Fri, 31 August 2018
It’s summer sequel time! David Waldman presents a pre-recorded KITM follow up to his previous examination of the House of Saud, and its sequels, Son of Saud, and the Other Son of Saud. Mohammed bin Salman is out to reform Saudi Arabia, with a little charm, a little imprisonment, a little torture, a little death, and a little help from Jared Kushner, prince of the like-minded House of Trump.
David does a deep dig into the rise of M.B.S as the next Saudi king, what he’s had to do so far, and what he’ll have to do next, including the takeover of Qatar, and the World Cup.
Thu, 30 August 2018
Fresh out of the oven: Trump takes pride in the 2,975 fantastic jobs he performed in Puerto Rico. Trump was startled to read in his tweet that Don McGahn had to leave so soon. McGahn himself served up plenty of fudge with some obstruction, some collusion sprinkles.
Andrew Gillum doesn’t touch the stuff.
Greg Dworkin rounds up the post-Gillum narratives: Is Andrew Gillum Bernie Sanders? Is Beto O’Rourke Barack Obama? Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez John McCain? Armando thinks such talk is just so much… fudge. There remains a long fight ahead and certain battles will be won or lost, sometimes by small margins, but remember we are fighting for something much bigger. Pennsylvania is looking good for Dems at the moment. Winter is coming. The storm that awaits.
Wed, 29 August 2018
The Gop do not know where this NAFTA thing is supposed to go.
Greg Dworkin rounds up the post-primary and post-John McCain news. The big story is the big race in Florida. Andrew Gillum tried out the untested campaign strategy of offering representation for his constituents, the benefit being that the more he represents, the more popular he becomes. The big stories on FL governor nominee Andrew Gillum are yet to be written, as no one thought to write them until now. Of course there might be big bad stories coming, but what matters is the record numbers that are paying attention. GOP turnout isn’t low. It’s Dem turnout that’s high. And that’s what makes the difference.
Meanwhile, an AZ state legislator went for the pervy old man vote, was caught with his pants down. 6 incumbent OK state legislators are no longer, after turning on teachers. Even Oklahoma’s governor race looks up for grabs.
Joan McCarter misses us! She called in bring us up-to-date on DC shenanigans. Senate Republicans peep out of their holes on the news John McCain has died, and scurry about to try again to repeal Obamacare. Donald Trump plans one more pre-election wall fit. Every Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee is demanding a delay in the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, while Chuck Schumer paddles in the other direction.
Tue, 28 August 2018
The only Latino employee at the Federation for American Immigration Reform quit when he realized FAIR was the hate group.
When the President’s party changes, Brett Kavanaugh judgements evolve.
Bruce Ohr spent his career fighting Russian organized crime, directly leading to him fighting Donald Trump.
Heroes emerge in the Jacksonville shooting. Scapegoats emerge, also. The far-right demands a crackdown on churches, synagogues, grandmas, the abundance of headphones, the paucity of silencers, and your attitude, buster.
Maggie Haberman speaks in tongues as her sources quit trying to figure out their boss.
Mon, 27 August 2018
What did you do for David Waldman’s birthday last weekend? Both Armando and I celebrated the way we always have, with our own birthday parties!
Sadly John McCain, who died this weekend, was only 4 days shy of his birthday. Greg Dworkin tells us that with John McCain gone, so is the Republican Party. No one could ever take the place of John McCain, but the AZ governor sort of has to set that up, as it’s his job to place an actual Republican, or whatever it is that is available now, into that position. Alternatively, they could put in a placeholder, like his wife, or somebody.
David digs into the nuts and bolts of the latest major Democratic Party reforms, in anticipation of when Armando calls up and they really dig into it.
Fri, 24 August 2018
The time bomb keeps ticking, and is probably golfing right now, which is good as news as any to come out of the White House. Allen Weisselberg gets immunity, so clearly Robert Mueller is heading in the right direction. “Chairman-1” David Pecker, owner of the Trump mouthpiece National Enquirer has got permission to empty his safe of sleaze with the list of those caught and killed.
There are still news contributors contractually forbidden from criticizing Trump.
