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Kagro in the Morning "Encore Performance" - May 30, 2014 airing May 28, 2015

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: 3:03pm EST

Greg Dworkin gets us back on track with his roundup. 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: 12:41pm EST

Kagro in the Morning "Encore Performance" - May 28, 2014 airing May 26, 2015

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: 8:59pm EST

Kagro in the Morning "Encore Performance" - May 27, 2014 airing May 25, 2015

A rebroadcast of our May 27, 2014 episode, airing May 25, 2015. 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: 8:14pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - May 22, 2015

The Josh Duggar shocker takes up a considerable amount of time today. The Boy Scouts of America are finally coming around to reality, it seems. Irish abroad are heading home to vote in today's historic referendum on marriage equality. Greg Dworkin agrees to come in (and fight through technical difficulties) on his birthday to round up stories on ACA's increasing popularity and entrenchment, Chris Christie's attempt at recovery that hometown papers aren't buying, handicapping who gets into the Gop debates, Obama's (un) lame duck status, a peek inside the American Board of Internal Medicine's finances, and Bill O'Reilly's in hot water (and in denial) again. NYT reporter goes way out on a limb on Hillary. Armando joins in to discuss the Duggar & O'Reilly news. Kansas, whose governor blows a lot, takes punishing the poor to a new level. Journos begin admitting they were wrong about the "Fight for $15." Self-driving cars might not necessarily kill us all.

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

Kagro in the Morning - May 21, 2015

Greg Dworkin rounds up stories about Rand Paul's non-filibuster, Huckabee passing on the IA straw poll, Fox setting the rules on who'll debate, media still mad at Hillary, and how Luis Lang was short-changed by the media, and could end up getting screwed again. Finally, ICD codes: an insider's peek at games doctors play to pass the time. A reminder of the somewhat sketchy practice of Members of Congress living (rent & utility-free) in their offices. The NSA's back door into your smartphone. One of the bikers arrested in the Waco shootout was among the group lobbying for looser gun laws at the TX capitol. State legislatures increasingly banning local bans. On everything. Scotland Yard once thought Star Trek fans were a national security threat. Florida bar owner shows us the worst thing wrong with "Stand Your Ground" laws. Guess what? Conservatives are taking a 54th crack at developing their own Move On.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:12pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - May 20, 2015

We kicked off with a recap of the Pinterest fiasco. Greg Dworkin walked us through his always-excellent Abbreviated Pundit Roundup, including Hillary news, the 2016 field, David Brooks being terrible in his dead-ender defense of the tired "mistake" trope, Luis Lang quits the Gop, and KY-GOV results. Biker menace spreads to NH Applebee's! Twin Peaks HQ is shocked at the clientele attracted by its rogue franchise! Joan McCarter joins in mulling recent events, including the looming deadlines on NSA reform, and the bin Laden "treasure trove" that has appeared all of a sudden. We also take the opportunity to let her vent on the "bad intel" dodge. The latest TPP-related shell game: paying for "trade adjustment assistance" out of Medicare money. Idaho saves children & defeats Sharia!

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

Kagro in the Morning - May 19, 2015

Bristol Palin calls off her wedding! Also, some other stuff happened. A 15-year-old Montana boy shot & killed by a friend. Ted Nugent, though, figures he must be a punk, thug or street rat. We revisit the story of Luis Lang, Obamacare protester who blames everyone else for everything. Staying in the Carolinas for a moment, we share this Charlotte Observer editor's thoughts on why he's such a disgusting liberal poopy-head. In the wake of Jeb's Iraq flub, Krugman hits the highlights of the many problems with simply excusing the war as a "mistake," as well as the media's difficulty coping with policy dishonesty at any level. Especially when taken to the extreme, as with the torture question.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:40pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - May 18, 2015

Three gangs face off in a shootout that leaves 9 dead, 18 wounded. But the police response seems... a little different than you might have expected. Greg Dworkin rounds up morning news with the aid of NBC's First Read: Congress stalls on ISIS war authorization; Jeb shocks all in opposing marriage equality, supporting VA reform; Hillary tacks "left," by which they mean "center"; continuing Jeb gaffe fallout, with which Rubio in particular seems to struggle; Walkermentum not happening; Greg's "why does Jeb want to run?" theory catches on, and; your mandatory "Dems in disarray" entry. A Tennessee wacko (and former fringe Congressional candidate) is arrested while hatching plans for a massacre in a NY community of Muslims. Ted Nugent says kids' GunFAIL is all a "big lie," then five sets of siblings proceed to accidentally shoot one another. US raid takes out ISIS "oil minister." And did you know ISIS has a 5-star hotel?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:40pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - May 15, 2015

