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Kagro in the Morning - January 30, 2015

TX bill would let teachers kill to stop property damage. Meanwhile Texans insist on disrupting Muslim Capitol Day. Dan Froomkin laughs at Sharyl Attkinson. Jeb Bush loves to abuse executive power. Arrested for resisting the very same arrest. Worse, it's a lawyer trying to stop police from questioning her clients. A not-so-good cop, at that. Armando weighs in on that subject, and the new Gop love for judicial activism. Still more on self-dealing among super PACs. Open Carry Texas suggests legislators they intimidate... ought to get guns. Speaking of scam PACs, Huckabee's PAC paid his family members $400K. Which reminds us that the Huckabees once asked supporters to furnish their home. Because such regular people. No charges in the GunFAIL death of a 3-year-old Michigan boy, because the parents say they didn't know that the boy knew they kept a loaded pistol between their mattress and box spring. Oh well.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:48pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 29, 2015

Cliven Bundy's son arrested again. Armed felon TX Walmart gunshot wound something, something. Greg Dworkin recaps the APR, and notes Huckabee catching flak over Fox's "trashy women," Fox pundits getting Obamacare wrong, how Scott Walker is uniquely positioned to employ the Gop's base-only strategy, the Tea Party already itching for more primaries, the story of "Bibi's Brain," and more measles worries. The in-depth wrap up on "scam PACs", with which Media Matters helps fill in some important blanks. The super-rich are planning their escapes, and blaming inequality on other people's capitalism.

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

Kagro in the Morning - January 28, 2015

Greg Dworkin re-enacts his Abbreviated Pundit Roundup for radio. Charlie Cook's 2016 brackets. AL's first openly gay legislator says she'll expose marriage equality opponents who've had affairs. And AL's Chief Justice Roy Moore doesn't believe in courts. Reid trolls McConnell. Why won't the Koch brothers stop leading? Good reasons not to vaccinate. "The Netenyahu Disaster." Is it baffling that MMA fighting is illegal in NY? Gun rights versus property rights, again. Can't get a PB&J into school, but unvaccinated kids, A-OK! A closer look at "The rise of 'scam PACs.'" Joan McCarter visits to update us on the Loretta Lynch confirmation hearing, new unilateral subpoena rules in House committees, the latest Gop governors trying to disguise their Medicaid expansions, and Idaho's "Add the Words" human rights campaign.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:16pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 27, 2015

It's the day after a blizzard that wasn't everything it was cracked up to be. Greg Dworkin checked in with a polling update. Also: the rent really was too damn high; Scam PACs; accumulating evidence that King v. Burwell is crap; the Obama popularity game; losing parents to Fox; Mike Pence says he'll get his own damn press; Iran sanctions; Gop tries to pin inequality on Obama; and a collection of articles on the anti-vaxxer backlash. From the intersection of surveillance & technology: the license plate scanning database and the White House drone crash. Armando discusses the hollow King reasoning & the political SCOTUS.

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

With the great blizzard on its way, Greg Dworkin dashed in briefly to share headlines of Charles Blow's son's encounter with police, Everybody Hates Chris Christie, Steve King's Iowa clown show. Is Markos running for Congress? Better question: why would I read that article instead of just asking him? Breitbart World slapfight! How long will Mitch McConnell's open amendment pledge last? It's already over. And Republicans are already considering their own filibuster changes. On a related note: the legal & political backstory on the 20-week abortion ban.

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

Kagro in the Morning - January 23, 2015

The owner of most of the Arabian peninsula, Mr. Saud, has died. Since he was a king, that's important. Mrs. Windsor, though, knows how to deal with these fellows. (And good on her for keeping her name, by the way.) Armando joins in to discuss Marco Rubio's prospects, Ben Carson's past health care views, and who'll show up at the Steve King bonkers circus. Some follow-up to yesterday's gun-in-a-Walmart story. 2016 field elevator pitches. The Gop can't stay out of the rape minefield. And here is why.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:32pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 22, 2015

Greg Dworkin rounds up top stories of the day. Mike Huckabee & cultural resentment. NY State Assembly Speaker arrested. Good economic news in housing. Way-too-early polling says Hillary's got a huge lead. House anti-abortion bill briefly derailed. More on the measles. Armando takes the wheel on Sheldon Silver & NY political machines. A white "vigilante" tackles (and puts in a choke hold) a black FL man he spotted carrying a (legal) concealed gun into Walmart. We're back on cake controversies. Deflate-gate: has "too big to fail" arrived in the NFL? Undercover NJ State Trooper used to photograph protestors at Christie event.

