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David Waldman is making the new breaks on the half hour smoother, or at least more fun with each passing day. And shorter, which is definitely better.

Donald Trump loves the polls. Here’s one, for instance. In an effort to give balance to both sides, Greg Dworkin discusses the polls Donald doesn’t care for (the rest of them). Trump is heading towards Nixonian lows, and most importantly, losing his base. Republicans figure that eliminating elections would help make polling badly less irksome, but for the moment Democrats hope public opinion still has a relationship to electoral success. It will not be that easy for Democrats to use the health care vote to win back the House. If you are able to chase down an injured representative, maybe you can talk sense into them.

Professor Robert Kelly, the American expert on North Korea residing in South Korea ends up being this guy, so must have a lot on his plate right now. When Donald Trump orders the 40th infantry division to the Bloodmaul Slag Mines you’ll have one guy to thank (with royalty checks).

Armando is bummed that the most stupid president is getting advice from the most stupid television show as we head into nuclear obliteration. If we don’t all die, it will still be frustrating to watch some of the left ignore or denigrate fine policy ideas if promoted by members of the left who are not their members of the left.

Donald is taking a break from his golf club, and golf clubs, to visit Trump Tower, which is in New York City.

Oh, and this idiot got a little smarter, maybe.

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Some day premium members might get a chance to hear what David Waldman says during those 10 minutes or so when his computer crashes at the very beginning of a KITM. The rest of us can only guess.

Greg Dworkin, with his pals Spinner and Paddlefoot, discuss “cargo cults”. (Honestly, what’s up with that font style?) Cargo cults confused correlation with causation, which is always easy to do. Substance needs to precede results. Now, how to get the folks that just discovered healthcare for all would be great to trust those that knew that all along...

Donald’s shaky base gets shakier. There is less real support in those polls Trump followers think are fake—leaving room for more fake support! Trump voters don’t give a damn about others. Some say Donald Trump doesn’t really care about people. Or that he’s “senselessly” cruel. But no, he actually gets off on it. A lot.

So, let’s talk about nuclear war. Who lives in Guam, anyway? Enveloping fire and fury that this world has never seen before won’t bring more economic frustration to the rust belt, will it? Bad news like this is why twice a day Donald Trump gets a folder of happy news delivered to him, to confirm his support and power before he “gets in a mood”.

Quasi–White House adviser, actual Nazi Sebastian Gorka figures the Minnesota mosque attack was a “false flag” by the left. Meanwhile, the JCC bomb-threat suspect was probably paid to do it, according to the FBI.

Speaking of the FBI, they came knocking at Paul Manafort’s door “predawn”, which is never good.

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David Waldman announces that we still have nineteen million nine hundred ninety-nine thousand two hundred fifty dollars to go in our KITM August pledge drive. If we make that, I’ll weave you a tote bag.

It just seems like he’s out golfing, but Donald Trump is hard at work... watching Fox and Friends, and replaying the hard parts when their reasoning becomes too complex.

David takes a detailed look at the rules of business, and politics in Washington, before Trump tosses them out. The Trump administration is a corrupt family business, even for the Prince-DeVos families. Jeff Sessions subverts whatever rules he needs to for the boss. Sure, the Democrats can interpret the rules a bit hinky at times as well.

What ideology Donald doesn’t pick up watching Fox and Friends, he learns from Russian bots. The good/bad news is that bots get smarter every day.

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KITM is growing up! David Waldman introduces 3 minute long station identification and ad breaks on the half hour. Who knows what the future might bring?

It’s a bad morning for golf, so what can Donald Trump do to be productive? Twitter would be the only answer.

Donald wants us to know his base is bigger and better than ever before. Greg Dworkin and the facts disagree. Trump’s base feels that lying is how the game is played, and Donald Trump is their MVP, but even they want something more than lies from their leader. The base still has white victimhood to bind them together. “Cosmopolitan bias” is now a fashionable phrase, but of course has an ugly history. The NRA needs an enemy, and the enemy is now the media.

Victory is ours to lose, so Democrats get cracking on that as 2018 looms closer. Greg rounds up how to win (and how not to) in 2018.  

David gets procedural to remind us that reconciliation isn’t the only rule to watch in Congress. The SC Attorney General has "disturbing, highly irregular" behavior,  but isn’t that normal anymore?

The Keystone XL pipeline has survived politics but economics could kill it, requiring more tax cuts and subsidies, stat.

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David Waldman, called by many Boy Scouts the “World’s Greatest Dad,” got his apps together last night in order to bring you today’s well-oiled KITM, chock full of ultramodern “two-way” conversations:

Greg Dworkin tells us there’s a new sheriff in town, but the same bad hombre. A lot of Trump guys are getting fired, and Donald Trump still continues work on taking himself down. Unfortunately, Trump remains an "incompetent player" who must be "liquidated”—according to Russia.

Donald Trump is not popular in the US either. 71% say Donald is not “level-headed”. In fact, most Americans think Trump’s mostly awful in most ways—except for being “intelligent and strong” (the two attributes displayed by only the greatest movie slashers.) Trump knows now is the time to enact some deplorable legislation for his deplorable core. In the center of all the chaos hides the greatest destruction.

Donald Trump is unbelievable. He lied about the Boy Scouts. He lied about the president of Mexico. He lied about asking the president of Mexico to lie for him. He lies about everything. He’ll lie about anything. Trump lies like his life depends upon it. At least being he’s honest about it

Trump battles “fake news” (real news) with “real news” (fake news) hosted by his daughter-in-law.

Where are the Single-Payer wonks? Everybody wants it, but it’s not so easyWhy leftists don't trust Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Deval Patrick.

Armando calls in to try out the Skype. Donald’s going on that golfing vacation his entire career has led to on Friday. While in DC, Graft stays at the luxurious Trump International.

Joan McCarter finally gets time to return to the show! Remember that dumb lawsuit over Obamacare payments? It's now a big problem for Trump. Donald will be checking the progress of Trumpcare from the links. Meanwhile, red states move to slash Medicaid on their own.

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Chaos! Pandemonium reigns during the first 15 minutes or so of KITM, and it had nothing to do with the Trump administration! Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter called in to say hi to David Waldman, and that’s about as far as they got before Skype issues took them away. Both return tomorrow and will take another whack at it.

Donald Trump takes a darker turn, by appealing to the whitest insecurities. Trump wants a culture war. Are Democrats ready to fight back? Maybe... Trump thinks America is a hell-hole generally, but the White House is a real dump.

Meanwhile, Donald dropped a major deuce of stories. First, there’s Trump’s Wall Street Journal interview. A full transcript exists for the hardy, but leave it to professionals like David Dale to reveal the “highlights”, etc., etc. The second news flash is that Trump found that Russian sanction bill—it’s always the last place you look—and he’s getting some whining out while he searches for new smoochable areas on Putin’s butt. Rex Tillerson is helping hold the flashlight, and has found aspects of the State department to destroy, from countering Russian propaganda, to reducing requirements for justice or democracy.

Donald always has his comrades in mind. Putin and Trump are so close, each finishes the other’s alibis. Putin and Trump are as close as Fox and Sputnik.

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OK, Scaramucci is out. David Waldman is back. August is looking up.

But—Scaramucci’s, Kushner’s, Huntsman’s and Eric Trump’s emails!

Othello?

Trump’s lawyer said Donald had nothing to do with Junior’s statement. So, of course, it turns out that Donald Trump actually dictated the statement.

Trump was going to sign that Russia sanctions bill, but it looks like it was lost in the mail. Maybe they can send over a copy?

Who would’ve guessed that Fox News would push fake news to distract from Trump BS?

Who would’ve guessed that the Gop would source an anti-Clinton amendment from Subreddit?

Lindsey Graham guesses it’s time to nuke North Korea.

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David Waldman is on the road again. He’d broadcast on location, but it’s the KITM satellite uplink driver’s day off. So, today’s show was pre-recorded yesterday, which is fine if nothing big happens today...pleaseGreg Dworkin’s back too! Just not here. Catch up with his Abbreviated Pundit Round-up.

There’s a reason they call it Zombie TreasonCare. Actually, several, but one is that it just will never die. David disputes the one budget reconciliation bill per topic interpretation, because norms have dropped like flies lately. Donald Trump offers to lend a hand to any losers not pulling their weight. If only there were more little Trumps sowed throughout government, think of all that could be done. Ron Johnson wants to take advantage of the post-nuclear wasteland.

Donald has not been the comrade Vlad hoped for. Putin says 755 US diplomats must leave Russia, although we don’t have 755 American diplomats in Russia.

Need another example of Donald Trump being a low-taste, no-class, cheap-ass, self-absorbed, double-dealing, four-flusher, including pictures of a crappy Cadillac? Here you go. Of course, there’s lots of mob ties as well.

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The big news—Greg Dworkin is back from Iceland! The big debate—Noosa vs. Skyr. The rest of you can eat cheeseburgers!

Greg and David Waldman also speak of the legend of John McCain, and the night he brought down the mighty TreasonCare juggernaut...or the night he did the Gop a favor, because passing the bill would have been failure, and failure will become winning, you know. By the way, it was the women that did the heavy lifting, in both parties. Either way, a Republican loss is a win for the country. Well, on to their tax bill and other future losses.

Anyway, Trump could have told you Single Payer is the way to go, or to just give him anything without the “Obama” in it. Donald would go for anything at all if you throw Mt. Rushmore into the deal.

Even people with no sense, and awful perspective, are coming out against Donald Trump. Such as David Brooks, who eats cheeseburgers you haven’t heard of, and Peggy Noonan. Trump reminds Peggy of a whiny woman, and of Woody Allen too, for some reason.

It’s time for a @#%&! word from the White House communications director… actually, more of a @#%&! cry for help. And now ladies and gentlemen, the spotlight falls on Steve Bannon, as he… Oh my God.

The weekend won’t stop this insanity. You can prep by re-reading the constitution maybe, or brush up on your conference mechanics. Good luck to all of us!

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Thursday is a big day. For Donald Trump, half the day is getting ready for golfing, the other half having to do that non-golf stuff. For Washington it’s the Zombie TreasonCare Vote-a-Rama day. Republicans will write the bill over lunch. David Waldman prepares us for the procedural activities of the day. Which leg will the Senate cut off first?

Senator Lisa Murksowski placed a no vote on Trumpcare, so now Alaska must pay, according to Trump henchman Ryan Zinke.

Tony Mooch really doesn’t like these new leaks about him.

The Pentagon thought we were on the brink of nuclear war there for about ten minutes, but for some reason they stopped. Jeff Sessions is happy to join Trump in the war on gays.

David ponders which is worse, watching a Trump speech with the sound up, or the sound off.

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Joan McCarter is bussssy today, and David Waldman isn’t just not going to do a show and let you all down. So, that makes it Esoteric Smorgasbord Wednesday on KITM!

The Straight Talk-like Express pulled back into DC, bringing with it the status quoRepeal and replace was rejected however, with the goal to just get the bill away from them and back to the House.

What can Donald Trump do to Jeff Sessions to get him to leave? Other than firing him, of course.

Russian comedians choose the perfect dope to dupe.

Cosplayer won’t play a governor.

Canadian Identitarians identify as Italian, on a ship identified as Mongolian in an effort to prevent Muslims as identifying as Europeans.

Speaking of young, beautiful girls—16… 15…

 

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David Waldman and KITM bring us the latest, greatest insight and the hottest audio levels you’ll hear today.

Donald Trump attempted to stunt the growth of 40,000 adolescent boys yesterday. Don’t worry, they will grow beyond the speech, maybe because of the speech. Don’t expect Donald to grow at all. American Psychoanalytic Association members now get to say that in public! You can’t force Fox & Friends to say anything.

Turn up the volume and you might hear Armando calling in to discuss whatever the F the Senate’s doing today with TreasonCare. Most of David’s explanations begin with “Ordinarily, it should be...”, but it turns out that it just isn’t anymore. So, listen as they figure out what it could be, and how it could be done, and how it goes off the cliff from there. While we teeter on the abyss, feel free to call up some Senators.

 

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Week 27 of The Presidential Apprentice! Another week of the new normal and another week David Waldman explains how it is isn’t normal and the extraordinary lengths we must take to get back to the normal-normal.

Exit Spicey, enter the Mooch, who kind of hates Donald Trump, but kind of loves money, so he’s in. He has the advantage of arriving pre-parodied, and so far regret-free.

