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Kagro in the Morning - March 24, 2015

Greg Dworkin rounds up all the Ted Cruz Nuz. What it might mean that Cruz is officially in while others are not. Steve King is puzzled by Jews. The new line of attack on Jeb: he's not anti-Obamacare enough. Monte Frank of Team 26 tells us about the 3rd Sandy Hook Ride on Washington, and discusses the national drive for gun violence prevention, so-called "smart guns," etc. Next, we try to make good on missing Rosalyn MacGregor's Michigan update, but instead play the (admittedly excellent) February update! Why? Because we're professionals. A procedural explainer on the budget resolution, on which debate begins today in the House. What is the "Queen of the Hill" rule, and why would you use it? KITM listeners are among the few for whom this rule isn't completely new!

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Kagro in the Morning - March 20

Caught up in the basketball mania, which is terrible, we get the backstory on one of the NCAA's craziest team mascots, the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs, from contributor Arliss Bunny. Next, Armando points to the latest on eGhazi from Politico, which suggests that the State Department was hoping to streamline its record retention procedures and give staff considerably more discretion in deciding what to preserve. That led to an extended discussion of the issue's many complexities, and an ever-present tension in all transparency decision-making. The white supremacist Mesa, AZ shooter has nothing to do with white supremacy, somehow. An interesting follow-up to how scam PACs swindle small donors: ProPublica looks into how they swindle large ones.

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Kagro in the Morning - March 19, 2015

It's the first day of the basketball tournament that trademark law says you can't name without permission! But Greg Dworkin distracts us from that with some news stuff, like the Israeli elections, Scott Walker's staffing problem, continued monitoring of eGhazi, and opinions of Obamacare shifting? Hey, how about those crazy college athletic team names? Mitch McConnell can't run the Senate like he said he would. Asking the wrong questions about police shootings. And about almost everything. More about the dumb Starbucks thing. Then, a dumb Dick Cheney thing.

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Kagro in the Morning - March 18, 2015

Aaron Schock's resignation creates a looming shortage of radio material. But as the press narratives begin to take shape, this story will still need some sorting out. Greg Dworkin brings us the latest on the Israeli election results, and notes that another poll shows little eGhazi impact & little other change, and alerts us to Obama's "green gambit." More snark on Schock. Seems James O'Keefe is back at it. Something, something, Donald Trump. Having been in transit and missed the opportunity to comment on Schock, Joan McCarter joins us from even further west than usual. She considers whether Boehner is really ready to surrender the "doc fix" hostage, the Senate's use of Loretta Lynch as a hostage on the unrelated trafficking bill, and her fascinating look at the physical undersea infrastructure of the Internet.

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Kagro in the Morning - March 17, 2015

Greg Dworkin takes a peek at the Israeli elections, and notes that 16.4 million have gained insurance under the ACA. NH might let its Medicaid expansion expire, while political hardball may move other states to finally give in to expansion. Begun, this year's budget wars have. OR automatic voter registration bill signed. Latest poll on Clinton. Splashy eGhazi headline might not carry the weight the writer thinks. Armando joins us to discuss why, and what the state of the rules and regulations are. I fall for a joking Tweet about the joke of a Starbucks campaign, which I also don't get. A weird story that could be construed as consumer-driven banking deregulation, if you squint at it just right. And Aaron Schock is in still more trouble.

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Kagro in the Morning - March 16, 2015

Greg Dworkin brings a great lesson from the medical world; rounds up some of the top Israeli election stories; "the stupidest paragraph" he's read "in, like, three months"; Teabaggers = Birchers; another slice of the Wall St. bonus problem; Michigan losers want to change the rules; Jeb discussed national security info in private e-mail, but so what; he's quoted on the Beltway condition known as "Clinton fatigue," and; a discussion of why Congress isn't covered by FOIA. Ted Cruz scares the crap out of a little girl. A GunFAIL roundup including a Bud vs. Busch shooting, how gun store shoplifting became "white collar" crime, an extended rant over the WA dad who left his gun out and finally got charged, but appears to have learned nothing, and a MI prosecutor forgets his gun inside his kid's school. Finally, a look back at Greg's find on cognitive dissonance among Republicans who still insist Obamacare is a job killer, as they have with everything else in history.

