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Brrr! For most of us it’s cold outside. Oh well, there’s no hiding from it though—back to work!

David Waldman describes how Nazi hunting is tough in the neighborhoods where Nazis pay the bills. Milo Yiannopoulos is finding it harder to be both untalented and paid. Simon & Schuster is happy to tell you what they aren’t paying for. In fact, you can read all of what they won’t pay for if you want.

Greg Dworkin brings us the latest polling news from Alabama. Roy Moore noticed a flurry of extra uppityness coming from black voting blocs, which he is certain was taken care of long ago. Fictitious Defendants back him up. Was Moore vs. Jones a battle of chaos vs. order for the voters? Is Trump the last of the Chaos agents to be voted in? Trump is such a jerk, he turns fedora wearing Pepes into SJWs. Even Steve Bannon is finding people too Nazi to support.

Mike Flynn used to be Trump’s liar, but Trump would like you to remember that Flynn was Trump’s LIAR.

Armando calls into attempt a threesome, but Skype’s just not into that like they used to be. Armando brings more context to discussing Joe Trippi’s role in the Alabama election, Jeff Session’s recusal or not in Trump’s schemes, and discusses not discussing impeachment.

Direct download: December_28_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:16pm EDT

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Today on KITM, we have the privilege of listening to David Waldman, completely raw and unfiltered, for an entire show!  

David goes there and uses the M word to describe the President of the United States, who confirmed that assessment in an interview yesterday. The New York Times didn’t challenge Trump, but what other method would have revealed how great, brilliant and completely innocent he is otherwise?

Of course, while we are looking at that dotard, we are distracted from other loonies like Scott Pruitt, who seems quite paranoid until we consider all that he needs to hide.

Direct download: December_29_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:26am EDT

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KITM is back on the live show schedule (unlike those lazy Republicans), and not a moment too soon, since most of the holiday weekend’s stories didn’t fit neatly into any of our Boxing Day boxes.

Greg Dworkin rounded up the top stories and parsed the polling, as usual. Orr(i)n Hatch, top Utah(a)n, actually sucks. Which is how he “won.” We may not yet be ready to call out Nazis running for high office in our country. But maybe the Israelis are. Greg also reminds us, once again, that Trump is historically unpopular, and more so every day.

Should we impeach him right away? Or wait twenty minutes? Dems in disarray!

But Republicans have their act together. Which is why they’re poised to pull an Alabama in Mississippi. (Free advice: If your candidate is a child molester (again), be sure to pivot away from pedophilia in the general.)

Harvey Weinstein. Donald Trump. Chicken? Egg? Could “MeToo” have happened in a different timeline?

Process stories abound, from that “tied” Virginia House of Delegates race, to the contest for the ranking Dem slot on the House Judiciary committee.

Is Russian software embedded in FBI computers? And is that a problem?

Direct download: December_27_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:09pm EDT

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Just when you think you’ve opened up all of your Christmas presents, David Waldman slips down the chimney with a shiny new KITM for you to unwrap:

Time to get back up-to-speed on Trump-Russia—We thought it couldn’t happen here, but it did, and here’s how Kremlin trolls burned across the Internet as Washington debated options. The real Trump Russian scandal is not mere collusion, just follow the money to the big douche-Deutsche connection. A Chilean billionaire landlord of Ivanka Trump picks up more billions in mining leases from the Trump Administration.

Pete Hoekstra, a Congressman from Holland, Michigan, is now ambassador to the Netherlands, which is somehow not fake. But watch him try to create fake news, get caught, deny it, get caught denying it, deny that, get caught and call that fake news. On the other hand, the US Congress’ workplace misconduct office won’t share data with Senator Tim Kaine because of concerns with “inaccuracies.”

And Paula Writer returns, with a 2018 New Year’s message for The Resistance.

Direct download: December_26_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:10am EDT

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Today, David and the Waldmans present a KITM holiday kitchen utensil concert for your enjoyment, simulcast with the regular Friday podcast:

Merry Christmas—Republicans let the US have a government for a little while longer, while still finding time for some last-minute gifts for Daddy.

Nikki Haley finishes off Jerusalem for Donald Trump’s war on Christmas.

Kids in Iowa daycares still have the chance to come home with shiny new firearms this holiday season.

Trump commutes the sentence of an Iowan meatpacking exec. Was it Donald’s soft spot for hostile work environments, sexual harassment, labor law violations and money launderers? A happy-go-lucky secret Santa present? Empathy for the plight and history of Guatemalan refugees? Or just a Hanukkah miracle?

A nominee to be the Pentagon’s health chief is out of the running after displaying glimmers of sanity right in front of a Senate panel. The Senior White House adviser at Homeland Security knows better than to ever make that mistake.

A big Trump campaign promise and personal vendetta against Big Sports is a huge failure. Papa John also learns not to play against the NFL

Neil Cavuto knows it’s a waste of breath talking to Trump. Cambridge Analytica, who probably know more about anybody than anyone, might tell us some stuff about Trump soon.

David’s position has evolved on Berea College. It turns out that these folks are pretty nice, home to nice places like the bell hooks Institute, and the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center.

Direct download: December_22_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:26am EDT

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David Waldman and Greg Dworkin can say Happy Winter Solstice if they feel like it, and they do:

It’s probably for the best that today is the shortest of the year. Today is Republican talking points day, the start of getting the public to feel like they benefited from their scam, whether they did or not—and if you seem unhappy, that’s fake news. Of course some, maybe dozens, do love the bill. Those that do, love Trump. Mike Pence loves Donald more than a thousand Russian hookers, and yet somehow not quite enough. Some people still aren’t pleased, like the 2 million kids losing CHIP coverage, even after a bone is thrown their way. The Tea Party avoids divisive social issues? And, while everyone focuses on everything, some more bad happens elsewhere.

