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Day Three of the Republican shutdown. The crazy-pants quote from back-bencher Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) tops the day's narrative. Greg Dworkin fills in all the background to make what "sense" can be made of saying, "We're not going to be disrespected, We have to get something out of this. And I don't know what that even is." With an unexpected assist from Robert Costa's insider coverage at NRO, we explain the state of play, the parliamentary maneuvering, and the crumbling road ahead (because paving is socialism). We're joined by Daily Kos Featured Writer Ian Reifowitz to talk about the role extreme Gerrymandering plays in driving crises like this. And as seems to happen every time, our discussion ends up leading us to connections between seemingly far-flung issues of policy, governance and society that reveal key differences between liberals and... whatever it is that "conservatives" have become.

Direct download: October_3_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:40pm EDT

Day Two of the Republcian Shutdown. Greg Dworkin rounds up Dana Perino's nativist nonsense, the collapse of institutional Gop leadership, shutdown polling, online ACA sign-ups, and more. Joan McCarter joined us for discussion of procedural developments in Congress and the scramble to come up with mini-bills to re-open bits and pieces of the government that make good press copy. And that means in-depth explanations of the "suspension of the rules" procedure, motions to recommit, and discharge petitions. Woohoo! We also discuss gerrymandering, the importance of state and local elections and party-building, and how even a "clean" CR enshrines sequestration. Lastly, Charles Pierce's "The Reign of Morons Is Here."

Direct download: October_2_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:52pm EDT

Republicans kept us off the live stream this morning. Somehow. Right? I mean, why not just say so? But we went right ahead and discussed the now-realized government shutdown. Greg Dworkin helped round up the headlines, the polls, the stories outlining the role of the Gop civil war in provoking the latest crisis, and how the ACA's exchanges are marching forward regardless, just as everyone knew they would. Of course, we also had a generous helping of "both sides are equally to blame" thinking to deal with. Hungry for a detailed explanation of the House's 11th hour appeal for a conference and why it was ridiculous from the get-go? We've got you covered! Key point to remember: Ted Cruz objects to conference committees on "principle." And by the way, Ted Cruz's dad is nuts. "The House GOP's Legislative Strike." Georgia's ALEC front man, Sen. Don Balfour, gets himself indicted. "CR Blues: Constant Brinkmanship Brings Fatigue."

Direct download: October_1_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:38pm EDT

Last day before the latest government shutdown deadline. We round up the stories, and explain the process and procedure. Greg Dworkin reports on the shutdown polling (where the questions are getting quite pointed!), and the rollout of the expected "both sides are equally to blame" meme, despite the whole thing being driven by the Gop's own civil war. Later: the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's blistering editorial, taking Missouri's Congressional Republicans to task for their callous politics and reckless hostage taking. The NYT's in-depth look at "Children and Guns: The Hidden Toll." How much impact has #GunFAIL had? Armando asks whether mandatory gun insurance holds any promise. "Lazy Beltway media infuriatingly blows debt limit 'coverage.'" Almost, but not quite: one blog argues Obama will be telling the Gop their debt ceiling demands are unconstitutional. "Is Newt Fronting for a Dubious PAC?" asks Mother Jones. The answer, as always, is yes. It's. What. He. Does.

Direct download: September_30_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:26pm EDT

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear lays out why his state needs Obamacare in a NYT opinion column. Basically, Republicans prefer that the poor camp out at racetrack parking lots for a week at a time in the hopes that someone will pull a tooth for them for free. Democrats have given people a fair shot at being able to pay for the privilege of receiving their medical care indoors and at regular intervals, but Republicans say repeal it or they'll destroy the world economy. Yet our country is supposedly "closely divided" on the issue? Hmm. OK. Greg Dworkin rounds up more news from the ACA rollout front, the looming shutdown, local coverage of these events, and more. Doctor Who asks for (and gets) a run-down of the mechanics of this morning's Senate votes, plus a look at what might be rattling around in Boehner's head. Today's reads: "GOP's incompetence is a godsend for America." More on the 401(k) disaster, followed by listener Bruce McF's Tweeted observations on the subject (which, luckily for me, he clarifies in comments). "The House's debt-ceiling bill is...wow." "No, the Navy Yard Mass Shooter Did Not Target a 'Gun-Free Zone." "Wall St. to GOP: Are you nuts?" "Hundreds of U.S. security clearances seen falsified." Colorado apartment complex bans guns, then reverses itself. And, for your edification: "Inside The Crooked 'Courthouse Gang' Of Coal Country."

