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Well, our experiment with the live/tape format seems to have worked. Greg Dworkin joined the show live, for his regular morning segment, during which we rounded up Rosanne Barr news, the latest “should we call him a liar” musings, Virginia’s Medicaid expansion (alongside white racial resentment/”economic anxiety”), the rising tide under which we hope to see Trump submerged, more on California’s crazy primaries, and this weird notion millennials have that they can actually influence the world around them.

The latest twist in “fake news”: The category now includes things Trump tells interviewers on national television. Even when he also tells the same thing to Rod Rosenstein, who then does him the favor of pretending he didn’t hear him.

We were also saddened to pass on the news of the loss of good friend and longtime Kossack Sean Wang, better known as Bruinkid.

Trump offhandedly pardoned Dinesh Derpsouza. So there was that. And of course, plenty of other offhanded TrumpDerpTM: leaning on the Postmaster General to raise Amazon’s shipping rates, the 2013 genesis of his man-crush on Putin, the tantalizing (if perhaps unlikely) possibility that law enforcement hears his every word, and word from Harvard that Hurricane Maria “response” remains his greatest crime.

Direct download: May_31_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:20pm EDT

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Roseanne: Out. Greitens: Out. Kim Kardashian on a policy mission to the White House, and North Korea plying Dotard J. Trump with cheeseburgers: In!

Trump heads back to Nazi Rally Fantasy Camp. Again. By day, he continues his real assault on migrant families, certain (despite the evidence) that it’ll carry Republicans to victory. Dems, meanwhile, are constantly lectured that they  can’t just campaign on being anti-Trump. So they don’t. And no Greg Dworkin segment would be complete without parsing the polls. This time: Priorities USA, and insight on (and beyond) the generic ballot.

On the Eastern Front, well-known radical leftists Trey Gowdy and Andrew Napolitano say Trump’s whining about informants is bullshit. Whereas his obstruction of justice is not.

We’re still not really sure if Trump is lying. OK, that’s a lie. Though it seems some wouldn’t recognize a lie if it hit them in the head.

Hey, remember that weird Ivanka trademark for “bleaching products?” Of course it’s “racially tinged,” so to speak.

In breaking news: The shocking story of the dissident Russian journalist reportedly gunned down in Kiev becomes truly shocking after all. I guess they’ve got to return all that Ukranian porn to the grocery stores, now.

NYC’s “Taxi King” takes a well-timed plea deal. Just in time to prove that Michael Cohen is the worst lawyer in the history of forever, and virtually all of Trump’s current dumpster fire of problems are his fault.

Bannon’s boys at Breitbart paid a “Sanders activist” to campaign to keep black voters at home. Because truth and journamalism and stuff.

Direct download: May_30_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:40pm EDT

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Where’s Melania? In normal times, nobody really cares. But as we know, these are not normal times.

Canuck pundit-turned-Canuck politician. Er, excuse me, venerable Canadian aspiring citizen legislator. And another Canadian guy wins the Nobel prize for isolating and observing the genesis of a pure Trump lie.

Ivanka Trump puts a finger in the Chinese Emoluments pie. (Speaking of weird trademarks that monetize the presidency, who owns “The White House Gift Shop”? And why is that even a question?)

Ellicott City, MD lives a millennium in two years. Fox News finds a way to plunder the residents.

Trump: I’m not colluding. You’re colluding! By thinking I’m colluding!

It’s no mystery why Ivanka “got” her security clearance at the same time as Jared. It never was.

There really was more surveillance of Trump campaign personnel than we thought! Because Trump’s affinity for international spies and their bribe money was so open and notorious that even other countries noticed. Even ones that speak (gasp!) Spanish!

 

Direct download: May_29_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:17pm EDT

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Welcome to today’s Greg Dworkin in the Morning show! Sure, there are holidays off from work, but there are no good days to take off from the job of documenting the atrocities, so Greg gave us an extended segment today, rounding up Monday’s top headlines.

