Progressive politics, news & talk hosted by David Waldman

Happy Halloween! David “Woooo” Waldman rises up from the fog dressed as a very scary “Hipster Coffeehouse” to present a star-studded KITM Holiday special:

Yech! That guy Mike Pence brought was just a dude in a Rabbi costume.

Boo! Donald Trump emerges from Hell to torture Pittsburgh, for no one’s benefit but his own. Threatening birthright citizenship is designed to terrify and distract. The whole idea is absurdimprobable and unnecessary, but look, we’re talking about it. It’s scary enough to drag intelligent people into the debate, including “Ominous” Armando. There’s no logical reason this could happen, but we are in the middle of a Jason Voorhees presidency.

EeK! Democrats have found their expectations edging up, usually a very frightening state for them. Greg “Dire & Doom” Dworkin is here to help tamp those down for you. Pssst: We are kind of looking pretty good… But, they are working pretty hard, so… We need to work harder. Expectations of us keep going up.

Shriek! Joan “Macabre” McCarter reminds us that Republicans have been lying about protecting your health for years. Medicaid expansion is life and death for 14,000 people, it’s on the line, and on the ballot for at least 400,000 uninsured Americans.

Direct download: October_31_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:45am EDT

It’s Tuesday, David Waldman’s here, and it’s not the end of the world. Maybe.

Still, it is always a good day for a special End of Days KITM: 

Today, Donald Trump does what Jesus would do, head for a photo op at the site of the worst anti-semitic violence in US history, to remove the citizenship of babiesposse comitatus, Habeas Corpus, and any sense of humanity he can locate, then off to the true believers. Just like Jesus, except the Fake News would never admit that.

Meanwhile, Mike Pence was in Michigan, and showed up with a Rabbi that wasn’t quite kosher. For Mike and Donald, getting into gimmetarian heaven depends on knowing which Jews are the good Jews. For Jewish people, Sephardic and Ashkenazic, liberal and conservative, there remains some questions.

Through interconnected global efforts, white nationalism aims to be the new world order.

A shooter shoots at a shooter, but somehow non-shooters got shot.

An October Non-Surprise: Trump might spread false rumors about Robert Mueller ahead of the midterms!

One week.

Direct download: October_30_2018_64_short.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:58am EDT

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We emerge from another dark weekend about a week away from, you gotta hope, some sunny days. For now, let David Waldman and KITM be your your little rays of sunshine:

Donald Trump might be a horrible president, but at least he doesn’t put a lot of effort into it, much preferring dotardling off to rallies to foment violence and intolerance. Fox News and the rest of the right-wing media can’t escape responsibility either.

Stop! Hey, what’s that sound? It’s Greg Dworkin coming around, with the latest punditry and polls: The Pittsburgh gunman is an example of some of the worst the US produces. The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society is an example of the best. There is a straight line from our Charlottesville ordeal to Pittsburgh shooting, and a straight line from Donald Trump to anti-semitism. We all know what we need to do to fix this. Greg peels the polling onion to find Republicans are the early voters, and the early-early voters, but don’t let that keep you from registering, helping others to register, voting, getting others to vote, and sticking out those lawn signs!

The Pittsburgh shooter was radicalized efficiently and thoroughly via the internet, naturally, often by the Russians, of course. Russian disinformation on Facebook targeted the Ukraine long before 2016. Russian money targeted Republicans long before Trump. Russian trolls have much more success in social media than they have being social in person. The white nationalist global takeover claims Brazil.

Direct download: October_29_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:57am EDT

It’s looking more and more like  Debbie Wasserman Shultz  wasn’t The MAGABomber, therefore Florida Man might be lying to us as well! You just can’t support a civil society with such behavior. On that subject, Katie Tur got the "You mad, bro?” from Erick Erickson, and she remained quite civil, considering.

