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Today, David Waldman presents day one of a special two-part KITM on the Axis of Trump/Russia/Bannon/Mercer/Bolton/Facebook/2016 Elections/Brexit/Nigeria/India Evil. A story so complex it takes a full diGenova to explore it all.

Actually, Joe diGenova probably clocked in a lot less than 4 hours at the White House. Donald Trump is having trouble finding legal help. You can tell by the way Trump tells you that he isn’t having trouble finding legal help.

Jeff Sessions might not be yet connected to Cambridge Analytica, but don’t count him out.  Andrew McCabe authorized a criminal probe of Sessions for some reason. The Republican House Intelligence Committee chose to be clueless of over 80% of Trump-Russia contacts. Why investigate efforts to collude, because if they were colluding they wouldn’t need to expend any effort to collude, would they?

If you are reading this, John Bolton has not yet killed us, but then you may still want to read a bit quicker, because really, the guy is a loon. Bolton’s super PAC paid over $800,000 to Cambridge Analytica, btw.

Remember back in the day when Facebook pretended it was just an innocent bystander with 2.2 billion monthly active users? Those were the days! Facebook allowed Trump consultants to exploit the data of millions of their users. The people that stole the data happened to be Russian, funded by the government of Russia, and were courting Russian oligarchs. Data war whistleblower Christopher Wylie bragged that he made Steve KG Bannon’s psychological warfare tool. Tomorrow: more on Cambridge Analytica’s psychographic takeover of the world!

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KITM is LIVE today, but not so live Monday and Tuesday. David Waldman might get a pre-recorded show or two out, but otherwise he owes us four days of news before Wednesday! Armando and Joan McCarter call in, and between the three of them they cram a good six hours into our two hour bag:

H.R. McMaster can't do a little ‘cause he can't do enough, or at least as much as John Bolton, who brings years of experience as a corrupt racist maniac to the table. We also say goodbye to John Dowd, Donald Trump’s lead attorney, clearly because Trump is too innocent for his representation

Donald saw a thing on Fox and Friends the other day, about that omnibus bill he was going to sign, and so far Fox was the last one to talk to him, and… (Oh, look, someone new talked to him) Until then, Senator Jim Risch was leading in pettiness, holding up the bill to spite a dead guy, the former Governor of Idaho, Cecil Andrus.  Susan Collins admits that she’s been lying for five months about her tax scam vote.

John Bolton certainly looks forward to helping Trump escalate his snit with Iran, therfore it’s time to cue the accusations of Iranian global cyberattacks, not being made by 400lb. guys on any couches, or by Guccifer 2.0, Gop pal and an officer of Russia’s military intelligence directorate. Meanwhile, the Deep State picks out a dinette set for Ben Carson, and Saudi Princes can’t get into trouble for trying.

Finding trouble without trying: A Muslim engineer in Kansas that was reported as a member of ISIS for displaying the official flag of Malaysia.

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It’s Thursday, it’s KITM, maybe the greatest thing since sliced ketchup, and David Waldman, along with Greg Dworkin, are serving it up hot:

The Senate is giving up on its bipartisan health care deal, but the House continues to bumble along to get its spending bill together. The wall money is Fake News! The real news is that the spending bill will stipulate that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can go back to studying gun violence, which it hasn’t been able to do since the Dickey Amendment. People that care and are in the know have been demanding this for years. The leaders we've been waiting for march for our lives this Saturday. For the Columbine generation, gun violence has been a defining fear, as polling everywhere is showing. YouTube bans gun demo videos and videos that link to gun sales sites. It’s a start.

Facebook is also kind of starting to come up with a solution, right after  users turned it off, and its stock dropped and Mark Zuckerberg scored 1.14 million stock sales, and maybe also made plans to exploit Facebook for a presidential run, and of course after all of this got Robert Mueller’s attention… but even if you do shore up your security, remember—you are the product, advertisers are the customer.

Israeli hackers worked alongside Cambridge Analytica and hacked the president of Nigeria and the prime minister of Saint Kitts.

Speaking of customer satisfaction, Jared Kushner, warmly ensconced in Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman’s pocket, might have whispered away the lives of dissidents to fund his Mark of the Beast debt. Jared’s dad-in-law caters to his clientele with the same dedication.

Steve Bannon’s best friend, pedophile George Nader, scuttled back under the counter somewhere where we will never find him.

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Whether it’s reenacting a bustling diner, a tuberculosis ward or just some kind of performance art involving logging chain and Hummel figurines, there always seems to be a lot going on at KITM World Headquarters during school snow days! David Waldman speaks in ALL CAPS, hoping we can pay attention.

Which KITM character are you? Take our personality quiz! If you’re Greg Dworkin, you already know better than to fall for that one. Through Facebook, Cambridge Analytica got data on millions, and leverage to manipulate millions more. Greg takes us through the many webs Cambridge Analytica wove. The Obama data team reminds us that a community organizing tool is pretty much the opposite of stealing data for use in psychological warfare. The clientele is different too, as investigators are noting.

In Memoriam: Robert Grossman, a great artist that you definitely know, dies at 78. Peter G. Peterson, billionaire, 91, is survived by the National Debt. The Austin Bomber, a.k.a austinbomber, blew himself up at 23. His bombs terrorized millions, and yet he was not a terrorist. Ah, if only all mass shooters would be mass bombers think of how much safer we’d be.

If Kris Kobach is capable of embarrassment and humiliation, he received a lot of both in federal court recently. Soon we will discover if he is capable of incarceration.

Joan McCarter reminds us of the next spending bill deadline — this Friday at midnight. So many poor to punish and so little time! The Gop’s buggy tax law comes up with a grain glitch. The Senate Intelligence Committee finally acknowledges the security of the 2018 election is in jeopardy

Russia helps Venezuela create cryptocurrency to evade U.S. sanctions. They probably are kicking themselves for not thinking of that before they bought all those Trumps.

 

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Cambridge AnalyticaDavid Waldman is as alarmed about that as you are, but it’s not like he hasn’t been warning you about them for about a year now.

First, some breaking news, and also sadly a regular topic on KITM, a school shooting. This time at Great Mills High School in Maryland, thoughts and prayers did not arrive in time for at least one out of the three shot.

Bombs, the generally less efficient tool of amateur mass murderers, have been employed in Texas recently. As long as a few million people stay in their house, they only need to worry about the bombs arriving in the mail.

Are there still Supreme Court Judges that are left of Gorsuch? Then don’t expect any Republicans to step between Donald Trump and Robert Mueller. #18USCode2381, btw. Could Trump just be looking for attention maybe? So why does he guard his privacy with lifetime $10 million nondisclosure agreements? The Trump lawyer seeking to silence Stormy Daniels was a lead counsel for Trump University.

Donald invited Junior over to “The Celebrity Apprentice” to pick out a girl advise contestants, and he ended up engaged in an affair years before his divorce. Meanwhile, the wife of White House social media director Dan Scavino also files for divorce.

Kris Kobach has a hard time maintaining his voter suppressing fantasies in front of a judge.

Now, back to Cambridge Analytica, Facebook’s surveillance machine. Follow Carole Cadwalladr if you want to keep up-to-the-minute on this, because she sure is. Britain is on the forefront of this threat, and the Russia ones, although Putin thought he took care of them a while back. We know that Donald Trump is rich and married, therefore it is impossible to tempt him into corruption. His election consultants, however, were happy to use those techniques on others.

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From the moment he woke up on that mulch truck, David Waldman knew today (and this week) would be a crazy one, and he’s here to help us figure it out.

Greg Dworkin stops by to bring us the big weekend stories:

Things are going so great for Donald Trump, that aids sometimes need to whisk him to the golf course so that he isn’t just overcome by glee. Republicans are still too busy shuffling through their Supreme Court fantasy picks to much notice, so far.

We fix all of this by voting. The polls are looking better all the time, but polls don’t vote. We need to keep our elephants and riders going in the same direction.

Did Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, and Steven KG Bannon win a psychological war against America by hijacking the profiles of millions of Facebook users in order to target the US electorate? We may never know if they won, but there are a whole lot of losers, including Facebook. Regulation and investigation would be nice, if anyone at the FTC cared about stuff like that that anymore. $2 trillion will make a big receivership case.

Hope Hicks won’t say how she did it, but she almost quit doing it several times. She definitely witnessed plenty.

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Oh boy! It is mulch time again! David Waldman is all set to pull the first muscles of Spring, but before he can say goodbye to his back, David has to set us up to handle the weekend:

Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Trump are separating. Who knows what the future might bring, but we wish them well in their forthcoming endeavors.

Chief Economic Advisor Larry Kudlow assures us that, kind of like a married guy has no reason to cheat, “Wealthy folks have no need to steal or engage in corruption.” That’s why it is so weird that Donald Trump keeps on being accused of both. Kellyanne Conway makes more than you do, but not enough to keep her from temptation.

HUD advisor Naved Jafry knows “we live in the world of opinion and facts merging together” and was pretty certain that included lying about his military record and fraud. Donald Trump lives in a world of lies and other lies merging together, and now the rest of us do.

Gina Haspel did not oversee waterboarding of Abu Zubaydah, but she did plenty of other stuff that needs attention called to in her Senate confirmation hearings.

Emails show conservatives fearing others might do what they fantasize about doing. How conservative activists catfished Twitter. How a Navy sailor and his lawyer got Trump’s attention: hate on Hillary.

Felix Sater, Russian mafioso, stock swindler, American Spy, probably a Russian spy, and Trump babysitter says “Greed is my go-to weapon.” Does he want to be Donald’s bunkmate for 10 to 20, or will he by Mueller’s pal instead

What are the odds finding a few tons of gold in your yard this weekend? Always better if your yard is in Russia.

