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Kagro in the Morning - September 30, 2016

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David Waldman did not stay up all night looking for Alicia Machado’s sex tape. If so, he surely would have come up “empty handed”. He is pretty tired though.  

Donald Trump spent the night coming up with Khan 2.0, which will at least tide us over the weekend, maybe even next week

Greg Dworkin again has to warn us to lay off the millennials, they still have over a month to think about it! Hillary’s doing very well as it is, returning back to her sunny forecast. Donald’s still has his insta-polls to keep his optimism high heading into his next massacre. Sadly, facts remain Donald’s bête noire, and his missing white voters remain missing. Donald Trump does not need to manufacture scandals, he has a couple real ones heading his way: Donald Trump’s hotel and casino company secretly spent money in Cuba in violation of the U.S. trade embargo, for instance, and The Trump Foundation lacks the certification required for charities that solicit money. The Trump Foundation just keeps giving and giving.

Kagro in the Morning gets to mention Howard Stern. Donald Trump has to quit mentioning unnamed sources.

Mitch McConnell regrets Barack Obama letting the senate override Obama’s veto.

Josie Duffy Rice returns to KITM to talk about Donald Trump's fearmongering and racist lies about crime in America, and the FBI crime statistics report for 2015.

A Saudi princess told her bodyguard to beat up and kill an interior decorator, he said “Sure thing Boss.”

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:11pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 29, 2016

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Go ahead, sit here and listen to David Waldman further badmouth Donald Trump, in an indictment of our entire American society:

Greg Dworkin disputes that millenials are young, dumb and just won’t come to the polls, advocating patience as we approach the finish line. Several more scientific, accredited polls declare Hillary Clinton the winner of the first presidential debate. You know who lost? The guy that’s acting like a huge loser. Sez who?

It really is hard to escape Godwin’s Law lately, huh? Hitler maybe did, but Donald definitely has a “No Fat Chicks” rule. Managers at Trump properties had to hide and reschedule women that Donald was not attracted to. But, what thanks did he get? Trump was named ‘Grand Benefactor’ for a gala without donating a penny. Donald also gets a $1.5 million ring, free. You all can wait for the trickle.

Cleveland police union's looming Trump, Clinton endorsement vote causes fear among black officers.

Please welcome KITM’s newest correspondent, Paula Writer! Paula reports on NPR’s real-time fact-checking of the Presidential Debate, which drew millions of readers.

Armando calls in to talk about how Donald Trump’s company violated the US embargo against Cuba, which clashes with his South Florida schtick. His and David’s attention was diverted to a for-real train wreck in Hoboken, NJ reported this morning. So far terrorism isn’t suspected. (Except by Curt Schilling.) The school shooting at Townville Elementary in South Carolina isn't being called terrorism and some are pretty sure they know why.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:16pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 28, 2016

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David Waldman welcomes you to Lifestyles of the Rich, Famous and Not Squandering Money on Your Infrastructure. For the next debate Donald will have less champagne wishes and caviar dreams, but more thinking. Whose shoulder will Roger Ailes cry on, then?

Greg Dworkin feels good polling heading our way, just relax and let the number counters count them up. Here’s some numbers to tide you over: It took The Arizona Republic 125 years to find a Democrat to endorse. The debate had over 80 million viewers. It took 15 minutes to pick a winner. 8 in 10 agree Donald’s the loser. The 5 takeaways.

So, Donald trickled down, is Hillary shimmying up? She is looking good, and she definitely needs to wake up some sleepy voters.

Meanwhile, Chris Christie, who is toast, is becoming a star, and so is Pepe.

Joan McCarter lets us know that just because Donald Trump is stealing all of the limelight doesn’t mean those knuckleheads in DC aren’t up to something. Actually, they’re not up to much. The government has three more days of funding, counting today, so will Paul Ryan hero up, by doing a little for Flint, MI? David and Joan talk veto override.

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

Kagro in the Morning - September 27, 2016

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David Waldman couldn’t stand the suspense of waiting for the world to tweet the debate out to him, and had to watch it himself. Good for him, It went so well it might be the only one they do this year. Donald Trump returns to defying conventions of civility and political common sense today, while attempting to erase the past, and expose the rigging, as the rest of us climb out of the rubble.

Greg Dworkin notes the changing tide of “common wisdom” as opinions change, and hopefully future polls change as well. Greg and David determine what can be learned from last night, and how it can be applied to getting this election won.

