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  • Khashoggi Coverup Story Still in Progress

    12:00am By Kevin Drum
    This is remarkable: The Trump administration and the Saudi royal family are searching for a mutually agreeable explanation for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi — one that will avoid implicating Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is among the…
  • Jobs in America

    Wed 9:56pm By Kevin Drum
    I’m just going to admit up front that this post is kind of dumb, but the New York Times recently ran a piece called “24 Hours in America: documenting moments across the country, large and small, quiet and indelible.” It does not pretend to be a…
  • Democrats in Congress Are Going After the GOP for Trying to Cut Entitlements

    Wed 4:15pm By Tonya Riley
    With the midterm elections weeks away and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) reviving talk that social spending programs need to be cut in order to reduce the deficit, Democrats in Congress are trying to remind voters of the effects the GOP’s…
  • Lunchtime Photo

    Wed 3:30pm By Kevin Drum
    These are the hills just outside Mettler, California, as you approach the Grapevine going south on the 99. It’s where we stopped for gas on our way home from Yosemite earlier this year.
  • A Record Number of Families Are Crossing the Southern Border Illegally

    Wed 3:08pm By Noah Lanard
    The number of migrant families entering the United States illegally has reached a record high, according to Department of Homeland Security data obtained by the Washington Post. In September, Border Patrol agents apprehended 16,658 family members, up from…
  • Ryan Zinke Fires Annoying Inspector General

    Wed 2:38pm By Kevin Drum
    Here’s the latest from the most corrupt administration since … um, forever: At last count, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was the subject of 14 separate government investigations. (A new record!) But that number could soon be zero. That’s because Zinke…
  • Getting the Kids to Vote

    Wed 1:50pm By Kevin Drum
    Here’s something I don’t get. Maybe it’s because I’m dumb. Or maybe it’s because I live in California and I don’t see the same TV ads as everyone else. But here it is. We liberals spend a lot of time griping that young people don’t vote. Fine. So…
  • Donald Trump Takes on the Disgrace of Low Postal Rates

    Wed 1:15pm By Kevin Drum
    Donald Trump doesn’t like international postal rates: The Trump administration opened a new front in Washington’s economic conflict with China, starting a process Wednesday to withdraw from a 144-year-old international postal body whose discounts allow…
  • “The President Called Him Lyin’ Ted”: Beto O’Rourke Shifts Into Attack Mode

    Wed 10:23am By Tim Murphy
    Here’s a revealing stat about the Texas Senate race by way of the Dallas Morning News: Over the last month, 80 percent of the ads paid for by Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and his two allied super-PACs were attacks on his Democratic opponent, Rep. Beto…
  • His Classmates Called Him the N-Word. What This 12-Year-Old Did Next Will Melt Your Heart.

    Wed 10:00am By Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn
    Tarrick Walker was playing basketball with a group of friends at his California school when the 12-year-old heard a group of seventh-graders say something. He stopped playing basketball and walked over. “What’s happening?” he asked the group. The…