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Kagro in the Morning - February 27, 2015

A lot of the major themes of the show have been reaffirmed over the past 24 hours or so. The NYT channels Greg Dworkin in declaring that Chris Christie is toast. Byron York channels Armando in saying that if the King plaintiffs succeed, Republicans will be like the dog that catches the car. But the real meat of the show was the discussion of the issues wrapped up in the Roosevelt Institute's Financialization Project. What is it? Lydia DePillis at the Washington Post explains, and Armando joins in riffing on it. We made an attempt to bring it back around to Aaron Schock's latest problems, and how they all grew out of his office décor denialism, but were really more indicative of class privilege and perhaps a shallow understanding of our faulty financial "policy consensus." And we also noted this important and always-relevant Dave Johnson post, "Reagan Revolution Home To Roost — In Charts," the must-see visual aid for today's discussion.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 26, 2015

CPAC is "in town," by which we mean not in town. They're at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, which is not made up and is not in Washington, DC. But they are up to all their old tricks, like accusing reporters of Photoshopping anything that might be embarrassing. Aaron Schock is in hot water again, and it's not even tea time. Armando chimes in with yet another great point on King v. Burwell: conservatives now are basically complaining that Obamacare lets states make too many decisions. Nevada nutbar Michele Fiore says baking soda cures cancer. Is it because she'd like her home health care company to be able to administer such a treatment? Prison privateers have a new way to plunder from prisoners: video visitation. Gun laws and the new nullification craze. Yet another BillO lie exposed. Gop primary voters hate the Constitution. Bioethicist asks why gun issues are taboo on the campaign trail.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 25, 2015

Morning chatter: 69% of Republicans don't think Obama loves America. GunFAIL on Fruit of the Loom Drive. Greg Dworkin rounds up the polling news on flavor-of-the-month Scott Walker. Bob Ehrlich has started showing up in New Hampshire. Hey, we're "just asking" the "Is Obama Christian?" question. Will Walker's record matter? Can Rubio sneak back into the game? Closure on the Toronto Star's HPV story. Nevada legislator infamous for "young, hot little girls" remark goes full d3Rp. CNN gives us the Glenn Beck's chalkboard version of the latest Bill O'Reilly factcheck. Joan McCarter brings us back to reality, noting Gop disarray over the looming DHS shutdown, the latest on the Netanyahu debacle, what comes after King v. Burwell, and the Senate parliamentarian says no to repeal through reconciliation.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 24, 2015

Greg Dworkin notes how Bill O'Reilly has made his situation worse. And other conservatives do the same. Even as some take the denialism road. Jeb crowds out Marco. Christie: still toast. Wingnut debate to be "moderated" by... a wingnut. Why Walker might look better on paper than in real life. Mitch McConnell pitches caving on DHS as a masterstroke, and Joe Manchin buys in. Another "sharing economy" idea that sounds like it depends on "disrupting" some otherwise sensible regulations: package delivery. Small government conservatives use ALEC to call "no backsies" on devolution. In the closing minutes: teasing Armando's favorite constitutional hardball idea, court-packing.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 23, 2015

Greg Dworkin says Giuliani is still in the news, so we might as well have a look at what he's up to. John McCain doesn't love America. Chris Christie, still toast. Political bias of workers by profession, and a look at doctors' political leanings by specialty. An interesting way for remaining holdouts to grasp "white privilege." What's next for health care reform? Vax news roundup. Armando takes the wheel, discussing the latest in the "who loves America" wars. Rick Scott says any health coverage lost in the King case isn't his problem. Five minutes to address racial inequality in the US. Go! For a bunch of paranoids, pro-gun legislators can be a curiously optimistic bunch. What exactly are we delineating when we refer to "the self-proclaimed Islamic State?" Inspired by a preview of today's After Show, we pick up on the topic of politically connected, ultra-conservative educational endowments.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 20, 2015

A PA school cop accidentally discharges his gun in school. Again. It's the 5th time since Sandy Hook that armed primary or secondary school personnel have accidentally shot themselves or discharged their weapons on school property. Versus zero active shooters stopped. Ben Carson says A.P. U.S. history will make kids want to sign up for ISIS. Wayne Barrett beats the living $#*% out of Giuliani. We also look at Barrett's 2007 bashing of his inflated 9/11 resume, and a leading indicator of his rejection by The Village. Armando joined in the latest round of Giuliani-bashing, and some more parsing of the Texas federal judge's order blocking immigration action. Rosalyn MacGregor returns with a new Michigan politics update. What motivated the Walmart wage hike? And will those raises really reach workers' wallets?

