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Kagro in the Morning - October 31, 2014

Another show held together with duct tape & chicken wire! Follow-up on EFF's claims that "sneak & peek" warrants were being abused. Further consideration of the privatized surveillance dodge. Today in "What Could Go Wrong?": The CIA hires Amazon to handle its cloud computing; Personhood amendments on the ballot in ND & CO; FBI creates a fake Seattle Times page with a fake AP story on it to nab a suspect.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:39pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 30, 2014

Technical difficulties knocked out the microphone this morning, but I rigged something up on the fly and got the better part of a show together. Rosalyn MacGregor filled us in on the Michigan electoral horse races, newspaper endorsements, etc. House Gop's lawyers keep quitting their lawsuit against Obama. The "gimmick" economy: does anyone really make anything, any more? Verizon starts a news outlet where no reporting is allowed on net neutrality or domestic spying. Government prohibited from surveillance? Just outsource it. Joan McCarter wraps up with the story of The Midnight Bicycle Ride of Paul Revere Kaci Hickox, Bobby Jindal's Ebola panic, and more.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:50pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 29, 2014

<strong>Greg Dworkin's</strong> morning update partly concerns something called <a href="">"Ebola,"</a> and the importance of a <a href="">"big picture" response</a>, both nationally and <a href="">internationally</a>. <a href="">Local Connecticut color</a> on <a href="">gun issues</a> in the election. Breaking news: the election is pretty close. Kaci Hickox <a href="">isn't putting up</a> with non-scientific quarantine rules. For the record: Jose Canseco's GunFAIL. How does this kind of thing happen? <strong>Armando</strong> joins us to discuss the <em>NYT</em> piece on lobbying operations <a href=" ">targeting state Attorneys General</a>. 42 mega-donors provide <a href="">nearly a third</a> of all super PAC funds. The much-discussed story of how the ACA has fared in <a href="">Mississippi</a>. More <a href="">questions</a> about Montana's <a href="">"Mailergate."</a> Must read: A pre-K teacher <a href="">reflects on lockdown drills</a>. White House <a href="">cyberattacked</a>. The inevitable <a href="">speculation</a> about Harry Reid.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:54pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 28, 2014

Ebola is surely in its "last throes" at this point, no? Strict constructionist restaurant turns Alito away. Michele Bachmann looks forward to the grifting life. Greg Dworkin reviews the quarantine policy stories, and reminds us not to forget our history. Meanwhile, Chris Christie spins furiously, insisting he didn't reverse himself, word that troops returning from Africa will be quarantined, and students in Maine find an Ebola excuse for skipping class. PoliSci profs botch "experiment" with MT elections. A local blogger speculates on the motive. (P.S., here's an actual official MT voter info pamphlet.) "Sneak & peek" warrants, sold to Congress as necessary for fighting terrorism, are now routine. But hardly ever used for terrorism. The CIA kept ex-Nazis on the payroll as Cold War spies. The amazing Amazon engine burns anything and everything for fuel.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:09pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 27, 2014

Ebolamania leads to Chris Christie socking a returning American aid worker away in a tent, insisting he had no "second thoughts" about it, and then having second thoughts about not having second thoughts. Greg Dworkin (who it turns out is a doctor) joined the discussion, noting that the Libertarians had yet to show up on the issue, and that there are alternatives to panic & quarantine. What's the difference between a constitution-hating gun-grabber and a Second Amendment patriot? They'll both offer you similar facts, but the patriot will sell you gun accessories afterward. Armando has two cents on the legality of quarantine. Ian Reifowitz talks to us about the Republican non-jobs plans, voter suppression, and zombie lies, as well as Krugman's latest public investment proposal. Rosalyn MacGregor shares "The Most Common Jobs For The Rich, Middle Class And Poor."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:55pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 24, 2014

Updates from Ottawa. Greg Dworkin was called away, presumably for a NYC-area Ebola-related emergency. Ted Cruz staffer demonstrates how hard it is to know when a kook is joking. Chuck Todd says his "disqualified herself" language was "sloppy." In a related story, Armando passes on Steve Singiser's take on the failed traditional media analysis of a recent OR-GOV poll. FYI: Canadian vs. US gun laws. Joni Ernst's gimmetarian gun line, analyzed. Lead exposure's links to impulse control problems & violent crime. So where are people being exposed to the most lead? Gun ranges. Chiquita Brands is looking to pull off a tax inversion. Fine! See if we topple any more foreign governments for you!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:35pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 23, 2014

