Kevin Drum is the political blogger at Mother Jones. Prior to joining Mother Jones, he wrote the Washington Monthly‘s Political Animal from 2004 to 2008. He was a blogosphere pioneer when, after a stint in marketing, he went online as Calpundit in 2003. He lives with his wife and two cats in Irvine, California.
QUOTE OF THE DAY….From Barack Obama, in 1995, telling a story about the first time his grandmother came to Chicago to meet his in-laws: My grandmother walks in, it’s all black people in the room, she’s the only white person there except for my mother, and she’s feeling a little nervous and a little out… Read more »
VOWEL SHIFTS….Over at The Corner, Jay Nordlinger bridges ideological gaps by turning the conversation to matters of pronunciation: Yesterday, had a little language note, particularly on “forte,” meaning strong point or expertise. It is pronounced “fort” (not “fortay,” which we reserve for the musical marking). That provoked a lot of mail, as you might imagine,… Read more »
THE AMAZING RISE OF HIGH SCHOOL MATH….Over at EPI, Joydeep Roy reports that high school girls are now taking as many math classes as high school boys. Plus there’s this: In another interesting development, the study found that girls are now slightly more likely than boys to take advanced math courses. In 1982, fewer than… Read more »
OLD ENOUGH TO FIGHT, OLD ENOUGH TO DRINK?….Since I don’t like the taste of alcohol and therefore hardly drink at all, the question of whether the legal drinking age should be 18 or 21 has always seemed a little academic to me. Naturally, then, I’m attracted to the academic approach of public policy dude Mark… Read more »
BACKING DOWN….Ezra on George Soros: The Right’s success in making “Soros-funded” an epithet has been startling, and the effects depressing. Soros himself is now cautious about who he funds, refusing to act as lead donor in controversial initiatives where his presence could endanger the project’s credibility. Similarly, various programs and groups are now more cautious… Read more »