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Almost out of month, totally out of week, but chock full of serious contemplations and lots of water (hydrate!David Waldman presents us with plenty to consider over our weekends.

Tom Price-tag regrets your concern about your money that he’s spending, almost as much as he regrets you catching him. Trump’s cabinet loves living large, but don’t they know they’re supposed to milk lobbyists for this money

Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and others in the White House used private email accounts and servers to do government business, so the White House will look into that and get back to us about 2 weeks.

Speaking of Hillary Clinton, she wasn’t the only Democrat whose campaign got hacked in 2016. Mark Zuckerberg’s monster has already gotten away from him, and maybe even the Russian government can’t control it. You can’t out fake fake news, it will just eat that and get stronger. Fake news even outwitted Sebastian Gorka, so we might as well all surrender.

Paul Manafort didn’t owe Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, Deripaska owed him for $19 million in American secrets, so there.

Colin Kaepernick started by sitting during national anthems, but was counseled to kneel by veterans. They didn’t have to tell him white people wouldn’t like anything he did. Speaking of inscrutable whites, these western ethnocentrists just hate white nationalists.

Meanwhile, while we fight against Obamacare repeal, two vital programs that serve 18 million Americans are set to expire.

Direct download: September_29_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:39am EST

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Settling behind the KITM microphone in his trademark smoking jacket and monogrammed pajamas, David Waldman tipped his yachting cap to Hugh Hefner, who started/fixed/ruined/ended so much.

While Donald Trump is still determining which side of the Hefner debate can be exploited best for him, he decided to fail slower by suspending the Jones Act. Puerto Rico is Trump’s Katrina, according to the general that fixed Bush’s Katrina. A corrupt government can’t respond quickly when it’s so busy taking care of itself. An incompetent government can’t either. Donald Trump’s government is both. Even Trump is skeptical of his tax plan. The “doubled standard deduction” in the GOP tax plan is a lie, in fact the whole point of raising the deduction while abolishing the personal exemption is to screw middle-income itemizers. Really, there is no bill, or a plan, outside of the lies.

The Donald is not fit to be the President. Trump voters blame Mitch McConnell. Trump lies to his cultural base when his fiscal base lies become too complex. This might be a hit with Gimmetarians, but might lose some others. Trump and his party have unleashed forces they cannot control. They are shocked they empowered guys that act and speak like Trump, but actually believe what they are saying. They might even know what they are saying,  or when they will do things, which puts them way ahead of Donald. Why has the US expanded its travel ban to Chad, but removed Sudan? Don’t ask Trump, ask Exxon Mobil.

House Dems ask a federal judge to reject Trump’s pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Good luck, the Supreme Court is abandoning legitimacy for partisanship.

Russians impersonated real American Muslims to stir chaos on Facebook and Instagram. The alt-Right converts a Christian shooter into a Muslim, because it works for them.

 
Direct download: September_28_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:31am EST

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Donald Trump would like you to know that his Katrina is in the middle of the ocean, but not that it’s full of Americans, full of debt, but not his debt, that he’s working all day on it—heck of a job Donny—but at least it’s not some faraway foreign place, so it might receive his love someday.

David Waldman and Greg Dworkin sift through the Trump Rubble in search of the real truth. Here is what you really need to know about Puerto Rico. Here is what you really need to do about Puerto Rico... Don't forget about Flint.

Roy Moore is a crazy fringe evangelical populist, but not the Trump kind, so there’s that.

The New York Times should grapple with its coverage of Hillary’s emails, while yet aware that fact checking rarely works on boneheads, and will probably even backfire. Millennials give Trump low marks in a new poll, too bad it wasn’t in a voting booth. 

Joan McCarter brings our attention to how we (yes, you) can contribute to support victims of Hurricane Maria. At least Mitch McConnell had a very, very bad Tuesday. In fact, most Republicans are having a super bad week, so far. That is why Mitch is trying to sneak a vote gutting a major consumer protection rule in, it is again time to pitch an anti-abortion vote in the House, and of course there’s always room for another assault on Obamacare.

Paul Horner, who wanted people to think for themselves and not blindly share things and made a living off of stupid people blindly sharing his things, died. Fake news is moving real crazies to shoot real people for fake reasons. Fake news uses a real beauty to attract a million followers. Then she found out, so they had to stop.

Hey! Want to know how to help Puerto Rico?  Look at this!

