Wed, 31 July 2019
David Waldman wanted to have an in-depth discussion of last night’s Democratic presidential debate, but would be, as per KITM rules, held to 480 fifteen second rebuttals. Your friends and neighbors will be glad to tell you who “won”, as would complete strangers, but David instead invited Joan McCarter, who can prove she paid some attention last night, even to the Hickenlooper parts… In sum: Bernie and Elizabeth Butch and Sundanced their way through all the b-listers Jake Tapper could throw at them, while Marianne Williamson pegged the clap-o-meter... yada, yada, yada, on to Biden-night.
Russia and 2020 election security loom large for Moscow Mitch McConnell in the nomination of Representative/Loon John Ratcliffe to be director of national intelligence. Susan Collins is deeply concerned as the deciding vote, as she is deeply concerned about the reaction to all of her votes since Brett Kavanaugh.
Moscow Mitch McConnell threatened to take away Republican’s recess if they don’t reach the 60-vote threshold he needs on the upcoming debt ceiling budget vote. The House did their part, easily passing their agreement and eliminating policy provisions restricting money to Trump’s wall… Armando calls in to say “Wait. WHAT ?!?”
Tue, 30 July 2019
David Waldman saves us from the goo of awfulness for a couple of hours each day to escape into the details and nuance of stories not paid enough attention:
John Ratcliffe finally caught the attention of the judge on Presidential Apprentice, and may be moving into the finals, but was caught inflating his resume in a major anti-terrorism case. Republicans may be opposed, but might have given up caring.
Mon, 29 July 2019
Another Monday, some more clouds.
And, Greg Dworkin is up in Alaska having fun without us for the next couple weeks!
David Waldman hangs in there, punching the time clock at KITM World Headquarters, flicking the lights and gauges awake as the walls of machinery whir to life… Where to take us today?
How about a deep look, or maybe a beginning of a deep look into the overarching danger of replacing the director of national intelligence Dan Coats, last of the even slightly straight shooters of the Trump administration with House Republican John Ratcliffe of Texas, a conspiracy-promoting loyalist. Of course Ratcliffe’s loyalty was the primary consideration, the conspiracies come for free.
Fri, 26 July 2019
David Waldman has all sorts of reads for you this weekend—“long”, “short”, “deep”... I present to you the “shallow”:
Then! That’s when the trap is sprung. Nancy Pelosi is such a master of 12 dimensional chess that it is difficult to determine who her actual opponents even are! Wait—so now it’s Jerry Nadler’s fault? Nadler and Trump played long before Mueller even sat down, and Donald doesn’t play chess. Jerry taught Donald how to lose, a talent he has perfected to this day. (BTW, Mohammed bin Salman also has a super-cool city he wants to build.)
Roy Moore’s lawyer has his own, probably not pedophiliac, sex scandal.
Florida Senator Lauren Book received phone calls saying ‘Little girl you don’t know what you’re getting into,’ while checking into Jeffrey Epstein’s work release scandal.
Thu, 25 July 2019
In between everything, there was procedure. David Waldman located a tasty bit to chew over.
Greg Dworkin called in to turn our attention to the presently sunny skies still over 2020. Media coverage of the Democratic primary would be different if the first states to vote were Florida, Texas, New York and Georgia, but of course none of that is actually happening. Instead we get the Bullock bounce, and maybe a Harris re-bounce.
Donald Trump died, and the cover up continues. Still, hidden clues such as this fake Presidential seal hint at the truth. If Jeffrey Epstein dies, he’ll miss a heck of a trial. Here’s Epstein’s Lolita Express, and the women who helped make it possible.
Wed, 24 July 2019
What ‘cha doin’? Watching Robert Mueller testify? That’s cool... but wouldn’t you rather be listening to KITM right now, hm?
OK, David Waldman would also rather be watching the testimony, too… and so would Greg Dworkin, but there’s so much to tell you they couldn’t let a day go by:
For instance, there is the prelude to the Mueller testimony, and the prelude to the Mueller testimony postlude. And the speculation… Will this be the Aaron Zebley moment? Will Robert Mueller just explode? Will the media get it right, finally? Or is it LOL YOLO NM, on to the election?
