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It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! If you knew it was the day Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter visit David Waldman for KITM, you’d be half-right. Greg couldn’t make it, as he is attending some fascinating procedural meetings having to do with his “job”, but he still rounded-up some punditry for us all. 

Apparently today is also Take Your Assault Rifle to Church Day, a religious holiday important enough to close local schools. God bless the guns, but the bullets can go to hell, because everyone knows they’re dangerous.

If Ben Carson was looking to have his budget blown, he came to the wrong woman. Still, she was demoted, unaware that “$5,000 will not even buy a decent chair”. Ben has specific tastes, and that might limit his approved vendors. Next time Ben should check with the boss, he knows a place to shop.

David continues to explore the nexus of collusion between Russia and Trump’s digital election campaign. It turns out that saying provocative and outrageous statements captures peoples attention, makes distributors money and elects presidents. Paul Fuxjäger gives a… well, he cares enough and knows enough about the mechanisms behind this to warn us that our common values and democratic institutions are in danger.

Who will help Republicans out of the mess they made with the tax law? Anyone? Also, no one wants to help them throw away controls on banks. Trump’s social security budget offers more work, less staff and longer waits.

Maybe this time will be different for gun control.

Bone spurs or not, Donald Trump might be galvanized into rushing into save the Trump Hotel in Panama, or to join the celebration.

Direct download: February_28_2018_64.mp3
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David Waldman didn’t know where to go with today’s KITM. Armando called in, and as it turns out they went just about everywhere:

Want a bigger tax refund next year? Have you considered lurking around schools with a gun?  Already many positions are filling up! If you can’t make it that day, just drop your gun off and someone else can take over outside. Trump wouldn’t even need a gun if trouble happens. Georgia figures Delta’s withholding of perks for NRA members is a step upon the slippery slope towards separate water fountains.

Armando and David discuss the Supreme Court denying the Trump challenging of DACA, a reprieve for many for now. So many, so much emoluments! Why, a responsible congress would...

Facebook charged the 2016 Clinton campaign 200 times as much as the Trump campaign for ads.  Facebook knows that provocative content will drive more attention, and money to them. Of course that is how Donald Trump plans to win again in 2020, and that is why Brad Parscale will run his re-election campaign.

Students for Trump don’t have to reveal who’s bankrolling their group, ‘cause they’re students for Trump, duh!

Special correspondent Mark Hogue goes all ESTJy and records a critique of over-reliance on the Myers-Briggs test.

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The Olympics are over, CPAC is over, but KITM will never end. (Donate!David Waldman brings us into the new week:

Displaying the poise and bearing only the finest billionaire daughters could hope to achieve, Ivanka Trump represented the United States in South Korea, but not the US president. Donald Trump wants a former lackey to be a future lackey

Greg Dworkin rounds up the tough polling and tough politics for Trump. Rick Gates is singing like a canary, and Paul Manafort won’t like that tune. Jonathan Turley might be persuaded of Trump’s guilt once a judge passes sentence on him, but until then remains unconvinced. Greg suggests those S-heads that don’t see enough evidence team with the Ns that know where to look.

Chaos in the Utah Gop! David and Greg try to figure it out, and figure out what that could possibly mean for anyone else.

Trump’s approval is polling at the lowest point so far with non-deplorable people. The rest just don’t care, although many of them will actually answer surveys on landlines. We are uniting around tougher gun laws. Thanks Trump! Now we need to get him interested in getting people health insurance.

Police were dispatched to a possible church shooting, and took out the good guy with the gun. Guns keep showing up in UT-Austin toilet stalls, David does not see an anomaly. He has seen it happen many times before. How did Australia get it so right?

The House Russia investigation doesn’t see any reason to research Trump’s Deutsche Bank ties, could it be that both Trump and Putin know a little German? Trump’s Russia accomplices are the Republican House and Senate.

KITM corespondent Steve Sittig tells us why a high school would be named after Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

 

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Today, David Waldman makes the case for more guns, at least more guns as a topic of discussion. If we only could keep them in our debates and off the street...

The good guy with a gun at Parkland had a gun and didn’t go in, although he probably still has his gun and might need it taken away. Trump thinks the guy might have heel spurs, but maybe the guy was just being pragmatic, and biding his time until he was issued matching firepower. Utah’s been down this road before. In fact, plenty of states are already stuck down this road. What’s one more multi-task to ask of our teachers?

The Trump Hotel paid millions in fines for unpaid work, right after the inauguration. Now, the money flows there very well. Following the money keeps leading Robert Mueller to Jared Kushner, but soon to make guest appearances: Michael Jackson, Rob Lowe, Charlie Rose, and many more!

Native Americans finally get a small break when a scammer Trump was going to hire gets caught before he could start.

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Is it too soon to talk about gun control? Why no, it seems to be the very time to talk about gun control. So who to turn to but David Waldmanour go-to for gun un-awesomeness? Greg Dworkin, our go-to for just about everything helps round-up the latest on the issue:

U.S. support for gun control is at its highest ever, so after making sure he had the best chair in the room, and sociopath camouflage in tiny hand, Donald Trump “listened” to people talk about gun control, eventually blowing it by opening his mouth. Greg advocates shutting up and listening. Today Trump says whatever he said was fake news, but that he really means it.

Was yesterday the day Marco Rubio finally became president? Marco did propose one welcome solution. Call them what you will, but get rid of them.

Whomever takes the time to listen will learn a lot. Therefore, you know that some would like you to quit listening. The NRA likes their lackeys toeing the line.

Set aside how stupid it is for a minute. How much would arming teachers cost? David finds it impossible to set aside how stupid it is. Of course, once they’re armed who is going to take their guns away? Don’t worry, the NRA will take care of it all for us.

Milo Yiannopoulos is going away but don’t worry, he’ll remain our clown for some time to come.

