Fri, 29 January 2016
David Waldman survives the week holed up with the kids. Next week, like last week, will be a 4 day school week, allowing the Xbox some time to cool off.
Greg Dworkin watched some of the Republican debate, as well as the Donald Trump salutes Trump special. The verdict: Trump won them both. At the debate Ben Carson closed big and ominously with a reading of the Constitution. Was this his dog whistle for the 3%-ers? or the Article III-ers? David and Greg look into where these two fringe groups meet, including the legal, historical, and cultural roots of these loonies.
In related news, Donald Trump gets trolled by the huger billionaire. Back in the real world, Governor Snyder’s standing weakens in the midst of the Flint water crisis, although he would need to be weakened much more to have his position really threatened.
Then “weather-related issues” took KITM off the air — thanks Obama. You can hear the rest of David’s analysis of the 3%er culture on the podcast here!
Thu, 28 January 2016
Almost to the end of school snow cancellation week, David Waldman gets to talk to adults for two hours straight!
Greg Dworkin is counting the days until the Iowa Caucus, when he can switch gears from punditry to analysis. Bernie Sanders is great at bringing a revolution, but how will he get things done? Nancy Pelosi distances the Democrats from Sanders’ talk of taxes. David and Greg talk about running for office vs. holding an office, and being an absolutist vs. an incrementalist.
Half in US say they are better off than 8 years ago, including Republicans that were 10 years old, eight years ago. GOP voters want someone with testicular fortitude, and think Trump can come up to that standard.
Greg highly recommends that you watch the Flint Michigan town hall, hosted by MSNBC yesterday. It is just as riveting watching it as recorded as it was watching it live!
David reviews the story of reporter Jane Mayer, when she wrote about the Koch Brothers. Joan McCarter is preparing a review of the book covering this, “Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right”.
A member of armed society reacts with deadly impoliteness to woman rejecting his advances outside a bar.
The Texas law requiring retailers to check gun permits is confusing some of the Texas public.
Trey Radel will tell his life story and give a behind-the-scenes look at his time using cocaine, and being a congressman, to make some money now.
Wed, 27 January 2016
David Waldman has dug his way out of the snow and brings us another KITM:
David, Greg Dworkin, and Joan McCarter bring us the latest Bundypalooza news. There will be news updates and analysis throughout the day from many sources, but here is where you can get the KITM take on events.
Greg Dworkin cogently describes the incoherence of the Republicans in the last few days before the Iowa Caucus, after which he will finally a chance to analyze incoming results. Hillary Clinton’s lead shrinks, but she is still smooth sailing. For all of its importance and attention, hardly anybody will be voting in the IA Caucus. Conservatives make a last minute decision of whether to back Trump or the Republican. Is Trump more malleable, can Cruz really mean what he says? Has the conservative crackup finally arrived? Republicans wonder why they didn’t stop Trump earlier. How much power will whoever is elected really wield?
Joan McCarter reports from the front on the war between Trump and Fox. Trump issues his declaration of independence. Here is the story of a reporter caught in the tentacles of the Kochtopus. Utah goes to Idaho to talk about freedom.
Babysitters shoot a toddler and get probation, $200 fine.
Tue, 26 January 2016
Even with snow piled high, school cancelled for days, and the food running out, David Waldman is ready for today’’s KITM show. He has even had plenty of time to work on his 4000 word essay “All Work and No Play Makes Dave a Dull Boy.”
Greg Dworkin stayed warm watching the Democratic Town Hall Forum last night. Hillary Clinton talked about the experience she’s bringing to the table. Bernie Sanders talked about the new ideas that he brings. Friends and Aids of President Obama begin to form behind Hillary Clinton. Traditionally, the winner of the nomination steals the best ideas of the vanquished, which Greg assures us is a feature, not a bug.
Going into Iowa and New Hampshire, the Republicans now lead with their most unpalatable players. Will voters judge on substance, style, who will win, or just who has the best chance of making team D lose?
Indiana Governor Mike Pence decided not to run for president right after he made the decision to lose at least $60B for the state cracking down on the LGBTQ, and John Kasich may soon regret using cronyism and graft to raise Ohio’s wealth. Even so, Kasich just got an endorsement from the Boston Globe, who previously boosted John Huntsman to untold heights.
