Fri, 27 November 2015
It's Pre-Thanksgiving, 2013, with Greg Dworkin, Joan McCarter and Armando. Greg rounded up the day's ACA news & polling. Twitter's been buzzing with discussion of the latest attempt by conservatives to overturn Obamacare and block access to contraception along the way. Armando and Joan both weigh in on this one, and wrap up on the story of netroots involvement in the filibuster reform fight, including the role the Daily Kos Campaigns team in converting the "outside" game into metrics the "insiders" could understand and absorb, a critical element in making the "inside/outside" game work. Joan previews the upcoming holiday period on the Daily Kos front page, including coverage of significant Thanksgiving and Black Friday labor actions. Wrapping up on the nuts & bolts of the nuclear option, we take a look back at a forgotten, late 2005 proposal by the then-majority Republicans in the Senate to set off a sort of "mini-nuke" that actually purported to erase its own tracks after it was used. And how was it to be used? To force through an ANWR drilling amendment, believe it or not. But can that sort of thing really be erased? Depends who you ask, and when!
Thu, 26 November 2015
Pre-Thanksgiving GunFAIL roundup. Greg Dworkin brought us dueling Hagel headlines, turned quickly to freelancing Chuck Schumer, and wound up with a selection of the many articles decrying Bob McColloch's grand jury farce, and wondering what lies ahead. Joan McCarter weighed in on the grand jury process as well, including the incredibly ridiculous story of Witness #40, as well as her take on Schumer. The bizarre Kabuki theater of Harry Reid's tax deal trial balloon. The bizarre kooky theater of The Stockman Effect. In happier news: the Shakespeare First Folio discovery. Boehner jumps the gun on Benghazi committee. More revealing detail on the case of the Washington 3-year-old shot in the face. Scott Greenfield's "The Ferguson Lie"."
Wed, 25 November 2015
As the sounds of guests arriving and holiday preparations go on around him, David Waldman delivers today’s KITM, full of Thanksgiving cheer and stuff for you to shout across the dining room table tomorrow:
For Greg Dworkin, Thanksgiving marks the time when “early polls” become “polls” — and more predictive as you finish your leftover turkey.
Donald Trump is doing just fine. His behavior is being picked up on by some people, but does the attention hurt or help him? How can news organizations reveal what Trump is without revealing what his followers are? So what to do if Trump leaves? Meanwhile, Ted Cruz sets himself up as Donnie Jr.
Armando calls in to discuss the media’s objective viewpoint, and future narratives. Can anything from the right be so abhorrent or egregious to be labeled as objectionable, or is the news too beat up to say so?
What is known so far about the two suspects arrested in connection with the Black Lives Matter Shooting — are they terrorists, white supremacists, and does it matter?
Mike Huckabee loves the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, but can’t tell them apart.
Scott Walker tries to move on, but still a loser.
Tue, 24 November 2015
David Waldman returns tomorrow for the KITM Thanksgiving Special, today enjoy the KITM pre-Thanksgiving Special Special:
Turkey does not put Putin in a festive mood.
Greg Dworkin rounds up some new polls. (With polls, consider if the poll is of Republicans, for the election, the primaries, Iowa, New Hampshire, or an aggregate, or listen to the show as Greg considers it.) Greg predicts Cruz vs Rubio, but it could be Cruz vs Trump. Either way, Cruz rubs his hands diabolically.
Like the one about thousands in New Jersey celebrating after 9/11.
Or the one about fake crime statistics and general race-bating.
Here are 6 Donald Trump lies.
Donald Trump is constantly lying.
Donald Trump’s fact-free campaign.
Donald Trump’s audience likes the lies.
The media does not know how to deal with Trump’s lying.
Here are 4 theories on how Donald Trump gets away with it.
Does the truth even matter anymore?
His supporters don’t care.
Donald Trump may be invincible.
Is there blood on Fox & Trump’s hands?
More Tamir Rices are on the way.
Armando calls in to talk about the idea that Trump can transcend the truth.
Trump tweeted fabricated murder stats from a neo-nazi and this is how the media reported it.
Three white gunmen are suspected of shooting Black Lives Matter demonstrators. Is this terrorism?
Vitter claims he wrote a letter warning about refugees back when, Armando calls BS.
Mon, 23 November 2015
Bobby Jindal dropped out of the presidential race, but he couldn’t pull David Waldman down with him. David will be on this week for at least today and tomorrow, but then he has to start preheating his oven.