The next debate is October 9! (Actually the VP debate is October 4, won’t that be something?) What Donald Trump scandals can we look forward to between now and then? There’s the $2.3 million  owed to Trump that he directed to his foundation, and the $258,000 from he used from his charity to settle legal problems, and the 6 figure telecom job for which Donald Trump stiffed a National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesperson.

Don’t forget, Donald Trump isn’t the only Republican numbskull out there. Joan McCarter will have a binder full of them tomorrow. In the meantime consider Paul LePage’s binder

Until tomorrow, enjoy the soothing sounds of Donald Trump.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:02pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 26, 2016

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Should David Waldman watch it? Everybody’s going to talking about it tomorrow anyhow, but it does seem pretty important. Maybe he’ll watch it.

Greg Dworkin rounds up the polls, the really tight polls, the very tight polls. Are voters voting “for” anyone this year? Oh come on, half of US voters are waiting for tonight to make up their minds about these candidates? Donald Trump may have more to gain from this debate, depending on his performance, of course. Donald Trump either lied to Republicans or broke the law. Trump’s business ties could upend US national security. And there are those ties between Trump and Russia, plus a few more things. So, how is Hillary Clinton underperforming in her strongest segment? 10% of mail-in ballots are in from North Carolina, and here’s a look.

Key NJ Legislators, and David, look into a Chris Christie Impeachment. And one for Trump, just for good measure.

Might come up in the debate: Mass shooting in Texas. Probably won’t come up in the debate: Smoking weed while Canadian can get you banned from the US for life.

Two people are injured outside a gun show in Sandy, Utah. No surprise to the guy shot outside the gun show in Sandy, Utah in April.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:23am EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 23, 2016

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David Waldman sculls different lagoons of consciousness today to explore unexpected subjects and bring new perspectives to this weekend’s conversations and contemplations. Hop on the KITM gondola:

Will tax returns give a hint of Donald Trump’s relationship to Russians? Or his relationship to his own money? Who knows? Good reasons to release them. Getting stiffed was a great promotion for a veteran’s charity—Thanks Trump

Donald Trump’s airline use is paid by you. The beauty part is Trump gets the markup on the fuel, the salary of the staff fueling the plane, the staff inside of it. This is how America gets Great Again. The Trump campaign controls every word from prominent CNN commentator Corey Lewandowski. The Trump campaign will make certain to control every word you say, even if you are just volunteering for them.

A study in contrasts: Inside the collapse of Trump’s D.C. policy shop. A look at Hillary Clinton’s policy shop.

David takes his opinions overseas with a look at Taiwan vs. China, as an U.N. agency snubs Taiwan, by recognizing Beijing's 'one China’. Hundreds of Taiwanese living in the US joined a Taiwanese delegation in a march in New York City. What are the issues for them, and us, and the upcoming President?

Are liberals keeping immigrants, medical marijuana users, and disabled from the guns they deserve? Are gun rights for whites only?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:56am EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 22, 2016

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David Waldman dives for cover as Greg Dworkin and Armando climb into the KITM ring yet again! Today the two go toe to toe over polling. Yes, Hillary Clinton holds her usual stable lead going into the debates, Trump holds his usual second place, but it’s the details (and demographics, and the organization of the campaign) that count. For instance: NC's absentee mail-in ballots trends. So, pay attention to the details, and uhm, the big picture, or a few big pictures.

Donald Trump comes up with a big-government unconstitutional gun confiscation scheme. The Media just doesn’t know how to handle Trump, although they should have had plenty of practice. A University of Tennessee professor urged motorists to run over demonstrators blocking traffic in Charlotte, N.C. The WNBA Indiana Fever team kneels in protest and solidarity. A Trump campaign official never ran into problems with racism before Obama. Meet the Neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and other extremists endorsing Donald Trump. Meet a bunch of them in North Carolina!

Rosalyn MacGregor spots the insidious “conservative” pre-emption trend in Michigan, this time targeting an already-hurting Flint.

Yes, the Trump Foundation is Donald’s wallet. Trump's campaign paid his businesses $8.2 million.

At least the Enterprise car rental company leaves ALEC after public outcry.

David gives his thoughts on the arms sale to Saudish Arabia, and Rand Paul's attempt to block it. Saudis are both the arsonists and the firefighters.

Campus carry inspires a lot of University doubletalk.

