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Kagro in the Morning - December 31, 2014

Last live show of the year! Why "traditional media" instead of "mainstream media?" Explainer journalism time! Events have forced us to do yet another GunFAIL-focused show, as yet another toddler shoots and kills yet another mother with her own self-defense gun. Long story short, we parse this one closely. Silver lining: Idaho authorities & reporters have remembered they have some other gun issues to settle. In other poor gun decision news, the story of a shootout on the street after a convenience store robbery in South Carolina. Which is fine and keeps us safe, because reasons. Armando joins for discussion of the NYPD work slowdown, Marco Rubio saying something dumb, and how politics in 2015 might unfold. Oh, and by the way, bushmeat's not to blame for Ebola. Sorry about that. Vermont's crazy gubernatorial election will end in the state legislature. Not unprecedented, but TV ads might be! IL man who accidentally Second Amendmented himself made up a sob story that got him profiled in the local papers. Respect the culture!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 4:08pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - December 30, 2014

The GOP's Steve Scalise problem dominates the political news. Greg Dworkin picks up the subject, brings us the fascinating "Tragedy of the American Military," and draws police parallels, via TPM's "The Other Blue Nation." Dictator Obama claims power to reject legislation! And the "fleeting obsessions" of the WH press corps. Armando tries to help make some sense of the North Korean Sony hacking claims, but even with listener help, we're still not quite there. Also, the discussion of LBJ & Selma we teased yesterday. And finally, Jane Mayer pieces together the story of "The Unidentified Queen of Torture."

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Kagro in the Morning - December 29, 2014

We're back from a short break, and we've got some catching up to do with the NYPD's Pat Lynch-triggered PR debacle, as well as holiday GunFAIL. Greg Dworkin brought us a far-flung roundup, including the story of how "MTV has done more for the US teen birthrate than decades of policy." Polling on racial issues has an (unsurprising) red/blue divide. Racism vs. racial bias. Obama: lame duck, or honey badger? Jeb-mania! Christie-toast becomes crispier. TN finding its way to Medicaid expansion, and a reminder that S-CHIP is up for renewal in 2015. The latest airline disaster. And the worst media fails of 2014. Crossing racial bias with guns: Two white guys take BB guns off the shelves at WalMart & wander the store firing, and live to tell the tale. Also still alive after the weekend: the white woman who put on body armor and drove around, shooting up Chattanooga, and finally taking aim at police when they caught up with her. Not alive: the black man who police say fired a gun toward a crowd of club-goers, then at responding cops. They do Christmas differently in Texas, I guess. And PolitiFact's year-end roundup of the worst of political Internet memes. "Pants on Fire" doesn't even begin to cover some of these.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:20pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - December 19, 2014

A rare joint appearance by Greg Dworkin and Armando this morning, featuring discussion of the Colbert Report finale, Cuba, Obama's exceptional week, Rubio's less-exceptional one, the mess surrounding The Interview (on which even George Clooney weighs in). Why Planned Parenthood supported a CRapnibus full of abortion restrictions. More on the "nuclear option" & it's effect on the judiciary. Been committed to a mental institution but want your guns back? OK. A Rosalyn MacGregor update from Michigan. Republicans <3 judicial activism. The Ferguson grand jury's "Witness 40" is a bigger wacko than anyone originally thought. And the thing we didn't get to, but you should: Shaun King on what to do about it.

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Kagro in the Morning - December 18, 2014

We somehow allow ourselves to get caught up in the weird Sony/North Korea/The Interview story, even though we don't have any real idea what's going on. Even though there are more important stories, like cop push-back on the nationwide protests. Greg Dworkin willingly went along for a bit, then ran through his top APR headlines, focusing heavily on Cuba, including one throwback reference to 1998. Side note to the bizarre Sony story: Did Iran hack Sheldon Adelson? Hey, St. Louis cops didn't shoot this guy. Correction from yesterday, re: impeachment penalties. Plus, the 19th century impeachment case that could have saved us heartache in 1974. NYC police union leader invites discussion, let's say, on the confusion about and amongst cops, citizens, and our rights.

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Kagro in the Morning - December 17, 2014

We're still talking about torture. You'd think it was important, or something. Does it make sense for Sen. Ron Wyden to introduce legislation on it? For Hillary Clinton to endorse the idea? Greg Dworkin rounded up judicial nomination news & commentary, the many implications of the Russian collapse, our own improving economic picture, and the coming Republican Medicaid expansion. Could torture start again? Armando joined us for an extended segment on anti-torture legislation, Jeb-mentum, billion dollar spy blimps, Cuba, the curious case of Estefanía Isaías, and Antonio Weiss.

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Kagro in the Morning - December 16, 2014

Peshwar demands our attention, right out of the box. We have our own shooting problems, as usual. Speaking of which, Greg Dworkin notes that Newtown families file suit against the maker of Bushmaster rifles, and the amazing Australian response to the Sydney attack. Also: the ruble collapse; oil prices drop, airlines pass the savings on keep the $, and; the latest poll to ask the wrong questions about torture. Torture isn't new, and neither are anti-vaccine beliefs. The mechanics & dynamics of how the derivatives rule rollback got into the CRapnibus.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:44pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - December 15, 2014

We start the week with an eye on the Sydney hostage situation, plus the weird bent that the Uber surge pricing story put on it. Greg Dworkin rounds up weekend news, including the procedural wrangling in the Senate, Obama's immigration move, the Lima climate change talks, the CRomnibus & Elizabeth Warren, Cheney on MTP & torture polling (a real thing), while even John Yoo backpedals. The Senate's weekend, explained. A look back at the 2009 torture "debate" shows little has changed, and prompts Armando to join the discussion. The media examines wages of torture. Now Ohio cops want apologies for protest t-shirts. But have you ever seen cops' t-shirts?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:12pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - December 12, 2014

Unraveling the procedural issues surrounding the passage of the CRapnibus. What was up with that super-close vote on the rule? What if it hadn't passed? Why would anyone vote no on the rule and yes on the bill? Why would the White House want it to pass? Is Elizabeth Warren's current opposition equivalent to Ted Cruz's past opposition? The argument that allowing bigger donations to parties is a good thing. Allowing Native Americans to grow & sell marijuana on reservations. Torture accountability is for those who didn't do it. Turns out the more wolves ranchers kill, the more livestock they lose. A member of the Open Carry Tarrant County gang allegedly flipped her switch and killed her family. Catching up on the state of filibuster reform thinking among Senate Republicans.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:38pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - December 11, 2014

Outgoing Rep. Paul Broun, after years of telling people to just take whatever McJobs they can find, says he's now accepting offers for fat cat corporate compensation. Greg Dworkin explains how Broun might actually have become dumber, then rounds up morning headlines. The Company Behind CIA Torture. Vox on torture. Cheney throws Bush under the bus. Media FAILs and torture. Doctor FAILs and torture. Heavy competition for the title of "most underreported" B.S. provision in the cromnibus: gutting pension protections; suspending truck safety rules; rolling back environmental & nutritional standards; reviving public derivatives trading bailouts; a 10x hike in campaign contribution limits; jamming DC's new marijuana laws; even blocking light bulb efficiency regulations and ACORN funding! In other news: ISIS seeks to sell the bodies of murdered hostages. Harvard prof's crazy Chinese food war. Koch brothers now writing their own school curriculum. Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) blames her husband's death on Obamacare. Canadian news reminds people you can be prosecuted for torture. When it comes to Obamacare, Republicans love judicial activism.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:29pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - December 10, 2014

The torture report continues to dominate the news today, and Greg Dworkin helps round up headlines and more on the subject. The cromnibus bogs down under the weight of extraneous riders. Time's Person of the Year: Ebola fighters. The "disastrous flaw" in the CIA torture program. Another cromnibus rider: block DC pot legalization, in the dumbest possible way. Armando weighs in on a broad range of torture issues. But in the end, "we're awesome," so what does it matter?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:46pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - December 9, 2014

Greg Dworkin jammed as many of the top stories of the day into his roundup as he could: the CIA torture report; the Surgeon General nomination (even supported by an ex-NRA lobbyist); another attempt at a "left" Tea Party?; this year's flu vaccine; NJ legislature's Chris Christie investigation ends; polling on Brown, Garner cases & police cams and what to do about it; WTF with watermelons? Campus reaction to the UVA developments. Pelosi scores one on Schumer. Emptywheel focuses on the key issue in the torture report: it's for exploitation, not intel. Armando has an eye out for the CIA/Gop rebuttal, and raises questions about the next ACA repeal moves, plus the very weird "order" issued by a TX-based federal judge. A counter-intuitive call for torture pardons... from the ACLU!

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Kagro in the Morning - December 8, 2014

Much of the weekend (and this morning's Abbreviated Pundit Roundup), and therefore much of the show, was consumed by debate over the Rolling Stone UVA rape allegations, their subsequent apology (but not retraction), push-back from other media, and then just outright nuttery, as highlighted by the WaPo, and brought to our attention by none other than Ron Fournier. Turning to electoral politics, Armando called in to discuss the outcome of the LA-SEN runoff, and the sort of reactions it sparked on the future of Dems in the South. The DNC launches its post-election review. Is it likely to yield decent results?

