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Petraeus? Still in the news. But we mostly stayed away from that, even though there's a rich vein to be mined in the strange similarities emerging as between the players in this drama and the Salahi idiocy. Remember those weirdos? Anyway, Greg Dworkin dropped in to put us on an even keel and talk more about post-election analysis. And then it was the steep climb over the mountain to understanding the stakes and the procedure in the upcoming Senate rules reform fight. What has to happen? How can it be done? What's the history of rules changes in the past? All that and more in today's show, with an exciting cliffhanger conclusion... tomorrow!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:37am EDT

Well, General Petraeus pretty much guaranteed us we'd have stuff to talk about today, but before we got into that nonsense, we had a visit from Greg Dworkin, and an opportunity to talk about the hottest topic among at least some parts of Very Serious circles: "epistemic closure." Yes, the Traditional Media is very concerned that Republicans closed themselves off from reality in insisting Romney was going to win. But didn't they have their own problem in closing themselves off from reality in insisting that the numbers didn't show what they in fact did show? From there, it was on to the craziness of the Petraeus story, the even crazier craziness of the volume of email involved, and the even crazier craziness than that: the shirtless Teabagger FBI agent at the center of it all. Your surveillance state national security team, ladies and gentlemen. And as always, a few of the kind of sidebar discussions that make the show what it is. What do I mean? Tune in and find out!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:42am EDT

Like a car wreck, it's just too difficult to look away from continued Republican expression of shock at having lost the election that all the data said they were likely to lose. But it provides a perfect launching pad for discussing all the things their disconnect from reality means. We spent a good hour or more on the unfortunate Tennessee Republican Beth Cox, profiled in the Washington Post, and what her story might tell us. And we just had to pause to note RedState's boo-hoo-ing about the Romney campaign being a "consultant con job." Dude, the Romney EVERYTHING is a consultant con job! But amazingly enough, even as the traditional media is turning out their torrent of coverage of how out of it Republicans really are, they're still after us to look for "compromise" with the people who hate numbers, science, reason, logic & economics. And to top it all off, they're giving Paul Ryan a waiver on his term-limited chairmanship of the Budget Committee so he can negotiate the undoing of supposedly "automatic" spending cuts. Ever wonder why nothing in Washington ever seems to work quite right? (P.S. Don't worry, we had technical trouble, but the annoying clicking DOES go away!)

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:06pm EDT

Republicans continued churning out more Crazy, so we had to keep covering it. Greg Dworkin joined us with exit polling analysis, and to point us to a shining example of everything that's wrong with Republicans: Mary Matalin's disastrous, eye-rolling, head-shaking huffing, snorting whinefest of an appearance on CNN. Armando also chimed in to discuss post-election reactions, and a little bit about the future of Daily Kos Radio. Finally, we wrapped up by tying together some of the more unhinged "conservative" reaction, how gerrymandering left the Republicans with a rump majority in the House, and how filibuster reform in the Senate can help us deal with them both during the lame duck and the next two years.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:56am EDT

Election wrap-up continues, with an evaluation and ranking by performance of the pollsters, aggregators and analysts. And of course, a look back at the most ludicrous pre-election punditry and predictions--with a special focus on everyone's favorite target: Jennifer Rubin.

Looking forward, a hint at what's to come in the lame duck Congressional session, the prospects of a "Grand Bargain," and How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Laughing at the Misnomer "Fiscal Cliff."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:39am EDT

We're back with our first post-election morning show, and wow... what a morning it is! Greg Dworkin joined the show in his usual slot, for the post-mortem on the "quants" versus the "guts." And we wrapped the show with a call from Steve Singiser, who brought us up to date on the Congressional races. In between, we got a little weedy on filibuster reform, how it might work, what to look out for in the way of Republican mewling about it, and why it matters even if the House is staying Republican.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:45am EDT

We had a great extended segment today with Greg Dworkin and Tim Lange (aka Meteor Blades) on the air together for most of our first hour today! We talked last minute polling, gut/narrative vs. data, more Nate Silver, the breakthrough Business Week "It's Global Warming, Stupid" cover, the October jobs numbers, and much more. A fun way to wrap up the week, and close out the last live show before the election!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:54am EDT

Our polling and punditry roundups are back online, as Greg Dworkin's Internet servcie has been restored! So we discussed Chris Christie's recent cooperation with President Obama on storm relief, the strange-sounding-but-explainable designation of Ohio as a "toss-up," the latest on the punditry's love affair with "The Narrative," and Republicans' continued attachment to "The Math." But is "The Math" really entirely divorced from reality? Consider that while Republicans accuse Democrats of manipulating polling output, Republicans are using state legislatures (and in some cases, plain old criminality) to manipulate the input in the one poll that really matters: actual voting. From ALEC copycat voter ID laws, to fake voter registration schemes, to their ill-fated attempt to force U.S. Attorneys to pretend they were finding and prosecuting "voter fraud," Republicans have been hard at work on creating this narrative for a long time. Plus, more on the astonishing idiocy of the attacks on Nate Silver, and how Dick Morris has finally written The Dumbest Thing Ever (but still gets paid).