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Kagro in the Morning - March 13, 2015

Trey Gowdy's a bit of an oddball. Is he playing a little too loose with sensitive info? Aaron Schock can't stop. Wall St. bonuses now 3x larger than avg. household income. Tell me the Founders anticipated that. How to write a political story when there's no news. One theory on where Cotton's letter really came from. Armando updates us on the latest in the case purporting to block executive immigration action. CaliphateBook is apparently a thing. (But it's totally not like ReaganBook.) Zak Cheney-Rice points out that the OU SAE story shows we know how to deal with racists. But racism is something we haven't quite figured out.

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Kagro in the Morning - March 12, 2015

McCain blames Obama for the Cotton letter. And snow. Greg Dworkin's headlines have the Gop both in disarray and united. Israeli elections loom. CRS explains treaties vs. executive agreements. Making a case for Rubio. Not sure Lindsay Graham is flirting with treason because of Cotton's letter? Well, now he is. Ted Cruz's CPAC applause lines mysteriously don't work with firefighters' union. TN and IA legislatures consider dumb gun stuff. Fox's Megyn Kelly says racist emails like those in Ferguson are routine. Speaking of emails, remember how no one cared when the Bush WH "lost" millions of them? And what are the rules that apply to Congress, now set to subpoena Clinton? Just a wee bit more on the disqualifying comments from Lindsay Graham. Taxpayer subsidized corporate crime.

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Kagro in the Morning - March 11, 2015

Stunningly, the Hillary Clinton email story continues to fascinate the media. Republicans try out the old "it was just a joke" line about Tom Cotton's letter. OU Pres. David Boren expels two SAE students, but listener @sponson is is not impressed. One of the students, meanwhile, has issued an interesting statement. When Joan McCarter joined in, talk turned to just how crazy Tom Cotton really is, plus Aaron Schock's latest problems, the tax cheating Ferguson judge's resignation, and the 1984 Congressional letter to Daniel Ortega blasted by Newt Gingrich. Joan rounded up the top stories on the Senate's stalled human trafficking bill, ACA signups & the King threat, and the Daily Kos endorsement of Donna Edwards. Finally, Laura Clawson's critique of eGhazi-mania, and Buckeye BattleCry's astonishing update on AR state rep. Justin Harris' botched adoption.

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Kagro in the Morning - March 10, 2015

Backlash against Tom Cotton's glorified Facebook post dominates the day. The guy who said ISIS was infiltrating Arkansas now runs Republican foreign policy. Greg Dworkin notes the lack of eGhazi impact, Cotton doesn't know what he's talking about, and his foolishness will have a cost. Netanyahu campaign hits perfect storm, recalling more than a few American parallels. Boehner not going anywhere. More hits on Cotton, and a discussion of Senate treaty consideration process. Aaron Schock is caught bilking taxpayers again, and conservatives are calling for his resignation.

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Kagro in the Morning - March 9, 2015

Greg Dworkin puts Daylight Savings Time on track with an eclectic roundup, including Western water wars, Florida's ban on use of the term "climate change," Issa's bid to get back in the news, the latest 2016 polling, the Gop in disarray, and Senate Republicans agree to "Like" Tom Cotton's Facebook post about Iran. The Selma weekend. Gop House coup talk, again. The Ferguson judge aggressively jailing people for owing the government money... owes the government money. Menendez headlines generate political speculation and some oddball spin from Republicans. Contrarian Republicans can't break their Reaganism training even when they try. More scamPACs. Surveillance surveyed.

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Kagro in the Morning - March 6, 2015

Greg Dworkin returns to the show this morning, rounding up monthly jobs numbers news. The RNC actually opts to up the crazy at 2016 debates. A new Q-Poll. BREAKING: President Obama is black. The horrifying story and backstory of Arkansas state rep. Justin Harris. Despite the recent gun-on-campus incident, or perhaps because of it, the Georgia legislature is apparently considering combating rape on campus by arming fraternities. A gun nut scolds fellow gun nuts for their sloppy gun nuttery. A roundup of the good stuff on the bad stuff in Ferguson & elsewhere.

