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Kagro in the Morning - March 31, 2015

Continuing backlash against Indiana's ridiculous "religious freedom" bill tops the news today. Armando joins us for that discussion, and reminds us of the common roots shared by RFRA & the Hobby Lobby case, and some of the more ridiculous possible ramifications. Nuclear negotiations with Iran appear to be continuing apace, even as Congress pushes for a role in reviewing any deal. And that leads us to a little discussion of the TPP and fast track authority. Had to share a dumb GunFAIL story that'll really make you "Respect the Culture." Ted Cruz & his Obamacare enrollment. There are other people in the universe who have run for president, even after actually destroying their electronic records. In the Blood from a Turnip files: extortionate rates on prison phone calls and payday loans.

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

Kagro in the Morning - March 30, 2015

Another in-depth look from the HuffPo at how St. Louis County municipalities wring dollars from their poorest residents. A new water tax brings out the Irish penchant for old-school methods of protest. From the world of self-fulfilling prophecy: GA "patriot" plants bombs in a local park to scare neighbors into worrying about terrorism. Scott Walker's a front-runner? Time for some outrageous dark money stories, then! As an added bonus, learn again how no law can bind the rich! One last look back at that oddball Starbucks "Race Together" campaign, through the lens of wage theft. A very good point!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:57pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - March 27, 2015

A veritable parade of guest voices today! First, the big news of Harry Reid's retirement. Greg Dworkin discusses that, and rounds up headlines on the Senate budget vote-a-rama (and the impact of the race for the White House on it), House passage of the "doc fix" bill, and just for fun, a story out of left field about maple syrup. And, uh, "maple water," God help us. Next, Rosalyn MacGregor's Michigan update, which we botched live, but have "digitally remastered" for the podcast! Gov. Snyder short-circuits school reform, the MI House OKs "religious" discrimination against gay adoption, while their Senate approves a "choose life" vanity license plate scheme that funnels state dollars to anti-abortion activists. Meteor Blades dropped in to discuss developments in the nuclear talks with Iran. And Armando also joined in to discuss Harry Reid, and briefly, breaking news on a California concealed carry case.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:50pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - March 26, 2015

Three main topics of conversation today: the German plane crash; the situation in Yemen, and; the budget vote-o-rama and the continuing fight over filibuster reform. And that's really about it! Of course, we fill in the blanks with some homework reading assignments on Yemen & Saud-ish Arabia, and have an extended conversation about what the vote-a-rama tells us about the need for filibuster reform and the process by which it might be implemented. Deep in the weeds today!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:30pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - March 25, 2015

The Duck Dynasty guy figures atheists can be converted under the threat of unspeakable brutality. Greg Dworkin notes the push for automatic voter registration in California, and reminds us why conservatives think this is so terrible. Jeb's obstacles to the nomination. A former Reagan administration official (now with CAP, believe it or not) says Republicans criticize Obama's foreign policy even though it's "a national security strategy Ronald Reagan would love." Joan McCarter joined us for a little Idaho news chat. Ted Cruz's plans to join Obamacare. Pete Sessions duz teh maff rong. Republicans fight over which terrible budget to pass, while Daily Kos endorses a better one. A "doc fix" deal emerges in the House, but faces trouble in the Senate. Finally, the sob story of the day: rich donors just aren't feeling the love anymore.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:42pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - March 24, 2015

Greg Dworkin rounds up all the Ted Cruz Nuz. What it might mean that Cruz is officially in while others are not. Steve King is puzzled by Jews. The new line of attack on Jeb: he's not anti-Obamacare enough. Monte Frank of Team 26 tells us about the 3rd Sandy Hook Ride on Washington, and discusses the national drive for gun violence prevention, so-called "smart guns," etc. Next, we try to make good on missing Rosalyn MacGregor's Michigan update, but instead play the (admittedly excellent) February update! Why? Because we're professionals. A procedural explainer on the budget resolution, on which debate begins today in the House. What is the "Queen of the Hill" rule, and why would you use it? KITM listeners are among the few for whom this rule isn't completely new!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:34pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - March 20

Caught up in the basketball mania, which is terrible, we get the backstory on one of the NCAA's craziest team mascots, the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs, from contributor Arliss Bunny. Next, Armando points to the latest on eGhazi from Politico, which suggests that the State Department was hoping to streamline its record retention procedures and give staff considerably more discretion in deciding what to preserve. That led to an extended discussion of the issue's many complexities, and an ever-present tension in all transparency decision-making. The white supremacist Mesa, AZ shooter has nothing to do with white supremacy, somehow. An interesting follow-up to how scam PACs swindle small donors: ProPublica looks into how they swindle large ones.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:46pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - March 19, 2015

It's the first day of the basketball tournament that trademark law says you can't name without permission! But Greg Dworkin distracts us from that with some news stuff, like the Israeli elections, Scott Walker's staffing problem, continued monitoring of eGhazi, and opinions of Obamacare shifting? Hey, how about those crazy college athletic team names? Mitch McConnell can't run the Senate like he said he would. Asking the wrong questions about police shootings. And about almost everything. More about the dumb Starbucks thing. Then, a dumb Dick Cheney thing.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:47pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - March 18, 2015

Aaron Schock's resignation creates a looming shortage of radio material. But as the press narratives begin to take shape, this story will still need some sorting out. Greg Dworkin brings us the latest on the Israeli election results, and notes that another poll shows little eGhazi impact & little other change, and alerts us to Obama's "green gambit." More snark on Schock. Seems James O'Keefe is back at it. Something, something, Donald Trump. Having been in transit and missed the opportunity to comment on Schock, Joan McCarter joins us from even further west than usual. She considers whether Boehner is really ready to surrender the "doc fix" hostage, the Senate's use of Loretta Lynch as a hostage on the unrelated trafficking bill, and her fascinating look at the physical undersea infrastructure of the Internet.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:02pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - March 17, 2015

Greg Dworkin takes a peek at the Israeli elections, and notes that 16.4 million have gained insurance under the ACA. NH might let its Medicaid expansion expire, while political hardball may move other states to finally give in to expansion. Begun, this year's budget wars have. OR automatic voter registration bill signed. Latest poll on Clinton. Splashy eGhazi headline might not carry the weight the writer thinks. Armando joins us to discuss why, and what the state of the rules and regulations are. I fall for a joking Tweet about the joke of a Starbucks campaign, which I also don't get. A weird story that could be construed as consumer-driven banking deregulation, if you squint at it just right. And Aaron Schock is in still more trouble.

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