Fri, 26 May 2017
David Waldman will probably do a Memorial Day KITM. Maybe he’ll record it, maybe the show will be live, who knows what David will do—the guy is as wild and free as the wind. One thing is certain: you will be stuck in traffic or forming burgers somewhere happy to tune into fresh illumination of the craziness around us… and by the way, there’s a new show today too!
Donald Trump, no one has been an uglier American in all history, believe me, is more than just a dumb baby, he is a national embarrassment. Der Spiegel (not The Speagle) pleads with us to get rid of Donald Trump.
Of course Jared Kushner is the subject of an FBI investigation. I-told-you-sos are pouring in from everywhere, including KITM. David talks about how Kushner is now a focus in the Russian investigation, but concentrates in detail on Kushner’s casual corruption of basing his millions on squeezing pennies from people that need every penny to survive.
Thu, 25 May 2017
It would be petty to think Fox news would cover for Gianforte, but quite prescient. Fox and Friends do attempt to come to the rescue, but eventually the Fox reporters standing right there had to say something.
It’s not just Montana men who need to be tough like Gianforte. It might seem like a high-school mindset, but when you’re a member of Congress, you accept this is the life you picked. You might go to jail, even worse, you might lose support… or votes. Yet another reason for the Gop to fret. Rick Wilson connects the rise in violence to the drive for fascist authoritarianism.
There’s more real and metaphorical wrestling matches in the news. Democrats would think they have the clear upper hand on healthcare. And, it looks as if critics of the GOP Health Care Plan were right all along. It even makes Freedom Caucus members cry a little to take insurance away from millions. But, what to think about people that consider it a good thing to reduce federal support for health coverage by $993 billion over 10 years? Here’s how the new healthcare bill confirms the asymmetry of the parties.
The good news remains all of the bad news for Republicans. Voters see Trump abusing his powers. Here is a chart showing that abusing power is the only way Trump knows how to work. It appears James Comey fell for Russian bad intelligence, leading him to screw up the Clinton email investigation. Top Russian officials discussed how to influence Trump aides last summer.
The Trumps only seek counsel from hugest, most beautiful Rabbis, yet none of those gave Jared and Ivanka permission to fly on Shabbat.
British Prime Minister Theresa May will be another person disappointed by the thickness of Trump’s skull.
David catches us up on the Mar-a-Lago-underage-sex-abuse-club-fiasco.
Inconsistency in handling child gun deaths increase the agony of survivors.
Wed, 24 May 2017
Trump figures he hit a home run. As Donald would put it... he touched the “Middle East”, and “The Jews”, and is now rounding third towards home (where he can be tagged out). David Waldman calls the play by play.
Greg Dworkin gives us a preview of all that’s waiting for Trump. The Gop is looking at nine months of failure, meanwhile the Democratic party is busy metamorphosing—while still remembering what they stand for—flipping Republican seats.
Mitch McConnell remembers what Dems stand for, and isn’t interested. Almost everybody, including some Republicans, are becoming less interested in what Mitch stands for—which is destroying the lives of poor Republicans.
Ivanka doesn’t moderate Trump; she sells him to moderates. Melania and Ivanka wore veils to meet the Pope, but not headscarves in Saudi Arabia. Their base (Conservative Russians) probably appreciates this. Anyhow, Melania can’t let Donald get any ideas when she is forced to hang around with him. The Pope wishes he could dress more defensively.
If it’s Wednesday, it’s Joan McCarter day! This Wednesday is also CBO day. Joan tells us what to look for in the upcoming CBO score. It is now President Mulvaney destroying the U.S., which isn’t to say that Trump is not a liar that hates his own voters, because he is. The Gop is full of lying haters, those like Mitch McConnell just don’t broadcast that. Paul Ryan blames a $2,000,000,000,000 math error on his budget. The media completely misses how Social Security is being cut. Trump sabotage is the “single most destabilizing factor in the individual market”. Was John Boehner the hero that talked Donald Trump out of shutting down the government?
Tue, 23 May 2017
David Waldman has touched the orb, and understands. 1:58 of today’s KITM is ALL GLORY TO THE GLOWING ORB… rounding out the show:
The recent bombing in Manchester, England is truly a developing story, and you’ll be hearing a lot more details throughout the day. Here is a guide of things to remember and consider when big news breaks. Here is a guide to spotting fake news on the Manchester bombing. Donald Trump announced that the bombers were “Evil Losers”. Here is a guide to what Donald Trump means when he says “evil” or “loser”.
The Trumpshambles continue abroad. Donald just wanted to hold hands, Melania wishes she had a rolled up newspaper. Donald spent 15 minutes of his photo op time at Yad Vashem. Bannon and Priebus figured that if someone can’t get a DC country club membership, they aren’t worth visiting.
Maybe Donald can work on driving out the Alt-Reich when he returns to the U.S. Mike Pence can work on understanding and empathizing with people that disagree with him. Maybe colleges could be more picky when choosing commencement speakers. There are good ones to choose from. For instance, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who recently gave a great speech on U.S., and Confederate history.
Also in the news, Donald P. Trump tried talking senior intelligence officials into publicly denying his Russian collusion, and Rod Rosenstein might have let it slip that he may have been witness to a crime. Also in probably fake news, the girl in the Anthony Weiner sexting case could have lied to damage Hillary Clinton, but apparently didn’t.
