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Today, David Waldman takes a break to attend school recitals and tote Scout mulch. But he did not forget you! This KITM is pre-recorded but still new to you:

This episode is about what people aren’t telling you. There’s Michael “Ollie” Flynn. He certainly has a story to tell, which he says he wants to tell, in exchange for immunity… from all of your meanness. But, so far it seems there are other stories just as interesting, but at a lower cost.

Then there’s mystery wad Stephen K. G. Bannon. A man with no fixed address, but many shadows, fringes and basements in which to lurk, and as you can easily imagine, a really filthy hot tub to clean. Bannon also has a mystery woman, Julia Hahn, whom everyone will tell you is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being they’ve ever known in their life, but whose actions have ended up being a bit different from that.

David separates the Csikszentmihalyi’s from the Piskorski’s in his exploration of the complex Russian Laundromat scheme. Here is more on black cash and black ops.

You know what else Trump isn’t talking to you about anymore? Any of that groping stuff, or that troop deployment stuff. Both get in the way of his sneak attacks.

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Mike Pence won’t have sex with another woman or man unless his wife is present and there is alcohol provided. David Waldman will not be the first to break that video to the public as the KITM video feed is short on funding. Donate!

Greg Dworkin orders new headphones after fighting static interruptions one last time today. Congratulations to Charles Gaba, who won the National Institute for Health Care Management Digital Media Award for his charting of the healthcare coverage breakout for the entire U.S. population. Independents continue to abandon Trump. Did “working-class whites” switch from Obama to Trump because the economy was better, or are they just taking one for the team? Paul Ryan warns the Gop Trump only cares about winning and will screw them as hard as anyone else. The bizarre lawsuit that could still blow up the ACA insurance markets, has many complications to slow up Trump.

Armando calls in to discuss political sausage making. Sen. Claire McCaskill sees many potential problems in blocking Neil Gorsuch, Sheldon Whitehouse wants to just rip the bandage off and get on with it. Giving them the Scalia seat will not put them in the mood to give us the Ginsburg seat.

There were ethical problems with Ivanka Trump wanting an office, security clearance and such, so Donald fixed that right away. No, she’s not divesting

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Hurrah for us! More of us are listening to KITM, and more of us is always a good thing.

David Waldman is ready to reveal much today, but hopes you can keep a secret. Some people still have a lot of catching up in today’s environment, but there are many tools you can use right now. Shadowy psy-ops data conglomerate Cambridge Analytica joins the State Department, and they have tools too.

Today, Greg Dworkin reports from a secure location beneath Niagara Falls, or at least it sounds like that. (Skip ahead, it’s only for a few seconds.) In between those bursts of static Greg still manages to catch us up on health care, the 2016 election, and Republican incompetence. Republicans admit that they don’t got this no more, as their fantasies die one by one. They now attempt to find a direction they can agree on, while the Democrats head in the direction of their jobs. In fact, one Democrat could even be heading to a Georgia job.

Greg reminds us to not alienate persuadable, irrational Trump voters that flipped from Obama. Coal miners hope Trump will do something for them, but trust him about as much as the rest of us. Here’s when we’ll know the future of Obamacare.

Trump scores with the highly lucrative Russian mobster demographic. Paul Manafort ships cash offshore to the Cyprus laundry.

Joan McCarter comes in loud and clear today: If there is anything you have, House Republicans will sell it. Meanwhile, Donald Trump is delighted with how things are going with Trumpcare. The White House says they are closer than ever before. Paul Ryan isn’t going to give up! But, maybe first they can shut down government.

At least Neil Gorsuch is no longer a Supreme Court shoo-in. Contact all of your representatives and sing them the ballad of the truck driver that almost froze to death, and Neil Gorsuch didn’t care about.

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Let’s not bother with Donald P. Trump today. He’ll probably be around tomorrow, who knows? In the meantime David Waldman checks out the dumpster fires already set ablaze.

