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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 EDT

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 EDT

"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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

Greg Dworkin's round-up: Larry Sabato's early presidential bid rankings vs. Richard Viguerie's straw poll; Rubio's apparent collapse; Obama addresses Egypt. And despite Greg's prediciton on his comments being correct, Republicans busied themselves on Twitter pretending it wasn't. A brief GunFAIL update. Armando joined in for more discussion, albeit a little too late, of Cory Booker's relationship with his tech startup, the Washington Post sale, our interview of former Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and our planned expansion into video, and some rambling on Egypt, foreign policy, and the projection of military power. A weird story about AOL CEO Tim Armstrong (and Patch.com founder) firing an employee during a conference call. Just a brief mention of the story about the CIA having spied on Noam Chomsky back in the day, and Snowden's claims that the NSA similarly monitored journalists post-9/11. Finally, Gizmodo's story on Google's court filing insisting that e-mail users have no reasonable expectation of privacy in it. And they're probably right.

Direct download: August_15_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:42pm EDT

We're back up on the live stream, though not all the live listening platforms have caught up with our new URL just yet. That'll all get straightened out in the next day or so, but there's always the podcast! Greg Dworkin's round-up included the new Q-Poll on the NYC mayoral race, Richard Cohen's Hillary complaining, early 2016 polling issues, CJR on false equivalency reporting, Starbucks & guns, and Obamacare implementation delays. Speaking of which, we turn to Steve Benen at the Maddow Blog for an explanation of the Republican-manufactured "Congress is 'exempt' from Obamacare" failed stunt and talking point. And that led nicely into our weekly visit with Joan McCarter, during which we covered the multiple ways in which Republicans continue to spew nonsense about everything. Joan's round-up included the delay of the out-of-pocket costs cap rule, Heritage Action's poll insisting that an Obamacare-inspired government shutdown is a winning issue, Mitch McConnell's brave stance taking no position on that possible shutdown, abortion protesters want clinics shut down because they attract crazy abortion protesters with guns, Republicans target their own with food stamps cuts, and more outrageous compensation for yet another consultant working the Detroit bankruptcy. Then, Yelp! joins ALEC! (!) And finally, my quest for the worst article ever written is over. Examiner.com, the outfit that tried to "unskew" 2012 polling, has published a piece trying to unskew coverage of that gun-safety-instructor-who-accidentally-shot-a-student story. Caution: your brain might try to escape and possibly kill itself while reading this article.

Direct download: August_14_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:53pm EDT

Seems the data center that handles the live stream is being moved, so it's podcast-only once again. And too bad, too, because we got a glowing tribute from Bill in Portland Maine in his morning Cheers & Jeers post, marking the two-year anniversary of Daily Kos Radio! Without Greg on hand this morning, we read through Georgia's Abbreviated Pundit Roundup, noting today's top headlines, with particular emphasis on the NSA oversight and reform story. Next, excessive levels of Teh Crazee necessitated an extended GunFAIL roundup. Also: should we stop feeding Gop trolls on birtherism? NYT's Q&A with Snowden. Finally, an Investing Daily piece from back in June that once again raises questions about the privatization of national security, once considered a "core function" of government, which leads to a surprise (to me) conclusion about the involvement of private equity in the already too-convoluted picture.

Direct download: August_13_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:15pm EDT

Technical difficulties kept us off the live stream today, but you can't stop the podcast! Our delayed start meant we jumped right into the morning roundup with Greg Dworkin, who brought us stories about partisan divides in dating, Anthony Weiner's poll numbers bottoming out, a slight dip in alignment with the Tea Party among Republicans, and special note about the award of a Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing to the Connecticut Post's Hugh Bailey. Other top news of the day: NYC's stop-and-frisk policies take a hit in court; Attorney General Holder's anticipated announcement of DOJ actions to rein in the impact of inflexible mandatory minimum sentencing in drug cases; the internal divide on spending cut mania among House Republicans; Harry Reid hints at another filibuster showdown, this time over judges; Cory Booker loses an interesting and, let's say, unusual advisor to his tech start-up; Forbes coverage of the closure of privacy-oriented e-mail provider (and Edward Snowden favorite) Lavabit; Jack Goldsmith predicts the expansion of NSA surveillance, but also a parallel expansion of checks and oversight. Will it matter?

