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Remember the good old days when David Waldman could go on a summer vacation and we would think “Oh, what news could happen?” rather than “Oh, how much worse could it get?” Well, we get to find out the answer when David comes back July 16... Meanwhile, we can reminisce with some reruns of hand-selected “Before Trump” and “Early Trump” KITMs! Plus specially recorded Kagros recorded just for the occasion! Starting next week!

But first, today’s news:

Five dead at The Capital Gazette. Did Trump seriously or literally want the “enemy of the people” punished this way? When questioned, Donald Trump shambled away from reporters, throwing thoughts and prayers at them to make his temporary escape. 

Weird, but Trump seems to have had his act together when it came to shoving Anthony Kennedy out the door. That’s probably because he had several years to pull the plan together. There’s a lot more coming out on this “special relationship,” soon, which is apparent from all that static surrounding the story. David regrets his ableist enabling.

The Donald finally gets that big beautiful military parade that he’s been wanting and deserving. Maybe then Vlad will respect him. If not, Donald has in mind more gifts to impress before their big date.

Women show their might, saving us all by shoving the Overton Window back into a sane position on immigration.

Don’t get too cheery, it’s still awful out there. Republicans have gerrymandered the electoral college, and are gerrymandering the judicial branch. The Supreme Court is set to give some oomph to Trump’s pardon power, while the Gop everywhere is delighted to offer any two-faced dishonesty needed in their takeover/destruction of everything. Have a good weekend!

 

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HYPOCRISY overtakes civility in the punditocratic hive-mind today. Aren’t Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump going to play fair when they know the press will hold them accountable? Are Democrats allowed to say anything? KITM tells you all you need to know:

Greg Dworkin and Armando have a raucous little exchange over who sees the forest, and who sees just the trees on Democratic electoral priorities for November. Both agree on the asymmetries of the parties’ power and goals: White privilege is a Republican priority because as the Left is used to disparate constituencies, group interests, and in many cases not being white, the Right is used to being white and winning

And there goes another branch of government5 guys in the right costume can make you do anything. David Waldman postulates a strange alternate universe in which congressional procedure matters anymore, as well as a more conceivable variant where we just shut it all down.

Meanwhile, the people that don't like giving foreign people US resources are building US facilities to indefinitely feed and house tens of thousands of them, rather than to send them home. Immigrant children as young as 3 are being ordered into court for their own deportation proceedings. Oh yes, it will get worse before it gets better.

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David Waldman and KITM welcome Wednesday, and our Wednesday correspondents, friends and listeners. Everything else kind of sucks:

So now it’s cool to be civil? Fox News knows that if you set up a camera and wait, pretty soon you’ll see feces thrown. If this incivility keeps up, even beltway pundits won’t be able to eat anywhere higher than 2 stars. You don’t need a weatherman to know which way David Gergen blows, and those others who wish for a more refined discourse. As always, the Right encourages more civil behavior, as in “The Civil War”.

Civilly, Greg Dworkin points out there is in fact a lot of good news, and a lot of it happened last night. Dynamic young Latinas like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will make America great again. Compelling candidates and compelling races are heading our way in November.

More good news: In Virginia, voters are 2-1 anti-Gop, and Trump is killing his own incumbent.  Battleground states want a Democratic congress to stop Trump until we can all civilly show him the door. Republicans assist in the effort: Steve King delivers neo-Nazi messages, while the House prioritizes Hillary’s emails. Donald’s BFF Kim Jong Un returns to his first love, little rockets.

Joan McCarter reports that the House will vote on the immigration bill that won’t pass, no matter how much Trump screams at them

Reality Winner pleads guilty as part of a plea deal.

Megan McArdle loves caps, periods, and debating civics, manages to be incorrect in all three.

 
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First the good news: Paula Writer, aka Paula Apynys, brings us the most optimistic Charles Pierce article in a long time. “This Nation Is Beginning to Realize the Full Extent of What It Did to Itself in November 2016

The bad news is, of course, “what the nation did to itself,” which is David Waldman and KITM’s job to bring to you:

Donald Trump isn’t really good at getting stuff done or whatever. That was never his or the Gop’s or his supporters goal. The “administration”’s goal is to “win”, this time thanks to “Supreme Court Justice” Neil Gorsuch, lifting the injunction on the Trump Muslim Travel ban, furthering the extent of what the nation did to itself in November 2016. The history of the Flores agreement is the history of what Democrats do to themselves.

