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Kagro in the Morning - July 22, 2016

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Donald Trump screeches out his shrill convention shriek, hitting 7.5 on the Nuremberg scale. Greg Dworkin rounded up last night’s Twitter reviews. Ted Cruz leaves the stage to boos, Donald Trump to cheers… but who were the real winners and losers

Armando joins today’s show to look back at the Trump convention, and forward to the Democratic convention. Oh wouldn’t it be great if Joe Biden stayed to be VP again? Or Elizabeth Warren! Or Sherrod Brown or Cory Booker! Or Xavier Becerra, Julián Castro, Thomas Perez, Tom Vilsack… Oh, it will probably be Tim Kaine.

Read up on Donald Trump’s warm up act, Stephen Miller, to get a glimpse of the soul of his campaign.

David examines how expense policies are still gender biased.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:26am EDT

Kagro in the Morning- July 21, 2016

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David Waldman presented 8 of every 10 words live today on KITM. Hear it all, smooth and crash-free on the linked podcast.

Greg Dworkin brings us the biggest story of last night, as Donald Trump suggests that he might not honor the core tenet of the NATO alliance, unfortunately that news got overshadowed by the 3 day parade of derp. How’s the convention bump coming alongTed Cruz basks in the glow of hatred from his fellow Republicans. The reasons for Trump allowing Cruz on stage range from stupid to stupider. People are still pondering Ben Carson’s speech. What is the Republican jobs plan? Is Hillary blocking a return to the good times when minorities knew their place?  

Armando calls in to talk about the Baltic States, the Balkans, Pam Bondi and Trump’s abandonment of NATO.

Corey Lewandowski pitches Trump Super PACs, denies it, sabotages the campaign and convention, and denies that.

​Donald Trump’s in-house fall girl wrote like a ballerina.

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

Kagro in the Morning - July 20, 2016

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David Waldman brings us up-to-date on all of the news and politics — no copying! The RNC convention tonight should feature Donald and Melania’s cover of “Something Stupid”. (But probably won’t.) Instead, it will be another night of terror. A Donald Trump minion falls on her sword for Melania. How Melania Trump’s speech veered off course and caused an uproar.

Greg Dworkin rounds up the polling. So, who’s going to be president? And, who’s going to win the presidency? Hillary Clinton is the star of the Republican convention. Even Trump’s nomination doesn’t wow the crowd like Clinton. Only Hillary Clinton interests them. Their priority is to punish a Clinton. After the convention, immigration, guns and abortion will be wedge issues. With no alternative, a Gop policy leader comes to terms with Trump. You can elect Trump, but you can’t make him president.

Joan McCarter emerges from the convention hell-hole to talk for a while. Joan picks Tiffany as the best Trump, the sons tying for creepiest. It is a close contest. Follow Joan back into the hell-hole on the Daily Kos RNC open thread for the latest!

Chris Christie’s Kangaroo Court is a glimpse of a Trumpian future. With Trump's help, NJ Republicans pay Bridgegate legal fees. Christie says Trump could purge the government of Obama appointees.

Megyn Kelly steps forward with allegations against Roger Ailes, so it might be time for him to pack up his $40,000,000 and head out the door.

Ryan Bundy braids 15 feet of bedsheets, 213 feet short of his goal.

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

Kagro in the Morning - July 19, 2016

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What can David Waldman say about Melania Trump’s speech that hasn’t been said before? Well, you won’t believe this one unique moment… Melania didn’t write her speech this last weekend, anymore.

Greg Dworkin reviews DAY ONE of this week. Chris Christie is sad that it isn’t him next to Donald Trump in Cleveland. For Donald Trump, it’s dominance and humiliation, there is no middle ground. The convention sticks to its themes of threats, violence and betrayal. It’s not the 60’s in Cleveland, which is good news for everyone.

Here are some excruciating moments from the T/P 60 minutes interview. Here are some more! You can live stream the Republican National Convention on the RNC’s official YouTube page, but you can’t chat about it live anymore. You might guess why.

