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In order to conquer the KITM echo, David Waldman tried the Discord app, and it wasn’t helpful. Next time he might try a more effective means of telecommunication, like a seance maybe.

Want to help Harvey victims? There’s ActBlue. Probably a better pick than Red Cross. Donate, but think about it first.

There were explosions at a flooded Texas chemical plant. Well not an “explosion”—kind of a overpressurization, followed by a violent containment rupture, a fireball—well not a “fireball” , the volatile chemicals are flammable—well not “flammable” more like Inflammable, that is to say you probably shouldn’t be living around there.

How powerful is the Mayor of Charlottesville supposed to be? Now he’s supposed to be less powerful

Robert Mueller is teaming up with the New York AG to box the Trump gang for good. What can Donald Trump do now?

Direct download: August_31_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:30pm EST

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Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter called in to today’s KITM via Skype. If you listened live, their voices had a strong “reverberation”, David Waldman’s did not. If you listen to today’s podcast you will not hear any echo on any voice. During the broadcast David did not hear any echo, Joan did, but Greg did not… but Armando did yesterday... Is there an audio/computer/streaming engineer in the house? Let us know which button to push!

Greg Dworkin rounds up the latest on Harvey and Houston. The worst is yet to come for the chronically ill or in need of any health assistance

We all pull together in times of crisis… OK, we used to. For the Gop any time is a good time to for tax cuts and cutting services. Donald Trump won’t allow Harvey to be like Obama’s Katrina and it won’t be, if hat sales are any guide. The same folks whatabouting Katrina really enjoy Donald’s personality and style. Republicans find themselves defending Trump’s stench, even as more of the stink rubs off on them. Still, more than a fifth of his support has smartened up.

Greg Gianforte body-slammed Ben Jacobs, promised him an interview, and is of course not planning on doing anything.

Joan McCarter informs us that the real test for Republican government starts next week. She expects them to fail. The disaster in Texas was predicted. Trump can also be predicted to attempt to route disaster relief to his wall. Here is a way to support victims of Hurricane Harvey$350K so far! 

Jim Mattis isn’t contradicting Trump on transgender policy, in fact he is implementing the order exactly as directed. Mattis might have to contradict us out of nuclear war.

Donald is still a little bit short of actually running a dictatorship. The legal challenge to the Arpaio pardon begins, and it looks as if Trump can’t pardon his way out of Russia trouble.

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Here is what sets KITM apart from other shows: David Waldman finds it a necessity from time to time to dig way way way into the news compared to the sources from which he borrows. Today, listen as David does the research into the stories live and finds the answers to  the questions you’d ask: Is this true? Does this check out? Is the the right answer? Things you just can’t do in print:

Two men were finally arrested in connection to the Charlottesville violence they committed in front of many eye witnesses and cellphones. In fact, David pieces together two viral images to tell the story of one moment at Charlottesville. Who was in charge at Charlottesville? It helps to know who was supposed to be in charge.

Melania put on her wading heels and went to survey the Hurricane Harvey situation. Harvey is her husband’s big chance to claim… something. Donald continues his laser focus on his image. Republicans know Trump sucks. He’s not even a Republican, who are supposed to suck. We don’t need Louise Mensch to make up stories when we have so many real ones.

Meanwhile mass shootings slide right on by on the news feed. Two dead, 4 injured in Clovis, New Mexico. What causes gun “accidents”? Negligence? Ignorance? Stupidity? Yep. The 95th child under 15 accidentally has been shot to death this year.

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Week 32 of The Presidential Apprentice kicks into gear with a new challenge, the “natural disaster.” Lucky for our contestant, this is a huge, historic, chocolate cake of a calamity, because when things go wrong it will be hard to compare him to Obama.

David Waldman and Greg Dworkin talk about the many dilemmas left for Texas, it is no time for self congratulations.

Donald Trump might have sucked less as a 19th century presidentJoe Arpaio might have been more secluded as a 19th century sheriff, but they didn’t allow anti-government extremists then either—and that is the least of Arpaio’s evils. Arpaio once staged an assassination attempt to win sympathy, then framed a man for it. Taxpayers paid the damages.

So, of course Trump pardoned Arpaio. Heavens! that puts Donald in “uncharted territory”! Why, he certainly crossed a line there, a bit like the last ten lines he crossed. People will become so troubled by this. Then Trump will do it again, and then he’ll do it half a dozen more times.

Armando calls in for a nuts and bolts discussion of DNC Unity, and how the charming tradition of the Iowa Caucus is an affront to democracy.

Remember when Trump said he had “no links, no loans, no nothing” with Russia? It looks like he had a lot of no nothing with Russia, including attempting a Trump Tower in Moscow while he ran for president. Maybe Trump (and Jill Stein) were trying to share Christian values… or mob connections.

