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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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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

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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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:56pm EDT

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 EDT

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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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:53pm EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT