Fri, 30 October 2015
Thu, 29 October 2015
Already tired of Republican debates? Well, there are 11 more to go - 4 this February. And, they are certain to not be any more substantive or enlightening than this one. So, what can you do? Listen to David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Armando on today's Kagro in the Morning. Today's show is everything the debates were not: insightful, meaningful, factual, truthful and entertaining. After listening, drop by recurrency.us, because by then you should have a good idea of how much you'd like to donate.
Carson up, but his personality will catch up with him - Trump's has already, although his numbers probably have always been inflated. The debaters don't like the media, but may dislike the facts even more. Rubio and Cruz may end standing by laying low now.
David and Armando discuss the US Constitution's Origination Clause, which factors into court challenges to Obamacare. David dissects an article on the false promise of judicial restraint. This article was written by George Will, so unless you are a trained professional like David, do not attempt this alone.
Wed, 28 October 2015
Greg Dworkin calls in with all sorts of news and analysis you can think about between the spats tonight:
The debate will only remind us of how weak the establishment is. Tonight is only another turn of Jeb!'s downward spiral. Marco Rubio will remind us of how he hates his present job. Is Rubio John Edwards? John Kasich will remind us of how much he hates the conservative base. Donald Trump will beg for first place again.
Bernie Sander's planners for some reason decide to reveal their hand.
The new spending deal is more of a political victory than a fiscal one - but political victories are pretty fun too. Is it the beginning of the end for all or nothing politics? What sort of barn did John Boehner leave Paul Ryan?
Joan McCarter returns from vacation to talk about the budget deal that really isn't the budget, not really an appropriations bill, and doesn't actually keep the government open. Nonetheless, congressional nihilists and Paul Ryan hate it, but are unlikely to kill it. That won't keep them from one last ineffectual gesture.
Tue, 27 October 2015
David Waldman opens with the depressing, disturbing and all too usual news of a toddler being shot- 71st this year. Leaving guns out for kids is not home protection, therefore is not natural law.
Meanwhile, the Jefferson-Jackson dinner begins to clarify the Democratic race. Sanders supporters hope to stay away from Howard Dean comparisons.
The House science committee is worse than the Benghazi committee, and the Planned Parenthood committee has not even started yet.
The bipartisan budget agreement does not include a Liberty Lobby or a Galt Garret, but it does include provisions for a Freedom Foyer.
Mon, 26 October 2015
Just like that pop-up message asking you to sign that petition, David Waldman is back in your face again - but in a more pleasant, helpful and interesting way:
Greg Dworkin rounds up opinions and polling to discuss:
Hillary Clinton is likely to be the next president, but Bernie Sanders is still out there fighting. Republicans still picture a downfall (and probably will every moment of Clinton's terms.) Here is what Gop bumperstickers mean by "lies". Trey Gowdy figures that it is also Hillary Clinton's fault that the Benghazi hearings made Republicans look bad... And the Republicans blame the Freedom Caucus for Paul Ryan?
FBI director believes crime is up because police have stage fright. Maybe they just don't like a surveillance state?
Do people that run into difficulties with their pocket pistols believe that taking most precautions is as good as taking all precautions?
You have been warned that they are coming to take your guns, but now we have discovered who they are.
Fri, 23 October 2015
Greg Dworkin reviews the Benghazi Hearing with Hillary Clinton yesterday as another step in solidifying the nomination, and the election, as well as her image as the wonk-competent candidate. Some in the Gop, on the other hand, may come up with a different opinion.
