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A deeply unpopular Congress aims to pass a deeply unpopular tax bill for a deeply unpopular presidentGreg Dworkin converts the dry, hard-to-digest tax procedure into moist succulent morsels as he explains how the Republican tax scam is still moving forward because it’s the last big money grab by Baby Boomers (while they still have a chance). John McCain votes to end cancer treatments for Medicare patients (not himself) while Susan Collins manages to work through her deep concerns. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin will prove this tax plan works, by lying to you.

Alabamians know how important breeding young, pure, girls is to older men (well, white girls that is) and will vote Republican based on this firmly held religious belief.

It is time to overcome our shy impeachment syndrome. Donald Trump is delusional and a liar, and a dangerous bigot—these are just a few facets of his incompetence and lunacy, but even in total that still doesn’t seem to stop him. The UK Parliament does not represent Trump’s base, but the Kremlin does. Betsy DeVos tsktsks Donald, and will probably be punished before the weekend. Trump reshuffles the State Department monte cards, discards Tillerson.

David Waldman scrapes some more Jame’s O’Keefe off his shoe for us to look at. O’Keefe henchwoman Jaime Phillips attempted to infiltrate the Washington Post for months before attempting to scam them. If she flips, she won’t be the first one—Izzy Santa calls O’Keefe a liar, and accomplice Nadia Naffe might yet tell all.

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It is one of those days. Maybe you should just let KITM’s David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, and Joan McCarter condense it all to two hours, and then just pull the covers back over your head until tomorrow.

At least your day isn’t as bad as Matt Lauer’s… or many of the days of many of the women he had access to. Where does Matt fall on the sexual harasser scale? At FrankenKeillor? Trump? Moore?

Why yes, the president is the kind of dotard that would forward fake viral videos from hate groups with evil agendas that everyone knows is fake. The dotard retort is always “if it’s not the truth, it should be”, which of course is pretty dotardish.

So—the tax bill might pass, taking Social Security, Medicare, children’s health care, Obamacare, and the rest of society and civilization into the toilet. There goes the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau… At least we have the open internet standing between us and authoritarian rule! Nope.

OK, so the world is falling apart. Maybe the Hatch Act will be the new dawn for the rule of law? Jennifer Rubin knows what to do—if we all agree Trump should leave, maybe we can all shake hands and let Republicans take over... some grouches might disagree.

If Moscow and Mar-a-Lago stay connected to Earth a little while longer, some people are going to get in all sorts of trouble. Jared Kushner inches closer to Russian quid pro quo, while Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska moves next door to Kellyanne Conway.

Rhetoric is fascism's real battleground, and Nazis win when you aren’t punching them.

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There are dildos and then there are dildoesDavid Waldman has has got it pegged: James O’Keefe is a sexual predator and harasser whom the right should disavow, and it is our job to make this clear.  

The Washington Post uncovered O’Keefe’s latest plot to hire Jaime Phillips to lie about being sexually assaulted to discredit actual victims of Roy Moore—as well as all future victims of sexual assault. He ended up strengthening their case, and respect for mainstream media instead. Of course, the world being what it is, people are now handing O’Keefe more money, and Donald Trump probably sent another check today. The sad truth is that we were all complicit in our silence. We knew what James O’Keefe was all about in 2010, when O’Keefe attempted to lure Abbie Boudreau into being trapped on a boat with the explicit aim of “seducing” her with dildos and bondage equipment.

It’s now 2017, and the Gop is debating whether it’s OK for a 32-year-old man to seduce a 14-year-old girl. Several witnesses saw Roy Moore at the Olde Hickory House restaurant, where Beverly Young Nelson alleges Moore assaulted her. Moore finally found a woman that blotted out her memory of him there.

Fox remembers that Donald is always the victim. Melania forgot that Donald is always the hero.

The Trump Ponzi scheme will only “trickle down” if something goes wrong, otherwise there goes the housing market.

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We made it through Thanksgiving, and you know what that means! There’s only 15 more days until Alabamians get the chance to show us they are or aren’t who we thought they were!

Greg Dworkin brings us the fight to protect the vote, and the vote to protect the country, as less and less get the chance to make a difference at all. Women make red blue in Virginia.

Senator Jerry Moran knows people want to do something, but thought he should ask some people what that something would be. The rest of the Gop is trying to do what they can before people figure it out. The Religious Right can hardly believe how blessed they have been with Trump. Still, this week is make or break for the Trump Tax bill, and if it fails that can only be… Mitch McConnell’s fault.

