Wed, 30 November 2016
David Waldman realizes the job may be a little bigger than he thought, relying on our trust and support in times like these. Donald Trump on the other hand, who trusts him? He has people pretending to oppose him, and people pretending to support him. He pretends to not know the difference between entering a blind trust, and occasionally averting his eyes, between "ISIS says this" and "ISIS did this, between handing out tax breaks and well... he does know about that.
Jason Chaffetz has no interest in investigating Trump. John McCain has no interest in talking about Trump. Bahrain is very interested in Trump. Trump’s conflicts of interest are everywhere. Will he ever care about the one in Washington DC? For a hint, look to Maine.
Greg Dworkin rounds up the news and punditry. Policy, not just politics is screwing us all. Greg reminds us that the AMA is not in it for the patient, they are a lobbying group. 77 Percent Of Doctors say the AMA does not represent their views. The AMA has always opposed “socialized medicine”, the GOP opposes Medicare And Medicaid. And so, the GOP and AMA strongly support the nomination of Tom Price to be HHS secretary. What does Price support and oppose? Chuck Schumer says Price is not right for America.
Republicans probably will have to put something in the hole they make eliminating Obamacare.
Is Steven Mnuchin the type Donald Trump fans love to hate? Does Trump have a fragile hold on America? Or was 1000 jobs good enough for everyone? Are happy endings just interludes between inevitable tragedies?
Tue, 29 November 2016
Remember how they’d throw a Flag Desecration amendment on the ballot every two years? Federal, state, local—it pulled the ticket-voting R’s to the polls forever. (Mitch McConnell didn’t like the amendment, probably liked the votes.) Donald Trump can roll an oldie into his playlist, but should we talk about it, or not? Or not-not, or not not-not? David Waldman refuses to give this folderol more than 50 minutes attention today.
Trump does have a knack for rallying his followers.
Meanwhile, Greg Dworkin sounds the klaxons for the end of democracy.
Forget the conspiracy stuff, forget the Russians, disqualified ballots accounted for many more votes than Trump’s win. How to listen and respond to calls for an audit and recount.
There is a whole bunch of crazy going on in Trump Deputy-NSA designee Kathleen McFarland’s family.
Mon, 28 November 2016
David Waldman tries to revive the tired old concept of “reality” today. Good luck with that business model!
Greg Dworkin is back to join the search for factual substance, but first has to confront unfounded claims, conspiracy theories, baseless assertions, and false allegations. People understand what’s going on, but will we all eventually fall into the nightmares Trump produces? David and Greg discuss how to fight the nonlinear war on a shared truth, including the distinction between evidence-based and accusation-driven reporting. To win again, do we need to remember how to keep hope alive?
The Trump administration isn’t the only one pushing lies. Close friends and associates help carry the load too. No conflict of interest exists for those in on the big scam. Many Trump hires have their own pet scams, several bring their delusions and scandals with them, too. These are the kind of people that think Bridgegate was “kind of badass”. They probably think this guy is too.
Fri, 25 November 2016
Noise levels were through the roof at KITM World HQ, so I had to cobble together some story reads for you in stolen moments of quiet. I couldn’t just leave you all alone out there during the Trump transition!
Back on Monday, with our regular schedule and lineup!
Wed, 23 November 2016
There’s lots to be thankful for. Our choice won! (the popular vote) By a lot! Their choice has not destroyed the world. (not before being sworn in) And he still might not! Not without help at least. Ben Carson claims to be unqualified, but as far as Trump is concerned he’s the only one for the job. What? Steve Bannon paid with charity money while running Breitbart? That sounds corrupt AF.
Armando and David discuss Schrödinger’s Dictatorship. What if Trump wasn’t elected? No, seriously, maybe he wasn’t elected. Maybe he was, maybe he wasn’t. Clinton should request recounts just in case. Let’s look at the ballots.
Tue, 22 November 2016
With a world full of suckers in his grasp, Trump sees an opening to raise the stakes. Let’s talk about Trump Tower in Argentina. Time to take over the UK! Time to take over NYC! When in Washington DC, graft and avarice stay at the Trump International Hotel, downtown. Trump loots millions of dollars traveling to the places he loots millions of dollars from.
