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David Waldman is back! KITM has a lot to catch up on, so listen up: Paul Manafort continues to be connected to various Eastern European countries, and more surprisingly, continues breathing. He’s now hiding in Trump Tower, because patsies know the benefits of windows that don’t open. Manafort’s daughter passes blackmail notes, sympathy, condolences, and other “PR” on to Pops. Paul could hide elsewhere, but that would mean stepping onto the sidewalk.

Greg Dworkin is back! And he’s gathered a potpourri of corruption, incompetence, and regret, featuring a pungent whiff of treason. More and more Americans are convinced Donald Trump has what it takes to be a supervillain. The Trump Troubadour is now singing a different tune. Donald didn’t like a Hawaii lawmaker, so she became a Democrat.

After weeks, not months or years of gestation, Trumpcare goes for a vote. It’s coming up short on votes, because no one is sure what they are voting for. Republicans do agree on the goal of doing less for more people, because insurance is definitely cheaper when nothing is insured. Why deductibles would rise under the GOP health care plan.

If destruction is the destination, Trumpcare is already there. David tackles the details of what is coming up in voting and strategy.

Some Democrats rush to surrender to Trump while he is still around to lose to. Chuck Schumer joins the filibuster of Neil Gorsuch. While Gorsuch was testifying, the Supreme Court unanimously agreed he was wrong

Devin Nunes is finally having his name pronounced correctly, although his orange jumpsuit will only have a number.

Trump will be tweeting about that guy in London, but not this guy in Manhattan, who was a dapper fellow. Which is worse for Jews: threats by anti-semites-- or this?

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KITM is BACK and almost live today! His computer’s broken, so David Waldman recorded today’s show on his microwave, which will be transmitted right into your brain after just a tap of the button above.

As you well know, Trump Tower is wretched hive of scum and villainy. The FBI would be remiss in its duties had it not been watching it for years. By the way, Paul Manafort is one of Melania’s neighbors too, even if Sean Spicer lives far, far away. Trump Tower does seem to be a franchise, with the Russian elite investing nearly $100 million in Trump buildings in Southern Florida alone. The Feds are likewise interested in Russian investments into Stephen K. G. Bannon, Breitbart.com, InfoWars and their swarm of Twitter bots.

Two wrongs may not make a right, but what does? The Neil Gorsuch nomination creates an important test for Senate Democrats. David looks into how the Democratic Senate needs to stand up, because “serious backlash” is the only way to create limits, and keep any integrity in the system.

 

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KITM is laid up in the computer hospital today, so we bring you our episode from St. Patrick's Day 2016 while we convalesce.

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David Waldman is joined by Greg Dworkin, who reminds us “It’s the Supreme Court, Stupid.” President Obama chose “a serious man and exemplary judge”, D.C. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland. Why Garland? Why now? Republicans were really hoping they could Bork someone.

Of all politicians, Ted Cruz would probably be one of the most likely to have strange bedfellows.

PBS runs a story about how Donald Trump has helped create a Republican big tent that appeals even to white supremacists who don’t normally vote in elections. Trump heads to Cleveland, the place in the nation to go to for the latest in riot equipment and accessories. Five sheriff’s deputies suspended following the violent Trump rally in North Carolina. Doomed oh so many times previously, is Trump now finally heading to his yuge November doom?

Gun News Today: Good guy with a gun temporarily misidentified as bad, police funeral to follow. Yes, she can bring her concealed carry weapon with her on a playdate, but what idiot would make a playdate with her? Officer mansplains weapon safety too effectively for his colleague.

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Technical difficulties on both ends of the show kept things short today, but with Greg’s help, we had plenty of ground to cover. Trump’s failing presidency. The long fuse on the DonT Care bomb continues to burn. Conservative Dems look to stay relevant. Why does Steve King keep winning? Because his voters actually like his bigotry.

Robert Reich doesn’t, though. And nobody likes Muslim Ban 2.0. Trump’s “administration” continues to be at war with itself over personnel, this time at the Pentagon. The remaining Justice Department employees have found a way to charge some Russian hackers. And the dismissed U.S. Attorneys are being picked over for political prospects.

Trump’s taxes are still producing news, and new theories. Now noted Nazi and Trump supporter Richard Spencer wants in on the tax trouble, too.

And because today ends in a “y,” another Republican moralizer is caught with his pants down.

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David Waldman exposes the Minecraft rigging scandal, brah! It’s the second KITM snow day, and the kids are at home again (artist conception) but don’t let them distract you from what is really important today!

Greg Dworkin remains focused on the Trump-Ryancare boondoggle. The Gop remains in full unity in their blame of somebody else. Paul Ryan tempts a political backlash, as Trump loyalists sound the alarm. The cost of failure on Ryan-Trump care may be the rest of Trump’s agenda. Trump’s polling divebombs. Senators offer helpful suggestions. Trump voters’ rationalizations are running out, forcing most of them into supporting Trump irrationally... but maybe some could change their mind when they become directly affected. Here is a list of people to blame for Gopcare. Have the Republicans quit thinking about how things will be after 2018? Democrats have to fight on many fronts to win this one.

Rachel Maddow revealed a little bit about Donald Trump’s taxes last night. The reaction has been, as expected, stupid, misguided and unfocused. So, Armando was required to come in and put it all into perspective for us.

Joan McCarter tells us that the federal government's power to borrow money to pay its bills is set to expire Thursday, but this administration won’t let a little thing like the calendar boss them around anymore. Anyhow, they have to concentrate on Trump-Ryancare, or whatever you want to call it. So what if the CBO says millions more will suffer — they are only looking at one prong of the Ryan-Trumpcare pitchfork! Already “prong one” promises to rob the poor for tax cuts to the rich, and lower premiums by forcing out the sick and old people. And, think of all the savings to be realized by lowering the life expectancy of the people owed money!

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David Waldman reports from Trump Blizzard ‘17: Plenty of chaos, a Trumpish 4 inches in VA.

If you can find your driveway, and find your newspaper, the headline you’ll find is about the millions losing insurance coverage. The Congressional Budget Office estimates 24 million, but Donald thinks he can beat that.

Once again, that money you see Don slipping into his pocket—he certainly does not plan to keep that—he plans to “donate” it. You just haven’t told him where yet. Trump plans to cut government waste, but no one has told him where yet. He did act to make his Agriculture Secretary nominee rich, though. And, his son-in-law is getting really rich, with the Chinese. Donald Trump will be meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago next month.

Dmitry Rybolovlev, the King of Fertilizer, Potentate of Potash, Alkali Aristocrat, Marquis of Manure, Duke of Dung, Governor of Guano, Sharif of... why would he pay Donald P. Trump $95 million for a house Trump spent $41 million on?

Armando calls in sunny Florida to discuss Trump’s emoluments corruption and what can be done about it, Steve King: White Nationalist/Nativist/Eugenicist, Bernie Sanders coal country tour, The Rachel Maddow Show’s soaring ratings, and abhorrent hack Chris Cillizza’s raise.

Get well soon Bill in Portland Maine! Sign and donate to the Community Quilt!

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Did you remember to fall forward, or spring back on Sunday? Or did you just stick it to the man and skip resetting this year? Don’t be a slave to the clock, listen to David Waldman and KITM anytime!

Kellyanne Conway might be Denis Leary, but she’s no Inspector Gadget, no matter what your microwave tells you. Rep. Mike Kelly privately talked about Obama’s deep state shadow government, but apparently some appliances were listening in.

As long as Trump promises chaos, Greg Dworkin will round-up orderand polls! Americans see healthcare going off on the wrong track. Trump voters, at least the poor, old, and rural ones, will be hit the hardest. The Gop would rather not think about that. Many people are affected by Obamacare
premium increases, just not a large percentage of voters, which Tom Price adds up as “nobody”. Here are the 5 reasons the CBO will likely say Trumpcare increases uninsured. Here are 3 things Republicans are going to tell you to change the subject as we all head to 2018. Tom Cotton definitely does not want to discuss this. You probably can’t tell them anything anyway.

It looks like emotion and peer influence, and James Comey… and Billy Bush took Hillary Clinton down in ‘16. Now swastikas and the KKK are back in again.

