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Kagro in the Morning - May 27, 2016

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David Waldman invites you to sip from the KITM Friday firehose of information today—remember it’s Memorial Day next Monday, so grill, shop and memorialize, and see us Tuesday for another live show! David will be out Monday being patriotic with the Boy Scouts. Muslim Scouts continue in the face of American fears. A Republican member of congress read from the Bible on homosexuality during a water and energy spending bill vote, embarrassing even other Republicans. Failure of the House energy & water measure puts Paul Ryan’s strategy in focus. Here’s what’s on the docket for 2017.

Greg Dworkin says it ain’t so bad, folks: Clinton is steady in the polls, Von Clownstick is maybe leveling off. The economy says Hillary will win. Is it time to change the way we think about political polling?

Trump wants to make the Gop a “workers party”. Sure. Trump wants to let the world burn.

Hillary Clinton is winning and would have won in any primary system named. It is time to heal.

David looks into what some think would make everything fair and square and all participants satisfied regarding delegate and super delegate allocation. Some in Utah disagree.

If you want to see an 8 inch floppy, you might have the join the Army.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:54am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - May 26, 2016

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David Waldman says he’s open to debating Pepe the Frog, and goes about goading him in the only way possible, by voicing reasonable, rational thought.

Greg Dworkin helps make sense of it all. Other than to destroy Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party, democracy, civilization, and make a lot of money, what would be the reasoning behind a Trump vs. Sanders debate? Did the Sanders campaign stave off a bigger threat to the Democratic Party? How does Reince Priebus look at himself in the mirror each morning? There are people happy to burn down the world for you, if it would make you happy, or sad or angry or scared.

Trump ousts the Clownstick Political Director, what does that mean for Clownstick ‘16? Donald Trump signed off deal designed to deprive US of tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue.

So, Hillary Clinton has that email thing. It probably seemed like a good idea at the time. It probably won’t make her less likable. “Hillary is even worse” won’t cut it.

How did a conservative law firm convince a school system to gamble on an anti-transgender policy?

A police chief, a cop, and a shooting instructor went drinking, and then decided to shoot things. Not a problem, because after all, they had three gun experts right there.

Direct download: May_26_2016_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:50am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - May 25, 2016

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David Waldman and the entire KITM staff here thank you for your ongoing monthly support of KITM. If you haven’t yet sent in your payment, we thank you in advance! Bills do come in every month, and David does have that little purchase he’s been eyeing.

Greg Dworkin rounds up punditry and polls. Greg believes the best polling question at this time is “Who do you think is going to win?” Gerald R. Ford lives on, at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Trump is fueling a surge of voters — for Clinton. Hillary Clinton thinks she knows what will take down Trump, but will voters care as little as Trump does? Trump will take out even Republican Governors if they don’t love Clownstick enough. Potential VP choice Bob Corker has the Fed’s attention.

States pay for primaries and parties pay for caucuses, so some states say why not both? The process dysfunction has inspired both parties to plan changes for next time.

Millions more thank Obama for Obamacare. The census shows that the Asian-Indian population is exploding across the US. While in Asia, Barack Obama calmed Asians worried about the US election.

Social media is great for flash mobs, but seems less effective for building civil societies. A good case study is the birth of the Arab Spring.

Bernie Sanders wants Kentucky to pay for a recanvass, but he’d have to pay for a recount.

Turmoil and confusion with the Portland Police, because arresting the Chief is extra hard.

If you catch Donald Trump in a lie, you better plan to hold on tight, because he doesn’t tire easily.

Direct download: May_25_2016_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:54am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - May 24, 2016

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David Waldman presents a very different KITM today! It’s “My Dinner With Andre” with somewhat less Wallace Shawn, but much more about the state and process of politics today. Armando sits across the virtual candlelit table as the two discuss the primaries to this point, and what got Trump, Clinton and Sanders in front of us. Bernie Sanders has fought all this way for something. Is a say in the Democratic platform worth it? In case you don’t remember the 2012 Democratic National Platform, here it is.

