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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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT