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Kagro in the Morning - May 30, 2014

Greg Dworkin sampled the morning's headlines. The House actually passed a gun background check funding amendment. Further UCSB fallout and gun safety roundup. Honest conservative snipe hunt. McConnell called out for ACA buffoonery. No, the VA is not an Obamacare preview. Microsoft billionaire Steve Ballmer looks to buy the Clippers from the most-hated man in America. More NSA & national security state discussion, based on Eben Moglen's "Privacy under attack."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:18pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - May 29, 2014

Greg Dworkin gets us back on track with his roundup this morning. More from Kinsley. Why he's wrong. EPA to regulate emissions by executive authority, and the likely fallout. Terry Lynn Land is terrible. McConnell fares no better. And could Andrew Cuomo be a test case for pulling Hillary left? Want to help Charles Gaba help MI? Gun news roundup: a public AR-15 whoopsie; WalMart #GunFAIL nearly took out a newborn infant; more bullets fly in Isla Vista. Conclusion of Andrew O'Hehir's "The empire strikes back," and the start of Eben Moglen's "Privacy under attack" set us up for some serious discussion of the national security state.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:38pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - May 28, 2014

We started the morning with a little national security state chatter, just as a placeholder for future discussion. Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter joined the show today and served us up a full plate of great stories. Reviewing the Kinsley review of Greenwald's book. The "First Amendment Blind Spot." Sam Wang handicaps the election handicappers. Concerned about veterans' health care? Expand Medicaid. Iran's bomb-making capacity is diminished. Had you heard? If not, why not? Abortion? Michael Boggs knows nothing about it! Mitch McConnell word salads his health care position. Bonkersghazi civil war continues. Speaking of which, Rand Paul gets himself four Pinocchios on the subject. End Times Alert: NY moms pay $1K for consultants to pack their kids' summer camp trunks.

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

Kagro in the Morning - May 27, 2014

Returning to the "air" after a long weekend of rough news, Greg Dworkin joined us to discuss the #YesAllWomen global phenomenon, open carry blowback in Texas, the VA issue narrative versus reality, and how Sen. Burr stepped in it. Even as the tide turns on marriage equality, we're reminded that some think they can turn it on a dime, because "tradition." And the oldest Member of the House ever looks to win his primary. Dark money at work in Arkansas. Twitter was buzzing about corporate social media. What was the Boston "fusion center" tracking while missing the marathon bombing? Occupy. Boing Boing notes new NYT chief Baquet spiked the biggest pre-Snowden NSA story. Speaking of the NSA, the prescience of Justice Brandeis.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:17pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - May 23, 2014

CDC stats for 2010 (the last year available) cited in a routine newspaper report say 62 kids ages 14 & under were accidentally killed by gunfire. But my review of 2013 GunFAIL incidents are turning up many more. Greg Dworkin helps us digest that from a statistical point of view, and brings us around to the hot topic of Ta-Nehisi Coates' much-discussed writing on the topic of reparations. More angles on the Abramson firing.  A critic trades barbs with Charles Pierce over Glenn Greenwald. More about the wacko Sandy Hook denier/sign stealer. Revisiting the Senate wheel o' fortune. Georgia town bans sex toys, but loves guns. Figuratively. (I think.) Armando calls in to tie the reparations and Abramson firing issues together, and preview some upcoming writing on those subjects, as well as the odd cloud of issues surrounding the reviews of the latest Greenwald book. More conservative blowback on long gun open carry. AT&T to buy DirecTV. Drug cartel becomes lime cartel. Traffickers vs. vigilantes? Or private equity vs. traditional producers/labor? You decide!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:25pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - May 22, 2014

Constitutional freedoms abound! Breaking into nursing homes! Posing for gun trophy pics at Chipotle! Standing your ground against Godzilla! Greg Dworkin makes sense of our morning, rounding up Gop factional politics & their policy implications. In fact, he's so balanced, he does it for both sides! Random science note: outsourcing pollination to robo-bees. Even conservatives are piling on against Open Carry Texas. Anyone "fact checking" Rand Paul's claims about filibustering David Barron? Recommended reading on the "evolution" (if you believe in that stuff) of the Second Amendment. The exciting conclusion of Quinn Norton's "Everything is Broken."

