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Kagro in the Morning - December 5, 2016

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David Waldman reports that the good guys finally won, and won huge. This is what victory over the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock looks like. Of course this is not remotely over. Catch this episode of Hopping Mad which goes into depth on Standing Rock.

Greg Dworkin helps with the round-up: Jobs are more than a paycheck, employees are more than commodities. What we need to learn to stem Authoritarianism and save the Constitution.

Here’s a reason charter schools don’t mention vouchers. Donald Trump has every reason to not release a budget. Donald Trump has every reason to keep white people thinking about race. When will Trump voters realize they’ve been had? Remember and resist Trump’s agents of Idiocracy. Trump continues with the bigly euphenisms

Radical clerics Miqqal Fahleen and al-Aqs Yehones inspire violent martyrdom, ping pong. Trump National Security Advisor decreases national security and safety through fake news. Gov. Paul “Little Trump” LePage tries out the fake news approach.

Gov. Pat McCrory (Loser, NC) sets up the opportunity to pack the state Supreme Court with new Republican justices, a trick that could climb to the nationals.

Unanimous partisan resistance won back the House of Representatives and the Presidency for Republicans, by the way. David suggests a noon, January 3, 2017 bare-knuckle solution—details in an upcoming Daily Kos article!

This powerful video will make you rethink everything you think you know about school and bullying.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:38am EST

Kagro in the Morning - December 2, 2016

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Welcome back Buzz Aldrin, a guy that has seen some stuff.  

David Waldman invites us to join Buzz and him for new experiences and enlightenment. For instance, as the days grow shorter and Donald’s tie grows longerwhat lessons might we learn?  

Greg Dworkin brings us another installment in “Know your Kellogg”, this time the horse breeder, not the masterbator preventer. Wholesome goodness, not like those alt-brands.  

The Donald Trump taunting tour began last night, setting a tone of unification, against everybody else, along with some more “old-fashioned” lessons. Kellyanne Conway also wants kindness and understanding, for herself. Trump voters now see they are in line to get theirs, thus stopping them from giving an F... But, wait a sec, this supporter finds out the world might not be on the end of her stick!

Carrier employees also get a taste of Goldman Sachs Populism, as new facts float to the surface. The GOP runs Obamacare off the cliff, as an incentive. Infectious disease epidemics and antivaxxers meet in Texas.

For the time being, Trump gets some money to play with. Thanks Obama! The Trump economy, pre-inauguration, heads in the right direction. Trump’s voters haven’t had a lot to do with that until now, and probably won’t in the future.  

Josie Duffy Rice invites you to remain open to being aghast, as long as you are still inspired to keep fighting, because the time to fight is when it is not yet you being slapped around.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:54pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - December 1, 2016

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In just 50 days Donald Trump won’t need to leave Trump Tower to shoot someone on 5th Avenue! Yay! In the meantime, tune into David Waldman and KITM, and we’ll discover things we need to know, things they don’t want us to know, and things no one ever knew in the first place. And remember, if you like us, you can pay us, either by… paying us, or you can try tapping the ads in our YouTube casts. What else are you going to do?

Greg Dworkin calls in, to help us figure things out. What if we “normalize” Trump and debate policy? What if we point out that Trump and his appointees aren’t really populists and there will be a Terrible Political Price to pay? (The same price that captured three branches of government?) Maybe there was a point somewhere. After all, Trump was right, the election was rigged.

It looks like the problem most in the GOP had with Obamacare was the first few syllables. Greg and David discuss how the polls have changed on healthcare recently. Trump inherits a nice economy, and appoints people to move it to the Caymans. Mnuchin is the guy that tries to take a 90 year old’s house for a 27¢ error. Mnuchin is the guy that made millions foreclosing on many, mostly with a “racial component”. And, look, he has a crooked foundation too... Sad.

But… CARRIER! A pretty good stunt, but what to do next week?

