Fri, 30 April 2021
Thu, 29 April 2021
The FBI searched Rudy’s home and office yesterday, because he’s a villainous traitor. And that’s all I have to say about that.
January 6th insurrectionists who aren’t already in jail are... running for elective office.
Wed, 28 April 2021
Well, the CDC is out with its new outdoor masking guidance, which certain people will no doubt take to be proof that they were right all along, even though they probably weren’t. Meanwhile, excess vaccines may indeed begin to flow, though we still don’t know any more about those contracts.
You’ll never guess what Fox & Friends claims they see lurking around every corner. Aw, you did guess it! It’s “socialism!”
The non-SOTU will look a little different this year. And probably sound different, too. Will a new crop of aggressively stupid Republicans audibly boo and jeer? Will the traditional media give in to its usual impulse to allow “optics” reporting to overwhelm substance? Not that there’s not a good optics story to be had, of course.
Vox takes another crack at explaining Joe Manchin.
A new lawsuit targets one source of “eye-popping numbers” of guns used in crimes in Chicago: a single gun shop in Gary, IN.
The tiki torch bro who became the viral face of the Charlottesville hate rally finds there are consequences (and is, ironically, replaced).
Wayne LaPierre was a jet-setting “elite” who lived precisely the lifestyle he professed to hate as head of the NRA? Wow! How did they go bankrupt?
Tue, 27 April 2021
Every show’s first hour could, theoretically, be about the Republicans’ latest fake outrage. While the second hour could be about the very real outrages Republicans spark. Or at least, enlightening ourselves about how horribly off-base they are.
None of the Gop-adjacent outrages have changed the fact that the pandemic is still with us, of course. And yes, excess deaths are pretty much what we always thought they were. But at least some of our excess vaccine might be dispatched abroad, after all.
Siri, what is chutzpah? Should Chernobyl be a protected UNESCO World Heritage site?
Simon says, no book deals for Trump officials. Schuster concurs.
Good news on the policing front: retrained Newark, NJ cops didn’t fire a shot in all of 2020—and crime dropped.
(Almost) bad news on the (sort-of) policing front: CA National Guard pilots were reportedly asked to keep a fighter jet at the ready, to intimidate protesters.
Alaska Airlines needs you to calm down, ma’am.
In former guy news: does the Secret Service have to protect you from debt collectors? Some last-second weird contract happenings at the Pentagon. And a guy who may have known too much about what’s-his-face’s Deutsche Bank loans has… gone missing.
Mon, 26 April 2021
David Waldman and Greg Dworkin bring their usual red carpet style and substance to this morning’s KITM:
It’s Oscar time, the time when we discover all of the stuff that we should have been watching, had we any taste. This year however, we have a winner that is not only good for you, it is actually good! Two Distant Strangers was written by Travon Free, who wrote for the Daily Show, and was directed by Free and Martin Desmond Roe, and is right there on your Netflix.
We have enjoyed almost 100 days of quiet nice times with Uncle Joe. People like Joe and his approval/disapproval numbers seem to be as steady as Donald Trump’s (Although reversed, of course). President Biden heads into the next 100 even more confident and self-assured, meaning that Republicans are more panicked and bitter than ever. Larry Kudlow warns that we might have poured our last pork lager. Speaking of Rick Santorum, he has Dan Savage trending again. Maricopa County Republicans are hand correcting 2 million ballots to 110% Trump. They are going to be soooo mad when they find out he lost again. They will be furious when they lose in 2022.
We are talking about those Republicans that survive refusing vaccines and masks to the 2022 elections. There is no getting through to the hard core, and most who were motivated and had access are already vaccinated. The trick is to decrease barriers to those who would take a shot. Johnson & Johnson… erm... Janssen isn’t helping matters. At least we do have vaccines. Around the world, some countries are having a horrible time, and could be helped by our leftovers. Unfortunately, Trump “America First”-ed others out of a chance to borrow a few from us. This can, and will be solved, hopefully soon.
Fri, 23 April 2021
On today’s KITM, David Waldman opens with a simple comment on banana peel gags, then proceeds to weave a discussion of bananas, insurance fraud, Tammany-Hall political reform, the inherent value of infrastructure, salt, SALT, breathing, and the proud history of sanitation workers into it. Just like Rachel Maddow!
We’re way ahead of the Maddow curve when it comes to election reform, that is, “election systems and methods” reform. David talks with the executive director of The Center for Election Science, Aaron Hamlin about Approval Voting, covering the basics, history, and the debate around how Approval Voting compares to other methods. A real-life example of Approval Voting is its success in the St. Louis City primary election, leading to the election of Tishaura Jones, the first Black woman elected mayor of St. Louis.
It has been a year since Donald Trump said the most stupid, dangerous things he ever said during his presidency, maybe. Donald has said a lot of stupid, dangerous things. Trump hoped to deceive and humiliate the virus, but instead the virus did a number on him. This was when Trump started pushing Hydroxychloroquine, the Ivermectin of 2020, while bogarting the Remdesivir in the White House fridge. There is still time however, to claim a position on the Hydroxychloroquine MLM ladder.
Bodycam footage showed a cop punching a Black guy in the face until his arms were tired and the Black man was almost dead, but no one, including his fellow police officers, stopped him. Another video shows another cop beating another handcuffed person, but she wasn’t Black, and she was a woman, and this time the coworkers saw a line being crossed. You do have a right to film police, and police don’t have a right to shoot, beat, or arrest you for it, but as you know, things happen. Therefore, it is recommended you find a less upfront method if required. Police recently arrested a cop watcher — but then recorded themselves by accident with his equipment.
Thu, 22 April 2021
Bop bop bop bop bop bop bop bop, this is Earth Day! David Waldman eco-celebrates in KITM Earth Headquarters. Meanwhile, Eco-rebels misutilize poo outside the White House, perhaps in an effort to get their hands on pink wheelbarrows.
Are vaccine rejectors like motorcyclists that refuse to wear a helmet? If so, why do they keep crashing into our restaurants? Germany was way ahead of us on containing Covid-19, and are now leading on losing control. India is in worse shape with the pandemic than ever. In fact, they are the worst in the world.
The Gop just can’t villainize Joe Biden. Donald Trump was a villain, but his polls were steady, Joe’s polls might be the same. Liz Cheney, also a villain, is probably the most indestructible of the bunch.
The Gop doesn’t want to hear that the 2017 shooting of congressional baseball players might not be terrorism, they need that for “whatabouts”. Capitol Police officers, on the other hand, were told anti-Trump protesters were the only ones to worry about. Nancy Pelosi keeps handing concessions to Republicans to get them for a January 6 commission. Concessions won’t work, and Nancy knows it.
To save time, Democrats are rejecting the Republican’s phony infrastructure bid before it is even placed.
Wed, 21 April 2021
David Waldman gets us over the hump, that many of us will sled down this morning.
Accountability, and maybe a step towards justice took place last night, as Black lives mattered, for a moment. Justice requires neverending vigilance. In this case, the credit goes to 17 year old Darnella Frazier and her cellphone videography prowess. Then, police in Columbus, Ohio released body-camera footage of the police shooting that left a teenage girl dead minutes before Derek Chauvin’s verdict was announced.
It isn’t quite the death of racism, but nonetheless racists sure are running scared. MT Greene hid where she wouldn’t see anyone last night. Tucker Carlson was so frightened of the looming threat to the white race that he just might have peed himself on national TV. Tucker’s advertisers would be terrified, if he had any. You don’t want to hear what Donald Trump had to say. (Neither do I)
Greg Dworkin remembers Walter Mondale, who it bears repeating, was an old-school, true Democrat, public servant, mensch of a Vice President, and as Greg points out, often felt obligated to tell the public the truth, sometimes at greater than optimal levels.
200 million doses and we aren’t halfway home. People keep coming up with clever ways to convince boneheads, but boneheads hate experts almost as much as they hate math. Here’s an idea: For each vaccine shot, give them a lottery ticket.
The House has been frozen at 435 representatives, but just like those 9 Supreme Court justices, that’s just a number. More representatives, however might bring more psychos like Rick Roeber, who physically, sexually and mentally abused his children, and drowned puppies.
The inspector general at the Department of Homeland Security blocked investigations into tear gassing and rubber bullets for Donald Trump’s stroll through Lafayette Square last year.
Republican Lisa Murkowski broke Gop ranks to support Vanita Gupta’s nomination. Democrats blocked Republican censure of Maxine Waters until the Gop cleaned up its own act. Democrats put the time they spent idling due to Republican obstruction to good use, by coming up with a rule change to set aside those rules being misused.
Tue, 20 April 2021
David Waldman delivers sad news:
Ted Nugent has contracted COVID-19, and as his, and our luck, would have it, continues to survive. Ted Nugent and Donald Trump somehow both recovered to see another bigoted dawn. If only Ted would have chosen to suck exclusively American guns and bullets, he might not have this problem now. As for Covid, an ounce of prevention might be worth a pound of cure, but Ben Franklin doesn’t work in government anymore.
A life that truly mattered ended. Walter “Fritz” Mondale, old-school, Democratic, public servant, mensch and Vice President, died at 93. Mondale might have seemed old-fashioned, but he modernized the Vice-Presidency, and not only reformed the filibuster, he was ready to do it again.
Senators caught the car they were chasing, as the Parliamentarian gives them a couple more chances at reconciliation… but now what are they going to do with it? David and Joan McCarter ask “What would Robert Byrd do?”, but Senator Byrd never had to work with people like this. President Biden offers what Americans want and America needs, if any Gop are interested in that sort of thing. Weak-links Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema crave some attention and are looking in all the wrong places. Mitch McConnell has some candy in the back of his van for them. Democrats are expected to settle for... not enough.
Nancy Pelosi is having a hard time teaming investigators and instigators to look into the January 6 insurrection. Joe Biden will need something like Lyndon Johnson’s Executive Order 11365, which established the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders — now a best-selling book!
Mon, 19 April 2021
The Mighty KITM Worldwide Multiplex has battery backup! Nothing can stop us now! David Waldman and Greg Dworkin are charged up and ready to go:
If only John Boehner Republicans were in charge there would be no immigration concerns, mass shootings or racism. If George W. Bush was in charge the world would be a progressive utopia. Ah, but Republicans had that former guy come in and ruin it all, aka “William of Normandy”. MT Greene hopes to create a caucus to reestablish pre-Battle-of-Hastings values to US government.
Active duty law enforcement are training Oath Keepers, so why isn’t everyone running from the cops anymore? On the other hand, Capitol rioters, sovereign citizens there on 1/6 to make citizen arrests and executions, are now telling judges they were but only citizen journalists. Employees of One America News know that the one thing they aren’t, are journalists. They aren’t Nazis either, as they were just “following orders”. By the way, their orders were to help overthrow the United States and install Donald Trump. Junior hoped to be installed at OANN someday.
The Department of Justice is investigating Kash Patel’s security breaches while he and Devin Nunes tried to make the Deep State a thing.
Today is the day everyone over 16 is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine shot. Vaccines are humankind’s greatest invention, other than possibly that mars helicopter. (I, for one, welcome the vaccine, and our robot overlords.)
How are you handling the pandemic? Most fears are irrational, but they do keep us out of trouble. And, things keep changing. Yesterday’s prudent caution is tomorrow’s performative hygiene. Disease doesn’t only come for sinners… although some people are kind of plainly asking for it. All of us are so lucky that mRNA vaccines worked so well. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine might become a vaccine issued only to those with johnsons.
Fri, 16 April 2021
How about politicide? No, not “political genocide”… but literal “political suicide” — an opposing political party united in an actual deadly suicide pact of their own choosing. Not the entire population of the party, mind you, but precisely focused, so that the more entrenched their ideology, the tighter they will all grip as they leap off the cliff together... It’s a fantasy, of course, as it would be impossible to imagine any scenario in which people would throw away their own lives and the lives of others in favor of mere dogma! If there were such a thing, Marjorie Diamond Greene and Lauren Silk Boebert would be long gone by now.
Meanwhile, David Waldman delivers another KITM under the cloud of a mass shooting. This mass shooting was delivered to Fed Ex, but we know UPS and the Post Office will do in a pinch. These mass murders are senseless and horrific, by the way. So was the death of 13-year-old Adam Toledo. Adam didn’t have his gun anymore, which the officer didn’t hesitate to consider. That officer might be in trouble, but he isn’t the only reason that kid is dead and this kid is alive.
Senior Black Correspondent, Darwin H.M., aka @Darwin_Darko on Twitter, tells us of the vindication of Black police officer Cariol Horne, who waited 15 years for her pension, while her employer waited for her to die of old age before they would grant it. Darwin figures that if the police could hold her pension for 15 years, the pension fund is where money for lawsuits can be found.
Vladimir Putin has a sad, and is in a snit, now that the Russian collusion that everyone knew about, is being publicly admitted, and acted upon. The 10 Republicans that voted to impeach Trump were supposed to be in trouble, and they might be, but not with their donors.
A Capitol insurrectionist took a break from fighting tyranny to escape to Switzerland, but couldn’t escape his demons, or the police.
Thu, 15 April 2021
Happy Tax Day! (Traditional) David Waldman starts off Thursday with a lightning round list of Republicans being Republicans: In Florida, Matt Gaetz’ former colleagues want to check out some high school genitalia. Gaetz’ former classmates will tell you Matt hasn’t changed a bit since high school… maybe even junior high. Kristi Noem will make undocumented immigrants feel about as unwanted as Native Americans in her state. The Senate passed an Anti-Asian Hate bill 92-6, with six Republicans preferring to hate Asians. Pat McCrory, former North Carolina governor, enters his primary as an “outsider”. Virginia Gop Gubernatorial Candidate Amanda Chase contests state election results before the election. MT Greene out-Trumps everyone by challenging Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to
Greg Dworkin was under his seasonal bout of laryngitis today, but powered through. Abby wanted to step in. However, although fluent in several languages including dalmation, Abby’s english remains “a little rough”…
Greg does not have Covid, and has been fully vaccinated, although that is of course no guarantee. It is close to a guarantee, though — 0.008% of cases, jeez! That’s still enough to freak people out, and more than enough to get a conspiracy theory or two started. The Johnson & Johnson pause was intended to get the facts straight before moving forward, but how long will that take, and how many more conspiracies will be weaved in that time? All the facts in the world won’t convince some people, and we all know who those people are.
Democrats want to take the Supreme Court from 9 to 13 justices, as the Founding Fathers intended. For about a hundred years, Supreme Court Justices rode circuit, boldly dispensing justice wherever they went. Let’s bring that tradition back, too.
Americans believe Democrats are the ones to trust, in just about everything. Voters approve of infrastructure, especially when it’s their infrastructure, and the people who can afford it are paying for it. Chris Christie suggests that Republicans try belligerence and name calling to win back voters. The stupid choice has been a winning bet for them historically. Joe Manchin just wants to meet them halfway.
Joe Biden picked his own path out of Afghanistan, but how did he come to that decision? Does the Military pitch the commander in chief on their favorite ideas and advocate loudly for them? Hmmm, sometimes. But actually it is a multi-part equation. Military advice is but a single variable to consider.
Wed, 14 April 2021
Are vaccines breaking the pandemic wave? Oh, so close — Maybe, maybe not, but it does feel more close every day. Even so, who would want to go back to work with the people you used to work with? Or back into public with them for that matter? You can get a lot more done at home, anyhow.
For instance, check out David Waldman and Greg Dworkin. Whether working from home or at the studios in KITM World Headquarters, they always remain at a “chef’s kiss” level.
1 in 5 say they won’t get a COVID-19 vaccine. And now, some that wanted one, had theirs cancelled. What’s up with that Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause? Well, the Biden administration decided on truth and transparency in dealing with the public, a tactic the previous administration could not and can not ever conceive of. This plan of course carries risks, as the horse whips and hot takes fly.
Meanwhile, OSHA fined a company that wouldn’t let their employees or their customers wear masks.
Ce n'est pas le Louvre, c'est un Louvre. Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman bought a $1000 Jesus painting — not even on black velvet — and paid $450 million. You pay that much for a fake da Vinci, and you don’t want it to be fake anymore. So, MBS took it over to his local fake Louvre, to have it marked up to “real”. That happened, because no one ever wants to see MBS disappointed.
Whatever law you’re talking about, Trump lawyers will say that it doesn’t apply to Trump.
Joe Biden continues to exceed expectations, even if your expectation was for an affable, gentlemanly white man who says nice, positive things most of the time. Hundreds of companies are uniting to oppose those who oppose voting rights, while Joe is waiting with a big friendly hug. Most everybody likes to see happy people, except for Republicans, who mostly like to unsee unhappy people. The National Collegiate Athletic Association says it will move championship events out of states that discriminate against LGBTQ people. Republicans will try to remove Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption. Here, let Casey Stengel explain.
Kim Potter should have retired after 25 years, but now she has been charged with 2nd-degree manslaughter for Daunte Wright’s killing. John Cardillo is a horrible, awful person, but he did point out the fact that Daunte Wright was a loving family man, as well as an American patriot, which you wouldn’t guess he’d say about a young black guy.
Matt Gaetz has, so far, not been caught in bed with a dead girl or a live boy, and he is proud to tell you that. Joel Greenberg will tell you Matt always paid the pimp, and never even tipped the ladies. Stepping up to be a character witness: Harlan Z. Hill. (!)
Tue, 13 April 2021
It has been days now since David Waldman received his second vaccine shot and yet he still doesn’t feel bad at all! (He feels a bit ripped off, to be honest.) He still has a chance though, and we here all hope he feels lousy soon.
Nothing marks the end of a pandemic like people getting back out and shooting each other, and themselves. Did your gun shoot your neighbor? Your child? Maybe it gave you a bullet, right in the bread aisle. Anyway you look at it, it’s what the Founders and the Heller Court wanted. Anyway you look at it, the AR-15 is more than a gun or a pistol or a rifle. It’s much more.
Governor Bill Lee assures that Tennesseans will have an easier time killing each other than voting him out of office. Bullets or ballots, all will get his thoughts and prayers.