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:33pm EDT

We got our regular fix on the polling and punditry today, thanks to our first post-Sandy visit with Greg Dworkin. And though things are winding down and the cleanup is beginning, Sandy still dominated the conversation. Both Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan staged "storm relief" events, and both were panned in the press for it, including detailed coverage of how work was stopped in order to make sure the candidates would arrive in time to be photographed packing donations. Meanwhile, the Red Cross has been pretty clear that money is what's needed, and in-kind donations actually hamper relief efforts. But whatever! At any rate, it gave us the chance to observe that when it comes time to campaign, the Republican mantras about local voices making local choices goes down the drain. Central command says we need soup photos, so you're getting soup! Sounds familiar, eh?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:44am EDT

Our first post-Sandy show, at least from where we're sitting. We rounded up some of the most dramatic stories, discussed the pros and cons of Twitter's ability to spread news from peer-to-peer, noted Mitt Romney's insistence that private relief and state-based emergency management would be preferable to FEMA, and discussed the traditional media's strange obsession with attacking Nate Silver's Five Thirty Eight methodologies in the middle of the storm's onslaught. People are weird, man.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:22am EDT

Hurricane Sandy is rolling in, but we made it on the air for our Monday show. And that means a double shot polling update from Greg Dworkin and Steve Singiser. The storm preoccupied us, of course, and there's even a polling impact, since many polling firms are East Coast operations, plus there could be days on end when most of the Northeast is unable to answer their phones. So we may be flying partially blind into Election Day. Also discussed: Suprise! A top Romney advisor really does own a shipyard; the millions of dollars of Romney campaign funds being spent with consulting firms owned by or employing Romney campaign aides; the weirdness that ensues when "outside auditors" are asked to evaluate their own tax advice to their corporate clients; and just a little bit about Matt Stoller's controversial article arguing for progressives to walk away from voting for Barack Obama. (Hint: I'm not doing it.)

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:40am EDT

It's Friday again, and that means we're down to one full business week left before election day. We checked in with Greg Dworkin for our daily polling & punditry update, then were joined by Andrew Jones (aka sluggahjells) for a wide-ranging discussion of politics & media, including the effects on both the campaign and governance of living inside one media bubble or another. Finally, we dove into an insidious little trick of accounting that's coming into widespread use in several states that has the effect of letting your boss pocket the taxes he's withholding from your paycheck! Strange but true!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:53am EDT

Hey, did you know that the Navy isn't really smaller now than at any time since 1917? It was actually smaller in 2007, but apparently that's been lost to the mists of time. Oh well, Mitt was only off by 90 years. Cut him a little slack! After that little fact check, we welcomed Greg Dworkin for our regular morning polling check up, and a discussion of the punditry's love for narrative that seems to be driving the Romney "momentum" story that's otherwise totally unsupported by any actual data. We also caught up on the Richard Mourdock meltdown in Indiana (and connected the dots with the "thinking" of Todd Akin). From there, we wandered into gun policy, the recent gun violence, and the challenges of "enforcing the laws we already have" in an era of changing technology. Finally, the acknowledgment that across-the-board sequestration won't happen gave us a chance to talk about how Congress can rewrite its own rules, how that might impact the drive to get the Senate to change its filibuster rules, and why the favored narrative that says the filibuster promotes compromise might really be entirely backwards.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:20pm EDT

Today's burning question: How did ABC News write a story that actually totalled the current inventory of Army and Marine bayonets without answering even the admittedly dumb question of whether there are fewer now than there were in the past? Well, I guess that just goes to prove that data isn't smart all by itself. Thankfully, there was some smarter data to be had, when we checked in for our regular regimen of poll watching with Greg Dworkin. In the second hour, Armando joined us to interview author Chuck Thompson about his book Better Off Without 'Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession. Finally, we wrapped up with a sneak preview of an upcoming issue: the new Washington consensus that automatic, across-the-board sequestration is no longer accepted as a Very Serious tool for Very Serious people. Why? Because as Congressional observers will tell you (and told you at the time) Congress lives by different rules, where there's nothing automatic about "automatic" triggers.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:06pm EDT

Post-debate wrap, of course, with Greg Dworkin & Armando. How nutty was Romney's antiquated view of foreign and military policy? Strange enough to make us raise Smedley Butler's name in casual conversation. Talk about your throwbacks, though some would argue we never really left that era behind. Seriously, though. Path to the sea? And counting ships as the sole metric of naval strength? What's next, counting cans of spinach? Plus we dive back into the world of Republican voter registration criminality and the growing trend of bosses harassing their workers with political coercion. And sadly, there's been another round of multiple shooting incidents, plus one bizarre shooting story, that once again have the NRA folks out hoping that if we all squint just right, we'll see things their way.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:54am EDT

We're pre-gaming the debate once again, and there's no better or more reality-based way to do that than to get your Monday Double Shot of polling roundups, with Greg Dworkin & Steve Singiser. What's up with Gallup? How about those likely voter screens? How do they account for early voting and same day registration? For tonight's debate, will the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis play a role? Which candidate would you rather have had with his finger on the button in 1962? And here's a question: Why so much media interest in the mechanics and methodolgies of polls, which don't count, but so little interest in mechanics and methodologies of voting rights and voter access, which does count? The arrest of a Republican operative in Virginia last week, on charges of dumping completed voter registration forms, matches exactly the m.o. employed in years and years of previous Republican schemes in multiple states. And curiously, they're all traceable to the same Republican consultant: Nathan Sproul. When are they going to get serious and arrest this guy?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:45am EDT

A fine Friday news roundup, with a dash of polling from Greg Dworkin. What's up with that Gallup poll? Should you be freaking out? (Answer: No.) Mitt Romney is 18 days from overturning decades of precedent on financial disclosure. The Republican Ohio Secretary of State apparently thinks the Supreme Court can go screw itself. An arrest is finally made in Virginia on Republican election shenanigans. And in the Wisconsin Senate race, ALEC poster boy Tommy Thompson accuses Tammy Baldwin of being soft on Iran, even while he's underwriting Iranian uranium mining!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:58am EDT

Greg Dworkin returned from a short absence to go over the polls with us, and survey the post-debate landscape, plus answer the lingering question of why national polling still matters, even though we elect our presidents state-by-state, through the Electoral College. And what defines the post-debate landscape today? The binder. Tagg Romney wanting to punch the President. "Five point" jobs plans that have no points in them, and three studies that "support" the plan, but actually don't. And the amazing ability of conservatives to connect poverty and gun violence, but still refuse to see the connection between access to health care and mortality. All this can only exist in a world full of isolated information bubbles, of course. And we can't be sure whether the relentless march of technology is freeing us from that bubble, or just making it easier to build newer, smaller ones. Ah, life!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:36am EDT

Post-debate discussion with Andrew Jones (aka sluggahjells) and our loyal UK listener, Gideon! The format. The moderation. The questions. The curious avoidance of the word "Massachusetts." The Rose Garden transcript. And... THE BINDER. Plus the latest voter suppression scheme at work in Virginia, and the emergence of red flags raised at VMI as the Romney campaign hatched its plans for Mitt's "major foreign policy" address there earlier this month. Multiple topics, multiple voices, from multiple continents! A great post-debate show!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:34am EDT

It's debate day, so it's a big day for pre-gaming. We were without Greg Dworkin today, but the publication of the latest Daily Kos/SEIU State of the Nation poll gave us the opportunity to highlight the differences between analyzing an unfavorable poll and "unskewing" one (i.e., cheating). Then a meandering stroll through the news, including the launch of Glenn Beck's line of jeans, the absurdity of Rep. Joe "You Lie!" Wilson (R-SC) complaining about the inappropriateness of President Obama's campaign accusing Mitt Romney of lying, and Rep. Darrell Issa's stretch in comparing the Benghazi attacks to President Bush's "mission accomplished" moment. Finally, we returned to the story of Mitt Romney's time at the head of Bain & Company's consultancy with the Russian government, and wondered why being a top advisor to the Yeltsin administration gets no mention from a campaign that admits it's lacking in foreign policy experience. Is it just that he's reluctant to accept the Cold War-era implications? Or is it that given the chance to construct a free market economy from the ground up, Romney instead opted to reconstruct a much more familiar (and personally profitable) kind of crony capitalism?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:38am EDT