News of the Renton Theater shooter somehow feeds the concept that people would gain safety from wearing a gun.
Militiaman adds gravitas to the Oregon debate by challenging Chris Christie to a Sumo Wrestling match deciding the fate of the constitution.
Anti-abortion activists are indicted for Planned Parenthood sting. Karma supporters rejoice.
Little kids breathing out of respirators sounds bad, but it's a small price for liberty. Flint children never had a fair shot, even before lead poisoning. The rich have enough to worry about with all of the noise, noise, noise.
Donald Trump admires people who may be more stupid, crazy, and bigoted than he is, as proven by science.
Mon, 25 January 2016
Good Day! How’s it going? The great snowy south doesn’t hamper David Waldman, at least in putting together today’s KITM.
The guy who hoped to be a hero when ISIS stormed the Regal in Renton, Washington, then accidentally shot someone, follows by lying to authorities, although he might be remembering through the haze of war, Xanax, and beer.
Greg Dworkin asks: Do you know the 1 weird trait that predicts if you are a Trump supporter? (Hint: Greg told you the secret 6 years ago.) Is Trump just like Obama, in that he is the opposite? Is Iowa the first and worst step of the democratic process?
The election markets say that Trump is doing pretty good, actually is pretty unstoppable, as the rest of the Gop pack hope to tie for second.
Going into IA and NH, Hillary Clinton just has to stay cool; coming out of IA and NH, Bernie Sanders has to hope for miracles. Here is what Barack Obama thinks about Iowa, 2016, and the choice between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
Impolite society has pushing and shoving, armed society kicks that up a couple notches in a feud over a $25 service fee.
Fri, 22 January 2016
The snow or something knocked the Greg Dworkin segment of KITM off the air but you can still catch it right here—FiveThirtyEight is tracking the tight race of Clinton vs. Sanders going into Iowa, and the less tight race in New Hampshire. Check out the difference between their “Polls-plus” and “Polls-only” forecasts. As the bets are placed on Trump, the establishment’s hair combusts, but they can’t decide whether to freak out about Trump or Cruz. It’s definitely no way for Carson, and they aren’t too hot on Rubio either.
Armando visits to discuss the role of outsiders and activists in politics and the limits of ideology and good intentions in governing, and gun manufacturer immunity, and William Jennings Bryan, and much more.
A guy going to the Benghazi movie oh so much wanted to be a good guy with a gun...
Thu, 21 January 2016
As a blizzard blows in, David Waldman warns us to stock up now, before the hoarders nab up all of the Axe body spray:
Greg Dworkin brings us the polls, and questions. How will Iowa caucus results influence the vote in New Hampshire? How will undecideds be influenced, and how will they move the vote? Here is how it went in NH in 2012.
Bernie Sanders health plan sounds great, but how’s he going to do it?
The gun control bill that almost beat Chris Christie’s veto might be coming back.
Flint, Michigan is a minority community, it’s a poor community, is that the reason it was poisoned? Author Vann R. Newark II visits KITM to talk about his article, An ugly truth behind black gold: How racial injustices are behind California's fight against Big Oil. He and David discuss how to help the environment by helping those in most need, and the possibility of building a coalition to empower those people fighting on the front lines.
Wed, 20 January 2016
Where were you when Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump? Relive the birth of Idiocracy by reading Palin’s endorsement before it’s etched on commemorative china. Who knows, she might get something out of this. Back in Wasilla, Track Palin maintained the family legacy.
ISIS forced to halve salaries, might have to start layoffs, thanks Obama.
Eventually there will be more plastic than fish in the sea.
Virginia Republican Del. Mark Cole is sticking to his “common sense” legislation requiring genital verification of youngsters, so far is not indicted. Teen lobbyists are quizzed about their virginity by Washington Rep. Mary Dye, who decided at least one kid did not pass the test.
Joan McCarter calls in to report that Republicans are losing their camaraderie over how, or whether to replace Obamacare, and to reform filibuster rules. Mitch McConnell wants to ban Syrian widows and orphans to protect them from US bigots, but Democrats keep fear-mongering by quoting Republicans.
