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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?

Direct download: August_23_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:42am EDT

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.

Direct download: August_22_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:34am EDT

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 EDT

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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!

Direct download: August_22_2018_64_2.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 10:34pm EDT

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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
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

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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

Direct download: August_16_2018_64_2.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

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.

 

Direct download: August_13_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:43am EDT

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.

Direct download: August_12_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:59am EDT

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.

Direct download: August_9_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:07pm EDT

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.

Direct download: August_8_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:24am EDT

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.

Direct download: August_7_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:17am EDT

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.

Direct download: August_6_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:22am EDT

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.

 

Direct download: August_5_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:44pm EDT

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.

Direct download: August_2_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:51am EDT

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.

Direct download: August_1_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:14pm EDT

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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 ?!?”

Direct download: July_31_2019_64.mp3
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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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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:48pm EDT

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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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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:21pm EDT

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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?

Direct download: July_26_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:50am EDT

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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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One day before Robert Mueller testifies before Congress. Mueller’s testimony will enable Democrats in Congress to impeach Donald Trump even more than Mueller’s report did. Two, three times as much. That dude will be so impeachedDavid Waldman doesn’t get our hopes up, pointing out that Congress’ best chance at success would be to keep their mouth shut, and what’s the chance of that?  It will in fact enable much more talk of legislation, for those policy-talk fans out there going into 2020.

Impeachment does seem kind of like a mean thing to do, and Democrats hate being mean, even when protecting equal rights or public services against injustice. Better to just get along while in the majority, so they can feel better about themselves while in the minority.

Donald Trump proves he’s the Nicest Guy by not killing 10,000,000 million people yesterday. In comparison, kidnapping a few American citizens you don’t like the looks of, seems small potatoes.

Trump showed David Waldman who’s boss, waiting an extra week until David filed a complaint to explain that Mike Pence fears the temptations of drugs almost as much as sex.

Former Senator John Ensign is finally back on the market.

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David Waldman begins the week off with racism and impeachment and racism-impeachment talk.

But first, did you read that Al Franken article? It is a must read article that David sure as hell won’t read, at least until you kids in the back pipe down. 

A QAnoner on a secret (imaginary) mission from Donald Trump takes out a mob boss (for real) in a blow to the (imaginary) Deep State. Buzz Aldrin couldn’t beat the conspiracy theories out of his moon landing truther.

Greg Dworkin calls in to decompound our national tincture of intolerance, while white anxiety, and Presidential approval keep going up. Over 80% of Republicans do have a racist bone in their bodies, and have inherited their identity politics with their skin color. Their strategic deployment of bigotry has been the default practice used to undercut democracy, therefore we must fight Trump and everything he represents. But... you can’t fight Trump directly, and you can’t ignore him, and you can’t fight him on substance, and you can’t fight him with artifice, so maybe Dems should become extemporaneous… and hire screenwriters. Oh maybe Robert Mueller will get up there and fix it all... After all he would if this was a TV show.

Many people get campaign information from their friends and family, which is one reason you are being tracked to your church.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren pulls closer to Bernie Sanders in a progressive straw poll and  Sanders might be losing his NH firewall. Is Kamala Harris the one to beat?

Armando calls in to discuss the mechanics of impeachment and the whys and why nots of emoluments lawsuit dismissals

Ivanka Trump and Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler have substantial evidence that Donald Trump committed high crimes and misdemeanors. They’d both prefer to keep their concerns private.

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It’s Friday and David Waldman presents a “Friday” KITM. Coincidence? You decide:

The Southern District of New York determined that there wasn’t anything interesting to investigate on Donald Trump, Michael Cohen and Hope Hicks. How do they keep doing that? More importantly, why? Could we have been following the wrong trail of crimes? Bump bump bummmm!

Speaking of rampant pedophilia, why are right-wing conspiracies so obsessed with it? Speaking of rampant pedophilia, the list of names will be staggering in the upcoming Jeffrey Epstein case.

Steve KG Bannon bragged that he tracked Catholic’s church-going in Iowa with their cell phones.

William Barr and Wilbur Ross are now in criminal contempt of Congress, so now what?

Senator Josh Hawley, weary of the pejorative “urban”, reaches back for the white nationalist classic “cosmopolitan” in his speeches.

If only unheralded Democratic moderates were as prominent in the media as Squad Democrats, then wow, they’d have an idea or two to share, you bet, and wouldn’t have to go around so… anonymously.

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Donald Trump proved last night what he proves every day: He can get worseDavid Waldman and Greg Dworkin review yesterday’s events, which will seem a walk in the park by next week:

Donald Trump had a signature campaign rally last night in which he goaded his followers into behaving like Trump followers. He needs them to be racist thugs, although a bit more discreet. Mobs can be effective, yet so hard to regulate. Don’t worry, Donald has a plan if things get out of hand.

It’s ride or die time for Republicans, with no room for the weak. Susan Collins is deeply concerned. Ivanka Trump considers a name change.

Democrats just want to get along. The Squad remains in the limelight, and not one of their couple hundred Democratic Congressional co-workers are one bit envious of that limelight... Several did pull Jake Tapper aside to speak candidly under condition of anonymity about how they were especially rankled by having to address specific concerns in an order that they themselves would not have selected, probably. Also-rogue Representative Al Green introduced articles of impeachment, again. 95 fellow Democrats thought that was a fine idea. But, it was tabled, because of course we should wait to hear the Mueller report testimony before doing something imprudent.

In New York, the sun rises.

If you think we have it tough, UK’s Trump Boris Johnson lost his first House of Commons vote, and he’s not even Prime Minister yet. Boris attempted to suspend parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit.

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No one can tell Donald Trump what he can and can not do with his shampoo bottle! Hmm… and while we wait for the right wing videos pwning us on that one, David Waldman and Greg Dworkin bring us the latest news:

Donald Trump is now officially a racist, and the ruling is officially bipartisan. As the House arrived at that decision, Representative Emmanuel Cleaver officially declared “can’t even” on the House floor.  It seems that Republicans really hate racism...the word “racism”. Democrats still have half of the dictionary to work with. LOL YOLO NV… Wait, David explains that someone actually followed precedent here.

The Trump presidential campaign hopes to win where they won, and Donald certainly looks to have locked up the deplorable vote for 2020. In fact, he might have captured it for generations. The rest of America agrees that Trump supporters should just go back where they came from.

It’s now down to “old white guy” vs. “smart woman lawyer” for the hearts and minds of Democrats. Don’t turn to bloggers for your answers, everyone knows no one blogs anymore.

Measured in geologic time, Democratic investigations into Trump have moved relatively quickly. The administration agreed to be permanently barred from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. (And still haven’t, as of this posting) A US District Judge keeps lowering the bar on Roger Stone, and he keeps limboing under.

Newly found footage of Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein at a 1992 party raises the question of how a feeble dork like this could find his way to any legitimate sex, ever. Former Trump Aide Jason Miller has been to all of the prostitutes and massage parlors, but is still too much the gentleman say if he saw the boss there.

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So here we are, living in a world where Donald Trump’s racism is tracked LIVE on TV, and his deplorability to appeal to his basket of voters seems somehow clever, if not laudable to some.

This is a stupid reality to find ourselves in, but at least we have KITM and David Waldman in this stupid timeline for a couple of hours of non-stupid:

The Justice Department says Kellyanne Conway is absolutely immune from compelled congressional testimony. They’re getting away with it, so who’s the dummy here? Impeachment is one of a few issues progressives have become un-arrayed with from Democratic leadership.

Armando caught Uncle Joe on Morning Joe hoping to come off as Onion Joe, but unfortunately, our Joe is turning out to be Sleepy Joe.

Julian Assange turned an embassy into a command post for election meddling, and probably forfeited his apartment deposit. Italy’s far right brings a missle to a ballot fight.  Maybe we won’t be as rowdy….

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders share some politics, but find little need to share much else.

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Dems in disarray! (No, not really) Donald Trump is racist! (Yes, indeed). Well, that sums it up… Oh, you want more detail? Then you have come to the right place. On today’s KITM, David Waldman teams up with Greg Dworkin, and is joined by Armando to deliver almost 2 hours of nitty-gritty:

Surprise! Donald Trump is a cruel bigot, voted in by cruel bigots, and wields an army of cruel bigots, so, it might be expected that cruel bigotry would be the national agenda. Idiot-2 and Sycophant-1 went on concentration camp inspection and thought the place smelled like heaven compared to where they usually have their heads.

Things aren’t looking good for Obamacare… so, is that good news for Obamacare? It looks as if Joe Biden thinks so. Armando caught up on the latest dimensions in chess play at Netroots Nation, and though there isbit of disarray, he finds Nancy Pelosi was really not the villain. Sure, Democrats fight each other in the downtime between Trump tweets, and when there are fake polls fomenting their dissent, but they know when it’s again time to put that all aside and win.

Bernie Sanders rallied at Hahnemann University Hospital, leaving Netroots Nation to Elizabeth Warren, confirming that they are indeed two different people. Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris beat Trump in NBC/WSJ polls. Bring on the state polls!

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It’s hard to believe that there are still things to “discover” about Jeffrey Epstein, but it’s true! Although we can’t be sure that all the things “discovered” are true. Here’s something that’s definitely not: the idea that anyone could make a “political martyr” out of Alexander Acosta, who resigned before the show was even halfway done.

What does the Epstein story say about us? Well, pretty much what you thought it did. As an added reminder, it’s the first anniversary of the bust-up of yet another Russian crime ring operating out of Trump properties.

On the census front, did Trump cave on pushing the citizenship question? Or does he just have something even more sinister up his poorly-tailored sleeve? The courts have had just about enough of this crap, and the House (for what it’s worth) is no happier.

More news nuggets out of the newest Trumpworld book: Nikki Haley got the UN gig as a favor to her Lieutenant Governor, who wanted the top job.

The Mazars subpoena case is back in court, this time on appeal, with Trump’s counsel grasping at straws.

The entirety of the western world—home of that enlightened culture celebrated as superior by conservatism’s leading lights—is under attack by the Russian mob/government. But we’re out of time and will have to leave it there.

 

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Netroots Nation! Sounds like fun, but you know somebody has to hold down the fort, or in this case KITM World Headquarters. So in between the caucuses, breakouts, keynotes, and mindfulness moments, pop in your earbuds to catch up with David Waldman and Greg Dworkin on the hot topics you know your friends will want to talk about:

There’s Jeffrey Epstein, in the basement of Pedophile Island. The more people know, the more questions come up. For instance, Epstein seems to have a lot of money and power, but only one client, Les WexnerEpstein never once checked in with city cops in the eight-plus years since a Manhattan judge ordered him to do so every 90 days .

Alexander Acosta’s press conference also raised questions. Acosta plans to slash funds for sex trafficking victims

You’d think the RNC would have answers to all of the pedophile/rape/abuse/sex trafficking questions by now.

Donald Trump shoots the constitution on 5th avenue today, and sure, there are questions... Trump and Republicans quit caring about answering questions in October of 2016. Actually, Putin and Republicans quit caring about answering questions even earlier. Oh, look—there’s Donald attacking another woman.

Maybe an election would help. “Electability” is the new “I’m not racist/sexist, but...” of 2020. Nevertheless, Harris and Warren join Joe Biden in the top tier of the Democratic contenders. The race is closest among likeliest voters… but Joe is still winning.

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For those of you clamoring for tickets to “KITM Live!” in Philadelphia at Netroots Nation this week, sorry but they’ve been sold out… to Legally Blonde, the Musical. We wouldn’t be so crass to put on such a theatrical production just to take your money!

