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It’s not just another day of Kavanaugh craziness. It’s a Day of Kavanaugh Craziness. The bizarro theory that Brett Kavanaugh had an evil twin takes root, declares Mission Accomplished, and is then deleted. Who’s behind it? That Ed Whelan guy. Boy, I dunno.

Armando joined in the wide-ranging discussion of just how nutty this whole thing is becoming, plus other assorted sad tales of our times.

Is Trump even dumber than we thought? Or is this actually within tolerances for his stupidity? Apparently, he thinks Spain can deter migrants by building a wall. Across another continent. Seems like a fine time to have him chair a UN Security Council meeting, then.

More about that thing where Yale Law profs and/or “Tiger Moms” are said to be “grooming” clerks for Kavanaugh. That’s a loaded word. And maybe it’s the right one. But this is just the latest twist to a long-standing practice that keeps the loop closed on elite legal careers.

Trump’s team sets about gaslighting you about his confession to Lester Holt.

There was always something… not right…  about that guy who was so keen on 3-D printing guns.

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David Waldman returns to today’s Special Holiday KITM atoned, rested, and ready to tackle at least the next couple of days before the weekend:

Donald Trump was “briefed” yesterday in N.C., which is only slightly less embarrassing than being “pantsed”. At least a guy got a nice boat out of the deal, and even Donald came away learning something.

Greg Dworkin rounds up his round-up, and then some: The White House can’t withdraw Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination because that would break their winning streak of getting stuff done or whatever. Remember, the Kavanaugh train is not unstoppable.

A classmate of Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford made the mistake of speaking the truth, and learned to never do that again. Men on the other side of these things know to avoid speaking the truth at all times. Women know better, although women on the Gop side of things seem to have picked the Gop side of things. Diane Feinstein couldn’t make everyone happy, but there is plenty of time to fix that. If Dr. Ford’s testimony had never come out Kavanaugh would only be known as a lying sleaze.

The FBI isn’t Trump’s enemy, or his buddy either. Donald saw a thing on the telly-telly, so he said a thing, and that’s that. Is that how it works? If so, Trump could have fixed his problems years ago.

3 term Republican Senator Nancy Kassebaum and Kansas governor Bill Graves will vote against Kris Kobach. In Wisconsin, Scott Walker thrives in adversity, so he must be growing like a weed.

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With Trump, they say, "there's a tweet for everything." By now, there's a KITM for everything, too. It's not often that Yom Kippur and Talk Like a Pirate Day fall on the same day. That is, I don't think so, and I'm not interested in looking it up. But even if it happens a lot, we've got you covered, because we've got an episode that mentions both in the first five minutes.

And that's good enough for me.

Today on KITM: David Waldman tackles the inconvenient placement of Yom Kippur, “Talk Like a Pirate Day” (arr) and psychic vampire vaginal egg skimmers (arr). Don’t look for those at Toys 'R Us, they’re bankrupt. (arr)

Donald Trump made Robert Newton sound like Trevor Howard as he told the United Nations that he will destroy Rocket Mantotally, believe me, once he razes this UN dump.

Donald Jr. works to keep his secrets, even though it’s Eric that tried to hold a secret event at a Trump club. They just can’t keep enough of the nosy people out.

Trump told you he was being wiretapped! Soon, we will find out why.

Fox’s first rule about the sex-cult: Don’t talk about the sex-cult. Soon, Miss Universe 2013 will bite Donald harder than a Moscow hooker.

Warren Buffett knew the S&P 500 index would outperform a portfolio of funds of hedge funds, once the managers took their piece.

Republicans are desperate, in a corner, out of time, and quit caring a long time ago, so...

 
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Sometimes, having an eye for the little things means a lot.

For instance, the Brett Kavanaugh story has become a sweeping historical epic, a parable of our times, history in the making! While the rest of the media paints in broad strokes, come to KITM, and bring your loupe, because David Waldman will be examining the subtleties in the details entwined amongst the nuances others hurry past:

It is a long time until next Monday, and many minds, some brilliant, some stupid are working out strategies. Strategists should not plan on women being fooled however, because all women have run into at least one Brett Kavanaugh, and they know one when they see one.

Lying might not get Republicans through election day, so for once they might be forced to open the manual. David hauls out Jefferson’s manual, but you’ll have to keep in mind the distinctions between the original text and the commentary on the text if David isn’t there to read them in different funny voices. You will want to read it if you are looking for precedent on impeachment.

Robert Mueller needs to read Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski’s secret Road Map to reporting unlawful and impeachable conduct to congress.

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Boom. Everyone’s ears will be ringing for at least a week after the Kavanaugh bombshell. Today, KITM is all Kavanaugh, as David Waldman charts the beginning of the repercussions.

Greg Dworkin rounded up a few dumpster fires that weren’t Kavanaugh related, along with some actual good news (for Democrats).

Remember Paul Manafort from last week? Manafort remains an existential threat to Trump.

Democratic confidence is going up, as it should. The Russia investigation is helping the midterms, because the midterms will help the Russia investigation.

Sure, thousands of people left without electricity, sanitation, or medical care after Maria died, but FEMA’s Brock Long counted only a few directly wind-related deaths.

Then there was the Brett Bad Boy Kavanaugh news. Christine Blasey Ford is on the record, already foiling Republican Plan A, and leaving Susan Collins greatly troubled. 65 women who were easy to find last week to defend Kavanaugh are harder to find this week. However, you can talk to the more than 200 women supporting Dr. Blasey Ford, and one of them just might be Kellyanne Conway

Donald Trump witnesses another fine man in his general vicinity ruined. Don McGahn probably knows just what Kavanaugh went through. Justice Anthony Kennedy probably did also.

Unfortunately, Brett has smeared and attacked women before, and lied to Senators on several topics, somewhat complicating the Gop plan to throw everything into a fan and perform an Inverse Garland to escape.

The conclusion is of course: Dems in disarray! Times have changed since the Thomas hearings. On the other hand, they haven’t changed at all.

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Friday’s here again, and we’re still here again! All good news. David Waldman lines up the news, good and bad, to set us up for the weekend:

An armed society is a polite society, but when a guy cuts you off, and you give them the finger, and they give the finger back to you, well, you don’t have much choice but to shoot them.

The state department spent $30,000 on Nikki Haley’s apartment curtains, which sounds steep, but that extra $22,801 to motorize them makes a lot of sense, because that’s just cool.

Armando spent about an hour with David figuring stuff out: 

We won some, we lost some in New York, and in the end winning is better.

Ken Starr senses that now would be a good time to hawk a book. David and Armando lament the lack of news in TV news, which just doesn’t have that in-depth touch of print media.

Brett Kavanaugh might have forced himself on a woman, and is certainly a bad choice for the Supreme Court, but The Intercept is just wondering, what about Diane Feinstein?

Paul Manafort strikes a deal with the Mueller team, and pleads guilty to two felony charges. Trump and Manafort lawyers have a joint defense agreement, as they all know collusion to be beneficial sometimes.

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David Waldman was feverishly boarding up the windows and reinforcing the doors at KITM World Headquarters when he discovered a hurricane was heading his way too! It’s always something!

It is hurricane season, with Florence, Isaac, and others heading our way. Hurricane Florence is downgraded to a category 2, while FEMA is downgraded to a subordinate of ICE. No matter how low he goes, Donald Trump still can’t limbo under Hurricane Maria.

Put bloodhounds on any money trail, and you’ll have some Trump treed in no time.

Flunkies don’t stand up to Trump, unless they want to quit being flunkies.

Donald Trump may stun America with a shocking November surprise! David will not keep you in suspense. Will the mob take over America before the Mob does? The Electoral College is too frightened to function.

Brett Kavanaugh is able to lie in print as well as he does face to face. Brett can be first on the Impeachment chopping block. We haven’t even gotten around to asking about the $200,000 in baseball tickets!

Less than a tenth of one percent of people who lied on their gun background check were prosecuted during the last year. Oh well, the police will probably pick them up for something else eventually.

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On today’s KITM, David Waldman attempts to answer: Is Donald Trump’s lying cynical or deluded? A toughie! There’s just so much evidence to support either hypothesis. But don’t ask Donald, it just makes him angry and it sure won’t get you anywhere. In fact, when the pig manure hits the hurricane, it’s best to simply head in the opposite direction of Trump’s advice.

Trump was just careful enough with his language to avoid specifically “advocating imminent lawless action” at his rallies.

George Papadopoulos lied too often and too much to be of much help to Robert Mueller.

The U.S. is on course for a $1 trillion deficit. That’s not a lie, but David sifts through a few lumps to get to the whole truth.

There is too much truth in calling your shooting range The Bullet Hole when your patrons receive titular souvenirs.

How much does Brett Kavanaugh need to lie before he is disqualified for a Supreme Court position? Susan Collins will tell you (and she would be lying).

Joan McCarter pops in for a visit, and to tell us that the only solution for Kavanaugh is for Chuck Schumer to whip Democrats into an united position, which should be easy as new polling shows there's no reason for ANY Democrat to vote for Kavanaugh.

An anti-Affordable Care Act judge demonstrates that the truth is whatever a judge decides it to be.

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David Waldman returns from a day of Rosh Hashanah merriment and Torah readings, aware that celebration and somber reflection must go hand in hand... unless you are some sort of sociopathic dotard, of course.

Ben Shapiro quickly scans Barack Obama’s latest speech to find hooks for his usual talking points, so that Republicans can quickly scan his articles for lib pwning tips.

Remember Omarosa Manigault Newman? She was kind of wondering if you did, so she thought she should release another recording she made of Donald Trump. White House staffers recorded Donald like parents at a school play.

Sen. Susan Collins will be voting for Brett Kavanaugh, although singing la la la with fingers in her ears does help her feel a bit less troubled by that.

The International Criminal Court suspects the US of war crimes. John Bolton is going to come over there and show them what illegitimate really means.

A court filing just revealed Maria Butina is ready to flip on her co-conspirator. And maybe a candidate or two, although there just doesn’t seem to be a shortage of candidates for Maria Butina.

If there is an opportunity for a mystery attack anywhere in the world, there are Russians up for the task, including hacking into the RNC email system, because you never know where you might find something useful, like missing John Kerry votes, or Supreme Court kompromat. Russians are cleared of an attack at a Washington DC condo.

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Happy 5779!

Unless you’re listening to today’s podcast, which could lead you to think it’s 5778, since it’s a rerun from September 12, 2017. But as a matter of fact, it was actually still 5777 on that date! So, ha!

Ted Cruz popped up last night as just another shade of the rightwing sex-cult. No soup porn... yet. If you want to spank Ted for it, get in line. David Waldman’s KITM paddle has holes drilled in it just for these occasions, but today it’s reserved for bigger asses:

Where to start—Russians or Trump? Trick question, they fade seamlessly into each other. Which we knew since the Steele dossier, and which many knew long before that. Just when you thought Putin and Trump couldn’t be more intertwined new connections emerge. Trump lied to conceal his Moscow business partners right through the election. Russia used Facebook events to organize anti-immigrant rallies. How could they get away with that? Pretty easily. Let a Russian Russia-splain American sovereignty to you. 

Russia to white supremacy to Trump is a short path. The Senate passed a resolution on Monday condemning white supremacist organizations, which could force Trump to go on the record about these fine people.

Hope Hicks, how does she do it? We might find out soon!

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Yay, we make it to the weekend! Donald Trump and Brett Kavanaugh probably have a golf date over at Bedminster, but incase you weren’t invited, David Waldman brings us the latest, connecting the two with Republican and Russian hacking, the dark web, deep web, Michael Flynn, Barbara OlsonComstock, Ledeen, W9/11! We didn’t start the fire, no we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it:

Trump will keep NAFTA, but maybe with the “T” bigger, and in gold.

Trump will not answer questions about obstruction, not even in writing, not even as a multiple choice quiz.

The Feds are finally looking into the Trump Organization's finances. Democrats are finally looking into Brett Kavanaugh’s finances.

Brett Kavanaugh’s little concern eyebrows have been telling on him lately, as he looks into the face of perjury, and into the eyes of Sen. Patrick Leahy, victim of Republican email theft during the George W. Bush administration. Newly released emails, like the one with the subject line “spying”, were sent from Barbara Leeden, who's now a Chuck Grassley staffer in the Russia probe and is tied to Mike Flynn. Leeden used dark and deep webs to try to lock Hillary Clinton up.

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David Waldmanlodestar of KITM and Daily Kos Radio listeners worldwide, lights our way:

Greg Dworkin asks: “So, what do you want to talk about?” There’s not much eye contact happening today in the West Wing, at least for those who haven’t called in sick this week. Penceworld isn’t the happiest place on earth. Donald Trump sees treason all about him, just because that’s exactly the kind of people he hires, and the performance he has always demanded. His traitors haven’t squeezed enough out of him to plunge in the final dagger, but soon.

Meanwhile, somebody, who knows who, nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Now what? David recognizes Patrick Leahy’s gift of institutional wisdom, along with a few institutional memories as well. Memories of Manny Miranda’s memorandum misappropriation led Leahy to confront Kavanaugh on his connections to the controversy. Kamala Harris knows Kavanaugh knows. Everyone knows Brett Kavanaugh will overturn Roe, despite his load of stare decisis. Cory Booker brings it, and dares the Gop to try. Armando calls in to talk procedure, strategy, and to figure out what matters.

The Gop has learned one lesson: Always enforce loyalty.

Nancy Pelosi finally makes it to the big time, appearing on the cover of a major national newsmagazine for the first time in her career!

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What exactly did David Waldman do with his hands during today’s KITM?

Of course, things like that are always open to interpretation. For example, what’s up with Zina Bash? Is she too racially impure to demand racial purity? Fred Guttenberg, father of Parkland victim Jaime, is on tape attempting to shake hands with Brett Kavanaugh, but the White House will tell you what you are looking at isn’t what you are seeing. Donald Trump has told his wives, plaintiffs, prosecutors and citizens that for years. With Bob Woodward’s new book out, interpreting reality should remain a hot topic.

Greg Dworkin is here to save the Republican party by helping them return to reality. The blue wave is on the horizon, but Massachusetts’s Ayanna Pressley demonstrates that wave’s generational, gender and racial power. All of that power is making the Delaware Senate primary exciting. The former GOP governor of Kansas endorses Democrat Laura Kelly over Kris Kobach.

Republican corruption remains a solid motivator for voters, as is Republican greed. As long as Democrats keep getting in touch with constituents, and no one wants to be touched by Donald Trump, Democrats are in their best position yet to retake the House. Ted Cruz can’t bend the reality of the trouble he’s in. Cruz versus Beto all depends on if hes or shes turn out.

Armando, a student of legal realism, and an advocate of constitutional hardball needs us to face reality on how we will fix the mess our system is in. Should we follow the rules? Should they follow the rules?  What are rules? Get the gavel(s). Then work out the rules.

Who needs reality? Maybe we just need to feel like we are in power.

Kaepernick is a sonofabitch, but Trump still has a soft spot for Nike.

The British know how to handle Russian agents.

Finally, the witch hunt ends.

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David Waldman was late and owes us 6 minutes today. Put it on his tab:

Speaking of late, Democrats hurl themselves into battle during Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination hearing, after receiving  the last minute dump of a percent or two of the necessary documentation.  David talks Gang of 14, Nuclear Option, judicial filibusters, Patrick Leahy’s felicitous anamnesis, and related legends, myths and history.

Speaking of judicial impeachment, the West Virginia House impeached the entire state Supreme Court. David explores the why and how.

Kris Kobach wants to be the next Trump, but is too stupid to reach even that level, as he probably intentionally failed to register voters during his hunt for voter fraud.

You knew Bruce Ohr had to be pretty cool, based on the enemies he cultivated. David looks into the efforts to flip Oleg Deripaska on Russian organized crime, and Donald Trump, natch.

Screwing Russian oligarchs became an issue for Maria Butina the moment she forgot the difference between a euphemism and a metaphor.

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It’s summer sequel time! David Waldman presents a pre-recorded KITM follow up to his previous examination of the House of Saud, and its sequels, Son of Saud, and the Other Son of Saud. Mohammed bin Salman is out to reform Saudi Arabia, with a little charm, a little imprisonment, a little torture, a little death, and a little help from Jared Kushner, prince of the like-minded House of Trump.

David does a deep dig into the rise of M.B.S as the next Saudi king, what he’s had to do so far, and what he’ll have to do next, including the takeover of Qatar, and the World Cup.

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On today’s KITMDavid Waldman shares Donald Trump’s homemade fudge recipe.

Fresh out of the oven: Trump takes pride in the 2,975 fantastic jobs he performed in Puerto Rico. Trump was startled to read in his tweet that Don McGahn had to leave so soon. McGahn himself served up plenty of fudge with some obstruction, some collusion sprinkles.

Andrew Gillum doesn’t touch the stuff.

