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Is Glenn Greenwald full of it? Not completely, as David Waldman determines in today’s KITM. We aren’t really “at war” with Russia, so where’s the crime in some unmonitored hijinks? David sorts out the thinking in Greenwald’s twitter rant, and considers the distinctions between American Interests and Trump’s Interests, and Putin’s Interests and Russian Interests, because heaven knows Donald Trump won’t. Does Donald have a special weakness for strong men, or is it that maybe he’s genuinely confused about why that's "bad”?

Speaking of taking the time to consider nuances, Dr. T’Chanda Prescod-Weinstein wants to reduce the antisemitic conflation of Jews and Zionists.

It’s hard to beat the scum and villainy of Trump Tower I, or Trump Tower Toronto, or SoHo, or Vietnam, or Scotland, but Trump Tower III in Miami could be contender if a pair of Russian husband and wife human trafficking high-end prostitution entrepreneurs have anything to say about it.

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Trump knew. Well, you know, as much as Donald Trump knows anything. The question is, does it change anything? Definitely not enough to keep David Waldman and Greg Dworkin from their respective KITM microphones today.

After all, at least 9 Russians wish you knew earlier. Vlad handed Donald a wish list containing a few more victims/suspects, and Trump is working out the shipping and handling costs to attach to Putin’s bill. If only we knew what else was on Donald’s honey do list. We could subpoena the interpreter present, but that would require more Adam Schiffs in congress. Reporters shouldn’t be stenographers, but a stenographers job is to report exactly what they hear, therefore they are Donald Trump’s natural enemy.

All of this is eroding Trump’s base a little each day, although there will always be that white-hot white core at the center, which is certain to become hotter and more dangerous the smaller it gets. I guess we’ll just have to worry about that after we win in November. Marginal goofball Louie Gohmert mined Putin’s summit speech for stupid-nuggets and found a shiny one.

Trump, Putin…  and Paul Erickson. Erickson adds Boy Toy to his LinkedIn page. Sure, Maria Butina probably could have picked a better Republican to… infiltrate, but this one worked out just fine, since she was mostly just looking for someone to get her in “The Family” way while in the US. Strangely, the best way she found to do this was through the back door—The National Prayer Breakfast.  No pictures of Butina and Donald Trump Jr., yet, but the FBI has some wiretaps on Sonny-boy.

The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem will cost more than $21 million, just when Trump bargained them down from a billion dollars to 250 thousand...

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Who would have thought that hump day would feel like such a low spot? Lucky for us, David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter are here to give us a hand-up out of this ditch:

Donald Trump was forced to point out that Monday’s Russia Summit happened to fall on Opposite Day, and today is Opposite-opposite Day so we are all back to… Better-than-super Day, give or take a few details. Greg is here to champion this administration... NOT! Greg even uses the word “Treason”, and so can you!

We are getting a clearer idea of what “Kompromat” means as well. The West Wing revolts, James Comey says “Vote Democratic”, thoughts and prayers go out to the Gop, but will any of them really do anything? Probably... not! Joan offers a simple test for Republican patriotism.

Supporter of Russian 2A rights, NRA shill, Russian Spy Maria Butina, enjoys taking America’s backdoor to power, the same way Evangelical Christians like to go. Republicans want a little privacy with their dark money exchanges.

Donald’s and Tucker Carlson’s heel spurs act up at even the thought of protecting NATO member Montenegro were they to decide to step under Russia’s boot again.

Trump is Russia’s, and therefore so are Trump’s assets, for instance, Brett Kavanaugh.  Russian operatives have already quoted Kavanaugh to defend against the Mueller investigation. Kavanaugh is set to put the final nail in Congress’ power to investigate Trump.

What can we do about all of this? Well, voting will help. Voting is not enough, though. Volunteer, organize, and hit back!

 

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Yesterday, the world discovered that the head of the Gop Centipede is none other than Vladimir Putin!

You knew that already, didn’t you? That’s because you not only follow the “Mainstream Media”, you follow KITM, and you are aware that David Waldman also follows the MSM, but he is especially adept in pointing out the good stuff.

Monday, Russian pro-gun shill, NRA confederate, Russian agent Maria Butina was charged with attaching Republicans to the centipede. Maria’s no Cari Lutkins, so at least she escaped the cloud of Eau de Bolton, if not the long arm of the law.

