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David Waldman is off in Costa Rica today. Pick up a plate of beans and rice, or some rice with beans… or some beans, with beans, beans, and rice… or a handful of pork rinds with us, and enjoy our little KITM empanada:

From a distance, QAnon believers just seem to be silly dummies to be laughed at and eventually ignored. Unfortunately, some Q-nuts are kind of dangerous, and a few of them are really dangerous. The saddest thing, however, is how QAnon addiction destroys families and relationships by warping the best of intentions into grinding abuse, while arming seasoned abusers with new, grimly effective tools of torture.

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David Waldman continues to serve up brand-new pre-recorded KITM snacks while he’s out becoming one with nature.

Today, it is time we try to get a handle on Kyrsten Sinema, the fervent, steadfast Libertarian. Green Party member. Democrat. What’s next for Krysten? Well, it won’t take a political scientist or psychologist to predict this career path.

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Now, for a limited time only, David Waldman will be passing out these all-new KITM Fun-Size treats! Just the right size for summer and back-to-school season (as well as filling in the time slot) while I assume, David zip-lines over waterfalls and sloths

The walls are always closing in on Donald Trump. One of those times was just ahead of January 6, when Trump was leaning on acting attorney general, Jeffrey Rosen, to help him overthrow democracy. Justice Department official Richard Donoghue ended up taking notes on those meetings, which were given to Congress last Wednesday and released to the public on Friday.

According to the notes, Rosen told Trump that the Justice Department "can’t + won’t snap its fingers + change the outcome of the election." Donald pretended to understand and replied, "just say the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me and the R. Congressmen." This felt a little coup-y to the sane people in the room. Trump, sensing this, then plotted to replace Rosen with an new acting toady, Jeffrey Clark.

In an unexpected move, Donald Trump has assured everyone that while everything he says and does seems criminal and vile on the surface (and also deep-down) in actuality, all is always the opposite, always.

The lies won’t end soon. Too much money in it. Trump’s Big Lie raised $100 million for him so far.

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David Waldman delivers his KITM Hiatus Eve special, but he’ll be back —  on Monday! — with new recorded shows!

This is about the point in a science fiction film when the protagonist damns us all to hell for ruining things forever.

We were this close… but now we have the Delta variant, a cool name for a sequel, but a pretty horrific disease. Republicans, who usually only understand other’s problems when it happens to them, are having it happen to them. Unfortunately all that they seem to understand this time is that there is “a problem”, because it is happening to them. So now we have Republican selfie riots in the Capitol, and it is back to blue states and Democrats to the rescue, again. Red states, on the other hand, hope increasing ignorance and inattention will save the the day. Somehow, the UK has a handle on things, although no one can quite explain how.

Republicans also prefer their delusions over any testimony on the January 6 insurrection. This could be an issue for them when they are called to testify on their delusions. Donald Trump says the cops who spoke to Congress are pussies, so it might be interesting to hear his thoughts, under oath. Merrick Garland won’t defend Mo Brooks, but should do more.  First things first, as the attorney general for the District of Columbia continues investigating the 2017 inauguration committee. The Arizona Senate liaison, Ken Bennett, resigned, and then didn’t.

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For we were podcast-less —  and on this day, David Waldman podcasted unto us, and verily, greet we also Greg Dworkin, bearing his Thursday Raft of Trueth™:

Which sign of the apocalypse is Mike Lindell? Probably one of the last ones. Marjorie Traitor Greene promotes her unending self-stewardship drive. A Muslim-free gun range closed in Oklahoma, caps-locked to the end.

Coronavirus continues to plague the US, particularly in heavily moronic areas. This is concerning to the GQP, as their constituents, indeed most of them, are morons. The Capitol Police are expected to arrest maskless morons soon. Thomas Massie and Chip Roy believe they have more morons than the cops can handle, but many might be just pretending to be morons to keep up their Republican bona fides. Charlie Kirk continues to fight for COVID deaths, even after the timely loss of his TPUSA co-founder. Do morons promote racism, or visa-versa?

COVID Aid programs are spurring a (temporary) record drop in poverty. Red states are eager to see things back to normal.  Meanwhile, something’s going well in the UK, but nobody’s sure why.

Steve Bannon knew what was coming on January 6.  Mo Brooks knew. Jim Banks... just found out? Andrew Clyde is certain that he will never know, and you can't make him. The Fraternal Order of Police is suddenly quiet.

Chuck Schumer and the G10 have arrayed all 50 Senate Democrats, just like that, and the infrastructure bill moves forward, right over the former guy. 

Donald Trump endorsed indicted incumbent Ken Paxton over that one Bush for Texas AG, because, really, who likes an ass-kisser? Donald, of course. But with so many to choose from… Mitch McConnell is getting sick of winning.

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David Waldman and Greg Dworkin continue the KITM countdown to hiatus. What will happen Monday? Who knows! Why are you asking me? Let’s focus on the moment, today:

Olympic gymnast Simone Biles is out with the “twisties”, which is a bit like the “yips”, but while hurtling towards the ground. For those with neither talent nor discipline, either term might be difficult to understand.

Republicans are losing the Trump touch, unable to inject enough chaos into the opening day of the January 6 committee hearings, which even Fox News covered uninterrupted. Marjorie Traitor Greene, Matt Gaetz, Louie Gohmert, and Paul Gosar were hoisted with their own petard of citizen journalists “just asking them questions”. Thus, Capitol police officers were allowed to take us to hell and back with them in yesterday’s testimonials. 

Being relieved of GQP clowning enables the Select Committee to truly investigate, and journalists the freedom to correctly report. Andrew Clyde was forced to address his “normal tourist visit” statement. Jim Jordan might eventually have to address his January 6 conversation with Trump. We might even find out what “Blue Lives Matter” really means. Armando reminds us that the faster we get these answers, the better. Things are moving a little too fast for Mo Brooks, who can’t catch a break from his justice department lawsuit for inciting insurrection, which should be covered by more than tort law. The DOJ says former Trump officials can testify about January 6. Retired general Russel Honoré can tell you what he saw

Nothing beats getting vaccinated, but even then it is time to put the masks back on. One of the greatest challenges we now face, is of course, morons. Florida has a surplus of morons, and now a surge in COVID. Texas Republican Chip Roy has a few questions he’d like to scream at Anthony Fauci. Kentucky’s Thomas Massie will sue over his mask fine, or at least sue over his several misconceptions about it. Mitch McConnell is many things, but a moron is not one of them.

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Let’s join David Waldman in making the most of today’s show, shall we?

California will require state employees to get vaccinated, and so will New York. If you are anywhere not vaccinated, you shouldn’t go in a bar or restaurant. (And, you should get vaccinated.) About a million rugged individualistic ovine bikers are herding into Sturgis, South Dakota next week.

Simone Biles withdrew from the Olympic team gymnastic finals, opening the way for a Russian gold medal. Donald Trump and Megyn Kelly open a bottle of champagne. 

Kristen Sinema, who has no values, does have a mutual attachment with No Labels, who are the Members Only of political organizations, still around for no apparent reason.  Reverends Jesse Jackson and William Barber, along with 37 others with values, were arrested protesting in Sinema’s office yesterday.

A bipartisan commission is finally looking into what happened at the Capitol on January 6. Republicans know it’s time to pull the cords on the rhetorical dynamite strapped to their chests, while plotting revenge on the disloyal. Last night they lit the fuse on a privileged resolution to demand that Nancy Pelosi seat all of Kevin McCarthy’s selections to the committee, which quickly fizzled and went out. Finally, we can hear descriptions of all that PDA put on the record.

Arizona Senate liaison Ken Bennett can liaise all he wants, but no one’s letting him attend to the fraudit anymore. The Pennsylvania GQP wants some of that old Trump chaos over in their state. The people worried that Anthony Fauci might have been Red Chinese the last 40 years, bought themselves a brand new Chinese Freedom Phone.

The Dixie fire, Bootleg fire, Crater Ridge fire, and many, many others pump smoke and ash across the country as climate change plays out before our eyesJoan McCarter has more than one reason to mask up. Meanwhile, it’s still infrastructure week. Republicans understand that if anything goes well for anyone ever, and it’s not Donald Trump, then it’s a Democratic win, and that just can’t happen. Now would be a very good time for Schumer and Pelosi to cancel August recess.

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It’s almost August, and as QAnon and Mr. Pillow tell us, Donald Trump is returning to the presidencyDavid Waldman will be out of the country for the next couple of weeks.

Don’t worry, David won’t be gone forever. Unfortunately, neither will Trump. Trump is lonely, old and wants attention, like his followers. Trump is perpetually entitled and victimized, like his followers. Trump is a sociopathic, parasitic grifter. His followers could only wish. Some do have some successful grifts occasionally, but most just can’t catch a break.

Nancy Pelosi will add Republican Adam Kinzinger to the January 6 investigation, which was already bipartisan with Liz Cheney, but now is twice as much. Kevin McCarthy continues his snit, and will also continue to lose.

Greg Dworkin isn’t here to shame or disrespect anyone for not being vaccinated yet, but even his patience can wear thin. Vaccinations are inching up, but the Delta variant has changed the rules.  Asymptomatic carriers are multiplying, breakthrough cases are increasing, super-spreader events are scheduled, and winter is coming.

Remember when Politico vindicated Ron DeSantis? They’ll probably regret that.

Add right-wing radio host Phil Valentine to the rapidly growing list of vaccine regretters, who woulda shoulda coulda got vaccinated. “Unvaccinateddoesn’t necessarily mean that they “refused” to get a vaccination, just as those folks that must require the vaccine to have FDA approval aren’t necessarily the same folks who believe this is all a federal plot to force them… but they probably are. Either way, they need to take the vaccine.

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Wednesday felt like Saturday. Thursday felt like Friday. David Waldman assures us, Today is what you make it. (It’s Friday.)

Ted Cruz gave us his guarantee a year ago. Today, he is guaranteed to be 100% Ted Cruz. Joe Biden promised Republicans were going to shape up when Donald Trump left. The problem is, Donald Trump never left and never will.

Constitutional sheriffs and sovereign citizens deserve each other and should move to Gimmetaria together. A Michigan sheriff following the wisdom of Mr. Pillow, Mike Lindell, has taxpayers paying for an investigation into a Trump county whose entire population is less than half of Biden’s state margin. A reporter tried to plumb the depths of Trump supporters’ gullibility and stupidity, and discovered there is no bottom. It is hilarious, even as we die laughing.

Michael Cohen believes Jared Kushner will be hiding a bit deeper in Mohammed bin Salman’s pocket once word gets out that he flipped on Trump.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse discovered that the FBI’s “supplemental investigation” on Brett Kavanaugh was as interested in collecting tips on Brett as the National Enquirer was interested in collecting tips on Donald Trump. In fact, both sets of data and all the cheeseberders seemed to go through Donald in this time period. Oh well, what can be done now? Joan McCarter has a few ideas.

Armando knows that once we agree on the Constitution, the rest is easy. A Democratic bill would only allow elected House members to serve as speaker. House Republicans want Kevin McCarthy to throw out Nancy Pelosi. How long can this go on?

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Don’t believe everything you hear! Believe David Waldman, who will set you straight on the best fried chicken served by 18th century reenactors in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Ohio’s Barberton Chicken, on the other hand, is an acquired taste. (Although a pretty good taste to acquire.)

Nancy Pelosi booted Jim Banks (Some Republican) and Jim Jordan (Everybody knows him) from the January 6 select committee because “The unprecedented nature of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision”. In other words, it is because they were complicit with an attempted overthrow of the US, and are continuing to assist in the coverup. “Unprecedented” must be a GQP problem-word, probably as they’re still sore from being unpresidented last November. Following Pelosi, Kevin McCarthy immediately unleashed the snit he clearly prepared in advance and now won’t invite any Democrats to his club. Chris Cillizza completely missed the point and blamed Nancy Pelosi for dooming democracy again, just like she did on the bipartisan 1/6 commission.

More than 30 former top Senate Democratic aides called for changes to the filibuster rules, so that should do it.  The Supreme Court doesn’t even pretend that they aren’t in charge anymore.

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Winner, winner, chicken dinner!  That’s the yearly Waldman family tradition David goes out of his way to honor, therefore, just as he went out of his way last year, he’s out of his way this year, also.

Here, let me sum up what I said previously:

David Waldman is out, but not out of stories to share! David couldn’t bear to leave us empty-eared, so he burned the afternoon oil at KITM World Headquarters to produce a special pre-recorded show for today!

Do you reside in a city with a federal building or property, maybe a post office? Do you disagree with Donald Trump’s handling of… anything? Are you insufficiently loyal? Then, you might be excited to hear that Ken Cuccinelli has a van with your name on it. Actually, the van has no name on it, and the guys climbing out will be masked with no identification, all adding to the excitement for everyone. Even if you are the shy, retiring type, Q-shirt volunteers will have their ears to the ground in every neighborhood, trained to root out baby cannibals like you and me. The whole operation isn’t quite up to Russian standards as yet, but that ambition is certainly present here, today.

Democratic leaders are asking the FBI for an urgent briefing on members of Congress being targeted by a foreign operation, employing known tool Ron Johnson.

Before you are disappeared, you might want to first consider whether or not you want to send your child into one of the largest unregulated experiments ever conducted. If you are rich... well, there’s a lot of things you don’t have to consider, because if public schools aren’t private enough for you, and neither are private schools, there’ll always be your money to fix things. If you are medium-rich, you still have online learning, sort of. If your child is not white, that might lead to jail, however.

Ritchie Torres is not white. In fact, he is expected to be the first openly gay Afro-Latino man in Congress. Congress is literally not ready for someone both Black and Latinx, as Torres can’t join both the Black and Hispanic caucuses.

You knew that Ailes and O'Reilly weren’t the end of it over at Fox News. Maybe, soon, the rape and sexual violence there will taper off, now that there’s a lawsuit on Ed Henry for rape and the current top talent on harassment. With those guys gone, it will cut in half the security demands for the Republican convention.

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We would’ve won this morning’s space race had David Waldman let us clear the bird’s nest blocking the KITM World Headquarters Secret Virginia Volcano Launch Base Hideout lid. But as a result, David won’t be joining space pioneers Richard Branson’s North American Aviation X-15-level flight last week, or Jeff Bezos’ Mercury-Redstone 3-esque blastoff today. Branson’s looked kind of cool, but not a tenth as badass as an X-15. Bezos’ however, looked shockingly like... Jeff Bezos. Of course, what really mattered was who’s was the biggest.

A lot of people keep dying from COVID-19. For some of those people, it was a pretty big surprise. Marjorie Traitor Greene was suspended from Twitter for a few hours for lying about Covid. Sean Hannity took a short break from lying about Covid, then regained his composure. Donald Trump found a way to lie about vaccinations, the election, Joe Biden, and the people who point out that he lies, all in one lie.

Dolly Parton tried, everyone.  She tried.

Meanwhile, mask mandates might need to happen again, even outside.

Speaking of deadly lies, Kevin McCarthy picked his star player, Gym Jordan, to foul the way for the Republicans on the January 6 commission.  Good news, there is at least one Republican who called the riot criminal. On the other hand, there are 3 who pretended that the election was the crime.

For those keeping track, the Trump campaign has admitted a lie. Can we now just move on? The DOJ is moving on from Wilbur Ross’ lies to Congress on behalf of Trump. Actually, it was Bill Barr who moved on, before Merrick Garland even moved in.

Joan McCarter reports that Republicans want to defund the police, in this particular case, the Internal Revenue Service, potentially delaying the vote on whether or not they're ready to have a bill on which they hope to vote on eventually. Instead, Chuck Schumer will proceed today with the procedural vote to proceed on the proceedings.

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It’s Monday, and David Waldman and Greg Dworkin are back for a new KITM, but probably not this Wednesday, as now there is chicken involved. (You need to tune in, I can’t sum up everything, you know.)

Ohio sent troopers and the National Guard to the Texas border. Nobody will say where they are or what they’re doing, or if they actually went, and who’s spending or making money off this.

COVID cases are shooting up, again. Less of the infected are sick and dying, but so many more are sick and dying because so many more are becoming infected. That’s not so hard to understand, is it? Conservatives point out that if so many liberals weren’t so la-dee-dah, showing off their vaccines and all, it wouldn’t have spoilt it for everyone. They could’ve marketed magnet and microchip-free versions if they wanted, also...

Of course, there are a lot of non-imbecile unvaccinated out there. Those folks might require Olivia Rodrigo-levels of persuasion. All it took for Toyota is the loss of tens of millions of dollars of revenue. Fox News’ heart has become heavy as their wallet has become light. Nonetheless, from selling fake vaccine cards, to selling site hits, there still is plenty of money in watching people die. Cutting out the fraud takes the miracle out of miracle cures.

Speaking of frauds, most Arizona Republicans don’t need “results” to tell them what they already believe. Now the Pennsylvania GQP wants a taste of that sweet, sweet grift. What could possibly be wrong with that? Ask Florida man Paul Hodgkins, the first insurrectionist to not get remotely the felony punishment he deserves.

Polling shows 58% of Americans approve of President Joe Biden's job in office. Polling has been much less kind to “polling”, but you realize, the polls could have that completely wrong. Polls can’t hurt Terry McAuliffe. All that money can’t hurt Terry either.

Lindsey Graham said that Republicans should leave DC to prevent Senate Democrats from passing an infrastructure bill via reconciliation, which would work because then Democrats wouldn’t need reconciliation to pass the bill.

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David Waldman, man, myth, legend, Friday, KITM, etc.:

We knew how awful and dangerous Donald Trump was before the latest books came out. We just didn’t know how noble and brave Ivanka Trump and Mike Pence were. There is a reason for that. At least Mike Pence was smart enough to turn down a 1/6 ride with the Secret Service as they wavered between being pro-USA or pro-Trump. 

A scammer raised $3.4 million with PACs that pretended to support Trump, deserving that money about as much as Trump would.

William Regnery II, of the Regnerys who financed White nationalism from the 40’s through the present has died, 80 years late. The Regnery name and philosophy live on through Regnery Publishing. The political lives of Republicans depend on publishers like Regnery, sometimes living much longer than they deserve to.

The COVID pandemic is back, because wishes don’t make it go away. Booster shots are deemed beneficial for the immunocompromised

Democrats are pushing a budget to support Joe Biden’s agenda. So far, the Dems are quite well arrayed. Republicans might be forced to vote for some of the things they plan to take credit for.

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David Waldman and Greg Dworkin told you so. If you listen to KITM or read this, you have been telling everyone so. Donald Trump is an impulsive, mentally unstable and unbalanced individual who suffers from an inferiority complex, duh. Apparently, Putin could’ve told us so, likewise. Vlad could just be funning with us, but that wouldn’t make it less true, just the truth released at the wrong time.

