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Kagro in the Morning - February 28, 2014

Greg Dworkin starts off today's Reddit chat, rounds up news on Ukraine, and leads us into renewed discussion of the Arizona fallout. Armando joined in to help dissect the conservative whining and nonsense, and then more on the Reddit issue. Lastly, another installment of Cocaine, Inc., this time, about their analog for the department of government relations.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:16pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - February 27, 2014

Traditional media gets hold of the Jindal-Malloy NGA confrontation. Guess what? "Both sides!" Greg Dworkin gives us reason to hate "fact checking" again. Conservatives attempt to rationalize Arizona. When did conscientious objection become a zero-consequences free pass, anyway? More on the lunatic lobbying for a bill banning gays from the NFL. Ian Millhiser connects the current "religious liberty" objection to racism. HuffPo & TPM on the Brown Univ. student who shut down the RI NRA. Sort of. More corruption too blatant to feel real: a documentary on the judge who took kickbacks from private prison operators for oversentencing kids.

P.S.: Baby poop sausage.

Direct download: February_27_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:10pm EST

Greg Dworkin reports on the latest Kaiser poll data, the DCCC says it's going on the offensive on the ACA, Chait takes a swipe at pediatricians (or the AAP, anyway), and Chris Christie is still toast. Hey, how about a celebrity salami? Armando calls in to catch up on NSA stories, the upcoming election-time health care fight, AZ's anti-gay legislation & ALEC, and ask why Raymond Felton's gun charges aren't a cause célèbre for gun rights advocates. Banning gays from the NFL is apparently a thing people think they can do.

Direct download: February_26_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:19pm EST

Greg Dworkin brings us an entry from the Jonathans' Corner, Chait's "Why Do Appalachians Love Clinton and Hate Obama?" But you've known the answer since early 2008, because you read Daily Kos. Catching up on the morning's news, we stumble into the saga of Ohio's Gay Hitler dentist. You'll just have to listen for yourself. Also: Mother Jones compiles stories of legislative GunFAIL, NJ's Star-Ledger complains "NYPD spies get a pass," and the CEO of Cocaine, Inc. is busted in Mexico. For now.


Direct download: February_25_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:43pm EST

Greg Dworkin helped get us up to speed on the weekend's world events, bringing health care pricing into the open, the minimum wage fight, and the subtleties of how timing and social media platforms can affect news story reactions. NYT takes varied looks at changes at the Heritage Foundation. How Dem procedural maneuvering sets up political problems for Republicans.

Direct download: February_24_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:45pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - February 20, 2014

Greg Dworkin gets us up to speed on the CBO & minimum wage, and the latest ACA news, then helps us get a grip on the story of the multi-billion dollar buyout of WhatsApp. In Crazy News: a DC taxi driver "kidnaps" a passenger, and Lay's potato chips aims for world domination. Then, back to reality, with continued fallout from the VW unionization vote. E.J. Dionne calls for "stand your ground" repeal, and Eugene Volokh apparently needed to tell people that allowing Muslims to use the same "conscience clause" exceptions that conservative Christians want to use doesn't count as Creeping Sharia. It's Creeping You Guys Don't Know What You're Doing.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:35pm EST

Greg Dworkin manages to get in a brief roundup of news in the wake of the recent controversial study of mammography and medical outcomes before falling prey to technical difficulties that knocked us off the air for a few minutes. But the show comes back, and we move on to discussion of Kevin Roose's "What I Saw When I Crashed a Wall Street Secret Society," and Mike Elk's post-mortem on the Chattenooga VW plant unionization vote.

Direct download: Feburary_19_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:22pm EST

Arkansas open carry advocates feel sure a new law endorses their position. Law enforcement disagrees, which is clearly tyranny. Armando takes the wheel to talk Hillary Clinton and 2016. Obama attacked over expansion of executive power.

Direct download: February_18_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:43pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - February 17, 2014

Greg Dworkin rounds up some wacky news, including the death of a snake handling preacher (by snake bite, of course), and how Donald Trump, unable to fire a reporter he doesn't like, has fired his press aide who set up the interview. Bill Nye "debates" climate change with Marsha Blackburn on MTP. Nick Kristof complains about jargon, but I couldn't understand it. A little discussion of the Michael Dunn trial down in Florida, the vagaries of fire-at-will laws, and the latest GunFAIL stories leads to a wider look at the curious place guns and the gun debate occupy in our politics (and pseudo-politics). Which is not unlike the curious place wealth occupies in the same space. Feudal societies had similar problems. And that's no coincidence.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:02pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - February 13, 2014