Greg Dworkin brings good news for poll fans — a lot of polls! Greg reminds us that there’s a big difference between the "Republican electorate" (i.e. primary) and the "electorate" (i.e. general election): So, Trump leads the polls, especially with the white working class, which is as predicted. But, if only Mitt were there, it would be different (at least in New Hampshire)! And, while everyone is yapping about Trump’s lead, have you looked at Hillary’s? Hillary Clinton is the most trusted to handle terrorism.
David Vitter is a loser, here are a few reasons.
On campuses there seems to be a growing backlash against old heroes such as Woodrow Wilson and Thomas Jefferson. David sees no problem with this as long as you turn in your homework supporting your thesis first.
The myth of the Lost Cause of the Civil War in the South is assumed to be about denying slavery. But in addition to economic slavery we could also add sex slavery.
Fri, 20 November 2015
You won’t be able to hear David Waldman’s Kagro in the Morning live today, because it is no longer morning and so today’s broadcast has ended. But — hit the link above and it is just as good!
Greg Dworkin brings us the horse race in progress: Donald Trump manages to stay in the presidential race by, well, leading the polls. Ted Cruz is climbing — quicker than Marco Rubio, with Ben Carson dropping. Predictions still estimate Rubio in good shape. Bernie Sanders reaches a new high, which may get him NH, maybe not IA.
Greg & David return to David & Armando’s discussion of what is fair game to “mock” in political discussions. Here are more thoughts for liberals and conservatives about Syrian refugees. An award-winning marine's response to the Syrian refugee crisis is required reading. Can Cruz beat Carson with evangelicals?
A Syrian family rejected by Indiana is welcomed in Connecticut. This hospitality does not show up in Virginia. Ted Cruz used to like Syrian refugees. David Vitter steps on his wife again, which isn’t even his usual fetish.
Paul Ryan returns the house to the usual disorder.
Thu, 19 November 2015
Wed, 18 November 2015
It is time to address the Syrian Refugee Freakout, and that is just what David Waldman does today — aided by the full KITM all-star lineup: Greg Dworkin, Armando, and Joan McCarter!
But first, the polls are out and Greg Dworkin has got them:
Military leaders concerned that Washington hasn’t learned a thing from previous wars.
David and Armando review an article by Kevin Drum: “Liberals Should Knock Off the Mockery Over Calls to Limit Syrian Refugees”. If mockery is off the table, how does one confront the unconstitutional, un-American, illegal, impossible “positions” that won’t change anything, would make things worse, and aren’t actually policy proposals, but pure unadulterated bigotry without being called on to “reasonably compromise” with blatant immorality?
Joan McCarter joins the discussion: Republicans are laying the groundwork for a government shutdown to prevent any funding for a refugee resettlement program. In fact they have recently attached policy riders to many spending bills vowing to shut its borders to people fleeing political persecution, violence, famine, and abject poverty based on their religion.
Mitch McConnell isn’t letting xenophobia get in the way of misogyny. Is Gop hatred of Obamacare bigger than all concerns? Or can it just wait?
The Koch Brothers have a spy program — to spy on liberals.
Want to be as smart as Einstein, but don’t like big words? Here you go.
Tue, 17 November 2015
Look up David Waldman on Recurrency.us. Look at all the good reviews people have given KITM! You have thought similar things as well, so now is the time to consider donating, maybe?
Republicans want just a little less rights for one religion that is just a little less than theirs. The Governors will protect us (like they did from Ebola)! The press asks—and asks, asks, and asks why won’t the President do what he’s been doing all along?
Stingray phone trackers, capable of taking information from your phone, as well as block your calls, and track your activity, wouldn’t be used on you, of course, just bad guys. Which is why they are on the wish list of local police departments.
If you are a terrorist and would like help, there is a 24 hour Jihadi Help Desk.
Mon, 16 November 2015
Greg Dworkin notes the calls for solutions and a balanced debate. David’s and his discussion helps expand our international/political lexicon, by adding the term “Daesh-bags”—which will probably become depressingly useful in the future.
David updates and expands some stories earlier explored on KITM:
The President and Chancellor at Mizzou took different paths to their departures. What does that mean for future protesters and movements?
The Washington Post looks into the Louisiana feud that led to a 6 year old’s killing by police.