Thu, 28 February 2019
The Cohen hearing was such a big deal yesterday, we had to give over almost the whole show for the hot takes on it today. There was the one about Republican sinking even further into Trump’s “cesspool.” The one about how Republicans didn’t even bother to dispute claims about what a slug Trump is. And the one about how Trump was going to drag them all to hell with him.
Greg Dworkin also brought us a collection of the best/worst moments from the hearing, which were often the same ones. There was the One Black Friend. A ritual bus-tossing. Some astonishingly nonsensical accusations from Republicans. An incidental accusation that Roger Stone might have violated his gag order, along with a more measured guess that he did not. And some encouraging performances from the new kids.
How did it all go? Well, Reuters decided it was time to run a plain, matter-of-fact impeachment primer.
In other news, Paul LePage is still disgusting. Texas may be up for grabs in 2020, and yet another Dem is staffing up for it. Impatience grows over Trump’s tax returns. (And we learn about franking along the way.) Yet another Attorney General wants in on investigating the most corrupt inaugural committee ever. While another wants out with the committer of the most corrupt in Israel.
Wed, 27 February 2019
Hey, hey! Over here! Sure, history is happening as you read this, but really, you should pause it just for a minute, maybe 118 or so, and check out today’s KITM. David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, and Joan McCarter offer a primer for today’s events that will help you better appreciate the intricacies and asininities of the day:
Plenty of bombshells were already dropped in Michael Cohen’s written opening statement. House Democrats make sure everybody has a chance at bat. BuzzFeed says they told you so. Donald Trump shouldn’t have to remind people to lie, that’s expected. Will you believe Donald, or his lying signatures? Matt Gaetz tested everyone’s patience, as well as the legal system, then ran off to hide... sort of… ok, not really. Was Gaetz delivering a message from Trump, or was he “just saying”?
Not to say the President’s a putz or anything, but a third portrait of The Donald shows up, paid for with charity money. Not to say that Donald Trump has a mental disorder, but George Conway thinks you should read up on sociopathy, just in case. Oh, and Donald and his friend hate it when you yell, so shut up and go away.
Michael Cohen’s testimony isn’t the only thing happening in DC. House members will tear themselves away to take up two gun safety bills this week. U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal is introducing a Medicare-for-All bill that would create a government-funded, single-payer health-care system to cover every person in the United States. Mitch McConnell is set to launch just a lil’ nuke into the Senate to get even more judges through while they still can. Mitch says that if Democrats only had let Republicans block votes, they wouldn’t have had to steal them.
Tue, 26 February 2019
The House is set to take up H.J. Res. 46, the super-complex resolution to terminate Trump’s fake “emergency” declaration. Republicans are dodging questions about it, claiming they haven’t been able to review the language. It ain’t complicated.
Sergey Lavrov is also in Hanoi, just in case Dotard J. Trump needs any of the help with Kim Jong-Un that the Russians seem intent on having us believe Trump asked for.
Still waiting for the Mueller “report” before deciding if Trump’s a crime-doing criminal? Don’t forget his campaign finance criminally crime-y crimes. And don’t forget that those things—about which Michael Cohen will be testifying this week—happened right around the same time (and possibly in many of the same ways) that the Epstein case and reportedly related rape accusations against his friend Donald Trump made a sudden and amazingly well-timed disappearance from the headlines.
Mon, 25 February 2019
Unlike the Academy Awards, Kagro in the Morning selected their host years ago. David Waldman and Greg Dworkin once again showcased their topical political quips with renown repartee and red carpet glamor unseen since the golden years of radio:
The 2020 Trump campaign lacks a strategy, or a clue, but maybe Gop donors will come up with one.
Worldwide, Donald Trump is the first name in escort services and massage parlors, which China is finally acknowledging. Other names in prostitution and trafficking include Robert Kraft, Alex Acosta, and Jeffrey Epstein, with many more to come!
The 2020 Democratic field has become too crowded for Elizabeth Warren, who will attempt to differentiate herself by publicly disavowing private big-dollar-only events. There is no perfect candidate, except for Lindsay Graham, who is the perfect politician.
Of course Ryan Zinke lied to federal investigators, and a grand jury is looking into specifics.
David’s face is forever palmed by Ed Kilgore’s advice to trust democracy and kill the filibuster. The Gop is ready to ‘Nuke’ Senate Democrats again over nominee delaysDemocrats remember that Republicans sometimes use, but never respect norms.
