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The Republican tax scam is passing, so it might not be the darkest day this year, but it’s definitely not the brightest. However, it is a great day to hit the links—and here are a whole bunch of them: 

David Waldman congratulates Congressman Jerry Nadler! Well, congratulations to the system for functioning occasionally, still.

Here’s your middle class tax cut! It’s the best day since “We’re in the Money” was a satirical hit, especially for “typical families”, with not so typical tax write-offsGreg Dworkin knows how the game is played: Yay generic Dems! Brand X Dems are looking good, which is a good thing. But does this mean that we need to be more “generic” or more “Democratic” in order to win elections against Republicans? Is it enough to be anti-Trump? Some conservatives are finding out how bad it is being pro-Trump. Fake morality embraces Trump as real morality gets the hell away.

Joan McCarter’s laryngitis certainly did not silence her this week: Chuck Schumer will force a Senate vote on Net Neutrality, which you’d think would have a lot of support. Susan Collins votes for tax cuts, which do not have a lot of support. The Corker Kickback 14 cash in. Alabama announces the shutdown of enrollments in its children’s health insurance program, as Doug Jones comes to the rescue. No CHIP, but look at the tax cut! By the way, the tax bill will help destroy the rest of our healthcare system. Now that they have stolen everything, what are Republicans going to do? Maybe they now have the time to proofread their bill, and figure out how it works.

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David Waldman wants your input for KITM! You can write and read your own essay, read someone else’s Op-ed, or keep us up-to-date on local political news that you believe requires national or even international attention. Or, if you don’t want to start out so ambitiously, tweet a comment or question to David at @KagroX with the hashtag #KITM, particularly weekday mornings—little escapes his attention or comment.

Could anyone be a worse president than Donald Trump? It took a lot of time, effort and talent, but no, Donald still has the robot beat. (The real one remains much higher maintenance) In an alternate universe, the Palin administration might have delivered more, even animatronically.

Mueller getting fired? Korea getting nuked? Maybe later, but for now us getting screwed with the Gop tax bill seems to be the priority. Who cares who authored what, Gops are all cashing in. More Trump operatives quit squatting and start permanent lodging. Some Senators are getting tired of letting just anybody in.

Matthew Petersen didn’t randomly show up at Senate hearings to be humiliated, he didn’t quite know how to be a judge, but had plenty of experience in the job he intended to perform.

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It feels like somebody’s getting an early Christmas present this week, it’s just hard to tell who. David Waldman is joined by Greg Dworkin to shake a few packages and guess what we might get:

Is the Trump team employing strategery or chaosity to save Trump? Whichever works, they’ll take it. Trump voters have two strong reasons for their support—hate and fear. If they had any other objectives they are out of luck. Twitter says haters gonna hate, if they are Donald Trump.

Where, then, can voters turn? Millennials are picking Democrats, but will they show up in 2018? Dems are moving up. Even better, Gops are also going away.

If concealed carriers can ignore state’s rights, are there really any state laws? Big Government bans words. Trump minions destroy everything they can, saboteurs are put in charge of the people that held the standard. Bob Corker and others slice off a big chunk of pork for themselves, while Putin keeps their other palm greasy.

It turns out Trump is just some broke-ass hundred-millionaire and getting poorer, so maybe he is exploitable after all.

Shortly after exiting a hunting rifle, a high-caliber bullet exited a shooting range, entered a parking lot, and arrived in some guy, thus becoming part of a terrible tragedy.

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We make it to Friday with David Waldman’s voice getting a weekend rest. He’s looking much better though, as you watching on his refrigerator camera are no doubt aware.

We get another one of those things it seems that nobody wants (Unless you are a corporation, my friend): the death of net neutrality.

If Roger Stone and Julian Assange had a friend, he would have been Randy Credico.

Karma gets Mo Brooks.

Robert Mueller’s talking to Cambridge Analytica.

