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Still reading this? Great! There is a good chance you haven’t been vaporized yet! So what better time than Korean War II to catch a brand new pre-recorded KITM as David Waldman scoots his family off to an undisclosed location.

Donald Trump seems like he’s on vacation, but he’s hard at work making new crazy enemies and opportunistic friends. The Koch Brothers find their chance to move their troops into position.

If Republicans are so shackled to partisanship that they’ll follow Trump anywhere, maybe they’ll also elect a progressive millennial woman if she puts an (R) next to her name?

An Alabama Senator appointed by disgraced ex-governor Robert Bentley might be the next to lose his job. David sees similarities to the case of former Senator Roland Burris, appointed by disgraced ex-governor Rod Blagojevich. Burris thought he was a Senator and all, but In fact, he was not, and could not be unless he was administered the oath of office. This January, Oregon Democratic Rep. Kurt Schrader was elected, but could not serve until he was sworn in. Hey! The Senate could have confirmed Merrick Garland using that logic! Oh well.

A law professor comes out of retirement to save democracy.

 

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We lost last night—Yay! 2018 has got to start somewhere, and a Kansas loss is still great when we are heading in the right direction. Soon, it will be harder for Trump to lie his way out of upcoming elections. David Waldman and Greg Dworkin go over the election details, congratulating Daily Kos supporters for making this happen.

Donald Trump is the kind of a-hole that thinks about the upcoming miniseries depicting his presidency instead of his actual presidency. Ordering missile strikes while eating the most delicious chocolate cake might have impressed the president of ‘gina, but generally the American public remains unimpressed. Trump voters stick by him, but have the same goals as everyone, and will only forgive so long.

Well, of course there’s evidence Trump colluded with Russian intelligence. Paul Manafort picked up at least a million or so under the table.

”What have you done to make the Senate more Democratic?” is a question all Democrats should be asking.

Bill O’Reilly and his advertisers go on vacation, while they consider spending more time with their family…jk, Bill doesn’t have a family. David looks inside the old-school tabloid ‘brothel’ that gave birth to Rupert Murdoch.

Trumpcare is back and it’s still a total disaster.  Joan McCarter is back to tell us that Trump thinks Zombie Trumpcare is on track, but that's not the worst of his delusions. The Freedom Caucus and Club for Growth also are trying to kick some life into Trumpcare—again. Does Trump know his people are cooking up a tax plan that destroys Social Security? At least the Trump and Koch brothers have made nice.

Marion Correctional Institution’s computer recycling initiative a surprising success.

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David Waldman learns that he can’t turn his back on this Trump character for even a moment. David takes a long weekend and look what happened—Ivanka begs Daddy to give Syria a $100 million spanking. The problem is, Assad’s been around. Why would he pick such a conspicuously gruesome and photogenic tactic to employ at this time? It sure stumped Trump. Boy, you’d think someone could have foreseen this... Well, who knows what motivates people?

The CIA knew about Russia and Trump earlier than most knew. Spain is the new Trump/Russia story source. Yesterday it was Alexander Torshin, and Pyotr Levashov. Today, it’s Dmitry Firtash connected to Trump, Putin and Spain.

Someday an event will occur, transforming Donald into a President. Armando calls to talk egg rolling, and what it could mean for the nation. The Trumps also hosted a Seder not bothering to attend.

End of an Era: Trump Model Management is losing clients and shutting down. In other lechery, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley ended up even worse than anyone imagined, and is resigning.

United Airlines could have reaccommodated all of the other passengers on that flight, let that that one passenger keep the airliner after he was finished, and still be ahead of today.

An event did happen this weekend. One that did bring the nation closer, as so many of us joined together in sending David the #GunFAIL of the guy accidentally shooting himself at NRA headquarters.

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Wow, a whole bunch of things happened in the last few days! I know, right?

David Waldman is is ready to bring illumination and insight to all that—tomorrow. He’s on vacation today. Today you get a shiny new pre-recorded KITM, full of illumination and insight about other stuff.

For instance, Steve Bannon. He’s probably still around, although it is hard to tell… even Breitbart can’t say when he left them. The knives are still out for Bannon, his scam is getting unmasked, he continues to collect money for doing nothing, except making those lowlife connections, and introducing them to the Mercers. Bannon’s right-hand woman, Julia Hahn, follows in his shadowy footsteps, but seems much sweeter doing it.

David brings us the procedural politics feel-good story of the guy that made the 27th amendment happen—still the most recent amendment to The Constitution.

What’s at stake when the President alleges politics in intelligence and we run out of people to trust?

Think you are caught up on all of the entire Trump-Russia network? How about the Spanish connection with Trump’s Russia scandal?

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Sure, it’s easy to imagine what Stephen Bannon smells like, but it is much harder coming up with a reason for his existence. Whose hot tub did he ooze from, and why? In this pre-recorded KITM, David Waldman brings us a bit closer to the answer.

Today, Bannon is at the “tossing portmanteaus at the boss’ son-in-law” stage of his career. His choices are now quitting or being Fredoed. But back in the day he was hot stuff. 

Two reasons for his success are Robert and Rebekah Mercer.  In fact, those two are many of the reasons for his success. David checks out the new database of the Center for Public Integrity and its depiction of the web of financial ties between Bannon and the Mercers. Robert and daughter Rebekah brought us Reclaim New York, Cambridge Analytica, Donald Trump, etc., but why? David looks into the possible intentions of this eccentric billionaire cat lover to see where big self-involved money might take us.

