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Kagro in the Morning - March 25, 2015

The Duck Dynasty guy figures atheists can be converted under the threat of unspeakable brutality. Greg Dworkin notes the push for automatic voter registration in California, and reminds us why conservatives think this is so terrible. Jeb's obstacles to the nomination. A former Reagan administration official (now with CAP, believe it or not) says Republicans criticize Obama's foreign policy even though it's "a national security strategy Ronald Reagan would love." Joan McCarter joined us for a little Idaho news chat. Ted Cruz's plans to join Obamacare. Pete Sessions duz teh maff rong. Republicans fight over which terrible budget to pass, while Daily Kos endorses a better one. A "doc fix" deal emerges in the House, but faces trouble in the Senate. Finally, the sob story of the day: rich donors just aren't feeling the love anymore.

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Kagro in the Morning - March 24, 2015

Greg Dworkin rounds up all the Ted Cruz Nuz. What it might mean that Cruz is officially in while others are not. Steve King is puzzled by Jews. The new line of attack on Jeb: he's not anti-Obamacare enough. Monte Frank of Team 26 tells us about the 3rd Sandy Hook Ride on Washington, and discusses the national drive for gun violence prevention, so-called "smart guns," etc. Next, we try to make good on missing Rosalyn MacGregor's Michigan update, but instead play the (admittedly excellent) February update! Why? Because we're professionals. A procedural explainer on the budget resolution, on which debate begins today in the House. What is the "Queen of the Hill" rule, and why would you use it? KITM listeners are among the few for whom this rule isn't completely new!

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Kagro in the Morning - March 20

Caught up in the basketball mania, which is terrible, we get the backstory on one of the NCAA's craziest team mascots, the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs, from contributor Arliss Bunny. Next, Armando points to the latest on eGhazi from Politico, which suggests that the State Department was hoping to streamline its record retention procedures and give staff considerably more discretion in deciding what to preserve. That led to an extended discussion of the issue's many complexities, and an ever-present tension in all transparency decision-making. The white supremacist Mesa, AZ shooter has nothing to do with white supremacy, somehow. An interesting follow-up to how scam PACs swindle small donors: ProPublica looks into how they swindle large ones.

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Kagro in the Morning - March 19, 2015

It's the first day of the basketball tournament that trademark law says you can't name without permission! But Greg Dworkin distracts us from that with some news stuff, like the Israeli elections, Scott Walker's staffing problem, continued monitoring of eGhazi, and opinions of Obamacare shifting? Hey, how about those crazy college athletic team names? Mitch McConnell can't run the Senate like he said he would. Asking the wrong questions about police shootings. And about almost everything. More about the dumb Starbucks thing. Then, a dumb Dick Cheney thing.

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Kagro in the Morning - March 18, 2015

Aaron Schock's resignation creates a looming shortage of radio material. But as the press narratives begin to take shape, this story will still need some sorting out. Greg Dworkin brings us the latest on the Israeli election results, and notes that another poll shows little eGhazi impact & little other change, and alerts us to Obama's "green gambit." More snark on Schock. Seems James O'Keefe is back at it. Something, something, Donald Trump. Having been in transit and missed the opportunity to comment on Schock, Joan McCarter joins us from even further west than usual. She considers whether Boehner is really ready to surrender the "doc fix" hostage, the Senate's use of Loretta Lynch as a hostage on the unrelated trafficking bill, and her fascinating look at the physical undersea infrastructure of the Internet.

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Kagro in the Morning - March 17, 2015

Greg Dworkin takes a peek at the Israeli elections, and notes that 16.4 million have gained insurance under the ACA. NH might let its Medicaid expansion expire, while political hardball may move other states to finally give in to expansion. Begun, this year's budget wars have. OR automatic voter registration bill signed. Latest poll on Clinton. Splashy eGhazi headline might not carry the weight the writer thinks. Armando joins us to discuss why, and what the state of the rules and regulations are. I fall for a joking Tweet about the joke of a Starbucks campaign, which I also don't get. A weird story that could be construed as consumer-driven banking deregulation, if you squint at it just right. And Aaron Schock is in still more trouble.

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Kagro in the Morning - March 16, 2015

Greg Dworkin brings a great lesson from the medical world; rounds up some of the top Israeli election stories; "the stupidest paragraph" he's read "in, like, three months"; Teabaggers = Birchers; another slice of the Wall St. bonus problem; Michigan losers want to change the rules; Jeb discussed national security info in private e-mail, but so what; he's quoted on the Beltway condition known as "Clinton fatigue," and; a discussion of why Congress isn't covered by FOIA. Ted Cruz scares the crap out of a little girl. A GunFAIL roundup including a Bud vs. Busch shooting, how gun store shoplifting became "white collar" crime, an extended rant over the WA dad who left his gun out and finally got charged, but appears to have learned nothing, and a MI prosecutor forgets his gun inside his kid's school. Finally, a look back at Greg's find on cognitive dissonance among Republicans who still insist Obamacare is a job killer, as they have with everything else in history.

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Kagro in the Morning - March 13, 2015

Trey Gowdy's a bit of an oddball. Is he playing a little too loose with sensitive info? Aaron Schock can't stop. Wall St. bonuses now 3x larger than avg. household income. Tell me the Founders anticipated that. How to write a political story when there's no news. One theory on where Cotton's letter really came from. Armando updates us on the latest in the case purporting to block executive immigration action. CaliphateBook is apparently a thing. (But it's totally not like ReaganBook.) Zak Cheney-Rice points out that the OU SAE story shows we know how to deal with racists. But racism is something we haven't quite figured out.

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Kagro in the Morning - March 12, 2015

McCain blames Obama for the Cotton letter. And snow. Greg Dworkin's headlines have the Gop both in disarray and united. Israeli elections loom. CRS explains treaties vs. executive agreements. Making a case for Rubio. Not sure Lindsay Graham is flirting with treason because of Cotton's letter? Well, now he is. Ted Cruz's CPAC applause lines mysteriously don't work with firefighters' union. TN and IA legislatures consider dumb gun stuff. Fox's Megyn Kelly says racist emails like those in Ferguson are routine. Speaking of emails, remember how no one cared when the Bush WH "lost" millions of them? And what are the rules that apply to Congress, now set to subpoena Clinton? Just a wee bit more on the disqualifying comments from Lindsay Graham. Taxpayer subsidized corporate crime.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:39pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - March 11, 2015

Stunningly, the Hillary Clinton email story continues to fascinate the media. Republicans try out the old "it was just a joke" line about Tom Cotton's letter. OU Pres. David Boren expels two SAE students, but listener @sponson is is not impressed. One of the students, meanwhile, has issued an interesting statement. When Joan McCarter joined in, talk turned to just how crazy Tom Cotton really is, plus Aaron Schock's latest problems, the tax cheating Ferguson judge's resignation, and the 1984 Congressional letter to Daniel Ortega blasted by Newt Gingrich. Joan rounded up the top stories on the Senate's stalled human trafficking bill, ACA signups & the King threat, and the Daily Kos endorsement of Donna Edwards. Finally, Laura Clawson's critique of eGhazi-mania, and Buckeye BattleCry's astonishing update on AR state rep. Justin Harris' botched adoption.

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Kagro in the Morning - March 10, 2015

Backlash against Tom Cotton's glorified Facebook post dominates the day. The guy who said ISIS was infiltrating Arkansas now runs Republican foreign policy. Greg Dworkin notes the lack of eGhazi impact, Cotton doesn't know what he's talking about, and his foolishness will have a cost. Netanyahu campaign hits perfect storm, recalling more than a few American parallels. Boehner not going anywhere. More hits on Cotton, and a discussion of Senate treaty consideration process. Aaron Schock is caught bilking taxpayers again, and conservatives are calling for his resignation.

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Kagro in the Morning - March 9, 2015

Greg Dworkin puts Daylight Savings Time on track with an eclectic roundup, including Western water wars, Florida's ban on use of the term "climate change," Issa's bid to get back in the news, the latest 2016 polling, the Gop in disarray, and Senate Republicans agree to "Like" Tom Cotton's Facebook post about Iran. The Selma weekend. Gop House coup talk, again. The Ferguson judge aggressively jailing people for owing the government money... owes the government money. Menendez headlines generate political speculation and some oddball spin from Republicans. Contrarian Republicans can't break their Reaganism training even when they try. More scamPACs. Surveillance surveyed.

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Kagro in the Morning - March 6, 2015

Greg Dworkin returns to the show this morning, rounding up monthly jobs numbers news. The RNC actually opts to up the crazy at 2016 debates. A new Q-Poll. BREAKING: President Obama is black. The horrifying story and backstory of Arkansas state rep. Justin Harris. Despite the recent gun-on-campus incident, or perhaps because of it, the Georgia legislature is apparently considering combating rape on campus by arming fraternities. A gun nut scolds fellow gun nuts for their sloppy gun nuttery. A roundup of the good stuff on the bad stuff in Ferguson & elsewhere.

