Tue, 31 May 2016
On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin joins us in returning from the Memorial Day break to round up the Republican news, which is of course all about falling in behind Hairspray von Clownstick, and Democratic news, which is still about the last days of our lingering contest.
On the Trump front: he’s at war with the judge in the Trump “University” case; he’s at war with investors in his “businesses;” and he’s even at war with the concept of a president who’s an American first, and mindful that he’s leading a democracy.
Oh, and Libertarians are still a thing.
Speaking of the destruction of everything else, there was a mass shooting spree—featuring a troubled veteran running amok with an assault rifle and making anti-gay and anti-Semitic comments, and even a good guy with a gun who tried to stop it but got shot anyway—all in the middle of Houston, TX. And we barely noticed.
And finally, some historical context for how Democratic nominating contests really end under the superdelegate system.
Mon, 30 May 2016
Well, we haven’t got a show to re-run from this day last year, because we were running a re-run. The primary season online political news cycle being what it is, though, a year ago might as well be ancient history. So we’ll jump back six months in time instead, to November 30, 2015:
A nice holiday weekend, for most people each day better than the last, is again marred by another mass shooting. David Waldman addresses the facts, opinions and complete BS about this case and other stories capping this month.
Greg Dworkin brings us the polls, which ready or not, are coming from online polling. What is the accuracy and usefulness of online polls?
Carson is falling, and maybe Trump is too, going into Iowa and New Hampshire. Voters are split (on party lines, natch) on the seriousness of climate change, but overall people are beginning to lead greener lives, and two-thirds of Americans want the U.S. to join the Climate Change Pact.
The media recently started catching on to Donald Trump, and may have a plan for how to deal with his constant lying. Trump, however has the fringe in his pocket, the loser class see him as a savior, and the rest of the pack just holds on, hoping for the best. Anyhow, his rallies are fun.
7 month old is this year’s new record holder for youngest gun fail victim.
Mississippi Waffle House waitress slain after asking a patron not to smoke.
A Muslim is questioned about his birthplace, religion, and opinions on ISIS, then shot.
A gun threat closes the University of Chicago.
Fri, 27 May 2016
David Waldman invites you to sip from the KITM Friday firehose of information today—remember it’s Memorial Day next Monday, so grill, shop and memorialize, and see us Tuesday for another live show! David will be out Monday being patriotic with the Boy Scouts. Muslim Scouts continue in the face of American fears. A Republican member of congress read from the Bible on homosexuality during a water and energy spending bill vote, embarrassing even other Republicans. Failure of the House energy & water measure puts Paul Ryan’s strategy in focus. Here’s what’s on the docket for 2017.
Greg Dworkin says it ain’t so bad, folks: Clinton is steady in the polls, Von Clownstick is maybe leveling off. The economy says Hillary will win. Is it time to change the way we think about political polling?
David looks into what some think would make everything fair and square and all participants satisfied regarding delegate and super delegate allocation. Some in Utah disagree.
If you want to see an 8 inch floppy, you might have the join the Army.
Thu, 26 May 2016
David Waldman says he’s open to debating Pepe the Frog, and goes about goading him in the only way possible, by voicing reasonable, rational thought.
Greg Dworkin helps make sense of it all. Other than to destroy Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party, democracy, civilization, and make a lot of money, what would be the reasoning behind a Trump vs. Sanders debate? Did the Sanders campaign stave off a bigger threat to the Democratic Party? How does Reince Priebus look at himself in the mirror each morning? There are people happy to burn down the world for you, if it would make you happy, or sad or angry or scared.
Trump ousts the Clownstick Political Director, what does that mean for Clownstick ‘16? Donald Trump signed off deal designed to deprive US of tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue.
How did a conservative law firm convince a school system to gamble on an anti-transgender policy?
A police chief, a cop, and a shooting instructor went drinking, and then decided to shoot things. Not a problem, because after all, they had three gun experts right there.
Wed, 25 May 2016
David Waldman and the entire KITM staff here thank you for your ongoing monthly support of KITM. If you haven’t yet sent in your payment, we thank you in advance! Bills do come in every month, and David does have that little purchase he’s been eyeing.
