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Everybody's talking about the purchase of The Washington Post by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos. Greg Dworkin's round-up included several angles on that story, 3D key printing, polling on the GA-SEN race, and latter day discoveries and/or rejections of Twitter and the power of social media by traditional media reporters. Here we go, again! More on the sale of the WaPo: the Wall Street Journal notes that it comes with an overfunded pension fund. Well! Wouldn't that make for some interesting reporting on the subject of pension theft, if their pensions were stolen? Doubling back to yesterday's "secret hold" discussion, the missing piece of the background to that: the story that explains why we needed to talk about the continuing existence of secret holds. Specifically, a hold placed by a Republican Senator on a bill that would require getting a warrant before accessing email communications. Jason Stanford's post, "Kafka in Texas," and Gavin Aronsen's MoJo piece noting certain disparities in the way local law enforcement defines "threats" posed by non-violent political speech and activism. And in the case of the latter article, trumps those threats up for cash and toys. Then, a return to Reuters' story on law enforcement's routine use and covering up of tips from the DEA's "Special Operations Division."

Direct download: August_6_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:33pm EDT

We just had to give some attention to the hot chatter of the morning, what we'll call Slampiece Ventures, the hedge fund by and for Dude Bros. Want to destroy your work ethic? These gents can do it. Greg Dworkin's round-up included the new "Thermometer" Q Poll, measuring the political "hotness" of major national figures. This may be your first and last chance to say that Chris Christie is the hottest politician in American. Also: early reads on the 2016 Gop field, the all-too-focused-and-therefore-mostly-unknown campaign of Bill De Blasio for NYC Mayor, and a gentle reminder that yes, Mitch McConnell really is still favored to retain that KY-SEN seat. Afterwards, a brief discussion of something someone nutty said on Twitter over the weekend! In this case, one "GOPBlackChick," insisting that you never hear white people talking about "white pride." Don't Google that, ma'am! You're going to be so disappointed by what you see. Armando joins in on this one, and moves the conversation over to Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz along the way. Hunter takes on Ken Cuccinelli's corruption. Josh Horwitz's HuffPo piece on gun nut police chief Mark Kessler, "The Town the Militia Took Over." The growing problem of "forgotten" guns seized by the TSA. Remember when the Senate "got rid of" anonymous holds? Finally, the emerging bombshell of how the intelligence community has allegedly been laundering intercepted communications for non-terrorism/national security-related prosecutions.

Direct download: August_5_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:49pm EDT

Oh boy, I'll bet the kids just can't wait to burn fake Obamacare cards! It's way better than video games! Greg Dworkin gave us his headline round-up, and previewed his upcoming Sunday Kos piece, "Libertarian populism and the battle for the Perot vote." So, what stories did we discuss today? Sahil Kapur's entry at TPMDC, "GOP Telegraphs Mass Filibuster Of Obama's Top Judges." The AP's report that an opinion of the Arkansas Attorney General will block Clarksville, AR's plan to arm teachers and staff. Norm Ornstein's latest on Gop intransigence, "Boehner's Passive-Aggressive Style Heightens Risk of Government Shutdown." John Aravosis' coverage at Americablog of the craziness of anti-gay sentiment in Russia and how it's coming to impact their hosting of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Catching up on the partially-debunked but still unsettling "pressure cooker & backpack" Googling story. And finally, Henry Blodget's provocatively-titled, "Hate To Say It, But If Companies Don't Start Paying People Better, We May Need Unions."

Direct download: August_2_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:24pm EDT

Breaking news for the top of our show today: In a perfect storm of accidental injury statistics, a 7-year-old girl was accidentally shot while swimming! Greg Dworkin gave us his round-up, including the procedural drama surrounding the confirmation (finally!) of an ATF Director, The Hill's "50 Most Beautiful" list triggers a Sports Illustrated curse, the continuing intra-"party" (if you can still call it that) Republican feud, and the search for the origins of Green Lanternism. And in the first of what will become regular weekly appearances, Joan McCarter joined in to discuss yesterday's Senate follies, upcoming filibuster fights, the collapse of the appropriations process (and all Republican conference leadership) in the House, the crappy student loan "fix" bill, and the continuing tensions on NSA policy between Intelligence and Judiciary committee Senators. Also, Tim Murphy's Mother Jones piece, "Fox News' Neil Cavuto Doesn't Know How Inflation Works," and "How Vice Hacked Google Glass To Tell Crisis Stories."