Jared Kushner arrives at the Senate with all of his alibis now in order. (TBD) It looks as if “talking to Russians about adoption” is what they call it now. Jared used to call it “talking to Guccifer”. Get ready to hear more about The King of Diamonds, Lev Leviev.

Can the President Be Indicted? Why yes, says Ken Starr. But... Benghazi!

You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows—The Dirtbag Left makes 70 grand a month.

Tomorrow the Senate will vote again on… something. They don’t know what. The Senate Parliamentarian supports and challenges the Republicans on Trumpcare around the Byrd Rule. David isn’t sure where Parliamentarian authority ends, but we are sure to find out soon.

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Not that he’s guilty or anything, but Donald Trump is looking into pardoning himself. We’re on the brink of an authoritarian crisis. Now what’s our best hope—the wisdom of a Republican Congress, or a good case of goutDavid Waldman explores the former in today’s KITM. Maybe as few as three Republicans in the Senate would need to see the light…

Time for the record scratch sound effect as we back up 24 hours to see how we got into this mess. Donald was cogent, engaged, on script for minutes, then he talked to The New York Times. He made the usual dozen or so crazy, stupid lies, but then he wondered aloud what he was paying Jeff Sessions for, and why did he ever hire that Robert Mueller, etc. We knew for a while that Mueller was targeted, as Team Trump seeks to control and block Mueller’s investigation. Now they are investigating Mueller’s investigators. Or, maybe he’ll fire him, just because.

So why, when they have a perfectly good opportunity to collude, do Trumps decide to gab on about adoption? Well, “adoptions” is code for “sanctions”, and it really isn’t about the children, at least it’s never about kids to Vladimir Putin. For Trump voters, however, “sanctions” is code for “adoptions”, which is what makes it interesting to Donald Trump.

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Donald Trump, not the sharpest tool in the shed, sat down for yet another exclusive interview with his nemesis, The New York Times. This should produce a bit of “real news” today, so go ahead and read the excerpts to soak in the dumbness. Six months in, Trump hasn't passed a single bill of 10 he promised to pass in his first 100 days, not even TreasonCare. Trump can’t make a health care deal because he doesn’t understand health care.

Not much Gop legislation is probably a good thing, but that leaves David Waldman and KITM to explore the seamy underbelly of the Trump organization… Irakly “Ike” Kaveladze is the 8th person to pop out of the Russian collusion meeting tied to Donald Trump Jr., and might be most important in defining what happened. Did wishful thinking and conspiracy sites lead Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort to arrange the meeting? Paul Manafort owed big bucks to pro-Russia interests before he became President Donald Trump’s campaign chairmanthen he made (exactly the same number of) big bucks.  

Then there’s Dana Rohrabacher, who hooked up with Putin before it was cool. Rohrabacher’s aide was tossed under the bus over Russia connections, but that won’t be enough to cover Dana’s tracks to Moscow last year, a secret document he received, his attempt to alter sanctions legislation and to set up a virtual show trial on Capitol Hill. Dana Rohrabacher is dirty… very, very dirty.

Banks made billions of student debt disappear with this one weird trick.

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One sunny day Donald was playing with his wonderful trucks, and having a great and very beautiful time, believe me. Then, all at once everyone was talking about how his wonderful, very wonderful Trumpcare bill was just too great, and beautiful! Donald decided it was not his Trumpcare bill anymore, and he would make it die... “Cheer up Donald!”, pleaded his friends in the Gop. Eat some treats, and we’ll dream of future good times! “We might not be allowed to kill things today, but we can still hurt them—a lot!” Mitch, the evil turtle said...

So, it wasn’t a fairytale ending, David Waldman and Joan McCarter remind us. We can recognize the victory, but will need to keep fighting. Mitch McConnell has run out of excuses for not accomplishing anything. Did Republicans underestimate the difficulty of TreasonCare, or overestimate the abilities of McConnell? Either way, they will try, try again.

Back to the rot at the top. Jared Kushner will of course keep his security clearance, of course Trump colluded with the Russians to defeat all opposition, including Republican, and of course Trump talked more with Putin than he told you about. Did you know Donald’s wife is great and very beautiful?

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The Republicans' signature campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare was halted yesterdayWEE OH WEE OH! Beeee OooHDing! Ding! DingVrooooom!

David Waldman delves into the factors and events leading to the collapse of TreasonCare on today’s KITM. Trumpcare’s not dead though, because its health and well-being is of utmost importance to Mitch McConnell... more than anything or anybody, other than himself of course. Repeal-only is fine, when you consider that goal, and that he doesn’t mean anything he says.

Donald Trump wonders what any of this has to do with him. After all, he has signed more bills than any president, ever. (He hasn’t.) A Toronto hotel tears down Trump, disappointingly not using Marines. The United Arab Emirates get in on the hacking craze with Qatar.

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Hey, another weekend, probably pleasant, not yet spent under smoking rubble in a crater. Not bad at this time as you might have pictured, or maybe exactly as bad as you pictured. Listen as David Waldman, nailing boards over his windows pell-mell, smoothly delivers another KITM:

The Trump campaign had abundant opportunities for Russian collusion at Don Jr.’s meeting, including Rinat Akhmetshin. Rinat has been described as “Russian 'Gun-For-Hire'”, and “a Master of the Dark Arts”, so he probably catered in the nothingburgers for the event. Here is how the Trump Jr. meeting fits into the larger Putin game plan.

Donald Trump and Montgomery Burns’ lawyer Jay Sekulow didn’t have much to say, but a lot of places to say it over Sunday, so he suggested The US Secret Service vetted the meeting. The statement was believable for about a minute, then someone asked the Secret Service

Keeping its priorities straight, the Trump administration focused on settling personal vendettas with fellow Gop member Jeff Flake.

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David Waldman is presently in transit this AM. Instead of a tracking number, David has supplied us with a pre-recorded KITM.

Donald Trump just hurried over to France to win that handshake once and for all, and will soon rush back to conquer women’s golf. So, you can then understand his frustration when all Trump ever hears is Russia, Russia, Russia! Well, that is what today’s show is all about:

We know Junior’s meeting with Paul Manafort, Jared Kusher, Rob Goldstone, and Natalia Veselnitskay also had a “translator”, who was also a “spy”. We knew Dad Trump was lying about the meeting, now everyone else knows too. They still want us to believe that this was the only Russia collusion meeting, but of course not. Some would think that the worst that could happen to Donald would be that Pee-Pee tape. But really, Trump has no shame. However, if Donald Trump were to have spent his entire adult life laundering money for mobsters, Russians, and Russian mobsters and those dealings and dealers were then exposed, a Pee-Pee tape would seem pretty inconsequential wouldn’t it? Peter W. Smith, the Gop operative who sought Clinton's emails from Russian hackers, committed suicide... records show.

Speaking of the Mob, Marc Kasowitz, Trump’s Russia Lawyer, won’t get security clearance because of alcohol abuse and behavior that left employees uncomfortable, writing emails saying “I'm on you now. You are f**king with me now Let’s see who you are. Watch your back, b**ch. Don’t be afraid, you piece of s**t. Stand up. If you don’t call, you’re just afraid.” “I already know where you live, I’m on you. You might as well call me. You will see me. I promise.” … for instance.

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How do you, Dear Reader/Listener, cope with such an influx of political news, information, and knowledge inundating you on a daily basis? Why, you listen to KITM as David Waldman, and quite often Greg Dworkin sort it out for you! Today they sort it into two heaps—Russia and Health-Trump-Treasoncare:

Republicans say they can, but they still can’t design a workable plan. Nickleback is getting tired of being called the Senate health care bill of pop music. Mitch McConnell is running out of goodies to pass out and so is losing Senators’ attention, and running out of time. Like everyone else, Republicans kind of like Obamacare, but we all know they can’t say that. Moderates like it too, and thus won’t cave like McConnell hopes. But seven years of hatred is hard to pivot on. Doctors still care and are getting things done. Ted Cruz still doesn’t care, but his provision is in the bill. Meanwhile, over in California, Democrats who never do things “together”aren’t in line on Single Payer.

On to Trump-Russia, and the day Trump finally became President… and finally became a father.

Don Jr.’s emails are far more damning than anyone could have imagined. But, is being damned really a “sin”? Trump supporters don’t know the meaning of that word and others.

Now all roads lead to Jared Kushner. Now, that’s collusion! When this breaks, Donald Trump will have to tweet a link to the Pee-Pee tape just to get some attention. Jared’s repressed memories are all coming back to him now, over 100 of them.

Republicans, of course want to get to the bottom of this mess. So, on their path to subpoenaing Hillary, they blame Natalia Veselnitskaya. Stupidity like this can’t be faked, so let’s look into this. They could look into Jeff Sessions, but it’s a secret.

Maybe Trump will find answers in France. Like, what is Bastille Day? What’s on TV? What can I grab?

Is buying luxury goods a survival skill in our culture?

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Who to pardon? Who to bomb? Where to golf? Donald Trump’s weekend starts tomorrow, but it almost looks too hectic for him to take time off. Eh, the place pretty much runs itself...

Until one of his little Fredos mucks it up. This kid was dropped on his head as a child! David Waldman and Greg Dworkin keep us abreast of a situation so crazy, even the spin is spinning out of control. Trump Sr. is 15 minutes dumber than Junior. Democratic House candidates were also targets of Russian hacking. Tucker Carlson finds out that Putin’s not cool anymore.

And—don’t forget Fredo-in-law still has security clearance. The Trump-Russia investigators are looking at Jared Kushner’s Trump campaign digital operation. Here’s how an alleged Russian hacker teamed up with a Florida Gop operative.

While all of this is happening, the Republicans continue to fail at governing. Here is what we know about TreasonCare. Maybe the Democrats will be invited to board the Titanic to help bail them out. Voters figure that can’t hurt. The Senate debates what goes into the bill before the parliamentarian this week.

Enter, Joan McCarter, with her DC acumen. Republican leaders are frantic to pass TreasonCare before everything falls apart. For those nostalgic for sick children and bankrupt families, TrumpCare has a lot to offer. Mitch McConnell worked out a schedule to bring it to the floor next week… just in case that doesn’t work, August recess is being moved to the end of August. As for Trump/Russia, well, first you need to get them talk about it.

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Did you know that each date this week is a palindrome, in that the date reads the same forward as backward? Heavy, right? While you ponder that, David Waldman also has this Tuesday excogitation to prepare you for this news cycle once Trump pops like a boil… uhm actually he’s full of...

OK. So, you heard about Don Fredo Trump meeting with the Russian operative? He kind of walked into a rake on that one. Now, the whole scheme’s unraveling, there is a beautiful, delicious email trail, and Don’s third version of events is about due, although it probably won’t help him much. Pence 2020

Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya has been connected to the Trumps before, because they’ve done bad things with Russia before. Natalia says Don Jr., Jared and Manafort were begging for it. Does it matter who wanted it first?

Moving on to other international corruption, Jared Kushner tried and failed to get a half-billion-dollar bailout from Qatar. Donald Trump said Qatar funds terror. Trump wanted it to fund him.

And there’s Trumpcare. Not going to happen.

 

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David Waldman brings us whatever godawful week of The Presidential Apprentice it is, along with its spinoffs, Son and Daughter of Presidential Apprentice. In this episode, Donald “Fredo” Trump Jr. has been shopping for those huge beautiful Kremlin ties for his dad...

Greg Dworkin rounded up a ton of news on Russia and the Trumps—and that health care stuff too. Looking at the Trump-Russia timeline puts it all into perspective. It is all adding up for everyone, except maybe Team Trump and Team Pepe. Donald’s boy really wanted to be a good colluder for Dad, too bad he now has to take that ride to the middle of the lake to fix things for Jared. Real news now comes in music videos. Oh no! It’s A COOKBOOK!

Meanwhile, Trump-Russia will protect us from the cyber, or maybe not, or something. Also Trump sowed chaos at the G-20, while still the laziest world leader.

Taking a knee in the middle of fighting for Trumpcare appears to be a bad strategy for the Gop. Donald Trump doesn’t know what to make of these Republican’s lack of winning. Rural GOP senators notice they have voters. The best plan might be to win by losing, and join with somebody they can blame, like Democrats. The difference between “public option” and “single payer”.

Want to influence the Democratic party? Try joining the Democratic party. Want to influence the Republican party? Tell them God sent you.

New Nazis like vikings. Old Nazis liked vikings, too.

With Donald Trump, the norm always is: It all goes to Donald Trump.

