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David Waldman never said the live simultaneous engineering, producing and hosting of KITM was easy, and he never will after maneuvering through today’s production hassles. One thing he has always said though, is that KITM welcomes pre-recorded submissions, and so this morning David brought out two guests to broaden our discussions and understanding of events going into the weekend:

First up, The most REASONABLE man in America, Darwin H. M., aka @Darwin_Darko, to alert us that a US Navy warship has been quarantined at sea for over 2 months because of a rare virus outbreak similar to the mumps.

Also, Serena Blaiz, aka @peacearena, wonders if Oklahoma’s “Opportunity Zones”,  which were intended for the poor, benefit mostly the rich?

Once again, Donald Trump is just such an incredible dick. And, he also lies all of the time. Trump will lie between each of his lies before you can even catch a breath. Bob Kerrey demands, “Let’s see those X-rays!

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump often tell the truth, just not to you, and they will erase it so you will never find out. Looks as if Cindy Yang invited several Chinese businessmen down to Massage-a-Lago to try out the “beautiful piece of chocolate cake”… which they call “the #4” down in the spa area. 

At Boeing, safety is extra.

Unlike New Zealand, the US isn’t coming for anyone’s guns, so teachers will need to learn how to take a bullet instead.

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With Greg Dworkin’s help, we finally got around to the hilarious-but-equally-insane story of the Devin Nunes lawsuit.

Bernie Sanders’ latest hires roil the social media waters. Rod Rosenstein will be staying put for the time being, as we await the Mueller… whatever thingy. Daniel Dale presents another of his trademark catalogs of a particular genre of Trump lie.

Trump and George Conway are going at it on Twitter again. But at least Conway is alive, unlike Trump’s other favorite target, John McCain. About which, Sen. Johnny Isakson says he just might get riled up over that, soon.

The Electoral College is under scrutiny again, and being “defended” by some of the Republicans’ worst rhetoricians.

Germans may love David Hasselhoff, but they’re not exactly loving 5G.

The New York State Attorney General says everything is just fine at the Trump Foundation.

Trump inserts himself into the life-and-death decision-making at the FAA after the latest Boeing crash, which is fine because he has a private jet. So, you know. There you go.

Are we set to deregulate Wall Street again? Republicans have a real problem with democracy.

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David Waldman welcomes Ian Reifowitz, author of The Tribalization of Politics: How Rush Limbaugh's Race-Baiting Rhetoric on the Obama Presidency Paved the Way for Trump to discuss the themes in his book and the rise of white nationalism, or transnationalism, as white power is protected and projected world-wide as quickly now and with more ease than face to face. Just ask the Virginia police officer caught working his High School beat to recruit and organize white supremacists (while also hoping to “downplay racism”). It is also apparent that pwning the libs is getting people killed. No joke: the man charged with Gambino family hit job showed up in court with “MAGA Forever” written on his hand. Ian explains that Democrats must call out Republican race-baiting to win voters of all races. 

The Deutsche Bank helped Donald Trump get the presidency. They helped him get a lot of things. Is the bank just an incredible sucker for Trump’s wiles, or did they get something out of deal?

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After its darkest day, New Zealand demonstrates that government is capable of acting quickly and efficiently on behalf of its citizens. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern showed empathy and steel, compassion and resolve in her response to the white nationalist terrorist attack on Christchurch NZ mosque. Ardern promises new gun laws to pull New Zealand out of the hell we put ourselves into. Mosque attendee Abdul Aziz, armed with an empty gun and a credit card machine, heroically fought the shooter away, saving lives.

Back in the US, Donald Trump tweeted once for each death, and abstained from golf on Sunday... It isn’t complicated, Trump and his base are white supremacists, but Donald took the extra time and effort to be awful in all ways this weekend, not just in white supremacy. David Waldman and Greg Dworkin reviewed Trump’s latest insults to races, genders, intelligencemorality and Saturday Night Live reruns.

The Feds raided Elliott Broidy’s office for documents related to China, Saudi Arabia, and probably a few other very interesting things. How did this young Russian website bride go from inhaling NOx from a whipped cream bottle to running a modeling agency with access to Mar-A-Lago?

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s powers have been stripped, so any future bone-sawing is out of his pocket from now on.

Meanwhile, 2020 Democrats want to build a movement. Andrew Yang has some bad ideas. Pete Buttigieg has some good ideas. “Bill de Blasio” is a terrible idea, while some think “Beto O’Rourke” is a pretty awesome one.

Daily Kos goes down in the history books, or at least an AP Comparative Government textbook.

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Well, today was the umpteenth time we’ve done the show under the cloud of a mass shooting. And although the shooting wasn’t here at home, yes, it’s still a “we” situation. More than that, we actually bear some responsibility for it.

It didn’t help matters that Trump had just finished threatening civil war if he doesn’t get his way on everything, forever and ever.

As fans of the show know, everything is always connected. And it wasn’t hard to connect events to the news that Connecticut’s highest court has ruled that a suit by the families of the Sandy Hook shooting against the makers of the “Bushmaster” AR-15 can go forward.

Adam Serwer, once again, finds himself on point.

You want connections? Let’s talk, once again, and as complicated as it can be, about Rep. Ilhan Omar. No, seriously. There’s a new twist to this story, and maybe only KITM (though in all fairness we have to credit Politico) can make it about procedure! (Although I think it’s fair to say we have a way of making the story our own, for having covered the scourge of motions to recommit for… [checks notes]… a decade.)

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Today, we let everybody onto the show, and none of them even had to pay to cheat on their SATs! Greg Dworkin was here! Joan McCarter was here! Armando was here!

Paul Manafort, however, was back in court. And Matthew Whitaker was back before the House Judiciary Committee. And a couple dozen college kids and their naughty, naughty parents were stuck in social media purgatory. Better than where Tucker Carlson and Jeanine Pirro are stuck, though.

The past week or so has been no great shakes for Dotard J. Trump, either. His whipping effort on the border “emergency” may be doing more harm than good, and even House Republicans are looking to buy some distance from him. Nor are early Republican voters in Iowa too keen on him. And I don’t know if Trump loves New York, but New York(‘s Attorney General) doesn’t love him.

Calling Mitch McConnell an “institutionalist” should get you institutionalized. He and his fellow Republicans don’t think much of this “voting” idea.

Still hung up on Pelosi’s comments on impeachment? You’re not alone. For one thing, Trump appears to have liked them. Although she doesn’t much like the idea of Pence’s proposed one-time pass for the boss. There’s still plenty about her with which we can be pleased.

So what should Dems be doing if they can take back control of the government?

And are we still better off than those stuck in Brexit hell? There are two ways to understand how bad the situation is: the long way, and the short way.

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David Waldman and son rushed off this morning to pick up some strep throat over at their 24/7 walk-in clinic waiting room... But not before one last healthy KITM:

Jeffrey Epstein’s case files are going to be unsealed, revealing sordid details of pedophilia and human trafficking pouring in from over the border at the spa at Mar-a-Lago.

Donald Trump’s DOA budget proposes $4.75 trillion in lies, tears and broken promises. He’ll plead ignorance, which sure would be the truth, but if he is lying, remember that Donald is fully capable of fighting for days over a single word. Trump won a 2018 golf championship without playing in it, a lie he somehow forged into truth. Jack Nicklaus takes Donald’s bullshit to make the flowers grow.

Is hanging too good for Donald Trump? Nancy Pelosi thinks Trump isn’t worth impeaching, or much of anything really. Ivanka and Jared don’t believe Daddy Mealticket is a racist or that you even heard that he was.

You can hardly believe anything anymore! Well that’s showbiz.

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David Waldman's back up computer has whirred its last. It has shuffled off its Tesla coil. It is in eternal sleep mode. It’s more room temperature than usual. It is dead. We must all move on:

Donald Trump did mention that Tim Cook was from Apple in under 1/30th of a second, it’s not his problem if you can’t keep up.

Greg Dworkin pays his respects with a bouquet of lovely spring polls. It’s Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, leading the pack for those that select names base on who they recognize. The two also lead in how long they’ve been hanging around. Candidates will soon be judged on the issues, also by if they are not “Howard Schultz”. Sherrod Brown throws his hat into the Vice Presidential ring.

Fox News is not home to the 2020 Democratic debates, but not coincidentally is the home to Tucker Carlson and Jeanine Pirro. Tucker and Jeanine’s Venn diagram of theocracy and child rape meets at white supremacy.

Being an old rich white guy is only half of how Paul Manafort got off so lightly. Trump-branded spas, escort services, and massage parlors is only half of why Cindy Yang peddled access to Donald Trump.

Marco Rubio confuses Germán Dam with his brothers Hoover and Hot.

Oh look, the DOJ was cleaning out Matt Whitaker’s desk and found Jeff Sessions’ lock Hillary up letter.

Adding more justices to the Supreme Court was always somebody’s idea, but now it’s a Democratic one.

The pizzagate virus spreads into Canada. Justin Trudeau has been turning up lately with feet of clay.

Direct download: March_11_2019_64.mp3
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Great news for conversationalists and conversation devotees, every Friday David Waldman sends you into the weekend with guaranteed conversation starters… or enders, depending on who you are talking to:

We can now talk insurance fraud, thanks to Michael Cohen. More banks are being caught up in money-laundering scandals.

Paul Manafort was sentenced to a few years in prison. Manafort could have gotten more, but laws haven’t applied to him before and Judge T. S. Ellis didn’t want to start now, as he still has a long life ahead of him. (the judge, that is

A Scranton, PA dentist can’t fill out a state license request, but who cares when you know the king? Donald Trump isn’t that smart either, but who cares when you are the king? Roger Ailes tipped off Trump about Megyn Kelly’s 2016 debate questions.

Wilbur Ross not only broke the law, but a judge rules he violated the Constitution. The Trump inauguration took money from shell companies tied to foreigners. Jared Kushner kicked embassy staff out of his Mohammed bin Salman pocket. Donald Trump shakes down allies for another 50%.

The founder of the Florida spa renown for their rub & tugs, crank & yanks, poke & strokes, and that occasional “Hans Solo on the old Darth Vader”, enjoyed spending her time with Robert Kraft and Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago.

David Brooks slowly, slowly comes around. This time, to the case for reparations.

Yesterday, Democrats resolved to punch themselves in the head for the duration of their administration as House majority. Today, they cleaned up elections, protected voting rights, strengthened ethics laws, and limited dark money. If Democrats really want to heal America, Trump must be held accountable also.

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David Waldman’s Mac’s wait cursor spins no more. It is survived by its partner Apple (no relation to Tim) In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Patreon and Square Cash:

In one of the oh so many moments we’ve all been waiting for, Paul Manafort will be sentenced in federal court today. Kirstjen Nielsen finally got to feel some oversight when confronted over family separation, caging of children, and the rejection of asylum seekersGreg Dworkin joins in acknowledging the expertise of house members such as Lauren Underwood, Nanette Diaz Barragán, and others in their cross-examination of Nielsen

The House Oversight Committee fears questioning Ivanka, Don Jr. and Eric, although unfortunately that is their job. David and Greg discuss how the resolution to terminate Trump’s emergency declaration doesn’t specify how it may lose privilege. Will that trip up Mitch McConnell? Nah. The Oversight Committee saves the nation one state at a time.

The Trump economy barrels on, right over all of the warning signs.

Howard Schultz puts together his team of Gop operatives to better handle whatever Gop operatives do. Andrew Yang and the Yang Gang connect with their Tucker Carlson watching 4chan base to win for the Dems in 2020.

White Evangelical male Republicans revel in their wait for the Rapture by watching Jewish Democrats in a public brawl with Muslims and women of color, staged in a ring assembled just for them in the center of the House floor... Oh well,  Democrats had such big plans, too.  Maybe the next time Dems win the House, life will be more fair, and people will be more understanding.

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Ever consider designing your lifestyle around a 4-hour workweek? The computers at KITM World Headquarters gave that a try today and took a little “meditation break”. Never fear, David Waldman made some midair repairs, allowing Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter to keep their Wednesday visit, and the show to go on:

Greg tells us the Democrats are not here to play games, but if they did, they’d still be winning. In America’s opinion, Donald Trump is losing in almost every way imaginable. As border apprehensions decline, family apprehensions surge. The U.S. trade deficit is at a 10 year high. Trump’s own executive branch is exploiting the dotard power vacuum. Bill Kristol thinks there might be room for a primary challenger, and Nancy Pelosi sees Texas as 2020 “ground zero”.

The Democrats aren’t planning to keel over waiting for the Mueller report, and are taking steps necessary to secure justice now. Requests today, subpoenas tomorrow. The DOJ used to insist that a Vice President couldn’t be indicted, until the one day they needed to.

Joan tells us how Clarence Thomas stretches ethics to pull in more judges that stretch ethics. Donald Trump and Mitch  McConnell destroy the country by packing the courts, and Democrats have to prepare to fix it.

Trump pressured staff to grant security clearance to Ivanka Trump, just as he did for hubby Jared, although Ivanka probably did not kill Jamal Khashoggi. Remember that money laundering is often combined with body disposal.

Rand Paul inserts his backbone to look good for the camera.  Chuck Grassley is enraged when the Treasury Department treats him like a common Democrat.

R. Kelly might need to start a new band with P.J., Tobin and Squee if he’s unable to intimidate reporters.

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And they’re off! Only two years after the starting gun (plus a couple of extra months to tighten their laces) and the Democrats are taking off down the straight, issuing dozens of document requests into their investigation of Donald Trump. 81 familiar, and not so familiar names are on their list, with plenty more to come soon… unless of course that siren song of disarray draws them back into their doom, which, yep that looks like what’s going to happen:

David Waldman and Armando discuss how the House Dems will take floor action to deal with freshman Democrat Ilhan Omar’s latest comments about Israel, and review just a few of the absolutely infinite number of more rational actions they might have taken. Also Republicans, unfettered by rational thought or principles, hold an advantage in procedural battles. Republican-sponsored motions to recommit are easy on them, tough on Democrats, and need to be revised to eliminate surprise attacks.

A Clinton-era centrist Democrat explains why it is not their time to lead anymore. The Maryland redistricting commission unanimously selects a congressional map drawn by Daily Kos Elections writer Stephen Wolf!

