Mon, 15 January 2018
Greg Dworkin had plenty of outrageousness to round up. There were plentiful indications of Trump’s racism, as well as plenty of rejections of it. Then there was the farce of supporters (and some journalists) trying to hide from it. But nobody’s buying it.
Not coincidentally, the certain and impending doom of Congressional Republicans was a big weekend theme. As was Hillary Clinton’s role in forming another silver lining. And no one has forgotten the book.
Armando didn’t join us, but he did share some thoughts with us, including wondering what ever happened to those celebrated “moderate” Republicans (which sent us off on a KITM tangent), and “the first scholarly account of why tweets lack the legal status of formal presidential directives.” (The answer is, “they’re tweets,” plus several thousand other words.)
Another day, another terrible Trump appointee. Another day, another terrible Trump racism story. Another day, another instance of Trump toady hypocrisy. Another day, another media outlet comes to understand the extent of Trump’s money laundering.
And finally, another day, another nausea-inducing Kaspersky story.
Fri, 12 January 2018
Today David Waldman teaches us that it is important to judge people not by their words, but by their deeds.
Either way, Donald Trump is a s***-head. The Dips*** in Chief was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, as if we needed more proof he’s certifiably bats***. He says he “probably” has a good relationship with Kim Jong Un, and maybe Steve Bannon. You “probably” love him too—anybody can dream. Seventeen former nuclear launch officers don’t want that dumbs*** anywhere near a launch button. Too chickens*** to go to London, he blames Obama—just in time to contradict his US Ambassador. As it turns out, his campaign promise to liberate Americans from the scourge of addiction was total bulls***. And—his 40 word tweet caused a 101 minute s***storm among his own allies and staff.
Remember Jared Kushner? He wishes you didn’t. He especially wishes the Securities and Exchange Commission would forget about him, but it didn’t.
Jerry Seinfeld and his family visited an anti-terror fantasy camp in the West Bank where they learned how to establish equitable power relationships, conflict resolution and … no, they practiced killing people.
Thu, 11 January 2018
David Waldman brings you the KITM deep state report, traffic and weather on the 10s:
Donald Trump demands that we “Get smart!” on foreign intelligence, but as usual, he missed it by that much. He’s our chaos agent in chief, and Republicans like it that way. As for domestic surveillance, the House will vote on letting the FBI spy on you without a warrant.
Greg Dworkin brings us new polling, approved by Donald Trump, except for all those numbers and stuff. Republicans are through doing things, because doing things is tough. Except quitting. Many are finding that quitting is doable. Meanwhile, it’s much much more difficult to find lazy shiftless people receiving Medicaid. Robots work longer and cheaper than you, but aren’t blamed as much as other minorities, or as effectively. Maybe “American values” mean more than fear and discrimination?
The governor of Missouri led a woman into his basement, tied her up, blindfolded her and blackmailed her. He also had an affair. He admits whichever one will let him keep a job.
Anchor baby chain immigrants coming to take our jobs! Oh, they're white - OK.
Wed, 10 January 2018
Wednesday is always Hump-day on KITM. Let’s see if you can climb this mountain of information and links that David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, and Joan McCarter have brought us today:
Greg warns us not to get gaslighted by Trump and his allies, and polls are showing most of us might be avoiding that. Trump and Republicans focus on their core “Putin” supporters. Maybe earmarks would help?
Donald Trump reboots the “Ronald Reagan, Mastermind” sketch from Saturday Night Live, except in Donald’s version he’s even dumber behind closed doors. Yesterday was the day Donald trump finally became TV president. Trump was normalized again by the press, but why stop now when that’s where they excel? The Fusion GPS transcripts demonstrate the downfall of the press, the corruption of Trump, the treachery of Republicans, and blows a lot of right wing spin pumped to you by the New York Times and others. Trump’s agreement on the need for a clean dreamer bill is left on the cutting room floor.
Greg suggests we brush up on modern American politics by watching old British comedy.
“Neoliberal” is what you call the person that’s not enough like you.
Inexperienced evil is pushed into one end of Washington as experienced evil drops out of the other end. Darrell Issa joins the retreat. Donald Trump won’t let unqualified court picks get away just because they are “not qualified”.
Tue, 9 January 2018
We will never know—as long as we rely upon the New York Times as the “paper of record”.
Armando takes over the KITM microphone to rail on the NYT—the “Texas School Board” of News, whose size and recognition warps the national dialog, not just normalizing Trump, but creating a symbiotic relationship wherein the two need each other to succeed in order to survive.
David and Armando lay out their case:
The vehicle the Mercers & Bannon used to shop Trump opposition research was GAI, the "Government Accountability Institute." GAI was also the vehicle used to market "Clinton Cash." Often in... unique ways.
So, take the story on the exclusive agreements The New York Times, The Washington Post and Fox News made with “Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer. The NYT tells it their way, and most follow, whereas, over at, say, Newsweek, they saw things differently, as did Media Matters.