The Chinese will never respect, but sometimes use Donald Trump.
Fri, 22 February 2019
David Waldman’s kids were escorted out of KITM World Headquarters early this morning, raising both local school attendance along with netcast production values, while allowing the coverage of more adult subject matter... which unfortunately can brought to us today courtesy of billionaire sex predator Jeffrey Epstein and Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta:
Federal prosecutors, under former Miami U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta, broke the law when they concealed a plea agreement from more than 30 underage victims who had been sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein. Acosta made his name in battling the “evil, hideous, horrendous crime” of human trafficking, and yet seems to have committed a special kind of evil to protect Epstein. If you know people who might be “nuts”, you might have heard Donald Trump is the hero of this story, when in fact he might be one of many, many villains. After about a dozen years, we might find out. This wasn’t Acosta’s first scandal, but impeachment could make it one of his last.
Speaking of making politicized hiring decisions, and lying about it to Congress, someone now needs to tell Bradley Schlozman to get the hell out of Dodge City, Kansas.
Political rivals of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have joined forces against him, as Netanyahu cuts a deal with the Jewish Power movement. Nationalist, anti-immigrant terrorists are international terrorists.
Decriminalization of homosexuality around the world doesn’t sound like a thing that Donald Trump would even fake-support.
Thu, 21 February 2019
Snow... Ok, “wintry mix” day at KITM World Headquarters. David Waldman presses on, even as snow-blindness tragically renders his own kids incapable of seeing that dad’s speaking into a microphone just inches away from their faces:
Nancy Pelosi moves swiftly to block Donald Trump’s emergency declaration. Trump moves swiftly to screw over anyone stepping out of line, or at least, he purports to. Donald Trump purports. Trump has purported more than anything else for his entire life, so David makes the argument that reporters always include that word in their reporting.
The Gop is going down one way or another in North Carolina.
Benjamin Netanyahu inspires the creation of the anti-Benjamin Netanyahu party.
Wed, 20 February 2019
Way up yonder in the far northern frontiers of Virginia, David Waldman is holed up with his kids, and yet another snow typhoon bearing down upon KITM World Headquarters. He needs a cocoa, but first he has to dig us out of this avalanche of scandals:
Heavies from the Education Department leaned on independent investigators to shut up on Betsy DeVos.
Who knew there would be so many Trump scandals that we’d get sick of them? Don’t worry, the main stream media is watching out for us. (Wilbur Ross looks around and slowly sneaks out the back door.) Greg Dworkin rounds up the latest scandals, and predicts that in 2020 Republicans will think 2018 was a good year for them. Donald Trump could win his Omelet Emergency, but the emergency remains a political loser. The same fundamentals in 2018 mean the Gop loses in 2020, or for maybe a generation or two. Of course, Democrats could still pull out a loss if they put some effort into it. The 2016 Bernie Sanders voters had some anti-establishment, and some anti-Hillary in there. It’s up to Sanders’ campaign manager Faiz Shakir to get progressives. There will plenty of 400 lb. guys on couches ready to take on any Democratic candidates. Quit paying attention to Twitter trolls!
David pulled some strings and scored an exclusive interview with Armando (You know him as the “Armando” over at Daily Kos) Armando clears up any confusion there might be on what he will say, where he will say it, and how some insults involve idiomatic expressions, which when taken literally may not be physically possible, or culturally/socially probable. More importantly, Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has become the first of the candidates to express a willingness to expand the Supreme Court after the Republican Party stole a seat in 2016!
In local scandals:
Virginia voters know they have some losers at the top, but also know it could be worse.
Mitch McConnell and wife Elaine Chao work hand in hand to get their hands on more money and power.
Tue, 19 February 2019
Sound the Daily Kos klaxons! Bernie Sanders is again running for President! Once more unto the breach, dear Bernie bros and foes, once more unto every social media thread and type, type away as our enemy advances!
Amy Klobuchar plans to fight the revolution incrementally.
Mitch McConnell has his wife tidy up behind him.
Does Trump paint his face orange so you don’t see the yellow?
Donald Trump must be sick of winning with all of his judicial appointees.
A West Virginia official’s economic anxiety made her racist, and also a convict.
A hedge fund saves newspapers by getting rid of the employees, selling the buildings, taking the money, and leaving.