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David Waldman spends the full 2 hours of KITM avoiding the question of why cats “blep”. He does cover just about everything else today:

Conor Lamb probably won the Pennsylvania special election. Greg Dworkin is here to tell us probably why he did. It is definitely a big Democratic wave and Conor Lamb is definitely a Democrat, the kind that plans to do a good job representing his constituents, a.k.a. “the winning kind”. Even some Republicans are figuring that out, though luckily not most of them. The Gop tax scheme did not represent constituent needs in Pennsylvania. Voters, not Republicans, got that.

This leaves Dems in disarray somehow. Pelosi’s in peril as usual. Good thing we have the Trump administration for comparison! Spin can’t get them out of this mess before the midterms. Donald Trump sees only one solution: heads must roll. Donald says all that is "very exaggerated and false", so it’ll probably happen before I can finish typing this. First, Jeff Sessions needs to fire Andrew McCabe before he earn his pension, then Trump can fire Sessions, then everyone else, and new ones can replace them. Some are just too dumb to fire.

Sacré bleu! Quel imbécile stupide bébé, eh? Our Cartoon Used Car Salesman in Chief just doesn’t care, as long as you sign on the dotted line.

As we know, Stormy Daniels doesn’t even own a carpet, but Donald Trump sure has a rug, and he is sweeping a lot under it. BuzzFeed has found a new position that Stormy hasn’t tried before, but will be great to watch.

Elliott Broidy climbs toward the top of the scandal ladder, but is still feeding Donald chocolate cake.

The UK knows what happened to Sergei Skripal. So does the rest of the world, even if some choose to adhere to our enemies as they levy war against us, and give them aid and comfort.

Students across the nation said “enough”. One word, badly interpreted in Virginia and California this week, and way too late for this student.

The white trash circus tent collapsed in Charlottesville.

Preliminary results from NASA's Twins Study reveal that 7% of astronaut Scott Kelly's genes “did not return to normal” after his return to Earth two years ago...

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Ah, the Blue Waves of Spring: In with the Lamb, out with the liar. Of course this means the Dems are in disarray... But not on KITM!  It’s Wednesday, so David Waldman has both Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter to help set us straight on course:

Greg already has the polls and punditry prepared to cut through the chaos. Thanks Obamacare! Healthcare was a defining issue in the race, also Donald Trump’s awfulness. Thanks Trump! Certainly thanks go to Tim Murphy. Our once and future Madam Speaker thanks you all. Republicans are realizing it is better for their health if they just retire now. Donald Trump thinks he could lose a few pounds, as he contemplates life after Rex.

The Seth Rich family has filed a lawsuit against Fox News, blaming Sean Hannity. But, where did Hannity get the idea? Ben and Candy Carson really liked a $31,000 dining set, but are beginning to really dislike email.

Joan believes that this would really be a good week for Senate Democrats to defeat a racist banking bill. The Bank Lobbyist Act will make it even easier for banks to discriminate on mortgages. All that is happening in the Trump administration demands an extraordinary response from the Senate opposition.

Kids again have to show us how it is done.

An Alabama Sheriff discovered a win-win solution to over-pampered prison inmates.

 

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The Trump sewer really backed up quick this morning. David Waldman barely stayed a step ahead of the gusher to give a live accounting of the bodies floating by:

Rex (Everything) Tillerson could have sworn that everything was going great. Sure, there was a little tension here or there, but the boss had his back. And, he was just getting into his job as Secretary of State, siding with our ally, condemning Russia and... Well, Donald Trump hates people that feel a little differently from him. Actually Donald loves Rex Tillerson, but just did not “love” love him.

Then there’s Johnny McEntee, who was ejected so fast he couldn’t put his coat on. Remember: Never do business without giving the boss a taste.

Does Republican Tom Rooney seriously believe the the House intelligence committee has even heard of the word “credibility”?

Oh, and Roger Stone might have conspired with Julian Assange against Democrats. Is nothing sacred?

That was this morning. The second half of KITM was devoted to tomorrow— 

David was joined by Armando and Chris Reeves, Daily Kos Community Outreach Organizer (and much more) to talk about the nuts and bolts of how the Democratic Party plans to operate, how to develop and boost diversity and participation, determine who participates in primaries, encouraging primaries, and the primary schedule for 2020!

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Saving some daylight? Stock up now, you never know when you might need some.

David Waldman catches us up from the weekend. Donald Trump said the usual awful, stupid and self-centered stuff, which ends up being the least chaotic thing he could do.

Betsy DeVos wore her dunce cap on 60 Minutes. It fit her well, as it had been in the family for decades. DeVos heads back to Washington to mishandle school gun violence. As usual Trump excels at finding the exact mishandler for the job. The pediatrician that treated the Columbine Kids speaks outGreg Dworkin is a pediatrician from Newtown and has spoken out, as have others who have seen firsthand the damage these guns can do.

Greg tells us about the chaos to come, if we have any brain cells left to handle it. Ivanka Trump never cut ties with the Trump Organization, and that turned out to be a problem. Robert Mueller’s obstruction of justice case against Donald Trump will wrap soon because, duh, who doesn’t know Trump’s guilty on that one?

Why do racist, homophobic, xenophobic, misogynistic authoritarian Evangelical Christians stick with Trump, other than being racist, homophobic, xenophobic, misogynistic and authoritarian? Republicans thank the Lord and the New York Times for conservative columnists. It would be hard to look in the mirror without that thick layer of false principal-based intellectualism coating.

Is YouTube a gateway to radicalization? Yes, and that is by design, although it is turning out to be a bug not a feature.

Tomorrow—all you ever wanted to know about Super Delegates and caucuses, when Armando and Daily Kos’ Chris Reeves join KITM for a discussion of 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination rules!

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Well, we’re on our own. David Waldman has taken us all the way to Friday, but it is now time to fend for ourselves, at least for a couple of days. Here’s the KITM you need to listen to:

Trump goes to North Korea. A historical moment that could only be born from this presidency, because nobody on earth can be played like this president

OK. That’s about it, then. What would you like to talk about while we wait?

Erik Prince colluded with the Russians, at least to set up a meeting in Seychelles to make it easier for future colluding. Jared Kushner’s man in the middle east, George Nader is not quite convicted, yet not quite innocent of child pornography. This didn’t make Jared too shy, or scare off many strange bedfellows throughout the US, Russia and the Middle East. Without George, Erik or Jared to help,  Saudis still need to speak Donald Trump’s language. Russians knew a good way to get Trump interested in doing business was to first let him watch women in The Act. Meanwhile, a senior HUD adviser repeatedly promoted the theory that John Podesta participated in a satanic rituals. Taylor Weyeneth failed his way over to HUD. White House ethics officials’ path to success requires not seeing ethics violations. Hope Hicks’ hackers were only interested in stealing evidence of her wrongdoing.

Lucky Peyton Manning sold his  31 Papa John’s franchises just 2 days before the NFL ended their partnership.

And if all this wasn’t enough, here is some more recommended weekend reading: 

Part 2 of  David Corn and Michael Isikoff’s The secret story of Obama’s response to Putin’s attack on the 2016 election.

The very strange case of two Russian gun lovers, the NRA, and Donald Trump.

The right-wing censorship advocacy groups at the White House video games meeting, and the state legislator that wants to register strippers.

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KITM hit the lottery today. David Waldman rakes in an embarrassment of riches—tons of news, and all of the best minds on hand to tackle it.

It’s International Women’s Day, so go out and have a powerful one. Donald Trump marked the occasion by hissy-fitting Sarah Sanders. Sara said what Donald told her to say, but without getting the results he imagined she would, so she’s in trouble because now everything is getting stormier by the minute for Trump. It turns out that there is a lot more interesting about this than the salacious. details. Armando sees a crime scene to be investigated, and prosecuted. Sanders said Trump won the arbitration order, Stormy Daniels’ lawyer says no. Armando talks arbitration, federal and consumer, JAMS and ADR... but basically somebody needs to go to jail.

Greg Dworkin brings in some new polls, and reasons to cheer up. The majority of Americans don’t want to arm teachers. The new Florida gun bill has some good and some really stupid in it, but normally you’d expect it to be 100% stupid. Now, polling is tilting from leaning Republican to toss-up in PA, and approval for the tax bill is waning, causing the Gop to pull tax ads in the state. Under Trump, the forgotten men and women are still forgotten. Republicans are expecting defeat in a district Donald Trump won by 20 points. Democrats are up to +9 from +2 in national polls. The news changes so fast that the numb public retreat back to their comfort zones when the chaos overwhelms them.

Trump’s tariff plans will ruin the economy, even Republicans can tell you that much. Arliss Bunny tells us that even better, because she knows what she’s talking about. America’s student debt is a women’s issue. As an added bonus, Arliss previews a special joint podcast on trade, featuring the Hopping Mad crew and the Irreverent Testimony gang! Download it tonight from either site!

Robert Mueller is also a kid in a candy store. All he has to do is choose wisely. Jared Kushner needs to go further south to escape extradition, but for today is in Mexico, after shaking the US ambassador. Another possible conflict of interest between Jared and Apollo Global Management has popped up in the Mojave Desert

Of all the gin joints in all the towns in the world Erik Prince had to walk into the one with the pro-Trump Russian agents in the Seychelles.

If Donald Trump is in some sort of legal trouble, could someone please contact him? He’d like to know.

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Some week so far, huh? It’s been wall-to-wall crazy, and it has been wall-to-wall David Waldman covering it for us for KITM. But today Greg Dworkin took a few minutes from trying to figure out the new computer system at work to help David figure out the rest of the universe:

First of all, yay West Virginia teachers! This might be the biggest sign things might be going the right way after all. The polls, of course mostly agree with sane people. That doesn’t mean sane people are in the majority everywhere, but at least they are getting more excited, and are being represented by more women. Nobody likes Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump trails the generic Democrat, as good a choice as any for a 2018 opponent.

