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Good Friday Morning to you! David Waldman illuminates the issues that will keep you thinking all weekend. For instance, did you know that there is an alternative to leaving the teabag at the bottom of the mug for a few days, then prying it out with a butterknife? There are several alternatives! There are also several alternatives to “tea”, although some might require a more marketable name to increase sales.

“Roseanne” on the other hand, remains a great brand name, and is now a Trump icon, representing the common wisdom of patriotic Americans, at least that’s the only plausible explanation for the success of Roseanne Barr’s new hit episode show. Laura Ingraham’s brand isn’t selling as well, even after the Holy Week discounts were added. The American Independent Party’s name is a lie, but still effective branding after 50 years. And we are still talking about Milo Yiannopoulos, a fake person with a fake charity, that knows how to rake in real money.

Donald Trump ruins the economy for his short-term gain. Trump ruins our democracy for his short-term gain.  Trump always makes all decisions for his short-term gain.  So, will Donald fire Scott Pruitt because Scott lived in a condo supplied to him by energy lobbyists, which reveals that his administration’s culture of corruption is extra swampy? No, but if this scandal pulls another day of press attention off of “Trump”, Pruitt’s a goner.

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David Waldman brings us the weekend!

Oh, wait no it’s Thursday. Maybe we can call it the weekend and get Donald out to the links a little early, he’s done enough this week.

David J. Shulkin learned that having an independent opinion on privatizing the Department of Veterans Affairs will get you tweet-canned just as sure as having an independent opinion on Russia. As Trump has decided to shop TV for his cabinet picks, he knows Ronny Jackson has obviously been in line for something, so it might as well be this.

Greg Dworkin tells us that even as things fall apart, the Parkland kids have held it together. Laura Ingraham thought she could cyberbully David Hogg like she has others, but it doesn’t look like it will work this time.

David French is wrong in every way about guns, but figures that if he gunsplains that in enough detail he’s won the argument. French’s logic is full of holes, but Greg explains how Swiss cheese might be the solution to gun control.

David and Greg analyze the gritty details of Trump’s approval ratings to see two constants for 2018: Democratic determination, and Trump disapproval. Now, if we can only combine those two energies. It is time that Progressive ideas stand on our responsibility to make them happen rather than what other of our needs must be sacrificed.

Trump, and his attorney, and his attorney’s attorney keep backing out of traps into other traps.

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David Waldman returns from college shopping potentially much poorer, albeit wiser as well. The good news is, David has plenty of wisdom to share with us today:

In gun/tattoo culture news, guns win out when a Kentucky teen used money his mom gave him for a tattoo to buy an AR-15 to shoot up his school, and probably a few people too. Are you a deplorable, but not certain everyone knows it? Why not wear a t-shirt rather than a gun while grocery shopping? Guns can get ouchy at the store. In Maryland, the NRA narrative of the Good Guy with a Gun was disrupted by the reality of the Ex-boyfriend with Suicidal Tendencies.

Greg Dworkin reports on the Stormy conditions throughout last weekend, predicting sunny skies heading into November. Pennsylvania Rep. Ryan Costello is tired from walking against Donald Trump’s headwinds. Voters like high school gun protesters; don’t like the NRA ; like Trump less and less, especially in the suburbs. Everyone is catching on to the Gop pattern of abuse, not just the kids.

Joan McCarter reports on the wave of ‘90’s nostalgia sweeping across DC. That is, for the Balanced Budget Amendment, not all that prudish nonsense. Also, this administration hasn’t got a clue on how to govern badly, or even at all. Donald knew only an idiot would sign the Omnibus Bill, the only smart thing would be “doing the veto”, so he signed it… after he wandered off and someone retrieved him. Oh, and Paul Ryan’s still here, so there’s that.

