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A deeply unpopular Congress aims to pass a deeply unpopular tax bill for a deeply unpopular presidentGreg Dworkin converts the dry, hard-to-digest tax procedure into moist succulent morsels as he explains how the Republican tax scam is still moving forward because it’s the last big money grab by Baby Boomers (while they still have a chance). John McCain votes to end cancer treatments for Medicare patients (not himself) while Susan Collins manages to work through her deep concerns. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin will prove this tax plan works, by lying to you.

Alabamians know how important breeding young, pure, girls is to older men (well, white girls that is) and will vote Republican based on this firmly held religious belief.

It is time to overcome our shy impeachment syndrome. Donald Trump is delusional and a liar, and a dangerous bigot—these are just a few facets of his incompetence and lunacy, but even in total that still doesn’t seem to stop him. The UK Parliament does not represent Trump’s base, but the Kremlin does. Betsy DeVos tsktsks Donald, and will probably be punished before the weekend. Trump reshuffles the State Department monte cards, discards Tillerson.

David Waldman scrapes some more Jame’s O’Keefe off his shoe for us to look at. O’Keefe henchwoman Jaime Phillips attempted to infiltrate the Washington Post for months before attempting to scam them. If she flips, she won’t be the first one—Izzy Santa calls O’Keefe a liar, and accomplice Nadia Naffe might yet tell all.

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It is one of those days. Maybe you should just let KITM’s David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, and Joan McCarter condense it all to two hours, and then just pull the covers back over your head until tomorrow.

At least your day isn’t as bad as Matt Lauer’s… or many of the days of many of the women he had access to. Where does Matt fall on the sexual harasser scale? At FrankenKeillor? Trump? Moore?

Why yes, the president is the kind of dotard that would forward fake viral videos from hate groups with evil agendas that everyone knows is fake. The dotard retort is always “if it’s not the truth, it should be”, which of course is pretty dotardish.

So—the tax bill might pass, taking Social Security, Medicare, children’s health care, Obamacare, and the rest of society and civilization into the toilet. There goes the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau… At least we have the open internet standing between us and authoritarian rule! Nope.

OK, so the world is falling apart. Maybe the Hatch Act will be the new dawn for the rule of law? Jennifer Rubin knows what to do—if we all agree Trump should leave, maybe we can all shake hands and let Republicans take over... some grouches might disagree.

If Moscow and Mar-a-Lago stay connected to Earth a little while longer, some people are going to get in all sorts of trouble. Jared Kushner inches closer to Russian quid pro quo, while Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska moves next door to Kellyanne Conway.

Rhetoric is fascism's real battleground, and Nazis win when you aren’t punching them.

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There are dildos and then there are dildoesDavid Waldman has has got it pegged: James O’Keefe is a sexual predator and harasser whom the right should disavow, and it is our job to make this clear.  

The Washington Post uncovered O’Keefe’s latest plot to hire Jaime Phillips to lie about being sexually assaulted to discredit actual victims of Roy Moore—as well as all future victims of sexual assault. He ended up strengthening their case, and respect for mainstream media instead. Of course, the world being what it is, people are now handing O’Keefe more money, and Donald Trump probably sent another check today. The sad truth is that we were all complicit in our silence. We knew what James O’Keefe was all about in 2010, when O’Keefe attempted to lure Abbie Boudreau into being trapped on a boat with the explicit aim of “seducing” her with dildos and bondage equipment.

It’s now 2017, and the Gop is debating whether it’s OK for a 32-year-old man to seduce a 14-year-old girl. Several witnesses saw Roy Moore at the Olde Hickory House restaurant, where Beverly Young Nelson alleges Moore assaulted her. Moore finally found a woman that blotted out her memory of him there.

Fox remembers that Donald is always the victim. Melania forgot that Donald is always the hero.

The Trump Ponzi scheme will only “trickle down” if something goes wrong, otherwise there goes the housing market.

