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Kagro in the Morning - September 28, 2016

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David Waldman welcomes you to Lifestyles of the Rich, Famous and Not Squandering Money on Your Infrastructure. For the next debate Donald will have less champagne wishes and caviar dreams, but more thinking. Whose shoulder will Roger Ailes cry on, then?

Greg Dworkin feels good polling heading our way, just relax and let the number counters count them up. Here’s some numbers to tide you over: It took The Arizona Republic 125 years to find a Democrat to endorse. The debate had over 80 million viewers. It took 15 minutes to pick a winner. 8 in 10 agree Donald’s the loser. The 5 takeaways.

So, Donald trickled down, is Hillary shimmying up? She is looking good, and she definitely needs to wake up some sleepy voters.

Meanwhile, Chris Christie, who is toast, is becoming a star, and so is Pepe.

Joan McCarter lets us know that just because Donald Trump is stealing all of the limelight doesn’t mean those knuckleheads in DC aren’t up to something. Actually, they’re not up to much. The government has three more days of funding, counting today, so will Paul Ryan hero up, by doing a little for Flint, MI? David and Joan talk veto override.

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

Kagro in the Morning - September 27, 2016

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David Waldman couldn’t stand the suspense of waiting for the world to tweet the debate out to him, and had to watch it himself. Good for him, It went so well it might be the only one they do this year. Donald Trump returns to defying conventions of civility and political common sense today, while attempting to erase the past, and expose the rigging, as the rest of us climb out of the rubble.

Greg Dworkin notes the changing tide of “common wisdom” as opinions change, and hopefully future polls change as well. Greg and David determine what can be learned from last night, and how it can be applied to getting this election won.

The next debate is October 9! (Actually the VP debate is October 4, won’t that be something?) What Donald Trump scandals can we look forward to between now and then? There’s the $2.3 million  owed to Trump that he directed to his foundation, and the $258,000 from he used from his charity to settle legal problems, and the 6 figure telecom job for which Donald Trump stiffed a National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesperson.

Don’t forget, Donald Trump isn’t the only Republican numbskull out there. Joan McCarter will have a binder full of them tomorrow. In the meantime consider Paul LePage’s binder

Until tomorrow, enjoy the soothing sounds of Donald Trump.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:02pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - September 26, 2016

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Should David Waldman watch it? Everybody’s going to talking about it tomorrow anyhow, but it does seem pretty important. Maybe he’ll watch it.

Greg Dworkin rounds up the polls, the really tight polls, the very tight polls. Are voters voting “for” anyone this year? Oh come on, half of US voters are waiting for tonight to make up their minds about these candidates? Donald Trump may have more to gain from this debate, depending on his performance, of course. Donald Trump either lied to Republicans or broke the law. Trump’s business ties could upend US national security. And there are those ties between Trump and Russia, plus a few more things. So, how is Hillary Clinton underperforming in her strongest segment? 10% of mail-in ballots are in from North Carolina, and here’s a look.

Key NJ Legislators, and David, look into a Chris Christie Impeachment. And one for Trump, just for good measure.

Might come up in the debate: Mass shooting in Texas. Probably won’t come up in the debate: Smoking weed while Canadian can get you banned from the US for life.

Two people are injured outside a gun show in Sandy, Utah. No surprise to the guy shot outside the gun show in Sandy, Utah in April.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:23am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - September 23, 2016

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David Waldman sculls different lagoons of consciousness today to explore unexpected subjects and bring new perspectives to this weekend’s conversations and contemplations. Hop on the KITM gondola:

Will tax returns give a hint of Donald Trump’s relationship to Russians? Or his relationship to his own money? Who knows? Good reasons to release them. Getting stiffed was a great promotion for a veteran’s charity—Thanks Trump

Donald Trump’s airline use is paid by you. The beauty part is Trump gets the markup on the fuel, the salary of the staff fueling the plane, the staff inside of it. This is how America gets Great Again. The Trump campaign controls every word from prominent CNN commentator Corey Lewandowski. The Trump campaign will make certain to control every word you say, even if you are just volunteering for them.

