Wed, 10 February 2016
Now that we’ve had our Family Feud in New Hampshire...
Here it is! It’s that moment some significant portion of you have been waiting for: Greg Dworkin’s first post-NH appearance! You knew he’d have to say that Bernie Sanders scored a yuge victory, and that Hillary Clinton didn’t do well. So he did. And then we talked about other things. Who turned out? Who freaked out? Who’s cashing out? And whose media narrative isn’t working out, and maybe should drop out?
Joan McCarter came by to discuss the continuing fight with telecoms over control of the Internet, the submission of President Obama’s final budget, and Mitch McConnell’s uncomfortable moment alongside Ted Cruz, blocking State Department nominees.
Sovereign citizen and militia separatism still simmers, but how far ought we to go in watching them?
And speaking of being watched, a quick reminder of who (and what) is watching you, sometimes at your own invitation.
Tue, 9 February 2016
It’s primary day in New Hampshire, which is essentially the same thing as holding a meeting of the state legislature up there, so we all have to pay attention to those guys, again. What’s up with that Dixville Notch thing, anyway? No New Hampshire first-in-the-nation primary day is complete without Armando railing against its very existence. Today’s mandatory mention of what Donald Trump said. Another attempt by state legislators to preempt local gun regulations, this time in Washington, and now with fake Founding Fathers quotes. More about coin tosses, how often they’re really used, why they’re maybe not all that bad, and the pros & cons of our various voting schemes. An enterprising reporter fails to track down a particularly absurd college rumor about Ted Cruz, but finds a story, anyway.
Mon, 8 February 2016
Greg Dworkin helps us pore over all the results of The Big Game, by which we mean the elections, of course. Everything from the seemingly endless torrent of polling, to debate analysis, to the numerous and varied intra-party fights, to the traditional wringing of the hands. After a brief detour into the Authentic Frontier Gibberish of the sOvErEiGn CiTiZeNs MoVeMeNt, Ian Reifowitz joined us to discuss his Sunday Kos piece on the fight over the “progressive” label, and how far we’ve come since the days when “liberal” was a dirty word.
Fri, 5 February 2016
Is it “PING!” or is it “DING!”? David Waldman welcomes both sides of the debate for the KITM Friday Weekend Sendoff:
Greg Dworkin saw last night’s Democratic debate, as well as Wednesday’s forum and loved them both. Both threw great punches, and stayed substantive as usual, and we all won. Both candidates are winners in the polls as well, depending on where you look, and what you are looking for. Where do Americans look for news, anyhow? More are winning in the US economy as today’s job numbers show.
David explores a puff piece on the meanest, ruthless, most remorseless clone of Karl Rove that ever pretended to be tough.
Thu, 4 February 2016
Remember Iowa? Greg Dworkin is here to bring data and analysis to those disgruntled and those completely gruntled on the caucus process. Going into New Hampshire, the polls are pretty stable. Bernie Sanders leads big among independents, but the problem is they might independently vote Republican in the future. Will class eventually become the deal breaker for voters? Meanwhile, Trump throws a fit, Christie throws a fit, and the Bernie/Hillary camps throw a fit. Here is the rant of Al Giordano on being someone else's idea of a progressive.
KITM Michigan Correspondent Rosalind MacGregor corresponds from Michigan: Detroit Public Schools emergency manager Darnell Earley, facing an onslaught of criticism over dilapidated schools and his role in the Flint water crisis, quits. 87 cases of Legionella bacteria in the Flint area, and neighbors of Flint are showing tainted water, while state workers get their water shipped in. Ballot info law spurs fears for Michigan’s March vote, and local officials sue Michigan over the ballot info law.
So, what is the truth on the Iowa Caucus coin toss story? Is that really a less serious way to break a tie? Trump may sue over Iowa dirty tricks. That gives him a good stump speech, but really, isn't that an issue that needs to be dealt with somehow? Rubio says he doesn’t like a “willingness to say or do anything.” It smells a little on our side, too. Cruz helps wife make money, she helps him get power, is that bad? Ben Carson’s money starts to run out.
Wed, 3 February 2016
David Waldman sends get well wishes to Joan McCarter, and looks forward to her visit next Wednesday!
House Republicans celebrated Groundhog Day reliving their failure of repealing Obamacare. Breitbart.com National Security Editor Dr. Sebastian Gorka was arrested trying to board a flight at Reagan National Airport with a 9mm handgun. Gorka learned nothing from WorldNetDaily Joseph F. Farah’s dumber than dumb mistake. More than 250 gunFAILs this year, by the way. Texas open carriers have gotten their way, are still not satisfied, and bring their case before Walmart greeters.
