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David Waldman is on the road again. He’d broadcast on location, but it’s the KITM satellite uplink driver’s day off. So, today’s show was pre-recorded yesterday, which is fine if nothing big happens today...pleaseGreg Dworkin’s back too! Just not here. Catch up with his Abbreviated Pundit Round-up.

There’s a reason they call it Zombie TreasonCare. Actually, several, but one is that it just will never die. David disputes the one budget reconciliation bill per topic interpretation, because norms have dropped like flies lately. Donald Trump offers to lend a hand to any losers not pulling their weight. If only there were more little Trumps sowed throughout government, think of all that could be done. Ron Johnson wants to take advantage of the post-nuclear wasteland.

Donald has not been the comrade Vlad hoped for. Putin says 755 US diplomats must leave Russia, although we don’t have 755 American diplomats in Russia.

Need another example of Donald Trump being a low-taste, no-class, cheap-ass, self-absorbed, double-dealing, four-flusher, including pictures of a crappy Cadillac? Here you go. Of course, there’s lots of mob ties as well.

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The big news—Greg Dworkin is back from Iceland! The big debate—Noosa vs. Skyr. The rest of you can eat cheeseburgers!

Greg and David Waldman also speak of the legend of John McCain, and the night he brought down the mighty TreasonCare juggernaut...or the night he did the Gop a favor, because passing the bill would have been failure, and failure will become winning, you know. By the way, it was the women that did the heavy lifting, in both parties. Either way, a Republican loss is a win for the country. Well, on to their tax bill and other future losses.

Anyway, Trump could have told you Single Payer is the way to go, or to just give him anything without the “Obama” in it. Donald would go for anything at all if you throw Mt. Rushmore into the deal.

Even people with no sense, and awful perspective, are coming out against Donald Trump. Such as David Brooks, who eats cheeseburgers you haven’t heard of, and Peggy Noonan. Trump reminds Peggy of a whiny woman, and of Woody Allen too, for some reason.

It’s time for a @#%&! word from the White House communications director… actually, more of a @#%&! cry for help. And now ladies and gentlemen, the spotlight falls on Steve Bannon, as he… Oh my God.

The weekend won’t stop this insanity. You can prep by re-reading the constitution maybe, or brush up on your conference mechanics. Good luck to all of us!

Direct download: July_28_2017_64.mp3
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Thursday is a big day. For Donald Trump, half the day is getting ready for golfing, the other half having to do that non-golf stuff. For Washington it’s the Zombie TreasonCare Vote-a-Rama day. Republicans will write the bill over lunch. David Waldman prepares us for the procedural activities of the day. Which leg will the Senate cut off first?

Senator Lisa Murksowski placed a no vote on Trumpcare, so now Alaska must pay, according to Trump henchman Ryan Zinke.

Tony Mooch really doesn’t like these new leaks about him.

The Pentagon thought we were on the brink of nuclear war there for about ten minutes, but for some reason they stopped. Jeff Sessions is happy to join Trump in the war on gays.

David ponders which is worse, watching a Trump speech with the sound up, or the sound off.

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Joan McCarter is bussssy today, and David Waldman isn’t just not going to do a show and let you all down. So, that makes it Esoteric Smorgasbord Wednesday on KITM!

The Straight Talk-like Express pulled back into DC, bringing with it the status quoRepeal and replace was rejected however, with the goal to just get the bill away from them and back to the House.

What can Donald Trump do to Jeff Sessions to get him to leave? Other than firing him, of course.

Russian comedians choose the perfect dope to dupe.

Cosplayer won’t play a governor.

Canadian Identitarians identify as Italian, on a ship identified as Mongolian in an effort to prevent Muslims as identifying as Europeans.

Speaking of young, beautiful girls—16… 15…

 

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David Waldman and KITM bring us the latest, greatest insight and the hottest audio levels you’ll hear today.

Donald Trump attempted to stunt the growth of 40,000 adolescent boys yesterday. Don’t worry, they will grow beyond the speech, maybe because of the speech. Don’t expect Donald to grow at all. American Psychoanalytic Association members now get to say that in public! You can’t force Fox & Friends to say anything.

Turn up the volume and you might hear Armando calling in to discuss whatever the F the Senate’s doing today with TreasonCare. Most of David’s explanations begin with “Ordinarily, it should be...”, but it turns out that it just isn’t anymore. So, listen as they figure out what it could be, and how it could be done, and how it goes off the cliff from there. While we teeter on the abyss, feel free to call up some Senators.

 

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Week 27 of The Presidential Apprentice! Another week of the new normal and another week David Waldman explains how it is isn’t normal and the extraordinary lengths we must take to get back to the normal-normal.

Exit Spicey, enter the Mooch, who kind of hates Donald Trump, but kind of loves money, so he’s in. He has the advantage of arriving pre-parodied, and so far regret-free.

