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Kagro in the Morning - May 3, 2016

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Nuance! David Waldman savors the subtle differences that separate Icelandic yogurt, from Greek yogurt, from wallpaper paste. Today, he brings that same keen discernment to the nuanced dynamics of our political world:

Greg Dworkin brings us the primary news and views and today the primary is in Indiana. Ted Cruz hoped to be the spanker, but so far he’s looking like the spankee… and a fish-monster. There are three possible outcomes from the IN primary, but really, it’ll be Trump vs. Clinton. That doesn’t mean Trump isn’t a disaster for the Republican party, and that he’ll doom social conservatives by eliminating the framing and dog whistles they need to survive. So, the question for Republicans is how to keep from being connected to their new hugest success story. The Gop’s troubles are just beginning. Fear on the economy isn’t working for them, voter suppression won’t do enough for them, and Paul Ryan can’t find a phone booth to change in.

Bernie’s had a good month, but Hillary’s was better. So, what is he going to get out of her at the convention?

Arliss Bunny, co-host of Hopping Mad with Will McLeod and Arliss Bunny, calls in from within IN. She and David discuss the nature of slow time, fast time, and how hatred of the Indiana State Weasel, Mike Pence, will motivate voters to the polls.

Like most of us, Bernie Sanders supporters wish the rules favor them before they meet the ruling.

At Chobani, now it’s not just the yogurt that’s rich! Rewarding some stakeholders by making them shareholders.

In an expected synergy of hatred, fear, and arms ownership, a reported active shooter at Target was a man protesting bathroom policy. What does a good guy with a gun do when a bad guy steals his gun?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:36am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - May 2, 2016

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David Waldman is a fan of Hopping Mad with Will McLeodand Arliss Bunny, and you will be too, when you listento this week’s interview with Dr. WilliamSpriggs, Chief Economist to the AFL-CIO!

Ted Cruz gets more and more into spanking, which is whatyou’d expect from The Zodiac Killer,  the leadsinger of Stryper, or even Grandpa Munster… and especially thislady.

Greg Dworkin reviews the WhiteHouse Correspondents’ Dinner: Of course Obama was great, Larry Wilmore was too, though perhaps under-appreciated in thehouse. 

Ted Cruz manages to be even less-liked when he isn’t serial killing.Cruz probably can’t squeezeout a sufficient second in Indiana. IN Governor Mike Penceendorses Cruz, half-heartedly. Ted’s time is almost up. Sometimes it is more important on whom you reject, rather than whom you support. Republicansfight for the soul of, but first need to find the soul of, the Gop. 

On the Democratic side, Trump deals Clinton a winning card. Hillary Clinton starts shifting staff to concentrate on the General Election.Clinton is nowraising more than Sanders. The 2016 election might not break spending records.

Last week David and Joan McCarter predicted that James O’Keefewould take the bait on transgender restroom use andhe did!

David devotes a chunk of the show to the #GunFAIL phenomena of 99% law-abiding,rule-following, mistake-free, always-lucky guncarriers, when they face that accountabilitymoment prospect ofadmitting that missing lastpercent.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:44am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - April 29, 2016

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Today, David Waldman poses the question “How much time do you want to spend on Hitler’s mustache?” Normally, the answer to that would cost you a lot of money up front, but with KITM you can pay in installments! Please consider donating to our PayPal or Patreon accounts !

Greg Dworkin comes to broker peace between Democrats. Don’t lose your friends! Start planning your Trump concession speech parties you’ll have together. Think of how to fight the madness after the convention, up to the election. The Gop is owned by Trump, but the Gop doesn’t own millennials. Sanders' lone Senate backer says he should drop out before the convention if he's losing. “Normal America” Is not a small town of white people.

Greg is right, Gravis Marketing is a very bad polling organization.

Armando again demonstrates he can pursue political discourse and maintain safe highway speeds. He and David discuss the next steps of the Bernie Sanders revolution, the positive aspects of small political parties as advocacy engines, and how we can all can get to November together. 

At least 6 people have been shot by toddlers since Thursday — at least.

George Mason University gets another chance to name their school Lawy McLawface.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:39am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - April 28, 2016

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The infinitely complex David Waldman welcomes you to Fractal Thursday. His details never really repeat, they are just self-similar over an ongoing feedback loop.

