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Direct download: March_28_2017_64.mp3
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David Waldman brings us another fact, laugh and idea filled KITM today—thanks to you, our supporters! Keep it up, and David won’t have to tape his headphones together!

Greg Dworkin examines the hugest debacle amongst the chaos. Did Trump create this massive disaster in only 18 days, or was this the giant fiasco the Republican party brought to the nation over time, along with Trump? It took seven years to come up with this crap simply because no one in the party could come up with anything better. What are the lessons from the Health Care Repeal Collapse that we can learn?

Also—Paul Ryan is very bad at his job, and doesn’t understand policy. Saying Ryan understands policy is a strong indication you do not. You know who did do it right? The Obama administration. Even Tom Cotton can tell you that. Republicans are now looking across the aisle with more than a little bipartisan curiosity. However, many of their constituents are still happy to dig the hole deeper, even when they bury themselves. Obviously, blue lies matter to them.

Every kind of lie that works is a good lie for Donald. Is that because he’s a real estate developer? Or because he’s just a dick? Speaking of, Boris Epshteyn will be leaving his position of accurate representative of the Trump administration. Other Trump staffers are wiping their phones in preparation for their abrupt title changes. Jared Kushner secretly met with a Russian bank to talk about oh, nothing much. Ivanka Trump is quickly moving to a secure phone, limo service and free HBO. Even Donald’s been checking in on his side jobs, just in case.

Can Trump manage to reorganize the executive branch, or entirely destroy it in 100 days?

Forget Hope Hicks, how does Rhona Graff do it?

Direct download: March_27_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:44am EDT

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Sure, you listen to KITM on Fridays so you “sound smart” over the weekend. But, ask yourself: Are you really smart enough to listen to KITM? Have you got what it takes to keep up with David Waldman and Armando’s symposium on parliamentary strategy, procedural posture, precedent compliance, germaneness and immutability? Then pull up your chair, take out your No. 2 pencil and press play

It’s a do or die day for Trumpcare in the house. David and Armando work out the details on how either of those could happen... If anyone wants to follow “the rules”, that is. The GSA declares Donald Trump is “in full compliance” with his lease in Washington DC. So, there you go, right there in black and white. It’s a great time to start a whole chain of hotels, then!

Reality is also putty in Steve Dim-Mnuchin’s hands. The debt ceiling is ridiculous, as sure as Donald is unbelievably healthy.

Paul Manafort, remaining unassassinated for yet another day, hopes to survive at least through his testimony before the House intelligence committee next week. Paul used Wilbur Ross' Bank of Cyprus to handle all his illicit Russian funding needs.

David looks at the big news for the weekend, and a few weekends to come—the Seth Abramson “Mega-Thread” connecting many details in the Trump-Russia connection.

David’s bird feeder is a little more lonely today.

Direct download: March_24_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:51am EDT

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David Waldman is back! KITM has a lot to catch up on, so listen up: Paul Manafort continues to be connected to various Eastern European countries, and more surprisingly, continues breathing. He’s now hiding in Trump Tower, because patsies know the benefits of windows that don’t open. Manafort’s daughter passes blackmail notes, sympathy, condolences, and other “PR” on to Pops. Paul could hide elsewhere, but that would mean stepping onto the sidewalk.

Greg Dworkin is back! And he’s gathered a potpourri of corruption, incompetence, and regret, featuring a pungent whiff of treason. More and more Americans are convinced Donald Trump has what it takes to be a supervillain. The Trump Troubadour is now singing a different tune. Donald didn’t like a Hawaii lawmaker, so she became a Democrat.

After weeks, not months or years of gestation, Trumpcare goes for a vote. It’s coming up short on votes, because no one is sure what they are voting for. Republicans do agree on the goal of doing less for more people, because insurance is definitely cheaper when nothing is insured. Why deductibles would rise under the GOP health care plan.

If destruction is the destination, Trumpcare is already there. David tackles the details of what is coming up in voting and strategy.

