Tue, 11 July 2017
Did you know that each date this week is a palindrome, in that the date reads the same forward as backward? Heavy, right? While you ponder that, David Waldman also has this Tuesday excogitation to prepare you for this news cycle once Trump pops like a boil… uhm actually he’s full of...
OK. So, you heard about Don Fredo Trump meeting with the Russian operative? He kind of walked into a rake on that one. Now, the whole scheme’s unraveling, there is a beautiful, delicious email trail, and Don’s third version of events is about due, although it probably won’t help him much. Pence 2020!
Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya has been connected to the Trumps before, because they’ve done bad things with Russia before. Natalia says Don Jr., Jared and Manafort were begging for it. Does it matter who wanted it first?
Mon, 10 July 2017
David Waldman brings us whatever godawful week of The Presidential Apprentice it is, along with its spinoffs, Son and Daughter of Presidential Apprentice. In this episode, Donald “Fredo” Trump Jr. has been shopping for those huge beautiful Kremlin ties for his dad...
Greg Dworkin rounded up a ton of news on Russia and the Trumps—and that health care stuff too. Looking at the Trump-Russia timeline puts it all into perspective. It is all adding up for everyone, except maybe Team Trump and Team Pepe. Donald’s boy really wanted to be a good colluder for Dad, too bad he now has to take that ride to the middle of the lake to fix things for Jared. Real news now comes in music videos. Oh no! It’s A COOKBOOK!
Taking a knee in the middle of fighting for Trumpcare appears to be a bad strategy for the Gop. Donald Trump doesn’t know what to make of these Republican’s lack of winning. Rural GOP senators notice they have voters. The best plan might be to win by losing, and join with somebody they can blame, like Democrats. The difference between “public option” and “single payer”.
With Donald Trump, the norm always is: It all goes to Donald Trump.
Fri, 7 July 2017
Top Twitter chatter this morning: Office of Government Ethics chief Walter Shaub can’t even anymore. Podestamania is runnin’ wild, as Trump reports for his first quarterly performance review, and says bigly words to people in Poland.
Greg Dworkin wasn’t with us on the air today, but he had a number of great suggestions for discussion and weekend reading: Mike Gerson goes there. There are many reasons to fear Trump pushing us into a “clash of civilizations.” One I hadn’t thought of before is, we may be going in unarmed.
Felix Sater is back. And he’d like people to think he’s flipped on Trump, I guess. Did he? Does he think he did? Does he think he didn’t, but will end up screwing up and doing it in the end, anyway? Stay tuned.
Getting up to speed for the weekend on health care: In setting up a potential Plan B, McConnell pulls the rug out from under Republican ACA lies. But just so you don’t forget: Plan A still sucks, too. And so does Cruz. His plan, I mean.
Trump’s pretending he makes charitable donations, again.
Thu, 6 July 2017
David Waldman’s Hzaard shelf fell on him, he’s OK, but now it’s brökn. It’ll take more than that to take a new KITM from us!
Greg Dworkin brings David, and us, the latest: Donald Trump, shopping for an Ottoman, is today’s least funny Polish joke. As Trump sows chaos around the globe, most G20 countries, including the US, see Merkel as leader of the free world. Retired general David Petraeus figures the world could just ignore Donald from now on. Trump dwindles to just a brand pasted on Obama’s ISIS plan. Felix Sater, Russian with crime links, of course has dirt on Trump, and has flipped.
Almost every state is rejecting the Trump/Kobach crackdown on voting, some of them even out of principle. If we can still vote in 2018, we might win. Already many are out there newly motivated, including Jackson, MS mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba, a name striking fear as far as Tennessee.
The Gop promises lower health premiums and higher out of pocket on useless insurance, plus extra freedom. Support for single-payer health care is on its way to becoming the consensus position in the Democratic Party. Hey everybody, Ted Cruz has a plan! Here's the thing you have to understand about Ted Cruz. Al Franken hates Ted Cruz.
Trump transferred wealth to his son while avoiding the usual taxes. Here is one example.
Wed, 5 July 2017
New Jerseyans aren’t letting their beach bum of a governor off the hook just yet.
Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter are on hand to keep us on track with both the latest headlines on all fronts, and the long game on Trumpcare.
