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Today, David Waldman takes a break to attend school recitals and tote Scout mulch. But he did not forget you! This KITM is pre-recorded but still new to you:

This episode is about what people aren’t telling you. There’s Michael “Ollie” Flynn. He certainly has a story to tell, which he says he wants to tell, in exchange for immunity… from all of your meanness. But, so far it seems there are other stories just as interesting, but at a lower cost.

Then there’s mystery wad Stephen K. G. Bannon. A man with no fixed address, but many shadows, fringes and basements in which to lurk, and as you can easily imagine, a really filthy hot tub to clean. Bannon also has a mystery woman, Julia Hahn, whom everyone will tell you is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being they’ve ever known in their life, but whose actions have ended up being a bit different from that.

David separates the Csikszentmihalyi’s from the Piskorski’s in his exploration of the complex Russian Laundromat scheme. Here is more on black cash and black ops.

You know what else Trump isn’t talking to you about anymore? Any of that groping stuff, or that troop deployment stuff. Both get in the way of his sneak attacks.

Direct download: March_31_2017_64.mp3
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Mike Pence won’t have sex with another woman or man unless his wife is present and there is alcohol provided. David Waldman will not be the first to break that video to the public as the KITM video feed is short on funding. Donate!

Greg Dworkin orders new headphones after fighting static interruptions one last time today. Congratulations to Charles Gaba, who won the National Institute for Health Care Management Digital Media Award for his charting of the healthcare coverage breakout for the entire U.S. population. Independents continue to abandon Trump. Did “working-class whites” switch from Obama to Trump because the economy was better, or are they just taking one for the team? Paul Ryan warns the Gop Trump only cares about winning and will screw them as hard as anyone else. The bizarre lawsuit that could still blow up the ACA insurance markets, has many complications to slow up Trump.

Armando calls in to discuss political sausage making. Sen. Claire McCaskill sees many potential problems in blocking Neil Gorsuch, Sheldon Whitehouse wants to just rip the bandage off and get on with it. Giving them the Scalia seat will not put them in the mood to give us the Ginsburg seat.

There were ethical problems with Ivanka Trump wanting an office, security clearance and such, so Donald fixed that right away. No, she’s not divesting

Direct download: March_30_2017_64.mp3
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Hurrah for us! More of us are listening to KITM, and more of us is always a good thing.

David Waldman is ready to reveal much today, but hopes you can keep a secret. Some people still have a lot of catching up in today’s environment, but there are many tools you can use right now. Shadowy psy-ops data conglomerate Cambridge Analytica joins the State Department, and they have tools too.

Today, Greg Dworkin reports from a secure location beneath Niagara Falls, or at least it sounds like that. (Skip ahead, it’s only for a few seconds.) In between those bursts of static Greg still manages to catch us up on health care, the 2016 election, and Republican incompetence. Republicans admit that they don’t got this no more, as their fantasies die one by one. They now attempt to find a direction they can agree on, while the Democrats head in the direction of their jobs. In fact, one Democrat could even be heading to a Georgia job.

Greg reminds us to not alienate persuadable, irrational Trump voters that flipped from Obama. Coal miners hope Trump will do something for them, but trust him about as much as the rest of us. Here’s when we’ll know the future of Obamacare.

Trump scores with the highly lucrative Russian mobster demographic. Paul Manafort ships cash offshore to the Cyprus laundry.

Joan McCarter comes in loud and clear today: If there is anything you have, House Republicans will sell it. Meanwhile, Donald Trump is delighted with how things are going with Trumpcare. The White House says they are closer than ever before. Paul Ryan isn’t going to give up! But, maybe first they can shut down government.

At least Neil Gorsuch is no longer a Supreme Court shoo-in. Contact all of your representatives and sing them the ballad of the truck driver that almost froze to death, and Neil Gorsuch didn’t care about.

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David Waldman brings us another fact, laugh and idea filled KITM today—thanks to you, our supporters! Keep it up, and David won’t have to tape his headphones together!

Greg Dworkin examines the hugest debacle amongst the chaos. Did Trump create this massive disaster in only 18 days, or was this the giant fiasco the Republican party brought to the nation over time, along with Trump? It took seven years to come up with this crap simply because no one in the party could come up with anything better. What are the lessons from the Health Care Repeal Collapse that we can learn?

Also—Paul Ryan is very bad at his job, and doesn’t understand policy. Saying Ryan understands policy is a strong indication you do not. You know who did do it right? The Obama administration. Even Tom Cotton can tell you that. Republicans are now looking across the aisle with more than a little bipartisan curiosity. However, many of their constituents are still happy to dig the hole deeper, even when they bury themselves. Obviously, blue lies matter to them.

Every kind of lie that works is a good lie for Donald. Is that because he’s a real estate developer? Or because he’s just a dick? Speaking of, Boris Epshteyn will be leaving his position of accurate representative of the Trump administration. Other Trump staffers are wiping their phones in preparation for their abrupt title changes. Jared Kushner secretly met with a Russian bank to talk about oh, nothing much. Ivanka Trump is quickly moving to a secure phone, limo service and free HBO. Even Donald’s been checking in on his side jobs, just in case.

Can Trump manage to reorganize the executive branch, or entirely destroy it in 100 days?

Forget Hope Hicks, how does Rhona Graff do it?

