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Last day before the latest government shutdown deadline. We round up the stories, and explain the process and procedure. Greg Dworkin reports on the shutdown polling (where the questions are getting quite pointed!), and the rollout of the expected "both sides are equally to blame" meme, despite the whole thing being driven by the Gop's own civil war. Later: the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's blistering editorial, taking Missouri's Congressional Republicans to task for their callous politics and reckless hostage taking. The NYT's in-depth look at "Children and Guns: The Hidden Toll." How much impact has #GunFAIL had? Armando asks whether mandatory gun insurance holds any promise. "Lazy Beltway media infuriatingly blows debt limit 'coverage.'" Almost, but not quite: one blog argues Obama will be telling the Gop their debt ceiling demands are unconstitutional. "Is Newt Fronting for a Dubious PAC?" asks Mother Jones. The answer, as always, is yes. It's. What. He. Does.

Direct download: September_30_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:26pm EST

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear lays out why his state needs Obamacare in a NYT opinion column. Basically, Republicans prefer that the poor camp out at racetrack parking lots for a week at a time in the hopes that someone will pull a tooth for them for free. Democrats have given people a fair shot at being able to pay for the privilege of receiving their medical care indoors and at regular intervals, but Republicans say repeal it or they'll destroy the world economy. Yet our country is supposedly "closely divided" on the issue? Hmm. OK. Greg Dworkin rounds up more news from the ACA rollout front, the looming shutdown, local coverage of these events, and more. Doctor Who asks for (and gets) a run-down of the mechanics of this morning's Senate votes, plus a look at what might be rattling around in Boehner's head. Today's reads: "GOP's incompetence is a godsend for America." More on the 401(k) disaster, followed by listener Bruce McF's Tweeted observations on the subject (which, luckily for me, he clarifies in comments). "The House's debt-ceiling bill is...wow." "No, the Navy Yard Mass Shooter Did Not Target a 'Gun-Free Zone." "Wall St. to GOP: Are you nuts?" "Hundreds of U.S. security clearances seen falsified." Colorado apartment complex bans guns, then reverses itself. And, for your edification: "Inside The Crooked 'Courthouse Gang' Of Coal Country."

Direct download: September_27_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:22pm EST

A KITM filibuster today! (And it was great.) We unraveled the non-filibuster Cruzapalooza situation, then went right from Greg Dworkin's round-up (ACA polling, Gop civil war skirmishing, WaPo's "How eight lives would be affected by the health law") to Armando's exploration of a possible "Grand Bargain" on the ACA & the sequester, to GideonAB's thoughts linking campaign finance reform, obesity & national security! (Seriously, it worked!)

Direct download: September_26_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:04pm EST

It's all Cruzapalooza in DC today. Greg Dworkin rounds up the chatter on Ted, polling on the shutdown scenario, and the new rates coming out and looking lower than expected. Joan McCarter joined us, and we discussed the very big differences between U.S. Senate filibuster rules, and those Wendy Davis faced in the Texas Senate, plus procedural strategery on the CR and the debt ceiling from this point forward. Other stories: Senate ethics committee dismisses Vitter's complaint. The launch of the ACA exchanges. The stalling of all other legislative business. The ultimate Congressional health care perk: the Office of the Attending Physician. The Church Committee versus the modern NSA. Movement, and another looming crisis, on judicial nominations. Starbucks & guns. The 401(k) train wreck. Fuzz2347's comment on gun insurance.

Direct download: September_25_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:52pm EST

It was pretty much all about shutdown strategery, today. Last week, traditional media reporting on the Cruz-sade was all about "He can't! He won't!" And this week? He can and will. Daily Kos, including our radio programming, is still like getting (a correct) newspaper early. For a change of pace, Greg Dworkin kicked off his round-up with the much-discussed retelling of the H-bomb near-accident over North Carolina in the 1960s, but we ended up back on the continuing Gop civil war (and the fantasy that it will lead to a 3rd party movement). Markos shines a light on Hillary Clinton's nod to the old "common ground"-finding exercise & rolls his eyes. A WSJ editorial laments the state of Ted's Cruz-sade (but gets the terminology wrong--remember when that disqualified you for debate?). Armando calls in and helps game out the various possible outcomes. The Hill notes that the Cruz-sade robs the House of time to respond to the Senate. Helpless Gop Senators don't know what to do about Cruz being a vice chair of the NRSC while undermining incumbents! Will Republicans "win" on spending issues no matter what happens to Obamacare? Jonathan Bernstein's "The Day after Shutdown."