Greg Dworkin rounds up the post-Gillum narratives: Is Andrew Gillum Bernie Sanders? Is Beto O’Rourke Barack Obama? Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez John McCain? Armando thinks such talk is just so much… fudge. There remains a long fight ahead and certain battles will be won or lost, sometimes by small margins, but remember we are fighting for something much bigger. Pennsylvania is looking good for Dems at the moment. Winter is coming. The storm that awaits.

The white working class took flight when they saw Obama. Did you know that some white people use words such as “monkey” as a sort of code?

David returns to yesterday’s fudge fest on Salena Zito. Who’s full of more of it—Zito, her detractors, or their detractors?

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It may all feel like a hump, but David Waldman brings us the last Wednesday KITM before Labor day and election season:

Donald Trump watched TV last night. Not that he needs to, to make up stuff. He also won that last argument with Don McGahn. Trump makes plans to win all future arguments.

The Gop do not know where this NAFTA thing is supposed to go.

Trump baby balloons aren’t just for golf courses! Get one for your neighborhood.

Paul Ryan’s deep state is now focused on a former C.I.A. officer running for Congress.

Greg Dworkin rounds up the post-primary and post-John McCain news. The big story is the big race in Florida. Andrew Gillum tried out the untested campaign strategy of offering representation for his constituents, the benefit being that the more he represents, the more popular he becomes. The big stories on FL governor nominee Andrew Gillum are yet to be written, as no one thought to write them until now. Of course there might be big bad stories coming, but what matters is the record numbers that are paying attention. GOP turnout isn’t low. It’s Dem turnout that’s high. And that’s what makes the difference.

Meanwhile, an AZ state legislator went for the pervy old man vote, was caught with his pants down. 6 incumbent OK state legislators are no longer, after turning on teachers. Even Oklahoma’s governor race looks up for grabs.

Salena Zito doesn’t know what she’s talking about, which is ok by her editors and publishers.

Joan McCarter misses us! She called in bring us up-to-date on DC shenanigans. Senate Republicans peep out of their holes on the news John McCain has died, and scurry about to try again to repeal Obamacare. Donald Trump plans one more pre-election wall fitEvery Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee is demanding a delay in the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, while Chuck Schumer paddles in the other direction.

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Interim President Sarah Sanders prepares to attend John McCain’s funeral, Donald Trump figures out The Google, and David Waldman hits ⌘ Cmd + Roust on his computer to commence another KITM day:

Presidente Peña Nieto? Viejo Chocho Trump, línea dos.

The only Latino employee at the Federation for American Immigration Reform quit when he realized FAIR was the hate group.

When the President’s party changes, Brett Kavanaugh judgements evolve.

There is no way to block the full-spectrum corruption of Donald Trump. Donald pulls Presidential strings to help out Trump hotels, for some reason. 

Robert Mueller has Blackwater’s Erik Prince's phones, and computer.

Bruce Ohr spent his career fighting Russian organized crime, directly leading to him fighting Donald Trump.

Heroes emerge in the Jacksonville shooting. Scapegoats emerge, also. The far-right demands a crackdown on churches, synagogues, grandmas, the abundance of headphones, the paucity of silencers, and your attitude, buster.

Maggie Haberman speaks in tongues as her sources quit trying to figure out their boss.

Sam Nunberg lost his mind, is still looking around for it.

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What did you do for David Waldman’s birthday last weekend? Both Armando and I celebrated the way we always have, with our own birthday parties!

Sadly John McCain, who died this weekend, was only 4 days shy of his birthday. Greg Dworkin tells us that with John McCain gone, so is the Republican Party. No one could ever take the place of John McCain, but the AZ governor sort of has to set that up, as it’s his job to place an actual Republican, or whatever it is that is available now, into that position. Alternatively, they could put in a placeholder, like his wife, or somebody.

Trump disapproval remains remarkably stable, although Trump loathing must shot up at least as fast as the White House flag this morning. Independent voters might be finally catching on, for good.

As a rule, a sociopathic dotard exhibits no respect, everEveryone and everything Donald touches rots. His supporters have already rotted.

Manafort and Cohen thought they’d get away with it, because everyone always gets away with it.

David digs into the nuts and bolts of the latest major Democratic Party reforms, in anticipation of when Armando calls up and they really dig into it.

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The time bomb keeps ticking, and is probably golfing right now, which is good as news as any to come out of the White House. Allen Weisselberg gets immunity, so clearly Robert Mueller is heading in the right direction. “Chairman-1” David Pecker, owner of the Trump mouthpiece National Enquirer has got permission to empty his safe of sleaze with the list of those caught and killed.

David Waldman-1 describes how Pecker got his power, and how he can hope it might shield him from wayward trucks.

There are still news contributors contractually forbidden from criticizing Trump.

Content and information polluting Russian bots and trolls spread both pro- and anti-vacccine messages, because like Trump, they need to sow division to survive.

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David Waldman’s kids finally get out of the kitchen and onto a school bus today! Also:

Greg Dworkin isn’t here to talk about Donald Trump’s impeachment. Democrats want to talk about  corruption first, then a million other impeachable offenses, before getting to that “I-word”. Trump doesn’t want to be impeached until he figures out how to get some money out of it. Voters are beginning to warm to the idea, however. Republicans urge their embattled incumbents to speak out on Trump.

Donald hates those flipping rats, and is correct that Michael Cohen will get a statue before he does. Trump knows he is an illegitimate president whose election is tainted by fraud, but won’t let that stop him from burning it all down after he’s cornered. Michael Cohen pled guilty because he was cornered. If you think these things are obvious, you haven’t had a Trump supporter on your jury.

All the headlines go to Trump, making it difficult for other Republicans to get noticed. Here are a few your consideration: Scott Lloyd got a woman pregnant, took her for an abortion, and now says Jews who died in the Holocaust had it lucky. Vern Buchanan and Duncan Hunter tried to rake it in while no one was looking

Sure, not all things have gone the Gop’s way lately, but a brown man killed a white woman recently, and Tucker Carlson discovered white people in Africa that Donald Trump can save, so there’s that.

Armando calls in to talk about legal buffoon Alan Dershowitz, the Dr. Oz of campaign finance law, also Trump v. Cohen v. reality, and some advice for those considering piercing the corporate veil.

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Boom! The first charges go off in Trump Swamp, and we are just beginning to see the first floaters.

David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Armando don’t know where to cast their nets first, but they have two hours to brave the smell and haul them in:

The guilty fragile narcissist dumb baby dotard unindicted co-conspirator feels some felony payoff remorse this morning, another case of “hiring the best peoplesticker shock. Donald would rather be golfing.

The spinners can hardly get the energy to twist this morning. Aw, heck if the Republicans themselves say they’re guilty, maybe they are. Robert Mueller achieves results.

Paul Manafort’s guilt leads to Russia, which leads to a lot worse things than life in prison, so Paul keeps his lips zipped.

And then there is Duncan Hunter: Republicans might cut him out of committees, but he can still win in November! The Navy has a suggestion for Duncan. Coming up: Vern Buchanan explains seven-figure yacht loans from foreign banks.

Armando eloquently elocutes allocution in law, similarities and dissimilarities between the John Edwards and Michael Cohen cases. Also, Manafort, Papadopoulos, Kavanaugh, Hunter, Guliani, Dershowitz and more!

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David Waldman couldn’t stand the heat, but he didn’t get out of the kitchen. He had it air conditioned yesterday to bring us an even cooler KITM today:

George Papadopoulos doesn’t want to go to jail. Robert Mueller thinks Papadopoulos shouldn’t have lied so many times, then. Now George thinks his plea deal doesn’t look so good anymore. Decisions!

Maybe someone will get a little of what they deserve for poisoning Flint water. 

You might be a white supremacist if… You attend a EURO convention. You are a speaker there. You are then praised by Stormfront. And/or if you are Steve Scalise.

Idiot alt-righters fell for yet another anti-anti-fascist doxxing trap and all they got was a lousy t-shirt.

Sen. Bill Nelson said Russians had penetrated his state's election systems, and you know, he might be right.

Facebook advertising ROI is proven once again, demonstrating notable gains in hate and fear indexes.

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It's the long-awaited Air Conditioning Replacement Day celebration at KITM World HQ! What does that mean? It means you get to enjoy this "encore presentation" of our August 21, 2017 episode. It was a simpler time, then! The sun was being eclipsed by the moon, and we were puzzling for just the first time over why the media seemed intent on keeping Steve "Shambling Mound" Bannon relevant despite his dismissal from the White House:

David Waldman’s being followed by a moon shadow, moon shadow, moon shadow... It’ll catch up with him later today, but for right now he is still producing new, but non-live versions of KITM. David is in South Carolina, but probably not visiting the state’s protected Confederate monuments. The whole point of Confederate monuments is to celebrate white supremacy. That, and to make money for statue makers. The clone army is in retreat, but might rise again if we aren’t alert. We are just now rediscovering the lost history of the only coup d’état ever to take place on American soil.

So, who the f@&$ is Steve Bannon? It’s not too late to ask that question, because he’s not actually going away like he really should. Steve Bannon stayed at the White House to advise Trump on very fine Nazis, but everyone knows Gorka’s the house Nazi, and Bannon wasn’t awfully up on Muslims, or geography. Steve Bannon’s expertise lies in climate denial, meth production, porn, and ass-kissing, but unfortunately he wasn’t meeting Trump’s standard.

A white nationalist ship refused help from a refugee rescue boat, so maybe they think they are superior swimmers as well.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:22pm EDT

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Donald Trump let himself off early today, to kick back, binge on his favorite tv shows, and grab a little “me time”, leaving David Waldman to sweep up a few lingering stories to get us through the weekend:

Bone Spur Donald’s parade has been postponed, until never. Our businessman president had the price all figured out, except for a few digits here and there. Maybe next Bastille Day he can ask the French how they run their government so efficiently. 

You can’t buy Omarosa’s silence. Not for $179,000. And, not with Trump’s idiot lazy lawyers, who are known for screwing up confidentiality agreements. David holds a seminar on the arbitration process.

The not so magic kingdom of SaudLand holds a special place in Donald Trump’s heart. Canada, on the other hand, Donald isn’t really that into. So, when Sauds float their whim of diving a plane into Toronto, Canadians probably shouldn’t turn our way for sympathy. Why fly an airliner into a building when you can just foreclose on it?

Direct download: August_17_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:29pm EDT

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David Waldman introduces a new paradigm in disruptive innovation: a “web-enabled” system capable of transferring David’s unique thoughts and emotions, opinions and facts, directly to you, almost instantly, or at any time, day or night, that you alone can independently select.  Experience KITM.

Also, Elon Musk has a new idea.

Greg Dworkin finds common ground with Trump loyalists. Make the House Democratic, and impeach Trump. Win-win! Even Alex Jones could tell you so, if he wasn’t so hard to hear lately. A dad tramples Nazi-boy’s free speech, might start charging him rent.

Greg’s got the polls! Dems are doing very well, but even better with the Trump bump. Nancy Pelosi is the last thing on voter’s minds. Richard Uihlein has lost $29,000,000 betting Gop. Democrats keep politics local to win elections. Those big red areas on Trump’s favorite map have lots of other colors too.

John Brennan is first off on Trump’s enemy listWho is Bruce Ohr, and is Donald making the moves on his wife? OK, just keep it up, and Omarosa will just keep dropping tapes. Trump’s lawyers dislike subpoenas. They’ll hate indictments.

David examines Elizabeth Warren’s plan to save capitalism for the stakeholders.

Disarray? Rhode Island’s Democrats love the stuff!

Harvey Weinstein’s couch may have seen a lot of sex traffic.

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, has died. RIP

Direct download: August_16_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:23am EDT

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David Waldman opens today’s KITM with a live comparison test between Google Hangouts and Skype that went about as well as you’d imagine, and you’d have to, as Netroots Radio also went in the crapper around the same time, taking us off the air for the first 15 minutes.

Then computers rebooted, buttons got pushed, Greg Dworkin called in, and it all got better.

Yesterday was a Primary Day, and you know what that means! So, let’s talk about Omarosa, who DNGAF about NDAs, or much of anything other than winning Presidential Apprentice. Maybe now we can all agree that Donald Trump is a racist by every imaginable standard. Trump is right to be scared of an N-word tape.

One in three Americans “like” Donald Trump. Why so many? God only knows, but that number won’t win many elections. Wisconsin Dems finally have a chance to beat Scott Walker. Dems have the enthusiasms! Not just one, but many, which is why Democrats are set to make a lot of history this November... by representing Americans.

Hatch Act violation alert! The Treasury Department votes Trump. White House membership has its privileges, at least $350,000 worth.

Does capitalism need saving? If so, Elizabeth Warren could be the savior, by returning shareholder supremacy back to stakeholders.

Would you believe Qanon spread because people wanted to make some money off rubes?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:45am EDT

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Daily Kos Radio turns 7 years old! As you exit, be sure to slip a little something into KITM’s birthday bag!

David Waldman’s job is to explore all of those intricate webs of lies and corruption that others just don’t have the time or focus to provide. Tuesday is his day to pick up the loose web threads:

Chris Collins wants out, but he can’t get out of trouble, and he’s even having hard time keeping unelected.

Posing as president is tough for a sociopathic dotard that really doesn’t care if “you are up”, or that’s “what you call” your country. Donald Trump is shackled in place by a job title that won’t let him Peter Principle his way into assisted living.

Armando calls in to talk of our dog of a president’s latest sad attempts to become alpha. Being a dog back in the  ‘70’s, Donald would indiscriminately hook up with any mob, but with age came loyalty, sort of. Either way, he’s hooked for life.

Of the two ways to subjugate a country, the sword or debt, one messes up your future property a lot less. Saudi Arabia weaponizes its wealth and aims it at Canada. The United Arab Emirates wages financial war against Qatar to steal the World Cup, and the rest of Qatar while they’re at it. Multi-sleazy multimillionaire David Rowland is connected to much of this.

The DOJ adds a weapons trafficking expert to the Maria Butina trial.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:05pm EDT

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His golf game rained out, Donald Trump stayed inside, motorboating motorcyclists, his very important contingent, and an prime example of those supporters Trump relies upon... as opposed to that wacky, vicious, low-life Omarosa, who Donald had to fire 3 times—plus another time he just found out about—because she, well, didn’t really “fit in” with the group. Now that Ja’Ron, he’s a good one. (Whatever his last name is.) There’s a certain level of loyalty and commitment expected in conservative quarters, you know... What about North Korea!

The great news: November keeps coming, and nobody can prevent thatDavid Waldman joins with Dr. Greg Dworkin (Ret.) (not yet) to round up pundits, and polls, without which we might think Trump is popular, and wouldn’t notice the big blue blizzard heading our way.

Losers might actually be losing for once. Trump calls to boycott Harley-Davidson, and Scott Walker ahead of Tuesday’s primary. Chris Collins suspends his reelection campaign, but he still needs to resign. New polls show Ted Cruz could really lose, once people meet Beto O’Rourke. IL-MN-MI-OH-IA-WI could go blue, and if not all of them, that’s still good. “Unite the Right” united a couple of dozen of “them”, and lots of “us”. Once upon a time, Richard M. Nixon was a popular president.

The America conservatives hate has always been the the one they’ve known and hated.

Are you still sure there’s no need to worry? It’s not just Kobach: Three vote-suppressing Secretaries of State are overseeing their own elections in 2018.

A fourth federal judge, this time a Trump appointee, has rejected a challenge to special counsel Robert Mueller's appointment. Donald is not good at getting stuff done or whatever. Is Space Force the Trump Steaks of his presidency so far? Devin Nunes does his part, by tampering with witnesses in Azerbaijan.

Direct download: August_13_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:38am EDT

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We take advantage of the freedom of our format today to present a “commercial”-free reading of a long-form—and I mean long—piece that just might give us some framework for understanding what the autocrats and other assorted dingbats in charge of what now passes for “Middle East policy” could possibly be thinking. Could it possibly help explain the rather bizarre circumstances surrounding the dismissal of Secretary of State Rex “Everything” Tillerson?

Direct download: August_10_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:40am EDT

ZOOM! Cadet Pence reporting for duty on Space Force! Commander Donald J. Trump directs invisible planes to aim their missile-missiles, just like you see on the telly-telly! True Americans, led by Laura Ingraham make their last stand against those massive demographic changes that none voted for and never liked, ever since dirty immigrants starting washing up on shore in the 1400’s! Todd Kincannon is… crazy!

Here on our planet, David Waldman and Greg Dworkin commiserate on our world’s sorry stateBrett Kavanaugh will make things worse forever. For Chris Collins cronies who are not yet rich, you might be too late, as Collins is out of the millionaire making business. If Mueller doesn’t want to hear any lies, he shouldn’t ask Trump any questions. Even Republicans picking up a paycheck for being Republican aren’t awfully into their party at the moment. The Republicans’ plan is to pump up their base by disgusting everyone else, and you know Trump’s the man for that plan. In Virginia, women form an insurgency to topple Dave Brat, and discover he’s weak around the grill.

