Kevin Drum

How to make friends and influence abortion wafflers

10 hours 42 minutes ago
The New York Times wrote today about a moderate Republican woman who loathed the Dobbs decision removing the constitutional right to abortion: As Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prepared to kick off a round-table discussion about abortion rights at a brewery recently, Alisha Meneely sat at one corner of the table, feeling politically abandoned. “This scares me ...continue reading "How to make friends and influence abortion wafflers"
Kevin Drum

Lunchtime Photo

20 hours 8 minutes ago
As usual, the Woodbridge Village Association did its part to increase small particulate matter in the local ecosystem on July 4th. But at least their show was prettier than the one most PM polluters put on. Every year I try to experiment with something different, and in 2022 I decided to (a) use a long ...continue reading "Lunchtime Photo"
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One Cheer for Mitt Romney . . . But That’s All

1 day 12 hours ago
In the Atlantic today, Mitt Romney writes about our bipartisan refusal to address national (and global) crises: Even as we watch the reservoirs and lakes of the West go dry, we keep watering our lawns, soaking our golf courses, and growing water-thirsty crops. As inflation mounts and the national debt balloons, progressive politicians vote for ...continue reading "One Cheer for Mitt Romney . . . But That’s All"
Kevin Drum

Lunchtime Photo

1 day 20 hours ago
The top picture today is Juno Beach, site of the Canadian landing on D-Day. The bottom picture shows a circle of flags whipping in the stiff breeze that followed us around the entire day. Why show you Juno Beach on July 4th? Because that's where our particular tour took us.¹ Besides, Friday was Canada Day ...continue reading "Lunchtime Photo"
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Friday Cat Blogging – 1 July 2022

4 days 20 hours ago
Hilbert saw a newspaper tossed into the sink and immediately knew he had to curl up on it. The fixtures even match his eyes. It's a match made in heaven.
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Chart of the day: Consumer spending growth has gone flat

5 days ago
Consumer spending growth was flat in May: After huge spikes due to the pandemic and its rescue packages, consumer spending growth now appears to have settled down to its normal, pre-pandemic rate of about 2%. This means that spending isn't driving inflation higher. Wages aren't driving inflation higher. Home prices are no longer driving inflation ...continue reading "Chart of the day: Consumer spending growth has gone flat"
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Elon Musk is . . . quiet

5 days 9 hours ago
Big news from the Wall Street Journal! But how long has this Twitter holiday been? Inquiring minds want to know and the Journal is here to tell us: The billionaire chief executive of Tesla Inc. last posted on June 21, marking Thursday as the most extended silence since October 2017. Normally a serial tweeter, he ...continue reading "Elon Musk is . . . quiet"
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Wait, what?

5 days 14 hours ago
Last night, like thousands of nights before it, USC was part of the Pac-12 conference when I went to bed. This morning, I woke up, came downstairs, and immediately crashed. When I finally woke up for good this afternoon, USC was a member of the Big Ten. wtf?
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The logic games behind today’s Supreme Court ruling on power regulation

5 days 15 hours ago
As expected, the Supreme Court handed down a ruling today that limits the EPA's authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions. Needless to say, liberals were appalled: Richard Lazarus, a Harvard environmental law professor, said in a statement that by insisting that an agency “can promulgate an important and significant climate rule only by showing ‘clear ...continue reading "The logic games behind today’s Supreme Court ruling on power regulation"
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