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David Waldman brings us day two of KITM’s special report on Cambridge Analytica, the psychographic sensation sweeping the world, with many new branches, including MexicoColumbia, Argentina, and other hotspots throughout Latin America! CA’s tentacles reached into the 2006 Latvian election, 2007 Nigerian electionelections in Trinidad and Tobago in 2010, and what do you know, Roy Moore’s Alabama Senate race in 2017. 

No one can pretend Facebook is just harmless fun any more. Facebook knows it all, about you, about everyone you know, and sold it all, because that’s what they do. Gay Canadian vegan Christopher Wylie was just a nice guy trying to make an evil buck by helping create Steven KG Bannon’s psychological warfare mindf*k tool. David traces Cambridge Analatica’s history, from NSA wet dream to electing Donald Trump to eventually destroying us all, by design.

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Today, David Waldman presents day one of a special two-part KITM on the Axis of Trump/Russia/Bannon/Mercer/Bolton/Facebook/2016 Elections/Brexit/Nigeria/India Evil. A story so complex it takes a full diGenova to explore it all.

Actually, Joe diGenova probably clocked in a lot less than 4 hours at the White House. Donald Trump is having trouble finding legal help. You can tell by the way Trump tells you that he isn’t having trouble finding legal help.

Jeff Sessions might not be yet connected to Cambridge Analytica, but don’t count him out.  Andrew McCabe authorized a criminal probe of Sessions for some reason. The Republican House Intelligence Committee chose to be clueless of over 80% of Trump-Russia contacts. Why investigate efforts to collude, because if they were colluding they wouldn’t need to expend any effort to collude, would they?

If you are reading this, John Bolton has not yet killed us, but then you may still want to read a bit quicker, because really, the guy is a loon. Bolton’s super PAC paid over $800,000 to Cambridge Analytica, btw.

Remember back in the day when Facebook pretended it was just an innocent bystander with 2.2 billion monthly active users? Those were the days! Facebook allowed Trump consultants to exploit the data of millions of their users. The people that stole the data happened to be Russian, funded by the government of Russia, and were courting Russian oligarchs. Data war whistleblower Christopher Wylie bragged that he made Steve KG Bannon’s psychological warfare tool. Tomorrow: more on Cambridge Analytica’s psychographic takeover of the world!

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KITM is LIVE today, but not so live Monday and Tuesday. David Waldman might get a pre-recorded show or two out, but otherwise he owes us four days of news before Wednesday! Armando and Joan McCarter call in, and between the three of them they cram a good six hours into our two hour bag:

H.R. McMaster can't do a little ‘cause he can't do enough, or at least as much as John Bolton, who brings years of experience as a corrupt racist maniac to the table. We also say goodbye to John Dowd, Donald Trump’s lead attorney, clearly because Trump is too innocent for his representation

Donald saw a thing on Fox and Friends the other day, about that omnibus bill he was going to sign, and so far Fox was the last one to talk to him, and… (Oh, look, someone new talked to him) Until then, Senator Jim Risch was leading in pettiness, holding up the bill to spite a dead guy, the former Governor of Idaho, Cecil Andrus.  Susan Collins admits that she’s been lying for five months about her tax scam vote.

John Bolton certainly looks forward to helping Trump escalate his snit with Iran, therfore it’s time to cue the accusations of Iranian global cyberattacks, not being made by 400lb. guys on any couches, or by Guccifer 2.0, Gop pal and an officer of Russia’s military intelligence directorate. Meanwhile, the Deep State picks out a dinette set for Ben Carson, and Saudi Princes can’t get into trouble for trying.

Finding trouble without trying: A Muslim engineer in Kansas that was reported as a member of ISIS for displaying the official flag of Malaysia.

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It’s Thursday, it’s KITM, maybe the greatest thing since sliced ketchup, and David Waldman, along with Greg Dworkin, are serving it up hot:

The Senate is giving up on its bipartisan health care deal, but the House continues to bumble along to get its spending bill together. The wall money is Fake News! The real news is that the spending bill will stipulate that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can go back to studying gun violence, which it hasn’t been able to do since the Dickey Amendment. People that care and are in the know have been demanding this for years. The leaders we've been waiting for march for our lives this Saturday. For the Columbine generation, gun violence has been a defining fear, as polling everywhere is showing. YouTube bans gun demo videos and videos that link to gun sales sites. It’s a start.