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Top Twitter chatter this morning: Office of Government Ethics chief Walter Shaub can’t even anymore. Podestamania is runnin’ wild, as Trump reports for his first quarterly performance review, and says bigly words to people in Poland.

Greg Dworkin wasn’t with us on the air today, but he had a number of great suggestions for discussion and weekend reading: Mike Gerson goes there. There are many reasons to fear Trump pushing us into a “clash of civilizations.” One I hadn’t thought of before is, we may be going in unarmed.

Felix Sater is back. And he’d like people to think he’s flipped on Trump, I guess. Did he? Does he think he did? Does he think he didn’t, but will end up screwing up and doing it in the end, anyway? Stay tuned.

Rachel Maddow and others raise the alarm on a dangerous new strain of fake news. Kris Kobach’s fake komission wants to store your voter data in the least appropriate and most illegal way possible.

Getting up to speed for the weekend on health care: In setting up a potential Plan B, McConnell pulls the rug out from under Republican ACA lies. But just so you don’t forget: Plan A still sucks, too. And so does Cruz. His plan, I mean.

Trump’s pretending he makes charitable donations, again.

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David Waldman’s Hzaard shelf fell on him, he’s OK, but now it’s brökn. It’ll take more than that to take a new KITM from us!

Greg Dworkin brings David, and us, the latest: Donald Trump, shopping for an Ottoman, is today’s least funny Polish joke. As Trump sows chaos around the globe, most G20 countries, including the US, see Merkel as leader of the free world. Retired general David Petraeus figures the world could just ignore Donald from now on. Trump dwindles to just a brand pasted on Obama’s ISIS plan. Felix Sater, Russian with crime links, of course has dirt on Trump, and has flipped

Almost every state is rejecting the Trump/Kobach crackdown on voting, some of them even out of principle. If we can still vote in 2018, we might win. Already many are out there newly motivated, including Jackson, MS mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba, a name striking fear as far as Tennessee.

The Gop promises lower health premiums and higher out of pocket on useless insurance, plus extra freedom. Support for single-payer health care is on its way to becoming the consensus position in the Democratic PartyHey everybody, Ted Cruz has a plan! Here's the thing you have to understand about Ted Cruz. Al Franken hates Ted Cruz.

David takes a deep dive into a big story: What Happens if the election was a fraud? A two vote lead is a very tight win.

Trump transferred wealth to his son while avoiding the usual taxes. Here is one example.

 

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New Jerseyans aren’t letting their beach bum of a governor off the hook just yet.

Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter are on hand to keep us on track with both the latest headlines on all fronts, and the long game on Trumpcare.

Congress has been in recess for the holiday, but the majority of Republican Senators are simply ducking their local July 4th parades, rather than face constituents anxious and angry about the Gop proposal to ruin everything for money. Republicans who’ve been notable holdouts felt more comfortable appearing in public, but even then only in measured doses. And no Trumpcare discussion is complete without taking yet another stab at explaining procedure.

On the international front, Trump has failed to rein in North Korea and has been unable to get whatever trade concessions it is he’s looking for out of China. And now, he’s on his way to the G20, where people think he’s an idiot. In all of which he’s backed up by alleged Secretary of State Rex “Everything” Tillerson.

Not that any of this means anything to Trump’s base. But screw those guys.

And hey, here are two curve balls I bet you didn’t think Greg would throw you: Ancient Romans made the best concrete, and it might help us hold back rising seas, and; a leopard may not be able to change its spots, but any two cheetahs can swap their skin.

Joan McCarter notes most Republican Senators are dodging their constituents, but are those who aren’t hearing what people are really saying? Don’t leave it to chance, though: keep calling! Especially as Republicans begin reaching into their bag of tricks, to create excuses for holdouts to vote yes on somethinganything!—in the end. Keep an eye on Murkowski, though. Just sayin’.

Unity at last! Trump fans think Thomas Jefferson is trash, and so do progressives!

It’s getting so you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting evidence of collusion.

And yes, we’ve heard about the GA-06 lawsuit.

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Yes, a brand new LIVE show on July 4th! Because America! And also, I was already awake.

During that brief period for which I was asleep, North Korea launched another missile, but Donald Trump has anger-tweeted them, so don’t worry about it.

In the meantime, we use the holiday quiet period (minus the threat of rogue nation nuclear missiles) to catch up on Jay Sekulow’s sekret sektarian skimming, s(k)pecifically that of his son Logan, a racket that netted him nearly a million bucks, and which began at the tender age of 18.

A Florida judge has drawn the line on the state’s newly expanded “Stand Your Ground” law. It may yet be erased, but it gives us another opportunity to discuss the inappropriate short-circuiting of long-established principles of law, because guns are cool and gun owners shouldn’t be bothered with the responsibility of abiding by the law, because they're so law-abiding and stuff.

Only KITM would take you on this extensive a tour of the definitional minutiae of the emoluments clauses. But you can’t tell the players without a program.

And finally, yes there is evidence of collusion. And plenty of it. Even Republicans are starting to acknowledge it.

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Wow, people sure behave idiotically around the 4th of July... especially the idiots. Smart people will listen to today’s KITM as David Waldman catches us up on the holiday weekend and sets us up for the holiday week.

Particularly smart Greg Dworkin continues to focus on the Republican quest to destroy Obamacare and move profits to rich people. They don’t like to call it that, because voters wouldn’t want to hear that. Credit the local press for telling it like it is. The Gop got themselves into this because it was winning them elections. Now that they are being held to their promises, they are dropping the “improve” promises, and keeping the “destroy” ones. Polls are showing this strategy could crush Senate Republicans. Alas, Senate Republicans need to destroy things until 2020 before they’re in trouble.

Maybe the Democrats shouldn’t totally rely on the Republican’s destructive behavior to build the Democratic brand, as Americans' confidence in institutions starts to edge up. Trump’s enemy are any public institutions not centered on him. That’s why the White House daily briefing is in such trouble, because insane tweets and comments are directly profitable, and his voters absolutely do not care. CNN should have stood by its reporters.

Another fake “patriot” accidentally discharged, at a fake uprising, with a possibly un-”patriotic” flag, his real gun. Maybe he was this guy?

The Pence-Kobach crackdown on voting is going as well as expected, with even Kris Kobach refusing to comply.

Why weren’t Ryan & McConnell worried that Russian interference would hurt Republicans? Because they knew it wouldn’t. Here is how one gets recruited to collude.

Trump contractors were being screwed long before us, still are, and will be for a long time to come.

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Don’t quit now! David Waldman and Greg Dworkin remind us we are in the middle of a life or death health care battle, and no where near the end. Call up those senators! Raise a ruckus at next week’s parades!

Without a win, conservative media wanders away, because it’s about wins, not anything else. Donald now has better things to pay attention to, although he wasn’t ever really paying attention. The worse part of Obamacare for Republicans was the “Obama” part, really. Now they know they hit a wall, their bill is kryptonite, support is fabulously low, even with the base, even on Fox. New Gop fixes include bribing moderates, bribing wingnuts, and relying on the continued ignorance of Medicare recipients… maybe the Democrats are ready to negotiate? Topher Spiro has a bipartisan health care fix.

Meanwhile, Republicans just want government to end, at least governing. Chaos is the Trump standard, here and abroad. America first is becoming America alone. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is pretty happy with ruining international relationships, but is not going to move in down the hall from some Russian mobsters!

Is the press appeasing Trump? What methods will ever work?

In GunFAIL: When a book miraculously stops a bullet in the movies, it’s a miracle… and it’s a movie. So don’t try that. Hey, that’s not gravel on NH Route 101!

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So, did we... are we going to attack Syria again? Or was that some sort of official White House butt-dial last night? Goofing around like this could really irritate Donald Trump’s supervisors, and they’re about his only friends in the world.

Trump also continues to hone his domestic political skillsbut Trumpcare is hitting some snags, with Ron Johnson making the fourth Gop defector, and with tens of millions of people realizing they are being uninsured. Mitch McConnell still has about 188 billion tricks up his sleeve, if anyone will fall for them.

David Waldman digs into the procedural state of play on the health care tax bill. He is joined by Armando, a big fan of genius Roone Arledge 👍, not so much of idiot Chris Cillizza 🤦‍♂️, or the editorial direction of MSNBC 🤷.

Are members of congress forced into lives of graft by expensive houses? Aren’t there quonset huts and bunk beds we can find for them somewhere?

Here’s the kind of guy Donald Trump wants to make judgments for you.

 

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Put on more sunscreen than David Waldman, get outside and have fun! Remember to pack your earbuds though—you don’t want to miss today’s KITM:

Trumpcare is incredibly awful, astonishingly unpopular, and a failure all around. It is feared and hated coast to coast, but remains a make or break moment for Trump et al. So, how do the Republicans sell this nasty health care tax bill? Lie about it. Here are 3 lies they are using. Here’s another.

Mitch McConnell also has designed the bill to let crocodile-tear senators amend it and claim victory. Greg Dworkin is here to explain that this is precisely the reason that backchannel negotiations might be the way Obamacare is rescued. It’s why Greg whispers “Cassidy-Collins” into ears at cocktail parties. Meanwhile, the CBO score will be the topic to bring up. The CBO score will show millions will lose coverage under the Senate health care tax bill. The Medicaid cuts will hurt even more

The largest gun organizations in Connecticut are getting behind Remington to fight families of 10 Sandy Hook shooting victims.

Ivanka Trump, Senior Adviser to the President, with her own White House office, secure phone and such, tries to stay out of politics. So, when does her dad get out? Be patient, it’s coming.

The current Russia fetish on the right is about white supremacy. White supremacy has been a priority for many in the US for a long while. Six Nazi spies were executed in Washington DC and white supremacists gave them a memorial on federal land.

Russian bikers are connected to Putin. American bikers to Trump. Putin’s connected to American bikers. They are all connected to Trump.

All this, plus Rosalyn MacGregor reports on the upcoming 2118 Gubernatorial race, and the issue of a “part-time legislature”, and who stands to gain.

 

 

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It's a summertime Friday, and I'm on the road. But I couldn't leave you for the weekend without some fodder for clever conversation.

Trump’s buddies at Bayrock, including the infamous Felix Sater, are back in the news, somehow. And it's always a good time to remind people of Trump’s weird affinity for shady Russian characters. So we do.

What does history teach us about dealing with political leaders who are incompetent or outright insane? Well, that’s typically only a problem in royal courts. But the Trump “administration” has much more in common with them than it does with ordinary American presidencies. So maybe it's worth a little review.

Speaking of royal courts, here's a helpful backgrounder on what's been going on between Saudish Arabia and their neighbors in Qatar.

Our trusty Michigan correspondent Rosalyn MacGregor gives us a preview of the Democratic field in the 2018 gubernatorial primary.

Shifting the focus back to Trump, his Office of Government Ethics financial disclosure has some less-than-surprising news: he's making a fortune off the presidency. And remember when that one year of Trump’s tax filings (2005) mysteriously became public, and was the only year in the last 20 or so for which we had any information, and was curiously favorable for him, showing he'd made significant tax payments? Has he been getting that payment funneled right back into his pockets as refunds since then?

And in late-breaking Thursday news: Trump’s stunt at the Carrier plant crumbles, as usual.

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Remember how life was, back before the Senate Republicans released their Trumpcare bill? KITM does. In fact, today’s entire show was recorded in those more innocent times, making David Waldman and Greg Dworkin’s prescient analysis even more trenchant... So quit being distracted by the “new” news and listen to this stuff first!

The Senate say they have some divisions in their ranks on their health-care tax bill, but really, they knew what it wastax cuts for the rich, and Medicaid destroyed. Republicans know opposition to the House bill has doubled among even Republican voters, but they bet this won’t matter for their reelection, and they are relying on the media forgetting before 2018. So—deductibles and out-of-pocket go up? Yep. Lives of the neediest on Medicaid ruined or destroyed? Sure! Strangle Planned Parenthood? Of course! But think of all of the regulations and taxes going away! Mitch would be happy to throw out a lot of Senate rules to make that happen.

All of this distracts from Trump’s Russian collusion, as Dan Coats and Mike Rogers could tell you, but no, not the President. Today was not the day Donald trump finally became president, because he remains a candidate, and somehow he’s the worst at that too.

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David Waldman presents a special Summer Solstice KITM, the day when the takes are the hottest. Greg Dworkin’s advice to beat the heat: Remember, what's important isn't always what's talked about. So Handel won... Time for the hindsight analyses! Time to retake the takeaways! Time to wonder what is wrong with us, again, and again! And those Trump voters! Why do they keep hanging around? Who do they think they are? And does anything matter, ever, to them?

