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  • No Wonder Teens Are Huffing Nicotine

    18 April 2015, 6:00 am by: Michael Mechanic

    You thought Big Tobacco was on the wane in the United States?…
  • Mike Huckabee Has Launched a 2016 Exploratory Committee. Read These 6 Stories About Him Now.

    17 April 2015, 7:37 pm by: Sam Brodey

    On Friday, Mike Huckabee, the Baptist preacher and former Republican governor of Arkansas, let it slip that he recently formed an exploratory committee in anticipation of a potential presidential bid. He followed up by appearing on Bret Baier's evening Fox…
  • Friday Catblogging - April 17 2015

    17 April 2015, 3:30 pm by: Clint Hendler

    Friday catblogging is, of course, a core tradition around these parts. And as the blog welcomes new names and faces while Kevin concentrates on getting better, who said they all have be human? The door's always open for Hilbert and Hopper to drop in, but…
  • Why the Euro Is a Selfish Jerk

    17 April 2015, 2:30 pm by: Keith Humphreys

    While Kevin Drum is focused on getting better, we've invited some of the remarkable writers and thinkers who have traded links and ideas with him from Blogosphere 1.0 through today to pitch in posts and keep the conversation going. Here's a contribution from…
  • It's Spring Fundraising Time!

    17 April 2015, 12:00 pm by: Kevin Drum

    Our annual Spring Fundraising Drive is wrapping up at the end of the month, but as you all know, I'll be recuperating from my final round of chemotherapy in lovely Duarte, California, right about then. But I didn't want to be left out, so I asked if I could…
  • Bonus Friday Cat Blogging - 17 April 2015

    17 April 2015, 11:00 am by: Kevin Drum

    My sister has given me loads of catblogging photos to choose from, and this week I'm choosing this one. I understand that Hilbert contested Hopper's right to this spot for a bit, but Hopper defended herself and is now queen of the chair. She has quite the…
  • Just How Racist Are Schoolteachers?

    17 April 2015, 9:20 am by: Julia Lurie

    It's no secret that black kids are more likely to be suspended from school than white kids—three times more likely, according to a 2012 report from the Office of Civil Rights. And now a study published this week in Psychological Science may shed some light…
  • "I'm a Man in a Dress, and I'm Not Afraid to Show That."

    17 April 2015, 6:00 am by: By Jeremy Lybarger/ Photographs by James Hosking

    On a Saturday afternoon, Olivia Hart gets dressed in her pay-by-the-week hotel room before heading out to Aunt Charlie's Lounge, one of the last gay bars in San Francisco's tough Tenderloin neighborhood. Fifty-four-year-old Olivia is one of several veteran…
  • The "Batman v Superman" Trailer Just Leaked—And It's Dark As Hell

    17 April 2015, 12:10 am by: Ben Dreyfuss

    Hello, darkness my old friend. I've come to watch this trailer again: via io9
  • Vaping Among Teens Skyrockets in 2014

    16 April 2015, 5:50 pm by: Kevin Drum

    Is this chart on the right, from the Washington Post, good news or bad? On the one hand, teen cigarette use has plummeted from 16 percent to 9 percent over the past four years. On the other hand, the total rate of teen smoking—cigarettes plus…

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