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Kagro in the Morning - September 30, 2016

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David Waldman did not stay up all night looking for Alicia Machado’s sex tape. If so, he surely would have come up “empty handed”. He is pretty tired though.  

Donald Trump spent the night coming up with Khan 2.0, which will at least tide us over the weekend, maybe even next week

Greg Dworkin again has to warn us to lay off the millennials, they still have over a month to think about it! Hillary’s doing very well as it is, returning back to her sunny forecast. Donald’s still has his insta-polls to keep his optimism high heading into his next massacre. Sadly, facts remain Donald’s bête noire, and his missing white voters remain missing. Donald Trump does not need to manufacture scandals, he has a couple real ones heading his way: Donald Trump’s hotel and casino company secretly spent money in Cuba in violation of the U.S. trade embargo, for instance, and The Trump Foundation lacks the certification required for charities that solicit money. The Trump Foundation just keeps giving and giving.

Kagro in the Morning gets to mention Howard Stern. Donald Trump has to quit mentioning unnamed sources.

Mitch McConnell regrets Barack Obama letting the senate override Obama’s veto.

Josie Duffy Rice returns to KITM to talk about Donald Trump's fearmongering and racist lies about crime in America, and the FBI crime statistics report for 2015.

A Saudi princess told her bodyguard to beat up and kill an interior decorator, he said “Sure thing Boss.”

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:11pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - September 29, 2016

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Go ahead, sit here and listen to David Waldman further badmouth Donald Trump, in an indictment of our entire American society:

Greg Dworkin disputes that millenials are young, dumb and just won’t come to the polls, advocating patience as we approach the finish line. Several more scientific, accredited polls declare Hillary Clinton the winner of the first presidential debate. You know who lost? The guy that’s acting like a huge loser. Sez who?

It really is hard to escape Godwin’s Law lately, huh? Hitler maybe did, but Donald definitely has a “No Fat Chicks” rule. Managers at Trump properties had to hide and reschedule women that Donald was not attracted to. But, what thanks did he get? Trump was named ‘Grand Benefactor’ for a gala without donating a penny. Donald also gets a $1.5 million ring, free. You all can wait for the trickle.

Cleveland police union's looming Trump, Clinton endorsement vote causes fear among black officers.

Please welcome KITM’s newest correspondent, Paula Writer! Paula reports on NPR’s real-time fact-checking of the Presidential Debate, which drew millions of readers.

Armando calls in to talk about how Donald Trump’s company violated the US embargo against Cuba, which clashes with his South Florida schtick. His and David’s attention was diverted to a for-real train wreck in Hoboken, NJ reported this morning. So far terrorism isn’t suspected. (Except by Curt Schilling.) The school shooting at Townville Elementary in South Carolina isn't being called terrorism and some are pretty sure they know why.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:16pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - September 28, 2016

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David Waldman welcomes you to Lifestyles of the Rich, Famous and Not Squandering Money on Your Infrastructure. For the next debate Donald will have less champagne wishes and caviar dreams, but more thinking. Whose shoulder will Roger Ailes cry on, then?

Greg Dworkin feels good polling heading our way, just relax and let the number counters count them up. Here’s some numbers to tide you over: It took The Arizona Republic 125 years to find a Democrat to endorse. The debate had over 80 million viewers. It took 15 minutes to pick a winner. 8 in 10 agree Donald’s the loser. The 5 takeaways.

So, Donald trickled down, is Hillary shimmying up? She is looking good, and she definitely needs to wake up some sleepy voters.

Meanwhile, Chris Christie, who is toast, is becoming a star, and so is Pepe.

Joan McCarter lets us know that just because Donald Trump is stealing all of the limelight doesn’t mean those knuckleheads in DC aren’t up to something. Actually, they’re not up to much. The government has three more days of funding, counting today, so will Paul Ryan hero up, by doing a little for Flint, MI? David and Joan talk veto override.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:38am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - September 27, 2016

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David Waldman couldn’t stand the suspense of waiting for the world to tweet the debate out to him, and had to watch it himself. Good for him, It went so well it might be the only one they do this year. Donald Trump returns to defying conventions of civility and political common sense today, while attempting to erase the past, and expose the rigging, as the rest of us climb out of the rubble.