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Kagro in the Morning - March 5, 2015

Minor GunFAIL update: woman who forgot her loaded gun in a church bathroom wants the charges against her dropped. Except it's a problem that runs in the family. There was no avoiding the Hillary Clinton e-mail story today, so Armando joined us as we read through a round-up of reportage, reviewed it from a tech perspective, took our opportunity to say "What Digby said" on the subject, compared it to the treatment of Jeb Bush's own use of private e-mail, and then complained about media people like us spending too much time on the story. We spent a few minutes on some King v. Burwell loose ends, rounded up some loose weird news items, and called it a day.

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Kagro in the Morning - March 4, 2015

We just couldn't escape the King v. Burwell orbit today. So, we once again dive into the weeds of the case, starting with an attempt to give some sensible form to the plaintiffs' case, though it just doesn't hold together all that well, and Armando couldn't sit still for it, which was a fine excuse for sharing his six things to watch for during oral arguments. We also added insights and live updates from SCOTUSBlog and the WSJ, plus some throwback commentary on Obamacare's path to passage and what it might mean for divining "legislative intent." We also paused along the way to note the lawlessness of the Alabama Supreme "Court," the Netanyahu speech, and a hint at a good(-ish) reason why Hillary Clinton might have opted for private e-mail.

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Kagro in the Morning - March 3, 2015

Morning chatter today about the Netanyahu speech & the rash of TX GunFAIL. Greg Dworkin had our first Ebola update in some time, including nurse Nina Pham's lawsuit against her hospital. Plus a brief wrap-up of political reporting on the DHS debacle. A Greg Sargent tweet gives us an opportunity to talk about procedural fine points you won't hear about elsewhere. Armando joins in to discuss the Hillary Clinton e-mail story, and the next installment of our King v. Burwell legal backgrounders on Chevron deference and constitutional avoidance. The House prepares to close the book on DHS. Special training for armed moms. Is it enough? Can it ever be? And speaking of moms, here's one company president's apology to moms she'd discriminated against in the past.

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Kagro in the Morning - March 2, 2015

Texas weighs heavy in weekend GunFAIL. Greg Dworkin rounds up the Republican DHS collapse and the obscure rule that could possibly provide a way out, Chris Christie's engineering of a major environmental settlement from ExxonMobil to close his budget gap, and Scott Walker's possibly premature surge to frontrunner status. Armando primes us for King v. Burwell week, focusing on his Sunday piece on how and why the plaintiffs' textual arguments in the case fall flat. And Aaron Schock is in still more trouble, for taxpayer-paid private planes and hiring full-time personal photographer.

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Kagro in the Morning - February 27, 2015

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

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Kagro in the Morning - February 26, 2015

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

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Kagro in the Morning - February 25, 2015

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

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Kagro in the Morning - February 24, 2015

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

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Kagro in the Morning - February 23, 2015

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

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Kagro in the Morning - February 20, 2015

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

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Kagro in the Morning - February 19. 2015

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

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Kagro in the Morning - February 18, 2015

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

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Kagro in the Morning - February 17, 2015

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

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Kagro in the Morning - February 16, 2015

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

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Kagro in the Morning - February 13, 2015

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

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Kagro in the Morning - February 12, 2015

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

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Kagro in the Morning - February 11, 2015

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

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Kagro in the Morning - February 10, 2015

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

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Kagro in the Morning - February 9, 2015

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

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Kagro in the Morning - February 6, 2015

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

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Kagro in the Morning - February 5, 2015

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

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Kagro in the Morning - February 4, 2015

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

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Kagro in the Morning - February 3, 2015

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

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Kagro in the Morning - February 2, 2015

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

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Kagro in the Morning - January 30, 2015

TX bill would let teachers kill to stop property damage. Meanwhile Texans insist on disrupting Muslim Capitol Day. Dan Froomkin laughs at Sharyl Attkinson. Jeb Bush loves to abuse executive power. Arrested for resisting the very same arrest. Worse, it's a lawyer trying to stop police from questioning her clients. A not-so-good cop, at that. Armando weighs in on that subject, and the new Gop love for judicial activism. Still more on self-dealing among super PACs. Open Carry Texas suggests legislators they intimidate... ought to get guns. Speaking of scam PACs, Huckabee's PAC paid his family members $400K. Which reminds us that the Huckabees once asked supporters to furnish their home. Because such regular people. No charges in the GunFAIL death of a 3-year-old Michigan boy, because the parents say they didn't know that the boy knew they kept a loaded pistol between their mattress and box spring. Oh well.

