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Week 100 of The Presidential Apprentice, week 82 of the Mueller Investigation! You got to hope Bobby Three Sticks would pull ahead some day, but for now David Waldman and KITM keep calling the race:

Greg Dworkin brings us new evidence that Donald Trump benefits from misinformation. That must be why he likes to do it so much, and why just about every Russian that could get to a keyboard in 2016 lent him a hand. The Trump administration, campaign, transition, inauguration, organization, foundation, etc. are now under investigation. Why aren’t we talking about impeachment, then? Well, we are, but let’s be a little patient, and let the rest of the us catch up. After all, the whole point of the Russian influence operation was to confuse, distract and ultimately discourage the specific groups most likely to challenge Trump, especially African Americans. Race is the most reliable source of division in American politics. What could be worse than Russian trolls? The National Enquirer. They were born to feed off guys like The Donald, how did it all go so backwards? If you don’t like fake news, check out local reporting. Those guys keep it 100 24/7.

Mark Harris wants another chance to defraud North Carolina, before he is caught on his previous defrauding.

If you are wondering if a President can be indicted, Ulysses S. Grant was arrested, booked and posted bail after being caught speeding… on his horse.

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It’s Friday, so we had a lot of clean-up work to do.

First, it’s the sixth anniversary of 12/14. So it’s perhaps appropriate to talk about another set of gun victims: the ones who survive and are simply “expected to recover.”

Today’s top Trump rumors: He’s a “speed freak,” and; Jared’s under consideration for Chief of Staff (so don’t forget this scam).

Not a rumor: Investigators are finally interested in Trump’s inaugural committee funds, and; that “other member of the campaign” in the room for the hush money negotiations with National Enquirer… was Trump. Yes, lazy-ass Trump.

Latest from NC-09: Harris knew exactly what he was buying.

The Trump “administration” is a never-ending parade of self-dealing and corrupt pass-throughs. And don’t let all the hype make you forget that Michael Cohen was a corrupt bastard before he ever met Trump. In fact, it’s how he met Trump in the first place.

The ИЯA turns out to be just a nest of Russian spies.

Romania joins the ranks of foreign powers playing the emoluments game.

Just in case Newt’s still skulking around looking for a White House job, take a peek at his new grift, which is the same as the old grift.

Are the Wisconsin and Michigan Gop power-grabs unconstitutional?

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Between the two of them, Greg Dworkin and Armando helped cover every minute of the show today. A non-stop parade of issues and stories, and we got to perhaps half of what we had.

First, there’s not gonna be any wall vote. Also, no wall. And no Mexico paying for anything, either. Second, they’re talking about Newt f-ing Gingrich for White House Chief of Staff. Third, while Trump tries to set up an “Edwards defense” for himself, the National Enquirer has flipped and pulled that rug out from beneath him. And Michael Cohen was already set to nail that down.

Meanwhile, Mueller continues to tighten the noose, and may even be set to introduce a whole new angle on the investigation. And besides impeachment, people are mulling the merits of just up and indicting Trump outright, president or no. Speaking of which, Mueller isn’t even the only threat looming.

In other news, Jim Inhofe is an idiot, and just another of… oh, about a hundred Senators who don’t understand how the computer Interwebs work.

And lastl—though discussed much earlier—the Speakership game draws to a close.

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How do you sum up a day like yesterday? I don’t know. But Greg Dworkin gave it his best shot. That Oval Office meltdown over (not) funding Trump’s wall was pretty much all you needed to see, but then there was so much more. There was the inability to hire “the best people,” which is now also an inability to hire even the bottom of the barrel. That’s a problem not just for Trump, but the entire Gop. Speaking of the entire Gop, could they now be reduced to evangelicals and no one else? Even parts of “MAGA” America could be walking away.

Down at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, Republicans spent the day self-owning in the Google hearing. Joan McCarter described the bizarre reaction on Capitol Hill to Trump (gold spray-) painting himself into a shutdown corner. Pelosi and Schumer certainly dunked on Trump, but shouldn’t they have been offering a flat zero dollars for the whole thing? So, even with a Trump shutdown set for December 21st, he’s still running around making even settled spending bills worse. On the other hand, the Farm Bill might just be getting better.

Did you know that the United Nations is currently without a Musical Director?! Did you know that the United Nations once wasn’t?

Remember that scary-sounding Bloomberg story about spying devices embedded in Chinese-made computer processors? If you do, it might be time to forget it.

The Charlottesville murderer is going away forever.

NC-09 continues spiraling into madness.

Newly-empowered Dems put the brakes on a sweetheart stadium deal for the Washington Breadsticks.

Could there be a legal smackdown coming for the Wisconsin and Michigan Republican riots?

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We had a far-ranging show today, starting with the note that Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” is/are the many killed or imprisoned journalists around the world, prominently featuring Jamal Khashoggi, of course. In other journalism news, the WaPo invents a new “Pinocchio” category for Trump. Oh, and it turns out Paul Ryan is a fraud. So of course, the proper reaction to that is to crap on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Because isn’t it always?

Maria Butina is set to change her plea and cooperate with investigators, whatever that might mean. Could she bring down the ИЯA? And maybe even more? The Butina angle is a strange one, and getting stranger every day. Meanwhile, back on the main Trump-Russia ranch, don’t forget what Mitch McConnell did to get us into this mess. To that end, maybe now is a good time to follow the money on that.  Though we might want to be careful, since a lot of that money appears to be going down the toilet. And when it comes to indictments, don’t forget that Trump isn’t the same thing as the Trump Organization, even if the man himself doesn’t know that.

Speaking of the Orange Hobgoblin, it looks like Pelosi and Schumer knew exactly what was on tap for their Oval Office sit-down today. Will the results convince Republicans to stop trying to set her up? Will anyone want to staff this dotard ever again?

What is Brexit, even? Can we all live in a yellow cheese submarine?

NY politicos: Behold your new state Senate.

Are today’s Google hearings really just an elaborate shakedown?

Donald Trump: great Gimmetarian, or greatest Gimmetarian?

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Fridays are beginning to mean something again, as the pace of Mueller filings picks up. ‘Tis the season! Luckily, we had Greg Dworkin with us to round things up. But first, we go around the world in 80 seconds, give or take a few. Important happenings in Germany, in the UK with respect to the (non-) Brexit, and in Japan.

But enough about the rest of the world! Let’s talk about us! No one will take the job as Trump’s chief of staff. What a surprise! Comey speaks about his speaking. That and the early weekend’s other developments had people talking about how things were falling apart, and where it all might end up.

None of these dangers kept Trump quiet, of course. So Armando joined us to examine his latest outburst. Even Monica Lewinsky got in on the act.

We took a pass on lingering over Jerry Falwell, Jr. and the pool boy, though there’s plenty to go back to, if need be. And we revisited the travesties in Wisconsin and Michigan, with an eye toward whose money was (and still is) behind it.

On the assumption that Satan invented trolling, this seems appropriate.

Don’t let anyone tell you campaign finance crimes can’t be serious crimes.

And, you’ve heard about eggs and making omelets? Well, sometimes norms have to be broken to save the ones that are left.

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Trump was already in meltdown mode last night, and it continued apace this morning. He was probably miffed about something else, entirely, but there’s a new scandal to pile on top of it all: his campaign was coordinating with the NRA, which probably surprises no one, but would still be illegal.

You want more? Fine. The specifics on the Saudish-paid emoluments are coming to light, and we’re also getting a clearer picture of how he’s laundering campaign and party funds into personal income. And to top it all off, Kim Jong Un doesn’t even love him.

Down in North Carolina, when Republican officials weren’t pretending to be barfing, they were ignoring what they knew about the cheating and the ballot dumping. Can anything be done to prevent Harris from taking office if North Carolina officials can’t (or won’t) get their act together? Yes. But the story needs a little clarification. And a review of the history of disputed elections.

In the weekend prep section of our show, you’ll want to spend time figuring out what’s wrong with the latest mopes suckered into service to Trump: William Barr and Heather Nauert. And everybody’s talking about the brave undocumented workers toiling away at Trump’s NJ golf compound. (Remember when Democrats used to have to resign or withdraw their nominations for that?) But nobody’s talking (yet) about how to save America from Gorsuch and Kavanaugh.

 

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Happy #D6! It’s not just QAnon. The pundits are still trying to decode the hidden messages in the newly-public Mueller court filings, and the other breadcrumbs left behind. At least one theory has it that Mike Pence just might skate in this whole thing.

The one-day DC truce is over, and Republican election and other democracy-stealing stories continue to fester in Wisconsin and Michigan. And, of course, in North Carolina. The NC-09 race, thanks to some crack reporting, has turned into a complete shitshow, a potent mix of “cash, pills — and ballots.” But it turns out that’s been the case for some time. So now, the subpoenas are flying. How did we get here?

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Greg Dworkin’s Abbreviated Pundit Roundup was not closed in observance of today’s National Day of Mourning, in case you were wondering. DC’s other big news: Mueller’s sentencing memo on notorious spy Mike Flynn dropped last night, and it’s full of goodies, though you can’t read any of them.

Rudy Giuliani: cybersecurity supergenius! Looks like the ИЯA may be on the ropes. Speaking of, Maria Butina’s boyfriend may be on the hook for “espionage light.” House Dems beat polling expectations in their share of the popular national vote. Like Wisconsin and Michigan, North Carolina wants back in on the post-election democracy rigging, on top of the shenanigans in NC-09. Steny Hoyer says the House won’t be seating Mark Harris until this mess is sorted out. And by the way, did the name ring a bell for you? We last heard about Harris when we learned he was one of those pastors who think the bible says the little ladies belong in the home.

Former Perv-a-Lago member Jeffrey Epstein managed to avoid giving his accusers a day in court. And the three current Perv-a-Lago members who “secretly” run the VA are back in the news, trying to pocket some cash, to no one’s surprise.

It was also time for the exciting “conclusion” of the story of the Saud family feud that somehow led to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. The problem is, all we learned is that at least one of the factions in the feud is demonstrably insane. And we don’t know if it’s only one. Which makes the idea of leaving the door open to their getting their hands on nuclear weapons a little ticklish. Great idea there, Comrade Flynn!

Finally, we take a moment to share some “mainstream media” acknowledgment of the stakeholder vs. shareholder conflation that drove our economy off a cliff, but in a solid gold limousine.

 

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Emoluments clause violation suits get the green light to go to discovery. The plot thickens in the NC-09 debacle, not that you’d know it from watching Fox News, of course.

Meanwhile, there’s post-election Republican thievery going on in Wisconsin and Michigan (not unlike what went on a few years ago in… North Carolina). And this time, it even involves puppies. And yet, even in the face of these egregious power grabs, The New York Times equivocates. I know: shocking! Is there any hope they might be getting it? Probably not. Nor is anyone else, it seems.

Finally, we gave over some more time to trying to figure out why MBS would decide it was necessary to murder Jamal Khashoggi. But there’s no answer. Motives, yes. Reasons? No.

 

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It’s always nice when someone else watches the munchkin for the weekend. But these days, it can be so embarrassing! At least there was some comedic value to be had.

Still, Trump’s absence helped keep things relatively quiet over the weekend, and the passing of George H.W. Bush took a good deal of the oxygen out of the room.

As always, Greg Dworkin was on top of the news, from a roundup of the top stories of last week, and the flat truth about… that certain segment of Trump voters, not to mention those jokers over at No Labels, who appear to have found a label after all.

Fallout from the now-materialized Blue Wave continues to settle, and this time, what’s left of the Republicans aren’t even pretending they’re interested in an “autopsy.”

At the tail end of that Blue Wave comes evidence that, once again, Republican freakouts about voter fraud are just more projection. Yes, the NC-09 story gets worse, and more bizarre, by the day.

Finally, we turn back to Saudish Arabia, to begin exploring the Saud family feud that appears to have led to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

 

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We knew, right? Listeners of David Waldman and KITM knew. Donald Trump, and Vladimir Putin, and even Michael Cohen knew. Trump is compromised by Russia. Cohen, Manafort, Corsi are going down. They’re all going down. Now everybody knows. And, right when Donald was scheduled to have a meeting with Mr. Putin! How embarrassing! Maybe if he never left his room and... oh, now Vlad’s calling to tell him to get his ass down to the meeting room. Oh well

Republicans remind us that people lie to investigators, hamper investigations and destroy evidence all the time. Is that such a crime? Anyhow he was just colluding, conspiring, lightly looking into some kind of treasonous, but very cool endeavors.

Federal agents paper over the windows of Trumps tax lawyer’s office. Nothing to see there.

Bret Stephens keeps warning the Democrats, even as his data increasingly disagrees with him.

Detroit Council President Brenda Jones will fill Michigan's 13th District House seat for a few weeks. Swearing her in finally gave Paul Ryan something constructive to do, as the solitude was beginning to get to him.

Today’s Kagro in the Morning was brought to you by, or maybe we were bringing you to, Palessi Shoes. Well, somebody’s being taken.

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David Waldman had plans. As usual, the plan was to catch us up on the very latest news before others even realize it is news. But, also as usual, Donald Trump’s chaos and corruption just can’t be contained so KITM will always need to deal with it. Today’s endoparasitoid exploding from Trump’s ultra-intelligent gut is Michael Cohen. As tonight’s pundits prepare to go back to the “Are Donald’s lies delusional or cynical?” debate, Democrats and Robert Mueller just add more to the pile.

Greg Dworkin brings us back to all of the old news that occurred during the 23 long hours since we last talked. The New York Times was caught moving the bar up for Nancy Pelosi’s nomination for speaker of the House as compared to Paul Ryan’s victory over their low expectations.  North Carolina has divulged absentee ballot irregularities kept their 9th Congressional District election from being called. Old friend of the show, from before it was even a show, Marcy Wheeler reports that Paul Manafort’s nonstop lying will help Robert Mueller get around constitutional crisis causing playacting Attorney General Matt Whitaker. Trump also has that pesky witness tampering statute to deal with. The Trump-Manafort-Stone-Farage-Malloch-Corsi-Assange-Putin conspiracy/collusion/cooperation dots fall into place. Trump skips out of his employee review to straighten this all out, while tossing a few empty threats,  empty promises and empty legislation out of his dotard bag of tricks.

Sure, a lot of small business owners voted Trump into office, but they don’t pay the bills, especially after tariffs.