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

Kagro in the Morning - May 21, 2014

Today's Twitter buzz: Summer feeding program for poor kids, but "rural only." And a quick reminder of the increasing militarization of cops. Greg Dworkin rounded up post-primary news, notes a new high in acceptance of marriage equality, and the real problem at the heart of things like the growing VA scandal. Joan McCarter joins in for wide-ranging discussion of everything from the latest gun rights conspiracy theory, to a wrap-up on the ID-Gov primary, to the national Gop's witch hunt for ACA heretics, to yet more false equivalence on equivocation on health care. Harry Reid's talking rules change, again. The net neutrality fight continues, as coalitions fray. What happens when Republicans get tripped up by voter ID laws.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:01pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - May 20, 2014

Nothing works like it's supposed to! Greg Dworkin rounds up primary day news, starting with the Tea Party's continued struggle to find purpose, and where the big money is being spent. Are Republicans set for a pivot to climate change (in a bad way)? "Republicans getting away with utter gibberish on Obamacare," and "McConnell Is No Longer the King of Kentucky." Then today's story mash-up: Quinn Norton's "Everything is Broken," "why I was forced to shut down Lavabit," and yesterday's mash-up of NSA follies & the legal system. Whatever you're an expert in, there's someone else, somewhere, who's an expert in undoing you, using a system you don't understand but have to interface with, anyway.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:32pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - May 19, 2014

Polling reveals significant support for immigration reform, whatever that might mean. The media and media watchers continue to obsess over the Abramson firing, but I hit my limit on tolerance of the story. Idaho's Republican gubernatorial primary debate is filled to the brim with crazy. Then, a three story mash-up becomes our big umbrella topic of the day: how & why the DoJ misled the Supreme Court in order to shield the national security regime from any judicial review; runaway biometrics technology may make anonymity & obscurity generally impossible; and the emerging "right to be forgotten" which may be our only chance to save ourselves.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:59pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - May 16, 2014

Today we ask the important questions. Will this podcast even survive the Operation American Spring revolution? And, can the wacky world of white privilege be compared to net neutrality? Obamacare's closing health care clinics, in a good way. Baseless speculation on the outlandish possibilities the end of net neutrality opens up! Conservatives (whatever that means these days) get together to feed each other sandwiches and say the same things over again, and pretend it's new. "Should Your Driverless Car Kill You to Save Two Other People?" And "Why Don't We Know How Many People Are Shot Each Year in America?" Armando previews his Sunday Kos piece taking issue with Glenn Greenwald on issues of race & gender.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:59pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - May 15, 2014

Another wild GunFAIL story commands morning attention. Greg Dworkin notes new, low jobless numbers, the Jill Abramson ouster, and Chris Christie insisting he's not toast. On the electoral front, "The Wisdom of Partisan Crowds", the advantages of incumbency, and calling out science denialism. Worst prescription directions ever. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce weighs in on immigration. Walking the tightrope of Congressional leadership. "How gun extremists target women." Armando joins us to discuss a federal court decision upholding denial of trademark the USPTO found ethnically disparaging. Could that impact the DC football team?

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

Kagro in the Morning - May 14, 2014

We kicked off the morning with a few sample stories reminding us to Respect Gun Culture. Greg Dworkin mansplains mansplaining, notes why Bonkersghazi has some Republicans nervous, Rand Paul's walkback on voter ID, and hypocritical coal politics in Kentucky. Will the Beltway get over Bonkersghazi? Joan McCarter joins us with news of the Idaho marriage breakthrough. Nebraska's Gop nominee for Senate says it's OK to ignore laws because religion, and that leads us to some discussion of the national security legal state of play, plus their horrible design sense. We keep an eye out for "American Spring!" Doctor Who catches a great Senate procedure story, with Harry Reid as the hero.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:18pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - May 13, 2014

Greg Dworkin rounds up the collapse of three major Republican narratives: climate change, voter fraud and ACA repeal/collapse. Why are Republicans cut off on all paths by facts? Aversion to science carries a high price. Sandy Hook truthers still bonkers. Don't kiss your camel (not a euphemism). Grayson for Bonkersghazi committee? An excerpt from Glenn Greenwald's new book makes the national security state sound like cartoon super villains. Rand Paul on drone policy: principled or opportunistic? Or some of both? Snapchat's central premise of turns out not to be true. What happened to our being saved by libertarian tech bros?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:28pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - May 12, 2014

Greg Dworkin rounds up the polling news: Dems in southern Senate races are holding their own, and AR's Mark Pryor continues to be referred to as the Senate's most "embattled," despite his consistent lead. Health care polling news update: people still think what they want to think, but that means repeal is still a giant loser. Should the employer mandate be dropped? Press Think captures the absurdity of the NYT crafting a he said-she said piece out of party positions on voter ID laws. Felix Salmon agrees. A quick roundup of Tim Geithner book chatter. And we parse "Obama busted for false facts on Republicans’ filibusters." Follow-up on an Arizona 3-year-old's GunFAIL reminds us to Respect The Culture. Freedom of speech that overwhelms others' rights is bad, even as freedom of religion that overwhelms others' is Teh Awesome. Vox asks if this campaign cash proposal is so crazy it just might work.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:34pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - May 9, 2014

