Mon, 24 July 2017
Week 27 of The Presidential Apprentice! Another week of the new normal and another week David Waldman explains how it is isn’t normal and the extraordinary lengths we must take to get back to the normal-normal.
Jared Kushner arrives at the Senate with all of his alibis now in order. (TBD) It looks as if “talking to Russians about adoption” is what they call it now. Jared used to call it “talking to Guccifer”. Get ready to hear more about The King of Diamonds, Lev Leviev.
Tomorrow the Senate will vote again on… something. They don’t know what. The Senate Parliamentarian supports and challenges the Republicans on Trumpcare around the Byrd Rule. David isn’t sure where Parliamentarian authority ends, but we are sure to find out soon.
Fri, 21 July 2017
Not that he’s guilty or anything, but Donald Trump is looking into pardoning himself. We’re on the brink of an authoritarian crisis. Now what’s our best hope—the wisdom of a Republican Congress, or a good case of gout? David Waldman explores the former in today’s KITM. Maybe as few as three Republicans in the Senate would need to see the light…
Time for the record scratch sound effect as we back up 24 hours to see how we got into this mess. Donald was cogent, engaged, on script for minutes, then he talked to The New York Times. He made the usual dozen or so crazy, stupid lies, but then he wondered aloud what he was paying Jeff Sessions for, and why did he ever hire that Robert Mueller, etc. We knew for a while that Mueller was targeted, as Team Trump seeks to control and block Mueller’s investigation. Now they are investigating Mueller’s investigators. Or, maybe he’ll fire him, just because.
So why, when they have a perfectly good opportunity to collude, do Trumps decide to gab on about adoption? Well, “adoptions” is code for “sanctions”, and it really isn’t about the children, at least it’s never about kids to Vladimir Putin. For Trump voters, however, “sanctions” is code for “adoptions”, which is what makes it interesting to Donald Trump.
Thu, 20 July 2017
Donald Trump, not the sharpest tool in the shed, sat down for yet another exclusive interview with his nemesis, The New York Times. This should produce a bit of “real news” today, so go ahead and read the excerpts to soak in the dumbness. Six months in, Trump hasn't passed a single bill of 10 he promised to pass in his first 100 days, not even TreasonCare. Trump can’t make a health care deal because he doesn’t understand health care.
Not much Gop legislation is probably a good thing, but that leaves David Waldman and KITM to explore the seamy underbelly of the Trump organization… Irakly “Ike” Kaveladze is the 8th person to pop out of the Russian collusion meeting tied to Donald Trump Jr., and might be most important in defining what happened. Did wishful thinking and conspiracy sites lead Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort to arrange the meeting? Paul Manafort owed big bucks to pro-Russia interests before he became President Donald Trump’s campaign chairman—then he made (exactly the same number of) big bucks.
Then there’s Dana Rohrabacher, who hooked up with Putin before it was cool. Rohrabacher’s aide was tossed under the bus over Russia connections, but that won’t be enough to cover Dana’s tracks to Moscow last year, a secret document he received, his attempt to alter sanctions legislation and to set up a virtual show trial on Capitol Hill. Dana Rohrabacher is dirty… very, very dirty.
Banks made billions of student debt disappear with this one weird trick.
Wed, 19 July 2017
One sunny day Donald was playing with his wonderful trucks, and having a great and very beautiful time, believe me. Then, all at once everyone was talking about how his wonderful, very wonderful Trumpcare bill was just too great, and beautiful! Donald decided it was not his Trumpcare bill anymore, and he would make it die... “Cheer up Donald!”, pleaded his friends in the Gop. Eat some treats, and we’ll dream of future good times! “We might not be allowed to kill things today, but we can still hurt them—a lot!” Mitch, the evil turtle said...
So, it wasn’t a fairytale ending, David Waldman and Joan McCarter remind us. We can recognize the victory, but will need to keep fighting. Mitch McConnell has run out of excuses for not accomplishing anything. Did Republicans underestimate the difficulty of TreasonCare, or overestimate the abilities of McConnell? Either way, they will try, try again.
Back to the rot at the top. Jared Kushner will of course keep his security clearance, of course Trump colluded with the Russians to defeat all opposition, including Republican, and of course Trump talked more with Putin than he told you about. Did you know Donald’s wife is great and very beautiful?
Tue, 18 July 2017
David Waldman delves into the factors and events leading to the collapse of TreasonCare on today’s KITM. Trumpcare’s not dead though, because its health and well-being is of utmost importance to Mitch McConnell... more than anything or anybody, other than himself of course. Repeal-only is fine, when you consider that goal, and that he doesn’t mean anything he says.
Donald Trump wonders what any of this has to do with him. After all, he has signed more bills than any president, ever. (He hasn’t.) A Toronto hotel tears down Trump, disappointingly not using Marines. The United Arab Emirates get in on the hacking craze with Qatar.
Mon, 17 July 2017
Hey, another weekend, probably pleasant, not yet spent under smoking rubble in a crater. Not bad at this time as you might have pictured, or maybe exactly as bad as you pictured. Listen as David Waldman, nailing boards over his windows pell-mell, smoothly delivers another KITM:
The Trump campaign had abundant opportunities for Russian collusion at Don Jr.’s meeting, including Rinat Akhmetshin. Rinat has been described as “a Russian 'Gun-For-Hire'”, and “a Master of the Dark Arts”, so he probably catered in the nothingburgers for the event. Here is how the Trump Jr. meeting fits into the larger Putin game plan.