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Kagro in the Morning - January 29, 2015

Cliven Bundy's son arrested again. Armed felon TX Walmart gunshot wound something, something. Greg Dworkin recaps the APR, and notes Huckabee catching flak over Fox's "trashy women," Fox pundits getting Obamacare wrong, how Scott Walker is uniquely positioned to employ the Gop's base-only strategy, the Tea Party already itching for more primaries, the story of "Bibi's Brain," and more measles worries. The in-depth wrap up on "scam PACs", with which Media Matters helps fill in some important blanks. The super-rich are planning their escapes, and blaming inequality on other people's capitalism.

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Kagro in the Morning - January 28, 2015

Greg Dworkin re-enacts his Abbreviated Pundit Roundup for radio. Charlie Cook's 2016 brackets. AL's first openly gay legislator says she'll expose marriage equality opponents who've had affairs. And AL's Chief Justice Roy Moore doesn't believe in courts. Reid trolls McConnell. Why won't the Koch brothers stop leading? Good reasons not to vaccinate. "The Netenyahu Disaster." Is it baffling that MMA fighting is illegal in NY? Gun rights versus property rights, again. Can't get a PB&J into school, but unvaccinated kids, A-OK! A closer look at "The rise of 'scam PACs.'" Joan McCarter visits to update us on the Loretta Lynch confirmation hearing, new unilateral subpoena rules in House committees, the latest Gop governors trying to disguise their Medicaid expansions, and Idaho's "Add the Words" human rights campaign.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:16pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 27, 2015

It's the day after a blizzard that wasn't everything it was cracked up to be. Greg Dworkin checked in with a polling update. Also: the rent really was too damn high; Scam PACs; accumulating evidence that King v. Burwell is crap; the Obama popularity game; losing parents to Fox; Mike Pence says he'll get his own damn press; Iran sanctions; Gop tries to pin inequality on Obama; and a collection of articles on the anti-vaxxer backlash. From the intersection of surveillance & technology: the license plate scanning database and the White House drone crash. Armando discusses the hollow King reasoning & the political SCOTUS.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:44pm EST

With the great blizzard on its way, Greg Dworkin dashed in briefly to share headlines of Charles Blow's son's encounter with police, Everybody Hates Chris Christie, Steve King's Iowa clown show. Is Markos running for Congress? Better question: why would I read that article instead of just asking him? Breitbart World slapfight! How long will Mitch McConnell's open amendment pledge last? It's already over. And Republicans are already considering their own filibuster changes. On a related note: the legal & political backstory on the 20-week abortion ban.

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

Kagro in the Morning - January 23, 2015

The owner of most of the Arabian peninsula, Mr. Saud, has died. Since he was a king, that's important. Mrs. Windsor, though, knows how to deal with these fellows. (And good on her for keeping her name, by the way.) Armando joins in to discuss Marco Rubio's prospects, Ben Carson's past health care views, and who'll show up at the Steve King bonkers circus. Some follow-up to yesterday's gun-in-a-Walmart story. 2016 field elevator pitches. The Gop can't stay out of the rape minefield. And here is why.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:32pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 22, 2015

Greg Dworkin rounds up top stories of the day. Mike Huckabee & cultural resentment. NY State Assembly Speaker arrested. Good economic news in housing. Way-too-early polling says Hillary's got a huge lead. House anti-abortion bill briefly derailed. More on the measles. Armando takes the wheel on Sheldon Silver & NY political machines. A white "vigilante" tackles (and puts in a choke hold) a black FL man he spotted carrying a (legal) concealed gun into Walmart. We're back on cake controversies. Deflate-gate: has "too big to fail" arrived in the NFL? Undercover NJ State Trooper used to photograph protestors at Christie event.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:21pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 21, 2015

It's all about the State of the Union today, plus the fifty-seven responses. Greg Dworkin rounds up SOTU news, reactions and analysis. Christie may be toast, but he keeps his social media team busy. And their distribution list secret. Disney workers coming down with measles. Chronic Lyme news: Real Housewife, Fake Disease. Boston heart surgeon shot by disgruntled patient. A spate of fatal accidental kid shootings gives us lots to examine. Joan McCarter was on the ground in Boise for President Obama's visit, but also, because she lives there. She reviews SOTU highlights and reactions, as well as the Gop response, and what's on tap in Congress, like KXL, Social Security. 2016 hopefuls summoned before the Koch brothers. Why the CDC isn't researching gun violence.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:54pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 20, 2015