Direct download: August_1_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:34pm EDT

I didn't know you could get injured doing a radio show, but apparently it's happened! I've hurt my shoulder somehow, from this crazy, contorted set-up I've got going on at home. Time to Feng Shui the studio! I mean, "studio." Despite the discomfort, we had ourselves a pretty good time today. We caught up with today's schedule in Congress, and the big picture issues, too, with Greg Dworkin at the top of the show. All in all, a wide-ranging production today, touching on the "fiscal cliff," the likely addition of a marriage equality plank to the Democratic Party platform, the continuing Romneyshambles saga, and the audition of a new voice chip for the Romneybot3000.

Direct download: July_31_2012_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:40am EDT

Nothing gets you up and running on a Tuesday morning quite like a Greg Dworkin "death and dying" themed news round-up! There's NPR's Scott Simon's running Twitter commentary from his mother's hospital bedside. Food stamp slashing. The so-called "death panels." Political suicide in the form of Obamacare repeal obsession and another Sarah Palin candidacy. The 500-year-old Inca "Ice Maiden" mummy. But also, the Snowden Effect, and factions in the Fed chair fight. Next, the chief outrage of the day: JPMorgan Chase has apparently decided to fill the energy market gap left behind by Enron. I'm telling you, these white kids are out of control wit the crime these days! Then, maybe a little good news on the mortgage fraud front, as Richmond, CA prepares to deploy a new weapon in the foreclosure crisis, this time on behalf of actual people. Wrapping up, we touch on Sharia crayons, NC's clueless governor signs the voter suppression bill he hasn't read, and Judd Gregg's assertion that the motion to proceed (leaving out the filibuster entirely!) threatens to turn the Senate into the House! Oh well, too late! Finally, in a surprise appearance, Armando drops by to tease an upcoming interview for next week.

Direct download: July_30_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:47pm EDT

Greg Dworkin rounded up the news on the "Snowden Effect," and Republicans in Disarray fronts. So, what does the Snowden Effect get us? Discussion and debate, yes. And that's important. But what are the many and varied hurdles to actually putting a stop to intrusive domestic surveillance? And haven't we been here before? Is it even possible to find a path out that doesn't eventually circle right back around to this same place? Next: the FISC's ruling helping along the effort for open publication of its 2011 opinion finding some NSA surveillance programs unconstitutional. Good news, but still possibly a long, long way from our actually seeing it. And, an unsettling unintended consequence of Snowden's revelations: will the governments of other countries end up gaining as much or even more access to communications data? Foreign fighters arriving in Syria apparently include a growing number of Westerners. What's going to happen when they come home? And are the concerns of those worrying about this eerily familiar? Finally, a roundup of some of the weekend's strangest gun stories, including a "surprise" ending at a training session for Sheriff Joe Arpaio's volunteer school guard "posse."

Direct download: July_29_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:04pm EDT

We kicked things off with a quick debunking on today's deliberate conservative misreading: the meme that IRS employees oppose Obamacare. Then, a tour through some of the latest writing on the "Obamacare sabotage" strategy undertaken by Republicans. We knew it was there, and knew it was broader than just Obamacare, but these pieces by Brian Beutler and Norm Ornstein ring true and they're as good a way to head into the weekend as any. Next: David Corn's revelation of the conservative "Groundswell" group, the closed-circuit wingnut circus fighting its self-declared bazillionty front war against everything to the infinity plus infinity power. Special Friday treat: in and out of character, with Twitter fave @RepJackKimble!

Direct download: July_26_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:24pm EDT

Greg Dworkin's round-up included the "Carlos Danger" name generator, the Amash-Conyers amendment, and how Steve King's racism continues to damage the Republican brand. We read and tried to figure out the background story of Laura Clawson's post about the Ohio woman who had all her belongings stolen by a bank that got the wrong address on an eviction. Then, a deep dive into the moving parts of the Amash-Conyers result. What does it mean? Can we really tell why it got the votes it got, and can it be expected to get a stronger vote next time? Will there even be a next time? Was there really a connection between reining in the NSA and closing Guantanamo? What would have happened had it passed? Lastly, though we attempted to move back to "The Last Days of Big Law" with Armando on hand for the discussion, we wandered instead into the universality of the money chase and the MBA-ization of the "learned professions."

Direct download: July_25_2013_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:38pm EDT

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