David Waldman deep dives into only a couple of issues today. First up, our Well Regulated Militia. A Kentucky man was looking for some people to shoot at in a predominately black church. Locked out, he went shopping a Kroger, assuring a fellow shooter (aka a Good Guy™) “whites don’t shoot whites”.

A Florida man/substitute teacher dropped the second amendment out of his pants onto an elementary school playground. In Missouri, two teen boys took over regulating a middle school teacher’s arms. A Wisconsin Gop loser will just nuke his rivals. Body-slamming Rep. Greg Gianforte wants you to know it wasn’t his fault, unfortunately lying violates his settlement agreement.

David then sang his siren song of law and economic theory to lure Armando into calling in. Alas, he was not so easily seduced (or was busy). The Framers did not intend for minority rule to be here forever, so Newt Gingrich demands Brett Kavanaugh hurry up and put the fix in. Here’s a quick history of  “judicial review” vs. “judicial supremacy” from Dred Scott on up. David studies The Bosses’ Constitution, and this weekend, so should you!

Direct download: October_26_2018_64.mp3
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David Waldman examines all the news today, the good and the bad. The good news is that Sauds made it to whatever step it is when you decide someone is to blame, but it’s not you. The bad news is more bombs are being shipped to people on Donald Trump’s enemy list. The good news is that some of our greatest minds are now on the case!

In a point for civility, the Blow! Them! Up! chant didn’t get a foothold in last night’s Trump rally. There, Trump assured everyone that once we shut up our back sass we might not have to worry about getting slapped.

Greg Dworkin unifies the S’s and the N’s in calling out Donald’s dotardation. Last night Trump saluted our brave boys in ICE as they liberated hamlets across… Well, that’s for someone else to figure out. More good news: Gilligan, Gomer Pyle, and Donald Trump can all be trusted with our national security. Trump tweets that tweeting’s for chumps, and so’s national security. But, maybe Donald Trump is kind of a genius compared to journalists?

The midterm elections have Republicans running scared — to the voting booth. Greg analyzes polling, theories, models, and remains optimistically non-complacent, promising solid answers for us in a week or so, two weeks tops.

There are Jared Kushner-sized holes in federal ethics disclosure rules, but don’t worry, Donald and Vlad are on it.

All sides in the Chinese-Apple-Amazon hardware hack case refute the allegations. Are the three too big to fail?

When both Jerome Corsi and Roger Stone go to jail, will prison become too insufferable?


Direct download: October_25_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:15pm EDT

You think you have it tough? David Waldman won the Mega Millions jackpot last night. He just hasn’t reached that threshold of having enough people believe that he did...

Special genius Donald Trump, joined at the border by hoards of Hondurans, Guatemalans, ISIS, MS-13, killer bees and ebola hopes to reach just the threshold of terror… Oh, and it looks like he has, as bombs show up in Clinton, Obama, Soros, and CNN mailboxes. (Don’t worry, not the White House) Mike Pence and Chuck Schumer agree that there sure are a lot of despicable people out there.

Greg Dworkin attempts to shovel out Trump’s stall as fast as Donald can fill it. The White House scrambles to make Trump lies facts. Republicans have to get past the decade of fighting Obamacare to convince people of their support of it. Pundits warn Democrats to not concentrate on health care, unless that works, or Donald Trump, unless that works. Dems also shouldn’t mention Brett Kavanaugh, although that works too. No one’s thanking Rick Scott for his heck of a Hurricane Michael job.

Greg reminds us to not look at these early voting results, or these, or these. Let’s just win these 15 unbearably close races and achieve that Blue Wave.

Armando calls in to discuss Republican fear mongering, Democratic backbone, and why you should cancel your New York Times subscription. Also, Henry Waxman didn’t know inherent contempt from a hole in the ground.

Pressure increases on Bloomberg to verify its China hack story. Let’s know things.

Hey everybody! The FBI’s giving out free Hamilton tickets!

