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KITM Headquarters is having a problem with leaks. No, not the “Trump White House” kind, or the “Trump Russian hooker” kind, but only the “roof” kind. (Just to be on the safe side, David Waldman is having all of his phone lines replaced also.)

While this is all going on, history marches on today, as House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump. David recorded a perfectly timed (Would you expect anything less?) compilation of background and supporting material as our primer to better understand the context of said historical developments, natch:

The IG report includes a couple of agent bros celebrating Trump’s presidential win. (Actually, they were mostly celebrating Hillary supporters’ loss.) No word yet on their names, if they were lovers, or what their orgasms might have sounded like. Speaking of friendships, Christopher Steele and Ivanka Trump have known each other for years. Donald hardly knows this Ivanka lady, he has his picture taken all the time with people. Tiffany moves up a notch.

William Barr’s handpicked prosecutor isn’t confirming his wingnut conspiracies, so it’s time for Trump and Barr to move on to more handpicked prosecutors and conspiracies

Let’s back up. To the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, previous nexus of Russian and Middle Eastern corruption prior to the 2016 Presidential election, and after it as well. Just think, the FBI would not have had the impetus to open the FIFA investigation in 2010 if it wasn’t for Christopher Steele... Well, people doing criminal things does also spur investigations. Take, for instance, every single person Rudy Giuliani has talked to over the last few years. Oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky needs to get in good with Donald, and is working on that through Rudy Colludy capos like Bud Cummins, Don McGahn and Dmytro Firtash, another Ukrainian oligarch. Oligarching ain’t cheap, so Paul Manafort associate Firtash has had to pick up a few hundred million in side jobs from Putin for the last few months.

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The House Judiciary Committee hearing has been filled to overflowing with pizzazz this morning. It has taken almost 16 flushes so far, and the day’s only half over.

David Waldman provides the drain snake of astute political analysis on today’s KITM:

Russia cheats. There aren’t enough 400 pound hackers in the world to get them out of a 4 year ban from all major sporting events. WADA country!

Greg Dworkin rounds up the punditry as the impeachment process moves to which articles to vote on. Why care if we can vote later? Oh right... voting later is only a solution if we care now. Several tens of millions of voters want Trump removed now.

On the other hand, Republicans are just finding out about this impeachment stuff. You can’t blame them, they’ve been busy bailing out floaters for weeks... ok, years. Whenever Trump has said something too loony, the Greatest Minds on the Right have polished that turd to a mirror-like sheen. “Greatest minds” is of course a relative term, as Stockholm syndrome poster boy Ted Cruz has been moved to the front line, and Rudy Colludy Giuliani is, wow, the go-to guy... Rudy’s in with Donald for the long haul, as the two of them are here for as much as they can haul away. Rudy was in Ukraine swearing in new members of the Colludy gang. Brain trust spokesmodel Matt Gaetz has little question mark thought bubbles popping out of his head because of that.

Meanwhile, somehow we destroyed Afghanistan for 15 years, but never got around to saving it.

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David Waldman brings us to the weekend...The weekend? What’s that doing here? Who has the time?

Listen, if we don’t get impeachment out of the way soon, Donald Trump won’t be able to get a fast acquittal, and his related storylines of “complete exoneration” and “deep state conspiracy” won’t get proper traction before the election... Luckily for Trump, Nancy Pelosi, although opposed at almost every turn, has finally succeeded in drawing up some quick articles of impeachment for him.

Yet, who knows what the future could bring for Donald and Nancy’s plans? Adam Schiff and maybe several others still have tricks up their sleeves. Bill Barr and Rudy Colludy continue to add to impeachable offences and motivations every moment. Rudy’s an overachiever, making points on what Trump would have been obligated to do if he were honest, and flying (at... someone’s expense) back out to Ukraine to visit with the “Ukrainian Putin” and every henchman in every trenchcoat in every alley of Kyiv. And, of course, Trump is still Trumping.

Evil Corp minions have not been connected to Donald Trump as of press time.

“All press is good press” may not be motto of the new name in evil, Peloton. Please remember that Mr. Peloton, like Matt Whitaker, is only acting.

A UPS truck was hijacked... lots of bad guys with guns, lots of good guys with guns, lots of people dead.

All this, plus—KITM correspondents!

Eric Posman presents Senate Snippets V: Preventing the Empire from Striking Back.  With Senate elections, always keep your eye on the net.

If nuclear first strikes are made illegal, only criminals will order first strikes. An Asparagus Zucchini  (a zucchini with asparagus limbs) could tell you that, and he does, by reporting Democratic presidential candidates’ positions on this very policy in a recorded correspondence.

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Hey, if it’s good enough for Andrew Napolitano and good enough for Nancy Pelosi then let’s do it. Constitutional scholars say now is the time for impeachment. On the other hand, impeachment pundit goldendoodlers might prefer Democrats enforced a few witness subpoenas first. Of course, the Founders would agree with much of this if they weren’t dead. Therefore, it’s settled... although we might need to impeach Donald Trump a few more times before everyone is satisfied. And, just in case Donald might run low on impeachable offences, Rudy Colludy has jetted off to Ukraine to find some more.

David Waldman only wishes Republicans would leave future baron, Barron Trump out of this. He’s just a child!

Greg Dworkin agrees with most Americans: Louie Gohmert is a moron, and Donald Trump is a bigger loser with each day. The world laughs at Donald Trump, albeit with a kind of nervous, angry laughter... Trump loses in court for the umpteenth time. Two undocumented immigrant housekeepers revealed Trump employs undocumented immigrants, again.

Polling shows that most Americans would describe themselves as middle of the road politically, easy to get along with, and quite young looking for their age. What if Democrats already have enough white working-class voters? Is the “optional” part of the public health care option the problem? Maybe including a co-pay for Bronx-Colors could help get it passed.

Boardroom desk mascot Jared Kushner will be eating more donuts sitting at Beijing desks in the near future.

William Barr warns against uppity communities not respecting their authorities, as traditionally this sort of behavior risks losing them their protection.

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What a day! Trump is not just laughed at, but laughed out of Europe after the NATO conference. That’s a big deal for Trump. And other people, too, apparently.

Greg Dworkin rounds up the hot headlines, plus some we didn’t give enough time to, in all the excitement. Plus his usual peek at the numbers and analysis.

But Trump’s NATO flop isn’t even the biggest thing happening today. The House Judiciary Committee kicked off its impeachment hearings, with the usual games expected from Republicans. And the House Intelligence Committee released a report on its findings. The biggest bombshell to come out of it so far seems to be the phone records of Rudy Colludy and Lev Parnas. Which, as it happens, also contains some of Devin Nunes’ records, as well! And what records they are! But it’s not all about phone records. There’s mail, too! And don’t forget, Ukraine isn’t just about faking up Biden dirt.

Not much of a quckie impeachmen fan? Here are a few thoughts that might leave you more open to the idea.

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Today, David Waldman comes out against killing Republicans for the holidays... indeed, it would be probably inappropriate most of the time. That is... until… No! For the record, civil war is still 100% bad form. In fact, this is the very reason why we have free and fair elections. (Although Donald Trump has already cheated on the upcoming one.)

Impeachment is not political for the “Oh yeah, you and whose army?” president. It is as essential for democracy, as subversion of democracy is Trump’s raison d'être… or at least how he’s still sticking around. On the other hand, the Republican premise is that Donald Trump is the nation. He is all that is “right”… or what is “good”… or at least what is “all good right now”. Jerry Nadler plans to continue Democrat’s level headed, even handed, losing approach with the Judiciary committee hearings.

Still, there’s hope. Newly released documents reveal more Trump-Mueller lies. Don McGahn’s subpoena on testifying to House Judiciary Committee might be enforced. Trump may have to turn over his financial records to the House. And, you know someone in the Rudy Colludy gang is bound to be a snitch.

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It’s December, it is almost 2020!  It’s time for David Waldman to bring us the hard facts:

Donald Trump just might be a liar. Stephen Miller may be a white nationalist racist feret face. And, well, impeachment won’t reverse the Trump presidency… alas the vice president succeeds. Hey, remember back when we couldn’t even say “impeachment”? Well, now it’s time to stop saying impeachment is “political”.

Greg Dworkin rounds up some December punditry:

Oh no, the Democratic presidential campaign is in disarray? Joe Biden embarks on his 23 Skidoo tour bus, but maybe he’s really onto something there. Would a left-wing nominee actually hurt Democrats? What’s wrong with wrapping a little conservative malarky around your progressive policies if it makes them easier to swallow? Joe can’t bring himself to the end of a sentence, but that still puts him way ahead of Donald. 

Black Voters could help Biden win the Democratic nomination. Black voters are who are keeping him in first place. Thanks black voters!

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Join us for a trip back in time! (That's what we call a re-run!) It's our November 29, 2018 episode, and yet today is November 29, 2019. Get it?

David Waldman had plans. As usual, the plan was to catch us up on the very latest news before others even realize it is news. But, also as usual, Donald Trump’s chaos and corruption just can’t be contained so KITM will always need to deal with it. Today’s endoparasitoid exploding from Trump’s ultra-intelligent gut is Michael Cohen. As tonight’s pundits prepare to go back to the “Are Donald’s lies delusional or cynical?” debate, Democrats and Robert Mueller just add more to the pile.

Greg Dworkin brings us back to all of the old news that occurred during the 23 long hours since we last talked. The New York Times was caught moving the bar up for Nancy Pelosi’s nomination for speaker of the House as compared to Paul Ryan’s victory over their low expectations.  North Carolina has divulged absentee ballot irregularities kept their 9th Congressional District election from being called. Old friend of the show, from before it was even a show, Marcy Wheeler reports that Paul Manafort’s nonstop lying will help Robert Mueller get around constitutional crisis causing playacting Attorney General Matt Whitaker. Trump also has that pesky witness tampering statute to deal with. The Trump-Manafort-Stone-Farage-Malloch-Corsi-Assange-Putin conspiracy/collusion/cooperation dots fall into place. Trump skips out of his employee review to straighten this all out, while tossing a few empty threats,  empty promises and empty legislation out of his dotard bag of tricks.

Sure, a lot of small business owners voted Trump into office, but they don’t pay the bills, especially after tariffs.

Armando calls in to talk about the inside ins and outs of House caucuses and committee appointments. Is money power? If not, what is?

Hey, take the next couple of hours to read about Trump cabinet member Alex Accosta’s sweetheart deal for serial sex abuser Jeffery Epstein. There will be a test tomorrow.

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Happy Thanksgiving! David Waldman reports high above your town today riding in the KITM news-chopper. (As God as his witness, he thought tofurkys could fly.)

If he looks like a turkey, walks like a turkey, his tail is three times as big as his head, and his name’s Don Jr., well then, he’s triggered. Junior was chased away from his own book signing by a rafter of the far right. The right is torn between cosplaying Nazis, Klan, and other mewlings for respect and authority and are finally at each other’s throats. They are discovering that building a brand around being the biggest jerk attracts rough competition. They can’t even eat a pancake in the other’s presence. Some aren’t certain Michelle Malkin is either white or nationalist enough for them. Donald Trump could never be white nationalist enough for them. Even Stephen Miller better watch his back.

The rich and powerful seem to have about the same percentage of gullible idiots as the rest of us; they just have more money and get punished less. Adam Neumann aspired to be Saudi Arabia’s millennial Rasputin with the help of the judgement and wisdom of Jared Kushner.

Donald Trump celebrates Turkey Day the only way he can, with a traditional turkey bus toss.

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Almost the holiday, and people seem to be getting sleepy already, even before eating. We all know what Donald Trump is serving up for Thanksgiving, but let’s find out what David Waldman’s got cooking in the KITM kitchen:

Indiana would just kill to get Amazon’s headquarters in their state. Tucker Carlson pledges allegiance to Russia—he jokes! Seriously, why take him seriously, ever? He’s only wants to make you laugh! Eddie Gallagher says he’ll kill snitches! LOL! More light-hearted politics: Jim Jordan’s jacket would rather not be connected to bigoted, conspiratorial, unethical, contemptible, ruthless, dastardly, bootlicking, McCarthyesque, liar Gym Jordan.

Greg Dworkin has the polls and bad (for Trump) news. Support for (removing) Trump is at an all-time high. Joe keeps the Bidmentum, while Warren falls as almost everybody’s Lefty target. Some will make any excuse to vote Trump, although he just might lose a few eventually.

Two aides resigned amid the Ukraine freeze. Mike Pompeo won’t get to the bottom of this, but he will definitely try to get to the bottom.

Joan McCarter says if we want to do impeachment right, we need to slow it up. Things are quite slow this week around DC, so Joan goes international: Trump is out to destroy UK healthcare in order to help destroy ours. Donald’s “search for corruption” moves to Lebanon, where it can be even more dangerous.

Someday, maybe Congress will enforce a subpoena on someone. Brett Kavanaugh lets us know that the Supreme Court has the five votes needed to take over the US.

New Trump Tower tax and loan documents show significant, and totally expected, inconsistencies.

Mike Bloomberg, long time Republican supporter, natural Warren predator, wants to be a “Democratic” president. Mike Bloomberg’s presidential pollster lightens his plutocrat clientele now that Mike’s in the limelight. Meanwhile, Clinton strategist Mark Penn finds a paycheck counseling Trump on Impeachment avoidance.

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Are you making plans on what you will make for Thanksgiving dinner? Are you making plans on what you will eat for Thanksgiving dinner? 

Yum! But don’t wander off yet! KITM still has a lot to serve up, and today is no exception as David Waldman stuffs that butterball of truth.

Also bringing a dish: Longtime listener, first time contributor Ellen Beberman reports from New York's 21st congressional district and gives her opinion of representative Elise Stefanik.

With Trump as Commander in Chief, war criminals don’t go to Leavenworth, they simply fade away... No, now they get drafted into Trump’s dog and pony show.

Jared Kushner loves sitting in boardrooms, and his Ivankadaddy found him another one, this one for building the Trump wall or whatever.

Hundreds of documents show the White House in a confused panic, attempting to justify Trump’s Ukraine call and blocking of aid. Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and acting Office of Management and Budget director Russell Vought always act that way, it seems.

The Rudy Colludy gang are picking up subpoenas. Lev Parnas promises to be a great stooly, but so far has only sung a few notes. Don McGahn was under the impression that Donald Trump was king; a federal judge disagrees. Turns out, another goon in the gang, Bud Cummins was a goon in previous gangs as well.

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Thanksgiving week—a week set to be both “slow” and “quick.” But don’t worry, it won’t be one without David Waldman and KITM:

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer didn’t take Donald Trump’s side in how to treat a war criminal, so now the Pentagon fired Spencer. You know this isn’t the end of that story.

Greg Dworkin calls in to talk about the merits and the politics of impeachment. Don’t buy the conventional wisdom on impeachment.  Republicans can only continue forward if they deny reality, which as it happens many are experts at.