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There must be some March 4th joke to be made to start this KITM week off, but no one has the time for that, there’s too much going on. David Waldman proceeds apace:

They may not mean it, but Greg Dworkin is glad they’re saying it: Rand Paul makes a temporarily principled stand against Trump’s extra-Constitutional powers, as well as enough other Senate Gops to earn a Trump veto… almost as if they’ll return to override it.  

Jerry Nadler sincerely believes Trump obstructed justice. Adam Schiff believes Trump colluded with Russia. Soon, The House Judiciary Committee is going to find out what a few dozen individuals from the White House to the Department of Justice believe. Heck, Rudy Giuliani might even take down Trump.

Trump remains around the same place he always has in the polls, which was never good, and his unpopularity has become disconnected from the economy. His base, however will never leave him. So what? Well, although some on the right play nice, that isn’t how the Trump/Fox machine operates, as described in this week’s big, big article.

Donald Trump knows that emoluments are fungible, so forgiving Donald’s debt can alter the course of the US as well as any other bribe. After some consideration, Trump decides the failure of the North Korea nuclear summit was not his fault. Trump will issue an executive order to help a guy pwn a lib. Political shame seemed an adequate enforcement mechanism back in the day, but not anymore. David discusses the legislative procedures and history behind motions to recommit.

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Donald Trump enters March like a liar. He’ll probably exit that way too. In between we’ll have David Waldman, who as far as we know has never lied, but still remains quite familiar with the techniques involved. Today’s KITM breaks down the lies, and lying behind the granting of Jared Kushner’s top-secret security clearance, and the denials of Trump’s involvement.

Donald Trump would rather forgive and forget this whole Kim Jong Un, Otto Warmbier situation, forgiving Kim Jong Un, and forgetting Otto Warmbier.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is out there draining the swamp in DC, and making certain those who are guilty are locked up, but she couldn’t do it without a well-trained, well-paid staff...  Hey — if you listen to this show on the RadioPublic app, a “RadioPublic Tip” is a super simple way for you to give this show money whenever you want!

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The Cohen hearing was such a big deal yesterday, we had to give over almost the whole show for the hot takes on it today. There was the one about Republican sinking even further into Trump’s “cesspool.” The one about how Republicans didn’t even bother to dispute claims about what a slug Trump is. And the one about how Trump was going to drag them all to hell with him.

Greg Dworkin also brought us a collection of the best/worst moments from the hearing, which were often the same ones. There was the One Black Friend. A ritual bus-tossing. Some astonishingly nonsensical accusations from Republicans. An incidental accusation that Roger Stone might have violated his gag order, along with a more measured guess that he did not. And some encouraging performances from the new kids.

How did it all go? Well, Reuters decided it was time to run a plain, matter-of-fact impeachment primer.

Meanwhile, Dotard J. Trump actually skipped lunch on his way out of Hanoi. But all they were serving was nothingberders, anyway. Though to no one’s surprise, Matt Gaetz couldn’t get enough.

In other news, Paul LePage is still disgusting. Texas may be up for grabs in 2020, and yet another Dem is staffing up for it. Impatience grows over Trump’s tax returns. (And we learn about franking along the way.) Yet another Attorney General wants in on investigating the most corrupt inaugural committee ever. While another wants out with the committer of the most corrupt in Israel.

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Hey, hey! Over here! Sure, history is happening as you read this, but really, you should pause it just for a minute, maybe 118 or so, and check out today’s KITMDavid WaldmanGreg Dworkin, and Joan McCarter offer a primer for today’s events that will help you better appreciate the intricacies and asininities of the day:

Plenty of bombshells were already dropped in Michael Cohen’s written opening statement. House Democrats make sure everybody has a chance at bat. BuzzFeed says they told you so. Donald Trump shouldn’t have to remind people to lie, that’s expected. Will you believe Donald, or his lying signatures? Matt Gaetz tested everyone’s patience, as well as the legal system, then ran off to hide... sort of… ok, not really. Was Gaetz delivering a message from Trump, or was he “just saying”?

Not to say the President’s a putz or anything, but a third portrait of The Donald shows up, paid for with charity money. Not to say that Donald Trump has a mental disorder, but George Conway thinks you should read up on sociopathy, just in case. Oh, and Donald and his friend hate it when you yell, so shut up and go away.

Michael Cohen’s testimony isn’t the only thing happening in DC. House members will tear themselves away to take up two gun safety bills this week. U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal is introducing a Medicare-for-All bill that would create a government-funded, single-payer health-care system to cover every person in the United States. Mitch McConnell is set to launch just a lil’ nuke into the Senate to get even more judges through while they still can. Mitch says that if Democrats only had let Republicans block votes, they wouldn’t have had to steal them.

Chief Justice John Roberts sides with the liberals in a death penalty case, and might be looking toward his legacy.

Mark Harris won’t try to re-cheat his way to congress in North Carolina. Who could possibly replace him? Always dress for the job you want.

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Special election alert for NYC today. And a regular election, just getting underway, that’s special to me: local activist/national hero Juli Briskman is running (not cycling) for office.

The House is set to take up H.J. Res. 46, the super-complex resolution to terminate Trump’s fake “emergency” declaration. Republicans are dodging questions about it, claiming they haven’t been able to review the language. It ain’t complicated.

Yes, there really was something off about Matt Whitaker’s purported appointment as purported “acting Attorney General,” it is allegedly purported, supposedly.

Sergey Lavrov is also in Hanoi, just in case Dotard J. Trump needs any of the help with Kim Jong-Un that the Russians seem intent on having us believe Trump asked for.

Still waiting for the Mueller “report” before deciding if Trump’s a crime-doing criminal? Don’t forget his campaign finance criminally crime-y crimes. And don’t forget that those things—about which Michael Cohen will be testifying this week—happened right around the same time (and possibly in many of the same ways) that the Epstein case and reportedly related rape accusations against his friend Donald Trump made a sudden and amazingly well-timed disappearance from the headlines.

Did The Donald have any help with that from his friends at American Media, Inc., the way his Saud family friends seem to have had, when they are said to have targeted Jeff Bezos?

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Unlike the Academy Awards, Kagro in the Morning selected their host years ago. David Waldman and Greg Dworkin once again showcased their topical political quips with renown repartee and red carpet glamor unseen since the golden years of radio:

Greg reviews Andrew McCabe’s book, even before the movie is released. Just wait until you see the figure skating scenes!

Donald Trump told you all you needed to know about everyone’s least favorite President while describing Spike Lee’s acceptance speech. Green Book is so white.

The 2020 Trump campaign lacks a strategy, or a clue, but maybe Gop donors will come up with one.

Worldwide, Donald Trump is the first name in escort services and massage parlors, which China is finally acknowledging. Other names in prostitution and trafficking include Robert Kraft, Alex Acosta, and Jeffrey Epstein, with many more to come!

The 2020 Democratic field has become too crowded for Elizabeth Warren, who will attempt to differentiate herself by publicly disavowing private big-dollar-only events. There is no perfect candidate, except for Lindsay Graham, who is the perfect politician.

What sort of disaster is needed for lead-poisoning to become a health concern? Money doesn’t buy happiness, but a living wage can keep away misery. It takes a village to save a bat.

Of course Ryan Zinke lied to federal investigators,  and a grand jury is looking into specifics.

David’s face is forever palmed by Ed Kilgore’s advice to trust democracy and kill the filibuster. The Gop is ready to ‘Nuke’ Senate Democrats again over nominee delaysDemocrats remember that Republicans sometimes use, but never respect norms

The Chinese will never respect, but sometimes use Donald Trump.

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David Waldman’s kids were escorted out of KITM World Headquarters early this morning, raising both local school attendance along with netcast production values, while allowing the coverage of more adult subject matter... which unfortunately can brought to us today courtesy of billionaire sex predator Jeffrey Epstein and Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta:

Federal prosecutors, under former Miami U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta, broke the law when they concealed a plea agreement from more than 30 underage victims who had been sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein. Acosta made his name in battling the “evil, hideous, horrendous crime” of human trafficking, and yet seems to have committed a special kind of evil to protect Epstein. If you know people who might be “nuts”, you might have heard Donald Trump is the hero of this story, when in fact he might be one of many, many villains. After about a dozen years, we might find out. This wasn’t Acosta’s first scandal, but impeachment could make it one of his last.

Speaking of making politicized hiring decisions, and lying about it to Congress, someone now needs to tell Bradley Schlozman to get the hell out of Dodge City, Kansas.

Political rivals of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have joined forces against him, as Netanyahu cuts a deal with the Jewish Power movement. Nationalist, anti-immigrant terrorists are international terrorists.

Decriminalization of homosexuality around the world doesn’t sound like a thing that Donald Trump would even fake-support.

In #nuclearmaterialsFAIL news, someone misplaced three 5 gallon buckets full of uranium at a Grand Canyon tourist spot a couple of decades ago and it took several months for anyone to admit that.

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Snow... Ok, “wintry mix” day at KITM World Headquarters. David Waldman presses on, even as snow-blindness tragically renders his own kids incapable of seeing that dad’s speaking into a microphone just inches away from their faces:

Nancy Pelosi moves swiftly to block Donald Trump’s emergency declaration. Trump moves swiftly to screw over anyone stepping out of line, or at least, he purports to. Donald Trump purports. Trump has purported more than anything else for his entire life, so David makes the argument that reporters always include that word in their reporting.

Is it time to un-clench? The Justice Department and the White House prepare for the end of Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Greg Dworkin calls in a terrorist report, and has a good idea of who radicalized him, uncovering a plot to kill millions.

The racial divide is the political divide, and many prefer to be divided. The Obamas showed how to bridge the race gap, in case anyone’s interested.

The Gop is going down one way or another in North Carolina.

CNN baffles reporters that still believe CNN is in the news business

Benjamin Netanyahu inspires the creation of the anti-Benjamin Netanyahu party.

Direct download: February_21_2019_64.mp3
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Way up yonder in the far northern frontiers of VirginiaDavid Waldman is holed up with his kids, and yet another snow typhoon bearing down upon KITM World Headquarters. He needs a cocoa, but first he has to dig us out of this avalanche of scandals:

The Trump administration is rushing to transfer nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. Wait, wasn’t Jared Kushner supposed to be taking care of that?

Heavies from the Education Department leaned on independent investigators to shut up on Betsy DeVos.

In Munich, the real show was behind the scenes, as even Lindsey Graham fought against withdrawal from Syria.

We know something really bad happened between Trump and Russia in 2016, as Donald has told us that over a thousand times, and so did many others, including Matt Whitaker.

Who knew there would be so many Trump scandals that we’d get sick of them? Don’t worry, the main stream media is watching out for us. (Wilbur Ross looks around and slowly sneaks out the back door.) Greg Dworkin rounds up the latest scandals, and predicts that in 2020 Republicans will think 2018 was a good year for them. Donald Trump could win his Omelet Emergency, but the emergency remains a political loser. The same fundamentals in 2018 mean the Gop loses in 2020, or for maybe a generation or two.  Of course, Democrats could still pull out a loss if they put some effort into it.  The 2016 Bernie Sanders voters had some anti-establishment, and some anti-Hillary in there. It’s up to Sanders’ campaign manager Faiz Shakir to get progressives. There will plenty of 400 lb. guys on couches ready to take on any Democratic candidates. Quit paying attention to Twitter trolls!

David pulled some strings and scored an exclusive interview with Armando (You know him as the “Armando” over at Daily Kos) Armando clears up any confusion there might be on what he will say, where he will say it, and how some insults involve idiomatic expressions, which when taken literally may not be physically possible, or culturally/socially probable. More importantly, Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has become the first of the candidates to express a willingness to expand the Supreme Court after the Republican Party stole a seat in 2016!

In local scandals:

In North Carolina they found someone stole votes, but now what?

Virginia voters know they have some losers at the top, but also know it could be worse. 

Joan McCarter tells us that as the walls close in, Trump finds it easier to catch the rats.

Americans with health insurance pretty much like that insurance. Want to know more about what Americans think? Check out, and join Civiqs!

Mitch McConnell and wife Elaine Chao work hand in hand to get their hands on more money and power.

Direct download: February_20_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:23pm EDT

David Waldman throws us a KITM lifeline, to pull us from the jaws of yet another emergency. No, not Donald Trump’s omelet emergency! (Just don’t tell him those aren’t olives.):

Sound the Daily Kos klaxons! Bernie Sanders is again running for President! Once more unto the breach, dear Bernie bros and foes, once more unto every social media thread and type, type away as our enemy advances!

Amy Klobuchar plans to fight the revolution incrementally.

Mick Mulvaney’s been picking the olives out of Donald’s omelet for a couple days now, but back in 2015 he was busy fighting imperialism

Mitch McConnell has his wife tidy up behind him.

Does Trump paint his face orange so you don’t see the yellow?

Donald Trump must be sick of winning with all of his judicial appointees.

A West Virginia official’s economic anxiety made her racist, and also a convict.

A hedge fund saves newspapers by getting rid of the employees, selling the buildings, taking the money, and leaving.

Roger Stone spent his whole life trying to get into prison, but has not yet succeeded.

You won’t have Payless Shoes to kick around (in) anymore!

Direct download: February_19_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:25pm EDT

David Waldman presents a special President’s Day KITM! Hey, remember when we had a President? 

At Trump International Golf Club in Palm Beach, Donald Trump can let his hair down (on the nightstand) to take break from Emergency Executive Time and walk the walk over from the telly-telly to the omelet bar, his Twitter thumb hovering at Defcon 1 status.

Mike Pence sycophanted his hardest at Munich, but "Please clap" translated badly with his audience. Angela Merkel knew the room a bit better. Ivanka Trump was there for no reason, but did say "America first doesn't mean America alone," even as more and more prefer it that way.

Donald Trump, winner of the Six Star “Joey No Socks” Diamond Award, received the most beautiful Xerox of a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. This will be Donald’s third nomination, and his first non-forged nomination.

