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Trump figures he hit a home run. As Donald would put it... he touched the “Middle East”, and “The Jews”, and is now rounding third towards home (where he can be tagged out). David Waldman calls the play by play.

Greg Dworkin gives us a preview of all that’s waiting for Trump. The Gop is looking at nine months of failure, meanwhile the Democratic party is busy metamorphosing—while still remembering what they stand forflipping Republican seats.

Mitch McConnell remembers what Dems stand for, and isn’t interested. Almost everybody, including some Republicans, are becoming less interested in what Mitch stands for—which is destroying the lives of poor Republicans.

Ivanka doesn’t moderate Trump; she sells him to moderates. Melania and Ivanka wore veils to meet the Pope, but not headscarves in Saudi Arabia. Their base (Conservative Russians) probably appreciates this. Anyhow, Melania can’t let Donald get any ideas when she is forced to hang around with him. The Pope wishes he could dress more defensively.

Trump gave away the position of two nuclear submarines while talking to murderous dictator Rodrigo Duterte. Greg outs British intelligence agent James Bond with an anecdote revealing his code name.

If it’s Wednesday, it’s Joan McCarter day! This Wednesday is also CBO day. Joan tells us what to look for in the upcoming CBO score. It is now President Mulvaney destroying the U.S., which isn’t to say that Trump is not a liar that hates his own voters, because he is. The Gop is full of lying haters, those like Mitch McConnell just don’t broadcast that. Paul Ryan blames a $2,000,000,000,000 math error on his budget. The media completely misses how Social Security is being cut. Trump sabotage is the “single most destabilizing factor in the individual market”. Was John Boehner the hero that talked Donald Trump out of shutting down the government?

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David Waldman has touched the orb, and understands. 1:58 of today’s KITM is ALL GLORY TO THE GLOWING ORB… rounding out the show:

The recent bombing in Manchester, England is truly a developing story, and you’ll be hearing a lot more details throughout the day. Here is a guide of things to remember and consider when big news breaks. Here is a guide to spotting fake news on the Manchester bombing. Donald Trump announced that the bombers were “Evil Losers”. Here is a guide to what Donald Trump means when he says “evil” or “loser”.

The Trumpshambles continue abroad. Donald just wanted to hold hands, Melania wishes she had a rolled up newspaper. Donald spent 15 minutes of his photo op time at Yad Vashem. Bannon and Priebus figured that if someone can’t get a DC country club membership, they aren’t worth visiting.

Maybe Donald can work on driving out the Alt-Reich when he returns to the U.S. Mike Pence can work on understanding and empathizing with people that disagree with him. Maybe colleges could be more picky when choosing commencement speakers. There are good ones to choose from. For instance, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who recently gave a great speech on U.S., and Confederate history.

Also in the news, Donald P. Trump tried talking senior intelligence officials into publicly denying his Russian collusion, and Rod Rosenstein might have let it slip that he may have been witness to a crime. Also in probably fake news, the girl in the Anthony Weiner sexting case could have lied to damage Hillary Clinton, but apparently didn’t.

Rachel of Irreverent Testimony sends us a dispatch from Colorado: the local angle on the wide-ranging story on the insidious work of the Bradley Foundation to steer policy hard to the right in our state legislatures. A reminder of the interlocking world of right-wing “charitable” foundations, which we’ve explored before, but that deserves a second look.

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David Waldman reports that Donald Trump has only reached the middle of his Worldwide Victory Tour, yet now seems to have gotten as sick of winning as we are. He might get his second wind soon… after all people know to give leaders the respect they deserve over there. Trump goes to Israel to make the Middle East peaceful, or heads will roll, believe me. 

Greg Dworkin makes time, even on his birthday, to round up and abbreviate punditry.  

The world says get rid of Donald Trump; Donald Trump tends to agree. The US doesn’t like him, but odds are he’s sticking around awhile. As the Republican base slowly erodes, do Democrats have a plan for 2018? Do they have a plan ever

The Republicans learn from history, because that’s where all the good excuses areWhat did the Vice President not know and when did he not know it?

Pick your poison—conspiracies are popping up left and right.

Firing that “nut job” Comey cheered up the Russians, but it looks as if the heat is still on. Maybe Jared didn’t fire him soon enough. Jared Kushner saved untold billions in the weapons sale to the Saudis. No, really, no one is going to tell you how much was saved, or what it cost. Kushner will never tell you a thing. You aren’t going to find out how many lobbyists Trump hired either.

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Week 18 of The Presidential Apprentice closes with Trump jetting off to the Middle East and Europe, carrying the contagion of infantilism, inattention, low energy and dysfunction with him. (Jared & Ivanka are along for the ride, allegedly with special dispensation.)

We’re coming to grips with the Comey firing, the appointment of a special counsel, and what it all means. But first, Trump & team are spending their precious time plotting revenge: by accusing Obama of being the real leaker of intel to Russia! Got it? Good. Now, here’s what you need to read, in rough order of complexity, in order to discuss the scope of the investigation(s).

In related news, Jason Chaffetz is putting away his subpoena crayons, and Devin Nunes still has his hands in the cookie jar.

Speaking of half-assing it in the House, they might end up having to vote on Trumpcare all over again, rendering statements by the White House and Ryan’s office inoperative.

Lots of speculation about why Trump’s so loyal to Flynn, lately. But this is the topper! I hope!

