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Kagro in the Morning - June 30, 2015

Back from a week of camping! Greg Dworkin summarized the top news we missed last week. SC's Confederate flag seems to be on the brink of coming down. Christie's in, but still toast. Trump dumped. Obama bumps up in latest polls. Republicans in disarray. WaPo takes up gun-related data journalism. A closer look at the dynamics of South Carolina's last days of political struggle with the Confederate flag. Armando then joins us in recapping and discussing last week's SCOTUS action.

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

Kagro in the Morning "Encore Performance" - June 30, 2014 airing June 29, 2015

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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Kagro in the Morning "Encore Performance" - June 27, 2014 airing June 26, 2015

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: 9:00am EST

Kagro in the Morning "Encore Performance" - June 26, 2014 airing June 25, 2015

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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Kagro in the Morning "Encore Performance" - June 25, 2014 airing June 24, 2015

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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Kagro in the Morning "Encore Performance" - June 24, 2014 airing June 23, 2015

It'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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Kagro in the Morning "Encore Performance" - June 23, 2014 airing June 22, 2015

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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Kagro in the Morning - June 19, 2015

Our minds are still very much on the Charleston shootings, to no one's surprise. Greg Dworkin rounded up a selection of stories to help us continue to deal with the issues swirling around it. The latest entry in the "Republicans don't get empathy" narrative. John Lott gets SC gun law wrong, which of course means he's disqualified from the debate, then covers it up. Attacking Girl Scouts used to be a political punchline, but America has made it real. Final chapter on the TX gold bugs. Gene Weingarten on "branding" in journalism. Nobody loves stealing property more than the guardians of property rights.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:39pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 18, 2015

The Charleston shooting dominates the news today, as we knew it must. Greg Dworkin joins us to discuss it, along with other headlines, including the latest on the pope's encyclical and how the named plaintiff in King v. Burwell has found himself some nice, socialist health insurance. Carly Fiorina's SuperPAC had to change it's name because duh, you're not supposed to have a SuperPAC. Boehner boots whips who voted against the trade rule. A pithy gun cartoon from Rebecca Hendin. Still more nuttiness from the Texas gold bugs.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:45pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 17, 2015

Greg Dworkin rounded up 2016 news on Hillary, Jeb!, and The Donald. The debate wars. How the pope got religion on climate change. TX's crazy-sounding plan for it's own gold reserves. Joan McCarter visits to warn us about the newest Gop plan to derail net neutrality, remind us that the trade fight isn't over, keep us on King v. Burwell watch, and share a laugh about the Gowdy vs. Issa Benghazi spat.

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

Kagro in the Morning - June 16, 2015

Greg Dworkin notes that Pope Francis is set to become the first pope to address a joint session of Congress. Could it be about climate change? Did Chris Christie pardon a gun crime to get 2nd Amendment creds? Trump's in! Pundits react to Jeb!'s announcement. Today's Hillary roundup, and the strange case of the reporter excluded from her coverage pool. Time out in the TPA game? Are Tea Partiers persuadable on it? Climate deniers really are the usual suspects. Just for fun, here's video from the 2010 Netroots Nation panel including Greg and the subject of the previous article, Naomi Oreskes. Gideon has a question that gave us a chance to explain Congressional conference reports. Another story at the intersection of technology and constitutional law scares the crap out of us. States that say they hate Common Core are replacing it, with Shmommon Shmore, basically.

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

Kagro in the Morning - June 15, 2015

Hillary's in. So's Jeb!. Several crazy and/or stupid people shot up various parts of the United States over the weekend. Greg Dworkin informs us that Colt and a few other gun manufacturers are going bankrupt. Phil Mattingly Tweetsplains TAA/TPA/TPP. America's Worst Governor blows a lot. The snarky version of the TAA/TPA/TPP story, plus the KITM fine-toothed comb is brought out to parse the parts of the procedure story that even the explainers don't explain. Finally, some Bernie Sanders coverage, thanks to WillaGorilla, who sent us his recorded contribution to the show. Be the radio show you want, people!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:18pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 12, 2015

Twitter, or at least certain corners of it, exploded with discussion of the case of Rachel Dolezal. Uh, wow. Armando helps us do our best to make some sliver of sense about this. Then, two articles pointed out by listeners tell the stories of the personal costs of conservative budget slashing in Kansas and religiously-fueled anti-abortion extremism in Indiana. Oklahoma conservatives wake up to the reality that their latest union-busting legislation is unenforceable, because they screwed up the drafting. Geez, I wonder how that happened! (Cough! ALEC! Cough!)

