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Three main topics of conversation today: the German plane crash; the situation in Yemen, and; the budget vote-o-rama and the continuing fight over filibuster reform. And that's really about it! Of course, we fill in the blanks with some homework reading assignments on Yemen & Saud-ish Arabia, and have an extended conversation about what the vote-a-rama tells us about the need for filibuster reform and the process by which it might be implemented. Deep in the weeds today!

Direct download: March_26_2015_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 4:30 PM

The Duck Dynasty guy figures atheists can be converted under the threat of unspeakable brutality. Greg Dworkin notes the push for automatic voter registration in California, and reminds us why conservatives think this is so terrible. Jeb's obstacles to the nomination. A former Reagan administration official (now with CAP, believe it or not) says Republicans criticize Obama's foreign policy even though it's "a national security strategy Ronald Reagan would love." Joan McCarter joined us for a little Idaho news chat. Ted Cruz's plans to join Obamacare. Pete Sessions duz teh maff rong. Republicans fight over which terrible budget to pass, while Daily Kos endorses a better one. A "doc fix" deal emerges in the House, but faces trouble in the Senate. Finally, the sob story of the day: rich donors just aren't feeling the love anymore.

Direct download: March_25_2015_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 5:42 PM

Greg Dworkin rounds up all the Ted Cruz Nuz. What it might mean that Cruz is officially in while others are not. Steve King is puzzled by Jews. The new line of attack on Jeb: he's not anti-Obamacare enough. Monte Frank of Team 26 tells us about the 3rd Sandy Hook Ride on Washington, and discusses the national drive for gun violence prevention, so-called "smart guns," etc. Next, we try to make good on missing Rosalyn MacGregor's Michigan update, but instead play the (admittedly excellent) February update! Why? Because we're professionals. A procedural explainer on the budget resolution, on which debate begins today in the House. What is the "Queen of the Hill" rule, and why would you use it? KITM listeners are among the few for whom this rule isn't completely new!

Direct download: March_24_2015_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 6:34 PM

Caught up in the basketball mania, which is terrible, we get the backstory on one of the NCAA's craziest team mascots, the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs, from contributor Arliss Bunny. Next, Armando points to the latest on eGhazi from Politico, which suggests that the State Department was hoping to streamline its record retention procedures and give staff considerably more discretion in deciding what to preserve. That led to an extended discussion of the issue's many complexities, and an ever-present tension in all transparency decision-making. The white supremacist Mesa, AZ shooter has nothing to do with white supremacy, somehow. An interesting follow-up to how scam PACs swindle small donors: ProPublica looks into how they swindle large ones.

Direct download: March_20_2015_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 4:46 PM

It's the first day of the basketball tournament that trademark law says you can't name without permission! But Greg Dworkin distracts us from that with some news stuff, like the Israeli elections, Scott Walker's staffing problem, continued monitoring of eGhazi, and opinions of Obamacare shifting? Hey, how about those crazy college athletic team names? Mitch McConnell can't run the Senate like he said he would. Asking the wrong questions about police shootings. And about almost everything. More about the dumb Starbucks thing. Then, a dumb Dick Cheney thing.

Direct download: March_19_2015_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 6:47 PM

Aaron Schock's resignation creates a looming shortage of radio material. But as the press narratives begin to take shape, this story will still need some sorting out. Greg Dworkin brings us the latest on the Israeli election results, and notes that another poll shows little eGhazi impact & little other change, and alerts us to Obama's "green gambit." More snark on Schock. Seems James O'Keefe is back at it. Something, something, Donald Trump. Having been in transit and missed the opportunity to comment on Schock, Joan McCarter joins us from even further west than usual. She considers whether Boehner is really ready to surrender the "doc fix" hostage, the Senate's use of Loretta Lynch as a hostage on the unrelated trafficking bill, and her fascinating look at the physical undersea infrastructure of the Internet.

Direct download: March_18_2015_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 5:02 PM

Greg Dworkin takes a peek at the Israeli elections, and notes that 16.4 million have gained insurance under the ACA. NH might let its Medicaid expansion expire, while political hardball may move other states to finally give in to expansion. Begun, this year's budget wars have. OR automatic voter registration bill signed. Latest poll on Clinton. Splashy eGhazi headline might not carry the weight the writer thinks. Armando joins us to discuss why, and what the state of the rules and regulations are. I fall for a joking Tweet about the joke of a Starbucks campaign, which I also don't get. A weird story that could be construed as consumer-driven banking deregulation, if you squint at it just right. And Aaron Schock is in still more trouble.

Direct download: March_17_2015_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 4:56 PM

Greg Dworkin brings a great lesson from the medical world; rounds up some of the top Israeli election stories; "the stupidest paragraph" he's read "in, like, three months"; Teabaggers = Birchers; another slice of the Wall St. bonus problem; Michigan losers want to change the rules; Jeb discussed national security info in private e-mail, but so what; he's quoted on the Beltway condition known as "Clinton fatigue," and; a discussion of why Congress isn't covered by FOIA. Ted Cruz scares the crap out of a little girl. A GunFAIL roundup including a Bud vs. Busch shooting, how gun store shoplifting became "white collar" crime, an extended rant over the WA dad who left his gun out and finally got charged, but appears to have learned nothing, and a MI prosecutor forgets his gun inside his kid's school. Finally, a look back at Greg's find on cognitive dissonance among Republicans who still insist Obamacare is a job killer, as they have with everything else in history.

Direct download: March_16_2015_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 4:45 PM

Trey Gowdy's a bit of an oddball. Is he playing a little too loose with sensitive info? Aaron Schock can't stop. Wall St. bonuses now 3x larger than avg. household income. Tell me the Founders anticipated that. How to write a political story when there's no news. One theory on where Cotton's letter really came from. Armando updates us on the latest in the case purporting to block executive immigration action. CaliphateBook is apparently a thing. (But it's totally not like ReaganBook.) Zak Cheney-Rice points out that the OU SAE story shows we know how to deal with racists. But racism is something we haven't quite figured out.

Direct download: March_13_2015_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 6:44 PM

McCain blames Obama for the Cotton letter. And snow. Greg Dworkin's headlines have the Gop both in disarray and united. Israeli elections loom. CRS explains treaties vs. executive agreements. Making a case for Rubio. Not sure Lindsay Graham is flirting with treason because of Cotton's letter? Well, now he is. Ted Cruz's CPAC applause lines mysteriously don't work with firefighters' union. TN and IA legislatures consider dumb gun stuff. Fox's Megyn Kelly says racist emails like those in Ferguson are routine. Speaking of emails, remember how no one cared when the Bush WH "lost" millions of them? And what are the rules that apply to Congress, now set to subpoena Clinton? Just a wee bit more on the disqualifying comments from Lindsay Graham. Taxpayer subsidized corporate crime.

Direct download: March_12_2015_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 5:39 PM