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Kagro in the Morning - July 24, 2014

Have you heard about this #PoorDoor story? An upscale Manhattan apartment building with a separate entrance for lower-income residents? Greg Dworkin rounds up some weird news, the Cuomo ethics commission flap, Jeb Bush sticking with immigration reform, Gop "outreach" apparently coming down to Rand Paul, POTUS approval ratings remain stable, and though he still hasn't been swaggering bare-chested, he's reduced inequality. Another botched execution, and "Don't Learn on Me — Are Teaching Hospitals Patient-Centered?" Ian Reifowitz joined us for the second hour, for another wide-ranging discussion of Gop xenophobic rumor-mongering, Halbig and the filibuster, and guns and the politics of fear.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:31pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning "classic" - July 18, 2014

On today's Kagro in the Morning "classic episode," Greg Dworkin joined us for his regular morning roundup, including the much-discussed "The Loud Truth About Abortion Protesters," the McDonnell indictment, the continuing Chris Christie saga, and the rather ridiculous notion that it somehow helps Christie for it to have legs. No less ridiculous: the idea that Christie, the new head of the RGA, is somehow thrilled with Bob McDonnell being in the headlines. Greg's most interesting reads on the subject: Matt Bai and Matt Katz. Plus Jonathan Chait has seen the Gop future: GWB. (Not the bridge, though there's that, too.) For the second hour, we welcomed Sophia Yen and Ellen Shaffer of the Silver Ribbon Campaign to Trust Women, our co-hosts for the day, thanks to their winning bid in the latest round of Netroots Nation fundraising auctions! Today being the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, it was a perfect day to dive deep into the bundle of issues surrounding reproductive rights and health. Their backgrounder on the campaign and roundup of the issues took us from insurance coverage, to "crisis pregnancy centers," to the Hyde amendment, to forced birthing. But just as important, they broke through the walls of the "issue silo" and reminded us that no matter what your top priorities are, these issues are tied in many ways to everything you care about. And we thank sponsor Harry's for their support! Save $5 on your first order of fine shaving products with promo code "Kagro"!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:25pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - July 23, 2014

Lots of Halbig and King discussion today, with Greg Dworkin bringing us a sampling of today's most interesting writing on the topic. Also: GA-Sen, and; the charter schools sales guide, revealed. Discussion of yesterday's cases dominate the rest of the show. Armando joins in with his 200-or-so cents on the subject, and we touch both on the substance of the specific cases, as well as the weaknesses in the "legal theory" driving conservative thought on them. At the close of the show, we take note of Brian Beutler's latest, "The Conservative Judges Who Ruled Against Obamacare Missed This One Very Important Detail."

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

Kagro in the Morning - July 22, 2014

Following historical precedent, Republicans who predicted doom in the passage of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, the Clinton budget and stimulus program, and the Obama stimulus plan, and were wrong on each count, are now also wrong on predictions of skyrocketing premium costs under the ACA. Greg Dworkin joins us to discuss this, today's GA Republican Senate run-off, Sen. Schumer's NYT op-ed backing "top-two" open primaries, and Harry Enten's assertion that Elizabeth Warren would be the most liberal Dem nominee since 1972... if she were, you know, running. Later, we respond to listener comments, critique the Schumer op-ed, announce the Halbig news, and clarify yesterday's information about Iceland's protest political party, the "Best Party."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:58pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - July 21, 2014

Greg Dworkin's news round-up was essential in getting the show somewhat grounded after a long weekend out of the country, plus the distraction of Netroots Nation for many of my other online news and issues lifelines. "Goodbye to the Republican Wave?" Elizabeth Warren's "11 commandments," and yet another shot at the "she should run" argument. Republican resistance to taking care of their own, in one chart. Gates vs. Biden. RFK, Jr.: anti-vaxxer. Krugman reminds us once again that the "debt crisis" is largely imaginary. What's the best party in Icelandic politics? More discussion on Krugman's piece. Anti-vaxxer Rep. Phil Gingrey freaks out that Central American refugees might not be vaccinated! MO Gov. Nixon vetoes an "arm the teachers" bill.

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

Kagro in the Morning - July 16, 2014

Even as Netroots Nation 2014 draws near, Greg Dworkin continues manning his post! The continued TradMed insistence on a Clinton/Warren schism, CBO numbers on health care get better and better. Why don't they just Moneyball government like they do with business? Because even in you tried, the boss wouldn't listen. But the story that really got us cooking was "How to mobilize reluctant voters." Because we'd also heard that mobilizing voters can get you arrested. Come hear about the shocking story developing in Georgia!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:54pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - July 15, 2014

After leading off with Daily Kos Kitchen Nightmares, Greg Dworkin returned to the show to bring us some sanity. The "radioactive" Common Core controversy. Santorum seeks to walk the tightrope on populism. The latest polls and the political zeitgeist say "it's complicated," but we don't like to think so. So, impeach, or something. And Peter Orzag says the do-nothing Congress is your fault. Obama Derangement Syndrome traps Republicans on Syria & Iraq, as well as Benghazi. Boehner's lawsuit makes Republicans look like whiners. Worse, it could end up empowering the Roberts SCOTUS far more than Congress. And don't forget to visit our sponsor, Harrys.com, where you can save $5 on your first order of fine shaving products with the "Kagro" promo code!

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

Kagro in the Morning - July 14, 2014

Greg wasn't with us for the big return to the live show today, but he set the agenda for the day with his collection of today's headlines. Mike Huckabee's discovered the perpetual candidate lifestyle, and has developed a pricey private plane habit. Singapore's ad discouraging gambling on the World Cup backfires. Homeopathy wins the World Cup, and German soccer players were there, too. How Michigan charter schools became prime feasting ground for edu-vultures. And to continue the ed reform theme, "Why many Democrats have turned against teachers unions," featuring a contribution from Netroots denizen & fellow Kossack Jeff Bryant. And P.S., did you miss out on saving $5 on your first order of fine shaving products from sponsor Harrys.com last time around? You've got another chance this month, when you use promo code KAGRO!