Donald Trump and Montgomery Burns’ lawyer Jay Sekulow didn’t have much to say, but a lot of places to say it over Sunday, so he suggested The US Secret Service vetted the meeting. The statement was believable for about a minute, then someone asked the Secret Service.
Keeping its priorities straight, the Trump administration focused on settling personal vendettas with fellow Gop member Jeff Flake.
Fri, 14 July 2017
David Waldman is presently in transit this AM. Instead of a tracking number, David has supplied us with a pre-recorded KITM.
Donald Trump just hurried over to France to win that handshake once and for all, and will soon rush back to conquer women’s golf. So, you can then understand his frustration when all Trump ever hears is Russia, Russia, Russia! Well, that is what today’s show is all about:
We know Junior’s meeting with Paul Manafort, Jared Kusher, Rob Goldstone, and Natalia Veselnitskay also had a “translator”, who was also a “spy”. We knew Dad Trump was lying about the meeting, now everyone else knows too. They still want us to believe that this was the only Russia collusion meeting, but of course not. Some would think that the worst that could happen to Donald would be that Pee-Pee tape. But really, Trump has no shame. However, if Donald Trump were to have spent his entire adult life laundering money for mobsters, Russians, and Russian mobsters and those dealings and dealers were then exposed, a Pee-Pee tape would seem pretty inconsequential wouldn’t it? Peter W. Smith, the Gop operative who sought Clinton's emails from Russian hackers, committed suicide... records show.
Speaking of the Mob, Marc Kasowitz, Trump’s Russia Lawyer, won’t get security clearance because of alcohol abuse and behavior that left employees uncomfortable, writing emails saying “I'm on you now. You are f**king with me now Let’s see who you are. Watch your back, b**ch. Don’t be afraid, you piece of s**t. Stand up. If you don’t call, you’re just afraid.” “I already know where you live, I’m on you. You might as well call me. You will see me. I promise.” … for instance.
Thu, 13 July 2017
How do you, Dear Reader/Listener, cope with such an influx of political news, information, and knowledge inundating you on a daily basis? Why, you listen to KITM as David Waldman, and quite often Greg Dworkin sort it out for you! Today they sort it into two heaps—Russia and
Republicans say they can, but they still can’t design a workable plan. Nickleback is getting tired of being called the Senate health care bill of pop music. Mitch McConnell is running out of goodies to pass out and so is losing Senators’ attention, and running out of time. Like everyone else, Republicans kind of like Obamacare, but we all know they can’t say that. Moderates like it too, and thus won’t cave like McConnell hopes. But seven years of hatred is hard to pivot on. Doctors still care and are getting things done. Ted Cruz still doesn’t care, but his provision is in the bill. Meanwhile, over in California, Democrats who never do things “together”aren’t in line on Single Payer.
Now all roads lead to Jared Kushner. Now, that’s collusion! When this breaks, Donald Trump will have to tweet a link to the Pee-Pee tape just to get some attention. Jared’s repressed memories are all coming back to him now, over 100 of them.
Republicans, of course want to get to the bottom of this mess. So, on their path to subpoenaing Hillary, they blame Natalia Veselnitskaya. Stupidity like this can’t be faked, so let’s look into this. They could look into Jeff Sessions, but it’s a secret.
Is buying luxury goods a survival skill in our culture?
Wed, 12 July 2017
Until one of his little Fredos mucks it up. This kid was dropped on his head as a child! David Waldman and Greg Dworkin keep us abreast of a situation so crazy, even the spin is spinning out of control. Trump Sr. is 15 minutes dumber than Junior. Democratic House candidates were also targets of Russian hacking. Tucker Carlson finds out that Putin’s not cool anymore.
And—don’t forget Fredo-in-law still has security clearance. The Trump-Russia investigators are looking at Jared Kushner’s Trump campaign digital operation. Here’s how an alleged Russian hacker teamed up with a Florida Gop operative.
While all of this is happening, the Republicans continue to fail at governing. Here is what we know about TreasonCare. Maybe the Democrats will be invited to board the Titanic to help bail them out. Voters figure that can’t hurt. The Senate debates what goes into the bill before the parliamentarian this week.
Enter, Joan McCarter, with her DC acumen. Republican leaders are frantic to pass TreasonCare before everything falls apart. For those nostalgic for sick children and bankrupt families, TrumpCare has a lot to offer. Mitch McConnell worked out a schedule to bring it to the floor next week… just in case that doesn’t work, August recess is being moved to the end of August. As for Trump/Russia, well, first you need to get them talk about it.
Tue, 11 July 2017
Did you know that each date this week is a palindrome, in that the date reads the same forward as backward? Heavy, right? While you ponder that, David Waldman also has this Tuesday excogitation to prepare you for this news cycle once Trump pops like a boil… uhm actually he’s full of...
OK. So, you heard about Don Fredo Trump meeting with the Russian operative? He kind of walked into a rake on that one. Now, the whole scheme’s unraveling, there is a beautiful, delicious email trail, and Don’s third version of events is about due, although it probably won’t help him much. Pence 2020!
Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya has been connected to the Trumps before, because they’ve done bad things with Russia before. Natalia says Don Jr., Jared and Manafort were begging for it. Does it matter who wanted it first?