Fri, 19 January 2018
Who’s got two thumbs, and has been telling you and telling you that Donald Trump is a doddering infantile egotistic autocrat? Almost everybody! But I’m pointing my two thumbs at David Waldman because he tells you first (weekday mornings). David TOLD YOU Trump’s inaugural fundraising committee is paying Donald an “appearance fee” plus a lot more. Actually they aren’t saying that yet, BUT THEY WILL.
As you probably would have guessed, The Donald is terrified/obsessed with sharks and likes his tighty whitey bottom beat by porn stars with pictures of his own face. Shhh! If more news like this comes out the New York Times will be forced to interview more rustbelt villagers in diners.
That’s it, things are so so dire in Washington that the President might only golf this Sunday. Today he is needed to apply his personal magic touch. Today tweeting just isn’t enough to get his ideas across. The Wall Street Journal explains how to talk to Trump: be the last guy to talk to Trump. Or be money, money talks to Donald any time. Never say racist, sexist, anti-Muslim or anti-LGBT things around Trump, he hates his train-of-thought interrupted.
The DNC’s rules and bylaws committee is meeting today, and Armando calls in for the last half hour for an informative 11th hour rant/discussion of the Unity Commission, voter suppression, and the reformation the nomination process for President and the expansion of primary elections.
Thu, 18 January 2018
David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Armando got together and managed to assemble their new Skyype without a manual today! No screws loose with this bunch:
The Gop had their difficulties too, 404ing on their highly anticipated upload of petty grievances. Was this chaos expertly crafted to troll the libtards? Look it up! Meanwhile, Mastermind Donald Trump (who can draw a clock) creates chaos too chaotically for either side to figure out. Trump is just one of his supporters who ended up president... and how hard can that be? Donald blows up the Republican plan to blame Democrats for blocking CHIP and to hold DACA hostage while forcing them to choose between maintaining a hard line on immigration or spending more on the military. The Gop has today and tomorrow to avoid a shutdown, and today is halfway over. Millennials have learned that governing is a tough job best left to professionals.
The only thing better than the FBI taking down Trump is if the FBI takes down Trump and the NRA and a few Russians. Social media companies warned the Senate that foreign countries plan on fomenting all-American violence.
Wed, 17 January 2018
It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! If you don’t, then wow, you should be listening to the show more often.
Greg Dworkin rounded up the pundits and punditry: Credibility is like virginity, don’t let either of them anywhere near Donald Trump. Donald will always be a pound from obese, a day from dementia, an inch from the trigger. Don’t worry, he has good genes.
Trump says he wants voter ID, he doesn’t mean, want or know what he’s talking about, but it’s a good idea.
Joan McCarter helps us figure out the looming shutdown, and more importantly—whose fault it is. The government shutdown could backfire on Republicans, but not if Republicans can help it. Republicans don’t mind trading CHIP kids for DACA kids.
Your emails, chats, photos, videos and phone calls might soon be viewed without a warrant, by people like Jeff Sessions. Democrats are one vote shy of the majority necessary to preserve net neutrality.
Inviting Michael Wolff to the White House seemed like such a good idea at the time.
Tue, 16 January 2018
Martin Luther King Jr. Day found citizens performing many acts of civic work and community service in honor of Dr. King's extraordinary life. Donald Trump, for instance, spent time in s-hole places working with Haitians, who in return extended to him the appreciation he deserved. David Waldman brings us the beginning of this short “work week”:
While Donald golfed, many spent the weekend taking one for Team S-hole—Joni Ernst tells us that finally the US is standing up to Norway. DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen didn’t know there were so many white people in Norway. Tom Cotton and David Perdue say Trump said “s***house” countries, not (gasp) “s***hole” countries. Mike Pence has a come to Jesus moment, but probably still did not see the light. Rep. James Clyburn, said the Congressional Black Caucus is pursuing a censure resolution against Trump. Maybe it’s time to invent DACA?
Eric Greitens likes to shoot guns, tie up nude women for blackmail, and misappropriate public funding. David follows the money from Greitens to Lucinda Luetkemeyer, past the dog to Tony Luetkemeyer close to Todd Graves, and maybe on to Blaine Luetkemeyer.
The DOJ, and DHS report that international terrorists are born internationally. As for domestic terrorists, if they find one they’ll let you know. Armando calls in to talk about the report, and talk about what the report doesn’t talk about.
Devin Nunes goes down, but for the moment not far enough.
Thanks Obama, while it lasted. The uninsured rate goes back up.
The Pentagon plans for a couple small “starter” nukes.
Mon, 15 January 2018
Greg Dworkin had plenty of outrageousness to round up. There were plentiful indications of Trump’s racism, as well as plenty of rejections of it. Then there was the farce of supporters (and some journalists) trying to hide from it. But nobody’s buying it.
Not coincidentally, the certain and impending doom of Congressional Republicans was a big weekend theme. As was Hillary Clinton’s role in forming another silver lining. And no one has forgotten the book.
Armando didn’t join us, but he did share some thoughts with us, including wondering what ever happened to those celebrated “moderate” Republicans (which sent us off on a KITM tangent), and “the first scholarly account of why tweets lack the legal status of formal presidential directives.” (The answer is, “they’re tweets,” plus several thousand other words.)
