Thu, 31 January 2019
Brr! David Waldman brings us the news, plus traffic and weather on the 10’s:
Greg Dworkin brings up Howard Schultz again. Schultz made money bringing us all together over a cup of coffee, just like Papa John promoted family unity over a slice of pizza, and Scott Tucker passed us a couple bucks when we were down and out. Self-deluded billionaires without political experience promising nothing but to run the country like a CEO could never win an election, could they? Howard wouldn’t know, he doesn’t vote. Now, Michael Bloomberg, he knows how to do this.
Voters would elect Elizabeth Warren’s tax plan in a landslide. Nancy Pelosi gets more credit than Chuck Schumer for taking on Donald Trump because she deserves it. If you want a chance to take on Trump, take a number, but hurry, before all of the cool policies are spoken for!
Donald Trump figures intelligence agencies wouldn’t be so passive and naive if they saw the same reports he sees. What has NATO even done for us lately? Mitch McConnell realizes his shell is not nuke-proof.
Emptywheel gives us the details on the disinformation campaign targeting Robert Mueller. Russia pretended to hack its own court documents, and altered them, and Mueller caught them. Worldwide organized crime is like The Sopranos, but just bigger.
Wed, 30 January 2019
David Waldman braves the bitter cold in that stairwell on his commute to KITM Worldwide to bring us today’s Wednesday Winter Wonderland edition:
Donald Trump who? There’s a new billionaire butthead in town, for a while at least. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez opened up a brand-new franchise in Howard Schultz’ head and it’s going gangbusters. Greg Dworkin finds it hard to ignore rich independent candidates, especially with a weak incumbent, and journalists always ready to fall for that framing. Billionaires at Davos don’t need your love, they have their money to keep them warm. Donald Trump stays snug in his bubble, even as his followers’ start to burst. Foxconn backs out of its promise to revive American manufacturing.
Joan McCarter calls in to join the debate around putting an end to all government shutdowns. Republicans disclaim the shutdown as a really bad idea that totally wasn’t their fault. Both the House and Senate join in avoiding the next Trump/McConnell shutdown, while federal employees return to work knowing they’re still Trump’s bargaining chip.
Tue, 29 January 2019
Toasty and cozy at the White House, the least popular President of all time trolls America, chuckling to himself. David Waldman, probably also quite comfortable in the kitchen of KITM Worldwide headquarters, delivers our morning warm-up:
Government needed to remember its mom’s maiden name to get back on line Monday.
Donald Trump’s foreign policy, world view, and sexual fantasies, all in under 3 minutes, starring Benicio Del Toro.
Facebook fights ProPublica to protect its cherished advertiser privacy.
Have courts considered Saudis and Russians might be passing money to Trump based on his renowned quality of service?
Mon, 28 January 2019
America isn’t asking for much, and yet Trump offers a lot less. Everyone agrees Donald Trump caved, so now Donald Trump hates everyone. The Trump shutdown demonstrated Trump’s disdain for both government and governing.
Where does Trump get all of his ideas on immigration? As you might of guessed, he pulls them right out of his TiVo queue.
Trump doesn’t think he should ask anyone to lie as long as all are aware he expects 100% loyalty to his lying.
Greg Dworkin chimes in on the aftermath of a disaster of a week. Everyone wants investigations, but what about impeachment? Honorable, principled, civil hearings will go a long way to restoring confidence.
Tom Brokaw is aware that some think Hispanics are a little too brown and foreign… and he kind of agrees with that, for which he is very, very sorry. Just because you don’t understand what they are saying doesn’t mean they are talking behind your back. The continuing downside of both-siding.
The rent is too damned high because money-laundering oligarchs bought all the real-estate to clean their oil money.
Meanwhile, the Treasury Department lifts sanctions on three Russian firms with ties to Oleg Deripaska.
David rules on future Democratic committee rules.
Fri, 25 January 2019
Steve K.G. Bannon’s going down too.
David Waldman brings us up-to-the-9:00AM-minute news on Roger Stone, returning to come to grips with our latest nation-wide calamity, the death of Necco Valentine’s Day Sweethearts. Also, we have the worst President in history, as well as the dumbest, most sociopathic, etc.
The Mueller grand jury could soon be hampered by the shutdown cutting into its budget. Tax experts are perplexed by how Donald Trump’s inaugural committee failed to disclose to the IRS ticket revenue. Oh, and most IRS employees are not returning to work after being furloughed. What does Trump have against airlines? Air Traffic is being shut down across the country as they run out of staff.
Two career security specialists didn’t trust Jared Kushner with top secret clearance, but he was waved in by their supervisor, along with 30 others. Meanwhile, the Freedom Caucus takes steps to separate the US from NATO.
