Fri, 24 January 2020
Thu, 23 January 2020
So far no one has shouted “Objection! Your Honor” or “Overruled. Proceed.” and yet even Matt Gaetz has been impressed with how the Democrats made their case. Republican Senators would be so impressed if they attended, or attended to, the trial. Senator Mike Braun hasn’t even attended to the last few years. It could have been worse, but a couple of Republicans needed it to look fair.
Support for removing Trump exceeds his support. A lot of his base knows Trump broke the law, but wish that no one else did. Most Americans however want witness testimony. A majority of Americans know Trump broke the law, and most want his removal.
White voters are polarizing on class, people of color are managing to avoid that.
Oh, if only we could go back, start over and pretend this never happened, but alas, that isn’t happening. No one is overturning the election. That is one of those lies, that if you debunk it, you end up spreading it. Donald Trump lies and lies and lies, but, he just said he didn’t so maybe… No, he lies. And who can blame him? When has lying ever let him down? The White House Memo relies four times on the Sondland call where Trump said, "I want no quid pro quo." That never happened. There is proof it didn’t happen. But, who are you going to believe?
Trump’s legal rebuttal to the House's impeachment case avoided the truth whenever possible. The White House brief’s attached OLC memo says that subpoenas issued prior to 10/31/19 are invalid because there was not a formal impeachment inquiry vote. In fact, the White House argues that a conviction could be "unconstitutional" because of the way the House's articles are written. David explores how any of that could be considered true.
Wed, 22 January 2020
IT’S ... Kagro in the Morning!
David Waldman reviews Day 1, and previews Day 2 of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, which is of course, constitutional nonsense that defies legal consensus, or even eye witness consensus. David and Greg Dworkin however do consense that a fair trial must include witnesses and documents, and that this isn’t one of those.
Adam Schiff kicked off and scored in the inaugural opening of Trump Trial One. Democrats showed their strength early by running up a score from the very beginning. Mitch McConnell caved before the end of lunch break. John Roberts blew his whistle after midnight. Oh, Dems are still going to “lose”, probably, but they aren’t giving it away for free... and, no matter what, Republicans aren’t going to “win”. Trump pre-celebrates by bragging about hiding evidence.
Richmond’s MLK Day gun rally was an outbreak of terrorism on American soil. It is impossible for the Richmond gun rally to be both peaceful and intimidating. It did have a sense of style, though. (I think my mom has that babushka!) The alt-right boogaloo some had planned didn’t sound too bad either, until the mass killings and destruction part.
Tue, 21 January 2020
Martin & Lewis. Simon & Garfunkel. Aniston & Pitt... There wasn’t a dry eye this morning at KITM World Headquarters when David Waldman welcomed back persona grata Armando… And, it is about time. These are trying times with big questions in need of answers, such as how the Senate plans to try absolutely nothing and no one in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial and get away with it.
The impeachment trial begins with a debate about the rules, which the OLC will tell you is only one rule and Alan Dershowitz will tell you that is one rule too many. Midnight Mitch believes that with 51 votes there is no debate, he call yes, no, he can make day, night, and what are you going to do about it, at least without a time machine? David and Armando analysed the situation and came up with ideas. We can only hope Senators tuned in this morning.
Mon, 20 January 2020
Brrr! Cosy up to KITM as David Waldman and Greg Dworkin warm us up for this week’s news:
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day some of us have off, and most of us respect. Just down yonder from KITM World Headquarters, lawmakers in the Virginia Senate have passed three gun measures. Therefore what better time than MLK day to hold a legislative loser gun nut convention? Today’s cosplay ensembles have been on point right down to Rachel Ray’s scarf. Of course, for some of these Jojo Rabbits, their fantasies might be too close to reality, so keep a distance.
Do go ahead and make fun of the new Space Force uniforms, but when one of our boys is shot down over Endor you might sing a different tune.
Lev Parnas isn’t a distraction, he’s central to how Trump operates, and Trump goes through a lot of them. The entire Administration runs illegal schemes. Therefore, literally all of them are involved, lie at multiple points, and obstruct justice. If Lev wanted to leave, he had to leave noisily or he might leave quietly. William Barr might have hoped arresting Parnas would have been the quiet way, but Lev’s pictures say a thousand words.
For 2020, it’s Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar neck and neck for the New York Times. Joe Biden smiles. Bernie Sanders supporters aren’t smiling. Bernie Bros, on the other hand, are just the same mob for a different president. Polls remain stable, although slowly heading in a good direction.
Fri, 17 January 2020
David Waldman presents a special Total Exasperation Friday KITM.
A new Trump book with old news is out: A Very Stable Genius reports that Donald Trump is incompetent and narcissistic. That was actually news when Washington Post reporters Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig first noted it. Now they report it about a year later, although in a book you have to purchase, instead of paying to read on the Post’s page. After citing only a couple of excerpts, David declares his admiration of Trump, disdain of the military, recognition of the deep state, hails Trump’s electoral college victory, scoffs at the constitution, calls for a coup, and urges us to just ignore him from now on... Why so sardonic?
Well, because, generally people are idiots. So, Donald Trump’s poop politics might just be the ticket for him. After all, what good is even the best satire against an administration that selects Jeffrey Epstein’s defense team, Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz to represent the president? Trump spells GAO “GOA”, says they got it backwards, then tells us Dershowitz backs him up on this, leaving only David to straighten it all out.
Forget that apothegm about judging books by their covers, Matt Gaetz is 100% what he looks like.
Thu, 16 January 2020
Donald Trump personally directed a conspiracy to use taxpayer dollars to destroy his political rivals and rig the election. Sure, you know that already. You’ve known it for a long time, because you listen to KITM. David Waldman and Greg Dworkin are on today to tell you a few more things you didn’t know, but will know months before anyone else:
Lev Parnas is an anagram for nasal perv. Now you know!
Maybe you have heard about Lev Parnas. Everyone knows who Lev Parnas is now. Devin Nunes says “Oh you mean THAT ‘Lev Parnas”!” His name is even beginning to ring Mike Pence’s bell. By the end of the week even Donald Trump might get to know him.
And, the Trump Administration illegally withheld assistance from Ukraine and the public evidence shows that the president himself ordered this illegal act. Oh, yes, you knew that. Now, so does the Government Accountability Office. By the end of the week even Bill Barr might find out.
Robert Hyde, new comical lawn gnome in the Ukraine scandal, repeat stalker, who violated a restraining order, was involuntarily committed for psychiatric evaluation, and had his guns confiscated by the police, knows Donald Trump. More importantly Donald Trump knows him. Wait a sec… a guy with mental issues, connected to mysterious Chinese billionaires, low on security radar as an American citizen running for office… eh, probably nothing.
Wed, 15 January 2020
David Waldman and Greg Dworkin discuss the House Intelligence Committee releasing documents from Lev Parnas, our favorite Rudy Colludy henchman/boss/co-conspirator and Donald Trump fanclub alumni. Now it turns out that Lev and Igor weren’t the only comical garden gnomes doing dirty deeds for Donny in Ukraine. Meet Robert Hyde, now known for being quite insane in Ukraine, last year was put into police custody at Mar-a-Lago for psychiatric assessment. He’s also running for Congress in Connecticut, while keeping up an effort to remain the worst person on Twitter. Text records reveal Hyde and Parnas physically surveilling U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. They knew when her computer was on or off, when she came and went. It looks as if they intended Yovanovitch to go through some things, things that were dancing around in a few important heads. Heads featured in many beautiful headshots circulating today.
Which brings us to Mr. Gao. Cheng Gao has a whole lot of money, and wants a whole lot of money. Other than that, and of much less interest to Donald Trump, Gao is a vegan “Buddhist Artist” from China.
By the way, the Russian government is disbanding. Vlad says it was fun while it lasted.
Tue, 14 January 2020
David Waldman shakes up the weekly schedule at KITM or maybe it’s the schedule doing the shaking. Either way, Joan McCarter stans out there now need to come here Tuesdays.
As for Wednesday, Nancy Pelosi announced that tomorrow will likely be the day the House votes on sending articles of impeachment to the Senate. Not THE articles of impeachment, as Donald Trump deserves not just these, but many more. Trump is, and always will be, impeached, by the way. After tomorrow, impeachment goes to a trial, not an appeal. The public wants a fair hearing, Moscow Mitch isn’t planning on one, Susan Collins plans to pretend she wants one, but Chuck Schumer plans to call her bluff. Donald Trump never had a plan, but always has an emergency.
Cruelty was the point, and hunger was the plan in West Virginia.
Donald Trump made the long awaited pivot towards being the president of Louisianan college football ticket holders with the endorsement of “Hollyweird” actor Vince Vaughn. Say what you will, but Vaughn was able to maintain physical contact with Donald much longer than most.
Vlad and Bashar aren’t Donald’s true friends, you know.
Trump’s Iran deceptions might go deeper than even we thought. On the day of Soleimani’s assassination, another Iranian was targeted in Yemen. A Patriot missile defense battery was removed from al Asad base just before Iran’s missile attack. Right now could be the quiet before the storm.
Mon, 13 January 2020
David Waldman is back from the weekend, with tales of ice fishing in Kazakhstan, the giant… or at least, very, very big wombats, perhaps the unsung heroes of Australia, and of course, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Political Action Committee, Courage to Change.
As you’d imagine, David devotes most of the show to WOMBATS—no wait, Leadership PACs! Is AOC’s PAC CtC OK? The short answer is, yes, it shows Ocasio-Cortez’s maturation from outside insurgent to established leader, through the time honored tradition of making money and making friends. For the long answer you’ll need to tune into today’s second half!
But before then, you can tune into Greg Dworkin discussing how Donald Trump fiddles as the world burns. Trump’s parade of lies are catching up with him. Actually, they caught up with him long ago. No one believes him, no one feels more safe, and most people still want him out of here. His evangelical MAGA rally was extra deplorable.
Nancy Pelosi only held the impeachment articles for four legislative days, but Chuck Schumer might get the last laugh at the impeachment trial. Donald Trump has changed his “mind” and doesn’t want a trial now.
Fri, 10 January 2020
Friday! The news never ends, but David Waldman does need to devote his weekends to clearing out the bats, deer and racoons coming down from the KITM hinterlands, and of course Donald Trump requires a little time to come down from whatever he’s on. (I admit that’s wild speculation on my part... I don’t know for a fact that Trump ever comes down from whatever he’s on.)
Last night Trump had another Deplorable Rally, in which Donald was extra deplorable. Room temperature Mike Pence warmed up the crowd, by bragging that the justification for the Soleimani hit, and subsequent deaths of 176 civilians, was all a lie. The Trump crowd never minds any lies at their expense, as long as someone else is being lied to, also.
Moscow Mitch McConnell doesn’t mind changing the rules of the Senate. That’s what the rules are for, him. Mitch told Republican Senators he plans to be bitchy and petulant next week if Nancy Pelosi lets him down. (Don’t let it be said Nancy doesn’t have a heart.) Lickspittle Lindsey Graham demands Nancy cut a few days off that.
Just in case Mitch deigns to follow a rule, what would the rules of Senate procedure and practice be for impeachment trials? Matt Gaetz steps out of line, for a second. Mike Lee is already back to the fold.
The Trump Administration uses redactions to hide what they don’t want you to see. Why, is there something wrong with that? James Inhofe understands the strategic importance of attacking cultural sites, as does the Commander in Chief.
Thu, 9 January 2020
Today, David Waldman is back behind the KITM microphone, joined by Greg Dworkin, microphone sans-sobriquet, for the ol’ Thursday catch-up:
Yesterday, Trump doteled up to a podium to dote more dotardly than any president in history (sniff). Winning! Unless, of course you are the kind that considers things more than 30 seconds into the future or past. Those people are called “terrorist lovers.” Tulsi Gabbard says, “Ayatollah what would happen”! The security briefing following that got even worse reviews, inspiring the usual Republican disarray.
Negative partisanship is a positive thing for Democrats. More than a billion dollars so far have gone to ActBlue to help solve all of this at the ballot box. Speaking of money, Mike Bloomberg is up there with Biden and Bernie polling ahead of Trump going into Michigan.