Facebook is also kind of starting to come up with a solution, right after  users turned it off, and its stock dropped and Mark Zuckerberg scored 1.14 million stock sales, and maybe also made plans to exploit Facebook for a presidential run, and of course after all of this got Robert Mueller’s attention… but even if you do shore up your security, remember—you are the product, advertisers are the customer.

Israeli hackers worked alongside Cambridge Analytica and hacked the president of Nigeria and the prime minister of Saint Kitts.

Speaking of customer satisfaction, Jared Kushner, warmly ensconced in Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman’s pocket, might have whispered away the lives of dissidents to fund his Mark of the Beast debt. Jared’s dad-in-law caters to his clientele with the same dedication.

Steve Bannon’s best friend, pedophile George Nader, scuttled back under the counter somewhere where we will never find him.

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Whether it’s reenacting a bustling diner, a tuberculosis ward or just some kind of performance art involving logging chain and Hummel figurines, there always seems to be a lot going on at KITM World Headquarters during school snow days! David Waldman speaks in ALL CAPS, hoping we can pay attention.

Which KITM character are you? Take our personality quiz! If you’re Greg Dworkin, you already know better than to fall for that one. Through Facebook, Cambridge Analytica got data on millions, and leverage to manipulate millions more. Greg takes us through the many webs Cambridge Analytica wove. The Obama data team reminds us that a community organizing tool is pretty much the opposite of stealing data for use in psychological warfare. The clientele is different too, as investigators are noting.

In Memoriam: Robert Grossman, a great artist that you definitely know, dies at 78. Peter G. Peterson, billionaire, 91, is survived by the National Debt. The Austin Bomber, a.k.a austinbomber, blew himself up at 23. His bombs terrorized millions, and yet he was not a terrorist. Ah, if only all mass shooters would be mass bombers think of how much safer we’d be.

If Kris Kobach is capable of embarrassment and humiliation, he received a lot of both in federal court recently. Soon we will discover if he is capable of incarceration.

Joan McCarter reminds us of the next spending bill deadline — this Friday at midnight. So many poor to punish and so little time! The Gop’s buggy tax law comes up with a grain glitch. The Senate Intelligence Committee finally acknowledges the security of the 2018 election is in jeopardy

Russia helps Venezuela create cryptocurrency to evade U.S. sanctions. They probably are kicking themselves for not thinking of that before they bought all those Trumps.

 

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Cambridge AnalyticaDavid Waldman is as alarmed about that as you are, but it’s not like he hasn’t been warning you about them for about a year now.

First, some breaking news, and also sadly a regular topic on KITM, a school shooting. This time at Great Mills High School in Maryland, thoughts and prayers did not arrive in time for at least one out of the three shot.

Bombs, the generally less efficient tool of amateur mass murderers, have been employed in Texas recently. As long as a few million people stay in their house, they only need to worry about the bombs arriving in the mail.

Are there still Supreme Court Judges that are left of Gorsuch? Then don’t expect any Republicans to step between Donald Trump and Robert Mueller. #18USCode2381, btw. Could Trump just be looking for attention maybe? So why does he guard his privacy with lifetime $10 million nondisclosure agreements? The Trump lawyer seeking to silence Stormy Daniels was a lead counsel for Trump University.

Donald invited Junior over to “The Celebrity Apprentice” to pick out a girl advise contestants, and he ended up engaged in an affair years before his divorce. Meanwhile, the wife of White House social media director Dan Scavino also files for divorce.

Kris Kobach has a hard time maintaining his voter suppressing fantasies in front of a judge.

