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Kagro in the Morning - September 30, 2015

Kagro in the Morning presents their All-Star lineup today: David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, Armando, and Joan McCarter!

Greg takes a medical, and political perspective to yesterday’s House Planned Parenthood Hearing: A bad day for women, and Republicans. The Gop Chair trots out a terrible and dishonest chart, and is shut down.

Joan joins in on the discussion on the House Planned Parenthood hearing’s war on women.

There may not be enough angry white guys to sustain the Republican party, but plenty are jockeying for leadership positions in the House. Also there's room for the liar, the nutter, the fool, and the demagogue to fill that “strong bench” for the GOP.

Ted Cruz shows he is no one's friend, and finds no one is his friend.

Benghazi is now the longest congressional investigation in history. Kevin McCarthy takes a bow.

Will Kim Davis now convert to Catholicism? What will she do next week?

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Kagro in the Morning - September 29, 2015

David Waldman will be on TV - and .tv - when he is interviewed on The! The topic will be #gunfail, a concept created by David, which he built upon over the years. David will discuss how #gunfail has become influential, and its potential as a journalistic tool.

Greg Dworkin could not visit today, but he passed along these interesting topics:

Americans unite against Citizens United.

Shell leaves Arctic, giant oil rigs out there now only good for Bond villains.

Would Donald Trump play us for suckers?

Is John Boehner bad at his job, or what?

Actually, yes, he was pretty bad at his job.

Inept people queue up for his position, but not Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

Media reports on style over substance, and therefore, Carly Fiorina.

100,000 Peruvians rally for Kim! What idiots would believe that?

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Kagro in the Morning - September 28, 2015

Got the Post-Pope jitters? Don’t worry - you can stay Pope-current with today's Pope-Relevant episode of Hopping Mad with Will McLeod and Arliss Bunny!  On Daily Kos Radio, Mondays, right before this show, with this guy.

Last night’s lunar eclipse was pretty, but has not heralded doomsday at press time, and neither has Pope Francis shaking John Kerry’s hand.

Donald Trump promises to round up immigrants humanely.

Greg Dworkin fulfills his vow to round up the latest polling and analysis:

Trump isn't winning like he used to.  Chainsaw Carly is at third, while cementing her reputation of being a lying liar that lies.

Polls show Gop on the wrong side of several issues including gun control and funding Planned Parenthood, and just like Obamacare and the Iran Deal, support increases the more people become informed on the issues.  Now that they ruined the job, and caught the car, Republicans have a hard time finding a new Speaker of the House.

Conservatives are happy to be on the wrong side of the Constitution as well.  Ben Carson sees at least one religion as a probable cause for searches, which is just one available criteria for suspicion. And, a KY Republican claims a First Amendment right to accept bribes.

VW programmed a computer to lie to you, and you did not find out for years.  What other machines are lying to you right now?

Good guy with a gun bullseyes the carjacking victim, may not get that NRA salute.

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Kagro in the Morning - September 25, 2015

David Waldman, with Greg Dworkin has plenty to talk about today - The Pope, Polls, Politics and - BREAKING:

John Boehner does a terrible job doing his terrible job, and leaves...  Why is he leaving? Who will take his place? What will happen now and in the future? What about the Democrats?

Anyhow, back to Donald Trump. Are we at peak Trump? Is a second tier of less-loser candidates forming? Well, how about Rubio, then?

Anti-Muslim activist quits Oath Keepers when they refuse to help him arrest US Senator, and reveals it only costs $40 to join Oath Keepers!

A Mayor in Maine wants to publicly shame welfare recipients. A county in Texas screened job applicants to hire only Baptists. Think it can't happen where you are? David looks into what it takes to get into the local political clubs.

Remember to tune into Daily Kos Radio next Monday, at 8AM for Hopping Mad with Will McLeod and Arliss Bunny and their discussion of the canonization of Junipero Serra, by Pope Francis!

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Kagro in the Morning - September 24, 2015

David Waldman definitely did not have an easy fast on Yom Kippur, but lives to tell us about it, and answers your questions on spirituality, Judaism, and child rearing.

Joan McCarter makes a surprise visit on her way to Asheville, North Carolina, for the Daily Kos Connects meet-up and seminar. Check out the table of events, and stop by!

Then Armando makes his surprise visit! David and he have a broad discussion about - just about everything. But mostly about the continuing problems some black activists are having reaching understanding with some Bernie Sanders supporters. Should the focus of all sides be in allying to build a coalition, win elections and change things?  Or do substantial changes need to happen first?