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

Kagro in the Morning - June 11, 2015

Greg Dworkin highlights a story that becomes a main focus of the show: RNC officials vs. the Kochs for control of everything. Wow, is there a lot wrapped up in this one! The continuing debate wars. Centrists horrified by centrism, though Fournier recovers on the topic of Rubio's boat. Coburn senses Bush fatigue, as it all goes off the rails for Jeb. Clinton holding steady. Turns out our connection of FIFA and Haiti relief corruption stories was more on-target than first thought! Another sad example of pervasive corruption: UN peacekeepers trade goods for sex.

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

Kagro in the Morning - June 10, 2015

Greg Dworkin fills in more detail on the latest Chris Christie problems. Will troops return to Iraq? Jeb, something, something, Putin. Did Rand Paul peak too soon? Jeb in disarray. Next, a little national security chat in anticipation of Joan McCarter's visit. Legal hairsplitting could keep data collection program running. Is there really anything that can put a stop to this? Still waiting on King v. Burwell, as Republicans begin testing new memes. And hey, who's up for another government shutdown?

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

Kagro in the Morning - June 9, 2015

Greg Dworkin notes the local Delaware outpouring of support for the Biden family, polling on the Gop 2016 field and trust in SCOTUS, Jeb's "campaign" shakeup, the latest allegations against Chris Christie, scientists say nope to warming "pause," and California's water crisis. Armando joins us to note the morning's David Brooks-hate, some criticism of the "broad" versus "narrow" nonsense about Hillary Clinton's election "path," and the less-than-earth-shattering story of Rubio's personal finances. Heavily-armed NC wackos arrested outside an elementary school. Stoner kids become international arms dealers.

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

Kagro in the Morning - June 8, 2015

Chris Christie, former Bush administration U.S. Attorney and twice listed as a potential candidate for firing, has just discovered rampant voter fraud in New Jersey! Greg Dworkin is back with us after a weekend family even in Delaware, coinciding with the Beau Biden funeral, which gave him an interesting perspective on events. In today's roundup: Do "informed" voters really know what they're doing? Remaining questions about Hastert. And two polls on what people want to happen after King v. Burwell. Further consideration of "informed" voters. Comparing cop/civilian interactions in McKinney, TX and Abilene, TX. FIFA corruption literally reaches the international arms deal level of evil.

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

Kagro in the Morning - June 5, 2015

Sucked into a discussion centered around two recent open carry incidents—one in the Atlanta airport and one in Abilene, TX—we explore the gray areas of the law, lapses in logic and more that can make these exercises so controversial. Returning to our corruption theme, we circled back to the FIFA story, then moved on to the Red Cross's misadventures in Haiti, before moving on to the petty (maybe) corruption of claw machines. Now that's an eclectic show!

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

Kagro in the Morning - June 4, 2015

Arresting protesters (and other random folks) during the 2004 Republican convention ends up costing NYC $18 million in settlements. Charles Blow takes to task apologists for "broken windows" policing. Man with an AR-15 & a 100 round drum in the airport raises eyebrows, even in Georgia. And he still thinks he's being oppressed. The Duggars go on TV to plead for privacy & look dumb. Poaching as a terror funding mechanism. Finally, we pursue a couple interesting angles on the FIFA story: the reporter who started it all, what kind of corruption were these jokers really into, and in what ways might it really matter?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:28pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 3, 2015

We returned to the AP's reporting on the FBI's use of surveillance aircraft, tried to get a handle on the FIFA corruption probe, and read a bit about how poaching can fund international terrorism. Guess what? Wherever there's a pile of money, you'll find everything from simple individual corruption to globe-spanning organized crime and terrorism. Maybe it really is the root of all evil. Joan McCarter helps us get up to speed on the Congressional wrangling over the ludicrously acronymed "USA FREEDOM Act." A reminder that we're on King v. Burwell watch, and who stands to lose how much if things go poorly. And once again, an amazing and fun fact you'd never know about Idaho if it weren't for Joan!

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

Kagro in the Morning - June 2, 2015

Greg Dworkin gets us caught up with all the latest 2016 polling, from the tricky Iowa caucuses to the national picture. What people say they want versus who they'll vote for. The latest polling averages and CrowdPAC scores. Armando joins the discussion of the many, many issues wrapped up in the FBI's use of surveillance aircraft, and puts us on King v. Burwell watch. What will the decision be? When will it come? How will Congress and/or the presidential candidates react? And are we ready?

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

Kagro in the Morning - June 1, 2015

We're back after a week of computer repairs, and got a rocky start technically, but were returned to the air by the diligent work of Justice Putnam at Netroots Radio! Greg Dworkin helps us catch up on the Denny Hastert story, plus some of the legal hairsplitting that made for a fascinating extended discussion. Also, potential presidential candidate John Kasich stakes out moral ground for his pro-Medicaid expansion position, and Joe Biden's loss reminds us again what a "what you see is what you get" kind of guy he is. And just for variety: Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley make the news, too. Oh, and Hillary Clinton. A New Jersey judge orders a newspaper to permanently "remove" an article. What?

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