Fri, 30 June 2017
It’s KITM’s Zeitgeist Friday! The National Enquirer and The Wall Street Journal battle it out for the hearts and minds of Americans, and David Waldman and Armando prepare us to become weekend-conversant.
Coincidentally, there’s that other thing, about Trump and Russia and Michael Flynn and such. Donald Trump would rather we assumed he was a senile sociopathic misogynist than to assume that he colluded with Russia, for some reason.
Speaking of collusion, Gingrich money man Peter Smith helped writer David Brock publicize Clinton allegations. Speaking of witch hunts, here is what a real one looks like, in North Carolina state government. Speaking of autocracy, Trump’s voter fraud probe is compiling “full first and last names of all registrants, middle names or initials if available, addresses, dates of birth, political party (if recorded in your state), last four digits of social security number if available, voter history (elections voted in) from 2006 onward, active/inactive status, cancelled status, information regarding any felony convictions, information regarding voter registration in another state, information regarding military status, and overseas citizen information” of everyone, on the orders of this dimwit. Donald figures he should just eliminate Obamacare and starve any holdouts out.
As a hateful, lazy, profiteer, Trump likes to think of urban areas from the ‘70s, because that’s the easiest era to hate and shill money with.
So, are you trusting your computer security to Russians?
Thu, 29 June 2017
Don’t quit now! David Waldman and Greg Dworkin remind us we are in the middle of a life or death health care battle, and no where near the end. Call up those senators! Raise a ruckus at next week’s parades!
Without a win, conservative media wanders away, because it’s about wins, not anything else. Donald now has better things to pay attention to, although he wasn’t ever really paying attention. The worse part of Obamacare for Republicans was the “Obama” part, really. Now they know they hit a wall, their bill is kryptonite, support is fabulously low, even with the base, even on Fox. New Gop fixes include bribing moderates, bribing wingnuts, and relying on the continued ignorance of Medicare recipients… maybe the Democrats are ready to negotiate? Topher Spiro has a bipartisan health care fix.
Meanwhile, Republicans just want government to end, at least governing. Chaos is the Trump standard, here and abroad. America first is becoming America alone. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is pretty happy with ruining international relationships, but is not going to move in down the hall from some Russian mobsters!
Wed, 28 June 2017
Pre-existing conditions (i.e. being designed by a-holes to benefit a-holes) caught up with Trumpcare, albeit temporarily. So, that’s the big news today distracting us from Trump and Russia. David Waldman and Greg Dworkin assure us that Trumpcare isn’t going away. Remember — all politics is local or at least your politician will be, this 4th of July. Time to get in your senator’s, governor’s mayor’s, and aldermen’s faces. Even masters of escape might have a hard time at parades.
Mitch McConnell might have had too much strategy and not enough savvy when he decided on secrecy for his entire bill process. Just 17 percent of Americans approve the bill, so even the Morans that could read a POS poll knew it was time to bail. With a tax-cut bill that does nothing to help real people in their hands, Republicans are overcoming their fear of Trump, at least for now.
A new poll has Dems rising to 48%, D+10. Those independents you unfriended some months ago are beginning to see the light. The Gop rejects Conservatism, so conservatives should be looking elsewhere also.
Rex Tillerson and James Mattis didn’t understand their job as following behind Jared Kushner with a broom and shovel, so maybe they aren’t a good fit for the Trump administration. Donald Trump’s lawyer, Jay Sekulow, has a firm that steered millions in donations to family members, so he’s right at home.
Joan McCarter tells us how it all went awry for Trumpcare, and for Mitch McConnell, who lost by losing. Donald made some senators tell him what happened, and he completely, 100% understood, believe him. Anyhow, there are people who understand health care a lot less than him.
You bought your boss a fake magazine cover with his picture, but at least he didn’t hang it up in the break room.
Tue, 27 June 2017
So, did we... are we going to attack Syria again? Or was that some sort of official White House butt-dial last night? Goofing around like this could really irritate Donald Trump’s supervisors, and they’re about his only friends in the world.