Greg Dworkin reviews Trump’s doubling down on nothing strategy, a real dictator move that creates more problems than it solves, and for 2020, some good old fashioned immigrant-bashing and Democrat-dissing. Dems can take their tried and true surrender route, or maybe this time supporting their constituents. The Family Fun Pack makes parenting easy for everyone!

Republican constituents are beginning to hate how the Tax Plan worked out for them, hate how the Immigration Plan is working out for them, and will hate how the National Emergency Declaration is going to work out for them. North Korea has bedeviled past Presidents, but that doesn’t mean Trump isn’t the worst on them too.

Is Robert Mueller almost finished? Don’t believe anyone but Bobby on this one. Either way, Trump won’t be able to run the Mueller playbook on the New York feds. The House of Commons in London shows how to handle Cambridge Analytica. More emoluments to Trump show up, from Paul LePage. 

Are you insane to not know how the 25th amendment works by now? Armando is more than ready to invoke the 25th Amendment, raze the Electoral College, and impeach Elliot Abrams.

Direct download: February_18_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:20pm EDT

This morning, David Waldman declared a national emergency KITM. We must stand as one against the scourge of little girls making eating noises for money. Seriously, why would anyone go out of their way to listen to something designed to make their skin crawl?

Donald Trump also declared a national emergency today, then picked up his piece of chocolate cake and headed onto the fairway. David broke the glass and took Armando out for two-hour discussion on what Trump expects, what he wants, and what he might get. Trump’s state of emergency is the constitution itself. David and Armando analyze the upcoming legal fightstatutory arguments and strategies.

Armando and David hoped to have time to discuss how horrible Elliot Abrams is, but he’s been awful for a while and keeps turning up, so next week’s fine.

Direct download: February_15_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:44am EDT

Happy Holidays! Like most holidays, Valentine’s Day doesn’t bear much scrutiny, it is what you make of it... And, you can make the most of your day, by making David Waldman and KITM your morning information choice! 

A tentative deal is reached in #DenverTeacherStrike. Denver teachers ♥ teacher unions! The House doesn’t ♥ Saudis like Donald Trump does.  Americans don’t ♥ Trump's tax plan. The GOP ♥s AOC. No one ♥s the Tea Party anymore. Rep. Ilhan Omar doesn’t ♥ Elliott Abrams, or any genocidal war criminals.

Trump ♥s golf.

Who doesn’t ♥ Greg Dworkin? Greg continues the discussion of the Paul Manafort bombshell, and the deepening mystery in the Russia probe. The US foreign policy community is poorly equipped to cope with individual and community failures, and Loren DeJonge Schulman will tell you how.

Sen. Chris Coons went to the National Prayer Breakfast last week thinking it was a Christian event. Donald Trump set him straight. Trump helps Chuck Grassley find religion. Trump is beginning to figure out that the spending/border bill might not be a winning deal for him. Mitch McConnell hopes Donald figures that out slowly. Does Lou and Sean still Donald? Laura Ingraham grows a bit cold. Tomi Lahren finds herself the wisest, most sane commentator in her twitter feed. Donald wishes he knew how to quit his wall, but he just can’t. Trump urges the TVA to keep open a coal-burning power plant for the good of coal, his buddy, and money. Trump’s DHS guts task forces protecting elections from foreign meddlingEvery day Is a new low in Trump's White House. 

At least the latest threat of measles epidemics inspires cool animations.

It is also the one year anniversary of the Parkland Tragedy, the beginning of the Parkland Students fight against gun death, and one year closer to Alex Jones going to Hell.

Direct download: February_14_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:37am EDT

David Waldman reminds us that Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! Drop what you’re doing and… No wait, CVS is open all night, you still have time to listen to the show:

Donald Trump loses again. He can pretend that he won, or he could lose some more, but actually “winning” is no longer an option. Greg Dworkin calls in to review Trump’s defeat, what he lost, and how he will keep on losing. Mitch McConnell was smart enough to keep from being made the biggest loser. Nancy Pelosi is smart enough to keep out of Mitch’s traps. Congress is poised to put Trump in a veto bind.

Democratic candidates can climb in the polls and all, but are they “likable” and “authentic”? (No one talks about gravitas anymore.) Of course, you can be unlikable and inauthentic and still become a candidate.

Republicans prefer power over principle, so their scandals become temporary obstacles to their goal. Meanwhile, Virginia’s women clean up the Democratic men’s mess.

Trump ally Tom Barrack feels we all need to understand that when a young Saudi man commits an atrocity or two, it’s just a part of growing up.

David deep-dives into the latest Russia news: The Grand Havana Room is the latest Mos Eisley in the Trump-Russia saga.  The Senate Russia investigation is slowed when Republican investigator/suspect Richard Burr stands up and shouts there’s nothing to see here.

Direct download: February_13_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:53am EDT

David Waldman shares his thoughts on the latest news, but not the ingredients of his kid’s packed lunches, although you can be pretty certain it’s NOT Philly Cheesesteaks, and if so, they sure wouldn’t contain Cheez Whiz, which could contain anchovies, and maybe even cheese, for which David does not hanker. Oh, and Cloud sucks. But we digress:

Donald Trump lies. Last night in El Paso, he lied just about every second. It’s tempting to disregard Donald’s lying, until it gets someone hurt, or worse. Even Trump doesn’t bother lying about his wall sometimes. Just so you know, he will continue to lie about the wall, even if he never gets a dollar or an inch of a wall.

Rod Rosenstein says he really did not want to write his memo justifying the Comey firing. Qatar says it "unwittingly" bailed out Jared Kushner and his Mark of the Beast on 5th Avenue.

Democrats refuse to become disarrayed over Nancy Pelosi's disinterestedness in their priorities. David reenters the debate on the “debate to debate”, and people, do we want chaos or discipline?

The ‘Nextdoor effect’ shows that fear of crime does not always follow the threat of crime.

Direct download: February_12_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:41am EDT

David Waldman, Most Reasonable Dad in the World, and host of Kagro in the Morning, Billingsleys and Beaumonts the boys through another snow delay morning, all while still bringing us all up-to-date on the latest:

Over the weekend more Democratic presidential candidates have declared for 2020, and a record number are women, making news editors lives so much easier. What if we lived in a world where contenders were judged on their merits? Meanwhile, remember the time Amy Klobuchar went after a baseball Hall of Famer for sexual assault? Steve Schmidt stormed off his own podcast when asked about advising Howard Schultz. As 2020 goes,  Joe Biden might not be all that. Go where the need is, and the center will come to you.  This moment belongs to the bold. People are moving to red states, but to join them, or beat them?

Gimmetarians might soon take out the filibuster, so maybe it’s time to get ahead of it with some solutions. Don’t look back to past scandals. It’s time to look forward to stop the bigger scandals.

Emmy Award-nominated American news anchor, entertainment reporter, media personality, actress, producer, pilot and entrepreneur Lauren Sanchez’s brother, Michael Sanchez, might be the dirty one in the family that provided texts to the National Enquirer, to incriminate her boyfriend. Bezos’ digital security must have been world-class, but Jeff Bezos and Greg Dworkin have an idea of who might be capable of bone-sawing their way in. Private Mossads for hire are capable of a lot for the right price. Even Saudis might be amazed at what the National Enquirer has stashed away in their safe.

Talks on border security sort of resume today. National security analyst Juliette Kayyem empties a lot of what Dan Crenshaw was full of in just a few tweets.

Why does the RNC keep handing former Trump bodyguard Keith Schiller money?

Another good Republican is unfortunately a dead Republican with the passing of Walter Jones. A great Democrat, John Dingell, also left much too soon.

Direct download: February_11_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:45am EDT

For those of you who prefer to listen to KITM in the nude, please, do not send David Waldman pictures in your comments. In fact, maybe you should cut that out altogether. After all, look at Jeff Bezos. The richest guy on earth didn’t keep it in his pants and now even he can’t keep it off the World Wide Web, all due to his, and this, Pecker. David presents a Pecker-packed podcast for your general decomplexification:

Jeff decided not to blackmailed by the National Enquirer, and so he wrote a no thank you letter to publisher David Pecker outlining what seems a lot like extortion, and which might have been fed through hacking by a “government entity”. After all, the Saudis do keep a soft place in their pocket for the Trumps, as well as American Media Inc. Ronan Farrow is now among those coming forward, and saying “me too” about additional AMI blackmail attempts.

A while back, Eric Trump pledged $20 million for St. Jude Children’s research hospital, but then Dad took the donation box and ran off. In the SOTU, Donald promised to pay it all back with interest, and taxpayer money.

TSA screeners found a record number of firearms in carry-on bags in 2018… 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008. Guns attract crime, but gun stores remain protected, from prosecution, that is.

Speaking of prosecution, Paul Erickson, Russian agent Maria Butina’s boyfriend, has been indicted for fraud. The Justice Department opened a probe into Jeffrey Epstein's plea deal, and playacting Attorney General Matt Whitaker avoided a subpoena, today.

A pipeline of illegal workers for Trump goes back through the years and walls.

Direct download: February_8_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:23pm EDT

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Virginia is for lovers! Alas, not all Virginia residents toe the bureau of tourism line. From KITM World Headquarters, David Waldman reminds us #notallVirginians are so irresponsible, inappropriate, and uhm, racist even in college. Some are though, even in other states. For $900, you can be the most racist fashionista at your ski lodge!

Greg Dworkin points out the one tragic flaw in Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech: It wasn’t delivered by a President. Speaker Nancy Pelosi vows that Trump will not shut government down again, and he’s not getting his wall. Republicans look for messaging on Healthcare that they can actually say out loud in public. Meanwhile Democrats free up voting, clean up the government, exercise oversight, and save the world for humankind. Donald wildly thrashes as Dems start to haul in his net.

Kamala Harris has the money and skills to be the 2020 frontrunner. Amy Klobuchar is coming up short on the slacker vote... good thing slackers don’t vote. Democratic moderates may be too different in their goals to make a difference nationally.

Some day we will miss Seb Gorka’a colossal head and his brand of wide ranging lunacy and incompetence. Sadly, we can’t miss him until he leaves.

Another member of the Hubris Inc. organization is apprehended at Trump Tower Chicago.

Yet again @emptywheel was right. Carter Page was just one part of Russia’s slight of hand.

What’s the difference between Cindy McCain and that crazy lady behind you in the checkout line? Not much.

 

Direct download: February_7_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:29am EDT

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Ok, so that’s over. Yesterday, Mr. Unity shat on Democrats to entertain some news anchors, stepped on Nancy Pelosi’s opening, then spent a couple hours being stupid on purpose.  Donald Trump slurred through words never before heard in a SOTU, but still somehow didn’t address immigrant child separation, saving education, the Crimean annexation, his Kanye West collaboration, mind deterioration, finger elongation, or corrupt administration... but hey, forget about any investigation. Donald didn’t get the applause he expected, got some applause he didn’t understand, and then Nancy Pelosi gave him a cookie and he got to go back to his executive time.

Now Stacey Abrams, that was a great response. Just about everybody liked it, even David Waldman, mostly, but he’s a tough audience. A lot of people will become a tougher Trump audience after they see this year’s tax refund. Most of America's riches are owned by people who didn't work for them. McClatchy’s CEO was paid a couple million this year, but needed $35K a month for a stipend. 

Regular listeners of KITM knew to spot the Easter Egg hidden in the State of the Union… and it was a mace, and a broach/brooch!

Direct download: February_6_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:39pm EDT

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As you know, it’s infrastructure week 106, and Donald Trump has a thing he’s going to say tonight. He says it is about unity, therefore it is not. It will be the Maroon 5 of speeches performed by the Nickleback of Presidents. You could get more out of watching a pretend Ivanka vacuum a rug. What would Barack Obama being doing today? More.

Nonetheless, David Waldman devoted a good chunk of this morning’s KITM performance art to the SOTU, before then digging into the process of how Nancy Pelosi could jam Republicans if Trump declared an emergency, and Republicans cared about rules, governance, shame, etc.  Republicans don’t care about those things, and that sums up their plan to keep Trump’s taxes hidden. Russia used the US court system to attack America. Federal investigators use that system as it was intended, to subpoena documents from the Trump inaugural committee

The US gave weapons and secrets to the Saudis, and they gave some to our enemies, who always seem in the market for those things.

Direct download: February_5_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:45am EDT

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Were you looking for something super this weekend, but then had to just settle for a big steaming bowl of queso?  Good news, David Waldman returns this week to meet our zesty high exceptions:

Well, Ol’ Queso-face spent the whole weekend working on his completely natural tan. Weekdays, Donald Trump spends up to a third of his time ruining our lives.

Greg Dworkin describes how weakness manifests in the White House and the state house. Mitch McConnell is the enemy of democracy, Donald Trump's not too big a fan either. Tuesday’s SOTU won’t be a Trump rally. Wall support continues to sink, while support for raising taxes on top earners continues to rise. Not taxing the rich is the radical idea. Nancy Pelosi could  block Trump from invoking a national emergency for his wall. The Gop works to block Trump on his national emergency, and foreign policy insanity. Heaven knows you can’t teach him anything. Donald likes pretend cabinet officials the best.

Republicans can’t condemn Ralph Northam and give Trump a pass… (sure they can)

How can a measles outbreak happen in this day and age? Like this.

Kirsten Gillibrand found a bi-partisan solution to helping 9/11 responders.

Greg proposes a nice solution to all of our problems.

Direct download: February_4_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:53am EDT

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It’s “TL-David Waldman-DR” Friday on KITM. That, and the internet playing three card monte with the paragraphs as he reads them means there is only so much two hours can do. So, listen to the show, but also hit the links below and get the big picture for the weekend:

Donald Trump fixed everything, and plans to hit some links himself this weekend. Rick Scott wants Trump to skip over democracy and dictate his way to success, which could work with 5 MAGA hats in the Supreme Court. Mike Pompeo signals the start of our new arms race and the destabilization of Europe. If nuclear armageddon isn’t happening fast enough for you, move to Las Vegas for the secret plutonium shipments.

The Trump administration moves to lift sanctions on Russian oligarch and Vladimir Putin ally Oleg Deripaska, and would you believe conflicts of interest have shown up? These include the interests of Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell.

