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Today only—David Waldman extends his KITM Presidents’ Day Sale—try it for 30 days, and if you’re not completely satisfied…  Well, you will be satisfied. Check out all we have to offer:

Donald Trump is defunding Stars and Stripes to pay for the wall that he promised Mexico would pay for. Republicans worried most about acquitting Trump are much more cheerful now that their checks cleared.

Most read Business Insider just for the articles, but there’s always some into the animal-rights activists crashing Bernie Rallies thing as well.

Alan Dershowitz said the opposite of what he just said in an attempt to win his next case, which is of course why he’s paid the big bucks.

Joan McCarter skypes in to tell us Moscow Mitch has blocked about 400 House-passed bills. Mitch won’t let the Senate vote to secure the election, although McConnell does have some sure-fail anti-abortion bills to push through, to help calm the nerves of Senators such as Susan Collins. Susan happens to be concerned about re-election, but has never been awfully troubled by Senate rules. As long as Collins has Trump’s back, he has hers… maybe.

Eddie DeBarolo’s got Trump’s back. Rod Blagojevich returns in time for the 2020 elections. So might Seth Rich.

How are 2,000 former officials of the Justice Department going to stop William Barr? How are 1,100 federal judges going to stop William Barr? Absolutely nothing is going to stop Donald Trump.

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Yesterday, it was a nice day for a white nationalist wedding. Today, it’s a nice day to start again with David Waldman and Greg Dworkin bringing us news and analysis:

Worm with teeth Stephen Miller wed Katie Waldman on Sunday. (Note: Katie is NOT related to David Waldman. If contrary evidence ever surfaces, David’s DNA will spontaneously combust.)

Donald Trump gets the old gang back together one more time, before they’re all picking litter off highway medians. Welcome back, Sean SpicerReince Priebus, Hope Hicks, and John McEntee! Donald’s best friends are always the ones on which he has the best balance of kompromat. By the way, it’s never too late for Rudy Colludy Giuliani to go into the barrel and under the bus... then right back onto the team again.

BFFs Boris Johnson and Donald Trump have already had a falling out over their preferred omnipresent covert surveillance overlords.

The big question of 2020 is who can win the election. If we don’t vote for policy, what can we vote for? Is the big threat Socialism? Stalinism? No, first worry about Capitalism. Mike Bloomberg makes it rain, while dropping a few more isms, such as racism and sexism. Is it better for African Americans to go with the devil who says he always loved them, or the other one? Racism has been no problem for whites, so it mustn’t be a dealbreaker for black voters.

Wait… Is Amy Klobuchar the “Mary Ann”?

Voatz is the Uber of stupid corrupt election apps. The latest in expensive technology will allow the Nevada Caucus to drive into walls and over cliffs at speeds unimagined since Iowa.

Why can’t schools make meals like Mom used to make, back when Mom was in the mob?

Organized sports cheat almost as often as politicians. A journeyman pitcher who lost his shot at the majors is suing the Houston Astros.

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Happy Holidays! It's not Groundhog Day, but the idea is the same, as we re-bring you our Valentine's Day 2019 episode. Like most holidays, Valentine’s Day doesn’t bear much scrutiny, it is what you make of it... And, you can make the most of your day, by making David Waldman and KITM your morning information choice! 

A tentative deal is reached in #DenverTeacherStrike. Denver teachers ♥ teacher unions! The House doesn’t ♥ Saudis like Donald Trump does.  Americans don’t ♥ Trump's tax plan. The GOP ♥s AOC. No one ♥s the Tea Party anymore. Rep. Ilhan Omar doesn’t ♥ Elliott Abrams, or any genocidal war criminals.

Trump ♥s golf.

Who doesn’t ♥ Greg Dworkin? Greg continues the discussion of the Paul Manafort bombshell, and the deepening mystery in the Russia probe. The US foreign policy community is poorly equipped to cope with individual and community failures, and Loren DeJonge Schulman will tell you how.

Sen. Chris Coons went to the National Prayer Breakfast last week thinking it was a Christian event. Donald Trump set him straight. Trump helps Chuck Grassley find religion. Trump is beginning to figure out that the spending/border bill might not be a winning deal for him. Mitch McConnell hopes Donald figures that out slowly. Does Lou and Sean still Donald? Laura Ingraham grows a bit cold. Tomi Lahren finds herself the wisest, most sane commentator in her twitter feed. Donald wishes he knew how to quit his wall, but he just can’t. Trump urges the TVA to keep open a coal-burning power plant for the good of coal, his buddy, and money. Trump’s DHS guts task forces protecting elections from foreign meddlingEvery day Is a new low in Trump's White House. 

At least the latest threat of measles epidemics inspires cool animations.

It is also the one year anniversary of the Parkland Tragedy, the beginning of the Parkland Students fight against gun death, and one year closer to Alex Jones going to Hell.