David Waldman won’t be seeing Legally Blonde, or even attending Netroots Nation this year. He instead will be rolling up his sleeves, pulling on his hip boots, and joining Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter for another day of Jeffrey Epstein latrine duty. There is a lot to dig out, so off we sail to “Pedophile Island” (actually Ephebophilia Island, part of the Chronophiliac Archipelago): 

In 2002, Vicky Ward wrote a heavily censored profile on Epstein. So did Michael Wolff. For decades, lifestyles of the rich & litigious remained a topic avoided by male chief editors. Then Julie K. Brown wrote her Pulitzer-winning (If anyone had nominated it) article on then Miami prosecutor, now Trump labor secretary Alexander Acosta’s plea deal of a lifetime for Epstein. Donald Trump used to love Jeff Epstein, but now he’s not a fan. Donald still loves Alexander… for the moment. At least until someone worse for the job can be sourced. The wrong guy quits in the UK. Meanwhile, the Shadow Cabaret strip club hosts a golf tournament at Trump National.

In non-Epstein news, Obamacare has gone back to court, and has run into a court more partisan than sane. Susan Collins isn’t deeply troubled by her Kavanaugh vote, and might have her and her concerns voted out of Maine. Retired Marine combat aviator Amy McGrath raised $2.5 million in the first 24 hours of her campaign against Mitch McConnell! And—William Barr doesn’t pull his latest fast one on the judge in the Census question case.

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Today, David Waldman connects the dots between Jeffrey Epstein’s sex crimes and labor secretary Alexander Acosta… along with the Love Boat cast from HellPrince Andrew, Alan Dershowitz, Bill Cosby, Kevin Spacey, Chris Tucker, OJ. Simpson, Bill Clinton, Steve Bannon, Alan Greenberg, William Barr, Lex Wexner, Claus von Bulow, and special guest star Donald Trump. There is also Epstein’s collection of Young [Name] +[Name] photos full of new, sordid surprises. 

Will Jeffrey ever pay for his crimes?  Most pedophile pimps wouldn’t have been capable of Epstein’s financial success, which might be attributed to his selective clientele

Rich and powerful can hire smart people to look out for their interests. Donald Trump on the other hand has people like Kris Kobach, who misspelled his own name in his Senate registration.

The ACA goes back to court as The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will be hearing oral arguments as to whether or not the ACA is unconstitutional.

Spoiler: The Seth Rich conspiracy theory has Russian origins.

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What a weekend! And what a downpour in DC! Just a wee bit too late to float the late Donald Trump’s parade away.

Thankfully, Greg Dworkin was on hand to help corral the various stories competing for attention today. And one of the first things Greg did was turn to Chris Hayes for guidance, in declaring America united behind the World Cup win and the arrest of Jeffrey Epstein—thanks in large part to the tireless reporting of Julie K. Brown in The Miami Herald. Which is probably why Alan Dershowitz—himself (“allegedly!”) implicated in the scandal—was almost as tireless in his attempts to undermine her work.

There’s so much wrapped up in this story—and so much more of the same immediately adjacent to it—that it’s impossible to get to it all. But if you want to know if there’s anything new, here’s the indictment.

So why not just ITMF, already? Well, maybe you should tell us about your (political) childhood. Then again, maybe you have it all wrong.

Oh, hey! Did we mention that the Department of Justice is in trouble for lying a whole lot in the census case? They’re replacing their legal team, but there are competing theories as to why.

Random throwback: “Terrorist Fist Jab!

And just to complicate everything further, the British know Donald Trump sucks. But politics being what it is, they may fire the guy who said so.

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But… Did. They. Get. Off? 

The rain was almost… almost like a “sign” from above that yesterday’s greatest show in history would be the hugest lesson in irony. In that, it did not disappoint

David Waldman takes us through Donald Trump’s history lesson on ramming the ramparts at airports during the Revolution. If you think Trump sees history in a strange way, wait until you hear how he sees himself. Profile in courage Donald Trump wishes he could be the good person he really is inside... it’s just that you provoke him so.

An open letter to the director of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum states why we again need to say Never Again.

Trump tries to come up with a way to rig the Census that someone will believe, but why bother when lies work so well? Oregon’s governor uses her executive powers for good.

Cheese and whiskey are targeted in the US’s latest proposed tariffs on EU, as the Jim Beam bourbon warehouse is allowed to burn down to keep from polluting the water.

What will the Gop do without the NRA? The Indian government already has a plan in place for dealing with Ivanka Trump-like intrusion.

Serena Blaiz—Daily Kos’ peacearena—reports on the expanding local news desert, and the unexpected hits on your local economy.

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Just in: President Donald J. Trump is still dead. We hope to update this throughout the day.

Justin Amash pronounces the party of Trump dead, and leaves the party.

Meanwhile, The Trump administration frantically attempts to resuscitate their citizenship question for the 2020 Census. Or, like as in Trump’s case, they will just pretend it’s alive and hope to fool as many people as long as possible.

David Waldman and Greg Dworkin spend their grill pre-heating and beer-icing time prepping us for… no, not the QAnonathon, you’re better than that! Military parades are as dead as, well you know. Here’s tanks for the memories.

Today, let’s keep America and patriotism alive by becoming more informed citizens. Smart investors support Elizabeth Warren. Warren keeps capturing Sanders’ voters, and in Iowa she’s out in front.

A Pediatrician describes what she saw inside a border patrol warehouse. Cruelty is the point, and that point becomes sharper at Trump concentration camps each passing day.  Who is in charge of delivering cruelty, and who is just following orders? A handy guide.

Next week: A very short war in Iran.

 

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Donald Trump is dead, to begin with. Probably. That recent tweet with Pence’s skull (“I love braiiinnns!”) could have be made at any time. That doesn’t mean we can’t have a huge and beautiful wake. We already sold the tickets and bought the fireworks.

The whole gang shows up today. David Waldman welcomes Greg Dworkin, Armando and Joan McCarter, all here to pour one out before tomorrow’s interment

Greg says vote for whom you want, and we will figure out electability as we go along. But—whom do we want and whom do we not? Polls this early might not be predictive, but they sure are fun. Our first and second choices are becoming clearer, maybe, unless someone screws up, of course. Many of us are worried that maybe many of us are bigoted idiots. Some of us might be… most probably aren’t. Hesitating in the face of Republican demagoguery is losing.

In between now and the election, Elizabeth Warren keeps up on her day job. Donald thought Judy Felton was a lunatic just like him, but she might be a lunatic in ways he did not imagine. House Democrats sue the Trump administration for tax returns. Armando runs the numbers and places the payoff sometime in late never.  

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has set July 9 as the date for a special session on gun-control legislation, mostly because that is what Virginia voters want him to do. Virginia Republicans say that gun control is just the first slippery step down the slope of making them vote Democratic.

By next week we should all be back to Trump-normal, which means some fresh ICE raids and the placing of a memorial for the 1991 Gulf War on downtown Tehran. Tomorrow, get away from the TV and watch your local fireworks. Oh, and come back here—we have a new KITM tomorrow!

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At the behest of the Shah of America, tanks have been rolling onto the National Mall in preparation for this week’s Jingo-Cosfest 2019. Only the inner circle have been invited to the inner circle. Those outside of that… well, don’t worry, Donald Trump has been noticing you for a while now and will be addressing you in his 2nd, etc. terms. Presently, Donald’s well-muscled eyes are focused on eliminating the 2020 census. Meanwhile, border patrol agents fantasize about migrant deaths and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

In response Democrats will do something. They probably have some secret plan. The courts won’t end gerrymandering, so there needs to be a plan to fix it without them.

David Waldman brings on Professor Ian Reifowitz, author of The Tribalization of Politics: How Rush Limbaugh’s Race-Baiting Rhetoric on the Obama Presidency Paved the Way for Trump to discuss Donald Trump and his 4th of July parade, as well as gerrymandering, as well as many other threats to democracy posed by Republicans.

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We enjoyed great, pre-recorded KITMs last week while David Waldman was out... unfortunately right during the two Democratic Presidential debates. But now David’s back, ready to offer up insightful analysis on all Marianne Williamson-related issues. Might as well cut to the chase, really. Why, even Steve KG Bannon couldn’t pick a more disruptive President.

Wait, wasn’t Donald Trump supposed to be “the disruptor”? Greg Dworkin suggests that Trump perhaps instead represents the disjunctive end of an era, as did Jimmy Carter. Well then, who are today’s disjunctive candidates, and who are the disruptive? And... where does the debate on busing in the 1970s come into this? So, are the old Democrats done now?  Well, Joe Biden straddles both ends of his era, and therefore appeals to many in between.

Meanwhile, The Presidential Apprentice could use a ratings boost about now... Uhm, how about an exotic location with wacky guest stars, plus a little rotating of a few side characters into the limelight? If that doesn’t work, you could just throw the whole clan into a last-ditch big budget holiday special and hope for the best.

Could Donald Trump possibly have terrible economic timingSurewhat’s your point?

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David Waldman continues his embargo on Democratic debate takeaways, but he didn’t skimp on providing an ALL-NEW Kagro in the Morning! Sure, some of it is from vintage 2015 recordings, but they remain new to us! Anyhow, if you had heard back it then, you’d have no idea how prescient it is right now:

Back in 2015, with Hillary Rodham Clinton soon to be elected as the the first female President in US history, reality show lunatic Donald Trump proposed an inane scheme to round up 11 million immigrants, costing the US hundreds of billions of dollars, an unimaginable expansion of authoritarianism just for the satisfaction of a handful of vindictive racists….

So, uhm, what if Trump won’t accept 2020 defeat, and instead refuses to leave office?

Meanwhile, Donald added another million to his golf tab with a visit to Trump National Doral. Taxpayers paid him to do it, as did campaign donors, influence peddlers, even golfers. Ivanka Trump made almost $4 million from Trump Washington hotel last year.

Trump’s official in charge of diplomacy carried a whip to office to intimidate staff.

As Jamal Khashoggi’s bone-saw murder at the hands of Saudis comes more and more into focus, it’s not getting prettier.

Quick-thinking residents of Ostritz, Germany, bought up hundreds of crates of beer to keep them away from Neo-Nazis at their rally.

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The first debate for the 2020 Presidential election! Who won? Who lost? What were the defining moments? Surprises? Fails? Triumphs? Takeaways? What were the takeaways? We need the takeaways!

Just don’t ask David Waldman for them. Oh, go ahead and ask, but it’ll probably go to his answering machine; this is a travel day for him. Instead, enjoy this special Kagro in the Morning, chockablock with exactly what sets KITM apart from the others—forays into the outer, icky edges of Trumpworld’s web of sleaze and corruption:

The N.R.A.’s longtime C.F.O. was caught embezzling before joining the N.R.A., an organization renown for giving such down on their luck a second chance

The compassion continues at the White House, with the official in charge of U.S. arms control with Moscow covering for Kremlin connection Paul Erickson, the former boyfriend of Russian agent Maria Butina.

Donald Trump works his way back to the Founding Fathers to burn each bridge created in American history. He’s reached year 145, dodging the international postal service, and managing to suppress the vote while he’s at it.

David tells us the one about the Evangelical, the Pool Boy, and Michael Cohen. Then there’s the one, or actually the five about Duncan Hunter.

Tonight... back to the debates. Joe Biden has the experience, but how far back will his opponents’ memories go?

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Yay!  It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, and Joan McCarter... and it actually does mean that, as Joan McCarter finally returns from having fun without us, back to having fun with us:

Coming up tonight: The first Democratic primary debate! What political dynamics should you look for? Well, here’s some dynamics for you—Elizabeth Warren will visit a Florida prison camp jailing 2,300 migrant children, just before taking the stage tonight! How about that plan to become “electable”? Anyhow, Warren will be with several other people, all of whom ain’t Trump.

Coming up on NRA-TV: NOTHINGDana Loesch just missed her chance at a quick bounce back opportunity.

