Mon, 31 July 2017
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...please. Greg 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.
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.
Fri, 28 July 2017
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.
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.
Thu, 27 July 2017
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?
Wed, 26 July 2017
Cosplayer won’t play a governor.
Speaking of young, beautiful girls—16… 15…
Tue, 25 July 2017
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.
Mon, 24 July 2017
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.
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.
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.
Fri, 21 July 2017
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 gout? David 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.
Thu, 20 July 2017
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 chairman—then 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.
Wed, 19 July 2017
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?
Tue, 18 July 2017
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.
Mon, 17 July 2017
Hey, another weekend, probably pleasant, not yet spent under smoking rubble in a crater. Not bad at this time as you might have pictured, or maybe exactly as bad as you pictured. Listen as David Waldman, nailing boards over his windows pell-mell, smoothly delivers another KITM:
The Trump campaign had abundant opportunities for Russian collusion at Don Jr.’s meeting, including Rinat Akhmetshin. Rinat has been described as “a Russian 'Gun-For-Hire'”, and “a Master of the Dark Arts”, so he probably catered in the nothingburgers for the event. Here is how the Trump Jr. meeting fits into the larger Putin game plan.
Donald Trump and Montgomery Burns’ lawyer Jay Sekulow didn’t have much to say, but a lot of places to say it over Sunday, so he suggested The US Secret Service vetted the meeting. The statement was believable for about a minute, then someone asked the Secret Service.
Keeping its priorities straight, the Trump administration focused on settling personal vendettas with fellow Gop member Jeff Flake.
Fri, 14 July 2017
David Waldman is presently in transit this AM. Instead of a tracking number, David has supplied us with a pre-recorded KITM.
Donald Trump just hurried over to France to win that handshake once and for all, and will soon rush back to conquer women’s golf. So, you can then understand his frustration when all Trump ever hears is Russia, Russia, Russia! Well, that is what today’s show is all about:
We know Junior’s meeting with Paul Manafort, Jared Kusher, Rob Goldstone, and Natalia Veselnitskay also had a “translator”, who was also a “spy”. We knew Dad Trump was lying about the meeting, now everyone else knows too. They still want us to believe that this was the only Russia collusion meeting, but of course not. Some would think that the worst that could happen to Donald would be that Pee-Pee tape. But really, Trump has no shame. However, if Donald Trump were to have spent his entire adult life laundering money for mobsters, Russians, and Russian mobsters and those dealings and dealers were then exposed, a Pee-Pee tape would seem pretty inconsequential wouldn’t it? Peter W. Smith, the Gop operative who sought Clinton's emails from Russian hackers, committed suicide... records show.
Speaking of the Mob, Marc Kasowitz, Trump’s Russia Lawyer, won’t get security clearance because of alcohol abuse and behavior that left employees uncomfortable, writing emails saying “I'm on you now. You are f**king with me now Let’s see who you are. Watch your back, b**ch. Don’t be afraid, you piece of s**t. Stand up. If you don’t call, you’re just afraid.” “I already know where you live, I’m on you. You might as well call me. You will see me. I promise.” … for instance.
Thu, 13 July 2017
How do you, Dear Reader/Listener, cope with such an influx of political news, information, and knowledge inundating you on a daily basis? Why, you listen to KITM as David Waldman, and quite often Greg Dworkin sort it out for you! Today they sort it into two heaps—Russia and
Republicans say they can, but they still can’t design a workable plan. Nickleback is getting tired of being called the Senate health care bill of pop music. Mitch McConnell is running out of goodies to pass out and so is losing Senators’ attention, and running out of time. Like everyone else, Republicans kind of like Obamacare, but we all know they can’t say that. Moderates like it too, and thus won’t cave like McConnell hopes. But seven years of hatred is hard to pivot on. Doctors still care and are getting things done. Ted Cruz still doesn’t care, but his provision is in the bill. Meanwhile, over in California, Democrats who never do things “together”aren’t in line on Single Payer.
Now all roads lead to Jared Kushner. Now, that’s collusion! When this breaks, Donald Trump will have to tweet a link to the Pee-Pee tape just to get some attention. Jared’s repressed memories are all coming back to him now, over 100 of them.
Republicans, of course want to get to the bottom of this mess. So, on their path to subpoenaing Hillary, they blame Natalia Veselnitskaya. Stupidity like this can’t be faked, so let’s look into this. They could look into Jeff Sessions, but it’s a secret.