​David gives us the low down on yesterday’s convention floor fight, and explains the hubbub in detail you won’t find from anyone else outside of a Flats bar.

A residential shooting range ends up being a bad idea.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:24am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - July 18, 2016

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David Waldman begins KITM with a coffee break, you should too, it will be a busy week!

Greg Dworkin brings us the pre-convention polls. Hillary’s in the lead now, let’s see what the Trump/Pence bump brings the Gop. Will convention star power destabilize what has been so far stable polling? Clinton leads Trump 76 -14 with Latinos. Mike Pence finds he must go from Indiana, but then falls into the Von Clownstick Zone

Taunting insiders inadvertently drove Donald Trump to show us he could run for president. Trump has made America more racist. Republicans are OK with that. Donald Trump turns out to be a fictional character, but a genuine “asshole”.

Experts contend that Trump is bad at the art of the deal, but a natural at spinning the truth.  Journalists discover their inner Murrows. Trump and kids named in a $250M Tax Scam. Therefore, Hillary Clinton must not be just defeated, she needs to be punished. Poisonous toads are instinctive enemies in the wild.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:21pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - July 15, 2016

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David Waldman continues to pine for the camaraderie and conversation at Netroots Nation. If you too would like to pretend you’re hanging with the smart crowd in St. Louis, MO, listen to today’s KITM for coverage of the latest conversational topics!

David assumed that Greg Dworkin would be visiting today, and you know what that makes you and me? Not as neglected, because Greg rounded up some issues to discuss: 

The death toll in Nice, France continues to rise. A startled Donald Trump postpones his announcement on VP… Oh, wait he just tweeted it. Mike Pence walks out on Indiana, just as its citizens were preparing a rail to run him out on. Why won’t retailers move into Trump Tower? Clevelanders hoping for a windfall go broke with Trump.

Roger Ailes accusers “coming out of the woodwork” after being boarded up there for decades.

To reduce suicides, look at guns.

David takes an extensive look at The Atlantic’s extensive look at the Secret History of Guns. Blacks are the Second Amendment’s second class citizens. Was the Second Amendment ratified to preserve slavery?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:21pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - July 14, 2016

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David Waldman wishes he could be at Netroots Nation, but doesn’t everyone? It’s where all of the cool kids are,  and most of the cool adults, too.

Unfortunately, that leaves not much for Cleveland. The RNC keeps it upbeat and inspirational as always. The knife, tennis ball, and nunchuck lobbyists have been less successful as the NRA at the convention. Guns are coming to the convention, and the police will abide.

Greg Dworkin rounds up the polls and punditry as well as policy today. Hillary Clinton took a hit from the FBI, will take another from the Republican Convention, but top Dems are not particularly nervous. A lot of blue remains in the polls. Trump has a big advantage with white evangelicals. The RNC is still banning this movie poster, though.

Donald Trump horrifies historians, as he continues to propagate hatred and violence. Is some Trump support due to job losses from robotics?

Why should Trump make truckling doormat Chris Christie his VP choice? Von Clownstick hopes a 10 million dollar lawsuit shuts this guy up. 

Has America promoted anti-police violence by ignoring illegitimate policing?

Greg discusses the positive and negative repercussions rippling out from the introduction of Obamacare. Obamacare was written to save jobs, but now that is becoming a problem, as stethoscopes have replaced rivets as the lifeblood of the American economy. Now insurers are losing money and abandoning the system. What can be done to control rising health care costs? Obama assesses Obamacare.

David discusses the perils inherent in guns and penises. What counts as “accidental”, and how is that different than negligence? The Florida woman that left her gun on the floor of her car and was shot by her 4 year old is giving lectures and soon to be an NRA instructor. Armstrong Williams and his “oversized weapon” get into a sexual harassment suit. Tennessee Rep. Jeremy Durham and his “pants candy” get into trouble with a couple dozen Jane Does.