Jared Kushner arrives at the Senate with all of his alibis now in order. (TBD) It looks as if “talking to Russians about adoption” is what they call it now. Jared used to call it “talking to Guccifer”. Get ready to hear more about The King of Diamonds, Lev Leviev.

Can the President Be Indicted? Why yes, says Ken Starr. But... Benghazi!

You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows—The Dirtbag Left makes 70 grand a month.

Tomorrow the Senate will vote again on… something. They don’t know what. The Senate Parliamentarian supports and challenges the Republicans on Trumpcare around the Byrd Rule. David isn’t sure where Parliamentarian authority ends, but we are sure to find out soon.

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Not that he’s guilty or anything, but Donald Trump is looking into pardoning himself. We’re on the brink of an authoritarian crisis. Now what’s our best hope—the wisdom of a Republican Congress, or a good case of goutDavid Waldman explores the former in today’s KITM. Maybe as few as three Republicans in the Senate would need to see the light…

Time for the record scratch sound effect as we back up 24 hours to see how we got into this mess. Donald was cogent, engaged, on script for minutes, then he talked to The New York Times. He made the usual dozen or so crazy, stupid lies, but then he wondered aloud what he was paying Jeff Sessions for, and why did he ever hire that Robert Mueller, etc. We knew for a while that Mueller was targeted, as Team Trump seeks to control and block Mueller’s investigation. Now they are investigating Mueller’s investigators. Or, maybe he’ll fire him, just because.

So why, when they have a perfectly good opportunity to collude, do Trumps decide to gab on about adoption? Well, “adoptions” is code for “sanctions”, and it really isn’t about the children, at least it’s never about kids to Vladimir Putin. For Trump voters, however, “sanctions” is code for “adoptions”, which is what makes it interesting to Donald Trump.

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Donald Trump, not the sharpest tool in the shed, sat down for yet another exclusive interview with his nemesis, The New York Times. This should produce a bit of “real news” today, so go ahead and read the excerpts to soak in the dumbness. Six months in, Trump hasn't passed a single bill of 10 he promised to pass in his first 100 days, not even TreasonCare. Trump can’t make a health care deal because he doesn’t understand health care.

Not much Gop legislation is probably a good thing, but that leaves David Waldman and KITM to explore the seamy underbelly of the Trump organization… Irakly “Ike” Kaveladze is the 8th person to pop out of the Russian collusion meeting tied to Donald Trump Jr., and might be most important in defining what happened. Did wishful thinking and conspiracy sites lead Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort to arrange the meeting? Paul Manafort owed big bucks to pro-Russia interests before he became President Donald Trump’s campaign chairmanthen he made (exactly the same number of) big bucks.  

Then there’s Dana Rohrabacher, who hooked up with Putin before it was cool. Rohrabacher’s aide was tossed under the bus over Russia connections, but that won’t be enough to cover Dana’s tracks to Moscow last year, a secret document he received, his attempt to alter sanctions legislation and to set up a virtual show trial on Capitol Hill. Dana Rohrabacher is dirty… very, very dirty.

Banks made billions of student debt disappear with this one weird trick.

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One sunny day Donald was playing with his wonderful trucks, and having a great and very beautiful time, believe me. Then, all at once everyone was talking about how his wonderful, very wonderful Trumpcare bill was just too great, and beautiful! Donald decided it was not his Trumpcare bill anymore, and he would make it die... “Cheer up Donald!”, pleaded his friends in the Gop. Eat some treats, and we’ll dream of future good times! “We might not be allowed to kill things today, but we can still hurt them—a lot!” Mitch, the evil turtle said...

So, it wasn’t a fairytale ending, David Waldman and Joan McCarter remind us. We can recognize the victory, but will need to keep fighting. Mitch McConnell has run out of excuses for not accomplishing anything. Did Republicans underestimate the difficulty of TreasonCare, or overestimate the abilities of McConnell? Either way, they will try, try again.

Back to the rot at the top. Jared Kushner will of course keep his security clearance, of course Trump colluded with the Russians to defeat all opposition, including Republican, and of course Trump talked more with Putin than he told you about. Did you know Donald’s wife is great and very beautiful?

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The Republicans' signature campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare was halted yesterdayWEE OH WEE OH! Beeee OooHDing! Ding! DingVrooooom!

David Waldman delves into the factors and events leading to the collapse of TreasonCare on today’s KITM. Trumpcare’s not dead though, because its health and well-being is of utmost importance to Mitch McConnell... more than anything or anybody, other than himself of course. Repeal-only is fine, when you consider that goal, and that he doesn’t mean anything he says.

Donald Trump wonders what any of this has to do with him. After all, he has signed more bills than any president, ever. (He hasn’t.) A Toronto hotel tears down Trump, disappointingly not using Marines. The United Arab Emirates get in on the hacking craze with Qatar.

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