Devin Nunes had one job, and unfortunately for him and Trump, part of that job was not telling what that job was. At Paul Manafort’s trial, Rick Gates reveals the money trail, and all money somehow eventually leads to Trump.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hits the big time, with journalists, vetters, oppo researchers, and David becoming interested in her background details.

Direct download: August_9_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:41pm EDT

We lost. Yay! How many times do we have to tell you that this is what winning looks like? (No really, how many times? Asking for a friend.) Honestly, OH-12’s close loss is one of those “good” close losses, as David Waldman and Greg Dworkin discuss this morning after, while bagging up the takeaways: The Generic Democrat is popular, the new wave is still to crest, college educated are finally smartening up,  more women are always welcome, and Missouri voters wiped out their “right to work” bill, which is big, nice news for unions.

Congrats and condolences to Ron Estes.

Paul Ryan began at nothing and slowly faded away. We won’t see Trump throwing victory signs from the stairs of Marine One anytime soon.

This just in: Rep. Chris Collins is going out, on insider trading charges, surrendering without a shootout. David examines the charges.

Move over turtle farms, David suggests Betsy DeVos take over the Department of Agriculture. Who cares about experience or even basic knowledge? Get a Mar-a-Lago membership and get in line. Who the hell is יצחק "אייק" פרלמוטר? David needs all of the words, even some Yiddish ones, to explain things sometimes.

We knew they were lying, the FCC admits it lied about the cyberattack that it used to ignore net neutrality comments. Goofy jerks Ajit Pai and David Bray blame each other.

Direct download: August_8_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:29pm EDT

David Waldman brings us another information and insight packed KITM, available on RadioPublic, YouTube, TuneIn, Netroots Radio, and now simulcast on a giant screen currently erected in your back yard! (Made you look)

The Daily Caller picks their hill to die on against the New York Times, and it’s in Me.

Look, we know this isn’t why you tuned in today. You hunger for the latest Wilbur Ross news, and David fills that void with new details about Wilbur Ross’ business that point to a pattern of grifting. Actually, it points to Ross stealing about 120 million dollars, and fistfuls of Sweet'N Low packets.

Armando calls in to talk politics. The Rick Scott-Bill Nelson race for the U.S. Senate is “local”, but gone national in importance and price tag. Armando gives us his upshot of his time at Netroots Nation, and a preview of the in-depth article he’s putting together for Daily Kos this weekend. Netroots showed the Blue Wave might actually be a new wave movement.

 

Direct download: August_7_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:26pm EDT

David Waldman welcomes all the cools kids back from Netroots Nation. If you thought it was too far away this year, the good news is maybe it’ll be closer in Philadelphia in 2019.

Greg Dworkin had two enormous stories to share, and skipped over them to talk about Qanon. It seems that masterminds of MAGA caught on to our prank. Now that the jig’s up, we’ll have to concentrate on winning elections by fielding candidates set to do good for their constituents. Kris Kobach is becoming renown for grifting and stupidity, and thus is a shoe-in for the Kansas Republican primary. Corrupt Democrat Robert Menendez is buoyed by being a Democrat in 2018, foundering by being a crook.  

The enormousest story, of course, is Donald Trump throwing Jr. under the bus while managing to be swept under the duallys himself. Trump continues making stuff up, while dancing the puppet hopak. How does Hope Hicks do it

A Trump Troll apologizes, and reaches his hand out in friendship... Thanks! Let’s work together to reestablish a nation of laws, and move on together. Republicans keep mum on their 2018 agenda also. No one likes printed guns, but you can’t stay in the Gop if you say that. Russia likes the US court system for its ease in eliminating dissidents

Are we in an Orwellian or Huxleyist dystopia? Why deny ourselves the experience of both?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:26pm EDT

Donald Trump is golfing, resulting in fewer Trump cataclysms today, sort of, although he still has plenty cooking. Nonetheless, this gives David Waldman and us a moment to catch our breath and catch up before the weekend:

As folks (i.e. mob bosses, war lords and assorted plutocrats) at the National Prayer Breakfast and Gop circles can avouch, Maria Butina is the gift that keeps on giving. Donald Trump is still a bit confused on the Russian topic. Another female super-spy is uncovered at the US embassy in Moscow, after spying a decade, so maybe Donald will point at Barack, or Hillary, or Bill.

Robert Mueller is moving several FARA cases to New York prosecutors.

Remember when George W. Bush said he could override a torture ban? David does, as was part of a meeting President Obama convened with civil liberties advocates. The question is, what does Brett Kavanaugh remember about the W. years? (Kavanaugh’s pretty questionable in many ways.) Voting to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is more than an act of Congressional suicide, it’s the Republican murder of the legislative branch of government. The second half of KITM is devoted to a compression of more than a decade of David’s thoughts and warnings on the subject, as well as a primer on “Historical Gloss”. If we aren’t doomed already, Republicans will keep trying.

Direct download: August_3_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:06pm EDT

Today, in his modest Virginia kitchen studio, David Waldman contemplates wistfully all of the revelry and conviviality in New Orleans, not even a beignet to dunk, instead clenching a burning commitment to deliver our daily KITM:

Two police officers are injured in a shooting by a fellow officer at a funeral tribute to another officer. Don’t you just hate when that happens?

Greg Dworkin brings us more #gunFAIL: A gun safe, at least one that was used, could stop most school shootings. Greg also brings us more crazy from the crazier: Donald Trump is king of the haters. Republicans are in disarray, as Koch-lovers get nervous when they leave money on the table. America begins to realize its kleptocracy problem watching the Manafort trial, even if the prosecution can’t say that out loud. Tad Devine, chief strategist for Bernie Sanders, told us our economy is rigged, as he helped rig Ukraine’s economy.

White, college-educated women are getting too smart for Steve Bannon. They’re getting too smart for Trump and Republicans too. Central Ohio is suddenly up for grabs, as independents go to the Democrat, and Trump runs to the rescue. In Virginia, a Republican candidate’s staff fight to split the vote with an independent. In Montana, the Green candidate, who was earlier the Libertarian candidate, was always a Gop employee. Another fake Green is exposed in New York.

David reads the ProPublica story of how Kris Kobach conned city after city, by first selling them anti-immigrant fear, then anti-immigrant solutions, until they were bankrupt. Samantha Bee scooped us all a year ago. Counties across the nation fall off the financial cliff, as they are fleeced one by one. Just one more Supreme Court judge and Kobach can be pre-right!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:19pm EDT

Everyone’s off to Netroots Nation! Except for David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, me and you. Well, maybe you are too, but that’s even more reason to listen to today’s KITM. Catch up on the latest between conferences!

Meanwhile, an alternative universe hosts white power rallies. The press reaps the deplorables, right where they sowed them. The next lunatics to bathe in the media gaze: Qanon. Get ready to hear their thoughts spoken over cups of diner coffee. No matter what, this will never be normal. Real journalism fights back in the margins.

The blue wave will be pink. A winning theme for Democrats? Kids, and health care. The Trump administration knew what they were doing to children, then decided to do more of it. A judge rules the administration must stop giving psychotropic drugs to migrant children without consent, but it will take more than that to stop them. Until then, kids will die.

Donald Trump lies a lot. Who knows why, but he does. When he says he’s tired of Bob Mueller though, he ain’t lying.

Maria Butina told an American CEO to send cash to Moscow, and for some reason, he did.

Be envious: Armando is going to Netroots Nation. On his way, he calls in to discuss Marc Short, who left the Trump administration to pick up a paid senior fellowship at the University of Virginia, although he’s not an academic, or experienced, and is a proven liar. Short’s experienced, academic ex-co-workers feel no need to represent both sides.

If you knew what Bob Mueller knows about Donald Trump, you’d know Trump is as guilty as sin.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:59pm EDT

Donald Trump woke up this morning, confused. 3-D plastic guns don’t make much sense to him, and he’s planning on “looking into them”… heh. Speaking of GunFAIL, printed guns are the hot new thing to talk about, but David Waldman still feels the typical buyer might find them a bad penis substitute, as they are silly looking, too bulky and way too hard to conceal… moving on: 

Another “good guy” with a gun can’t convince the police of his “good guy”-ness in time and is fatally shot. It might take some time to figure out which guy with a gun was the “good guy” there.

What was Maria Butina doing at the National Prayer Breakfast? As with the many other Russians, and others that attend each year, she was just earning a buck.

For the second hour of KITM, David welcomes back Professor Ian Reifowitz to discuss how Trump’s tax plan was a lie. The administration has moved on, now putting together a unilateral tax cut for the rich. This will give wealthy people thousands more to not trickle down to the economically anxious, who have become economically delirious, happy to suffer to the death if needed.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:46pm EDT

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Here comes Netroots Nation! And KITM… well, KITM won’t actually be there, but you’ll be hearing a lot about it from David Waldman leading up to and during the convention. Overall, news like this will be reaching you much more efficiently, now that Daily Kos welcomed their first-ever communications director, Carolyn Fiddler, and opened their new Washington, D.C., office. 

All politics being local, Greg Dworkin rounded up some he discovered right in his own backyard. Connecticut sees a youth surge in voter registration. Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District is happy to choose between the greater of two greats. New faces, young blood, and braver stances are popping up everywhere. In David’s backyard however... Republican Denver Riggleman’s Bigfoot erotica is not being appreciated by Democrat Leslie Cockburn.

Trump backers will back Trump, but it’s harder finding them each day. Sean Spicer continues to gaslight, Rudy Giuliani destroys the goalposts. Donald bleats apoplectically. The New York Times therefore searches for balance by talking to the #1 Trump backer. Con men usually can find a way to slip away, unfortunately for everyone Trump’s con has to go 4 years. With all of this going on, Democrats better be doing well going into November.

“Prayer” and “Breakfast” used to be such nice things, but the National Prayer Breakfast is an institution designed to defile all of that. Maria Butina plied various trades, for various benefactors at the Breakfast, all of them searching for more white power. Alt-right fight clubs prepare for race war.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:53pm EDT

Welcome class. Before David Waldman can begin his disquisition on attorney–client privilege and the crime-fraud exception in the Michael Cohen case, we will need to address proper yacht mooring:

Does Betsy Devos use a regular bit of rope to tie her $40 million dollar dinghy to a dock? Why not a bicycle chain or something more secure? Anyhow, no need to worry, she still has 9 other boats to make her commute.

Donald Trump bought himself some good news today, but it wasn’t cheap. You can’t blame him for splurging though, he’s just getting over a broken bromance. Noted liar Michael Cohen plans to tell the truth about Donald and the Russians. Noted liar Rudy Giuliani says Michael Cohen is lying. Noted liar Donald Trump could be lying then or now, but certainly as often as possible.

Michael Avenatti says that he has found 3 more women who were paid off by AMI, Donald Trump, and Michael Cohen. Allen Weisselberg, Trump’s chief financial officer for decades, is now being questioned by authorities.

Meanwhile, Russian hackers attack Senator Claire McCaskill ahead of the 2018 elections. (Psst… you know they hacked the vote, right?)

Direct download: July_27_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:42pm EDT

Shadow ban! This morning’s Donald Trump fake news toilet-tweet dropped only a few hours ago, as Donald just wasn’t feeling the love coming his way anymore. KITM-ers leapt into action, supplying  David Waldman and us with the real story in almost real time—part of why you tune in!

Another great reason are guests like Greg Dworkin, who rounded up some pretty nice polling for election day, gulp, still 309 days away… Outside of the election, the public still supports the Mueller investigation, sees Helsinki as a fiasco, and likes Obamacare more than Trumpanything. Is the “Resistance” the most under-covered political story because He-Who-Must-Be-Resisted keeps hogging the limelight?

Pulling security clearances is just the middle of the Trump autocracy. The White House bans CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins, inspiring much-needed solidarity and maybe some more subscriptions

A wee contingent of Republicans attempted to storm the walls of justice defended by Rod Rosenstein, and have already failed. Even they knew they would.

Dems are not in disarray, David reviews the career of Jim Clyburn, and the time and effort needed to earn a position of leadership.

The Gop isn’t in disarray, they all know Putin’s the boss. Trump’s appointee to run the Justice Department’s criminal division came out of Russia’s Alfa Bank.

The Trump's-Cohen tape release was to avoid the crime-fraud exception… so expect a bunch more tapes to be released.

Direct download: July_26_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:58pm EDT

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David Waldman enjoys telling you things you might not know from angles you might not have considered, and he also enjoys hearing new things from new angles as much as the other guy, whomever that might be. Therefore, we all enthusiastically welcome Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter with their things and angles every Wednesday:

The first episode of Donald Trump and Michael Cohen’s podcast (Brought to you by Coke) is out, and with two that crooked, you know there’ll be all sorts of angles to consider.  

Brian Kemp is a winner in Trump’s book, perhaps the kind of winner Georgia is getting sick of having. Democrats are energized, angry and votingThe Blue Wave builds as voters become interested in governance in their representatives. It also helps that Democrats represent the majority of people, voters are catching on about Trump, and it might be tougher for the Russians to interfere this time.  

Pitting journalists against combat vets as the president did yesterday, benefits no one, and that’s what Donald did, as he reminds everyone to never believe what they see or hear.

Fine, Trump will stop telling you what he says to foreign leaders. You wouldn’t believe how stupid he is anyhow. He also doesn’t need you to believe that he will pay $12 billion to farmers, he just has to get on the record as saying it.

Congress is making sure that the Supreme Court will make the President the boss of them. What are the Senate Republicans trying to cover up for Brett Kavanaugh? Democrats in turn work to pull the covers off. Trump stooge and Senate anachronism Susan Collins calibrates her umbrage for the precise balance between “concern” and acquiescence

A pair of first-time female candidates—one a prominent gun control activist, one a college professor (and a former co-worker of David Waldman)—won the Democratic nomination for two suburban Atlanta congressional seats! Hooray!

Direct download: July_25_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:47pm EDT

As of press time, Donald Trump’s binky had not yet fallen underneath his highchair, freeing up David Waldman to concentrate on the regrettably evergreen topic of #GunFAIL: A Utah mom won’t be charged for leaving a loaded handgun—with a round in the chamber & the safety off—on a diaper changing table outside of a children’s play area with a posted “no weapons” policy, because she didn’t mean to forget, which is an argument the DA just couldn’t overcome.

Oh, and there was a recent mass shooting we didn’t get around to talking about, in the far-away land of “Canada”, which is only noticeable as mass shootings tend to have more than one victim shot at a time.

The Trump Gop/Russia alliance is a natural alliance, but not coincidentally so is the neo-Confederate/Russian white nationalist... white “transnationalist”… white power alliance.

Those meddling, playful jokesters over in Russia have gained the ability to turn off the US power grid,  probably just for lulz.

Direct download: July_24_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:21pm EDT

Donald Trump shambles across a unending barber pole of red lines, over and over and over and over. Today he walks over a few more… or is it the same one? David Waldman welcomes Greg Dworkin to help unroll those transgressions and spread them out for our study.

Is the camel’s back already broken, somewhere under that mountain of straw? Are the Bigs starting to accept the unimaginable? Or can they will back their ignorance after last week’s dissonance? Conservatives begin to yearn for the good old days. Trump’s glass is only half full of treason right now, but it isn’t going to get any emptier either. We are witnessing the death of a superpower, but the credibility of the foreign-policy establishment died long ago.

Democratic candidates are assured that if Brett Kavanaugh’s Roe stance isn’t effective in their area, there is still plenty wrong with Kavanaugh to go around.

Seriously smart people impart their wisdom to us yokels: James Comey likes Ike, and decides that you need to. Ryan Cooper has uncovered a growing Trump-Russia scandal he calls “Russiagate”.  When Hillary Clinton pointed out that Donald was Putin’s puppet, journalists reminded us that “puppet” is a very funny word.

Presidential Apprentice spinoffs: The pilot episode of Michael Cohen and Trump’s new series has dropped, and is sure to be a long-running hit. The Maria Butina show started out about sex, but now looks like it is about Russian money, and sex. The Trump-Gop-Russia alliance is a natural. TMZ reports that the Manhattan Madam is in talks for a comeback. Donald give a thumbs down to the Carter Page saga, but that’s just fake news.

Grammar lessons: The importance of oxford commas.  The handiness of double negatives.

Direct download: July_23_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:32pm EDT

Is Glenn Greenwald full of it? Not completely, as David Waldman determines in today’s KITM. We aren’t really “at war” with Russia, so where’s the crime in some unmonitored hijinks? David sorts out the thinking in Greenwald’s twitter rant, and considers the distinctions between American Interests and Trump’s Interests, and Putin’s Interests and Russian Interests, because heaven knows Donald Trump won’t. Does Donald have a special weakness for strong men, or is it that maybe he’s genuinely confused about why that's "bad”?

Speaking of taking the time to consider nuances, Dr. T’Chanda Prescod-Weinstein wants to reduce the antisemitic conflation of Jews and Zionists.

It’s hard to beat the scum and villainy of Trump Tower I, or Trump Tower Toronto, or SoHo, or Vietnam, or Scotland, but Trump Tower III in Miami could be contender if a pair of Russian husband and wife human trafficking high-end prostitution entrepreneurs have anything to say about it.

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Trump knew. Well, you know, as much as Donald Trump knows anything. The question is, does it change anything? Definitely not enough to keep David Waldman and Greg Dworkin from their respective KITM microphones today.

After all, at least 9 Russians wish you knew earlier. Vlad handed Donald a wish list containing a few more victims/suspects, and Trump is working out the shipping and handling costs to attach to Putin’s bill. If only we knew what else was on Donald’s honey do list. We could subpoena the interpreter present, but that would require more Adam Schiffs in congress. Reporters shouldn’t be stenographers, but a stenographers job is to report exactly what they hear, therefore they are Donald Trump’s natural enemy.

All of this is eroding Trump’s base a little each day, although there will always be that white-hot white core at the center, which is certain to become hotter and more dangerous the smaller it gets. I guess we’ll just have to worry about that after we win in November. Marginal goofball Louie Gohmert mined Putin’s summit speech for stupid-nuggets and found a shiny one.

Trump, Putin…  and Paul Erickson. Erickson adds Boy Toy to his LinkedIn page. Sure, Maria Butina probably could have picked a better Republican to… infiltrate, but this one worked out just fine, since she was mostly just looking for someone to get her in “The Family” way while in the US. Strangely, the best way she found to do this was through the back door—The National Prayer Breakfast.  No pictures of Butina and Donald Trump Jr., yet, but the FBI has some wiretaps on Sonny-boy.

The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem will cost more than $21 million, just when Trump bargained them down from a billion dollars to 250 thousand...

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Who would have thought that hump day would feel like such a low spot? Lucky for us, David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter are here to give us a hand-up out of this ditch:

Donald Trump was forced to point out that Monday’s Russia Summit happened to fall on Opposite Day, and today is Opposite-opposite Day so we are all back to… Better-than-super Day, give or take a few details. Greg is here to champion this administration... NOT! Greg even uses the word “Treason”, and so can you!

We are getting a clearer idea of what “Kompromat” means as well. The West Wing revolts, James Comey says “Vote Democratic”, thoughts and prayers go out to the Gop, but will any of them really do anything? Probably... not! Joan offers a simple test for Republican patriotism.

Supporter of Russian 2A rights, NRA shill, Russian Spy Maria Butina, enjoys taking America’s backdoor to power, the same way Evangelical Christians like to go. Republicans want a little privacy with their dark money exchanges.

Donald’s and Tucker Carlson’s heel spurs act up at even the thought of protecting NATO member Montenegro were they to decide to step under Russia’s boot again.

Trump is Russia’s, and therefore so are Trump’s assets, for instance, Brett Kavanaugh.  Russian operatives have already quoted Kavanaugh to defend against the Mueller investigation. Kavanaugh is set to put the final nail in Congress’ power to investigate Trump.

What can we do about all of this? Well, voting will help. Voting is not enough, though. Volunteer, organize, and hit back!

 

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Yesterday, the world discovered that the head of the Gop Centipede is none other than Vladimir Putin!

You knew that already, didn’t you? That’s because you not only follow the “Mainstream Media”, you follow KITM, and you are aware that David Waldman also follows the MSM, but he is especially adept in pointing out the good stuff.

Monday, Russian pro-gun shill, NRA confederate, Russian agent Maria Butina was charged with attaching Republicans to the centipede. Maria’s no Cari Lutkins, so at least she escaped the cloud of Eau de Bolton, if not the long arm of the law.

Is it even possible for Donald Trump to leak to our adversaries, or is it only he that can be leaked upon? Is the US due a $10,001.00 traitor fine? Is Trump hundreds of years ahead of us, or will it take hundreds of years to recover? Here’s what lawyers, including David, say.

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David Waldman is Icelandic tanned, rested and ready to go—back to Iceland. He returns, yearning for the latest American soccer coverage (all they have is “football” over there) and to catch up whatever happened here politically, if anything... Speaking of, the 2022 men's World Cup heads to Qatar, which makes sense only for all of the bad reasons.

Greg Dworkin is back to describe what works, what doesn’t with the public… for now. Trump’s chaos continues to work its magic on his base, the press, and us. The press needs to quit being headline stenographers. “Never Trump” Republicans need to stop being Republicans. Democrats should welcome them, but not if they keep voting wrong.

Trump is a textbook traitorous treasonist.

MF Russia and Trump are on the same page, but the rest of the world is aware Russia interfered in the 2016 election, Republicans benefited, and indictments are coming to Americans. Donald was a little nervous before his before his big date with Vlad, but performed exactly as expected. The Gop are finding more and more in common with their comrades out east every day. Lots of mini Trumps hit the campaign trail. Does the US vote for corruption because they think that’s their only choice?

This is no time for liberal despair. Some allies remain wise. Some judges remain clear-headed. Baby jails might still end up being a losing issue for Republicans. Tariffs are producing brutal local headlines across the nation.

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Remember Friday the 13th last year, in July? Of course you don’t, because July 13, 2017 was a Thursday. But you might remember what we were talking about that day.

However, try to forget all of that, so that today’s rerun episode is like new. What was it about (so that you can properly forget it)? Well, it was like this...

How do you, Dear Reader/Listener, cope with such an influx of political news, information, and knowledge inundating you on a daily basis? Why, you listen to KITM as David Waldman, and quite often Greg Dworkin sort it out for you! Today they sort it into two heaps—Russia and Health-Trump-Treasoncare:

Republicans say they can, but they still can’t design a workable plan. Nickleback is getting tired of being called the Senate health care bill of pop music. Mitch McConnell is running out of goodies to pass out and so is losing Senators’ attention, and running out of time. Like everyone else, Republicans kind of like Obamacare, but we all know they can’t say that. Moderates like it too, and thus won’t cave like McConnell hopes. But seven years of hatred is hard to pivot on. Doctors still care and are getting things done. Ted Cruz still doesn’t care, but his provision is in the bill. Meanwhile, over in California, Democrats who never do things “together”aren’t in line on Single Payer.

On to Trump-Russia, and the day Trump finally became President… and finally became a father.

Don Jr.’s emails are far more damning than anyone could have imagined. But, is being damned really a “sin”? Trump supporters don’t know the meaning of that word and others.

Now all roads lead to Jared Kushner. Now, that’s collusion! When this breaks, Donald Trump will have to tweet a link to the Pee-Pee tape just to get some attention. Jared’s repressed memories are all coming back to him now, over 100 of them.

Republicans, of course want to get to the bottom of this mess. So, on their path to subpoenaing Hillary, they blame Natalia Veselnitskaya. Stupidity like this can’t be faked, so let’s look into this. They could look into Jeff Sessions, but it’s a secret.

Maybe Trump will find answers in France. Like, what is Bastille Day? What’s on TV? What can I grab?

Is buying luxury goods a survival skill in our culture?


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Can you believe he’s been at this idiotic pardon game for a year, already? Of course, when it started, it was about pardoning himself. Now, we’ve moved on to random thugs and ne’er-do-wells. But that’s not all that different, when you think about it. Is it?

Who to pardon? Who to bomb? Where to golf? Donald Trump’s weekend starts tomorrow, but it almost looks too hectic for him to take time off. Eh, the place pretty much runs itself...

Until one of his little Fredos mucks it up. This kid was dropped on his head as a child! David Waldman and Greg Dworkin keep us abreast of a situation so crazy, even the spin is spinning out of control. Trump Sr. is 15 minutes dumber than Junior. Democratic House candidates were also targets of Russian hacking. Tucker Carlson finds out that Putin’s not cool anymore.

And—don’t forget Fredo-in-law still has security clearance. The Trump-Russia investigators are looking at Jared Kushner’s Trump campaign digital operation. Here’s how an alleged Russian hacker teamed up with a Florida Gop operative.

While all of this is happening, the Republicans continue to fail at governing. Here is what we know about TreasonCare. Maybe the Democrats will be invited to board the Titanic to help bail them out. Voters figure that can’t hurt. The Senate debates what goes into the bill before the parliamentarian this week.

Enter, Joan McCarter, with her DC acumen. Republican leaders are frantic to pass TreasonCare before everything falls apart. For those nostalgic for sick children and bankrupt families, TrumpCare has a lot to offer. Mitch McConnell worked out a schedule to bring it to the floor next week… just in case that doesn’t work, August recess is being moved to the end of August. As for Trump/Russia, well, first you need to get them talk about it.


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Did you know that each date this week (well, this week last year) is (was) a palindrome, in that the date reads the same forward as backward? Heavy, right? While you ponder that, David Waldman also has this Tuesday excogitation to prepare you for this news cycle once Trump pops like a boil… uhm actually he’s full of...

OK. So, you heard about Don Fredo Trump meeting with the Russian operative? He kind of walked into a rake on that one. Now, the whole scheme’s unraveling, there is a beautiful, delicious email trail, and Don’s third version of events is about due, although it probably won’t help him much. Pence 2020

Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya has been connected to the Trumps before, because they’ve done bad things with Russia before. Natalia says Don Jr., Jared and Manafort were begging for it. Does it matter who wanted it first?

Moving on to other international corruption, Jared Kushner tried and failed to get a half-billion-dollar bailout from Qatar. Donald Trump said Qatar funds terror. Trump wanted it to fund him.

And there’s Trumpcare. Not going to happen.


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What were we up to at this time last year? It’s a question we’ve all been asking, if by “all” you mean me. And specifically, me, when I’m wondering what to run for today’s show while I’m still out seeing the world. The answer, it turns out, has been archived. And it’s this:

David Waldman brings us whatever godawful week of The Presidential Apprentice it is, along with its spinoffs, Son and Daughter of Presidential Apprentice. In this episode, Donald “Fredo” Trump Jr. has been shopping for those huge beautiful Kremlin ties for his dad...

Greg Dworkin rounded up a ton of news on Russia and the Trumps—and that health care stuff too. Looking at the Trump-Russia timeline puts it all into perspective. It is all adding up for everyone, except maybe Team Trump and Team Pepe. Donald’s boy really wanted to be a good colluder for Dad, too bad he now has to take that ride to the middle of the lake to fix things for Jared. Real news now comes in music videos. Oh no! It’s A COOKBOOK!

Meanwhile, Trump-Russia will protect us from the cyber, or maybe not, or something. Also Trump sowed chaos at the G-20, while still the laziest world leader.

Taking a knee in the middle of fighting for Trumpcare appears to be a bad strategy for the Gop. Donald Trump doesn’t know what to make of these Republican’s lack of winning. Rural GOP senators notice they have voters. The best plan might be to win by losing, and join with somebody they can blame, like Democrats. The difference between “public option” and “single payer”.

Want to influence the Democratic party? Try joining the Democratic party. Want to influence the Republican party? Tell them God sent you.

New Nazis like vikings. Old Nazis liked vikings, too.

With Donald Trump, the norm always is: It all goes to Donald Trump.


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David Waldman is in Iceland, hopefully soaking up its picturesquecultural and more idiosyncratic highlights during his stay. Yet, he still finds time to put together special pre-recorded KITM’s for us! 

Are you ready for some association football? World Cup fever is sweeping the nation (probably, idk) but KITM listeners are also aware that even though team soccer began with the best of intentions, it eventually attracted multi-million dollar corruption... and James Comey, and David Waldman, who devoted hours to its coverage in 2015.

What does this have to do with the fix we’re in, here, today? Just about everything, it seems.  David follows the warp and weft of the threads of malfeasance sewn through the Trump/Putin/FIFA tapestry of corruption:

Long before The Dossier, Vladimir Putin caught Christopher Steele’s attention. Steele and the old-school shoe leather reporting of Andrew Jennings led Multi-millionaire Trump pal cat fancier, Chuck Blazer to eventually turn snitch, taking down FIFA President Sepp Blatter, and keeping corruption at FIFA to a minimum medium.

Trump’s Miss Universe business partner, “Trump of Russia” Aras Agalarov, used unpaid migrant labor to build two World Cup stadiums. Now he’s part of the Russia Probe.

The terrorism money trail leads to poaching, and lions follow the poaching trail!

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By special listener request—which is a great excuse to avoid conducting the search for an appropriate show—we today present what this one, special listener proclaimed to be our “greatest episode.”

Why would Donald Trump invest in beauty pageants and modeling agencies? Yes, that answer seems simple, but once you look beneath the obvious Trumpian layer of wanton, remorseless sleaze it all just becomes more dirty, sordid, cruel, misogynistic, and illegal. Today is the day David Waldman starts to peel away layers of that very rotten onion.

The bulk of this KITM is devoted to David’s annotated recitation of “We All Knew About the Trafficking.” The Untold Story of Trump Model Management (Part 1) by SwedishJewfish. This is a great introduction to the author’s other thoughts and narratives, as well the beginning of our deep dive into Trump’s golden cesspool to discover these Trumpettes: Chester the Molester, John Casablancas, Jeffrey Epstein, Eliot Spitzer, Roger Stone, and their many, many victims.


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While David Waldman gets his Hallbjarnarstaðakambur on, we still have the opportunity to enjoy NEW pre-recorded KITMs! David recorded today’s show as an in-depth backgrounder to prepare us somewhat, so our upcoming plunges into chaos might feel a bit less chaotic:

The UK interests Vladimir Putin just as much as the US, so it pays to study the parallels between what’s happening now and the events leading to Brexit. Russians offered business deals to Brexit’s biggest backer.

Donald Trump’s empty head equals a blank slate, spotless, ready and waiting for the Russians, Israel and Gulf States to scrawl their New World Order upon. Here is a detailed look into how well that has worked so far.

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We've made it to our second July 4th with Trump as "president." But we still only have one July 4th show during that time. And guess what? This is it!

Remember when North Korea wasn't our newest bestie? Well, back then, North Korea launched another missile, but Donald Trump anger-tweeted them, so don’t worry about it.

In the meantime, we used the holiday quiet period (minus the threat of rogue nation nuclear missiles) to catch up on Jay Sekulow’s sekret sektarian skimming, s(k)pecifically that of his son Logan, a racket that netted him nearly a million bucks, and which began at the tender age of 18.

A Florida judge drew the line on the state’s then-newly expanded “Stand Your Ground” law. It may yet be erased, but it gave us another opportunity to discuss the inappropriate short-circuiting of long-established principles of law, because guns are cool and gun owners shouldn’t be bothered with the responsibility of abiding by the law, because they're so law-abiding and stuff.

Only KITM would take you on this extensive a tour of the definitional minutiae of the emoluments clauses. But you can’t tell the players without a program.

And finally, yes there already was evidence of collusion. And plenty of it. Even Republicans were starting to acknowledge it. A year ago.

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As the old saying goes, if you can’t stand the heat, get out of Virginia and hang out in Iceland. That’s just what David Waldman’s doing, but not before joining Armando on today’s KITM to bring the heat on those that deserve to sweat:

More details emerge on the antics of our King of Debt, around the period of his cash-only spending spree a dozen years ago, and his failed attempts to buy the landmark St. Andrews hotel in Scotland.

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley asked to lower American flags in honor of the fatal shooting of five employees of The Capital newspaper. Donald wasn’t feeling it. Donald Trump doesn’t feel empathy or shame, but he did eventually feel the heat, so the flags go to half-staff.

Trump never trusted George W. Bush, or Barack Obama, but Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad are two he can always rely upon.

Rhode Island Democrats troll the libs by primarying their own representative with an alt-Right Trump supporter.

Alan Dershowitz feels the brunt of the anti-Alan Dershowitz sentiment sweeping the country, especially around Martha’s Vineyard.

Melania Trump wants you to read only good news about her, and pay her for looking at her. So far that plan is going well.

Independent journalist Marcy Wheeler, @emptywheel, puts a human face—her own—to the risk posed to witnesses from the Gop's interference with the DOJ.

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Another LIVE KITM today!  And, another tomorrow. The next day? Who knows? (Maybe we will by Tuesday...)

ProPublica and David Waldman reveal Trump staffing’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” ethics compliance certification.

Greg Dworkin tells us to not mourn, but organize. Don’t waste your time with civility. Historically it has never worked...except in reducing annoying uppityness. Some in the media gentry warn Democrats to check their ungracious behavior lest it reflect badly upon us. What’s the difference with Donald Trump’s conduct? In a word, class. A concept beyond us coastal elites, that Donald just getsPaula (Apynys) Writer tells us receiving incivilities from us is part of the price Republicans need to pay. Susan Collins prefers to lied to in the nicest possible way.

Republicans near their goal of overturning Roe. Reaching it could backfire, unless “their goal” is “overturning Roe”. That would be a “win” for them, which they’d follow by eliminating any other rights they didn’t like, like yours. Trump’s White Power initiative might falter as he makes many whites less powerful.

Donald knows the importance of civility. He has asked Saudi Arabia to please increase their oil production, reduce their profit and help us out a bit, but there’s some topics he won’t even broach with our good neighbor Vladimir Putin.

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Remember the good old days when David Waldman could go on a summer vacation and we would think “Oh, what news could happen?” rather than “Oh, how much worse could it get?” Well, we get to find out the answer when David comes back July 16... Meanwhile, we can reminisce with some reruns of hand-selected “Before Trump” and “Early Trump” KITMs! Plus specially recorded Kagros recorded just for the occasion! Starting next week!

But first, today’s news:

Five dead at The Capital Gazette. Did Trump seriously or literally want the “enemy of the people” punished this way? When questioned, Donald Trump shambled away from reporters, throwing thoughts and prayers at them to make his temporary escape. 

Weird, but Trump seems to have had his act together when it came to shoving Anthony Kennedy out the door. That’s probably because he had several years to pull the plan together. There’s a lot more coming out on this “special relationship,” soon, which is apparent from all that static surrounding the story. David regrets his ableist enabling.

The Donald finally gets that big beautiful military parade that he’s been wanting and deserving. Maybe then Vlad will respect him. If not, Donald has in mind more gifts to impress before their big date.

Women show their might, saving us all by shoving the Overton Window back into a sane position on immigration.

Don’t get too cheery, it’s still awful out there. Republicans have gerrymandered the electoral college, and are gerrymandering the judicial branch. The Supreme Court is set to give some oomph to Trump’s pardon power, while the Gop everywhere is delighted to offer any two-faced dishonesty needed in their takeover/destruction of everything. Have a good weekend!

 

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HYPOCRISY overtakes civility in the punditocratic hive-mind today. Aren’t Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump going to play fair when they know the press will hold them accountable? Are Democrats allowed to say anything? KITM tells you all you need to know:

Greg Dworkin and Armando have a raucous little exchange over who sees the forest, and who sees just the trees on Democratic electoral priorities for November. Both agree on the asymmetries of the parties’ power and goals: White privilege is a Republican priority because as the Left is used to disparate constituencies, group interests, and in many cases not being white, the Right is used to being white and winning

And there goes another branch of government5 guys in the right costume can make you do anything. David Waldman postulates a strange alternate universe in which congressional procedure matters anymore, as well as a more conceivable variant where we just shut it all down.

Meanwhile, the people that don't like giving foreign people US resources are building US facilities to indefinitely feed and house tens of thousands of them, rather than to send them home. Immigrant children as young as 3 are being ordered into court for their own deportation proceedings. Oh yes, it will get worse before it gets better.

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David Waldman and KITM welcome Wednesday, and our Wednesday correspondents, friends and listeners. Everything else kind of sucks:

So now it’s cool to be civil? Fox News knows that if you set up a camera and wait, pretty soon you’ll see feces thrown. If this incivility keeps up, even beltway pundits won’t be able to eat anywhere higher than 2 stars. You don’t need a weatherman to know which way David Gergen blows, and those others who wish for a more refined discourse. As always, the Right encourages more civil behavior, as in “The Civil War”.

Civilly, Greg Dworkin points out there is in fact a lot of good news, and a lot of it happened last night. Dynamic young Latinas like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will make America great again. Compelling candidates and compelling races are heading our way in November.

More good news: In Virginia, voters are 2-1 anti-Gop, and Trump is killing his own incumbent.  Battleground states want a Democratic congress to stop Trump until we can all civilly show him the door. Republicans assist in the effort: Steve King delivers neo-Nazi messages, while the House prioritizes Hillary’s emails. Donald’s BFF Kim Jong Un returns to his first love, little rockets.

Joan McCarter reports that the House will vote on the immigration bill that won’t pass, no matter how much Trump screams at them

Reality Winner pleads guilty as part of a plea deal.

Megan McArdle loves caps, periods, and debating civics, manages to be incorrect in all three.

 
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First the good news: Paula Writer, aka Paula Apynys, brings us the most optimistic Charles Pierce article in a long time. “This Nation Is Beginning to Realize the Full Extent of What It Did to Itself in November 2016

The bad news is, of course, “what the nation did to itself,” which is David Waldman and KITM’s job to bring to you:

Donald Trump isn’t really good at getting stuff done or whatever. That was never his or the Gop’s or his supporters goal. The “administration”’s goal is to “win”, this time thanks to “Supreme Court Justice” Neil Gorsuch, lifting the injunction on the Trump Muslim Travel ban, furthering the extent of what the nation did to itself in November 2016. The history of the Flores agreement is the history of what Democrats do to themselves.

If this moves you to up your day-drinking, beware, Jack Daniel prices go up in Europe, and no doubt we'll eventually help carry that load. Harley-Davidson tries to escape its abusive relationship with Trump, and so Donald threatens to end them.

Our answer isn’t civility, when the other side is only about subjugation

At least we can file our taxes on the back of a postcard.

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David Waldman never loses sight of, and always points us to the correct issues. There are a lot of them however, so quick, hop on the KITM tourbus, plug in your earbuds and let’s go:

Each week, thousands get banned from restaurants because the owner, employees or patrons don’t want them there. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is one of those people. Driving by the Red Hen, Donald Trump notices things are amiss, which seems to be the hygiene technique employed at his restaurants. David Axelrod wonders how you’d feel if you were him and couldn’t eat out that night? Normally, it’s nice to be nice, but it’s not normal anymore. (Hopping Mad tells us how to pull together an effective protest in minutes!)

Greg Dworkin assures us that the media are now returning to focus, even as Trump goes full fascist. Trump was exposed as such a weakling that even his base is beginning to pity him, and even Godwin is up for calling Nazis Nazis. Trump’s plan for deportation without a judge or due process could become reality tomorrow. But, although people do generally object to baby jails, they still prefer to keep the blame off themselves, therefore we have a history of such things we prefer to avoid addressing. As you might guess, MS-13 is Trump’s go-to scapegoat. (Hey, whatever happened to ISIS?) Fascists have a history of not caring.

Defense Secretary James Mattis falls out of the loop, as if Donald had one. The Iowa GOP bets it all on Trump, as if they had a choice. Harley-Davidson cashes in some of its chips because of Trump.

Good news: Democrats keep outperforming the partisan lean in Senate races, and progressives are getting attention.

Can we count on Trump’s incompetence? Mini-Trump Paul LePage shuts down road repairs and thousands of jobs, only LePage knows why. Kris Kobach remains incompetent, and no one can stop him.

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David Waldman, tormented by the slow drip of societal decay, brought about by our Slow Drip in Chief, continues to ask #wherearethegirls? A question sadly on fewer lips this morning than last. Donald Trump could only pretend to care for a few minutes in a row, but that was good enough to sucker Republicans for a day and just maybe enough protesters to get back to business as usual. Or… maybe it was a watershed moment, as more start to hear what is really going on there.

Meanwhile, do we really care about that Jacket? All sorts of Kremlinology popped up after Melania’s Potemkin visit to Texas yesterday. Perhaps a medievalist could explain Queen Melania’s strategy, or you could just ask an alt-right white-power Nazi what’s up. Paula Apynys (aka Paula Writer) fashion analysis concludes that all eventually turns to turds around Donald, even though Melania has been kind of turdy for some time now. 

Man of many conflicts, Wilbur Ross, reinstated the question of citizenship into the 2020 census, but it wasn’t a question of justice, but rather commerce that inspired him.

Even Greg Norman would tell you that takes some balls. Speaking of which, look at what this Pecker was up to at The National Enquirer—colluding with Michael Cohen.

The White House hopes to combine the Education and Labor departments, on their way to destroy both.

The biggest beneficiary of the Trump Economy is the Trump economy.

Trump continues to build bridges between the dumbasses and the deluded at his latest VIP Rally.

Hey, tell your digital assistant to holler over to your streaming device to remind you that Hopping Mad is back from hiatus on Monday, starting about an hour before this show! Yay!

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Donald Trump always wanted immigration to be be the issue everyone talked about. He just did not want it to be the issue anyone thought aboutDavid Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Armando are here to help us both think and talk on the matter: 

Americans are now thinking about immigration, and they like it, and how Democrats handle it. They sure don’t like how it is being handled now.  Some are refusing to be complicit anymore, many are stepping up to make direct changes.

Donald saw it all himself on the telly-telly, so now he purports to be be suddenly changing his ways on immigrants and families. Trump purports a lot of things. Remember when we used to believe some of the things a president said or did? Ivanka said she was against all of this, after daddy told her it was ok to talk. Melania heads out to photo op solutions. You’ll never hear it from Trump, but so far this has been a total surrender. Even a real executive order couldn’t pass the court.

Our feckless Congress comes ready for battle, only to discover they’re still fresh out of fecks to give. Maybe they can slip Trump $25 billion, maybe $125 billion to make this blow over.

No one knows Trump’s next move, but it might involve being a cynical back-stabbing repugnant racist hypocritical dotard. The New York Times reminds us that Hollywood celebrities cuss, too.

 

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Welcome to the middle—the middle of the week, and the middle of a fascist takeover of our government. David Waldman and KITM are here to help us over the hump: 

Greg Dworkin takes us into the middle of the political firestorm. Republicans will not win this, and they know it.

Children are taken from their parents, not to another room, but to baby jails thousands of miles away, to be processed by foster homes. No reports yet of medical experimentation on twins, but the day is young and things are moving fast.

This is not just a political, but a moral crisis. We all need to pick our track, hopefully not the track to mass atrocity. We are better than that. After 30 years, Steve Schmidt leaves the Trump party.

Donald Trump says Ivanka Trump says family separations are bad, at least the images of family separations are bad. Hey, wait a second, did you know Canadians are smuggling shoes?

Corey LewandowskiKirstjen Nielsen, and Sean Spicer create a boom in guillotine futures. 

Joan McCarter tells us Republicans have a plan: pretend to help kids, help Trump. Trump doesn’t have an immigration plan to offer the House Gop, but he does have a plan to shut down government if he doesn’t get his wall. The Republican 2018 reelection plan: Cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Breaking: Donald Trump says he’ll fix everything. (Donald Trump lies.)

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#WhereAreTheGirls? We still don’t know. Which only adds to the growing sense of crisis. And of course, stories like this don’t help put us at ease. Nor do pictures like this one. And if you think I’m just kidding, don’t forget Donald Trump’s actual record on the trafficking and abuse of young women and girls.

Oh, and then there was that time he let his friend Jeffrey Epstein romp through Perv-a-Lago, and when he was finally sentenced with a slap on the wrist. By the way, what ever happened to that terrible prosecutor?

But I’m sure this particular inconceivable outrage really is beyond the pale, even for Trump. Though then again, with Trump, sex cult-level weirdness has an almost miraculous way of finding nesting space close by. Just saying! By the way, what ever happened to that terrible sex cult guy’s super consultant?

Still more communities of faith join in the condemnation.

Kris Kobach is pummeled in court again. And this time he literally gets schooled.

Did you know that some Dem Senators once considered Sago Mine murderer-turned-Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to be among Trump’s most honest cabinet picks? Ha ha! Well, he’s not.

What did you know about Kaliningrad? Did you know there was this weird Russian “island” in the middle of what’s now NATO? Did you know they were upgrading their nuclear weapons facilities?

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It’s Week 74 of The Presidential Apprentice, issue 689 of my coverage of David Waldman’s coverage of Donald Trump, and I don’t know, I must be doing something wrong, ‘cause that jerk’s still around. (No, not David… Donald):

Also very nice guy Greg Dworkin tells us about those who very much aren’t: Republicans approve of the Trump policy of torturing children by separating them from their parents. Republican lawmakers, just as evil, slightly smarter, are pushing to roll back the "zero tolerance" part of the policy. Laura Bush’s heart is broken. US. Catholic Bishops declare the policy immoralThe New York Post is demanding changes. Susan Collins is troubled. Melania Trump thinks this must be someone’s fault. The Trump staff lays down as many smokescreens as possible. Steve Doocy doesn’t see any cagesKirstjen Nielsen doesn’t see any policy, in fact she has a hard time seeing any children. Jeff Sessions sees God... just not yours. Hillary Clinton saw this coming. And, Donald Trump sees this as Angela Merkel’s problem.

Trump intensifies and narrows his base into one white-hot white nugget, but fewer voters still equal fewer voters. Paul Ryan kicks the crap out of Medicare and leaves it in a ditch. The great minds of KITM and Macleans think alike, and suggest sanctioning Trump’s two most precious things in the world: his money, and his kid’s money.

After bending over for North Korea, Trump turns to Russia. The White House ignored grandpa for as long as they could. Roger Stone just remembered a little bit of collusion a couple of years ago.

Armando calls in to discuss how the Supreme Court sidestepped the issue of partisan gerrymandering through partisan political game-playing.

 

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Friday! If you think it’s hard working through the chaos of a week, you should try manufacturing it. Donald Trump could barely wheeze it out this morning, but for David Waldman all that dotarding  just makes him sit up at attention that much harder. Donald wants obsequiousness only a firing squad can provide, as if there were any real estate on his giant butt left available.

Trump doesn’t have a clue of what summits are for, so he wants to throw a huge one for Vladimir Putin. There, he’ll ask Vlad to leave Ukraine and Syria, please. Crimea they can keep, they all speak Russian there anyhow. (If only Puerto Ricans spoke American, think of how well they’d do.)

The Inspector General’s report on the FBI reports that Trump is lying. New York’s attorney general says the Trumps are a crime family. Trump rolls Michael Cohen under the bus, follows with Paul Manafort to pick up the spare.

Scott Pruitt’s aides discovered his entitlement was their job. Scott Pruitt’s entitlement is why he keeps his job.

Why should Trump have divested? Ottawa prepares a lesson plan.

Gunmakers have the successor to the bump stock lined up, and the next successor, and the next.

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A lot of news to go over for today’s KITM, and to get out of the way before the afternoon’s news runs right over it. David Waldman and Greg Dworkin catch you up, at least until 11 AM Eastern:

Remember that North Korea summit? North Korea won bigly. Thousands of happy centenarian parents now owe a debt of gratitude to Donald Trump. South Korea is happy that it isn’t being bombed yet, and plans to use this a start to stay explosion-free. Trump hasn’t quite thought it out that far, and really wishes no one thinks it out at all, but comes away realizing despots are fine people too, and tough love in a nation is sometimes necessary.

Tough love abounds under the watchful gaze of Il Dotard at our border. Funny, this didn’t come up at the weekly meeting. Right-wing Christians are almost ready to get to the Christian part. The Gop might consider letting parents and kids stay together if there was a little cash in there someplace. Republicans were elected by people who hate government to in order to destroy it, so this Trump situation mystifies them a bit. Was Mark Sanford pushed, did he jump, or did he just fall off?

We say Trump Cult like Kool-Aid was a bad thing, but Republicans find it quite delicious. Ronna Romney McDaniel sure thinks that you’re making a big mistake for not taking a big swig right now, and Mari Stull is putting together an ideological deviation list to measure government employees’ deviation from Mari Stull’s ideology.

Coffee boy Michael Cohen won’t have two taxi medallions to rub together soon, but he still has his health, for a while. Brexit, Russians, Trump and the World Cup—if you kept up with KITM you knew all of that for years, and if not, where have you been?

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Donald Trump and I are jet-lagged today. Tomorrow I hope to be better, I don’t know what we can do about Donald

Comedy duo Kim and Trump sang and danced in their international debut, “The Road to Singapore”. The reviews have been mixed... even by the same reviewers. The producers request no audience questions at this time, or ever.

David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, and even jet-lagged Joan McCarter return today and hope to get a focus on everything going on. Greg reports Trump gave away the farm and got the bird from our allies. And you know what happened to Canada... Mark Sanford knew what he was doing, and what it would get him. Rudy Giuliani has no idea of what to do, and also not what it would get him.

Democrats keep looking good in the primaries, Republicans, not so good. Invalidating protection for preexisting conditions is not the best slogan. Senior career Justice Department official Joel McElvain sees this as a good time to go. Trump doesn’t care about any of that, and that has Republicans panicking, in denial, and in hiding. Meanwhile, here comes a bill that would criminalize ALL undocumented immigrants. Overnight.

Trump figures if he doesn’t need exercises, neither does the military. Robert Mueller kills a few more trees because of Paul Manafort.

Hey, did you hear about that raccoon in Minnesota? Bees know nothing when they see it. Michael Cohen also learns how to count to zero.

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Trump gives another great example of a terrible interview. Once you’ve heard his Wilhelm Scream of a standard non-answer, you can never not hear it again. Of course, pretty much everything we learned about this fake “summit” was a joke, from top to bottom.