If this moves you to up your day-drinking, beware, Jack Daniel prices go up in Europe, and no doubt we'll eventually help carry that load. Harley-Davidson tries to escape its abusive relationship with Trump, and so Donald threatens to end them.

Our answer isn’t civility, when the other side is only about subjugation

At least we can file our taxes on the back of a postcard.

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David Waldman never loses sight of, and always points us to the correct issues. There are a lot of them however, so quick, hop on the KITM tourbus, plug in your earbuds and let’s go:

Each week, thousands get banned from restaurants because the owner, employees or patrons don’t want them there. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is one of those people. Driving by the Red Hen, Donald Trump notices things are amiss, which seems to be the hygiene technique employed at his restaurants. David Axelrod wonders how you’d feel if you were him and couldn’t eat out that night? Normally, it’s nice to be nice, but it’s not normal anymore. (Hopping Mad tells us how to pull together an effective protest in minutes!)

Greg Dworkin assures us that the media are now returning to focus, even as Trump goes full fascist. Trump was exposed as such a weakling that even his base is beginning to pity him, and even Godwin is up for calling Nazis Nazis. Trump’s plan for deportation without a judge or due process could become reality tomorrow. But, although people do generally object to baby jails, they still prefer to keep the blame off themselves, therefore we have a history of such things we prefer to avoid addressing. As you might guess, MS-13 is Trump’s go-to scapegoat. (Hey, whatever happened to ISIS?) Fascists have a history of not caring.

Defense Secretary James Mattis falls out of the loop, as if Donald had one. The Iowa GOP bets it all on Trump, as if they had a choice. Harley-Davidson cashes in some of its chips because of Trump.

Good news: Democrats keep outperforming the partisan lean in Senate races, and progressives are getting attention.

Can we count on Trump’s incompetence? Mini-Trump Paul LePage shuts down road repairs and thousands of jobs, only LePage knows why. Kris Kobach remains incompetent, and no one can stop him.

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David Waldman, tormented by the slow drip of societal decay, brought about by our Slow Drip in Chief, continues to ask #wherearethegirls? A question sadly on fewer lips this morning than last. Donald Trump could only pretend to care for a few minutes in a row, but that was good enough to sucker Republicans for a day and just maybe enough protesters to get back to business as usual. Or… maybe it was a watershed moment, as more start to hear what is really going on there.

Meanwhile, do we really care about that Jacket? All sorts of Kremlinology popped up after Melania’s Potemkin visit to Texas yesterday. Perhaps a medievalist could explain Queen Melania’s strategy, or you could just ask an alt-right white-power Nazi what’s up. Paula Apynys (aka Paula Writer) fashion analysis concludes that all eventually turns to turds around Donald, even though Melania has been kind of turdy for some time now. 

Man of many conflicts, Wilbur Ross, reinstated the question of citizenship into the 2020 census, but it wasn’t a question of justice, but rather commerce that inspired him.

Even Greg Norman would tell you that takes some balls. Speaking of which, look at what this Pecker was up to at The National Enquirer—colluding with Michael Cohen.

The White House hopes to combine the Education and Labor departments, on their way to destroy both.

The biggest beneficiary of the Trump Economy is the Trump economy.

Trump continues to build bridges between the dumbasses and the deluded at his latest VIP Rally.

Hey, tell your digital assistant to holler over to your streaming device to remind you that Hopping Mad is back from hiatus on Monday, starting about an hour before this show! Yay!

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Donald Trump always wanted immigration to be be the issue everyone talked about. He just did not want it to be the issue anyone thought aboutDavid Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Armando are here to help us both think and talk on the matter: 

Americans are now thinking about immigration, and they like it, and how Democrats handle it. They sure don’t like how it is being handled now.  Some are refusing to be complicit anymore, many are stepping up to make direct changes.

Donald saw it all himself on the telly-telly, so now he purports to be be suddenly changing his ways on immigrants and families. Trump purports a lot of things. Remember when we used to believe some of the things a president said or did? Ivanka said she was against all of this, after daddy told her it was ok to talk. Melania heads out to photo op solutions. You’ll never hear it from Trump, but so far this has been a total surrender. Even a real executive order couldn’t pass the court.