Armando calls in to talk about the inside ins and outs of House caucuses and committee appointments. Is money power? If not, what is?

Hey, take the next couple of hours to read about Trump cabinet member Alex Accosta’s sweetheart deal for serial sex abuser Jeffery Epstein. There will be a test tomorrow.

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How was your Giving Tuesday? Felt pretty good, huh? If you aren’t done giving, how about thinking of us here at KITM? Boy, would that feel good.

David Waldman catches us up from… yesterday!  A lot sure has happened:

Donald Trump went full dotard again, this time over at the Washington Post. Trump offers the idea that GM should try selling cars that sell better, as that’s what he and his mighty gut would do.

As insurrectionists attempt to take over the House, Nancy Pelosi takes them to school. No Labels labeled Donald Trump a problem solver, and Nancy Pelosi a scary bogeyman.

Oakland University passes out hockey pucks in the event of active shooters—really! KITM listeners tweet in with enough jokes to fill a Don Rickles Vegas set.

Times are changing in Mississippi, but not fast enoughGOTV matters as Mike Espy makes it a non-blowout.  But wait! Greg Dworkin tells us the Blue Wave ain’t done yet. AP is retracting its call on CA CD21and North Carolina’s election board declines to certify its 9th Congressional District Race due to someone being very, very naughty.

Donald Trump and Jerome Corsi are pals to the end. Donald’s memory of Jerome is fleeting. It’s lucky that Robert Mueller has emails from mutual bud Roger Stone to help them all reminisce.

Joan McCarter reviews Trump’s latest gibberish on climate, and wall tantrums to inspire us to keep fighting. All of Trump’s judicial nominees are awful in their own special way, but Thomas Farr is in the running for the worst. Democrats need just one vote to stop him.

Spread the word: 19 days and counting until Obamacare open enrollment ends.

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David Waldman was going to tackle today on his own, but Armando had questions, and opinions, and he knew the best place to come with either would be KITM:

Sure, the 2018 elections ended up being pretty fun, but now it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work… First why not try something stupid, self-destructive and futile? The problem is now the Problem Solvers, who have no way of winning, but lots of hostages to sell, and are ready to surrender/negotiate. The guy behind the Pelosi Putsch was Mark Penn, coiner of a million labels, including of course, No Labels.

Paul Manafort kept lying, long after he was in trouble, probably because he was hoping to get out of bigger trouble. Paulie is not getting out of trouble, and now it looks as if being Donald Trump’s mole might end up being Donald Trump’s trap. It seems Manafort pitched in on colluding in 2016 with the help of Roger Stone and Julian Assange. Which is true? Glenn Greenwald impugning The Guardian’s reputation, or pretending to be non-judgmental?

 

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Republicans are right. The US is a kind of dark, scary, place. Especially considering these last couple of years. David Waldman lights the KITM lantern to guide us back to the right track:

Greg Dworkin rounds up the data that demonstrate that the Blue Wave continues to rise, and it’s now time for Democrats and progressives to behave like the winners they are, so they can keep winning. Thank you Bernie! Next.

Donald Trump picks and chooses his reality, and so does the DHS. We are seeing more and more of Putin’s playbook. Some of it is pretty easy to translate. The British takes the battle to Facebook by any means necessary.

Trump highjacked the Gop in 2016, and so that’s just how he’s been treating the party. Nancy Pelosi on the other hand, behaves with more pride of ownership. Stephen Lynch had been wrong before about Pelosi, and is beginning to see that he’s wrong again, now.

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If you're gonna get stuck with a re-run (and you are), how about going way back, to the "Before Times," when Trump was but a looming nightmare? Such was the scene, way back in 2015. Hey, that rhymes!

Bobby Jindal dropped out of the presidential race, but he couldn’t pull David Waldman down with him. David will be on this week for at least today and tomorrow, but then he has to start preheating his oven.

Ben Carson is usually a good surgeon, not necessarily a good historian, even though he wrote a book. Maybe his wife & co-writer Candy Carson did the proofreading.

Greg Dworkin brings good news for poll fans — a lot of polls! Greg reminds us that there’s a big difference between the "Republican electorate" (i.e. primary) and the "electorate" (i.e. general election): So, Trump leads the polls, especially with the white working class, which is as predicted. But, if only Mitt were there, it would be different (at least in New Hampshire)! And, while everyone is yapping about Trump’s lead, have you looked at Hillary’s? Hillary Clinton is the most trusted to handle terrorism.

Donald Trump has been compared to leaders in the past, today Greg and David talk about Trump’s many parallels with George Wallace, and how the support for a new Wallace has grown.

David Vitter is a loser, here are a few reasons.

On campuses there seems to be a growing backlash against old heroes such as Woodrow Wilson and Thomas Jefferson. David sees no problem with this as long as you turn in your homework supporting your thesis first.

The Gop contenders show strong support, weak knowledge of the Constitution and who was responsible. Which is strange, because learning can be so easy and fun.

The myth of the Lost Cause of the Civil War in the South is assumed to be about denying slavery. But in addition to economic slavery we could also add sex slavery.

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Did you know that if you begin Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and KITM simultaneously, our show’s station breaks perfectly sync with the three interesting things their hosts say?

Mission Accomplished! David Waldman and the cast of My Fair Lady agree it is loverly US troops are returning home in retreat from the arriving caravan migrants.

Who cares when Donald Trump tears away democratic norms? Republicans might, but they’ve been way too busy rigging the system to notice. Now it’s Democrats turn to burn it all down! Or, maybe create a controlled burn to preserve what’s left? Who will decide, the majority leader, whip and others who have been entrenched for years, or the young, talented up-and-comers? We could actually have a chance to avoid disarray if we do this right.

 

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David Waldman presents an all Matt Whitaker Wednesday on KITM! Playacting Attorney General Whitaker is trying to keep up the act, but Senators Blumenthal, Hirona, and Whitehouse, along with assorted watchdogs and federal investigators  are spoiling his show.

David tick-tocks us through Whitaker’s astoundingly crooked timeline, full of crooksfootball, daycareconcretetime travel, BigfootHusky Trailers and well-hung toilets. Even with all of that, Mathew was still hungry for more.  Whitaker practiced witch-hunting in his spare time and interviewed to be the chief defender against Robert Mueller before he was installed as Mueller’s supervisor. Jeff Sessions didn’t even hear him coming.

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It’s Tuesday, November 20, and you know what that means! Only 2 days until Morning Kitchen Sex Day, and 43 more days until the the commencement of the 116th United States Congress, the gift that keeps on giving. Today was also the last KITM  for this week. That is, the last KITM in which it was actually possible to hear David Waldman’s utterances separated by only milliseconds from their intended utterance. As of now, today’s show may be considered “pre-recorded”, which also shall be tomorrow’s, because David just keeps cranking them out… and that is something to be thankful for:

Interpol’s former President has been out of the office for a probing that’s probably gone on longer that anyone hoped, forcing his employer to shop for a replacement. The agency is poised to elect a Russian fox to guard the international henhouse. This will allow Russia to expedite the demise of their enemies in the US and around the world.

The White House drops its bid to revoke Jim Acosta's press pass, sort of. In exchange, the press promises not to laugh at the White House anymore, however Ron Chernow might just bring the house down. Here’s how journalists can do better.

President Bone Spurs has a big old yellow streak down his back when it comes to the armed forces, good thing the Gop is here to protect him. Donald sticks with Mohammed bin Salman, who obviously has been following Trump’s scandal avoidance plan to the letter.

Justice! Ivanka Trump will now be locked up in violation of federal records rules for using her personal email account for oh who are we kidding?

Another crazy guy with a gun turns out to be another crazy guy with relationship problems.

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Donald Trump didn’t destroy the world yet, and Robert Mueller didn’t save it yet, but David Waldman and KITM always exceed our expectations:

The Trump campaign paid millions to Trump businesses during the midterm elections. No one would expect otherwise. Also, Playacting Attorney General Whitaker's term immediately commences with illegal activity, And in death, Jamal Khashoggi further exposes the corruption of Kushner and Trump.

Trump misremembered Finland’s forest management system. Trump misremembered where he was this weekend. He however remembered Smoky Bear crossed him before. He remembers those things.

Even before we hear from Mueller, Greg Dworkin can tell you things are getting shaky for Trump. A Californian Gop Congresswoman loses a race she thought wasn’t even competitive. It’s not just Californians telling Donald to kiss their red ass either. Trump is losing his grip on white suburban women, and parts of the rural and white working class. The $12 billion bailout program for farmers in the line of the Trump trade war hasn’t helped. His border stunt is clearly a profound betrayal of our military. Trump Country keeps falling further behind. The GOP has just two problems: Trump and Trumpism.

Meanwhile the Daily Kos community came together for a woman and her parrots. Crazy numbers turned out to vote for Democrats for the House, and Democrats won Senate seats in 7 Trump states. No wonder that Dotard seethes. Nativism isn’t going away, as the Republican party becomes smaller, whiter, and hotter. Marco Rubio evolves to survive.

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Snow Day! David Waldman rousts his kids (who seem identical to my kids, probably yours too) out of bed and out the door, hosting today’s show from the hallways and stairwells of KITM Worldwide Headquarters:

You can tell when Donald Trump is lying when his lips move. Reporter Daniel Dale is busy counting Trump lies almost as fast as Trump can say them. Someday computers might be able to track Donald’s lying in real time, or maybe we could just have this reporter interview him now.

Two out of two spouses agree: Michael Avenatti is being framed for spousal abuse.

The case could be made that Matt Whitaker never met Donald Trump, but that would be a shame, considering their shared love of scams and crappy products. But now, it has become love at first sight.

To cool off the heat on the Saudis over that little Khashoggi dismembering, The US floats a corpse exchange with Turkey. The problem is, our corpse is still a living green card holder in Pennsylvania. A Turkish group has shown it can play hardball with Trump Hotels if they need to, to get their way.

It seems that the Mueller probe has bagged so many in the Trump administration that it has moved on to the Cheney administration.

Melania Trump spent $174,000 in Toronto, and $95,000 in Cairo hotels. She didn't stay overnight in either.

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KITM usually welcomes Greg Dworkin in on Thursday, but he was off doctoring. David Waldman could have circled back around in a series of disguises to fill out today’s lineup, but instead chose to go solo:

The 116th Congress welcomes their freshman class (whether they like being called that or not) and of course, that inescapable yearning for disarray. Nancy Pelosi has been hacking through the brush long enough to pick up a lot of disgruntled burrs. They were willing to replace her with no one, but that sounded kind of silly, so for now it’s fresh-faced Marcia Fudge.

Fox News fans don’t mind being in an abusive relationship and being lied to as much as being cheated on… with CNN no less!

Liberals should stop believing what conservatives say liberals believe, or when script writers say what conservatives say liberals believe.

The Trump era version of shouting fire in a crowded theater had a debut at a performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre.

David’s discussion of  Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis, with a little help from Chuck Schumer, has mostly been delayed, but not denied! Read up on the above articles to get ready for KITM’s upcoming deep dive into that particular rabbit hole.

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David Waldman lifts us over the Wednesday hump, and tries not to drop us on the way to the weekend:

It’s a bad week for armed security guards, but mostly due to their armed nature rather than their job title. A guy pleaded guilty to over 50 charges of false “swatting” calls to police after he got someone killed. Your Alexa listens as you do, well... everything.

The world’s ugliest caterpillar has been transitioning to its bitter, resentful stage, soon to emerge as… wow, you don’t want to know.

As the last embers of overheated midterm voting machines cool, the election, and Blue Wave continue, but still enough time has passed to give Greg Dworkin a chance to really dig into the data. As Democrats win, they get to define the center. As Republicans lose, they start to chew on each other, noticing that speck in an other’s eye, ignoring the log in theirs, etc. Funny how that goesMaybe, eventually, they will discover the real culprit. Maybe not.

Judges order more Georgia votes to be counted. More votes are always good.

Joan McCarter is ready to rumble! There is plenty of exciting fight action lined up in Congress in the next months, but the first fight, Ocasio-Cortez vs. Pelosi, was more of win-win battle, which some do contest, but that is a lot more than the next challenger will be able to claim. Trust David and Joan to get our priorities straight.

 

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Somewhere, somehow, someone thinks Donald Trump is some sort of leader, but it can’t be many. Trump managed to wear his welcome out in Europe, before he even arrived in Europe. Now, here he is back in the US, sniveling into Twitter, and so we’re back to dealing with him.

David Waldman doesn’t take the bait, however. KITM pays attention to what counts, and what counts at the moment are recounts. Pam Bondi hasn’t quite paid off the interest on her debt to Donald, and has become troubled that not enough Florida elections officials are being shook down. A former Florida congressman’s vote was rejected over a signature “mismatch”. On the other hand, Bay county Florida allowed some voting by fax or email. That’s not allowed.

Kris Kobach actually thought to measure the drapes at the Governor’s office, though he just did not seem to think of anything else. Kris lent much hubris and idiocy to aid the Blue Wave, while many fellow Republicans donated millions of dollars and all sorts of tactical assistance.

Maryland is expected to ask for an injunction against playacting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. In Iowa, Whitaker attempted to take down the state’s first openly gay senator with “a politically motivated witch hunt”.

It’s kind of quiet out there isn’t it? Maybe Robert Mueller is going to say something… maybe not. Donald Trump was directly involved in campaign regulations violations... maybe feloniously. Russian oligarch Dmitri Rybolovlev is talking to Mueller about a few things. A different Russian oligarch lent his jet to a maybe spy to visit Paul Manafort, during the Trump’s presidential campaign.

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Wow. Can you believe David Waldman and KITM have pulled us through 95 weeks of Donald Trump… so far? Almost as painful to contemplate: More than 7 additional weeks remain of the 115th United States Congress. That is less than 7 weeks for Democrats to get themselves arrayed, and dance with the Leader who brought them to the party.

Greg Dworkin is still not sick of winning, and is happy to talk about the how and the why of the continuing Blue Wave. Donald Trump, who is afraid the Post Office might be magical, fears democracy almost as much as rainfall. In Arizona, Martha McSally is losing fair and square to Kyrsten Sinema, while John McCain aides continue to notice how despicable Republicans have become.