Lev Parnas hands over audio, and video recordings to the House Intelligence committee of Parnas with Trump and Rudy Giuliani, maybe nude, and probably with Devin Nunes. The Rudy Colludy gang had regular meetings and Devin would show up when he had a chance and a wad of taxpayer cash to blow. Nancy Pelosi called for Nunes removal last year, but can she just do it herself now? Meanwhile, the rats belly up to the rat buffet as it is found that the White House looked for legal justification after Trump froze aid to the Ukraine.

David digs into what Rudy saw in Lev and Igor in the first place. The head of Ukraine’s Naftogaz tells prosecutors about the times Rudy’s gang tried to recruit him, how he threw them out, and how they paid him back. Remember that secret 2016 conversation that exposed just how much Russia and Ukraine were on Republican minds? There was a reason for that. Russian tool John Solomon might finally get some attention, and some questions.

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It’s Friday, it’s the weekend, and you know what that means! Nothing! Except David Waldman refuses to power up the mighty KITM transmitters atop Kagro Mountain on the weekends. So, he packed today’s show with plenty to tide us over:

Fiona Hill and David Holmes delivered the message America needs to hear. Marie Yovanovitch and Lt. Col Vindman showed us what bravery and patriotism are all about.  So, we’re done now? Trump’s still standing, so he wins right? That is the angle he is going for, the one he has always gone for, and the one the Republicans seem to be going for. Donald Trump called in to Fox to talk to his hired friends and well, that’s what the word is.

Trump notes that if Marie Yovanovitch was an angel she would have built a Trump shrine in 2016. Is anything Trump says ever true? Why should it be? Lying also works when one hasn’t omitted enough truth. The impeachment inquiry didn’t obliterate the CrowdStrike story, so that’s the one Donald’s going with this week. Maybe the House should have subpoenaed, indicted and impeached everyone that deserved it when they deserved it instead of waiting until it looked and felt good.

You know what another biggest mistake in the impeachment hearings was? Not making it clear that the Trump’s main objective has been to shift blame from Vladimir Putin to Hillary Clinton. For the last two weeks Republicans have pushed the idea that Ukraine framed Russia for 2016. This was the opposite of what they said in 2016, remember when they said that? Remember? Maybe we need to review the Mueller hearings, then.

Out in the real world, real world courts wait to welcome Donald back to civilian life. Long time Trump employee Allen Weisselberg might need to receive his gold watch in the pen. Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman from the Rudy Colludy gang are subpoenaed. War crimer Edward Gallagher is “welcomed back” to the Navy SEALs.

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David Waldman and Greg Dworkin (and Abby) join forces one more time this week to help us figure this whole thing out:

First up, who won the Democratic debate last night? We know they all have their little gaffes, but they all remain winners in our eyes, mostly. (and statistically, whoever our choice is won’t get the nomination and we do need to win this.)

On to the impeachment hearings. Yesterday, Gordon Sondland threw the entire bus under the bus, which is easy when everybody’s on the same crime syndicate bus loop. Today’s alibi: Everyone was following Trump’s orders, which he also somehow did not give. Tomorrow’s alibi: Trump has the right to hold up legally-approved aid, and of course, that isn’t what he did.

As for the good guys, Adam Schiff came up with an excellent strategy to make Devin Nunes the face of the Gop defense. Still, Democrats might need to step it up, as Donald Trump presently is only inconsistently unhappy. (A couple more Jay Leno sets should wipe that smile off.) For some reason, Vladimir Putin is always quite consistently happy.

Devin Nunes used to be alarmed by the rise of conspiracy theorists… until they got to him. Today, Fiona Hill tried to slap him back to reality.

Hiyo! Lev Parnas’ lawyer gives Devin Nunes another thing to have a cow about. Donald somehow kept a straight face as he sent Lev and Devin on a secret mission to undermine Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election-meddling. The Rudy Colludy Gang’s attempt to hijack Ukraine’s natural gas should prove to be the first of several 'layers' of corruption uncovered.

Direct download: November_21_2019_64.mp3
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There’s a lot going on today, and we have a lot to tell you. Good thing that most of you have multiple eyes and/or ears, or this would take forever:

David Waldman updates us on Russian agent Maria Butina’s boyfriend Paul Erickson—oh please! That was SO long ago, she has so moved onpleads guilty to fraud

But her emails! Except, it’s Nikki Haley, she’s Republican, and it would have been inconvenient to follow the rules at that time, so…

Guards were just picking out something nice for Jeffrey Epstein’s Christmas present, but then…

Joan McCarter didn’t have the time to make it on the show, but she sure would have had plenty to tell us about!

Even Abby was too busy to visit, but Greg Dworkin carved out a few minutes to explain how emotional and fact-based testimony hurts the White House:

Breaking news: Mike was in on it. Also old news: Mike was always in on it. (You might want to turn your head as the rats begin to eat each other.) Gordon Sondland’s testimony targets Trump, Pompeo and confirms the deal with Ukraine. Federal prosecutors in New York investigating the Rudy Colludy gang want to talk to Burisma’s competitors in Ukraine.

House investigators want the Mueller grand jury materials, and kind of also would like to know if Trump was lying to him.

Polls say that most Americans say the impeachment hearings won't change their minds... of course, most Americans believe Trump committed an impeachable offense, and therefore there aren’t many minds that need to be changed.

Democrats panic! Well, just the usual panicky ones, but most have this 2020 thing figured out.

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Brief Twitter obsessions from the past 24 hours centered chiefly on lies originating with or disseminated by Stephanie Grisham. First, that Trump’s doctor has sent a note excusing him from being ridiculed for his “perfecto” health. And second, that Obama staffers moving out of the White House in 2017 were really, really mean to Trump staffers. In writing. Which seems unlikely. And like we’ve heard it before.

With public impeachment hearings back underway, though, the real business of the day for us was using the occasion of Kurt Volkmer’s impending testimony as a launching pad for an expansive political science lesson. The continuing Republican obsession with the “whistleblower” isn’t ridiculous just because there’s better and more direct evidence available from other witnesses. It’s pointless, because Trump’s Ukraine scheme was doomed from the start by that other, unsung hero that unravels almost every government plot: procedure. Illustrating the point: the story of two obscure Congressional staffers who went to Ukraine to check up on things—because that’s what they do—and discovered Trump’s plot. Because that’s how obvious it was. All you had to do to see that there was something wrong was go to Ukraine and ask how things were going.

Oh, and P.S., yes, the House is now investigating whether Trump lied to Mueller.

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David Whiz-Bang Waldman and Greg Razzle-Dazzle Dworkin bring us the latest slam-bang news:

Donald Trump is dead. Want another opinion on that? Ok, Donald Trump is dead again. What lengths would Donald go to, to get out of responsibility? And, that isn’t the worst thing to happen to him last week. Trump lost two of three gubernatorial elections in Southern red states, with the latest in Louisiana. This week, Trump will just wish he were dead.

70% of Americans say Trump’s actions tied to Ukraine were wrong, and more and more of those Americans are Republican, so Donald and the Trumpers take the scam on the road to attempt to create a firewall. The Republicans are in disarray on Ukraine, on Marie Yovanovitch and soon on the military, and Marie Yovanovitch might be the last time riding and dying with Donald Trump manages to carry any moral weight with anyone.

Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman wanted to have a correct transcript of Trump’s Ukraine call, but so far we haven’t actually seen any transcript, reconstructed, doctored or otherwise. The “new” first conversation with the Ukraine President wasn’t “new” or even the “conversation” they had, but kind of the one his staff hoped Trump would have. The effort put into searching for a G7 site turned out to be lies with Doral a ringer thrown in at the last moment.

Mike Pompeo can’t lie enough to please Trump, while Pence aide Jennifer Williams finds she can’t lie anymore. Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham wonders why people don’t take note of those plenty of times she told the truth. Kurt Volker made plenty of truthful testimony to Congress, just not in comparison to other witnesses. It turns out that Adam Schiff is picky about those things.

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Want pizzazz? Look, rest assured that David Waldman would cover “Agent Penis” if clicks were the only issue, but they’re not. Richard Nixon is finally going to jail, and from the looks of it Tricky Dick is hot on his heels, so there’s plenty of pizzazz out there today, if that’s what you’re looking for, but you come to KITM to get the story behind the pizzazz, the “pizzazz plus” if you will:

So, maybe Kyiv doesn’t rhyme with “Steve”, maybe it rhymes with “Styeve”... Anyhow, a second U.S. Embassy staffer is stepping up to say they witnessed Trump and Gordon Sondland’s very loud restaurant conversation over there.

In Saud-owned Arabia, the government is the leading Twitter user. Whoever’s in second place is in a lot of trouble.

A federal appeals court order allows Congress to seek eight years of Trump’s tax records. The Supreme Court could hear the case, pass on hearing the case, or as David reminds us, could declare whatever 5 of them wanted to.

Lev Parnas, whom Trump hardly knows, discussed Ukraine with Trump personally. Parnas had Trump straws, cell phones and lots of cash when the FBI picked him up. One of Parnas’ earlier suckers wants his money back.

The Justice department may or may not charge Andrew McCabe with anything. The judge doesn’t think this is “a hard case”, David begs to differ.

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Pizzazz! That’s what was missing from yesterday’s first public impeachment hearing. Ok, boomers in their day got by on a tiny bit less zing, but today’s “now” generation demands that moxie. David Waldman spoils us with another razzle-dazzle filled KITM:

Trump admits that he has watched each and every minute of testimony so far. Senate Republicans are telling Trump to set his Tivo for a full Senate trial.

Abby the Doorbell called in to review yesterday’s hearings, but as usual left the door ajar so Greg Dworkin ended up getting in and drowning her out:

Republicans did try to steer away from tedious facts, but one look at George Kent could tell you he wasn’t going there, and neither did the Democrats. The zestiest testimony was of William Taylor Jr, talking about Gordon Sondland’s call to Donald Trump from a restaurant in Kiev (which rhymes with “Steve”, and therefore is now spelled “Kyiv”). (Everyone in the restaurant, Kyiv, Ukraine, and Moscow listened in.)

By the way, Boris Johnson blocked a report about his big Russian donors.

Other than being caught and going to federal prison, probably Roger Stone’s greatest regret is missing out on rat f’ing the Ukraine investigation.

One of the nation’s fakest journalists, John Solomon, moves from his little hill to the big mountain of BS.

The State Department punished one of their employees because they thought she was born in Iran. George Bush got to send “enemy combatants” to Gitmo so why can’t Trump… even if they are migrant children enemies of Trump’s?

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It looks like we’re doing this.

We understand you could be watching the Impeachment hearings right at this moment, and we know you have many podcast choices available to you, so on behalf of the crew and capt. David Waldman, thank you for flying KITM:

Today, Donald Trump will hang with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. (Well, not literally. Maybe someday.) Who knows what they’ll be talking about. Really, who knows… what language do they even speak?  Trump is developing into a moran, and a moron, and a maroon. However, Ivanka exceeds the five-year plan goals, by creating 14 million jobs... for China maybe.

What? Stephen Miller is a white nationalist? So, Ilhan Omar, and just about everyone in the world picked up on the subtle clues, huh? OK, then. That, and he wrote it out in emails. Next you’ll tell me he’s really bald. Unlike his hair, Miller’s not leaving soon. He’s the brains and soulless-soul of this White House. The South might still rise again.

Greg Dworkin asks Donald how’s that chaos working for him now? The cage is getting a little tight for Trump’s White House rats, and is getting tighter by the minute as voters watch the hearings, and Roger Stone’s trial. As Donald remains infallible, only his supporters can let him down. Lindsey Graham begs us to look away.

Is anyone paying attention in the White House? Does anyone there care about what is happening anymore? Mina Chang made it into the senior levels of the Trump administration on an almost completely fictional résumé including yet another fake Time magazine cover, and who cared?

Up and coming resume-padding jet-settinggun-porningpseudo-evangelical, Maria Butina-level dot-connectorserial entrepreneur Christianné L Allen is home schooling and flying to California and "interning" in New York and starting a marijuana business and reality TV show in Nevada and is la porte-parole for Rudy Giuliani… Did she stun’em at Scaramucci’s Hunt & Fish Club?

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David Waldman presents KITM’s Carefully Curated Content Tuesday:

David gives an A for effort to the surprisingly plausible, highly improbable paths people find to remove Donald Trump from office. One might work someday! If Trump ever leaves the Presidency, New York courts could be a problem. For the moment, however, Donald continues to fight corruption around the world. No one wants to help him, but he’ll make do, and his friends will make money, Russia will thrive, and if you don’t love it, leave it.

Rudy Giuliani’s buttocks, endowed with his greatest share of technical aptitude, attempted to transmit an internet password to a journalist, which ended up revealing another member of the Colludy ClanCharles Gucciardo, along with the multi-talented jet-setting, gun-porningpseudo-evangelical, Butina-level dot-connectorChristianné L Allen. 

Hey, want some good news? The Supreme Court will allow Sandy Hook families to move forward in their lawsuit against gunmaker Remington!

 

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David Waldman doesn’t close KITM for Veterans Day, a day for appreciation and support for veterans and military families, and as for Donald Trump… well, there’s a parade

Veterans triggered Don Jr. that time he thought about them. Junior triggered his own base at his own book signing.

For quite some time now, Greg Dworkin has been chanting “Build the wall! And... my patio!” at a not-so-secret, or even remotely quiet society of masons. The whole gang skyped in today to help count down those moments before the impeachment public hearings are gaveled in.

When Presidential Apprentice goes primetime on Wednesday, they need to remember their audience. Republicans will bring the conspiracy theories, the witch hunts, and the stupid, but that isn’t what most people will be tuning in for. It’s up to the hearings to answer the questions the public wants answered. Trump would rather have a parade.

Republicans in disarray™: Peter King figures now is as good as time as any to hop ship and swim for shore. Chuck Schumer will miss his BFF. The remaining rats start to eye each other. It’s Mick Mulvaney vs. the Bolton faction, the suburban vs. the rural base. The Democrats are okay with this.

Of course, Democrats are always itching for some disarray themselves. Will they be able to hold it together for Elizabeth Warren? For 2020, Michael Bloomberg answers the call no one is making

We told you those Giuliani boys were up to no good. The Colludy Clan keeps adding members. Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas, then David Correia, and Charles Gucciardo, and now, connecting all of them and moreChristianné L Allen!

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On your way to West Coast Cookbook & Speakeasy, but want to nosh on something tasty first? David Waldman wheels out the Friday KITM Smörgåsbord. (Pass on that giant assortment of conspiracy theories Republicans swallow every day.)

A Fox reporter cherry-picks three words to write an entire article. Byron York smells nothing wrong here. Three other words, “Quid pro quo”, were fun words to say last week, but note that extortion and bribery are exactly what’s going on here.

Roger Stone’s trial is going great! (Except for Roger Stone.) It’s not Trump’s favorite, either.

Ivanka Trump isn’t a good spokesperson for anything, but has a ready opinion about everything.