Joan McCarter’s hot tip: Try to hold Republican senators accountable on Trumpcare. Go ahead, try. They might complain about Trumpcare, but of course won’t do anything about it. Mitch McConnell knows no Republican will stop him. He knows Trump won’t stop him. He knows the Democrats might cause him a lot of irritation, but he’s made sure the public will be in the dark until it’s too late. Meanwhile, some believe auto jobs are returning, and the Republicans are pro-women.

It's so hot in Phoenix, they can't fly planes.

 

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David Waldman and very special tri-weekly guest Greg Dworkin focus our attention on the issues coming up this week—and better yet, put some distance on last week’s crap. A 17-year-old Muslim girl was kidnapped and beaten to death. A van plowed into a crowd of worshippers near a mosque in north London. But, you know, they’re Muslims... and, that SOB talked on that POS show, on Fathers Day, no less. Public pressure helped, but won’t undo the damage done. Here’s a clarifying fable about the problem with interviewing evil.

Speaking of damage done, let’s revisit what really happened in the 2016 election, shall we? The House Russia investigators want to bring in Trump’s digital director. The Trump team prepared for failure, but relied on anger, fear, bigotry, hatred and despair: A win-win! This Trump house of cards could fall under the slightest pressure, so boy is the Georgia special election important.

Not to alienate any subsection of society... but rural America did lift Trump to the presidency. There is a deep cultural divide between rural and urban centers. In rural America, there are fewer immigrants and less tolerance. In fact, racial intolerance is part of the culture, and economy. They believe every fight Trump has is for them, so every fight they have is for him.

Armado shows up at the end of the show to discuss whether trademark law is the venue for social change. (nope)

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Great news! Another week of Presidential Apprentice is in the can. During the weekend most of us will still get our news unfiltered from Donald, but this is your last chance to hear it straight from David Waldman—until Monday when we start all over again, probably

Rod Rosenstein and Donald Trump work on their ventriloquist act, but right now you can still see Trump’s lips moving.

David takes a deep dive into the shallow pool of Trumpcare, which is really, obviously, just a tax cut bill. That makes it hard for Republicans to explain, if they need to talk about health benefits, but easy to pass, if they don’t tell you what they are doing. They are also looking into how they might ruin things twice as long as they are now allowed.

You might be scarfing vols-au-vent, buffalo wings or even zakuski with your cocktails Saturday night, but in-between you still need something to talk about. David suggests the now combusting Saudi-Qatar rivalry, or maybe a discussion of the three prongs of the Russia investigation.  Either way, don’t expect Lynne Patton to lay out your soirée—she has a government job now.

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What? David Waldman and KITM politicize? Sure. Because politicization is what Americans use to fix things

Greg Dworkin brings a list of issues that need immediate politicization. Yesterday Steve Scalise and others were shot by a gunman. (Actually many others were shot by a gunman yesterday.) Here are some facts about the Alexandria shooter. Here are some lies.  

Meanwhile, the Gop remains fantastically hypocritical and anti-democratic, and they are utilizing those traits to move Trumpcare along. Republican senators are unaware of any Health Care details, but that’s OK as long as you are also in the dark. We do know a few things. Trump thinks it’s mean. It could cost nearly 1 million jobs. Out-of-pocket costs—deductibles and copayments—would skyrocket. Annual and lifetime limits on healthcare benefits will hit millions, and waivers would amount to a pre-existing condition exclusion for pregnancy, mental illness, and substance abuse

The only thing Donald does better than lie is conflate, but lying and conflating might have gotten him in trouble now. Everyone knows about Trump’s Russian collusion. Robert Mueller is following the money as it flows into the Oval Office. How much longer can this go on? Newt fights the deep state. Trump gives graft such a bad name that participants are laundering their money on the down-low. At this rate, people might soon lose respect for the guy.

Neighbors described a local raccoon as a quiet loner, but one day...

 

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Refrigerators are repaired in your home. Teeth are not. David Waldman is busy confronting this brutal paradox today, and therefore is not available to present KITM live. He did record a brand new KITM, however. It is yours for a tap of the above link!

Yay! Donald Trump is one year older today. A rich old white guy with the temperament and social media skills you’d expect. But then he hooked up with Robert Mercer and his million bot army, which so far looks pretty smart. Too bad Trump’s social media director isn’t smart enough to avoid the Hatch Act. Megan Kelly’s new handlers think they’re so smart to create buzz by inviting Alex Jones to spread conspiracy lies to new millions.

The internet still has a little life, and has some capability left to also spread the truth. It is easy to hear Trump lie, but back in the day sometimes he would be forced to tell the truth. Sort of. Trump says Qatar funds terror. Here’s his record of trying to get it to fund him.

David looks into the secret Trumpcare deals happening now. Joan McCarter will have a few things to say about that when she gets a chance to return to the show. The flexibility that Obamacare lent to the work force Is threatened by the Gop plan.

Well, we found out what a conservative utopia looks like. Can they just give up now? Kansas finds it can’t cut taxes to fix all problems, and needs to create whole new ways to lie to itself.

 

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David Waldman wonders if anyone in class can guess the subject of today’s KITM... Anyone? It is Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Donald Trump did not have a problem firing the last straight arrow closing in on him, FBI Director… Anyone? James Comey. David gives an comprehensive analysis of the procedural tactics the White House might use to fire Mueller, which is pronounced… Anyone?... Mueller?... Mueller?... Mueller?—as well as the countermeasures that will be used against those tactics.

One tactic will be the bald-faced lie. Picking ethics over partisanship might have been easier during the Nixon era. Now obstruction of justice goes into your LinkedIn profile.

Is this the end of our government? Russia kind of hopes so, although they were aiming at President Hillary’s government. They are working hard to get it right the next time, one way or the other.

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Is David Waldman’s refrigerator fixed? Who knows? He teased us the entire show, but it all ended on a cliffhanger. Come back tomorrow for an answer!

Greg Dworkin lets us know that some people are just morons and there’s nothing we can do about it. Maybe they just want to piss us off. Whatever. Many of those people will never change. The good news is there aren’t a lot of them, and some of them might even tip someday—at least enough to tip elections. Donald Trump has been inspirational to our side, which a lot of Democrats, and Republicans knew was going to be the case. But, is Donald the problem, or a symptom of a broken Republican Party? Well, we all have him now, for a while.

Americans trust James Comey Over Trump, natch. Comey did nothing wrong as a former official and everything right as a whistleblower

Barron couldn’t find his “I’m with stupid” shirt for moving day to the White House. It’s a high bar, but Ivanka is now the most emo Trump. Julius Caesar is depicted as a fat old white guy. Who would mess around with Shakespeare to make a comment on present day life?

Will Congress stay up late to get their homework done?

D.C. and Maryland are suing Trump for accepting payments from foreign governments. The DOJ lawyers are taking the other side. Maybe $10,000 is steep, but if you really need a room...

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David Waldman finishes out Infrastructure Week with an appeal for funding.  You aren’t just paying for the basics here.  David and the rest of the fab four of KITM, Greg Dworkin, Armando and Joan McCarter bring you specific expertise and knowledge you just won’t find anywhere else. Be a KITM groupie today!

Donald got his phone back, and tweets a thank you to that lying perjuring leaker James ComeyArmando calls in to give the legal perspective on Trump councel counsil counsel’s strategy for the Predisent President. Jeff Sessions may have had a third undisclosed meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Qatar is getting a lot of attention for a place Trump might not have heard about until recently. Even though Donald’s probably a big fan of their government, Qatari won’t be eating beautiful Mar-a-Lago cake anytime soon.

Jon Ossoff is in the lead for the GA special-election with a couple weeks to go! While you’re helping there, call some senators, and help fix the secret back-door Trumpcare situation, even as Republicans stumble over every (predictable) reconciliation obstacle.

Next week’s scandal: Rep. Chris Collins bragged about the money he’s making for members of Congress with his insider stock tips!

 

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Why can’t we quit obsessing over this Comey thing, which is just distracting us from… wait. We are paying attention to the thing we’re supposed to today! Yay!

Yes, history is happening live right now—but you need to listen to David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Armando work this over first. We are on our way to getting to the bottom of this, although there may be no bottom to the lowness. The scandal is what’s already known, it’s just the details to fill in now. Whatever bombshells Comey drops today, they'll have a tough time competing with what we already know about Trump and Russia.

Of course the President, now totally vindicated, can move on. The Right wishes we could move on, but the Alt-Right can’t move at all because their head is spinning from so much winning. Still, there are some that call Donald Trump a huge loser, including Russian sex workers, and the former Miss Hungary

Let’s move on to the upcoming Qatar-Russia-Turkey-Saudi-Flynn-Lewandowski-Trump scandal, shall we? Throw in Trump’s new FBI director director pick Christopher Wray, who has Russian ties of his own… why not Chris Christie too? Oh, and remember Jared Kushner, with his secret channel to Putin, similar to Michael Flynn’s illegal channel to the Russian Military

Speaking of Russians, Senator Mark Warner reveals that more state election systems were targeted by them.

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Correspondent Donald Trump, quoting a senior White House official, got the scoop on everyone today. It’s big news, and would normally be the biggest news, probably leading to the hugest news, but right now is just debris in the winds of chaos. Donald Trump thrives in chaos. Chaos is his normal. Greg Dworkin describes this paradox today.

Trump chaos has spread around the world. Rex Tillerson gets the message. Bob Corker is now seeing Trump’s world trip as less than perfect. Four top law firms turned down requests to represent TrumpSadiq Khan 2020!

So, why is there support anywhere for this chump? Because the people they trust support him. Greg describes “Permission Structures”, one of which David Waldman erects in his front yard every couple of years. Republicans vote Republican no matter how much Republicans make them cry. For some, Democrats aren’t even people. Luckily, not everybody is them. Most Trump voters were not working class. Trumpism is ideology, not class

Trump aides’ idea,“Help Russia, ask for nothing back” sure won’t go over well with the boss. Donald asked Dan Coats to get Comey off his back. Meanwhile commercials want to sell you against Comey. Senate Republicans are closer than ever to repealing Obamacare—or at least to be seen trying to.

Joan McCarter agrees that Senate Republicans are either close to or far away from Obamacare repeal. Ready or not, Mitch McConnell is going to push Trumpcare. To warm up the crowd in Cinci, Trump took health insurance away from 13,000 Ohioans. Republicans are ready to destroy Medicaid and deny the dreams of millions. Eric Trump is pretty dumb, but the dumbest thing he ever did was let his dad near anything he didn’t want corrupted. Joan & David try out search engines, and find out that Google is indeed gamed.

A senior executive in DOJ’s Executive Office for Immigration Review hits the ground running in his efforts to make the swamp swampy.

British society is unarmed, and therefore impolite, as demonstrated by the Millwall fan rudely interrupting terrorists.

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And, yes we have a Reality Winner!

That’s all I got, all of the good jokes are already taken.

David Waldman catches you up on Ms. Winner, the incredible sloppiness of The Intercept’s care for their resources, and most importantly, the Russian hacking that our friend Vlad assured us wasn’t happening.

Remember D-Day? Unless the D is for Donald, this moron doesn’t. Armando calls in and reminds us that we really have to fix this Donald Trump problem. Armando has several topics to discuss on Qatar, #1 is: how do you say Qatar? Trump wants you to look! At! Qatar! Saudi Arabia told Trump they’d take a hard line on funding terrorists, and they are sure reallocating resourcesThe $110 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia is fake news, but they did send over $270,000 to the Trump DC Hotel, and they gave Donald a big necklace, which everyone knows is finders keepers, except for the nasty bureaucrats in Washington. Trump doesn’t keep track of things like “foreign cash”, so it is up to Democrats and the “Seven Member Rule” to discover what’s going on. This rule was news to David, so it is probably news to you—but not for our combined storehouse of knowledge at Daily Kos!

To understand Trump, we might have to learn to speak flimflam.

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Welcome to week 20 of Presidential Apprentice, and the 23rd round of the Donald Trump National Golf Tournament, David Waldman calls the shots:

Is today the day Donald Trump finally became president? No, but it is about time to get alarmed.

Greg Dworkin helps us figure out who the good guys are. Trump’s national security team thought he might be on someone’s side but his own. Of course they were wrong. Trump is on the stupid side, and stupid is winning. Trump doesn’t trust climate scientists, once he had a golf date rained out. The Associated Press doesn’t trust Trump to report the news. The Gop plan on you not trusting the media. What source is “official” anymore? Britain is not “under siege” or “reeling” and doesn’t need us to panic.

