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Kagro in the Morning - October 31, 2014

Another show held together with duct tape & chicken wire! Follow-up on EFF's claims that "sneak & peek" warrants were being abused. Further consideration of the privatized surveillance dodge. Today in "What Could Go Wrong?": The CIA hires Amazon to handle its cloud computing; Personhood amendments on the ballot in ND & CO; FBI creates a fake Seattle Times page with a fake AP story on it to nab a suspect.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:39pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 30, 2014

Technical difficulties knocked out the microphone this morning, but I rigged something up on the fly and got the better part of a show together. Rosalyn MacGregor filled us in on the Michigan electoral horse races, newspaper endorsements, etc. House Gop's lawyers keep quitting their lawsuit against Obama. The "gimmick" economy: does anyone really make anything, any more? Verizon starts a news outlet where no reporting is allowed on net neutrality or domestic spying. Government prohibited from surveillance? Just outsource it. Joan McCarter wraps up with the story of The Midnight Bicycle Ride of Paul Revere Kaci Hickox, Bobby Jindal's Ebola panic, and more.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:50pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 29, 2014

<strong>Greg Dworkin's</strong> morning update partly concerns something called <a href="http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/29/1339896/-Abbreviated-Pundit-Round-up-Politics-science-and-quarantine">"Ebola,"</a> and the importance of a <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/10/state_ebola_quarantines_chris_christie_andrew_cuomo_and_other_american_governors.html?wpsrc=sh_all_dt_tw_top">"big picture" response</a>, both nationally and <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/29/us-health-ebola-australia-idUSKBN0II0CU20141029">internationally</a>. <a href="http://www.courant.com/politics/capitol-watch/hc-lawmaker-representing-part-of-newtown-criticized-for-comments-on-gun-violence-20141024-story.html">Local Connecticut color</a> on <a href="http://www.thereddingpilot.com/19775/carter-ignites-twitter-with-claim/">gun issues</a> in the election. Breaking news: the election is pretty close. Kaci Hickox <a href="http://www.9news.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/29/ebola-nurse-maine/18105327/">isn't putting up</a> with non-scientific quarantine rules. For the record: Jose Canseco's GunFAIL. How does this kind of thing happen? <strong>Armando</strong> joins us to discuss the <em>NYT</em> piece on lobbying operations <a href="mobile.nytimes.com/2014/10/29/us/lobbyists-bearing-gifts-pursue-attorneys-general.html?referrer= ">targeting state Attorneys General</a>. 42 mega-donors provide <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/10/28/top-super-pac-donors-of-the-midterms-steyer-bloomber-singer-mercer/18060219/">nearly a third</a> of all super PAC funds. The much-discussed story of how the ACA has fared in <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/10/mississippi-burned-obamacare-112181_full.html?print#.VFDb57u9Kc1">Mississippi</a>. More <a href="http://mtcowgirl.com/2014/10/26/the-worm-turns-in-mailergate-heres-the-latest/">questions</a> about Montana's <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/california-stanford-dartmouth-voter-mailer-investigation">"Mailergate."</a> Must read: A pre-K teacher <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/rehearsing-for-death-a-pre-k-teacher-on-the-trouble-with-lockdown-drills/2014/10/28/4ab456ea-5eb2-11e4-9f3a-7e28799e0549_story.html">reflects on lockdown drills</a>. White House <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/28/white-house-hacked_n_6065166.html?utm_hp_ref=tw">cyberattacked</a>. The inevitable <a href="http://blogs.rollcall.com/wgdb/harry-reid-senate-races-2014-revolt/">speculation</a> about Harry Reid.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:54pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 28, 2014

Ebola is surely in its "last throes" at this point, no? Strict constructionist restaurant turns Alito away. Michele Bachmann looks forward to the grifting life. Greg Dworkin reviews the quarantine policy stories, and reminds us not to forget our history. Meanwhile, Chris Christie spins furiously, insisting he didn't reverse himself, word that troops returning from Africa will be quarantined, and students in Maine find an Ebola excuse for skipping class. PoliSci profs botch "experiment" with MT elections. A local blogger speculates on the motive. (P.S., here's an actual official MT voter info pamphlet.) "Sneak & peek" warrants, sold to Congress as necessary for fighting terrorism, are now routine. But hardly ever used for terrorism. The CIA kept ex-Nazis on the payroll as Cold War spies. The amazing Amazon engine burns anything and everything for fuel.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:09pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 27, 2014