Armando didn’t have to hear it twice before he couldn’t hold back any longer, joining us to make sure Marco Rubio was securely tied to the tracks, lament the continuing mockery of the emoluments clauses, and make sure we noted yesterday’s SCOTUS ruling in the Ohio voter rolls purging case.

Speaking of how Republicans cheat at elections, Kris Kobach was caught cheating in court, then caught cheating at paying his fine for cheating in court.

Afraid you’re missing out on the fabulous new form of warfare the Russians are rolling out? Don’t be! They’ve got propaganda (that you’ll swear isn’t propaganda) for every taste!

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Wow. Another “What a weekend!” Monday!

Greg Dworkin seeks to impose order on the chaos. And so does the former Prime Minister of Belgium. What’s left to be said? Trump was an addled mess at the G-7 G-6 meeting, much to the delight of his fan base, whose only policy interest is “triggering the libs.”

Could Trump be stopped if enough Republican Senators finally gave up? Well, it depends how many.

But who cares about rules and procedure, anyway? They’re all just worthless scraps of paper.

For now, it’s off to Singapore, for about a minute. Or possibly less. Which is not good. Though I don’t know how long you want to leave those two guys in the room alone.

More on that strange attraction between Russian oligarchs and the NRA. And the strange parallels between the British experience and our own. Are we just looking at a new kind of warfare? Or the revival of a very old one? Might our allies decide it’s time to roll out a new kind of sanctions? Or maybe use the very same ones we’re using?

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Pardon enthusiast Dotard J. Trump took flight to Canada today, despite his heel spurs, pausing only to declare his curious allegiance to Russia, and support for conscientious objector Muhammad Ali.

But as Trump himself might wonder, does it really matter? Whatever happens, happens.

Today is a day, so that means Scott Pruitt has been caught grifting, again.

Trump’s DOJ is all-in on seizing reporters’ communications data for leak investigations. The fact that the leak made it publicly known that Carter Page has been compromised for years makes things a little awkward. As has been the case for some time for Reality Winner.

There’s a new name for the Trump-Russia Rogues’ Gallery, and it’s actually an old name.

Next stop: Singapore. Or maybe not. Who knows? Will Trump win a hamburger franchise? A Chick-Fil-A for Mrs. Pruitt? Or is he the intended beneficiary of renewed work on a bizarro Pyongyang hotel?

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What’d we do today, on the Kagro in the Morning show? Who knows? I can’t remember that far back! All I know for sure is that Rudy Giuliani is back at it, opening old wounds and doing Trump more damage.

But I do recall that Greg Dworkin came by, and explained everything there is to know about polling, the electoral “wave” theory, and the CA primary results. Oh, and that judicial recall election, too.

Trump is both claiming credit for a big veterans’ bill, and also quietly trying to kill it.

If you planned the North Korea summit, you’d perhaps be wise to also plan your exit before it actually happens.

Sean Hannity tells his viewers to smash yet more consumer goods.

More reports that tariffs are the supposed “last straw” for some Republicans. For 10 minutes, or whatever.

If you say you don’t believe Trump about his campaign being spied on, you’re excommunicated.

Republicans in disarray! The immigration bills discharge petition is coming down to the wire, and the House Gop are scrambling to defuse it.

Trump spent 15 minutes on a pardon, again. He loves signing things.

Scott. Pruitt. CAN. NOT. STOP. GRIFTING!

Meanwhile, we hope Brian Monroe (aka @Canuck_Pundit) will never start grifting.

But we had hoped Donald Trump had stopped… doing whatever. At least in the White House. Besides, shouldn’t he be busy getting ready for the “summit?” (Apparently not.)

Trump’s brain plays circus music inside, 24/7.

 

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It’s Wednesday, and we’re already drained. Not an uncommon occurrence, these days! Luckily, Greg Dworkin was on hand to round up the many, many, many, many, many primary election stories from around the country. Plus, the horror of E-A-G-L-E-S-gate.

I hope they’re not paying Sarah Sanders.

Why do all these criminals keep gathering around Trump? (Not The Onion.)

A reminder on Michael Cohen.

The new hotness: Trump-Russia-Israel. Oh, and speaking of the curiously not-Italian sounding Mrs. Papadopoulos, do you remember the rather careless Russian spies known as “the Illegals?” Or at least their MVP, Anna Chapman? Do you remember what they ended up being charged with? Yes, it was money laundering. Just like this other Russian ex-spy got herself mixed up in, but this time working directly for Trump. Weird! Why do all these… ?

Pruitt! Again? Don’t you ever take a day off?

 

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Well, today’s summary can be short and sweet, even if the content isn’t. The morning’s news: Mueller busts Manafort for witness tampering, and; Trump throws a tantrum and cancels the Eagles’ White House visit because nobody wanted to go (but says it was to protest their kneeling, which they didn’t do).

Law professors study the pardon power—judiciously, as they will—while Trump acts again, creating new “realities.”

Remember all that bluster about what a huge and tyrannical danger was posed by raiding Michael Cohen’s house, office (and hotel room, which he had for some reason), because he was “an attorney,” and the sanctity of attorney-client relations, something, something, yadda yadda? Well, it turns out that was all garbage, because almost nothing seized was privileged material.

Scott Pruitt is a filthy, disgusting beast. And he also wanted to buy a used mattress from the DC Trump hotel, for some reason.

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Nothing says “Monday” like the “president of the United States” declaring lol yolo laws don’t matter! Greg Dworkin was on hand to round up yet another wild weekend. Still no acknowledgement of the Puerto Rico death toll, of course. Tariff war backlash already being felt.

“It’s not enough to just be anti-Trump!” Unless history is any guide. But is there more Dems could be doing on messaging? Sure.

Want an early peek at the upcoming primary election results? Presto! There’s no telling, though, whether that’ll help you accurately predict the unpredictable in California.

Books that could be tweets.

Trump is a sociopath. But you didn’t hear it from me.

So, can Dotard J. Trump pardon himself? Scholarly opinion says no. But lol yolo scholarship! That memo had a lot of buried gems, though. Emptywheel spots one that bootstraps Trump’s lies about the crooks on his team.

Scott Pruitt never stops grifting. Not even when he’s busted grifting. Ex-Trump staffers will not STFU about how Trump cannot STFU.

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Well, our experiment with the live/tape format seems to have worked. Greg Dworkin joined the show live, for his regular morning segment, during which we rounded up Rosanne Barr news, the latest “should we call him a liar” musings, Virginia’s Medicaid expansion (alongside white racial resentment/”economic anxiety”), the rising tide under which we hope to see Trump submerged, more on California’s crazy primaries, and this weird notion millennials have that they can actually influence the world around them.

The latest twist in “fake news”: The category now includes things Trump tells interviewers on national television. Even when he also tells the same thing to Rod Rosenstein, who then does him the favor of pretending he didn’t hear him.

We were also saddened to pass on the news of the loss of good friend and longtime Kossack Sean Wang, better known as Bruinkid.

Trump offhandedly pardoned Dinesh Derpsouza. So there was that. And of course, plenty of other offhanded TrumpDerpTM: leaning on the Postmaster General to raise Amazon’s shipping rates, the 2013 genesis of his man-crush on Putin, the tantalizing (if perhaps unlikely) possibility that law enforcement hears his every word, and word from Harvard that Hurricane Maria “response” remains his greatest crime.

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Roseanne: Out. Greitens: Out. Kim Kardashian on a policy mission to the White House, and North Korea plying Dotard J. Trump with cheeseburgers: In!

Trump heads back to Nazi Rally Fantasy Camp. Again. By day, he continues his real assault on migrant families, certain (despite the evidence) that it’ll carry Republicans to victory. Dems, meanwhile, are constantly lectured that they  can’t just campaign on being anti-Trump. So they don’t. And no Greg Dworkin segment would be complete without parsing the polls. This time: Priorities USA, and insight on (and beyond) the generic ballot.

On the Eastern Front, well-known radical leftists Trey Gowdy and Andrew Napolitano say Trump’s whining about informants is bullshit. Whereas his obstruction of justice is not.

We’re still not really sure if Trump is lying. OK, that’s a lie. Though it seems some wouldn’t recognize a lie if it hit them in the head.

Hey, remember that weird Ivanka trademark for “bleaching products?” Of course it’s “racially tinged,” so to speak.

In breaking news: The shocking story of the dissident Russian journalist reportedly gunned down in Kiev becomes truly shocking after all. I guess they’ve got to return all that Ukranian porn to the grocery stores, now.

NYC’s “Taxi King” takes a well-timed plea deal. Just in time to prove that Michael Cohen is the worst lawyer in the history of forever, and virtually all of Trump’s current dumpster fire of problems are his fault.

Bannon’s boys at Breitbart paid a “Sanders activist” to campaign to keep black voters at home. Because truth and journamalism and stuff.

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Where’s Melania? In normal times, nobody really cares. But as we know, these are not normal times.

Canuck pundit-turned-Canuck politician. Er, excuse me, venerable Canadian aspiring citizen legislator. And another Canadian guy wins the Nobel prize for isolating and observing the genesis of a pure Trump lie.

Ivanka Trump puts a finger in the Chinese Emoluments pie. (Speaking of weird trademarks that monetize the presidency, who owns “The White House Gift Shop”? And why is that even a question?)

Ellicott City, MD lives a millennium in two years. Fox News finds a way to plunder the residents.

Trump: I’m not colluding. You’re colluding! By thinking I’m colluding!

It’s no mystery why Ivanka “got” her security clearance at the same time as Jared. It never was.

There really was more surveillance of Trump campaign personnel than we thought! Because Trump’s affinity for international spies and their bribe money was so open and notorious that even other countries noticed. Even ones that speak (gasp!) Spanish!

 

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Welcome to today’s Greg Dworkin in the Morning show! Sure, there are holidays off from work, but there are no good days to take off from the job of documenting the atrocities, so Greg gave us an extended segment today, rounding up Monday’s top headlines.

Two big stories burned up the bulk of political Twitter’s oxygen. The first was a two-parter: Just how big of a liar is Trump is, given his ridiculous whopper about the North Korea briefing, and; why won’t “the media” say so? And if they do say so, why not say so all the time?

The second: Push-back and record-straightening on the heartbreaking and cruel stories of separated migrant families.

Most of the rest of the available bandwidth was taken up with how Trump is a bumbling idiot (or worse) in his dealings with North Korea and China, and a serial liar in his dealings with Russia and the domestic fallout from it.

From the Political Science corner: House Republicans carry ten times the risk of Dems. Generic ballot polls remain mostly constant. Even the outliers are back in line. Not that Dems have their house in order, or anything. Because that would be ridiculous.

Resistance is important everywhere. Really. Everywhere.

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Today, David Waldman brings us the latest news and commentary and the commentary on those commentaries, commenting on those, and sometimes his own commentary, until it all swirls into our collective primal scream... let’s howl into the weekend:

Are we trapped in Donald Trump’s dream, or nightmare? Shh... Donald might be thinking of throwing a surprise summit for good ol’ Un

Why don’t we just crack down on…? What do you get when your only plan is to “crack down”? The Trump administration steps up from Obama, and gets tough on immigrant parents, by losing their children. The kids aren’t “lost” however, because you just don’t lose such a valuable commodity. They’re just swept somewhere else, embraced by the invisible hand of the free market.

There are countless Israeli connections to Robert Mueller’s Probe of Trump and Russia, but David does count one of them today: Joel Zamel, the new name in next week’s scandals.

Ukraine paid $400,000 to Michael Cohen, but that chump change isn’t the only investment they’re protecting.  Jared Kushner's Cadre’s in talks with Saudi-Backed SoftBank.

Even if you never installed Kaspersky Lab software, you’ll never uninstall Kaspersky Lab software.

Harvey Weinstein has surrendered to the NYPD, thanks to the #metoo movement, and him being a wanted criminal and all.

The Twitter-famous Krassenstein brothers hate Trump, but maybe loved him a little too.

Yep, another school shooting.

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David Waldman, initially distraught over the reported mistreatment of Tomi Lahren, soon pulled himself together and produced a Thursday KITM for your enjoyment and edification:

But first, reboot your router now. Right now. There, now don’t you feel a little less ру́сский?  If you still find yourself seeing the Deep State or appreciating Dear Leader art, try again.

Greg Dworkin helps round-up today’s latest:

Questions surface, mysteries linger, but what’s important is what voters want, and they want answers.

Donald Trump is a 24/7 corruption/scandal machine, and now that the NFL is America first again will concentrate solely on burning everything down. That means no more time to follow in Dennis Rodman’s footsteps. Ultimately, it is only the commemorative coins that mattered. Jeff Flake is horrified and is determined to do absolutely nothing humanly possible to stem this threat to democracy and civilization. This leadership vacuum extends to congress, although Paul Ryan has sucked a little longer. Republicans started burning it all down a while ago.

#notallmedia are suckers, but the ones that fall for bad faith are ruining journalism, which is exactly what Donald Trump is aiming for. The New York Times rests easy now that Jared Kushner got his security clearance. Maybe someone else will look into how he got the security clearance.

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David Waldman is back!

Well, you kind of expected that, since it is the middle of the week, but really, why should you expect anything to be as it should be anymore? 

Donald Trump declares "It could very well happen, whatever it is", on everything, including North Korea. Relax, no one could like both basketball and killing people.

The Trump administration is incompetent in all its behaviors and practices. Greg Dworkin reminds us that includes those that are existentially important to us. Donald Trump is not corrupt in many ways; Donald Trump is corrupt in all ways.

Democrats win the Civil WarNo one is unseen, no one is unheard, when we support each other. When a Stacy wins, we all win. Last night was a big night for a diverse Democratic Party and reveals the path towards the future.

Voters show they will do the right thing when a candidate has the right stuff. That doesn’t mean it will be easy. They will win some, we need to win more.

Blackwater reemerges with an ad, written illiterately to stick it to elites, selling them special ammunition so they can stick it to everyone else

Elliott Broidy, steadfast briber and bribee through thick and thin, really showed what he was made of when the going got tough for his priceless asset. Now let’s see if Michael Cohen can show that same dedication as a big shoe drops and a Taxi King flips. Donald would do the same for them, if it wasn’t inconvenient

The EPA barred AP and CNN news crews from a summit on contaminants, and have no plans to change that.

The media are suckers.

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David Waldman brings us KITM’s Constitutional Crisis Tuesday. All but the second amendment, straight down the tubes.

It looks as if we are really going to do this. Rod Rosenstein chose an appeasement strategy to deal with Donald Trump, and now we can all say hello to alleged Jimmy Carter arch-enemy Stefan A. Halper, super-spy. Watching Jack Ryan movies pays off for Trump spinners, though Martin Scorsese’s oeuvre would fit their present situation better.

Trump takes another step over the line. Why stay one step ahead of the law, when you can be the law?

Trump has no allegiance, except to money.  And, money knows it can always find a friend in him.  There is so much money for Robert Mueller to follow that he’s just getting to the UAE and the Saudis. With one billion dollars two princes were singing the tune Donald wanted to hear, but first in line were convicted pedophile George Nader and professional beard Elliott Broidy, who is always ready to give and take favorsThe Trump presidency hangs by a thread named Shera Béchard. If only we could guess the thoughts she might be thinking!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:35pm EDT

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David Waldman reports on disasters sweeping the nation:

Donald Trump blew his mighty wind yesterday, hereby triggering political earthquakes today. We welcome back Greg Dworkinwho survived, and helped others survive, last week’s Connecticut twisters. (They were doozies.) 

Trump is trying to figure out what he got into with the Koreas, a bit late. President Moon Jae-in may be the only person on earth who can bail him out, but might be better off if he doesn’t bother.

The farm bill implodes as the House Republicans take themselves hostage to spite their own speaker. Their cunning plan includes shoving at least three guys into one leadership position. Kevin McCarthy is full of cunning plans. Ryan’s replacement needs a majority of the votes cast. A plurality isn't enough, unless you want to put some time and effort into it, and they don’t.

Now if only Republicans can just get old white voters to hold on until the next cunning plan... If it weren’t for those meddling kids registering to vote, they’d have a lock on 2018. too. Democrats stay ahead and stable, mostly and relatively.

The Trump campaign was happy to collude with non-Russians, too, because it wasn’t ideology they looking for.

And then there was Santa Fe High School. And yet another shooter contending with video games, and doors, and girls. Women seem to be the thing shooters are least equipped to handle.

 

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:33am EDT

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Just minutes into today’s show, there were two shootings competing for attention, but we didn’t yet know which would become the more significant.

The bulk of the show was given over to bribe updates. Specifically: an update on the Cohen SARs/bribes; the Trump-China bribe, and; the Kushner-Qatar bribe (with a caveat, but also a few domestic bribes thrown in for good measure).

No one could have predicted what would happen once Trump irritated China with increased trade barriers. Unless you were going to guess that they’d take their business elsewhere. Like, maybe Russia.