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Kagro in the Morning - December 5, 2014

Greg Dworkin joins us in noting the Twitter jubilation over the latest jobs numbers as well as the continuing protests across the country growing out of the Brown, Garner & Rice cases (and so much more), which pose problems for politicians from Bill de Blasio to Loretta Lynch. What do you do with the Sandy Hook gunman's now-empty house? Breaking: Republicans are full of it on anti-poverty programs. A thing happened at TNR. Conservative paper says we need police transparency & accountability. Yay! But also, it's about cigarette taxes. Boo! Gop civil war never stopped. Chris Christie's doesn't control his top aides & is therefore exonerated. Right? Armando gets us all philosophical about history, political science and the modern state of the law, by way of The War of the Roses. Rosalyn MacGregor updates us on the insanity of Michigan's lame duck legislative carnival. Another MI story, via Eclectablog, on a scheme to open a FEMA re-education camp taxpayer-funded Tea Party-themed K-12 school. Plus a story out of Florida lays out how it's done by straight-up criminals. Weekend reading: Pay-to-play with Congress pays off in company tax breaks.

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Kagro in the Morning - December 4, 2014

Another tough day for a radio show, this time in the wake of the Eric Garner case. But we found a back door into the racial issues through Chris Rock's remarkable essay in The Hollywood Reporter. Greg Dworkin already had it in his round-up, along with the morning's key reads on Garner. Did you notice? Health care spending growth is the lowest ever recorded. Ebola update: Boston, no; Atlanta, maybe. Mood lightener: toilets are gross. Next: pondering the Garner case. Why isn't selling loose cigarettes considered "disruptive" genius, like Uber? Chicago's schools are the latest public entity suckered by bond brokers.

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Kagro in the Morning - December 3, 2014

A libertarian you'll recognize for his gun advocacy, but who also opposes drunk driving laws (and protests at sobriety checkpoints) is struck by a drunk driver, but wants you to STFU about irony. Greg Dworkin shared a wide-ranging collection of stories. AFT President Randi Weingarten reminds us that Sandy Hook's teachers, students and families will need long-term support. Things not looking so hot for Landrieu. New suspected Ebola patient in Boston. Apparently stop & frisk doesn't cut crime. WTF with James Watson? And Richard III is positively identified. But it's no match with the current royals! Hmm! Joan McCarter joins us to discuss just what the hell a cromnibus is, the Republican proclivity for economic uncertainty, and renewed CBO shenanigans. Jim Inhofe continues to be loopy. Will courts intervene in the next TX execution? NV raging racist speaker-designate ends up as... assistant majority leader. Possible effects of the King case on the ACA, explained. And a brief net neutrality update. Lastly, Detroit's top bankruptcy lawyer is expensing his vacation travel.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:37pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - December 2, 2014

Greg Dworkin brings us selections from the morning papers: Elizabeth Lauten and the last taboo; the latest CNN polling; oil prices plunge & the economy perks up. Armando joins in briefly to comment on the Lauten story and President Obama's proposals on military gear and cameras for cops, which of course are no panacea. Republicans pull back from impeachment, but float "censure." Remember that one? And a few more notes on Uber-gate: how secure is their database, both internally and externally?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:54pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - December 1, 2014

We're back from the Thanksgiving break, and it seems the news forgot to take that break. Video of the Tamir Rice shooting surfaces, and it's outrageous. Greg Dworkin rounded up some of the most interesting writing on Ferguson. A polling update: majority finally say "things going well"; immigration policy OK, process not. Black Friday was meh, but still a huge gun day. SCOTUS takes up the case of a UPS worker put on unpaid leave because she was pregnant. Republican staffer who criticized Obama daughter resigns. The "frightening" Amazon/CIA partnership. Twitter's tracking your other apps. Speaking fees & personal appearance riders. Vanity or necessity?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:13pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - November 26, 2014

Pre-Thanksgiving GunFAIL roundup. Greg Dworkin brought us dueling Hagel headlines, turned quickly to freelancing Chuck Schumer, and wound up with a selection of the many articles decrying Bob McColloch's grand jury farce, and wondering what lies ahead. Joan McCarter weighed in on the grand jury process as well, including the incredibly ridiculous story of Witness #40, as well as her take on Schumer. The bizarre Kabuki theater of Harry Reid's tax deal trial balloon. The bizarre kooky theater of The Stockman Effect. In happier news: the Shakespeare First Folio discovery. Boehner jumps the gun on Benghazi committee. More revealing detail on the case of the Washington 3-year-old shot in the face. Scott Greenfield's "The Ferguson Lie."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:33pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - November 25, 2014

Tough day to start with a radio show, in the wake of events in Ferguson. We discuss the grand jury process with Armando, a listener contribution on SCOTUS curtailment of the civil rights suit avenue, in the form of an August NYT opinion piece, and various of the other seemingly inexplicable details of yesterday's events. In the second hour, more details emerge in the GunFAIL case involving a three-year-old accidentally shot by a four-year-old playmate in the home of his gun enthusiast dad. The House finally files its lawsuit against the president. Except it's not against the president. And it might just undermine the Congress, instead. Vox wonders what a Republican president might do with expanded executive power. And I wonder why they think we have to guess.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:23pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - November 24, 2014

An active and spectacular GunFAIL weekend drove much of the show's agenda today. Greg Dworkin plays along, sharing stories on a Connecticut state report suggesting that race & affluence might have impacted the willingness of agencies to intervene in Adam Lanza's treatment, as well as other missed opportunities in his case. Also, questions about the link between mental illness and gun violence. In broader political news: a short honeymoon for Congressional Gop leaders; Republicans in disarray, and; why millennials don't think everyone should vote. News breaks on the Hagel resignation, and Armando ponders the path forward. A crazy few days in GunFAIL: another gun enthusiast's child has been accidentally shot at home; a Ferguson-area woman allegedly accidentally shot & killed herself with a gun bought as protection in the event of unrest; NJ hunter accidentally shoots & kills himself; a 9-month-old girl shot by her father as he cleaned his gun; a puzzling dual-shooting in Maine; target shooting dad & son accidentally kill the neighbor lady, and; a 12-year-old girl is accidentally shot & killed by her sister after church. Wrapping up: Benghazi! Congress eyes new DC pot law. NJ shifts cops from guarding child welfare workers to save on overtime, moves them to guarding an empty Ebola quarantine site, and meanwhile a child welfare worker is attacked & stabbed in her office.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:21pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - November 21, 2014

We broadcast the show from the underground bunker, safe from the Chaos in the Streets! Sen. Tom Coburn was the first to offer a wink at the idea of violence, but KS Sec. of State Kris Kobach wasn't going to be out-crazied. Greg Dworkin brought us a few immigration news selections, segued to a polling roundup, a legal analysis of the president's plan, and a fascinating series of Tweets on the historical reality of (at least one example of) Anglo immigration. Speaking of which, TPM's Ben Railton had more factual background on that topic. Finally: Armando joins us for an extended discussion of the collapse of the Republican defunding strategy.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:53pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - November 20, 2014

Greg Dworkin joined us for the morning news round-up, including the push by MI Republicans to apportion their electoral votes, tonight's immigration announcement, the latest post-election polls, and some data on who's helped by the ACA, plus thoughts on why opposition remains so strong. Also, Jay Leno backs out of a gun lobby trade show. Later: what got Uber so upset? What are they doing with their data? Is that why they're worth so much? Or is it other businesses, like sub prime car loans? Arliss Bunny circles back on the Gruber story, to make the Modern Monetary Theory argument that he's just fundamentally incorrect about what taxes are, and what they do. Bad gun day: campus shooting & a "home intruder" mistake.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:43pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - November 19, 2014

Greg Dworkin spends about 12 seconds on Gruber, then moves on to the nearly inexplicable KXL pipeline vote, immigration reform issues, and the Republican Love Boat sees starbursts for Scott Walker. Explaining the "painless filibuster" procedure used for the KXL vote. The mainstream breakout of the Bill Cosby story. Uber's PR implosion grows worse. Joan McCarter joined us in slapping our foreheads over Uber, before moving on to her insights on the lame duck agenda, continued Gop obstruction, and the price we paid for Landrieu's gambit. Next, a little on-air constitutional law war gaming over recess appointments. Shutdown strategery speculation. Elizabeth Warren wants banks to prove they're protecting customer data. (Any 2016 implications?) And finally, some hot scoop on net neutrality from Vice.