Johnson & Johnson vaccinations were paused after rare clotting cases emerge. How rare? 6 clots in about 7 million doses. Is this an instance of an overabundance of caution? Shouldn’t states be able to decide? Is this a job for scientists? Or, at least someone that understands numbers? Perhaps more Republicans still need to be infected before the need for vaccinations is realized.
Donald Trump was his usual whiney bitch self at the RNC, but his schtick just doesn’t wow them like it used to. The next morning Rick Scott slipped Donald one of John Boehner’s old ashtrays and sent him back out to the golf course. Matt Gaetz, who?
Yes, “dynamic scoring” is the method Trump uses to win in golf. It is also the exact same approach Republicans used to work out Trickle Down economics, ever since the Reagan administration. Joan McCarter explains how Joe Biden’s budget reverses years of deficit peacockery and brings an end to austerity. Joan and David continue to puzzle over confused nudnik, Joe Manchin, a guy way out of his depth, clinging to Republican talking points to explain why he’s throwing sand into the gears of progress his party and the American people are striving for. Nobody can explain Kyrsten Sinema.
Mon, 12 April 2021
The Derek Chauvin trial continues, as the examples of why these trials are needed multiply. Minnesota police shot and killed Daunte Wright after detaining him for air fresheners on his mirror. More protests, more teargas and rubber bullets. A Virginia officer that pepper sprayed an Army officer was fired, not after the pepper spraying, but after the video of the pepper spraying got out. Conservatives are now opposed to the Black Army officer’s 1st, 2nd, and 4th amendment rights. Probably his little dog too.
Could Joe Biden be our F.D.R.? We might not really know until Joe’s third term… But does that make Donald Trump our latest Herbert Hoover, or Jimmy Carter? I wouldn’t say that around Jimmy, and even Herbert might be inspired to take a swing at you. F.D.R didn’t seem to have so many corporations on his side. Corporations have always been pretty woke to their bottom line, and for some reason Republicans have lost sight of that. More than 100 of the nation's top corporate leaders met on Saturday to discuss the dropping ROI on white supremacy. It’s also clear that the real money is in infrastructure to enable workers to get back to making money.
Republican’s business is the business of keeping things from working. Their leader, Donald Trump, laser-focused on that goal from day one, delivered yet again in a speech to the RNC. Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel was escorted out of the meeting for not arriving with enough grease for palms.
The Covid pandemic is showing signs of growth, just as people willing to be vaccinated could be tapering off. There are folks that decided long ago that they won’t be vaccinated. After deciding, some spent a lot of effort and research on their alibi, and some none at all. The results are the same, but the solutions will need some personalization. In retrospect, Republicans didn’t quite think out vaccine passports.
Fri, 9 April 2021
Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez, Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson, all those Hemsworths, David Waldman and… David isn’t saying. But, it is whomever’s birthday! Happy birthday!
While we’re celebrating, thank you to all you out there sending in recurring contributions! We find that we rarely have to call you defectors to keep you in line. Stay healthy, keep the money coming, and never take the drug Ivermectin unless you are a horse with parasitic worms... but if you are, KITM is reaching a wider demographic than we anticipated.
For a guy known as leader of the “Oath Keepers”, Stewart Rhodes’ marriage is quite unstable. So is the rest of his life, as US prosecutors begin to close in on “Person One” in the Capitol insurrection. Existing calls and texts point to Oath Keeper and Proud Boy involvement, as well as the empty spaces in their data point to where they attempted to cover their tracks. Roger Stone keeps appearing around the edges of everything. The White House tells Democratic investigators to check over at the National Archives and Records Administration for any Trump Capitol attack evidence.
Michael Flynn is a spy, and prefered spying over his day job. Flynn was warned about taking foreign money as far back as 2014, but that’s an integral part of the spy biz, so he ignored those warnings. Michael also a had a forbidden internet connection at the Pentagon, because you know, that’s what spies do.
Yale’s Tiger Couple haven’t put effort into anything but soaking Yale students.
Joe Manchin sees no circumstance for voting to kill filibuster, but sure sounds open to guardrails, lanes, and such, so maybe infrastructure is the way to his heart. The filibuster was one of the many things Hillary Clinton warned you about.
Matt Gaetz never paid for sex, possibly to avoid child labor laws, but actually, paying prostitutes is the pimp’s job, isn’t it? When going to the Bahamas, travel, hotel, drugs and women are part of the Gaetz package deal. One Republican has called for Gaetz to resign once he double-checked Matt’s last name to make sure it wasn’t “Trump”.
Thu, 8 April 2021
Who is it? Dave? Dave’s not here, man...
Who? Oh, David Waldman? Yeah, he and Greg Dworkin are over on the couch contemplating the ceiling and national politics:
Who would have guessed that the US War on Drugs spawning generations of poverty, crime, and corruption throughout Latin America might eventually lead to problems for us?
Joe Biden’s going to take our guns! Well, your homemade guns, and the ones you point at innocent people, or yourself. Those are the guns that are killing too many every day.
Service is Joe Biden’s specialty, because if he isn’t there helping the dickens out of you, the dicks just might return. Joe apparently knows what he’s doing, as fewer Republicans call themselves “Republican” and some of them are calling themselves “Biden Republicans” now.
A story in Cardinal & Pine (Not to be confused with the Long Leaf Pine Slate, although both seem pretty on-the-ball) describes a Republican federal and state dragnet of 44 North Carolina counties in search of voter fraud. It went as well as you’d expect.
Wed, 7 April 2021
David Waldman spent the night tracing the roots of his family tree until he slipped and fell down a genealogy rabbit hole. He discovered that similar names might go with dissimilar people, but sometimes that just doesn’t matter.
David has wanted the Senate filibuster dead for years. Now that it’s either the filibuster or democracy, others are catching up. The Senate parliamentarian will let Democrats bypass the filibuster on two bills… which two? Why not the two after those, too? Wouldn’t that be just as unprecedented?
The former guy’s former housing official, past and present wedding planner, Lynne Patton, was fined and barred from government work for Hatch Act violations, which probably broke her heart. You got to hope this leads to bigger things, though.
Greg Dworkin describes how the pandemic is still driving the news.
President Joe is giving us all a shot at getting a vaccine by the middle of this month. That sure doesn’t mean that everyone plans to take them, of course. For example, you can’t catch Covid if you get raptured first. Nearly half of new US virus infections are in just 5 states, as youth sports are shaken by the latest British invasion: COVID-19 variants. The good news about lockdowns is that most people really didn’t need to hang out together that much anyway.
Tearing down Dr. Anthony Fauci is essential to the MAGA myth. So is never admitting mistakes. That is why the Republican Party isn’t rebranding. Instead, they will purge their party of doubters, purge the country of voters, purge their neighborhoods of Black people, and so on, until reality matches their fantasies. Georgia is just like Colorado, if you believe baseball is just like voting. Mitch McConnell tells his money to shut up and get in his pocket.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden plans to go big with infrastructure to give everyone a lot to like and a little to disagree with. Chuck Schumer is thinking big, and if Republicans want to join him, that’s fine, too.
Tue, 6 April 2021
David Waldman handcrafts yet another small-batch KITM, lovingly prepared once daily in our World Headquarters’ kitchen. Joan McCarter joins us with an exquisite water ganache, and her usual political acumen.
President Joe Biden keeps moving his own goalposts… And he’s still scoring! Now, all US adults will be eligible for the Covid vaccine on April 19. Saying Boris Johnson is “smarter than Trump” is like saying Boris has “a better hairstyle” than Donald, but at least Boris is getting his pandemic act together with the implementation of a national rapid COVID-19 testing program. Brexit, however, has wiped out the UK’s fine chocolate industry, leaving only spotted dick standing for the pride of Great Britain.
Montana Governor Greg Gianforte recently signed a law against mask mandates. A mask with a shot might have kept him from coming down with Covid yesterday. People who don’t believe in masks or vaccines do believe in miracles, and suggest Greg try one of those.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez demonstrated her support for party unity by donating to vulnerable House Democrats, much to their horror, as this money will be pointed to as proof of radical left… or right wing ties by their adversaries who would have lied about them anyhow. Want to show your support at a real grassroots level? And, have a fun and interesting time doing it? Support Hillary Kwiatek’s City Council campaign and hear behind the scenes stories of big stakes TV game shows! Tonight at 7PM Eastern! Or, if that’s not your style, you can check out the special election in TX-6, with a twelve crackpot Republican “jungle primary”, led by a Korean-American known for being anti-Asian.
Surprise! President Joe is making America... well, great again. Biden is doing it from infrastructure and inequality on up. Republicans, of course want nothing to do with that. Mitch McConnell promises to burn bridges with any person or corporation that would support America. Chuck Schumer is becoming increasingly fine with Republican nonparticipation, now that he and the Senate parliamentarian are seeing eye to eye on Section 304 of the 1974 Budget Act. The Senate parliamentarian ruled Monday that Democrats can use special budgetary rules on two more pieces of legislation. David and Joan discuss what that means, and where and when it might be used.
Mon, 5 April 2021
Are we safe from the pandemic yet? No, but we are much safer. Will herd immunity stop the disease? No, but we in the herd will be much more secure. Yes, we still have a COVID-19 pandemic. Yes, there is progress being made, a lot of progress. Both of those are true. Of course, the most important question is — which one of us is wrong? Are we wrong or them? Maybe we all are? No, just because there is enough blame to go around, it doesn’t mean we each get half. For instance, has Florida’s Covid response been mediocre, or was Ron DeSantis just incapable of making it as bad as he could have?
Georgia knew enough to try to hide its true intentions in its new voting law, but times have changed, and their usual institutional support now wants to cancel them. Republicans nationally are becoming worthless when it comes to getting anything done for Americans. Therefore, it’s Dr. Seuss, Mr. Potato Head, Coca Cola, Jill Biden’s stockings, and whatever stunt their cornballs, new and old, can come up with today.
Donald Trump bilked Trumpers out of millions, because that’s what they’re there for. Then, in order to pay back those saps, he needed new suckers and a bigger scam. Then it’s down the road, another day, another name, another scam.
Fri, 2 April 2021
The only letdown with the Matt PizzaGaetz scandal is that it’s not happening to Rand and Ted too. Other than that, GaetzGate has got everything — party drugs, naked women hula-hooping, online payments and solicitation, condoms by the gross… which means it still has a gross of gross accessories and abettors yet to be revealed! Plenty of Republicans knew what Matt was up to, and down for, for a long time, but now that the trail could be leading to them, under the bus Matt goes.
‘Tis the season for Bunnies, and here comes Arliss Bunny, author of The Smart Bunny's Guide to Debt, Deficit and Austerity, hopping into the KITM conversation on Joe Biden’s proposed “Once-in-a-generation investment in America”. Arliss agrees that it’s a great investment to make, but why not make it the norm? America is resource-rich, and resources aren’t to hoard, but invest. Arliss Bunny suggests that we fight the Reagan economic suck by ditching outmoded, gold-standard thinking, and instead pay attention to experts like economist Stephanie Kelton, and study her book, The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People’s Economy, for guidance.
Thu, 1 April 2021
April Fools! It is only day one of April, but there are plenty of fools to call out. David Waldman and Greg Dworkin only have a couple of hours today, but a whole month to go:
Let’s start with Ted Cruz of the panhandle, Matt Gaetz. Gaetz’ Mann act adds a few new players, including a former Department of Justice official, a presumed dead Iranian hostage, Andrew McCabe, William Barr… it’s enough to make your Tucker pucker. Why is this man smiling?
Everyone in the world just had their opinions of Georgia completely confirmed this week, much to the dismay of the world-wide corporations headquartered there. Delta Air Lines found Georgian voter suppression unacceptable, while Hollywood reconsidered filming in Georgia, for the umpteenth time.
The Missouri Gop doesn’t want Georgians to get all the glory on abusing voters and the poor. Democrat Rita Hart drops out of the House race that she was losing by 6 points, because of the 1/6 insurrection... and that’s what Dems do. Kevin McCarthy takes a victory lap, because that’s what Republicans do.
Non-fool approval for the US vaccine rollout continues to surge. If only this was a non-fool world, we’d be in great shape. Alex Berenson could be the pandemic’s wrongest man, but he couldn’t have done it without fools helping. Dr. Fauci cuts Dr. Birx some slack. Someday, scientists will take be able to remove their faces from their palms.
Wed, 31 March 2021
David Waldman and Greg Dworkin bring us Wednesday! Maybe Wednesday brought them… Either way, it works out for us:
It’s Infrastructure Week! For real! No big trucks for President Joe to go vroom-vroom in, but some actual plans. Republicans don’t plan to vote for any of it but do plan to take credit for all of it… and talk about transgender girls.
Hey, have you been vaccinated yet? Anecdotes abound suggesting redder’s better if you are looking for a denied vaccine surplus. More people are willing to take vaccines... Is that because more people have been willing to take vaccines?
Pfizer’s vaccine is safe and effective in children as young as 12. Satisfaction with the U.S. vaccine rollout is surging. Unfortunately, so is the pandemic. Defiance of public health guidance is the Republican’s deadly virus. The Trumpiest country left on Earth, Brazil, might soon succumb to COVID-19.
Tucker Carlson, Jeffrey Epstein and Matt Gaetz know what it’s like being accused of a sex crime on national TV. Now we know why Gaetz left an empty Nestor in Panama City last week, and seemed disinterested in his day job as of late. Matt revealed that he was on a secret mission with his dad to create a sting operation exposing those trumped-up sex trafficking charges against him!
Scandals like these end up dragging many through the mud, by association. Look at poor Joel Greenberg, whose only crimes before being linked to Matt Gaetz were paying buddies with about $2 million in public funds, adding a drone force to the tax collector’s office, building bitcoin mining servers, and powering them on the public dime until he lit his offices on fire, pulling over speeders on a whim, smearing Muslims, stalking, libelling, defaming and impersonating people with stolen and forged ID’s... and sex trafficking and prostitution — allegedly. Speaking of Donald Trump, his non-disclosure agreements are the trash everyone expected them to be.
Tue, 30 March 2021
David Waldman pilots the KITM’s raft of stories through Tuesday without a sandbar in sight.
Hey, have you been vaccinated yet? President Joe Biden wants 90% of us eligible within 3 weeks, and the rest of us a month from now, so that we can all celebrate Get Closer to Normal Day, on July 4th! For the time being, cut out the crazy stuff! Do you want to doom us all? Speaking of, those folks who thought Covid was a hoax, and vaccines were dangerous, now believe that admitting they did get vaccinated is like the Holocaust, except with more devils and corporate communism, blarg! Occasionally, a Republican will have disaster hit close enough to them to consider it real, but those are few and far between.
Some 1/6 insurrectionists might get the sedition charges they deserve. Maga tourists who cheered on police beatings, and followed rioters into the Capitol won’t get half of what they deserve. Ghislaine Maxwell now is charged with sex trafficking, and it would just be impossible for her to receive commensurate punishment. Donald Trump would need to live hundreds of years.
The SolarWinds hack got emails of top DHS officials, which is pretty much its goal.
Lawyer Cleta Mitchell advised Trump on how to destroy democracy, and has retired to take it up full time. Perhaps the word “democracy’s” similarity to “Democratic” is what’s setting them off? Some people are talking about how Democrats in 2021 with Joe Manchin are similar to Republicans in 2001 with Jim Jeffords. David talks about how they aren’t.
Joan McCarter calls in to discuss how Chuck Schumer can make reconciliation work again. You would think that infrastructure would be a bipartisan opportunity, but no, you might not even get Joe Manchin to hook up with that. Ending the filibuster is the only solution. Mitch McConnell has seen this coming for a long time.
Mon, 29 March 2021
We are still stuck with a COVID pandemic, though. Thanks to Joe, vaccines are pouring into millions of arms. Unfortunately, cases keep rising, as will deaths. Anti-vaxxers and far-right extremists here and around the world continue to fight for death. We could have saved more than a World War’s worth without Donald Trump in office. Of course, Trump couldn’t have done it alone. Dr. Deborah Birx, Trump’s coronavirus response coordinator, now points out that she personally chose to have hundreds of thousands of people die, rather than to aggravate Donald Trump. Dr. Francis Collins proves one can be a scientist, evangelical and a Christian, all at the same time.
Joe Biden is doing such a good job as president, that his overthrow has been postponed until August. Mr. Biden will now demonstrate what effective management techniques can do at the border. Management isn’t Republicans strong suit, or even something that interests them. They don’t mind that anti-voting measures hurt them also, because they that see where we are stuck now might be as good as anywhere they will ever get to. Lara Trump was to headline Trump TV, but now is just fine being Fox Blond #3452. Hard-working journalist Brenna T. Smith exposed insurrectionist crowdfunding, irritating right wing mediocrities and slacker grifters. John Cornyn is putting some actual work into making sure Vanita Gupta doesn’t go to work for voters. Brad Raffensperger did his job one time, and now he’s in trouble. Unindicted pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood hopes to hide out as chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party until things cool off.
Fri, 26 March 2021
David Waldman brings us the Friday KITM morning news, traffic on the 10’s: We still have that container ship jackknifed out on the Suez, blocking northbound… well, all transit. Authorities caution that honking horns will not help the situation, and advise patience as plans are implemented.
Yesterday, President Joe Biden was asked if he was throwing his hat in the ring for the 2024 presidential election. Other than that, most stupid questions and reporters were avoided. (You know who to turn to for stupid questions and answers.) President Biden introduced new team mascot Jim Eagle to describe the Gop’s sick and despicable voter suppression. Georgia Republicans attached about 100 pages of suppression onto a voter law, fixing everything the former guy found wrong with it, except for the part where he’s president. Georgia capped off the signing of their bill by having a few white, pot-bellied, crewcut, mountie-hatted cops drag away an elected black woman representative in handcuffs, just in case anyone missed the message. So, now it is illegal to offer water to anyone they’ve forced into voting lines. (This suppression has been brought to you by Coke®!) “Well, actually...” dopes rush to Twitter to explain. Joan McCarter explains that eliminating the filibuster is the only way to stop this nonsense.
President Joe is fixing stuff as fast as he can, but we still have Covid. Johnson & Johnson needs to pick up the slack. Joe’s working on that, too. Over at Fox crew members are dropping from Corona, but will that change their tune? Probably not. Some people have to feel it personally to make a change.
