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We were joined for an extended Abbreviated APR today by Greg Dworkin, who came prepared to answer the lingering question posed yesterday: how did the Simpson-Bowles non-report treat the savings projections in the Affordable Care Act, and wouldn't we do better to wait a bit on the so-called "fiscall cliff" and see what the scope of Medicare's contribution to the issues really is? We roped in Joan McCarter to join us in talking about that and related issues for the first hour of the show. If reading Daily Kos is like getting the paper two weeks early, then Daily Kos Radio is like getting Daily Kos two hours early. In the second hour, we wondered aloud why the CEOs behind the "Fix the Debt" gang, who ordinarily busy themselves with raiding their companies' pension funds to pay themselves giant bonuses, are suddenly so concerned with curtailing and undermining the biggest pension fund out there, but which because it's public, is currently beyond their reach. Hmm... gee! And finally, as promised, more discussion of the filibuster reform fight: which Senators are still holdouts, and just where did this reform coalition come from, anyway? The answer, if you don't know it already, just might put a little spring in your step today. Listen and find out!

Direct download: November_30_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:21pm EDT

In today's Abbreviated APR, Greg Dworkin looks at Medicare in the context of the "fiscal speed bump" negotiations. Wouldn't we be better served by waiting until the picture becomes clearer on the projected savings from Affordable Care Act implementation? Also: the Fast Food Forward strikes in the New York area, and how they relate to the WalMart and Hostess strikes. Finally, a look at all the important stuff that somehow gets left out of newspaper coverage of the filibuster reform fight. You'll only get that here, on Daily Kos Radio!

Direct download: November_29_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:47am EDT

Greg Dworkin abbreviated the Abbreviated Pundit Roundup, during which we talked exit polling and the new political reality: you can't win with just the conservative base anymore. Another critique of the latest critique of filibuster reform from Jonathan Bernstein. And an extended interview with longtime Daily Kos and Netroots community member and New York State Democratic Committeewoman Debra Cooper, who's running for a newly open seat on the New York City Council. Come and hear what Debra's got to say about the importance of this race. Believe it or not, it's a race that can have national implications. Find out why!

Direct download: November_28_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:55am EDT

Greg Dworkin joined us at the top of the show for the Abbreviated Abbreviated Pundit Roundup. We take another dip in the waters of Lake Crazytown, reading the election night liveblogging of the "gay fanboy" nominated by wingnut columnist Charlotte Allen to run the fantasy 2016 Palin presidential campaign. Please do this, guys! Then, more filibuster reform fight previews and complaint debunking. Finally, a peek at the revelation that the Obama administration began attempting to compile a rulebook for drone strikes, just in case Romney won. What does that mean?

Direct download: November_27_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:12pm EDT

We're back, post-Thanksgiving Day, which you all know is the Pearl Harbor of the War on Christmas. Greg Dworkin joined us for the Monday Abbreviated Abbreviated Pundit Roundup. Yes, we abbreviate things twice in the mornings. We then turned our eyes back to the upcoming filibuster fight, with a review of the most recent reporting from Politico on the subject, which somehow ignored until the very last sentence of the entire article that leading Democratic proponents and leading Republican opponents of filibuster reform actually agreed on the single most important proposal, the so-called "talking filibuster." So there you have it. Modern politics and political reporting in a nutshell. Partisans are at one another's throats, threatening complete gridlock, because they agree on policy. From there, an equally amazing exploration of Fox News's troll-baiting "War on Men" article, and finally Adam Davidson's New York Times piece asserting that the genius captains of American industry are scratching their heads, wondering why highly-skilled laborers who had invested tens of thousands of dollars in their education and training were not lining up to take the fast food-level wages they were offering. What a puzzler! Maybe a tax cut will help them clear their heads. Someone get these guys some retention bonuses, ASAP!

Direct download: November_26_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:34am EDT

Thanksgiving Day! It's a slow news day, of course, but we passed the time pleasantly enough, chatting with Greg Dworkin, Armando and caller David from Asheville. We were thankful for our favorite topics: quants versus guts; pundits versus people; "traditional America" versus the new demographic reality, and; makers versus takers. A nice chat to have on in the background while you're cooking and/or cleaning, or maybe just a decent excuse to plug in the earphones and tell the relatives you can't hear them for the next two hours. Happy Thanksgiving!