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On KITM today, David Waldman is here and ready to discuss and examine several things, e.g. ”&”, i.e., an “ampersand; Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, father of chicken, and how Iowa’s bullshit is everyone’s bullshit. Also:

Donald Trump and William Barr continue their rampage with Republican acquiescence. Barr has no choice but to resign, unless “not resigning” is a choice, then he’ll probably go with that. Barr will also choose not to do the math on Roger Stone. No reason to choose to do anything correctly if no one is checking your work.

Unredacted emails on Ukraine show how much the OMB was hiding from Congress. The DOJ has finally gotten around to reviewing how much Erik Prince was misleading Congress on Russia. Tired of all of the deception, the Senate Gop arranges for no one to find things out in the first place. Republican Rep. Ross Spano told buddies how cool it would be to violate campaign finance laws. They told him to go for it.

Joe Biden must still be a threat to Trump, since Republicans are still investigating Hunter. Donald should be worried about Mike Bloomberg.

On Tuesday, a former captain of Ohio State’s wrestling team testified about Jim (Gym) Jordan grovelling, on the Fourth of July, tears streaming down his eyes, in an effort to continue his cover-up of serial sexual abuses.

Hope Hicks, how will she do it?

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David Waldman and Greg Dworkin bring us the big news, and that big news isn’t the New Hampshire primary. Turns out, Bill Barr and Donald Trump are happy to steal headlines too—just throw it all into the back of the truck with everything else.

Don’t tell Susan Collins, but Donald Trump is on the loose, and he has unshackled Attorney General William Barr, who in turn has the keys to the cages of Paul Manafort and Roger Stone. All four prosecutors on the Roger Stone case quit shortly after Fox viewers told them the bad news. Barr has prepared his whole career for this moment. For Trump, this is just another day. Trump orders his firing squads like he orders his Diet Cokes.

Sen. Kamala Harris demanded Lindsey Graham bring in William Barr to testify. You just know Lindsey will be the weak link in that chain.

Other than the coup d'état, the No. 1 story of the night was the New Hampshire primary. Donald Trump won on the Gop side, and Bernie Sanders edged out Pete Buttigieg, who took second place away from Amy Klobuchar. Mmmm polling!

A lot of people turned out. Many independents voted. Many voters decided recently. Most Bernie voters knew for a while. Centrists are moving toward Amy. Everyone hates Trump.

Jeff Bezos hates Trump.

Remember comical lawn gnome/stalker Robert Hyde? He’s now supplying documents and probably more selfies to congress, and yet thinks he isn’t under the bus.

Christianné Allen, how does she do it?

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Today probably isn’t the best day to balance a broom. Dixville Notch may not be exactly the "picture-perfect democracy" we thought it was. Even “Hookers For Jesus” might not be all they seem on the surface.

David Waldman and KITM, you can trust:

Donald Trump ruins people’s day, today in New Hampshire, locally in Manchester. Donald continues his federally supported feud with Jeff Bezos, better yet, Jeff continues his feud with Donald. Donald is a tough guy. A pretty, pretty, pretty tough guy.

Chuck Todd insinuates that Bernie Sanders has certain supporters that behave as an online mob out to bully and intimidate anyone they see in opposition… but then, Chuck leaned into Godwin’s law and now there’s both righteous indignation in the air and blood in the water

A House staffer reported sexual assault at a VA hospital, so of course the Veterans’ Affairs secretary Robert Wilkie worked to smear her.

Joan McCarter visits with primary news and more:

Donald Trump’s slash-and-burn 2021 budget proposal didn’t overlook the forgotten people in rural America. It goes out of its way to grind them under.

Susan Collins is deeply troubled to discover the meaning of quid pro quo.

Utah sends its employees to Mexico for lower prescription prices, pays for airline tickets, throws in 500 bucks and still gets a deal. Why not make it a real holiday and get some teeth pulled?

The Bureau of Land Management is no match for the oil, gas and lithium barons of the wild west, and their hired guns. A well armed benevolent association targets the Mayor of New York, and tells him the “game’s on”.

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Last night, for once the Trumps weren’t the most talked about parasite family . The Academy says “Thanks Obama”. Donald hasn’t yet figured out who to expel or investigate in Hollywood, but once Rudy’s free to infiltrate, the DOJ will be waiting.

David Waldman hopes we can learn something from the Iowa caucus debacle before we forget about it. Pete Buttigieg officially took more delegates in IA, while Bernie got more votes. The Iowa Democratic party refuses to correct its math errors, although there could be a recanvass, or maybe even a recount. Of course, the RNC is always standing by to compound any errors. Next caucus, possibly next debacle: Nevada.

New Hampshire voters are now saddled with the paradox of choice in Tuesday’s primary, with Nevada and South Carolina soon after. Greg Dworkin lets us know what to look for, and forward to Sanders and Buttigieg lead in NH, but with different voters. It doesn’t sound as if they’ll be picking up each other’s supporters any time soon. Neither of them have a grip on black voters like Joe Biden, if that is even what Joe has.

Meanwhile, the UK declares the 2019 Coronavirus an imminent threat as confirmed cases top 40,000 in at least 24 countries with nearly half catching it in the hospital.

