Blog Profile / Kevin Drum

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CBO: By 2026, Only 3 Million People Will Remain Insured By Republican Health Care Bill

While I was out to lunch, I was feeling bummed that I wouldn't immediately see the CBO score of the Republican health care bill. As Hyman Roth said, "This is the business we've chosen." Still, that's kind of pathetic, isn't it? But I've...Show More Summary

The CBO Is Not Impressed With RepubliCare

I just want to say that I'm very excited by the CBO's score of the Republican health care bill. I'll explain when I get home from lunch. In the meantime, the nutshell version is pretty simple: this bill is really, really bad.

Lunch Time Duck

It's lunchtime here in California, anyway. Wile you're waiting for me to return, here's a duck:

Treasury Department Wins Award For Nation's Ugliest Chart

The actual news today, such as it is, concerns the federal deficit. A few weeks ago President Trump tweeted this: The media has not reported that the National Debt in my first month went down by $12 billion vs a $200 billion increase in Obama first mo. — Donald J. Show More Summary

A Note on the Perils of Caricature

Here's a snippet from "Bernie Sanders in Trump Country," airing tonight on the Chris Hayes show: Woman on #AllInwithBernie "I think a lot of people think we're just a bunch of hillbilly rednecks." @SenSanders: "I don't think that." — Dave Mistich (@davemistich) March 12, 2017 Bernie may not believe that, but an awful lot of people probably do. Show More Summary

Perhaps Obama Ordered Trump's Microwave Oven to Spy On Him

A few days ago, Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway talked to the Bergen Record about the possibility that Trump Tower had been wiretapped: What I can say is there are many ways to surveil each other now, unfortunately. There was an article...Show More Summary

Wages Are Up? Not For Ordinary Workers, They Aren't.

From the Wall Street Journal: The U.S. economic expansion is now the third-longest on record and showed no signs of letting up in February, with robust hiring, falling unemployment and firmer wage growth opening the way for the Federal...Show More Summary

Trump OMB Director Claims Obama "Manipulated" the Unemployment Figures

President Trump has already claimed that Barack Obama left him an economy in a "mess"; that Obama is probably behind all the protests and leaks; and that Obama had him wiretapped during the campaign. Now along comes OMB Director Mick...Show More Summary

Frisbee Golf!

I got caught up in some other stuff today and didn't use the new camera much. But I promised to annoy you, and the weekend is almost over, so annoy you I shall. Here's my pal David on the 6th hole of the UC Irvine disc golf course this morning. Show More Summary

Raw Data: New Job Creation Is Slowing Down

Here's a look at new job creation over the past six years. The trendline has been steadily downward since 2014. Perhaps the Fed should have second thoughts before deciding that the February report was strong enough to deserve an interest rate hike.


Exclusively for my weekend readers, here's the first-ever panorama shot showing the nerve center of this blog. Impressive, isn't it? Phone, computer, TV, the whole nine yards. And convenient to the refrigerator. Sort of like Air Force One. I would have shown even more, but this was the most I could coax out of the camera. Show More Summary


As you'll recall from yesterday, bokeh refers the blurry background in a photograph. It's a word taken from the Japanese, probably because blurriness didn't sound very professional. Besides, every profession needs its own jargon to refer to simple concepts in a way that will confuse outsiders. This morning was bokeh test day. Show More Summary

Obamacare Popularity Continues to Rise

Every couple of weeks I like to post the latest Pollster aggregate of Obamacare's approval rating. It's been rising for months, and it's now a solid five points in positive territory. And as long as we're on the subject, a friend reminded me the other day of just how infuriating Democrats have been on Obamacare. Show More Summary

Canada Goose at Sunset

Here's a Canada Goose at sunset. Based on comments, I downloaded a trial copy of Lightroom, but I couldn't make heads or tails of it. I suppose I'll have to RTFM or something. But no matter. He's a pretty nice looking critter even without...Show More Summary

Republicans Love Individual Mandates—As Long As They're From Corporations

Looky here: House Republicans are proposing legislation aimed at making it easier for companies to gather genetic data from workers and their families, including their children, when they collect it as part of a voluntary wellness program. The...Show More Summary

The Lottery Mystery Is Solved!

Earlier this week I noted that one-tenth of the Republican health care bill is taken up with a provision that denies Medicaid coverage to lottery winners. I figured it was just Republicans being Republicans, ever watchful for some poor person who's gaming the system and getting something they don't deserve. Show More Summary

Friday Cat Blogging and New Camera Extravaganza - 10 March 2017

It's true: I got a new camera yesterday. It's a Lumix FZ2500, which is absurdly expensive for a guy who spends 90 percent of his time taking pictures of cats. But then I thought: Don't my readers deserve the best? Of course they do. Check out Hilbert with the new optics: Majestic, isn't he? And notice the nicely blurred background. Show More Summary

Raw Data: Here Are Two Odd Factlets About Wages Among Men

Over at EPI, Elise Gould has a roundup of how wages are doing, and for the most part the news is unsurprising. The good news is that wages for ordinary folks were fairly robust last year. The bad news is that the bottom 50 percent has seen no gains since 2000 and income inequality continues to increase. Show More Summary

Nobody Knows How Big Our Trade Deficit With Mexico Is

Daniel Mügge and Lukas Linsi had a pretty interesting chart in the Washington Post yesterday. Here it is: According to the United States, our trade deficit with Mexico is $63 billion and steady. According to Mexico, it's $122 billion and climbing. Show More Summary

Confused By Health Care? Here Are the Absolute Basics.

A reader emailed this morning asking for a really basic primer on Obamacare and the repeal effort. Judging from some of the stuff I've read, this sounds like a good idea. What follows is really basic, so skip it if you already know this stuff. 1. Show More Summary

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