Fri, 2 February 2018
Okay campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today! There’s a big storm coming, again, and it all seems pretty familiar if you been listening to David Waldman and KITM. Trump’s skipping golf to try his hand at massacring this Saturday night. David looks into the procedural mechanisms behind the release of Devin Nunes’ memo, as if anybody feels the need to follow procedure anymore. Nunes has an on again, off again relationship with FISA-enabled spying. The Justice Department is also on a break from fearing the memo release. Nancy Pelosi calls for Nunes to be removed before he can memo again.
Meanwhile, Rick Gates is feeling kind of flippy. Trump and Putin might want some of that slush fund returned. When it comes to Russian gas, just say nyet. The Trump Administration admits it copied the “Oligarch list” on Russia.
Republicans decide that it’s more fun to attack Obamacare when they’re the minority party, so maybe later.
"Native American" Facebook pages that push fake news are actually run out of Kosovo.
The guy that sent the false alert warning of a missile attack was doing stuff like that for about a decade.
And—Eric Posner goes harder and deeper than you will ever imagine possible in his audio exposé of our Trump porn habit!
Thu, 1 February 2018
David Waldman hosts today’s KITM, already the most watched show in the history of anything, and once we put up a video feed that number should double!
Donald Trump has finally got through that Nunes memo. It was only four pages, so he could do that during commercials. It might have been even shorter in the version Nunes wrote especially for him. Donald hopes to book the FBI into Gitmo with this memo, but if that’s not enough Devin is working on a few more. Each member of the house has their own investigation cooking.
Greg Dworkin gets his thoughts on the Nunes memo in quickly before who knows what happens as it all becomes more preposterous by the hour. The real aim of the Nunes Memo is of course the Mueller Investigation. The congressional leadership pledged to handle that information responsibly and without regard to politics, but this is war, at least for the Gop, who vote to avert their eyes. Trump is a typical conservative, so future conservatives will forever wear the Trump brand.
Time flies when you’re having fun, and here it is time for another shutdown. This time it’s all about DACA. Does Trump have the Democrats where he wants them? Or does President Miller have some issues too? And, the Hastert Rule could make or break a DACA deal. The United States will hit the debt limit sooner than expected because of tax cuts.
Trump's lawyers argue Mueller has not met threshold for presidential interview. Armando, who is not on Donald’s team, calls in to discuss their schemes, and to go over the future legal strategies to deal with them. Meanwhile, Mueller zeros in on a story put together about the Trump Tower meeting.
But it’s not all Donald Trump. Trey Gowdy wanted to spend more time with his family so… actually he found a steady job. The PA state Senate president said he will not turn over data about how the state's congressional map was unconstitutionally gerrymandered. Ben Carson is caught violating ethics rules to enrich his son. Haley Barbour was caught with a gun at the airport. And it looks like Hope Hicks might just do it.
A British Lord resigned for being late.
Wed, 31 January 2018
Greg Dworkin brings us his Wednesday institutional rot report:
Yesterday was the day Teleprompter Trump finally became president, although real Trump was there too. Trump can sell an improved economy, but not himself. The corporate world prepares for chaos if DACA isn't renewed.
You hear it here first! Greg and David coin the term “Hide-lighting” to describe Devin Nunes efforts to to obfuscate by clarifying misdirecting details. Rod Rosenstein told John Kelly releasing the memo was a horrible idea, and Christopher Wray warned Trump not to, so you know he promised to, 100 percent.
Still in a daze from covering last night’s train wreck—the figurative, not literal one, Joan McCarter stepped up to applaud Joe Kennedy III’s performance, and message last night. Paul Ryan declared himself complicit in Trump’s Russia cover-up, although he believes “What’s said in the family stays in the family”. Joan’s also pretty steamed about Butch Otter’s health care plan, although we are all getting into the same boat. America, where you still have to win the lottery to go to the doctor.
Tue, 30 January 2018
“Nuance” (another great slogan to print on our as-yet-still fantasy line of KITM T-shirts) is theme of most our shows, but today it is a preoccupation. David discusses how Donald Trump destroys little and big norms every minute. Every minute the State of the Union degrades. Must we codify norms to make certain our government is competent and trustworthy? We must! But, there are plenty of pitfalls, unintended consequences and nuances on that path.
Mon, 29 January 2018
You heard it weeks ago on KITM! Or as David Waldman puts it today: “We have a pretty good eye for what is going to become more widely shared news in the next couple of days, and we like to give you an early in on it.”, and that’s going on our T-shirts!
The US media has caught up to how the Dutch monitored Russian hacking group Cozy Bear. We are now at the point of debating if "Cozy Bear" is really a network of hackers, or if “Russiagate” is really about “Trump”, or “Russia”, or “gates”.
The bar is low. Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech could be a 45 minute sustained fart and still be lauded for its refreshing authenticity. Donald could read 4chan off a teleprompter, and it would seem presidential compared to 2017. So, if Trump has won, destroyed institutions and made this nightmare normal, is it time to turn traditions into laws? And, can Massachusetts's 4th congressional district representative Joe Kennedy III give the SOTU response we’re asking for?
Not all horrific behavior goes unpunished, at least once it gets really horrific and lasts decades. Girls wanted to escape pain, parents wanted to trust a doctor and Michigan State wanted to win some games. Larry Nassar fed on all of that. The institutions failed the victims, until they got their story into the news.