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

Kagro in the Morning - July 3, 2014

Greg Dworkin rounds up top news, including new jobs numbers, the fully insane hijacking of a Thad Cochran press call, Republicans increasingly in sync with Rand Paul on foreign policy, another new Q-Poll tells much the same story, and Carly Fiorina is astroturfing to nobody. The latest GunFAIL compilation gives us an opportunity to laugh at WND's Joseph Farah. The House quietly deletes the requirement that Members and top staff report free travel on their financial disclosure forms. Details of Maine Gov. Paul LePage's multiple visits with "sovereign citizen" nuts, as the cross-pollination between the religious right and old-school nutcases is already on the rise. WaPo's report on the "men's rights" convention last week.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:38pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - July 2, 2014

Belgium sucks. Greg Dworkin says that's an anecdote, not data. We didn't overlook either of the top two "most overlooked races." And nobody's quite ready to look past Hobby Lobby. SCOTUSBlog isn't the SCOTUS, but SCOTUS is its biggest reader. Republicans begin staking out positions against renewed intervention in the mess that is Iraq. NYT says Benghazi suspect has said important things, but not what they were. Gop as "party of ideas?" A new but kind of stupid Q-Poll. Joan McCarter joins us in pondering WTF about Belgium. Hobby Lobby won't be the last birth control case, nor the end of the War on Women. Bill O'Reilly's staff stalker looks for attention by baiting us about "Beyoncé Voters." Coming up on Daily Kos: the White House issues report on Medicaid expansion. Target comes up with a gun policy. Open carry protesters say they'll ignore it. Day One of GA's "guns everywhere" law brings us a draw-down between two open carriers. Gun "success" story is underwhelming.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:41pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - July 1, 2014

Like most of the country, we're still reeling from yesterday's terrible Supreme Court gimmetarian decisions. Greg Dworkin brought us some highlights from the commentary: states may have more to say about birth control coverage, an attempt to walk the middle path, and a proposal to make oral birth control available over the counter. Twitter mistakes SCOTUSBlog for the actual SCOTUS. Maine's governor goes rogue. WSJ says biz groups awaken to find Republicans have run away from them. So, third party? Emerging rivalry between ISIS & AQ, dreams of a caliphate, and waiting for an Arab Summer. Afterwards, a little checks & balances chat. What's so "narrow" about Hobby Lobby? Updates on gun show GunFAILs, and a responsible gun owner so law-abiding, he says if a new law mandates he shoot responsibly, he'll disobey it, for freedom. An update to yesterday's Inouye story from our ears in Hawaii, Judy Vincent. Lauren Mayer's "Keep Your Hobby Lobby (Away From My Va-jayjay)." And it didn't take long, but the long gun open carry protest movement has brought out the racists.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:08pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - June 30, 2014

Greg Dworkin sets the mood with The Onion's contribution on Hobby Lobby. Justice Stevens' City of Boerne v. Flores concurrence saw the RFRA itself as an impermissible violation of the First Amendment. James Risen's Blackwater blockbuster. The robots are taking over. The multiple problems with Facebook's crazy experiment. And the intriguing backstory to a Hawaii political drama. For the fifth time in three and a half years, we've had GunFAIL accidents at more than one gun show on the same day. An Oklahoma Republican says his primary opponent (Rep. Frank Lucas) was actually executed three years ago & is now either a body double or a robot. But hey, both sides do it. You know? Turning back for a closer look at the Blackwater story, we took time out to talk to Armando as news came in from the Supreme Court on Hobby Lobby and Harris.

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

Kagro in the Morning - June 27, 2014

Yesterday's Supreme Court decisions dominate the discussions today. Greg Dworkin brings us good fodder in the form of insightful writing on the subjects of buffer zones and recess appointments. Also in courts news, "Does the ACA violate the Origination clause?" and a Colorado federal judge upholds that state's new laws on gun background checks and magazine capacity. The passing of Sen. Howard Baker. Why the media loves Iraq hawks.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:47am EDT

Kagro in the Morning - June 26, 2014

Greg Dworkin's morning roundup focuses on the MS run-off. Vox = "the left," apparently. Todd Akin's back. Plan B on the IRS "scandal": missing e-mails they hope you won't notice don't actually bear on the first "scandal." Never mind that lost e-mails didn't bother them before. Likewise, what the U.S. Archivist has to say interests them now, but didn't then. Armando joins in for a quick update and discussion of the day's SCOTUS rulings on recess appointments and abortion clinic buffer zones. Catching up on the "no-fly list" ruling, and common threads it shares on modern technology with yesterday's cell phone search decision.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:29pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - June 25, 2014

Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter join us to round up the stories of the day. North Carolina's Outer Banks are largely doomed, but the real estate industry would like to pretend that's not so. Primary elections sorted themselves out yesterday in Mississippi, New York, Maryland and elsewhere. Crappy-looking revised GDP numbers give everyone a scare, but there's a twist. Netroots Nation is coming up fast! A federal court finds due process fault with the "no-fly list." The Detroit water crisis. More filibuster follies in the Senate. Speaking of which, it's the 1 year anniversary of Wendy Davis' Texas Senate filibuster performance, and her campaign's looking for supporters' help in marking it. SCOTUS decides on cell phone searches. And the year's biggest GunFAIL so far.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:50pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - June 24, 2014

Today's the Mississippi Republican Senate primary election run-off, and it turns out the McDaniel/Tea Party camp will be turning out "poll watchers"... in the predominantly black precincts. So will they be open carriers, as we saw in Alabama? It's primary day in Maryland, too, where Netroots pal Evan Coren has called Don Engel's 11th district bid to my attention. GA Gop House candidate is the latest to write Islam out of constitutional protections. One way gimmetarians leverage the power of the state to rig outcomes & undermine reasonableness as a matter of policy. No one could have predicted a SYG shooting of a cop during a no-knock warrant. Is this how Open Carry Texas does safety checks? PA woman pulls a real gun (and fires!) on kids with water guns. And a fascinating look at the "adjunctification" of higher education.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:54pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - June 23, 2014

It's Monday, but you probably didn't notice, because of this one chart that tells you everything you need to know. Greg Dworkin starts off the roundup with gubernatorial news: McAuliffe fights to expand Medicaid, while Walker & Christie fight off investigators and try to stay viable. Henry Paulson is determined not to miss the rise of another crisis, this time on climate change. Running out of reasons to oppose the ACA, Republicans are finally down to the last one: we have to pay money for a public benefit. "Who Says Obama Can't Lead?" Had you heard that "gun nuts are terrorizing America"? Probably not. Another profile of Tea Party Patriots' Jenny Beth Martin's lifestyle enhancement success. A federal judge has (briefly) put a stop to the lethal combination of science denialism & the Hobby Lobby theory of "religious freedom." And what's "religion" these days, anyway, given that churches are raffling off AR-15s?

