Fri, 29 March 2019
You won’t believe how much David Waldman has packed into today’s KITM. Forget the weekend, you could become more conversant for weeks by just listening to this one show:
Sure, Donald Trump purports that the Great Lakes have record deepness, but as usual, don’t believe him until you see him prove it. Donald remains really good at getting stuff done or whatever: A federal judge blocked Trump Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky. Another pesky judge struck down Trump rules governing association health plans.
Meanwhile, Democrats on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee noticed the State department block of a journalism award going to a Trump-critical journalist. Trump documents to banks and insurers are clearly fraudulent. The Trump administration approved secret nuclear power work for Saudi Arabia. Hell, we now know Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University has Pentagon contracts! Aren’t all of these, or any one of these, worthy of
Vladimir Putin’s one world order of transnational white nationalism continues apace, in Australia, with the help of NRA, as revealed by an Al Jazeera undercover report. Pro-Putin, pro-gun, anti-vax, terrorism-truther, Pauline Hanson says she isn’t connected to the Christchurch massacre. Putin says he isn’t connected to Pauline. Hanson’s One Nation’s nationalism is for sale.
Aaron Kleinman, the Give Smart Guy, aka Bobby Big Wheel, of FutureNow.org, shares America’s Goals, and makes it his job to alert us when politicians stray from sanity and ethics. He is a KITM special guest for a 30 minute segment at the top of the second hour!
Thu, 28 March 2019
David Waldman continues working out the bugs in the new KITM computer. At 9:00 each morning, the new Mac’s prompt pops up to ask if he is inclined to run for President, and David just keeps ticking the “Remind me tomorrow” box...
Greg Dworkin tells us that Donald Trump insisting on "Brexit for Obamacare" is going to get them just where the UK is now. Where is that? Greg examines the indicative votes polling. What do indicative votes… indicate? Greg can explain. So, Brexit means Brexit, but does it mean more? Yes, it does! Will Teresa May’s resignation halt the Britain’s decent into chaos? No, it won’t! So, in a nutshell, that’s WTF is happening with the Gop’s Obamacare attack, with the exception that we all get Donald Trump in our deal.
The majority say Trump was not exonerated by the Barr report on the Mueller report. Just wait until they read the Mueller report! Most voters say they will vote yes on Trumpexit, and that is before the economy really begins to tank. Urban youth are here to help us out of this mess.
Wed, 27 March 2019
This week is all about Bill Barr and Obamacare! So, same topics, different day… but, because today is Wednesday, David Waldman gets both Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter with their added analysis and entertainment value!
A clod has been lifted... maybe, no, not really by the release of the Barr report on the Mueller report. There are a few facets of Mueller's report Barr didn’t touch upon. For instance, what Mueller was actually investigating? Sarah Sanders calls for the death of someone, but is still working out who.
Donald Trump finally made the long awaited pivot to… WTF is wrong with him? No one wants to eliminate the Affordable Care Act. No one wants the entire health care system destroyed. No one at the DOJ wants to defend their own filing to district court.
Donald certainly is succeeding in making Republicans the party of health care in 2020. Voters may not remember Barr, but they will remember this. Republican voters are finding out just how deeply Republicans hate healthcare. Today, Barbara Bush wouldn’t waste her beautiful mind on Republicans. Donald Trump also tried to take sanctions off buddy Kim Jong-un, but that ended up being a little too WTF.
Republicans also hate the environment. In the Senate, Mike Lee blew milk out his nose until he finally caught the attention of that cool smart girl across the aisle. Is the “warm” in Global Warming a little too inviting for chilly people? Maybe the “global” is a little too round for flat-earthers?
Mitch McConnell is helping Russia help Trump, again. He’s also giving Democrats incentive to pack the courts when they can take back the White House and Senate. Chuck Schumer would like to avoid talking about the filibuster before the election, but he doesn’t have that luxury.
Joan has awesome dogs. LOOK AT THEM.
Tue, 26 March 2019
William, Bill (just don’t call him Bob) Barr’s summary of the Mueller Report is awful, sure, but in his defense, he didn’t have to write a good one. Barr made a hot take on deadline, which was exactly what his bosses wanted, and all that Republicans have needed since the 2000 election.
My job is much tougher. Today, for two hours, David Waldman and Armando talked about the politics and realpolitik behind the scenes, the structure of laws, rules and precedent supporting it all, and how and where it really doesn’t matter. Really, I can’t do it justice. You will need to listen to all of it, maybe twice, to get all the details.
Now that the DOJ has killed the Mueller threat, it’s time to move on to killing healthcare. Republicans zeroed out the penalty for being uninsured under the Affordable Care Act, and now hope to zero out the whole thing. David and Armando talk about the politics, yes politics, behind the decisions of the Supreme Court.