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Kagro in the Morning - March 5, 2015

Minor GunFAIL update: woman who forgot her loaded gun in a church bathroom wants the charges against her dropped. Except it's a problem that runs in the family. There was no avoiding the Hillary Clinton e-mail story today, so Armando joined us as we read through a round-up of reportage, reviewed it from a tech perspective, took our opportunity to say "What Digby said" on the subject, compared it to the treatment of Jeb Bush's own use of private e-mail, and then complained about media people like us spending too much time on the story. We spent a few minutes on some King v. Burwell loose ends, rounded up some loose weird news items, and called it a day.

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Kagro in the Morning - March 4, 2015

We just couldn't escape the King v. Burwell orbit today. So, we once again dive into the weeds of the case, starting with an attempt to give some sensible form to the plaintiffs' case, though it just doesn't hold together all that well, and Armando couldn't sit still for it, which was a fine excuse for sharing his six things to watch for during oral arguments. We also added insights and live updates from SCOTUSBlog and the WSJ, plus some throwback commentary on Obamacare's path to passage and what it might mean for divining "legislative intent." We also paused along the way to note the lawlessness of the Alabama Supreme "Court," the Netanyahu speech, and a hint at a good(-ish) reason why Hillary Clinton might have opted for private e-mail.

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Kagro in the Morning - March 3, 2015

Morning chatter today about the Netanyahu speech & the rash of TX GunFAIL. Greg Dworkin had our first Ebola update in some time, including nurse Nina Pham's lawsuit against her hospital. Plus a brief wrap-up of political reporting on the DHS debacle. A Greg Sargent tweet gives us an opportunity to talk about procedural fine points you won't hear about elsewhere. Armando joins in to discuss the Hillary Clinton e-mail story, and the next installment of our King v. Burwell legal backgrounders on Chevron deference and constitutional avoidance. The House prepares to close the book on DHS. Special training for armed moms. Is it enough? Can it ever be? And speaking of moms, here's one company president's apology to moms she'd discriminated against in the past.

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Kagro in the Morning - March 2, 2015

Texas weighs heavy in weekend GunFAIL. Greg Dworkin rounds up the Republican DHS collapse and the obscure rule that could possibly provide a way out, Chris Christie's engineering of a major environmental settlement from ExxonMobil to close his budget gap, and Scott Walker's possibly premature surge to frontrunner status. Armando primes us for King v. Burwell week, focusing on his Sunday piece on how and why the plaintiffs' textual arguments in the case fall flat. And Aaron Schock is in still more trouble, for taxpayer-paid private planes and hiring full-time personal photographer.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 27, 2015

A lot of the major themes of the show have been reaffirmed over the past 24 hours or so. The NYT channels Greg Dworkin in declaring that Chris Christie is toast. Byron York channels Armando in saying that if the King plaintiffs succeed, Republicans will be like the dog that catches the car. But the real meat of the show was the discussion of the issues wrapped up in the Roosevelt Institute's Financialization Project. What is it? Lydia DePillis at the Washington Post explains, and Armando joins in riffing on it. We made an attempt to bring it back around to Aaron Schock's latest problems, and how they all grew out of his office décor denialism, but were really more indicative of class privilege and perhaps a shallow understanding of our faulty financial "policy consensus." And we also noted this important and always-relevant Dave Johnson post, "Reagan Revolution Home To Roost — In Charts," the must-see visual aid for today's discussion.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 26, 2015

CPAC is "in town," by which we mean not in town. They're at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, which is not made up and is not in Washington, DC. But they are up to all their old tricks, like accusing reporters of Photoshopping anything that might be embarrassing. Aaron Schock is in hot water again, and it's not even tea time. Armando chimes in with yet another great point on King v. Burwell: conservatives now are basically complaining that Obamacare lets states make too many decisions. Nevada nutbar Michele Fiore says baking soda cures cancer. Is it because she'd like her home health care company to be able to administer such a treatment? Prison privateers have a new way to plunder from prisoners: video visitation. Gun laws and the new nullification craze. Yet another BillO lie exposed. Gop primary voters hate the Constitution. Bioethicist asks why gun issues are taboo on the campaign trail.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 25, 2015

Morning chatter: 69% of Republicans don't think Obama loves America. GunFAIL on Fruit of the Loom Drive. Greg Dworkin rounds up the polling news on flavor-of-the-month Scott Walker. Bob Ehrlich has started showing up in New Hampshire. Hey, we're "just asking" the "Is Obama Christian?" question. Will Walker's record matter? Can Rubio sneak back into the game? Closure on the Toronto Star's HPV story. Nevada legislator infamous for "young, hot little girls" remark goes full d3Rp. CNN gives us the Glenn Beck's chalkboard version of the latest Bill O'Reilly factcheck. Joan McCarter brings us back to reality, noting Gop disarray over the looming DHS shutdown, the latest on the Netanyahu debacle, what comes after King v. Burwell, and the Senate parliamentarian says no to repeal through reconciliation.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 24, 2015

Greg Dworkin notes how Bill O'Reilly has made his situation worse. And other conservatives do the same. Even as some take the denialism road. Jeb crowds out Marco. Christie: still toast. Wingnut debate to be "moderated" by... a wingnut. Why Walker might look better on paper than in real life. Mitch McConnell pitches caving on DHS as a masterstroke, and Joe Manchin buys in. Another "sharing economy" idea that sounds like it depends on "disrupting" some otherwise sensible regulations: package delivery. Small government conservatives use ALEC to call "no backsies" on devolution. In the closing minutes: teasing Armando's favorite constitutional hardball idea, court-packing.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 23, 2015

Greg Dworkin says Giuliani is still in the news, so we might as well have a look at what he's up to. John McCain doesn't love America. Chris Christie, still toast. Political bias of workers by profession, and a look at doctors' political leanings by specialty. An interesting way for remaining holdouts to grasp "white privilege." What's next for health care reform? Vax news roundup. Armando takes the wheel, discussing the latest in the "who loves America" wars. Rick Scott says any health coverage lost in the King case isn't his problem. Five minutes to address racial inequality in the US. Go! For a bunch of paranoids, pro-gun legislators can be a curiously optimistic bunch. What exactly are we delineating when we refer to "the self-proclaimed Islamic State?" Inspired by a preview of today's After Show, we pick up on the topic of politically connected, ultra-conservative educational endowments.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 20, 2015

A PA school cop accidentally discharges his gun in school. Again. It's the 5th time since Sandy Hook that armed primary or secondary school personnel have accidentally shot themselves or discharged their weapons on school property. Versus zero active shooters stopped. Ben Carson says A.P. U.S. history will make kids want to sign up for ISIS. Wayne Barrett beats the living $#*% out of Giuliani. We also look at Barrett's 2007 bashing of his inflated 9/11 resume, and a leading indicator of his rejection by The Village. Armando joined in the latest round of Giuliani-bashing, and some more parsing of the Texas federal judge's order blocking immigration action. Rosalyn MacGregor returns with a new Michigan politics update. What motivated the Walmart wage hike? And will those raises really reach workers' wallets?

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Kagro in the Morning - February 19. 2015

The morning's Twitter chatter was all about the repugnant Rudolph "Noun, Verb, Dog Whistle" Giuliani, the Walmart wage hike. And yesterday: the MI woman who accidentally killed herself adjusting her bra holster. Greg Dworkin has plenty to add on Giuliani, then wraps up the Jeb news, polling on the 2016 field, and Oklahoma's A.P. derp. Armando filled in for a bit, and had more for us on Giuliani, plus more analysis of the Texas case blocking executive action on immigration and how it plays in Congress. FYI: the ISIS thinkpiece collection. The crazy idiots think they've seen a "gang sign" again. Some Gop-ers wring their hands over scam fundraising. Gun advocates latch on a new argument for arming campuses, and it's a subject they're great at handling: rape.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 18, 2015

We sandwiched regular guests Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter in between some particularly astonishing GunFAIL follow-ups today. Why won't Obama lead? Oh, he's leading? Well, why won't he lead someone else? A 2016 polling roundup. Oklahoma lawmakers love teh dum. A look at the Dem side of the 2016 spectrum vs. the Gop side. Obamacare signups pass 11 million. Trey Gowdy wants more special investigative committees. More discussion of the crumbling King case. Stuff I don't like is the new treason. Still on the verge of a DHS shutdown. Jeb's "his own man." And Republicans are getting the voter suppression band back together, too.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 17, 2015

Greg Dworkin has the serious scientific and medical news of the day: GMO spider venom may be the next Viagra, and; is it OK for docs to Google patients? In politics: 2016 frontrunners & what the Gop base can do about it. Armando briefly considers the standing questions surrounding the King case, then turns to the order of the federal judge in Texas that purports to block President Obama's immigration executive actions. There's more to it than just the derp. Jeb Bush's e-mail dump was apparently full of viruses, too. Random sampling: an old Ian Millhiser piece on why today's Tea Party would have hated George Washington. Republicans' intra-party DHS stalemate leads us to another filibuster reform moment. Who's paying back whom, for which tyranny?

