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I didn't know you could get injured doing a radio show, but apparently it's happened! I've hurt my shoulder somehow, from this crazy, contorted set-up I've got going on at home. Time to Feng Shui the studio! I mean, "studio." Despite the discomfort, we had ourselves a pretty good time today. We caught up with today's schedule in Congress, and the big picture issues, too, with Greg Dworkin at the top of the show. All in all, a wide-ranging production today, touching on the "fiscal cliff," the likely addition of a marriage equality plank to the Democratic Party platform, the continuing Romneyshambles saga, and the audition of a new voice chip for the Romneybot3000.

Direct download: July_31_2012_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:40am EDT

Nothing gets you up and running on a Tuesday morning quite like a Greg Dworkin "death and dying" themed news round-up! There's NPR's Scott Simon's running Twitter commentary from his mother's hospital bedside. Food stamp slashing. The so-called "death panels." Political suicide in the form of Obamacare repeal obsession and another Sarah Palin candidacy. The 500-year-old Inca "Ice Maiden" mummy. But also, the Snowden Effect, and factions in the Fed chair fight. Next, the chief outrage of the day: JPMorgan Chase has apparently decided to fill the energy market gap left behind by Enron. I'm telling you, these white kids are out of control wit the crime these days! Then, maybe a little good news on the mortgage fraud front, as Richmond, CA prepares to deploy a new weapon in the foreclosure crisis, this time on behalf of actual people. Wrapping up, we touch on Sharia crayons, NC's clueless governor signs the voter suppression bill he hasn't read, and Judd Gregg's assertion that the motion to proceed (leaving out the filibuster entirely!) threatens to turn the Senate into the House! Oh well, too late! Finally, in a surprise appearance, Armando drops by to tease an upcoming interview for next week.

Direct download: July_30_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:47pm EDT

Greg Dworkin rounded up the news on the "Snowden Effect," and Republicans in Disarray fronts. So, what does the Snowden Effect get us? Discussion and debate, yes. And that's important. But what are the many and varied hurdles to actually putting a stop to intrusive domestic surveillance? And haven't we been here before? Is it even possible to find a path out that doesn't eventually circle right back around to this same place? Next: the FISC's ruling helping along the effort for open publication of its 2011 opinion finding some NSA surveillance programs unconstitutional. Good news, but still possibly a long, long way from our actually seeing it. And, an unsettling unintended consequence of Snowden's revelations: will the governments of other countries end up gaining as much or even more access to communications data? Foreign fighters arriving in Syria apparently include a growing number of Westerners. What's going to happen when they come home? And are the concerns of those worrying about this eerily familiar? Finally, a roundup of some of the weekend's strangest gun stories, including a "surprise" ending at a training session for Sheriff Joe Arpaio's volunteer school guard "posse."

Direct download: July_29_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:04pm EDT

We kicked things off with a quick debunking on today's deliberate conservative misreading: the meme that IRS employees oppose Obamacare. Then, a tour through some of the latest writing on the "Obamacare sabotage" strategy undertaken by Republicans. We knew it was there, and knew it was broader than just Obamacare, but these pieces by Brian Beutler and Norm Ornstein ring true and they're as good a way to head into the weekend as any. Next: David Corn's revelation of the conservative "Groundswell" group, the closed-circuit wingnut circus fighting its self-declared bazillionty front war against everything to the infinity plus infinity power. Special Friday treat: in and out of character, with Twitter fave @RepJackKimble!

Direct download: July_26_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:24pm EDT

Greg Dworkin's round-up included the "Carlos Danger" name generator, the Amash-Conyers amendment, and how Steve King's racism continues to damage the Republican brand. We read and tried to figure out the background story of Laura Clawson's post about the Ohio woman who had all her belongings stolen by a bank that got the wrong address on an eviction. Then, a deep dive into the moving parts of the Amash-Conyers result. What does it mean? Can we really tell why it got the votes it got, and can it be expected to get a stronger vote next time? Will there even be a next time? Was there really a connection between reining in the NSA and closing Guantanamo? What would have happened had it passed? Lastly, though we attempted to move back to "The Last Days of Big Law" with Armando on hand for the discussion, we wandered instead into the universality of the money chase and the MBA-ization of the "learned professions."

Direct download: July_25_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:38pm EDT

Greg Dworkin rounds up the latest Nate Silver discussions: math skills, yes, but it's also the writing. Also, a new NBC/WSJ poll shows views of race relations have taken a serious hit of late. Next, the suddenly exploding story of gonzo gun nut police chief Mark Kessler, with Alex Seitz-Wald, who looks this whackadoodle in today's Salon. Lots to marvel over in that story, and the larger effect of blurring the lines around gun issues across the country. Finally, we start reading & commenting on Noam Scheiber's "The Last Days of Big Law."