Speaking of despicable, 5,600 American troops will spend Thanksgiving on the transparent political stunt front while veterans haven't received GI Bill benefits for months, and visiting troops in combat zones have been deemed “not overly necessary”. 16 hidden missile bases continue to be constructed in future combat zone North Korea.

Gun manufacturer lobbying group, the NRA, warned doctors to stay in their lane. Doctors warn the NRA to get out of their lane.

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No more getting down on Friday. No more rest from the chaosDavid Waldman prepares us to be fed into the maw of the weekend:

Donald Trump heads to France, where he’s loved and respected and people know how to treat him. But first, Donald found another Enemy of the People to fight. He seems to be getting good at spotting them. Donald has had to coffee-boy Matt Whitaker ahead of schedule, not because of the Constitution, because when has that ever stopped him? But, because people on the telly-telly have noticed Matt is cray-cray.

Authorities are searching for a motive in the California bar massacre, but could it be that this maniac was trolling? The shooter used a high-capacity magazine outlawed in 2016, and didn’t need a bump stock to get the same results.

The Fake News has now become indisputably conclusive for the right-wingArmando calls in with three things to remember about the present vote counting (not recounting): Rights. Rights. Rights.

Ryan Zinke wants to see his name on a Fox lower third banner more often, so imitation Ryan Zinke might have to take his place.

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A little midterm election can sure change things quickly! We had a Blue Wave on Tuesday, but by Thursday the mainstream narrative writers were just too busy to back up. First, they have to strongly object with incredible concern over the slippery slope that, oh well... back to work. Then, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fell and broke three ribs. (Donald Trump is still workshopping out his funny tweet.) Oh, and another terrorist attack with another dozen or so dead. Not many people get shot in Thousand Oaks, but bullets changed that quickly. At least now reporters can be freed up from their Caravan gigs.

David Waldman, with guest Greg Dworkin, use today’s KITM to build a new narrative, one nuanced fact at a time:

Trump has a lot to be grumpy about. Democrats gain hundreds of legislative seats and a secure majority of state attorneys general. Dems did best in Donald’s 2016 states, picking up 28 seats. The youths are becoming civic. New Mexico picked up a Democratic trifecta. Plenty of poetic wins, including a gay Governor for intolerant bakers, a two mom Eagle Scout Henry Cavill-looking Senator, Scott Walker blocking himself from a recount… and, Colorado abolished slavery. Scuttlebutt also has it that Donald might get even grumpier, especially if he isn’t invited to the State of the Union.

Meanwhile the Blue Wave still is rolling in. The race is not over in Georgia. Brian Kemp is quitting his old job, which he might miss soon. Florida is not overAndrew Gilliam’s not over, which surprises Andrew Gilliam. Nate Silver is still figuring things out, and the AP has yet to call 23 races!

Trump cheered himself up by firing his arch-enemy and ours, Jeff Sessions, hiring great guy and future coffee boy Matthew Whitaker. Whitaker is well positioned for the job, arriving with nose pre-browned, experience operating scams from Miami to Iowa to Israel, and a hankering for New Testament justice.

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You look tired. Well, you didn’t sleep much last night, but it wasn’t the Ambien playing with you. We won. Trump lost. So this isn’t a dream, but it’s not a nightmare either. Dems have won more seats than the 2006 blue wave, indeed more than almost all of the “waves”. However, most pundits just wrote their “No Wave” stories, and went to bed as the wave crossed their fly-over states. This morning, Sarah Sanders saw an unanimous red wave, but Donald Trump could only see red, and speak “mob”.

Today, David Waldman and Greg Dworkin begin their look into specific gains and losses and what they mean for our future: 

Without gerrymandering, that 9.4% would feel a lot better. Democrats won about 60% of the popular vote for the Senate.

The votes are almost in, even if the stories aren’t. Angie Craig unseats Jason Lewis in Minnesota. Harley Rouda beats Dana Rohrabacher in California. In Maine, the Republican leads by a teeny-tiny bit, so ranked-choice voting could actually come into play. Zach Wahls, an Eagle Scout with two moms, is now an Iowa State Senator. Brian Kemp’s voter suppression in Georgia almost suppressed his vote, but who knows, he still could win. The three states that delivered the Trump presidency all elected Democratic governors and senators last night.

Our new House of Representatives begins to look more like America. Democrats will be making a lot more decisions that matter, where they matter, and are ready to work. Nancy Pelosi knows what to do, and so does Robert Mueller.

Republicans would rather vote for a dead pimp than switch. The Gop maintains a strong lead with the Indicted-American community.

Donald Trump says goodbye to those that crossed him, and many more that didn’t. Democrats couldn’t have done it without him. The Kavanaugh bump was maybe a dip depending on who’s looking.

By the end of the today’s show Mitch McConnell finally shut up, allowing Joan McCarter to call in and tell of the Medicaid wave in western states!

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David Waldman presents the KITM Midterm Elections special. Definitely not lightweight, yet so portable! Easy to take with you while you knock on doors, transport voters to their local precinct or Board of Elections, or even on your drive to volunteer at polling places.

Of course we are already doing those things. You know we are the best at doing all of those things and more. So, once the polls close, after we’ve done every last thing we can, we can… relax and watch the votes roll in and maybe take our first steps back out of chaos.

Just try not to disturb the Trump voters while you are voting, or anyone with chocolate milk. Can you imagine Donald Trump being so contemptible as to order wine only for the pouring down of a woman’s back? Maybe Trump’s tough talk about border deployment doesn’t match what’s really taking place.

Armando calls in to bloviate, but errs on the side of wisdom and conciseness. Georgia state ID seems to have racism and suppression engineered in. Border patrol in El Paso (two words) scheduled a "crowd control exercise" for election day. Trump attracts the fakest of news to his pre-election rally. The New York Times remains awful. Armando and David handicap the chances of the next several losers of Presidential Apprentice.

Soon we will be able to enjoy Ivanka Trump brand wiener skins and voting booths.

 

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What would you like to talk about today? As usual, that’s exactly what today’s KITM is all about. David Waldman delivers today’s news and analysis with a side of sizzling hot takes:

Brian Kemp is about as stupid as you could imagine. Just as bad news is “fake news” and investigations are “witch-hunts”, Kemp sees oversight as “hacking”false reports to the FBI as “wise” and democracy as “bad”.

Greg Dworkin says Forget the polls, forget the hype, do the work. Oh, and he brought some polls too, which can tell you many interesting things, except maybe who will win. Yes, lots and lots of people are voting, yay! Yes, Democrats are ahead. But. What will we do if that isn’t good enough? What happens if Trump wins his bet on demagoguery? Perish the thought.

Over the last few years journalists have learned to get played a little bit less, but not hardly enough. The good news with that is Trump took care of having the focus put on him, leaving Dems room to talk about issues.

Armando calls in with his takes and analysis of who he thinks might win tomorrow, and who deserves to win. Republicans’ race war predated Trump.

Want to take your mind off the midterm elections? U.S. law enforcement somehow failed to see the threat of white nationalism. Now they don’t know how to stop it.

For those just discovering Lincoln was Republican, some more history.

On Wednesday we can all get back to the Trump-Russia-Saudi-etc. collusion.

The legacy of well-fought campaigns: battle-hardened grassroots armies.

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David Waldman pulled us through the last week before midterm elections, he now nudges us forward. We know what to do in the remaining 3 or so days, today’s KITM provides us with plenty to chew on while we get the job done:

Melania Trump spent around 16 grand an hour at a hotel with $700 rooms. She knows that stuff in the minibar isn’t complimentary, right?

Donald Trump has so many lies to tell, and so little time. He told about 7,000 so far, but hopes to get to over 15,000 by Tuesday. Donald breaks out the fascist playbook, which his followers won’t want to put away soon. Trump OKs firing on civilians throwing rocks, a tried and true solution to crowd control, and now murder alibis.

David takes a look into an almost forgotten niche of Jewish history, Bundism. The Bund’s socioeconomic and cultural characteristics helped bring them into conflict and make them targets of Nazis, living on in paintings, photographs and memories.

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The countdown to the midterm elections passes 5 days. David Waldman suggests we fasten our seatbelts and place our tray tables in their upright, locked positionKITM copilot Greg Dworkin gives us a thumbs up, while crossing his fingers for luck:

Usually the olds come in for the early bird voting, this year it’s a millennial thing. Even if they are voting ironically, it’s probably a good thing, as young voters are being joined by lots of blacks and Hispanics.

Donald Trump loves to lie, and he loves to hate, and Donald’s deep fondness for both is beyond doubt in his latest paean to all he adores. Steve King shares Trump’s passions, and the two joined their love for 75 minutes this month. Mike DeWine finds he has a complicated relationship with Republican ideals, and Susan Collins finds she is a centrist when it comes to racist hate, while Paul Ryan mumbled something about executive orders before going back to hiding

The solution is to vote against all Republicans. Every single one. The Republican solution to that is to just make voting illegal.

Speaking of the law, what’s Robert Mueller been up to lately? Mr. Mueller’s been so quiet lately, and now that Whitey left an open bunk to fill, it could be that Bobby is coming for the Prez. Or maybe not, there are so many tasty treats left on the menu. For instance, Rudy Giuliani’s dealings with Russia raise so many questions, most with only one answer.

Robert Mueller is by-the-book. Good for him, there is a book called the “Watergate Road Map”.  The Watergate grand jury was prepared to indict President Nixon on four criminal counts.

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Happy Halloween! David “Woooo” Waldman rises up from the fog dressed as a very scary “Hipster Coffeehouse” to present a star-studded KITM Holiday special:

Yech! That guy Mike Pence brought was just a dude in a Rabbi costume.

Boo! Donald Trump emerges from Hell to torture Pittsburgh, for no one’s benefit but his own. Threatening birthright citizenship is designed to terrify and distract. The whole idea is absurdimprobable and unnecessary, but look, we’re talking about it. It’s scary enough to drag intelligent people into the debate, including “Ominous” Armando. There’s no logical reason this could happen, but we are in the middle of a Jason Voorhees presidency.

EeK! Democrats have found their expectations edging up, usually a very frightening state for them. Greg “Dire & Doom” Dworkin is here to help tamp those down for you. Pssst: We are kind of looking pretty good… But, they are working pretty hard, so… We need to work harder. Expectations of us keep going up.

Shriek! Joan “Macabre” McCarter reminds us that Republicans have been lying about protecting your health for years. Medicaid expansion is life and death for 14,000 people, it’s on the line, and on the ballot for at least 400,000 uninsured Americans.

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It’s Tuesday, David Waldman’s here, and it’s not the end of the world. Maybe.

Still, it is always a good day for a special End of Days KITM: 

Today, Donald Trump does what Jesus would do, head for a photo op at the site of the worst anti-semitic violence in US history, to remove the citizenship of babiesposse comitatus, Habeas Corpus, and any sense of humanity he can locate, then off to the true believers. Just like Jesus, except the Fake News would never admit that.

Meanwhile, Mike Pence was in Michigan, and showed up with a Rabbi that wasn’t quite kosher. For Mike and Donald, getting into gimmetarian heaven depends on knowing which Jews are the good Jews. For Jewish people, Sephardic and Ashkenazic, liberal and conservative, there remains some questions.

Through interconnected global efforts, white nationalism aims to be the new world order.

A shooter shoots at a shooter, but somehow non-shooters got shot.

An October Non-Surprise: Trump might spread false rumors about Robert Mueller ahead of the midterms!

One week.

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We emerge from another dark weekend about a week away from, you gotta hope, some sunny days. For now, let David Waldman and KITM be your your little rays of sunshine:

Donald Trump might be a horrible president, but at least he doesn’t put a lot of effort into it, much preferring dotardling off to rallies to foment violence and intolerance. Fox News and the rest of the right-wing media can’t escape responsibility either.

Stop! Hey, what’s that sound? It’s Greg Dworkin coming around, with the latest punditry and polls: The Pittsburgh gunman is an example of some of the worst the US produces. The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society is an example of the best. There is a straight line from our Charlottesville ordeal to Pittsburgh shooting, and a straight line from Donald Trump to anti-semitism. We all know what we need to do to fix this. Greg peels the polling onion to find Republicans are the early voters, and the early-early voters, but don’t let that keep you from registering, helping others to register, voting, getting others to vote, and sticking out those lawn signs!

The Pittsburgh shooter was radicalized efficiently and thoroughly via the internet, naturally, often by the Russians, of course. Russian disinformation on Facebook targeted the Ukraine long before 2016. Russian money targeted Republicans long before Trump. Russian trolls have much more success in social media than they have being social in person. The white nationalist global takeover claims Brazil.

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It’s looking more and more like  Debbie Wasserman Shultz  wasn’t The MAGABomber, therefore Florida Man might be lying to us as well! You just can’t support a civil society with such behavior. On that subject, Katie Tur got the "You mad, bro?” from Erick Erickson, and she remained quite civil, considering.

David Waldman deep dives into only a couple of issues today. First up, our Well Regulated Militia. A Kentucky man was looking for some people to shoot at in a predominately black church. Locked out, he went shopping a Kroger, assuring a fellow shooter (aka a Good Guy™) “whites don’t shoot whites”.

A Florida man/substitute teacher dropped the second amendment out of his pants onto an elementary school playground. In Missouri, two teen boys took over regulating a middle school teacher’s arms. A Wisconsin Gop loser will just nuke his rivals. Body-slamming Rep. Greg Gianforte wants you to know it wasn’t his fault, unfortunately lying violates his settlement agreement.

David then sang his siren song of law and economic theory to lure Armando into calling in. Alas, he was not so easily seduced (or was busy). The Framers did not intend for minority rule to be here forever, so Newt Gingrich demands Brett Kavanaugh hurry up and put the fix in. Here’s a quick history of  “judicial review” vs. “judicial supremacy” from Dred Scott on up. David studies The Bosses’ Constitution, and this weekend, so should you!

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You think you have it tough? David Waldman won the Mega Millions jackpot last night. He just hasn’t reached that threshold of having enough people believe that he did...

Special genius Donald Trump, joined at the border by hoards of Hondurans, Guatemalans, ISIS, MS-13, killer bees and ebola hopes to reach just the threshold of terror… Oh, and it looks like he has, as bombs show up in Clinton, Obama, Soros, and CNN mailboxes. (Don’t worry, not the White House) Mike Pence and Chuck Schumer agree that there sure are a lot of despicable people out there.