Direct download: October_24_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:05pm EDT

Less than two weeks before the midterm elections! Or a little more, depending on who you ask. You won’t believe the lies you’ll be hearing in the next few days! Good for you! You sound like the kind of person that listens to David Waldman and KITM:

David Corn points us to the Trump Lie-apalooza.™ Steve Benen put together, and here’s a handy list from Kevin Drum. It seems people didn’t care as much for billionaire tax cuts as much as Trump hoped, so how about some fake ones? A couple years of lies have kind of worked, so how about a lot of them? Trump’s most effective lies work off of hate and feartherefore the migrant caravan, a regular event that the news notices on even numbered years, comes at exactly the right time, as it is off-season for tourist traffic. Just don’t tread in Virginia, they’re on the watch. George Soros better stay low for the next couple of weeks too.

Wilbur Ross escapes the long arm of the law, with the Supreme Court’s help. A DOJ official wasn’t as lucky. Michael Flynn, spy, might have had a back channel to email hackers in 2016.

Bipartisan proposals in Colorado could become a national model for eliminating gerrymandering… but, as Rachel & Travis of the Irreverent Testimony podcast point out, redistricting based on “competitiveness” may threaten representative democracy.

Direct download: October_23_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:49am EDT

Less than 15 days until the midterm elections! Also, another minute has passed, so there’s another alibi required for Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. Donald Trump doesn’t know what to believe. Seriously, Trump would believe whatever the Saudis say, if they could just stick to something.

You know what would answer a lot of questions? A Democratic congress.

David Waldman and Greg Dworkin look for signs of the blue wave on the horizon. Turns out, there’s plenty, of course keeping in mind that the blue wave happens only once we eke out many neck and neck races across the nation. Looking back we may consider the wave, but right now it’s eking time. Still, we have many, many enthusiasms to be enthusiastic about. You can bet on millennials to save the day. Donald Trump has a special genius for appealing to his special followers, although even they can take only so much winning.

Armando calls in with a review of Andrew Gillum’s debate winning, and the Florida gubernatorial race. The Saudis went medieval on Jamal Khashoggi.

The forces of civility came to a tense standoff in Mitch McConnell’s Cuban dinner crisis. What’s the point of eating expensive food at home?

Direct download: October_22_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:39pm EDT

About 18 days until the Midterm elections. The next couple of weeks won’t be easy for an increasingly desperate, frightened and angry Donald Trump and Republican party, so expect to really get a load of it for the remainder of October.

David Waldman is joined by Armando to bring out the details and nuances of today’s news:

Trump took a break from the work of covering up the murder of a journalist to cheer the assault of another journalist. His base responded as “well” as expected to that idea, and are working on their “Cut! Him! Up!” chants for the next time they see Jim Acosta

Expect to hear more of the Jamal Khashoggi was no angel theory from people on the Trump/MBS side. Remember when Khashoggi hung around with Osama Bin Laden? Lee Atwater is spinning in his grave, looking to find his way out and punch the time clock again. Or maybe Lee is still sorry we didn’t have President Gary Hart. Mini-Trump (or maybe 3 mini-Trumps stacked in a suit) Matt Gaetz found some footage and made up a story, whereas Donald would have of course just skipped to the story part. A fake intern who actually was a fake reporter sent from everyone’s favorite faker James O’Keefe to spy U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill also had access to voter information.

Is fraud part of the Trump Organization’s business model, or all of the business model?

David and Armando discuss originalism and textualism and how little either matters to a Judge or a court getting their way. The Heritage Foundation interns pledge to never let anything take precedence over their ideology when making decisions.

Direct download: October_19_2018_64_edit.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:34am EDT

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There’s trouble out on the old Saud ranch, and it looks like Donald Trump has been in cahoots with some mighty bad men. They’re all holed up now, but the posse is forming and... No, seriously, the president is engaging in a murder coverup to protect cash flows to his private businesses. That’s what he does. It’s what we do now. It’s not like we didn’t know that would happen. We did, but they wouldn't listen.