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Kagro in the Morning - February 19. 2015

The morning's Twitter chatter was all about the repugnant Rudolph "Noun, Verb, Dog Whistle" Giuliani, the Walmart wage hike. And yesterday: the MI woman who accidentally killed herself adjusting her bra holster. Greg Dworkin has plenty to add on Giuliani, then wraps up the Jeb news, polling on the 2016 field, and Oklahoma's A.P. derp. Armando filled in for a bit, and had more for us on Giuliani, plus more analysis of the Texas case blocking executive action on immigration and how it plays in Congress. FYI: the ISIS thinkpiece collection. The crazy idiots think they've seen a "gang sign" again. Some Gop-ers wring their hands over scam fundraising. Gun advocates latch on a new argument for arming campuses, and it's a subject they're great at handling: rape.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 18, 2015

We sandwiched regular guests Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter in between some particularly astonishing GunFAIL follow-ups today. Why won't Obama lead? Oh, he's leading? Well, why won't he lead someone else? A 2016 polling roundup. Oklahoma lawmakers love teh dum. A look at the Dem side of the 2016 spectrum vs. the Gop side. Obamacare signups pass 11 million. Trey Gowdy wants more special investigative committees. More discussion of the crumbling King case. Stuff I don't like is the new treason. Still on the verge of a DHS shutdown. Jeb's "his own man." And Republicans are getting the voter suppression band back together, too.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 17, 2015

Greg Dworkin has the serious scientific and medical news of the day: GMO spider venom may be the next Viagra, and; is it OK for docs to Google patients? In politics: 2016 frontrunners & what the Gop base can do about it. Armando briefly considers the standing questions surrounding the King case, then turns to the order of the federal judge in Texas that purports to block President Obama's immigration executive actions. There's more to it than just the derp. Jeb Bush's e-mail dump was apparently full of viruses, too. Random sampling: an old Ian Millhiser piece on why today's Tea Party would have hated George Washington. Republicans' intra-party DHS stalemate leads us to another filibuster reform moment. Who's paying back whom, for which tyranny?

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

Kagro in the Morning - February 16, 2015

A cold start to Presidents' Day! Greg Dworkin rounds up news on the "constitutional carry" campaign in TX, early state polling updates, the Bush-Schiavo story catching fire, Kansas continues to go to hell but must cut its handbasket budget, What ISIS Really Wants, a big weekend in measles and vaccination stories and how general science denialism ironically uses free inquiry as a stalking horse. Herd immunity and labor unions. The 10th child under 15 accidentally shot & killed this year. How did the legal system handle last year's 10th child? The year's first gun show accident, at a big NRA event. Armando discusses some Rick Perry derp, some terrible vaccine reporting, the continuing MoDo disappointment, and the reexamining of the Libya aftermath. Finally, the gun incident no one could have predicted: a gun fired in a fraternity fight at the University of Georgia.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 13, 2015

Today's morning chatter: RBG becomes even more notorious. TX considers loosening gun laws while Texans play loose with their guns. Armando joined in for a wide-ranging discussion, including: RBG's marriage equality comments; the ongoing travesty of King v. Burwell; the curious tradition of FITN caucuses and primaries, and; journalist Murtaza Hussain's comments about the Chapel Hill murders. Chris Christie draws yet more scrutiny, this time on casinos and gaming. Post-snowpocalyptic life in Boston. FBI Dir. Comey steps out on race & policing. Things get wacky with Kitzhaber. KY's biblical theme park loses its tax breaks. NBC polling on the ISIS AUMF. And the Daily Caller is caught out, sending email solicitations for someone they once called a "fraudster."

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Kagro in the Morning - February 12, 2015

More to discuss on the Chapel Hill shooting case and the concept of hate crimes. Greg Dworkin's APR has all the links updating the Toronto Star HPV vaccine story, charting the 2016 Gop candidates. What if OR Gov. Kitzhaber resigns? Greg found a guy who thinks Republicans have a health care plan. Armando discusses the Scott Walker "punt" on evolution & conservative shoulder shrugging over it, and the hate crime angle in the Chapel Hill murders. Philly to host the 2016 DNC. Study says everyone cheats, but the rich do it for themselves while the poor do it for others.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:51pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - February 11, 2015

We're once again forced to open the show with an acknowledgement of outrageous gun violence. Greg Dworkin joined us for morning chatter on Jon Stewart & Brian Williams. Jeb Bush is down with the young people! And the identity thieves. The vaccine and measles story finally expands to include Gardacil, and more controversy. Joan McCarter dropped in to discuss state Medicaid expansions, who'd lose the biggest if subsidies disappear, the collapsing King case, and the enormous implications of the new AUMF against ISIS. Also, state secrets strike again. And Joni Ernst didn't say this crazy thing.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 10, 2015