It's debate week again, so it's a great time for a Monday Double Shot of polling & punditry roundups from Greg Dworkin and Steve Singiser. Freakouts always go better with a little inoculation of reality and the long view, right? Hour two today took us on a "Connect the Dots" stroll down Memory Lane. Or as Republicans would have it, down the Memory Hole. What connects today's focus on the latest Bain plunder target, Sensata, with supply-side economics, the 2009 Obama stimulus program, the 1993 Clinton stimulus program, Medicare, Social Security, and the Republican proclivity for betting against America and constantly claiming our country is an unlivable hellhole? Listen in and find out!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:40am EDT

It's VP Debate Night, but we're still untangling the fallout of the last debate. And now that things have calmed down some, we were glad to have Greg Dworkin back with us to take us on a tour of the polling landscape. From there, it was on to an exploration of new frontiers for the show--specifically science and space. This week saw the successful launch and docking of the first private, unmanned resupply mission to the International Space Station, pulled off by SpaceX and its Dragon cargo vessel. A great leap forward? A victory for privatization at the expense of a once-inspiring public endeavor? Aaron Oesterle (aka FerrisValyn) joined us for a discussion, and raised some thought-provoking questions and issues about an area that used to border on science fiction, but are going to become part of our everyday reality in the near future. Privatization is everywhere these days, and that led us to wrap up with a detour into prison privatization in particular, and the peculiar dangers of letting hyper capitalists (and future locust capitalists) lead the effort to privatize an entire economy all at once, as with Bain & Co. and the former Soviet Union. Now I have a headache! But what a set of issues to sort out next week!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:18pm EDT

It's a veritable sideshow shooting gallery of Republican jerks today. There's one-time billionaire and now just mega-millionaire David Siegel and his crazy-ass, plagiarized email threatening to fire employees if Obama wins reelection. West Virginia Senate candidate John Raese, who just up and decided a river needed to be diverted and have a waterfall in it because he wanted one, but construction permits were terrorism, so screw it. Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz, whose registered no recognition at all when his empty-headed reliance on scripted talking points was lampooned before his very eyes by Soledad O'Brien on CNN. The new just-say-whatever strategy coming out of the Romney campaign. And finally, newly-crowned King of the Sleazebags, Tennessee Congressman and (soon-to-be-former) doctor Rep. Scott DesJarlais, revealed by his own tape recording to have knocked up one of his patients, then pressured her to have an abortion... before later running for office as a pro-life Teabagger.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:09pm EDT

Setting aside the widespread polling panic, we let our eyes wander to stories of the absurd, like those from Arkansas Republicans coming out in favor of slavery, which in turn took us to Tim Griffin, voter caging, Neal Horsley's admissions of bestiality, creationism. But eventually we came around to the polls, starting with Pew's numbers from yesterday, leading into Markos's analysis of the latest PPP polling numbers, illustrating the difference between legitimate analyses of methodology and the crackpot practice of "unskewing" the numbers with magic. Also: Kevin Drum's "Hack Gap" and what it might tell us about liberals vs. conservatives, and the slow creep of "Leadership PACs" into SuperPACs.

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

It's Monday of the Vice Presidential Debate Week, but all the talk is still about last week's Presidential contest. And, strangely, Big Bird. We checked in with our polling experts, Greg Dworkin and Steve Singiser, for updates on the data, and where the races are headed, both at the top of the ticket and downballot around the country. In the second hour, more "dot connecting," in a reading on the "wisdom" of free markets and cost-benefit analyses, plus a roundup of Roll Call's Top 10 most vulnerable Members of Congress.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:40pm EDT

Things always return to the mean, they say. And two days after the debate, the traditional media appear to be catching on to the unsupportable paradox of "winning" a debate on style while losing it on substance. Add to that the latest admission from Romney that he was "completely wrong" in his infamous 47% comments, and it looks like we're right back where we started from. Greg Dworkin joined the show for his regular polling and punditry roundup, and special guest Andrew Jones (aka sluggahjells) sat in for a wide-ranging and fun Friday finale.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:27pm EDT

Well, we're post-debate on meeting number one, and we talked reactions, snap polling, and historical trends with Greg Dworkin. But it wasn't all debate, all the time. We dove into the tax-exempt status of political churches, revisited the below-the-radar problem of "cost-benefit analysis" of agency rules and regulations, and the coming fiasco of their application to regs that stand in the way of the financial services industry bilking even more out of your pockets and the pockets of your neighbors. Oh yeah, and then we went back to the debate!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:42pm EDT

It's debate day, which is to say that it's time for the traditional media to tell you that there might possibly be some news later on, so just stay tuned. And if there isn't any, we'll make some up. Greg Dworkin rounded up the real, already-happened news in today's polling segment. We took calls from Tomtech on his low-cost, grassroots ad campaigns in Texas, and OllieGarkey on the dangers and nuances of mixing politics and religion. And finally, we peeked in on the wingnuts frolicking in fantasy land, with their claims that "abortions" are frequently performed on women who aren't even pregnant, and that an already-circulated 2007 videotape of then-Senator Barack Obama saying non-controversial stuff is somehow, suddenly, the worstest thing ever, not to mention a perfectly valid reason for white dudes to do Amos & Andy impressions on the air.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:52am EDT

It's a guest hat trick today, with segments featuring Greg Dworkin on the latest polling & punditry news, Meteor Blades (Tim Lange) on Romney's hackneyed foreign policy attacks, and Armando Llorens on the the latest from the Commonwealth Court in the Pennsylvania voter ID case. And of course, we have a good laugh at Scott Brown's deer-in-the-headlights-gets-booed-by-the-audience debate moment, as well!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:13pm EDT

We've got our traditional Monday Double Dose of the polling & punditry roundup with Greg Dworkin and Steve Singiser. And Mitt Romney obliges us once again, by opening his mouth. This time he's upset that President Obama "misunderstands" American values. Like stealing pension funds and telling supporters their hometown pride cookies look like crap! It was all a fine set-up for a reading of Steven Pearlstein's "I am a job creator: A manifesto for the entitled." Pretty much the elite's whiniest carping in a nutshell!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:02pm EDT

It's Friday, Friday... you know the rest. Greg Dworkin parsed the polling and punditry. Todd Akin took a beating. Republicans were (once again) caught perpetrating the only thing approaching voter fraud that ever actually happens. The shift that wasn't, on Republican tax strategy. And Mitt Romney raises the bar on jerkiness, blaming veterans' suicides on the defense budget (but not Ryan's vote to slash it).

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:46am EDT

We're back, live and in person, with the show today. Not that that matters, since this is a description that only accompanies the podcast. Still, it means that there's a brand new show for you to download today, and that's always worth mentioning. Greg Dworkin joined us to take another crack at the "unskew the polls" nonsense, and update us on what the real ones are actually saying. In the spotlight today: the latest Bain-related videos, including the one from 1985, featuring Mitt Romney discussing the business model of "harvesting" companies for profit; Sheldon Adelson's $100 million investment in a potential $2 billion tax cut and maybe a free pass on the current federal investigation of his overseas operations, and; the skyrocketing record number of filibusters in the Senate since Dems took control in 2007.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:46am EDT

Our regular visit from Greg Dworkin addresses the mysteries of the Republican obsession with "unskewing" the polling, based on, well, nothing. Yet apparently, it's catching on. So be on the lookout for Poll Truthers in a media outlet near you. Plus: people are still scratching their heads over Mitt Romney's proposal to add power windows to the nation's fleet of airliners; Florida is still straining to tamp down on voting-while-a-Democrat, and; Rand Paul still seeking a standing ovation for his one hour of "tireless work" blocking Senate business.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:16pm EDT

Back from the weekend following The Worst Week Ever for Romney, during which Romney puts a cherry on top of his FAIL sundae, casually acknowledging on 60 Minutes that it's right and fair that people who make $50,000 ought to pay a higher tax rate than he does on his millions. Thanks, Willard! We had our extended Monday polling & punditry round-up today, with Greg Dworkin and Steve Singiser, and took a historical but still political detour to discuss the H2 network's show, "How the States Got Their Shapes." Fascinating stuff. Seriously!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:45am EDT

Today's Kagro in the Morning show reviewed the coverage from two major Senate debates last night, in Massachusetts and Virginia, and watched the polling and punditry trends with Greg Dworkin. From there, it's another extended connect-the-dots session pulling in the "fiscal cliff," the old "Super Committee," Blue Dogs and their dwindling influence, the stimulus plan vote, and Kent Conrad's commitment to the Zombie Simpson-Bowles "report."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:51am EDT

