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Friday is David Waldman’s therapy day. David climbs into the mind and voice of Donald Trump (with maybe just a touch of Carl Spackler) for the whole first half of KITM. Tune in to join in his primal rant:

Donald loved his previous life. He had so many good things going. He thought playing President would be even easier than playing “Trump”, but no it wasn’t. Trump thought he didn’t have to work because was so smart. He knew he was so smart because he got more money than all those others thinking they also were too smart to work. Actually, over 100 days Donald’s scam worked about as good as it always has... It is just all that extra stuff that wears him down.

Lazy scammers attract more lazy scammers. Here’s the story of Ari and Heather Rinkus, big players in the Mar-a-Lago territory. Sebastian Gorka wanted to peddle snake oil in Hungary, but now that he’s hooked up with Trump his market has expanded.

Don’t waste time sharing your anal probe stories with petty local officials! Not when there are federal agents standing by at 1-855-48-VOICE!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:45am EDT

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Greg Dworkin, M.D., advocate, activist, and budding foley artist, aspires to be a Senate procedural expert. If you do too, today’s KITM is a great place to start! David Waldman leads today’s “Understanding the Tax Reform Process” seminar touching on the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, which contains the Byrd Rule, which brings a sunset provision to when the reconciliation process can and cannot be used, which is all very interesting for those interested in playing by the rules

Donald Trump has no particular intention to follow or not follow rules. He’ll do what we make him do, eventually, or just change the rules. Greg rounds up the stories of us Trump wranglers. Then there are the Trump supporters, ruining America for all of us. You can damage your brain reading what they say they believe, or just cut to the chase with Armando. Honestly, some of them are idiots. Lucky for us Democrats are all smart and unified.

The Trump Tax Plan is so well written, it can fit on a single sheet of toilet paper

Is Ivanka really, officially setting up a bribery fund, or not quite officially? Is Donald really breaking up the 9th circuit court, or in his dreams? Is he bored with blowing up North Korea? Is he terminating NAFTA, or maybe not? Is this an f***ing game? Wait—is the Troll Administration’s 4 Chan staffers maybe pulling our leg for… the LULZ? The entire Senate sits on a whoopee cushion. Justice John Roberts has no sense of humor.

Physicians show interest in the health of their patients.

Jesse Watters takes some time off to be with his family, if they haven’t already left him for a better microphone.

Direct download: April_27_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:51am EDT

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NAFTA, taxes, health care, sanctuary cities,  shutting down the governmentending  the world. Donald Trump doesn’t need 100 days to get those things done. He just needs the next couple.

For David Waldman, a regular guy with regular hands, all of this is too much to handle alone. Lucky for him, and us, Greg DworkinArmando and Joan McCarter join in today!

The “Why doesn’t somebody just say...” contingent sticks with Trump as that is pretty much Donald’s entire governing/management process.  Greg points out that particular cohort isn’t growing and is becoming less relevant anymore.

Trump fixed Trumpcare, and the Freedom Caucus is now behind it 100%, except for the Obamacare parts they are keeping for themselves. Anyhow, repealing Obamacare could violate international law. It pays to read the fine print. Insurers aren't falling for Trump's sabotage efforts, yet. Democrats are feeling a renewed vigor over Obamacare, as Trumpcare tanks.

Trump fixes taxes the way he always has, by not paying them. Like climate change, negative action now will reap even more negative consequences later. Trump's Obamacare sabotage threat could cost the government $2.3 billion next year. Republicans move forward with a spending bill that excludes Trump's new border wall funding. Trump has to have that wall now, although later will do.

Jesse Watters saw a bj on the internet once, and has an idea of what they look like. Chris Cillizza ’s Ivanka. Ivanka ♥’s rampant corruption.  David offers us 🌹.

Trump decides to hop on the worldwide bigotry bandwagon, but Armando and federal judges in Hawaii, Maryland, and California do not see this as a difficult decision. A judge sees the Sanctuary Cities Order as "clearly unconstitutional", Trump never liked the constitution anyhow. Soon he will hate conservative judges. Why doesn’t somebody just say...