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

Kagro in the Morning - June 20, 2014

Our Friday grab-bag had a little bit of everything in it. The mugshot that got 30,000+ likes on Facebook & why it matters. (It doesn't.) Sean Hannity proves the Heritage hatefest wasn't berating Muslims by berating the same Muslim. A collection of wrongness on Iraq. Vox on the House's vote to "rein in" the NSA. "Sovereign citizens" pulled over for hand-written "license plates." Prosecutors closing in on Gop faves Christie and Walker. A diary by Armando, and a Demos blog post, make the terrific point that those objecting on "government intervention" grounds to the PTO's cancellation of the R*dsk*ns trademarks are looking at things upside-down. Further musings on what should be the libertarian views of trademark and... immigration. A WaPo piece offers up an explanation for why VA state sen. Phillip Puckett's constituents aren't calling for his head: they hate Obamacare because "death panels."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:43pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - June 19, 2014

We started out by taking a look at one of the underreported details from last weekend's high school reunion shooting in East Peoria, IL. Yes, an off-duty FBI agent shot down the shooter. But apparently he shot just as another person was about to tackle the shooter. What might have happened? Who cares! Story over! Greg Dworkin collected stories making the case that John McCain is out of touch & no one cares what he says. Same with Cheney, and even Fox News knows it. Iraq in disarray, so why won't Obama lead & fix it already? Speaking of which, Norm Ornstein addresses polarization. Armando offers his observations on the DC football franchise, Iraq, upcoming SCOTUS decisions, and newspapers plan a new online comment system. Ours, sort of. NYT ends The Gun Report, and there's a labor backstory there. But Times editors say it was just getting boring or something. All the more reason for GunFAIL to continue.

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

Kagro in the Morning - June 18, 2014

Catching up with the kitchen sink spin on Benghazi. Greg Dworkin's Abbreviated Pundit Roundup collects the worst of the worst. Turns out the Affordable Care Act has acted to make care affordable. The latest NBC/WSJ polling. Joan McCarter talks a little net neutrality, a little civilian prosecution of terrorism, and a little about the Cheneys shrieking about things. More on the successes racking up for the ACA. Mid-show breaking news: the DC football franchise's trademark registration is canceled! Then, some patented (not really) KITM free association leads us to... discussion of serious agri-business issues in Idaho, the Idaho Gop in disarray, and Raul Labrador's utter shock at finding out that leadership is kind of hard.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:58pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - June 17, 2014

Greg Dworkin rounds up news of the marine sanctuary proposal, Dana Milbank's coverage of the whackadoodle Heritage Foundation Benghazi panel, and several interesting angles on the emerging ISIS crisis in Iraq. "Gun-Control Advocate: Snowden, Obamacare Hurt Our Cause." Rick Perry's search for smarter-sounding anti-gay dogwhistles. A Louisiana Republican runs for Congress on the "I'm related to the Duck Dynasty guys" platform. Gop Sen. nominee frets over NC's "traditional population." Twenty children & adolescents are hospitalized every day with gunshot wounds. SCOTUS barely preserves legal penalties for straw gun purchases. Big-time Gop operative Barbara Comstock (now running for Congress, so here's her opponent John Foust's ActBlue page) opposes Medicaid expansion, then shows up at a free clinic ribbon cutting. Who's running the clinic? The local Muslim charity.

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

Kagro in the Morning - June 16, 2014

Monday, interrupted! Another gun story has popped up, thankfully not involving any actual shooting this time, and dominates today's discussion. With open carry protests so much in the news, another one comes to our attention that brings into focus a lot of issues this practice is forcing more and more of us to confront. Greg Dworkin does his best to give us other things to talk about, like Tony Blair urging Iraq intervention again, while insisting the current crisis has nothing to do with the last one. And Boris Johnson calling him nuts for it. And (some in) the media critiquing their performance last time around. The amazing backstory of Michael Hastings' reporting on Bowe Bergdahl. Health care cost curve: bending. Gop angles to use gov't shutdown tactics to block new EPA regs. At Greg's prompting, we explore the Iraq background a little more, as well as reporting on the legal status of the five Taliban detainees traded for Bergdahl. Then a lingering look at the previously largely unnoticed "open carry situation" that arose in Michigan last month. "Gun Advocacy Has Now Become Parody." And don't forget to "Respect the Culture" that insists America is a hellhole.

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

Kagro in the Morning - June 13

Once again, it's all too easy to do a Friday show full of particularly galling GunFAIL events: A Waffle House employee has shot & killed a customer. A grandfather in Janesville, WI drops & forgets his loaded gun in the outfield of a 12-year-old girls' softball game. A Kingsford, MI man impresses (and accidentally Second Amendments) the ladies doing what the founders intended: shooting a bag of cans. A Kirkland, WA man, having literally chased kids off his lawn, pursues them in his truck, pulls a gun on them, demands their wallets and cell phones, and curiously finds himself charged. A Virginia man shoots & kills the tow truck driver repossessing his pickup. CNN sides with the guys saying shootings in schools aren't school shootings. Private equity looting continues. "How privatizing government hollowed out the middle class."

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

Kagro in the Morning - June 12, 2014

Eric Cantor is out as Majority Leader, setting off multiple leadership races. Greg Dworkin's segment went into double overtime. Christie's still toast, for new and different reasons. How Obamacare met its enrollment goal. Fascinating stuff out of the latest Pew poll. Fournier gets a positive review for his look at populism, and two different looks at what's fueling Tea Party resiliency. Ari Berman writes Cantor's loss is bad news for the Voting Rights Act. Ruben Bolling's "How to recognize an open-carry patriot." From Goldman Sachs to hedge funds to... trailer parks? Yet more ways private equity leeches wealth from everybody else.