Direct download: September_24_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:26pm EST

Greg Dworkin puts us on track with his Monday roundup. On the international side: Samantha Powers' debut at the UN, Syria, Germany's lessons for American conservatives, and the ongoing terrorist attack in Kenya. Domestically: shutdown strategery, Gop governors making Medicaid expansion decisions as the ACA looms, WaPo's Fred Hiatt counsels patience on gun policy (and to approach it as a public health issue), and Sarah Binder explains the hurdles facing Ted's Cruz-sade to defund Obamacare. We took a close look at Binder's road map, and explained where events may deviate from it, plus where others may have taken a wrong turn in reading it. Jonathan Capehart demonstrates Gop lunacy in four discrete examples. Daily Kos pal We Won points me to Ole Texan's "The Rise and Fall of ALEC Nation," giving us a chance to catch up on their chicanery.

Direct download: September_23_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:03pm EST

House Republicans voted to pass their ACA-defunding CR while we were on the air. Greg Dworkin rounds up Villager attitude, Rand Paul insists Gop is "winning" like Charlie Sheen, and the cratering of Republican self-identification. Today's GunFAIL roundup: open carrier robbed at gunpoint & has his gun stolen; Gilberton, PA gun nut/police chief Mark Kessler is suspended; double-murder road rage shooting by concealed carriers; Arkansas town mayor accidentally shoots out police chief's office window; Idaho gun show that had an accidental shooting earlier in the year is cancelled when insurance costs skyrocket; Longwood U. student accidentally shoots another; Savannah State's armed guards are trained on the job. "How Detroit went broke." Doctor Who asks a procedural question about the CR voting. Outrageous foreclosure story out of Altadena, CA. Made all the payments, but mortgage holder says they sold the house, anyway.

Direct download: September_20_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:16pm EST

Big story of the day: Republicans in disarray! House and Senate Republicans at one another's throats over shutdown strategery. Greg Dworkin reminded us that the Obamacare rollout is nearly at hand. That also means it's peak money-grubbing time for the billion-dollar industry of bilking donations out of grassroots opponents. Note, too, that better access to coverage for mental health care--a topic much in the news just now--is also included. But not so much with dental care. Armando joined us for discussion of the latest controversy swirling around Chuck Todd and his view of a reporter's role in the political arena, and the 3rd Circuit's rejection of New Jersey's bid to open up the legalized sports gambling market. Gilberton, PA gun nut/police chief Mark Kessler faces a disciplinary hearing today. Polk Co., IA settles a suit over a 2009 #GunFAIL incident involving armed cops at a kiddies' event. Are you watching, Lodi, CA? We note the lengthy and enlightening list of corrections made to Radley Balko's "Rise of the Warrior Cop" piece in the WSJ. The astounding Forbes article, "Give Back? Yes, It's Time For The 99% To Give Back To The 1%." Slate's "9 Things Wrong With BuzzFeed's Article About 9 Potential Mass Shootings That Were Stopped by Someone With a Personally Owned Firearm."

Direct download: September_19_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:53pm EST

Post-Navy Yard shooting, day two. Seems we've at least made progress on squashing the counter-productive reflex to insist that it's "too soon" to talk about mass shootings. I wonder if Keith Olbermann ever came around on that? Brian Beutler's "How to silence the NRA." Eric Boehlert's "The Growing Myth of Mass Shootings and 'Gun-Free Zones.'" Joan McCarter called in to help us round up other "hell in a hand basket" news. Simpson and Bowles are attempting to elbow their way back into the headlines. Speaker Boehner has once again lost control of House Republicans, and has had to cave to Teapublicans on the CR. And that chaos has now spread into the Senate, with David Vitter joining Ted Cruz at the head of the crazy parade. Joan lays out how we got here, step-by-step. Republicans claim to have (finally) come up with the "replace" part of "repeal & replace." But it's a secret. My Tom Friedman moment: the guy who came to measure for my new kitchen counters is a Sarah Palin fan who thinks Obama's decision not to immediately attack Syria was terrific. News breaks that the House Republican CR will briefly raise the debt ceiling. The NYT editorial, "The money behind the shutdown crisis." Gin and Tacos blog critiques The Corner, lest anyone think they're making sense on the CR machinations. Jonathan Bernstein's "Five biggest worries heading into the budget showdown." Matthew Cooper's "Navy Yard Shows Fallacy of NRA's 'More Guns' Solution."

Direct download: September_18_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:53pm EST

It's the day after the Navy Yard shootings, which means it's too soon to discuss it. But the frequency of these shootings is eroding the old sensibilities about them. Greg Dworkin rounded up the day's news, including the 2nd anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, Larry Summers' withdrawal from consideration as Fed Chair, new polling on Syria, gun issues following the shooting, and the Johns Hopkins NSA blogging story that Armando & I dispensed with afterward. Armando stays on for discussion on the Navy Yard shooting, a brief GunFAIL update, and then on to some more clarification of The Mysterious Case of Jake Tapper's Twitter Hate. Next, a look at a bizarre take on Syria, "America's Middle East Policy Collapses," the even more bizarre saga of fake Syria expert Elizabeth O'Bagy, and finally the most bizarre story of the day: Michelle Obama promotes drinking more water, so conservatives come out as anti-water.

Direct download: September_17_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:48pm EST