Is it even possible for Donald Trump to leak to our adversaries, or is it only he that can be leaked upon? Is the US due a $10,001.00 traitor fine? Is Trump hundreds of years ahead of us, or will it take hundreds of years to recover? Here’s what lawyers, including David, say.

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David Waldman is Icelandic tanned, rested and ready to go—back to Iceland. He returns, yearning for the latest American soccer coverage (all they have is “football” over there) and to catch up whatever happened here politically, if anything... Speaking of, the 2022 men's World Cup heads to Qatar, which makes sense only for all of the bad reasons.

Greg Dworkin is back to describe what works, what doesn’t with the public… for now. Trump’s chaos continues to work its magic on his base, the press, and us. The press needs to quit being headline stenographers. “Never Trump” Republicans need to stop being Republicans. Democrats should welcome them, but not if they keep voting wrong.

Trump is a textbook traitorous treasonist.

MF Russia and Trump are on the same page, but the rest of the world is aware Russia interfered in the 2016 election, Republicans benefited, and indictments are coming to Americans. Donald was a little nervous before his before his big date with Vlad, but performed exactly as expected. The Gop are finding more and more in common with their comrades out east every day. Lots of mini Trumps hit the campaign trail. Does the US vote for corruption because they think that’s their only choice?

This is no time for liberal despair. Some allies remain wise. Some judges remain clear-headed. Baby jails might still end up being a losing issue for Republicans. Tariffs are producing brutal local headlines across the nation.

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Remember Friday the 13th last year, in July? Of course you don’t, because July 13, 2017 was a Thursday. But you might remember what we were talking about that day.

However, try to forget all of that, so that today’s rerun episode is like new. What was it about (so that you can properly forget it)? Well, it was like this...

How do you, Dear Reader/Listener, cope with such an influx of political news, information, and knowledge inundating you on a daily basis? Why, you listen to KITM as David Waldman, and quite often Greg Dworkin sort it out for you! Today they sort it into two heaps—Russia and Health-Trump-Treasoncare:

Republicans say they can, but they still can’t design a workable plan. Nickleback is getting tired of being called the Senate health care bill of pop music. Mitch McConnell is running out of goodies to pass out and so is losing Senators’ attention, and running out of time. Like everyone else, Republicans kind of like Obamacare, but we all know they can’t say that. Moderates like it too, and thus won’t cave like McConnell hopes. But seven years of hatred is hard to pivot on. Doctors still care and are getting things done. Ted Cruz still doesn’t care, but his provision is in the bill. Meanwhile, over in California, Democrats who never do things “together”aren’t in line on Single Payer.

On to Trump-Russia, and the day Trump finally became President… and finally became a father.

Don Jr.’s emails are far more damning than anyone could have imagined. But, is being damned really a “sin”? Trump supporters don’t know the meaning of that word and others.

Now all roads lead to Jared Kushner. Now, that’s collusion! When this breaks, Donald Trump will have to tweet a link to the Pee-Pee tape just to get some attention. Jared’s repressed memories are all coming back to him now, over 100 of them.

Republicans, of course want to get to the bottom of this mess. So, on their path to subpoenaing Hillary, they blame Natalia Veselnitskaya. Stupidity like this can’t be faked, so let’s look into this. They could look into Jeff Sessions, but it’s a secret.

Maybe Trump will find answers in France. Like, what is Bastille Day? What’s on TV? What can I grab?

Is buying luxury goods a survival skill in our culture?


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Can you believe he’s been at this idiotic pardon game for a year, already? Of course, when it started, it was about pardoning himself. Now, we’ve moved on to random thugs and ne’er-do-wells. But that’s not all that different, when you think about it. Is it?

Who to pardon? Who to bomb? Where to golf? Donald Trump’s weekend starts tomorrow, but it almost looks too hectic for him to take time off. Eh, the place pretty much runs itself...

Until one of his little Fredos mucks it up. This kid was dropped on his head as a child! David Waldman and Greg Dworkin keep us abreast of a situation so crazy, even the spin is spinning out of control. Trump Sr. is 15 minutes dumber than Junior. Democratic House candidates were also targets of Russian hacking. Tucker Carlson finds out that Putin’s not cool anymore.

And—don’t forget Fredo-in-law still has security clearance. The Trump-Russia investigators are looking at Jared Kushner’s Trump campaign digital operation. Here’s how an alleged Russian hacker teamed up with a Florida Gop operative.