Tillerson’s heading to Asia, but Trump and ‘Gina can’t stay apart and will be together in April. Rupert Murdoch might have found a way to profit from Donald Trump’s decisions. Donald said he wouldn’t take a salary, then maybe he’d donate it, now it looks like he’d rather keep it. Which is OK, because Trump will be eliminating his position as a cost-saving measure later this afternoon.

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No matter what your age or where you’re from, you know on Friday you gotta, gotta get down! Get down to the weekend informed by David Waldman and KITM:

In honor of a Day Without A Woman a guy on BBC demonstrated how tough it is to have a day without your spouse. A couple guys wonder why they have to pay for the lady problems in their insurance. Jamie Dimon feels Trump’s masculinity has already aroused the marketplace

David Brat, who is tired of women up in his grill, is also tired of the Byrd rule. Brat doesn’t seem to understand that Byrd was a person, the process of reconciliation or much of how government operates. David Waldman goes into detail on all of that. This weekend’s big read: The mythology of Obamacare continues to fight against the good of Obamacare

Maxine Waters isn’t sure if the entire dossier on Donald P. Trump is absolutely true, even as more and more is confirmed.  

Loyalty has its rewards, but for Trump those rewards do not include trust or latitude. Rex Tillerson lost most of his staff and clotheslined the press, but Trump still doesn’t quite have his back, for some reason. Green acres is not the place for Trump, so who needs an agriculture secretary? Trump does understand Goldman Sachs partner, hedge fund manager, bank owner, and Hollywood producer Steven Mnuchin. But Mnuchin still doesn’t get Donald’s love, like some of those others in the inner circle who just have that certain something Michael Flynn had.

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David Waldman missed his RSVP to Don and Ted’s excellent dinner last night. Heidi did not ask Donald to pass the beans, as that could have gotten messy. Nice to see the fellas getting along, though.

Greg Dworkin still finds Trump more offensive than charming. Last night, or this morning, Trumpcare emerged from the ways and means committee, without much debate on, or even reading of the bill. Will the bill go no where, as designed, or will presidential magic happen? Trump plans to blame Democrats for any bad, including Trumpcare. Republicans will blame each other, as soon all of their constituents outside of the 1% see how they are screwed. Several major health groups are rejecting the bill. The AARP already has spots out on The Age Tax. Is SCOTUS the cause of the Gop opposition we're seeing to a rollback of the ACA's Medicaid expansion? Maybe the Democrats can help the Republicans out of the repeal box.

Low-income wage growth has been pushing wage growth for the last few years. Thanks Obama.

The Trump administration has found it difficult to find loyalist Machiavellian toadies that meet the high standards of executive-branch positions, but it has installed hundreds of little snitches throughout various federal agencies. Steven Mnuchin’s Treasury picks are stalled on loyalty worries. Anthony Scaramucci was too independent of a Fed for Donald.

Loyalty to the US is not that big of deal for Donald P. Trump. Michael Flynn’s lobbying probably aided Turkey. The Ukraine and US find another connection between Paul Manafort and Russian intelligence. Remember the Donald Trump threat of a trade war with China? Probably not so much now after China granted 38 trademarks to Trump, including Trump Brand Escort Service.

 

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Today is designated the “Day Without A Woman”, but it’s a day no one is calling off, everyone is finding a way to stand up. David Waldman discusses how to walk the walk, without stepping on any rakes today. Donald P. Trump has tremendous respect for women.

Greg Dworkin joins just about everyone in not supporting the Unaffordable TrumpDoesn’tCare Act.  Key players are staking out their positions, but their decision making process isn’t based on the bill actually working, it’s what lies they can sell, and how fast they can sell them. Paul Ryan loves the plan, but Donald owns it. Pro-Trump media is already turning against it, the AMA opposes it, maybe the House can blame the Senate?

Joan McCarter agrees, Trumpcare is bad. Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell want to ram Trumpcare through, and are willing to tell anyone anything. Confusion reigns throughout Republican leadership, with Republicans like Jason Chaffetz believing chemotherapy and and an iPhone cost about the same, because when was the last time they looked at a receipt? Four Republican Senators have figured some things out, and tell McConnell to save the Medicaid expansion. Most understand that insurance just isn’t the goal.

Donald’s attention moves on from Trumpcare, back to Mar-a-Lago, where he spends about 1/3 of the time, and to Benghazing his wiretapping BS. While down there, he can meet with “Big Candy” and, of course, the Russians, who you’d think would be too busy meeting with the NRA in Moscow. Hired jerks, such as Bosis Epshteyn can handle things in DC.

Meanwhile, an Iowa Republican wants universities to ask prospective professors who they vote for. A North Carolina bill tightens the screws on protesters, calling them “economic terrorists”.

With all of the rumors on Republican digital superiority, the Democrats reveal their digital plans. Take this fun personal dialect quiz, so the network tracing you can better pinpoint their drone strikes!

 

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David Waldman reminds us that International Women's Day is tomorrow, which could be A Day Without A Woman, so plan accordingly. Yet another example of a whole bunch of women fixing what a whole bunch of men did. David got the idea that women might want to shop that day (from his wife) but Not All Women may choose that... in fact guys can support women too!

The house GOP Obamacare replacement plan has major gaps in cost and coverage, surprising no one, except maybe Jason Chaffetz. Republicans are skipping a CBO score, which could cause a “Byrd problem”.

Trump figures the best way to pay for the wall would be to cut national security—but not around Mar-a-Lago, which of course needs to increase. After all, there are a lot of important people there, especially during weekends. For the remainder of the week, lobbyists can rest their expense accounts at Trump International Hotel

Have our dystopian robot overlords arrived? The answer might surprise you, unless you believe it’s an artisanal snake oil based secret sauce being sold by Stephen Bannon to the Mercers. When it’s Trumpian skullduggery, you know the Russians want a piece of it, and Donald P. Trump loves some Russian skullduggery too, as required in his battle with the United States of America.

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Sit down with a cup of coffee and listen to David Waldman, KagroX, host of Kagro in the Morning, for the best in political conversation.  But, If you came for the best cup of coffee, maybe you got the wrong David Waldman. We still have the best oneaccept no imitations!

There’s only one Greg Dworkin—all the better to keep the Chaos at a minimum. This weekend Donald P. Trump forgot he was president for a while. He did remember he was a 70 year old Breitbart and Fox fan, though. As a result, Donald’s employees didn’t get the weekend off, and Don’s golf game was probably screwed too.

Things are so chaotic, Greg recommends studying Groucho Marx to make sense of it all. Trump has chucked our shared values out of the Tower window, and his party remains not ready to govern. It is time to pause this presidency, and to realize Trump’s Twitter is a gateway to authoritarianism. You don’t even have to think Trump Is an authoritarian to worry about his presidency. You can worry about the Deep State, and be still be happy to avoid the Russian State.

Is the media structured to see the President like a king? The public is still keeping their values, however. Senator Ben Sasse says "We are in the midst of a civilization-warping crisis of public trust Broken pledges and unstable behavior destroy the only thing government is based on: trust. What happens when we don’t believe the president’s oath? We will be forced to question the reality of everything they say.

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Today’s—or maybe just this morning’s—scandal is brought to us by The Indianapolis Star and their old buddy Mike Pence. Mike used personal email for state business—and it was hacked. This should be addressed quickly, as no one is above the law.

Speaking of honest men, where does the Russian investigation go now? Donald P. Trump could or should be taking aktivniye meropriyatiya, but the links at Mar-a-Lago beckon him. (Somehow his frequent flyer miles aren’t adding up to profits for local Florida businesses.) No one ever promised he’d be good at government, or business. OK, maybe somebody did. But, is this all just a clever money-saving approach? Or a clever political strategy? At least state department employees can sneak out early every Friday when Donald takes off for the airport. It looks like DC now operates on Putin time.

Speaking of Vladimir Putin and Louise Mensch, perhaps she isn’t so nuts after all, at least in regards to The Carolina Conspiracy. It appears as if Barack Obama might agree.

Could high-tech jerks be calling in bomb threats using spoofing and voice-masking technology in order to incriminate their victims? Turns out, yes, they did. Right at the moment, that guy might not be considered an anti-semite jerk, but there certainly are many anti-semite jerks still at large .