Trump also continues to hone his domestic political skills, but Trumpcare is hitting some snags, with Ron Johnson making the fourth Gop defector, and with tens of millions of people realizing they are being uninsured. Mitch McConnell still has about 188 billion tricks up his sleeve, if anyone will fall for them.
David Waldman digs into the procedural state of play on the
Here’s the kind of guy Donald Trump wants to make judgments for you.
Mon, 26 June 2017
Put on more sunscreen than David Waldman, get outside and have fun! Remember to pack your earbuds though—you don’t want to miss today’s KITM:
Trumpcare is incredibly awful, astonishingly unpopular, and a failure all around. It is feared and hated coast to coast, but remains a make or break moment for Trump et al. So, how do the Republicans sell this nasty
Mitch McConnell also has designed the bill to let crocodile-tear senators amend it and claim victory. Greg Dworkin is here to explain that this is precisely the reason that backchannel negotiations might be the way Obamacare is rescued. It’s why Greg whispers “Cassidy-Collins” into ears at cocktail parties. Meanwhile, the CBO score will be the topic to bring up. The CBO score will show millions will lose coverage under the Senate
The current Russia fetish on the right is about white supremacy. White supremacy has been a priority for many in the US for a long while. Six Nazi spies were executed in Washington DC and white supremacists gave them a memorial on federal land.
Fri, 23 June 2017
It's a summertime Friday, and I'm on the road. But I couldn't leave you for the weekend without some fodder for clever conversation.
Trump’s buddies at Bayrock, including the infamous Felix Sater, are back in the news, somehow. And it's always a good time to remind people of Trump’s weird affinity for shady Russian characters. So we do.
What does history teach us about dealing with political leaders who are incompetent or outright insane? Well, that’s typically only a problem in royal courts. But the Trump “administration” has much more in common with them than it does with ordinary American presidencies. So maybe it's worth a little review.
Speaking of royal courts, here's a helpful backgrounder on what's been going on between Saudish Arabia and their neighbors in Qatar.
Our trusty Michigan correspondent Rosalyn MacGregor gives us a preview of the Democratic field in the 2018 gubernatorial primary.
Shifting the focus back to Trump, his Office of Government Ethics financial disclosure has some less-than-surprising news: he's making a fortune off the presidency. And remember when that one year of Trump’s tax filings (2005) mysteriously became public, and was the only year in the last 20 or so for which we had any information, and was curiously favorable for him, showing he'd made significant tax payments? Has he been getting that payment funneled right back into his pockets as refunds since then?
And in late-breaking Thursday news: Trump’s stunt at the Carrier plant crumbles, as usual.
Thu, 22 June 2017
Remember how life was, back before the Senate Republicans released their Trumpcare bill? KITM does. In fact, today’s entire show was recorded in those more innocent times, making David Waldman and Greg Dworkin’s prescient analysis even more trenchant... So quit being distracted by the “new” news and listen to this stuff first!
The Senate say they have some divisions in their ranks on their
All of this distracts from Trump’s Russian collusion, as Dan Coats and Mike Rogers could tell you, but no, not the President. Today was not the day Donald trump finally became president, because he remains a candidate, and somehow he’s the worst at that too.
Wed, 21 June 2017
David Waldman presents a special Summer Solstice KITM, the day when the takes are the hottest. Greg Dworkin’s advice to beat the heat: Remember, what's important isn't always what's talked about. So Handel won... Time for the hindsight analyses! Time to retake the takeaways! Time to wonder what is wrong with us, again, and again! And those Trump voters! Why do they keep hanging around? Who do they think they are? And does anything matter, ever, to them?
Joan McCarter’s hot tip: Try to hold Republican senators accountable on Trumpcare. Go ahead, try. They might complain about Trumpcare, but of course won’t do anything about it. Mitch McConnell knows no Republican will stop him. He knows Trump won’t stop him. He knows the Democrats might cause him a lot of irritation, but he’s made sure the public will be in the dark until it’s too late. Meanwhile, some believe auto jobs are returning, and the Republicans are pro-women.