Iowa, not representative of the political make up of America, or maybe even the Republican Party, is still first in line for nomination ballots, and Ben Carson is well-liked there, but look out for Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio moving up through the pack. Jeb!, however, burns through money, time, and support. Donald Trump is probably at peak Trump, even as a punchline - except in South Africa where "Trump is like the hippopotamus, which rapidly twirls its tail to create a fan through which it defecates, throwing a noxious cloud on all around"
David takes another deep, deep dive into parliamentary law and procedure to discuss Paul Ryan's agreement to delay discussion about reforming the "motion to vacate" procedural motion. Ted Cruz solidifies his Gimmetarian credentials by sending a full repeal of ObamaCare to the president's desk. Marco Rubio, a Gimmy from way back, is having a hard time staying on the straight and narrow, although his staff suggests a little stealing from Starbucks couldn't hurt.
Thu, 22 October 2015
David Waldman returns from yesterday’s talk about fake moderate Paul Ryan’s fake settling of fake problems with his probably real bosses the Freedom Caucus - his analysis looking pretty accurate, btw.
Democratic polling shows the Upstart Underdog with manifestly enthusiastic supporters closing on the Presumptive Nominee with superior organization going into the Iowa caucus.
As for Republicans, Iowa demonstrates little interest in rationality, or consistency, but quite a lot for Ben Carson.
Hillary Clinton will spend the day with Trey Gowdy and friends, the biggest question being when and where did it all go wrong for the Republicans? To answer, you can either look at the giant mountain of facts, or you can look at the the new set of spin they plan to sell themselves.
Armando continues to not wreck his car when calling in about the many complex issues of today. Topics include the history of journalistic failure, polling's dirty secret, the subtleties of the Trans-pacific Partnership, and Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus vs. Paul Davis Ryan.
Wed, 21 October 2015
Wed, 21 October 2015
Greg Dworkin is busy at work, Joan McCarter is busy on vacation, so David Waldman gives us something different - devoting his entire show to one specific issue, Paul Ryan's "conditional" announcement for Gop House Speaker, and the opposition from the House Freedom Caucus. David creates a running commentary and annotation of the Vox.com article entitled, "The House Freedom Caucus has some good ideas on how the US House should operate." What other program would take the time to explain the HFC, their demands for reform and the cyclical nature of those demands so you can understand it? No one.
Tue, 20 October 2015
Benghazi committee Republicans announce that they will be tough, fair, professional, balanced, non-ideological, hard-working, courteous, fact-centric, focused, and courageous when they question Hillary Clinton on Thursday. Trey Gowdy will attempt credibility. Meanwhile, finding a House Gop Speaker eludes them. Paul Ryan may throw them a bone, but doesn't want to take any crap from the Freedom Caucus.
Mon, 19 October 2015
Fri, 16 October 2015
Greg Dworkin and Armando call in and help explore the latest polling and analysis of the Democratic debate. What does "winning the debate" mean? Are the candidates aim to be the nominee or to set the terms of the public discussion? Are the goals long or short term? Do you need to be elected to office to make or change policy, and to be consequential?
Rosalyn MacGregor reports from Michigan: Republican National committeeman, and constant embarrassment to Michigan, plans to go national.
People in Flint, MI are tired of having to boil their drinking water. Who is to blame for the decision to use the Flint River as the city's source of drinking water?
Thu, 15 October 2015
David Waldman is back from one day out with a cold. Now you don't have to ponder two year old shows - get on to pondering today's show:
Greg Dworkin calls in to sift through the presidential debate fallout.
And, so, who won the debate? Was it Bernie Sanders? Was it Hillary Clinton? What do experts think? How about the polls? What does this mean for the election? Why are those five running, anyhow? Neither Sanders or Clinton lost.
Man attempts to put out a garbage fire by driving over it in a van loaded with ammunition. It went well.
Wed, 14 October 2015
Tue, 13 October 2015
Today David Waldman talks constitutional law, executive power, political moderates, calculating nihilists, plane geometry, special and general relativity, the Twin Paradox, Katamari strategy, Eli Manning and Larry Lessig. Your brain will hurt so good:
Greg Dworkin preps us for tonight's debate:
Hillary Clinton is well ahead in the polls, with or without Joe Biden. Other than CNN, who expects him to run? Will Bernie Sanders connect like he does with his crowds? Who will be tuning into the debate, and what do they want to see? But, is the smart money on Jim Webb?