Under Trump, an already depleted IRS could face deep cuts. David explores the many tax boondoggles available to big businesses and the anti-tax consultants they hire, including those fools at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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What is David Waldman to do? With so much hitting the fan at one time, how can he find the time to even describe it all to you in one show? OK, so you heard this thing about Jeff Sessions—no wait, Greg Dworkin brings us way back to yesterday when the media swooned over Donald getting all presidential with it. A little distance is reminding us of the role and function of Trump’s joint address, and to not get bamboozled by style over substance. Of course, the media gets bullied, and played yet again. Donald was hoping to coast into Mar-a-Lago with his widow shtick, but even that “high point” is running into problems today.

On to Jeff Sessions! Given the choice between recusal and losing his job, being prosecuted etc., Jeff is becoming more open to recusal. Republicans are also seeing the benefits in false choices. Recusal is essential, but perjury is illegal, according to Jeff Sessions, and he will have to face that as well. Sessions is trying to Houdini out of this, but the gravity is strong. Jeff Sessions wasn’t just a routine campaign surrogate, and the Russians he talked to weren’t regular Russians. The GOP and Trump supporters are really working hard to keep from caring, but the scandal and its cover up are Trumpian sized now, and it’s becoming political suicide for Republicans if they don’t call for deeper investigations on Russia.

Paul Manafort’s daughters thought Trump was a joke, but they were more worried about Ukrainian’s blood money.

Armando wishes there was a catchier word than “emoluments” that holds the cachet of “Russian spies”. President son-in-law Jared Kushner will be keeping his companies, his money and probably his Russian connections too.

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Last night Donald Trump established his new tradition of holding a two minute standing ovation in the Capitol for the spouse of each service member killed in action during his term. Other than that, it was one of his less crappy hours. David Waldman analyses the analysis of the reviews of Trump’s style. The press just wants it to be fun like it used to be. Our next celebrity President will hopefully be a lot more fun than this.

Even though Donald met the lowest of expectationsGreg Dworkin doesn’t let that distract us from our Shared Values® in fighting The Chaos™ surrounding us. We need a Select Committee on Trump’s Russia connections. We need to look at Trump the way we look at other autocrats. Sure, All Votes Matter, but don’t give Trump voters a pass. Empathize, don’t sympathize with them.

Meanwhile, there’s Stephen Bannon. Is he awfully evil, or evilly awful? is he a villainous Leninist determined to destroy the state, or an unprincipled troll determined to watch the world burn? Whichever, he has plenty of power to do what he wants.

Joan McCarter hateblogged last night’s speech, and relives the ordeal with David. So much for Trump's “insurance for everybody” promise. Could Republican infighting over the Obamacare repeal get any worse? Maybe their plan is to do nothing and hope for the worst. Is Trump’s budget plan just continuing resolutions to Obama’s budgets? Paul Ryan believes Donald might be confusing “having insurance” with “having access to insurance”.

At least Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has his priorities straight.

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Now they’ve done it. Obama’s people—and you know who they are—drove David Waldman into almost an hour of Trump impressions, which is a lot of work. Even Donald Trump is getting tired of performing Trump impressions. Donald, who by the way did more in 4 weeks... except for that Navy Seal, that was Obama’s fault… and not Obamacare repeal, because that stuff’s hard once you think about it… will be forced tonight to explain to everyone, again, how fine he is. Did you know that Trump did well in the Electoral College?

Armando calls in to discuss the absurdity of attempting to talk rationally about Donald Trump being a legitimate anything

We tried to warn you about Jeffrey Epstein, but now look. We tried to warn you about Scott Pruitt. We tried to warn you about Wilbur Ross, now it’s too late for him too. Today, you should ask your Senator what they were thinking. Then write and call all of your representatives to tell them to keep fighting. They may not win them all, but it will all add up over time, as people figure out what a mess this is.

Meanwhile, Faux News interviews fake experts, which can only be topped by straight propaganda machines being declared journalists

How far has the Overton Window moved? Did anyone notice when the DOJ looked the other way on voter suppression? And—a North Carolina bill would let parents put concussed kids back into games.

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CORRECTION: On today’s show, David Waldman mistakenly read the punchline of his Oscars joke as “$10, same as downtown.” The correct punchline is “Tuesday’s YOUR night in the barrel.” KITM regrets the error.

Greg Dworkin is our Jordan Horowitz, whipping out the truth and sticking it right in our faces. Outrage will beat chaos. Republicans keep trying to bury Trump’s transgressions, and it is our job to expose them. Keep in mind that most of this is unprecedented, and abnormal. Conservatives find themselves fighting for their tribe, now that Conservatism is no more than Trumpism. Trump continues to drop in popularity for most people, no matter who’s asking or how they are asking it. His administration says FU, we won, although it kind of bugs them that you keep complaining to them.

Tomorrow, Donald P. Trump goes before congress to review his incredible electoral college win, and some other stuff to fill out the hour. He might divulge his secret ISIS plan, if Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ plan isn’t some big loser plan. Trump probably won’t dwell on Scott Pruit’s emails with the Koch brothers, Rene Acosta’s fights against labor and civil rights, Wilbur Ross’ Russia connections, or his tax returns. Donald will continue to bet that his support will continue from the kind of people that wouldn’t bother to read an article much further than the headline.

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Donald Trump really wants law and order, except he doesn’t like law, and can’t find any order. Trump is mad at the FBI leaking that they were against playing down Trump’s Russia connections. The FBI is like that sometimes. David also looks into the story of yet another looney connection between this administration and the Russian mob. Is Maria Butina a wannabe, or the real deal? Either way, you heard it here first!

Common sense would dictate that more gun availability would make more guns available, increasing the chances of guns being accidently shot, increasing the chances of people being injured, increasing the chances of people dying from those injuries. Some people aren’t interested in common sense, but now there is new data for their disinterest. In Florida, gun injuries are increasing for kids, rising along with the increasing availability of firearms across the state.

An off-duty cop has a difficult time properly utilizing his not-police issued crotch holster while quelling dissent of 13 year olds. 

Gun use isn’t always accidental. Sometimes white bigots use them to shoot brown people they suspect are Middle Eastern.

Republicans vote to give police powers to arrest people planning peaceful protests, and confiscate their assets, which they are all too happy to do. Facial recognition software allows them (or anyone) to find you later.

Propaganda is now robotized and weaponized. Trump used it to win the election, and to probably stay in power… along with his usual load of old-fashioned bull-sh*t.

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SQUIRREL! It’s tough to stay focused with so much flitting about our metaphorical bird feeders on a daily basis... so, listen to David Waldman to differentiate your political dark-eyed juncos from those black-capped chickadees:

Donald Trump is losing his war with the media. He’s not alone. Tom Cotton was spanked in front of cameras. Kellyanne Conway needs to spend more time with her family. Louis Gohmert is hiding from the crossfire. Sebastian Gorka is going down, but with a few fights. It is happening all over the country for Republicans, whether they show up or not.

Greg Dworkin’s hope is that a couple of adults in the administration might pull them together, but that might be tough if the boss remains Trump. Just keep your steps in order: first stop the Trump agenda, then move on to more rewarding endeavours. It is good to see the press doing their jobs, and catching the most effective lies about as quickly as Trump can spew them. It is also a positive that Senators are beginning to notice that cutting Obamacare will cut funding to their states.

All of this is good news for local Democratic parties that are seeing a surge of interest.

A major California secession advocate lives in Yekaterinburg, Russia, is that weird? Did Cambridge Analytica sell Trump BS, or did they sell you “Trump BS”?

Will David remain forever ignorant of the repercussions and implications of Milo Yiannopoulos? He’d rather not! David looks into the lessons that can be learned from Milo and his followers, before they slide back under their rocks.

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It feels like we’ve just started, but here we are at the KITM hump! David Waldman asks: Remember when Barack Obama did more in 30 days than any President since FDR? After Obama got that out of the way, he went golfing. If Trump was that competent, just think of how bad we’d be screwed by now.