Ahead of that ballot box, Moscow Mitch is tired of being forced to wait so long to not exonerate his boss. Some Democrats aren’t sure what to think, ever. While we’re waiting, let’s take a look at Roger Stone’s FBI records. And, If John Bolton wants a subpoena now, the House has one they can fish out of the wastebasket. Steven Mnuchin doesn’t want you to hear how much Trump’s golf trips cost, it would just make you angry.
Wed, 8 January 2020
Seriously, what did you expect him to say, “mission accomplished”? Well...who knows what he “actually” said. Go ask his nurse. Then, ask your doctor if Adderall is right for you. Then get a second opinion.
David Waldman had things to do, so yesterday he donned his pipe and smoking jacket and recorded a special Kagro at Night for today’s presentation:
Iran appears to be standing down, Donald Trump appears to not be filling his Depends anymore. Donald can now return to talking big to his friends in the locker room. And, who knew this guy Soleimani was such a bad guy these last couple of decades? Tune into Fox to discover humanity’s next nemesis!
Also, a Ukrainian (!) airliner crashed in Iran (!) last night. Maybe it isn’t all about us... It is sad, though. Also sad, the earthquakes in Puerto Rico, which couldn’t have come at a worse time for Donald Trump as now he’s too busy to come up with a really biting tweet. And, there is something underhanded going on around Mar-a-Lago, which really isn’t awfully sad.
Can you believe it? Mitch (Moscow) McConnell is planning a partisan power play! Lindsey Graham is up to being lickspittle! What can stop them? Is it 51 or 67 votes? David reviews Senate procedures and the enduring and prescient correctness of KITM, and its listeners.
Tue, 7 January 2020
On today’s KITM, David Waldman welcomes Ian Reifowitz, professor of Historical Studies at S.U.N.Y.-Empire State College and author of The Tribalization of Politics: How Rush Limbaugh's Race-Baiting Rhetoric on the Obama Presidency Paved the Way for Trump (Copies are still available — makes a great Valentines Day gift!) Today’s topic: The rash of hate-based anti-Semitic violence being committed across the United States, but principally against Orthodox Jews in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. Some of these perpetrators are wrong in certain ways, some in other certain ways; one thing is certain: Republicans would love to turn Jews and Blacks, the two largest Democratic voting blocs, against each other. Ian calls for communities to come together to stand up against anti-semitism. Turns out, people are starting to do just that.
Donald Trump’s war on humanity continues. Trump’s preference for terror might seem “whimsical”, but remember, Donald is first and foremost an idiot, and that will color any decision-making process. Second, Trump sees “imminent threats” in terms of minutes and seconds, so any “course of action” development would bring us right back to Rule #1.
Mon, 6 January 2020
But his emails! If aides can’t privately talk about Donald Trump’s plans to bribe and extort for personal gain, what can they talk about?
War! Huh, yeah. What is it good for? Absolutely not Trump, because this is just the thing he’d lie about... which is all things, especially war. Of course, war could be a very shiny object for a media tired of so many dull scandals. At least this means the end of ISIS, uhm, as a story. Donald promises a few war crimes for those itching to pwn Jimmy Carter. Other than that, no, Trump hasn’t got much figured out past tee time.
To sum up: Trump heard that Iran never won a war, but never lost a negotiation, and knew he had absolutely no ability to negotiate, but did have a lot of bombs… Coincidentally, he did have a few failed negotiations in Iran that still needed to be cleaned up, so...
Fri, 3 January 2020
Thu, 2 January 2020
It could still be Castro 2020, but from now on the other half of the ticket.
Greg Dworkin rings in the new year with Skype chimes, Abby, and guest-dog Saki:
Impeachment is so 2019. Time to talk removal. Will Senators care about any oath they take? Will the Chief Justice? Does any Senator care what the impact they have on the future? Does the Chief Justice? Donald Trump wants Joe Biden to testify at his Senate trial. He said he wanted his chief of staff, secretary of state, national security adviser, and personal lawyer to testify too, and he was lying of course. Perhaps the media’s New Year resolution could be to quit being propagandists. Video of Joe Biden suggesting a white nationalist idea is deceptively edited? No, duh. That’s what 2020’s going to be all about for Trump pushers, just like it was in 2016. Think before sharing. Even the trolls will tell you that! Trump does paint his face orange, so there.
Wed, 1 January 2020
2020. A year so important, it will take us an extra day to get it just right... and yet we still aren’t quite done with 2019. David Waldman worked into the wee hours of the early afternoon, yesteryear—to assemble a new KITM for those of us up and eager to tackle a new day, a new year... a new decade! But… keep the volume down a bit, okay?
On Sunday we bombed some sites in Iraq and Syria, as we are wont to do. The U.S. embassy in Baghdad is now under siege. Things will get worse, but how much worse is in our Tiny Hands in Chief. Forty years ago, Jimmy Carter struggled with turmoil in the Middle East, but also with an American oligarchy pursuing private interest over public policy.
That was before oligarchies ran the presidency, when we had a legitimate president, one we didn’t have to pretend was a remotely honest, functioning, sane person. Now Rudy Colludy travels the world making deals, kinda for Donald Trump, mostly for himself. As Gop telemarketers and grifters flood the White House, Donald moves to soak his own grifters. So, what if we someday agree that Trump is illegitimate? Will the invalid judges and their judgements just fade away?
Probably not. Welcome 2020!
Tue, 31 December 2019
New Years Eve! For some, this could be a day of sleeping in, eating cheeseburgers and cake, or maybe getting in a few rounds of golf to close out the year, but not David Waldman, who could’ve easily spent the the holiday fighting off swarms of raccoons, but instead produced pre & post ball-drop KITMs for our edification and entertainment:
Mitch McConnell hoped to pull off the Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump quickly and painlessly, and would have gotten away with it too, if wasn’t for that Nancy Pelosi, and all of that new evidence piling up. Senator Marco Rubio, member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and avid reader of random bible verses, hasn’t yet bothered to read Senate intelligence documents on Trump, but has developed many opinions. Marco might someday read that extortion for personal gain is the Trump administration MO.
The media claims Donald erased his efforts to out a CIA whistleblower, but really Trump erased only one effort... News flash! Biden floats the idea of picking a Republican running mate! Second news flash! Biden did NOT float the idea of picking a Republican running mate! Seriously, which headline do you think editors will go for?
David looks closely at the shooting at White Settlement (Yes, your guess on the origin of the name is correct.) A trained firearms expert closely monitoring the situation killed the attacker, but not before the attacker was able to kill a trained firearms expert closely monitoring the situation.
Another cop signs his coffee cup “Pig”, a joke of his actually made hilarious after McDonald’s proved that he did it.
William Barr’s intel probe might not help Trump, but it will probably hurt the CIA, which might be good enough for those two.
Mon, 30 December 2019
Another week, another holiday or two. David Waldman joins with Greg Dworkin to bring us this holiday perforated week.
Is the Senate trial the light at the end of Donald Trump’s impeachment tunnel, or the train? Republican Senators dive for someplace safe. Republican voters are losing their enthusiasms. Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi drives Donald crazy, and defends the Constitution.
Have Democratic voters gotten smarter and more loyal to their party than back in 2016? It depends on who is leading them. Democrats see little reason to be loyal to Tulsi Gabbard. Joe Biden remains in the lead and on the campaign trail confirming that he has, or hasn’t got what it takes to win.
Trump continues to demonstrate that he’s unrepentant and determined to break the law again. Or that he’s a dimwitted Putin and/or Parscale puppet. For 84 days Trump fought hard to keep Putin great. Today, Donald goes golfing.
Fri, 27 December 2019
Happy Holidays! ‘Tis the week or two for not getting much done. David Waldman is able to stuff yet another KITM into our stocking:
Because of Donald Trump, we are saying Merry Christmas again! Though some people never stopped. For instance, The Hallmark channel has always embraced Christmas traditions just as many remember—without gay people, brown people or non-Christians... Well, they invited a few. After all, it’s Christmas.
Do you think Rudy Guiliani is able to introduce his “communications director” Christianné Allen without elbowing the guy next to him and snickering? Rudy Colludy as an impeachment witness would bring plenty of pizzazz, and could clinch the case. The Ukraine scandal already has plenty of pizzazz for everyone.
Thu, 26 December 2019
Whether you are post, pre, or peri holiday, enjoy it informed with David Waldman on today’s KITM:
Greg Dworkin rounds up the polls and punditry of recent Christmas past:
The more people understand the impeachment process, the more they would like to apply it to Donald Trump. As the election approaches, voters are still figuring out what needs to be done. Of course Republicans would prefer they went in the other direction, any other direction, or even no direction, at this point they don’t care. You fact checking them makes you part of the joke. Christians take a break from the heads of pins to divide over pinheads. Trump supporters aren’t racists, but… they absolutely are. The fight over the 1619 Project shows that we are far from where we pretend to be on race.
It did take a while, but Chuck Todd has begun to notice some dissembling by Trump mouthpieces. Is Chuck just plain stupid, or strategically stupid? How did someone like Chuck Todd even get here? David knows, and reveals Todd’s early days and The Hotline ethos. We are deep in an epistemic crisis and need to claw back to reality.
Wed, 25 December 2019
Hey, remember what you were doing last Christmas? Well, forget it. Who cares? Do you remember what you were doing last year, two days after Christmas? On the 27th? Probably not, right?
Not so fast! People who listen to the Kagro in the Morning show can easily recall everything about that day, because we recorded it, and are about to play it back to you. It went a little something like this....
Donald Trump has only a few more days to pwn the libs and the Coast Guard before the Dems show up. Even so, he pushed his concerns for the institution of the Presidency and his niggling bone spur inflammation aside to not-so-secretly fly to Iraq to reveal classified information on troop deployment, create an international diplomatic incident, and do his usual lying to people’s faces.
Khizr Khan, whose son, Army Capt. Humayun Khan, 27, died from a suicide bombing, delivered a passionate speech at the Democratic National Convention. You might remember it, Donald Trump probably not. But at least a post office will be named after Captain Khan.
Greg Dworkin has been rounding up punditry left and right this week—even more so than usual. As Democrats have a chance to overcome the sexism and venality of politics, they will begin to earn more respect. At the moment they are only slightly ahead of Republicans and Trump. MSNBC tops Fox in journalism, integrity and quality, and now in number of viewers as well.
Bad guys with power tools meet good guys with guns, and amazingly no one got nailed.
To clean up election fraud, we need to go way back.
Mon, 23 December 2019
[Humorous Christmas reference!]
It’s that time of year again, when we visit relatives with spotty web connections, and so rely on repeat performances of a prior year’s show! Huzzah!
For today, please enjoy our December 24, 2018 episode:
The present Trump shutdown is on day 3 with no end in sight, but that includes no end in sight for the Mueller Investigation, which is funded by a permanent indefinite appropriation. KITM digs into the history and reasoning behind the Special Counsel funding, even to the point of actually opening and reading a Federalist article to glean some insight. Of course, Donald could just site “LOL v. YOLO” and have non-recused non-Attorney General Matthew Whitaker take care of everything before the holidays’ end.
Mon, 23 December 2019
Merry Kagro in the Morning! David Waldman presents the day’s jolly airing of grievances that precede his annual sufganiyot-induced slumber. He’s back Thursday!
You wouldn’t think evangelical Christians would be so dogmatic, but then again, that is kind of their point. Still, it is hard to confuse Trump with Christ and fewer do each day. This weekend, Greg rounded up the continually growing moral outrage expressed in Christianity Today’s editorial, “Trump Should Be Removed from Office”, which brought needed attention to the fissures existing in Trump’s support, along with overdue recognition to the Christians who aren’t Trump idolizers.
It’s not just Santa. If you own a cellphone, just about everyone knows if and when you are naughty and nice. Saudis and their NSA pals developed and distributed a popular spy app, along with tens of thousands of manipulative Twitter accounts.
Russian assassins love using poison. Unit 29155 perhaps loved it too much.
Fri, 20 December 2019
David Waldman starts us off with a rundown of his thoughts and analysis of the 6th Democratic Debate. He did not watch it however, so the rundown was kind of a rumble strip. Pick one, elect one, why don’t we?
Oh no! Did anyone remember to impeach Donald Trump before locking up the House for the holidays? Because, if the House did not communicate its impeachment to the Senate, it hasn’t actually impeached the president... Unless the House communicates its impeachment, then it actually impeaches the president... Unless that’s all just crazy-talk and Donald has been impeached forever and ever... Why trust someone like Laurence Tribe though? Trump should go with his gut, resign immediately and own the Libs forever, trust me.
