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Kagro in the Morning - August 14, 2015

David Waldman invites us to take a gander at the esoterica stashed in his attic.

Meanwhile, Greg Dworkin pops in for a visit, with a big plate of toast & questions to answer:


Who is winning?  What have we learned?  What is the question that could decide the election? What about Hillary? An important endorsement for Hillary Clinton.


Swaggering Biff! carries on the family traditions.


The US flag flies again in Cuba.  Views have changed over time.


FOOD-ON-A-STICK at the Iowa State Fair!


David really hopes that Bernie Sanders supporters realize the many benefits of rising above their immediate inclinations, while examining Sanders’ Racial Justice platform.


Police unions and black labor unions strain for solidarity.


Will Pro-Life admit that Pro-Choice is pro-life? Where miscarriages are abortions.

Maine Supreme Court agrees with everyone: LePage wrong.

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Kagro in the Morning -  August, 13, 2015
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Kagro in the Morning - August 12, 2015

David Waldman, keen observer, responsible speculator, in-depth discusser:

Oregano vs. Basil: which looks better in a baggy?

Greg Dworkin brings us tales of Nefertiti.

Bernie Sanders' the winner!

Rick Perry's the loser!

Donald Trump’s the whiner!  The best troll, too!

Jeb! peddles snake oil, to revise history for his hero brother.

As predicted on Kagro in the Morning: Hillary Clinton vs. Black Lives Matter goes in a different direction.

David breaks down the divergent viewpoints of how Black Lives Matter interacts with liberal politics, and how to move forward from here.

Even with many on break in DC, Joan McCarter has much to catch up on:

Harry Reid unleashes on Mitch McConnell, and the upcoming government shutdown.

Republican’s big plan: Privatizing Medicare.

Joan makes a good argument for why Kris Kobach is America’s Worst Human.

On the positive side: Thanks Obama!

David takes a first look at the new Hillary Clinton email story.

Good guy with a gun decides to stop being a good guy, misses with last shot.

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Kagro in the Morning - August 11, 2015

David Waldman, World Record Holder for keeping Donald Trump out of a conversation - 13 minutes 40 seconds.


Greg Dworkin discusses new polls:


Donald Trump wins! (but not against the option of not voting for any Republican)
Hillary Clinton wins!
Scott Walker loses!


How the Trump problem is just the usual GOP problem.


Republican’s big risk on abortion, and what the Democrats can do about it.


A year ago in Ferguson, two reporters were arrested.  Now, they are being charged.


Also last year in Ferguson, white militia “patriots” “guarded” over protesters.  They return, and David looks into their intentions, and the lazy reporting.

David also looks into the intentions and goals of the #BlackLivesMatter political movement, which might have moved Bernie Sanders.

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Kagro in the Morning - August 10, 2015

David Waldman's entire radio show is a think piece:


Gather around, listeners, as Greg Dworkin reads from Vox on Fox, and Other Stories:


Donald Trump wins!  Is he our Rob Ford? He is not leaving anytime soon. The business of manipulating the GOP.  


We can negotiate, or go to war.  The debate is cringeworthy.




Big crowds still for Bernie.  Several disagree on his focus.  Sanders debuts social justice platform.


MI Tea Party reps try to hide affair with “controlled burn,” light themselves.


Would Donald Trump buy happiness?

Sam Brownback’s nightmare brother is everyone’s nightmare.

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Kagro in the Morning - August 7, 2015

David Waldman, Total Superstar. Supporting his show will empower it to be better, even enabling the hiring of talented staff!

An incredibly entertaining, enlightening, and educational debate! That is, the Armando vs. Greg Dworkin debate on today’s episode. They argue, but both are intelligent and informed, and therefore so is their argument.

Donald Trump insults almost everyone, is loved by almost all, and is great for business.

The moderators were good, but still remain Fox employees.

The Tea Party personified.

What the experts thought of it all.

Where do we go from here - and what each candidate would look like on a dollar bill.

Plus a special appearance for additional debate discussion by John Amato of Crooks & Liars!

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Kagro in the Morning - August 6, 2015

Tonight is finally the public’s chance to meet reclusive billionaire Donald Trump, and get to know him.

Who’s a Natural, and who should change their game.

Jeb’s unforced errors.

Greg Dworkin tells us how Obama challenges the past’s mindset of force, and how Cillizza gets it wrong, and how WSJ gets it right.  The substantive speech.

The dominant forces driving the GOP,  and the cliff ahead.