Republicans seem to be really bad at their jobs, unless you consider that their voters didn’t hire them to govern. If they’re lucky they can shut the whole place down in under 100 days.

The Russia scandal has reached the Trump family, as the Trump family has reached out to Russia for years. Some people are puzzled by Paul Manafort’s real estate purchasesOleg Deripaska is less puzzled by his $10 million per year employee.

Devin Nunes holds down his two jobs as US employee and Trump snitch, by multitasking close by on White House grounds. Nunes and Michael Flynn connected the dots with Turkey, which Sally Yates could have told you if someone let her. There is still plenty of black money burning holes in Russian pockets, although Russia is a bit distracted with its citizens protesting. Alexei Navalny goes to Russian jail.

Ivanka Trump can’t ski forever without getting some piece of the action, so she ran some Trump tentacles over to Azerbaijan.

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David Waldman brings us another fact, laugh and idea filled KITM today—thanks to you, our supporters! Keep it up, and David won’t have to tape his headphones together!

Greg Dworkin examines the hugest debacle amongst the chaos. Did Trump create this massive disaster in only 18 days, or was this the giant fiasco the Republican party brought to the nation over time, along with Trump? It took seven years to come up with this crap simply because no one in the party could come up with anything better. What are the lessons from the Health Care Repeal Collapse that we can learn?

Also—Paul Ryan is very bad at his job, and doesn’t understand policy. Saying Ryan understands policy is a strong indication you do not. You know who did do it right? The Obama administration. Even Tom Cotton can tell you that. Republicans are now looking across the aisle with more than a little bipartisan curiosity. However, many of their constituents are still happy to dig the hole deeper, even when they bury themselves. Obviously, blue lies matter to them.

Every kind of lie that works is a good lie for Donald. Is that because he’s a real estate developer? Or because he’s just a dick? Speaking of, Boris Epshteyn will be leaving his position of accurate representative of the Trump administration. Other Trump staffers are wiping their phones in preparation for their abrupt title changes. Jared Kushner secretly met with a Russian bank to talk about oh, nothing much. Ivanka Trump is quickly moving to a secure phone, limo service and free HBO. Even Donald’s been checking in on his side jobs, just in case.

Can Trump manage to reorganize the executive branch, or entirely destroy it in 100 days?

Forget Hope Hicks, how does Rhona Graff do it?

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Sure, you listen to KITM on Fridays so you “sound smart” over the weekend. But, ask yourself: Are you really smart enough to listen to KITM? Have you got what it takes to keep up with David Waldman and Armando’s symposium on parliamentary strategy, procedural posture, precedent compliance, germaneness and immutability? Then pull up your chair, take out your No. 2 pencil and press play

It’s a do or die day for Trumpcare in the house. David and Armando work out the details on how either of those could happen... If anyone wants to follow “the rules”, that is. The GSA declares Donald Trump is “in full compliance” with his lease in Washington DC. So, there you go, right there in black and white. It’s a great time to start a whole chain of hotels, then!

Reality is also putty in Steve Dim-Mnuchin’s hands. The debt ceiling is ridiculous, as sure as Donald is unbelievably healthy.

Paul Manafort, remaining unassassinated for yet another day, hopes to survive at least through his testimony before the House intelligence committee next week. Paul used Wilbur Ross' Bank of Cyprus to handle all his illicit Russian funding needs.

David looks at the big news for the weekend, and a few weekends to come—the Seth Abramson “Mega-Thread” connecting many details in the Trump-Russia connection.

David’s bird feeder is a little more lonely today.

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David Waldman is back! KITM has a lot to catch up on, so listen up: Paul Manafort continues to be connected to various Eastern European countries, and more surprisingly, continues breathing. He’s now hiding in Trump Tower, because patsies know the benefits of windows that don’t open. Manafort’s daughter passes blackmail notes, sympathy, condolences, and other “PR” on to Pops. Paul could hide elsewhere, but that would mean stepping onto the sidewalk.