It took about a decade, but Alexander Acosta might pay for aiding Jeffrey Epstein in avoiding federal sex trafficking charges.

The FBI investigated a civil rights group as the terrorism threat and viewed the fine people at the KKK as victims.

Eric Posman delivers a recorded segment to KITM listeners: When justice finally comes, and our Orange Dwarf in Chief finally gets sucked up his own wormhole, what will be left to mankind and how do we rebuild?

David reads a warm retrospective on Charles Schulz’s… no, wait, it’s this ignoramus again. Howard took over, then ruined a public park, made it his front yard and then moved.

Direct download: February_1_2019_64.mp3
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Brr! David Waldman brings us the news, plus traffic and weather on the 10’s:

Greg Dworkin brings up Howard Schultz again. Schultz made money bringing us all together over a cup of coffee, just like Papa John promoted family unity over a slice of pizza, and Scott Tucker passed us a couple bucks when we were down and out. Self-deluded billionaires without political experience promising nothing but to run the country like a CEO could never win an election, could they? Howard wouldn’t know, he doesn’t vote. Now, Michael Bloomberg, he knows how to do this.

Voters would elect Elizabeth Warren’s tax plan in a landslide. Nancy Pelosi gets more credit than Chuck Schumer for taking on Donald Trump because she deserves it. If you want a chance to take on Trump, take a number, but hurry, before all of the cool policies are spoken for!

Donald Trump figures intelligence agencies wouldn’t be so passive and naive if they saw the same reports he sees. What has NATO even done for us lately? Mitch McConnell realizes his shell is not nuke-proof

Emptywheel gives us the details on the disinformation campaign targeting Robert Mueller. Russia pretended to hack its own court documents, and altered them, and Mueller caught them. Worldwide organized crime is like The Sopranos, but just bigger.

Armando clamors for all of us when he clamors for public hearings to begin now!

Direct download: January_31_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:51am EDT

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David Waldman braves the bitter cold in that stairwell on his commute to KITM Worldwide to bring us today’s Wednesday Winter Wonderland edition:

Donald Trump who? There’s a new billionaire butthead in town, for a while at least. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez opened up a brand-new franchise in Howard Schultz’ head and it’s going gangbustersGreg Dworkin finds it hard to ignore rich independent candidates, especially with a weak incumbent, and journalists always ready to fall for that framing. Billionaires at Davos don’t need your love, they have their money to keep them warm. Donald Trump stays snug in his bubble, even as his followers’ start to burst. Foxconn backs out of its promise to revive American manufacturing.

Trump insists that he never needed intelligence to do his job.

Kamala Harris unites misogynists and racists across party lines. Medicare-for-All is a great idea, and most Americans agree. Now if we can all agree upon what we agree upon.

Joan McCarter calls in to join the debate around putting an end to all government shutdowns. Republicans disclaim the shutdown as a really bad idea that totally wasn’t their fault. Both the House and Senate join in avoiding the next Trump/McConnell shutdown, while federal employees return to work knowing they’re still Trump’s bargaining chip.

Direct download: January_30_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:46pm EDT

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Toasty and cozy at the White House, the least popular President of all time trolls America, chuckling to himselfDavid Waldman, probably also quite comfortable in the kitchen of KITM Worldwide headquarters, delivers our morning warm-up:

Government needed to remember its mom’s maiden name to get back on line Monday.

Donald Trump’s foreign policy, world view, and sexual fantasies, all in under 3 minutes, starring Benicio Del Toro.

Trump’s axis of evil sets its sites on Venezuela with old hand Elliott Abrams as special envoy. John Bolton says 'All options are on the table' for Venezuela, but he put one right in our face.

If Democrats don’t stop the next Trump shutdown, Republicans will just have to step up. Dems could block the wall following the Gop’s 2014 legal route.

Facebook fights ProPublica to protect its cherished advertiser privacy.

Have courts considered Saudis and Russians might be passing money to Trump based on his renowned quality of service?

Debt and poor credit could indicate a security risk, but that never stopped a Trump or a Kushner, or about 30 others from high security jobs in this White House.

Direct download: January_29_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:14pm EDT

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Last Friday, Donald Trump finally made the long awaited pivot towards ex-presidency. David Waldman catches us up on on the past weekend and prepares us for our future week:

America isn’t asking for much, and yet Trump offers a lot less. Everyone agrees Donald Trump caved, so now Donald Trump hates everyone. The Trump shutdown demonstrated Trump’s disdain for both government and governing.

Where does Trump get all of his ideas on immigration? As you might of guessed, he pulls them right out of his TiVo queue.

Trump doesn’t think he should ask anyone to lie as long as all are aware he expects 100% loyalty to his lying.

Greg Dworkin chimes in on the aftermath of a disaster of a week. Everyone wants investigations, but what about impeachment? Honorable, principled, civil hearings will go a long way to restoring confidence.

Is Howard Schultz the Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino® Blended Crème Grande that America wants, or is that just on Donald’s order?

Tom Brokaw is aware that some think Hispanics are a little too brown and foreign… and he kind of agrees with that, for which he is very, very sorry. Just because you don’t understand what they are saying doesn’t mean they are talking behind your back. The continuing downside of both-siding.

Republicans straddle sexual kink, deviancy, and everything in-between. Churches start to arm themselves

The rent is too damned high because money-laundering oligarchs bought all the real-estate to clean their oil money.

Meanwhile, the Treasury Department lifts sanctions on three Russian firms with ties to Oleg Deripaska.

David rules on future Democratic committee rules.

U.S. Rep Walter B. Jones Jr., a 24-year veteran in Congress, and former member of the Freedom Fries Brigade, enters hospice care.

Direct download: January_28_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:19pm EDT

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Roger Stone slept right through the bat-signal projected on the clouds above his house last night. Maybe no smoking umbrella, yet Greta Van Susteren suspects collusion between CNN and good reporters.

Steve K.G. Bannon’s going down too.

David Waldman brings us up-to-the-9:00AM-minute news on Roger Stone, returning to come to grips with our latest nation-wide calamity, the death of Necco Valentine’s Day Sweethearts. Also, we have the worst President in history, as well as the dumbest, most sociopathic, etc.

The Mueller grand jury could soon be hampered by the shutdown cutting into its budget. Tax experts are perplexed by how Donald Trump’s inaugural committee failed to disclose to the IRS ticket revenue. Oh, and most IRS employees are not returning to work after being furloughed. What does Trump have against airlines? Air Traffic is being shut down across the country as they run out of staff.

Two career security specialists didn’t trust Jared Kushner with top secret clearance, but he was waved in by their supervisor, along with 30 others. Meanwhile, the Freedom Caucus takes steps to separate the US from NATO.

A ladder-maker moves its factory, possibly to be closer to potential customers.

Direct download: January_25_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:38pm EDT

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Donald Trump folded... like a cheap suit. He blinked, he caved, he choked like a dog.

Now look, we really shouldn’t pick on the poor guy too much. He did the right thing after all, in a mature fashion… though perhaps after he cried, just a little bit

People say this is a petty fight. Greg Dworkin joins with David Waldman today to tell you that the stakes of this fight are not petty. That’s why the Democrats are unified in this. That is why voters are becoming unified behind Democrats. That is why Nancy Pelosi is winning this. And, that is why Donald Trump is losing, because only his half of this fight is petty. Even white nationalists want to move on. Republican Senator Cory Gardner might do the right thing.

Master whatever Jared Kushner will fix this shutdown as part of his ongoing hobby of running the US. Mick Mulvaney found out about the shutdown and wonders if there will be any really big problems caused by it. Willbur Ross doesn’t see any problem that a trip to the ATM wouldn’t solve. In the real world there is talk about conducting a General Strike to end the Government Shutdown. It has been hard for Trump to follow the rules on rules.

Another white guy got radicalized or something and shot and killed 5 people in Florida. 

Buzzfeed starts proving that they know things about Trump and Russia.

A Pizzagate conspiracy theorist believed she was on Trump’s advisory board, and even the board bought that theory for a while.

Media outlets didn’t know what to think about the Covington Catholic teens… but they had deadlines to meet.

You might be able to stop Alzheimer’s, by stopping gingivitis!

Direct download: January_24_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:02pm EDT

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No, no no. David Waldman is not talking about the Covington Catholic MAGA teens today. Well, more like he’s cutting back. Ten minutes, maybe fifteen, then that’s it. Or maybe until the conservative DARVO money runs out...

Donald Trump's top White House attorney is a Covington Catholic High School graduate, although no one needs to tell Donald this was his pile to roll in.

Greg Dworkin might see a light at the end of the shutdown tunnel, as Trump’s approval caves in. 71% say Trump’s wall isn’t worth Trump’s shutdown, and hope Speaker Pelosi can fix it all2/3rds of Republicans (and dropping) want Trump to hold out, while 2/3rds of voters (and rising) want him to reopen government. Most oppose Trump’s demands. (Although he is still negotiating with Republicans, not Democrats.) Actually, this is whole thing is between Donald and Mitch. As for the rest of America, Less than a third of us believe Trump is NOT being blackmailed by Russia.

When we’re finally past destroying things, Medicare For All seems like a nice thing to look into, once Democrats find a good way to explain that to voters.

Rudy Giuliani lies for Trump, but wow is he bad at it.

No one has a clue what is going on in DC. No wait… Joan McCarter calls in with a few: Mitch McConnell schedules a shutdown vote for tomorrow that he insisted he would not allow. Senate Democrats have secured a big concession to get a vote on a continuing resolution to fund the government until Feb. 8. Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner plans to take the federal government employee hostage off the table.

Congratulations Los Angeles teachers, let’s spread those victories.

China grants Ivanka Trump 5 trademarks, including for child care centers.

The White House Photo Shop carved the extra fat and gristle from the short long-fingered vulgarian’s promotional pictures, because really, who wants to look at that?

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People of color once again tormented innocent white boys into behaving outside their true angelic nature, forcing the President and David Waldman to step into the fray. Good God, we’re all suckers for this stuff, and it just keeps bringing us back to this point.

Covington Catholic boys practiced douchebaggery before the confrontation, their school practiced it for years, and they all aren’t stopping soon. The media regrets temporarily objectively reporting events and rushes back to comforting false equivalency. A Louisville public relations firm would like you to doubt what you saw with your own eyes.  Don't doubt what you saw with your own eyes

Meanwhile, the US crumbles, right on schedule. Trump and Russia have been a fully integrated operation from the beginning. Russian information warfare relies heavily on "reflexive control." Russian military intelligence planned on linking Sergei Skripal’s poisoning to the Steele Dossier more than a year before they poisoned Skripal.

The White House remains out of control, and here at the midpoint, Trump voters feel safe to show their independence a moment before stepping back in line for 2020.

Remember, don’t believe Donald Trump until you see it in writing, and then don’t.

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If Donald Trump does absolutely nothing today, it might not be the best he could do, but maybe the best we could hope for. As Donald cozies up under the blankies for a day of cable TV, David Waldman catches us up on the complexities behind his big scandals:

If giving water to someone dying of thirst is illegal, what humanity is left in the law of this country? Humanitarian aid isn’t always a crime. Just talking about immigration makes Donald Trump a little thirsty.

As a transnational crime syndicate, Russia should be expected to use criminals as assets. David spends some time looking into the collection of criminals and assets lined up by the the Southern District Court of New York.

Paula Apynys reaches back to offer Democrats a simple lesson, via Brian Beutler: Stop having good faith deals with bad faith people.

Direct download: January_21_2019_64.mp3
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Let’s see. It’s Friday, what should we talk about firstDavid Waldman has so much to choose from today, from the news everyone’s talking about, to the news everyone should be talking about. We have a couple of hours, let’s do it all:

Donald Trump brought out the actual big guns for his latest snit with Nancy Pelosi. Turns out, one can endanger a lot of innocent bystanders that way.

Buzzfeed showed up with a smoking gun last night. Democrats in the House are looking into reports that Donald Trump instructed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about a real estate project in Russia, which even attorney general nominee William Barr can tell you is against the law.

Under the cover of all this chaos, Trump and friends keep up their tricks, old, and not so old.

Russia tries infiltration of right-wing homeschooling, using tried and true methods.

 

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David Waldman never said there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia or between people in the campaign, or even with Donald Trump himself and Russia... and from the looks of things, he probably never will:

Greg Dworkin reveals Donald Trump’s path to 2020. First, Trump will have to throw absolutely everybody he previously knew under the bus. Then, he must go full dotard on the diabolical vs. dotard question about his motivations. After that, Donald can just calm down and enjoy the shutdown ride. The problem is that his base might hop off before the bottom of the big hill.

It is a long way to February 7 for Michael Cohen. While we all bide our time, there are always new sleazy tidbits. Cohen hired an IT firm to rig online polls for Trump, and of course a few grand fell out of his Walmart bag of cash into his pocket.

Sure, impeaching Donald Trump will be fun. But we should also consider how the process can be instructive, enlightening, inspiring, restorative and fun.

Want to know what grinds Armando’s gears today? The inspector general of the General Services Administration reported that the GSA ignored the Constitution by letting Trump lease the old post office in Washington DC. The GSA YOLO LOL’d right up to the release of the report, but now considers the report is exculpatory. Tune into the second half of today’s show as he and David discuss the report line by redacted line.

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Amidst the bustle and the hubbub of the KITM World headquarters and pancake shoppe, David Waldman sends us off this morning with well-packed book bags and podcasts:

Donald Trump bandages his stigmata and takes us into federal shutdown day 26. As always Trump remains behind the curve on his latest franchise attempt.

Greg Dworkin assures us that Individual-1can’t be anyone’s #1 choice in 2020, Donald’s wall boxed him in with nowhere to go. Independents quit Trump, no matter what you are calling independents.

Neither side has yet given in on the wall, but that doesn’t mean they ain’t losing. The shutdown is just starting to hit the elite where it hurts. There is a tradition of making politicians save themselves from what they are doing. A bipartisan Senate letter tries “good faith”. Trump continues to thrash away, with Chuck Schumer holding the line a bit more before reeling him in. Nancy Pelosi sends a letter to Trump reminding him who is boss, and it’s not Vlad. Donald will now fire back, through his and Mitch McConnell’s feet.