Greg Dworkin rounds up a long weekend's worth of stories. Dinesh D'Souza thinks he's MLK. A look back at the real man's work, his contemporary opposition, and today's tributes. SOTU previews from critics and others. Why the Gop still has no health care policy. Congressional Gop's "secret weapon" bypasses the filibuster, which used to be awesome at guaranteeing the Founders' intent, etc. Polling updates on the 2016 field, plus issues. Santorum Etch-a-Sketches his family's immigration history, and the microscopes turn to Jeb. And Billmon reads the electorate. Lauren Mayer's "Welcome Back, Mitter!" Politico's "The Myth Behind Defensive Gun Ownership" entices Armando to call in on a range of gun-related issues, American Sniper and more. Another super-conservative caught doing pretty much everything she condemns.

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

Kagro in the Morning - January 16, 2015

We didn't have Greg with us this morning, but we did have his list of headlines. "Soft power" plans at the Republican retreat. Sarah Palin re-re-launches TV show. And it's spelled wrong. MI Gov. Snyder vetoes a Republican gun bill. Updating CT's first-in-nation sick days law. New Jerseyans say Christie's nothing special, at best. Scott Walker is in. So's Perry. And Ted Cruz makes it harder for everyone. Saud-ish blogger gets temporary reprieve. Remember all that stuff about "bending the curve" on health care? Here's some bent ones. Midwestern Republicans do immigration differently. Rosalyn MacGregor says Republicans coincidentally have another wildly bigoted wacko rising in their ranks: MI RNC member Dave Agema. What part of "shall not be infringed" do I not understand? The part that takes three weeks to teach that. Lastly, a KITM-style parsing of a report that the White House knew about the CIA's Senate snooping.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:57pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 15, 2015

Wake up, Idaho! TSA caught someone trying to board a flight with a circular saw in Pocatello the other day. TX gun enthusiasts run a Charlie Hebdo shooting simulation with an armed civilian in the office. Everyone still died. Pretty much what ABC's 20/20 found more than five years ago. Yet another accidental shooting in a Walmart. Still more TX gun enthusiasts tip their hand while lobbying for their favorite gun bill. Joan McCarter dropped by to defend Idaho, and round up happenings in Congress including Wall St. deregulation, undermining Social Security, the possible future of the filibuster, and how Daily Kos is helping keep Dems in line. Also, the meaningless but fun Jason Chaffetz vs. Darrell Issa portrait battle. Even post-conviction, justice is a different game for the rich and/or powerful.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:33pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 14, 2015

Geez, Ted Cruz had a thin resume when he first became Texas Solicitor General. Oh, and he had some booze in his car when he was a teenager. Greg Dworkin says nobody's buying Mitt 3.0. Republicans in disarray! And rounds up the Charlie Hebdo (and Dieudonné) news. The most French thing ever? The doc who championed hand washing & how they got rid of him. Do workplace wellness programs work? For whom? Armando takes the reins for further discussion of the Charlie Hebdo issues. Then, the conclusion of "Fundamentalist wrath."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:50pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 13, 2015

First order of business today: Denounce the stupidity of lingering over the "issue" of President Obama not going to Paris. Second order of business: Explain this stance for over an hour. Third: Invite Armando to join in doing so. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) calls for an investigation of Chris Christie's gang rifling the E-ZPass files of political enemies. Antonio Weiss withdraws his bid for a top Treasury job. Mitt Romney is totes serious, and it'll be different this time. Columbus brought out the riot cops after Ohio State won the national championship game, but only to control the "revelers." Paul Waldman's "note" on Obama & the Paris march. Parsing the issues and factors in "Fundamentalist wrath."