It's so hot in Phoenix, they can't fly planes.
Tue, 20 June 2017
There are not so many links to articles today. That’s because most of today’s KITM exclusively originates from the minds of David Waldman and Armando. The really important link you need is the one to listen to the show above!
Trumpcare, life-or-death for millions, one-sixth of the economy, is a secret to almost all but lobbyists. It is despised by both Mike Pence and John Cornyn (in theory). It is probably worse than the House bill, as it is masterminded by the world’s most evil turtle, who does not care if he is breaking the Senate, because Republicans need a win at any cost. David and Armando discuss how to raise the price.
Meanwhile Trump is a pragmatic survivor, defiling, infecting, polluting, crippling whenever he finds an opportunity. Devin Nunes didn’t really say he was “recusing” himself when he was “stepping aside” on any “conflicts of interest”.
Rosalyn MacGregor reports from Michigan that Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and the GOP legislation “agreed in concept” on a “tentative framework”… oh who are we kidding? Snyder will cave and kill teacher pensions.
Mon, 19 June 2017
David Waldman and very special tri-weekly guest Greg Dworkin focus our attention on the issues coming up this week—and better yet, put some distance on last week’s crap. A 17-year-old Muslim girl was kidnapped and beaten to death. A van plowed into a crowd of worshippers near a mosque in north London. But, you know, they’re Muslims... and, that SOB talked on that POS show, on Fathers Day, no less. Public pressure helped, but won’t undo the damage done. Here’s a clarifying fable about the problem with interviewing evil.
Speaking of damage done, let’s revisit what really happened in the 2016 election, shall we? The House Russia investigators want to bring in Trump’s digital director. The Trump team prepared for failure, but relied on anger, fear, bigotry, hatred and despair: A win-win! This Trump house of cards could fall under the slightest pressure, so boy is the Georgia special election important.
Not to alienate any subsection of society... but rural America did lift Trump to the presidency. There is a deep cultural divide between rural and urban centers. In rural America, there are fewer immigrants and less tolerance. In fact, racial intolerance is part of the culture, and economy. They believe every fight Trump has is for them, so every fight they have is for him.
Armado shows up at the end of the show to discuss whether trademark law is the venue for social change. (nope)
Fri, 16 June 2017
Great news! Another week of Presidential Apprentice is in the can. During the weekend most of us will still get our news unfiltered from Donald, but this is your last chance to hear it straight from David Waldman—until Monday when we start all over again, probably.
David takes a deep dive into the shallow pool of Trumpcare, which is really, obviously, just a tax cut bill. That makes it hard for Republicans to explain, if they need to talk about health benefits, but easy to pass, if they don’t tell you what they are doing. They are also looking into how they might ruin things twice as long as they are now allowed.
You might be scarfing vols-au-vent, buffalo wings or even zakuski with your cocktails Saturday night, but in-between you still need something to talk about. David suggests the now combusting Saudi-Qatar rivalry, or maybe a discussion of the three prongs of the Russia investigation. Either way, don’t expect Lynne Patton to lay out your soirée—she has a government job now.
Thu, 15 June 2017
Greg Dworkin brings a list of issues that need immediate politicization. Yesterday Steve Scalise and others were shot by a gunman. (Actually many others were shot by a gunman yesterday.) Here are some facts about the Alexandria shooter. Here are some lies.
Meanwhile, the Gop remains fantastically hypocritical and anti-democratic, and they are utilizing those traits to move Trumpcare along. Republican senators are unaware of any Health Care details, but that’s OK as long as you are also in the dark. We do know a few things. Trump thinks it’s mean. It could cost nearly 1 million jobs. Out-of-pocket costs—deductibles and copayments—would skyrocket. Annual and lifetime limits on healthcare benefits will hit millions, and waivers would amount to a pre-existing condition exclusion for pregnancy, mental illness, and substance abuse.