Steve King is so racist, Iowa has noticed. Kevin McCarthy already has accomplished more than Paul Ryan.

The shutdown doesn’t slow down Joan McCarter’s DC reporting: Mitch McConnell is getting roasted inside his shell and will have to poke his head out soon. Mortgage Bankers profit big in the shutdown. T-Mobile's corruption is as plain as a Fuchsia tie.

2016 Lickspittle Chris Christie put his big boy pants back on and finally stood up to that pencil neck geek tormenting him.

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This AM, a school snow delay backed traffic all the way up to the doors of KITM World Headquarters. David Waldman fought child gridlock while bringing us the latest in today’s news:

Donald Trump bought over 1000 hamburgers last night, sharing 300 with the Clemson University Tigers football team, but probably didn’t spring for drinks.

Steve King managed to hide his insane racism from all of Washington for over 20 years, but it finally caught up with him as the House stripped him of his committee assignments, and might throw some disapproval, or even censure his way.

A federal judge blocked Trump’s 2020 citizenship question, allowing millions of citizens to be counted. Now the administration quietly moves to garrote Medicaid behind Congress’ back.

William Barr’s Senate confirmation hearing continues, and so far there’s plenty hinky about that guy. Elizabeth Holtzman was there during Watergate and can tell you William Barr is wrong.

Sally Yates’ warning about vulnerability to blackmail applied to Trump more than Mike Flynn. Do you know who really would know about Trump and Putin? The other person in the room. There are at least 18 reasons Trump could be a Russian asset.

Can the invisible hand of the free market block future shootings? Arming teachers is idiotic and crazy, and therefore difficult to do, but that also means it has to be done on the QT.

Hey, if any of you donated to the GoFundMe for Trump’s wall, well… oh never mind.

 

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Finally,  the nation awoke to discover the scoundrel holed up in the White House. Boy, that nation can sleep through anything!

That sums up why David Waldman continues to ring the KITM alarm:

The shutdown shuts down an entire terminal in Houston. The White House insists that the IRS check is in the mail. The Supreme Court won’t review Matt Whitaker’s AG appointment until it is even more too late.

Greg Dworkin makes his Monday wakeup call: The unpopular Wall closes in on the unpopular Russian asset. Over half of the country tells Donald Trump to cut it out already, as Trump fights for a supermajority. Trump couldn’t have done it without Mitch McConnell.

The GOP is waking up to their Steve King problem. Donald doesn’t remember even getting coffee from King, but hopes he is as fine a person as Pat Buchanan

Trump’s foreign policy advisers continue to make fools of themselves trying to make Trump care about anything foreign.

The Kremlin blessed Russia’s NRA operation, thus cursing any political donations the NRA has made.

There’s a lot of loudmouths on Twitter, but Kamala Harris shows that she can move discussions with her indoor voice.

Trump makes us talk about the Bezos thing.

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Government is still shutdown, but nothing can shut David Waldman and KITM down, not even orthodontia appointments! A brand-new show for today:

Yesterday, Donald Trump wondered aloud how anyone could be so stupid to believe what he says.

Do you know that if you slow Donald’s voice by half, it sounds as if he might have snorted only half of his usual dose?

At first glance Paul Manafort’s lawyers seem like real idiots for making many idiotic mistakes. A second, third and fourth glance does not alter this perception. But look again, could Manafort be signaling to some maybe smarter lawyers out there what Robert Mueller has discovered about him and Russian agent Konstantin Kilimnik?

Could usual suspect Michael Cohen be smarter than he looks? Might he be the brains behind this entire thing? Hmm...

The White House hires 17 yes, 17, seventeen! lawyers to block the release or completion of the final Mueller findings. What can a President do if he declares a state of emergency? Way too much.

David revisits PAYGO, because without a legislative patch, across-the-board cuts will happen by January 24 when they trigger Office of Management and Budget enforcement.

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David Waldman, as Musical Director for Anomynous Nude Selfie-1, LLC™, just can’t keep it to himself—today’s KITM is such a bop:

Previously this week on Trump: The Wall, we saw Donald gently tapping his tiny fists, tippy-tipping out of the big meeting room on his tiny toes. Bye-bye!

Turns out you can saw right through Trump’s steel wall. You could always go through it, go over it, go around it, but why bother when it is crumbling so fast?

Greg Dworkin informs us that maybe Donald Trump is finally seeing the reality of the situation, or that maybe he isn’t. All that Trump says is incredibly nonsensical and in obviously bad faith, so why does it matter what he says? Oh, yeah, he’s the President still. Trump’s Oval Office address was pure propaganda, but he was “Presidenting”, so the networks fell in line.

Making the need for a wall a national emergency is obviously a ruse, and it could put us out of this misery, but at what cost

Diversity aids in the evolution and flourishing of just about everything, including government.

The media has to give disproportionate attention to progressives’ misstatements to meet their quota of false equivalence for each news cycle.

The collusion case against Trump just got a lot stronger, as we see there was a lot of collusion, and a lot of motivation to collude.

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Don’t break the glass and press play! This is not yet the Emergency KITMDavid Waldman has postponed that for later. Relax! For now.

Instead, let’s enjoy the sight of some more blue wave that lapped across Virginia yesterday. Virginians now look forward to the election of Juli Briskman, who was Rashida Tlaib before Rashida Tlaib.

Greg Dworkin rounds up the wall-to-wall wall punditry. Trump knows his wall is useless, but knows his supporters like his wall reality show. For all others however, if you ever read Trump’s tweets, ever watched the main stream news, or ever listened to Stephen Miller, you have already heard it allIACATBTKY. All that is left now is for Trump to surrender and declare victory. The Dems deliver trash from national parks to the White House, while the District of Columbia’s Water authority board thinks about shutting off the water.

This is great news for Jim Jordan, according to Jim Jordan, and Jared Kushner, who personally assures nervous Republicans that he is not scared and neither should they be.

Joan McCarter brings us Day 19 shutdown news. Lisa Murkowski wants votes to reopen government. A plan is bubbling up in the Senate to break the shutdown, and the House plans votes to reopen one agency at a time, and hold defections below a veto-proof threshold. Democrats also plan to hold hearings on Medicare for All.  Meanwhile, Mitch McConnell and Marco Rubio tried and failed in trolling Democrats, and Trump just plans on breaking the law.

An Opus Dei Priest had a special touch for rich Republicans. He also had other, not so special touches that so far cost Opus Dei about a million dollars.

Another little rotten story about little rotten Donald: The empty box scam. Oh Mary, say it isn’t so!

You got to hope Rod Rosenstein figures Bob Mueller is all set and doesn’t need his help anymore.  If not, maybe Paul Manafort can lend a hand. Also Natalia Veselnitskaya might have worked more closely with Russia than she let on.

Direct download: January_9_2019_64.mp3
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“Live” is as new as the news can get. You see it as it happens, unaltered, unaffected, genuine… sigh.

Tonight Donald Trump colludes with the fake news media to insult our intelligence and sense of humanity. He will lie and lie and lie. A Democratic response will not be enough. Factchecking won’t fix it. He’ll tell us he’ll make make his wall out of clean coal or something and we’ll have another diabolical vs. dotard debate… Oh, and maybe he’ll just LOL YOLO DESTROY EVERYTHING.

David Waldman and Armando consider Trump’s National Emergency gambit to determine if this universe’s timeline runs into a dead-end by Wednesday.

In other White House lies, the IRScheck is in the mail.

And John Bolton thought he was going to be the crazy one! Turkish President Erdogan sobered him up quick.

Governor Tony Evers plans to rely on the courts to protect his right to do the job to which he was democratically elected.

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Week 103 of The Presidential Apprentice, Week 3 of the shutdown, so that makes the wall “steel” not “concrete”? Doesn’t that make next week’s wall “wood” or “lace”? It’s hard to keep track.

Let David Waldman and KITM follow the details:

Super Genius Bill Mitchell suggests zero friction rollers and paint for the border wall,  but leaves it to Dems to figure out how to make them stick.  The rest of the world proposes “invisible walls”, because yes, we really think that Trump is that stupid. Does Donald Trump want a border wall badly enough to let struggling Americans go hungry? Sure! Although federal employees at Trump International Hotel do have nothing to worry about.

Yeah, elections really do have consequences, but it is so lovely to hear Greg Dworkin tell us about the pleasant ones for a change. Donald Trump is obviously unfit for office, so what are we waiting for? Congressman Brad Sherman has already introduced articles of impeachment.

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib sounds as if she shares that plan, but there are just some things nice girls can’t say. For today, the word remains “investigation”, and all other words can be forgotten for now.

Populism is down, but not out, around the world. Here is what democracy looks like, at least to us. Republicans have to go Democratic if they want a peek.

Mike Pence and others are picking up some big raises during the shutdown, or they aren’t. You won’t know until you see receipts, will you? With Donald Trump, always demand to see everything in writing, and even then don’t believe him.

Think the news media is the enemy of the people now? Wait until you see how they handle the 2020 election.

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David Waldman brings us day two of Democrats fixing things, and it turns out there is a lot to do and they’ll need to come back next week to continue. 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez begins her second day of failing to be elected Speaker of the House, but somehow still appears upbeat. When will she and her friends learn their place in line and get in it? How about never, is that a good time for you? Or would that be “A Gift to Trump”™ ?

Armando calls in to discuss how House investigations can lead to perhaps the greatest impeachment of all time. Trump has way less than two years to run out the clock, so it’s time to mix sports metaphors and play hardball. Matt Whitaker leads Trump’s defensive line.

If you thought Donald couldn’t love Vlad more, Trump reveals support for Putin’s soviet opinions of 40 years ago.

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It’s the historic last day of the 115th Congress. Plus, there’s also something else going on, and Nancy Pelosi is a part of it. Oh, and also, she’ll be Speaker of the House again.

Other first day stuff is happening, too. Jerry Nadler expects to introduce a Mueller protection bill. Republicans are starting to retire. Or just not show up. And they’re starting to hire lawyers, too.

Rules are changing, and although they didn’t run the table, progressives made… well, progress. And that makes a lasting difference.

Meanwhile, the shutdown continues, with less prospect for Trump’s wall every day, not to mention his ridiculous promise that Mexico would pay. And we’re in no position to be wasting money on this, either. Trump, surrounded by his cabinet of idiots, flounders again. And Americans are sick and tired of it already.

Not all the change is in DC, either. BiPM Maine says Maine’s new governor is just swell.

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How’s the resolutions going? Oh well, there’s always 2020. But, don’t give up on ‘19 yet. It all starts to get better tomorrow with the the entrance of the 116th Congress. There’s a lot of processes to process and David Waldman takes to process discussions like only he can:

Lawmakers choose their weapons as they charge into the real shutdown fightGreg Dworkin assures us there will be no process that will lead to a trophy wall for Donald Trump, so all that is left, is for Trump to declare victory. Donald hoped Mitt Romney would just lay back and enjoy the ride, but instead Mitt stood right up for a big warm swig of defiance. Will Romney turn out to be a Flake or a fake?

The Christian Right has already been victorious in receiving their king, as anointed by the invisible hand of prosperity theology.

Badass Harry Reid exits the ring soon, not before throwing a nice combination to the glass jaw of our Palooka in Chief.

Joan McCarter tells us that the House Democrats have a plan to end the shutdown, and the Republicans will accept all of the blame whether they plan to or not. Next comes the elimination of PAYGO, and the implementation of the the Green New Deal… but that might be a couple too many plans.

 

Direct download: January_2_2019_64.mp3
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Happy New Year! If you’re up for it, we can jump right in with a brand-new KITM.

AOC’s annoyed at hitting resistance with the Green New Deal committee idea. But procedurally, this thing needs work. Is anyone doing that work? Is anyone who’s saying “no” helping find a way to “yes?”

Why not end 2018/begin 2019 with a few tech nightmares? Alexa is one, for starters. And Facebook, of course. And even your daily newspaper, it turns out.

A new name for the Trump-Russia rogues gallery: Victor Boyarkin, the Manafort-Deripaska middleman.

And, a look back at the unsolved “micro-mysteries” of 2018.

 

 

Direct download: January_1_2019_64.mp3
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Today is the last day that you can that you can donate to KITM and still say you donated this year! We are in the final hours of our December fundraising campaign, and so far we’ve witnessed an incredible outpouring of support. You are the reason we exist, so if you haven’t yet stepped up, chipped in and helped out, we still need you to help reach our goal by midnight tonight! We might even have that tote-bag available in 2019! 

David Waldman offers us a metaphorical tote-bag of gratitude and wisdom:

Back to the “Is Donald Trump diabolical, or delusional”? debate. For Trump, lying is the plan, the distraction, the cement and the bricks in his wall of chaos.  Greg Dworkin breaks the metaphors into metonymies and synecdoches, but deep inside finds there really is nothing there. And Donald knows this… or he doesn’t. It doesn’t really matter, because either way it’s worked so far, though it does work less well with each passing day. What do Republicans get from all of this? Nothing.

Steve K G Bannon knows the meaning of few words. “Good”, “bad”, “loyalty” are not in his lexicon. Paul LePage doesn't get “plurality”, “majority”, or “democracy”.

Meanwhile, incoming Democrats suss out the subtle gradations in the meanings of “existential”, “power”, “leadership”, etc.

Other nations have always known the value of speaking symbolically well.

 

Direct download: December_31_2018_64.mp3
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Where is Donald Trump today? Hopefully, as far away as possibleDavid Waldman is right here, as close your favorite media device can make him, to close out our KITM week:

Is Michael Cohen holding the collusion smoking gun? He says No! No!, but his cellphone says Yes! Yes! Playacting AG Matthew Whitaker is an Academic All-American liar. Read up on how Mark Burnett bamboozled enough people to make us all look like idiots. Facebook balances helicopter-parenting with free-ranging all of human civilization, while making a buck or two, and sometimes they get it wrong.

Vive la différence! The Yellow Vest movement is big in France, spreading around the world, and of course will be here soon. But is that good or bad? Are they Left or Right? Is this a bandwagon to jump on or a movement to co-op? David answers all of those questions… or at least he questions all of those answers in today’s deep dig into Jacobin’s coverage.