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Kagro in the Morning - November 18, 2014

The most-buzzified stories of the day: Uber & Gruber. Greg Dworkin enters the fray with his roundup of Gruber backgrounders & explainers, Ron Fournier's latest flop & the many crushing responses offered, and a note on the immigration fight. Armando joined in to add his own points on Gruber, which likewise meshed with those emptywheel had made in years past, leading us to ponder the nature of the penalty/tax & the role of Democratic foot-draggers, the filibuster & more. Moving on, we yelled at Uber a lot, because creepy. And just maybe, seriously dangerous.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:32pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - November 17, 2014

Greg Dworkin helped get us up to speed with his roundup of one of the latest election postmortems, the role of tax policy in our growing inequality, Obama's departure from the demanded humility narrative, and David Jarman's reminder that, "You win elections to enact policy, not the other way around." Plus, the start of a week-long NatGeo series on the science of "personhood," and the nurse who never had Ebola would like you to stop calling her the Ebola Nurse. Armando joins an extensive discussion of CNN's scoop, "How the GOP used Twitter to stretch election laws." Another "Imagine the Outrage if" story, as Orrin Hatch calls progressives "straight old dumb-ass liberals." There's no Official Progressive Outrage Machine, though, so never mind. But might that be a good idea? Is AOL's "Digital Prophet" just a random nut and no one will say it?

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Kagro in the Morning - November 14, 2014

Political Twitter was abuzz this morning with criticism of the "Mook Mafia" story and the indictment of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. Armando joins us for extended discussion of last night's buzz: yet more revelations of mass cell phone data vacuuming, and the latest developments in the #Pointergate story. A post-election and legislative lame duck session update from Michigan, via Rosalyn MacGregor. The latest song parody from Lauren Mayer. Impeachment-mania is back, apparently ignoring the previous lack of concern over Republican flexing of executive muscle, as documented by Jon Perr. Which reminded me of the time Mary Landrieu could have blocked an important nomination as leverage for her Hurricane Katrina grievances, but didn't. Weekend news grab bag: ISIS to mint its own coins; Solyndra losses reversed into profit; UT county repays inmates charged in "Pay For Stay" scheme; Mark Udall mulls reading the torture report.

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Kagro in the Morning - November 13, 2014

Greg Dworkin helps us get a handle on a muddled news day: the politics of the new US-China climate deal, McConnell's prospects in the new Senate, and drilling down into Connecticut's results. WV elects an actual used car salesman. The president chews some gum, apparently. Time magazine promotes the comments section to editor. The KXL Hail Mary. Does this kind of appeasement work? Ask the 75% of House Dems elected in 2006 who are no longer in DC. Suburban MD school board erases all holiday names from its calendar rather than add a Muslim one.

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Kagro in the Morning - November 12, 2014

Rounding up morning news with Greg Dworkin, we discussed the US-China deal, the lame duck KXL vote proposal, the lack of compromise genes among Republicans, and more post-election thoughts about What Went Wrong. Vote trading at SCOTUS? Huckabee joining the permanent candidate dole? Joan McCarter was up next, discussing election results, the lame duck agenda, Republican budget plans, net neutrality and AT&T's related extortion plan. Today in WTF: an Iowa mom arrested for voting; oil company lawyers say frowny faces are "assault."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:14pm EST

Greg Dworkin set the tone for the show today with a collection of articles examining the policy vs. politics & ideology vs. pragmatism questions at the center of... well, everything. Why do we vote on Tuesdays? More about The Great Wage Slowdown. Colorado Democrats win back seats lost in gun recall. Political money (read: the Kochs) is changing (read: buying) statehouse reporting.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:07pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - November 10, 2014

Greg Dworkin starts with a brief roundup of international affairs, including Russia & Ukraine, ISIS and Ebola in Africa. Public trust in physicians is dropping. SCOTUS to take on the ACA again. Are public beliefs about guns accurate? And does that matter? More post-mortem: low turnout. How will the new Senators like Joni Ernst adjust to its norms? Hot right-wing talk: Obamacare and reconciliation. Economic inequality's gotten so bad, you can't earn your way out of it, nor can you invest your way out. Breitbart's "Big Government" makes a Big Mistake. Attack all the Lorretta Lynches!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:45pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - November 7, 2014

Greg Dworkin brought us his morning roundup. Libertarian types finally show up on Day 18 of 21 to say Ebola quarantines have been politically motivated. The election really wasn't about Obamacare. Did Mark Warner "woo the wrong voters?" The unnoticed progressive victory of Dan Malloy. And some questions answered about Ebola blood testing. Armando discusses Shaun King's incredible #pointergate story. Not everything about putting cameras on cops is all that good. Mystery Google barges shut down over safety concerns. Speculation on White House post-election strategy hits the Star Trek barrier.

Additional weekend reading:

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:42pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - November 6, 2014

Election post-mortems continue, and the big question appears to be whether voters are confused, cognitively dissonant, or just Gimmetarians. Do the election results give us any hint how Republicans will proceed on health care? Let's speculate! And have Armando join us! Rosalyn MacGregor shares Stanford research that says Americans are more sharply divided along political lines than racial lines. David Frum's "The Gun-Control Movement Is Learning How to Win." Meanwhile, some gun rights supporters apparently descend into insanity.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:57pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - November 5, 2014

Internet connectivity kept us off the live stream today, and the spotty backup mic made modulation control a challenge as well. But hey, substance rules here! (And no, the whole show is not as loud as the start.) Greg Dworkin helped us round up the results and commentary: the age of the electorate, the role of the economy (stupid), the internal battle of establishment versus radicals, and the sweeping, big-picture looks at why it all happened the way it did. Maybe. The big question: Did the Republican establishment keep Tea Party-type radicals in line? Or did Tea Party-type radicals simply hold their tongues long enough to pass for the establishment? Also: what about the filibuster? And what does the recent trend in conservative libertarianism mean for DC's marijuana laws, and civil liberties in the national security arena?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:30pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - October 31, 2014

Another show held together with duct tape & chicken wire! Follow-up on EFF's claims that "sneak & peek" warrants were being abused. Further consideration of the privatized surveillance dodge. Today in "What Could Go Wrong?": The CIA hires Amazon to handle its cloud computing; Personhood amendments on the ballot in ND & CO; FBI creates a fake Seattle Times page with a fake AP story on it to nab a suspect.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:39pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - October 30, 2014

Technical difficulties knocked out the microphone this morning, but I rigged something up on the fly and got the better part of a show together. Rosalyn MacGregor filled us in on the Michigan electoral horse races, newspaper endorsements, etc. House Gop's lawyers keep quitting their lawsuit against Obama. The "gimmick" economy: does anyone really make anything, any more? Verizon starts a news outlet where no reporting is allowed on net neutrality or domestic spying. Government prohibited from surveillance? Just outsource it. Joan McCarter wraps up with the story of The Midnight Bicycle Ride of Paul Revere Kaci Hickox, Bobby Jindal's Ebola panic, and more.

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Kagro in the Morning - October 29, 2014

<strong>Greg Dworkin's</strong> morning update partly concerns something called <a href="http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/29/1339896/-Abbreviated-Pundit-Round-up-Politics-science-and-quarantine">"Ebola,"</a> and the importance of a <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/10/state_ebola_quarantines_chris_christie_andrew_cuomo_and_other_american_governors.html?wpsrc=sh_all_dt_tw_top">"big picture" response</a>, both nationally and <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/29/us-health-ebola-australia-idUSKBN0II0CU20141029">internationally</a>. <a href="http://www.courant.com/politics/capitol-watch/hc-lawmaker-representing-part-of-newtown-criticized-for-comments-on-gun-violence-20141024-story.html">Local Connecticut color</a> on <a href="http://www.thereddingpilot.com/19775/carter-ignites-twitter-with-claim/">gun issues</a> in the election. Breaking news: the election is pretty close. Kaci Hickox <a href="http://www.9news.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/29/ebola-nurse-maine/18105327/">isn't putting up</a> with non-scientific quarantine rules. For the record: Jose Canseco's GunFAIL. How does this kind of thing happen? <strong>Armando</strong> joins us to discuss the <em>NYT</em> piece on lobbying operations <a href="mobile.nytimes.com/2014/10/29/us/lobbyists-bearing-gifts-pursue-attorneys-general.html?referrer= ">targeting state Attorneys General</a>. 42 mega-donors provide <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/10/28/top-super-pac-donors-of-the-midterms-steyer-bloomber-singer-mercer/18060219/">nearly a third</a> of all super PAC funds. The much-discussed story of how the ACA has fared in <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/10/mississippi-burned-obamacare-112181_full.html?print#.VFDb57u9Kc1">Mississippi</a>. More <a href="http://mtcowgirl.com/2014/10/26/the-worm-turns-in-mailergate-heres-the-latest/">questions</a> about Montana's <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/california-stanford-dartmouth-voter-mailer-investigation">"Mailergate."</a> Must read: A pre-K teacher <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/rehearsing-for-death-a-pre-k-teacher-on-the-trouble-with-lockdown-drills/2014/10/28/4ab456ea-5eb2-11e4-9f3a-7e28799e0549_story.html">reflects on lockdown drills</a>. White House <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/28/white-house-hacked_n_6065166.html?utm_hp_ref=tw">cyberattacked</a>. The inevitable <a href="http://blogs.rollcall.com/wgdb/harry-reid-senate-races-2014-revolt/">speculation</a> about Harry Reid.