Some Democrats rush to surrender to Trump while he is still around to lose to. Chuck Schumer joins the filibuster of Neil Gorsuch. While Gorsuch was testifying, the Supreme Court unanimously agreed he was wrong

Devin Nunes is finally having his name pronounced correctly, although his orange jumpsuit will only have a number.

Trump will be tweeting about that guy in London, but not this guy in Manhattan, who was a dapper fellow. Which is worse for Jews: threats by anti-semites-- or this?

Direct download: March_23_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:38am EDT

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KITM is BACK and almost live today! His computer’s broken, so David Waldman recorded today’s show on his microwave, which will be transmitted right into your brain after just a tap of the button above.

As you well know, Trump Tower is wretched hive of scum and villainy. The FBI would be remiss in its duties had it not been watching it for years. By the way, Paul Manafort is one of Melania’s neighbors too, even if Sean Spicer lives far, far away. Trump Tower does seem to be a franchise, with the Russian elite investing nearly $100 million in Trump buildings in Southern Florida alone. The Feds are likewise interested in Russian investments into Stephen K. G. Bannon, Breitbart.com, InfoWars and their swarm of Twitter bots.

Two wrongs may not make a right, but what does? The Neil Gorsuch nomination creates an important test for Senate Democrats. David looks into how the Democratic Senate needs to stand up, because “serious backlash” is the only way to create limits, and keep any integrity in the system.

 

Direct download: March_22_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 8:35am EDT

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KITM is laid up in the computer hospital today, so we bring you our episode from St. Patrick's Day 2016 while we convalesce.

Tell your friends! You know your friends would really like KITM. You have friends out there you haven’t even met yet that would get a lot out of this show. So, tap those Facebook & Twitter buttons, or better yet make a bunch of like-minded strangers happier today and review us on iTunes and Stitcher!

David Waldman is joined by Greg Dworkin, who reminds us “It’s the Supreme Court, Stupid.” President Obama chose “a serious man and exemplary judge”, D.C. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland. Why Garland? Why now? Republicans were really hoping they could Bork someone.

Of all politicians, Ted Cruz would probably be one of the most likely to have strange bedfellows.

PBS runs a story about how Donald Trump has helped create a Republican big tent that appeals even to white supremacists who don’t normally vote in elections. Trump heads to Cleveland, the place in the nation to go to for the latest in riot equipment and accessories. Five sheriff’s deputies suspended following the violent Trump rally in North Carolina. Doomed oh so many times previously, is Trump now finally heading to his yuge November doom?

Gun News Today: Good guy with a gun temporarily misidentified as bad, police funeral to follow. Yes, she can bring her concealed carry weapon with her on a playdate, but what idiot would make a playdate with her? Officer mansplains weapon safety too effectively for his colleague.

Direct download: March_17_2016_64_2.mp3
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Technical difficulties on both ends of the show kept things short today, but with Greg’s help, we had plenty of ground to cover. Trump’s failing presidency. The long fuse on the DonT Care bomb continues to burn. Conservative Dems look to stay relevant. Why does Steve King keep winning? Because his voters actually like his bigotry.

Robert Reich doesn’t, though. And nobody likes Muslim Ban 2.0. Trump’s “administration” continues to be at war with itself over personnel, this time at the Pentagon. The remaining Justice Department employees have found a way to charge some Russian hackers. And the dismissed U.S. Attorneys are being picked over for political prospects.

Trump’s taxes are still producing news, and new theories. Now noted Nazi and Trump supporter Richard Spencer wants in on the tax trouble, too.

And because today ends in a “y,” another Republican moralizer is caught with his pants down.

Direct download: March_16_2017_short_show_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 4:21pm EDT

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David Waldman exposes the Minecraft rigging scandal, brah! It’s the second KITM snow day, and the kids are at home again (artist conception) but don’t let them distract you from what is really important today!