David Waldman discusses the Washington Post article “An ‘unarmed’ white teen was shot dead by police. His family asks: Where is the outrage?”, and examines the intersection of several outrages, and the movements created to address them.

U.S. armed forces being shot at by U.S. armed civilians.

Also fighting the US: 3 men fight Jade Helm with homemade explosives.

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Kagro in the Morning - August 5, 2015

Where else will you find someone with the courage to tackle the issues of vocal fry, resting face, penisgate and politics?


In two days the debate will be behind us, but today David Waldman offers his expert pre-debate analysis (Also Greg Dworkin’s & Joan McCarter’s)


The A-Team has been picked.  Those other little guys played their heart out, let’s give them a hand.


Jeb Bush loses the election. But what if Donald Trump wins?  No, really.


The President speaks about the Iran Nuclear Deal.


Black Lives Matter.


Joan McCarter discusses the actual policy stands of the debaters.  


Today’s upcoming cybersecurity vote.

David delves further into Joan’s article on CISA, Ron Wyden, and Office of Legal council decisions.

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Kagro in the Morning - August 4, 2015

In this episode David asks us to try to not think about Donald Trump for just one second:


Gop pouts about bill loss, but will they shut down government?


Greg Dworkin joins David for a headline roundup:


Gop fills the stage if not the seats in a preparatory Dumb-off, to practice running out the clock.


Who will be on stage Thursday, other than the winner, Donald Trump?


Even Gop-ers that don’t really like him are getting used to the idea of Trump.


Should Hillary be worried?


Congress loves acronyms.

David attempts to Texplain Ken Paxton, and philosophizes about aerostats & freedom.

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Kagro in the Morning - August 3, 2015

Today’s episode is top notch, tremendous, really just first rate, and very rich - even though Skype is a loser.

By the way, Trump is trolling the rest of GOP field as they head to this week’s debate.

The McClatchy-Marist Poll rises above the fray as misconceptions on the polls and in the polls multiply and the Republican war rages.

Greg Dworkin discusses The rise of the oligarchy, how the media manipulates Hillary's image and how low information voters see the Iran Deal.

An open letter is written to Amy Schumer, who teams with cousin Chuck, and is now on it, although she has been on it all along.

Enlightened Oligarchs? Rich Crackpots? Crankocrats.

Moops now, Moops forever.

Ted's greatest hits.

Chris Christie, who really doesn't matter anymore, is not awfully nice or good.

Guns, and Militia, not really useful.

David spots a big gasbag hovering near Washington.

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Kagro in the Morning - July 31, 2015

Fake-Friday Pre-recorded special-edition Kagro in the Morning takes an especially close look at a few topics to ponder over this weekend:

Teen shoots his friend late at night in Billings, Montana. His dad’s concern: “I don’t want them to make some BS, liberal deal out of this.”

Durango, Colorado News Headline: Man Who Shot at Police Surrenders. David discovers much more to the story, and some questions.

Once you’ve mined the earth and milked the service industries, what is there left to frack? Us. David translates from the original British.

Tunica, Mississippi: Casino money makes few rich, most painfully poor. A look at how deep the troubles in the Deep South go. 

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Kagro in the Morning - July 30, 2015

David Waldman, who has worked on the campaigns of two indicted sitting Members of Congress, continues unimpeded.

Greg Dworkin recounts the Terror of the Return of the Revenge of the “CDC Whistleblower”

People become outraged at the outrage about outrages they aren’t outraged about.

The five stages of Republican Trump grief.

Trump fans explain why Trump.

Why the Naysayers Are Wrong About the Iran Deal.

Why the Naysayers were wrong about Medicare, and Medicaid, and Obamacare.

David returns to Former Rep. Aaron Schock, who faces more legal trouble.

Cincinnati Shooter/officer indicted for murder.

"In Iraq, I raided insurgents. In Virginia, the police raided me."

The experience of using force simulated for citizens.

No, It’s not just like, your opinion, man.

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Kagro in the Morning - July 29, 2015

David Waldman covers a yuge amount of topics classier than anyone, except when you add Greg Dworkin, which adds more class:

RIP Cecil.  And Tom Brady’s phone.


Taliban Leader Mullah Omar still dead.


Donald Trump loved by Hispanics! Trump rockets!  Hillary wounded! (Not “factually”.)


Facts also intrude on Obamacare narrative.


Donald Trump wounds the conservative media


That’s why Rubio campaign stays on the down-low.


Joan McCarter, the classiest.


What about Cheesesteak?  Good and bad political Fair Food.


Boehner wins - House set to pass highway bill.  


The Cruz Rebellion.  The Boehner Coup.  Oklahoma keeps it classy.