Greg Dworkin attempts to shovel out Trump’s stall as fast as Donald can fill it. The White House scrambles to make Trump lies facts. Republicans have to get past the decade of fighting Obamacare to convince people of their support of it. Pundits warn Democrats to not concentrate on health care, unless that works, or Donald Trump, unless that works. Dems also shouldn’t mention Brett Kavanaugh, although that works too. No one’s thanking Rick Scott for his heck of a Hurricane Michael job.

Greg reminds us to not look at these early voting results, or these, or these. Let’s just win these 15 unbearably close races and achieve that Blue Wave.

Armando calls in to discuss Republican fear mongering, Democratic backbone, and why you should cancel your New York Times subscription. Also, Henry Waxman didn’t know inherent contempt from a hole in the ground.

Pressure increases on Bloomberg to verify its China hack story. Let’s know things.

Hey everybody! The FBI’s giving out free Hamilton tickets!

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Less than two weeks before the midterm elections! Or a little more, depending on who you ask. You won’t believe the lies you’ll be hearing in the next few days! Good for you! You sound like the kind of person that listens to David Waldman and KITM:

David Corn points us to the Trump Lie-apalooza.™ Steve Benen put together, and here’s a handy list from Kevin Drum. It seems people didn’t care as much for billionaire tax cuts as much as Trump hoped, so how about some fake ones? A couple years of lies have kind of worked, so how about a lot of them? Trump’s most effective lies work off of hate and feartherefore the migrant caravan, a regular event that the news notices on even numbered years, comes at exactly the right time, as it is off-season for tourist traffic. Just don’t tread in Virginia, they’re on the watch. George Soros better stay low for the next couple of weeks too.

Wilbur Ross escapes the long arm of the law, with the Supreme Court’s help. A DOJ official wasn’t as lucky. Michael Flynn, spy, might have had a back channel to email hackers in 2016.

Bipartisan proposals in Colorado could become a national model for eliminating gerrymandering… but, as Rachel & Travis of the Irreverent Testimony podcast point out, redistricting based on “competitiveness” may threaten representative democracy.

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Less than 15 days until the midterm elections! Also, another minute has passed, so there’s another alibi required for Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. Donald Trump doesn’t know what to believe. Seriously, Trump would believe whatever the Saudis say, if they could just stick to something.

You know what would answer a lot of questions? A Democratic congress.

David Waldman and Greg Dworkin look for signs of the blue wave on the horizon. Turns out, there’s plenty, of course keeping in mind that the blue wave happens only once we eke out many neck and neck races across the nation. Looking back we may consider the wave, but right now it’s eking time. Still, we have many, many enthusiasms to be enthusiastic about. You can bet on millennials to save the day. Donald Trump has a special genius for appealing to his special followers, although even they can take only so much winning.

Armando calls in with a review of Andrew Gillum’s debate winning, and the Florida gubernatorial race. The Saudis went medieval on Jamal Khashoggi.

The forces of civility came to a tense standoff in Mitch McConnell’s Cuban dinner crisis. What’s the point of eating expensive food at home?

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About 18 days until the Midterm elections. The next couple of weeks won’t be easy for an increasingly desperate, frightened and angry Donald Trump and Republican party, so expect to really get a load of it for the remainder of October.

David Waldman is joined by Armando to bring out the details and nuances of today’s news:

Trump took a break from the work of covering up the murder of a journalist to cheer the assault of another journalist. His base responded as “well” as expected to that idea, and are working on their “Cut! Him! Up!” chants for the next time they see Jim Acosta

Expect to hear more of the Jamal Khashoggi was no angel theory from people on the Trump/MBS side. Remember when Khashoggi hung around with Osama Bin Laden? Lee Atwater is spinning in his grave, looking to find his way out and punch the time clock again. Or maybe Lee is still sorry we didn’t have President Gary Hart. Mini-Trump (or maybe 3 mini-Trumps stacked in a suit) Matt Gaetz found some footage and made up a story, whereas Donald would have of course just skipped to the story part. A fake intern who actually was a fake reporter sent from everyone’s favorite faker James O’Keefe to spy U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill also had access to voter information.

Is fraud part of the Trump Organization’s business model, or all of the business model?

David and Armando discuss originalism and textualism and how little either matters to a Judge or a court getting their way. The Heritage Foundation interns pledge to never let anything take precedence over their ideology when making decisions.

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There’s trouble out on the old Saud ranch, and it looks like Donald Trump has been in cahoots with some mighty bad men. They’re all holed up now, but the posse is forming and... No, seriously, the president is engaging in a murder coverup to protect cash flows to his private businesses. That’s what he does. It’s what we do now. It’s not like we didn’t know that would happen. We did, but they wouldn't listen.

We don’t have to listen as much if we vote them out, so could we get on that over the next 19 days? We can fix things, and leave Trumpists happily in the past where they belong.

In the meantime, why don’t you try cannabis, eh? Greg Dworkin helps take the edge off by calling in on David Waldman to discuss the latest news:

Turkey sees an upside to the Khashoggi murder, Israel a downside. Trump sees only his side. As for the midterm elections, Republicans like the Democratic national message so much, they’re going to use it. The Gop offers low-cost no-coverage insurance, so you can’t call them liars anymore. What does it mean to protect people with preexisting conditions? Trump cracks down on migrants to allow a free flow of illegal drugs.

The Press asks: Did you ever notice how black politicians are just so... ambitious? And so... well spoken? While white politicians are so… normal? The Heritage Foundation creates a clerkship boot camp to make sure that “normal” is defined their way for a long time.

Facebook thought it was all going to be video, but it turns out people like to read things.

Is China implanting spy hardware into communications equipment? A security expert confirms that this is the method he’d least expect.

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Wednesday comes just in time! (It would be kind of confusing if it didn’t.) Wednesdays would be kind of confusing without David WaldmanGreg Dworkin and Joan McCarter:

Saudi crown prince MBS (Mister Bone Saw) Mohammed bin Salman is rampaging in anger after the death of Jamal Khashoggi... so you can imagine what he was like before. Mike Pompeo travels the globe, bringing a little chuckle and cheer wherever he goes. But not facts, no one likes those.

So, the Saudis don’t get the difference between rendition and rendering. Does that make them bad? Donald Trump sees the hit squad as quite a bit like Brett Kavanaugh, once you think about it. They like the music up loud, their hand over your mouth, and probably a good laugh now and then. One thing’s for certain, when the facts finally emerge, heads will roll.

Greg reminds us that if temperament and character matter, we’ll have a blue (and pink) wave soon. And who knows, maybe they do matter. Voters say Gop = Trump, including independents. Any wave will depend on the youth vote, and this time they just might vote. Remember that any wave is counted one drop at a time, and every vote needs to be made to count, not just the rich white ones. Oh, and the Republicans plan to cheat, ok?

Greg returns to the wake for dearly departed Sears Roebuck and Company, and it’s history of undermining white supremacy.

Stormy Daniels is certainly familiar with the Pump and Trump, as you know Donald gets off talking about how he screws others.

Joan and David talk about what could motivate crazy Senate dealmaking. (Probably their caucuses.) Mitch McConnell is worried sick that he might not have taken enough from everybody while he had a chance. Every Republican is turning up with a sick friend or relative that they might care about, at least for a month. Meanwhile, John Roberts tries to convince the nation that the Supreme Court is still legitimate. 

Less than 20 days before the midterm elections.

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Less than 21 days before the midterm elections. Knock on a few doors or something.

Donald Trump is wishing he was looking for a lost golf ball in Florida rather than listen to one more story of some person that lost another person. It’s a shame, because those were the people he needed to pay taxes and bail out the economy.

David Waldman and Armando, connoisseurs of Trumpist lies, sense subtle notes of trolling, perhaps a soupçon of cynical manipulation in maybe-lawyer, maybe-actress, maybe-Italian, maybe-Russian, maybe-spy, wife of George Papadopoulos, Simona Mangiante, proving her innocence by distributing doctored photos and altered birthdates to the press.

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's letter and trust were of course betrayed by the best betrayers. Trump would never request less. Tiffany Trump celebrated her birthday at the Dad Hotel DC, surrounded by inaugural photos.

Sears is the place for closeout deals, created by the people buying the closeout. At one time you could buy freedom there.

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Direct download: October_16_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:59pm EST

Less than 22 days before the midterm elections.

David Waldman is back from once-in-a-lifetime bonding, creating memories that will last forever and such, ready to tackle the latest:

Donald Trump ran the gamut between being a dotard, and being a big dumb baby on 60 Minutes Sunday, but really, he won, so who cares? Elizabeth Warren won 1 million dollars from Trump, but of course Donald won that one too, just like he he always wins those things. Donald Trump always wins.

With so many very fine people to sift through, Trump is finding it tough to piece together the mystery surrounding Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance. Who could have held a grudge against Khashoggi? Saudi King Salman tells Donald that he never even got coffee from Khashoggi. Jared Kushner has fixed most of his Mark of the Beast on 5th avenue mess, but remains privately concerned, though warm and cozy inside Mohammed bin Salman’s pocket. The rest of the world remains a cold, hard place, with Vladimir Putin probably killing people. Eh, who knows? That’s not our business.

Greg Dworkin helps bring the election picture into better focus. Keep dreaming of a 50/50 or better Senate, as Republicans are pretty entrenched in those upcoming races. The House and gubernatorial contests are a different, bluer story with Democratic enthusiasms to spare... hopefully.

Whatever happened to small town life when you could go to the Big Game, and the people you hated weren’t allowed to live in your small town? Neither Bill nor Hillary Clinton will be elected President in 2018, in fact they might not even be running.

Ryan Zinke was always on the job when it came to keeping public information from becoming public.

Looking forward, a federal judge has ordered the partial release of the Watergate road map.

Building codes work!

Direct download: October_15_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:12pm EST

Less than 25 days before the midterm elections people! No time off for anyone until we get this country back! Well OK, David Waldman gets the day off, he’s the boss. Anyhow, he made up for his absence today by putting together a special pre-recorded KITM:

You’d think Jamal Khashoggi would have showed up here and/or there by now, but lots of evidence has surfaced on what might have happened to him. The Turkish government says it has audio and video proving Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Donald Trump remembers Jamal bringing in coffee once or twice, but doesn’t see how that obligates him in any way, although of course 110 billion dollars does obligate Trump in a big way, and he is not about to blow that.

Yeah, sure, Kanye West... but did you know that Trump does a lot of crazy Oval Officestuff”? Donald and his Chaos All-Stars trotted out their latest production for Olivia Nuzzi.

China wants to be a world leader in advanced technology, as matter of national pride, cybertheft, espionage, world domination, etc. An example of their think-outside-of-the-box innovation is the designing of hardware chips to help them infiltrate America’s top companies.

University of Pennsylvania communications professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson was skeptical that Russia got Trump elected. She isn’t anymore. Here is how Russia helped swing the election for Trump.

Direct download: October_12_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:00am EST

Less than 26 days before the midterm elections! 

Greg Dworkin brings us the good news, not so good news, and kind of bad news in midterm polls. Minnesota is looking pretty good, post-Franken. Claire McCaskill is betting that swing voters care more about the fight over pre-existing conditions than the Kavanaugh vote. Most voters feel Donald Trump stunk up the Republicans now more than ever.

Florida catches some hell with Hurricane Michael, and will go through more hell to recover. Donald Trump braves the storm with his troops a little over 1,000 miles north, after all they were already paid. Trump is losing in the only way he ever won—ratings.

Jamal Khashoggi has mysteriously disappeared... though probably not a mystery to the 15 Saudis leaving the Saudi consulate with take-out bags. Or to Mohammed bin Salman, who does seem to have a contentious relationship with the press. Robert Palladino and Donald Trump hope to find a rug Khashoggi’s size. Happily ensconced in MBS’ pocket, Jared Kushner is privately concerned.

David Waldman and Armando discuss destroying the Supreme Court in order to save it, or before Mitch McConnell can destroy it, along with the Senate.

Trump says the Dow dive is exactly the crazy he’s been waiting for, so give him some credit. Meanwhile, Donald discovers yet another guy trading off his father’s name, and yet another genius.

Direct download: October_11_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:43am EST

Less that 27 days until midterm elections, y’all. The right-wing propaganda machine wishes we could hold it down a little bit for the next few weeks, but David Waldman will not pipe down! (Once he clears his morning throat.)

Maybe we aren’t an angry radical mob like people say. Maybe we are just paid to pretend we are angry by the international Jewish cabal... Greg Dworkin reminds us that if all else fails for the Gop, go for the classics. By the way, all else is failing for the Gop. Republicans call what they have now a big win, as polls show a boost in Democratic enthusiasms, and women are leaving the Gop for good, with a 30-point gender gap going into the midterms. Therefore, Donald Trump has no choice but to lie to his base some more, as the Republican party is almost all base anymore. In fact, the party is about as base as they come.

Joan McCarter tells us about Trump’s op ed in MAGA Today’s no fact-check edition. Others are fact-checking for them, and maybe they can get into the letters to the editor next week. Republicans will save the Great Society from Medicare for All. 75% of Americans want to keep ACA protections for pre-existing conditions that the Gop lawsuit seeks to overturn.

It also seems Democrats have picked Venezuelan socialism over Norway’s yet again. Rand Paul worries that someone might get hurt in this harsh environment. Someone important, like him. As Republicans search for some sort of solution to the George Soros question, they do hope to keep some of the good ones, like Sheldon Adelson. Donald and Sheldon are so close they finish each other’s sentences.

Senate Democrats force a vote this week to protect coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Should Democratic leader Chuck Schumer keep following Mitch McConnell, or not? Is it time for Lisa Murkowski to follow her conscience over to the Democratic party? Susan Collins demonstrates that her ability to remember sexual harassment is as good as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, it’s just her sense of shame that has wasted away. Let’s never forget the secret history of women in the Senate and the history how women reporting rape were kept away from the courtroom.

Nikki Haley makes her triumphant retreat, revealing a hidden genius, and raising the question of what was she ever good at?

Meet the new Flake, same as the old Flake.

Direct download: October_10_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:50am EST

28 more days until the midterm elections. Stay angry my friends. You know that when this guy is furious the line has been crossed. David Waldman anger-casts today’s KITM:

The F.B.I. review of Brett Kavanaugh was throttled because someone knew what would be found. Democrats have promised to continue to investigate after the elections.  