Can Democrats compete on the internet without being sociopathic trolls? What’s the fun in that? Highlights Magazine, always true to its moral compass, takes a stand against separating immigrant children from their families. Wayfair’s got just what refugees and immigrants need: profits for donation support. Republicans would pass humanitarian aid if it wasn’t just so humanitarian.

Probable Donald Trump rape victim E. Jean Carroll told her story… and what do you know, she was criticized for her tone and her looks... Maybe the next one will get that right.

Bill Barr killed 7 Robert Mueller lines of investigations, which is what he was hired to do. If Robert Mueller ever manages to testify, he might want to address that.

A Queens DA race is national news, because it might reveal the future of the Democratic party. The future of the Republican party is being revealed in Oregon.

If you believe Donald Trump has an idea of what to do after he bombs Iran, you are crazier than he is.

UK’s goofy Trump clone Boris Johnson may not molest women or golf to relax, but he does draw pictures… of people in buses on boxes. Not what Trump might choose to doodle, but that’s probably a good thing.

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KITM might be live tomorrow, it might be pre-recorded Thursday and Friday, but today David Waldman brings us news and entertainment right now, ready or not:

The Trump concentration camps are actually concentration camps, but really, NOT the Holocaust.  

Russia supports Iran’s contention that our drone was trespassing. Iran supports our contention that the 25th amendment should be revisited.

The White House plans to block Kellyanne Conway from testifying about Hatch Act violations. Annie Donaldson may not be absolutely immune from from appearing before Congress, but her sudden 5th month of pregnancy might help delay her.

Trump showed a photographer one of his beautiful letters, then confidentially threatened him with prison.

Oregon Republicans fight democracy with armed domestic terror groups.

Armando showed up for the “middle” hour of the show to discuss how Presidential Apprentice seems to have jumped the shark, recommending impeachment inquiries as the ideal mid-season replacement.

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We didn’t go to war this weekend! Donald Trump made a Presidential pivot during a Fox News toilet break, allowing thousands to live through the weekend and for him to make tee time. The 4th of July weekend seems like a better time for fireworks, anyhow.

David Waldman also survives the weekend to start off our KITM week:

Militia groups cancel democracy in their first state, beginning with Oregon.

How bad is the Trump government? Leaked documents show it might be as bad as we thought.

Greg Dworkin lets us know that the baby jails are maybe worse than we thought, because cruelty isn’t just the point, it’s part of the plan. Chuck Todd whimpered softly beneath whatever dotard babble Trump shoveled between commercials. Chuck avoided, in gentlemanly fashion, the subject of Donald’s serial raping, as did all other gentlemanly news shows.

Heading into the first debates, candidates know what to do about Joe Biden, they would just prefer not to do it first. Black voters are still willing to give Joe Biden the benefit of the doubt. Black voters might not be willing to give Pete Buttigieg much of anything.

Unemployment rises in 8 Trump states, as healthcare diminishes, time for the really serious questions.

Elizabeth Warren is completely serious… so who will be the first to tell her to smile more? Kamala Harris hopes to get noticed more before she is noticed to be female and summarily discounted.

Carl Cameron leaves Fox News to aggregate like the Uber of Drudge Reports, but for liberals.

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OMG, we almost went to war with Iran last night! Unless, maybe, it didn’t happen. Holy mackeral, it really didn’t! This really is getting to be too easy.

Jerry Nadler is up in arms about emoluments, now. I wish there was something he could do.

Donald Trump, who says he’s president, figures he can “win” with just his base. I guess it depends on what “win” means.

Elliott Broidy is back in the news. So that’s nice. So’s Roger Stone. Will he finally shut up? And if he does shut up, what does that mean?

On the opposite end of the spectrum, they can’t make Hope Hicks talk. Now we’ll never know how she does it!

Are there racist cops who need to be taken off the streets? Sure. How many? Well, 72—so far—in Philadelphia, alone.

Laws, especially tax laws, are for the little people, says apparent Big Person Bill Koch.

Someone’s making black voters in North Carolina disappear. It’s not crazy to think it’s Russia.

Just to bring things full circle, here’s something else Trump bragged about that also didn’t happen: that huge boost in worker bonuses following his “tax cut.”

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Iran shot down a US drone, escalating tensions that were already at a fever pitch, ever since Fox bought their new graphics software. That stuff doesn’t pay for itself, you know.

Ivanka Trump takes a number and gets in line to go to jail for the Hatch act.

Hope Hicks continues to do it, by not doing it, if Donald Trump doesn’t like it. Felix Sater wishes he could do anything like Hope Hicks does it.

David Waldman and Greg Dworkin reviewed David’s masterclass yesterday in how Congress works, especially impeachment, and how leadership avoids votes to protect its own members.

Yesterday, the House just passed an appropriations bill that includes an 11 line passage that repeals the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force. As you know, legislating in an appropriations bill is against the House rules! (Unless the House Rules Committee waives the rule.) 

More moderate Democrats are finding it safe enough to call for Trump’s impeachment. Democrats will always find it less safe in 2020. Moderate Democrats own their mistakes. Who knows what it would take to embarrass Joe Biden, but he can take comfort in very stable metrics.

Donald Trump plans to do whatever he wants, and Republicans plan to do whatever he wants also.

The publisher of a slanderous book on Sandy Hook apologizes… after losing a lawsuit. (The authors remain scum.) 20 years after Columbine and they still might have to bulldoze the building.

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Joe Biden, Presidential candidate, reversed his position on the Hyde amendment, right as the House is poised to pass spending legislation. Just when you thought elected officials were subject to sacrosanct, unbending rulesDavid Waldman is here to explain just how wrong, and right you are, in a nuance and esoterica filled procedural dissertation on the inner workings of House rules in KITM’s second hour.

But first:

If you can’t make Nancy Pelosi impeach Donald Trump, how are are you going to make her censure him?

Last night, upwards of a dozen very fine people attended Donald Trump’s rally and white pride festival.

Yesterday, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez found some shrieking Republicans and decided to rattle their cage. Of course, “cage” might not be a factually accurate term there, but no one could disagree that the baby jails filled with migrants at the border aren’t concentration camps… or maybe they could. People can fight about a lot of things

Greg Dworkin asserts that Elizabeth Warren is a force to be reckoned with. Republicans know that, and every single Democrat would probably vote for her… except they first need to contend with every other Democrat’s racism and sexism. So, it’s Joe.

Donald Trump knows where he stands with bigots, but he might be dismayed by how few of them are 65 and older anymore. Donald’s “never Trump” bloc is as strong as ever.

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David Waldman’s morning set at the KITM World Headquarters’ Comedy Kitchen opened quite upbeat today, wondering “what’s the deal” with toothpicks, crazy parkers, idiot Presidents and such, but soon segued into darker territory—the moment a soon to be award-winning photographer captured that moment a "law-abiding" open-carrying good guy with a gun became none of the above. What is the deal with violence-cosplaying alt-right 4chan incels?

Then the discussion got real. The necessity of an impeachment inquiry has placed Democrats into competing existential crises—save their job, or save the rule of law? It would be a real shame to lose swing state Democrat Katie Porter, but even as she realizes the precariousness of her situation, she also knows the importance of this moment to everyone’s future. David returns to Robert Mueller’s “Take Care” clause, then travels over to Article Two of the Constitution to see what can be done, and finally takes a thorough look into the Office of Legal Counsel, in particular the Trump administration’s abuse of that institution.

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Well, Donald Trump isn’t going away soon, maybe ever. David Waldman shows no signs of stopping either, and obeys no term limits:

In a series of ABC interviews, George Stephanopoulos patiently offered Trump a myriad of opportunities to be a dimwit, and Donald took him up on every single one, even while working in a few of his own

Just don’t cough during a take. For some reason, Donald Trump hates that.

So far Trump has gotten away with everything, so why stop now? Government expects a minimum of good intentions and behavior, but after that loses all mechanisms to cope. Except for, you know, impeachment. Support for a hearing surge among Democrats... just not all of them, or at least the right ones.

Whether it’s the impeachment inquiry or the Democratic nomination, Greg Dworkin recommends getting off the pot soon.  Is Joe Biden the Jeb Bush of Democrats? No, not as long as he’s seen as the best chance for getting rid of Trump. Voters are 50-50 for Trump in Texas, but are still shopping. Trump wishes he could go North Korean on his pollstersLet’s vote already!

You can be a Democratic populist, but remember—cruelty isn’t the point. A pastor who wanted women executed for abortions was arrested for raping a child.

 

Direct download: June_17_2019_64.mp3
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Donald Trump was worried there, for a few minutes, in 2016. At that time, being President of the United States seemed to require a lot of work, discipline, and responsibility! Eh… it used to. Now we have executive time, executive privilege, and executive LOL,YOLO nothing matters

Well, somehow it still matters to David Waldman and us KITM listeners. The President doing nothing actually destroys everything. The Office of Special Counsel presented 17 pages of Kellyanne Conway violating the Hatch Act. Donald Trump says “Nah.” The White House says the OSC are the real racists, sexists, Hatch Act violators

The FEC chair didn’t think it had to be said that taking foreign dirt was 100% illegal. (The DOJ isn’t about to say it.) Republicans block bills requiring campaigns to say anything. Republicans would rather destroy government than to share it. The New York Times has a 5 part series on nationalists’ destruction of democracy in the European Union.

Weekend reading: How China is using capitalism as a tool to convert American economics and politics. The Gop concedes tax cuts may not pay for themselves

In news that doesn’t matter, Sarah Sanders interrupted her vacation to quit work. Bye!

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Did anyone impeach the Prince of Wails yet? How about an impeachment inquiry? Anything? Damn Donald Trump, and the system that let him slide for 60 or so years. (Foreign interference in 2016 did matter, btw)

David Waldman brings us a special “Not Letting Trump SlideKITM (Issued weekdays since 2015):

Donald Trump lies. Donald said you’d “freeze action” the video of his “secret trade agreement.” You did, and now Trump says he didn’t anticipate that, as each sentence he utters must be a lie. Trump said he officially submitted Patrick Shanahan’s nomination for secretary of defense weeks ago. He lied on the “submitted”, “officially”, “nomination” and the “Patrick Shanahan” parts. Trump says that in his whole life he never called the FBIHe lied. Today, Trump lies about yesterday. Tomorrow he will lie about today.

A team of two or three Democratic Presidents could be very cool, but Greg Dworkin suggests against this strategy going into 2020. For those needing to settle on just one, Elizabeth Warren is seen rising in the polls, and Joe Biden might be dropping.  

Is Joe Biden a return to the past? Is that such a bad thing? Iowans Seem To Like Warren And Buttigieg. Californians check “all of the above.” All Americans increasingly support transgender rights. Trump moves out of California.

Not all Chinese are spies. But all Chinese spies seem to be connected to Mar-a-Lago. We do seem to be pleasing our Chinese overlords

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David Waldman presents the hump day KITM, the hump caused by the shear abundance of links, stories, and things to consider.

Today in malfeasance:

When Chaos and corruption go hand in hand,  you know it is time to invest in gravel, bananas, or anything Mitch McConnell is investing in. 22 foreign governments shop Trump. Mexican officials go to Jared.  

Russia’s social media campaign was far larger, vastly more effective, and better paying than previously reported.

Losing Alabama sheriffs still remain on brand. As far as Donald Trump is concerned, corrupt intent is executive privilege.

Greg Dworkin reports on the state of the 2020 race: Trump is losing and he knows it, but if you find out, heads will roll. Trump poll numbers are brutal, they are grim, and not likely to look better. The top 6 candidates beat him by at least 5 points. He loses age 65 & older by 17 points. Donald Trump is an unpopular president. The best hope for Republicans now is to switch the names of the parties

Good news for Democrats though, vote for who you want, not who you think others want. Polls on what Massachusetts voters want are coming in.