Emerging details from yesterday's attack in Ottawa. At least some air-dropped US weapons fell into ISIS hands. Neighbors battle over concealed carry on the way to school. And Armando can't stand it that no one seems to properly understand the nature of constitutional rights. The warrior cop supply chain makes you feel oh so safe. "The Criminalization of Schooling" raises some interesting & disparate points. Historical background on privatized prisons & revenue-driven courts: thief-takers. Sarah Palin's SarahPAC is still a champion middle-weight grifter.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:29pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 22, 2014

Chris Christie's tired of something, so everyone stop. Thanks! HuffPo is on the hunt for candidates' with financial issues: Joni Ernst and David Perdue. Stop the presses (if you have any)! Drunken, trombone-playing clown #GunFAIL! Suppose they gave a constitutional crisis and nobody came? Joan McCarter joined us to discuss the CIA-Senate fight, 15 minutes of fame for Idaho's Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, health care flip-flops from Kasich and Tillis, Scott Brown's laugh line in the NH debate, and the Koch brothers' last-ditch efforts. The "devoted gun enthusiast" who attacked the Forsyth Co., GA courthouse last June wore a double layer of body armor, but accidentally shot himself in the leg even before he was able to launch his attack. And Scott Wooledge, the man behind the Hitching Post fact check graphic, joins us along with Armando for a more in-depth discussion of that and related topics.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:58pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 21, 2014

James O'Keefe has attempted to do another thing. Greg Dworkin discusses the saga of Nancy Snyderman, the NBC chief medical editor who broke her then-voluntary Ebola quarantine, travel bans, and other Ebolamania news. Also back in the news: The Hot Zone. Media polarization. The NHL & domestic violence. "Obama is a Republican." Armando reminds us that tonight is the final FL-GOV debate. And they've banned fans. More ridiculous Ebola panic. Oddball constitutional amendment proposed in Florida. Iran & Iraq cooperating? Is that confusing? Considering the Saud-ish context of beheadings. Unforeseen consequences of GunFAIL. Unlimited capital + unlimited data collection, storage & analysis capacity = the end of privacy? Apparently some people think the spies at Whisper were done wrong by The Guardian.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:40pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 20, 2014

No news is good news, unless Ebola. But at least we're still freaked out about Middle Eastern beheadings, unless Saud-ish. Greg Dworkin, however, keeps his head (as always) with his Ebola news round-up, including a bit of ultra-derp from George Will. Also, word from Turkey (and aid from the US) in the fight against ISIS among the region's Kurds. Coverage of Keene, NH's Pumpkinfest riot provides interesting contrasts with what's still going on in Ferguson. GunFAIL can strike anyone. Another facet of inequality: the bottom 90% are stuck in 1986. Missouri's rush into gun-nuttery may let a confessed murderer go free. Is anonymous texting app Whisper actually tracking users? And offering their data up to media "partners" as juicy tips?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:38pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 17, 2014

With help from Armando, no one beats a dead fan like KITM! Gideon asks about a Meteor Blades' take on non-violent drug offenders and voting rights, which leads to expansive consideration (surprise!) of sentencing, prison privatization, libertarians, torture, domestic spying, the designs of the Founders, and more! In other debate news, Cory Gardner is grilled again over personhood. A Hunter post ponders the meaning of SC Gov. Nikki Haley's yardstick for Confederate flag approval. Back to Meteor Blades momentarily for a comparative study in political "courage." More reporting from St. Louis County municipal courts provides evidence we're regressing.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:48pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 16, 2014

Twitter's abuzz over Florida's "Fangate." Appearance matters in debates, of course. Greg Dworkin points us to key pieces on last night's fireworks, and updates us on the latest from the world of polling, and Ebola. Armando shared some interesting insights on Fangate, and some general media criticism. Strong follow-up to the RWNJ effort to revise WMD history. Members explain why Congress is a living hell.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:54pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 15, 2014