Greg Dworkin rounds up punditry and polls. Greg believes the best polling question at this time is “Who do you think is going to win?” Gerald R. Ford lives on, at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
Trump is fueling a surge of voters — for Clinton. Hillary Clinton thinks she knows what will take down Trump, but will voters care as little as Trump does? Trump will take out even Republican Governors if they don’t love Clownstick enough. Potential VP choice Bob Corker has the Fed’s attention.
Bernie Sanders wants Kentucky to pay for a recanvass, but he’d have to pay for a recount.
Turmoil and confusion with the Portland Police, because arresting the Chief is extra hard.
If you catch Donald Trump in a lie, you better plan to hold on tight, because he doesn’t tire easily.
Tue, 24 May 2016
David Waldman presents a very different KITM today! It’s “My Dinner With Andre” with somewhat less Wallace Shawn, but much more about the state and process of politics today. Armando sits across the virtual candlelit table as the two discuss the primaries to this point, and what got Trump, Clinton and Sanders in front of us. Bernie Sanders has fought all this way for something. Is a say in the Democratic platform worth it? In case you don’t remember the 2012 Democratic National Platform, here it is.
How is everything rigged? Is everything rigged? What is “rigged”? How is race in issue? How is the media an issue? What is fair representation? What would the dream candidate be? What would the dream platform be? The dream voting structure? The dream democracy?
And by the way, is anybody perfect enough to serve on the purity committee? Do we allow passes for progressive heroes who cast the occasional odd vote? Might those situations be useful markers for examination of other votes by other people that we’re pretty sure just really sucked?
Then, some Clownstick for dessert:
Who holds leverage over Trump? You will never know if you can’t follow the money. Trump loves the Wall Street people, but they know he isn’t one of them. Clownstick understands climate change, when it helps him in court. He understands gun-free zones when they are on his property.
Mon, 23 May 2016
David Waldman tries to pull our gaze away from the Trump train wreck and on to more reasonable concerns, but you know us.
Wait, Donald Trump is winning? Greg Dworkin explains how the Republicans are getting in line, but Democrats know that coalescing is boring, which is one explanation for the “lead narrowing” stories. Trump is rising, but so was McCain. Could the bruising of the primary fight hurt Clinton in the general? The Democrats are considering new rules to avoid “convention chaos”. Does Trump really believe the crazy stuff he says? Reddit's biggest Trump community fractures over right-wing extremism. Is the friction in both parties a sign of the future of the political parties relationship with voters? It won’t be the first break up in the Gop. Greg explains how voters and policies are converging, and why.
Not everyone is going insane. Some catch on to the danger of accepting Donald Trump. Suburban swing-state white women don’t trust Trump. The NRA shoots itself in the foot, as the backlash is felt from its Trump endorsement. Overseas, immigration backlash is at the heart of the British push to leave the E.U. In Austria’s election, the far-right candidate and his rival are tied at 50%.
Fri, 20 May 2016
David Waldman, begins his Nevada recovery phase, and invites you to join him. The Senate Democrats plan to deal with Sanders and his folks. The DNC will offer Sanders a convention concession. Remember how you felt 8 years ago? Time to step back and take a breath.
Greg Dworkin brings a lot of interesting polls, along with a bunch of responsible speculation: Trump and Clinton voters just don’t get why the other one is so crazy. It will all go to the one that gets the votes—Angry votes go to Trump, Frustrated votes go to Clinton. Trump is not Hitler, but kinda is. Former Sec. of Defense Bob Gates wouldn’t trust Donald Trump with nukes. Those that remember Ted Cruz might guess that he won’t endorse Trump. Trump won’t even let his own people vet him. Weird: Trump makes money by running for president.
Republicans show their true values by fighting Zika funding. Meanwhile, the number of pregnant women with the Zika virus in the U.S. triples.
Thu, 19 May 2016
David Waldman hopes to make all of this Nevada Convention controversy into a learning experience for both him and KITM listeners. Today KITM takes its usual ultra-detailed look into the allegations and counter-allegations being thrown around like chairs recently.
Greg Dworkin calls in to find answers to how each side sees the role of delegates, super delegates, and themselves in the selection process. What is fair and what is rigged? Is wherever there are rules there is rigging? Does where you stand depend on where you sit? How do the Bernie Fans that threatened the Nevada Dem State Chair see themselves, and the conflict? Are Bernie Bros Bernie Sanders biggest threat? How does the present direction of the Bernie Sanders vs. Hillary Clinton race fall into the history of women in politics?