The long-delayed aluminum plant project near Ashland, Kentucky, once bankrolled by Russians, isn’t anymore, without Donald and Mitch in power. Vlad will have to return to his usual methods for destroying the US. Meanwhile, the former guy will go back to his old ways of milking the rubes.
Thu, 25 March 2021
David Waldman brings us the latest KITM news for Thursday. Greg Dworkin is first up with sports analysis: UConn beats Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament second-round game, setting up a meeting with Iowa in Sweet 16. Syracuse were worthy opponents. Next up is Joe Biden’s first press conference! Joe has some experience with journalists. ABC’s Bob Clark, who scored Joe Biden’s first interview, won’t be attending today’s press scrum, leaving the hard-hitting thoughtful journalism to others. The president should be fact checking the press corps. And, oh, Kim Jong-Un has a question in the back row…
What’s happening with that boat over there? This isn’t a job for Joe to worry about… This is a job for — a bulldozer or two, or maybe a very hard-working, spunky towboat. What’s happening with COVID? There’s absolutely great progress on vaccinations, but Mr. Biden’s encouragement to take vaccines can only go so far. What’s happening on the border? Joe is a nice guy, but that isn’t why people are heading our way. Anyone with questions can now direct them to Vice President Kamala Harris. What’s happening with gun control? What is happening with gun control?
It’s not just Joe and Kamala, Democrats are being known as a pretty nice party. Republicans aren’t. It’s simply not good business to deal with jerks. It turns out that supporting mass murder isn’t good politics. They sure do pray a lot, though. Think you’ll see Donald in the pews or on the links on Easter? Are golf courses closed on Easter? Cindy Hyde-Smith doesn’t want to tempt God’s wrath by allowing Blacks to vote on Sunday. Only He, and she, really know what to do on the Sabbath… whatever day that is. Always go to Republicans for your moral guidance — Pepé Le Pew! Hello! Voter suppression is now their moral stand.
Wed, 24 March 2021
You think you’re facing a crisis? How about that poor guy trying to parallel park in the Suez canal? In Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu is on his, like, hundredth election without “a clear path” (which probably still won’t get rid of him). You could be Meghan McCain.
David Waldman and Greg Dworkin discuss the latest crises and non-crises, along with the latest impressions of those in the news:
There is no immigration crisis. Requesting asylum isn’t unfair or illegal. Abusive detention should be illegal. Presently, Joe Biden isn’t doing much different from what the former guy did, but that could, and should, change soon.
We have a gun death crisis, for the last few decades now. Republicans know that as well as anyone, and we know as well as anyone they will never do a thing about it. In their hearts, they will thank Democrats for finally actually taking over.
DC statehood would always help, while giving representation to a lot of taxpayers, which is what the founders wanted, after all. Or we could try equitable representation, as I for one would dig living in The Firelands.
Eric Greitens is attempting a comeback in Missouri, but the baggage he’s carrying might contain a body. GlaxoSmithKline Plc fires the former Warp Speed czar from the Galvani Bioelectronics board for sexual harassment. Dr. Deborah Birx won’t make a cent from you injecting bleach, but she could make millions from you breathing ozone, so…
Jerome Powell is well liked, though.
Tue, 23 March 2021
The pandemic might be waning, it’s nicer weather, and so mass shootings have rebounded. Shootings are again coming so fast, it’s hard to forget the last one, before a new one arrives. Is it too soon to mention yesterday’s massacre while we are talking about last week’s? Not anymore — Everyone, from the NRA to Keith Olbermann already have their lines rehearsed and are ready to go. Also, this season we have Lauren Boebert, out there making her name synonymous with gun death, leaving others free to link the crimes to the quick and easy access for the mentally ill to instant death machines, or perhaps to regular folk’s inability to comfortably pronounce the shooter’s name...
David Waldman and Joan McCarter have trod this trail before, as we all have. The path out of this would involve replacing the people and laws that got us into this. For instance, Washington DC statehood would certainly help on that, along with the benefit of giving about a million Americans rights we just might take for granted. At yesterday’s statehood hearing, Republicans stated little-known founder intentions, such as the need for state car dealerships, landfills, and… Oh, DC does have those? How about lawn signs and bumper stickers? They’d be out of control! The Heritage Foundation pleads with us to honor the real founders of this nation.
Nothing good will happen with a filibuster in the way. Rich, aka Liberal Thinking, surprises us with a mid-credits epilogue to his 6 part series on Busting the Filibuster for All Daily Kos Progressives. By the way, no filibuster busting need involve Vice President Kamala Harris. Kamala can concentrate her efforts on being humane with Joe.
A Chicago hospital CEO & COO let their friends at the Trump Tower to cut in line, so the city cut off the Hospital’s vaccine supply. Speaking of that former guy, he’s endorsing the far-right opponent of the Georgia Secretary of State who wouldn’t fix the election for him. Nine key oversight probes of that previous administration might come to light soon.
Mon, 22 March 2021
David Waldman makes it official, throwing out the first bag of mulch, and his back, to kick off the spring season. Greg Dworkin sails in with his jumbo raft o’stories. It’s summarizing time!
Democrats that like to worry, worry that HR 1 might hurt democracy. Republicans worry that HR 1 might hurt Republicans, and make them all “former guys”. Scaredy Dems want to go back to baby steps, but big plans can carry the many needed side deals required for passage.
Republican voters believe that fascism might be the only thing left that can save democracy. Senator Ron Johnson helps them reach that very conclusion by destroying as much government as he can get his hands on. Other Republicans throw in when and where they can. What they can’t destroy, they will merely keep others from participating in. The 1/6 commission, being made up of a bipartisan delegation of Democrats and criminals, is having a hard time getting off the ground. Conservatives morality and empathy are often directly linked to their own personal pain, and it’s just not nice to wish they all reach that pain, forthwith. Idaho Covid protesters burn masks in front of their capitol, 14 days later, their capitol is shut down from Covid. 14 days might be too long to expect much of them to hold a complex thought, however.
The US gets an uptick in border apprehensions. Good luck finding a Republican that can remember 2019, let alone the George W. Bush administration. Reporter’s memories are even shorter. The prior administration's policies serially violated human rights and were profoundly cruel, which is precisely what John Cornyn loved most about them.
As for COVID-19, it’s still here. AstraZeneca’s vaccine is pretty good, and that’s good enough, especially compared to no vaccine. Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot vaccine was supposed to reach people quicker, but it is going to tougher locations, with tougher people to get through to. Meanwhile, EU nations spent too much time negotiating and positioning and not enough poking.
Fri, 19 March 2021
TGIF! At least, for those of you who are “Friday observant”, which thanks to Joe, the flock welcomes even more each week.
Atlanta police aren’t commenting on whether the killing of eight people—six of them Asian or Asian American women—was a hate crime. The spokesman for the Georgia Sheriff's Office isn’t commenting on anything anymore. Was the shooter just trying to wean himself from being enticed by women? Ex-evangelical Chrissy Stroop asks us to not discount evangelicalism as a factor in this latest masacre.
Have you noticed? All of a sudden, there are so many filibuster experts! Of course, we at KITM have the OG, David Waldman, who today welcomes his special guest filibuster reform advocate from Fix Our Senate, Eli Zupnick, to describe just how close we are to actually fixing the Senate.
“Liberal” isn’t a dirty word, and neither is “rich” for that matter. Liberal Thinking, aka Rich, is proud to be both, and presents his final two episodes of the 6 part series, Busting the Filibuster, for All Daily Kos Progressives, and listeners of KITM. Episode 5 proposes the House-like allocation of floor time for debate based on agreed criteria. It could prove a challenge to enforce with some of the more cagey and uhm, willful Senators, however. Episode 6 hits upon ways to move Senators towards filibuster reform. David, who you know has kind of been there, done that, will attest to the difficulty of this.
Thu, 18 March 2021
Is the worst over for the COVID-19 pandemic? Most Americans believe it is. Experts urge caution with 15 states increasing their cases by 10 to 25 percent. It has been a little while since some Americans really listened to experts, however. Sometimes it is because actual experts aren’t correct, or certain fully 100 percent of the time. Sometimes, some people are just boneheads. With Donald out, the reigning bonehead is Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, who incubates vicious new COVID variants for export. Meanwhile, the Biden administration is on track to perhaps start exporting vaccines, as we will soon have more shots than people (Although that doesn’t count the non-people also in line.).
President Biden is making government great again. Joe Biden’s approval on pandemic handling is about the reverse of Donald Trump’s approval as president. If Trumpers don't want stimmies, and not a single one of their representatives voted for them, how about we keep them and split’em up with each other? In exchange, they keep Pepe Le Pew (and we keep Cardi B).
Even evangelicals are losing their faith in white superiority/victimhood. They’re sticking with misogyny for the time being. Beth Moore was a hit with evangelical women until she started finding fault with evangelical men, and now she’s cancelled.
The Biden administration intends to keep building back better, by relieving child poverty, not building border walls. This makes our friends across the aisle irate, and uncooperative... they say. Rich, aka Liberal Thinking, suggests Republicans put up or shut up in his latest audio correspondence. Joe Biden would probably concur.
Republicans might not have the filibuster forever, but they’ll always have racism. Bob Menendez might be no angel, but he can still call out Ron Johnson. Democrats are seeing and standing with Asian Americans today, but as Asian Americans will tell you, this all didn’t start yesterday.
Wed, 17 March 2021
Robert Aaron Long had a bad day yesterday, entering three Atlanta Georgia spas and killing 8 people, most of them Asian women, at least half of them Korean. Who did he really hate? Asians? Women? Everyone? We probably won’t need to speculate much further, as Long was treated as gently as any young white male neckbeard should expect, and will probably snag an exclusive prime-time interview by next week to plug his gofundme.
Joe Biden finally will hold his first news conference in 48 years! No, Biden’s had a few in the past, but Joe still must act quickly, as a news-starved nation reaches out to him for their latest Megan Markle take. President Biden actually does talk to the press. We now know that his dog Major is a good boy, Andrew Cuomo might be a bad boy, Vladimir Putin is a very bad boy, and the filibuster is trash.
Republicans who think the Chamber of Commerce is “woke” and Marjorie Taylor Green is being politicized, promise to destroy democracy, if their prime tool to destroy the democracy, the filibuster, is threatened. It is time once again for our regularly scheduled Republican Constitutional/economic disaster while Joe plans to pass the hat and pay the bills. Expect Republicans to again let loose their dick army, loaded with the same talking points from 1993, 1965, and 1935. Meanwhile, Wall Street learns to forgive and forget Republican treasonists.
The White House is set to unveil a wide-reaching, billion-dollar campaign aimed at convincing every American to get vaccinated. Boneheads will remain a challenge, and especially dislike being called boneheads. Donald Trump never said he wanted Republicans to die from COVID-19, by the way. The Catholic church also didn’t say the Johnson & Johnson vaccine shouldn’t be accepted, they would just prefer you try all the other vaccines first. China shows up with a brand new vaccine. Moderna is testing theirs with young kids. Too late for the Brazilian Juma people.
Tue, 16 March 2021
A couple of things for your consideration today.
Have you ever wondered, how did the FBI investigate accusations of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford against Brett Kavanaugh without ever interviewing either Ford or Kavanaugh? Well, so has Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. Mr. Whitehouse has requested that our new Attorney General, Merrick Garland, bring his attention to just that question.
Then there’s our big bête noire around here: The Filibuster. This Jim Crow relic was a useful tool of racists, but so was Strom Thurmond, and you don’t see him around anymore. Finally, the time is now for filibuster reform. Senate Democrats have one choice: Save democracy or save the filibuster. Republicans in turn vow to save the filibuster or destroy democracy. Time is running out to use the Congressional Review Act to roll back any of Donald Trump’s rollbacks. Soon there will be no room left on the fence for even Joe Manchin.
You tune into KITM to hear liberal thinking, and it turns out that Liberal Thinking personified, aka, Rich, has recorded some ideas on how to bust the filibuster. David Waldman and Joan McCarter consider the carrots and sticks available to move things along, from tactical carrots to the nuclear stick, and glean as much as possible from history, from the ploys of Dick Nixon to the grand strategies of Gold and Dupta, to the debate of whether the Senate is a constant when it is constantly being renewed.
Mon, 15 March 2021
No one should tolerate anyone that behaves like Donald Trump, even if he’s competent and Democratic. Oh wait, Andrew Cuomo is incompetent also, along with being a sexist, sleazy, thug. Ah, but he did pay many TV salaries, for a while, didn’t he? Just like Donald used to. Trump was the worst in every way, but just doesn’t feed his hosts or his parasites the way he used to. The media sure aren’t bellying up to the same feast with Joe Biden, and Joe is smart to make sure that they never do.
No wonder some Americans don’t trust government and the media… or anybody. How will the Biden administration convince the pocket of people who imagine themselves characters in “The Walking Dead” to take a vaccine in order to serve a greater good when they just don’t believe in greater goods? The people demanding evidence are also those most resistant to facts.
No one is a better informed opponent of the Senate filibuster than Jeff Merkley. Okay, one. But, Senator Merkley is in a great position at the moment to get something done about it.
A Texas woman in a bank refused to wear a mask and asked the intervening police officer “What are you going to do, arrest me?” You won’t believe what happened next!
Fri, 12 March 2021
Hey the checks are really in the mail! Let’s listen to David Waldman and the Friday KITM while we wait for delivery:
Finally, the long awaited pivot we’ve waited for! Not to a new President, but to an actual President. Yesterday we began the pivot back to real lives, in a real America. President of the United States, Joe Biden’s address wasn’t just presidential, it was essential. Wow — show some competence, empathy and the value of truth-telling and all of a sudden people think you’re dissing Trump. Dissing is the least Donald deserves. Someday we might look back and never believe the last year ever really could have happened. Except for all the dead people we knew, of course.
Maybe someone should remember and thank Donald Trump. Prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office keep Donald in their thoughts, in fact their memories go way back. Cyrus Vance Jr. is retiring, and hopefully those memories don’t leave with him. Georgia reminisces over recently unearthed recordings of calls between Trump and just about everyone in Georgia. And, don’t forget Mark Meadows!
Dan Crenshaw realized the COVID-19 pandemic was an ideal time to make a profit with the right investments, he just forgot to disclose that until he was caught.
Some Capitol insurrectionists aren’t just run-of-the-mill traitors and turncoats. Federico Klein, a former State Department aide in the Trump administration, was on the front line of the "first wave" January 6. John Daniel Andries earned two felony counts while on Capitol grounds, and was crew chief of the Marine One squadron.
Marjorie Taylor Greene was never in the mood to block much before, but now that she’s in Congress, her attitude has changed. If she keeps taking the top without asking, no one will want to play with her. Certainly, if Marge were to apply herself with the dedication and professionalism as demanded by the importance of her elected position, she could… heh.
Republicans in Pennsylvania accidently told seniors they were from Johnson & Johnson when they robocalled them. The youngest and first Black mayor of Stockton, California was buried in disinformation when he attempted his second term.
You don’t get to be battle-tempered troops in the Democratic party without hurting some feelings, but you learn how to get the job done. On the other hand, Cynthia Nixon doesn’t seem so bad of a choice right now.
Thu, 11 March 2021
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Want to see some unity? Check out the approval numbers for the President of the United States, Joe Biden, and those for his American Rescue Plan relief bill, which he will be addressing tonight. Oh, what some would do or say to achieve numbers like that! Republican Senator Roger Wicker didn’t vote for the bill, (No Republican did.) but he did come up with the restaurant aid, (No he didn’t) Well, he was there when ideas happened, and at least he’s not like Marjorie Taylor, always tapping out when things become too intense. (Do that enough, and she’ll never be invited back to an orgy, let alone a committee.) By the way, Joe Manchin doesn’t want unity, he wants bipartisanship. Susan Collins vastly prefers bipartisanship over Democrats winning a vote. Have we mentioned our preferment of filibuster reform lately? Bernie Sanders agrees... now.
1/6 insurrectionist, Oath Keeper, formerly of the Navy, formerly FBI, Thomas Caldwell, carries a gun shaped like a cellphone, you know, for the ”Karens”... But, why? Karens rock!
Fantastic news for Grandma huggers! COVID-19 hospitalizations have dropped more than 80% for both grannies and gramps since Joe showed up. All the Presidents have their vaccines, do you have yours? More importantly, did you get the coolest vaccine? Shut up! They are all great, beautiful in their own ways, but totally useless outside of your arm.
Wed, 10 March 2021
David Waldman and Greg Dworkin wouldn’t miss this KITM for the world, and neither should you:
It’s a Big F’n Week for President Joe Biden. Merrick Garland is finally confirmed to work in the public sector, along with several other key people. Joe saved American lives from COVID-19, and today will do the same for the economy. Joe, Spock, everyone, wants everyone to live long and prosper, — except for Republicans. Republican politicians are making sure Republican voters get what they’re asking for. What do Republicans want, anyhow? They literally don’t have a clue. Therefore, they only want to win. What does Joe Manchin (Kinda D, WV) want? Jiminy Christmas, don’t ask him! Even John Cornyn doesn’t want to hear the answer to that. We already got rid of the filibuster once before, back when Congress members could be “present” and “absent” at the same time.
Newt Gingrich’s signature Congressional Review Act heads towards its deadline on the regulations that it could be used to eliminate. David flips through this year’s House calendar to determine where that deadline falls.
Marjorie Traitor Greene was certain 1/6 was some antifa deal, but her close ally and Trumper friend looked all around the Capitol that day and couldn’t find a one. Marjorie does enjoy making people bend over backwards and try to please her, but fellow Republicans who didn’t really consent to this, recall that their “safe word” can be simply “nay”. A baseball bat wielding insurrectionist husband of a Hitler admiring Congress member got VIP parking for easy riot access.
Tue, 9 March 2021
Finally! Senate Democrats have passed the Joe Biden administration’s, exclusively Democratic Party facilitated, American Rescue Plan, the most significant anti-poverty legislation passed in the U.S. in decades! Now it’s back to the House, then into the history books, and the pockets of people that need it.