The only thing Donald does better than lie is conflate, but lying and conflating might have gotten him in trouble now. Everyone knows about Trump’s Russian collusion. Robert Mueller is following the money as it flows into the Oval Office. How much longer can this go on? Newt fights the deep state. Trump gives graft such a bad name that participants are laundering their money on the down-low. At this rate, people might soon lose respect for the guy.
Neighbors described a local raccoon as a quiet loner, but one day...
Wed, 14 June 2017
Refrigerators are repaired in your home. Teeth are not. David Waldman is busy confronting this brutal paradox today, and therefore is not available to present KITM live. He did record a brand new KITM, however. It is yours for a tap of the above link!
Yay! Donald Trump is one year older today. A rich old white guy with the temperament and social media skills you’d expect. But then he hooked up with Robert Mercer and his million bot army, which so far looks pretty smart. Too bad Trump’s social media director isn’t smart enough to avoid the Hatch Act. Megan Kelly’s new handlers think they’re so smart to create buzz by inviting Alex Jones to spread conspiracy lies to new millions.
The internet still has a little life, and has some capability left to also spread the truth. It is easy to hear Trump lie, but back in the day sometimes he would be forced to tell the truth. Sort of. Trump says Qatar funds terror. Here’s his record of trying to get it to fund him.
David looks into the secret Trumpcare deals happening now. Joan McCarter will have a few things to say about that when she gets a chance to return to the show. The flexibility that Obamacare lent to the work force Is threatened by the Gop plan.
Tue, 13 June 2017
David Waldman wonders if anyone in class can guess the subject of today’s KITM... Anyone? It is Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Donald Trump did not have a problem firing the last straight arrow closing in on him, FBI Director… Anyone? James Comey. David gives an comprehensive analysis of the procedural tactics the White House might use to fire Mueller, which is pronounced… Anyone?... Mueller?... Mueller?... Mueller?—as well as the countermeasures that will be used against those tactics.
Mon, 12 June 2017
Is David Waldman’s refrigerator fixed? Who knows? He teased us the entire show, but it all ended on a cliffhanger. Come back tomorrow for an answer!
Greg Dworkin lets us know that some people are just morons and there’s nothing we can do about it. Maybe they just want to piss us off. Whatever. Many of those people will never change. The good news is there aren’t a lot of them, and some of them might even tip someday—at least enough to tip elections. Donald Trump has been inspirational to our side, which a lot of Democrats, and Republicans knew was going to be the case. But, is Donald the problem, or a symptom of a broken Republican Party? Well, we all have him now, for a while.
Barron couldn’t find his “I’m with stupid” shirt for moving day to the White House. It’s a high bar, but Ivanka is now the most emo Trump. Julius Caesar is depicted as a fat old white guy. Who would mess around with Shakespeare to make a comment on present day life?
Will Congress stay up late to get their homework done?
Fri, 9 June 2017
David Waldman finishes out Infrastructure Week with an appeal for funding. You aren’t just paying for the basics here. David and the rest of the fab four of KITM, Greg Dworkin, Armando and Joan McCarter bring you specific expertise and knowledge you just won’t find anywhere else. Be a KITM groupie today!
Donald got his phone back, and tweets a thank you to that lying perjuring leaker James Comey. Armando calls in to give the legal perspective on Trump
Qatar is getting a lot of attention for a place Trump might not have heard about until recently. Even though Donald’s probably a big fan of their government, Qatari won’t be eating beautiful Mar-a-Lago cake anytime soon.
Jon Ossoff is in the lead for the GA special-election with a couple weeks to go! While you’re helping there, call some senators, and help fix the secret back-door Trumpcare situation, even as Republicans stumble over every (predictable) reconciliation obstacle.