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

Kagro in the Morning - June 11, 2014

Much chatter about Eric Cantor's primary defeat! Both Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter have much worth saying on that subject and more. An extraordinary achievement in gun trolling. The guy who beat Cantor's an economist, but has no position on the minimum wage question, or anything else. So is this the end of any "productive" work in the 113th Congress? Student loan relief is filibustered in the Senate. David Dayen reveals who's funding the most persistent critic of Sen. Warren's student loan plan. TSA has found 892 guns being carried by passengers in airports around the country so far this year, a 19% increase over 2013's record-breaking rate. Gawker asks who's disrupting whom over at Airbnb.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:01pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - June 10, 2014

Greg Dworkin's roundup: small biz confidence surges; can Dems make a compelling (and winning) issue of the new carbon regs? Medicaid expansion as a long-term fight. The guy you can blame if it doesn't happen in VA. Vegas shooters paraded their arms down the street & no one said anything. Latest immigration excuse. Bergdahl polling. Further thoughts on the Bergdahl swap. Oliver North thinks he's hilarious. Petula Dvorak's takedown of VA state Sen. Phillip Puckett. Vance McAllister confirms campaign donation quid pro quo, and doesn't know why pols shun him. The "warrior cop" supply chain.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:29pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - June 9, 2014

We're back from the weekend break, but had to reset the random/mass shooting clock thanks to events in Seattle and Las Vegas. And a Democratic Virgina state senator resigned, handing partisan control of the senate to Republicans, who can now block ACA-funded Medicaid expansion in the state. Greg Dworkin discussed these stories plus a wide-ranging roundup of Bergdahl stories, including Frank Rich's piece that folds in reference the late Michael Hastings' 2012 profile. The shootings bring us to other gun stories: the dangers of gun-mounted flashlights, Google Glass precision-guided firearms, and (no one could have predicted) Alabama voters bringing guns to the polls. Please let this Craigslist ad be a joke. Taxpayer-subsidized bonuses for WalMart execs. For-profit ed company monetizes your volunteerism & skims from public libraries.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:53pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - June 6, 2014

The flip-flopping Bergdahl tweets from conservatives. Heartbleed redux! Are your selfies helping the NSA build a facial recognition database? Baseless speculation about "driverless cars!" Armando joins in to discuss emptywheel's synthesis of the O'Hehir and Moglen surveillance articles we pondered last week: "What If the Democratic Response to Snowden Is to Expand Surveillance?"

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:46pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - June 5, 2014

After somehow getting distracted by story about a young Australian-born model/rapper, Greg Dworkin eventually got us back on track this morning, and helps us avoid future time-wasting debacles by recommending we follow @SavedYouAClick on Twitter. Ta-Nehisi Coates nods to the Black Kos reparations forum. Bergdahl roundup. European Central Bank experiments with "negative interest rates." Politicians scrubbing web sites and Twitter or pro-Bergdahl messages. Ongoing shooting spree in Moncton, NB. What's up with the abdication of the Spanish king? GunFAIL victim's dad wants you to know "this could happen to anybody." Militarized police, technology & the search warrant explosion.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:35pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - June 4, 2014

Open Carry Texas' brand hijacking campaign continues, now dragging Target into the fight. Greg Dworkin rounds up multiple angles on the POW swap stories, including how Republicans scrambled to delete old expressions of support for Bergdahl. Primary election news. The reparations discussion continues. Joan McCarter makes her weekly pilgrimage to the show, giving us an Idahoan's take on the Bergdahl release. We also discussed primary election results, the Gop still at sea on Obamacare, the lineup of Daily Kos gubernatorial endorsements, the net neutrality fight, MoDo on the weed, and more about Scott Brown's super-shady sweetheart deal. GunFAIL 2014 keeps up the pace, as we compare fatal accidents among children in 2014 to last year, and discover a statistical surprise: there were four kids accidentally shot to death on this very day, last year.

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

Kagro in the Morning - June 3, 2014

Greg Dworkin rounded up these stories: the POW swap, new Obama job approval and issues numbers, political fallout from new EPA regs, more health insurance providers want in, but new Medicaid signups aren't moving fast enough, political leaning of doctors by specialty & income, with Christie now toast, Sandy money is flowing again, the blog-to-big-media pipeline of Tapped, and the gun nut civil war. The story of Scott Brown's super-shady corporate "job" was so ludicrous, Armando couldn't resist calling in to help make fun of it. Speaking of scams, conservative publishers throw a party for the latest impeachment-themed book. The signing statement issue is resurrected in the POW swap "debate."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:20pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - June 2, 2014

Greg Dworkin helps us round up the weekend's top stories, including the POW exchange, the EPA's new emissions rules (and all the controversy that comes with them), the VA, and how Gop intransigence accidentally yielded a national health care exchange. A musical interlude from Lauren Mayer (aka PsychoSuperMom), "GOP Hypocrisy Blues (VA Edition)." An extended discussion of the issues wrapped up in the POW swap. Another open carry demonstration, this time hijacking the Home Depot brand. And now, even the NRA recognizes that this is kind of dumb. And speaking of guns & dumb, Scott Brown is tangled up in something weird & getting weirder.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:54pm EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

Kagro in the Morning - April 30, 2014

Greg Dworkin brings us The Upshot's "Who Will Win The Senate?" interactive simulation, the latest polling on approval ratings, 2016 contestants, ACA, foreign policy, the economy, etc. Reactions to the NBA's verdict on Donald Sterling. Pediatricians' org officially says: high-deductible health plans are crap. Joan McCarter joins the show to review the week's craziness, the demise of "repeal & replace," and the millions more with insurance. Rick Scott gets his bald head handed to him on Obamacare. FBI trouble for Sam Kickback, er, Brownback. Scalia muffs it. And, the Daily Kos endorsement of Daylin Leach in PA-13. Finally, the role of the player's union in Sterling's ouster.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:50pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - April 29, 2014

Bothered again today by more press comparison of the Bush dynasty to the purported Clinton "dynasty." Greg Dworkin parses the latest polls, then leads us back to Sasha Issenberg's TNR entry for further discussion. Rs finally learning ACA isn't going anywhere. And a dubious "Doctor's Declaration of Independence." Mass shooting news from Georgia this morning, where of course, they recently went gun bonkers in the legislature. From Time's archives: "Do Guns Save Lives?" Well, they don't like this one much! E.J. Dionne on the new Georgia gun nuttery. What kind of signals do the wackos think they're receiving? Finally, more from the big Sasha Issenberg article.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:08pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - April 28, 2014

I know you won't believe this, but the NRA convention was crazy. Greg Dworkin rounds up Donald Sterling news, including Slate's "The NBA's Ownership Society." Thomas Piketty: A summary with marmots. Obamacare as an issue in FL-GOV. And the role of turnout in the 2014 mid-terms. TNR's "How the Democrats Can Avoid Going Down This November." The role of traumatic brain injury in incarceration & homelessness. "The NRA has declared war on America." Remember when the Tea Party was founded on "Where's MY bailout?!" outrage? Well, they've found it!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:37pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - April 25, 2014

Big thanks to show sponsor Harrys.com! Use the promo code "Kagro" and save $5 on your first order of premium but wallet-friendly shaving products! "Meet the Doctor Who Gave $1 Million to Research Guns." Armando called in to follow up on both of these themes, and we discussed the conservative penchant for silencing debate, for Freedom. A GunFAIL update. And a rather bleak look at the future of "entrepreneurial society" as we peek behind the curtains of the "disruptors" everyone can't wait to fund, via Baltimore City Paper's "The desperate hustle as a way of life," and HuffPo's "Meet The Real Amazon Drones."