Word is out that General Mark Milley realized Trump was setting up his own Reichstag moment to keep himself in power. So, now they tell us? If it was a Reichstag, how long do you wait to prevent Machtergreifung? Donald says Mike isn’t his type.

Donald of course placed his bunker moment at the totally wrong time, of course did the totally wrong thing, and wanted to kill anyone who told on him. Instead, so far the ones suffering a downfall are the Republicans caught believing the good guys would win. Trump supporters are still out there winning, and pwning the libs every day.

Anti-vaxxers keep winning by losing, because causing death is pro-life.

Hundreds of thousands of white flags will be placed on the National Mall to honor the lives lost to the coronavirus in the U.S. Where does somebody get that many little mourning flags? Turns out, there is a place.

The fraudit team in the Maricopa ballot count didn’t match the official total. Even if it were 10 ballots, you know their count wouldn’t match. In Georgia, 200 ballots were double scanned, then discovered, and then fixed with zero effect in the official results, so... Soros?

Back in the real world, 90% of American families with children get their first child tax credit check. Thanks Dems! Democrats roll out their $3.5 trillion budget, but should they have asked for $3.95? Whichever sounds best, just get the signature and work out the details later. Now, however is a good time to get labor reforms in there.

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David Waldman opens today’s KITM thanking all you out there. Not just you patreons, but those that deliver talent, time, and ears to us each day! Also, Donald Trump. Where would we be without him? Oh, we’d probably think of something to talk about.

Without Trump, Greg Dworkin might have had less to say on COVID-19, but probably not. Red states and blue states might still be diverging on their handling of the pandemic and acceptance of masking and vaccines. People would be lied to, and people would regret believing the lies.

Some people want to believe lies. The GQP would have catered to them without Trump, but with Trump there is greater focus. Truth has always weighed down culture warriors, and fascists, and is of course, the first casualty of this war.

For authors, Donald Trump is gold, and the rush is on. Without Trump, we’d all have to talk about Ken Starr, who is as sleazy as Trump, but as sanctimonious as Mike Pence, and maybe ickier than both.

There is some non-Donald news, sort of. Stephen M. Calk arranged for $16 million in loans to Paul Manafort in order to get a job as secretary of the Army. The guys who planned to kidnap and kill Governor Gretchen Whitmer would hate to have their cop-killing locker room talk played to a jury. A judge spanked team Kraken, but they still might get away with it.

Remember when the big lie was climate change denial? California anticipates nearly all salmon in the Sacramento River will die from the heat. The EU proposes an internal combustion engine ban from 2035.

Senate Democrats landed on a $3.5 Trillion reconciliation infrastructure proposalCollins, Murkowski, Manchin and Sinema will say things, but that’s different than doing things.

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It’s Tuesday, and David Waldman remembered to invite Joan McCarter, and she remembered what they were going to talk about. Yay!

Did you know that Donald Trump was a deluded low-intelligence big-mouthed sociopath during his administration? There is new evidence supporting this in two new books out, I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump's Catastrophic Final Year and Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency. David reads and comments on an excerpt from I Alone Can Fix It. That’s the one with Trump flirting with martial law to keep the presidency. The other one has Eric Trump picking a fight with math and Rudy Giuliani with the plan that Trump just claim he won... or was that in the first book? Which one reveals Trump wanting to execute whoever snitched about his hiding in his little bunker? Oh, that was a third book, Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost!

This is only the start on these books. There’s plenty more material out there. We are just getting to the “Stop the Steal” era! Although, we might not have the Kracken to kick around anymore, once the Eastern District of Michigan is through with their sanction hearing.

The Trump Organization isn’t sure of what you mean by “chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg”, there’s no one there by that name.

Catching COVID is now the hot thing in red states. Only RINOs don’t get on respirators, or allow people the freedom to get on respirators, in those states. 

U.S. investigators have arrived in Haiti to aid in the Moïse assassination case, as there is a noticeable Venn diagram overlap between Haiti suspects and DEA informants.

Greg Abbott’s posse turned away at the Texas border having failed at rounding up the Democrats who plan to stay away for a few weeks to block Abbott’s voter suppression bill.

Senate Democrats and White House officials are meeting today to talk spending and revenue targets, budget resolution and reconciliation instructionsChuck Schumer might shorten the Senate’s August break to address the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which means Republicans need to step up their delaying process. Joe Biden continues nominating a diverse slate of federal judges at a rapid pace, but that can’t fix the Supreme Court who are slated to be much worse next session. SCOTUS isn’t as bad as Donald Trump wanted them to be, and after all he did for them, too!

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It’s Monday, so you knew you’d find David Waldman and Greg Dworkin right here, like they should be.

CPAC is so untethered from reality that they detached from time, convening for their second annual convention in 5 months. 

We still have a fascist problem. The Big Lie was the big winner at CPAC. Those that like to hate, love Trump. QAnon loves Trump, but believe the actual problem is their name. Evangelicals love Trump, but believe the actual problem is their name. Both groups believe no one will need to raid the Capitol if the coup happens before the election. The GQP is so far from center, both-siders can only find Democrats to pick on.

Democrats might be realizing that holding the center once Republicans take a turn might be foolish and unfair, especially when it comes to redistricting. Rachel & Travis of the Irreverent Testimony podcast pointed out years ago that nonpartisan gerrymandering would not be the way to go.

CPAC did not have an in memoriam for Edwin Edwards, although he certainly was there in spirit.

We still have a COVID problem. Delta variant cases have been increasing, and now so are hospitalizations. Due to inaction, Delta is surging in unvaccinated pockets throughout the US. Unvaccinated hospitalized patients say they regret not getting the shot (Unless they are on respirators, but one can assume…) Of course, much of this inaction isn’t accidental. Fox News reached out to suffocate millions of their viewers. Kristi Noem brags that she did the least for her state at CPAC, whose members demand even less for everyone.

Today, Sidney Powell, and Lin Wood are in court for a hearing on whether they should be sanctioned. Lin Wood testifies that he was only a coffee boy and stated, “Kracken? I hardly even knew them”. 

Officials from several U.S. agencies have arrived in Haiti to assist on settling things after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. Some of those held in connection to the assassination are connected to a Miami-area security firm.

Police discovered 1,000 rounds of ammunition, and about 20 long guns in a hotel a short walk away from Coors Field, just ahead of the MLB All-Star Game. Drug dealers should remember to not allow their deals to look like a terroristic event in these sensitive times.

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David Waldman delivers the stories and information you need to finally win those debates over the dinner table. (The same amount of mashed potatoes will still be thrown at you.)

You just hate to see White people feeling bad about themselves, especially when you are a White person. Tennessee Republicans don’t want their kids to be traumatized by Ruby Bridges’ story and other “critical race theories,” as they have had to painfully endure their entire lives, and are taking steps to stop it.

The US Women’s Soccer Team was pointed to as disgracefully turning towards the National Anthem… or was it disgracefully turning towards the flag? Either way, if they weren’t the US Women’s Soccer Team, they wouldn’t be pointed at.

Donald Trump wanted to use the COVID-19 pandemic to call off the 2020 election. Donald Trump said that William Barr would lick the floor if he told him to. Donald Trump was surprised and angered when he lost the election. Donald Trump is going to sue everyone until receives justice.

The Secret Service paid Trump National Golf Club over $10,000 in May. That’s okay, because now Trump National Golf Club has free admission for everyone!

Seattle’s largest police union doesn’t want it to get out that 6 of their officers might have been insurrectionists. Meanwhile, the FBI discovered a militia that planned their attacks at “bible studies”.

Philadelphia anti-fascists kicked pro-fascist butt. Saudi Arabia will start a digital news service and lobbying effort aimed at capturing American hearts and minds — without bone-sawing!

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David Waldman and Greg Dworkin celebrate National KITM Day today, or is it Eastern Orthodox KITM Day? I get the days mixed up.

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse is still dead. Haitians are only certain about that one thing. Darwin Darko, Senior Haitian Correspondent, tells us Jovenel might have acted too Donald for some. The assassination squad identified as Americans, because that’s just what they would do... 

Tucker Carlson caught the National Security Agency’s attention after only a few private calls to Vladimir Putin. 

There is still a COVID pandemic. Since Donald Trump said he’d deliver the miracle cure, almost as many Americans have died of COVID as were lost in all four years of World War II, both from combat and all other causes. In some areas it is as bad as it ever has been, with Delta variant cases overwhelming hospitals. Those are the areas where many are rejecting vaccines. That is Trump country, where vaccination rates are tied to Fox News and OANN viewership. Will a different messenger convince those people who watched friends and family die from coronavirus, and yet still refused to be vaccinated? They’d rather argue whether the virus came from a Wuhan lab or not. Proving them wrong on that probably won’t get them vaccinated either. Once the virus is finished in their holler, it might not emerge as the same virus, but something worse. 

A school board meeting turned into an anti-mask riot, but why would you expect school board meeting attendees to be concerned about education? You don’t expect town hall attendees to be interested in governance anymore. Governance is the last thing Trump voters are looking for. It is loyalty to the cause that is important. Loyalty is so important to Republicans that they won’t hesitate to knife each other in the back under suspicion of disloyalty.

A few shamed evangelicals prefer to be called Protestant now.

Rudy Giuliani's D.C. law license was suspended, which kind of makes sense, as he is an idiot. Donald Trump’s present legal representatives are pretty stupid also, and you know, Donald isn’t that much of a genius himself.

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David Waldman and Greg Dworkin celebrate National Tell the Truth Day by delivering just a regular KITM:

Haiti President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated, forcing many Americans to learn more about Haiti and what has been going on there. Many others won’t bother when they can always pull something out of their butt.

People just like lies. Mike Pompeo will tell you, lies are much safer than the truth. Matt Walsh knows that the truth is in fact more dangerous than any gun. We all know that’s a lie… but on the other hand, who knows what risk truth carries?

It is the dianniversary of the insurrection to ratify the Big Lie as truth, and the New Lost Cause is such a comfort to Republican candidates and voters that democracy has become an existential threat. Donald Trump is just the Hitler conservatives need to hold onto what they have. Reporters who were at the Capitol still suffer from PTSD.

Every Gop state party chairman will remain neutral unless they have a big lie to protect.

Truth is sometimes so uncomfortable, people would rather die than confront it. Unfortunately, the truth is, not everyone deserves to catch Covid. Old people understand the truth about the fragility of life and stay safe. Waves come and go, but the more people who are safe, the more people stay safe.

Nikole Hannah-Jones won a Pulitzer prize for her work on the 1619 project. She was about to join the University of North Carolina as a tenured chair, but UNC megadonor Walter Hussman threatened to take away his megadonations if Hannah-Jones got tenure, so the University pulled the rug out from under her. So, Nikole took her talents, and $20 million or so, and brought them over to Howard University. This is justice for Hannah-Jones, but probably did little for any other Black professors out there. Still, lessons were learned at the Tulane School of Medicine, who are on probation by their accreditor over allegations of racism and lack of diversity.

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David Waldman makes it back to us with a live show today.

So, did you blow a hole in yourself or someone this weekend? If so, you are not alone. The second amendment is pretty outdated.

6 months ago Mo Brooks gave a warm-up speech to insurrectionists in front of the White House. Today, Brooks says he was “just following orders”, although those were orders he enthusiastically agreed with. Trump was attempting a military coup, but fortunately Trump is bad at doing things. Still, the Big Lie is now an element of 4th of July parades. Texas is forgetting the Alamo. Kyle Rittenhouse statues can’t be far behind, as long as bigoted fear can be stroked by Disney’s choice of pronouns.

Former cop/January 6 thug Thomas Robertson was released from custody on the condition that he not possess firearms, so he bought 34 more and started assembling pipe bombs.

Good news! If you got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine you probably don’t need a Pfizer booster against the Delta variant. However, if you got the Pfizer vaccine

A police officer tried playing Taylor Swift so that YouTube would block any videos he was recorded in. It didn’t work, so maybe he could try altering his uniform.

Joan McCarter is here with the weather update: IT’S STILL HOT! The Northwest is becoming unbearable, literally, as people start to die and the West becomes a desert. Climate change is an existential threat, but remains somehow debatable as part of infrastructure. Meanwhile, ExxonMobil is throwing something slightly under the billion dollars they expect in taxes at lobbying efforts to help make bills and people wither away. Fox’s new weather channel only measures the fair and balanced temperature in their studio.

Pelosi and Schumer, come back! Your country needs you and all the decent people back to Congress asap. You don’t even need to physically come back, as proxy voting and hybrid hearings are working pretty well. Even Republicans understand the value of proxy voting, although they won’t admit it.

Gettr’s getting what it deserves.

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Happy 5th of July!  Today is the day we observe Independence Day, and can you guess what David Waldman is doing today? Observing the holiday! The former guy is off crying somewhere so there is nothing between us and our hammocks, barbecues, and humming of patriotic marches. Instead of a live show, why not listen to a KITM from the dark years, Monday July 6, 2020:

Today, David Waldman and Greg Dworkin bring us complex answers to complex questions. That is, after all why we tune in to them for a couple of hours. (Actually, 1:58:45.)

Donald Trump is pretty simpleHe’s a racist, he’s going to appeal to racists. You would think that there would not be enough racists to make that work. You would hope soFear and resentment has been a solid strategy for Trump, but probably not this time... Probably not. That is partly because  coronavirus is skyrocketing right where Trump’s supporters live, which is no coincidence. The pandemic is hitting Donald right in his big beautiful electoral map. COVID-19 has chased the Republicans from Charlotte to Jacksonville to rout them out again.

We don’t have all of the dumb people in the world, it just seems that way. Understanding why COVID cases increase as deaths are decrease is as simple as understanding Simpson’s Paradoxregression to the mean, and conversely, regression to the tail. It also helps to understand the difference between equality and equity in contact tracing protocols. Listen, just follow the expert advicewhenever you can find some.

239 experts in 32 countries believe that the coronavirus is airborne, which might affect a lot of future expert advice.

Things sometimes become more complex, the closer you look at them. Are Military bands worth our tax dollars? After much deliberation, David determines that... yeahprobably!

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Haul out your milk bags, grab your anisette, and start shucking those clams! David Waldman is here and he’s in the holiday mood!

GETTR is like Tinder for incels, but less useful. It is of course, backed by FCB (fugitive Chinese billionaire) Guo Wengui, aka “Miles Kwok” (No middle initial “O”, sadly.) and led by Jason Miller, AASM (Alleged Abortion Smoothie Mixologist).

The Supreme Court were getting along so well, but politics and money intruded and now the honeymoon is over. Well, they still like money in politics, so they are backing donor privacy to keep the dark money flowing.

Democrats can’t look to the Supreme Court to fix democracy. They must use the budget-reconciliation process to make voting easier.

The House passed a $760 billion proposal to fund transportation, in hopes to shift debate toward more sustainable infrastructure projects. For Republicans, it shifted their rhetoric to predicting economic disaster, just like it always has.

Critical Race Theory attacks by the Right are old hat, too.

If Kevin McCarthy wanted to, he could force Liz Cheney off the Jan 6 select committee. It would be a lot of work, easily remedied, and who cares about Kevin McCarthy?

Donald Trump's company and its chief financial officer were indicted on Thursday on multiple felony counts. For Donald and his co-conspiratorial offspring, the news sure could be worse. Good for them, the Trump Organization kept a second set of books to track their graft outlay.

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Tragic news. Donald Rumsfeld died on my day off, and everybody used up all the good jokes already. Rumsfeld won’t be somewhat north of anything, anymore, and now can be fondly remembered as someone who will be in no one’s presence ever again.

America’s Rapey Dad, Bill Cosby, is not the architect of the deaths of half a million people, and also unfortunately is still with us, even more so now that an attorney screwed up.

David Waldman and Greg Dworkin interrupted their Canada Day celebrations to bring us that news today, and also because Canada Day isn’t one of those holidays that one celebrates anymore.

You know who’s likewise still alive? Yes, Donald Trump was delighted that charges have been brought against his business and CFO. All of those people are not him, after all. Donald is miffed that his 4th of July Trump celebration was cancelled, however.

Nancy Pelosi and the House have voted to create select committee on the January 6 Capitol insurrection. It was a bipartisan vote, and those two Republicans that voted for it will probably get an invite. That leaves a few more Republicans to assign, and Kevin McCarthy vows to give them the stink-eye if they accept. Adam Kinzinger tells Kevin to bring it on. The next move is McCarthy’s, and then the checkmate will be Pelosi’s.

Kyrsten Sinema once called Joe Lieberman “Pathetic”, but has since been seduced by Joe’s innate charm. Al Gore demands that Donald Trump not behave so crazy

New Pew data show that Joe Biden made large gains with people Donald Trump regularly offended.

The Supreme Court did just what everyone expected they would do to voting rights, upholding restrictions and protecting big donors.  Justice Elena Kagan had about 41 pages of problems with that.

New York City’s Board of Elections ruined the reputation of ranked choice voting, and general voting integrity, when it was really their reputation that deserved it. A Michigan Republican spent eight months searching for evidence of election fraud and returned with common sense. 

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem will send 50 National Guard troops to join the 3600 already there. To save South Dakotans money, the South Dakotans in Texas will be paid by a Tennessean, who in turn will be paid by anybody he wants.

The Los Angeles Police Department's bomb squad attempted to destroy a seized cache of 5,000 pounds of illegal fireworks, eventually succeeding

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David says he is going to “the doctors” today, so no new show. Really, he said he had a “doctor’s appointment,” “in the morning” and wouldn’t have “time”… Maybe I’m doing quotes wrong. Anyhow, here’s what I “actually” said back then and the links:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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David Waldman opens up his KITM Tuesday tapas bar of political news delights:

Bringing back a mask mandate would be a good idea” say doctors who apparently have never met people.

Madison Cawthorn is a self-described “big history buff” who doesn’t know history, and might not understand what “buff” means.

Rex Tillerson spent 40 years climbing the ladder at Exxon, but greed, hubris, and Donald Trump are guaranteed to bring anyone to their knees.

The Arizona ballot fraudit impresses ignorant deluded people, but few others. The Department of Justice believes that the features of Georgia’s new voting laws are in actuality, bugs.

William Barr says that just because he ordered “election fraud investigations”, it doesn’t mean he believed they were valid. Donald Trump says that just because he said he’d “march with insurrectionists to the capitol”, that he was actually going. Ivanka Trump says that just because she testified that she played “no role in planning inaugural events”, that she wasn’t always in there making sure she got hers.

We kept the filibuster, so we didn’t get a $15 federal minimum wage. Rich, aka Liberal Thinking, Admin of All Daily Kos Progressives, points out there are other paths to a minimum income goal, proposing equality payments.