How does procedure determine outcome? And, how will all of this effect the outcome of the nominations and the election?
Wed, 18 May 2016
David Waldman presents KITM with as little evil corporative cahootage as possible today. Most of the show will be devoted to an airing and study of just about every detail and point of view of that hullabaloo at the Nevada State Party Convention you all have been talking about.
Here is a report from the Clark County convention back in April. Here is the NV State Convention, moment by moment through a delegate’s eyes. Here are more witness accounts, and a collection of the fallout since.
Greg Dworkin is also free from cahoots, though not from opinions: Whose fault is the Nevada brouhaha? Some think it’s this guy, or maybe this guy. Is Sanders getting framed? Or is it Sanders supporters sour grapes? Bernie is not reigning in his supporters. Will Sanders staying in the race hurt Clinton? There are still more primaries—and an election— to think about.
Joan McCarter eases the tension by changing the subject to those dopes in DC: It’s almost 100 days since we have had a Supreme Court vacancy. The deadlocked Supreme Court punts on the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. A “diminished” Supreme Court is still a broken one. Elizabeth Warren simply does not understand the Republicans.
To close with good news: Thanks Obama!
Tue, 17 May 2016
David Waldman brings us all of the fun & infuriating Clownstick news, plus other things!
Donald Trump is hurt that some focus on his history of abusing relationships and interactions with women and those with less power than him, when it can be shown that he might have purposely been nice to some people also.
Greg Dworkin brings non-Clownstick analysis. But, first: Donald Trump’s success with Evangelicals is not surprising. Evangelicals have a consistent history. If people turn to Trump for hypocrisy, who does he turn to? Did the media keep the juiciest revelations for the time they’d bring the biggest ratings? Hillary Clinton is ahead, and widening her lead, but it gets more clicks to say the race is close.
Today are the Kentucky and Oregon primaries, good luck to the candidates!
Life of the party Ralph Nader returns with opinions on Bernie, Hillary.
The rift between Labor and Environmentalists threatens the Democratic turnout plan. Even people who worry the most about the environment take little action if they personally see little action being taken. Like West Virginia, coal will be a factor in today’s primary.
Mon, 16 May 2016
On Today’s KITM, David Waldman sifts through the evidence at the scene of the Nevada Democratic Convention, while Greg Dworkin gathers the news and numbers heading toward Kentucky and Oregon.
Koch Industries has its own little civil war over Trump.
After mining out voter repression, the Gop tries voter registration.
Hillary Clinton maintains her lead in Oregon, in most measurable ways.
Is it Bernie vs Elizabeth vs. Hillary in Kentucky?
So, if Donald Trump is as poor as the usual grifter, maybe the old trick of calling himself a billionaire is just part of a grift? Of course, this isn’t the only scam Trump has pulled which isn’t just offensive, but potentially dangerous.
Armando and David examine all the points of view coming out of the Convention, and determine that even the most lucid, intelligent, well-thought-out objections have to bow to the established authority.
Fri, 13 May 2016
David Waldman invites us to peer in on Stately Trump Manor, home of buffoonish bully Baron Kardashian Von Clownstick, known to the world as the bilious billionaire “Donald Trump” and his murderously racist butler Anthony!
Put your gun in your safe, hold onto your keyboards and stay tuned... for KITM!
In this episode:
Clownstick is seen fleeing holding 36M in moneybags.
David’s old chum, Armando drops in to talk about antitrust legislation in the age of Amazon. Go to Amazon to pick up a copy of Chain of Title and find out how three ordinary Americans uncovered Wall Street's great foreclosure fraud. David brings up crappy legislation "Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act of 2010” NOT sponsored by David Obey as mentioned in the show, but by a Republican, Robert Aderholt of Alabama. There really are some horrible votes out there by people who are otherwise progressive heroes!
A study shows that many low-income shoppers miss out on the savings that come with making purchases in bulk, as it takes money to save money.
The University of Texas continues to struggle with allowing gun rights with minimizing guns being shot into people.
Sometimes it takes a good guy with a gun to put holes into other good guys.
