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Brrr! For most of us it’s cold outside. Oh well, there’s no hiding from it though—back to work!

David Waldman describes how Nazi hunting is tough in the neighborhoods where Nazis pay the bills. Milo Yiannopoulos is finding it harder to be both untalented and paid. Simon & Schuster is happy to tell you what they aren’t paying for. In fact, you can read all of what they won’t pay for if you want.

Greg Dworkin brings us the latest polling news from Alabama. Roy Moore noticed a flurry of extra uppityness coming from black voting blocs, which he is certain was taken care of long ago. Fictitious Defendants back him up. Was Moore vs. Jones a battle of chaos vs. order for the voters? Is Trump the last of the Chaos agents to be voted in? Trump is such a jerk, he turns fedora wearing Pepes into SJWs. Even Steve Bannon is finding people too Nazi to support.

Mike Flynn used to be Trump’s liar, but Trump would like you to remember that Flynn was Trump’s LIAR.

Armando calls into attempt a threesome, but Skype’s just not into that like they used to be. Armando brings more context to discussing Joe Trippi’s role in the Alabama election, Jeff Session’s recusal or not in Trump’s schemes, and discusses not discussing impeachment.

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Today on KITM, we have the privilege of listening to David Waldman, completely raw and unfiltered, for an entire show!  

David goes there and uses the M word to describe the President of the United States, who confirmed that assessment in an interview yesterday. The New York Times didn’t challenge Trump, but what other method would have revealed how great, brilliant and completely innocent he is otherwise?

Of course, while we are looking at that dotard, we are distracted from other loonies like Scott Pruitt, who seems quite paranoid until we consider all that he needs to hide.

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KITM is back on the live show schedule (unlike those lazy Republicans), and not a moment too soon, since most of the holiday weekend’s stories didn’t fit neatly into any of our Boxing Day boxes.

Greg Dworkin rounded up the top stories and parsed the polling, as usual. Orr(i)n Hatch, top Utah(a)n, actually sucks. Which is how he “won.” We may not yet be ready to call out Nazis running for high office in our country. But maybe the Israelis are. Greg also reminds us, once again, that Trump is historically unpopular, and more so every day.

Should we impeach him right away? Or wait twenty minutes? Dems in disarray!

But Republicans have their act together. Which is why they’re poised to pull an Alabama in Mississippi. (Free advice: If your candidate is a child molester (again), be sure to pivot away from pedophilia in the general.)

Harvey Weinstein. Donald Trump. Chicken? Egg? Could “MeToo” have happened in a different timeline?

Process stories abound, from that “tied” Virginia House of Delegates race, to the contest for the ranking Dem slot on the House Judiciary committee.

Is Russian software embedded in FBI computers? And is that a problem?

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Just when you think you’ve opened up all of your Christmas presents, David Waldman slips down the chimney with a shiny new KITM for you to unwrap:

Time to get back up-to-speed on Trump-Russia—We thought it couldn’t happen here, but it did, and here’s how Kremlin trolls burned across the Internet as Washington debated options. The real Trump Russian scandal is not mere collusion, just follow the money to the big douche-Deutsche connection. A Chilean billionaire landlord of Ivanka Trump picks up more billions in mining leases from the Trump Administration.

Pete Hoekstra, a Congressman from Holland, Michigan, is now ambassador to the Netherlands, which is somehow not fake. But watch him try to create fake news, get caught, deny it, get caught denying it, deny that, get caught and call that fake news. On the other hand, the US Congress’ workplace misconduct office won’t share data with Senator Tim Kaine because of concerns with “inaccuracies.”

And Paula Writer returns, with a 2018 New Year’s message for The Resistance.

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Today, David and the Waldmans present a KITM holiday kitchen utensil concert for your enjoyment, simulcast with the regular Friday podcast:

Merry Christmas—Republicans let the US have a government for a little while longer, while still finding time for some last-minute gifts for Daddy.

Nikki Haley finishes off Jerusalem for Donald Trump’s war on Christmas.

Kids in Iowa daycares still have the chance to come home with shiny new firearms this holiday season.

Trump commutes the sentence of an Iowan meatpacking exec. Was it Donald’s soft spot for hostile work environments, sexual harassment, labor law violations and money launderers? A happy-go-lucky secret Santa present? Empathy for the plight and history of Guatemalan refugees? Or just a Hanukkah miracle?

A nominee to be the Pentagon’s health chief is out of the running after displaying glimmers of sanity right in front of a Senate panel. The Senior White House adviser at Homeland Security knows better than to ever make that mistake.