The Dems seem solid, but just aren’t. Something is not quite… arrayed right. It might require quantum physics to explain the enigmatic Kyrsten Sinema and the inscrutable Joe Manchin, and calculate how to get them in line. David and Joan look in detail on how Manchin might be cajoled or coerced into doing the right thing, or the left thing, as it were.
A tougher, “talking” filibuster might succeed because Republicans didn’t take the job to “work”, and really aren’t in the habit. The $15 minimum wage amendment failed, but was it truly because of a lack of Democratic grit, or a wider, soon to be successful strategy? Today, David looked into the 14,000,605 procedures that if followed, could have turned out worse.
Mon, 8 March 2021
David Waldman and Greg Dworkin present an International Women’s Day KITM special.
The Senate passed the COVID relief bill (It is NOT a stimulus bill.), and now it’s back to the House, who will also pass it, because they aren’t idiots. This is a BFD, not just because, at long last those in desperate straits will receive the aid they need and deserve, but it is at least the beginning of the very end of Reaganomics. And, Republicans have nothing to do with it, as their job by definition isn’t to do things, but to keep things from being done.
Moderate Democrats like where they’re going, but wish progressives wouldn’t drive so darn fast. Joe Manchin is catching up with the last decade’s expert thinking on filibuster reform, and could be approaching his epiphany.
Donald Trump and his chaos are finally falling off the front page, allowing that long overdue attention can now be paid to Britain’s Royal Family. Now, it turns out that Royals could be domineering dysfunctional racists — a behavior shocking and abhorrent to Americans. (Ask your doctor, or anyone, about systemic racism™.) Prince Harry and Meghan Markle told all to our nation’s HR mediator, Oprah Winfrey. Responses have fallen all across the spectrum, even from the same publications… and authors. Piers Morgan enjoys kissing the Royal ring. John Oliver passes.
Marjorie Taylor Greene has time on her hands and a new hobby, which aggravates her co-workers. When they mentioned it to her, she threw another huge
Republican Senators are busy quitting before 2022. Zoe Lofgren has released a 2,000 page report documenting the social media posts of GOP members leading up to Jan. 6th.
Why does the pandemic seem to be hitting some countries harder than others? Yes, you may call the vaccine the Fauci Ouchy, as long as you get vaccinated. There might be a reason to pick one over the other, but get it done. Once you are vaccinated, do you know what you can do? You can wait a while until we are in the clear, that’s what. Mississippi's Republican governor, Tate Reeves, starts the stampede for the exits. Tate has made plenty of mistakes so far, so what’s one more?
Fri, 5 March 2021
In support of full discourse on today’s KITM, David Waldman will not waive reading selected articles out loud before bringing them up for debate:
Donald Trump was a no-show at his own inauguration yesterday… or was he? We may never know. If you give Trump $49 million for his $20 million house he’ll be your buddy. Donald will need some cash shortly.
After putting up with the all-night reading of the Democratic COVID-19 relief bill, Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen had heard enough, and brought some process to a process fight, lopping 17 hours off of Ron Johnson’s obstruction.
Joe Manchin is a problematic Democrat. He might not be the only problem, but if we could only discover what makes him tick, we could reform the filibuster just right and… nah, Republicans will just ship him pork to own the libs.
Texas congress member Beth Van Duyne made a stand for mental health standards yesterday, two days after firing her top aides and seeing her staff quit and after her communications director killed himself in her front yard.
KITM correspondent Steve Sittig, continuing to sound very much, just like, Frank Zappa... maybe, records a proposal for a fairer, greener financial system — public banking. Public funds can be locally controlled and invested and available just around the corner!
The Trump administration Justice Department declined to open a criminal investigation into the actions by Elaine Chao when she was transportation secretary. The Biden administration Justice Department might not be so reluctant.
President Biden may help depower the presidency with more stringent war powers.
Thu, 4 March 2021
The best thing about it being March 4th, finally, is that it will soon be March 5th. That, and David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, and today’s KITM:
Are the calculations correct? Is this the day Trump followers have been waiting for? The day is young, but it looks like the storm might need to wait a while longer. The US House did scrap its Thursday session, but not before passing H.R.1, the most important set of democracy reforms since the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. (The insurrectionists just wish they could’ve blowed that up good.)
Fear not wingnuts, for there is still the Senate. Who needs bombs when they have a filibuster? Democrats aren’t giving up these bills without a fight (maybe), and the filibuster could get busted in the process.
Polling looks to be on President Biden’s side half way through his first 100 days. Popular policies, however, do not make a popular president, or party. Republicans don’t need to make anything better in order to keep their jobs. For instance, Stockton, California’s basic income experiment was a great success, but the Mayor that introduced it wasn’t reelected.
Joe Biden was leading our country to a COVID-19-free future until "neanderthal thinking" in Texas and Mississippi threatened to return us back to the stone age. Troglodytes nonetheless might have a hard time overcoming the emergency standards established in forward-thinking OSHA requirements.
Wed, 3 March 2021
David Waldman and Greg Dworkin deliver us to the hump of a not-so-chaotic and informative week.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden bestows Americans with the gift of summer, by delivering enough vaccine for all of us by the end of spring! All he needs is some more good news and ‘22 and ‘24 are in the bag, right? Well, no, Democrats will need to be unanimous in passing legislation, because Republicans will be unanimous in blocking any, no matter how popular or essential it is, because they simply weren’t elected to govern, they were elected to win.
In lieu of having anything constructive to add, Republicans attack the free market decisions of the Walt Disney Company, Hasbro and Dr. Seuss Enterprises LP, and struggle with the prefered personal pronouns of tubers... although they used to be be just fine with a little makeup and a moustache performing a gender change for years.
The generic Washington Football Team loses their cheerleaders, which is too bad, because what’s more generic than the cheer, “Goooo…. ‘Team’!” ? There’s still plenty of teams vying for “Racist Football Team.”
Joe Manchin will never, ever leave the filibuster, and Democrats can’t leave Joe Manchin, but perhaps something can be worked out to make them both more pleasant. Are you confused about the function and importance of the Parliamentarian of the United States Senate, and when it is appropriate and prudent to ignore her, and what the procedure, processes, and precedent is in bypassing her? Listen to David’s analysis on KITM’s final hour and learn how much, much more you can be confused about!
Tue, 2 March 2021
David Waldman and Joan McCarter deliver Tuesday’s KITM as well as you’d expect. (As long as you expect perfection.)
Governor Andrew Cuomo did remember to ask for consent before his third accused sexual harassment, but Cuomo probably should brush up on every other conceivable aspect of human interaction, perhaps on his own time. Lindsey Graham advocates for the Republican model.
Liberal Thinking is always welcome on KITM, especially when personified by the blogger of that name (and also the name of Rich). Rich returns with his series of ideas on enhancing the American Rescue Plan, today concentrating on getting the most out of budget reconciliation procedures to ensure the welfare of Americans.
Filibusters are generally pretty bad. Even the original meaning of the word referred to nothing anyone should get mixed up in. Blue slips, although really blue, have increasingly become useful only for Gop obstruction.
The COVID-19 relief that communities of color are desperate for is on its way, minus Republican support. The bill is still in the Senate, with the lives of many hanging in the balance. Also hanging by a thread, the remains of the Voting Rights Act, and the voting rights of minority voters.
In Idaho, the Committee to Protect and Preserve the Idaho Constitution battle lawyers paid by the Idaho Constitutional Defense Fund.
Mon, 1 March 2021
Remember last March? Okay, forget last March. David Waldman and Greg Dworkin introduce us to a much better one today:
Trump-who? at CPAC-what now? CPAC used to be the event Republican losers, looneys and nuts would gather at to say crazy stupid stuff. It still is, of course, but anymore that’s pretty much who they all are, and what they all say every day, and that just ruins everything. (No matter how much they rune everything.) So, A loser said loser things at a loser event. Even at CPAC, Donald couldn’t pull past 55% Don Jr. couldn’t make double digits even if Dad doesn’t run. None of them could win in the real world, therefore the real world has become their enemy. (France takes their corrupt, disgraced president and locks him up.)
Meanwhile, in the real world, Democrats need to get things done. The Senate continues to work on the COVID-19 relief bill. The $15 wage hike was abandoned, almost rescued, and deserted again. It ain’t over yet, maybe. Daily Kos, andKITM contributor, Liberal Thinking, whom you may call “Rich”, has many ideas and suggestions on how to enhance the American rescue plan. You can read Rich’s proposals, discuss them at the All Daily Kos Progressives community group, and now hear them as a series of short topics, starting with today’s show!
You might know Bill Harnsberger from his morning promos for Kagro in the Morning, or his contributions to local squirrel culture, but you really should know him for the Cheers & Jeers blog, which he has put together for over 17 years! It’s fundraising time for Bill, and fundsending time for you.
Fri, 26 February 2021
David Waldman was away for two days, but nobody could take him being gone for six, so here he is for a Friday KITM! Greg Dworkin couldn’t pass up this chance to sail his Raft o’ Stories™ back into port either.
CPAC will never be confused with CPAP. The future of conservatism is white supremacy, bigotry, conspiracy theories, fanaticism, and Marjorie Taylor Greene. Trump is putting together a super PAC to challenge anyone who has defied him. You’d think Trump and his allies would have been defeated, humiliated, and betrayed enough by now. CPAC’s Last Chairman is staying away from this year’s CPAC.
Don’t expect a Gop civil war however, when Republicans are still happily arranging a real one. Mitch McConnell will tell you that comparing Trump 2024 with any other Trump would be just impractical. Absentee voting led to higher turnout but had no effect on the outcome of 2020 election. It took historic levels of Dem turnout to beat Trump then, so the rush is on to set up enough gerrymandering and voter suppression to insure Trump 2024. Of course Joe Biden will also be running for re-election, and hopefully will attend to democracy in the meantime.
It was only a year ago, when Donald Trump told you that COVID-19 was going to go away, but did you believe him? Well, it is beginning to look better, in that only tens of thousands are being infected each day. 50 million vaccines have been administered. More hope to get their vaccination soon — except Republicans, natch. Nursing home infections and deaths are dropping, so maybe grandma is safe.
The Senate parliamentarian advised against including a $15 minimum wage in the upcoming COVID-19 bill, and of course Democrats took her advice. Well, maybe not all of them, but Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema did, and after all, they do run the place. As usual, Democrats are clock-watchers around quitting time. Marjorie Taylor Green is set to take over there as well. David applauds Steny Hoyer’s and Sherrod Brown’s trolling by process.
Also in crime: It seems Ted Cruz might have funneled political donations into his own pocket. Ted is practicing a catchy slogan for when he goes behind bars. If Donald Trump is to ever go to jail, a lot of people will need to go to jail first. MSB might be hanging around Mar-a-Lago for a while. A guy, who might be an actual lawyer in Texas, wants Joe Biden to become the proxy president for Donald Trump… in order to preserve democracy. How many crazy lawyers can there be, anyhow?
Thu, 25 February 2021
Another debate tonight! There can’t be many more of those, at least for a few of them up there. And then there’s Super Tuesday, or one of them, because aren’t all Tuesdays a little super with KITM and David Waldman?
Richard Walters started at the RNC at 23 years old and in just 7 years is well on his way to millions through double, and even triple dipping. What’s not to love with this guy?
How does Ivanka Trump do.. No wait, she doesn’t do anything.
Donald Trump, the black swan president, meets his black swan threat with Coronavirus-19, and finds his usual dosage of lies non-efficacious. International Olympic Committee member, Dick Pound, isn’t just going to stand around and… “twiddle his thumbs”... waiting for action.
Roger Stone tried to force Judge Amy Berman Jackson to recuse herself because she praised the jurors for serving with "integrity”. Trump wants the two female Supreme Court justices to recuse themselves because… well, he’s still working on that rationale. Hang on, Ginni Thomas is volunteering to sub in for them.
Wed, 24 February 2021
What were we doing a year ago, today? Well, we recorded it for you. And today, we'll answer that question, by... playing you that recording.
David Waldman and Greg Dworkin welcomed us to another episode of NKN, Nobody Knows Nothing™. Of course, those two know some things, but check out all that people don’t know:
So, let’s talk about Bernie Sanders. Bernie could be the nominee, and our unity candidate. And, unity is certainly something we can use. But, he could lose! He could make Jewish voters flee to Canada! He could make Never Trumpers not Never anymore! It could be worse than 2016, in fact it could be 2008 all over again! This is all great news for John McCain. Then again, nobody knows nothing.
The good news is that the ignorance in this country dropped by half once Air Force One lifted off the tarmac to India. Meanwhile, back in the States, Trump’s hit list is still being compiled, a tough job considering that even folks like Richard Grenell weren’t goose stepping that high just a couple of years ago.
Tue, 23 February 2021
David Waldman and Joan McCarter! They probably talk all the time, but if you can hear it, it must be Tuesday on KITM:
Merrick Garland is doing very well in his confirmation hearings, which most of us could have guessed for half a decade now. Mr. Garland humiliated Josh Hawley by citing the horror of 1/6, but really, how many Republicans couldn’t you shame by citing the horror of 1/6? The answer is, of course, all of them, because shame is just not a thing they feel.
Throw all the shame and humiliation you want at Ted Cruz, for example. He won’t feel a thing. Ted has made a career out of being the clown above the septic tank dunking booth for years now, still climbing back into his seat and begging for more. It turns out, the money’s pretty good — so good that the FEC might want to hear a bit more.
CPAC is the place to be for “Ted Cruz”es that hope to be “Donald Trump”s. Marjorie Taylor Greene wants to make “Standing” the next “Cancel/PC/Fake News” Republican nonsense-scare word, but let’s face it, she’s no Boebert when it comes to political savvy.
Ostensible Democrat Joe Manchin (Contrarian, WV) likes to throw wrenches, with particularly good aim at women of color. Manchin has a problem with a $15 minimum wage, so now it’s everyone’s problem. COVID-19 relief is moving ahead however, but Democrats need to make certain that the next round of assistance gets to everyone who needs it.
Donald Trump is guilty of pandemicide. He could have committed even more ‘cides if he put his mind to it. Many in Washington on 1/6 were ready to help. Ron Johnson didn’t see an armed insurrection, and with the exception of the bats, sticks, crossbows, guns, and bombs, he might have been correct. The Oath Keepers played a key role at the insurrection and might have had friends on the inside. One of their leaders said she was in the Capitol by invitation. Jessica Watkins is transgender, so you know at least that there are some inclusive white supremacist organizations available.
Mon, 22 February 2021
America’s largest gathering of the biggest idiots is the Conservative Political Action Conference, or “CPAC”. Donald Trump is CPAC, and will attempt to become “the GOP” there, on his way to return to the presidency the following week. Who will stop him? There is no room for anti-Trumpers in the Republican party. There is no room for somewhat-Trumpers in the Republican party. Most Republicans don’t even want themselves in the Republican party. There certainly is no room for reality left in the Trump party, which poses quandaries for fact-based journalists.
It will be a bonanza for lawsuits, though. The Supreme Court declined to halt the turnover of Donald Trump’s tax records to New York state prosecutors. Trump will never turn them over, no matter how many of his chumps and lackeys go to prison. Ted Cruz, on the other hand, can’t even buy a friend right now. Texans hate how much they like AOC, presently, because of Ted. Ron Desantis can’t pay off his supporters with vaccines either. Compared with those guys, Trump gets away with murder.
On January 6, what did Nancy Pelosi know, and when did she know it? The same as Mitch McConnell, it turns out. An Oath Keeper leader that broke into the Capitol wonders if maybe Antifa secretly sent her there.
Fri, 19 February 2021
David Waldman warms us up for the weekend:
Ted Cruz is not Donald Trump. Cruz isn’t even Joe Quimby. Ted just assumed someone would clean up the mess at home while he was gone, but Cruz somehow couldn’t guess it would follow him right onto the airplane. (He named his poodle Snowflake — take that, snowflakes!) Not quite tan and rested, Cruz quickly returned from Cancun still treading water, while people kept throwing him anchors. AOC raised $1 million for the people of Texas while he was gone.
Idaho Representative Russ Fulcher sure wasn’t letting anyone, or anything, slow him down on his way to a vote, least of which some female officer and her metal detector. Now it’s up to the towering intellects of Washington, Louie Gohmert and Lauren Boebert, to reason with authorities.
Nearly 5,000 National Guard troops will stay in DC to protect against the second prophesied Trumpist insurrection on March 4… Maga’s are probably dumb enough to try, too. The Capitol Police has suspended six officers and has another 35 under investigation in connection with the 1/6 riot. The real errors, and probable crimes, weren’t being made by those on the ground though, as perhaps by the those making decisions above them.
The mainstream media loves horse races. Don’t let them undersell the efficacy or oversell the risks of vaccines to sell you clicks. The vaccine is better than expected, or at least reported. Things are getting better, and more help is on the way.
Thu, 18 February 2021
Why not kick back today with David Waldman and Greg Dworkin, relax and take the time to learn the latest — There’s no Rush!
The late ethno-nationalistic sadist Rush Limbaugh was about 30 years later than I would have preferred, but he finally shut up. Also heading to warmer climes — Rafael ‘Ted’ Cruz has been caught snowbirding down to Cancun, Mexico for a long weekend. There wasn’t much for Ted to not do back home, that he already hadn’t done before. Cruz can’t help that Texas wind turbines seem to stop when United’s jet turbines run just fine. It is nice however, that he wore a mask this time. Unfortunately, unlike Rush, Ted is expected to return.
Perhaps folks should wait at the airport to welcome back the Senator, as it looks like they might have the power on over there. Everywhere else seems totally F’d. (Here’s where non-Texans can help un-mess Texas.) Texans can vote for Beto O’Rourke next time.
Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump’s forces are pretty evenly matched, assuring mutual destruction, and giving Democrats some breathing room to good things, such as an immigration bill with 8-year pathway to citizenship. Promotions can finally come to female generals without Donald tweeting they weren’t hot enough to qualify.
Few details separate Qanon from the John Birch Society. Conspiratorial, bigoted nut-jobs have always been the conservative foundation. Republicans mold reality like clay. 1/6 Capitol insurrectionist Daniel Egtvedt, fought with police, was kicked out, returned, fought/injured police again, left, returned, fought with police again, and of course… was blue lives matter. The Gop found the riot’s real villain: Nancy Pelosi.
