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Kagro in the Morning - August 10, 2016

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David Waldman is just kidding. But he kids because he loves!

Chris Christie aides live blog his lies. Police officer demonstrates what not to do, by shooting and killing a woman in a class

Greg Dworkin knows the difference between humor and “humor”. Donald Trump jokes could have some people considering the unthinkable. Of course, Trump doubles down, and now everything’s fine. If you thought that was funny, did you hear the new one about Hillary and emails?  All of this hasn’t shown up in the polls yet, but should keep the trend lines going. Pennsylvania goes back behind the Clinton firewall. Now is the time for Never Trump to force a rout. Trump — True story.

Bloomberg poll finds support for single-party government.

There is a big difference between “working class” and “poor”.

Florida. Florida. Florida.

Armando calls in to discuss the future of the Post-Ailes Fox News. After turning down Roger Ailes’ invitation to be a sexual ally, one of the most powerful women in TV news realizes she wasn’t Ailes’ first and wouldn’t be his last.

Text analysis proves that Donald Trump is his own anger translator.

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Kagro in the Morning - August 9, 2016

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David Waldman thanks you and me and the thousands of people helping out and tuning in to KITM for just about 5 years now! Thank you David!

Donald Trump said titties yesterday.

Most of what Trump says is B.S.

Most of what Donald has, he stole.

Armando calls in to remind us that no matter what Donald Trump says, no matter what he does, Donald Trump remains a petty insignificant loser.

Roger Ailes, former CEO of a really big multimedia place, didn’t figure on his conversations being recorded. Now Andrea Tantaros is making harassment claims, after months of legal dispute.

In gun fail, a couple more examples of people following all of the rules until they don’t, or not following the rules and never having a problem, until they do.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:32am EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 8, 2016

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Following the weekend, David Waldman catches us up on the weekend’s, today’s and even tomorrow’s news:

Greg Dworkin brings us the polls, which are still fine for Hillary Clinton. Hillary’s bump is not fading yet, and after a rough week for Donald, is sticking around 8 points. Donald Trump bounces off his ceiling and floor.

Some Bernie voters, a tidbit of the electorate, aren’t with Hillary. A new Anti-Trump Republican candidate, who likes Ike’s Hair-do, emerges. 

Donald Trump is an ‘abusive braggart’ unfit to lead our Armed Forces. Trump is self-defeating, but what is the cure for Trumpism? Trump retreats from the South, but still makes a stand in the Southwest. As Donald foments the Riggists, Republicans deciding between going Vichy or Gaullistducking or covering. Another Republican deserts to the Clinton camp, and George P. Bush completely surrenders.

Time to beat Trump like a drum. Time to beat Newt Gingrich, literally. In other expected news, Roger Ailes used the Fox News budget to finance ‘Black-Room’ campaigns against his enemies.

Military personnel in Rio de Janeiro are claiming a bullet shot through the press tent was an accident. Did you know there is corruption in the Olympics too?

Another accidental discharge in a Walmart lot, this time, bees.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:52am EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 5, 2016

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David Waldman is forced into wrapping up this week on KITM after running out of days. More days and more David next week. Donald Trump issues a yuge correction (with exclamation point!) to false point once he already ran it into the ground.  

Greg Dworkin is concerned when the press reports that Donald lives, works, eats and employs people. Even that wouldn’t concern Trump supporters. Does it matter what the Trump core thinks when Hillary leads just about everywhere in just about everything, and with new great job numbers out? After the RNC convention, the Cleveland Plain Dealer notices the many dumpster fires burning.

Michael J. Morell ran the CIA, now he is endorsing Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump is now further back than Mitt Romney ever was.

A Republican communications manager describes Trump’s “message is being a loudmouthed dick, basically.” An 11 year old boy prefers cussing to beheading. Trump rallies prefer cussing to most things.

Armando and David discuss Trump’s giving to charity, which seems to consist of mostly his golden name, and the company he keeps, which is often gangsters.

George Zimmerman was punched last night, the details are unclear, but it is certain that it could have been more vigorous.

There’s still confusion about Melania Trump’s US work history. So, It’s not illegal if she does it for free?

Mayor Arrested in Meth-for-Sex Bust but asks everyone to not rush to judge him.

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Kagro in the Morning - August 4, 2016

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David Waldman does not feel “wealthy”. Well, absolutely not “absurdly wealthy”... The fact is, none of us at KITM Worldwide do. You can fix that. Just hit one of the donate buttons at the top and we’ll feel like Fred Trump just gave us a wet kiss. Do it! Every couple million counts.

Greg Dworkin brings us glad tidings: Hillary is popping up all over, as state polls show Democrats uniting around Clinton, and down ballot races feel those positive vibes. This contest is not symmetrical. Donald Trump is a chump, threatening World War III, panicking his friends and enemies in the party, frightening experienced soldiers, maybe creating faithless electors in the Electoral College. The Georgia GOP elector who balked on whether to support Donald Trump has resigned.

About a third of the women Donald Trump has married may have worked as illegal aliens. Corey Lewandowski still works at CNN. Trump tells a town it’s failing, but doesn’t seem to know where he is. Trump tries to vote, but doesn’t seem to know where or how. Trump tries again and again and again to manage businesses, remains a loser.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:34am EST

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David Waldman covers the latest Trump insanities and stupidities, plus other political news and analysis.

Greg Dworkin calls in with the latest Trump insanities and stupidities and rounds up the polls. How’s Hillary Clinton doing? Very well, thank you. Clinton’s lead looks pretty solid. Jeb!’s advisor, Christie’s advisor, and Meg Whitman are with Hillary. So, Trump guesses the fix is in. Donald Trump presently has a harder time talking about his greatness, so he now moves onto how awful everyone else is, of course initiating his preemptive break-ups. Trump allies show they can keep up the Gish Gallop even as Trump throws out a baby to abuse the mom. Fox is caught, admits it, sort of.

44% of voters now support Obamacare, only 38% opposed. The North Carolina law blocked by an appeals court shows racist targeting

Joan McCarter goes into August with plenty of House and Senate news and has some stuff on the latest Trump insanities and stupidities. Republicans really would rather not talk about Trump. Donald Trump would rather not support Paul Ryan. Deborah Ross is getting an important endorsement on support of Social Security.

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Kagro in the Morning - August 2, 2016

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There are no summer doldrums for David WaldmanKITM as long as there’s Donald Trump... it’s just that the breeze ain’t too refreshing: None of the Trump’s understand why women just aren’t tough enough to refuse sexual harassment.

Greg Dworkin brings us more polling, as everything comes into focus heading toward the election. Hillary Clinton’s polls go up following the conventions, as well as Barack Obama’s, as well as all Democrats. Now the Democrats can turn Arizona blue, with a big assist from Latino voters.

Over on the red side, a top Jeb! advisor leaves the Gop, a Republican congressman says he’s with Hillary, and the stench of Trump’s treatment of the Khan family will forever cling to Trump’s supporters, including Paul Ryan. Will more Goppers jump ship when they realize it’s not Trump’s ideas, it’s his character? The Democrats offer Republican runaways principles more than policies. But would the Democrats follow a liberal Trump? A leftist Trump couldn’t happen.

More people watched Donald Trump’s convention speech than Hillary Clinton’s—and hated it. Hillary Clinton is both widely disliked, and widely admired.

Across the nation, voting restrictions fall as fed-up judges get to flay and fillet the phantom fantasy of fraud. David profiles pernicious ladlers of mendacious codswallop, Hans von Spakovsky, and Bradley Schlozman.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:47am EST

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David Waldman brings us August’s first KITM of the year, but will go on vacation in two weeks, so we’ll find something else to do… we all make sacrifices.

Greg Dworkin returns tan, rested, and ready for the general election. Greg brings us the polls, and it looks like Hillary Clinton’s bounce is coming through. The Democrats think she will win, so does the Gop. In fact, she is doing better than Barack Obama did in ‘08 or ‘12. Even Greg’s favorite question is answered favorably! So, a Clinton victory is quite probable. But how about considering the Screwy’s Skew of events? You can’t make this crap up. Trump voters like revenge, racism… but crave respect.

Greg and David look into the connection between working class whites and racism, and how it has existed through good economic times and bad.

Dr. Jill Stein, polling between Harambe the gorilla and Vermin Supreme for president, has not kept up with past decades of research on vaccines. Nina Turner is said to be weighing being her VP.

With all of the Khan news pressing on Donald, someone has figured now is the time for Melania to take one for the team.

David analyzes a federal appeals court overturning a lower court ruling and granting an injunction against North Carolina Republicans’ sweeping voter suppression law, a huge win for voting rights, as the Gop tried to block black voters with 'Almost Surgical Precision’.

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Kagro in the Morning - July 29, 2016
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Kagro in the Morning - July 28, 2016

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David Waldman joined us in our respective inspirited bedrooms last night. He reviews that memorable time, and looks forward to tonight on today’s KITM.  

Trump Treason” Google searches spike, “Trump Orange” and “Trump Crazy” steady. In filings with the FEC, Donald Trump refers to himself as “President of the United States of America”. Harry Reid advises intelligence officials to just give Trump fake briefings

Armando gets back out to Philadelphia to protest the protesters, and to discuss the complexities inherent to strategic farting. Mike Bloomberg reaches out to voters without bringing up gun safety, which was ably handled elsewhere

People call into the DNC! People weep all around the convention

David Muir is being called names today. Some patriots are concerned that this flag reminds them of this flag.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:49am EST

Kagro in the Morning - July 27, 2016

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While all of his friends frolic and play in the summer sun, David Waldman finds himself inside once again behind the KITM microphone: Protesters still have things to protest outside the DNC convention, including 600 Sanders "super volunteers" denied credentials to get on floor. David discusses the concept of when to keep, share and use political capital, when to vent or not to vent.

Donald Trump says he has zero investments in Russia. Russia seems to have investments in Donald Trump. Plenty of money to follow, if only Donald Trump could help somehow.

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Kagro in the Morning - July 26, 2016

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David Waldman may find the time to watch the 2020 DNC convention. In the meantime, he looked up some stuff on this one, and is ready to talk.

Kagro in the Morning’s Democratic National Convention correspondent Armando spent a week in Philadelphia yesterday, and calls in his report. Al Franken was a must-see. Anastasia Somoza was inspirational.  Eva Longoria was no Scott Baio. No, the DNC didn’t rig the primary in favor of Hillary. Bernie Sanders may have to personally break that to each of his followers.

Remember the U.S.A. Freedom Kids? Yeah, Donald Trump never paid them. A paint store fights long enough to get some of the money they earned. Just another day of business for Trump Co. Ivanka gets her Trump grift on, by stealing shoe designs.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:17pm EST

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Have you sighted KITM’s David Waldman lately? Just last weekend he was spotted at several locations around the Charlottesville, VA area. Keep looking, who knows where he’ll pop up next! 

Armando calls in for a wide ranging discussion on a whole lot of topics: Debbie Wasserman Schultz earned herself a new role in the Clinton Campaign. DWS has discovered new interest from the press, Bernie Sanders supporters and many others. Donna Brazile now takes the DNC chair, Marcia Fudge wields the gavel this week. Meanwhile, Tim Kaine is beginning to rev up Democrats.

Democrats like unity as much as the next guy, and their Unity Commission voted to bind most superdelegates to state primary results.

Following the Trump/Home Shopping convention in Cleveland, Donald Trump rolls out Trump/Putin 16. 

As of 11:21 AM ET, Mon July 25, 2016, one of the latest mass shootings was in Fort Myers Florida.

An armed society is an impolite society with guns.

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Kagro in the Morning - July 22, 2016

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David Waldman reminds you to send us money. Validate KITM’s existence for our spouses and kids that wonder why we do this each day… Now on youtube!

Donald Trump screeches out his shrill convention shriek, hitting 7.5 on the Nuremberg scale. Greg Dworkin rounded up last night’s Twitter reviews. Ted Cruz leaves the stage to boos, Donald Trump to cheers… but who were the real winners and losers

Armando joins today’s show to look back at the Trump convention, and forward to the Democratic convention. Oh wouldn’t it be great if Joe Biden stayed to be VP again? Or Elizabeth Warren! Or Sherrod Brown or Cory Booker! Or Xavier Becerra, Julián Castro, Thomas Perez, Tom Vilsack… Oh, it will probably be Tim Kaine.

Read up on Donald Trump’s warm up act, Stephen Miller, to get a glimpse of the soul of his campaign.

David examines how expense policies are still gender biased.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:26am EST

Kagro in the Morning- July 21, 2016

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David Waldman presented 8 of every 10 words live today on KITM. Hear it all, smooth and crash-free on the linked podcast.

Greg Dworkin brings us the biggest story of last night, as Donald Trump suggests that he might not honor the core tenet of the NATO alliance, unfortunately that news got overshadowed by the 3 day parade of derp. How’s the convention bump coming alongTed Cruz basks in the glow of hatred from his fellow Republicans. The reasons for Trump allowing Cruz on stage range from stupid to stupider. People are still pondering Ben Carson’s speech. What is the Republican jobs plan? Is Hillary blocking a return to the good times when minorities knew their place?  