How is everything rigged? Is everything rigged? What is “rigged”? How is race in issue? How is the media an issue? What is fair representation? What would the dream candidate be? What would the dream platform be? The dream voting structure? The dream democracy?

And by the way, is anybody perfect enough to serve on the purity committee? Do we allow passes for progressive heroes who cast the occasional odd vote? Might those situations be useful markers for examination of other votes by other people that we’re pretty sure just really sucked?

Then, some Clownstick for dessert:

Who holds leverage over Trump? You will never know if you can’t follow the money. Trump loves the Wall Street people, but they know he isn’t one of them. Clownstick understands climate change, when it helps him in court. He understands gun-free zones when they are on his property.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:02pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - May 23, 2016

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David Waldman tries to pull our gaze away from the Trump train wreck and on to more reasonable concerns, but you know us.

Wait, Donald Trump is winning? Greg Dworkin explains how the Republicans are getting in line, but Democrats know that coalescing is boring, which is one explanation for the “lead narrowing” stories. Trump is rising, but so was McCain. Could the bruising of the primary fight hurt Clinton in the general? The Democrats are considering new rules to avoid “convention chaos”. Does Trump really believe the crazy stuff he says? Reddit's biggest Trump community fractures over right-wing extremism. Is the friction in both parties a sign of the future of the political parties relationship with voters? It won’t be the first break up in the Gop. Greg explains how voters and policies are converging, and why.  

Not everyone is going insane. Some catch on to the danger of accepting Donald Trump. Suburban swing-state white women don’t trust Trump. The NRA shoots itself in the foot, as the backlash is felt from its Trump endorsement. Overseas, immigration backlash is at the heart of the British push to leave the E.U. In Austria’s election, the far-right candidate and his rival are tied at 50%.

Bernie Sanders says he supports the DNC Chair’s primary opponent, but why would she want to stick around  anyhow?

Guns: Portable, valuable, and interesting to thieves.

Direct download: May_23_2016_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:47am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - May 20, 2016

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David Waldman, begins his Nevada recovery phase, and invites you to join him. The Senate Democrats plan to deal with Sanders and his folks. The DNC will offer Sanders a convention concession. Remember how you felt 8 years ago? Time to step back and take a breath.

Greg Dworkin brings a lot of interesting polls, along with a bunch of responsible speculation: Trump and Clinton voters just don’t get why the other one is so crazy. It will all go to the one that gets the votesAngry votes go to Trump, Frustrated votes go to Clinton. Trump is not Hitler, but kinda is. Former Sec. of Defense Bob Gates wouldn’t trust Donald Trump with nukes. Those that remember Ted Cruz might guess that he won’t endorse Trump. Trump won’t even let his own people vet him. Weird: Trump makes money by running for president.

Chaos erupts on the floor of the House of Representatives, David explains how that happened.

Republicans show their true values by fighting Zika funding. Meanwhile, the number of pregnant women with the Zika virus in the U.S. triples.

People trying to avoid being in a party are surprised to find out they registered for one. Arianna Huffington wants to locate the person on her staff that keeps posting news to the internet.

An adult who left a gun out for a toddler finally answers to the law. A misdemeanor, but a start.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:45am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - May 19, 2016

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David Waldman hopes to make all of this Nevada Convention controversy into a learning experience for both him and KITM listeners. Today KITM takes its usual ultra-detailed look into the allegations and counter-allegations being thrown around like chairs recently.

Greg Dworkin calls in to find answers to how each side sees the role of delegates, super delegates, and themselves in the selection process. What is fair and what is rigged? Is wherever there are rules there is rigging? Does where you stand depend on where you sit? How do the Bernie Fans that threatened the Nevada Dem State Chair see themselves, and the conflict? Are Bernie Bros Bernie Sanders biggest threat? How does the present direction of the Bernie Sanders vs. Hillary Clinton race fall into the history of women in politics?