Lev and Igor were chasing any small change dropped by international mobsters when they stumbled into Rudy and Donald, their romance made history, and millions of dollars… for, uhm, Lev’s wife. (Divorce lawyers, take note.) Christianné Allen, 20-year-old college student, social media lamprey, now joins the gang.
Some sort of holiday messages here: A three year old put a cap in Daddy’s ass for Christmas. Santa sees you when you're sleeping; he knows when you're awake, because he has your phone codes. The highest-ranking Gop woman in the House, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, filled her stocking with taxpayer money.
Thu, 19 December 2019
David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, Thursday. What more do you need to know? Here’s something:
Oh yes, the impeachment. Tulsi Gabbard was there. Tulsi won’t be at the primary debate of course, but she was sort of at the impeachment debate, where she placed her Schrodinger vote. Unlike Tulsi, Trump was not present. Donald was in Michigan complaining about how few Democrats he’s been able to buy, including Debbie Dingell. Therefore, Trump joked about her late husband being in Hell.
Meanwhile, in the debate Republicans made no claims that Trump “did no wrong”. (They in fact did not claim that Trump was ever honest in any way.)
A Chinese national was arrested after trespassing at Mar-a-Lago. Yep, another one.
Wed, 18 December 2019
David Waldman is off the roof and in the house, Abby joins us via Skype. If you listen closely, you might catch Greg Dworkin rounding up polls and pundits somewhere in the background:
The Gop is not winning the impeachment argument, the election, maybe the Senate, and there’s more bad news for them to come. Most have heard enough already to decide for impeachment, so Kavanaugh-style obfuscation won’t get much traction. Trump might never text a lowercase word ever again as he struggles to recapture the attention of the 2016 voters who have wandered away from him. Half of military service members have dropped Trump. So has the fourth Pentagon official.
Heading into the Senate trial, Republicans will miss Jim Jordan’s big mouth. So, now they’re thinking, “Why not Jim Jordan?” After all, it’s not like they have any representatives there. Democrats see Justin Amash as Democrats, and America’s representative. Maybe Nancy Pelosi could be open to leaving the inquiry open for a while.
Tue, 17 December 2019
Democrats in the House solemnly made it clear that Donald Trump deserves impeachment, and are getting ready to solemnly vote for the articles of impeachment that have been brought forward against Trump. In fact, not only did Trump commit “impeachable offenses”, but he committed crimes. Will all that solemnity go to waste after the articles are sent to the Senate? Probably! Moscow Mitch plans to hole up in his shell until this nightmare is over, while Rudy Colludy twerks with his pants around his knees. What are Democrats going to do about it?
David Waldman wields the full power of KITM’s 1:58+ running time to attempt to tackle the entirety of how Donald Trump’s federal criminal offences pertain to his impeachment, why additional witnesses and documents are needed, and to examine individual violations and crimes, such as campaign finance violations, bribery, honest services fraud, violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Hatch Act, committing contempt of Congress, and disobeying the Impoundment Control Act... for starters. David will wield more KITM’s at this topic this week!
Mon, 16 December 2019
There is a “chance for winter weather” in mid-December near KITM World Headquarters, and that means David Waldman has extra crew to help operate forks, knives and refrigerator doors in the background as needed.
Literally everyone (not including the 54% of Americans polled and the 45% of independents favoring impeachment right now) could use a little more information before deciding on impeachment. Therefore, there is no need to send impeachment to the the Senate until Trump is completely finished committing his impeachable offences and crimes. Today, the Judiciary Committee released a 600 page report for those still on the fence to mull over.
The law somehow keeps marching on: A federal judge rejected a request by the Justice Department that he delay the proceedings in the House Oversight Committee’s census subpoena lawsuit until an appeals court decides the separate Don McGahn subpoena case. The White House refused to turn over interpreter’s notes from a meeting between President Trump and Vladimir Putin because Trump took them and wouldn’t give them back.
Fri, 13 December 2019
You’re in luck. The schools local to KITM World Headquarters might consider this Friday the 13th to be best burrowed under a nice warm blanket, but not David Waldman, who this very morning braved the frigid drafts of a unknown number of intersecting hallways to provide us with today’s latest:
There is no word that can adequately describe parents that store unlocked guns with kids “to protect them”. The only people dumber are those that believe arming random strangers will protect their kids at school.
No wait, there may be worse. How about those that can’t see that in the interim between acquittal and election Donald Trump just might feel like taking his desperate lawlessness up a notch? Then what are they going to do about it? You know, patience and time are the best tools in this situation… Republicans know that too.
Millions in aid haven’t reached Ukraine yet. So, a federal judge on Monday issued a preliminary injunction ordering the OMB to comply with a FOIA request for records. The White House says no thank you. David looks into the next steps, should anyone want to pursue them.
Are Dems their own worst enemies? Is it possible that Pat Leahy did more damage to liberal interests than any individual Democratic senator of the Obama era? Well, you can ask “Chuckles” here, he’ll tell you all about it.
Thu, 12 December 2019
Today, Just up the road from KITM World Headquarters, history is being made. Following that, it is lovingly prepared by David Waldman and Greg Dworkin then shipped to you in fun-size two-hour packages:
With the impeachment trial coming up in January, Republicans plan to try a tactic they probably wished they thought of long ago: No witnesses. They hope do just enough to say they did, with minimal Lib-triggering, so of course going against the central tenet of Trumpism. Meanwhile, Democrats want what what everybody else wants, they just differ on what that is, exactly.
Congress shouldn’t stop with Donald Trump, they should impeach William Barr and everyone else that deserves it, then impeach Trump again. By that time Donald will have earned at least 3 more articles.
No, the Trump administration Is not redefining Judaism as a nationality. Maybe they don’t know what they are doing. Maybe they don’t care.The White House rolled out a new reason that they withheld money for Ukraine, because it’s been a while and they needed to roll out a new reason. Can you believe that in Ukraine they study Trump's twitter feed for guidance on what to do next? (Which is like gleaning marriage advice from the neighbor’s dog, but these are desperate times) Well, Lev Parnas picked up a $1 million check from Putin, so…
Former Attorney General Eric Holder feels William Barr is pretty worthless, although he exceeds all criteria established by this present administration. The most Trumpy TV channel attempts the most Trumpy things but not everyone gets away with that.
Wed, 11 December 2019
David Waldman is back from his roof leak crisis of yesterday. He still has the leak, just not the crisis, as the hole is promised to be patched in a week, two weeks, maybe sooner...
You hear it here first: Greg Dworkin predicts Trump WILL be impeached. Only two articles of impeachment, even though Trump has earned impeachment in a million ways. The reason for this is simple, and of course, complex. Republicans aren’t even putting up a defense, because that would just complicate their simple acquittal plans. Time to call surprise witness, Ivanka Trump! She has a pretty good idea of what Michael Steele has got in his dossier, if you get my drift.
While we are impeaching, let’s put Ben Carson in line.
Political media production staff can thank Mike Bloomberg for pumping $90 million into their economy. Bloomberg is now ahead of Trump… heck, everybody’s ahead of Trump. The Dems are neck and neck and neck and neck heading into New Hampshire because they are all #1 with completely different sets of people.
In the meantime, should Democrats impeach Trump or work with him? Why not both? Mitch McConnell asks, “Why not neither?” Joan McCarter assures us that this has always been Moscow Mitch’s plan. Mitch is too busy appointing unqualified, extremist judges to lifetime positions right now. Maybe next month he’ll throw a little sham thing together if there’s time.
Think of the trouble we’d all be in if Trump wasn’t really good at getting stuff done or whatever.
Tue, 10 December 2019
KITM Headquarters is having a problem with leaks. No, not the “Trump White House” kind, or the “Trump Russian hooker” kind, but only the “roof” kind. (Just to be on the safe side, David Waldman is having all of his phone lines replaced also.)
While this is all going on, history marches on today, as House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump. David recorded a perfectly timed (Would you expect anything less?) compilation of background and supporting material as our primer to better understand the context of said historical developments, natch:
The IG report includes a couple of agent bros celebrating Trump’s presidential win. (Actually, they were mostly celebrating Hillary supporters’ loss.) No word yet on their names, if they were lovers, or what their orgasms might have sounded like. Speaking of friendships, Christopher Steele and Ivanka Trump have known each other for years. Donald hardly knows this Ivanka lady, he has his picture taken all the time with people. Tiffany moves up a notch.
Let’s back up. To the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, previous nexus of Russian and Middle Eastern corruption prior to the 2016 Presidential election, and after it as well. Just think, the FBI would not have had the impetus to open the FIFA investigation in 2010 if it wasn’t for Christopher Steele... Well, people doing criminal things does also spur investigations. Take, for instance, every single person Rudy Giuliani has talked to over the last few years. Oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky needs to get in good with Donald, and is working on that through Rudy Colludy capos like Bud Cummins, Don McGahn and Dmytro Firtash, another Ukrainian oligarch. Oligarching ain’t cheap, so Paul Manafort associate Firtash has had to pick up a few hundred million in side jobs from Putin for the last few months.
Mon, 9 December 2019
David Waldman provides the drain snake of astute political analysis on today’s KITM:
Greg Dworkin rounds up the punditry as the impeachment process moves to which articles to vote on. Why care if we can vote later? Oh right... voting later is only a solution if we care now. Several tens of millions of voters want Trump removed now.
On the other hand, Republicans are just finding out about this impeachment stuff. You can’t blame them, they’ve been busy bailing out floaters for weeks... ok, years. Whenever Trump has said something too loony, the Greatest Minds on the Right have polished that turd to a mirror-like sheen. “Greatest minds” is of course a relative term, as Stockholm syndrome poster boy Ted Cruz has been moved to the front line, and Rudy Colludy Giuliani is, wow, the go-to guy... Rudy’s in with Donald for the long haul, as the two of them are here for as much as they can haul away. Rudy was in Ukraine swearing in new members of the Colludy gang. Brain trust spokesmodel Matt Gaetz has little question mark thought bubbles popping out of his head because of that.
Fri, 6 December 2019
David Waldman brings us to the weekend...The weekend? What’s that doing here? Who has the time?
Listen, if we don’t get impeachment out of the way soon, Donald Trump won’t be able to get a fast acquittal, and his related storylines of “complete exoneration” and “deep state conspiracy” won’t get proper traction before the election... Luckily for Trump, Nancy Pelosi, although opposed at almost every turn, has finally succeeded in drawing up some quick articles of impeachment for him.
Yet, who knows what the future could bring for Donald and Nancy’s plans? Adam Schiff and maybe several others still have tricks up their sleeves. Bill Barr and Rudy Colludy continue to add to impeachable offences and motivations every moment. Rudy’s an overachiever, making points on what Trump would have been obligated to do if he were honest, and flying (at... someone’s expense) back out to Ukraine to visit with the “Ukrainian Putin” and every henchman in every trenchcoat in every alley of Kyiv. And, of course, Trump is still Trumping.
Evil Corp minions have not been connected to Donald Trump as of press time.
All this, plus—KITM correspondents!
If nuclear first strikes are made illegal, only criminals will order first strikes. An Asparagus Zucchini (a zucchini with asparagus limbs) could tell you that, and he does, by reporting Democratic presidential candidates’ positions on this very policy in a recorded correspondence.
Thu, 5 December 2019
Hey, if it’s good enough for Andrew Napolitano and good enough for Nancy Pelosi then let’s do it. Constitutional scholars say now is the time for impeachment. On the other hand, impeachment pundit goldendoodlers might prefer Democrats enforced a few witness subpoenas first. Of course, the Founders would agree with much of this if they weren’t dead. Therefore, it’s settled... although we might need to impeach Donald Trump a few more times before everyone is satisfied. And, just in case Donald might run low on impeachable offences, Rudy Colludy has jetted off to Ukraine to find some more.
Greg Dworkin agrees with most Americans: Louie Gohmert is a moron, and Donald Trump is a bigger loser with each day. The world laughs at Donald Trump, albeit with a kind of nervous, angry laughter... Trump loses in court for the umpteenth time. Two undocumented immigrant housekeepers revealed Trump employs undocumented immigrants, again.
