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Direct download: February_19_2018_64.mp3
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Did somebody say treasonous? I mean, yeah, I guess, why notDavid Waldman focuses on the T words today: Trump, Traitor, Treason. How far did Donald go? How far do we need to go?

Mitt Romney vows to bring the values of… (opens link)… “Utah” to Washington. Is Mitt the best Republican we can hope for? If he has any values at all, he’ll be one of the good ones. The latest mass murderer of school children (so far today) was a MAGA White Supremacist, and he helped them keep their death toll high this week. The FBI has a hard time keeping up with all of them.

Speaking of Infrastructure Week, an ex-playmate hails the disciplined organization, planning and implementation of Team Trump.

Direct download: February_16_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:59pm EST

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Yes, this is what we are talking about today. David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, you and I really hate to talk abut all of this, but we still need to. Everyone knows what the problem is. Everyone knew what the problem was this time too. But, Rick Scott still has to figure this out. Mike Rogers has to prioritize. Pam Bondi pulls out the T-shirt cannon. Of course Marco Rubio has to pray on it. Let’s pray for this guy, let’s pray for these people. It is time to take a look in the mirror. It is time to take action. The place to fight this is in the voting booth.

This happens over and over again. Greg brings us lessons from Newtown. This is our Moloch.

Donald Trump will do a bad job of consoling, because it conflicts with his job as fear monger. Trump in fact has signed one gun measure... to applause.

It’s hard to good-guy-with-a-gun when you are being shot through walls, and other bodies.

So, is this all a distraction from the pressing issues of today? Well no, but you might prefer to think of something else for a while:

Trump’s gang doesn’t have security clearancesThey don’t need no stinking security clearances.  You can find someone else if you want security clearances. Meanwhile, Jared Kushner still needs some money, and might be caring less about where he’s getting it. Does it matter who gets John Kelly’s job? Does it matter who is friends with Nazis?

What is the problem with having people that resent and disparage you, pick out what you eat? Well, a few things.

The VA chief of staff had taxpayers pay for his wife’s European trip… or did he? Scott Pruitt is on track to achieve an authoritarian regime ahead of his boss.

Oh, and it’s Day 4 of Infrastructure Week.

Direct download: February_15_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:45pm EST

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This Valentine’s Day, Why not show your loved ones you really care, with a gift of Kagro in the Morning? Some would budget out a month or two of income, but we understand if you want to start out “small”...

Today, KITM presents you with a bouquet of talent: David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, Armando and Joan McCarter:

The ultimate wingman, Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen paid $130,000 out of his own pocket to Stormy Daniels but was too much of a gentleman to get into details. Armando suggests we look back to John Edwards’ romantic history.

Corruption and incompetence remain an inseparable couple in the White House. John Kelly is “a big fat liar” say the White House staff, but they can’t guarantee that they speak the truth either. No one will play nice when their boss doesn’t want them to. We now know what they knew, but when did they know it?  Donald is set to sign a sex assault bill today in case there is anyone left in the world that missed the irony.

The White House security clearance process is broken, which is OK by Jared, he needs the money.

David and Greg pore over the numbers to determine if Trump alone will carry us to victory or if we still need to do something. First thing to do in 2019: fix ICE.  Right now we need to fix DACA. Just don’t call it “the Hastert Rule”. The Republicans turn the Senate immigration debate into a campaign rally. Mitch McConnell puts his thumb on the scale, while Democrats need to stand tough, and stick to an up or down vote. Here’s how Idaho is trying to get around Obamacare.

If it can happen in Israel, could it happen here? It happened in Israel, and it is happening here.

In case you forgot, Donald Trump never stopped violating the emoluments clause, Donald hides his money in plain sight. Trump never forgets ABCAlways Be Closing.

Trump finds the cheapest way to get his name on a couple miles of highway.

We know who will paint the next presidential portrait.

Direct download: February_14_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:20pm EST

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One more shopping day before Valentines Day! You should be thinking of that unique gift for your SO, but instead you’re listening to KITM’s discussion of gay cake, canned goods and fruit of the poisonous tree. That’s OK, nobody loves a dummy.