These are not normal times, and this won’t be a normal election. The Russians will interfere again, and the states to worry about are the same ones Hillary Clinton needed, and lost. Do the Democrats need good policies, or good-sounding policies to win? The Green New Deal is as popular as legalizing weed. The best candidate against Donald Trump will harness hope—and fear, at least as good as Trump does.
Tue, 23 July 2019
One day before Robert Mueller testifies before Congress. Mueller’s testimony will enable Democrats in Congress to impeach Donald Trump even more than Mueller’s report did. Two, three times as much. That dude will be so impeached. David Waldman doesn’t get our hopes up, pointing out that Congress’ best chance at success would be to keep their mouth shut, and what’s the chance of that? It will in fact enable much more talk of legislation, for those policy-talk fans out there going into 2020.
Impeachment does seem kind of like a mean thing to do, and Democrats hate being mean, even when protecting equal rights or public services against injustice. Better to just get along while in the majority, so they can feel better about themselves while in the minority.
Mon, 22 July 2019
A QAnoner on a secret (imaginary) mission from Donald Trump takes out a mob boss (for real) in a blow to the (imaginary) Deep State. Buzz Aldrin couldn’t beat the conspiracy theories out of his moon landing truther.
Greg Dworkin calls in to decompound our national tincture of intolerance, while white anxiety, and Presidential approval keep going up. Over 80% of Republicans do have a racist bone in their bodies, and have inherited their identity politics with their skin color. Their strategic deployment of bigotry has been the default practice used to undercut democracy, therefore we must fight Trump and everything he represents. But... you can’t fight Trump directly, and you can’t ignore him, and you can’t fight him on substance, and you can’t fight him with artifice, so maybe Dems should become extemporaneous… and hire screenwriters. Oh maybe Robert Mueller will get up there and fix it all... After all he would if this was a TV show.
Fri, 19 July 2019
It’s Friday and David Waldman presents a “Friday” KITM. Coincidence? You decide:
The Southern District of New York determined that there wasn’t anything interesting to investigate on Donald Trump, Michael Cohen and Hope Hicks. How do they keep doing that? More importantly, why? Could we have been following the wrong trail of crimes? Bump bump bummmm!
Steve KG Bannon bragged that he tracked Catholic’s church-going in Iowa with their cell phones.
Thu, 18 July 2019
Donald Trump had a signature campaign rally last night in which he goaded his followers into behaving like Trump followers. He needs them to be racist thugs, although a bit more discreet. Mobs can be effective, yet so hard to regulate. Don’t worry, Donald has a plan if things get out of hand.
Democrats just want to get along. The Squad remains in the limelight, and not one of their couple hundred Democratic Congressional co-workers are one bit envious of that limelight... Several did pull Jake Tapper aside to speak candidly under condition of anonymity about how they were especially rankled by having to address specific concerns in an order that they themselves would not have selected, probably. Also-rogue Representative Al Green introduced articles of impeachment, again. 95 fellow Democrats thought that was a fine idea. But, it was tabled, because of course we should wait to hear the Mueller
In New York, the sun rises.
If you think we have it tough, UK’s Trump Boris Johnson lost his first House of Commons vote, and he’s not even Prime Minister yet. Boris attempted to suspend parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit.
Wed, 17 July 2019
No one can tell Donald Trump what he can and can not do with his shampoo bottle! Hmm… and while we wait for the right wing videos pwning us on that one, David Waldman and Greg Dworkin bring us the latest news:
Donald Trump is now officially a racist, and the ruling is officially bipartisan. As the House arrived at that decision, Representative Emmanuel Cleaver officially declared “can’t even” on the House floor. It seems that Republicans really hate racism...the word “racism”. Democrats still have half of the dictionary to work with. LOL YOLO NV… Wait, David explains that someone actually followed precedent here.
The Trump presidential campaign hopes to win where they won, and Donald certainly looks to have locked up the deplorable vote for 2020. In fact, he might have captured it for generations. The rest of America agrees that Trump supporters should just go back where they came from.