Snow didn't take us out, but server downtime did. Still, the podcast must go on! And it did. Greg Dworkin joined us to note that Christie is still toast, perhaps more so than ever, as reporters fill the investigative lulls with stories mining his bullying past. A new Q Poll runs head-to-heads in NY, Christie vs. Clinton and Cuomo. ACA sign-ups surge. Armando weighs in on Rand Paul's NSA lawsuit, Comcast's proposed buyout of Time Warner Cable, the NJ state police's denial that Chris Christie overflew the George Washington Bridge last September 11th, and the NSA's allegation that Edward Snowden tricked a coworker into giving him his password. Lastly, another look at Tennessee Republicans' senseless threats against VW.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:07pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - February 12, 2014

Under Snowpocalypse Watch, again. Greg Dworkin rounds up the news on the Republican debt ceiling collapse (and the wacky process used to pass it), and triggers the Political Misrepresentation Early Warning System with the latest study on mammograms and cancer outcomes. Joan McCarter fills us in on pre-recess Congressional hijinx. From the states: the TN legislature hates unions & loves small gov't so much, they'll use the gov't to force companies to hate unions; KS seeks conscience clause for pretty much anybody, and; VA Senate votes to repeal mandatory ultrasound. Ad wars: Kochs vs insurers. And Chris Christie makes a first, furtive play for the Gop's basest base. GunFAIL update: MT & SC. Surprise! 1980s clinic bomber turns up again, as child molester. More on Postal banking: what could President Obama be doing that so far, he's just... not?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:56pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - February 11, 2014

Chris Christie's gang faces a new round of subpoenas, including ones aimed at finding out whether the man himself took a helicopter flyover of the Fort Lee traffic jams. Greg Dworkin talks flu, specifically mine, plus the looming "constitutional crisis" Christie may be provoking. House Republicans appear to be crumbling on the debt ceiling, and the employer mandate is delayed again. Armando joined in as well, and we talk about poor Bob Costas' eyebola virus, the Michael Sam story, and the latest Christie twists. Adding to Christie's troubles, the WaPo's look at his record of, let's say, stretching ethical boundaries.

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Category:Progressive Talk, Politics -- posted at: 2:35pm EST

We check back in on the Sochi hacking story, now called into question. Greg Dworkin gives us a flu update, and I do my journalistic duty and catch the flu, live, during the broadcast. Next, an explainer on the "doc fix" and how it relates to... the CVS story. Really! Plus the new poll out of Kentucky showing Grimes with a slight edge over McConnell, new jobs numbers confound the pundits, and Jared Bernstein expands on the CVS model. The first ever hostage video featuring a captured military service dog raises some questions. AOL picks up on a new accounting trick that gives the C-Level Suite Looters a crack at your 401(k). Finally, another installment & discussion of the Cocaine, Inc. story.

Direct download: February_7_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:47pm EST

Greg Dworkin rounds up Sochi news, CBO fallout (including the Jonathans Corner on the subject), and the future of quant vs. gut journalism. Armando brings a roll of pennies to add 2 cents at a time for further CVS & CBO discussion. Another mention of Sochi's hacking problems then brings us to a trademarked (not really) KITM storyline merging exercise: Organized Crime, Legitimate Business, or Rival Political Party? You Make the Call.

Direct download: February_6_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:03pm EST

The morning's buzz was about CVS giving up selling cigarettes, and international grousing about Sochi accommodations, emphasis on the commodes. In more serious news: Greg Dworkin laments how "serious news" seriously misunderstands the CBO report on Obamacare. Joan McCarter joins us with more on that, including the worst of the worst from the traditional media. Also discussed: the new farm bill, the USPS as a bank, bogus Gop claims of an "insurance bailout," Republican disarray over the debt ceiling, and the Rob Andrews resignation. Plus, Joan outlines a big politics and process story: how partisan polarization has reversed and overcome the previous historical trend toward more openness and transparency in the legislative process. Lastly, Mark Ames on the passing of former Rep. Otis Pike, the first in Congress to take on the NSA and the intelligence community.

Direct download: February_5_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:44pm EST

The Christie saga continues, with former aides taking the 5th and refusing to comply with subpoenas. Greg Dworkin joins us to talk about that, the new Republican threat to the ACA's "risk corridors," and Arkansas Republicans' attempt to boot 85,000 people back off their new-found health care coverage. Next, a little background on the Bridgegate contempt mechanics. A look at the House's super-important floor business for today, the "Sportsmen's Heritage And Recreational Enhancement Act." And Elizabeth Warren backs a new proposal to let the US Postal Service offer basic banking services.

Direct download: February_4_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:25pm EST

Did you see the football game they showed around The Great American Right-Wing Coca-Cola Freakout? Did anything else happen? Sure, and Greg Dworkin rounds 'em up. "The End of American Exceptionalism," for instance. A peek at what the new Ezra Klein project might be like. Again, you'll have to wait & see on Obamacare. And Dr. Greg explains what's up with all those Hs and Ns in the flu virus! WaPo follows up on ACA launch in Kentucky. Armando weighs in on the Coke ad, the game, Christie developments & more. Gunfight Nation Rising: Is armed America a more dangerous America? And "The Myth of the Good Guy With a Gun."

Direct download: February_3_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:48pm EST