Now, back to Cambridge Analytica, Facebook’s surveillance machine. Follow Carole Cadwalladr if you want to keep up-to-the-minute on this, because she sure is. Britain is on the forefront of this threat, and the Russia ones, although Putin thought he took care of them a while back. We know that Donald Trump is rich and married, therefore it is impossible to tempt him into corruption. His election consultants, however, were happy to use those techniques on others.

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From the moment he woke up on that mulch truck, David Waldman knew today (and this week) would be a crazy one, and he’s here to help us figure it out.

Greg Dworkin stops by to bring us the big weekend stories:

Things are going so great for Donald Trump, that aids sometimes need to whisk him to the golf course so that he isn’t just overcome by glee. Republicans are still too busy shuffling through their Supreme Court fantasy picks to much notice, so far.

We fix all of this by voting. The polls are looking better all the time, but polls don’t vote. We need to keep our elephants and riders going in the same direction.

Did Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, and Steven KG Bannon win a psychological war against America by hijacking the profiles of millions of Facebook users in order to target the US electorate? We may never know if they won, but there are a whole lot of losers, including Facebook. Regulation and investigation would be nice, if anyone at the FTC cared about stuff like that that anymore. $2 trillion will make a big receivership case.

Hope Hicks won’t say how she did it, but she almost quit doing it several times. She definitely witnessed plenty.

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Oh boy! It is mulch time again! David Waldman is all set to pull the first muscles of Spring, but before he can say goodbye to his back, David has to set us up to handle the weekend:

Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Trump are separating. Who knows what the future might bring, but we wish them well in their forthcoming endeavors.

Chief Economic Advisor Larry Kudlow assures us that, kind of like a married guy has no reason to cheat, “Wealthy folks have no need to steal or engage in corruption.” That’s why it is so weird that Donald Trump keeps on being accused of both. Kellyanne Conway makes more than you do, but not enough to keep her from temptation.

HUD advisor Naved Jafry knows “we live in the world of opinion and facts merging together” and was pretty certain that included lying about his military record and fraud. Donald Trump lives in a world of lies and other lies merging together, and now the rest of us do.

Gina Haspel did not oversee waterboarding of Abu Zubaydah, but she did plenty of other stuff that needs attention called to in her Senate confirmation hearings.

Emails show conservatives fearing others might do what they fantasize about doing. How conservative activists catfished Twitter. How a Navy sailor and his lawyer got Trump’s attention: hate on Hillary.

Felix Sater, Russian mafioso, stock swindler, American Spy, probably a Russian spy, and Trump babysitter says “Greed is my go-to weapon.” Does he want to be Donald’s bunkmate for 10 to 20, or will he by Mueller’s pal instead

What are the odds finding a few tons of gold in your yard this weekend? Always better if your yard is in Russia.

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David Waldman spends the full 2 hours of KITM avoiding the question of why cats “blep”. He does cover just about everything else today:

Conor Lamb probably won the Pennsylvania special election. Greg Dworkin is here to tell us probably why he did. It is definitely a big Democratic wave and Conor Lamb is definitely a Democrat, the kind that plans to do a good job representing his constituents, a.k.a. “the winning kind”. Even some Republicans are figuring that out, though luckily not most of them. The Gop tax scheme did not represent constituent needs in Pennsylvania. Voters, not Republicans, got that.

This leaves Dems in disarray somehow. Pelosi’s in peril as usual. Good thing we have the Trump administration for comparison! Spin can’t get them out of this mess before the midterms. Donald Trump sees only one solution: heads must roll. Donald says all that is "very exaggerated and false", so it’ll probably happen before I can finish typing this. First, Jeff Sessions needs to fire Andrew McCabe before he earn his pension, then Trump can fire Sessions, then everyone else, and new ones can replace them. Some are just too dumb to fire.

Sacré bleu! Quel imbécile stupide bébé, eh? Our Cartoon Used Car Salesman in Chief just doesn’t care, as long as you sign on the dotted line.