What do you bet?

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Kagro in the Morning - July 28, 2015

David Waldman reminds us:  Do not confuse correlation with causation.


Greg Dworkin calls in with the Headline Round-up. How Trump’s success is linked to the disaffection of voters. In the midst of sturm und drang, the candidates pair up. Who has The Big Mo, who does not? Mike Huckabee: Uniter.


Iran nuclear deal polls seem to contradict, why is that?


We visit the latest Trumpster Fire. Trump faces new and old questions. How Nixonian.

Ted is taken to school. Kagro in the Morning digs into the nitty gritty of what Mike Lee and Ted Cruz are in for.


Thanks again to Scott Anderson for today's summary!

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Kagro in the Morning - July 27, 2015

David talks about the New Yorker cover, and the positive, and negative it promotes.

Greg Dworkin discusses the complicated 2016 race, candidate polls (and how 2016 is unique) , the Iran Deal polling, and how €œDumpster Fires€ attract the media on the run up to the caucuses and debates.

David goes into intricate analysis of the Congressional Review Act, the upcoming GOP gambit to resurrect the repeal of Obamacare, what concepts would be considered germane, and the process and probability of the Nuclear Option.

Chris Christie invites random guy to run for president so he can debate him.

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Kagro in the Morning - July 24, 2015
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Kagro in the Morning - July 23, 2015

Greg Dworkin rounds up the headlines. Trump is as Trump does. And, if the GOP doesn’t like that and wants to be very foolish.... Just because the majority has an opinion, does that mean they will vote that way? Or will they stick with their America? Sandra Bland: Assessing the legality of her arrest. Are the police issuing you a lawful order, or an order under color of law? Officer has to explain his son playing cop. Update on when playing cop leads to tragedy.

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Kagro in the Morning - July 22, 2015
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Kagro in the Morning - July 21, 2015

Money makes the world go ‘round. So, if you have some, think about how you can help. (And remember to scroll down to find those donation buttons, where necessary!) Greg Dworkin reminds lawmakers going on break that the public is for the Iran Deal, but even the GOP is split on immigration. Is there enough room in the clown car for another? Can he be a contender? Sandra Bland’s death is being treated like a murder investigation. Did Sanders and O’Malley fail the test? What can Bernie do now? Hillary Clinton needs to earn the Black Vote. Is the GOP just Trump-Trumpity-Trump? And for how long?

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Kagro in the Morning - July 20, 2015

Greg Dworkin takes a look at the GOP today, which is Trump, no matter who says different.  Other candidates stick it out, because they’d be idiots not to. The Democrats can win the Iran Debate, and many other debates too.

A review of Netroots Nation 15.  Which has many points of view, but could always use better listeners.

And a note from Scott Anderson, because I didn't say anything: Anniversary of the Women's Rights Convention!

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Kagro in the Morning - July 17, 2015

The Big Event: Netroots Nation Present & Future.

Another mass shooting. No one is sure why. Some know nothing at all.

Greg Dworkin introduces us to the newest GOP soap opera. Trump is #1! But why? Is it "respect"? Not a lot of GOP respect from Latinos, though.

Minorities and young stick with Obama. If Hillary's terrible luck holds out, she'll end up president.

A guy thinks gluing a gun to someone's hand would be provocative.

Guess who is the top tax evader in Greece.

A look at the madness surrounding the confederate flag, the division continuing to today.

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Kagro in the Morning - July 16, 2015

In today's news: a handful of wacky Oklahomans greet the president with Confederate flags; by our #GunFAIL count, a 3-year-old Kansas City girl is the 49th child under 15 accidentally shot to death this year, the 250th child accidentally shot overall, and the 450th to accidentally shoot themselves. Greg Dworkin rounds up still more Pluto news, Bernie polling, the president's Iran presser, and procedure for the deal going forward. Big government haters' favorite university lives, indirectly, on big government money. LePage's veto gambit explained. That flag will cause more problems in Congress. Anybody can get outflanked and be called a sellout, if you're annoying enough.

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Kagro in the Morning - July 15, 2015

Tops in the news today: the Iran deal. Greg Dworkin and Meteor Blades join us for an extensive discussion. 1 in 3 young Americans are too fat to join the military. Vets say healthy school lunches could help! Canadian & American World Cup team memebers (both players for the same pro team)  get married right after the tourney! That wacky Maine constitution & its crazy vetoes clause.