Direct download: August_28_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:53am EST

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KITM doesn’t bring you the news first, it just feels that way with David Waldman keenly pointing out the details of what will later become news, and fun gifs.

Trump keeps trying, but justice just won’t stay obstructed. He would’ve gotten away with it too, if it wasn’t for those meddling journalists connecting the dots between Russia, spies, and him. Paul Manafort is going away for a long time, or maybe a shorter time once he cooperates with the FBI. Some more pardons to toss on the pile: Anyone connected to FL Group, an Icelandic bank connected to dodging a few hundred million in taxes for you-know-who.

You know that Steve Bannon is not your friend. Trump probably always had him pegged as well.

Donald Trump doesn’t have a tax plan. But if he did, Trump almost lost his key economic advisor Gary Cohn who was almost forced to leave because of Donald’s bigotry. 

Here comes Hurricane Harvey. Trump just flunked his first natural disaster test, and then goes out of his way to endanger more.

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David Waldman returns from vacation well rested, but because of the eclipse he’s only tan along his outer edges. KITM is live today and David is ready to get back to work—more than some people we know.

Greg Dworkin’s back too! Government shutdown chances are rising by the day, maybe because of Mexico’s stinginess, or Mitch McConnell doesn’t know who’s boss, or maybe because Donald sucks at what he’s supposed to do. Most feel Trump isn’t honest, a good leader, caring, level headed, strong, intelligent or share their values. Trump hopes to make up for all of that by being the hugest racist, but nope, his base is leaving him too. Daniel M. Kammen, who can spell just as well from top to bottom as from left to right, resigns his Trump post. Which “Trump” though—teleprompter-reading Trump or speak-out-his-butt Trump?

 A UN committee charged with tackling racism has issued an “early warning” over Charlottesville.

What does this all mean for 2018?  Pretty good things probably. The Hillary vs. Bernie argument will still persist through 2020, as will interminable dissection of Clinton’s loss. 

A guy witnessed the terror attack in Charlottesville and became Alt-Right “fake news”. A guy constantly posts fake news which becomes rightwing “real news”.

Lest anyone forget about his obstruction of justice, Donald will just do it over and over until they remember. Putin will attack democracy everywhere in case you don’t have enough evidence he’s doing it here.

Direct download: August_24_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:50am EST

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David Waldman likes vacations so much, he put a vacation in his vacation during which he worked on today’s new KITM:

David finishes up the William Regnery II story. Proof that a racist can spend millions of dollars over most of a lifetime and find people that say they agree with him. Tim Gionet, thoroughly talentless idiot, would probably agree with Regnery, but already is raking it in as a Trump idiot. One more look at crying virgin nazi-boy terrorist Chris Cantwell. Does the Alt-Right attract idiots or create them? Either way, they are coming to a legislature near you... Antifa!

Direct download: August_23_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:00am EST

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David Waldman remains in awe hangover after experiencing both the moon and the sun right over his head at the same time, but he does hope to return to live KITM’s this Thursday! Unfortunately, Steve Bannon and the Alt-Right continue to be relevant topics:

Steve Bannon is back baby! Charlottesville allowed Steve to “pursue other interests”. Now he’s ready to bring us more of… whatever he brought us in 2016. Like any of the Right, governing was just not his thing. So, back to wingnut welfare. William Regnery II has doled out cash to racists for decades, and is finally seeing some returns.

Know your Alt-Right catchphrases! "Duke Lacrosse” brought us Richard SpencerStephen Miller and just about every creepy jerk right now.

Direct download: August_22_2017_64.mp3
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David Waldman’s being followed by a moon shadow, moon shadow, moon shadow... It’ll catch up with him later today, but for right now he is still producing new, but non-live versions of KITM. David is in South Carolina, but probably not visiting the state’s protected Confederate monuments. The whole point of Confederate monuments is to celebrate white supremacy. That, and to make money for statue makers. The clone army is in retreat, but might rise again if we aren’t alert. We are just now rediscovering the lost history of the only coup d’état ever to take place on American soil.

So, who the f@&$ is Steve Bannon? It’s not too late to ask that question, because he’s not actually going away like he really should. Steve Bannon stayed at the White House to advise Trump on very fine Nazis, but everyone knows Gorka’s the house Nazi, and Bannon wasn’t awfully up on Muslims, or geography. Steve Bannon’s expertise lies in climate denial, meth production, porn, and ass-kissing, but unfortunately he wasn’t meeting Trump’s standard.

A white nationalist ship refused help from a refugee rescue boat, so maybe they think they are superior swimmers as well.

Direct download: August_21_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:36pm EST

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