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David Waldman brings us part 3 of an exposé on Burisma.

Oh yes, you have heard a lot on Burisma already, and you sure will be hearing a lot more before the election. The Trump administration lower intestine will be feeding regular tidbits to our mainstream news for some time to come, therefore you might as well just stop by here for KITM’s much “less processed” account.

Meanwhile, there's a new abuse of power by Trump that should alarm you, should you ever find out about it. The Trump administration is spending millions to make people dumber every minute. So far that has worked pretty well... But what if everything you think you know about politics is wrong?

Not that it matters of course. You might be surprised to hear that Donald Trump charges the Secret Service premium rates at his hotels. Or... you aren’t surprised because you’ve known about it for years. By the time the real facts come out those facts have been so muddied that…

Wait, that’s not mud. Which brings us one more time back to the Iowa caucus. The caucus-blockus app seems to have been helped by trolls and Trumpers clogging the hotline plumbing, aided by idiot reporters.

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David Waldman and guest Greg Dworkin thoroughly consider the day’s events on today’s KITM. Sure, it’s a full two hours, but if you can’t make the time, you might want to reconsider your lifestyle choices.

Acquitted! Donald Trump is out today making sure we all understand the meaning of that word, and how little it has to do with exoneration.

Speaking from the heart, and moved by faith, Mitt Romney set himself apart from those that have neither. Mitt Romney and Doug Jones are new profiles in courage, while censuring the entire Trump party. Mitt could have spoke up earlier, but in the end it really wouldn’t have mattered. Democrats will need to do this again until they get it right.

Sherrod Brown explains how Republicans can stand Trump, but not how they can stand upright.

Marie Yovanovitch tells us that American institutions need American courage to survive.

Matt Gaetz stands up for… Can Matt Gaetz stand?

Iowa has discovered how to stay at the top of the news cycle. Buttigieg and Sanders lead with... oh, let’s say, “a lot” of the results in.  Essentially they canceled the Iowa Caucus a few hours after everyone voted. Will New Hampshire be the final word on Biden’s Joementum? Well, as far as the media is concerned, it does look like a 3 man race.

Get ready for the upcoming Joe Biden and Burisma talking points by listening to David’s analysis of Burisma without the Biden framing.

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What a tiresome week. David Waldman takes us… to the middle:

STFU SOTU. Donald Trump doesn’t have much to brag about, but he did give away prizes. Rush Limbaugh, who has never deserved anything that he presently has, now has a participation medal. The one thing that Trump’s speech absolutely was not: Soft and absorbent, therefore Nancy Pelosi only decided she should tear it up. How unpatriotic! Just like Jay-Z, and Beyonce and uhm... Donald Trump.

Greg Dworkin rounds up the pundits—a feat, considering the pundits themselves don’t really know where they are since that caucus-blockus brouhaha Monday. Greg is back to catch us up, Iowa Caucus-wise, so we will have one more chance to review what they are, why they are important, and how to cipher all the numbers before we move on to New Hampshire

Results are in! Some of them! Maybe! Flip a coin! Still, there are finally some crunchy numbers out there, and some evidence to conclude. Buttigieg and Sanders do have bragging rights, and Mayor Pete will do just that.  The fiascos do continue to roll in. Elizabeth Warren lost a delegate when people who didn’t know better took over from people who knew better, but didn’t pipe up. A Buttigieg caucuser discovers she might be a Trumper at heart

Today marks the final impeachment battle, before all of the future impeachment battles. David takes a dive into Ukrainian corruption history.

Is a Kentucky congressman “Peak Gop” in 2020? Nope! There’s plenty of 2020 left.

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A big week for political junkies, masochists, David Waldman and KITM continues... mostly for the masochists. This is going to leave a mark:

So. What happened? Did anyone win? Did everyone lose? And, that phone app, developed by “Shadow Inc.“ on the behalf of strategy firm “Acronym”—no kidding!—was that the problem? Was it cable news, filling every down minute with stupidity and angst? Is it all the process? Or are caucuses just awful? There is plenty of blame to go around, and maybe some lessons to take away… as long as they take away caucuses too. (Republicans don’t like them either.) This will be a landmark week for trolls, though. David teaches us caucus math, which outside of the 8+ hours in a gym arguing with strangers is the most fun anyone could possibly have at a caucus!

Go ahead, ask Joan McCarter how much fun caucuses are, she’ll tell you. Joan and David chat caucuses, and preview the deeply gifted oration heading our way tonight. It won’t be from John Bolton. He’s not talking.

Texas A&M campus says guns are ok in classrooms and dorms. Technically, you aren’t allowed to use them to murder people, but one thing leads to another.

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Well, today just might be the wrap up of the Senators’ question period in Donald Trump’s show trial. David Waldman and Greg Dworkin review the last 8 hours and preview the next:

Caesar, Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Hussein, and Trump. All out there prioritizing their nation’s interests over their own, probably. In fact, it is almost impossible for one to determine where the United States ends and Donald Trump begins. And that one would be Alan Dershowitz, ever since he and most of the Republican conference became anti-woke... All Trump needs is 34 votes. As those are Republican votes, they could add up to maybe 7% of the US population. Republicans pretend to want witnesses, which they could vote for if they would like.