A big Trump campaign promise and personal vendetta against Big Sports is a huge failure. Papa John also learns not to play against the NFL

Neil Cavuto knows it’s a waste of breath talking to Trump. Cambridge Analytica, who probably know more about anybody than anyone, might tell us some stuff about Trump soon.

David’s position has evolved on Berea College. It turns out that these folks are pretty nice, home to nice places like the bell hooks Institute, and the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center.

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David Waldman and Greg Dworkin can say Happy Winter Solstice if they feel like it, and they do:

It’s probably for the best that today is the shortest of the year. Today is Republican talking points day, the start of getting the public to feel like they benefited from their scam, whether they did or not—and if you seem unhappy, that’s fake news. Of course some, maybe dozens, do love the bill. Those that do, love Trump. Mike Pence loves Donald more than a thousand Russian hookers, and yet somehow not quite enough. Some people still aren’t pleased, like the 2 million kids losing CHIP coverage, even after a bone is thrown their way. The Tea Party avoids divisive social issues? And, while everyone focuses on everything, some more bad happens elsewhere.

All of this has given Democrats all the enthusiasms and whatnot. 2018 will not be a regular mid-term election for sure. In Virginia, Shelly Simonds received thousands more votes, after gerrymandering that was one vote, and then Republicans pulled it back to a tie. Bring out the canisters!

If Trump can somehow hold back his bill-signing climax just a little while, he could help out the Gop a lot… (he can’t).

The Trump/Russia investigations continue (maybe). There’s proof that Russian trolls went on the attack during key election moments in 2016. The White House knew Michael Flynn violated the law back in January.

A key NSA surveillance program’s reauthorization hits a roadblock in Congress.

A Tennessee couple gives birth to a 24 year old girl.

Hang up your chick habitdonate to KITM today!

 

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The Republican tax scam is passing, so it might not be the darkest day this year, but it’s definitely not the brightest. However, it is a great day to hit the links—and here are a whole bunch of them: 

David Waldman congratulates Congressman Jerry Nadler! Well, congratulations to the system for functioning occasionally, still.

Here’s your middle class tax cut! It’s the best day since “We’re in the Money” was a satirical hit, especially for “typical families”, with not so typical tax write-offsGreg Dworkin knows how the game is played: Yay generic Dems! Brand X Dems are looking good, which is a good thing. But does this mean that we need to be more “generic” or more “Democratic” in order to win elections against Republicans? Is it enough to be anti-Trump? Some conservatives are finding out how bad it is being pro-Trump. Fake morality embraces Trump as real morality gets the hell away.

Joan McCarter’s laryngitis certainly did not silence her this week: Chuck Schumer will force a Senate vote on Net Neutrality, which you’d think would have a lot of support. Susan Collins votes for tax cuts, which do not have a lot of support. The Corker Kickback 14 cash in. Alabama announces the shutdown of enrollments in its children’s health insurance program, as Doug Jones comes to the rescue. No CHIP, but look at the tax cut! By the way, the tax bill will help destroy the rest of our healthcare system. Now that they have stolen everything, what are Republicans going to do? Maybe they now have the time to proofread their bill, and figure out how it works.

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David Waldman wants your input for KITM! You can write and read your own essay, read someone else’s Op-ed, or keep us up-to-date on local political news that you believe requires national or even international attention. Or, if you don’t want to start out so ambitiously, tweet a comment or question to David at @KagroX with the hashtag #KITM, particularly weekday mornings—little escapes his attention or comment.

Could anyone be a worse president than Donald Trump? It took a lot of time, effort and talent, but no, Donald still has the robot beat. (The real one remains much higher maintenance) In an alternate universe, the Palin administration might have delivered more, even animatronically.

Mueller getting fired? Korea getting nuked? Maybe later, but for now us getting screwed with the Gop tax bill seems to be the priority. Who cares who authored what, Gops are all cashing in. More Trump operatives quit squatting and start permanent lodging. Some Senators are getting tired of letting just anybody in.

Matthew Petersen didn’t randomly show up at Senate hearings to be humiliated, he didn’t quite know how to be a judge, but had plenty of experience in the job he intended to perform.

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It feels like somebody’s getting an early Christmas present this week, it’s just hard to tell who. David Waldman is joined by Greg Dworkin to shake a few packages and guess what we might get:

Is the Trump team employing strategery or chaosity to save Trump? Whichever works, they’ll take it. Trump voters have two strong reasons for their support—hate and fear. If they had any other objectives they are out of luck. Twitter says haters gonna hate, if they are Donald Trump.