As we know, Stormy Daniels doesn’t even own a carpet, but Donald Trump sure has a rug, and he is sweeping a lot under it. BuzzFeed has found a new position that Stormy hasn’t tried before, but will be great to watch.

Elliott Broidy climbs toward the top of the scandal ladder, but is still feeding Donald chocolate cake.

The UK knows what happened to Sergei Skripal. So does the rest of the world, even if some choose to adhere to our enemies as they levy war against us, and give them aid and comfort.

Students across the nation said “enough”. One word, badly interpreted in Virginia and California this week, and way too late for this student.

The white trash circus tent collapsed in Charlottesville.

Preliminary results from NASA's Twins Study reveal that 7% of astronaut Scott Kelly's genes “did not return to normal” after his return to Earth two years ago...

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Ah, the Blue Waves of Spring: In with the Lamb, out with the liar. Of course this means the Dems are in disarray... But not on KITM!  It’s Wednesday, so David Waldman has both Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter to help set us straight on course:

Greg already has the polls and punditry prepared to cut through the chaos. Thanks Obamacare! Healthcare was a defining issue in the race, also Donald Trump’s awfulness. Thanks Trump! Certainly thanks go to Tim Murphy. Our once and future Madam Speaker thanks you all. Republicans are realizing it is better for their health if they just retire now. Donald Trump thinks he could lose a few pounds, as he contemplates life after Rex.

The Seth Rich family has filed a lawsuit against Fox News, blaming Sean Hannity. But, where did Hannity get the idea? Ben and Candy Carson really liked a $31,000 dining set, but are beginning to really dislike email.

Joan believes that this would really be a good week for Senate Democrats to defeat a racist banking bill. The Bank Lobbyist Act will make it even easier for banks to discriminate on mortgages. All that is happening in the Trump administration demands an extraordinary response from the Senate opposition.

Kids again have to show us how it is done.

An Alabama Sheriff discovered a win-win solution to over-pampered prison inmates.

 

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The Trump sewer really backed up quick this morning. David Waldman barely stayed a step ahead of the gusher to give a live accounting of the bodies floating by:

Rex (Everything) Tillerson could have sworn that everything was going great. Sure, there was a little tension here or there, but the boss had his back. And, he was just getting into his job as Secretary of State, siding with our ally, condemning Russia and... Well, Donald Trump hates people that feel a little differently from him. Actually Donald loves Rex Tillerson, but just did not “love” love him.

Then there’s Johnny McEntee, who was ejected so fast he couldn’t put his coat on. Remember: Never do business without giving the boss a taste.

Does Republican Tom Rooney seriously believe the the House intelligence committee has even heard of the word “credibility”?

Oh, and Roger Stone might have conspired with Julian Assange against Democrats. Is nothing sacred?

That was this morning. The second half of KITM was devoted to tomorrow— 

David was joined by Armando and Chris Reeves, Daily Kos Community Outreach Organizer (and much more) to talk about the nuts and bolts of how the Democratic Party plans to operate, how to develop and boost diversity and participation, determine who participates in primaries, encouraging primaries, and the primary schedule for 2020!

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Saving some daylight? Stock up now, you never know when you might need some.

David Waldman catches us up from the weekend. Donald Trump said the usual awful, stupid and self-centered stuff, which ends up being the least chaotic thing he could do.

Betsy DeVos wore her dunce cap on 60 Minutes. It fit her well, as it had been in the family for decades. DeVos heads back to Washington to mishandle school gun violence. As usual Trump excels at finding the exact mishandler for the job. The pediatrician that treated the Columbine Kids speaks outGreg Dworkin is a pediatrician from Newtown and has spoken out, as have others who have seen firsthand the damage these guns can do.

Greg tells us about the chaos to come, if we have any brain cells left to handle it. Ivanka Trump never cut ties with the Trump Organization, and that turned out to be a problem. Robert Mueller’s obstruction of justice case against Donald Trump will wrap soon because, duh, who doesn’t know Trump’s guilty on that one?