David Waldman brings us Day Two of Infrastructure Week! That doesn’t really exist, so we now move on to the Trump Budget, which should never really exist. Still, the proposed budget does reveal that resentment, fear, and authoritarianism do endure. The Trump administration never liked what you were buying in line ahead of them, so they are fixing that by stepping in front of you. They are buying you a gourmet gift box, but containing what they think you deserve. They have it completely figured out—the plan is to be carried out just like Puerto Rico, for every state, every day, all year long, by hiring that one woman in Atlanta, who would also decorate your living roompick out your dress, record your next hit, and Uber your thirst.

The media was just wandering away from the Rob Porter story to cover Infrastructure Week, and now look what happened. Armando goes over the new homina homina homina coming out of the White House today. “The fruit of the poisonous tree” won’t change anything in the Russia investigation unless it is administered by a foreign agent. Julian Assange is in too much trouble for one judge to rectify. All of this segues into a discussion of a Good Guy With A Gun that no longer has a body without a bullet hole.

Here’s the truth on Devin Nunes, and Rob Porter.

Rachel from the Irreverent Testimony podcast lives right down the road from that anti-gay cake artist you’ve been hearing about, and brings us the latest on Colorado civil rights.

Direct download: February_13_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:42pm EST

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Palace intrigue roils a mighty empire, and David Waldman can’t get enough of it. But first, back to our soap opera:

Donald takes the fire and fury truck around for another infrastructure lap, but you know he prefers demolition.

Is Mike Pence against North Korea? Unity? Good will? Mutual understanding? Fair play? Peace? Standing up? America? Armando calls in to talk about how North Korea is running rings around us.

KITM’s esteemed poet laureate (Get a shot!) Greg Dworkin declares that Donald Trump isn’t very good at presidenting, and he has evidence to back himself up.

Donald Trump became president of the United States of Men today. You’ve come a long way buddy. Donald wants you to know that he secretly hates the abuse of women, because somehow that’s better? What did John Kelly see in Rob Porter? Rob Porter Is a national security scandal, too. A second wife beater is tossed to the curb. She didn’t come forward because she was jealous, she came forward because she was abused. Accountability is coming for the White House.

Once the Democratic rebuttal is released (The White House demands they first redact that “ic” from the title of their organization.) Devin Nunes has 5 more baking in the crazy oven. How did Nunes become such a loon? This time, the cover-up won’t be worse than the crime. Hope Hicks… it’s always the quiet one.

Scott Pruitt might be behaving a bit gauche for the Donald’s tastes.

The guy paid to chase Donald Trump’s ethics has either the hardest or easiest job in Washington. Remember that lie about the border agent’s death? It might take a while to get updates from some on that story.

Direct download: February_12_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:24pm EST

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Food metaphors are usually Justice Putnam’s thing, but actually today’s KITM does seem kind of Smörgåsbordy. David Waldman serves up the Friday news-feast:

Rand Paul had his usual Rand Paul snit last night, but people paid attention when his snit shut down government for a little while. David looks into what really happened last night, and what Trump really signed off on.

The White House knew exactly what was going on with Rob Porter, but are trying to get out of that loop as fast as they can. Mike Pence can assure you he already knows the least of anybody. Mike has to put in a lot of effort to stay less informed than Donald. Becoming informed is just not Dotard J. Trump’s “style of learning.” It is said that the president prefers to ask “edge” questions, in a rambunctious back-and-forth, all aimed at making sure he’s being delivered the truth as best his staff understand it.

David takes a peek into Kellyanne Conway’s opioid cabinet and finds it empty. Trump's Ethics Office has an unethical legal defense fund to fund the legal defense of unethical friends and family.

In Russia news, Oleg Deripaska hates Russia news. David reminds us that the Russian who fixed the winter olympics had a link to Trump.

Remington is going bankrupt. Thanks Obama!

