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Kagro in the Morning - June 30, 2015

Back from a week of camping! Greg Dworkin summarized the top news we missed last week. SC's Confederate flag seems to be on the brink of coming down. Christie's in, but still toast. Trump dumped. Obama bumps up in latest polls. Republicans in disarray. WaPo takes up gun-related data journalism. A closer look at the dynamics of South Carolina's last days of political struggle with the Confederate flag. Armando then joins us in recapping and discussing last week's SCOTUS action.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:27pm EST

Kagro in the Morning "Encore Performance" - June 30, 2014 airing June 29, 2015

Greg Dworkin sets the mood with The Onion's contribution on Hobby Lobby. Justice Stevens' City of Boerne v. Flores concurrence saw the RFRA itself as an impermissible violation of the First Amendment. James Risen's Blackwater blockbuster. The robots are taking over. The multiple problems with Facebook's crazy experiment. And the intriguing backstory to a Hawaii political drama. For the fifth time in three and a half years, we've had GunFAIL accidents at more than one gun show on the same day. An Oklahoma Republican says his primary opponent (Rep. Frank Lucas) was actually executed three years ago & is now either a body double or a robot. But hey, both sides do it. You know? Turning back for a closer look at the Blackwater story, we took time out to talk to Armando as news came in from the Supreme Court on Hobby Lobby and Harris.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:41pm EST

Kagro in the Morning "Encore Performance" - June 27, 2014 airing June 26, 2015

Yesterday's Supreme Court decisions dominate the discussions today. Greg Dworkin brings us good fodder in the form of insightful writing on the subjects of buffer zones and recess appointments. Also in courts news, "Does the ACA violate the Origination clause?" and a Colorado federal judge upholds that state's new laws on gun background checks and magazine capacity. The passing of Sen. Howard Baker. Why the media loves Iraq hawks.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 9:00am EST

Kagro in the Morning "Encore Performance" - June 26, 2014 airing June 25, 2015

Greg Dworkin's morning roundup focuses on the MS run-off. Vox = "the left," apparently. Todd Akin's back. Plan B on the IRS "scandal": missing e-mails they hope you won't notice don't actually bear on the first "scandal." Never mind that lost e-mails didn't bother them before. Likewise, what the U.S. Archivist has to say interests them now, but didn't then. Armando joins in for a quick update and discussion of the day's SCOTUS rulings on recess appointments and abortion clinic buffer zones. Catching up on the "no-fly list" ruling, and common threads it shares on modern technology with yesterday's cell phone search decision.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 9:00am EST

Kagro in the Morning "Encore Performance" - June 25, 2014 airing June 24, 2015

Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter join us to round up the stories of the day. North Carolina's Outer Banks are largely doomed, but the real estate industry would like to pretend that's not so. Primary elections sorted themselves out yesterday in Mississippi, New York, Maryland and elsewhere. Crappy-looking revised GDP numbers give everyone a scare, but there's a twist. Netroots Nation is coming up fast! A federal court finds due process fault with the "no-fly list." The Detroit water crisis. More filibuster follies in the Senate. Speaking of which, it's the 1 year anniversary of Wendy Davis' Texas Senate filibuster performance, and her campaign's looking for supporters' help in marking it. SCOTUS decides on cell phone searches. And the year's biggest GunFAIL so far.

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Kagro in the Morning "Encore Performance" - June 24, 2014 airing June 23, 2015

It's the Mississippi Republican Senate primary election run-off, and it turns out the McDaniel/Tea Party camp will be turning out "poll watchers"... in the predominantly black precincts. So will they be open carriers, as we saw in Alabama? It's primary day in Maryland, too, where Netroots pal Evan Coren has called Don Engel's 11th district bid to my attention. GA Gop House candidate is the latest to write Islam out of constitutional protections. One way gimmetarians leverage the power of the state to rig outcomes & undermine reasonableness as a matter of policy. No one could have predicted a SYG shooting of a cop during a no-knock warrant. Is this how Open Carry Texas does safety checks? PA woman pulls a real gun (and fires!) on kids with water guns. And a fascinating look at the "adjunctification" of higher education.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 9:00am EST

Kagro in the Morning "Encore Performance" - June 23, 2014 airing June 22, 2015

It's Monday, but you probably didn't notice, because of this one chart that tells you everything you need to know. Greg Dworkin starts off the roundup with gubernatorial news: McAuliffe fights to expand Medicaid, while Walker & Christie fight off investigators and try to stay viable. Henry Paulson is determined not to miss the rise of another crisis, this time on climate change. Running out of reasons to oppose the ACA, Republicans are finally down to the last one: we have to pay money for a public benefit. "Who Says Obama Can't Lead?" Had you heard that "gun nuts are terrorizing America"? Probably not. Another profile of Tea Party Patriots' Jenny Beth Martin's lifestyle enhancement success. A federal judge has (briefly) put a stop to the lethal combination of science denialism & the Hobby Lobby theory of "religious freedom." And what's "religion" these days, anyway, given that churches are raffling off AR-15s?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 9:00am EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 19, 2015

Our minds are still very much on the Charleston shootings, to no one's surprise. Greg Dworkin rounded up a selection of stories to help us continue to deal with the issues swirling around it. The latest entry in the "Republicans don't get empathy" narrative. John Lott gets SC gun law wrong, which of course means he's disqualified from the debate, then covers it up. Attacking Girl Scouts used to be a political punchline, but America has made it real. Final chapter on the TX gold bugs. Gene Weingarten on "branding" in journalism. Nobody loves stealing property more than the guardians of property rights.

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

Kagro in the Morning - June 18, 2015

The Charleston shooting dominates the news today, as we knew it must. Greg Dworkin joins us to discuss it, along with other headlines, including the latest on the pope's encyclical and how the named plaintiff in King v. Burwell has found himself some nice, socialist health insurance. Carly Fiorina's SuperPAC had to change it's name because duh, you're not supposed to have a SuperPAC. Boehner boots whips who voted against the trade rule. A pithy gun cartoon from Rebecca Hendin. Still more nuttiness from the Texas gold bugs.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:45pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 17, 2015

Greg Dworkin rounded up 2016 news on Hillary, Jeb!, and The Donald. The debate wars. How the pope got religion on climate change. TX's crazy-sounding plan for it's own gold reserves. Joan McCarter visits to warn us about the newest Gop plan to derail net neutrality, remind us that the trade fight isn't over, keep us on King v. Burwell watch, and share a laugh about the Gowdy vs. Issa Benghazi spat.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:01pm EST