Is buying luxury goods a survival skill in our culture?
Wed, 12 July 2017
Until one of his little Fredos mucks it up. This kid was dropped on his head as a child! David Waldman and Greg Dworkin keep us abreast of a situation so crazy, even the spin is spinning out of control. Trump Sr. is 15 minutes dumber than Junior. Democratic House candidates were also targets of Russian hacking. Tucker Carlson finds out that Putin’s not cool anymore.
And—don’t forget Fredo-in-law still has security clearance. The Trump-Russia investigators are looking at Jared Kushner’s Trump campaign digital operation. Here’s how an alleged Russian hacker teamed up with a Florida Gop operative.
While all of this is happening, the Republicans continue to fail at governing. Here is what we know about TreasonCare. Maybe the Democrats will be invited to board the Titanic to help bail them out. Voters figure that can’t hurt. The Senate debates what goes into the bill before the parliamentarian this week.
Enter, Joan McCarter, with her DC acumen. Republican leaders are frantic to pass TreasonCare before everything falls apart. For those nostalgic for sick children and bankrupt families, TrumpCare has a lot to offer. Mitch McConnell worked out a schedule to bring it to the floor next week… just in case that doesn’t work, August recess is being moved to the end of August. As for Trump/Russia, well, first you need to get them talk about it.
Tue, 11 July 2017
Did you know that each date this week is a palindrome, in that the date reads the same forward as backward? Heavy, right? While you ponder that, David Waldman also has this Tuesday excogitation to prepare you for this news cycle once Trump pops like a boil… uhm actually he’s full of...
OK. So, you heard about Don Fredo Trump meeting with the Russian operative? He kind of walked into a rake on that one. Now, the whole scheme’s unraveling, there is a beautiful, delicious email trail, and Don’s third version of events is about due, although it probably won’t help him much. Pence 2020!
Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya has been connected to the Trumps before, because they’ve done bad things with Russia before. Natalia says Don Jr., Jared and Manafort were begging for it. Does it matter who wanted it first?
Mon, 10 July 2017
David Waldman brings us whatever godawful week of The Presidential Apprentice it is, along with its spinoffs, Son and Daughter of Presidential Apprentice. In this episode, Donald “Fredo” Trump Jr. has been shopping for those huge beautiful Kremlin ties for his dad...
Greg Dworkin rounded up a ton of news on Russia and the Trumps—and that health care stuff too. Looking at the Trump-Russia timeline puts it all into perspective. It is all adding up for everyone, except maybe Team Trump and Team Pepe. Donald’s boy really wanted to be a good colluder for Dad, too bad he now has to take that ride to the middle of the lake to fix things for Jared. Real news now comes in music videos. Oh no! It’s A COOKBOOK!
Taking a knee in the middle of fighting for Trumpcare appears to be a bad strategy for the Gop. Donald Trump doesn’t know what to make of these Republican’s lack of winning. Rural GOP senators notice they have voters. The best plan might be to win by losing, and join with somebody they can blame, like Democrats. The difference between “public option” and “single payer”.
With Donald Trump, the norm always is: It all goes to Donald Trump.
Fri, 7 July 2017
Top Twitter chatter this morning: Office of Government Ethics chief Walter Shaub can’t even anymore. Podestamania is runnin’ wild, as Trump reports for his first quarterly performance review, and says bigly words to people in Poland.
Greg Dworkin wasn’t with us on the air today, but he had a number of great suggestions for discussion and weekend reading: Mike Gerson goes there. There are many reasons to fear Trump pushing us into a “clash of civilizations.” One I hadn’t thought of before is, we may be going in unarmed.
Felix Sater is back. And he’d like people to think he’s flipped on Trump, I guess. Did he? Does he think he did? Does he think he didn’t, but will end up screwing up and doing it in the end, anyway? Stay tuned.
Getting up to speed for the weekend on health care: In setting up a potential Plan B, McConnell pulls the rug out from under Republican ACA lies. But just so you don’t forget: Plan A still sucks, too. And so does Cruz. His plan, I mean.
Trump’s pretending he makes charitable donations, again.
Thu, 6 July 2017
David Waldman’s Hzaard shelf fell on him, he’s OK, but now it’s brökn. It’ll take more than that to take a new KITM from us!