Democrats can try to straighten people out, readdress the facts, play by the rules, but the endgame is so clear Republicans have been playing their bench, heckling the umpire/judge, and just making stuff up without really a care, as if they actually believe this will be all over by the end of this week.

Trump people were aware that the Trump superfan man of mystery trailing Ambassador Yovanovitch was crazy, but worried that he might be the wrong kind of crazy

Eh, maybe we’ll all be dead by the weekend from the beer flu. Smart people are working on fixing things, and might be in the lead. Of course, dumb people are also hard at work. You know what’s worse than the Wuhan flu? The regular flu.

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Tsunamis, plaguesWorld Wars (III through VI), John Bolton’s testimony? What are you most threatened by today? David Waldman and Greg Dworkin are here to alarm and/or assuage us:

Nutty reckless John Bolton can’t be trusted, therefore should testify under oath, to get all the facts out there, right? John Kelly believes Bolton. So does Donald Trump. Rudy Giuliani would trade Bolton’s testimony and many other things to get up on the stand. Mitch McConnell wants to know who will take what to make this all go away. It all depends on how many Republicans want to keep their jobs, and how many want to take one for the team. It could be tough to keep that kabuki in their commedia dell'arte.

There is probably still an election coming up. If so, Joe Biden is still in the lead, although you couldn’t tell the youth that, which will matter if they get in the habit of voting. Nuns are regularly in the habit of course, but presently they sing Joe’s praises.

The church of the savvy excommunicated, temporarily, Felicia Sonmez for inconsistent veneration to Kobe Bryant. She is now the one asking about consistency

There was a 7.7 earthquake outside of Jamaica, which is big. The R0 estimate for the Coronavirus is around 2.5, which kind of big, but kind of not.

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David Waldman and Greg Dworkin bring us up-to-date, and they have a lot to bring:

Oodles happened this weekend. Remember that teeny-tiny part of it when Republicans told us what they were going to say today? That’s ok, nobody does. John Bolton booted  all that into the stratosphere. Remember when John Bolton was a short-fused loose-cannon jerk? A few Republicans seem to have forgot... They probably should have “read the manuscript”, which describes a whole new level of quid pro quo.  Republicans, in disarray, don’t know what to do, or pretend to do, or to pretend to pretend to do. Lindsey Graham performs an aggressive retrograde advancement maneuver, stage left. Mike Braun wanders back out of the trenches and into the line of fire

NBA superstar, Academy Award winner Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among nine people killed yesterday morning in a helicopter crash in Southern California. 

The death toll from the Wuhan virus more than doubled over the weekend, and has spread to at least 12 countries. China has a quarantine across 16 cities totaling almost 50 million people, as the virus spreads to two to three new people for each person infected. Mongolia closes its border with China, as evidence shows that the outbreak was downplayed at first. Publicly funded scientific infrastructure to the rescue!

Backing way up to last week, you might remember Mike Pompeo was a dick. Most voters polled said they wanted Donald Trump removed from office, and just about any Democrat to replace him, but mostly Joe Biden, although, as of last week it was still way too close. Back to impeachment... That call doesn’t sound so perfect anymore. Rudy Colludy went back with buddies Lev and Igor further than he remembers, unless it was only those two pulling Trump’s strings all along! Will Alan Dershowitz remember that there’s already precedence against his case

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Thursday. Another day, another flood of evidence impeaching Donald Trump. Another day we need David Waldman and Greg Dworkin to distill and clarify:

So far no one has shouted “Objection! Your Honor” or “Overruled. Proceed.” and yet even Matt Gaetz has been impressed with how the Democrats made their case. Republican Senators would be so impressed if they attended, or attended to, the trial. Senator Mike Braun hasn’t even attended to the last few years. It could have been worse, but a couple of Republicans needed it to look fair.

Support for removing Trump exceeds his support. A lot of his base knows Trump broke the law, but wish that no one else did.  Most Americans however want witness testimony. A majority of Americans know Trump broke the law, and most want his removal.

White voters are polarizing on class, people of color are managing to avoid that.

Oh, if only we could go back, start over and pretend this never happened, but alas, that isn’t happening. No one is overturning the election. That is one of those lies, that if you debunk it, you end up spreading it. Donald Trump lies and lies and lies, but, he just said he didn’t so maybe… No, he lies. And who can blame him?  When has lying ever let him down? The White House Memo relies four times on the Sondland call where Trump said, "I want no quid pro quo." That never happened. There is proof it didn’t happen. But, who are you going to believe?

Trump’s legal rebuttal to the House's impeachment case avoided the truth whenever possible. The White House brief’s attached OLC memo says that subpoenas issued prior to 10/31/19 are invalid because there was not a formal impeachment inquiry vote. In fact, the White House argues that a conviction could be "unconstitutional" because of the way the House's articles are written. David explores how any of that could be considered true.