Trump trails Obama by 55 points, so it is understandable to miss Barack now, but please don’t interview another poor Ohioan. Donald has caught Comey-mania early, but is unlikely to prevent its spread through executive privilege. Ivanka Trump’s lazy, disingenuous, shallow, self-involved political brand is still going strong

Armando thinks it’s a good time to invest in tar, feathers and rails to run Trump out on. One of the last legit places to give Donald Trump a loan, The Deutsche Bank, ignored a U.S. Trump/Russia query from the U.S. House Financial Services Committee

If you really need a reason to start panicking, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, and Bahrain are cutting ties to Qatar, and Qatar is deploying 1,000 ground troops to fight in Yemen. So, who wants Trump to mistrust QatarSaudi Arabia's rulers threatened to make it easier for terrorists to attack London unless corruption investigations into their arms deals were halted.

Coming up this week on KITM: An exploration into the myth of the kindly General Lee.  And—how the Trump-Russia data machine games Google to fool Americans. Now, you can’t google it to find out more, you need to tune into us!

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It’s getting harder and harder to adequately address the number of daily headlines that are legitimate outrages. But Greg Dworkin manages quite nicely with his roundup, and even draws Armando into the mix again today. Trump prepares to ignore the worldwide phenomenon, which some believe is a hoax, and withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate change agreement, abdicating America’s leadership role in global affairs. Meanwhile, Rep. Tim Wahlberg (R-MI) is relying on another worldwide phenomenon, which some believe is a hoax, to save us. Believe me, the world can see what Trump’s doing. And what he’s not. That much I can tell you.

Will Republicans who call him out pay a price at the polls? How about loyalists in marginal & shifting districts? Or does the post-Brexit experience of the fringe-right indicate a different outcome? Speaking of which, Nigel Farage has made the FBI’s list in the Trump-Russia investigation. And speaking of that, James Comey is set to testify next week. Armando chimes in on the complicated question of whether Trump can invoke “executive privilege” to stop him. Meanwhile, “recused” House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes is meddling again, this time unilaterally issuing subpoenas without informing committee Dems.

In health care legislation news, who owns the problems now? The Gop, by an almost 40-point margin. But LOL YOLO, nothing matters. Unless it does.

Trump grifters exploit yet another target, this time the families of victims of crime Trump built his immigration rhetoric around. And yet another central tenet of the campaign is smashed as Trump grants ethics & lobbying waivers to his entire WH senior staff, yet avoids naming names. And if you’re using the First Amendment to spill the beans, Trump’s got a Fourth Amendment surprise for you.

Thinking of deferring taxes on your vast wealth until Republicans slash rates? Turns out you’re pushing us past the debt ceiling quicker than expected. Hope that doesn’t cause you any problems.

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Donald Trump’s trip was a disaster; a nearly perfect catastrophe for the U.S. and Europe, the world laughs at us, mocks us, and distances itself from us. No wonder White House communications director Michael Dubke is getting out before anyone finds out he works there. How does Hope HIcks do it? Good thing Hope has Donald to help her out of this mess.

Trump experiences life through the windshield of a golf cart. Donald Trump also cheats at golf. We somehow accepted that, but the rest of world has learned to not only distrust Trump, but to distrust a country capable of electing Trump. Armando is David Waldman’s guest to discuss whether Trump’s European visit has destroyed America’s 70+ year relationship with Europe. The Russians seem to have collected 'derogatory' information about Trump and associates during campaign. Jared Kushner might have heard of Russian generosity when he wanted to set up the secret back channel to solve the Syrian crisis, create world peace or something, he doesn’t remember, he had his boy take care of it.

James Comey acted on Russian intelligence he knew was fake. Steve Bannon is faking out Donald on the Paris accord.

The Gop gives the pink slip to the blue slip as another governing norm gets swept away.

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A live Memorial Day KITM today, mostly because one can’t look away for a minute from this car wreck, when this car just keeps wrecking. So, today you can catch up on the latest with David Waldman and Greg Dworkin while you watch a parade, or have your staff lay out champagne popsicles... but remember to remember.

Even as a victorious, triumphant Donald Trump returned home to fight his greatest enemy—and all of his supporters—and all Republicans, our European allies found themselves having to figure out what to do for their own defense. Angela Merkel decided Europe “really must take our fate into our own hands,” which of course means taking it out of the United State’s hands.

Do we really want a President Pence? No, but first thing’s first. When will the New York Times admit to its 2016 election coverage errors?

Donald Trump and Jared Kushner are CEO and COO of the destruction of America. Whoa, what’s that smell? Oh, it’s the stench of Jared Kushner’s treason. Jared is in it as deep as Donald, maybe deep enough to encourage him to return to a quiet life of slum-lording, and get away from super-geniusing for a while. Who is the the real string-puller behind Trump? Is Kushner the true Wunderkind/Verräter of the operation? What can we really believe about Kushner? David delves further into the Jared Kushner Russia-social media connection, and Russia’s social media war on America. This backgrounder on Kushner is so extensive, even David’s 8th grade English teacher is covered. 

Eventually, everyone related to a Trump is going to hop on the Trump gravy train. What? The Trump coat-of-arms is FAKE?

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David Waldman will probably do a Memorial Day KITM. Maybe he’ll record it, maybe the show will be live, who knows what David will do—the guy is as wild and free as the wind. One thing is certain: you will be stuck in traffic or forming burgers somewhere happy to tune into fresh illumination of the craziness around us… and by the way, there’s a new show today too!

Donald Trump, no one has been an uglier American in all history, believe me, is more than just a dumb baby, he is a national embarrassment. Der Spiegel (not The Speagle) pleads with us to get rid of Donald Trump

Of course Jared Kushner is the subject of an FBI investigation. I-told-you-sos are pouring in from everywhere, including KITM. David talks about how Kushner is now a focus in the Russian investigation, but concentrates in detail on Kushner’s casual corruption of basing his millions on squeezing pennies from people that need every penny to survive.

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Greg Gianforte picked just the worst time to “body slam a reporter (artist interpretation). Now he’s got Kagro in the Morning's attention. David Waldman and Greg Dworkin tag-team this jabroni:

It would be petty to think Fox news would cover for Gianforte, but quite prescient. Fox and Friends do attempt to come to the rescue, but eventually the Fox reporters standing right there had to say something.

It’s not just Montana men who need to be tough like Gianforte. It might seem like a high-school mindset, but when you’re a member of Congress, you accept this is the life you picked. You might go to jail, even worse, you might lose support… or votes. Yet another reason for the Gop to fret. Rick Wilson connects the rise in violence to the drive for fascist authoritarianism.

There’s more real and metaphorical wrestling matches in the news. Democrats would think they have the clear upper hand on healthcare. And, it looks as if critics of the GOP Health Care Plan were right all along. It even makes Freedom Caucus members cry a little to take insurance away from millions. But, what to think about people that consider it a good thing to reduce federal support for health coverage by $993 billion over 10 years? Here’s how the new healthcare bill confirms the asymmetry of the parties.

The good news remains all of the bad news for Republicans. Voters see Trump abusing his powers. Here is a chart showing that abusing power is the only way Trump knows how to work. It appears James Comey fell for Russian bad intelligence, leading him to screw up the Clinton email investigation. Top Russian officials discussed how to influence Trump aides last summer.

The Trumps only seek counsel from hugest, most beautiful Rabbis, yet none of those gave Jared and Ivanka permission to fly on Shabbat.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will be another person disappointed by the thickness of Trump’s skull.

David catches us up on the Mar-a-Lago-underage-sex-abuse-club-fiasco.

Inconsistency in handling child gun deaths increase the agony of survivors.

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Trump figures he hit a home run. As Donald would put it... he touched the “Middle East”, and “The Jews”, and is now rounding third towards home (where he can be tagged out). David Waldman calls the play by play.

Greg Dworkin gives us a preview of all that’s waiting for Trump. The Gop is looking at nine months of failure, meanwhile the Democratic party is busy metamorphosing—while still remembering what they stand forflipping Republican seats.

Mitch McConnell remembers what Dems stand for, and isn’t interested. Almost everybody, including some Republicans, are becoming less interested in what Mitch stands for—which is destroying the lives of poor Republicans.

Ivanka doesn’t moderate Trump; she sells him to moderates. Melania and Ivanka wore veils to meet the Pope, but not headscarves in Saudi Arabia. Their base (Conservative Russians) probably appreciates this. Anyhow, Melania can’t let Donald get any ideas when she is forced to hang around with him. The Pope wishes he could dress more defensively.

Trump gave away the position of two nuclear submarines while talking to murderous dictator Rodrigo Duterte. Greg outs British intelligence agent James Bond with an anecdote revealing his code name.

If it’s Wednesday, it’s Joan McCarter day! This Wednesday is also CBO day. Joan tells us what to look for in the upcoming CBO score. It is now President Mulvaney destroying the U.S., which isn’t to say that Trump is not a liar that hates his own voters, because he is. The Gop is full of lying haters, those like Mitch McConnell just don’t broadcast that. Paul Ryan blames a $2,000,000,000,000 math error on his budget. The media completely misses how Social Security is being cut. Trump sabotage is the “single most destabilizing factor in the individual market”. Was John Boehner the hero that talked Donald Trump out of shutting down the government?

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David Waldman has touched the orb, and understands. 1:58 of today’s KITM is ALL GLORY TO THE GLOWING ORB… rounding out the show:

The recent bombing in Manchester, England is truly a developing story, and you’ll be hearing a lot more details throughout the day. Here is a guide of things to remember and consider when big news breaks. Here is a guide to spotting fake news on the Manchester bombing. Donald Trump announced that the bombers were “Evil Losers”. Here is a guide to what Donald Trump means when he says “evil” or “loser”.

The Trumpshambles continue abroad. Donald just wanted to hold hands, Melania wishes she had a rolled up newspaper. Donald spent 15 minutes of his photo op time at Yad Vashem. Bannon and Priebus figured that if someone can’t get a DC country club membership, they aren’t worth visiting.

Maybe Donald can work on driving out the Alt-Reich when he returns to the U.S. Mike Pence can work on understanding and empathizing with people that disagree with him. Maybe colleges could be more picky when choosing commencement speakers. There are good ones to choose from. For instance, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who recently gave a great speech on U.S., and Confederate history.

Also in the news, Donald P. Trump tried talking senior intelligence officials into publicly denying his Russian collusion, and Rod Rosenstein might have let it slip that he may have been witness to a crime. Also in probably fake news, the girl in the Anthony Weiner sexting case could have lied to damage Hillary Clinton, but apparently didn’t.

Rachel of Irreverent Testimony sends us a dispatch from Colorado: the local angle on the wide-ranging story on the insidious work of the Bradley Foundation to steer policy hard to the right in our state legislatures. A reminder of the interlocking world of right-wing “charitable” foundations, which we’ve explored before, but that deserves a second look.

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David Waldman reports that Donald Trump has only reached the middle of his Worldwide Victory Tour, yet now seems to have gotten as sick of winning as we are. He might get his second wind soon… after all people know to give leaders the respect they deserve over there. Trump goes to Israel to make the Middle East peaceful, or heads will roll, believe me. 

Greg Dworkin makes time, even on his birthday, to round up and abbreviate punditry.  

The world says get rid of Donald Trump; Donald Trump tends to agree. The US doesn’t like him, but odds are he’s sticking around awhile. As the Republican base slowly erodes, do Democrats have a plan for 2018? Do they have a plan ever

The Republicans learn from history, because that’s where all the good excuses areWhat did the Vice President not know and when did he not know it?

Pick your poison—conspiracies are popping up left and right.

Firing that “nut job” Comey cheered up the Russians, but it looks as if the heat is still on. Maybe Jared didn’t fire him soon enough. Jared Kushner saved untold billions in the weapons sale to the Saudis. No, really, no one is going to tell you how much was saved, or what it cost. Kushner will never tell you a thing. You aren’t going to find out how many lobbyists Trump hired either.

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Week 18 of The Presidential Apprentice closes with Trump jetting off to the Middle East and Europe, carrying the contagion of infantilism, inattention, low energy and dysfunction with him. (Jared & Ivanka are along for the ride, allegedly with special dispensation.)