Joan McCarter reports on the local weather: It's HOT! Also, national politics:

The House is voting this week to toss out their old insurrectionist knick-knacks, although it’s their new ones that are really tacky.

Toyota was considering not handing money to insurrectionist lawmakers, but then realized that there are many fine people on both sides buying their cars, and one doesn’t really need a democracy to buy their cars, just a good credit score.

What would the Supreme Court know about voting access and suppression? We will find out soon, along with their thoughts on megadonor anonymity.

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Happy Monday, which is like the weekend, but with more memes, and 100% more David Waldman and Greg Dworkin!

This weekend a social media influencer at the Tour de France introduced hundreds of teeth to macadam and discovered it is possible to become too well known.

Who knows where COVID-19 came from, but where it’s going is Trump country. That’s where kids sneak out behind their parents back to get vaccinated. A booster might now be needed for the Delta variant. Don’t worry, it’s just like the flu, except with 1 in 50 dying. 

What does this mean to the Republican party? You mean, outside of a loss of voters? Not much. Donald is kind of turned on, though. The ACLU found out that whichever seat in the lunchroom you pick, that’s Trump’s seat, and a blackeye is the least of your worries. By the way, the 2nd Amendment does not prohibit ownership of an F-15. Look it up.

Americans are worried about crime, but that doesn’t mean they’re blaming Democrats. Speaking of criminals, William Barr and Donald Trump always knew that sooner or later, only one of them would be left standing. Barr drew first, but everyone knows Barr’s not a straight shooter. It’s now Donald’s turn, and soon Mitch will be gunning for Bill also.

QAnon is going the way of the John Birch Society… which is absolutely nowhere. Those people may not ever understand the words “Protocols of the Elders of Zion”, but they have been the same believers for centuries. The Catholic church has been around for a while also, but hating on Joe Biden might not have been that well thought out.

Lovable Joe Biden says what he means and means what he says, but no one needs to hear all that. Infrastructure negotiations are back on track, as Joe Manchin lowers his standard for bipartisanism to mutual eye contact.

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Fridays are often about focusing on a couple big stories on our way into the weekend, and this Friday is no exception.

Tops on the list today: New details about who knew what, heading into January 6th. Speaking of which, the House select committee idea is back on, again.

Next up: New details about the mostly pretty stupid-sounding plan to totally infiltrate and totally upend Democratic politics nationwide by… giving some money to the Wyoming Democratic Party, or whatever. Like I said, it’s mostly pretty stupid-sounding. But this is what they do.

Stupid-sounding or not, sometimes you’ve gotta keep an eye on these dumbasses.

Side note: public gunplay rarely works out the way people think it will, and when it goes wrong, it often goes wrong in just the terrible ways frequently predicted.

Historian Thomas Zimmer offers an unique look at Republican resistance to the Juneteenth holiday. It reminds him of post-war German resistance (well, West German resistance, anyway) to marking May 8th as VE Day. But at least the Germans had a point. They lost World War II. But American Republicans won the Civil War. So what’s the problem? (OK, we all know what the problem is.)

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Previously on KITM:

You might have heard that Nancy Pelosi was to create a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection upon the Capitol. Nancy wondered where you could have heard such a thing. Now we know where —  from Nancy Pelosi, today.

You’ve heard that Eric Adams is in the lead for the New York City Democratic Mayoral primary. Candidate Maya Wiley says she’s taking her ranked-choice #2 spot and is turning it into a #1. You might have heard Andrew Yang’s presidential team screwed the pooch, but they say it was the mayoral team.

And now David Waldman and Greg Dworkin with the latest:

Field trip! House Republicans get to dress like Great White Hunters with Donald Trump down by the border. If they find any Trump wall still standing they will pose in front of it. Peter Doocy asks Jen Psaki if Kamala Harris might have a secret crush on Donald.

John McAfee, founder of the McAfee antivirus software company was ”eccentric”... You know, the on a remote Belize island running a bio-lab, dozens of armed guards, neighbor turning up with a bullet hole in his headharems of under age prostitutes, admitted and suspected drugs and drug dealing sort of “eccentric”. The one thing John apparently wasn’t into was paying taxes. McAfee told friends “If I suicide myself, I didn’t. I was whackd” and, “Know that if I hang myself, a la Epstein, it will be no fault of mine.” Anyhow, yesterday, John was found… Well, he was found in Spain. 

The Saudi operatives who killed Jamal Khashoggi received paramilitary training in the U.S., which evidently did not include “making it look like a suicide”.

Edward Snodgrass simply tried to execute ”a dying man’s wishes”, which happened to be "voter fraud”. He might get the book thrown at him, including months in jail, unlike Crystal Mason, who was unaware that she couldn’t vote on parole, and got 5 years.

There’s no jail time for the first defendant to be sentenced in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, but there are a lot more to come.

Donald Trump downplayed COVID-19 while hundreds of thousands of Americans died, caught it (worrying Mark Meadows sick), leveraged the power of the presidency to get himself cured, then went back to mocking people who did get sick while hundreds of thousands more Americans died.

Idiot Matt Gaetz tried to showboat on critical race theory, but General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, earned his title, and proved it with his answer to Gaetz, who probably still has his head cocked like a Labrador retriever, trying to understand it. This is not what Laura Ingraham paid Milley to do.

“Critical Race Theory” sounds like maybe you’re trying to criticize people’s racism, and there are many people out there who are proud of their racism and ready to fight you for it. David suggests that non-racists do nothing… but do nothing over at school board meetings, where taking up space can be good.

Progressive leaders and activists wonder if Joe Biden’s magic wand broke. Meanwhile, populist and fake-populist leaders in Eastern Europe are sad that no one likes them anymore. In the US, the Southern Baptist Convention had to elect new no-nothings when their old no-nothings learned too much.

Ivanka and Jared are privately appalled with the behavior of Donald Trump, or they’re just laying low until the estate sale.  

Okay, so maybe it wasn’t Italian satellites causing Donald to lose the election. Maybe it was chickens... No, those weren’t kernels of truth on the henhouse floor.

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Spider-Man and the Pope agree, “With great power comes great responsibility”. Joe Manchin probably has said this to his mirror lately, as he continues his quixotic and/or self-centered fight against most logic and public opinion. Is Manchin playing 4 dimensional chess? Does he have any game pieces to play? Even if Joe hasn’t quite got it figured out, the rest of the Democratic Senate better work out their next move if they hope to turn this “intentional” loss into a winGreg Dworkin tells us to leave Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema (and Democrats) alone! Republicans are the problem. 2022 is coming soon enough.

There’s plenty of voting going on right now. Eric Adams is in the lead for the New York City Democratic Mayoral primary, which is the long way of saying he’s probably the next NYC Mayor. He sure is doing better than Andrew Yang, who in turn is doing a lot better than Bridgeport, Connecticut’s second most famous mayor, Jasper McLevy. In Jasper’s defense, he ran on the Socialist ticket, but you don’t hear India Walton —  Buffalo, New York’s first woman mayor complaining. You can also welcome Sheriff Kimberly L. Beaty — what a sheriff now looks like. 

David Waldman can tell you that the overnight success of bringing filibuster reform into the mainstream has ten, twenty… sixty years of effort behind it. Yesterday would have been a great day to point out that any day is a good day to reform the filibuster.

The Republican-led Michigan Senate Oversight Committee found that Joe Biden won the election and Donald Trump is a nut. It doesn’t matter, because Republicans like Jim Jordan kind of like nuts, and are ready and willing to turn the world upside down on Trump’s behalf. (Ivanka and Jared are privately appalled.) Catholics and evangelicals that love Trump hate church. Georgia counties are now cashing checks covering the legal costs of protecting Trump. 

Someone said that Nancy Pelosi was forming a select committee to investigate the January 6 insurrection. Nancy Pelosi said that someone should shut their lying mouth about her.

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On today’s KITM, David Waldman tears back into the Sfogliatelle of “Italy Gate”, this time focusing on Michele Edwards, aka Michele Roosevelt Edwards, aka Michele Ballarin, aka Michele Lynn Golden, aka Michele Lynn Golden-Ballarin... heiress, struggling single mother, Ukrainian-Somalian pirate negotiator, defunct airline proprietor, realtor, mansion squatter, and Munchausen-level fabulator whose every syllable rings fake, and is of course, key to Republican’s return to respectability. Michele is due another last name and another “reinvention”, probably next as the host of The Apprentice. Remember Tareq Salahi? The guy who crashed a White House dinner in 2009? He did several stupid things after that, too. Eh, it’s a living.

Kevin McCarthy couldn’t explain how he could maintain his Trump-brown nose if Donald took his job. Donald wanted the DOJ to take out SNL. Trump is mad that Mayor Bill de Blasio would take a guy’s golf course away just for treason.

Joan McCarter calls in to explain how no one likes regressive taxation, including Joe Biden, who is taking a hard line on using popular progressive tax plans to pay for popular infrastructure projects, which would sound like a no-brainer, and exactly what the Republican Senate would fight against. Infrastructure, voting rights, you name it and Joe Manchin will be happy to pound his head against the wall over it. The Democratic Senate is just about done watching him, and Chuck Schumer is moving on. Kyrsten Sinema goes out with a bang and a curtsy, writing an op-ed presenting herself as an independent-minded Democrat who embraces Jim Crow politics and Republicanism.

Joan has some good news, describing the process and procedure of using Newt Gingrich’s tool of destruction, the Congressional Review Act, to take out onerous Trump-era rules.

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It’s SummerDavid Waldman was set to do his opening monologue while reenacting the old “Coppertone Kid” billboard with Abby, but it turns out we don’t have a video component to KITM. (He still did it.)

Greg Dworkin tells us that the introduction of a federal Juneteenth holiday at least got people to thinking, which is quite a lot to ask from some people. Are Republicans that ignorant, or is it just an act? If it is, most of them turn out Olivier/Streep level performances each day. South Carolina lawmakers allow their workers to chose between Juneteenth and Confederate Memorial Day, as some can pick between Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Robert E. Lee’s birthday, because some are just, uhm,”fans”?  Brian Kemp will decide how much the holiday really means to you.

Arizona election analysis found former Donald Trump fans moved over to Joe Biden. We’ll see how many Trump fans are true followers in the North Carolina Senate primary. Few are fans of watching Joe Manchin get owned. Perhaps even Manchin is a little tired of it.

If ranked-choice voting has anything to do with voting against the people that you think suck, it should be a good fit with New Yorkers.

The Covid Delta variant has grown to a third of all US coronavirus cases in just 11 days. On the other hand, the US is hitting encouraging milestones on virus deaths and shots according to the CDC. How can we tell what is good or bad news? David has noticed that things just aren’t adding up at Missouri suddenly started appearing at the top of their list for new cases, while Florida sometimes pops to the top of the new reported cases list, and sometimes doesn’t. Inept? Deceitful? Probably! The Trump administration hit all the bases

“Italy Gate” is not the summer special at Olive Garden, it’s much worse. Then again, even the biggest, craziest Trump election conspiracy theories are merely Republican election conspiracy theories at their core. Old-hand Hans Von Spakovsky is trotted out whenever the GQP requires expert nonsense. Mansion-squatting realtor/Somali pirate mediator/Congressional candidate/serial “re-inventor” Michele Roosevelt Edward/Michele Ballarin/Michele Golden-Ballarin could be even more expert.

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Hey, if I don’t see you, happy Juneteenth tomorrow! Happy Juneteenth today, too! David Waldman gets us all in the celebratory mood with today’s KITM lead-in to our first national Juneteenth weekend.

Darwin H.M.@Darwin_Darko on Twitter, has been celebrating since the Senate passed the bill to make Juneteenth a national holiday, and recorded some of his jubilation to share on today’s show.

Of course, we all need to thank Donald Trump. The abject ignorance and arrogance of the Trump administration “made Juneteenth very famous”, to uhm, well, people like me, who were only dimly aware of its important history. More enlightened activists fought for decades to bring awareness to Juneteenth, state by state, and a few, like Opal Lee, survived to see it happen! Certainly, there is more work to do. Many knew creating a national holiday was the least they can do, and were always interested in doing the least they can do. A few Republicans wonder if Black people would be able to tell the difference between Juneteenth and other holidays. Confusing holidays does seem to be quite the problem... Ralph Norman sees a slippery slope toward respecting Native Americans. Matt Rosendale just wants everyone to “call an ace an ace”… which is odd that he used the new woke version of the term, isn’t it?

Anyhow, Bibi Netanyahu is holed up in the PM headquarters in Israel, and they’re thinking of cutting off his Diet Coke… Sadly, back in the US things just aren’t handled that way. The Republican party itself has become an anti-democratic force and an acute threat to American democracy.  Arizona voting data has been slipped across state lines to a cabin in remote Montana so that the Cyber-Kaczynskis can put the finishing touches on their manifesto before its release.

Remember that COVID-19 lab leak theory? It doesn’t hold up.

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I don’t buy it.

Dude. Bruce Wayne is a super genius inventor, he purposely left the bottom of the Bat Cowl open for a reason, you know. And —  those big ears on top? That’s right...  for “steering”, man...  

Oh, hold on, David Waldman and Greg Dworkin have their Wednesday KITM out, I got to get back to work:

Critical Race Theory is here to stay, or at least until the money and power it brings to scammers and nutjobs begins to tap out. The beauty of CRT is that you don’t even need to know what it is to make it work for you. Kind of like an assault rifle. Tom Cotton tries aiming it at the Armed Services, who are still trying to recover from previous attacks. The only weapon that’s easier to use is religion. Any idiot can use that… Well, almost any idiot. MT Greene learned about the Holocaust, and politics, this week. The Arizona recount is however 100% foolproof.

Fox News defends America from the onslaught of critical apple-pie theory. Tucker Carlson is just asking questions —  Alex Jones’ questions. Tucker could be said to be floating incendiary balloons, but on the other hand, incendiary balloons are factual.

Speaking of facts, more on January 6 are coming out every day, and no fact has ever been a friend of Donald Trump. New emails and documents reveal many of Trump’s attempts to corrupt the DOJ into overturning the election. Donald is still working the refs in Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, the Biden administration is looking backward, not forward for their lamest talking point ever to excuse Donald Trump of his Russian sedition.

Joe did handle Vlad well today, though.

Joe Biden held up border wall funding. Well, it was a “programmatic delay”, and the last time we looked, that was less of a problem than violating an emoluments clause.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court sided with private school parents in striking down a order to close all schools in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. You remember COVID-19, don’t you? There was some thing about it last year.

Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema continue their Joe Liebermanification of politics. Mitch McConnell might use this to beat Democrats. Nancy Pelosi might use this to beat Republicans. That’s bipartisanship!

Bill Gates is the biggest private owner of farmland in the United States, because that’s the American dream, to be the biggest private owner of things.

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Happy anniversary, Mrs. Waldman, wherever and whomever you are! It’s the “Silver”, so David Waldman ponied up for the traditional 24 pack of diet cola, which if you listen closely is already being enjoyed!

Critical Race Theory! Those are today’s scariest three words for three reasons, as just its name reminds White people of, gulp, ”race”... of frightening “theories” such as “evolution” and “gravity”... and worst of all, of “criticism”, which they will not ever, ever abide. As a bonus, it melds the two greatest threats their school children will face, Black people and Commies, into the curricular equivalent of “Black Lives Matter”. 

Fox News knows what to do with frightened White people — make money. But in this modern world, grifting cash is available for anyone willing to milk fear, so the CRT goldrush is on, with some slip-gibbets setting aside decades of jive to pick up their latest “scam in a box” before the best spots on the “America is a hellhole” MLM pyramid are taken. Here’s the inspirational story of Intolerance Sales Rep of the Month, Lorie (Cole) Waters.

Joan McCarter calls in with the story of local fear franchisee Janice McGeachin, in Idaho rooting out Marxism, Communism, Socialism, and Uppity Blacks. McGeachin can’t exactly define Critical Race Theory, but she knows it when she sees it… or will once Idaho cuts enough money from education budgets and hands it to her.

Let’s see, what else is happening? House Democrats have proposed $1.5 trillion spending ceiling, as a compromise to reach across the isle. Republicans propose the same idea, in order to get what they want and screw Democrats. Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are under pressure to pick one of those plans quickly, before time runs out. Mitch McConnell is set to destroy democracy several ways, with or without Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema’s help. (They are probably going to help.)

Steve KG Bannon wants to lock Merrick Garland up for trying to protect voting. Donald Trump wanted to lock Jeffery Rosen up for trying to protect voting. Sure, Dana Rohrabacher posed in pictures on the wrong side of police barricades on January 6, but he didn’t go into the Capitol. After all, he already spread feces there before.

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Listen as David Waldman and Greg Dworkin deftly weave the weekend logjam of news into rafts of stories right before your ears:

We begin under the cloud of another mass shooting —  Many clouds of many mass shootings: 9 incidents with 4 or more victims, 4 mass shootings in 6 hours, 50 injured, a dozen dead. Maybe we should do something about it. Trump banned bump stocks, which didn’t mean a thing, and they’re coming back anyhow.

We also aren’t doing enough about COVID. Some of us are safe, too many are not, and variants keep coming. A Texas hospital fires its employees for not taking vaccines, and a federal judge is okay with that.

Joe Biden’s overseas at the G-7 not being a moron, disappointing no one but Vlad and the conservative media. Joe is so hard to pick on, but not Kamala Harris, as any pack of jackals will happily tell you. Kamala’s not the first VP to wade into trouble in Latin America, she just needs to better communicate with the press.

Bibi Netanyahu is Israel’s new former guy. The new boss is definitely not the same as the old boss, in fact there’s plenty of new bosses, many of them ready to work with our new bosses, just not necessarily with each other. Women in Israeli politics aren’t erased, just heavily blurred.

Some Southern Baptists aren’t southern, or Baptist enough for others, but most of them do idolize Donald Trump. Followers of the former guy sing the praises of guns and daddies, but aren’t too big on Black folk. Black folk, on the other hand have been accepting of Ralph Northam, once Northam showed that he could learn from his mistakes. QAnon is beginning to lose its flock.

Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are about to prove that Joe Lieberman was right all along. Or not.

If Donald Trump doesn’t pay for his crimes, we all will. At the DOJ, officials start throwing themselves under the bus, but no one will ever believe Barr and Sessions didn’t know. Apple told Don McGahn that his and his wife's records were subpoenaed by the Trump DOJ in 2018.

No one believes that Trump and Barr had nothing to do with the teargassing on Lafayette Square. People who read past the headlines understand that they did. The Oregon House expelled Mike Nearman only after a video of Nearman planning, and another video of Mike executing his plan to aid armed trespassers into the Oregon capitol were released. Republicans will tell you all of this talk about Democracy collapsing is exaggerated, especially compared to what they are planning.

