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Kagro in the Morning - June 30, 2016

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David Waldman Today on KITM, David cherry-picks the data, so you don’t have to.

Greg Dworkin rounds up a bunch of newsy and pollsy things. Culture Is replacing class as the key political divide in the US as in UK, but the balance is better here. Brexit is finally figured out.

More is discovered about the Istanbul attackersGOP national-security experts are more #ReadyForHer than for him.  

Hillary Clinton wins, Trump loses huge in June. How polling can go wrong. How can Trump punish his non-supporters? Who would want to be the Trump VP? This guy is available—and born in NYC!

Things are more complex than Donald Trump makes them. For instance, steel. Black Lives Matter would like to get more details on Hillary Clinton’s approach to civil rights.

David catches up on Donald Trump’s schemes, scams, grifts, and other flim-flams. Trump promised millions to charity, and after about seven years he has donated about 10 grand. The Trump Institute offered its get-rich schemes with plagiarized lessons. Is the Trump Network a political Ponzi scheme? Clownstick said he was forgiving over $45 million in personal loans he made to his campaign, so quit bugging him for proof.

The Bob McDonnell Supreme Court ruling makes convicting politicians of corruption almost impossible, btw.

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Kagro in the Morning - June 29, 2016

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It’s David Waldman Day on KITM!  It’s also Greg Dworkin Day and Joan McCarter Day! You just can’t pack more interesting stuff into two hours, so be sure to warm up your link finger!

Greg Dworkin rounds up the news, views, pundits, and polls: Hillary Clinton keeps knocking “the steam” out of Donald Trump’s campaign. Trump is countering by attacking Republican economic principles. Trump supporters don’t like free trade, but really aren’t that big of fans of black people or much of anything in between. Donald Trump’s advisor and warm up act has been battling multiculturalism since high school. So, now is a good time for Barack Hussein Obama to hit the campaign trail.

Donald Trump, how does it feel to be losing so badly?

It is hard to find rational solutions for gun violence in the American press, good thing these people speak english. Harvard debunks the old standby of guns for personal defense.

Joan McCarter has a lot to talk about today: Paul Ryan tries poisoned partisanship on the Democrats. Senate Republicans toe the line and blockade Obama JudgesLook out, Sen. Richard Burr, Democrat Deborah Ross is nipping at your heels. Yay, “common sense” prevails in the Supreme Court’s abortion decision.

David looks into a few trending #gunFAIL stories: A 6 year old boy was shot at the Grand

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Kagro in the Morning - June 28, 2016

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David Waldman, still euphoric from Icelandic victories and yogurt, brings us today’s KITM.

Greg Dworkin brings us more on Brexit. Why the new nationalists are taking over. Will this help Donald Trump? No, it will further demonstrate the superiority of Hillary Clinton’s ideas, as each day’s polling shows. Maybe if Trump followers war whoop harder it might convince voters? What’s wrong with a genetic purity test for political candidates? Experts determine Donald Trump is lying about money. At the moment Clownstick is winning in Texas by single digits. Trump’s chances now rest on bears and meteors. Gop campaigns may have found the bus to throw Donald Trump under.

The Supreme Court makes its biggest decision on abortion in decades. Why did Justice Anthony Kennedy assist in this historic decision?

Armando Armandosplains the Supreme Court abortion access law decision in a three part, one hour conversation with David. Only on KITM will you find this sort of analysis of the history, philosophy, and politics around the decision, as well as a discussion of the institution vs. the individual in America. “Common sense” prevails in the Supreme Court decision. The remarkably unchanging American split on abortion.

On The Media presented a show devoted to bridging the gap over guns in America and how the media can better understand “both sides”,  which was comprehensive in every respect other than the omission of the wealth of data and perspective offered by this show, and David Waldman. Lucky you, as a fan of this show you have the key to understanding it all.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:40am EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 27, 2016

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David Waldman returns to KITM today instead of performing jury duty. It’s too hot this time of year anyway, with all of the jurors fanning themselves with their notes and fedoras, and the attorneys sweating through their seersucker suits and all. 

Stay away from Baja too, at least if your realtor is Donald Trump.