Measured in geologic time, Democratic investigations into Trump have moved relatively quickly. The administration agreed to be permanently barred from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. (And still haven’t, as of this posting) A US District Judge keeps lowering the bar on Roger Stone, and he keeps limboing under.
Newly found footage of Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein at a 1992 party raises the question of how a feeble dork like this could find his way to any legitimate sex, ever. Former Trump Aide Jason Miller has been to all of the prostitutes and massage parlors, but is still too much the gentleman say if he saw the boss there.
Tue, 16 July 2019
This is a stupid reality to find ourselves in, but at least we have KITM and David Waldman in this stupid timeline for a couple of hours of non-stupid:
The Justice Department says Kellyanne Conway is absolutely immune from compelled congressional testimony. They’re getting away with it, so who’s the dummy here? Impeachment is one of a few issues progressives have become un-arrayed with from Democratic leadership.
Julian Assange turned an embassy into a command post for election meddling, and probably forfeited his apartment deposit. Italy’s far right brings a missle to a ballot fight. Maybe we won’t be as rowdy….
Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders share some politics, but find little need to share much else.
Mon, 15 July 2019
Dems in disarray! (No, not really) Donald Trump is racist! (Yes, indeed). Well, that sums it up… Oh, you want more detail? Then you have come to the right place. On today’s KITM, David Waldman teams up with Greg Dworkin, and is joined by Armando to deliver almost 2 hours of nitty-gritty:
Surprise! Donald Trump is a cruel bigot, voted in by cruel bigots, and wields an army of cruel bigots, so, it might be expected that cruel bigotry would be the national agenda. Idiot-2 and Sycophant-1 went on concentration camp inspection and thought the place smelled like heaven compared to where they usually have their heads.
Things aren’t looking good for Obamacare… so, is that good news for Obamacare? It looks as if Joe Biden thinks so. Armando caught up on the latest dimensions in chess play at Netroots Nation, and though there is a bit of disarray, he finds Nancy Pelosi was really not the villain. Sure, Democrats fight each other in the downtime between Trump tweets, and when there are fake polls fomenting their dissent, but they know when it’s again time to put that all aside and win.
Bernie Sanders rallied at Hahnemann University Hospital, leaving Netroots Nation to Elizabeth Warren, confirming that they are indeed two different people. Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris beat Trump in NBC/WSJ polls. Bring on the state polls!
Fri, 12 July 2019
It’s hard to believe that there are still things to “discover” about Jeffrey Epstein, but it’s true! Although we can’t be sure that all the things “discovered” are true. Here’s something that’s definitely not: the idea that anyone could make a “political martyr” out of Alexander Acosta, who resigned before the show was even halfway done.
What does the Epstein story say about us? Well, pretty much what you thought it did. As an added reminder, it’s the first anniversary of the bust-up of yet another Russian crime ring operating out of Trump properties.
On the census front, did Trump cave on pushing the citizenship question? Or does he just have something even more sinister up his poorly-tailored sleeve? The courts have had just about enough of this crap, and the House (for what it’s worth) is no happier.
More news nuggets out of the newest Trumpworld book: Nikki Haley got the UN gig as a favor to her Lieutenant Governor, who wanted the top job.
The entirety of the western world—home of that enlightened culture celebrated as superior by conservatism’s leading lights—is under attack by the Russian mob/government. But we’re out of time and will have to leave it there.
Thu, 11 July 2019
Netroots Nation! Sounds like fun, but you know somebody has to hold down the fort, or in this case KITM World Headquarters. So in between the caucuses, breakouts, keynotes, and mindfulness moments, pop in your earbuds to catch up with David Waldman and Greg Dworkin on the hot topics you know your friends will want to talk about:
There’s Jeffrey Epstein, in the basement of Pedophile Island. The more people know, the more questions come up. For instance, Epstein seems to have a lot of money and power, but only one client, Les Wexner. Epstein never once checked in with city cops in the eight-plus years since a Manhattan judge ordered him to do so every 90 days .