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

Kagro in the Morning - January 12, 2015

Greg Dworkin leads discussion (in which Armando joins) of Charlie Hebdo reactions, and the many & varying issues swirling around them, around the world & right here at home on Daily Kos. Also discussed: the attempt to make a political issue of President Obama's non-attendance at the Paris demonstration. DA who declined to indict over the Eric Garner death says no talking about it. The filibuster and "getting things done." A small collection of GunFAIL stories that show how divided we are even on the definitions of the things we're "debating." And let's all give Chris Christie control of the NSA & drones, because he's already using government to spy on political enemies.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:12pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 9, 2015

We take a look back at the Republican House's kick-off failure with their initial attempt at passing Dodd-Frank rollbacks. Uber's latest venue for its scofflaw schemes business expansions plans: Boise, ID. "Confessions of a former TSA officer." Joan McCarter checked in after the holiday break, updating us on the Gop's desperate desire to kick people off insurance, and even ruin it for anyone who can afford to keep it when they're done. And that she'd gotten a little talking to from the mayor of Boise, too! We also talk KXL, and Ted Cruz vs. Mitch McConnell for true control of the Senate.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 3:02pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 8, 2015

Greg Dworkin collects the day's headlines, esoterica, and his picks for best & worst of reactions from the right. The House wastes no time in failing to govern (but we're OK with it, and explain how it happened). Weird news: obit for a forger. Pollsters find more "independents" than ever, yet no less partisanship. Probably because B.S. How Europeans relate to their Muslim populations. Comparing the NAACP bombing news. Armando shares stories on Saxby Chambliss' becoming a not-lobbyist, and the newest front in Chris Christie's War on Toast, and the various nuances of the day's free speech issues. Texas open carry advocates split over tactics, and it's sort of entertaining. Finally, we begin reading through James Fallows' "The Tragedy of the American Military."

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:06pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 7, 2015

Top of the headlines this morning: terrorist attacks on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, and also at the Colorado Springs offices of the NAACP. Greg Dworkin rounds up a wide range of stories. Sleds, not open carry guns, banned. Fallout & follow-up on the Speaker's race. The world learns who Kirby Delauter is, and then makes fun of him. SCOTUS & the fate of the ACA. The arcana of defining full-time work. Congress kicks off with Volker rule repeal & undermining Social Security. VT still working on getting a governor. Christie continues being toast. Armando comments on events in Paris, Kirby Delauter's confusion, dynamic budget scoring, and gets his daily licks in on Christie. A closer & more critical reading of Mick Mulvaney's fascinating narrative on his vote for Boehner. Lindsey Graham does another extremely weird thing. More detail on the Walmart shooting: the purse & the gun tell us more about what was going on.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:51pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - January 6, 2015

Greg Dworkin's roundup: Americans not feeling the change; Gop abandoning its "40 hour" bait & switch; McConnell takes over in the Senate; dropping oil prices; closing GTMO; Huckabee-mentum; Harvard Ideas on Health Care Hit Home, Hard. We discuss some of the lesser-known mechanics of convening a new Congress, starting with the designation of the Dean of the House. Chris Moody's list of "Don'ts" for new Members. The Speaker race. Explainer: Gop still won't let delegates vote. Armando shows up to claim due credit for his focus on Chris Christie yesterday. Seems we have an issue! What do you do when a friend brings a gun to your party? Screw all regulations, ever! Permit-less pavilion built for woman killed in GunFAIL collapses in high winds. David Duke's platform is now Louisiana's mainstream.

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

Kagro in the Morning - January 5, 2015

New Year's Eve is always a big night for "celebratory gunfire," so there's a lot of GunFAIL to catch up on. And of course, there's the drinking, which doesn't help things. Greg Dworkin rounds up headlines on gun access and mentally ill teens, and the second NYPD funeral. Environmental regulations don't cost as much as thought. The long, long view on the economy. Huckabee-mania, and playing for the base. Polling on the ACA, Afghanistan. In crazy science/spycraft news: you can enhance photos to see the reflections in a subject's corneas, and even reconstruct fingerprints. The family of the mom shot by her 2-year-old in Walmart still insists she made no mistakes, and "experts" can't seem to find them, either. But area papers seem to be waking up to reality. Iowa has its own problems, but local experts reflecting on them come up with nothing. Armando just couldn't let Chris Christie's football (and his brother's Facebook) antics go unremarked-upon! Plus, we talk about the so-far-unexciting primary pre-season, and a forgotten element of critical filibuster reform that's expiring.

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