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Kagro in the Morning - October 21, 2016

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It’s not Halloween for 10 days, and Donald Trump is already horrifying millions. KITM is your Trump Terror headquarters going into the weekend, and today, David Waldman delivers the latest shocks. Jaws dropped in horror at an Al Smith dinner no one will ever forget as Donald Trump delivers his campaign eulogy. And, no one has recovered from Donald’s frightening and stupid refusal to endorse the election, except the elites on Morning Joe.

Greg Dworkin brings us more scary news for the Gop: Trump’s electoral map is getting tinier and tinier, because no one likes a loser. Donald self immolated at the last debate, but Hillary handed him the matches. Clinton probably finished off Trump, no not probably, it’s over. And not just for Trump. Kelly Ayotte is down 8 points now. 

Josie Duffy Rice makes her Friday KITM visit to remind us to always scrutinize the down ticket races, and to check with her if there is a DA race. Joe Arpaio isn’t the only bad public servant in AZ, they also have a really bad prosecutor, Bill Montgomery.

Russia has been preparing a vast, covert, and unprecedented campaign of political sabotage against the United States and its allies for more than a year. John Podesta and Colin Powell’s accounts were hacked when they clicked that e-mail link they shouldn’t have.

So, on to next week’s Trump scandals: A Russian-born, mafia-Trump-Putin-linked businessman came over to Trump tower for some undisclosed stuff, and dropped off 5 grand. The Trump Foundation moved 10 grand over to James O’Keefe. And, the Financial Times finds links between Trump and an international money laundering network. Meanwhile Trump’s kid steals lemonade at the In-N-Out.

David discovers the Red/Blue divide dates back to the early Cretaceous period.

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

Kagro in the Morning - Octoer 20, 2016

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Wow, that debate. What can you say? If you are still stunned speechless, relax, David Waldman and KITM will take care of the talking for the next two hours.

Greg Dworkin looks at all the data, to better tell you who might win November 8, or he might feel like keeping you in suspense. Who knows, but Hillary Clinton did win the final debate. Viewers haven’t quite had time to fully absorb last night, but that isn’t keeping battleground states from flipping to blue. Now that Donald’s got no strings to hold him down, it’s time for revenge. That, whining, and incredible denial should keep Trump’s days filled for the next couple of weeks. Pity his minions. Then there is Ann Coulter.

Donald Trump is even losing close friends! He and Roger Ailes no longer speak, and his porn superstar on the side got married. Sad!

Weaning us from Trump, David determines how the “Advise and Consent” clause could, and could not, be used to appoint Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.

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

Kagro in the Morning - October 19, 2016

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Let’s all join David Waldman in singing danke schoën that the last presidential debate will soon be in the past. Donald Trump weirdly snubs Barack Obama’s brothers Mark, Bernard, George and David while adding Malik to the debate guest list.

Greg Dworkin says all bets are off for this presidential race. Really—they’re already paying out. If you can still get in, the over/under is 400 electoral votes. Some think something’s rigged. Trump followers think everything is rigged. Democrats move to rig the election with votes. Trump surrogates desperately bet on Trump, while continuing to lose. Even then, there are still a couple left that think he’ll win. Those people are wrong, crazy, or both. Republicans certainly look at things differently. Meanwhile, Donald Trump goes on a presidential death march we’ve never seen before. After the debate it will be about 19 more days until the first woman president is elected, and the roaches will scurry away.

Joan McCarter visits with election news of her own. Time is running out for President Obama’s nominations requiring senate confirmation. A new Democratic Senate could fix that. If a Republican Senate stays, they will be united against Clinton also. 

Marco Rubio says please come to the polls, they aren’t so rigged, as opponent Democrat Rep. Patrick Murphy picks up endorsements from the four big newspapers in Florida.

David plays headline lightning round: Donald Trump asks for witnesses to his groping, 6 people say OK. CBS orders Candy Crush reality series, Julian Assange can no longer play Candy Crush, Ecuador cut his internet. Police van rams, parks on protesters in the Philippines. Hillary really should’ve invited David Fahrenthold to the debate. Russian hacker, hoodie optional, picked up the Czech police and the FBI.