Where, then, can voters turn? Millennials are picking Democrats, but will they show up in 2018? Dems are moving up. Even better, Gops are also going away.

If concealed carriers can ignore state’s rights, are there really any state laws? Big Government bans words. Trump minions destroy everything they can, saboteurs are put in charge of the people that held the standard. Bob Corker and others slice off a big chunk of pork for themselves, while Putin keeps their other palm greasy.

It turns out Trump is just some broke-ass hundred-millionaire and getting poorer, so maybe he is exploitable after all.

Shortly after exiting a hunting rifle, a high-caliber bullet exited a shooting range, entered a parking lot, and arrived in some guy, thus becoming part of a terrible tragedy.

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We make it to Friday with David Waldman’s voice getting a weekend rest. He’s looking much better though, as you watching on his refrigerator camera are no doubt aware.

We get another one of those things it seems that nobody wants (Unless you are a corporation, my friend): the death of net neutrality.

If Roger Stone and Julian Assange had a friend, he would have been Randy Credico.

Karma gets Mo Brooks.

Robert Mueller’s talking to Cambridge Analytica.

Donald Trump’s war on Christmas claimed another victory, routing Christmas from Nasareth. Troops should reach Bethlehem by the 25th. 

Donald Trump is the worst sort of liar, and all of the other sorts too.

Eric Posman returns with another exclusive essay for KITM! (Go ahead, request the nachos recipe) Do Democrats finally have permission to succeed? 

Bye Felicia—Oh snap!

David looks into the Yemeni mess, and decides yep, it’s a mess, but it is hard to figure out what we are doing about it.

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David Waldman gets a lot of listeners—KITM is downloaded thousands of times each month. Each one of you means a lot, and not just the ones that give us money... but it still was very distressing when Patreon screwed up and started messing around with their payment system. They’re very sorry, they fixed it, and you can come back if you want. Thanks!

Greg Dworkin observes the fifth anniversary of the Newtown massacre. The grief endures, but you have a chance to change tomorrow’s news.

Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election, maybe you heard. While Roy Moore waits for ballots to be delivered from Mount Sinai, he and his brother activate a few zealot sleeper cells. For black Alabama voters, God wasn’t so mysterious. Is Alabama the end of Trump and fellow cockroach Bannon? The suburban revolt continues, growing into a wave. Donald sinks out of sight even in Iowa. On our side, Democrats approach gerrymander escape velocity, we might be even better off than we think.

This is a Trump/Bannon-driven worse case scenario for the Gop and about half of them figured out the other half has it in for them. By the way, Trump did it—unless you believe Donald’s side of the story.

Charles Johnson hates Chuck C. Johnson, because after 2009 they became very different people. Charles reveals that Chuck is behind the hoax sexual harassment document smearing Chuck Schumer. Serial jerk Mike Cernovich might have to troll from behind bars because of this.

Letting Trump have emoluments didn’t seem to discourage him. In fact, he seems to like them a lot.

Fighting in Yemen is escalating and drawing us in. David looks at how the US is making it worse.



 

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Yay! Last night our old white guy ran against theirs, and women of color stepped up and made the wise but also obvious choice. There is a lot more detail, and glee to share, so let’s join the fun with David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter:

As Greg told you all along, and Donald told you all along, decent people come out and vote when they need to, and stay away when they have to. The good guys won, all women won (even if they didn’t want to) and actual morality did great... fake morality did not. Speaking of losers, there is no joy in MAGA-ville after this strikeout, with more to come. Democrats can now feel free to run against hebephiles, hebrewphobes and Bannonites. (Steve says there is no “Bannon”—Steve is only Negan Trump) Mitch McConnell will, as tradition dictates, do whatever he wants. In fact, when is the best time for getting tax cuts to rich people if not now?

Joan’s highlighting of the Republican refusal to fund the children’s health insurance program has continued in the media consciousness, with Jimmy Kimmel adding his voice. It’s the last week of Obamacare enrollment, let’s keep it running strong.

John Kelly says “You’re Fired!” to Omarosa on Presidential Apprentice. What was she doing in the White House anyhow? Easy answer: picking up a paycheck.

What are Melania, Ivanka and Jared doing in the White House? Don’t ask them, they wouldn’t know.

In the real fake news: Pro-net neutrality Sen. Patrick Leahy’s identify stolen for a fake anti net-neutrality FCC comment, and Chuck Schumer becomes the victim of fake sexual harassment allegations.