Is German public opinion turning against refugees?
Today's intriguing long-read: Should we thank Obama for the gun crisis?
Right wing thinker asks "Wouldn't you wish for a gun when the Nazis come to your door?" (I would wish for a back door.)
Armando comes on to play Constitutional Hardball: What are the vital questions that should, but won't be asked tonight? Hillary Clinton will be seen as really not that far left. Larry Lessig isn't invited to the debate, but that's probably not a bad thing for him and the voters.
Mon, 12 October 2015
It's the year 2015, and David Waldman sails the political scene:
Greg Dworkin brings polls, polls, polls and polls to sum up:
Hillary Clinton leads the Democratic race for nomination. Especially if Joe Biden isn’t running, and he isn’t. In SC and NV Clinton is way ahead. How could she lose? She hopes to quell those worries this Tuesday.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, DNC vice chairwoman says she was disinvited from the first Democratic presidential debate after calling for more debates. Armando calls in to discuss this, along the risks and benefits of having more debates, for the candidates and the DNC. Bernie Sanders invites Gabbard to sit with him.
Mitch McConnell, frustrated by Democrats, wants changes to the filibuster rule.
This morning at 8AM Eastern Armando visited Hopping Mad with Will McLeod and Arliss Bunny to describe the war the Roberts Court has waged on citizen access to Federal courts. If you did not hear it, tune into Netroots Radio 10AM Eastern, Saturday, or just go to imhoppingmad.com to find out how mad you can get!
Fri, 9 October 2015
David Waldman was hoping for a slow news day and a "Fun, Free-Form Friday", but sadly here’s another school shooting, this time at Northern Arizona University. It may be drug related, and the shooter has been identified. Are these the families Ben Carson promised to visit?
Has the Congressional Gop quit being an "organization"? Some are concerned if they go fast or slow, some if they should stay or go, but no one wants to lead. Paul Ryan has one good reason to not be speaker. Did Kevin McCarthy jump or was he pushed?
Pastor Jim Bakker, who is still around, says satanic temples are hidden in Planned Parenthood clinics and many other crazy things. The Right has a history of graphic, misleading abortion images.
David explores the pretty common business strategy of getting employees to work for free.
Thu, 8 October 2015
David Waldman, chairman of the Kagro in the Morning organization, addresses us directly from the head office in Virginia:
Greg Dworkin helps discuss the latest polling and headlines:
4chan shuts down Eastern Kentucky University with bathroom graffiti.
End a life, get probation for mischief.
Wed, 7 October 2015
Greg Dworkin issues a correction: Cuba is, in fact, part of Latin America, otherwise Greg is 110% accurate today:
Donald Trump is ahead among R’s in the states of FL, OH and Pa, while Hillary Clinton holds her leads but loses ground among D’s (Read as a “disaster” for her by the MSM) Joe Biden and Ben Carson are considered the best general election candidates in these key swing states. (BTW, Jeb! is in 4th in Florida.) Is Marco the Trump Slayer?
Joe Biden: No money, weak polls, but still Clinton’s toughest rival with moderate voters and party elites. Joe, we love you, but....
Gallup gallops away from the horse race.
Bill Clinton explains it all in 2 minutes.
Obamacare’s medicaid expansion is helping the uninsured — where it’s allowed to.
The profile for many mass shooters is becoming very familiar.
Gop House ready to Benghazi Planned Parenthood.
David and Joan discuss the need for all of you out there to report on shenanigans similar to the voter suppression methods popping up in North Carolina and Maryland. What's happening in your counties? Email firstname.lastname@example.org !
Martin Shkreli vowed to lower the price of the drug that he raised 5000%, but he didn't say when, did he?
Florida man sacrifices goat, calls for armed rebellion, runs for office.
