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Remember how life was, back before the Senate Republicans released their Trumpcare bill? KITM does. In fact, today’s entire show was recorded in those more innocent times, making David Waldman and Greg Dworkin’s prescient analysis even more trenchant... So quit being distracted by the “new” news and listen to this stuff first!

The Senate say they have some divisions in their ranks on their health-care tax bill, but really, they knew what it wastax cuts for the rich, and Medicaid destroyed. Republicans know opposition to the House bill has doubled among even Republican voters, but they bet this won’t matter for their reelection, and they are relying on the media forgetting before 2018. So—deductibles and out-of-pocket go up? Yep. Lives of the neediest on Medicaid ruined or destroyed? Sure! Strangle Planned Parenthood? Of course! But think of all of the regulations and taxes going away! Mitch would be happy to throw out a lot of Senate rules to make that happen.

All of this distracts from Trump’s Russian collusion, as Dan Coats and Mike Rogers could tell you, but no, not the President. Today was not the day Donald trump finally became president, because he remains a candidate, and somehow he’s the worst at that too.

Direct download: June_22_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:28am EDT

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David Waldman presents a special Summer Solstice KITM, the day when the takes are the hottest. Greg Dworkin’s advice to beat the heat: Remember, what's important isn't always what's talked about. So Handel won... Time for the hindsight analyses! Time to retake the takeaways! Time to wonder what is wrong with us, again, and again! And those Trump voters! Why do they keep hanging around? Who do they think they are? And does anything matter, ever, to them?

Joan McCarter’s hot tip: Try to hold Republican senators accountable on Trumpcare. Go ahead, try. They might complain about Trumpcare, but of course won’t do anything about it. Mitch McConnell knows no Republican will stop him. He knows Trump won’t stop him. He knows the Democrats might cause him a lot of irritation, but he’s made sure the public will be in the dark until it’s too late. Meanwhile, some believe auto jobs are returning, and the Republicans are pro-women.

It's so hot in Phoenix, they can't fly planes.

 

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David Waldman and very special tri-weekly guest Greg Dworkin focus our attention on the issues coming up this week—and better yet, put some distance on last week’s crap. A 17-year-old Muslim girl was kidnapped and beaten to death. A van plowed into a crowd of worshippers near a mosque in north London. But, you know, they’re Muslims... and, that SOB talked on that POS show, on Fathers Day, no less. Public pressure helped, but won’t undo the damage done. Here’s a clarifying fable about the problem with interviewing evil.

Speaking of damage done, let’s revisit what really happened in the 2016 election, shall we? The House Russia investigators want to bring in Trump’s digital director. The Trump team prepared for failure, but relied on anger, fear, bigotry, hatred and despair: A win-win! This Trump house of cards could fall under the slightest pressure, so boy is the Georgia special election important.

Not to alienate any subsection of society... but rural America did lift Trump to the presidency. There is a deep cultural divide between rural and urban centers. In rural America, there are fewer immigrants and less tolerance. In fact, racial intolerance is part of the culture, and economy. They believe every fight Trump has is for them, so every fight they have is for him.

Armado shows up at the end of the show to discuss whether trademark law is the venue for social change. (nope)

Direct download: June_19_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:29am EDT

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Great news! Another week of Presidential Apprentice is in the can. During the weekend most of us will still get our news unfiltered from Donald, but this is your last chance to hear it straight from David Waldman—until Monday when we start all over again, probably

Rod Rosenstein and Donald Trump work on their ventriloquist act, but right now you can still see Trump’s lips moving.

David takes a deep dive into the shallow pool of Trumpcare, which is really, obviously, just a tax cut bill. That makes it hard for Republicans to explain, if they need to talk about health benefits, but easy to pass, if they don’t tell you what they are doing. They are also looking into how they might ruin things twice as long as they are now allowed.

You might be scarfing vols-au-vent, buffalo wings or even zakuski with your cocktails Saturday night, but in-between you still need something to talk about. David suggests the now combusting Saudi-Qatar rivalry, or maybe a discussion of the three prongs of the Russia investigation.  Either way, don’t expect Lynne Patton to lay out your soirée—she has a government job now.

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What? David Waldman and KITM politicize? Sure. Because politicization is what Americans use to fix things

Greg Dworkin brings a list of issues that need immediate politicization. Yesterday Steve Scalise and others were shot by a gunman. (Actually many others were shot by a gunman yesterday.) Here are some facts about the Alexandria shooter. Here are some lies.  