You won’t have Payless Shoes to kick around (in) anymore!
Mon, 18 February 2019
At Trump International Golf Club in Palm Beach, Donald Trump can let his hair down (on the nightstand) to take a break from Emergency Executive Time and walk the walk over from the telly-telly to the omelet bar, his Twitter thumb hovering at Defcon 1 status.
Mike Pence sycophanted his hardest at Munich, but "Please clap" translated badly with his audience. Angela Merkel knew the room a bit better. Ivanka Trump was there for no reason, but did say "America first doesn't mean America alone," even as more and more prefer it that way.
Donald Trump, winner of the Six Star “Joey No Socks” Diamond Award, received the most beautiful Xerox of a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. This will be Donald’s third nomination, and his first non-forged nomination.
Greg Dworkin reviews Trump’s doubling down on nothing strategy, a real dictator move that creates more problems than it solves, and for 2020, some good old fashioned immigrant-bashing and Democrat-dissing. Dems can take their tried and true surrender route, or maybe this time supporting their constituents. The Family Fun Pack makes parenting easy for everyone!
Republican constituents are beginning to hate how the Tax Plan worked out for them, hate how the Immigration Plan is working out for them, and will hate how the National Emergency Declaration is going to work out for them. North Korea has bedeviled past Presidents, but that doesn’t mean Trump isn’t the worst on them too.
Is Robert Mueller almost finished? Don’t believe anyone but Bobby on this one. Either way, Trump won’t be able to run the Mueller playbook on the New York feds. The House of Commons in London shows how to handle Cambridge Analytica. More emoluments to Trump show up, from Paul LePage.
Fri, 15 February 2019
This morning, David Waldman declared a national emergency KITM. We must stand as one against the scourge of little girls making eating noises for money. Seriously, why would anyone go out of their way to listen to something designed to make their skin crawl?
Donald Trump also declared a national emergency today, then picked up his piece of chocolate cake and headed onto the fairway. David broke the glass and took Armando out for two-hour discussion on what Trump expects, what he wants, and what he might get. Trump’s state of emergency is the constitution itself. David and Armando analyze the upcoming legal fight, statutory arguments and strategies.
Armando and David hoped to have time to discuss how horrible Elliot Abrams is, but he’s been awful for a while and keeps turning up, so next week’s fine.
Thu, 14 February 2019
Happy Holidays! Like most holidays, Valentine’s Day doesn’t bear much scrutiny, it is what you make of it... And, you can make the most of your day, by making David Waldman and KITM your morning information choice!
A tentative deal is reached in #DenverTeacherStrike. Denver teachers ♥ teacher unions! The House doesn’t ♥ Saudis like Donald Trump does. Americans don’t ♥ Trump's tax plan. The GOP ♥s AOC. No one ♥s the Tea Party anymore. Rep. Ilhan Omar doesn’t ♥ Elliott Abrams, or any genocidal war criminals.
Trump ♥s golf.
Who doesn’t ♥ Greg Dworkin? Greg continues the discussion of the Paul Manafort bombshell, and the deepening mystery in the Russia probe. The US foreign policy community is poorly equipped to cope with individual and community failures, and Loren DeJonge Schulman will tell you how.
Sen. Chris Coons went to the National Prayer Breakfast last week thinking it was a Christian event. Donald Trump set him straight. Trump helps Chuck Grassley find religion. Trump is beginning to figure out that the spending/border bill might not be a winning deal for him. Mitch McConnell hopes Donald figures that out slowly. Does Lou and Sean still ♥ Donald? Laura Ingraham grows a bit cold. Tomi Lahren finds herself the wisest, most sane commentator in her twitter feed. Donald wishes he knew how to quit his wall, but he just can’t. Trump urges the TVA to keep open a coal-burning power plant for the good of coal, his buddy, and money. Trump’s DHS guts task forces protecting elections from foreign meddling. Every day Is a new low in Trump's White House.
Wed, 13 February 2019
David Waldman reminds us that Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! Drop what you’re doing and… No wait, CVS is open all night, you still have time to listen to the show:
Donald Trump loses again. He can pretend that he won, or he could lose some more, but actually “winning” is no longer an option. Greg Dworkin calls in to review Trump’s defeat, what he lost, and how he will keep on losing. Mitch McConnell was smart enough to keep from being made the biggest loser. Nancy Pelosi is smart enough to keep out of Mitch’s traps. Congress is poised to put Trump in a veto bind.