You’d think the RNC would have answers to all of the pedophile/rape/abuse/sex trafficking questions by now.
Donald Trump shoots the constitution on 5th avenue today, and sure, there are questions... Trump and Republicans quit caring about answering questions in October of 2016. Actually, Putin and Republicans quit caring about answering questions even earlier. Oh, look—there’s Donald attacking another woman.
Maybe an election would help. “Electability” is the new “I’m not racist/sexist, but...” of 2020. Nevertheless, Harris and Warren join Joe Biden in the top tier of the Democratic contenders. The race is closest among likeliest voters… but Joe is still winning.
Wed, 10 July 2019
For those of you clamoring for tickets to “KITM Live!” in Philadelphia at Netroots Nation this week, sorry but they’ve been sold out… to Legally Blonde, the Musical. We wouldn’t be so crass to put on such a theatrical production just to take your money!
David Waldman won’t be seeing Legally Blonde, or even attending Netroots Nation this year. He instead will be rolling up his sleeves, pulling on his hip boots, and joining Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter for another day of Jeffrey Epstein latrine duty. There is a lot to dig out, so off we sail to “Pedophile Island” (actually Ephebophilia Island, part of the Chronophiliac Archipelago):
In 2002, Vicky Ward wrote a heavily censored profile on Epstein. So did Michael Wolff. For decades, lifestyles of the rich & litigious remained a topic avoided by male chief editors. Then Julie K. Brown wrote her Pulitzer-winning (If anyone had nominated it) article on then Miami prosecutor, now Trump labor secretary Alexander Acosta’s plea deal of a lifetime for Epstein. Donald Trump used to love Jeff Epstein, but now he’s not a fan. Donald still loves Alexander… for the moment. At least until someone worse for the job can be sourced. The wrong guy quits in the UK. Meanwhile, the Shadow Cabaret strip club hosts a golf tournament at Trump National.
In non-Epstein news, Obamacare has gone back to court, and has run into a court more partisan than sane. Susan Collins isn’t deeply troubled by her Kavanaugh vote, and might have her and her concerns voted out of Maine. Retired Marine combat aviator Amy McGrath raised $2.5 million in the first 24 hours of her campaign against Mitch McConnell! And—William Barr doesn’t pull his latest fast one on the judge in the Census question case.
Tue, 9 July 2019
Today, David Waldman connects the dots between Jeffrey Epstein’s sex crimes and labor secretary Alexander Acosta… along with the Love Boat cast from Hell: Prince Andrew, Alan Dershowitz, Bill Cosby, Kevin Spacey, Chris Tucker, OJ. Simpson, Bill Clinton, Steve Bannon, Alan Greenberg, William Barr, Lex Wexner, Claus von Bulow, and special guest star Donald Trump. There is also Epstein’s collection of Young [Name] +[Name] photos full of new, sordid surprises.
Spoiler: The Seth Rich conspiracy theory has Russian origins.
Mon, 8 July 2019
What a weekend! And what a downpour in DC! Just a wee bit too late to float the late Donald Trump’s parade away.
Thankfully, Greg Dworkin was on hand to help corral the various stories competing for attention today. And one of the first things Greg did was turn to Chris Hayes for guidance, in declaring America united behind the World Cup win and the arrest of Jeffrey Epstein—thanks in large part to the tireless reporting of Julie K. Brown in The Miami Herald. Which is probably why Alan Dershowitz—himself (“allegedly!”) implicated in the scandal—was almost as tireless in his attempts to undermine her work.
There’s so much wrapped up in this story—and so much more of the same immediately adjacent to it—that it’s impossible to get to it all. But if you want to know if there’s anything new, here’s the indictment.
Random throwback: “Terrorist Fist Jab!”
Fri, 5 July 2019
But… Did. They. Get. Off?
David Waldman takes us through Donald Trump’s history lesson on ramming the ramparts at airports during the Revolution. If you think Trump sees history in a strange way, wait until you hear how he sees himself. Profile in courage Donald Trump wishes he could be the good person he really is inside... it’s just that you provoke him so.
