Wed, 31 January 2018
Greg Dworkin brings us his Wednesday institutional rot report:
Yesterday was the day Teleprompter Trump finally became president, although real Trump was there too. Trump can sell an improved economy, but not himself. The corporate world prepares for chaos if DACA isn't renewed.
You hear it here first! Greg and David coin the term “Hide-lighting” to describe Devin Nunes efforts to to obfuscate by clarifying misdirecting details. Rod Rosenstein told John Kelly releasing the memo was a horrible idea, and Christopher Wray warned Trump not to, so you know he promised to, 100 percent.
Still in a daze from covering last night’s train wreck—the figurative, not literal one, Joan McCarter stepped up to applaud Joe Kennedy III’s performance, and message last night. Paul Ryan declared himself complicit in Trump’s Russia cover-up, although he believes “What’s said in the family stays in the family”. Joan’s also pretty steamed about Butch Otter’s health care plan, although we are all getting into the same boat. America, where you still have to win the lottery to go to the doctor.
Tue, 30 January 2018
“Nuance” (another great slogan to print on our as-yet-still fantasy line of KITM T-shirts) is theme of most our shows, but today it is a preoccupation. David discusses how Donald Trump destroys little and big norms every minute. Every minute the State of the Union degrades. Must we codify norms to make certain our government is competent and trustworthy? We must! But, there are plenty of pitfalls, unintended consequences and nuances on that path.
Mon, 29 January 2018
You heard it weeks ago on KITM! Or as David Waldman puts it today: “We have a pretty good eye for what is going to become more widely shared news in the next couple of days, and we like to give you an early in on it.”, and that’s going on our T-shirts!
The US media has caught up to how the Dutch monitored Russian hacking group Cozy Bear. We are now at the point of debating if "Cozy Bear" is really a network of hackers, or if “Russiagate” is really about “Trump”, or “Russia”, or “gates”.
The bar is low. Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech could be a 45 minute sustained fart and still be lauded for its refreshing authenticity. Donald could read 4chan off a teleprompter, and it would seem presidential compared to 2017. So, if Trump has won, destroyed institutions and made this nightmare normal, is it time to turn traditions into laws? And, can Massachusetts's 4th congressional district representative Joe Kennedy III give the SOTU response we’re asking for?
Not all horrific behavior goes unpunished, at least once it gets really horrific and lasts decades. Girls wanted to escape pain, parents wanted to trust a doctor and Michigan State wanted to win some games. Larry Nassar fed on all of that. The institutions failed the victims, until they got their story into the news.
Fri, 26 January 2018
Today, as usual, David Waldman discusses the big news, highlighting what pundits will start noticing next week and citing as conventional wisdom three years from now:
Donald Trump ordered Robert Mueller fired, but backed off when Don McGahn’s conscience or dignity or morals or something got in the way. Trump, his lawyer John Dowd, and Kellyanne Conway were unaware things like that ever existed. Maggie Haberman was just… unaware. Many now look at this event and have determined Donald was quite a dumb baby way back 7 months ago. Fox and Friends says meh. Sean Hannity however, deeply cares, and is an idiot. Crossed Fox messages explain why Matthew Gertz has been delayed in telling you what Donald Trump thinks Fox thinks he should think. Maybe Recep Erdoğan needs to tell Fox what to think first.
Here’s a blockbuster so new that it’s barely in English: For years, Dutch intelligence had access to the infamous Russian hacker group Cozy Bear. Dutch concerns were linked to the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. All of this should be a great sequence in the upcoming Trump movie.
A Maryland federal judge may just be open to an emoluments suit against Trump.
The Guggenheim gives Donald a going away to Davos present.
G. Payne Griffin, how does he do it?
Thu, 25 January 2018
That’s a reason to tune to KITM. We have to smile, to keep our head up, and so David Waldman is our, uhm, “Patch Adams”…
Greg Dworkin (who now knows how to pronounce everyone’s name) has always understood the farce: Trump says everyone is dirty except him. Trump says he is willing to speak under oath to Mueller. Trump says he is open to a path to citizenship for “dreamers”. Laughing yet?
Bill Kristol is a little less of a joke now that he is beginning to see the “ethno-nationalism” of Fox News. Meanwhile, Ted Cruz wants to continue repealing Obamacare, and the alt-Right thinks it’s funny to cyberharrass anyone in higher education.
Armando calls in to discuss the not-so-funny: We lost the shutdown. Our next loss is coming in less than three weeks. The Senate Democratic strategy is to drop their demand for relief for Dreamers, give Trump the wall, and throw in a massive boost to the Pentagon’s budget. We will be sick of winning! Our base does get screwed, but in turn we get to pick who gets screwed most, first, and then take the resulting boost in image right into the 2018 elections. And you thought politics was easy.