We don’t have to listen as much if we vote them out, so could we get on that over the next 19 days? We can fix things, and leave Trumpists happily in the past where they belong.

In the meantime, why don’t you try cannabis, eh? Greg Dworkin helps take the edge off by calling in on David Waldman to discuss the latest news:

Turkey sees an upside to the Khashoggi murder, Israel a downside. Trump sees only his side. As for the midterm elections, Republicans like the Democratic national message so much, they’re going to use it. The Gop offers low-cost no-coverage insurance, so you can’t call them liars anymore. What does it mean to protect people with preexisting conditions? Trump cracks down on migrants to allow a free flow of illegal drugs.

The Press asks: Did you ever notice how black politicians are just so... ambitious? And so... well spoken? While white politicians are so… normal? The Heritage Foundation creates a clerkship boot camp to make sure that “normal” is defined their way for a long time.

Facebook thought it was all going to be video, but it turns out people like to read things.

Is China implanting spy hardware into communications equipment? A security expert confirms that this is the method he’d least expect.

Direct download: October_18_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:19pm EDT

Wednesday comes just in time! (It would be kind of confusing if it didn’t.) Wednesdays would be kind of confusing without David WaldmanGreg Dworkin and Joan McCarter:

Saudi crown prince MBS (Mister Bone Saw) Mohammed bin Salman is rampaging in anger after the death of Jamal Khashoggi... so you can imagine what he was like before. Mike Pompeo travels the globe, bringing a little chuckle and cheer wherever he goes. But not facts, no one likes those.

So, the Saudis don’t get the difference between rendition and rendering. Does that make them bad? Donald Trump sees the hit squad as quite a bit like Brett Kavanaugh, once you think about it. They like the music up loud, their hand over your mouth, and probably a good laugh now and then. One thing’s for certain, when the facts finally emerge, heads will roll.

Greg reminds us that if temperament and character matter, we’ll have a blue (and pink) wave soon. And who knows, maybe they do matter. Voters say Gop = Trump, including independents. Any wave will depend on the youth vote, and this time they just might vote. Remember that any wave is counted one drop at a time, and every vote needs to be made to count, not just the rich white ones. Oh, and the Republicans plan to cheat, ok?

Greg returns to the wake for dearly departed Sears Roebuck and Company, and it’s history of undermining white supremacy.

Stormy Daniels is certainly familiar with the Pump and Trump, as you know Donald gets off talking about how he screws others.

Joan and David talk about what could motivate crazy Senate dealmaking. (Probably their caucuses.) Mitch McConnell is worried sick that he might not have taken enough from everybody while he had a chance. Every Republican is turning up with a sick friend or relative that they might care about, at least for a month. Meanwhile, John Roberts tries to convince the nation that the Supreme Court is still legitimate. 

Less than 20 days before the midterm elections.

Direct download: October_17_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:34am EDT

Less than 21 days before the midterm elections. Knock on a few doors or something.

Donald Trump is wishing he was looking for a lost golf ball in Florida rather than listen to one more story of some person that lost another person. It’s a shame, because those were the people he needed to pay taxes and bail out the economy.

David Waldman and Armando, connoisseurs of Trumpist lies, sense subtle notes of trolling, perhaps a soupçon of cynical manipulation in maybe-lawyer, maybe-actress, maybe-Italian, maybe-Russian, maybe-spy, wife of George Papadopoulos, Simona Mangiante, proving her innocence by distributing doctored photos and altered birthdates to the press.

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's letter and trust were of course betrayed by the best betrayers. Trump would never request less. Tiffany Trump celebrated her birthday at the Dad Hotel DC, surrounded by inaugural photos.

Sears is the place for closeout deals, created by the people buying the closeout. At one time you could buy freedom there.

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Direct download: October_16_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:59pm EDT

Less than 22 days before the midterm elections.