Chris Christie fights for the freedom of kids to eat just like him.
Tue, 19 January 2016
Cold outside? Snow day for the kids? Gather the family ‘round your streaming device and cozy up to David Waldman and KITM:
Greg Dworkin declares at least two winners in the latest Democratic debate: Bernie wins the heart, Hillary the head. Democracy wins in this substantive debate, but can Bernie Sanders be both a presidential and a revolutionist candidate? Some Republican operatives feel the Bern. Republicans blame Obama for you not liking them. Cruz and Trump yearn for that coveted Palin bump.
The culprits in Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s Katrina are being revealed, a memo confirming the US EPA notified Michigan of problems as early as June. Latest updates can be found at flintwaterstudy.org. Ron Fournier was bamboozled by the Snyder administration in December, but at least he figured it out, it just took Snyder’s catastrophic lack of leadership to convince him. Marco Rubio didn’t hear about it, and doesn’t really care.
Armando takes the KITM helm, while David fixes his snow-delayed kids situation. Armando commends Sanders move of the Overton Window, and his sharpening of the debate, but wonders if this can be translated into a presidency. Armando, David and Greg discuss the ACA versus Single Payer, and how tough it would be to introduce such an overhaul of insurer relationships and more progressive tax rates against vested interests and the present dysfunctional government.
An Oregon militant sounds the alarm when the government comes for his government subsidized money.
Donald Trump fights the siege against Christianity and pinpoints the classiest Bible verse.
Scholastic Books sugarcoats the history of two of George Washington’s slaves, then pulls the book after a letter writing and Daily Kos campaign brought attention.
Mon, 18 January 2016
David Waldman is not “in” today, as he is “out” taking full advantage of the 3 day weekend—but he didn’t forget you! Here is an all-new, pre-recorded KITM, with KITM back tomorrow, LIVE:
A Rhode Island city official is caught using a guy dressed as an old lady to convey a positive image for a snow shoveling program. A Republican senator tries to convey a positive image for himself, using special effects to make it seem like he was driving a car.
Indiana gun hobbyists decide that a library is a proper venue for a meeting, and inevitably blow a hole in the wall. The library and local media jump through all possible hoops to stay in passive voice, and not offend any gun fanciers. Virginia’s hypocritical legislators don’t want to enforce their own gun laws.
Darnell Earley, the “Emergency Manager” when the Flint River began to be fed to residents, now has a new job, as the Emergency Manager for Detroit Public Schools. He is ready to make “tough and necessary cuts”.
As work becomes Uberized, creating shareholder value and creating good jobs becomes incompatible. David looks into the difference between job creators and household creators.
Fri, 15 January 2016
David Waldman will certainly not present a live KITM on Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. He will almost certainly have a pre-recorded show ready—so tune in or visit here and find out what he’s cooked up!
Greg Dworkin actually saw last night’s Republican debate, a little chunk of Hell delivered by people practiced in painting Hellscapes since Ronald Reagan, and not at all as heavenly as the Gop establishment pictured. Ted and Donald fought about birther stuff and “New York values” but not much about the real world. But Jeb! got an endorsement from Graham!
Arliss Bunny called in from producing this Monday’s Hopping Mad with Will McLeod and Arliss Bunny on Russian oil prices to discuss how our country’s largest financial firms’ concern is whether the government has made it too expensive to be big, instead of too big to fail. Neil Cavuto seemed to imply that the financial crisis happened on Obama’s watch without saying anything explicitly false.
Constitutional law scholars are starting to give fair-weather originalist Ted Cruz a headache.
A veteran’s gun fires when he brought it into an MRI room. In fact, a gun in an MRI room could kill someone without going off. And people keep getting shot even when safety is a priority. All you need to do is release the trigger.
Thu, 14 January 2016
After a few stymied tries, David Waldman finally syncs up with guest Monte Frank to talk about his latest article “10 reasons why 2015 was a year of progress for gun violence prevention,” as well as his involvement in gun control activism, present and future local, state and federal gun legislation and much more!