Congress has been in recess for the holiday, but the majority of Republican Senators are simply ducking their local July 4th parades, rather than face constituents anxious and angry about the Gop proposal to ruin everything for money. Republicans who’ve been notable holdouts felt more comfortable appearing in public, but even then only in measured doses. And no Trumpcare discussion is complete without taking yet another stab at explaining procedure.
On the international front, Trump has failed to rein in North Korea and has been unable to get whatever trade concessions it is he’s looking for out of China. And now, he’s on his way to the G20, where people think he’s an idiot. In all of which he’s backed up by alleged Secretary of State Rex “Everything” Tillerson.
And hey, here are two curve balls I bet you didn’t think Greg would throw you: Ancient Romans made the best concrete, and it might help us hold back rising seas, and; a leopard may not be able to change its spots, but any two cheetahs can swap their skin.
Joan McCarter notes most Republican Senators are dodging their constituents, but are those who aren’t hearing what people are really saying? Don’t leave it to chance, though: keep calling! Especially as Republicans begin reaching into their bag of tricks, to create excuses for holdouts to vote yes on something—anything!—in the end. Keep an eye on Murkowski, though. Just sayin’.
And yes, we’ve heard about the GA-06 lawsuit.
Tue, 4 July 2017
Yes, a brand new LIVE show on July 4th! Because America! And also, I was already awake.
During that brief period for which I was asleep, North Korea launched another missile, but Donald Trump has anger-tweeted them, so don’t worry about it.
In the meantime, we use the holiday quiet period (minus the threat of rogue nation nuclear missiles) to catch up on Jay Sekulow’s sekret sektarian skimming, s(k)pecifically that of his son Logan, a racket that netted him nearly a million bucks, and which began at the tender age of 18.
A Florida judge has drawn the line on the state’s newly expanded “Stand Your Ground” law. It may yet be erased, but it gives us another opportunity to discuss the inappropriate short-circuiting of long-established principles of law, because guns are cool and gun owners shouldn’t be bothered with the responsibility of abiding by the law, because they're so law-abiding and stuff.
Only KITM would take you on this extensive a tour of the definitional minutiae of the emoluments clauses. But you can’t tell the players without a program.
Mon, 3 July 2017
Wow, people sure behave idiotically around the 4th of July... especially the idiots. Smart people will listen to today’s KITM as David Waldman catches us up on the holiday weekend and sets us up for the holiday week.
Particularly smart Greg Dworkin continues to focus on the Republican quest to destroy Obamacare and move profits to rich people. They don’t like to call it that, because voters wouldn’t want to hear that. Credit the local press for telling it like it is. The Gop got themselves into this because it was winning them elections. Now that they are being held to their promises, they are dropping the “improve” promises, and keeping the “destroy” ones. Polls are showing this strategy could crush Senate Republicans. Alas, Senate Republicans need to destroy things until 2020 before they’re in trouble.
Maybe the Democrats shouldn’t totally rely on the Republican’s destructive behavior to build the Democratic brand, as Americans' confidence in institutions starts to edge up. Trump’s enemy are any public institutions not centered on him. That’s why the White House daily briefing is in such trouble, because insane tweets and comments are directly profitable, and his voters absolutely do not care. CNN should have stood by its reporters.
Fri, 30 June 2017
Thu, 29 June 2017
Don’t quit now! David Waldman and Greg Dworkin remind us we are in the middle of a life or death health care battle, and no where near the end. Call up those senators! Raise a ruckus at next week’s parades!
Without a win, conservative media wanders away, because it’s about wins, not anything else. Donald now has better things to pay attention to, although he wasn’t ever really paying attention. The worse part of Obamacare for Republicans was the “Obama” part, really. Now they know they hit a wall, their bill is kryptonite, support is fabulously low, even with the base, even on Fox. New Gop fixes include bribing moderates, bribing wingnuts, and relying on the continued ignorance of Medicare recipients… maybe the Democrats are ready to negotiate? Topher Spiro has a bipartisan health care fix.
Meanwhile, Republicans just want government to end, at least governing. Chaos is the Trump standard, here and abroad. America first is becoming America alone. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is pretty happy with ruining international relationships, but is not going to move in down the hall from some Russian mobsters!
Wed, 28 June 2017