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Kagro in the Morning - February 16, 2015

A cold start to Presidents' Day! Greg Dworkin rounds up news on the "constitutional carry" campaign in TX, early state polling updates, the Bush-Schiavo story catching fire, Kansas continues to go to hell but must cut its handbasket budget, What ISIS Really Wants, a big weekend in measles and vaccination stories and how general science denialism ironically uses free inquiry as a stalking horse. Herd immunity and labor unions. The 10th child under 15 accidentally shot & killed this year. How did the legal system handle last year's 10th child? The year's first gun show accident, at a big NRA event. Armando discusses some Rick Perry derp, some terrible vaccine reporting, the continuing MoDo disappointment, and the reexamining of the Libya aftermath. Finally, the gun incident no one could have predicted: a gun fired in a fraternity fight at the University of Georgia.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 13, 2015

Today's morning chatter: RBG becomes even more notorious. TX considers loosening gun laws while Texans play loose with their guns. Armando joined in for a wide-ranging discussion, including: RBG's marriage equality comments; the ongoing travesty of King v. Burwell; the curious tradition of FITN caucuses and primaries, and; journalist Murtaza Hussain's comments about the Chapel Hill murders. Chris Christie draws yet more scrutiny, this time on casinos and gaming. Post-snowpocalyptic life in Boston. FBI Dir. Comey steps out on race & policing. Things get wacky with Kitzhaber. KY's biblical theme park loses its tax breaks. NBC polling on the ISIS AUMF. And the Daily Caller is caught out, sending email solicitations for someone they once called a "fraudster."

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Kagro in the Morning - February 12, 2015

More to discuss on the Chapel Hill shooting case and the concept of hate crimes. Greg Dworkin's APR has all the links updating the Toronto Star HPV vaccine story, charting the 2016 Gop candidates. What if OR Gov. Kitzhaber resigns? Greg found a guy who thinks Republicans have a health care plan. Armando discusses the Scott Walker "punt" on evolution & conservative shoulder shrugging over it, and the hate crime angle in the Chapel Hill murders. Philly to host the 2016 DNC. Study says everyone cheats, but the rich do it for themselves while the poor do it for others.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 11, 2015

We're once again forced to open the show with an acknowledgement of outrageous gun violence. Greg Dworkin joined us for morning chatter on Jon Stewart & Brian Williams. Jeb Bush is down with the young people! And the identity thieves. The vaccine and measles story finally expands to include Gardacil, and more controversy. Joan McCarter dropped in to discuss state Medicaid expansions, who'd lose the biggest if subsidies disappear, the collapsing King case, and the enormous implications of the new AUMF against ISIS. Also, state secrets strike again. And Joni Ernst didn't say this crazy thing.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 10, 2015

The morning's Twitter chatter: Axelrod's book says Obama wasn't forthcoming with his personal views on marriage equality. Conservatives once again can't help invoking rape. Greg Dworkin finds some chatter of his own, thanks to Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Brian Williams. Old school journo grouses about Vox. Is Walker too extreme for the Gop? How one word could save Obamacare. Nobody wants King to succeed. Running against Obamacare where it's working. This morning's measles news roundup. Armando weighs in on the latest King case stories, and we discuss how & why compromises like state exchanges and smaller stimulus bills happened in the first place, including some juicy rules esoterica! Later, King gets even stranger, with a WSJ piece questioning the basic stories & standing of each of the named plaintiffs. Still more about how the case is collapsing, from The Week. Evan Bayh's DC house is for sale. And it's Joni Ernst's turn to explain/lose (I guess) the "combat veteran" argument.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 9, 2015

Roy Moore thinks he holds sway in Alabama. Gun protestors offer us a thousand words worth of what's wrong with their schtick. Greg Dworkin has praise for the Vox interview with the president, polls on Obama & the economy and the 2016 race, some vaccine debate news, and the collapse of McConnell's DHS strategy. And after deciding not to talk about Brian Williams, we talk about Brian Williams. But only because Jay Rosen has interesting things to say. Armando joined in to discuss Roy Moore's lawlessness, the continuing deterioration of the "norms" of governance, and its connection to the filibuster, which President Obama had some comments on. Controversy swirls around the governor & first lady in Oregon. And a bold editorial out of Idaho on guns.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 6, 2015

Lots of excitement over new jobs numbers this morning. Aaron Schock is still in the news, having sold land way above market value to a campaign donor. Chris Christie's Port Authority chairman is under investigation for some serious favor trading with United Airlines. Meteor Blades made a surprise visit to give us a fuller picture of the jobs numbers, and the latest legislative gun nuttery. Next, we consider "Confessions of a congressman." White privilege meets the Super Bowl. (Remember this story?) Wyoming's proposed loosening of gun standards sounds terrible, too, and contains a special, secret surprise! And, one reason one might be comfortable with armed police, but not so much with random armed strangers.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 5, 2015

The Utah state legislature has selected its commemorative firearm for the 2015 session, and... the Utah state legislature issues commemorative firearms! Greg Dworkin has another roundup of the day's top vaccination news, including the reversal of Autism Speaks. In 2016 news, Rand Paul hires yet another controversial aide, Scott Walker breaks out (but weirdly  embroils himself in a manufactured state issue), Jeb wrestles with the pandering mandate, and Jindal's health care idea bombs. Armando joins in for an extended discussion of the many, many dangers inherent in SCOTUS consideration of King v. Burwell.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 4, 2015

Vaccines are still an issue, but Sen. Thom Tillis ups the game, saying freedom demands personal choice on hand washing after using the bathroom. Greg Dworkin rounds up the public health news. Apparently there are polls, and they say Hillary Clinton is popular, especially with millennials. Jeb Bush opposed his brother's auto bailout, but was OK with the Wall St. bailout, maybe because that's how he buttered his bread. Aaron Schock, Downton Abbey lover, opposes PBS funding. Oh, and also has spent a considerable amount of taxpayer money on decorating, including (gasp!)... granite countertops! Joan McCarter discusses the House Republicans' 56th ACA repeal vote, what the King case puts in the balance, the latest in the battle for net neutrality, and that the press has rediscovered how to use the word "filibuster!" Open carry activists are back at the brand hijacking game.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 3, 2015

We're still on vaccines, and Greg Dworkin rounds up the news and polls. Christie keeps toasting. On point: Armando directs us to the holding of the 1905 Supreme Court ruling in Jacobson v Massachusetts. It's on a lot of points, actually. Why a partisan divide on vaccination would be a disaster. How might private insurers deal with this? The ACA? Aaron Schock's crazy-ass new office décor, and the multitude of things wrong with it. Some crazy guy tweets something terrible about how poors should just stop doing poor stuff. Not that easy, though, when rich people steal all the good stuff.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 2, 2015

Greg Dworkin helps round up the latest vaccine nonsense news. Chris Christie takes a balanced approach to blowing up Twitter. Sarah Palin is also toast. Also. Texas school kid suspended for sorcery (sort of). The weird story of the Bellamy salute. Battling over the President's budget, explained. A preview of the Commonwealth Fund's slide show presentation on cutting health care costs. Privilege and America's "hereditary meritocracy." Speaking of which, Jeb Bush smoked pot in prep school but everything worked out for him because merit. A series of diaries from pajoly, from next door to a Florida front yard "gun range."

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Kagro in the Morning - January 30, 2015

TX bill would let teachers kill to stop property damage. Meanwhile Texans insist on disrupting Muslim Capitol Day. Dan Froomkin laughs at Sharyl Attkinson. Jeb Bush loves to abuse executive power. Arrested for resisting the very same arrest. Worse, it's a lawyer trying to stop police from questioning her clients. A not-so-good cop, at that. Armando weighs in on that subject, and the new Gop love for judicial activism. Still more on self-dealing among super PACs. Open Carry Texas suggests legislators they intimidate... ought to get guns. Speaking of scam PACs, Huckabee's PAC paid his family members $400K. Which reminds us that the Huckabees once asked supporters to furnish their home. Because such regular people. No charges in the GunFAIL death of a 3-year-old Michigan boy, because the parents say they didn't know that the boy knew they kept a loaded pistol between their mattress and box spring. Oh well.