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It’s Friday, the day we look forward to David Waldman pulling out his old KITM ukulele for a couple of hours of “wiki wakki wooing” us into our weekend… But, as too often happens nowadays, some heinous act of political corruption comes along, necessitating that we toss our dependable ballads and shanties and just dig back into the news:

Well, they finally got to the bottom of that wiretapping story. It turns out to be Republican projection, kind of like it always does. The Department of Justice, under Jeff Sessions, then Bill Barr, and of course Donald Trump, had directly investigated Democratic members of Congress... and their kids. The DOJ subpoenaed Apple, the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN and others, for phone and email records, including the phone data from at least one minor child, then placed everyone under a gag order to cover up its actions. At the time this was happening, William Barr testified that he “didn’t know” if Trump told him to do this. Today, Barr “doesn’t recall”.

There hasn’t been a worse AG than William Barr, but the question is, is Merrick Garland any better? Merrick is not casting any blame at the moment, which doesn’t make all of this “no one’s fault”, instead it increasingly is making it all Merrick Garland’s fault.
Over and over again, Donald Trump commits crimes for which he should be convicted. Democracy can not stand if Trump is not held accountable. Well, Trump and the last few Republican administrations, and probably the next few.
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David Waldman and Greg Dworkin successfully delivered the Thursday KITM, pausing only a couple of times when their boom mikes magnetically sucked onto their foreheads

Perils of Big Government: Louie Gohmert asked the Bureau of Land Management if they could move the Moon for him, and someone parked it right in front of the Sun. The government (probably Anthony Fauci) installed 5G and magnets in our vaccines, which sounds kind of nice, but has known risks.

Like Jake LaMotta with a few more concussions, Donald Trump passes out bar tickets at Mar-a-Lago funerals. Lauren Boebert hasn’t got what it takes to win The Presidential Apprentice.

If COVID would “Darwin out” only the deserving, things might be fine. Unfortunately, those unvaccinated pockets breed and release pernicious variants as if they were some kind of mismanaged virology labs. Therefore, there’s just no room for laissez-faire attitudes toward pandemics when all of our comrades are in danger. Every newly vaccinated person protects the remaining unvaccinated.

Terry McAuliffe’s primary victory in Virginia reflects the strength of the Democratic Party establishment. The Mayor’s race in NYC is a battle of progressives though. Was Bold Joe Biden a mirage? If Biden wants to hold on to what he’s got, he has no choice but to get even bolder. Kyrsten Sinema now has her chance to show us how this bipartisanism stuff works. Joe Manchin isn’t looking for bipartisan votes, because he doesn’t see his voters as being Democratic. Mitch McConnell hasn’t given up hope that someone will pull his finger just one more time.

Joe Manchin’s brand is being “unpersuadable”. You can try to persuade him, but he isn’tNonetheless, laws that mandate supermajorities/bipartisanship, such as a proposed amendment to the Electoral Count Act are logical, shame the hypocritical, and have the added benefit of perhaps fixing the unconstitutionality of the law.

The police didn’t tear gas and beat protesters just so Donald Trump could strut around Lafayette Square with a bible. That was an unintended bonus. A slow and orderly evacuation of the square for contractors wouldn’t have met Trump’s tight schedule, and the boys really would have missed their chance to crack some BLM skulls.

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That was David Waldmanprobably, under that writhing mass of cicadas behind the KITM microphone this morning... It sure sounded like him. Anyhow, all he needed to do today was introduce Greg Dworkin and Armando, and you know we’d have nothing to worry about.

Terry McAuliffe made a big decisive comeback in Virginia with enthusiastic voters. The former guy continues to make his party the former party.

Severe COVID cases and deaths plummeted this spring, except in the areas with low vaccination rates… There just might be something to those vaccines after all, beyond helping you find your car keys in the morning.

Israel’s soon-to-be-former-guy, Bibi Netanyahu, wanted to get a little insurrection Flag Marching going this Thursday, but that will be postponed until after the new government is sworn in.

The Senate report on our January 6 insurrection has Trump-sized holes in it, which is just how Republicans and Joe Manchin want to leave it. The Big Lie isn’t enough for the GQP though, they need you to eventually doubt everything. Maybe it’s working. Republicans don’t particularly like democracy, and Americans don’t particularly care. Democrats can’t quite explain why… at least not in a way that isn’t annoying to everyone else.

Democrats can’t close the gender pay gap, raise minimum wage, or stop discrimination upon L.G.B.T.Q. workers. Ron DeSantis doesn’t want any colors other than white on his bridges. Don’t expect any pride from Merrick Garland, either. The DOJ, established to defend civil rights, now seems more interested in Executive branch rights, including those of patriot-rapist Donald Trump —  So, wtf? This is just the question Armando pondered recently, and he has a few nits, big and small, to pick. For reference, check out the Federal Employees Liability Reform and Tort Compensation Act of 1988 and related cases, opinions and replies!

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Hot topics this morning included Armando’s displeasure at “old school” pro-Republican coverage of VP Harris’ Central American trip. But others were focused on the new Senate Rules committee report on the various security failures of January 6th.

The Biden DOJ continues in its traditional role as zealous guardian of executive power, this time continuing the Trump-era defense of… (alleged pervert) Trump.

The only political tradition Trump ever honored: flip-flopping on the filibuster. Speaking of tradition and the filibuster, people are for some reason interested in discerning the true legacy of Robert Byrd—Manchin’s predecessor in the Senate—on the filibuster and the sanctity of the rules. But it’s actually not all that easy to work out.

Joan McCarter knows that well. And she knows that it probably doesn’t matter, anyway. At least, not to Joe Manchin. We’re still waiting to find out what might matter to Joe Manchin. So far, we know that finding votes to prove his theories about bipartisanship doesn’t. But that’s still technically better than the absolutely nothing we know about Kyrsten Sinema.

On the other hand, we are learning things about how deep the problems are at the IRS, and how billionaires are able to slip by almost tax-free.

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David Waldman and Greg Dworkin present today’s KITM with flies up front and forward facing, as you’ve come to expect.

Mo Brooks has finally been served with a lawsuit filed by Eric Swalwell. Well, Mo was still hiding, but his wife, who happens to be of suitable age and discretion, took it for him. Brooks might’ve not been aware of that convention, as he was also unaware that he shouldn’t post his Gmail password and pin numbers. Mo is no ordinary stooge, but is actually paid a lot to know better.

Marjorie Traitor Greene demands that Joe Biden investigate Anthony Fauci by June 31, which is exactly when Joe should do it.

The former guy kicked off a new season of The Ex-Presidential Apprentice this weekend, along with simultaneous presidential, congressional and House Speaker campaigns, demonstrating there’s no one in American politics who could ever fill Trump’s pants like he can.  It’s a load probably few in history could carry, in fact. Many Republicans are lining up with their pails to lend a hand, however.

When will democracy die? Two years from now? Four? Will the Democrat’s effort be not enough… or even less? Donald Trump loves Joe Manchin as much as he used to love Mitch McConnell. Mitch McConnell in turn learned to love the Insurrection. Many hoped and planned for an insurrection before January 6th. The Militias were just waiting for Trump’s word, but should know Donald never commits to anything.  Trump expects that you’ll simply assume that he’s determined to strike in the US, and act accordingly

We aren’t the only ones in the world with a Trump. Benjamin Netanyahu hasn’t started wearing his pants backwards, but he’s starting to feel a “deep state”, and has witnessed several greatest frauds in history as well. January 6th style violence isn’t far away, and Israel has right wing militants already in the streets, just waiting for the word...

Then there’s Jair Bolsonaro.

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Happy National Donut Day! Oh, I mean… Very Somber and Reflective National Donut Memorial Day. Sorry.

Gee whiz, why aren’t people rushing back to work at low-paying jobs?

Joe Manchin still saying the same thing over and over, but not making any more sense.

There’s more detail out now from the Senate parliamentarian on the new reconciliation theory. But as usual, I’m less than thrilled with the way it’s explained in the media. As with everything, if you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself.

Economists say California’s stricter COVID lockdown has set them up for a stronger economic recovery.

Emptywheel says something’s happening with Rudy, and Rudy’s such a bad lawyer, he’s taking everybody around him down, too. Why? How? Well, start here, I guess.

Don’t “mess with” Texas, arrest Texas! After all, they wanted to hang Mike Pence, which he’s OK with. Just like he’s OK with the end of the “Christian Era.”

Georgia’s GQP wants in on the fraudit train.

DeSantis figures out that people like getting checks. Will he do better with them than Dems did?

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Due to a technical mishap, today’s KITM when ran backward does not reveal any QAnon directives, but instead plays a Carrot Top standup routine from 2005. We regret the error.

David Waldman and Greg Dworkin are here to put our outrages in context:

QAnon turns out to be a big old can of mixed nuts. Not by coincidence, so are Trump followers and Republicans. The GQP has long lost track of who’s leading or following in their party, and frankly would rather not know. Greg Gutfeld at Fox advocates for Vladimir Putin to have Joe Biden killed, as if there wasn’t a rule about saying things like that somewhere.  More than 100 scholars believe this behavior might lead to bad things in the future. Democrats have just the solution, which David brought up to Barack Obama about a dozen years ago, and now that Barack has put some thought into it, believes maybe he had a point there. 

History will not judge differently if no one judges at all today. Reality Winner marks her 4th year in prison.

Longtime fans of the From the Desk of Donald J Trump  were disappointed when the blog became yet another victim of liberal cancel culture. Trump will return to live performances while arrangements are made to relocate the desk of Donald J. Trump back into the White House. Laura Trump swears she hasn’t heard a thing, while the rest of conservative media look at their feet and try to move upwind.

Bibi Netanyahu is heading the way of The Donald, but won’t bother with a blog, as he is already aware that no one likes him. An historic coalition of non-cicada eating political leaders oppose Bibi enough to set aside some of their other differences.

The evil organization REvil joins DarkSide, and probably SPECTRE and Hydra, in their efforts to bemuse the Russian government while costing individual American companies millions of dollars through seeming unstoppable extortion. What can multi-billion dollar US businesses do? What would fictional American businessman Michael Corleone do?

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It was all smooth sailing for today’s Raft o’ Stories™ from Greg Dworkin.

Good news on unmasking the vaccinated! It doesn’t appear to have had significant spillover effects resulting in any spike in infections. Bad news (maybe) on additional reconciliation bills. The Senate parliamentarian has more thoughts.

News from the Q-ological world: a new taxonomy of Q loons has been put forward. As with the coronavirus, this illness appears to spread in church.

Elsewhere in crazy, Israel is attempting to sort out its governance, and, uh… here is a thing that people once thought, I guess, about girls and the news.

Although maybe it’s not entirely off-base, considering what some people do with the news. Like, pretend that a real thing is that there’s a park in Seattle that’s “too woke.” A park. Not a person. A park.

About that Texas voter suppression bill, was it all just one big misunderstanding, gosh darn it? If so, why is the governor—who is terrible—so determined to see it through? And speaking of terrible people trying to see things through for no particular reason, there’s more to know about that wacky  Kushner/MBS plan to “reshape the Middle East.” Specifically, what’s behind the Saud-ish interest in custodianship of Haram al-Sharif, and why they’d want Jordan out of the picture.

Finally, a quick tour of some Trump crime spree hot spots: the DC hotel is up for sale, again; Trump, caught with his pants down both literally and figuratively, has someone else thrown under the bus (again); Trump’s stupid blog, where he’s recently been inciting more sedition, is suddenly shut down because reasons.

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It was a big day for follow-ups on stories we’ve discussed earlier.

First, a new attempt at a GQP freak-out, thanks to Marjorie Traitor Greene. Then, a reminder that these outrages aren’t real. They’re just like GQP Facebook targeted ad messaging tests. Spit them out as fast as you can make them up, then see what sticks.

And about that Ryan Air flight forced down over Belarus? It still sucks, but... there’s a “but.”

And about that Texas voter suppression bill? It still sucks, but… there’s a “but.”

And about that Maricopa County fraudit? It still sucks, but… soon it will suck worse.

And about that pandemic? Some of the things that happened didn’t necessarily suck.

And about Sean Hannity? He still sucks.

And finally, about that lie that cops didn’t use tear gas to clear the way for Trump’s Lafayette Square/St. John’s photo op? It’s still a lie. But now the Biden DOJ is defending the cop riot, anyway.

Then, Joan McCarter called. And she didn’t lie once! We got the inside scoop on Idaho’s hottest story: the dueling executive orders of Gov. Brad Little and rogue Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin. Thanks to Joan, we know that this isn’t the first time Idaho’s had to deal with this f*cknuttery!

Last Friday’s filibuster of the Jan. 6th commission could’ve gone very differently. And maybe all filibusters from now on should. But in the meantime, what next for the investigation?

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Today, David Waldman and Greg Dworkin call upon all Americans to remember, to reflect, and to thank those who have made tremendous sacrifices to keep our country safe and free... After that, have yourself a ball!

Critics who planned to call Kamala Harris a professorial goody-two-shoes today were stunned by her disgusting display of unfit, unpatriotic, not passed-out-at-the-barbeque behavior.  The former guy sure wouldn’t have behaved like that

While we are commemorating and solemnly observing, let’s not forget the 100th anniversary of the Black Wall Street race riot massacre, which is not the only Black Wall Street, nor deadly race riot of the period, by the way. Definitely not the last one. 

Michael Flynn is a spy who wishes the US be overthrown. Donald Trump says Flynn is a patriot, therefore Republicans believe that that the US should be overthrown, or they are simply RINOs. Democrats will need to meet them halfway, or they aren’t bipartisan. Also, any Democrats meeting halfway will find themselves very alone, and losers. Filibusters are an aberration that no one will miss. None of this is new. Hal Crowther isn’t Nostradamus, just observant.

Hispanics are liking Joe Biden more every day, as do most sane smart people. Chuck Schumer and Susan Collins aren’t even pretending anymore.

Benjamin Netanyahu has run out of friends and ideas. Speaking of bankrupt, HateWRKS in Nashville is fresh out of hats, with only a couple MAGA hats and white hoods left in stock.

Covid isn’t gone. If you are unvaccinated and don’t wear a mask you will get it eventually. People stream in over our southern borders to get their shots — if they come over in a plane, they’ll receive one.

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It’s Friday! Time to get down with a looonnng weekend... trimmed back to a more pragmatic two days with our upcoming Memorial Day KITM. But first, help decide which Frappuccino David Waldman will drink on the air next Monday morning! Write your recipe on any 20 dollar bill and send it to KITM World Headquarters no later than this Saturday to qualify! 

The Senate is already slamming their briefcases shut and heading for the door, a handful of votes short of actual governance. China will still be there when they get back

Ron Johnson and Mike Lee stuck around last night to make everyone pay for sticking around last night.

The Arizona GQP hired Cyber Ninjas for their fraudit, because doing the job correctly was no one’s priority, Cyber Ninjas accepted, because they knew their agreed to price was a fraction of what they’d net

The Trump vs. Cheney fight is a battle for the soul of… JK! There is no soul!

Matt Gaetz promises to be a fearless leader of the future revolution... over Mr. Trump’s dead body, wink. Matt Gaetz's ex-girlfriend hopes to end her walk of shame over at FBI headquarters.

Foster Friess fries… or freezes? Well, like any woman he had control over, Foster no longer has a choice.

Russia won’t let Air France fly into Moscow, and Air France will cancel Russia flights because everyone knows Belarusian skies aren’t friendly.

Government insurrectionist Proud Boy wants his government checks to keep coming.

Top Wisconsin Republican Robin Vos is hiring former cops to investigate the election, not to find lawbreakers, but to help create new laws to break.

Can Democrats save democracy before it’s totally lost? Why would you think so?

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David Waldman and Greg Dworkin will… won’t… WILL be back on Memorial Day! Maybe. But they are definitely here today!

We are under a cloud of another mass shooting, or is it “beneath the shadow”? You’d think I’d have the idiom down, for how often it happens. By the way, it was the 18th mass shooting in California this year. It’s the 12th mass shooting in the US — this weekend. It’s time for harsh words!

Joe Manchin wants a January 6 commission, and for that matter, filibuster reform as much as you do, but if he gave them to you, you might leave him.

One of the January 6th Capitol tourists said he entered the Capitol that day to find his son a bathroom (Nancy Pelosi’s desk) and maybe pick up a souvenir (Nancy Pelosi’s decapitated head). 

Kremlin Cruz is full of exactly what you’d expect.

Donald Trump is fading away, as is QAnon, but if not for nutcases, Republicans would simply cease to exist. And, that is why MT Greene is the absolute, uncontested leader of the Republican party. It turns out that Greene is not the leader of the Democratic party, so they’d be happy to just get rid of her. On the other hand, militias never fade away, they just die… unfortunately they plan to take a lot of us with them.

So, what’s the chance the COVID-19 virus leaked from a lab? “50%”? Or, maybe “1%”? Who knows? What do numbers have to do with pandemics anyhow? It’s what the media thinks that really matters. Joe Biden didn’t trust Mike Pompeo, because who would? So, Joe will keep track this time.

Find an evil corporation, become a shareholder — success!

There was a plot to “Game of Thrones” the Middle East, and of course Jared Kushner schemed to be the Littlefinger for Ol’ Little Fingers.

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It’s Wednesday on KITM! There’s no show without David Waldman, and we all need Greg Dworkin to get through our day, but who’s finally back to grind his gears and offer expert legal and constitutional analysis, but Armando

One year after the death of George Floyd, and his legacy continues to unfold, perhaps even with Whites, although they can be a pretty dense crowd. Kristen Clarke was confirmed as the first Black woman to head the Justice Department’s civil rights division. The vote was a close one, however, as many Republicans weren’t certain that someone like her might overly favor, you know… “her kind”.

Donald Trump knew those Chinese were up to something. Of course, most of the time Donald was polishing their apples and loving their cake, but sometimes he was just “asking questions”. Trump just asked questions every single day of his administration (and before and after), so odds are good that he’d eventually run into an answer he found useful. Tom Cotton started the Wuhan Lab “question” and jumped it right up to a “bioweapon” question. Mike Pompeo was always big on questions, and so was a natural to lead a raid on Wuhan. With all the bad-faith inquiries, it was tough to spot the valid leads to follow.

Some fully vaccinated people are still wearing masks. Most of them do it for their health and yours. Most mask wearers would answer nicely and politely if you asked them why. With the pandemic panic fading, fewer Californians are gathering tar and feathers for Governor Gavin Newsom, especially those voters considering the alternative.

The Maricopa fraudit is a joke, but we keep laughing at these idiots and they keep multiplying and becoming more dangerous. Except for Mike Lindell. We can probably keep laughing at him.