Armando calls in to talk about the Baltic States, the Balkans, Pam Bondi and Trump’s abandonment of NATO.

Corey Lewandowski pitches Trump Super PACs, denies it, sabotages the campaign and convention, and denies that.

​Donald Trump’s in-house fall girl wrote like a ballerina.

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Kagro in the Morning - July 20, 2016

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David Waldman brings us up-to-date on all of the news and politics — no copying! The RNC convention tonight should feature Donald and Melania’s cover of “Something Stupid”. (But probably won’t.) Instead, it will be another night of terror. A Donald Trump minion falls on her sword for Melania. How Melania Trump’s speech veered off course and caused an uproar.

Greg Dworkin rounds up the polling. So, who’s going to be president? And, who’s going to win the presidency? Hillary Clinton is the star of the Republican convention. Even Trump’s nomination doesn’t wow the crowd like Clinton. Only Hillary Clinton interests them. Their priority is to punish a Clinton. After the convention, immigration, guns and abortion will be wedge issues. With no alternative, a Gop policy leader comes to terms with Trump. You can elect Trump, but you can’t make him president.

Joan McCarter emerges from the convention hell-hole to talk for a while. Joan picks Tiffany as the best Trump, the sons tying for creepiest. It is a close contest. Follow Joan back into the hell-hole on the Daily Kos RNC open thread for the latest!

Chris Christie’s Kangaroo Court is a glimpse of a Trumpian future. With Trump's help, NJ Republicans pay Bridgegate legal fees. Christie says Trump could purge the government of Obama appointees.

Megyn Kelly steps forward with allegations against Roger Ailes, so it might be time for him to pack up his $40,000,000 and head out the door.

Ryan Bundy braids 15 feet of bedsheets, 213 feet short of his goal.

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Kagro in the Morning - July 19, 2016

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What can David Waldman say about Melania Trump’s speech that hasn’t been said before? Well, you won’t believe this one unique moment… Melania didn’t write her speech this last weekend, anymore.

Greg Dworkin reviews DAY ONE of this week. Chris Christie is sad that it isn’t him next to Donald Trump in Cleveland. For Donald Trump, it’s dominance and humiliation, there is no middle ground. The convention sticks to its themes of threats, violence and betrayal. It’s not the 60’s in Cleveland, which is good news for everyone.

Here are some excruciating moments from the T/P 60 minutes interview. Here are some more! You can live stream the Republican National Convention on the RNC’s official YouTube page, but you can’t chat about it live anymore. You might guess why.

​David gives us the low down on yesterday’s convention floor fight, and explains the hubbub in detail you won’t find from anyone else outside of a Flats bar.

A residential shooting range ends up being a bad idea.

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Kagro in the Morning - July 18, 2016

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David Waldman begins KITM with a coffee break, you should too, it will be a busy week!

Greg Dworkin brings us the pre-convention polls. Hillary’s in the lead now, let’s see what the Trump/Pence bump brings the Gop. Will convention star power destabilize what has been so far stable polling? Clinton leads Trump 76 -14 with Latinos. Mike Pence finds he must go from Indiana, but then falls into the Von Clownstick Zone

Taunting insiders inadvertently drove Donald Trump to show us he could run for president. Trump has made America more racist. Republicans are OK with that. Donald Trump turns out to be a fictional character, but a genuine “asshole”.

Experts contend that Trump is bad at the art of the deal, but a natural at spinning the truth.  Journalists discover their inner Murrows. Trump and kids named in a $250M Tax Scam. Therefore, Hillary Clinton must not be just defeated, she needs to be punished. Poisonous toads are instinctive enemies in the wild.

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Kagro in the Morning - July 15, 2016

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David Waldman continues to pine for the camaraderie and conversation at Netroots Nation. If you too would like to pretend you’re hanging with the smart crowd in St. Louis, MO, listen to today’s KITM for coverage of the latest conversational topics!

David assumed that Greg Dworkin would be visiting today, and you know what that makes you and me? Not as neglected, because Greg rounded up some issues to discuss: 

The death toll in Nice, France continues to rise. A startled Donald Trump postpones his announcement on VP… Oh, wait he just tweeted it. Mike Pence walks out on Indiana, just as its citizens were preparing a rail to run him out on. Why won’t retailers move into Trump Tower? Clevelanders hoping for a windfall go broke with Trump.

Roger Ailes accusers “coming out of the woodwork” after being boarded up there for decades.

To reduce suicides, look at guns.

David takes an extensive look at The Atlantic’s extensive look at the Secret History of Guns. Blacks are the Second Amendment’s second class citizens. Was the Second Amendment ratified to preserve slavery?

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Kagro in the Morning - July 14, 2016

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David Waldman wishes he could be at Netroots Nation, but doesn’t everyone? It’s where all of the cool kids are,  and most of the cool adults, too.

Unfortunately, that leaves not much for Cleveland. The RNC keeps it upbeat and inspirational as always. The knife, tennis ball, and nunchuck lobbyists have been less successful as the NRA at the convention. Guns are coming to the convention, and the police will abide.

Greg Dworkin rounds up the polls and punditry as well as policy today. Hillary Clinton took a hit from the FBI, will take another from the Republican Convention, but top Dems are not particularly nervous. A lot of blue remains in the polls. Trump has a big advantage with white evangelicals. The RNC is still banning this movie poster, though.

Donald Trump horrifies historians, as he continues to propagate hatred and violence. Is some Trump support due to job losses from robotics?

Why should Trump make truckling doormat Chris Christie his VP choice? Von Clownstick hopes a 10 million dollar lawsuit shuts this guy up. 

Has America promoted anti-police violence by ignoring illegitimate policing?

Greg discusses the positive and negative repercussions rippling out from the introduction of Obamacare. Obamacare was written to save jobs, but now that is becoming a problem, as stethoscopes have replaced rivets as the lifeblood of the American economy. Now insurers are losing money and abandoning the system. What can be done to control rising health care costs? Obama assesses Obamacare.

David discusses the perils inherent in guns and penises. What counts as “accidental”, and how is that different than negligence? The Florida woman that left her gun on the floor of her car and was shot by her 4 year old is giving lectures and soon to be an NRA instructor. Armstrong Williams and his “oversized weapon” get into a sexual harassment suit. Tennessee Rep. Jeremy Durham and his “pants candy” get into trouble with a couple dozen Jane Does.

Here is the secret history of guns in America.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:57am EST

Kagro in the Morning - July 13, 2016

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David Waldman maintains the serious analysis of events and concerns that you expect: Hey, can you smell what the Bernie Backers are cooking? Sanders supporters borrow a recipe from the Saul Alinsky cookbook.

Greg Dworkin sniffs out the latest news and punditry: Sanders declares victory, and maybe joined Team Clinton. Von Clownstick goes for Sanders voters, probably won’t get much. Donald Trump, defender of the white. Most young people know Trump is racist. All politics are identity politics. Texas’ gun culture and politics made the Dallas shooting inevitable. Every once in a while somebody learns through experience.

RGB says Trump should resign, Trump asks “I know you are, but what am I?”

Joan McCarter has some bombshells of her own to drop: 

The Republican Congress heads toward recess with no answers for Zika, gun violence, or anything else. Paul Ryan gives in to House maniacs, gives up on gun votes, and still faces another Freedom Caucus coup.

Here is Joan’s report on the rest of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s latest statements.

President Obama is mourner in chief, again, in Dallas. At least W’s having fun.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:47am EST

Kagro in the Morning - July 12, 2016

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David Waldman fits the show in-between his kid’s camp schedules, the unification of Sanders & Clinton, and the beginning of the end of Mike Pence’s political career. Lickspittle Chris Christie will likely be allowed to continue on as Trump’s cringing flunky.

Greg Dworkin calls in to bring us all sorts of news, and helps us all figure out what the heck is going on. The Republican platform takes a stand against co-habitation and grey wolves. Perhaps misunderstanding the issue, the Gop warns against the health risk of unintended discharges. The party’s biggest problem is its voters. A lot of Gop operatives are missing out on experiencing Cleveland in the summertime, and seem happy about it.

Will the Trumpster fire burn down the Gop house and senate? The Gop ground game just isn’t there. Clinton’s lead extends to white voters with college degreesTrumpster fires make good commercials, though.

Is America falling apart or waking up? Who is trying to unite the country, who is trying to divide it? American public’s views of both Islam and Muslims have become more favorable. Dallas is what a ‘2nd Amendment remedy’ would look like. Is it worth it for a gay Gop delegate to plead with the party to soften its stance on marriage?

A Jerry Sandusky accuser says he told Joe Paterno about a shower assault in 1976. More women come out on Roger Ailes charges. Maybe the IRS will investigate the Von Clownstick purchase of a Tim Tebow helmet with money meant for charity

Three north Alabama counties rank the highest in the US for accidental shooting deaths.

And all of that was just half of the KITM show today! David also talks to Mark Gersh from the National Committee for an Effective Congress. Topics include open vs. closed primaries, Gerrymandering and citizen involvement, the Democratic Study Group, and of course, Donald Trump.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:55am EST

Kagro in the Morning - July 11, 2016

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David Waldman catches us up on last week’s ridiculous tragedies, and looks forward to the future fiasco at the RNC convention in Cleveland.

Greg Dworkin believes this is a good time to review Soledad O'Brien’s thoughts on “The Talk”. New evidence shows bias in police use of force but not when they eventually get around to shooting.

So, will there be Trump-Pence blaring in Cleveland this weekend? Pence makes ¢ for fair-trade. Mike Pence is probably getting tired of hanging around Indiana anymore. Cleveland will be fun to watch (at a distance).  Republicans can blame themselves. Clinton and Trump are unpopular, only one is a threat, and only one is winning. There are gender dynamics here. The bros aren’t so cheery this week.

What’s so special about Ohio? Is the frustration with journalists a disconnect between the expectations of audience and journalists, but to the lack of power that audiences feel in regard to their elected representatives?

But what about Newt for VP? Maybe a book tour in ‘17? Who else can protect us from electromagnetic pulses? Can #NeverTrump pick the vice president

Philando Castile was pulled over by police 52 times, and complied 52 times.

The Dallas gunman took “self defense” classes at the Academy of Combative Warrior Arts.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:46am EST

Kagro in the Morning - July 8, 2016

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David Waldman brings us updates on the tragedies piled upon tragedies. In Dallas, 11 police officers shot, 5 dead. Here are updates. Here are some good, bad, ugly and completely dickish reactions to the shooting. #Dallas person of interest says cops lied to him during interrogation. The active shooter countermeasure business booms.

Donald Trump has not yet announced how he will build a wall and have blacks pay for it… but let’s move on to him and change the subject now, shall we? How does Donald Trump get the Clownstick message out without using coherent sentences, thoughts? Donald Trump seeks unity with those disgusting losers in Washington. Eric Trump takes a look at his sister and declares that he’d hit that in a voting booth. Would Donald Trump just quit if he won the election? David actually takes that seriously for a moment, and tries to figure it out.

Now catch us on YouTube! No picture yet, but this’ll be the first place to see one if that ever changes.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:36am EST

Kagro in the Morning - July 7, 2016

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KITM has no guests calling in today, so David Waldman is free to roam across the internet, taking down all of the evil and stupid in his path.

Correspondent Rosalyn MacGregor helps out with a dispatch from Michigan... actually, Pennsylvania, with a story on how cash-poor cities can work together with state emergency managers.

The House Republicans didn’t catch anything with Eghazi hearings, now try to hook FBI Director James Comey. Funny, the congressman investigating Comey really liked him last month.

The press confuses Bill Clinton with Hillary Clinton with all Clintons, but they know they aren’t Kennedys.

Hillary Clinton wants to make America great again by eliminating deadbeats like Donald Trump. One of the Von Clownstick boys is driven to profane language by the (investigative) behavior of a reporter.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi can’t scrub the Trump smell off.

Donald Trump throws a fit, enraged that his presidency could be held to the same standards as Saddam Hussein & Disney DVD marketing, and he will not let it go, let it gooooo, calming down only after playing with his action figures. Trump’s warmup act asks the crowd if they feel safe around blacks: “Noooooo!”

It’s Paul Ryan vs. the Freedom Caucus again, and David delves into the details.

Campus carry laws seem designed to attract conflict, as University of Texas at Austin professors sue their university and the state.

Black citizen. legally carrying weapon, complying with police, shot dead, adding to the toll of Baton RougeFergusonBaltimore, and Cleveland.

Meanwhile another guy kills himself at a gun range, and another 3 year old kills herself with a loaded gun.

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Kagro in the Morning - July 6, 2016
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Kagro in the Morning - July 5, 2016

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David Waldman presents the KITM 5th of July spectacular celebrating his son’s safe return from camp after the extraction of a beetle from his ear.