David Waldman is back from once-in-a-lifetime bonding, creating memories that will last forever and such, ready to tackle the latest:

Donald Trump ran the gamut between being a dotard, and being a big dumb baby on 60 Minutes Sunday, but really, he won, so who cares? Elizabeth Warren won 1 million dollars from Trump, but of course Donald won that one too, just like he he always wins those things. Donald Trump always wins.

With so many very fine people to sift through, Trump is finding it tough to piece together the mystery surrounding Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance. Who could have held a grudge against Khashoggi? Saudi King Salman tells Donald that he never even got coffee from Khashoggi. Jared Kushner has fixed most of his Mark of the Beast on 5th avenue mess, but remains privately concerned, though warm and cozy inside Mohammed bin Salman’s pocket. The rest of the world remains a cold, hard place, with Vladimir Putin probably killing people. Eh, who knows? That’s not our business.

Greg Dworkin helps bring the election picture into better focus. Keep dreaming of a 50/50 or better Senate, as Republicans are pretty entrenched in those upcoming races. The House and gubernatorial contests are a different, bluer story with Democratic enthusiasms to spare... hopefully.

Whatever happened to small town life when you could go to the Big Game, and the people you hated weren’t allowed to live in your small town? Neither Bill nor Hillary Clinton will be elected President in 2018, in fact they might not even be running.

Ryan Zinke was always on the job when it came to keeping public information from becoming public.

Looking forward, a federal judge has ordered the partial release of the Watergate road map.

Building codes work!

Direct download: October_15_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:12pm EDT

Less than 25 days before the midterm elections people! No time off for anyone until we get this country back! Well OK, David Waldman gets the day off, he’s the boss. Anyhow, he made up for his absence today by putting together a special pre-recorded KITM:

You’d think Jamal Khashoggi would have showed up here and/or there by now, but lots of evidence has surfaced on what might have happened to him. The Turkish government says it has audio and video proving Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Donald Trump remembers Jamal bringing in coffee once or twice, but doesn’t see how that obligates him in any way, although of course 110 billion dollars does obligate Trump in a big way, and he is not about to blow that.

Yeah, sure, Kanye West... but did you know that Trump does a lot of crazy Oval Officestuff”? Donald and his Chaos All-Stars trotted out their latest production for Olivia Nuzzi.

China wants to be a world leader in advanced technology, as matter of national pride, cybertheft, espionage, world domination, etc. An example of their think-outside-of-the-box innovation is the designing of hardware chips to help them infiltrate America’s top companies.

University of Pennsylvania communications professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson was skeptical that Russia got Trump elected. She isn’t anymore. Here is how Russia helped swing the election for Trump.

Direct download: October_12_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

Less than 26 days before the midterm elections! 

Greg Dworkin brings us the good news, not so good news, and kind of bad news in midterm polls. Minnesota is looking pretty good, post-Franken. Claire McCaskill is betting that swing voters care more about the fight over pre-existing conditions than the Kavanaugh vote. Most voters feel Donald Trump stunk up the Republicans now more than ever.

Florida catches some hell with Hurricane Michael, and will go through more hell to recover. Donald Trump braves the storm with his troops a little over 1,000 miles north, after all they were already paid. Trump is losing in the only way he ever won—ratings.

Jamal Khashoggi has mysteriously disappeared... though probably not a mystery to the 15 Saudis leaving the Saudi consulate with take-out bags. Or to Mohammed bin Salman, who does seem to have a contentious relationship with the press. Robert Palladino and Donald Trump hope to find a rug Khashoggi’s size. Happily ensconced in MBS’ pocket, Jared Kushner is privately concerned.

David Waldman and Armando discuss destroying the Supreme Court in order to save it, or before Mitch McConnell can destroy it, along with the Senate.

Trump says the Dow dive is exactly the crazy he’s been waiting for, so give him some credit. Meanwhile, Donald discovers yet another guy trading off his father’s name, and yet another genius.