Direct download: September_22_2016_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:52am EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 21, 2016

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Early voting has already begun. Most people, even if they haven’t voted, have already decided. But if you are still on the fence about Donald Trump being a nut and a nitwit, dishonest and a douche, David Waldman has some stuff you need to hear!

Greg Dworkin also had very important and interesting things to say, but Skype sucks. Good thing he wrote it all down and sent the links: Donald Trump is a lying liar that lies and lies, and even cheats at golf. Still, he has a better chance of being president than you, just not as much a chance as Hillary Clinton. How much less of a chance is up for grabs. The number pollsters grab depends on their “secret sauce”, the method for “correcting” polling errors. David goes deep into the analysis of polling methodology.

Donald Trump prefers to use other people’s money as his own. So, he is fine that the Trump Foundation’s biggest donor Is a high-end ticket scalper’s money, not his own. Back in 2012 Joan McCarter connected World Wrestling Entertainment, or the McMahon Foundation, or maybe just Vince and Linda McMahon to the Trump Foundation, which as far as Donald Trump’s wallet is concerned is “Donald Trump”.  Joan knows about many more liars and jerks than Donald though: Confirmed liar Mark Kirk's website lies about his military service—again! Kelly Ayotte continues to weasel her way around ties to Trump, or even opinions about him. Senate Republicans avoid voting on a budget, to avoid helping out Flint Michigan, and it’s day 220 without a vote, or a meeting, or a hearing on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.

Donald Junior also prefers to use other people’s money, so much so that he proposed to his wife in front of a jewelry store, at a mall with a free ring, for publicity. Donald Trump likes publicity sometimes as well. More than a dozen Donald Trump businesses have picked up ”Star Diamond” awards from Trump friend (whom Trump doesn’t “know that well”) Joey “No Socks” Cinque.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:22am EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 20, 2016

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Did you know David Waldman is the host of Kagro in the Morning, which you can listen to LIVE, 9AM Eastern or via podcast available on iTunes, LibSyn, and other content providers including YouTube? Did you know there are a number of ways you can donate to the production of this show? Did you know the buttons for all of those things are right on this page?

Donald Trump Jr. observes that life is like a bowl of Skittles. You never know what you’re going to get, and some are in sleeper cells waiting to kill you. All this stupid inspires Clara Jeffery to tweet intelligently.

Greg Dworkin remains the voice of reason for this election, but which candidate will voters turn to when they need a trusted authority? As for the campaign, everybody chill out, Barack Obama’s got this, and Hillary has the Mo again, and btw people are starting to vote already. 

The first presidential debate is next week! But, will it matter?

A Bush tells a Kennedy he’ll vote for a Clinton. Republican insiders who fear a Trump presidency need to actively endorse the only plausible alternative.

Chris Christie, who is toast, at the moment has his friend Donald, but not many more. Journalists are becoming less of a buddy to Donald Trump, after last week’s betrayal, and are returning to being nattering nabobs of negativity.

Hillary Clinton is over-performing Obama in Latino Decisions tracking poll. Armando calls in with insight on the evolution in Cuban American voting. Everyone tries to figure out the youngs, give up, and chase them off the lawn. What would Nader do?

In a preview of Joan McCarter Wednesday, weeks of Republican infighting over whether the House should move to impeach IRS Commissioner could have ended with a vote to table the impeachment resolution

Getting wound up thinking of the upcoming vice presidential debate? Read up on Governor Mike Pence and all of his baggage.


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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:25pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 19, 2016
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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:41am EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 16, 2016

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David Waldman makes it to the end of the week, with Donald Trump spiraling out of control, further into deception, dishonesty, dumb-assery, and of course rising in polls. David annotates the latest Trump Campaign press release: 

“In 2011, Mr. Trump was finally able to bring this ugly incident to its conclusion (NO) by successfully compelling President Obama to release his birth certificate (NO). Mr. Trump did a great service to the President (NO) and the country (NO) by bringing closure (NO) to the issue that Hillary Clinton and her team first raised (NO). Inarguably, Donald J. Trump is a closer (NO). Having successfully obtained (NO) President Obama’s birth certificate when others could not (NO) , Mr. Trump believes that President Obama was born in the United States. (Who the F cares)”

Armando calls in for a discussion of ethics, and competence, in journalism.

The Friday #GunFAIL news: Missouri retreats from gun safety. No matter what they do, more guns on campus will end up with more bullets in the campus.