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Kagro in the Morning - October 28, 2014

Ebola is surely in its "last throes" at this point, no? Strict constructionist restaurant turns Alito away. Michele Bachmann looks forward to the grifting life. Greg Dworkin reviews the quarantine policy stories, and reminds us not to forget our history. Meanwhile, Chris Christie spins furiously, insisting he didn't reverse himself, word that troops returning from Africa will be quarantined, and students in Maine find an Ebola excuse for skipping class. PoliSci profs botch "experiment" with MT elections. A local blogger speculates on the motive. (P.S., here's an actual official MT voter info pamphlet.) "Sneak & peek" warrants, sold to Congress as necessary for fighting terrorism, are now routine. But hardly ever used for terrorism. The CIA kept ex-Nazis on the payroll as Cold War spies. The amazing Amazon engine burns anything and everything for fuel.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:09pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - October 27, 2014

Ebolamania leads to Chris Christie socking a returning American aid worker away in a tent, insisting he had no "second thoughts" about it, and then having second thoughts about not having second thoughts. Greg Dworkin (who it turns out is a doctor) joined the discussion, noting that the Libertarians had yet to show up on the issue, and that there are alternatives to panic & quarantine. What's the difference between a constitution-hating gun-grabber and a Second Amendment patriot? They'll both offer you similar facts, but the patriot will sell you gun accessories afterward. Armando has two cents on the legality of quarantine. Ian Reifowitz talks to us about the Republican non-jobs plans, voter suppression, and zombie lies, as well as Krugman's latest public investment proposal. Rosalyn MacGregor shares "The Most Common Jobs For The Rich, Middle Class And Poor."

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Kagro in the Morning - October 24, 2014

Updates from Ottawa. Greg Dworkin was called away, presumably for a NYC-area Ebola-related emergency. Ted Cruz staffer demonstrates how hard it is to know when a kook is joking. Chuck Todd says his "disqualified herself" language was "sloppy." In a related story, Armando passes on Steve Singiser's take on the failed traditional media analysis of a recent OR-GOV poll. FYI: Canadian vs. US gun laws. Joni Ernst's gimmetarian gun line, analyzed. Lead exposure's links to impulse control problems & violent crime. So where are people being exposed to the most lead? Gun ranges. Chiquita Brands is looking to pull off a tax inversion. Fine! See if we topple any more foreign governments for you!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:35pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - October 23, 2014

Emerging details from yesterday's attack in Ottawa. At least some air-dropped US weapons fell into ISIS hands. Neighbors battle over concealed carry on the way to school. And Armando can't stand it that no one seems to properly understand the nature of constitutional rights. The warrior cop supply chain makes you feel oh so safe. "The Criminalization of Schooling" raises some interesting & disparate points. Historical background on privatized prisons & revenue-driven courts: thief-takers. Sarah Palin's SarahPAC is still a champion middle-weight grifter.

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Kagro in the Morning - October 22, 2014

Chris Christie's tired of something, so everyone stop. Thanks! HuffPo is on the hunt for candidates' with financial issues: Joni Ernst and David Perdue. Stop the presses (if you have any)! Drunken, trombone-playing clown #GunFAIL! Suppose they gave a constitutional crisis and nobody came? Joan McCarter joined us to discuss the CIA-Senate fight, 15 minutes of fame for Idaho's Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, health care flip-flops from Kasich and Tillis, Scott Brown's laugh line in the NH debate, and the Koch brothers' last-ditch efforts. The "devoted gun enthusiast" who attacked the Forsyth Co., GA courthouse last June wore a double layer of body armor, but accidentally shot himself in the leg even before he was able to launch his attack. And Scott Wooledge, the man behind the Hitching Post fact check graphic, joins us along with Armando for a more in-depth discussion of that and related topics.

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Kagro in the Morning - October 21, 2014

James O'Keefe has attempted to do another thing. Greg Dworkin discusses the saga of Nancy Snyderman, the NBC chief medical editor who broke her then-voluntary Ebola quarantine, travel bans, and other Ebolamania news. Also back in the news: The Hot Zone. Media polarization. The NHL & domestic violence. "Obama is a Republican." Armando reminds us that tonight is the final FL-GOV debate. And they've banned fans. More ridiculous Ebola panic. Oddball constitutional amendment proposed in Florida. Iran & Iraq cooperating? Is that confusing? Considering the Saud-ish context of beheadings. Unforeseen consequences of GunFAIL. Unlimited capital + unlimited data collection, storage & analysis capacity = the end of privacy? Apparently some people think the spies at Whisper were done wrong by The Guardian.

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Kagro in the Morning - October 20, 2014

No news is good news, unless Ebola. But at least we're still freaked out about Middle Eastern beheadings, unless Saud-ish. Greg Dworkin, however, keeps his head (as always) with his Ebola news round-up, including a bit of ultra-derp from George Will. Also, word from Turkey (and aid from the US) in the fight against ISIS among the region's Kurds. Coverage of Keene, NH's Pumpkinfest riot provides interesting contrasts with what's still going on in Ferguson. GunFAIL can strike anyone. Another facet of inequality: the bottom 90% are stuck in 1986. Missouri's rush into gun-nuttery may let a confessed murderer go free. Is anonymous texting app Whisper actually tracking users? And offering their data up to media "partners" as juicy tips?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:38pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - October 17, 2014

With help from Armando, no one beats a dead fan like KITM! Gideon asks about a Meteor Blades' take on non-violent drug offenders and voting rights, which leads to expansive consideration (surprise!) of sentencing, prison privatization, libertarians, torture, domestic spying, the designs of the Founders, and more! In other debate news, Cory Gardner is grilled again over personhood. A Hunter post ponders the meaning of SC Gov. Nikki Haley's yardstick for Confederate flag approval. Back to Meteor Blades momentarily for a comparative study in political "courage." More reporting from St. Louis County municipal courts provides evidence we're regressing.

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Kagro in the Morning - October 16, 2014

Twitter's abuzz over Florida's "Fangate." Appearance matters in debates, of course. Greg Dworkin points us to key pieces on last night's fireworks, and updates us on the latest from the world of polling, and Ebola. Armando shared some interesting insights on Fangate, and some general media criticism. Strong follow-up to the RWNJ effort to revise WMD history. Members explain why Congress is a living hell.

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Kagro in the Morning - October 15, 2014

Ebolamania! A second nurse at TX hospital is diagnosed. The decrepit, depleted chemical weapons which most people thought Iraq did have (as opposed to the massive, active program, which they didn't) were, as we'd already learned, been found. RWNJs feel sure this makes them right. Michelle Obama's turnip vine that will somehow be spun into an optics disaster, I guess. Feminist writer Anita Sarkeesian draws a terrorist death threat from a Elliot Roger-style loon, but Utah law says they have to allow gun carriers in the room for her talk, anyway. Joan McCarter joined us for her regular Wednesday segment, discussing SC's rejection of "Stand Your Ground" protection for victims of domestic violence. Idaho's resumption of same sex marriages, and PPP's first ever poll in the state. Budget cuts and sequestration drained Ebola response capabilities. Election outlook picture mostly unchanged, but coverage gets panicky. Probably no Ebola sandwiches at Jimmy Johns, but maybe be careful. AFP is back at the fake voter registration flyer game, again. And the impossible happens: gun criminals purposely target non-gun-free zones!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:28pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - October 14, 2014

Today's morning buzz is a rehash of the collective gasp and pearl-clutching over a Senate candidate not wanting to talk about who she voted for, and no small amount of astonishment that no journalists seem interested in calling Mitch McConnell's astounding Obamacare dodge "disqualifying." Greg Dworkin rounded up today's Ebola stories, plus one oddball piece about how your dentist might be ripping you off. Speaking of Ebola, it seems there are some folks who think quarantines are for the little people. In weather news, both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans appear to be covered by gigantic storms. Snapchat is worth $10B even though it apparently can't & doesn't fulfill even its most basic premise. An exploration of why successes in marriage equality, marijuana laws, etc. aren't as easy to replicate in climate change. Gun ban at the NC State Fair survives court challenge.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:31pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - October 13, 2014

Washington football team owner Dan Snyder hosts the outgoing Navajo Nation president at a game (on "Columbus Day" weekend). So that problem's solved forever! Greg Dworkin checks in with our daily Ebola update, including claims that budget cuts impeded the search for a vaccine. And an English court says an anti-vax activist's been lying. Follow-up on the armed Utah teacher who accidentally fired her gun in school. Why "Columbus Day" makes no sense as a school holiday. The crazy valuation of Snapchat. A "gun guy" who accidentally Second Amendmented himself pens a memoir. Chris Hamby follows up his astounding black lung series with the final word on just how outrageously wrong the coal companies' go-to doctor was.