Kavanaugh will cast doubt over every future Supreme Court decision, finally. Brett Kavanaugh and Susan Collins have been part of the problem for since the Bushes. Heidi Heitkamp is one of the heroes who has helped make it a really scary time for dudes and their moms.

Donald and Brett recreated that moment when they first knew each was ”the one” for cameras yesterday. Kanye West stood Trump up for lunch today, but maybe Thursday. Ye has become The Donald’s go-to expert on gangs and prison issues. Taylor Swift isn’t going to let Kanye finish. Hitlers don’t want their names sullied by an association with “Trump”.

Republicans care about their families for the duration of a commercial.

Nikki Haley steps aside for the wife of some hidden genius.

Arresting dissidents for “corruption” is a common practice in China and Russia. The Chinese president of Interpol points this out, and is arrested for corruption...

Direct download: October_9_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:26pm EST

Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter... 29 more days until the midterm elections.

Now is the time, your country needs you. Making a hundred people vote is tough, but it will be tougher if you don’t.

Christine Blasey Ford’s story is not over. She didn’t come forward in vain. The road to progress is paved with pain.

David Waldman and Greg Dworkin tell us this is no time to pack up the tents, but to charge forward.

Trump rallies his troops, not Americans. Trump’s rally lies are ignored by the media, at least the fact they are lies. Trump’s rally lies are the driving force behind the Republican party’s plan to hold the Senate and stop the blue wave.

Republicans don’t care what you think, they expect you to back down. The white nationalist party needs to be razed to the ground. Tom Nichols is sick of all the winning.

We can win. We’re leading in 69 battleground House districts (nice!) House Republicans are in a panic, as in those districts have had big R to D flips in polling on economic issues, and Democrats lead in the importance of Judicial nominations

Gimmetarians have guns, and aren’t worried about your due process. Hamptons millionaires get what the other millionaires have, including paranoiaSaudi dissidents, the president of Interpol, the Kremlin boss behind the Trump Tower meeting, all wish they had a safe room.

Taylor Wilson, Amtrak terrorist and pal of Charlottesville terrorist James Alex Fields goes to jail.

Direct download: October_8_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:38am EST

Of all days to be out of the office!

We had to go with a rerun today. But it's always interesting to check in on how things were Way Back When. Everything always seems so quaint and simple! Even when you're looking back on a day that was well into the Trump Era!

Today, we present our October 5, 2017 episode:

It’s Karma Thursday on KITM and David Waldman is here with guest Greg Dworkin to serve up just desserts: 

U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy has zero issue posting his pro-life stance all over the place and no issue asking the woman he had an affair with to have an abortion. Now he’s thinking of spending more time with his family.

The organizer of the Alt-Right rally in Charlottesville, Va might go to jail for perjury.

Elijah Cummings wants to know who’s paying for Kellyanne Conway’s jet trips.

The Trump/Russia/Steele/Pee-pee dossier is now in the hopefully latex-gloved hands of Robert Mueller.

Senator John Thune thinks perhaps you deserve to get shot if you don’t get small.

Turns out Donald Trump is both a dotard and a moron. Trump’s speechwriter used up the “A“ material on his first post-massacre speech, raising the bar for subsequent white on white slaughter addresses. The Gop realizes that now is the time to politicize tragedy. Some Republicans might be open to discussing meaningless gestures—so is David if it eventually leads to something worthwhile. Gop donors are finding less and less worthwhile.  

On the Democratic side things are looking up in Virginia, as Democrat Ralph Northam has a clear lead over Republican Ed Gillespie for governor.

When David and I win the Nobel Prize for Kagro in the Morning, the rules state that we can only pick one more recipient, which is really unfair when you think about it. Nobel Prizes in Science distort the nature of the scientific enterprise, rewrite its history, and overlook many of its most important contributors. Did Jim Watson and Francis Crick steal Rosalind Franklin’s data on the structure of DNA

Who would guess Milburn Pennybags would be a lefty troll? But there he/she was, at the Senate Equifax Hearing.

And—Author Paula Apynys is back to read Part Four of “The Domestic Abuse Cycle: A Framework for our Politics and a Path Forward”!

Direct download: October_5_2017_64_2.mp3
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The FBI report is a sham. Republicans pretending to care is a sham. So, let’s cut to the chase… Nope, not yet. There’s procedure to go with the pretending, and David Waldman covers that today, and what we can do about it tomorrow.

Senators are not to leak or characterize the report. In fact, they’d prefer you didn't look directly into their eyes when they talk about it. The White House characterizes the report as time to STFU and vote for Brett Kavanaugh already. Chris Coons was hoping for an investigation.

Greg Dworkin tells us there was no investigation, that the FBI ignored testimonies from Kavanaugh’s classmates which point directly to Brett lying under oath. Of course the FBI knew Kavanaugh is a liar before this latest investigation. Everyone knows Brett Kavanaugh will be horrible to women. Kavanaugh will always be a partisan thug. And, that once he is on the Supreme Court, that branch of government will become a useless drag on the United States and humanity. The people voting him in see every bit of that as a feature, not a bug. E Pluribus Unum becomes Pwn the Libs for a generation. 

Armando reminds us that we lost the Supreme Court in 2016, 2018 is our chance for redemption. Will winning Kavanaugh or losing Kavanaugh motivate Democrats or Republicans more? Republicans are at risk of a wipeout in California, but Florida is on a knife edge. It’s all up to YOU, the voter.

Fred Trump, huge crook, funneled hundreds of millions to Donald Trump, huge crook. Will that ever matter? Let’s elect some Democrats and find out.

 
Direct download: October_4_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:16pm EST

Where are we today? The FBI investigated without an investigation, Republicans will make a declaration without reporting anything, then force a vote, or not. Who knows? David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter are here to unscumble the obfuscating:

Donald Trump finally got his turn on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, and the cheers were both deplorable and predictable. Some Senators were sort of concerned and kind of appalled. Greg Wednesday danced his round-up of honorable/horrific Brett and Bart reactions our way.

People who really know Brett Kavanaugh wouldn’t confirm him. People who really know Bart O’Kavanaugh stay well out of reach. Educated white women were already recoiling from Trump. Then came Kavanaugh. Republican women however, still really don’t like women.

No one has time to read the 14,000 word New York Times Trump tax investigation, but still should.  Trump has been robbing the troops his entire life. Who’s helping him now that Dad’s dead?

Markos "kos" Moulitsas helps clear up the dissembling of terms everyone wish were never coined (FFFF, Devil’s Triangle, Boof) in the effort to drop Brett Kavanaugh (Cleveland Steamer) onto the Supreme Court. McConnell needs Kavanaugh as much as Trump does.

Joan "joanmccarter” McCarter wonders if Susan Collins has a shred of decency left. If so, it’s because of of sustained constituent pressure, so keep it up, and clear the hallway!

Direct download: October_3_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:39am EST

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That wasn’t red red wine—that was blood! Blood flowing from Dom Cozzolino’s ear after he crossed Brett Kavanaugh and his gang of drinking buddies in 1985! Weird how that youthful indiscretion didn’t come up before now.

Well, David Waldman and the FBI are on the case so we’re sure to discover a lot more:

Brett Kavanaugh seems to have been a belligerent sloppy drunk back in the day, a bit dryer now, and maybe had a glimpse of self reflection somewhere in between. It was probably during a time of such introspection that Brett realized he needed to get all of his witnesses’ story straight, as friends and perjurers do.

Old white men told you not to set them off, but now you did it. The Gop has two plans to heal the nation:  just confirm Kavanaugh, and if that doesn’t work, just confirm Kavanaugh. After that, Brett will ensure there is no dispute anymore, and all your female problems will just go back to normal for good.

We are not out of belligerent liar stories. Point out a lie to Donald Trump, and you get the lie back with interest. A reporter says “Thank you” and Trump calls her a liar… or a moron.

Trump personally directed the effort to stop Stormy Daniels from telling the truth.

“People want to make sure we have a congressman that is not hypocritical,” is a lie. If you are referring to Devin Nunes, that is.

A reporter finds that having an opinion prohibits her from telling the truth.

Direct download: October_2_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:01pm EST

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Welcome to October, and back from a kind of quiet weekend. At least comparatively so, considering last week. Donald Trump fell into yet another May-December romance, and he’s launching a new brand today. Things like that  shouldn’t pull the discussion away from Brett Kavanaugh and the tsunami crashing across our culture.

David Waldman welcomes Greg Dworkin, who rounded up punditry to explore the sources and destinations of this national drama. Brett Kavanaugh is both too big to fail, and yet doesn’t sound like, look like, or act like a Justice anyone would want. But Brett is an angry white male, which is just what angry white males happen to be looking for. No one wants a furious woman, however, although that is exactly what these times require. Voter enthusiasm is now at a record high, which is bad news for the Gop house, maybe even for the Senate.

The FBI is now maybe, sort of investigating Kavanaugh this week with free reign, give or take. Armando calls in to discuss how a lack of investigation, allowed testimony and witnesses might make a prosecutor reluctant to prosecute a case. Outside counsel Rachel Mitchell didn’t mention shameless liar Brett Kavanaugh. Why should Brett feel ashamed? Little lies, big lies, are just his opinion, and soon to be The Opinion. Of course, no discussion on dorm room debauchery is complete until a Chad weighs in, and a Chad is aghast, along with plenty of others who witnessed Kavanaugh. So why is a perjuring lout still going to be #5 against 4 after more than a dozen years of official red flags? Because he earned it.

Direct download: October_1_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:55am EST

Yesterday, Brett Kavanaugh cried like a baby and whined like a dog, but most importantly he lied like a Trump.  Today, David Waldman brings us a LOL YOLO Nothing Matters ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Post-Hearing KITM:

Sure, the Senate Judiciary Committee is plowing ahead. After all, their base expects pillaging to follow rape. Christine Blasey Ford will soon be forgotten, like some dry hump in high school. If Dr. Blasey Ford wants results, maybe she should call a cop. Senator Amy Klobuchar should have called for security.

Lindsay Graham promises vengeance if, well there is no “if” but there will be vengeance. “Tit for tat“ is fun for journalists and senators to say, as it has “tit” in it and also they’re talking about sex abuse, see? So that will be handy, as it was during the Clarence Thomas hearings. Thomas did the defiance and anger thing too. Temper tantrums have always been manly, while ladies always apologize. Those are just the rules, unless they aren’t, or unless someone makes them change. Senator Jeff Merkley tries an injunction in federal court.

Russian trolls quit hiding, because what are we going to do about them?

 

Direct download: September_28_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:37pm EST

When you get a chance to listen to today’s KITM, and it probably won’t be in the middle of today, but when you do, you’ll find the usual insight and context from David Waldman and guest Greg Dworkin there to help you better understand the day’s events. To wit:

Today is the Brett Kavanaugh hearing. Quick, turn it on if you forgot.

Our Clown in Chief tried so hard to make this all about him, but even going full dotard wasn’t enough to grab the limelight. There are Kavanaugh campaign commercials out there, but you can’t really vote for Brett Kavanaugh and if you could, you wouldn’t. For the first time in 60-70 or more years Republican Senators have found a disadvantage in being white males.

Today is the beginning of a teaching and learning moment for millions of Americans. People have the chance to confront the issues of adolescent sexual violence, class privilege, white privilege, male privilege… or not. Maybe they’ll just go into a death embrace, and sink with their ignorance. Some go down as “rape apologists” rather than be known as Lib enablers. But, many will wrestle with their own truths — together. Many that know, or think they know Deborah Ramirez learned about themselves. Kavanaugh accuser #3, Julie Swetnick, was first to testify, and she knows what she’s talking about.

A former Virginia governor’s grandson accused of raping a fellow University of Virginia student has avoided prison time, partially due to an Alford plea, but mostly because he’s a rich, connected white boy. Strip clubs, golf courses, fraternities, locker rooms, the Republican party are all safe spaces for men to abuse women and minorities and to find love, while shouting “No homo!”

Trump scored millions in 2016, and then the deep state stole it all.

Direct download: September_27_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:46pm EST

Kavanaugh! One simply cannot keep up with all the ways Brett Kavanaugh is a coward, bully, cad and thief, but one is not KITM! In fact, KITM is two today: David Waldman and Greg Dworkin, and they’ll help you keep up until you throw up: 

It took 35 years too long to catch up with Bill Cosby’s crimes. It is long past time to believe the women. Four friends of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford have signed affidavits backing her up, three more Kavanaugh supporters are calling for investigations. Republicans have not been kept up on those developments, because they have arranged to be not kept up. The Republican witness relocation program relocated Mark Judge before he could testify. Still, more Yale alum won’t let Brett lie his way into the Supreme Court, anyhow, he was a sloppy drunk. Deborah Ramirez is certain that was Brett Kavanaugh’s penis in her face.

What’s the difference between a Frat and a Gang? Male bonding leads to male cowardice and cruelty, and Brett Kavanaugh will always be out there trying to impress the alphas.  Legal drinking age in Maryland changed to 21 when Brett Kavanaugh was 17 years old, but we know he knew that. Why would Kavanaugh stop lying or drinking after college when it worked so well for him? And, there’s always alphas left to impress.

Dr. Blasey Ford might school a few people tomorrow. Confirmation or not, women are set to show men how it’s done this midterm. Greg scored some sweet polling for us, with Dem leads matching Trump disapproval numbers, even in some pretty red states.

Don’t worry, Russia will get what it deserves in the end.

Direct download: September_26_2018_64.mp3
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Direct download: September_25_2018_64.mp3
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David Waldman brings us the first KITM of fall—Brett Kavanaugh’s fall. The thing about this fall though, is that every day becomes longer from this point on.

Greg Dworkin rounds up two Round-ups chock full of Kavanaugh and chaos:

Brett has another accuser, and another, and another? Soon his accusers will outnumber his defenders. CNN finds (enlists) 5 random (Republican operative) women whose sons and husbands can touch girls (rape all they want) as long as they turn out well (the paychecks keep coming).

Brett Kavanaugh’s fraternity pledges were fondly known as “buttholes”, but turns out they’re just assholes... Goppers knew what they were doing when they tried to scoot this confirmation along, which is to keep the Republican party, Federalist Society, Christian Right, white male hegemony from collapsing. Now that women aren't helping prop it up, it just might.