Two big stories burned up the bulk of political Twitter’s oxygen. The first was a two-parter: Just how big of a liar is Trump is, given his ridiculous whopper about the North Korea briefing, and; why won’t “the media” say so? And if they do say so, why not say so all the time?

The second: Push-back and record-straightening on the heartbreaking and cruel stories of separated migrant families.

Most of the rest of the available bandwidth was taken up with how Trump is a bumbling idiot (or worse) in his dealings with North Korea and China, and a serial liar in his dealings with Russia and the domestic fallout from it.

From the Political Science corner: House Republicans carry ten times the risk of Dems. Generic ballot polls remain mostly constant. Even the outliers are back in line. Not that Dems have their house in order, or anything. Because that would be ridiculous.

Resistance is important everywhere. Really. Everywhere.

Direct download: May_28_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:19pm EDT

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Today, David Waldman brings us the latest news and commentary and the commentary on those commentaries, commenting on those, and sometimes his own commentary, until it all swirls into our collective primal scream... let’s howl into the weekend:

Are we trapped in Donald Trump’s dream, or nightmare? Shh... Donald might be thinking of throwing a surprise summit for good ol’ Un

Why don’t we just crack down on…? What do you get when your only plan is to “crack down”? The Trump administration steps up from Obama, and gets tough on immigrant parents, by losing their children. The kids aren’t “lost” however, because you just don’t lose such a valuable commodity. They’re just swept somewhere else, embraced by the invisible hand of the free market.

There are countless Israeli connections to Robert Mueller’s Probe of Trump and Russia, but David does count one of them today: Joel Zamel, the new name in next week’s scandals.

Ukraine paid $400,000 to Michael Cohen, but that chump change isn’t the only investment they’re protecting.  Jared Kushner's Cadre’s in talks with Saudi-Backed SoftBank.

Even if you never installed Kaspersky Lab software, you’ll never uninstall Kaspersky Lab software.

Harvey Weinstein has surrendered to the NYPD, thanks to the #metoo movement, and him being a wanted criminal and all.

The Twitter-famous Krassenstein brothers hate Trump, but maybe loved him a little too.

Yep, another school shooting.

Direct download: May_25_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:40am EDT

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David Waldman, initially distraught over the reported mistreatment of Tomi Lahren, soon pulled himself together and produced a Thursday KITM for your enjoyment and edification:

But first, reboot your router now. Right now. There, now don’t you feel a little less ру́сский?  If you still find yourself seeing the Deep State or appreciating Dear Leader art, try again.

Greg Dworkin helps round-up today’s latest:

Questions surface, mysteries linger, but what’s important is what voters want, and they want answers.

Donald Trump is a 24/7 corruption/scandal machine, and now that the NFL is America first again will concentrate solely on burning everything down. That means no more time to follow in Dennis Rodman’s footsteps. Ultimately, it is only the commemorative coins that mattered. Jeff Flake is horrified and is determined to do absolutely nothing humanly possible to stem this threat to democracy and civilization. This leadership vacuum extends to congress, although Paul Ryan has sucked a little longer. Republicans started burning it all down a while ago.

#notallmedia are suckers, but the ones that fall for bad faith are ruining journalism, which is exactly what Donald Trump is aiming for. The New York Times rests easy now that Jared Kushner got his security clearance. Maybe someone else will look into how he got the security clearance.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:33pm EDT

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David Waldman is back!

Well, you kind of expected that, since it is the middle of the week, but really, why should you expect anything to be as it should be anymore? 

Donald Trump declares "It could very well happen, whatever it is", on everything, including North Korea. Relax, no one could like both basketball and killing people.

The Trump administration is incompetent in all its behaviors and practices. Greg Dworkin reminds us that includes those that are existentially important to us. Donald Trump is not corrupt in many ways; Donald Trump is corrupt in all ways.

Democrats win the Civil WarNo one is unseen, no one is unheard, when we support each other. When a Stacy wins, we all win. Last night was a big night for a diverse Democratic Party and reveals the path towards the future.