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Kagro in the Morning - October 10, 2014

Nobel Prizes awarded, and other Twitter buzz. In Chicago, a man with an assault rifle shoots up a subway train, but so far has failed to be Muslim. The police report on The Palin Brawl is out, and it's a doozy. Rosalyn MacGregor's report includes a review of MI-SEN candidate Terri Lynn Land's performance during a radio appearance, diminishing hopes for a MI-SEN debate, the shifting tax burden under Rick Snyder, and the costs of that shift. By email request from sfbaytransplant: Comcast gets a complaining customer fired! Armando shares his thoughts on The Palin Brawl report, and Chuck Todd's comment that Alison Lundergan Grimes "disqualified herself" in not declaring how she voted in 2008 & 2012. Accidentally shoot a grizzly bear? $10,000 fine! Accidentally shoot your neighbor? Hmm. And government handouts: not just for the ladies, you know!

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Kagro in the Morning - October 9, 2014

The Twitter chatter this morning: another fatal police shooting in St. Louis. The deficit has Ebola. Greg Dworkin has actual Ebola news and the not-actual solutions the news tends to drive. Joan McCarter joined us for a make-up appearance, and we segue into discussing the flu, a disease that actually kills people in America. Like in Idaho. Where, as elsewhere, there are Republicans in electoral trouble all over the map. Justice Kennedy stays ID (and NV) marriage equality cases. Why? And did you know that Idaho has slashed education funding so drastically that in many counties they can only afford a 4-day school week? Dinesh D'Souza's d'scent into trolling. GunFAIL follow-up: babysitter who got probation for a gun accident that killed her 5-year-old charge can't even be bothered.

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Kagro in the Morning - October 8, 2014

This morning's Twitter chatter: Grisham, OR open carrier robbed of his brand new gun... at gunpoint. Greg Dworkin updates us on the polls, notes the fretting that Joe Biden told the truth about some Middle Eastern allies, and the lack of fretting that Tom Cotton is blowing it out his ass. Are some polls underestimating blueness? Top conservative Ebola freakouts. In terrible policing news: a black teen living with a white foster family is pepper sprayed by cops as an "burglar," and a fascinating police stop interaction plays out on video in a tony DC neighborhood. An FBI report calls certain gun myths into question. What are these "beacons" found in NYC phone booth ads, now apparently being removed? Justice Kennedy stays ID marriage equality. Another look at our upside-down recovery.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:59pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - October 7, 2014

Who gives the most to charity? And BTW, what's charity? Greg Dworkin brings us updates on polling & Ebola-ing, and intra-state GOP fights. Further examination on the nature of our "war on terror." More on Dems getting nothing for toeing the NRA line. BuzzFeed discovers some creepy tracking devices in NYC phone booths, and gets them removed.

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Kagro in the Morning - October 6, 2014

A third teacher has accidentally fired a gun in school. Greg Dworkin notes that Republicans not responsible for actually running anything are sowing panic over Ebola, but not Rick Perry. The Senate outlook remains mostly stable. Why the growing economy just doesn't feel like it's growing. Gideon sends us a comment discussing historian Gregordy Daddis' op-ed pondering the meaning and aims of modern American war fighting. In breaking news, word from the Supreme Court of the denial of review of the several state marriage equality cases. Wind energy seems like a winner for KS, right? But the Kochs don't make money from it, so, no. How about a little Noam Chomsky? "America hates its poor." And as David Purdue has to try to live down past remarks on outsourcing, we're reminded that being a CEO hasn't been about "job creation" in a very, very, very long time. Philadelphia moves to cancel teachers' contracts. Oh, and steal their pensions.

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Kagro in the Morning - October 3, 2014

Technical difficulties spoiled the live show today, but we taped all the action for you for today's podcast. Greg Dworkin shared the news of the strong jobs report, an interesting take on economic inequality from an unlikely source, and the upcoming traffic apocalypse (again!) we can all thank Chris Christie for causing. Speaking of economic inequality, how about this crazy chart that basically shows the economy being eaten whole by the rich. And Rosalyn MacGregor has even more on the subject and its effects on businesses large and small. More discussion of the evil genius of targeting the prison population for profit. Gideon asks opponents of the ISIS strikes whether there's evidence for the proposition that bombing is worse than doing nothing. But there may be no clear answer about that, or any other aspect of the issue, given how some of the strikes have gone, and the alleged paucity of intelligence behind them.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:13pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - October 2, 2014

Arkansas AG candidate may be disqualified, for multiple voter registrations! Greg Dworkin rounds up the latest on ebola. Secret Service director Julia Pierson has resigned. Can that really make a difference? Gideon solicits comment on the Daily Kos community effort to draft a proposed legislative response to "over-policing." It's an exercise consciously conceived of as a response to ALEC, about which there's always plenty to say. And speaking of ALEC, here's yet another way the sort of privatizers who make up their constituency have devised to soak the poor: skimming off cash transfers to prisoners.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:27pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - October 1, 2014

Today's Twitter chatter: ebola freakouts, and WV plans to frack beneath a river that supplies their drinking water. Luckily they have no history of problems in that area. Greg Dworkin recapped the APR low-down on the Texas ebola story. Also: a Tea Party tantrum threatens Pat Roberts; ISIS strike polling bump; Brookings scholars say primaries are growing in their impact, and; Chris Christie's polling hits a new low. Joan McCarter shares one of the dumbest Obamacare polls to date, conducted by one of the worst pollsters ever. Scott Brown tries to attack Shaheen on border security, but he never attended a single border hearing. Koch brothers freak out over a Rolling Stone exposé. Hiding corporate money overseas. Let's invade Bermuda! Updates on races with Daily Kos-endorsed candidates. The collapse of the Kansas conservative experiment may have a mirror in Idaho. A local TV reporter presses Cory Gardner hard as he tries to duck & deny his support for personhood legislation. And Mitt Romney's still buying houses. Because normal.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:49pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 30, 2014

Today's Twitter chatter: the White House intruder, and the House hearing on the subject. Greg Dworkin jumps the fence with some Mike Pence hype, positive hits for enterovirus-68 in CT and "linked to" paralysis cases in CO, polling on ISIS response and general outlooks on military action, and what it means for Rand Paul. Conservatives are at it again with their voter suppression tricks, and nobody's willing to say they do this all the time. And a fake Occupy Central app installs spyware on Hong Kong protesters' phones. Senate Republicans threaten to use nuclear option they don't believe in to undo change implemented via nuclear option. NFL's new prayer penalty. Cops apparently can't get rid of their military gear. Discounts for having a tool, nothing for knowing how to use it safely, though. Constantly rising ATM fees: a net neutrality analog?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:13pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 29, 2014

Noted this morning: We've reached that point at which corporations can have a religion and are entitled to unlimited political speech, but employees can be fired for running for public office. Greg Dworkin handled the domestic news part of our show today. In Digital America, newspaper reads you! The latest Senate polling and predicting. The government's back in the game, ponying up for grants to fund studies of violent deaths. Catching up on Hong Kong. Then it's back to Saud-ish Arabia once again, this time to get a better handle on the apparent paradox of the Saudis & ISIS. Plus this side note: our ISIS costs are mounting.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:55pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 26, 2014

Welcome to our "trendy" podcast! Greg Dworkin rounds up top headlines, starting with reactions to the Eric Holder resignation. Everything you need to know about reading the polls. The ESPN/Bill Simmons/NFL imbroglio prompts Armando to call in, though he couldn't help veering into the relevant, as we pondered the next moves on finding a new Attorney General and the political environment in general. One more thing about Saud-ish Arabia. Rosalyn MacGregor reports from MI. Private pot cops in CA & why they might not be the worst thing ever.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:32pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 24, 2014

Still curious about Saudi Arabia, but too lazy to go beyond Wikipedia, "we" have another extended "conversation" by "ourselves" about the nature of our "great ally" in the Middle East. Do the apparent contradictions of our "War on Terror" make more sense if we stop thinking of Saudi Arabia as a western-style political unit? Joan McCarter brought us back to the present, discussing the politics of the ISIS strikes, the question of the need for Congressional authorization, and who's saying what on that score. The latest "conservatives plot to oust Boehner" story. CO students walk out in protest of the conservative school board's revisionist history push. More and more insurers want in on Obamacare. "Nasty" ad "Causes GOP Candidate To Embrace Gun Safety Law."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:23pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 23, 2014

It's bombs away, again. So that had to be the focus of today's show, and Greg Dworkin rounded up some representative samples of the coverage and analysis, to get the discussion rolling. We concluded the reading of Matt Stoller's piece, "The Solution to ISIS is the First Amendment," joined mid-way by Armando, who heard an opportunity to bash Andrew Sullivan and ran to take advantage of it. The upshot: complex situation is complex. But there are plenty of analogs to American politics that might just make the tangled web seem less improbable, if no less confusing.