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David Waldman pulls in correspondents from the 4 corners of the globe for today’s special KITM Special Election Day special:

Greg Dworkin makes a rare Tuesday appearance to assure us that the good people of the great state of Alabama will handle this election just fine—but they’ll have some competition. The Gop knows that if Roy Moore loses it’s going to screw up a lot for them, Alabama knows if Moore wins it’s going to screw up a lot for them.

But—Doug Jones has a huge lead! And—so does Roy Moore! Both are ahead by almost double digits! Anything could happen, so you don’t know what will happen, but Greg can tell you why you don’t know, and what to look for so you eventually know more, even as some plot to keep you knowing as little as possible.

Democrats are judged on their behavior, Republicans on their vote. What do we do about that? Trump calls Jones a puppet and brags that Moore would always vote as told, in the same tweet. He says he doesn’t watch TV, by referencing TV he’s watching. Trump’s hour-by-hour battle for self-preservation of course has commercial interruptions. Now he is slandering and bullying Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, probably a mistake on his part.

Today’s sexual misconduct: Judge Alex Kozinski requests clerks check out, and double check, his porno stash. Today’s probably non-sexual misconduct: Secretary Ryan Zinke used government helicopters to get to unchaperoned horse-riding dates with Mike Pence.

All of this on today’s Kagro in the Morning! Plus more!

Eric Posman has final thoughts on Alabama voting and voters in his original essay.

Serena Blaiz covers Oklahoman’s fight for class-action status for earthquake damages related to fracking.

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Week 47 of The Presidential Apprentice! When does Presidential Survivor start?

David Waldman was just about to discuss the Biggest Loser, Fear Factor and the Amazing Race with Greg Dworkin, but something went wrong with the tech, and Greg couldn’t get the voices out of his head before he had to leave.

Armando called in to test Skype and ended up delivering his planned Tuesday rant on the final meeting of the DNC Unity Reform Commission. Armando condemned the travesty, farce and disaster. The melee continues on Twitter, but really, are us Dems in disarray? Is the Democratic Party becoming too democratic, or is the Democratic Party the most united American party in modern political history? Is it something we can surmount? While we figure that out, Republicans kneecap black voting in Alabama.

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David Waldman escorts us safely to the weekend. The next couple days are up to us, but he sets us off well prepared:

Donald Trump, victorious in his war against Hanukkah days ahead of schedule, now marches into… Who knows? They hid his phone, so we have to rely on the fake media for now. Has Donald’s hairdo been hiding his third eye? Sarah Sanders wishes John Lewis would give civil rights leaders like The Donald his due.

No wonder Roy Moore hates America. It’s such a hellhole that we may need Vlad Putin to make it great again, back to when our country “had a direction”. Us whites do stick together, therefore the Moore ticket remains pretty strong. That leaves people of color and women looking for persons of color and women—well, they get Doug Jones, who is out there trying. Nonetheless, institutional racism and voter suppression isn’t making it any easier for him.

Not every ***hole uses bad faith as a tool to manipulate people… No wait, that’s exactly what every ***hole does! Journalists should be aware of that, don’t you think? Voters refuse to believe that they could vote for complete ***holes, and yet they do.

David told you, you could have predicted, and now a study confirms that a surge in guns sales leads to a spike in accidental gun deaths.

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Don’t worry. Anything David Waldman tells you today is protected under attorney-client privilege:

You win some you lose some. Enough accusations of Al Franken pressing altogether the wrong flesh have emerged, and Democrats have jumped into action. Al Franken did decide to resign, ironically of course. He was important before and during his terms as Senator, and has the potential of sustaining that importance. On to Clarence Thomas!

Pleasing almost no one (pre-Rapture, that is) Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Jared likes the idea too. Donald Trump has always been prone to slurring people of color and women, but now has taken to slurring his words. Dentures or TIA? Why not bothGreg Dworkin will not give his opinion on that, but if he did, he’d be right. Greg gives the Democratic Party a clean bill of health, Republicans have some problems though. Actually, there is a mammoth difference. Just look at the tax scam pollsthe enthusiasm gap grows. Goppers donate to Doug Jones, and plenty will vote for him.

Donald Trump should be impeached. But, was yesterday the best day for Congressman Al Green to submit an impeachment resolution? Armando calls in to bring some political, strategical, procedural nuance to the discussion. (Personally, I’d deliver it in the State of the Union response.) In Washington to see Armando this Friday and Saturday? Check out the Democratic National Committee’s Unity Reform Commission meeting and be a part of participatory democracy and shouting matches.