Thu, 24 January 2019
People say this is a petty fight. Greg Dworkin joins with David Waldman today to tell you that the stakes of this fight are not petty. That’s why the Democrats are unified in this. That is why voters are becoming unified behind Democrats. That is why Nancy Pelosi is winning this. And, that is why Donald Trump is losing, because only his half of this fight is petty. Even white nationalists want to move on. Republican Senator Cory Gardner might do the right thing.
Master whatever Jared Kushner will fix this shutdown as part of his ongoing hobby of running the US. Mick Mulvaney found out about the shutdown and wonders if there will be any really big problems caused by it. Willbur Ross doesn’t see any problem that a trip to the ATM wouldn’t solve. In the real world there is talk about conducting a General Strike to end the Government Shutdown. It has been hard for Trump to follow the rules on rules.
Another white guy got radicalized or something and shot and killed 5 people in Florida.
A Pizzagate conspiracy theorist believed she was on Trump’s advisory board, and even the board bought that theory for a while.
Media outlets didn’t know what to think about the Covington Catholic teens… but they had deadlines to meet.
Wed, 23 January 2019
No, no no. David Waldman is not talking about the Covington Catholic MAGA teens today. Well, more like he’s cutting back. Ten minutes, maybe fifteen, then that’s it. Or maybe until the conservative DARVO money runs out...
Greg Dworkin might see a light at the end of the shutdown tunnel, as Trump’s approval caves in. 71% say Trump’s wall isn’t worth Trump’s shutdown, and hope Speaker Pelosi can fix it all. 2/3rds of Republicans (and dropping) want Trump to hold out, while 2/3rds of voters (and rising) want him to reopen government. Most oppose Trump’s demands. (Although he is still negotiating with Republicans, not Democrats.) Actually, this is whole thing is between Donald and Mitch. As for the rest of America, Less than a third of us believe Trump is NOT being blackmailed by Russia.
No one has a clue what is going on in DC. No wait… Joan McCarter calls in with a few: Mitch McConnell schedules a shutdown vote for tomorrow that he insisted he would not allow. Senate Democrats have secured a big concession to get a vote on a continuing resolution to fund the government until Feb. 8. Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner plans to take the federal government employee hostage off the table.
Congratulations Los Angeles teachers, let’s spread those victories.
China grants Ivanka Trump 5 trademarks, including for child care centers.
Tue, 22 January 2019
People of color once again tormented innocent white boys into behaving outside their true angelic nature, forcing the President and David Waldman to step into the fray. Good God, we’re all suckers for this stuff, and it just keeps bringing us back to this point.
Covington Catholic boys practiced douchebaggery before the confrontation, their school practiced it for years, and they all aren’t stopping soon. The media regrets temporarily objectively reporting events and rushes back to comforting false equivalency. A Louisville public relations firm would like you to doubt what you saw with your own eyes. Don't doubt what you saw with your own eyes.
Meanwhile, the US crumbles, right on schedule. Trump and Russia have been a fully integrated operation from the beginning. Russian information warfare relies heavily on "reflexive control." Russian military intelligence planned on linking Sergei Skripal’s poisoning to the Steele Dossier more than a year before they poisoned Skripal.
Remember, don’t believe Donald Trump until you see it in writing, and then don’t.
Mon, 21 January 2019
If Donald Trump does absolutely nothing today, it might not be the best he could do, but maybe the best we could hope for. As Donald cozies up under the blankies for a day of cable TV, David Waldman catches us up on the complexities behind his big scandals:
If giving water to someone dying of thirst is illegal, what humanity is left in the law of this country? Humanitarian aid isn’t always a crime. Just talking about immigration makes Donald Trump a little thirsty.
As a transnational crime syndicate, Russia should be expected to use criminals as assets. David spends some time looking into the collection of criminals and assets lined up by the the Southern District Court of New York.
Paula Apynys reaches back to offer Democrats a simple lesson, via Brian Beutler: Stop having good faith deals with bad faith people.
Fri, 18 January 2019
Let’s see. It’s Friday, what should we talk about first? David Waldman has so much to choose from today, from the news everyone’s talking about, to the news everyone should be talking about. We have a couple of hours, let’s do it all:
Buzzfeed showed up with a smoking gun last night. Democrats in the House are looking into reports that Donald Trump instructed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about a real estate project in Russia, which even attorney general nominee William Barr can tell you is against the law.