Thu, 23 August 2018
David Waldman’s kids finally get out of the kitchen and onto a school bus today! Also:
Greg Dworkin isn’t here to talk about Donald Trump’s impeachment. Democrats want to talk about corruption first, then a million other impeachable offenses, before getting to that “I-word”. Trump doesn’t want to be impeached until he figures out how to get some money out of it. Voters are beginning to warm to the idea, however. Republicans urge their embattled incumbents to speak out on Trump.
Donald hates those flipping rats, and is correct that Michael Cohen will get a statue before he does. Trump knows he is an illegitimate president whose election is tainted by fraud, but won’t let that stop him from burning it all down after he’s cornered. Michael Cohen pled guilty because he was cornered. If you think these things are obvious, you haven’t had a Trump supporter on your jury.
All the headlines go to Trump, making it difficult for other Republicans to get noticed. Here are a few your consideration: Scott Lloyd got a woman pregnant, took her for an abortion, and now says Jews who died in the Holocaust had it lucky. Vern Buchanan and Duncan Hunter tried to rake it in while no one was looking.
Wed, 22 August 2018
David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Armando don’t know where to cast their nets first, but they have two hours to brave the smell and haul them in:
The guilty fragile narcissist dumb baby dotard unindicted co-conspirator feels some felony payoff remorse this morning, another case of “hiring the best people” sticker shock. Donald would rather be golfing.
And then there is Duncan Hunter: Republicans might cut him out of committees, but he can still win in November! The Navy has a suggestion for Duncan. Coming up: Vern Buchanan explains seven-figure yacht loans from foreign banks.
Armando eloquently elocutes allocution in law, similarities and dissimilarities between the John Edwards and Michael Cohen cases. Also, Manafort, Papadopoulos, Kavanaugh, Hunter, Guliani, Dershowitz and more!
Tue, 21 August 2018
David Waldman couldn’t stand the heat, but he didn’t get out of the kitchen. He had it air conditioned yesterday to bring us an even cooler KITM today:
Maybe someone will get a little of what they deserve for poisoning Flint water.
Idiot alt-righters fell for yet another anti-anti-fascist doxxing trap and all they got was a lousy t-shirt.
Sen. Bill Nelson said Russians had penetrated his state's election systems, and you know, he might be right.
Facebook advertising ROI is proven once again, demonstrating notable gains in hate and fear indexes.
Mon, 20 August 2018
It's the long-awaited Air Conditioning Replacement Day celebration at KITM World HQ! What does that mean? It means you get to enjoy this "encore presentation" of our August 21, 2017 episode. It was a simpler time, then! The sun was being eclipsed by the moon, and we were puzzling for just the first time over why the media seemed intent on keeping Steve "Shambling Mound" Bannon relevant despite his dismissal from the White House:
David Waldman’s being followed by a moon shadow, moon shadow, moon shadow... It’ll catch up with him later today, but for right now he is still producing new, but non-live versions of KITM. David is in South Carolina, but probably not visiting the state’s protected Confederate monuments. The whole point of Confederate monuments is to celebrate white supremacy. That, and to make money for statue makers. The clone army is in retreat, but might rise again if we aren’t alert. We are just now rediscovering the lost history of the only coup d’état ever to take place on American soil.
So, who the f@&$ is Steve Bannon? It’s not too late to ask that question, because he’s not actually going away like he really should. Steve Bannon stayed at the White House to advise Trump on very fine Nazis, but everyone knows Gorka’s the house Nazi, and Bannon wasn’t awfully up on Muslims, or geography. Steve Bannon’s expertise lies in climate denial, meth production, porn, and ass-kissing, but unfortunately he wasn’t meeting Trump’s standard.
A white nationalist ship refused help from a refugee rescue boat, so maybe they think they are superior swimmers as well.
Fri, 17 August 2018
Donald Trump let himself off early today, to kick back, binge on his favorite tv shows, and grab a little “me time”, leaving David Waldman to sweep up a few lingering stories to get us through the weekend:
Bone Spur Donald’s parade has been postponed, until never. Our businessman president had the price all figured out, except for a few digits here and there. Maybe next Bastille Day he can ask the French how they run their government so efficiently.
You can’t buy Omarosa’s silence. Not for $179,000. And, not with Trump’s idiot lazy lawyers, who are known for screwing up confidentiality agreements. David holds a seminar on the arbitration process.