Greg Dworkin reports that Donald Trump is having a hard time selling people on anything this month as Sanders backers head to Clinton. Bernie’s supporters start to see themselves as Hillary supporters, and even the campaign chiefs are becoming buddies

Evangelical Christians have faith in Baby Christian Clownstick. What will the conservatives that have a harder time lying to themselves do? Is it time to go Full Curly in Cleveland? Is it now time to pick between Trump and oblivion, or is that a package deal? Some rats refuse to even get on the ship.

Trump’s policies would add $11.5 trillion to the debt. Ends up that Republicans see and treat blacks differently than whites

Brexit shows that kids should vote more. Does Brexit mean it’s time for a realpolitik parsing between liberalism and progressivism? The EU now decides if spanking the UK will hurt the EU more than the UK.

Bernie Sanders backers in Nebraska learn how to not step on their friend’s toes.

If Mia Love skips Cleveland, that might make her VP nomination awkward.

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Kagro in the Morning - June 24, 2016
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Kagro in the Morning - June 23, 2016

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The Democrats continue to be revolting, in a quite inspirational fashion. David Waldman believes nothing huge should be expected, but as increments go, these are a nice ones. Paul Ryan allowed no bills and got no breaks. The Gop won’t give in, no matter how hard they lose.

Greg Dworkin calls in to discuss how parties matter, and how they are not the same. John Lewis’ nonviolence training and tradition.

Donald Trump said some crazy, non-sensical, conspiracy theories and lies. If you didn’t catch it, Clownstick’ll be doing it again and again for the next few months because he will not be pivoting anywhere. Trump runs his campaign like a real estate deal.

Obamacare is working, but both sides see an advantage in trashing it.

Hey, remember when the Republicans fought for your freedom to get $3.50 per gallon gas? One way this differs from today’s fight for gun safety is new social media technology. C-SPAN circumvents the House blackout on sit-in coverage.

Want a revolution? Here is a little election with big lessons to teach.

Patrick Murphy, not this one, but this one, is raising red flags, which may lead to a Marco Rubio return, even.

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Kagro in the Morning - June 22, 2016

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David Waldman announced that KITM was back to its regular, normal, ready-for-prime-time state, and as you’d expect, the live feed went away shortly after. Tap the player above for the full show!

Ivanka Trump promotes a new niche super-PAC for those that don’t like her dad, but really don’t like Hillary Clinton. Is she on Trump payroll? Dump Trump gets a second wind.

Greg Dworkin brings us the polls and the news:

Donald Trump finds that he needs to decide whether to be wacky for his wacko supporters, maybe do that pivot into that “presidential campaign”, or to just go gull the rubes as he always has.  

The super delegate debate rages on, for the next few years probably.

Marco Rubio runs back to Florida’s rescue, in his own special way.

Joan McCarter also notes that little ghoul Rubio has decided to profit from the Orlando Slaughter.  

Republicans run government not so much like a business by coming up with the same Obamacare replacement after 6 years.  

Joan and David discuss the senate votes on gun measures. Susan Collins came up with a “terror gap compromise, at least the NRA waited for her announcement before telling senators not to vote for it. Mitch McConnell wants to protect your Second Amendment rights, to hell with the Fourth. Georgia Rep. John Lewis is leading a sit-in on the House floor today to push Republicans to address gun violence in the legislative chamber.

Today, Trump attempts to dig out of his deep hole with an attack on Clinton.

Guns attract crime to Atlanta Public Schools.

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Kagro in the Morning - June 21, 2016
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Kagro in the Morning "Encore Performance" - June 18, 2015 airing June 20, 2016

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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 "Encore Performance" - June 17, 2015 airing June 17, 2016

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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, 2016

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David Waldman presents a KITM so relevant and immediate you’ll swear it’s live. Congrats on David’s 20th Anniversary! In lieu of gifts, feel free to donate to PayPal, or Patreon.

Donald Trump presents the Von Clownstick Doctrine, in an inspiring cinematic performance.

Will Trump run the country like his businesses, like Mitt Romney promised to do? Will Trump make the US in the image of his whipped Casinos, or Trump University? As president, maybe he could charge for his speeches, like the millions he made for hawking Multi-Level Marketing. This businesswoman finally got Trump to pay his bills

Donald Trump can spot any scam if he doesn’t have his little fingers in it: Soldiers skimming reconstruction money.

Reporters don’t have to worry, Stubby will let them write down what he says when he is president. He will send refugees back however, because you never know about them.

