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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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