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Greg Dworkin's back again, and rounding up news on flu vaccinations, the NYC mayoral race, Syria, and... hummingbirds. Charles Pierce catches eyes with yet more "Snowden Effect," this time sparking debate on the size and scope of intelligence operations funded by the so-called "black budget." We had to retrace Pierce's steps a little by reading the WaPo's reporting on the budget documents "obtained" (note the language) from Snowden. We also looked at Jack Goldsmith's latest at Lawfare, on the question of intervention in Syria, especially now that the British Parliament has registered its disapproval. Next, an extended visit with NYC City Council candidate and fellow netroots traveler Debra Cooper. Reminder: that Dem primary is coming up fast! September 10th, to be exact. Finally, a quick note to point to the coverage from TPM Muckracker for fuller (and even nuanced) coverage of the revelation that Arkansas state senator Jeremy Hutchinson (R) did indeed mistakenly "shoot" a "teacher" during a controlled active-shooter drill.

Direct download: August_30_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:56am EST

Fascinating historical background for today's 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, from Chris Geidner at BuzzFeed: "The Idea For A March On Washington Began in December 1940." A great lesson in FDR's "make me do it" style, as well as a reminder that, yes, things can take time. We explore that theme, along with listener comments, in the context of other reform fights, including the considerably more insidery game of filibuster reform. Paul Buchheit's "Eight Ways Privatization Has Failed America." And TNR reports "Finally, a Dictator Does Something Lanny Davis Cannot Tolerate." That thing, of course, is failing to pay him.

Direct download: August_28_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:18pm EST

"Kinetic military action" looms in Syria, and something happened with Miley Cyrus. A collection of six stories about sitting and/or former Members of Congress killed in accidental shootings. A standoff between an Arizona Minutemen militia and Joe Arpaio deputies. No one could ever have predicted this. The Washington Times finds a new angle on the guy who sneezed & shot himself. Baffled by the seizure of the weapon in question, their intrepid journalist is forced to throw up her hands in despair. There is no way to get to the bottom of this one! Not even for a former Robert Novak journalism fellow at the Phillips Foundation. What's that, you ask? Well, let's talk about the right wing political/financial/anti-government panic machine and how it makes its money. Hunter fills us in about the anti-vaccination church in Texas that mysteriously suffered from an outbreak of measles. Despite Antoinette Tuff's unarmed heroics in Atlanta (and the counter-examples of the TWO accidental discharges by school security officers in the last week), that school's principal still thinks the answer is armed guards. NY's AG sues to end the fraud of "Trump University." Phyllis Schlafly accidentally owns up to the voter suppression goal of shutting down early voting. Tom Coburn rediscovers his crazybones, hitching the Obamacare defunding wagon to the debt ceiling star.

Direct download: August_27_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:24pm EST

Greg Dworkin rounds up the overwhelming number of underwhelming primary challengers Lindsey Graham has drawn, EJ Dionne's "Armageddon Caucus," and the addition of Newtown's leading names to the effort to get Starbucks to change its gun policy. Greg's segment raised the question of where to draw the line between stubborn obstructionism and patient movement building. Today's unbelievably wacky GunFAIL story: an elderly man who sneezed so hard he shot himself. The abstract of a 1998 research paper tells us the relative odds of unintended (and bad) outcomes from keeping a gun at home, versus the intended, self-defense outcome. And it's not good. Which is probably why the NRA worked so hard to ban such research. Speaking, as we were earlier, of long-term fights, Justice Ginsburg opens up about conservative judicial activism on the Supreme Court. A whole bunch of new top level domains are scheduled to come online soon, and totally ruin the Internet. The Guardian reports that the NSA paid millions to tech companies to cover the costs of PRISM compliance. And a WSJ blog reports that NSA operatives were spying on ex-wives, love interests and the like. Great! And FDL says Jeffrey Toobin's a bit of a hypocrite in his screeching about Snowden.

Direct download: August_26_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:38pm EST

It's Friday in August, which makes it a slow news day. Luckily, we can squeeze a conversation out of anything. Greg Dworkin found what news there was, noting that once again Republican-driven headlines are about trainwreck Obamacare/shutdown politics. He also tapped the Wayback Machine for poignant reminders from the "old days" of the fights we once had over pseudonymity (versus the actual content of what people were saying). Did ESPN drop a partnership with Frontline to investigate head injuries in the NFL? Was journalism being committed here? And would ESPN be any more guilty in playing games with it than the "news" side of the company, over at ABC? Or anywhere else in the "traditional media," for that matter? Other stories: TX LG David Dewhurst tries to strong arm a local police department to release a relative allegedly caught shoplifting. An Arkansas private school arms its staff, and taunts would-be attackers with signage. Las Vegas police bust a "sovereign citizens" plot to kidnap & kill local cops. Horace Boothroyd III's diary on the judge suing the NYPD over an assault to prevent him from intervening in a beating delivered to a handcuffed homeless man. Lawsuit. Murder. See? Both sides are the same! Speaking of which, we close it out with Alex Seitz-Wald's Salon piece on that very subject.