And Ben Carson is second place in many Republican polls. Did anyone expect that? Did he? Who is Ben Carson, and what is he getting out of this?

All that and much more! Hit the link and listen!

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Kagro in the Morning - September 23, 2015

David Waldman is observing Yom Kippur today. He has pre-recorded an all-new show for today:

There was just too much left to say about the bizarre drug price-raising CEO story to let it drop at the end of yesterday's show, so we plow forward with that one, which really becomes completely nuts.  At first glance, Martin Shkreli comes off as the typical multimillionaire boy-genius.  But, a look at his history shows a streak of diabolical fiendishness.  After all that,will he change?

Sticking with a theme of business follies—and hey, why not run the government like this, right?—we start to examine the business record of Carly Fiorina, both at HP and in her previous job at Lucent, which also pretty much collapsed. Hmm!

And of course, we have to ask WTF, VW?

Finally, in our Entrepreneurial Spirit corner: who says you have to "own" or "have rights in" the property you put on AirBnB? Don't be a dinosaur, man!

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Kagro in the Morning - September 22, 2015

David Waldman explores the gray areas between truth and complexity, meaning and interpretation, English and Aramaic, lumpers and splitters, philanthropists and psychopaths, The Boy Scouts and getting to High Holiday services:

Greg Dworkin is as shocked as you are that Scott Walker is out of the race - if you too expected that Scott Walker’s many shortcomings would quickly do him in.

Rubio’s numbers are up, mostly because the rest are so awful. Hillary Clinton still doing pretty good.

With Perry and Walker out, there are less insiders left in. Not that it makes it any easier for the outsiders.  

Fiorina climbs polls, but was still a terrible CEO.

Jack Shafer says Trump isn't a media creation, then explains how he is.

And - Ben Carson is still an incredible bigot but is OK with 80% base support.

Despite 4 Pinnochios, Taquiyya falsehoods gain traction. Denying one’s religion to persecutors has been seen as a good strategy in the past.

This leads David into continuing a discussion on how interpreting scripture, whether from the Torah, Bible, or Quran depends on the perspective, and honesty, of the interpreter, including a contrasting of the tenets of Taquiyya and Kol Nidre.

David also attempts to show mercy to this jerk, who is raising a pill’s price by 5,500%. He isn't alone.

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Kagro in the Morning - September 21, 2015

If you like Kagro in the Morning and listen to David Waldman on a regular basis you’ll be interested in knowing that there is a way for you to help pay for the continued production of this show, which costs real money.  You can donate at or, so you should.

Welcome to the latest show to debut on Netroots Radio: "Hopping Mad with Arliss Bunny & Will McLeod"! Visit their website, and follow on twitter @IMHoppingMad.

PM gets into a bit of a sticky wicket, along with a dead pig’s gob with his todger.  David tries to explain, while staying on the air.

World-wide Skype outage temporarily silences Greg Dworkin - but he does send in a lot of new polls:  

Clinton's lead over Sanders grows.  Trump’s lead over Fiorina shrinks.  Walker’s lead over anyone goes away.  Gop-ers all losers with Trump.

In the kind of political analysis you can’t catch elsewhere, David contrasts the translations of the tenets of Judaism, Jewish vs. Evangelical, from Atonement to the Shofar.

Newly disclosed information shows that that George W. Bush made a retroactive “fix” in the legality of Stellar Wind.

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Kagro in the Morning - September 18, 2015

This Episode is about money, where it goes, and why people make the decisions they do about whom they share it with.  A couple good places to share:, Daily Kos Radio, and David Waldman - the team that brings you discussion of topics that you do not hear anywhere else. Like these:

John Dean, who used to work on one side, but now doesn't, asks: Will the second debate confirm that “Mad as Hell” Republicans don’t want a competent presidential candidate?

The elite are different from you and me.  David looks into a study that concludes that Rich elites—even rich liberal elites—don’t believe in redistributing wealth.

Unsurprisingly, many Wall Street executives say wrongdoing is necessary for success.

And - the dealers who control the U.S. Treasury market rigged bond auctions for years.

Which leads David back to the the LIBOR bid rigging cartel, and history’s largest financial crime that the WSJ and NYT would like you to forget.

Does this talk of rampant greed on a monstrous scale and its financial machinations make you hopping mad?  Then you should tune in to "Hopping Mad with Arliss Bunny & Will McLeod", debuting next Monday, September 21 at 8AM on!  

Maybe if you share these hashtags: #gunfail, and #lockdownnation, more people will understand the scope of these problems and work to address them.

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Kagro in the Morning - September 17, 2015

David Waldman counts the days until the Autrumpnal Equinox, while everyone else recovers from the debate from Hell.

Greg Dworkin notices that Jack Tapper injected vaccines into the debate with some unexpected side effects.

Fiorina wins! Trump does not win! Maybe because other debaters are not eighth-grade girls. Debates keep Jeb!on his toes. Jeb! is his own man, but remembers those that helped get him here. You do know they are related, don’t you?

Eventually candidates will talk to all Americans. Polling not going so well for Kim Davis.

Ahmed Mohamed, who probably would not be in trouble if his name was Amelia Bedelia, becomes a teachable moment, and an example to be shared. Ahmed came out on top, and wiser to boot.

Professor on Professor crime wave probably started with #gunfail.

David finishes out the show with a look at charter schools. What does it take to make a school - other than a pile of money and the free market?

When the ability to close charter schools is a sold as a feature, what happens to the students when the feature works?

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Kagro in the Morning - September 16, 2015

David Waldman delivers a dispatch from the front lines between the Muslim invasion, truck hunters, and the three hour assault on intelligence coming tonight.


Greg Dworkin looks at the newest polls and analysis, and tries to determine what correlations are the best predictor of future results, and which are just a snapshot in time:


Carson wins!  Clinton loses! (with a 20 point lead...)


Whether correlation or causation, endorsements seem to be one of the best predictors of success in primaries.


Public Polling Actually Understates Trump's Support Among Republicans.


Much more in the Abbreviated Pundit Round-up!


Texas high school shows zero tolerance for clocks by having child named Ahmed Mohamed arrested for engineering while brown.


Wednesday is Joan McCarter day on Kagro in the Morning and she has a lot to discuss:


New polling shows the massive political peril for a Republican government shutdown.


How the Tea Party Got Hijacked by Trump’s Troll Party.  Nowhere is this demonstrated more clearly than in Florida, where a plurality think that both Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio should drop out. The Club for Growth escalates its war with Trump.


Having lost in Iran, again, McConnell sets up another Iran vote.


John Boehner, bad Speaker of the House or worst Speaker of the House ever?


Republicans will defund Planned Parenthood even if it didn’t do anything illegal.

Is the CNN Republican Debate being created as a wrestling smackdown?  Isn’t professional wrestling the single best metaphor for the success of Donald Trump?

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Kagro in the Morning - September 15, 2015

David Waldman returns from Rosh Hashanah, tan, rested, and ready:

Oklahoma City Bomber, in the middle of his first of 161 life sentences, would like his guns back.

Guts say Trump!! Quants and Greg Dworkin say wait a minute…!!!

Trump is unstoppable! Trump is improbable! Trump is an also-ran? Trump has been always, will be forever.  

Donald Trump is judged to be a threat. Is Ben Carson going to drag race? Hillary Clinton’s lead depends on Biden.

Scott Walker, dead man walkering, even when he promises to wreck havoc on the United States.

It’s Insiders Vs. Outsiders in the next debate.

Vexed by Greg, Armando calls in. The remainder of the show is devoted to wringing out the primary election system. They have a spirited discussion about Iowa, New Hampshire, and what alternatives could be put together that better represent the diversity of the Democratic Party. Also insurgent strategies, savvy operators, soft corruption, and good intentions.

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Kagro in the Morning - September 14, 2015

David Waldman is off for Rosh Hashana today - but Kagro in the Morning is not!  David returns tomorrow, along with Greg Dworkin to discuss the 5777 horse race.

Meanwhile here is a pre-recorded selection of stories you probably will not hear discussed elsewhere:

Step by step Americans are sacrificing their right to walk - to open a door and step outside and go somewhere or nowhere without getting behind the wheel of a car. For many it is a struggle, a fight. A risk.

Kagro in the Morning has often addressed the move from “stakeholder” to  “stockholder” capitalism and the ills it has brought to the American people. Robert Reich warns us of our crisis of public morality.

Liberal arts college Cooper Union’s mission of providing a free high-quality education to a small, dedicated group of students was betrayed, and destroyed. Here is the story of how shameless trustees, egotistical technocrats, and unbridled university administrators managed to bring a great institution to its knees.