Greg Dworkin brings us the latest Donald Trump anti-semitic tweet. David Duke loved it, and wasn’t that the point, really, for the Mr. Magoo of Bigotry? Or is Von Clownstick just reflecting the overwhelming zeitgeist of his electorate? Do Clinton and Trump voters reflect different realities? What are the chances of voters coming around to one reality by November? Trump changes the election map, now playing catch-up just about everywhere. Hillary Clinton is now targeting college-educated whites. Meanwhile, more Trump advisors become ex-advisors.

Are Donald Trump’s short fingers related to his exaggerated eleemosynary or the size of his galas? Both. Donald Trump’s football team treated cheerleaders like hookers, and probably were impolite to sex workers as well. BTW, did you know “bankrupt” comes from the Italian “banca rupta”?

David explores the most gunfail of #gunFAILs he has witnessed, with this idiot shooting his son at the “safest” shooting range. Watch, learn and contemplate how gender and race can mess with gun rights in your head.

The first-ever driverless car death has occurred. Is it time to consider the ethics, or has this autonomous vehicle already exited the driveway?

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Kagro in the Morning "Encore Performance" - July 6, 2015 airing July 4, 2016

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KITM salutes the great city of Madison, Wisconsin! Greg Dworkin comes on to talk of the history of the Confederate flag. Will history repeat itself with the latest Democratic momentum? Is the GOP on the wrong side of history again? Or is Hillary on the wrong side of history? What are the polls saying? Overwhelmed by the depth and breadth of the mistakes in the US media coverage of Greece’s economic troubles and solutions proposed, Arliss Bunny calls in, comprehensively setting the record straight. One more open carry disaster, in an Austin, TX hotel. Could've been a good guy with a gun, though, until his bullets started entering people.

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Kagro in the Morning - July 1, 2016

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David Waldman devotes today’s KITM to exploring the terribleness of Donald Trump. There is always more to shovel from Trump’s golden dumpster! 

Donald Trump bought Tim Tebow's helmet for charity, siphoning other charity’s money for the purchase. Trump avoids taking money out of own pocket for anything.

Donald Trump’s Baja scam shows that your life savings could be his pocket change, but those pockets can ad up to real money.

At Mar-A-Lago Trump also helped himself to guest's phone conversations, via his bedroom switchboard.

What can the 1% get away with? Follow David down this sordid trail:

Amazon and Microsoft sex traffic for perks. A billionaire pedophile runs a child prostitution pyramid scheme, and may have dirt on Donald, Bill and many other Johns. That dirt could include Donald Trump and a 13 year old girl.

Superdelegates, what are they good for?

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Kagro in the Morning - June 30, 2016

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David Waldman Today on KITM, David cherry-picks the data, so you don’t have to.

Greg Dworkin rounds up a bunch of newsy and pollsy things. Culture Is replacing class as the key political divide in the US as in UK, but the balance is better here. Brexit is finally figured out.

More is discovered about the Istanbul attackersGOP national-security experts are more #ReadyForHer than for him.  

Hillary Clinton wins, Trump loses huge in June. How polling can go wrong. How can Trump punish his non-supporters? Who would want to be the Trump VP? This guy is available—and born in NYC!

Things are more complex than Donald Trump makes them. For instance, steel. Black Lives Matter would like to get more details on Hillary Clinton’s approach to civil rights.

David catches up on Donald Trump’s schemes, scams, grifts, and other flim-flams. Trump promised millions to charity, and after about seven years he has donated about 10 grand. The Trump Institute offered its get-rich schemes with plagiarized lessons. Is the Trump Network a political Ponzi scheme? Clownstick said he was forgiving over $45 million in personal loans he made to his campaign, so quit bugging him for proof.

The Bob McDonnell Supreme Court ruling makes convicting politicians of corruption almost impossible, btw.

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Kagro in the Morning - June 29, 2016

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It’s David Waldman Day on KITM!  It’s also Greg Dworkin Day and Joan McCarter Day! You just can’t pack more interesting stuff into two hours, so be sure to warm up your link finger!

Greg Dworkin rounds up the news, views, pundits, and polls: Hillary Clinton keeps knocking “the steam” out of Donald Trump’s campaign. Trump is countering by attacking Republican economic principles. Trump supporters don’t like free trade, but really aren’t that big of fans of black people or much of anything in between. Donald Trump’s advisor and warm up act has been battling multiculturalism since high school. So, now is a good time for Barack Hussein Obama to hit the campaign trail.

Donald Trump, how does it feel to be losing so badly?

It is hard to find rational solutions for gun violence in the American press, good thing these people speak english. Harvard debunks the old standby of guns for personal defense.

Joan McCarter has a lot to talk about today: Paul Ryan tries poisoned partisanship on the Democrats. Senate Republicans toe the line and blockade Obama JudgesLook out, Sen. Richard Burr, Democrat Deborah Ross is nipping at your heels. Yay, “common sense” prevails in the Supreme Court’s abortion decision.

David looks into a few trending #gunFAIL stories: A 6 year old boy was shot at the Grand

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Kagro in the Morning - June 28, 2016

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David Waldman, still euphoric from Icelandic victories and yogurt, brings us today’s KITM.

Greg Dworkin brings us more on Brexit. Why the new nationalists are taking over. Will this help Donald Trump? No, it will further demonstrate the superiority of Hillary Clinton’s ideas, as each day’s polling shows. Maybe if Trump followers war whoop harder it might convince voters? What’s wrong with a genetic purity test for political candidates? Experts determine Donald Trump is lying about money. At the moment Clownstick is winning in Texas by single digits. Trump’s chances now rest on bears and meteors. Gop campaigns may have found the bus to throw Donald Trump under.

The Supreme Court makes its biggest decision on abortion in decades. Why did Justice Anthony Kennedy assist in this historic decision?

Armando Armandosplains the Supreme Court abortion access law decision in a three part, one hour conversation with David. Only on KITM will you find this sort of analysis of the history, philosophy, and politics around the decision, as well as a discussion of the institution vs. the individual in America. “Common sense” prevails in the Supreme Court decision. The remarkably unchanging American split on abortion.

On The Media presented a show devoted to bridging the gap over guns in America and how the media can better understand “both sides”,  which was comprehensive in every respect other than the omission of the wealth of data and perspective offered by this show, and David Waldman. Lucky you, as a fan of this show you have the key to understanding it all.

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Kagro in the Morning - June 27, 2016

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David Waldman returns to KITM today instead of performing jury duty. It’s too hot this time of year anyway, with all of the jurors fanning themselves with their notes and fedoras, and the attorneys sweating through their seersucker suits and all. 

Stay away from Baja too, at least if your realtor is Donald Trump.

Greg Dworkin reports that Donald Trump is having a hard time selling people on anything this month as Sanders backers head to Clinton. Bernie’s supporters start to see themselves as Hillary supporters, and even the campaign chiefs are becoming buddies

Evangelical Christians have faith in Baby Christian Clownstick. What will the conservatives that have a harder time lying to themselves do? Is it time to go Full Curly in Cleveland? Is it now time to pick between Trump and oblivion, or is that a package deal? Some rats refuse to even get on the ship.

Trump’s policies would add $11.5 trillion to the debt. Ends up that Republicans see and treat blacks differently than whites

Brexit shows that kids should vote more. Does Brexit mean it’s time for a realpolitik parsing between liberalism and progressivism? The EU now decides if spanking the UK will hurt the EU more than the UK.

Bernie Sanders backers in Nebraska learn how to not step on their friend’s toes.

If Mia Love skips Cleveland, that might make her VP nomination awkward.

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Kagro in the Morning - June 24, 2016
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Kagro in the Morning - June 23, 2016

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The Democrats continue to be revolting, in a quite inspirational fashion. David Waldman believes nothing huge should be expected, but as increments go, these are a nice ones. Paul Ryan allowed no bills and got no breaks. The Gop won’t give in, no matter how hard they lose.

Greg Dworkin calls in to discuss how parties matter, and how they are not the same. John Lewis’ nonviolence training and tradition.

Donald Trump said some crazy, non-sensical, conspiracy theories and lies. If you didn’t catch it, Clownstick’ll be doing it again and again for the next few months because he will not be pivoting anywhere. Trump runs his campaign like a real estate deal.

Obamacare is working, but both sides see an advantage in trashing it.

Hey, remember when the Republicans fought for your freedom to get $3.50 per gallon gas? One way this differs from today’s fight for gun safety is new social media technology. C-SPAN circumvents the House blackout on sit-in coverage.

Want a revolution? Here is a little election with big lessons to teach.

Patrick Murphy, not this one, but this one, is raising red flags, which may lead to a Marco Rubio return, even.

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Kagro in the Morning - June 22, 2016

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David Waldman announced that KITM was back to its regular, normal, ready-for-prime-time state, and as you’d expect, the live feed went away shortly after. Tap the player above for the full show!

Ivanka Trump promotes a new niche super-PAC for those that don’t like her dad, but really don’t like Hillary Clinton. Is she on Trump payroll? Dump Trump gets a second wind.

Greg Dworkin brings us the polls and the news:

Donald Trump finds that he needs to decide whether to be wacky for his wacko supporters, maybe do that pivot into that “presidential campaign”, or to just go gull the rubes as he always has.  

The super delegate debate rages on, for the next few years probably.

Marco Rubio runs back to Florida’s rescue, in his own special way.

Joan McCarter also notes that little ghoul Rubio has decided to profit from the Orlando Slaughter.  

Republicans run government not so much like a business by coming up with the same Obamacare replacement after 6 years.  

Joan and David discuss the senate votes on gun measures. Susan Collins came up with a “terror gap compromise, at least the NRA waited for her announcement before telling senators not to vote for it. Mitch McConnell wants to protect your Second Amendment rights, to hell with the Fourth. Georgia Rep. John Lewis is leading a sit-in on the House floor today to push Republicans to address gun violence in the legislative chamber.

Today, Trump attempts to dig out of his deep hole with an attack on Clinton.

Guns attract crime to Atlanta Public Schools.

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Kagro in the Morning - June 21, 2016
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Kagro in the Morning "Encore Performance" - June 18, 2015 airing June 20, 2016

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The Charleston shooting dominates the news today, as we knew it must. Greg Dworkin joins us to discuss it, along with other headlines, including the latest on the pope's encyclical and how the named plaintiff in King v. Burwell has found himself some nice, socialist health insurance. Carly Fiorina's SuperPAC had to change it's name because duh, you're not supposed to have a SuperPAC. Boehner boots whips who voted against the trade rule. A pithy gun cartoon from Rebecca Hendin. Still more nuttiness from the Texas gold bugs.

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Kagro in the Morning "Encore Performance" - June 17, 2015 airing June 17, 2016

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Greg Dworkin rounded up 2016 news on Hillary, Jeb!, and The Donald. The debate wars. How the pope got religion on climate change. TX's crazy-sounding plan for it's own gold reserves. Joan McCarter visits to warn us about the newest Gop plan to derail net neutrality, remind us that the trade fight isn't over, keep us on King v. Burwell watch, and share a laugh about the Gowdy vs. Issa Benghazi spat.

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Kagro in the Morning - June 16, 2016

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David Waldman presents a KITM so relevant and immediate you’ll swear it’s live. Congrats on David’s 20th Anniversary! In lieu of gifts, feel free to donate to PayPal, or Patreon.

Donald Trump presents the Von Clownstick Doctrine, in an inspiring cinematic performance.

Will Trump run the country like his businesses, like Mitt Romney promised to do? Will Trump make the US in the image of his whipped Casinos, or Trump University? As president, maybe he could charge for his speeches, like the millions he made for hawking Multi-Level Marketing. This businesswoman finally got Trump to pay his bills

Donald Trump can spot any scam if he doesn’t have his little fingers in it: Soldiers skimming reconstruction money.

Reporters don’t have to worry, Stubby will let them write down what he says when he is president. He will send refugees back however, because you never know about them.

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Kagro in the Morning "Encore Performance" - June 15, 2015 airing June 15, 2016

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Hillary's in. So's Jeb!. Several crazy and/or stupid people shot up various parts of the United States over the weekend. Greg Dworkin informs us that Colt and a few other gun manufacturers are going bankrupt. Phil Mattingly Tweetsplains TAA/TPA/TPP. America's Worst Governor blows a lot. The snarky version of the TAA/TPA/TPP story, plus the KITM fine-toothed comb is brought out to parse the parts of the procedure story that even the explainers don't explain. Finally, some Bernie Sanders coverage, thanks to WillaGorilla, who sent us his recorded contribution to the show. Be the radio show you want, people!

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Kagro in the Morning - June 14, 2016

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David Waldman will not be live tomorrow—but he’s working on a KITM special edition crammed full of good stuff so you will feel able to tackle the rest of the week.  

So, here is the wave of blood and tears the Trump campaign has been waiting a year for.

Greg Dworkin brings us the polls, and the news—and the not-so-news that Donald Trump is xenophobe who panders to xenophobes. Trump chooses between caring about dead LGBT people and stoking fear. Newt Gingrich sees an opportunity to create a new House Un-American Activities Committee. Ken Burns thinks it is time for everyone to quit joking around

Voters decide that being the first female presidential candidate isn’t “historic”. All that free air time during the primaries helped Trump. Nonetheless, Hillary Clinton is gaining in men, and white voters. Republicans wish you didn’t ask them Von Clownstick questions for a few months.