Meanwhile, the Gop remains fantastically hypocritical and anti-democratic, and they are utilizing those traits to move Trumpcare along. Republican senators are unaware of any Health Care details, but that’s OK as long as you are also in the dark. We do know a few things. Trump thinks it’s mean. It could cost nearly 1 million jobs. Out-of-pocket costs—deductibles and copayments—would skyrocket. Annual and lifetime limits on healthcare benefits will hit millions, and waivers would amount to a pre-existing condition exclusion for pregnancy, mental illness, and substance abuse

The only thing Donald does better than lie is conflate, but lying and conflating might have gotten him in trouble now. Everyone knows about Trump’s Russian collusion. Robert Mueller is following the money as it flows into the Oval Office. How much longer can this go on? Newt fights the deep state. Trump gives graft such a bad name that participants are laundering their money on the down-low. At this rate, people might soon lose respect for the guy.

Neighbors described a local raccoon as a quiet loner, but one day...

 

Direct download: June_15_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:32am EDT

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Refrigerators are repaired in your home. Teeth are not. David Waldman is busy confronting this brutal paradox today, and therefore is not available to present KITM live. He did record a brand new KITM, however. It is yours for a tap of the above link!

Yay! Donald Trump is one year older today. A rich old white guy with the temperament and social media skills you’d expect. But then he hooked up with Robert Mercer and his million bot army, which so far looks pretty smart. Too bad Trump’s social media director isn’t smart enough to avoid the Hatch Act. Megan Kelly’s new handlers think they’re so smart to create buzz by inviting Alex Jones to spread conspiracy lies to new millions.

The internet still has a little life, and has some capability left to also spread the truth. It is easy to hear Trump lie, but back in the day sometimes he would be forced to tell the truth. Sort of. Trump says Qatar funds terror. Here’s his record of trying to get it to fund him.

David looks into the secret Trumpcare deals happening now. Joan McCarter will have a few things to say about that when she gets a chance to return to the show. The flexibility that Obamacare lent to the work force Is threatened by the Gop plan.

Well, we found out what a conservative utopia looks like. Can they just give up now? Kansas finds it can’t cut taxes to fix all problems, and needs to create whole new ways to lie to itself.

 

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David Waldman wonders if anyone in class can guess the subject of today’s KITM... Anyone? It is Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Donald Trump did not have a problem firing the last straight arrow closing in on him, FBI Director… Anyone? James Comey. David gives an comprehensive analysis of the procedural tactics the White House might use to fire Mueller, which is pronounced… Anyone?... Mueller?... Mueller?... Mueller?—as well as the countermeasures that will be used against those tactics.

One tactic will be the bald-faced lie. Picking ethics over partisanship might have been easier during the Nixon era. Now obstruction of justice goes into your LinkedIn profile.

Is this the end of our government? Russia kind of hopes so, although they were aiming at President Hillary’s government. They are working hard to get it right the next time, one way or the other.

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Is David Waldman’s refrigerator fixed? Who knows? He teased us the entire show, but it all ended on a cliffhanger. Come back tomorrow for an answer!

Greg Dworkin lets us know that some people are just morons and there’s nothing we can do about it. Maybe they just want to piss us off. Whatever. Many of those people will never change. The good news is there aren’t a lot of them, and some of them might even tip someday—at least enough to tip elections. Donald Trump has been inspirational to our side, which a lot of Democrats, and Republicans knew was going to be the case. But, is Donald the problem, or a symptom of a broken Republican Party? Well, we all have him now, for a while.

Americans trust James Comey Over Trump, natch. Comey did nothing wrong as a former official and everything right as a whistleblower

Barron couldn’t find his “I’m with stupid” shirt for moving day to the White House. It’s a high bar, but Ivanka is now the most emo Trump. Julius Caesar is depicted as a fat old white guy. Who would mess around with Shakespeare to make a comment on present day life?

Will Congress stay up late to get their homework done?

D.C. and Maryland are suing Trump for accepting payments from foreign governments. The DOJ lawyers are taking the other side. Maybe $10,000 is steep, but if you really need a room...

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David Waldman finishes out Infrastructure Week with an appeal for funding.  You aren’t just paying for the basics here.  David and the rest of the fab four of KITM, Greg Dworkin, Armando and Joan McCarter bring you specific expertise and knowledge you just won’t find anywhere else. Be a KITM groupie today!

Donald got his phone back, and tweets a thank you to that lying perjuring leaker James ComeyArmando calls in to give the legal perspective on Trump councel counsil counsel’s strategy for the Predisent President. Jeff Sessions may have had a third undisclosed meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Qatar is getting a lot of attention for a place Trump might not have heard about until recently. Even though Donald’s probably a big fan of their government, Qatari won’t be eating beautiful Mar-a-Lago cake anytime soon.

Jon Ossoff is in the lead for the GA special-election with a couple weeks to go! While you’re helping there, call some senators, and help fix the secret back-door Trumpcare situation, even as Republicans stumble over every (predictable) reconciliation obstacle.

Next week’s scandal: Rep. Chris Collins bragged about the money he’s making for members of Congress with his insider stock tips!

 

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