Donald lost one of his last marbles. Gary Cohn lost his last straw, and is getting out while the getting is still good. Kellyanne Conway’s next door neighbor Oleg Deripaska has also seen the insider writing on the wall. The European Union responds to Trump’s tariff threats by promising to withholding a big piece of the American pie.

Stormy Daniels believes she was screwed by Donald Trump and Michael Cohen when they intimidated her into signing her non-disclosure agreement. So she is suing them with a work of legal art designed to expose Donald in more ways than one. David pores over the original NDA, taking time for a special analysis of Stormy Daniels’ “PP”, and also to bare whatever Donald Trump (and frankly most of us) would rather stay un-bared. Speaking of Michael Cohen, Robert Mueller is speaking of Michael Cohen to witnesses, and it seems Cohen received inside information from the Russia probe.

Chris Cillizza tried some “analysis” the other day. He confused Donald Trump with the competent, intelligent human being he once played on TV. Soledad O’Brien pointed out how sad, wrong, and dangerous articles like that can be, and how sad, wrong and dangerous believing people like Chris Cillizza can be.

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David Waldman takes KITM solo for the second day in a row, without even a Sam Nunberg interview to tide him over. Nunberg skipped the Maury Show  yesterday, but hit everywhere else, and he could be a lunatic, a stunt or just another distraction from the guy we were supposed to be paying attention to: Christopher Steele tried to warn the world about Trump’s ties to Russia. Long after Sam Nunberg, we all will be talking about that article and its many ramifications.

Meanwhile, there’s plenty more ramifying out there to consider: Rex Tillerson left $60 million on the table in ‘17 rather than use it to counter Russia. He’s leaving another $60 million right now. Russia likes Rex. Russia might not agree with Mitt Romney on everything, but Ukrainian Yuri Vanetik liked his idea of registering an LLC on a Foreign Agents Registration Act application. A Belarusian adult escort would be everyone’s first guess on who would come in with the next Russia/Trump scoop. She of course is asking for protection as “Some strange things can happen.” A former Russian spy might soon be formerly alive after being exposed to an “unknown substance.” The spy he was swapped for, Anna Chapman, is no longer under cover. Dayanna Volitich was undercover as a Florida public school teacher, or as a white nationalist podcaster. She isn’t either anymore. That teacher, and this teacher would not be good choices as armed teachers. They are both good teachable moments, however.

WNYC’s Trump, Inc. podcast got a tip that the Trump Organization ordered new tee markers for their courses with the seal of the President of the United States. Boy, he’s in trouble now!

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Monday and another week of crazy begins. Unless your kid’s school is under lockdown, then it’s delayed. Never a normal, but becoming a regular, occurrence. (My kid’s OK!)

Somebody thought they heard a shot at a Broward county school. An arriving deputy let them hear a real one. Is Donald Trump’s arm-the-teachers proposal a joke, like his running for office, or is it something we should take seriously? Georgia kills a $40 million tax break for Delta Air Lines because of 13 passengers losing their NRA discount.

David Waldman brings us KITM live weekday mornings, available as a podcast whenever your little heart desires and sometimes even as a print edition, as in this article expanding on KITM’s exploration of the nexus of collusion between Trump and Russia: Facebook.

Greg Dworkin had a busy day at the office and couldn’t call in, but did round-up a pile of punditry. There’s only a couple of things wrong with Donald Trump: what he says and what he does. Robert Mueller is interested in both of those, plus what Donald was telling others to say and do for him. Not everything Trump does is illegal. Tariffs, for instance are just stupid. Picking a fight with LaVar Ball over a provable lie is incredibly stupid.

Even more stupid: Carl Icahn haz securities fraud? Russia, Qatar, hundreds of millions of dollars, risk of war, yes, Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared is down on his luck.

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Friday, and we made it to the weekend!  David Waldman beat us to it, recording today’s KITM in the wee hours of this morning. Therefore we’ll have to wait until Monday to hear David’s impression of Trump’s critique of Alec Baldwin’s impression of Trump

What the hell is going on at Trump’s Panama property? Trump officials are fighting eviction from the Panama hotel they manage. That is, they are fighting eviction with punches upside the heads of the evicting security guards, while the majority owner pulls a Nero with Für Elise in the lobby. Investors in the Panama Trump Tower included a guy who laundered drug money along with Columbian cartels. Donald Trump knows just what to do with people like that, as long as they aren’t investors. Republicans are not just attached to Trump — they’re his customers, too. Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee were behind the leak of private text messages.

David looks into the pro-Trump polling operation of dark money group America First Policies. Leaked documents reveal new details on a Russian troll farm stirring up real protests and targeting Americans to push propaganda. Paid lifetime member of the NRA, and prominent Russian politician Alexander Torshin has been bragging for a half dozen years or so about his connections, and the FBI never had it so good.

A lot of flagging and reporting of alt-right trolls on Twitter is actually by alt-right trolls, as a marketing effort.

 

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Why do we only have 2 hours of KITM each morning? The Hope Hicks and Dick’s Sporting Goods stories hit after the show, and all of the good Hope and Dicks jokes were used up by this morning...

Oh well, by this morning David Waldman may have lost interest in Dicks, but he certainly hadn’t lost sight of Hope! It’s just that Republicans and Trump just keep churning out the funny stuff:

Greg Dworkin focuses us on the 10,000 important things that came up yesterday:

Donald Trump has a clear stance on guns: arm the good guys, take the guns away from the bad guys, why can’t anybody get that? Oh, they get it all right. The gun issue might seem hard to understand, but definitions are out there.

Companies are becoming more publicly left-wing on social issues because their customers want them to do that. The NRA is in the minority, even in Florida.

Just like volunteering in a soup kitchen or raising money for a new playground, owning a gun brings people closer to their community… David and Greg unroll a thread that dissects that opinion and demonstrates how gun culture parallels "wellness" culture. Gun cultural events reduce gun violence because shooters are the attendees.

Robert Mueller doesn’t need a smoking gun.

Hope Hicks was whitely lying for Trump, but she isn’t doing that anymore. We wish her well on her future endeavors. So, now the workload is divvied up among the remaining staff. Ben Carson is caught with his fingers in the pie, which is a big problem because Donald likes pie. The RNC sends Trump more money per month than Ben’s dinette set. Republicans are not just attached to Trump, they’re his customers, too.

Armando wonders why Jared Kushner even wanted a job in the White House, and why did Trump even want to hire him? Kushner’s oversea contracts are looking for leverage, and Kushner’s family business received loans after White House meetings. Jared’s father-in-law pulled the strings.

We might have to blow up some of Panama to tie up some of Trump’s loose ends.

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It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! If you knew it was the day Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter visit David Waldman for KITM, you’d be half-right. Greg couldn’t make it, as he is attending some fascinating procedural meetings having to do with his “job”, but he still rounded-up some punditry for us all. 

Apparently today is also Take Your Assault Rifle to Church Day, a religious holiday important enough to close local schools. God bless the guns, but the bullets can go to hell, because everyone knows they’re dangerous.

If Ben Carson was looking to have his budget blown, he came to the wrong woman. Still, she was demoted, unaware that “$5,000 will not even buy a decent chair”. Ben has specific tastes, and that might limit his approved vendors. Next time Ben should check with the boss, he knows a place to shop.

David continues to explore the nexus of collusion between Russia and Trump’s digital election campaign. It turns out that saying provocative and outrageous statements captures peoples attention, makes distributors money and elects presidents. Paul Fuxjäger gives a… well, he cares enough and knows enough about the mechanisms behind this to warn us that our common values and democratic institutions are in danger.

Who will help Republicans out of the mess they made with the tax law? Anyone? Also, no one wants to help them throw away controls on banks. Trump’s social security budget offers more work, less staff and longer waits.

Maybe this time will be different for gun control.

Bone spurs or not, Donald Trump might be galvanized into rushing into save the Trump Hotel in Panama, or to join the celebration.

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David Waldman didn’t know where to go with today’s KITM. Armando called in, and as it turns out they went just about everywhere:

Want a bigger tax refund next year? Have you considered lurking around schools with a gun?  Already many positions are filling up! If you can’t make it that day, just drop your gun off and someone else can take over outside. Trump wouldn’t even need a gun if trouble happens. Georgia figures Delta’s withholding of perks for NRA members is a step upon the slippery slope towards separate water fountains.

Armando and David discuss the Supreme Court denying the Trump challenging of DACA, a reprieve for many for now. So many, so much emoluments! Why, a responsible congress would...

Facebook charged the 2016 Clinton campaign 200 times as much as the Trump campaign for ads.  Facebook knows that provocative content will drive more attention, and money to them. Of course that is how Donald Trump plans to win again in 2020, and that is why Brad Parscale will run his re-election campaign.

Students for Trump don’t have to reveal who’s bankrolling their group, ‘cause they’re students for Trump, duh!

Special correspondent Mark Hogue goes all ESTJy and records a critique of over-reliance on the Myers-Briggs test.

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The Olympics are over, CPAC is over, but KITM will never end. (Donate!David Waldman brings us into the new week:

Displaying the poise and bearing only the finest billionaire daughters could hope to achieve, Ivanka Trump represented the United States in South Korea, but not the US president. Donald Trump wants a former lackey to be a future lackey

Greg Dworkin rounds up the tough polling and tough politics for Trump. Rick Gates is singing like a canary, and Paul Manafort won’t like that tune. Jonathan Turley might be persuaded of Trump’s guilt once a judge passes sentence on him, but until then remains unconvinced. Greg suggests those S-heads that don’t see enough evidence team with the Ns that know where to look.

Chaos in the Utah Gop! David and Greg try to figure it out, and figure out what that could possibly mean for anyone else.

Trump’s approval is polling at the lowest point so far with non-deplorable people. The rest just don’t care, although many of them will actually answer surveys on landlines. We are uniting around tougher gun laws. Thanks Trump! Now we need to get him interested in getting people health insurance.