Direct download: July_24_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:21pm EDT

All the cool kids are doing it, so we engage in some early-morning idle Royal Baby chat. But Greg Dworkin quickly puts us back on track with his roundup discussion of how the right-wing media machine actively misreads Barack Obama's record as a state senator to portray him as a hypocrite on Republican-favored shoot first laws. But misunderstanding "shoot first" does more than just gin up stories for political purposes, it has real world consequences when actual gun owners venture out on the limbs their supposed "thought leaders" told them would support their weight. Greg also brought up Nate Silver's move from the NYT to ABC/ESPN, and the upset he apparently caused in the Times newsroom. Afterwards: that skewed Obamacare premiums claim Indiana Republicans were making, and why it was garbage; Ed Kilgore's "Uh, Yeah, This Is a Different GOP"; Jonathan Chait's "Anarchists of the House"; Greg Sargent's "Republicans' dilemma: how aggressively should they sabotage Obamacare?" and The Hill's "GOP to constituents: Questions of ObamaCare? Call Obama." Then, "how Goldman Sachs is making your beer more expensive" and a WSJ story on the U.S. Marshals losing track of millions of dollars worth of encrypted radios. Finally, a wrap-up moment: how "warrior cops," cheap tech and privatization combine to erase the unwritten checks and balances against the expansion of government power.

Direct download: July_23_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:42pm EDT

Made it through the whole show without the threatened appliance-related interruption! Greg Dworkin rounded up a few choice stories, going in depth with a doc's-eye view of Medicare payment changes on tap under the ACA, and alerting us to his long-awaited interview on American gun safety issues, on Australian "60 Minutes." After some royal baby babbling, we note some amazing stats from a Harvard study on gun violence, especially where it comes to differences in the impact of guns on women in states with high rates of gun ownership, versus those with low rates. Also: is Walterboro, SC the new capital of #GunFAIL-per-capita? Next, discussion of Radley Balko's WSJ article, excerpted from his book, "Rise of the Warrior Cop." Did WSJ not want any discussion of the role of militarized police in suppressing mass political dissent? Finally, the Detroit bankruptcy, starting with a background piece by David Dayen from back in March, "How Deadbeat Banks Pushed Detroit to the Brink."

Direct download: July_22_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:12pm EDT

A tab-clearing Friday show, with a nice sampling of headlines. So here's one gigantic run-on sentence about what they were: that Politico list; Snowden; the nuclear option fight, deal, and schisms in the Gop ranks; still more post-nuclear executive nomination threats; more grifting from Bob McDonnell & his wife; some observations on an interesting delayed college tuition plan proposed in Ohio; an underreported incident of #GunFAIL (of a sort) right in front of the White House; Robert Reich on "Why We Should Stop Subsidizing Sky-High CEO Pay"; ACLU on license plate tracking, and how cheap data storage might mean we need to rethink what privacy actually entails; the latest on stalky Utah gun dude Clark Aposhian, and the problem with drawing good guy/bad guy lines; Cate Long at Reuters notes a NYT Dealbook blog post with a remarkable built-in conflict of interest on public-private partnerships, coincidentally, one which siphons off billions from taxpayers leveraging the ability to computerize law enforcement functions, with implications for our earlier discussion on the nature of privacy.

Direct download: July_19_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:08pm EDT

Greg Dworkin brought a full smorgasbord (smörgåsbord!) of Abbreviated Pundit Roundup items, including Tom Edsall's latest, the Republican Senate rift over the nuclear option deal, the Republican rift over Liz Cheney's Senate bid, Lewis Black firing back at Rick Perry, and more. A couple of crazy (but maybe no crazier than usual) gun incidents illustrate yet more Wild West mentality, as opposed to the recitation of the armed society/polite society myth we're usually handed. That took us into the continued reading of the Brookings essay on the Sandy Hook Promise activists. During the second hour of the show, Ian Reifowitz joined us for another wide-ranging discussion, touching on his writing on the evolution of a progressive national identity, fallout from the Zimmerman trial, the prosperity gospel, and just a wee bit more philosophy, psychiatry and theology than you normally hear on morning radio!