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

Kagro in the Morning - April 24, 2014

Cliven Bundy, ladies and gentlemen! Greg Dworkin parses Kaiser polling on healthcare in four southern states, and then sets the agenda for the day with Harold Pollock's "Pre-Occupied with Medicaid Expansion." Did Occupy "accomplish" anything? Was it a thing that could be measured by that metric? Is the drive for concrete results what sets the "Moral Mondays" movement apart from it? Are they set apart from one another? Also: NC Gop Senate field all deny climate change. And about that "US is an oligarchy" thing, let's take another look at that.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:37pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - April 23, 2014

Trying to find today's podcast? Congration You Done it! What'd we talk about? Cliven Bundy's got Marco Rubio Syndrome. Greg Dworkin tells us Digby's won a Hillman, points to a cache of NYT's 2014 analysis, and says Medicaid expansion seems to be pretty popular. Joan McCarter says the ACA's birth control coverage is pretty popular, too. And so's the so-called "private option" Medicaid expansion in Arkansas. More of the Gop "no backsies!" theory of governance. ALEC goes Bundy & Raul Grijalva pushes back. Nixon (a 3rd one) to face impeachment? Bill Cassidy imagines a pivotal historical role for himself. NFL cheerleaders join the fight against wage theft. And listener Gilbert Aquino takes a stab at answering our theological questions.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:00pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - April 22, 2014

The Aereo case came before the Supreme Court today, and it poses fascinating questions  about technology, copyright law, and even economic inequality, in a way. Matt Taibbi's got another book out about that, specifically how the rich never seem to get punished for any wrongdoing. Speaking of which: more about what might be next for labor after the UAW drops its NLRB appeal, followed by TomDispatch.com's " 7 horrific crimes that aren’t crimes any more for America’s most powerful." Oklahoma gimmetarians prohibit localities from changing the minimum wage (with ALEC's help), as Florida gimmetarians did for gun laws.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:15pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - April 21, 2014

We're back on the air after a shortened Spring Break week, and Greg Dworkin joins us with a pundit round-up featuring some of his own punditry. Don't forget "doctor satisfaction" in health care delivery assessments. "When Power Goes To Your Head, It May Shut Out Your Heart." And more on the brewing Gop war over Common Core. NYT and Morning Joe both urge Dems to run proudly on Obamacare. We somehow wander from there into the dynamics of campaign cash in determining party leadership. Alphabet soup: UAW drops NLRB appeal of VW vote. Once again, the guys who turn it up to 11 appear to have won. Scandal opens on yet another front for Chris Christie.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:20pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - April 17, 2014

We had an extended conversation with long-time Netroots denizen Mark Brooks today. He's actually got some experience working for the Bureau of Land Management that's interesting background for the current Bundy Ranch Cowachella loopy-ness. But the main part of our discussion was about his efforts to stay on top of issues of local governance in his rural Virginia county, and fight his way through the many (and familiar) obstacles that still hinder effective use of the Freedom of Information Act. Local? Yes. Unsexy? Maybe. But it's an issue with enormous impact on your everyday life. Come hear what he's got to say about it, and learn where you can turn if you're fighting a similar uphill battle. And the story I snuck in under the wire: U.S. appeals court finds conflict-minerals rule violates free speech.

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

Kagro in the Morning - April 16, 2014

We just had to talk about the wacko Bundy Ranch situation, as well as the wacko weather situation. Bundy supporters advance the theory that county sheriffs have the right to disarm federal law enforcement, a theory mostly invented by... a former county sheriff! Why do they think so? Because they do. Joan McCarter, a Westerner herself, reminds us that Bundy's likely got few allies among his actual rancher neighbors. She also rounds up health care news, including the Reuters/Ipsos polling, and how Republicans are dealing with constituents who say they've benefited from the ACA. We also discuss the ongoing judicial nominations crisis, and the possibility of a SCOTUS blockade under a Gop majority. Just for fun, Josh Romney's tweeting of a picture of Mitt at the Post Office. And the Koch brothers' weird opposition to a Memphis bus line ends up in a state-wide legislative ban. Armando weighs in briefly from the road on continued Chait fallout. And the weather! Finally, the bizarre and infuriating case of the student who caught the school bullies on tape, and ended up arrested for wiretapping!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:45pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - April 11, 2014

Rounding up the recent rash of shootings on military bases, and more nutty gun legislation from Florida. A quick layman's read of an actual expert's read on Heartbleed. The (latest) tragic mistaken police shooting in LA. A little-noticed passage in the Christie whitewash report raises questions about what it means to "play ball" in NJ. An amazingly bold credit card theft scam in NY subways! National Memo's This Week in Crazy. Choot-spah of the day: ex-Breitbart dude says Colbert's act is "political blackface." Subpoenas fly in the Chatttanooga VW case. Is "the ideological middle dead," or is it being systematically obscured from view?