Lev Parnas and David Correia, arrested for campaign-finance law violations, missed their chance to produce Fraud Guarantee infomercials starring pal/employee/boss/coconspirator Rudy Colludy Guliani. Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman got assistance from/screwed a major Trump ally in their attempt to escape the Feds.

As for the impeachment inquiry, John (not Michael) Bolton is putting up a bit more of a fight than expected. The House pulled their subpoena for Bolton’s aid Charles Kupperman, maybe to avoid the Republican rope-a-dope. The judge on the case, Richard Leon, isn’t in the same hurry. Fiona (not Apple) Hill’s deposition is now public and will be the talk of the weekend. William (not Roseanne) Barr might have to pick between Trump and going to hell. (Roseanne’s already there.)

Women were the first Trump whistleblowers. The equal rights amendment is within reach. The blue wave is rising into 2020. On the other hand, a quarter of all federal appellate judges have been appointed by Trump in his efforts to pave the way for a Christian Genius Billionaire dynasty.

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Can you keep a secret?

So can David Waldman. So, don’t come around here expecting details on Greg Dworkin’s absence and any connections to Lev and Rudy’s secret godchild. (More to come!)

Donald Trump stands like Rosie from the Jetsons, if Rosie had 3 inches of toilet paper stuffed into the heels her shoes.

Donald is out purporting again. Now he says he almost saved Matt Bevin in Kentucky… or maybe he saved Kentucky from Matt Bevin? Whatever you’ll buy is whatever he’s selling. Kentucky Republicans would try to steal the election even if Andy Beshear had a 30 point lead. Juli Briskman credits the entire Trump administration for electing her. Libertarians came for the tears.

Donald Trump told William Barr to go on TV and tell people he was innocent. Barr wouldn’t and Trump is furious that you’d ever accuse him of doing that. Trump’s next move is to tell William Barr to proclaim he was innocent of that... whatever “that” is.

Democrats hurry the Impeachment process along, but where are they in a hurry to get to? Now that public hearings are heading this way, what will this next phase look like for Democrats? What about Republicans?

The Obama administration was having some pretty cool “PC” meetings about... process control… provisional chairs? petty cash? Oh... “principals committee”!

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Hey! Guess what happened last night! We won, big league, historically, all over the place... And, you know what that means… open your pocketbook and get back to work, 2020 is around the corner!

Grab your second wind listening to today’s KITM, with our Wednesday crew, David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, and Joan McCarter:

Get this—David actually knew Juli Briskman back in the day, before she became a national folk hero and successful politician

Greg rounds up all of the Gop losses at the polls. You’d think all of this embarrassment would slow down Donald Trump a bit, but remember, Trump just gets worse. That’s ok, because when he does, we just get more motivated. The Middle Suburb counties in places like Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are flipping away from Trump. Already, Andy Beshear’s election has turned around some of Trump’s Medicare sabotage. Who knows how we’ll ever recover from Donald’s and Moscow Mitch’s judicial infestation, though.

Oh, also yesterday, Gordon Sondland produced the smoking quid pro quo. On cue, Lindsey Graham bulls-eyed his fainting couch and Don Jr. pulled the fire alarm. Soon, the public will hear from more patriots, and more judges, maybe even Supreme Court judges, if they want to really dirty their robes. Next up: Kurt Volker, who has some explaining, and maybe some re-explaining to do. If you are Republican, you really don’t have to explain anything.

Bomb techs are getting tired of disarming bombs underneath rich asses.

Just 40 days left until Obamacare open enrollment ends… that’s probably just a little less than the government has anyhow.

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David Waldman returns from a few days up in the Big Apple, abstaining from any use of AF1 as he knows how irritating that can be for some people.

Greg Dworkin reports winning spin wars are easier for those spinning the least. Trump makes his long-awaited pivot from “no quid pro quo!”, to “quid pro quo, so?”… to making it #1 on his list of accomplishments. Can’t he see that this makes him look like a lying, hypocritical, moronic criminal? Wait… Can’t he see? Maybe Trump is only able to see conspiracies and his own bad faith projections anymore. Newly revealed Mueller memos show the Ukraine fiasco was all about Russia. It is all, all about Russia. What was Jared Kushner whispering to Mohammad bin Salman from inside his pocket? Iran is caught violating the agreement we reneged onIntimidationobstruction and hypocrisy do march on, but so does the rule of law.

Greg reminds us that polls are our friend... our annoying geeky friend. Presently, Biden leads Trump by a little in battleground states, Warren trails Trump by a little, and thus the “electability” argument in a nutshell. Beto couldn’t find enough of the the middle, Biden might have found enough, but the middle keeps moving as voters begin to understand the candidates. Meanwhile, Gop Senators are forced to play defense.

 

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David Waldman is on the road again, going places he’s never been, seeing things that he may never see again, etc. Don’t worry! He recorded a KITM for today. In fact, he recorded it before yesterday’s show and throughout that show was dying to tell us about this show because it was so cool:

Congratulations to Devin Nunes, who has apparently given birth to a herd of little Nuneses. Kash Patel, Derek Harvey, and John Solomon probably aren’t cattle, considering all their ratf’ing.

Hey, remember the million times David warned you not to believe what the Donald Trump White House purports until such purportation produces paperwork? How about the several times David warned you that no proof exists that the Ukraine money promised to Ukraine was ever paid? Well, here’s proof that your tax dollars had to work extra hard to get into Ukrainian hands.

It looks like the FBI has a lot on Brett Kavanaugh that they could’ve told you, but that pathetic SOB cried so much the last time, they just didn’t have the heart. Congress might delay spending talks until… things are less partisan.

Ann Coulter is too stupid to know she’s an idiot, and justifiably bummed Trump stole her business model.

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Booooo! It’s Halloween... Greg Undead Dworkin and David Cobweb Waldman slowly rise from the mid-morning mists to unshackle today’s “KITM ‘s Witching Hour and 58 Minutes.” Let’s see what they’ve... dug up... shall we?

Boris Johnson hasn’t left the EU, Katie Hopkins isn’t nude, what’s wrong in the UK?

Ah, but the US is getting it done. The House of Representatives passed a resolution today that formalizes the next steps in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump. Donald says BOO! and Republicans leap in terror. It was pretty much a “divided” vote, as that kind of vote usually is, so media, smarten up on that.

Twitter decides based on principal, not money ( there wasn’t much money) to drop political advertising.  Gop senators decide based on money, not principal. Donald Trump looks at money without principals

The minute they saw the President did something wrong, his staff stood right up and hid all of the evidence. They will all have to face the truth eventually. John Bolton will testify. There are four more impeachment depositions scheduled for Monday.

By the way, the actions of Fruman and Parnas are part of the same activities being investigated in the impeachment inquiry. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, except for the subpoenas and arrests and stuff. Once they have Jeff Epstein’s cell tidied up, Igor can move right in.

The maggot-infested corpse of… Oh, wait that’s just Steve Bannon. He’s still out there trying to bring on the end the world. South Korea helps out any way they can.

You know what’s really scary? People using high-explosives to blow up gender reveal boxes, along with their friends and neighbors, that’s what.

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It’s Wednesday, it’s impeachment, and it’s David WaldmanGreg Dworkin, and Joan McCarter!

But first, it’s over to Great Britain, and their traditional cuppa and jubblies leading into another general election, on 12 December.

Yesterday’s attempted Gop smear of Lt. Col. Vindman collapsed in ineptitude. Not even Liz Cheney could summon up the requisite nastiness. Vindman’s testimony makes clear how Trump’s interests aren’t the US’s. Trump’s followers wonder what that has to do with them.

Now that everyone has their popcorn and sat down, Democrats can start the public phase of their investigations. Matt Gaetz goes back into the toolbox, and yet Moscow Mitch and the gang still aren’t happy. Did Republicans ever wonder what would happen when the Clinton impeachment reached the Senate? Still, the panic is beginning to set in for the Gop, and they just might shut it all down for a breather.

Until then, it will just get worse for them. The White House ignored the Pentagon’s warning on Ukraine funding (Who knows, they might still have not sent funds). The former special advisor to Ukraine, Christopher Anderson, is testifying today that John Bolton was warning about Rudy Colludy Giuliani.  A former service officer will testify that former Gop congressman Robert Livingston was pulling strings in Ukraine, and the one guy who really should be worrying is Jared Kushner… maybe he is, can anyone really tell?

Meanwhile, we get ever closer to the day we throw the bums out.  An inner-city group tackles a key Democratic need, turning out black voters. And, Elizabeth Warren keeps climbing, now with Democratic activists.

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Another day, another day closer to… something, but what? David Waldman pulls up the KITM GPS:

Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council and impeachment witness from central casting, reported for duty at Capitol Hill in his dress blues today, causing a run on purple heart band-aids around DC. Trumpers find it suspect that a former Ukrainian would speak Ukrainian. Trump finds it suspect that witnesses witness. Nancy Pelosi likes witnesses, and presently is nailing down those goalposts the Republicans keep running off with.

You’d think the White House photographer could put a piece of gaffer tape up on the wall behind himself, so everyone would have the same thing to look at. You’d think Trump could lie better, considering he owes his success and survival only to lying. For the last few years, Trump’s bald-orange-faced, very inept lying has been enabled and supported by both-sideist media, leaving the sole solution available laughing in his face. The media, of course, reacted to the public reclaiming their power by turning their false-equivalency fire hoses onto the public.

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Halloween’s coming to KITM and David Waldman and Greg Dworkin try out their sexy progressive costumes to bring us today’s boos and the news:

ISIS Leader al-Baghdadi has been killed, and just like Jason and Michael, it just feels good, no matter how many times we kill him. This time Donald Trump got to kill him, just like he did Bin Laden. Trump made his long-awaited pivot to the Presidency by refraining from kicking al-Baghdadi’s skull around on live TV like a soccer ball.

To allow folks to further celebrate in his victory, Trump showed up at the World Series Game 5 matchup between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals. Donald, of course, brought his boy with him (he left Barron at home), so you can imagine how the two felt when they discovered the Libs were also allowed to buy tickets to this event. Then, right up there on the Jumbotron, fans watched as Trump had his ass viciously bitten by his very own brand. Tears were shed for the loss of Democratic innocence.

The horror continues for Republicans attempting to shield Trump, as impeachment creeps closer. The latest polling should scare those betting Gop even more. But remember, Trump’s madness isn’t enough to doom him in 2020. At the moment, Joe Biden doesn’t have a lot that can frighten him. Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash’s fear of Biden spread to Rudy Colludy and Trump, and their boss/henchman/fanboy Lev Parnas.

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You’re traveling through another dimension. A dimension as esoteric as House rules and procedures, of abstruse conceptualizations between abiogenesis and cloture, polynomials and filibusters... There’s a signpost up ahead! No, that’s just David Waldman bringing us another Friday KITM:

Credulous hack in glasses, Hugh Hewitt, misuses terms he should have learned in law school to try to look smart. David also went to law school, and took notes. So, now all of us except Hugh know what “admission against interest” is, and the proper use of the hearsay rule. We’re going to need more than that to understand the role of the OMB in withholding Ukrainian aid. (It could still be withheld as far as we know—always demand the paperwork!) Multiple federal inspectors general generally agree, William Barr blocking Trump’s whistleblower from Congress was out of line.

Dumber Hugh Hewitt without glasses, Sean Hannity, is revealed to have been heading out to Vienna with Rudy Colludy’s henchmen/bosses Parnas & Fruman to meet Ukraine’s corrupt prosecutor on the same night William Barr met with Rupert Murdoch. Trump probably had a backup to RudyKash Patel, the author of the secret memo accusing Russia investigators of bias. And now, slotted right between impeachment acquittal and the 2020 elections, William Barr’s own-the-libs Alt-right extravaganza. Or not. Always demand the paperwork.

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Chaos! But the good kind for once, brought to you, and David Waldman, on today’s KITM. First Stephen AndrewDarkSydeSteven Andrew at DailyKos, etc. called in on Greg Dworkin’s phone at 9 o’clock to talk about the weather. No worries, Greg was actually right there with Stephen, but didn’t want to interrupt… 

Greg was set to talk about Bill Taylor’s punch-in-the-gut, devastating new testimony, that surely will, maybe… well, every little bit counts, maybe. Bill Taylor tells lawmakers Ukraine aid was directly tied to investigations. Donald Trump immediately said the opposite, a dotard mind trick often used to escape crimes.

Of course, if that doesn’t work, he can always call in the wingnut cavalry… Oh wait, here they come

Impeachment support keeps growing, now reaching 55% on Syria news. Ah, but Donald has it all figured out. No one can impeach him if there is no one there to impeach him!  Joan McCarter points out that it is government shutdown season, and Trump already had plans for it.

Forget Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and Syria. Trump has moved on… to Hungary. Actually, the US  ambassador to Hungary is responsible for moving Trump on to Ukraine

Biden still has the Joementum, and is set to make our dreams come true, moderately. In case of a Democratic Senate majority in 2020, Republicans rush through judicial nominee Pepe the Frog.

While staying at a Trump hotel (hurry, while they’re still around) consider bringing a portable door lock. You don’t want any surprises in the middle of the night.

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It’s Tuesday and David Waldman is back! 

Well, not “back”, as he was “here” all along... Not “here”, actually, more like “there”... Although, he’s probably not “there” anymore, it’s lunch time... As a matter of fact, it all depends on when you read this...

Trump's judicial nominee Steven Menashi is also hampered by imprecise language. After all, who really knows what a “ghetto party” with toy guns and afro wigs really is? Donald Trump says investigating his crimes isn’t “like” lynching, Donald Trump says investigating his crimes is lynching. David reminds us to not believe anything Trump says until he shows you proof. The Constitution is right there in print, but Donald doesn’t believe it, however.

Sometimes, to understand fully what a person is all about, you just have to listen to them. If you can’t take too much of that, skip it, and just listen to David’s Trump voice performance and be thankful you don’t have to attend every meeting with that Dotard.

More witnesses come forward to attest Donald doesn’t know the meaning of “no”, “go away”, or “What the fuck are you doing, coming into my room?” He apparently always needs his hands to figure out dress sizes, bra materials, or whether he can lift some woman with one hand.

Around the world: Iraq says American troops leaving Syria, some, they assume, are good people, can not stay there. Swiss government usually runs like a very nice watch, but a nationwide referendum was turned back to 2016 on the grounds that voters were not given full information. KITM supporter Parleo tells us that over in Catalonia, which is over in Spain, an American resident faces deportation, accused of terrorism, jihadism and human trafficking, shortly after they caught him with his nuts in a flag.