We’re coming to grips with the Comey firing, the appointment of a special counsel, and what it all means. But first, Trump & team are spending their precious time plotting revenge: by accusing Obama of being the real leaker of intel to Russia! Got it? Good. Now, here’s what you need to read, in rough order of complexity, in order to discuss the scope of the investigation(s).

In related news, Jason Chaffetz is putting away his subpoena crayons, and Devin Nunes still has his hands in the cookie jar.

Speaking of half-assing it in the House, they might end up having to vote on Trumpcare all over again, rendering statements by the White House and Ryan’s office inoperative.

Lots of speculation about why Trump’s so loyal to Flynn, lately. But this is the topper! I hope!

One last entry for weekend reading: Time’s “Inside Russia’s Social Media War on America.”

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With Joe Lieberman rumored as the summer replacement host of Kagro in the Morning, one would expect David Waldman to be coasting, but no—he still packs every bit of scandal and intrigue TrumpCo can generate into today’s solid two hour broadcast.

Roger Ailes had a rough time in the last few months, but it’s all smoothing out for him now. You think Roger had it rough? Donald always has it roughest. Robert Mueller, pronounced Mole-er, doesn’t have witch hunting experience, but seems qualified for his new job as Donald Trump’s worst nightmare, and James Comey’s friendThe Senate Judiciary Committee requested any memos, or “tapes” from the Comey-Trump meetings. Greg Dworkin assures us that even as things move at government speed, they are heading in the right direction. Flynn, Manafort can clear their calendars right now. Michael Flynn stopped the military plan Turkey opposed—after being paid as its agent. The Trump team knew that Flynn was under investigation before they hired Flynn.

Although Hope Hicks assured us that nothing untoward was happening with Russia, it looks like something untoward did happen at least 18 times. Just ask House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy how Russian money flowed before the election, and he will tell you—until Paul Ryan ixnays on the Roosky daes. Remember that Mike Pence is complicit, and Jared Kushner’s a baddie too. Jared was a good brother and was protecting his sister’s money. His worth might be in steep decline, but you can still buy Donald Trump if you act soon. Trump’s first foreign trip should fix things right up...

A think tank disinvites Steve Bannon when they realize he sullies their reputation for “thinking”.

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David Waldman’s refrigerator is broken. Is your refrigerator running? If so, more Americans would vote for it over Trump... Before his appliance troubles, David would eat avocado toast three, four times a day, which sure adds up. So consider a donation to either Patreon or Square Cash. Quick!

Greg Dworkin cuts through the chaos to point out that all the chaos is baffling the public less and less, even amongst the hard core Trumpists, who are beginning to slip into the enthusiasm gap. The Health Care bill already has the house in play, but now impeachment is becoming a winning Democratic issue. Republicans need votes too, so Trump’s protective wall is beginning to crack. Jason Chaffetz’s subpoena pen is starting to rise in anticipation. Of course, most polling occurred before news of the Comey Memo, and of course Trump’s overseas fiascos. Fox talkers are sooo bored with all of this, and anyhow they need to tune up for “Nearer My God to Thee”. Vlad throws in the anchor.

Today Armando came to praise Greg, not to dispute him. What will it be, impeachment or the 25th amendment? Trump’s exceptional dealings with Russians continue to grow.

Joan McCarter discusses the three exits Republicans are running for: “Trump is a victim”, “Trump is an idiot”, or “Trump is king”. Intelligence Trump leaked to Russians came from Israel, so maybe he should have checked his itinerary first. Looks like it will be a family trip, then.

Donald threatens to ruin Mitch and Paul’s lifetime chance to ruin things, but not if their love holds strongso Democrats have one choice: Shut. It. Down.

KITM welcomes WRFZ 106.3 Rochester NY, Rochester Free Radio to our radio lineup! But, before you run away from the internet to turn on your radio, check out 5calls.org, and MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD.

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SCANDAL! On Today’s KITM, David Waldman explores Jimmy Fallon’s recent revelation: Donald Trump might have plagiarized the commencement speech from “Legally Blonde”. It's hard picturing Donald recovering from this one!

Also in the news, Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador, destroying decades of intelligence infrastructure, killing agents in the field, and handing untold advantages to our enemies, which he has the absolute right to do. Trump might not understand “leak” or “loyalty”, but he knows his rights. He was building a better relationship between the United States and Russia, and knows that sometimes you have put in a little extra to impress your new cool friends, even if it means having to ditch the nerds you used to hang with.

Israel was the source of secret intelligence that Trump gave to Russians. BTW, Trump will visit the Western Wall, without Netanyahu.

KITM Texas correspondent John R. gives us the good and the bad of finding a swarm of Texas Democrats vying for two Republican seats in the U.S. House.

Here is the story of a slave, owned by Americans, in modern times, and how domestic slavery can exist easily in our culture.

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David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Armando return to today’s KITM, to tell us more about Comey, Russia, and the latest in Spirit Cooking.  

But first, over to the Bahamas, where Donald Trump needs to choose between Chinese investors, and the United States. An easy decision—what has the US done for him recently? Catchy tunes though. Why can’t we do something like that? Trump had been hoping to work his way up to an opportunity to shake hands with The Big Boss, but was sad to see Russia’s lack of honesty. After all, if you can’t trust the Russians, whom can you trust? Trump is now preparing a certified letter attesting to no Russia ties. (Don’t sign for it, because then it’s on you.) James Comey would have seen Donald’s innocence, if only he completed his Russia/Trump investigation.

The base still backs Donald Trump, AKA the inventor of Keynesian economics and fluid dynamics. Donald did not come up with the idea of firing James Comey. That was Fox & Friends. Why was Comey fired, really? More importantly, how did Trump do it? Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is too humble to say so, but he is a key player in all of this. This looks like a job for Jason Chaffetz!

This Comey stuff will not make it any easier on Republicans in their town halls. Some will take it all in stride, like Tom MacArthur for instance. Oh wait, no, down he goes.

Looks like Trump will now have to crack down on voter fraud.

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Guess what today’s topic was on KITM. Yes, there was a little bit on Bernie Sanders and John Kasich, but for the most part David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Armando decided today would be the day to address the recent firing of James Comey. Catch this show, and catch up, before whatever Donald does this PM to get you distracted.

Greg rounds-up Yates and Flynn and Comey, oh, my! Is Trump the new dumber Nixon? Yes! Will the law answer to the president or the president to the law? For the last week Donald Trump had been screaming at the TV and underlings in a different way than usual, a sign that this quiet introspective President might turn against the very Orc that put him in power, and the one that would stand up to him. Now, as Roger Stone tries to get attentionfederal prosecutors issue grand jury subpoenas, Republican Barbara Comstock calls for an independent investigation, and Marco Rubio stands very still hoping people will walk by, what should the Republicans do? What should the Democrats do? Mitch McConnell figures a new Russia investigation would get in the way of him getting in the way of investigating RussiaDianne Feinstein has a different opinion, and will invoke the two-hour rule to shut down the Judiciary hearing this morning. At this rate, hearings for FBI director Omarosa will take forever. That’s it, U.S. Census Bureau director John H. Thompson is out of here.

In turbulent times as these, you can take solace in knowing that unpaid Trump staff Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner got their rent reduced to $15,000 per month.

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Sally Yates may or may not have smacked many gobs yesterday, but she kind of freaked Donald out, and that’s a good sign. Trump quickly withdrew his panic, as he’s one of those “cards close to the vest” kinds of guy. Trump actually isn’t at all opaque, yet somehow he manages to be incredibly dense. Sally Yates told him about Flynn. Obama told Trump about Flynn… and Donald thought he was joking.

What do you know, Comey’s testimony on Huma Abedin forwarding emails was “inaccurate”.

Sure the Senate can work something out with the House on Trumpcare. Short term wins probably look good to all of the Gop right now. Hundreds of Haitian Disney workers could be deported under the Trump administration. The white working class favor a path to citizenship for immigrants. It was cultural anxiety that drove white, working-class voters to Trump.

David Waldman explores “blue slips” and how two beats one or zero. Traditions are for saps.

Kushner towers in New Jersey wanted a tax break, but the local Mayor said it "doesn't work for us."

Jimmy Kimmel assumed that caring for the health and safety of children would be in all human nature, but finds that when you assume, alt-right a-holes can’t help but show up

Bob Owens, almost author of The Deplorables Guide to Guns demonstrated the efficacy and convenience of firearms for those with even a fleeting interest in suicide.

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Here we are into the way-too-many week of Presidential Apprentice...  While we wait for Donald to go on hiatus and the entrance of special guest President Mike Pence, David Waldman and Greg Dworkin catch us up on how the cool countries handle these things. It was Macron vs. Le Pen, and in the end the center held firm—also they oppose fascism. France held its election on the weekend, because they like voters there. France will now get back to business, hopefully without much self-distraction.

Back in the New World,  House Republicans go off the cliff, with their heartless health-care vote tied around their neck. They didn’t want to be in power anyway, so their loss of power should be welcome news, but still they would rather not talk about it. Unless you are interested in hearing lies, then they can talk. By the way, you’d never catch them drinking Bud Light.

Today the Gop is busy checking off their Sally Yates lies. (Note: some don’t like Axios.) They have to get through the lie list quickly, because Yates is due in committee this afternoon to straighten a few things out. Sally Yates doesn’t care who you are. Barack told Trump so.

Back to Trump Co. news. Even the dumbest Trump will tell you they get all the money they need from Russia, but the Trumps could always use more money. So, one day after Donald extended the EB-5 visa program, Jared Kushner’s sister picked up some quick quid-pro-quo selling investor visas to Chinese. Don’t blame the Office of Government Ethics about Ivanka Trump, no one asked them. Trump knows where you live.

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Quick—listen to today’s KITM right now, because Zombie Trumpcare might be advancing yet again, and you’ll need to review all of the information David Waldman presents, with the help of Greg Dworkin and Armando to reach the required quantity of insight and outrage to handle your day.

Why is the Gop leadership intent on walking their caucus off a cliff? Don’t they see this is a career-ending mistake? Their bill Is an abdication of responsibility and a moral disgrace. New horrible things are revealed daily: A provision to defund Planned Parenthood, the strangling of special education, the physical endangerment of every American—all added to secure additional Republican support. And all of this, even before the CBO score is known.  

Sure, the Republicans are hypocritical, double-dealing, incompetent and think even their supporters are idiots, but what are YOU going to do about it? Call your representatives, or better yet, become one!

How’d we get into this mess? Well there’s James Comey, and that letter he sent to Congress on Oct. 28. There is also the press, who have a weird problem with Hillary Clinton. Keep the media accountable. Even George Will will tell you there is something wrong with Trump, and even Democrat Jon Ossoff is getting big Republican support in Georgia.

 

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With the help of his friends, David Waldman got a breather today. Not a big enough breather to hit the links at his local historical monument though. (You’d think Andrew Jackson would have known better than to lead his troops across a golf course...) But why was there the Civil War?

Greg Dworkin rounds up the news of how our Clown in Chief, who says our country needs a good “shutdown”. (Trump knows his history.) Jimmy Kimmel pulled heartstrings and pushed buttons when he said he was happy that his son was alive. What sort of person could oppose Kimmel’s plea? Some Republicans are just learning about the Kimmel side of the story, and hope their Senate pals can help them out. Maybe a little amendment will help this blow over, but probably not, especially when it makes it worse for everybodyPersonal bankruptcy filings plummeted after Obamacare.

Trump gives us a preview of next year’s Pence administration. Laughing is no longer a laughing matter. Maybe Hillary and Donald can join forces to take out their common enemy? The chief enemy of the Trump administration is everyone else in the Trump administration.

Joan McCarter longs for the days when Joe Namath looked pretty, and knew when to speak. Before Marco Rubio came along to raise Obamacare premiums and mess up people’s lives. Now, a single Iowan has healthcare that costs $1 million per month, while Iowa’s last insurer selling individual health policies exits. Paul Ryan is fast-tracking Zombie Trumpcare to those suckers in the Senate, with the aim of eventually screwing Blue States.

 

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Did you know that when information passes through Donald Trump on its way to American public, a few kernels of factual truth will sometimes emerge comparatively intact? Never one afraid to get his hands dirty, David Waldman rolls up his sleeves and sifts through Donald’s latest in today’s KITM. Donald Trump’s ideal, Andrew Jackson, has a somewhat mixed legacy, so Trump’s admiration might be problematic... or completely expected.

