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It’s Week 74 of The Presidential Apprentice, issue 689 of my coverage of David Waldman’s coverage of Donald Trump, and I don’t know, I must be doing something wrong, ‘cause that jerk’s still around. (No, not David… Donald):

Also very nice guy Greg Dworkin tells us about those who very much aren’t: Republicans approve of the Trump policy of torturing children by separating them from their parents. Republican lawmakers, just as evil, slightly smarter, are pushing to roll back the "zero tolerance" part of the policy. Laura Bush’s heart is broken. US. Catholic Bishops declare the policy immoralThe New York Post is demanding changes. Susan Collins is troubled. Melania Trump thinks this must be someone’s fault. The Trump staff lays down as many smokescreens as possible. Steve Doocy doesn’t see any cagesKirstjen Nielsen doesn’t see any policy, in fact she has a hard time seeing any children. Jeff Sessions sees God... just not yours. Hillary Clinton saw this coming. And, Donald Trump sees this as Angela Merkel’s problem.

Trump intensifies and narrows his base into one white-hot white nugget, but fewer voters still equal fewer voters. Paul Ryan kicks the crap out of Medicare and leaves it in a ditch. The great minds of KITM and Macleans think alike, and suggest sanctioning Trump’s two most precious things in the world: his money, and his kid’s money.

After bending over for North Korea, Trump turns to Russia. The White House ignored grandpa for as long as they could. Roger Stone just remembered a little bit of collusion a couple of years ago.

Armando calls in to discuss how the Supreme Court sidestepped the issue of partisan gerrymandering through partisan political game-playing.

 

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Friday! If you think it’s hard working through the chaos of a week, you should try manufacturing it. Donald Trump could barely wheeze it out this morning, but for David Waldman all that dotarding  just makes him sit up at attention that much harder. Donald wants obsequiousness only a firing squad can provide, as if there were any real estate on his giant butt left available.

Trump doesn’t have a clue of what summits are for, so he wants to throw a huge one for Vladimir Putin. There, he’ll ask Vlad to leave Ukraine and Syria, please. Crimea they can keep, they all speak Russian there anyhow. (If only Puerto Ricans spoke American, think of how well they’d do.)

The Inspector General’s report on the FBI reports that Trump is lying. New York’s attorney general says the Trumps are a crime family. Trump rolls Michael Cohen under the bus, follows with Paul Manafort to pick up the spare.

Scott Pruitt’s aides discovered his entitlement was their job. Scott Pruitt’s entitlement is why he keeps his job.

Why should Trump have divested? Ottawa prepares a lesson plan.

Gunmakers have the successor to the bump stock lined up, and the next successor, and the next.

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A lot of news to go over for today’s KITM, and to get out of the way before the afternoon’s news runs right over it. David Waldman and Greg Dworkin catch you up, at least until 11 AM Eastern:

Remember that North Korea summit? North Korea won bigly. Thousands of happy centenarian parents now owe a debt of gratitude to Donald Trump. South Korea is happy that it isn’t being bombed yet, and plans to use this a start to stay explosion-free. Trump hasn’t quite thought it out that far, and really wishes no one thinks it out at all, but comes away realizing despots are fine people too, and tough love in a nation is sometimes necessary.

Tough love abounds under the watchful gaze of Il Dotard at our border. Funny, this didn’t come up at the weekly meeting. Right-wing Christians are almost ready to get to the Christian part. The Gop might consider letting parents and kids stay together if there was a little cash in there someplace. Republicans were elected by people who hate government to in order to destroy it, so this Trump situation mystifies them a bit. Was Mark Sanford pushed, did he jump, or did he just fall off?

We say Trump Cult like Kool-Aid was a bad thing, but Republicans find it quite delicious. Ronna Romney McDaniel sure thinks that you’re making a big mistake for not taking a big swig right now, and Mari Stull is putting together an ideological deviation list to measure government employees’ deviation from Mari Stull’s ideology.

Coffee boy Michael Cohen won’t have two taxi medallions to rub together soon, but he still has his health, for a while. Brexit, Russians, Trump and the World Cup—if you kept up with KITM you knew all of that for years, and if not, where have you been?

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Donald Trump and I are jet-lagged today. Tomorrow I hope to be better, I don’t know what we can do about Donald

Comedy duo Kim and Trump sang and danced in their international debut, “The Road to Singapore”. The reviews have been mixed... even by the same reviewers. The producers request no audience questions at this time, or ever.

David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, and even jet-lagged Joan McCarter return today and hope to get a focus on everything going on. Greg reports Trump gave away the farm and got the bird from our allies. And you know what happened to Canada... Mark Sanford knew what he was doing, and what it would get him. Rudy Giuliani has no idea of what to do, and also not what it would get him.

Democrats keep looking good in the primaries, Republicans, not so good. Invalidating protection for preexisting conditions is not the best slogan. Senior career Justice Department official Joel McElvain sees this as a good time to go. Trump doesn’t care about any of that, and that has Republicans panicking, in denial, and in hiding. Meanwhile, here comes a bill that would criminalize ALL undocumented immigrants. Overnight.

Trump figures if he doesn’t need exercises, neither does the military. Robert Mueller kills a few more trees because of Paul Manafort.

Hey, did you hear about that raccoon in Minnesota? Bees know nothing when they see it. Michael Cohen also learns how to count to zero.

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Trump gives another great example of a terrible interview. Once you’ve heard his Wilhelm Scream of a standard non-answer, you can never not hear it again. Of course, pretty much everything we learned about this fake “summit” was a joke, from top to bottom.