Direct download: October_11_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:43am EDT

Less that 27 days until midterm elections, y’all. The right-wing propaganda machine wishes we could hold it down a little bit for the next few weeks, but David Waldman will not pipe down! (Once he clears his morning throat.)

Maybe we aren’t an angry radical mob like people say. Maybe we are just paid to pretend we are angry by the international Jewish cabal... Greg Dworkin reminds us that if all else fails for the Gop, go for the classics. By the way, all else is failing for the Gop. Republicans call what they have now a big win, as polls show a boost in Democratic enthusiasms, and women are leaving the Gop for good, with a 30-point gender gap going into the midterms. Therefore, Donald Trump has no choice but to lie to his base some more, as the Republican party is almost all base anymore. In fact, the party is about as base as they come.

Joan McCarter tells us about Trump’s op ed in MAGA Today’s no fact-check edition. Others are fact-checking for them, and maybe they can get into the letters to the editor next week. Republicans will save the Great Society from Medicare for All. 75% of Americans want to keep ACA protections for pre-existing conditions that the Gop lawsuit seeks to overturn.

It also seems Democrats have picked Venezuelan socialism over Norway’s yet again. Rand Paul worries that someone might get hurt in this harsh environment. Someone important, like him. As Republicans search for some sort of solution to the George Soros question, they do hope to keep some of the good ones, like Sheldon Adelson. Donald and Sheldon are so close they finish each other’s sentences.

Senate Democrats force a vote this week to protect coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Should Democratic leader Chuck Schumer keep following Mitch McConnell, or not? Is it time for Lisa Murkowski to follow her conscience over to the Democratic party? Susan Collins demonstrates that her ability to remember sexual harassment is as good as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, it’s just her sense of shame that has wasted away. Let’s never forget the secret history of women in the Senate and the history how women reporting rape were kept away from the courtroom.

Nikki Haley makes her triumphant retreat, revealing a hidden genius, and raising the question of what was she ever good at?

Meet the new Flake, same as the old Flake.

Direct download: October_10_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:50am EDT

28 more days until the midterm elections. Stay angry my friends. You know that when this guy is furious the line has been crossed. David Waldman anger-casts today’s KITM:

The F.B.I. review of Brett Kavanaugh was throttled because someone knew what would be found. Democrats have promised to continue to investigate after the elections.  

Kavanaugh will cast doubt over every future Supreme Court decision, finally. Brett Kavanaugh and Susan Collins have been part of the problem for since the Bushes. Heidi Heitkamp is one of the heroes who has helped make it a really scary time for dudes and their moms.

Donald and Brett recreated that moment when they first knew each was ”the one” for cameras yesterday. Kanye West stood Trump up for lunch today, but maybe Thursday. Ye has become The Donald’s go-to expert on gangs and prison issues. Taylor Swift isn’t going to let Kanye finish. Hitlers don’t want their names sullied by an association with “Trump”.

Republicans care about their families for the duration of a commercial.

Nikki Haley steps aside for the wife of some hidden genius.

Arresting dissidents for “corruption” is a common practice in China and Russia. The Chinese president of Interpol points this out, and is arrested for corruption...

Direct download: October_9_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:26pm EDT

Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter... 29 more days until the midterm elections.

Now is the time, your country needs you. Making a hundred people vote is tough, but it will be tougher if you don’t.

Christine Blasey Ford’s story is not over. She didn’t come forward in vain. The road to progress is paved with pain.

David Waldman and Greg Dworkin tell us this is no time to pack up the tents, but to charge forward.

Trump rallies his troops, not Americans. Trump’s rally lies are ignored by the media, at least the fact they are lies. Trump’s rally lies are the driving force behind the Republican party’s plan to hold the Senate and stop the blue wave.

Republicans don’t care what you think, they expect you to back down. The white nationalist party needs to be razed to the ground. Tom Nichols is sick of all the winning.

