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Week 47 of The Presidential Apprentice! When does Presidential Survivor start?

David Waldman was just about to discuss the Biggest Loser, Fear Factor and the Amazing Race with Greg Dworkin, but something went wrong with the tech, and Greg couldn’t get the voices out of his head before he had to leave.

Armando called in to test Skype and ended up delivering his planned Tuesday rant on the final meeting of the DNC Unity Reform Commission. Armando condemned the travesty, farce and disaster. The melee continues on Twitter, but really, are us Dems in disarray? Is the Democratic Party becoming too democratic, or is the Democratic Party the most united American party in modern political history? Is it something we can surmount? While we figure that out, Republicans kneecap black voting in Alabama.

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David Waldman escorts us safely to the weekend. The next couple days are up to us, but he sets us off well prepared:

Donald Trump, victorious in his war against Hanukkah days ahead of schedule, now marches into… Who knows? They hid his phone, so we have to rely on the fake media for now. Has Donald’s hairdo been hiding his third eye? Sarah Sanders wishes John Lewis would give civil rights leaders like The Donald his due.

No wonder Roy Moore hates America. It’s such a hellhole that we may need Vlad Putin to make it great again, back to when our country “had a direction”. Us whites do stick together, therefore the Moore ticket remains pretty strong. That leaves people of color and women looking for persons of color and women—well, they get Doug Jones, who is out there trying. Nonetheless, institutional racism and voter suppression isn’t making it any easier for him.

Not every ***hole uses bad faith as a tool to manipulate people… No wait, that’s exactly what every ***hole does! Journalists should be aware of that, don’t you think? Voters refuse to believe that they could vote for complete ***holes, and yet they do.

David told you, you could have predicted, and now a study confirms that a surge in guns sales leads to a spike in accidental gun deaths.

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Don’t worry. Anything David Waldman tells you today is protected under attorney-client privilege:

You win some you lose some. Enough accusations of Al Franken pressing altogether the wrong flesh have emerged, and Democrats have jumped into action. Al Franken did decide to resign, ironically of course. He was important before and during his terms as Senator, and has the potential of sustaining that importance. On to Clarence Thomas!

Pleasing almost no one (pre-Rapture, that is) Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Jared likes the idea too. Donald Trump has always been prone to slurring people of color and women, but now has taken to slurring his words. Dentures or TIA? Why not bothGreg Dworkin will not give his opinion on that, but if he did, he’d be right. Greg gives the Democratic Party a clean bill of health, Republicans have some problems though. Actually, there is a mammoth difference. Just look at the tax scam pollsthe enthusiasm gap grows. Goppers donate to Doug Jones, and plenty will vote for him.

Donald Trump should be impeached. But, was yesterday the best day for Congressman Al Green to submit an impeachment resolution? Armando calls in to bring some political, strategical, procedural nuance to the discussion. (Personally, I’d deliver it in the State of the Union response.) In Washington to see Armando this Friday and Saturday? Check out the Democratic National Committee’s Unity Reform Commission meeting and be a part of participatory democracy and shouting matches.

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David Waldman presents today’s TGIW KITM. We all get a boost over the hump with assistance from Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter:

Greg brings his round-upThe case for impeachment grows. As evidence piles up, paths to even more evidence are revealed. Flynn admits lying, so we can be certain Trump is too.

The more people figure out the Gop tax scam, the more they hate it. The tax plan is a huge Republican  success—at screwing a generation, shaming Republicans, ruining their chances in 2018, and destroying their reputation forever. The tax scam could’ve paid for a lot of things.

Now that Donald fixed taxes, he can knock the dust off his hands and get back to sowing chaos. Doug Jones just might win, because of the Republican vote.

Tax experts finally get a chance to read the tax bill and holy crap... Now it’s back to the House maniacs, along with a shutdown fight, an existential struggle for the nation and Democrats. Joan managed to break through the media din to ring the alarm on the lapse of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program. Surprise! Mitch McConnell broke all those promises Susan Collins made to her constituents. Her state of Maine is deeply troubled by the news.