The not so magic kingdom of SaudLand holds a special place in Donald Trump’s heart. Canada, on the other hand, Donald isn’t really that into. So, when Sauds float their whim of diving a plane into Toronto, Canadians probably shouldn’t turn our way for sympathy. Why fly an airliner into a building when you can just foreclose on it?
Thu, 16 August 2018
David Waldman introduces a new paradigm in disruptive innovation: a “web-enabled” system capable of transferring David’s unique thoughts and emotions, opinions and facts, directly to you, almost instantly, or at any time, day or night, that you alone can independently select. Experience KITM.
Also, Elon Musk has a new idea.
Greg Dworkin finds common ground with Trump loyalists. Make the House Democratic, and impeach Trump. Win-win! Even Alex Jones could tell you so, if he wasn’t so hard to hear lately. A dad tramples Nazi-boy’s free speech, might start charging him rent.
Greg’s got the polls! Dems are doing very well, but even better with the Trump bump. Nancy Pelosi is the last thing on voter’s minds. Richard Uihlein has lost $29,000,000 betting Gop. Democrats keep politics local to win elections. Those big red areas on Trump’s favorite map have lots of other colors too.
John Brennan is first off on Trump’s enemy list. Who is Bruce Ohr, and is Donald making the moves on his wife? OK, just keep it up, and Omarosa will just keep dropping tapes. Trump’s lawyers dislike subpoenas. They’ll hate indictments.
David examines Elizabeth Warren’s plan to save capitalism for the stakeholders.
Harvey Weinstein’s couch may have seen a lot of sex traffic.
Wed, 15 August 2018
David Waldman opens today’s KITM with a live comparison test between Google Hangouts and Skype that went about as well as you’d imagine, and you’d have to, as Netroots Radio also went in the crapper around the same time, taking us off the air for the first 15 minutes.
Then computers rebooted, buttons got pushed, Greg Dworkin called in, and it all got better.
Yesterday was a Primary Day, and you know what that means! So, let’s talk about Omarosa, who DNGAF about NDAs, or much of anything other than winning Presidential Apprentice. Maybe now we can all agree that Donald Trump is a racist by every imaginable standard. Trump is right to be scared of an N-word tape.
One in three Americans “like” Donald Trump. Why so many? God only knows, but that number won’t win many elections. Wisconsin Dems finally have a chance to beat Scott Walker. Dems have the enthusiasms! Not just one, but many, which is why Democrats are set to make a lot of history this November... by representing Americans.
Would you believe Qanon spread because people wanted to make some money off rubes?
Tue, 14 August 2018
David Waldman’s job is to explore all of those intricate webs of lies and corruption that others just don’t have the time or focus to provide. Tuesday is his day to pick up the loose web threads:
Posing as president is tough for a sociopathic dotard that really doesn’t care if “you are up”, or that’s “what you call” your country. Donald Trump is shackled in place by a job title that won’t let him Peter Principle his way into assisted living.
Armando calls in to talk of our dog of a president’s latest sad attempts to become alpha. Being a dog back in the ‘70’s, Donald would indiscriminately hook up with any mob, but with age came loyalty, sort of. Either way, he’s hooked for life.
Of the two ways to subjugate a country, the sword or debt, one messes up your future property a lot less. Saudi Arabia weaponizes its wealth and aims it at Canada. The United Arab Emirates wages financial war against Qatar to steal the World Cup, and the rest of Qatar while they’re at it. Multi-sleazy multimillionaire David Rowland is connected to much of this.
Mon, 13 August 2018
His golf game rained out, Donald Trump stayed inside, motorboating motorcyclists, his very important contingent, and an prime example of those supporters Trump relies upon... as opposed to that wacky, vicious, low-life Omarosa, who Donald had to fire 3 times—plus another time he just found out about—because she, well, didn’t really “fit in” with the group. Now that Ja’Ron, he’s a good one. (Whatever his last name is.) There’s a certain level of loyalty and commitment expected in conservative quarters, you know... What about North Korea!
The great news: November keeps coming, and nobody can prevent that. David Waldman joins with Dr. Greg Dworkin (Ret.) (not yet) to round up pundits, and polls, without which we might think Trump is popular, and wouldn’t notice the big blue blizzard heading our way.