Ebolamania! A second nurse at TX hospital is diagnosed. The decrepit, depleted chemical weapons which most people thought Iraq did have (as opposed to the massive, active program, which they didn't) were, as we'd already learned, been found. RWNJs feel sure this makes them right. Michelle Obama's turnip vine that will somehow be spun into an optics disaster, I guess. Feminist writer Anita Sarkeesian draws a terrorist death threat from a Elliot Roger-style loon, but Utah law says they have to allow gun carriers in the room for her talk, anyway. Joan McCarter joined us for her regular Wednesday segment, discussing SC's rejection of "Stand Your Ground" protection for victims of domestic violence. Idaho's resumption of same sex marriages, and PPP's first ever poll in the state. Budget cuts and sequestration drained Ebola response capabilities. Election outlook picture mostly unchanged, but coverage gets panicky. Probably no Ebola sandwiches at Jimmy Johns, but maybe be careful. AFP is back at the fake voter registration flyer game, again. And the impossible happens: gun criminals purposely target non-gun-free zones!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:28pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 14, 2014

Today's morning buzz is a rehash of the collective gasp and pearl-clutching over a Senate candidate not wanting to talk about who she voted for, and no small amount of astonishment that no journalists seem interested in calling Mitch McConnell's astounding Obamacare dodge "disqualifying." Greg Dworkin rounded up today's Ebola stories, plus one oddball piece about how your dentist might be ripping you off. Speaking of Ebola, it seems there are some folks who think quarantines are for the little people. In weather news, both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans appear to be covered by gigantic storms. Snapchat is worth $10B even though it apparently can't & doesn't fulfill even its most basic premise. An exploration of why successes in marriage equality, marijuana laws, etc. aren't as easy to replicate in climate change. Gun ban at the NC State Fair survives court challenge.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:31pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 13, 2014

Washington football team owner Dan Snyder hosts the outgoing Navajo Nation president at a game (on "Columbus Day" weekend). So that problem's solved forever! Greg Dworkin checks in with our daily Ebola update, including claims that budget cuts impeded the search for a vaccine. And an English court says an anti-vax activist's been lying. Follow-up on the armed Utah teacher who accidentally fired her gun in school. Why "Columbus Day" makes no sense as a school holiday. The crazy valuation of Snapchat. A "gun guy" who accidentally Second Amendmented himself pens a memoir. Chris Hamby follows up his astounding black lung series with the final word on just how outrageously wrong the coal companies' go-to doctor was.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:56pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 10, 2014

Nobel Prizes awarded, and other Twitter buzz. In Chicago, a man with an assault rifle shoots up a subway train, but so far has failed to be Muslim. The police report on The Palin Brawl is out, and it's a doozy. Rosalyn MacGregor's report includes a review of MI-SEN candidate Terri Lynn Land's performance during a radio appearance, diminishing hopes for a MI-SEN debate, the shifting tax burden under Rick Snyder, and the costs of that shift. By email request from sfbaytransplant: Comcast gets a complaining customer fired! Armando shares his thoughts on The Palin Brawl report, and Chuck Todd's comment that Alison Lundergan Grimes "disqualified herself" in not declaring how she voted in 2008 & 2012. Accidentally shoot a grizzly bear? $10,000 fine! Accidentally shoot your neighbor? Hmm. And government handouts: not just for the ladies, you know!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:30pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 9, 2014

The Twitter chatter this morning: another fatal police shooting in St. Louis. The deficit has Ebola. Greg Dworkin has actual Ebola news and the not-actual solutions the news tends to drive. Joan McCarter joined us for a make-up appearance, and we segue into discussing the flu, a disease that actually kills people in America. Like in Idaho. Where, as elsewhere, there are Republicans in electoral trouble all over the map. Justice Kennedy stays ID (and NV) marriage equality cases. Why? And did you know that Idaho has slashed education funding so drastically that in many counties they can only afford a 4-day school week? Dinesh D'Souza's d'scent into trolling. GunFAIL follow-up: babysitter who got probation for a gun accident that killed her 5-year-old charge can't even be bothered.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:05pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 8, 2014