Direct download: April_26_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:10pm EDT

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Alas, the fake media has not seen Humpty Dumpty change position on his WALL... yet. Give him time. He might decide to move it to the Wisconsin/Canadian border, once North Korea finally decides to pony up for it. In the meantime, here’s David Waldman’s collection of news and stories to enjoy and consider in between the times Donald blows something up. You know Trump is insane, right?

The Trump Wall is supposed to stop human trafficking etc, Donald definitely is aware of this problem, but he let one villain slip through his fingers. Tim Nolan might traffic some children, but he has loved a couple black ones to death, and occasionally dresses in Klan robes, so…

Ivanka wanted to talk about economic empowerment of women, not her dad groping them, nor how her new political power is part of her own economic empowerment. The Trump White House offers economic empowerment to many, if they know where to look for it. For instance, a donor’s son found opportunities waiting for him at NSC meetings in Venezuela. Trump condos could pose “potential conflict”—does Donald seem the guy to leave money on the table?

David gives us a taste of GunFAIL with a couple of stories: Columnist M.D. Harmon taught the finer points of proper gun-handling to a young man in his basement. After killing his wife, Tex McIver was told to remove all the guns from his house, including that one in his sock drawer.

KWWL doesn’t do “fake news” about Stand Your Ground, but it isn’t really “factual” either.

Direct download: April_25_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:22am EDT

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Don’t you wish it was harder to find things to make fun of? Or, at least easier to find something rational to talk about in this world? Either way, David Waldman has you covered, for a couple of hours each day. By the way, Donald Trump is nucking futs. It’s just so hard not to stare, and almost impossible to look away. As we near 100 years days of this administration, Trump’s approval is at record lows, but isn’t that what makes him great?

If you really wanted eloquence and intelligence there was plenty to see at your local March For Signs. What’s so important about science? Greg Dworkin, at times an advocate and activist for science, tells us today is the day to act

Trump and his gang can’t shake down Mexico, so we’ll have to do. How much longer will bullying work? Was Trump elected due to the media’s compulsion for symmetry? Should the Democrats also consider the media the enemy?  

In France it’s Macron vs. Le Pen for this important week. Trump likes anti-semites, and their dads.

The media’s been pretty good to Bill O’Reilly. Fox has long been a sanctuary for wayward lechers… since maybe Steve Doocy, although some think it originated with Roger Ailes. Now, even dim-wit Sean Hannity is catching up. But no, that sticky trail leads across the ocean to The Beaverbrook Brothel, and Rupert Murdoch!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:29am EDT

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David Waldman, author of “KITM: Art of the 3 figure Deal”, brings us the story of people who actually figured out how to really make it big in this business. It’s amazing what one can do when not burdened by the overbearing weight of excess scruples. David explores Media Matters’ report on how Breitbart.com is the communications arm of the Mercers' empire. Matthew Gertz’ tweet storm provides many more details.

Many can dream, but nobody can grift like a Trump. Germany catches Ivanka fever. Ivanka moonlights as various United States representatives while repping her wares.

What do you know? Jason Chaffetz is stepping down from Congress as early as Friday. Christina Wilkie at the Huffington Post is crowdsourcing an investigation into Trump’s inaugural donors and you can help!

This weekend you can follow Donald P. Trump’s twitter countdown/conniption to 100 days in office, or you can read up on a name you’ll soon be reading up on: Ezra Cohen-Watnick, bagman for Devin Nunes and pal of Michael Flynn and Jared Kushner.

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

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David Waldman has not yet divulged the broadcast location of KITM Worldwide’s summer headquarters, but it looks like Donald Trump is heading to New Jersey for his fun in the sun.

Greg Dworkin calls applesauce on how the American press covers Trump. It’s the narrative, stupid. Greg’s got your narrative right here. Trump remains bold, unpredictable, unpopular, and shockingly ignorant. Trump’s Armada dodge didn’t fool anyone. Reluctant Trump voters are becoming even less enthusiastic, especially on Trumpcare. Paul Ryan’s healthcare idea is about as old as he is. Some Republicans think they are approaching a deal, some think they are even further apart.

Hey, what was that recent Tax March about? Were they “pro-tax” or “anti-tax”? It seemed just ambiguous… Now what is the March for Science about? People might get the idea with these marches that Trump might be harmful in general.  