Did Orlando health providers need a HIPAA waiver after this mass shooting?

It turns out that the guy heading to a gay pride parade with with three assault rifles, ammunition, and chemicals that can be used to make explosives, did not actually say he had planned anything bad to happen. An anti-trans bathroom ‘Child Protector’ was caught with a 13 year old chained In his basement.

Tulsi Gabbard seems unusually Islamophobic for a progressive until you look into her motivations. She is also not into super delegates.

Donald Trump keeps reducing his traveling stenographer pool. Is this a badge of honor for journalists

The Orlando shooter was enabled by a retired NYPD officer.

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Kagro in the Morning - June 13, 2016

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Today David Waldman invites you to listen to KITM as we all try to get a handle on the tragedy in Orlando, emotionally, politically, and factually.

Greg Dworkin gives us support, and hope, calling in from Newtown: A Sandy Hook Survivor offers advice for Orlando. Mourning in Orlando.

Or you could congratulate Donald Trump. Donald likes applause following tragedies. Von Clownstick worries about Obama’s patriotism. Trump isn’t pivoting. Ambulance chasing does not seem to be helping Donald Trump’s polling. Louis C.K. quickly and simply explains who to vote for.

David and Greg discuss the protocol for linking an attack to ISIS and what "Lone Wolf" means.

Armando helps analyse the logic supporting the hot takes, and not so hot takes, and also predicts that we'll be seeing many Latinos on the casualty list.

The Orlando shooter was investigated for claiming to be linked to the Boston Marathon bombing. What would the shooter have said if he was caught alive, and what would his lawyer say?

Christina Grimmie’s church adds 49 Souls to its prayers after the Orlando massacre.

Eventually, too quickly, the media will move on, and Trump U. will be waiting for them. The Gop never noticed, is it because grifting is in their DNA?

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Kagro in the Morning - June 10, 2016

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David Waldman gets us to Friday, and KITM gets us through the weekend with today’s wide-ranging show:

Arliss Bunny hops on to the show, hopping mad that think tanks like the Mercatus Center have framed our understanding of Social Security and made it all feel like “common sense”. Arliss helps us redefine (back to the correct definition) insolvency, inflation, bankruptcy, and gives us insight into the physics of money. Want to know more, and more and more about money? Find out the most with The Smart Bunny's Guide to Debt, Deficit and Austerity. Would you like even more new economic perspectives? Check out neweconomicperspectives.org. And, tune in to Hopping Mad with Will McLeod and Arliss Bunny this Monday at 8AM EST, to find out why this former Bernie or Bust woman feels berned.

Florida correspondent Darwin Mesadieu has got a report that rolls up Governor Rick Scott, the Zika virus, and that other loathsome disease, Donald Trump. Rick Scott, pretty loathsome on his own, does not want to join forces with Von Clownstick, and even Rick Scott thinks the Gop congress is loathsome in its disregard of the Zika Virus.

Back to Donald Trump. Did you know people are voting for him because of his business skills? Now, It looks as if Trump’s skill of holding on to his money comes from his holding on to your money. Along with Trumping, pumping and dumping, Donald pretends he doesn’t have the money, underpays on his vendors regularly, and just skips paying people at all. Maybe he gets votes from reminding people of that boss they used to have.

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Kagro in the Morning - June 9, 2016

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David Waldman and KITM bring us the Trump, Clinton, and Sanders news along with a lot more that everyone else should be talking about, but they just never get around to telling you.

Will Obama join with the lack of a majority of votes, delegates and super delegates to stop Bernie Sanders?

Greg Dworkin rounds up the news and polls: Donald Trump assesses the damage, Bernie Sanders assesses his campaign, and Greg’s son, a Bernie voter, assesses the future for Sanders’ supporters. Democrats are unifying quicker and better than Republicans. The trend is favoring Clinton and increasing, especially for other Democrats. Are Hillary supporters being cowed into silence? There is no Trump Bump. Trump isn’t going to change, and some are fine with that

David Nir, Political Director of Daily Kos, and longtime friend of the show, joins us today to get a handle on down ticket races. The senate race in California is Democrat vs Democrat, woman vs. woman, win-win. Democrats avoid disaster and are now poised to hold an important California house seat

David continues to follow the money as the Koch Brothers inflitrate obscure but important outposts protecting our way of life, and takes another look at the dealings of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

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Kagro in the Morning - June 8, 2016

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David Waldman on KITM was one of the first to break the history-making news of Hillary Clinton being the first female nominee from a major US political party—yesterday. Today KITM breaks it again.

Greg Dworkin invites us to laugh at Trump Lackey Jeffery Lord. More laughs from Rep Lee Zeldin. Trump U. lawsuits could be catastrophic for Trump, and no one can find a legal justification, so why won’t Von Clownstick stop talking about Judge Curiel? Technically, Republicans could still dump Trump.

Armando joins with Joan McCarter on ringing in the 21st Century, and the history being made by Hillary Clinton and the Democrats.

The Koch Bros groom anti-government ideologues to run committees for the programs they want destroyed. David tells you how they do it.

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Kagro in the Morning - June 7, 2016

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David Waldman brings us the KITM Super Tuesday Primary show! Woooo Hooo—wait, this just in. The numbers would lead one to presume the presumptive nominee is Hillary Clinton. But, look at how Sanders would have, could have done!

Greg Dworkin points out that not all Sanders supporters will go for Hillary, because they didn’t consider either candidate for their policies. Sanders’ supporters might choose based on gender, but also because those are the choices they have always made before. Nancy Pelosi hops onto the bandwagon.

Von Clownstick thinks only clownsticks would choose to judge him fairly. Republicans aren’t sure where to go with this. Trump minions aren’t sure where to go with this. Democrats do know where to go with it. Paul Ryan does not approve! But, Paul Ryan does that a lot. Florida's attorney general personally asked Trump for money when she decided not to look into Trump fraud. The Republican party can get even worse.

David explores another rigged political system, that is rigged by being a political system, and another accidental gun discharge that raises questions that the gun owner might just be a moron.

Tom Cotton crushes an Obama Nominee’s hopes, with the intent to inflict pain on Obama.

You need to act. Now. Yes, YOU! Yes, NOW! Forward with Foister.

Speaking of voting, today you might get a chance to send a message to Judge Aaron Persky. Others have sent messages to him recently.

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Kagro in the Morning - June 6, 2016
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Kagro in the Morning - June 3, 2016
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Kagro in the Morning - June 2, 2016

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Trump’s grumpy about something new. The PGA moved a big golf event from one of his courses, because sponsors don’t want to be associated with the Trump name. But so far, that hasn’t distracted people from the Trump “University” story.

Greg Dworkin reminds us that the last primaries are looming.

Oklahoma pay-to-play “cop” gets 4 years for mistaking his gun (which he shouldn’t have had) for his Taser (which he shouldn’t have had) and killing an unarmed suspect. It was a story that GunFAIL helped go national (which we shouldn’t have had to).

An extremely weedy fight breaks out, again, over the DNC platform committee, and there are no good answers about it yet.

And in just one more Trump story, one of his “great deals” might be coming back to bite him (in a minor way).

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Kagro in the Morning - June 1, 2016

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On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, we leap headlong & willingly into the Trump trap, but only after tearing ourselves away from the overwhelming Frenchmentum. And just barely, at that.

Greg Dworkin took us on a tour of the psychology of Trumpism, with an added dash of data about how the white vote breaks down, including the (mostly) white CEO vote. And as always, the broader view of the Abbreviated Pundit Roundup.

Next, and extended look at the story of the day: the depravity of the “business practices” of Trump “University,” plus another MLM scam yet to be explored. Followed by the second-biggest Trump scandal of the day, stealing raising money from for veterans. Common to all these scams is Trump’s inability and/or unwillingness to separate his “ventures” the way the common folk (or even the common rich) are supposed to.

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Kagro in the Morning - May 31, 2016

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On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin joins us in returning from the Memorial Day break to round up the Republican news, which is of course all about falling in behind Hairspray von Clownstick, and Democratic news, which is still about the last days of our lingering contest.

For Republicans, there’s the troubling and embarrassing dynamics of having to eat $#*t sandwiches

For Democrats, lingering questions about who we are, who our candidates are, and what things might be like once we’re in general election mode.

On the Trump front: he’s at war with the judge in the Trump “University” case; he’s at war with investors in his “businesses;” and he’s even at war with the concept of a president who’s an American first, and mindful that he’s leading a democracy.

On the Clinton front: dealing with coverage of the e-mails, and arguments over the impact of intra-Dem resistance.

Oh, and Libertarians are still a thing.

Returning to Trump, as his lies mount and become ever more ridiculous, media types posit that Trump has destroyed the interview as a tool for insight, and possibly everything else, as well.

Speaking of the destruction of everything else, there was a mass shooting spree—featuring a troubled veteran running amok with an assault rifle and making anti-gay and anti-Semitic comments, and even a good guy with a gun who tried to stop it but got shot anyway—all in the middle of Houston, TX. And we barely noticed.

And finally, some historical context for how Democratic nominating contests really end under the superdelegate system.

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Kagro in the Morning "Encore Performance" - November 30, 2015 airing May 30, 2016

Well, we haven’t got a show to re-run from this day last year, because we were running a re-run. The primary season online political news cycle being what it is, though, a year ago might as well be ancient history. So we’ll jump back six months in time instead, to November 30, 2015:

A nice holiday weekend, for most people each day better than the last, is again marred by another mass shooting. David Waldman addresses the facts, opinions and complete BS about this case and other stories capping this month.

Greg Dworkin brings us the polls, which ready or not, are coming from online polling. What is the accuracy and usefulness of online polls?  

Carson is falling, and maybe Trump is too, going into Iowa and New Hampshire. Voters are split (on party lines, natch) on the seriousness of climate change, but overall people are beginning to lead greener lives, and two-thirds of Americans want the U.S. to join the Climate Change Pact.

A newspaper in New Hampshire thinks Chris Christie is the one that will keep us safe. They have been consistently out of sync for decades. 

The media recently started catching on to Donald Trump, and may have a plan for how to deal with his constant lying. Trump, however has the fringe in his pocket, the loser class see him as a savior, and the rest of the pack just holds on, hoping for the best. Anyhow, his rallies are fun.

The holiday season is #gunFAIL season! No, it’s #gunFAIL all year around, but it sure picks up when kids aren’t hanging around gun-free zoned schools all day. David recounts a few recent examples:

7 month old is this year’s new record holder for youngest gun fail victim.

Mississippi Waffle House waitress slain after asking a patron not to smoke.

A man totes his gun into a Walmart and shoots it. A man totes his gun out of a Walmart and shoots it. People are toting and shooting everywhere in Georgia.

A Muslim is questioned about his birthplace, religion, and opinions on ISIS, then shot.

A gun threat closes the University of Chicago.

How many antichoice attacks, threats and incitements until you admit clinic violence is real? #is100enough ?

Ben Carson’s wife, Candy Carson, makes a head scarf decision while in Jordan — inciting outrage and derision from… no one actually.

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Kagro in the Morning - May 27, 2016

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David Waldman invites you to sip from the KITM Friday firehose of information today—remember it’s Memorial Day next Monday, so grill, shop and memorialize, and see us Tuesday for another live show! David will be out Monday being patriotic with the Boy Scouts. Muslim Scouts continue in the face of American fears. A Republican member of congress read from the Bible on homosexuality during a water and energy spending bill vote, embarrassing even other Republicans. Failure of the House energy & water measure puts Paul Ryan’s strategy in focus. Here’s what’s on the docket for 2017.

Greg Dworkin says it ain’t so bad, folks: Clinton is steady in the polls, Von Clownstick is maybe leveling off. The economy says Hillary will win. Is it time to change the way we think about political polling?

Trump wants to make the Gop a “workers party”. Sure. Trump wants to let the world burn.

Hillary Clinton is winning and would have won in any primary system named. It is time to heal.

David looks into what some think would make everything fair and square and all participants satisfied regarding delegate and super delegate allocation. Some in Utah disagree.

If you want to see an 8 inch floppy, you might have the join the Army.

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Kagro in the Morning - May 26, 2016

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David Waldman says he’s open to debating Pepe the Frog, and goes about goading him in the only way possible, by voicing reasonable, rational thought.

Greg Dworkin helps make sense of it all. Other than to destroy Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party, democracy, civilization, and make a lot of money, what would be the reasoning behind a Trump vs. Sanders debate? Did the Sanders campaign stave off a bigger threat to the Democratic Party? How does Reince Priebus look at himself in the mirror each morning? There are people happy to burn down the world for you, if it would make you happy, or sad or angry or scared.

Trump ousts the Clownstick Political Director, what does that mean for Clownstick ‘16? Donald Trump signed off deal designed to deprive US of tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue.

So, Hillary Clinton has that email thing. It probably seemed like a good idea at the time. It probably won’t make her less likable. “Hillary is even worse” won’t cut it.

