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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.

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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.

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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!

 

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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!

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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.

 

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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….

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Greg Dworkin was caught in a crossfire hurricane on Tuesday. No, even worse, four Connecticut cyclones. So, that leaves David Waldman to help us weather the worst S-storm in U.S. history - by far! Yeah, yeah, Trump admits he had a thing with Stormy, but Rudy figures Donald is innocent of all charges, past, present and future if Trump remains President forever. Anyhow, Donald Trump needs the money, so he isn’t shutting off any taps right now.

The whistleblower who leaked Michael Cohen’s financial records did so after noticing missing Suspicious Activity Reports, which indicated... missing reporting of suspicious activity. Lucky for investigators, Michael Cohen is a one-stop moron, placing all of his rotten eggs in the same basket. Even as the missing SARs point to the remaining ones, questions on this and other FinCEN manipulation and obstruction have arisen. US intelligence units were locked out of classified computer networks, hampering antiterrorist efforts as well as the Trump/Russia investigation.

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Strange. It seems that David Waldman repeated the word “Yanny” for almost two hours today… Listen to the show and tell me what you hear.

It’s Robert Mueller’s first year on the job and already Donald Trump wants to give him his gold watch.

If Leonard Leo likes to keep on the down low, he’ll have to break his habit of passing out tens of millions of dollars to society’s string-pullers. Washington’s lobbying powerhouse, Williams & Jensen had their Chair wake up and quit rather than guard Scott Pruitt, but their Principal will be whispering into Jared Kushner’s ear on Monday.

Armando calls in to discuss the CAP Ideas Conference, and to tackle breaking news: The thousands of pages of congressional testimony released on the 2016 Trump Tower meeting. Don Jr. doesn’t remember a lot, but it is still easy to see what’s going on.

Donald Trump is running out of Stormy Daniels loopholes.

Blake Farenthold spent $2.14 million to find someone still willing to touch him.

The U.S. Justice Department and the FBI are investigating Cambridge Analytica, finally.

Tornados in ConnecticutGreg Dworkin, a member of both the AMA and the Lollipop Guild, was needed on the ground today, but he might still be able to round-up for us tomorrow. Tune in to find out why Democrats can’t win the “respect” of Trump voters!

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It’s Two Topic Tuesday on KITM! Oh sure, David Waldman deviates a bit off-tangent a couple of times, but can you blame him? The AC’s on the fritz, it’s so hot and humid in May —  in Virginia no less! And, the repairman’s avoiding him, all the windows have to be opened, with the lawnmowers roaring and the birds singing! All those birds…

Where were we? Yes! Donald Trump needs to go to jail. Chinese phone-maker ZTE gives Trump money, Trump makes it a United States priority to fix things for that company. Trump said he wouldn’t make any foreign deals as President, but he didn’t say that he wouldn’t arrange for the US to make deals devised specifically to enrich him, did he?

It takes two to come up with double-talk this stupid and convoluted. That’s why fellow TV STAR Sean Hannity is now Donald’s BFF. Obviously destined to soon knife each other in the back, Don & Sean for now play “No, you hang up!” late into the night and three times on Sunday, planning our future and creating a state/media symbiosis Dick Cheney could have only dreamed of. If it wasn’t for them, what would Fox News do all day?

And Michael Cohen thought Donald was his best friend. Michael will find out what happens when Donald’s friends stick their necks out for him.

Only $1 million for as many federal judges as you can pick out over an administration? That is a true art of the deal.

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The Presidential Apprentice, Week 69. Nice.

Donald Trump is casting better TV lawyers in hopes of keeping this season afloat. Trump aids audition for the Hunger Games, as they guess Bob Mueller’s show will be a lot bigger than anyone expects. Donald pillow-talks with TV Star Sean Hannity to get nightly tips and moral guidance.

If you are reading this, you probably haven’t been raptured yet, or the WiFi is good where you are... Israel is transporting dozens of Palestinians off to the afterlife ahead of schedule in preparation for the opening of the U.S. Jerusalem embassy today. Jared Kushner is on the ground selling peace and some shares of his Mark of the Beast on 5th Ave. Israel is also blessed by the appearance of Ivanka Trump, by third horseman Steve Mnuchin, who has some bonus miles left over, and bringing up the rear, Michele Bachmann.