This morning's Twitter chatter: Grisham, OR open carrier robbed of his brand new gun... at gunpoint. Greg Dworkin updates us on the polls, notes the fretting that Joe Biden told the truth about some Middle Eastern allies, and the lack of fretting that Tom Cotton is blowing it out his ass. Are some polls underestimating blueness? Top conservative Ebola freakouts. In terrible policing news: a black teen living with a white foster family is pepper sprayed by cops as an "burglar," and a fascinating police stop interaction plays out on video in a tony DC neighborhood. An FBI report calls certain gun myths into question. What are these "beacons" found in NYC phone booth ads, now apparently being removed? Justice Kennedy stays ID marriage equality. Another look at our upside-down recovery.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:59pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 7, 2014

Who gives the most to charity? And BTW, what's charity? Greg Dworkin brings us updates on polling & Ebola-ing, and intra-state GOP fights. Further examination on the nature of our "war on terror." More on Dems getting nothing for toeing the NRA line. BuzzFeed discovers some creepy tracking devices in NYC phone booths, and gets them removed.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:54pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 6, 2014

A third teacher has accidentally fired a gun in school. Greg Dworkin notes that Republicans not responsible for actually running anything are sowing panic over Ebola, but not Rick Perry. The Senate outlook remains mostly stable. Why the growing economy just doesn't feel like it's growing. Gideon sends us a comment discussing historian Gregordy Daddis' op-ed pondering the meaning and aims of modern American war fighting. In breaking news, word from the Supreme Court of the denial of review of the several state marriage equality cases. Wind energy seems like a winner for KS, right? But the Kochs don't make money from it, so, no. How about a little Noam Chomsky? "America hates its poor." And as David Purdue has to try to live down past remarks on outsourcing, we're reminded that being a CEO hasn't been about "job creation" in a very, very, very long time. Philadelphia moves to cancel teachers' contracts. Oh, and steal their pensions.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:05pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 3, 2014

Technical difficulties spoiled the live show today, but we taped all the action for you for today's podcast. Greg Dworkin shared the news of the strong jobs report, an interesting take on economic inequality from an unlikely source, and the upcoming traffic apocalypse (again!) we can all thank Chris Christie for causing. Speaking of economic inequality, how about this crazy chart that basically shows the economy being eaten whole by the rich. And Rosalyn MacGregor has even more on the subject and its effects on businesses large and small. More discussion of the evil genius of targeting the prison population for profit. Gideon asks opponents of the ISIS strikes whether there's evidence for the proposition that bombing is worse than doing nothing. But there may be no clear answer about that, or any other aspect of the issue, given how some of the strikes have gone, and the alleged paucity of intelligence behind them.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:13pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 2, 2014

Arkansas AG candidate may be disqualified, for multiple voter registrations! Greg Dworkin rounds up the latest on ebola. Secret Service director Julia Pierson has resigned. Can that really make a difference? Gideon solicits comment on the Daily Kos community effort to draft a proposed legislative response to "over-policing." It's an exercise consciously conceived of as a response to ALEC, about which there's always plenty to say. And speaking of ALEC, here's yet another way the sort of privatizers who make up their constituency have devised to soak the poor: skimming off cash transfers to prisoners.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:27pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 1, 2014

Today's Twitter chatter: ebola freakouts, and WV plans to frack beneath a river that supplies their drinking water. Luckily they have no history of problems in that area. Greg Dworkin recapped the APR low-down on the Texas ebola story. Also: a Tea Party tantrum threatens Pat Roberts; ISIS strike polling bump; Brookings scholars say primaries are growing in their impact, and; Chris Christie's polling hits a new low. Joan McCarter shares one of the dumbest Obamacare polls to date, conducted by one of the worst pollsters ever. Scott Brown tries to attack Shaheen on border security, but he never attended a single border hearing. Koch brothers freak out over a Rolling Stone exposé. Hiding corporate money overseas. Let's invade Bermuda! Updates on races with Daily Kos-endorsed candidates. The collapse of the Kansas conservative experiment may have a mirror in Idaho. A local TV reporter presses Cory Gardner hard as he tries to duck & deny his support for personhood legislation. And Mitt Romney's still buying houses. Because normal.

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