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Kagro in the Morning - January 29, 2015

Cliven Bundy's son arrested again. Armed felon TX Walmart gunshot wound something, something. Greg Dworkin recaps the APR, and notes Huckabee catching flak over Fox's "trashy women," Fox pundits getting Obamacare wrong, how Scott Walker is uniquely positioned to employ the Gop's base-only strategy, the Tea Party already itching for more primaries, the story of "Bibi's Brain," and more measles worries. The in-depth wrap up on "scam PACs", with which Media Matters helps fill in some important blanks. The super-rich are planning their escapes, and blaming inequality on other people's capitalism.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:43pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - January 28, 2015

Greg Dworkin re-enacts his Abbreviated Pundit Roundup for radio. Charlie Cook's 2016 brackets. AL's first openly gay legislator says she'll expose marriage equality opponents who've had affairs. And AL's Chief Justice Roy Moore doesn't believe in courts. Reid trolls McConnell. Why won't the Koch brothers stop leading? Good reasons not to vaccinate. "The Netenyahu Disaster." Is it baffling that MMA fighting is illegal in NY? Gun rights versus property rights, again. Can't get a PB&J into school, but unvaccinated kids, A-OK! A closer look at "The rise of 'scam PACs.'" Joan McCarter visits to update us on the Loretta Lynch confirmation hearing, new unilateral subpoena rules in House committees, the latest Gop governors trying to disguise their Medicaid expansions, and Idaho's "Add the Words" human rights campaign.

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Kagro in the Morning - January 27, 2015

It's the day after a blizzard that wasn't everything it was cracked up to be. Greg Dworkin checked in with a polling update. Also: the rent really was too damn high; Scam PACs; accumulating evidence that King v. Burwell is crap; the Obama popularity game; losing parents to Fox; Mike Pence says he'll get his own damn press; Iran sanctions; Gop tries to pin inequality on Obama; and a collection of articles on the anti-vaxxer backlash. From the intersection of surveillance & technology: the license plate scanning database and the White House drone crash. Armando discusses the hollow King reasoning & the political SCOTUS.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:44pm EDT

With the great blizzard on its way, Greg Dworkin dashed in briefly to share headlines of Charles Blow's son's encounter with police, Everybody Hates Chris Christie, Steve King's Iowa clown show. Is Markos running for Congress? Better question: why would I read that article instead of just asking him? Breitbart World slapfight! How long will Mitch McConnell's open amendment pledge last? It's already over. And Republicans are already considering their own filibuster changes. On a related note: the legal & political backstory on the 20-week abortion ban.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:22pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - January 23, 2015

The owner of most of the Arabian peninsula, Mr. Saud, has died. Since he was a king, that's important. Mrs. Windsor, though, knows how to deal with these fellows. (And good on her for keeping her name, by the way.) Armando joins in to discuss Marco Rubio's prospects, Ben Carson's past health care views, and who'll show up at the Steve King bonkers circus. Some follow-up to yesterday's gun-in-a-Walmart story. 2016 field elevator pitches. The Gop can't stay out of the rape minefield. And here is why.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:32pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - January 22, 2015

Greg Dworkin rounds up top stories of the day. Mike Huckabee & cultural resentment. NY State Assembly Speaker arrested. Good economic news in housing. Way-too-early polling says Hillary's got a huge lead. House anti-abortion bill briefly derailed. More on the measles. Armando takes the wheel on Sheldon Silver & NY political machines. A white "vigilante" tackles (and puts in a choke hold) a black FL man he spotted carrying a (legal) concealed gun into Walmart. We're back on cake controversies. Deflate-gate: has "too big to fail" arrived in the NFL? Undercover NJ State Trooper used to photograph protestors at Christie event.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:21pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - January 21, 2015

It's all about the State of the Union today, plus the fifty-seven responses. Greg Dworkin rounds up SOTU news, reactions and analysis. Christie may be toast, but he keeps his social media team busy. And their distribution list secret. Disney workers coming down with measles. Chronic Lyme news: Real Housewife, Fake Disease. Boston heart surgeon shot by disgruntled patient. A spate of fatal accidental kid shootings gives us lots to examine. Joan McCarter was on the ground in Boise for President Obama's visit, but also, because she lives there. She reviews SOTU highlights and reactions, as well as the Gop response, and what's on tap in Congress, like KXL, Social Security. 2016 hopefuls summoned before the Koch brothers. Why the CDC isn't researching gun violence.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:54pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - January 20, 2015

Greg Dworkin rounds up a long weekend's worth of stories. Dinesh D'Souza thinks he's MLK. A look back at the real man's work, his contemporary opposition, and today's tributes. SOTU previews from critics and others. Why the Gop still has no health care policy. Congressional Gop's "secret weapon" bypasses the filibuster, which used to be awesome at guaranteeing the Founders' intent, etc. Polling updates on the 2016 field, plus issues. Santorum Etch-a-Sketches his family's immigration history, and the microscopes turn to Jeb. And Billmon reads the electorate. Lauren Mayer's "Welcome Back, Mitter!" Politico's "The Myth Behind Defensive Gun Ownership" entices Armando to call in on a range of gun-related issues, American Sniper and more. Another super-conservative caught doing pretty much everything she condemns.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:25pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - January 16, 2015

We didn't have Greg with us this morning, but we did have his list of headlines. "Soft power" plans at the Republican retreat. Sarah Palin re-re-launches TV show. And it's spelled wrong. MI Gov. Snyder vetoes a Republican gun bill. Updating CT's first-in-nation sick days law. New Jerseyans say Christie's nothing special, at best. Scott Walker is in. So's Perry. And Ted Cruz makes it harder for everyone. Saud-ish blogger gets temporary reprieve. Remember all that stuff about "bending the curve" on health care? Here's some bent ones. Midwestern Republicans do immigration differently. Rosalyn MacGregor says Republicans coincidentally have another wildly bigoted wacko rising in their ranks: MI RNC member Dave Agema. What part of "shall not be infringed" do I not understand? The part that takes three weeks to teach that. Lastly, a KITM-style parsing of a report that the White House knew about the CIA's Senate snooping.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:57pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - January 15, 2015

Wake up, Idaho! TSA caught someone trying to board a flight with a circular saw in Pocatello the other day. TX gun enthusiasts run a Charlie Hebdo shooting simulation with an armed civilian in the office. Everyone still died. Pretty much what ABC's 20/20 found more than five years ago. Yet another accidental shooting in a Walmart. Still more TX gun enthusiasts tip their hand while lobbying for their favorite gun bill. Joan McCarter dropped by to defend Idaho, and round up happenings in Congress including Wall St. deregulation, undermining Social Security, the possible future of the filibuster, and how Daily Kos is helping keep Dems in line. Also, the meaningless but fun Jason Chaffetz vs. Darrell Issa portrait battle. Even post-conviction, justice is a different game for the rich and/or powerful.

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Kagro in the Morning - January 14, 2015

Geez, Ted Cruz had a thin resume when he first became Texas Solicitor General. Oh, and he had some booze in his car when he was a teenager. Greg Dworkin says nobody's buying Mitt 3.0. Republicans in disarray! And rounds up the Charlie Hebdo (and Dieudonné) news. The most French thing ever? The doc who championed hand washing & how they got rid of him. Do workplace wellness programs work? For whom? Armando takes the reins for further discussion of the Charlie Hebdo issues. Then, the conclusion of "Fundamentalist wrath."

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Kagro in the Morning - January 13, 2015

First order of business today: Denounce the stupidity of lingering over the "issue" of President Obama not going to Paris. Second order of business: Explain this stance for over an hour. Third: Invite Armando to join in doing so. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) calls for an investigation of Chris Christie's gang rifling the E-ZPass files of political enemies. Antonio Weiss withdraws his bid for a top Treasury job. Mitt Romney is totes serious, and it'll be different this time. Columbus brought out the riot cops after Ohio State won the national championship game, but only to control the "revelers." Paul Waldman's "note" on Obama & the Paris march. Parsing the issues and factors in "Fundamentalist wrath."

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Kagro in the Morning - January 12, 2015

Greg Dworkin leads discussion (in which Armando joins) of Charlie Hebdo reactions, and the many & varying issues swirling around them, around the world & right here at home on Daily Kos. Also discussed: the attempt to make a political issue of President Obama's non-attendance at the Paris demonstration. DA who declined to indict over the Eric Garner death says no talking about it. The filibuster and "getting things done." A small collection of GunFAIL stories that show how divided we are even on the definitions of the things we're "debating." And let's all give Chris Christie control of the NSA & drones, because he's already using government to spy on political enemies.

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Kagro in the Morning - January 9, 2015

We take a look back at the Republican House's kick-off failure with their initial attempt at passing Dodd-Frank rollbacks. Uber's latest venue for its scofflaw schemes business expansions plans: Boise, ID. "Confessions of a former TSA officer." Joan McCarter checked in after the holiday break, updating us on the Gop's desperate desire to kick people off insurance, and even ruin it for anyone who can afford to keep it when they're done. And that she'd gotten a little talking to from the mayor of Boise, too! We also talk KXL, and Ted Cruz vs. Mitch McConnell for true control of the Senate.