Greg Dworkin is back! And he’s gathered a potpourri of corruption, incompetence, and regret, featuring a pungent whiff of treason. More and more Americans are convinced Donald Trump has what it takes to be a supervillain. The Trump Troubadour is now singing a different tune. Donald didn’t like a Hawaii lawmaker, so she became a Democrat.

After weeks, not months or years of gestation, Trumpcare goes for a vote. It’s coming up short on votes, because no one is sure what they are voting for. Republicans do agree on the goal of doing less for more people, because insurance is definitely cheaper when nothing is insured. Why deductibles would rise under the GOP health care plan.

If destruction is the destination, Trumpcare is already there. David tackles the details of what is coming up in voting and strategy.

Some Democrats rush to surrender to Trump while he is still around to lose to. Chuck Schumer joins the filibuster of Neil Gorsuch. While Gorsuch was testifying, the Supreme Court unanimously agreed he was wrong

Devin Nunes is finally having his name pronounced correctly, although his orange jumpsuit will only have a number.

Trump will be tweeting about that guy in London, but not this guy in Manhattan, who was a dapper fellow. Which is worse for Jews: threats by anti-semites-- or this?

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KITM is BACK and almost live today! His computer’s broken, so David Waldman recorded today’s show on his microwave, which will be transmitted right into your brain after just a tap of the button above.

As you well know, Trump Tower is wretched hive of scum and villainy. The FBI would be remiss in its duties had it not been watching it for years. By the way, Paul Manafort is one of Melania’s neighbors too, even if Sean Spicer lives far, far away. Trump Tower does seem to be a franchise, with the Russian elite investing nearly $100 million in Trump buildings in Southern Florida alone. The Feds are likewise interested in Russian investments into Stephen K. G. Bannon,, InfoWars and their swarm of Twitter bots.

Two wrongs may not make a right, but what does? The Neil Gorsuch nomination creates an important test for Senate Democrats. David looks into how the Democratic Senate needs to stand up, because “serious backlash” is the only way to create limits, and keep any integrity in the system.


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KITM is laid up in the computer hospital today, so we bring you our episode from St. Patrick's Day 2016 while we convalesce.

Tell your friends! You know your friends would really like KITM. You have friends out there you haven’t even met yet that would get a lot out of this show. So, tap those Facebook & Twitter buttons, or better yet make a bunch of like-minded strangers happier today and review us on iTunes and Stitcher!

David Waldman is joined by Greg Dworkin, who reminds us “It’s the Supreme Court, Stupid.” President Obama chose “a serious man and exemplary judge”, D.C. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland. Why Garland? Why now? Republicans were really hoping they could Bork someone.

Of all politicians, Ted Cruz would probably be one of the most likely to have strange bedfellows.

PBS runs a story about how Donald Trump has helped create a Republican big tent that appeals even to white supremacists who don’t normally vote in elections. Trump heads to Cleveland, the place in the nation to go to for the latest in riot equipment and accessories. Five sheriff’s deputies suspended following the violent Trump rally in North Carolina. Doomed oh so many times previously, is Trump now finally heading to his yuge November doom?

Gun News Today: Good guy with a gun temporarily misidentified as bad, police funeral to follow. Yes, she can bring her concealed carry weapon with her on a playdate, but what idiot would make a playdate with her? Officer mansplains weapon safety too effectively for his colleague.

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Technical difficulties on both ends of the show kept things short today, but with Greg’s help, we had plenty of ground to cover. Trump’s failing presidency. The long fuse on the DonT Care bomb continues to burn. Conservative Dems look to stay relevant. Why does Steve King keep winning? Because his voters actually like his bigotry.

Robert Reich doesn’t, though. And nobody likes Muslim Ban 2.0. Trump’s “administration” continues to be at war with itself over personnel, this time at the Pentagon. The remaining Justice Department employees have found a way to charge some Russian hackers. And the dismissed U.S. Attorneys are being picked over for political prospects.

