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Kagro in the Morning - August 29, 2014

We check in with the end of the Market Basket management dispute. Or was it a labor dispute? Or both? Louisiana's libertarian water, now with brain-eating amoeba! Gideon opens the door to an inquiry into the many & varied issues surrounding police militarization. HuffPo reports that video gaming collectives are SWAT-ing their rivals' offices! Also: what's a gaming collective and why do they have offices? Courts make it increasingly difficult to hold cops accountable. Another video surfaces, this time of cops arresting an unarmed black man who answers demands for ID in exactly the same way open carry protesters do.

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

Kagro in the Morning - August 28, 2014

Everybody's talking about the 9-year-old with the Uzi. And you can probably thank GunFAIL for that. Greg Dworkin's top story is a narrative-buster: Medicare growth seems under control. The McDonnell "crazy wife" defense. Jindal flip-flops & sues over Common Core. "How fish can learn to walk." Congressional candidate's gun stolen, used in deadly robbery. Here comes the pro-militarization lobbying. Another detail from the McDonnell trial: his oddball living arrangements. In the wake of Ferguson, shocking video from a February story in which cop dash-cams captured outrageous brutality, which the cops nonetheless denied. Struggling to keep up with views on drug-detecting nail polish, and Ferguson as a "suburban ghetto."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:24pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 27, 2014

The GunFAIL lines are ringing off the hook today. The 9-year-old with the Uzi. The NH officer who lost his gun in the courthouse bathroom, which is very rare, except for when officers do it in other NH courthouses. And the case of His & Hers gun derp. Greg Dworkin rounds up ISIS news, including chatter from the usually-wrong. More on that "libertarian moment" thing. Obamacare disappearing as an election issue. "Between the World and Ferguson." Joan McCarter told us about the Republican Senators & candidates who groveled before the Koch brothers, President Obama's pursuit of a non-treaty climate accord, and more. Tomorrow's news today: a reminder that both teachers and students are heading back to class armed this year.

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

Kagro in the Morning - August 26, 2014

Today's morning Twitter chatter: audio surfaces purporting to have captured the sound of the shots that killed Michael Brown. Fox Question Mark asks if it's "misleading" to refer to Brown as an "unarmed teen." And the NRA says a mom who works (against them) from home isn't a stay-at-home mom. Big Time GunFAIL: a 9-year-old girl accidentally shoots her firearms instructor in the head. And a legally blind man shoots his nephew. The "white privilege" of "being afraid for your life." "Suburban ghettos" as "ticking time bombs," and Adam Serwer's "Eighty Years Of Fergusons." How AIPAC got Israel funding passed during a Senate recess.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:39pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 25, 2014

Morning chatter included the NYT's use of the by now-infamous "no angel" framing on the day of Michael Brown's funeral, and Maureen Dowd's absolutely terrible Sunday lede. Greg Dworkin rounds up the latest back-to-war chatter, and peeks under the hood of the New American Foundation, what they're up to, and who funds them, plus the latest reason somebody's gotta be bombed. In other news: Obamacare's popular, but the name isn't; the Notorious RBG speaks. Surprise! Reporters digging into the records of the Ferguson-area cops who mistreated them find some serious dirt! Revisiting the pundit fumbling of the Perry indictment, and Jon Perr's documentation of the history of the "criminalization of politics" tripe. Lastly, not only are corporations people, they're militarized cops!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:49pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 22, 2014

Catching up on the Ice Bucket Challenge, news of the first serious accident, plus we listen to Mitt Romney get doused. Turning to the more serious, here's more on excessive reliance on fines & penalties in Ferguson, where each household is served with an average of three warrants a year! These aren't the high-stakes drug warrants we've discussed in the past, but it's worth connecting, given the militarization discussions of late. We check in again with Gideon, who provides food for thought on the James Risen case, Elizabeth Warren, Ferguson, the Kajieme Powell shooting, and more. Next, Meteor Blades' "Cop cams could change police behavior, but technology can only do so much," plus some speculation on the problems they might create. And from Politico, "How going nuclear unclogged the Senate."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:36pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 20, 2014

Another day of protest in Ferguson gives us cause to compare, once again, the kid glove treatment open carry protesters get from cops. Is it the cameras? Because cameras don't solve everything.  Top Missouri Republican finds Ferguson voter registration drive "disgusting." Would it be out of bounds to say so if there were a clear and definitive constitutional right to vote? Breitbart says the famous photo of a protester throwing back a canister of tear gas is their evidence of "Molotov cocktails." Google data finds two different Americas, and so did The Upshot. The click-bait headline everyone's talking about: "I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me." And, that new gun violence study I previewed.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:58pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 19, 2014