Police were dispatched to a possible church shooting, and took out the good guy with the gun. Guns keep showing up in UT-Austin toilet stalls, David does not see an anomaly. He has seen it happen many times before. How did Australia get it so right?

The House Russia investigation doesn’t see any reason to research Trump’s Deutsche Bank ties, could it be that both Trump and Putin know a little German? Trump’s Russia accomplices are the Republican House and Senate.

KITM corespondent Steve Sittig tells us why a high school would be named after Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

 

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Today, David Waldman makes the case for more guns, at least more guns as a topic of discussion. If we only could keep them in our debates and off the street...

The good guy with a gun at Parkland had a gun and didn’t go in, although he probably still has his gun and might need it taken away. Trump thinks the guy might have heel spurs, but maybe the guy was just being pragmatic, and biding his time until he was issued matching firepower. Utah’s been down this road before. In fact, plenty of states are already stuck down this road. What’s one more multi-task to ask of our teachers?

The Trump Hotel paid millions in fines for unpaid work, right after the inauguration. Now, the money flows there very well. Following the money keeps leading Robert Mueller to Jared Kushner, but soon to make guest appearances: Michael Jackson, Rob Lowe, Charlie Rose, and many more!

Native Americans finally get a small break when a scammer Trump was going to hire gets caught before he could start.

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Is it too soon to talk about gun control? Why no, it seems to be the very time to talk about gun control. So who to turn to but David Waldmanour go-to for gun un-awesomeness? Greg Dworkin, our go-to for just about everything helps round-up the latest on the issue:

U.S. support for gun control is at its highest ever, so after making sure he had the best chair in the room, and sociopath camouflage in tiny hand, Donald Trump “listened” to people talk about gun control, eventually blowing it by opening his mouth. Greg advocates shutting up and listening. Today Trump says whatever he said was fake news, but that he really means it.

Was yesterday the day Marco Rubio finally became president? Marco did propose one welcome solution. Call them what you will, but get rid of them.

Whomever takes the time to listen will learn a lot. Therefore, you know that some would like you to quit listening. The NRA likes their lackeys toeing the line.

Set aside how stupid it is for a minute. How much would arming teachers cost? David finds it impossible to set aside how stupid it is. Of course, once they’re armed who is going to take their guns away? Don’t worry, the NRA will take care of it all for us.

Milo Yiannopoulos is going away but don’t worry, he’ll remain our clown for some time to come.

Sure, Melania Trump's parents are “chain migrants”, but the lucky kind that gets in ahead of the ban.

The Electoral College’s constitutionality is being challenged, better late than never.

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It’s Wednesday, and you can expect Joan McCarter to call in and lend a hand to KITM. You know Greg Dworkin will come through, and you can rely on Armando will pitch in any time he’s needed…

How about you? Yes, you over there. Want to help? You don’t have to send money, although you can. You don’t have to record a 3-5 minute segment for David Waldman to play on the air, although you could. Really, all you have to do is play this show on your phone with the RadioPublic app!  It’s just that easy! OK, we hear it’s not so easy, but they’ll get their act together and you’ll get used to it.

Times are changing. Greg assures us the kids are alright. This generation is coming up and isn’t taking the old BS. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of old BS waiting for them, or a lot of old BSers. It is just that they have been reading how to handle this BS since they learned how to read, and are prepared for it. Even now, voters trust Democrats to handle gun violence. In fact, voters trust Democrats to handle government. The Supreme Court sidesteps the gun debate for now. Is standing alongside the sidewalk to gun stores holding big posters of shot bodies a technique we really want to adopt? Right now support for gun control is at its highest ever.

Meanwhile the President is crazy and John Kelly wasn’t the sane one.

David and Joan agree that Clarence Thomas might be a nice starter impeachment to get our toes wet before diving right in. Joan applauds the very applaudable Daily Kos Election team, who in turn applauds Linda Belcher’s 86 point election swing in Kentucky. There is no reason for anything other than a clean Dream Act.

 

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David Waldman brings us more of everything today, including more cowbell! (Another fine KITM branding opportunity missed.)

Should partisans support nonpartisan solutions to gerrymandering? Should we give them a taste of their own medicine? Why not step back and show respect before we ask anything in return from Republicans? We all know the answer to that question.

If Trump and his Congress cared what most Americans thought, this would be fixed by now, but right now in front of the High School named after Journalist/activist Marjory Stoneman Douglas, survivors stand up and march, and are making a difference. Time to fight gun fantasies, again.

Trolls troll. It’s what they do, but if it was easy to track or stop them they wouldn’t be too good of trolls would they? White nationalists and Twitter bots fueled the war against Al Franken, but did they “take him down”? Maybe, or maybe loose reporting aids the trolls.

The guy on the Trump dating site has a child sex conviction, of course. How much projection can we standIt’s time to reexamine the evidence on Clarence Thomas, and to talk impeachment.

Robert Mueller nabs another one, today Attorney Alex Van Der Zwaan goes down.

Listen to us on the RadioPublic app. It might help us keep track of listeners, it might help us make money, it can’t hurt!

 
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It’s Presidents’ Day, a day to become... highly reflective… and while we’re at it, let’s look into how this “president” got here, and why he’s still here. The Angry and McMuffin-laden Dotard lashed out in an angry and error-laden tweetstorm over the weekend, and David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Armando help us figure out the world that has allowed this to happen.

Russia wanted Trump to win, or at least the US to loseCollusion - conspiracy, treasonous - traitorous, let’s call the whole thing off? No, because what is incontrovertible is Donald Trump’s illegitimacy, we are just working out the details. The media isn’t so sure yet, but If Trump took the time to blurt out hints on every scheme he has his little fingers in, he wouldn’t have time to golf.

Institutions can’t save America from Trump, and neither can a defeatist attitude. But it is not fatalism to acknowledge that Democrats and Republicans are not mirror images, Republicans can get the vote if their supporters believe their heart remains in the same basically deplorable place. Will the kids get us out of our messes? Don’t bet against them.

On the other hand, Russian trolls and entrenched beliefs will remain hardy. Nothing in the Constitution prevents sensible gun rules, but plenty of lawmakers will.

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Did somebody say treasonous? I mean, yeah, I guess, why notDavid Waldman focuses on the T words today: Trump, Traitor, Treason. How far did Donald go? How far do we need to go?

Mitt Romney vows to bring the values of… (opens link)… “Utah” to Washington. Is Mitt the best Republican we can hope for? If he has any values at all, he’ll be one of the good ones. The latest mass murderer of school children (so far today) was a MAGA White Supremacist, and he helped them keep their death toll high this week. The FBI has a hard time keeping up with all of them.

Speaking of Infrastructure Week, an ex-playmate hails the disciplined organization, planning and implementation of Team Trump.

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Yes, this is what we are talking about today. David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, you and I really hate to talk abut all of this, but we still need to. Everyone knows what the problem is. Everyone knew what the problem was this time too. But, Rick Scott still has to figure this out. Mike Rogers has to prioritize. Pam Bondi pulls out the T-shirt cannon. Of course Marco Rubio has to pray on it. Let’s pray for this guy, let’s pray for these people. It is time to take a look in the mirror. It is time to take action. The place to fight this is in the voting booth.

This happens over and over again. Greg brings us lessons from Newtown. This is our Moloch.

Donald Trump will do a bad job of consoling, because it conflicts with his job as fear monger. Trump in fact has signed one gun measure... to applause.

It’s hard to good-guy-with-a-gun when you are being shot through walls, and other bodies.

So, is this all a distraction from the pressing issues of today? Well no, but you might prefer to think of something else for a while:

Trump’s gang doesn’t have security clearancesThey don’t need no stinking security clearances.  You can find someone else if you want security clearances. Meanwhile, Jared Kushner still needs some money, and might be caring less about where he’s getting it. Does it matter who gets John Kelly’s job? Does it matter who is friends with Nazis?

What is the problem with having people that resent and disparage you, pick out what you eat? Well, a few things.

The VA chief of staff had taxpayers pay for his wife’s European trip… or did he? Scott Pruitt is on track to achieve an authoritarian regime ahead of his boss.

Oh, and it’s Day 4 of Infrastructure Week.

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This Valentine’s Day, Why not show your loved ones you really care, with a gift of Kagro in the Morning? Some would budget out a month or two of income, but we understand if you want to start out “small”...

Today, KITM presents you with a bouquet of talent: David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, Armando and Joan McCarter:

The ultimate wingman, Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen paid $130,000 out of his own pocket to Stormy Daniels but was too much of a gentleman to get into details. Armando suggests we look back to John Edwards’ romantic history.

Corruption and incompetence remain an inseparable couple in the White House. John Kelly is “a big fat liar” say the White House staff, but they can’t guarantee that they speak the truth either. No one will play nice when their boss doesn’t want them to. We now know what they knew, but when did they know it?  Donald is set to sign a sex assault bill today in case there is anyone left in the world that missed the irony.

The White House security clearance process is broken, which is OK by Jared, he needs the money.

David and Greg pore over the numbers to determine if Trump alone will carry us to victory or if we still need to do something. First thing to do in 2019: fix ICE.  Right now we need to fix DACA. Just don’t call it “the Hastert Rule”. The Republicans turn the Senate immigration debate into a campaign rally. Mitch McConnell puts his thumb on the scale, while Democrats need to stand tough, and stick to an up or down vote. Here’s how Idaho is trying to get around Obamacare.

If it can happen in Israel, could it happen here? It happened in Israel, and it is happening here.

In case you forgot, Donald Trump never stopped violating the emoluments clause, Donald hides his money in plain sight. Trump never forgets ABCAlways Be Closing.

Trump finds the cheapest way to get his name on a couple miles of highway.

We know who will paint the next presidential portrait.

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One more shopping day before Valentines Day! You should be thinking of that unique gift for your SO, but instead you’re listening to KITM’s discussion of gay cake, canned goods and fruit of the poisonous tree. That’s OK, nobody loves a dummy.