Direct download: July_18_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:53pm EDT

Greg Dworkin gives us some analysis of the big morning news on plummeting health care coverage premiums approved for the New York market beginning next year, and rounds up the reactions to "Nuclear Tuesday," Jenny McCarthy, and more. Then, some post-game analysis on the nuclear option game, what it means going forward, and why a Wall Street Journal weep-itorial on the subject is cramped in its thinking and basically completely stupid. Next, the first half of that long-promised Brookings essay on Sandy Hook Promise. And in the last few minutes, a look ahead at what we'll try to get to during the balance of the week. You know, that stuff you've been talking about amongst yourselves!

Direct download: July_17_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:52am EDT

The nuclear option came and went during the course of today's show, so we set that up, and then explain it away. Greg Dworkin joined in with a round-up of the day's stories, including the nuclear option drama, the thief caught in Michele Bachmann's office, more Zimmerman/Martin fallout (including "Juror B37"), elected Republicans ignoring popular sentiment in favor of doing the bidding of wingnut funders, and Jenny McCarthy's move to ABC's "The View," and a little more about the Brookings essay, "The Promise." Armando joins us again to discuss the fight over whether Florida's shoot first law did or didn't have anything to do with the outcome of the trial, and then to set up the nuclear option story, which actually resolved itself before we even finished the show. Finally, maybe a hint of a discussion to come, on--believe it or not--Jennifer Lopez's habit of putting on private shows for dictators, crooks and oligarchs. We'll try and make it "deep." Promise!

Direct download: July_16_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:48pm EDT

A delayed start today, but lots of input today from Greg Dworkin, Armando and Meteor Blades, once the tech kinks were ironed out! Greg tipped us off to the Brookings essay, "The Promise: The Families of Sandy Hook and the Long Road to Gun Safety," which we'll have to give a closer look to. But we ended up giving over most of the day to the aftermath of the George Zimmerman trial and the killing of Trayvon Martin, with Tim and Armando, and we went everywhere. The state of the legal system, the nature of these "shoot first" laws, the militarized response to even non-violent mass public reaction, and more. Toward the end of the show, we added a round up of  more "nuclear option" details in advance of tomorrow's expected trigger: cloture votes on blocked executive branch nominees, and set the table for further discussion of the ongoing Snowden/NSA affair.

Direct download: July_15_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:40pm EDT

Couldn't avoid starting out with the Sharknado this morning, but we got a little more on-topic, eventually. Monte Frank of Team 26 joined us this morning to update us on their latest activities and their plan heading into the late summer and fall. We also read where4art's e-mail on Eliot Spitzer's bid for Comptroller of NYC. And finally, the moment we've all been waiting for: the big, final installment on the exposition on the nuclear option. All the parliamentary maneuvering that went into perfecting the procedure. How it got derailed over and over before striking paydirt in 1975. Where had Senate reform gone wrong in a way that enabled today's silent filibusters, and how did that make exercising the constitutional option that much more complicated. Which Senator who today says he opposes the procedure actually voted for it (in a big way) in 1975? And which Senator who says he opposes it now voted for it (in a smaller way) in 2011? All this and more in today's show, plus a bonus hour not heard during the live stream, but which contains all the good stuff!

Direct download: July_12_2013_complete.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 3:23pm EDT

Lots of nuclear option background and discussion today. Greg Dworkin called in to discuss Eliot Spitzer's run, Bob McDonnell's problems, Snowden/NSA, and more. Afterwards, a crazy GunFAIL story, a discussion of the provocative BusinessWeek "Hedge Fund Myth" cover and just what that myth might really be. We close out the show with at least some of the promised extensive discussion of the looming "nuclear option," and some #KITM only-level detail about what's going on, and what's driving the internal debate.

Direct download: July_11_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:07pm EDT

Greg Dworkin rounds up a sampling of headlines for us: the Canadian train derailment, doctors speaking out against the wave of abortion restrictions being pushed by Republicans in state after state, Adam Kokesh's arrest, and a new Q-Poll reflecting a big shift in public perceptions of Snowden and the liberty/security balance in general. In other news, apparently cloture votes are down in the 113th Congress. But doesn't Senate gridlock seem to be getting worse? Can both be happening at once? Absolutely. How? Listen & find out. Armando jumped in to help out with some interesting stories & talking points, and we get all philosophical about the nature of crime, graft, constitutional rights, and more. A good exercise in knocking the issues of the day slightly off-axis and looking at them from a different angle.