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Kagro in the Morning - January 8, 2015

Greg Dworkin collects the day's headlines, esoterica, and his picks for best & worst of reactions from the right. The House wastes no time in failing to govern (but we're OK with it, and explain how it happened). Weird news: obit for a forger. Pollsters find more "independents" than ever, yet no less partisanship. Probably because B.S. How Europeans relate to their Muslim populations. Comparing the NAACP bombing news. Armando shares stories on Saxby Chambliss' becoming a not-lobbyist, and the newest front in Chris Christie's War on Toast, and the various nuances of the day's free speech issues. Texas open carry advocates split over tactics, and it's sort of entertaining. Finally, we begin reading through James Fallows' "The Tragedy of the American Military."

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Kagro in the Morning - January 7, 2015

Top of the headlines this morning: terrorist attacks on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, and also at the Colorado Springs offices of the NAACP. Greg Dworkin rounds up a wide range of stories. Sleds, not open carry guns, banned. Fallout & follow-up on the Speaker's race. The world learns who Kirby Delauter is, and then makes fun of him. SCOTUS & the fate of the ACA. The arcana of defining full-time work. Congress kicks off with Volker rule repeal & undermining Social Security. VT still working on getting a governor. Christie continues being toast. Armando comments on events in Paris, Kirby Delauter's confusion, dynamic budget scoring, and gets his daily licks in on Christie. A closer & more critical reading of Mick Mulvaney's fascinating narrative on his vote for Boehner. Lindsey Graham does another extremely weird thing. More detail on the Walmart shooting: the purse & the gun tell us more about what was going on.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:51pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - January 6, 2015

Greg Dworkin's roundup: Americans not feeling the change; Gop abandoning its "40 hour" bait & switch; McConnell takes over in the Senate; dropping oil prices; closing GTMO; Huckabee-mentum; Harvard Ideas on Health Care Hit Home, Hard. We discuss some of the lesser-known mechanics of convening a new Congress, starting with the designation of the Dean of the House. Chris Moody's list of "Don'ts" for new Members. The Speaker race. Explainer: Gop still won't let delegates vote. Armando shows up to claim due credit for his focus on Chris Christie yesterday. Seems we have an issue! What do you do when a friend brings a gun to your party? Screw all regulations, ever! Permit-less pavilion built for woman killed in GunFAIL collapses in high winds. David Duke's platform is now Louisiana's mainstream.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:30pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - January 5, 2015

New Year's Eve is always a big night for "celebratory gunfire," so there's a lot of GunFAIL to catch up on. And of course, there's the drinking, which doesn't help things. Greg Dworkin rounds up headlines on gun access and mentally ill teens, and the second NYPD funeral. Environmental regulations don't cost as much as thought. The long, long view on the economy. Huckabee-mania, and playing for the base. Polling on the ACA, Afghanistan. In crazy science/spycraft news: you can enhance photos to see the reflections in a subject's corneas, and even reconstruct fingerprints. The family of the mom shot by her 2-year-old in Walmart still insists she made no mistakes, and "experts" can't seem to find them, either. But area papers seem to be waking up to reality. Iowa has its own problems, but local experts reflecting on them come up with nothing. Armando just couldn't let Chris Christie's football (and his brother's Facebook) antics go unremarked-upon! Plus, we talk about the so-far-unexciting primary pre-season, and a forgotten element of critical filibuster reform that's expiring.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:22pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - December 31, 2014

Last live show of the year! Why "traditional media" instead of "mainstream media?" Explainer journalism time! Events have forced us to do yet another GunFAIL-focused show, as yet another toddler shoots and kills yet another mother with her own self-defense gun. Long story short, we parse this one closely. Silver lining: Idaho authorities & reporters have remembered they have some other gun issues to settle. In other poor gun decision news, the story of a shootout on the street after a convenience store robbery in South Carolina. Which is fine and keeps us safe, because reasons. Armando joins for discussion of the NYPD work slowdown, Marco Rubio saying something dumb, and how politics in 2015 might unfold. Oh, and by the way, bushmeat's not to blame for Ebola. Sorry about that. Vermont's crazy gubernatorial election will end in the state legislature. Not unprecedented, but TV ads might be! IL man who accidentally Second Amendmented himself made up a sob story that got him profiled in the local papers. Respect the culture!

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Kagro in the Morning - December 30, 2014

The GOP's Steve Scalise problem dominates the political news. Greg Dworkin picks up the subject, brings us the fascinating "Tragedy of the American Military," and draws police parallels, via TPM's "The Other Blue Nation." Dictator Obama claims power to reject legislation! And the "fleeting obsessions" of the WH press corps. Armando tries to help make some sense of the North Korean Sony hacking claims, but even with listener help, we're still not quite there. Also, the discussion of LBJ & Selma we teased yesterday. And finally, Jane Mayer pieces together the story of "The Unidentified Queen of Torture."

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Kagro in the Morning - December 29, 2014

We're back from a short break, and we've got some catching up to do with the NYPD's Pat Lynch-triggered PR debacle, as well as holiday GunFAIL. Greg Dworkin brought us a far-flung roundup, including the story of how "MTV has done more for the US teen birthrate than decades of policy." Polling on racial issues has an (unsurprising) red/blue divide. Racism vs. racial bias. Obama: lame duck, or honey badger? Jeb-mania! Christie-toast becomes crispier. TN finding its way to Medicaid expansion, and a reminder that S-CHIP is up for renewal in 2015. The latest airline disaster. And the worst media fails of 2014. Crossing racial bias with guns: Two white guys take BB guns off the shelves at WalMart & wander the store firing, and live to tell the tale. Also still alive after the weekend: the white woman who put on body armor and drove around, shooting up Chattanooga, and finally taking aim at police when they caught up with her. Not alive: the black man who police say fired a gun toward a crowd of club-goers, then at responding cops. They do Christmas differently in Texas, I guess. And PolitiFact's year-end roundup of the worst of political Internet memes. "Pants on Fire" doesn't even begin to cover some of these.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:20pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - December 19, 2014

A rare joint appearance by Greg Dworkin and Armando this morning, featuring discussion of the Colbert Report finale, Cuba, Obama's exceptional week, Rubio's less-exceptional one, the mess surrounding The Interview (on which even George Clooney weighs in). Why Planned Parenthood supported a CRapnibus full of abortion restrictions. More on the "nuclear option" & it's effect on the judiciary. Been committed to a mental institution but want your guns back? OK. A Rosalyn MacGregor update from Michigan. Republicans <3 judicial activism. The Ferguson grand jury's "Witness 40" is a bigger wacko than anyone originally thought. And the thing we didn't get to, but you should: Shaun King on what to do about it.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:50pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - December 18, 2014

We somehow allow ourselves to get caught up in the weird Sony/North Korea/The Interview story, even though we don't have any real idea what's going on. Even though there are more important stories, like cop push-back on the nationwide protests. Greg Dworkin willingly went along for a bit, then ran through his top APR headlines, focusing heavily on Cuba, including one throwback reference to 1998. Side note to the bizarre Sony story: Did Iran hack Sheldon Adelson? Hey, St. Louis cops didn't shoot this guy. Correction from yesterday, re: impeachment penalties. Plus, the 19th century impeachment case that could have saved us heartache in 1974. NYC police union leader invites discussion, let's say, on the confusion about and amongst cops, citizens, and our rights.

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Kagro in the Morning - December 17, 2014

We're still talking about torture. You'd think it was important, or something. Does it make sense for Sen. Ron Wyden to introduce legislation on it? For Hillary Clinton to endorse the idea? Greg Dworkin rounded up judicial nomination news & commentary, the many implications of the Russian collapse, our own improving economic picture, and the coming Republican Medicaid expansion. Could torture start again? Armando joined us for an extended segment on anti-torture legislation, Jeb-mentum, billion dollar spy blimps, Cuba, the curious case of Estefanía Isaías, and Antonio Weiss.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:53pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - December 16, 2014

Peshwar demands our attention, right out of the box. We have our own shooting problems, as usual. Speaking of which, Greg Dworkin notes that Newtown families file suit against the maker of Bushmaster rifles, and the amazing Australian response to the Sydney attack. Also: the ruble collapse; oil prices drop, airlines pass the savings on keep the $, and; the latest poll to ask the wrong questions about torture. Torture isn't new, and neither are anti-vaccine beliefs. The mechanics & dynamics of how the derivatives rule rollback got into the CRapnibus.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:44pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - December 15, 2014

We start the week with an eye on the Sydney hostage situation, plus the weird bent that the Uber surge pricing story put on it. Greg Dworkin rounds up weekend news, including the procedural wrangling in the Senate, Obama's immigration move, the Lima climate change talks, the CRomnibus & Elizabeth Warren, Cheney on MTP & torture polling (a real thing), while even John Yoo backpedals. The Senate's weekend, explained. A look back at the 2009 torture "debate" shows little has changed, and prompts Armando to join the discussion. The media examines wages of torture. Now Ohio cops want apologies for protest t-shirts. But have you ever seen cops' t-shirts?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:12pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - December 12, 2014