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Kagro in the Morning - September 22, 2014

Greg Dworkin was back with us for his morning round-up, starting with Gideon's question about the CBS/NYT/YouGov poll of ME-SEN, and moving on to CO-SEN and the latest overall Senate modeling, before shifting to the latest in the Bridgegate story and the refutation of the "scandal is good for Republicans" notion. Greg also gives us a bit of inside scoop on the (Sort-of) Great Enterovirus Panic of 2014. Militia border demonstration washes out. Because gun threat. OR man who shot & killed his neighbor in 2009 has now shot & killed the new neighbor. Hunter on TX's new pro-conservative public school textbooks. WaPo's fact check of Sen. Boxer's Benghazi counter-claims on security funding. Thomas Frank catches us up on the crumbling KS experiment. More from Stoller's "solution to ISIS" piece.

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Kagro in the Morning - September 19, 2014

Today's ostensibly non-political story that's nonetheless political to us: plastic microbeads are in everything. Even toothpaste. So now they're in your water. Open carry moves to... in front of schools. And how do you tell an open carry protester from a maniac? Wait for him to start shooting. Mark Pryor toes the NRA line, but they spend millions to defeat him anyway. What's Mayday PAC doing giving money to anti-reformers? Why the shift away from an assault weapons ban? Explaining away kids' fatal GunFAILs. Witness who reported Ohio WalMart "gunman" turns out to be full of it. Congressional inaction as tacit approval of executive action. Matt Stoller gives us stuff to think about, re: ISIS.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:21pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 18, 2014

Still more technical difficulties kept us off the live stream, but the podcast goes on. Australian officials claim to have busted an ISIS terror plot in that country. But don't worry, Dick Morris will save you. Greg Dworkin sends us word on what he's been up to at his day job: prepping for enterovirus-68. One of the more interesting "what you don't understand" pieces about Scottish independence. Explainers explain the troop commitment to the Ebola fight. APR: Senate modeling update. Govs. Nikki Haley and Chris Christie have four local Dems bounced from a burrito joint they were visiting. More on "poverty capitalism." Trendspotting: bathroom #GunFAIL.

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Kagro in the Morning - September 17, 2014

Technical issues kept us off the live stream for the first few minutes of the show, but not to worry, it's all here on the podcast. Twitter and social media users help crack the case on a hate crime attack in Philadelphia. A former MA police chief is arrested on gun charges, and you won't believe the gun trouble he's been in before. Joan McCarter joins us to discuss the Philly case, an update on net neutrality actions, this fun new pope, the state of play in the elections in Kansas, Senate action on appointments, and the difficulties of getting to a vote on action against ISIS. Afterward, we reviewed the writing on the politics at play on that issue.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:16pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 16, 2014

No, "tort reform" isn't a serious cost-control measure in health care. Greg Dworkin wasn't with us this morning, but notes the official numbers showing a significant decrease in the numbers of uninsured. Charlie Cook lists the things that could still go wrong for the Gop this fall. Jeanne Devon of The Mudflats on the Palin Riot of 2014. The "necessity defense" for climate action civil disobedience. (Stand Your Planet?) Rosalyn MacGregor updates us on MI-GOV & SEN. War powers & national security issues are looming again. Venture capitalists are getting nervous about a new tech bubble, and with good reason: stupid stuff is happening again.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:10pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 15, 2014

Greg Dworkin sent us a couple worthy links today, in lieu of his usual appearance, inlcuiding Nate Cohn's "Democrats Are Seeing More Daylight in Path to Senate Control," which we pored over for a while. The article's mention of KS independent Greg Orman leads us to a discussion of what it means to caucus with one party or another in the Senate, and why it's done. And hey, aren't party caucuses a little like unions? Say, how about the somewhat clickbait-y revelations of a "secret" Senate rulebook? We take the bait so you don't have to. We also caught up on in-school teacher GunFAIL, because we had to. Someone's picking up & running with the "smart gun" ball again, and even some conservatives think it's worth doing.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:29pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 10, 2014

This morning's Twitter chatter: yet another "Uber, but for..." gets funded. This time, for making the house cleaning market "more efficient" by re-inserting the cash-skimming middleman. (But it might not be working out all that well.) Greg Dworkin reminds us that "makers" make money, not jobs; rounds up ISIS strategy news in advance of the president's speech, and; points to the insiders debating insularity on insider's TV talk show. Joan McCarter tells us Ted Cruz says the Citizens United amendment would outlaw Saturday Night Live. Meanwhile, Daily Kos joins in delivering three million petition signatures in support, and SF Bay Area Kossacks head to Sen. Feinstein's office to lobby for net neutrality. Reminder: you can weigh in with the FCC on net neutrality through Daily Kos, and pick up a protest day widget for your own website, too. We also discuss Daily Kos Elections coverage of yesterday's primary election results, and Republican plans for yet more Benghazi investigation, and another Obamacare repeal vote. Because new ideas!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:36pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 9, 2014

Twitter's still wrapped up in the Ray & Janay Rice story. Plus Condi Rice as NFL commissioner? Greg Dworkin rounds up punditry on Republicans running to the center, and Ted Cruz's Obamacare nightmare (as if he cared about "facts"). Polling on ISIS & foreign policy, generally. Senate moves ahead with Citizens United amendment. Big step forward, or not? Continued reading & discussion of Radley Balko's "How municipalities in St. Louis County, Mo., profit from poverty."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:40pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 8, 2014

Today's morning Twitter chatter: TMZ comes up with video of the assault by NFL player Ray Rice on his fiancée, for which he received just a 2-game suspension from the league. Greg Dworkin tells us the White House has got an ISIS strategy for us, and is employing strategery on the immigration front as well. Nate Cohn's "Why Democrats Can't Win the House." Nick Kristof wrote about Ferguson & then read the comments. Coal waste landfill workers told it's "safe enough to eat." Meanwhile, we're banning solar panels and reversing even small fracking protections? One WI town has to fight fracking even as it's revealed the fracking company's CEO is in jail on charges of child sexual assault. All these stories are about conscious decisions to stack the deck. And so's this one about the dizzying array of fines and penalties designed to soak the poor of St. Louis County, MO.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:43pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 5, 2014

Today's Twitter chatter included the story of a Pennsylvania perv busted by the woman he was assaulting, who just happened to be a federal marshal. Greg Dworkin's roundup gave us food for thought on the McDonnell conviction, yet another unforced conservative gaffe on slavery, and James Risen's take on ISIS (plus Risen as an issue unto himself). Texas school districts aren't missing out on the militarization bonanza. Scientists break the science fiction barrier, with brain-to-brain interfacing. If Dan Snyder gets public money for a new stadium, "it's time to shut down pro sports." Does that ever pay off for the public? Probably not. Gideon flags the "Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act" for our attention. And for anyone who ever asked why I track GunFAIL, the answer is: Idaho State.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:59am EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 4, 2014

Greg Dworkin notes the odd disparity in when the traditional media finds electoral questions "too close to call," and when it does not. WaPo explains its entirely routine (though somewhat silly) shift in Senate modeling. Big changes in KS-SEN. Mike Rogers offers Obama a free hand on ISIS, even as louder-mouthed hawks condemn things before he even contemplates them. And Greg notes Lieberman's conspicuous absence from the hawkish triumvirate. New on the Bridgegate front: top NJ brass silenced cops on the lane closures. Glenn Beck is: 1) still alive, and; 2) resigned to a Hillary presidency. Armando calls in with breaking news on the Halbig case. Listener Rosalyn MacGregor clues us in on MI-GOV. And Gideon has some Congressional procedure questions arising from the latest ad against Mitch McConnell.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:40pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 3, 2014

Today we learned the answer to the question impliedly asked last week: How long before one of the newly armed teachers accidentally Second Amendments himself or someone else in class? Greg Dworkin brought us two articles opening the door for a Very Serious People-endorsed "proceed with caution" approach to ISIS. Joan McCarter gives us her take on the lag in evolution of strategic thinking about non-state threats to our national security, and alerts us to a coming debate on a proposed constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. Speaking of which, Tom "Dr. No." Coburn's up for a constitutional convention, because he's "grown disenchanted with gridlock in Washington." Per capita Medicare spending is falling. Daily Kos organizes for secretary of state races, and our community contributed about 25% of public comments to the FCC on net neutrality! Closing a tax loophole on health care CEOs nets $72 million. And, Popular Science explains the "fake cell towers" that can hack your phone without you knowing it.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:29pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 2, 2014

