florida?

Ladies and gentlemen, here is a timeline of events for your consideration. All of these events took place in 2013: Late August: Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi calls Donald Trump to ask for a donation to her reelection campaign. September 10: In an unusual show of interest in a down-ballot race in Florida, Ivanka Trump donates $500 to Bondi. Show More Summary

Here Is Today's Latest Story About a Clinton Doing Nothing Wrong

Here's the front-page headline from Monday's Washington Post: Inside Bill Clinton’s nearly $18 million job as ‘honorary chancellor’ of a for-profit college And here's the first sentence of the fifth paragraph: There is no evidence that...Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton's Personal Emails Are the Key to Understanding Emailgate

Why did Hillary Clinton handle her email account the way she did? Generally speaking, the focus has been on the possibility that she wanted to keep her official emails on a private server so they wouldn't be accessible to the public via FOIA requests. Show More Summary

A state.gov Email Account Is Not a Secure Account

I had a conversation today on Twitter that suggests there's something that perhaps a lot of people don't quite understand. Hillary Clinton says that she trusted her staff to make sure they sent only unclassified information to her email account. Show More Summary

A Quick Follow-up on Hillary Clinton's Email

In my piece last night about the FBI report on Hillary Clinton's email, I didn't spend much time on minutiae about the number and type of classified emails that were found on Hillary's server. We've been through all that, and the report didn't have anything new to add on the subject. Show More Summary

Three Super High-Quality Things About Donald Trump

Donald Trump, the scourge of illegal immigrants who are taking away jobs from hardworking Americans, owns a modeling agency that has knowingly employed...illegal immigrants. MoJo's James West has all the deets, including this strongShow More Summary

Kremlinology Isn't What It Used to Be

This is awesome. Akiyoshi Komaki, the Moscow bureau chief for the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, recently got suspicious about Vladimir Putin's official schedule. The Kremlin had released pictures of Putin meeting with four regional governors on four different days, but Komaki thought they looked suspiciously similar. Show More Summary

14 Excerpts From the FBI's Report on Hillary Clinton's Email

Have you read the entire FBI report on their investigation into Hillary Clinton's email practices? No? Well, I have, because that's the kind of professional I am. And I'm going to provide you with all the most interesting excerpts. The...Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging - 2 September 2016

Our new set of sticks with strings and feathers attached is a huge, monster hit. I'm not sure how we didn't know this before. Marian thinks maybe we've never had any around the house with our current cats, and I guess that's possible. Anyway, this is now their absolute favorite thing in the world, especially for Hopper. Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton Suggests That Congress Actually Do Something About Predatory Drug Prices

The Dodd-Frank financial reform bill gave us the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, designed to protect consumers from predatory lending. So how about a Consumer Pharmaceutical Protection Bureau to protect us from predatory drugmakers?...Show More Summary

North Carolina's Voting Bill Is Egregiously, Indefensibly Racist

I've written about this before in connection with the 4th Circuit Court overturning North Carolina's new voting law, but today William Wan of the Washington Post takes a closer look at how the law took shape. It all started when Republicans...Show More Summary

Quote of the Day: A Taco On Every Corner

From Marco Gutierrez, founder of the group Latinos For Trump: My culture is a very dominant culture. If you don't do something about it, you're going to have taco trucks on every corner. This guy really needs to learn how to make threats. Show More Summary

Chart of the Day: Net New Jobs in August

The American economy added 151,000 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 a modest 61,000 jobs. Both the number of workers and the number of unemployed increased, and the headline unemployment rate stayed steady at 4.9 percent. Show More Summary

Early Warning: Another Medical Malpractice "Crisis" May Be on the Horizon

I have some bad news for you, though I admit it won't be immediately obvious from this Wall Street Journal article: Americans are starting to fight back against a wave of insurance-price increases on decades-old life policies. Over the...Show More Summary

Voters Sure Are Pissed Off This Year

Voters are angry this year. Bernie Sanders proved it on the Democratic side and Donald Trump on the Republican side. People are sick and tired of the old guard that talks and talks but never gets anything done. The establishment hasShow More Summary

Wall Street Is Whining Yet Again

File this one under "Yes, we almost destroyed the world, but how long are you going to hold that against us?" Bank trade groups and industry advisers are debating the possibility of legally challenging the Federal Reserve in an attempt to force changes to annual “stress tests” of the biggest U.S. Show More Summary

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