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Kagro in the Morning - May 30, 2014

Greg Dworkin sampled the morning's headlines. The House actually passed a gun background check funding amendment. Further UCSB fallout and gun safety roundup. Honest conservative snipe hunt. McConnell called out for ACA buffoonery. No, the VA is not an Obamacare preview. Microsoft billionaire Steve Ballmer looks to buy the Clippers from the most-hated man in America. More NSA & national security state discussion, based on Eben Moglen's "Privacy under attack."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:18pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - May 29, 2014

Greg Dworkin gets us back on track with his roundup this morning. More from Kinsley. Why he's wrong. EPA to regulate emissions by executive authority, and the likely fallout. Terry Lynn Land is terrible. McConnell fares no better. And could Andrew Cuomo be a test case for pulling Hillary left? Want to help Charles Gaba help MI? Gun news roundup: a public AR-15 whoopsie; WalMart #GunFAIL nearly took out a newborn infant; more bullets fly in Isla Vista. Conclusion of Andrew O'Hehir's "The empire strikes back," and the start of Eben Moglen's "Privacy under attack" set us up for some serious discussion of the national security state.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:38pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - May 28, 2014

We started the morning with a little national security state chatter, just as a placeholder for future discussion. Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter joined the show today and served us up a full plate of great stories. Reviewing the Kinsley review of Greenwald's book. The "First Amendment Blind Spot." Sam Wang handicaps the election handicappers. Concerned about veterans' health care? Expand Medicaid. Iran's bomb-making capacity is diminished. Had you heard? If not, why not? Abortion? Michael Boggs knows nothing about it! Mitch McConnell word salads his health care position. Bonkersghazi civil war continues. Speaking of which, Rand Paul gets himself four Pinocchios on the subject. End Times Alert: NY moms pay $1K for consultants to pack their kids' summer camp trunks.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:21pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - May 27, 2014

Returning to the "air" after a long weekend of rough news, Greg Dworkin joined us to discuss the #YesAllWomen global phenomenon, open carry blowback in Texas, the VA issue narrative versus reality, and how Sen. Burr stepped in it. Even as the tide turns on marriage equality, we're reminded that some think they can turn it on a dime, because "tradition." And the oldest Member of the House ever looks to win his primary. Dark money at work in Arkansas. Twitter was buzzing about corporate social media. What was the Boston "fusion center" tracking while missing the marathon bombing? Occupy. Boing Boing notes new NYT chief Baquet spiked the biggest pre-Snowden NSA story. Speaking of the NSA, the prescience of Justice Brandeis.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:17pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - May 23, 2014

CDC stats for 2010 (the last year available) cited in a routine newspaper report say 62 kids ages 14 & under were accidentally killed by gunfire. But my review of 2013 GunFAIL incidents are turning up many more. Greg Dworkin helps us digest that from a statistical point of view, and brings us around to the hot topic of Ta-Nehisi Coates' much-discussed writing on the topic of reparations. More angles on the Abramson firing.  A critic trades barbs with Charles Pierce over Glenn Greenwald. More about the wacko Sandy Hook denier/sign stealer. Revisiting the Senate wheel o' fortune. Georgia town bans sex toys, but loves guns. Figuratively. (I think.) Armando calls in to tie the reparations and Abramson firing issues together, and preview some upcoming writing on those subjects, as well as the odd cloud of issues surrounding the reviews of the latest Greenwald book. More conservative blowback on long gun open carry. AT&T to buy DirecTV. Drug cartel becomes lime cartel. Traffickers vs. vigilantes? Or private equity vs. traditional producers/labor? You decide!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:25pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - May 22, 2014

Constitutional freedoms abound! Breaking into nursing homes! Posing for gun trophy pics at Chipotle! Standing your ground against Godzilla! Greg Dworkin makes sense of our morning, rounding up Gop factional politics & their policy implications. In fact, he's so balanced, he does it for both sides! Random science note: outsourcing pollination to robo-bees. Even conservatives are piling on against Open Carry Texas. Anyone "fact checking" Rand Paul's claims about filibustering David Barron? Recommended reading on the "evolution" (if you believe in that stuff) of the Second Amendment. The exciting conclusion of Quinn Norton's "Everything is Broken."

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

Kagro in the Morning - May 21, 2014

Today's Twitter buzz: Summer feeding program for poor kids, but "rural only." And a quick reminder of the increasing militarization of cops. Greg Dworkin rounded up post-primary news, notes a new high in acceptance of marriage equality, and the real problem at the heart of things like the growing VA scandal. Joan McCarter joins in for wide-ranging discussion of everything from the latest gun rights conspiracy theory, to a wrap-up on the ID-Gov primary, to the national Gop's witch hunt for ACA heretics, to yet more false equivalence on equivocation on health care. Harry Reid's talking rules change, again. The net neutrality fight continues, as coalitions fray. What happens when Republicans get tripped up by voter ID laws.

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

Kagro in the Morning - May 20, 2014

Nothing works like it's supposed to! Greg Dworkin rounds up primary day news, starting with the Tea Party's continued struggle to find purpose, and where the big money is being spent. Are Republicans set for a pivot to climate change (in a bad way)? "Republicans getting away with utter gibberish on Obamacare," and "McConnell Is No Longer the King of Kentucky." Then today's story mash-up: Quinn Norton's "Everything is Broken," "why I was forced to shut down Lavabit," and yesterday's mash-up of NSA follies & the legal system. Whatever you're an expert in, there's someone else, somewhere, who's an expert in undoing you, using a system you don't understand but have to interface with, anyway.

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

Kagro in the Morning - May 19, 2014

Polling reveals significant support for immigration reform, whatever that might mean. The media and media watchers continue to obsess over the Abramson firing, but I hit my limit on tolerance of the story. Idaho's Republican gubernatorial primary debate is filled to the brim with crazy. Then, a three story mash-up becomes our big umbrella topic of the day: how & why the DoJ misled the Supreme Court in order to shield the national security regime from any judicial review; runaway biometrics technology may make anonymity & obscurity generally impossible; and the emerging "right to be forgotten" which may be our only chance to save ourselves.

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

Kagro in the Morning - May 16, 2014

Today we ask the important questions. Will this podcast even survive the Operation American Spring revolution? And, can the wacky world of white privilege be compared to net neutrality? Obamacare's closing health care clinics, in a good way. Baseless speculation on the outlandish possibilities the end of net neutrality opens up! Conservatives (whatever that means these days) get together to feed each other sandwiches and say the same things over again, and pretend it's new. "Should Your Driverless Car Kill You to Save Two Other People?" And "Why Don't We Know How Many People Are Shot Each Year in America?" Armando previews his Sunday Kos piece taking issue with Glenn Greenwald on issues of race & gender.

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