Unraveling the procedural issues surrounding the passage of the CRapnibus. What was up with that super-close vote on the rule? What if it hadn't passed? Why would anyone vote no on the rule and yes on the bill? Why would the White House want it to pass? Is Elizabeth Warren's current opposition equivalent to Ted Cruz's past opposition? The argument that allowing bigger donations to parties is a good thing. Allowing Native Americans to grow & sell marijuana on reservations. Torture accountability is for those who didn't do it. Turns out the more wolves ranchers kill, the more livestock they lose. A member of the Open Carry Tarrant County gang allegedly flipped her switch and killed her family. Catching up on the state of filibuster reform thinking among Senate Republicans.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:38pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - December 11, 2014

Outgoing Rep. Paul Broun, after years of telling people to just take whatever McJobs they can find, says he's now accepting offers for fat cat corporate compensation. Greg Dworkin explains how Broun might actually have become dumber, then rounds up morning headlines. The Company Behind CIA Torture. Vox on torture. Cheney throws Bush under the bus. Media FAILs and torture. Doctor FAILs and torture. Heavy competition for the title of "most underreported" B.S. provision in the cromnibus: gutting pension protections; suspending truck safety rules; rolling back environmental & nutritional standards; reviving public derivatives trading bailouts; a 10x hike in campaign contribution limits; jamming DC's new marijuana laws; even blocking light bulb efficiency regulations and ACORN funding! In other news: ISIS seeks to sell the bodies of murdered hostages. Harvard prof's crazy Chinese food war. Koch brothers now writing their own school curriculum. Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) blames her husband's death on Obamacare. Canadian news reminds people you can be prosecuted for torture. When it comes to Obamacare, Republicans love judicial activism.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:29pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - December 10, 2014

The torture report continues to dominate the news today, and Greg Dworkin helps round up headlines and more on the subject. The cromnibus bogs down under the weight of extraneous riders. Time's Person of the Year: Ebola fighters. The "disastrous flaw" in the CIA torture program. Another cromnibus rider: block DC pot legalization, in the dumbest possible way. Armando weighs in on a broad range of torture issues. But in the end, "we're awesome," so what does it matter?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:46pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - December 9, 2014

Greg Dworkin jammed as many of the top stories of the day into his roundup as he could: the CIA torture report; the Surgeon General nomination (even supported by an ex-NRA lobbyist); another attempt at a "left" Tea Party?; this year's flu vaccine; NJ legislature's Chris Christie investigation ends; polling on Brown, Garner cases & police cams and what to do about it; WTF with watermelons? Campus reaction to the UVA developments. Pelosi scores one on Schumer. Emptywheel focuses on the key issue in the torture report: it's for exploitation, not intel. Armando has an eye out for the CIA/Gop rebuttal, and raises questions about the next ACA repeal moves, plus the very weird "order" issued by a TX-based federal judge. A counter-intuitive call for torture pardons... from the ACLU!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:37pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - December 8, 2014

Much of the weekend (and this morning's Abbreviated Pundit Roundup), and therefore much of the show, was consumed by debate over the Rolling Stone UVA rape allegations, their subsequent apology (but not retraction), push-back from other media, and then just outright nuttery, as highlighted by the WaPo, and brought to our attention by none other than Ron Fournier. Turning to electoral politics, Armando called in to discuss the outcome of the LA-SEN runoff, and the sort of reactions it sparked on the future of Dems in the South. The DNC launches its post-election review. Is it likely to yield decent results?

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Kagro in the Morning - December 5, 2014

Greg Dworkin joins us in noting the Twitter jubilation over the latest jobs numbers as well as the continuing protests across the country growing out of the Brown, Garner & Rice cases (and so much more), which pose problems for politicians from Bill de Blasio to Loretta Lynch. What do you do with the Sandy Hook gunman's now-empty house? Breaking: Republicans are full of it on anti-poverty programs. A thing happened at TNR. Conservative paper says we need police transparency & accountability. Yay! But also, it's about cigarette taxes. Boo! Gop civil war never stopped. Chris Christie's doesn't control his top aides & is therefore exonerated. Right? Armando gets us all philosophical about history, political science and the modern state of the law, by way of The War of the Roses. Rosalyn MacGregor updates us on the insanity of Michigan's lame duck legislative carnival. Another MI story, via Eclectablog, on a scheme to open a FEMA re-education camp taxpayer-funded Tea Party-themed K-12 school. Plus a story out of Florida lays out how it's done by straight-up criminals. Weekend reading: Pay-to-play with Congress pays off in company tax breaks.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:32pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - December 4, 2014

Another tough day for a radio show, this time in the wake of the Eric Garner case. But we found a back door into the racial issues through Chris Rock's remarkable essay in The Hollywood Reporter. Greg Dworkin already had it in his round-up, along with the morning's key reads on Garner. Did you notice? Health care spending growth is the lowest ever recorded. Ebola update: Boston, no; Atlanta, maybe. Mood lightener: toilets are gross. Next: pondering the Garner case. Why isn't selling loose cigarettes considered "disruptive" genius, like Uber? Chicago's schools are the latest public entity suckered by bond brokers.

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Kagro in the Morning - December 3, 2014

A libertarian you'll recognize for his gun advocacy, but who also opposes drunk driving laws (and protests at sobriety checkpoints) is struck by a drunk driver, but wants you to STFU about irony. Greg Dworkin shared a wide-ranging collection of stories. AFT President Randi Weingarten reminds us that Sandy Hook's teachers, students and families will need long-term support. Things not looking so hot for Landrieu. New suspected Ebola patient in Boston. Apparently stop & frisk doesn't cut crime. WTF with James Watson? And Richard III is positively identified. But it's no match with the current royals! Hmm! Joan McCarter joins us to discuss just what the hell a cromnibus is, the Republican proclivity for economic uncertainty, and renewed CBO shenanigans. Jim Inhofe continues to be loopy. Will courts intervene in the next TX execution? NV raging racist speaker-designate ends up as... assistant majority leader. Possible effects of the King case on the ACA, explained. And a brief net neutrality update. Lastly, Detroit's top bankruptcy lawyer is expensing his vacation travel.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:37pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - December 2, 2014

Greg Dworkin brings us selections from the morning papers: Elizabeth Lauten and the last taboo; the latest CNN polling; oil prices plunge & the economy perks up. Armando joins in briefly to comment on the Lauten story and President Obama's proposals on military gear and cameras for cops, which of course are no panacea. Republicans pull back from impeachment, but float "censure." Remember that one? And a few more notes on Uber-gate: how secure is their database, both internally and externally?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:54pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - December 1, 2014

We're back from the Thanksgiving break, and it seems the news forgot to take that break. Video of the Tamir Rice shooting surfaces, and it's outrageous. Greg Dworkin rounded up some of the most interesting writing on Ferguson. A polling update: majority finally say "things going well"; immigration policy OK, process not. Black Friday was meh, but still a huge gun day. SCOTUS takes up the case of a UPS worker put on unpaid leave because she was pregnant. Republican staffer who criticized Obama daughter resigns. The "frightening" Amazon/CIA partnership. Twitter's tracking your other apps. Speaking fees & personal appearance riders. Vanity or necessity?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:13pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - November 26, 2014

Pre-Thanksgiving GunFAIL roundup. Greg Dworkin brought us dueling Hagel headlines, turned quickly to freelancing Chuck Schumer, and wound up with a selection of the many articles decrying Bob McColloch's grand jury farce, and wondering what lies ahead. Joan McCarter weighed in on the grand jury process as well, including the incredibly ridiculous story of Witness #40, as well as her take on Schumer. The bizarre Kabuki theater of Harry Reid's tax deal trial balloon. The bizarre kooky theater of The Stockman Effect. In happier news: the Shakespeare First Folio discovery. Boehner jumps the gun on Benghazi committee. More revealing detail on the case of the Washington 3-year-old shot in the face. Scott Greenfield's "The Ferguson Lie."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:33pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - November 25, 2014

Tough day to start with a radio show, in the wake of events in Ferguson. We discuss the grand jury process with Armando, a listener contribution on SCOTUS curtailment of the civil rights suit avenue, in the form of an August NYT opinion piece, and various of the other seemingly inexplicable details of yesterday's events. In the second hour, more details emerge in the GunFAIL case involving a three-year-old accidentally shot by a four-year-old playmate in the home of his gun enthusiast dad. The House finally files its lawsuit against the president. Except it's not against the president. And it might just undermine the Congress, instead. Vox wonders what a Republican president might do with expanded executive power. And I wonder why they think we have to guess.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:23pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - November 24, 2014

