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Greg Dworkin asks: “So, what do you want to talk about?” There’s not much eye contact happening today in the West Wing, at least for those who haven’t called in sick this week. Penceworld isn’t the happiest place on earth. Donald Trump sees treason all about him, just because that’s exactly the kind of people he hires, and the performance he has always demanded. His traitors haven’t squeezed enough out of him to plunge in the final dagger, but soon.

Meanwhile, somebody, who knows who, nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Now what? David recognizes Patrick Leahy’s gift of institutional wisdom, along with a few institutional memories as well. Memories of Manny Miranda’s memorandum misappropriation led Leahy to confront Kavanaugh on his connections to the controversy. Kamala Harris knows Kavanaugh knows. Everyone knows Brett Kavanaugh will overturn Roe, despite his load of stare decisis. Cory Booker brings it, and dares the Gop to try. Armando calls in to talk procedure, strategy, and to figure out what matters.

The Gop has learned one lesson: Always enforce loyalty.

Nancy Pelosi finally makes it to the big time, appearing on the cover of a major national newsmagazine for the first time in her career!

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What exactly did David Waldman do with his hands during today’s KITM?

Of course, things like that are always open to interpretation. For example, what’s up with Zina Bash? Is she too racially impure to demand racial purity? Fred Guttenberg, father of Parkland victim Jaime, is on tape attempting to shake hands with Brett Kavanaugh, but the White House will tell you what you are looking at isn’t what you are seeing. Donald Trump has told his wives, plaintiffs, prosecutors and citizens that for years. With Bob Woodward’s new book out, interpreting reality should remain a hot topic.

Greg Dworkin is here to save the Republican party by helping them return to reality. The blue wave is on the horizon, but Massachusetts’s Ayanna Pressley demonstrates that wave’s generational, gender and racial power. All of that power is making the Delaware Senate primary exciting. The former GOP governor of Kansas endorses Democrat Laura Kelly over Kris Kobach.

Republican corruption remains a solid motivator for voters, as is Republican greed. As long as Democrats keep getting in touch with constituents, and no one wants to be touched by Donald Trump, Democrats are in their best position yet to retake the House. Ted Cruz can’t bend the reality of the trouble he’s in. Cruz versus Beto all depends on if hes or shes turn out.

Armando, a student of legal realism, and an advocate of constitutional hardball needs us to face reality on how we will fix the mess our system is in. Should we follow the rules? Should they follow the rules?  What are rules? Get the gavel(s). Then work out the rules.

Who needs reality? Maybe we just need to feel like we are in power.

Kaepernick is a sonofabitch, but Trump still has a soft spot for Nike.

The British know how to handle Russian agents.

Finally, the witch hunt ends.

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David Waldman was late and owes us 6 minutes today. Put it on his tab:

Speaking of late, Democrats hurl themselves into battle during Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination hearing, after receiving  the last minute dump of a percent or two of the necessary documentation.  David talks Gang of 14, Nuclear Option, judicial filibusters, Patrick Leahy’s felicitous anamnesis, and related legends, myths and history.

Speaking of judicial impeachment, the West Virginia House impeached the entire state Supreme Court. David explores the why and how.

Kris Kobach wants to be the next Trump, but is too stupid to reach even that level, as he probably intentionally failed to register voters during his hunt for voter fraud.

You knew Bruce Ohr had to be pretty cool, based on the enemies he cultivated. David looks into the efforts to flip Oleg Deripaska on Russian organized crime, and Donald Trump, natch.

Screwing Russian oligarchs became an issue for Maria Butina the moment she forgot the difference between a euphemism and a metaphor.

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It’s summer sequel time! David Waldman presents a pre-recorded KITM follow up to his previous examination of the House of Saud, and its sequels, Son of Saud, and the Other Son of Saud. Mohammed bin Salman is out to reform Saudi Arabia, with a little charm, a little imprisonment, a little torture, a little death, and a little help from Jared Kushner, prince of the like-minded House of Trump.

David does a deep dig into the rise of M.B.S as the next Saudi king, what he’s had to do so far, and what he’ll have to do next, including the takeover of Qatar, and the World Cup.

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On today’s KITMDavid Waldman shares Donald Trump’s homemade fudge recipe.

Fresh out of the oven: Trump takes pride in the 2,975 fantastic jobs he performed in Puerto Rico. Trump was startled to read in his tweet that Don McGahn had to leave so soon. McGahn himself served up plenty of fudge with some obstruction, some collusion sprinkles.

Andrew Gillum doesn’t touch the stuff.