While all of this is happening, the Republicans continue to fail at governing. Here is what we know about TreasonCare. Maybe the Democrats will be invited to board the Titanic to help bail them out. Voters figure that can’t hurt. The Senate debates what goes into the bill before the parliamentarian this week.

Enter, Joan McCarter, with her DC acumen. Republican leaders are frantic to pass TreasonCare before everything falls apart. For those nostalgic for sick children and bankrupt families, TrumpCare has a lot to offer. Mitch McConnell worked out a schedule to bring it to the floor next week… just in case that doesn’t work, August recess is being moved to the end of August. As for Trump/Russia, well, first you need to get them talk about it.


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Did you know that each date this week (well, this week last year) is (was) a palindrome, in that the date reads the same forward as backward? Heavy, right? While you ponder that, David Waldman also has this Tuesday excogitation to prepare you for this news cycle once Trump pops like a boil… uhm actually he’s full of...

OK. So, you heard about Don Fredo Trump meeting with the Russian operative? He kind of walked into a rake on that one. Now, the whole scheme’s unraveling, there is a beautiful, delicious email trail, and Don’s third version of events is about due, although it probably won’t help him much. Pence 2020

Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya has been connected to the Trumps before, because they’ve done bad things with Russia before. Natalia says Don Jr., Jared and Manafort were begging for it. Does it matter who wanted it first?

Moving on to other international corruption, Jared Kushner tried and failed to get a half-billion-dollar bailout from Qatar. Donald Trump said Qatar funds terror. Trump wanted it to fund him.

And there’s Trumpcare. Not going to happen.


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What were we up to at this time last year? It’s a question we’ve all been asking, if by “all” you mean me. And specifically, me, when I’m wondering what to run for today’s show while I’m still out seeing the world. The answer, it turns out, has been archived. And it’s this:

David Waldman brings us whatever godawful week of The Presidential Apprentice it is, along with its spinoffs, Son and Daughter of Presidential Apprentice. In this episode, Donald “Fredo” Trump Jr. has been shopping for those huge beautiful Kremlin ties for his dad...

Greg Dworkin rounded up a ton of news on Russia and the Trumps—and that health care stuff too. Looking at the Trump-Russia timeline puts it all into perspective. It is all adding up for everyone, except maybe Team Trump and Team Pepe. Donald’s boy really wanted to be a good colluder for Dad, too bad he now has to take that ride to the middle of the lake to fix things for Jared. Real news now comes in music videos. Oh no! It’s A COOKBOOK!

Meanwhile, Trump-Russia will protect us from the cyber, or maybe not, or something. Also Trump sowed chaos at the G-20, while still the laziest world leader.

Taking a knee in the middle of fighting for Trumpcare appears to be a bad strategy for the Gop. Donald Trump doesn’t know what to make of these Republican’s lack of winning. Rural GOP senators notice they have voters. The best plan might be to win by losing, and join with somebody they can blame, like Democrats. The difference between “public option” and “single payer”.

Want to influence the Democratic party? Try joining the Democratic party. Want to influence the Republican party? Tell them God sent you.

New Nazis like vikings. Old Nazis liked vikings, too.

With Donald Trump, the norm always is: It all goes to Donald Trump.


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David Waldman is in Iceland, hopefully soaking up its picturesquecultural and more idiosyncratic highlights during his stay. Yet, he still finds time to put together special pre-recorded KITM’s for us! 

Are you ready for some association football? World Cup fever is sweeping the nation (probably, idk) but KITM listeners are also aware that even though team soccer began with the best of intentions, it eventually attracted multi-million dollar corruption... and James Comey, and David Waldman, who devoted hours to its coverage in 2015.

What does this have to do with the fix we’re in, here, today? Just about everything, it seems.  David follows the warp and weft of the threads of malfeasance sewn through the Trump/Putin/FIFA tapestry of corruption:

Long before The Dossier, Vladimir Putin caught Christopher Steele’s attention. Steele and the old-school shoe leather reporting of Andrew Jennings led Multi-millionaire Trump pal cat fancier, Chuck Blazer to eventually turn snitch, taking down FIFA President Sepp Blatter, and keeping corruption at FIFA to a minimum medium.

Trump’s Miss Universe business partner, “Trump of Russia” Aras Agalarov, used unpaid migrant labor to build two World Cup stadiums. Now he’s part of the Russia Probe.

The terrorism money trail leads to poaching, and lions follow the poaching trail!

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