Greg Dworkin brings David, and us, the latest: Donald Trump, shopping for an Ottoman, is today’s least funny Polish joke. As Trump sows chaos around the globe, most G20 countries, including the US, see Merkel as leader of the free world. Retired general David Petraeus figures the world could just ignore Donald from now on. Trump dwindles to just a brand pasted on Obama’s ISIS plan. Felix Sater, Russian with crime links, of course has dirt on Trump, and has flipped.
Almost every state is rejecting the Trump/Kobach crackdown on voting, some of them even out of principle. If we can still vote in 2018, we might win. Already many are out there newly motivated, including Jackson, MS mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba, a name striking fear as far as Tennessee.
The Gop promises lower health premiums and higher out of pocket on useless insurance, plus extra freedom. Support for single-payer health care is on its way to becoming the consensus position in the Democratic Party. Hey everybody, Ted Cruz has a plan! Here's the thing you have to understand about Ted Cruz. Al Franken hates Ted Cruz.
Trump transferred wealth to his son while avoiding the usual taxes. Here is one example.
Wed, 5 July 2017
New Jerseyans aren’t letting their beach bum of a governor off the hook just yet.
Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter are on hand to keep us on track with both the latest headlines on all fronts, and the long game on Trumpcare.
Congress has been in recess for the holiday, but the majority of Republican Senators are simply ducking their local July 4th parades, rather than face constituents anxious and angry about the Gop proposal to ruin everything for money. Republicans who’ve been notable holdouts felt more comfortable appearing in public, but even then only in measured doses. And no Trumpcare discussion is complete without taking yet another stab at explaining procedure.
On the international front, Trump has failed to rein in North Korea and has been unable to get whatever trade concessions it is he’s looking for out of China. And now, he’s on his way to the G20, where people think he’s an idiot. In all of which he’s backed up by alleged Secretary of State Rex “Everything” Tillerson.
And hey, here are two curve balls I bet you didn’t think Greg would throw you: Ancient Romans made the best concrete, and it might help us hold back rising seas, and; a leopard may not be able to change its spots, but any two cheetahs can swap their skin.
Joan McCarter notes most Republican Senators are dodging their constituents, but are those who aren’t hearing what people are really saying? Don’t leave it to chance, though: keep calling! Especially as Republicans begin reaching into their bag of tricks, to create excuses for holdouts to vote yes on something—anything!—in the end. Keep an eye on Murkowski, though. Just sayin’.
And yes, we’ve heard about the GA-06 lawsuit.
Tue, 4 July 2017
Yes, a brand new LIVE show on July 4th! Because America! And also, I was already awake.
During that brief period for which I was asleep, North Korea launched another missile, but Donald Trump has anger-tweeted them, so don’t worry about it.
In the meantime, we use the holiday quiet period (minus the threat of rogue nation nuclear missiles) to catch up on Jay Sekulow’s sekret sektarian skimming, s(k)pecifically that of his son Logan, a racket that netted him nearly a million bucks, and which began at the tender age of 18.
A Florida judge has drawn the line on the state’s newly expanded “Stand Your Ground” law. It may yet be erased, but it gives us another opportunity to discuss the inappropriate short-circuiting of long-established principles of law, because guns are cool and gun owners shouldn’t be bothered with the responsibility of abiding by the law, because they're so law-abiding and stuff.
Only KITM would take you on this extensive a tour of the definitional minutiae of the emoluments clauses. But you can’t tell the players without a program.
Mon, 3 July 2017
Wow, people sure behave idiotically around the 4th of July... especially the idiots. Smart people will listen to today’s KITM as David Waldman catches us up on the holiday weekend and sets us up for the holiday week.
Particularly smart Greg Dworkin continues to focus on the Republican quest to destroy Obamacare and move profits to rich people. They don’t like to call it that, because voters wouldn’t want to hear that. Credit the local press for telling it like it is. The Gop got themselves into this because it was winning them elections. Now that they are being held to their promises, they are dropping the “improve” promises, and keeping the “destroy” ones. Polls are showing this strategy could crush Senate Republicans. Alas, Senate Republicans need to destroy things until 2020 before they’re in trouble.
Maybe the Democrats shouldn’t totally rely on the Republican’s destructive behavior to build the Democratic brand, as Americans' confidence in institutions starts to edge up. Trump’s enemy are any public institutions not centered on him. That’s why the White House daily briefing is in such trouble, because insane tweets and comments are directly profitable, and his voters absolutely do not care. CNN should have stood by its reporters.