Ferguson news continues this morning, as the bigger name national press declares it OK to consider the situation outrageous. GunFAIL is back in the news this morning, with the accidental shooting of a 7-year-old boy by his grandmother, who mistook him for an intruder. Again. Greg Dworkin brought us another round of Rick Perry indictment news, and a thought or two about Ferguson. Updates via Rei and WaPo on volcanic rumblings in Iceland. 3-D printed guns actually made out of metal have arrived. And GideonAB calls in to give us the overseas observers' view of Ferguson, and point to Phoebe Loosinhouse's diary on the subject.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:49pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 18, 2014

It's Eric Cantor's last day. Because everybody resigns on Mondays. The 18th. So we recount his prolific use of chauffeured SUVs. Greg Dworkin rounds up the Rick Perry indictment news, reports that evangelicals haz gots a sad, collects the latest on Iraq, things looking up on the jobs front, and some improvement at the VA. We circle back around to Ferguson with stirrings on the grand jury front, and John Oliver's much-discussed take, a read through Jeffrey Smith's insightful look at the Ferguson community's history, and Mark Sumner's backgrounder on the lengths to which conservative Missouri went to keep Ferguson under the boot. Finally, no, it's not just libertarians who care about this.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:03pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 15, 2014

Things calmed down overnight in Ferguson, only to heat up a little bit as the local police released the name of the officer who shot Michael Brown, but then proceeded to implicate Brown in a robbery. Greg Dworkin joined us for further discussion of police militarization, some suggestions for how to dial it back (or make it worse), and what we're hearing from libertarians on this. And just for variety: "a very cool thing about Robin Williams." Bmaz calls for removing the St. Louis Co. prosecutor from the investigation. After that, we watched the Ferguson press conference unfold via Twitter, naming officer Darren Wilson, but including the release of a police report alleging Brown's involvement in a robbery prior to the shooting. We parse that live and as we read it, along with reports that Ferguson police have some less-than-honest reporting.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:44pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 14, 2014

Greg Dworkin's back, but it's all about Ferguson, police militarization and political theory today. Reporters are getting arrested. Once (presumably, generously) cautious libertarians are finally beginning to issue statements. And we awaited the same from MO's governor. Meanwhile, should we expect a bolder Ferguson response during the "libertarian moment"? Or is that not a real thing? But the bulk of the show is given over to a discussion of the political dynamics of police militarization, how it happens, and why. I think we hit some points that aren't getting serious discussion elsewhere, if I do say so myself. And I just did.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:33pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 13, 2014

Thanks to Bill in Portland Maine for his generous tip of the hat to what's technically the third anniversary of Daily Kos Radio! An extended round of thanks goes out to all the people who make the show possible, and to all the people who do the things that make the Daily Kos community the remarkable place it is. A bit of an introspective show today, prompted by the anniversary, involving some of the mechanics of how we measure the growth of the show. But the addition of Joan McCarter helps save the day, and we do discuss events in Ferguson, the militarization of local police, the Koch pullout from MI, Joe Miller's ugly AK campaign, the big Dem NC-Sen ad buy, and how Rand Paul stiffed IA evangelicals to party in the Hamptons.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:37pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 12, 2014

A bit of a mix for you today. Robin Williams. Ferguson. A Chris McDaniels song parody by Lauren Mayer. Marketing follies & how to get rich people to give you money. The federal judge who wouldn't recuse himself from former AL Gov. Don Siegelman's trial is arrested. Gideon reminds us of last month's "how to motivate reluctant voters" story. Parleo offers us the international scoop on a brand new party winning seats in Spain and the European Parliament. Ann Coulter, terrible on everything, is terrible on ebola, which leads us to "5 Insane Things I Learned as a Foreign Aid Worker," which leads us to note that anti-terror "corruption" in foreign aid isn't just a foreign problem, which leads us to today's discussion about militarized cops, which begins with this Chris Hayes tweet. Back to Tucker Carlson: no, his bathtub drownings claim probably isn't correct, and since enemy of the people said I let him off too easy, we go way, way back to let Hunter tell us why Carlson's so vile.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:53pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 11, 2014

Gotta discuss the unrest in Ferguson, but the only part of it that's even close to being in my wheelhouse is the contrast between how police approach First Amendment protests versus Second Amendment ones. Which brings us back to the Ohio WalMart shooting, which for better or for worse, even gun rights advocates are catching on to. James O'Keefe is still alive, and he thinks you don't know Osama bin Laden is dead. Sarah Palin channel begins serving up the dumb-vomit. Via Twitter, Stacy Cox suggests we make fun of Tucker Carlson, and I oblige. Lisa asks how many kids have had fatal gun accidents this month, so we count it up. Bill in Portland Maine pointed us to a story worthy of wider notice: Gov. LePage won't bother looking into or trying to recover half a million dollars swiped by a crony. And BallerinaX recalls a link between the Maine story and Utah politics.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:00pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 8, 2014