Another day, another terrible Trump appointee. Another day, another terrible Trump racism story. Another day, another instance of Trump toady hypocrisy. Another day, another media outlet comes to understand the extent of Trump’s money laundering.
And finally, another day, another nausea-inducing Kaspersky story.
Fri, 12 January 2018
Today David Waldman teaches us that it is important to judge people not by their words, but by their deeds.
Either way, Donald Trump is a s***-head. The Dips*** in Chief was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, as if we needed more proof he’s certifiably bats***. He says he “probably” has a good relationship with Kim Jong Un, and maybe Steve Bannon. You “probably” love him too—anybody can dream. Seventeen former nuclear launch officers don’t want that dumbs*** anywhere near a launch button. Too chickens*** to go to London, he blames Obama—just in time to contradict his US Ambassador. As it turns out, his campaign promise to liberate Americans from the scourge of addiction was total bulls***. And—his 40 word tweet caused a 101 minute s***storm among his own allies and staff.
Remember Jared Kushner? He wishes you didn’t. He especially wishes the Securities and Exchange Commission would forget about him, but it didn’t.
Jerry Seinfeld and his family visited an anti-terror fantasy camp in the West Bank where they learned how to establish equitable power relationships, conflict resolution and … no, they practiced killing people.
Thu, 11 January 2018
David Waldman brings you the KITM deep state report, traffic and weather on the 10s:
Donald Trump demands that we “Get smart!” on foreign intelligence, but as usual, he missed it by that much. He’s our chaos agent in chief, and Republicans like it that way. As for domestic surveillance, the House will vote on letting the FBI spy on you without a warrant.
Greg Dworkin brings us new polling, approved by Donald Trump, except for all those numbers and stuff. Republicans are through doing things, because doing things is tough. Except quitting. Many are finding that quitting is doable. Meanwhile, it’s much much more difficult to find lazy shiftless people receiving Medicaid. Robots work longer and cheaper than you, but aren’t blamed as much as other minorities, or as effectively. Maybe “American values” mean more than fear and discrimination?
The governor of Missouri led a woman into his basement, tied her up, blindfolded her and blackmailed her. He also had an affair. He admits whichever one will let him keep a job.
Anchor baby chain immigrants coming to take our jobs! Oh, they're white - OK.
Wed, 10 January 2018
Wednesday is always Hump-day on KITM. Let’s see if you can climb this mountain of information and links that David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, and Joan McCarter have brought us today:
Greg warns us not to get gaslighted by Trump and his allies, and polls are showing most of us might be avoiding that. Trump and Republicans focus on their core “Putin” supporters. Maybe earmarks would help?
Donald Trump reboots the “Ronald Reagan, Mastermind” sketch from Saturday Night Live, except in Donald’s version he’s even dumber behind closed doors. Yesterday was the day Donald trump finally became TV president. Trump was normalized again by the press, but why stop now when that’s where they excel? The Fusion GPS transcripts demonstrate the downfall of the press, the corruption of Trump, the treachery of Republicans, and blows a lot of right wing spin pumped to you by the New York Times and others. Trump’s agreement on the need for a clean dreamer bill is left on the cutting room floor.
Greg suggests we brush up on modern American politics by watching old British comedy.
“Neoliberal” is what you call the person that’s not enough like you.
Inexperienced evil is pushed into one end of Washington as experienced evil drops out of the other end. Darrell Issa joins the retreat. Donald Trump won’t let unqualified court picks get away just because they are “not qualified”.
Tue, 9 January 2018
We will never know—as long as we rely upon the New York Times as the “paper of record”.
Armando takes over the KITM microphone to rail on the NYT—the “Texas School Board” of News, whose size and recognition warps the national dialog, not just normalizing Trump, but creating a symbiotic relationship wherein the two need each other to succeed in order to survive.
David and Armando lay out their case:
The vehicle the Mercers & Bannon used to shop Trump opposition research was GAI, the "Government Accountability Institute." GAI was also the vehicle used to market "Clinton Cash." Often in... unique ways.
So, take the story on the exclusive agreements The New York Times, The Washington Post and Fox News made with “Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer. The NYT tells it their way, and most follow, whereas, over at, say, Newsweek, they saw things differently, as did Media Matters.
Mon, 8 January 2018
Should we take Michael Wolff’s reporting literally or seriously? Is access journalism “bad journalism”, or it it ”journalism”? The White House knew Wolff was there to write a book, they just didn’t quite know what a book was, or even how to use a calendar. At least the book is keeping them busy. Trump is in bed to 11AM each day not watching tv coverage of it, while the rest take care of business. The problem is that it’s Fredos all the way down. Trump health care nominee Bob Weaver had his resume eaten by a tornado. This year is shaping upon to be a clash of Republican idealists vs. realists—which ones are bringing charges against Christopher Steele? Let’s find out, by reading the transcripts of testimony on the Steele Dossier into the congressional record. With all of the obstruction of justice, money laundering, global sex trade and racketeering going on, there is a risk of violating federal statutes.
Meanwhile the clampdown on rampant royal princes in Saudi Arabia continues.