An open letter to the director of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum states why we again need to say Never Again.
Trump tries to come up with a way to rig the Census that someone will believe, but why bother when lies work so well? Oregon’s governor uses her executive powers for good.
Thu, 4 July 2019
Meanwhile, The Trump administration frantically attempts to resuscitate their citizenship question for the 2020 Census. Or, like as in Trump’s case, they will just pretend it’s alive and hope to fool as many people as long as possible.
David Waldman and Greg Dworkin spend their grill pre-heating and beer-icing time prepping us for… no, not the QAnonathon, you’re better than that! Military parades are as dead as, well you know. Here’s tanks for the memories.
A Pediatrician describes what she saw inside a border patrol warehouse. Cruelty is the point, and that point becomes sharper at Trump concentration camps each passing day. Who is in charge of delivering cruelty, and who is just following orders? A handy guide.
Next week: A very short war in Iran.
Wed, 3 July 2019
Donald Trump is dead, to begin with. Probably. That recent tweet with Pence’s skull (“I love braiiinnns!”) could have be made at any time. That doesn’t mean we can’t have a huge and beautiful wake. We already sold the tickets and bought the fireworks.
The whole gang shows up today. David Waldman welcomes Greg Dworkin, Armando and Joan McCarter, all here to pour one out before tomorrow’s interment:
Greg says vote for whom you want, and we will figure out electability as we go along. But—whom do we want and whom do we not? Polls this early might not be predictive, but they sure are fun. Our first and second choices are becoming clearer, maybe, unless someone screws up, of course. Many of us are worried that maybe many of us are bigoted idiots. Some of us might be… most probably aren’t. Hesitating in the face of Republican demagoguery is losing.
In between now and the election, Elizabeth Warren keeps up on her day job. Donald thought Judy Felton was a lunatic just like him, but she might be a lunatic in ways he did not imagine. House Democrats sue the Trump administration for tax returns. Armando runs the numbers and places the payoff sometime in late never.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has set July 9 as the date for a special session on gun-control legislation, mostly because that is what Virginia voters want him to do. Virginia Republicans say that gun control is just the first slippery step down the slope of making them vote Democratic.
By next week we should all be back to Trump-normal, which means some fresh ICE raids and the placing of a memorial for the 1991 Gulf War on downtown Tehran. Tomorrow, get away from the TV and watch your local fireworks. Oh, and come back here—we have a new KITM tomorrow!
Tue, 2 July 2019
At the behest of the Shah of America, tanks have been rolling onto the National Mall in preparation for this week’s Jingo-Cosfest 2019. Only the inner circle have been invited to the inner circle. Those outside of that… well, don’t worry, Donald Trump has been noticing you for a while now and will be addressing you in his 2nd, etc. terms. Presently, Donald’s well-muscled eyes are focused on eliminating the 2020 census. Meanwhile, border patrol agents fantasize about migrant deaths and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
David Waldman brings on Professor 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 Donald Trump and his 4th of July parade, as well as gerrymandering, as well as many other threats to democracy posed by Republicans.
Mon, 1 July 2019
We enjoyed great, pre-recorded KITMs last week while David Waldman was out... unfortunately right during the two Democratic Presidential debates. But now David’s back, ready to offer up insightful analysis on all Marianne Williamson-related issues. Might as well cut to the chase, really. Why, even Steve KG Bannon couldn’t pick a more disruptive President.
Wait, wasn’t Donald Trump supposed to be “the disruptor”? Greg Dworkin suggests that Trump perhaps instead represents the disjunctive end of an era, as did Jimmy Carter. Well then, who are today’s disjunctive candidates, and who are the disruptive? And... where does the debate on busing in the 1970s come into this? So, are the old Democrats done now? Well, Joe Biden straddles both ends of his era, and therefore appeals to many in between.
Meanwhile, The Presidential Apprentice could use a ratings boost about now... Uhm, how about an exotic location with wacky guest stars, plus a little rotating of a few side characters into the limelight? If that doesn’t work, you could just throw the whole clan into a last-ditch big budget holiday special and hope for the best.