Reporting from an undisclosed location in the South Pacific, KITM contributor Darwin Darko reads  Stars and Stripes description of Trump's “marching orders” to the Pentagon.

Hey, look at this boob!

Get out and have some fun this weekend!

Direct download: February_9_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:25pm EST

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Today, Rob Portman finds the sting of sudden infamy… The sudden infamy of Rob Porter. The White House hopes everyone will be that confused today, but not with David Waldman and Greg Dworkin on the case! KITM has two hours to tackle the incompetence, hubris and privilege that is behind all of this.  

Where does one start? How about with Chuck Woolery? Was Chuck on something when he picked out this particular Mayor to accuse of giving out free money? Yep. Now White House Adult John Kelly, praiser of slavery, critic of Dreamers, has applauded a wife beater, Rob Porter, and also scrambled to protect him. Kelly declared Porter as a man of “true integrity and honor,” but how did he miss those other details? Maybe because details like that aren’t important to the Trump administration, or to Republicans. What might matter to them is genetics, which is the only notable difference between MS-13 and the Alt-right. In that light, making Trump lose is not enough, and boycotting Republicans is not enough. Still, we have elections to win, and Rob Porter just might have helped.

Direct download: February_8_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:26pm EST

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Why do you hate America? Soon that will be impossible, once you witness the hugest small government parade in history marching down Pennsylvania Avenue! (After our Parade Official in Chief is fitted with the proper attire.)

David Waldman takes a break from asking you for money to ask you to get RadioPublic to give us money. We appreciate their intentions, business plan and apps—try them out!

For Greg Dworkin it’s the nitwits more than the ne’er do wells that concern him. The Blue Wave is looking big, and no Republican is safe. Greg discusses the new polls, and new polling. Pre-millenials don’t need to be counted, they want elected

Some conservatives have escaped the cult of Trump, but can they stay away from filling in the “R” blanks on their ballot? If Democrats want to win, they need to remind America who’s in control

The Senate reached an actual two-year budget deal, with big relief from sequestration levels. As of 2:15 EST Trump hadn’t yet taken full credit and stated how this totally vindicates him from that collusion stuff.

Joan McCarter calls in, before rushing back out to write of the very latest happenings in DC. Nancy Pelosi is still negotiating, but it looks like the Trump shutdown will not happen. After 129 days of no funding for community health centers, congress is finally doing something. Elizabeth Warren and Maxine Waters are still committed to their congressional job of oversight. Meanwhile Ivanka Trump and Marco Rubio want to take some off your Social Security to pay for your family leave. Who is “able-bodied” anyway?

A few more not-so-shocking news developments: Special interest dollars may have paid rent in Trump Tower, the Gop’s phony Uranium One scandal was “phony”, and losing Super Bowl quarterbacks are treated differently by the press, depending on their race.

Direct download: February_7_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:32pm EST

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The problem with listening to Kagro in the Morning streaming live is that when you hear David Waldman articulate something particularly astute or insightful your mind wanders. In your mind you are finally able to inform coworkers, explain politics to your mom, troll those other trolls… and then you find David has still been talking for the last 15 minutes and you missed everything he just said.

So, feel free to hit pause on today’s show when needed, and follow along on these links:

Maybe you should be hanged for treason. Or maybe Donald Trump is joking as he was about the birth certificate, the wall, pussy, etc. Funny! Trump hasn’t found a punchline to the latest stock market reports, however.

The Secretary of Defense fired his war court legal adviser and war court overseer, as advice and supervision are two things that can get you fired quick.

Armando calls in to discuss the Nunes Memo as we wait for Dotard J. Trump’s executive time to end with the release of the Democratic memo. Journalists he-said she-said Gop lies all the time. The Nunes memo doesn’t merit “neutral coverage,” but “neutral coverage” would point out that the Gop memo is nonsense. David and Armando discuss the history of the “just lie” strategy, as well as the history of FISA abuse leading up to this moment.

Pennsylvania has its own constitutional crisis, and Republicans are seeing how far they can take it.

Direct download: February_6_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:38pm EST