Thu, 15 November 2018
KITM usually welcomes Greg Dworkin in on Thursday, but he was off doctoring. David Waldman could have circled back around in a series of disguises to fill out today’s lineup, but instead chose to go solo:
The 116th Congress welcomes their freshman class (whether they like being called that or not) and of course, that inescapable yearning for disarray. Nancy Pelosi has been hacking through the brush long enough to pick up a lot of disgruntled burrs. They were willing to replace her with no one, but that sounded kind of silly, so for now it’s fresh-faced Marcia Fudge.
David’s discussion of Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis, with a little help from Chuck Schumer, has mostly been delayed, but not denied! Read up on the above articles to get ready for KITM’s upcoming deep dive into that particular rabbit hole.
Wed, 14 November 2018
David Waldman lifts us over the Wednesday hump, and tries not to drop us on the way to the weekend:
It’s a bad week for armed security guards, but mostly due to their armed nature rather than their job title. A guy pleaded guilty to over 50 charges of false “swatting” calls to police after he got someone killed. Your Alexa listens as you do, well... everything.
As the last embers of overheated midterm voting machines cool, the election, and Blue Wave continue, but still enough time has passed to give Greg Dworkin a chance to really dig into the data. As Democrats win, they get to define the center. As Republicans lose, they start to chew on each other, noticing that speck in an other’s eye, ignoring the log in theirs, etc. Funny how that goes. Maybe, eventually, they will discover the real culprit. Maybe not.
Joan McCarter is ready to rumble! There is plenty of exciting fight action lined up in Congress in the next months, but the first fight, Ocasio-Cortez vs. Pelosi, was more of win-win battle, which some do contest, but that is a lot more than the next challenger will be able to claim. Trust David and Joan to get our priorities straight.
Tue, 13 November 2018
Somewhere, somehow, someone thinks Donald Trump is some sort of leader, but it can’t be many. Trump managed to wear his welcome out in Europe, before he even arrived in Europe. Now, here he is back in the US, sniveling into Twitter, and so we’re back to dealing with him.
David Waldman doesn’t take the bait, however. KITM pays attention to what counts, and what counts at the moment are recounts. Pam Bondi hasn’t quite paid off the interest on her debt to Donald, and has become troubled that not enough Florida elections officials are being shook down. A former Florida congressman’s vote was rejected over a signature “mismatch”. On the other hand, Bay county Florida allowed some voting by fax or email. That’s not allowed.
Kris Kobach actually thought to measure the drapes at the Governor’s office, though he just did not seem to think of anything else. Kris lent much hubris and idiocy to aid the Blue Wave, while many fellow Republicans donated millions of dollars and all sorts of tactical assistance.
Maryland is expected to ask for an injunction against playacting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. In Iowa, Whitaker attempted to take down the state’s first openly gay senator with “a politically motivated witch hunt”.
It’s kind of quiet out there isn’t it? Maybe Robert Mueller is going to say something… maybe not. Donald Trump was directly involved in campaign regulations violations... maybe feloniously. Russian oligarch Dmitri Rybolovlev is talking to Mueller about a few things. A different Russian oligarch lent his jet to a maybe spy to visit Paul Manafort, during the Trump’s presidential campaign.
Mon, 12 November 2018
Wow. Can you believe David Waldman and KITM have pulled us through 95 weeks of Donald Trump… so far? Almost as painful to contemplate: More than 7 additional weeks remain of the 115th United States Congress. That is less than 7 weeks for Democrats to get themselves arrayed, and dance with the Leader who brought them to the party.
Greg Dworkin is still not sick of winning, and is happy to talk about the how and the why of the continuing Blue Wave. Donald Trump, who is afraid the Post Office might be magical, fears democracy almost as much as rainfall. In Arizona, Martha McSally is losing fair and square to Kyrsten Sinema, while John McCain aides continue to notice how despicable Republicans have become.
Speaking of despicable, 5,600 American troops will spend Thanksgiving on the transparent political stunt front while veterans haven't received GI Bill benefits for months, and visiting troops in combat zones have been deemed “not overly necessary”. 16 hidden missile bases continue to be constructed in future combat zone North Korea.
Fri, 9 November 2018
No more getting down on Friday. No more rest from the chaos. David Waldman prepares us to be fed into the maw of the weekend:
Donald Trump heads to France, where he’s loved and respected and people know how to treat him. But first, Donald found another Enemy of the People to fight. He seems to be getting good at spotting them. Donald has had to coffee-boy Matt Whitaker ahead of schedule, not because of the Constitution, because when has that ever stopped him? But, because people on the telly-telly have noticed Matt is cray-cray.
Authorities are searching for a motive in the California bar massacre, but could it be that this maniac was trolling? The shooter used a high-capacity magazine outlawed in 2016, and didn’t need a bump stock to get the same results.
Thu, 8 November 2018
A little midterm election can sure change things quickly! We had a Blue Wave on Tuesday, but by Thursday the mainstream narrative writers were just too busy to back up. First, they have to strongly object with incredible concern over the slippery slope that, oh well... back to work. Then, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fell and broke three ribs. (Donald Trump is still workshopping out his funny tweet.) Oh, and another terrorist attack with another dozen or so dead. Not many people get shot in Thousand Oaks, but bullets changed that quickly. At least now reporters can be freed up from their Caravan gigs.