Sure, Melania Trump's parents are “chain migrants”, but the lucky kind that gets in ahead of the ban.

The Electoral College’s constitutionality is being challenged, better late than never.

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It’s Wednesday, and you can expect Joan McCarter to call in and lend a hand to KITM. You know Greg Dworkin will come through, and you can rely on Armando will pitch in any time he’s needed…

How about you? Yes, you over there. Want to help? You don’t have to send money, although you can. You don’t have to record a 3-5 minute segment for David Waldman to play on the air, although you could. Really, all you have to do is play this show on your phone with the RadioPublic app!  It’s just that easy! OK, we hear it’s not so easy, but they’ll get their act together and you’ll get used to it.

Times are changing. Greg assures us the kids are alright. This generation is coming up and isn’t taking the old BS. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of old BS waiting for them, or a lot of old BSers. It is just that they have been reading how to handle this BS since they learned how to read, and are prepared for it. Even now, voters trust Democrats to handle gun violence. In fact, voters trust Democrats to handle government. The Supreme Court sidesteps the gun debate for now. Is standing alongside the sidewalk to gun stores holding big posters of shot bodies a technique we really want to adopt? Right now support for gun control is at its highest ever.

Meanwhile the President is crazy and John Kelly wasn’t the sane one.

David and Joan agree that Clarence Thomas might be a nice starter impeachment to get our toes wet before diving right in. Joan applauds the very applaudable Daily Kos Election team, who in turn applauds Linda Belcher’s 86 point election swing in Kentucky. There is no reason for anything other than a clean Dream Act.

 

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David Waldman brings us more of everything today, including more cowbell! (Another fine KITM branding opportunity missed.)

Should partisans support nonpartisan solutions to gerrymandering? Should we give them a taste of their own medicine? Why not step back and show respect before we ask anything in return from Republicans? We all know the answer to that question.

If Trump and his Congress cared what most Americans thought, this would be fixed by now, but right now in front of the High School named after Journalist/activist Marjory Stoneman Douglas, survivors stand up and march, and are making a difference. Time to fight gun fantasies, again.

Trolls troll. It’s what they do, but if it was easy to track or stop them they wouldn’t be too good of trolls would they? White nationalists and Twitter bots fueled the war against Al Franken, but did they “take him down”? Maybe, or maybe loose reporting aids the trolls.

The guy on the Trump dating site has a child sex conviction, of course. How much projection can we standIt’s time to reexamine the evidence on Clarence Thomas, and to talk impeachment.

Robert Mueller nabs another one, today Attorney Alex Van Der Zwaan goes down.

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It’s Presidents’ Day, a day to become... highly reflective… and while we’re at it, let’s look into how this “president” got here, and why he’s still here. The Angry and McMuffin-laden Dotard lashed out in an angry and error-laden tweetstorm over the weekend, and David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Armando help us figure out the world that has allowed this to happen.

Russia wanted Trump to win, or at least the US to loseCollusion - conspiracy, treasonous - traitorous, let’s call the whole thing off? No, because what is incontrovertible is Donald Trump’s illegitimacy, we are just working out the details. The media isn’t so sure yet, but If Trump took the time to blurt out hints on every scheme he has his little fingers in, he wouldn’t have time to golf.

Institutions can’t save America from Trump, and neither can a defeatist attitude. But it is not fatalism to acknowledge that Democrats and Republicans are not mirror images, Republicans can get the vote if their supporters believe their heart remains in the same basically deplorable place. Will the kids get us out of our messes? Don’t bet against them.

On the other hand, Russian trolls and entrenched beliefs will remain hardy. Nothing in the Constitution prevents sensible gun rules, but plenty of lawmakers will.

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Did somebody say treasonous? I mean, yeah, I guess, why notDavid Waldman focuses on the T words today: Trump, Traitor, Treason. How far did Donald go? How far do we need to go?

Mitt Romney vows to bring the values of… (opens link)… “Utah” to Washington. Is Mitt the best Republican we can hope for? If he has any values at all, he’ll be one of the good ones. The latest mass murderer of school children (so far today) was a MAGA White Supremacist, and he helped them keep their death toll high this week. The FBI has a hard time keeping up with all of them.

Speaking of Infrastructure Week, an ex-playmate hails the disciplined organization, planning and implementation of Team Trump.

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Yes, this is what we are talking about today. David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, you and I really hate to talk abut all of this, but we still need to. Everyone knows what the problem is. Everyone knew what the problem was this time too. But, Rick Scott still has to figure this out. Mike Rogers has to prioritize. Pam Bondi pulls out the T-shirt cannon. Of course Marco Rubio has to pray on it. Let’s pray for this guy, let’s pray for these people. It is time to take a look in the mirror. It is time to take action. The place to fight this is in the voting booth.

This happens over and over again. Greg brings us lessons from Newtown. This is our Moloch.

Donald Trump will do a bad job of consoling, because it conflicts with his job as fear monger. Trump in fact has signed one gun measure... to applause.

It’s hard to good-guy-with-a-gun when you are being shot through walls, and other bodies.

So, is this all a distraction from the pressing issues of today? Well no, but you might prefer to think of something else for a while:

Trump’s gang doesn’t have security clearancesThey don’t need no stinking security clearances.  You can find someone else if you want security clearances. Meanwhile, Jared Kushner still needs some money, and might be caring less about where he’s getting it. Does it matter who gets John Kelly’s job? Does it matter who is friends with Nazis?

What is the problem with having people that resent and disparage you, pick out what you eat? Well, a few things.

The VA chief of staff had taxpayers pay for his wife’s European trip… or did he? Scott Pruitt is on track to achieve an authoritarian regime ahead of his boss.

Oh, and it’s Day 4 of Infrastructure Week.

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