White-on-white crime shocker leads off the broadcast. Greg Dworkin updates us on a GunFAIL story from way back, and notes the passing of B.B. King and “the father of evidence based medicine,” David Sackett. Banking on the Gordie Howe bridge. Another cycle of Jeb's Iraq gaffe. Rubio officially becomes Flavor of the Month. Will he inherit the scrutiny? Armando joins in expressing his disbelief at Jeb's flub, nearly has a car accident around the 51st minute of the show, then handicaps the GOP field while I take a walk around the block and go see a movie. The Stephanopolous outrage. Then, as promised, David Dayen's "10 biggest lies" about TPP and the ACLU on cops playing to the cameras. Finally, Gimmetarianism defined: the jerky anti-Obamacare jerk who acted like a jerk and then got in over his head and said more jerky stuff.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:25pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - May 14, 2015

School GunFAIL: 5th grader snatches school security guard's gun; armed teacher has "medical issue," accidentally fires gun twice. Greg Dworkin rounds up Jeb's Iraq implosion headlines, Scott Walker's Jamestown gaffe & more. Bin Laden story raises questions of international law. Armando joins in that discussion, plus the stalling of the TPP bill in the Senate, its implications for filibuster reform, and how the president has played his hand with Dems on this.

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

Kagro in the Morning - May 13, 2015

We're still pondering the bin Laden bombshell. Greg Dworkin follows up with an ancient history alert: Philip of Macedon's remains IDed? Gop 2016 field stumped by one weird trick! Jeb flubs Iraq question. Hillary Clinton moves toward everyone else on immigration. Another wild North Korean execution story. Trade vote falls flat in the Senate. How in the world will Republicans decide who gets on stage for debates? TX considers outlawing laws they don't like. Finally! And at last, an oppressed florist speaks! Yet another underling resigns from the Tulsa Co. Sheriff's Dept. Joan McCarter joins us for further discussion of the TPP voting, Jeb's Iraq gaffe, and Zombie Reagan. Also: Jeb's growing dark money empire, House votes on abortion restrictions yet again, gaming the NSA surveillance voting, creepy apps bosses love, and Bob Corker's curious call for even more surveillance.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 4:58pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - May 12, 2015

Allen West exposes the Sharia takeover of Walmart! Fox host wonders where all the defenders of white men are. (Hint: you can't see them because they're all wearing camo.) Some further consideration of the big bin Laden bombshell. George Zimmerman just has the worst luck around guns! Why does this keep happening to him? In better gun news: OR expands background checks. Then, we consider the obituary of former Speaker of the House Jim Wright, recount his political history, and wonder at what might have been had he not won the Majority Leadership by one vote in 1976 over liberal titan (and Pelosi mentor) Phil Burton.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:44pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - May 11, 2015

Greg Dworkin starts with a data round-up: Americans' preferences on ideal family size has changed; measles outbreak did little to change resistance to vaccination; trends in health insurance enrollment; and the latest from New Hampshire. In politics: Republicans still not serious about "replacing" Obamacare; what divides the 2016 Gop field; Jeb "his own man" on Iraq; Gop's uphill battle for Hispanics; the times catch up to Bernie Sanders; Obama demonstrates how and why retail politics matter; speaking of which, Hillary is headed to Dem rivals' home states; a brief UK elections round-up; Matt Bevin's KY comeback, and; coffee is, for the moment, good for you. Then, onto the bin Laden bombshell presented by Seymour Hersh, and the push-back against it. Plus a digital age cautionary tale with a little "new economy" twist.