Direct download: August_12_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:07pm EDT

Is it Festivus yet? Because it was time for the airing of the grievances, apparently. A Glenn Greenwald tweet points to yesterday's NYT editorial "Breaking Through Limits on Spying," noting that it should be read by "the 'NSA-reveres-the-law' crowd," which reminds me to revisit his often-mentioned (by me) "cartoon super villain" post from July 2006. Ah! I feel better now. Carry on, everyone! Following up on some of the tangential points mentioned in that discussion (and yesterday, by Armando), McClatchy's reporting from last month on the former CIA employee who actually did get prosecuted in Italy on an "extraordinary rendition" case. We also revisit an unexplored tangent from the Louisiana sinkhole disaster, namely Desmogblog's reporting on alleged EPA election time "censorship" of its own fracking water contamination report. Finally, acting on a tip from @gnarlytrombone, we read noise of rain's May 12th diary, "WI's Overpass Light Brigade, the Law and Building a Movement," as a counterexample to the gun rights movement's seeming monopoly on the ability to conduct and win street-level litigation of civil rights directly with the cops.

Direct download: August_9_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:17pm EDT

A little bit of #GunFAIL news to start the morning, beginning with this summer's fourth child accidentally shot by a family member in East Centeral Indiana. Why East Central Indiana? No particular reason, other than that they seem to have the guns around. But that's just one of the patters that's emerged in the reporting. Since mid-June, four kids ages 13 and under have been accidentally shot by family members, three of whom have died. The most recent of them, it was reported, came from a family that "practiced gun safety." Which led to a discussion of other recent cases of kids accidentally shot and killed whose families likewise "practiced gun safety." It happens. The bulk of the show, however--in fact, the entirety of the rest of the show--was given over to continuing discussion of the Snowden/NSA saga. Armando joins in for a bit as we finished up the reading of Jay Rosen's "Toobin principle" piece, and relied on other concurrent discussions, including a NYT piece on a super-cheap surveillance device built by a security researcher that basically erases whatever's left of your "reasonable expectation of privacy" in your electronic communications, to take a deep dive into some of what's wrong with our surveillance regime and what might be our misplaced faith in the system's ability to address abuses.

Direct download: August_8_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:33am EDT

Greg Dworkin's round-up: WaPo sale, Twitter expands the conversation, "The Tea Party's Path to Irrelevance," National Geographic on "daylighting" of urban rivers. That reminds me to take a look at Tim Murphy's MoJo piece, "Meet the Town That's Being Swallowed by a Sinkhole." Next, Joan McCarter joins us for a look at what's happening and what's to come on the Daily Kos front page, and we talked about Idaho's wildfire season (and the plight of the "Smokejumpers"), upcoming coverage of the Romney speech, the possibility of a government shutdown showdown, Obama's Leno appearance, Liz Cheney's carpetbagging, the latest terrorist threats and how they were uncovered. Also: the latest on crazy cop Mark Kessler. Finally, the start of what'll be a continuing discussion of what Jay Rosen called "The Toobin principle," the web of precepts, principles and contradictions inherent in the national security versus free society debate.

Direct download: August_7_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:31pm EDT

Everybody's talking about the purchase of The Washington Post by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos. Greg Dworkin's round-up included several angles on that story, 3D key printing, polling on the GA-SEN race, and latter day discoveries and/or rejections of Twitter and the power of social media by traditional media reporters. Here we go, again! More on the sale of the WaPo: the Wall Street Journal notes that it comes with an overfunded pension fund. Well! Wouldn't that make for some interesting reporting on the subject of pension theft, if their pensions were stolen? Doubling back to yesterday's "secret hold" discussion, the missing piece of the background to that: the story that explains why we needed to talk about the continuing existence of secret holds. Specifically, a hold placed by a Republican Senator on a bill that would require getting a warrant before accessing email communications. Jason Stanford's post, "Kafka in Texas," and Gavin Aronsen's MoJo piece noting certain disparities in the way local law enforcement defines "threats" posed by non-violent political speech and activism. And in the case of the latter article, trumps those threats up for cash and toys. Then, a return to Reuters' story on law enforcement's routine use and covering up of tips from the DEA's "Special Operations Division."