Why do racist, homophobic, xenophobic, misogynistic authoritarian Evangelical Christians stick with Trump, other than being racist, homophobic, xenophobic, misogynistic and authoritarian? Republicans thank the Lord and the New York Times for conservative columnists. It would be hard to look in the mirror without that thick layer of false principal-based intellectualism coating.

Is YouTube a gateway to radicalization? Yes, and that is by design, although it is turning out to be a bug not a feature.

Tomorrow—all you ever wanted to know about Super Delegates and caucuses, when Armando and Daily Kos’ Chris Reeves join KITM for a discussion of 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination rules!

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Well, we’re on our own. David Waldman has taken us all the way to Friday, but it is now time to fend for ourselves, at least for a couple of days. Here’s the KITM you need to listen to:

Trump goes to North Korea. A historical moment that could only be born from this presidency, because nobody on earth can be played like this president

OK. That’s about it, then. What would you like to talk about while we wait?

Erik Prince colluded with the Russians, at least to set up a meeting in Seychelles to make it easier for future colluding. Jared Kushner’s man in the middle east, George Nader is not quite convicted, yet not quite innocent of child pornography. This didn’t make Jared too shy, or scare off many strange bedfellows throughout the US, Russia and the Middle East. Without George, Erik or Jared to help,  Saudis still need to speak Donald Trump’s language. Russians knew a good way to get Trump interested in doing business was to first let him watch women in The Act. Meanwhile, a senior HUD adviser repeatedly promoted the theory that John Podesta participated in a satanic rituals. Taylor Weyeneth failed his way over to HUD. White House ethics officials’ path to success requires not seeing ethics violations. Hope Hicks’ hackers were only interested in stealing evidence of her wrongdoing.

Lucky Peyton Manning sold his  31 Papa John’s franchises just 2 days before the NFL ended their partnership.

And if all this wasn’t enough, here is some more recommended weekend reading: 

Part 2 of  David Corn and Michael Isikoff’s The secret story of Obama’s response to Putin’s attack on the 2016 election.

The very strange case of two Russian gun lovers, the NRA, and Donald Trump.

The right-wing censorship advocacy groups at the White House video games meeting, and the state legislator that wants to register strippers.

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KITM hit the lottery today. David Waldman rakes in an embarrassment of riches—tons of news, and all of the best minds on hand to tackle it.

It’s International Women’s Day, so go out and have a powerful one. Donald Trump marked the occasion by hissy-fitting Sarah Sanders. Sara said what Donald told her to say, but without getting the results he imagined she would, so she’s in trouble because now everything is getting stormier by the minute for Trump. It turns out that there is a lot more interesting about this than the salacious. details. Armando sees a crime scene to be investigated, and prosecuted. Sanders said Trump won the arbitration order, Stormy Daniels’ lawyer says no. Armando talks arbitration, federal and consumer, JAMS and ADR... but basically somebody needs to go to jail.

Greg Dworkin brings in some new polls, and reasons to cheer up. The majority of Americans don’t want to arm teachers. The new Florida gun bill has some good and some really stupid in it, but normally you’d expect it to be 100% stupid. Now, polling is tilting from leaning Republican to toss-up in PA, and approval for the tax bill is waning, causing the Gop to pull tax ads in the state. Under Trump, the forgotten men and women are still forgotten. Republicans are expecting defeat in a district Donald Trump won by 20 points. Democrats are up to +9 from +2 in national polls. The news changes so fast that the numb public retreat back to their comfort zones when the chaos overwhelms them.

Trump’s tariff plans will ruin the economy, even Republicans can tell you that much. Arliss Bunny tells us that even better, because she knows what she’s talking about. America’s student debt is a women’s issue. As an added bonus, Arliss previews a special joint podcast on trade, featuring the Hopping Mad crew and the Irreverent Testimony gang! Download it tonight from either site!