Rachel of Irreverent Testimony sends us a dispatch from Colorado: the local angle on the wide-ranging story on the insidious work of the Bradley Foundation to steer policy hard to the right in our state legislatures. A reminder of the interlocking world of right-wing “charitable” foundations, which we’ve explored before, but that deserves a second look.
Mon, 22 May 2017
David Waldman reports that Donald Trump has only reached the middle of his Worldwide Victory Tour, yet now seems to have gotten as sick of winning as we are. He might get his second wind soon… after all people know to give leaders the respect they deserve over there. Trump goes to Israel to make the Middle East peaceful, or heads will roll, believe me.
The world says get rid of Donald Trump; Donald Trump tends to agree. The US doesn’t like him, but odds are he’s sticking around awhile. As the Republican base slowly erodes, do Democrats have a plan for 2018? Do they have a plan ever?
Firing that “nut job” Comey cheered up the Russians, but it looks as if the heat is still on. Maybe Jared didn’t fire him soon enough. Jared Kushner saved untold billions in the weapons sale to the Saudis. No, really, no one is going to tell you how much was saved, or what it cost. Kushner will never tell you a thing. You aren’t going to find out how many lobbyists Trump hired either.
Fri, 19 May 2017
Week 18 of The Presidential Apprentice closes with Trump jetting off to the Middle East and Europe, carrying the contagion of infantilism, inattention, low energy and dysfunction with him. (Jared & Ivanka are along for the ride, allegedly with special dispensation.)
We’re coming to grips with the Comey firing, the appointment of a special counsel, and what it all means. But first, Trump & team are spending their precious time plotting revenge: by accusing Obama of being the real leaker of intel to Russia! Got it? Good. Now, here’s what you need to read, in rough order of complexity, in order to discuss the scope of the investigation(s).
Lots of speculation about why Trump’s so loyal to Flynn, lately. But this is the topper! I hope!
One last entry for weekend reading: Time’s “Inside Russia’s Social Media War on America.”
Thu, 18 May 2017
With Joe Lieberman rumored as the summer replacement host of Kagro in the Morning, one would expect David Waldman to be coasting, but no—he still packs every bit of scandal and intrigue TrumpCo can generate into today’s solid two hour broadcast.
Roger Ailes had a rough time in the last few months, but it’s all smoothing out for him now. You think Roger had it rough? Donald always has it roughest. Robert Mueller, pronounced Mole-er, doesn’t have witch hunting experience, but seems qualified for his new job as Donald Trump’s worst nightmare, and James Comey’s friend. The Senate Judiciary Committee requested any memos, or “tapes” from the Comey-Trump meetings. Greg Dworkin assures us that even as things move at government speed, they are heading in the right direction. Flynn, Manafort can clear their calendars right now. Michael Flynn stopped the military plan Turkey opposed—after being paid as its agent. The Trump team knew that Flynn was under investigation before they hired Flynn.
Although Hope Hicks assured us that nothing untoward was happening with Russia, it looks like something untoward did happen at least 18 times. Just ask House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy how Russian money flowed before the election, and he will tell you—until Paul Ryan ixnays on the Roosky daes. Remember that Mike Pence is complicit, and Jared Kushner’s a baddie too. Jared was a good brother and was protecting his sister’s money. His worth might be in steep decline, but you can still buy Donald Trump if you act soon. Trump’s first foreign trip should fix things right up...
A think tank disinvites Steve Bannon when they realize he sullies their reputation for “thinking”.
Wed, 17 May 2017
David Waldman’s refrigerator is broken. Is your refrigerator running? If so, more Americans would vote for it over Trump... Before his appliance troubles, David would eat avocado toast three, four times a day, which sure adds up. So consider a donation to either Patreon or Square Cash. Quick!
Greg Dworkin cuts through the chaos to point out that all the chaos is baffling the public less and less, even amongst the hard core Trumpists, who are beginning to slip into the enthusiasm gap. The Health Care bill already has the house in play, but now impeachment is becoming a winning Democratic issue. Republicans need votes too, so Trump’s protective wall is beginning to crack. Jason Chaffetz’s subpoena pen is starting to rise in anticipation. Of course, most polling occurred before news of the Comey Memo, and of course Trump’s overseas fiascos. Fox talkers are sooo bored with all of this, and anyhow they need to tune up for “Nearer My God to Thee”. Vlad throws in the anchor.
Joan McCarter discusses the three exits Republicans are running for: “Trump is a victim”, “Trump is an idiot”, or “Trump is king”. Intelligence Trump leaked to Russians came from Israel, so maybe he should have checked his itinerary first. Looks like it will be a family trip, then.
Tue, 16 May 2017
SCANDAL! On Today’s KITM, David Waldman explores Jimmy Fallon’s recent revelation: Donald Trump might have plagiarized the commencement speech from “Legally Blonde”. It's hard picturing Donald recovering from this one!
Also in the news, Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador, destroying decades of intelligence infrastructure, killing agents in the field, and handing untold advantages to our enemies, which he has the absolute right to do. Trump might not understand “leak” or “loyalty”, but he knows his rights. He was building a better relationship between the United States and Russia, and knows that sometimes you have put in a little extra to impress your new cool friends, even if it means having to ditch the nerds you used to hang with.
KITM Texas correspondent John R. gives us the good and the bad of finding a swarm of Texas Democrats vying for two Republican seats in the U.S. House.
Mon, 15 May 2017