Direct download: November_22_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:22pm EDT

A special, extended show today! Not what we anticipated doing on the day before Thanksgiving, but if you were driving to a relative's home today for the holiday, maybe the extra hour was appreciated. In fact, if you don't listen to anything else in the show today, make sure it's that bonus 3rd hour, because that's when we talked to Mike Hummell, known to Daily Kos readers as bluebarnstormer. He's the author of the insider's diaries on the Hostess strike, and a member of the Bakers' Union at the center of the drama. And frankly, he's the only one making a lick of common sense in this whole thing. Be sure to listen in and find out why. The standard two hours of the show weren't bad today, either! Greg Dworkin stopped by for what's become an on-air Abbreviated Pundit Roundup more than a polling roundup, now that the election is behind us. And Armando chimed in on the business and bankruptcy laws underlying the Hostess dissolution.

Direct download: November_21_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:58pm EDT

Republicans continue to believe they lost the election because they weren't conservative enough, so Marco Rubio declares he has no clue how old the Earth is. And why would he? It's only in the science books! And you know you can't get the Republican nomination for president if you read those! Greg Dworkin stopped by to discuss that very subject today, and the impact of the competing schools of Republican Crazy that threaten to pull their already shrinking coalition apart. That's not the same thing as the demise of the Republican Party, mind you. Just a routine headache of coalition politics, really. But if you don't believe in any kind of science, it's hard to even figure out a way to cure your own headache. We also reviewed a lost gem of the Internet, a 2001 Heritage Foundation analysis of the Bush tax cuts, and guess what? They promised a wonderful future, complete with gigantic job growth and the elimination by 2010 of the national debt! All thanks to "dynamic scoring!" Well, neither of those things appear to have worked out very well. But probably only because they weren't conservative enough, or something like that. Finally, we took a look at the Hostess situation, reading an excellent diary from Daily Kos by bluebarnstormer, describing the givebacks already extracted from the unions during the 2005 bankruptcy as context for the new concessions demanded from management, even as that same management votes themselves enormous rasies. Shocking, but not surprising, since the company has been in the process of being devoured from the inside by Bain-style locust capitalism for the past few years. Close call on that whole Mitt Romney thing, people!

Direct download: November_20_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:44am EDT

It's Thanksgiving week, so the news is likely to be slow. We'll take this opportunity, then, to wrap up the discussion of the history, mechanics and procedure behind the "constitutional option" for Senate rules reform. But first, a welcome diversion from Greg Dworkin, who brought us the usual collection of fascinating news clips detailing Republican cluelessness, unskewing, and general fear of reality. Then, the promised filibuster wrap: why it's not quite true when the pundits tell you the "constitutional option" has never been used before, how those who've used it have left a clearly-blazed trail behind them for our use today, and how Senate Democrats actually used it last year and nobody noticed! Added bonus: a critique of Jonathan Bernstein's critique of the "talking filibuster" solution.

Direct download: November_19_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:43am EDT

We're in luck! Greg Dworkin was able to join us this morning for a roundup light on the polls, but heavy on the punditry. We discuss Mitt's post-election gaffes, Angus King's coy games about caucusing with Democrats, and the coming fight on filibuster reform. And yes, we even took a detour into the 1%-er grifter narrative threatening to burst through the seams of the still-growing Petraus affair. Hour two of the show was about Part 2 of our "deep dive" into filibuster reform history. We picked up from where we left the previous show, describing the apparent conflict between the Constitution's grant to each house of Congress of the right to determine its own rules, and the Senate's own rules purporting both to require a 2/3 vote to end a filibuster of a rules change proposal, and to make that rule (and all the rest) perpetual, from one Congress to the next, unless changed in accordance with those same perpetual rules. We discussed the origin of the conflict, and how three Vice Presidents across both parties have settled the paradox in the past, all of which serve to illustrate why the beginning of a new Congress creates a special opportunity to enact rules changes by simple majority vote, and how it's happened in the past. The remaining piece of the puzzle, i.e., why no one seems to know it's been done in the past, despite knowing that the rules have in fact been changed, we'll settle next week. But you get a hint at it at the very end of today's show!

Direct download: November_15_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:19pm EDT