What is it that keeps Trumpers out of jail? Once again, it is up to Donald to lead the way. The NYC grand jury convened by Cyrus Vance might finally get the ball rolling. Bill Barr can’t cover for Donald Trump anymore… but wait, has Merrick Garland taken up where Barr left off?

In the Capitol, McCarthyism still runs rampant. Liz Cheney might like democracy, but she’s nobody’s friend. Paul Gosar used to have friends, before he started hating democracy. Right now there is little chance for any sort of reconciliation.

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David Waldman delivers our Tuesday KITM and invited Joan McCarter too!

It has been a long year. George Floyd’s death had an impact, but not enough justice or change

Former guy White House Counsel Don McGahn has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee next week. McGahn used to ignore subpoenas, and who knows how much the committee will get out of him, but unfortunately it won’t be televised live.

Teacher Brian Beute ran against Matt Gaetz’ pimp, Joel Greenburg, for tax collector, not pimp, or any of Greenburg’s other specialties. Beute is certain Greenburg couldn’t have crimed like he did if there wasn’t an efficient criming system already in place. Joel Greenburg’s only mistake was that he was just too ambitiously corrupt for his position.

MT Greene wants to be the biggest idiot crackpot racist in Congress, and her ambition is capturing the attention of her bosses again.

The fraud-it admin-surrection grift-metic in Maricopa is a mess, but a successful one that will be attempted everywhere, soon.

Joan warns that time is running out for Joe Biden’s “bipartisan” infrastructure efforts, before the “infrastructure week” jokes begin again. The House Republicans did show up with a token plan, but the Senate isn’t even bothering. Republicans don’t need to work when they have Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to do the heavy lifting. Manchin has his hands full, obstructing virtually all the bills going through. Mitch McConnell can’t rely on Sinema and Manchin to stop a Jan. 6 commission, so he will have to have Susan Collins do it.

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David Waldman and Greg Dworkin present our KITM Victoria Day Special. Not the Eastern Orthodox one either!
Belarus sent a MiG-29 fighter jet to hijack a civilian airliner containing a journalist that isn’t a big fan of the Belarus president. The Belarus president isn’t a big fan of journalists.
Think the former guy could drive? Of course not, why would he learn a thing? Joe Biden drove a Ford F-150 Lightning to 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds, and liked it. American EVs will be made with Trump’s ass in mind, however, and thus will be the size of houses. The good news — you can live in them like houses too.
A year after George Floyd died, and crime is rising!  Well, it might correlate better with the lifting of the Covid mask mandate.
The mask mandate could have been dropped a little slower, you know, so that the people who complain government moves too slow could get themselves situated. Vaccine rollouts, on the other hand, need to be quick and smooth, so as not to spook the vaccine hesitant into a stampede. It’s definitely hard to get everyone on the same page, especially when they aren’t into reading pages —  at least not yours.
You’d think the Fraudiots and their fraudit in Maricopa would have embarrassed the Republican party into non-existence, but these are Trump Republicans —  pretty much identical to Republicans past, except for how they apparently crave shame. They all crave power, it’s just that a dwindling number believe disgrace might get in the way of that. After all, the audit franchise is expanding into Georgia, and MAGA-Qs are preparing to be future election officials. 
Republican Mike Gallagher called January 6th "banana republic crap" but isn’t about to vote for a January 6 commission. An Ohio GQP chair worked tirelessly for Trump, raised millions, but was slow to destroy a co-worker that disparaged Donald, so she’s a goner.
Jared Kushner stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi on the taxpayer’s dime, when Mohammed bin Salman had a perfectly good pocket for his stay.
Jason Miller slipped an abortion pill into the smoothie of a stripper he got pregnant (allegedly) A US District Judge says Miller owes Gizmodo $42,000 for wasting their time with a defamation suit.
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Some may be hesitant on adhering to his 100% raw cicada diet, but few would doubt David Waldman’s expertise on politics and procedure:

The election fraud myth began with a lone grifter, then rolled like a big dung ball across America and around the world, picking up more schemers, scammers, and conspiracy theories, until it crushed Maricopa county. A Michigan judge is attempting to block its path over his county, when earlier he helped give it a little roll himself.

The House voted in favor of a bill to establish a commission to investigate the January 6 attack on the Capitol, as expected, since most people would want to know how such an atrocity occurred, and avert it in the future. You wouldn’t expect Republicans to, however, and yet 35 did. Donald Trump demanded that the GQP get much weaker and much stupider, and do all he told them, and of course Republicans got right on it. (Bending over backwards and brownnosing would appear difficult, but seems second nature to most of them, although there’s just something special about the Pence family.) The bill now heads to the Senate and its doom.

Well, maybe not. Greg Dworkin reminds us that there’s always hope… and doubt and despair, and that we need to have a plan for each of them. Norm Ornstein outlines several options for Democrats, including going it alone… and forcing Republicans to do likewise.

Senator Ron Johnson plans his own, personal investigation in order to really accurately recreate what happened on January 6th. Perhaps he’ll be tazing and beating hundreds of watermelons with a Trump flag.

We are just beginning to recover from the physical effects of COVID-19, but the trauma will be around for a while

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David Waldman and Greg Dworkin will carry us over the hump but will never drop us.

Covid vaccinations keep climbing, now that it’s kind of fun to stay alive. Vaccinated Americans are kicking back and enjoying themselves again. Be careful, though, and consider the lives of others.

“Arizona election auditors” —  Well, they are hardly “auditors” and Arizona disowns and discredits them —  There must be a better way to describe these peopleHow about “aud-iots”? Anyhow, these aud-iots have questions that can’t be solved by simple grift-metic, but would be solved by a swift kick in the pants, as demonstrated by the Michigan judge who just booted them out of Antrim County.

Biden and Trump agree more than you think — said one person on earth, and who outside of the journalism elite would believe that? There is an insurrection in progress, today, but to the MSM, that’s yesterday’s news. For some news sources and their viewers, it never even made the news, which is great news for the insurrectionists. Nancy Pelosi knows what she’s doing, again.

Also, and most importantly, Ol’ Smilin’ Joe Biden is the president. Almost as important, the former guy is not. Now that Donald isn’t a president, more and more people are noticing that Donald is a criminal.

Susan Collins better be concerned about why a criminal enterprise wanted her re-elected, as you know the FBI is. Why isn’t James O’Keefe in prison yet? It’s nice to have a good lawyer, but sometimes you need a good judge, or in O’Keefe’s case, a bad one.

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Tuesday —  David Waldman and Joan McCarter... Need we say more? We do? Oh well, okay:

Guo Wengui  (exiled Chinese billionaire) hid Steve KG Bannon (international hobo) on his yacht a while back. Their friendship has blossomed into a vast disinformation network of businesses, media platforms, local action networks, and Q-nuts fighting everything Biden and Chinese, while raking in the cash of course.

Andrew Giuliani has never held public office, but has sleazy duplicity in his DNA, as well as his resume, so he’s running for New York governor.

Governor Chris Christie, tears streaming down his eyes said, “Mr. Trump sir? May I please run for president in 2024?

The Trump justice department obtained a secret grand-jury subpoena to find out who was making fun of Devin Nunes.

 James O'Keefe procured journalist Tarah Price to perform $10,000 worth of journalism on Trump National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster along with a few FBI agents to discover just how deep their state went.

The FBI, CSI and NCIS get all the cool TV shows, but what about our young men and women out there each day fighting for our 16th Amendment? Who wouldn’t want to see cops tackling shirtless rich white guys each week?

A guy hid in a trunk to fire a weapon at a woman at an abortion clinic. An anti-abortion protester shot at him. Who was the good guy here, and did they have a gun?

House Republicans were delayed waiting for Elise Stefanik to make their sandwiches right, but might be back on track today to put together a coherent infrastructure bill counteroffer to Democrats.  A bipartisan deal to form an independent Jan. 6 commission actually did happen, but Kevin McCarthy isn’t about to allow himself to get caught so easily.

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David Waldman just might be in cahoots with “Big Rope” to sell more gallows, as evidenced by several convincing sales pitches he voiced today.

A guy in Colorado figured that all the other guys were disappearing their wives and fraudulently voting for Trump, so why shouldn’t he

You might have seen insurrectionists storming the Capitol on January 6, Georgian Republican Andrew Clyde saw a normal tourist visit. You might have seen Andrew Clyde barricading Senate chamber doors against storming insurrectionists on January 6.  Andrew Clyde saw himself guiding tourist traffic.

Gasoline shortages through the south were triggered by ransomware. Colonial Pipeline did pay that ransom, by the way. Oh, and the flow was not impeded, the ransomware attacked the meters used for billing.

The whole Supreme Court might not need to line up for the gibbet, if 4 new jurists could be added to show them the error of their ways.

Jared Kushner convinced his feeble-minded father-in-law to kill Americans to boost stocks. Jared apparently brought less peace to the Middle East as might have been hoped. Jared did make a ton of money.

Then there’s Donald Trump. While Donald pretended to not lose the election, behind the scenes Trump ordered America into full retreat.

Maricopa county knows auditing, and the Maricopa County Elections Recorder knows unhinged insane lies, and knows the difference.

Greg Dworkin tells us why Smilin’ Joe Biden is so upbeat. While Joe continues to fix things, the GQP plummets into the blackhole of its constituents. These are the kind of people that vote “present” in a secret vote.

The folks wondering why it is taking so long to escape mask mandates wonder why mask mandate relief is happening so fast. It’s not that the CDC came up with decision quickly, It’s that they waited so long to tell you what they decided. Millions under the crushing financial burden of awful deregulated insurance plans have discovered a miracle alternative called “Obamacare”! 

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No masks if vaxxedWhip those lips out people (when you’re ready) and seize your CDC approved weekend

But first, listen in as David Waldman welcomes back Ian Reifowitz, still the author of The Tribalization of Politics: How Rush Limbaugh's Race-Baiting Rhetoric on the Obama Presidency Paved the Way for Trump (If you still don’t have a copy you only have yourself to blame.) Larry Summers regrets not panicking the public more about inflation. Ian reminds us that inflation and the deficit aren’t worries for Republicans when presidents are Republican.

Republicans are usually cynical hypocrites. If you ever catch one being sincere, be afraid. MT Greene, serial stalker and bully, is Republican grievance theater brought to life.  Other wingnut monsters, from Matt Gaetz to the Proud Boys, can attest to the drawbacks of this life.

The GQP removed Liz Cheney from her leadership position and replaced her with Elise Stefanik in hopes that for once they’d have a Conference Chair who’d finally make them a sandwich. The problem with putting a lady in charge however, is that they just don’t make decisions like a man. Challenger Chip “Sahoy” Roy did nonetheless take it like a man, and that’s the last time you’ll ever hear from him.

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Nope, there isn’t an Eastern Orthodox Eid al-Fitr, there is Eid al-Fitr, and it is today. Who would want to put off breaking that fast? Yum!

David Waldman and Greg Dworkin bring on the Thursday KITM:

MT (vessel) Greene stalked Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez down Capitol hallways verbally assaulting her, just like she did Cori Bush, and David Hogg earlier. Shouldn’t someone call 911? Meanwhile, Republicans ousted Liz Cheney over some disagreement she had with them about the tour group visiting the Capitol on January 6. The GQP might have a lot of tough questions to answer, but the toughest part will be getting honest answers out of them. The Big Lie is the only thing they have going for them. Lying is the one thing their voters like about them, and the only way they will keep their jobs

A West Virginia delegate, previously Democratic, selected job security over principles. Texan Jason Villalba thought about it and picked principles instead. Joe Manchin really doesn’t understand the question. Elise Stefanik can turn into many things, but maybe not Chip Roy.

Will the elimination of party primaries reduce the trend of Republican extremism?

Covid vaccine reluctance keeps hitting new lows. Most people want vaccinated, and those who don’t are as difficult to access as when people want them to vote. If you are the type who resists vaccination because you calculate your odds of infection or death are about the same as winning the lottery, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has got a deal for you.

Donald Trump, screwball in exile, might thank his host Ron DeSantis for his asylum, but Donald isn’t that kind of guy. Trump told Wayne LaPierre that Texas would be a good place for the NRA to hide out. Trump was wrong.

Does the DOJ still not understand that its loyalty should be to “justice”?

120 retired generals and admirals wrote an open letter to remind us that a military coup is not something that only happens in far-off lands.

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If you’re like me, you’ve been perfecting your lip-syncing to David Waldman’s two commercials that have played continuously for years and years of our KITM podcasts. Well, time is running out, as KITM is finally changing things up with the introduction of GUEST SPOKESPEOPLE — like you! To show you how its done, long-time listener/supporter Gil Aquino wrote and performed his very own minute commercial, David spiffed it up and it was just that easy. Try it!

Greg Dworkin could produce his own plug for the show, but he’s been busy rehearsing that ventriloquism act with Abby, and hauling in huge rafts of important news and punditry to share with us. Cancel culture claimed Republican Liz Cheney in a blink of an eye. Liz Cheney was no angel by the way. She is in fact, pretty awful. But, Liz’s latest stand might be more than that of a Never (again) Trumper. It wasn’t just about telling the “Big Truth”, but about any truth ever mattering again. Republicans are now for or against democracy. There is no room for a middle in the party anymore, even if there might be with their voters. The GQP will try to lie to the public, they might try to lie to themselves, but they can never trust each other again.

Joe Biden’s popularity is rising, because lies don’t work on Joe.

Republicans won’t need lies if they can change laws. Of course, they can’t change laws without a lot of lying. Roy Blunt wouldn’t give water to anyone he wasn’t trying to manipulate. Gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner assures voters that she’d rather golf than consider their issues, but probably just said that for the votes.

Evangelicals in Virginia apparently don’t care about the truth, or lies… or facts really. The NRA’s lies aren’t working at all anymore. The founder of Students for Trump lied so much that he lost track of who he was. He now has 13 months in prison to find himself.

An expert panel looking into the handling of the Covid pandemic have decided that “mistakes were made”… kind of like in Chernobyl. Plenty of Americans still want the vaccine, but as in voting, the problem is access.

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Spring brings warmth, life, hope, and things really do feel like they are getting better. This weekend, David Waldman discovered that he could get out, relax and have fun, even without a ball washer handy.

Everybody wants to be Mayor of New York City. Candidates Shaun Donovan (federal housing secretary) and Ray McGuire (investment banker at Citigroup) were asked the median sales price for a home in Brooklyn and went for the low bid like they were on the Price is Right.

Joe Biden has been tidying up the place since he got in and it sure is looking prettyRahm Emanuel has the ear of the president, but will have to speak up from his post on the other side of the world.

National security wasn’t “sleeping” so much as it was “choked out for a while” during the Trump administration. The CIA was on the job, but when they said to “consider the source” the administration didn’t consider them at all.

Republicans might not be good in governing, but they sure are great at circumventing it. Democrats tried out the Congressional Review Act and just loved it. Thanks Newt! Republicans always want immigration stopped before they will consider reforming it.  Budget reconciliation might finally step around that. If any governance ever does occur, Tom Cotton will be the guy to stop it . It will take a lot to dodge him.

Relax, Virginia Republicans have a new man to chase the red Chinese away (and to lose to Dem Ralph Northam) by the name of Glenn Youngkin

Hate him or despise him, Josh Hawley has always been the same his entire life. Elise Stefanik is whatever she needs to be at any moment. Ronny Jackson knew he’d be better off saving Trump’s face over his life.

Joan McCarter is happy to have survived her vacation and make it back to KITM. Joan has followed Elise Stefanik’s transformation from RINO to MAGA to whatever. What Joe Biden really needs to worry about is across the street and in the middle of the 19th century.

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David Waldman hopes that you called your mother this weekend if you had the chance. Except for Ben Shapiro’s mom, she says she’s good. Greta Van Susteren pretended to be offended by a term she pretends is liberal. Even a mother could never love the NRA.

Greg Dworkin rounds up the punditry describing just how things are heating up in the GOP. Republicans reap the chaos they sowed.  Donald is their their messiah, therefore the Big Lie is their gospel, lying is their liturgystupidity is their sacrament, and there should be restraining orders on their apostles laying on of hands. Christian Nationalists are drawn to them somehow.

The Big Lie can be traced to a Texas security company and right-wing websites, but its followers had long been waiting for its arrival. Laws against voting are being followed by laws against protecting voting.

How can Jacob Wohl still possibly be outside of a prison?

People love how Joe Biden is handling the pandemic, too bad we didn’t have him a million deaths ago. Coronavirus is still spreading rapidly around the world and global herd immunity is not an expectation. Variants continue to multiply, but vaccines and scientists have shown they can hold the line. Dutch scientists have trained honeybees to identify coronavirus, for example. Research has shown the places and situations where we need to be cautious, but also the ones in which we can just cut loose. Now if we can just keep ahead of humans thinking up ways to subvert the system...

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David Waldman is almost certain this is Friday, and it is certainly a great time for a Friday KITM:

Republicans are at their long-awaited pivot point between vicious lying authoritarian morons. Neoconservative vicious lying authoritarian Liz Cheney might be too smart to fall in with the Trumpian new guard, but not smart enough to hold on to her job. Just one little Big Lie and Liz would’ve been welcome. On the other hand, they haven’t made a lie that Cheney’s replacement, Elise Stefanik couldn't deliver. Stefanik follows GQP/FOX protocol by always priming the rubes with little lies so the big lies go down easily.

Lawyers for Anthony “Tony Two-Times” Antonio (If that isn’t his nickname, I don’t know what’s wrong with the world) claim that he rioted at the Capitol because he swallowed too many Fox lies. Maricopa “auditors” know that tree-free and sustainable bamboo paper ballots would indicate green-minded AOC agents took advantage of Staples Reward savings.

Voter fraud conspiracist OG Kris Kobach will run for Kansas attorney general

A Miami private school doesn’t mind taxpayer handouts but does refuse Covid guidelines, providing a beacon for gimmetarian parents. The school is now searching for someone with the ability to exercise good judgment. Kansas substitute teacher/state representative/sexual harasser/physical assaulter/lunatic Mark Samsel might be a good fit

Boogaloo Bois conspiring with Hamas is becoming a trend.

Want to quickly and easily slander someone? Want to pay a hefty fee to clear your name? Not by coincidence, this is a one-stop-shop.

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David Waldman wishes us all a happy Cinco de Mayo! Wait... Well, TGIF! Wait... Oh well, it’s tomorrow somewhere... or maybe yesterday… Greg Dworkin joins us. Greg knows what day it is, and much more!

Millions are saying no to vaccines. What are they thinking? Journalists will try to guess for you, but are probably wrong. The truth is, more are getting vaccinated, and boosting Covid-19 vaccine production worldwide, and lowering barriers will continue to progress.