Thu, 17 January 2019
David Waldman never said there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia or between people in the campaign, or even with Donald Trump himself and Russia... and from the looks of things, he probably never will:
Greg Dworkin reveals Donald Trump’s path to 2020. First, Trump will have to throw absolutely everybody he previously knew under the bus. Then, he must go full dotard on the diabolical vs. dotard question about his motivations. After that, Donald can just calm down and enjoy the shutdown ride. The problem is that his base might hop off before the bottom of the big hill.
It is a long way to February 7 for Michael Cohen. While we all bide our time, there are always new sleazy tidbits. Cohen hired an IT firm to rig online polls for Trump, and of course a few grand fell out of his Walmart bag of cash into his pocket.
Sure, impeaching Donald Trump will be fun. But we should also consider how the process can be instructive, enlightening, inspiring, restorative and fun.
Want to know what grinds Armando’s gears today? The inspector general of the General Services Administration reported that the GSA ignored the Constitution by letting Trump lease the old post office in Washington DC. The GSA YOLO LOL’d right up to the release of the report, but now considers the report is exculpatory. Tune into the second half of today’s show as he and David discuss the report line by redacted line.
Wed, 16 January 2019
Amidst the bustle and the hubbub of the KITM World headquarters and pancake shoppe, David Waldman sends us off this morning with well-packed book bags and podcasts:
Neither side has yet given in on the wall, but that doesn’t mean they ain’t losing. The shutdown is just starting to hit the elite where it hurts. There is a tradition of making politicians save themselves from what they are doing. A bipartisan Senate letter tries “good faith”. Trump continues to thrash away, with Chuck Schumer holding the line a bit more before reeling him in. Nancy Pelosi sends a letter to Trump reminding him who is boss, and it’s not Vlad. Donald will now fire back, through his and Mitch McConnell’s feet.
The shutdown doesn’t slow down Joan McCarter’s DC reporting: Mitch McConnell is getting roasted inside his shell and will have to poke his head out soon. Mortgage Bankers profit big in the shutdown. T-Mobile's corruption is as plain as a Fuchsia tie.
Tue, 15 January 2019
This AM, a school snow delay backed traffic all the way up to the doors of KITM World Headquarters. David Waldman fought child gridlock while bringing us the latest in today’s news:
Steve King managed to hide his insane racism from all of Washington for over 20 years, but it finally caught up with him as the House stripped him of his committee assignments, and might throw some disapproval, or even censure his way.
Sally Yates’ warning about vulnerability to blackmail applied to Trump more than Mike Flynn. Do you know who really would know about Trump and Putin? The other person in the room. There are at least 18 reasons Trump could be a Russian asset.
Hey, if any of you donated to the GoFundMe for Trump’s wall, well… oh never mind.
Mon, 14 January 2019
That sums up why David Waldman continues to ring the KITM alarm:
The shutdown shuts down an entire terminal in Houston. The White House insists that the IRS check is in the mail. The Supreme Court won’t review Matt Whitaker’s AG appointment until it is even more too late.
Greg Dworkin makes his Monday wakeup call: The unpopular Wall closes in on the unpopular Russian asset. Over half of the country tells Donald Trump to cut it out already, as Trump fights for a supermajority. Trump couldn’t have done it without Mitch McConnell.
Fri, 11 January 2019
Government is still shutdown, but nothing can shut David Waldman and KITM down, not even orthodontia appointments! A brand-new show for today:
Yesterday, Donald Trump wondered aloud how anyone could be so stupid to believe what he says.
At first glance Paul Manafort’s lawyers seem like real idiots for making many idiotic mistakes. A second, third and fourth glance does not alter this perception. But look again, could Manafort be signaling to some maybe smarter lawyers out there what Robert Mueller has discovered about him and Russian agent Konstantin Kilimnik?
Thu, 10 January 2019
David Waldman, as Musical Director for Anomynous Nude Selfie-1, LLC™, just can’t keep it to himself—today’s KITM is such a bop:
Greg Dworkin informs us that maybe Donald Trump is finally seeing the reality of the situation, or that maybe he isn’t. All that Trump says is incredibly nonsensical and in obviously bad faith, so why does it matter what he says? Oh, yeah, he’s the President still. Trump’s Oval Office address was pure propaganda, but he was “Presidenting”, so the networks fell in line.
Diversity aids in the evolution and flourishing of just about everything, including government.
The media has to give disproportionate attention to progressives’ misstatements to meet their quota of false equivalence for each news cycle.
Wed, 9 January 2019
Greg Dworkin rounds up the wall-to-wall wall punditry. Trump knows his wall is useless, but knows his supporters like his wall reality show. For all others however, if you ever read Trump’s tweets, ever watched the main stream news, or ever listened to Stephen Miller, you have already heard it all: IACATBTKY. All that is left now is for Trump to surrender and declare victory. The Dems deliver trash from national parks to the White House, while the District of Columbia’s Water authority board thinks about shutting off the water.