A study in contrasts: Inside the collapse of Trump’s D.C. policy shop. A look at Hillary Clinton’s policy shop.

David takes his opinions overseas with a look at Taiwan vs. China, as an U.N. agency snubs Taiwan, by recognizing Beijing's 'one China’. Hundreds of Taiwanese living in the US joined a Taiwanese delegation in a march in New York City. What are the issues for them, and us, and the upcoming President?

Are liberals keeping immigrants, medical marijuana users, and disabled from the guns they deserve? Are gun rights for whites only?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:56am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - September 22, 2016

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David Waldman dives for cover as Greg Dworkin and Armando climb into the KITM ring yet again! Today the two go toe to toe over polling. Yes, Hillary Clinton holds her usual stable lead going into the debates, Trump holds his usual second place, but it’s the details (and demographics, and the organization of the campaign) that count. For instance: NC's absentee mail-in ballots trends. So, pay attention to the details, and uhm, the big picture, or a few big pictures.

Donald Trump comes up with a big-government unconstitutional gun confiscation scheme. The Media just doesn’t know how to handle Trump, although they should have had plenty of practice. A University of Tennessee professor urged motorists to run over demonstrators blocking traffic in Charlotte, N.C. The WNBA Indiana Fever team kneels in protest and solidarity. A Trump campaign official never ran into problems with racism before Obama. Meet the Neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and other extremists endorsing Donald Trump. Meet a bunch of them in North Carolina!

Rosalyn MacGregor spots the insidious “conservative” pre-emption trend in Michigan, this time targeting an already-hurting Flint.

Yes, the Trump Foundation is Donald’s wallet. Trump's campaign paid his businesses $8.2 million.

At least the Enterprise car rental company leaves ALEC after public outcry.

David gives his thoughts on the arms sale to Saudish Arabia, and Rand Paul's attempt to block it. Saudis are both the arsonists and the firefighters.

Campus carry inspires a lot of University doubletalk.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:52am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - September 21, 2016

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Early voting has already begun. Most people, even if they haven’t voted, have already decided. But if you are still on the fence about Donald Trump being a nut and a nitwit, dishonest and a douche, David Waldman has some stuff you need to hear!

Greg Dworkin also had very important and interesting things to say, but Skype sucks. Good thing he wrote it all down and sent the links: Donald Trump is a lying liar that lies and lies, and even cheats at golf. Still, he has a better chance of being president than you, just not as much a chance as Hillary Clinton. How much less of a chance is up for grabs. The number pollsters grab depends on their “secret sauce”, the method for “correcting” polling errors. David goes deep into the analysis of polling methodology.

Donald Trump prefers to use other people’s money as his own. So, he is fine that the Trump Foundation’s biggest donor Is a high-end ticket scalper’s money, not his own. Back in 2012 Joan McCarter connected World Wrestling Entertainment, or the McMahon Foundation, or maybe just Vince and Linda McMahon to the Trump Foundation, which as far as Donald Trump’s wallet is concerned is “Donald Trump”.  Joan knows about many more liars and jerks than Donald though: Confirmed liar Mark Kirk's website lies about his military service—again! Kelly Ayotte continues to weasel her way around ties to Trump, or even opinions about him. Senate Republicans avoid voting on a budget, to avoid helping out Flint Michigan, and it’s day 220 without a vote, or a meeting, or a hearing on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.

Donald Junior also prefers to use other people’s money, so much so that he proposed to his wife in front of a jewelry store, at a mall with a free ring, for publicity. Donald Trump likes publicity sometimes as well. More than a dozen Donald Trump businesses have picked up ”Star Diamond” awards from Trump friend (whom Trump doesn’t “know that well”) Joey “No Socks” Cinque.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:22am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - September 20, 2016

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Did you know David Waldman is the host of Kagro in the Morning, which you can listen to LIVE, 9AM Eastern or via podcast available on iTunes, LibSyn, and other content providers including YouTube? Did you know there are a number of ways you can donate to the production of this show? Did you know the buttons for all of those things are right on this page?