Or maybe not. David reminds us that 5 guys will make you do whatever they want.

Direct download: September_24_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:12pm EST

It’s not just another day of Kavanaugh craziness. It’s a Day of Kavanaugh Craziness. The bizarro theory that Brett Kavanaugh had an evil twin takes root, declares Mission Accomplished, and is then deleted. Who’s behind it? That Ed Whelan guy. Boy, I dunno.

Armando joined in the wide-ranging discussion of just how nutty this whole thing is becoming, plus other assorted sad tales of our times.

Is Trump even dumber than we thought? Or is this actually within tolerances for his stupidity? Apparently, he thinks Spain can deter migrants by building a wall. Across another continent. Seems like a fine time to have him chair a UN Security Council meeting, then.

More about that thing where Yale Law profs and/or “Tiger Moms” are said to be “grooming” clerks for Kavanaugh. That’s a loaded word. And maybe it’s the right one. But this is just the latest twist to a long-standing practice that keeps the loop closed on elite legal careers.

Trump’s team sets about gaslighting you about his confession to Lester Holt.

There was always something… not right…  about that guy who was so keen on 3-D printing guns.

Direct download: September_21_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:46pm EST

David Waldman returns to today’s Special Holiday KITM atoned, rested, and ready to tackle at least the next couple of days before the weekend:

Donald Trump was “briefed” yesterday in N.C., which is only slightly less embarrassing than being “pantsed”. At least a guy got a nice boat out of the deal, and even Donald came away learning something.

Greg Dworkin rounds up his round-up, and then some: The White House can’t withdraw Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination because that would break their winning streak of getting stuff done or whatever. Remember, the Kavanaugh train is not unstoppable.

A classmate of Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford made the mistake of speaking the truth, and learned to never do that again. Men on the other side of these things know to avoid speaking the truth at all times. Women know better, although women on the Gop side of things seem to have picked the Gop side of things. Diane Feinstein couldn’t make everyone happy, but there is plenty of time to fix that. If Dr. Ford’s testimony had never come out Kavanaugh would only be known as a lying sleaze.

The FBI isn’t Trump’s enemy, or his buddy either. Donald saw a thing on the telly-telly, so he said a thing, and that’s that. Is that how it works? If so, Trump could have fixed his problems years ago.

3 term Republican Senator Nancy Kassebaum and Kansas governor Bill Graves will vote against Kris Kobach. In Wisconsin, Scott Walker thrives in adversity, so he must be growing like a weed.

Direct download: September_20_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:05pm EST

With Trump, they say, "there's a tweet for everything." By now, there's a KITM for everything, too. It's not often that Yom Kippur and Talk Like a Pirate Day fall on the same day. That is, I don't think so, and I'm not interested in looking it up. But even if it happens a lot, we've got you covered, because we've got an episode that mentions both in the first five minutes.

And that's good enough for me.

Today on KITM: David Waldman tackles the inconvenient placement of Yom Kippur, “Talk Like a Pirate Day” (arr) and psychic vampire vaginal egg skimmers (arr). Don’t look for those at Toys 'R Us, they’re bankrupt. (arr)

Donald Trump made Robert Newton sound like Trevor Howard as he told the United Nations that he will destroy Rocket Mantotally, believe me, once he razes this UN dump.

Donald Jr. works to keep his secrets, even though it’s Eric that tried to hold a secret event at a Trump club. They just can’t keep enough of the nosy people out.

Trump told you he was being wiretapped! Soon, we will find out why.

Fox’s first rule about the sex-cult: Don’t talk about the sex-cult. Soon, Miss Universe 2013 will bite Donald harder than a Moscow hooker.

Warren Buffett knew the S&P 500 index would outperform a portfolio of funds of hedge funds, once the managers took their piece.

Republicans are desperate, in a corner, out of time, and quit caring a long time ago, so...

 
Direct download: September_19_2017_64_2.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:00am EST

Sometimes, having an eye for the little things means a lot.

For instance, the Brett Kavanaugh story has become a sweeping historical epic, a parable of our times, history in the making! While the rest of the media paints in broad strokes, come to KITM, and bring your loupe, because David Waldman will be examining the subtleties in the details entwined amongst the nuances others hurry past:

It is a long time until next Monday, and many minds, some brilliant, some stupid are working out strategies. Strategists should not plan on women being fooled however, because all women have run into at least one Brett Kavanaugh, and they know one when they see one.

Lying might not get Republicans through election day, so for once they might be forced to open the manual. David hauls out Jefferson’s manual, but you’ll have to keep in mind the distinctions between the original text and the commentary on the text if David isn’t there to read them in different funny voices. You will want to read it if you are looking for precedent on impeachment.

Robert Mueller needs to read Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski’s secret Road Map to reporting unlawful and impeachable conduct to congress.

Direct download: September_18_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:32pm EST

Boom. Everyone’s ears will be ringing for at least a week after the Kavanaugh bombshell. Today, KITM is all Kavanaugh, as David Waldman charts the beginning of the repercussions.

Greg Dworkin rounded up a few dumpster fires that weren’t Kavanaugh related, along with some actual good news (for Democrats).

Remember Paul Manafort from last week? Manafort remains an existential threat to Trump.

Democratic confidence is going up, as it should. The Russia investigation is helping the midterms, because the midterms will help the Russia investigation.

Sure, thousands of people left without electricity, sanitation, or medical care after Maria died, but FEMA’s Brock Long counted only a few directly wind-related deaths.

Then there was the Brett Bad Boy Kavanaugh news. Christine Blasey Ford is on the record, already foiling Republican Plan A, and leaving Susan Collins greatly troubled. 65 women who were easy to find last week to defend Kavanaugh are harder to find this week. However, you can talk to the more than 200 women supporting Dr. Blasey Ford, and one of them just might be Kellyanne Conway

Donald Trump witnesses another fine man in his general vicinity ruined. Don McGahn probably knows just what Kavanaugh went through. Justice Anthony Kennedy probably did also.

Unfortunately, Brett has smeared and attacked women before, and lied to Senators on several topics, somewhat complicating the Gop plan to throw everything into a fan and perform an Inverse Garland to escape.

The conclusion is of course: Dems in disarray! Times have changed since the Thomas hearings. On the other hand, they haven’t changed at all.

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Friday’s here again, and we’re still here again! All good news. David Waldman lines up the news, good and bad, to set us up for the weekend:

An armed society is a polite society, but when a guy cuts you off, and you give them the finger, and they give the finger back to you, well, you don’t have much choice but to shoot them.

The state department spent $30,000 on Nikki Haley’s apartment curtains, which sounds steep, but that extra $22,801 to motorize them makes a lot of sense, because that’s just cool.

Armando spent about an hour with David figuring stuff out: 

We won some, we lost some in New York, and in the end winning is better.

Ken Starr senses that now would be a good time to hawk a book. David and Armando lament the lack of news in TV news, which just doesn’t have that in-depth touch of print media.

Brett Kavanaugh might have forced himself on a woman, and is certainly a bad choice for the Supreme Court, but The Intercept is just wondering, what about Diane Feinstein?

Paul Manafort strikes a deal with the Mueller team, and pleads guilty to two felony charges. Trump and Manafort lawyers have a joint defense agreement, as they all know collusion to be beneficial sometimes.

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David Waldman was feverishly boarding up the windows and reinforcing the doors at KITM World Headquarters when he discovered a hurricane was heading his way too! It’s always something!

It is hurricane season, with Florence, Isaac, and others heading our way. Hurricane Florence is downgraded to a category 2, while FEMA is downgraded to a subordinate of ICE. No matter how low he goes, Donald Trump still can’t limbo under Hurricane Maria.

Put bloodhounds on any money trail, and you’ll have some Trump treed in no time.

Flunkies don’t stand up to Trump, unless they want to quit being flunkies.

Donald Trump may stun America with a shocking November surprise! David will not keep you in suspense. Will the mob take over America before the Mob does? The Electoral College is too frightened to function.

Brett Kavanaugh is able to lie in print as well as he does face to face. Brett can be first on the Impeachment chopping block. We haven’t even gotten around to asking about the $200,000 in baseball tickets!

Less than a tenth of one percent of people who lied on their gun background check were prosecuted during the last year. Oh well, the police will probably pick them up for something else eventually.

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On today’s KITM, David Waldman attempts to answer: Is Donald Trump’s lying cynical or deluded? A toughie! There’s just so much evidence to support either hypothesis. But don’t ask Donald, it just makes him angry and it sure won’t get you anywhere. In fact, when the pig manure hits the hurricane, it’s best to simply head in the opposite direction of Trump’s advice.

Trump was just careful enough with his language to avoid specifically “advocating imminent lawless action” at his rallies.

George Papadopoulos lied too often and too much to be of much help to Robert Mueller.

The U.S. is on course for a $1 trillion deficit. That’s not a lie, but David sifts through a few lumps to get to the whole truth.

There is too much truth in calling your shooting range The Bullet Hole when your patrons receive titular souvenirs.

How much does Brett Kavanaugh need to lie before he is disqualified for a Supreme Court position? Susan Collins will tell you (and she would be lying).

Joan McCarter pops in for a visit, and to tell us that the only solution for Kavanaugh is for Chuck Schumer to whip Democrats into an united position, which should be easy as new polling shows there's no reason for ANY Democrat to vote for Kavanaugh.

An anti-Affordable Care Act judge demonstrates that the truth is whatever a judge decides it to be.

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David Waldman returns from a day of Rosh Hashanah merriment and Torah readings, aware that celebration and somber reflection must go hand in hand... unless you are some sort of sociopathic dotard, of course.

Ben Shapiro quickly scans Barack Obama’s latest speech to find hooks for his usual talking points, so that Republicans can quickly scan his articles for lib pwning tips.

Remember Omarosa Manigault Newman? She was kind of wondering if you did, so she thought she should release another recording she made of Donald Trump. White House staffers recorded Donald like parents at a school play.

Sen. Susan Collins will be voting for Brett Kavanaugh, although singing la la la with fingers in her ears does help her feel a bit less troubled by that.

The International Criminal Court suspects the US of war crimes. John Bolton is going to come over there and show them what illegitimate really means.

A court filing just revealed Maria Butina is ready to flip on her co-conspirator. And maybe a candidate or two, although there just doesn’t seem to be a shortage of candidates for Maria Butina.

If there is an opportunity for a mystery attack anywhere in the world, there are Russians up for the task, including hacking into the RNC email system, because you never know where you might find something useful, like missing John Kerry votes, or Supreme Court kompromat. Russians are cleared of an attack at a Washington DC condo.

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Happy 5779!

Unless you’re listening to today’s podcast, which could lead you to think it’s 5778, since it’s a rerun from September 12, 2017. But as a matter of fact, it was actually still 5777 on that date! So, ha!

Ted Cruz popped up last night as just another shade of the rightwing sex-cult. No soup porn... yet. If you want to spank Ted for it, get in line. David Waldman’s KITM paddle has holes drilled in it just for these occasions, but today it’s reserved for bigger asses:

Where to start—Russians or Trump? Trick question, they fade seamlessly into each other. Which we knew since the Steele dossier, and which many knew long before that. Just when you thought Putin and Trump couldn’t be more intertwined new connections emerge. Trump lied to conceal his Moscow business partners right through the election. Russia used Facebook events to organize anti-immigrant rallies. How could they get away with that? Pretty easily. Let a Russian Russia-splain American sovereignty to you. 

Russia to white supremacy to Trump is a short path. The Senate passed a resolution on Monday condemning white supremacist organizations, which could force Trump to go on the record about these fine people.

Hope Hicks, how does she do it? We might find out soon!

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Yay, we make it to the weekend! Donald Trump and Brett Kavanaugh probably have a golf date over at Bedminster, but incase you weren’t invited, David Waldman brings us the latest, connecting the two with Republican and Russian hacking, the dark web, deep web, Michael Flynn, Barbara OlsonComstock, Ledeen, W9/11! We didn’t start the fire, no we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it:

Trump will keep NAFTA, but maybe with the “T” bigger, and in gold.

Trump will not answer questions about obstruction, not even in writing, not even as a multiple choice quiz.

The Feds are finally looking into the Trump Organization's finances. Democrats are finally looking into Brett Kavanaugh’s finances.

Brett Kavanaugh’s little concern eyebrows have been telling on him lately, as he looks into the face of perjury, and into the eyes of Sen. Patrick Leahy, victim of Republican email theft during the George W. Bush administration. Newly released emails, like the one with the subject line “spying”, were sent from Barbara Leeden, who's now a Chuck Grassley staffer in the Russia probe and is tied to Mike Flynn. Leeden used dark and deep webs to try to lock Hillary Clinton up.

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David Waldmanlodestar of KITM and Daily Kos Radio listeners worldwide, lights our way:

Greg Dworkin asks: “So, what do you want to talk about?” There’s not much eye contact happening today in the West Wing, at least for those who haven’t called in sick this week. Penceworld isn’t the happiest place on earth. Donald Trump sees treason all about him, just because that’s exactly the kind of people he hires, and the performance he has always demanded. His traitors haven’t squeezed enough out of him to plunge in the final dagger, but soon.

Meanwhile, somebody, who knows who, nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Now what? David recognizes Patrick Leahy’s gift of institutional wisdom, along with a few institutional memories as well. Memories of Manny Miranda’s memorandum misappropriation led Leahy to confront Kavanaugh on his connections to the controversy. Kamala Harris knows Kavanaugh knows. Everyone knows Brett Kavanaugh will overturn Roe, despite his load of stare decisis. Cory Booker brings it, and dares the Gop to try. Armando calls in to talk procedure, strategy, and to figure out what matters.

The Gop has learned one lesson: Always enforce loyalty.

Nancy Pelosi finally makes it to the big time, appearing on the cover of a major national newsmagazine for the first time in her career!

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What exactly did David Waldman do with his hands during today’s KITM?

Of course, things like that are always open to interpretation. For example, what’s up with Zina Bash? Is she too racially impure to demand racial purity? Fred Guttenberg, father of Parkland victim Jaime, is on tape attempting to shake hands with Brett Kavanaugh, but the White House will tell you what you are looking at isn’t what you are seeing. Donald Trump has told his wives, plaintiffs, prosecutors and citizens that for years. With Bob Woodward’s new book out, interpreting reality should remain a hot topic.