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Kagro in the Morning - September 11, 2015

This is the 14th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  Be thoughtful of what you say, don’t be a Trump about it.


David Waldman calculates some of what it would take small-government conservatives to deport 12 million immigrants in 24 months.


NYPD assaults and detains black tennis star.  The officer has a record of excessive force. Should lead exposure be looked into?


Jeb! tax plan is great for Jeb!


David discusses GOP mechanisms for handing the nomination to a non-Trump.


Armando calls in to discuss House Republican’s lawsuit against the Obama administration over a provision of the Affordable Care Act, and the larger issue of how presidential elections matter, because you never know what the courts will consider down the road.


Armando and David analyze and laugh at the Kim Davis vs. Judge David Bunning vs. the Court of God Almighty case.


Whatcha doin’ this weekend?  David suggests reading the following (He will check on your progress next week.):


ISIS Jihadist ends up being Jewish Troll.


Is Assisted Dying a form of religious experience?


How some are being stripped of the right to walk.

When someone beats you, yelling “Go back to your country, Bin Laden!

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Kagro in the Morning - September 10, 2015

David Waldman brightens our Thursday with Kagro in the Morning:


Greg Dworkin asserts that the Trumpublican Trumpernaut will not continue, although boy, he is doing well in the polls...


Discounting the Trumpnatics, who could be the “second choice”?  (Chris Christie is neck and neck with “no opinion”.)


The conservative intelligentsia gave birth to Trumpzilla.


The Trumpanista takeover is still a long shot.


Will the voyage of the Trumptanic teach us anything? No.  Can history teach us anything about primary polls - maybe.


Bernie Thunder!  No, they are not the same.  


There is a lot to think about behind the scenes.  David and Greg discuss the Invisible Primary, how the parties decide, and probably already have decided.


On the Iran deal, Republicans show they can chew gum and walk into the wall at the same time.

Are you an abortion survivor? You may be surprised.

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Kagro in the Morning - September 9, 2015

David Waldman- Ready to talk sports! Call lines are open:

How about that football in Qaqortoq?

Serena Williams may make a great James Bond, is an excellent tennis player.

TV Journalist called out for tripping.

Longtime Listener Greg Dworkin calls in to talk winners, losers:

Obama wins! Cotton and Cheney lose.

Trey Gowdy shapes the race.

Chris Christie’s toast is toastier as United CEO steps down.

Ted Cruz not prepared for elbows at the Kim Davis event.

Yet another rock band hates having their music used at a conservative event.

Same sex marriage not welcomed by some Republicans, especially as a campaign issue.

How is the KY clerk’s contempt different?

Joan McCarter tells us what congress will do with the 10 legislative days they have left:

Republicans still do not have a plan to avoid government shutdown, but have a few plans on their War on Women.

Kim Davis released, returns to work on 9/11 making that date memorable for many.

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Kagro in the Morning - September 8, 2015

David Waldman is back! Actually, he was back yesterday too, in a special podcast with another installment on Dupont, 3M and C8, finishing up The Intercept article on the debacle. If you have been listening to earlier installments, catch this one too!

Greg Dworkin calls in to remind us that after Labor Day is when things get real in the political world, but for right now we have Donald Trump:

Thanks Trump! What exactly does an actual Donald Trump voter look like? Probably more white and frightened than average. We can only guess how Trump voters picture the opposition. But... could Donald Trump be right?

Blumenthal, Peters, Wyden back Iran pact as Iran deal reaches a major symbolic victory.

Greg and David discuss the importance of pulling together 41 votes. Armando calls in for a discussion of the political pressures and processes behind the deal. David follows with an in-depth analysis of the mechanics behind the “painless filibuster”.

Kim Davis’ sanctity of marriage to her cousin (maybe) and contempt in the "Court of God Almighty"!

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Kagro in the Morning - September 7, 2015

An all-new show for Labor Day 2015, complete with appropriate outrage over corporate malfeasance! Huzzah! First, the (possibly temporary) conclusion of our discussion of the in-depth coverage of DuPont's mass slow-poisoning of the entire world, so that we can have non-stick cookware. Then, an introduction to our (possibly temporary) discussion of the in-depth coverage of Smithfield's localized slow-poisoning of rural North Carolina, so that we can have cheap bacon to cook in non-stick pans.

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Kagro in the Morning - September 4, 2015

David Waldman presents Kagro in the Morning, live today - back Live on Tuesday after Labor Day weekend.


