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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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