How did a conservative law firm convince a school system to gamble on an anti-transgender policy?

A police chief, a cop, and a shooting instructor went drinking, and then decided to shoot things. Not a problem, because after all, they had three gun experts right there.

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Kagro in the Morning - May 25, 2016

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David Waldman and the entire KITM staff here thank you for your ongoing monthly support of KITM. If you haven’t yet sent in your payment, we thank you in advance! Bills do come in every month, and David does have that little purchase he’s been eyeing.

Greg Dworkin rounds up punditry and polls. Greg believes the best polling question at this time is “Who do you think is going to win?” Gerald R. Ford lives on, at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Trump is fueling a surge of voters — for Clinton. Hillary Clinton thinks she knows what will take down Trump, but will voters care as little as Trump does? Trump will take out even Republican Governors if they don’t love Clownstick enough. Potential VP choice Bob Corker has the Fed’s attention.

States pay for primaries and parties pay for caucuses, so some states say why not both? The process dysfunction has inspired both parties to plan changes for next time.

Millions more thank Obama for Obamacare. The census shows that the Asian-Indian population is exploding across the US. While in Asia, Barack Obama calmed Asians worried about the US election.

Social media is great for flash mobs, but seems less effective for building civil societies. A good case study is the birth of the Arab Spring.

Bernie Sanders wants Kentucky to pay for a recanvass, but he’d have to pay for a recount.

Turmoil and confusion with the Portland Police, because arresting the Chief is extra hard.

If you catch Donald Trump in a lie, you better plan to hold on tight, because he doesn’t tire easily.

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Kagro in the Morning - May 24, 2016

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David Waldman presents a very different KITM today! It’s “My Dinner With Andre” with somewhat less Wallace Shawn, but much more about the state and process of politics today. Armando sits across the virtual candlelit table as the two discuss the primaries to this point, and what got Trump, Clinton and Sanders in front of us. Bernie Sanders has fought all this way for something. Is a say in the Democratic platform worth it? In case you don’t remember the 2012 Democratic National Platform, here it is.

How is everything rigged? Is everything rigged? What is “rigged”? How is race in issue? How is the media an issue? What is fair representation? What would the dream candidate be? What would the dream platform be? The dream voting structure? The dream democracy?

And by the way, is anybody perfect enough to serve on the purity committee? Do we allow passes for progressive heroes who cast the occasional odd vote? Might those situations be useful markers for examination of other votes by other people that we’re pretty sure just really sucked?

Then, some Clownstick for dessert:

Who holds leverage over Trump? You will never know if you can’t follow the money. Trump loves the Wall Street people, but they know he isn’t one of them. Clownstick understands climate change, when it helps him in court. He understands gun-free zones when they are on his property.

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Kagro in the Morning - May 23, 2016

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David Waldman tries to pull our gaze away from the Trump train wreck and on to more reasonable concerns, but you know us.

Wait, Donald Trump is winning? Greg Dworkin explains how the Republicans are getting in line, but Democrats know that coalescing is boring, which is one explanation for the “lead narrowing” stories. Trump is rising, but so was McCain. Could the bruising of the primary fight hurt Clinton in the general? The Democrats are considering new rules to avoid “convention chaos”. Does Trump really believe the crazy stuff he says? Reddit's biggest Trump community fractures over right-wing extremism. Is the friction in both parties a sign of the future of the political parties relationship with voters? It won’t be the first break up in the Gop. Greg explains how voters and policies are converging, and why.  

Not everyone is going insane. Some catch on to the danger of accepting Donald Trump. Suburban swing-state white women don’t trust Trump. The NRA shoots itself in the foot, as the backlash is felt from its Trump endorsement. Overseas, immigration backlash is at the heart of the British push to leave the E.U. In Austria’s election, the far-right candidate and his rival are tied at 50%.

Bernie Sanders says he supports the DNC Chair’s primary opponent, but why would she want to stick around  anyhow?

Guns: Portable, valuable, and interesting to thieves.

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Kagro in the Morning - May 20, 2016

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David Waldman, begins his Nevada recovery phase, and invites you to join him. The Senate Democrats plan to deal with Sanders and his folks. The DNC will offer Sanders a convention concession. Remember how you felt 8 years ago? Time to step back and take a breath.

Greg Dworkin brings a lot of interesting polls, along with a bunch of responsible speculation: Trump and Clinton voters just don’t get why the other one is so crazy. It will all go to the one that gets the votesAngry votes go to Trump, Frustrated votes go to Clinton. Trump is not Hitler, but kinda is. Former Sec. of Defense Bob Gates wouldn’t trust Donald Trump with nukes. Those that remember Ted Cruz might guess that he won’t endorse Trump. Trump won’t even let his own people vet him. Weird: Trump makes money by running for president.

Chaos erupts on the floor of the House of Representatives, David explains how that happened.

Republicans show their true values by fighting Zika funding. Meanwhile, the number of pregnant women with the Zika virus in the U.S. triples.

People trying to avoid being in a party are surprised to find out they registered for one. Arianna Huffington wants to locate the person on her staff that keeps posting news to the internet.

An adult who left a gun out for a toddler finally answers to the law. A misdemeanor, but a start.

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Kagro in the Morning - May 19, 2016

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David Waldman hopes to make all of this Nevada Convention controversy into a learning experience for both him and KITM listeners. Today KITM takes its usual ultra-detailed look into the allegations and counter-allegations being thrown around like chairs recently.

Greg Dworkin calls in to find answers to how each side sees the role of delegates, super delegates, and themselves in the selection process. What is fair and what is rigged? Is wherever there are rules there is rigging? Does where you stand depend on where you sit? How do the Bernie Fans that threatened the Nevada Dem State Chair see themselves, and the conflict? Are Bernie Bros Bernie Sanders biggest threat? How does the present direction of the Bernie Sanders vs. Hillary Clinton race fall into the history of women in politics?

How does procedure determine outcome? And, how will all of this effect the outcome of the nominations and the election?  

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Kagro in the Morning - May 18, 2016

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David Waldman presents KITM with as little evil corporative cahootage as possible today. Most of the show will be devoted to an airing and study of just about every detail and point of view of that hullabaloo at the Nevada State Party Convention you all have been talking about.

Here is a report from the Clark County convention back in April. Here is the NV State Convention, moment by moment through a delegate’s eyes. Here are more witness accounts, and a collection of the fallout since.

Greg Dworkin is also free from cahoots, though not from opinions: Whose fault is the Nevada brouhaha? Some think it’s this guy, or maybe this guy. Is Sanders getting framed? Or is it Sanders supporters sour grapes? Bernie is not reigning in his supporters. Will Sanders staying in the race hurt Clinton? There are still more primaries—and an election— to think about.

Joan McCarter eases the tension by changing the subject to those dopes in DC: It’s almost 100 days since we have had a Supreme Court vacancy. The deadlocked Supreme Court punts on the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. A “diminished” Supreme Court is still a broken one. Elizabeth Warren simply does not understand the Republicans.

To close with good news:  Thanks Obama!

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Kagro in the Morning - May 17, 2016

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David Waldman brings us all of the fun & infuriating Clownstick news, plus other things!

Donald Trump is hurt that some focus on his history of abusing relationships and interactions with women and those with less power than him, when it can be shown that he might have purposely been nice to some people also.

Greg Dworkin brings non-Clownstick analysis. But, first: Donald Trump’s success with Evangelicals is not surprising. Evangelicals have a consistent history. If people turn to Trump for hypocrisy, who does he turn to? Did the media keep the juiciest revelations for the time they’d bring the biggest ratings? Hillary Clinton is ahead, and widening her lead, but it gets more clicks to say the race is close

Today are the Kentucky and Oregon primaries, good luck to the candidates!

Life of the party Ralph Nader returns with opinions on Bernie, Hillary.

Wisconsin Republicans get giddy just thinking about voter suppression, kitchen sinks. John Paul Stevens says the Supreme Court decision was “correct” but maybe not “right”.

The rift between Labor and Environmentalists threatens the Democratic turnout plan. Even people who worry the most about the environment take little action if they personally see little action being taken. Like West Virginia, coal will be a factor in today’s primary.

David looks at the details and the numbers back over at the Nevada Democratic State Convention.

Conservatives warned that transgender bathroom panic would bring the crazies, so they are sending them. The Supreme Court need a tie-breaker soon.

If you are a regular listener, you are familiar with the work of David Dayen. Check out this excerpt   from his new book, “Chain of Title”.

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Kagro in the Morning - May 16, 2016

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On Today’s KITM, David Waldman sifts through the evidence at the scene of the Nevada Democratic Convention,  while Greg Dworkin gathers the news and numbers heading toward Kentucky and Oregon.

Greg discusses why and how voter turnout differs by state.

Koch Industries has its own little civil war over Trump.

After mining out voter repression, the Gop tries voter registration.

Hillary Clinton maintains her lead in Oregon, in most measurable ways.

Is it Bernie vs Elizabeth vs. Hillary in Kentucky?

Primaries are more representative than caucuses, but both probably do not represent the general population. The Gop slowly, but eventually can not escape the pull of gas giant Donald Trump.

So, if Donald Trump is as poor as the usual grifter, maybe the old trick of calling himself a billionaire is just part of a grift? Of course, this isn’t the only scam Trump has pulled which isn’t just offensive, but potentially dangerous.

Armando calls scurrilous shenanigans in the Nevada Democratic Convention debacle. What was the rule change some are complaining about? There was no rule change.

David looks at what happened at the Convention, and tries to determine what really happened in Nevada.

Armando and David examine all the points of view coming out of the Convention, and determine that even the most lucid, intelligent, well-thought-out objections have to bow to the established authority

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Kagro in the Morning - May 13, 2016

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David Waldman invites us to peer in on Stately Trump Manor, home of buffoonish bully Baron Kardashian Von Clownstick, known to the world as the bilious billionaire “Donald Trump” and his murderously racist butler Anthony!

Listen as Clownstick joins with naive ward Chris Christie under their guileful guises of PR Man and Gatekeeper as they torturously troll the world with their excruciating exploits!

Put your gun in your safe, hold onto your keyboards and stay tuned... for KITM!

In this episode:

Clownstick is seen fleeing holding 36M in moneybags.

President Clownstick will have at least one arch enemy: Jeff Bezos.

David’s old chum, Armando drops in to talk about antitrust legislation in the age of Amazon. Go to Amazon to pick up a copy of Chain of Title and find out how three ordinary Americans uncovered Wall Street's great foreclosure fraud. David brings up crappy legislation "Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act of 2010” NOT sponsored by David Obey as mentioned in the show, but by a Republican, Robert Aderholt of Alabama. There really are some horrible votes out there by people who are otherwise progressive heroes!

A study shows that many low-income shoppers miss out on the savings that come with making purchases in bulk, as it takes money to save money.

The University of Texas continues to struggle with allowing gun rights with minimizing guns being shot into people.

Sometimes it takes a good guy with a gun to put holes into other good guys.

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Kagro in the Morning - May 12, 2016

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David Waldman reports on the first dispatch released for the Trump/Zimmerman ‘16 campaign—George’s commemorative gun can be yours. Although, Donald’s VP could be his new BFF, Paul Ryan. Or maybe if Trump got to know Tom Cotton, he’d see what he’s missing.

Another accidental discharge of a swimming pool occurs in an apartment complex, passing through a floor.

Greg Dworkin has a day job, and will be attending to that tomorrow, but shall return on Monday! How is the Republican party screwing their voters? Let Greg count the ways. Then why do their supporters still stick with them? The primary numbers have always supported a Trump nomination, the election numbers are not supporting a Trump election.

West Virginia feels the Bern in a different way. What did W. Va. say at the polls? Is Bernie Sanders’ candidacy causing havoc? Sanders’ supporters make a plan for the post-primaries.

Hillary Clinton wins the Nebraska Primary, but does not get any delegates, which were awarded in the earlier caucuses. How does that even work? David is looking into it, and will get back to you.

Bernie Sanders accuses the DNC of favoring Clinton. The DNC says Bernie Sanders doesn’t get the rules. David considers the cycle of establishing establishments, and how each new participant in an institution has the opportunity to reform it (on their way to becoming an elite).

The explosion and fire at a Texas fertilizer plant in 2013 has been ruled intentional.

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Kagro in the Morning - May 11, 2016

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Ok, well, you know David Waldman’s Kagro in the Morning is the most interesting and informative show out there. So, why are you keeping it a secret? Go out and tell your friends. Tell one friend today, to go listen to today’s show. 

Trump may ask Rudy Giuliani to raise the level of terrorized Trump voters going into the election. With no real economic beliefs, what is the GOP but a white nationalist party?

Greg Dworkin reports that after the West, By God, Virginia primaries, the race is still about race. How did Trump happenRacial resentment sure helped. Heidi Cruz says Cruz ’16 was like fighting slavery, but took less time. Greg makes sense of the polling that says nearly half of W.Va. Sanders backers would vote Trump.

How can Clinton help the Sanders revolution? How can Sanders help the Clinton election? Paul Ryan has nothing to gain from helping Donald Trump.