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Kagro in the Morning "Encore Performance" - June 15, 2015 airing June 15, 2016

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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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Kagro in the Morning - June 14, 2016

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David Waldman will not be live tomorrow—but he’s working on a KITM special edition crammed full of good stuff so you will feel able to tackle the rest of the week.  

So, here is the wave of blood and tears the Trump campaign has been waiting a year for.

Greg Dworkin brings us the polls, and the news—and the not-so-news that Donald Trump is xenophobe who panders to xenophobes. Trump chooses between caring about dead LGBT people and stoking fear. Newt Gingrich sees an opportunity to create a new House Un-American Activities Committee. Ken Burns thinks it is time for everyone to quit joking around

Voters decide that being the first female presidential candidate isn’t “historic”. All that free air time during the primaries helped Trump. Nonetheless, Hillary Clinton is gaining in men, and white voters. Republicans wish you didn’t ask them Von Clownstick questions for a few months.

Did Orlando health providers need a HIPAA waiver after this mass shooting?

It turns out that the guy heading to a gay pride parade with with three assault rifles, ammunition, and chemicals that can be used to make explosives, did not actually say he had planned anything bad to happen. An anti-trans bathroom ‘Child Protector’ was caught with a 13 year old chained In his basement.

Tulsi Gabbard seems unusually Islamophobic for a progressive until you look into her motivations. She is also not into super delegates.

Donald Trump keeps reducing his traveling stenographer pool. Is this a badge of honor for journalists

The Orlando shooter was enabled by a retired NYPD officer.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:46am EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 13, 2016

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Today David Waldman invites you to listen to KITM as we all try to get a handle on the tragedy in Orlando, emotionally, politically, and factually.

Greg Dworkin gives us support, and hope, calling in from Newtown: A Sandy Hook Survivor offers advice for Orlando. Mourning in Orlando.

Or you could congratulate Donald Trump. Donald likes applause following tragedies. Von Clownstick worries about Obama’s patriotism. Trump isn’t pivoting. Ambulance chasing does not seem to be helping Donald Trump’s polling. Louis C.K. quickly and simply explains who to vote for.

David and Greg discuss the protocol for linking an attack to ISIS and what "Lone Wolf" means.

Armando helps analyse the logic supporting the hot takes, and not so hot takes, and also predicts that we'll be seeing many Latinos on the casualty list.

The Orlando shooter was investigated for claiming to be linked to the Boston Marathon bombing. What would the shooter have said if he was caught alive, and what would his lawyer say?

Christina Grimmie’s church adds 49 Souls to its prayers after the Orlando massacre.

Eventually, too quickly, the media will move on, and Trump U. will be waiting for them. The Gop never noticed, is it because grifting is in their DNA?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:03pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 10, 2016

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David Waldman gets us to Friday, and KITM gets us through the weekend with today’s wide-ranging show:

Arliss Bunny hops on to the show, hopping mad that think tanks like the Mercatus Center have framed our understanding of Social Security and made it all feel like “common sense”. Arliss helps us redefine (back to the correct definition) insolvency, inflation, bankruptcy, and gives us insight into the physics of money. Want to know more, and more and more about money? Find out the most with The Smart Bunny's Guide to Debt, Deficit and Austerity. Would you like even more new economic perspectives? Check out And, tune in to Hopping Mad with Will McLeod and Arliss Bunny this Monday at 8AM EST, to find out why this former Bernie or Bust woman feels berned.

Florida correspondent Darwin Mesadieu has got a report that rolls up Governor Rick Scott, the Zika virus, and that other loathsome disease, Donald Trump. Rick Scott, pretty loathsome on his own, does not want to join forces with Von Clownstick, and even Rick Scott thinks the Gop congress is loathsome in its disregard of the Zika Virus.

Back to Donald Trump. Did you know people are voting for him because of his business skills? Now, It looks as if Trump’s skill of holding on to his money comes from his holding on to your money. Along with Trumping, pumping and dumping, Donald pretends he doesn’t have the money, underpays on his vendors regularly, and just skips paying people at all. Maybe he gets votes from reminding people of that boss they used to have.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:47am EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 9, 2016

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David Waldman and KITM bring us the Trump, Clinton, and Sanders news along with a lot more that everyone else should be talking about, but they just never get around to telling you.

Will Obama join with the lack of a majority of votes, delegates and super delegates to stop Bernie Sanders?