Greg Dworkin rounds up the enablers of Chaos that make things worse for the country. Trump hires generals because he knows it’s not in their pay grade to carry the moral compass. Donald isn’t into morals, feelings, or thinking, he just wants to be enabled. Across the nation people are meeting at townhalls to question and stop the enabling of Trump’s agenda. Greg urges us to prioritize strategies for regaining power before assembling our legislative wish lists. Trump’s supporters still support Trump—So what? Conservatives might have a different set of morals, but they still need to draw the line somewhere. The Trump presidency exists in a White Power bubble, and more people are seeing this lunacy. Sebastian Gorka is one of Trumps trusted loons, and a gunFAILer.

The Judicial branch might be the branch that saves our bacon. The Fourth Circuit comes through by upholding Maryland's Assault Weapons Ban, ruling that the Second Amendment doesn’t protect the right to assault weapons.

David takes an in-depth look at the true story of the Comey letter debacle.

Get well soon Joan McCarter!

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David Waldman was out shopping for a used minivan—he can check with me, I can sell him one that is just incredibly used—but lucky for you KITM puts everyone so far ahead of the information curve that there is slack built in for such outings.

So where were we? Trump's Russia scandal takes an unexpected turn, expected by our regular listeners who remember Felix Sater is Donald’s guy in Russia, an FBI informant, and is connected to the mafia. Of course we know this isn’t Donald P. Trump’s only Russian connection, although some of his connections are turning up as dead ends of late. Trump’s allies have delivered a plan to lift Russian sanctions, by helping to topple the Ukrainian Government.

There was also another horrific attack not happening, this time not in Sweden. Donald was forced to un-fake the news that was accurately reporting it. What do you know... this seems to have a Russian connection also! This chaos and intimidation seems to have the intended result as reporters tip-toe on all reporting now, even on Trump’s weekend golfing. The administration also attempted to chaos up any remaining reality by sending out Pence to reassure half of Europe, and Bannon to reassure the other half.

Jewish community centers got bomb threats, and Jewish graves were trashed, but Ivanka tweets made it out to the fairway, so dad eventually said something. Trump’s first priority was to make his statement from a safe space. Meanwhile, Homeland Security, Stephen Miller and Jeff Sessions, unveil a sweeping plan to deport several million people

Milo Yiannopoulos is awful in many ways, but recently in ways that earned him less money instead of more. Now that Milo upset conservative sensibilities, he’s being noticed, but many were already aware of his presence in that complex pit of awfulness one can find out there if they look. Speaking of underage sex, Alexander Acosta cut a sweetheart plea deal with a billionaire accused of having sex with dozens of underage girls.

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Kagro in the Morning "Encore Performance" - February 29, 2016 airing February 20, 2017

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For the so-called Presidents Day holiday, it's a throwback to our spare February show, the 2/29/16 episode.

Did Greg Dworkin bring polls? Is this Tuesday Super? South Carolina’s exit polls give an idea of Hillary Clinton’s strengths and strategies for Tuesday, and against Donald Trump. What Hillary Clinton’s massive win among black voters really says. Historically, how does she measure up?

Tough-Guy/Lickspittle Chris Christie goes Trump. Bootlicker Christie gets back in the limelight. Some conservatives do not approve of the Brown-noser Governor’s turn around. Former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman is ashamed of Ass-kiss Christie. In fact, many think Christie being Trump’s minion is pretty despicable and think this stooge demonstrates everything bad said about the Gop is being proven true. If the GOP lines up behind Trump, it doesn’t deserve to be taken seriously anymore. The Republican Party’s implosion over Donald Trump’s candidacy has arrived. David Frum tweets the cave-in. Some just want to live the lie, and will end up taking the lie all the way to the voting booth. Will that matter in November?

Who knows, maybe some conservatives won’t fall in line behind Trump. Maybe they will come up with a couple super-lame schemes, have those fail, then will fall in line. Maybe they could just win the election, and figure out all of the morals and philosophy later.  

David continues on his series “Meet a Superdelegate”. Today: Jaime Harrison.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 17, 2017
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Kagro in the Morning - February 16, 2017

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You don’t need to invest a fortune to listen in on the latest in political thought… throw us a buck or two a month and David Waldman will talk to you for hours.

Donald Trump hates low life leakers, and the drip, drip, drip is just wearing him down. Good thing America loves him and will come cheer him up this weekend.

Greg Dworkin shares his latest secrets over our secure line: Trump declares war on intelligence. Donald seems a few cartridges short of a full clip, but he might have more ammo than you think. Trump’s new hired gun has big gun dreams. The war on media still rages on even after General Flynn falls, that’s because Michael Flynn does not matter. All of them are either stupid or lying. James Comey seems to have a extra helping of both. Are we on the road to another Watergate? Who the hell told Flynn to call Russia? It's funny 'cause it's treason.

Watch the Anti-Semitic Jewish Russian faction to see how the Administration really is doing. The Russians are sad to see puppets leave so early, yet they have collected a few chips to cash in. We now have refugees fleeing the United States.

How can we fix this? Time to look at the 25th Amendment and study qui tam cases, and always keep it slow.

Obama White House photographer Pete Souza helps us reminisce about… when things weren’t like this. The Trump HandshakeWhat is he thinking? How can we defend ourselves?

More leaks in the sieve: Trump's F-35 calls came with a surprise: a rival CEO was listening in on the call. Leaked emails show Justice Clarence Thomas’s wife was pushing the Travel Ban. Who will be the next one to slip bombshell information to the press? Who knows?

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Kagro in the Morning - February 15, 2017
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Kagro in the Morning - February 14, 2017

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HOLY MOLY!!! How does this guy get a half dozen live video feeds and KITM doesn’t have any? Donate today!

Donald & Shinzo hung out on the terrace talking about Kim the other night surrounded by the wellest of wishers. Spies? NO SPIES! David Waldman has been saying it for a while, but today we all are saying so long to Mike Flynn. The White House and Republicans have put a lot of thought into the Flynn situation.  In fact, so much thought that they really don’t want to think or talk about it anymore, and wish we would all move on… But, it is just so hard to choose who we should move on to. How about Donald Feckless McGahn? Andy Slugger PudzerStephen Brains Miller? It’s like a candy store, or a pizza buffet!

Kellyanne is keeping her job by keeping out of the loop on almost everything. Meanwhile Donald has done almost nothing, except for being inspirational in his personality, performance and his appearance. Want to see the Trump phenomenon played back to you on the big screen? Seek help. There are many more important things to remember, which are more pleasant.

 

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Kagro in the Morning - February 13, 2017

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David Waldman and KITM stands up for us no matter what the risks might be. Remember to donate to offset the Baios of the the world!

Greg Dworkin wants us to reach out to both elephants and riders, which always carries some vulnerability. We can battle chaos by being indivisible over shared values. You shouldn’t need to compromise your own values to get there, but for maybe 22%, sure, talking could work.

Donald Trump, however, is 100% a loser, which is funny, dangerous, horrifying and a complete emergency. Donald is trying to be a disaster. He left a key to a lock bag out for everyone, he discussed North Korean secrets in front of everyone, and from top down, his team shows they will be of no help. National Security Advisor Mike Flynn is as much of a dumb baby as Trump is. Will people catch on to this quick enough

This is why we need to slow the F down, and get people elected in 2018, so that illegal stuff can be illegal again.

Meanwhile, as hypocrisy flourishes, the exact people that you would not want in charge of anything, profit

Get well soon Arliss Bunny!

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Kagro in the Morning - February 10, 2017

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David Waldman accumulated data all week to pass on to you, so by this weekend you can get out there, call the shots, win the debates, troll the losers, or just converse intelligently! Listen up!

Greg Dworkin sends in this weekend’s BIG IDEA: Either the national security adviser misled the vice president, or the vice president knowingly misled the American people. Somebody was duped.

Hey—Democratic senators are getting tired, but YOU ARE NOT, call them and relight the fire. The slower things go, the less mayhem Republicans can vote in.

When you call, remind them that opposing Trump is a good way to get reelected, he’s not good for the U.S., and the U.S. doesn’t really suit him either. Saudis like Trump though, adding to his emolument stash, and Putin just can’t believe his luck.