KITM welcomes Daily Kos Staff, and lawyer Josie Duffy Rice who adds her special insight to questions of criminal justice and civil rights: This cop killed a mentally ill black man. Now he's a prosecutor. (In Portland. Where there’s already some police weirdness.) An era of change comes to Florida with the defeat of Angela Corey and Jeff Ashton.

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

Kagro in the Morning - September 15, 2016

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David Waldman needs to vent. Almost every day. And we like that. If we didn’t have him we’d be just a nervous mess. That is why he created KITM, Daily Kos Radio's steam whistle! Don't let our valve clog - donate today!

Greg Dworkin was hoping for 2008, but now seeing a 2012 kind of win this election. Again they are saying it’s a tight race, but what do they know? Hillary’s lead is still solid. Greg reminds us of how Obama vs. Romney looked at this time, and examines how the demographics are breaking this time aroundDon’t point your finger at millennials. If you are looking for blame, maybe you should look in the mirror, or at your neighbor maybe… actually he’s probably not your neighbor, because who’d want to hang with that guy? Why most think the country is on the wrong track, despite positive economic indicators. The politics of Hillary’s pneumonia.

Donald Trump Jr. is against releasing his dad’s tax returns because people would just ask the wrong questions. Ivanka Trump left an interview because she was asked the wrong questions. Donald will let the kids run businesses while he is president, and promises not to ask them any questions.

David moves on from that crackpot to the nitty-gritty of other scandals: At Wells Fargo (WFC -1.59%), execs got rich sandbagging clients. Sandbagger in chief Carrie Tolstedt picked up $125 million. Scott Walker earns whatever karma comes his way after taking industry money and then acting to try to retroactively block lawsuits by children harmed by lead paint. Congress rolls up its sleeves and goes to work, for Exxon.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:19am EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 14, 2016

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David Waldman tries to keep it quiet, but just two minutes into KITM is forced to reveal the respiratory illness he has harbored for almost the entire morning. Will he still be able to carry out his responsibilities in the future? Maybe it’s just a little frog in his throat. Anyhow, his body double isn’t ready to take over yet.

Greg Dworkin will not be revealing anyone’s health records live, but is happy to divulge Donald Trump’s foreign business ties. The Trump foundation may not be getting press, but it is getting attention from the law. Mysteries in the files of the Donald J. Trump Foundation are being solved. All this truth might shorten the lifespan of Trump minions.  

Eeek! Donald Trump has a 5 point lead in Ohio! Calm down, maybe there is an explanation. Hillary’s still got this. Here, look at some happy charts on the economy!

Joan McCarter reminds us that Donald Trump isn’t the only deplorable game in town. There are plenty of old pros in Washington derping it up. For instance, the Freedom Caucus Maniacs are stirring up yet another plot against fellow Republicans. That doesn’t mean they are ignoring Democrats, as they are planning never-ending investigations into President Clinton. And there’s always time to screw Paul Ryan! Maybe they can resist the urge to screw the whole US with another government shutdown, even if it means improving water or halting disease, or even funding Planned Parenthood. For the first time in more than 20 years the Senate has enforced a subpoena in court. The Democrats think they might have made a mistake slipping an Obamacare provision into a bill.

Has Scott Walker’s comeuppance finally arrived?

Donald Trump said he had the tallest building after 9/11.  He lied.

Trump promised to personally pay… Oh you already guessed the rest.

At least he has a got an excuse about that tax thing.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:57am EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 13, 2016

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David Waldman defends the KITM Throne of All Fun from all challengers, while simultaneously sitting on the Thrones of Truth, Fairness and a balanced breakfast.  

Donald Trump gets bailed out of debts by equally orange billionaire Stewie Rah Rah. Maybe Stewart feels a closeness with Donald based on some shared experience or two.  

Greg Dworkin reviews Hillary Clinton’s rough week. Mike Pence almost faints when asked if David Duke is deplorable. Clinton was correct on Trump’s deplorables, she was also brilliant to mention them, as Donald Trump reminds us each day, and his followers remind the press constantly. The media still continues to botch the election. Watch Hillary drink water!

Even so, Hillary Clinton holds her narrow lead, which is wider than it looks. Donald Trump tries to math his way to a win through the rust belt, which might work for him if Hillary just stopped and quit right now. How did conservatives lose the Gop

David Fahrenthold told us how Donald Trump retooled his charity to spend other people’s money. David Waldman follows the money and giant novelty checks, from charity to charity, philanthropist to philanthropist, although $0 from Donald Trump’s pocket. Donald Trump puts what’s important first—and it's not running for president.

