Tue, 27 June 2017
So, did we... are we going to attack Syria again? Or was that some sort of official White House butt-dial last night? Goofing around like this could really irritate Donald Trump’s supervisors, and they’re about his only friends in the world.
Trump also continues to hone his domestic political skills, but Trumpcare is hitting some snags, with Ron Johnson making the fourth Gop defector, and with tens of millions of people realizing they are being uninsured. Mitch McConnell still has about 188 billion tricks up his sleeve, if anyone will fall for them.
David Waldman digs into the procedural state of play on the
Here’s the kind of guy Donald Trump wants to make judgments for you.
Mon, 26 June 2017
Put on more sunscreen than David Waldman, get outside and have fun! Remember to pack your earbuds though—you don’t want to miss today’s KITM:
Trumpcare is incredibly awful, astonishingly unpopular, and a failure all around. It is feared and hated coast to coast, but remains a make or break moment for Trump et al. So, how do the Republicans sell this nasty
Mitch McConnell also has designed the bill to let crocodile-tear senators amend it and claim victory. Greg Dworkin is here to explain that this is precisely the reason that backchannel negotiations might be the way Obamacare is rescued. It’s why Greg whispers “Cassidy-Collins” into ears at cocktail parties. Meanwhile, the CBO score will be the topic to bring up. The CBO score will show millions will lose coverage under the Senate
The current Russia fetish on the right is about white supremacy. White supremacy has been a priority for many in the US for a long while. Six Nazi spies were executed in Washington DC and white supremacists gave them a memorial on federal land.
Fri, 23 June 2017
It's a summertime Friday, and I'm on the road. But I couldn't leave you for the weekend without some fodder for clever conversation.
Trump’s buddies at Bayrock, including the infamous Felix Sater, are back in the news, somehow. And it's always a good time to remind people of Trump’s weird affinity for shady Russian characters. So we do.
What does history teach us about dealing with political leaders who are incompetent or outright insane? Well, that’s typically only a problem in royal courts. But the Trump “administration” has much more in common with them than it does with ordinary American presidencies. So maybe it's worth a little review.
Speaking of royal courts, here's a helpful backgrounder on what's been going on between Saudish Arabia and their neighbors in Qatar.
Our trusty Michigan correspondent Rosalyn MacGregor gives us a preview of the Democratic field in the 2018 gubernatorial primary.
Shifting the focus back to Trump, his Office of Government Ethics financial disclosure has some less-than-surprising news: he's making a fortune off the presidency. And remember when that one year of Trump’s tax filings (2005) mysteriously became public, and was the only year in the last 20 or so for which we had any information, and was curiously favorable for him, showing he'd made significant tax payments? Has he been getting that payment funneled right back into his pockets as refunds since then?
And in late-breaking Thursday news: Trump’s stunt at the Carrier plant crumbles, as usual.
Thu, 22 June 2017
Remember how life was, back before the Senate Republicans released their Trumpcare bill? KITM does. In fact, today’s entire show was recorded in those more innocent times, making David Waldman and Greg Dworkin’s prescient analysis even more trenchant... So quit being distracted by the “new” news and listen to this stuff first!
The Senate say they have some divisions in their ranks on their
All of this distracts from Trump’s Russian collusion, as Dan Coats and Mike Rogers could tell you, but no, not the President. Today was not the day Donald trump finally became president, because he remains a candidate, and somehow he’s the worst at that too.
Wed, 21 June 2017
David Waldman presents a special Summer Solstice KITM, the day when the takes are the hottest. Greg Dworkin’s advice to beat the heat: Remember, what's important isn't always what's talked about. So Handel won... Time for the hindsight analyses! Time to retake the takeaways! Time to wonder what is wrong with us, again, and again! And those Trump voters! Why do they keep hanging around? Who do they think they are? And does anything matter, ever, to them?
Joan McCarter’s hot tip: Try to hold Republican senators accountable on Trumpcare. Go ahead, try. They might complain about Trumpcare, but of course won’t do anything about it. Mitch McConnell knows no Republican will stop him. He knows Trump won’t stop him. He knows the Democrats might cause him a lot of irritation, but he’s made sure the public will be in the dark until it’s too late. Meanwhile, some believe auto jobs are returning, and the Republicans are pro-women.
It's so hot in Phoenix, they can't fly planes.
