Wed, 14 March 2018
Ah, the Blue Waves of Spring: In with the Lamb, out with the liar. Of course this means the Dems are in disarray... But not on KITM! It’s Wednesday, so David Waldman has both Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter to help set us straight on course:
Greg already has the polls and punditry prepared to cut through the chaos. Thanks Obamacare! Healthcare was a defining issue in the race, also Donald Trump’s awfulness. Thanks Trump! Certainly thanks go to Tim Murphy. Our once and future Madam Speaker thanks you all. Republicans are realizing it is better for their health if they just retire now. Donald Trump thinks he could lose a few pounds, as he contemplates life after Rex.
The Seth Rich family has filed a lawsuit against Fox News, blaming Sean Hannity. But, where did Hannity get the idea? Ben and Candy Carson really liked a $31,000 dining set, but are beginning to really dislike email.
Joan believes that this would really be a good week for Senate Democrats to defeat a racist banking bill. The Bank Lobbyist Act will make it even easier for banks to discriminate on mortgages. All that is happening in the Trump administration demands an extraordinary response from the Senate opposition.
Kids again have to show us how it is done.
Tue, 13 March 2018
The Trump sewer really backed up quick this morning. David Waldman barely stayed a step ahead of the gusher to give a live accounting of the bodies floating by:
Rex (Everything) Tillerson could have sworn that everything was going great. Sure, there was a little tension here or there, but the boss had his back. And, he was just getting into his job as Secretary of State, siding with our ally, condemning Russia and... Well, Donald Trump hates people that feel a little differently from him. Actually Donald loves Rex Tillerson, but just did not “love” love him.
Oh, and Roger Stone might have conspired with Julian Assange against Democrats. Is nothing sacred?
That was this morning. The second half of KITM was devoted to tomorrow—
David was joined by Armando and Chris Reeves, Daily Kos Community Outreach Organizer (and much more) to talk about the nuts and bolts of how the Democratic Party plans to operate, how to develop and boost diversity and participation, determine who participates in primaries, encouraging primaries, and the primary schedule for 2020!
Mon, 12 March 2018
Betsy DeVos wore her dunce cap on 60 Minutes. It fit her well, as it had been in the family for decades. DeVos heads back to Washington to mishandle school gun violence. As usual Trump excels at finding the exact mishandler for the job. The pediatrician that treated the Columbine Kids speaks out. Greg Dworkin is a pediatrician from Newtown and has spoken out, as have others who have seen firsthand the damage these guns can do.
Greg tells us about the chaos to come, if we have any brain cells left to handle it. Ivanka Trump never cut ties with the Trump Organization, and that turned out to be a problem. Robert Mueller’s obstruction of justice case against Donald Trump will wrap soon because, duh, who doesn’t know Trump’s guilty on that one?
Why do racist, homophobic, xenophobic, misogynistic authoritarian Evangelical Christians stick with Trump, other than being racist, homophobic, xenophobic, misogynistic and authoritarian? Republicans thank the Lord and the New York Times for conservative columnists. It would be hard to look in the mirror without that thick layer of false principal-based intellectualism coating.
Tomorrow—all you ever wanted to know about Super Delegates and caucuses, when Armando and Daily Kos’ Chris Reeves join KITM for a discussion of 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination rules!
Fri, 9 March 2018
Well, we’re on our own. David Waldman has taken us all the way to Friday, but it is now time to fend for ourselves, at least for a couple of days. Here’s the KITM you need to listen to:
OK. That’s about it, then. What would you like to talk about while we wait?
Erik Prince colluded with the Russians, at least to set up a meeting in Seychelles to make it easier for future colluding. Jared Kushner’s man in the middle east, George Nader is not quite convicted, yet not quite innocent of child pornography. This didn’t make Jared too shy, or scare off many strange bedfellows throughout the US, Russia and the Middle East. Without George, Erik or Jared to help, Saudis still need to speak Donald Trump’s language. Russians knew a good way to get Trump interested in doing business was to first let him watch women in The Act. Meanwhile, a senior HUD adviser repeatedly promoted the theory that John Podesta participated in a satanic rituals. Taylor Weyeneth failed his way over to HUD. White House ethics officials’ path to success requires not seeing ethics violations. Hope Hicks’ hackers were only interested in stealing evidence of her wrongdoing.
Lucky Peyton Manning sold his 31 Papa John’s franchises just 2 days before the NFL ended their partnership.