Trump’s taxes are still producing news, and new theories. Now noted Nazi and Trump supporter Richard Spencer wants in on the tax trouble, too.

And because today ends in a “y,” another Republican moralizer is caught with his pants down.

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David Waldman exposes the Minecraft rigging scandal, brah! It’s the second KITM snow day, and the kids are at home again (artist conception) but don’t let them distract you from what is really important today!

Greg Dworkin remains focused on the Trump-Ryancare boondoggle. The Gop remains in full unity in their blame of somebody else. Paul Ryan tempts a political backlash, as Trump loyalists sound the alarm. The cost of failure on Ryan-Trump care may be the rest of Trump’s agenda. Trump’s polling divebombs. Senators offer helpful suggestions. Trump voters’ rationalizations are running out, forcing most of them into supporting Trump irrationally... but maybe some could change their mind when they become directly affected. Here is a list of people to blame for Gopcare. Have the Republicans quit thinking about how things will be after 2018? Democrats have to fight on many fronts to win this one.

Rachel Maddow revealed a little bit about Donald Trump’s taxes last night. The reaction has been, as expected, stupid, misguided and unfocused. So, Armando was required to come in and put it all into perspective for us.

Joan McCarter tells us that the federal government's power to borrow money to pay its bills is set to expire Thursday, but this administration won’t let a little thing like the calendar boss them around anymore. Anyhow, they have to concentrate on Trump-Ryancare, or whatever you want to call it. So what if the CBO says millions more will suffer — they are only looking at one prong of the Ryan-Trumpcare pitchfork! Already “prong one” promises to rob the poor for tax cuts to the rich, and lower premiums by forcing out the sick and old people. And, think of all the savings to be realized by lowering the life expectancy of the people owed money!

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David Waldman reports from Trump Blizzard ‘17: Plenty of chaos, a Trumpish 4 inches in VA.

If you can find your driveway, and find your newspaper, the headline you’ll find is about the millions losing insurance coverage. The Congressional Budget Office estimates 24 million, but Donald thinks he can beat that.

Once again, that money you see Don slipping into his pocket—he certainly does not plan to keep that—he plans to “donate” it. You just haven’t told him where yet. Trump plans to cut government waste, but no one has told him where yet. He did act to make his Agriculture Secretary nominee rich, though. And, his son-in-law is getting really rich, with the Chinese. Donald Trump will be meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago next month.

Dmitry Rybolovlev, the King of Fertilizer, Potentate of Potash, Alkali Aristocrat, Marquis of Manure, Duke of Dung, Governor of Guano, Sharif of... why would he pay Donald P. Trump $95 million for a house Trump spent $41 million on?

Armando calls in sunny Florida to discuss Trump’s emoluments corruption and what can be done about it, Steve King: White Nationalist/Nativist/Eugenicist, Bernie Sanders coal country tour, The Rachel Maddow Show’s soaring ratings, and abhorrent hack Chris Cillizza’s raise.

Get well soon Bill in Portland Maine! Sign and donate to the Community Quilt!

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Did you remember to fall forward, or spring back on Sunday? Or did you just stick it to the man and skip resetting this year? Don’t be a slave to the clock, listen to David Waldman and KITM anytime!

Kellyanne Conway might be Denis Leary, but she’s no Inspector Gadget, no matter what your microwave tells you. Rep. Mike Kelly privately talked about Obama’s deep state shadow government, but apparently some appliances were listening in.

As long as Trump promises chaos, Greg Dworkin will round-up orderand polls! Americans see healthcare going off on the wrong track. Trump voters, at least the poor, old, and rural ones, will be hit the hardest. The Gop would rather not think about that. Many people are affected by Obamacare
premium increases, just not a large percentage of voters, which Tom Price adds up as “nobody”. Here are the 5 reasons the CBO will likely say Trumpcare increases uninsured. Here are 3 things Republicans are going to tell you to change the subject as we all head to 2018. Tom Cotton definitely does not want to discuss this. You probably can’t tell them anything anyway.