Greg Dworkin remains focused on the Trump-Ryancare boondoggle. The Gop remains in full unity in their blame of somebody else. Paul Ryan tempts a political backlash, as Trump loyalists sound the alarm. The cost of failure on Ryan-Trump care may be the rest of Trump’s agenda. Trump’s polling divebombs. Senators offer helpful suggestions. Trump voters’ rationalizations are running out, forcing most of them into supporting Trump irrationally... but maybe some could change their mind when they become directly affected. Here is a list of people to blame for Gopcare. Have the Republicans quit thinking about how things will be after 2018? Democrats have to fight on many fronts to win this one.

Rachel Maddow revealed a little bit about Donald Trump’s taxes last night. The reaction has been, as expected, stupid, misguided and unfocused. So, Armando was required to come in and put it all into perspective for us.

Joan McCarter tells us that the federal government's power to borrow money to pay its bills is set to expire Thursday, but this administration won’t let a little thing like the calendar boss them around anymore. Anyhow, they have to concentrate on Trump-Ryancare, or whatever you want to call it. So what if the CBO says millions more will suffer — they are only looking at one prong of the Ryan-Trumpcare pitchfork! Already “prong one” promises to rob the poor for tax cuts to the rich, and lower premiums by forcing out the sick and old people. And, think of all the savings to be realized by lowering the life expectancy of the people owed money!

Direct download: March_15_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:30am EDT

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David Waldman reports from Trump Blizzard ‘17: Plenty of chaos, a Trumpish 4 inches in VA.

If you can find your driveway, and find your newspaper, the headline you’ll find is about the millions losing insurance coverage. The Congressional Budget Office estimates 24 million, but Donald thinks he can beat that.

Once again, that money you see Don slipping into his pocket—he certainly does not plan to keep that—he plans to “donate” it. You just haven’t told him where yet. Trump plans to cut government waste, but no one has told him where yet. He did act to make his Agriculture Secretary nominee rich, though. And, his son-in-law is getting really rich, with the Chinese. Donald Trump will be meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago next month.

Dmitry Rybolovlev, the King of Fertilizer, Potentate of Potash, Alkali Aristocrat, Marquis of Manure, Duke of Dung, Governor of Guano, Sharif of... why would he pay Donald P. Trump $95 million for a house Trump spent $41 million on?

Armando calls in sunny Florida to discuss Trump’s emoluments corruption and what can be done about it, Steve King: White Nationalist/Nativist/Eugenicist, Bernie Sanders coal country tour, The Rachel Maddow Show’s soaring ratings, and abhorrent hack Chris Cillizza’s raise.

Get well soon Bill in Portland Maine! Sign and donate to the Community Quilt!

Direct download: March_14_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:27am EDT

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Did you remember to fall forward, or spring back on Sunday? Or did you just stick it to the man and skip resetting this year? Don’t be a slave to the clock, listen to David Waldman and KITM anytime!

Kellyanne Conway might be Denis Leary, but she’s no Inspector Gadget, no matter what your microwave tells you. Rep. Mike Kelly privately talked about Obama’s deep state shadow government, but apparently some appliances were listening in.

As long as Trump promises chaos, Greg Dworkin will round-up orderand polls! Americans see healthcare going off on the wrong track. Trump voters, at least the poor, old, and rural ones, will be hit the hardest. The Gop would rather not think about that. Many people are affected by Obamacare
premium increases, just not a large percentage of voters, which Tom Price adds up as “nobody”. Here are the 5 reasons the CBO will likely say Trumpcare increases uninsured. Here are 3 things Republicans are going to tell you to change the subject as we all head to 2018. Tom Cotton definitely does not want to discuss this. You probably can’t tell them anything anyway.

It looks like emotion and peer influence, and James Comey… and Billy Bush took Hillary Clinton down in ‘16. Now swastikas and the KKK are back in again.

Tillerson’s heading to Asia, but Trump and ‘Gina can’t stay apart and will be together in April. Rupert Murdoch might have found a way to profit from Donald Trump’s decisions. Donald said he wouldn’t take a salary, then maybe he’d donate it, now it looks like he’d rather keep it. Which is OK, because Trump will be eliminating his position as a cost-saving measure later this afternoon.

Direct download: March_13_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:34pm EDT