Fri, 23 September 2016
David Waldman sculls different lagoons of consciousness today to explore unexpected subjects and bring new perspectives to this weekend’s conversations and contemplations. Hop on the KITM gondola:
Will tax returns give a hint of Donald Trump’s relationship to Russians? Or his relationship to his own money? Who knows? Good reasons to release them. Getting stiffed was a great promotion for a veteran’s charity—Thanks Trump!
Donald Trump’s airline use is paid by you. The beauty part is Trump gets the markup on the fuel, the salary of the staff fueling the plane, the staff inside of it. This is how America gets Great Again. The Trump campaign controls every word from prominent CNN commentator Corey Lewandowski. The Trump campaign will make certain to control every word you say, even if you are just volunteering for them.
David takes his opinions overseas with a look at Taiwan vs. China, as an U.N. agency snubs Taiwan, by recognizing Beijing's 'one China’. Hundreds of Taiwanese living in the US joined a Taiwanese delegation in a march in New York City. What are the issues for them, and us, and the upcoming President?
Thu, 22 September 2016
David Waldman dives for cover as Greg Dworkin and Armando climb into the KITM ring yet again! Today the two go toe to toe over polling. Yes, Hillary Clinton holds her usual stable lead going into the debates, Trump holds his usual second place, but it’s the details (and demographics, and the organization of the campaign) that count. For instance: NC's absentee mail-in ballots trends. So, pay attention to the details, and uhm, the big picture, or a few big pictures.
Donald Trump comes up with a big-government unconstitutional gun confiscation scheme. The Media just doesn’t know how to handle Trump, although they should have had plenty of practice. A University of Tennessee professor urged motorists to run over demonstrators blocking traffic in Charlotte, N.C. The WNBA Indiana Fever team kneels in protest and solidarity. A Trump campaign official never ran into problems with racism before Obama. Meet the Neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and other extremists endorsing Donald Trump. Meet a bunch of them in North Carolina!
Campus carry inspires a lot of University doubletalk.
Wed, 21 September 2016
Early voting has already begun. Most people, even if they haven’t voted, have already decided. But if you are still on the fence about Donald Trump being a nut and a nitwit, dishonest and a douche, David Waldman has some stuff you need to hear!
Greg Dworkin also had very important and interesting things to say, but Skype sucks. Good thing he wrote it all down and sent the links: Donald Trump is a lying liar that lies and lies, and even cheats at golf. Still, he has a better chance of being president than you, just not as much a chance as Hillary Clinton. How much less of a chance is up for grabs. The number pollsters grab depends on their “secret sauce”, the method for “correcting” polling errors. David goes deep into the analysis of polling methodology.
Donald Trump prefers to use other people’s money as his own. So, he is fine that the Trump Foundation’s biggest donor Is a high-end ticket scalper’s money, not his own. Back in 2012 Joan McCarter connected World Wrestling Entertainment, or the McMahon Foundation, or maybe just Vince and Linda McMahon to the Trump Foundation, which as far as Donald Trump’s wallet is concerned is “Donald Trump”. Joan knows about many more liars and jerks than Donald though: Confirmed liar Mark Kirk's website lies about his military service—again! Kelly Ayotte continues to weasel her way around ties to Trump, or even opinions about him. Senate Republicans avoid voting on a budget, to avoid helping out Flint Michigan, and it’s day 220 without a vote, or a meeting, or a hearing on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.
Donald Junior also prefers to use other people’s money, so much so that he proposed to his wife in front of a jewelry store, at a mall with a free ring, for publicity. Donald Trump likes publicity sometimes as well. More than a dozen Donald Trump businesses have picked up ”Star Diamond” awards from Trump friend (whom Trump doesn’t “know that well”) Joey “No Socks” Cinque.
Tue, 20 September 2016
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Donald Trump Jr. observes that life is like a bowl of Skittles. You never know what you’re going to get, and some are in sleeper cells waiting to kill you. All this stupid inspires Clara Jeffery to tweet intelligently.
Greg Dworkin remains the voice of reason for this election, but which candidate will voters turn to when they need a trusted authority? As for the campaign, everybody chill out, Barack Obama’s got this, and Hillary has the Mo again, and btw people are starting to vote already.
A Bush tells a Kennedy he’ll vote for a Clinton. Republican insiders who fear a Trump presidency need to actively endorse the only plausible alternative.
Chris Christie, who is toast, at the moment has his friend Donald, but not many more. Journalists are becoming less of a buddy to Donald Trump, after last week’s betrayal, and are returning to being nattering nabobs of negativity.
Hillary Clinton is over-performing Obama in Latino Decisions tracking poll. Armando calls in with insight on the evolution in Cuban American voting. Everyone tries to figure out the youngs, give up, and chase them off the lawn. What would Nader do?
In a preview of Joan McCarter Wednesday, weeks of Republican infighting over whether the House should move to impeach IRS Commissioner could have ended with a vote to table the impeachment resolution.