David Waldman brings us Day Two of Infrastructure Week! That doesn’t really exist, so we now move on to the Trump Budget, which should never really exist. Still, the proposed budget does reveal that resentment, fear, and authoritarianism do endure. The Trump administration never liked what you were buying in line ahead of them, so they are fixing that by stepping in front of you. They are buying you a gourmet gift box, but containing what they think you deserve. They have it completely figured out—the plan is to be carried out just like Puerto Rico, for every state, every day, all year long, by hiring that one woman in Atlanta, who would also decorate your living roompick out your dress, record your next hit, and Uber your thirst.

The media was just wandering away from the Rob Porter story to cover Infrastructure Week, and now look what happened. Armando goes over the new homina homina homina coming out of the White House today. “The fruit of the poisonous tree” won’t change anything in the Russia investigation unless it is administered by a foreign agent. Julian Assange is in too much trouble for one judge to rectify. All of this segues into a discussion of a Good Guy With A Gun that no longer has a body without a bullet hole.

Here’s the truth on Devin Nunes, and Rob Porter.

Rachel from the Irreverent Testimony podcast lives right down the road from that anti-gay cake artist you’ve been hearing about, and brings us the latest on Colorado civil rights.

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Palace intrigue roils a mighty empire, and David Waldman can’t get enough of it. But first, back to our soap opera:

Donald takes the fire and fury truck around for another infrastructure lap, but you know he prefers demolition.

Is Mike Pence against North Korea? Unity? Good will? Mutual understanding? Fair play? Peace? Standing up? America? Armando calls in to talk about how North Korea is running rings around us.

KITM’s esteemed poet laureate (Get a shot!) Greg Dworkin declares that Donald Trump isn’t very good at presidenting, and he has evidence to back himself up.

Donald Trump became president of the United States of Men today. You’ve come a long way buddy. Donald wants you to know that he secretly hates the abuse of women, because somehow that’s better? What did John Kelly see in Rob Porter? Rob Porter Is a national security scandal, too. A second wife beater is tossed to the curb. She didn’t come forward because she was jealous, she came forward because she was abused. Accountability is coming for the White House.

Once the Democratic rebuttal is released (The White House demands they first redact that “ic” from the title of their organization.) Devin Nunes has 5 more baking in the crazy oven. How did Nunes become such a loon? This time, the cover-up won’t be worse than the crime. Hope Hicks… it’s always the quiet one.

Scott Pruitt might be behaving a bit gauche for the Donald’s tastes.

The guy paid to chase Donald Trump’s ethics has either the hardest or easiest job in Washington. Remember that lie about the border agent’s death? It might take a while to get updates from some on that story.

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Food metaphors are usually Justice Putnam’s thing, but actually today’s KITM does seem kind of Smörgåsbordy. David Waldman serves up the Friday news-feast:

Rand Paul had his usual Rand Paul snit last night, but people paid attention when his snit shut down government for a little while. David looks into what really happened last night, and what Trump really signed off on.

The White House knew exactly what was going on with Rob Porter, but are trying to get out of that loop as fast as they can. Mike Pence can assure you he already knows the least of anybody. Mike has to put in a lot of effort to stay less informed than Donald. Becoming informed is just not Dotard J. Trump’s “style of learning.” It is said that the president prefers to ask “edge” questions, in a rambunctious back-and-forth, all aimed at making sure he’s being delivered the truth as best his staff understand it.

David takes a peek into Kellyanne Conway’s opioid cabinet and finds it empty. Trump's Ethics Office has an unethical legal defense fund to fund the legal defense of unethical friends and family.

In Russia news, Oleg Deripaska hates Russia news. David reminds us that the Russian who fixed the winter olympics had a link to Trump.

Remington is going bankrupt. Thanks Obama!

Reporting from an undisclosed location in the South Pacific, KITM contributor Darwin Darko reads  Stars and Stripes description of Trump's “marching orders” to the Pentagon.

Hey, look at this boob!

Get out and have some fun this weekend!

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Today, Rob Portman finds the sting of sudden infamy… The sudden infamy of Rob Porter. The White House hopes everyone will be that confused today, but not with David Waldman and Greg Dworkin on the case! KITM has two hours to tackle the incompetence, hubris and privilege that is behind all of this.  

Where does one start? How about with Chuck Woolery? Was Chuck on something when he picked out this particular Mayor to accuse of giving out free money? Yep. Now White House Adult John Kelly, praiser of slavery, critic of Dreamers, has applauded a wife beater, Rob Porter, and also scrambled to protect him. Kelly declared Porter as a man of “true integrity and honor,” but how did he miss those other details? Maybe because details like that aren’t important to the Trump administration, or to Republicans. What might matter to them is genetics, which is the only notable difference between MS-13 and the Alt-right. In that light, making Trump lose is not enough, and boycotting Republicans is not enough. Still, we have elections to win, and Rob Porter just might have helped.

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Why do you hate America? Soon that will be impossible, once you witness the hugest small government parade in history marching down Pennsylvania Avenue! (After our Parade Official in Chief is fitted with the proper attire.)

David Waldman takes a break from asking you for money to ask you to get RadioPublic to give us money. We appreciate their intentions, business plan and apps—try them out!

For Greg Dworkin it’s the nitwits more than the ne’er do wells that concern him. The Blue Wave is looking big, and no Republican is safe. Greg discusses the new polls, and new polling. Pre-millenials don’t need to be counted, they want elected

Some conservatives have escaped the cult of Trump, but can they stay away from filling in the “R” blanks on their ballot? If Democrats want to win, they need to remind America who’s in control

The Senate reached an actual two-year budget deal, with big relief from sequestration levels. As of 2:15 EST Trump hadn’t yet taken full credit and stated how this totally vindicates him from that collusion stuff.

Joan McCarter calls in, before rushing back out to write of the very latest happenings in DC. Nancy Pelosi is still negotiating, but it looks like the Trump shutdown will not happen. After 129 days of no funding for community health centers, congress is finally doing something. Elizabeth Warren and Maxine Waters are still committed to their congressional job of oversight. Meanwhile Ivanka Trump and Marco Rubio want to take some off your Social Security to pay for your family leave. Who is “able-bodied” anyway?

A few more not-so-shocking news developments: Special interest dollars may have paid rent in Trump Tower, the Gop’s phony Uranium One scandal was “phony”, and losing Super Bowl quarterbacks are treated differently by the press, depending on their race.

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The problem with listening to Kagro in the Morning streaming live is that when you hear David Waldman articulate something particularly astute or insightful your mind wanders. In your mind you are finally able to inform coworkers, explain politics to your mom, troll those other trolls… and then you find David has still been talking for the last 15 minutes and you missed everything he just said.

So, feel free to hit pause on today’s show when needed, and follow along on these links:

Maybe you should be hanged for treason. Or maybe Donald Trump is joking as he was about the birth certificate, the wall, pussy, etc. Funny! Trump hasn’t found a punchline to the latest stock market reports, however.

The Secretary of Defense fired his war court legal adviser and war court overseer, as advice and supervision are two things that can get you fired quick.

Armando calls in to discuss the Nunes Memo as we wait for Dotard J. Trump’s executive time to end with the release of the Democratic memo. Journalists he-said she-said Gop lies all the time. The Nunes memo doesn’t merit “neutral coverage,” but “neutral coverage” would point out that the Gop memo is nonsense. David and Armando discuss the history of the “just lie” strategy, as well as the history of FISA abuse leading up to this moment.

Pennsylvania has its own constitutional crisis, and Republicans are seeing how far they can take it.

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KITM could be referred to as the “Super Bowl of podcasts”... There are some legal problems with that, but also who wants to rekindle that whole Armando vs. Timberlake debate?

David Waldman helps us through a post Super Bowl and Nunes memo world: Some Philadelphia Eagles show they are patriots by declining a visit to the White House.

Greg Dworkin reminds us that the Super Bowl is over and it’s time to get to work.

The Nunes Memo didn’t work as a political maneuver, yet. But, that doesn’t mean Trump and friends won’t stop trying to destroy the FBI and betray the country. Some Republicans are trying to distance themselves from the memo, and some are trying to distance themselves, period. Some remain lashed ever tighter, and will sink or swim with Donald Trump. Those people will help Trump keep the Democrat’s rebuttal from being released. Beyond the memo, John McCain and Christopher Coons are introducing a new immigration bill that omits wall funding. You can imagine how well that is going over. Donald doesn’t want universal health care, because look at how everybody else hates it. Everybody else disagrees.

All that looks like great news for Democrats… maybe. Greg goes over the many good signs presently being revealed for November. It also helps that we have a lot of great new candidates, and not a neo-Nazi Holocaust denier in the bunch.

FBI messages show the bureau's real reaction to Trump firing James Comey. Many legal scholars doubt a U.S. vs. Trump case is possible, Armando calls in to say they are wrong, and follows with an analysis of how and why.

Power goes to another head, this time the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

If any employee from the Department of Homeland Security is looking for their lost secret anti-terrorist manual, they should stop by the CNN News lost and found immediately.

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Okay campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today! There’s a big storm coming, again, and it all seems pretty familiar if you been listening to David Waldman and KITM. Trump’s skipping golf to try his hand at massacring this Saturday night. David looks into the procedural mechanisms behind the release of Devin Nunes’ memo, as if anybody feels the need to follow procedure anymore. Nunes has an on again, off again relationship with FISA-enabled spying. The Justice Department is also on a break from fearing the memo release. Nancy Pelosi calls for Nunes to be removed before he can memo again.

Meanwhile, Rick Gates is feeling kind of flippy. Trump and Putin might want some of that slush fund returned. When it comes to Russian gas, just say nyet. The Trump Administration admits it copied the “Oligarch list” on Russia.

Republicans decide that it’s more fun to attack Obamacare when they’re the minority party, so maybe later.