More often, people have been crowdsourcing gun violence research, which David has been doing for a while. A.V. Club has noted David’s bolstering prowess with KITM’s recent Very Special Episode. Aren’t you glad that you gave us/will give us some money now?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:59am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 18, 2016

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Today David Waldman lights the fuse on the KITM mind cannon. Just try not to give into astonishment when countless basketballs of insight dribble themselves into your brain!

As Greg Dworkin has told you so many times, (and now Chuck Todd backs him up!) the presidential race has been amazingly stable. Which means Hillary Clinton continues her lead, and Donald Trump continues his leadership fail. So, Hillary Clinton’s lead over Donald Trump widens… and Donald Trump’s failure to lead also widens. Therefore, as even white suburbanites flee “idiot” Trump, Clinton forces move into Arizona. Hillary Clinton has even captured the coveted K-12 demographic. And, it doesn’t look like much will be squeezed out of the Clinton e-mail story, either.

Republicans only can hope that Republicans not voting for Trump will remember to vote the ticket for someone. Meanwhile, the votes are already coming in and are being counted in Iowa, and North Carolina. Steve Bannon tries to harness the power of crazy people.  

Speaking of the crazy, David delves into the mystic, machine elf, psychonautic, glossolalia-spouting voting bloc. Sit down with a heaping bowl of your favorite entheogen and take the trip with him. BTW, what was Emily Weeks smoking when she implied the NC GOP firebombing was covering up illegal activity?  

Donald Trump shows a ready submission to sharper minds. But, was Howard Stern abusing him, or just playing him

Some Republican senators’ fundraising was hacked and sent money to Russia for months. Thanks Putin!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:29am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 17, 2016

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Those claiming that one just can’t degallimaufry a farrago clearly haven’t met the likes of David Waldman! Listen and Learn on today’s KITM:

We all know that Donald Trump is a tremendous, huge loser. He is also not going to be president. Greg Dworkin is here to tell you how, and why. First, Greg will walk you through the George Washington Battleground Poll. Then the Washington Post-ABC News poll, followed by detailed analysis of the brand-new national NBC/WSJ poll. Greg describes how, when one poll has Hillary up by 4, and another up by 11, Hillary Clinton is going to win the election. But what about voter intensity? Actually, intensity looks about the same for Clinton and Trump. But what about that 19 year old black guy screwing up the polls? No, he probably isn’t. But what about women propelling Hillary to victory? Oh yes, they are. But what about the rigged election? No! No! What are you, some kind of idiot?

Speaking of idiots, some of them firebombed a North Carolina Republican Headquarters building. Hillary and Donald got to show what they are made of. Donald Trump insults everyone’s intelligence with his choice of sexual assault witness.

There are still smart people left in the world, and David rounds up a few:

Armando calls in to KITM to call the bluff of an “insider” claiming James Comey perjured himself in testimony to congress.

Brian Munroe reports that It doesn’t matter who won the debate: America has already lost.

John R. asks, why have Texas prisons banned thousands of books?

And Rosalyn MacGregor reports on the Michigan gubernatorial race of 2018!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:46am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 14, 2016

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David Waldman brings us another highly informative, precisely pronounced KITM for Friday. Now you don’t need to read, hear or even think about Donald Trump until Monday morning! Just grab your gun and stare at a door this weekend.

But first, follow Greg Dworkin deep down into the most fascinating niches of the latest polling. For instance, values voters are finally giving up on Trump, as church goers shift from Trump to Clinton. The rise in anti-Semitism should scare away any remaining humanity. Big Donors urge the RNC to cut ties to Donald

To create a landslide, first the losing party has to lose support. Donald Trump is making that happen for mainstream Republicans as well as a lot of the base, which is being compacted into a tiny, hard, angry diamond. Is Donald Trump destroying our democracy? Or has that always been the Gop goal? Or is America just losing it’s f**king mind?  

Josie Duffy Rice takes a break from Daily Kos’ law beat to give her perspective on some things that aren’t Donald Trump. US prison incarceration takes the harshest toll from its citizens, both in raw numbers and per capita. What can we do about it? How do we address the issue of those convicted of violent offenses? David and Josie review California Prop. 62 and 66. Josie examines the actions around the police union contract negotiations in Portland. Social media companies secretly provided data to law enforcement surveillance programs during protests in Ferguson and Baltimore. The death of Ken Thompson is a blow to the cause of progressive prosecutorial reform.