Direct download: September_27_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:45am EST

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How ‘bout that KITM? Another day loud and clear, “Five by Five” as the kids say. Wouldn’t you like your message heard that clear? You can! Record 3-5 minutes of your opinion, or some opinion/article you admire, contact David Waldman or me and we can put it on our crystalline signal. 

Donald Trump faces a difficult 48 hours. (Not because he can’t golf, most Tuesdays are like that.) Donald is pre-regretting backing loser Luther Strange over loser Roy “Ray” Moore and his Trump-sized pistol. For Roy flashing a gun is American as the Ten Commandments. There’s never enough gun-wielding at Gop meetings.

Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy debated Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar after their health-care repeal defeat, but before their upcoming health-care repeal defeat… They might even choose to be defeated once again on this one before starting that one.

Facebook knows people have varied interests, and are always happy to help you with that. After all, rubles are rubles. Steve Bannon and Milo Yiannopoulos also have varied interests, but one shared interest was getting a mole into Facebook.

A Palestinian, a Jewish person, and a bunch of white suprematists walk into a Marriott… which is OK by Marriott.

Get to know the #1 Russian—Oleg Derisaska, to the first Russiagate Domino—Paul Manafort.

Direct download: September_26_2017_64.mp3
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The giant planet scheduled to hit Earth last Saturday had to postpone until next month. We didn’t even have a little planet hit us this weekend. So, David Waldman and KITM are back to address the relatively smaller disasters striking everyone. 

It is however, horrible in Puerto Rico. Greg Dworkin rounds up the latest on the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, Graham-Cassidy, and the Anti-flag Burning Amendment Athlete Protest controversy.

The Gop bill is swirling pretty low, but might require another couple of flushes this week. It would be probably worse for Republicans if it passed, but then again if it passed it would be worse for everybody…. Therefore, Single Payer maybe? As some Democrats determine who they’ll vote for in 2016, we all remain united on the big stuff.

Barack Obama tried to give Mark Zuckerberg a wake-up call over fake news. Now we wake up to Jared Kushner using private email to conduct White House business, a Trump nominee committing voter fraud, and appointees to the Agriculture Department including a long-haul truck driver, a country club cabana attendant and the owner of a scented-candle company. Tom Price-tag wakes up and stops with the private jets.

Milo Yiannopoulos trolls for Free Speech Week, trolls after it, and will continue to troll.

Armando calls our attention to Puerto Ricohot, isolated, running out of supplies, and near desperationbut without FEMA, difficult to access by national news crews, therefore too low in television ratings to interest Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton has ideas on how to fix things, which will probably slow Donald up also. The US government needs to fix this before anyone else can.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:54am EST

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Friday, end of the week, time for David Waldman to bring us articles and topics to ponder over the weekend. Ponder briskly, as the weekend might be getting busy, and short.

We all know Donald Trump is a dotard, we just didn’t think of that until now. Thanks Un! Trump’s also a 멍청한 아기 , so he might just dote us to armageddon thanks to his tweet war. Also—Donald alienated those Nambi-Gambi-Zambians.

Is Trump’s defining trait “idiocy”? “Insanity”? “Racism”? A tough call, but Armando chooses “crazy”. He and David search for a rule or a standard that would ever really matter in the healthcare repeal reconciliation process. Why listen to experts? Why obey the constitution? Not if winning is the only Gop goal, and it is.

Tom Price took a private jet to South Dakota to give a speech on wasteful spending.

Facebook failed to protect 30 million users from having their data harvested by the Trump campaign. Trump still uses targeted “dark ads” on Facebook to lie to the followers led easiest by lies. Mark Zuckerberg’s opinion is evolving.

Direct download: September_22_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:33am EST

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The Jewish New Year, the Islamic New Year, and the International Day of Peace all coincide on the same day this year! Given that, it makes perfect sense that planet Nibiru will be colliding with our planet shortly.  End times being nigh and all, David Waldman took today off, but not before recording a new pre-recorded KITM. Today’s show thumbs its nose at the apocalypse by addressing several “tip of the iceberg” stories due to reveal themselves over time. (If time continues to exist.):

The first receipt of taxpayer funds flowing directly into Mar-a-Largo, and Trump’s wallet—$1,092 for 2 nights.

More connections between Trump’s business partners and the Russians are being discovered at the 2013 Miss Universe pageant.

The first evidence of Russians explicitly manipulating Trump supporters in real life on Facebook surfaces.