Blake Farenthold was going to pay back $84,000 of taxpayer money because “it’s not who I am”. Turns out, that is who he is

The Mooch!  This week in Trump administration staffing. 

About as many people have come forward to say Donald cheats on golf as had to say Donald cheats on his wives.

"Native American" Facebook pages that push fake news are actually run out of Kosovo.

The guy that sent the false alert warning of a missile attack was doing stuff like that for about a decade.

This weekend, binge on Netflix’s new six-part documentary series Dirty Money. It of course covers our favorite confidence man.

And—Eric Posner goes harder and deeper than you will ever imagine possible in his audio exposé of our Trump porn habit!

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David Waldman hosts today’s KITM, already the most watched show in the history of anything, and once we put up a video feed that number should double!

Donald Trump has finally got through that Nunes memo. It was only four pages, so he could do that during commercials. It might have been even shorter in the version Nunes wrote especially for him. Donald hopes to book the FBI into Gitmo with this memo, but if that’s not enough Devin is working on a few more. Each member of the house has their own investigation cooking.

Greg Dworkin gets his thoughts on the Nunes memo in quickly before who knows what happens as it all becomes more preposterous by the hour. The real aim of the Nunes Memo is of course the Mueller Investigation. The congressional leadership pledged to handle that information responsibly and without regard to politics, but this is war, at least for the Gop, who vote to avert their eyes. Trump is a typical conservative, so future conservatives will forever wear the Trump brand.

Time flies when you’re having fun, and here it is time for another shutdown. This time it’s all about DACA. Does Trump have the Democrats where he wants them? Or does President Miller have some issues too? And, the Hastert Rule could make or break a DACA deal. The United States will hit the debt limit sooner than expected because of tax cuts.

Trump's lawyers argue Mueller has not met threshold for presidential interview. Armando, who is not on Donald’s team, calls in to discuss their schemes, and to go over the future legal strategies to deal with them. Meanwhile, Mueller zeros in on a story put together about the Trump Tower meeting.

Trump isn’t imposing Russian sanctions, but in case Vlad is still grumpy, helps him smuggle gas shipments, and Russian spies when needed.

In the SOTU Trump proposed a return to the Spoils System, to you know, MAGA. 

But it’s not all Donald Trump. Trey Gowdy wanted to spend more time with his family so… actually he found a steady job. The PA state Senate president said he will not turn over data about how the state's congressional map was unconstitutionally gerrymandered. Ben Carson is caught violating ethics rules to enrich his son. Haley Barbour was caught with a gun at the airport. And it looks like Hope Hicks might just do it.

A British Lord resigned for being late.

 

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David Waldman skipped the State of the Union. Now, if you want to talk Super Blue Blood Moon...

Greg Dworkin brings us his Wednesday institutional rot report:

Yesterday was the day Teleprompter Trump finally became president, although real Trump was there too. Trump can sell an improved economy, but not himself. The corporate world prepares for chaos if DACA isn't renewed.

Republicans were expecting that an MS-13 member would give the response

You hear it here first! Greg and David coin the term “Hide-lighting” to describe Devin Nunes efforts to to obfuscate by clarifying misdirecting details. Rod Rosenstein told John Kelly releasing the memo was a horrible idea, and Christopher Wray warned Trump not to, so you know he promised to, 100 percent

The Trump team has studied Watergate and concludes Dick wasn’t tricky enough. Trump’s lawyers demand that Mueller meet their imaginary threshold.

The Washington Times likes David Frum’s new book and also really hates David Frum.

A candidate for ambassador to South Korea loses his chance when he saves a few million lives. That’s OK, we are hard at work to get blown up elsewhere.

Still in a daze from covering last night’s train wreck—the figurative, not literal one,  Joan McCarter stepped up to applaud Joe Kennedy III’s performance, and message last night. Paul Ryan declared himself complicit in Trump’s Russia cover-up, although he believes “What’s said in the family stays in the family”. Joan’s also pretty steamed about Butch Otter’s health care plan, although we are all getting into the same boat. America, where you still have to win the lottery to go to the doctor.

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David Waldman sifts through the flotsam and jetsam of our sinking uniom today. In contrast to the Mad Libs pivot or not articles and discussions you will find everywhere else, KITM presents: NUANCE!

“Nuance” (another great slogan to print on our as-yet-still fantasy line of KITM T-shirts) is theme of most our shows, but today it is a preoccupation. David discusses how Donald Trump destroys little and big norms every minute. Every minute the State of the Union degrades. Must we codify norms to make certain our government is competent and trustworthy? We must! But, there are plenty of pitfalls, unintended consequences and nuances on that path.

Don’t expect any nuance tonight or ever with Trump. Donald is 50 shades of dickAndrew McCabe was pushed. Memo, letter, talking points whatever, it’s all part of the plan.

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You heard it weeks ago on KITM! Or as David Waldman puts it today: “We have a pretty good eye for what is going to become more widely shared news in the next couple of days, and we like to give you an early in on it.”, and that’s going on our T-shirts!

The US media has caught up to how the Dutch monitored Russian hacking group Cozy Bear. We are now at the point of debating if "Cozy Bear" is really a network of hackers, or if “Russiagate” is really about “Trump”, or “Russia”, or “gates”.

Trump’s 2016 election can’t hide the truth, and instead helps reveal it, but so does Greg Dworkin in his pundit round-up:

The bar is low. Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech could be a 45 minute sustained fart and still be lauded for its refreshing authenticity. Donald could read 4chan off a teleprompter, and it would seem presidential compared to 2017.  So, if Trump has won, destroyed institutions and made this nightmare normal, is it time to turn traditions into laws? And, can Massachusetts's 4th congressional district representative Joe Kennedy III give the SOTU response we’re asking for? 

Not all horrific behavior goes unpunished, at least once it gets really horrific and lasts decades. Girls wanted to escape pain, parents wanted to trust a doctor and Michigan State wanted to win some games. Larry Nassar fed on all of that. The institutions failed the victims, until they got their story into the news.

The Kochs are bored with Obamacare, their money and Republican attention wanders off.

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Today, as usual, David Waldman discusses the big news, highlighting what pundits will start noticing next week and citing as conventional wisdom three years from now: 

Donald Trump ordered Robert Mueller fired, but backed off when Don McGahn’s conscience or dignity or morals or something got in the way. Trump, his lawyer John Dowd, and Kellyanne Conway were unaware things like that ever existed. Maggie Haberman was just… unaware. Many now look at this event and have determined Donald was quite a dumb baby way back 7 months ago. Fox and Friends says meh. Sean Hannity however, deeply cares, and is an idiot. Crossed Fox messages explain why Matthew Gertz has been delayed in telling you what Donald Trump thinks Fox thinks he should think. Maybe Recep Erdoğan needs to tell Fox what to think first.

Here’s a blockbuster so new that it’s barely in English: For years, Dutch intelligence had access to the infamous Russian hacker group Cozy Bear. Dutch concerns were linked to the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. All of this should be a great sequence in the upcoming Trump movie.

He-man woman-hater senatorial candidate Courtland Sykes just wants you to make him a sandwich, and should remain employable and available long after the election.

A Maryland federal judge may just be open to an emoluments suit against Trump.

The Guggenheim gives Donald a going away to Davos present.

G. Payne Griffin, how does he do it?

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It’s a joke! You need a sense of humor to get through these demanding times.

That’s a reason to tune to KITM. We have to smile, to keep our head up, and so David Waldman is our, uhm, “Patch Adams”…

Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were clearly joking, but who knows how many jokes were lost found? The Gop chooses not to feel the funny, Russians however find it’s pretty hilarious.

Greg Dworkin (who now knows how to pronounce everyone’s name) has always understood the farce: Trump says everyone is dirty except him. Trump says he is willing to speak under oath to Mueller. Trump says he is open to a path to citizenship for “dreamers”. Laughing yet?

Bill Kristol is a little less of a joke now that he is beginning to see the “ethno-nationalism” of Fox News. Meanwhile, Ted Cruz wants to continue repealing Obamacare, and the alt-Right thinks it’s funny to cyberharrass anyone in higher education.

Armando calls in to discuss the not-so-funny: We lost the shutdown. Our next loss is coming in less than three weeks. The Senate Democratic strategy is to drop their demand for relief for Dreamers, give Trump the wall, and throw in a massive boost to the Pentagon’s budget. We will be sick of winning! Our base does get screwed, but in turn we get to pick who gets screwed most, first, and then take the resulting boost in image right into the 2018 elections. And you thought politics was easy.

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It’s a quiet news morning as Donald Trump flees the Samsung Secret Society to hideaway amongst the Davos illuminati. This frees you up to join the KITM Cabal of David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, and Joan McCarter for its weekly rendezvous:

The shutdown sandwich we just ate might be a big nothingburger, but it did seem to have a predominant flavor, one that we will be tasting more of in the next few weeks, and up until November. But, if we look at it just right, aren’t we actually “winning” and Trump “losing”? After all, there were plenty of tasty nuggets in the last sandwich, and many more coming up, if we merely play our cards right and get those elusive Independents. Anyhow, it’s only three weeks until the next Trump Shutdown sandwich is served, and this one could be just as tasty!

Conservative policy wonks love Trump’s morals, culture warriors love his economics. Nobody loves Donald Trump until the cash is on the table.

So, for right now we have Robert Mueller, and that is moving faster than ever. Catch up here, then go to a live source for the updates.

Greg tells us about a reporter who lost his voice, not figuratively, but literally.

Is Katrina Campins the new Trump Scandal? If so, make sure you photograph her good side.

The Kentucky school shooting is the 11th this year, and it’s January 23. It happens again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again

The hard work of the Trump administration on behalf of women is showing results with a couple of well-connected wives picking up jobs.

Joan calls in with personal anecdotes ranging from GunFAIL to Rapture, a demand that Neil Gorsuch recuse himself and that Republicans Shut. The. Hell. Up. A provision slipped in to the CR gives Donald Trump even more power to use the intelligence community to go after his enemies.

