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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

Kagro in the Morning - July 24, 2014

Have you heard about this #PoorDoor story? An upscale Manhattan apartment building with a separate entrance for lower-income residents? Greg Dworkin rounds up some weird news, the Cuomo ethics commission flap, Jeb Bush sticking with immigration reform, Gop "outreach" apparently coming down to Rand Paul, POTUS approval ratings remain stable, and though he still hasn't been swaggering bare-chested, he's reduced inequality. Another botched execution, and "Don't Learn on Me — Are Teaching Hospitals Patient-Centered?" Ian Reifowitz joined us for the second hour, for another wide-ranging discussion of Gop xenophobic rumor-mongering, Halbig and the filibuster, and guns and the politics of fear.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:31pm EST

Kagro in the Morning "classic" - July 18, 2014

On today's Kagro in the Morning "classic episode," Greg Dworkin joined us for his regular morning roundup, including the much-discussed "The Loud Truth About Abortion Protesters," the McDonnell indictment, the continuing Chris Christie saga, and the rather ridiculous notion that it somehow helps Christie for it to have legs. No less ridiculous: the idea that Christie, the new head of the RGA, is somehow thrilled with Bob McDonnell being in the headlines. Greg's most interesting reads on the subject: Matt Bai and Matt Katz. Plus Jonathan Chait has seen the Gop future: GWB. (Not the bridge, though there's that, too.) For the second hour, we welcomed Sophia Yen and Ellen Shaffer of the Silver Ribbon Campaign to Trust Women, our co-hosts for the day, thanks to their winning bid in the latest round of Netroots Nation fundraising auctions! Today being the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, it was a perfect day to dive deep into the bundle of issues surrounding reproductive rights and health. Their backgrounder on the campaign and roundup of the issues took us from insurance coverage, to "crisis pregnancy centers," to the Hyde amendment, to forced birthing. But just as important, they broke through the walls of the "issue silo" and reminded us that no matter what your top priorities are, these issues are tied in many ways to everything you care about. And we thank sponsor Harry's for their support! Save $5 on your first order of fine shaving products with promo code "Kagro"!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:25pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - July 23, 2014

Lots of Halbig and King discussion today, with Greg Dworkin bringing us a sampling of today's most interesting writing on the topic. Also: GA-Sen, and; the charter schools sales guide, revealed. Discussion of yesterday's cases dominate the rest of the show. Armando joins in with his 200-or-so cents on the subject, and we touch both on the substance of the specific cases, as well as the weaknesses in the "legal theory" driving conservative thought on them. At the close of the show, we take note of Brian Beutler's latest, "The Conservative Judges Who Ruled Against Obamacare Missed This One Very Important Detail."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:37am EST

Kagro in the Morning - July 22, 2014

Following historical precedent, Republicans who predicted doom in the passage of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, the Clinton budget and stimulus program, and the Obama stimulus plan, and were wrong on each count, are now also wrong on predictions of skyrocketing premium costs under the ACA. Greg Dworkin joins us to discuss this, today's GA Republican Senate run-off, Sen. Schumer's NYT op-ed backing "top-two" open primaries, and Harry Enten's assertion that Elizabeth Warren would be the most liberal Dem nominee since 1972... if she were, you know, running. Later, we respond to listener comments, critique the Schumer op-ed, announce the Halbig news, and clarify yesterday's information about Iceland's protest political party, the "Best Party."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:58pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - July 21, 2014

Greg Dworkin's news round-up was essential in getting the show somewhat grounded after a long weekend out of the country, plus the distraction of Netroots Nation for many of my other online news and issues lifelines. "Goodbye to the Republican Wave?" Elizabeth Warren's "11 commandments," and yet another shot at the "she should run" argument. Republican resistance to taking care of their own, in one chart. Gates vs. Biden. RFK, Jr.: anti-vaxxer. Krugman reminds us once again that the "debt crisis" is largely imaginary. What's the best party in Icelandic politics? More discussion on Krugman's piece. Anti-vaxxer Rep. Phil Gingrey freaks out that Central American refugees might not be vaccinated! MO Gov. Nixon vetoes an "arm the teachers" bill.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:00pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - July 16, 2014

Even as Netroots Nation 2014 draws near, Greg Dworkin continues manning his post! The continued TradMed insistence on a Clinton/Warren schism, CBO numbers on health care get better and better. Why don't they just Moneyball government like they do with business? Because even in you tried, the boss wouldn't listen. But the story that really got us cooking was "How to mobilize reluctant voters." Because we'd also heard that mobilizing voters can get you arrested. Come hear about the shocking story developing in Georgia!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:54pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - July 15, 2014