Greg Dworkin is here to save the Republican party by helping them return to reality. The blue wave is on the horizon, but Massachusetts’s Ayanna Pressley demonstrates that wave’s generational, gender and racial power. All of that power is making the Delaware Senate primary exciting. The former GOP governor of Kansas endorses Democrat Laura Kelly over Kris Kobach.

Republican corruption remains a solid motivator for voters, as is Republican greed. As long as Democrats keep getting in touch with constituents, and no one wants to be touched by Donald Trump, Democrats are in their best position yet to retake the House. Ted Cruz can’t bend the reality of the trouble he’s in. Cruz versus Beto all depends on if hes or shes turn out.

Armando, a student of legal realism, and an advocate of constitutional hardball needs us to face reality on how we will fix the mess our system is in. Should we follow the rules? Should they follow the rules?  What are rules? Get the gavel(s). Then work out the rules.

Who needs reality? Maybe we just need to feel like we are in power.

Kaepernick is a sonofabitch, but Trump still has a soft spot for Nike.

The British know how to handle Russian agents.

Finally, the witch hunt ends.

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David Waldman was late and owes us 6 minutes today. Put it on his tab:

Speaking of late, Democrats hurl themselves into battle during Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination hearing, after receiving  the last minute dump of a percent or two of the necessary documentation.  David talks Gang of 14, Nuclear Option, judicial filibusters, Patrick Leahy’s felicitous anamnesis, and related legends, myths and history.

Speaking of judicial impeachment, the West Virginia House impeached the entire state Supreme Court. David explores the why and how.

Kris Kobach wants to be the next Trump, but is too stupid to reach even that level, as he probably intentionally failed to register voters during his hunt for voter fraud.

You knew Bruce Ohr had to be pretty cool, based on the enemies he cultivated. David looks into the efforts to flip Oleg Deripaska on Russian organized crime, and Donald Trump, natch.

Screwing Russian oligarchs became an issue for Maria Butina the moment she forgot the difference between a euphemism and a metaphor.

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It’s summer sequel time! David Waldman presents a pre-recorded KITM follow up to his previous examination of the House of Saud, and its sequels, Son of Saud, and the Other Son of Saud. Mohammed bin Salman is out to reform Saudi Arabia, with a little charm, a little imprisonment, a little torture, a little death, and a little help from Jared Kushner, prince of the like-minded House of Trump.

David does a deep dig into the rise of M.B.S as the next Saudi king, what he’s had to do so far, and what he’ll have to do next, including the takeover of Qatar, and the World Cup.

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On today’s KITMDavid Waldman shares Donald Trump’s homemade fudge recipe.

Fresh out of the oven: Trump takes pride in the 2,975 fantastic jobs he performed in Puerto Rico. Trump was startled to read in his tweet that Don McGahn had to leave so soon. McGahn himself served up plenty of fudge with some obstruction, some collusion sprinkles.

Andrew Gillum doesn’t touch the stuff.

Greg Dworkin rounds up the post-Gillum narratives: Is Andrew Gillum Bernie Sanders? Is Beto O’Rourke Barack Obama? Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez John McCain? Armando thinks such talk is just so much… fudge. There remains a long fight ahead and certain battles will be won or lost, sometimes by small margins, but remember we are fighting for something much bigger. Pennsylvania is looking good for Dems at the moment. Winter is coming. The storm that awaits.

The white working class took flight when they saw Obama. Did you know that some white people use words such as “monkey” as a sort of code?

David returns to yesterday’s fudge fest on Salena Zito. Who’s full of more of it—Zito, her detractors, or their detractors?

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It may all feel like a hump, but David Waldman brings us the last Wednesday KITM before Labor day and election season:

Donald Trump watched TV last night. Not that he needs to, to make up stuff. He also won that last argument with Don McGahn. Trump makes plans to win all future arguments.

The Gop do not know where this NAFTA thing is supposed to go.

Trump baby balloons aren’t just for golf courses! Get one for your neighborhood.

Paul Ryan’s deep state is now focused on a former C.I.A. officer running for Congress.

Greg Dworkin rounds up the post-primary and post-John McCain news. The big story is the big race in Florida. Andrew Gillum tried out the untested campaign strategy of offering representation for his constituents, the benefit being that the more he represents, the more popular he becomes. The big stories on FL governor nominee Andrew Gillum are yet to be written, as no one thought to write them until now. Of course there might be big bad stories coming, but what matters is the record numbers that are paying attention. GOP turnout isn’t low. It’s Dem turnout that’s high. And that’s what makes the difference.

Meanwhile, an AZ state legislator went for the pervy old man vote, was caught with his pants down. 6 incumbent OK state legislators are no longer, after turning on teachers. Even Oklahoma’s governor race looks up for grabs.

Salena Zito doesn’t know what she’s talking about, which is ok by her editors and publishers.

Joan McCarter misses us! She called in bring us up-to-date on DC shenanigans. Senate Republicans peep out of their holes on the news John McCain has died, and scurry about to try again to repeal Obamacare. Donald Trump plans one more pre-election wall fitEvery Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee is demanding a delay in the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, while Chuck Schumer paddles in the other direction.

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Interim President Sarah Sanders prepares to attend John McCain’s funeral, Donald Trump figures out The Google, and David Waldman hits ⌘ Cmd + Roust on his computer to commence another KITM day:

Presidente Peña Nieto? Viejo Chocho Trump, línea dos.

The only Latino employee at the Federation for American Immigration Reform quit when he realized FAIR was the hate group.

When the President’s party changes, Brett Kavanaugh judgements evolve.

There is no way to block the full-spectrum corruption of Donald Trump. Donald pulls Presidential strings to help out Trump hotels, for some reason. 

Robert Mueller has Blackwater’s Erik Prince's phones, and computer.

Bruce Ohr spent his career fighting Russian organized crime, directly leading to him fighting Donald Trump.

Heroes emerge in the Jacksonville shooting. Scapegoats emerge, also. The far-right demands a crackdown on churches, synagogues, grandmas, the abundance of headphones, the paucity of silencers, and your attitude, buster.

Maggie Haberman speaks in tongues as her sources quit trying to figure out their boss.

Sam Nunberg lost his mind, is still looking around for it.

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What did you do for David Waldman’s birthday last weekend? Both Armando and I celebrated the way we always have, with our own birthday parties!

Sadly John McCain, who died this weekend, was only 4 days shy of his birthday. Greg Dworkin tells us that with John McCain gone, so is the Republican Party. No one could ever take the place of John McCain, but the AZ governor sort of has to set that up, as it’s his job to place an actual Republican, or whatever it is that is available now, into that position. Alternatively, they could put in a placeholder, like his wife, or somebody.

Trump disapproval remains remarkably stable, although Trump loathing must shot up at least as fast as the White House flag this morning. Independent voters might be finally catching on, for good.

As a rule, a sociopathic dotard exhibits no respect, everEveryone and everything Donald touches rots. His supporters have already rotted.

Manafort and Cohen thought they’d get away with it, because everyone always gets away with it.

David digs into the nuts and bolts of the latest major Democratic Party reforms, in anticipation of when Armando calls up and they really dig into it.

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The time bomb keeps ticking, and is probably golfing right now, which is good as news as any to come out of the White House. Allen Weisselberg gets immunity, so clearly Robert Mueller is heading in the right direction. “Chairman-1” David Pecker, owner of the Trump mouthpiece National Enquirer has got permission to empty his safe of sleaze with the list of those caught and killed.

David Waldman-1 describes how Pecker got his power, and how he can hope it might shield him from wayward trucks.

There are still news contributors contractually forbidden from criticizing Trump.

Content and information polluting Russian bots and trolls spread both pro- and anti-vacccine messages, because like Trump, they need to sow division to survive.

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David Waldman’s kids finally get out of the kitchen and onto a school bus today! Also:

Greg Dworkin isn’t here to talk about Donald Trump’s impeachment. Democrats want to talk about  corruption first, then a million other impeachable offenses, before getting to that “I-word”. Trump doesn’t want to be impeached until he figures out how to get some money out of it. Voters are beginning to warm to the idea, however. Republicans urge their embattled incumbents to speak out on Trump.

Donald hates those flipping rats, and is correct that Michael Cohen will get a statue before he does. Trump knows he is an illegitimate president whose election is tainted by fraud, but won’t let that stop him from burning it all down after he’s cornered. Michael Cohen pled guilty because he was cornered. If you think these things are obvious, you haven’t had a Trump supporter on your jury.

All the headlines go to Trump, making it difficult for other Republicans to get noticed. Here are a few your consideration: Scott Lloyd got a woman pregnant, took her for an abortion, and now says Jews who died in the Holocaust had it lucky. Vern Buchanan and Duncan Hunter tried to rake it in while no one was looking

Sure, not all things have gone the Gop’s way lately, but a brown man killed a white woman recently, and Tucker Carlson discovered white people in Africa that Donald Trump can save, so there’s that.

Armando calls in to talk about legal buffoon Alan Dershowitz, the Dr. Oz of campaign finance law, also Trump v. Cohen v. reality, and some advice for those considering piercing the corporate veil.

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Boom! The first charges go off in Trump Swamp, and we are just beginning to see the first floaters.

David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Armando don’t know where to cast their nets first, but they have two hours to brave the smell and haul them in:

The guilty fragile narcissist dumb baby dotard unindicted co-conspirator feels some felony payoff remorse this morning, another case of “hiring the best peoplesticker shock. Donald would rather be golfing.

The spinners can hardly get the energy to twist this morning. Aw, heck if the Republicans themselves say they’re guilty, maybe they are. Robert Mueller achieves results.

Paul Manafort’s guilt leads to Russia, which leads to a lot worse things than life in prison, so Paul keeps his lips zipped.

And then there is Duncan Hunter: Republicans might cut him out of committees, but he can still win in November! The Navy has a suggestion for Duncan. Coming up: Vern Buchanan explains seven-figure yacht loans from foreign banks.

Armando eloquently elocutes allocution in law, similarities and dissimilarities between the John Edwards and Michael Cohen cases. Also, Manafort, Papadopoulos, Kavanaugh, Hunter, Guliani, Dershowitz and more!

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David Waldman couldn’t stand the heat, but he didn’t get out of the kitchen. He had it air conditioned yesterday to bring us an even cooler KITM today:

George Papadopoulos doesn’t want to go to jail. Robert Mueller thinks Papadopoulos shouldn’t have lied so many times, then. Now George thinks his plea deal doesn’t look so good anymore. Decisions!

Maybe someone will get a little of what they deserve for poisoning Flint water. 

You might be a white supremacist if… You attend a EURO convention. You are a speaker there. You are then praised by Stormfront. And/or if you are Steve Scalise.

Idiot alt-righters fell for yet another anti-anti-fascist doxxing trap and all they got was a lousy t-shirt.

Sen. Bill Nelson said Russians had penetrated his state's election systems, and you know, he might be right.

Facebook advertising ROI is proven once again, demonstrating notable gains in hate and fear indexes.

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It's the long-awaited Air Conditioning Replacement Day celebration at KITM World HQ! What does that mean? It means you get to enjoy this "encore presentation" of our August 21, 2017 episode. It was a simpler time, then! The sun was being eclipsed by the moon, and we were puzzling for just the first time over why the media seemed intent on keeping Steve "Shambling Mound" Bannon relevant despite his dismissal from the White House:

David Waldman’s being followed by a moon shadow, moon shadow, moon shadow... It’ll catch up with him later today, but for right now he is still producing new, but non-live versions of KITM. David is in South Carolina, but probably not visiting the state’s protected Confederate monuments. The whole point of Confederate monuments is to celebrate white supremacy. That, and to make money for statue makers. The clone army is in retreat, but might rise again if we aren’t alert. We are just now rediscovering the lost history of the only coup d’état ever to take place on American soil.

So, who the f@&$ is Steve Bannon? It’s not too late to ask that question, because he’s not actually going away like he really should. Steve Bannon stayed at the White House to advise Trump on very fine Nazis, but everyone knows Gorka’s the house Nazi, and Bannon wasn’t awfully up on Muslims, or geography. Steve Bannon’s expertise lies in climate denial, meth production, porn, and ass-kissing, but unfortunately he wasn’t meeting Trump’s standard.

A white nationalist ship refused help from a refugee rescue boat, so maybe they think they are superior swimmers as well.

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Donald Trump let himself off early today, to kick back, binge on his favorite tv shows, and grab a little “me time”, leaving David Waldman to sweep up a few lingering stories to get us through the weekend:

Bone Spur Donald’s parade has been postponed, until never. Our businessman president had the price all figured out, except for a few digits here and there. Maybe next Bastille Day he can ask the French how they run their government so efficiently. 

You can’t buy Omarosa’s silence. Not for $179,000. And, not with Trump’s idiot lazy lawyers, who are known for screwing up confidentiality agreements. David holds a seminar on the arbitration process.

The not so magic kingdom of SaudLand holds a special place in Donald Trump’s heart. Canada, on the other hand, Donald isn’t really that into. So, when Sauds float their whim of diving a plane into Toronto, Canadians probably shouldn’t turn our way for sympathy. Why fly an airliner into a building when you can just foreclose on it?

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David Waldman introduces a new paradigm in disruptive innovation: a “web-enabled” system capable of transferring David’s unique thoughts and emotions, opinions and facts, directly to you, almost instantly, or at any time, day or night, that you alone can independently select.  Experience KITM.

Also, Elon Musk has a new idea.

Greg Dworkin finds common ground with Trump loyalists. Make the House Democratic, and impeach Trump. Win-win! Even Alex Jones could tell you so, if he wasn’t so hard to hear lately. A dad tramples Nazi-boy’s free speech, might start charging him rent.

Greg’s got the polls! Dems are doing very well, but even better with the Trump bump. Nancy Pelosi is the last thing on voter’s minds. Richard Uihlein has lost $29,000,000 betting Gop. Democrats keep politics local to win elections. Those big red areas on Trump’s favorite map have lots of other colors too.

John Brennan is first off on Trump’s enemy listWho is Bruce Ohr, and is Donald making the moves on his wife? OK, just keep it up, and Omarosa will just keep dropping tapes. Trump’s lawyers dislike subpoenas. They’ll hate indictments.