And if all this wasn’t enough, here is some more recommended weekend reading:
Part 2 of David Corn and Michael Isikoff’s The secret story of Obama’s response to Putin’s attack on the 2016 election.
The very strange case of two Russian gun lovers, the NRA, and Donald Trump.
Thu, 8 March 2018
KITM hit the lottery today. David Waldman rakes in an embarrassment of riches—tons of news, and all of the best minds on hand to tackle it.
It’s International Women’s Day, so go out and have a powerful one. Donald Trump marked the occasion by hissy-fitting Sarah Sanders. Sara said what Donald told her to say, but without getting the results he imagined she would, so she’s in trouble because now everything is getting stormier by the minute for Trump. It turns out that there is a lot more interesting about this than the salacious. details. Armando sees a crime scene to be investigated, and prosecuted. Sanders said Trump won the arbitration order, Stormy Daniels’ lawyer says no. Armando talks arbitration, federal and consumer, JAMS and ADR... but basically somebody needs to go to jail.
Greg Dworkin brings in some new polls, and reasons to cheer up. The majority of Americans don’t want to arm teachers. The new Florida gun bill has some good and some really stupid in it, but normally you’d expect it to be 100% stupid. Now, polling is tilting from leaning Republican to toss-up in PA, and approval for the tax bill is waning, causing the Gop to pull tax ads in the state. Under Trump, the forgotten men and women are still forgotten. Republicans are expecting defeat in a district Donald Trump won by 20 points. Democrats are up to +9 from +2 in national polls. The news changes so fast that the numb public retreat back to their comfort zones when the chaos overwhelms them.
Trump’s tariff plans will ruin the economy, even Republicans can tell you that much. Arliss Bunny tells us that even better, because she knows what she’s talking about. America’s student debt is a women’s issue. As an added bonus, Arliss previews a special joint podcast on trade, featuring the Hopping Mad crew and the Irreverent Testimony gang! Download it tonight from either site!
Robert Mueller is also a kid in a candy store. All he has to do is choose wisely. Jared Kushner needs to go further south to escape extradition, but for today is in Mexico, after shaking the US ambassador. Another possible conflict of interest between Jared and Apollo Global Management has popped up in the Mojave Desert.
Of all the gin joints in all the towns in the world Erik Prince had to walk into the one with the pro-Trump Russian agents in the Seychelles.
If Donald Trump is in some sort of legal trouble, could someone please contact him? He’d like to know.
Wed, 7 March 2018
Some week so far, huh? It’s been wall-to-wall crazy, and it has been wall-to-wall David Waldman covering it for us for KITM. But today Greg Dworkin took a few minutes from trying to figure out the new computer system at work to help David figure out the rest of the universe:
First of all, yay West Virginia teachers! This might be the biggest sign things might be going the right way after all. The polls, of course mostly agree with sane people. That doesn’t mean sane people are in the majority everywhere, but at least they are getting more excited, and are being represented by more women. Nobody likes Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump trails the generic Democrat, as good a choice as any for a 2018 opponent.
Donald lost one of his last marbles. Gary Cohn lost his last straw, and is getting out while the getting is still good. Kellyanne Conway’s next door neighbor Oleg Deripaska has also seen the insider writing on the wall. The European Union responds to Trump’s tariff threats by promising to withholding a big piece of the American pie.
Stormy Daniels believes she was screwed by Donald Trump and Michael Cohen when they intimidated her into signing her non-disclosure agreement. So she is suing them with a work of legal art designed to expose Donald in more ways than one. David pores over the original NDA, taking time for a special analysis of Stormy Daniels’ “PP”, and also to bare whatever Donald Trump (and frankly most of us) would rather stay un-bared. Speaking of Michael Cohen, Robert Mueller is speaking of Michael Cohen to witnesses, and it seems Cohen received inside information from the Russia probe.
Chris Cillizza tried some “analysis” the other day. He confused Donald Trump with the competent, intelligent human being he once played on TV. Soledad O’Brien pointed out how sad, wrong, and dangerous articles like that can be, and how sad, wrong and dangerous believing people like Chris Cillizza can be.
Tue, 6 March 2018
David Waldman takes KITM solo for the second day in a row, without even a Sam Nunberg interview to tide him over. Nunberg skipped the Maury Show yesterday, but hit everywhere else, and he could be a lunatic, a stunt or just another distraction from the guy we were supposed to be paying attention to: Christopher Steele tried to warn the world about Trump’s ties to Russia. Long after Sam Nunberg, we all will be talking about that article and its many ramifications.