Democrats know John Conyers needed to go, but really how much grace does this guy need?

The New York Times learns that it’s impossible to sympathize with Nazi sympathizers without getting a little Nazi on you

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a bureau that protects consumer finances, so why do you think there is a fight over it now?

For a moment, our minds wandered from how dishonest, corrupt, and dislikable Donald Trump is—but just for a moment. Trump is also wrong. At least his dimwit tweeting can be helpful in court. Meanwhile, Investigators have found the first time Donald shows up in the Panama Papers, and about the millionth tie between Russia and Paul Manafort. About a million Russian bots are trying to get net neutrality repealed.

David Waldman takes a look at where the bets are placed in leadership PACs, and follows the money to follow the power in Washington.


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Sure, we stuffed ourselves with Trump-Russia stories yesterday. But everyone knows that Thanksgiving is all about the leftovers, and doing it all again the next day.

This time, it’s the stories right at the heart of the issue. Specifically, money laundering, both in “real” estate (for Trump), and… well, God only knows what else (for Manafort). This time, Ivanka’s involved. And how could she not be? Daddy put her to “work” right in the heart of the emerging money laundering capitals of the world. And all for one-tenth of what they said.

Will we finally find out How Hope Hicks Did It?

Plus, listener contributions from Eric Posman and David Raatz!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Hiding from relatives? Stuck in traffic? Waiting to listen to Alice’s Restaurant, and need a way to kill time? (Or, if you’re under 4,000 years old and your parents are waiting to listen to Alice’s Restaurant, a way to cover up the noise of killing yourself?)

We've got you covered, with an all-new KITM episode, dedicated to rounding up some of the more esoteric satellite issues in the ongoing Trump-Russia saga.

What even is collusion, anyways? Does it matter, as long as you know it when you see it? Did it happen in Trump Tower in June 2016? In Moscow in June 2017? Since forever and ever? Will anyone even notice anymore? We know one group of people are noticing: the former (and maybe-still) allies of Wikileaks.

Will we ever learn where that oddly pro-Russian Gop platform plank came from? And BTW, WTF with Paul Manfort buying $1 million worth of antique rugs?

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KITM’s “Day before Thanksgiving Day” with David Waldman was performed before a live audience—in COLOR (where available):

Greg Dworkin calls the horse race between decency and politics. So far it looks like a close one. There is something about pure young girls that makes them a hot commodity for dirty old men. Yes—it is time for a reckoning.

Greg talks at length about an extraordinarily lengthy, but great article on the time-honored American political tradition of white nationalism. Here’s a little sample: 

 That this shared understanding is seldom spoken aloud does not prevent people from acting according to its logic. It is the reason why, when Trump’s Muslim ban was first implemented, immigration officials stopped American citizens with Arabic names; why agencies such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Border Patrol have pursued fathers and mothers outside of schools and churches and deported them, as the administration has insisted that it is prioritizing the deportation of criminals; why Attorney General Jeff Sessions targets drug scofflaws with abandon and has dismantled even cooperative efforts at police accountability; why the president’s voting commission has committed itself to policies that will disenfranchise voters of color; why both schoolchildren and adults know to invoke the president’s name as a taunt against blacks, Latinos, and Muslims; why white supremacists wear hats that say “Make America great again.” 

Speaking of John Conyers, he and Bernie Sanders proposed sweeping progressive solutions to fix Medicare, but why use one fell swoop when incremental swoops cause less motion sickness?

Corey Lewandowski hates when people connect him with the suspicious goings-on in his dining room

Renown sanctuary and refuge of the common people vs the privileged elite, AKA “Mar-a-Lago” used to host riff-raff like the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, and the Susan G. Komen foundation, but now attracts Scott Baio-esque cream-of-the-crop like the Trumpettes, and robots having robot babies.

Presently, about half of those polled think Al Franken should resign, but co-workers, witnesses and the photographic record don’t see this is as the Al Franken they remember.

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What are you thankful for? Some days you really have to search for something, but today David Waldman has an easy choice.

Ben Spielberg, co-founder of 34justice joined Armando on KITM for an hour-long discussion of the controversial DNC Unity Commission and the proposed reforms going into 2020. The conversation touched on caucuses vs. primariesbinding vs. non binding vs open vs closed vs firehouse caucuses, but the focus was on increasing democracy, fairness and representation, at least on our side of things.