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Kagro in the Morning - July 14, 2015

Greg Dworkin read the news today, so we let him tell us what's going on. Did lawmakers adjourn or recess in Maine? LePage saga refuses to sine die. For the first time in 35 years, diplomatic relationship renewed with Iran. Some rejoice, some do not. The GOP has no frontrunner. Hillary addresses the Gig Economy. Pluto photobombs empty space. The British finally address their slavery problem, and solution. And, is George Will the canary in the coal mine? (Not that he'd ever work in a coal mine, mind you.)

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Kagro in the Morning - July 13, 2015

David starts out with best news first: Bloom County Returns!  Who do we thank for that?


Greg Dworkin also talks Trump. Is his candidacy just his grift, or can others join in? Greece acquiesces, what are the parallels between the EU sessions and the P5+1 Iran talks?


How is health care coverage changing lives?


By the way, it's Jade Helm time! But if the world does not end who to vote for?


Arliss Bunny returns to follow up last week’s Greece economic analysis with a thorough post-deal examination. What’s next? Is Greece losing its sovereignty?

And, is it time for the North to reconsider its role in the Civil War?  The British are revealing their history of slave ownership.

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Kagro in the Morning - July 10, 2015

Kagro In The Morning is back on the air! Could it be same culprit that took down NYSE, UA, WSJ & KITM? Connect the dots! Follow the money! Actually, the money can come from you, help support that which benefits you the most! Will Bernie or Hillary benefit you the most? Can David persuade you to pick your politicians pragmatically? The confederate flag comes down - Yay! (Not everyone is happy.)  

P.S., a note about the third person reference: Thanks to Scott Anderson for taking on the task of crafting these show summaries, and creating shorter clips of our guests' appearances that you'll be seeing more of in the future!

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Technical difficulties kept us off the live "air" today, but we dove in anyway, with Greg Dworkin helping us cover the Jeb! economic plan and how nonsensical it really is. More on Greece. Trumpmentum & the polls. Scott Walker's collapse. Unsurprisingly, media types aren't Feeling the Bern. Aaron Schock shamed into yet another globetrotting vacay. As SC House relents on the flag, the US House moves, reverses & reverses again. Clinton vs. Benghazi nuts on subpoenas. Two shot in Nashville, but TN gun nuts actually hold out against criminalizing celebratory gunfire!

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Kagro in the Morning - July 8, 2015

Is the sky falling? Blowing up? Going Galt? David’s guests urge us to calm down. Greg Dworkin discusses Dave Weigel’s recent article on Rand Paul’s Maharishi Effect. Should progressives be for Hillary or Bernie or Policy? The hole in Paul LePage’s pocket. The Confederate flag as a political issue, and gun safety as a public safety issue. And is China, Greece and the rest of the world in financial free fall, or not? David wonders if the shooting in San Francisco is a #gunfail or something else. Joan McCarter urges us to cheer up and be thankful for last week, although more trouble for Obamacare is heading our way, and more trouble for our infrastructure, and more trouble for our country’s finances. Arliss Bunny returns to suggest that we just take a couple deep breaths and relax about this China thing.

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Kagro in the Morning - July 7, 2015

Greece still very much an issue today. Greg Dworkin follows up yesterday's discussion with a look at the "power players" in the situation. SC Senate votes on the Confederate flag today. Republicans are still backwards. The much-discussed "unwritten rules for covering Hillary." Jared the Subway guy raided by feds. Bristol Palin, gimmetarian. Gideon has questions about the Sanders candidacy. Arliss Bunny joins us again for a run-down on who the players are in the Greek drama & what some of their motivations might be.

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Kagro in the Morning - July 6, 2015

KITM salutes the great city of Madison, Wisconsin! Greg Dworkin comes on to talk of the history of the Confederate flag. Will history repeat itself with the latest Democratic momentum? Is the GOP on the wrong side of history again? Or is Hillary on the wrong side of history? What are the polls saying? Overwhelmed by the depth and breadth of the mistakes in the US media coverage of Greece’s economic troubles and solutions proposed, Arliss Bunny calls in, comprehensively setting the record straight. One more open carry disaster, in an Austin, TX hotel. Could've been a good guy with a gun, though, until his bullets started entering people.

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Kagro in the Morning - July 3, 2015

Holiday reminder: Don’t fire weapons in the air for celebration! Greg Dworkin visits to describe how Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are shaking up the presidential election, and Jim Carrey is screwing up medicine and science. Rosalyn MacGregor reports on Michigan bills for absentee ballots and minimum wage. What does it means to “support” Bernie and/or Hillary. And we revisit the old question of whether yard signs, door knocking and bumper stickers are worth the money to sway votes. The mayor of Barcelona giving banks a run for their money. The rest of the show is devoted to the unboxing of the many peccadilloes of Paul LePage.