House Republicans acknowledge that they’ll miss the new budget deadline, really didn’t know their job was going to be this hard, and will take a vacation now. Maybe they will come back and write an easier one.

Joan McCarter missed the previous KITM Joan McCarter Wednesday, so she has a lot of information to share:

The Senate comes back to work, but they have little to show for it. Ted Cruz makes his triumphant return to the Senate, Tom Cotton may not get to play anymore. Koch & Rove money isn’t going to Trump, but senators aren’t about to leave it on the table. Chuck Grassley quit having a problem with Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell hopes to ignore him and hopes Trump will go away. The Koch brothers blow 2 million dollars on false ads against Russ Feingold. 

Unfortunately for almost everyone, thousands of pictures of naked defendants on a judge’s computer are not going away.

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Kagro in the Morning - May 10, 2016

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David Waldman has to stop the car and straighten us all out again on superdelegates. But, there is plenty of other fun stuff too:

Reverend Alvin "Dobie" Weasel is caught another time with a loaded gun at the airport, blames God. Texas County Gop Chairman blames you jokers. Japanese satellite company blames the software update.

Greg Dworkin recommends Quinnipiac polling to gain insight on Republican thought, but not for polling Americans. Now, if you want to know how Donald Trump compares to Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, Hemorrhoids, or Nickleback, you should check out PPP. Bernie Sanders should do well in West Virginia today, but should not expect his Mo to be The Big Mo.

Elizabeth Warren gets under Trump’s very thin skin, as more women all over figure him out, as well as more and more Republicans. So, what else should we expect from Trump vs. Clinton? Trump’s spin is moderating, but he isn’t.

North Carolina Republicans see a downside in being known as the bathroom police.

Short-armed friends Donald Trump and Chris Christie figure out how to scratch each other’s backs.

Barack Obama finishes up his Presidential tourism miles with a trip to Hiroshima, Japan.

Will Donald Trump grant Paul Ryan’s secret wish and give him a vacation from Cleveland?

KITM’s new Florida Correspondent Darwin Darko reports on Governor Rick Scott’s attempt to poach jobs from California

David spends time on the details in the Maine Democratic Party Convention rules amendment on superdelegates to discover unintended consequences inherent in grassroots populist reform.

An Arkansas judge resigned after someone found a ton of not-so “community” service assignments on his computer.

Budweiser probably won’t make America great.

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Kagro in the Morning - May 9, 2016

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David Waldman incrementally recorded each minute of today’s show, in sequential order, for your listening enjoyment:

Donald Trump and Paul Ryan are playing a game. Sarah Palin wants to play too, hoping to “Eric Cantor” Paul Ryan with her kind of Paul.

Greg Dworkin bought tickets and popcorn for that new Civil War everyone’s talking about.

The Gop is dead. Donald Trump won’t be attending the funeral service. He doesn’t need them anyhow, so Trump calls for a cease fire on the culture wars.

Norm Ornstein predicted the rise of Donald Trump in the aptly titled “It's Even Worse Than It Looks“. What does it mean when Trump is called dangerous? What does it mean when Trump is called an ignoramus? Donald Trump is a liar, but that’s not news, and he’ll have a similarly difficult time branding Hillary Clinton. Let’s all stop trying to make Trump happen. The Electoral College has almost stopped Trump already.

Maybe Mitt Romney will pick Bill Kristol for his VP pick.

There’s more primaries coming. So, why don’t we fix them NOW? Maine Democrat Diane Russell introduced the measure to end the Superdelegate system in her state.

Greg Dworkin visits KITM for about 30 minutes each day. If you agree that is just too few minutes of Greg, you should catch his guest visits this week on Irreverent Testimony and Hopping Mad with Will McLeod and Arliss Bunny!

 

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Kagro in the Morning - May 5, 2016

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David Waldman gives us comprehensive insight, from way outside to deep inside The Beltway: Tonight is your last chance to Cinco De Mayo schmooze at Johnny’s Half Shell!

Greg Dworkin helps us to better face our fate, with a round up of data and acumen. Donald Trump starts out in last place in a two candidate race. He supplies the Democrats with a lot reasons to vote Clinton, and many Republicans too, or maybe they’ll just hide November 2nd. Or is it… A trap?

Bernie Sanders is still running for president. David again winnows away the chaff surrounding the tasty kernels of truth on Super Delegates.

Donald Trump is now one person away from the Atomic Codes

Get it straight:  The man billed as the first atheist bound for Congress isn’t actually an atheist at all. The Liberty Counsel admits that the “Bathroom Predator” Myth Is a Lie, and Christian men are not “testing” Target’s trans-inclusive policy by going into the women’s room.

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Kagro in the Morning - May 4, 2016

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David Waldman and KITM observes May 4th, the one day Star Wars fans get to talk like Sylvester the Cat. 

Greg Dworkin has the news and numbers out of the Indiana primaries: Cruz supporters head into Cleveland with the rest of the vanquished. Ted helped create the monster that devoured him. Ted Cruz could destroy the conservative movement with his next choice. Republican donors won’t give a dime to Trump.

Hillary Clinton has pivoted toward the presidential election, and is looking at positive data for her, and Democrats. It still won’t be a walk in the park, you know

If you prefer graphs and charts to aid in your political considerations, check out this trove of illuminating material from RAND. Do you prefer graphs and charts to aid in the contemplation of your own death? OK.

The first rule of the Cleveland RNC Convention? A) There are no rules. B) They would never change the rules. C) They will use Robert’s Rules. D) All of the above. The RNC hopes to provide the drama their audience craves. Trump might skip the next couple conventions. David spots RNC member Enid Greene , AKA Enid Mickelsen, AKA Enid Waldholtz.

The Republicans should nominate Merrick Garland while they still have a chance. Bill de Blasio nearly endorsed Bernie Sanders for president

NYC elections official suspended over primary voting issues.

Neither goodness nor gun ownership makes one bulletproof.

Oh, something about John Kasich

All this is pretty piddly when you consider a Canadian city is on fire.

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Kagro in the Morning - May 3, 2016

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Nuance! David Waldman savors the subtle differences that separate Icelandic yogurt, from Greek yogurt, from wallpaper paste. Today, he brings that same keen discernment to the nuanced dynamics of our political world:

Greg Dworkin brings us the primary news and views and today the primary is in Indiana. Ted Cruz hoped to be the spanker, but so far he’s looking like the spankee… and a fish-monster. There are three possible outcomes from the IN primary, but really, it’ll be Trump vs. Clinton. That doesn’t mean Trump isn’t a disaster for the Republican party, and that he’ll doom social conservatives by eliminating the framing and dog whistles they need to survive. So, the question for Republicans is how to keep from being connected to their new hugest success story. The Gop’s troubles are just beginning. Fear on the economy isn’t working for them, voter suppression won’t do enough for them, and Paul Ryan can’t find a phone booth to change in.

Bernie’s had a good month, but Hillary’s was better. So, what is he going to get out of her at the convention?

Arliss Bunny, co-host of Hopping Mad with Will McLeod and Arliss Bunny, calls in from within IN. She and David discuss the nature of slow time, fast time, and how hatred of the Indiana State Weasel, Mike Pence, will motivate voters to the polls.

Like most of us, Bernie Sanders supporters wish the rules favor them before they meet the ruling.

At Chobani, now it’s not just the yogurt that’s rich! Rewarding some stakeholders by making them shareholders.

In an expected synergy of hatred, fear, and arms ownership, a reported active shooter at Target was a man protesting bathroom policy. What does a good guy with a gun do when a bad guy steals his gun?

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Kagro in the Morning - May 2, 2016

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David Waldman is a fan of Hopping Mad with Will McLeodand Arliss Bunny, and you will be too, when you listento this week’s interview with Dr. WilliamSpriggs, Chief Economist to the AFL-CIO!

Ted Cruz gets more and more into spanking, which is whatyou’d expect from The Zodiac Killer,  the leadsinger of Stryper, or even Grandpa Munster… and especially thislady.

Greg Dworkin reviews the WhiteHouse Correspondents’ Dinner: Of course Obama was great, Larry Wilmore was too, though perhaps under-appreciated in thehouse. 

Ted Cruz manages to be even less-liked when he isn’t serial killing.Cruz probably can’t squeezeout a sufficient second in Indiana. IN Governor Mike Penceendorses Cruz, half-heartedly. Ted’s time is almost up. Sometimes it is more important on whom you reject, rather than whom you support. Republicansfight for the soul of, but first need to find the soul of, the Gop. 

On the Democratic side, Trump deals Clinton a winning card. Hillary Clinton starts shifting staff to concentrate on the General Election.Clinton is nowraising more than Sanders. The 2016 election might not break spending records.

Last week David and Joan McCarter predicted that James O’Keefewould take the bait on transgender restroom use andhe did!

David devotes a chunk of the show to the #GunFAIL phenomena of 99% law-abiding,rule-following, mistake-free, always-lucky guncarriers, when they face that accountabilitymoment prospect ofadmitting that missing lastpercent.

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Kagro in the Morning - April 29, 2016

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Today, David Waldman poses the question “How much time do you want to spend on Hitler’s mustache?” Normally, the answer to that would cost you a lot of money up front, but with KITM you can pay in installments! Please consider donating to our PayPal or Patreon accounts !

Greg Dworkin comes to broker peace between Democrats. Don’t lose your friends! Start planning your Trump concession speech parties you’ll have together. Think of how to fight the madness after the convention, up to the election. The Gop is owned by Trump, but the Gop doesn’t own millennials. Sanders' lone Senate backer says he should drop out before the convention if he's losing. “Normal America” Is not a small town of white people.

Greg is right, Gravis Marketing is a very bad polling organization.

Armando again demonstrates he can pursue political discourse and maintain safe highway speeds. He and David discuss the next steps of the Bernie Sanders revolution, the positive aspects of small political parties as advocacy engines, and how we can all can get to November together. 

At least 6 people have been shot by toddlers since Thursday — at least.

George Mason University gets another chance to name their school Lawy McLawface.

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Kagro in the Morning - April 28, 2016

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The infinitely complex David Waldman welcomes you to Fractal Thursday. His details never really repeat, they are just self-similar over an ongoing feedback loop.

Greg Dworkin has several names for John Boehner, who has a couple for Ted Cruz, including “Lucifer in the Flesh”. Ted Cruz picked his running mate, Carly Fiorina, to fix his electability and likeability deficits. Donald Trump brings back “America First”, in a “foreign policy speech” which was more disturbing/less funny than usual. Madeleine Albright wasn’t laughing.

Support from women has boosted Clinton, and somehow Trump recently. Do you have your woman card? Do you need this mansplained to you? If so, contact a man card member for details.

Bernie Sanders cuts back on his staff for the remainder of the primaries.

Speaking of feedback loops, look at how easy false reports could escalate into innocent people being shot. It can happen anywhere there are guns and mouths to shoot off.

The guy in Oklahoma that probably bought his deputy job, definitely is guilty of manslaughter. Oklahoma Is going after abortion doctors for doing their jobs, and an Oklahoma court says oral sex is not rape if victim is unconscious from drinking!

David looks inside the squalid living conditions for the migrants building Trump International Golf Club in Dubai.

A retired cop shows off his gun, giving his podiatrist an interesting foot injury.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:38am EST

Kagro in the Morning - April 27, 2016

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David Waldman congratulates all of you who enthusiastically went out to vote yesterday, and hopes your voting machine was as turned on as you were.

What is Greg Dworkin’s diagnosis after looking at poll results? Not so good for the Sanders campaign, but a sunny prognosis for his ideas. Bernie nabs Rhode Island, Connecticut goes to Hillary, and guns are a significant factor. Hillary Clinton gets more votes by addressing voter priorities. John Kasich face plants even where people should like him. Cruz rides the FU train out — and has something to say to you! Time to look towards the election. How did those states get those crazy shapes?

Joan McCarter returns for her regular Super-post-Tuesday visit: Remember, every election is critical, don’t lose focus on the down-ticket.

Bob McDonnell argues that Citizens United means he’s not corrupt —  thanks Scalia?

After losing to Donald Trump, Ted Cruz pulls out a tape measure to reassure his followers.

Arianna Huffington is now the Uber of optimistic leadership we need.

Donald Trump demonstrates the art of the deal on himself

Moms again and again buy a gun to protect their family, stick it in their purse, and leave the purse with their kids. A toddler shoots himself, barely reaching adulthood before doing it again.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:35am EST

Kagro in the Morning - April 26, 2016

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David Waldman urges you to get out there and vote, especially if your state has a primary today.

Greg Dworkin reports on his voting experience this morning, and how confusion can stymie votes. Bill de Blasio calls for election changes after New York’s voting problems. 

Donald Trump is more popular than ever! (with Republican primary voters) Ted “I got mine” Cruz and John “I don’t know what game I’m playing” Kasich had a deal, which wasn’t going to work. Not many “Bernie or Bust” or “Never Trump” voters will be changing their party in protest, because most figure Hillary Clinton’s going to win. Clinton knows her constituency, and concentrates on their needs.