An active and spectacular GunFAIL weekend drove much of the show's agenda today. Greg Dworkin plays along, sharing stories on a Connecticut state report suggesting that race & affluence might have impacted the willingness of agencies to intervene in Adam Lanza's treatment, as well as other missed opportunities in his case. Also, questions about the link between mental illness and gun violence. In broader political news: a short honeymoon for Congressional Gop leaders; Republicans in disarray, and; why millennials don't think everyone should vote. News breaks on the Hagel resignation, and Armando ponders the path forward. A crazy few days in GunFAIL: another gun enthusiast's child has been accidentally shot at home; a Ferguson-area woman allegedly accidentally shot & killed herself with a gun bought as protection in the event of unrest; NJ hunter accidentally shoots & kills himself; a 9-month-old girl shot by her father as he cleaned his gun; a puzzling dual-shooting in Maine; target shooting dad & son accidentally kill the neighbor lady, and; a 12-year-old girl is accidentally shot & killed by her sister after church. Wrapping up: Benghazi! Congress eyes new DC pot law. NJ shifts cops from guarding child welfare workers to save on overtime, moves them to guarding an empty Ebola quarantine site, and meanwhile a child welfare worker is attacked & stabbed in her office.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:21pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - November 21, 2014

We broadcast the show from the underground bunker, safe from the Chaos in the Streets! Sen. Tom Coburn was the first to offer a wink at the idea of violence, but KS Sec. of State Kris Kobach wasn't going to be out-crazied. Greg Dworkin brought us a few immigration news selections, segued to a polling roundup, a legal analysis of the president's plan, and a fascinating series of Tweets on the historical reality of (at least one example of) Anglo immigration. Speaking of which, TPM's Ben Railton had more factual background on that topic. Finally: Armando joins us for an extended discussion of the collapse of the Republican defunding strategy.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:53pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - November 20, 2014

Greg Dworkin joined us for the morning news round-up, including the push by MI Republicans to apportion their electoral votes, tonight's immigration announcement, the latest post-election polls, and some data on who's helped by the ACA, plus thoughts on why opposition remains so strong. Also, Jay Leno backs out of a gun lobby trade show. Later: what got Uber so upset? What are they doing with their data? Is that why they're worth so much? Or is it other businesses, like sub prime car loans? Arliss Bunny circles back on the Gruber story, to make the Modern Monetary Theory argument that he's just fundamentally incorrect about what taxes are, and what they do. Bad gun day: campus shooting & a "home intruder" mistake.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:43pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - November 19, 2014

Greg Dworkin spends about 12 seconds on Gruber, then moves on to the nearly inexplicable KXL pipeline vote, immigration reform issues, and the Republican Love Boat sees starbursts for Scott Walker. Explaining the "painless filibuster" procedure used for the KXL vote. The mainstream breakout of the Bill Cosby story. Uber's PR implosion grows worse. Joan McCarter joined us in slapping our foreheads over Uber, before moving on to her insights on the lame duck agenda, continued Gop obstruction, and the price we paid for Landrieu's gambit. Next, a little on-air constitutional law war gaming over recess appointments. Shutdown strategery speculation. Elizabeth Warren wants banks to prove they're protecting customer data. (Any 2016 implications?) And finally, some hot scoop on net neutrality from Vice.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:14pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - November 18, 2014

The most-buzzified stories of the day: Uber & Gruber. Greg Dworkin enters the fray with his roundup of Gruber backgrounders & explainers, Ron Fournier's latest flop & the many crushing responses offered, and a note on the immigration fight. Armando joined in to add his own points on Gruber, which likewise meshed with those emptywheel had made in years past, leading us to ponder the nature of the penalty/tax & the role of Democratic foot-draggers, the filibuster & more. Moving on, we yelled at Uber a lot, because creepy. And just maybe, seriously dangerous.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:32pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - November 17, 2014

Greg Dworkin helped get us up to speed with his roundup of one of the latest election postmortems, the role of tax policy in our growing inequality, Obama's departure from the demanded humility narrative, and David Jarman's reminder that, "You win elections to enact policy, not the other way around." Plus, the start of a week-long NatGeo series on the science of "personhood," and the nurse who never had Ebola would like you to stop calling her the Ebola Nurse. Armando joins an extensive discussion of CNN's scoop, "How the GOP used Twitter to stretch election laws." Another "Imagine the Outrage if" story, as Orrin Hatch calls progressives "straight old dumb-ass liberals." There's no Official Progressive Outrage Machine, though, so never mind. But might that be a good idea? Is AOL's "Digital Prophet" just a random nut and no one will say it?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:04pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - November 14, 2014

Political Twitter was abuzz this morning with criticism of the "Mook Mafia" story and the indictment of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. Armando joins us for extended discussion of last night's buzz: yet more revelations of mass cell phone data vacuuming, and the latest developments in the #Pointergate story. A post-election and legislative lame duck session update from Michigan, via Rosalyn MacGregor. The latest song parody from Lauren Mayer. Impeachment-mania is back, apparently ignoring the previous lack of concern over Republican flexing of executive muscle, as documented by Jon Perr. Which reminded me of the time Mary Landrieu could have blocked an important nomination as leverage for her Hurricane Katrina grievances, but didn't. Weekend news grab bag: ISIS to mint its own coins; Solyndra losses reversed into profit; UT county repays inmates charged in "Pay For Stay" scheme; Mark Udall mulls reading the torture report.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:10pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - November 13, 2014

Greg Dworkin helps us get a handle on a muddled news day: the politics of the new US-China climate deal, McConnell's prospects in the new Senate, and drilling down into Connecticut's results. WV elects an actual used car salesman. The president chews some gum, apparently. Time magazine promotes the comments section to editor. The KXL Hail Mary. Does this kind of appeasement work? Ask the 75% of House Dems elected in 2006 who are no longer in DC. Suburban MD school board erases all holiday names from its calendar rather than add a Muslim one.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:02pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - November 12, 2014

Rounding up morning news with Greg Dworkin, we discussed the US-China deal, the lame duck KXL vote proposal, the lack of compromise genes among Republicans, and more post-election thoughts about What Went Wrong. Vote trading at SCOTUS? Huckabee joining the permanent candidate dole? Joan McCarter was up next, discussing election results, the lame duck agenda, Republican budget plans, net neutrality and AT&T's related extortion plan. Today in WTF: an Iowa mom arrested for voting; oil company lawyers say frowny faces are "assault."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:14pm EDT

Greg Dworkin set the tone for the show today with a collection of articles examining the policy vs. politics & ideology vs. pragmatism questions at the center of... well, everything. Why do we vote on Tuesdays? More about The Great Wage Slowdown. Colorado Democrats win back seats lost in gun recall. Political money (read: the Kochs) is changing (read: buying) statehouse reporting.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:07pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - November 10, 2014

Greg Dworkin starts with a brief roundup of international affairs, including Russia & Ukraine, ISIS and Ebola in Africa. Public trust in physicians is dropping. SCOTUS to take on the ACA again. Are public beliefs about guns accurate? And does that matter? More post-mortem: low turnout. How will the new Senators like Joni Ernst adjust to its norms? Hot right-wing talk: Obamacare and reconciliation. Economic inequality's gotten so bad, you can't earn your way out of it, nor can you invest your way out. Breitbart's "Big Government" makes a Big Mistake. Attack all the Lorretta Lynches!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:45pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - November 7, 2014

Greg Dworkin brought us his morning roundup. Libertarian types finally show up on Day 18 of 21 to say Ebola quarantines have been politically motivated. The election really wasn't about Obamacare. Did Mark Warner "woo the wrong voters?" The unnoticed progressive victory of Dan Malloy. And some questions answered about Ebola blood testing. Armando discusses Shaun King's incredible #pointergate story. Not everything about putting cameras on cops is all that good. Mystery Google barges shut down over safety concerns. Speculation on White House post-election strategy hits the Star Trek barrier.