Heir to one of the least nice dynasties in US history, Liz Cheney, is as far from nice as people generally get. Her motivations in opposing Donald Trump can not possibly be what they seem on the surface. Nonetheless, it is nice of Liz to apply this long-overdue enema to her party. Not that they’ll thank her for it.

Liz Cheney is smart enough to see that Donald Trump is a has-been. (The New York Times has even been peeking out to see that the coast is clear.) The rest of the GQP are as dumb as Kevin McCarthy, who only lately has become dimly aware of the hammer coming down. William Barr might finally drop that stupid poker-face gag now. Flynn, Bannon, Manafort, Ivanka, and the rest of the gang just wish that blanket pardons were as real as their paper trail. Rouslan Riaboshapka, Ukraine's former prosecutor-general, can show he was fired because he crossed Rudy Giuliani. One way or the other, they are all going to jail.  As always, Donald deserves a bit more.

Rudy Giuliani still believes the check is in the mail.

Not just stupid, but crazy: The Arizona audit will continue to zoom and enhance until they see the answer they want. Florida suppresses voter rights, science, and free speech by burying them out in the glades. Fox News is allowed to watch, but they would rather see people die. The Texas Atomwaffen got their jollies off calling in bomb threats.

Norm Ornstein joined over 350 other scholars in sending a letter to the Senate encouraging filibuster reform. Norm and friends could learn a lot right here.

Rhode Island is preparing to redraw its districts, and KITM listener David Paquette wrote an anti-gerrymandering bill and will be testifying on its behalf, today!

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David Waldman and Greg Dworkin welcome you to the Cinco de Star Wars KITM Holiday Special — tomorrow: Revenge of the Sixth.

Joe Biden’s July 4 vaccination goals might have changed, but his pandemic safety goals have not. The vaccination rate is slowing, and so is the drop in cases. Pfizer expects to file for full US FDA approval of its Covid-19 vaccine for 16-to-85-year-olds, and soon the age will open up to 12-year-olds. We keep getting safer, but we need more, sooner.

Trombones just might clean up your town, but the latest in Harold Hills sell air cleaners to schools and institutions. How clean do you need your air? “Church clean”, or “restaurant clean”? What is ”safe” for you? With which lobbyist do you trust your health? There are many vaccine skeptics who have converted, but probably none have changed their minds based on the opinion of people they didn’t like. You should know that most will only end up following their flock to safety... Hey, is that what they mean by herd immunity?

The Republican herd runs amok here and there, but if reason, dignity, honor, and honesty can be avoided, there’ll be no problem. Liz Cheney has a problem. If Liz could only embrace just one big lie, all would be forgiven. If only Republicans could be as forgiving and forgetful as most in journalism, they could all move on. (We may be slowly moving from that journalism.)

The Proud Boys sold themselves as anti-communist freedom fighters, not to any normal people, but to rich Chinese ex-pats.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson calls bullshit on William Barr and demands that his secret memo to not charge Donald Trump with obstruction be released

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May the fourth, the day David Waldman hosts the entire KITM using his beloved “Jar Jar Binks” impression, and CBS refers to Republican voter suppression as “tightening state voter laws”.

Some people like to tell the truth. Some people like themselves better when they tell the truth. Some people know you like them better when they tell the truth, and they like that. So, what’s in it for Republicans? Nothing.

Does the GQP want to earn your respect, or at least some self-respect? Why bother? What has moral courage ever done for them? Ted Cruz would rather have money. When your check clears, his conscience clears. Josh Hawley fought to end our country, secure that friends would still show up when he makes it rain. Republicans realize that if the lie is big enough, everyone can make a fortune off it. There’s a gold rush in Maricopa. Facebook is already counting the new Big Lie money about to roll in. Everybody’s whatabouting to riches. Need a new lie? All they need to do is ask, and ask, until everyone is “just asking”. Once in power, lies can be declared truth, and truth… can be fixed. Liz Cheney has risen to the top of the Republican fixit list.

Former MI6 spy Christopher Steele has produced another unverified dossier, including the long-awaited sequel “Donald Trump Sex Tape: Number 2

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David Waldman and Greg Dworkin are back together again! Their pent-up news energy threatened to explode at any minute (as did Greg’s computer).

Good news! The world has emerged victorious over influenza this year! COVID-19, not yet. India is calling their pandemic response a crime against humanity.

In the US, “herd immunity” has probably fallen out of reach, but we might not need to achieve it to reach normalcy, which could mean something like seasonal flu death rates. About 56% of U.S. adults have received at least one shot, with the more vaccinated areas receiving more benefits. The Johnson & Johnson pause didn’t really increase vaccine hesitancy, it’s just that some will get around to it when they get around to it, and some are just cops, and you go and try to make a cop do a thing.

Even fake cops can be pretty cocky, although the “Arizona Rangers” are just grifters with badges.

Schools got air TROUBLE my friend! With a capital ”T”, that rhymes with “P” and that stands for “unproven” air cleaner technology sold by traveling hucksters, looking for their piece of institutional pie.

Meanwhile, Republicans be Republicaning. Systemic racism got them here, but lies… and more lies will need to keep them here. Republicans long for the days when their insurrecting had a shelf life. One news team plans on remembering for once. The Gop hopes that more poll watchers will abuse their positions in the future. Of course, they assume poll watchers are just like them.

The Giuliani two-man clown car is crashing and burning, and you can bet they’ll find more clowns in the trunk.

The nation smiles at President Joe Biden, and Uncle Joe smiles back in unity. Republicans might even be feeling it a little bit

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Last night was The Big Speech, not that you could have told from my TV. But you probably didn’t need a TV to know how Republicans would react. Or the traditional media, for that matter.

The FBI searched Rudy’s home and office yesterday, because he’s a villainous traitor. And that’s all I have to say about that.

January 6th insurrectionists who aren’t already in jail are... running for elective office.

The Q vortex is sucking in New Agers and yoga moms.

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Well, the CDC is out with its new outdoor masking guidance, which certain people will no doubt take to be proof that they were right all along, even though they probably weren’t. Meanwhile, excess vaccines may indeed begin to flow, though we still don’t know any more about those contracts.

You’ll never guess what Fox & Friends claims they see lurking around every corner. Aw, you did guess it! It’s “socialism!”

The non-SOTU will look a little different this year. And probably sound different, too. Will a new crop of aggressively stupid Republicans audibly boo and jeer? Will the traditional media give in to its usual impulse to allow “optics” reporting to overwhelm substance? Not that there’s not a good optics story to be had, of course.

People are revisiting the conventional wisdom on whether the very online left is really hurting Dem messaging or not. Good!

Follow-up on that fake news about Kamala Harris’ children’s book: the reporter says she was “ordered” to run the story, and has resigned.

Vox takes another crack at explaining Joe Manchin.

A new lawsuit targets one source of “eye-popping numbers” of guns used in crimes in Chicago: a single gun shop in Gary, IN.

The tiki torch bro who became the viral face of the Charlottesville hate rally finds there are consequences (and is, ironically, replaced).

Wayne LaPierre was a jet-setting “elite” who lived precisely the lifestyle he professed to hate as head of the NRA? Wow! How did they go bankrupt?

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Every show’s first hour could, theoretically, be about the Republicans’ latest fake outrage. While the second hour could be about the very real outrages Republicans spark. Or at least, enlightening ourselves about how horribly off-base they are.

None of the Gop-adjacent outrages have changed the fact that the pandemic is still with us, of course. And yes, excess deaths are pretty much what we always thought they were. But at least some of our excess vaccine might be dispatched abroad, after all.

Siri, what is chutzpah? Should Chernobyl be a protected UNESCO World Heritage site?

Simon says, no book deals for Trump officials. Schuster concurs.

Good news on the policing front: retrained Newark, NJ cops didn’t fire a shot in all of 2020—and crime dropped.

(Almost) bad news on the (sort-of) policing front: CA National Guard pilots were reportedly asked to keep a fighter jet at the ready, to intimidate protesters.

Alaska Airlines needs you to calm down, ma’am.

Reapportionment is happening. And it’s not quite as bad as expected. And needn’t necessarily be done as poorly as expected. Though redistricting probably will be.

SCOTUS conservatives wonder, why recuse yourself when you can vertically integrate the enterprise, instead?

In former guy news: does the Secret Service have to protect you from debt collectors? Some last-second weird contract happenings at the Pentagon. And a guy who may have known too much about what’s-his-face’s Deutsche Bank loans has… gone missing.

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David Waldman and Greg Dworkin bring their usual red carpet style and substance to this morning’s KITM:

It’s Oscar time, the time when we discover all of the stuff that we should have been watching, had we any taste. This year however, we have a winner that is not only good for you, it is actually goodTwo Distant Strangers was written by Travon Free, who wrote for the Daily Show, and was directed by Free and Martin Desmond Roe, and is right there on your Netflix.

We have enjoyed almost 100 days of quiet nice times with Uncle Joe. People like Joe and his approval/disapproval numbers seem to be as steady as Donald Trump’s (Although reversed, of course). President Biden heads into the next 100 even more confident and self-assured, meaning that Republicans are more panicked and bitter than ever. Larry Kudlow warns that we might have poured our last pork lager. Speaking of Rick Santorum, he has Dan Savage trending again. Maricopa County Republicans are hand correcting 2 million ballots to 110% Trump. They are going to be soooo mad when they find out he lost again. They will be furious when they lose in 2022.

We are talking about those Republicans that survive refusing vaccines and masks to the 2022 elections. There is no getting through to the hard core, and most who were motivated and had access are already vaccinated. The trick is to decrease barriers to those who would take a shot. Johnson & Johnson… erm... Janssen isn’t helping matters. At least we do have vaccines. Around the world, some countries are having a horrible time, and could be helped by our leftovers. Unfortunately, Trump “America First”-ed others out of a chance to borrow a few from us. This can, and will be solved, hopefully soon.

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On today’s KITMDavid Waldman opens with a simple comment on banana peel gags, then proceeds to weave a discussion of bananasinsurance fraudTammany-Hall political reform, the inherent value of infrastructure, saltSALT, breathing, and the proud history of sanitation workers into it. Just like Rachel Maddow!

We’re way ahead of the Maddow curve when it comes to election reform, that is, “election systems and methods” reform. David talks with the executive director of The Center for Election ScienceAaron Hamlin about Approval Voting, covering the basics, history, and the debate around how Approval Voting compares to other methods. A real-life example of Approval Voting is its success in the St. Louis City primary election, leading to the election of Tishaura Jones, the first Black woman elected mayor of St. Louis.

It has been a year since Donald Trump said the most stupid, dangerous things he ever said during his presidency, maybe. Donald has said a lot of stupid, dangerous things. Trump hoped to deceive and humiliate the virus, but instead the virus did a number on him. This was when Trump started pushing Hydroxychloroquine, the Ivermectin of 2020, while bogarting the Remdesivir in the White House fridge. There is still time however, to claim a position on the Hydroxychloroquine MLM ladder.

Bodycam footage showed a cop punching a Black guy in the face until his arms were tired and the Black man was almost dead, but no one, including his fellow police officers, stopped him. Another video shows another cop beating another handcuffed person, but she wasn’t Black, and she was a woman, and this time the coworkers saw a line being crossed. You do have a right to film police, and police don’t have a right to shoot, beat, or arrest you for it, but as you know, things happen. Therefore, it is recommended you find a less upfront method if required. Police recently arrested a cop watcher — but then recorded themselves by accident with his equipment.

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Bop bop bop bop bop bop bop bop, this is Earth DayDavid Waldman eco-celebrates in KITM Earth Headquarters. Meanwhile, Eco-rebels misutilize poo outside the White House, perhaps in an effort to get their hands on pink wheelbarrows. 

Elsewhere on Earth, Greg Dworkin brings us the latest in polling and pandemics.

Are vaccine rejectors like motorcyclists that refuse to wear a helmet? If so, why do they keep crashing into our restaurants? Germany was way ahead of us on containing Covid-19, and are now leading on losing control. India is in worse shape with the pandemic than ever. In fact, they are the worst in the world.

The Gop just can’t villainize Joe Biden.  Donald Trump was a villain, but his polls were steady, Joe’s polls might be the same. Liz Cheney, also a villain, is probably the most indestructible of the bunch.

Trump made a special effort to screw Puerto Rico after their hurricane.

The Postal Service is revealed to be running a “covert operations program” that monitors Americans' social media posts... as the Founders intended, apparently.

The Gop doesn’t want to hear that the 2017 shooting of congressional baseball players might not be terrorism, they need that for “whatabouts”. Capitol Police officers, on the other hand, were told anti-Trump protesters were the only ones to worry about. Nancy Pelosi keeps handing concessions to Republicans to get them for a January 6 commission. Concessions won’t work, and Nancy knows it.

To save time, Democrats are rejecting the Republican’s phony infrastructure bid before it is even placed.

Bystanders, and their cameras convicted Derek Chauvin. Derek Chauvin's conviction will almost certainly stand. The guy who was Alan Dershowitz will stand for anything.

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David Waldman gets us over the hump, that many of us will sled down this morning.

Derek Chauvin is guilty. Guilty. Guilty.

Accountability, and maybe a step towards justice took place last night, as Black lives mattered, for a moment. Justice requires neverending vigilance. In this case, the credit goes to 17 year old Darnella Frazier and her cellphone videography prowess. Then, police in Columbus, Ohio released body-camera footage of the police shooting that left a teenage girl dead minutes before Derek Chauvin’s verdict was announced.

It isn’t quite the death of racism, but nonetheless racists sure are running scared. MT Greene hid where she wouldn’t see anyone last night. Tucker Carlson was so frightened of the looming threat to the white race that he just might have peed himself on national TV. Tucker’s advertisers would be terrified, if he had any. You don’t want to hear what Donald Trump had to say. (Neither do I)

Former US intelligence director James Clapper is pushing for an Australian investigation into Rupert Murdoch to fight “truth decay”.

Greg Dworkin remembers Walter Mondale, who it bears repeating, was an old-schooltrue Democratpublic servant, mensch of a Vice President, and as Greg points out, often felt obligated to tell the public the truth, sometimes at greater than optimal levels.

200 million doses and we aren’t halfway home. People keep coming up with clever ways to convince boneheads, but boneheads hate experts almost as much as they hate math. Here’s an idea: For each vaccine shot, give them a lottery ticket. 

The House has been frozen at 435 representatives, but just like those 9 Supreme Court justices, that’s just a number. More representatives, however might bring more psychos like Rick Roeber, who physically, sexually and mentally abused his children, and drowned puppies.

The inspector general at the Department of Homeland Security blocked investigations into tear gassing and rubber bullets for Donald Trump’s stroll through Lafayette Square last year.

Republican Lisa Murkowski broke Gop ranks to support Vanita Gupta’s nomination. Democrats blocked Republican censure of Maxine Waters until the Gop cleaned up its own act. Democrats put the time they spent idling due to Republican obstruction to good use, by coming up with a rule change to set aside those rules being misused.

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It’s the 50th of 420! Happy! ...uh, where were we?

David Waldman delivers sad news:

Ted Nugent has contracted COVID-19, and as his, and our luck, would have it, continues to survive. Ted Nugent and Donald Trump somehow  both recovered to see another bigoted dawn. If only Ted would have chosen to suck exclusively American guns and bullets, he might not have this problem now. As for Covid, an ounce of prevention might be worth a pound of cure, but Ben Franklin doesn’t work in government anymore.

A life that truly mattered ended. Walter “Fritz” Mondale, old-school, Democratic, public servant, mensch and Vice President, died at 93. Mondale might have seemed old-fashioned, but he modernized the Vice-Presidency, and not only reformed the filibuster, he was ready to do it again.

Senators caught the car they were chasing, as the Parliamentarian gives them a couple more chances at reconciliation… but now what are they going to do with it? David and Joan McCarter ask “What would Robert Byrd do?”, but Senator Byrd never had to work with people like this. President Biden offers what Americans want and America needs, if any Gop are interested in that sort of thing. Weak-links Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema crave some attention and are looking in all the wrong places. Mitch McConnell has some candy in the back of his van for them. Democrats are expected to settle for... not enough.

Nancy Pelosi is having a hard time teaming investigators and instigators to look into the January 6 insurrection. Joe Biden will need something like Lyndon Johnson’s Executive Order 11365, which established the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders — now a best-selling book

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The Mighty KITM Worldwide Multiplex has battery backup! Nothing can stop us now! David Waldman and Greg Dworkin are charged up and ready to go:

If only John Boehner Republicans were in charge there would be no immigration concerns, mass shootings or racism. If George W. Bush was in charge the world would be a progressive utopia. Ah, but Republicans had that former guy come in and ruin it all, aka “William of Normandy”. MT Greene hopes to create a caucus to reestablish pre-Battle-of-Hastings values to US government.

Active duty law enforcement are training Oath Keepers, so why isn’t everyone running from the cops anymore? On the other hand, Capitol rioters, sovereign citizens there on 1/6 to make citizen arrests and executions, are now telling judges they were but only citizen journalists. Employees of One America News know that the one thing they aren’t, are journalists. They aren’t Nazis either, as they were just “following orders”.  By the way, their orders were to help overthrow the United States and install Donald Trump. Junior hoped to be installed at OANN someday. 

President Biden should establish a Kerner Commission to address the riots. Nazis can be handled separately. Jonathan Turley doesn’t understand why there were no Nuremberg trials for the Allies.

The Department of Justice is investigating Kash Patel’s security breaches while he and Devin Nunes tried to make the Deep State a thing. 

Today is the day everyone over 16 is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine shot. Vaccines are humankind’s greatest invention, other than possibly that mars helicopter. (I, for one, welcome the vaccine, and our robot overlords.)

How are you handling the pandemic? Most fears are irrational, but they do keep us out of trouble. And, things keep changing. Yesterday’s prudent caution is tomorrow’s performative hygiene. Disease doesn’t only come for sinners… although some people are kind of plainly asking for it. All of us are so lucky that mRNA vaccines worked so well. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine might become a vaccine issued only to those with johnsons.

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How about politicide? No, not “political genocide”… but literal “political suicide” —  an opposing political party united in an actual deadly suicide pact of their own choosing. Not the entire population of the party, mind you, but precisely focused, so that the more entrenched their ideology, the tighter they will all grip as they leap off the cliff together... It’s a fantasy, of course, as it would be impossible to imagine any scenario in which people would throw away their own lives and the lives of others in favor of mere dogma! If there were such a thing, Marjorie Diamond Greene and Lauren Silk Boebert would be long gone by now.

