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Direct download: May_23_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:44am EDT

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David Waldman brings us KITM’s Constitutional Crisis Tuesday. All but the second amendment, straight down the tubes.

It looks as if we are really going to do this. Rod Rosenstein chose an appeasement strategy to deal with Donald Trump, and now we can all say hello to alleged Jimmy Carter arch-enemy Stefan A. Halper, super-spy. Watching Jack Ryan movies pays off for Trump spinners, though Martin Scorsese’s oeuvre would fit their present situation better.

Trump takes another step over the line. Why stay one step ahead of the law, when you can be the law?

Trump has no allegiance, except to money.  And, money knows it can always find a friend in him.  There is so much money for Robert Mueller to follow that he’s just getting to the UAE and the Saudis. With one billion dollars two princes were singing the tune Donald wanted to hear, but first in line were convicted pedophile George Nader and professional beard Elliott Broidy, who is always ready to give and take favorsThe Trump presidency hangs by a thread named Shera Béchard. If only we could guess the thoughts she might be thinking!

Direct download: May_22_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:35pm EDT

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David Waldman reports on disasters sweeping the nation:

Donald Trump blew his mighty wind yesterday, hereby triggering political earthquakes today. We welcome back Greg Dworkinwho survived, and helped others survive, last week’s Connecticut twisters. (They were doozies.) 

Trump is trying to figure out what he got into with the Koreas, a bit late. President Moon Jae-in may be the only person on earth who can bail him out, but might be better off if he doesn’t bother.

The farm bill implodes as the House Republicans take themselves hostage to spite their own speaker. Their cunning plan includes shoving at least three guys into one leadership position. Kevin McCarthy is full of cunning plans. Ryan’s replacement needs a majority of the votes cast. A plurality isn't enough, unless you want to put some time and effort into it, and they don’t.

Now if only Republicans can just get old white voters to hold on until the next cunning plan... If it weren’t for those meddling kids registering to vote, they’d have a lock on 2018. too. Democrats stay ahead and stable, mostly and relatively.

The Trump campaign was happy to collude with non-Russians, too, because it wasn’t ideology they looking for.

And then there was Santa Fe High School. And yet another shooter contending with video games, and doors, and girls. Women seem to be the thing shooters are least equipped to handle.

 

Direct download: May_21_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:33am EDT

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Just minutes into today’s show, there were two shootings competing for attention, but we didn’t yet know which would become the more significant.

The bulk of the show was given over to bribe updates. Specifically: an update on the Cohen SARs/bribes; the Trump-China bribe, and; the Kushner-Qatar bribe (with a caveat, but also a few domestic bribes thrown in for good measure).

No one could have predicted what would happen once Trump irritated China with increased trade barriers. Unless you were going to guess that they’d take their business elsewhere. Like, maybe Russia.

What’s the next big Trump lie? It’s an old one, actually: Obama was “spying” on his campaign. That is not how this works, of course. And what’s really happening is that Trump thinks it’d be a shame if something happened to a certain FBI informant.

Just to get a few more key items on the record (for your weekend edification): the full catalog of Scott Pruitt scandals; some more backstory on Trump’s stupid obsession with Putin, and Russia in general, and; in case you thought any part of the world today wasn’t complete bullshit….

Direct download: May_18_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:38pm EDT

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Greg Dworkin was caught in a crossfire hurricane on Tuesday. No, even worse, four Connecticut cyclones. So, that leaves David Waldman to help us weather the worst S-storm in U.S. history - by far! Yeah, yeah, Trump admits he had a thing with Stormy, but Rudy figures Donald is innocent of all charges, past, present and future if Trump remains President forever. Anyhow, Donald Trump needs the money, so he isn’t shutting off any taps right now.

The whistleblower who leaked Michael Cohen’s financial records did so after noticing missing Suspicious Activity Reports, which indicated... missing reporting of suspicious activity. Lucky for investigators, Michael Cohen is a one-stop moron, placing all of his rotten eggs in the same basket. Even as the missing SARs point to the remaining ones, questions on this and other FinCEN manipulation and obstruction have arisen. US intelligence units were locked out of classified computer networks, hampering antiterrorist efforts as well as the Trump/Russia investigation.

Direct download: May_17_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:28pm EDT

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Strange. It seems that David Waldman repeated the word “Yanny” for almost two hours today… Listen to the show and tell me what you hear.

It’s Robert Mueller’s first year on the job and already Donald Trump wants to give him his gold watch.

If Leonard Leo likes to keep on the down low, he’ll have to break his habit of passing out tens of millions of dollars to society’s string-pullers. Washington’s lobbying powerhouse, Williams & Jensen had their Chair wake up and quit rather than guard Scott Pruitt, but their Principal will be whispering into Jared Kushner’s ear on Monday.

Armando calls in to discuss the CAP Ideas Conference, and to tackle breaking news: The thousands of pages of congressional testimony released on the 2016 Trump Tower meeting. Don Jr. doesn’t remember a lot, but it is still easy to see what’s going on.

Donald Trump is running out of Stormy Daniels loopholes.

Blake Farenthold spent $2.14 million to find someone still willing to touch him.

The U.S. Justice Department and the FBI are investigating Cambridge Analytica, finally.

Tornados in ConnecticutGreg Dworkin, a member of both the AMA and the Lollipop Guild, was needed on the ground today, but he might still be able to round-up for us tomorrow. Tune in to find out why Democrats can’t win the “respect” of Trump voters!