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

Kagro in the Morning - April 10, 2014

Sen. Angus King (I-ME) suggests he may caucus with Republicans if they win control of the Senate. No word on whether he understands what that means any better now than he did when he said it in 2012. Greg Dworkin joins us to discuss that, House Gop rumblings against Boehner (again), and wider conservative rumblings against Jeb Bush. He briefly touches on new discoveries in the Christie whitewash report that I've been meaning to get to before falling victim to yet more tech troubles. (We'll return to that in the future!) We do finally get to an expansive look at the provocatively titled "Meet The Google Engineer And Occupy Wall Street Organizer Who Wants Silicon Valley To Run The Country," though. Also, a piece from David Sirota, noting a growing trend in corporate-owned media, this time in the purchase of the Anchorage Daily News. Can we tie all that together? You bet! Especially if there's no one around to tell us we can't or didn't!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:35pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - April 9, 2014

Greg Dworkin walks us through the RAND Corp. insurance rate data, points to the blurred lines dividing the Tea Party and the "mainstream" Gop, and brings us some conservative yargle bargle that reminds us that it's Jeb Bush's "reasonableness" act that makes him unacceptable to the base, with a guest appearance by old-school "notch babies." Joan McCarter remembers that issue, too. She also notes that the ACA might save you money on car insurance, too. Which is great if your car is infested with spiders! We check in on the non-happenings in Obamacare replacement, immigration reform, and unemployment insurance, have an additional laugh at Vance McCallister, and shake our heads at the Iowa Republican who apparently credits Obama's black privilege with saving him from certain impeachment. Just to throw a little substance in the show, we look ahead to the House vote on the Ryan budget and why, once again, they anticipate dissension in the ranks.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:35pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - April 8, 2014

Rep. Vance McAllister celebrates Equal Pay Day by firing his girlfriend/staffer. Greg Dworkin samples the headlines on retail medical clinics, "How politics makes us stupid," and the Gop civil war & 2016 primary jockeying. Glum turnout picture for 2014. Armando leads discussion of Jonathan Chait's latest controversial article. Barbara Comstock gives her vote to Rush, now wants Congressional seat.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:26pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - April 7, 2014


Back from the weekend, Greg Dworkin notes how Gop ACA opponents are still inventing new metrics to be outraged about. Chili's reverses course on their anti-vax error. Jeb Bush looks for a seam to squeeze through. Will it basically be "I'm too reasonable (on exactly one thing) to get the nomination?" BiPM's Cheers & Jeers updates us on Oklahoma. The many issues wrapped up in the Mozilla, Brendan Eich, OkCupid blow-up. Sen. Angus King (I-ME) enjoyed much Twitter love for pushing back against Dick Cheney on torture, but Cheney needs to be steamrollered. Changing gears, a privatization FAIL: rural fire hydrants shut down by water company, because their water "is for farms and homes, not fires."


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

Kagro in the Morning - April 4, 2014

Jobs report day gives us an opportunity to note record corporate profits & CEO pay alongside a drop in average hourly compensation for everyone else. Greg Dworkin joins us for a look at the report landscape, the daily ACA news roundup, and to check in on the Gop 2016 sweepstakes. A closer look at how CEOs are making out while the rest of us lose. Speaking of CEOs, Don Blankenship formerly of the Upper Big Branch mine-exploding Massey Energy Co. has a new "documentary" film out saying he's awesome & its all everybody else's fault. More on McCutcheon, from Dahlia Lithwick and Jeff Toobin. For further study: "Plagued With High Cancer Rates, One Tar Sands Community’s Eight Year Quest For Answers."

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

Kagro in the Morning - April 3, 2014

We've had to reset the mass shooting clock, again. And along with the tragedy itself comes the tragedy of watching people "score points" by being among the first to remind people not to try to "score points." Greg Dworkin asks questions about McCutcheon, highlights Sam Baker's ACA-themed Twitter rant, notes the many reasons some might not have paid their premiums, and spots Bobby Jindal trying to deal himself back in with some cribbed health care talking points. There being no such thing as "too soon," we had to address some of the usual memes with respect to the latest Ft. Hood shooting. Some background for and reflection on McCutcheon. MoJo puts an eye on celebs who take big checks to perform for dictators.

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

Kagro in the Morning - April 2, 2014

Greg Dworkin is hot on the trail of this new health care law you might have heard about. A growing number of conservatives urge moving on to the acceptance stage. "Poll Shows Republicans Really Have No Idea What They Want Obama To Do With Russia." Is Obama finally "leading?" After a brief scramble to figure out what happened in the DC elections, MoJo takes us through the other 71 companies suing to block the ACA birth control mandate. A bipartisan Senate group works to rein in executive branch war powers. David Dayen's "How Chase Bank Denying Services to a Condom Shop Is Really About Deregulating Payday Lending." Push-back on Flash Boys from Felix Salmon. Is the market really rigged against everybody?

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

Kagro in the Morning - April 1, 2014

Today's flash news via Twitter: Hobby Lobby's retirement plan invests in contraception manufacturers. Greg Dworkin rounds up Day One of BenghaziCare. More plaudits for Charles Gaba! Douthat is pleased with himself for facing reality. The Senate intelligence committee's report on CIA torture is being leaked/discussed, and it turns out the agency has been "misleading" everyone about it. We already knew the Bush "administration" was using it to try to extract "confessions" of links between Iraq & al Qaeda, and now Cheney says he'd do it all again. One market watcher reminds us that the markets have always been "rigged." TN reporters say they've got documents proving Gov. Haslam tied economic incentives for VW to the outcome of the unionization vote. Why changing fonts might not save the government money after all. And finally, we couldn't completely avoid April Fools' Day.

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

Sheldon Adelson holds his own personal auditions for Republican presidential candidates, where John Nichols notes Chris Christie had to apologize for referring to Israel's "occupied territories," but not for berating teachers. Greg Dworkin joined us for a Last Day of Open Season ACA round-up. But success in getting people covered isn't the same thing as success in getting people to support the new law, for many reasons. After a little chit-chat tour of Iceland, we move on to last night's 60 Minutes story on how high-frequency stock traders rigged the market. Yet another instance in which "economic inequality" isn't just about somebody having more money than you, but rather about having the system tailored to keep it that way, no matter what.

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

Kagro in the Morning - March 28, 2014

Today's morning Twitter buzz: #CancelColbert; Cheney joins the parade of self-exoneration, the retirement of House intelligence committee chair Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI). Also out of Michigan, a story of corruption charges by Dems against Gov. Rick Snyder (R). But first: a five-alarm chit-chat alert, including basketball, the Mason-Dixon line and Dolly Parton. Then, more on "Chesapeake Energy's $5 Billion Shuffle," the amazing story of how it's possible to make money out of thin air when the system happens to set up just right for you to steal if from people! And if owning the government and the courts doesn't do the trick, what about buying the news, like this story says Chevron did in Richmond, CA?