Mon, 25 March 2019
Good news. Robert Mueller and his gang of 13 angry Democrats were completely exonerated in all deep-state witch-hunt allegations this weekend. Mueller can finally kick back at his local golf course, once he handed off his report to AG William Barr, who pretty much already had his summary written and only had to press send on Sunday. Celebrations commence at the Capital, and also at the White House.
KITM’s work has only just begun, however. David Waldman calls on Greg Dworkin and Armando to get us back on our feet and back to work. Journalists did a good job, and now need to keep it up. Legal experts, including Armando, are questioning the rationales supporting the Barr report. Also, even though there is a lot to discuss in the Barr report, it is NOT the Mueller report, not even close, so we really need to see that.
Is this the long anticipated pivot towards the one world order of transnational white nationalists lead by Vladimir Putin? Wait, who was waiting for that?
Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi, who is looking pretty smart again, will be moving forward with ACA 2.0. aka HR5155. Stephen Moore knows the quickest way to Trump’s heart, and puckers up for a Federal Reserve seat. Are we heading for a recession? You read this and tell me. In Parkland, Florida leaders react and take steps, several years too late.
Fri, 22 March 2019
David Waldman never said the live simultaneous engineering, producing and hosting of KITM was easy, and he never will after maneuvering through today’s production hassles. One thing he has always said though, is that KITM welcomes pre-recorded submissions, and so this morning David brought out two guests to broaden our discussions and understanding of events going into the weekend:
First up, The most REASONABLE man in America, Darwin H. M., aka @Darwin_Darko, to alert us that a US Navy warship has been quarantined at sea for over 2 months because of a rare virus outbreak similar to the mumps.
Once again, Donald Trump is just such an incredible dick. And, he also lies all of the time. Trump will lie between each of his lies before you can even catch a breath. Bob Kerrey demands, “Let’s see those X-rays!”
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump often tell the truth, just not to you, and they will erase it so you will never find out. Looks as if Cindy Yang invited several Chinese businessmen down to Massage-a-Lago to try out the “beautiful piece of chocolate cake”… which they call “the #4” down in the spa area.
At Boeing, safety is extra.
Thu, 21 March 2019
This morning, KITM World Headquarters took tentative steps towards inclusivity, by attempting to unite PCs and Macs in an initially uneasy truce. David Waldman checked in with his IT guy, Greg Dworkin, and they got to talking about politics:
New Zealand shows the world how representative government works, by banning military-style semiautomatic weapons and assault rifles less than a week after its tragedy.
Donald Trump gave John McCain the funeral he wanted (one without Donald Trump) but John’s thank you card must have been delayed in transit. Senator Johnny Isakson places Trump in his basket of deplorables, at least until the next Gop vote comes up. Republicans don’t mind Trump’s lies that much, but are really irritated when he tells the truth.
Appraisals of Democrat’s campaign launches are in... pre-Biden that is. Does the number of small donors determine how closely a candidate will follow the will of the people? If so, will “Devin Nunes’ Cow” lead the herd? Bernie Sander’s electability argument becomes tougher for him if he isn’t electable. Some 2020 Democrats back Liberals’ goals, which is fine, because most Americans do too.
Friendless, empty, singularly self-serving nihilist Mitch McConnell is the closest thing Donald Trump will ever have to a soul-mate.
Donald laid his wall down somewhere, and it was lost, but then it was found that local Mexicans were putting it to good use. The White House will empty out its international graft piggy bank to pay for the wall. Jared Kushner, the world’s most absent-minded super-genius, forgot to apply for certificates of occupancy for 9 of his buildings.
How does Hope Hicks do it? Democrats hope to ask her that soon.
Donald Trump didn’t say he was going to make the Mueller report public, so don’t ever believe him, even after you see it in writing. James Comey isn’t even sure if a subpoena would work in obtaining an unredacted copy.
Wed, 20 March 2019
Bernie Sanders’ latest hires roil the social media waters. Rod Rosenstein will be staying put for the time being, as we await the Mueller… whatever thingy. Daniel Dale presents another of his trademark catalogs of a particular genre of Trump lie.
Trump and George Conway are going at it on Twitter again. But at least Conway is alive, unlike Trump’s other favorite target, John McCain. About which, Sen. Johnny Isakson says he just might get riled up over that, soon.
Germans may love David Hasselhoff, but they’re not exactly loving 5G.
The New York State Attorney General says everything is just fine at the Trump Foundation.
Trump inserts himself into the life-and-death decision-making at the FAA after the latest Boeing crash, which is fine because he has a private jet. So, you know. There you go.