Our feckless Congress comes ready for battle, only to discover they’re still fresh out of fecks to give. Maybe they can slip Trump $25 billion, maybe $125 billion to make this blow over.

No one knows Trump’s next move, but it might involve being a cynical back-stabbing repugnant racist hypocritical dotard. The New York Times reminds us that Hollywood celebrities cuss, too.

 

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Welcome to the middle—the middle of the week, and the middle of a fascist takeover of our government. David Waldman and KITM are here to help us over the hump: 

Greg Dworkin takes us into the middle of the political firestorm. Republicans will not win this, and they know it.

Children are taken from their parents, not to another room, but to baby jails thousands of miles away, to be processed by foster homes. No reports yet of medical experimentation on twins, but the day is young and things are moving fast.

This is not just a political, but a moral crisis. We all need to pick our track, hopefully not the track to mass atrocity. We are better than that. After 30 years, Steve Schmidt leaves the Trump party.

Donald Trump says Ivanka Trump says family separations are bad, at least the images of family separations are bad. Hey, wait a second, did you know Canadians are smuggling shoes?

Corey LewandowskiKirstjen Nielsen, and Sean Spicer create a boom in guillotine futures. 

Joan McCarter tells us Republicans have a plan: pretend to help kids, help Trump. Trump doesn’t have an immigration plan to offer the House Gop, but he does have a plan to shut down government if he doesn’t get his wall. The Republican 2018 reelection plan: Cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Breaking: Donald Trump says he’ll fix everything. (Donald Trump lies.)

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#WhereAreTheGirls? We still don’t know. Which only adds to the growing sense of crisis. And of course, stories like this don’t help put us at ease. Nor do pictures like this one. And if you think I’m just kidding, don’t forget Donald Trump’s actual record on the trafficking and abuse of young women and girls.

Oh, and then there was that time he let his friend Jeffrey Epstein romp through Perv-a-Lago, and when he was finally sentenced with a slap on the wrist. By the way, what ever happened to that terrible prosecutor?

But I’m sure this particular inconceivable outrage really is beyond the pale, even for Trump. Though then again, with Trump, sex cult-level weirdness has an almost miraculous way of finding nesting space close by. Just saying! By the way, what ever happened to that terrible sex cult guy’s super consultant?

Still more communities of faith join in the condemnation.

Kris Kobach is pummeled in court again. And this time he literally gets schooled.

Did you know that some Dem Senators once considered Sago Mine murderer-turned-Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to be among Trump’s most honest cabinet picks? Ha ha! Well, he’s not.

What did you know about Kaliningrad? Did you know there was this weird Russian “island” in the middle of what’s now NATO? Did you know they were upgrading their nuclear weapons facilities?

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It’s Week 74 of The Presidential Apprentice, issue 689 of my coverage of David Waldman’s coverage of Donald Trump, and I don’t know, I must be doing something wrong, ‘cause that jerk’s still around. (No, not David… Donald):

Also very nice guy Greg Dworkin tells us about those who very much aren’t: Republicans approve of the Trump policy of torturing children by separating them from their parents. Republican lawmakers, just as evil, slightly smarter, are pushing to roll back the "zero tolerance" part of the policy. Laura Bush’s heart is broken. US. Catholic Bishops declare the policy immoralThe New York Post is demanding changes. Susan Collins is troubled. Melania Trump thinks this must be someone’s fault. The Trump staff lays down as many smokescreens as possible. Steve Doocy doesn’t see any cagesKirstjen Nielsen doesn’t see any policy, in fact she has a hard time seeing any children. Jeff Sessions sees God... just not yours. Hillary Clinton saw this coming. And, Donald Trump sees this as Angela Merkel’s problem.

Trump intensifies and narrows his base into one white-hot white nugget, but fewer voters still equal fewer voters. Paul Ryan kicks the crap out of Medicare and leaves it in a ditch. The great minds of KITM and Macleans think alike, and suggest sanctioning Trump’s two most precious things in the world: his money, and his kid’s money.

After bending over for North Korea, Trump turns to Russia. The White House ignored grandpa for as long as they could. Roger Stone just remembered a little bit of collusion a couple of years ago.

Armando calls in to discuss how the Supreme Court sidestepped the issue of partisan gerrymandering through partisan political game-playing.

 

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