Losers might actually be losing for once. Trump calls to boycott Harley-Davidson, and Scott Walker ahead of Tuesday’s primary. Chris Collins suspends his reelection campaign, but he still needs to resign. New polls show Ted Cruz could really lose, once people meet Beto O’Rourke. IL-MN-MI-OH-IA-WI could go blue, and if not all of them, that’s still good. “Unite the Right” united a couple of dozen of “them”, and lots of “us”. Once upon a time, Richard M. Nixon was a popular president.
A fourth federal judge, this time a Trump appointee, has rejected a challenge to special counsel Robert Mueller's appointment. Donald is not good at getting stuff done or whatever. Is Space Force the Trump Steaks of his presidency so far? Devin Nunes does his part, by tampering with witnesses in Azerbaijan.
Fri, 10 August 2018
We take advantage of the freedom of our format today to present a “commercial”-free reading of a long-form—and I mean long—piece that just might give us some framework for understanding what the autocrats and other assorted dingbats in charge of what now passes for “Middle East policy” could possibly be thinking. Could it possibly help explain the rather bizarre circumstances surrounding the dismissal of Secretary of State Rex “Everything” Tillerson?
Thu, 9 August 2018
ZOOM! Cadet Pence reporting for duty on Space Force! Commander Donald J. Trump directs invisible planes to aim their missile-missiles, just like you see on the telly-telly! True Americans, led by Laura Ingraham make their last stand against those massive demographic changes that none voted for and never liked, ever since dirty immigrants starting washing up on shore in the 1400’s! Todd Kincannon is… crazy!
Here on our planet, David Waldman and Greg Dworkin commiserate on our world’s sorry state. Brett Kavanaugh will make things worse forever. For Chris Collins cronies who are not yet rich, you might be too late, as Collins is out of the millionaire making business. If Mueller doesn’t want to hear any lies, he shouldn’t ask Trump any questions. Even Republicans picking up a paycheck for being Republican aren’t awfully into their party at the moment. The Republicans’ plan is to pump up their base by disgusting everyone else, and you know Trump’s the man for that plan. In Virginia, women form an insurgency to topple Dave Brat, and discover he’s weak around the grill.
Devin Nunes had one job, and unfortunately for him and Trump, part of that job was not telling what that job was. At Paul Manafort’s trial, Rick Gates reveals the money trail, and all money somehow eventually leads to Trump.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hits the big time, with journalists, vetters, oppo researchers, and David becoming interested in her background details.
Wed, 8 August 2018
We lost. Yay! How many times do we have to tell you that this is what winning looks like? (No really, how many times? Asking for a friend.) Honestly, OH-12’s close loss is one of those “good” close losses, as David Waldman and Greg Dworkin discuss this morning after, while bagging up the takeaways: The Generic Democrat is popular, the new wave is still to crest, college educated are finally smartening up, more women are always welcome, and Missouri voters wiped out their “right to work” bill, which is big, nice news for unions.
Congrats and condolences to Ron Estes.
Move over turtle farms, David suggests Betsy DeVos take over the Department of Agriculture. Who cares about experience or even basic knowledge? Get a Mar-a-Lago membership and get in line. Who the hell is יצחק "אייק" פרלמוטר? David needs all of the words, even some Yiddish ones, to explain things sometimes.
Tue, 7 August 2018
David Waldman brings us another information and insight packed KITM, available on RadioPublic, YouTube, TuneIn, Netroots Radio, and now simulcast on a giant screen currently erected in your back yard! (Made you look)
Look, we know this isn’t why you tuned in today. You hunger for the latest Wilbur Ross news, and David fills that void with new details about Wilbur Ross’ business that point to a pattern of grifting. Actually, it points to Ross stealing about 120 million dollars, and fistfuls of Sweet'N Low packets.
Armando calls in to talk politics. The Rick Scott-Bill Nelson race for the U.S. Senate is “local”, but gone national in importance and price tag. Armando gives us his upshot of his time at Netroots Nation, and a preview of the in-depth article he’s putting together for Daily Kos this weekend. Netroots showed the Blue Wave might actually be a new wave movement.
Mon, 6 August 2018
Greg Dworkin had two enormous stories to share, and skipped over them to talk about Qanon. It seems that masterminds of MAGA caught on to our prank. Now that the jig’s up, we’ll have to concentrate on winning elections by fielding candidates set to do good for their constituents. Kris Kobach is becoming renown for grifting and stupidity, and thus is a shoe-in for the Kansas Republican primary. Corrupt Democrat Robert Menendez is buoyed by being a Democrat in 2018, foundering by being a crook.