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Such a hubbub this weekend! Mick Mulvaney, for one is certainly is having a hard time getting over it. Mulvaney’s three rationalisations for Ukraine’s quid pro quo might need to be exchanged before next weekend. Now, The Trump National Doral won’t be hosting the June G7 summit, forcing a switch to the “B” location, Lev Parnas’ basement... and Greg Dworkin’s wonderdog, Abby the doorbell, had a cousin crashing over.  All of this, but nothing can stop Greg and David Waldman’s early Monday appointment to set us on our way right:

Trump’s reelection bid is weak and getting weaker, bolstered only by the vast wealth of his donors and his keen fear of going to jail. There are two kinds of Trump voters, the kind that doesn’t mind the pile of bodies on 5th Ave, and the ones feeling those heebie-jeebies seeing what’s coming out of the woodwork. Donald Trump is searching for a third kind, people so Trumpy they haven’t been able to find even one voting booth in their life. Want insight into this strategy of fracking your base to extract just enough winning votes? David suggests watching the movie Brexit. Meanwhile, in the UK, people are finally catching on.

Sunny Isles, Florida, has kept its kitsch even after gaining 6 Trump towers and the Russian mob.

You just know that Carlos Danger and Pierre Delecto were “lurkers” long before there even was a Twitter.

 

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Too much news! Alas, only one David Waldman for today’s KITM.

 “Like two kids in a lot, you gotta let them fight” is of course, piss-poor parenting. Now Donald Trump, who never was a parent, somehow ended up becoming the nightmare stepfather of civilization, so therefore he let one kid rape, stone to death and generally clean out the other kids this week.

For decades, Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani played the rusty trombone of Z-list celebrity, leading that big Roy Cohn/Stanley Friedman-corrupt parade out from New York City to eventually take over our Republic, and... here we are.

OK, what hit the fan yesterday? Well, Mick Mulvaney showed expected grace under pressure during his statement/not a statement about “quid pro quo”. Rick Perry pointed at Donald, pointed at Rudy, said it’s been cool, and is out of here. William Barr hopes to Sergeant Schultze his way out of this mess, and Michael McKinley… he just wishes there wasn’t so much politics

Rudy Colludy’s pal Igor Fruman foiled dyslectics while making $100K in illegal campaign donations.

Trump National Doral Miami should be in peak heat, humidity, and infestation around the time of the next G7, and also about 1/3 occupied, so what do you think Trump did about that? It’s only logical.

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Elijah Cummings, patriot and fighter for civil rights at least since he hit double digits, passed away way too soon at 68. At the moment, Donald Trump can’t think of anything bad to say about him… but the day’s young.

David Waldman and Greg Dworkin rejoice in Cumming’s life and career, and lament about Donald Trump’s today.

Weakling, fool, and destined to be looked on forever as a devil, Trump pleads with Recep Erdoğan not to follow him down that path. Erdoğan isn’t listening. Hopefully, the big cheese over in Italy wasn’t listening either. Donald Trump has run out of Hells he is not going to, now that he’s losing evangelical Christians over his slaughter of Kurds.

Everything is melting down for Trump, as Rick Perry begins his swirl around the Ukraine drain. The Club for Growth accuses Mitt Romney of being a secret asset in collusion, but have yet to find his Ukraine or Putin link.

As Nancy Pelosi can tell you, “all roads lead to Putin”. On the other hand… Trump’s hands are small, but they are the only ones that are dirty here, and voters know it, even Republican ones. Will corporate women vote “corporate” or “woman” when voting for Elizabeth Warren?

Ian Reifowitz, author of The Tribalization of PoliticsHow Rush Limbaugh's Race-Baiting Rhetoric on the Obama Presidency Paved the Way for Trump, pops in to promote a book, Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America, by Ian Haney López. You should pick up both today, as the Ians’ ideas and conclusions dovetail nicely. Instead of allowing those in power to pit racism against classism, Democrats have an opportunity to clearly show they can improve the lives of large numbers of Americans, adding to their base of voters while drawing again from the middle. How about “We'll cut your taxes and guarantee your health care” for a start?

Or, you could be a Trump insider trader.

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Well, we blew it. Donald Trump noticed no one ever even read him his rights, so now there can be no impeachment. Not only that, but he’s now allowed to call double-impeach backsies on Pelosi, Schiff, Clinton, Obama, Maddow, etc.

David Waldman has an “opposing opinion”, of course, which he brings up on today’s KITM, along with the Wednesday help of Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter:

A trio of schmegeggies might finally get their share of the tsuris. The recently resigned Mike Pompeo advisor Michael McKinley is testifying today. Former ambassador Kurt Volker makes a surprise return.  John Bolton will soon get his say. The line starts here. Here’s why Trump wants a House vote on impeachment. Oh, and ProPublica reveals never-before-seen Trump tax documents, showing a set of books for the tax guy and a set for the lender.

Alas, all Trump people are mentally ill to some level. Trump advisor Peter Navarro often quotes his invisible friend. Rudy Colludy, Donald’s bag man, also ran errands for Recep Erdoğan. Democrats are torn over whether to tear Giuliani a new one.

The Democrats don’t have a frontrunner. Shouldn’t they be doing something about that? Joan found about a dozen of them on TV last night, and took notes. She recommends staying out of fights and on topic, preferably healthcare.

In international, sort of, news: A couple of Brits drove around a moose or something and were captured by ICE along with their 3 month old. And, Donald Trump tried to introduce, Maury Povich stylea UK couple to the woman that ran over their son.

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“Top News” honors this morning go to the bombshells coming out of Fiona Hill’s deposition, as opposed to the bum shills being kicked out of it. The White House did its usual song and dance to try to prevent it from going forward, but Hill had an actual lawyer, and they weren’t having it.

Gordon Sondland is up next, and he may have a few bombshells of his own.

Speaking of bombshells, it turns out that Turkey may end up with more—50 more, to be exact—than they had going into this disaster in Syria. And that’s if we’re lucky. But don’t worry, it’s just loose nukes within reach of 11,000 newly-freed ISIS prisoners, and Rick Perry and Mike Pompeo are on the job!

What a time to have no Secretary of Homeland Security, eh?

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David Waldman leads us on a in-depth discussion of Columbus Day... Indigenous Peoples' Day… Canadian Thanksgiving Day. Whatever you celebrate, you probably didn’t get the day off. No one gets a day off from Donald Trump, except maybe Donald Trump. He certainly must have figured a way out of having to live with himself.

Donald shot a lot of people on 5th Avenue this weekend, so maybe he had a point there in ‘16, or maybe he’s hoping for arriving ISIS immigrants to vote Trump 2020.

Trump followers have devised the most Trump-like revenge upon Kathy Griffith imaginable. Take it, libs!

Trump was lying about China. Often, and recently too.

David connects some more Ukraine-Trump-Lev Parnas-Dmytro Firtash-Giuliani dots. Rudy took Lev to a funeral, that surprisingly was neither of theirs. So much of this scheming spun around former Ukraine Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, which might explain that hairstyle.

Fiona Hill was the White House’s former top adviser on Russia, so she might as well never bothered to come in to work. Apparently she did, though, therefore she showed up today at the Capitol to testify in the ongoing impeachment inquiry.

Susan Collins’ delicate sensibilities were chafed by a constituent who hopes she retires to a quiet, offense-free future. Speaking about winning Maine, Eric Posman brings another in a series of Senate Snippets audio missives explaining the how and why.

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One thing is certain. Being buried under an avalanche of ping-pong balls is less than what Donald Trump deserves.

Today, David Waldman is joined by Greg Dworkin, (The “Hugh Brannum” of KITM), along with Greg’s wonderdog Abby (Woof!), to cover the latest consequences of enabling Donald Trump (Rough!). In fact, it has become fatal for Kurds in Turkey. Will “Many will die, but not me!” look good on a red cap? (Ralph!) America First makes us a loser everywhere.

For this reason and many more, more than half of voters would be happy with a non-President Trump. Impeachment is a thing that just might unite us.

Of course, Trump despises reality, and the impeachment inquiry has become a little too real for him and his lawyers. In other obstruction of justice news, Trump tried to make Rex Tillerson make the Justice Department drop a case against Rudy Giuliani’s Iranian-Turkish client. Now, we ain’t saying he’s a gold trader… Actually yes, that, and more. We’ve also been telling you those Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman guys were up to no good, and we were right.

U.S. billionaires are now paying a lower tax rate than the working class. Hopefully someone has a plan to fix that... Elizabeth Warren is rising in the polls, but it isn’t because Joe Biden is dropping, Joe just might have quit going up. (Roof!)

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It seems like just a matter of time before Donald Trump pops his baggy suit inside out, revealing a brigadier general outfit, his hair into a helmet, and commandeers a jeep out of DC... but it just doesn’t feel soon enough.

Meanwhile, David Waldman has the whole day blocked off to work out his thoughts concerning another Big Guy with Great and Unmatched Wisdom he knows, but as usual could not resist putting together a little something for us:

David does the color commentary on Darren Samuelsohn’s play by play of the US District Court hearing to get Robert Mueller’s grand jury materials.

The US pulling out of both Syria and the Open Skies Treaty would be the best birthday present for Vladimir Putin. Recep Erdoğan could hardly wait to open his present. For those not presently dying on a Turkish battlefield, Trump’s Ukraine call was one of the scariest things they have witnessed. Ukraine’s former Prosecutor General, Yuri Lutsenko funneled vital potential witness Konstantin Kilimnik to Russia before Robert Mueller could get to him. The scramble to escape Ukraine began the moment Trump hung up the phone.

Neither Donald Trump’s or Boris Johnson’s intelligence officers trust them as far as they could throw them. Vladimir Putin, on the other hand, seems really in sync with his guys.

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Yom Kippur is coming up, and shortly David Waldman will need to take time to atone for sins Rick Perry prompted him into over the course of this year. We still might get a pre-sundown pre-recorded KITM by tomorrow, but today we get a brand-new live-to-AIFF file KITM!

And, that’s good, because as fast as the Ukraine dots get sprayed in the news, David is here to connect them for us. David encouraged us to look at the bigger picture in the Ukrainian con, and to always follow the money... and the liquified natural gas pipelines, to better understand that if there’s corruption in the world, Donald Trump needs a piece of it. Gordon Sondland, founder and chairman of Provenance Hotels, big Republican donor, and United States Ambassador to the EU, was blocked at 12:30 this morning from appearing before the HouseAdam Schiff finds that contemptible, although not in so many words. Bill Taylor, ambassador replacement for the too-smart Marie Yovanovitch, attempted some intelligent behavior of his own with Sondland to build his CYA paper trail, bandying about “quid pro quo” and such, to which Gordon replied “Ixnay with the extays already”.

Yesterday, Trump purported to pull forces out of Syria, a big surprise to the Pentagon, and the people stuck in Syria. Today, Donald announced he’ll have Turkey’s president over for Thanksgiving dinner, during which Trump will discover how they stole American jobs.

More dots in search of lines: Would you have guessed that “a tireless self-promoter of mysterious means” was responsible for getting lovebirds Donald and Melania together? Jeffrey Epstein’s girlfriend, pedophile procurrer (alleged), and philanthropist (alleged), Ghislaine Maxwell attempts to fade away. The head of the US Department of Transportation generally only meets with Kentuckians for some reason.

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Monday. Another day and… hey, another day? We’re all still here! Donald Phumpher Trump laid in bed with various bowls and spoons and switchers and didn’t get around to completely wiping out everything this weekend...

Well, except for the Kurds. They are out of luck, again. (And again, and again.) Donald just might be a professional wrestling hero, or a cartoon villain, but former Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk knows he’s no Commander-in-Chief. Even Lindsey Graham took a second to pop his head out and complain about Trump’s Syria policy. Time to sign the #3 Trump Tower deal.

David Waldman is joined by Greg Dworkin to play Jenga with Trump’s house of cards:

You knew Rick Perry would turn up eventually on Presidential Apprentice. (Place those bets on now on Ben Carson!) Who would have guessed Donald Trump’s search for corruption in Ukraine would turn up Donald Trump? Well, KITM listeners, probably. Liquid natural gas is at the heart of the Ukraine scandal.

A judge orders the White House to preserve records of Trump’s dealings with foreign leaders, because really, who would trust that guy? Still, no one can expect the Office of Legal Counsel to fix this mess. So, you should vote, especially if you happen to be in Virginia. And, there’s impeachment, a popular solution.

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If you are just waking up you’ve got 25 pages of must reading to do. Nah, lay back down, they printed it mostly sideways… In fact, go ahead and close your eyes. As always, David Waldman is here to read the important parts to us:

Gym Jordan told us Kurt Volker’s deposition undercut Donald Trump’s impeachment case. The released deposition however undercut Gym Jordan’s, and Trump’s believability, spelling out lies, election interference and extortion in Ukraine.

Donald Trump isn’t denying any allegation, by the way. In fact, his plan is to repeat any crime over and over, until it doesn’t seem like a crime anymore. Meanwhile, as the fringe moves into the mainstream, people like Kurt Volker and the Ukraine Ambassador are pushed out. Republicans forget their support for Joe Biden’s Ukraine reforms and embrace the crazy. Rudy Colludy consulted with imprisoned Paul Manafort on Ukraine. Lindsey Graham accuses Australia of being a deep state puppet. Australia rejects that characterisation.

Stuck between Russia and the US, Ukraine shrugs its shoulders and puts a Hunter Biden-related case on the docket. President Zelensky has already implemented Vlad and Donald’s Steinmeier formula, and the local fascists have been cued to light their torches

North Korea found some time between very beautiful letters to produce a submarine deliverable nuclear missile.

Awake now? Good, make yourself a cup of coffee and and a big Democratic baby sandwich. You’ll need it to get through the just-released trove of Roy Cohn documents this weekend.

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BULLSHIT! Can you think of a better word for this administration at this time? It’s the subject of most of today’s news, in fact. 

David Waldman and Greg Dworkin present a bullshit-free KITM, that is yet somehow completely full of it:

Jacob Wohl contains no other ingredients. He’s found some guy more shameless than himself, who he will introduce to the public today.

Donald Trump frantically, and I mean frantically is shovelling bullshit over his crimes. He calls the non-verbatim Ukraine meeting transcript word-for-word, which is of course… you know. Trump reminds us that Mike Pence’s Ukraine discussions were also perfect, and Mike’s aides back him up. Therefore, Pence is up to his ears in it. And remember, when considering Ukraine and Trump: Once a bullshitter, always a bullshitter. Journalists reflect on how they ignored the smell for so long. Are neophyte lawyers attracted to this Whitehouse, or is this Whitehouse attracted to neophytes?

By the way, Rebekah Mercer and Steven K G Bannon started this Biden bullshit a while ago. Peter Schweizer’s Biden book lifted sections from Wikipedia and other sources. Rudy Colludy tries to bullshit the bullshitters with forged Whitehouse stationary. Australia won’t be helping Lindsey Graham shovel. Rand Paul might love Putin more than Trump.

You know who’s tired of this bullshit? Voters. Except for the 24% that apparently can’t get enough.

Now you can put complete bullshit in your Facebook ad, once you put cash in Facebook’s pocket.

I don’t know… could it be… Moloch?

