Fri, 16 February 2018
Mitt Romney vows to bring the values of… (opens link)… “Utah” to Washington. Is Mitt the best Republican we can hope for? If he has any values at all, he’ll be one of the good ones. The latest mass murderer of school children (so far today) was a MAGA White Supremacist, and he helped them keep their death toll high this week. The FBI has a hard time keeping up with all of them.
Thu, 15 February 2018
Yes, this is what we are talking about today. David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, you and I really hate to talk abut all of this, but we still need to. Everyone knows what the problem is. Everyone knew what the problem was this time too. But, Rick Scott still has to figure this out. Mike Rogers has to prioritize. Pam Bondi pulls out the T-shirt cannon. Of course Marco Rubio has to pray on it. Let’s pray for this guy, let’s pray for these people. It is time to take a look in the mirror. It is time to take action. The place to fight this is in the voting booth.
It’s hard to good-guy-with-a-gun when you are being shot through walls, and other bodies.
So, is this all a distraction from the pressing issues of today? Well no, but you might prefer to think of something else for a while:
Trump’s gang doesn’t have security clearances. They don’t need no stinking security clearances. You can find someone else if you want security clearances. Meanwhile, Jared Kushner still needs some money, and might be caring less about where he’s getting it. Does it matter who gets John Kelly’s job? Does it matter who is friends with Nazis?
What is the problem with having people that resent and disparage you, pick out what you eat? Well, a few things.
Wed, 14 February 2018
This Valentine’s Day, Why not show your loved ones you really care, with a gift of Kagro in the Morning? Some would budget out a month or two of income, but we understand if you want to start out “small”...
Today, KITM presents you with a bouquet of talent: David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, Armando and Joan McCarter:
The ultimate wingman, Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen paid $130,000 out of his own pocket to Stormy Daniels but was too much of a gentleman to get into details. Armando suggests we look back to John Edwards’ romantic history.
Corruption and incompetence remain an inseparable couple in the White House. John Kelly is “a big fat liar” say the White House staff, but they can’t guarantee that they speak the truth either. No one will play nice when their boss doesn’t want them to. We now know what they knew, but when did they know it? Donald is set to sign a sex assault bill today in case there is anyone left in the world that missed the irony.
David and Greg pore over the numbers to determine if Trump alone will carry us to victory or if we still need to do something. First thing to do in 2019: fix ICE. Right now we need to fix DACA. Just don’t call it “the Hastert Rule”. The Republicans turn the Senate immigration debate into a campaign rally. Mitch McConnell puts his thumb on the scale, while Democrats need to stand tough, and stick to an up or down vote. Here’s how Idaho is trying to get around Obamacare.
In case you forgot, Donald Trump never stopped violating the emoluments clause, Donald hides his money in plain sight. Trump never forgets ABC: Always Be Closing.
Tue, 13 February 2018
One more shopping day before Valentines Day! You should be thinking of that unique gift for your SO, but instead you’re listening to KITM’s discussion of gay cake, canned goods and fruit of the poisonous tree. That’s OK, nobody loves a dummy.
David Waldman brings us Day Two of Infrastructure Week! That doesn’t really exist, so we now move on to the Trump Budget, which should never really exist. Still, the proposed budget does reveal that resentment, fear, and authoritarianism do endure. The Trump administration never liked what you were buying in line ahead of them, so they are fixing that by stepping in front of you. They are buying you a gourmet gift box, but containing what they think you deserve. They have it completely figured out—the plan is to be carried out just like Puerto Rico, for every state, every day, all year long, by hiring that one woman in Atlanta, who would also decorate your living room, pick out your dress, record your next hit, and Uber your thirst.
The media was just wandering away from the Rob Porter story to cover Infrastructure Week, and now look what happened. Armando goes over the new homina homina homina coming out of the White House today. “The fruit of the poisonous tree” won’t change anything in the Russia investigation unless it is administered by a foreign agent. Julian Assange is in too much trouble for one judge to rectify. All of this segues into a discussion of a Good Guy With A Gun that no longer has a body without a bullet hole.
Rachel from the Irreverent Testimony podcast lives right down the road from that anti-gay cake artist you’ve been hearing about, and brings us the latest on Colorado civil rights.
Mon, 12 February 2018
Palace intrigue roils a mighty empire, and David Waldman can’t get enough of it. But first, back to our soap opera:
Donald Trump became president of the United States of Men today. You’ve come a long way buddy. Donald wants you to know that he secretly hates the abuse of women, because somehow that’s better? What did John Kelly see in Rob Porter? Rob Porter Is a national security scandal, too. A second wife beater is tossed to the curb. She didn’t come forward because she was jealous, she came forward because she was abused. Accountability is coming for the White House.
Once the Democratic rebuttal is released (The White House demands they first redact that “ic” from the title of their organization.) Devin Nunes has 5 more baking in the crazy oven. How did Nunes become such a loon? This time, the cover-up won’t be worse than the crime. Hope Hicks… it’s always the quiet one.
Scott Pruitt might be behaving a bit gauche for the Donald’s tastes.
The guy paid to chase Donald Trump’s ethics has either the hardest or easiest job in Washington. Remember that lie about the border agent’s death? It might take a while to get updates from some on that story.
Fri, 9 February 2018
Food metaphors are usually Justice Putnam’s thing, but actually today’s KITM does seem kind of Smörgåsbordy. David Waldman serves up the Friday news-feast:
Rand Paul had his usual Rand Paul snit last night, but people paid attention when his snit shut down government for a little while. David looks into what really happened last night, and what Trump really signed off on.