David examines Elizabeth Warren’s plan to save capitalism for the stakeholders.

Disarray? Rhode Island’s Democrats love the stuff!

Harvey Weinstein’s couch may have seen a lot of sex traffic.

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, has died. RIP

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David Waldman opens today’s KITM with a live comparison test between Google Hangouts and Skype that went about as well as you’d imagine, and you’d have to, as Netroots Radio also went in the crapper around the same time, taking us off the air for the first 15 minutes.

Then computers rebooted, buttons got pushed, Greg Dworkin called in, and it all got better.

Yesterday was a Primary Day, and you know what that means! So, let’s talk about Omarosa, who DNGAF about NDAs, or much of anything other than winning Presidential Apprentice. Maybe now we can all agree that Donald Trump is a racist by every imaginable standard. Trump is right to be scared of an N-word tape.

One in three Americans “like” Donald Trump. Why so many? God only knows, but that number won’t win many elections. Wisconsin Dems finally have a chance to beat Scott Walker. Dems have the enthusiasms! Not just one, but many, which is why Democrats are set to make a lot of history this November... by representing Americans.

Hatch Act violation alert! The Treasury Department votes Trump. White House membership has its privileges, at least $350,000 worth.

Does capitalism need saving? If so, Elizabeth Warren could be the savior, by returning shareholder supremacy back to stakeholders.

Would you believe Qanon spread because people wanted to make some money off rubes?

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Daily Kos Radio turns 7 years old! As you exit, be sure to slip a little something into KITM’s birthday bag!

David Waldman’s job is to explore all of those intricate webs of lies and corruption that others just don’t have the time or focus to provide. Tuesday is his day to pick up the loose web threads:

Chris Collins wants out, but he can’t get out of trouble, and he’s even having hard time keeping unelected.

Posing as president is tough for a sociopathic dotard that really doesn’t care if “you are up”, or that’s “what you call” your country. Donald Trump is shackled in place by a job title that won’t let him Peter Principle his way into assisted living.

Armando calls in to talk of our dog of a president’s latest sad attempts to become alpha. Being a dog back in the  ‘70’s, Donald would indiscriminately hook up with any mob, but with age came loyalty, sort of. Either way, he’s hooked for life.

Of the two ways to subjugate a country, the sword or debt, one messes up your future property a lot less. Saudi Arabia weaponizes its wealth and aims it at Canada. The United Arab Emirates wages financial war against Qatar to steal the World Cup, and the rest of Qatar while they’re at it. Multi-sleazy multimillionaire David Rowland is connected to much of this.

The DOJ adds a weapons trafficking expert to the Maria Butina trial.

Direct download: August_14_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:05pm EST

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His golf game rained out, Donald Trump stayed inside, motorboating motorcyclists, his very important contingent, and an prime example of those supporters Trump relies upon... as opposed to that wacky, vicious, low-life Omarosa, who Donald had to fire 3 times—plus another time he just found out about—because she, well, didn’t really “fit in” with the group. Now that Ja’Ron, he’s a good one. (Whatever his last name is.) There’s a certain level of loyalty and commitment expected in conservative quarters, you know... What about North Korea!

The great news: November keeps coming, and nobody can prevent thatDavid Waldman joins with Dr. Greg Dworkin (Ret.) (not yet) to round up pundits, and polls, without which we might think Trump is popular, and wouldn’t notice the big blue blizzard heading our way.

Losers might actually be losing for once. Trump calls to boycott Harley-Davidson, and Scott Walker ahead of Tuesday’s primary. Chris Collins suspends his reelection campaign, but he still needs to resign. New polls show Ted Cruz could really lose, once people meet Beto O’Rourke. IL-MN-MI-OH-IA-WI could go blue, and if not all of them, that’s still good. “Unite the Right” united a couple of dozen of “them”, and lots of “us”. Once upon a time, Richard M. Nixon was a popular president.

The America conservatives hate has always been the the one they’ve known and hated.

Are you still sure there’s no need to worry? It’s not just Kobach: Three vote-suppressing Secretaries of State are overseeing their own elections in 2018.

A fourth federal judge, this time a Trump appointee, has rejected a challenge to special counsel Robert Mueller's appointment. Donald is not good at getting stuff done or whatever. Is Space Force the Trump Steaks of his presidency so far? Devin Nunes does his part, by tampering with witnesses in Azerbaijan.

Direct download: August_13_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:38am EST

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We take advantage of the freedom of our format today to present a “commercial”-free reading of a long-form—and I mean long—piece that just might give us some framework for understanding what the autocrats and other assorted dingbats in charge of what now passes for “Middle East policy” could possibly be thinking. Could it possibly help explain the rather bizarre circumstances surrounding the dismissal of Secretary of State Rex “Everything” Tillerson?

Direct download: August_10_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:40am EST

ZOOM! Cadet Pence reporting for duty on Space Force! Commander Donald J. Trump directs invisible planes to aim their missile-missiles, just like you see on the telly-telly! True Americans, led by Laura Ingraham make their last stand against those massive demographic changes that none voted for and never liked, ever since dirty immigrants starting washing up on shore in the 1400’s! Todd Kincannon is… crazy!

Here on our planet, David Waldman and Greg Dworkin commiserate on our world’s sorry stateBrett Kavanaugh will make things worse forever. For Chris Collins cronies who are not yet rich, you might be too late, as Collins is out of the millionaire making business. If Mueller doesn’t want to hear any lies, he shouldn’t ask Trump any questions. Even Republicans picking up a paycheck for being Republican aren’t awfully into their party at the moment. The Republicans’ plan is to pump up their base by disgusting everyone else, and you know Trump’s the man for that plan. In Virginia, women form an insurgency to topple Dave Brat, and discover he’s weak around the grill.

Devin Nunes had one job, and unfortunately for him and Trump, part of that job was not telling what that job was. At Paul Manafort’s trial, Rick Gates reveals the money trail, and all money somehow eventually leads to Trump.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hits the big time, with journalists, vetters, oppo researchers, and David becoming interested in her background details.

Direct download: August_9_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:41pm EST

We lost. Yay! How many times do we have to tell you that this is what winning looks like? (No really, how many times? Asking for a friend.) Honestly, OH-12’s close loss is one of those “good” close losses, as David Waldman and Greg Dworkin discuss this morning after, while bagging up the takeaways: The Generic Democrat is popular, the new wave is still to crest, college educated are finally smartening up,  more women are always welcome, and Missouri voters wiped out their “right to work” bill, which is big, nice news for unions.

Congrats and condolences to Ron Estes.

Paul Ryan began at nothing and slowly faded away. We won’t see Trump throwing victory signs from the stairs of Marine One anytime soon.

This just in: Rep. Chris Collins is going out, on insider trading charges, surrendering without a shootout. David examines the charges.

Move over turtle farms, David suggests Betsy DeVos take over the Department of Agriculture. Who cares about experience or even basic knowledge? Get a Mar-a-Lago membership and get in line. Who the hell is יצחק "אייק" פרלמוטר? David needs all of the words, even some Yiddish ones, to explain things sometimes.

We knew they were lying, the FCC admits it lied about the cyberattack that it used to ignore net neutrality comments. Goofy jerks Ajit Pai and David Bray blame each other.

Direct download: August_8_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:29pm EST

David Waldman brings us another information and insight packed KITM, available on RadioPublic, YouTube, TuneIn, Netroots Radio, and now simulcast on a giant screen currently erected in your back yard! (Made you look)

The Daily Caller picks their hill to die on against the New York Times, and it’s in Me.

Look, we know this isn’t why you tuned in today. You hunger for the latest Wilbur Ross news, and David fills that void with new details about Wilbur Ross’ business that point to a pattern of grifting. Actually, it points to Ross stealing about 120 million dollars, and fistfuls of Sweet'N Low packets.

Armando calls in to talk politics. The Rick Scott-Bill Nelson race for the U.S. Senate is “local”, but gone national in importance and price tag. Armando gives us his upshot of his time at Netroots Nation, and a preview of the in-depth article he’s putting together for Daily Kos this weekend. Netroots showed the Blue Wave might actually be a new wave movement.

 

Direct download: August_7_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:26pm EST

David Waldman welcomes all the cools kids back from Netroots Nation. If you thought it was too far away this year, the good news is maybe it’ll be closer in Philadelphia in 2019.

Greg Dworkin had two enormous stories to share, and skipped over them to talk about Qanon. It seems that masterminds of MAGA caught on to our prank. Now that the jig’s up, we’ll have to concentrate on winning elections by fielding candidates set to do good for their constituents. Kris Kobach is becoming renown for grifting and stupidity, and thus is a shoe-in for the Kansas Republican primary. Corrupt Democrat Robert Menendez is buoyed by being a Democrat in 2018, foundering by being a crook.  

The enormousest story, of course, is Donald Trump throwing Jr. under the bus while managing to be swept under the duallys himself. Trump continues making stuff up, while dancing the puppet hopak. How does Hope Hicks do it

A Trump Troll apologizes, and reaches his hand out in friendship... Thanks! Let’s work together to reestablish a nation of laws, and move on together. Republicans keep mum on their 2018 agenda also. No one likes printed guns, but you can’t stay in the Gop if you say that. Russia likes the US court system for its ease in eliminating dissidents

Are we in an Orwellian or Huxleyist dystopia? Why deny ourselves the experience of both?

Direct download: August_6_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:26pm EST

Donald Trump is golfing, resulting in fewer Trump cataclysms today, sort of, although he still has plenty cooking. Nonetheless, this gives David Waldman and us a moment to catch our breath and catch up before the weekend:

As folks (i.e. mob bosses, war lords and assorted plutocrats) at the National Prayer Breakfast and Gop circles can avouch, Maria Butina is the gift that keeps on giving. Donald Trump is still a bit confused on the Russian topic. Another female super-spy is uncovered at the US embassy in Moscow, after spying a decade, so maybe Donald will point at Barack, or Hillary, or Bill.

Robert Mueller is moving several FARA cases to New York prosecutors.

Remember when George W. Bush said he could override a torture ban? David does, as was part of a meeting President Obama convened with civil liberties advocates. The question is, what does Brett Kavanaugh remember about the W. years? (Kavanaugh’s pretty questionable in many ways.) Voting to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is more than an act of Congressional suicide, it’s the Republican murder of the legislative branch of government. The second half of KITM is devoted to a compression of more than a decade of David’s thoughts and warnings on the subject, as well as a primer on “Historical Gloss”. If we aren’t doomed already, Republicans will keep trying.

Direct download: August_3_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:06pm EST

Today, in his modest Virginia kitchen studio, David Waldman contemplates wistfully all of the revelry and conviviality in New Orleans, not even a beignet to dunk, instead clenching a burning commitment to deliver our daily KITM:

Two police officers are injured in a shooting by a fellow officer at a funeral tribute to another officer. Don’t you just hate when that happens?

Greg Dworkin brings us more #gunFAIL: A gun safe, at least one that was used, could stop most school shootings. Greg also brings us more crazy from the crazier: Donald Trump is king of the haters. Republicans are in disarray, as Koch-lovers get nervous when they leave money on the table. America begins to realize its kleptocracy problem watching the Manafort trial, even if the prosecution can’t say that out loud. Tad Devine, chief strategist for Bernie Sanders, told us our economy is rigged, as he helped rig Ukraine’s economy.

White, college-educated women are getting too smart for Steve Bannon. They’re getting too smart for Trump and Republicans too. Central Ohio is suddenly up for grabs, as independents go to the Democrat, and Trump runs to the rescue. In Virginia, a Republican candidate’s staff fight to split the vote with an independent. In Montana, the Green candidate, who was earlier the Libertarian candidate, was always a Gop employee. Another fake Green is exposed in New York.

David reads the ProPublica story of how Kris Kobach conned city after city, by first selling them anti-immigrant fear, then anti-immigrant solutions, until they were bankrupt. Samantha Bee scooped us all a year ago. Counties across the nation fall off the financial cliff, as they are fleeced one by one. Just one more Supreme Court judge and Kobach can be pre-right!

Direct download: August_2_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:19pm EST

Everyone’s off to Netroots Nation! Except for David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, me and you. Well, maybe you are too, but that’s even more reason to listen to today’s KITM. Catch up on the latest between conferences!

Meanwhile, an alternative universe hosts white power rallies. The press reaps the deplorables, right where they sowed them. The next lunatics to bathe in the media gaze: Qanon. Get ready to hear their thoughts spoken over cups of diner coffee. No matter what, this will never be normal. Real journalism fights back in the margins.

The blue wave will be pink. A winning theme for Democrats? Kids, and health care. The Trump administration knew what they were doing to children, then decided to do more of it. A judge rules the administration must stop giving psychotropic drugs to migrant children without consent, but it will take more than that to stop them. Until then, kids will die.

Donald Trump lies a lot. Who knows why, but he does. When he says he’s tired of Bob Mueller though, he ain’t lying.

Maria Butina told an American CEO to send cash to Moscow, and for some reason, he did.

Be envious: Armando is going to Netroots Nation. On his way, he calls in to discuss Marc Short, who left the Trump administration to pick up a paid senior fellowship at the University of Virginia, although he’s not an academic, or experienced, and is a proven liar. Short’s experienced, academic ex-co-workers feel no need to represent both sides.

If you knew what Bob Mueller knows about Donald Trump, you’d know Trump is as guilty as sin.

Direct download: August_1_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:59pm EST

Donald Trump woke up this morning, confused. 3-D plastic guns don’t make much sense to him, and he’s planning on “looking into them”… heh. Speaking of GunFAIL, printed guns are the hot new thing to talk about, but David Waldman still feels the typical buyer might find them a bad penis substitute, as they are silly looking, too bulky and way too hard to conceal… moving on: 

Another “good guy” with a gun can’t convince the police of his “good guy”-ness in time and is fatally shot. It might take some time to figure out which guy with a gun was the “good guy” there.

What was Maria Butina doing at the National Prayer Breakfast? As with the many other Russians, and others that attend each year, she was just earning a buck.

For the second hour of KITM, David welcomes back Professor Ian Reifowitz to discuss how Trump’s tax plan was a lie. The administration has moved on, now putting together a unilateral tax cut for the rich. This will give wealthy people thousands more to not trickle down to the economically anxious, who have become economically delirious, happy to suffer to the death if needed.

Direct download: July_31_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:46pm EST