Fri, 26 January 2018
Today, as usual, David Waldman discusses the big news, highlighting what pundits will start noticing next week and citing as conventional wisdom three years from now:
Donald Trump ordered Robert Mueller fired, but backed off when Don McGahn’s conscience or dignity or morals or something got in the way. Trump, his lawyer John Dowd, and Kellyanne Conway were unaware things like that ever existed. Maggie Haberman was just… unaware. Many now look at this event and have determined Donald was quite a dumb baby way back 7 months ago. Fox and Friends says meh. Sean Hannity however, deeply cares, and is an idiot. Crossed Fox messages explain why Matthew Gertz has been delayed in telling you what Donald Trump thinks Fox thinks he should think. Maybe Recep Erdoğan needs to tell Fox what to think first.
Here’s a blockbuster so new that it’s barely in English: For years, Dutch intelligence had access to the infamous Russian hacker group Cozy Bear. Dutch concerns were linked to the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. All of this should be a great sequence in the upcoming Trump movie.
A Maryland federal judge may just be open to an emoluments suit against Trump.
The Guggenheim gives Donald a going away to Davos present.
G. Payne Griffin, how does he do it?
Thu, 25 January 2018
That’s a reason to tune to KITM. We have to smile, to keep our head up, and so David Waldman is our, uhm, “Patch Adams”…
Greg Dworkin (who now knows how to pronounce everyone’s name) has always understood the farce: Trump says everyone is dirty except him. Trump says he is willing to speak under oath to Mueller. Trump says he is open to a path to citizenship for “dreamers”. Laughing yet?
Bill Kristol is a little less of a joke now that he is beginning to see the “ethno-nationalism” of Fox News. Meanwhile, Ted Cruz wants to continue repealing Obamacare, and the alt-Right thinks it’s funny to cyberharrass anyone in higher education.
Armando calls in to discuss the not-so-funny: We lost the shutdown. Our next loss is coming in less than three weeks. The Senate Democratic strategy is to drop their demand for relief for Dreamers, give Trump the wall, and throw in a massive boost to the Pentagon’s budget. We will be sick of winning! Our base does get screwed, but in turn we get to pick who gets screwed most, first, and then take the resulting boost in image right into the 2018 elections. And you thought politics was easy.
Wed, 24 January 2018
It’s a quiet news morning as Donald Trump flees the Samsung Secret Society to hideaway amongst the Davos illuminati. This frees you up to join the KITM Cabal of David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, and Joan McCarter for its weekly rendezvous:
The shutdown sandwich we just ate might be a big nothingburger, but it did seem to have a predominant flavor, one that we will be tasting more of in the next few weeks, and up until November. But, if we look at it just right, aren’t we actually “winning” and Trump “losing”? After all, there were plenty of tasty nuggets in the last sandwich, and many more coming up, if we merely play our cards right and get those elusive Independents. Anyhow, it’s only three weeks until the next Trump Shutdown sandwich is served, and this one could be just as tasty!
Greg tells us about a reporter who lost his voice, not figuratively, but literally.
The Kentucky school shooting is the 11th this year, and it’s January 23. It happens again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again.
Joan calls in with personal anecdotes ranging from GunFAIL to Rapture, a demand that Neil Gorsuch recuse himself and that Republicans Shut. The. Hell. Up. A provision slipped in to the CR gives Donald Trump even more power to use the intelligence community to go after his enemies.
Tue, 23 January 2018
The Democrats deal with Republicans to reopen the government, and less than 24 hours later Tsunami Warnings are cancelled after a magnitude-7.9 earthquake off Alaska "because additional information and analysis have better defined the threat". Coincidence? Yes. Except, with both maybe we are better off than we thought.
Maybe we have master tacticians on our side, and this strategy saved CHIP, exposed Trump, and is backing the Republicans, not us into a corner. Or Maybe Chuck and Nancy should’ve spent the weekend at a nice public golf course.
David Waldman is waiting and seeing today, and suggests you wait and see with him. (At least until his mouse charges and he can move the cursor.) Armando reviews the lead up to the shutdown, and determines what to do now. It’s Republicans breaking their promises to Dreamers, not us. Armando also reminds us the phrase is “Family Repatriation” (or reunion) from now on.
So, does anything matter anymore? Team Trump is crawling with Russians. Trump staff still works without certified financial disclosures. Jared works without security clearance. The White House knows much of what they do is illegal, but not doing it will get them fired. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke might get fired for hooking up more than his boss.
Some people just sit around doing nothing but hating on journalists, Muslims, Jews and Blacks. Brandon Griesemer does do all those things, but also decided to become proactive, grabbing a guest seat at the SOTU?
Mon, 22 January 2018
Each day, KITM brings you to the forefront of the latest news and opinion, unless it’s later than 11 Eastern. So don’t peek at any of that new stuff!
Instead, listen as David Waldman spoons up a subtly, salty KITM, the caviar of podcasts:
Greg Dworkin tells us the Trump shutdown is being driven by a hardline immigration stance, and a tribal battle over what it means to be an American. The two sides are speaking with two languages, while the Dotard in Chief can barely speak one. President Miller and the Republicans should be blamed. The Gop sees Dreamers as criminals on parole. Meanwhile, the shutdown reveals a Democratic Party becoming a little less wussy, maybe even a little... Republican in tactics. The Women’s March voting bloc is set to be bigger than the Tea Party’s by the same ratio of their protest marches. Greg checks the latest polling, with special attention to likely voters.