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David Waldman wanted to have an in-depth discussion of last night’s Democratic presidential debate, but would be, as per KITM rules, held to 480 fifteen second rebuttals. Your friends and neighbors will be glad to tell you who “won”, as would complete strangers, but David instead invited Joan McCarter, who can prove she paid some attention last night, even to the Hickenlooper parts… In sum: Bernie and Elizabeth Butch and Sundanced their way through all the b-listers Jake Tapper could throw at them, while Marianne Williamson pegged the clap-o-meter... yada, yada, yada, on to Biden-night.

Russia and 2020 election security loom large for Moscow Mitch McConnell in the nomination of Representative/Loon John Ratcliffe to be director of national intelligence. Susan Collins is deeply concerned as the deciding vote, as she is deeply concerned about the reaction to all of her votes since Brett Kavanaugh.

More investigation into Donald Trump’s Saudi America First plan reveals more proliferation of graft and nuclear weapons. CFIUS seems like a nice place to hide stuff.

Moscow Mitch McConnell threatened to take away Republican’s recess if they don’t reach the 60-vote threshold he needs on the upcoming debt ceiling budget vote. The House did their part, easily passing their agreement and eliminating policy provisions restricting money to Trump’s wall… Armando calls in to say “Wait. WHAT ?!?”

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Four days of Donald Trump’s racist comments on Baltimore. Tens of thousands of days of Trump being racist. Everybody else has got this, let’s talk about something different.

Donald’s a liar.  No news there. Trump is still lying about September 11.

Oh geez, another mass shooting.

David Waldman saves us from the goo of awfulness for a couple of hours each day to escape into the details and nuance of stories not paid enough attention:

John Ratcliffe finally caught the attention of the judge on Presidential Apprentice, and may be moving into the finals, but was caught inflating his resume in a major anti-terrorism case.  Republicans may be opposed, but might have given up caring.

Trump’s 2016 “America First” energy plan was first approved by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

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Another Monday, some more clouds. 

At least 3 are dead in another mass shooting. This time it was at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California. 

It turns out that the President of the United States is as a matter of facta white supremacist

And, Greg Dworkin is up in Alaska having fun without us for the next couple weeks!

David Waldman hangs in there, punching the time clock at KITM World Headquarters, flicking the lights and gauges awake as the walls of machinery whir to life… Where to take us today?

How about a deep look, or maybe a beginning of a deep look into the overarching danger of replacing the director of national intelligence Dan Coats, last of the even slightly straight shooters of the Trump administration with House Republican John Ratcliffe of Texas, a conspiracy-promoting loyalist. Of course Ratcliffe’s loyalty was the primary consideration, the conspiracies come for free.

Republicans used to have a clue to what was going on, but forgot when “what’s said in the family stays in the family.”

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David Waldman has all sorts of reads for you this weekend—“long”, “short”, “deep”... I present to you the “shallow”:

It’s all falling into place: First, this week’s Robert Mueller’s testimony. Then, uhm, then... six weeks of lulling Donald Trump into more self-impeachment… 

Then! That’s when the trap is sprung. Nancy Pelosi is such a master of 12 dimensional chess that it is difficult to determine who her actual opponents even are! Wait—so now it’s Jerry Nadler’s fault? Nadler and Trump played long before Mueller even sat down, and Donald doesn’t play chess. Jerry taught Donald how to lose, a talent he has perfected to this day. (BTW, Mohammed bin Salman also has a super-cool city he wants to build.)

Robert Mueller said he didn’t charge Trump because of the OLC opinion, then walked that back. Ted Lieu believes he did that to avoid calling Donald Trump a felon.

Roy Moore’s lawyer has his own, probably not pedophiliac, sex scandal.

Florida Senator Lauren Book received phone calls saying ‘Little girl you don’t know what you’re getting into,’ while checking into Jeffrey Epstein’s work release scandal.

A Republican candidate-shoplifter running for Congress hopes to simultaneously unseat Ilhan Omar and own the libs.

Whenever Elliott Broidy pops up, trouble follows... or is it when trouble pops up, Elliott Broidy follows?

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There. Robert Mueller gave the country everything necessary to show why Donald Trump should be impeached. So, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, with just a little twist of lemon, leap into… 

Look. Michael Moore and Chuck Todd agree, Robert Mueller is no Brett Kavanaugh, so what would you expect Democratic Leadership to do now?

Republicans on the other hand, spotted the cameras and microphones right away, and knew what was expected of them. It pays to understand the expectations of modern journalists

In between everything, there was procedure. David Waldman located a tasty bit to chew over.

Greg Dworkin called in to turn our attention to the presently sunny skies still over 2020. Media coverage of the Democratic primary would be different if the first states to vote were Florida, Texas, New York and Georgia, but of course none of that is actually happening. Instead we get the Bullock bounce, and maybe a Harris re-bounce.

Donald Trump died, and the cover up continues. Still, hidden clues such as this fake Presidential seal hint at the truth. If Jeffrey Epstein dies, he’ll miss a heck of a trial. Here’s Epstein’s Lolita Express, and the women who helped make it possible.

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What ‘cha doin’? Watching Robert Mueller testify? That’s cool... but wouldn’t you rather be listening to KITM right now, hm?

OK, David Waldman would also rather be watching the testimony, too… and so would Greg Dworkin, but there’s so much to tell you they couldn’t let a day go by:

For instance, there is the prelude to the Mueller testimony, and the prelude to the Mueller testimony postlude. And the speculation… Will this be the Aaron Zebley moment? Will Robert Mueller just explode? Will the media get it right, finally? Or is it LOL YOLO NM, on to the election?

These are not normal times, and this won’t be a normal election. The Russians will interfere again, and the states to worry about are the same ones Hillary Clinton needed, and lost. Do the Democrats need good policies, or good-sounding policies to win? The Green New Deal is as popular as legalizing weed. The best candidate against Donald Trump will harness hopeand fear, at least as good as Trump does.

Mueller’s testimony isn’t the only important thing happening in DC. The House is holding hearings on industry’s Big Tobacco-style campaign to suppress data on the health effects of #PFAS.

There’s a Chinese billionaire at Mar-a-Lago. He sells real estate, in China, hangs out with Steve KG Bannon… and… He’s a Commie spy!

Oh… and Puerto Rico, the TL;DR of American history, erupts into protests of “Ricky Renuncia”… and it looks like he might.

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

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

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

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

Former Senator John Ensign is finally back on the market.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In New York, the sun rises.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spoiler: The Seth Rich conspiracy theory has Russian origins.

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

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

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

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

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

Random throwback: “Terrorist Fist Jab!

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

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But… Did. They. Get. Off? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Next week: A very short war in Iran.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:24pm EDT

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

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

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

Direct download: July_2_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:10pm EDT

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

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

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

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

Direct download: July_1_2019_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:47am EDT

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