Democratic candidates can climb in the polls and all, but are they “likable” and “authentic”? (No one talks about gravitas anymore.) Of course, you can be unlikable and inauthentic and still become a candidate.
David deep-dives into the latest Russia news: The Grand Havana Room is the latest Mos Eisley in the Trump-Russia saga. The Senate Russia investigation is slowed when Republican investigator/suspect Richard Burr stands up and shouts there’s nothing to see here.
Tue, 12 February 2019
David Waldman shares his thoughts on the latest news, but not the ingredients of his kid’s packed lunches, although you can be pretty certain it’s NOT Philly Cheesesteaks, and if so, they sure wouldn’t contain Cheez Whiz, which could contain anchovies, and maybe even cheese, for which David does not hanker. Oh, and Cloud sucks. But we digress:
Donald Trump lies. Last night in El Paso, he lied just about every second. It’s tempting to disregard Donald’s lying, until it gets someone hurt, or worse. Even Trump doesn’t bother lying about his wall sometimes. Just so you know, he will continue to lie about the wall, even if he never gets a dollar or an inch of a wall.
Mon, 11 February 2019
David Waldman, Most Reasonable Dad in the World, and host of Kagro in the Morning, Billingsleys and Beaumonts the boys through another snow delay morning, all while still bringing us all up-to-date on the latest:
Over the weekend more Democratic presidential candidates have declared for 2020, and a record number are women, making news editors lives so much easier. What if we lived in a world where contenders were judged on their merits? Meanwhile, remember the time Amy Klobuchar went after a baseball Hall of Famer for sexual assault? Steve Schmidt stormed off his own podcast when asked about advising Howard Schultz. As 2020 goes, Joe Biden might not be all that. Go where the need is, and the center will come to you. This moment belongs to the bold. People are moving to red states, but to join them, or beat them?
Emmy Award-nominated American news anchor, entertainment reporter, media personality, actress, producer, pilot and entrepreneur Lauren Sanchez’s brother, Michael Sanchez, might be the dirty one in the family that provided texts to the National Enquirer, to incriminate her boyfriend. Bezos’ digital security must have been world-class, but Jeff Bezos and Greg Dworkin have an idea of who might be capable of bone-sawing their way in. Private Mossads for hire are capable of a lot for the right price. Even Saudis might be amazed at what the National Enquirer has stashed away in their safe.
Why does the RNC keep handing former Trump bodyguard Keith Schiller money?
Fri, 8 February 2019
For those of you who prefer to listen to KITM in the nude, please, do not send David Waldman pictures in your comments. In fact, maybe you should cut that out altogether. After all, look at Jeff Bezos. The richest guy on earth didn’t keep it in his pants and now even he can’t keep it off the World Wide Web, all due to his, and this, Pecker. David presents a Pecker-packed podcast for your general decomplexification:
Jeff decided not to blackmailed by the National Enquirer, and so he wrote a no thank you letter to publisher David Pecker outlining what seems a lot like extortion, and which might have been fed through hacking by a “government entity”. After all, the Saudis do keep a soft place in their pocket for the Trumps, as well as American Media Inc. Ronan Farrow is now among those coming forward, and saying “me too” about additional AMI blackmail attempts.
A while back, Eric Trump pledged $20 million for St. Jude Children’s research hospital, but then Dad took the donation box and ran off. In the SOTU, Donald promised to pay it all back with interest, and taxpayer money.
TSA screeners found a record number of firearms in carry-on bags in 2018… 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008. Guns attract crime, but gun stores remain protected, from prosecution, that is.
Speaking of prosecution, Paul Erickson, Russian agent Maria Butina’s boyfriend, has been indicted for fraud. The Justice Department opened a probe into Jeffrey Epstein's plea deal, and playacting Attorney General Matt Whitaker avoided a subpoena, today.
A pipeline of illegal workers for Trump goes back through the years and walls.
Thu, 7 February 2019
Virginia is for lovers! Alas, not all Virginia residents toe the bureau of tourism line. From KITM World Headquarters, David Waldman reminds us #notallVirginians are so irresponsible, inappropriate, and uhm, racist even in college. Some are though, even in other states. For $900, you can be the most racist fashionista at your ski lodge!