Armando wonders if we should attempt to reason with those who never had an intention of being reasonable, coming to the conclusion of NO. Donald Trump’s business dealings test a constitutional limit. The Emoluments Clause has a history of being tested, and a lot of thought put into it.
Mon, 21 November 2016
David Waldman prepares you for the very last Thanksgiving you have to eat with those people. Their turkey was dry anyhow. You can try to avoid conflict. You can talk about the arts instead. Or that big out-of-town show presently in rehearsal, soon to hit the road for appearances at a town near you.
Greg Dworkin was called away to folks in need, so he couldn’t visit KITM today, but you should check out this interview Greg made with the author of American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division (Pivotal Moments in American History), Michael A. Cohen.
Are we in this mess because of “economic distress” or that “racist, misogynist” etc.? Either way, let’s say Obamacare is repealed. Let’s say Medicare is abolished. There is more than peanuts this time at stake. There may be “conflicts of interest” to discuss. Conflicts nationally and worldwide. Plenty of cash to be made though! The opportunities are endless! Too bad there is no way to check this. Too bad there is so little time to fix it. At least we got $25M out of him. Maybe a bit less...
Fri, 18 November 2016
David Waldman sticks to paleo-facts in the post-factual world:
Milo Yiannopoulos doubledefines doublespeak. Bridgegate gets a flip, twist, and is re-projected. White nationalists get normalized in the US, just like they have been in Europe. Our Incoming national security adviser owns his own brand of facts. With all the lies in the chaos how can people find the big lies? A future president feeds a big lie to the media, and they gobble it up. They do figure it out, long after it is too late. The rot continues when we let our friends carry lies.
In the fog of lies, things are still getting done. Bad things. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, III is in charge of handling cases of discrimination and inequity. This Islamophobic, anti-Semite gets national security. And another nightmare is hired! Meanwhile Ivanka got to preview her latest jewelry line to the Japanese Prime Minister.
Thu, 17 November 2016
Senator Ben Sasse wants to know who’s paying rioters and if it is covered under right to work laws. Tweet him some wisdom. Some people are A-holes for free. Or for a discount at Starbucks. Or as a form of satire or something. Some have have practiced it into an art, some have just begun. Steve Bannon is the #1 royal A-hole, but he doesn’t want to play one on TV.
A professional Facebook fake-news writer thinks he might have overshot the mark.
Wed, 16 November 2016
David Waldman relates the latest kicks in the teeth: A lot of nonvoters are mad at the election results! Trump lied, people died, now this guy is commerce secretary? Here’s how bad it is. Steve Bannon wants you to get used to his level of corruption quickly. The press will figure it out in 10 years or so. Italians somehow feel schadenfreude.
Firings! Discord! Disarray! Stasis! And, some panic. Who do you believe, the lyin’ media or Twitter? Well in that case, good bye media. This administration is not the smart place for smart people to be. Our side plans to become more aggressive, probably. They are thinking about it. Chuck Schumer may not be thinking about it. Will The Constitution save us all? Time for 25th Amendment remedies.
It sucks when the best news Joan McCarter has is that maybe Lindsey Graham and John McCain are our best chance for justice. Mitch McConnell might nuke the filibuster. Lindsey Graham, again, might hero up. Paul Ryan returns, ready to erase Medicare. You can bet women's health care is not going to survive.
Remember when we were horrified by something like a teacher being accidentally shot in front of her class?
Tue, 15 November 2016
Wow, doesn’t it feel like a lot longer than a week? It has been only a week. David Waldman confirms this, and you can trust him to stick to the facts.
Greg Dworkin also supports reality, and tries to find it in the new administration. What if Obamacare isn’t being repealed, although they say it is? What if marriage and reproductive rights are curtailed, even when they say they aren’t? What truth? What facts? What reality?
Did you know that Facebook publishes fake stuff? They can’t hide from that anymore. Google and Facebook are beginning to address the problem. Google is cutting off the money incentive, but Facebook is scared of a right wing backlash. People are rightfully frightened of a right wing backlash, or whatever you call the lashing they give...after they win an election. Who would guess frustrated boys with low self-esteem could become offensive and violent?
Armando brings us our word of the day: Emolument. Especially interesting is its use in Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution. Hey look, the Heritage Foundation used to be interested in it as well.
