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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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST