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We were joined for an extended Abbreviated APR today by Greg Dworkin, who came prepared to answer the lingering question posed yesterday: how did the Simpson-Bowles non-report treat the savings projections in the Affordable Care Act, and wouldn't we do better to wait a bit on the so-called "fiscall cliff" and see what the scope of Medicare's contribution to the issues really is? We roped in Joan McCarter to join us in talking about that and related issues for the first hour of the show. If reading Daily Kos is like getting the paper two weeks early, then Daily Kos Radio is like getting Daily Kos two hours early. In the second hour, we wondered aloud why the CEOs behind the "Fix the Debt" gang, who ordinarily busy themselves with raiding their companies' pension funds to pay themselves giant bonuses, are suddenly so concerned with curtailing and undermining the biggest pension fund out there, but which because it's public, is currently beyond their reach. Hmm... gee! And finally, as promised, more discussion of the filibuster reform fight: which Senators are still holdouts, and just where did this reform coalition come from, anyway? The answer, if you don't know it already, just might put a little spring in your step today. Listen and find out!

Direct download: November_30_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:21pm EST

In today's Abbreviated APR, Greg Dworkin looks at Medicare in the context of the "fiscal speed bump" negotiations. Wouldn't we be better served by waiting until the picture becomes clearer on the projected savings from Affordable Care Act implementation? Also: the Fast Food Forward strikes in the New York area, and how they relate to the WalMart and Hostess strikes. Finally, a look at all the important stuff that somehow gets left out of newspaper coverage of the filibuster reform fight. You'll only get that here, on Daily Kos Radio!

Direct download: November_29_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:47am EST

Greg Dworkin abbreviated the Abbreviated Pundit Roundup, during which we talked exit polling and the new political reality: you can't win with just the conservative base anymore. Another critique of the latest critique of filibuster reform from Jonathan Bernstein. And an extended interview with longtime Daily Kos and Netroots community member and New York State Democratic Committeewoman Debra Cooper, who's running for a newly open seat on the New York City Council. Come and hear what Debra's got to say about the importance of this race. Believe it or not, it's a race that can have national implications. Find out why!

Direct download: November_28_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:55am EST

Greg Dworkin joined us at the top of the show for the Abbreviated Abbreviated Pundit Roundup. We take another dip in the waters of Lake Crazytown, reading the election night liveblogging of the "gay fanboy" nominated by wingnut columnist Charlotte Allen to run the fantasy 2016 Palin presidential campaign. Please do this, guys! Then, more filibuster reform fight previews and complaint debunking. Finally, a peek at the revelation that the Obama administration began attempting to compile a rulebook for drone strikes, just in case Romney won. What does that mean?

Direct download: November_27_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:12pm EST

We're back, post-Thanksgiving Day, which you all know is the Pearl Harbor of the War on Christmas. Greg Dworkin joined us for the Monday Abbreviated Abbreviated Pundit Roundup. Yes, we abbreviate things twice in the mornings. We then turned our eyes back to the upcoming filibuster fight, with a review of the most recent reporting from Politico on the subject, which somehow ignored until the very last sentence of the entire article that leading Democratic proponents and leading Republican opponents of filibuster reform actually agreed on the single most important proposal, the so-called "talking filibuster." So there you have it. Modern politics and political reporting in a nutshell. Partisans are at one another's throats, threatening complete gridlock, because they agree on policy. From there, an equally amazing exploration of Fox News's troll-baiting "War on Men" article, and finally Adam Davidson's New York Times piece asserting that the genius captains of American industry are scratching their heads, wondering why highly-skilled laborers who had invested tens of thousands of dollars in their education and training were not lining up to take the fast food-level wages they were offering. What a puzzler! Maybe a tax cut will help them clear their heads. Someone get these guys some retention bonuses, ASAP!

Direct download: November_26_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:34am EST

Thanksgiving Day! It's a slow news day, of course, but we passed the time pleasantly enough, chatting with Greg Dworkin, Armando and caller David from Asheville. We were thankful for our favorite topics: quants versus guts; pundits versus people; "traditional America" versus the new demographic reality, and; makers versus takers. A nice chat to have on in the background while you're cooking and/or cleaning, or maybe just a decent excuse to plug in the earphones and tell the relatives you can't hear them for the next two hours. Happy Thanksgiving!

Direct download: November_22_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:22pm EST

A special, extended show today! Not what we anticipated doing on the day before Thanksgiving, but if you were driving to a relative's home today for the holiday, maybe the extra hour was appreciated. In fact, if you don't listen to anything else in the show today, make sure it's that bonus 3rd hour, because that's when we talked to Mike Hummell, known to Daily Kos readers as bluebarnstormer. He's the author of the insider's diaries on the Hostess strike, and a member of the Bakers' Union at the center of the drama. And frankly, he's the only one making a lick of common sense in this whole thing. Be sure to listen in and find out why. The standard two hours of the show weren't bad today, either! Greg Dworkin stopped by for what's become an on-air Abbreviated Pundit Roundup more than a polling roundup, now that the election is behind us. And Armando chimed in on the business and bankruptcy laws underlying the Hostess dissolution.

Direct download: November_21_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:58pm EST

Republicans continue to believe they lost the election because they weren't conservative enough, so Marco Rubio declares he has no clue how old the Earth is. And why would he? It's only in the science books! And you know you can't get the Republican nomination for president if you read those! Greg Dworkin stopped by to discuss that very subject today, and the impact of the competing schools of Republican Crazy that threaten to pull their already shrinking coalition apart. That's not the same thing as the demise of the Republican Party, mind you. Just a routine headache of coalition politics, really. But if you don't believe in any kind of science, it's hard to even figure out a way to cure your own headache. We also reviewed a lost gem of the Internet, a 2001 Heritage Foundation analysis of the Bush tax cuts, and guess what? They promised a wonderful future, complete with gigantic job growth and the elimination by 2010 of the national debt! All thanks to "dynamic scoring!" Well, neither of those things appear to have worked out very well. But probably only because they weren't conservative enough, or something like that. Finally, we took a look at the Hostess situation, reading an excellent diary from Daily Kos by bluebarnstormer, describing the givebacks already extracted from the unions during the 2005 bankruptcy as context for the new concessions demanded from management, even as that same management votes themselves enormous rasies. Shocking, but not surprising, since the company has been in the process of being devoured from the inside by Bain-style locust capitalism for the past few years. Close call on that whole Mitt Romney thing, people!

Direct download: November_20_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:44am EST

It's Thanksgiving week, so the news is likely to be slow. We'll take this opportunity, then, to wrap up the discussion of the history, mechanics and procedure behind the "constitutional option" for Senate rules reform. But first, a welcome diversion from Greg Dworkin, who brought us the usual collection of fascinating news clips detailing Republican cluelessness, unskewing, and general fear of reality. Then, the promised filibuster wrap: why it's not quite true when the pundits tell you the "constitutional option" has never been used before, how those who've used it have left a clearly-blazed trail behind them for our use today, and how Senate Democrats actually used it last year and nobody noticed! Added bonus: a critique of Jonathan Bernstein's critique of the "talking filibuster" solution.

Direct download: November_19_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:43am EST

We're in luck! Greg Dworkin was able to join us this morning for a roundup light on the polls, but heavy on the punditry. We discuss Mitt's post-election gaffes, Angus King's coy games about caucusing with Democrats, and the coming fight on filibuster reform. And yes, we even took a detour into the 1%-er grifter narrative threatening to burst through the seams of the still-growing Petraus affair. Hour two of the show was about Part 2 of our "deep dive" into filibuster reform history. We picked up from where we left the previous show, describing the apparent conflict between the Constitution's grant to each house of Congress of the right to determine its own rules, and the Senate's own rules purporting both to require a 2/3 vote to end a filibuster of a rules change proposal, and to make that rule (and all the rest) perpetual, from one Congress to the next, unless changed in accordance with those same perpetual rules. We discussed the origin of the conflict, and how three Vice Presidents across both parties have settled the paradox in the past, all of which serve to illustrate why the beginning of a new Congress creates a special opportunity to enact rules changes by simple majority vote, and how it's happened in the past. The remaining piece of the puzzle, i.e., why no one seems to know it's been done in the past, despite knowing that the rules have in fact been changed, we'll settle next week. But you get a hint at it at the very end of today's show!

Direct download: November_15_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:19pm EST

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!

Direct download: November_14_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:37am EST

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!

Direct download: November_13_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:42am EST

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!)

Direct download: November_12_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:06pm EST

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.

Direct download: November_9_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:56am EST

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."

Direct download: November_8_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:39am EST

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.

Direct download: November_7_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:45am EST

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!

Direct download: November_2_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:54am EST

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).

Direct download: November_1_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:33pm EST