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It’s a scum of the earth gold rush! William BarrJohn DurhamSebastian Gorka, Mike Pompeo are in Italy with Steve Bannon panning for scum. Rudy, Mooch, Huckabee, Schlapp and other two-bit conmen keep mining the scum in Ukraine, in hopes that it hasn’t been completely tapped out

Of course, this did not start in Ukraine. Of course, it started in Florida. David Waldman isn’t here today, but pretended he was yesterday, in order to record today’s KITM… to introduce us to the two Ukrainian-Floridian con men perfectly set to hustle marks just like Giuliani and Trump.

It has already been established that Donald Trump is a mentally unstable, dotardiling, sociopathic nitwit, therefore adding that he wants to shoot migrants in the legs and feed them to alligators might be considered a moot point at this time.

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Dearest Abigail, so much has come to pass since our last correspondence—I was made almost deaf from the bombshells that pinned back Ol’ Bonespur’s troops as of late! Shall the battle of Ukrainium One be that “Great Pivot” all have talked about? Surely... only timeDavid Waldman and Greg Dworkin can tell us of this:

William Barr, Mike Pompeo, and Rudy Giuliani scour the world in search of dirt on absolutely anyone other than Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin (while checking for some nice extradition-free retirement digs) The Federalist lies to us, and liars use the the Federalist to lie to us. Other than that, the Gop has no plan for Trump’s defence, other than lots of money. Oh, and more lies, lots more lies.

It appears “plan B” for the White House is more of the above. Tomorrow on KITM, Meet the Florida duo on Rudy Giuliani’s dirty crew in the Ukraine.

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David Waldman, as an observant podcaster, is out celebrating International Podcast Day, and we hope a good and sweet Rosh HaShanah. Of course, he pre-recorded a brand-new KITM for today. We can’t miss one of those in these crazy times!

How crazy? How about the whistleblower requesting federal witness protection from the US President, who is “into having Democrats executed, and threatening Civil War” kind of crazy? That’s pretty crazy! Streetcorner Lunatic-in-Chief Donald Trump harrassed Ukraine with conspiracy theories that he actually seems to believe. Kurt Volker quit after he realized he operated under the delusion that he operated in a sane world. Reporters missed the Ukraine story because they too assumed that nothing so deranged would be ever allowed to happen. It took a student paper to step back far enough to see the cuckoo forest for the trees.

The Democratic caucus was able to move forward rapidly on impeachment because, well, this insanity has been going on for a couple of years now. The Ukraine whistleblower wasn’t the first one, and won’t be the last.  Oh, and you weren’t imagining things: The NRA sure was a “Foreign Asset” To Russia ahead of 2016.

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How serious is the impeachment situation? So serious that Greg Dworkin was back again for yet another special edition of KITM. On a Friday!

We kicked things off with a quick tour of the newspaper headlines, and then moved quickly into the latest polling and analysis, which now includes both post-whistleblower and post-Pelosi shift data.

As you might imagine, Ukraine-mania is driving the Fox News types over the edge. Trump himself, who already went over ages ago, found a new cliff to dive off.

So, are we narrowing the focus and speeding things up, or could we be keeping the door open to further inquiry, after all? “We’ll see what happens.” Gop operatives, taking Trump’s lead, start trying to spin the whistleblower as a spy. What else can they do, after Chris Christie—who’s toast—says Trump’s only in trouble if he asked for a favor and sought dirt on Joe Biden? Well, they could accept all the blame for enabling Trump all along, but that seems unlikely.

Hillary Clinton’s in good company, with Jimmy Carter.

Adam Schiff says burying incriminating evidence on double-secret servers isn’t the White House’s only trick.

Team Trump tried to smear the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine as part of their plot, but it seems there are more ambassadors out there who’ll be tainted in this mess.

Could this news be the end of the “we can’t legislate on guns because impeachment” talking point?

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(Note: A big thank you to the Washington DC scandal production staff for placing their super crazy stuff in the morning per our request, but for our cross-promotion to work, the “As predicted on KITM” bug will need to appear on the lower right after each break.)

It’s all moving fast. David Waldman and Greg Dworkin catch us up on the latest news, while we all watch news in the making today. Yesterday, the White House released the “not verbatim” transcript of a call with Ukraine’s President. Today we read the Whistleblower’s complaint, which is about… COLLUSION. Also, extortion, bribery and various henchcraft by William Barr. Of course, this wasn’t the first time Trump pulled this, so the Administration just threw the transcript into their handy cover-up file. David and Greg look into a strategy of a narrow vs. wide investigation going forward. And, we’ve only just begun digging into the revelations, everything from threats to diplomats to QAnon style conspiracies.  Then there’s Donald Trump. He must have some genius chess move he’ll soon reveal. Donald would be worried about swing voters, if he didn’t define those the same way as the New York Times does.

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David WaldmanGreg Dworkin and Joan McCarter have a lot to cover on today’s KITM. 90’s clothing and t-shirt politics, the Philadelphia Eagles and fire-fighting heroes, medieval vs. Renaissance expertise snark… Oh, and some MFer’s getting an impeachment inquiry! Im-🍑y

Well, Nancy Pelosi did have something up her sleeve! Or, maybe good timing. Or, this was the last straw. However it got here, the impeachment inquiry is finally here. That’s it, Donald Trump’s base is all riled up and will never vote Democrat after this!

Joan and David discuss why Moscow Mitch agreed to pursue the Ukraine whistleblower complaint. David and Greg discuss the Senate obligation to try an impeachment case. How can Republicans spin, hide from or exploit this?

And then during the show, the Ukrainetranscriptwas released. If it seems horrifically incriminating, just wait until you hear what Rudy Giuliani says about it, or whoever next is thrown under the bus tonight. Of course, the Ukraine shares the same fear as Trump… Vladimir Putin.

Trump proves he is capable of losing in many fronts simultaneously as he his lawyers try to argue that Donald’s too big to investigate. By this point he is probably wondering why Elizabeth Warren doesn’t just step up and let him go home.

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Welcome! David Waldman and Greg Dworkin have been hanging around over on the far shore of the Rubicon for a while now. Nice to see this morning’s turnout.

Donald Trump is still trying out a few stories, but it just keeps getting worse for him. Trump shut down aid to Ukraine before calling, to make sure they knew he meant business. John Lewis gets behind impeachment. Republicans get out from behind Trump. Donald suggests the electric chair.

Maybe Nancy Pelosi was playing 7 dimensional chess after all. The 7 op-ed writers were freshmen, and not from comfortably blue districts. Democrats have solid evidence, an easy to communicate scenario, a clear moral to support, a villain’s confession, grassroots demand, and a duty to their country. Voters that have their heart set on voting Trump out can probably do that too.

Donald Trump had a UN speech that no one, including Trump, stayed awake through. Of course Greta Thunberg, a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future, outdid Trump. Boris Johnson was there, but no one was exactly sure why. Boris should leave, prorogation is going away though, and maybe Dominic Cummings too. Tories try out a few stories as well, but it looks as if this might be a good day for democracy all around.

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140 weeks of Donald Trump’s asterisk Presidency. For such an asterisk, he is a real mess, and yet really hard to stop. Is it time to open an inquiry into whether to open an inquiry into whether it would be okay to say the “I” word? Or maybe not?

David Waldman and Greg Dworkin’s inquiring minds are ready to tackle all of the above, but first the “P” word… prorogation.  The UK will decide this evening, or their morning, on that. Also a concern... Boris Johnson gave close personal attention, and a lot of public funding to an American woman who must have been greatly supportive of the British cause.

So is Israel throwing Bibi out, or what? Well, it’s complex, but basically Netanyahu doesn’t want to go to jail yet.

Back to us, and our problem. Unfortunately, Donald Trump isn’t just an idiot. He’s way worse than that. The Ukraine call was one of many to cause trouble for Hunter, and of course Joe Biden. But, what Donald Trump did wasn’t bribery, it was worse than that. It wasn’t extortion, it was worse than that... 

But, so what? Donald knows that. Nancy knows that. So... Will Trump stonewallpoint fingers, and move onWill we?

Moving on... In Iowa, Elizabeth Warren takes the lead. Does winning make her more electable? It beats losing! Everybody hates Donald Trump.

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David Waldman quit using his vocal spray right after the crew added alum to the bottle and his head temporarily shrunk to the size of a golfball... Oh well, his cough is back, but so is David with a special “One Focus Friday” edition of Kagro in the Morning:

Today’s subject is “Donald Trump and treason”, which by the way is almost always the subject. In fact, this particular act of treason will be familiar to Daily Kos readers and KITM listenersEverybody knew about Rudy Guiliani and Trump were up to no good in Ukraine, but it, of course, it takes a reality show style revelation—a whistle-blower—to get anyone’s attention. Trump told you he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue, shoot somebody and not lose voters, but no one could have guessed how quickly the rest of us would get used to it. There were also many scandals to choose from, so most expected it to be Putin puppetry rather than regular old international bribery and extortion.

Last night, Rudy Guiliani blew his top on cue because he’s paid to be Old Faithful, and blow as much malodorous fog in as many directions as possible. Did it help? Maybe, but soon Adam Schiff, captain of the Democratic Congressional whiffle ball team will have a turn at bat. 

What happens when the administration won't tell Congress about a whistleblower complaint regarding the president? Jack Goldsmith of Harvard law school analyzes the situation. Steve Vladeck of the University of Texas analyzes Goldsmith’s analysis. Mieke Eoyang of Lawfare takes a more Congress-centric view. David Waldman tosses us out the top of the ivory tower down to the realpolitik pavement below, which is the only level where William Barr can be found.

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It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day again? So soon? Maybe it is in any month with an Arrrr in it… Avast, David Waldman’s no scurvy dog, savvy? Therefore, well, uhm… “Arrr!”

Who would be dumb enough to not predict that Donald Trump would say something inappropriate to a foreign leader that would be considered gravely "urgent" by an Intelligence Community Inspector General... even an acting one? The only debate is who the whistleblower is, and if the incident spurred DNI Dan Coats’ departure. Donald would promise/tell anybody anything, so it could be anyone.

Greg Dworkin brings us more Israeli election and US. primary falloutBenjamin Netanyahu probably was defeated by those many wanna Bibis competing against him in the Israeli 2019 Knesset election. Netanyahu is at the “calls for unity” stage of acceptance. Donald Trump has Benjamin at “coffee boy” status at the moment, but could have him at “never was a fan of his” by the end of the day.

Who is most electable in our Presidential election? Who cares, as long as Trump keeps up his unelectability. Democrats lead Trump by a huge margin with Latino voters. Joe is stronger than we think, but Liz knocks it up a point or two every time we turn around. Bernie… well maybe it is time to start printing off those Bernie 2024 stickers. Don’t become too complacent, however. Trump just returned from fundraisers throughout California so successful, 20 dollar bills were falling from his g-string.

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I have no obligation to “summarize” today’s KITM with David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, and Joan McCarter. Okay, it’s right there in my contract. (I would have, anyhow):

It makes you wonder what obligations Sean Spicer felt to forever trash his self respect and public image on… oh yeah, he did that years ago.

Corey Lewandowski spent 6 hours in front of the House Judiciary Committee lobbying hard for the reimplementation of inherent contempt power, but no, maybe someday. If only… if only the Democrats were a bit more “in array”, maybe they’d lead off with their big guns before moving the troops in? Maybe they could even remove Brett Kavanaugh, with a little bit of organization...

Ah, it’s nice to dream… here’s Nancy Pelosi to slap you awake and back into cynicism.  

Over on the Republican side, crime-fighting, fact-finding, and legislative entities that were supposed to be checks on the president’s power all do his bidding in the service of building a court that will do the same... thanks to Moscow Mitch. Mitch, and of course, money, keep the Republicans tight

Well, there is still the election, right? The ground is shifting as Arizona emerges as a 2020 trouble spot for Donald Trump. Kyrsten Sinema's victory in 2018 was the first win by an Arizona Democratic since… and her party takes her off at the knees.

So, with more than a year to screw up the presidential election, Democrats have a field led by Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren. One leading the other, the other leading the one, depending on the demographics. Those demographics better include working-class whites if they hope to win.

Trump-Putin franchisee Benjamin Netanyahu might be coming up short in Israel’s 2019 election. Whether that’s Hillary’s or Barack’s fault is still to be determined.

The man who led commandos into Sweden in an attempt to free fashion icon A$AP Rocky will soon be rewarded with the position of “Mike Pompeo’s coffee boy”. The director of national intelligence (acting) isn’t about to testify before Congress or hand over a whistle-blower complaint, as he reports to a “higher authority”(not #Jesus).

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Hmm. Yesterday, the Russians sort of Chernobyled their virus research center containing Ebola, Smallpox, Bird flu, Hepatitis... etc. They assure us that it’s all cool, nothing to worry about… cough, cough.

Well, for the moment as our coughs remain sarcasm-full and blood-free, we should just relax, sit back and listen to David Waldman present an in-depth KITM analysis of the latest news:

Impeachment! Oh, don’t get your hopes up. Three former Trump aides were invited to testify to Jerrold Nadler’s House Judiciary Committee. Two told Jerry to F himself and aren’t coming, while Corey Lewandowski will swing by and tell him in person

Democrats will block Trump’s wall! Oh, don’t get your hopes up. Nancy Pelosi has a reason, and you will buy it. Because, what else will you do?

Kavanaugh impeachment! Oh, come on.

Now, Andrew McCabe, he’s going to jail.

Meanwhile, migrants get “hearings” in “courts” in “tents” in Laredo, Texas. (Probably the tents are real.) A “Presidential directive” keeps you from witnessing anything. Also, a U.S. intelligence whistleblower wants to report an urgent violation of law. Somebody won’t let him. Someone above the level of “Acting!” Director of National Intelligence.

And, more on Russian spies in America… and, RIP, Cokie Roberts.

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A new week, a new day, and KITM and David Waldman and Greg Dworkin return. Unfortunately, a lot of 2016 and 2018 followed them in:

Brett Kavanaugh returns to the news. Actually, more witnesses are finally being heard. The New York Times sees some harmless penile face-thrusting. Donald Trump sees the New York Times’ penis. The FBI help keep the real dick out of sight.  

Should Democrats be concerned by a rhetoric gap? On a related note, life will be cursed and you will be blamed for it all if you don’t read this paywalled article.

Is Trump launching a generation of Democrats into the future? Is Donald Democrat’s biggest inspiration right now? For that matter, is Joe Biden dooming Democrat’s future or is he the best representative of Democrat’s present? Will this election be decided, not by swaying independents, but by mining more partisans?

John Bolton has moved on to better things, so Trump handed over the military to Mohammed bin Salman. Vladimir Putin called dibs, though. Donald Trump wouldn’t be Russia’s only asset in the US.

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Friday the 13th, and a full micro moon? In the middle of the last palindrome week of the century? Don’t worry, this is your lucky day! 