If that wasn’t enough nuance for you, spend some time this weekend reviewing how leading a House panel on climate change is not the same as heading a House select committee on a Green New Deal

 

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David Waldman pops in between the holidays and right into the middle of Kwanza with a KITM designed to warm your cockles, and keep them informed, if that’s possible:

Donald Trump has only a few more days to pwn the libs and the Coast Guard before the Dems show up. Even so, he pushed his concerns for the institution of the Presidency and his niggling bone spur inflammation aside to not-so-secretly fly to Iraq to reveal classified information on troop deployment, create an international diplomatic incident, and do his usual lying to people’s faces

Khizr Khan, whose son, Army Capt. Humayun Khan, 27, died from a suicide bombing, delivered a passionate speech at the Democratic National Convention. You might remember it, Donald Trump probably not. But at least a post office will be named after Captain Khan.

Greg Dworkin has been rounding up punditry left and right this week—even more so than usual. As Democrats have a chance to overcome the sexism and venality of politics, they will begin to earn more respect. At the moment they are only slightly ahead of Republicans and Trump. MSNBC tops Fox in journalism, integrity and quality, and now in number of viewers as well.

Trump supporters might be looking elsewhere, but just might hesitate if they believe the alternative sends them to eternal damnation. Steve Bannon moves into his evil lair.

Bad guys with power tools meet good guys with guns, and amazingly no one got nailed.

To clean up election fraud, we need to go way back.

Listeners gave David a lot of merde for reading an article addressing the Yellow Vest riots in France. Are we with the rebels or not?

 

Direct download: December_27_2018_64.mp3
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KITM was back on the live show schedule (unlike those lazy Republicans). And not a moment too soon, since most of the holiday weekend’s stories didn’t fit neatly into any of our Boxing Day boxes.

Greg Dworkin rounded up the top stories and parsed the polling, as usual. Orr(i)n Hatch, top Utah(a)n, actually sucks. Which is how he “won.” We may not yet be ready to call out Nazis running for high office in our country. But maybe the Israelis are. Greg also reminds us, once again, that Trump is historically unpopular, and more so every day.

Should we impeach him right away? Or wait twenty minutes? Dems in disarray!

But Republicans have their act together. Which is why they’re poised to pull an Alabama in Mississippi. (Free advice: If your candidate is a child molester (again), be sure to pivot away from pedophilia in the general.)

Harvey Weinstein. Donald Trump. Chicken? Egg? Could “MeToo” have happened in a different timeline?

Process stories abound, from that “tied” Virginia House of Delegates race, to the contest for the ranking Dem slot on the House Judiciary committee.

Is Russian software embedded in FBI computers? And is that a problem?

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Back to the Future/Past! It's our Boxing Day 2017 episode. So it's tomorrow, but last year.

Just when you think you’ve opened up all of your Christmas presents, David Waldman slips down the chimney with a shiny new KITM for you to unwrap:

Time to get back up-to-speed on Trump-Russia—We thought it couldn’t happen here, but it did, and here’s how Kremlin trolls burned across the Internet as Washington debated options. The real Trump Russian scandal is not mere collusion, just follow the money to the big douche-Deutsche connection. A Chilean billionaire landlord of Ivanka Trump picks up more billions in mining leases from the Trump Administration.

Pete Hoekstra, a Congressman from Holland, Michigan, is now ambassador to the Netherlands, which is somehow not fake. But watch him try to create fake news, get caught, deny it, get caught denying it, deny that, get caught and call that fake news. On the other hand, the US Congress’ workplace misconduct office won’t share data with Senator Tim Kaine because of concerns with “inaccuracies.”

And Paula Writer returns, with a 2018 New Year’s message for The Resistance.

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David Waldman brings us another KITM, brought to you by every product you know and trust, but most importantly, brought to us by you, the listener/reader who cares:

The present Trump shutdown is on day 3 with no end in sight, but that includes no end in sight for the Mueller Investigation, which is funded by a permanent indefinite appropriation. KITM digs into the history and reasoning behind the Special Counsel funding, even to the point of actually opening and reading a Federalist article to glean some insight. Of course, Donald could just site “LOL v. YOLO” and have non-recused non-Attorney General Matthew Whitaker take care of everything before the holidays’ end.

By request, David braves beaucoup de French words to discuss the connection between the Yellow Vest riots in France and the Facebook’s influencing and propagation of Anger Groups.

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Greg’s not here, so lol, yolo, nothing matters! That being the case, can Armando call in for the entire two hours? Sure! Why not?

We’re just hours away from yet another government shutdown. So, what’s closing and what’s not? How did we get here? What makes this one crazier than most? The Trump “administration” is totally unprepared for it. Could purported Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker use the shutdown to shut down Mueller? The rules say no. But the rules also say he’s not the Acting Attorney General, and should recuse himself from the Mueller probe in any case. And yet he didn’t.

Routine government operations aren’t the only things collapsing. Mulvaney is already on the outs, because of something Trump should have discovered the last two times he appointed Mulvaney. Mattis quits, but doesn’t leave. And also-still-there-for-some-reason Nikki Haley isn’t so sure the US should stay in the UN.

Oh, and the Treasury Department is compromised, in pretty much the same way notorious spy Mike Flynn compromised the DIA, actually.

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Hey, good news, everybody! The North Koreans are… oh, no. Wait. This is bad news.

Also in bad news, people are still racist loons. But at least they’re getting caught.

Paul Ryan is a fraud, and some people aren’t afraid to say so.

Trump tweets the U.S. out of Syria. Fox haz a sad. Russia does not. Neither were they sad about the U.S. dropping adoptions sanctions. Was it all to distract from not getting wall funding? Well, that’s not quite over yet, either. So, look out, Dems. These great developments just might make Trump super-popular. Unless they don’t. Maybe nothing will work, because he’s a vacuous shell of a human being. And a prick, to boot.

But what about this criminal justice reform bill? Is it a bipartisan wonder? Or a watered-down sellout? Both? Neither?

Wilbur Ross loves to lie. Repeatedly. He also loves to kill miners.

Trump’s new pick for Attorney General might have a Mueller-hatin’ problem.

Direct download: December_20_2018_64.mp3
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There was just a little bit of news yesterday. So we invited Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter in to try to find things to talk about. But it was too soon to tell whether there was any news today.

There was, of course, the Flynn sentencing that didn’t end in a sentence. Sarah Sanders polluting the official WH Press Secretary timeline, and endumbing it, as well. Pelosi staking out ground on the wall. Trump’s lawless “law and order.” And some sleuthing on the Double-Secret Court Hearing of Mystery.

Meanwhile, there’s the ludicrous Obamacare ruling, and the shutdown still looming. But lol yolo, nothing matters.

We’re finally back onto the fraudulent Trump Foundation. Hey, remember when Trump lied to the veterans, and got his friends to cover for his thieving?

The Trump “administration” says it’s banning bump stocks. Are they?

Russia, if you’re listening, are there more emails in which Trump is the laughingstock of the world?

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Politico lit a bit of a fire this morning, with a story saying Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was already threatening primaries against fellow Dem members. Is she? Isn’t she? Is that her “brand?” Should she wait? Answer: I don’t know.

Reports for the Senate Intelligence Committee say the Russians were targeting Mueller, too. Just like Trump was, months after the election. Weird! Meanwhile, Americans are guessing where Mueller might be headed next. And guessing at what might have closed the entire 5th floor of the federal courthouse last week. The same courthouse where we waited for notorious spy Michael Flynn to be sentenced today, before that whole thing blew up. Speaking of which, it actually started looking a little dicey for him when indictments were unsealed against one of his “business parnters.”

The Republicans, having lost another election, decide they won anyway.

Saudish Arabia is paying for its war in Yemen like Mexico’s paying for the wall.

Back to Flynn and his “storied” career: Where was he radicalized? Seems it was from a steady diet of conservative “news.” Which, when you think about it, isn’t all that different from Dick Cheney’s “stovepiping” of unvetted, “raw intelligence.” Guess that must have been why it was so dangerous.

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Week 100 of The Presidential Apprentice, week 82 of the Mueller Investigation! You got to hope Bobby Three Sticks would pull ahead some day, but for now David Waldman and KITM keep calling the race:

Greg Dworkin brings us new evidence that Donald Trump benefits from misinformation. That must be why he likes to do it so much, and why just about every Russian that could get to a keyboard in 2016 lent him a hand. The Trump administration, campaign, transition, inauguration, organization, foundation, etc. are now under investigation. Why aren’t we talking about impeachment, then? Well, we are, but let’s be a little patient, and let the rest of the us catch up. After all, the whole point of the Russian influence operation was to confuse, distract and ultimately discourage the specific groups most likely to challenge Trump, especially African Americans. Race is the most reliable source of division in American politics. What could be worse than Russian trolls? The National Enquirer. They were born to feed off guys like The Donald, how did it all go so backwards? If you don’t like fake news, check out local reporting. Those guys keep it 100 24/7.

Mark Harris wants another chance to defraud North Carolina, before he is caught on his previous defrauding.

If you are wondering if a President can be indicted, Ulysses S. Grant was arrested, booked and posted bail after being caught speeding… on his horse.

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It’s Friday, so we had a lot of clean-up work to do.

First, it’s the sixth anniversary of 12/14. So it’s perhaps appropriate to talk about another set of gun victims: the ones who survive and are simply “expected to recover.”

Today’s top Trump rumors: He’s a “speed freak,” and; Jared’s under consideration for Chief of Staff (so don’t forget this scam).

Not a rumor: Investigators are finally interested in Trump’s inaugural committee funds, and; that “other member of the campaign” in the room for the hush money negotiations with National Enquirer… was Trump. Yes, lazy-ass Trump.

Latest from NC-09: Harris knew exactly what he was buying.

The Trump “administration” is a never-ending parade of self-dealing and corrupt pass-throughs. And don’t let all the hype make you forget that Michael Cohen was a corrupt bastard before he ever met Trump. In fact, it’s how he met Trump in the first place.

The ИЯA turns out to be just a nest of Russian spies.

Romania joins the ranks of foreign powers playing the emoluments game.

Just in case Newt’s still skulking around looking for a White House job, take a peek at his new grift, which is the same as the old grift.

Are the Wisconsin and Michigan Gop power-grabs unconstitutional?

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Between the two of them, Greg Dworkin and Armando helped cover every minute of the show today. A non-stop parade of issues and stories, and we got to perhaps half of what we had.

First, there’s not gonna be any wall vote. Also, no wall. And no Mexico paying for anything, either. Second, they’re talking about Newt f-ing Gingrich for White House Chief of Staff. Third, while Trump tries to set up an “Edwards defense” for himself, the National Enquirer has flipped and pulled that rug out from beneath him. And Michael Cohen was already set to nail that down.

Meanwhile, Mueller continues to tighten the noose, and may even be set to introduce a whole new angle on the investigation. And besides impeachment, people are mulling the merits of just up and indicting Trump outright, president or no. Speaking of which, Mueller isn’t even the only threat looming.

In other news, Jim Inhofe is an idiot, and just another of… oh, about a hundred Senators who don’t understand how the computer Interwebs work.

And lastl—though discussed much earlier—the Speakership game draws to a close.

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How do you sum up a day like yesterday? I don’t know. But Greg Dworkin gave it his best shot. That Oval Office meltdown over (not) funding Trump’s wall was pretty much all you needed to see, but then there was so much more. There was the inability to hire “the best people,” which is now also an inability to hire even the bottom of the barrel. That’s a problem not just for Trump, but the entire Gop. Speaking of the entire Gop, could they now be reduced to evangelicals and no one else? Even parts of “MAGA” America could be walking away.

Down at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, Republicans spent the day self-owning in the Google hearing. Joan McCarter described the bizarre reaction on Capitol Hill to Trump (gold spray-) painting himself into a shutdown corner. Pelosi and Schumer certainly dunked on Trump, but shouldn’t they have been offering a flat zero dollars for the whole thing? So, even with a Trump shutdown set for December 21st, he’s still running around making even settled spending bills worse. On the other hand, the Farm Bill might just be getting better.

Did you know that the United Nations is currently without a Musical Director?! Did you know that the United Nations once wasn’t?

Remember that scary-sounding Bloomberg story about spying devices embedded in Chinese-made computer processors? If you do, it might be time to forget it.

The Charlottesville murderer is going away forever.

NC-09 continues spiraling into madness.

Newly-empowered Dems put the brakes on a sweetheart stadium deal for the Washington Breadsticks.

Could there be a legal smackdown coming for the Wisconsin and Michigan Republican riots?

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We had a far-ranging show today, starting with the note that Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” is/are the many killed or imprisoned journalists around the world, prominently featuring Jamal Khashoggi, of course. In other journalism news, the WaPo invents a new “Pinocchio” category for Trump. Oh, and it turns out Paul Ryan is a fraud. So of course, the proper reaction to that is to crap on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Because isn’t it always?

Maria Butina is set to change her plea and cooperate with investigators, whatever that might mean. Could she bring down the ИЯA? And maybe even more? The Butina angle is a strange one, and getting stranger every day. Meanwhile, back on the main Trump-Russia ranch, don’t forget what Mitch McConnell did to get us into this mess. To that end, maybe now is a good time to follow the money on that.  Though we might want to be careful, since a lot of that money appears to be going down the toilet. And when it comes to indictments, don’t forget that Trump isn’t the same thing as the Trump Organization, even if the man himself doesn’t know that.

Speaking of the Orange Hobgoblin, it looks like Pelosi and Schumer knew exactly what was on tap for their Oval Office sit-down today. Will the results convince Republicans to stop trying to set her up? Will anyone want to staff this dotard ever again?

What is Brexit, even? Can we all live in a yellow cheese submarine?

NY politicos: Behold your new state Senate.

Are today’s Google hearings really just an elaborate shakedown?

Donald Trump: great Gimmetarian, or greatest Gimmetarian?

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Fridays are beginning to mean something again, as the pace of Mueller filings picks up. ‘Tis the season! Luckily, we had Greg Dworkin with us to round things up. But first, we go around the world in 80 seconds, give or take a few. Important happenings in Germany, in the UK with respect to the (non-) Brexit, and in Japan.