David Waldman and Greg Dworkin can’t get their minds out of the Qatar goings-on: Michael Cohen brings the Bada Bing to the world. Greg tells you about the very rich, as they are different from you and me. The Trump Tower elevator is seen at its maximum swamp capacity. It’s not just Corey Lewandowski anymore, Qatar has damaging information on Jared Kushner. Michael Avenatti warned you, now he’s forced to tell you about Michael Cohen, Ahmed al-Rumaihi, Ice Cube, Jeff Kwatinetz, and  the BIG3 basketball league.

Some Israeli politicians and rabbis are drawn to orgies, blackmail and anti-Semitism.

Donald Trump voters: furious, paranoid, xenophobic, racist and reactionary, but sensitive too. Legend has it that some might turn “independent” if we behave just right, and those would be the unicorns we need to carry us to victory, over that other third, who will always remain deplorable, but hopefully stay at only a third. At the Connecticut Gop convention, Deplorables lose to the Dockers.

Meanwhile, the Democrats are moving left without self-destructing, and are becoming a progressive ideas factory. Here too, the Dockers are doing well.

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You always knew Friday would come. Friday comes for all of us, great or small. It is how you prepare for the inevitability of Friday that matters. David Waldman guides us into that sunny weekend:

Kelly Sadler wrote the first paragraph of her own obituary yesterday, just by demonstrating her boss’s sense of humor

Politico welcomes you to their elite bubble. If Michael Cohen is a typical sleaze, then many should be in jail. Elliott Broidy, inveterate palm-greaser, with a possibly money-laundering wife, has more than a few reasons to get on Donald Trump’s good side.

Rudy Giuliani’s law firm cannot speak for Mr. Giuliani, and therefore made certain that Mr. Giuliani cannot speak for them.

Kirstjen Nielsen, Chief of Homeland Security, oh just so almost quit the other day.

Don Blankenship told you he was Trumpier than Trump, and hopes to prove that by knee-capping the guy that beat him in the primary.

Gina Haspel was just following orders, and hopes not to follow any more bad orders, like that court order telling her not to destroy evidence.

Another right-wing federal judgeship is confirmed,  walking over the corpse of blue slip vetos.

Russians weren’t necessarily trying to get Trump elected, it was just the by-product of trying to destroy the US.

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David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Armando wield their machetes of veracity to the bullrushes of BS in Donald Trump’s swamp of... Oh you know, it is very swampy:

Michael Cohen, expert on everything, friend to all, could’ve been a lobbyist but that isn’t where the real money is. Cohen was really interested in getting people to know Donald Trump, even though Trump didn’t know anything about Cohen. Russian Oligarch-Linked Columbus Nova is linked to white supremacists, and to Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz. All of this makes Maga-world suspicious... of Stormy Daniels lawyer, Michael Avenatti, and where he gets all of his info.

John Edwards can tell you, when the subpoenas hit the fan, it’s time to find a patsy. Elliott Brody, professional beard, might have been just the guy Donald and Shera could have used in their time of need.

Moderate candidates still tend to outdo extreme ones, although moderate Republicans are becoming more like Donald Trump. Trump hasn’t done much, but he has destroyed a lot. John Bolton ruined things before and is here to do it again. China tariffs are already starting to punish us. Health care is our issue.

Trump might be one of the worst people on earth, but DC is the big leagues, and Mike Pence is the man to beat. Mike wants to move on from this Trump thing and onto his presidency while there’s some left for him.

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Overwhelmed by all of the news today?

Allow David Waldman, your political sommelier, to offer his KITM recommendations du jour:

Greg Dworkin examines the results of yesterday’s primaries. It’s easy to blame the voters, especially when they are Don Blankenship voters. Republicans keep moving right, and right out of the running. Democrats do not seem to going so insurgent, however.

Donald Trump appeals to his dwindling base, more and more, but the rest of us are really tired of him. That opens up space to discuss Democrat strengths. Forget convincing the Trump right, they don’t know and couldn’t care less. There may not be enough voters to complete the slide to totalitarianism, and probably not enough to keep the Trump scam going much longer, although Trump’s spiritual predecessor, John Wilkes had to order the shooting of protesters to go out of style. (Wilkes continued to inspire, however.)

Michael Cohen, friend forever to Donald Trump, enlightened guru to multinational corporations and entities of all types… and, uhm, doctor, is discovered to have a shell company that funneled bribes, generallyArmando discusses whether to call the Cohen bribe device a shell company, LLC or what.

Then there is Elliott Broidy, who let his distinguished Blake Farenthold-esque good looks lead him into very Trump-esque hi-jinx, and extraordinarily Trump-esque solutions.