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

Kagro in the Morning - May 8, 2015

Jobs numbers are out, and exactly as predicted, Obamacare has destroyed all the jobs. Also, we all died of Ebola. In local news, VA-10's Barbara Comstock hopes she'll get credit for the Metro expansion she opposed. Rosalyn MacGregor updates us on the results of Michigan's Proposition 1. Armando joins in for our patented, directionless roundup. First up, Jeb's brand new foreign policy advisor. Then, we learned that Hillary Clinton can't control the press, and that a good reason to cover Joe Biden is that he's the vice president. Thank you, press! Finally, we also discuss the big 2nd cir. decision on mass phone surveillance, and a "lost" piece from Jay Rosen on the issues raised.

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

Kagro in the Morning - May 7, 2015

Greg Dworkin rounds up top horse race headlines, then notes a very interesting clash of competing theories of "political machines," before moving on to today's much-discussed and masterful trashing of terrible Baltimore takes from both the "left" and right. Jobless numbers remain near long-time lows. Obamacare kind of works, to the tune of 17 million more people insured. Hillary sets an "immigration trap." Dinesh D'Souza gets oppressed again: no summer vacation from his sentence. Circling back around, we further consider Radley Balko's sweeping epic, plus a few other stray thoughts that came to mind.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:27pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - May 6, 2015

Another awful GunFAIL story leads off. Dad checking himself out in the mirror with his gun accidentally shoots & kills his 6yo daughter. Greg Dworkin's top stories: Hillary's bold position on immigration, and; Jeb's disastrous polling in Iowa. Gop's reliance on older voters can't last. Christie still toast. TX freakout continues. Decline of pseudo-science, and backlash against Chipotle's GMO stance. Skelos family seems smart. Surprise! Hobby Lobby has stupid consequences. More money in politics, less oversight than ever. NSA's phone call searching technology. How the Sanders campaign can have an impact. Joan McCarter discusses these issues, plus Patriot Act maneuverings, Republicans scramble for a new ACA attack, how kos wrecks an old one, and the rural hospital crisis.

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

Kagro in the Morning - May 5, 2015

Bill in Portland Maine tweets the word "wienerschnitzel," and that takes up about an hour of the show. Greg Dworkin discusses Fiorina's substantive entry into the race, but also her web FAIL. On race: we've never been more united about how divided we are. WSJ's 2016 snapshot. Christie in Sixth Sense sequel, doesn't know he's dead yet. Charlie Hebdo vs. Garland, no comparison. Three guns left behind in Capitol complex bathrooms, and the investigation is about who leaked that news! Follow-up on the convoluted story of Kinloch, MO's new mayor. Wienerschnitzelpalooza! A fascinating inside look at benefit corporations, from the 2012 diary of citisven, shared with us not by Arliss Bunny as I mistakenly stated, but rather by where4art!

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

Kagro in the Morning - May 4, 2015

Fiorina and Carson formally join the 2016 race. Noted crazy person goads with a "Draw Muhammad" cartoon contest, curiously herding her flock into a "gun-free zone," though they all miraculously survive. Guns Everywhere Georgia GunFAIL roundup: The Gwinnett Co. Sheriff accidentally shoots a real estate agent at a model home showing, and 1-year-old kids are accidentally shot on three successive days in Augusta, Macon & the AL border town of Phenix City. Republicans resume reconciliation rumblings. In the wake of a spectacular drone strike story and the Baltimore uprising, how did Rand Paul suddenly become invisible on two issues he says are top priorities? Hot topic: current policing crisis and the Clinton crime bill. Can you run from the cops? Depends where you are! 7th circuit upholds local assault weapons ban. Mutual funds and inequality. Are they the new trusts?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:36pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - May 1, 2015

Capitol GunFAIL! Greg Dworkin rounds up Bridgegate, Sanders, Republican demands for work requirements for Medicaid expansion, Rick Scott's continuing contortions, and Jeb's Charles Murray fandom. The invasion of Texas is underway, where conservatives prepare their gay marriage freak-out. A near "perfect storm" of GunFAIL as a school cop shoots himself with a derringer in his pocket while at Walmart. Armando calls in on the Vermont GMO labeling law decision & the TPP, and John Dickerson's thoughts on Bernie Sanders. Wrapping up on yesterday's topics: how ShotSpotter monitors for gunfire, and what kind of issues that raises; Samsung's TV that listens to you; the surveillance we "volunteer" for, and; how Motel 6 reportedly started faxing all its guests' names to the cops!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:34pm EST