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

Kagro in the Morning - January 21, 2015

It's all about the State of the Union today, plus the fifty-seven responses. Greg Dworkin rounds up SOTU news, reactions and analysis. Christie may be toast, but he keeps his social media team busy. And their distribution list secret. Disney workers coming down with measles. Chronic Lyme news: Real Housewife, Fake Disease. Boston heart surgeon shot by disgruntled patient. A spate of fatal accidental kid shootings gives us lots to examine. Joan McCarter was on the ground in Boise for President Obama's visit, but also, because she lives there. She reviews SOTU highlights and reactions, as well as the Gop response, and what's on tap in Congress, like KXL, Social Security. 2016 hopefuls summoned before the Koch brothers. Why the CDC isn't researching gun violence.

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

Kagro in the Morning - January 20, 2015

Greg Dworkin rounds up a long weekend's worth of stories. Dinesh D'Souza thinks he's MLK. A look back at the real man's work, his contemporary opposition, and today's tributes. SOTU previews from critics and others. Why the Gop still has no health care policy. Congressional Gop's "secret weapon" bypasses the filibuster, which used to be awesome at guaranteeing the Founders' intent, etc. Polling updates on the 2016 field, plus issues. Santorum Etch-a-Sketches his family's immigration history, and the microscopes turn to Jeb. And Billmon reads the electorate. Lauren Mayer's "Welcome Back, Mitter!" Politico's "The Myth Behind Defensive Gun Ownership" entices Armando to call in on a range of gun-related issues, American Sniper and more. Another super-conservative caught doing pretty much everything she condemns.

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

Kagro in the Morning - January 16, 2015

We didn't have Greg with us this morning, but we did have his list of headlines. "Soft power" plans at the Republican retreat. Sarah Palin re-re-launches TV show. And it's spelled wrong. MI Gov. Snyder vetoes a Republican gun bill. Updating CT's first-in-nation sick days law. New Jerseyans say Christie's nothing special, at best. Scott Walker is in. So's Perry. And Ted Cruz makes it harder for everyone. Saud-ish blogger gets temporary reprieve. Remember all that stuff about "bending the curve" on health care? Here's some bent ones. Midwestern Republicans do immigration differently. Rosalyn MacGregor says Republicans coincidentally have another wildly bigoted wacko rising in their ranks: MI RNC member Dave Agema. What part of "shall not be infringed" do I not understand? The part that takes three weeks to teach that. Lastly, a KITM-style parsing of a report that the White House knew about the CIA's Senate snooping.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:57pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 15, 2015

Wake up, Idaho! TSA caught someone trying to board a flight with a circular saw in Pocatello the other day. TX gun enthusiasts run a Charlie Hebdo shooting simulation with an armed civilian in the office. Everyone still died. Pretty much what ABC's 20/20 found more than five years ago. Yet another accidental shooting in a Walmart. Still more TX gun enthusiasts tip their hand while lobbying for their favorite gun bill. Joan McCarter dropped by to defend Idaho, and round up happenings in Congress including Wall St. deregulation, undermining Social Security, the possible future of the filibuster, and how Daily Kos is helping keep Dems in line. Also, the meaningless but fun Jason Chaffetz vs. Darrell Issa portrait battle. Even post-conviction, justice is a different game for the rich and/or powerful.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:33pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 14, 2015

Geez, Ted Cruz had a thin resume when he first became Texas Solicitor General. Oh, and he had some booze in his car when he was a teenager. Greg Dworkin says nobody's buying Mitt 3.0. Republicans in disarray! And rounds up the Charlie Hebdo (and Dieudonné) news. The most French thing ever? The doc who championed hand washing & how they got rid of him. Do workplace wellness programs work? For whom? Armando takes the reins for further discussion of the Charlie Hebdo issues. Then, the conclusion of "Fundamentalist wrath."

