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Kagro in the Morning - April 30, 2015

Greg Dworkin joins us, with Baltimore still dominating the headlines, and Baltimore mom still being debated. Sanders is in, facing long odds as expected, but along with O'Malley, adding to the bigger picture. Back to the subject of mass protest, a cop reportedly tells a NYC crowd "If we could arrest all of you we might." What if they could? What if we kept giving police the tools to get closer and closer to that? Or what if we gave them tools that let them track or even punish protesters they can't physically arrest? Aren't we doing that right now? Do we even know who's tracking us at this point? Mike Lee says he can do something about it. But can he? Can anyone? Hell, the Senate couldn't even really manage to curtail their own powers (as with the zombie "secret hold"). How can they expect to curtail executive power that claims it's unrestrainable? Should we be worried that it hasn't been that long since George Bush claimed it, and now his brother's running?

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

Kagro in the Morning - APril 29, 2015

Apparently, Bill Kristol invokes Hitler a lot. And he's terrible on Baltimore. Cable news coverage once again found wanting. Crazy Texans get crazy governor to do crazy thing. SCOTUS hears death penalty cases with issues in play as broad as they are deep. Liberia kicks out homeopaths there to experiment with Ebola "cures." Bernie Sanders is in. Grousing to follow. How does the 2016 field stack up historically in terms of endorsements? Can governors running in 2016 walk the tightrope? A roundup of marriage equality items. Joan McCarter discusses the issues of the day, plus the latest budget hang-ups, the Gop's Obamacare fix-vs.-repair conundrum, and Rick Scott's continuing Medicaid suit drama. Secret recording surfaces of Robert Bates, bragging about using Sheriff's Dept. connections to do favors for friends, and harass enemies.

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

Kagro in the Morning - April 28, 2015

Baltimore dominates the morning headlines, so Greg Dworkin points us first to Ta-Nehisi Coates. Shifting gears, three views on guns, from scientists, the public, and the government. And there's always the view that just rejects reality, as with the ACA & the pundits of doom. Baltimore's mayor botches a line & the right goes bonkers. An area teacher's Facebook post offers an alternative story of the descent into violence. Remarkable comments from an Orioles exec. Tulsa Sheriff finds a scapegoat. Study: Gun ownership and uncontrollable anger go hand in hand. But there's more. What if I told you that guns actually spray copious amounts of a powerful neurotoxin known to spark anger and impulse control issues? Crazy, right? Well, what if I told you the neurotoxin was... lead? The app that tells gun enthusiasts how to find the homes of people they think are anti-gun.

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

Kagro in the Morning - April 27, 2015

Turns out there's some minor interest in Jeb's SuperPAC after all, though Greg Dworkin notes Nate Silver's comment on what Jeb's money hasn't done for him so far. Marco Rubio becomes flavor of the month. Jeb stumbles into a pro-"death panel" stance. Polling on Iran, marriage equality. W thinks he should be heard on the Middle East. Speaking of marriage equality, arguments before SCOTUS tomorrow. In anticipation of the arguments, or more precisely, the mechanics of the coming decision, Armando joins the discussion, and adds observations on both conservative and liberal aspersions against Clinton. And of course, we end up getting all theoretical about the political role of the Court.

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

Kagro in the Morning - April 24, 2015

Greg Dworkin rounds up the traditional media's "smoke/fire" takes on Clinton, not to mention the weird deals feeding those smoky/hot takes. Oh, plus also some more Benghazi. Even the Gop's "fresh faces" are stuck pretending to be old faces. Analyzing the 2016 fundamentals. Thank God someone in the press finally tells Hillary how to Clinton. Rosalyn MacGregor notes MI voters soon head to the polls on a critical sales tax & roads proposal. The Clinton Rules are back. (If they ever left.) The 10-vote gap between the Lynch cloture & confirmation votes, explained. Can hipsters make unions retro cool? While we're asking, can they make corporate governance retro cool, too?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:07pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - April 23, 2015

Interesting mix we put together today! NC warns people near Duke Energy plants not to drink their water, though they're still not allowed to "stand their ground" against Duke, I guess. Armando brings us back to electoral politics, with questions about why the keen press curiosity about the Clinton Foundation seems to be missing with respect to, for instance, Jeb Bush's SuperPAC, which of course is not supposed to be connected with Jeb in the first place, but whatevs. The latest from Tulsa: investigators concluded in 2009 that "reserve deputy" Robert Bates had received special treatment during training and in the field, telling deputies who questioned his actions "that he could do what he wanted, and that anyone who had a problem with him should go see the sheriff." Well, it was nice while it lasted, America. Who should bear the costs of fast food restaurant robberies? Surprise! Franchise owners say the employees should!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:08pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - April 22, 2015

Greg Dworkin notes Obama's trip to the Everglades to talk about climate change, which you're not allowed to say in Florida; Rick Scott's anti-Obamacare "tantrum," and Scott Walker squanders his first opening. Ted Cruz as college debate dick. Will [X] make more Jewish-Americans vote Republican? Still no. Joan McCarter visits to bring us up to speed on the Senate trafficking bill/Lynch nomination deal, Patriot Act reauthorization, TPP Fast Track, Ron Johnson's idea of delaying Obamacare-swiping until after his next election, more on Rick Scott's tantrum/lawsuit, and Trey Gowdy's decision to drop a Benghazi report in the middle of the 2016 election. Finally, Stephen Wolf's "The richest 0.01 percent of Americans gave 42 percent of political donations in 2012," and how the NRA may be evading federal campaign law.