It looks like emotion and peer influence, and James Comey… and Billy Bush took Hillary Clinton down in ‘16. Now swastikas and the KKK are back in again.

Tillerson’s heading to Asia, but Trump and ‘Gina can’t stay apart and will be together in April. Rupert Murdoch might have found a way to profit from Donald Trump’s decisions. Donald said he wouldn’t take a salary, then maybe he’d donate it, now it looks like he’d rather keep it. Which is OK, because Trump will be eliminating his position as a cost-saving measure later this afternoon.

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No matter what your age or where you’re from, you know on Friday you gotta, gotta get down! Get down to the weekend informed by David Waldman and KITM:

In honor of a Day Without A Woman a guy on BBC demonstrated how tough it is to have a day without your spouse. A couple guys wonder why they have to pay for the lady problems in their insurance. Jamie Dimon feels Trump’s masculinity has already aroused the marketplace

David Brat, who is tired of women up in his grill, is also tired of the Byrd rule. Brat doesn’t seem to understand that Byrd was a person, the process of reconciliation or much of how government operates. David Waldman goes into detail on all of that. This weekend’s big read: The mythology of Obamacare continues to fight against the good of Obamacare

Maxine Waters isn’t sure if the entire dossier on Donald P. Trump is absolutely true, even as more and more is confirmed.  

Loyalty has its rewards, but for Trump those rewards do not include trust or latitude. Rex Tillerson lost most of his staff and clotheslined the press, but Trump still doesn’t quite have his back, for some reason. Green acres is not the place for Trump, so who needs an agriculture secretary? Trump does understand Goldman Sachs partner, hedge fund manager, bank owner, and Hollywood producer Steven Mnuchin. But Mnuchin still doesn’t get Donald’s love, like some of those others in the inner circle who just have that certain something Michael Flynn had.

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David Waldman missed his RSVP to Don and Ted’s excellent dinner last night. Heidi did not ask Donald to pass the beans, as that could have gotten messy. Nice to see the fellas getting along, though.

Greg Dworkin still finds Trump more offensive than charming. Last night, or this morning, Trumpcare emerged from the ways and means committee, without much debate on, or even reading of the bill. Will the bill go no where, as designed, or will presidential magic happen? Trump plans to blame Democrats for any bad, including Trumpcare. Republicans will blame each other, as soon all of their constituents outside of the 1% see how they are screwed. Several major health groups are rejecting the bill. The AARP already has spots out on The Age Tax. Is SCOTUS the cause of the Gop opposition we're seeing to a rollback of the ACA's Medicaid expansion? Maybe the Democrats can help the Republicans out of the repeal box.

Low-income wage growth has been pushing wage growth for the last few years. Thanks Obama.

The Trump administration has found it difficult to find loyalist Machiavellian toadies that meet the high standards of executive-branch positions, but it has installed hundreds of little snitches throughout various federal agencies. Steven Mnuchin’s Treasury picks are stalled on loyalty worries. Anthony Scaramucci was too independent of a Fed for Donald.

Loyalty to the US is not that big of deal for Donald P. Trump. Michael Flynn’s lobbying probably aided Turkey. The Ukraine and US find another connection between Paul Manafort and Russian intelligence. Remember the Donald Trump threat of a trade war with China? Probably not so much now after China granted 38 trademarks to Trump, including Trump Brand Escort Service.


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Today is designated the “Day Without A Woman”, but it’s a day no one is calling off, everyone is finding a way to stand up. David Waldman discusses how to walk the walk, without stepping on any rakes today. Donald P. Trump has tremendous respect for women.