Devin Nunes keeps digging a hole, which we might get to fill up over him some day.

Trump violates the world’s trust, and the Iran Deal, for what? Or whom?

Gina Haspel was just following orders, a tendency she hopes to cut back on, someday.

Tim Kaine reminds us of the work ahead of us, once things are right side up.

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No mulligans. Republicans haven’t been so gleefully steadfast in their stand against moral turpitude since Anthony Weiner, maybe since Bill Clinton. Eric Schneiderman resigns from being New York Attorney General to spend more time with... his mirror and his conscience.

Republican schadenfreude might be short-lived as the acting AG is both female and Democratic, and no one is throwing out any upcoming cases or evidence. David Waldman and Armando review what has happened so far and speculate about the future in the case.

But that isn’t all that’s grinding Armando’s gears today. Hack Hugh Hewitt engages in payola with Scott Pruitt, and MSNBC does nothing. Paul Krugman feels guilty about how he doesn’t feel victimized. Everyone agrees that Trump would be an idiot to pull out of the Iran Nuclear Deal, so he really has no choice. Now what will we do?

Trump aids arranged for Black Cube to spy on Obama aides, or they arranged for somebody to make those arrangements.

Melania Trump wants us to be best, by copying the best, but at least she cares about the kids.

Russian hackers will sow fear and confusion wherever they find fertile ground.

There are more good guys with guns in schools, unfortunately the good guys’ guns have bad bullets.

Nunes gonna Nunes, and David is going to discuss congressional contempt procedural intricacies.

Kansas City surprises millions with its hospitality.

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Week 68 of The Presidential Apprentice! The show that, for some reason, just won’t quit, is producing lots of spinoffs, the least of which is West Virginia’s Biggest Loser, starring this turd which even Donald Trump wants to flush. Trump and Blankenship’s base kind of like that smell, but that isn’t enough to win. In red Ohio, special election Republicans can’t be little Trumps and win the election, so the party will have to pick less silly candidates if they want to lose by smaller margins. Republicans that aren’t little Trumps might as well go home. The news wonders what this has to do with Nancy Pelosi.

Still, nothing beats the hilarity of The Trump and Rudy ShowGreg Dworkin rounds up the latest Rudy news. Everyone knows Giuliani is a racist blowhard, although Rudy denies that, even if he just said that, because it’s just a rumor.

Scott Pruitt finally assists the EPA by disappearing into his spider hole. Gina Haspel begs to be put out of her misery, but Trump doesn’t think she’s had quite enough. Elaine Chao, thought to be only moderately corrupt, has found her niche in promoting her dad.

David Waldman reveals that Jewish people not working as doctors, lawyers, postal carriers or cowboys sometimes find themselves in international crime syndicates. Michael Cohen literally catered to mobsters, along with some other ventures. Israeli operatives who aided Harvey Weinstein collected information on former Obama administration officials. The Trump team hired the spy firm for ‘dirty ops’ on Iran arms deal, unless the Trump team hired a team to hire the spy firm for the dirty ops.

For the youngsters out there, David reviews the history of ACORN and how that led to Donald Trump. Being destitute and degenerate lead Donald Trump to the presidency.

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Don’t you wish the advent of Friday would mean the end of news for at least a couple of days? Unfortunately, no, so David Waldman packs more into Fridays to prepare us, and Mondays to catch us up from the weekend:

Nuance! It’s those little details that ensnare hypocrites. Ari Fleischer stepped on a few rakes this morning. The Trump Organization slipped a few states into the list of those from whom it collects sales tax. Those in New York will have to pay extra to slide into a tight pair of goblets. Scott Pruitt knew he needed to travel around the world as EPA Chief, if only he could find some good reasons. Jared Kushner made his 40th mistake filing his Federal Ethics Disclosure form. (The correct answer is “zero.”) Jared’s bank is “Bank of Internet”, which, no nuance, is precisely as shady as it sounds.  If Donald Trump wasn’t so busy playing golf he could have made America great long ago.

Fox’s Neil Cavuto rises above the swamp gas with some common sense. Republicans nail up a No Catholics Allowed sign, and the House chaplain takes it the wrong way. Many Texans are shocked to discover that Russia wasn’t on the good guy side in Jade Helm 15.

Josh Marshal gives us a sneak preview of the “Bag-man Montage” in the Scorsese’s upcoming Trump biopic

Looking for a little Trump-Russia collusion? How much money have you got?