Mon, 14 November 2016
2. Donate, get involved do even more. That includes KITM!!! Think of showing Peter Thiel what’s what and moving your money to the patriotic Patreon. That includes all those things you normally do, but maybe some others, like the Southern Poverty Law Center.
3. Hold on—to your beliefs, standards, integrity, friends.
David Waldman pulls all of this together and explains it to us for two hours, as well as he always does. (Really well!)
Greg Dworkin analyzes the new data and punditry, with his keen eye for such things.
Armando keeps us all honest, in these interesting times.
Losing with more votes sucks. He doesn’t know what he is supposed to do. They don’t know what they are doing. But at least they are white. Which might be OK for some, not OK with others, about half at the moment, until enough wool is pulled over enough eyes. The corruption will be endless, but scandal-free once scandals become outlawed.
Fri, 11 November 2016
Let’s see. Where did it go wrong? How about FaceBook? Rumors and fake news blew away newspaper endorsements, for sure. Mark Zuckerberg thinks that FaceBook users would be crazy to get their opinions from Facebook. Yes siree Bob! Is the Facebook Bubble rural?
After the weekend, hold your kids tight before you send them to school. Kids have to reach way back to their grandparent's slurs, now that America is Great Again. Maybe DT will tweet something. Meanwhile HUAC returns for their parents.
Thu, 10 November 2016
Disarray! Yes, we all lead a busy life, with all of the requisite muting, blocking, unfollowing, unfriending, and banning to do, but why not take a couple hours off and listen to our Captain David Waldman navigate KITM through this sh*tstorm? We are all kind of in the same boat, although some of us may not think so.
As usual, Greg Dworkin helps to rationally make sense of it all, although, wow, there is not much consensus on what’s going on. The two Americas are accelerating away from each other. Will this shut up the elite? Or do the technocrats go to the guillotine first? Were white radicals frustrated that they weren’t scoring with girls moved to take over the US?
Wed, 9 November 2016
If you think David Waldman and Greg Dworkin have a tough job bringing you KITM today, you should try listening to them. It’s excruciating. But, it is possibly necessary, and probably deserved. So, let’s all hold hands, join together and confront this head on.
Greg’s got some polls, and thoughts on how we lost, and what we lost. Data died last night. Follow Brad Heath’s thread for revealing maps and charts. Trump won a two-to-one victory in counties where the unemployment rate has improved the most since 2010. Trump's support in counties with the highest non-white population dropped to 30%, a modern low. The Rust Belt went a lot deeper red this year. Don’t blame blacks and Latinos.
We are getting a better idea of the motivations and identity and anger of Trump voters, and some insight into the identity and pain on our side as well. Half of America lost its f**king mind. Donald Trump knew how to connect with his voters.
Joan McCarter is so tired. Republicans keep the Senate, and the Supreme Court. Mitch McConnell finally says Donald Trump’s name. At least Kelly Ayotte is out. Tammy Duckworth is in. In WV a Democrat won. What’s his secret?
Mon, 7 November 2016
David Waldman has pre-recorded today’s KITM. He’s back after the election on Wednesday to analyze the post-Trump America, as November 9 will either be “Post-Trump”, or “Post-America”.
Russian hackers aren’t hacking into the voting results. They are attempting to hack into our trust in voting results. Vladimir Putin’s Russia is backing Donald Trump, because nobody in the US can break trust more effectively.
Why won’t Trump back down from his support of Putin and Russia? Because not backing down is Donald Trump’s only consistent characteristic.
It is hard to trust intelligence officials, when a guy who used to be the U.S. military's top intelligence official passes along FWD: FWD: FWD: emails on Twitter, which are manufactured by teenagers in the Balkans.
Then there’s Donald Trump’s foreign policy and energy expert on Russia, Carter Page, who is not known by Russia experts nor energy experts nor Russian energy experts, and appears largely unknown to Trump’s own campaign. He is described “a gray spot”, a man whose story never quite adds up, and a guy making some money from Donald’s name dropping. How useful is this idiot to Russia & Trump?
Fri, 4 November 2016
Welcome to the last “LIVE” Kagro in the Morning before the election! There will be new shows, pre-recorded for your enjoyment on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, November 9, David Waldman will return, depending on election results back to the KITM microphone or as exalted leader of the post-apocalyptic Northern Virginia tribe.