Donald Trump is tired of acting presidential. Tired of the thoughtful reasoning on this show and feel the need for exposure to some silly and ignorant punditry? Here’s what to read. Jim Webb is tired of “political correctness denigrating, demeaning, disparaging Andrew Jackson’s not completely genocidal historical record.

David explores the primary battle for the Maryland Democratic Senate between Reps. Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen, and what it means to really excel at public service.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:46am EST

Kagro in the Morning - April 25, 2016

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David Waldman notes the pop culture and political tsunami of Lemonade engulfing us.

Greg Dworkin rounds up the polls for tomorrow’s super-ish Tuesday primaries in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island! It pretty much looks like it’ll be Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton in November. Trump could wrap it up before the convention, which is finally uniting evangelical & fiscal conservatives — against him. Bernie Sanders supporters head to Tuesday’s primaries thinking about their long range goals. Will guns be the single issue factor in CT? David and Greg look into how many independents, partisans, and leaners it takes to win an election. It’s time to lay down bets for the Republican and Democratic Vice Presidential horse race!

Greg’s Must Read of the Day: Al Giordano on the Bronx and NY pre-NY primary.

John Fetterman could have been the Bernie Sanders of Pennsylvania, but he’s not, maybe because of lack of support from Bernie Sanders. Democrat Donna Edwards may be hurting from lack of Democratic support

Some let their morals guide their financial decisions, some need a financial incentive to guide their morality, as Tamir Rice family to be paid $6 million from Cleveland.

Church on Church member violence escalated into a shooting, with no charges yet.

250 go to fight in Syria, ISIS starts calling in sick.

Congrats to the May-December romance, blossoming into marriage for the happy groom and former Senator groom.

Meteorite-fail blows a big hole in the ground in Maryland, not far from many fun places and people.

 

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Kagro in the Morning - April 22, 2016

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David Waldman brings you all the news that fits for Prince, and much, much more:

Greg Dworkin restrains himself from going outside language guidelines when talking about Jane Sanders embrace of NRA talking points against Hillary Clinton. Everything is political, and politics is about moving policy, and you need to know how the system works to change it. Sanders supporters are thinking it is about time to consider Clinton. Some of Bernie’s supporters have more steps of grief to go through. Either way, it is time to decide how to spend their money.

There are still more primaries to go.

Is the Stop Trump movement struggling? Not as much as the Republican party, as this ad demonstrates. The secretive conservative organization, Friends of Abe, are no longer friends of each other.

Back to Prince: Did the flu kill him?

It is Earth Day! Is the Earth too politicized

Daily Kos endorses progressive outsider Donna Edwards. David looks into what makes an outsider in politics, and how that is appealing

David sends us into the weekend with some #gunFAIL: A mass shooting in southern Ohio, with adults and children dead. A road rage incident perhaps triggered by an attempt to keep children safe.

Suicide rates for women triple.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:42am EST

Kagro in the Morning - April 21, 2016

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Harriet Tubman. Yes? No? If not, why not? Greg Dworkin walks us through today’s Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: a second look at NY’s exit polls; what’s next for the Sanders campaign; a look ahead to the upcoming primaries and the TV ads that herald them.

Closing with a reminder from comments in the APR, it’s back to our political science inquiry into process versus substance, the “rules of the game,” how ingrained in both politics and governance various rules sets can be, and even the social dynamics of trying to join in the game itself.

And about that New York party “enrollment” law: how did various members of the Working Families Party feel about the situation? How might it be changed? There are at least three competing bills seeking to shorten that deadline. One seeks to cut it more or less in half, requiring 90 days lead time for changing a voter’s party enrollment. Another proposes cutting it to 25 days. And a third would simply permit registered but unenrolled voters to take the ballot of their choice on primary day. Which is the most progressive? Is that even an applicable term? Consider that the 90 day bill is sponsored by a Senator elected on the Dem/Working Families lines, who endorsed Hillary Clinton, the 25 day bill by Daniel Squadron (who’s taken hits in DK diaries in years past), and the free-choice-for-the-unenrolled bill is by Fred Thiele, a East End Long Island Republican who switched his affiliation to the Independence Party. Tricky!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:03pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - April 20, 2016

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David Waldman wonders why you all have to be so binary? To assist in healing the nation, David summons the entire KITM A-Team today:

Greg Dworkin, and Patton Oswalt, and John Hodgman call New York and the whole rest of the primary selection process for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. New York ended up being as important as they consider themselves to be, although many weren’t allowed to be as important as they wanted to be, which is not fraud or disenfranchisement, by the way. Also, as usual, it wasn’t the acreage, it was the votes that counted. Greg sorted out the relevant from the merely interesting New York exit polling, and promises a lot more to come in next couple of days.

Armando declared today is the day that Greg was the most incredibly, fundamentally, egregiously, wrong. Armando also did not like this article at all. Armando and David vow to delve further into the questions of exit polls, voter support, voter suppression, and the drivers of open and closed primaries. 

Joan McCarter joins the discussion of what makes fair representation, and how to improve it all, but first tackles the philosophical question of whether Congress even exists at this time. The House Freedom Caucus will graciously allow Speaker Ryan to have some spending votes. Joan also wants to emphasize that the future of the Supreme Court should be foremost in voter’s minds this election, along with getting rid of Chuck Grassley somehow. 

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:39am EST

Kagro in the Morning - April 19, 2016

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Some like their political analysis “Big Picture”, some prefer a more granular approach, David Waldman and Greg Dworkin grind it buttery smooth for you today:

It’s the Trump of primaries today, the yuge New York primary. What’s going to happen today? What about the New York City primary? Did all of the parties’ campaigning change anything? 3.2 million people could have read the directions more carefully, now it’s a big emergency.

How much was Bernie Sanders influenced by his high school, James Madison H.S., in Brooklyn?  They certainly have a big wall of distinction.  Erasmus Hall High School is not chopped liver, either.

Back to the bigger picture: He’s all about the vision. She wants to know the details.

Bernie Sanders does better with independents, as opposed to moderates.  Is Sanders’ movement much larger than the election, or does it really exist at all… yet?  

Does Ted Cruz want to be the Anti-Trump or Trump lite

Obamacare is helping a lot of people — the “Thanks Obama” crowd isn’t cheering though. 

Antonin Scalia’s death came just when all the conservative schemes were just coming together. Kris Kobach continues his evil plans in Kansas.

David reports on the sordid mess in the Virgin Islands, with their interloping Michiganders, Nazi shenanigansnepotistic Yobs, and ammo gavelers

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:01pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - April 18, 2016

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David Waldman welcomes Tax Day, not the only day you pay taxes, but if you like 50% off your second entree, this is your day.  

Hillary Clinton likes it hot. Bernie Sanders did so meet the Pope

Greg Dworkin brings us the polling, and his analysis, without which polls are just polls. Key voting blocs form behind the Candidates going into tomorrow’s primaries in New York. Trump, Clinton and Sanders can find friends in New York, although Hillary Clinton looks like she’ll upset Bernie Sanders. Cruz does well in Orthodox Jewish areas, and probably the Amish areas as well. The most powerful Republican voters are in the Bronx.

If you are in Connecticut, you better get un-unaffiliated soon

Mr. Art-of-the-Deal Trump fails and fails again behind the scenes, no matter how hard he whines. Armando joins David to think through the almost unthinkable: What will the RNC finally do about Trump? Armando also looks into today’s oral arguments in the Supreme Court on U.S. v. Texas.

A black man brought 3 forms of ID, spent $200, visited 2 states, and made 7 trips to different public institutions, but still couldn’t vote in Wisconsin.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:45am EST

Kagro in the Morning - April 15, 2016

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David Waldman gives us an inside look at the national news and the local sales:

Virginia ad writers shy about misspelling penny, Penney.

Greg Dworkin calls in ready to rumble: Last night was the Brawl in Brooklyn featuring the Preacher vs. the Teacher, the Showhorse vs. the Workhorse, the Snarky vs. the Snide-y, at yet another giant title bout, and for once not Washerman-Schultzed off a prime time week night. Whether the candidates wanted to fight or were goaded, many worthwhile topics were explored, including a surprising exchange on Israel. Will this daring move help or hurt Sanders in New York? Bernie Sanders’ Jewish coordinator becomes so overladen with profanity she can’t hold her job.  Bernie Sanders leaves NYC for Vatican City.

At least Megyn Kelly and Donald Trump have made up.

Armando calls in to discuss a judge’s ruling that victims’ families can sue the manufacturer of the military-style rifle used in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act has been a big issue in the debates, at least the Democratic ones.  

Armando and David also discuss why candidates need to support the people that agree with them, why to look down ballot if you want to change things, and how candidate lists may not work for fundraising.

You house is filling up with eyes, ears, and empty pockets.

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Kagro in the Morning - April 14, 2016
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Kagro in the Morning - April 13, 2016

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David Waldman brings us the political, slightly removed from political, skirting the realm of the political, etc. news of today, but none of that horse race stuff.

Greg Dworkin calls in with the serious and respectful horse race stuff. What does Bernie Sanders need to win? Is a contested Democratic convention the way to go? The super-delegate debate continues. The reforms of today, may need to be reformed back tomorrow. Keep your eyes on the prize

Jeff Merkley becomes the first Senator to endorse Bernie Sanders.

Tom Hayden, bonefide lefty, used to support Bernie but then he changed his mind.

The Senate and House just aren’t interested in doing anything for the nation, and Joan McCarter has a bunch of stories to illuminate that:

Still no votes on the Supreme Court vacancy. A deadlocked Supreme Court could make the 2016 election even more chaotic. Chuck Grassley met with the nominee, but that doesn’t mean he plans to do any more than that. “Supreme Court Justice Mike Lee” is just one good reason to get the Senate back to Democrats. 

Primaries are now showing the voting problems coming to all of us in November.

The Yargle-bargle revolution begins in Colorado with people who own matches but no rule books or calculators.

It is now the point in the process for Donald Trump to blame his failures on his enemies.

The federal judge overseeing Dennis Hastert's hush money case will consider lies by Hastert at his sentencing.

Bowing to enormous pressure from the public, David finally addresses the the Clinton/de Blasio “CP Time” joke incident, declaring it “dumb”.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:53am EST

Kagro in the Morning - April 12, 2016

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David Waldman reviews his Ten Year Plan for KITM. Making a million dollars was definitely either the first or last step of the plan, and that is where you, our loyal listeners come in! Please donate to PayPal, or go to Patreon, or get a PayPal Subscription if you enjoy the show regularly. At least tell people about the show, share the podcasts and review us up on iTunes and Stitcher and then everyone will note how well-informed and hip you are.

Newt Gingrich never let scruples get in the way of a million bucks. David explains the Gingrich grift in detail. How far can campaigns go to influence a Republican delegate? The FEC doesn’t know.

Boy, if we only knew about the men who led the impeachment of Bill Clinton back then. Like Newt Gingrich of course, and also the Jerry Sandusky of the Republican House, Dennis HastertAndy Richter knew Hastert when Denny was the Jerry Sandusky of his high school.

David tackles your burning Wyoming delegate questions. Did you know of the many different kinds of delegates, the many ways of counting delegates, the ways one can fight for, buy, steal and earn delegates? You will by the end of this show!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:54am EST

Kagro in the Morning - April 11, 2016

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David Waldman and KITM continue to cater to those on high-nuance, shill-free diets:

Lend your ears to Greg Dworkin, who comes here to praise Bernie Sanders, not to bury him, as the Sanders revolution will continue to thrive. The best place to start the revolution is inside, not outside the gates. Wall Street is definitely the root cause of inequality, but who gets first dibs on the guillotine? Super-delegates can not stop the will of the people.  

Kim Davis and Bernie Sanders would be two of several people the Pope could choose to meet.

The circus sets up in New York, where Trump has always been the biggest clown. Bernie Sanders is still short of his target in NY. The real fun is coming to Cleveland — will people notice if Trump is secretly switched with Paul Ryan? The Trump campaign balances their delegate persuasion dollars between gift baskets and axe handles. Roger Stone says it’s not a threat to just give out delegate room numbers, is it?

Art-of-the-Deal Trump loses huge on every political deal going down. Donald Trump says he gave a hundred million in donations, turns out $0 is his money.

Black Lives Matter activist and Baltimore, Maryland mayoral candidate DeRay McKesson is guest on this week’s Hopping Mad with Will McLeod and Arliss Bunny! Go there and check it out!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:28am EST

Kagro in the Morning - April 8, 2016

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David Waldman reminds us that it is April. Even though we are a little more than a week into it, you can still start off your month with a monthly subscription to KITM via PayPal, or Patreon!