Qatar bought its fourth condo for $6.5 million from Trump right after an emoluments lawsuit was dropped. Donald was convinced to sell lethal weapons to Ukraine after Ukraine’s savvy charm offensive, which of course included not cooperating in the Mueller investigation. Meanwhile, we’ve run out of money for Syria’s famed humanitarian group, the White Helmets.

 

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If it wasn’t for all of his dragon energy, Donald Trump wouldn’t be able to handle his immense case load. Trump spent the last few weeks representing his client Michael Cohen, and was then forced to take over the Rudy Giuliani matter as of last night. (Michael and Rudy probably should have shopped around if they were hoping to stay out of prison.)

Sean Hannity accidentally did a journalism and helped Rudy Giuliani keep his promise to wrap up the Mueller probe quickly. David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Armando parse the ravings of a madman to divine a hint of a strategy or of even a rational thought. Journalists everywhere will reach for their thesauruses to dig up one more synonym for “lie” before mentioning to their readers that Donald Trump will never hesitate to disavow his own words. Trump’s lone, simple concern at any time is what he has to gain, or lose.

Did Trump bribe Ukraine to stop cooperating with Mueller? It would be a shame if that missile shipment was canceledAlex van der Zwaan will be back on the streets soon.

If you hate Trump, you have that going for you. But, not every Trump hater is a nice person. So don’t fall in behind just any reporting, or throw your money to just any fundraiser. Save those small donations and donate Democratic, today!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:01pm EST

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Today in entertainment news: Following an awkward introduction and flat ratingsPresidential Apprentice pulled character ADM. Dr. Candyman “Ronny” Jackson, and replaced him with returning fan favorite Wacky Dr. Bornstein, who in a twist turns out to be the hero-victim-coconspirator! Who would believe a show like this? No one!

It is Wednesday, so David Waldman joins with Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter to drag a huge haul of tasty sagaciousness onto the SS KITM:

Is Donald Trump as low as he can go? Not according to the people that know his potential. Donald tears down his party while he shores up his base, ergo the upcoming Catholics vs. Evangelicals wars. Trapped in the Trump cage, Republicans eat each other: Mark Walker (R-Baptist) doesn’t want to select chaplains anymore. Trump’s recent HHS secretary condemned the present Republican health care policy, and Schrodinger’s Republican, Marco Rubio, trashes the Trump Republican tax law. Donald says Jon Tester isn’t patriotic enough for him. 

Team Trump bum rushes Pompeo’s confirmation hearing today, while the Bush administration gets another chance to defend torture, and Lordy, there may be tapes. Meanwhile, Team Trump D takes on China.

Serenely gliding above all of this is Robert Swan Mueller III. Is the use of nit-wit lawyers some smart lawyering on Trump’s lawyers’ part? Here’s how hacking really works.

Democrats will force a net neutrality vote this month.

Should Democrats work to schlepp the Impeachment Overton Window back to a sane place, or just keep quiet? We might take Trump out of the scam, but you can never take the scam out of Trump.

A Proud Boy demonstrates white power.

Trump probably wishes his head was bigger, too.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:31am EST

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Got some spare time?  Open up a story on rawstory.com. Not that they’ll take long to read, but they will crash your computer to help soak up that extra time that you thought you had.

David Waldman recovered from his Raw Story crashes of the morning to answer many of your Tuesday questions, with the exception of “Why is this Dotard orange”? Robert Mueller wonders about that too, it’s just not on the top of his list at the momentArmando wonders who leaked that list, but is pretty certain that an idiot transcribed it. David and Armando agree that it is not a list of questions, but of topics, it is definitely not a complete list of what Mueller wants to talk about, or is concerned with, and Trump probably won’t be able to spin this coherently, because as John Kelly can tell you, Donald Trump is an idiot.

You know who is dumber and more immoral that Donald Trump? The Washington media that think he’s their cash cow. Amoral toadies and parasitic thugs dependent as pubic lice. And the sad, frightened deplorables destroying everything to protect their piece. The Hill whimpers #notalljournalists.

Mike Pence refuses to know things, but his doctor knew about Ronny Jackson last fall. Mike will be the first to tell you, he’s just the coffee boy who barely knows Mr. Trump. KITM contributor Paula Writer is concerned that we might someday have to deal with Mr. Pence, and recorded a segment on how we might have to handle that day.

Documents show ties between Virginia’s largest public university and the Charles Koch Foundation. David’s glad someone is taking the time to look into those things.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:50pm EST

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