Greg Dworkin has several names for John Boehner, who has a couple for Ted Cruz, including “Lucifer in the Flesh”. Ted Cruz picked his running mate, Carly Fiorina, to fix his electability and likeability deficits. Donald Trump brings back “America First”, in a “foreign policy speech” which was more disturbing/less funny than usual. Madeleine Albright wasn’t laughing.

Support from women has boosted Clinton, and somehow Trump recently. Do you have your woman card? Do you need this mansplained to you? If so, contact a man card member for details.

Bernie Sanders cuts back on his staff for the remainder of the primaries.

Speaking of feedback loops, look at how easy false reports could escalate into innocent people being shot. It can happen anywhere there are guns and mouths to shoot off.

The guy in Oklahoma that probably bought his deputy job, definitely is guilty of manslaughter. Oklahoma Is going after abortion doctors for doing their jobs, and an Oklahoma court says oral sex is not rape if victim is unconscious from drinking!

David looks inside the squalid living conditions for the migrants building Trump International Golf Club in Dubai.

A retired cop shows off his gun, giving his podiatrist an interesting foot injury.

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

Kagro in the Morning - April 27, 2016

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David Waldman congratulates all of you who enthusiastically went out to vote yesterday, and hopes your voting machine was as turned on as you were.

What is Greg Dworkin’s diagnosis after looking at poll results? Not so good for the Sanders campaign, but a sunny prognosis for his ideas. Bernie nabs Rhode Island, Connecticut goes to Hillary, and guns are a significant factor. Hillary Clinton gets more votes by addressing voter priorities. John Kasich face plants even where people should like him. Cruz rides the FU train out — and has something to say to you! Time to look towards the election. How did those states get those crazy shapes?

Joan McCarter returns for her regular Super-post-Tuesday visit: Remember, every election is critical, don’t lose focus on the down-ticket.

Bob McDonnell argues that Citizens United means he’s not corrupt —  thanks Scalia?

After losing to Donald Trump, Ted Cruz pulls out a tape measure to reassure his followers.

Arianna Huffington is now the Uber of optimistic leadership we need.

Donald Trump demonstrates the art of the deal on himself

Moms again and again buy a gun to protect their family, stick it in their purse, and leave the purse with their kids. A toddler shoots himself, barely reaching adulthood before doing it again.

Direct download: April_27_2016_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:35am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - April 26, 2016

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David Waldman urges you to get out there and vote, especially if your state has a primary today.

Greg Dworkin reports on his voting experience this morning, and how confusion can stymie votes. Bill de Blasio calls for election changes after New York’s voting problems. 

Donald Trump is more popular than ever! (with Republican primary voters) Ted “I got mine” Cruz and John “I don’t know what game I’m playing” Kasich had a deal, which wasn’t going to work. Not many “Bernie or Bust” or “Never Trump” voters will be changing their party in protest, because most figure Hillary Clinton’s going to win. Clinton knows her constituency, and concentrates on their needs.

Donald Trump is tired of acting presidential. Tired of the thoughtful reasoning on this show and feel the need for exposure to some silly and ignorant punditry? Here’s what to read. Jim Webb is tired of “political correctness denigrating, demeaning, disparaging Andrew Jackson’s not completely genocidal historical record.

David explores the primary battle for the Maryland Democratic Senate between Reps. Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen, and what it means to really excel at public service.

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

Kagro in the Morning - April 25, 2016

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David Waldman notes the pop culture and political tsunami of Lemonade engulfing us.

Greg Dworkin rounds up the polls for tomorrow’s super-ish Tuesday primaries in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island! It pretty much looks like it’ll be Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton in November. Trump could wrap it up before the convention, which is finally uniting evangelical & fiscal conservatives — against him. Bernie Sanders supporters head to Tuesday’s primaries thinking about their long range goals. Will guns be the single issue factor in CT? David and Greg look into how many independents, partisans, and leaners it takes to win an election. It’s time to lay down bets for the Republican and Democratic Vice Presidential horse race!

Greg’s Must Read of the Day: Al Giordano on the Bronx and NY pre-NY primary.