Tue, 19 March 2019
David Waldman welcomes Ian Reifowitz, author of The Tribalization of Politics: How Rush Limbaugh's Race-Baiting Rhetoric on the Obama Presidency Paved the Way for Trump to discuss the themes in his book and the rise of white nationalism, or transnationalism, as white power is protected and projected world-wide as quickly now and with more ease than face to face. Just ask the Virginia police officer caught working his High School beat to recruit and organize white supremacists (while also hoping to “downplay racism”). It is also apparent that pwning the libs is getting people killed. No joke: the man charged with Gambino family hit job showed up in court with “MAGA Forever” written on his hand. Ian explains that Democrats must call out Republican race-baiting to win voters of all races.
Mon, 18 March 2019
After its darkest day, New Zealand demonstrates that government is capable of acting quickly and efficiently on behalf of its citizens. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern showed empathy and steel, compassion and resolve in her response to the white nationalist terrorist attack on Christchurch NZ mosque. Ardern promises new gun laws to pull New Zealand out of the hell we put ourselves into. Mosque attendee Abdul Aziz, armed with an empty gun and a credit card machine, heroically fought the shooter away, saving lives.
Back in the US, Donald Trump tweeted once for each death, and abstained from golf on Sunday... It isn’t complicated, Trump and his base are white supremacists, but Donald took the extra time and effort to be awful in all ways this weekend, not just in white supremacy. David Waldman and Greg Dworkin reviewed Trump’s latest insults to races, genders, intelligence, morality and Saturday Night Live reruns.
The Feds raided Elliott Broidy’s office for documents related to China, Saudi Arabia, and probably a few other very interesting things. How did this young Russian website bride go from inhaling NOx from a whipped cream bottle to running a modeling agency with access to Mar-A-Lago?
Meanwhile, 2020 Democrats want to build a movement. Andrew Yang has some bad ideas. Pete Buttigieg has some good ideas. “Bill de Blasio” is a terrible idea, while some think “Beto O’Rourke” is a pretty awesome one.
Daily Kos goes down in the history books, or at least an AP Comparative Government textbook.
Fri, 15 March 2019
Well, today was the umpteenth time we’ve done the show under the cloud of a mass shooting. And although the shooting wasn’t here at home, yes, it’s still a “we” situation. More than that, we actually bear some responsibility for it.
It didn’t help matters that Trump had just finished threatening civil war if he doesn’t get his way on everything, forever and ever.
As fans of the show know, everything is always connected. And it wasn’t hard to connect events to the news that Connecticut’s highest court has ruled that a suit by the families of the Sandy Hook shooting against the makers of the “Bushmaster” AR-15 can go forward.
You want connections? Let’s talk, once again, and as complicated as it can be, about Rep. Ilhan Omar. No, seriously. There’s a new twist to this story, and maybe only KITM (though in all fairness we have to credit Politico) can make it about procedure! (Although I think it’s fair to say we have a way of making the story our own, for having covered the scourge of motions to recommit for… [checks notes]… a decade.)
Thu, 14 March 2019
Beto O'Rourke and his teeth have announced they are running for President. You know who else has big teeth? (I think those articles were about teeth, maybe. Who has the time anymore?) Greg Dworkin suggests skipping the human candidates and concentrating on their dogs. But who can choose between so many great contenders?
Donald Trump’s emergency is turning into a real one for him and his declaration. Mike Lee wanted to help Trump out, but Donald wasn’t interested. Nancy Pelosi, proponent of bipartisanship, saw some today with a 420-0 vote calling for the public release of the Mueller report. Mark Warner and Susan Collins introduced a bill to control how Trump grants and revokes security clearances.
The university bribing and cheating scandal shows that money is the real affirmative action scandal. As mom Lori Loughlin enters a holding cell, daughter Olivia Jade boards the USC Trustee Chairman’s yacht. Rick Singer set up a fake charity to mask bribes and payoffs from the IRS. The difference between corruption and philanthropy is the number of zeros on the check.
Fox News will have to lose a lot of money before they drop Tucker Carlson and Jeanine Pirro, and are well on their way to that goal. Jacob Wohl caught making death threats against Jacob Wohl. Matt Whitaker might be gone, but is still digging. Staunch Trump ally James Risch tried to temper bipartisan criticism to Trump's response to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, but he sucks at his job.
Generic Dem edges out Donald in Florida, but won’t be the one running against him.
Wed, 13 March 2019
Today, we let everybody onto the show, and none of them even had to pay to cheat on their SATs! Greg Dworkin was here! Joan McCarter was here! Armando was here!