Wed, 17 February 2021
David Waldman and guest Greg Dworkin accompany us on today’s leg of our trip:
The blackout continues as Texas is surprised by weather too cold for their infrastructure, tax avoidance, ideology, self-image, and sanity. Governor Greg Abbott wonders why AOC would have done this to him. James Inhofe hasn’t weighed in. Wind turbines would have helped, if there were more of them. At least it’s too cold to not wear a mask.
IDing rioters has become a fun and helpful project for the conscientious internet. Some make it easy, like the girl's basketball coach from Hershey Christian Academy, Zeeker Bozell, soon researched to be Brent Bozell IV, an element of lawlessness doing tremendous damage to everyone else, just like his daddy, his granddaddy, his great-granddaddy, and his great-great granddaddy. Must run in the genes.
1/6 will get a 9/11-style commission that will probably focus on Kevin McCarthy, and we have Jaime Herrera Beutler and House Democrats decision to depose her to thank for that. Speaking truth to power will endanger her career as well as her life, but you know, her Republican co-workers are fine with that. The Louisiana Gop wouldn’t censure David Duke, but it did censure Bill Cassidy. Donald Trump always likes people that like him, and says Mitch McConnell is an ugly loser.
Tue, 16 February 2021
David Waldman welcomes you to today’s post-holiday KITM special! How was your Presidents Day, George Washington’s second birthday, the Ides of February (following the Nones, before the Pridie to the Kalend, et cētera)? You learn a lot on this show!
For instance, do you know who’s responsible for the “Reid Rule”? You would, if you’ve been paying attention in class... Joan McCarter reminds us that the filibuster is the enemy of democracy. Krysten Sinema and Joe Manchin believe the filibuster is their friend, but it just makes them Republican tools voting against popular and needed legislation. Reconciliation probably won’t hurt Democrats unless Republicans really want it to.
More than four million people are still without power in Texas. If only they could just harness the energy of Republican blame shifting, they’d be ok. With Donald Trump, blame shifters have a lot of heavy lifting ahead of them. They’ve stayed in shape, though. They are doing to Nancy Pelosi what they plan to do to Kamala Harris, and what they did for years with Hillary Clinton. David remembers the first time they pulled their “what did Pelosi know and when did she know it?” shtick with the Bush-Cheney torture “debate”. Unfortunately, the aughts are a long-lost time, back when the internet was horse-drawn, folks watched a thing called Adobe Flash Player, and Glenn Greenwald hadn’t yet descended into madness.
Mon, 15 February 2021
Happy Presidents Day! Wow, Donald Trump has ruined another thing forever, huh? How about, “Happy Family Day”? Or, “Happy Canadian Flag Day”? Canadians always have it figured out. David Waldman and Greg Dworkin never fear the Ides of February:
Our long national nightmare is over, again. Yes, the majority of Americans wanted Trump convicted, but since when do the majority get what they want? The Republicans that acquitted Trump voted to save their paychecks, but more importantly (for them), they probably saved their own lives. Republicans figured that they can always hide from rioters, but one wrong vote can earn them a sniper. They could say anything and it would be easier to recover from than a bullet hole.
Contrary to appearances, Democrats did not chicken out on calling witnesses. David describes the inside-process reasoning behind the deal to get the Herrera Beutler story on the record. The Senate trial was also a success in providing valuable evidence for upcoming probable prosecutions. It is also provided the closest thing we’ll ever see to bipartisanship as long as there is still a filibuster.
Anyhow, Republicans are always ready to practice what they preach against. For instance, Conservatives haunt a Q fever-dream of deviancy, slithering through hideous crimes on down to even more hideous crimes, (with some extra kinkiness) so they have the dungeon locked up. Conservative Christian/accused cuckoldress/Trump placeholder, Marjorie Taylor Greene, is only their latest “Aristocrats!” punchline.
Fri, 12 February 2021
There’s still an impeachment trial on, and if you think I’m going to be able to keep Armando off the air, you ought to be impeached!
We started right off the bat with everybody’s big worry, that the decision to truncate the impeachment process might be a mistake. (Not that anybody’s looking for a miracle, here.) That set things up for Armando’s critique not only of the strategy, but of the performances of some of the House Managers. But those criticisms don’t even approach the complete panning Trump’s lawyers got—and deserved—from trial observers, including Republican Senators!
Still unanswered questions heading into today’s proceedings: Why no indication of any response to the violence at the White House that day? Can the Republican Party ever be de-Trumpified, given that everyone it has nominated for national office in the past 8 years who isn’t Trump has been marked for death by Republican voters? And how close did rioters really get to Pence, and was there ever a “nuclear football” in play?
On a (slightly) different note, it turns out that Trump’s most depraved lies are even worse than we knew. He was much more seriously ill from COVID than the White House ever let on (to no one’s true surprise). But also, after having held himself out as an example of the “miracle” of Regeneron (and promising it, for free, to Americans in need), not only did he wander off into the sunset without delivering, it also turns out his case was actually a failed trial for the drug!
Thu, 11 February 2021
David Waldman and Greg Dworkin give us a quick, 2 hour review of Trump impeachment II, Day 2:
History will demand to know why we didn’t hang Donald Trump. History will discover that it’s because Republicans acquitted him. Trump is as guilty as sin, but so is the Gop, and they know that if they don’t hang together, they will hang separately. But then again, if they hang together… they might hang together, so just maybe they should get, while the getting’s good…
Trump knew Mike Pence was in danger on 1/6, but once Donald found out that Mike was getting away, he sicced his dogs harder. Today we will discover new horrors Republicans will ignore while they doodle new process gibberish to fall back on. Meanwhile, Democrats keep the process of governing flowing. The Senate has norms, the House has rules, and so far it’s not a complete disaster.
Perhaps Democrats don’t dare to think big enough to capture Republican’s attention. For example, David Hogg, Parkland shooting survivor and gun control activist, is making a pillow. Ali Alexander, one of the insurrectionist founders of the “Stop the Steal” conspiracy lie that culminated in 1/6, is making a 10 million occupant MAGA city, so that people embarrassed by their Trump support can banish anyone that disagrees with them in any way. If that goes wrong, there will also be a 10 million vacancy “back up” city in South America… which actually ends up not being all that unique of an idea.
Hey, remember the last impeachment? The Ukraine government sure does, and spurs memories with the release of transcripts of Rudy Giuliani’s attempt to intimidate them. Ukraine officials will be happy to assist in any US investigations, now that they aren’t being blocked from doing so. After the present impeachment, Georgia prosecutors will be getting in line to take a whack at Donald.
Wed, 10 February 2021
David Waldman and Greg Dworkin (almost) have all the kinks worked out on KITM podcast/broadcast! (Once our tech guys figure out how to remove the kitten filter on David we’ll be all set for video.)
It looks as if the Presidential Apprentice will close out with their worst ever contestants. Republican Senator Bill Cassidy ended up hitting the gong last night. The future impeached Mayor of Mar-a-Lago is reportedly quite displeased with the defense team he will never pay. By the way, last night it was decided, once and for all, (STFU, Turley) that it is constitutional to try a former president. As Bruce Castor, Rosa Brooks, and Ice Cube can tell you, you also can arrest the president. Just about any of Trump’s lawyers will, and probably already have, told you: Trump is a f—ing crook.
Everybody knows Donald Trump is a crook — Everybody. Every Trump follower knows Trump is lying to everyone, they only vary in the degree that they believe they are in on the con. Michigan state Senate Leader Mike Shirkey believes he’s a charter member of the hoax. Most Gop Senators aren’t that deluded, and divvy up their morality based on their mortgage payments. What do you want them to do, miss a car payment for democracy? If so, you are dumber than the cannon fodder they sent to the Capitol on 1/6. Some of those people are finding out not everyone was in on the joke. Some will always be the punchline.
The insurrectionist attack on on 1/6 was not spontaneous. It has been traced through Donald Trump’s political career. It can be traced back to the losers of the Civil War, and the churches that keep sending them into battle. Dead-enders don’t believe their cause is lost, it’s just that they didn’t bring enough guns the last time.
Tue, 9 February 2021
So many crises! Not so much chaos. Somehow, it all feels more tackleable now. David Waldman rolls up our aggregated sleeves:
House impeachment managers, Senate leadership, and even Donald Trump’s legal team have agreed on the impeachment trial rules, so here we go again! The question is, can Donald stand trial? The answer is yes.
Republicans argue this business will be a slippery slope, eventually leading to the impeachment of cats and ponies. Many scholars, such as Armando, don’t believe this is what the Framers intended, pointing to all of the colonial buzz around Warren Hastings’ impeachment, and Founding Father son John Quincy Adams’ letters and commentary. Therefore, no dead president need worry about being impeached, unless resuscitated, and even then, Nixon’s clear.
Democrats could wait until March 4, when Donald Trump is president again, to impeach him at that time, but really, even though the dude’s got a lot of impeachments left in him, Dems do plan to make this one, the one to remember. On the other hand, Republicans plan to take hostages if provoked, including the president, vice president and… Maxine Waters! and, Cory Booker! If really pushed, they might even call Marjorie Taylor Greene to the stand.
You got to hope the DC guard will have a quiet time these next few days, and that they continue to be monitored and vetted. Meanwhile, governing continues, somehow. Joan McCarter joins KITM in the last half hour to let us know how that’s going. Democrats are negotiating with Senator Joe Manchin, also a Democrat, on limiting the direct payments of $1,400. The House isn’t letting this slow them down, when so many, especially themselves, will gain. The House is wisely upping the ante with a $3,000 child cash benefit. Remember, the House could change with only a few votes.
Stormy Daniels says Trump offered her a role on The Apprentice in exchange for sex. That woman’s been through a lot. The US Justice Department dropped its Trump-era lawsuit against Melania’s enemy, Stephanie Wolkoff.
Mon, 8 February 2021
David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and Armando are here with last night’s game highlights, followed by 2 hours of political news and opinions:
Did you catch that commercial with the old guy driving out in the winter with no roof, no hat, telling us that the place to find national unity is in the center of Kansas under a big white cross? They’ll try to sell us anything, I guess.
Remember Lou Dobbs? Why bother? Lou’s been gone only days but it already feels like years. Like many, Dobbs too felt the icy touch of Donald Trump. Marjorie Q Greene had her 15 minutes of exposure, also. She can still spread disease and advocate killing, but just not the way she used to. Marge’s owning the libs shtick is old, now she is left owning only herself. (AOC shouldn’t be even in the same paragraph as Greene.) Now, Lauren Boebert, she deserves to be exposed/forgotten. Boebert came to office with eight liens for nonpayment of unemployment insurance, and hoped to put the bills on her federal expense account.
Last Friday, when we were going over the four roll call votes on stripping Marjorie Taylor Greene of her committee assignments, David noted that U.S. Rep. Ron Wright wasn't present to vote, and for some reason had not taken advantage of the remote voting rules to do so. I guess we now know why. Like Herman Cain, being dead doesn’t mean Ron doesn’t have something to say.
Donald Trump could’ve been the president of Parler if he only arted his deal when he was an office holder. Unfortunately, Trump has earned a lot more exposure before everyone can start ignoring him. Some more exposure, a few convictions, then we can toss him on the ash heap of celebrity history.
Chuck Schumer would prefer exposure over justice for Trump, therefore even though Chuck was big on witnesses, he isn’t anymore. Also the trial won’t be held in committee, both of which Armando can and will tell you are mistakes. Impeachment trials have been held in committees, former federal officials can be impeached, and removal from office is literally the least they could do to Trump. There are rules and procedures and guidelines and precedents in place supporting all of this. There is also a lot of key evidence that will be lost without the proper handling.
Improper handling is a Trump lawyer specialty. Donald’s new lawyer, Bruce Castor, has a soft spot for bottom feeder celebrities, likes TV cameras, and wants political power, so expect a lot of “political theater” to come.
Fri, 5 February 2021
Here it is, Friday, and David Waldman is still declining to host KITM Weekend. That just means that we’ll need to pack more into today. You, however, do have the next couple days to absorb it all:
Republicans tried Liz Cheney for heresy, and Liz almost got her pyre lit. There is only room for one deity in this party, and Marjorie Taylor Green not only is the vessel for Trump’s love, Marj is Trump, manifest. (Until the Donald’s return.) Liz knows who to kneel to, now. Meanwhile, new scriptures will always need new interpretation.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez revealed the emotions of those inside the Capitol during the January 6 attacks. Nancy Mace revealed who she is. AOC supporters reveal their cute pets. As usual, Daniel Dale checks the facts.
House Republicans took four votes to show that they’re all in with QAnon now. David details the reasons and reasoning behind roll calls 22, 23, 24, and 25, including the Previous Question, the Five Minute Rule, what’s wrong with the Senate, and why it’s Aaron Burr’s fault.
It’s definitely not Canada’s fault, although even the US Senate has a Parliamentarian, and she will be a big part of the reconciliation process, most importantly the part where the Senate passes a $15 minimum wage. Joe Biden’s covid-relief plan is already a success with voters across the board. Keep up the good work, Joe!
Tracking devices weren’t Capitol rioters vaccines, they were right in their pants the whole time. A huge number of lunatics went directly from Donald Trump’s incendiary speech right into the Capitol. Not all of them, of course — did you see the lines to get in? Those same phones are tracking the FBI right back to them, all over the country. And, if needed, their phones can lead right to their bank accounts.
Thu, 4 February 2021
On KITM’s Thursday mind-jazz jam, David Waldman and Greg Dworkin break it down with some improv, yet oh so smooth:
Republicans embraced chaos with Donald Trump. Trump’s gone, but the they just can’t quit the chaos. It could have been Liz Cheney or Marjorie Taylor Greene, but that ended up being two decisions too many for Kevin McCarthy, who would rather you thought he was the biggest idiot ever as House minority leader, than for anyone to actually expect him to be House minority leader. MT Greene was the face of the John Birch society on Facebook, and has become their representative in Congress, as Birchers have taken many forms over the years, but in reality have never left. Marj just arrived, but already is taking command of her own mini party, including a few ready to take one for the team.
It would be nice if Marj and the gang could just feed on themselves and not involve the rest of the world, but no such luck. You know when paramilitary groups call themselves “Martyrs”, they have some big plans. There is still time for Republicans to do the right thing, but who expects that? It is up to the last democratic party in control, the Democratic party, to fix things, and President Joe Biden to unify America.
Joe can do it. President Biden has "an open door and an open mind", and all the cards. He has the support of a grateful nation. Republicans only have obstruction, but Democrats have reconciliation and soon their amendment tree will be too full to tamper with, as everyone knows, amendments of an amendment to an amendment are not allowed because it would be too complicated.
Joe Biden can deliver USPS from Donald Trump, by firing Louis DeJoy for starters. Trump aides noticed their boss wasn’t around and requested extensions on their benefits. They might be waiting a while for those checks.
Lauren Boebert hates the “lefts” so much, that when she misses a turn she has to drive around the world to her destinations.
Meanwhile, whatever legal or constitutional test you apply, Donald Trump is guilty of inciting violence. He can tell you that himself. Donald also has a chance to explain how he fought to stop the steal, while pocketing over 100 million dollars.
Wed, 3 February 2021
Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today! Oh wait, it’s not Groundhog Day anymore? Well, there’s still something to be said for reliability. David Waldman delivers exactly the KITM we expect, right when we need it:
Greg Dworkin is on, and he has some questions. What’s taking so long on the coronavirus relief package? What about the vote-a-rama, concurrent resolutions and the rest of the arcane-a-procedurama coming up? The Dems finally got the gavels they earned, but Republicans neither understand nor care about governing, so how will that affect things? Two-thirds of Americans are sidin’ with Biden on COVID relief, and the other third will wish they did.
Donald Trump misses his Diet Coke button, but he misses his Twitter button more. No one will miss Donald Trump. Republicans remain the party of Trump for the moment, but why stick with Donald, when Marjorie Taylor Green is so much Trumpier? Kevin McCarthy hopes to move Marge out of governing and into a more Twitter-centered position. 7,600 Utah Republicans have switched their party registrations to anything else.
The Capitol rioters weren’t your regular radicals, they were Trump schmucks, so if it wasn’t for their ubiquitous social media presence they might have been hard to track. Donald Trump’s impeachment defense is half-baked and idiotic, but you get what you pay for.
Tue, 2 February 2021
After dispensing with the formalities of Groundhog Day references, it was time to take note of today’s social media buzz around AOC’s description of her experiences during the Jan. 6 insurrection. Speaking of the insurrection, Marjorie Taylor Greene’s days on her assigned committees are numbered, and the number remaining shall be three.
We’re a week out from the substantive start of Trump’s second impeachment trial, and there’s still some concern over how the new majority will want to handle it, though we don’t know why, because the answer is obvious. Equally confusing, though, are the Republican counter-strategies. (If that is indeed what they are.) Trump’s insistence on arguing flatly that he won the election, though, is at odds with… well, everything. Not to mention how extraordinarily uncomfortable it should make even the most shameless Republicans.
And speaking of being at odds with everything, we’re now learning that the Wisconsin “pharmacist” who sabotaged 500 doses of COVID vaccine is also a flat-earther, and probably just inches away from believing in Jewish Space Lasers.
Joan McCarter caps off the day with her take on the (almost normal-ish) Capitol Hill scene. Reconciliation is rolling along, clearing a path for sweeping aside Republican deficit peacock posturing, and clearing the path to Doing Big Things.
Mon, 1 February 2021
David Waldman and Greg Dworkin take us into the first February of the Biden administration, and it feels pretty good. Don’t worry, they will still be thagomizing Donald Trump when necessary.
About 20 million coronavirus vaccine doses have evaporated, and would be nice to have around now. It could be theft, lunacy, fraud, or just bad bookkeeping. More vaccines are being introduced, and more is better. Of course, efficacy, and your results, might vary. Keep safe and mask correctly.
Joe Biden has the opportunity to do the most for the nation as president, by continuing to do the most for the nation. Slowing down or playing it safe will be appreciated by no one, except for those who don’t have the nation’s wellbeing as a priority. Republicans are offering bipartisanship, unity, and bubkes. They’ll offer more or less the same in a meeting with the President this afternoon, unless more rational voices — like from West Virginia — can be heard.