Direct download: May_16_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:22pm EDT

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It’s Two Topic Tuesday on KITM! Oh sure, David Waldman deviates a bit off-tangent a couple of times, but can you blame him? The AC’s on the fritz, it’s so hot and humid in May —  in Virginia no less! And, the repairman’s avoiding him, all the windows have to be opened, with the lawnmowers roaring and the birds singing! All those birds…

Where were we? Yes! Donald Trump needs to go to jail. Chinese phone-maker ZTE gives Trump money, Trump makes it a United States priority to fix things for that company. Trump said he wouldn’t make any foreign deals as President, but he didn’t say that he wouldn’t arrange for the US to make deals devised specifically to enrich him, did he?

It takes two to come up with double-talk this stupid and convoluted. That’s why fellow TV STAR Sean Hannity is now Donald’s BFF. Obviously destined to soon knife each other in the back, Don & Sean for now play “No, you hang up!” late into the night and three times on Sunday, planning our future and creating a state/media symbiosis Dick Cheney could have only dreamed of. If it wasn’t for them, what would Fox News do all day?

And Michael Cohen thought Donald was his best friend. Michael will find out what happens when Donald’s friends stick their necks out for him.

Only $1 million for as many federal judges as you can pick out over an administration? That is a true art of the deal.

Direct download: May_15_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:04pm EDT

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The Presidential Apprentice, Week 69. Nice.

Donald Trump is casting better TV lawyers in hopes of keeping this season afloat. Trump aids audition for the Hunger Games, as they guess Bob Mueller’s show will be a lot bigger than anyone expects. Donald pillow-talks with TV Star Sean Hannity to get nightly tips and moral guidance.

If you are reading this, you probably haven’t been raptured yet, or the WiFi is good where you are... Israel is transporting dozens of Palestinians off to the afterlife ahead of schedule in preparation for the opening of the U.S. Jerusalem embassy today. Jared Kushner is on the ground selling peace and some shares of his Mark of the Beast on 5th Ave. Israel is also blessed by the appearance of Ivanka Trump, by third horseman Steve Mnuchin, who has some bonus miles left over, and bringing up the rear, Michele Bachmann.

David Waldman and Greg Dworkin can’t get their minds out of the Qatar goings-on: Michael Cohen brings the Bada Bing to the world. Greg tells you about the very rich, as they are different from you and me. The Trump Tower elevator is seen at its maximum swamp capacity. It’s not just Corey Lewandowski anymore, Qatar has damaging information on Jared Kushner. Michael Avenatti warned you, now he’s forced to tell you about Michael Cohen, Ahmed al-Rumaihi, Ice Cube, Jeff Kwatinetz, and  the BIG3 basketball league.

Some Israeli politicians and rabbis are drawn to orgies, blackmail and anti-Semitism.

Donald Trump voters: furious, paranoid, xenophobic, racist and reactionary, but sensitive too. Legend has it that some might turn “independent” if we behave just right, and those would be the unicorns we need to carry us to victory, over that other third, who will always remain deplorable, but hopefully stay at only a third. At the Connecticut Gop convention, Deplorables lose to the Dockers.

Meanwhile, the Democrats are moving left without self-destructing, and are becoming a progressive ideas factory. Here too, the Dockers are doing well.

Direct download: May_14_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:15pm EDT

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You always knew Friday would come. Friday comes for all of us, great or small. It is how you prepare for the inevitability of Friday that matters. David Waldman guides us into that sunny weekend:

Kelly Sadler wrote the first paragraph of her own obituary yesterday, just by demonstrating her boss’s sense of humor

Politico welcomes you to their elite bubble. If Michael Cohen is a typical sleaze, then many should be in jail. Elliott Broidy, inveterate palm-greaser, with a possibly money-laundering wife, has more than a few reasons to get on Donald Trump’s good side.

Rudy Giuliani’s law firm cannot speak for Mr. Giuliani, and therefore made certain that Mr. Giuliani cannot speak for them.

Kirstjen Nielsen, Chief of Homeland Security, oh just so almost quit the other day.

Don Blankenship told you he was Trumpier than Trump, and hopes to prove that by knee-capping the guy that beat him in the primary.

Gina Haspel was just following orders, and hopes not to follow any more bad orders, like that court order telling her not to destroy evidence.

Another right-wing federal judgeship is confirmed,  walking over the corpse of blue slip vetos.

Russians weren’t necessarily trying to get Trump elected, it was just the by-product of trying to destroy the US.

Direct download: May_11_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:47am EDT

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David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Armando wield their machetes of veracity to the bullrushes of BS in Donald Trump’s swamp of... Oh you know, it is very swampy:

Michael Cohen, expert on everything, friend to all, could’ve been a lobbyist but that isn’t where the real money is. Cohen was really interested in getting people to know Donald Trump, even though Trump didn’t know anything about Cohen. Russian Oligarch-Linked Columbus Nova is linked to white supremacists, and to Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz. All of this makes Maga-world suspicious... of Stormy Daniels lawyer, Michael Avenatti, and where he gets all of his info.

John Edwards can tell you, when the subpoenas hit the fan, it’s time to find a patsy. Elliott Brody, professional beard, might have been just the guy Donald and Shera could have used in their time of need.

Moderate candidates still tend to outdo extreme ones, although moderate Republicans are becoming more like Donald Trump. Trump hasn’t done much, but he has destroyed a lot. John Bolton ruined things before and is here to do it again. China tariffs are already starting to punish us. Health care is our issue.

Trump might be one of the worst people on earth, but DC is the big leagues, and Mike Pence is the man to beat. Mike wants to move on from this Trump thing and onto his presidency while there’s some left for him.

Direct download: May_10_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:31pm EDT