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An "encore performance" for the one year anniversary of our four hour marathon live coverage of the announcement of the Supreme Court's decision in the Affordable Care Act case! Lots of Daily Kos friends chiming in on this, including Greg Dworkin, Armando, Joan McCarter, brooklynbadboy, winkk, Militarytracy, MKS and more!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:00am EST

Heading into a week-plus break, Greg Dworkin and Armando help round up our discussion of the NSA/Snowden story, the IRS story, the SCOTUS decisions, the Texas filibuster fight, and the revival of CNN's much-maligned Crossfire, and more. The other big topic of today's show: the apparent evolution of Edward Snowden's views on national security leaking. And did Glenn Greenwald undergo an evolution of his own on his views on executive reaction to the Supreme Court's apparent insistence on reigning in of claimes of interent national security powers?

Direct download: June_27_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:39pm EST

Easy summary today: the Texas filibuster & the SCOTUS DOMA case. Both Greg Dworkin & Armando make appearances to discuss the latest exciting news, and we parse it thin for your enjoyment! I think it's safe to say you're not going to get in-depth discussion of the dynamics of that filibuster like you get from Daily Kos Radio anywhere else in the world. And I mean that literally, as Joe Biden might put it. Come and revel in it! Plus, we got the happy news from the Supreme Court mid-show, and we break that down into bite-sized pieces suitable for water cooler and cocktail discussion. A procedure lover's dream!

Direct download: June_26_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:55am EST

We started with The Derp from Louie Gohmert, then were joined by Greg Dworkin for an update on The Derp of Politico's Green Lanternism, Obama's (then) upcoming climate speech, the immigration bill, etc. We were also able to sneak in an update on the IRS story, noting that pretty much everything we heard about exclusive targeting of conservatives was entirely wrong. Surprise! And we heard a bit more about how Edward Snowden came to be working at Booz Allen, at least according to some sources. But it wasn't long before everything gave way to the news of the Supreme Court's decision in the voting rights act case. Armando joined in to give his initial reactions, and you can hear him do his best to keep from boiling over. Thinking back a ways, the decision seems to be of a piece with Bush DOJ political appointees pre-clearaning of discriminatory redistricting plans over the objections of their own career attorneys. Hey, who needs to rebrand when you can simply redefine the market, right? That's more than just a metaphor, though. It works in the actual economy, as well. We'll talk about that again in the days to come.

Direct download: June_25_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:54pm EST

So, you're back from Netroots Nation, eh? Well, lucky you! Greg Dworkin joined right in with the recap of the weekend's developments on the many wormholes winding through the NSA/Snowden story, including David Gregory's insistence on crapping all over everything. Then, a roundup of the more remarkable #GunFAIL stories of recent days. Armando kept us up to date on the pronouncements from out of the Supreme Court, and previewed one to come, on recess appointments. A reading of Bloomberg's reporting (from February, actually) on the unnoticed and unofficial subsidy to banks deemed Too Big To Fail, and how that subsidy just happens to be about equal in value to... their entire profit. So, that got me thinking about amending the plan for launching the Privateers of the Caribbean. And the old Istook Amendment, too. Finally, a look at yet another way the big banks are fleecing people: getting companies to pay their low-wage workers with bank-issued debit cards, complete with fees for withdrawals, etc. Why should those lazy workers be able to force their bosses to shoulder all the costs of paying them, right?

Direct download: June_24_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:09pm EST

Greg Dworkin rounded up news of the farm bill failure (and Republican majority's attempts to somehow blame this on the Democratic minority), "The Republican War on Data," maneuvering on immigration reform, and Tom Edsall's NYT opinion piece, "Our Broken Social Contract." And that Edsall piece ended up being the basis for most of the rest of the show, so much was there wrapped up in it. Armando called in to join that conversation, plus give us a look at the day's Netroots Nation agenda. So, to borrow a phrase, "Which side are you on?" The side that posits that our economic problems are the result of the disruption of social norms? Or the side that believes economic problems stem from... other economic problems? Which one of those two sounds more reality-based to you? And just for kicks at the end, "If We Can't Stop Corporations from Hiding in Cayman Islands to Avoid Taxes, We All Need to Become Pirates." Where have we heard this idea before? Hint: Here.