Al Franken had only one responsibility to concentrate upon at the Minnesota State Fair, but lapsed, again, allegedly. Charlie Rose lapsed every which way, and seemingly often. Alabama “Young Republicans” (18 to 40 year olds, so they aren’t Roy Moore’s kind of “young”are deserting him.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster mocked President Trump’s intelligence—how hard can that be? Ezra Cohen-Watnick, removed from his National Security Council post by McMaster, is now working at Oracle, a popular hangout for like minds.

Meanwhile, the Republicans work on passing the opposite of tax reform bill, and Russian bots work to take over the world.

A police suspect kept quoting whole sections of Trump’s upcoming State of the Union speech until interrogators had to evacuate the room.

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David Waldman continues his struggle with that new-fangled Skype, which seems to get even more fangled every day.

Greg Dworkin calls in to talk politics, and to be embarrassed with most Americans over Roy Moore and Donald Trump. Roy Moore is out of control, Evangelicals have gone wild, but the Gop still hopes to keep it barely legal. Alabama seems to be developing a moral center, but next month seems so far away, let alone 2018.

Donald Trump, immoral in so many ways, also turns out to be incompetent, which you’d think would make him toast. Never-Trumpers can’t agree on anything but that. Has anyone considered that Trump might be just a dumbass?

The Gop tax bill Is the end of all economic sanity in Washington, which again you’d think would be a deal breaker, but maybe not. This is a place that makes Louise Linton look normal, so Trump, family and friends are of course going to take the money and run—but not before targeting a few enemies.

Armando warms up the crowd for tomorrow’s upcoming discussion/cage match vs. 34justice co-founder and blogger Ben Speilberg in the KITM Octagon, Tuesday, November 21 at 10:00 AM ET. The topic will be DNC/voting reform for 2020, and a look back at 2016 to review the need for these reforms.

Truth, justice and Mueller march on.

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Technically, there may be a “better” day than today to release the pee-pee tape, but I don’t feel it.

On today’s KITM, David Waldman serves us more tongue for brunch. Republicans, who seem somehow less repulsed by Moore tongue than Franken tongue, stood united with Democrats in revulsion. Roger Stone, usually tough to offend, was offended even before the news broke. Things moved so quickly that people taking time to confirm facts were seen as taking sides. In fact, maybe pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 should be checked for context, or even broken takes.

Feminists discuss whether women’s equality is principal or situational. Women’s inequality is definitely institutional, and enshrined in Evangelical circles. Fox finally draws the line.

The Alabama Governor refuses to let the special election get less Strange.

None of this distracts Robert Mueller—Yay!  Jared Kushner realizes that if one is to have a Russian backdoor overture, a dinner would be expected.

Have Republicans gone crazy? They can’t seriously be thinking of passing this thing, can they? It’s in their DNA, it’s what they are going to do. Orrin Hatch comes from “the poor people” but that was then. Grover Norquist has also moved on.

Republican state law enforcement chiefs know what side their bread is buttered on, and where to get the most beautiful chocolate cake.

Voter fraud is real, people! (and Republican)

Ryan Zinke makes sure the Department of the Interior has the nicest interior ever.

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Al Franken... 

Roy Moore, who? Fox finally has a 24/7 target that is in office, as do we, because we know we have high standards that we really need to hold ourselves to.

But before we leave, David Waldman has a little retrospective on the Roy Moore saga: Two more women come forward on Moore, and then another two, for a total of what, 8? 9? This still doesn’t account for Roy getting kicked out of the Y. Roy’s wife found 50 pastors to vouch for him, but that was before they heard about the creepy stuff

So, if the plan to “Whatabout JFK Bill Clinton Al Franken?” in order to send Moore into a landslide win falls through, the Gop still has other tricks up their sleeve, including racism

“Trump’s land and hotel deals with the Russians need to be examined!” David has told you time and again. Christopher Steele backs him up on this.


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David Waldman unloads the dump truck of our discontent:

So, you know there was another mass shooting... friends, family, gone forever. Donald Trump feels your pain… No, he doesn’t even give AFThoughts and prayers! If you think he can’t get more detached, just wait until the next one.

Donald Trump returns to the US, apparently an Asia fan, but that could be the “heat of the moment”, “only time will tell” who ”the sole survivor” is, uhm...

And yes, there’s more on moron Moore each day…  For instance, when did Roy Moore quit being a pedophile? Greg Dworkin tells us GoOPredators are having second thoughts on Moore. Concerned Republicans would like us to consider the President’s actions—no, no, too soon, back up a few terms maybe. That’s too bad, because Democrats have recent examples of how to handle these things. Why do such nice guys end up molesting children? Not voting Moore in will be easier than expelling him later.