We can win. We’re leading in 69 battleground House districts (nice!) House Republicans are in a panic, as in those districts have had big R to D flips in polling on economic issues, and Democrats lead in the importance of Judicial nominations

Gimmetarians have guns, and aren’t worried about your due process. Hamptons millionaires get what the other millionaires have, including paranoiaSaudi dissidents, the president of Interpol, the Kremlin boss behind the Trump Tower meeting, all wish they had a safe room.

Taylor Wilson, Amtrak terrorist and pal of Charlottesville terrorist James Alex Fields goes to jail.

Direct download: October_8_2018_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:38am EDT

Of all days to be out of the office!

We had to go with a rerun today. But it's always interesting to check in on how things were Way Back When. Everything always seems so quaint and simple! Even when you're looking back on a day that was well into the Trump Era!

Today, we present our October 5, 2017 episode:

It’s Karma Thursday on KITM and David Waldman is here with guest Greg Dworkin to serve up just desserts: 

U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy has zero issue posting his pro-life stance all over the place and no issue asking the woman he had an affair with to have an abortion. Now he’s thinking of spending more time with his family.

The organizer of the Alt-Right rally in Charlottesville, Va might go to jail for perjury.

Elijah Cummings wants to know who’s paying for Kellyanne Conway’s jet trips.

The Trump/Russia/Steele/Pee-pee dossier is now in the hopefully latex-gloved hands of Robert Mueller.

Senator John Thune thinks perhaps you deserve to get shot if you don’t get small.

Turns out Donald Trump is both a dotard and a moron. Trump’s speechwriter used up the “A“ material on his first post-massacre speech, raising the bar for subsequent white on white slaughter addresses. The Gop realizes that now is the time to politicize tragedy. Some Republicans might be open to discussing meaningless gestures—so is David if it eventually leads to something worthwhile. Gop donors are finding less and less worthwhile.  

On the Democratic side things are looking up in Virginia, as Democrat Ralph Northam has a clear lead over Republican Ed Gillespie for governor.

When David and I win the Nobel Prize for Kagro in the Morning, the rules state that we can only pick one more recipient, which is really unfair when you think about it. Nobel Prizes in Science distort the nature of the scientific enterprise, rewrite its history, and overlook many of its most important contributors. Did Jim Watson and Francis Crick steal Rosalind Franklin’s data on the structure of DNA

Who would guess Milburn Pennybags would be a lefty troll? But there he/she was, at the Senate Equifax Hearing.

And—Author Paula Apynys is back to read Part Four of “The Domestic Abuse Cycle: A Framework for our Politics and a Path Forward”!

Direct download: October_5_2017_64_2.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

The FBI report is a sham. Republicans pretending to care is a sham. So, let’s cut to the chase… Nope, not yet. There’s procedure to go with the pretending, and David Waldman covers that today, and what we can do about it tomorrow.

Senators are not to leak or characterize the report. In fact, they’d prefer you didn't look directly into their eyes when they talk about it. The White House characterizes the report as time to STFU and vote for Brett Kavanaugh already. Chris Coons was hoping for an investigation.

Greg Dworkin tells us there was no investigation, that the FBI ignored testimonies from Kavanaugh’s classmates which point directly to Brett lying under oath. Of course the FBI knew Kavanaugh is a liar before this latest investigation. Everyone knows Brett Kavanaugh will be horrible to women. Kavanaugh will always be a partisan thug. And, that once he is on the Supreme Court, that branch of government will become a useless drag on the United States and humanity. The people voting him in see every bit of that as a feature, not a bug. E Pluribus Unum becomes Pwn the Libs for a generation. 

Armando reminds us that we lost the Supreme Court in 2016, 2018 is our chance for redemption. Will winning Kavanaugh or losing Kavanaugh motivate Democrats or Republicans more? Republicans are at risk of a wipeout in California, but Florida is on a knife edge. It’s all up to YOU, the voter.

Fred Trump, huge crook, funneled hundreds of millions to Donald Trump, huge crook. Will that ever matter? Let’s elect some Democrats and find out.