Roger Stone has his idea of what’s important. The Brothel’ that gave birth to Rupert Murdoch. Inside the Beaverbrook Brothel.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:10pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 12, 2016

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If only everybody took the weekend off like David Waldman, the world would be a better place. But no, and now look what happens:

Hillary Clinton is diagnosed with pneumonia, maybe a classic case of walking pneumonia, which could be caused by many things, and have different levels of severity.

Greg Dworkin says what you saw with Ms. Clinton was Syncope, a temporary loss of consciousness followed by spontaneous recovery, or in nonmedical quarters, fainting. George W. Bush fainted, his dad fainted, as have a more than a few others.

Let’s move on. Even Donald Trump wants to get back to the basket of deplorables narrative. Hillary Clinton was Politically Incorrect, but she wasn't wrong, and was actually being correct and accurate about a significant group. Who does ‘basket of deplorables’ actually alienate? Basket aficionados? Look for “Trump Baskets” to be on sale soon.

Is Trump Buchanan 2.0? Some Trump supporters long for the days of Bill. Millennials love Obama, but he isn’t running and they aren’t sure what to do

In news that won’t bother Trump supporters, and won’t surprise anyone else, Trump set up his charities to give away other’s money and to claim the credit for himself.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:42pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 9, 2016

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David Waldman believes that “an informed electorate is the cornerstone of democracy”, or something like that. What way to best serve his country’s national interest then, but to give his listeners two hours full of information to mull over the weekend?  

Who does he think he is, Bjorn Nittmo? Sadly the actual Bjorn Nittmo is suffering from CTEchronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease affecting those receiving brain injuries, from football players to domestic violence victims.

Donald Trump Jr. may be dumber than his old man. Junior, and Infowars say Hillary Clinton wore an earpiece during the recent candidate forum. They are wrong.  However, Fox News did hack Media Matters’ phones, possibly others, maybe yours.

Gretchen Carlson is getting 20 million dollars because of her sexual harassment lawsuit with Fox News. Donald Trump has been involved in 169 different federal lawsuits, including one for sexual assault, for $125 Million. The woman in the case is not staying quiet, and can be found on twitter.

What’s with Donald Trump’s obsession with beauty pageants? Or stashing illegal immigrant models around town? What about

Facebook declares Vietnam war pictures are “nudes”, and deletes them, including a post made by the Norwegian Prime Minister.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:41pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 8, 2016

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Tune in today to figure out what’s bugging David Waldman on today’s KITM, then contact him ASAP, he’s getting pretty itchy.

The co-host of NBC Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, Matt Lauer, “moderated” a Commander in Chief Forum with both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, pleasing no one, as twitter noted. (See even more griping on the Abbreviated Pundit Round-up!) Greg Dworkin, however found a lot to analyze, especially in how pundits differ on their coverage of the candidates. The New York Times cuts, pastes then cuts and pastesthroughout the night.  

The polls are tightening, but the election is still going to Hillary. The volatile voter range is 18-34 year olds. Do they need their president to know what Aleppo is?

Donald went full Trump last night. (Never go full Trump.) Should he be graded on a curve? Or should he be arrested? So, how might Donald Trump herald nuclear Armageddon? Find out more on the August 8 podcast of Hopping Mad with Will McLeod and Arliss Bunny!

David explores the The long and twisted relationship between Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani.

Keeping up on petty Republican vendettas, David looks into the Gop snits over the Democratic Gun Sit-in, and the Obama/Iran payment transfer.

Remember Evan McMullin? If so, you might be wondering who Nathan Johnson is.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:20pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 7, 2016

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David Waldman can’t help but notice that little cough you had lately.  Are you OK?  Are you sure it’s just a cough? Maybe you should have an attorney general check out your tonsils over drinks.

Luckily, Greg Dworkin is in the house, and it looks like you have insuranceonly 8.6% do not. Greg takes the nation’s temp and feels no dead heat. Well, maybe in Arizona, but that’s a dry heat.

As we roll into the final stretch, Greg talks polls, registered voters vs. the upcoming likely voter polling, what facets to ponder, and which secret sauces still need to simmer a bit.

Not just polls, but economic models are leaning Clinton. Meet the statistician whose beautiful mind is the invisible guiding hand for the Clinton campaign.