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David Waldman presents today’s TGIW KITM. We all get a boost over the hump with assistance from Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter:

Greg brings his round-upThe case for impeachment grows. As evidence piles up, paths to even more evidence are revealed. Flynn admits lying, so we can be certain Trump is too.

The more people figure out the Gop tax scam, the more they hate it. The tax plan is a huge Republican  success—at screwing a generation, shaming Republicans, ruining their chances in 2018, and destroying their reputation forever. The tax scam could’ve paid for a lot of things.

Now that Donald fixed taxes, he can knock the dust off his hands and get back to sowing chaos. Doug Jones just might win, because of the Republican vote.

Tax experts finally get a chance to read the tax bill and holy crap... Now it’s back to the House maniacs, along with a shutdown fight, an existential struggle for the nation and Democrats. Joan managed to break through the media din to ring the alarm on the lapse of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program. Surprise! Mitch McConnell broke all those promises Susan Collins made to her constituents. Her state of Maine is deeply troubled by the news.

Political movements use bad faith as a weapon to bamboozle journalists—a newly popular tool. Concern trolls are drawn to #metoo like Roy Moore to a Justice store. So expect many crocodile tears to be shed over Silence Breakers, while silence breakers break up the silence infrastructure. And—another woman comes forward on Al Franken, as Democratic senators call on him to resign.

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David Waldman will someday pay for that Hawaiian Punch joke he made in 4th grade, but for now will be allowed to bring us Tuesday’s KITM:

After 8 years, Sam Seder is ostracized by MSNBC for saying Roman Polanski and his daughter… what now? ( Jonathan Swift rolls over and over.)  Concern trolls go hunting for Libs, but how sporting is that, when we are so happy to help them? Joy Reid takes a few shots and remains standing. On the other hand, Corey Lewandowski has the hide of a rhino.

Trump and the Gop are getting a bit of a Lolita-esque tingle around Roy Moore. At least Moore isn’t running for a Klan position.

Trump likes to play the field when it comes to foreign entity romance, but Russia is still #1in his heart, and bank account. Paul Manafort, who wasn’t even in trouble for Russia, just had to get in trouble for Russia. Ollie North wants to run Trump’s Uber for spies to battle the Deep State, laws, Constitution, etc.

The Senate was in such a big hurry to slash tax rates they forgot to put in loopholes, completely lousing up the scam.

American missile defense scores a direct PR hit, but kind of misses missiles.

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No reverb issues on KITM, it’s just that David Waldman’s personal lawyer dictates a bit loudly: 

Trump didn’t come up with that tweet, he just heard it somewhere. Who are the President? Billy Bush is certain he knows who was talking to him.

Grassley and Hatch speak for themselves.

Greg Dworkin reports from the front lines as Dotard J. Custer’s troops circle the wagons.

The Donald, soon to be declared Immaculate even as he has blessed many with his laying on of hands, declares so shall Roy Moore. Another teen beauty queen bears witness to Donald’s bare witnessing

The White House starts building the wall to protect their cult. You don’t have to be Marshall Applewhite to see this one coming.

But what about Chappaquiddick? You bet they plan to what about that.

John Kelly finds that fat-ass dotard is pretty nimble when he wants to be.

Was Roy Moore escaping to Australia in the 80’s? Did he have a reason to escape back to the US?

Whose side of Red Dawn is the NRA on anyhow? The Kremlin and Gop love gun nuts. Who has it in for Israel? Jared? Flynn? Jared and Flynn? Definitely not just Flynn.

Despite a pledge, Donald works with a foreign entity, again!

Eric Posnam records his own Op-Ed for KITM (Just like you can if you’d like!) on his contest for Time Magazine Person of the Year, as between Colin Kaepernick and… a surprise, special pick!

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End of the week, beginning of the month, same old garbage fires—actually they just seem old because you listen to David Waldman and KITM, so you know stuff early.

For instance: Yikes! and Duh! Who’dve thunk Hannity and Drudge would run Russian propaganda accusing Democrats of satanic practices and supporting rape? Hey, maybe the Gop wants to bust the budget so they have more leverage in reengineering society? Republicans have enough votes to pass their tax scam bill, but they didn’t last night. Is the lack of regular order to blame for slowing down the process, or is there any legitimate process left to slow? Well, supposedly there is still PAYGO and reconciliation.  David explains reconciliation and the Byrd Rule—no not the Byrd Rule, but the “Conrad Rule” which used to be a thing, and people still confuse the two.

Lock him up! Michael Flynn goes down, but has he flipped?

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