Trump and Article II, Explained

4 hours 35 minutes ago
Earlier today Donald Trump gave a speech at the Turning Point conference where he said, “I have an Article II where I have the right to do whatever I want as president.” But what was this all about? What was the context? It turns out that Trump was freewheeling about the Mueller report, telling the […]
Kevin Drum

National Health Care Is Free

5 hours 54 minutes ago
This is your periodic reminder that national health care is free. Here’s what I mean. This year we’ll spend about $3.8 trillion on health care. Of that, about half comes from the government in the form of Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, the VA, etc. The other half is mostly paid by consumers, either directly or via […]
Kevin Drum

Defending Al Franken For Real

9 hours 22 minutes ago
I am loath to write a defense of Al Franken because—well, because I’m a coward. I know that doing this will produce nothing except a tsunami of criticism from people who think I’m just another apologist for rape culture who refuses to believe women who say they’ve been harassed. But hell. What’s the worst that […]
Kevin Drum

Would the Latest SNAP Cuts Kick a Bunch of Rich Folks Off Food Stamps?

9 hours 52 minutes ago
At a Tuesday press conference to explain the department of agriculture’s latest plan to cut eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, USDA secretary Sonny Perdue pointed to a case in Minnesota. There, he said, “a millionaire recently enrolled in the program, simply to highlight the waste of taxpayer money.”  […]
Tom Philpott

A Short Primer on Modern Nuclear Reactor Design

11 hours 7 minutes ago
My post this morning about nuclear power touched off a considerable Twitter conversation, most of it based on misconceptions about modern nuclear reactor designs. I don’t want to get into a long defense of nuclear here, but I thought it might be worthwhile to at least provide a brief primer for people who haven’t really […]
Kevin Drum