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Kagro in the Morning - November 30, 2016

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David Waldman realizes the job may be a little bigger than he thought, relying on our trust and support in times like these. Donald Trump on the other hand, who trusts him? He has people pretending to oppose him, and people pretending to support him. He pretends to not know the difference between entering a blind trust, and occasionally averting his eyes, between "ISIS says this" and "ISIS did this, between handing out tax breaks and well... he does know about that. 

Jason Chaffetz has no interest in investigating Trump. John McCain has no interest in talking about Trump. Bahrain is very interested in Trump. Trump’s conflicts of interest are everywhere. Will he ever care about the one in Washington DC? For a hint, look to Maine.

Greg Dworkin rounds up the news and punditry. Policy, not just politics is screwing us all. Greg reminds us that the AMA is not in it for the patient, they are a lobbying group. 77 Percent Of Doctors say the AMA does not represent their views. The AMA has always opposed “socialized medicine”, the GOP opposes Medicare And Medicaid. And so, the GOP and AMA strongly support the nomination of Tom Price to be HHS secretary. What does Price support and oppose? Chuck Schumer says Price is not right for America.

Republicans probably will have to put something in the hole they make eliminating Obamacare.  

Is Steven Mnuchin the type Donald Trump fans love to hate? Does Trump have a fragile hold on America? Or was 1000 jobs good enough for everyone? Are happy endings just interludes between inevitable tragedies?

Sen. Bob Menendez is indicted for employing corruption before it was cool. He still has friends in New Jersey.

KITM Canuck Correspondent @canuck_pundit Brian Munroe tells us about the Santa told a little girl that Hillary Clinton made his naughty list.

John R. reports that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is headed for a felony fraud trial after the high court refuses his last appeal.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:21pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - November 29, 2016

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Remember how they’d throw a Flag Desecration amendment on the ballot every two years? Federal, state, local—it pulled the ticket-voting R’s to the polls forever. (Mitch McConnell didn’t like the amendment, probably liked the votes.) Donald Trump can roll an oldie into his playlist, but should we talk about it, or not? Or not-not, or not not-not? David Waldman refuses to give this folderol more than 50 minutes attention today.

Trump does have a knack for rallying his followers.

Meanwhile, Greg Dworkin sounds the klaxons for the end of democracy. Alt-Right White Supremacists rejoice, and also continue their angry victimized whining. The Anti-Bernie is now in power, and is just one of Trump’s free passes. Did you know the Donald Trump plans to get rid of Obamacare? Yes indeed, and as HHS secretary, Tom Price is the best pick for that job. Then on to Medicare, Medicaid, etc. Greg remembers the successes of the HHS Pandemic Flu Leadership Blog. Yes, Newt Gingrich wanted Medicare to wither on the vine as well. Trump continues hiring precisely the people needed to carry out his plans.

Forget the conspiracy stuff, forget the Russians, disqualified ballots accounted for many more votes than Trump’s win. How to listen and respond to calls for an audit and recount.

There is a whole bunch of crazy going on in Trump Deputy-NSA designee Kathleen McFarland’s family.

​David Brooks addresses the imminent threat of the Alt-Left.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:38pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - November 28, 2016

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David Waldman tries to revive the tired old concept of “reality” today. Good luck with that business model!

Greg Dworkin is back to join the search for factual substance, but first has to confront unfounded claims, conspiracy theories, baseless assertions, and false allegations. People understand what’s going on, but will we all eventually fall into the nightmares Trump produces? David and Greg discuss how to fight the nonlinear war on a shared truth, including the distinction between evidence-based and accusation-driven reporting. To win again, do we need to remember how to keep hope alive?

The Trump administration isn’t the only one pushing lies. Close friends and associates help carry the load too. No conflict of interest exists for those in on the big scam. Many Trump hires have their own pet scams, several bring their delusions and scandals with them, too. These are the kind of people that think Bridgegate was “kind of badass”. They probably think this guy is too.

Even The Onion longs for the quaint embarrassments of W.’s administration.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:14pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - November 25, 2016

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Happy Day-After-Thanksgiving!

Noise levels were through the roof at KITM World HQ, so I had to cobble together some story reads for you in stolen moments of quiet. I couldn’t just leave you all alone out there during the Trump transition!

There’s plenty more on Trump’s astounding conflicts of interest, this time specifically with respect to Argentina (with thanks to Susan Simpson), and the Philippines.

And of course, we have to sip from the firehose of real news about fake news, with special focus on one of the most bizarre bits of fakery around.

Back on Monday, with our regular schedule and lineup!

 

Direct download: November_25_2016_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:21am EST

Kagro in the Morning - November 23, 2016

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David Waldman hosts the a Pre-Thanksgiving Day KITM to help his listeners make the best decisions over the holidays.

There’s lots to be thankful for. Our choice won! (the popular vote) By a lot! Their choice has not destroyed the world. (not before being sworn in) And he still might not! Not without help at least. Ben Carson claims to be unqualified, but as far as Trump is concerned he’s the only one for the job. What? Steve Bannon paid with charity money while running Breitbart? That sounds corrupt AF.

There is a lot more to the Trump Argentina story. You might not get to hear the rest of it. Obama was trying to tell you.