A smart gun bill heads to Chris Christie’s desk — which Chris Christie will be there? The congressman behind the ban on gun violence research regrets his roll. The Pacific Standard regrets its article on child gun deaths. Everyone regrets a recent patriot on patriot shooting. Republicans regret losing the opportunity to make the Iranian-US Navy incident into another Benghazi. They probably regret texting their stupid reactions so soon.
Oregon locals had a lot of the same outsider nuts harassing them even before the standoff.
Wed, 13 January 2016
David Waldman is back on line and back on the air!
Greg Dworkin brings us the latest polls and news — the race is tight in IA and NH, and Bernie Sanders is doing great, but so is Hillary Clinton. Either way, Bernie has made an impact which may be good news for Hillary as well.
Two political reporters switched beats for a week, demonstrating what new can be seen with fresh eyes.
Some may think Trump’s winning, but his primary competition doesn’t, so maybe that’s why they aren’t attacking him.
Joan McCarter brings us news of the SOTU. Paul Ryan won his staring contest with someone, maybe it was the Little Sisters he brought in to make his political point. Nikki Haley did OK, although maybe not the best choice for conservatives.
Senate Republicans may appease the House Republicans with limited filibuster reform. Lobbying outfit Heritage Action calls for an end to judicial confirmations during Obama’s final year.
Virginia Delegate Mark Cole, phone and email, and Twitter, has filed a bill to require that children’s anatomical sex be verified before they use a restroom. Virginia Delegate Mark Cole either has not thought his bill out very well, or has thought it out all too well.
Tue, 12 January 2016
Those of you fans of Netroots Radio’s hypnotic hold music might have been surprised by David Waldman interrupting it with a KITM show about twenty minutes in. Unfortunately because of this technical difficulty, podcast fans now get an abbreviated show today, but the regular program with Greg Dworkin and maybe even Joan McCarter should be back tomorrow!
Politico describes the process of the Senate’s attempt to alter its long, stalled, long-stalled, appropriations process. David works to make Politico’s description more precise and accessible.
Why is our ally in the Middle East more Saud-ish, and less Iranian? Which unpalatable alliance would be a better one for US interests?
In a statistically predictable, but still sad occurrence, a father shoots and kills his son that he mistook for an intruder.
As far as Sarah Palin is concerned, when it comes to child support, its Bristol’s baby, the father’s maybe.
Mon, 11 January 2016
David Waldman presents hodgepodge Monday, to bring us up-to-date, and back-in-gear for the week:
Greg Dworkin points out that as we go under 300 days from Nov 7, 2016, polling will become more precise, reaching nearly 100% accuracy in the days following the election.
As photogenic terrorists seize US installations, a super-racist super PAC pitches for Trump. Trump is happy to push us off a precipice we appear to be building for ourselves. Is it the year of the angry white women? Rubio and Cruz still hope to get some pandering in, as they fight for that coveted 3rd place win. It would all be so less concerning if we only knew who was really going to vote.
No Labels labels people that join their club “Problem Solvers”.
David wonders if Donald Trump has got something there with Ted Cruz’s citizenship, because of his lack of “CRBA”, or Consular Report of Birth Abroad. David also looks at the Netflix series Making a Murder from a process and procedure angle.
Today it’ll be about Ricky Gervais and David Bowie. Here are both.
Fri, 8 January 2016
KITM explores the recent escalation of conflict in the Middle East. With the input of listeners to the show, David looks into the history of the region including the geographical, petro-economic, familial-ancestral origins of the multiple crises, conflicts and tragedies.
Saudi Arabia has severed ties with Iran, and expelled its diplomats. Iran’s embassy in Yemen has been hit with airstrikes, which Iran has said was Saudi Arabia’s intention. Iranian government banned its citizens from making the annual trip to Mecca. Accusations between the two continue to multiply. Tensions have spread to Pakistan as they debate “Saudi-isation”. David discusses why Saudi Arabia escalated the Middle East’s sectarian conflict, and the many reasons behind the feud other than the Sunni-Shiite divide.