Mon, 8 January 2018
Should we take Michael Wolff’s reporting literally or seriously? Is access journalism “bad journalism”, or it it ”journalism”? The White House knew Wolff was there to write a book, they just didn’t quite know what a book was, or even how to use a calendar. At least the book is keeping them busy. Trump is in bed to 11AM each day not watching tv coverage of it, while the rest take care of business. The problem is that it’s Fredos all the way down. Trump health care nominee Bob Weaver had his resume eaten by a tornado. This year is shaping upon to be a clash of Republican idealists vs. realists—which ones are bringing charges against Christopher Steele? Let’s find out, by reading the transcripts of testimony on the Steele Dossier into the congressional record. With all of the obstruction of justice, money laundering, global sex trade and racketeering going on, there is a risk of violating federal statutes.
Meanwhile the clampdown on rampant royal princes in Saudi Arabia continues.
Fri, 5 January 2018
KITM is more concerned with “the story” behind the stories you are reading, to supply you with the context, background and insight behind stories... but you already know that too, so let’s get to it:
It’s been an open secret all along. We don’t need Steve Bannon to tell us what we already know about Donald Trump. Trump isn’t harnessing chaos, Bannon isn’t smart. There is no plan, no team loyalty, there was never any loyalty. Michael Wolff had more access than the press, even after calling Trump the most frightening, dangerous presidential candidate. Bannon and Roger Ailes went to Wolff’s home to gossip for hours. So—did they feel free to talk because they felt the press was incapable or unwilling to tell you what was really going on?
Armando tells us that even as the New York Times habitually presents a handful of facts diffused through talking points as journalism, sometimes their ability to gather details shines through. Why hasn’t Rod Rosenstein recused himself from the Mueller Investigation?
Meanwhile, Neo-Nazis keep coming.
Thu, 4 January 2018
Greg Dworkin finally digs his way out of the snow, etc., to begin his round-up of punditry on KITM for 2018. Did you know that the Donald Trump isn’t cut out for the presidency? Hard to imagine, right? Michael Wolff tells us that Donald is uniformed, unprepared and lacking focus. But just because we know all that, should we believe this guy? Well, Wolff does have tapes. So, now we need to pick between Trump and Steve Bannon? Can’t we just hate them both? The Mercers quit loving Steve. Donald and Steve quit loving—nah, Donald and Steve never have. Lawyers love Donald and Steve for a little while longer.
Trump has hours to burn through today before he can golf again, so where will he go today to try to keep the charade going? If he was a stupid celebrity plutocrat from central casting, he might want to leak racist attacks to a gossip column. Mentioning child porn arrests in his voting commission would play against character though.
Armando enjoys calling in for a rant on the failing New York Times way more than shoveling snow. There are many other news sources to go to as a newspaper of record. In fact, go to The Intercept to get a first-person inside account of reporter James Risen’s time at The Times.
KITM correspondent Rosalyn MacGregor doesn’t get to read it, but she recommends you read a detailed update on the ongoing Flint Water Crisis.
Wed, 3 January 2018
You couldn’t find a nicer day this week in Connecticut than today. You could find a nicer activity than septic system overhaul though, and Greg Dworkin just wishes he could be rounding-up pundits with us!
Everyone knows Donald Trump has no peers, Fox & Friends can tell you that. The White House Correspondents' Association likes how lies have become so accessible recently. Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon is exactly as loyal as you would expect.
The Department of Interior regrets being caught as Ryan Zinke’s piggy bank. Zinke doesn’t yet regret being the go-between of shady government deals, private spies and white supremacists. After all, he’s upholding the traditions of his position.
Joan McCarter shares the load with her community septic-wise, and thus was free to call in with a welcome for Tina Smith and Doug Jones, and a good riddance for Orrin Hatch. Mitt Romney puts down his knitting needles and packs his carpet bag yet another time. Yes, Congress is still talking about how to divert a government shutdown. A year of Republican governance proves how disastrous they are at this. They start off 2018 to repeal and replace Obamacare again, and change the rules to jam the courts with Trump appointees, again. Meanwhile — what’s happening with CHIP and Medicaid?
Tue, 2 January 2018
2018! We begin our second century under the Trump administration—though that’s barely 30 in golf-years. Is it good when Donald takes his post Fox and Friends dotardisms out on golf balls rather than us and the rest of the world?
David Waldman begins his In Memoriam section by reminding us the counter has already begun to roll for this year in “gun deaths”, often by caused by bullets coming out of the guns, even during times of play and joy.
Cuba, Indonesia, Sierra Leone and North Carolina score about the same as functioning democracies. An Alabama newspaper publisher “regrets” spanking women reporters as he was a “very young man” in his 40s.
Even while busy flouting national, international and constitutional rules, laws and norms, Trump took time to stick his thumb in the eye of the Palm Beach town council.
Armando rings in the new year, by ringing into Skype to help us put together a 2018 agenda, including making things happen about emoluments, which Trump has so far willed away the way he holds planes up in the sky. Armando reminds us that the Russia inquiry began before the Dossier.