Wall Street weighs all of this and sees a Trump win. Is everything good news for Donald? Abortion might not be the wedge issue Republicans hope, and is getting more attention than expected. Donald Trump would rather be golfing.

Paula Writer, aka Paula Apynys brings her take on Dan Pfeiffer’s plan to win the impeachment fight.

Direct download: June_12_2019_64.mp3
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Yesterday, David Waldman pushed his first baby bird out of the Kagro in the Morning World Headquarters nest. Congratulations!

Today, David welcomes Ian Reifowitz, a Daily Kos contributor, history professorauthor and so much more, to discuss his latest book, The Tribalization of Politics: How Rush Limbaugh’s race-baiting rhetoric on the Obama Presidency Paved the Way for Trump. David and Ian discuss exactly that, and a few other related tangents for the first hour and a half of the show.

Eric and Donald, Jr. bought rounds for the house in an Irish Pub, and you know where this is going.

A company part-owned by Jared Kushner got $90 million from unknown offshore investors since 2017… unknown to Jared, unknown to the company.

William Barr gets ticklish around contempt votes, so we know what to do from now on.

 

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It's the eldest's graduation day, and they scheduled it opposite the show. So, here's where we were a year ago, with our June 11, 2018 episode:

Wow. Another “What a weekend!” Monday!

Greg Dworkin seeks to impose order on the chaos. And so does the former Prime Minister of Belgium. What’s left to be said? Trump was an addled mess at the G-7 G-6 meeting, much to the delight of his fan base, whose only policy interest is “triggering the libs.”

Could Trump be stopped if enough Republican Senators finally gave up? Well, it depends how many.

But who cares about rules and procedure, anyway? They’re all just worthless scraps of paper.

For now, it’s off to Singapore, for about a minute. Or possibly less. Which is not good. Though I don’t know how long you want to leave those two guys in the room alone.

More on that strange attraction between Russian oligarchs and the NRA. And the strange parallels between the British experience and our own. Are we just looking at a new kind of warfare? Or the revival of a very old one? Might our allies decide it’s time to roll out a new kind of sanctions? Or maybe use the very same ones we’re using?

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House Democrats officially introduce a contempt resolution for Barr and McGahn.

Wait a second... the resolution would not hold Barr in contempt of Congress. It just says that committees could ask judges to please order people to comply with congressional subpoenas, so that refusal would then be a contempt of court, not contempt of Congress… and no one’s talking here about inherent contempt, but statutory contempt...

Most of us haven’t a clue about what’s going on here. Lucky for us, we have David Waldman, with decades of law and DC experience to help explain. Even better, David’s descriptions of 11 dimensional chess moves and Democratic ”tactical reversals” on subpoenas lured the doubly fluent Armando to Skype in and help consider what has been done and what can be done before Democrats just give up.

If that isn’t enough expertise for you, David fills out the last half of KITM talking to Ryan Grim, author of We Got PeopleFrom Jesse Jackson to AOC, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement, to advise us on how we can win with our integrity intact.

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D-Day’s 75th anniversary will be remembered by all as the day Europeans once again sent Donald Trump away from their soil. Donald had half of a Presidential moment, skipping the paragraph on his electoral college victory and moving on to heralding our unbreakable European alliances (with the exception of NATO, the EU, UN, and existing trade and climate agreements), and signing a D-Day Proclamation just like he was taught in 5th grade. The Irish Prime Minister lured him to the airport a day earlier in hopes Trump would make like a goose and leave, but that didn’t work out. No one even asked him about Brexit. What Donald wants more than anything, more than showing all the cool kids what they missed out on, is to be royal, and he and his family were just so close this week.

David Waldman and Greg Dworkin discuss plans for welcoming the President back to our shores.

Well, we could lock him up. That does have a ring to it, but not for Democrats that can’t even say the “I-word”. How about impeaching him half way to play keep away from Mitch? 1998's outcome wasn’t all about impeachment, and Trump isn’t Clinton.

After tackling the 7 deadly sins and most of the 10 commandments, Trump has been working on violating all of the constitution. Also, the US public is in a very liberal mood. Younger voters see no problem in voting for what and who they want. Older voters more politely vote for who they think you want. Nonetheless, Elizabeth Warren is rising in the 2020 race based on the strength of her ideas. That’s ok, because Joe Biden has shown he knows a good idea when he sees one. Most voters haven’t really found the one to stick with, but as you know we haven’t had a debate yet…

Both the United States and China have been courting Saudi Arabia with nuclear weapons, but so far we haven’t heard back on who the Saudis love the most.

A half mile of border wall soaked some MAGAs for $20 million, so that’s nice, but other than that it hasn’t helped. As usual, cruelty was the point anyhow. Trump is cutting art, soccer, school and lawyers for migrant kids, research into cures for HIV, Cancer, and Parkinson’s for us. Releasing war criminals back into the public might have been a step too far, however.

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D-Day. The day we remember our greatest generation, and our brave men and women fighting side by side with our allies in epic battle for the future of our world. Donald Trump remembers Bette Midler and  Bobby DeNiro waltzing right past him at Studio 54. They thought they were so much better than “The Donald”… but look at him now!

David Waldman congratulates David Dale taking his fact-checking beat to CNN. Ivanka Trump is finally en route to The Hague! How does Hope Hicks do it… existentially? The DOJ promises to play nice with the House Judiciary Committee when they quit looking at them.

Greg Dworkin is back to remind us that where you stand depends on the age of what you’re sitting on. Is impeachment now too idealistic? Not pragmatic? Wrongheaded, misguided, unwise? Starry-eyed hippy Harry Reid believes "It’s not the right thing to do nothing".

Maybe we should start Trump impeachment hearings with Watergate testimonials, and maybe James Taylor or David Crosby playing an opening set. Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders continue to lead the Democratic pack, but plenty of Democrats now lead Donald Trump. Vladimir Putin faces a rocky road to 270 electoral votes in 2020.

Steve King is tired of political lynch mobs, and hopes to get back to real ones someday. The McConnell court weighs preserving white entitlement, while social conservatives are swept into the ash heap of history. Meanwhile, the House votes to give “Dreamers” a path to citizenship.

Texas will allow the killing of wild boars without a license, but you still can’t shoot them in your pajamas.

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Hey, did you see David Waldman on MSNBC last night? He made it on All In with Chris Hayes without going any further out of his way than Donald Trump does to go to church.

Well doggies! Donald Trump loaded up all his kinfolk in a jet aeroplane to go chew the fat with the Queen of England! Donald made sure to wear his finest Queen-meeting clothes, as he could see everyone over there would be just mightily impressed to meet someone like him.

Back in the US, we were just glad Trump was away from us a while. Some thought he might be gone permanently, but alas that would be incorrect. There is a danger and a cost to allowing Trump to stay in office. Democratic support for impeachment is rising, and pro-impeachment Dems are are hoping to build a critical mass of members to force Nancy Pelosi towards their viewpoint.

The problem is, Pelosi thinks there’s a lot of dumb people out there that wouldn’t understand the impeachment process, including her own members of congress. (David might agree with that assessment.)  The other problem is, Pelosi is happy to use that same ignorance to further her ends, which could run out the clock on impeachment.

Armando and David agree, Nancy Pelosi is an ideal “regular order” Speaker of the House, but right now we have an irregular situation.  This isn’t their first impeachment rodeo, and the two review the history and strategize for our future

Oh, and another pervert connected to Trump is caught.

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June! School’s out, people going on vacationDavid Waldman hits local summer poetry slams to read the Mueller report, Donald Trump steps up his golf schedule... 

Trump is the puppet, Trump’s the puppet! Donald Trump spent Sunday golfing, duh, then actually attended church… to listen to people pray for him, skipping the part where he was to pray for the victims of Saturday’s mass shooting. The gunman introduced some innovations sure to influence upcoming massacres. He stuck with extended magazines, but increased caliber and introduced a silencing noise suppressor. Of course, we knew that would happen.

Chaos spread through the Chinese shipping industry, but not into a scheduled government meeting, once the New York Times discovered Elaine Chao's plan to boost her families’ businesses.

Donald Trump golfs and tweets. Mitch McConnell gets the job done, killing democracy in ways few could ever imagine, until after they attend informative how to kill democracy seminars.  Democrats and Republicans describe two different constitutions. New digital methods enable scholars to chart how our definition of the scope of “executive power” have changed over time.

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Last night Donald Trump placed a surtax on importers of Mexican goods, automakers, farmers and you as what...vengeance against Haitian refugees? Sure, why not? Maybe Donald is deal art-ing some leverage over Mexico… or Canada. Maybe this is another of his patented meeting storm-outs, always guaranteed to shake things up a bit... 

It is a little much to ask David Waldman to peer into Donald Trump’s malevolent idiocy, burning with the intensity of a thousand suns, just to tell us what he may or may not be thinking. 

Leave that to the 3, 4 and 11 dimensional chess players in Democratic Leadership to figure out. Trump might actually benefit from impeachment, but if you think this is all the plan of a criminal mastermind, Donald Trump just might be smarter than you. Trump is either dumb enough to think the courts might save him from impeachment, or smart enough to think the Mitch McConnell Court will save him from impeachment. Leonard Leo raised $250 million in dark money to fill those courts. Clarence Thomas tried to tie abortion to eugenics, but the author he sited disagrees.

The IRS has been ACORNed into submission, and gave up fighting political dark money groups. The Russians plan to sow racial discord—and violence—in the U.S. 

Wow, is there any good news? Yes, and about 15 minutes of it, prerecorded by the irreverent duo at Irreverent Testimony, listing the legislation that can happen in a blue state house, in this case Colorado’s.

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David Waldman welcomes us on board Kagro in the Morning, the USS John McCain of the Daily Kos Radio fleet:

Somebody, probably aware that Donald Trump is dim-witted and unbalanced, thought they’d do Donald a favor by hiding an entire naval destroyer and crew so that the Dotard in Chief wouldn’t fill his pants on Memorial Day in front of the Japanese

Robert Mueller revealed some spoilers from the Mueller Report movie, for those of you who haven’t yet made it through the book… and when Fox reporters had worked so hard to keep the true identities of the villains under wrap. Trump has tried to get impeached for years, but you know that Democrats always refuse to give him anything he asks for. Does Trump think that an impeachment inquiry could boost his popularity? Does Trump think? Democrats do think… and think… and think and think. Meanwhile, the window to move the Overton Window is closing.

Greg Dworkin informs us that Israel’s Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu, has finally succeeded in failing, right as he hoped to form an axis with Donald and Vlad, and before Jared Kushner could pass on his wisdom and secrets. Hopefully this will open Netanyahu’s schedule for future endeavors. Britain’s Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, might fail before he even gets his name on the door.

Kentucky’s Donald Trump, Matt Bevin, aspires to ever more Trumpiness on his road to failure. At least Republicans still have gerrymandering, voter suppression and Russians to help them through, as well as the Saudis, as long as we don’t cross them.

Federal prosecutors subpoena Cindy Yang’s Mar-a-Lago records. Also on China’s most wanted: Ponzi schemer, Elliot Broidy supporter and Trump buddy/coffee boy, Shi Jianxiang. U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of New York, Geoffrey Berman is recused on Michael Cohen, partner of Rudy Giuliani, replaced Preet Bharara, despite not being Senate-confirmed.

The religious freedoms of Christians (and just about everyone else) are being violated at the border.

Here are the priorities when states really become red or blue.

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Remember the time, back before Robert Mueller’s live statement on the Russia investigation? Relive those moments of 9 -11am Eastern with David Waldman on Today’s KITM:

If Nancy Pelosi was waiting for Robert Mueller to talk, she can be done waiting now. What powers does a formal impeachment inquiry give the House? And, is there any power that Mitch McConnell would ever give a damn about? Joan McCarter reminds us that Mitch is a soulless, hypocritical, lying... but that’s not news to us. Fetal “personhood” takes another step forward in the Supreme Court.

Mick Mulvaney is acting chief of staff, so why not acting Labor Secretary while he’s at it?

Greg Dworkin has diagnosed Trump’s re-electile dysfunction, and the prognosis isn’t good, despite a priapic economy. The people most helped by the Obama economy voted for Trump and have become sadder, but perhaps not wiser. So, for those people, will the discovery that the Trump tax plan was a scam move them? Will tariffs punish them into changing their vote? Or will further plagues just harden their resolve to return to yesteryear? Voters with less yesteryears have less problems voting for change.

Ok, for the moment, the yesteryear crowd lead the blue side of the polls too. Joe Biden leads everywhere, in every way, although in Michigan at least, there aren’t any Democratic candidates that wouldn’t beat Trump. If Justin Amash gets tired of fighting congressional challengers, he should probably run against Donald Trump.

Trump says he has nothing against Roy Moore, but understands why no one would want anything against Roy Moore.

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Have a nice weekend? Three days for most of us, which is nice, including David Waldman and KITM. We lost Donald Trump for a few days, which is even nicer, at least for us.

It was Honest Abe Shinzō/Shinzō Abe’s turn to babysit Donald. They were almost buddies once they lost the ol’ balls and chains. There was golfing, natch, and a trophy presentation to a Sumo champion that wore a mawashi almost as big as the Presidential Depends. (Trump remembered the lifts, so he retained his height advantage.) Then, finally on to a celebration of the Allied defeat of the Axis nations aboard a Japanese military ship. Man, if only their buddy Jong-un could have been there to join in, to maybe throw a needle in there about Pearl Harbor or something, it would’ve been perfect.

Back at home, William Barr put the final touches on Trump’s public enemies list. Sarah Sanders can tell you this is so proper and the other side is so treasonous, that neither she nor you have to look into it at all. You and I agree, or else we would have forced Democrats into impeachment hearings by now.

Meanwhile, the IRS is being made into a partisan tool… why didn’t we think of that? Future Department Department of Homeland Security chief Ken Cuccinelli says that states can use their secret war powers to fight immigration, once Donald Trump uses his secret anti-constitutional powers to loosen up some things.

Stephen K.G. Bannon’s European revolution is still going strong, although his allies seem to be moving forward without him. That’s ok, he can lean on his day job, installing fencing near El Paso.

17 are injured, 2 dead in a mass stabbing near Tokyo. Mass assaults can be made much more efficient with the use of science.

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It's Memorial Day, so let us remember the live show we did last year.

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

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

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

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

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

Resistance is important everywhere. Really. Everywhere.

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Calm down! It’s not the end of the world, just the end of the week. OK, It might be the end of the world too, but that’s no reason to get so upset about it. For those who refuse to accept the unacceptable, David Waldman offers a way back from nihilism—knowledge and action—and of course a nice weekend couldn’t hurt.

Check out how CALM our Commander in CHIEF is! Any of his staff will TELL YOU that! Sure, Donald is probably GOLFING at this moment, and that always helps, but EXECUTING his enemiesthat would be sooo FINE… except for the HOT ones, leave them! 

William Barr is turning out to be exactly the calming influence Donald Trump was hoping for. Once Barr has access to secret CIA intelligence and compiles an enemies list… actually he doesn’t even need that much to play the press and Democrats.

In fact, fake videos of Nancy Pelosi are playing, and being played by millions of people today. That joke was funnier the first time.

Donald is still browsing through swatches and cronies for his wall. He wants it to be perfect, the “Trump Tower Moscow” of walls. Meanwhile, Maxine Waters is leafing through Trump financial records from two more banks.

Democrats don’t need Republicans to tell them what to do about Trump… or maybe they do.

 

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The i-word is still the order of the day, Greg Dworkin reports. Though, for some reason, we’re supposed to believe it’s that Elizabeth Warren had a job and got paid for it. This, despite the fact that the world watched the “president” melt down yesterday, right in the Rose Garden.

Checking in on our friends across the pond, Brexit is still a bit of very stable genius, if you know what I mean.

The ongoing debate over what to do with anti-abortion Dems.

California is cracking down on vaccine exemptions.

Like, what is “polling,” man? And just how bad are Trump’s “bad polls?” Speaking of bad polls: here’s one. It’s never really time for some game theory. But why not have one on the Dem primaries, anyway?

Armando joined the show, too, ostensibly to recap his day at the CAP conference. But you’ll never guess what happened! We were sidetracked by a discussion of the courtroom whippings Trump has been taking on his idiotic theories of presidential immunity-from-everything-because-reasons. And Teh Stupid is catching, too: Republicans are already asking “what if” a Gop Congress decided to subpoena the taxes of its enemies?

A new front opens on Trump’s corrupt “banking” practices, even while a Manafort banker gets busted.

Meanwhile, Trump schemes up more norm-breaking chaos. And are you ready for Iran? Just a reminder: Afghanistan isn’t over yet, but “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh’s sentence is!

 

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Ben Carson doesn’t know what REO stands for, or OMWI, and apparently not even HUDDavid Waldman can’t fight this feeling anymore... maybe Donald Trump hasn’t really hired the best people.

Sensing the end is near, Kris Kobach issued his list of demands, including a jet waiting for him on the tarmac, and one can assume a briefcase of Krugerrands. It looks as if Jim Jordan isn’t going to get away this time, so he’ll just call vindication. Meanwhile, Rex Tillerson sneaks in the back door at the Foreign Affairs Committee marked “stool pigeons”.

They all wish they could be Donald Trump. “Billionaire” Donald took $11 million from a Florida bank, paid off the CEO, then tried to AirBNB it. He soaked you and me for $102 Million to pay his golf bills, not including his upcoming world golf tour. Even Hitler didn’t skim this much off the top.

Maybe the time has come for the House of Representatives to open an impeachment inquiry into the conduct of President Trump. 

Greg Dworkin (Happy Birthday!) believes impeachment is inexorable if not too damn speedy. Democrats might gripe, but Nancy Pelosi is still the leader, and is setting the pace. Justin Amash set an example for Democrats on the Mueller report and might as well caucus with them at this point. The tide is definitely turning. No one ever accepted Trump’s legal arguments, and judges will be confirming that more and more. Greg points to the polls, especially Trump’s disapproval and opposition numbers, to say that Trump should be concerned about 2020.

Some people are in trouble, and yet somehow not because of Donald Trump. Theresa May will try again to sell her new Brexit plan and keep her job. Bridget Kelly goes to prison in July, but doesn’t believe she should go alone.

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Today David Waldman gives us a lot of what we aren’t getting anywhere else: A discussion of impeachment. Sure, you have heard a lot about the “impeachment inquiry”, but most of that has just been gobbledygook laid down by both sides. David squeegees away for almost two hours:

A federal judge upheld a congressional subpoena seeking Donald Trump’s financial records, so let’s get on with this thing.

The House Judiciary Committee did the empty chair bit again, this time for Don McGahn, which could be a turning point on impeachment. Or maybe not, as McGahn isn't legally required to appear before Congress, but that doesn’t mean he can’t testify, or maybe

Nancy Pelosi could cut through all of this, but it looks as if no member of Congress, Democrat or Republican can move her until she a few Senators stand up.

David hopes to address the rest of the collapse of society and democracy later this week. Check in to hear of how the IRS is giving up on fighting political dark money groups, or any rich people for that matter.

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A million spears but no brooms... The Wicked Witch had better palace security... At least they finally got the elevator working...  And you thought the crew on Presidential Apprentice were bumbling! Who writes this stuff?

KITM’s “Siskel and Ebert” (hey, you gotta keep up with some historical references on here) David Waldman and Greg Dworkin share their reviews across the Skype aisle:

Congratulations to Justin Amash, the first Republican to finish reading the Mueller report. None of his classmates appreciate an egghead, though.

See? Joe Biden told you there would be bipartisan support out there. Is Biden nostalgic, or an idiot to believe that? More importantly, will Joe find enough voters who are… nostalgic enough to believe him, over the issues important to them? Donald Trump scrambles to hold on to Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, while in Ohio there’s plenty of people still believing his bullshit

"The unborn" are the most convenient group of people to advocate for.

It takes less effort and money to convince a non-voter to vote than to convince a Trump voter he’s wrong. That won’t stop Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg from trying. They spend hours of their valuable time at Fox town halls so that Fox can spend weeks of their cheap time beating them with it.

Finland uses its many superpowers (including not trusting what Russians or Americans tell them) to battle fake news.

Deutsche Bank staff saw suspicious activity in Trump and Kushner accounts, but like Trump and Kushner, didn’t think you’d make such a big deal about it. Ben Carson didn’t expect this level of sensitivity either. And, sure, Cindy Yang sold “access” to guests at Mar-a-Lago. It was probably the bargain item on her menu.

Michael Flynn was used to DM’ing Matt Gaetz, but in the future they might need to send messages by tapping on the cell walls.

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We had a lot of catching up to do before heading into the weekend. There was the latest Flynn story that turned out not to be new to everyone. And news about the Florida election hacking that couldn’t be shared with everyone. (Though it does make you wonder...)

It’s Walmart vs. Trump on tariffs, and we hope no one wins.

The Hatch Act was all an act.

One weird thing about that Alabama abortion law is… how much it hates America.

Your current events assignment will be: reading about who’s doing school shootings.

Trump’s accusing everybody else of treason. And you know what that means. Meanwhile, he’s also saying he’s hoping for a negotiated settlement with Iran. Maybe he’d be interested in saving money by buying a used one? And his new wall plan? Sharks with frickin’ lasers!

The dog ate Trump’s tax returns.

WhatsApp got hacked. But Jared Kushner’s emails, right? Or maybe not.

Trump cronies just can’t get enough of Mike Flynn’s plot to sell nukes to the Sauds.

But all of that’s just one long round of appetizers for the good stuff, from frequent contributors Travis & Rachel of Irreverent Testimony, on the unforced political errors after Highlands Ranch, and Eric Posman on the unforced political errors (maybe) of… Beto O’Rourke.

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It’s Thursday and David Waldman welcomes us to the weekend! Well, it’s always the weekend somewhere… Nah, not even Donald Trump would call Thursday… no, I guess he would:

This week, the White House lit the boosters, leaving our our Earth’s laws and even reality far below. What can Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats do? Other than impeachment, of course. If you think impeachment proceedings are inevitable, you underestimate House Democrats. William Barr and Nancy Pelosi get that accountability is a joke.

You also underestimate Donald Trump. Donald takes patriot farmer money and sends it to Brazilian criminals. Donald hands out pardons to the felons that praise him the most. (Conrad Black is so vile that he… ew.) Donald takes his wall and his baby cages and adds more racism for 2020.

Iran doesn’t underestimate Donald the Dove. They understand John Bolton might be running the war, but Donald Trump remains our artisan of the stupid deal. We could return to a treaty in 2020, if there is an “us”, and a “them” in 2020.

How could Trump be more totalitarian? With a second termGreg Dworkin rounds up the latest polls, and tips off the odds for you horse race fans out there. Polling seems to show that people that like Joe Biden, like Joe Biden because they think you like Joe Biden. Maybe we do—voters in Pennsylvania sure seem to... even compared to Trump. Codgers pick Joe as their favorite codger. The codgers are running wattle to wattle in Nevada!

Also—Arliss Bunny hops into our discussion of tariffs with informed, and personal perspective.

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Donald Trump wants a do-over—of the Iraq war, in Iran. Few of his coalition may be willing at the moment, but as long as he has his base Donald can do no wrong... sort of. As long as there are people to place the accent on the first syllable of “A-rab”, Trump will have his base. The Pentagon will let you know what’s happening over there right when they find out.