Polling shows that most Americans would describe themselves as middle of the road politically, easy to get along with, and quite young looking for their age. What if Democrats already have enough white working-class voters? Is the “optional” part of the public health care option the problem? Maybe including a co-pay for Bronx-Colors could help get it passed.
William Barr warns against uppity communities not respecting their authorities, as traditionally this sort of behavior risks losing them their protection.
Wed, 4 December 2019
But Trump’s NATO flop isn’t even the biggest thing happening today. The House Judiciary Committee kicked off its impeachment hearings, with the usual games expected from Republicans. And the House Intelligence Committee released a report on its findings. The biggest bombshell to come out of it so far seems to be the phone records of Rudy Colludy and Lev Parnas. Which, as it happens, also contains some of Devin Nunes’ records, as well! And what records they are! But it’s not all about phone records. There’s mail, too! And don’t forget, Ukraine isn’t just about faking up Biden dirt.
Tue, 3 December 2019
Today, David Waldman comes out against killing Republicans for the holidays... indeed, it would be probably inappropriate most of the time. That is... until… No! For the record, civil war is still 100% bad form. In fact, this is the very reason why we have free and fair elections. (Although Donald Trump has already cheated on the upcoming one.)
Impeachment is not political for the “Oh yeah, you and whose army?” president. It is as essential for democracy, as subversion of democracy is Trump’s raison d'être… or at least how he’s still sticking around. On the other hand, the Republican premise is that Donald Trump is the nation. He is all that is “right”… or what is “good”… or at least what is “all good right now”. Jerry Nadler plans to continue Democrat’s level headed, even handed, losing approach with the Judiciary committee hearings.
Still, there’s hope. Newly released documents reveal more Trump-Mueller lies. Don McGahn’s subpoena on testifying to House Judiciary Committee might be enforced. Trump may have to turn over his financial records to the House. And, you know someone in the Rudy Colludy gang is bound to be a snitch.
Mon, 2 December 2019
It’s December, it is almost 2020! It’s time for David Waldman to bring us the hard facts:
Donald Trump just might be a liar. Stephen Miller may be a white nationalist racist feret face. And, well, impeachment won’t reverse the Trump presidency… alas the vice president succeeds. Hey, remember back when we couldn’t even say “impeachment”? Well, now it’s time to stop saying impeachment is “political”.
Greg Dworkin rounds up some December punditry:
Oh no, the Democratic presidential campaign is in disarray? Joe Biden embarks on his 23 Skidoo tour bus, but maybe he’s really onto something there. Would a left-wing nominee actually hurt Democrats? What’s wrong with wrapping a little conservative malarky around your progressive policies if it makes them easier to swallow? Joe can’t bring himself to the end of a sentence, but that still puts him way ahead of Donald.
Fri, 29 November 2019
Join us for a trip back in time! (That's what we call a re-run!) It's our November 29, 2018 episode, and yet today is November 29, 2019. Get it?
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.
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.
Thu, 28 November 2019
Happy Thanksgiving! David Waldman reports high above your town today riding in the KITM news-chopper. (As God as his witness, he thought tofurkys could fly.)
If he looks like a turkey, walks like a turkey, his tail is three times as big as his head, and his name’s Don Jr., well then, he’s triggered. Junior was chased away from his own book signing by a rafter of the far right. The right is torn between cosplaying Nazis, Klan, and other mewlings for respect and authority and are finally at each other’s throats. They are discovering that building a brand around being the biggest jerk attracts rough competition. They can’t even eat a pancake in the other’s presence. Some aren’t certain Michelle Malkin is either white or nationalist enough for them. Donald Trump could never be white nationalist enough for them. Even Stephen Miller better watch his back.
The rich and powerful seem to have about the same percentage of gullible idiots as the rest of us; they just have more money and get punished less. Adam Neumann aspired to be Saudi Arabia’s millennial Rasputin with the help of the judgement and wisdom of Jared Kushner.
Wed, 27 November 2019
Almost the holiday, and people seem to be getting sleepy already, even before eating. We all know what Donald Trump is serving up for Thanksgiving, but let’s find out what David Waldman’s got cooking in the KITM kitchen:
Indiana would just kill to get Amazon’s headquarters in their state. Tucker Carlson pledges allegiance to Russia—he jokes! Seriously, why take him seriously, ever? He’s only wants to make you laugh! Eddie Gallagher says he’ll kill snitches! LOL! More light-hearted politics: Jim Jordan’s jacket would rather not be connected to bigoted, conspiratorial, unethical, contemptible, ruthless, dastardly, bootlicking, McCarthyesque, liar Gym Jordan.
Greg Dworkin has the polls and bad (for Trump) news. Support for (removing) Trump is at an all-time high. Joe keeps the Bidmentum, while Warren falls as almost everybody’s Lefty target. Some will make any excuse to vote Trump, although he just might lose a few eventually.
Joan McCarter says if we want to do impeachment right, we need to slow it up. Things are quite slow this week around DC, so Joan goes international: Trump is out to destroy UK healthcare in order to help destroy ours. Donald’s “search for corruption” moves to Lebanon, where it can be even more dangerous.
New Trump Tower tax and loan documents show significant, and totally expected, inconsistencies.
Mike Bloomberg, long time Republican supporter, natural Warren predator, wants to be a “Democratic” president. Mike Bloomberg’s presidential pollster lightens his plutocrat clientele now that Mike’s in the limelight. Meanwhile, Clinton strategist Mark Penn finds a paycheck counseling Trump on Impeachment avoidance.
Tue, 26 November 2019
Yum! But don’t wander off yet! KITM still has a lot to serve up, and today is no exception as David Waldman stuffs that butterball of truth.
Also bringing a dish: Longtime listener, first time contributor Ellen Beberman reports from New York's 21st congressional district and gives her opinion of representative Elise Stefanik.
Hundreds of documents show the White House in a confused panic, attempting to justify Trump’s Ukraine call and blocking of aid. Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and acting Office of Management and Budget director Russell Vought always act that way, it seems.
The Rudy Colludy gang are picking up subpoenas. Lev Parnas promises to be a great stooly, but so far has only sung a few notes. Don McGahn was under the impression that Donald Trump was king; a federal judge disagrees. Turns out, another goon in the gang, Bud Cummins was a goon in previous gangs as well.
Mon, 25 November 2019
Thanksgiving week—a week set to be both “slow” and “quick.” But don’t worry, it won’t be one without David Waldman and KITM:
Greg Dworkin calls in to talk about the merits and the politics of impeachment. Don’t buy the conventional wisdom on impeachment. Republicans can only continue forward if they deny reality, which as it happens many are experts at.
Lev Parnas hands over audio, and video recordings to the House Intelligence committee of Parnas with Trump and Rudy Giuliani, maybe nude, and probably with Devin Nunes. The Rudy Colludy gang had regular meetings and Devin would show up when he had a chance and a wad of taxpayer cash to blow. Nancy Pelosi called for Nunes removal last year, but can she just do it herself now? Meanwhile, the rats belly up to the rat buffet as it is found that the White House looked for legal justification after Trump froze aid to the Ukraine.
David digs into what Rudy saw in Lev and Igor in the first place. The head of Ukraine’s Naftogaz tells prosecutors about the times Rudy’s gang tried to recruit him, how he threw them out, and how they paid him back. Remember that secret 2016 conversation that exposed just how much Russia and Ukraine were on Republican minds? There was a reason for that. Russian tool John Solomon might finally get some attention, and some questions.
Fri, 22 November 2019
It’s Friday, it’s the weekend, and you know what that means! Nothing! Except David Waldman refuses to power up the mighty KITM transmitters atop Kagro Mountain on the weekends. So, he packed today’s show with plenty to tide us over:
Fiona Hill and David Holmes delivered the message America needs to hear. Marie Yovanovitch and Lt. Col Vindman showed us what bravery and patriotism are all about. So, we’re done now? Trump’s still standing, so he wins right? That is the angle he is going for, the one he has always gone for, and the one the Republicans seem to be going for. Donald Trump called in to Fox to talk to his hired friends and well, that’s what the word is.
Trump notes that if Marie Yovanovitch was an angel she would have built a Trump shrine in 2016. Is anything Trump says ever true? Why should it be? Lying also works when one hasn’t omitted enough truth. The impeachment inquiry didn’t obliterate the CrowdStrike story, so that’s the one Donald’s going with this week. Maybe the House should have subpoenaed, indicted and impeached everyone that deserved it when they deserved it instead of waiting until it looked and felt good.
You know what another biggest mistake in the impeachment hearings was? Not making it clear that the Trump’s main objective has been to shift blame from Vladimir Putin to Hillary Clinton. For the last two weeks Republicans have pushed the idea that Ukraine framed Russia for 2016. This was the opposite of what they said in 2016, remember when they said that? Remember? Maybe we need to review the Mueller hearings, then.
Out in the real world, real world courts wait to welcome Donald back to civilian life. Long time Trump employee Allen Weisselberg might need to receive his gold watch in the pen. Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman from the Rudy Colludy gang are subpoenaed. War crimer Edward Gallagher is “welcomed back” to the Navy SEALs.
Thu, 21 November 2019
David Waldman and Greg Dworkin (and Abby) join forces one more time this week to help us figure this whole thing out:
First up, who won the Democratic debate last night? We know they all have their little gaffes, but they all remain winners in our eyes, mostly. (and statistically, whoever our choice is won’t get the nomination and we do need to win this.)
On to the impeachment hearings. Yesterday, Gordon Sondland threw the entire bus under the bus, which is easy when everybody’s on the same crime syndicate bus loop. Today’s alibi: Everyone was following Trump’s orders, which he also somehow did not give. Tomorrow’s alibi: Trump has the right to hold up legally-approved aid, and of course, that isn’t what he did.
As for the good guys, Adam Schiff came up with an excellent strategy to make Devin Nunes the face of the Gop defense. Still, Democrats might need to step it up, as Donald Trump presently is only inconsistently unhappy. (A couple more Jay Leno sets should wipe that smile off.) For some reason, Vladimir Putin is always quite consistently happy.
Hiyo! Lev Parnas’ lawyer gives Devin Nunes another thing to have a cow about. Donald somehow kept a straight face as he sent Lev and Devin on a secret mission to undermine Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election-meddling. The Rudy Colludy Gang’s attempt to hijack Ukraine’s natural gas should prove to be the first of several 'layers' of corruption uncovered.
Wed, 20 November 2019
There’s a lot going on today, and we have a lot to tell you. Good thing that most of you have multiple eyes and/or ears, or this would take forever:
But her emails! Except, it’s Nikki Haley, she’s Republican, and it would have been inconvenient to follow the rules at that time, so…
Guards were just picking out something nice for Jeffrey Epstein’s Christmas present, but then…
Even Abby was too busy to visit, but Greg Dworkin carved out a few minutes to explain how emotional and fact-based testimony hurts the White House:
Breaking news: Mike was in on it. Also old news: Mike was always in on it. (You might want to turn your head as the rats begin to eat each other.) Gordon Sondland’s testimony targets Trump, Pompeo and confirms the deal with Ukraine. Federal prosecutors in New York investigating the Rudy Colludy gang want to talk to Burisma’s competitors in Ukraine.
House investigators want the Mueller grand jury materials, and kind of also would like to know if Trump was lying to him.
Polls say that most Americans say the impeachment hearings won't change their minds... of course, most Americans believe Trump committed an impeachable offense, and therefore there aren’t many minds that need to be changed.
Tue, 19 November 2019
Brief Twitter obsessions from the past 24 hours centered chiefly on lies originating with or disseminated by Stephanie Grisham. First, that Trump’s doctor has sent a note excusing him from being ridiculed for his “perfecto” health. And second, that Obama staffers moving out of the White House in 2017 were really, really mean to Trump staffers. In writing. Which seems unlikely. And like we’ve heard it before.
With public impeachment hearings back underway, though, the real business of the day for us was using the occasion of Kurt Volkmer’s impending testimony as a launching pad for an expansive political science lesson. The continuing Republican obsession with the “whistleblower” isn’t ridiculous just because there’s better and more direct evidence available from other witnesses. It’s pointless, because Trump’s Ukraine scheme was doomed from the start by that other, unsung hero that unravels almost every government plot: procedure. Illustrating the point: the story of two obscure Congressional staffers who went to Ukraine to check up on things—because that’s what they do—and discovered Trump’s plot. Because that’s how obvious it was. All you had to do to see that there was something wrong was go to Ukraine and ask how things were going.