Robert Mueller is also a kid in a candy store. All he has to do is choose wisely. Jared Kushner needs to go further south to escape extradition, but for today is in Mexico, after shaking the US ambassador. Another possible conflict of interest between Jared and Apollo Global Management has popped up in the Mojave Desert

Of all the gin joints in all the towns in the world Erik Prince had to walk into the one with the pro-Trump Russian agents in the Seychelles.

If Donald Trump is in some sort of legal trouble, could someone please contact him? He’d like to know.

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Some week so far, huh? It’s been wall-to-wall crazy, and it has been wall-to-wall David Waldman covering it for us for KITM. But today Greg Dworkin took a few minutes from trying to figure out the new computer system at work to help David figure out the rest of the universe:

First of all, yay West Virginia teachers! This might be the biggest sign things might be going the right way after all. The polls, of course mostly agree with sane people. That doesn’t mean sane people are in the majority everywhere, but at least they are getting more excited, and are being represented by more women. Nobody likes Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump trails the generic Democrat, as good a choice as any for a 2018 opponent.

Donald lost one of his last marbles. Gary Cohn lost his last straw, and is getting out while the getting is still good. Kellyanne Conway’s next door neighbor Oleg Deripaska has also seen the insider writing on the wall. The European Union responds to Trump’s tariff threats by promising to withholding a big piece of the American pie.

Stormy Daniels believes she was screwed by Donald Trump and Michael Cohen when they intimidated her into signing her non-disclosure agreement. So she is suing them with a work of legal art designed to expose Donald in more ways than one. David pores over the original NDA, taking time for a special analysis of Stormy Daniels’ “PP”, and also to bare whatever Donald Trump (and frankly most of us) would rather stay un-bared. Speaking of Michael Cohen, Robert Mueller is speaking of Michael Cohen to witnesses, and it seems Cohen received inside information from the Russia probe.

Chris Cillizza tried some “analysis” the other day. He confused Donald Trump with the competent, intelligent human being he once played on TV. Soledad O’Brien pointed out how sad, wrong, and dangerous articles like that can be, and how sad, wrong and dangerous believing people like Chris Cillizza can be.

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David Waldman takes KITM solo for the second day in a row, without even a Sam Nunberg interview to tide him over. Nunberg skipped the Maury Show  yesterday, but hit everywhere else, and he could be a lunatic, a stunt or just another distraction from the guy we were supposed to be paying attention to: Christopher Steele tried to warn the world about Trump’s ties to Russia. Long after Sam Nunberg, we all will be talking about that article and its many ramifications.

Meanwhile, there’s plenty more ramifying out there to consider: Rex Tillerson left $60 million on the table in ‘17 rather than use it to counter Russia. He’s leaving another $60 million right now. Russia likes Rex. Russia might not agree with Mitt Romney on everything, but Ukrainian Yuri Vanetik liked his idea of registering an LLC on a Foreign Agents Registration Act application. A Belarusian adult escort would be everyone’s first guess on who would come in with the next Russia/Trump scoop. She of course is asking for protection as “Some strange things can happen.” A former Russian spy might soon be formerly alive after being exposed to an “unknown substance.” The spy he was swapped for, Anna Chapman, is no longer under cover. Dayanna Volitich was undercover as a Florida public school teacher, or as a white nationalist podcaster. She isn’t either anymore. That teacher, and this teacher would not be good choices as armed teachers. They are both good teachable moments, however.

WNYC’s Trump, Inc. podcast got a tip that the Trump Organization ordered new tee markers for their courses with the seal of the President of the United States. Boy, he’s in trouble now!

Direct download: March_6_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:18pm EDT

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Monday and another week of crazy begins. Unless your kid’s school is under lockdown, then it’s delayed. Never a normal, but becoming a regular, occurrence. (My kid’s OK!)

Somebody thought they heard a shot at a Broward county school. An arriving deputy let them hear a real one. Is Donald Trump’s arm-the-teachers proposal a joke, like his running for office, or is it something we should take seriously? Georgia kills a $40 million tax break for Delta Air Lines because of 13 passengers losing their NRA discount.