But enough about the rest of the world! Let’s talk about us! No one will take the job as Trump’s chief of staff. What a surprise! Comey speaks about his speaking. That and the early weekend’s other developments had people talking about how things were falling apart, and where it all might end up.

None of these dangers kept Trump quiet, of course. So Armando joined us to examine his latest outburst. Even Monica Lewinsky got in on the act.

We took a pass on lingering over Jerry Falwell, Jr. and the pool boy, though there’s plenty to go back to, if need be. And we revisited the travesties in Wisconsin and Michigan, with an eye toward whose money was (and still is) behind it.

On the assumption that Satan invented trolling, this seems appropriate.

Don’t let anyone tell you campaign finance crimes can’t be serious crimes.

And, you’ve heard about eggs and making omelets? Well, sometimes norms have to be broken to save the ones that are left.

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Trump was already in meltdown mode last night, and it continued apace this morning. He was probably miffed about something else, entirely, but there’s a new scandal to pile on top of it all: his campaign was coordinating with the NRA, which probably surprises no one, but would still be illegal.

You want more? Fine. The specifics on the Saudish-paid emoluments are coming to light, and we’re also getting a clearer picture of how he’s laundering campaign and party funds into personal income. And to top it all off, Kim Jong Un doesn’t even love him.

Down in North Carolina, when Republican officials weren’t pretending to be barfing, they were ignoring what they knew about the cheating and the ballot dumping. Can anything be done to prevent Harris from taking office if North Carolina officials can’t (or won’t) get their act together? Yes. But the story needs a little clarification. And a review of the history of disputed elections.

In the weekend prep section of our show, you’ll want to spend time figuring out what’s wrong with the latest mopes suckered into service to Trump: William Barr and Heather Nauert. And everybody’s talking about the brave undocumented workers toiling away at Trump’s NJ golf compound. (Remember when Democrats used to have to resign or withdraw their nominations for that?) But nobody’s talking (yet) about how to save America from Gorsuch and Kavanaugh.

 

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Happy #D6! It’s not just QAnon. The pundits are still trying to decode the hidden messages in the newly-public Mueller court filings, and the other breadcrumbs left behind. At least one theory has it that Mike Pence just might skate in this whole thing.

The one-day DC truce is over, and Republican election and other democracy-stealing stories continue to fester in Wisconsin and Michigan. And, of course, in North Carolina. The NC-09 race, thanks to some crack reporting, has turned into a complete shitshow, a potent mix of “cash, pills — and ballots.” But it turns out that’s been the case for some time. So now, the subpoenas are flying. How did we get here?

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Greg Dworkin’s Abbreviated Pundit Roundup was not closed in observance of today’s National Day of Mourning, in case you were wondering. DC’s other big news: Mueller’s sentencing memo on notorious spy Mike Flynn dropped last night, and it’s full of goodies, though you can’t read any of them.

Rudy Giuliani: cybersecurity supergenius! Looks like the ИЯA may be on the ropes. Speaking of, Maria Butina’s boyfriend may be on the hook for “espionage light.” House Dems beat polling expectations in their share of the popular national vote. Like Wisconsin and Michigan, North Carolina wants back in on the post-election democracy rigging, on top of the shenanigans in NC-09. Steny Hoyer says the House won’t be seating Mark Harris until this mess is sorted out. And by the way, did the name ring a bell for you? We last heard about Harris when we learned he was one of those pastors who think the bible says the little ladies belong in the home.

Former Perv-a-Lago member Jeffrey Epstein managed to avoid giving his accusers a day in court. And the three current Perv-a-Lago members who “secretly” run the VA are back in the news, trying to pocket some cash, to no one’s surprise.

It was also time for the exciting “conclusion” of the story of the Saud family feud that somehow led to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. The problem is, all we learned is that at least one of the factions in the feud is demonstrably insane. And we don’t know if it’s only one. Which makes the idea of leaving the door open to their getting their hands on nuclear weapons a little ticklish. Great idea there, Comrade Flynn!

Finally, we take a moment to share some “mainstream media” acknowledgment of the stakeholder vs. shareholder conflation that drove our economy off a cliff, but in a solid gold limousine.

 

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Emoluments clause violation suits get the green light to go to discovery. The plot thickens in the NC-09 debacle, not that you’d know it from watching Fox News, of course.

Meanwhile, there’s post-election Republican thievery going on in Wisconsin and Michigan (not unlike what went on a few years ago in… North Carolina). And this time, it even involves puppies. And yet, even in the face of these egregious power grabs, The New York Times equivocates. I know: shocking! Is there any hope they might be getting it? Probably not. Nor is anyone else, it seems.

Finally, we gave over some more time to trying to figure out why MBS would decide it was necessary to murder Jamal Khashoggi. But there’s no answer. Motives, yes. Reasons? No.

 

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It’s always nice when someone else watches the munchkin for the weekend. But these days, it can be so embarrassing! At least there was some comedic value to be had.

Still, Trump’s absence helped keep things relatively quiet over the weekend, and the passing of George H.W. Bush took a good deal of the oxygen out of the room.

As always, Greg Dworkin was on top of the news, from a roundup of the top stories of last week, and the flat truth about… that certain segment of Trump voters, not to mention those jokers over at No Labels, who appear to have found a label after all.

Fallout from the now-materialized Blue Wave continues to settle, and this time, what’s left of the Republicans aren’t even pretending they’re interested in an “autopsy.”

At the tail end of that Blue Wave comes evidence that, once again, Republican freakouts about voter fraud are just more projection. Yes, the NC-09 story gets worse, and more bizarre, by the day.

Finally, we turn back to Saudish Arabia, to begin exploring the Saud family feud that appears to have led to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

 

Direct download: December_3_2018_64.mp3
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We knew, right? Listeners of David Waldman and KITM knew. Donald Trump, and Vladimir Putin, and even Michael Cohen knew. Trump is compromised by Russia. Cohen, Manafort, Corsi are going down. They’re all going down. Now everybody knows. And, right when Donald was scheduled to have a meeting with Mr. Putin! How embarrassing! Maybe if he never left his room and... oh, now Vlad’s calling to tell him to get his ass down to the meeting room. Oh well

Republicans remind us that people lie to investigators, hamper investigations and destroy evidence all the time. Is that such a crime? Anyhow he was just colluding, conspiring, lightly looking into some kind of treasonous, but very cool endeavors.

Federal agents paper over the windows of Trumps tax lawyer’s office. Nothing to see there.

Bret Stephens keeps warning the Democrats, even as his data increasingly disagrees with him.

Detroit Council President Brenda Jones will fill Michigan's 13th District House seat for a few weeks. Swearing her in finally gave Paul Ryan something constructive to do, as the solitude was beginning to get to him.

Today’s Kagro in the Morning was brought to you by, or maybe we were bringing you to, Palessi Shoes. Well, somebody’s being taken.

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David Waldman had plans. As usual, the plan was to catch us up on the very latest news before others even realize it is news. But, also as usual, Donald Trump’s chaos and corruption just can’t be contained so KITM will always need to deal with it. Today’s endoparasitoid exploding from Trump’s ultra-intelligent gut is Michael Cohen. As tonight’s pundits prepare to go back to the “Are Donald’s lies delusional or cynical?” debate, Democrats and Robert Mueller just add more to the pile.

Greg Dworkin brings us back to all of the old news that occurred during the 23 long hours since we last talked. The New York Times was caught moving the bar up for Nancy Pelosi’s nomination for speaker of the House as compared to Paul Ryan’s victory over their low expectations.  North Carolina has divulged absentee ballot irregularities kept their 9th Congressional District election from being called. Old friend of the show, from before it was even a show, Marcy Wheeler reports that Paul Manafort’s nonstop lying will help Robert Mueller get around constitutional crisis causing playacting Attorney General Matt Whitaker. Trump also has that pesky witness tampering statute to deal with. The Trump-Manafort-Stone-Farage-Malloch-Corsi-Assange-Putin conspiracy/collusion/cooperation dots fall into place. Trump skips out of his employee review to straighten this all out, while tossing a few empty threats,  empty promises and empty legislation out of his dotard bag of tricks.

Sure, a lot of small business owners voted Trump into office, but they don’t pay the bills, especially after tariffs.

Armando calls in to talk about the inside ins and outs of House caucuses and committee appointments. Is money power? If not, what is?

Hey, take the next couple of hours to read about Trump cabinet member Alex Accosta’s sweetheart deal for serial sex abuser Jeffery Epstein. There will be a test tomorrow.

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How was your Giving Tuesday? Felt pretty good, huh? If you aren’t done giving, how about thinking of us here at KITM? Boy, would that feel good.

David Waldman catches us up from… yesterday!  A lot sure has happened:

Donald Trump went full dotard again, this time over at the Washington Post. Trump offers the idea that GM should try selling cars that sell better, as that’s what he and his mighty gut would do.

As insurrectionists attempt to take over the House, Nancy Pelosi takes them to school. No Labels labeled Donald Trump a problem solver, and Nancy Pelosi a scary bogeyman.

Oakland University passes out hockey pucks in the event of active shooters—really! KITM listeners tweet in with enough jokes to fill a Don Rickles Vegas set.

Times are changing in Mississippi, but not fast enoughGOTV matters as Mike Espy makes it a non-blowout.  But wait! Greg Dworkin tells us the Blue Wave ain’t done yet. AP is retracting its call on CA CD21and North Carolina’s election board declines to certify its 9th Congressional District Race due to someone being very, very naughty.

Donald Trump and Jerome Corsi are pals to the end. Donald’s memory of Jerome is fleeting. It’s lucky that Robert Mueller has emails from mutual bud Roger Stone to help them all reminisce.

Joan McCarter reviews Trump’s latest gibberish on climate, and wall tantrums to inspire us to keep fighting. All of Trump’s judicial nominees are awful in their own special way, but Thomas Farr is in the running for the worst. Democrats need just one vote to stop him.

Spread the word: 19 days and counting until Obamacare open enrollment ends.

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David Waldman was going to tackle today on his own, but Armando had questions, and opinions, and he knew the best place to come with either would be KITM:

Sure, the 2018 elections ended up being pretty fun, but now it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work… First why not try something stupid, self-destructive and futile? The problem is now the Problem Solvers, who have no way of winning, but lots of hostages to sell, and are ready to surrender/negotiate. The guy behind the Pelosi Putsch was Mark Penn, coiner of a million labels, including of course, No Labels.

Paul Manafort kept lying, long after he was in trouble, probably because he was hoping to get out of bigger trouble. Paulie is not getting out of trouble, and now it looks as if being Donald Trump’s mole might end up being Donald Trump’s trap. It seems Manafort pitched in on colluding in 2016 with the help of Roger Stone and Julian Assange. Which is true? Glenn Greenwald impugning The Guardian’s reputation, or pretending to be non-judgmental?

 

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Republicans are right. The US is a kind of dark, scary, place. Especially considering these last couple of years. David Waldman lights the KITM lantern to guide us back to the right track:

Greg Dworkin rounds up the data that demonstrate that the Blue Wave continues to rise, and it’s now time for Democrats and progressives to behave like the winners they are, so they can keep winning. Thank you Bernie! Next.

Donald Trump picks and chooses his reality, and so does the DHS. We are seeing more and more of Putin’s playbook. Some of it is pretty easy to translate. The British takes the battle to Facebook by any means necessary.

Trump highjacked the Gop in 2016, and so that’s just how he’s been treating the party. Nancy Pelosi on the other hand, behaves with more pride of ownership. Stephen Lynch had been wrong before about Pelosi, and is beginning to see that he’s wrong again, now.

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If you're gonna get stuck with a re-run (and you are), how about going way back, to the "Before Times," when Trump was but a looming nightmare? Such was the scene, way back in 2015. Hey, that rhymes!

Bobby Jindal dropped out of the presidential race, but he couldn’t pull David Waldman down with him. David will be on this week for at least today and tomorrow, but then he has to start preheating his oven.

Ben Carson is usually a good surgeon, not necessarily a good historian, even though he wrote a book. Maybe his wife & co-writer Candy Carson did the proofreading.

Greg Dworkin brings good news for poll fans — a lot of polls! Greg reminds us that there’s a big difference between the "Republican electorate" (i.e. primary) and the "electorate" (i.e. general election): So, Trump leads the polls, especially with the white working class, which is as predicted. But, if only Mitt were there, it would be different (at least in New Hampshire)! And, while everyone is yapping about Trump’s lead, have you looked at Hillary’s? Hillary Clinton is the most trusted to handle terrorism.

Donald Trump has been compared to leaders in the past, today Greg and David talk about Trump’s many parallels with George Wallace, and how the support for a new Wallace has grown.

David Vitter is a loser, here are a few reasons.

On campuses there seems to be a growing backlash against old heroes such as Woodrow Wilson and Thomas Jefferson. David sees no problem with this as long as you turn in your homework supporting your thesis first.

The Gop contenders show strong support, weak knowledge of the Constitution and who was responsible. Which is strange, because learning can be so easy and fun.

The myth of the Lost Cause of the Civil War in the South is assumed to be about denying slavery. But in addition to economic slavery we could also add sex slavery.

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Did you know that if you begin Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and KITM simultaneously, our show’s station breaks perfectly sync with the three interesting things their hosts say?

Mission Accomplished! David Waldman and the cast of My Fair Lady agree it is loverly US troops are returning home in retreat from the arriving caravan migrants.

Who cares when Donald Trump tears away democratic norms? Republicans might, but they’ve been way too busy rigging the system to notice. Now it’s Democrats turn to burn it all down! Or, maybe create a controlled burn to preserve what’s left? Who will decide, the majority leader, whip and others who have been entrenched for years, or the young, talented up-and-comers? We could actually have a chance to avoid disarray if we do this right.

 

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David Waldman presents an all Matt Whitaker Wednesday on KITM! Playacting Attorney General Whitaker is trying to keep up the act, but Senators Blumenthal, Hirona, and Whitehouse, along with assorted watchdogs and federal investigators  are spoiling his show.

