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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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

Another brief encounter with technical difficulties today, as we move to a new (and permanent) server. But the show went on, though we missed out on having Greg Dworkin's round-up today. As we went on the air, news was breaking of the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, which will no doubt be redefined as a "gun free zone" by the end of the day. More college campus #GunFAIL. Guess what? Fox News claims of 950+ "dead voters" in South Carolina turn out to be... zero. States that got the most natural disaster aid sent Congress the most climate science deniers. Update on the Lodi, CA SWAT team #GunFAIL incident at the "Little Buckaroos Reading Roundup." Open AR-15 carriers detained on their way to the Appleton, WI Farmers' Market. "Taxpayers Cover Up to 80 Percent of Hospital Gun Violence Costs." "Rise of 401(k)s Hurt More Americans than It Helped." C|Net: "NSA disguised itself as Google to spy, say reports." A weekend kerfuffle wherein we find out Jake Tapper hates me. Oh wells!

Direct download: September_16_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:00pm EDT

After a little multiculturalism chit-chat, Greg Dworkin gave us his round-up, including the Putin op-ed in the NYT, the CO recalls, and Republican shutdown strategery & the Hastert Rule. A brief look at this intriguing find, "Marissa Mayer: 'It's Treason' For Yahoo To Disobey The NSA." Hmm! Salon's "The 1 percent's Ivy League loophole." And a return to and longer look at "How the cult of shareholder value wrecked American business." We tried to squeeze Armando in there for a bit, but the NSA wasn't having it.

Direct download: September_12_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:57pm EDT

9/11 remembrances today. Which for Republicans means Benghazi. Greg Dworkin rounds up the election results in Colorado and NYC, the President's speech, and the polling around the Syria issues. Joan McCarter joined us for more, including the latest on the health care rollout (including the Trader Joe's story), the House Republicans' Obamacare repeal charade & the issues they'll hold hostage to get it, the NSA's nutso approach to intel & evidence gathering, and Scott Brown's new gig (at Evil, Inc., apparently). Also: NSA Director Keith Alexander's wacko Star Trek playroom; "How the cult of shareholder value wrecked American business."

Direct download: September_11_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:51pm EDT

Greg Dworkin rounds up an astounding eight polls on Syria, David C.W. Parker's "Why Democrats Are in Trouble in 2014," the balancing act between governance and politics inside the White House, and the NYC elections. Ken Cuccinelli's conflict of interest in remaining AG during the Virginia governor's race. A clever Republican grifting scheme is uncovered in Wisconsin. Notes from the class war: the two Americas, and even a split within one of the two, as Goldman Sachs pits its ultra-wealthy against the merely well-off. A quick mention of the Pax Dickinson news. A new Van Gogh is discovered. From Think Progress, "Study Suggests Southern Slavery Turns White People Into Republicans 150 Years Later." And (just couldn't help it), that article I was reminded of about Sarah Palin and her "grabby" entourage visiting the Oscars' "gifting suite" back in 2010.

Direct download: September_10_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:43pm EDT

Syria still very much on all our minds today, and as usual we differ from the framing we're being offered by the punditry. Greg Dworkin rounds up the home stretch of the NYC primary elections, the choosing up of sides on Syria among columnists and commentators, how Marco Rubio has written himself out of the script for 2016, and a special call-out for David Jarman's "Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: No, Republicans can't win with white voters alone." After a run-down of headlines of the stories waiting in the wings (including the very intriguing WaPo entry, "Hiding in N. Virginia, a daughter of Auschwitz"), a look at a CNN piece on the new hotness in recreational shooting: exploding targets. From the world of #GunFAIL: a 3-year-old girl accidentally shoots & kills herself with her parents' gun while camping in Yellowstone National Park. Thanks to Sen. Tom Coburn for enabling that. An exploration of the meme that a failure of a Syria vote in Congress dooms Obama's second term agenda. Discussions of Nicholas Kristof's "Pulling the Curtain Back on Syria," and David Cay Johnston's "Failed Policy -- The 401(k) Shrinks In A Growing Economy."

Direct download: September_9_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:36pm EDT

Greg Dworkin rounds up the punditry, to make the point that the public no longer trusts that intervention will yield positive results, burying a central neocon tenet. On the domestic front: another illustration of the inability to win general elections with just base Gop support. Armando foists Michael Tomasky's Daily Beast piece on Syria on us. He didn't mean for us to seriously dissect it, but we did anyway, and thus did Syria end up occupying the bulk of the show once again. Other subjects of interest: Armando's weekend sports show (12 noon ET on netrootsradio.com), "McConnell's Anti-Obamacare Juggernaut Turns Against Him," and the NRA joins the ACLU's anti-spying lawsuit.

Direct download: September_6_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:27pm EDT

Greg Dworkin starts us off with the morning roundup. Everyone had their eyes on Syria today, both from the substantive side, as well as the sideshow atmosphere among the American punditry. Just for good measure, he throws a little NYC elections news into the mix, plus the kefuffle of the day: President Obama pictured with a foot on his desk in the Oval Office. Syria elbowed its way back into focus, however, with Armando joining in to parse the questions about who trusts whom on which of the many questions surrounding the issue. Joan McCarter jumps into the mix, adding her observations on the refugee crisis, pointing us to William Polk's widely-circulated and eye-opening primer on Syria, which she noted Meteor Blades had secured permission to reprint in full on our virtual "pages." Moving on to the rest of the world, as viewed through the Daily Kos lens, Joan previewed her story of continuing Republican efforts to sabotage the rollout of the ACA. We closed things out with a look at procedural issues surrounding the authorization for military intervention in Syria, and Brian Beutler's Salon article on how Ted Cruz is breaking politics.

Direct download: September_4_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:53pm EDT

Summer's over, and with it, summer hours. Greg Dworkin rounded up the local news from the Newtown, CT Labor Day parade, national news of the cramped Congressional calendar, and the international news on Syria. Amazingly, even in the midst of the Syrian situation, Richard Cohen has somehow become the Twitter talk of the morning, for... well, it was too annoying to really talk about. One note from the GunFAIL world: the amazing "non-story" of an accidental shooting that ended in a minor wound for a Lodi, CA police officer, but which represents a chain of such picayune and yet unbelievable FAIL that it can't go without mention. Armando joined in for an extended discussion of the many aspects of the Syria story that'll no doubt occupy us for the balance of the week. We took a short break from that topic for a brief visit with NYC City Council candidate and longtime netroots friend Debra Cooper, updating us on the state of the race, and with some surprising background on another Dem candidate's previous support for Rudy Giuliani -- in his brief bid for the Senate against Hillary Clinton, no less!

Direct download: September_3_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:41pm EDT

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