Armando calls in to talk shop, now that the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals showed Donald what for. Is Trump arbitrary and capricious, or just an idiot? Why not all of the above? How does Trump implicate the Constitution, by violating Due Process, and the Equal Protection and Establishment Clauses? And will it even matter to the Supreme Court? It seems to matter to this lawyer.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 9, 2017

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Tune in to KITM’s big Thursday show with David Waldman and the Morning Crew—Traffic and weather on the 10s!

Greg Dworkin brings us analysis of those steps between 1 and 10. Some people are on the Finding Common Ground step. Some people are presently fighting in the trenches. Some are still climbing out of the Blitzkrieg rubble. Some are just beginning. Meanwhile, Steve Bannon is fetching the Four Horsemen. This is the Last Great Test of White Supremacy.  Republicans don’t care what message this sends.  

Liberals like tasty red pills. They also have a different sense of morality than Conservatives. Let’s try to understand those folks, if only to hone our trolling skills. Shared truth might succeed once we agree who’s telling the truth

Trump's gift for coining catchphrases could backfire. Senator Daylin Leach comes up with a great one! Donald Trump is the dumbest baby on Earth. Neil Gorsuch is 49, eventually he’ll get over that Trump hired him. Neil is about as old as the 25th amendment, which he might need to consider soon.

After Greg gets his goat, Armando calls in to retrieve it. Maybe Manchin has the right idea? No one is a racist, until you ask them to describe who they are picturing taking their jobs, invading their homes, cutting in line.

In 4 years it will cost $6,000,000,000.00 to keep Barron from changing out of elementary school. That would buy a lot of pencils.

Miss him yet?

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Kagro in the Morning - February 8, 2017

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David Waldman always puts the K in Chaos. Today is no exception.

Donald Trump is tired of other countries stiffing him on the rent money. Some of Trump’s team is noticing that, well, the old man might be having a tough time out of the gate with his presidency so far.

Greg Dworkin advocates strange bedfellows, but recommends protection. Apparently “activism” is a “dirty word” … “Lobbyist” has a bit of a taint, too. 

Chaos vs. Reality! This time it’s personal. Can/should scientists march on Washington? Like usual, it matters how much they care if their boss is cool with it.  Get to know a scientist! (or Muslim, LGBTQ, etc., etc.) It helps a lot! If you don’t know a minority, it makes it oh so much easier to oppress them.

People that are capable of being convinced, are being convinced that this administration sucks.

Joan McCarter gets a breather, and takes that opportunity to vent: Mitch McConnell reveals his support for Black History Month and the Warren 2020 ticket, telling Elizabeth Warren (and Coretta Scott King) to sit down and shut up. Trump's HHS nominee: “Dr. Personal Enrichment” might get to be the next flame-out. The Freedom Caucus feels Obamacare slipping from their grasp. Trump’s yap is adding to the wealth of great lines of questioning for the Gorsuch hearings. All in All, Mitch McConnell just couldn’t be happier.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 7, 2017

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David Waldman has a few ideas for Saturday Night Live, but has Trump jumped the shark? Donald pushed the Overton Window beyond all satire, what does he do now to get our attention? He’ll just have to work harder. In the meantime KITM brings you Tangential Tuesday:  

People protested all over the nation, Senate Democrats pulled an all-nighter, but Mike Pence didn’t oversleep, and the uhm, people have spoken, and DeVos is in.

Trump reminds the press that they are traitors, and possibly Islamic Terrorists. Some people can’t help but love terrorists. The press covered up the other times Kellyanne Conway tried to warn us about the Bowling Green Massacre. (Soon the press might cover up Kellyanne.) Trump tries to tell us, but WTF is he saying? Maybe he’s hard to understand because he is a Dumb Baby. Some already regret voting Trump, but many still love him almost as much as they love their completely uninformed opinions. The Border Patrol Union pushed for the Muslim Ban from Breitbart News Studios. Don’t watch that crap. Your TV knows what you are doing, and is judging you.

The White House is falling apart. The Senate is falling apart. That isn’t keeping them from taking over the country. Even Neil Gorsuch grieves the loss of Merrick Garland from the Supreme Court.

Melania might have been a Slovenian hooker, but that shouldn’t keep her product line from a once-in-a-lifetime taxpayer boost.

Man, what a hell-hole. Wouldn’t you just like to get away from it all for a while?

And — Rosalyn MacGregor gives us a close-up look at Michigan voting, which unfortunately resembles yours, no matter where you are from. Michigan will spend up to $82 million on new voting machines. The list of problem precincts continues to grow during Michigan recount. More precincts become ineligible for recount. Think Michigan’s recount seems messy? Turns out recount laws date back to 1870s.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 6, 2017

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You thought the Falcons were going to win, right? So, halfway through the game what did you do? You shamed the Patriots. When you shame Patriots, you are just asking for a come-from-behind upset! Oh well, time to let it go, already. It’s just a game.

While Coca Cola fixes the persistent inclusiveness problemDavid Waldman works on all of the other issues today… Except for Lady Gaga. She snuck in some Guthrie.

Greg Dworkin has a plan for holding back the flood of chaos: Reaching out to Trump voters through our shared American values of honesty and the rule of law. Or we can just ignore them, and vote.

Armando calls in with his nagging perception that most Trump voters feel their priorities supercede People of Color and will vote accordingly.

Trump and Bannon, meanwhile, continue to drive it like they stole it. Trump is targeting up to 8 million people for deportation. Stephen K.G.Bannon is on the National Security Council. But, what’s Donald going to do about it? He has drapes to figure out, light switches to find, stuff to read, a bubble to escape, and flies to lord. He works from 9 to 6:30, people! He doesn’t have time to read everything. Does Trump want to lose? Or is this stupidity a stupid plot

Would you believe Trump’s blind trust directly benefits these four sad sacks? Ivanka and Jared want you to believe they care. Neil Gorsuch wants you to believe his resume. Donald wants to believe he’s in great shape. CNN quit believing Kellyanne Conway. Don and Vlad really, really don’t care what you believe.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 3, 2017

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False flags are at half-mast today in remembrance of those fallen in the Bowling Green Massacre. In Friday’s KITM, David Waldman joins Kellyanne Conway in somber review of this cautionary tale. Donald Trump has no time for tears, as he alerts the nation to the Louvre Terror!

Back in the real world, the Yemen raid looks pretty stupidly handled, but not by Donald, who wasn’t handling it anyhow.

Meanwhile, the direct descendants of Frederick Douglass give Trump actual facts for the next time he wants to say something nice about black people (2018).

Trump refers to refugees in Australia as illegal immigrants. The “Worst Deal Ever” with Australia really is pretty bad, though.

A purge is going on in our Secret Service, matching the one now happening in Russia.

We still have many more allies to mistreat, but we have only just begun to pull Norway’s chain.

Next up in awfulness is Trump’s total destruction of the Johnson Amendment. Here is more on that.

David reminds us that there is good to be had, by slowing down the bad. He reviews the many complex rules being used to slow down people who actually only use rules when they want to, and eliminate them when they don’t.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 2, 2017

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Okay campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today! David Waldman notes how today seems a lot like yesterday and the day before, but it’s the details that matter as we all learn how to make it work. Donald Trump rates world leaders’ phone calls. Donald Trump’s Black History Month speech made certain to list all of “the good ones”. Here are the warning signs of narcissistic personality disorder.

Greg Dworkin reminds us to quit picking on our Trump-voting brothers and sisters. Outside of all branches of government nationally and locally, what did negativity get them? We can be better than that, and they’ll appreciate it... Donald Trump will focus the US counter-extremism program solely on Islam now, as white Christians no longer need their extremism countered.

Greg brings us back to CHAOS, how it’s being used, the effects it has, and will have, and how to counter it. The Republicans plan to fight chaos by replacing Paul Ryan with Nancy Pelosi.

Is Steve Bannon the second most powerful man in the world? Will he push Putin out of the #1slot? And will his mouthy sidekick Donald start to resent him?

The good news if we win in our fight against “The Man”, we might get to be it someday. Greg and David discuss the difference between activism and advocacy, and the need for advocates and activists.

David burns up a good half hour describing the benefits of burning up a good half hour between legislative and executive sessions in committee hearings considering nominations.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 1, 2017

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Did Neil Gorsuch rise out of the floor with fog machines and strobes when Trump introduced him? (Right about here I would include a link to the video, but no force on Earth could make me watch that.)