The White House knew exactly what was going on with Rob Porter, but are trying to get out of that loop as fast as they can. Mike Pence can assure you he already knows the least of anybody. Mike has to put in a lot of effort to stay less informed than Donald. Becoming informed is just not Dotard J. Trump’s “style of learning.” It is said that the president prefers to ask “edge” questions, in a rambunctious back-and-forth, all aimed at making sure he’s being delivered the truth as best his staff understand it.
David takes a peek into Kellyanne Conway’s opioid cabinet and finds it empty. Trump's Ethics Office has an unethical legal defense fund to fund the legal defense of unethical friends and family.
Hey, look at this boob!
Get out and have some fun this weekend!
Thu, 8 February 2018
Today, Rob Portman finds the sting of sudden infamy… The sudden infamy of Rob Porter. The White House hopes everyone will be that confused today, but not with David Waldman and Greg Dworkin on the case! KITM has two hours to tackle the incompetence, hubris and privilege that is behind all of this.
Where does one start? How about with Chuck Woolery? Was Chuck on something when he picked out this particular Mayor to accuse of giving out free money? Yep. Now White House Adult John Kelly, praiser of slavery, critic of Dreamers, has applauded a wife beater, Rob Porter, and also scrambled to protect him. Kelly declared Porter as a man of “true integrity and honor,” but how did he miss those other details? Maybe because details like that aren’t important to the Trump administration, or to Republicans. What might matter to them is genetics, which is the only notable difference between MS-13 and the Alt-right. In that light, making Trump lose is not enough, and boycotting Republicans is not enough. Still, we have elections to win, and Rob Porter just might have helped.
Wed, 7 February 2018
Why do you hate America? Soon that will be impossible, once you witness the hugest small government parade in history marching down Pennsylvania Avenue! (After our Parade Official in Chief is fitted with the proper attire.)
For Greg Dworkin it’s the nitwits more than the ne’er do wells that concern him. The Blue Wave is looking big, and no Republican is safe. Greg discusses the new polls, and new polling. Pre-millenials don’t need to be counted, they want elected.
The Senate reached an actual two-year budget deal, with big relief from sequestration levels. As of 2:15 EST Trump hadn’t yet taken full credit and stated how this totally vindicates him from that collusion stuff.
Joan McCarter calls in, before rushing back out to write of the very latest happenings in DC. Nancy Pelosi is still negotiating, but it looks like the Trump shutdown will not happen. After 129 days of no funding for community health centers, congress is finally doing something. Elizabeth Warren and Maxine Waters are still committed to their congressional job of oversight. Meanwhile Ivanka Trump and Marco Rubio want to take some off your Social Security to pay for your family leave. Who is “able-bodied” anyway?
A few more not-so-shocking news developments: Special interest dollars may have paid rent in Trump Tower, the Gop’s phony Uranium One scandal was “phony”, and losing Super Bowl quarterbacks are treated differently by the press, depending on their race.
Tue, 6 February 2018
The problem with listening to Kagro in the Morning streaming live is that when you hear David Waldman articulate something particularly astute or insightful your mind wanders. In your mind you are finally able to inform coworkers, explain politics to your mom, troll those other trolls… and then you find David has still been talking for the last 15 minutes and you missed everything he just said.
So, feel free to hit pause on today’s show when needed, and follow along on these links:
Maybe you should be hanged for treason. Or maybe Donald Trump is joking as he was about the birth certificate, the wall, pussy, etc. Funny! Trump hasn’t found a punchline to the latest stock market reports, however.
Armando calls in to discuss the Nunes Memo as we wait for Dotard J. Trump’s executive time to end with the release of the Democratic memo. Journalists he-said she-said Gop lies all the time. The Nunes memo doesn’t merit “neutral coverage,” but “neutral coverage” would point out that the Gop memo is nonsense. David and Armando discuss the history of the “just lie” strategy, as well as the history of FISA abuse leading up to this moment.
Pennsylvania has its own constitutional crisis, and Republicans are seeing how far they can take it.
Mon, 5 February 2018
KITM could be referred to as the “Super Bowl of podcasts”... There are some legal problems with that, but also who wants to rekindle that whole Armando vs. Timberlake debate?
Greg Dworkin reminds us that the Super Bowl is over and it’s time to get to work.
The Nunes Memo didn’t work as a political maneuver, yet. But, that doesn’t mean Trump and friends won’t stop trying to destroy the FBI and betray the country. Some Republicans are trying to distance themselves from the memo, and some are trying to distance themselves, period. Some remain lashed ever tighter, and will sink or swim with Donald Trump. Those people will help Trump keep the Democrat’s rebuttal from being released. Beyond the memo, John McCain and Christopher Coons are introducing a new immigration bill that omits wall funding. You can imagine how well that is going over. Donald doesn’t want universal health care, because look at how everybody else hates it. Everybody else disagrees.
All that looks like great news for Democrats… maybe. Greg goes over the many good signs presently being revealed for November. It also helps that we have a lot of great new candidates, and not a neo-Nazi Holocaust denier in the bunch.
FBI messages show the bureau's real reaction to Trump firing James Comey. Many legal scholars doubt a U.S. vs. Trump case is possible, Armando calls in to say they are wrong, and follows with an analysis of how and why.
Power goes to another head, this time the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
If any employee from the Department of Homeland Security is looking for their lost secret anti-terrorist manual, they should stop by the CNN News lost and found immediately.