Ebolamania leads to Chris Christie socking a returning American aid worker away in a tent, insisting he had no "second thoughts" about it, and then having second thoughts about not having second thoughts. Greg Dworkin (who it turns out is a doctor) joined the discussion, noting that the Libertarians had yet to show up on the issue, and that there are alternatives to panic & quarantine. What's the difference between a constitution-hating gun-grabber and a Second Amendment patriot? They'll both offer you similar facts, but the patriot will sell you gun accessories afterward. Armando has two cents on the legality of quarantine. Ian Reifowitz talks to us about the Republican non-jobs plans, voter suppression, and zombie lies, as well as Krugman's latest public investment proposal. Rosalyn MacGregor shares "The Most Common Jobs For The Rich, Middle Class And Poor."

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

Kagro in the Morning - October 24, 2014

Updates from Ottawa. Greg Dworkin was called away, presumably for a NYC-area Ebola-related emergency. Ted Cruz staffer demonstrates how hard it is to know when a kook is joking. Chuck Todd says his "disqualified herself" language was "sloppy." In a related story, Armando passes on Steve Singiser's take on the failed traditional media analysis of a recent OR-GOV poll. FYI: Canadian vs. US gun laws. Joni Ernst's gimmetarian gun line, analyzed. Lead exposure's links to impulse control problems & violent crime. So where are people being exposed to the most lead? Gun ranges. Chiquita Brands is looking to pull off a tax inversion. Fine! See if we topple any more foreign governments for you!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:35pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 23, 2014

Emerging details from yesterday's attack in Ottawa. At least some air-dropped US weapons fell into ISIS hands. Neighbors battle over concealed carry on the way to school. And Armando can't stand it that no one seems to properly understand the nature of constitutional rights. The warrior cop supply chain makes you feel oh so safe. "The Criminalization of Schooling" raises some interesting & disparate points. Historical background on privatized prisons & revenue-driven courts: thief-takers. Sarah Palin's SarahPAC is still a champion middle-weight grifter.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:29pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 22, 2014

Chris Christie's tired of something, so everyone stop. Thanks! HuffPo is on the hunt for candidates' with financial issues: Joni Ernst and David Perdue. Stop the presses (if you have any)! Drunken, trombone-playing clown #GunFAIL! Suppose they gave a constitutional crisis and nobody came? Joan McCarter joined us to discuss the CIA-Senate fight, 15 minutes of fame for Idaho's Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, health care flip-flops from Kasich and Tillis, Scott Brown's laugh line in the NH debate, and the Koch brothers' last-ditch efforts. The "devoted gun enthusiast" who attacked the Forsyth Co., GA courthouse last June wore a double layer of body armor, but accidentally shot himself in the leg even before he was able to launch his attack. And Scott Wooledge, the man behind the Hitching Post fact check graphic, joins us along with Armando for a more in-depth discussion of that and related topics.

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

Kagro in the Morning - October 21, 2014

James O'Keefe has attempted to do another thing. Greg Dworkin discusses the saga of Nancy Snyderman, the NBC chief medical editor who broke her then-voluntary Ebola quarantine, travel bans, and other Ebolamania news. Also back in the news: The Hot Zone. Media polarization. The NHL & domestic violence. "Obama is a Republican." Armando reminds us that tonight is the final FL-GOV debate. And they've banned fans. More ridiculous Ebola panic. Oddball constitutional amendment proposed in Florida. Iran & Iraq cooperating? Is that confusing? Considering the Saud-ish context of beheadings. Unforeseen consequences of GunFAIL. Unlimited capital + unlimited data collection, storage & analysis capacity = the end of privacy? Apparently some people think the spies at Whisper were done wrong by The Guardian.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:40pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 20, 2014

No news is good news, unless Ebola. But at least we're still freaked out about Middle Eastern beheadings, unless Saud-ish. Greg Dworkin, however, keeps his head (as always) with his Ebola news round-up, including a bit of ultra-derp from George Will. Also, word from Turkey (and aid from the US) in the fight against ISIS among the region's Kurds. Coverage of Keene, NH's Pumpkinfest riot provides interesting contrasts with what's still going on in Ferguson. GunFAIL can strike anyone. Another facet of inequality: the bottom 90% are stuck in 1986. Missouri's rush into gun-nuttery may let a confessed murderer go free. Is anonymous texting app Whisper actually tracking users? And offering their data up to media "partners" as juicy tips?

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