KITM is brought to you by the Arabic numeral 3: The third day of the week again brings us our Skype troika of David WaldmanGreg DworkinJoan McCarter (and their dogs!)

Right at this moment, Joe Biden looks more like a winner than a loser, but so does every major Democratic candidate right down to Pete Buttigieg, who’s just getting re-started. A gay Presidential candidate would have been unthinkable… oh, about a year ago. The sun belt turns blue as Trump chases his shrinking base into shrinking states.  

By the way, it looks like the failed Ukrainian/Biden scandal was all made up.

Heading into the election, Republicans pass heartbeat bills instead of flag-burning bills because today’s Republicans are much worse people. Miscarriages will be investigated like murders.

Religiously unaffiliated voters, or “nones” (“Nuns”, OTH are religiously affiliated) are becoming an increasingly powerful force in politics, as they tend to follow their moral compass rather than their preachers. Anti-vaccine rallies draw hundreds of ultra-orthodox Jews.

In between sharing heavyhearted sighs, Joan and David tried to raise each other’s spirits. Trump’s lawyers aren’t laughed out of court as they promise to return with more jokes. Steve Bullock rides in from Montana to be our President. Republicans still have no health care plan, but a couple talking points to share. Susan Collins probably feels something deeply, thinking of her Kavanaugh vote. Donald Trump proposes kicking 55,000 kids out of their homes. Mitch McConnell tears a little more out of the nation, because that is all he has left to do.

Meanwhile, aides keep ignoring Trump in hopes that he’ll forget he asked them to do that stupid thing. Usually they’re right. China will pay for tariffs when Mexico pays for the wall.

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US-China trade talks have halted. Actually, Donald Trump can’t shut up, and China has found other ways to get their ideas across. Is Trump an idiot? Yes! More importantly, he’s a lying idiot, hoping to attract enough people dumber than him before the election.

David Waldman lured smart person Armando onto the show today, first to talk about Justice Stephen Breyer warning to his colleagues (and us) that the Supreme Court is becoming partisan and political. Armando will tell you, and has told you, it always was so. Is this the end of Roe? Armando also has a few thoughts about the Mueller report, specifically pages 171-177, and generally with Rule 6(e), executive privilege, and how to deal with dumb people.

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As Presidential Apprentice finally heads toward its climatic denouement, David Waldman says he has a feeling the good guys might just come out on top. (KITM scripts contain only David’s dialog to guard against spoilers.)

Greg Dworkin reports on the constitutional crisis, which is also an everyday life crisis. China isn’t about to let tariffs and Trump rule them. The death of rural hospitals will mean the eventual death of patients. Donald the dove might start a pre-election warAnti-abortion bills flood red states ahead of the election. Unfortunately, after the elections we would have to then live with those laws. Winning the Presidential election in 2020 will not be enough. Abortion isn’t a national issue, it is a global issue with international players.

For now, ahead of the televised debates, Joe Biden has a commanding lead.  Is Biden the candidate everyone really wants, or the candidate everyone thinks everyone else wants? Each Democratic candidate can assure you that once you listen to them, you will vote for them. Elizabeth Warren proves it, by wowing MAGA country. Iowa is going to ruin everything.

The FBI is now investigating whether the Florida spa owner connected to Robert Kraft’s prostitution case was funneling money from China into the Trump campaign.

How golf explains Donald Trump: Trump is a disgusting, loathsome jerk, who plays golf.

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School shootings. Why, it’s almost as if something was terribly wrong with our country.

The subpoena saga plods on. It’s moving faster than usual, but still too slow for some. What’s the plan? We’re in a constitutional crisis, all right. But as with everything, this can be both sides-ed. Impeachment support grows. Is it a feedback loop?

Today’s Twitter chatter: Giuliani’s planning a trip in Ukraine, though there are sometimes tragic results when people trip in Ukraine.

Trump’s moronic bragging about the “sport” of tax cheating may make it easier to get those returns, after all. The closer we get to nailing him, the more he calls for other people to be arrested.

Another ghost writer, hired to make it look like Trump isn’t an empty-headed dipshit, says Trump is an empty-headed dipshit.

Weekend reading: WTF is The Epoch Times, and why are they cheating so hard for Trump?

 

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David Waldman and Greg Dworkin return for Thursday’s KITM, and not a moment too soon. The last 24 hours have been hectic for our Loser in Chief—and right after the boss chewed him out about his oil well interventionism down south! It’s hard making a buck, especially if you never made one.  

A few people (like… Armando) have been telling you Trump’s billionaire bit is the heart of his con. Tax records show how Trump profited off spreading rumors—until investors stopped believing him... And yet, the people that believe a microwave oven can prove you aren’t poor still think a yacht makes you rich. A few Obama-Trump voters in battleground states might be catching on, however.

Matt Gaetz is being investigated by the Florida Bar for threatening Michael Cohen. Trump’s day in court can’t come soon enough, as the Supreme Court redistributes its wedge issue decisions into election season.

David knew actor Patrick Leahy long before he hit it big, but still isn’t his biggest fan. He has a bone to pick with Leahy’s handling of the the blue-slip rule, the Gop’s handling of the blue-slip rule, and in fact, the past, present and future handling of the blue-slip rule.  

Strike the last word”... David explains that often heard phrase, while Greg explains the concept of co-equal branches of government to the New York Times.

It’s not just Dana Milbank having his access to the White House curtailed... but now that it is him, it has become an outrage.

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We made it to Wednesday again! David Waldman can sit back with his mug of coffee, avocado toast with crispy marmot (always well-done!), secure in the assistance of KITM mid-week guests Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter:

There are so many ways for Democrats to win in 2020 it’s hard to pick. Dems should go with populism—the real kind, not Trump’s scam. They should go with Nancy Pelosi up front, not sideline her. They should run on the legacy of the Obama administration… Ah, one candidate did figure that one out. Is Joe Biden’s great early polling actually great news for John McCain and the rest of the Republicans? Can only a new crush bring Democrats to the polls? Or, is this the year of policy and representation? By the way, Elizabeth Warrren unveiled another proposal, this time a plan to combat the opioid epidemic...

Meanwhile, the Trump administration will redefine who is poor, because cruelty is always the point.

Is Donald Trump history’s biggest loser, or most successful con man? Again, it looks like both are the case. The question is, what are we going to do about it? Is this more great news for Trump? Is impeachment more great news for Trump? It’s all great news—if you believe Fox News is great news.

Republicans seem a little nervous though, as they try to force the lid closed on Trump scandals. William Barr is left more exposed, and might have to go onto the chopping block. Time’s up. Let the contempt proceedings begin. Nancy Pelosi must set aside the politics of impeachment and focus on the constitutional imperative of it.

Joe Biden’s scandal, manufactured by Trump and friends, is already falling apart. Why TF did the New York Times help spread that? Jacob Wohl tries to create a fake counter protest to his own press conference.

Vaccination is too important to argue about with dummies. US pregnancy deaths are up, but go unnoticed weeks after delivery.

We remain under a continuous cloud of mass-shootings. 20 years after Columbine, a STEM school near Denver has more children shot and killed. Families moved there because they feared a shooting. Families everywhere fear a shooting.

 
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Chaos shifts into mayhem. You’d think it would be… louder. You’d think people would miss their “rule of law”, “checks and balances”, “co-equal government”... constitutional republic… or maybe not. Maybe, the case is closed.

David Waldman and Armando don’t think so. There are Democrats who believe impeaching Donald Trump would somehow be a trap. Nancy Pelosi might agree, or maybe she’s only waiting for the precisely most powerful time (Watergate 50th anniversary: July 2023!) to spring into action. Others believe it is now or never. KITM is the kind of show you won’t hear anywhere else—an in-depth discussion on what has to happen to save democracy!

More voter fraud, more Republicans indicted, hopefully more to come.

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One million species are now threatened with extinction. Stocks are tumbling around the world. Donald Trump is sending bombers to Iran. North Korea is testing missiles, cutting rations, and after Trump’s poor execution of the Hanoi Summit are well executing some flunkeys... How was your weekend?

Buck up. David Waldman is here this morning to brighten our day and illuminate our mind, while Greg Dworkin brings the coffee and impeachment pie. Leonard Pitts, Jr. once gave impeachment strawberries, but no more. 45 years after Watergate, Nancy Pelosi leads the House Democrats down that same path. If Congress does not act to preserve its powers, it will make itself forever subservient (which was always the first priority of Donald Trump’s 6 year plan). 

Speaking of contumacious reprobates, Steven Mnuchin doesn’t quite get what “shall furnish” means, and he is past due for a lesson. As for those wanting to lock them up, note that the “Capitol jail down in the basement” is a myth, however a janitor’s closet with a mop handle wedged under the knob really should suffice.

Learn a lot (while you can) from perusing the Congressional Research Service Reports catalog.

Or, you could just skip the effort and have Joe Biden fix it. Biden is the one to beat, on both sides of the aisle. Or, maybe 90% of the Republican party will finally realize the error of their ways, and... A group running robocalls impersonating Trump's campaign has already raised more than $100,000. The IRS commissioner charged with releasing Trump’s tax returns earns as much as $1 million in rental income from Trump properties. Erik Prince is more rich and powerful than ever before. James O’Keefe is an idiot, but still makes a living off of Trumpists… but then again, so is Trump.

“America First” may be the last hope for these cattle ranchers.

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Relax! It’s the weekend! Don’t get too comfy in that hammock, David Waldman has various alarms he’d like to raise before anyone dozes off. 

Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham assures us that William Barr will sleep well once Lindsey has a little talk with Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Right now Donald Trump is “down on FISA", Graham knows that soon Trump will be “up on FISA” therefore he needs the law on whatever end Trump’s heading toward. Whether up is down or down is up for Trump, William Barr is all for it, and as luck would have it, Donald’s morality is passing right through Glenn Greenwald’s and Tucker Carlson’s sweet spot, and just out of Eric Holder’s. Donald Trump finally has his Roy Cohn, and Nancy Pelosi finally has someone to impeach.

Of course there are plenty of reasons to also impeach Donald Trump… and plenty of ways Trump will try to run out the clock on the investigations. A few federal marshals could speed the process up, a few thousand troops could slow it down.

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David Waldman and Greg Dworkin return for today’s KITM, leaving an empty seat for William Barr.

The parties play by two very different sets of rules, and Barr will tell you no rules apply to Donald Trump. Barr stunk up the place with lies yesterday, but Kamala Harris didn’t let that happen on her watch. Democrats who voted for Barr knew this was their cue to find a microphone and fret, while Speaker Pelosi told you it was a crime. So, if the system is to continue to work, what does it need to do? The White House agrees: Jerry Nadler needs to step it up, and you know Trump, Barr, and FBI Director Wray would never hesitate

Does Donald Trump make people corrupt, or attract corrupt people? Definitely both, as anyone could tell you, however not everyone agrees on what to do about that. How about… electing Joe Biden? Trump sure seems to think Biden has a chance, therefore you can expect Trump and his allies the New York Times to go on the attack.

The “uncalled witness” in the Anita Hill trial/Clarence Thomas confirmation doesn’t want an apology from Joe Biden, she wants one from Clarence Thomas.  

White nationalists have thoroughly infiltrated conservative media. Where are they becoming radicalized? You were told ICE would reunite thousands of migrant families, and of course it was around 60.

A Florida Officer’s naughty, naughty gun convinced a school full of kids they were all about to die. This would be a logical assumption, given how things go at schools anymore, where the best one can hope for is to die a hero.

Now that Donald already stole the silverware, he and Melania steal the White House.

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David Waldman joins Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter around the KITM maypole for 2 hours of revelry and analysis:

Today, William Barr is griping to the Senate Judiciary Committee about a disgruntled employee of his. Two time Attorney General Barr hates to “verdicts” questioned by anybody, especially when he’s been conspiring to perjure and obstruct justice… which only leads to more perjury and obstruction, which, in a just world

If Robert Mueller would like to get his side of the story out, he should note that the second hour of tomorrow’s KITM is still open to guests (When the Skype’s working, that is).