Greg Dworkin rounds up the post-Gillum narratives: Is Andrew Gillum Bernie Sanders? Is Beto O’Rourke Barack Obama? Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez John McCain? Armando thinks such talk is just so much… fudge. There remains a long fight ahead and certain battles will be won or lost, sometimes by small margins, but remember we are fighting for something much bigger. Pennsylvania is looking good for Dems at the moment. Winter is coming. The storm that awaits.

The white working class took flight when they saw Obama. Did you know that some white people use words such as “monkey” as a sort of code?

David returns to yesterday’s fudge fest on Salena Zito. Who’s full of more of it—Zito, her detractors, or their detractors?

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It may all feel like a hump, but David Waldman brings us the last Wednesday KITM before Labor day and election season:

Donald Trump watched TV last night. Not that he needs to, to make up stuff. He also won that last argument with Don McGahn. Trump makes plans to win all future arguments.

The Gop do not know where this NAFTA thing is supposed to go.

Trump baby balloons aren’t just for golf courses! Get one for your neighborhood.

Paul Ryan’s deep state is now focused on a former C.I.A. officer running for Congress.

Greg Dworkin rounds up the post-primary and post-John McCain news. The big story is the big race in Florida. Andrew Gillum tried out the untested campaign strategy of offering representation for his constituents, the benefit being that the more he represents, the more popular he becomes. The big stories on FL governor nominee Andrew Gillum are yet to be written, as no one thought to write them until now. Of course there might be big bad stories coming, but what matters is the record numbers that are paying attention. GOP turnout isn’t low. It’s Dem turnout that’s high. And that’s what makes the difference.

Meanwhile, an AZ state legislator went for the pervy old man vote, was caught with his pants down. 6 incumbent OK state legislators are no longer, after turning on teachers. Even Oklahoma’s governor race looks up for grabs.

Salena Zito doesn’t know what she’s talking about, which is ok by her editors and publishers.

Joan McCarter misses us! She called in bring us up-to-date on DC shenanigans. Senate Republicans peep out of their holes on the news John McCain has died, and scurry about to try again to repeal Obamacare. Donald Trump plans one more pre-election wall fitEvery Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee is demanding a delay in the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, while Chuck Schumer paddles in the other direction.

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Interim President Sarah Sanders prepares to attend John McCain’s funeral, Donald Trump figures out The Google, and David Waldman hits ⌘ Cmd + Roust on his computer to commence another KITM day:

Presidente Peña Nieto? Viejo Chocho Trump, línea dos.

The only Latino employee at the Federation for American Immigration Reform quit when he realized FAIR was the hate group.

When the President’s party changes, Brett Kavanaugh judgements evolve.

There is no way to block the full-spectrum corruption of Donald Trump. Donald pulls Presidential strings to help out Trump hotels, for some reason. 

Robert Mueller has Blackwater’s Erik Prince's phones, and computer.

Bruce Ohr spent his career fighting Russian organized crime, directly leading to him fighting Donald Trump.

Heroes emerge in the Jacksonville shooting. Scapegoats emerge, also. The far-right demands a crackdown on churches, synagogues, grandmas, the abundance of headphones, the paucity of silencers, and your attitude, buster.

Maggie Haberman speaks in tongues as her sources quit trying to figure out their boss.

Sam Nunberg lost his mind, is still looking around for it.

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What did you do for David Waldman’s birthday last weekend? Both Armando and I celebrated the way we always have, with our own birthday parties!

Sadly John McCain, who died this weekend, was only 4 days shy of his birthday. Greg Dworkin tells us that with John McCain gone, so is the Republican Party. No one could ever take the place of John McCain, but the AZ governor sort of has to set that up, as it’s his job to place an actual Republican, or whatever it is that is available now, into that position. Alternatively, they could put in a placeholder, like his wife, or somebody.

Trump disapproval remains remarkably stable, although Trump loathing must shot up at least as fast as the White House flag this morning. Independent voters might be finally catching on, for good.

As a rule, a sociopathic dotard exhibits no respect, everEveryone and everything Donald touches rots. His supporters have already rotted.

Manafort and Cohen thought they’d get away with it, because everyone always gets away with it.

David digs into the nuts and bolts of the latest major Democratic Party reforms, in anticipation of when Armando calls up and they really dig into it.

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The time bomb keeps ticking, and is probably golfing right now, which is good as news as any to come out of the White House. Allen Weisselberg gets immunity, so clearly Robert Mueller is heading in the right direction. “Chairman-1” David Pecker, owner of the Trump mouthpiece National Enquirer has got permission to empty his safe of sleaze with the list of those caught and killed.

David Waldman-1 describes how Pecker got his power, and how he can hope it might shield him from wayward trucks.

There are still news contributors contractually forbidden from criticizing Trump.

Content and information polluting Russian bots and trolls spread both pro- and anti-vacccine messages, because like Trump, they need to sow division to survive.

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