Armando didn’t have to hear it twice before he couldn’t hold back any longer, joining us to make sure Marco Rubio was securely tied to the tracks, lament the continuing mockery of the emoluments clauses, and make sure we noted yesterday’s SCOTUS ruling in the Ohio voter rolls purging case.

Speaking of how Republicans cheat at elections, Kris Kobach was caught cheating in court, then caught cheating at paying his fine for cheating in court.

Afraid you’re missing out on the fabulous new form of warfare the Russians are rolling out? Don’t be! They’ve got propaganda (that you’ll swear isn’t propaganda) for every taste!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:40pm EDT

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Wow. Another “What a weekend!” Monday!

Greg Dworkin seeks to impose order on the chaos. And so does the former Prime Minister of Belgium. What’s left to be said? Trump was an addled mess at the G-7 G-6 meeting, much to the delight of his fan base, whose only policy interest is “triggering the libs.”

Could Trump be stopped if enough Republican Senators finally gave up? Well, it depends how many.

But who cares about rules and procedure, anyway? They’re all just worthless scraps of paper.

For now, it’s off to Singapore, for about a minute. Or possibly less. Which is not good. Though I don’t know how long you want to leave those two guys in the room alone.

More on that strange attraction between Russian oligarchs and the NRA. And the strange parallels between the British experience and our own. Are we just looking at a new kind of warfare? Or the revival of a very old one? Might our allies decide it’s time to roll out a new kind of sanctions? Or maybe use the very same ones we’re using?

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Pardon enthusiast Dotard J. Trump took flight to Canada today, despite his heel spurs, pausing only to declare his curious allegiance to Russia, and support for conscientious objector Muhammad Ali.

But as Trump himself might wonder, does it really matter? Whatever happens, happens.

Today is a day, so that means Scott Pruitt has been caught grifting, again.

Trump’s DOJ is all-in on seizing reporters’ communications data for leak investigations. The fact that the leak made it publicly known that Carter Page has been compromised for years makes things a little awkward. As has been the case for some time for Reality Winner.

There’s a new name for the Trump-Russia Rogues’ Gallery, and it’s actually an old name.

Next stop: Singapore. Or maybe not. Who knows? Will Trump win a hamburger franchise? A Chick-Fil-A for Mrs. Pruitt? Or is he the intended beneficiary of renewed work on a bizarro Pyongyang hotel?

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What’d we do today, on the Kagro in the Morning show? Who knows? I can’t remember that far back! All I know for sure is that Rudy Giuliani is back at it, opening old wounds and doing Trump more damage.

But I do recall that Greg Dworkin came by, and explained everything there is to know about polling, the electoral “wave” theory, and the CA primary results. Oh, and that judicial recall election, too.

Trump is both claiming credit for a big veterans’ bill, and also quietly trying to kill it.

If you planned the North Korea summit, you’d perhaps be wise to also plan your exit before it actually happens.

Sean Hannity tells his viewers to smash yet more consumer goods.

More reports that tariffs are the supposed “last straw” for some Republicans. For 10 minutes, or whatever.

If you say you don’t believe Trump about his campaign being spied on, you’re excommunicated.

Republicans in disarray! The immigration bills discharge petition is coming down to the wire, and the House Gop are scrambling to defuse it.

Trump spent 15 minutes on a pardon, again. He loves signing things.

Scott. Pruitt. CAN. NOT. STOP. GRIFTING!

Meanwhile, we hope Brian Monroe (aka @Canuck_Pundit) will never start grifting.

But we had hoped Donald Trump had stopped… doing whatever. At least in the White House. Besides, shouldn’t he be busy getting ready for the “summit?” (Apparently not.)

Trump’s brain plays circus music inside, 24/7.

 

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It’s Wednesday, and we’re already drained. Not an uncommon occurrence, these days! Luckily, Greg Dworkin was on hand to round up the many, many, many, many, many primary election stories from around the country. Plus, the horror of E-A-G-L-E-S-gate.

I hope they’re not paying Sarah Sanders.

Why do all these criminals keep gathering around Trump? (Not The Onion.)

A reminder on Michael Cohen.

The new hotness: Trump-Russia-Israel. Oh, and speaking of the curiously not-Italian sounding Mrs. Papadopoulos, do you remember the rather careless Russian spies known as “the Illegals?” Or at least their MVP, Anna Chapman? Do you remember what they ended up being charged with? Yes, it was money laundering. Just like this other Russian ex-spy got herself mixed up in, but this time working directly for Trump. Weird! Why do all these… ?

Pruitt! Again? Don’t you ever take a day off?

 

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Well, today’s summary can be short and sweet, even if the content isn’t. The morning’s news: Mueller busts Manafort for witness tampering, and; Trump throws a tantrum and cancels the Eagles’ White House visit because nobody wanted to go (but says it was to protest their kneeling, which they didn’t do).

Law professors study the pardon power—judiciously, as they will—while Trump acts again, creating new “realities.”

Remember all that bluster about what a huge and tyrannical danger was posed by raiding Michael Cohen’s house, office (and hotel room, which he had for some reason), because he was “an attorney,” and the sanctity of attorney-client relations, something, something, yadda yadda? Well, it turns out that was all garbage, because almost nothing seized was privileged material.

Scott Pruitt is a filthy, disgusting beast. And he also wanted to buy a used mattress from the DC Trump hotel, for some reason.

Direct download: June_5_2018_64.mp3
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