A giant bonanza of polls were turned loose for today's polling & punditry roundup with Greg Dworkin. And Mitt Romney kept the 47% flame alive by making a series of bizarre claims about editing, context, and "debunking," so yeah, we went there again. Also, the UC Davis Pepper Spray cop gets a pass from the District Attorney, leading us to an expansive discussion about the militarization of the police and the use of "non-lethal" weaponry against protestors. Oh, and Republicans in the Senate charge that if it wasn't for the Constitution, they'd totally nail Harry Reid. Stupid Constitution! Repeal Article I!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:03pm EDT

It's International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so why not raid ye a pension fund & bury yer loot on Grand Cayman, to mark the occasion? Greg Dworkin joined us for his regular polling and punditry analysis. We turn an eye to the Orange Co., FL Earned Sick Time ballot initiative. And yes, Romney's 47% tape still looms large -- launching us into today's big "connect the dots" discussion of tax expenditures, subsidies, and the true nature of "mooching."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:07pm EDT

Wow. Romney World is on fire today, and there's really just no oxygen out there for anything but Romney's secret tape 47% comments. There's no getting around it, that's the topic of the day. Greg Dworkin joined the show to talk polls, punditry & trends. And from there, it's a free-ranging discussion of the broader themes and the granular fine points packed into this tiny snippet. Including a reading of the web-famous "Open Letter to that 53% Guy."

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

Happy 5773, Earth! You don't look a day over 5750, if you ask me. It's September 17th, and Occupy Wall Street is back out on the streets, marking its anniversary. Daily Kos contributing editors Greg Dworkin and Steve Singiser joined the show with their polling and punditry roundups, plus listener calls led us to discussions of the importance of your vote (especially in local elections) and the unfortunate decline in impact and value of Bob Woodward's insider journalism.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:41am EDT

Camp Romney goes all in on the crazy, declaring that there would be no anti-American sentiment in the Middle East if Mitt Romney were president. Greg Dworkin joined us for his regular polling and punditry round-up. Laura Clawson updated us on the Chicago teachers' strike. And Adam Bonin recapped the Pennsylvania Supreme Court arguments over their new, controversial voter ID law.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:40pm EDT

Further fallout from Romney's disastrous reaction to the tragedy in Libya, and embassy protests in Cairo. RedState speaks out against the media's conspiracy to focus on Romney when he convenes press conferences. Plus Greg Dworkin's polling and pundit roundup, Bill in Portland Maine's pitch for the upcoming Netroots Nation fundraising auction, and listener calls.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:11pm EDT

The Romney campaign's astonishing response to the overseas events and the death of Amb. Chris Stevens in Libya dominated the discussion today, even seeping into our polling discussion with Greg Dworkin. In other news: Tea Party Freshmen in Congress wrestle with having to vote to keep the government funded; Del. Bob Marshall (R) of Virginia is quoted as saying disabled children are "God's punishment" to women for prior abortions, and; the charitable Romneys fight tooth and nail to prevent a hospice from opening in their neighborhood. (Property values, dontcha know!)

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:24pm EDT

The conventions are over, and Congress returns to DC from August recess. In a joint polling & issues review with Greg Dworkin and Steve Singiser, we looked at post-convenion bounces, shifts in the polling, and the emerging "Obama leads" media narrative. On the Congressional front, it's more of the same, with small bore nonsense filling in the space around yet another continuing resolution to keep the government operating in the absence of any ability to fund it under regular order.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:03pm EDT

Day Three of Democratic National Convention coverage from Charlotte, NC. Reviewing Wednesday's speeches and Thursday's punditry, and looking ahead to the big finale.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:39pm EDT

Day Two, from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC. Featuring Greg Dworkin, Daily Kos Associate Campaign Director Rachel Colyer, C.S. Kendrick and David & Dante Atkins. Reviewing Tuesday's speeches, Wednesday's punditry, the fight against voter suppression, and some surprise future plans from Daily Kos' own favorite brother/brother team!

Direct download: September_5_2012_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 4:58pm EDT

Live from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC! Daily Kos Radio hosts David Waldman & Armando Llorens talk to Greg Dworkin, and to Raven Brooks & Mary Rickles of Netroots Nation. Plus a call from Bill in Portland, ME!

Direct download: September_4_2012_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 10:29am EDT

Oh. My. God. Lol chair. That is all. We review the closing night of the Republican National Convention, as if we could remember anything other than that crazy chair thing. Chair! CHAIR! Dude. Worst. Hologram. Ever.

Direct download: August_31_2012_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:50pm EDT

Reviewing the Wednesday night lineup at the Republican National Convention, from "Tad True" to "full-blown bullshit."

Direct download: August_30_2012_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:11pm EDT