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David Waldman gets a lot of listeners—KITM is downloaded thousands of times each month. Each one of you means a lot, and not just the ones that give us money... but it still was very distressing when Patreon screwed up and started messing around with their payment system. They’re very sorry, they fixed it, and you can come back if you want. Thanks!

Greg Dworkin observes the fifth anniversary of the Newtown massacre. The grief endures, but you have a chance to change tomorrow’s news.

Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election, maybe you heard. While Roy Moore waits for ballots to be delivered from Mount Sinai, he and his brother activate a few zealot sleeper cells. For black Alabama voters, God wasn’t so mysterious. Is Alabama the end of Trump and fellow cockroach Bannon? The suburban revolt continues, growing into a wave. Donald sinks out of sight even in Iowa. On our side, Democrats approach gerrymander escape velocity, we might be even better off than we think.

This is a Trump/Bannon-driven worse case scenario for the Gop and about half of them figured out the other half has it in for them. By the way, Trump did it—unless you believe Donald’s side of the story.

Charles Johnson hates Chuck C. Johnson, because after 2009 they became very different people. Charles reveals that Chuck is behind the hoax sexual harassment document smearing Chuck Schumer. Serial jerk Mike Cernovich might have to troll from behind bars because of this.

Letting Trump have emoluments didn’t seem to discourage him. In fact, he seems to like them a lot.

Fighting in Yemen is escalating and drawing us in. David looks at how the US is making it worse.



 

Direct download: December_14_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:31am EST

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Yay! Last night our old white guy ran against theirs, and women of color stepped up and made the wise but also obvious choice. There is a lot more detail, and glee to share, so let’s join the fun with David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter:

As Greg told you all along, and Donald told you all along, decent people come out and vote when they need to, and stay away when they have to. The good guys won, all women won (even if they didn’t want to) and actual morality did great... fake morality did not. Speaking of losers, there is no joy in MAGA-ville after this strikeout, with more to come. Democrats can now feel free to run against hebephiles, hebrewphobes and Bannonites. (Steve says there is no “Bannon”—Steve is only Negan Trump) Mitch McConnell will, as tradition dictates, do whatever he wants. In fact, when is the best time for getting tax cuts to rich people if not now?

Joan’s highlighting of the Republican refusal to fund the children’s health insurance program has continued in the media consciousness, with Jimmy Kimmel adding his voice. It’s the last week of Obamacare enrollment, let’s keep it running strong.

John Kelly says “You’re Fired!” to Omarosa on Presidential Apprentice. What was she doing in the White House anyhow? Easy answer: picking up a paycheck.

What are Melania, Ivanka and Jared doing in the White House? Don’t ask them, they wouldn’t know.

In the real fake news: Pro-net neutrality Sen. Patrick Leahy’s identify stolen for a fake anti net-neutrality FCC comment, and Chuck Schumer becomes the victim of fake sexual harassment allegations.

Direct download: December_13_2017_64.mp3
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David Waldman pulls in correspondents from the 4 corners of the globe for today’s special KITM Special Election Day special:

Greg Dworkin makes a rare Tuesday appearance to assure us that the good people of the great state of Alabama will handle this election just fine—but they’ll have some competition. The Gop knows that if Roy Moore loses it’s going to screw up a lot for them, Alabama knows if Moore wins it’s going to screw up a lot for them.

But—Doug Jones has a huge lead! And—so does Roy Moore! Both are ahead by almost double digits! Anything could happen, so you don’t know what will happen, but Greg can tell you why you don’t know, and what to look for so you eventually know more, even as some plot to keep you knowing as little as possible.

Democrats are judged on their behavior, Republicans on their vote. What do we do about that? Trump calls Jones a puppet and brags that Moore would always vote as told, in the same tweet. He says he doesn’t watch TV, by referencing TV he’s watching. Trump’s hour-by-hour battle for self-preservation of course has commercial interruptions. Now he is slandering and bullying Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, probably a mistake on his part.