One last entry for weekend reading: Time’s “Inside Russia’s Social Media War on America.”

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With Joe Lieberman rumored as the summer replacement host of Kagro in the Morning, one would expect David Waldman to be coasting, but no—he still packs every bit of scandal and intrigue TrumpCo can generate into today’s solid two hour broadcast.

Roger Ailes had a rough time in the last few months, but it’s all smoothing out for him now. You think Roger had it rough? Donald always has it roughest. Robert Mueller, pronounced Mole-er, doesn’t have witch hunting experience, but seems qualified for his new job as Donald Trump’s worst nightmare, and James Comey’s friendThe Senate Judiciary Committee requested any memos, or “tapes” from the Comey-Trump meetings. Greg Dworkin assures us that even as things move at government speed, they are heading in the right direction. Flynn, Manafort can clear their calendars right now. Michael Flynn stopped the military plan Turkey opposed—after being paid as its agent. The Trump team knew that Flynn was under investigation before they hired Flynn.

Although Hope Hicks assured us that nothing untoward was happening with Russia, it looks like something untoward did happen at least 18 times. Just ask House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy how Russian money flowed before the election, and he will tell you—until Paul Ryan ixnays on the Roosky daes. Remember that Mike Pence is complicit, and Jared Kushner’s a baddie too. Jared was a good brother and was protecting his sister’s money. His worth might be in steep decline, but you can still buy Donald Trump if you act soon. Trump’s first foreign trip should fix things right up...

A think tank disinvites Steve Bannon when they realize he sullies their reputation for “thinking”.

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David Waldman’s refrigerator is broken. Is your refrigerator running? If so, more Americans would vote for it over Trump... Before his appliance troubles, David would eat avocado toast three, four times a day, which sure adds up. So consider a donation to either Patreon or Square Cash. Quick!

Greg Dworkin cuts through the chaos to point out that all the chaos is baffling the public less and less, even amongst the hard core Trumpists, who are beginning to slip into the enthusiasm gap. The Health Care bill already has the house in play, but now impeachment is becoming a winning Democratic issue. Republicans need votes too, so Trump’s protective wall is beginning to crack. Jason Chaffetz’s subpoena pen is starting to rise in anticipation. Of course, most polling occurred before news of the Comey Memo, and of course Trump’s overseas fiascos. Fox talkers are sooo bored with all of this, and anyhow they need to tune up for “Nearer My God to Thee”. Vlad throws in the anchor.

Today Armando came to praise Greg, not to dispute him. What will it be, impeachment or the 25th amendment? Trump’s exceptional dealings with Russians continue to grow.

Joan McCarter discusses the three exits Republicans are running for: “Trump is a victim”, “Trump is an idiot”, or “Trump is king”. Intelligence Trump leaked to Russians came from Israel, so maybe he should have checked his itinerary first. Looks like it will be a family trip, then.

Donald threatens to ruin Mitch and Paul’s lifetime chance to ruin things, but not if their love holds strongso Democrats have one choice: Shut. It. Down.

KITM welcomes WRFZ 106.3 Rochester NY, Rochester Free Radio to our radio lineup! But, before you run away from the internet to turn on your radio, check out 5calls.org, and MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD.

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SCANDAL! On Today’s KITM, David Waldman explores Jimmy Fallon’s recent revelation: Donald Trump might have plagiarized the commencement speech from “Legally Blonde”. It's hard picturing Donald recovering from this one!

Also in the news, Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador, destroying decades of intelligence infrastructure, killing agents in the field, and handing untold advantages to our enemies, which he has the absolute right to do. Trump might not understand “leak” or “loyalty”, but he knows his rights. He was building a better relationship between the United States and Russia, and knows that sometimes you have put in a little extra to impress your new cool friends, even if it means having to ditch the nerds you used to hang with.

Israel was the source of secret intelligence that Trump gave to Russians. BTW, Trump will visit the Western Wall, without Netanyahu.

KITM Texas correspondent John R. gives us the good and the bad of finding a swarm of Texas Democrats vying for two Republican seats in the U.S. House.

Here is the story of a slave, owned by Americans, in modern times, and how domestic slavery can exist easily in our culture.

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David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Armando return to today’s KITM, to tell us more about Comey, Russia, and the latest in Spirit Cooking.  

But first, over to the Bahamas, where Donald Trump needs to choose between Chinese investors, and the United States. An easy decision—what has the US done for him recently? Catchy tunes though. Why can’t we do something like that? Trump had been hoping to work his way up to an opportunity to shake hands with The Big Boss, but was sad to see Russia’s lack of honesty. After all, if you can’t trust the Russians, whom can you trust? Trump is now preparing a certified letter attesting to no Russia ties. (Don’t sign for it, because then it’s on you.) James Comey would have seen Donald’s innocence, if only he completed his Russia/Trump investigation.

The base still backs Donald Trump, AKA the inventor of Keynesian economics and fluid dynamics. Donald did not come up with the idea of firing James Comey. That was Fox & Friends. Why was Comey fired, really? More importantly, how did Trump do it? Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is too humble to say so, but he is a key player in all of this. This looks like a job for Jason Chaffetz!

This Comey stuff will not make it any easier on Republicans in their town halls. Some will take it all in stride, like Tom MacArthur for instance. Oh wait, no, down he goes.

Looks like Trump will now have to crack down on voter fraud.

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