What’s the next big Trump lie? It’s an old one, actually: Obama was “spying” on his campaign. That is not how this works, of course. And what’s really happening is that Trump thinks it’d be a shame if something happened to a certain FBI informant.

Just to get a few more key items on the record (for your weekend edification): the full catalog of Scott Pruitt scandals; some more backstory on Trump’s stupid obsession with Putin, and Russia in general, and; in case you thought any part of the world today wasn’t complete bullshit….

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Greg Dworkin was caught in a crossfire hurricane on Tuesday. No, even worse, four Connecticut cyclones. So, that leaves David Waldman to help us weather the worst S-storm in U.S. history - by far! Yeah, yeah, Trump admits he had a thing with Stormy, but Rudy figures Donald is innocent of all charges, past, present and future if Trump remains President forever. Anyhow, Donald Trump needs the money, so he isn’t shutting off any taps right now.

The whistleblower who leaked Michael Cohen’s financial records did so after noticing missing Suspicious Activity Reports, which indicated... missing reporting of suspicious activity. Lucky for investigators, Michael Cohen is a one-stop moron, placing all of his rotten eggs in the same basket. Even as the missing SARs point to the remaining ones, questions on this and other FinCEN manipulation and obstruction have arisen. US intelligence units were locked out of classified computer networks, hampering antiterrorist efforts as well as the Trump/Russia investigation.

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Strange. It seems that David Waldman repeated the word “Yanny” for almost two hours today… Listen to the show and tell me what you hear.

It’s Robert Mueller’s first year on the job and already Donald Trump wants to give him his gold watch.

If Leonard Leo likes to keep on the down low, he’ll have to break his habit of passing out tens of millions of dollars to society’s string-pullers. Washington’s lobbying powerhouse, Williams & Jensen had their Chair wake up and quit rather than guard Scott Pruitt, but their Principal will be whispering into Jared Kushner’s ear on Monday.

Armando calls in to discuss the CAP Ideas Conference, and to tackle breaking news: The thousands of pages of congressional testimony released on the 2016 Trump Tower meeting. Don Jr. doesn’t remember a lot, but it is still easy to see what’s going on.

Donald Trump is running out of Stormy Daniels loopholes.

Blake Farenthold spent $2.14 million to find someone still willing to touch him.

The U.S. Justice Department and the FBI are investigating Cambridge Analytica, finally.

Tornados in ConnecticutGreg Dworkin, a member of both the AMA and the Lollipop Guild, was needed on the ground today, but he might still be able to round-up for us tomorrow. Tune in to find out why Democrats can’t win the “respect” of Trump voters!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:22pm EDT

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It’s Two Topic Tuesday on KITM! Oh sure, David Waldman deviates a bit off-tangent a couple of times, but can you blame him? The AC’s on the fritz, it’s so hot and humid in May —  in Virginia no less! And, the repairman’s avoiding him, all the windows have to be opened, with the lawnmowers roaring and the birds singing! All those birds…

Where were we? Yes! Donald Trump needs to go to jail. Chinese phone-maker ZTE gives Trump money, Trump makes it a United States priority to fix things for that company. Trump said he wouldn’t make any foreign deals as President, but he didn’t say that he wouldn’t arrange for the US to make deals devised specifically to enrich him, did he?

It takes two to come up with double-talk this stupid and convoluted. That’s why fellow TV STAR Sean Hannity is now Donald’s BFF. Obviously destined to soon knife each other in the back, Don & Sean for now play “No, you hang up!” late into the night and three times on Sunday, planning our future and creating a state/media symbiosis Dick Cheney could have only dreamed of. If it wasn’t for them, what would Fox News do all day?

And Michael Cohen thought Donald was his best friend. Michael will find out what happens when Donald’s friends stick their necks out for him.

Only $1 million for as many federal judges as you can pick out over an administration? That is a true art of the deal.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:04pm EDT

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The Presidential Apprentice, Week 69. Nice.

Donald Trump is casting better TV lawyers in hopes of keeping this season afloat. Trump aids audition for the Hunger Games, as they guess Bob Mueller’s show will be a lot bigger than anyone expects. Donald pillow-talks with TV Star Sean Hannity to get nightly tips and moral guidance.

If you are reading this, you probably haven’t been raptured yet, or the WiFi is good where you are... Israel is transporting dozens of Palestinians off to the afterlife ahead of schedule in preparation for the opening of the U.S. Jerusalem embassy today. Jared Kushner is on the ground selling peace and some shares of his Mark of the Beast on 5th Ave. Israel is also blessed by the appearance of Ivanka Trump, by third horseman Steve Mnuchin, who has some bonus miles left over, and bringing up the rear, Michele Bachmann.

David Waldman and Greg Dworkin can’t get their minds out of the Qatar goings-on: Michael Cohen brings the Bada Bing to the world. Greg tells you about the very rich, as they are different from you and me. The Trump Tower elevator is seen at its maximum swamp capacity. It’s not just Corey Lewandowski anymore, Qatar has damaging information on Jared Kushner. Michael Avenatti warned you, now he’s forced to tell you about Michael Cohen, Ahmed al-Rumaihi, Ice Cube, Jeff Kwatinetz, and  the BIG3 basketball league.

Some Israeli politicians and rabbis are drawn to orgies, blackmail and anti-Semitism.

Donald Trump voters: furious, paranoid, xenophobic, racist and reactionary, but sensitive too. Legend has it that some might turn “independent” if we behave just right, and those would be the unicorns we need to carry us to victory, over that other third, who will always remain deplorable, but hopefully stay at only a third. At the Connecticut Gop convention, Deplorables lose to the Dockers.

Meanwhile, the Democrats are moving left without self-destructing, and are becoming a progressive ideas factory. Here too, the Dockers are doing well.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:15pm EDT

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You always knew Friday would come. Friday comes for all of us, great or small. It is how you prepare for the inevitability of Friday that matters. David Waldman guides us into that sunny weekend:

Kelly Sadler wrote the first paragraph of her own obituary yesterday, just by demonstrating her boss’s sense of humor

Politico welcomes you to their elite bubble. If Michael Cohen is a typical sleaze, then many should be in jail. Elliott Broidy, inveterate palm-greaser, with a possibly money-laundering wife, has more than a few reasons to get on Donald Trump’s good side.

Rudy Giuliani’s law firm cannot speak for Mr. Giuliani, and therefore made certain that Mr. Giuliani cannot speak for them.

Kirstjen Nielsen, Chief of Homeland Security, oh just so almost quit the other day.

Don Blankenship told you he was Trumpier than Trump, and hopes to prove that by knee-capping the guy that beat him in the primary.

Gina Haspel was just following orders, and hopes not to follow any more bad orders, like that court order telling her not to destroy evidence.

Another right-wing federal judgeship is confirmed,  walking over the corpse of blue slip vetos.

Russians weren’t necessarily trying to get Trump elected, it was just the by-product of trying to destroy the US.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:47am EDT

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David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Armando wield their machetes of veracity to the bullrushes of BS in Donald Trump’s swamp of... Oh you know, it is very swampy:

Michael Cohen, expert on everything, friend to all, could’ve been a lobbyist but that isn’t where the real money is. Cohen was really interested in getting people to know Donald Trump, even though Trump didn’t know anything about Cohen. Russian Oligarch-Linked Columbus Nova is linked to white supremacists, and to Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz. All of this makes Maga-world suspicious... of Stormy Daniels lawyer, Michael Avenatti, and where he gets all of his info.

John Edwards can tell you, when the subpoenas hit the fan, it’s time to find a patsy. Elliott Brody, professional beard, might have been just the guy Donald and Shera could have used in their time of need.

Moderate candidates still tend to outdo extreme ones, although moderate Republicans are becoming more like Donald Trump. Trump hasn’t done much, but he has destroyed a lot. John Bolton ruined things before and is here to do it again. China tariffs are already starting to punish us. Health care is our issue.

Trump might be one of the worst people on earth, but DC is the big leagues, and Mike Pence is the man to beat. Mike wants to move on from this Trump thing and onto his presidency while there’s some left for him.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:31pm EDT

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Overwhelmed by all of the news today?

Allow David Waldman, your political sommelier, to offer his KITM recommendations du jour:

Greg Dworkin examines the results of yesterday’s primaries. It’s easy to blame the voters, especially when they are Don Blankenship voters. Republicans keep moving right, and right out of the running. Democrats do not seem to going so insurgent, however.

Donald Trump appeals to his dwindling base, more and more, but the rest of us are really tired of him. That opens up space to discuss Democrat strengths. Forget convincing the Trump right, they don’t know and couldn’t care less. There may not be enough voters to complete the slide to totalitarianism, and probably not enough to keep the Trump scam going much longer, although Trump’s spiritual predecessor, John Wilkes had to order the shooting of protesters to go out of style. (Wilkes continued to inspire, however.)

Michael Cohen, friend forever to Donald Trump, enlightened guru to multinational corporations and entities of all types… and, uhm, doctor, is discovered to have a shell company that funneled bribes, generallyArmando discusses whether to call the Cohen bribe device a shell company, LLC or what.

Then there is Elliott Broidy, who let his distinguished Blake Farenthold-esque good looks lead him into very Trump-esque hi-jinx, and extraordinarily Trump-esque solutions.

Devin Nunes keeps digging a hole, which we might get to fill up over him some day.

Trump violates the world’s trust, and the Iran Deal, for what? Or whom?

Gina Haspel was just following orders, a tendency she hopes to cut back on, someday.

Tim Kaine reminds us of the work ahead of us, once things are right side up.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:40am EDT

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No mulligans. Republicans haven’t been so gleefully steadfast in their stand against moral turpitude since Anthony Weiner, maybe since Bill Clinton. Eric Schneiderman resigns from being New York Attorney General to spend more time with... his mirror and his conscience.

Republican schadenfreude might be short-lived as the acting AG is both female and Democratic, and no one is throwing out any upcoming cases or evidence. David Waldman and Armando review what has happened so far and speculate about the future in the case.

But that isn’t all that’s grinding Armando’s gears today. Hack Hugh Hewitt engages in payola with Scott Pruitt, and MSNBC does nothing. Paul Krugman feels guilty about how he doesn’t feel victimized. Everyone agrees that Trump would be an idiot to pull out of the Iran Nuclear Deal, so he really has no choice. Now what will we do?

Trump aids arranged for Black Cube to spy on Obama aides, or they arranged for somebody to make those arrangements.

Melania Trump wants us to be best, by copying the best, but at least she cares about the kids.

Russian hackers will sow fear and confusion wherever they find fertile ground.

There are more good guys with guns in schools, unfortunately the good guys’ guns have bad bullets.

Nunes gonna Nunes, and David is going to discuss congressional contempt procedural intricacies.

Kansas City surprises millions with its hospitality.

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Week 68 of The Presidential Apprentice! The show that, for some reason, just won’t quit, is producing lots of spinoffs, the least of which is West Virginia’s Biggest Loser, starring this turd which even Donald Trump wants to flush. Trump and Blankenship’s base kind of like that smell, but that isn’t enough to win. In red Ohio, special election Republicans can’t be little Trumps and win the election, so the party will have to pick less silly candidates if they want to lose by smaller margins. Republicans that aren’t little Trumps might as well go home. The news wonders what this has to do with Nancy Pelosi.

Still, nothing beats the hilarity of The Trump and Rudy ShowGreg Dworkin rounds up the latest Rudy news. Everyone knows Giuliani is a racist blowhard, although Rudy denies that, even if he just said that, because it’s just a rumor.

Scott Pruitt finally assists the EPA by disappearing into his spider hole. Gina Haspel begs to be put out of her misery, but Trump doesn’t think she’s had quite enough. Elaine Chao, thought to be only moderately corrupt, has found her niche in promoting her dad.

David Waldman reveals that Jewish people not working as doctors, lawyers, postal carriers or cowboys sometimes find themselves in international crime syndicates. Michael Cohen literally catered to mobsters, along with some other ventures. Israeli operatives who aided Harvey Weinstein collected information on former Obama administration officials. The Trump team hired the spy firm for ‘dirty ops’ on Iran arms deal, unless the Trump team hired a team to hire the spy firm for the dirty ops.

For the youngsters out there, David reviews the history of ACORN and how that led to Donald Trump. Being destitute and degenerate lead Donald Trump to the presidency.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:38am EDT

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Don’t you wish the advent of Friday would mean the end of news for at least a couple of days? Unfortunately, no, so David Waldman packs more into Fridays to prepare us, and Mondays to catch us up from the weekend:

Nuance! It’s those little details that ensnare hypocrites. Ari Fleischer stepped on a few rakes this morning. The Trump Organization slipped a few states into the list of those from whom it collects sales tax. Those in New York will have to pay extra to slide into a tight pair of goblets. Scott Pruitt knew he needed to travel around the world as EPA Chief, if only he could find some good reasons. Jared Kushner made his 40th mistake filing his Federal Ethics Disclosure form. (The correct answer is “zero.”) Jared’s bank is “Bank of Internet”, which, no nuance, is precisely as shady as it sounds.  If Donald Trump wasn’t so busy playing golf he could have made America great long ago.

Fox’s Neil Cavuto rises above the swamp gas with some common sense. Republicans nail up a No Catholics Allowed sign, and the House chaplain takes it the wrong way. Many Texans are shocked to discover that Russia wasn’t on the good guy side in Jade Helm 15.

Josh Marshal gives us a sneak preview of the “Bag-man Montage” in the Scorsese’s upcoming Trump biopic

Looking for a little Trump-Russia collusion? How much money have you got?

Qatar bought its fourth condo for $6.5 million from Trump right after an emoluments lawsuit was dropped. Donald was convinced to sell lethal weapons to Ukraine after Ukraine’s savvy charm offensive, which of course included not cooperating in the Mueller investigation. Meanwhile, we’ve run out of money for Syria’s famed humanitarian group, the White Helmets.

 

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:53am EDT

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If it wasn’t for all of his dragon energy, Donald Trump wouldn’t be able to handle his immense case load. Trump spent the last few weeks representing his client Michael Cohen, and was then forced to take over the Rudy Giuliani matter as of last night. (Michael and Rudy probably should have shopped around if they were hoping to stay out of prison.)

Sean Hannity accidentally did a journalism and helped Rudy Giuliani keep his promise to wrap up the Mueller probe quickly. David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Armando parse the ravings of a madman to divine a hint of a strategy or of even a rational thought. Journalists everywhere will reach for their thesauruses to dig up one more synonym for “lie” before mentioning to their readers that Donald Trump will never hesitate to disavow his own words. Trump’s lone, simple concern at any time is what he has to gain, or lose.

Did Trump bribe Ukraine to stop cooperating with Mueller? It would be a shame if that missile shipment was canceledAlex van der Zwaan will be back on the streets soon.

If you hate Trump, you have that going for you. But, not every Trump hater is a nice person. So don’t fall in behind just any reporting, or throw your money to just any fundraiser. Save those small donations and donate Democratic, today!

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Today in entertainment news: Following an awkward introduction and flat ratingsPresidential Apprentice pulled character ADM. Dr. Candyman “Ronny” Jackson, and replaced him with returning fan favorite Wacky Dr. Bornstein, who in a twist turns out to be the hero-victim-coconspirator! Who would believe a show like this? No one!

It is Wednesday, so David Waldman joins with Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter to drag a huge haul of tasty sagaciousness onto the SS KITM:

Is Donald Trump as low as he can go? Not according to the people that know his potential. Donald tears down his party while he shores up his base, ergo the upcoming Catholics vs. Evangelicals wars. Trapped in the Trump cage, Republicans eat each other: Mark Walker (R-Baptist) doesn’t want to select chaplains anymore. Trump’s recent HHS secretary condemned the present Republican health care policy, and Schrodinger’s Republican, Marco Rubio, trashes the Trump Republican tax law. Donald says Jon Tester isn’t patriotic enough for him. 

Team Trump bum rushes Pompeo’s confirmation hearing today, while the Bush administration gets another chance to defend torture, and Lordy, there may be tapes. Meanwhile, Team Trump D takes on China.

Serenely gliding above all of this is Robert Swan Mueller III. Is the use of nit-wit lawyers some smart lawyering on Trump’s lawyers’ part? Here’s how hacking really works.

Democrats will force a net neutrality vote this month.

Should Democrats work to schlepp the Impeachment Overton Window back to a sane place, or just keep quiet? We might take Trump out of the scam, but you can never take the scam out of Trump.

A Proud Boy demonstrates white power.

Trump probably wishes his head was bigger, too.

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Got some spare time?  Open up a story on rawstory.com. Not that they’ll take long to read, but they will crash your computer to help soak up that extra time that you thought you had.