Political movements use bad faith as a weapon to bamboozle journalists—a newly popular tool. Concern trolls are drawn to #metoo like Roy Moore to a Justice store. So expect many crocodile tears to be shed over Silence Breakers, while silence breakers break up the silence infrastructure. And—another woman comes forward on Al Franken, as Democratic senators call on him to resign.

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David Waldman will someday pay for that Hawaiian Punch joke he made in 4th grade, but for now will be allowed to bring us Tuesday’s KITM:

After 8 years, Sam Seder is ostracized by MSNBC for saying Roman Polanski and his daughter… what now? ( Jonathan Swift rolls over and over.)  Concern trolls go hunting for Libs, but how sporting is that, when we are so happy to help them? Joy Reid takes a few shots and remains standing. On the other hand, Corey Lewandowski has the hide of a rhino.

Trump and the Gop are getting a bit of a Lolita-esque tingle around Roy Moore. At least Moore isn’t running for a Klan position.

Trump likes to play the field when it comes to foreign entity romance, but Russia is still #1in his heart, and bank account. Paul Manafort, who wasn’t even in trouble for Russia, just had to get in trouble for Russia. Ollie North wants to run Trump’s Uber for spies to battle the Deep State, laws, Constitution, etc.

The Senate was in such a big hurry to slash tax rates they forgot to put in loopholes, completely lousing up the scam.

American missile defense scores a direct PR hit, but kind of misses missiles.

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No reverb issues on KITM, it’s just that David Waldman’s personal lawyer dictates a bit loudly: 

Trump didn’t come up with that tweet, he just heard it somewhere. Who are the President? Billy Bush is certain he knows who was talking to him.

Grassley and Hatch speak for themselves.

Greg Dworkin reports from the front lines as Dotard J. Custer’s troops circle the wagons.

The Donald, soon to be declared Immaculate even as he has blessed many with his laying on of hands, declares so shall Roy Moore. Another teen beauty queen bears witness to Donald’s bare witnessing

The White House starts building the wall to protect their cult. You don’t have to be Marshall Applewhite to see this one coming.

But what about Chappaquiddick? You bet they plan to what about that.

John Kelly finds that fat-ass dotard is pretty nimble when he wants to be.

Was Roy Moore escaping to Australia in the 80’s? Did he have a reason to escape back to the US?

Whose side of Red Dawn is the NRA on anyhow? The Kremlin and Gop love gun nuts. Who has it in for Israel? Jared? Flynn? Jared and Flynn? Definitely not just Flynn.

Despite a pledge, Donald works with a foreign entity, again!

Eric Posnam records his own Op-Ed for KITM (Just like you can if you’d like!) on his contest for Time Magazine Person of the Year, as between Colin Kaepernick and… a surprise, special pick!

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End of the week, beginning of the month, same old garbage fires—actually they just seem old because you listen to David Waldman and KITM, so you know stuff early.

For instance: Yikes! and Duh! Who’dve thunk Hannity and Drudge would run Russian propaganda accusing Democrats of satanic practices and supporting rape? Hey, maybe the Gop wants to bust the budget so they have more leverage in reengineering society? Republicans have enough votes to pass their tax scam bill, but they didn’t last night. Is the lack of regular order to blame for slowing down the process, or is there any legitimate process left to slow? Well, supposedly there is still PAYGO and reconciliation.  David explains reconciliation and the Byrd Rule—no not the Byrd Rule, but the “Conrad Rule” which used to be a thing, and people still confuse the two.

Lock him up! Michael Flynn goes down, but has he flipped?

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250,000 downloads of KITM this month! That is a whole lot of people getting a lot of quality information and insight. And, for about 1 out of every 125 of you, this is worth a few dimes a day. However, 124 out of 125 of you just “listen and leave”… Don’t download and dash! If it’s worth hours of your time, we must be worth pennies of your cash. Don’t digitize us then deny us—donate!