Donald Trump has recruited almost 100 firefighters to vote for him in 2020, and yet Joe Biden keeps pulling ahead. Joe is definitely a known quantity. Trump is definitely not the 2020 frontrunner (he wasn’t at the end of 2016 either). Speaking of Republican gerrymanders, 75,000 files have turned up from the computer of a dead redistricting guru. With a Trump second term looking everyone in the face, “electability” is on every Democrat’s list of priorities.

People that know Mitch McConnell like him even less than Trump, therefore Mitch would rather you did not even think about him, and leave him alone with his tobacco execs. Still, McConnell must know that one day, it will be either him or Trump under that bus. It better be a big bus, as Erik Prince, brother of dope Betsy DeVos, is to be the subject of a criminal referral from the House over the Russia investigation.

Taxpayers pick up the tab for the open bar at Mar-a-Lago.

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OK everyone, David Waldman saw Game of Thrones, you can share your spoilers now. Donald Trump can finally ask “why didn’t the dragons just fly over and dump water on them all?”

Hey, but not Endgame though! Let David gain the satisfaction of finding Howard on his own.

Back to The Scourge of the Dotard King: Battle of the Subpoenas. Trump can’t stop lying, even in federal lawsuit filings. Eric Trump throws his drunken sister under the bus. David points out that they keep rebooting this story every 15 years or so.

Actually, the Republican war on democracy is never-ending. Remember back in 2016, when Trump inexplicably showed interest in Michigan and Wisconsin? This year, Donald and campaign manager Brad Parscale are interested in New Hampshire, Nevada and Colorado...

Then there’s the Maryland elections company bought by a Russian oligarch close to Putin. Maryland ditched the election servers tied to the Russian oligarch. Now, the company with the Russian investment no longer owns the firm.

Armando likes Joe Biden’s Trump is Evil and Must Be Stopped!” argument, and the strategy of coming out for impeachment when Trump blocks the investigations spurred by the Mueller report. There have been few impeachments, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to learn by studying them.

Meanwhile, Republican trolls, agents provocateur, smear merchants, and mercenary dicks Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl can’t resist attempting to manufacture a homophobic scandal around Pete Buttigieg, even though it’s still 9 months to the primaries.

A growing number of university students from Saudi Arabia flee the U.S. after being charged with rape and manslaughter.

And now for the world’s saddest cage match with the world’s happiest outcome, Jared Kushner and Stephen Miller are about to throw down.

 

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Did you catch today’s Kagro in the Morning? If not… SPOILERS AHEAD! David Waldman and Greg Dworkin return to team up against the forces of evil, and stupid:  

So far, Nancy Pelosi is correct on holding off on impeachment, or at least for calling for impeachment. Opinion will change once… or if... the truth reaches the masses.

You won’t be hearing the truth from Donald Trump, ever. For his 10,000th lie, Trump had to make it something special, so why not endanger women and doctors, nurses, or anyone that has lost a baby recently?  

Polls do not look great for Republicans. The majority of voters would not consider voting for Trump in 2020. The majority of women wouldn’t, the majority of seniors will not, vote Trump. As in 2018, Republicans are losing the health care debate. Wisconsin’s milk farmers face extinction, so you’d think they might be less enthusiastic Trump voters as well. Well... they still have cheating, which they’re always happy to do. And… they have Russian hackers. Bill Nelson told you Russians penetrated the Florida voting system. The Mueller report confirmed that. Rick Scott and Marco Rubio are now getting around to confirming that as well. Hackers will just have to find some new states to “flip”.

Oh, and racism. Racism always helps check the "R" on the ballot.

Then there was that mass shooting at a synagogue in California. Heroes and miracles, but unfortunately, also shooting and death.

Even Donald Trump can see that Betsy DeVos is an idiot, he just doesn’t care. What Trump really cares about is watching fellow grifters come to a falling out at the NRA. Protecting both Mueller and Trump was like landing two planes at the same time for Rob Rosenstein.

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Avengers: Endgame. Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3. Kagro in the Morning.

How will you split up your time, energy and attention for maximum water cooler cred by Monday? Well, at least David Waldman gives you bathroom breaks:

North Korean post-interrogation health care might be world-class, but it’s expensive. They issued a $2 million ransom note/hospital bill to the US which we paid. That’s why hostage negotiations are so successful with this administration—for the hostage takers. (The world’s Memers let me down by not photoshopping a picture of Donald Trump handing Kim Jong Un a giant novelty check that I could link to here by press time.)

Democrats know oversight is their responsibility, they just hope you don’t.

Why won’t Twitter treat white supremacy like ISIS? Because many Republicans are white supremacists, and boy, would they pitch a fit. Donald Trump demanded Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tell him why people don’t love him more. Trump calls up Rupert Murdoch to fix his cable. Fox can’t keep advertisers, and Trump, and will have to choose.

Mar-a-Lago can’t find US workers to hire, no matter how many apply. The same corrupt people nearly killed the NRA twice, and might finally get it right this time. Did Trump’s personal lawyers violate criminal law and ethical rules enough to keep their jobs?  Bridget Kelly invites Chris Christie to share an adjoining cell.

The Russians hit the jackpot with people who were neither intelligent nor intelligence savvy. Lara Trump discovers the cause of the downfall of Germany.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:27pm EDT

Today is the day Joe Biden runs for President! Again! Feel the JoementumDavid Waldman does... he really does... It’s just that there are so many out there to be elated about! (The only bad thing about having 20 Democratic candidates is eventually hearing Donald Trump brag about beating 19 of them.) Biden is the front runner—over Democrats, and over Trump, perhaps because it’s still an old white guy world. On the other hand, other old white guy Bernie Sanders finds that there are a lot of women and minorities out there too.

Joe has wide support over many demographics though, especially young voters who just might be thinking of Onion Joe rather than Uncle Joe. Both Joes could run into future problems. And, Barack Obama feels, uhm, favorable about Joe and would give him a positive employment review maybe if requested.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren rolls out another well-thought plan, this time to make childbirth safer. Polls show that voters need and demand solutions like this, if only someone like Pete Buttigeig would present them.

Greg Dworkin (Happy Birthday!) reports that Trump’s weak approval wouldn’t exist at all without Fox News and Russian hackers. Donald has a lot to worry about before the election. For instance, he never locked Hillary Clinton up. Every single person he ever knew is a liar out to get him. And, people won’t quit reading the Mueller report. Here are 14 Mueller report takeaways you might have missed. (If you weren’t a KITM listener

The White House refuses to let Steven Miller testify to Congress about his immigration policy. Think of all the white power signs that could’ve be thrown during that hearing!

Mar-a-Lago is becoming the #1 Communist party destination. A phony lawyer joins the Trump 2020 grifter stampede. Bridget Kelly shakes her fist out of her jail window as Chris Christie drives past.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:33am EDT

It’s Wednesday and David Waldman takes us into the weekend! Well, not right away—all good things take time and patience. And who better to increment with, than KITM Wednesday guests Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter?

Donald Trump, who is not a patient guy, entered emergency tweet mode to declare that if one co-equal branch of government threatens him, he’ll get 5 out of 9 of the other co-equal branch to rescue him.

Democrats are nervously checking consultants and polls to determine if the proper percentage of people are on fire to warrant bringing out the fire hose. In fact, Megan McArdle-bargle not withstanding, even some Republicans are feeling the breeze from the Overton window at this point. Indeed, Laurence Tribe has found himself braving impeachment talk.

The Supreme Court is almost set to throw the electoral college for 2024, but have to pick between Ivanka or Don Jr. Republicans need to fix the election early to get ahead of the huge demographic shifts toward Democrats. Russians were happy to help fix 2016, and will be ready in 2020. That’s why Trump doesn’t want to hear about Russian election hacking, let alone discourage it. Mitch McConnell is in deep with Russia too. Impeaching Trump now is the only solution to having a totalitarian US. France almost merged with Britain in 1940, so things can change that fast.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:15pm EDT

David Waldman brings us Treason Tuesday on KITM! “Treason” is a word not bandied about enough, and it’s high time we get on to bandying it:

Greg Sargent and George Conway agree that “Collusion” is not the word to describe the last few years. In 2016, Republicans weighed just how much treason they were willing to tolerate in their Presidential candidates. They determined it was a lot.

Naive country girl Maria Butina came to the United States for love and opportunity, and now longs to return to her simple life. She needs to wait another 18 months. A DoJ filing last Friday sheds light on the ongoing counter-intelligence investigation. Erik Prince and Kirill Dmitriev long for that time they shared secrets along the Seychelles beach.

Treason Tuesday continues, with the White House ignoring a congressional subpoena on a matter of National Security.

Rex Tillerson needs to come to Congress and point on a globe exactly where Donald “asked him to do illegal things”.

Kamala Harris joins Team Impeach.

Sri Lankans died,  maybe because New Zealanders died?

Meanwhile, more teachers become armed, because more teachers became armed.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:14pm EDT

David Waldman hosts today’s Earth Day special from beneath a fresh layer of the finest organic mulch, just outside KITM World Headquarters:

Don’t cast your vote yet! There’s a new Democratic candidate! Seth Moulton hopes to be the “young Joe Biden” of 2020, but sadly looks to be the “Seth Moulton” of 2020. College Students already have their “Joe Biden”, and it just might be “Joe Biden”.

And, we’re still all reading the Mueller report… well, we aren’t but other people are, and we're reading their latest analysis. Greg Dworkin has no inclination for exoneration but for excoriation. First, William Barr must resign. Barr wasn’t supposed to rebut Robert Mueller. Former federal prosecutors are speaking out in objection. The public is beginning to agree that that a check on Donald Trump is past due. So… how about impeachment? Some Democrats feel that impeachment has a certain harshness they’d prefer not to encounter during any 4 year term with an election in it. So how about the new impeachment, impeachment-lite, impeachment minus the impeachment? Let’s censure!

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren wonders if we would like to talk about anything other than Trump during the next 18 months... like maybe solving our nation’s other problems, such as universal child care, or student debt  alleviation... Oh, ok, she’ll talk about impeachment too

Greg ties the present to the past with a discussion of The R’s, the D’s, and the Arrrrr’s and how they were all a bit cooler back in the day.

David brings our attention back to the usual parade of scandals and corruption. A former CIA officer racks his brain to imagine any innocence in the behavior of Chinese national Yujing Zhang’s visit and possible infiltration of Mar-a-Lago. The Russians throw us a bone and let us know what Erik Prince and Moscow’s Money Man discussed in Seychelles. The Trump Organization is suing Rep. Elijah Cummings to block a subpoena for of Trump’s financial records.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:54pm EDT

Friday, finally! Some of us could use a little break from all of this before they snap. Not David Waldman, and not any of you reading this, who are now about to hit play on today's KITM. We need a couple of hours to prepare for the dozens of hours we plan on devoting our attention to Mueller report analysis this weekend!

Armando returns to remind us that the administration of justice is a constitutional responsibility that is shared by all three branches. Unlike William Barr, Robert Mueller agrees that Congress has this responsibility as well. For a moment there, a few Democratic leaders spaced on that. Lately, some are beginning to smarten up, others… no.

Speaking of smarts, Donald Trump kept trying to break the law, but was continually stymied by his smarter, law abiding staff. Certainly, plenty of his staff were neither, as shown by the Special Counsel's 14 referrals of potential criminal activity to outside offices. Only two referrals are publicly known at this point, but the report does describe Mike Flynn contacting foreign intelligence services for Hillary Clinton dirt, and Steve Bannon and Erik Prince exchanging dozens of text messages (since acid-washed from their phones, natch). Prepare to return to the Seychelles in the coming months.