Paul Manafort, however, was back in court. And Matthew Whitaker was back before the House Judiciary Committee. And a couple dozen college kids and their naughty, naughty parents were stuck in social media purgatory. Better than where Tucker Carlson and Jeanine Pirro are stuck, though.
The past week or so has been no great shakes for Dotard J. Trump, either. His whipping effort on the border “emergency” may be doing more harm than good, and even House Republicans are looking to buy some distance from him. Nor are early Republican voters in Iowa too keen on him. And I don’t know if Trump loves New York, but New York(‘s Attorney General) doesn’t love him.
Still hung up on Pelosi’s comments on impeachment? You’re not alone. For one thing, Trump appears to have liked them. Although she doesn’t much like the idea of Pence’s proposed one-time pass for the boss. There’s still plenty about her with which we can be pleased.
So what should Dems be doing if they can take back control of the government?
Tue, 12 March 2019
David Waldman and son rushed off this morning to pick up some strep throat over at their 24/7 walk-in clinic waiting room... But not before one last healthy KITM:
Donald Trump’s DOA budget proposes $4.75 trillion in lies, tears and broken promises. He’ll plead ignorance, which sure would be the truth, but if he is lying, remember that Donald is fully capable of fighting for days over a single word. Trump won a 2018 golf championship without playing in it, a lie he somehow forged into truth. Jack Nicklaus takes Donald’s bullshit to make the flowers grow.
Is hanging too good for Donald Trump? Nancy Pelosi thinks Trump isn’t worth impeaching, or much of anything really. Ivanka and Jared don’t believe Daddy Mealticket is a racist or that you even heard that he was.
Mon, 11 March 2019
David Waldman's back up computer has whirred its last. It has shuffled off its Tesla coil. It is in eternal sleep mode. It’s more room temperature than usual. It is dead. We must all move on:
Greg Dworkin pays his respects with a bouquet of lovely spring polls. It’s Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, leading the pack for those that select names base on who they recognize. The two also lead in how long they’ve been hanging around. Candidates will soon be judged on the issues, also by if they are not “Howard Schultz”. Sherrod Brown throws his hat into the Vice Presidential ring.
Fox News is not home to the 2020 Democratic debates, but not coincidentally is the home to Tucker Carlson and Jeanine Pirro. Tucker and Jeanine’s Venn diagram of theocracy and child rape meets at white supremacy.
Being an old rich white guy is only half of how Paul Manafort got off so lightly. Trump-branded spas, escort services, and massage parlors is only half of why Cindy Yang peddled access to Donald Trump.
Oh look, the DOJ was cleaning out Matt Whitaker’s desk and found Jeff Sessions’ lock Hillary up letter.
Adding more justices to the Supreme Court was always somebody’s idea, but now it’s a Democratic one.
Fri, 8 March 2019
Great news for conversationalists and conversation devotees, every Friday David Waldman sends you into the weekend with guaranteed conversation starters… or enders, depending on who you are talking to:
Paul Manafort was sentenced to a few years in prison. Manafort could have gotten more, but laws haven’t applied to him before and Judge T. S. Ellis didn’t want to start now, as he still has a long life ahead of him. (the judge, that is)
A Scranton, PA dentist can’t fill out a state license request, but who cares when you know the king? Donald Trump isn’t that smart either, but who cares when you are the king? Roger Ailes tipped off Trump about Megyn Kelly’s 2016 debate questions.
Wilbur Ross not only broke the law, but a judge rules he violated the Constitution. The Trump inauguration took money from shell companies tied to foreigners. Jared Kushner kicked embassy staff out of his Mohammed bin Salman pocket. Donald Trump shakes down allies for another 50%.
The founder of the Florida spa renown for their rub & tugs, crank & yanks, poke & strokes, and that occasional “Hans Solo on the old Darth Vader”, enjoyed spending her time with Robert Kraft and Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago.
Yesterday, Democrats resolved to punch themselves in the head for the duration of their administration as House majority. Today, they cleaned up elections, protected voting rights, strengthened ethics laws, and limited dark money. If Democrats really want to heal America, Trump must be held accountable also.
Thu, 7 March 2019
In one of the oh so many moments we’ve all been waiting for, Paul Manafort will be sentenced in federal court today. Kirstjen Nielsen finally got to feel some oversight when confronted over family separation, caging of children, and the rejection of asylum seekers. Greg Dworkin joins in acknowledging the expertise of house members such as Lauren Underwood, Nanette Diaz Barragán, and others in their cross-examination of Nielsen.