Is Trump’s ideal America pre-Civil war, or just pre-1890? Maybe the stars represent approval points. Donald rescheduled his dreams to September, because he lost yet again. That’s because we won. Which means we can win again and again. David gives us a peek inside the spending agreement, before Joan McCarter comes in tomorrow and they talk about the politics behind it all.

Trump really doesn’t know what’s in his healthcare bill, which is OK, he won’t be getting it.  

Jared Kushner has all sorts of conflicts of interest issues, but doesn’t seem too worried about it for some reason.

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Did you decide to attend a Climate March this weekend? Wise choice! Today there are May Day marches—a good day for it, as it is May Day, which is also International Worker’s Day. Today is also Loyalty Day! Feeling loyal? Wanna send a little attestation our way? 

In an indication of his loyalty to you, David Waldman smeared a dollop of expired scallion cream cheese on his bagel and got behind the KITM microphone once again for another week of sh*tstorm duty. Sure, Fox is deeply, ludicrously, egregiously dishonest. But is Trump always lying also? Yep. Probably. But he could maybe just be stupidDonald Trump will tell you anything.

Greg Dworkin catches up from Friday and the weekend with an around-the-world round-up. Trump gets friendly with Philippine’s Rodrigo Duterte because nothing matters other than Trump.

Congress voted to keep the United States alive for a bit, although Trump’s tax cuts are going to hurt more than Reagan’s. Conservatives needed Russia as much as Russia needed them. New York Democrats are gunning for Trump’s state taxes. The Alt-Right is gunning for you, with guns.

David got last week’s Sebastian Gorka stories in the nick of time, as Gorka is “to accept a role outside White House”. His career change was inspired by the cessation of paychecks from his previous employer. Gorka isn’t the only alpha male sent yipping with his tail between his legs. Jim DeMint will be accepting a role outside the Heritage Foundation. Milo Yiannopoulos previously accepted a role outside of book deals and speaking/taunting engagements. He is attempting to return, in an quest to find a young protégé, ward, apprentice in the 13-15 year old range. Corey Lewandowski seemed to have accepted a role outside the White House, but he promises clients that he is still inside.

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Friday is David Waldman’s therapy day. David climbs into the mind and voice of Donald Trump (with maybe just a touch of Carl Spackler) for the whole first half of KITM. Tune in to join in his primal rant:

Donald loved his previous life. He had so many good things going. He thought playing President would be even easier than playing “Trump”, but no it wasn’t. Trump thought he didn’t have to work because was so smart. He knew he was so smart because he got more money than all those others thinking they also were too smart to work. Actually, over 100 days Donald’s scam worked about as good as it always has... It is just all that extra stuff that wears him down.

Lazy scammers attract more lazy scammers. Here’s the story of Ari and Heather Rinkus, big players in the Mar-a-Lago territory. Sebastian Gorka wanted to peddle snake oil in Hungary, but now that he’s hooked up with Trump his market has expanded.

Don’t waste time sharing your anal probe stories with petty local officials! Not when there are federal agents standing by at 1-855-48-VOICE!

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Greg Dworkin, M.D., advocate, activist, and budding foley artist, aspires to be a Senate procedural expert. If you do too, today’s KITM is a great place to start! David Waldman leads today’s “Understanding the Tax Reform Process” seminar touching on the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, which contains the Byrd Rule, which brings a sunset provision to when the reconciliation process can and cannot be used, which is all very interesting for those interested in playing by the rules

Donald Trump has no particular intention to follow or not follow rules. He’ll do what we make him do, eventually, or just change the rules. Greg rounds up the stories of us Trump wranglers. Then there are the Trump supporters, ruining America for all of us. You can damage your brain reading what they say they believe, or just cut to the chase with Armando. Honestly, some of them are idiots. Lucky for us Democrats are all smart and unified.

The Trump Tax Plan is so well written, it can fit on a single sheet of toilet paper

Is Ivanka really, officially setting up a bribery fund, or not quite officially? Is Donald really breaking up the 9th circuit court, or in his dreams? Is he bored with blowing up North Korea? Is he terminating NAFTA, or maybe not? Is this an f***ing game? Wait—is the Troll Administration’s 4 Chan staffers maybe pulling our leg for… the LULZ? The entire Senate sits on a whoopee cushion. Justice John Roberts has no sense of humor.

Physicians show interest in the health of their patients.

Jesse Watters takes some time off to be with his family, if they haven’t already left him for a better microphone.

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NAFTA, taxes, health care, sanctuary cities,  shutting down the governmentending  the world. Donald Trump doesn’t need 100 days to get those things done. He just needs the next couple.

For David Waldman, a regular guy with regular hands, all of this is too much to handle alone. Lucky for him, and us, Greg DworkinArmando and Joan McCarter join in today!

The “Why doesn’t somebody just say...” contingent sticks with Trump as that is pretty much Donald’s entire governing/management process.  Greg points out that particular cohort isn’t growing and is becoming less relevant anymore.

Trump fixed Trumpcare, and the Freedom Caucus is now behind it 100%, except for the Obamacare parts they are keeping for themselves. Anyhow, repealing Obamacare could violate international law. It pays to read the fine print. Insurers aren't falling for Trump's sabotage efforts, yet. Democrats are feeling a renewed vigor over Obamacare, as Trumpcare tanks.

Trump fixes taxes the way he always has, by not paying them. Like climate change, negative action now will reap even more negative consequences later. Trump's Obamacare sabotage threat could cost the government $2.3 billion next year. Republicans move forward with a spending bill that excludes Trump's new border wall funding. Trump has to have that wall now, although later will do.

Jesse Watters saw a bj on the internet once, and has an idea of what they look like. Chris Cillizza ’s Ivanka. Ivanka ♥’s rampant corruption.  David offers us 🌹.

Trump decides to hop on the worldwide bigotry bandwagon, but Armando and federal judges in Hawaii, Maryland, and California do not see this as a difficult decision. A judge sees the Sanctuary Cities Order as "clearly unconstitutional", Trump never liked the constitution anyhow. Soon he will hate conservative judges. Why doesn’t somebody just say...

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Alas, the fake media has not seen Humpty Dumpty change position on his WALL... yet. Give him time. He might decide to move it to the Wisconsin/Canadian border, once North Korea finally decides to pony up for it. In the meantime, here’s David Waldman’s collection of news and stories to enjoy and consider in between the times Donald blows something up. You know Trump is insane, right?

The Trump Wall is supposed to stop human trafficking etc, Donald definitely is aware of this problem, but he let one villain slip through his fingers. Tim Nolan might traffic some children, but he has loved a couple black ones to death, and occasionally dresses in Klan robes, so…

Ivanka wanted to talk about economic empowerment of women, not her dad groping them, nor how her new political power is part of her own economic empowerment. The Trump White House offers economic empowerment to many, if they know where to look for it. For instance, a donor’s son found opportunities waiting for him at NSC meetings in Venezuela. Trump condos could pose “potential conflict”—does Donald seem the guy to leave money on the table?

David gives us a taste of GunFAIL with a couple of stories: Columnist M.D. Harmon taught the finer points of proper gun-handling to a young man in his basement. After killing his wife, Tex McIver was told to remove all the guns from his house, including that one in his sock drawer.

KWWL doesn’t do “fake news” about Stand Your Ground, but it isn’t really “factual” either.

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Don’t you wish it was harder to find things to make fun of? Or, at least easier to find something rational to talk about in this world? Either way, David Waldman has you covered, for a couple of hours each day. By the way, Donald Trump is nucking futs. It’s just so hard not to stare, and almost impossible to look away. As we near 100 years days of this administration, Trump’s approval is at record lows, but isn’t that what makes him great?

If you really wanted eloquence and intelligence there was plenty to see at your local March For Signs. What’s so important about science? Greg Dworkin, at times an advocate and activist for science, tells us today is the day to act

Trump and his gang can’t shake down Mexico, so we’ll have to do. How much longer will bullying work? Was Trump elected due to the media’s compulsion for symmetry? Should the Democrats also consider the media the enemy?  

In France it’s Macron vs. Le Pen for this important week. Trump likes anti-semites, and their dads.

The media’s been pretty good to Bill O’Reilly. Fox has long been a sanctuary for wayward lechers… since maybe Steve Doocy, although some think it originated with Roger Ailes. Now, even dim-wit Sean Hannity is catching up. But no, that sticky trail leads across the ocean to The Beaverbrook Brothel, and Rupert Murdoch!

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David Waldman, author of “KITM: Art of the 3 figure Deal”, brings us the story of people who actually figured out how to really make it big in this business. It’s amazing what one can do when not burdened by the overbearing weight of excess scruples. David explores Media Matters’ report on how Breitbart.com is the communications arm of the Mercers' empire. Matthew Gertz’ tweet storm provides many more details.

Many can dream, but nobody can grift like a Trump. Germany catches Ivanka fever. Ivanka moonlights as various United States representatives while repping her wares.

What do you know? Jason Chaffetz is stepping down from Congress as early as Friday. Christina Wilkie at the Huffington Post is crowdsourcing an investigation into Trump’s inaugural donors and you can help!

This weekend you can follow Donald P. Trump’s twitter countdown/conniption to 100 days in office, or you can read up on a name you’ll soon be reading up on: Ezra Cohen-Watnick, bagman for Devin Nunes and pal of Michael Flynn and Jared Kushner.

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David Waldman has not yet divulged the broadcast location of KITM Worldwide’s summer headquarters, but it looks like Donald Trump is heading to New Jersey for his fun in the sun.

Greg Dworkin calls applesauce on how the American press covers Trump. It’s the narrative, stupid. Greg’s got your narrative right here. Trump remains bold, unpredictable, unpopular, and shockingly ignorant. Trump’s Armada dodge didn’t fool anyone. Reluctant Trump voters are becoming even less enthusiastic, especially on Trumpcare. Paul Ryan’s healthcare idea is about as old as he is. Some Republicans think they are approaching a deal, some think they are even further apart.

Hey, what was that recent Tax March about? Were they “pro-tax” or “anti-tax”? It seemed just ambiguous… Now what is the March for Science about? People might get the idea with these marches that Trump might be harmful in general.  

Jeff Sessions hasn’t got around to filling any of the US attorney positions he purged. Trump and Devin Nunes coördinated effort to manufacture an excuse for Trump’s tweeting is still causing some troubleJason Chaffetz and Nunes would rather throw themselves under the bus than have Trump do it.

The guy that recommended Rex Tillerson to Trump for Secretary of State must be pleased with his job performance so far. Putin’s government think tank drew up a plan to swing the election to Donald Trump. Why would the FBI ever suspect Carter Page was a Russian agent? The Trump family's worst scandal may be actually be China. China has got the Ivanka Fever.

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David Waldman is back—but his back isn’t. He threw that out a week ago. We can all smile through the pain today knowing Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter are here to help carry the KITM load.

The Trump Armada is being tracked by everybody in the world, but nobody told Donald. The USS Carl Vinson is not turning as fast as Trump’s whims. The supercarrier is named after Representative Carl Vinson, whom Greg assures us is a man as interesting and as real as Newton Minow. Also lost: Bill O’Reilly, though most people jumped that ship long ago. Speaking of jumping ship, bye to rat Jason Chaffetz

Greg reveals the contours of modern America, as Jon Ossoff almost closes out the competition in Georgia. Now we get a lot of panicked spin on the way to the run-off. The biggest winners in Georgia are the people pointing out that the biggest loser is Trump. So, other than new drapes and a judge, what has he got to show for his 100 days? Not much. The more Trump vacations, the more he profits.

Where might Democrats find the next Georgia 6? Trump’s Wisconsin win was an aftershock of the Great Recession. Two months in a row of 30 thousand retail jobs lost. As the jobless rate rises, so do drug overdoses. You connect the dots.

Joan tells us how House Republicans could force the government to shut down in the Senate over coal miners’ health benefits. The House wins an Obamacare lawsuit—a critical step in their goal to screw poor people. David and Joan discuss the lawsuit on Trump’s violation of the foreign emoluments clause.

But—all of the above distracts from Russia! Erik Prince is under investigation for money laundering, ties to Chinese intelligence, and brokering mercenary services, and Paul Manafort recently received loans from various Trump-tied businesses.

Going to a big march this weekend? If you see these guys, march over to a new spot.

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David Waldman goes it alone today—but for the price of admission, you also get David’s renowned “Donald Trump” impression, and his curiously similar “Jeff Session”. Enjoy all three!

Ivanka's company won approval for Chinese trademarks on the same day she dined with President Xi. A year ago news like that would be shocking. Today, it would be a kind of letdown to seeDaily Kos Radio Trump avarice pass on such an easy mark.