This morning's flurry: Romney backs minimum wage hike. The Feds are looking into the Cowchella crowd. NYC to turn derelict public phones into Wi-Fi network. UberX drivers protest management squeeze. A third turkey hunter is accidentally shot in four days in Missouri. The open carry protesters who freaked out a Texas Jack-in-the-Box have been booted from Open Carry Texas, but isn't the real villain liberal elitism? The latest Bonkersghazi "smoking gun" hinges on a word game that Trey Gowdy has himself played before. Fundraising with it? That's a meh. The 5 stages of Gop grief. An opening look at "Entrepreneurs Are The New Labor."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:31pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - May 8, 2014

Good news, everybody! The conservatives are going to start their own version of something, because that something has been successful! Curiously, this success has happened despite that thing not already being conservative. Greg Dworkin brings news from the Bonkersghazi committee: it's a trial! Tom Edsall's "Supreme Injustice" sets the table for a good portion of the show. And, "Fear the Camel!" How's that for a teaser? We doubled back for a fuller look at the new Heritage project and Edsall's piece during the second half of the show, with a few Twitter distractions along the way, plus Jane Meyer's look at "Ronald Reagan's Benghazi."

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

Kagro in the Morning - May 7, 2014

The morning's Twitter chatter: Lynn Cheney wriggles back into the "news." Greg Dworkin rounds up the methodical dismantling of anti-ACA talking points. How many Benghazis worth of Americans are Republicans failing to save by expanding Medicaid? Believe it or not, Benghazi chatter is down! And Greg's recommended tear-jerker read. Joan McCarter shared today's electoral news from NC and Columbus, OH, pondered Dem response to the new Bonkersghazi committee, and notes the likely pointlessness of today's ACA signups hearing, and the next round of fast food strikes. Is the new Bonkersghazi committee an admission that they've hit a wall? And a Georgia Republican says he'd rather have a terrorist attack than get searched by the TSA.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:41pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - May 6, 2014

Greg Dworkin's morning roundup comes with its own Storify compilation today, collecting the non-paywalled stories behind the shocking conclusion of a look back at Massachusetts' RomneyCare: it helped get people access to health care, and they're healthier and living longer as a result. How many lives might be saved by expanding Medicaid? And returning to a theme, "Universal Mammogram Screening Shows We Don’t Understand Risk." The Gop Benghazi revival, though aimed at impeachment, draws little of the Beltway press dismissal the "I word" did when aimed at Bush. A look at that Princeton kid's "privilege" essay. Post net-neutrality throttling is already happening. More places Wall Street is working hard to funnel public dollars to their private wallets.

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

Kagro in the Morning - May 5, 2014

Greg Dworkin rounds up good news & bad for the 2014 midterms, what voters care about, the future demographics of government-sponsored health care programs, and the giant drop in uninsured rates. BundyLand Cowchella has erupted into internecine cosplay warfare. New hot trend: "standing your ground" by lying in wait over baited traps. And Sean Hannity loves it because law and order. WSJ says judges should create new checks & balances, because Obama. Follow up on Chris Hamby's Pulitzer Prize-winning black lung reporting: new protections announced.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:52pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - May 2, 2014

Today's morning frenzies: Jobs and Benghazi. Greg Dworkin adds his two cents, and adds that Christie's still toast, tech companies push back on data collection, the partisan divide on issues of race is growing, and celebs are eschewing the WHCD. He also previews his upcoming Sunday Kos interview with E.J. Dionne. Ireland opens up the "don't look backward" can of worms, arresting Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams in connection with a 1972 political murder. Then, another view of the relationship between the tech giants and the government, via The Guardian.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:10pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - May 1, 2014

Happy May! Greg Dworkin joined us to ponder the future (and possible end of) employer-provided health insurance, hammering out the kinks in the ACA, understanding jobs report day, and the weird dissonance going on in voters' heads. The MILCOSPLAY continues in BundyLand. David Frum ponders why gun rights activists win while other conservatives lose. Jamelle Bouie on the demolition of the WI voter ID law. A PA widow may lose her home over a $6 balance. (Where's her militia?) Louisiana might outlaw begging for money? Well, so much for SuperPACs and tech startups! Just kidding, of course. We mean poor people! Besides, when political money groups break the rules, nothing happens.

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