Voters show they will do the right thing when a candidate has the right stuff. That doesn’t mean it will be easy. They will win some, we need to win more.

Blackwater reemerges with an ad, written illiterately to stick it to elites, selling them special ammunition so they can stick it to everyone else

Elliott Broidy, steadfast briber and bribee through thick and thin, really showed what he was made of when the going got tough for his priceless asset. Now let’s see if Michael Cohen can show that same dedication as a big shoe drops and a Taxi King flips. Donald would do the same for them, if it wasn’t inconvenient

The EPA barred AP and CNN news crews from a summit on contaminants, and have no plans to change that.

The media are suckers.

Direct download: May_23_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:44am EDT

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David Waldman brings us KITM’s Constitutional Crisis Tuesday. All but the second amendment, straight down the tubes.

It looks as if we are really going to do this. Rod Rosenstein chose an appeasement strategy to deal with Donald Trump, and now we can all say hello to alleged Jimmy Carter arch-enemy Stefan A. Halper, super-spy. Watching Jack Ryan movies pays off for Trump spinners, though Martin Scorsese’s oeuvre would fit their present situation better.

Trump takes another step over the line. Why stay one step ahead of the law, when you can be the law?

Trump has no allegiance, except to money.  And, money knows it can always find a friend in him.  There is so much money for Robert Mueller to follow that he’s just getting to the UAE and the Saudis. With one billion dollars two princes were singing the tune Donald wanted to hear, but first in line were convicted pedophile George Nader and professional beard Elliott Broidy, who is always ready to give and take favorsThe Trump presidency hangs by a thread named Shera Béchard. If only we could guess the thoughts she might be thinking!

Direct download: May_22_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:35pm EDT

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David Waldman reports on disasters sweeping the nation:

Donald Trump blew his mighty wind yesterday, hereby triggering political earthquakes today. We welcome back Greg Dworkinwho survived, and helped others survive, last week’s Connecticut twisters. (They were doozies.) 

Trump is trying to figure out what he got into with the Koreas, a bit late. President Moon Jae-in may be the only person on earth who can bail him out, but might be better off if he doesn’t bother.

The farm bill implodes as the House Republicans take themselves hostage to spite their own speaker. Their cunning plan includes shoving at least three guys into one leadership position. Kevin McCarthy is full of cunning plans. Ryan’s replacement needs a majority of the votes cast. A plurality isn't enough, unless you want to put some time and effort into it, and they don’t.

Now if only Republicans can just get old white voters to hold on until the next cunning plan... If it weren’t for those meddling kids registering to vote, they’d have a lock on 2018. too. Democrats stay ahead and stable, mostly and relatively.

The Trump campaign was happy to collude with non-Russians, too, because it wasn’t ideology they looking for.

And then there was Santa Fe High School. And yet another shooter contending with video games, and doors, and girls. Women seem to be the thing shooters are least equipped to handle.

 

Direct download: May_21_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:33am EDT

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Just minutes into today’s show, there were two shootings competing for attention, but we didn’t yet know which would become the more significant.

The bulk of the show was given over to bribe updates. Specifically: an update on the Cohen SARs/bribes; the Trump-China bribe, and; the Kushner-Qatar bribe (with a caveat, but also a few domestic bribes thrown in for good measure).

No one could have predicted what would happen once Trump irritated China with increased trade barriers. Unless you were going to guess that they’d take their business elsewhere. Like, maybe Russia.

What’s the next big Trump lie? It’s an old one, actually: Obama was “spying” on his campaign. That is not how this works, of course. And what’s really happening is that Trump thinks it’d be a shame if something happened to a certain FBI informant.

Just to get a few more key items on the record (for your weekend edification): the full catalog of Scott Pruitt scandals; some more backstory on Trump’s stupid obsession with Putin, and Russia in general, and; in case you thought any part of the world today wasn’t complete bullshit….

Direct download: May_18_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:38pm EDT