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Updates from Ottawa. Greg Dworkin was called away, presumably for a NYC-area Ebola-related emergency. Ted Cruz staffer demonstrates how hard it is to know when a kook is joking. Chuck Todd says his "disqualified herself" language was "sloppy." In a related story, Armando passes on Steve Singiser's take on the failed traditional media analysis of a recent OR-GOV poll. FYI: Canadian vs. US gun laws. Joni Ernst's gimmetarian gun line, analyzed. Lead exposure's links to impulse control problems & violent crime. So where are people being exposed to the most lead? Gun ranges. Chiquita Brands is looking to pull off a tax inversion. Fine! See if we topple any more foreign governments for you!

Direct download: October_24_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 5:35 PM

Emerging details from yesterday's attack in Ottawa. At least some air-dropped US weapons fell into ISIS hands. Neighbors battle over concealed carry on the way to school. And Armando can't stand it that no one seems to properly understand the nature of constitutional rights. The warrior cop supply chain makes you feel oh so safe. "The Criminalization of Schooling" raises some interesting & disparate points. Historical background on privatized prisons & revenue-driven courts: thief-takers. Sarah Palin's SarahPAC is still a champion middle-weight grifter.

Direct download: October_23_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 6:29 PM

Chris Christie's tired of something, so everyone stop. Thanks! HuffPo is on the hunt for candidates' with financial issues: Joni Ernst and David Perdue. Stop the presses (if you have any)! Drunken, trombone-playing clown #GunFAIL! Suppose they gave a constitutional crisis and nobody came? Joan McCarter joined us to discuss the CIA-Senate fight, 15 minutes of fame for Idaho's Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, health care flip-flops from Kasich and Tillis, Scott Brown's laugh line in the NH debate, and the Koch brothers' last-ditch efforts. The "devoted gun enthusiast" who attacked the Forsyth Co., GA courthouse last June wore a double layer of body armor, but accidentally shot himself in the leg even before he was able to launch his attack. And Scott Wooledge, the man behind the Hitching Post fact check graphic, joins us along with Armando for a more in-depth discussion of that and related topics.

Direct download: October_22_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 5:58 PM

James O'Keefe has attempted to do another thing. Greg Dworkin discusses the saga of Nancy Snyderman, the NBC chief medical editor who broke her then-voluntary Ebola quarantine, travel bans, and other Ebolamania news. Also back in the news: The Hot Zone. Media polarization. The NHL & domestic violence. "Obama is a Republican." Armando reminds us that tonight is the final FL-GOV debate. And they've banned fans. More ridiculous Ebola panic. Oddball constitutional amendment proposed in Florida. Iran & Iraq cooperating? Is that confusing? Considering the Saud-ish context of beheadings. Unforeseen consequences of GunFAIL. Unlimited capital + unlimited data collection, storage & analysis capacity = the end of privacy? Apparently some people think the spies at Whisper were done wrong by The Guardian.

Direct download: October_21_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 5:40 PM

No news is good news, unless Ebola. But at least we're still freaked out about Middle Eastern beheadings, unless Saud-ish. Greg Dworkin, however, keeps his head (as always) with his Ebola news round-up, including a bit of ultra-derp from George Will. Also, word from Turkey (and aid from the US) in the fight against ISIS among the region's Kurds. Coverage of Keene, NH's Pumpkinfest riot provides interesting contrasts with what's still going on in Ferguson. GunFAIL can strike anyone. Another facet of inequality: the bottom 90% are stuck in 1986. Missouri's rush into gun-nuttery may let a confessed murderer go free. Is anonymous texting app Whisper actually tracking users? And offering their data up to media "partners" as juicy tips?

Direct download: October_20_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 5:38 PM

With help from Armando, no one beats a dead fan like KITM! Gideon asks about a Meteor Blades' take on non-violent drug offenders and voting rights, which leads to expansive consideration (surprise!) of sentencing, prison privatization, libertarians, torture, domestic spying, the designs of the Founders, and more! In other debate news, Cory Gardner is grilled again over personhood. A Hunter post ponders the meaning of SC Gov. Nikki Haley's yardstick for Confederate flag approval. Back to Meteor Blades momentarily for a comparative study in political "courage." More reporting from St. Louis County municipal courts provides evidence we're regressing.

Direct download: October_17_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 4:48 PM

Twitter's abuzz over Florida's "Fangate." Appearance matters in debates, of course. Greg Dworkin points us to key pieces on last night's fireworks, and updates us on the latest from the world of polling, and Ebola. Armando shared some interesting insights on Fangate, and some general media criticism. Strong follow-up to the RWNJ effort to revise WMD history. Members explain why Congress is a living hell.

Direct download: October_16_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 4:54 PM

Ebolamania! A second nurse at TX hospital is diagnosed. The decrepit, depleted chemical weapons which most people thought Iraq did have (as opposed to the massive, active program, which they didn't) were, as we'd already learned, been found. RWNJs feel sure this makes them right. Michelle Obama's turnip vine that will somehow be spun into an optics disaster, I guess. Feminist writer Anita Sarkeesian draws a terrorist death threat from a Elliot Roger-style loon, but Utah law says they have to allow gun carriers in the room for her talk, anyway. Joan McCarter joined us for her regular Wednesday segment, discussing SC's rejection of "Stand Your Ground" protection for victims of domestic violence. Idaho's resumption of same sex marriages, and PPP's first ever poll in the state. Budget cuts and sequestration drained Ebola response capabilities. Election outlook picture mostly unchanged, but coverage gets panicky. Probably no Ebola sandwiches at Jimmy Johns, but maybe be careful. AFP is back at the fake voter registration flyer game, again. And the impossible happens: gun criminals purposely target non-gun-free zones!

Direct download: October_15_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 6:28 PM

Today's morning buzz is a rehash of the collective gasp and pearl-clutching over a Senate candidate not wanting to talk about who she voted for, and no small amount of astonishment that no journalists seem interested in calling Mitch McConnell's astounding Obamacare dodge "disqualifying." Greg Dworkin rounded up today's Ebola stories, plus one oddball piece about how your dentist might be ripping you off. Speaking of Ebola, it seems there are some folks who think quarantines are for the little people. In weather news, both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans appear to be covered by gigantic storms. Snapchat is worth $10B even though it apparently can't & doesn't fulfill even its most basic premise. An exploration of why successes in marriage equality, marijuana laws, etc. aren't as easy to replicate in climate change. Gun ban at the NC State Fair survives court challenge.

Direct download: October_14_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 4:31 PM

Washington football team owner Dan Snyder hosts the outgoing Navajo Nation president at a game (on "Columbus Day" weekend). So that problem's solved forever! Greg Dworkin checks in with our daily Ebola update, including claims that budget cuts impeded the search for a vaccine. And an English court says an anti-vax activist's been lying. Follow-up on the armed Utah teacher who accidentally fired her gun in school. Why "Columbus Day" makes no sense as a school holiday. The crazy valuation of Snapchat. A "gun guy" who accidentally Second Amendmented himself pens a memoir. Chris Hamby follows up his astounding black lung series with the final word on just how outrageously wrong the coal companies' go-to doctor was.

Direct download: October_13_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 6:56 PM