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Kagro in the Morning - January 30, 2015

TX bill would let teachers kill to stop property damage. Meanwhile Texans insist on disrupting Muslim Capitol Day. Dan Froomkin laughs at Sharyl Attkinson. Jeb Bush loves to abuse executive power. Arrested for resisting the very same arrest. Worse, it's a lawyer trying to stop police from questioning her clients. A not-so-good cop, at that. Armando weighs in on that subject, and the new Gop love for judicial activism. Still more on self-dealing among super PACs. Open Carry Texas suggests legislators they intimidate... ought to get guns. Speaking of scam PACs, Huckabee's PAC paid his family members $400K. Which reminds us that the Huckabees once asked supporters to furnish their home. Because such regular people. No charges in the GunFAIL death of a 3-year-old Michigan boy, because the parents say they didn't know that the boy knew they kept a loaded pistol between their mattress and box spring. Oh well.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:48pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - January 29, 2015

Cliven Bundy's son arrested again. Armed felon TX Walmart gunshot wound something, something. Greg Dworkin recaps the APR, and notes Huckabee catching flak over Fox's "trashy women," Fox pundits getting Obamacare wrong, how Scott Walker is uniquely positioned to employ the Gop's base-only strategy, the Tea Party already itching for more primaries, the story of "Bibi's Brain," and more measles worries. The in-depth wrap up on "scam PACs", with which Media Matters helps fill in some important blanks. The super-rich are planning their escapes, and blaming inequality on other people's capitalism.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:43pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - January 28, 2015

Greg Dworkin re-enacts his Abbreviated Pundit Roundup for radio. Charlie Cook's 2016 brackets. AL's first openly gay legislator says she'll expose marriage equality opponents who've had affairs. And AL's Chief Justice Roy Moore doesn't believe in courts. Reid trolls McConnell. Why won't the Koch brothers stop leading? Good reasons not to vaccinate. "The Netenyahu Disaster." Is it baffling that MMA fighting is illegal in NY? Gun rights versus property rights, again. Can't get a PB&J into school, but unvaccinated kids, A-OK! A closer look at "The rise of 'scam PACs.'" Joan McCarter visits to update us on the Loretta Lynch confirmation hearing, new unilateral subpoena rules in House committees, the latest Gop governors trying to disguise their Medicaid expansions, and Idaho's "Add the Words" human rights campaign.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:16pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - January 27, 2015

It's the day after a blizzard that wasn't everything it was cracked up to be. Greg Dworkin checked in with a polling update. Also: the rent really was too damn high; Scam PACs; accumulating evidence that King v. Burwell is crap; the Obama popularity game; losing parents to Fox; Mike Pence says he'll get his own damn press; Iran sanctions; Gop tries to pin inequality on Obama; and a collection of articles on the anti-vaxxer backlash. From the intersection of surveillance & technology: the license plate scanning database and the White House drone crash. Armando discusses the hollow King reasoning & the political SCOTUS.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:44pm EDT

With the great blizzard on its way, Greg Dworkin dashed in briefly to share headlines of Charles Blow's son's encounter with police, Everybody Hates Chris Christie, Steve King's Iowa clown show. Is Markos running for Congress? Better question: why would I read that article instead of just asking him? Breitbart World slapfight! How long will Mitch McConnell's open amendment pledge last? It's already over. And Republicans are already considering their own filibuster changes. On a related note: the legal & political backstory on the 20-week abortion ban.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:22pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - January 23, 2015

The owner of most of the Arabian peninsula, Mr. Saud, has died. Since he was a king, that's important. Mrs. Windsor, though, knows how to deal with these fellows. (And good on her for keeping her name, by the way.) Armando joins in to discuss Marco Rubio's prospects, Ben Carson's past health care views, and who'll show up at the Steve King bonkers circus. Some follow-up to yesterday's gun-in-a-Walmart story. 2016 field elevator pitches. The Gop can't stay out of the rape minefield. And here is why.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:32pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - January 22, 2015

Greg Dworkin rounds up top stories of the day. Mike Huckabee & cultural resentment. NY State Assembly Speaker arrested. Good economic news in housing. Way-too-early polling says Hillary's got a huge lead. House anti-abortion bill briefly derailed. More on the measles. Armando takes the wheel on Sheldon Silver & NY political machines. A white "vigilante" tackles (and puts in a choke hold) a black FL man he spotted carrying a (legal) concealed gun into Walmart. We're back on cake controversies. Deflate-gate: has "too big to fail" arrived in the NFL? Undercover NJ State Trooper used to photograph protestors at Christie event.

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

Kagro in the Morning - January 21, 2015

It's all about the State of the Union today, plus the fifty-seven responses. Greg Dworkin rounds up SOTU news, reactions and analysis. Christie may be toast, but he keeps his social media team busy. And their distribution list secret. Disney workers coming down with measles. Chronic Lyme news: Real Housewife, Fake Disease. Boston heart surgeon shot by disgruntled patient. A spate of fatal accidental kid shootings gives us lots to examine. Joan McCarter was on the ground in Boise for President Obama's visit, but also, because she lives there. She reviews SOTU highlights and reactions, as well as the Gop response, and what's on tap in Congress, like KXL, Social Security. 2016 hopefuls summoned before the Koch brothers. Why the CDC isn't researching gun violence.

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

Kagro in the Morning - January 20, 2015

Greg Dworkin rounds up a long weekend's worth of stories. Dinesh D'Souza thinks he's MLK. A look back at the real man's work, his contemporary opposition, and today's tributes. SOTU previews from critics and others. Why the Gop still has no health care policy. Congressional Gop's "secret weapon" bypasses the filibuster, which used to be awesome at guaranteeing the Founders' intent, etc. Polling updates on the 2016 field, plus issues. Santorum Etch-a-Sketches his family's immigration history, and the microscopes turn to Jeb. And Billmon reads the electorate. Lauren Mayer's "Welcome Back, Mitter!" Politico's "The Myth Behind Defensive Gun Ownership" entices Armando to call in on a range of gun-related issues, American Sniper and more. Another super-conservative caught doing pretty much everything she condemns.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:25pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - January 16, 2015

We didn't have Greg with us this morning, but we did have his list of headlines. "Soft power" plans at the Republican retreat. Sarah Palin re-re-launches TV show. And it's spelled wrong. MI Gov. Snyder vetoes a Republican gun bill. Updating CT's first-in-nation sick days law. New Jerseyans say Christie's nothing special, at best. Scott Walker is in. So's Perry. And Ted Cruz makes it harder for everyone. Saud-ish blogger gets temporary reprieve. Remember all that stuff about "bending the curve" on health care? Here's some bent ones. Midwestern Republicans do immigration differently. Rosalyn MacGregor says Republicans coincidentally have another wildly bigoted wacko rising in their ranks: MI RNC member Dave Agema. What part of "shall not be infringed" do I not understand? The part that takes three weeks to teach that. Lastly, a KITM-style parsing of a report that the White House knew about the CIA's Senate snooping.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:57pm EDT