Greg Dworkin points out the one tragic flaw in Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech: It wasn’t delivered by a President. Speaker Nancy Pelosi vows that Trump will not shut government down again, and he’s not getting his wall. Republicans look for messaging on Healthcare that they can actually say out loud in public. Meanwhile Democrats free up voting, clean up the government, exercise oversight, and save the world for humankind. Donald wildly thrashes as Dems start to haul in his net.
Kamala Harris has the money and skills to be the 2020 frontrunner. Amy Klobuchar is coming up short on the slacker vote... good thing slackers don’t vote. Democratic moderates may be too different in their goals to make a difference nationally.
Another member of the Hubris Inc. organization is apprehended at Trump Tower Chicago.
Wed, 6 February 2019
Ok, so that’s over. Yesterday, Mr. Unity shat on Democrats to entertain some news anchors, stepped on Nancy Pelosi’s opening, then spent a couple hours being stupid on purpose. Donald Trump slurred through words never before heard in a SOTU, but still somehow didn’t address immigrant child separation, saving education, the Crimean annexation, his Kanye West collaboration, mind deterioration, finger elongation, or corrupt administration... but hey, forget about any investigation. Donald didn’t get the applause he expected, got some applause he didn’t understand, and then Nancy Pelosi gave him a cookie and he got to go back to his executive time.
Now Stacey Abrams, that was a great response. Just about everybody liked it, even David Waldman, mostly, but he’s a tough audience. A lot of people will become a tougher Trump audience after they see this year’s tax refund. Most of America's riches are owned by people who didn't work for them. McClatchy’s CEO was paid a couple million this year, but needed $35K a month for a stipend.
Tue, 5 February 2019
As you know, it’s infrastructure week 106, and Donald Trump has a thing he’s going to say tonight. He says it is about unity, therefore it is not. It will be the Maroon 5 of speeches performed by the Nickleback of Presidents. You could get more out of watching a pretend Ivanka vacuum a rug. What would Barack Obama being doing today? More.
Nonetheless, David Waldman devoted a good chunk of this morning’s KITM performance art to the SOTU, before then digging into the process of how Nancy Pelosi could jam Republicans if Trump declared an emergency, and Republicans cared about rules, governance, shame, etc. Republicans don’t care about those things, and that sums up their plan to keep Trump’s taxes hidden. Russia used the US court system to attack America. Federal investigators use that system as it was intended, to subpoena documents from the Trump inaugural committee.
Mon, 4 February 2019
Greg Dworkin describes how weakness manifests in the White House and the state house. Mitch McConnell is the enemy of democracy, Donald Trump's not too big a fan either. Tuesday’s SOTU won’t be a Trump rally. Wall support continues to sink, while support for raising taxes on top earners continues to rise. Not taxing the rich is the radical idea. Nancy Pelosi could block Trump from invoking a national emergency for his wall. The Gop works to block Trump on his national emergency, and foreign policy insanity. Heaven knows you can’t teach him anything. Donald likes pretend cabinet officials the best.
Kirsten Gillibrand found a bi-partisan solution to helping 9/11 responders.
Fri, 1 February 2019
It’s “TL-David Waldman-DR” Friday on KITM. That, and the internet playing three card monte with the paragraphs as he reads them means there is only so much two hours can do. So, listen to the show, but also hit the links below and get the big picture for the weekend:
Donald Trump fixed everything, and plans to hit some links himself this weekend. Rick Scott wants Trump to skip over democracy and dictate his way to success, which could work with 5 MAGA hats in the Supreme Court. Mike Pompeo signals the start of our new arms race and the destabilization of Europe. If nuclear armageddon isn’t happening fast enough for you, move to Las Vegas for the secret plutonium shipments.
The Trump administration moves to lift sanctions on Russian oligarch and Vladimir Putin ally Oleg Deripaska, and would you believe conflicts of interest have shown up? These include the interests of Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell.
It took about a decade, but Alexander Acosta might pay for aiding Jeffrey Epstein in avoiding federal sex trafficking charges.
The FBI investigated a civil rights group as the terrorism threat and viewed the fine people at the KKK as victims.
Eric Posman delivers a recorded segment to KITM listeners: When justice finally comes, and our Orange Dwarf in Chief finally gets sucked up his own wormhole, what will be left to mankind and how do we rebuild?