John Fetterman could have been the Bernie Sanders of Pennsylvania, but he’s not, maybe because of lack of support from Bernie Sanders. Democrat Donna Edwards may be hurting from lack of Democratic support

Some let their morals guide their financial decisions, some need a financial incentive to guide their morality, as Tamir Rice family to be paid $6 million from Cleveland.

Church on Church member violence escalated into a shooting, with no charges yet.

250 go to fight in Syria, ISIS starts calling in sick.

Congrats to the May-December romance, blossoming into marriage for the happy groom and former Senator groom.

Meteorite-fail blows a big hole in the ground in Maryland, not far from many fun places and people.

 

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:39am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - April 22, 2016

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David Waldman brings you all the news that fits for Prince, and much, much more:

Greg Dworkin restrains himself from going outside language guidelines when talking about Jane Sanders embrace of NRA talking points against Hillary Clinton. Everything is political, and politics is about moving policy, and you need to know how the system works to change it. Sanders supporters are thinking it is about time to consider Clinton. Some of Bernie’s supporters have more steps of grief to go through. Either way, it is time to decide how to spend their money.

There are still more primaries to go.

Is the Stop Trump movement struggling? Not as much as the Republican party, as this ad demonstrates. The secretive conservative organization, Friends of Abe, are no longer friends of each other.

Back to Prince: Did the flu kill him?

It is Earth Day! Is the Earth too politicized

Daily Kos endorses progressive outsider Donna Edwards. David looks into what makes an outsider in politics, and how that is appealing

David sends us into the weekend with some #gunFAIL: A mass shooting in southern Ohio, with adults and children dead. A road rage incident perhaps triggered by an attempt to keep children safe.

Suicide rates for women triple.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:42am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - April 21, 2016

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Harriet Tubman. Yes? No? If not, why not? Greg Dworkin walks us through today’s Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: a second look at NY’s exit polls; what’s next for the Sanders campaign; a look ahead to the upcoming primaries and the TV ads that herald them.

Closing with a reminder from comments in the APR, it’s back to our political science inquiry into process versus substance, the “rules of the game,” how ingrained in both politics and governance various rules sets can be, and even the social dynamics of trying to join in the game itself.

And about that New York party “enrollment” law: how did various members of the Working Families Party feel about the situation? How might it be changed? There are at least three competing bills seeking to shorten that deadline. One seeks to cut it more or less in half, requiring 90 days lead time for changing a voter’s party enrollment. Another proposes cutting it to 25 days. And a third would simply permit registered but unenrolled voters to take the ballot of their choice on primary day. Which is the most progressive? Is that even an applicable term? Consider that the 90 day bill is sponsored by a Senator elected on the Dem/Working Families lines, who endorsed Hillary Clinton, the 25 day bill by Daniel Squadron (who’s taken hits in DK diaries in years past), and the free-choice-for-the-unenrolled bill is by Fred Thiele, a East End Long Island Republican who switched his affiliation to the Independence Party. Tricky!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:03pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - April 20, 2016

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David Waldman wonders why you all have to be so binary? To assist in healing the nation, David summons the entire KITM A-Team today:

Greg Dworkin, and Patton Oswalt, and John Hodgman call New York and the whole rest of the primary selection process for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. New York ended up being as important as they consider themselves to be, although many weren’t allowed to be as important as they wanted to be, which is not fraud or disenfranchisement, by the way. Also, as usual, it wasn’t the acreage, it was the votes that counted. Greg sorted out the relevant from the merely interesting New York exit polling, and promises a lot more to come in next couple of days.

Armando declared today is the day that Greg was the most incredibly, fundamentally, egregiously, wrong. Armando also did not like this article at all. Armando and David vow to delve further into the questions of exit polls, voter support, voter suppression, and the drivers of open and closed primaries. 

Joan McCarter joins the discussion of what makes fair representation, and how to improve it all, but first tackles the philosophical question of whether Congress even exists at this time. The House Freedom Caucus will graciously allow Speaker Ryan to have some spending votes. Joan also wants to emphasize that the future of the Supreme Court should be foremost in voter’s minds this election, along with getting rid of Chuck Grassley somehow. 

Direct download: April_20_2016_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:39am EDT