Direct download: March_27_2017_64.mp3
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Sure, you listen to KITM on Fridays so you “sound smart” over the weekend. But, ask yourself: Are you really smart enough to listen to KITM? Have you got what it takes to keep up with David Waldman and Armando’s symposium on parliamentary strategy, procedural posture, precedent compliance, germaneness and immutability? Then pull up your chair, take out your No. 2 pencil and press play

It’s a do or die day for Trumpcare in the house. David and Armando work out the details on how either of those could happen... If anyone wants to follow “the rules”, that is. The GSA declares Donald Trump is “in full compliance” with his lease in Washington DC. So, there you go, right there in black and white. It’s a great time to start a whole chain of hotels, then!

Reality is also putty in Steve Dim-Mnuchin’s hands. The debt ceiling is ridiculous, as sure as Donald is unbelievably healthy.

Paul Manafort, remaining unassassinated for yet another day, hopes to survive at least through his testimony before the House intelligence committee next week. Paul used Wilbur Ross' Bank of Cyprus to handle all his illicit Russian funding needs.

David looks at the big news for the weekend, and a few weekends to come—the Seth Abramson “Mega-Thread” connecting many details in the Trump-Russia connection.

David’s bird feeder is a little more lonely today.

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David Waldman is back! KITM has a lot to catch up on, so listen up: Paul Manafort continues to be connected to various Eastern European countries, and more surprisingly, continues breathing. He’s now hiding in Trump Tower, because patsies know the benefits of windows that don’t open. Manafort’s daughter passes blackmail notes, sympathy, condolences, and other “PR” on to Pops. Paul could hide elsewhere, but that would mean stepping onto the sidewalk.

Greg Dworkin is back! And he’s gathered a potpourri of corruption, incompetence, and regret, featuring a pungent whiff of treason. More and more Americans are convinced Donald Trump has what it takes to be a supervillain. The Trump Troubadour is now singing a different tune. Donald didn’t like a Hawaii lawmaker, so she became a Democrat.

After weeks, not months or years of gestation, Trumpcare goes for a vote. It’s coming up short on votes, because no one is sure what they are voting for. Republicans do agree on the goal of doing less for more people, because insurance is definitely cheaper when nothing is insured. Why deductibles would rise under the GOP health care plan.

If destruction is the destination, Trumpcare is already there. David tackles the details of what is coming up in voting and strategy.

Some Democrats rush to surrender to Trump while he is still around to lose to. Chuck Schumer joins the filibuster of Neil Gorsuch. While Gorsuch was testifying, the Supreme Court unanimously agreed he was wrong

Devin Nunes is finally having his name pronounced correctly, although his orange jumpsuit will only have a number.

Trump will be tweeting about that guy in London, but not this guy in Manhattan, who was a dapper fellow. Which is worse for Jews: threats by anti-semites-- or this?

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KITM is BACK and almost live today! His computer’s broken, so David Waldman recorded today’s show on his microwave, which will be transmitted right into your brain after just a tap of the button above.

As you well know, Trump Tower is wretched hive of scum and villainy. The FBI would be remiss in its duties had it not been watching it for years. By the way, Paul Manafort is one of Melania’s neighbors too, even if Sean Spicer lives far, far away. Trump Tower does seem to be a franchise, with the Russian elite investing nearly $100 million in Trump buildings in Southern Florida alone. The Feds are likewise interested in Russian investments into Stephen K. G. Bannon, Breitbart.com, InfoWars and their swarm of Twitter bots.

Two wrongs may not make a right, but what does? The Neil Gorsuch nomination creates an important test for Senate Democrats. David looks into how the Democratic Senate needs to stand up, because “serious backlash” is the only way to create limits, and keep any integrity in the system.

 

Direct download: March_22_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 8:35am EDT

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KITM is laid up in the computer hospital today, so we bring you our episode from St. Patrick's Day 2016 while we convalesce.

Tell your friends! You know your friends would really like KITM. You have friends out there you haven’t even met yet that would get a lot out of this show. So, tap those Facebook & Twitter buttons, or better yet make a bunch of like-minded strangers happier today and review us on iTunes and Stitcher!

David Waldman is joined by Greg Dworkin, who reminds us “It’s the Supreme Court, Stupid.” President Obama chose “a serious man and exemplary judge”, D.C. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland. Why Garland? Why now? Republicans were really hoping they could Bork someone.

Of all politicians, Ted Cruz would probably be one of the most likely to have strange bedfellows.

PBS runs a story about how Donald Trump has helped create a Republican big tent that appeals even to white supremacists who don’t normally vote in elections. Trump heads to Cleveland, the place in the nation to go to for the latest in riot equipment and accessories. Five sheriff’s deputies suspended following the violent Trump rally in North Carolina. Doomed oh so many times previously, is Trump now finally heading to his yuge November doom?

Gun News Today: Good guy with a gun temporarily misidentified as bad, police funeral to follow. Yes, she can bring her concealed carry weapon with her on a playdate, but what idiot would make a playdate with her? Officer mansplains weapon safety too effectively for his colleague.

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Technical difficulties on both ends of the show kept things short today, but with Greg’s help, we had plenty of ground to cover. Trump’s failing presidency. The long fuse on the DonT Care bomb continues to burn. Conservative Dems look to stay relevant. Why does Steve King keep winning? Because his voters actually like his bigotry.

Robert Reich doesn’t, though. And nobody likes Muslim Ban 2.0. Trump’s “administration” continues to be at war with itself over personnel, this time at the Pentagon. The remaining Justice Department employees have found a way to charge some Russian hackers. And the dismissed U.S. Attorneys are being picked over for political prospects.

Trump’s taxes are still producing news, and new theories. Now noted Nazi and Trump supporter Richard Spencer wants in on the tax trouble, too.

And because today ends in a “y,” another Republican moralizer is caught with his pants down.

Direct download: March_16_2017_short_show_64.mp3
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