On an upbeat note, Greg brought some happy polls with him. Maybe Trump’s election was a fluke? Right now Donald loses to the no-name brand and even some Democrats people know! Democrats grab the Albuquerque mayoral seat back in a blowout!

Polling shows voters believe Trump will benefit from the Tax plan. Where would they get that idea?Well, if you didn’t have that idea, you haven’t been paying attention to Joan McCarter: Republicans are ditching their rule making it hard to hike people’s taxes, because they’re about to hike people’s taxes. They are trying to slip Obamacare repeal into their tax plan, apparently because it’s too popular. The rush is on to take cut taxes for the rich, cut $25 billion from Medicare, and eliminate the Children’s Health program.

The Constitution is as alive the Supreme Court wants it to be.

Mueller doesn’t have it so tough when criminals clearly label their crimes.

Open carry swords and machetes in starts in Texas today!

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Yes there’s more Moore today, because you deserve more, and Moore deserves it, so David Waldman takes KITM there again.

A fifth woman has come forward to recount, in this case, being sexually assaulted by Moore. People had Roy pegged all along. He was banned from the mall! From restaurants! From the YMCA! Women speaking up can still fear the law, their bosses, actually just about everybody. Roy Moore probably will still win, at least by getting away with it for 40 years. David looks into Powell v. McCormackand how it might or might not be the way the Gop handles the Moore situation.

We are still hearing about even more contacts between Russians and Trump in case anyone thought we didn’t have enough. The Wikileaks/Trump Jr. exchange shows a conspiracy, and that Wikileaks is an absolute fraud. Wikileaks wanted Junior to share stolen info, contest the election and to make Julian Assange ambassador. If only Trump had listened to Chris Christie he wouldn’t be in this mess. 

As if Alabama didn’t have enough problems—ghost hunting speechwriter Brett Talley forgot his wife is chief of staff for White House Counsel Donald McGahn.

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David Waldman welcomes us to Week 43 of Presidential Apprentice. (Let’s hope that it becomes a count down soon.)

Keurig owning Hannity fans think they are owning Liberals. The good news is that there are more and more things for them to buy and destroy to get our attention.

There aren’t any 14 year old girls working in government, but recently Roy Moore has inspired many Republicans to cover their behinds. As Moore and other abuser’s behavior was common knowledge, but without justice, abuse victims would wait decades for them to just get old and die. However, women are coming out all over now, and as expected are being punished for it, including Roy’s accusers.

Greg Dworkin brings us the polls on Alabama, which look good, but expect a lot of people to expose things you’d never want to see in the privacy of their voting booth. Evangelicals are more likely to believe powerful over powerless, men over women, Putin over some Lib. We have had recent successes, but still have plenty of hurdles, from gerrymanders, to racism, etc. to overcome.

Robert Mueller has 17 federal prosecutors on his team, because right now that is what he believes he needs. Watch for that to change. Ivanka and Jared have a lot more money than you, but maybe we should pity them or something? The Gop’s top priority is too make sure Trumps hold on to more billions.

In the history of people, China has never seen Donald Trump. Trump Tower is pretty big, but Sean Spicer just had to go to the floor he should never go to. A Trump judge nominee has never tried a case, but has won approval of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Here is how the White Nationalist communities wreak online havoc and spread propaganda.

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Pour yourself a cup of coffee, find an easy chair, kick back and hit play on today’s KITM. Comfortable? You won’t be soon.

The only way to look at Roy Child Molester Moore’s story is in unflinching detail. Flinching—avoiding those uncomfortable details—is what people like these need you to do, in order to keep abusing. David Waldman cringes, shudders, gags a little, but does not flinch, devoting most of the show to Moore. Steve Bannon admits that journalists work at The Washington Post, while most Republicans go where you, and even they feared they would go. Flake and McCain have some humanity left, and Mitt Romney snaps out of Reek mode for at least a tweet.

There is some more happening in the world, and for you to consider over the weekend:

Trump was offered a handful of women when he was in Russia in 2013. His bodyguard didn’t get any, but might have been out grabbing burgers while Trump was grabbing some.

Hezbollah has decided that Saudi Arabia has declared war on Lebanon.

Icahn haz subpoena.

The Trump voter fraud commission is sued—by one of Its own commissioners.

The Republican tax bill looks like it was written by Donald Trump’s accountants and tax lawyers, too much efficiency to expect from this administration.

And—$30K raised for Juli Briskman, the woman fired for flipping off Trump motorcade!