Being held accountable is not “cancel culture”. Marjorie Taylor Greene might be the worst enemy for the causes that she supports, but for now, she’s doing pretty well for Marjorie Taylor Greene. It is difficult to expect Greene to be sane when her career has depended on being insane, or to tell the truth when her future career depends on the big lie. Republicans could have chosen a better path, but instead pay tribute to The Donald, and his scam in exile as the Antipope of Mar-a-Lago.
Trump’s lawyers bail out, knowing the upcoming impeachment trial will neither look good on their resumes, nor pay them a dime. What have we learned so far from Donald Trump’s campaign to subvert the election? Plenty, as Donald’s been subverting the 2020 election since he subverted the 2016 election. New stuff will be coming out, including the stuff that is old stuff for KITM listeners, and probably keep coming out for generations to come.
Fri, 29 January 2021
David Waldman, and the Biden administration, deliver us to another potentially quiet weekend. We can get finally get some work done here around the Headquarters, like finding out why the circuit breaker keeps tripping whenever the microwave and the space laser are used at the same time. Annoying!
Marjorie Taylor Greene is so Q-wazy! Unfortunately for everyone, Greene is not only extremely offensive, but also quite dangerous. Unfortunately for the Gop, Marjorie’s bad for business, too. Republicans ignored their early fears about Marjorie Taylor Greene, as there’s always been a little Marjorie Taylor Greene in all of them. They expected Democrats to be so genteel as to not bring attention to such foibles. Not this time, this time is is serious, it is personal and it is war. Sadly, some aren’t aware of that yet.
Mark Meadows has returned from his Mar-a-Lago job interview and will need to talk to Marjorie Taylor Greene… about something, maybe the weather. Mark might need to ask Madison Cawthorn about where his money went.
Eli Zupnick wants to fix our senate, and on today’s KITM describes the Fix Our Senate campaign’s highest priority as the elimination of the legislative filibuster. Not all Democrats agree. For instance, Joe Lieberman wants to keep it, Elizabeth Warren does not...
Thu, 28 January 2021
You can’t sell David Waldman and Greg Dworkin short — KITM’s value only increases — and at such a bargain!
It’s quite simple, really. A populist uprising was born when the perfectly useless psychopaths on Reddit were turned into a successful executives, as it occurred to them that the best way you hurt “rich people” is by turning them into “poor people”... One minute hedge fund traders were up half a million in GameStop and the next, boom, their kids don't go to college and they've repossessed their Bentley. Nice, huh? Of course, nothing you have ever experienced will prepare you for the absolute carnage you are about to witness… to a more deserving bunch of clowns who might just discover a Gremlin or two in their perfect system.
GOP Congresswoman/crackpot/wingnut/nutjob/Q-anonymous/white supremacist/wannabe assassin/nitwit Marjorie Taylor Greene is also a rising star freshman Republican now assigned to the House Education and Labor Committee. It’s not like they didn’t know about her before she started. Kevin McCarthy is going to give Marjorie a good talking to, once Donald Trump tells him what he should say. Democrats have some ideas on what can and should be done, you know, for the sake of unity...
Unfortunately, Republicans idea of “unity” is more like “shared complicity”. The death toll of January 6 continues to rise. The violence was clearly incited that day, but it was also planned in advance. Tommy the Tuberville posed for pictures at the exact place and time he denied being, in order to meet with the entire gang of Trump infamy the night before the riots. Perhaps, someday, we can find out if they can all go to jail for stuff like that.
Wed, 27 January 2021
David Waldman and Greg Dworkin celebrate our second Thursday of normality with an typically extraordinary KITM:
William W. Belknap wasn’t impeached unconstitutionally, and neither will Donald J. Trump. But, with their livelihoods and lives on the line, don’t expect Republicans to be making any moral decisions soon, especially when it comes to their Trump base. Mitch McConnell says he took it easy on Democrats too long, now it’s no more Mr. Nice Guy.
The Senator with the kindercare name, Tommy Tuberville, suggested postponing President Joe Biden’s presidency on January 20. Rudy Giuliani suggested that Tommy slow down the electoral vote count on January 6. What do you think Tuberville talked about with Donald Trump and the director of the Republican Attorneys General Association on January 5? National chairman of the Agriculture and Rural Advisory Committee, Charles Herbster, was also at the meeting, and at the Rally-Riots the following day. Donald Trump invited everyone to walk with him down Pennsylvania Avenue, but somehow ended up kicking back at the White House without a care in the world, except to kill Mike Pence.
Dr. Anthony Fauci is still here, Donald Trump is not, that’s good news for everyone’s health. The U.S. needs to ramp up vaccinations to reach herd immunity. Joe Biden is on it. Of course Anti-vaccine activists are out there saying that Covid-19 shots are deadly. Meanwhile, Oklahoma will try to return the hydroxychloroquine they purchased for $2 million in CVS gift cards. Out of an abundance of caution, Senator Pat Leahy was taken to a hospital for observation yesterday. With an abundance of relief, Senator Leahy was found back at work today.
Tue, 26 January 2021
David Waldman delivers the Tuesday KITM, fresh and relaxed from a recent visit to the warm Aristotelian paradise of Twitter.com. Relatively so — now that we’ve said Bye, Don and goodnight Mr. Pillow to finally break off our abusive relationships with the bad, to build relationships with just the good forever, ever, ever.
Maybe not. After his 4 years of scamming the federal government went… surprisingly well, actually… branding genius Donald Trump christened his latest imaginary president-in-exile scam the "Office of the Former President" (Well, he couldn’t call it the Trump Foundation, could he?) Instead of steaks, Donald will be selling poison, also an unsettling marketing triumph for him. On January 6, Trump shot, and missed, both the Vice President and Speaker of the House. His business model will demand that he shoot again. The Republican business model demands that they defend Donald Trump to the death… perhaps not their death, however.
Impeachment manager Eric Swalwell could call Republicans as Senate trial witnesses since after all, they are witnesses, victims, and maybe a bit more. Armando’s on today, to enumerate the many reasons why the impeachment trial should be tried in committee. Patrick Leahy, as Senate President Pro Tempore, will follow historical precedent to preside over the Senate impeachment trials of a non-president.
Joan McCarter calls in the last half hour to describe how Mitch McConnell is playing the beltway press again on the filibuster. Mitch is an old hand at this. Chuck Schumer won the committee power sharing battle, and soon will need to win the filibuster battle. Chuck does plan to win again. Democrats are taking control in helping Americans, and Joe Biden supports budget reconciliation to help them get things done.
Mon, 25 January 2021
Ahhh! That’s what a weekend is supposed to be about: Nothing. Some breaking news — The First Dogs arrived at the White House, signalling a long-awaited pivot and change of tone, but it wasn’t the day Joe Biden finally became president. (That was last Wednesday). The media discovered Doug Emhoff’s last name, but will prefer to call him “The Second Gentleman” from now on. (“Second Banana” is inappropriate and right out.)
What will David Waldman and Greg Dworkin find to talk about?
It turns out, with Donald Trump sort of gone, there are still plenty of self-serving lying jerkwads in the ranks, ready to step up. Looneys, too. Democrats had a plan in case democracy fell, but seditionists are still in the Capitol, just presently hiding in sleeper cells. Well, not exactly sleeping, as state Republican parties vie for Qanon love. Arizona and Fox News root out the rational in their midst.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy hopes to “strike a balance” between the self-serving and insane members of his caucus, blaming society for the existence of Republicans. He should know that his self-serving faction will always win in the end… unless they are in the way of other self-serving, of course.
Josh Hawley muzzled by cancel culture, with a brand new book deal, power saluted traitors for years, is also a self-serving liar from way back. “Ethics” are against Josh Hawley’s ethical standards. Madison Cawthorn , who got where he is today through self-serving lies, dabbled in truth this weekend, but you can tell it didn’t agree with him.
Marco Rubio complains that if he is continued to be allowed to filibuster, the Senate will never be able to function.
The Supreme Court has decided that Donald Trump might have “stolen”, but he did get away fair and square. Rudy Giuliani, however, might have to cough up that $1.3 billion it owes Dominion Voting Systems. Alex Jones owes everyone every cent he has. Jeffrey Clark helps out in one little coup and now he is a much bigger deal than he ever hoped to be.
Japan won't achieve herd immunity before the Olympics. We’re still heading for half a million deaths. Vaccines alone will not end the pandemic in the US. Hoping to lie out of COVID-19 death is still a popular remedy in Trump country.
Oh noes! EOs! President Joe Biden will issue a daily executive order because he can, and he should. Chuck Schumer helps out where he can. Don’t worry, Donald Trump’s not president, so Pat Leahy can take care of him. And yet, Democrats worry, because that’s what they do.
Fri, 22 January 2021
On Monday, Donald John Trump’s articles of impeachment will be delivered to the Senate, while the trauma of the January 6 insurgency is still fresh, and before Jonathan Turley injures himself twisting his rationale, and Republicans come up with any more bald-faced bad-faith lies.
No, wait. That is what they do… Also, the really wacky amongst them are liable to pull a weapon if caught, which they’ve been known to do from time to time. Knife wielding 25 term Congressman Don Young set off House metal detectors with the not-gun-shaped hunk of metal that he likes to carry. Rep. Andy Harris’ hunk of metal was definitely gun-shaped, and when he was caught, tried to slip it to another guy. Rep. Andy Biggs, Rep. Lauren Boebert, and Rep. Rick Allen showed up with hunks of metal, but we’ll never know what they were, as those folks were all waved through.
Time to get serious. With Trump out of the way, David has time to tackle the slightly abstruse processes around filibustering the organizing resolution. Actually, David always has the time to tackle the slightly abstruse processes around filibustering the organizing resolution. It’s just that now is an especially good time for that discussion. Committee appointments for Senators whose terms ended on January 3rd have expired, even though they've been reelected. Power sharing agreements need to take into consideration present committee makeups as well as future ones. Therefore, each committee needs to be scrutinized, with respect to incoming and outgoing Senate classes.
Thu, 21 January 2021
Wasn’t that so nice? President Joe Biden’s administration sure has higher production values and standards than Trump’s Presidential Apprentice. Much more likable cast, too. This show looks to have legs.
Is it only one day after “Day One”? Because, Joe Biden seems to already be weeks ahead on getting things done. He hasn’t golfed once, or even worn a tan suit. The President, has however said, “You’re fired!” to three of Donald Trump’s worst appointees. Joe makes this look so easy. After all, he has been practicing a while, and the fact is, Mr. Biden is also well suited for the position. Oh, and he won the election with a clear mandate.
All of this is hitting the Q-losers really hard. Without hate or fear, there isn’t much to rally behind. It’s killing right wing pundits, as fear and hate are what they use to pay their mortgages. Chasing after satire, Fox is now alarmed about COVID-19 deaths. Karl Rove pops out of some hole, shocked that the President pointed right at him and called him a racist. Republicans want Joe to understand that there can never be unity if there’s accountability.
Speaking of COVID-19 deaths, there sure are a lot of them, and the Trump administration somehow managed to have less than no plan to fix that. Joe Biden’s team’s “square one” therefore ends up being a mile behind the starting line. Former Mr. Olympia, Arnold Schwarzenegger, suggests everyone shut up and listen to the experts.
Democrats need a power sharing agreement with the Republicans… or is it the Patriot Party? Nuking the filibuster would seem to be the response, if no agreement on what “extraordinary circumstances" to use it is achieved.
Michael Flynn is a spy, but is his brother General Charles Flynn also an enemy agent? Someone stood the National Guard down on January 6, and Charles Flynn’s all-cap denials of being involved are turning out to be false.
Wed, 20 January 2021
David Waldman kept me sane. Probably you, too. Is it thick or is it thin today? Either way, we always have a Kagro in the Morning to help go through it. We sure needed a lot of KITMs to get us to today. We all needed a KITM on November 9, 2016, so we got one, and we sure need one today, so here we are. Yay! Let’s all go get our questions answered and our marbles corralled:
No, we won’t forget Donald Trump that easily, or so soon, unfortunately. You know Trump will be back in some other form, like herpes. Oh, Donald Trump will always be around. He'll be all around in the dark — Trump’ll be everywhere. Wherever you can look - wherever there's a fight, so hungry people can eat, He’ll be there. Wherever there's a cop beatin' up a guy, Donald'll be there. He'll be in the way guys yell when they're mad…. Wait. No. Sorry Q-balls! Donald Trump’ll be in Mar-a-Lago.
Donald couldn’t remember Joe or Kamala this morning, but his last night at the White House was full of reminiscing about old friends like sloppy Stephen KG Bannon, and Elliott Broidy, the guy that threw himself on that Clearblue landmine to save Trump’s life back in ‘Nam, and uhm... Lil Wayne and Kodak Black. The rest aren’t “really friends” per se, it’s more like they have “shared interests”. Regrets go out to Rudy Giuliani and the kids, better luck next time!
Anyhow, Rudy is still finishing up his felonies and missed the deadline. Lauren Boebert just started, and isn’t even sure what the word “tour” means. Senator Ron Johnson is unhinged and uninformed, so the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel set him straight, with footnotes. Most of the nation’s Republican state attorneys general may have invalidated their own positions.
The one tap Trump turned off to the swamp, he made certain that he turned back on before he left. Joe will turn it back off. Looneys will still loon, but white power will shrink. Democracy gets another chance, but Donald Trump needs to be convicted first.
Robinette, eh? I’ll have to get used to typing that and many other cheerful things. The United States Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies did a pretty good job today, especially whoever came up with selecting Amanda Gorman. Welcome to the new world! If Mitch and Chuck can come together on the filibuster, or even if they don’t, things are looking up.
Tue, 19 January 2021
The curtain can’t come down hard enough on Donald Trump tomorrow, but today is Presidential Apprentice’s not-(fingers crossed)-so big finale! Lil Wayne gets pardoned! Tiffany is engaged! It’s the craptacular ending we always hoped for! Lucky for us, we have David Waldman and Joan McCarter on KITM today for some quality time:
Now is, of course, the time to “look forward, not back”... Forward to Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, and his dozen or so court appearances over the next few years. Sure, Trump can be impeached, convicted, barred from ever holding office again—even after he's gone. Jonathan Turley expertly changes his position on impeachment of former officials, following the Republican tradition of picking a result and reasoning backwards.
Trump’s trials can start a minute after the Inaugural, but will probably be later. The priority now is getting through the Inaugural, a little over a week from the largest security breach in Washington DC in over 200 years. Riley June Williams and other key players have been caught, but there’s plenty of Quazy people still on the loose. Two U.S. Army National Guard members have been found to have ties to fringe right group militias and are probably receiving less than they deserve today. Thankfully, vetting National Guard members ahead of national special security events is routine. Texas Governor Greg Abbott would never question the behavior of Texas National Guard, especially once they showed their mettle in the Jade Helm wars of ‘15.
A teacher called to DC for the National Guard holds class from a Humvee.
Tomorrow afternoon we have a lot to look forward to in the Joe Biden presidency. Joe, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer will take on Trump’s impeachment, but won’t let it get in the way of everything else, including Biden’s plan to cut child poverty in half. Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell share a 50-50 Senate, but Chuck gets the bigger half. Setting committee sizes and membership will be the focus now, with the experience of the closely divided Senate of 2001 as a guide.
Mon, 18 January 2021
Only 6 more hours of KITM before the inauguration! David Waldman and Greg Dworkin make these two hours count:
It is a hopeful Martin Luther King Day, full of fresh starts and new chances. Donald Trump, never really president, is almost... almost an ex-president. It’s time to repent, to heal, shun abominations, and if not smash, at least put a little distance on the false idols.
BTW, Donald J. Trump is one crazy MF… Axios believes it all went off the rails with one premeditated lie. Which lie, and which time it went off the rails, might be up for debate, but that fact is certain. Once off the rails, fewer sane people told Donald what he wanted to hear, and now he is almost out of insane ones as well.
The FBI is vetting National Guard troops in DC amid fears of an insider attack at the inauguration. An Army reservist who federal investigators say has secret-level security clearance and a long record of posting his extremist views online still somehow not only had secret-level security clearance, but was also somehow still an Army reservist. Darwin H.M., @Darwin_Darko, calculates the total number of times those in service to their country should be allowed to violate their oaths in treason, and comes up with “zero”. When you are “off-duty”, you aren’t “off-vows”. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. It might not be much every time, but too much caution is exactly what is required presently.
The FBI is not suffering for a lack of evidence on the people they are coming for on crimes committed January 6. There’s the white supremacist that wore an ankle monitor to the riots. The leader of “Cowboys for Trump” might earn a trip to boot hill when all is said and done. And, there’s Riley June Williams, an active seditionist, who is suspected of going Ethel Rosenberg with a laptop stolen from Nancy Pelosi’s office. Mom can’t hide her forever.
Perhaps the January 6th insurrectionists can pick up a bulk discount on Trump pardons? Rioters aren’t the only ones just following orders. Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz and newbie Lauren Boebert are also heading toward their downfall. Donald can invoke the Insurrection Act but that won’t stop his bum’s rush out of town, noon Wednesday. Then Trump can be impeached, convicted, and barred from ever holding office again. Thursday, Jonathan Turley can let Donald sleep on his couch until the DA finds him some new digs up in New York.
Fri, 15 January 2021
David Waldman delivers us to the weekend before the denouement of Presidential Apprentice:
If you are a regular listener to KITM, you are probably aware that Donald J. Trump, and the Trump administration really suck. As you will be gratified to hear, it seems that word is finally getting around. It’s never too late to catch up to news — except for those people whose lives have already been destroyed, or ended, of course. Nonetheless, under 30% of all Americans is still a pretty big basket of deplorables, and they aren’t listening to anyone. And, plenty of politicians would kill for a voting bloc like them, therefore they’re ready and willing to step up and take a shot. Watch out for up and comers like Madison Cawthorn, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Josh Hawley in coming weeks. No really, don’t turn your back on them.