Direct download: June_21_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:41am EST

Netroots Nation kicks off in San Jose! Greg Dworkin brings us his roundup, including polling on immigration reform, John Harwood's NYT piece "Dissent Festers in States That Obama Seems to Have Forgotten," reaction to (and reaction to the reactions to) the death of Michael Hastings, and more. We briefly note the pop culture news about Paula Deen and James Gandolfini, and get an on-the-ground update from Armando in San Jose. Then, the strange chain of arrests among the Pima Co., AZ Minutemen border "patrol" crazies, and the rise of armed "community watches" where budget issues have cut back on policing capacity. Slate makes an important update to its disclaimer on their interactive gun deaths since 12/14 feature. Mother Jones reports on waste in border security spending. Are some gun rights protesters going too far in making their presence felt?

Direct download: June_20_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:14pm EST

It's the run-up to Netroots Nation, and that figures promiently in today's show. Greg Dworkin offered his own observations and remembrances of NN in this morning's roundup, as well as stories on Rick Perry's job poaching junket to Connecticut, new polling from ABC on the NSA surveillance programs, and another round of sparring between DC-centric "gut" journos and "quant" Nate Silver. Greg also notes the passing of reporter Michael Hastings, with a few stories looking back on his fearless style. Armando called in from the road on his way to the big gathering, and to remind everyone that he'll be reporting from San Jose, as will the larger Netroots Radio team. A little exploration of the latest #GunFAIL news yields typically amazing results. Then a response to the latest "threat" from Mitch McConnell over rumors that Senate Dems are considering the "nuclear option" to eliminate the filibuster on judicial and executive nominations. Basically, Republicans are threatening to do exactly the same thing they've always said they were going to do, and have in fact been trying to do, since forever. Scary! Lastly, the free market has spoken on the NRA's terrible "arm the teachers" idea, and it has spoken thus: "Derp."

Direct download: June_19_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:30pm EST

A Republican back-bencher (not a euphemism) broke into the headlines today with his eyebrow-raising claim that fetuses masturbate at 15 weeks. So... that's nice. Greg Dworkin discusses his latest for Politix, his pundit round-up of both-sides-ism, Republican rebranding, and traditional media missing the point(s). Armando called in to discuss the broad topic of trust in government, in the context of the fading IRS story, the NSA revelations, Syria, and the recent polling on all three. We read a David Weigel entry at Slate noting the Republican tactics in conflating IRS accusations behind the confusion made evident in the CNN poll, and the latest derp from Bobby "Volcano Monitoring" Jindal, who's apparently abandoned his effort to un-stupid his party. Next, David Dayen's latest for Salon, "Bank of America whistle-blower's bombshell: 'We were told to lie.'" Finally, a note about the Kansas Sec. of State outraged by a protest targeting his home. Note how quickly he goes to 2nd Amendment rhetoric here. Does it seem to you that a lot of this talk is premised on the assumption that no one will ever shoot back?

Direct download: June_18_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:43pm EST

NSA remains at the top of the charts this week, with things only becoming more confused the more articles are written on the subject. A CNET story relying on reactions from Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) to a Congressional briefing stirred the hornet's nest over the weekend, setting off parallel chain reactions of rebuttal, retraction, walk-backs, debunkings, and everything in between. Greg Dworkin rounds up still more polling on the issue, and most of the show is once again given over to exploring some number of the millions of rabbit holes a giant issue like this reveals, via articles from the NYT, WaPo, the AP, and of course, our friend Marcy Wheeler. Just for a change-up, we threw in the Lower Hudson, NY area Daily Journal's follow-up on their publication of names and addresses of area pistol permit holders. Did it in fact result in criminal targeting of those gun owners?

Direct download: June_17_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:57pm EST