Speaking of money and politics — Without visitors and no one to hold him back, David lets loose with a full-on governmental process show! Find out how the insiders get it done by being inside, rank and file, and part of the infrastructure: It looks like Donald Trump’s weak operation is one of those big reasons he’s not going to get the Nom. Trump takes a break to try to fix that, by hiring insiders with experience. Bernie Sanders takes steps to rebuild his bridges. Bill burns Hillary Clinton’s bridges. Cruz may not need friends if he has delegates. Could Republican delegates be bought? Can Democratic super-delegates be bought? Yes and yes (sorta). David tells you how, and why that’s OK, or at least expected.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:44am EST

Kagro in the Morning - April 7, 2016

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David Waldman is fully qualified to be President, let’s see any of the others try a daily podcast!

Donald Trump predicts the size of his 1yr. old daughter’s breasts, demonstrating both his sense of humor and judgement.

Greg Dworkin predicts the size of the Gop nomination apocalypse. Ted Cruz learns how much New Yorkers value him. Cruz found votes, but has a real hard time finding friends. Some of the most liberal congressional districts in the country will play an outsize role in determining Donald Trump’s success.

How many bridges are feeling the Bern today? People are still talking about Bernie Sanders’ visit to the NY Daily News. Now they are talking about Sanders saying Clinton was not “qualified” to be president. Listen to today’s show to see just how close David predicts what Sanders’ response would be.

Armando maintains his history of 0 auto accidents while calling into KITM. Armando suggests going to the original sources before making judgements.  

If you are frustrated by the national news, focus on the international: Will the Pirate Party take Iceland, for instance?

Governor Rick Snyder may face racketeering charges over the Flint Water Crisis.

Donald Trump will use mafia tactics to cut the national debt. Where does Trump find his ideas

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:51pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - April 6, 2016

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David Waldman rides his wave of KITMentum into Wednesday’s show:

Antonin Scalia law school changes its acronym from ASSOL to ASLS—so there, jokers. KITM stands only for good things.

Greg Dworkin is so into the game it takes him a while to get back into the race: The robust turnout in Wisconsin doesn’t mean disenfranchisement was still not happening. How does Wisconsin bring the contenders closer to the target? Obama is approvable! Democrats are favorable! Republicans, not so much. Ted Cruz stinks so much, he needs surrogates to even talk to fellow senators. How unpopular is Donald Trump? Well…  Just don’t get in the way of Trump’s thugs.

Bad reviews still come in for Bernie Sanders’ New York Daily News interview. He has defenders as well.

Clinton and Sanders differ on their effect on down-ballot races. 

Listen to the podcast to hear Skype crash and Greg & David attempt to play over-the-radio Charades!

Joan McCarter brings us the latest DC news: Paul Ryan really didn’t want the House Speaker job, can he really not want himself into the presidency? He continues to fail his way through the Speaker job, by promising to hurt more people harder.

Chuck Grassley attacks Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on the Senate floor. A Florida Woman attacks Governor Rick Scott at a Starbucks.

Where’s the next Flint Water Crisis? Anywhere.

 

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:31am EST

Kagro in the Morning - April 5, 2016

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David Waldman waits for you to finish reading the Panama Papers and get back to him, hopefully in the form of a funny meme.

Bernie Sanders is clear on the problems, a little foggy on the solutions in his latest interview.

Greg Dworkin brings us the not super, but pretty big Tuesday primary in Wisconsin news: How do voters weigh the issues? It looks as if maybe Donald Trump took a hit last week. In Wisconsin the challengers to Trump & Clinton are ahead, but will need big wins in Wisconsin, followed by a lot more big wins. Scott Walker’s voter ID law works as designed. Tim Robbins wishes all states were winner take all

Are whites leaving the Democratic party because it isn’t white enough? Are white voters flocking to Trump because of race? The Alternative Right are actually standard racists. White resentment is fueling opposition to gun control. Where does all the white rage go when Trump loses

It’s not the economy, stupid, it’s those other guys.

David goes into various process topics involving the primary/caucus process. It seems that all solutions would have an equal number of complaints.

Trump reveals how he’d get Mexico to build the wall — that wall would be every bit as sturdy as his logic. Speaking of sturdy logic, here’s Sarah Palin.

After a motorcycle ride, a guy wants to clean out his gun.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:44am EST

Kagro in the Morning - April 4, 2016

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David Waldman invites us to see how badly he does KITM when he is really tired. (He hides it well.)

Greg Dworkin wonders if any of last week’s petards could finally hoist Donald Trump. Trump emerges from the smoke stronger, even more furious. Not even Trump can break the Gop.  Oh, well, maybe Wisconsin will do the trick.  

The Right throws up their hands and admits that they do have a core of racists, although they call them “alternative”

Turns out Panama Papers aren’t just for rolling. They are like Wikileaks, except way bigger. Or the DC Madam’s phone list, except about money. Either way, you’ll be hearing a lot more about them, so here are the numbers

Armando calls in with big, breaking news: In an unanimous decision, the Supreme Court handed conservative challengers a loss Monday in a key voting rights case. The case is Evenwel v. Abbott, but Armando notes ties and similarities to Reynolds v. Sims, Baker v. Carr and others, so have that wikipedia handy!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:41am EST

Kagro in the Morning - April 1, 2016

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David Waldman says it’s not April Fools Day — April Fools! It is.

Greg Dworkin, still a bit cranky from yesterday, has much for you to discuss and ponder this weekend. Donald Trump beautifully, classily sabotages himself, and his entire party. Donald Trump is still the choice of the self-immolation wing of his party. For everyone else though, Trump is collapsing, the Electoral College isn’t even close. The mass media fades, The Overton Window breaks, and the Trump followers float away in their own bubble

The hot streak continues for the American job market. The Right finds many, many things to thank Obama for.

Will some Democrats remove their nose in a principled response to their faces? David suggests that if you find an outsized, unearned, unfair influence, roll up your sleeves and put some work into uncool, dumb, thankless wastes of time until you eventually earn a position that garners respect and aggravates future generations. Here’s how Democrats will (probably) unite behind Clinton (if she’s the nominee)(Thanks Donald!). Sandersism is here to stay. Is Clinton getting a little Sandersy?

Rosalyn MacGregor brings us Part II of her swing state Michigan blockbuster dispatch: Budget cuts contributed to the Flint Crisis. Michigan cities crumble because elections have consequences, and voters get what they didn’t pay for. The emergency manager that helped bring leaded water to Flint keeps getting passed around the government. Governor Snyder remains clueless.

Both Donald Trump and his campaign manager hit hard, play close to the lines — and occasionally step over them, disregarding the foul calls, except the manager is now under arrest.

Marco Rubio is hanging onto his delegates, as he, Romney, Ryan have their own little convention plans. Oh boy, the DC Madam’s phone records could factor into the election!

Breitbart.com tech writer unsuprisingly is actually a hive-mind

 

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:36am EST

Kagro in the Morning - March 31, 2016

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David Waldman, as always, looks into process questions today, but first the Alabama Governor sex scandal, because the process there is pretty simple.

Greg Dworkin makes an irate phone call to KITM, still sticking in plenty of useful information:

John Kasich will never earn Greg’s vote this way. Nobody likes Donald Trump, not even white men. Donald Trump, Womb Raider, does all he can to gain hatred. Trump rips the veneer off the political process, and the Gop will probably not get the veneer glued back on for a long time to come. Trump still has some good cons going. 

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are doing very well, Hillary Clinton by some measures is in better shape. By some measures, Bernie Sanders is not as successful...

Correspondent Rosalyn MacGregor updates us on Michigan woes: The water crisis continues, but with much more finger pointing and blame shifting. Budget cuts probably contributed to the Flint crisis.

David dives back into the political process. Do you want representation? Fairness? Judgement? There is a process in place to attain that, all it takes is effort and time.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:53am EST

Kagro in the Morning - March 30, 2016

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David Waldman reminds us that you can be a fan, and still disagree!

Barack Obama: “Do you miss me yet?”  

Everyone is so tired of the primaries, but Greg Dworkin is still is out there finding interesting things to look into: 

Trump was Trumpian last night. Donald Trump’s popularity nosedives. Trump’s aide says he’s doomed. Trump’s demographics are lousy. Eh, he didn’t want to be president anyway.

Any government policy creates winners and losers, but outside of anecdotes, what is the big picture?

Joan McCarter shows up to talk with David about ballots, black boxes, the butterfly effect, and yes Donald Trump. His lawsuit probably isn’t one, but he’s still fighting.

The Idaho governor does not want to expand Medicaid, because people with insurance “still die”. The 8 member Supreme Court is deadlocked on Zubik v. Burwell, and seems more confused about it as well. Chuck Grassley hides from Iowans, perhaps because he senses the danger his job is in.

Trump’s campaign manager who says he did not touch batter injure bruise really, overly hurt a reporter even after being arrested reporting to authorities. Maybe she had a miniature pen-bomb?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:07pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - March 29, 2016

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David Waldman doesn’t want to talk too much about Susan Sarandon. Neither does Greg Dworkin, so Greg quickly changes the subject: Donald Trump supporters really support Donald Trump, but Hillary Clinton supporters really like her too.  

Bernie Sanders has had lots of good news lately, but that may not be enough, so his team has a long shot plan to flip super-delegates and “hijack” the nomination. Sanders’ election team has a hard time explaining this to the press.

Monte Frank returns to talk about Team 26 and this year's Sandy Hook Ride on Washington, and gives us the inside, local look at legislation to prevent gun violence, as well as the Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus. How do Americans poll on guns?

There will be no charges in the #GunFAIL at the OK Corral incident.

South Carolina wants entire faith groups to be held liable if a refugee they support commits a crime. Meanwhile in the state, Cruz and Kasich anti-Trump double agents fan out.

Freedumb’s not free, as militia leader with ties to Bundy stand-offs in Oregon and Nevada seeks bankruptcy protection for the third time

A man who accidentally shot and killed a pregnant woman while twirling a revolver feels he’s been punished enough for that, will now get punished for drunkenly shooting a shotgun on his birthday.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:55am EST

Kagro in the Morning - March 28, 2016

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David Waldman returns from his three day weekend, and hopes you had as nice as one as Bernie

Greg Dworkin backs up his big truck o’facts:

Attacks like the ones in Brussels and Pakistan may be on the increase because Da’ish are losing on their battlefields.  

Big weekend for Bernie! Bernie Sanders continues to dominate caucuses, but he’s about to run out of them. Sander’s big hope is California, where Democrats and even some Republicans brace for California nightmare Trump.

Over half of Sanders’ supporters believe Hillary Clinton will win. Reluctant votes count just as much as enthusiastic ones. Bernie or bust voters may not move a lot of votes away from Hillary Clinton, but Donald Trump might be moving a bunch towards her. Reagan Democrats became Republican 30 years ago, so Donald Trump can’t mine many of those.

Did the media create Donald Trump, or are people just voting for him? Or is it more complex than that?

David sings another verse of Don’t Fear the Superdelegates. If you feel that you aren’t represented by the government, put some time and effort into becoming the government.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:35am EST

Kagro in the Morning "Encore Performance" - March 25, 2013 airing March 25, 2016

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Back in time three years, to a newly-relevant episode, in which we read Peter Manseau’s New Yorker piece, “Melancholy Accidents,” an article partially inspired by #GunFAIL, now expanded into a brand new book.

Plenty of #GunFAIL and gun-related discussion today. Greg Dworkin updated us on his extensive interview with Australian 60 Minutes on the events in Newtown, and on the pace of legislative responses on gun policy. Among the latest to take note of the #GunFAIL phenomenon is The New Yorker, wherein we learn the historical lesson that "melancholy accident" was the original hashtag used by newspapers of the colonial era and early 19th century. We also read Mark Sumner's Sunday Kos piece, "Congratulations on your new gun laws." Switching gears for some economic analysis, we read Salon's "How rich 'moochers' hurt America," and then four entries from "The 5 Shadiest Crimes Ever Pulled Off by Famous Corporations," from Cracked magazine, of all places! Humor and entertainment outlets have a better read on the news these days than most newsrooms do, it seems. Sigh.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:53am EST

Kagro in the Morning - March 24, 2016

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David Waldman is not here tomorrow. Join him in turning off all of your devices to emerge blinking into the sunlight with your family and then go have some fun!

You could shop for a new home on Non-Trump Isle.

You could start your own mom & pop weed shop. (Whites only.)

You could dirty-talk your staffer/mistress on a recorded phone.

Greg Dworkin rounds up the polls and punditry, tossing in his thoughtful two cents: Donald Trump has plenty enough support going into the nomination, but voters will need to hold their nose tighter than ever if they want him elected president. Or Lindsey Graham’s 15th choice, Ted Cruz. It would be hard to choose.

Hillary Clinton is completely out-classed by Donald Trump’s Huge & Bigly negatives. Not even congress or the Gop can be less popular than Trump. As for Clinton vs. Sanders, Democrats are evenly split in their opinions, but their delegate count is not, although Bernie Sanders did great recently.

North Carolina enacts a law to allow LGBT discrimination in a very efficient 10 hours, even taking the time to throw in blocks to minimum wage, leave, benefits and child labor! You can’t get results that quick unless you reach across the aisle

Blackwater’s Founder is under investigation for money laundering, ties to Chinese Intel, and brokering mercenary services. Isn’t that all on his business cards?

Direct download: March_24_2016_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:52am EST