 

 

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The Democrats deal with Republicans to reopen the government, and less than 24 hours later Tsunami Warnings are cancelled after a magnitude-7.9 earthquake off Alaska "because additional information and analysis have better defined the threat". Coincidence? Yes. Except, with both maybe we are better off than we thought.

Maybe we have master tacticians on our side, and this strategy saved CHIP, exposed Trump, and is backing the Republicans, not us into a corner. Or Maybe Chuck and Nancy should’ve spent the weekend at a nice public golf course.

David Waldman is waiting and seeing today, and suggests you wait and see with him. (At least until his mouse charges and he can move the cursor.) Armando reviews the lead up to the shutdown, and determines what to do now.  It’s Republicans breaking their promises to Dreamers, not us. Armando also reminds us the phrase is “Family Repatriation” (or reunion) from now on.

So, does anything matter anymore? Team Trump is crawling with Russians. Trump staff still works without certified financial disclosures. Jared works without security clearance. The White House knows much of what they do is illegal, but not doing it will get them fired. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke might get fired for hooking up more than his boss.

Some people just sit around doing nothing but hating on journalists, Muslims, Jews and BlacksBrandon Griesemer does do all those things, but also decided to become proactive, grabbing a guest seat at the SOTU?

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Each day, KITM brings you to the forefront of the latest news and opinion, unless it’s later than 11 Eastern. So don’t peek at any of that new stuff

Instead, listen as David Waldman spoons up a subtly, salty KITM, the caviar of podcasts:

Want a wall? Luis Gutierrez has got your wall right here. Just how reasonable are the Republicans? They don’t see that as part of the deal.

Greg Dworkin tells us the Trump shutdown is being driven by a hardline immigration stance, and a tribal battle over what it means to be an American. The two sides are speaking with two languages, while the Dotard in Chief can barely speak one. President Miller and the Republicans should be blamed. The Gop sees Dreamers as criminals on parole. Meanwhile, the shutdown reveals a Democratic Party becoming a little less wussy, maybe even a little... Republican in tactics. The Women’s March voting bloc is set to be bigger than the Tea Party’s by the same ratio of their protest marches. Greg checks the latest polling, with special attention to likely voters.

A Trump appointee will keep government small by not showing up to work. That’s not where they get their paychecks anyhow. Trump thinks Zinke shouldn’t drill in his own backyard.

Armando calls in to count the shutdown votes, say goodbye to the I-Man, and talk caucus vs. primary rules and the future of the Democratic Party.

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Who’s got two thumbs, and has been telling you and telling you that Donald Trump is a doddering infantile egotistic autocrat? Almost everybody! But I’m pointing my two thumbs at David Waldman because he tells you first (weekday mornings). David TOLD YOU Trump’s inaugural fundraising committee is paying Donald an “appearance fee” plus a lot more. Actually they aren’t saying that yet, BUT THEY WILL.

As you probably would have guessed, The Donald is terrified/obsessed with sharks and likes his tighty whitey bottom beat by porn stars with pictures of his own face. Shhh! If more news like this comes out the New York Times will be forced to interview more rustbelt villagers in diners.

That’s it, things are so so dire in Washington that the President might only golf this Sunday. Today he is needed to apply his personal magic touch. Today tweeting just isn’t enough to get his ideas across. The Wall Street Journal explains how to talk to Trump: be the last guy to talk to Trump. Or be money, money talks to Donald any time. Never say racist, sexist, anti-Muslim or anti-LGBT things around Trump, he hates his train-of-thought interrupted.

The DNC’s rules and bylaws committee is meeting today, and Armando calls in for the last half hour for an informative 11th hour rant/discussion of the Unity Commission, voter suppression, and the reformation the nomination process for President and the expansion of primary elections.

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David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Armando got together and managed to assemble their new Skyype without a manual today! No screws loose with this bunch:

The Gop had their difficulties too, 404ing on their highly anticipated upload of petty grievances. Was this chaos expertly crafted to troll the libtards? Look it up! Meanwhile, Mastermind Donald Trump (who can draw a clock) creates chaos too chaotically for either side to figure out. Trump is just one of his supporters who ended up president... and how hard can that be? Donald blows up the Republican plan to blame Democrats for blocking CHIP and to hold DACA hostage while forcing them to choose between maintaining a hard line on immigration or spending more on the military. The Gop has today and tomorrow to avoid a shutdown, and today is halfway over. Millennials have learned that governing is a tough job best left to professionals.

The only thing better than the FBI taking down Trump is if the FBI takes down Trump and the NRA and a few RussiansSocial media companies warned the Senate that foreign countries plan on fomenting all-American violence.

A majority of the members of a National Park Service advisory board resigned their posts. Ryan Zinke doesn’t need them anyhow.

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It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! If you don’t, then wow, you should be listening to the show more often.

Whatever he’s full of, Donald Trump seems more loosely packed than we thought. David Waldman shows us that a humble man can make anyone feel taller.

Greg Dworkin rounded up the pundits and punditry: Credibility is like virginity, don’t let either of them anywhere near Donald Trump. Donald will always be a pound from obese, a day from dementia, an inch from the trigger. Don’t worry, he has good genes.

Trump’s polls are dropping a lot faster than his weight, good news for the health of the country.

Trump says he wants voter ID, he doesn’t mean, want or know what he’s talking about, but it’s a good idea.

Joan McCarter helps us figure out the looming shutdown, and more importantly—whose fault it is. The government shutdown could backfire on Republicans, but not if Republicans can help it. Republicans don’t mind trading CHIP kids for DACA kids.

Your emails, chats, photos, videos and phone calls might soon be viewed without a warrant, by people like Jeff Sessions. Democrats are one vote shy of the majority necessary to preserve net neutrality.

A lot of money changed hands just before Trump’s inauguration.

Inviting Michael Wolff to the White House seemed like such a good idea at the time.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day found citizens performing many acts of civic work and community service in honor of Dr. King's extraordinary life. Donald Trump, for instance, spent time in s-hole places working with Haitians, who in return extended to him the appreciation he deserved. David Waldman brings us the beginning of this short “work week”:

While Donald golfed, many spent the weekend taking one for Team S-hole—Joni Ernst tells us that finally the US is standing up to NorwayDHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen didn’t know there were so many white people in Norway. Tom Cotton and David Perdue say Trump said “s***house” countries, not (gasp) “s***hole” countries. Mike Pence has a come to Jesus moment, but probably still did not see the light. Rep. James Clyburn, said the Congressional Black Caucus is pursuing a censure resolution against Trump. Maybe it’s time to invent DACA?

Steve Bannon wore only one shirt today, but probably wishes he brought a change of pants.

Wendi Deng Murdoch picked up that last name, tagged Vlad, and is now rounding the Jared base to head for home. Wendi is probably not Donald’s type.

Eric Greitens likes to shoot guns, tie up nude women for blackmail, and misappropriate public funding. David follows the money from Greitens to Lucinda Luetkemeyer, past the dog to Tony Luetkemeyer close to Todd Graves, and maybe on to Blaine Luetkemeyer.

The DOJ, and DHS report that international terrorists are born internationally. As for domestic terrorists, if they find one they’ll let you know. Armando calls in to talk about the report, and talk about what the report doesn’t talk about.

Three human and one dog cop are shot on a domestic violence call. He’s not a terrorist suspect though, as his name is Christian.

Devin Nunes goes down, but for the moment not far enough.

Thanks Obama, while it lasted. The uninsured rate goes back up.

The Pentagon plans for a couple small “starter” nukes.

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What a weekend! At least we weren’t nuked! And most of us didn’t even have the super-downer of thinking we were being nuked. Most.

Greg Dworkin had plenty of outrageousness to round up. There were plentiful indications of Trump’s racism, as well as plenty of rejections of it. Then there was the farce of supporters (and some journalists) trying to hide from it. But nobody’s buying it.

Not coincidentally, the certain and impending doom of Congressional Republicans was a big weekend theme. As was Hillary Clinton’s role in forming another silver lining. And no one has forgotten the book.

Armando didn’t join us, but he did share some thoughts with us, including wondering what ever happened to those celebrated “moderate” Republicans (which sent us off on a KITM tangent), and “the first scholarly account of why tweets lack the legal status of formal presidential directives.” (The answer is, “they’re tweets,” plus several thousand other words.)

Another day, another terrible Trump appointee. Another day, another terrible Trump racism story. Another day, another instance of Trump toady hypocrisy. Another day, another media outlet comes to understand the extent of Trump’s money laundering.

And finally, another day, another nausea-inducing Kaspersky story.

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Today David Waldman teaches us that it is important to judge people not by their words, but by their deeds.

Either way, Donald Trump is a s***-head. The Dips*** in Chief was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, as if we needed more proof he’s certifiably bats***. He says he “probably” has a good relationship with Kim Jong Un, and maybe Steve Bannon. You “probably” love him too—anybody can dream. Seventeen former nuclear launch officers don’t want that dumbs*** anywhere near a launch button. Too chickens*** to go to London, he blames Obama—just in time to contradict his US Ambassador. As it turns out, his campaign promise to liberate Americans from the scourge of addiction was total bulls***.  And—his 40 word tweet caused a 101 minute s***storm among his own allies and staff.

Can you say “ass” on the internet? If so, Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap kicked Trump's with an article in the Washington Post on the demise of Trump’s voter commission.

Remember Jared Kushner? He wishes you didn’t. He especially wishes the Securities and Exchange Commission would forget about him, but it didn’t.

Jerry Seinfeld and his family visited an anti-terror fantasy camp in the West Bank where they learned how to establish equitable power relationships, conflict resolution and … no, they practiced killing people.

There are many great Chinese sayings. "May you live in interesting times" is not one of them.  

The Resolute desk could be renamed the Belcher desk for this administration, maybe.