There’s plenty more dumbness and dishonesty to discover. For instance, Sarah Sanders helped out where she could. Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr fed the White House Senate intelligence. Rod Rosenstein wouldn’t stick his neck out for Trump, although he’s still happy to stand behind those who do. By the way, that mountain man lawyer on Rod’s right represents a whole different (maybe) can of worms. By the way, how dumb and dishonest can you be to not collude with the Russians only because you couldn’t ask for anything in return… because you know your entire life is filled with blackmailable offenses?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:42am EDT

David Waldman sits high atop Mount Kagro, mead in hand, surveying all before him and dispensing opinions. Unfortunately, the Mueller report was not yet before him, so consider today’s KITM  to be your pre-Mueller report primer. Today is also Greg Dworkin’s retirement day! (But not from this show, so he still had to clock in here.) 

You know what someone should’ve asked William Barr this morning? Of course, Barr would have just lied, or even worse, told the truth. The media is not fully prepared to handle either tactic. Barr doesn’t care what the media, or you think. Alarmed? Appalled? Enraged? Armando was made for this moment, and brings the rant down. Legislators have a constitutional responsibility to confront this head on. Our leaders leap into action, by becoming incrementally sterner, a gambit they’ve employed for over a generation.

Oh well, at least in the end the Kavanaugh hearings motivated Dems more than Republicans, it seems. (Brett Kavanaugh is still on the Supreme Court.) Voters aren’t awfully impressed with the Trump tax scam, it turns out. (It is still law.) Polls are looking pretty good though. (C’mon 2020!)

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:29pm EDT

David Waldman brings us Wednesday’s message, broadcasting from the kitchen/nave of St. Kagro’s Cathedral, (somehow still under constant renovation).

Meanwhile, generous donations are pouring in for Notre Dame, and Louisianan black churches. Notre Dame’s fire seemed so destructive, probably because its designers preferred it burning rather than Paris burning. Luckily for everyone, a pioneering architectural historian managed to laser scan the Cathedral’s architecture. Notre Dame is now promised to be even more beautiful than before, but should that be the goal? Well, it is to the sponsors of the 2024 Olympics, where visitors will be able to check out the new Cathedral, just down the Seine from the new Arc de Trump.

Richard Spencer hopes the Notre Dame fire finally spurs the white man into action. Good luck on that!

Greg Dworkin counts down the hours before the release of William Barr’s second Mueller report obfuscation. Conservatives that are interested in the truth are interested in reading the actual report. If Congress wants the report enough, they can get it. Trump 2020 spends $1 in every $5 donated on lawyers.

Several people have said that several children have had sex with Alan Dershowitz; Alan is certain that no one saw him

Donald Trump purports that he vetoed the resolution to end US participation in Yemen’s Civil war. Congress.gov wants to see receipts. Gop congressmen pretended they watched Trump’s wall being built, when they didn’t. A pro-Brexit group pretended to see violent migrants sneak into Britain, when they didn’t.

Voters know who to blame for immigration policy.

Joan McCarter reports that top House Democrats are demanding White House documents on their plan to send asylum seekers to sanctuary cities. William Barr told immigration judges to deny bond hearings to asylum seekers.

Republicans love measles, but unfortunately can’t keep them to themselves.

Watch your mouse around Facebook; Amazon is taking notes.

Direct download: April_17_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:09pm EDT

Great news, the Notre Dame de Paris cathedral made it through the night, and you can hold up on cancelling any tours you might have scheduled over the next thousand years or so. That was some prime real estate opening up downtown, so of course that got Donald Trump’s attention. Donald hoped to clean up the area a little and maybe build something really nice in Paris for once, if only France could meet him halfway with their fire regs...

Luckily, France did have experts to address their situation. We, however, have Trump, and his usual gang of idiots at Fox, assisted by their extraordinary gang of idiots that always seem available for these events. If Donald wasn’t President, he’d be cable news’ number one guest right now.

But that was only half of today’s KITMDavid Waldman has only two days left to prepare us for the release of the 2nd William Barr summary. Actually, the latest Barr summary wasn’t the first time Barr pulled this sort of thing. Barr misled Congress in his 1989 summary memo, redacting just the right/wrong information about violation of UN charter, international law, abductions in foreign countries... yada, yada. Oh, and Bill Barr has some connections to Vector Group, Alfa Bank, Deutsche Bank, Russia, yada yada...

Maybe you're wondering if a cabinet member has ever been impeached? “Watergate grand jury member No. 1” personally lived through the Teapot Dome of American scandals, and therefore he knows a bit about those things.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:18pm EDT

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Can’t get enough of intricate, complexly Machiavellian stratagems played out by an ever conniving set of deceiving backstabbers? Then you came to the right place! David Waldman can’t offer you dragons today, but we do have a surplus of elephants.

The world is going nuts, and Greg Dworkin found some of the nuttiest in the UK. Brexit is threatening to break the Tory party apart, leaving an opening for hardliners. A new referendum might be the best way out of their crisis.

Donald Trump turns his mob back onto Muslims, starting with insufficiently grateful Ilhan Omar, whose death Donald will probably consider simply an example of her bad branding.

Here’s an aggravatingly long list of the times Trump has asked people who work for him or the government to break laws. The list does not include laws broken, but then reinterpreted, pardoned, or disappeared.

Republicans do know Donald Trump is terrible, they just aren’t tired of winning yet.  Trump tests out his post-recession pitches. Obama/Trump voters now wish to be Obama/Trump/Obama voters. They might even vote for a woman candidate if they hear of any running.

On Thursday the media gets a second chance to get it wrong on the Mueller report.

At the beginning of the month the House passed a resolution withdrawing military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, which Donald Trump… uhm, whatever happened with that? Prepare to be engrossed in David’s explanation and examination of engrossment, enrollment, and the presentation of legislation.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:31pm EDT

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David Waldman is on the road again, college shopping with #1 son, and enduring his sticker shock one weekend at a time. Dishonest entry into college is crazy expensive, ostensibly honest ain’t cheap either. Now students are being sold on handing over part of their future earnings in return for loans.

William Barr is trying to Rule 6(e) his way out of letting anyone see the complete Mueller report. House committees are already having their subpoenas rebuffed. David looks into conservative arguments supporting Barr, and the counterpoints.

Georgia Rep. Lucy McBath was trolled by the Gop... at least for a while, until people that could read cursive showed up.

Randolph 'Tex' Alles proposed saving money by withdrawing security protection for Trump’s family members and aides unless they had received threats. You can imagine how well that went over.

Donald Trump is spending millions on Facebook ads, so what’s a few Howards between friends?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

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BREAKING: The world’s first picture of a black hole reveals an image of a large, black void. Why? Because they look like large, black voids, and also some science stuff.

Closer to home, but still kind of far away, Greg Dworkin examines potential political collapses in Israel and the UK.

No closer to home at all, and in fact, in exactly the same place, Julian Assange is arrested, and Armando joins us in not knowing, initially, exactly how to feel about it, until things clear up, somewhat. Then, right here at home, we all bemoan William Barr’s shallow and craven predictability, and wonder how our various national big brains could ever possibly have missed the clues. Later, it’s time to wonder the same with regard to the Republican Senate and the filibuster.

We didn’t neglect electoral politics entirely, though. Poll cravers got their fix.

In other corruption news, Trump’s sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, retired from her senior, inactive status on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, thereby mooting a court inquiry into… those taxes Trump keeps refusing to give up. But also reaffirming that there’s there there.

Oh, and did we mention that the Russians tried to hack election systems in every single state? Yes we did, but only just.

Direct download: April_11_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:47pm EDT

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Hump day! Always good news for David Waldman, because he has Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter to give him a hand up. Good news for all of us, as today there is a very big hump to ascend:

Claire Grady, pesky obstacle of Donald Trump, retires to spend more time with her family. No wait—that’s Greg Dworkin, and he’s retiring to spend more time with us! More details to come.

Meanwhile, House Republicans are directly intervening in the House Oversight Committee's efforts to investigate prescription drug prices. Donald Trump is turning the Fed into a reality show, and Mitch McConnell is letting it happen.

Who is the most dangerous man in DC? Is it Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s newest puppet-master? Is it Stephen Miller, white nationalist and chaos agent? Is it Stephen Miller’s arch nemesis, Jared Kushner? Or is it Jared Kushner’s arch nemeses, the tea party Republicans? Or maybe William Barr, moving attention and resources into battle against the deep state? Nah, it’s our nitwit 4th grader in chief, wondering why Mt. Vernon wasn’t named Mt. Washington, destroyer of all he touches, unless he thinks he can steal it. When can we go back to ignoring him? Maybe after the election? Right now, voters prefer the white guy whose name they recognize, especially if he can beat Trump. Social media and cable news might not reflect where the vote will go, and Israel’s election and Brexit show the awful places votes can possibly go.

In Europe dozens of women have married ISIS fighters, and could be tried for war crimes, but now have children who are citizens in their countries, creating many other complications.

Back in the US, the Feds bust a $1.2 billion health-care fraud scheme peddling orthopedic braces to senior citizens via foreign call centers. Devin Nunes’ Cow and the the Fresno Bee fight Devin Nunes SLAPP suit… something about a yacht, cocaine and prostitutes.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:44pm EDT

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You might not know his name, but you know his birthday. Happy birthday, David Waldman’s brother!

What else is happening today? Oh yeah, Donald Trump continues his purge of enemies, dissidents, and those that have disagreed with him in front of people. (Donald had a nickname for the departing Secret Service director Randolph Alles, and it wasn’t “Tex”.) Trump plans to install lackeys to the DHS might be illegal, but legality has been a minor consideration.

Whatever Trump is playing, it isn’t golf. However he earned money, it wasn’t in business. Can Donald cheat his way out from under the Mueller report? A federal court decision on Friday shows how Congress can finally get its hands on the special counsel's work. A bill in the New York state Legislature could allow Congress to obtain Trump's tax returns.

The Chinese woman caught at Mar-a-Lago had nine USB drives, five sim cards, and a hidden camera detector, but only a fraction of what a spy would really require to sneak in undetected.

Mitch McConnell sped up his conga line of conservative judges once again before the music runs out.

Rep. Ilhan Omar said Stephen Miller is a white nationalist. Stephen Miller is a white nationalist. Stephen Miller is a white nationalist, and it’s not anti-Semitic to say so. Black activists can be made more terrifying with rumors of Communist or Islamic terrorism.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:53pm EDT

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David Waldman, on the road this weekend, hoped to return to find everything normal this morning. Of course, he was disappointed, unless he was expecting the normal level of abnormality.

For instance, Kirstjen Nielsen was fired by tweet, as would be expected, and Donald Trump ignored the law in naming her replacement, of course. She certainly won’t be missed, maybe even after we meet the new guy.

Former White House counsel Don McGahn is quoted, uhm, off the record, dropping really big hints that his boss was not fun to work for, and interestingly, that the White House operations model was hub and spoke, a business model familiar to lawyers, especially those in antitrust law.

Greg Dworkin has noticed that someone might be worried about the Mueller report. In fact, the closer it gets, the more Trump squeals, and the more lies are being tossed out. As the Mueller report coverup proceeds, the Trump tax return dodge begins. Trump has always considered his tax dodging a priority, even over the Mueller report. Democrats always considered a reasonable law-based argument would make a difference to anyone in their right mind. As a result, White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney replied, Na-na ah boo boo, you can’t make me. Trump's personal lawyer Jay Sekulow, backed him up with, Oh yeah, what about Nancy Pelosi?

Donald Trump's week of utter chaos sent the message that he is out of control. On the other hand, Democratic freshmen are already posting huge fundraising numbers. Democrats should stop chasing Trump’s base. They already have their own white working-class voters, plus plenty of others.

Direct download: April_8_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:35pm EDT