How does procedure determine outcome? And, how will all of this effect the outcome of the nominations and the election?  

Direct download: May_19_2016_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:07pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - May 18, 2016

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David Waldman presents KITM with as little evil corporative cahootage as possible today. Most of the show will be devoted to an airing and study of just about every detail and point of view of that hullabaloo at the Nevada State Party Convention you all have been talking about.

Here is a report from the Clark County convention back in April. Here is the NV State Convention, moment by moment through a delegate’s eyes. Here are more witness accounts, and a collection of the fallout since.

Greg Dworkin is also free from cahoots, though not from opinions: Whose fault is the Nevada brouhaha? Some think it’s this guy, or maybe this guy. Is Sanders getting framed? Or is it Sanders supporters sour grapes? Bernie is not reigning in his supporters. Will Sanders staying in the race hurt Clinton? There are still more primaries—and an election— to think about.

Joan McCarter eases the tension by changing the subject to those dopes in DC: It’s almost 100 days since we have had a Supreme Court vacancy. The deadlocked Supreme Court punts on the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. A “diminished” Supreme Court is still a broken one. Elizabeth Warren simply does not understand the Republicans.

To close with good news:  Thanks Obama!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:51am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - May 17, 2016

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David Waldman brings us all of the fun & infuriating Clownstick news, plus other things!

Donald Trump is hurt that some focus on his history of abusing relationships and interactions with women and those with less power than him, when it can be shown that he might have purposely been nice to some people also.

Greg Dworkin brings non-Clownstick analysis. But, first: Donald Trump’s success with Evangelicals is not surprising. Evangelicals have a consistent history. If people turn to Trump for hypocrisy, who does he turn to? Did the media keep the juiciest revelations for the time they’d bring the biggest ratings? Hillary Clinton is ahead, and widening her lead, but it gets more clicks to say the race is close

Today are the Kentucky and Oregon primaries, good luck to the candidates!

Life of the party Ralph Nader returns with opinions on Bernie, Hillary.

Wisconsin Republicans get giddy just thinking about voter suppression, kitchen sinks. John Paul Stevens says the Supreme Court decision was “correct” but maybe not “right”.

The rift between Labor and Environmentalists threatens the Democratic turnout plan. Even people who worry the most about the environment take little action if they personally see little action being taken. Like West Virginia, coal will be a factor in today’s primary.

David looks at the details and the numbers back over at the Nevada Democratic State Convention.

Conservatives warned that transgender bathroom panic would bring the crazies, so they are sending them. The Supreme Court need a tie-breaker soon.

If you are a regular listener, you are familiar with the work of David Dayen. Check out this excerpt   from his new book, “Chain of Title”.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:49am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - May 16, 2016

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On Today’s KITM, David Waldman sifts through the evidence at the scene of the Nevada Democratic Convention,  while Greg Dworkin gathers the news and numbers heading toward Kentucky and Oregon.

Greg discusses why and how voter turnout differs by state.

Koch Industries has its own little civil war over Trump.

After mining out voter repression, the Gop tries voter registration.

Hillary Clinton maintains her lead in Oregon, in most measurable ways.

Is it Bernie vs Elizabeth vs. Hillary in Kentucky?

Primaries are more representative than caucuses, but both probably do not represent the general population. The Gop slowly, but eventually can not escape the pull of gas giant Donald Trump.

So, if Donald Trump is as poor as the usual grifter, maybe the old trick of calling himself a billionaire is just part of a grift? Of course, this isn’t the only scam Trump has pulled which isn’t just offensive, but potentially dangerous.

Armando calls scurrilous shenanigans in the Nevada Democratic Convention debacle. What was the rule change some are complaining about? There was no rule change.

David looks at what happened at the Convention, and tries to determine what really happened in Nevada.

Armando and David examine all the points of view coming out of the Convention, and determine that even the most lucid, intelligent, well-thought-out objections have to bow to the established authority

Direct download: May_16_2016_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:46pm EDT