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

Kagro in the Morning - April 21, 2015

Today's gun conversation: certain people are pretty sure they are super-awesome at convincing their kids not to touch guns. So that problem's solved! Greg Dworkin rounds up polling news, where Clinton dominates all comers. The Village is unsurprised. Warren's message gets required acknowledgement. Does Huckabee matter? Christie still toast, loses allies, with no McCain "comeback" in the cards. Docs want Dr. Oz out. Where did this 420 thing come from? The exciting conclusion of "The Free-Market Fantasy," plus a brief peek at the cold roots of libertarianism. A follow-up to the "pattern recognition" discussion sparked by the FBI crime lab news: right or wrong, our brains are hard wired for this.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:34pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - April 20, 2015

Guy who flew his gyrocopter into DC to protest big money in politics is baffled as to how people have become distracted from his message. Lazy, shiftless workers skip out on their jobs. Oh, I mean, patriotic first responders express "safety concerns." Big story of the day: for decades, the FBI's crime lab techs helped convict defendants based on seriously flawed hair "matching" analyses. But the flaws are way, way bigger than the analyses themselves! Arliss Bunny helps us explain why. Did Tulsa Co. falsify Robert Bates' training records? The records he's provided don't actually measure up. It's no surprise that the wealthy want/need the rest of us to think of free markets as "natural." Just how far off the mark might that be?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:02pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - April 17, 2015

We took a time-traveling, patchwork approach to today's show. If you only heard the show live, check out the <strong>extended podcast version</strong> & see what we mean! First, some discussion of the exploding scandal of the Tulsa County, OK "reserve deputy" program. Then, Meteor Blades checks in with an update on the Iran deal and the related Congressional maneuverings, plus a heads-up on the fast-moving TPP situation. Finally, the long-awaited reading & discussion of James Fallows' "The Tragedy of the American Military."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:33pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - April 15, 2015

BREAKING: A rich fellow haz a public sad that "business" is no longer fun. No one could have predicted this, but white parents in NC are using charter schools to re-segregate. Did someone you know once work hard? Well, then, you should be rich! Joan McCarter brings us up to speed on the House's Tax Day shenanigans, the completion of the "doc fix" bill, the Senate's confirmation of a long-delayed judicial nomination, and developments on the Iran deal front. She also debunks a persistent Internet rumor about Idaho Gov. Butch Otter. But unfortunately, rumors of Sharia panic in the state's legislature aren't equally unfounded. Of note: Mother Jones takes on the ambitious question of how much money gun violence costs us each year.

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

Kagro in the Morning - April 14, 2015

Man shoots at armadillo, hits mother in-law! Not the armadillo's mother in-law. His! Greg Dworkin rounds up the news on 2016's latest official entrant, Marco Rubio, and how he stacks up against all the others. A nice peek at GunFAIL in One IL county wants to bill Aaron Schock for the cost of the special election to replace him. The more money you make, the more sleep you get. In light of all the Civil War anniversaries being marked, "Why Sherman was right to burn Atlanta," a piece in many ways as relevant to today's politics as to that of yesteryear.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:51am EST

Kagro in the Morning - April 13, 2015

Is there a gun in every story covered in today's podcast? Well, not quite. There's one about vaccines. But other than that, yes! Looks like we've pushed another GunFAIL story into national headlines again, this time courtesy of a bizarre privatization/privilege/corruption angle. We discuss the shooting in Tulsa, OK of Eric Harris, by a "reserve deputy" who says he mistook his own gun for a taser. What is a "reserve deputy?" Is that a new thing? Does everyone have them? Should there even be any such thing? They're breaking records (of sorts) for the use of beanbag shotgun rounds... in SD. Gun enthusiast's normal arguments turned upside-down to argue that TSA is a waste & loaded guns should be allowed on airliners. A man commits suicide at the Capitol. If amateurs take selfies, that's gross. Though, if reporters do stand-up reports there, that's news. And an anti-vax mom changes her mind, after all 7 of her kids get whooping cough.