Here and there justice slowly prevails: A US District court in North Carolina threw out the current legislative district map, ruling that 28 districts were unconstitutional racial gerrymanders. And a small Trump fish gets fried, but it’s a start.

Direct download: December_1_2016_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:18pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - November 30, 2016

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David Waldman realizes the job may be a little bigger than he thought, relying on our trust and support in times like these. Donald Trump on the other hand, who trusts him? He has people pretending to oppose him, and people pretending to support him. He pretends to not know the difference between entering a blind trust, and occasionally averting his eyes, between "ISIS says this" and "ISIS did this, between handing out tax breaks and well... he does know about that. 

Jason Chaffetz has no interest in investigating Trump. John McCain has no interest in talking about Trump. Bahrain is very interested in Trump. Trump’s conflicts of interest are everywhere. Will he ever care about the one in Washington DC? For a hint, look to Maine.

Greg Dworkin rounds up the news and punditry. Policy, not just politics is screwing us all. Greg reminds us that the AMA is not in it for the patient, they are a lobbying group. 77 Percent Of Doctors say the AMA does not represent their views. The AMA has always opposed “socialized medicine”, the GOP opposes Medicare And Medicaid. And so, the GOP and AMA strongly support the nomination of Tom Price to be HHS secretary. What does Price support and oppose? Chuck Schumer says Price is not right for America.

Republicans probably will have to put something in the hole they make eliminating Obamacare.  

Is Steven Mnuchin the type Donald Trump fans love to hate? Does Trump have a fragile hold on America? Or was 1000 jobs good enough for everyone? Are happy endings just interludes between inevitable tragedies?

Sen. Bob Menendez is indicted for employing corruption before it was cool. He still has friends in New Jersey.

KITM Canuck Correspondent @canuck_pundit Brian Munroe tells us about the Santa told a little girl that Hillary Clinton made his naughty list.

John R. reports that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is headed for a felony fraud trial after the high court refuses his last appeal.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:21pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - November 29, 2016

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Remember how they’d throw a Flag Desecration amendment on the ballot every two years? Federal, state, local—it pulled the ticket-voting R’s to the polls forever. (Mitch McConnell didn’t like the amendment, probably liked the votes.) Donald Trump can roll an oldie into his playlist, but should we talk about it, or not? Or not-not, or not not-not? David Waldman refuses to give this folderol more than 50 minutes attention today.

Trump does have a knack for rallying his followers.

Meanwhile, Greg Dworkin sounds the klaxons for the end of democracy. Alt-Right White Supremacists rejoice, and also continue their angry victimized whining. The Anti-Bernie is now in power, and is just one of Trump’s free passes. Did you know the Donald Trump plans to get rid of Obamacare? Yes indeed, and as HHS secretary, Tom Price is the best pick for that job. Then on to Medicare, Medicaid, etc. Greg remembers the successes of the HHS Pandemic Flu Leadership Blog. Yes, Newt Gingrich wanted Medicare to wither on the vine as well. Trump continues hiring precisely the people needed to carry out his plans.

Forget the conspiracy stuff, forget the Russians, disqualified ballots accounted for many more votes than Trump’s win. How to listen and respond to calls for an audit and recount.

There is a whole bunch of crazy going on in Trump Deputy-NSA designee Kathleen McFarland’s family.

​David Brooks addresses the imminent threat of the Alt-Left.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:38pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - November 28, 2016

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David Waldman tries to revive the tired old concept of “reality” today. Good luck with that business model!

Greg Dworkin is back to join the search for factual substance, but first has to confront unfounded claims, conspiracy theories, baseless assertions, and false allegations. People understand what’s going on, but will we all eventually fall into the nightmares Trump produces? David and Greg discuss how to fight the nonlinear war on a shared truth, including the distinction between evidence-based and accusation-driven reporting. To win again, do we need to remember how to keep hope alive?