All of this has given Democrats all the enthusiasms and whatnot. 2018 will not be a regular mid-term election for sure. In Virginia, Shelly Simonds received thousands more votes, after gerrymandering that was one vote, and then Republicans pulled it back to a tie. Bring out the canisters!

If Trump can somehow hold back his bill-signing climax just a little while, he could help out the Gop a lot… (he can’t).

The Trump/Russia investigations continue (maybe). There’s proof that Russian trolls went on the attack during key election moments in 2016. The White House knew Michael Flynn violated the law back in January.

A key NSA surveillance program’s reauthorization hits a roadblock in Congress.

A Tennessee couple gives birth to a 24 year old girl.

Hang up your chick habitdonate to KITM today!

 

Direct download: December_21_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:44am EDT

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The Republican tax scam is passing, so it might not be the darkest day this year, but it’s definitely not the brightest. However, it is a great day to hit the links—and here are a whole bunch of them: 

David Waldman congratulates Congressman Jerry Nadler! Well, congratulations to the system for functioning occasionally, still.

Here’s your middle class tax cut! It’s the best day since “We’re in the Money” was a satirical hit, especially for “typical families”, with not so typical tax write-offsGreg Dworkin knows how the game is played: Yay generic Dems! Brand X Dems are looking good, which is a good thing. But does this mean that we need to be more “generic” or more “Democratic” in order to win elections against Republicans? Is it enough to be anti-Trump? Some conservatives are finding out how bad it is being pro-Trump. Fake morality embraces Trump as real morality gets the hell away.

Joan McCarter’s laryngitis certainly did not silence her this week: Chuck Schumer will force a Senate vote on Net Neutrality, which you’d think would have a lot of support. Susan Collins votes for tax cuts, which do not have a lot of support. The Corker Kickback 14 cash in. Alabama announces the shutdown of enrollments in its children’s health insurance program, as Doug Jones comes to the rescue. No CHIP, but look at the tax cut! By the way, the tax bill will help destroy the rest of our healthcare system. Now that they have stolen everything, what are Republicans going to do? Maybe they now have the time to proofread their bill, and figure out how it works.

Direct download: December_20_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:07pm EDT

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David Waldman wants your input for KITM! You can write and read your own essay, read someone else’s Op-ed, or keep us up-to-date on local political news that you believe requires national or even international attention. Or, if you don’t want to start out so ambitiously, tweet a comment or question to David at @KagroX with the hashtag #KITM, particularly weekday mornings—little escapes his attention or comment.

Could anyone be a worse president than Donald Trump? It took a lot of time, effort and talent, but no, Donald still has the robot beat. (The real one remains much higher maintenance) In an alternate universe, the Palin administration might have delivered more, even animatronically.

Mueller getting fired? Korea getting nuked? Maybe later, but for now us getting screwed with the Gop tax bill seems to be the priority. Who cares who authored what, Gops are all cashing in. More Trump operatives quit squatting and start permanent lodging. Some Senators are getting tired of letting just anybody in.

Matthew Petersen didn’t randomly show up at Senate hearings to be humiliated, he didn’t quite know how to be a judge, but had plenty of experience in the job he intended to perform.

Direct download: December_19_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:21pm EDT

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It feels like somebody’s getting an early Christmas present this week, it’s just hard to tell who. David Waldman is joined by Greg Dworkin to shake a few packages and guess what we might get:

Is the Trump team employing strategery or chaosity to save Trump? Whichever works, they’ll take it. Trump voters have two strong reasons for their support—hate and fear. If they had any other objectives they are out of luck. Twitter says haters gonna hate, if they are Donald Trump.

Where, then, can voters turn? Millennials are picking Democrats, but will they show up in 2018? Dems are moving up. Even better, Gops are also going away.

If concealed carriers can ignore state’s rights, are there really any state laws? Big Government bans words. Trump minions destroy everything they can, saboteurs are put in charge of the people that held the standard. Bob Corker and others slice off a big chunk of pork for themselves, while Putin keeps their other palm greasy.

It turns out Trump is just some broke-ass hundred-millionaire and getting poorer, so maybe he is exploitable after all.

Shortly after exiting a hunting rifle, a high-caliber bullet exited a shooting range, entered a parking lot, and arrived in some guy, thus becoming part of a terrible tragedy.

Direct download: December_18_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:25pm EDT

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We make it to Friday with David Waldman’s voice getting a weekend rest. He’s looking much better though, as you watching on his refrigerator camera are no doubt aware.

We get another one of those things it seems that nobody wants (Unless you are a corporation, my friend): the death of net neutrality.

If Roger Stone and Julian Assange had a friend, he would have been Randy Credico.

Karma gets Mo Brooks.

Robert Mueller’s talking to Cambridge Analytica.

Donald Trump’s war on Christmas claimed another victory, routing Christmas from Nasareth. Troops should reach Bethlehem by the 25th. 

Donald Trump is the worst sort of liar, and all of the other sorts too.

Eric Posman returns with another exclusive essay for KITM! (Go ahead, request the nachos recipe) Do Democrats finally have permission to succeed? 

Bye Felicia—Oh snap!

David looks into the Yemeni mess, and decides yep, it’s a mess, but it is hard to figure out what we are doing about it.

Direct download: December_15_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:53am EDT