Direct download: August_6_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:33pm EDT

We just had to give some attention to the hot chatter of the morning, what we'll call Slampiece Ventures, the hedge fund by and for Dude Bros. Want to destroy your work ethic? These gents can do it. Greg Dworkin's round-up included the new "Thermometer" Q Poll, measuring the political "hotness" of major national figures. This may be your first and last chance to say that Chris Christie is the hottest politician in American. Also: early reads on the 2016 Gop field, the all-too-focused-and-therefore-mostly-unknown campaign of Bill De Blasio for NYC Mayor, and a gentle reminder that yes, Mitch McConnell really is still favored to retain that KY-SEN seat. Afterwards, a brief discussion of something someone nutty said on Twitter over the weekend! In this case, one "GOPBlackChick," insisting that you never hear white people talking about "white pride." Don't Google that, ma'am! You're going to be so disappointed by what you see. Armando joins in on this one, and moves the conversation over to Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz along the way. Hunter takes on Ken Cuccinelli's corruption. Josh Horwitz's HuffPo piece on gun nut police chief Mark Kessler, "The Town the Militia Took Over." The growing problem of "forgotten" guns seized by the TSA. Remember when the Senate "got rid of" anonymous holds? Finally, the emerging bombshell of how the intelligence community has allegedly been laundering intercepted communications for non-terrorism/national security-related prosecutions.

Direct download: August_5_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:49pm EDT

Oh boy, I'll bet the kids just can't wait to burn fake Obamacare cards! It's way better than video games! Greg Dworkin gave us his headline round-up, and previewed his upcoming Sunday Kos piece, "Libertarian populism and the battle for the Perot vote." So, what stories did we discuss today? Sahil Kapur's entry at TPMDC, "GOP Telegraphs Mass Filibuster Of Obama's Top Judges." The AP's report that an opinion of the Arkansas Attorney General will block Clarksville, AR's plan to arm teachers and staff. Norm Ornstein's latest on Gop intransigence, "Boehner's Passive-Aggressive Style Heightens Risk of Government Shutdown." John Aravosis' coverage at Americablog of the craziness of anti-gay sentiment in Russia and how it's coming to impact their hosting of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Catching up on the partially-debunked but still unsettling "pressure cooker & backpack" Googling story. And finally, Henry Blodget's provocatively-titled, "Hate To Say It, But If Companies Don't Start Paying People Better, We May Need Unions."

Direct download: August_2_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:24pm EDT

Breaking news for the top of our show today: In a perfect storm of accidental injury statistics, a 7-year-old girl was accidentally shot while swimming! Greg Dworkin gave us his round-up, including the procedural drama surrounding the confirmation (finally!) of an ATF Director, The Hill's "50 Most Beautiful" list triggers a Sports Illustrated curse, the continuing intra-"party" (if you can still call it that) Republican feud, and the search for the origins of Green Lanternism. And in the first of what will become regular weekly appearances, Joan McCarter joined in to discuss yesterday's Senate follies, upcoming filibuster fights, the collapse of the appropriations process (and all Republican conference leadership) in the House, the crappy student loan "fix" bill, and the continuing tensions on NSA policy between Intelligence and Judiciary committee Senators. Also, Tim Murphy's Mother Jones piece, "Fox News' Neil Cavuto Doesn't Know How Inflation Works," and "How Vice Hacked Google Glass To Tell Crisis Stories."

Direct download: August_1_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:34pm EDT