Donald Trump Jr. observes that life is like a bowl of Skittles. You never know what you’re going to get, and some are in sleeper cells waiting to kill you. All this stupid inspires Clara Jeffery to tweet intelligently.

Greg Dworkin remains the voice of reason for this election, but which candidate will voters turn to when they need a trusted authority? As for the campaign, everybody chill out, Barack Obama’s got this, and Hillary has the Mo again, and btw people are starting to vote already. 

The first presidential debate is next week! But, will it matter?

A Bush tells a Kennedy he’ll vote for a Clinton. Republican insiders who fear a Trump presidency need to actively endorse the only plausible alternative.

Chris Christie, who is toast, at the moment has his friend Donald, but not many more. Journalists are becoming less of a buddy to Donald Trump, after last week’s betrayal, and are returning to being nattering nabobs of negativity.

Hillary Clinton is over-performing Obama in Latino Decisions tracking poll. Armando calls in with insight on the evolution in Cuban American voting. Everyone tries to figure out the youngs, give up, and chase them off the lawn. What would Nader do?

In a preview of Joan McCarter Wednesday, weeks of Republican infighting over whether the House should move to impeach IRS Commissioner could have ended with a vote to table the impeachment resolution

Getting wound up thinking of the upcoming vice presidential debate? Read up on Governor Mike Pence and all of his baggage.


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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:25pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - September 19, 2016
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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:41am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - September 16, 2016

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David Waldman makes it to the end of the week, with Donald Trump spiraling out of control, further into deception, dishonesty, dumb-assery, and of course rising in polls. David annotates the latest Trump Campaign press release: 

“In 2011, Mr. Trump was finally able to bring this ugly incident to its conclusion (NO) by successfully compelling President Obama to release his birth certificate (NO). Mr. Trump did a great service to the President (NO) and the country (NO) by bringing closure (NO) to the issue that Hillary Clinton and her team first raised (NO). Inarguably, Donald J. Trump is a closer (NO). Having successfully obtained (NO) President Obama’s birth certificate when others could not (NO) , Mr. Trump believes that President Obama was born in the United States. (Who the F cares)”

Armando calls in for a discussion of ethics, and competence, in journalism.

The Friday #GunFAIL news: Missouri retreats from gun safety. No matter what they do, more guns on campus will end up with more bullets in the campus.

KITM welcomes Daily Kos Staff, and lawyer Josie Duffy Rice who adds her special insight to questions of criminal justice and civil rights: This cop killed a mentally ill black man. Now he's a prosecutor. (In Portland. Where there’s already some police weirdness.) An era of change comes to Florida with the defeat of Angela Corey and Jeff Ashton.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:30pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - September 15, 2016

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David Waldman needs to vent. Almost every day. And we like that. If we didn’t have him we’d be just a nervous mess. That is why he created KITM, Daily Kos Radio's steam whistle! Don't let our valve clog - donate today!

Greg Dworkin was hoping for 2008, but now seeing a 2012 kind of win this election. Again they are saying it’s a tight race, but what do they know? Hillary’s lead is still solid. Greg reminds us of how Obama vs. Romney looked at this time, and examines how the demographics are breaking this time aroundDon’t point your finger at millennials. If you are looking for blame, maybe you should look in the mirror, or at your neighbor maybe… actually he’s probably not your neighbor, because who’d want to hang with that guy? Why most think the country is on the wrong track, despite positive economic indicators. The politics of Hillary’s pneumonia.

Donald Trump Jr. is against releasing his dad’s tax returns because people would just ask the wrong questions. Ivanka Trump left an interview because she was asked the wrong questions. Donald will let the kids run businesses while he is president, and promises not to ask them any questions.

David moves on from that crackpot to the nitty-gritty of other scandals: At Wells Fargo (WFC -1.59%), execs got rich sandbagging clients. Sandbagger in chief Carrie Tolstedt picked up $125 million. Scott Walker earns whatever karma comes his way after taking industry money and then acting to try to retroactively block lawsuits by children harmed by lead paint. Congress rolls up its sleeves and goes to work, for Exxon.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:19am EDT