Meanwhile, David Waldman delivers another KITM under the cloud of a mass shooting. This mass shooting was delivered to Fed Ex, but we know UPS and the Post Office will do in a pinch. These mass murders are senseless and horrific, by the way. So was the death of 13-year-old Adam Toledo. Adam didn’t have his gun anymore, which the officer didn’t hesitate to consider. That officer might be in trouble, but he isn’t the only reason that kid is dead and this kid is alive.

Senior Black Correspondent, Darwin H.M., aka @Darwin_Darko on Twitter, tells us of the vindication of Black police officer Cariol Horne, who waited 15 years for her pension, while her employer waited for her to die of old age before they would grant it. Darwin figures that if the police could hold her pension for 15 years, the pension fund is where money for lawsuits can be found.

Vladimir Putin has a sad, and is in a snit, now that the Russian collusion that everyone knew about, is being publicly admitted, and acted upon. The 10 Republicans that voted to impeach Trump were supposed to be in trouble, and they might be, but not with their donors.

Corporations used to be people to the Gop, but not now, when it comes to taxes for infrastructure. Non-white voters are swingers too.

A Capitol insurrectionist took a break from fighting tyranny to escape to Switzerland, but couldn’t escape his demons, or the police.

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Happy Tax Day! (Traditional) David Waldman starts off Thursday with a lightning round list of Republicans being Republicans: In Florida, Matt Gaetz’ former colleagues want to check out some high school genitalia.  Gaetz’ former classmates will tell you Matt hasn’t changed a bit since high school… maybe even junior high. Kristi Noem will make undocumented immigrants feel about as unwanted as Native Americans in her state. The Senate passed an Anti-Asian Hate bill 92-6, with six Republicans preferring to hate Asians. Pat McCrory, former North Carolina governor, enters his primary as an “outsider”. Virginia Gop Gubernatorial Candidate Amanda Chase contests state election results before the election. MT Greene out-Trumps everyone by challenging Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to a wrestling match television debate on pay per view. Everyone, including actual Republicans, would give Donald Trump a state funeral, if he’d just let them.

Greg Dworkin was under his seasonal bout of laryngitis today, but powered through. Abby wanted to step in. However, although fluent in several languages including dalmation, Abby’s english remains “a little rough”…

Greg does not have Covid, and has been fully vaccinated, although that is of course no guarantee. It is close to a guarantee, though —  0.008% of cases, jeez! That’s still enough to freak people out, and more than enough to get a conspiracy theory or two started. The Johnson & Johnson pause was intended to get the facts straight before moving forward, but how long will that take, and how many more conspiracies will be weaved in that time? All the facts in the world won’t convince some people, and we all know who those people are.

Democrats want to take the Supreme Court from 9 to 13 justices, as the Founding Fathers intended. For about a hundred years, Supreme Court Justices rode circuit, boldly dispensing justice wherever they went. Let’s bring that tradition back, too.

Americans believe Democrats are the ones to trust, in just about everything. Voters approve of infrastructure, especially when it’s their infrastructure, and the people who can afford it are paying for it. Chris Christie suggests that Republicans try belligerence and name calling to win back voters. The stupid choice has been a winning bet for them historically. Joe Manchin just wants to meet them halfway.

Joe Biden picked his own path out of Afghanistan, but how did he come to that decision? Does the Military pitch the commander in chief on their favorite ideas and advocate loudly for them? Hmmm, sometimes. But actually it is a multi-part equation. Military advice is but a single variable to consider.

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Are vaccines breaking the pandemic wave? Oh, so close — Maybe, maybe not, but it does feel more close every day. Even so, who would want to go back to work with the people you used to work with? Or back into public with them for that matter? You can get a lot more done at home, anyhow.

For instance, check out David Waldman and Greg Dworkin. Whether working from home or at the studios in KITM World Headquarters, they always remain at a “chef’s kiss” level.

1 in 5 say they won’t get a COVID-19 vaccine. And now, some that wanted one, had theirs cancelled. What’s up with that Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause? Well, the Biden administration decided on truth and transparency in dealing with the public, a tactic the previous administration could not and can not ever conceive of. This plan of course carries risks, as the horse whips and hot takes fly.

Meanwhile, OSHA fined a company that wouldn’t let their employees or their customers wear masks.

Ce n'est pas le Louvre, c'est un Louvre. Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman bought a $1000 Jesus painting —  not even on black velvet —  and paid $450 million. You pay that much for a fake da Vinci, and you don’t want it to be fake anymore. So, MBS took it over to his local fake Louvre, to have it marked up to “real”. That happened, because no one ever wants to see MBS disappointed

Police were told to take it easy on their Capitol riot response. Some see that as a security failure, some, a feature. Oath Keepers checked in their guns at the hotel, just in case.

Whatever law you’re talking about, Trump lawyers will say that it doesn’t apply to Trump.

Joe Biden continues to exceed expectations, even if your expectation was for an affable, gentlemanly white man who says nice, positive things most of the time. Hundreds of companies are uniting to oppose those who oppose voting rights, while Joe is waiting with a big friendly hug. Most everybody likes to see happy people, except for Republicans, who mostly like to unsee unhappy people. The National Collegiate Athletic Association says it will move championship events out of states that discriminate against LGBTQ people. Republicans will try to remove Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption. Here, let Casey Stengel explain.

Kim Potter should have retired after 25 years, but now she has been charged with 2nd-degree manslaughter for Daunte Wright’s killing. John Cardillo is a horrible, awful person, but he did point out the fact that Daunte Wright was a loving family man, as well as an American patriot, which you wouldn’t guess he’d say about a young black guy.

Matt Gaetz has, so far, not been caught in bed with a dead girl or a live boy, and he is proud to tell you that.  Joel Greenberg will tell you Matt always paid the pimp, and never even tipped the ladies. Stepping up to be a character witness: Harlan Z. Hill. (!)

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It has been days now since David Waldman received his second vaccine shot and yet he still doesn’t feel bad at all! (He feels a bit ripped off, to be honest.) He still has a chance though, and we here all hope he feels lousy soon. 

Nothing marks the end of a pandemic like people getting back out and shooting each other, and themselves. Did your gun shoot your neighbor? Your child? Maybe it gave you a bullet, right in the bread aisle. Anyway you look at it, it’s what the Founders and the Heller Court wanted. Anyway you look at it, the AR-15 is more than a gun or a pistol or a rifle. It’s much more.

Governor Bill Lee assures that Tennesseans will have an easier time killing each other than voting him out of office. Bullets or ballots, all will get his thoughts and prayers.

The officer who killed Daunte Wright, and mistook her gun for a taser, realized that she was about a year overdue on her retirement.

Johnson & Johnson vaccinations were paused after rare clotting cases emerge. How rare? 6 clots in about 7 million doses. Is this an instance of an overabundance of caution? Shouldn’t states be able to decide? Is this a job for scientists? Or, at least someone that understands numbers? Perhaps more Republicans still need to be infected before the need for vaccinations is realized.

Donald Trump was his usual whiney bitch self at the RNC, but his schtick just doesn’t wow them like it used to. The next morning Rick Scott slipped Donald one of John Boehner’s old ashtrays and sent him back out to the golf course. Matt Gaetz, who?

Yes, “dynamic scoring” is the method Trump uses to win in golf. It is also the exact same approach Republicans used to work out Trickle Down economics, ever since the Reagan administration. Joan McCarter explains how Joe Biden’s budget reverses years of deficit peacockery and brings an end to austerity. Joan and David continue to puzzle over confused nudnik, Joe Manchin, a guy way out of his depth, clinging to Republican talking points to explain why he’s throwing sand into the gears of progress his party and the American people are striving for. Nobody can explain Kyrsten Sinema.

Will Smith and Apple Studios are moving their money out of Georgia. Republicans guess it is because they hadn’t punished businesses enough. It’s about time for Rudy Giuliani to take the fall.

John Cornyn literally takes a page from Politico to blame Joe Biden for not being Trumpesque.

Is the next hurdle for Democrats the Congressional Budget Office director? No, or maybe yes.

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David WaldmanGreg Dworkin and the rest of the staff here at KITM World Headquarters got all our shots for all 19 Covids and we’re raring to tear into the news this week:

The Derek Chauvin trial continues, as the examples of why these trials are needed multiply. Minnesota police shot and killed Daunte Wright after detaining him for air fresheners on his mirror. More protests, more teargas and rubber bullets. A Virginia officer that pepper sprayed an Army officer was fired, not after the pepper spraying, but after the video of the pepper spraying got out. Conservatives are now opposed to the Black Army officer’s 1st, 2nd, and 4th amendment rights. Probably his little dog too.

Could Joe Biden be our F.D.R.? We might not really know until Joe’s third term… But does that make Donald Trump our latest Herbert Hoover, or Jimmy Carter? I wouldn’t say that around Jimmy, and even Herbert might be inspired to take a swing at you. F.D.R didn’t seem to have so many corporations on his side. Corporations have always been pretty woke to their bottom line, and for some reason Republicans have lost sight of that. More than 100 of the nation's top corporate leaders met on Saturday to discuss the dropping ROI on white supremacy. It’s also clear that the real money is in infrastructure to enable workers to get back to making money.

Republican’s business is the business of keeping things from working. Their leader, Donald Trump, laser-focused on that goal from day one, delivered yet again in a speech to the RNC. Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel was escorted out of the meeting for not arriving with enough grease for palms.

The Covid pandemic is showing signs of growth, just as people willing to be vaccinated could be tapering off.  There are folks that decided long ago that they won’t be vaccinated. After deciding, some spent a lot of effort and research on their alibi, and some none at all. The results are the same, but the solutions will need some personalization. In retrospect, Republicans didn’t quite think out vaccine passports.

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Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez, Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson, all those Hemsworths, David Waldman and… David isn’t saying. But, it is whomever’s birthday! Happy birthday!

While we’re celebrating, thank you to all you out there sending in recurring contributions! We find that we rarely have to call you defectors to keep you in line. Stay healthy, keep the money coming, and never take the drug Ivermectin unless you are a horse with parasitic worms... but if you are, KITM is reaching a wider demographic than we anticipated.

The Royal Family sure knows how to stick aroundPatriarch of the British royal family for over 70 years, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, is dead at 99.

For a guy known as leader of the “Oath Keepers”, Stewart Rhodes’ marriage is quite unstable. So is the rest of his life, as US prosecutors begin to close in on “Person One” in the Capitol insurrection. Existing calls and texts point to Oath Keeper and Proud Boy involvement, as well as the empty spaces in their data point to where they attempted to cover their tracks. Roger Stone keeps appearing around the edges of everything. The White House tells Democratic investigators to check over at the National Archives and Records Administration for any Trump Capitol attack evidence.

Michael Flynn is a spy, and prefered spying over his day job.  Flynn was warned about taking foreign money as far back as 2014, but that’s an integral part of the spy biz, so he ignored those warnings. Michael also a had a forbidden internet connection at the Pentagon, because you know, that’s what spies do.

Ivanka Trump touted more rigorous standards for women's empowerment, but Ivanka was so slack that she didn’t get around to setting up her own graft. Little Marco is the big winner.

Yale’s Tiger Couple haven’t put effort into anything but soaking Yale students.

Ten years of spending caps under the Budget Control Act might have wasted $200 Billion in R&D costs.

The Virginia Supreme Court says Charlottesville's Lee and Jackson statues can come down. What ball will idiots carry then?

Joe Manchin sees no circumstance for voting to kill filibuster, but sure sounds open to guardrails, lanes, and such, so maybe infrastructure is the way to his heart. The filibuster was one of the many things Hillary Clinton warned you about.

Matt Gaetz never paid for sex, possibly to avoid child labor laws, but actually, paying prostitutes is the pimp’s job, isn’t it? When going to the Bahamas, travel, hotel, drugs and women are part of the Gaetz package deal. One Republican has called for Gaetz to resign once he double-checked Matt’s last name to make sure it wasn’t “Trump”.

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Who is it? Dave? Dave’s not here, man...

Who? Oh, David Waldman? Yeah, he and Greg Dworkin are over on the couch contemplating the ceiling and national politics:

Who would have guessed that the US War on Drugs spawning generations of poverty, crime, and corruption throughout Latin America might eventually lead to problems for us?

Joe Biden’s going to take our guns! Well, your homemade guns, and the ones you point at innocent people, or yourself. Those are the guns that are killing too many every day.

Joe’s going to take our jobs! Well, only those of former Trump lackeys, and if you are one, you know you kind of did that to yourself.

Service is Joe Biden’s specialty, because if he isn’t there helping the dickens out of you, the dicks just might return. Joe apparently knows what he’s doing, as fewer Republicans call themselves “Republican” and some of them are calling themselves “Biden Republicans” now.

Joe Manchin devoted an op-ed to saying he won’t weaken the filibuster, but seems unsure of what he means by “weaken” or even “filibuster”. He probably should have come to the meetings.

Republicans have no idea on what “infrastructure” means, so who would expect them to be read up on Modern Monetary Theory?

A story in Cardinal & Pine (Not to be confused with the Long Leaf Pine Slate, although both seem pretty on-the-ball) describes a Republican federal and state dragnet of 44 North Carolina counties in search of voter fraud. It went as well as you’d expect

A Capitol Riot defendant flips to help prosecutors against the Proud Boys. Expect more of that as things get real.

Matt Gaetz wanted the security of a “blanket” pardon, because he might have not wanted to shock his boss with all the details of his offenses.

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David Waldman spent the night tracing the roots of his family tree until he slipped and fell down a genealogy rabbit hole. He discovered that similar names might go with dissimilar people, but sometimes that just doesn’t matter.

David has wanted the Senate filibuster dead for years. Now that it’s either the filibuster or democracy, others are catching up. The Senate parliamentarian will let Democrats bypass the filibuster on two bills… which two? Why not the two after those, too? Wouldn’t that be just as unprecedented?

The former guy’s former housing official, past and present wedding planner, Lynne Patton, was fined and barred from government work for Hatch Act violations, which probably broke her heart. You got to hope this leads to bigger things, though.

Greg Dworkin describes how the pandemic is still driving the news.

President Joe is giving us all a shot at getting a vaccine by the middle of this month. That sure doesn’t mean that everyone plans to take them, of course. For example, you can’t catch Covid if you get raptured first. Nearly half of new US virus infections are in just 5 states, as youth sports are shaken by the latest British invasion: COVID-19 variants. The good news about lockdowns is that most people really didn’t need to hang out together that much anyway.

Tearing down Dr. Anthony Fauci is essential to the MAGA myth. So is never admitting mistakes. That is why the Republican Party isn’t rebranding. Instead, they will purge their party of doubters, purge the country of voters, purge their neighborhoods of Black people, and so on, until reality matches their fantasies. Georgia is just like Colorado, if you believe baseball is just like voting. Mitch McConnell tells his money to shut up and get in his pocket.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden plans to go big with infrastructure to give everyone a lot to like and a little to disagree with. Chuck Schumer is thinking big, and if Republicans want to join him, that’s fine, too.

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David Waldman handcrafts yet another small-batch KITM, lovingly prepared once daily in our World Headquarters’ kitchen. Joan McCarter joins us with an exquisite water ganache, and her usual political acumen. 

President Joe Biden keeps moving his own goalposts…  And he’s still scoring!  Now, all US adults will be eligible for the Covid vaccine on April 19. Saying Boris Johnson is “smarter than Trump” is like saying Boris has “a better hairstyle” than Donald, but at least Boris is getting his pandemic act together with the implementation of a national rapid COVID-19 testing program. Brexit, however, has wiped out the UK’s fine chocolate industry, leaving only spotted dick standing for the pride of Great Britain.

Montana Governor Greg Gianforte recently signed a law against mask mandates. A mask with a shot might have kept him from coming down with Covid yesterday. People who don’t believe in masks or vaccines do believe in miracles, and suggest Greg try one of those.

Alcee Hastings, crusading civil rights lawyer, the first Black federal judge in Florida and dean of Florida’s U.S. congressional delegation died at 84.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez demonstrated her support for party unity by donating to vulnerable House Democrats, much to their horror, as this money will be pointed to as proof of radical left… or right wing ties by their adversaries who would have lied about them anyhow. Want to show your support at a real grassroots level? And, have a fun and interesting time doing it? Support Hillary Kwiatek’s City Council campaign and hear behind the scenes stories of big stakes TV game shows! Tonight at 7PM Eastern! Or, if that’s not your style, you can check out the special election in TX-6, with a twelve crackpot Republican “jungle primary”, led by a Korean-American known for being anti-Asian.

Surprise! President Joe is making America... well, great again. Biden is doing it from infrastructure and inequality on up. Republicans, of course want nothing to do with that. Mitch McConnell promises to burn bridges with any person or corporation that would support America. Chuck Schumer is becoming increasingly fine with Republican nonparticipation, now that he and the Senate parliamentarian are seeing eye to eye on Section 304 of the 1974 Budget Act. The Senate parliamentarian ruled Monday that Democrats can use special budgetary rules on two more pieces of legislation. David and Joan discuss what that means, and where and when it might be used.

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David Waldman wishes us all a happy Canadian Easter Monday, regardless of nationality or religion, except for Orthodox Christians, who have boiled their eggs way too soon.

Greg Dworkin hauls in two rafts of stories, giving us a lot to talk about.

Are we safe from the pandemic yet? No, but we are much safer. Will herd immunity stop the disease? No, but we in the herd will be much more secure. Yes, we still have a COVID-19 pandemic. Yes, there is progress being made, a lot of progress. Both of those are true. Of course, the most important question is —  which one of us is wrong? Are we wrong or them? Maybe we all are? No, just because there is enough blame to go around, it doesn’t mean we each get half. For instance, has Florida’s Covid response been mediocre, or was Ron DeSantis just incapable of making it as bad as he could have

David has been studying the numbers for months and can tell you precisely the number of mistakes that have been made.

Georgia knew enough to try to hide its true intentions in its new voting law, but times have changed, and their usual institutional support now wants to cancel them. Republicans nationally are becoming worthless when it comes to getting anything done for Americans. Therefore, it’s Dr. Seuss, Mr. Potato Head, Coca Cola, Jill Biden’s stockings, and whatever stunt their cornballs, new and old, can come up with today.

Donald Trump bilked Trumpers out of millions, because that’s what they’re there for. Then, in order to pay back those saps, he needed new suckers and a bigger scam. Then it’s down the road, another day, another name, another scam.

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All fooled out? You’ve come to the right place, as David Waldman, and we at KITM, do not suffer fools gladly… Okay, perhaps with a little glee...

The only letdown with the Matt PizzaGaetz scandal is that it’s not happening to Rand and Ted too. Other than that, GaetzGate has got everything —  party drugs, naked women hula-hooping, online payments and solicitation, condoms by the gross… which means it still has a gross of gross accessories and abettors yet to be revealed! Plenty of Republicans knew what Matt was up to, and down for, for a long time, but now that the trail could be leading to them, under the bus Matt goes.