More facts, and more mystery emerges on Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met Team Trump.

News breaks on Paul Manafort offering “private briefings” for Russian Billionaires.

All of above is of interest to Robert Mueller, who is probably linked to Armageddon by someone.

Direct download: September_21_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:00am EST

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Sorry, no penis weightlifting do’s and don’ts today. However, between David Waldman and Greg Dworkin, today’s KITM manages to address all other conceivable topics — with the exception of those David reserved for tomorrow’s KITM  Rosh Hashanah Special... Stay tuned!

Norms! Donald Trump is the Normless President. Actually, his single issue, himself, reflects his supporter’s single issue, themselves. His “tone” indicates that focus to conservatives.

Fury! As if what the public feels truly matters.  It’s not just our opinion though, we need to win. Jimmy Kimmel has a right to be furious Bill Cassidy doesn’t need to lie, it just helps. Republican Senators blow a Category 5 anal smoke hurricane. CBO? What’s a CBO?

ChaosRepublican Plan B — destroy everything, anyhow.  The Gop is closing off all exits. The Koch brothers are turning off their money spigot.

She might have seemed heroic fighting alongside her daughter in the Cupcake Wars, but Kelly Roberts doesn’t have what it takes to be Ambassador to Slovenia: a transparent business record.

Tom Price used to dislike fiscal irresponsibility, but then…

Trump won’t shut up, but California hopes to censure him occasionally. 

Trump’s lawyers never know when to shut up, just like the boss. Michael Cohen, who has a Trumpian daddy-daughter thing, loves the news cameras too.

People buying MAGA hats knew, deep down, their money would be paying Donald’s legal bills, but so did the big donors. Nearly a dozen cities are calling on Congress to impeach Trump over foreign emoluments. Someone figured out that the United States Coast Guard administers the charge card program for the Department of Homeland Security!

The Free Telegraph is the new Republican fake news you’ll soon be seeing cited.

The day a doctor’s husband leaves her and her house is burgled, she began research on saving women from cancer.

Direct download: September_20_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:56am EST

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Today on KITM: David Waldman tackles the inconvenient placement of Yom Kippur, “Talk Like a Pirate Day” (arr) and psychic vampire vaginal egg skimmers (arr). Don’t look for those at Toys 'R Us, they’re bankrupt. (arr)

Donald Trump made Robert Newton sound like Trevor Howard as he told the United Nations that he will destroy Rocket Mantotally, believe me, once he razes this UN dump.

Donald Jr. works to keep his secrets, even though it’s Eric that tried to hold a secret event at a Trump club. They just can’t keep enough of the nosy people out.

Trump told you he was being wiretapped! Soon, we will find out why.

Fox’s first rule about the sex-cult: Don’t talk about the sex-cult. Soon, Miss Universe 2013 will bite Donald harder than a Moscow hooker.

Warren Buffett knew the S&P 500 index would outperform a portfolio of funds of hedge funds, once the managers took their piece.

Republicans are desperate, in a corner, out of time, and quit caring a long time ago, so...

 
Direct download: September_19_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:25am EST

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Hello, and welcome to another week of Can I get a Whoop Whoop? David Waldman helps us cope with the new normal, without letting it get too normalized.

Greg Dworkin invites us to step back and look at the bigger picture. Republicans have to pass something, or they might be seen as... “failures”. So, the CBO score doesn’t matter, coverage of 32 million, including poor, children, disabled, those affected by emergency or disaster doesn’t matter. The future, near or long term, doesn’t matter, as long as they can get people to shut up about it for a moment.

People won’t shut up about Russia either. Including Donald’s own lawyers, even when they are sitting in the restaurant next door to the Washington bureau of The New York Times. Trump’s lawyers were arguing, not about the innocence of their client, but how much guilt they’d like to accept. These people who can’t avoid giving away secrets in restaurants worry their friends are wearing wires in private. Mueller doesn’t need to place wires when he can just follow the rubles to Facebook.

We can’t let Trump become normalized, although the more people get used to his use of Twitter, the less strength Donald Trump gets from using it.

David looks back into the Trump mess that was happening even before the transition.

Free Speech Week is a sham for suckers, but who wouldn’t have guessed that?

The dystopian future of harvesting organs from the poor is now.

The folks that want to keep Robert E. Lee statues up really have no problem destroying national monuments.

A moment of silence for the Russian officer that saved the world.

Direct download: September_18_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:39am EST