Thu, 12 May 2016
David Waldman reports on the first dispatch released for the Trump/Zimmerman ‘16 campaign—George’s commemorative gun can be yours. Although, Donald’s VP could be his new BFF, Paul Ryan. Or maybe if Trump got to know Tom Cotton, he’d see what he’s missing.
Another accidental discharge of a swimming pool occurs in an apartment complex, passing through a floor.
Greg Dworkin has a day job, and will be attending to that tomorrow, but shall return on Monday! How is the Republican party screwing their voters? Let Greg count the ways. Then why do their supporters still stick with them? The primary numbers have always supported a Trump nomination, the election numbers are not supporting a Trump election.
Hillary Clinton wins the Nebraska Primary, but does not get any delegates, which were awarded in the earlier caucuses. How does that even work? David is looking into it, and will get back to you.
Bernie Sanders accuses the DNC of favoring Clinton. The DNC says Bernie Sanders doesn’t get the rules. David considers the cycle of establishing establishments, and how each new participant in an institution has the opportunity to reform it (on their way to becoming an elite).
Wed, 11 May 2016
Ok, well, you know David Waldman’s Kagro in the Morning is the most interesting and informative show out there. So, why are you keeping it a secret? Go out and tell your friends. Tell one friend today, to go listen to today’s show.
Greg Dworkin reports that after the West, By God, Virginia primaries, the race is still about race. How did Trump happen? Racial resentment sure helped. Heidi Cruz says Cruz ’16 was like fighting slavery, but took less time. Greg makes sense of the polling that says nearly half of W.Va. Sanders backers would vote Trump.
House Republicans acknowledge that they’ll miss the new budget deadline, really didn’t know their job was going to be this hard, and will take a vacation now. Maybe they will come back and write an easier one.
Joan McCarter missed the previous KITM Joan McCarter Wednesday, so she has a lot of information to share:
The Senate comes back to work, but they have little to show for it. Ted Cruz makes his triumphant return to the Senate, Tom Cotton may not get to play anymore. Koch & Rove money isn’t going to Trump, but senators aren’t about to leave it on the table. Chuck Grassley quit having a problem with Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell hopes to ignore him and hopes Trump will go away. The Koch brothers blow 2 million dollars on false ads against Russ Feingold.
Unfortunately for almost everyone, thousands of pictures of naked defendants on a judge’s computer are not going away.
Tue, 10 May 2016
David Waldman has to stop the car and straighten us all out again on superdelegates. But, there is plenty of other fun stuff too:
Greg Dworkin recommends Quinnipiac polling to gain insight on Republican thought, but not for polling Americans. Now, if you want to know how Donald Trump compares to Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, Hemorrhoids, or Nickleback, you should check out PPP. Bernie Sanders should do well in West Virginia today, but should not expect his Mo to be The Big Mo.
Elizabeth Warren gets under Trump’s very thin skin, as more women all over figure him out, as well as more and more Republicans. So, what else should we expect from Trump vs. Clinton? Trump’s spin is moderating, but he isn’t.
North Carolina Republicans see a downside in being known as the bathroom police.
Short-armed friends Donald Trump and Chris Christie figure out how to scratch each other’s backs.
Barack Obama finishes up his Presidential tourism miles with a trip to Hiroshima, Japan.
Will Donald Trump grant Paul Ryan’s secret wish and give him a vacation from Cleveland?
David spends time on the details in the Maine Democratic Party Convention rules amendment on superdelegates to discover unintended consequences inherent in grassroots populist reform.
An Arkansas judge resigned after someone found a ton of not-so “community” service assignments on his computer.
Budweiser probably won’t make America great.
Mon, 9 May 2016
David Waldman incrementally recorded each minute of today’s show, in sequential order, for your listening enjoyment:
Greg Dworkin bought tickets and popcorn for that new Civil War everyone’s talking about.
Norm Ornstein predicted the rise of Donald Trump in the aptly titled “It's Even Worse Than It Looks“. What does it mean when Trump is called dangerous? What does it mean when Trump is called an ignoramus? Donald Trump is a liar, but that’s not news, and he’ll have a similarly difficult time branding Hillary Clinton. Let’s all stop trying to make Trump happen. The Electoral College has almost stopped Trump already.
Maybe Mitt Romney will pick Bill Kristol for his VP pick.