David Waldman didn’t watch either, but it still seems to have happened so now it’s time to do something about it, or not.

Greg Dworkin keeps it 100 for us, as usual. Don’t be like Venezuela. Don’t be a victim or a culprit. Show no contempt. Don’t try to force Trump out. Because nothing ever will come out such behavior, ever. Steve Bannon still prefers an embarrassed and humiliated opposition.

At least White Supremacist Steve Bannon, whose white skin seems to be rejecting him,  is out in the open now.

How do you appeal to an elected official? Tell him how to keep getting elected. Republicans throw out the rule book, because that is the last thing they need.

Armando still likes rules, and says it’s time for a filibuster, because an illegitimate President is attempting to fill an illegitimate vacancy. Time for outrage, and outrageous obstruction. Senators are going to have to use the filibuster some time, so it might as well be now. You know McConnell needs to keep the filibuster, as much as we do

Maybe we can still call them hypocrites. Trump's voter fraud expert is registered to vote in 3 states. The Pee Dossier said Putin offered Trump 19% of Rosneft if he became President and removed sanctions. Last week 19.5% of Rosneft was sold...

David reminisces about when rules made a difference, and spines were stiffer. Back when Neil Gorsuch’s mom was destroying the EPA.  

We still are certain about a few things. People support the Women’s MarchWalls make us less freeAll action will be necessary.

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Kagro in the Morning - January 31, 2017

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Ever notice how the big news happens when KITM is off the air? Before we can debut our “24/7 David Waldman” channel we first need to address the impending cancellation of the long-running and popular “United States of America”:

Last night Donald Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates, for betrayal and weakness. We are early enough in the Trump junta to find Sally Yates a hero and not a martyr, so today’s debate is only whether she should have quit before she was fired. David and Armando attempt to get ahead of curve to discuss how and why this guy finds himself AG and this guy did not, along with the order of succession within the Department of Justice, and the prescience of Barack Obama's AG executive order.

Why would Trump follow a previous President’s Executive Order? Why would House Judiciary Committee aides help draft directives without telling Republican leaders? The intellectual godfather of Trump’s hard-line actions, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, III, wants Attorneys General to have independence and integrity, and wishes Sally Yates well in her future endeavours.

Why would “people” be changed to “citizens” in the White House memory of what the United States Constitution says? Why is NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt Jr. speaking out against Trump, but Democrats are thinking of keeping their “powder dry” on the Supreme Court pick? Find out on today’s show!

 
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Kagro in the Morning - January 30, 2017
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Kagro in the Morning - January 27, 2017

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Look, David and I have better things to do.  

At least, that is what our families tell us each month when the bills roll around, and we talk about college, medical bills, retirement, a piece of the ceiling falling down because of some leak in our daughter’s ceiling… stuff like that. Money could make our world go around a lot smoother, and allow us to help keep us sane a little bit longer.

It’s easy!

David Waldman welcomes us to Connect-The-Dots Friday:

We survive the end of “Week One” for a fat-ass Dumb Baby, uninterested in governing, or even being a real President. In fact, his Day One moves were just copied from Mitt Romney’s playbook. He uses his time and the force of the United States Government to stroke his ego, and prove to all how much he is loved. At the same time, his staff destroys Democratic (and democratic) opposition, strangles accountability and access to the press, and eliminates all staff with foreign policy knowledge.

Week Two he plans to meet with “V. Putin” and will lift Russian sanctions. Week Two!

So. Is Donald Trump a puppet or no puppet? Holy crap look at this Rachel Maddow segment. Once you catch your breath, now keep in mind that the Trump campaign already used Military-grade data gathering and PsyOps on you. Trump knows you better than you know yourself, because you cheerfully told him everything. Well, not just him, but Vladimir Putin too. Have a great weekend!

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Kagro in the Morning - January 26, 2017
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Kagro in the Morning - January 25, 2017

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David Waldman starts the KITM countdown to the end of Donald P. Trump’s term… What do you figure —  Two weeks? Three? Anyhow, if he did quit he sure wouldn’t tell you

Greg Dworkin reminds us that Trump is an agent of chaos. The good news is, exposing Trump’s lies delegitimizes his presidency, which who knows, could maybe slow him down eventually. Right now the propaganda is being shoveled like none has ever been before. Trump has all liars on deck, gaslighting as many as they can. The Donald’s rave reviews keep pouring in! The legend of Trump continues with a trip to CIA, where he explained intelligence agencies were Nazis, assured the CIA he meant the exact opposite and then they gave him a 5 minute standing ovation. Still, some losers are skeptical of His greatness... Someone is cheating! Trump will fix that. Right after he sends federal jack-boots into Chicago to confiscate a few firearms. All Donald wants is to enjoy his day, but sometimes people just get on his nerves.

But what if he loses his mind

Social media postings sometimes provide an important window into a person’s #mentalhealth.

Joan McCarter tells us about everything else hitting the fan while we stare at the head crazy. Democrats demanded more information on alleged insider trading from HHS pick Tom Price, and so he gave them more lies. Mick Mulvaney, nominated to head the Office of Management and Budget, even promised to be worse.  Like any of that’ll matter, as even Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown are waving them in. The Women’s March sends spines to DC, in hopes someone will use them.

The Alt National Park Service shows us how to resist, and Greenpeace steps up, way up. It’s time to punch Nazis, metaphorically, preferably.

Hey, wait a minute—presidential memoranda vs. executive orders. What's the difference?

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Kagro in the Morning - January 24, 2017

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Today on KITM, David Waldman addresses the dilemma we face now: Our president is a dumb baby. Certainly, he is a lying dumb baby. He is probably a crazy lying dumb baby. Now he is the President of the United States, making him the most powerful crazy lying dumb baby on Earth. The last few days, the first few days of his administration, have made him a thoroughly enraged most powerful crazy lying dumb baby.

​Armando implores us to remember, when confronted with an easily enraged crazy dumb baby on a political ticket, to make our vote count strategically, and pragmatically, before we bestow the most power on Earth to the guy. Here is what we get: The Keystone XL and DAPL pipelines will be built, and the EPA is under a gag order as Trump team shuts down grants, and press communication. Republicans run interference, as their “blame Obama for Obamacare repeal” strategy kicks off, and Orrin Hatch wrings his hands in concern over the Democrats reaction, which is to slow down confirmation while we find out WTF’s going on with these people.

Life is getting crazier every minute. Want to close your eyes, and pick a place outside the Untied States to visit for a while? Try Tobermory, Canada!

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Kagro in the Morning - January 23, 2017

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David Waldman wisely chose the World Wide Web to distribute today’s KITM, thus guaranteeing the largest audience, ever, to witness a political blog show. Period

Since last week’s show we had a teeny weenie inauguration of the giant red tie wrapped loser, then on Saturday the world stood for women and that was pretty glorious. (Sean Spicer is a loon.)

To start off this week Greg Dworkin tells us that first we need to stop waiting for Trump to make sense. Donald P. Trump is here to destroy norms and be a chaos agent.

The traditional way of reporting is dead. First, the White House is for beginners. The pros need to go outside and do their jobs. Learn from veteran reporters that have had to suffer this around the world

Trump paid actors to fill the room when he announced his run for president a year ago. Just think of what we will find out a year from now, a year too late! Donald has not yet resigned from his companies. You aren’t going to see his taxes. His sidestepping conflict-of-interests through advisors worries ethics experts. Release the slew of lawsuits!

Trump will retain his private intelligence and security force. David has an alternative theory. U.S. spies fear our allies will stop sharing their intel with us.

Don’t worry about what Trump says, worry about what he does. This weekend we got to see his character in action.

 

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

Kagro in the Morning - January 20, 2017

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Shhhh. Breathe!  Slowly, in... and out. Picture yourself on a sunny beach, ocean waves gently lapping upon the shore, and escape one more time with David Waldman and KITM as we head into Day One.

It is not warm nor sunny in Washington DC today. There aren’t a lot of bodies to gain heat from either. Some people reminisce about warmer rainbow-filled evenings long ago, some just create a complete fantasy world to live in.