OK, back to Donald Trump. Did you know he may have lied about donating to 9/11 charities?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:51am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 13, 2016

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How would you like to be Donald Trump today? If so, contact Donald, he can probably find a way to work something out.

Usually KITM is your source for the news, before it hits the “news”, but David Waldman Just can’t keep up with all of the new Trump accusations popping up!

Good thing Greg Dworkin is available to lend a hand, although he first wants to make sure no one is going to get sued. (Don’t worry) Check out the testimony of women caught too close to Donald’s fingers, tongue, leer, in the Abbreviated Pundit Roundup, then move on to Twitter where there will be more shortly. Are you still at the non-acceptance stage on the Donald Trump assault news? Or you might even be at the Kellyanne Conway or uncontrollable rage monster stage. If so here is an acceptance guide.

“The Tape” trebucheted the Clinton campaign last weekend. There’s lots of polls at APR. Listen to Greg to learn how to savor the fine nuances! For polling and psychology, Pennsylvania is a state to watch, as Hillary dominates the Philly suburbs.

As Trump accusations flood in, Trump troops fight on, and lose, in skirmishes. Donald Trump invests in 10 year olds with potential, checks in on the progress of 15 year olds, until he finds the right moment to strike. Donald has a certain preference, and certain preferences.  Assaulting a journalist was a big mistake.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:34am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 12, 2016

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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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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 11, 2016

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Coming tomorrow, the story David Waldman has been promoting his entire life! Not really, but he did spend some time recording a KITM to play tomorrow while he is busy. Find out all about Trump’s Model Management Madness! (Part 1) Wednesday!

Greg Dworkin is interrupted by his doorbell, until he lets her outside to hunt chipmunks and deer. Now if we can only figure out what that dump truck beep is all about...

Is Donald Trump Big League Toast? Yep. But let’s not say that out loud until the post debate polls are out at the end of the week. Trump has vanquished his rivals for the GOP's soul. The Gop is taking all this locker room and lock her up talk as well as could be expected. Alex Jones has decided Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are literally demons from hell

Meanwhile, it is pretty nice on the other side of the aisle, where they are making room for 10 to 20 house seats. And another historical first endorsement for Hillary Clinton, this time from the Cuban-American Latin Builders Association.

David examines the Newsweek article linking Donald and Vladmir, again. Is Trump a puppet, just a patsy?

Was Trump Billy Bush-Whacked?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:29pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 10, 2016

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On a personal note, about midway through last night’s debate I inhaled an actual Stink Bug, so unlike you, I only suffered through about 70 minutes of Donald Trump.

David Waldman was not so lucky. Tune into today’s special Columbus Day KITM to experience David’s torture as he is forced to verbalize all that happened this weekend!

Greg Dworkin calls in to help tackle the debate that wasn’t a debate. Greg sees pundits missing the point again. Still, the judges did go with Clinton, and for-real polls after the debate also went for Hillary. John Harwood discusses the debate with Stan Greenberg. David Frum reminisces about Clinton 90's experience and how it plays today. Donald did what he was hired to do: shake the Alt-Right fist at Hillary, Bill and Barack, but failed at his biggest stunt, so some still aren’t pleased. Did Donald do well enough to stop all the rats from jumping? Yes, Trump did well enough to keep the rats on the ship as it sinks, although a Gop chairman became unsure of his vote when Trump was so bad he made his dog throw up. As for the rest of us, Donald Trump is pretty scary, as he promises to rip up the foundations of liberal democracy and manipulate any genitalia because he can. Remember when Donald Trump took Billy Bush back to “a beautiful place”, but really couldn’t find it? The Trump video is having a hard time taking Donald lower than the basement he’s already in, but it is boosting Hillary.

So, Donald Trump was the big whiner of the debate. That crap used to get him somewhere. David looks into how Trump lobbied for tax breaks to abuse, then later complain about and run against.

Direct download: October_10_2016_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:11pm EDT