Greg Dworkin does his best to help us acquire and maintain meaning in this chaotic world. Armando calls in to assist, and correct when needed. Overall, it looks like maybe, possibly, not wanting to jinx it, well, Hillary is ahead. Things are looking better all the time. But, there are still days to go. Armando, Greg and David examine the battleground states, especially Florida, Florida, Florida. Black early voting turnout is down, but only because it is a smaller piece of an ever larger pie. Latino turnout is booming. Donald Trump can’t count on those ‘Missing White Voters’. Anyhow, missing nonwhite voters may matter more.
Josie Duffy Rice brings us the latest DA misconduct. Tampa DA charges disabled mother for stealing, despite video evidence that she was framed. Josie recommends that you check out “Charged: The DA VS. Black America” playing on BET. Josie also recommends that you submit an educated vote on your local DA race. If you have any questions, please feel free to email her.
News from the world of sleaze: Harvard cancels men’s soccer season due to sexually explicit ‘scouting reports’. Roger Ailes told Megyn Kelly multiple times that he could advance her career in “exchange for sexual favors.”
Thu, 3 November 2016
For all of you out there wishing not to be tortured any longer, wishing a winner be declared and it all just be over already... well that was last night. Some might not be completely happy, but it is time to move on. Cleveland will have another chance some other day.
David Waldman stayed up last night but is back ready to rig the election for Hillary Clinton. You too can rig it all. Simply find people who wouldn’t or couldn’t get to the polls this year. Call them, knock on their doors, help get them to the polls. Each vote that you help happen is just like voting twice, but without the jail time! Hurry, Republicans are working on making voter registration illegal, too.
Greg Dworkin knows what all of you nervous nellies out there need: Data. Listen in today for lots of data, thoughtfully perused. Unaffiliated voters are a big, confusing piece of this year’s pie. The Clinton campaign probably has a handle on this.
Still, chances are something bad could happen. In Ohio, a spelling error could cost you your vote. Your spouse could leave you for voting against their wishes. A masked man could satirically threaten you with a knife. There will be unprecedented fear-mongering… OK, worry a little. If you see firearms at your polling place text “guns down” to 91990.
Wed, 2 November 2016
We are 6 days out from the election, at least that is what the so-called “experts” in the media would lead you to believe. David Waldman and KITM are no exception. Leading you to the polls is not a crime by the way.
Greg Dworkin has done all he can for you nervous Democrats. The polls are steady, and still looking good. Florida sees the rise of the Clinton Republicans. Blacks & Hispanics are up in Florida. (Still more whites in Florida.) African American turnout is down, which may be a worry, maybe offset by the Latino vote. Lots more polls and analysis at The Abbreviated Pundit Round-up.
Joan McCarter lets us in on the secret House Freedom Caucus meeting, as they are in gerrymandered safe districts and have nothing better to do. A Clinton SCOTUS blockade is in the works, as is the Democrat nuclear option—fun times ahead. Of course, if we win the Senate, Chuck Schumer is part of the deal.
Some Republican states are refusing to abide by court orders, by refusing to correct confusing, incorrect information, and actively lying to voters. Then there are those “ballot security” officers you could run into. Trouble voting? Not sure what the law is? Have a problem at the polls and need help? Call @866OURVOTE for fair, nonpartisan help! Wearing a ski mask and waving a knife will not help.
An awful person shoots police, but is not the right color to alarm the nation about it.
Tue, 1 November 2016
David Waldman quickly plows through the stupid stories, scaremongering, rumormongering, shadow casting and irresponsible speculation today, because we don’t have time for that. If you have time, vote. If you still have time, help others vote. Donald Trump encourages his voters to vote twice, just in case. A Trump supporter tries that.
Greg Dworkin is not sweating it. Swing state Democrats aren’t sweating it either. Which states swing? Should we sweat the rise of “No Party Affiliation” (as opposed to “Independent”) voters? Who knows!
Back to the week of James Comey, and Russia. It seems as if Comrade Trump has been compromised, disappointing his friends who cultivated him, kept his assets liquid, entertained him and his associates... Trump destroys the US from within by cheating on taxes. How Donald Trump avoided paying taxes using other people’s money. Russian Oligarchs try cultural diplomacy In New York.
KITM correspondent Paula Apynys covers a hunch about Republicans, cities and “Voter Fraud”.