The whole Trump clan didn’t hesitate to glom onto any grift they could from the first second of Dad’s inauguration.

Is it too late to impeach Ronald Reagan? How about charging him with treason?

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IT’S ... Kagro in the Morning!

David Waldman reviews Day 1, and previews Day 2 of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, which is of course, constitutional nonsense that defies legal consensus, or even eye witness consensus. David and Greg Dworkin however do consense that a fair trial must include witnesses and documents, and that this isn’t one of those.

Adam Schiff kicked off and scored in the inaugural opening of Trump Trial One. Democrats showed their strength early by running up a score from the very beginning. Mitch McConnell caved before the end of lunch break. John Roberts blew his whistle after midnight. Oh, Dems are still going to “lose”, probably, but they aren’t giving it away for free... and, no matter what, Republicans aren’t going to “win”. Trump pre-celebrates by bragging about hiding evidence.

Biden-for-Bolton trade and could end up with two bad deals for the Democrats. We need to pick between good witnesses and fun witnesses. Let’s hear what Pat Cipollone knows.

Richmond’s MLK Day gun rally was an outbreak of terrorism on American soil. It is impossible for the Richmond gun rally to be both peaceful and intimidating. It did have a sense of style, though. (I think my mom has that babushka!) The alt-right boogaloo some had planned didn’t sound too bad either, until the mass killings and destruction part.

Oh, yes, the election. Joe Biden still leads the 2020 pack, though his smile might be a bit less sunny lately.

FLASH: Hillary Clinton Is Not Running For Anything.  Martha McSally might as well give up.

Trump has ground to make up in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, but is still a threat somehow because voters really just aren’t all that they would like to pretend sometimes.

Mohammed bin Salman might have considered posing as a Nigerian prince with Jeff Bezos but instead went with the old infected malware ploy.

RIP Terry Jones.

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Martin & LewisSimon & Garfunkel. Aniston & Pitt... There wasn’t a dry eye this morning at KITM World Headquarters when David Waldman welcomed back persona grata Armando… And, it is about time. These are trying times with big questions in need of answers, such as how the Senate plans to try absolutely nothing and no one in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial and get away with it.

The impeachment trial begins with a debate about the rules, which the OLC will tell you is only one rule and Alan Dershowitz will tell you that is one rule too many. Midnight Mitch believes that with 51 votes there is no debate, he call yes, no, he can make day, night, and what are you going to do about it, at least without a time machine?  David and Armando analysed the situation and came up with ideas. We can only hope Senators tuned in this morning.

Regrettably, the long awaited Clinton & Sanders reunion has at present, been postponed.

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Brrr! Cosy up to KITM as David Waldman and Greg Dworkin warm us up for this week’s news:

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day some of us have off, and most of us respect. Just down yonder from KITM World Headquarters, lawmakers in the Virginia Senate have passed three gun measures. Therefore what better time than MLK day to hold a legislative loser gun nut convention? Today’s cosplay ensembles have been on point right down to Rachel Ray’s scarf. Of course, for some of these Jojo Rabbits, their fantasies might be too close to reality, so keep a distance.

Do go ahead and make fun of the new Space Force uniforms, but when one of our boys is shot down over Endor you might sing a different tune.

The White House releases its 110 page brief disputing the constitution. Alan Dershowitz distanced himself from that brief, as he never takes his off.

Republican impeachment defense is totally bad faith arguments and complaints. Andrew Yang is getting it. Chuck Todd got it, but seems to have misplaced it again.

Lev Parnas isn’t a distraction, he’s central to how Trump operates, and Trump goes through a lot of them. The entire Administration runs illegal schemes. Therefore, literally all of them are involved, lie at multiple points, and obstruct justice. If Lev wanted to leave, he had to leave noisily or he might leave quietly. William Barr might have hoped arresting Parnas would have been the quiet way, but Lev’s pictures say a thousand words.

Trump could’ve advised his Russia advisor to always keep one hand on his cell phone at all times.

For 2020, it’s Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar neck and neck for the New York Times. Joe Biden smiles.  Bernie Sanders supporters aren’t smiling. Bernie Bros, on the other hand, are just the same mob for a different president. Polls remain stable, although slowly heading in a good direction.

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David Waldman presents a special Total Exasperation Friday KITM.

A new Trump book with old news is out: A Very Stable Genius reports that Donald Trump is incompetent and narcissistic. That was actually news when Washington Post reporters Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig first noted it. Now they report it about a year later, although in a book you have to purchase, instead of paying to read on the Post’s page. After citing only a couple of excerpts, David declares his admiration of Trump, disdain of the military, recognition of the deep state, hails Trump’s electoral college victory, scoffs at the constitution, calls for a coup, and urges us to just ignore him from now on...  Why so sardonic?

Well, because, generally people are idiots. So, Donald Trump’s poop politics might just be the ticket for him. After all, what good is even the best satire against an administration that selects Jeffrey Epstein’s defense team, Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz to represent the president? Trump spells GAO “GOA”, says they got it backwards, then tells us Dershowitz backs him up on this, leaving only David to straighten it all out.