Greg Dworkin visits KITM for about 30 minutes each day. If you agree that is just too few minutes of Greg, you should catch his guest visits this week on Irreverent Testimony and Hopping Mad with Will McLeod and Arliss Bunny!
Fri, 6 May 2016
Thu, 5 May 2016
Greg Dworkin helps us to better face our fate, with a round up of data and acumen. Donald Trump starts out in last place in a two candidate race. He supplies the Democrats with a lot reasons to vote Clinton, and many Republicans too, or maybe they’ll just hide November 2nd. Or is it… A trap?
Get it straight: The man billed as the first atheist bound for Congress isn’t actually an atheist at all. The Liberty Counsel admits that the “Bathroom Predator” Myth Is a Lie, and Christian men are not “testing” Target’s trans-inclusive policy by going into the women’s room.
Wed, 4 May 2016
Greg Dworkin has the news and numbers out of the Indiana primaries: Cruz supporters head into Cleveland with the rest of the vanquished. Ted helped create the monster that devoured him. Ted Cruz could destroy the conservative movement with his next choice. Republican donors won’t give a dime to Trump.
If you prefer graphs and charts to aid in your political considerations, check out this trove of illuminating material from RAND. Do you prefer graphs and charts to aid in the contemplation of your own death? OK.
The first rule of the Cleveland RNC Convention? A) There are no rules. B) They would never change the rules. C) They will use Robert’s Rules. D) All of the above. The RNC hopes to provide the drama their audience craves. Trump might skip the next couple conventions. David spots RNC member Enid Greene , AKA Enid Mickelsen, AKA Enid Waldholtz.
NYC elections official suspended over primary voting issues.
Neither goodness nor gun ownership makes one bulletproof.
Oh, something about John Kasich.
All this is pretty piddly when you consider a Canadian city is on fire.
Tue, 3 May 2016
Nuance! David Waldman savors the subtle differences that separate Icelandic yogurt, from Greek yogurt, from wallpaper paste. Today, he brings that same keen discernment to the nuanced dynamics of our political world:
Greg Dworkin brings us the primary news and views and today the primary is in Indiana. Ted Cruz hoped to be the spanker, but so far he’s looking like the spankee… and a fish-monster. There are three possible outcomes from the IN primary, but really, it’ll be Trump vs. Clinton. That doesn’t mean Trump isn’t a disaster for the Republican party, and that he’ll doom social conservatives by eliminating the framing and dog whistles they need to survive. So, the question for Republicans is how to keep from being connected to their new hugest success story. The Gop’s troubles are just beginning. Fear on the economy isn’t working for them, voter suppression won’t do enough for them, and Paul Ryan can’t find a phone booth to change in.
Arliss Bunny, co-host of Hopping Mad with Will McLeod and Arliss Bunny, calls in from within IN. She and David discuss the nature of slow time, fast time, and how hatred of the Indiana State Weasel, Mike Pence, will motivate voters to the polls.
Like most of us, Bernie Sanders supporters wish the rules favor them before they meet the ruling.
At Chobani, now it’s not just the yogurt that’s rich! Rewarding some stakeholders by making them shareholders.
In an expected synergy of hatred, fear, and arms ownership, a reported active shooter at Target was a man protesting bathroom policy. What does a good guy with a gun do when a bad guy steals his gun?
Mon, 2 May 2016
Ted Cruz manages to be even less-liked when he isn’t serial killing.Cruz probably can’t squeezeout a sufficient second in Indiana. IN Governor Mike Penceendorses Cruz, half-heartedly. Ted’s time is almost up. Sometimes it is more important on whom you reject, rather than whom you support. Republicansfight for the soul of, but first need to find the soul of, the Gop.
On the Democratic side, Trump deals Clinton a winning card. Hillary Clinton starts shifting staff to concentrate on the General Election.Clinton is nowraising more than Sanders. The 2016 election might not break spending records.
Last week David and Joan McCarter predicted that James O’Keefewould take the bait on transgender restroom use andhe did!
David devotes a chunk of the show to the #GunFAIL phenomena of 99% law-abiding,rule-following, mistake-free, always-lucky guncarriers, when they face that accountabilitymoment prospect ofadmitting that missing lastpercent.