The Trump administration isn’t the only one pushing lies. Close friends and associates help carry the load too. No conflict of interest exists for those in on the big scam. Many Trump hires have their own pet scams, several bring their delusions and scandals with them, too. These are the kind of people that think Bridgegate was “kind of badass”. They probably think this guy is too.

Even The Onion longs for the quaint embarrassments of W.’s administration.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:14pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - November 25, 2016

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Happy Day-After-Thanksgiving!

Noise levels were through the roof at KITM World HQ, so I had to cobble together some story reads for you in stolen moments of quiet. I couldn’t just leave you all alone out there during the Trump transition!

There’s plenty more on Trump’s astounding conflicts of interest, this time specifically with respect to Argentina (with thanks to Susan Simpson), and the Philippines.

And of course, we have to sip from the firehose of real news about fake news, with special focus on one of the most bizarre bits of fakery around.

Back on Monday, with our regular schedule and lineup!


Direct download: November_25_2016_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:21am EST

Kagro in the Morning - November 23, 2016

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David Waldman hosts the a Pre-Thanksgiving Day KITM to help his listeners make the best decisions over the holidays.

There’s lots to be thankful for. Our choice won! (the popular vote) By a lot! Their choice has not destroyed the world. (not before being sworn in) And he still might not! Not without help at least. Ben Carson claims to be unqualified, but as far as Trump is concerned he’s the only one for the job. What? Steve Bannon paid with charity money while running Breitbart? That sounds corrupt AF.

There is a lot more to the Trump Argentina story. You might not get to hear the rest of it. Obama was trying to tell you.

Armando and David discuss Schrödinger’s Dictatorship. What if Trump wasn’t elected? No, seriously, maybe he wasn’t elected. Maybe he was, maybe he wasn’t. Clinton should request recounts just in case. Let’s look at the ballots.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:31am EST

Kagro in the Morning - November 22, 2016

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Let’s all join David Waldman and KITM in this season’s holiday tradition of mercy and forgiveness… on Thursday. But for now:

Trump, again, lures the press into another humilating ambush, again. Joe Scarborough is yet another media plant. Trump brags he was wrong all along, and you didn’t stop him, yet again

With a world full of suckers in his grasp, Trump sees an opening to raise the stakes. Let’s talk about Trump Tower in Argentina. Time to take over the UK! Time to take over NYC! When in Washington DC, graft and avarice stay at the Trump International Hotel, downtown. Trump loots millions of dollars traveling to the places he loots millions of dollars from.

Soon to be humiliated and betrayed, Tulsi Gabbard thinks she’s going to get something. Loser Pat McCrory has lost the election, but has a lot of sore loser friends.

Armando wonders if we should attempt to reason with those who never had an intention of being reasonable, coming to the conclusion of NO. Donald Trump’s business dealings test a constitutional limit. The Emoluments Clause has a history of being tested, and a lot of thought put into it.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:32pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - November 21, 2016

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David Waldman prepares you for the very last Thanksgiving you have to eat with those people. Their turkey was dry anyhow. You can try to avoid conflict. You can talk about the arts instead. Or that big out-of-town show presently in rehearsal, soon to hit the road for appearances at a town near you.

Facebook outlines ideas on how to put Mom and Pop entrepreneurs out of business

Greg Dworkin was called away to folks in need, so he couldn’t visit KITM today, but you should check out this interview Greg made with the author of American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division (Pivotal Moments in American History), Michael A. Cohen

Are we in this mess because of “economic distress” or that “racist, misogynist” etc.? Either way, let’s say Obamacare is repealed. Let’s say Medicare is abolished. There is more than peanuts this time at stake. There may be “conflicts of interest” to discuss. Conflicts nationally and worldwide. Plenty of cash to be made though! The opportunities are endless!  Too bad there is no way to check this. Too bad there is so little time to fix it. At least we got $25M out of him. Maybe a bit less...

Direct download: November_21_2016_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:48am EST