Direct download: September_27_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:22pm EDT

A KITM filibuster today! (And it was great.) We unraveled the non-filibuster Cruzapalooza situation, then went right from Greg Dworkin's round-up (ACA polling, Gop civil war skirmishing, WaPo's "How eight lives would be affected by the health law") to Armando's exploration of a possible "Grand Bargain" on the ACA & the sequester, to GideonAB's thoughts linking campaign finance reform, obesity & national security! (Seriously, it worked!)

Direct download: September_26_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:04pm EDT

It's all Cruzapalooza in DC today. Greg Dworkin rounds up the chatter on Ted, polling on the shutdown scenario, and the new rates coming out and looking lower than expected. Joan McCarter joined us, and we discussed the very big differences between U.S. Senate filibuster rules, and those Wendy Davis faced in the Texas Senate, plus procedural strategery on the CR and the debt ceiling from this point forward. Other stories: Senate ethics committee dismisses Vitter's complaint. The launch of the ACA exchanges. The stalling of all other legislative business. The ultimate Congressional health care perk: the Office of the Attending Physician. The Church Committee versus the modern NSA. Movement, and another looming crisis, on judicial nominations. Starbucks & guns. The 401(k) train wreck. Fuzz2347's comment on gun insurance.

Direct download: September_25_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:52pm EDT

It was pretty much all about shutdown strategery, today. Last week, traditional media reporting on the Cruz-sade was all about "He can't! He won't!" And this week? He can and will. Daily Kos, including our radio programming, is still like getting (a correct) newspaper early. For a change of pace, Greg Dworkin kicked off his round-up with the much-discussed retelling of the H-bomb near-accident over North Carolina in the 1960s, but we ended up back on the continuing Gop civil war (and the fantasy that it will lead to a 3rd party movement). Markos shines a light on Hillary Clinton's nod to the old "common ground"-finding exercise & rolls his eyes. A WSJ editorial laments the state of Ted's Cruz-sade (but gets the terminology wrong--remember when that disqualified you for debate?). Armando calls in and helps game out the various possible outcomes. The Hill notes that the Cruz-sade robs the House of time to respond to the Senate. Helpless Gop Senators don't know what to do about Cruz being a vice chair of the NRSC while undermining incumbents! Will Republicans "win" on spending issues no matter what happens to Obamacare? Jonathan Bernstein's "The Day after Shutdown."

Direct download: September_24_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:26pm EDT

Greg Dworkin puts us on track with his Monday roundup. On the international side: Samantha Powers' debut at the UN, Syria, Germany's lessons for American conservatives, and the ongoing terrorist attack in Kenya. Domestically: shutdown strategery, Gop governors making Medicaid expansion decisions as the ACA looms, WaPo's Fred Hiatt counsels patience on gun policy (and to approach it as a public health issue), and Sarah Binder explains the hurdles facing Ted's Cruz-sade to defund Obamacare. We took a close look at Binder's road map, and explained where events may deviate from it, plus where others may have taken a wrong turn in reading it. Jonathan Capehart demonstrates Gop lunacy in four discrete examples. Daily Kos pal We Won points me to Ole Texan's "The Rise and Fall of ALEC Nation," giving us a chance to catch up on their chicanery.

Direct download: September_23_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:03pm EDT

House Republicans voted to pass their ACA-defunding CR while we were on the air. Greg Dworkin rounds up Villager attitude, Rand Paul insists Gop is "winning" like Charlie Sheen, and the cratering of Republican self-identification. Today's GunFAIL roundup: open carrier robbed at gunpoint & has his gun stolen; Gilberton, PA gun nut/police chief Mark Kessler is suspended; double-murder road rage shooting by concealed carriers; Arkansas town mayor accidentally shoots out police chief's office window; Idaho gun show that had an accidental shooting earlier in the year is cancelled when insurance costs skyrocket; Longwood U. student accidentally shoots another; Savannah State's armed guards are trained on the job. "How Detroit went broke." Doctor Who asks a procedural question about the CR voting. Outrageous foreclosure story out of Altadena, CA. Made all the payments, but mortgage holder says they sold the house, anyway.

Direct download: September_20_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:16pm EDT