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David Waldman brings you the KITM deep state report, traffic and weather on the 10s: 

Donald Trump demands that we “Get smart!” on foreign intelligence, but as usual, he missed it by that much. He’s our chaos agent in chief, and Republicans like it that way. As for domestic surveillance, the House will vote on letting the FBI spy on you without a warrant.

Greg Dworkin brings us new polling, approved by Donald Trump, except for all those numbers and stuff. Republicans are through doing things, because doing things is tough. Except quitting. Many are finding that quitting is doable. Meanwhile, it’s much much more difficult to find lazy shiftless people receiving Medicaid. Robots work longer and cheaper than you, but aren’t blamed as much as other minorities, or as effectively. Maybe “American values” mean more than fear and discrimination? 

The governor of Missouri led a woman into his basement, tied her up, blindfolded her and blackmailed her. He also had an affair. He admits whichever one will let him keep a job.

David continues looking into the growing douche-Deutsche connections.

Anchor baby chain immigrants coming to take our jobs! Oh, they're white - OK.

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Wednesday is always Hump-day on KITM. Let’s see if you can climb this mountain of information and links that David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, and Joan McCarter have brought us today:

Greg warns us not to get gaslighted by Trump and his allies, and polls are showing most of us might be avoiding that. Trump and Republicans focus on their core “Putin” supporters. Maybe earmarks would help?

Donald Trump reboots the “Ronald Reagan, Mastermind” sketch from Saturday Night Live, except in Donald’s version he’s even dumber behind closed doors. Yesterday was the day Donald trump finally became TV president. Trump was normalized again by the press, but why stop now when that’s where they excel? The Fusion GPS transcripts demonstrate the downfall of the press, the corruption of Trump, the treachery of Republicans, and blows a lot of right wing spin pumped to you by the New York Times and others. Trump’s agreement on the need for a clean dreamer bill is left on the cutting room floor.

Greg suggests we brush up on modern American politics by watching old British comedy.

He’s tan, rested and ready: Christie 2020! Or Oprah 2020! Whatever floats your boat, and sinks Trump’s. Maybe 2018 will Joe Arpaio’s stepping stone to the Presidency. Arpaio splits the crazy vote.

Steve K G Bannon is out—of everything. He could use the extra time to pitch his tell-all, you know.

“Neoliberal” is what you call the person that’s not enough like you.

Trump’s upcoming physical might tell us more if the doctor asks him if he knows what time it is—or to just draw a clock.

The Congressional Budget Office says the Republicans have no more excuses to hold off funding on the Children's Health Insurance Program. States will start running out of funding this month.

The forever fight for net neutrality continues. Nebraska becomes the first red state to introduce net neutrality protections.

Inexperienced evil is pushed into one end of Washington as experienced evil drops out of the other end. Darrell Issa joins the retreat. Donald Trump won’t let unqualified court picks get away just because they are “not qualified”.

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David Waldman has new headphones, thanks to your generous donations. Kick in enough and we can hook up the video feed so you can view David simultaneously lip-syncing the National Anthem as he hosts!

Will some brave representative pull a Mike Gravel soon? Will Trump pull an Ulysses S. Grant on Mueller? Or are we heading into foreign territory?  

We will never know—as long as we rely upon the New York Times as the “paper of record”.

Armando takes over the KITM microphone to rail on the NYT—the “Texas School Board” of News, whose size and recognition warps the national dialog, not just normalizing Trump, but creating a symbiotic relationship wherein the two need each other to succeed in order to survive.

David and Armando lay out their case:

Do you remember when Steve Bannon (when he was still a "genius") thought GamerGate culture was the key to cementing a political realignment?

The vehicle the Mercers & Bannon used to shop Trump opposition research was GAI, the "Government Accountability Institute." GAI was also the vehicle used to market "Clinton Cash." Often in... unique ways.

So, take the story on the exclusive agreements The New York Times, The Washington Post and Fox News made with “Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer. The NYT tells it their way, and most follow, whereas, over at, say, Newsweek, they saw things differently, as did Media Matters.

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See what happens when you don’t let Donald Trump golf? Fire and fury! David Waldman and Greg Dworkin bring their very stable genius into the fray:

Should we take Michael Wolff’s reporting literally or seriously? Is access journalism “bad journalism”, or it it ”journalism”? The White House knew Wolff was there to write a book, they just didn’t quite know what a book was, or even how to use a calendar. At least the book is keeping them busy. Trump is in bed to 11AM each day not watching tv coverage of it, while the rest take care of business. The problem is that it’s Fredos all the way down. Trump health care nominee Bob Weaver had his resume eaten by a tornado. This year is shaping upon to be a clash of Republican idealists vs. realists—which ones are bringing charges against Christopher Steele? Let’s find out, by reading the transcripts of testimony on the Steele Dossier into the congressional record. With all of the obstruction of justice, money laundering, global sex trade and racketeering going on, there is a risk of violating federal statutes.

Companies that announced big bonuses are laying off workers, because tax cuts are for paying shareholders, natch.

Meanwhile the clampdown on rampant royal princes in Saudi Arabia continues.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:36pm EST

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David Waldman is here to tell you something you know: “Fire and Fury”, a book full of things you already know, will be available for you to read today. David knows you know that.

KITM is more concerned with “the story” behind the stories you are reading, to supply you with the context, background and insight behind stories... but you already know that too, so let’s get to it:

It’s been an open secret all along. We don’t need Steve Bannon to tell us what we already know about Donald Trump. Trump isn’t harnessing chaos, Bannon isn’t smart. There is no plan, no team loyalty, there was never any loyalty. Michael Wolff had more access than the press, even after calling Trump the most frightening, dangerous presidential candidate. Bannon and Roger Ailes went to Wolff’s home to gossip for hours. So—did they feel free to talk because they felt the press was incapable or unwilling to tell you what was really going on?

Armando tells us that even as the New York Times habitually presents a handful of facts diffused through talking points as journalism, sometimes their ability to gather details shines throughWhy hasn’t Rod Rosenstein recused himself from the Mueller Investigation?

Meanwhile, Neo-Nazis keep coming.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:55pm EST

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Bomb-Snownado! You thought you escaped chaos for just a moment… but now school’s snowed outDavid Waldman helps us slip away for a while, to the relative calmness of Washington DC:

Greg Dworkin finally digs his way out of the snow, etc., to begin his round-up of punditry on KITM for 2018. Did you know that the Donald Trump isn’t cut out for the presidency? Hard to imagine, right? Michael Wolff tells us that Donald is uniformed, unprepared and lacking focus. But just because we know all that, should we believe this guy? Well, Wolff does have tapes. So, now we need to pick between Trump and Steve Bannon? Can’t we just hate them both? The Mercers quit loving Steve. Donald and Steve quit loving—nah, Donald and Steve never have. Lawyers love Donald and Steve for a little while longer.

Trump has hours to burn through today before he can golf again, so where will he go today to try to keep the charade going? If he was a stupid celebrity plutocrat from central casting, he might want to leak racist attacks to a gossip column. Mentioning child porn arrests in his voting commission would play against character though.

Armando enjoys calling in for a rant on the failing New York Times way more than shoveling snow. There are many other news sources to go to as a newspaper of record. In fact, go to The Intercept to get a first-person inside account of reporter James Risen’s time at The Times.

KITM correspondent Rosalyn MacGregor doesn’t get to read it, but she recommends you read a detailed update on the ongoing Flint Water Crisis.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:49pm EST

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You couldn’t find a nicer day this week in Connecticut than today. You could find a nicer activity than septic system overhaul though, and Greg Dworkin just wishes he could be rounding-up pundits with us!

Donald might warm up things for us all, it just depends on what Kim Jong-un’s got packing.

A lunatic or two might not kill us today, so David Waldman put together a KITM for us:

Everyone knows Donald Trump has no peers, Fox & Friends can tell you that. The White House Correspondents' Association likes how lies have become so accessible recently. Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon is exactly as loyal as you would expect.

The Department of Interior regrets being caught as Ryan Zinke’s piggy bank. Zinke doesn’t yet regret being the go-between of shady government deals, private spies and white supremacists. After all, he’s upholding the traditions of his position.

Joan McCarter shares the load with her community septic-wise, and thus was free to call in with a welcome for Tina Smith and Doug Jones, and a good riddance for Orrin Hatch. Mitt Romney puts down his knitting needles and packs his carpet bag yet another time. Yes, Congress is still talking about how to divert a government shutdown. A year of Republican governance proves how disastrous they are at this. They start off 2018 to repeal and replace Obamacare again, and change the rules to jam the courts with Trump appointees, again. Meanwhile — what’s happening with CHIP and Medicaid?

 

 

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:13pm EST

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2018! We begin our second century under the Trump administration—though that’s barely 30 in golf-years. Is it good when Donald takes his post Fox and Friends dotardisms out on golf balls rather than us and the rest of the world?

David Waldman begins his In Memoriam section by reminding us the counter has already begun to roll for this year in “gun deaths”, often by caused by bullets coming out of the guns, even during times of play and joy.

Greg Dworkin, punctual as always, began the year yesterday. Will 2018 be as good as we wish it will be? Or do we need to put some effort into it?

Cuba, Indonesia, Sierra Leone and North Carolina score about the same as functioning democracies. An Alabama newspaper publisher “regrets” spanking women reporters as he was a “very young man” in his 40s.

Even while busy flouting national, international and constitutional rules, laws and norms, Trump took time to stick his thumb in the eye of the Palm Beach town council.

Armando rings in the new year, by ringing into Skype to help us put together a 2018 agenda, including making things happen about emoluments, which Trump has so far willed away the way he holds planes up in the sky. Armando reminds us that the Russia inquiry began before the Dossier.

You can’t blame Russian hackers for everything. Romanian hackers took over D.C. surveillance cameras just before presidential inauguration.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:57pm EST