Mon, 19 September 2016
Fri, 16 September 2016
David Waldman makes it to the end of the week, with Donald Trump spiraling out of control, further into deception, dishonesty, dumb-assery, and of course rising in polls. David annotates the latest Trump Campaign press release:
“In 2011, Mr. Trump was finally able to bring this ugly incident to its conclusion (NO) by successfully compelling President Obama to release his birth certificate (NO). Mr. Trump did a great service to the President (NO) and the country (NO) by bringing closure (NO) to the issue that Hillary Clinton and her team first raised (NO). Inarguably, Donald J. Trump is a closer (NO). Having successfully obtained (NO) President Obama’s birth certificate when others could not (NO) , Mr. Trump believes that President Obama was born in the United States. (Who the F cares)”
Armando calls in for a discussion of ethics, and competence, in journalism.
KITM welcomes Daily Kos Staff, and lawyer Josie Duffy Rice who adds her special insight to questions of criminal justice and civil rights: This cop killed a mentally ill black man. Now he's a prosecutor. (In Portland. Where there’s already some police weirdness.) An era of change comes to Florida with the defeat of Angela Corey and Jeff Ashton.
Thu, 15 September 2016
David Waldman needs to vent. Almost every day. And we like that. If we didn’t have him we’d be just a nervous mess. That is why he created KITM, Daily Kos Radio's steam whistle! Don't let our valve clog - donate today!
Greg Dworkin was hoping for 2008, but now seeing a 2012 kind of win this election. Again they are saying it’s a tight race, but what do they know? Hillary’s lead is still solid. Greg reminds us of how Obama vs. Romney looked at this time, and examines how the demographics are breaking this time around. Don’t point your finger at millennials. If you are looking for blame, maybe you should look in the mirror, or at your neighbor maybe… actually he’s probably not your neighbor, because who’d want to hang with that guy? Why most think the country is on the wrong track, despite positive economic indicators. The politics of Hillary’s pneumonia.
Donald Trump Jr. is against releasing his dad’s tax returns because people would just ask the wrong questions. Ivanka Trump left an interview because she was asked the wrong questions. Donald will let the kids run businesses while he is president, and promises not to ask them any questions.
David moves on from that crackpot to the nitty-gritty of other scandals: At Wells Fargo (WFC -1.59%), execs got rich sandbagging clients. Sandbagger in chief Carrie Tolstedt picked up $125 million. Scott Walker earns whatever karma comes his way after taking industry money and then acting to try to retroactively block lawsuits by children harmed by lead paint. Congress rolls up its sleeves and goes to work, for Exxon.
Wed, 14 September 2016
David Waldman tries to keep it quiet, but just two minutes into KITM is forced to reveal the respiratory illness he has harbored for almost the entire morning. Will he still be able to carry out his responsibilities in the future? Maybe it’s just a little frog in his throat. Anyhow, his body double isn’t ready to take over yet.
Greg Dworkin will not be revealing anyone’s health records live, but is happy to divulge Donald Trump’s foreign business ties. The Trump foundation may not be getting press, but it is getting attention from the law. Mysteries in the files of the Donald J. Trump Foundation are being solved. All this truth might shorten the lifespan of Trump minions.
Joan McCarter reminds us that Donald Trump isn’t the only deplorable game in town. There are plenty of old pros in Washington derping it up. For instance, the Freedom Caucus Maniacs are stirring up yet another plot against fellow Republicans. That doesn’t mean they are ignoring Democrats, as they are planning never-ending investigations into President Clinton. And there’s always time to screw Paul Ryan! Maybe they can resist the urge to screw the whole US with another government shutdown, even if it means improving water or halting disease, or even funding Planned Parenthood. For the first time in more than 20 years the Senate has enforced a subpoena in court. The Democrats think they might have made a mistake slipping an Obamacare provision into a bill.
Has Scott Walker’s comeuppance finally arrived?
Donald Trump said he had the tallest building after 9/11. He lied.
Trump promised to personally pay… Oh you already guessed the rest.
At least he has a got an excuse about that tax thing.
Tue, 13 September 2016
Greg Dworkin reviews Hillary Clinton’s rough week. Mike Pence almost faints when asked if David Duke is deplorable. Clinton was correct on Trump’s deplorables, she was also brilliant to mention them, as Donald Trump reminds us each day, and his followers remind the press constantly. The media still continues to botch the election. Watch Hillary drink water!
Even so, Hillary Clinton holds her narrow lead, which is wider than it looks. Donald Trump tries to math his way to a win through the rust belt, which might work for him if Hillary just stopped and quit right now. How did conservatives lose the Gop?
David Fahrenthold told us how Donald Trump retooled his charity to spend other people’s money. David Waldman follows the money and giant novelty checks, from charity to charity, philanthropist to philanthropist, although $0 from Donald Trump’s pocket. Donald Trump puts what’s important first—and it's not running for president.
Mon, 12 September 2016
If only everybody took the weekend off like David Waldman, the world would be a better place. But no, and now look what happens:
Greg Dworkin says what you saw with Ms. Clinton was Syncope, a temporary loss of consciousness followed by spontaneous recovery, or in nonmedical quarters, fainting. George W. Bush fainted, his dad fainted, as have a more than a few others.
Let’s move on. Even Donald Trump wants to get back to the basket of deplorables narrative. Hillary Clinton was Politically Incorrect, but she wasn't wrong, and was actually being correct and accurate about a significant group. Who does ‘basket of deplorables’ actually alienate? Basket aficionados? Look for “Trump Baskets” to be on sale soon.
In news that won’t bother Trump supporters, and won’t surprise anyone else, Trump set up his charities to give away other’s money and to claim the credit for himself.