Greg Dworkin joins just about everyone in not supporting the Unaffordable TrumpDoesn’tCare Act.  Key players are staking out their positions, but their decision making process isn’t based on the bill actually working, it’s what lies they can sell, and how fast they can sell them. Paul Ryan loves the plan, but Donald owns it. Pro-Trump media is already turning against it, the AMA opposes it, maybe the House can blame the Senate?

Joan McCarter agrees, Trumpcare is bad. Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell want to ram Trumpcare through, and are willing to tell anyone anything. Confusion reigns throughout Republican leadership, with Republicans like Jason Chaffetz believing chemotherapy and and an iPhone cost about the same, because when was the last time they looked at a receipt? Four Republican Senators have figured some things out, and tell McConnell to save the Medicaid expansion. Most understand that insurance just isn’t the goal.

Donald’s attention moves on from Trumpcare, back to Mar-a-Lago, where he spends about 1/3 of the time, and to Benghazing his wiretapping BS. While down there, he can meet with “Big Candy” and, of course, the Russians, who you’d think would be too busy meeting with the NRA in Moscow. Hired jerks, such as Bosis Epshteyn can handle things in DC.

Meanwhile, an Iowa Republican wants universities to ask prospective professors who they vote for. A North Carolina bill tightens the screws on protesters, calling them “economic terrorists”.

With all of the rumors on Republican digital superiority, the Democrats reveal their digital plans. Take this fun personal dialect quiz, so the network tracing you can better pinpoint their drone strikes!


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David Waldman reminds us that International Women's Day is tomorrow, which could be A Day Without A Woman, so plan accordingly. Yet another example of a whole bunch of women fixing what a whole bunch of men did. David got the idea that women might want to shop that day (from his wife) but Not All Women may choose that... in fact guys can support women too!

The house GOP Obamacare replacement plan has major gaps in cost and coverage, surprising no one, except maybe Jason Chaffetz. Republicans are skipping a CBO score, which could cause a “Byrd problem”.

Trump figures the best way to pay for the wall would be to cut national security—but not around Mar-a-Lago, which of course needs to increase. After all, there are a lot of important people there, especially during weekends. For the remainder of the week, lobbyists can rest their expense accounts at Trump International Hotel

Have our dystopian robot overlords arrived? The answer might surprise you, unless you believe it’s an artisanal snake oil based secret sauce being sold by Stephen Bannon to the Mercers. When it’s Trumpian skullduggery, you know the Russians want a piece of it, and Donald P. Trump loves some Russian skullduggery too, as required in his battle with the United States of America.

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Sit down with a cup of coffee and listen to David Waldman, KagroX, host of Kagro in the Morning, for the best in political conversation.  But, If you came for the best cup of coffee, maybe you got the wrong David Waldman. We still have the best oneaccept no imitations!

There’s only one Greg Dworkin—all the better to keep the Chaos at a minimum. This weekend Donald P. Trump forgot he was president for a while. He did remember he was a 70 year old Breitbart and Fox fan, though. As a result, Donald’s employees didn’t get the weekend off, and Don’s golf game was probably screwed too.

Things are so chaotic, Greg recommends studying Groucho Marx to make sense of it all. Trump has chucked our shared values out of the Tower window, and his party remains not ready to govern. It is time to pause this presidency, and to realize Trump’s Twitter is a gateway to authoritarianism. You don’t even have to think Trump Is an authoritarian to worry about his presidency. You can worry about the Deep State, and be still be happy to avoid the Russian State.

Is the media structured to see the President like a king? The public is still keeping their values, however. Senator Ben Sasse says "We are in the midst of a civilization-warping crisis of public trust Broken pledges and unstable behavior destroy the only thing government is based on: trust. What happens when we don’t believe the president’s oath? We will be forced to question the reality of everything they say.

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Today’s—or maybe just this morning’s—scandal is brought to us by The Indianapolis Star and their old buddy Mike Pence. Mike used personal email for state business—and it was hacked. This should be addressed quickly, as no one is above the law.