It’s a busy day for Donald P. Trump. He has to listen to a dummy tell him what to say, then meet with a bunch of lying idiots. Trump is trying to make some new friends with old Obama appointees, but some haters and losers are still ghosting him, and nine, or eight, Gop senators are set to annoy him. Even the DOD shafted him on his request to show some muscle, but today he becomes their boss, so maybe he’ll show some tomorrow. Meanwhile stay out of the way of the motorcade, and bullets.

Remember when being Anti-Facist was considered a good thing? The times might be changing, with the help of moles, plants, rats, and James O’Keefe. People now need to decide which way their restaurant leans before looking at the menu

An animatronic puppet (no puppet!) with a big participation trophy is unveiled in the Mar-a-Lago lobby, but people complained about the lack of realism.

As Barack Obama rides off into the sunset, commuting sentences as he goes, David shows us the way forward: Resist. Defend. Never consent. And Delay. This is how he plans to do it.

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

Kagro in the Morning - January 19, 2017

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Take some time to finish reading any novels today, as fiction will cease tomorrow.

Donald Trump holds reality and mendacity in equal regard. Snowflake Donald is triggered when people lie about him, or tell the truth about him. So, can the rest of us find common ground by embracing truth

Greg Dworkin calls in and increases David Waldman’s stress level. Over a third of Americans say Trump's election increased their stress. Pediatricians stress out as Donald Trump and Robert F. Kennedy, Jrendanger millions of children. Educators stress out as Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos endanger millions of children. Meanwhile, psychologists “enhance” our interrogation techniques, and those techniques are due for even more enhancement.

Rick Perry, perpetually saying “Whaaaa?”, enters yet another learning curve as Energy Secretary.

Donald Trump is going to take an ax to government spending, passing the savings, and a pile of cash to… well, the line forms behind Scott Walker. Commerce Secretary pick Wilbur Ross fired an undocumented employee before his hearing, and White House budget director pick Mick Mulvaney didn’t pay taxes on an employee, but they’ll both have to try a lot harder to create a “Gate” in today’s climate.

Life for journalists keeps getting tougher. The Trump Hotel in Washington is banning the media, which could be illegal. Even a fake journalist paying his rent by making up Hillary stories, had his day job terminated for reporting the (fake) news.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:20am EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 18, 2017

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We keep heading towards the inauguration. OK, not all of us are heading there, but there will no doubt be a Day One eventually, and David Waldman with KITM will be there on Day Two (hopefully) to help us dig out.

Probable Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was taken to school in yesterday’s hearings. To the amazement of all, DeVos was not eaten by a bear, as we have not yet realized the need to bear arms against armed bears

Greg Dworkin rounds up some polls, and it turns out they still don’t like Trump. They are beginning to really appreciate Obamacare (and Obama) however. The story of Obamacare’s impact is growing as it becomes apparent that the Republicans really mean the “Repeal” of “Repeal and Replace”. Greg points out that Trump’s narrative requires a foil, so he wishes Hillary Clinton was still around, and explains why he tried to paint John Lewis, of all people, as a snowflake. The more specific Democrats are about solutions, the more difficult it becomes to put them into Trump’s “story”.

Who are Trump’s next enemy? Just look at the visuals he’s planning.

Joan McCarter stops by for a while before having to go back to the confirmation hearings. Coming up is health and human services pick Tom Price, who is chock full of scandal. Republicans in red states are surprised to find they aren’t heroes for slaying Obamacare.

Not all of Trump’s nominees are going to be automatically processed into their positions. Andrew Puzder might just turn down his Labor Secretary offer. 

Donald says “I was never even In that room for that period of time” when the peeing and the prostitutes and the Putining occurred. (So, if anyone turns up with a video of him entering that room, well then it did happen, but not for “that period of time”.)

Popular neo-Nazi blogger resigns in shame after revelation his wife is Jewish, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

David updates his LinkedIn profile to include “Sand-In-the-Gears Application Assistant.”

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:23am EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 17, 2017

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David Waldman is honoring his New Years resolution today by supporting media he can trust to keep him informed… Yep, I’m looking at you. Remember, each dollar you donate to KITM is another dollar we can use to buy a lottery ticket and make some real money.

President Trump will Make America Great Again mere moments after taking the oath, by going away, at least until Monday morning. At least that’s the date he pulled out for The Times of London. However, each word Trump says does not seem to be informed by the previous word, making it tough on reporters attempting to portray him as “not an idiot”. It is also hard to portray Donald as “not a crook” or “not a perv” when no one proves or disproves that dossier, although you know people are working on that, too. Donald Trump is putting people back to work, diagraming sentences, tracing leads, and reading The Constitution. Armando helps us with those Emolument clauses. Take your time to absorb his article as the Trump learning curve will remain steep. For instance, Donald Trump's company says it will donate profits from any foreign governments that use his hotels. You know that is BS, David explains why. Trump has always played around in various scams and urine, as well as fake news, so the corporate media should have been prepared, although they still had a hard time cornering even the Texas Agriculture Commissioner.

The population of protesters, tourists, and journalists are up at Trump Tower, but not enough are buying jewelry. Gun-friendly statehouses see occasional” reckless conduct. (But so do gun-friendly steakhouses.) The Missouri Capitol institutes the “leave a gun, take a gun” rule.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:33am EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 16, 2017

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Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The fact that there is such resistance to MLK’s commemoration underlines its importance. Biloxi, Mississippi takes us one step closer to “All Americans Matter” day. Others, including U.S. Representative John Lewis lead us to a better way.

David Waldman is joined by Greg Dworkin to describe how the twitter feud is becoming a movement.

We know Donald P. Trump is a ten year old with a real airplane and a billion dollars, but more importantly, if you really want to anger him, tell him he’s a bad golfer! What is past is prologue, so journalists know they are heading towards Hell.  

The Apprentice created the “character” of Donald Trump through careful editing of the “reality” of Donald TrumpThis might be why Donald prefers to make a couple takes on his reality as he offers it to you. Now, Donald promises all of America will be 'beautifully covered' under his secret health care plan. He is raising 90 million dollars for charity (and to say 35 words). And, Russia wouldn’t change a word of his foreign policy. British and Israeli intelligence are resistant to sharing stuff with everyone, but what can they do about it? 

Sure it kind of seems we are all heading for hell. But, don’t despair! We were made for these times. There is hope in the dark. Make Friday a beginning.

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

Kagro in the Morning - January 13, 2017

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Sure, it’s Friday the 13th, but aren’t you lucky it is not next Friday yet?

David Waldman puts on his progressive boots (right-wing shoes hurt his left-wing feet) and leads us up that KITM hill again to finish up the week. The hill looks pretty steep today. Robert Reich has been in government since at least Carter, but still was shocked to learn that government institutions and public trust were actually voted out in November. The new government has a mandate to rout out ethics, and got on that even before Day One. This probably cheers up a few supporters, but not Armando, who still clings to antiquated notions of how things ought to be. He and David unshroud some recent government decisions from the technicalities designed to… shroud them. These include the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017, a House rules change you didn’t hear much about—and one prosecutors won’t like, and the proper use of the Byrd Rule.

When in New York, Marine Le Pen was eager to try the cuisine at the Trump Grille, certain to be the new hot spot for out-of-towners.

The problem with the Deep State for Donald Trump is just how unruly they can be, unlike Russians, who seem to be up for almost anything.

Inauguration is next week, so some people still have to obey some laws. For instance, a neo-Nazi armed march is called off because their application was incomplete, and a New Hampshire lawmaker was mortified when the law of gravity affected her loaded gun during a hearing on the merits of full-day kindergarten.

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

Kagro in the Morning - January 12, 2017

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Welcome to the first KITM of the passing-Watergate era. Donald Trump makes it so no one need speak the truth or make sense ever again. This whole week has had that Trump je ne sais quoi, as the Germans say. Nonetheless, David Waldman is here to help us get to the facts under the crazy, starting with last night’s Vote-A-Rama.  

Yes, the Senate did take the first step towards repealing Obamacare last night. Greg Dworkin and David discuss how this isn’t the Worst Thing that ever happened, just one of them. Back to the confirmation hearings: Rubio “Al Frankened” Rex Tillerson, bringing a little excitement. Was Tillerson not prepared properly? We now have some things on Tillerson, and Jeff Sessions to yell at them once they get the job. (They will get the job.) Golden-boy whiz-kid Donald Trump has the job, but no ethics, and personally no ethical concerns, or at least shame. James Comey is also running low on shame.