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

Kagro in the Morning - March 27, 2014

Greg Dworkin tells us why getting the metrics wonks (and reporters) want on ACA signups isn't so easy. Seems Krugman and Silver are fighting. Here's "what you need to know." Christie exonerates himself as the 2016 Republican field jockeys for position and 2014 red state Senate Dems stake out positions on ACA fixes. Chit-chat alert: fancy NY hotel now offers "social media concierge service" for your wedding. What exactly is "economic inequality," anyway? Well, for starters, it's about how it screws the poor on welfare (and you, too, since this is taxpayer money), as well as the poor who think they're signing up to become "makers."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:48pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - March 26, 2014

Greg Dworkin caught us up on Charles Gaba's latest sign-up numbers, ACA "fatigue," and Mitch McConnell's Duke gaffe. Joan McCarter joins in, noting the latest tweak to ACA deadlines, and moving on to the DC Circuit's hearing of the Halbig ACA challenge, which brought us to the pressure for blue slip reform and the troubled Surgeon General nomination. Dems are jumping out in front on Social Security expansion, even as Third Way renews its campaign to do the opposite. Congress is back on the "doc fix," and faces more Ukraine aid wrangling. Plus, the administration is openly floating NSA reform. Gee, I wonder why! Speaking of which, how much snooping is your email provider doing?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:40pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - March 25, 2014

Hobby Lobby is on everyone's mind today, as the Court hears oral argument. Armando joins us for a discussion of what's at stake in the case. Breaking news this morning of a shooting at the naval base in Norfolk, VA. Apparently the suspect arrived unarmed and took a gun from a guard there. Now there's a twist. Then, a little more reflection on the "warrior cop" topic, before turning to how Third Way stepped in it with both feet. First, by thinking they could get away with some easy hippie-punching (and finding out they couldn't). And second, by getting trolled by Sheldon Adelson, who just bought their boss. New Hampshire residents are mobilizing in town meetings to push for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. White House wants blue slip reform for judicial nominations.

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

Kagro in the Morning - March 24, 2014

Greg Dworkin joins us for the morning chatter about Hobby Lobby, Nate Silver, Chris Christie, etc., before turning to Radley Balko's latest on his "warrior cop" theme, E.J. Dionne, Mike Konczal and even Greg himself on the persistent Republican fantasy of "voluntarism." Afterwards, we double back on the "warrior cop" issue, and then back to Hobby Lobby for a look at just how wrong this whole thing really is.

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

Kagro in the Morning - March 21, 2014

We begin by exploring the topic of how to stop talking about basketball brackets. Ten minutes later, we have come to no conclusion, and move on to McKay Coppins' look at the conservative book publishing racket, a favorite and long-running topic on the show. "Are You There God? It's Me, Hobby Lobby." The exciting conclusion of David Dayen's "Why the Justice Department Inspector General Report on Mortgage Fraud Matters." Justin Wolfers explains that "Most Americans Who Live Hand-to-Mouth Aren't Actually 'Poor.'" And Greg Sargent reminds us of "The real goal of all those anti-Obamacare ads."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:55pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - March 20, 2014

Join us for the last hours for filling in your brackets! Greg Dworkin tries to put us back on track with a segue into Nate Silver's bracketology, and from there into the various critiques of his new launch. Charles Gaba gets his day in the WaPo. Jen Sorensen's ACA story, in cartoon form, of course. "Is The CDC Planning For A Walking Dead Zombie Apocalypse?" The New England Journal of Medicine swats at the NRA for its opposition to Vivek Murthy for Surgeon General. Bernie Madoff doesn't like your kind of income redistribution. Armando calls in to talk bracketology, and relate it to politics and social commentary, just for the hell of it. We also make some #GunFAIL-based game predictions, take a look at Sarah Palin's promotional materials for her new TV show promotion. CNN explores a new trend in March Man-ness. NSA says tech companies knew about mass data collection.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:48pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - March 19, 2014

Uh-oh. Republicans are doing "outreach" again, and this time it's supposedly millennials they're after. After yet another technical glitch, Greg Dworkin brought us stories of Chris Christie banning Tesla sales in NJ, conservative love for Putin, the Tea Party & Wall St. together again (but it might not matter) and The Hill's screamer headline about ACA rates. Joan McCarter for a chat ranging from coverage of the missing airliner, the CIA/Senate war, S.E. Cupp's advice to Republicans to lie about abortion, fact-checking push-back on the Koch brothers, the Republican healthcare "plan," McConnell gets fundraising help from a conserva-perv, and the NSA wants to classify... it's water bill. Other items: is IRS office politics letting tax cheats go free? David Dayen puts a critical eye on the DoJ IG's report on "mortgage fraud." By which they mean the bad stuff you might be doing. Banks? Well, call the SEC. Not our problem!

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

Kagro in the Morning - March 18, 2014

Another plutocrat lines up to claim that his enormous privilege is just like Nazi persecution. So, lots of economic inequality talk today. Freedom Industries CEO wants to be paid for "work" in bankruptcy. Greg Dworkin takes the reins and explores nothing less than the origin of the universe, even as sequestration threatens to slash science funding. "Science Deniers Are Freaking Out About Cosmos." ACA enrollment passes the 5 million mark. Christie's still toast. Edwin Edwards is back. "Groucho Marx's Republican Party." GA's legislature considers perhaps the craziest new gun law going. Wells Fargo accused of routinely forging mortgage documents. But aren't you victims the real Hitlers here?

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

Kagro in the Morning - March 17, 2014

Yet. Another. Snow day. Greg Dworkin joins us in coming back from a weekend of Crimean voting and Malaysian plane searching to discuss the 2014 Senate outlook, perceptions of the economy and the healthcare system, and the Republican 2016 field. Forbes column says Obamacare is working & its opponents are wrong. Fun! In gun news: that anti-texting FL movie theater shooter was texting in the theater just minutes earlier! Counter to some popular talking points, accidental shootings are on the rise in WA. Weekend open carry protests in TX & AR go off safely, all participants being required to empty their weapons. Lastly, wage theft at Amazon.