We're back, post-Labor Day, to celebrate Eric Cantor having landed on his feet with a Wall Street firm. Surprise! What a regular guy he is! Greg Dworkin rounded up stories on the Gop's anti-Obamacare strategy death spiral, the collapse of resistance to Medicaid expansion, both leading to the possible dissolution of the once-hyped "wave." So what's left for them? How about using this pre-fab punditry formula to turn almost anything into a "serious issue?" What about ISIS? Chris Christie tries on the foreign policy costume, donors say it doesn't fit. And don't miss Greg's weekend wrap-up, "Things you can learn from Mom and Dad", Rei's latest on Bárðarbunga. Thank the stars for their substance, because from where I sat, the weekend was filled with chatter about tan suits and naked selfies. Last week's 9-year-old with an Uzi story continued to capture eyes & imaginations, but there was plenty of routine kids' #GunFAIL, too. And the clamor for reaction to Russia leads to bans on imports, which leads to AK-47s, which of course leads to new conspiracy theories. Brooklynbadboy tipped us off to East End Long Island's fight between the rich and the insanely rich. And Armando joined in to discuss the WaPo's compensation for Katherine Weymouth, the fate of Michael Sam, and the many issues swirling around the NFL.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:57pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 29, 2014

We check in with the end of the Market Basket management dispute. Or was it a labor dispute? Or both? Louisiana's libertarian water, now with brain-eating amoeba! Gideon opens the door to an inquiry into the many & varied issues surrounding police militarization. HuffPo reports that video gaming collectives are SWAT-ing their rivals' offices! Also: what's a gaming collective and why do they have offices? Courts make it increasingly difficult to hold cops accountable. Another video surfaces, this time of cops arresting an unarmed black man who answers demands for ID in exactly the same way open carry protesters do.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:35pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 28, 2014

Everybody's talking about the 9-year-old with the Uzi. And you can probably thank GunFAIL for that. Greg Dworkin's top story is a narrative-buster: Medicare growth seems under control. The McDonnell "crazy wife" defense. Jindal flip-flops & sues over Common Core. "How fish can learn to walk." Congressional candidate's gun stolen, used in deadly robbery. Here comes the pro-militarization lobbying. Another detail from the McDonnell trial: his oddball living arrangements. In the wake of Ferguson, shocking video from a February story in which cop dash-cams captured outrageous brutality, which the cops nonetheless denied. Struggling to keep up with views on drug-detecting nail polish, and Ferguson as a "suburban ghetto."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:24pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 27, 2014

The GunFAIL lines are ringing off the hook today. The 9-year-old with the Uzi. The NH officer who lost his gun in the courthouse bathroom, which is very rare, except for when officers do it in other NH courthouses. And the case of His & Hers gun derp. Greg Dworkin rounds up ISIS news, including chatter from the usually-wrong. More on that "libertarian moment" thing. Obamacare disappearing as an election issue. "Between the World and Ferguson." Joan McCarter told us about the Republican Senators & candidates who groveled before the Koch brothers, President Obama's pursuit of a non-treaty climate accord, and more. Tomorrow's news today: a reminder that both teachers and students are heading back to class armed this year.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:25pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 26, 2014

Today's morning Twitter chatter: audio surfaces purporting to have captured the sound of the shots that killed Michael Brown. Fox Question Mark asks if it's "misleading" to refer to Brown as an "unarmed teen." And the NRA says a mom who works (against them) from home isn't a stay-at-home mom. Big Time GunFAIL: a 9-year-old girl accidentally shoots her firearms instructor in the head. And a legally blind man shoots his nephew. The "white privilege" of "being afraid for your life." "Suburban ghettos" as "ticking time bombs," and Adam Serwer's "Eighty Years Of Fergusons." How AIPAC got Israel funding passed during a Senate recess.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:39pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 25, 2014

Morning chatter included the NYT's use of the by now-infamous "no angel" framing on the day of Michael Brown's funeral, and Maureen Dowd's absolutely terrible Sunday lede. Greg Dworkin rounds up the latest back-to-war chatter, and peeks under the hood of the New American Foundation, what they're up to, and who funds them, plus the latest reason somebody's gotta be bombed. In other news: Obamacare's popular, but the name isn't; the Notorious RBG speaks. Surprise! Reporters digging into the records of the Ferguson-area cops who mistreated them find some serious dirt! Revisiting the pundit fumbling of the Perry indictment, and Jon Perr's documentation of the history of the "criminalization of politics" tripe. Lastly, not only are corporations people, they're militarized cops!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:49pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 22, 2014

Catching up on the Ice Bucket Challenge, news of the first serious accident, plus we listen to Mitt Romney get doused. Turning to the more serious, here's more on excessive reliance on fines & penalties in Ferguson, where each household is served with an average of three warrants a year! These aren't the high-stakes drug warrants we've discussed in the past, but it's worth connecting, given the militarization discussions of late. We check in again with Gideon, who provides food for thought on the James Risen case, Elizabeth Warren, Ferguson, the Kajieme Powell shooting, and more. Next, Meteor Blades' "Cop cams could change police behavior, but technology can only do so much," plus some speculation on the problems they might create. And from Politico, "How going nuclear unclogged the Senate."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:36pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 20, 2014

Another day of protest in Ferguson gives us cause to compare, once again, the kid glove treatment open carry protesters get from cops. Is it the cameras? Because cameras don't solve everything.  Top Missouri Republican finds Ferguson voter registration drive "disgusting." Would it be out of bounds to say so if there were a clear and definitive constitutional right to vote? Breitbart says the famous photo of a protester throwing back a canister of tear gas is their evidence of "Molotov cocktails." Google data finds two different Americas, and so did The Upshot. The click-bait headline everyone's talking about: "I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me." And, that new gun violence study I previewed.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:58pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 19, 2014

Ferguson news continues this morning, as the bigger name national press declares it OK to consider the situation outrageous. GunFAIL is back in the news this morning, with the accidental shooting of a 7-year-old boy by his grandmother, who mistook him for an intruder. Again. Greg Dworkin brought us another round of Rick Perry indictment news, and a thought or two about Ferguson. Updates via Rei and WaPo on volcanic rumblings in Iceland. 3-D printed guns actually made out of metal have arrived. And GideonAB calls in to give us the overseas observers' view of Ferguson, and point to Phoebe Loosinhouse's diary on the subject.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:49pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 18, 2014

It's Eric Cantor's last day. Because everybody resigns on Mondays. The 18th. So we recount his prolific use of chauffeured SUVs. Greg Dworkin rounds up the Rick Perry indictment news, reports that evangelicals haz gots a sad, collects the latest on Iraq, things looking up on the jobs front, and some improvement at the VA. We circle back around to Ferguson with stirrings on the grand jury front, and John Oliver's much-discussed take, a read through Jeffrey Smith's insightful look at the Ferguson community's history, and Mark Sumner's backgrounder on the lengths to which conservative Missouri went to keep Ferguson under the boot. Finally, no, it's not just libertarians who care about this.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:03pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 15, 2014

Things calmed down overnight in Ferguson, only to heat up a little bit as the local police released the name of the officer who shot Michael Brown, but then proceeded to implicate Brown in a robbery. Greg Dworkin joined us for further discussion of police militarization, some suggestions for how to dial it back (or make it worse), and what we're hearing from libertarians on this. And just for variety: "a very cool thing about Robin Williams." Bmaz calls for removing the St. Louis Co. prosecutor from the investigation. After that, we watched the Ferguson press conference unfold via Twitter, naming officer Darren Wilson, but including the release of a police report alleging Brown's involvement in a robbery prior to the shooting. We parse that live and as we read it, along with reports that Ferguson police have some less-than-honest reporting.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:44pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 14, 2014

Greg Dworkin's back, but it's all about Ferguson, police militarization and political theory today. Reporters are getting arrested. Once (presumably, generously) cautious libertarians are finally beginning to issue statements. And we awaited the same from MO's governor. Meanwhile, should we expect a bolder Ferguson response during the "libertarian moment"? Or is that not a real thing? But the bulk of the show is given over to a discussion of the political dynamics of police militarization, how it happens, and why. I think we hit some points that aren't getting serious discussion elsewhere, if I do say so myself. And I just did.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:33pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 13, 2014

Thanks to Bill in Portland Maine for his generous tip of the hat to what's technically the third anniversary of Daily Kos Radio! An extended round of thanks goes out to all the people who make the show possible, and to all the people who do the things that make the Daily Kos community the remarkable place it is. A bit of an introspective show today, prompted by the anniversary, involving some of the mechanics of how we measure the growth of the show. But the addition of Joan McCarter helps save the day, and we do discuss events in Ferguson, the militarization of local police, the Koch pullout from MI, Joe Miller's ugly AK campaign, the big Dem NC-Sen ad buy, and how Rand Paul stiffed IA evangelicals to party in the Hamptons.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:37pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 12, 2014

A bit of a mix for you today. Robin Williams. Ferguson. A Chris McDaniels song parody by Lauren Mayer. Marketing follies & how to get rich people to give you money. The federal judge who wouldn't recuse himself from former AL Gov. Don Siegelman's trial is arrested. Gideon reminds us of last month's "how to motivate reluctant voters" story. Parleo offers us the international scoop on a brand new party winning seats in Spain and the European Parliament. Ann Coulter, terrible on everything, is terrible on ebola, which leads us to "5 Insane Things I Learned as a Foreign Aid Worker," which leads us to note that anti-terror "corruption" in foreign aid isn't just a foreign problem, which leads us to today's discussion about militarized cops, which begins with this Chris Hayes tweet. Back to Tucker Carlson: no, his bathtub drownings claim probably isn't correct, and since enemy of the people said I let him off too easy, we go way, way back to let Hunter tell us why Carlson's so vile.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:53pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 11, 2014

Gotta discuss the unrest in Ferguson, but the only part of it that's even close to being in my wheelhouse is the contrast between how police approach First Amendment protests versus Second Amendment ones. Which brings us back to the Ohio WalMart shooting, which for better or for worse, even gun rights advocates are catching on to. James O'Keefe is still alive, and he thinks you don't know Osama bin Laden is dead. Sarah Palin channel begins serving up the dumb-vomit. Via Twitter, Stacy Cox suggests we make fun of Tucker Carlson, and I oblige. Lisa asks how many kids have had fatal gun accidents this month, so we count it up. Bill in Portland Maine pointed us to a story worthy of wider notice: Gov. LePage won't bother looking into or trying to recover half a million dollars swiped by a crony. And BallerinaX recalls a link between the Maine story and Utah politics.