‘Tis the season for Bunnies, and here comes Arliss Bunny, author of The Smart Bunny's Guide to Debt, Deficit and Austerity, hopping into the KITM conversation on Joe Biden’s proposed “Once-in-a-generation investment in America”.  Arliss agrees that it’s a great investment to make, but why not make it the norm? America is resource-rich, and resources aren’t to hoard, but invest. Arliss Bunny suggests that we fight the Reagan economic suck by ditching outmoded, gold-standard thinking, and instead pay attention to experts like economist Stephanie Kelton, and study her book, The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People’s Economy, for guidance.

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April Fools! It is only day one of April, but there are plenty of fools to call out. David Waldman and Greg Dworkin only have a couple of hours today, but a whole month to go:

Let’s start with Ted Cruz of the panhandle, Matt Gaetz. Gaetz’ Mann act adds a few new players, including a former Department of Justice official, a presumed dead Iranian hostage, Andrew McCabe, William Barr… it’s enough to make your Tucker pucker. Why is this man smiling?

Everyone in the world just had their opinions of Georgia completely confirmed this week, much to the dismay of the world-wide corporations headquartered there. Delta Air Lines found Georgian voter suppression unacceptable, while Hollywood reconsidered filming in Georgia, for the umpteenth time

The Missouri Gop doesn’t want Georgians to get all the glory on abusing voters and the poor. Democrat Rita Hart drops out of the House race that she was losing by 6 points, because of the 1/6 insurrection... and that’s what Dems do. Kevin McCarthy takes a victory lap, because that’s what Republicans do.

Non-fool approval for the US vaccine rollout continues to surge. If only this was a non-fool world, we’d be in great shape. Alex Berenson could be the pandemic’s wrongest man, but he couldn’t have done it without fools helping. Dr. Fauci cuts Dr. Birx some slack. Someday, scientists will take be able to remove their faces from their palms.

Evangelicals and Libertarians aren’t fools when their check shows up. Voters are backing President Biden’s infrastructure plan 2-to-1. Of course, that leaves the usual percentage of, well, fools.

The Founding Fathers were pretty much the Tech Bros of their era, which makes Elon Musk... Benjamin Franklin, with the same number of fart jokes.

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David Waldman and Greg Dworkin bring us Wednesday! Maybe Wednesday brought them… Either way, it works out for us:

It’s Infrastructure Week! For real! No big trucks for President Joe to go vroom-vroom in, but some actual plans. Republicans don’t plan to vote for any of it but do plan to take credit for all of it… and talk about transgender girls.

Hey, have you been vaccinated yet? Anecdotes abound suggesting redder’s better if you are looking for a denied vaccine surplus. More people are willing to take vaccines... Is that because more people have been willing to take vaccines?  

Pfizer’s vaccine is safe and effective in children as young as 12. Satisfaction with the U.S. vaccine rollout is surging. Unfortunately, so is the pandemicDefiance of public health guidance is the Republican’s deadly virus. The Trumpiest country left on Earth, Brazil, might soon succumb to COVID-19.

Peter Navarro, nut job, ran a shadow Operation Warp Speed in the previous administration. Probably everybody did.

Tucker Carlson, Jeffrey Epstein and Matt Gaetz know what it’s like being accused of a sex crime on national TV. Now we know why Gaetz left an empty Nestor in Panama City last week, and seemed disinterested in his day job as of late. Matt revealed that he was on a secret mission with his dad to create a sting operation exposing those trumped-up sex trafficking charges against him!

Scandals like these end up dragging many through the mud, by association. Look at poor Joel Greenberg, whose only crimes before being linked to Matt Gaetz were paying buddies with about $2 million in public funds, adding a drone force to the tax collector’s office, building bitcoin mining servers, and powering them on the public dime until he lit his offices on fire, pulling over speeders on a whim, smearing Muslims, stalking, libelling, defaming and impersonating people with stolen and forged ID’s... and sex trafficking and prostitution — allegedly. Speaking of Donald Trump, his non-disclosure agreements are the trash everyone expected them to be.

The Derek Chauvin trial continues. The verdict is obvious, but no one can guess what the sentence will be.

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David Waldman pilots the KITM’s raft of stories through Tuesday without a sandbar in sight.

Hey, have you been vaccinated yet? President Joe Biden wants 90% of us eligible within 3 weeks, and the rest of us a month from now, so that we can all celebrate Get Closer to Normal Day, on July 4th! For the time being, cut out the crazy stuff! Do you want to doom us all? Speaking of, those folks who thought Covid was a hoax, and vaccines were dangerous, now believe that admitting they did get vaccinated is like the Holocaust, except with more devils and corporate communism, blarg! Occasionally, a Republican will have disaster hit close enough to them to consider it real, but those are few and far between.

Some 1/6 insurrectionists might get the sedition charges they deserve. Maga tourists who cheered on police beatings, and followed rioters into the Capitol won’t get half of what they deserve. Ghislaine Maxwell now is charged with sex trafficking, and it would just be impossible for her to receive commensurate punishment. Donald Trump would need to live hundreds of years.

The SolarWinds hack got emails of top DHS officials, which is pretty much its goal.

Lawyer Cleta Mitchell advised Trump on how to destroy democracy, and has retired to take it up full time. Perhaps the word “democracy’s” similarity to “Democratic” is what’s setting them off? Some people are talking about how Democrats in 2021 with Joe Manchin are similar to Republicans in 2001 with Jim Jeffords.  David talks about how they aren’t. 

Joan McCarter calls in to discuss how Chuck Schumer can make reconciliation work again. You would think that infrastructure would be a bipartisan opportunity, but no, you might not even get Joe Manchin to hook up with that. Ending the filibuster is the only solution. Mitch McConnell has seen this coming for a long time.

What do you call Joe Biden’s nomination of 11 judicial candidates? A great start.

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Avast! Listen to David Waldman and Greg Dworkin on today’s KITM, then find yourself a volcano and a soccer ball and have ye a joyous Passover, arr!

Giant container ship “Ever Given” finally made the long-awaited pivot to freedom, and scampered back into open water, leaving reporters misty-eyed on shore.

We are still stuck with a COVID pandemic, though. Thanks to Joe, vaccines are pouring into millions of arms. Unfortunately, cases keep rising, as will deaths. Anti-vaxxers and far-right extremists here and around the world continue to fight for death. We could have saved more than a World War’s worth without Donald Trump in office. Of course, Trump couldn’t have done it alone. Dr. Deborah Birx, Trump’s coronavirus response coordinator, now points out that she personally chose to have hundreds of thousands of people die, rather than to aggravate Donald Trump. Dr. Francis Collins proves one can be a scientist, evangelical and a Christian, all at the same time.

Joe Biden is doing such a good job as president, that his overthrow has been postponed until August. Mr. Biden will now demonstrate what effective management techniques can do at the border. Management isn’t Republicans strong suit, or even something that interests them. They don’t mind that anti-voting measures hurt them also, because they that see where we are stuck now might be as good as anywhere they will ever get to. Lara Trump was to headline Trump TV, but now is just fine being Fox Blond #3452. Hard-working journalist Brenna T. Smith exposed insurrectionist crowdfunding, irritating right wing mediocrities and slacker grifters John Cornyn is putting some actual work into making sure Vanita Gupta doesn’t go to work for voters. Brad Raffensperger did his job one time, and now he’s in trouble. Unindicted pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood hopes to hide out as chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party until things cool off. 

Meanwhile, Chuck Schumer will attempt the unimaginable! Actually, as David explains, it is pretty imaginable, just a lot of work, and neither side wants that, unless it’s necessary.

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David Waldman brings us the Friday KITM morning news, traffic on the 10’s: We still have that container ship jackknifed out on the Suez, blocking northbound… well, all transit. Authorities caution that honking horns will not help the situation, and advise patience as plans are implemented.

Yesterday, President Joe Biden was asked if he was throwing his hat in the ring for the 2024 presidential election. Other than that, most stupid questions and reporters were avoided. (You know who to turn to for stupid questions and answers.) President Biden introduced new team mascot Jim Eagle to describe the Gop’s sick and despicable voter suppression. Georgia Republicans attached about 100 pages of suppression onto a voter law, fixing everything the former guy found wrong with it, except for the part where he’s president. Georgia capped off the signing of their bill by having a few white, pot-bellied, crewcut, mountie-hatted cops drag away an elected black woman representative in handcuffs, just in case anyone missed the message. So, now it is illegal to offer water to anyone they’ve forced into voting lines. (This suppression has been brought to you by Coke®!) “Well, actually...” dopes rush to Twitter to explain. Joan McCarter explains that eliminating the filibuster is the only way to stop this nonsense.

President Joe is fixing stuff as fast as he can, but we still have Covid. Johnson & Johnson needs to pick up the slack. Joe’s working on that, too. Over at Fox crew members are dropping from Corona, but will that change their tune? Probably not. Some people have to feel it personally to make a change.

The long-delayed aluminum plant project near Ashland, Kentucky, once bankrolled by Russians, isn’t anymore, without Donald and Mitch in power. Vlad will have to return to his usual methods for destroying the US. Meanwhile, the former guy will go back to his old ways of milking the rubes.

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David Waldman brings us the latest KITM news for Thursday. Greg Dworkin is first up with sports analysis: UConn beats Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament second-round game, setting up a meeting with Iowa in Sweet 16. Syracuse were worthy opponents. Next up is Joe Biden’s first press conference! Joe has some experience with journalists. ABC’s Bob Clark, who scored Joe Biden’s first interview, won’t be attending today’s press scrum, leaving the hard-hitting thoughtful journalism to others. The president should be fact checking the press corps. And, oh, Kim Jong-Un has a question in the back row…

What’s happening with that boat over there? This isn’t a job for Joe to worry about… This is a job for — a bulldozer or two, or maybe a very hard-working, spunky towboat. What’s happening with COVID? There’s absolutely great progress on vaccinations, but Mr. Biden’s encouragement to take vaccines can only go so far. What’s happening on the border? Joe is a nice guy, but that isn’t why people are heading our way. Anyone with questions can now direct them to Vice President Kamala Harris. What’s happening with gun control? What is happening with gun control?

It’s not just Joe and Kamala, Democrats are being known as a pretty nice party. Republicans aren’t. It’s simply not good business to deal with jerks. It turns out that supporting mass murder isn’t good politics. They sure do pray a lot, though. Think you’ll see Donald in the pews or on the links on Easter? Are golf courses closed on Easter? Cindy Hyde-Smith doesn’t want to tempt God’s wrath by allowing Blacks to vote on Sunday. Only He, and she, really know what to do on the Sabbath… whatever day that is. Always go to Republicans for your moral guidance —  Pepé Le Pew! Hello! Voter suppression is now their moral stand.

Donald Trump wanted Sidney Powell as his Special Counsel. Sidney has found it necessary to explain to a judge how all good slander and libel requires “lying” about things to really work.

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You think you’re facing a crisis? How about that poor guy trying to parallel park in the Suez canal? In Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu is on his, like, hundredth election without “a clear path” (which probably still won’t get rid of him). You could be Meghan McCain.

David Waldman and Greg Dworkin discuss the latest crises and non-crises, along with the latest impressions of those in the news:

There is no immigration crisis. Requesting asylum isn’t unfair or illegalAbusive detention should be illegal. Presently, Joe Biden isn’t doing much different from what the former guy did, but that could, and should, change soon.

We have a gun death crisis, for the last few decades now. Republicans know that as well as anyone, and we know as well as anyone they will never do a thing about it. In their hearts, they will thank Democrats for finally actually taking over.

Are we out filibuster busting when we could be cloture cancelling? Why no, because the Senate would abhor a Rule 22 vacuum. David explains how an extended debate could become eternal.

DC statehood would always help, while giving representation to a lot of taxpayers, which is what the founders wanted, after all. Or we could try equitable representation, as I for one would dig living in The Firelands.

Eric Greitens is attempting a comeback in Missouri, but the baggage he’s carrying might contain a body. GlaxoSmithKline Plc fires the former Warp Speed czar from the Galvani Bioelectronics board for sexual harassment. Dr. Deborah Birx won’t make a cent from you injecting bleach, but she could make millions from you breathing ozone, so…

Jerome Powell is well liked, though.

Did you know that your security camera could be someone else’s “onlyfans” fun? Wear clean undies when you go to the kitchen for that midnight snack!

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The pandemic might be waning, it’s nicer weather, and so mass shootings have rebounded. Shootings are again coming so fast, it’s hard to forget the last one, before a new one arrives.  Is it too soon to mention yesterday’s massacre while we are talking about last week’s? Not anymore — Everyone, from the NRA to Keith Olbermann already have their lines rehearsed and are ready to go. Also, this season we have Lauren Boebert, out there making her name synonymous with gun death, leaving others free to link the crimes to the quick and easy access for the mentally ill to instant death machines, or perhaps to regular folk’s inability to comfortably pronounce the shooter’s name...

David Waldman and Joan McCarter have trod this trail before, as we all have. The path out of this would involve replacing the people and laws that got us into this. For instance, Washington DC statehood would certainly help on that, along with the benefit of giving about a million Americans rights we just might take for granted. At yesterday’s statehood hearing, Republicans stated little-known founder intentions, such as the need for state car dealerships, landfills, and… Oh, DC does have those? How about lawn signs and bumper stickers? They’d be out of control! The Heritage Foundation pleads with us to honor the real founders of this nation.

Nothing good will happen with a filibuster in the way. Rich, aka Liberal Thinking, surprises us with a mid-credits epilogue to his 6 part series on Busting the Filibuster for All Daily Kos Progressives. By the way, no filibuster busting need involve Vice President Kamala Harris. Kamala can concentrate her efforts on being humane with Joe.

A Chicago hospital CEO & COO let their friends at the Trump Tower to cut in line, so the city cut off the Hospital’s vaccine supply. Speaking of that former guy, he’s endorsing the far-right opponent of the Georgia Secretary of State who wouldn’t fix the election for him. Nine key oversight probes of that previous administration might come to light soon.

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David Waldman makes it official, throwing out the first bag of mulch, and his back, to kick off the spring season. Greg Dworkin sails in with his jumbo raft o’stories. It’s summarizing time!

Democrats that like to worry, worry that HR 1 might hurt democracy. Republicans worry that HR 1 might hurt Republicans, and make them all “former guys”. Scaredy Dems want to go back to baby steps, but big plans can carry the many needed side deals required for passage.

Republican voters believe that fascism might be the only thing left that can save democracy. Senator Ron Johnson helps them reach that very conclusion by destroying as much government as he can get his hands on. Other Republicans throw in when and where they can. What they can’t destroy, they will merely keep others from participating in. The 1/6 commission, being made up of a bipartisan delegation of Democrats and criminals, is having a hard time getting off the ground. Conservatives morality and empathy are often directly linked to their own personal pain, and it’s just not nice to wish they all reach that pain, forthwith. Idaho Covid protesters burn masks in front of their capitol, 14 days later, their capitol is shut down from Covid. 14 days might be too long to expect much of them to hold a complex thought, however.

The US gets an uptick in border apprehensions. Good luck finding a Republican that can remember 2019, let alone the George W. Bush administration. Reporter’s memories are even shorter. The prior administration's policies serially violated human rights and were profoundly cruel, which is precisely what John Cornyn loved most about them.

As for COVID-19, it’s still here. AstraZeneca’s vaccine is pretty good, and that’s good enough, especially compared to no vaccine. Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot vaccine was supposed to reach people quicker, but it is going to tougher locations, with tougher people to get through to. Meanwhile, EU nations spent too much time negotiating and positioning and not enough poking.

Direct download: March_22_2021_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:57pm EDT

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TGIF! At least, for those of you who are “Friday observant”, which thanks to Joe, the flock welcomes even more each week.

Atlanta police aren’t commenting on whether the killing of eight people—six of them Asian or Asian American women—was a hate crime. The spokesman for the Georgia Sheriff's Office isn’t commenting on anything anymore. Was the shooter just trying to wean himself from being enticed by women? Ex-evangelical Chrissy Stroop asks us to not discount evangelicalism as a factor in this latest masacre.

Have you noticed? All of a sudden, there are so many filibuster experts! Of course, we at KITM have the OG, David Waldman, who today welcomes his special guest filibuster reform advocate from Fix Our Senate, Eli Zupnick, to describe just how close we are to actually fixing the Senate.

“Liberal” isn’t a dirty word, and neither is “rich” for that matter. Liberal Thinking, aka Rich, is proud to be both, and presents his final two episodes of the 6 part series, Busting the Filibuster, for All Daily Kos Progressives, and listeners of KITM. Episode 5 proposes the House-like allocation of floor time for debate based on agreed criteria. It could prove a challenge to enforce with some of the more cagey and uhm, willful Senators, however. Episode 6 hits upon ways to move Senators towards filibuster reform. David, who you know has kind of been there, done that, will attest to the difficulty of this.

Direct download: March_19_2021_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:58am EDT

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David Waldman and Greg Dworkin deliver the good news — Joe Biden really is here, the former guy isn’t, and COVID hasn’t canceled the brackets.

Is the worst over for the COVID-19 pandemic? Most Americans believe it is. Experts urge caution with 15 states increasing their cases by 10 to 25 percent. It has been a little while since some Americans really listened to experts, however. Sometimes it is because actual experts aren’t correct, or certain fully 100 percent of the time. Sometimes, some people are just boneheads. With Donald out, the reigning bonehead is Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, who incubates vicious new COVID variants for export. Meanwhile, the Biden administration is on track to perhaps start exporting vaccines, as we will soon have more shots than people (Although that doesn’t count the non-people also in line.).

President Biden is making government great again. Joe Biden’s approval on pandemic handling is about the reverse of Donald Trump’s approval as president. If Trumpers don't want stimmies, and not a single one of their representatives voted for them, how about we keep them and split’em up with each other? In exchange, they keep Pepe Le Pew (and we keep Cardi B).

Even evangelicals are losing their faith in white superiority/victimhood. They’re sticking with misogyny for the time being. Beth Moore was a hit with evangelical women until she started finding fault with evangelical men, and now she’s cancelled.

The Biden administration intends to keep building back better, by relieving child poverty, not building border walls. This makes our friends across the aisle irate, and uncooperative... they say. Rich, aka Liberal Thinking, suggests Republicans put up or shut up in his latest audio correspondence. Joe Biden would probably concur

Republicans might not have the filibuster forever, but they’ll always have racism. Bob Menendez might be no angel, but he can still call out Ron Johnson. Democrats are seeing and standing with Asian Americans today, but as Asian Americans will tell you, this all didn’t start yesterday.

Direct download: March_18_2021_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:59pm EDT