Thu, 8 June 2017
Yes, history is happening live right now—but you need to listen to David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Armando work this over first. We are on our way to getting to the bottom of this, although there may be no bottom to the lowness. The scandal is what’s already known, it’s just the details to fill in now. Whatever bombshells Comey drops today, they'll have a tough time competing with what we already know about Trump and Russia.
Of course the President, now totally vindicated, can move on. The Right wishes we could move on, but the Alt-Right can’t move at all because their head is spinning from so much winning. Still, there are some that call Donald Trump a huge loser, including Russian sex workers, and the former Miss Hungary.
Let’s move on to the upcoming Qatar-Russia-Turkey-Saudi-Flynn-Lewandowski-Trump scandal, shall we? Throw in Trump’s new FBI director director pick Christopher Wray, who has Russian ties of his own… why not Chris Christie too? Oh, and remember Jared Kushner, with his secret channel to Putin, similar to Michael Flynn’s illegal channel to the Russian Military…
Speaking of Russians, Senator Mark Warner reveals that more state election systems were targeted by them.
Wed, 7 June 2017
Correspondent Donald Trump, quoting a senior White House official, got the scoop on everyone today. It’s big news, and would normally be the biggest news, probably leading to the hugest news, but right now is just debris in the winds of chaos. Donald Trump thrives in chaos. Chaos is his normal. Greg Dworkin describes this paradox today.
Trump chaos has spread around the world. Rex Tillerson gets the message. Bob Corker is now seeing Trump’s world trip as less than perfect. Four top law firms turned down requests to represent Trump. Sadiq Khan 2020!
So, why is there support anywhere for this chump? Because the people they trust support him. Greg describes “Permission Structures”, one of which David Waldman erects in his front yard every couple of years. Republicans vote Republican no matter how much Republicans make them cry. For some, Democrats aren’t even people. Luckily, not everybody is them. Most Trump voters were not working class. Trumpism is ideology, not class.
Trump aides’ idea,“Help Russia, ask for nothing back” sure won’t go over well with the boss. Donald asked Dan Coats to get Comey off his back. Meanwhile commercials want to sell you against Comey. Senate Republicans are closer than ever to repealing Obamacare—or at least to be seen trying to.
Joan McCarter agrees that Senate Republicans are either close to or far away from Obamacare repeal. Ready or not, Mitch McConnell is going to push Trumpcare. To warm up the crowd in Cinci, Trump took health insurance away from 13,000 Ohioans. Republicans are ready to destroy Medicaid and deny the dreams of millions. Eric Trump is pretty dumb, but the dumbest thing he ever did was let his dad near anything he didn’t want corrupted. Joan & David try out search engines, and find out that Google is indeed gamed.
British society is unarmed, and therefore impolite, as demonstrated by the Millwall fan rudely interrupting terrorists.
Tue, 6 June 2017
David Waldman catches you up on Ms. Winner, the incredible sloppiness of The Intercept’s care for their resources, and most importantly, the Russian hacking that our friend Vlad assured us wasn’t happening.
Remember D-Day? Unless the D is for Donald, this moron doesn’t. Armando calls in and reminds us that we really have to fix this Donald Trump problem. Armando has several topics to discuss on Qatar, #1 is: how do you say Qatar? Trump wants you to look! At! Qatar! Saudi Arabia told Trump they’d take a hard line on funding terrorists, and they are sure reallocating resources. The $110 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia is fake news, but they did send over $270,000 to the Trump DC Hotel, and they gave Donald a big necklace, which everyone knows is finders keepers, except for the nasty bureaucrats in Washington. Trump doesn’t keep track of things like “foreign cash”, so it is up to Democrats and the “Seven Member Rule” to discover what’s going on. This rule was news to David, so it is probably news to you—but not for our combined storehouse of knowledge at Daily Kos!
To understand Trump, we might have to learn to speak flimflam.