Mon, 18 November 2019
Donald Trump is dead. Want another opinion on that? Ok, Donald Trump is dead again. What lengths would Donald go to, to get out of responsibility? And, that isn’t the worst thing to happen to him last week. Trump lost two of three gubernatorial elections in Southern red states, with the latest in Louisiana. This week, Trump will just wish he were dead.
70% of Americans say Trump’s actions tied to Ukraine were wrong, and more and more of those Americans are Republican, so Donald and the Trumpers take the scam on the road to attempt to create a firewall. The Republicans are in disarray on Ukraine, on Marie Yovanovitch and soon on the military, and Marie Yovanovitch might be the last time riding and dying with Donald Trump manages to carry any moral weight with anyone.
Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman wanted to have a correct transcript of Trump’s Ukraine call, but so far we haven’t actually seen any transcript, reconstructed, doctored or otherwise. The “new” first conversation with the Ukraine President wasn’t “new” or even the “conversation” they had, but kind of the one his staff hoped Trump would have. The effort put into searching for a G7 site turned out to be lies with Doral a ringer thrown in at the last moment.
Mike Pompeo can’t lie enough to please Trump, while Pence aide Jennifer Williams finds she can’t lie anymore. Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham wonders why people don’t take note of those plenty of times she told the truth. Kurt Volker made plenty of truthful testimony to Congress, just not in comparison to other witnesses. It turns out that Adam Schiff is picky about those things.
Fri, 15 November 2019
Want pizzazz? Look, rest assured that David Waldman would cover “Agent Penis” if clicks were the only issue, but they’re not. Richard Nixon is finally going to jail, and from the looks of it Tricky Dick is hot on his heels, so there’s plenty of pizzazz out there today, if that’s what you’re looking for, but you come to KITM to get the story behind the pizzazz, the “pizzazz plus” if you will:
So, maybe Kyiv doesn’t rhyme with “Steve”, maybe it rhymes with “Styeve”... Anyhow, a second U.S. Embassy staffer is stepping up to say they witnessed Trump and Gordon Sondland’s very loud restaurant conversation over there.
In Saud-owned Arabia, the government is the leading Twitter user. Whoever’s in second place is in a lot of trouble.
A federal appeals court order allows Congress to seek eight years of Trump’s tax records. The Supreme Court could hear the case, pass on hearing the case, or as David reminds us, could declare whatever 5 of them wanted to.
Lev Parnas, whom Trump hardly knows, discussed Ukraine with Trump personally. Parnas had Trump straws, cell phones and lots of cash when the FBI picked him up. One of Parnas’ earlier suckers wants his money back.
Thu, 14 November 2019
Pizzazz! That’s what was missing from yesterday’s first public impeachment hearing. Ok, boomers in their day got by on a tiny bit less zing, but today’s “now” generation demands that moxie. David Waldman spoils us with another razzle-dazzle filled KITM:
Abby the Doorbell called in to review yesterday’s hearings, but as usual left the door ajar so Greg Dworkin ended up getting in and drowning her out:
Republicans did try to steer away from tedious facts, but one look at George Kent could tell you he wasn’t going there, and neither did the Democrats. The zestiest testimony was of William Taylor Jr, talking about Gordon Sondland’s call to Donald Trump from a restaurant in Kiev (which rhymes with “Steve”, and therefore is now spelled “Kyiv”). (Everyone in the restaurant, Kyiv, Ukraine, and Moscow listened in.)
By the way, Boris Johnson blocked a report about his big Russian donors.
Other than being caught and going to federal prison, probably Roger Stone’s greatest regret is missing out on rat f’ing the Ukraine investigation.
The State Department punished one of their employees because they thought she was born in Iran. George Bush got to send “enemy combatants” to Gitmo so why can’t Trump… even if they are migrant children enemies of Trump’s?
Wed, 13 November 2019
We understand you could be watching the Impeachment hearings right at this moment, and we know you have many podcast choices available to you, so on behalf of the crew and capt. David Waldman, thank you for flying KITM:
Today, Donald Trump will hang with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. (Well, not literally. Maybe someday.) Who knows what they’ll be talking about. Really, who knows… what language do they even speak? Trump is developing into a moran, and a moron, and a maroon. However, Ivanka exceeds the five-year plan goals, by creating 14 million jobs... for China maybe.
What? Stephen Miller is a white nationalist? So, Ilhan Omar, and just about everyone in the world picked up on the subtle clues, huh? OK, then. That, and he wrote it out in emails. Next you’ll tell me he’s really bald. Unlike his hair, Miller’s not leaving soon. He’s the brains and soulless-soul of this White House. The South might still rise again.
Greg Dworkin asks Donald how’s that chaos working for him now? The cage is getting a little tight for Trump’s White House rats, and is getting tighter by the minute as voters watch the hearings, and Roger Stone’s trial. As Donald remains infallible, only his supporters can let him down. Lindsey Graham begs us to look away.
Is anyone paying attention in the White House? Does anyone there care about what is happening anymore? Mina Chang made it into the senior levels of the Trump administration on an almost completely fictional résumé including yet another fake Time magazine cover, and who cared?
Up and coming resume-padding jet-setting, gun-porning, pseudo-evangelical, Maria Butina-level dot-connector, serial entrepreneur Christianné L Allen is home schooling and flying to California and "interning" in New York and starting a marijuana business and reality TV show in Nevada and is la porte-parole for Rudy Giuliani… Did she stun’em at Scaramucci’s Hunt & Fish Club?
Tue, 12 November 2019
David Waldman presents KITM’s Carefully Curated Content Tuesday:
David gives an A for effort to the surprisingly plausible, highly improbable paths people find to remove Donald Trump from office. One might work someday! If Trump ever leaves the Presidency, New York courts could be a problem. For the moment, however, Donald continues to fight corruption around the world. No one wants to help him, but he’ll make do, and his friends will make money, Russia will thrive, and if you don’t love it, leave it.
Rudy Giuliani’s buttocks, endowed with his greatest share of technical aptitude, attempted to transmit an internet password to a journalist, which ended up revealing another member of the Colludy Clan—Charles Gucciardo, along with the multi-talented jet-setting, gun-porning, pseudo-evangelical, Butina-level dot-connector, Christianné L Allen.
Mon, 11 November 2019
For quite some time now, Greg Dworkin has been chanting “Build the wall! And... my patio!” at a not-so-secret, or even remotely quiet society of masons. The whole gang skyped in today to help count down those moments before the impeachment public hearings are gaveled in.
When Presidential Apprentice goes primetime on Wednesday, they need to remember their audience. Republicans will bring the conspiracy theories, the witch hunts, and the stupid, but that isn’t what most people will be tuning in for. It’s up to the hearings to answer the questions the public wants answered. Trump would rather have a parade.
Republicans in disarray™: Peter King figures now is as good as time as any to hop ship and swim for shore. Chuck Schumer will miss his BFF. The remaining rats start to eye each other. It’s Mick Mulvaney vs. the Bolton faction, the suburban vs. the rural base. The Democrats are okay with this.
We told you those Giuliani boys were up to no good. The Colludy Clan keeps adding members. Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas, then David Correia, and Charles Gucciardo, and now, connecting all of them and more: Christianné L Allen!
Fri, 8 November 2019
On your way to West Coast Cookbook & Speakeasy, but want to nosh on something tasty first? David Waldman wheels out the Friday KITM Smörgåsbord. (Pass on that giant assortment of conspiracy theories Republicans swallow every day.)
A Fox reporter cherry-picks three words to write an entire article. Byron York smells nothing wrong here. Three other words, “Quid pro quo”, were fun words to say last week, but note that extortion and bribery are exactly what’s going on here.
Lev Parnas and David Correia, arrested for campaign-finance law violations, missed their chance to produce Fraud Guarantee infomercials starring pal/employee/boss/coconspirator Rudy Colludy Guliani. Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman got assistance from/screwed a major Trump ally in their attempt to escape the Feds.
As for the impeachment inquiry, John (not Michael) Bolton is putting up a bit more of a fight than expected. The House pulled their subpoena for Bolton’s aid Charles Kupperman, maybe to avoid the Republican rope-a-dope. The judge on the case, Richard Leon, isn’t in the same hurry. Fiona (not Apple) Hill’s deposition is now public and will be the talk of the weekend. William (not Roseanne) Barr might have to pick between Trump and going to hell. (Roseanne’s already there.)
Women were the first Trump whistleblowers. The equal rights amendment is within reach. The blue wave is rising into 2020. On the other hand, a quarter of all federal appellate judges have been appointed by Trump in his efforts to pave the way for a Christian Genius Billionaire dynasty.
Thu, 7 November 2019
Can you keep a secret?
Donald is out purporting again. Now he says he almost saved Matt Bevin in Kentucky… or maybe he saved Kentucky from Matt Bevin? Whatever you’ll buy is whatever he’s selling. Kentucky Republicans would try to steal the election even if Andy Beshear had a 30 point lead. Juli Briskman credits the entire Trump administration for electing her. Libertarians came for the tears.
Donald Trump told William Barr to go on TV and tell people he was innocent. Barr wouldn’t and Trump is furious that you’d ever accuse him of doing that. Trump’s next move is to tell William Barr to proclaim he was innocent of that... whatever “that” is.
Democrats hurry the Impeachment process along, but where are they in a hurry to get to? Now that public hearings are heading this way, what will this next phase look like for Democrats? What about Republicans?
The Obama administration was having some pretty cool “PC” meetings about... process control… provisional chairs? petty cash? Oh... “principals committee”!
Wed, 6 November 2019
Grab your second wind listening to today’s KITM, with our Wednesday crew, David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, and Joan McCarter:
Greg rounds up all of the Gop losses at the polls. You’d think all of this embarrassment would slow down Donald Trump a bit, but remember, Trump just gets worse. That’s ok, because when he does, we just get more motivated. The Middle Suburb counties in places like Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are flipping away from Trump. Already, Andy Beshear’s election has turned around some of Trump’s Medicare sabotage. Who knows how we’ll ever recover from Donald’s and Moscow Mitch’s judicial infestation, though.
Oh, also yesterday, Gordon Sondland produced the smoking quid pro quo. On cue, Lindsey Graham bulls-eyed his fainting couch and Don Jr. pulled the fire alarm. Soon, the public will hear from more patriots, and more judges, maybe even Supreme Court judges, if they want to really dirty their robes. Next up: Kurt Volker, who has some explaining, and maybe some re-explaining to do. If you are Republican, you really don’t have to explain anything.
Bomb techs are getting tired of disarming bombs underneath rich asses.
Tue, 5 November 2019
Mon, 4 November 2019
Greg Dworkin reports winning spin wars are easier for those spinning the least. Trump makes his long-awaited pivot from “no quid pro quo!”, to “quid pro quo, so?”… to making it #1 on his list of accomplishments. Can’t he see that this makes him look like a lying, hypocritical, moronic criminal? Wait… Can’t he see? Maybe Trump is only able to see conspiracies and his own bad faith projections anymore. Newly revealed Mueller memos show the Ukraine fiasco was all about Russia. It is all, all about Russia. What was Jared Kushner whispering to Mohammad bin Salman from inside his pocket? Iran is caught violating the agreement we reneged on. Intimidation, obstruction and hypocrisy do march on, but so does the rule of law.
Greg reminds us that polls are our friend... our annoying geeky friend. Presently, Biden leads Trump by a little in battleground states, Warren trails Trump by a little, and thus the “electability” argument in a nutshell. Beto couldn’t find enough of the the middle, Biden might have found enough, but the middle keeps moving as voters begin to understand the candidates. Meanwhile, Gop Senators are forced to play defense.
Fri, 1 November 2019
David Waldman is on the road again, going places he’s never been, seeing things that he may never see again, etc. Don’t worry! He recorded a KITM for today. In fact, he recorded it before yesterday’s show and throughout that show was dying to tell us about this show because it was so cool:
Hey, remember the million times David warned you not to believe what the Donald Trump White House purports until such purportation produces paperwork? How about the several times David warned you that no proof exists that the Ukraine money promised to Ukraine was ever paid? Well, here’s proof that your tax dollars had to work extra hard to get into Ukrainian hands.