Meanwhile, all is well after Iran’s January 8 missile attack on Iraq’s al-Asad air base... Except for the dopes and babies that got themselves injured, there’s about a dozen of those.

Forget that apothegm about judging books by their covers, Matt Gaetz is 100% what he looks like.

 

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Donald Trump personally directed a conspiracy to use taxpayer dollars to destroy his political rivals and rig the election. Sure, you know that already. You’ve known it for a long time, because you listen to KITMDavid Waldman and Greg Dworkin are on today to tell you a few more things you didn’t know, but will know months before anyone else:

Lev Parnas is an anagram for nasal perv. Now you know!

Maybe you have heard about Lev ParnasEveryone knows who Lev Parnas is nowDevin Nunes says “Oh you mean THAT ‘Lev Parnas”!” His name is even beginning to ring Mike Pence’s bell. By the end of the week even Donald Trump might get to know him

And, the Trump Administration illegally withheld assistance from Ukraine and the public evidence shows that the president himself ordered this illegal act. Oh, yes, you knew that.  Now, so does the Government Accountability Office. By the end of the week even Bill Barr might find out.

Robert Hyde, new comical lawn gnome in the Ukraine scandal, repeat stalker, who violated a restraining order, was involuntarily committed for psychiatric evaluation, and had his guns confiscated by the police, knows Donald Trump. More importantly Donald Trump knows him. Wait a sec… a guy with mental issues, connected to mysterious Chinese billionaires, low on security radar as an American citizen running for office… eh, probably nothing.

If it wasn’t for all of of this, all we’d have to talk about is Trump’s other corruption. Don’t worry, we can always add a few more articles of impeachment.

Iowa, first in the nation, last in coherence, throws off all bets.

Virginia’s Governor says “back off, boogaloo, boo!” with a declaration of emergency after armed militias threaten to storm the capitol.

The Virgin Islands Attorney General hopes to foreclose on Jeffrey Epstein’s Pedophile Island. Everyone else justs wants to sink it.
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Did you catch the Democratic Debate last night? Yes, they had one, and it was nice... we hear. Let’s see… What else do you want to talk about?

David Waldman and Greg Dworkin discuss the House Intelligence Committee releasing documents from Lev Parnas, our favorite Rudy Colludy henchman/boss/co-conspirator and Donald Trump fanclub alumni. Now it turns out that Lev and Igor weren’t the only comical garden gnomes doing dirty deeds for Donny in Ukraine. Meet Robert Hyde, now known for being quite insane in Ukraine, last year was put into police custody at Mar-a-Lago for psychiatric assessment. He’s also running for Congress in Connecticut, while keeping up an effort to remain the worst person on Twitter. Text records reveal Hyde and Parnas physically surveilling U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. They knew when her computer was on or off, when she came and went. It looks as if they intended Yovanovitch to go through some things, things that were dancing around in a few important heads. Heads featured in many beautiful headshots circulating today.

Which brings us to Mr. Gao.  Cheng Gao has a whole lot of money, and wants a whole lot of money. Other than that, and of much less interest to Donald Trump, Gao is vegan “Buddhist Artist” from China.

By the way, the Russian government is disbanding. Vlad says it was fun while it lasted.

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David Waldman shakes up the weekly schedule at KITM or maybe it’s the schedule doing the shaking. Either way, Joan McCarter stans out there now need to come here Tuesdays.

As for Wednesday, Nancy Pelosi announced that tomorrow will likely be the day the House votes on sending articles of impeachment to the Senate. Not THE articles of impeachment, as Donald Trump deserves not just these, but many more. Trump is, and always will be, impeached, by the way. After tomorrow, impeachment goes to a trial, not an appeal. The public wants a fair hearing, Moscow Mitch isn’t planning on one, Susan Collins plans to pretend she wants one, but Chuck Schumer plans to call her bluff. Donald Trump never had a plan, but always has an emergency.

Cruelty was the point, and hunger was the plan in West Virginia.

Is Trump attempting to save Obamacare or destroy it? Who knows?

Donald Trump made the long awaited pivot towards being the president of Louisianan college football ticket holders with the endorsement of “Hollyweird” actor Vince Vaughn. Say what you will, but Vaughn was able to maintain physical contact with Donald much longer than most.

Vlad and Bashar aren’t Donald’s true friends, you know.

Trump’s Iran deceptions might go deeper than even we thought. On the day of Soleimani’s assassination, another Iranian was targeted in Yemen. A Patriot missile defense battery was removed from al Asad base just before Iran’s missile attack. Right now could be the quiet before the storm.

Meanwhile, Russians hack into Burisma to prep for the 2020 elections. Let’s see what Rick Perry was up to in Ukraine, shall we?

And, the umpteenth Democratic primary debate is tonight and promises to be a bloodbath, enthralling both Republicans and cable news hosts.