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

Kagro in the Morning - March 14, 2014

Trigger warning: A good deal of morning chit-chat today! Medicare pays $172 million for penis pumps, which John Tyler never needed, and someone's trying to beat Amazon to the punch on drone deliveries. Armando joined in the chit-chat, adding to the mix some discussion of controversial new Vox.com hire, and an odd bit about Nate Silver, as well. Turning back to the CIA vs. Senate fight, we're reminded by Ari Melber that the heart of this constitutional crisis isn't actually spying, it's torture. But there's still plenty there for those who prefer the spying hook. Next dot in our connecting exercise: "The Case for Corruption." Finally, one of "3 inconvenient facts that make libertarians' heads explode."

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

Kagro in the Morning - March 13, 2014

The morning's chit-chat topic: Amazon Prime is raising its membership price, though the service has pretty much been a total bust for me, personally. Oh wells! Greg Dworkin poses the "Snowden Effect" question for the Pulitzers, and notes the growing Malaysian airliner mystery, "Americans Stick With Obamacare as Opposition Burns Bright," new research questioning the value of a social media-driven Internet, and a little background on the new proposed overtime regulations. Then it's back to the free-form chit-chat for a bit, analyzing the online information market and... camouflage everything. More on how the overtime pay issue "stuns" the business sector (if you feel you should care), then Joseph Williams' "My Life as a Retail Worker: Nasty, Brutish and Poor."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:26pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - March 12, 2014

We've got to go back to the ongoing CIA/Senate war today, especially with Joan McCarter joining us. Greg Dworkin dropped by first, and we started with that subject, as well as FL-13, the latest WSJ/NBC and Bloomberg polls, Obama's move on overtime pay, and Fernghazi. Joan weighs in on "Ferns" and FL-13 (with help from Bill in Portland Maine) as well, but the bulk of our time (as you might expect) was on the CIA/Senate fight. It's just a constitutional crisis, is all. More on that from The Nation, and a note for our next show on "My Life as a Retail Worker: Nasty, Brutish and Poor."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:10pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - March 11, 2014

Top Twitter talk of the day: President Obama on Zach Galifiniakis' "Between Two Ferns." Greg Dworkin discusses, and rounds up the New Yorker's profile of Peter Lanza, a big drop in the health care price index, the latest centrism/whatever tract, Boonstra debunked again, and a study showing pols vastly overestimate their constituents' conservatism. (A built-in boost for Tea Partiers?) Then, a little Twitter-watching of Sen. Feinstein's latest complaints against the CIA. And Ian Reifowitz to discuss "Why are so many conservative politicians brandishing guns?", and his entry in the "how do we move Dems left" sweepstakes.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:20pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - March 10, 2014

It's Daylight Savings Time, which of course means we wake up in the dark again, because the daylight industry is passing all the savings on to the Cayman Islands. Greg Dworkin is back, and he shines some of that saved daylight on "4 Myths About Daylight Saving Time," and new data on the drop in the numbers of uninsured. Team 26's latest Ride on Washington is underway, a few pieces on CPAC as it wrapped up, and Kevin Drum's "George Bush Lost an Entire Generation for the Republican Party." Zaid Jilani's illuminating piece, "How Working in Washington Taught Me We're All A Little Like RT America." George Zimmerman tries his hand at peddling autographs at gun shows. Ian Millhiser on what a legit "religious liberty" claim really looks like. Galt Lake City? A private SLC neighborhood wants the city to take over maintaining their streets.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:22pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - March 7, 2014

Developments in the Oscar Pistorius trial are interesting, in what the reveal about "gun culture" without borders. FAT (Frequently Asserted Trolling) on GunFAIL, including the accidents versus negligence controversy, and what to say to the swimming pool trope. Other topics: Issa vs. Cummings; "Disarmed: How Cities Are Losing the Power to Regulate Guns"; Paul Ryan, brown bag lunches, and poverty tautologies; wacko Alaskan Republican tut-tuts sex havers; McConnell strains under the weight of a rifle; that Oscar "selfie"; and is all this Bitcoin theft a sign that the time is right for Operation Privateers of the Caribbean?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:43pm EDT

CPAC 2014 is underway. Big day for volcanoes, giant sodas, incandescent light bulbs, 7 foot tall doctors, etc. Monte Frank of Team 26 joined us to announce this weekend's Sandy Hook Ride On Washington. Lots more discussion of the battle royal shaping up between the Senate Intelligence Committee and the CIA over the watchers having watched the watchers' watchers. Are SSCI staffers in Snowden's shoes? And will it all fizzle in the end, the Congress not much liking what it sees in the abyss?


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

Kagro in the Morning - March 5, 2014

We start with a peek at what's happening on the House floor today, including the latest stupidly-named Republican attempt at repealing Obamacare. Michele Bachmann is very sad that American Jews aren't doing her Christian bidding. The CIA apparently thought it was a good idea to monitor the computers used by Senate staffers conducting an investigation into... the CIA. Next, GunFAIL "Where Are They Now?" featuring a two-time FAIL-er who's made the news again, this time for a pipe bomb. Freedom! Joan McCarter checks in on the CIA story, ACA Medicaid expansion, Lindsey Graham's Beghazi freakout, Harry Reid takes it to the Kochs on the Senate floor, and the ongoing minimum wage and immigration fights. And, a quick look at Dalia Lithwick's "'Stand Your Ground' Nation."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:14pm EDT

Kagro in the Morning - March 4, 2014

Greg Dworkin's update includes bits on Ukraine; new WaPo polling showing Dem advantages on most issues, but don't expect that to change much for November; another shows the majority of the minority thinks it's the majority; and a little more Bridgegate speculation. Rand Paul moves to lock in at least one government paycheck for himself. The UK official in charge of Internet porn filters is arrested on Internet porn charges. Obamacare gives the economy a boost. Fake TV chef shows if you're wearing the right uniform, Very Serious People will believe anything you say. LA gang members turn up as fighters in Syria. Anti-gay Boy Scout defectors caught in photo of a one-in-a-million coincidence!

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

Kagro in the Morning - March 3, 2014

Greg Dworkin rounds up helpful Ukraine backgrounders, Forbes helps business types understand the value of being a decent human being, one professor's question, "When May I Shoot a Student?" and Ross Douthat's "surrender." Was the GWB lane closure supposed to set up Christie as a hero? Bunnygirl60 discusses her enormously popular diary, "Obamacare Small Business Goldmine."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:50pm EDT

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 EDT

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.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:10pm EDT

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.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:19pm EDT

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.


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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:43pm EDT

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.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:45pm EDT

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 EDT

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.

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