There is one thing that a 29% approval can do for Donald Trump. It can get him convicted. Dead-ender Tom Cotton misinforms his low-information base. You however, are well acquainted with the story of William W. Belknap, civil war hero, later an out-of-office impeached scalawag. You know that there is also plenty of time and space to handle ex-president Trump’s impeachment. Journalists that only read up on the process of impeachment in the House and Senate only know half of the story. David reminds them, and us, of consideration of practice and precedent in the upcoming impeachment trial.
Let’s talk about something nice. Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer are two nice guys set to fix COVID-19 relief for the people that need it. Biden wants to increase stimulus checks to $2,000, sort of. At least, that is how some people add it up. Others don’t see it quite that way, including Cori Bush, and bill author Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Thu, 14 January 2021
David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and thou make a beautiful combination to get through a Thursday like this:
Donald J. Trump, who no one likes, is a traitor, and the worst president ever, was impeached again yesterday. He doesn’t know why. Hope Hicks isn’t there to explain it to him. Donald is sure that it is somebody’s fault however, probably Rudy’s. Trump is certain that if he went to the Capitol yesterday he would have negotiated himself a much better deal — but now look at what all the losers did to his brand! He won’t get a outhouse named after him after this. Disney is moving his animatronics over to “It’s a Small World” now. Even Hydroxychloroquine pushers don’t want to be associated with him. Trump is so bummed that he might never give out a pardon again.
Anti-democracy Republicans in Virginia and Georgia are being stripped of their committee memberships. Capitol police now have to make people go “through” the metal detector.
All of this because of just a few little coup attempts. “Where is our unity?” wonders the Gop. As usual, once they are personally threatened, Republicans turn around. Unfortunately, some of them have already been personally threatened to keep their backs turned, even if it means a few of their co-workers lives. Republicans were giving Capitol tours to insurrectionists because that seemed safer than telling them no. Instead, it made it increasingly more dangerous for everyone, for the foreseeable future. Rioters believe they were sent by Trump. Many believe Trump was sent by God. There was a huge police presence in DC on January 6th, but the problem was, they weren’t with the good guys.
Trump knew what was about to go down, but the question is, how many of the rioters knew? @LiteraryMouse has already amassed a huge amount of data on who knew how much, and how much that mattered. For instance, think of the celebrity sightings! Meanwhile, the guy photographed with his feet up on a desk had his potential sentence upped by a decade — Thanks William Barr!
Also, thanks to those in the media that are finally figuring out how to tell it like it is. Kind of late, but better than the alternative. We’re just beginning to find out the corruption at the 2017 inaugural!
Wed, 13 January 2021
Welcome to the second annual Donald J. Trump impeachment! David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, and I have a million things to share with you today. Somehow we’ve compressed it down to about 2 hours and a few thousand links:
Donald went to not-the Alamo and found out no one remembered to tell them he was coming. There weren’t many places in Texas that he could have gone to anyhow. If only Trump had his Twitter, he could’ve stopped the violence coming. If he had Parler, Donald could’ve been king of the idiots.
The January 6 raid on the Capitol was an inside job. The insurrectionists knew what to do and where to go. So, who were those inside men and women? The list of suspects is quite short, considering how many future assassins and general knuckleheads wait in the wings. New metal detectors installed in Congress have proven very effective in detecting assholes, although those folks were hardly hiding before. Besides, if you can’t convince them to wear masks, how can you take their guns? Incoming House freshmen have discovered the jerks and cowards in their midst. Kevin McCarthy warned to not point out Republicans voting for impeachment because looneys might kill them. The CIA sees Americans being indoctrinated and radicalized like Islamic terrorists, but ISIS couldn’t have dreamt of surrounding the Capitol and systematically assassinating lawmakers.
Republicans are getting kind of tired of Donald Trump. In reality, they hated him before he was elected, after he was elected, and will be glad to see him gone. Mitch McConnell might give him a swift kick in the ass to help him out the door. Trump's approval rating has cratered in his final days as it turns out that few Americans can really support a cartoon supervillain. The US Chamber of Commerce supports democracy. New York City is terminating its Trump contracts. Pro-Trump DC is getting cancelled, evan as a group promises $50 million to Republicans that vote to impeach. Therefore, Five House Republicans will be voting for impeachment and there will be more. Nancy Pelosi has named the Managers for the unification of American society. Too bad we can’t put all the Trumps on the docket and bring true peace.
Tue, 12 January 2021
The Big Lie and the Big Liar head to Texas today, for yet another last stand. Nothing will shut Donald Trump up, but soon, one way or the other, he won’t be saying it as President. Of course, plenty of dangerous crazy morons will continue to believe him, even as their boats sit at the bottoms of lakes across the country. Some dangerous crazy morons are well-placed politically, like boat-sinker Kristina Malimon, of the the Young Republicans of Oregon, and Turning Point USA. Freedom Caucus chair Andy Biggs can tell you, and will soon be telling the FBI, that he and three House Republicans organized the January 6 rally. Derrick Evans, West Virginia lawmaker and anti-abortion radical, shouted “Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!” on a live stream, which was actually the truth. On the other hand, Charlie Kirk is trying to hide the truth of how many busses of insurgents he shipped in, in an attempt to lie about the attempted murders that insurgents committed. Armed statehouse protests were rehearsals for the Capitol insurgency. Those rehearsals continue. State and local police, veterans and not-so-veterans are rehearsing with them.
(A not big, very small lie: You know the guy that died from tasering himself right in the Tip O’Neill area of the Capitol? Well, his wife will tell you his testicles are just fine, thank you. Apocryphal or not, he’ll always be ball-tased in our hearts.)
By the way, you don’t need “flex cuffs” to slowly torture and murder people… it probably helps, though. For example, at least 9 Gop lawmakers refused to wear masks during the Capitol lockdown, and they managed to bag at least two Democrats, including Representative Pramila Jayapal. Dark money behind Republican state attorneys general organized the protests before the insurrection. Meanwhile, money out in the sunlight can’t afford to hang out with insurrectionist Republicans.
The 25th Amendment, impeachment, and expulsion of Trump Republicans are all under consideration in House of Representatives. You bet the House has the votes to impeach Trump again, but if you know the process, and you do if you are a listener, you know that today’s the day the House will vote to tell Mike Pence to activate section 4 of the 25th Amendment, and tomorrow comes the impeachment vote.
Mon, 11 January 2021
David Waldman, Greg Dworkin and even Armando are on today, to answer each other’s questions, and likely yours too:
For a guy raised up by God, Donald Trump sure is catching Hell. Fiery Irony seems to be pouring down from the heavens lately. The Black police officer hero (and should-be recipient of Biden’s first Presidential Medal) is named GOODMAN, for God’s sake. Eugene Goodman used his skin, uniform and quick wits to lure and outsmart a bloodthirsty mob, saving countless lives — and probably the mob’s lives as well... and maybe the mob’s mom's lives.
Twitter threw out the trash, then put together clues that led to the arrest of zippy the commando and many others who were safely arrested, away from their buddies. The tracking chips injected into rioters’
Impeachment II — this time, it’s personal. The 25th Amendment, impeachment, and expulsion of Trump Republicans are all under consideration in House. Some won’t happen, some can’t happen. (at least today) Armando and David can tell the difference between what could happen and what isn’t happening, and are happy to tell you too!
Fri, 8 January 2021
David Waldman brings us the latest William Belknap news and opinions, and much, much more today!
Donald Trump made his long-awaited pivot yesterday, but you got to hope this won’t break Democrats’ stride toward action. Republican senators now (anonymously) regret not doing more to contain Trump. Donald, Jared, Ivanka, etc. could not be contacted for comment.
Remember when you see Capitol Police retreating from mobs, there’s an unarmed videographer running backwards beside them. Three New York Times journalists were at the Capitol when it was breached and can tell you how that felt.
Outside, the DC Guard and others stood down, leaving U.S.Capitol Police alone on the front lines, dying. Metaphorically, they’re still taking bullets today, with the Capitol Chief resigning, and the Senate sergeant-at-arms now fired. Donald Trump is less metaphorically killing off his own fan base, as well.
Donald Trump promised he’d be right there with the rioters, but you know how he prefers to watch stuff on the TV. After all, the only thing Donald is able to control is a switcher. Fresh out of lines, Don Jr. tried to capture his father’s love before the Capitol assault, but instead returned to shooting Kim Guilfoyle working it to “Gloria”.
Republican Mary Miller, Illinois' 15th Congressional District, 5th column, wanted to point out how unappreciated Adolf Hitler is these days, an opinion that is rightfully unappreciated. Dominion Voting Systems plan to deliver $1.3 Billion of stfu to Sidney Powell.
Lauren Boebert wants to Q-aucus a right wing Squad, but for her it’s every posse for itself. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has bigger concerns, and bigger clout. Democrats limit their effectiveness by holding themselves to standards that Republicans long ago abandoned. Finally, they are stepping away from PAYGO rules, at least for bills relating to COVID and climate change.
Thu, 7 January 2021
David Waldman, broadcasting from the center of our vast KITM World Headquarters, phones Greg Dworkin down in the laundry room, to discuss all that happened yesterday:
Did you read my summary yesterday? No? Well, I don’t blame you. Yesterday was pretty crazy. Yesterday, I was certain Trumpers would be no challenge to Capitol police. The day before, I thought even the idea of an assault on the House chamber to be an outlandish joke. Imagine my surprise to find attitudes change so quickly.
Otherwise, it wasn’t much of a surprise. The forces of white entitlement, white supremacy and white lunacy amassed in DC, and statehouses across the country. Some of the assembled mob believed they were literally going to war. A few of them might have been surprised on all what that entails, but plenty sure as hell knew what they were doing. The rioters might have looked like jokes but they weren’t joking, and everyone knew it. Rudy Giuliani tried to subvert the will of the people, but called the wrong Senator.
Violent insurrection is what Donald Trump wanted. He already goaded a mob to seize the capitol in Lansing, Michigan, and he used social media to attempt a coup. He and the gang are being deplatformed 5 years too late, and it’s not nearly enough anymore. William Barr, Mick Mulvaney, along with several others of the Trump administration, many Republicans, and all the other presidents can tell you it is not enough anymore. Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have called on Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment. Of course, it was only yesterday that Mike got his big boy pants pulled up, so that might be a big ask.
Speaking of Mike, Politico’s “Congress Reporter”, Kyle Cheney misspoke about a discovery that he misconstrued as Pence manipulation of the electoral count, when in fact it is a parliamentarian hero story.
Wed, 6 January 2021
A million things to talk about today! A million things to talk about happening right now! All can pretty much be summed up as Donald J. Trump is a loser. A lose-lose, looooozy, lose, loser. Just how much of a loser is Donald Trump? David Waldman and Greg Dworkin have pondered that question for years, and yet have difficulty reaching a conclusion, as Donald Trump keeps losing, and losing... Of course, it’s not only Trump, but those Republicans lashed to Trump also losing, and losing. Today, they get to all lose again. Tonight, they all will get to lose again. Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell have made sure that losing is the Republican way of life for a long time to come. If the Gop is capable of embarrassment, today will be one of the most embarrassing days in history for them. Clay Higgins won’t be showing up with his preposterous of evidence. Alternate, and alternate-alternate slates of electors won’t be counted into record. Trump lost and Josh Hawley will have to accept it.
With so many losing, somebody’s got to be winning, and it turns out that it is us. States across the Union were able to ship their idiots over to DC for a while. Just stay away from them, and we’ll do just fine, that’s what the police are for. (3:00pm ET update, I was wrong.) Oh, and did you hear? We get the Senate. Donald tried to shuffle executives around in order to rig the Georgia vote, but it looks as if once again the margin of victory will be too big for him. Voters turned out big in Georgia, and they weren’t Team Republican. If Democrats don’t screw with them, they will keep voting for them.
Pennsylvania state government is the banana republic federal Republicans can only dream about, as Democrat Lt. Gov. John Fetterman was forcibly removed as presiding officer and democratically elected Democrat Jim Brewster was refused to be seated by Republicans in the majority.
The EPA announced that they will limit the use of “science” because they can’t figure out how to anonymize medical data. Meanwhile, women who miscarry in OH have to rsvp their stalkers. Hey remember the COVID-19 pandemic? In California, a freezer breaks, but the vaccination line keeps moving, while in Nebraska, the Governor returns to the smallpox blanket method of eliminating undesirables.
Tue, 5 January 2021
Tomorrow, Republicans could replace Senate Democrats with exact body doubles. Proud Boys could rappel through the ceiling of the House chamber. Or maybe, it will be just a “regular order” legislative day. Who knows? Well, David Waldman, Armando, and Joan McCarter have some pretty good guesses on today’s KITM:
Republicans are, yes, in disarray. Mitch McConnell is subtly steering the party… in that he has let go of the steering wheel and ducked into his shell. Chuck Grassley pushes Pence aside and takes control — to clarify, if Mike needs to powder his nose, Chuck can, you know, kind of step in.
Mike Pence is exactly the guy John Nance Garner told you about, except that he’s more lukewarm than average Vice Presidents. Mike can’t do a thing, even if he does show up. Look, it’s all right there in the 12th Amendment, The Electoral Count Act of 1887, and US Code 3, Section 15 — unless it isn’t — then there are still precedents, processes and procedures — unless there aren’t — and then there are still a few backups to go to. The good news is that Donald Trump hasn’t got many more backups to go to before he’s completely out of oxygen, so to speak.
The Proud Boys leader was arrested, depriving his troops of a leader right before their glorious day tomorrow. Oh, well, they can still attend in Antifa-face if they want. Republican Chip Roy was rational last weekend, but today he’s back at work, predicting an actual civil war if Georgia votes yankee one more time.
Ossoff and Warnock aren’t the only good things coming our way if they win. Already progressives have won a rules change that would allow Medicare for All, a Green New Deal or other big reform agenda items to be exempted from paygo rules. The House is changing its rules to permit committee chair to reissue subpoenas, which should come in handy almost immediately.
Mon, 4 January 2021
This week we have entered a time paradox in which we hurdle towards January 6th, while January 7th feels like it’s moving farther away. David Waldman and Greg Dworkin deftly pilot us toward the black hole:
Donald Trump packed a few more impeachable and criminal, or at least censurable offenses into the weekend with the 19th phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, to beg/extort one more vote than Joe Biden. Lindsey Graham and Rudy Giuliani tried in the past, but none can steal Donald’s wackadoodle thunder, as he showed he could Leeroy Jenkins with the best of them. That makes Raffensperger the big hero — nah, he isn’t. The Georgia Gop is still out to steal this election, as well as any future ones, but with more finesse. And, if they can’t pilfer the Ossoff/Warnock tickets, they can now blame it on Trump.
Which all brings us to Wednesday’s coup. Yesterday, Democrats could have done something. Republican Chip Roy did. Louie Gohmert could’ve opposed Congress' Electoral College rules, but it slipped his “mind”. So, we know what will come next, and it does not include Trump or Trump-Republicans winning. This might not matter to them, as their goal is to piss in the well and show loyalty to the Confederacy. Devin Nunes and Jim Jordan won their Cross of Honor. Can Marjorie Taylor Greene be enough of an asshole to qualify in these closing days? Yes, she can!
A hospital staffer sought to lift spirits, but instead aerosolized coronavirus with his “unnamed” holiday themed inflatable costume. The Feds might cut vaccine doses in half so that twice as many Americans feel like they have been vaccinated. At least overall, we should be getting smarter soon.
Fri, 1 January 2021
It’s a brand-new show for a brand new year! Scott Anderson has got the day off, so it falls to me to summarize today’s show. And boy, do I ever not want to do that!
So I will warn you in advance that I intend to half-ass it!
The Senate advanced their work in overriding the NDAA veto yesterday, and everyone’s a little bit puzzled as to how it’s going down, and what it means for the prospect (if there ever was any) for $2,000 relief checks before this Congress dissolves. In the meantime, maybe just ask Moscow Mitch directly.
In coronavirus news, a nurse who got his first dose of vaccine has caught the ‘rona in-between jabs. But don’t worry! That actually doesn’t mean much. Masking appears to have helped India tamp down on the virus’ spread, though there’s some debate over how widespread the practice really is. Meanwhile, Russia appears to be ‘fessing-up to its real losses. Here in the US, we may not be systematically underreporting losses, but we’re not covering them as aggressively as we could be. More dopey Republicans have walked straight into the COVID buzzsaw.
Good news! Trump is finally taking “action” about those bounties on our troops! The bad news is, he’s only targeting China for it.
Republican nutcases are still plotting to put on a futile display of upending our democracy. But some of the key Republican players on Jan. 6 probably aren’t on board. Arizona’s own Republican nutcases might have really stepped in it.
As a parting New Year’s present, here’s a plausible theory for invalidating some of Trump’s impeachment-connected pardons.
Thu, 31 December 2020
David Waldman rings out the old year today, but don’t expect any ringing in of the new until Monday’s KITM:
Mike Pence cancelled his trip to Israel and Donald Trump cancelled his appearance at Mar-a-Lago’s New Year’s Eve party. Some people have a bad feeling about this. It’s probably not good news, but it might not be bad news. After all, early and youth voting in Georgia is freaking out Trump and the Gop, and that’s good. There’s also the chance that Donald doesn’t really know or care who Ossoff and Warnock are. So, maybe Trump is returning to see what he can do to get $2000 to people in need… Yeah, we know that he came back to plot with fellow dimwit grifters and double-dealing sycophants on one last big heist while they still can.
Ok, the COVID-19 pandemic took us a little off guard, but then everyone understood for at least 9 months the need for a fast, coordinated rollout so… WTF? Greg Dworkin, who developed strategies a decade or so ago, rounds up the screw ups. The system is showing plenty of weak links, along with the problem of people cutting in line, while scores at the head are now refusing to take the shot. Any solution that keeps the line moving might be the best solution. Also, a temperature snag delayed vaccine shipments to Texas, just as a Wisconsin hospital employee deliberately removed almost 600 doses from refrigeration.
Ian Reifowitz calls in during the last half hour (Make a resolution to pick up a copy of Ian’s “The Tribalization of Politics: How Rush Limbaugh's Race-Baiting Rhetoric on the Obama Presidency Paved the Way for Trump”) to discuss all of the above topics and events, and to describe where Donald Trump and the Republican party would be be without their history of race and class resentment. (They would be where there weren’t any votes, for sure.)
