Thu, 7 December 2017
Don’t worry. Anything David Waldman tells you today is protected under attorney-client privilege:
You win some you lose some. Enough accusations of Al Franken pressing altogether the wrong flesh have emerged, and Democrats have jumped into action. Al Franken did decide to resign, ironically of course. He was important before and during his terms as Senator, and has the potential of sustaining that importance. On to Clarence Thomas!
Pleasing almost no one (pre-Rapture, that is) Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Jared likes the idea too. Donald Trump has always been prone to slurring people of color and women, but now has taken to slurring his words. Dentures or TIA? Why not both? Greg Dworkin will not give his opinion on that, but if he did, he’d be right. Greg gives the Democratic Party a clean bill of health, Republicans have some problems though. Actually, there is a mammoth difference. Just look at the tax scam polls—the enthusiasm gap grows. Goppers donate to Doug Jones, and plenty will vote for him.
Donald Trump should be impeached. But, was yesterday the best day for Congressman Al Green to submit an impeachment resolution? Armando calls in to bring some political, strategical, procedural nuance to the discussion. (Personally, I’d deliver it in the State of the Union response.) In Washington to see Armando this Friday and Saturday? Check out the Democratic National Committee’s Unity Reform Commission meeting and be a part of participatory democracy and shouting matches.
Wed, 6 December 2017
David Waldman presents today’s TGIW KITM. We all get a boost over the hump with assistance from Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter:
The more people figure out the Gop tax scam, the more they hate it. The tax plan is a huge Republican success—at screwing a generation, shaming Republicans, ruining their chances in 2018, and destroying their reputation forever. The tax scam could’ve paid for a lot of things.
Tax experts finally get a chance to read the tax bill and holy crap... Now it’s back to the House maniacs, along with a shutdown fight, an existential struggle for the nation and Democrats. Joan managed to break through the media din to ring the alarm on the lapse of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program. Surprise! Mitch McConnell broke all those promises Susan Collins made to her constituents. Her state of Maine is deeply troubled by the news.
Political movements use bad faith as a weapon to bamboozle journalists—a newly popular tool. Concern trolls are drawn to #metoo like Roy Moore to a Justice store. So expect many crocodile tears to be shed over Silence Breakers, while silence breakers break up the silence infrastructure. And—another woman comes forward on Al Franken, as Democratic senators call on him to resign.
Tue, 5 December 2017
David Waldman will someday pay for that Hawaiian Punch joke he made in 4th grade, but for now will be allowed to bring us Tuesday’s KITM:
After 8 years, Sam Seder is ostracized by MSNBC for saying Roman Polanski and his daughter… what now? ( Jonathan Swift rolls over and over.) Concern trolls go hunting for Libs, but how sporting is that, when we are so happy to help them? Joy Reid takes a few shots and remains standing. On the other hand, Corey Lewandowski has the hide of a rhino.
Trump likes to play the field when it comes to foreign entity romance, but Russia is still #1in his heart, and bank account. Paul Manafort, who wasn’t even in trouble for Russia, just had to get in trouble for Russia. Ollie North wants to run Trump’s Uber for spies to battle the Deep State, laws, Constitution, etc.
The Senate was in such a big hurry to slash tax rates they forgot to put in loopholes, completely lousing up the scam.
Mon, 4 December 2017
No reverb issues on KITM, it’s just that David Waldman’s personal lawyer dictates a bit loudly:
Grassley and Hatch speak for themselves.
John Kelly finds that fat-ass dotard is pretty nimble when he wants to be.
Was Roy Moore escaping to Australia in the 80’s? Did he have a reason to escape back to the US?
Despite a pledge, Donald works with a foreign entity, again!
Eric Posnam records his own Op-Ed for KITM (Just like you can if you’d like!) on his contest for Time Magazine Person of the Year, as between Colin Kaepernick and… a surprise, special pick!
Fri, 1 December 2017
End of the week, beginning of the month, same old garbage fires—actually they just seem old because you listen to David Waldman and KITM, so you know stuff early.
For instance: Yikes! and Duh! Who’dve thunk Hannity and Drudge would run Russian propaganda accusing Democrats of satanic practices and supporting rape? Hey, maybe the Gop wants to bust the budget so they have more leverage in reengineering society? Republicans have enough votes to pass their tax scam bill, but they didn’t last night. Is the lack of regular order to blame for slowing down the process, or is there any legitimate process left to slow? Well, supposedly there is still PAYGO and reconciliation. David explains reconciliation and the Byrd Rule—no not the Byrd Rule, but the “Conrad Rule” which used to be a thing, and people still confuse the two.
Thu, 30 November 2017
250,000 downloads of KITM this month! That is a whole lot of people getting a lot of quality information and insight. And, for about 1 out of every 125 of you, this is worth a few dimes a day. However, 124 out of 125 of you just “listen and leave”… Don’t download and dash! If it’s worth hours of your time, we must be worth pennies of your cash. Don’t digitize us then deny us—donate!