A deeply unpopular Congress aims to pass a deeply unpopular tax bill for a deeply unpopular presidentGreg Dworkin converts the dry, hard-to-digest tax procedure into moist succulent morsels as he explains how the Republican tax scam is still moving forward because it’s the last big money grab by Baby Boomers (while they still have a chance). John McCain votes to end cancer treatments for Medicare patients (not himself) while Susan Collins manages to work through her deep concerns. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin will prove this tax plan works, by lying to you.

Alabamians know how important breeding young, pure, girls is to older men (well, white girls that is) and will vote Republican based on this firmly held religious belief.

It is time to overcome our shy impeachment syndrome. Donald Trump is delusional and a liar, and a dangerous bigot—these are just a few facets of his incompetence and lunacy, but even in total that still doesn’t seem to stop him. The UK Parliament does not represent Trump’s base, but the Kremlin does. Betsy DeVos tsktsks Donald, and will probably be punished before the weekend. Trump reshuffles the State Department monte cards, discards Tillerson.

David Waldman scrapes some more Jame’s O’Keefe off his shoe for us to look at. O’Keefe henchwoman Jaime Phillips attempted to infiltrate the Washington Post for months before attempting to scam them. If she flips, she won’t be the first one—Izzy Santa calls O’Keefe a liar, and accomplice Nadia Naffe might yet tell all.

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It is one of those days. Maybe you should just let KITM’s David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, and Joan McCarter condense it all to two hours, and then just pull the covers back over your head until tomorrow.

At least your day isn’t as bad as Matt Lauer’s… or many of the days of many of the women he had access to. Where does Matt fall on the sexual harasser scale? At FrankenKeillor? Trump? Moore?

Why yes, the president is the kind of dotard that would forward fake viral videos from hate groups with evil agendas that everyone knows is fake. The dotard retort is always “if it’s not the truth, it should be”, which of course is pretty dotardish.

So—the tax bill might pass, taking Social Security, Medicare, children’s health care, Obamacare, and the rest of society and civilization into the toilet. There goes the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau… At least we have the open internet standing between us and authoritarian rule! Nope.

OK, so the world is falling apart. Maybe the Hatch Act will be the new dawn for the rule of law? Jennifer Rubin knows what to do—if we all agree Trump should leave, maybe we can all shake hands and let Republicans take over... some grouches might disagree.

If Moscow and Mar-a-Lago stay connected to Earth a little while longer, some people are going to get in all sorts of trouble. Jared Kushner inches closer to Russian quid pro quo, while Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska moves next door to Kellyanne Conway.

Rhetoric is fascism's real battleground, and Nazis win when you aren’t punching them.

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There are dildos and then there are dildoesDavid Waldman has has got it pegged: James O’Keefe is a sexual predator and harasser whom the right should disavow, and it is our job to make this clear.  

The Washington Post uncovered O’Keefe’s latest plot to hire Jaime Phillips to lie about being sexually assaulted to discredit actual victims of Roy Moore—as well as all future victims of sexual assault. He ended up strengthening their case, and respect for mainstream media instead. Of course, the world being what it is, people are now handing O’Keefe more money, and Donald Trump probably sent another check today. The sad truth is that we were all complicit in our silence. We knew what James O’Keefe was all about in 2010, when O’Keefe attempted to lure Abbie Boudreau into being trapped on a boat with the explicit aim of “seducing” her with dildos and bondage equipment.

It’s now 2017, and the Gop is debating whether it’s OK for a 32-year-old man to seduce a 14-year-old girl. Several witnesses saw Roy Moore at the Olde Hickory House restaurant, where Beverly Young Nelson alleges Moore assaulted her. Moore finally found a woman that blotted out her memory of him there.

Fox remembers that Donald is always the victim. Melania forgot that Donald is always the hero.

The Trump Ponzi scheme will only “trickle down” if something goes wrong, otherwise there goes the housing market.

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