Joan McCarter brings us Day 19 shutdown news. Lisa Murkowski wants votes to reopen government. A plan is bubbling up in the Senate to break the shutdown, and the House plans votes to reopen one agency at a time, and hold defections below a veto-proof threshold. Democrats also plan to hold hearings on Medicare for All. Meanwhile, Mitch McConnell and Marco Rubio tried and failed in trolling Democrats, and Trump just plans on breaking the law.
You got to hope Rod Rosenstein figures Bob Mueller is all set and doesn’t need his help anymore. If not, maybe Paul Manafort can lend a hand. Also Natalia Veselnitskaya might have worked more closely with Russia than she let on.
Tue, 8 January 2019
Tonight Donald Trump colludes with the fake news media to insult our intelligence and sense of humanity. He will lie and lie and lie. A Democratic response will not be enough. Factchecking won’t fix it. He’ll tell us he’ll make make his wall out of clean coal or something and we’ll have another diabolical vs. dotard debate… Oh, and maybe he’ll just LOL YOLO DESTROY EVERYTHING.
Governor Tony Evers plans to rely on the courts to protect his right to do the job to which he was democratically elected.
Mon, 7 January 2019
Let David Waldman and KITM follow the details:
Super Genius Bill Mitchell suggests zero friction rollers and paint for the border wall, but leaves it to Dems to figure out how to make them stick. The rest of the world proposes “invisible walls”, because yes, we really think that Trump is that stupid. Does Donald Trump want a border wall badly enough to let struggling Americans go hungry? Sure! Although federal employees at Trump International Hotel do have nothing to worry about.
Yeah, elections really do have consequences, but it is so lovely to hear Greg Dworkin tell us about the pleasant ones for a change. Donald Trump is obviously unfit for office, so what are we waiting for? Congressman Brad Sherman has already introduced articles of impeachment.
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib sounds as if she shares that plan, but there are just some things nice girls can’t say. For today, the word remains “investigation”, and all other words can be forgotten for now.
Mike Pence and others are picking up some big raises during the shutdown, or they aren’t. You won’t know until you see receipts, will you? With Donald Trump, always demand to see everything in writing, and even then don’t believe him.
Fri, 4 January 2019
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez begins her second day of failing to be elected Speaker of the House, but somehow still appears upbeat. When will she and her friends learn their place in line and get in it? How about never, is that a good time for you? Or would that be “A Gift to Trump”™ ?
Armando calls in to discuss how House investigations can lead to perhaps the greatest impeachment of all time. Trump has way less than two years to run out the clock, so it’s time to mix sports metaphors and play hardball. Matt Whitaker leads Trump’s defensive line.
Thu, 3 January 2019
Other first day stuff is happening, too. Jerry Nadler expects to introduce a Mueller protection bill. Republicans are starting to retire. Or just not show up. And they’re starting to hire lawyers, too.
Meanwhile, the shutdown continues, with less prospect for Trump’s wall every day, not to mention his ridiculous promise that Mexico would pay. And we’re in no position to be wasting money on this, either. Trump, surrounded by his cabinet of idiots, flounders again. And Americans are sick and tired of it already.
Not all the change is in DC, either. BiPM Maine says Maine’s new governor is just swell.
Wed, 2 January 2019
How’s the resolutions going? Oh well, there’s always 2020. But, don’t give up on ‘19 yet. It all starts to get better tomorrow with the the entrance of the 116th Congress. There’s a lot of processes to process and David Waldman takes to process discussions like only he can:
Lawmakers choose their weapons as they charge into the real shutdown fight. Greg Dworkin assures us there will be no process that will lead to a trophy wall for Donald Trump, so all that is left, is for Trump to declare victory. Donald hoped Mitt Romney would just lay back and enjoy the ride, but instead Mitt stood right up for a big warm swig of defiance. Will Romney turn out to be a Flake or a fake?
Joan McCarter tells us that the House Democrats have a plan to end the shutdown, and the Republicans will accept all of the blame whether they plan to or not. Next comes the elimination of PAYGO, and the implementation of the the Green New Deal… but that might be a couple too many plans.
Tue, 1 January 2019
Happy New Year! If you’re up for it, we can jump right in with a brand-new KITM.
AOC’s annoyed at hitting resistance with the Green New Deal committee idea. But procedurally, this thing needs work. Is anyone doing that work? Is anyone who’s saying “no” helping find a way to “yes?”
A new name for the Trump-Russia rogues gallery: Victor Boyarkin, the Manafort-Deripaska middleman.
And, a look back at the unsolved “micro-mysteries” of 2018.