Thu, 7 January 2016
Tonight on CNN: A one-hour live town hall with President Barack Obama on gun control at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Is this the beginning of the end of the gun lobby’s con game? Greg Dworkin wonders if this is the last stand of the GOP Dodo before extinction. Alabama Nutter/Justice Roy Moore halts same-sex marriages in his state, saying that probate judges have a duty to not issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples. A small band of determined legal academics set out to persuade the Supreme Court to undo the New Deal—and have almost won.
KITM Michigan Corespondent Rosalyn MacGregor reports on the Flint Water Crisis, a story she introduced on this show several months ago, now a well known scandal, and target of a federal investigation. How could this ever happen? Who could have done this?
Armando calls in to note the focus on issues on the Democratic side of the presidential race, but wishes for more actual details, and less sloganeering. Bernie Sanders pledged to break up big banks within the first year in office, calling for a reinstatement of Glass-Steagall, and continuing his division with Hillary Clinton advisor, Gary Gensler. As Gensler and Sanders extend their debate, Armando wishes for less politics and more policy in the candidate’s stands.
In an unintended, pretty funny twist, managers of stores in Texas that sell alcohol could lose their liquor license if they fail to check gun-toting customer’s open carry licenses.
Wed, 6 January 2016
Greg and David look into the history of Trumpism. Will Trump hugely lose by just not winning? Will electability finally beat anger? How will anger take losing? Donald is worried for Ted, and his birthplace and stuff. Birthers have a problem with 4 Republican candidates.
Joan McCarter asks you to just guess what’ll be the first vote by the Republican House in 2016. The House Republicans also ready a Volkswagen bailout vote. The Obama administration has its own priorities for its last year.
Tue, 5 January 2016
Gop contenders don’t support Oregon Militia’s methods, but continue to like all of the stands and attitudes that took the militia to their conclusions.
Going into Iowa, Cruz is getting his ground game down, Trump will plow through to 2nd, and whoever get’s 3rd, wins for some reason. IA and NH rules and procedures weed out the candidates, pollers, guessers and gamers. It ends up with everyone targeting Chris Christie for his little slice of the pie. Bill tip toes in, to assist Hillary Clinton. Atwater and Nixon possibly looking happily from somewhere at the continuing success of the Southern Strategy.
David lawsplains the Hammond Arsonist Sentencing in Oregon, and its connection to the present Vanilla Isis uprising.
Mon, 4 January 2016
David Waldman assists the violent separatists uprising against the United States government in Oregon get the word out of their true intentions, even as the traditional media maligns them as “peaceful protestors”.
Armando calls in to help point and and laugh, but also points out more sobering parallels between this and to how the Tamir Rice case was handled.
David digs deep into the mountain of Gimmetarian derp surrounding the story, and the conflicting claims at the scene. The Bundys are back, but anti-government rebellions, with the collection of free stuff is the way of life for many.
Meanwhile, there’s a new open carry gun law in Texas. David looks into that, as well as the story of a guy that accidentally shot a hole in his door (claiming to still correctly aim on purpose, however). This inspires him to advocate keeping careless and stupid away from guns.
Fri, 1 January 2016
It's our first opportunity to use a 2015 episode as a rerun! From Janaury 5, 2015: New Year's Eve is always a big night for "celebratory gunfire," so there's a lot of GunFAIL to catch up on. And of course, there's the drinking, which doesn't help things. Greg Dworkin rounds up headlines on gun access and mentally ill teens, and the second NYPD funeral. Environmental regulations don't cost as much as thought. The long, long view on the economy. Huckabee-mania, and playing for the base. Polling on the ACA, Afghanistan. In crazy science/spycraft news: you can enhance photos to see the reflections in a subject's corneas, and even reconstruct fingerprints. The family of the mom shot by her 2-year-old in Walmart still insists she made no mistakes, and "experts" can't seem to find them, either. But area papers seem to be waking up to reality. Iowa has its own problems, but local experts reflecting on them come up with nothing. Armando just couldn't let Chris Christie's football (and his brother's Facebook) antics go unremarked-upon! Plus, we talk about the so-far-unexciting primary pre-season, and a forgotten element of critical filibuster reform that's expiring.