The British secret service, and Armando, and several others, have been saying that Donald Trump owes Russia for keeping him off the streets in 2008. Donald won’t say. He won’t tell you anything. But his taxes will be audited automatically every year. Thanks Dick!

Trump exceeds South Korea’s expectations, and intentions, with what’s-his-name over in North Korea.

Historically, when Fascists pop up, Anti-Fascists do too, and they are all coming to your next demonstration. David relates how Neil carries on the Gorsuch family ideology.

An FSU student’s new rifle accessories accidentally shot his friends. A bill to allow guns at colleges and in airports is rejected. The Steube vows to carry on.

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There was almost unbearable tension this weekend, watching the minutes tick by, waiting to see if today is the day we would become a stronger, bigger, better nation than ever before. Thank you Melania. Donald’s egg roll sucked. Korean War II is still coming, by the way.

David Waldman, always remaining in character, brings us week 13 of The Presidential Apprentice

Greg Dworkin rounds up this weekend’s resistance. Tax marchers marched in over a dozen cities. Republicans go to town halls to hate on Trump. Four takeaways from the recent town halls. Trump followers aren’t changing, but Trump voters do evolve. The Republican party would like you to give Donald a few more chances, as they take themselves hostage. Here are five hurdles to avoiding a government shutdown.

Corporate America is uniting on climate change, but not on Trump’s side.

Like Donald P. Trump, Paul Manafort has deep ties to Russia, and wants to get some with China.

Did historians miss the rise of deplorables? China did not plan on two crazy nit-wits.

 

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Still reading this? Great! There is a good chance you haven’t been vaporized yet! So what better time than Korean War II to catch a brand new pre-recorded KITM as David Waldman scoots his family off to an undisclosed location.

Donald Trump seems like he’s on vacation, but he’s hard at work making new crazy enemies and opportunistic friends. The Koch Brothers find their chance to move their troops into position.

If Republicans are so shackled to partisanship that they’ll follow Trump anywhere, maybe they’ll also elect a progressive millennial woman if she puts an (R) next to her name?

An Alabama Senator appointed by disgraced ex-governor Robert Bentley might be the next to lose his job. David sees similarities to the case of former Senator Roland Burris, appointed by disgraced ex-governor Rod Blagojevich. Burris thought he was a Senator and all, but In fact, he was not, and could not be unless he was administered the oath of office. This January, Oregon Democratic Rep. Kurt Schrader was elected, but could not serve until he was sworn in. Hey! The Senate could have confirmed Merrick Garland using that logic! Oh well.

A law professor comes out of retirement to save democracy.

 

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We lost last night—Yay! 2018 has got to start somewhere, and a Kansas loss is still great when we are heading in the right direction. Soon, it will be harder for Trump to lie his way out of upcoming elections. David Waldman and Greg Dworkin go over the election details, congratulating Daily Kos supporters for making this happen.

Donald Trump is the kind of a-hole that thinks about the upcoming miniseries depicting his presidency instead of his actual presidency. Ordering missile strikes while eating the most delicious chocolate cake might have impressed the president of ‘gina, but generally the American public remains unimpressed. Trump voters stick by him, but have the same goals as everyone, and will only forgive so long.

Well, of course there’s evidence Trump colluded with Russian intelligence. Paul Manafort picked up at least a million or so under the table.

”What have you done to make the Senate more Democratic?” is a question all Democrats should be asking.

Bill O’Reilly and his advertisers go on vacation, while they consider spending more time with their family…jk, Bill doesn’t have a family. David looks inside the old-school tabloid ‘brothel’ that gave birth to Rupert Murdoch.

Trumpcare is back and it’s still a total disaster.  Joan McCarter is back to tell us that Trump thinks Zombie Trumpcare is on track, but that's not the worst of his delusions. The Freedom Caucus and Club for Growth also are trying to kick some life into Trumpcare—again. Does Trump know his people are cooking up a tax plan that destroys Social Security? At least the Trump and Koch brothers have made nice.

Marion Correctional Institution’s computer recycling initiative a surprising success.

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David Waldman learns that he can’t turn his back on this Trump character for even a moment. David takes a long weekend and look what happened—Ivanka begs Daddy to give Syria a $100 million spanking. The problem is, Assad’s been around. Why would he pick such a conspicuously gruesome and photogenic tactic to employ at this time? It sure stumped Trump. Boy, you’d think someone could have foreseen this... Well, who knows what motivates people?

The CIA knew about Russia and Trump earlier than most knew. Spain is the new Trump/Russia story source. Yesterday it was Alexander Torshin, and Pyotr Levashov. Today, it’s Dmitry Firtash connected to Trump, Putin and Spain.

Someday an event will occur, transforming Donald into a President. Armando calls to talk egg rolling, and what it could mean for the nation. The Trumps also hosted a Seder not bothering to attend.

End of an Era: Trump Model Management is losing clients and shutting down. In other lechery, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley ended up even worse than anyone imagined, and is resigning.

United Airlines could have reaccommodated all of the other passengers on that flight, let that that one passenger keep the airliner after he was finished, and still be ahead of today.

An event did happen this weekend. One that did bring the nation closer, as so many of us joined together in sending David the #GunFAIL of the guy accidentally shooting himself at NRA headquarters.

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Wow, a whole bunch of things happened in the last few days! I know, right?

David Waldman is is ready to bring illumination and insight to all that—tomorrow. He’s on vacation today. Today you get a shiny new pre-recorded KITM, full of illumination and insight about other stuff.

For instance, Steve Bannon. He’s probably still around, although it is hard to tell… even Breitbart can’t say when he left them. The knives are still out for Bannon, his scam is getting unmasked, he continues to collect money for doing nothing, except making those lowlife connections, and introducing them to the Mercers. Bannon’s right-hand woman, Julia Hahn, follows in his shadowy footsteps, but seems much sweeter doing it.

David brings us the procedural politics feel-good story of the guy that made the 27th amendment happen—still the most recent amendment to The Constitution.

What’s at stake when the President alleges politics in intelligence and we run out of people to trust?

Think you are caught up on all of the entire Trump-Russia network? How about the Spanish connection with Trump’s Russia scandal?

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Sure, it’s easy to imagine what Stephen Bannon smells like, but it is much harder coming up with a reason for his existence. Whose hot tub did he ooze from, and why? In this pre-recorded KITM, David Waldman brings us a bit closer to the answer.

Today, Bannon is at the “tossing portmanteaus at the boss’ son-in-law” stage of his career. His choices are now quitting or being Fredoed. But back in the day he was hot stuff. 

Two reasons for his success are Robert and Rebekah Mercer.  In fact, those two are many of the reasons for his success. David checks out the new database of the Center for Public Integrity and its depiction of the web of financial ties between Bannon and the Mercers. Robert and daughter Rebekah brought us Reclaim New York, Cambridge Analytica, Donald Trump, etc., but why? David looks into the possible intentions of this eccentric billionaire cat lover to see where big self-involved money might take us.

 

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Today’s KITM will go down as one of the great podcasts in the history of our country. But wait until you hear what David Waldman’s got for Friday’s show! It is the origin story Stephen K. (G) Bannon, soon to go down in history… for going down in history. Bannon deserves to go away, getting rid of him is a wise choice, so of course that is not what is happening.

Greg Dworkin continues to accessorize his handsome new microphone, providing his dulcet voice and that weird little beep sound to us with a pristine clarity. Greg also provides us with the Trump supporter story to end all Trump supporter stories (hopefully). A Kentucky coal mining museum mines a rich vein of irony by switching to solar power. Eh, maybe we should be nicer to those folks sometimes. Will Republicans soon join us in wishing Hillary won?

We won’t have Devin Nunes to kick around anymore, for a while, sort of, while he decides if he’ll flip to the FBI. Don’t worry, they found worthy replacements for him. Armando calls in to talk about Greg’s wrongness on Nunes’ karma and fate so far. He is looking forward to future debates on Section 702

Can Republicans convince the Pottery Barn manager someone else dropped the Obamacare pot? Not if credible and poignant Democrats keep up the attack. Republicans love Obamacare too. And, most Americans oppose funding the border wallTrump is scrambling to roll back as many Obama-era regulations as he can before time runs out. Time could run out for everything April 28.

Trump blames Obama and Assad for the latest gas attack in Syria. Russia says “Oh yeah, you and whose army?”

Meanwhile, the Senate goes nuclear. McConnell listens to the voices, McCain wishes he didn’t do what he did. Frustration and concern overflow. Thanks!

So, This Guy has to turn over That Document. Milo and Katrina sit back and count their money.

In all of the hubbub, Donald Trump always focuses on the big picture.  Just remember, he always seems to find a way.

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David Waldman reports that the Turquoise and Scarlet-chested parrot are joining the Norwegian Blue in the bleeding choir invisible—yet another triumph of the Trump AdministrationLovely plumage though!

Greg Dworkin rounds up the polls and punditry with every one of his mellifluous tones intact, as they are now captured on a professional microphone, thanks to your generous donations!

Articles continue to be written about some sad folks pinning their hopes on Trump, but but he continues to fail, because Americans hate his agenda, and it’s based on lies.

Voting to confirm Neil Gorsuch won’t end the politicization of the courts, so what will? It looks like Neil Gorsuch is a plagiarist, as if that matters to anyone.

Trumpcare keeps rising from the dead, but ends up being worse and more unpopular each time, making single payer a stronger contender by the day. Most young Americans want their healthcare to look like Obamacare. Zombie Trumpcare is even more unlikely to get through the Senate than the original.

Joan McCarter calls in to discuss and analyze supreme court procedure with David. Jeff Merkley holds the Senate floor overnight to make the case against Gorsuch nomination, and to frustrate and concern Republicans. Republicans use “budget reconciliation” to destroy everything that has ever done anything good for most of us. Oh, and Trump signed away your internet privacy.

China’s president, and our, uh, president, are meeting at Mar-a-Lago over the weekend, and Chinese national embarrassment Guo Wengui could be there... Whose money does Donald love more?

Meanwhile, look at what Trump is doing to Iraq and Syria, if you can.

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Are you frustrated about Neil Gorsuch? Are you at Republican levels of frustration? Probably not, unless you are also frustrated about Merrick Garland, and all of the misinformation and obfuscation heading into the pretty inevitable invoking of the nuclear option this week.

David Waldman, no slouch on this particular subject, joins with Armando to discuss all things filibuster, and frustrating, where we are now and where it goes from here.

David also has to keep up with the expanding web of connections between Russia and Americans with ties to Trump, because there’s bound to be more tomorrow. The latest involves the United Arab Emirates arranging a secret meeting with Russia and the founder of Blackwater establish a back-channel line of communication between Putin and Trump!

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David Waldman begins another week, and another month of astute political observation. But first he has to pull himself away from this idiots tweets!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Greg Dworkin shows off his new microphone cable today. If you think that’s impressive, tune in to Wednesday’s KITM to hear his new microphone! Greg recommends Independent Lens’ documentary about the Sandy Hook School Shooting, “Newtown”, on your local PBS station tonight.

Has America's “Cult of Ignorance” brought about the death of expertise? If you want to be an expert, you need to practice, and practice requires finishing it that first time. What would the Elders of Zion say about all of this fake news?

The Los Angeles Times breaks it to us: We have a dishonest President, who lies all of the time. Trump’s Presidency—and life—have been based on an ethos of narcissism, lying and racism. It still does remain tough nailing down Republicans that list those as their core values however... although it is kind of easy to see them around.

Trump is finding few in the Gop willing to act like employees, which makes the Republican majority in Congress an Illusion. Don’t count out self-absorption and hypocrisy yet—there’s still plenty to keep Donald going. Does the media owe Trump a debt of gratitude? Andy Richter comes up short on the reach-out.

Donald Trump has a lot of important things to deal with, OK? His son-in-law can pick up the slack on the national end, and the international end, when he has time. But, maybe he’s the wrong businessman to reinvent government... unless the intent is to reinvent it as a kleptocracy. The Wallace Global Fund is sick of pretending, and sick of its own elite law firm.

Don’t be mad at our Bernie brethren! Evidence is mounting that most of the trolling during the primaries and election might have been Russian Bots!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hurrah for us! More of us are listening to KITM, and more of us is always a good thing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Forget Hope Hicks, how does Rhona Graff do it?

Direct download: March_27_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:44am EST

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

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

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

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

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

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

Direct download: March_24_2017_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:51am EST