First up, always a crowd pleaser, you get several minutes of David Waldman attempting to pronounce foreign names in a foreign order... David did not watch the Democratic debates last night, but lucky for him and us, he knows someone that did. At the debate, Beto O’Rourke said he is coming for your AR-15s, and Texas Representative Bris Cocaine (R) later stepped up to explain why. Meanwhile, Donald Trump debated reality and lost.

Another guy raising red flags and a weapon is the creator of 3D-printed guns and pedophile sex assaulter Cody Wilson.

More good luck—KITM correspondent Brian Munroe brings us the latest Brexit news: Boris Johnson says he didn’t lie to the Queen, and a court denies that Brexit is undermining Northern Ireland's peace. 

It’s official! Canada's 43rd general election is underway!

Just when you thought things couldn’t get better, Eric Posman releases another informative Senate Snippet! This week’s includes our opportunity to vote out Senator Steve Daines (Racist)

Donald Trump missed his opportunity to surrender to the Russians at Camp David, but there will always be more chances. Donald’s luck might be running out on avoiding emolument lawsuits, however.

The U.S. Air Force has lodged crews at Trump’s Scotland resort around 40 times so far. That might slope off now that the jig is up, but it sounded pretty lovely while it lasted.

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David Waldman and Greg Dworkin... what are those guys vaping? Well, pretty soon only criminals will be using e-cigarettes. It looks as if Barron Trump’s mom, Melania caught him vaping, so now no one can. Sorry to those out there with a big investment in vaping hardware or politicians. Anyhow, they really aren’t that good for you, in fact, Greg never once prescribed them.

Here comes the new “mini” three-hour Democratic debate. It’s common wisdom that enthusiasm is more fervent at the ideological edges of each party, but right now everybody is enthusiastic. The question is, what is everyone enthusiastic for? In North Carolina, Dems won big in the urbs and suburbs… but Trump won the stateLumbee Indian precincts show how it always helps to listen to constituents. It also helps if you are actually able to show that you are listening to constituents. Voters don’t look for cooperation as much as they look for results. Cooperation is not inside Republican’s “campaign in a box”, or their “Southern strategy”.

Donald Trump’s, Mick Mulvaney’s, and Wilbur Ross’ invisible pal, “NOAA Body” continues to receive unwanted attentionNobody also wants to take credit for sending children off to their death. Eventually all decisions will be made by Donald, and nobody.

Concentrating migrants in camps has worked so well, Donald Trump will try it out with California homeless. The frustration, agony, cruelty of it all will be worth it, even if it lasts only a little while. Trump might nuke Iran, or give it $15 billion, whatever.

Jerry Nadler no longer cares to argue about the nomenclature, but does need to step it up.

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September 11. A day of remembrance, on which “balanced coverage” of Donald Trump will make us physically ill. Avoid the mainstream media for a while, and hang out with Wednesday’s KITM crew, David WaldmanGreg Dworkin and Joan McCarter:

The Republicans did not lose in North Carolina by 2 points. Now, they have to worry about the 35 seats that are less Republican. Oh, well. They still have lying, stealing and cheating to fall back on.

Trump has to worry about voters that like him less than all of his competitors, the ones that dislike him more, and the ones that will forever hate him.

Back “across the pond”, Monty Python is releasing previously unaired sketches! And, now for something not completely different at all: Brexit. Scottish judges rule the PM's suspension of parliament is unlawful, in fact that Boris Johnson lied to the Queen. WhatsApp messages reveal Tory MPs pushing Johnson into a life of crime. (BTW, Mike Pence’s Doonbeg detour cost $600 thousand in limo service alone.)

Back over, across our smaller pond, to Puerto Rico where former top FEMA officials have been arrested on fraud charges. Something seems pretty Whitefishy with their no-bid contractor, too.

And, back on to NOAA’s news arc to hear of all of the good they do when they aren’t being extorted by Wilbur Ross.

Sarah Palin quits midterm on her marriage.

The C.I.A. informant extracted from Russia had sent secrets to U.S. for decades, but they had to pull him out before Donald Trump gave him to Putin.

Congress returns to deal with judges, guns and money. Or not. Nancy Pelosi will poke a hole straight through the next reporter that implies inaction on gun laws is anyone’s fault but Moscow Mitch. The Senate moves so many rotten judges through that it’s easy to miss the awful ones. Meanwhile, the Senate Democrats have a plan to stop military funding for the Trump wall.

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David Waldman scoops up the news items that fell about during yesterday’s news-plosion for further study, adding a few new bits to see if we can catch up before another big show tomorrow:

Donald Trump lied about voter fraud in California ahead of an election in North Carolina necessitated by Republican voter fraud. Trump lied about his involvement with Glasgow Prestwick Airport after bragging about it.

The Mar-a-Lago trespasser trial begins with plenty of confusion as defendant Yujing Zhang loses her native tongue and her underwear.

Liberty University processes ten times the number of students, under a fraction of the supervision of other schools, and yet it somehow still doesn’t get respect. It can’t be because of leader Jerry Falwell, Jr., who you know has lots of sex with his wife and can prove it.

Overseas, the UK Parliament has transitioned into its extended “prorogation period”. Sadly, it probably won’t emerge as a beautiful butterfly... Even sadder, it will not emerge with House of Commons Speaker John Bercow. The Black Rod (not yet part of the Marvel Universe) has been a part of British government since 1350, and even then she couldn’t make this come off as a dignified routine.

Oh NOAA! Wilbur Ross didn’t! But, you know he did. Jerrold Nadler told you he would, and he is.

Meanwhile, Russian Troll factories have been researching and developing brand new models, which they hope to roll out for 2020. The United States extracted a top spy from Russia in 2017, and now we know his name and where he lives… why is that?

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Well, that was a busy weekend! Our know-nothing, do-nothing President did not think or do a thing at Camp David, as usual, and yet things seem to keep getting worse because of him.

David Waldman takes the busy weekend and makes it into a busy morning for KITM listeners:

Donald Trump said something really stupid. A day or two after this? Something even more stupid. The Trump dynasty already has its game of thrones, with Don, Jr. horning in on sister Ivanka, as it were.

Greg Dworkin sees some awakening to the threat of an authoritarian cult, and accepting the reality of Donald Trump’s unwellness. We're just starting to see the scale of Trump's personal corruption, with Trump routing Air Force refueling to near his Scottish Resort, to extorting the Ukraine to tilt the US election. Polling! 80% support across party lines for gun laws. Joe Biden’s got the lead, and this you can not deny, for now. Democrats are on solid ground, so it is time to stand up. On the other hand, the Republican party is losing its future, and its Texans.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT, is the home of innovations and ideas that positively affect all of our lives, including those funded by Jeffrey Epstein. It might have seemed like a good deal at the time, but the bill came due for MIT Media Lab director Joichi Ito. MIT is rarely compared to Liberty University, but Jeff Epstein and Jerry Falwell, Jr....

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Hip deep in the churning waters of storm-ravaged Alabama, David Waldman broadcasts a live… Wait, what? ...It’s been cancelled? About a week ago? But... the Admiral said… Okay... 

Listen, it’s just a theory, but David believes this Alabama thing just might be linked to Donald Trump’s lazy, self-centered, sociopathic, idiotic dotardiness… which Donald believes he has kept a secret so far.  Well, in case Trump allows Alabama to slip from national attention this weekend, here are some other topics to think about:

US Intelligence believes the recent radiation-filled explosion in Russia was from an unsuccessful recovery of a perhaps successful nuclear powered missile test.

Are the Democrats missing the need to confront Republicans efforts to block the filling of seats in independent regulatory agencies? 

Jacob Whol is far-right conspiracy theorist, fraudster, and internet troll who keeps trying to be a felon. Good luck!

Mother Jones digs into David Fahrenthold’s favorite mysterious Trump loan.

Here’s one of the craziest and dumbest things Brian Beutler has ever seen—The Pirates of Foggy Bottom!

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David Waldman diagnoses the US with a bad case of the mumpsimus and the only prescription is more KITM:

Donald Trump might have to nuke Alabama to protect it from hurricane Sharpie. You see, Trump’s map was altered with Trump’s favorite pen for who knows what reason... The map he followed that with used all the crayons in the box.

Sarah Sanders is set to release her Sharpie-ing of history just before the 2020 election.

Marianne Williamson laughs at your puny reality-altering methods.

Sorry, Al.

Greg Dworkin is dispatched carrying the latest despatches from overseas. 21 British Conservatives put country over party to shut down their own leader, Boris Johnson. Is it because they have a more functional Democracy than us? If so, it’s only barely… and it’s still early. As long as they have John Bercow, they’ll be fine.

Back over here—are the Republicans napping on the local elections? Democrats seize on climate as 2020 primary weapon, and Joe Biden’s needs some sharpening. Hey, he’s still ahead though. And, everyone’s in better shape than Donald Trump.

Back over there—Mike Pence’s european audiences wish they were anywhere else, while they reach for the Febreze.

Hurricane Dorian brings a snowstorm to Florida beaches.

Worst job in the world, “Roger Stone’s Wingman”, might somehow become even more worse soon.

Why is this man smiling? This woman smiles, no matter what obstacles she might encounter.

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It’s Wednesday on KITM! Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter brought so much today that David Waldman barely had time for trenchant observations and piercing asides:

Order, ORDER! An historic rebel victory in Britain as Conservative MP Phillip Lee crosses to the light side of the House of Commons... Chaos! Which is kind of okay, at the moment, as Greg explains.

Chaos! Which sucks here, as Greg has been explaining for a while now. Some people just want to watch the world burn. Finally, the truth is making its way into the news.

Donald Trump trails Democrats by a historically large margin. It will still be a lot of work, but Trump is not unbeatable. Both sides look to farm country for a clue.

David and Joan dig that Texas swing, as the fifth Lone Star Republican bails on the House. The panicked Gop sends Donald to North Carolina to save that special election, now that they can’t rely on gerrymanders to help. Meanwhile Trump takes 3.6 billion out of military homes, schools, and medical facilities for his wall.

Kroger and Walmart see open carriers sort of like the people that poop in their produce aisle. It might make one customer happy, but overall it cuts into business. Ammon Bundy fails a background check for an Idaho gun purchase. Ammon should buddy up with Dan Crenshaw, who would never check the background of a friend. Moscow Mitch McConnell has lots of friends in Russia and the NRA, and who does background checks on cash?

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David Waldman welcomes us to yet another KITM special “Dystopian Tuesday” edition:

Here’s an idea! Instead of gun control, we put a chip in everybody… Wait! Even better, we sell everyone the chip, gamify their surveillance, and they in turn beg us to take their money to fund our systematic tightening of control… Bwahahaha! Of course, that very software may already be installed in our devices, but just not activated yet... or maybe it has been activated, and we are its upgrade.

Someday Alabama will be hit with a storm, and Donald Trump told you so... Is there anything manipulable left in Donald’s noggin? Congratulations to Poland on avoiding Trump for its Nazi invasion anniversary. Donald hates tough history. Mike Pence is going to Poland in Trump’s stead, and will stop in Ireland where he found some gay people just far enough away for his comfort. Then he’s off to Poland, where gay people are just far enough away for his comfort.

A pack of perverse peckers picked on a porn star, prosecution proceeds.

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Labor Day—Dorian slams the Bahamas, Donald Trump hits the links... Of course he needs to, to keep his figure... unlike that Tiffany for instance! (FYI, she’s the Trump not blessed with ample birthing hips) David Waldman is out doing something, but before that, he did this KITM. Me? Well, I guess I will write a summary:

Dorian is the fourth category 5 hurricane to threaten the United States since Trump has taken office. The other ones, uh, Trump hardly knew those. They maybe brought coffee or something.

Don’t worry about being in the wrong place when there’s a mass shooting. Mass shooters will now travel to you. Oh, and 10 people were shot in Alabama, but that was only ”a beef”.

David takes a longer look into how the alt-right has built an infrastructure of safe-hate spaces to move Hitler appreciation back into the mainstream.

Yes, that is some fresh prorogues you smell cooking over in Great Britain. Just like the US, Britain’s government was built around a baseline of sanity and morality. Just like Donald Trump, Boris Johnson sees that as a ceiling not a floor. What do you know, even if voted out, Boris just might decide to stay.

Donald Trump commits more and new impeachable offences each week. What are you going to do about it?

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Friday, one last KITM David Waldman will put in for the Man before the Labor Day weekend… Nah, he’ll probably stay up late tonight making a show for Monday, that apple-polisher.

Labor Day hurricane Dorian might keep Donald Trump from doing what he wants, but it can’t make him work. He’ll have somewhat less assistance now that his longtime executive assistant crossed the line into being his ex-executive assistant. FEMA director Brock Long has been breathing a sigh of relief since March, when he quit.

Donald missed his personal chance to pick up white national authoritarian know-how in Poland. Mike Pence will just have to take notes. Poland passed a Holocaust bill making it illegal to use facts to blame them. Trump is left stateside, torn between two his two occupations of being a Russian asset or a Putin idiot. Donald is putting the final touches on his gift of the Ukraine to Vlad, by slow-walking $250 million in military assistance to Ukraine.

In Democratic oversight fail news, there will be no expedited consideration of them getting hold of Trump’s tax returns. 

The laziest President in history wants all of the powers, including emergency powers to do all of his work. Jair Bolsonaro, the Trump of Brazil, burns the world to own the libs, the Chinese, and the United States.

Read how conservatives use the loons of the internet as their think tank.

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It’s Wednesday! You get a KITM with David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and, Joan McCarter! What more can you ask for? Nothing! Quit asking for stuff! We spoil you enough as it is:

Donald Trump aims his nukes at tropical storm Dorian, then Puerto Rico, then back to Dorian…  all distracting him from browsing Pinterest for wall decoration ideas, and attending to that big stack of old Russian loans and future pardons on his desk.

Hey, Joe Biden is a stronger candidate than you might think, especially if you are looking at Iowa. Everybody and their mother is more electable than Donald Trump. The economy didn’t keep Trump afloat, but it might drag him down. Everyone is ready for the election to be over, but many aren’t ready to believe the results. Republicans batten down the hatches and stoke the base, mobilizing independents the hell away from them. And now, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson will step down from office at the end of 2019, setting off a crucial 2020 election. Well, “2020 Election” might not be the term for it anymore...

Massacre Mitch will never let the NRA die… and he’s usually ok with letting things die.

Ah, autumn in the UK, ready for prorogation, eh wot? Looks like it might be a long one this year, due to Boris Johnson’s coup.

David returns to Paul Manafort’s pretty successful anti-semitic smear of Ukrainian politician Yulia Tymoshenko. Manafort’s daughter couldn’t decide if her dad’s corruption would be helpful to her or not. Dad going to jail probably pushed her to “not”.

Jerry Falwell Jr. continues his outreach efforts to minister to ripped youth who can minister to his wife.

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Did you catch the Taylor Swift concert last night? Well, you should have, because she said something political, therefore it was a political rally. Actually, she said something moral, which by definition makes it an anti-Trump rally. IMO, Lizzo and her Trump balloon were the best show by far.