After leading off with Daily Kos Kitchen Nightmares, Greg Dworkin returned to the show to bring us some sanity. The "radioactive" Common Core controversy. Santorum seeks to walk the tightrope on populism. The latest polls and the political zeitgeist say "it's complicated," but we don't like to think so. So, impeach, or something. And Peter Orzag says the do-nothing Congress is your fault. Obama Derangement Syndrome traps Republicans on Syria & Iraq, as well as Benghazi. Boehner's lawsuit makes Republicans look like whiners. Worse, it could end up empowering the Roberts SCOTUS far more than Congress. And don't forget to visit our sponsor, Harrys.com, where you can save $5 on your first order of fine shaving products with the "Kagro" promo code!

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

Kagro in the Morning - July 14, 2014

Greg wasn't with us for the big return to the live show today, but he set the agenda for the day with his collection of today's headlines. Mike Huckabee's discovered the perpetual candidate lifestyle, and has developed a pricey private plane habit. Singapore's ad discouraging gambling on the World Cup backfires. Homeopathy wins the World Cup, and German soccer players were there, too. How Michigan charter schools became prime feasting ground for edu-vultures. And to continue the ed reform theme, "Why many Democrats have turned against teachers unions," featuring a contribution from Netroots denizen & fellow Kossack Jeff Bryant. And P.S., did you miss out on saving $5 on your first order of fine shaving products from sponsor Harrys.com last time around? You've got another chance this month, when you use promo code KAGRO!

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

Kagro in the Morning - July 3, 2014

Greg Dworkin rounds up top news, including new jobs numbers, the fully insane hijacking of a Thad Cochran press call, Republicans increasingly in sync with Rand Paul on foreign policy, another new Q-Poll tells much the same story, and Carly Fiorina is astroturfing to nobody. The latest GunFAIL compilation gives us an opportunity to laugh at WND's Joseph Farah. The House quietly deletes the requirement that Members and top staff report free travel on their financial disclosure forms. Details of Maine Gov. Paul LePage's multiple visits with "sovereign citizen" nuts, as the cross-pollination between the religious right and old-school nutcases is already on the rise. WaPo's report on the "men's rights" convention last week.

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

Kagro in the Morning - July 2, 2014

Belgium sucks. Greg Dworkin says that's an anecdote, not data. We didn't overlook either of the top two "most overlooked races." And nobody's quite ready to look past Hobby Lobby. SCOTUSBlog isn't the SCOTUS, but SCOTUS is its biggest reader. Republicans begin staking out positions against renewed intervention in the mess that is Iraq. NYT says Benghazi suspect has said important things, but not what they were. Gop as "party of ideas?" A new but kind of stupid Q-Poll. Joan McCarter joins us in pondering WTF about Belgium. Hobby Lobby won't be the last birth control case, nor the end of the War on Women. Bill O'Reilly's staff stalker looks for attention by baiting us about "Beyoncé Voters." Coming up on Daily Kos: the White House issues report on Medicaid expansion. Target comes up with a gun policy. Open carry protesters say they'll ignore it. Day One of GA's "guns everywhere" law brings us a draw-down between two open carriers. Gun "success" story is underwhelming.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:41pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - July 1, 2014

Like most of the country, we're still reeling from yesterday's terrible Supreme Court gimmetarian decisions. Greg Dworkin brought us some highlights from the commentary: states may have more to say about birth control coverage, an attempt to walk the middle path, and a proposal to make oral birth control available over the counter. Twitter mistakes SCOTUSBlog for the actual SCOTUS. Maine's governor goes rogue. WSJ says biz groups awaken to find Republicans have run away from them. So, third party? Emerging rivalry between ISIS & AQ, dreams of a caliphate, and waiting for an Arab Summer. Afterwards, a little checks & balances chat. What's so "narrow" about Hobby Lobby? Updates on gun show GunFAILs, and a responsible gun owner so law-abiding, he says if a new law mandates he shoot responsibly, he'll disobey it, for freedom. An update to yesterday's Inouye story from our ears in Hawaii, Judy Vincent. Lauren Mayer's "Keep Your Hobby Lobby (Away From My Va-jayjay)." And it didn't take long, but the long gun open carry protest movement has brought out the racists.

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

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