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Where are we today? The FBI investigated without an investigation, Republicans will make a declaration without reporting anything, then force a vote, or not. Who knows? David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter are here to unscumble the obfuscating:

Donald Trump finally got his turn on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, and the cheers were both deplorable and predictable. Some Senators were sort of concerned and kind of appalled. Greg Wednesday danced his round-up of honorable/horrific Brett and Bart reactions our way.

People who really know Brett Kavanaugh wouldn’t confirm him. People who really know Bart O’Kavanaugh stay well out of reach. Educated white women were already recoiling from Trump. Then came Kavanaugh. Republican women however, still really don’t like women.

No one has time to read the 14,000 word New York Times Trump tax investigation, but still should.  Trump has been robbing the troops his entire life. Who’s helping him now that Dad’s dead?

Markos "kos" Moulitsas helps clear up the dissembling of terms everyone wish were never coined (FFFF, Devil’s Triangle, Boof) in the effort to drop Brett Kavanaugh (Cleveland Steamer) onto the Supreme Court. McConnell needs Kavanaugh as much as Trump does.

Joan "joanmccarter” McCarter wonders if Susan Collins has a shred of decency left. If so, it’s because of of sustained constituent pressure, so keep it up, and clear the hallway!

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That wasn’t red red wine—that was blood! Blood flowing from Dom Cozzolino’s ear after he crossed Brett Kavanaugh and his gang of drinking buddies in 1985! Weird how that youthful indiscretion didn’t come up before now.

Well, David Waldman and the FBI are on the case so we’re sure to discover a lot more:

Brett Kavanaugh seems to have been a belligerent sloppy drunk back in the day, a bit dryer now, and maybe had a glimpse of self reflection somewhere in between. It was probably during a time of such introspection that Brett realized he needed to get all of his witnesses’ story straight, as friends and perjurers do.

Old white men told you not to set them off, but now you did it. The Gop has two plans to heal the nation:  just confirm Kavanaugh, and if that doesn’t work, just confirm Kavanaugh. After that, Brett will ensure there is no dispute anymore, and all your female problems will just go back to normal for good.

We are not out of belligerent liar stories. Point out a lie to Donald Trump, and you get the lie back with interest. A reporter says “Thank you” and Trump calls her a liar… or a moron.

Trump personally directed the effort to stop Stormy Daniels from telling the truth.

“People want to make sure we have a congressman that is not hypocritical,” is a lie. If you are referring to Devin Nunes, that is.

A reporter finds that having an opinion prohibits her from telling the truth.

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Welcome to October, and back from a kind of quiet weekend. At least comparatively so, considering last week. Donald Trump fell into yet another May-December romance, and he’s launching a new brand today. Things like that  shouldn’t pull the discussion away from Brett Kavanaugh and the tsunami crashing across our culture.

David Waldman welcomes Greg Dworkin, who rounded up punditry to explore the sources and destinations of this national drama. Brett Kavanaugh is both too big to fail, and yet doesn’t sound like, look like, or act like a Justice anyone would want. But Brett is an angry white male, which is just what angry white males happen to be looking for. No one wants a furious woman, however, although that is exactly what these times require. Voter enthusiasm is now at a record high, which is bad news for the Gop house, maybe even for the Senate.

The FBI is now maybe, sort of investigating Kavanaugh this week with free reign, give or take. Armando calls in to discuss how a lack of investigation, allowed testimony and witnesses might make a prosecutor reluctant to prosecute a case. Outside counsel Rachel Mitchell didn’t mention shameless liar Brett Kavanaugh. Why should Brett feel ashamed? Little lies, big lies, are just his opinion, and soon to be The Opinion. Of course, no discussion on dorm room debauchery is complete until a Chad weighs in, and a Chad is aghast, along with plenty of others who witnessed Kavanaugh. So why is a perjuring lout still going to be #5 against 4 after more than a dozen years of official red flags? Because he earned it.

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