Wed, 24 January 2018
It’s a quiet news morning as Donald Trump flees the Samsung Secret Society to hideaway amongst the Davos illuminati. This frees you up to join the KITM Cabal of David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, and Joan McCarter for its weekly rendezvous:
The shutdown sandwich we just ate might be a big nothingburger, but it did seem to have a predominant flavor, one that we will be tasting more of in the next few weeks, and up until November. But, if we look at it just right, aren’t we actually “winning” and Trump “losing”? After all, there were plenty of tasty nuggets in the last sandwich, and many more coming up, if we merely play our cards right and get those elusive Independents. Anyhow, it’s only three weeks until the next Trump Shutdown sandwich is served, and this one could be just as tasty!
Greg tells us about a reporter who lost his voice, not figuratively, but literally.
The Kentucky school shooting is the 11th this year, and it’s January 23. It happens again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again.
Joan calls in with personal anecdotes ranging from GunFAIL to Rapture, a demand that Neil Gorsuch recuse himself and that Republicans Shut. The. Hell. Up. A provision slipped in to the CR gives Donald Trump even more power to use the intelligence community to go after his enemies.
Tue, 23 January 2018
The Democrats deal with Republicans to reopen the government, and less than 24 hours later Tsunami Warnings are cancelled after a magnitude-7.9 earthquake off Alaska "because additional information and analysis have better defined the threat". Coincidence? Yes. Except, with both maybe we are better off than we thought.
Maybe we have master tacticians on our side, and this strategy saved CHIP, exposed Trump, and is backing the Republicans, not us into a corner. Or Maybe Chuck and Nancy should’ve spent the weekend at a nice public golf course.
David Waldman is waiting and seeing today, and suggests you wait and see with him. (At least until his mouse charges and he can move the cursor.) Armando reviews the lead up to the shutdown, and determines what to do now. It’s Republicans breaking their promises to Dreamers, not us. Armando also reminds us the phrase is “Family Repatriation” (or reunion) from now on.
So, does anything matter anymore? Team Trump is crawling with Russians. Trump staff still works without certified financial disclosures. Jared works without security clearance. The White House knows much of what they do is illegal, but not doing it will get them fired. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke might get fired for hooking up more than his boss.
Some people just sit around doing nothing but hating on journalists, Muslims, Jews and Blacks. Brandon Griesemer does do all those things, but also decided to become proactive, grabbing a guest seat at the SOTU?
Mon, 22 January 2018
Each day, KITM brings you to the forefront of the latest news and opinion, unless it’s later than 11 Eastern. So don’t peek at any of that new stuff!
Instead, listen as David Waldman spoons up a subtly, salty KITM, the caviar of podcasts:
Greg Dworkin tells us the Trump shutdown is being driven by a hardline immigration stance, and a tribal battle over what it means to be an American. The two sides are speaking with two languages, while the Dotard in Chief can barely speak one. President Miller and the Republicans should be blamed. The Gop sees Dreamers as criminals on parole. Meanwhile, the shutdown reveals a Democratic Party becoming a little less wussy, maybe even a little... Republican in tactics. The Women’s March voting bloc is set to be bigger than the Tea Party’s by the same ratio of their protest marches. Greg checks the latest polling, with special attention to likely voters.
Fri, 19 January 2018
Who’s got two thumbs, and has been telling you and telling you that Donald Trump is a doddering infantile egotistic autocrat? Almost everybody! But I’m pointing my two thumbs at David Waldman because he tells you first (weekday mornings). David TOLD YOU Trump’s inaugural fundraising committee is paying Donald an “appearance fee” plus a lot more. Actually they aren’t saying that yet, BUT THEY WILL.
As you probably would have guessed, The Donald is terrified/obsessed with sharks and likes his tighty whitey bottom beat by porn stars with pictures of his own face. Shhh! If more news like this comes out the New York Times will be forced to interview more rustbelt villagers in diners.
That’s it, things are so so dire in Washington that the President might only golf this Sunday. Today he is needed to apply his personal magic touch. Today tweeting just isn’t enough to get his ideas across. The Wall Street Journal explains how to talk to Trump: be the last guy to talk to Trump. Or be money, money talks to Donald any time. Never say racist, sexist, anti-Muslim or anti-LGBT things around Trump, he hates his train-of-thought interrupted.
The DNC’s rules and bylaws committee is meeting today, and Armando calls in for the last half hour for an informative 11th hour rant/discussion of the Unity Commission, voter suppression, and the reformation the nomination process for President and the expansion of primary elections.
Thu, 18 January 2018
David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Armando got together and managed to assemble their new Skyype without a manual today! No screws loose with this bunch:
The Gop had their difficulties too, 404ing on their highly anticipated upload of petty grievances. Was this chaos expertly crafted to troll the libtards? Look it up! Meanwhile, Mastermind Donald Trump (who can draw a clock) creates chaos too chaotically for either side to figure out. Trump is just one of his supporters who ended up president... and how hard can that be? Donald blows up the Republican plan to blame Democrats for blocking CHIP and to hold DACA hostage while forcing them to choose between maintaining a hard line on immigration or spending more on the military. The Gop has today and tomorrow to avoid a shutdown, and today is halfway over. Millennials have learned that governing is a tough job best left to professionals.
The only thing better than the FBI taking down Trump is if the FBI takes down Trump and the NRA and a few Russians. Social media companies warned the Senate that foreign countries plan on fomenting all-American violence.