Greg Dworkin rounds up the news and polls: Donald Trump assesses the damage, Bernie Sanders assesses his campaign, and Greg’s son, a Bernie voter, assesses the future for Sanders’ supporters. Democrats are unifying quicker and better than Republicans. The trend is favoring Clinton and increasing, especially for other Democrats. Are Hillary supporters being cowed into silence? There is no Trump Bump. Trump isn’t going to change, and some are fine with that

David Nir, Political Director of Daily Kos, and longtime friend of the show, joins us today to get a handle on down ticket races. The senate race in California is Democrat vs Democrat, woman vs. woman, win-win. Democrats avoid disaster and are now poised to hold an important California house seat

David continues to follow the money as the Koch Brothers inflitrate obscure but important outposts protecting our way of life, and takes another look at the dealings of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:28am EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 8, 2016

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David Waldman on KITM was one of the first to break the history-making news of Hillary Clinton being the first female nominee from a major US political party—yesterday. Today KITM breaks it again.

Greg Dworkin invites us to laugh at Trump Lackey Jeffery Lord. More laughs from Rep Lee Zeldin. Trump U. lawsuits could be catastrophic for Trump, and no one can find a legal justification, so why won’t Von Clownstick stop talking about Judge Curiel? Technically, Republicans could still dump Trump.

Armando joins with Joan McCarter on ringing in the 21st Century, and the history being made by Hillary Clinton and the Democrats.

The Koch Bros groom anti-government ideologues to run committees for the programs they want destroyed. David tells you how they do it.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:38am EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 7, 2016

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David Waldman brings us the KITM Super Tuesday Primary show! Woooo Hooo—wait, this just in. The numbers would lead one to presume the presumptive nominee is Hillary Clinton. But, look at how Sanders would have, could have done!

Greg Dworkin points out that not all Sanders supporters will go for Hillary, because they didn’t consider either candidate for their policies. Sanders’ supporters might choose based on gender, but also because those are the choices they have always made before. Nancy Pelosi hops onto the bandwagon.

Von Clownstick thinks only clownsticks would choose to judge him fairly. Republicans aren’t sure where to go with this. Trump minions aren’t sure where to go with this. Democrats do know where to go with it. Paul Ryan does not approve! But, Paul Ryan does that a lot. Florida's attorney general personally asked Trump for money when she decided not to look into Trump fraud. The Republican party can get even worse.

David explores another rigged political system, that is rigged by being a political system, and another accidental gun discharge that raises questions that the gun owner might just be a moron.

Tom Cotton crushes an Obama Nominee’s hopes, with the intent to inflict pain on Obama.

You need to act. Now. Yes, YOU! Yes, NOW! Forward with Foister.

Speaking of voting, today you might get a chance to send a message to Judge Aaron Persky. Others have sent messages to him recently.

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Kagro in the Morning - June 6, 2016
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Kagro in the Morning - June 3, 2016
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Kagro in the Morning - June 2, 2016

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Trump’s grumpy about something new. The PGA moved a big golf event from one of his courses, because sponsors don’t want to be associated with the Trump name. But so far, that hasn’t distracted people from the Trump “University” story.

Greg Dworkin reminds us that the last primaries are looming.

Oklahoma pay-to-play “cop” gets 4 years for mistaking his gun (which he shouldn’t have had) for his Taser (which he shouldn’t have had) and killing an unarmed suspect. It was a story that GunFAIL helped go national (which we shouldn’t have had to).

An extremely weedy fight breaks out, again, over the DNC platform committee, and there are no good answers about it yet.

And in just one more Trump story, one of his “great deals” might be coming back to bite him (in a minor way).

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:08pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - June 1, 2016

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On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, we leap headlong & willingly into the Trump trap, but only after tearing ourselves away from the overwhelming Frenchmentum. And just barely, at that.

Greg Dworkin took us on a tour of the psychology of Trumpism, with an added dash of data about how the white vote breaks down, including the (mostly) white CEO vote. And as always, the broader view of the Abbreviated Pundit Roundup.

Next, and extended look at the story of the day: the depravity of the “business practices” of Trump “University,” plus another MLM scam yet to be explored. Followed by the second-biggest Trump scandal of the day, stealing raising money from for veterans. Common to all these scams is Trump’s inability and/or unwillingness to separate his “ventures” the way the common folk (or even the common rich) are supposed to.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:42am EST