David Waldman’s yurt up in the Virginia mountains doesn’t get “TV,” only Twitter, so he missed the VMAs. At least he doesn’t have bedbugs like Doral National MIAMI. Bret Stephens appreciates a lot of vermin, but is down on Stalinist scientists, Iraqi monkeys, and especially bedbugs. Man, he hates bedbugs, although ironically he just happens to be one.

Donald Trump returned from his Trump Organization sales trip to France. If Donald wasn’t hustling one of his roach motels, he was talking up his buddy Vlad. Brazil turns down the G-7’s money, because they like their forests burnt, or maybe they’re holding out for a better deal.

Is Russia calling their latest radioactive fiasco a “doomsday missile” because “floating Chernobyl” has an embarrassing ring to it?

The Federal Election Commission shuts down heading into the elections.

Today’s big story starts with the trial of Gregory Craig, whose seamy trail David follows to Paul ManafortAlex van der ZwaanYulia Tymoshenko, Donald Trump, and bada bing, back to Paul Manafort.

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It’s my birthday! And yesterday was David Waldman’s! Hooray! We’re still raking all of the Solo cups out from under the couches here at KITM World Headquarters... but well, now it’s time to get back to work. (Hey Armando, we saved you a piece of cake.)

Donald Trump proposes a 25% tariff on Hurricanes? A wall? Nope! Those are just dumb ideas. Donald wants to nuke ‘em... a really bad, dumb idea. So bad, even Trump thinks it’s dumb. Therefore, it is only a matter of days before it becomes a Republican litmus test.  On to blow up the G-7!

Trump lies, flails, and panics and Greg Dworkin is here to tell us all about it. Donald already blew up a few Gop myths, including any about caring about the deficit. Half of Trump voters would blame him for a recession. Almost everyone wants someone else for President. Who is most electable in the Democratic primary race? Elizabeth Warren is the most electable, in Iowa. About the only person Donald Trump is more “electable” than is Joe Walsh... for now.

Trump destroys consensus on all things, including Israel. A University of Pennsylvania law professor wants to make America white again, but the true intelligentsia of the Alt-right promotes tanning. Then, there’s the Falun Gong, who want you to watch cute panda videos, fight race-mixing and levitate. Sound a little crazy to you? Then you probably aren’t evangelical. The solution, of course, is to get rid of journalists.

Over on our side of the intellectual divide, David has been talking shareholder vs. stakeholder culture for years, and people are catching on to how shareholder democracy failed the people.

Nine years before any police investigation, two sisters tried to take down Jeffrey Epstein. No one would act.

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Take some time out from watching the world burn and check out David Waldman and Friday’s KITM :

Schools are being designed like first person shooter games, and lots of people think they’re first person shooter-heros. But, they aren’t. Real life is hard.

Donald Trump lies about what time of day it is—just for the practice.

The Proud Boys spend their time wasting ours.

When Nancy Pelosi returns to power in 2034, job #1 will be to strengthen Congressional oversight, but right now there’s just so much to do, and so little time to do it. The Freeloader in Chief daughter, and the Freeloader in Chief in-law, mooched some swag Air Force rides.

Thoughts and prayers go out today to Charles Koch. May his separation from his brother, wherever David Koch might be biding his time, be brief.

The second half of the show is devoted to epic scrutation of The Epoch Times, and its connection to Chinese cults, Evangelicals, the Tang Dynasty, Qanon, FaceBook, Jenny McCarthy… OK, that’s about 6 degrees from everyone isn’t it?

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Hump day! Well, it is the hump of this week, as KITM got a late start at things. As usual, Greg Dworkin visits, ready to boost David Waldman and us over any hump, even our truncated ones:

There’s no guarantee that Trump will lose, but he absolutely is a loser. Coal miners see that. Farmers see that. Truckers see that. The economically anxious see that. Those people are beginning to see the forest for the trees. Keep in mind when writing or reading headlines that most only look at the forest from a bird’s eye view, however.

Donald was looking forward to walking on Denmark’s incredible water, which many say is tremendous, from the standpoint of wetness. But no. They just had to be nasty to him. They weren’t even brown, and they still disrespected to him! And now, even the religion that gave him accountants is turning against him. What a world! By the way, Tom Cotton claims he was first to realize the strategic advantages of annexing Poland buying Greenland, and wants to get that out there before fellow genius Rudy Giuliani tells you how he recruited the Ukrainian government to attack Trump political enemies.

People keep bugging Nancy Pelosi to impeach Donald Trump, and you know what? They might have a point. A federal judge halted congressional Democrats’ subpoenas as if the Constitution wasn’t there. Moscow Mitch McConnell, on the other hand, loves the Constitution.

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David Waldman, the king of KITM, makes his triumphant WEdnesday return, as does Greg Dworkin! And, Joan McCarter

We find out this morning that Donald Trump... is the … the King of… of the… Wow. If this is a test from God, you just got to hope she grades on a curve... King Donald wishes Jewish Americans were just a little more devout, however.

Donald Trump also had a “spat” with Denmark... well more of a “snit” if you want to be precise about it.  Donald read somewhere that Danes prefer to stay quiet about a guy’s shortcomings, but then again maybe they won’t, therefore it might be time to just go where the lying is easier.

That place is probably not Scotland, where they are irked Trump appraised his golf course there at around “$0”, give or take a $100 million or so.

And not in the US, where absolutely everyone knew all along that Trump was lying about universal background checks, and yet everyone still seems to be mad about it. OK, Massacre Mitch McConnell certainly isn’t mad, as no news is good news for the Grim Reaper. Republicans get set for the final looting, as a 6th NRA rat swims out to beat the undertow.

The longer Trump hangs around, the more he gets on everyone’s nerves. In fact, Trump’s racism could drive decent people to the polls.

Maybe Joe Biden can help back the clock up to 2016, or maybe Elizabeth Warren will? Anybody, please? If anyone can figure this out, it is Rachel Bitecofer, who figured out the last big elections

The No. 4 House Democrat announced support for an impeachment investigation into Donald Trump, making it harder for Nancy Pelosi to find a pleasant lunch table in the House cafeteria.

If Jeffrey Epstein was still alive, he’d still be getting off to the latest sordid details being revealed in his lawsuits.

Rich folks Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner hitchhike whenever possible.

All this, and the latest rescissions news!

Direct download: August_21_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:29pm EST

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Soooooo… we didn’t make it back on the air for a new show today. But the good news is that I was totally a responsible parent, and everybody can feel good about that!

We’ll be back on Wednesday. And school starts again on Thursday. So things should be relatively stable soon, and even a little quieter!

In the meantime, please enjoy our August 22, 2018 episode, with both Greg Dworkin and Armando on hand to take away the sting of one last rerun:

Boom! The first charges go off in Trump Swamp, and we are just beginning to see the first floaters.

David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Armando don’t know where to cast their nets first, but they have two hours to brave the smell and haul them in:

The guilty fragile narcissist dumb baby dotard unindicted co-conspirator feels some felony payoff remorse this morning, another case of “hiring the best peoplesticker shock. Donald would rather be golfing.

The spinners can hardly get the energy to twist this morning. Aw, heck if the Republicans themselves say they’re guilty, maybe they are. Robert Mueller achieves results.

Paul Manafort’s guilt leads to Russia, which leads to a lot worse things than life in prison, so Paul keeps his lips zipped.

And then there is Duncan Hunter: Republicans might cut him out of committees, but he can still win in November! The Navy has a suggestion for Duncan. Coming up: Vern Buchanan explains seven-figure yacht loans from foreign banks.

Armando eloquently elocutes allocution in law, similarities and dissimilarities between the John Edwards and Michael Cohen cases. Also, Manafort, Papadopoulos, Kavanaugh, Hunter, Guliani, Dershowitz and more!

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A year ago, KITM World HQ was in upheaval, working through an AC replacement. A year later, we're still in upheaval! Granted, there hasn't been construction every day since then. In fact, there almost never has been. But purely by coincidence, there's noisy and disruptive stuff happening again, anyway.

Looking forward, as we are, to coming back, let's reminisce about that last time we came back.

David Waldman couldn’t stand the heat, but he didn’t get out of the kitchen. He had it air conditioned yesterday to bring us an even cooler KITM today:

George Papadopoulos doesn’t want to go to jail. Robert Mueller thinks Papadopoulos shouldn’t have lied so many times, then. Now George thinks his plea deal doesn’t look so good anymore. Decisions!

Maybe someone will get a little of what they deserve for poisoning Flint water. 

You might be a white supremacist if… You attend a EURO convention. You are a speaker there. You are then praised by Stormfront. And/or if you are Steve Scalise.

Idiot alt-righters fell for yet another anti-anti-fascist doxxing trap and all they got was a lousy t-shirt.

Sen. Bill Nelson said Russians had penetrated his state's election systems, and you know, he might be right.

Facebook advertising ROI is proven once again, demonstrating notable gains in hate and fear indexes.

Direct download: August_21_2018_64_2.mp3
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KITM is on the road, again. We're off to buy Greenland, obviously. To pass the time, please enjoy this vintage episode, from one year ago. A simpler time, when Donald Trump was a jerk-ass moron:

David Waldman introduces a new paradigm in disruptive innovation: a “web-enabled” system capable of transferring David’s unique thoughts and emotions, opinions and facts, directly to you, almost instantly, or at any time, day or night, that you alone can independently select. Experience KITM.

Also, Elon Musk has a new idea.

Greg Dworkin finds common ground with Trump loyalists. Make the House Democratic, and impeach Trump. Win-win! Even Alex Jones could tell you so, if he wasn’t so hard to hear lately. A dad tramples Nazi-boy’s free speech, might start charging him rent.

Greg’s got the polls! Dems are doing very well, but even better with the Trump bump. Nancy Pelosi is the last thing on voter’s minds. Richard Uihlein has lost $29,000,000 betting Gop. Democrats keep politics local to win elections. Those big red areas on Trump’s favorite map have lots of other colors too.

John Brennan is first off on Trump’s enemy listWho is Bruce Ohr, and is Donald making the moves on his wife? OK, just keep it up, and Omarosa will just keep dropping tapes. Trump’s lawyers dislike subpoenas. They’ll hate indictments.

David examines Elizabeth Warren’s plan to save capitalism for the stakeholders.

Disarray? Rhode Island’s Democrats love the stuff!

Harvey Weinstein’s couch may have seen a lot of sex traffic.

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, has died. RIP

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Light demolition work is scheduled here at Kagro in the Morning World Headquarters for this morning. David Waldman was set to broadcast the first half hour of the show naked on a wrecking ball, but that was voted out as a “dated pop reference.” He’s still going to do it mind you, just not on the air, as he instead recorded a special international edition of KITM for release today:

We start in the US, with Moscow Mitch McConnell, and the story of how he earned that sobriquet, by trading Russian sanctions for Kentucky aluminum.

Then off to Brazil, to understand how YouTube’s artificial intelligence powered recommendation engine steered viewers to the right, to the far right, and to the extreme right with successive viewings. The global far-right nationalist machine rolling out of Russia has rolled over Sweden, with the help of Stormfront, Fox News, Rebekah Mercer... and John Bolton.

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Greg Dworkin informs us that Trump’s heading into some headwinds in his re-”election” bid, a difficult prospect aerodynamically-speaking, when your head’s empty to begin with, and covered in lichens. He’s in trouble in the suburbs. He’s in trouble with women. He’s even in trouble with his vaunted use of identity politics. But he is winning in terms of corn (though he probably thought they said porn), even if the 50/50 interest as between Democrats and Republicans is an unusually good sign.

Perhaps seeking to win some of those suburban women back, he’s reportedly talking about actually trying something on guns, though there are also reports he may have farmed that out to Ivanka—and those reports might likewise have come from Ivanka.

Elsewhere in the world, Hong Kong is aflame, and Vox says they know why, even if the president doesn’t.

Our friend Mark Sumner has some historical lessons for those of us pondering the recent mysterious Russian missile (?) explosion.

“Mayflower Ken” Cuccinelli rips the mask off, screaming the quiet part into an experimental Russian nuclear-powered megaphone.

Trump is called out by name as the motivation behind dozens of cases of violence, threats and alleged assaults. Which is totally normal, of course, and has happened to zeroes of previous presidents.

Someone told Trump Democrats would be grateful if he commuted Rod Blagojevich’s corruption sentence. Duh! But then some Republicans told him it would suck, even as still others said it would totally rock. So now he doesn’t know what to do.

What, exactly, put the “Moscow” in “Moscow Mitch?” Well, there are several likely vectors. But the one that involves heavy Russian investment in that aluminum plant in Kentucky is coming under serious media scrutiny.

 

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David Waldman and Armando celebrate the 8th anniversary of Kagro in the Morning! (Me too, although my character doesn’t show up until late in season 4, shortly after the switch to color.)

David dreams of San Francisco graham crackers. Armando dreams of liberty and inclusion for the least empowered among us. If Ken Cuccinelli believes he has half the fortitude and resolve of any immigrant, he’s dreaming. Donald Trump is always dreaming.

The few evangelicals that have problems with Donald Trump’s blasphemy really haven’t taken the time to consider just how devout the President truly is.

Trump delays tariffs on key Chinese goods, because, well he never really intended to, he’s just way in over his head and he doesn’t know what to do now, except to blame someone else when it always goes wrong…

Inside a white supremacist government, addressing white supremacist terrorism is tough.

 

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Greg Dworkin ascended Mount Denali, descending a fortnight later to confront wickedness and depravity, and bearing polling of all sorts. David Waldman, and we, rejoice:

It’s hard to find any stiff-necks in Iowa, no matter how hard the press tries. The Suburbs are fleeing Donald Trump, but where are they going? Moderate Dems might be the ones to watch in 2020.

Child solicitor Jeffrey Epstein didn’t quite make it to trial, surprising probably no one more than Jeffrey Epstein... in fact, Russian Bots and the President seem to have had it figured out before Jeff’s body hit the floor. William Barr has reached Susan Collins levels of concern over the irregularities. Prosecutors vow to continue their investigation into the inner workings of Epstein’s criminal organization, once they finish their investigation into the inner workings of Epstein.

Gun culture and wellness culture offer their followers “empowering epistemology”. The El Paso killer quoted the gospel chapter and verse.

Donald Trump is a racist. Cruelty remains the point, although corporations have leveraged extra benefits. Why haven’t Trump companies been raided, other than the very, very obvious reasons?

What is the opposite of diplomacy? Domination? Sanity?

Donald hears the pitter patter of little feet, exiting the White House.

Even the best evil megalomaniacs have setbacks attempting world domination, as Russia’s hypersonic cruise missile prototype makes just a little tiny little Chernobyl over the White Sea.

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It’s already Friday! We have a news backup at KITM World Headquarters, but don’t worry, David Waldman has the tools to snake it loose. Stand back!

