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Direct download: August_18_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:40pm EDT

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No, that’s not your cat throwing up. The “Gorka-Gorka-Gorka” you keep hearing is David Waldman continuing his analysis of Nazi Sergeant Pepper Sebastian Gorka, the “Moe” of Trump’s three stooges. Gorka lost his temper, on tape of course, with terrorism expert Michael S. Smith II. Sebastian isn’t the only anti-Islamic Gorka devaluing national security judgement. Sebastian’s wife Katherine Gorka collaborates on twisting discourse, right down to altering Wikipedia articles.

There is no pretty one, but here is the ugly way Trump’s rise and Putin’s are connected. Gop campaigns took $7.35 million from a Putin pal. Trump Jr. is now tied to the banker behind the Russian money laundering scheme. Brian Benczkowski, nominated to lead the Justice Department's Criminal Division, says sure, he used to work for the Russian banks that propped Donald up, but he doesn’t anymore. In November, Russian cyberattack targeted an elections vendor tied to voting day disruptions, including North Carolina’s bluest county.

Mar-a-Lago doesn’t want Americans working there, but the Labor Department makes them ask, so…

Customs and Border Protection employees are told to ignore Congressional representatives trying to do their job, Congressional representatives are shocked to find.

John Kelly might as well start packing up his office. Hope Hicks picks up the Communications Director Job on her move up.  How Does She Do It?

 

Direct download: August_17_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

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David Waldman isn’t sure when “today” is in today’s new, pre-recorded KITM, but he does remember about when last week was, and he certainly can find next week on a calendar—that’s when he returns.

But how au courant does one need to be nowadays, anyhow? Throw a dart at a list of reprehensible, inhuman, unAmerican traits and actions and prescience is yours. Today’s words are: Nazi, and… Gorka. To some Sebastian Gorka is synonymous with “Nazi”, but his reprehensibility has somewhat more depth and nuance. Gorka tried to bring a handgun through airport security. He thinks the Minnesota Mosque Attack was probably the fault of the left. Gorka says people should stop criticizing white supremacists so much. He is exactly the pit bull Trump doesn’t need, which is precisely why he has his White House job. He tried pulling this stuff in Hungary, but just couldn’t find the right tin-pot dictator to hook up with until he came here.

Remember the Jewish community centers bomb threats? There have been more than 100 since the election, but the FBI arrested a few suspects so far. One was some loon trying to harass an ex-girlfriend. Another was an Israeli American teenager, who could also be a loon, but really, he was just in it for the money.

Direct download: August_16_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

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This morning David Waldman left on a journey to position himself beneath a totality, but he didn’t totally leave—he’s busy producing new programs right now in the passenger seat of the KITM minivan, and if it all works out, the show above should cover the following topics:

The Greed is Good ideology continues as core business school indoctrination, because maximizing shareholder value remains the primary goal over the wellbeing of the company, community or workers.  America’s middle class dies along with the American concept of shared prosperity.

You probably know that Donald Trump is a racist and a fascist, but did you know that Trump is a liar as well?  He is! Trump attempted to weave a parable completely out of lies to instruct his top generals.

Each sip of Fiji Water® contains more than the recommended daily requirement of shameful feelings.

Direct download: August_15_2017_revised_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:30pm EDT

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Today is the last “live” KITM, for at least a week. Don’t worry—no summer reruns! David Waldman will be releasing pre-recorded shows on many timeless topics and concerns.  

White nationalism and Nazis, are unfortunately a pretty enduring aspect of American life. Inexplicably, so is the Confederacy. Donald Trump calls them all “The Base”… actually he doesn’t call them anything, he just blows his dog-whistle.

Greg Dworkin rounds up news on White nationalism, enabled by the White House. The Alt-Right’s rebranding effort has failed. The Gop is more likely to vent ‘personal disgust’ for Trump after Charlottesville, which is really the only way a Trump voter has a chance to hear any bad Trump news. Americans realize the President Is Un-American, and there aren’t two sides to this question. Trump’s technique of babbling in the face of tragedy has failed him. Trump’s triangulation has failed, his dog whistle is broke, so Donald, uhh by the way says he thought Nazis and the KKK were bad all along. That’s after Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier resigned from Trump’s advisory council and Trump tried to kick him on the way out.

Nazis are getting punched here and around the world. Not nice, but neither are Nazis.

Armando calls in to discuss Netroots Nation, a place where, like Daily Kos, Twitter, and everywhere, all members of the Left respect and appreciate the viewpoints, judgements, and convictions of each other, mostly. We agree it’s time to be unapologetically progressive in 2018. Also, Comey and Mueller are pretty dreamy.

Direct download: August_14_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:56am EDT

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KITM continues to evolve—just this week David Waldman fostered relationships to listeners, opened new communications networks, and sharpened his skills in a variety of applications. (Consider giving him a raise before some other place snaps him up.)

Speaking of raises, Trump Hotel in Washington is experiencing soaring profits, enabling it to raise its rates even higher, allowing Donald Trump to make incredible amounts of money for a financial imbecileKim Jong-un considers cutting the payroll in Guam. Trump considers countering global warming with just a touch of nuclear winter, and no one can stop him. 60,000 Psychologists say Trump has a "Serious Mental Illness" and will have multi-city town hall meetings on October 14 (which looks so far away). Two key aides to UN Ambassador Nikki Haley have found some “family concerns.” Married former White House Communications Director Jason Miller attempts to repopulate the earth in his image.

