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Sheldon Adelson holds his own personal auditions for Republican presidential candidates, where John Nichols notes Chris Christie had to apologize for referring to Israel's "occupied territories," but not for berating teachers. Greg Dworkin joined us for a Last Day of Open Season ACA round-up. But success in getting people covered isn't the same thing as success in getting people to support the new law, for many reasons. After a little chit-chat tour of Iceland, we move on to last night's 60 Minutes story on how high-frequency stock traders rigged the market. Yet another instance in which "economic inequality" isn't just about somebody having more money than you, but rather about having the system tailored to keep it that way, no matter what.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:39pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - March 28, 2014

Today's morning Twitter buzz: #CancelColbert; Cheney joins the parade of self-exoneration, the retirement of House intelligence committee chair Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI). Also out of Michigan, a story of corruption charges by Dems against Gov. Rick Snyder (R). But first: a five-alarm chit-chat alert, including basketball, the Mason-Dixon line and Dolly Parton. Then, more on "Chesapeake Energy's $5 Billion Shuffle," the amazing story of how it's possible to make money out of thin air when the system happens to set up just right for you to steal if from people! And if owning the government and the courts doesn't do the trick, what about buying the news, like this story says Chevron did in Richmond, CA?

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

Kagro in the Morning - March 27, 2014

Greg Dworkin tells us why getting the metrics wonks (and reporters) want on ACA signups isn't so easy. Seems Krugman and Silver are fighting. Here's "what you need to know." Christie exonerates himself as the 2016 Republican field jockeys for position and 2014 red state Senate Dems stake out positions on ACA fixes. Chit-chat alert: fancy NY hotel now offers "social media concierge service" for your wedding. What exactly is "economic inequality," anyway? Well, for starters, it's about how it screws the poor on welfare (and you, too, since this is taxpayer money), as well as the poor who think they're signing up to become "makers."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:48pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - March 26, 2014

Greg Dworkin caught us up on Charles Gaba's latest sign-up numbers, ACA "fatigue," and Mitch McConnell's Duke gaffe. Joan McCarter joins in, noting the latest tweak to ACA deadlines, and moving on to the DC Circuit's hearing of the Halbig ACA challenge, which brought us to the pressure for blue slip reform and the troubled Surgeon General nomination. Dems are jumping out in front on Social Security expansion, even as Third Way renews its campaign to do the opposite. Congress is back on the "doc fix," and faces more Ukraine aid wrangling. Plus, the administration is openly floating NSA reform. Gee, I wonder why! Speaking of which, how much snooping is your email provider doing?

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

Kagro in the Morning - March 25, 2014

Hobby Lobby is on everyone's mind today, as the Court hears oral argument. Armando joins us for a discussion of what's at stake in the case. Breaking news this morning of a shooting at the naval base in Norfolk, VA. Apparently the suspect arrived unarmed and took a gun from a guard there. Now there's a twist. Then, a little more reflection on the "warrior cop" topic, before turning to how Third Way stepped in it with both feet. First, by thinking they could get away with some easy hippie-punching (and finding out they couldn't). And second, by getting trolled by Sheldon Adelson, who just bought their boss. New Hampshire residents are mobilizing in town meetings to push for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. White House wants blue slip reform for judicial nominations.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:34pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - March 24, 2014

Greg Dworkin joins us for the morning chatter about Hobby Lobby, Nate Silver, Chris Christie, etc., before turning to Radley Balko's latest on his "warrior cop" theme, E.J. Dionne, Mike Konczal and even Greg himself on the persistent Republican fantasy of "voluntarism." Afterwards, we double back on the "warrior cop" issue, and then back to Hobby Lobby for a look at just how wrong this whole thing really is.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:59pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - March 21, 2014

We begin by exploring the topic of how to stop talking about basketball brackets. Ten minutes later, we have come to no conclusion, and move on to McKay Coppins' look at the conservative book publishing racket, a favorite and long-running topic on the show. "Are You There God? It's Me, Hobby Lobby." The exciting conclusion of David Dayen's "Why the Justice Department Inspector General Report on Mortgage Fraud Matters." Justin Wolfers explains that "Most Americans Who Live Hand-to-Mouth Aren't Actually 'Poor.'" And Greg Sargent reminds us of "The real goal of all those anti-Obamacare ads."

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

Kagro in the Morning - March 20, 2014

Join us for the last hours for filling in your brackets! Greg Dworkin tries to put us back on track with a segue into Nate Silver's bracketology, and from there into the various critiques of his new launch. Charles Gaba gets his day in the WaPo. Jen Sorensen's ACA story, in cartoon form, of course. "Is The CDC Planning For A Walking Dead Zombie Apocalypse?" The New England Journal of Medicine swats at the NRA for its opposition to Vivek Murthy for Surgeon General. Bernie Madoff doesn't like your kind of income redistribution. Armando calls in to talk bracketology, and relate it to politics and social commentary, just for the hell of it. We also make some #GunFAIL-based game predictions, take a look at Sarah Palin's promotional materials for her new TV show promotion. CNN explores a new trend in March Man-ness. NSA says tech companies knew about mass data collection.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:48pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - March 19, 2014

Uh-oh. Republicans are doing "outreach" again, and this time it's supposedly millennials they're after. After yet another technical glitch, Greg Dworkin brought us stories of Chris Christie banning Tesla sales in NJ, conservative love for Putin, the Tea Party & Wall St. together again (but it might not matter) and The Hill's screamer headline about ACA rates. Joan McCarter for a chat ranging from coverage of the missing airliner, the CIA/Senate war, S.E. Cupp's advice to Republicans to lie about abortion, fact-checking push-back on the Koch brothers, the Republican healthcare "plan," McConnell gets fundraising help from a conserva-perv, and the NSA wants to classify... it's water bill. Other items: is IRS office politics letting tax cheats go free? David Dayen puts a critical eye on the DoJ IG's report on "mortgage fraud." By which they mean the bad stuff you might be doing. Banks? Well, call the SEC. Not our problem!

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

Kagro in the Morning - March 18, 2014

Another plutocrat lines up to claim that his enormous privilege is just like Nazi persecution. So, lots of economic inequality talk today. Freedom Industries CEO wants to be paid for "work" in bankruptcy. Greg Dworkin takes the reins and explores nothing less than the origin of the universe, even as sequestration threatens to slash science funding. "Science Deniers Are Freaking Out About Cosmos." ACA enrollment passes the 5 million mark. Christie's still toast. Edwin Edwards is back. "Groucho Marx's Republican Party." GA's legislature considers perhaps the craziest new gun law going. Wells Fargo accused of routinely forging mortgage documents. But aren't you victims the real Hitlers here?

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