David Waldman brings us KITM live weekday mornings, available as a podcast whenever your little heart desires and sometimes even as a print edition, as in this article expanding on KITM’s exploration of the nexus of collusion between Trump and Russia: Facebook.

Greg Dworkin had a busy day at the office and couldn’t call in, but did round-up a pile of punditry. There’s only a couple of things wrong with Donald Trump: what he says and what he does. Robert Mueller is interested in both of those, plus what Donald was telling others to say and do for him. Not everything Trump does is illegal. Tariffs, for instance are just stupid. Picking a fight with LaVar Ball over a provable lie is incredibly stupid.

Even more stupid: Carl Icahn haz securities fraud? Russia, Qatar, hundreds of millions of dollars, risk of war, yes, Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared is down on his luck.

Direct download: March_5_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:42am EDT

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Friday, and we made it to the weekend!  David Waldman beat us to it, recording today’s KITM in the wee hours of this morning. Therefore we’ll have to wait until Monday to hear David’s impression of Trump’s critique of Alec Baldwin’s impression of Trump

What the hell is going on at Trump’s Panama property? Trump officials are fighting eviction from the Panama hotel they manage. That is, they are fighting eviction with punches upside the heads of the evicting security guards, while the majority owner pulls a Nero with Für Elise in the lobby. Investors in the Panama Trump Tower included a guy who laundered drug money along with Columbian cartels. Donald Trump knows just what to do with people like that, as long as they aren’t investors. Republicans are not just attached to Trump — they’re his customers, too. Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee were behind the leak of private text messages.

David looks into the pro-Trump polling operation of dark money group America First Policies. Leaked documents reveal new details on a Russian troll farm stirring up real protests and targeting Americans to push propaganda. Paid lifetime member of the NRA, and prominent Russian politician Alexander Torshin has been bragging for a half dozen years or so about his connections, and the FBI never had it so good.

A lot of flagging and reporting of alt-right trolls on Twitter is actually by alt-right trolls, as a marketing effort.

 

Direct download: March_2_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

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Why do we only have 2 hours of KITM each morning? The Hope Hicks and Dick’s Sporting Goods stories hit after the show, and all of the good Hope and Dicks jokes were used up by this morning...

Oh well, by this morning David Waldman may have lost interest in Dicks, but he certainly hadn’t lost sight of Hope! It’s just that Republicans and Trump just keep churning out the funny stuff:

Greg Dworkin focuses us on the 10,000 important things that came up yesterday:

Donald Trump has a clear stance on guns: arm the good guys, take the guns away from the bad guys, why can’t anybody get that? Oh, they get it all right. The gun issue might seem hard to understand, but definitions are out there.

Companies are becoming more publicly left-wing on social issues because their customers want them to do that. The NRA is in the minority, even in Florida.

Just like volunteering in a soup kitchen or raising money for a new playground, owning a gun brings people closer to their community… David and Greg unroll a thread that dissects that opinion and demonstrates how gun culture parallels "wellness" culture. Gun cultural events reduce gun violence because shooters are the attendees.

Robert Mueller doesn’t need a smoking gun.

Hope Hicks was whitely lying for Trump, but she isn’t doing that anymore. We wish her well on her future endeavors. So, now the workload is divvied up among the remaining staff. Ben Carson is caught with his fingers in the pie, which is a big problem because Donald likes pie. The RNC sends Trump more money per month than Ben’s dinette set. Republicans are not just attached to Trump, they’re his customers, too.

Armando wonders why Jared Kushner even wanted a job in the White House, and why did Trump even want to hire him? Kushner’s oversea contracts are looking for leverage, and Kushner’s family business received loans after White House meetings. Jared’s father-in-law pulled the strings.

We might have to blow up some of Panama to tie up some of Trump’s loose ends.

Direct download: March_1_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT