Mon, 30 September 2019
David Waldman, as an observant podcaster, is out celebrating International Podcast Day, and we hope a good and sweet Rosh HaShanah. Of course, he pre-recorded a brand-new KITM for today. We can’t miss one of those in these crazy times!
How crazy? How about the whistleblower requesting federal witness protection from the US President, who is “into having Democrats executed, and threatening Civil War” kind of crazy? That’s pretty crazy! Streetcorner Lunatic-in-Chief Donald Trump harrassed Ukraine with conspiracy theories that he actually seems to believe. Kurt Volker quit after he realized he operated under the delusion that he operated in a sane world. Reporters missed the Ukraine story because they too assumed that nothing so deranged would be ever allowed to happen. It took a student paper to step back far enough to see the cuckoo forest for the trees.
The Democratic caucus was able to move forward rapidly on impeachment because, well, this insanity has been going on for a couple of years now. The Ukraine whistleblower wasn’t the first one, and won’t be the last. Oh, and you weren’t imagining things: The NRA sure was a “Foreign Asset” To Russia ahead of 2016.
Fri, 27 September 2019
How serious is the impeachment situation? So serious that Greg Dworkin was back again for yet another special edition of KITM. On a Friday!
So, are we narrowing the focus and speeding things up, or could we be keeping the door open to further inquiry, after all? “We’ll see what happens.” Gop operatives, taking Trump’s lead, start trying to spin the whistleblower as a spy. What else can they do, after Chris Christie—who’s toast—says Trump’s only in trouble if he asked for a favor and sought dirt on Joe Biden? Well, they could accept all the blame for enabling Trump all along, but that seems unlikely.
Hillary Clinton’s in good company, with Jimmy Carter.
Adam Schiff says burying incriminating evidence on double-secret servers isn’t the White House’s only trick.
Team Trump tried to smear the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine as part of their plot, but it seems there are more ambassadors out there who’ll be tainted in this mess.
Could this news be the end of the “we can’t legislate on guns because impeachment” talking point?
Thu, 26 September 2019
(Note: A big thank you to the Washington DC scandal production staff for placing their super crazy stuff in the morning per our request, but for our cross-promotion to work, the “As predicted on KITM” bug will need to appear on the lower right after each break.)
It’s all moving fast. David Waldman and Greg Dworkin catch us up on the latest news, while we all watch news in the making today. Yesterday, the White House released the “not verbatim” transcript of a call with Ukraine’s President. Today we read the Whistleblower’s complaint, which is about… COLLUSION. Also, extortion, bribery and various henchcraft by William Barr. Of course, this wasn’t the first time Trump pulled this, so the Administration just threw the transcript into their handy cover-up file. David and Greg look into a strategy of a narrow vs. wide investigation going forward. And, we’ve only just begun digging into the revelations, everything from threats to diplomats to QAnon style conspiracies. Then there’s Donald Trump. He must have some genius chess move he’ll soon reveal. Donald would be worried about swing voters, if he didn’t define those the same way as the New York Times does.
Wed, 25 September 2019
David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter have a lot to cover on today’s KITM. 90’s clothing and t-shirt politics, the Philadelphia Eagles and fire-fighting heroes, medieval vs. Renaissance expertise snark… Oh, and some MFer’s getting an impeachment inquiry! Im-🍑y!
Well, Nancy Pelosi did have something up her sleeve! Or, maybe good timing. Or, this was the last straw. However it got here, the impeachment inquiry is finally here. That’s it, Donald Trump’s base is all riled up and will never vote Democrat after this!
Joan and David discuss why Moscow Mitch agreed to pursue the Ukraine whistleblower complaint. David and Greg discuss the Senate obligation to try an impeachment case. How can Republicans spin, hide from or exploit this?
And then during the show, the Ukraine “transcript” was released. If it seems horrifically incriminating, just wait until you hear what Rudy Giuliani says about it, or whoever next is thrown under the bus tonight. Of course, the Ukraine shares the same fear as Trump… Vladimir Putin.
Trump proves he is capable of losing in many fronts simultaneously as he his lawyers try to argue that Donald’s too big to investigate. By this point he is probably wondering why Elizabeth Warren doesn’t just step up and let him go home.
Tue, 24 September 2019
Donald Trump is still trying out a few stories, but it just keeps getting worse for him. Trump shut down aid to Ukraine before calling, to make sure they knew he meant business. John Lewis gets behind impeachment. Republicans get out from behind Trump. Donald suggests the electric chair.
Maybe Nancy Pelosi was playing 7 dimensional chess after all. The 7 op-ed writers were freshmen, and not from comfortably blue districts. Democrats have solid evidence, an easy to communicate scenario, a clear moral to support, a villain’s confession, grassroots demand, and a duty to their country. Voters that have their heart set on voting Trump out can probably do that too.
Donald Trump had a UN speech that no one, including Trump, stayed awake through. Of course Greta Thunberg, a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future, outdid Trump. Boris Johnson was there, but no one was exactly sure why. Boris should leave, prorogation is going away though, and maybe Dominic Cummings too. Tories try out a few stories as well, but it looks as if this might be a good day for democracy all around.
Mon, 23 September 2019
140 weeks of Donald Trump’s asterisk Presidency. For such an asterisk, he is a real mess, and yet really hard to stop. Is it time to open an inquiry into whether to open an inquiry into whether it would be okay to say the “I” word? Or maybe not?
David Waldman and Greg Dworkin’s inquiring minds are ready to tackle all of the above, but first the “P” word… prorogation. The UK will decide this evening, or their morning, on that. Also a concern... Boris Johnson gave close personal attention, and a lot of public funding to an American woman who must have been greatly supportive of the British cause.
Back to us, and our problem. Unfortunately, Donald Trump isn’t just an idiot. He’s way worse than that. The Ukraine call was one of many to cause trouble for Hunter, and of course Joe Biden. But, what Donald Trump did wasn’t bribery, it was worse than that. It wasn’t extortion, it was worse than that...
Fri, 20 September 2019
David Waldman quit using his vocal spray right after the crew added alum to the bottle and his head temporarily shrunk to the size of a golfball... Oh well, his cough is back, but so is David with a special “One Focus Friday” edition of Kagro in the Morning:
Today’s subject is “Donald Trump and treason”, which by the way is almost always the subject. In fact, this particular act of treason will be familiar to Daily Kos readers and KITM listeners. Everybody knew about Rudy Guiliani and Trump were up to no good in Ukraine, but it, of course, it takes a reality show style revelation—a whistle-blower—to get anyone’s attention. Trump told you he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue, shoot somebody and not lose voters, but no one could have guessed how quickly the rest of us would get used to it. There were also many scandals to choose from, so most expected it to be Putin puppetry rather than regular old international bribery and extortion.
Last night, Rudy Guiliani blew his top on cue because he’s paid to be Old Faithful, and blow as much malodorous fog in as many directions as possible. Did it help? Maybe, but soon Adam Schiff, captain of the Democratic Congressional whiffle ball team will have a turn at bat.
What happens when the administration won't tell Congress about a whistleblower complaint regarding the president? Jack Goldsmith of Harvard law school analyzes the situation. Steve Vladeck of the University of Texas analyzes Goldsmith’s analysis. Mieke Eoyang of Lawfare takes a more Congress-centric view. David Waldman tosses us out the top of the ivory tower down to the realpolitik pavement below, which is the only level where William Barr can be found.
Thu, 19 September 2019
Who would be dumb enough to not predict that Donald Trump would say something inappropriate to a foreign leader that would be considered gravely "urgent" by an Intelligence Community Inspector General... even an acting one? The only debate is who the whistleblower is, and if the incident spurred DNI Dan Coats’ departure. Donald would promise/tell anybody anything, so it could be anyone.
Greg Dworkin brings us more Israeli election and US. primary fallout. Benjamin Netanyahu probably was defeated by those many wanna Bibis competing against him in the Israeli 2019 Knesset election. Netanyahu is at the “calls for unity” stage of acceptance. Donald Trump has Benjamin at “coffee boy” status at the moment, but could have him at “never was a fan of his” by the end of the day.
Who is most electable in our Presidential election? Who cares, as long as Trump keeps up his unelectability. Democrats lead Trump by a huge margin with Latino voters. Joe is stronger than we think, but Liz knocks it up a point or two every time we turn around. Bernie… well maybe it is time to start printing off those Bernie 2024 stickers. Don’t become too complacent, however. Trump just returned from fundraisers throughout California so successful, 20 dollar bills were falling from his g-string.