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Today, join David Waldman and everyone here at KITM in celebrating the anniversary of the day after Tuesday’s election!

Greg Dworkin joins the fun, but eschews effusing exuberantly. Sure, we won big, but why exactly did we? Were we just realigning as expected, or was there a demand for women and minorities, or just some competent governance for once?

The other big winner—Obamacare!

Most Trump voters are staying put, which is OK, as that isn’t enough to win. The suburbs are revolting. This frightens Gopers going into 2018, so maybe they need to dump Trump? Of course Paul Ryan is with the Donald, right at the moment.

The Senate tax plan is different from the House’s but will Trump notice, and would that matter?

Rand Paul knows he’s one of those guys that is so nice and pleasant to be around that you just kind of want to hug him to death. So it just doesn’t make sense to him that someone would assault him over lawn care

Wilbur Ross, a fake Milli-Vanillionaire has ties to Russia, but this isn’t about that, it’s about corruption.

Rex (everything) Tillerson declares war on Hillary Clinton with an army of State Department employees.

Is Lebanon being declared war on?

A Democrat figures out that there is no up side to visiting Fox.

RIP Keith Pickering.

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Ah, a sunny day! The Democratic Party feels kind of like a real party today. Let’s join the KITM celebration:

Greg Dworkin reports on the backlash that Trump earned, and brings us some fun polls that we have earnedKarma rains down on Trumpism far and wideEverywhere, voters send a message to frothing cauldron of Republicans. Young, Democratic, women are getting out and voting for young Democratic women. Trump’s core will remain, as long as Trump trolls, and they’re racist. Some tweets aren’t aging well. Isn’t it time Trump voters reach out to us? For Donald Trump Jr. there’s always tomorrow.

Today is also a great day for catching up on Twitter. Some takes aren’t so hot anymore. The Gop claws come out. Don’t worry about Chris Cillizza, that dude can turn on a dime

Joan McCarter joins David Waldman to share both schadenfreude und mitfreude. Some Democrats won with little help, so congratulations? Did Lee Carter not knock on enough doors, or was he too much of a lefty

Does the House tax bill satisfy Senate rules for avoiding a filibuster?

Trump’s Obamacare sabotage backfires, which means free health care for many! Word must be getting around, as there is a record number of early signups. Still, more than 30 million Americans are in danger of losing healthcare, so the war is not over. Republicans don’t worry about voters when donors are about to quit paying them. Having a future depends on taking care of kids now, but House Republicans pass a sham Children’s Health Bill, putting 9 million kids lives in jeopardy.

Leonard Steven Grasz is rated unqualified by the American Bar Association. Now a fourth Trump judicial nominee, Brett Talley is deemed not qualified.

Also—Maine Governor Paul LePage continues having tantrums.

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David Waldman is out there saving our country from Ed Gillespie, but not before helping you help save our country with today’s KITM:

Wilbur Ross has been lying about being a billionaire for years, but even fake rich guys stash their money on islands. Unfortunately for Ross, the money trail offshore also links him to Putin’s inner circle, and maybe even… Bono.

Carter Page, lowest hanging fruit for anybody investigating almost anything, is telling a lot for someone refusing to talk. Bots were Russia’s first contribution to the Trump campaign.

David continues explaining the Saudi-Lebanon feud, at least as well as anyone can explain it at the moment.

A 50 year old mom of two flipped off Donald Trump, and who amongst us hasn’t? Unfortunately someone figured out a way to fire her. There’s already at least one gofundme page that purports to be raising money for her. (UPDATE: The person behind the page has been in contact with Juli, and all proceeds will go to her!)

Trump will cease extreme vetting for immigrants, because the good immigrants coming in to our country can… nope. David notices fascist costuming on the Texas church shooter before anyone else.


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Today’s KITM is so great, it took David Waldman days of labor to complete it. Actually, David had to be somewhere at airtime Monday, so he started recording Friday night and eventually stopped talking Sunday. Unfortunately things just kept happening…

So, people still need to be told that mass shootings in America are a serious problem, even when mass shootings need subcategories to be tracked? Crazy people find that guns make killing quick, easy and fun.

Donald Trump is also mentally ill. You do not need more than his words to gather that he has problems. This trend is intensifying the longer he's in office.

Saudis attempted to stem their prince infestation by capturing about a dozen of them over the weekend. The worst ones always seem to get away. Some rats in the US might finally be trapped: Mike Flynn, both big and little, and Commerce Reptile Wilbur Ross might actually be going down—and why not? What have they done for the Donald lately? Robert Mercer might be too big to throw under a bus, however.