Donald Trump’s war on Christmas claimed another victory, routing Christmas from Nasareth. Troops should reach Bethlehem by the 25th. 

Donald Trump is the worst sort of liar, and all of the other sorts too.

Eric Posman returns with another exclusive essay for KITM! (Go ahead, request the nachos recipe) Do Democrats finally have permission to succeed? 

Bye Felicia—Oh snap!

David looks into the Yemeni mess, and decides yep, it’s a mess, but it is hard to figure out what we are doing about it.

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David Waldman gets a lot of listeners—KITM is downloaded thousands of times each month. Each one of you means a lot, and not just the ones that give us money... but it still was very distressing when Patreon screwed up and started messing around with their payment system. They’re very sorry, they fixed it, and you can come back if you want. Thanks!

Greg Dworkin observes the fifth anniversary of the Newtown massacre. The grief endures, but you have a chance to change tomorrow’s news.

Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election, maybe you heard. While Roy Moore waits for ballots to be delivered from Mount Sinai, he and his brother activate a few zealot sleeper cells. For black Alabama voters, God wasn’t so mysterious. Is Alabama the end of Trump and fellow cockroach Bannon? The suburban revolt continues, growing into a wave. Donald sinks out of sight even in Iowa. On our side, Democrats approach gerrymander escape velocity, we might be even better off than we think.

This is a Trump/Bannon-driven worse case scenario for the Gop and about half of them figured out the other half has it in for them. By the way, Trump did it—unless you believe Donald’s side of the story.

Charles Johnson hates Chuck C. Johnson, because after 2009 they became very different people. Charles reveals that Chuck is behind the hoax sexual harassment document smearing Chuck Schumer. Serial jerk Mike Cernovich might have to troll from behind bars because of this.

Letting Trump have emoluments didn’t seem to discourage him. In fact, he seems to like them a lot.

Fighting in Yemen is escalating and drawing us in. David looks at how the US is making it worse.


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Yay! Last night our old white guy ran against theirs, and women of color stepped up and made the wise but also obvious choice. There is a lot more detail, and glee to share, so let’s join the fun with David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter:

As Greg told you all along, and Donald told you all along, decent people come out and vote when they need to, and stay away when they have to. The good guys won, all women won (even if they didn’t want to) and actual morality did great... fake morality did not. Speaking of losers, there is no joy in MAGA-ville after this strikeout, with more to come. Democrats can now feel free to run against hebephiles, hebrewphobes and Bannonites. (Steve says there is no “Bannon”—Steve is only Negan Trump) Mitch McConnell will, as tradition dictates, do whatever he wants. In fact, when is the best time for getting tax cuts to rich people if not now?

Joan’s highlighting of the Republican refusal to fund the children’s health insurance program has continued in the media consciousness, with Jimmy Kimmel adding his voice. It’s the last week of Obamacare enrollment, let’s keep it running strong.

John Kelly says “You’re Fired!” to Omarosa on Presidential Apprentice. What was she doing in the White House anyhow? Easy answer: picking up a paycheck.

What are Melania, Ivanka and Jared doing in the White House? Don’t ask them, they wouldn’t know.

In the real fake news: Pro-net neutrality Sen. Patrick Leahy’s identify stolen for a fake anti net-neutrality FCC comment, and Chuck Schumer becomes the victim of fake sexual harassment allegations.

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David Waldman pulls in correspondents from the 4 corners of the globe for today’s special KITM Special Election Day special:

Greg Dworkin makes a rare Tuesday appearance to assure us that the good people of the great state of Alabama will handle this election just fine—but they’ll have some competition. The Gop knows that if Roy Moore loses it’s going to screw up a lot for them, Alabama knows if Moore wins it’s going to screw up a lot for them.

But—Doug Jones has a huge lead! And—so does Roy Moore! Both are ahead by almost double digits! Anything could happen, so you don’t know what will happen, but Greg can tell you why you don’t know, and what to look for so you eventually know more, even as some plot to keep you knowing as little as possible.