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

Kagro in the Morning - April 10, 2015

First, congratulations to jlms qkw for being recognized by her local Dems for outstanding volunteer work! Then, an entry in the spate of articles probing our historical understanding of the surrender at Appamattox, this one by Jamelle Bouie. Why do we go so far out of our way not to rile, or even to outright laud, some who fought for the Confederacy? And why do so many of their descendants (both biological and ideological) nonetheless insist they're America's most persecuted minority? Will that perception change any time soon? Or will it be cemented for as long as perceptions arising out of history's first draft of one of England's bloodiest civil wars (even though they don't call it one)? In between, Armando promotes the launch of a series of "left flank" critiques of Hillary Clinton's policy positions, kicking off this Sunday. A damn sight better than critiquing her wardrobe!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:43pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - April 9, 2015

Greg Dworkin rounds up news from Rand's first day out, then walks us through an intricate chart mapping out Chris Christie's Bridgegate scandal. Boston Marathon bombing trial ends in a conviction. So what's next? Polls in Cuba give us an enlightening peek into political beliefs there. Political science inquiry of the day: Why do we still tolerate the Supreme Court? NV becomes the latest red state to launch voter suppression efforts, though some were just turned back in GA. Why are these efforts so important to them? They're a major part of keeping "the invisible Democratic majority" invisible.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:47pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - April 8, 2015

A murder charge in the Walter Scott shooting is today's most-discussed news. Gee, America seems to have a lot. Also this AM: Tom Coburn carries the "states' rights" ball even further out of bounds & declares a touchdown. Greg Dworkin joins the police shootings discussion, rounds up Rand Paul news, notes the newest political assaults on the poor, and takes us through the fascinating politics of medical certification. More on "states' rights": conservatives love devolution, but only when power comes to rest with them. And they'll lie to get it done, if necessary. Joan McCarter breaks down Rand Paul's campaign launch nonsense and mansplaining, and Ted Cruz's interest in creating a constitutional crisis. Joan also offers her thoughts on the Scott shooting, and recommends John Oliver's interview of Edward Snowden for our edification.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:46pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - April 7, 2015

Morning news included bee panic, Rand Paul's announcement, and the NRA's convention floor is declared a firing pin-free zone. Greg Dworkin wraps up Iran deal stories, Gop in disarray, issue polling, 2016-er fav/unfav, and previews "The Ugly Civil War in American Medicine." Tea Party favorability in trouble in Utah! A GunFAIL story hidden in inexplicably confusing terminology. Continuing with CPI's in-depth look at Warren Buffet's money-making mobile home misery machine.


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

Kagro in the Morning

Weird news of the day: Jeb Bush declares himself Hispanic. Armando comments, lauds Brian Beutler's Civil War trolling, and rounds up Iran, RFRA and the latest Senate race polling stories. A survey of weekend GunFAIL: an accidental shooting during Easter services; a man claiming he was defending himself against a robbery accidentally shoots his neighbor; a WI man with a UT permit shoots at cops in TN (and lives to tell the tale). Greg's round-up in absentia: new national issues polling; Pence's problems a primaries preview; Gop's "insane logic" and "emerging war platform" on Iran. An (unfulfilled) request for Chicago mayoral coverage. Even kindly, old Warren Buffet is squeezing blood from poor turnips in the trailer parks. And the exciting conclusion of "Dark Leviathan," or LibertarianFAIL.

Direct download: April_6_2015_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:30pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - April 2, 2015

In Indiana fallout news, seems the author of the state's RFRA law has a restaurant supply business, and his customers are taking action. In gun news: TN, which recently considered both guns-on-campus & guns-in-parks legislation, sees a student accidentally shoot & kill himself in a park. And following a 7-peson Spring Break shooting, Panama City, FL bans... alcohol on the beach. In procedural wonkery news, President Obama opts for a "protective return pocket veto" on the bill rejecting new NLRB rules. What does it mean? Why do experts say it's dubious? And does Noel Canning change that thinking? Plus, a special surprise thing you didn't know about the "Contract With America!" Meteor Blades visits for an update on Iran negotiations and a preview of upcoming jobs numbers. Finally, Henry Farrell's "Dark Leviathan," but without the exciting conclusion wherein we learn that libertarianism is a joke, and our pet theory about Vito Corleone being more Galt than John himself is borne out.

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

Kagro in the Morning - April 1, 2015

Indiana's RFRA still tops the news. O'Reilly's Buenos Aires cameraman says he didn't get or need rescuing. Right wing Twitter kook gets in some domestic abuse trouble, but hey, it's just drugs. Greg Dworkin rounds up Indiana and wider, culture war news, plus one Vox explainer with which Armando takes exception. And a Gop fishing expedition for Obamacare horror stories comes up empty, and ends up revealing that opposition is pretty much all tribal. Joan McCarter likewise weighed in on both Indiana and Arkansas, including the looming gay wedding pizza shortage. In breaking net neutrality news: a Koch-backed astroturf campaign spoofs e-mail addresses in opposition to the FCC's new rules. In other breaking news: young people like sex, even if Republican. David Dayen spots a bombshell in Barney Frank's new book, and it implicates all the people in all the things.

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