Today’s sexual misconduct: Judge Alex Kozinski requests clerks check out, and double check, his porno stash. Today’s probably non-sexual misconduct: Secretary Ryan Zinke used government helicopters to get to unchaperoned horse-riding dates with Mike Pence.

All of this on today’s Kagro in the Morning! Plus more!

Eric Posman has final thoughts on Alabama voting and voters in his original essay.

Serena Blaiz covers Oklahoman’s fight for class-action status for earthquake damages related to fracking.

Direct download: December_12_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:41am EST

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Week 47 of The Presidential Apprentice! When does Presidential Survivor start?

David Waldman was just about to discuss the Biggest Loser, Fear Factor and the Amazing Race with Greg Dworkin, but something went wrong with the tech, and Greg couldn’t get the voices out of his head before he had to leave.

Armando called in to test Skype and ended up delivering his planned Tuesday rant on the final meeting of the DNC Unity Reform Commission. Armando condemned the travesty, farce and disaster. The melee continues on Twitter, but really, are us Dems in disarray? Is the Democratic Party becoming too democratic, or is the Democratic Party the most united American party in modern political history? Is it something we can surmount? While we figure that out, Republicans kneecap black voting in Alabama.

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David Waldman escorts us safely to the weekend. The next couple days are up to us, but he sets us off well prepared:

Donald Trump, victorious in his war against Hanukkah days ahead of schedule, now marches into… Who knows? They hid his phone, so we have to rely on the fake media for now. Has Donald’s hairdo been hiding his third eye? Sarah Sanders wishes John Lewis would give civil rights leaders like The Donald his due.

No wonder Roy Moore hates America. It’s such a hellhole that we may need Vlad Putin to make it great again, back to when our country “had a direction”. Us whites do stick together, therefore the Moore ticket remains pretty strong. That leaves people of color and women looking for persons of color and women—well, they get Doug Jones, who is out there trying. Nonetheless, institutional racism and voter suppression isn’t making it any easier for him.

Not every ***hole uses bad faith as a tool to manipulate people… No wait, that’s exactly what every ***hole does! Journalists should be aware of that, don’t you think? Voters refuse to believe that they could vote for complete ***holes, and yet they do.

David told you, you could have predicted, and now a study confirms that a surge in guns sales leads to a spike in accidental gun deaths.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:33am EST

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Don’t worry. Anything David Waldman tells you today is protected under attorney-client privilege:

You win some you lose some. Enough accusations of Al Franken pressing altogether the wrong flesh have emerged, and Democrats have jumped into action. Al Franken did decide to resign, ironically of course. He was important before and during his terms as Senator, and has the potential of sustaining that importance. On to Clarence Thomas!

Pleasing almost no one (pre-Rapture, that is) Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Jared likes the idea too. Donald Trump has always been prone to slurring people of color and women, but now has taken to slurring his words. Dentures or TIA? Why not bothGreg Dworkin will not give his opinion on that, but if he did, he’d be right. Greg gives the Democratic Party a clean bill of health, Republicans have some problems though. Actually, there is a mammoth difference. Just look at the tax scam pollsthe enthusiasm gap grows. Goppers donate to Doug Jones, and plenty will vote for him.

Donald Trump should be impeached. But, was yesterday the best day for Congressman Al Green to submit an impeachment resolution? Armando calls in to bring some political, strategical, procedural nuance to the discussion. (Personally, I’d deliver it in the State of the Union response.) In Washington to see Armando this Friday and Saturday? Check out the Democratic National Committee’s Unity Reform Commission meeting and be a part of participatory democracy and shouting matches.

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

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David Waldman presents today’s TGIW KITM. We all get a boost over the hump with assistance from Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter:

Greg brings his round-upThe case for impeachment grows. As evidence piles up, paths to even more evidence are revealed. Flynn admits lying, so we can be certain Trump is too.

The more people figure out the Gop tax scam, the more they hate it. The tax plan is a huge Republican  success—at screwing a generation, shaming Republicans, ruining their chances in 2018, and destroying their reputation forever. The tax scam could’ve paid for a lot of things.

Now that Donald fixed taxes, he can knock the dust off his hands and get back to sowing chaos. Doug Jones just might win, because of the Republican vote.