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David Waldman is back from the weekend, with tales of ice fishing in Kazakhstan, the giant… or at leastvery, very big wombatsperhaps the unsung heroes of Australia, and of course, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Political Action Committee, Courage to Change.

As you’d imagine, David devotes most of the show to WOMBATS—no wait, Leadership PACs! Is AOC’s PAC CtC OK? The short answer is, yes, it shows Ocasio-Cortez’s maturation from outside insurgent to established leader, through the time honored tradition of making money and making friends. For the long answer you’ll need to tune into today’s second half!

But before then, you can tune into Greg Dworkin discussing how Donald Trump fiddles as the world burns. Trump’s parade of lies are catching up with him. Actually, they caught up with him long agoNo one believes him, no one feels more safe, and most people still want him out of here. His evangelical MAGA rally was extra deplorable.

Nancy Pelosi only held the impeachment articles for four legislative days, but Chuck Schumer might get the last laugh at the impeachment trial. Donald Trump has changed his “mind” and doesn’t want a trial now.

Meanwhile: Bernie punches Warren; Warren punches Bernie; and Joe Biden’s smiling.

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Friday! The news never ends, but David Waldman does need to devote his weekends to clearing out the bats, deer and racoons coming down from the KITM hinterlands, and of course Donald Trump requires a little time to come down from whatever he’s on. (I admit that’s wild speculation on my part... I don’t know for a fact that Trump ever comes down from whatever he’s on.)

Last night Trump had another Deplorable Rally, in which Donald was extra deplorable. Room temperature Mike Pence warmed up the crowd, by bragging that the justification for the Soleimani hit, and subsequent deaths of 176 civilians, was all a lie. The Trump crowd never minds any lies at their expense, as long as someone else is being lied to, also.

Moscow Mitch McConnell doesn’t mind changing the rules of the Senate. That’s what the rules are for, him. Mitch told Republican Senators he plans to be bitchy and petulant next week if Nancy Pelosi lets him down. (Don’t let it be said Nancy doesn’t have a heart.) Lickspittle Lindsey Graham demands Nancy cut a few days off that. 

Just in case Mitch deigns to follow a rule, what would the rules of Senate procedure and practice be for impeachment trials? Matt Gaetz steps out of line, for a second. Mike Lee is already back to the fold.

The Trump Administration uses redactions to hide what they don’t want you to see. Why, is there something wrong with that? James Inhofe understands the strategic importance of attacking cultural sites, as does the Commander in Chief

The Senate trial is coming sooner or later, so here’s your weekend primer Twitter threads on a few of the dumpster fires leading up to this moment.

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Well, Donald Trump did stumble over to the brink of war for a while, but once his dilated pupils managed to focus on the abyss, Donald stumbled back away.

Today, David Waldman is back behind the KITM microphone, joined by Greg Dworkin, microphone sans-sobriquet, for the ol’ Thursday catch-up:

Yesterday, Trump doteled up to a podium to dote more dotardly than any president in history (sniff). Winning! Unless, of course you are the kind that considers things more than 30 seconds into the future or past. Those people are calledterrorist lovers.” Tulsi Gabbard says, “Ayatollah what would happen”! The security briefing following that got even worse reviews, inspiring the usual Republican disarray.

Negative partisanship is a positive thing for Democrats. More than a billion dollars so far have gone to ActBlue to help solve all of this at the ballot box. Speaking of money, Mike Bloomberg is up there with Biden and Bernie polling ahead of Trump going into Michigan

Ahead of that ballot box, Moscow Mitch is tired of being forced to wait so long to not exonerate his boss. Some Democrats aren’t sure what to think, ever. While we’re waiting, let’s take a look at Roger Stone’s FBI records. And, If John Bolton wants a subpoena now, the House has one they can fish out of the wastebasket. Steven Mnuchin doesn’t want you to hear how much Trump’s golf trips cost, it would just make you angry.

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VICTORY! 

Seriously, what did you expect him to say, “mission accomplished”? Well...who knows what he “actually” said. Go ask his nurse. Then, ask your doctor if Adderall is right for you. Then get a second opinion.

David Waldman had things to do, so yesterday he donned his pipe and smoking jacket and recorded a special Kagro at Night for today’s presentation:

Iran appears to be standing down, Donald Trump appears to not be filling his Depends anymore. Donald can now return to talking big to his friends in the locker room. And, who knew this guy Soleimani was such a bad guy these last couple of decades? Tune into Fox to discover humanity’s next nemesis!

Also, a Ukrainian (!) airliner crashed in Iran (!) last night. Maybe it isn’t all about us... It is sad, though. Also sad, the earthquakes in Puerto Rico, which couldn’t have come at a worse time for Donald Trump as now he’s too busy to come up with a really biting tweet. And, there is something underhanded going on around Mar-a-Lago, which really isn’t awfully sad.

Can you believe it? Mitch (Moscow) McConnell is planning partisan power play! Lindsey Graham is up to being lickspittle! What can stop them? Is it 51 or 67 votes? David reviews Senate procedures and the enduring and prescient correctness of KITM, and its listeners.