Greg Dworkin notes the changing tide of “common wisdom” as opinions change, and hopefully future polls change as well. Greg and David determine what can be learned from last night, and how it can be applied to getting this election won.

The next debate is October 9! (Actually the VP debate is October 4, won’t that be something?) What Donald Trump scandals can we look forward to between now and then? There’s the $2.3 million  owed to Trump that he directed to his foundation, and the $258,000 from he used from his charity to settle legal problems, and the 6 figure telecom job for which Donald Trump stiffed a National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesperson.

Don’t forget, Donald Trump isn’t the only Republican numbskull out there. Joan McCarter will have a binder full of them tomorrow. In the meantime consider Paul LePage’s binder

Until tomorrow, enjoy the soothing sounds of Donald Trump.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:02pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - September 26, 2016

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Should David Waldman watch it? Everybody’s going to talking about it tomorrow anyhow, but it does seem pretty important. Maybe he’ll watch it.

Greg Dworkin rounds up the polls, the really tight polls, the very tight polls. Are voters voting “for” anyone this year? Oh come on, half of US voters are waiting for tonight to make up their minds about these candidates? Donald Trump may have more to gain from this debate, depending on his performance, of course. Donald Trump either lied to Republicans or broke the law. Trump’s business ties could upend US national security. And there are those ties between Trump and Russia, plus a few more things. So, how is Hillary Clinton underperforming in her strongest segment? 10% of mail-in ballots are in from North Carolina, and here’s a look.

Key NJ Legislators, and David, look into a Chris Christie Impeachment. And one for Trump, just for good measure.

Might come up in the debate: Mass shooting in Texas. Probably won’t come up in the debate: Smoking weed while Canadian can get you banned from the US for life.

Two people are injured outside a gun show in Sandy, Utah. No surprise to the guy shot outside the gun show in Sandy, Utah in April.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:23am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - September 23, 2016

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David Waldman sculls different lagoons of consciousness today to explore unexpected subjects and bring new perspectives to this weekend’s conversations and contemplations. Hop on the KITM gondola:

Will tax returns give a hint of Donald Trump’s relationship to Russians? Or his relationship to his own money? Who knows? Good reasons to release them. Getting stiffed was a great promotion for a veteran’s charity—Thanks Trump

Donald Trump’s airline use is paid by you. The beauty part is Trump gets the markup on the fuel, the salary of the staff fueling the plane, the staff inside of it. This is how America gets Great Again. The Trump campaign controls every word from prominent CNN commentator Corey Lewandowski. The Trump campaign will make certain to control every word you say, even if you are just volunteering for them.

A study in contrasts: Inside the collapse of Trump’s D.C. policy shop. A look at Hillary Clinton’s policy shop.

David takes his opinions overseas with a look at Taiwan vs. China, as an U.N. agency snubs Taiwan, by recognizing Beijing's 'one China’. Hundreds of Taiwanese living in the US joined a Taiwanese delegation in a march in New York City. What are the issues for them, and us, and the upcoming President?

Are liberals keeping immigrants, medical marijuana users, and disabled from the guns they deserve? Are gun rights for whites only?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:56am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - September 22, 2016

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David Waldman dives for cover as Greg Dworkin and Armando climb into the KITM ring yet again! Today the two go toe to toe over polling. Yes, Hillary Clinton holds her usual stable lead going into the debates, Trump holds his usual second place, but it’s the details (and demographics, and the organization of the campaign) that count. For instance: NC's absentee mail-in ballots trends. So, pay attention to the details, and uhm, the big picture, or a few big pictures.

Donald Trump comes up with a big-government unconstitutional gun confiscation scheme. The Media just doesn’t know how to handle Trump, although they should have had plenty of practice. A University of Tennessee professor urged motorists to run over demonstrators blocking traffic in Charlotte, N.C. The WNBA Indiana Fever team kneels in protest and solidarity. A Trump campaign official never ran into problems with racism before Obama. Meet the Neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and other extremists endorsing Donald Trump. Meet a bunch of them in North Carolina!