Greg Dworkin joins us all in congratulating the bearer of the longest held erection known to science. So, what got Iowans most excited this week? Greg leads us through the polls and the pundits. Before we finally leave Iowa, one more look at the pros and cons of the caucus, what the expert hindsight tells us, and what the pundits aren’t telling us. Why it’s a bigger deal than you think, being decided by a tiny group of people.
David further explores how "no cost" license plate readers are turning Texas police into mobile debt collectors and data miners.
Tue, 2 February 2016
David Waldman is sick of hearing “Happy Holidays” — it’s “Happy Groundhog Day”, people!
Greg Dworkin and Armando co-host today’s KITM as David braves snow-ravaged Virginia streets to take his kids to school. Today they and David pore over the data coming in from Iowa, comparing it to previous rounds in the past. How did ideology, loyalty, independence of the voters, and the locations and experience of Clinton and Sanders operatives factor into the results? And what sort of responsible speculation can be made for the upcoming New Hampshire primary?
The pollsters kind of missed how Cruz and Clinton were going to win, but they told you this was hard stuff to do. People decided to vote for Cruz and Rubio at the last minute, pollsters guess. Rick Santorum would have increased his turnout by 100% if only the voting pen didn’t run out of ink.
David takes a big look at the Daily Kos article ”How to really make America great again: Get rid of 'the dumbest idea in the world'”, which addresses the notion of shareholders vs. stakeholders, a concept posited by KITM many times in the past.
Senators, including Bernie Sanders, fight for a raise increase for their cafeteria workers, which succeeded until the moment their back was turned.
Texas police become the Uber of debt collectors and data miners.
Mon, 1 February 2016
Listen as David Waldman battles nature, school delays, and mic levels in today’s installment of KITM!
Greg Dworkin sifts through mounds of data and poll results as we go into the Iowa Caucus: Donald Trump may pick up the Gop side, Hillary Clinton the Democratic, but the race is so tight that results will depend on how well the voters are being turned out. Enthusiasm and persuadabilty metrics are interesting as are race, ethnicity, class, and age gaps, but why does it have to be Iowa?
Armando hops behind the KITM microphone for a while as David is called away and discusses the Iowa Caucus, its importance, and why that importance should be shared in the future.
Virginia reverses its decision to not recognize concealed carry licenses from other states, a decision that is predicted to poison the remainder of Governor Terry McAuliffe’s time in office.
A Tennessee gun bill allows concealed carriers to sue owners of gun-free businesses if a problem occurs that they could have solved with their gun.
What they don’t teach you in Drivers Ed - how to determine if the guy following you in a high speed chase, aiming a gun at your head is a “good guy with a gun”.
Fri, 29 January 2016
David Waldman survives the week holed up with the kids. Next week, like last week, will be a 4 day school week, allowing the Xbox some time to cool off.
Greg Dworkin watched some of the Republican debate, as well as the Donald Trump salutes Trump special. The verdict: Trump won them both. At the debate Ben Carson closed big and ominously with a reading of the Constitution. Was this his dog whistle for the 3%-ers? or the Article III-ers? David and Greg look into where these two fringe groups meet, including the legal, historical, and cultural roots of these loonies.
In related news, Donald Trump gets trolled by the huger billionaire. Back in the real world, Governor Snyder’s standing weakens in the midst of the Flint water crisis, although he would need to be weakened much more to have his position really threatened.
Then “weather-related issues” took KITM off the air — thanks Obama. You can hear the rest of David’s analysis of the 3%er culture on the podcast here!
Thu, 28 January 2016
Almost to the end of school snow cancellation week, David Waldman gets to talk to adults for two hours straight!
Greg Dworkin is counting the days until the Iowa Caucus, when he can switch gears from punditry to analysis. Bernie Sanders is great at bringing a revolution, but how will he get things done? Nancy Pelosi distances the Democrats from Sanders’ talk of taxes. David and Greg talk about running for office vs. holding an office, and being an absolutist vs. an incrementalist.
Half in US say they are better off than 8 years ago, including Republicans that were 10 years old, eight years ago. GOP voters want someone with testicular fortitude, and think Trump can come up to that standard.
Greg highly recommends that you watch the Flint Michigan town hall, hosted by MSNBC yesterday. It is just as riveting watching it as recorded as it was watching it live!
David reviews the story of reporter Jane Mayer, when she wrote about the Koch Brothers. Joan McCarter is preparing a review of the book covering this, “Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right”.
A member of armed society reacts with deadly impoliteness to woman rejecting his advances outside a bar.
The Texas law requiring retailers to check gun permits is confusing some of the Texas public.
Trey Radel will tell his life story and give a behind-the-scenes look at his time using cocaine, and being a congressman, to make some money now.