Armando notes that Trump not only lacks shame, but intelligence, thus making him Russia’s and Republican’s ideal useful ignoramus.

At least Trump is trying to make the most out of his presidency.

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

Kagro in the Morning - January 11, 2017

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David Waldman finally streams the Number One story of last night on today’s KITM. In fact, he could barely hold it till airtime. Urine for a treat.

Greg Dworkin is also happy to bring the pun to punditry. This whole thing is not a piddling matter. Seriously, what’s clearly true about Trump and Russia is disturbing. The big story is horrific. But, keep joking, they hate it.

Armando figures Donald’s thirst for liquid assets made him irresistible to Russian Mobsters. Being a pretend billionaire when you aren’t too bright costs a lot of money.

For some reason, confirmation hearings continue to be necessary. At least Sheldon Whitehouse and Al Franken are there to protect the honor of the Senate. Also, Coretta Scott King's letter that helped sink Sessions in 1986 is now finally public.

Wow, you're not technically a member of Congress until you take the oath? Weird! Who knew?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:16pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 10, 2017

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David Waldman may or may not fend off his winter virus, but he didn’t have to carry KITM on his own once Armando called in to add to the discussion of the general state of LOL YOLO happening out there. So, today is the big day of the big week to start determining how helpful/helpless we can be. Senators will also unveil a bipartisan bill to impose new sanctions on Russia, to temporarily irk Trump/Putin.

Right now, Jeff Sessions is getting his confirmation hearing, important because it is a hearing on Trump as much as Sessions. A lot will be said, by a lot of people, but odds are he’s getting in.

Armando talks about earlier confirmation hearings, such as Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense, and his labeling of James Hormel, ambassador to Luxembourg, as being "aggressively gay".

As House Republicans inject more uncertainty into the Obamacare chaos, the plan to repeal without replacement might have trouble picking up votes. If they can’t blow it up right away, they will try to blow it up slowly to see if they can break Democrat’s will.

Monica Crowley, a memorable and unique author in shorter forms, plagiarized numerous passages for her Ph.D. dissertation.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:58am EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 9, 2017

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KITM show business legend David Waldman wants you to look into his heart, but don’t get too close, he has some sort of bug.

In a sophisticated tie-in, Greg Dworkin reminds us it is flu season. Barack H. Obama, J.D. reminds us that it is a good thing we have insurance. Remember, when it comes to anything, anyone that promises you everything is lying. With that in mind, here is the real story of Obamacare's birth, and here is a big list of what the new administration isn’t going to be telling you. Physicians are feeling this instability as much as anyone, so dissent roils the AMA, the nation’s largest doctor’s (not necessarily patient’s) group.

Ready or not, Republicans say cabinet hearings will begin tuesday, although it is the Republicans that don’t really seem ready.

During the election, Anti-Trump authors and pundits were catfished. You got to hope that the people involved get into a lot of trouble. Donald Trump's son-in-law assured people privately not to believe that crap he says.

You heard it here first. The Alt-Right is a sex cult. Now you can read the well-hyperlinked Vox explainer on how online communities prey on male insecurity, radicalizing insecure men far and wide.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:25am EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 6, 2016

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David Waldman knows you are loyal to us, so he is loyal to you. He’s out today, but no way will you be short-changed on your KITM allotment! So, today it’s not-so-live, but it is all-new!

Today the Joint Session of Congress finally counts the votes of the electoral college. That pesky Constitution will be brought up now and then over the course of the day, but so far not by a Senator. You might remember why that would be welcome.

The Preppy Don, Joey “No Socks” Cinque is so loyal he’d take 3 bullets and keep his mouth shut, so it makes sense that Donald Trump would like him, if he ever got to know him.  Who would believe that Donald and Joey could be mixed up with American mobsters, Russian mobsters, soccer corruption, The Panama Papers, immigrant models, flight wealth, and Kleptocracy with the aid of loans, yachts and hotel chains. David would! And, so will you by the end of today’s show!

 

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:48am EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 5, 2017

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It’s about 15 days until Day One, when Donald Trump can fight against intelligence! Until then, David Waldman will see how much he can pack into a single KITM

At least 50 Trump Electors were illegitimately seated as electoral college members. David figures that might start to matter to this election once that total goes over a hundred or so.

Day One is the day Donald plans to place Obamacare’s head on a pike. Greg Dworkin predicts things will not go so fast from day two. Repealing and replacing Obamacare is not awfully popular, surprising some in congress, but not Fortune 100 companies, or economists, some senatorstwo GOP governors from key Trump states, and even the AMA, a supporter of Tom Price as Health Secretary, wants a replacement before repeal.

Donald Trump wants Julian Assange dead or something. But No! They’re pals now! Until Trump wants him dead again. Trump certainly likes change, but he’s not a big fan of the intelligence community, outside of a couple of Russian spies. Some Capitol Hill Republicans are still enamored with intelligence, which is showing in today’s hacking hearings.

Treasury nominee Steve Mnuchin’s bank is accused of “widespread misconduct” in a leaked memo, but will that lead to anything really being done about it?

Josie Duffy Rice calls in to agree about how rarely people in charge of cheating people out of money are held accountable. On the bright side, New Jersey’s Bail Reform and Speed Trial Act will largely eliminate bail for minor crimes and is expected to significantly reduce the state’s jail population. Josie discusses an attorney’s role and responsibility as a public servant, and Cook County state’s new attorney, Kimberly M. Foxx, who laid out her larger policy priorities for both civil and criminal law this week.

In vendetta news, House Republicans revive a rule that allows them to reduce federal workers annual pay to $1 if they get on their nerves too much. Lickspittle Chris Christie is hated so much that his Bridgegate aide got appointed to the White House just to rub his face in it a bit more.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:11pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 4, 2017

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Folks, we are at Perihelion, and you all know that is the very best time to subscribe to, and support media sources that you trust. That would be us, right here, at KITM. You know us, you like us, you trust us, and many of you would like to support us, but you just haven’t taken that first step. Now is the time!

David Waldman tells us that for a while there yesterday, Republicans had the bowels of the Office of Congressional Ethics in their greasy hands, ready to yank, then we came to the rescue. Why was this such a priority for the Gop? They seem to have invented a new kind of stupid, while putting the perfect spin on the Trump presidency.

Greg Dworkin calls in to discuss why the OCE is important, focusing on how we would never have known about cases like Michele Bachmann’s without it.

Of course “draining the swamp” was just another Trump scam. Newsrooms have their work cut out for them, every detail needs the utmost care, right to the headline. The easy part is knowing that everything they will be told from here on out will be lies.

Republicans finally have the power to repeal Obamacare, but they're still not sure how. Here is what they plan to do, but is that what they are going to do? They can’t say they weren’t warned. The devil is in the details, and will take care of that "Day One" of his presidency.

Joan McCarter also talks about the House Republicans reversing on OCE. House Democrats give the finger to Ryan, and the Republicans over the new fine of up to $2,500 for members taking photos on the floor. The Senate has started investigating Russian interference in our election—by probing the Obama administration response. Chuck Schumer sure wishes Democrats hadn’t nuked the filibuster.

Donald says he hardly knows his acquaintance Joey “No Socks” Cinque. This probably breaks Joey’s heart, considering how much he admires Trump.

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

Kagro in the Morning - January 3, 2017

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Imagine a world in which Joe Biden kicked David Waldman’s Operation High Noon into action, and the Republicans didn’t prioritize removing independent ethics committees... Oh, now it looks as if the 115th Congress’ noble aims of increasing discipline by reducing enforcement by increasing transparency through secret votes, have changed somewhat. Good for us, we have such an ethics watchdog on the case!

In the rest of today’s Orwellian news, companies hoping to hire more, by reducing the number of companies in existence, and lower prices by creating monopolies, know who to go to for help: a PEOTUS that prefers to hang out with the mob, and hires unvetted gunmen to watch over his guards. His future Attorney General commits felonies to assist in his confirmation hearing. And, some journalists decide that the appearance of journalism beats journalism.

 

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