David Waldman recovered from his Raw Story crashes of the morning to answer many of your Tuesday questions, with the exception of “Why is this Dotard orange”? Robert Mueller wonders about that too, it’s just not on the top of his list at the momentArmando wonders who leaked that list, but is pretty certain that an idiot transcribed it. David and Armando agree that it is not a list of questions, but of topics, it is definitely not a complete list of what Mueller wants to talk about, or is concerned with, and Trump probably won’t be able to spin this coherently, because as John Kelly can tell you, Donald Trump is an idiot.

You know who is dumber and more immoral that Donald Trump? The Washington media that think he’s their cash cow. Amoral toadies and parasitic thugs dependent as pubic lice. And the sad, frightened deplorables destroying everything to protect their piece. The Hill whimpers #notalljournalists.

Mike Pence refuses to know things, but his doctor knew about Ronny Jackson last fall. Mike will be the first to tell you, he’s just the coffee boy who barely knows Mr. Trump. KITM contributor Paula Writer is concerned that we might someday have to deal with Mr. Pence, and recorded a segment on how we might have to handle that day.

Documents show ties between Virginia’s largest public university and the Charles Koch Foundation. David’s glad someone is taking the time to look into those things.

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Yesterday was a tragic day for those of us invested in sharp sticks. We know that you and I shouldn’t poke deplorables in election years, and that everyone in journalism and not-so-journalism have consistently been stick-sensitive, but now comedians have also been banned from poking representatives of the government in power:

The White House Correspondents Association will henceforth require Bob Hope-caliber comedians, to match their Bob Hope-caliber correspondence. The WHCA represents those in power. Those in power are happy to be hypocrites to stay in power. It is a comedian’s job to punch up, and punching up is hard.

David Waldman and Greg Dworkin, eyes accentuated by only pure, bona-fide truth, bring us the rest of today’s news.

We need accountability in 2018, as always. Rich old white people are spending their last dimes to assure white power is forever. Researchers can now move on to hard stuff, now that they’ve determined that actually, guns do kill people. Ronny Jackson heads back to the swamp with Hawkeye and B.J. so Donald needs to find a new doctor.

The Department of Defense’s MHS GENESIS EHR system has resolved 1000 issues, and only has 6000 more to go for a smooth rollout. When Donald Trump needs help on the VA, he looks up from his Mar-a-Lago steak and ketchup and yells “Is there a doctor in the house?” First one off the links was Dr. Bruce Moskowitz, who just happened to have some healthcare reform plans handy

David returns to the story of Levi Tillemann, the guy that took notes on his meeting with Steny Hoyer, then revealed the notes were recordings once his polling flagged. Now it seems Levi is one of the Tillemann-Dicks of Denver, along with Charity, Rainbow, Liberty Belle, and Timber Dick. (Leave the “safe search” on when looking up pictures.)

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Dems in disarray! No! No, no, no.

Maybe a little, little bit. Aided by Armando, David Waldman does his best to rearray us all, or at least straighten us out on how things really happen in Big Politics, based on his experience in Big D world, where sometimes they stray from little d democracy. This time the straying was, Lordy, captured on tape. That tape didn’t capture the whole story, however, and that is where David and Armando came in, for most of the show and probably several shows into the future.

House Chaplain Rev. Patrick J. Conroy was slyly using his prayers to turn God Democratic, but sharp-eared Paul Ryan caught him, and will replace him with someone that has sex with women. The White House knew what a family man Rob Porter was a long time before he was forced to resign.

Michael Cohen expected to be Chief of Staff. Donald Trump expects to be on Mount Rushmore. Life is full of disappointments, but at least Melania got a beautiful gift for her birthday that is sure to keep on giving. A giant sea of red is forming across the nation, but it’s not the one Trump envisioned or is prepared for.

 

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David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, and for a moment there Armando fought to put a cap on today’s gusher of news. We’ll see what can be mopped up by Friday:

Ronny Jackson’s nomination to head the Department of Veterans Affairs crashed like a government vehicle being drunk-driven away from a Secret Service going-away party (Allegedly), joining the 24 nominee pileup. Now Ronny’s free to tell us Donald’s true stats! (Alleged)

Donald Trump almost got all the truth out before being censored by Steve Doocy this morning. Before he was silenced he still managed to say plenty. Plenty to be reviewed by students of history, law, and psychology for years to come.

Trump hopes to take over as Michael Cohen’s lawyer. Donald picks horrible locations for casinos, but pretty good ones for money laundries.

Many voters say they haven’t seen that pay boost from the tax law, unless they’re liars. If outperforming polling expectations actually equals winning elections, Democrats are going to be winners in 2018.

Jill Stein tosses the Senate Intelligence requests for her Russian communications right into the election recount file.

Scott Pruitt attempts to slow the bus bearing down on him by seeing how many others he can throw under it.

Jeff Sessions knows he’s damned if he does, and damned if he doesn’t, so he just won’t say.

The Kanye West-Donald Trump online media cross-promotion blitz should be a big success, for Kanye. Shania Twain feels that she could have done something stupid if she was only given the opportunity. Steven K G Bannon had been working on Trump campaign marketing long before there was a Trump campaign.

No one really seems to have a clue of what they are talking about in the Joy Reid hacking case.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:30am EDT

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It’s Wednesday, and that means that you get a KITM chock-full of the sweeping experience and remarkable acumen that all of you expect, and some of you pay for:

David Waldman, a.k.a. the Jane Goodall of our political scene, predicts a lot of poo-throwing this afternoon when Donald Trump watches Fox News report that Jeff Sessions is recusing himself again. Jeff scurried quickly away, hoping the alpha dotard was too busy getting stuff done or whatever to notice him. 

Steve Mnuchin enjoys solar eclipses after all. Scott Pruitt’s security chief was an investigator for The National Enquirer. The Port Authority ethics chairwoman pulled out her white privilege in front of police officers and was released unharmed. Gop-led budget committees have just one job... and refuse to do it.

Hey, we didn’t lose bad at all last night! Greg Dworkin pores over the stats to determine that win or lose, Republicans are losers. Team Blue won their 40th statehouse seat with a flip of New York’s 10th, but still won't control the chamber because a Dem has chosen to continue to caucus with the Republicans. Arizona teachers plan to strike for school funding.

This all should make Republicans anxious, although they were already “anxious”, as in “status-anxious”, as in “white-status-anxious”, as in “racist”. Many in the Alt-Right are also anxious that they might never be loved by the women they fear and despise. Some of the women the Alt-Right fear and despise remain anxious about brown people. West Virginia Murderer-Candidate for Gop Senate, Don Blankenship is anxious about the Chinapeople.

Maybe if the Gop had less day-to-day responsibilities they’d feel more relaxed… as if they felt any pressure to attend to scruples to begin with. At least the swamp is upfront about its sliminess in Trump world.

Armando points out that Chelsea Clinton pointing out factual errors to authors citing her is not “feuding”, when there would be no feud if they just contacted her to verify their articles. Journalism is not about creating safe spaces, either.

Joan McCarter reports that Trump’s favorite doctor has dropped back to at least second place since he’s not quite the guy he portrayed on TV. Meanwhile, we are now waiting for the rest of government to melt down.

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David Waldman brings us the latest in science, politics and the patriarchy:

What’s the point of pissing matches now that men aren’t limited to “off the rack” penis and scrotum choices? Just think, if this procedure was available in the 70’s Donald Trump could have taken that first million from Dad, kicked back, and we never would have heard about him.

By the way, evidence suggests Donald Trump is a traitor. David, and David Cay Johnston review that evidence.

Torontonians, and the rest of us wonder why a guy would think to run over dozens of people in a van, a horrible method of murder, and a lousy method of murder-suicide. Turns out he might have had some penis and scrotum related disorders himself.

Speaking of Sean Hannity, he has tens of millions of dollars in real estate across 4 states, hidden by anonymous shell corporations, and what do you know, is linked to a fraudulent property dealer who rigged auctions of foreclosed properties.

Gun Fail: A camper heard a noise and shot his friend in the head. Gun owners invest hundreds on their Yeti coolers, but won’t hesitate to take them out on the first sign of betrayal.

White House physician and presidential fluffer Ronny Jackson might be drunk and may need to go home.

George H W Bush went into intensive care shortly after Barbara’s funeral.

Long-time listener, first-time KITM essayist Lisa Iannucci reports on New Jersey's 4th congressional district. Lisa talks about the challenges to Democrats, and issues baked into the New Jersey political machines.

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Today David Waldman catches us up on… Just kidding! We’ll never catch up!

Travis Reinking, just another well-regulated militia and sovereign citizen, killed people because it was easier than putting on his pants. Before he went to Waffle House, Travis, who believes he was outside the law, traveled to the White House. He just wanted to thank the President (who believes he is above the law) for rolling back laws regulating guns for the mentally ill. The government, of course then took his guns, but his dad supported gun culture, and of course returned them. At Waffle House, unarmed hero James Shaw, Jr. took advantage of Reinking’s pitifully small magazine capacity to take Travis’ gun away again. Unfortunately, there’s more guns where that came from to take away. Now Nashville’s Mayor requests that we all be honest for a moment.

Donald Trump just might mention Waffle House, but it wouldn’t occur to Donald to bring up the shooting.  After all, how many Waffle Houses are on 5th Avenue

Greg Dworkin has a hard time bringing us up-to-date when 2016 won’t go away. Donald Trump is the worst president, but that doesn’t make 2016 the most winnable presidential election in modern history. 

In the travel ban case, the Supreme Court considers “the president” vs. “this president”. Is the problem the president or the presidency? Is the Gop’s problem Trump, or them? Republicans elect more inexperienced candidates than Democrats because it is easier to break things than to build them. Meanwhile we are still waiting for the tax-cut boost.

If the President doesn’t get any integrity, no one gets any. Scott Pruitt never had integrity, but he did come to the E.P.A. with plenty of fancy homes, a shell company and friends with money. Sean Hannity likes shell companies also, per the advice of his 10 buck lawyer

Enough about this bad President, let’s talk about a good precedent: The 1972 DNC lawsuit against the Nixon campaign worked out fine, so here comes the DNC lawsuit against the Trump campaignArmando calls in to talk about those cases, along with Bell Atlantic Corp. v. TwomblyAshcroft v. Iqbal, and just how we expect to sue WikiLeaks and Russia. Also, NYT sucks.

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Armando was RIGHT! And David Waldman told you so also. Come to think of it, I believe I was on target too, and once this hits Wikipedia it’ll be all be canon:

The Washington Post peels away layer upon layer of Donald Trump’s lies to discover a bank account as bankrupt as his soul. David reveals how Donald scammed Forbes as one of his first of many, many scams on his path to grifting the world.

Trump hires Rudy Giuliani so Robert Mueller doesn’t have to waste time sending indictments to two addresses.

The Comey memos were leaked the minute Trump could make that happen, apparently because Donald Trump and the Gop are idiots.

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From Senate procedural mechanisms to karmic schadenfreude and federally induced orgasms, David Waldman has got you covered in today’s KITM

Greg Dworkin supplies a lightning round of topics: Missouri governor Eric Greitens is going to be impeached if he doesn’t step down. Greitens wants a restraining order to block his Attorney General from digging too deep into his dirt. Bump stocks will soon be a collector’s item. Eric Schneiderman proposes to eliminate the pardon loophole Donald Trump was hoping to use. Mitch McConnell wishes he had a few norms left to help him as the Senate becomes such a free-for-all that even a NASA director can’t be appointed without some Flake getting in the way.

Michael Cohen’s not such a big guy anymore, dropping his libel suits while he puts his energy into reducing his jail time. Could Cohen turn on Trump? Not if Trump gets the drop on him first. Cohen’s world gets mobbier the closer you look, but Trump’s world is mobbiest. We knew how much these worlds were intertwined, now everyone else is catching on too. Trump had to call his boss to get out of trouble when Nikki Haley started throwing sanctions around. Nikki won’t let that happen again. Rex Tillerson only wishes he stood up to that moron like that.

The Gop and Trump voters in West Virginia get everything they were asking for in Senate candidate Don Blankenship. Across the Midwest, farmers realize the value of a Trump vote. Tax cuts didn’t help Republicans, so maybe if they cut more of them? Or how about attacking Obamacare some more? Strategies like these have brought red states like Indiana into play. No promises, but even Ted Cruz is sweating it out on Beto O'Rourke in Texas. Democrats raise big money against Gop held seats.

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It’s Wednesday, the day David Waldman brings us the great variety of news and views that is provided by KITM’s great variety of people: 

Greg Dworkin helps pick through the wreckage from the latest Stormy damage. (A calm compared to what’s blowing up on the horizon.)

There are procedural hurdles for the Robert Mueller protection bills being placed by the people predisposed to Mueller’s endangerment. Meanwhile, Republican House members hustle for leadership positions while there is something left for them to lead. The AZ legislature makes emergency moves to double-cross John McCain while they have a chance.

Mike Pompeo, possible future Secretary of State, was last month’s Dennis Rodman. Nikki Haley found out that no one is too big for Trump to throw under the bus. Nikki might feel jilted, but knows there’s other fish in the sea.

Sean Hannity, shadow consigliere/coffee boy, lawyers up in the same alleys as Trump. Sean is now discovering how hazardous sunlight is. 

Donald Trump just doesn’t know how to quit James, or Vlad, but Michael sure gets the slow fade. Armando recommends the latest Trump, Inc. podcast which uncovers a ton of Michael Cohen scuzzery leading to his temporary embrace and predestined discardment by Donald Trump.

The more Trump goes to Hell, the more white evangelicals love Trump. Every day less people love white evangelicals.

Greg continues to advocate a reduction in our conservative sharp stick-poking, outside of odd-numbered years of course.

Joan McCarter replays the slow-motion demolition and collapse of our government and society:

McConnell and Senate Republicans are working out a way to nullify regulations they don't like, possibly going back decades. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy bribes his way to a promotion to speaker. Paul Ryan promised the Freedom Caucus they could have a meaningless vote on a balanced budget amendment, because their base likes meaningless votes. House and Senate Republicans don’t want to undo the Omnibus bill, but Mick Mulvaney and Donald Trump do, so that’s happening, and a bunch of nobodies take a swing at some somebodies to make a name for themselves.

Starbucks makes a show of changing, or is changing. Their actions will decide.

This year’s Ivanka #TaxDay lie was preceded by last year’s Ivanka #TaxDay lie. Trumps do that.

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Who would have guessed Sean Hannity? No one! This season of The Presidential Apprentice has lost all believability. They already jumped the shark with the whole Michael Cohen storyline, and now this. Why David Waldman keeps tuning in is anybody’s guess.

Armando doesn’t want to de minimis Sean Hannity, but wants to refocus on Michael Cohen’s case, now being ruled upon by U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood. Judge Wood is now determining if Trump can call materials seized privileged, or if she should appoint an outside attorney to assess the records.

Michael Cohen is paid so little and yet spends so much for his clients, so it is nice to see Squire Patton Boggs step up and hand him $500,000 in 2017.

Donald Trump and Sean Hannity hog all of the limelight from Elliott Broidy, the neglected Larry Fine of Cohen clientele, which is really unfair considering that he’s out there impregnating, warmongering and profiteering at competitive levels.

What’s coming up on this week’s Apprentice? Not Russia! Trump caught Nikki Haley trying to impose sanctions on Vladimir and had to shut her down. He couldn’t allow the Deep State his staff to ever gain the upper hand.

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Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels are in Sunny Florida reliving old times today. (Ms. Daniels more wistfully.) It’s not as nice outside KITM World Headquarters today, but David Waldman has news and analysis to keep him warm:

In Connecticut this morning, Greg Dworkin’s dog-doorbell Abby caught one rat, but in Washington DC  all this mischief in stampede may be a harbinger, hopefully of the beginning of the end. Michael Cohen may not be the biggest rat, but he sure is trapped, and will take a lot more rats with him, such as Keith M. Davidson, the obscure sex scandal lawyer who is not so obscure anymore. Did he also negotiate a $30 thousand payout with a $1 million penalty for Trump Tower doorman Dino Sajudin?

A federal judge ordered Cohen to turn over a list of his clients. Screwed either way, Michael responded with a letter saying he wouldn’t provide the names of any clients that weren’t already publicly available, because of, well, the Deep StateArmando calls in to discuss this from a lawyer’s perspective, as well as the potential threat to Donald Trump’s civil liberties.

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There is so much news today that David Waldman and Greg Dworkin extended their discussion to 3 half hour segments just to deliver it to you. Also they were having too much fun to cut it short:

A teacher from Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school wanted to be trained to carry a gun, but first needs to learn not to leave his gun in public restrooms.

Paul Ryan decides to make his exit, with many holding the door, many helping him out the window. Paul leaves nothing of value except his legacy, Donald Trump. The Republicans might just hold their party together if Trump doesn’t run amok, so Donald will be as calm and calculated as Putin and Fox and Friends can make him. 

It’s Trump’s party now. Psychology might help explain the insanity of Trump supporters, but really it’s about race. Republicans can’t even pretend to be “conservative” anymore. Trump wanted rescissions on that $1.3T spending bill