Happy Friday! We're bombing Iraq, again. A married couple, both cops, fed up with their daughter making bad life decisions, decide to murder her boyfriend. A GunFAIL follow-up: family of man killed by a gun he thought was unloaded asks for donations to the NRA. Since issuing its first concealed carry permits in February, Illinois has had to kick over 100 approved instructors off the lists of those who can train applicants. (Like what we heard about last year in Missouri.) And in Michigan, they're supposed to be watching for violations by concealed carriers. But they're not. Well, just trust 'em, I guess. A fracking company owner for reals goes to jail for dumping waste in the river. Remember those giant tobacco settlement payments to states? Wall Street figured out how to steal them. The idiotic practice of Members of Congress faking "thrift" by living in their offices.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:47pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 7, 2014

Taken in by the TPM headline: "Maureen McDonnell A 'Nut Bag," we catch up a little bit on the McDonnell corruption trial. An... interesting Twitter exchange over whether DC is (or ever was) "cool." An Ohio man is shot & killed by police for waving a rifle at customers inside a WalMart. Was he an open carry protestor? Nope. His family says it was a toy gun he probably picked up off the store's own shelves. Good news: Servers at these MN restaurants are getting a raise! Bad news: the restaurant is charging them the 2% credit card transaction fee on their tips! VA-10 Gop nominee Barbara Comstock was a lobbyist for the Kochs. And Blackwater. Give a monkey enough time with a camera & he'll take a selfie. And challenge the foundations of copyright jurisprudence. And Rolling Stone says everything Republicans believe is wrong.

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

Kagro in the Morning - August 6, 2014

A 10th accidental child shooting in August here in the U.S. And they've got similar problems in South Africa. So similar, in fact, that they've got a street gang called the "Americans." The My Parents Open Carry flap reminds me of the real life story of open carrier parents Meleanie & Scott Hain. Joan McCarter joins in with commentary on items both trivial and weighty. Ran(d) Paul's dine & dash; the new NBC/WSJ poll says (among many other things) that Congress is less popular than ever, but they're beating Putin, anyway. Interesting results also on income inequality, policy priorities and more. Big money attacks on Obamacare not moving the needle. Primary election results: "accidental Congressman" bounced; "top two" open primary, an idea promoted by Chuck Schumer to boost turnout, yields a two Republican race in WA-04. We ponder the rules implications of Republican control of the Senate, and note that we're in for another drawn-out fight over the torture report, unless maybe the new leaker gets hold of it. Lastly, the continuing storyline of Gop grifting.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:29pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 5, 2014

The 5-year-old mayor of Dorset, MN is ousted. (Be honest, you thought I was going to say he was accidentally shot, didn't you?) Politico also notes the gun rental suicide epidemic. There is a real book called My Parents Open Carry and The Onion didn't write it. The trials and tribulations of McDonalds' franchisees. Armando on the GMO labeling controversy, Glocks vs. Docs & the First Amendment. Also: KSU's interim president takes a pay cut to give lower-paid employees a raise.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:02pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - August 4, 2014

Technical difficulties galore, today. But the podcast is here & ready to go. Greg Dworkin helped get us back on track with his round-up. Economic performance, explained. Either Benghazi's not a real scandal, or the investigators aren't real Republicans. And the Gop base is gearing up to ruin 2016 for their party. Several one thing(s) you need to read about ebola. And one we shouldn't have to. For the 40th anniversary of Nixon's resignation, Bob Woodward reviews John Dean's book. From the tech world: your USB devices might be Transformer hackers or something. Crazy southwestern idiots use the border crisis as an excuse to try to shoot actual people. But they're so crazy, they seem to end up shooting their families, instead.

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

Kagro in the Morning - August 1, 2014

The CIA's been spying on the Senate, and I forget to read the articles about it. Greg Dworkin leads off with "The Tea Party's Image Today," providing hours of fun with some fantastic word cloud illustrations. Also: "Why Am I Moving Left?", one journo's political journey towards Cheeto-muncherism, and the cult of political manliness examined, in "No More Mr. Tough Guy." The mystery of the Google barges is solved, and it's dumber than you might have guessed. Via Atrios, Afghanistan's now more expensive than the Marshall Plan. More about "Moving Left." Making labor organizing a civil right. "Palin of the South" storms out of "Palin-style interview." A for-profit late-stage cancer treatment company pays for FreedomWorks to fight making early detection affordable.

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