The morning's Twitter chatter: Axelrod's book says Obama wasn't forthcoming with his personal views on marriage equality. Conservatives once again can't help invoking rape. Greg Dworkin finds some chatter of his own, thanks to Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Brian Williams. Old school journo grouses about Vox. Is Walker too extreme for the Gop? How one word could save Obamacare. Nobody wants King to succeed. Running against Obamacare where it's working. This morning's measles news roundup. Armando weighs in on the latest King case stories, and we discuss how & why compromises like state exchanges and smaller stimulus bills happened in the first place, including some juicy rules esoterica! Later, King gets even stranger, with a WSJ piece questioning the basic stories & standing of each of the named plaintiffs. Still more about how the case is collapsing, from The Week. Evan Bayh's DC house is for sale. And it's Joni Ernst's turn to explain/lose (I guess) the "combat veteran" argument.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 9, 2015

Roy Moore thinks he holds sway in Alabama. Gun protestors offer us a thousand words worth of what's wrong with their schtick. Greg Dworkin has praise for the Vox interview with the president, polls on Obama & the economy and the 2016 race, some vaccine debate news, and the collapse of McConnell's DHS strategy. And after deciding not to talk about Brian Williams, we talk about Brian Williams. But only because Jay Rosen has interesting things to say. Armando joined in to discuss Roy Moore's lawlessness, the continuing deterioration of the "norms" of governance, and its connection to the filibuster, which President Obama had some comments on. Controversy swirls around the governor & first lady in Oregon. And a bold editorial out of Idaho on guns.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:15pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - February 6, 2015

Lots of excitement over new jobs numbers this morning. Aaron Schock is still in the news, having sold land way above market value to a campaign donor. Chris Christie's Port Authority chairman is under investigation for some serious favor trading with United Airlines. Meteor Blades made a surprise visit to give us a fuller picture of the jobs numbers, and the latest legislative gun nuttery. Next, we consider "Confessions of a congressman." White privilege meets the Super Bowl. (Remember this story?) Wyoming's proposed loosening of gun standards sounds terrible, too, and contains a special, secret surprise! And, one reason one might be comfortable with armed police, but not so much with random armed strangers.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 5, 2015

The Utah state legislature has selected its commemorative firearm for the 2015 session, and... the Utah state legislature issues commemorative firearms! Greg Dworkin has another roundup of the day's top vaccination news, including the reversal of Autism Speaks. In 2016 news, Rand Paul hires yet another controversial aide, Scott Walker breaks out (but weirdly  embroils himself in a manufactured state issue), Jeb wrestles with the pandering mandate, and Jindal's health care idea bombs. Armando joins in for an extended discussion of the many, many dangers inherent in SCOTUS consideration of King v. Burwell.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 4, 2015

Vaccines are still an issue, but Sen. Thom Tillis ups the game, saying freedom demands personal choice on hand washing after using the bathroom. Greg Dworkin rounds up the public health news. Apparently there are polls, and they say Hillary Clinton is popular, especially with millennials. Jeb Bush opposed his brother's auto bailout, but was OK with the Wall St. bailout, maybe because that's how he buttered his bread. Aaron Schock, Downton Abbey lover, opposes PBS funding. Oh, and also has spent a considerable amount of taxpayer money on decorating, including (gasp!)... granite countertops! Joan McCarter discusses the House Republicans' 56th ACA repeal vote, what the King case puts in the balance, the latest in the battle for net neutrality, and that the press has rediscovered how to use the word "filibuster!" Open carry activists are back at the brand hijacking game.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:37pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - February 3, 2015

We're still on vaccines, and Greg Dworkin rounds up the news and polls. Christie keeps toasting. On point: Armando directs us to the holding of the 1905 Supreme Court ruling in Jacobson v Massachusetts. It's on a lot of points, actually. Why a partisan divide on vaccination would be a disaster. How might private insurers deal with this? The ACA? Aaron Schock's crazy-ass new office décor, and the multitude of things wrong with it. Some crazy guy tweets something terrible about how poors should just stop doing poor stuff. Not that easy, though, when rich people steal all the good stuff.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 3:06pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - February 2, 2015

Greg Dworkin helps round up the latest vaccine nonsense news. Chris Christie takes a balanced approach to blowing up Twitter. Sarah Palin is also toast. Also. Texas school kid suspended for sorcery (sort of). The weird story of the Bellamy salute. Battling over the President's budget, explained. A preview of the Commonwealth Fund's slide show presentation on cutting health care costs. Privilege and America's "hereditary meritocracy." Speaking of which, Jeb Bush smoked pot in prep school but everything worked out for him because merit. A series of diaries from pajoly, from next door to a Florida front yard "gun range."

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