It appears that Donald Trump and Pam Bondi are more BFFs than they let on. The IRS may look into their relationship.

Dallas, Texas sees only one serious candidate running and picks their first Democrat in over 75 years.  

Here is a look at where the sick minds of conspiracy theorists and trolls intersected, at Sandy Hook.

Joan McCarter joins David in banging their heads on the wall over stupid, frustrating Congressional politics, over Republican vengeance on the Democratic gun sit-in, over Republicans poisoning Zika funding,  and doing as little as possible in order to sabotage Hillary Clinton's first 100 days. Marco Rubio continues being a hypocrite, and Paul Ryan stays worthless.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton gave a major speech on National Security.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:43am EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 6, 2016

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David Waldman welcomes you all back from your three day weekend! (Two and a half for David after he produced Monday’s special KITM.)

Greg Dworkin salutes Phyllis Schlafly, a brilliant strategist who employed her talent to the wrong ends, but nonetheless someone we can all learn from

Greg and David talk RVs vs. LVs, how that might worry some, but not us smarties

I, personally, was like 50 feet from Hillary Clinton this weekend, but you don’t see me posting a headline about her coughing. Here’s five reasons why the media are piling on Clinton and giving Trump a pass. Does  a preference for Clinton throw journalists off their game? Dems bed-wet on minority/millennial outreach.

Donald Trump dismisses questions about his donating to Florida attorney general Pam Bondi, but somehow that doesn’t stop questions from being asked. David looks into the details.

Other than having attractive women lining up in little clothing fighting for his attention and gratitude, what does Donald Trump see in beauty pageants? Ivanka Trump: ‘No Way’ is my father sexist, because he hired me. Melania Trump also needs to explain her hiring. Donald Trump lives large on the donors’ dime

Over your nausea of last week’s Roger Ailes news? Act II of the Ailes saga may have just begun. Ailes lawyers up with the Right’s favorite lawyer.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:54am EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 5, 2016

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Simple and straightforward today: In an all-new (but previously recorded) show, I share more detail and thoughts on the “investor-state dispute settlement” (ISDS) system, thanks to the excellent reporting of Chris Hamby and David Dayen. Two solid hours of solid reporting. And me, interrupting it!

It’s a topic that deserves all that time and more. And there will doubtless be more to come, too. I warn you now.

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:05pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 2, 2016

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David Waldman takes us to the Labor Day weekend. Ride a bike, eat a hotdog, and even enjoy a special all-new, pre-recorded KITM show!

Will we still have hotdogs once there are taco trucks on every corner? Are votes on immigration moved by facts or feelings? When does Donald Trump’s speeches segue from hard-edged to hate speech? What happens when someone bases a campaign around “victims helpless before a looming threat from dangerous, predatory outsiders”?

Greg Dworkin does not view this as a “Jump Ball” election. Here are tips for reading polls like a pro. Meanwhile, one side is smiling, the other side is sweating. A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons. Donald Trump’s black outreach is a scripted, one on one, post-edited, infomercial, rather than risking a press conference. Hillary Clinton doesn’t like press conferences either.

Read this blockbuster exposé of Roger Ailes in New York magazine. You won’t be able to put it down—David couldn’t, and he was doing his show at the time! Ailes doesn’t work at Fox anymore, Corey Lewandowski still works at CNN, but the two will be helping Donald Trump prep for the debates.  

Here’s some stuff to thumb through while the grill heats up: In 1838, Georgetown University sold 272 people to a plantation. Georgetown hopes to make up for their legacy by giving admissions preference to the slaves’ descendants

A parallel legal universe, open only to corporations and largely invisible to everyone else, helps executives convicted of crimes escape punishment. Part one of a series!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:29am EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 1, 2016

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Armando visited KITM today. He talked with David Waldman for the entire show, but by the end they’d only scratched the surface of WTF is wrong with Donald Trump and media coverage of Trump and Hillary Clinton:

Yesterday, Trump went to Mexico, found a hand smaller than his, stood at a podium and did stuff just like a president.

However, he didn’t get a flag, he didn’t didn’t get a wall, and came off a little less alpha than some hoped.

So, Trump went back to the US, where people believe what he says, especially the New York Times, which tried a couple times to describe his 75 minute Klan rally, and Donald’s big pivot. He did solidify Latino support, though.

Anyhow, it’s back to usual for the news, as those big stories wander away.

Direct download: September_1_2016_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:42am EST