Speaking of honest men, where does the Russian investigation go now? Donald P. Trump could or should be taking aktivniye meropriyatiya, but the links at Mar-a-Lago beckon him. (Somehow his frequent flyer miles aren’t adding up to profits for local Florida businesses.) No one ever promised he’d be good at government, or business. OK, maybe somebody did. But, is this all just a clever money-saving approach? Or a clever political strategy? At least state department employees can sneak out early every Friday when Donald takes off for the airport. It looks like DC now operates on Putin time.

Speaking of Vladimir Putin and Louise Mensch, perhaps she isn’t so nuts after all, at least in regards to The Carolina Conspiracy. It appears as if Barack Obama might agree.

Could high-tech jerks be calling in bomb threats using spoofing and voice-masking technology in order to incriminate their victims? Turns out, yes, they did. Right at the moment, that guy might not be considered an anti-semite jerk, but there certainly are many anti-semite jerks still at large .

Under Trump, an already depleted IRS could face deep cuts. David explores the many tax boondoggles available to big businesses and the anti-tax consultants they hire, including those fools at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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What is David Waldman to do? With so much hitting the fan at one time, how can he find the time to even describe it all to you in one show? OK, so you heard this thing about Jeff Sessions—no wait, Greg Dworkin brings us way back to yesterday when the media swooned over Donald getting all presidential with it. A little distance is reminding us of the role and function of Trump’s joint address, and to not get bamboozled by style over substance. Of course, the media gets bullied, and played yet again. Donald was hoping to coast into Mar-a-Lago with his widow shtick, but even that “high point” is running into problems today.

On to Jeff Sessions! Given the choice between recusal and losing his job, being prosecuted etc., Jeff is becoming more open to recusal. Republicans are also seeing the benefits in false choices. Recusal is essential, but perjury is illegal, according to Jeff Sessions, and he will have to face that as well. Sessions is trying to Houdini out of this, but the gravity is strong. Jeff Sessions wasn’t just a routine campaign surrogate, and the Russians he talked to weren’t regular Russians. The GOP and Trump supporters are really working hard to keep from caring, but the scandal and its cover up are Trumpian sized now, and it’s becoming political suicide for Republicans if they don’t call for deeper investigations on Russia.

Paul Manafort’s daughters thought Trump was a joke, but they were more worried about Ukrainian’s blood money.

Armando wishes there was a catchier word than “emoluments” that holds the cachet of “Russian spies”. President son-in-law Jared Kushner will be keeping his companies, his money and probably his Russian connections too.

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Last night Donald Trump established his new tradition of holding a two minute standing ovation in the Capitol for the spouse of each service member killed in action during his term. Other than that, it was one of his less crappy hours. David Waldman analyses the analysis of the reviews of Trump’s style. The press just wants it to be fun like it used to be. Our next celebrity President will hopefully be a lot more fun than this.

Even though Donald met the lowest of expectationsGreg Dworkin doesn’t let that distract us from our Shared Values® in fighting The Chaos™ surrounding us. We need a Select Committee on Trump’s Russia connections. We need to look at Trump the way we look at other autocrats. Sure, All Votes Matter, but don’t give Trump voters a pass. Empathize, don’t sympathize with them.

Meanwhile, there’s Stephen Bannon. Is he awfully evil, or evilly awful? is he a villainous Leninist determined to destroy the state, or an unprincipled troll determined to watch the world burn? Whichever, he has plenty of power to do what he wants.

Joan McCarter hateblogged last night’s speech, and relives the ordeal with David. So much for Trump's “insurance for everybody” promise. Could Republican infighting over the Obamacare repeal get any worse? Maybe their plan is to do nothing and hope for the worst. Is Trump’s budget plan just continuing resolutions to Obama’s budgets? Paul Ryan believes Donald might be confusing “having insurance” with “having access to insurance”.

At least Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has his priorities straight.

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