Here is the secret history of guns in America.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:57am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - July 13, 2016

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David Waldman maintains the serious analysis of events and concerns that you expect: Hey, can you smell what the Bernie Backers are cooking? Sanders supporters borrow a recipe from the Saul Alinsky cookbook.

Greg Dworkin sniffs out the latest news and punditry: Sanders declares victory, and maybe joined Team Clinton. Von Clownstick goes for Sanders voters, probably won’t get much. Donald Trump, defender of the white. Most young people know Trump is racist. All politics are identity politics. Texas’ gun culture and politics made the Dallas shooting inevitable. Every once in a while somebody learns through experience.

RGB says Trump should resign, Trump asks “I know you are, but what am I?”

Joan McCarter has some bombshells of her own to drop: 

The Republican Congress heads toward recess with no answers for Zika, gun violence, or anything else. Paul Ryan gives in to House maniacs, gives up on gun votes, and still faces another Freedom Caucus coup.

Here is Joan’s report on the rest of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s latest statements.

President Obama is mourner in chief, again, in Dallas. At least W’s having fun.

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

Kagro in the Morning - July 12, 2016

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David Waldman fits the show in-between his kid’s camp schedules, the unification of Sanders & Clinton, and the beginning of the end of Mike Pence’s political career. Lickspittle Chris Christie will likely be allowed to continue on as Trump’s cringing flunky.

Greg Dworkin calls in to bring us all sorts of news, and helps us all figure out what the heck is going on. The Republican platform takes a stand against co-habitation and grey wolves. Perhaps misunderstanding the issue, the Gop warns against the health risk of unintended discharges. The party’s biggest problem is its voters. A lot of Gop operatives are missing out on experiencing Cleveland in the summertime, and seem happy about it.

Will the Trumpster fire burn down the Gop house and senate? The Gop ground game just isn’t there. Clinton’s lead extends to white voters with college degreesTrumpster fires make good commercials, though.

Is America falling apart or waking up? Who is trying to unite the country, who is trying to divide it? American public’s views of both Islam and Muslims have become more favorable. Dallas is what a ‘2nd Amendment remedy’ would look like. Is it worth it for a gay Gop delegate to plead with the party to soften its stance on marriage?

A Jerry Sandusky accuser says he told Joe Paterno about a shower assault in 1976. More women come out on Roger Ailes charges. Maybe the IRS will investigate the Von Clownstick purchase of a Tim Tebow helmet with money meant for charity

Three north Alabama counties rank the highest in the US for accidental shooting deaths.

And all of that was just half of the KITM show today! David also talks to Mark Gersh from the National Committee for an Effective Congress. Topics include open vs. closed primaries, Gerrymandering and citizen involvement, the Democratic Study Group, and of course, Donald Trump.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:55am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - July 11, 2016

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David Waldman catches us up on last week’s ridiculous tragedies, and looks forward to the future fiasco at the RNC convention in Cleveland.

Greg Dworkin believes this is a good time to review Soledad O'Brien’s thoughts on “The Talk”. New evidence shows bias in police use of force but not when they eventually get around to shooting.

So, will there be Trump-Pence blaring in Cleveland this weekend? Pence makes ¢ for fair-trade. Mike Pence is probably getting tired of hanging around Indiana anymore. Cleveland will be fun to watch (at a distance).  Republicans can blame themselves. Clinton and Trump are unpopular, only one is a threat, and only one is winning. There are gender dynamics here. The bros aren’t so cheery this week.

What’s so special about Ohio? Is the frustration with journalists a disconnect between the expectations of audience and journalists, but to the lack of power that audiences feel in regard to their elected representatives?

But what about Newt for VP? Maybe a book tour in ‘17? Who else can protect us from electromagnetic pulses? Can #NeverTrump pick the vice president

Philando Castile was pulled over by police 52 times, and complied 52 times.

The Dallas gunman took “self defense” classes at the Academy of Combative Warrior Arts.

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