Greg Dworkin rounds up the headlines:


Donald Trump - Winning!  Donald Trump is winning again!!  Donald Trump outsmarts the GOP!!! Republicans love Donald Trump!!!!  Some in GOP aren’t sure who you are talking about...


Greg and David discuss the Syrian refugee crisis:  Hungary closes its gates - Iceland opens its arms.  Coverage varies around the world. (Graphic images)


Pictures of Alaska visited by the President show climate change damage.


Republicans want Black Lives Matter to shut up.


Armando calls in to tell us Greg is wrong. (He’s still determining why.)


Armando and David discuss the legal viewpoints behind the Kim Davis case.


Was Trump ambushed by the Quds and Kurds?


Why should Hillary Clinton take the 5th?


The long record of gun control destruction in Virginia.

David returns to Dupont, C8, poison laced cigarettes and riverbeds, to get a taste of what it’s like to have government run like a business.

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Kagro in the Morning - September 3, 2015

David Waldman strolls in, thinking there’s nothing interesting to talk about today, and is proven wrong, over and over again:


Donald Trump understands Republicans all too well, though some wish he’d be more elliptical. Reince Priebus negotiates peace in our time in Trump’s battle with GOP.  Donald Trump has now gotten Mitt Romney’s attention, who knows that only he may be able to stop him.  Jeb! really hopes all this will end up good news for him.  Or, is September Ben Carson's month?


Greg Dworkin gives heartfelt thanks to Tom Cotton and Benjamin Netanyahu for securing Obama’s Victory on the Iran Nuclear Deal.  Greg previews the Senate's next Iran battle.


Donald Grump spoofed by Sesame Street.   David finds the dumbest guy on earth and the article most likely to be mistaken for satire.


Employee violates "no shooting guns in the office" policy.


KY Clerk has been planning on not doing her job for a while. Here is what the courts could do. Kim Davis goes to jail.

David returns to discussing Teflon and C8, the surfactant that all of us have in us forever, so what will we do now?

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Kagro in the Morning - September 2, 2015

Good thing people do dumb things or we wouldn’t have a show - doing smart things helps too.

David Waldman inspects a core sample of the stupidity:

Ohio wants Mt. McKinley back, when they have quite lovely scenery already.  Sophisticated analysis still coming in from the right.

Greg Dworkin attempts to make sense of the nonsensical:

CNN turns it up to 11, but why?

Cruz even more of a headache for McConnell, who refuses to be pushed around.

The Gefilte-gate.  The Biden delusion.

Marco Rubio loves the US even more than Trump!

Donald Trump supporters love that Muslim Obama’s ideas only if you call them Trump’s.

Immigration lawyer points out that GOP immigration ideas are dumb in many ways.

Jeb! thinks Trump is a weak loser.

Chris Christie idea based on Newt Gingrich joke.

Judge makes Kentucky clerk decide to follow in the footsteps of others that oppose the courts, like Muhammed Ali, Jesus.

Joan McCarter stops by to help laugh at dumb people:

Rand Paul defends American-Kentuckian clerk, thinks church law should prevail.

David and Joan expose nefarious organized crime syndicate kingpin James O’Keefe.

The group behind the Planned Parenthood videos tied to extremists.  The Justice Department defends Planned Parenthood from Bobby Jindal.

GOP and corporations screw poor, yep.

Obama makes it to 34 votes on the Iran Deal.

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Kagro in the Morning - September 1, 2015

David Waldman takes two hours and manages to fit in numerous things of great importance and still finds room for a couple things of little importance:


Chris Christie absolutely, positively delivers the stupid.


Democrats win! Because of gas prices?


Scott Walker becomes Ginger to Donald'€™s Fred.


Greg Dworkin'€™s potpourri of politics, polls and Pope news:


Trump fights for McKinley. Trump fights against Reaganomics. Trump Willie Hortons Jeb!. Trump'€™s immigration plan was disastrous in the '€™30'€™s. (Denying citizenship also a big loser idea.) Trump Makes America Grate.


Gefilte Fish.


Iran deal gains momentum, Republicans plan counterattack.


Pope Francis announces the Holy Year of Mercy.


Kentucky county clerk kind of like Muhammad Ali, her lawyers figure.


David continues to apply his expertise to the Dupont C8 debacle. (including checking the math) Refer to yesterday'€™s Kagro in the Morning for the full story and additional links!

David recommends this pro-gun blog article - especially the comment section.

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