It looks like the FBI has a lot on Brett Kavanaugh that they could’ve told you, but that pathetic SOB cried so much the last time, they just didn’t have the heart. Congress might delay spending talks until… things are less partisan.
Thu, 31 October 2019
Booooo! It’s Halloween... Greg Undead Dworkin and David Cobweb Waldman slowly rise from the mid-morning mists to unshackle today’s “KITM ‘s Witching Hour and 58 Minutes.” Let’s see what they’ve... dug up... shall we?
Ah, but the US is getting it done. The House of Representatives passed a resolution today that formalizes the next steps in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump. Donald says BOO! and Republicans leap in terror. It was pretty much a “divided” vote, as that kind of vote usually is, so media, smarten up on that.
Twitter decides based on principal, not money ( there wasn’t much money) to drop political advertising. Gop senators decide based on money, not principal. Donald Trump looks at money without principals.
The minute they saw the President did something wrong, his staff stood right up and hid all of the evidence. They will all have to face the truth eventually. John Bolton will testify. There are four more impeachment depositions scheduled for Monday.
By the way, the actions of Fruman and Parnas are part of the same activities being investigated in the impeachment inquiry. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, except for the subpoenas and arrests and stuff. Once they have Jeff Epstein’s cell tidied up, Igor can move right in.
Wed, 30 October 2019
It’s Wednesday, it’s impeachment, and it’s David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, and Joan McCarter!
Yesterday’s attempted Gop smear of Lt. Col. Vindman collapsed in ineptitude. Not even Liz Cheney could summon up the requisite nastiness. Vindman’s testimony makes clear how Trump’s interests aren’t the US’s. Trump’s followers wonder what that has to do with them.
Now that everyone has their popcorn and sat down, Democrats can start the public phase of their investigations. Matt Gaetz goes back into the toolbox, and yet Moscow Mitch and the gang still aren’t happy. Did Republicans ever wonder what would happen when the Clinton impeachment reached the Senate? Still, the panic is beginning to set in for the Gop, and they just might shut it all down for a breather.
Until then, it will just get worse for them. The White House ignored the Pentagon’s warning on Ukraine funding (Who knows, they might still have not sent funds). The former special advisor to Ukraine, Christopher Anderson, is testifying today that John Bolton was warning about Rudy Colludy Giuliani. A former service officer will testify that former Gop congressman Robert Livingston was pulling strings in Ukraine, and the one guy who really should be worrying is Jared Kushner… maybe he is, can anyone really tell?
Meanwhile, we get ever closer to the day we throw the bums out. An inner-city group tackles a key Democratic need, turning out black voters. And, Elizabeth Warren keeps climbing, now with Democratic activists.
Tue, 29 October 2019
Another day, another day closer to… something, but what? David Waldman pulls up the KITM GPS:
Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council and impeachment witness from central casting, reported for duty at Capitol Hill in his dress blues today, causing a run on purple heart band-aids around DC. Trumpers find it suspect that a former Ukrainian would speak Ukrainian. Trump finds it suspect that witnesses witness. Nancy Pelosi likes witnesses, and presently is nailing down those goalposts the Republicans keep running off with.
You’d think the White House photographer could put a piece of gaffer tape up on the wall behind himself, so everyone would have the same thing to look at. You’d think Trump could lie better, considering he owes his success and survival only to lying. For the last few years, Trump’s bald-orange-faced, very inept lying has been enabled and supported by both-sideist media, leaving the sole solution available laughing in his face. The media, of course, reacted to the public reclaiming their power by turning their false-equivalency fire hoses onto the public.
Mon, 28 October 2019
Halloween’s coming to KITM and David Waldman and Greg Dworkin try out their sexy progressive costumes to bring us today’s boos and the news:
ISIS Leader al-Baghdadi has been killed, and just like Jason and Michael, it just feels good, no matter how many times we kill him. This time Donald Trump got to kill him, just like he did Bin Laden. Trump made his long-awaited pivot to the Presidency by refraining from kicking al-Baghdadi’s skull around on live TV like a soccer ball.
To allow folks to further celebrate in his victory, Trump showed up at the World Series Game 5 matchup between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals. Donald, of course, brought his boy with him (he left Barron at home), so you can imagine how the two felt when they discovered the Libs were also allowed to buy tickets to this event. Then, right up there on the Jumbotron, fans watched as Trump had his ass viciously bitten by his very own brand. Tears were shed for the loss of Democratic innocence.
The horror continues for Republicans attempting to shield Trump, as impeachment creeps closer. The latest polling should scare those betting Gop even more. But remember, Trump’s madness isn’t enough to doom him in 2020. At the moment, Joe Biden doesn’t have a lot that can frighten him. Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash’s fear of Biden spread to Rudy Colludy and Trump, and their boss/henchman/fanboy Lev Parnas.
Fri, 25 October 2019
You’re traveling through another dimension. A dimension as esoteric as House rules and procedures, of abstruse conceptualizations between abiogenesis and cloture, polynomials and filibusters... There’s a signpost up ahead! No, that’s just David Waldman bringing us another Friday KITM:
Credulous hack in glasses, Hugh Hewitt, misuses terms he should have learned in law school to try to look smart. David also went to law school, and took notes. So, now all of us except Hugh know what “admission against interest” is, and the proper use of the hearsay rule. We’re going to need more than that to understand the role of the OMB in withholding Ukrainian aid. (It could still be withheld as far as we know—always demand the paperwork!) Multiple federal inspectors general generally agree, William Barr blocking Trump’s whistleblower from Congress was out of line.
Dumber Hugh Hewitt without glasses, Sean Hannity, is revealed to have been heading out to Vienna with Rudy Colludy’s henchmen/bosses Parnas & Fruman to meet Ukraine’s corrupt prosecutor on the same night William Barr met with Rupert Murdoch. Trump probably had a backup to Rudy, Kash Patel, the author of the secret memo accusing Russia investigators of bias. And now, slotted right between impeachment acquittal and the 2020 elections, William Barr’s own-the-libs Alt-right extravaganza. Or not. Always demand the paperwork.
Thu, 24 October 2019
Wed, 23 October 2019
Chaos! But the good kind for once, brought to you, and David Waldman, on today’s KITM. First Stephen Andrew—DarkSyde —Steven Andrew at DailyKos, etc. called in on Greg Dworkin’s phone at 9 o’clock to talk about the weather. No worries, Greg was actually right there with Stephen, but didn’t want to interrupt…
Greg was set to talk about Bill Taylor’s punch-in-the-gut, devastating new testimony, that surely will, maybe… well, every little bit counts, maybe. Bill Taylor tells lawmakers Ukraine aid was directly tied to investigations. Donald Trump immediately said the opposite, a dotard mind trick often used to escape crimes.
Impeachment support keeps growing, now reaching 55% on Syria news. Ah, but Donald has it all figured out. No one can impeach him if there is no one there to impeach him! Joan McCarter points out that it is government shutdown season, and Trump already had plans for it.
Tue, 22 October 2019
It’s Tuesday and David Waldman is back!
Well, not “back”, as he was “here” all along... Not “here”, actually, more like “there”... Although, he’s probably not “there” anymore, it’s lunch time... As a matter of fact, it all depends on when you read this...
Trump's judicial nominee Steven Menashi is also hampered by imprecise language. After all, who really knows what a “ghetto party” with toy guns and afro wigs really is? Donald Trump says investigating his crimes isn’t “like” lynching, Donald Trump says investigating his crimes is lynching. David reminds us to not believe anything Trump says until he shows you proof. The Constitution is right there in print, but Donald doesn’t believe it, however.
Sometimes, to understand fully what a person is all about, you just have to listen to them. If you can’t take too much of that, skip it, and just listen to David’s Trump voice performance and be thankful you don’t have to attend every meeting with that Dotard.
More witnesses come forward to attest Donald doesn’t know the meaning of “no”, “go away”, or “What the fuck are you doing, coming into my room?” He apparently always needs his hands to figure out dress sizes, bra materials, or whether he can lift some woman with one hand.
Around the world: Iraq says American troops leaving Syria, some, they assume, are good people, can not stay there. Swiss government usually runs like a very nice watch, but a nationwide referendum was turned back to 2016 on the grounds that voters were not given full information. KITM supporter Parleo tells us that over in Catalonia, which is over in Spain, an American resident faces deportation, accused of terrorism, jihadism and human trafficking, shortly after they caught him with his nuts in a flag.
Mon, 21 October 2019
Such a hubbub this weekend! Mick Mulvaney, for one is certainly is having a hard time getting over it. Mulvaney’s three rationalisations for Ukraine’s quid pro quo might need to be exchanged before next weekend. Now, The Trump National Doral won’t be hosting the June G7 summit, forcing a switch to the “B” location, Lev Parnas’ basement... and Greg Dworkin’s wonderdog, Abby the doorbell, had a cousin crashing over. All of this, but nothing can stop Greg and David Waldman’s early Monday appointment to set us on our way right:
Trump’s reelection bid is weak and getting weaker, bolstered only by the vast wealth of his donors and his keen fear of going to jail. There are two kinds of Trump voters, the kind that doesn’t mind the pile of bodies on 5th Ave, and the ones feeling those heebie-jeebies seeing what’s coming out of the woodwork. Donald Trump is searching for a third kind, people so Trumpy they haven’t been able to find even one voting booth in their life. Want insight into this strategy of fracking your base to extract just enough winning votes? David suggests watching the movie Brexit. Meanwhile, in the UK, people are finally catching on.
Sunny Isles, Florida, has kept its kitsch even after gaining 6 Trump towers and the Russian mob.
Fri, 18 October 2019
Too much news! Alas, only one David Waldman for today’s KITM.
“Like two kids in a lot, you gotta let them fight” is of course, piss-poor parenting. Now Donald Trump, who never was a parent, somehow ended up becoming the nightmare stepfather of civilization, so therefore he let one kid rape, stone to death and generally clean out the other kids this week.
For decades, Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani played the rusty trombone of Z-list celebrity, leading that big Roy Cohn/Stanley Friedman-corrupt parade out from New York City to eventually take over our Republic, and... here we are.
OK, what hit the fan yesterday? Well, Mick Mulvaney showed expected grace under pressure during his statement/not a statement about “quid pro quo”. Rick Perry pointed at Donald, pointed at Rudy, said it’s been cool, and is out of here. William Barr hopes to Sergeant Schultze his way out of this mess, and Michael McKinley… he just wishes there wasn’t so much politics.
Rudy Colludy’s pal Igor Fruman foiled dyslectics while making $100K in illegal campaign donations.
Thu, 17 October 2019
Elijah Cummings, patriot and fighter for civil rights at least since he hit double digits, passed away way too soon at 68. At the moment, Donald Trump can’t think of anything bad to say about him… but the day’s young.
David Waldman and Greg Dworkin rejoice in Cumming’s life and career, and lament about Donald Trump’s today.
Weakling, fool, and destined to be looked on forever as a devil, Trump pleads with Recep Erdoğan not to follow him down that path. Erdoğan isn’t listening. Hopefully, the big cheese over in Italy wasn’t listening either. Donald Trump has run out of Hells he is not going to, now that he’s losing evangelical Christians over his slaughter of Kurds.
Everything is melting down for Trump, as Rick Perry begins his swirl around the Ukraine drain. The Club for Growth accuses Mitt Romney of being a secret asset in collusion, but have yet to find his Ukraine or Putin link.
As Nancy Pelosi can tell you, “all roads lead to Putin”. On the other hand… Trump’s hands are small, but they are the only ones that are dirty here, and voters know it, even Republican ones. Will corporate women vote “corporate” or “woman” when voting for Elizabeth Warren?
Ian Reifowitz, author of The Tribalization of Politics: How Rush Limbaugh's Race-Baiting Rhetoric on the Obama Presidency Paved the Way for Trump, pops in to promote a book, Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America, by Ian Haney López. You should pick up both today, as the Ians’ ideas and conclusions dovetail nicely. Instead of allowing those in power to pit racism against classism, Democrats have an opportunity to clearly show they can improve the lives of large numbers of Americans, adding to their base of voters while drawing again from the middle. How about “We'll cut your taxes and guarantee your health care” for a start?
Or, you could be a Trump insider trader.