Additional weekend reading:

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:42pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - November 6, 2014

Election post-mortems continue, and the big question appears to be whether voters are confused, cognitively dissonant, or just Gimmetarians. Do the election results give us any hint how Republicans will proceed on health care? Let's speculate! And have Armando join us! Rosalyn MacGregor shares Stanford research that says Americans are more sharply divided along political lines than racial lines. David Frum's "The Gun-Control Movement Is Learning How to Win." Meanwhile, some gun rights supporters apparently descend into insanity.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:57pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - November 5, 2014

Internet connectivity kept us off the live stream today, and the spotty backup mic made modulation control a challenge as well. But hey, substance rules here! (And no, the whole show is not as loud as the start.) Greg Dworkin helped us round up the results and commentary: the age of the electorate, the role of the economy (stupid), the internal battle of establishment versus radicals, and the sweeping, big-picture looks at why it all happened the way it did. Maybe. The big question: Did the Republican establishment keep Tea Party-type radicals in line? Or did Tea Party-type radicals simply hold their tongues long enough to pass for the establishment? Also: what about the filibuster? And what does the recent trend in conservative libertarianism mean for DC's marijuana laws, and civil liberties in the national security arena?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:30pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 31, 2014

Another show held together with duct tape & chicken wire! Follow-up on EFF's claims that "sneak & peek" warrants were being abused. Further consideration of the privatized surveillance dodge. Today in "What Could Go Wrong?": The CIA hires Amazon to handle its cloud computing; Personhood amendments on the ballot in ND & CO; FBI creates a fake Seattle Times page with a fake AP story on it to nab a suspect.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:39pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 30, 2014

Technical difficulties knocked out the microphone this morning, but I rigged something up on the fly and got the better part of a show together. Rosalyn MacGregor filled us in on the Michigan electoral horse races, newspaper endorsements, etc. House Gop's lawyers keep quitting their lawsuit against Obama. The "gimmick" economy: does anyone really make anything, any more? Verizon starts a news outlet where no reporting is allowed on net neutrality or domestic spying. Government prohibited from surveillance? Just outsource it. Joan McCarter wraps up with the story of The Midnight Bicycle Ride of Paul Revere Kaci Hickox, Bobby Jindal's Ebola panic, and more.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:50pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 29, 2014

<strong>Greg Dworkin's</strong> morning update partly concerns something called <a href="http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/29/1339896/-Abbreviated-Pundit-Round-up-Politics-science-and-quarantine">"Ebola,"</a> and the importance of a <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/10/state_ebola_quarantines_chris_christie_andrew_cuomo_and_other_american_governors.html?wpsrc=sh_all_dt_tw_top">"big picture" response</a>, both nationally and <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/29/us-health-ebola-australia-idUSKBN0II0CU20141029">internationally</a>. <a href="http://www.courant.com/politics/capitol-watch/hc-lawmaker-representing-part-of-newtown-criticized-for-comments-on-gun-violence-20141024-story.html">Local Connecticut color</a> on <a href="http://www.thereddingpilot.com/19775/carter-ignites-twitter-with-claim/">gun issues</a> in the election. Breaking news: the election is pretty close. Kaci Hickox <a href="http://www.9news.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/29/ebola-nurse-maine/18105327/">isn't putting up</a> with non-scientific quarantine rules. For the record: Jose Canseco's GunFAIL. How does this kind of thing happen? <strong>Armando</strong> joins us to discuss the <em>NYT</em> piece on lobbying operations <a href="mobile.nytimes.com/2014/10/29/us/lobbyists-bearing-gifts-pursue-attorneys-general.html?referrer= ">targeting state Attorneys General</a>. 42 mega-donors provide <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/10/28/top-super-pac-donors-of-the-midterms-steyer-bloomber-singer-mercer/18060219/">nearly a third</a> of all super PAC funds. The much-discussed story of how the ACA has fared in <a href="http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/10/mississippi-burned-obamacare-112181_full.html?print#.VFDb57u9Kc1">Mississippi</a>. More <a href="http://mtcowgirl.com/2014/10/26/the-worm-turns-in-mailergate-heres-the-latest/">questions</a> about Montana's <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/california-stanford-dartmouth-voter-mailer-investigation">"Mailergate."</a> Must read: A pre-K teacher <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/rehearsing-for-death-a-pre-k-teacher-on-the-trouble-with-lockdown-drills/2014/10/28/4ab456ea-5eb2-11e4-9f3a-7e28799e0549_story.html">reflects on lockdown drills</a>. White House <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/28/white-house-hacked_n_6065166.html?utm_hp_ref=tw">cyberattacked</a>. The inevitable <a href="http://blogs.rollcall.com/wgdb/harry-reid-senate-races-2014-revolt/">speculation</a> about Harry Reid.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:54pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 28, 2014

Ebola is surely in its "last throes" at this point, no? Strict constructionist restaurant turns Alito away. Michele Bachmann looks forward to the grifting life. Greg Dworkin reviews the quarantine policy stories, and reminds us not to forget our history. Meanwhile, Chris Christie spins furiously, insisting he didn't reverse himself, word that troops returning from Africa will be quarantined, and students in Maine find an Ebola excuse for skipping class. PoliSci profs botch "experiment" with MT elections. A local blogger speculates on the motive. (P.S., here's an actual official MT voter info pamphlet.) "Sneak & peek" warrants, sold to Congress as necessary for fighting terrorism, are now routine. But hardly ever used for terrorism. The CIA kept ex-Nazis on the payroll as Cold War spies. The amazing Amazon engine burns anything and everything for fuel.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:09pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 27, 2014

Ebolamania leads to Chris Christie socking a returning American aid worker away in a tent, insisting he had no "second thoughts" about it, and then having second thoughts about not having second thoughts. Greg Dworkin (who it turns out is a doctor) joined the discussion, noting that the Libertarians had yet to show up on the issue, and that there are alternatives to panic & quarantine. What's the difference between a constitution-hating gun-grabber and a Second Amendment patriot? They'll both offer you similar facts, but the patriot will sell you gun accessories afterward. Armando has two cents on the legality of quarantine. Ian Reifowitz talks to us about the Republican non-jobs plans, voter suppression, and zombie lies, as well as Krugman's latest public investment proposal. Rosalyn MacGregor shares "The Most Common Jobs For The Rich, Middle Class And Poor."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:55pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 24, 2014

Updates from Ottawa. Greg Dworkin was called away, presumably for a NYC-area Ebola-related emergency. Ted Cruz staffer demonstrates how hard it is to know when a kook is joking. Chuck Todd says his "disqualified herself" language was "sloppy." In a related story, Armando passes on Steve Singiser's take on the failed traditional media analysis of a recent OR-GOV poll. FYI: Canadian vs. US gun laws. Joni Ernst's gimmetarian gun line, analyzed. Lead exposure's links to impulse control problems & violent crime. So where are people being exposed to the most lead? Gun ranges. Chiquita Brands is looking to pull off a tax inversion. Fine! See if we topple any more foreign governments for you!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:35pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 23, 2014

Emerging details from yesterday's attack in Ottawa. At least some air-dropped US weapons fell into ISIS hands. Neighbors battle over concealed carry on the way to school. And Armando can't stand it that no one seems to properly understand the nature of constitutional rights. The warrior cop supply chain makes you feel oh so safe. "The Criminalization of Schooling" raises some interesting & disparate points. Historical background on privatized prisons & revenue-driven courts: thief-takers. Sarah Palin's SarahPAC is still a champion middle-weight grifter.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:29pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 22, 2014

Chris Christie's tired of something, so everyone stop. Thanks! HuffPo is on the hunt for candidates' with financial issues: Joni Ernst and David Perdue. Stop the presses (if you have any)! Drunken, trombone-playing clown #GunFAIL! Suppose they gave a constitutional crisis and nobody came? Joan McCarter joined us to discuss the CIA-Senate fight, 15 minutes of fame for Idaho's Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, health care flip-flops from Kasich and Tillis, Scott Brown's laugh line in the NH debate, and the Koch brothers' last-ditch efforts. The "devoted gun enthusiast" who attacked the Forsyth Co., GA courthouse last June wore a double layer of body armor, but accidentally shot himself in the leg even before he was able to launch his attack. And Scott Wooledge, the man behind the Hitching Post fact check graphic, joins us along with Armando for a more in-depth discussion of that and related topics.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:58pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 21, 2014

James O'Keefe has attempted to do another thing. Greg Dworkin discusses the saga of Nancy Snyderman, the NBC chief medical editor who broke her then-voluntary Ebola quarantine, travel bans, and other Ebolamania news. Also back in the news: The Hot Zone. Media polarization. The NHL & domestic violence. "Obama is a Republican." Armando reminds us that tonight is the final FL-GOV debate. And they've banned fans. More ridiculous Ebola panic. Oddball constitutional amendment proposed in Florida. Iran & Iraq cooperating? Is that confusing? Considering the Saud-ish context of beheadings. Unforeseen consequences of GunFAIL. Unlimited capital + unlimited data collection, storage & analysis capacity = the end of privacy? Apparently some people think the spies at Whisper were done wrong by The Guardian.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:40pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - October 20, 2014

No news is good news, unless Ebola. But at least we're still freaked out about Middle Eastern beheadings, unless Saud-ish. Greg Dworkin, however, keeps his head (as always) with his Ebola news round-up, including a bit of ultra-derp from George Will. Also, word from Turkey (and aid from the US) in the fight against ISIS among the region's Kurds. Coverage of Keene, NH's Pumpkinfest riot provides interesting contrasts with what's still going on in Ferguson. GunFAIL can strike anyone. Another facet of inequality: the bottom 90% are stuck in 1986. Missouri's rush into gun-nuttery may let a confessed murderer go free. Is anonymous texting app Whisper actually tracking users? And offering their data up to media "partners" as juicy tips?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:38pm EDT