Direct download: August_23_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:37pm EST

Right out of the box with a GunFAIL note this morning: the safety instructor who accidentally shot a student the other day has another accidental shooting in his past. Greg Dworkin gives us his round-up on Maureen Dowd's latest screw-up, a doc's perspective on "the best health care system in the world," and Atlanta school hero Antoinette Tuff. A new documentary is out about Lizz Winstead's heroic (really) national comedy tour in support of Planned Parenthood. Leave it to Republicans to simultaneously concern troll about "government intrusion" even as they insist on drug-testing food stamp recipients. Lynn Cheney steps in it with the Wyoming authorities & gets busted for her bogus fishing license application. Louisiana Republicans tell pollsters they blame Obama for Katrina response. Emptywheel follows up on yesterday's news that Qwest actually did cooperate with NSA spying after all. RH Reality Check rounds up the actual facts about state regulation of abortion, and--surprise!--the reality doesn't fit the Republican narrative. Cayman Islands agrees to help the U.S. hunt down tax cheats, closing the window on our privateering project.

Direct download: August_22_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:28pm EST

Why not start the day by ribbing Ted Cruz & his base with birtherism and conspiracy theory? Because liberty! Joan McCarter joins in the fun, and reminds us that Cruz is still going full steam ahead on his government shutdown scheme. Also: Rick Perry negotiating for federal health care funds; filibuster nonsense and the nuclear option; WSJ's report that the government's capturing about 75% of web traffic; a heads-up on the return of zombie SOPA/PIPA. Next, a double dose of BuzzFeed, first on the NRA's massive database of gun owners, and then on No Labels as a whitewash operation. Finally, a very clever WalMart protest hits Walton heir & CEO for what's essentially his taxpayer-funded hobby: racing his collection of sports cars.

Direct download: August_21_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:03pm EST

Greg Dworkin's abbreviated round-up focused on the continuing march into the Republican civil war, and how it's playing in 2014 Senate and gubernatorial races, and of course, 2016. A little news of the weird to kick things off: fellow Kossack and KITM listener RobertRBest tips us off to the CNN story about an EMT who treated a heart attack victim, while having a heart attack himself! Next, the story of the shutdown of the legal analysis blog Groklaw. Or more specifically, the difference between the way The Guardian treated it and the way Business Insider treated it. Way weird. Then, Jeffrey Toobin's latest litany of complaints about Snowden. There are no winners here, folks. I've never wanted out of the debate more. Kevin Drum's getting fed up with it, too. After that, we meander through what amounts (in hindsight) to a political/historical justification of my television watching habits. And later, with observations from GideonAB, we throw Harry Reid and the Congressional Democratic leadership into the mix. But I hope it's actually more interesting than it sounds on "paper"! At least there's a hat tip to College Humor in it, anyway. Next, a tip via Daily Kos message center from oSivan on an unreported GunFAIL incident out of Iowa, and the very much reported story of an AR-15 owner in Tennessee who somehow burned his house down and killed himself and his son with an accidental discharge. Wrapping up: PPP polling on background check popularity in AR, TN & GA.

Direct download: August_20_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:41pm EST

Another day of summer hours, with a slightly delayed start today. But that won't matter to you, the podcast listener! Except insofar as we all lose out on 15 minutes of show time. Aww! Anyway, we came straight out of the gate with the David Miranda/Glenn Greenwald story, about which we got a few comments in from Armando, as his connection permitted. Lots to talk about in this story, and we'll no doubt return to it in the week to come. Then a quick diversion to the story of Yelp! joining ALEC, and the origins (to which I'll lay partial claim) of the campaign to review ALEC on Yelp! (Exclamation point!) The coolest part, though, is that this thing really took off behind a push from fellow Kossack and Maine State Representative Diane Russell (aka MissWrite). We then return once again to gun talk, thanks to Brian Beutler's Salon fascinating and very personal piece at Salon, "What I learned from getting shot." Which turns out to be quite a lot, which gives us a lot of directions to explore coming out of the reading. Next, some of the hidden costs and long-term impacts of #GunFAIL, especially as illustrated by the story of a man injured in a gun-cleaning accident that ended up leading in a roundabout but traceable way to his arraignment on child abuse charges. Chris Christie reverses himself and vetoes a sniper rifle ban he himself suggested be passed. A not-exactly-GunFAIL story out of the world of Canadian rodeo that falls into the sarcastic "no one could have predicted it" category. And a look ahead at stories we'll forget to cover in the week ahead!

Direct download: August_19_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:57am EST

Top talk of the day: new(-ish) revelations about NSA overreach. And that figures into Greg Dworkin's round-up, along with the hilarious Jennifer Rubin story and Chris Christie's continued tip-toe toward his 2016 bid. We're then joined by Monte Frank of Team 26 for an update on the activities of the coalition of gun responsibility activists, the post-12/14 spike in permitting and gun sales, legal challenges to Connecticut's new gun laws, international views of gun issues, and plans to follow up with an investment group that had once promised to divest from gun-makers. Armando joined in later for discussion of the NSA stories of the day, we look under the hood from several different angles, sharpen his points about the need for stricter scrutiny and particularization by the FISC, and look back at the history of similar revelations over the years.

Direct download: August_16_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:34pm EST