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On today’s KITM, David Waldman welcomes Ian Reifowitz, professor of Historical Studies at S.U.N.Y.-Empire State College and author of The Tribalization of Politics: How Rush Limbaugh's Race-Baiting Rhetoric on the Obama Presidency Paved the Way for Trump (Copies are still available — makes a great Valentines Day gift!)  Today’s topic: The rash of hate-based anti-Semitic violence being committed across the United States, but principally against Orthodox Jews in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. Some of these perpetrators are wrong in certain ways, some in other certain ways; one thing is certain: Republicans would love to turn Jews and Blacks, the two largest Democratic voting blocs, against each other. Ian calls for communities to come together to stand up against anti-semitism. Turns out, people are starting to do just that.

Donald Trump’s war on humanity continues. Trump’s preference for terror might seem “whimsical”, but remember, Donald is first and foremost an idiot, and that will color any decision-making process. Second, Trump sees “imminent threats” in terms of minutes and seconds, so any “course of actiondevelopment would bring us right back to Rule #1.

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David Waldman brings us today’s KITM live from the red carpet of the Golden Globes! (Cleanup crews want to roll it up, so we might need to step off...)

Josh Hawley,out in the field, URGENTLY wants everyone’s holiday vacation to be overJeanine Pirro looks around, doesn’t see anybody, figures she won.

But his emails! If aides can’t privately talk about Donald Trump’s plans to bribe and extort for personal gain, what can they talk about?

Greg Dworkin calls in to offer some high-involvement cooperative overlap in (unintelligible crosstalk). I know! Right?

War! Huh, yeah. What is it good for? Absolutely not Trump, because this is just the thing he’d lie about... which is all things, especially war. Of course, war could be a very shiny object for a media tired of so many dull scandals. At least this means the end of ISIS, uhm, as a story. Donald promises a few war crimes for those itching to pwn Jimmy Carter. Other than that, no, Trump hasn’t got much figured out past tee time.

To sum up: Trump heard that Iran never won a war, but never lost a negotiation, and knew he had absolutely no ability to negotiate, but did have a lot of bombs… Coincidentally, he did have a few failed negotiations in Iran that still needed to be cleaned up, so... 

This time, the axis of evil, and not-so evil punditry might be unified against war hucksterism. Will Twitter declare war or conscientiously object?

Democrats don’t have to be all things to all people, but they don’t have to promise all things to all voters either.

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David Waldman opens up the week… heralds the new year… ushers in the new decade...what time is it?

Melania says, Peace on the world! Peace on it all! Donald loves peace on everything, so he makes it his New Years resolution and blows out the candles.

It could still be Castro 2020, but from now on the other half of the ticket.

Edward Gallagher let nothing get in the way of his slaughtering teens, and is now launching a “life”style brand for those aspiring to killer fashion. 

R.I.P. Jack Sheldon. Everyone remembers his voice. If you are old you might remember his triple tongue. If you are really old you might remember his face.

Greg Dworkin rings in the new year with Skype chimes, Abby, and guest-dog Saki:

Impeachment is so 2019. Time to talk removal. Will Senators care about any oath they take? Will the Chief Justice? Does any Senator care what the impact they have on the future? Does the Chief Justice? Donald Trump wants Joe Biden to testify at his Senate trial. He said he wanted his chief of staff, secretary of state, national security adviser, and personal lawyer to testify too, and he was lying of course. Perhaps the media’s New Year resolution could be to quit being propagandists. Video of Joe Biden suggesting a white nationalist idea is deceptively editedNo, duh. That’s what 2020’s going to be all about for Trump pushers, just like it was in 2016. Think before sharing. Even the trolls will tell you that! Trump does paint his face orange, so there.

Trump’s popularity isn’t much worse after impeachment, because it can’t get much worse. It won’t get much better before the election either.

Republican women are an endangered species, and you know what Republicans think of endangered species, and women.

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2020. A year so important, it will take us an extra day to get it just right... and yet we still aren’t quite done with 2019. David Waldman worked into the wee hours of the early afternoon, yesteryear—to assemble a new KITM for those of us up and eager to tackle a new day, a new year... a new decade! But… keep the volume down a bit, okay?

On Sunday we bombed some sites in Iraq and Syria, as we are wont to do. The U.S. embassy in Baghdad is now under siege. Things will get worse, but how much worse is in our Tiny Hands in Chief. Forty years ago, Jimmy Carter struggled with turmoil in the Middle East, but also with an American oligarchy pursuing private interest over public policy

That was before oligarchies ran the presidency, when we had a legitimate president, one we didn’t have to pretend was a remotely honest, functioning, sane person. Now Rudy Colludy travels the world making deals, kinda for Donald Trump, mostly for himself. As Gop telemarketers and grifters flood the White House, Donald moves to soak his own grifters. So, what if we someday agree that Trump is illegitimate? Will the invalid judges and their judgements just fade away?

Probably not. Welcome 2020!

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