A deeply unpopular Congress aims to pass a deeply unpopular tax bill for a deeply unpopular president. Greg Dworkin converts the dry, hard-to-digest tax procedure into moist succulent morsels as he explains how the Republican tax scam is still moving forward because it’s the last big money grab by Baby Boomers (while they still have a chance). John McCain votes to end cancer treatments for Medicare patients (not himself) while Susan Collins manages to work through her deep concerns. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin will prove this tax plan works, by lying to you.
It is time to overcome our shy impeachment syndrome. Donald Trump is delusional and a liar, and a dangerous bigot—these are just a few facets of his incompetence and lunacy, but even in total that still doesn’t seem to stop him. The UK Parliament does not represent Trump’s base, but the Kremlin does. Betsy DeVos tsktsks Donald, and will probably be punished before the weekend. Trump reshuffles the State Department monte cards, discards Tillerson.
David Waldman scrapes some more Jame’s O’Keefe off his shoe for us to look at. O’Keefe henchwoman Jaime Phillips attempted to infiltrate the Washington Post for months before attempting to scam them. If she flips, she won’t be the first one—Izzy Santa calls O’Keefe a liar, and accomplice Nadia Naffe might yet tell all.
Wed, 29 November 2017
It is one of those days. Maybe you should just let KITM’s David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, and Joan McCarter condense it all to two hours, and then just pull the covers back over your head until tomorrow.
Why yes, the president is the kind of dotard that would forward fake viral videos from hate groups with evil agendas that everyone knows is fake. The dotard retort is always “if it’s not the truth, it should be”, which of course is pretty dotardish.
So—the tax bill might pass, taking Social Security, Medicare, children’s health care, Obamacare, and the rest of society and civilization into the toilet. There goes the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau… At least we have the open internet standing between us and authoritarian rule! Nope.
OK, so the world is falling apart. Maybe the Hatch Act will be the new dawn for the rule of law? Jennifer Rubin knows what to do—if we all agree Trump should leave, maybe we can all shake hands and let Republicans take over... some grouches might disagree.
If Moscow and Mar-a-Lago stay connected to Earth a little while longer, some people are going to get in all sorts of trouble. Jared Kushner inches closer to Russian quid pro quo, while Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska moves next door to Kellyanne Conway.
Tue, 28 November 2017
The Washington Post uncovered O’Keefe’s latest plot to hire Jaime Phillips to lie about being sexually assaulted to discredit actual victims of Roy Moore—as well as all future victims of sexual assault. He ended up strengthening their case, and respect for mainstream media instead. Of course, the world being what it is, people are now handing O’Keefe more money, and Donald Trump probably sent another check today. The sad truth is that we were all complicit in our silence. We knew what James O’Keefe was all about in 2010, when O’Keefe attempted to lure Abbie Boudreau into being trapped on a boat with the explicit aim of “seducing” her with dildos and bondage equipment.
It’s now 2017, and the Gop is debating whether it’s OK for a 32-year-old man to seduce a 14-year-old girl. Several witnesses saw Roy Moore at the Olde Hickory House restaurant, where Beverly Young Nelson alleges Moore assaulted her. Moore finally found a woman that blotted out her memory of him there.
The Trump Ponzi scheme will only “trickle down” if something goes wrong, otherwise there goes the housing market.
Mon, 27 November 2017
Greg Dworkin brings us the fight to protect the vote, and the vote to protect the country, as less and less get the chance to make a difference at all. Women make red blue in Virginia.
Senator Jerry Moran knows people want to do something, but thought he should ask some people what that something would be. The rest of the Gop is trying to do what they can before people figure it out. The Religious Right can hardly believe how blessed they have been with Trump. Still, this week is make or break for the Trump Tax bill, and if it fails that can only be… Mitch McConnell’s fault.
Democrats know John Conyers needed to go, but really how much grace does this guy need?
For a moment, our minds wandered from how dishonest, corrupt, and dislikable Donald Trump is—but just for a moment. Trump is also wrong. At least his dimwit tweeting can be helpful in court. Meanwhile, Investigators have found the first time Donald shows up in the Panama Papers, and about the millionth tie between Russia and Paul Manafort. About a million Russian bots are trying to get net neutrality repealed.
David Waldman takes a look at where the bets are placed in leadership PACs, and follows the money to follow the power in Washington.
Fri, 24 November 2017
Sure, we stuffed ourselves with Trump-Russia stories yesterday. But everyone knows that Thanksgiving is all about the leftovers, and doing it all again the next day.
This time, it’s the stories right at the heart of the issue. Specifically, money laundering, both in “real” estate (for Trump), and… well, God only knows what else (for Manafort). This time, Ivanka’s involved. And how could she not be? Daddy put her to “work” right in the heart of the emerging money laundering capitals of the world. And all for one-tenth of what they said.
Will we finally find out How Hope Hicks Did It?
Plus, listener contributions from Eric Posman and David Raatz!