Woman attempts to help out Home Depot by killing their shoplifters, but seems to have missed.
Tue, 6 October 2015
David Waldman tackles the big questions challenging us today. But first, why is Mike Huckabee calling for a boycott on Rainbow Doritos, but not the threat of Lucky Charms causing people to become Leprechauns?
Should we freak out about Marco Rubio yet? Well, superficially Rubio has some strong points and all, but the electorate never makes superficial decisions...
After Kevin McCarthy's Kinsley Gaffe, Hillary Clinton makes the first Benghazi ad hers. The Dems turn up the heat, with five Democratic members of the House select committee authoring a letter to Trey Gowdy, releasing portions of a secret transcript. How long before McCarthy is rumored to be a Democratic plant?
The Trans-Pacific Partnership moves forward, influencing the price of cheese to the cost of cancer treatments, to rice in Japan.
Mon, 5 October 2015
Do you find that 10 hours of Kagro in the Morning is not enough David Waldman for the week? Then you should catch David's interview and discussion of political and policy developments of the past week with Jay Ackroyd and Culture of Truth on this Sunday's broadcast of Virtually Speaking!
Greg Dworkin calls in with a list of topics and opinions that he hopes are wide ranging enough to get everyone annoyed with him.
Pragmatists for Clinton! Maybe Hillary is likable, after all. You can't pay people to like Carly Fiorina, so she doesn't bother. Greg looks at the polls heading into IA and NH: Biden not much of an issue. Bush and Rubio close as Trump drops.
Kevin McCarthy doesn't speak well at all, so he may not get the Speaker position.
MARS attacks! David and Greg talk about the range of populists and the spectrum of populism in politics, which all share in common a tendency of losing in elections - so far.
Guns, Campuses and Madness as it is reported mom of Mom of Oregon shooter bragged about weapons she stockpiled. Now 4chan is threatening violence, putting colleges on alert. Sheriffs demand even more military weapons. And, an 11 year old shoots and kills an 8 year old because she would not show him her puppy.
House Republicans, already fighting over the candidates for speaker, majority leader and whip, find themselves fighting over when to even hold the elections.
Fri, 2 October 2015
There was a mass shooting and an attempted rescue by a decorated war veteran yesterday, but as it is anymore, that massacre was pushed out of the headlines by even bigger massacre at Umpqua Community College.
Here are 5 Things to Know Now.
How do you deal with a political party that is completely insane?
Even the sheriff responding to the killings was an anti-gun control Oath Keeper.
Armando calls in with a plea to reconsider manufacturer liability law to help regulate killing machines. Where would automobiles be without regulation? Presently the law seems to sway far in the other direction.
Rosalyn MacGregor reports from Michigan: Update - Cindy Gamrat, Todd Courser inspire re-election prevention bill. Sterilization denial for woman with brain tumor highlights religious liberty conflict.
Monday morning - Tune into Hopping Mad with Will McLeod and Arliss Bunny at 8AM, just before Kagro in the Morning on Netroots Radio. The topic: A deep analysis of the US trade deficit - is it a net gain or net loss?
Right Now - check out this interview with David Waldman on TheLip.tv! David talks about Gun Fails & School Shootings vs. the Mighty Gun Lobby!
Thu, 1 October 2015
David Waldman presents Kagro in the Morning - now with an previously unheard 15 minutes (which were dropped out by internet glitches)!
The media has Biden Fever, and the only prescription is more speculation.
The financial industry, previously self-FUBARed, has learned nothing.
At least the vaccine opponents fell short in California.
After discussing all of the above, Greg Dworkin wonders if Obama may just be playing it right in Syria.
David tries to figure out what the Republicans will do now that Boehner is untethered. Will they follow the money, their ideology, or what’s right or wrong? (probably money)
Ex-congressman Paul Broun sad that he didn’t get in on that sweet Speaker ousting action, setting up to fire whoever comes along.