Wed, 16 October 2019
Well, we blew it. Donald Trump noticed no one ever even read him his rights, so now there can be no impeachment. Not only that, but he’s now allowed to call double-impeach backsies on Pelosi, Schiff, Clinton, Obama, Maddow, etc.
David Waldman has an “opposing opinion”, of course, which he brings up on today’s KITM, along with the Wednesday help of Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter:
A trio of schmegeggies might finally get their share of the tsuris. The recently resigned Mike Pompeo advisor Michael McKinley is testifying today. Former ambassador Kurt Volker makes a surprise return. John Bolton will soon get his say. The line starts here. Here’s why Trump wants a House vote on impeachment. Oh, and ProPublica reveals never-before-seen Trump tax documents, showing a set of books for the tax guy and a set for the lender.
Alas, all Trump people are mentally ill to some level. Trump advisor Peter Navarro often quotes his invisible friend. Rudy Colludy, Donald’s bag man, also ran errands for Recep Erdoğan. Democrats are torn over whether to tear Giuliani a new one.
The Democrats don’t have a frontrunner. Shouldn’t they be doing something about that? Joan found about a dozen of them on TV last night, and took notes. She recommends staying out of fights and on topic, preferably healthcare.
In international, sort of, news: A couple of Brits drove around a moose or something and were captured by ICE along with their 3 month old. And, Donald Trump tried to introduce, Maury Povich style, a UK couple to the woman that ran over their son.
Tue, 15 October 2019
“Top News” honors this morning go to the bombshells coming out of Fiona Hill’s deposition, as opposed to the bum shills being kicked out of it. The White House did its usual song and dance to try to prevent it from going forward, but Hill had an actual lawyer, and they weren’t having it.
Speaking of bombshells, it turns out that Turkey may end up with more—50 more, to be exact—than they had going into this disaster in Syria. And that’s if we’re lucky. But don’t worry, it’s just loose nukes within reach of 11,000 newly-freed ISIS prisoners, and Rick Perry and Mike Pompeo are on the job!
What a time to have no Secretary of Homeland Security, eh?
Mon, 14 October 2019
David Waldman leads us on a in-depth discussion of Columbus Day... Indigenous Peoples' Day… Canadian Thanksgiving Day. Whatever you celebrate, you probably didn’t get the day off. No one gets a day off from Donald Trump, except maybe Donald Trump. He certainly must have figured a way out of having to live with himself.
David connects some more Ukraine-Trump-Lev Parnas-Dmytro Firtash-Giuliani dots. Rudy took Lev to a funeral, that surprisingly was neither of theirs. So much of this scheming spun around former Ukraine Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, which might explain that hairstyle.
Fiona Hill was the White House’s former top adviser on Russia, so she might as well never bothered to come in to work. Apparently she did, though, therefore she showed up today at the Capitol to testify in the ongoing impeachment inquiry.
Susan Collins’ delicate sensibilities were chafed by a constituent who hopes she retires to a quiet, offense-free future. Speaking about winning Maine, Eric Posman brings another in a series of Senate Snippets™ audio missives explaining the how and why.
Fri, 11 October 2019
Thu, 10 October 2019
Today, David Waldman is joined by Greg Dworkin, (The “Hugh Brannum” of KITM), along with Greg’s wonderdog Abby (Woof!), to cover the latest consequences of enabling Donald Trump (Rough!). In fact, it has become fatal for Kurds in Turkey. Will “Many will die, but not me!” look good on a red cap? (Ralph!) America First makes us a loser everywhere.
Of course, Trump despises reality, and the impeachment inquiry has become a little too real for him and his lawyers. In other obstruction of justice news, Trump tried to make Rex Tillerson make the Justice Department drop a case against Rudy Giuliani’s Iranian-Turkish client. Now, we ain’t saying he’s a gold trader… Actually yes, that, and more. We’ve also been telling you those Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman guys were up to no good, and we were right.
U.S. billionaires are now paying a lower tax rate than the working class. Hopefully someone has a plan to fix that... Elizabeth Warren is rising in the polls, but it isn’t because Joe Biden is dropping, Joe just might have quit going up. (Roof!)
Wed, 9 October 2019
It seems like just a matter of time before Donald Trump pops his baggy suit inside out, revealing a brigadier general outfit, his hair into a helmet, and commandeers a jeep out of DC... but it just doesn’t feel soon enough.
Meanwhile, David Waldman has the whole day blocked off to work out his thoughts concerning another Big Guy with Great and Unmatched Wisdom he knows, but as usual could not resist putting together a little something for us:
The US pulling out of both Syria and the Open Skies Treaty would be the best birthday present for Vladimir Putin. Recep Erdoğan could hardly wait to open his present. For those not presently dying on a Turkish battlefield, Trump’s Ukraine call was one of the scariest things they have witnessed. Ukraine’s former Prosecutor General, Yuri Lutsenko funneled vital potential witness Konstantin Kilimnik to Russia before Robert Mueller could get to him. The scramble to escape Ukraine began the moment Trump hung up the phone.
Tue, 8 October 2019
Yom Kippur is coming up, and shortly David Waldman will need to take time to atone for sins Rick Perry prompted him into over the course of this year. We still might get a pre-sundown pre-recorded KITM by tomorrow, but today we get a brand-new live-to-AIFF file KITM!
And, that’s good, because as fast as the Ukraine dots get sprayed in the news, David is here to connect them for us. David encouraged us to look at the bigger picture in the Ukrainian con, and to always follow the money... and the liquified natural gas pipelines, to better understand that if there’s corruption in the world, Donald Trump needs a piece of it. Gordon Sondland, founder and chairman of Provenance Hotels, big Republican donor, and United States Ambassador to the EU, was blocked at 12:30 this morning from appearing before the House. Adam Schiff finds that contemptible, although not in so many words. Bill Taylor, ambassador replacement for the too-smart Marie Yovanovitch, attempted some intelligent behavior of his own with Sondland to build his CYA paper trail, bandying about “quid pro quo” and such, to which Gordon replied “Ixnay with the extays already”.
Yesterday, Trump purported to pull forces out of Syria, a big surprise to the Pentagon, and the people stuck in Syria. Today, Donald announced he’ll have Turkey’s president over for Thanksgiving dinner, during which Trump will discover how they stole American jobs.
More dots in search of lines: Would you have guessed that “a tireless self-promoter of mysterious means” was responsible for getting lovebirds Donald and Melania together? Jeffrey Epstein’s girlfriend, pedophile procurrer (alleged), and philanthropist (alleged), Ghislaine Maxwell attempts to fade away. The head of the US Department of Transportation generally only meets with Kentuckians for some reason.
Mon, 7 October 2019
Monday. Another day and… hey, another day? We’re all still here! Donald Phumpher Trump laid in bed with various bowls and spoons and switchers and didn’t get around to completely wiping out everything this weekend...
Well, except for the Kurds. They are out of luck, again. (And again, and again.) Donald just might be a professional wrestling hero, or a cartoon villain, but former Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk knows he’s no Commander-in-Chief. Even Lindsey Graham took a second to pop his head out and complain about Trump’s Syria policy. Time to sign the #3 Trump Tower deal.
David Waldman is joined by Greg Dworkin to play Jenga with Trump’s house of cards:
You knew Rick Perry would turn up eventually on Presidential Apprentice. (Place those bets on now on Ben Carson!) Who would have guessed Donald Trump’s search for corruption in Ukraine would turn up Donald Trump? Well, KITM listeners, probably. Liquid natural gas is at the heart of the Ukraine scandal.
A judge orders the White House to preserve records of Trump’s dealings with foreign leaders, because really, who would trust that guy? Still, no one can expect the Office of Legal Counsel to fix this mess. So, you should vote, especially if you happen to be in Virginia. And, there’s impeachment, a popular solution.
Fri, 4 October 2019
If you are just waking up you’ve got 25 pages of must reading to do. Nah, lay back down, they printed it mostly sideways… In fact, go ahead and close your eyes. As always, David Waldman is here to read the important parts to us:
Gym Jordan told us Kurt Volker’s deposition undercut Donald Trump’s impeachment case. The released deposition however undercut Gym Jordan’s, and Trump’s believability, spelling out lies, election interference and extortion in Ukraine.
Donald Trump isn’t denying any allegation, by the way. In fact, his plan is to repeat any crime over and over, until it doesn’t seem like a crime anymore. Meanwhile, as the fringe moves into the mainstream, people like Kurt Volker and the Ukraine Ambassador are pushed out. Republicans forget their support for Joe Biden’s Ukraine reforms and embrace the crazy. Rudy Colludy consulted with imprisoned Paul Manafort on Ukraine. Lindsey Graham accuses Australia of being a deep state puppet. Australia rejects that characterisation.
Stuck between Russia and the US, Ukraine shrugs its shoulders and puts a Hunter Biden-related case on the docket. President Zelensky has already implemented Vlad and Donald’s Steinmeier formula, and the local fascists have been cued to light their torches.
North Korea found some time between very beautiful letters to produce a submarine deliverable nuclear missile.
Thu, 3 October 2019
David Waldman and Greg Dworkin present a bullshit-free KITM, that is yet somehow completely full of it:
Donald Trump frantically, and I mean frantically is shovelling bullshit over his crimes. He calls the non-verbatim Ukraine meeting transcript word-for-word, which is of course… you know. Trump reminds us that Mike Pence’s Ukraine discussions were also perfect, and Mike’s aides back him up. Therefore, Pence is up to his ears in it. And remember, when considering Ukraine and Trump: Once a bullshitter, always a bullshitter. Journalists reflect on how they ignored the smell for so long. Are neophyte lawyers attracted to this Whitehouse, or is this Whitehouse attracted to neophytes?
By the way, Rebekah Mercer and Steven K G Bannon started this Biden bullshit a while ago. Peter Schweizer’s Biden book lifted sections from Wikipedia and other sources. Rudy Colludy tries to bullshit the bullshitters with forged Whitehouse stationary. Australia won’t be helping Lindsey Graham shovel. Rand Paul might love Putin more than Trump.
Now you can put complete bullshit in your Facebook ad, once you put cash in Facebook’s pocket.
Wed, 2 October 2019
It’s a scum of the earth gold rush! William Barr, John Durham, Sebastian Gorka, Mike Pompeo are in Italy with Steve Bannon panning for scum. Rudy, Mooch, Huckabee, Schlapp and other two-bit conmen keep mining the scum in Ukraine, in hopes that it hasn’t been completely tapped out.
Of course, this did not start in Ukraine. Of course, it started in Florida. David Waldman isn’t here today, but pretended he was yesterday, in order to record today’s KITM… to introduce us to the two Ukrainian-Floridian con men perfectly set to hustle marks just like Giuliani and Trump.
It has already been established that Donald Trump is a mentally unstable, dotardiling, sociopathic nitwit, therefore adding that he wants to shoot migrants in the legs and feed them to alligators might be considered a moot point at this time.
Tue, 1 October 2019
Dearest Abigail, so much has come to pass since our last correspondence—I was made almost deaf from the bombshells that pinned back Ol’ Bonespur’s troops as of late! Shall the battle of Ukrainium One be that “Great Pivot” all have talked about? Surely... only time, David Waldman and Greg Dworkin can tell us of this:
William Barr, Mike Pompeo, and Rudy Giuliani scour the world in search of dirt on absolutely anyone other than Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin (while checking for some nice extradition-free retirement digs) The Federalist lies to us, and liars use the the Federalist to lie to us. Other than that, the Gop has no plan for Trump’s defence, other than lots of money. Oh, and more lies, lots more lies.
Mon, 30 September 2019
David Waldman, as an observant podcaster, is out celebrating International Podcast Day, and we hope a good and sweet Rosh HaShanah. Of course, he pre-recorded a brand-new KITM for today. We can’t miss one of those in these crazy times!
How crazy? How about the whistleblower requesting federal witness protection from the US President, who is “into having Democrats executed, and threatening Civil War” kind of crazy? That’s pretty crazy! Streetcorner Lunatic-in-Chief Donald Trump harrassed Ukraine with conspiracy theories that he actually seems to believe. Kurt Volker quit after he realized he operated under the delusion that he operated in a sane world. Reporters missed the Ukraine story because they too assumed that nothing so deranged would be ever allowed to happen. It took a student paper to step back far enough to see the cuckoo forest for the trees.