David Waldman, with guest Greg Dworkin, use today’s KITM to build a new narrative, one nuanced fact at a time:
Trump has a lot to be grumpy about. Democrats gain hundreds of legislative seats and a secure majority of state attorneys general. Dems did best in Donald’s 2016 states, picking up 28 seats. The youths are becoming civic. New Mexico picked up a Democratic trifecta. Plenty of poetic wins, including a gay Governor for intolerant bakers, a two mom Eagle Scout Henry Cavill-looking Senator, Scott Walker blocking himself from a recount… and, Colorado abolished slavery. Scuttlebutt also has it that Donald might get even grumpier, especially if he isn’t invited to the State of the Union.
Meanwhile the Blue Wave still is rolling in. The race is not over in Georgia. Brian Kemp is quitting his old job, which he might miss soon. Florida is not over. Andrew Gilliam’s not over, which surprises Andrew Gilliam. Nate Silver is still figuring things out, and the AP has yet to call 23 races!
Trump cheered himself up by firing his arch-enemy and ours, Jeff Sessions, hiring great guy and future coffee boy Matthew Whitaker. Whitaker is well positioned for the job, arriving with nose pre-browned, experience operating scams from Miami to Iowa to Israel, and a hankering for New Testament justice.
Wed, 7 November 2018
You look tired. Well, you didn’t sleep much last night, but it wasn’t the Ambien playing with you. We won. Trump lost. So this isn’t a dream, but it’s not a nightmare either. Dems have won more seats than the 2006 blue wave, indeed more than almost all of the “waves”. However, most pundits just wrote their “No Wave” stories, and went to bed as the wave crossed their fly-over states. This morning, Sarah Sanders saw an unanimous red wave, but Donald Trump could only see red, and speak “mob”.
Today, David Waldman and Greg Dworkin begin their look into specific gains and losses and what they mean for our future:
The votes are almost in, even if the stories aren’t. Angie Craig unseats Jason Lewis in Minnesota. Harley Rouda beats Dana Rohrabacher in California. In Maine, the Republican leads by a teeny-tiny bit, so ranked-choice voting could actually come into play. Zach Wahls, an Eagle Scout with two moms, is now an Iowa State Senator. Brian Kemp’s voter suppression in Georgia almost suppressed his vote, but who knows, he still could win. The three states that delivered the Trump presidency all elected Democratic governors and senators last night.
Our new House of Representatives begins to look more like America. Democrats will be making a lot more decisions that matter, where they matter, and are ready to work. Nancy Pelosi knows what to do, and so does Robert Mueller.
Tue, 6 November 2018
David Waldman presents the KITM Midterm Elections special. Definitely not lightweight, yet so portable! Easy to take with you while you knock on doors, transport voters to their local precinct or Board of Elections, or even on your drive to volunteer at polling places.
Of course we are already doing those things. You know we are the best at doing all of those things and more. So, once the polls close, after we’ve done every last thing we can, we can… relax and watch the votes roll in and maybe take our first steps back out of chaos.
Just try not to disturb the Trump voters while you are voting, or anyone with chocolate milk. Can you imagine Donald Trump being so contemptible as to order wine only for the pouring down of a woman’s back? Maybe Trump’s tough talk about border deployment doesn’t match what’s really taking place.
Armando calls in to bloviate, but errs on the side of wisdom and conciseness. Georgia state ID seems to have racism and suppression engineered in. Border patrol in El Paso (two words) scheduled a "crowd control exercise" for election day. Trump attracts the fakest of news to his pre-election rally. The New York Times remains awful. Armando and David handicap the chances of the next several losers of Presidential Apprentice.
Soon we will be able to enjoy Ivanka Trump brand wiener skins and voting booths.
Mon, 5 November 2018
What would you like to talk about today? As usual, that’s exactly what today’s KITM is all about. David Waldman delivers today’s news and analysis with a side of sizzling hot takes:
Brian Kemp is about as stupid as you could imagine. Just as bad news is “fake news” and investigations are “witch-hunts”, Kemp sees oversight as “hacking”, false reports to the FBI as “wise” and democracy as “bad”.
Greg Dworkin says Forget the polls, forget the hype, do the work. Oh, and he brought some polls too, which can tell you many interesting things, except maybe who will win. Yes, lots and lots of people are voting, yay! Yes, Democrats are ahead. But. What will we do if that isn’t good enough? What happens if Trump wins his bet on demagoguery? Perish the thought.
Over the last few years journalists have learned to get played a little bit less, but not hardly enough. The good news with that is Trump took care of having the focus put on him, leaving Dems room to talk about issues.
Armando calls in with his takes and analysis of who he thinks might win tomorrow, and who deserves to win. Republicans’ race war predated Trump.
On Wednesday we can all get back to the Trump-Russia-Saudi-etc. collusion.
The legacy of well-fought campaigns: battle-hardened grassroots armies.
Fri, 2 November 2018
David Waldman pulled us through the last week before midterm elections, he now nudges us forward. We know what to do in the remaining 3 or so days, today’s KITM provides us with plenty to chew on while we get the job done:
Melania Trump spent around 16 grand an hour at a hotel with $700 rooms. She knows that stuff in the minibar isn’t complimentary, right?
Donald Trump has so many lies to tell, and so little time. He told about 7,000 so far, but hopes to get to over 15,000 by Tuesday. Donald breaks out the fascist playbook, which his followers won’t want to put away soon. Trump OKs firing on civilians throwing rocks, a tried and true solution to crowd control, and now murder alibis.
David takes a look into an almost forgotten niche of Jewish history, Bundism. The Bund’s socioeconomic and cultural characteristics helped bring them into conflict and make them targets of Nazis, living on in paintings, photographs and memories.