Armando calls in from an undisclosed location, actually he’s at Netroots Nation, but he can’t disclose much as he just got there.  He’ll bring us up-to-date next week!

Two guys you do hear a lot from are Bradd Jaffy And Kyle Griffin, who step in front of the news before you read it.

Donald Trump, who works with no one, won’t be working with Democrats on infrastructure.

Good news — the Statue of Liberty is now an anti-MAGA symbol, at least to MAGA types.

 

Direct download: August_11_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:55pm EDT

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David Waldman is making the new breaks on the half hour smoother, or at least more fun with each passing day. And shorter, which is definitely better.

Donald Trump loves the polls. Here’s one, for instance. In an effort to give balance to both sides, Greg Dworkin discusses the polls Donald doesn’t care for (the rest of them). Trump is heading towards Nixonian lows, and most importantly, losing his base. Republicans figure that eliminating elections would help make polling badly less irksome, but for the moment Democrats hope public opinion still has a relationship to electoral success. It will not be that easy for Democrats to use the health care vote to win back the House. If you are able to chase down an injured representative, maybe you can talk sense into them.

Professor Robert Kelly, the American expert on North Korea residing in South Korea ends up being this guy, so must have a lot on his plate right now. When Donald Trump orders the 40th infantry division to the Bloodmaul Slag Mines you’ll have one guy to thank (with royalty checks).

Armando is bummed that the most stupid president is getting advice from the most stupid television show as we head into nuclear obliteration. If we don’t all die, it will still be frustrating to watch some of the left ignore or denigrate fine policy ideas if promoted by members of the left who are not their members of the left.

Donald is taking a break from his golf club, and golf clubs, to visit Trump Tower, which is in New York City.

Oh, and this idiot got a little smarter, maybe.

Direct download: August_10_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:44am EDT

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Some day premium members might get a chance to hear what David Waldman says during those 10 minutes or so when his computer crashes at the very beginning of a KITM. The rest of us can only guess.

Greg Dworkin, with his pals Spinner and Paddlefoot, discuss “cargo cults”. (Honestly, what’s up with that font style?) Cargo cults confused correlation with causation, which is always easy to do. Substance needs to precede results. Now, how to get the folks that just discovered healthcare for all would be great to trust those that knew that all along...

Donald’s shaky base gets shakier. There is less real support in those polls Trump followers think are fake—leaving room for more fake support! Trump voters don’t give a damn about others. Some say Donald Trump doesn’t really care about people. Or that he’s “senselessly” cruel. But no, he actually gets off on it. A lot.

So, let’s talk about nuclear war. Who lives in Guam, anyway? Enveloping fire and fury that this world has never seen before won’t bring more economic frustration to the rust belt, will it? Bad news like this is why twice a day Donald Trump gets a folder of happy news delivered to him, to confirm his support and power before he “gets in a mood”.

Quasi–White House adviser, actual Nazi Sebastian Gorka figures the Minnesota mosque attack was a “false flag” by the left. Meanwhile, the JCC bomb-threat suspect was probably paid to do it, according to the FBI.

Speaking of the FBI, they came knocking at Paul Manafort’s door “predawn”, which is never good.

Direct download: August_9_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:29pm EDT

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David Waldman announces that we still have nineteen million nine hundred ninety-nine thousand two hundred fifty dollars to go in our KITM August pledge drive. If we make that, I’ll weave you a tote bag.

It just seems like he’s out golfing, but Donald Trump is hard at work... watching Fox and Friends, and replaying the hard parts when their reasoning becomes too complex.

David takes a detailed look at the rules of business, and politics in Washington, before Trump tosses them out. The Trump administration is a corrupt family business, even for the Prince-DeVos families. Jeff Sessions subverts whatever rules he needs to for the boss. Sure, the Democrats can interpret the rules a bit hinky at times as well.

What ideology Donald doesn’t pick up watching Fox and Friends, he learns from Russian bots. The good/bad news is that bots get smarter every day.

Direct download: August_8_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:33am EDT

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KITM is growing up! David Waldman introduces 3 minute long station identification and ad breaks on the half hour. Who knows what the future might bring?

It’s a bad morning for golf, so what can Donald Trump do to be productive? Twitter would be the only answer.

Donald wants us to know his base is bigger and better than ever before. Greg Dworkin and the facts disagree. Trump’s base feels that lying is how the game is played, and Donald Trump is their MVP, but even they want something more than lies from their leader. The base still has white victimhood to bind them together. “Cosmopolitan bias” is now a fashionable phrase, but of course has an ugly history. The NRA needs an enemy, and the enemy is now the media.

Victory is ours to lose, so Democrats get cracking on that as 2018 looms closer. Greg rounds up how to win (and how not to) in 2018.  

David gets procedural to remind us that reconciliation isn’t the only rule to watch in Congress. The SC Attorney General has "disturbing, highly irregular" behavior,  but isn’t that normal anymore?

The Keystone XL pipeline has survived politics but economics could kill it, requiring more tax cuts and subsidies, stat.

Direct download: August_7_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:09pm EDT