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We made it through Thanksgiving, and you know what that means! There’s only 15 more days until Alabamians get the chance to show us they are or aren’t who we thought they were!

Greg Dworkin brings us the fight to protect the vote, and the vote to protect the country, as less and less get the chance to make a difference at all. Women make red blue in Virginia.

Senator Jerry Moran knows people want to do something, but thought he should ask some people what that something would be. The rest of the Gop is trying to do what they can before people figure it out. The Religious Right can hardly believe how blessed they have been with Trump. Still, this week is make or break for the Trump Tax bill, and if it fails that can only be… Mitch McConnell’s fault.

Democrats know John Conyers needed to go, but really how much grace does this guy need?

The New York Times learns that it’s impossible to sympathize with Nazi sympathizers without getting a little Nazi on you

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a bureau that protects consumer finances, so why do you think there is a fight over it now?

For a moment, our minds wandered from how dishonest, corrupt, and dislikable Donald Trump is—but just for a moment. Trump is also wrong. At least his dimwit tweeting can be helpful in court. Meanwhile, Investigators have found the first time Donald shows up in the Panama Papers, and about the millionth tie between Russia and Paul Manafort. About a million Russian bots are trying to get net neutrality repealed.

David Waldman takes a look at where the bets are placed in leadership PACs, and follows the money to follow the power in Washington.

 

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Sure, we stuffed ourselves with Trump-Russia stories yesterday. But everyone knows that Thanksgiving is all about the leftovers, and doing it all again the next day.

This time, it’s the stories right at the heart of the issue. Specifically, money laundering, both in “real” estate (for Trump), and… well, God only knows what else (for Manafort). This time, Ivanka’s involved. And how could she not be? Daddy put her to “work” right in the heart of the emerging money laundering capitals of the world. And all for one-tenth of what they said.

Will we finally find out How Hope Hicks Did It?

Plus, listener contributions from Eric Posman and David Raatz!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Hiding from relatives? Stuck in traffic? Waiting to listen to Alice’s Restaurant, and need a way to kill time? (Or, if you’re under 4,000 years old and your parents are waiting to listen to Alice’s Restaurant, a way to cover up the noise of killing yourself?)

We've got you covered, with an all-new KITM episode, dedicated to rounding up some of the more esoteric satellite issues in the ongoing Trump-Russia saga.

What even is collusion, anyways? Does it matter, as long as you know it when you see it? Did it happen in Trump Tower in June 2016? In Moscow in June 2017? Since forever and ever? Will anyone even notice anymore? We know one group of people are noticing: the former (and maybe-still) allies of Wikileaks.

Will we ever learn where that oddly pro-Russian Gop platform plank came from? And BTW, WTF with Paul Manfort buying $1 million worth of antique rugs?

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What are you thankful for? Some days you really have to search for something, but today David Waldman has an easy choice.

Ben Spielberg, co-founder of 34justice joined Armando on KITM for an hour-long discussion of the controversial DNC Unity Commission and the proposed reforms going into 2020. The conversation touched on caucuses vs. primariesbinding vs. non binding vs open vs closed vs firehouse caucuses, but the focus was on increasing democracy, fairness and representation, at least on our side of things.

Al Franken had only one responsibility to concentrate upon at the Minnesota State Fair, but lapsed, again, allegedly. Charlie Rose lapsed every which way, and seemingly often. Alabama “Young Republicans” (18 to 40 year olds, so they aren’t Roy Moore’s kind of “young”are deserting him.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster mocked President Trump’s intelligence—how hard can that be? Ezra Cohen-Watnick, removed from his National Security Council post by McMaster, is now working at Oracle, a popular hangout for like minds.

Meanwhile, the Republicans work on passing the opposite of tax reform bill, and Russian bots work to take over the world.

A police suspect kept quoting whole sections of Trump’s upcoming State of the Union speech until interrogators had to evacuate the room.

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