The House Oversight Committee fears questioning Ivanka, Don Jr. and Eric, although unfortunately that is their job. David and Greg discuss how the resolution to terminate Trump’s emergency declaration doesn’t specify how it may lose privilege. Will that trip up Mitch McConnell? Nah. The Oversight Committee saves the nation one state at a time.
Howard Schultz puts together his team of Gop operatives to better handle whatever Gop operatives do. Andrew Yang and the Yang Gang connect with their Tucker Carlson watching 4chan base to win for the Dems in 2020.
White Evangelical male Republicans revel in their wait for the Rapture by watching Jewish Democrats in a public brawl with Muslims and women of color, staged in a ring assembled just for them in the center of the House floor... Oh well, Democrats had such big plans, too. Maybe the next time Dems win the House, life will be more fair, and people will be more understanding.
Wed, 6 March 2019
Ever consider designing your lifestyle around a 4-hour workweek? The computers at KITM World Headquarters gave that a try today and took a little “meditation break”. Never fear, David Waldman made some midair repairs, allowing Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter to keep their Wednesday visit, and the show to go on:
Greg tells us the Democrats are not here to play games, but if they did, they’d still be winning. In America’s opinion, Donald Trump is losing in almost every way imaginable. As border apprehensions decline, family apprehensions surge. The U.S. trade deficit is at a 10 year high. Trump’s own executive branch is exploiting the dotard power vacuum. Bill Kristol thinks there might be room for a primary challenger, and Nancy Pelosi sees Texas as 2020 “ground zero”.
The Democrats aren’t planning to keel over waiting for the Mueller report, and are taking steps necessary to secure justice now. Requests today, subpoenas tomorrow. The DOJ used to insist that a Vice President couldn’t be indicted, until the one day they needed to.
Joan tells us how Clarence Thomas stretches ethics to pull in more judges that stretch ethics. Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell destroy the country by packing the courts, and Democrats have to prepare to fix it.
Trump pressured staff to grant security clearance to Ivanka Trump, just as he did for hubby Jared, although Ivanka probably did not kill Jamal Khashoggi. Remember that money laundering is often combined with body disposal.
Tue, 5 March 2019
And they’re off! Only two years after the starting gun (plus a couple of extra months to tighten their laces) and the Democrats are taking off down the straight, issuing dozens of document requests into their investigation of Donald Trump. 81 familiar, and not so familiar names are on their list, with plenty more to come soon… unless of course that siren song of disarray draws them back into their doom, which, yep that looks like what’s going to happen:
David Waldman and Armando discuss how the House Dems will take floor action to deal with freshman Democrat Ilhan Omar’s latest comments about Israel, and review just a few of the absolutely infinite number of more rational actions they might have taken. Also Republicans, unfettered by rational thought or principles, hold an advantage in procedural battles. Republican-sponsored motions to recommit are easy on them, tough on Democrats, and need to be revised to eliminate surprise attacks.
A Clinton-era centrist Democrat explains why it is not their time to lead anymore. The Maryland redistricting commission unanimously selects a congressional map drawn by Daily Kos Elections writer Stephen Wolf!
Mon, 4 March 2019
There must be some March 4th joke to be made to start this KITM week off, but no one has the time for that, there’s too much going on. David Waldman proceeds apace:
They may not mean it, but Greg Dworkin is glad they’re saying it: Rand Paul makes a temporarily principled stand against Trump’s extra-Constitutional powers, as well as enough other Senate Gops to earn a Trump veto… almost as if they’ll return to override it.
Jerry Nadler sincerely believes Trump obstructed justice. Adam Schiff believes Trump colluded with Russia. Soon, The House Judiciary Committee is going to find out what a few dozen individuals from the White House to the Department of Justice believe. Heck, Rudy Giuliani might even take down Trump.
Trump remains around the same place he always has in the polls, which was never good, and his unpopularity has become disconnected from the economy. His base, however will never leave him. So what? Well, although some on the right play nice, that isn’t how the Trump/Fox machine operates, as described in this week’s big, big article.
Donald Trump knows that emoluments are fungible, so forgiving Donald’s debt can alter the course of the US as well as any other bribe. After some consideration, Trump decides the failure of the North Korea nuclear summit was not his fault. Trump will issue an executive order to help a guy pwn a lib. Political shame seemed an adequate enforcement mechanism back in the day, but not anymore. David discusses the legislative procedures and history behind motions to recommit.
Fri, 1 March 2019
Donald Trump enters March like a liar. He’ll probably exit that way too. In between we’ll have David Waldman, who as far as we know has never lied, but still remains quite familiar with the techniques involved. Today’s KITM breaks down the lies, and lying behind the granting of Jared Kushner’s top-secret security clearance, and the denials of Trump’s involvement.
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