Wed, 30 December 2020
Armando’s in the house! Virtually — and Greg Dworkin, and of course, David Waldman, so you’d expect a process and umbrage filled KITM. Not so much umbrage as you might expect, though. Of course, Donald Trump has earned every bit of disdain he’s received, and then some. It’s just that Donald and the 2020 nightmares are ending and COVID help is coming. What can Trump do now, other than get a few people, or a few thousand, or a few million, killed?
Almost Louisiana Congressman Luke Letlow felt masks were optional. So is COVID, for that matter. Healthy people are dying when their own antibodies respond to COVID by killing them. If the goal is to reach 80% of Americans vaccinated, we aren’t getting there with this administration. Elderly in Florida are given one more big chance to die from COVID while in line for the vaccine.
Onto process! Which, as KITM listeners know better than anyone else, is the way this whole thing will get fixed… or destroyed. Mitch McConnell is poison-pilling survival checks going into New Years. That’s ok by Trump, he likes poisoning more than paying. Bernie Sanders and Nancy Pelosi are prepared to spend the holiday prying the additions and a few Republicans off the bill.
Trump is filing a petition to the Supreme Court on Wisconsin now. Even judges are trolling the Kraken strike force. Few surprises there… well, maybe a few, but those will be later. The next big show is on January 6, when the seditious circus rolls into town. Mike Pence probably won’t go Manchurian for Louie Gohmert after all. MIke was planning to bug out on the 7th to the middle east where it’s safe, but even that plan is in doubt.
You have less than a week to study up on the electoral college certification process! Not that anything will come from these shenanigans, mind you, but if you want to follow half of what will be said on this show the next few days, it’s a must.
Tue, 29 December 2020
It’s Two Topic Tuesday on KITM! The glimmer of civilization today in the form of $2000 survival checks, and our subsequent collapse into barbarism 8 days later. David Waldman brings on Joan McCarter, busy the last few days installing a new house inside of her old house, for discussion and analysis:
Thank you, Donald Trump! Donald self-served America right into Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ hands. Even Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue are beginning to feel the Bern! Mitch McConnell is now on the hot seat after the House passes its $2000 direct COVID-19 payments bill. Mitch didn’t listen the first 9000 times or so, but Democrats might have his attention today. (No, I guess not. Dems will keep on knocking)
Republicans, now fans of socialism, hope to check out communism next week. Louie Gohmert believes it’s time for Mike Pence to play a little solitaire, but will the red queen come through for the Red revolution? Arizona bolshevists tried to deliver forged votes, assisted by fellow-travelling apparatchiks. Luckily, security measures were in place and held. We now know their exact plan of attack, but that doesn’t mean they’re not out there, still scheming.
Oh, and one more thing, lest we forget. We are still dying by the thousands, each and every day, from COVID-19. Donald Trump’s Operation Warp Speed choked like a dog, and is guaranteed by design to continue to fail.
Mon, 28 December 2020
David Waldman returns from his long St. Stephen’s Day weekend, wrenned out but raring to go into our dramatic denouement of The Presidential Apprentice! Will it be an end to an era? Well, there were plenty of transparently corrupt megalomaniacs before Donald Trump showed up, and there will be plenty of self-serving dim-wits after he’s gone, yet probably no one will be able to lose so ungracefully and so often, again and again.
Trump’s art of the deal remains the same: He demands whatever comes to mind, takes what he can get, says the fix is in, and then declares victory. Donald is always simple. It’s the responses that have to be complex. Even suspension of the rules have a lot of rules to follow.
Last week, Donald stopped golfing to lose on COVID-19 relief, the omnibus spending bill and the defense policy bill, and yesterday he interrupted his golf game to lose them again, and again. You’d think Donald and his followers would be sick of losing by now, but unfortunately that’s just not the case. Trump will golf while America burns. Greg Dworkin joins us to discuss how we could survive the next few weeks, and thrive into the future.
Donald Trump is responsible for the death of 1 out of every 1000 Americans from COVID-19, and that’s just the start. The good news is that antibody therapies could help many, and that less people are fearing the vaccines. COVID-19 will keep bringing chaos to Washington.
Fri, 25 December 2020
It's a Wonderful Rerun!
Enjoy our Boxing Day 2019 extravaganza!
Whether you are post, pre, or peri holiday, enjoy it informed with David Waldman on today’s KITM:
Greg Dworkin rounds up the polls and punditry of recent Christmas past:
The more people understand the impeachment process, the more they would like to apply it to Donald Trump. As the election approaches, voters are still figuring out what needs to be done. Of course Republicans would prefer they went in the other direction, any other direction, or even no direction, at this point they don’t care. You fact checking them makes you part of the joke. Christians take a break from the heads of pins to divide over pinheads. Trump supporters aren’t racists, but… they absolutely are. The fight over the 1619 Project shows that we are far from where we pretend to be on race.
It did take a while, but Chuck Todd has begun to notice some dissembling by Trump mouthpieces. Is Chuck just plain stupid, or strategically stupid? How did someone like Chuck Todd even get here? David knows, and reveals Todd’s early days and The Hotline ethos. We are deep in an epistemic crisis and need to claw back to reality.
Thu, 24 December 2020
David Waldman, opens today’s KITM yawning like the MGM lion, waking us up for Christmas eve:
Donald Trump keeps handing out pardons like moist candy canes to anyone that met him under the mistletoe over the last few years. Donald pardoned Jesse Benton as a gift to his employers, Ron Paul and Mitch McConnell and the uncle of Benton's wife, Rand Paul… (Jesse will probably be Matt Gaetz’ son by the end of the day.) Trump pardoned a former Maryland police officer whose heart he knew was in the right place. (They need to be arrested faster than Trump can pardon them.) Merry Christmas! Trump’s Blackwater pardons aren’t bringing much cheer to their victim’s families, however. There’s bound to be more today, but Dad’s saving the nicest ones for under the tree in Mar-a-Lago.
Greg Dworkin reminds us that actually, Donald Trump doesn’t give gifts to anyone but himself. If he can take someone else’s gift, it’s even better. Merry F***ing Christmas to everyone in Congress with the Gop at each other’s throats and Democrats trying to pull $2000 checks out of the fireplace. It seems that Trump might be a little over his head still on how government works, or how reality works for that matter. Kelly Loeffler, too. Two Republican House members voted by proxy — while simultaneously suing to ban the use of proxy voting .
Ron DeSantis figures, why appoint experts when he can be the guy that says expert things? Rep.-elect Luke Letlow checked himself into the hospital for no particular reason, and is now thinking about checking out the ICU for the holidays. People who are immunocompromised or otherwise allow coronavirus to hang around for while might encourage unfortunate mutations.
Did Bill Barr arrest Lev Parnas to keep him from testifying against Donald Trump? Did a Democratic House candidate lose by 6 votes after 22 votes were improperly excluded in Iowa? Did the Kansas City Star misreport on Black Kansas Citians for generations? Yes.
Wed, 23 December 2020
David Waldman always throws the best Festivus, and today’s KITM might be the most festive ever. Think of all the grievances to air! As usual, Greg Dworkin brings on his feats of strength, and along with the pandemic and Trump guarantees a bottomless Festivus for all of us:
People forget, but Donald Trump is the GREATEST RINO, of ALL TIME. Republicans have strived to disremember that for years, but yesterday, Donald made certain to ring their bell, but good. Republicans spent hundreds of days pinching coronavirus relief down to 600 bucks, however Trump would rather it was up at AOC levels, maybe even a bit more if Nancy Pelosi gives him any guff about it.
All we need are a few more RINOs, or maybe some real Rs, to get this relief bill out. A motion to suspend the Rules could do the trick, but that would need to be done now, and how often does that happen? Unanimous consent would work, but there’s always some troublemaker.
RINOs might as well come out of hiding, because the shakeout’s coming soon. Trump’s staff can’t lie to themselves forever, now that Bill Barr is gone, and really, there is only so much a pardon can do for them. The Trump state might think someone is looking out for them, but on the other hand, it could be Iranian agents. Mark Meadows went to Georgia to twist some arms, but found only cold shoulders.
Wow, does the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts suck now, or what? Who knows what someone will need to do to get a grant nowadays… perhaps new board member, and Donald pal, Melania pal, Ghislaine Maxwell pal, and former Jeffrey Epstein pal, Paolo Zampolli would have an idea or two.
Tue, 22 December 2020
We’re still sponging down the scorched wallpaper here at KITM World Headquarters following Greg Dworkin’s F-arama yesterday, even as David Waldman wants to autotune the year’s profanity into “Christmas carols”... That’s sure to get us at least a mention on maybe three Fox shows and might even resurrect Bill O’Reilly’s career!
Meanwhile, Donald Trump hopes to make the next 30 days an amalgamation of the Alamo and Custer’s Last Stand, except with no hope, nor honor, and everyone is sacrificed to save him. Of course, some recall the negative effect this had on Davy Crockett’s congressional career, and will take a step back as the strike force is mowed down like a Trump dog. Geraldo and Pat Robertson already donned their bonnets and shawls and exited out the back, while Jared Kushner and Mike Pence discovered they have very important business far away from the parapets. William Barr says there’s no basis for seizing voting machines, using special counsels, or for him sticking around anymore. Sebastian Gorka would rather talk about how it feels to lose, rather than, you know... On the ground, cosplay militias don’t really care who they’re fighting, or why, but they’ve all been waiting for this moment, whatever it is.
South Carolina’s first lady tested positive for coronavirus after a White House Christmas party, and what do you know, so did the Governor. Also, hundreds of thousands of others... and a few thousand died last night.
Joan McCarter popped in for her pre-holiday visit, to tell us all who is naughty and nice in DC.
Rand Paul’s insufferability will outlast any pandemic. After the apocalypse, the remaining cockroaches will despise him. Then there’s Mitch McConnell. Mitch didn’t get his Christmas gift to corporations, but he was able to hurt their workers before the holidays. Hey, but 600 bucks isn’t nothing! Ok, it almost is, but the savings on 3 martini lunches sure will add up.
If Donald pardons himself, will he be rubber or glue? Joe might find out.
Mon, 21 December 2020
Believe it or not, today is the darkest day of 2020… or longest, depending on your perspective. Volcanoes erupt! Meteors fall! Giant planets conjunct! And, Greg Dworkin cusses like a !&?@#!#%&! in today’s opening discussion with David Waldman! Greg has a point. Republicans are F***ers, f***ing the nation and…
E.g., Donald Trump. Covid vaccines and Russian hacks mean nothing to that fuck. The New York Times style guide apparently needs to be revised to add the F word, “military coup”, “installing seditious agents”, “fomenting insurrection”, ”trafficking stolen property”, etc. As the Germans say — “WUT”?
Trump and Trumpists continue to fight to hold their criminal organization. Getting rid of Trump won’t get rid of Trumpism. A Republican with a conscience is primaried to the right. A Democrat with a conscience… is primaried to the right. Republicans prefer their trolley car exercises not be televised for this reason. Of course, some people have a crazy thing for very bad boys. Those people will miss their statue of Robert E. Lee, removed from the Capitol this morning. That statue will be updated with one of American civil rights leader-pioneer Barbara Johns, who wasn’t bad or a boy. Virginia will continue to pull down racist commemorations, even in the face of confederate parroting.
Churches can help stop COVID-19 rather than spread it. African-Americans don’t trust vaccines for a reason, and churches can help reach out. Of course, the coronavirus is mutating, it wouldn’t be 2020 without that.
Fri, 18 December 2020
David Waldman delivers the Friday KITM on time, every time, pretty much:
When will this election be over? Oh, that’s right, the election was over November 3rd, December 8th, December 14th and dozens of dates in between... It’ll be over on December 23rd, the deadline for certificates of the states’ electoral votes to be received, and January 6th, when the votes are counted by Congress, and every day to Inauguration day and every day until November 5th, 2024.
Meanwhile... Kayleigh Mcenany jockeys for alternative employment at a place she can report alternative facts. Pennsylvania congressmen sacrifice their positions and their state to keep their Trump troll alive. Trump lawyers ask that Wisconsin be lopped off as well. Arkansas Republicans will wait to see if Arkansas is still around on January 20th before making a decision. Tommy Tuberville is too new to have picked up much of that “Trump sienna” shade to his nose, and knows this might be his last chance. Arizona cosplay electors are trying to pass forged electoral ballots because, why not? David explains the why not, and also the what next.
Like “trickle down” economics, no one even pretends to believe this is real unless they’re part of the grift. That’s why people like failed traffic court lawyer Jenna Ellis became Trump’s lead attorney. Even Donald Trump isn’t stupid enough to believe it. The last thing of value Trump has to hock are pardons, and after that... who needs him?
Well, there is market for nuclear secrets, for sure. It would be just like Donald to sell the lot at fire sale prices, or even less, wouldn’t it? Without Trump or anonymous shell companies, where can international villains make their investments? The Pentagon shuts off Biden transition briefings, just in case. (We are only a few weeks from Trump aids pooping in desk drawers.)
Instead of wall sconces and copper wiring, some Republicans, such as Interior Secretary David Bernhardt are leaving with a load of coronavirus. Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers also did his part for herd immunity. Hey — how about a national inoculation celebration day?
Thu, 17 December 2020
A Nor'easter blasted, strangely enough, the Northeast last night. Greg Dworkin’s forest friends worked around the clock but couldn’t dig him out before showtime. Lucky for us, David Waldman pretty much lives at KITM World Headquarters and was able to pull a solo shift:
Where’s that Rose Garden executive gibbet? Of course, we still have a month — or so — to put things right for future historians. 300,000+ American deaths, 3000+ per day don’t seem sufficient to move the public to action. It was plenty enough for the Trump administration to obfuscate and suppress information, however. Mentally ill Michael Caputo’s sociopathic sidekick, Paul Alexander plotted to infect infants, kids and teens, until he killed just enough people to open local bars. “Freedom Flu”, as it would have been called had Emmanuel Macron not caught it, wasn’t considered that big a deal 6 months ago by conservatives… at least non-investors.
The latest conservative non-urgency is Russia’s recent declaration of war on the United States. Arson might be good strategy for covering up crimes. Former House Foreign Affairs director Paul Behrends didn’t quite dodge all of the falling pianos and anvils one night. Donald Trump barely got the unscalable walls erected around the White House before waves of pardon seekers began their siege. Pamela Anderson adds a Julian Assange verse to her Trump rendition of “Santa Baby”.
A lot fell apart during the Trump administration, but there is one thing the Republicans hope to raise higher than anyone ever could imagine… “The Bar” Democrats better mind their Ps and Qs and Fs in our hallowed halls of government!
Wed, 16 December 2020
David Waldman wrestled his Christmas tree to get to the KITM(™?) microphone — and won! — for a crazy start to a not so crazy show. Greg Dworkin says that whether you believe in sanity this time of the year or not, these holidays are becoming happier, saner and more cheerfully, boringly, Trump-free each day.
Donald is still out there, but he’s mostly Republican’s problem now. The news can, and should, turn away. (And they will, because the money’s going away.) Sure, ‘tis the season for unity, and all that, but let’s not go crazy! Red-states and counties do love to see blue-state presents under their tree, but they’re showing up strangely empty-handed right when their arms should be full.
More sanity: Americans are growing less reluctant to take a COVID-19 vaccine. Congressional negotiators might get a coronavirus rescue package by taking out the crazy bits. It’s an early Christmas for some Black colleges and universities, as MacKenzie Scott shows Ex Jeff Bezos how it’s done.
Yet, there is still insanity: Lunatics put Republicans into their positions, and unsurprisingly, might come and take them out. A Qanon-Republican (Is there any other kind?) was arrested for child pornography, and should be checked for adrenochrome levels. A former cop/paid vigilante in Texas almost kills an air-conditioner repairman in order to feed his delusions and bank account. Then, of course, there is the King of Cranks, crushing the CDC, destroying CDC records on coronavirus, all while having information suppressed in Florida. No wonder his future neighbors don’t want him in their backyards.
Caregivers decide how to spread the still too rare vaccine ethically, while Donald Trump rushes through lethal injection drugs, and slow-walks Regeneron. Thousands will die tonight, and tomorrow, and the days following. Trump lost the worst war we ever fought.
Tue, 15 December 2020
David Waldman delivers a most festive KITM today, full of Cha Nookah cheer:
Donald still has his share of fake believers. Steve Bannon says inauguration is just your constitutional opinion, man. Stephen Miller called for alternate electors to bring some alternate facts to the ground, and across the nation faithful fraudsters sporting Groucho glasses and forged certification “beat electors to the game”, thereby winning by default, of course… until the real electors showed up and ruined everything.
Even some Democrats need to be reminded that believing something should happen doesn’t necessarily make it happen. Jimmy Dore, best known for hosting The Jimmy Dore Show, and being an jerk/idiot, wants what he wants now, confusing having demands with having power. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thinks two steps ahead and walks into fewer walls.
Mon, 14 December 2020
David Waldman’s College of KITM Knowledge is open, and class is in session.
Of course, neither Donald Trump nor his followers read the WSJ. Michigan votes today under the threat of violence. The entire electoral college is voting under the threat of violence. Proud Boys put on their mom’s skirts, but for safety’s sake might’ve put her knee pads on as well, when they went all stabby in DC last night. Really, it’s just a good idea to stay away from those assholes.
Keep in mind that there are still plenty of Republicans that did know better, that also tried to topple democracy. Newt Gingrich lost his dog whistle, and Ted Cruz can’t spell paradise, but they aren’t complete idiots and shouldn’t be treated as such. Even Rand Paul isn’t as dumb as Trump thinks he is. Trump’s judges didn’t save him because they aren’t Trump’s judges, and they have job security now. There are maybe 10 saps nationwide that really believe the election was stolen and even other Republicans laugh at them.
Dr. Greg Dworkin assures Joseph Epstein and Wall Street Journal that being a doctor isn’t just a guy thing, although there’s also bound to be some grumbling about incoming Senator Reverend Dr. Raphael Warnock for some reason, as well. If Georgian Republicans stay at each other’s throats Jon Ossoff could make it a sweep.