Wed, 18 September 2019
I have no obligation to “summarize” today’s KITM with David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, and Joan McCarter. Okay, it’s right there in my contract. (I would have, anyhow):
Corey Lewandowski spent 6 hours in front of the House Judiciary Committee lobbying hard for the reimplementation of inherent contempt power, but no, maybe someday. If only… if only the Democrats were a bit more “in array”, maybe they’d lead off with their big guns before moving the troops in? Maybe they could even remove Brett Kavanaugh, with a little bit of organization...
Over on the Republican side, crime-fighting, fact-finding, and legislative entities that were supposed to be checks on the president’s power all do his bidding in the service of building a court that will do the same... thanks to Moscow Mitch. Mitch, and of course, money, keep the Republicans tight.
Well, there is still the election, right? The ground is shifting as Arizona emerges as a 2020 trouble spot for Donald Trump. Kyrsten Sinema's victory in 2018 was the first win by an Arizona Democratic since… and her party takes her off at the knees.
So, with more than a year to screw up the presidential election, Democrats have a field led by Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren. One leading the other, the other leading the one, depending on the demographics. Those demographics better include working-class whites if they hope to win.
The man who led commandos into Sweden in an attempt to free fashion icon A$AP Rocky will soon be rewarded with the position of “Mike Pompeo’s coffee boy”. The director of national intelligence (acting) isn’t about to testify before Congress or hand over a whistle-blower complaint, as he reports to a “higher authority”(not #Jesus).
Tue, 17 September 2019
Hmm. Yesterday, the Russians sort of Chernobyled their virus research center containing Ebola, Smallpox, Bird flu, Hepatitis... etc. They assure us that it’s all cool, nothing to worry about… cough, cough.
Well, for the moment as our coughs remain sarcasm-full and blood-free, we should just relax, sit back and listen to David Waldman present an in-depth KITM analysis of the latest news:
Impeachment! Oh, don’t get your hopes up. Three former Trump aides were invited to testify to Jerrold Nadler’s House Judiciary Committee. Two told Jerry to F himself and aren’t coming, while Corey Lewandowski will swing by and tell him in person.
Now, Andrew McCabe, he’s going to jail.
Meanwhile, migrants get “hearings” in “courts” in “tents” in Laredo, Texas. (Probably the tents are real.) A “Presidential directive” keeps you from witnessing anything. Also, a U.S. intelligence whistleblower wants to report an urgent violation of law. Somebody won’t let him. Someone above the level of “Acting!” Director of National Intelligence.
Mon, 16 September 2019
Brett Kavanaugh returns to the news. Actually, more witnesses are finally being heard. The New York Times sees some harmless penile face-thrusting. Donald Trump sees the New York Times’ penis. The FBI help keep the real dick out of sight.
Should Democrats be concerned by a rhetoric gap? On a related note, life will be cursed and you will be blamed for it all if you don’t read this paywalled article.
Is Trump launching a generation of Democrats into the future? Is Donald Democrat’s biggest inspiration right now? For that matter, is Joe Biden dooming Democrat’s future or is he the best representative of Democrat’s present? Will this election be decided, not by swaying independents, but by mining more partisans?
Fri, 13 September 2019
First up, always a crowd pleaser, you get several minutes of David Waldman attempting to pronounce foreign names in a foreign order... David did not watch the Democratic debates last night, but lucky for him and us, he knows someone that did. At the debate, Beto O’Rourke said he is coming for your AR-15s, and Texas Representative Bris Cocaine (R) later stepped up to explain why. Meanwhile, Donald Trump debated reality and lost.
Another guy raising red flags and a weapon is the creator of 3D-printed guns and pedophile sex assaulter Cody Wilson.
It’s official! Canada's 43rd general election is underway!
Thu, 12 September 2019
David Waldman and Greg Dworkin... what are those guys vaping? Well, pretty soon only criminals will be using e-cigarettes. It looks as if Barron Trump’s mom, Melania caught him vaping, so now no one can. Sorry to those out there with a big investment in vaping hardware or politicians. Anyhow, they really aren’t that good for you, in fact, Greg never once prescribed them.
Here comes the new “mini” three-hour Democratic debate. It’s common wisdom that enthusiasm is more fervent at the ideological edges of each party, but right now everybody is enthusiastic. The question is, what is everyone enthusiastic for? In North Carolina, Dems won big in the urbs and suburbs… but Trump won the state. Lumbee Indian precincts show how it always helps to listen to constituents. It also helps if you are actually able to show that you are listening to constituents. Voters don’t look for cooperation as much as they look for results. Cooperation is not inside Republican’s “campaign in a box”, or their “Southern strategy”.
Donald Trump’s, Mick Mulvaney’s, and Wilbur Ross’ invisible pal, “NOAA Body” continues to receive unwanted attention. Nobody also wants to take credit for sending children off to their death. Eventually all decisions will be made by Donald, and nobody.
Concentrating migrants in camps has worked so well, Donald Trump will try it out with California homeless. The frustration, agony, cruelty of it all will be worth it, even if it lasts only a little while. Trump might nuke Iran, or give it $15 billion, whatever.
Jerry Nadler no longer cares to argue about the nomenclature, but does need to step it up.
Wed, 11 September 2019
September 11. A day of remembrance, on which “balanced coverage” of Donald Trump will make us physically ill. Avoid the mainstream media for a while, and hang out with Wednesday’s KITM crew, David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter:
The Republicans did not lose in North Carolina by 2 points. Now, they have to worry about the 35 seats that are less Republican. Oh, well. They still have lying, stealing and cheating to fall back on.
Back “across the pond”, Monty Python is releasing previously unaired sketches! And, now for something not completely different at all: Brexit. Scottish judges rule the PM's suspension of parliament is unlawful, in fact that Boris Johnson lied to the Queen. WhatsApp messages reveal Tory MPs pushing Johnson into a life of crime. (BTW, Mike Pence’s Doonbeg detour cost $600 thousand in limo service alone.)
Sarah Palin quits midterm on her marriage.
Congress returns to deal with judges, guns and money. Or not. Nancy Pelosi will poke a hole straight through the next reporter that implies inaction on gun laws is anyone’s fault but Moscow Mitch. The Senate moves so many rotten judges through that it’s easy to miss the awful ones. Meanwhile, the Senate Democrats have a plan to stop military funding for the Trump wall.
Tue, 10 September 2019
Donald Trump lied about voter fraud in California ahead of an election in North Carolina necessitated by Republican voter fraud. Trump lied about his involvement with Glasgow Prestwick Airport after bragging about it.
Liberty University processes ten times the number of students, under a fraction of the supervision of other schools, and yet it somehow still doesn’t get respect. It can’t be because of leader Jerry Falwell, Jr., who you know has lots of sex with his wife and can prove it.
Overseas, the UK Parliament has transitioned into its extended “prorogation period”. Sadly, it probably won’t emerge as a beautiful butterfly... Even sadder, it will not emerge with House of Commons Speaker John Bercow. The Black Rod (not yet part of the Marvel Universe) has been a part of British government since 1350, and even then she couldn’t make this come off as a dignified routine.
Meanwhile, Russian Troll factories have been researching and developing brand new models, which they hope to roll out for 2020. The United States extracted a top spy from Russia in 2017, and now we know his name and where he lives… why is that?
Mon, 9 September 2019
David Waldman takes the busy weekend and makes it into a busy morning for KITM listeners:
Donald Trump said something really stupid. A day or two after this? Something even more stupid. The Trump dynasty already has its game of thrones, with Don, Jr. horning in on sister Ivanka, as it were.
Greg Dworkin sees some awakening to the threat of an authoritarian cult, and accepting the reality of Donald Trump’s unwellness. We're just starting to see the scale of Trump's personal corruption, with Trump routing Air Force refueling to near his Scottish Resort, to extorting the Ukraine to tilt the US election. Polling! 80% support across party lines for gun laws. Joe Biden’s got the lead, and this you can not deny, for now. Democrats are on solid ground, so it is time to stand up. On the other hand, the Republican party is losing its future, and its Texans.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT, is the home of innovations and ideas that positively affect all of our lives, including those funded by Jeffrey Epstein. It might have seemed like a good deal at the time, but the bill came due for MIT Media Lab director Joichi Ito. MIT is rarely compared to Liberty University, but Jeff Epstein and Jerry Falwell, Jr....
Fri, 6 September 2019
Listen, it’s just a theory, but David believes this Alabama thing just might be linked to Donald Trump’s lazy, self-centered, sociopathic, idiotic dotardiness… which Donald believes he has kept a secret so far. Well, in case Trump allows Alabama to slip from national attention this weekend, here are some other topics to think about:
US Intelligence believes the recent radiation-filled explosion in Russia was from an unsuccessful recovery of a perhaps successful nuclear powered missile test.
Jacob Whol is a far-right conspiracy theorist, fraudster, and internet troll who keeps trying to be a felon. Good luck!
Here’s one of the craziest and dumbest things Brian Beutler has ever seen—The Pirates of Foggy Bottom!
Thu, 5 September 2019
Donald Trump might have to nuke Alabama to protect it from hurricane Sharpie. You see, Trump’s map was altered with Trump’s favorite pen for who knows what reason... The map he followed that with used all the crayons in the box.
Sarah Sanders is set to release her Sharpie-ing of history just before the 2020 election.
Marianne Williamson laughs at your puny reality-altering methods.
Greg Dworkin is dispatched carrying the latest despatches from overseas. 21 British Conservatives put country over party to shut down their own leader, Boris Johnson. Is it because they have a more functional Democracy than us? If so, it’s only barely… and it’s still early. As long as they have John Bercow, they’ll be fine.
Back over here—are the Republicans napping on the local elections? Democrats seize on climate as 2020 primary weapon, and Joe Biden’s needs some sharpening. Hey, he’s still ahead though. And, everyone’s in better shape than Donald Trump.
Hurricane Dorian brings a snowstorm to Florida beaches.
Worst job in the world, “Roger Stone’s Wingman”, might somehow become even more worse soon.
Wed, 4 September 2019
It’s Wednesday on KITM! Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter brought so much today that David Waldman barely had time for trenchant observations and piercing asides:
David and Joan dig that Texas swing, as the fifth Lone Star Republican bails on the House. The panicked Gop sends Donald to North Carolina to save that special election, now that they can’t rely on gerrymanders to help. Meanwhile Trump takes 3.6 billion out of military homes, schools, and medical facilities for his wall.
Kroger and Walmart see open carriers sort of like the people that poop in their produce aisle. It might make one customer happy, but overall it cuts into business. Ammon Bundy fails a background check for an Idaho gun purchase. Ammon should buddy up with Dan Crenshaw, who would never check the background of a friend. Moscow Mitch McConnell has lots of friends in Russia and the NRA, and who does background checks on cash?
Tue, 3 September 2019
David Waldman welcomes us to yet another KITM special “Dystopian Tuesday” edition:
Here’s an idea! Instead of gun control, we put a chip in everybody… Wait! Even better, we sell everyone the chip, gamify their surveillance, and they in turn beg us to take their money to fund our systematic tightening of control… Bwahahaha! Of course, that very software may already be installed in our devices, but just not activated yet... or maybe it has been activated, and we are its upgrade.
Someday Alabama will be hit with a storm, and Donald Trump told you so... Is there anything manipulable left in Donald’s noggin? Congratulations to Poland on avoiding Trump for its Nazi invasion anniversary. Donald hates tough history. Mike Pence is going to Poland in Trump’s stead, and will stop in Ireland where he found some gay people just far enough away for his comfort. Then he’s off to Poland, where gay people are just far enough away for his comfort.
A pack of perverse peckers picked on a porn star, prosecution proceeds.
Mon, 2 September 2019
Labor Day—Dorian slams the Bahamas, Donald Trump hits the links... Of course he needs to, to keep his figure... unlike that Tiffany for instance! (FYI, she’s the Trump not blessed with ample birthing hips) David Waldman is out doing something, but before that, he did this KITM. Me? Well, I guess I will write a summary:
Yes, that is some fresh prorogues you smell cooking over in Great Britain. Just like the US, Britain’s government was built around a baseline of sanity and morality. Just like Donald Trump, Boris Johnson sees that as a ceiling not a floor. What do you know, even if voted out, Boris just might decide to stay.
Donald Trump commits more and new impeachable offences each week. What are you going to do about it?