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Greg Dworkin rounds up the latest Nate Silver discussions: math skills, yes, but it's also the writing. Also, a new NBC/WSJ poll shows views of race relations have taken a serious hit of late. Next, the suddenly exploding story of gonzo gun nut police chief Mark Kessler, with Alex Seitz-Wald, who looks this whackadoodle in today's Salon. Lots to marvel over in that story, and the larger effect of blurring the lines around gun issues across the country. Finally, we start reading & commenting on Noam Scheiber's "The Last Days of Big Law."

Direct download: July_24_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:21pm EDT

All the cool kids are doing it, so we engage in some early-morning idle Royal Baby chat. But Greg Dworkin quickly puts us back on track with his roundup discussion of how the right-wing media machine actively misreads Barack Obama's record as a state senator to portray him as a hypocrite on Republican-favored shoot first laws. But misunderstanding "shoot first" does more than just gin up stories for political purposes, it has real world consequences when actual gun owners venture out on the limbs their supposed "thought leaders" told them would support their weight. Greg also brought up Nate Silver's move from the NYT to ABC/ESPN, and the upset he apparently caused in the Times newsroom. Afterwards: that skewed Obamacare premiums claim Indiana Republicans were making, and why it was garbage; Ed Kilgore's "Uh, Yeah, This Is a Different GOP"; Jonathan Chait's "Anarchists of the House"; Greg Sargent's "Republicans' dilemma: how aggressively should they sabotage Obamacare?" and The Hill's "GOP to constituents: Questions of ObamaCare? Call Obama." Then, "how Goldman Sachs is making your beer more expensive" and a WSJ story on the U.S. Marshals losing track of millions of dollars worth of encrypted radios. Finally, a wrap-up moment: how "warrior cops," cheap tech and privatization combine to erase the unwritten checks and balances against the expansion of government power.

Direct download: July_23_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:42pm EDT

Made it through the whole show without the threatened appliance-related interruption! Greg Dworkin rounded up a few choice stories, going in depth with a doc's-eye view of Medicare payment changes on tap under the ACA, and alerting us to his long-awaited interview on American gun safety issues, on Australian "60 Minutes." After some royal baby babbling, we note some amazing stats from a Harvard study on gun violence, especially where it comes to differences in the impact of guns on women in states with high rates of gun ownership, versus those with low rates. Also: is Walterboro, SC the new capital of #GunFAIL-per-capita? Next, discussion of Radley Balko's WSJ article, excerpted from his book, "Rise of the Warrior Cop." Did WSJ not want any discussion of the role of militarized police in suppressing mass political dissent? Finally, the Detroit bankruptcy, starting with a background piece by David Dayen from back in March, "How Deadbeat Banks Pushed Detroit to the Brink."

Direct download: July_22_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:12pm EDT

A tab-clearing Friday show, with a nice sampling of headlines. So here's one gigantic run-on sentence about what they were: that Politico list; Snowden; the nuclear option fight, deal, and schisms in the Gop ranks; still more post-nuclear executive nomination threats; more grifting from Bob McDonnell & his wife; some observations on an interesting delayed college tuition plan proposed in Ohio; an underreported incident of #GunFAIL (of a sort) right in front of the White House; Robert Reich on "Why We Should Stop Subsidizing Sky-High CEO Pay"; ACLU on license plate tracking, and how cheap data storage might mean we need to rethink what privacy actually entails; the latest on stalky Utah gun dude Clark Aposhian, and the problem with drawing good guy/bad guy lines; Cate Long at Reuters notes a NYT Dealbook blog post with a remarkable built-in conflict of interest on public-private partnerships, coincidentally, one which siphons off billions from taxpayers leveraging the ability to computerize law enforcement functions, with implications for our earlier discussion on the nature of privacy.

Direct download: July_19_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:08pm EDT

Greg Dworkin brought a full smorgasbord (smörgåsbord!) of Abbreviated Pundit Roundup items, including Tom Edsall's latest, the Republican Senate rift over the nuclear option deal, the Republican rift over Liz Cheney's Senate bid, Lewis Black firing back at Rick Perry, and more. A couple of crazy (but maybe no crazier than usual) gun incidents illustrate yet more Wild West mentality, as opposed to the recitation of the armed society/polite society myth we're usually handed. That took us into the continued reading of the Brookings essay on the Sandy Hook Promise activists. During the second hour of the show, Ian Reifowitz joined us for another wide-ranging discussion, touching on his writing on the evolution of a progressive national identity, fallout from the Zimmerman trial, the prosperity gospel, and just a wee bit more philosophy, psychiatry and theology than you normally hear on morning radio!