Tax experts finally get a chance to read the tax bill and holy crap... Now it’s back to the House maniacs, along with a shutdown fight, an existential struggle for the nation and Democrats. Joan managed to break through the media din to ring the alarm on the lapse of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program. Surprise! Mitch McConnell broke all those promises Susan Collins made to her constituents. Her state of Maine is deeply troubled by the news.

Political movements use bad faith as a weapon to bamboozle journalists—a newly popular tool. Concern trolls are drawn to #metoo like Roy Moore to a Justice store. So expect many crocodile tears to be shed over Silence Breakers, while silence breakers break up the silence infrastructure. And—another woman comes forward on Al Franken, as Democratic senators call on him to resign.

Direct download: December_6_2017_64.mp3
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David Waldman will someday pay for that Hawaiian Punch joke he made in 4th grade, but for now will be allowed to bring us Tuesday’s KITM:

After 8 years, Sam Seder is ostracized by MSNBC for saying Roman Polanski and his daughter… what now? ( Jonathan Swift rolls over and over.)  Concern trolls go hunting for Libs, but how sporting is that, when we are so happy to help them? Joy Reid takes a few shots and remains standing. On the other hand, Corey Lewandowski has the hide of a rhino.

Trump and the Gop are getting a bit of a Lolita-esque tingle around Roy Moore. At least Moore isn’t running for a Klan position.

Trump likes to play the field when it comes to foreign entity romance, but Russia is still #1in his heart, and bank account. Paul Manafort, who wasn’t even in trouble for Russia, just had to get in trouble for Russia. Ollie North wants to run Trump’s Uber for spies to battle the Deep State, laws, Constitution, etc.

The Senate was in such a big hurry to slash tax rates they forgot to put in loopholes, completely lousing up the scam.

American missile defense scores a direct PR hit, but kind of misses missiles.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:35am EST

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No reverb issues on KITM, it’s just that David Waldman’s personal lawyer dictates a bit loudly: 

Trump didn’t come up with that tweet, he just heard it somewhere. Who are the President? Billy Bush is certain he knows who was talking to him.

Grassley and Hatch speak for themselves.

Greg Dworkin reports from the front lines as Dotard J. Custer’s troops circle the wagons.

The Donald, soon to be declared Immaculate even as he has blessed many with his laying on of hands, declares so shall Roy Moore. Another teen beauty queen bears witness to Donald’s bare witnessing

The White House starts building the wall to protect their cult. You don’t have to be Marshall Applewhite to see this one coming.

But what about Chappaquiddick? You bet they plan to what about that.

John Kelly finds that fat-ass dotard is pretty nimble when he wants to be.

Was Roy Moore escaping to Australia in the 80’s? Did he have a reason to escape back to the US?

Whose side of Red Dawn is the NRA on anyhow? The Kremlin and Gop love gun nuts. Who has it in for Israel? Jared? Flynn? Jared and Flynn? Definitely not just Flynn.

Despite a pledge, Donald works with a foreign entity, again!

Eric Posnam records his own Op-Ed for KITM (Just like you can if you’d like!) on his contest for Time Magazine Person of the Year, as between Colin Kaepernick and… a surprise, special pick!

Direct download: December_4_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:33am EST

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End of the week, beginning of the month, same old garbage fires—actually they just seem old because you listen to David Waldman and KITM, so you know stuff early.

For instance: Yikes! and Duh! Who’dve thunk Hannity and Drudge would run Russian propaganda accusing Democrats of satanic practices and supporting rape? Hey, maybe the Gop wants to bust the budget so they have more leverage in reengineering society? Republicans have enough votes to pass their tax scam bill, but they didn’t last night. Is the lack of regular order to blame for slowing down the process, or is there any legitimate process left to slow? Well, supposedly there is still PAYGO and reconciliation.  David explains reconciliation and the Byrd Rule—no not the Byrd Rule, but the “Conrad Rule” which used to be a thing, and people still confuse the two.

Lock him up! Michael Flynn goes down, but has he flipped?

Direct download: December_1_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:27pm EST