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Well, General Petraeus pretty much guaranteed us we'd have stuff to talk about today, but before we got into that nonsense, we had a visit from Greg Dworkin, and an opportunity to talk about the hottest topic among at least some parts of Very Serious circles: "epistemic closure." Yes, the Traditional Media is very concerned that Republicans closed themselves off from reality in insisting Romney was going to win. But didn't they have their own problem in closing themselves off from reality in insisting that the numbers didn't show what they in fact did show? From there, it was on to the craziness of the Petraeus story, the even crazier craziness of the volume of email involved, and the even crazier craziness than that: the shirtless Teabagger FBI agent at the center of it all. Your surveillance state national security team, ladies and gentlemen. And as always, a few of the kind of sidebar discussions that make the show what it is. What do I mean? Tune in and find out!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:42am EDT

Like a car wreck, it's just too difficult to look away from continued Republican expression of shock at having lost the election that all the data said they were likely to lose. But it provides a perfect launching pad for discussing all the things their disconnect from reality means. We spent a good hour or more on the unfortunate Tennessee Republican Beth Cox, profiled in the Washington Post, and what her story might tell us. And we just had to pause to note RedState's boo-hoo-ing about the Romney campaign being a "consultant con job." Dude, the Romney EVERYTHING is a consultant con job! But amazingly enough, even as the traditional media is turning out their torrent of coverage of how out of it Republicans really are, they're still after us to look for "compromise" with the people who hate numbers, science, reason, logic & economics. And to top it all off, they're giving Paul Ryan a waiver on his term-limited chairmanship of the Budget Committee so he can negotiate the undoing of supposedly "automatic" spending cuts. Ever wonder why nothing in Washington ever seems to work quite right? (P.S. Don't worry, we had technical trouble, but the annoying clicking DOES go away!)

Direct download: November_12_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:06pm EDT

Republicans continued churning out more Crazy, so we had to keep covering it. Greg Dworkin joined us with exit polling analysis, and to point us to a shining example of everything that's wrong with Republicans: Mary Matalin's disastrous, eye-rolling, head-shaking huffing, snorting whinefest of an appearance on CNN. Armando also chimed in to discuss post-election reactions, and a little bit about the future of Daily Kos Radio. Finally, we wrapped up by tying together some of the more unhinged "conservative" reaction, how gerrymandering left the Republicans with a rump majority in the House, and how filibuster reform in the Senate can help us deal with them both during the lame duck and the next two years.

Direct download: November_9_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:56am EDT

Election wrap-up continues, with an evaluation and ranking by performance of the pollsters, aggregators and analysts. And of course, a look back at the most ludicrous pre-election punditry and predictions--with a special focus on everyone's favorite target: Jennifer Rubin.

Looking forward, a hint at what's to come in the lame duck Congressional session, the prospects of a "Grand Bargain," and How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Laughing at the Misnomer "Fiscal Cliff."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:39am EDT

We're back with our first post-election morning show, and wow... what a morning it is! Greg Dworkin joined the show in his usual slot, for the post-mortem on the "quants" versus the "guts." And we wrapped the show with a call from Steve Singiser, who brought us up to date on the Congressional races. In between, we got a little weedy on filibuster reform, how it might work, what to look out for in the way of Republican mewling about it, and why it matters even if the House is staying Republican.

Direct download: November_7_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:45am EDT

We had a great extended segment today with Greg Dworkin and Tim Lange (aka Meteor Blades) on the air together for most of our first hour today! We talked last minute polling, gut/narrative vs. data, more Nate Silver, the breakthrough Business Week "It's Global Warming, Stupid" cover, the October jobs numbers, and much more. A fun way to wrap up the week, and close out the last live show before the election!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:54am EDT

Our polling and punditry roundups are back online, as Greg Dworkin's Internet servcie has been restored! So we discussed Chris Christie's recent cooperation with President Obama on storm relief, the strange-sounding-but-explainable designation of Ohio as a "toss-up," the latest on the punditry's love affair with "The Narrative," and Republicans' continued attachment to "The Math." But is "The Math" really entirely divorced from reality? Consider that while Republicans accuse Democrats of manipulating polling output, Republicans are using state legislatures (and in some cases, plain old criminality) to manipulate the input in the one poll that really matters: actual voting. From ALEC copycat voter ID laws, to fake voter registration schemes, to their ill-fated attempt to force U.S. Attorneys to pretend they were finding and prosecuting "voter fraud," Republicans have been hard at work on creating this narrative for a long time. Plus, more on the astonishing idiocy of the attacks on Nate Silver, and how Dick Morris has finally written The Dumbest Thing Ever (but still gets paid).

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:33pm EDT

We got our regular fix on the polling and punditry today, thanks to our first post-Sandy visit with Greg Dworkin. And though things are winding down and the cleanup is beginning, Sandy still dominated the conversation. Both Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan staged "storm relief" events, and both were panned in the press for it, including detailed coverage of how work was stopped in order to make sure the candidates would arrive in time to be photographed packing donations. Meanwhile, the Red Cross has been pretty clear that money is what's needed, and in-kind donations actually hamper relief efforts. But whatever! At any rate, it gave us the chance to observe that when it comes time to campaign, the Republican mantras about local voices making local choices goes down the drain. Central command says we need soup photos, so you're getting soup! Sounds familiar, eh?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:44am EDT

Our first post-Sandy show, at least from where we're sitting. We rounded up some of the most dramatic stories, discussed the pros and cons of Twitter's ability to spread news from peer-to-peer, noted Mitt Romney's insistence that private relief and state-based emergency management would be preferable to FEMA, and discussed the traditional media's strange obsession with attacking Nate Silver's Five Thirty Eight methodologies in the middle of the storm's onslaught. People are weird, man.

Direct download: October_30_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:22am EDT

Hurricane Sandy is rolling in, but we made it on the air for our Monday show. And that means a double shot polling update from Greg Dworkin and Steve Singiser. The storm preoccupied us, of course, and there's even a polling impact, since many polling firms are East Coast operations, plus there could be days on end when most of the Northeast is unable to answer their phones. So we may be flying partially blind into Election Day. Also discussed: Suprise! A top Romney advisor really does own a shipyard; the millions of dollars of Romney campaign funds being spent with consulting firms owned by or employing Romney campaign aides; the weirdness that ensues when "outside auditors" are asked to evaluate their own tax advice to their corporate clients; and just a little bit about Matt Stoller's controversial article arguing for progressives to walk away from voting for Barack Obama. (Hint: I'm not doing it.)

Direct download: October_29_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:40am EDT