Direct download: July_18_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:53pm EDT

Greg Dworkin gives us some analysis of the big morning news on plummeting health care coverage premiums approved for the New York market beginning next year, and rounds up the reactions to "Nuclear Tuesday," Jenny McCarthy, and more. Then, some post-game analysis on the nuclear option game, what it means going forward, and why a Wall Street Journal weep-itorial on the subject is cramped in its thinking and basically completely stupid. Next, the first half of that long-promised Brookings essay on Sandy Hook Promise. And in the last few minutes, a look ahead at what we'll try to get to during the balance of the week. You know, that stuff you've been talking about amongst yourselves!

Direct download: July_17_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:52am EDT

The nuclear option came and went during the course of today's show, so we set that up, and then explain it away. Greg Dworkin joined in with a round-up of the day's stories, including the nuclear option drama, the thief caught in Michele Bachmann's office, more Zimmerman/Martin fallout (including "Juror B37"), elected Republicans ignoring popular sentiment in favor of doing the bidding of wingnut funders, and Jenny McCarthy's move to ABC's "The View," and a little more about the Brookings essay, "The Promise." Armando joins us again to discuss the fight over whether Florida's shoot first law did or didn't have anything to do with the outcome of the trial, and then to set up the nuclear option story, which actually resolved itself before we even finished the show. Finally, maybe a hint of a discussion to come, on--believe it or not--Jennifer Lopez's habit of putting on private shows for dictators, crooks and oligarchs. We'll try and make it "deep." Promise!

Direct download: July_16_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:48pm EDT

A delayed start today, but lots of input today from Greg Dworkin, Armando and Meteor Blades, once the tech kinks were ironed out! Greg tipped us off to the Brookings essay, "The Promise: The Families of Sandy Hook and the Long Road to Gun Safety," which we'll have to give a closer look to. But we ended up giving over most of the day to the aftermath of the George Zimmerman trial and the killing of Trayvon Martin, with Tim and Armando, and we went everywhere. The state of the legal system, the nature of these "shoot first" laws, the militarized response to even non-violent mass public reaction, and more. Toward the end of the show, we added a round up of  more "nuclear option" details in advance of tomorrow's expected trigger: cloture votes on blocked executive branch nominees, and set the table for further discussion of the ongoing Snowden/NSA affair.

Direct download: July_15_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:40pm EDT

Couldn't avoid starting out with the Sharknado this morning, but we got a little more on-topic, eventually. Monte Frank of Team 26 joined us this morning to update us on their latest activities and their plan heading into the late summer and fall. We also read where4art's e-mail on Eliot Spitzer's bid for Comptroller of NYC. And finally, the moment we've all been waiting for: the big, final installment on the exposition on the nuclear option. All the parliamentary maneuvering that went into perfecting the procedure. How it got derailed over and over before striking paydirt in 1975. Where had Senate reform gone wrong in a way that enabled today's silent filibusters, and how did that make exercising the constitutional option that much more complicated. Which Senator who today says he opposes the procedure actually voted for it (in a big way) in 1975? And which Senator who says he opposes it now voted for it (in a smaller way) in 2011? All this and more in today's show, plus a bonus hour not heard during the live stream, but which contains all the good stuff!

Direct download: July_12_2013_complete.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 3:23pm EDT

Lots of nuclear option background and discussion today. Greg Dworkin called in to discuss Eliot Spitzer's run, Bob McDonnell's problems, Snowden/NSA, and more. Afterwards, a crazy GunFAIL story, a discussion of the provocative BusinessWeek "Hedge Fund Myth" cover and just what that myth might really be. We close out the show with at least some of the promised extensive discussion of the looming "nuclear option," and some #KITM only-level detail about what's going on, and what's driving the internal debate.

Direct download: July_11_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:07pm EDT