The Democratic caucus was able to move forward rapidly on impeachment because, well, this insanity has been going on for a couple of years now. The Ukraine whistleblower wasn’t the first one, and won’t be the last. Oh, and you weren’t imagining things: The NRA sure was a “Foreign Asset” To Russia ahead of 2016.
Fri, 27 September 2019
How serious is the impeachment situation? So serious that Greg Dworkin was back again for yet another special edition of KITM. On a Friday!
So, are we narrowing the focus and speeding things up, or could we be keeping the door open to further inquiry, after all? “We’ll see what happens.” Gop operatives, taking Trump’s lead, start trying to spin the whistleblower as a spy. What else can they do, after Chris Christie—who’s toast—says Trump’s only in trouble if he asked for a favor and sought dirt on Joe Biden? Well, they could accept all the blame for enabling Trump all along, but that seems unlikely.
Hillary Clinton’s in good company, with Jimmy Carter.
Adam Schiff says burying incriminating evidence on double-secret servers isn’t the White House’s only trick.
Team Trump tried to smear the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine as part of their plot, but it seems there are more ambassadors out there who’ll be tainted in this mess.
Could this news be the end of the “we can’t legislate on guns because impeachment” talking point?
Thu, 26 September 2019
(Note: A big thank you to the Washington DC scandal production staff for placing their super crazy stuff in the morning per our request, but for our cross-promotion to work, the “As predicted on KITM” bug will need to appear on the lower right after each break.)
It’s all moving fast. David Waldman and Greg Dworkin catch us up on the latest news, while we all watch news in the making today. Yesterday, the White House released the “not verbatim” transcript of a call with Ukraine’s President. Today we read the Whistleblower’s complaint, which is about… COLLUSION. Also, extortion, bribery and various henchcraft by William Barr. Of course, this wasn’t the first time Trump pulled this, so the Administration just threw the transcript into their handy cover-up file. David and Greg look into a strategy of a narrow vs. wide investigation going forward. And, we’ve only just begun digging into the revelations, everything from threats to diplomats to QAnon style conspiracies. Then there’s Donald Trump. He must have some genius chess move he’ll soon reveal. Donald would be worried about swing voters, if he didn’t define those the same way as the New York Times does.
Wed, 25 September 2019
David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter have a lot to cover on today’s KITM. 90’s clothing and t-shirt politics, the Philadelphia Eagles and fire-fighting heroes, medieval vs. Renaissance expertise snark… Oh, and some MFer’s getting an impeachment inquiry! Im-🍑y!
Well, Nancy Pelosi did have something up her sleeve! Or, maybe good timing. Or, this was the last straw. However it got here, the impeachment inquiry is finally here. That’s it, Donald Trump’s base is all riled up and will never vote Democrat after this!
Joan and David discuss why Moscow Mitch agreed to pursue the Ukraine whistleblower complaint. David and Greg discuss the Senate obligation to try an impeachment case. How can Republicans spin, hide from or exploit this?
And then during the show, the Ukraine “transcript” was released. If it seems horrifically incriminating, just wait until you hear what Rudy Giuliani says about it, or whoever next is thrown under the bus tonight. Of course, the Ukraine shares the same fear as Trump… Vladimir Putin.
Trump proves he is capable of losing in many fronts simultaneously as he his lawyers try to argue that Donald’s too big to investigate. By this point he is probably wondering why Elizabeth Warren doesn’t just step up and let him go home.
Tue, 24 September 2019
Donald Trump is still trying out a few stories, but it just keeps getting worse for him. Trump shut down aid to Ukraine before calling, to make sure they knew he meant business. John Lewis gets behind impeachment. Republicans get out from behind Trump. Donald suggests the electric chair.
Maybe Nancy Pelosi was playing 7 dimensional chess after all. The 7 op-ed writers were freshmen, and not from comfortably blue districts. Democrats have solid evidence, an easy to communicate scenario, a clear moral to support, a villain’s confession, grassroots demand, and a duty to their country. Voters that have their heart set on voting Trump out can probably do that too.
Donald Trump had a UN speech that no one, including Trump, stayed awake through. Of course Greta Thunberg, a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future, outdid Trump. Boris Johnson was there, but no one was exactly sure why. Boris should leave, prorogation is going away though, and maybe Dominic Cummings too. Tories try out a few stories as well, but it looks as if this might be a good day for democracy all around.
Mon, 23 September 2019
140 weeks of Donald Trump’s asterisk Presidency. For such an asterisk, he is a real mess, and yet really hard to stop. Is it time to open an inquiry into whether to open an inquiry into whether it would be okay to say the “I” word? Or maybe not?
David Waldman and Greg Dworkin’s inquiring minds are ready to tackle all of the above, but first the “P” word… prorogation. The UK will decide this evening, or their morning, on that. Also a concern... Boris Johnson gave close personal attention, and a lot of public funding to an American woman who must have been greatly supportive of the British cause.
Back to us, and our problem. Unfortunately, Donald Trump isn’t just an idiot. He’s way worse than that. The Ukraine call was one of many to cause trouble for Hunter, and of course Joe Biden. But, what Donald Trump did wasn’t bribery, it was worse than that. It wasn’t extortion, it was worse than that...
Fri, 20 September 2019
David Waldman quit using his vocal spray right after the crew added alum to the bottle and his head temporarily shrunk to the size of a golfball... Oh well, his cough is back, but so is David with a special “One Focus Friday” edition of Kagro in the Morning:
Today’s subject is “Donald Trump and treason”, which by the way is almost always the subject. In fact, this particular act of treason will be familiar to Daily Kos readers and KITM listeners. Everybody knew about Rudy Guiliani and Trump were up to no good in Ukraine, but it, of course, it takes a reality show style revelation—a whistle-blower—to get anyone’s attention. Trump told you he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue, shoot somebody and not lose voters, but no one could have guessed how quickly the rest of us would get used to it. There were also many scandals to choose from, so most expected it to be Putin puppetry rather than regular old international bribery and extortion.
Last night, Rudy Guiliani blew his top on cue because he’s paid to be Old Faithful, and blow as much malodorous fog in as many directions as possible. Did it help? Maybe, but soon Adam Schiff, captain of the Democratic Congressional whiffle ball team will have a turn at bat.
What happens when the administration won't tell Congress about a whistleblower complaint regarding the president? Jack Goldsmith of Harvard law school analyzes the situation. Steve Vladeck of the University of Texas analyzes Goldsmith’s analysis. Mieke Eoyang of Lawfare takes a more Congress-centric view. David Waldman tosses us out the top of the ivory tower down to the realpolitik pavement below, which is the only level where William Barr can be found.
Thu, 19 September 2019
Who would be dumb enough to not predict that Donald Trump would say something inappropriate to a foreign leader that would be considered gravely "urgent" by an Intelligence Community Inspector General... even an acting one? The only debate is who the whistleblower is, and if the incident spurred DNI Dan Coats’ departure. Donald would promise/tell anybody anything, so it could be anyone.
Greg Dworkin brings us more Israeli election and US. primary fallout. Benjamin Netanyahu probably was defeated by those many wanna Bibis competing against him in the Israeli 2019 Knesset election. Netanyahu is at the “calls for unity” stage of acceptance. Donald Trump has Benjamin at “coffee boy” status at the moment, but could have him at “never was a fan of his” by the end of the day.
Who is most electable in our Presidential election? Who cares, as long as Trump keeps up his unelectability. Democrats lead Trump by a huge margin with Latino voters. Joe is stronger than we think, but Liz knocks it up a point or two every time we turn around. Bernie… well maybe it is time to start printing off those Bernie 2024 stickers. Don’t become too complacent, however. Trump just returned from fundraisers throughout California so successful, 20 dollar bills were falling from his g-string.
Wed, 18 September 2019
I have no obligation to “summarize” today’s KITM with David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, and Joan McCarter. Okay, it’s right there in my contract. (I would have, anyhow):
Corey Lewandowski spent 6 hours in front of the House Judiciary Committee lobbying hard for the reimplementation of inherent contempt power, but no, maybe someday. If only… if only the Democrats were a bit more “in array”, maybe they’d lead off with their big guns before moving the troops in? Maybe they could even remove Brett Kavanaugh, with a little bit of organization...
Over on the Republican side, crime-fighting, fact-finding, and legislative entities that were supposed to be checks on the president’s power all do his bidding in the service of building a court that will do the same... thanks to Moscow Mitch. Mitch, and of course, money, keep the Republicans tight.
Well, there is still the election, right? The ground is shifting as Arizona emerges as a 2020 trouble spot for Donald Trump. Kyrsten Sinema's victory in 2018 was the first win by an Arizona Democratic since… and her party takes her off at the knees.
So, with more than a year to screw up the presidential election, Democrats have a field led by Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren. One leading the other, the other leading the one, depending on the demographics. Those demographics better include working-class whites if they hope to win.
The man who led commandos into Sweden in an attempt to free fashion icon A$AP Rocky will soon be rewarded with the position of “Mike Pompeo’s coffee boy”. The director of national intelligence (acting) isn’t about to testify before Congress or hand over a whistle-blower complaint, as he reports to a “higher authority”(not #Jesus).
Tue, 17 September 2019
Hmm. Yesterday, the Russians sort of Chernobyled their virus research center containing Ebola, Smallpox, Bird flu, Hepatitis... etc. They assure us that it’s all cool, nothing to worry about… cough, cough.
Well, for the moment as our coughs remain sarcasm-full and blood-free, we should just relax, sit back and listen to David Waldman present an in-depth KITM analysis of the latest news:
Impeachment! Oh, don’t get your hopes up. Three former Trump aides were invited to testify to Jerrold Nadler’s House Judiciary Committee. Two told Jerry to F himself and aren’t coming, while Corey Lewandowski will swing by and tell him in person.
Now, Andrew McCabe, he’s going to jail.
Meanwhile, migrants get “hearings” in “courts” in “tents” in Laredo, Texas. (Probably the tents are real.) A “Presidential directive” keeps you from witnessing anything. Also, a U.S. intelligence whistleblower wants to report an urgent violation of law. Somebody won’t let him. Someone above the level of “Acting!” Director of National Intelligence.
Mon, 16 September 2019
Brett Kavanaugh returns to the news. Actually, more witnesses are finally being heard. The New York Times sees some harmless penile face-thrusting. Donald Trump sees the New York Times’ penis. The FBI help keep the real dick out of sight.
Should Democrats be concerned by a rhetoric gap? On a related note, life will be cursed and you will be blamed for it all if you don’t read this paywalled article.
Is Trump launching a generation of Democrats into the future? Is Donald Democrat’s biggest inspiration right now? For that matter, is Joe Biden dooming Democrat’s future or is he the best representative of Democrat’s present? Will this election be decided, not by swaying independents, but by mining more partisans?
Fri, 13 September 2019
First up, always a crowd pleaser, you get several minutes of David Waldman attempting to pronounce foreign names in a foreign order... David did not watch the Democratic debates last night, but lucky for him and us, he knows someone that did. At the debate, Beto O’Rourke said he is coming for your AR-15s, and Texas Representative Bris Cocaine (R) later stepped up to explain why. Meanwhile, Donald Trump debated reality and lost.
Another guy raising red flags and a weapon is the creator of 3D-printed guns and pedophile sex assaulter Cody Wilson.
It’s official! Canada's 43rd general election is underway!
Thu, 12 September 2019
David Waldman and Greg Dworkin... what are those guys vaping? Well, pretty soon only criminals will be using e-cigarettes. It looks as if Barron Trump’s mom, Melania caught him vaping, so now no one can. Sorry to those out there with a big investment in vaping hardware or politicians. Anyhow, they really aren’t that good for you, in fact, Greg never once prescribed them.
Here comes the new “mini” three-hour Democratic debate. It’s common wisdom that enthusiasm is more fervent at the ideological edges of each party, but right now everybody is enthusiastic. The question is, what is everyone enthusiastic for? In North Carolina, Dems won big in the urbs and suburbs… but Trump won the state. Lumbee Indian precincts show how it always helps to listen to constituents. It also helps if you are actually able to show that you are listening to constituents. Voters don’t look for cooperation as much as they look for results. Cooperation is not inside Republican’s “campaign in a box”, or their “Southern strategy”.