Hundreds of millions of dollars have gone to both Facebook and Twitter from some Russian guy, but money isn’t the only way into social media domination. At least 195 Trump web addresses were hacked by probably less well-off Russians, and hundreds of Trump secret subdomains are even paying to be hosted in Russia. Some Russians created “Jenna Abrams”, who is fake, but got to be a way bigger celebrity than you. Jenna, and fake news couldn’t have achieved their giant success without your help, however.

Montana’s post-truth power couple will get you coming and going.

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Civil War! Stand by for a KITM secret directive to Antifa forces—They do have Zombie Hitler, so we are assured this will be a tough fight but…

Oh, wait. It now seems that David Waldman will be addressing the other civil war—our long-time favorite here—the war of Democrats vs. Democrats.

Armando calls in. Check out what he’s come up with over the last 24 hours—heck, you should follow him and read what he comes up with all the time. Today’s discussion pits the DNC Joint Fundraising Agreement of 2015 vs JFA 2016. Also the DCCC vs the DNC, caucuses vs. primaries, binding vs. non binding vs open vs closed vs firehouse primaries—remember, you can’t exploit the rules if you don’t know them! 

Now, about the Hillary Victory Fund. Daily Kos readers, and especially KITM listeners are blessed with perpetually sensitive minds, immune to numbing by any level of detail. So you should follow along on this thread David and Armando discussed, and then follow up by reading this and this one, which contain new details, ideas and invective. Get it out of your system, then get back to work.

So, if the country isn’t in smoking ruins by the end of the weekend there are interesting races in Virginia, like the one between the pro-racist murder guy, and the guy who isn’t. Probably not good enough of a reason to destroy democracy, or keep the civil war going.

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It used to be simple. Donald Trump could say anything he wanted, the director would just yell “Cut! Cut! Cut!” and then they’d all do it again until the Donald was the hero. Oh, how Donald misses those days. He’d make a tremendous decision, and after the commercial it’d be done. Now it’s so complicated and nuanced!

David Waldman and you love nuances. Well, not “love”, exactly, it’s complicated. But whatever that emotion is, that is what drives KITM to fill two hours with whatever it does.

Greg Dworkin has your nuance right here. Trump is apoplectic as his allies fear impeachment. Trump is tranquil as he is not under investigation, as you know. Congressional Republicans are not carrying Trump’s water, at least based on roll call correlations. Red state Democrats are not just willing, but eager to work with Trump on taxes. So, don’t expect tax reform to swing the 2018 election. Ed Gillespie will tell you anything if it will elect him. Donald Trump is the best thing to happen to Nancy Pelosi. Paul Manafort is not just the sum of his indictment charges, he’s much worse. The Justice Department is considering charges on at least 6 Russian officials for DNC hacking, but the DNC was just one of Russia’s targets worldwide. Terry McAuliffe does not mince words.

Suddenly, Donna Brazile has gained a huge new fan base of ardent supporters of her forthright virtuous trustworthy truth-telling. David spends the rest of the show searching for a more nuanced word than “rigged”.

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David Waldman continues to lead the KITM resistance from his underground bunker (condo basement): Donald Trump wakes up with a morning rage over Chuck Schumer’s beauty. Chuck is demure, Jeff Flake demurs. Whether the program’s gone or not, Trump wants to get rid of it. The diversity visa program exists because of Republicans. The Irish have had a free ride long enough.

KITM has reported for months and today Greg Dworkin confirms Donald Trump is the Worst. President. Ever. Collusion? You bet. Somehow impeachment still leads over tarring, feathering, and pillorying in most surveys. Sadly, pollsters describe the Trump presidency as “young”. All of our leaders have flaws, Donald Trump’s seem most like Armstrong Custer’s going into the 2018 elections. Trump should not read his Gop troop’s silence as support. Trump’s staff figure he’s guilty anyway.  Speaking of guilt, Paul Manafort had multiple passports and aliases, for some reason. connects the hubs of the Trump Organization subdomains into Russia.

Opioid-related deaths continue to rise as Congress weakens the DEA’s ability to go after drug distributors.

Joan McCarter rings in Obamacare open enrollment day! Sign up and save! Of course Republicans still plan to strip the middle class of health insurance and cut taxes for the rich, and the Children's Health Insurance program will soon go away completely if not saved soon. The American Bar Association tries to save the US from a future generation of unqualified judges.


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