 

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Today’s KITM will go down as one of the great podcasts in the history of our country. But wait until you hear what David Waldman’s got for Friday’s show! It is the origin story Stephen K. (G) Bannon, soon to go down in history… for going down in history. Bannon deserves to go away, getting rid of him is a wise choice, so of course that is not what is happening.

Greg Dworkin continues to accessorize his handsome new microphone, providing his dulcet voice and that weird little beep sound to us with a pristine clarity. Greg also provides us with the Trump supporter story to end all Trump supporter stories (hopefully). A Kentucky coal mining museum mines a rich vein of irony by switching to solar power. Eh, maybe we should be nicer to those folks sometimes. Will Republicans soon join us in wishing Hillary won?

We won’t have Devin Nunes to kick around anymore, for a while, sort of, while he decides if he’ll flip to the FBI. Don’t worry, they found worthy replacements for him. Armando calls in to talk about Greg’s wrongness on Nunes’ karma and fate so far. He is looking forward to future debates on Section 702

Can Republicans convince the Pottery Barn manager someone else dropped the Obamacare pot? Not if credible and poignant Democrats keep up the attack. Republicans love Obamacare too. And, most Americans oppose funding the border wallTrump is scrambling to roll back as many Obama-era regulations as he can before time runs out. Time could run out for everything April 28.

Trump blames Obama and Assad for the latest gas attack in Syria. Russia says “Oh yeah, you and whose army?”

Meanwhile, the Senate goes nuclear. McConnell listens to the voices, McCain wishes he didn’t do what he did. Frustration and concern overflow. Thanks!

So, This Guy has to turn over That Document. Milo and Katrina sit back and count their money.

In all of the hubbub, Donald Trump always focuses on the big picture.  Just remember, he always seems to find a way.

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David Waldman reports that the Turquoise and Scarlet-chested parrot are joining the Norwegian Blue in the bleeding choir invisible—yet another triumph of the Trump AdministrationLovely plumage though!

Greg Dworkin rounds up the polls and punditry with every one of his mellifluous tones intact, as they are now captured on a professional microphone, thanks to your generous donations!

Articles continue to be written about some sad folks pinning their hopes on Trump, but but he continues to fail, because Americans hate his agenda, and it’s based on lies.

Voting to confirm Neil Gorsuch won’t end the politicization of the courts, so what will? It looks like Neil Gorsuch is a plagiarist, as if that matters to anyone.

Trumpcare keeps rising from the dead, but ends up being worse and more unpopular each time, making single payer a stronger contender by the day. Most young Americans want their healthcare to look like Obamacare. Zombie Trumpcare is even more unlikely to get through the Senate than the original.

Joan McCarter calls in to discuss and analyze supreme court procedure with David. Jeff Merkley holds the Senate floor overnight to make the case against Gorsuch nomination, and to frustrate and concern Republicans. Republicans use “budget reconciliation” to destroy everything that has ever done anything good for most of us. Oh, and Trump signed away your internet privacy.

China’s president, and our, uh, president, are meeting at Mar-a-Lago over the weekend, and Chinese national embarrassment Guo Wengui could be there... Whose money does Donald love more?

Meanwhile, look at what Trump is doing to Iraq and Syria, if you can.

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Are you frustrated about Neil Gorsuch? Are you at Republican levels of frustration? Probably not, unless you are also frustrated about Merrick Garland, and all of the misinformation and obfuscation heading into the pretty inevitable invoking of the nuclear option this week.

David Waldman, no slouch on this particular subject, joins with Armando to discuss all things filibuster, and frustrating, where we are now and where it goes from here.

David also has to keep up with the expanding web of connections between Russia and Americans with ties to Trump, because there’s bound to be more tomorrow. The latest involves the United Arab Emirates arranging a secret meeting with Russia and the founder of Blackwater establish a back-channel line of communication between Putin and Trump!

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David Waldman begins another week, and another month of astute political observation. But first he has to pull himself away from this idiots tweets!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Greg Dworkin shows off his new microphone cable today. If you think that’s impressive, tune in to Wednesday’s KITM to hear his new microphone! Greg recommends Independent Lens’ documentary about the Sandy Hook School Shooting, “Newtown”, on your local PBS station tonight.

Has America's “Cult of Ignorance” brought about the death of expertise? If you want to be an expert, you need to practice, and practice requires finishing it that first time. What would the Elders of Zion say about all of this fake news?

The Los Angeles Times breaks it to us: We have a dishonest President, who lies all of the time. Trump’s Presidency—and life—have been based on an ethos of narcissism, lying and racism. It still does remain tough nailing down Republicans that list those as their core values however... although it is kind of easy to see them around.

Trump is finding few in the Gop willing to act like employees, which makes the Republican majority in Congress an Illusion. Don’t count out self-absorption and hypocrisy yet—there’s still plenty to keep Donald going. Does the media owe Trump a debt of gratitude? Andy Richter comes up short on the reach-out.

Donald Trump has a lot of important things to deal with, OK? His son-in-law can pick up the slack on the national end, and the international end, when he has time. But, maybe he’s the wrong businessman to reinvent government... unless the intent is to reinvent it as a kleptocracy. The Wallace Global Fund is sick of pretending, and sick of its own elite law firm.

Don’t be mad at our Bernie brethren! Evidence is mounting that most of the trolling during the primaries and election might have been Russian Bots!

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