The enormousest story, of course, is Donald Trump throwing Jr. under the bus while managing to be swept under the duallys himself. Trump continues making stuff up, while dancing the puppet hopak. How does Hope Hicks do it?
A Trump Troll apologizes, and reaches his hand out in friendship... Thanks! Let’s work together to reestablish a nation of laws, and move on together. Republicans keep mum on their 2018 agenda also. No one likes printed guns, but you can’t stay in the Gop if you say that. Russia likes the US court system for its ease in eliminating dissidents.
Fri, 3 August 2018
Donald Trump is golfing, resulting in fewer Trump cataclysms today, sort of, although he still has plenty cooking. Nonetheless, this gives David Waldman and us a moment to catch our breath and catch up before the weekend:
As folks (i.e. mob bosses, war lords and assorted plutocrats) at the National Prayer Breakfast and Gop circles can avouch, Maria Butina is the gift that keeps on giving. Donald Trump is still a bit confused on the Russian topic. Another female super-spy is uncovered at the US embassy in Moscow, after spying a decade, so maybe Donald will point at Barack, or Hillary, or Bill.
Robert Mueller is moving several FARA cases to New York prosecutors.
Remember when George W. Bush said he could override a torture ban? David does, as was part of a meeting President Obama convened with civil liberties advocates. The question is, what does Brett Kavanaugh remember about the W. years? (Kavanaugh’s pretty questionable in many ways.) Voting to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is more than an act of Congressional suicide, it’s the Republican murder of the legislative branch of government. The second half of KITM is devoted to a compression of more than a decade of David’s thoughts and warnings on the subject, as well as a primer on “Historical Gloss”. If we aren’t doomed already, Republicans will keep trying.
Thu, 2 August 2018
Today, in his modest Virginia
Greg Dworkin brings us more #gunFAIL: A gun safe, at least one that was used, could stop most school shootings. Greg also brings us more crazy from the crazier: Donald Trump is king of the haters. Republicans are in disarray, as Koch-lovers get nervous when they leave money on the table. America begins to realize its kleptocracy problem watching the Manafort trial, even if the prosecution can’t say that out loud. Tad Devine, chief strategist for Bernie Sanders, told us our economy is rigged, as he helped rig Ukraine’s economy.
White, college-educated women are getting too smart for Steve Bannon. They’re getting too smart for Trump and Republicans too. Central Ohio is suddenly up for grabs, as independents go to the Democrat, and Trump runs to the rescue. In Virginia, a Republican candidate’s staff fight to split the vote with an independent. In Montana, the Green candidate, who was earlier the Libertarian candidate, was always a Gop employee. Another fake Green is exposed in New York.
David reads the ProPublica story of how Kris Kobach conned city after city, by first selling them anti-immigrant fear, then anti-immigrant solutions, until they were bankrupt. Samantha Bee scooped us all a year ago. Counties across the nation fall off the financial cliff, as they are fleeced one by one. Just one more Supreme Court judge and Kobach can be pre-right!
Wed, 1 August 2018
Everyone’s off to Netroots Nation! Except for David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, me and you. Well, maybe you are too, but that’s even more reason to listen to today’s KITM. Catch up on the latest between conferences!
Meanwhile, an alternative universe hosts white power rallies. The press reaps the deplorables, right where they sowed them. The next lunatics to bathe in the media gaze: Qanon. Get ready to hear their thoughts spoken over cups of diner coffee. No matter what, this will never be normal. Real journalism fights back in the margins.
The blue wave will be pink. A winning theme for Democrats? Kids, and health care. The Trump administration knew what they were doing to children, then decided to do more of it. A judge rules the administration must stop giving psychotropic drugs to migrant children without consent, but it will take more than that to stop them. Until then, kids will die.
Be envious: Armando is going to Netroots Nation. On his way, he calls in to discuss Marc Short, who left the Trump administration to pick up a paid senior fellowship at the University of Virginia, although he’s not an academic, or experienced, and is a proven liar. Short’s experienced, academic ex-co-workers feel no need to represent both sides.
If you knew what Bob Mueller knows about Donald Trump, you’d know Trump is as guilty as sin.