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

Kagro in the Morning - January 13, 2015

First order of business today: Denounce the stupidity of lingering over the "issue" of President Obama not going to Paris. Second order of business: Explain this stance for over an hour. Third: Invite Armando to join in doing so. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) calls for an investigation of Chris Christie's gang rifling the E-ZPass files of political enemies. Antonio Weiss withdraws his bid for a top Treasury job. Mitt Romney is totes serious, and it'll be different this time. Columbus brought out the riot cops after Ohio State won the national championship game, but only to control the "revelers." Paul Waldman's "note" on Obama & the Paris march. Parsing the issues and factors in "Fundamentalist wrath."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:57pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 12, 2015

Greg Dworkin leads discussion (in which Armando joins) of Charlie Hebdo reactions, and the many & varying issues swirling around them, around the world & right here at home on Daily Kos. Also discussed: the attempt to make a political issue of President Obama's non-attendance at the Paris demonstration. DA who declined to indict over the Eric Garner death says no talking about it. The filibuster and "getting things done." A small collection of GunFAIL stories that show how divided we are even on the definitions of the things we're "debating." And let's all give Chris Christie control of the NSA & drones, because he's already using government to spy on political enemies.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:12pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 9, 2015

We take a look back at the Republican House's kick-off failure with their initial attempt at passing Dodd-Frank rollbacks. Uber's latest venue for its scofflaw schemes business expansions plans: Boise, ID. "Confessions of a former TSA officer." Joan McCarter checked in after the holiday break, updating us on the Gop's desperate desire to kick people off insurance, and even ruin it for anyone who can afford to keep it when they're done. And that she'd gotten a little talking to from the mayor of Boise, too! We also talk KXL, and Ted Cruz vs. Mitch McConnell for true control of the Senate.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 3:02pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 8, 2015

Greg Dworkin collects the day's headlines, esoterica, and his picks for best & worst of reactions from the right. The House wastes no time in failing to govern (but we're OK with it, and explain how it happened). Weird news: obit for a forger. Pollsters find more "independents" than ever, yet no less partisanship. Probably because B.S. How Europeans relate to their Muslim populations. Comparing the NAACP bombing news. Armando shares stories on Saxby Chambliss' becoming a not-lobbyist, and the newest front in Chris Christie's War on Toast, and the various nuances of the day's free speech issues. Texas open carry advocates split over tactics, and it's sort of entertaining. Finally, we begin reading through James Fallows' "The Tragedy of the American Military."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:06pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 7, 2015

Top of the headlines this morning: terrorist attacks on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, and also at the Colorado Springs offices of the NAACP. Greg Dworkin rounds up a wide range of stories. Sleds, not open carry guns, banned. Fallout & follow-up on the Speaker's race. The world learns who Kirby Delauter is, and then makes fun of him. SCOTUS & the fate of the ACA. The arcana of defining full-time work. Congress kicks off with Volker rule repeal & undermining Social Security. VT still working on getting a governor. Christie continues being toast. Armando comments on events in Paris, Kirby Delauter's confusion, dynamic budget scoring, and gets his daily licks in on Christie. A closer & more critical reading of Mick Mulvaney's fascinating narrative on his vote for Boehner. Lindsey Graham does another extremely weird thing. More detail on the Walmart shooting: the purse & the gun tell us more about what was going on.

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

Kagro in the Morning - January 6, 2015

Greg Dworkin's roundup: Americans not feeling the change; Gop abandoning its "40 hour" bait & switch; McConnell takes over in the Senate; dropping oil prices; closing GTMO; Huckabee-mentum; Harvard Ideas on Health Care Hit Home, Hard. We discuss some of the lesser-known mechanics of convening a new Congress, starting with the designation of the Dean of the House. Chris Moody's list of "Don'ts" for new Members. The Speaker race. Explainer: Gop still won't let delegates vote. Armando shows up to claim due credit for his focus on Chris Christie yesterday. Seems we have an issue! What do you do when a friend brings a gun to your party? Screw all regulations, ever! Permit-less pavilion built for woman killed in GunFAIL collapses in high winds. David Duke's platform is now Louisiana's mainstream.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:30pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 5, 2015

New Year's Eve is always a big night for "celebratory gunfire," so there's a lot of GunFAIL to catch up on. And of course, there's the drinking, which doesn't help things. Greg Dworkin rounds up headlines on gun access and mentally ill teens, and the second NYPD funeral. Environmental regulations don't cost as much as thought. The long, long view on the economy. Huckabee-mania, and playing for the base. Polling on the ACA, Afghanistan. In crazy science/spycraft news: you can enhance photos to see the reflections in a subject's corneas, and even reconstruct fingerprints. The family of the mom shot by her 2-year-old in Walmart still insists she made no mistakes, and "experts" can't seem to find them, either. But area papers seem to be waking up to reality. Iowa has its own problems, but local experts reflecting on them come up with nothing. Armando just couldn't let Chris Christie's football (and his brother's Facebook) antics go unremarked-upon! Plus, we talk about the so-far-unexciting primary pre-season, and a forgotten element of critical filibuster reform that's expiring.

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