David tick-tocks us through Whitaker’s astoundingly crooked timeline, full of crooksfootball, daycareconcretetime travel, BigfootHusky Trailers and well-hung toilets. Even with all of that, Mathew was still hungry for more.  Whitaker practiced witch-hunting in his spare time and interviewed to be the chief defender against Robert Mueller before he was installed as Mueller’s supervisor. Jeff Sessions didn’t even hear him coming.

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It’s Tuesday, November 20, and you know what that means! Only 2 days until Morning Kitchen Sex Day, and 43 more days until the the commencement of the 116th United States Congress, the gift that keeps on giving. Today was also the last KITM  for this week. That is, the last KITM in which it was actually possible to hear David Waldman’s utterances separated by only milliseconds from their intended utterance. As of now, today’s show may be considered “pre-recorded”, which also shall be tomorrow’s, because David just keeps cranking them out… and that is something to be thankful for:

Interpol’s former President has been out of the office for a probing that’s probably gone on longer that anyone hoped, forcing his employer to shop for a replacement. The agency is poised to elect a Russian fox to guard the international henhouse. This will allow Russia to expedite the demise of their enemies in the US and around the world.

The White House drops its bid to revoke Jim Acosta's press pass, sort of. In exchange, the press promises not to laugh at the White House anymore, however Ron Chernow might just bring the house down. Here’s how journalists can do better.

President Bone Spurs has a big old yellow streak down his back when it comes to the armed forces, good thing the Gop is here to protect him. Donald sticks with Mohammed bin Salman, who obviously has been following Trump’s scandal avoidance plan to the letter.

Justice! Ivanka Trump will now be locked up in violation of federal records rules for using her personal email account for oh who are we kidding?

Another crazy guy with a gun turns out to be another crazy guy with relationship problems.

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Donald Trump didn’t destroy the world yet, and Robert Mueller didn’t save it yet, but David Waldman and KITM always exceed our expectations:

The Trump campaign paid millions to Trump businesses during the midterm elections. No one would expect otherwise. Also, Playacting Attorney General Whitaker's term immediately commences with illegal activity, And in death, Jamal Khashoggi further exposes the corruption of Kushner and Trump.

Trump misremembered Finland’s forest management system. Trump misremembered where he was this weekend. He however remembered Smoky Bear crossed him before. He remembers those things.

Even before we hear from Mueller, Greg Dworkin can tell you things are getting shaky for Trump. A Californian Gop Congresswoman loses a race she thought wasn’t even competitive. It’s not just Californians telling Donald to kiss their red ass either. Trump is losing his grip on white suburban women, and parts of the rural and white working class. The $12 billion bailout program for farmers in the line of the Trump trade war hasn’t helped. His border stunt is clearly a profound betrayal of our military. Trump Country keeps falling further behind. The GOP has just two problems: Trump and Trumpism.

Meanwhile the Daily Kos community came together for a woman and her parrots. Crazy numbers turned out to vote for Democrats for the House, and Democrats won Senate seats in 7 Trump states. No wonder that Dotard seethes. Nativism isn’t going away, as the Republican party becomes smaller, whiter, and hotter. Marco Rubio evolves to survive.

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Snow Day! David Waldman rousts his kids (who seem identical to my kids, probably yours too) out of bed and out the door, hosting today’s show from the hallways and stairwells of KITM Worldwide Headquarters:

You can tell when Donald Trump is lying when his lips move. Reporter Daniel Dale is busy counting Trump lies almost as fast as Trump can say them. Someday computers might be able to track Donald’s lying in real time, or maybe we could just have this reporter interview him now.

Two out of two spouses agree: Michael Avenatti is being framed for spousal abuse.

The case could be made that Matt Whitaker never met Donald Trump, but that would be a shame, considering their shared love of scams and crappy products. But now, it has become love at first sight.

To cool off the heat on the Saudis over that little Khashoggi dismembering, The US floats a corpse exchange with Turkey. The problem is, our corpse is still a living green card holder in Pennsylvania. A Turkish group has shown it can play hardball with Trump Hotels if they need to, to get their way.

It seems that the Mueller probe has bagged so many in the Trump administration that it has moved on to the Cheney administration.

Melania Trump spent $174,000 in Toronto, and $95,000 in Cairo hotels. She didn't stay overnight in either.

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KITM usually welcomes Greg Dworkin in on Thursday, but he was off doctoring. David Waldman could have circled back around in a series of disguises to fill out today’s lineup, but instead chose to go solo:

The 116th Congress welcomes their freshman class (whether they like being called that or not) and of course, that inescapable yearning for disarray. Nancy Pelosi has been hacking through the brush long enough to pick up a lot of disgruntled burrs. They were willing to replace her with no one, but that sounded kind of silly, so for now it’s fresh-faced Marcia Fudge.

Fox News fans don’t mind being in an abusive relationship and being lied to as much as being cheated on… with CNN no less!

Liberals should stop believing what conservatives say liberals believe, or when script writers say what conservatives say liberals believe.

The Trump era version of shouting fire in a crowded theater had a debut at a performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre.

David’s discussion of  Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis, with a little help from Chuck Schumer, has mostly been delayed, but not denied! Read up on the above articles to get ready for KITM’s upcoming deep dive into that particular rabbit hole.

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David Waldman lifts us over the Wednesday hump, and tries not to drop us on the way to the weekend:

It’s a bad week for armed security guards, but mostly due to their armed nature rather than their job title. A guy pleaded guilty to over 50 charges of false “swatting” calls to police after he got someone killed. Your Alexa listens as you do, well... everything.

The world’s ugliest caterpillar has been transitioning to its bitter, resentful stage, soon to emerge as… wow, you don’t want to know.

As the last embers of overheated midterm voting machines cool, the election, and Blue Wave continue, but still enough time has passed to give Greg Dworkin a chance to really dig into the data. As Democrats win, they get to define the center. As Republicans lose, they start to chew on each other, noticing that speck in an other’s eye, ignoring the log in theirs, etc. Funny how that goesMaybe, eventually, they will discover the real culprit. Maybe not.

Judges order more Georgia votes to be counted. More votes are always good.

Joan McCarter is ready to rumble! There is plenty of exciting fight action lined up in Congress in the next months, but the first fight, Ocasio-Cortez vs. Pelosi, was more of win-win battle, which some do contest, but that is a lot more than the next challenger will be able to claim. Trust David and Joan to get our priorities straight.

 

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Somewhere, somehow, someone thinks Donald Trump is some sort of leader, but it can’t be many. Trump managed to wear his welcome out in Europe, before he even arrived in Europe. Now, here he is back in the US, sniveling into Twitter, and so we’re back to dealing with him.

David Waldman doesn’t take the bait, however. KITM pays attention to what counts, and what counts at the moment are recounts. Pam Bondi hasn’t quite paid off the interest on her debt to Donald, and has become troubled that not enough Florida elections officials are being shook down. A former Florida congressman’s vote was rejected over a signature “mismatch”. On the other hand, Bay county Florida allowed some voting by fax or email. That’s not allowed.

Kris Kobach actually thought to measure the drapes at the Governor’s office, though he just did not seem to think of anything else. Kris lent much hubris and idiocy to aid the Blue Wave, while many fellow Republicans donated millions of dollars and all sorts of tactical assistance.

Maryland is expected to ask for an injunction against playacting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. In Iowa, Whitaker attempted to take down the state’s first openly gay senator with “a politically motivated witch hunt”.

It’s kind of quiet out there isn’t it? Maybe Robert Mueller is going to say something… maybe not. Donald Trump was directly involved in campaign regulations violations... maybe feloniously. Russian oligarch Dmitri Rybolovlev is talking to Mueller about a few things. A different Russian oligarch lent his jet to a maybe spy to visit Paul Manafort, during the Trump’s presidential campaign.

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Wow. Can you believe David Waldman and KITM have pulled us through 95 weeks of Donald Trump… so far? Almost as painful to contemplate: More than 7 additional weeks remain of the 115th United States Congress. That is less than 7 weeks for Democrats to get themselves arrayed, and dance with the Leader who brought them to the party.

Greg Dworkin is still not sick of winning, and is happy to talk about the how and the why of the continuing Blue Wave. Donald Trump, who is afraid the Post Office might be magical, fears democracy almost as much as rainfall. In Arizona, Martha McSally is losing fair and square to Kyrsten Sinema, while John McCain aides continue to notice how despicable Republicans have become.

Speaking of despicable, 5,600 American troops will spend Thanksgiving on the transparent political stunt front while veterans haven't received GI Bill benefits for months, and visiting troops in combat zones have been deemed “not overly necessary”. 16 hidden missile bases continue to be constructed in future combat zone North Korea.

Gun manufacturer lobbying group, the NRA, warned doctors to stay in their lane. Doctors warn the NRA to get out of their lane.

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No more getting down on Friday. No more rest from the chaosDavid Waldman prepares us to be fed into the maw of the weekend:

Donald Trump heads to France, where he’s loved and respected and people know how to treat him. But first, Donald found another Enemy of the People to fight. He seems to be getting good at spotting them. Donald has had to coffee-boy Matt Whitaker ahead of schedule, not because of the Constitution, because when has that ever stopped him? But, because people on the telly-telly have noticed Matt is cray-cray.

Authorities are searching for a motive in the California bar massacre, but could it be that this maniac was trolling? The shooter used a high-capacity magazine outlawed in 2016, and didn’t need a bump stock to get the same results.

The Fake News has now become indisputably conclusive for the right-wingArmando calls in with three things to remember about the present vote counting (not recounting): Rights. Rights. Rights.

Ryan Zinke wants to see his name on a Fox lower third banner more often, so imitation Ryan Zinke might have to take his place.

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A little midterm election can sure change things quickly! We had a Blue Wave on Tuesday, but by Thursday the mainstream narrative writers were just too busy to back up. First, they have to strongly object with incredible concern over the slippery slope that, oh well... back to work. Then, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fell and broke three ribs. (Donald Trump is still workshopping out his funny tweet.) Oh, and another terrorist attack with another dozen or so dead. Not many people get shot in Thousand Oaks, but bullets changed that quickly. At least now reporters can be freed up from their Caravan gigs.

David Waldman, with guest Greg Dworkin, use today’s KITM to build a new narrative, one nuanced fact at a time:

Trump has a lot to be grumpy about. Democrats gain hundreds of legislative seats and a secure majority of state attorneys general. Dems did best in Donald’s 2016 states, picking up 28 seats. The youths are becoming civic. New Mexico picked up a Democratic trifecta. Plenty of poetic wins, including a gay Governor for intolerant bakers, a two mom Eagle Scout Henry Cavill-looking Senator, Scott Walker blocking himself from a recount… and, Colorado abolished slavery. Scuttlebutt also has it that Donald might get even grumpier, especially if he isn’t invited to the State of the Union.

Meanwhile the Blue Wave still is rolling in. The race is not over in Georgia. Brian Kemp is quitting his old job, which he might miss soon. Florida is not overAndrew Gilliam’s not over, which surprises Andrew Gilliam. Nate Silver is still figuring things out, and the AP has yet to call 23 races!

Trump cheered himself up by firing his arch-enemy and ours, Jeff Sessions, hiring great guy and future coffee boy Matthew Whitaker. Whitaker is well positioned for the job, arriving with nose pre-browned, experience operating scams from Miami to Iowa to Israel, and a hankering for New Testament justice.

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You look tired. Well, you didn’t sleep much last night, but it wasn’t the Ambien playing with you. We won. Trump lost. So this isn’t a dream, but it’s not a nightmare either. Dems have won more seats than the 2006 blue wave, indeed more than almost all of the “waves”. However, most pundits just wrote their “No Wave” stories, and went to bed as the wave crossed their fly-over states. This morning, Sarah Sanders saw an unanimous red wave, but Donald Trump could only see red, and speak “mob”.

Today, David Waldman and Greg Dworkin begin their look into specific gains and losses and what they mean for our future: 

Without gerrymandering, that 9.4% would feel a lot better. Democrats won about 60% of the popular vote for the Senate.

The votes are almost in, even if the stories aren’t. Angie Craig unseats Jason Lewis in Minnesota. Harley Rouda beats Dana Rohrabacher in California. In Maine, the Republican leads by a teeny-tiny bit, so ranked-choice voting could actually come into play. Zach Wahls, an Eagle Scout with two moms, is now an Iowa State Senator. Brian Kemp’s voter suppression in Georgia almost suppressed his vote, but who knows, he still could win. The three states that delivered the Trump presidency all elected Democratic governors and senators last night.

Our new House of Representatives begins to look more like America. Democrats will be making a lot more decisions that matter, where they matter, and are ready to work. Nancy Pelosi knows what to do, and so does Robert Mueller.

Republicans would rather vote for a dead pimp than switch. The Gop maintains a strong lead with the Indicted-American community.

Donald Trump says goodbye to those that crossed him, and many more that didn’t. Democrats couldn’t have done it without him. The Kavanaugh bump was maybe a dip depending on who’s looking.

By the end of the today’s show Mitch McConnell finally shut up, allowing Joan McCarter to call in and tell of the Medicaid wave in western states!

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David Waldman presents the KITM Midterm Elections special. Definitely not lightweight, yet so portable! Easy to take with you while you knock on doors, transport voters to their local precinct or Board of Elections, or even on your drive to volunteer at polling places.

Of course we are already doing those things. You know we are the best at doing all of those things and more. So, once the polls close, after we’ve done every last thing we can, we can… relax and watch the votes roll in and maybe take our first steps back out of chaos.

Just try not to disturb the Trump voters while you are voting, or anyone with chocolate milk. Can you imagine Donald Trump being so contemptible as to order wine only for the pouring down of a woman’s back? Maybe Trump’s tough talk about border deployment doesn’t match what’s really taking place.

Armando calls in to bloviate, but errs on the side of wisdom and conciseness. Georgia state ID seems to have racism and suppression engineered in. Border patrol in El Paso (two words) scheduled a "crowd control exercise" for election day. Trump attracts the fakest of news to his pre-election rally. The New York Times remains awful. Armando and David handicap the chances of the next several losers of Presidential Apprentice.

Soon we will be able to enjoy Ivanka Trump brand wiener skins and voting booths.

 

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