In El Paso, Donald Trump needed to find someone who trafficked in children for a couple photos he wanted to take. Seems Melania knew a guy. Other El Paso victims with better developed motor and verbal skills successfully evaded the Trump photo ops.

Yesterday, a heavily armed man in body armor showed up at a Walmart. Triggered libtar… actually pretty much everyone doesn’t really appreciate that anymore… not like they used to at Moms Demand Action meetups and such. Folks openly carrying sub-military firearms just hate all of the attention the get, especially when one of them ends up murdering a few people.

Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell have now seen the light, are now reborn, their hearts have now grown three sizes, etc. and they are calling for gun control. (wink)

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan thought ICE raids would be bad optics. He’s not wrong.

Hey look! A squirrel!

Yes, there is an impeachment inquiry

Yes, Harry Reid would kill the filibuster to save the environment.

Yes, Brexit seems connected to our 2016 election through the Russians. Russia did not want any of the 50 states to feel left out in their 2016 hacks. Iran, Russia and many other 400-pound hackers are joining the party for 2020.

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Thursday! Greg Dworkin would be here, but he remains out, up in the Yukon somewhere. He’ll be back with a carousel full of slides to share on Monday’s show. In the meantime, David Waldman is solo at the KITM microphone:

Incredible dotard Donald Trump basked in the incredible respect and incredible pride for “Trump” in those two incredible, amazing places he went to with incredible heroes who say “Sir, we are so proud of you, Sir for… what was he here for? Just incredible.

With Trump safely at an all day photo op, ICE performed a “massive undocumented immigration enforcement operation” resulting in more that 650 arrests. This time they didn’t kidnap or cage children... they just left them. The Trump administration promised that wouldn’t happen.

Another episode of How to Read a Trumpster Comment™:  A Detroit man was deported to Iraq, never had been to Iraq before, spoke only english, soon died. The Trump administration promised to protect him.

The Senate Gop plans to divert health, education funds to the Trump wall.

Some Gop facades are falling away forever because Donald Trump throws away anything not of immediate benefit to him. The white house is having trouble drafting an executive order to demand “fairness”... no, “neutrality”… no, “fealty” to Trump.

Nancy Pelosi’s math has become easier since the last time she was speaker.

Donald’s up worrying about Tim O’Brien, who knows NOTHING everything about Trump. Banks are handing over a few thousand pages of info to congressional committees related to Trump and Russia.

Government workers find it hard to participate in the Deep State when someone keeps stealing their sandwich from the fridge.

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Wednesday is “Joan McCarter Day” on KITM, which pretty much obligates her to make an appearance. And so she did, calling in to assist David Waldman in discussion of the latest news:

Republican pearls were clutched over Joaquin Castro’s hateful and partisan rhetoric… publically relaying public information that implied some people might actually like Donald Trump. (Joaquin is the brother of presidential candidate Julián Castro—look it up!) You can also look up what your neighbors and local vendors have donated. Profiting off this would be illegal, however. John Cornyn remains a waste of skin, oxygen, etc.

Jerry Nadler is not so LOL or NM on allowing Brett Kavanaugh slide on information Mitch McConnell suppressed. House Democrats have officially requested about 3.85 million pages of records from the National Archives. The House Committee on Homeland Security wants the owner of 8chan to testify in front of Congress. Do they have a plan if he 8chans them?

Donald Trump has always been associated with failure, so the runaway success of domestic terrorism has got him a little spooked. Donald heads out to the Dayton-Toledo area and down to the folks in El Paso, who should meet him on stage with a giant novelty invoice for his February anti-immigration rally. While Trump talks background checks, Massacre Mitch only has to bring the Senate back to make it happen. Chuck Schumer could bring Senate Democrats back… but he won’t.

Trump saved 1 billion dollars on Air Force One as expected, by making it 2 billion dollars more expensive.

When Jeffrey Epstein wasn’t on Pedophile Island, or Mar-a-Lago, he was over at Pedophile Towers, home of underage models, lawyers, and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.

Michael Flynn, a spy, actually did meet with Vladimir Putin in 2015.

Remember Mike Pence? He said a thing, jokes write themselves.

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It killed in rehearsal, however David Waldman was forced to cut KITM’s cold open featuring small kids and 30-50 feral hogs to assure you a full hour and 58 minutes of nuanced analysis:

At least 31 killed in US weekend mass shootings. Only days after some golf, some partying, and a little more golf, Donald Trump closes in on his chief suspect... Well, that would be “Twitter Trump”, who happens to be so stupid he can’t spell his own name. Teleprompter Trump on the other hand blames racism, bigotry, white supremacy, and Twitter Trump for promoting a mass shooter culture. 

More fine young Kentuckian Christian men show their confusion between cardboard and real, sexual attraction and misogyny, Christian and Team Mitch behavior. A fine young man pops up in South Carolina.

Joan McCarter reminds us that Senate Democrats can do something about Moscow/Massacre Mitch and gun violence just by showing up.

The House of Representatives “impeachment inquiry”-esque investigations could be a lot more “impeachment inquiry”-y if the Mueller report’s redactions were removed. Turns out, there’s a couple of judges left interested in open government.

Trump didn’t mind Jeffrey Epstein dabbling in this or that, Donald was quite the dabbler himself. But cut Trump in real estate, that hurts

Boris Johnson’s lobbying firm secretly built a network of “news” pages on Facebook for Saudis, major polluters, Brexit, and Johnson.

David watched “The Great Hack” on Netflix, about the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal. Finish your Adam Sandler binge and check it out.

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Today, Donald Trump read his president speech from a teleprompter, calling Dayton “Toledo”...  While we await that presidential optics check from Todd, Cillizza et al., David Waldman meets us under the cloud under a cloud, under 250 more clouds of a mass shooting this year:

Donald says white supremacy and racism pull the gun on the trigger of the hate that has no place in America, therefore we should restrict videogames. White nationalist Steve KG Bannon harnessed gamer culture to get Trump elected. Stephen Miller spends his waking moments figuring out how to deny green cards to legal immigrants. Racist leaker of classified info, Pete Hoekstra had no proof of naturalization when he got his clearance to be Ambassador.

Liar and partisan fabulist John Ratcliffe succumbed to the pressures of fake/real-real/fake news to withdraw from consideration for director of national intelligence, so he can return to working on his optics.

James Comey is exonerated… or at least not being prosecuted by the Justice department on his Trump memos.

You can call him “Moscow”, you can call him “Massacre”—Mitch McConnell brought his face to the floor yesterday. He’s resting at home now, in case you want to swing by and wish him well.

Armando gives us insight into Puerto Rican politics, pretty murky in the best of times, now going to court to decide its new governor. The 2020 census heads back to court, eventually.

 

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David Waldman sends us into the weekend with his usual Friday panoply:

The CEO of Overstock was on a nice little weekend peace hunt at a libertarian convention and just ended up having sex with Maria Butina. No surprise there... it happens. But then the FBI wanted him to do it again, and that is where he draws the line.

Breakout Presidential Apprentice star John Ratcliffe, who excelled in the conspiracy mongering, toadying, and bullshitting contestant categories, now shows if he can lie with the best of them.

The FBI sees conspiracy theories as the new domestic terrorism threat that they’ve read a lot about on 4Chan, lately.

Leningrad Lindsey Graham performed his weekly Kavanaugh on the Senate floor, this time breaking 4 of his committee’s 10 rules, while members of the central politburo snickered behind him. This incensed Senator Patrick Leahy to the point of rending the rulebook he’d let the Republicans slide on, if he was in charge.

Elijah Cummings house is broken into, Trump sneers… or was it the other way around?

An impeachment inquiry is supported by a majority of Democratic House members... who by the way have already started.

Stormy Daniels continues to more of a pain in the butt that Donald Trump initially expected. Several Ohio police officers have still been chafing a bit as well.

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Debate 2, day 2. There was probably a winner... Maybe Clorox.

Ian Reifowitz, author of The Tribalization of PoliticsHow Rush Limbaugh's Race-Baiting Rhetoric on the Obama Presidency Paved the Way for Trump joins David Waldman for an in-depth, point by point review of the finale of "The Bachelorette": 

They wish! No, instead Ian and David talked about last night’s debates… and Jeffrey Epstein’s plan to put his head in a jar, his penis in a box and his DNA into the rest of the human race… and that Donald Trump is a racist, who uses race-baiting right out of Rush Limbaugh’s right-wing playbook.  Ian discussed how to counter Trump’s racism, race-baiting and racist following as we approach the election, and recommends the book, Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America by Ian Haney López.

Last night Donny put his hair in curlers, laid on the bed and chatted into the night with Vladey. That man sure knows how to fight a fire!

Donald Trump prefers to stay “outside the normal protocol” of legality and avoid those “accountability moments”, but he can’t avoid an impeachment inquiry, that is happening.

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David Waldman wanted to have an in-depth discussion of last night’s Democratic presidential debate, but would be, as per KITM rules, held to 480 fifteen second rebuttals. Your friends and neighbors will be glad to tell you who “won”, as would complete strangers, but David instead invited Joan McCarter, who can prove she paid some attention last night, even to the Hickenlooper parts… In sum: Bernie and Elizabeth Butch and Sundanced their way through all the b-listers Jake Tapper could throw at them, while Marianne Williamson pegged the clap-o-meter... yada, yada, yada, on to Biden-night.

Russia and 2020 election security loom large for Moscow Mitch McConnell in the nomination of Representative/Loon John Ratcliffe to be director of national intelligence. Susan Collins is deeply concerned as the deciding vote, as she is deeply concerned about the reaction to all of her votes since Brett Kavanaugh.

More investigation into Donald Trump’s Saudi America First plan reveals more proliferation of graft and nuclear weapons. CFIUS seems like a nice place to hide stuff.

Moscow Mitch McConnell threatened to take away Republican’s recess if they don’t reach the 60-vote threshold he needs on the upcoming debt ceiling budget vote. The House did their part, easily passing their agreement and eliminating policy provisions restricting money to Trump’s wall… Armando calls in to say “Wait. WHAT ?!?”

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Four days of Donald Trump’s racist comments on Baltimore. Tens of thousands of days of Trump being racist. Everybody else has got this, let’s talk about something different.

Donald’s a liar.  No news there. Trump is still lying about September 11.

Oh geez, another mass shooting.

David Waldman saves us from the goo of awfulness for a couple of hours each day to escape into the details and nuance of stories not paid enough attention:

John Ratcliffe finally caught the attention of the judge on Presidential Apprentice, and may be moving into the finals, but was caught inflating his resume in a major anti-terrorism case.  Republicans may be opposed, but might have given up caring.

Trump’s 2016 “America First” energy plan was first approved by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

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Another Monday, some more clouds. 

At least 3 are dead in another mass shooting. This time it was at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California. 

It turns out that the President of the United States is as a matter of facta white supremacist

And, Greg Dworkin is up in Alaska having fun without us for the next couple weeks!

David Waldman hangs in there, punching the time clock at KITM World Headquarters, flicking the lights and gauges awake as the walls of machinery whir to life… Where to take us today?

How about a deep look, or maybe a beginning of a deep look into the overarching danger of replacing the director of national intelligence Dan Coats, last of the even slightly straight shooters of the Trump administration with House Republican John Ratcliffe of Texas, a conspiracy-promoting loyalist. Of course Ratcliffe’s loyalty was the primary consideration, the conspiracies come for free.

Republicans used to have a clue to what was going on, but forgot when “what’s said in the family stays in the family.”

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David Waldman has all sorts of reads for you this weekend—“long”, “short”, “deep”... I present to you the “shallow”:

It’s all falling into place: First, this week’s Robert Mueller’s testimony. Then, uhm, then... six weeks of lulling Donald Trump into more self-impeachment… 

Then! That’s when the trap is sprung. Nancy Pelosi is such a master of 12 dimensional chess that it is difficult to determine who her actual opponents even are! Wait—so now it’s Jerry Nadler’s fault? Nadler and Trump played long before Mueller even sat down, and Donald doesn’t play chess. Jerry taught Donald how to lose, a talent he has perfected to this day. (BTW, Mohammed bin Salman also has a super-cool city he wants to build.)

Robert Mueller said he didn’t charge Trump because of the OLC opinion, then walked that back. Ted Lieu believes he did that to avoid calling Donald Trump a felon.

Roy Moore’s lawyer has his own, probably not pedophiliac, sex scandal.

Florida Senator Lauren Book received phone calls saying ‘Little girl you don’t know what you’re getting into,’ while checking into Jeffrey Epstein’s work release scandal.

A Republican candidate-shoplifter running for Congress hopes to simultaneously unseat Ilhan Omar and own the libs.

Whenever Elliott Broidy pops up, trouble follows... or is it when trouble pops up, Elliott Broidy follows?

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There. Robert Mueller gave the country everything necessary to show why Donald Trump should be impeached. So, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, with just a little twist of lemon, leap into… 

Look. Michael Moore and Chuck Todd agree, Robert Mueller is no Brett Kavanaugh, so what would you expect Democratic Leadership to do now?

Republicans on the other hand, spotted the cameras and microphones right away, and knew what was expected of them. It pays to understand the expectations of modern journalists

In between everything, there was procedure. David Waldman located a tasty bit to chew over.

Greg Dworkin called in to turn our attention to the presently sunny skies still over 2020. Media coverage of the Democratic primary would be different if the first states to vote were Florida, Texas, New York and Georgia, but of course none of that is actually happening. Instead we get the Bullock bounce, and maybe a Harris re-bounce.

Donald Trump died, and the cover up continues. Still, hidden clues such as this fake Presidential seal hint at the truth. If Jeffrey Epstein dies, he’ll miss a heck of a trial. Here’s Epstein’s Lolita Express, and the women who helped make it possible.

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What ‘cha doin’? Watching Robert Mueller testify? That’s cool... but wouldn’t you rather be listening to KITM right now, hm?

OK, David Waldman would also rather be watching the testimony, too… and so would Greg Dworkin, but there’s so much to tell you they couldn’t let a day go by:

For instance, there is the prelude to the Mueller testimony, and the prelude to the Mueller testimony postlude. And the speculation… Will this be the Aaron Zebley moment? Will Robert Mueller just explode? Will the media get it right, finally? Or is it LOL YOLO NM, on to the election?

These are not normal times, and this won’t be a normal election. The Russians will interfere again, and the states to worry about are the same ones Hillary Clinton needed, and lost. Do the Democrats need good policies, or good-sounding policies to win? The Green New Deal is as popular as legalizing weed. The best candidate against Donald Trump will harness hopeand fear, at least as good as Trump does.

Mueller’s testimony isn’t the only important thing happening in DC. The House is holding hearings on industry’s Big Tobacco-style campaign to suppress data on the health effects of #PFAS.

There’s a Chinese billionaire at Mar-a-Lago. He sells real estate, in China, hangs out with Steve KG Bannon… and… He’s a Commie spy!

Oh… and Puerto Rico, the TL;DR of American history, erupts into protests of “Ricky Renuncia”… and it looks like he might.

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