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Kagro in the Morning - July 2, 2015

Today’s show starts like everyone’s this morning, sorting out the report of a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. Greg Dworkin helps answer “Why is Donald Trump Polling So Well?” Maybe the GOP is ahead of the curve sometimes, but usually not. Is the value of hard work paying off a conservative value? And - how the election will play out with our “Kaleidoscope Society.” Terribly written open carry laws lead to terrible results in Florida and Mississippi. Tech geniuses and business leaders that started out barking up the wrong tree.

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Kagro in the Morning - July 1, 2015

David recovers his voice and is back at the KITM microphone, talking iPhone pistol grips and Ted Cruz. Armando calls in to talk about TRUMP vs. Jeb! vs. all the other also-rans, and how there’s no there, there in the latest Hillary “bombshell”. They also talk Crass Dick Harpootlian, how support of the Supreme Court will be a litmus test for both parties in ’16, and ISIS cake bakers. David answers listener questions on the “voting down of conference reports”, “Senatorial holds” and whether the Gop plans to fight Obamacare by eliminating the filibuster.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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

Kagro in the Morning - March 31, 2015

Continuing backlash against Indiana's ridiculous "religious freedom" bill tops the news today. Armando joins us for that discussion, and reminds us of the common roots shared by RFRA & the Hobby Lobby case, and some of the more ridiculous possible ramifications. Nuclear negotiations with Iran appear to be continuing apace, even as Congress pushes for a role in reviewing any deal. And that leads us to a little discussion of the TPP and fast track authority. Had to share a dumb GunFAIL story that'll really make you "Respect the Culture." Ted Cruz & his Obamacare enrollment. There are other people in the universe who have run for president, even after actually destroying their electronic records. In the Blood from a Turnip files: extortionate rates on prison phone calls and payday loans.

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

Kagro in the Morning - March 30, 2015

Another in-depth look from the HuffPo at how St. Louis County municipalities wring dollars from their poorest residents. A new water tax brings out the Irish penchant for old-school methods of protest. From the world of self-fulfilling prophecy: GA "patriot" plants bombs in a local park to scare neighbors into worrying about terrorism. Scott Walker's a front-runner? Time for some outrageous dark money stories, then! As an added bonus, learn again how no law can bind the rich! One last look back at that oddball Starbucks "Race Together" campaign, through the lens of wage theft. A very good point!

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

Kagro in the Morning - March 27, 2015

A veritable parade of guest voices today! First, the big news of Harry Reid's retirement. Greg Dworkin discusses that, and rounds up headlines on the Senate budget vote-a-rama (and the impact of the race for the White House on it), House passage of the "doc fix" bill, and just for fun, a story out of left field about maple syrup. And, uh, "maple water," God help us. Next, Rosalyn MacGregor's Michigan update, which we botched live, but have "digitally remastered" for the podcast! Gov. Snyder short-circuits school reform, the MI House OKs "religious" discrimination against gay adoption, while their Senate approves a "choose life" vanity license plate scheme that funnels state dollars to anti-abortion activists. Meteor Blades dropped in to discuss developments in the nuclear talks with Iran. And Armando also joined in to discuss Harry Reid, and briefly, breaking news on a California concealed carry case.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:50pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - March 26, 2015

Three main topics of conversation today: the German plane crash; the situation in Yemen, and; the budget vote-o-rama and the continuing fight over filibuster reform. And that's really about it! Of course, we fill in the blanks with some homework reading assignments on Yemen & Saud-ish Arabia, and have an extended conversation about what the vote-a-rama tells us about the need for filibuster reform and the process by which it might be implemented. Deep in the weeds today!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:30pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - March 25, 2015

The Duck Dynasty guy figures atheists can be converted under the threat of unspeakable brutality. Greg Dworkin notes the push for automatic voter registration in California, and reminds us why conservatives think this is so terrible. Jeb's obstacles to the nomination. A former Reagan administration official (now with CAP, believe it or not) says Republicans criticize Obama's foreign policy even though it's "a national security strategy Ronald Reagan would love." Joan McCarter joined us for a little Idaho news chat. Ted Cruz's plans to join Obamacare. Pete Sessions duz teh maff rong. Republicans fight over which terrible budget to pass, while Daily Kos endorses a better one. A "doc fix" deal emerges in the House, but faces trouble in the Senate. Finally, the sob story of the day: rich donors just aren't feeling the love anymore.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:42pm EST