Fri, 28 June 2019
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….
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.
Thu, 27 June 2019
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 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.
Wed, 26 June 2019
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.
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.
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.
Tue, 25 June 2019
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 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.
Mon, 24 June 2019
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.
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.
Carl Cameron leaves Fox News to aggregate like the Uber of Drudge Reports, but for liberals.
Fri, 21 June 2019
Donald Trump, who says he’s president, figures he can “win” with just his base. I guess it depends on what “win” means.
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.”
Thu, 20 June 2019
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.
Wed, 19 June 2019
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 rules, David 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.
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.
Tue, 18 June 2019
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.
Mon, 17 June 2019
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.
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 pollsters. Let’s vote already!
Fri, 14 June 2019
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
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.
Thu, 13 June 2019
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 Slide” KITM (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 FBI… He 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.
Wed, 12 June 2019
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.
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.
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.
Tue, 11 June 2019
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 professor, author 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.
Mon, 10 June 2019
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
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?
Fri, 7 June 2019
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 People: From 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.
Thu, 6 June 2019
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.
Wed, 5 June 2019
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.
Tue, 4 June 2019
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.
Mon, 3 June 2019
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.
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.