Direct download: July_10_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:19pm EDT

Bit of an unusual show this morning. Less obviously political in its focus, though we start out by discussing the spectacle of Eliot Spitzer's attempt to reenter electoral politics, and the strange dynamics of scandal as it applies to Dems versus Republicans, and those who manage to win anyway versus those who don't. Well, history is written by the winners. That's always been true. Greg Dworkin picks up the conversation, and adds news from Oregon's scrapping of its proposed logo (logo? what?) for legalized cannabis products, the Canadian train derailment and explosion, and the conservative push to smother the immigration bill in the House. So, for a change of pace, I continued with the discussion of the wacky uptown vs. downtown Manhattan article, and the weird web of connections I found when I did just a little bit of looking behind the names named in the write-up. Amazing how the other half -- or rather, 1% of the 1% -- lives.

Direct download: July_9_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:58pm EDT

We're back on the air live, and scrambling to catch up on events! But not so much that we avoid heading down the unexpected side alleys that make the show... interesting. There's the continuing Snowden/NSA saga, for starters. Greg Dworkin joined in for the discussion of developments in Egypt, the San Francisco airliner crash, Eliot Spitzer's reentry to electoral politics, Wimbledon, insurers rejecting the "arm the teachers" plan and more. After some discussion of the Bolivian president interlude, Armando called in to elicit some vacation talk, which strangely enough led to explorations of the history (and currency, so to speak) of piracy, and its relationship to the lifestyle gaps (both then and now) between the 99% and the 1%. Wait, what? Well, you'll just have to listen in to follow along.

Direct download: July_8_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:47am EDT

The holiday week's last "encore performance" includes coverage of Romney's Hamptons fundraisers, where wacko rich people delighted in screaming from their luxury vehicles about how special they were, and how much they hated poor people. Greg Dworkin discusses polling on the swing state ad wars. We run down the exciting post-July 4th recess Congressional agenda (doomed Obamacare repeal bills in the House & cloture votes on whether or not to end debate on beginning debate on jobs bills in the Senate) and discuss the Supreme Court's then-recent ruling in a prominent labor law case (Knox v SEIU). Finally, some political theory speculation on the origin of voting, and why doing your part in casting your vote is important.

Direct download: July_9_2012_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:09pm EDT

Another "encore performance" kicked off with Derp News from Louisiana, where Gov. Bobby Jindal's private school voucher program apparently caught legislators by surprise when they found out that funding religious schools also meant funding Muslim schools. Greg Dworkin rounded up jobs report news and presidential election polling. Then, more about Mitt Romney's weird offshore tax shelters. And a shocking story about privatized probation and fine-levying in Alabama. (Remember when we were saying with regard to surveillance that at least private companies can't arrest you? Hmm!) That led to a wider discussion of prison privatization and how it unbalances what might be described as one of the unenumerated checks and balances on state power. Later, Steve Singiser joined in for his first appearance on the air, discussing the June jobs data, and the Tea Party-driven implosion in Republican Senate primaries. Returning to the private probation story, we connected the spread of such schemes, once again, to ALEC. And the proliferation of fees and fines, once again, to the burgeoning rent-seeking culture. And hey, what about these rent-seeking municipal bond hucksters? And why is the South, in particular, so prone to these schemes?

Direct download: July_6_2012_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 9:30am EDT

Another "encore performance" from this time last year. Greg Dworkin rounds up the early summer presidential polling, and talks about why Rassmussen's so weird. Topics of the day: Romney's vacation (and his review of the local lemonade--remember "lemon, wet, good"?); Romney's response to the ACA ruling; the mental gymnastics of anti-tax activists; Romney's offshore tax havens; conservatives and the prosperity gospel; Romney as gaffe machine; the myth of the wealthy "job creator" and carried interest. Armando called in to talk over some of the long-range plans for Daily Kos Radio (not all of which have come to pass). We wrapped up with stories about super-jerk former Reps. Joe Walsh and Thad McCotter and still super-jerk Rep. Bill Young.

Direct download: _July_5_2012_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 9:30am EDT

Another "encore performance" from a year ago, our first show back on the air after the late-June Derecho storm. Greg Dworkin brought us the first round of polling following the Supreme Court's ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act, as well as the first of the early summer polling indicating that the strategy of focusing on Bain Capital was in fact resonating with the electorate, even after the Ed Rendells and Cory Bookers of the world had tried to warn Dems off from it. Meteor Blades also makes an appearance, discussing his efforts to boost voter turnout and fight voter suppression in the American Indian community. In the second hour of the show, we turned to the emerging Romney stories regarding Bain Capital and his offshore tax haven accounts. Armando joined in as well, on the Republican governorns then threatening to fight post-ACA Medicare expansion, the historical paradox of the Tea Party being named for anti-corporate activism, Mitt Romney's Lake Winnipesaukee vacation, the upcoming London Olympics and more.

Direct download: July_3_2012_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 9:30am EDT

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