Meanwhile, there’s plenty more ramifying out there to consider: Rex Tillerson left $60 million on the table in ‘17 rather than use it to counter Russia. He’s leaving another $60 million right now. Russia likes Rex. Russia might not agree with Mitt Romney on everything, but Ukrainian Yuri Vanetik liked his idea of registering an LLC on a Foreign Agents Registration Act application. A Belarusian adult escort would be everyone’s first guess on who would come in with the next Russia/Trump scoop. She of course is asking for protection as “Some strange things can happen.” A former Russian spy might soon be formerly alive after being exposed to an “unknown substance.” The spy he was swapped for, Anna Chapman, is no longer under cover. Dayanna Volitich was undercover as a Florida public school teacher, or as a white nationalist podcaster. She isn’t either anymore. That teacher, and this teacher would not be good choices as armed teachers. They are both good teachable moments, however.
Mon, 5 March 2018
Somebody thought they heard a shot at a Broward county school. An arriving deputy let them hear a real one. Is Donald Trump’s arm-the-teachers proposal a joke, like his running for office, or is it something we should take seriously? Georgia kills a $40 million tax break for Delta Air Lines because of 13 passengers losing their NRA discount.
David Waldman brings us KITM live weekday mornings, available as a podcast whenever your little heart desires and sometimes even as a print edition, as in this article expanding on KITM’s exploration of the nexus of collusion between Trump and Russia: Facebook.
Greg Dworkin had a busy day at the office and couldn’t call in, but did round-up a pile of punditry. There’s only a couple of things wrong with Donald Trump: what he says and what he does. Robert Mueller is interested in both of those, plus what Donald was telling others to say and do for him. Not everything Trump does is illegal. Tariffs, for instance are just stupid. Picking a fight with LaVar Ball over a provable lie is incredibly stupid.
Fri, 2 March 2018
Friday, and we made it to the weekend! David Waldman beat us to it, recording today’s KITM in the wee hours of this morning. Therefore we’ll have to wait until Monday to hear David’s impression of Trump’s critique of Alec Baldwin’s impression of Trump.
What the hell is going on at Trump’s Panama property? Trump officials are fighting eviction from the Panama hotel they manage. That is, they are fighting eviction with punches upside the heads of the evicting security guards, while the majority owner pulls a Nero with Für Elise in the lobby. Investors in the Panama Trump Tower included a guy who laundered drug money along with Columbian cartels. Donald Trump knows just what to do with people like that, as long as they aren’t investors. Republicans are not just attached to Trump — they’re his customers, too. Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee were behind the leak of private text messages.
David looks into the pro-Trump polling operation of dark money group America First Policies. Leaked documents reveal new details on a Russian troll farm stirring up real protests and targeting Americans to push propaganda. Paid lifetime member of the NRA, and prominent Russian politician Alexander Torshin has been bragging for a half dozen years or so about his connections, and the FBI never had it so good.
A lot of flagging and reporting of alt-right trolls on Twitter is actually by alt-right trolls, as a marketing effort.
Thu, 1 March 2018
Greg Dworkin focuses us on the 10,000 important things that came up yesterday:
Donald Trump has a clear stance on guns: arm the good guys, take the guns away from the bad guys, why can’t anybody get that? Oh, they get it all right. The gun issue might seem hard to understand, but definitions are out there.
Just like volunteering in a soup kitchen or raising money for a new playground, owning a gun brings people closer to their community… David and Greg unroll a thread that dissects that opinion and demonstrates how gun culture parallels "wellness" culture. Gun cultural events reduce gun violence because shooters are the attendees.
Robert Mueller doesn’t need a smoking gun.
Hope Hicks was whitely lying for Trump, but she isn’t doing that anymore. We wish her well on her future endeavors. So, now the workload is divvied up among the remaining staff. Ben Carson is caught with his fingers in the pie, which is a big problem because Donald likes pie. The RNC sends Trump more money per month than Ben’s dinette set. Republicans are not just attached to Trump, they’re his customers, too.
Armando wonders why Jared Kushner even wanted a job in the White House, and why did Trump even want to hire him? Kushner’s oversea contracts are looking for leverage, and Kushner’s family business received loans after White House meetings. Jared’s father-in-law pulled the strings.
We might have to blow up some of Panama to tie up some of Trump’s loose ends.