Mon, 5 June 2017
Greg Dworkin helps us figure out who the good guys are. Trump’s national security team thought he might be on someone’s side but his own. Of course they were wrong. Trump is on the stupid side, and stupid is winning. Trump doesn’t trust climate scientists, once he had a golf date rained out. The Associated Press doesn’t trust Trump to report the news. The Gop plan on you not trusting the media. What source is “official” anymore? Britain is not “under siege” or “reeling” and doesn’t need us to panic.
Trump trails Obama by 55 points, so it is understandable to miss Barack now, but please don’t interview another poor Ohioan. Donald has caught Comey-mania early, but is unlikely to prevent its spread through executive privilege. Ivanka Trump’s lazy, disingenuous, shallow, self-involved political brand is still going strong.
Armando thinks it’s a good time to invest in tar, feathers and rails to run Trump out on. One of the last legit places to give Donald Trump a loan, The Deutsche Bank, ignored a U.S. Trump/Russia query from the U.S. House Financial Services Committee.
If you really need a reason to start panicking, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, and Bahrain are cutting ties to Qatar, and Qatar is deploying 1,000 ground troops to fight in Yemen. So, who wants Trump to mistrust Qatar? Saudi Arabia's rulers threatened to make it easier for terrorists to attack London unless corruption investigations into their arms deals were halted.
Coming up this week on KITM: An exploration into the myth of the kindly General Lee. And—how the Trump-Russia data machine games Google to fool Americans. Now, you can’t google it to find out more, you need to tune into us!
Fri, 2 June 2017
Today is Friday, also known as “Do Whatever the Hell You Want” Day at KITM. Today you’ll especially enjoy what the hell David Waldman wanted to do, which is invite Arliss Bunny, co-creator of the Hopping Mad with Will McLeod and Arliss Bunny podcast to converse about how modern monetary theory and practice influences everything going on today. Well, maybe not Donald Trump, who is a dumb baby, or his followers, who never met a snowflake they didn’t want to torture. MMT influences them, they just may not know it yet. Plenty of CEOs and world leaders do understand however, and are making plans to move forward without us.
Want to be a smart bunny that also understands this stuff? You can! For less than three bucks! Cheap! Just let the hardcore attend international Modern Monetary Theory conferences, you can add Hopping Mad to your lineup of informative podcasts. Their upcoming guest is Progressive communicator Carolyn Fiddler, check them out!
Also check out the rest of today’s show! David brings us plenty of things to think about over the weekend: Russia is happy to continue practicing their spy craft, even if we are slacking off. The FEC might get around to investigating Russian agents using Facebook to influence the election. No Trump EO specifically telling Democrats to screw themselves, but they are moving in that direction. The New York Post claims the Lincoln Bedroom is not a new red light district.
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Thu, 1 June 2017
It’s getting harder and harder to adequately address the number of daily headlines that are legitimate outrages. But Greg Dworkin manages quite nicely with his roundup, and even draws Armando into the mix again today. Trump prepares to ignore the worldwide phenomenon, which some believe is a hoax, and withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate change agreement, abdicating America’s leadership role in global affairs. Meanwhile, Rep. Tim Wahlberg (R-MI) is relying on another worldwide phenomenon, which some believe is a hoax, to save us. Believe me, the world can see what Trump’s doing. And what he’s not. That much I can tell you.
Will Republicans who call him out pay a price at the polls? How about loyalists in marginal & shifting districts? Or does the post-Brexit experience of the fringe-right indicate a different outcome? Speaking of which, Nigel Farage has made the FBI’s list in the Trump-Russia investigation. And speaking of that, James Comey is set to testify next week. Armando chimes in on the complicated question of whether Trump can invoke “executive privilege” to stop him. Meanwhile, “recused” House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes is meddling again, this time unilaterally issuing subpoenas without informing committee Dems.
Trump grifters exploit yet another target, this time the families of victims of crime Trump built his immigration rhetoric around. And yet another central tenet of the campaign is smashed as Trump grants ethics & lobbying waivers to his entire WH senior staff, yet avoids naming names. And if you’re using the First Amendment to spill the beans, Trump’s got a Fourth Amendment surprise for you.