Rosalyn MacGregor spots the insidious “conservative” pre-emption trend in Michigan, this time targeting an already-hurting Flint.

Yes, the Trump Foundation is Donald’s wallet. Trump's campaign paid his businesses $8.2 million.

At least the Enterprise car rental company leaves ALEC after public outcry.

David gives his thoughts on the arms sale to Saudish Arabia, and Rand Paul's attempt to block it. Saudis are both the arsonists and the firefighters.

Campus carry inspires a lot of University doubletalk.

Direct download: September_22_2016_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:52am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - September 21, 2016

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Early voting has already begun. Most people, even if they haven’t voted, have already decided. But if you are still on the fence about Donald Trump being a nut and a nitwit, dishonest and a douche, David Waldman has some stuff you need to hear!

Greg Dworkin also had very important and interesting things to say, but Skype sucks. Good thing he wrote it all down and sent the links: Donald Trump is a lying liar that lies and lies, and even cheats at golf. Still, he has a better chance of being president than you, just not as much a chance as Hillary Clinton. How much less of a chance is up for grabs. The number pollsters grab depends on their “secret sauce”, the method for “correcting” polling errors. David goes deep into the analysis of polling methodology.

Donald Trump prefers to use other people’s money as his own. So, he is fine that the Trump Foundation’s biggest donor Is a high-end ticket scalper’s money, not his own. Back in 2012 Joan McCarter connected World Wrestling Entertainment, or the McMahon Foundation, or maybe just Vince and Linda McMahon to the Trump Foundation, which as far as Donald Trump’s wallet is concerned is “Donald Trump”.  Joan knows about many more liars and jerks than Donald though: Confirmed liar Mark Kirk's website lies about his military service—again! Kelly Ayotte continues to weasel her way around ties to Trump, or even opinions about him. Senate Republicans avoid voting on a budget, to avoid helping out Flint Michigan, and it’s day 220 without a vote, or a meeting, or a hearing on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.

Donald Junior also prefers to use other people’s money, so much so that he proposed to his wife in front of a jewelry store, at a mall with a free ring, for publicity. Donald Trump likes publicity sometimes as well. More than a dozen Donald Trump businesses have picked up ”Star Diamond” awards from Trump friend (whom Trump doesn’t “know that well”) Joey “No Socks” Cinque.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:22am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - September 20, 2016

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Did you know David Waldman is the host of Kagro in the Morning, which you can listen to LIVE, 9AM Eastern or via podcast available on iTunes, LibSyn, and other content providers including YouTube? Did you know there are a number of ways you can donate to the production of this show? Did you know the buttons for all of those things are right on this page?

Donald Trump Jr. observes that life is like a bowl of Skittles. You never know what you’re going to get, and some are in sleeper cells waiting to kill you. All this stupid inspires Clara Jeffery to tweet intelligently.

Greg Dworkin remains the voice of reason for this election, but which candidate will voters turn to when they need a trusted authority? As for the campaign, everybody chill out, Barack Obama’s got this, and Hillary has the Mo again, and btw people are starting to vote already. 

The first presidential debate is next week! But, will it matter?

A Bush tells a Kennedy he’ll vote for a Clinton. Republican insiders who fear a Trump presidency need to actively endorse the only plausible alternative.

Chris Christie, who is toast, at the moment has his friend Donald, but not many more. Journalists are becoming less of a buddy to Donald Trump, after last week’s betrayal, and are returning to being nattering nabobs of negativity.

Hillary Clinton is over-performing Obama in Latino Decisions tracking poll. Armando calls in with insight on the evolution in Cuban American voting. Everyone tries to figure out the youngs, give up, and chase them off the lawn. What would Nader do?

In a preview of Joan McCarter Wednesday, weeks of Republican infighting over whether the House should move to impeach IRS Commissioner could have ended with a vote to table the impeachment resolution

Getting wound up thinking of the upcoming vice presidential debate? Read up on Governor Mike Pence and all of his baggage.


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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:25pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - September 19, 2016
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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:41am EDT