Armando and David discuss Schrödinger’s Dictatorship. What if Trump wasn’t elected? No, seriously, maybe he wasn’t elected. Maybe he was, maybe he wasn’t. Clinton should request recounts just in case. Let’s look at the ballots.

Direct download: November_23_2016_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:31am EST

Kagro in the Morning - November 22, 2016

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Let’s all join David Waldman and KITM in this season’s holiday tradition of mercy and forgiveness… on Thursday. But for now:

Trump, again, lures the press into another humilating ambush, again. Joe Scarborough is yet another media plant. Trump brags he was wrong all along, and you didn’t stop him, yet again

With a world full of suckers in his grasp, Trump sees an opening to raise the stakes. Let’s talk about Trump Tower in Argentina. Time to take over the UK! Time to take over NYC! When in Washington DC, graft and avarice stay at the Trump International Hotel, downtown. Trump loots millions of dollars traveling to the places he loots millions of dollars from.

Soon to be humiliated and betrayed, Tulsi Gabbard thinks she’s going to get something. Loser Pat McCrory has lost the election, but has a lot of sore loser friends.

Armando wonders if we should attempt to reason with those who never had an intention of being reasonable, coming to the conclusion of NO. Donald Trump’s business dealings test a constitutional limit. The Emoluments Clause has a history of being tested, and a lot of thought put into it.

Direct download: November_22_2016_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:32pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - November 21, 2016

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David Waldman prepares you for the very last Thanksgiving you have to eat with those people. Their turkey was dry anyhow. You can try to avoid conflict. You can talk about the arts instead. Or that big out-of-town show presently in rehearsal, soon to hit the road for appearances at a town near you.

Facebook outlines ideas on how to put Mom and Pop entrepreneurs out of business

Greg Dworkin was called away to folks in need, so he couldn’t visit KITM today, but you should check out this interview Greg made with the author of American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division (Pivotal Moments in American History), Michael A. Cohen

Are we in this mess because of “economic distress” or that “racist, misogynist” etc.? Either way, let’s say Obamacare is repealed. Let’s say Medicare is abolished. There is more than peanuts this time at stake. There may be “conflicts of interest” to discuss. Conflicts nationally and worldwide. Plenty of cash to be made though! The opportunities are endless!  Too bad there is no way to check this. Too bad there is so little time to fix it. At least we got $25M out of him. Maybe a bit less...

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:48am EST

Kagro in the Morning - November 18, 2016

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David Waldman sticks to paleo-facts in the post-factual world:

Milo Yiannopoulos doubledefines doublespeak. Bridgegate gets a flip, twist, and is re-projected. White nationalists get normalized in the US, just like they have been in Europe. Our Incoming national security adviser owns his own brand of facts. With all the lies in the chaos how can people find the big lies? A future president feeds a big lie to the media, and they gobble it up. They do figure it out, long after it is too late. The rot continues when we let our friends carry lies.

In the fog of lies, things are still getting done. Bad things. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, III is in charge of handling cases of discrimination and inequity. This Islamophobic, anti-Semite gets national security. And another nightmare is hired! Meanwhile Ivanka got to preview her latest jewelry line to the Japanese Prime Minister.

Josie Duffy Rice is back to remind us there is still hope to get it right. Trump is too busy to go to trial, so he’ll just settle out of court.

Direct download: November_18_2016_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:23pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - November 17, 2016

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You WON’T BELIEVE the ONE WEIRD THING David Waldman does today! This is the SHOCKING DISCOVERY that NO REPUBLICAN WANTS YOU TO KNOW.

Senator Ben Sasse wants to know who’s paying rioters and if it is covered under right to work laws. Tweet him some wisdom. Some people are A-holes for free. Or for a discount at Starbucks. Or as a form of satire or something. Some have have practiced it into an art, some have just begun. Steve Bannon is the #1 royal A-hole, but he doesn’t want to play one on TV.

A professional Facebook fake-news writer thinks he might have overshot the mark.

We can’t all elude or abdicate our responsibilities. Maybe we can think of ways to have fun with this. David has an idea!

Direct download: November_17_2016_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:49am EST

Kagro in the Morning - November 16, 2016

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It could be worse. It will probably get worse. But now is the time to start fixing it. 

David Waldman relates the latest kicks in the teeth: A lot of nonvoters are mad at the election results! Trump lied, people died, now this guy is commerce secretary? Here’s how bad it is. Steve Bannon wants you to get used to his level of corruption quickly. The press will figure it out in 10 years or so. Italians somehow feel schadenfreude

Greg Dworkin helps with the latest thinking on how to move forward. The nation is sort of split on this, but no mandate.

Firings! Discord! Disarray! Stasis! And, some panic. Who do you believe, the lyin’ media or Twitter? Well in that case, good bye media. This administration is not the smart place for smart people to be. Our side plans to become more aggressive, probably. They are thinking about it. Chuck Schumer may not be thinking about it. Will The Constitution save us all? Time for 25th Amendment remedies

It sucks when the best news Joan McCarter has is that maybe Lindsey Graham and John McCain are our best chance for justice. Mitch McConnell might nuke the filibuster. Lindsey Graham, again, might hero up. Paul Ryan returns, ready to erase Medicare. You can bet women's health care is not going to survive.

Remember when we were horrified by something like a teacher being accidentally shot in front of her class?

Direct download: November_16_2016_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:37pm EST