Tue, 20 June 2017
Mon, 19 June 2017
David Waldman and very special tri-weekly guest Greg Dworkin focus our attention on the issues coming up this week—and better yet, put some distance on last week’s crap. A 17-year-old Muslim girl was kidnapped and beaten to death. A van plowed into a crowd of worshippers near a mosque in north London. But, you know, they’re Muslims... and, that SOB talked on that POS show, on Fathers Day, no less. Public pressure helped, but won’t undo the damage done. Here’s a clarifying fable about the problem with interviewing evil.
Speaking of damage done, let’s revisit what really happened in the 2016 election, shall we? The House Russia investigators want to bring in Trump’s digital director. The Trump team prepared for failure, but relied on anger, fear, bigotry, hatred and despair: A win-win! This Trump house of cards could fall under the slightest pressure, so boy is the Georgia special election important.
Not to alienate any subsection of society... but rural America did lift Trump to the presidency. There is a deep cultural divide between rural and urban centers. In rural America, there are fewer immigrants and less tolerance. In fact, racial intolerance is part of the culture, and economy. They believe every fight Trump has is for them, so every fight they have is for him.
Armado shows up at the end of the show to discuss whether trademark law is the venue for social change. (nope)
Fri, 16 June 2017
Great news! Another week of Presidential Apprentice is in the can. During the weekend most of us will still get our news unfiltered from Donald, but this is your last chance to hear it straight from David Waldman—until Monday when we start all over again, probably.
David takes a deep dive into the shallow pool of Trumpcare, which is really, obviously, just a tax cut bill. That makes it hard for Republicans to explain, if they need to talk about health benefits, but easy to pass, if they don’t tell you what they are doing. They are also looking into how they might ruin things twice as long as they are now allowed.
You might be scarfing vols-au-vent, buffalo wings or even zakuski with your cocktails Saturday night, but in-between you still need something to talk about. David suggests the now combusting Saudi-Qatar rivalry, or maybe a discussion of the three prongs of the Russia investigation. Either way, don’t expect Lynne Patton to lay out your soirée—she has a government job now.
Thu, 15 June 2017
Greg Dworkin brings a list of issues that need immediate politicization. Yesterday Steve Scalise and others were shot by a gunman. (Actually many others were shot by a gunman yesterday.) Here are some facts about the Alexandria shooter. Here are some lies.
Meanwhile, the Gop remains fantastically hypocritical and anti-democratic, and they are utilizing those traits to move Trumpcare along. Republican senators are unaware of any Health Care details, but that’s OK as long as you are also in the dark. We do know a few things. Trump thinks it’s mean. It could cost nearly 1 million jobs. Out-of-pocket costs—deductibles and copayments—would skyrocket. Annual and lifetime limits on healthcare benefits will hit millions, and waivers would amount to a pre-existing condition exclusion for pregnancy, mental illness, and substance abuse.
The only thing Donald does better than lie is conflate, but lying and conflating might have gotten him in trouble now. Everyone knows about Trump’s Russian collusion. Robert Mueller is following the money as it flows into the Oval Office. How much longer can this go on? Newt fights the deep state. Trump gives graft such a bad name that participants are laundering their money on the down-low. At this rate, people might soon lose respect for the guy.
Neighbors described a local raccoon as a quiet loner, but one day...
Wed, 14 June 2017
Refrigerators are repaired in your home. Teeth are not. David Waldman is busy confronting this brutal paradox today, and therefore is not available to present KITM live. He did record a brand new KITM, however. It is yours for a tap of the above link!
Yay! Donald Trump is one year older today. A rich old white guy with the temperament and social media skills you’d expect. But then he hooked up with Robert Mercer and his million bot army, which so far looks pretty smart. Too bad Trump’s social media director isn’t smart enough to avoid the Hatch Act. Megan Kelly’s new handlers think they’re so smart to create buzz by inviting Alex Jones to spread conspiracy lies to new millions.
The internet still has a little life, and has some capability left to also spread the truth. It is easy to hear Trump lie, but back in the day sometimes he would be forced to tell the truth. Sort of. Trump says Qatar funds terror. Here’s his record of trying to get it to fund him.
David looks into the secret Trumpcare deals happening now. Joan McCarter will have a few things to say about that when she gets a chance to return to the show. The flexibility that Obamacare lent to the work force Is threatened by the Gop plan.