Democrats are judged on their behavior, Republicans on their vote. What do we do about that? Trump calls Jones a puppet and brags that Moore would always vote as told, in the same tweet. He says he doesn’t watch TV, by referencing TV he’s watching. Trump’s hour-by-hour battle for self-preservation of course has commercial interruptions. Now he is slandering and bullying Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, probably a mistake on his part.

Today’s sexual misconduct: Judge Alex Kozinski requests clerks check out, and double check, his porno stash. Today’s probably non-sexual misconduct: Secretary Ryan Zinke used government helicopters to get to unchaperoned horse-riding dates with Mike Pence.

All of this on today’s Kagro in the Morning! Plus more!

Eric Posman has final thoughts on Alabama voting and voters in his original essay.

Serena Blaiz covers Oklahoman’s fight for class-action status for earthquake damages related to fracking.

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Week 47 of The Presidential Apprentice! When does Presidential Survivor start?

David Waldman was just about to discuss the Biggest Loser, Fear Factor and the Amazing Race with Greg Dworkin, but something went wrong with the tech, and Greg couldn’t get the voices out of his head before he had to leave.

Armando called in to test Skype and ended up delivering his planned Tuesday rant on the final meeting of the DNC Unity Reform Commission. Armando condemned the travesty, farce and disaster. The melee continues on Twitter, but really, are us Dems in disarray? Is the Democratic Party becoming too democratic, or is the Democratic Party the most united American party in modern political history? Is it something we can surmount? While we figure that out, Republicans kneecap black voting in Alabama.

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David Waldman escorts us safely to the weekend. The next couple days are up to us, but he sets us off well prepared:

Donald Trump, victorious in his war against Hanukkah days ahead of schedule, now marches into… Who knows? They hid his phone, so we have to rely on the fake media for now. Has Donald’s hairdo been hiding his third eye? Sarah Sanders wishes John Lewis would give civil rights leaders like The Donald his due.

No wonder Roy Moore hates America. It’s such a hellhole that we may need Vlad Putin to make it great again, back to when our country “had a direction”. Us whites do stick together, therefore the Moore ticket remains pretty strong. That leaves people of color and women looking for persons of color and women—well, they get Doug Jones, who is out there trying. Nonetheless, institutional racism and voter suppression isn’t making it any easier for him.

Not every ***hole uses bad faith as a tool to manipulate people… No wait, that’s exactly what every ***hole does! Journalists should be aware of that, don’t you think? Voters refuse to believe that they could vote for complete ***holes, and yet they do.

David told you, you could have predicted, and now a study confirms that a surge in guns sales leads to a spike in accidental gun deaths.

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Don’t worry. Anything David Waldman tells you today is protected under attorney-client privilege:

You win some you lose some. Enough accusations of Al Franken pressing altogether the wrong flesh have emerged, and Democrats have jumped into action. Al Franken did decide to resign, ironically of course. He was important before and during his terms as Senator, and has the potential of sustaining that importance. On to Clarence Thomas!

Pleasing almost no one (pre-Rapture, that is) Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Jared likes the idea too. Donald Trump has always been prone to slurring people of color and women, but now has taken to slurring his words. Dentures or TIA? Why not bothGreg Dworkin will not give his opinion on that, but if he did, he’d be right. Greg gives the Democratic Party a clean bill of health, Republicans have some problems though. Actually, there is a mammoth difference. Just look at the tax scam pollsthe enthusiasm gap grows. Goppers donate to Doug Jones, and plenty will vote for him.

Donald Trump should be impeached. But, was yesterday the best day for Congressman Al Green to submit an impeachment resolution? Armando calls in to bring some political, strategical, procedural nuance to the discussion. (Personally, I’d deliver it in the State of the Union response.) In Washington to see Armando this Friday and Saturday? Check out the Democratic National Committee’s Unity Reform Commission meeting and be a part of participatory democracy and shouting matches.

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