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Kagro in the Morning - August 8, 2014

Happy Friday! We're bombing Iraq, again. A married couple, both cops, fed up with their daughter making bad life decisions, decide to murder her boyfriend. A GunFAIL follow-up: family of man killed by a gun he thought was unloaded asks for donations to the NRA. Since issuing its first concealed carry permits in February, Illinois has had to kick over 100 approved instructors off the lists of those who can train applicants. (Like what we heard about last year in Missouri.) And in Michigan, they're supposed to be watching for violations by concealed carriers. But they're not. Well, just trust 'em, I guess. A fracking company owner for reals goes to jail for dumping waste in the river. Remember those giant tobacco settlement payments to states? Wall Street figured out how to steal them. The idiotic practice of Members of Congress faking "thrift" by living in their offices.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:47pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 7, 2014

Taken in by the TPM headline: "Maureen McDonnell A 'Nut Bag," we catch up a little bit on the McDonnell corruption trial. An... interesting Twitter exchange over whether DC is (or ever was) "cool." An Ohio man is shot & killed by police for waving a rifle at customers inside a WalMart. Was he an open carry protestor? Nope. His family says it was a toy gun he probably picked up off the store's own shelves. Good news: Servers at these MN restaurants are getting a raise! Bad news: the restaurant is charging them the 2% credit card transaction fee on their tips! VA-10 Gop nominee Barbara Comstock was a lobbyist for the Kochs. And Blackwater. Give a monkey enough time with a camera & he'll take a selfie. And challenge the foundations of copyright jurisprudence. And Rolling Stone says everything Republicans believe is wrong.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:31pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 6, 2014

A 10th accidental child shooting in August here in the U.S. And they've got similar problems in South Africa. So similar, in fact, that they've got a street gang called the "Americans." The My Parents Open Carry flap reminds me of the real life story of open carrier parents Meleanie & Scott Hain. Joan McCarter joins in with commentary on items both trivial and weighty. Ran(d) Paul's dine & dash; the new NBC/WSJ poll says (among many other things) that Congress is less popular than ever, but they're beating Putin, anyway. Interesting results also on income inequality, policy priorities and more. Big money attacks on Obamacare not moving the needle. Primary election results: "accidental Congressman" bounced; "top two" open primary, an idea promoted by Chuck Schumer to boost turnout, yields a two Republican race in WA-04. We ponder the rules implications of Republican control of the Senate, and note that we're in for another drawn-out fight over the torture report, unless maybe the new leaker gets hold of it. Lastly, the continuing storyline of Gop grifting.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:29pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 5, 2014

The 5-year-old mayor of Dorset, MN is ousted. (Be honest, you thought I was going to say he was accidentally shot, didn't you?) Politico also notes the gun rental suicide epidemic. There is a real book called My Parents Open Carry and The Onion didn't write it. The trials and tribulations of McDonalds' franchisees. Armando on the GMO labeling controversy, Glocks vs. Docs & the First Amendment. Also: KSU's interim president takes a pay cut to give lower-paid employees a raise.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:02pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 4, 2014

Technical difficulties galore, today. But the podcast is here & ready to go. Greg Dworkin helped get us back on track with his round-up. Economic performance, explained. Either Benghazi's not a real scandal, or the investigators aren't real Republicans. And the Gop base is gearing up to ruin 2016 for their party. Several one thing(s) you need to read about ebola. And one we shouldn't have to. For the 40th anniversary of Nixon's resignation, Bob Woodward reviews John Dean's book. From the tech world: your USB devices might be Transformer hackers or something. Crazy southwestern idiots use the border crisis as an excuse to try to shoot actual people. But they're so crazy, they seem to end up shooting their families, instead.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:55pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 1, 2014

The CIA's been spying on the Senate, and I forget to read the articles about it. Greg Dworkin leads off with "The Tea Party's Image Today," providing hours of fun with some fantastic word cloud illustrations. Also: "Why Am I Moving Left?", one journo's political journey towards Cheeto-muncherism, and the cult of political manliness examined, in "No More Mr. Tough Guy." The mystery of the Google barges is solved, and it's dumber than you might have guessed. Via Atrios, Afghanistan's now more expensive than the Marshall Plan. More about "Moving Left." Making labor organizing a civil right. "Palin of the South" storms out of "Palin-style interview." A for-profit late-stage cancer treatment company pays for FreedomWorks to fight making early detection affordable.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:04pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - July 31, 2014

Greg Dworkin rounds up news from the McDonnell trial. And speaking of governors in trouble, will Christie's problems spill over to Cuomo? Some might hope so. Hollow denials about impeachment dreams. Notorious RBG speaks. As did Lois Lerner. Then, the growing swirl around the Gruber comments, on which Armando weighs in. Again, we conclude that Halbig's just beyond the pale. Surprise! We also take a look at a diary by FischFry arguing against the incorporation of the Second Amendment as against state governments. Another lone nut open carry situation features yet more jailhouse lawyering. And E.J. Dionne's look at the "impeachment two-step."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:01pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - July 30, 2014

Bad news, everybody: there's good news. GDP numbers are strong, and that's bad because our fiscal conservatives who love America know that GDP growth is communist and America is a hellhole. Greg Dworkin, sporting a brand new headset, pointed us to yesterday's APR, which began with a reflection on just how far we've come, economically, and examines public opinion of Obama's foreign policy style. Speaking of which: the Russia-Ukraine thing. It's time for Chris Christie comeback stories. Joan McCarter is also back from hiatus, and we talked about hot new trends in plagiarism, the pre-recess waiting game in Congress, "Paul Ryan's one crazy trick to hurt all the poor," David Sirota's continuing work on Chris Christie's pension fund shenanigans, the controversial decision to bring Netroots Nation to Phoenix, the future rollout of Daily Kos' own regional mini-conferences, the Daily Kos endorsement of Jim Mowrer in his race against the execrable Steve King in IA-04, and the looming world water crisis. Oh, and George Zimmerman isn't working as a security guard at a gun store, after all.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:08pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - July 29, 2014

Another look back at Halbig today, this time in search of The One Analysis To Rule Them All. In gun news: open carry at the airport goes poorly; naked boobs are ruining Texas gun boners; a concealed carry ninja intervenes & nearly lets the bad guy get away; child gun deaths on the rise; at least 14 states see gun deaths top vehicular deaths; what to do if you don't like it when open carriers come in: just leave, and; if you think you shouldn't be afraid, one gun rights advocate says you're wrong. Natalie Tennant does what the CW says she "has to," but would WV win in a real trade-off?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:20pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - July 28, 2014

Sarah Palin stole our idea of starting our own channel! And Florida continues to go gun crazy. Greg Dworkin brought us great show fodder, as usual, starting with the 11th Circuit upholding Florida's incredibly stupid "Docs vs. Glocks" law. Other tidbits: fist bumps vs. handshakes; the dumb poll of the day; why we're likely to see more "worst" presidents; weirdest Obamacare theory yet; the niche industry of conservative insurgency; and the maybe not-so-unique problems of measuring quality in health care. In the second hour, a deeper look into the niche insurgency industry & Glocks vs. Docs stories.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:41pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - July 25, 2014

Don't say I never did anything special for you! Although I couldn't put together a genuine live show today, I stayed up late and recorded you an ALL NEW KITM, so I wouldn't leave you hanging on a Friday! Lots included in the show, like Spedwybabs' simple & helpful pointer for how to help with the Detroit water crisis; lots and lots of Halbig & King follow-up; and the House lawsuit against Obama inches forward. Also, the craziest gun story of the day: the MN man who shot a 17yo neighbor because she asked him to stop riding his lawnmower over her property. And the NRA imagines a "gun-required" world. The financiers are securitizing farmland and crops. What could go wrong? Turns out none of these big mouths ever "goes Galt." And they're also lying about the connection between corporate performance and their giant paychecks. Shocker.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:30am EST