Jeff Sessions hasn’t got around to filling any of the US attorney positions he purged. Trump and Devin Nunes coördinated effort to manufacture an excuse for Trump’s tweeting is still causing some troubleJason Chaffetz and Nunes would rather throw themselves under the bus than have Trump do it.

The guy that recommended Rex Tillerson to Trump for Secretary of State must be pleased with his job performance so far. Putin’s government think tank drew up a plan to swing the election to Donald Trump. Why would the FBI ever suspect Carter Page was a Russian agent? The Trump family's worst scandal may be actually be China. China has got the Ivanka Fever.

Direct download: April_20_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:19pm EDT

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David Waldman is back—but his back isn’t. He threw that out a week ago. We can all smile through the pain today knowing Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter are here to help carry the KITM load.

The Trump Armada is being tracked by everybody in the world, but nobody told Donald. The USS Carl Vinson is not turning as fast as Trump’s whims. The supercarrier is named after Representative Carl Vinson, whom Greg assures us is a man as interesting and as real as Newton Minow. Also lost: Bill O’Reilly, though most people jumped that ship long ago. Speaking of jumping ship, bye to rat Jason Chaffetz

Greg reveals the contours of modern America, as Jon Ossoff almost closes out the competition in Georgia. Now we get a lot of panicked spin on the way to the run-off. The biggest winners in Georgia are the people pointing out that the biggest loser is Trump. So, other than new drapes and a judge, what has he got to show for his 100 days? Not much. The more Trump vacations, the more he profits.

Where might Democrats find the next Georgia 6? Trump’s Wisconsin win was an aftershock of the Great Recession. Two months in a row of 30 thousand retail jobs lost. As the jobless rate rises, so do drug overdoses. You connect the dots.

Joan tells us how House Republicans could force the government to shut down in the Senate over coal miners’ health benefits. The House wins an Obamacare lawsuit—a critical step in their goal to screw poor people. David and Joan discuss the lawsuit on Trump’s violation of the foreign emoluments clause.

But—all of the above distracts from Russia! Erik Prince is under investigation for money laundering, ties to Chinese intelligence, and brokering mercenary services, and Paul Manafort recently received loans from various Trump-tied businesses.

Going to a big march this weekend? If you see these guys, march over to a new spot.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:35am EDT

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David Waldman goes it alone today—but for the price of admission, you also get David’s renowned “Donald Trump” impression, and his curiously similar “Jeff Session”. Enjoy all three!

Ivanka's company won approval for Chinese trademarks on the same day she dined with President Xi. A year ago news like that would be shocking. Today, it would be a kind of letdown to seeDaily Kos Radio Trump avarice pass on such an easy mark.

The British secret service, and Armando, and several others, have been saying that Donald Trump owes Russia for keeping him off the streets in 2008. Donald won’t say. He won’t tell you anything. But his taxes will be audited automatically every year. Thanks Dick!

Trump exceeds South Korea’s expectations, and intentions, with what’s-his-name over in North Korea.

Historically, when Fascists pop up, Anti-Fascists do too, and they are all coming to your next demonstration. David relates how Neil carries on the Gorsuch family ideology.

An FSU student’s new rifle accessories accidentally shot his friends. A bill to allow guns at colleges and in airports is rejected. The Steube vows to carry on.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:34am EDT

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There was almost unbearable tension this weekend, watching the minutes tick by, waiting to see if today is the day we would become a stronger, bigger, better nation than ever before. Thank you Melania. Donald’s egg roll sucked. Korean War II is still coming, by the way.

David Waldman, always remaining in character, brings us week 13 of The Presidential Apprentice

Greg Dworkin rounds up this weekend’s resistance. Tax marchers marched in over a dozen cities. Republicans go to town halls to hate on Trump. Four takeaways from the recent town halls. Trump followers aren’t changing, but Trump voters do evolve. The Republican party would like you to give Donald a few more chances, as they take themselves hostage. Here are five hurdles to avoiding a government shutdown.

Corporate America is uniting on climate change, but not on Trump’s side.

Like Donald P. Trump, Paul Manafort has deep ties to Russia, and wants to get some with China.

Did historians miss the rise of deplorables? China did not plan on two crazy nit-wits.


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