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News, politics and commentary from Daily Kos Contributing Editor David Waldman

Kagro in the Morning David Waldman

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News, politics and commentary from Daily Kos Contributing Editor David Waldman

    Kagro in the Morning - May 31, 2023

    Kagro in the Morning - May 31, 2023

    Today’s the day we all thought we’d be waiting for! The day Greg Dworkin had his first crack at the news of the week!
    Only it turns out we didn’t have to wait at all. And that the news was pretty much as Greg and Joan had predicted. In the end, it was mostly standard Gop budget fare.
    Nancy Mace got the attention she was craving, but only by feeding the narrative that Republicans are losers. That in turn fed counter-narratives that Biden had rolled ‘em. And, of course, that the whole thing was a terrible idea from the start.
    Then, the news turned weird. Tara Reade defected to Russia, which I didn’t know was still a thing.
    This fertility doc’s scheme was bound to fall apart. And so was his hand-made airplane, it turns out.
    No one would believe it, but that Florida mom trying to ban Amanda Gorman’s poem is mixed up in both anti-Semitism and with the Proud Boys!
    Things James Comer is losing: 1) witnesses; 2) marbles.
    In MAGA’s “good old days,” people knew to fight fascism, even when it was disguised as MAGA.

    • 1 hr 57 min
    Kagro in the Morning - May 30, 2023

    Kagro in the Morning - May 30, 2023

    Longtime listeners know that it’s the daily rhythms of KITM World Headquarters that dominate the first few minutes of most shows. And today, it’s the end of an era, as we call a wrap on secondary education for the auxiliary production staff!
    But some cycles of life (and death) continue unabated. For instance, the ever-present Cloud of a Mass Shooting.™ And, of course, developments in Ukraine. Or more specifically, in Russia, as the battlefield is expanded, if not the battle itself.
    And we lean heavily on the APR today, even though Greg wasn’t here, and Greg didn’t even write Tuesday’s APR — so thanks to Chitown Kev for his unwitting contribution to the show! Naturally, the debt ceiling deal, including Manchin’s pipeline gambit and its attendant issues, followed by procedural developments in the Paxton impeachment. And, something we didn’t cover in yesterday’s abbreviated show: stuff from overseas lands where names are hard to pronounce. For today, that was Türkiye.
    The only possibly enjoyable angle on Ron DeSantis’ presidential bid: he’ll eventually have to attack Trump. Though it’s still possible that he’ll also fall down the stairs like Gerald Ford, too.
    For something completely different, and yet hearkening back to vague themes from episodes past, noted fist-pump-and-run enthusiast Josh Hawley is the latest to try to address the “crisis” of “masculinity” not with solutions, but with an eye toward exploitation.
    Joan McCarter once again defies the early West coast timeline and the crush of East coast job demands to join us for an update on the putative debt ceiling deal and to set up the mystery/cliff-hanger/dud of today’s House Rules committee meeting.

    • 1 hr 56 min
    Kagro in the Morning - May 29, 2023

    Kagro in the Morning - May 29, 2023

    We at KITM Worldwide hope that you are at the beginning of a happy Memorial Day weekend and are experiencing a meaningful Memorial Day... But, don’t run away yet! We know that you love the process discussions on KITM, and that’s why you tune in. However, no one loves process discussions like Greg Dworkin loves process discussions. Greg used his considerable sway with top KITM brass to preempt this morning’s memorial observations and grill prep in order to help deliver today’s KITM Memorial Day Post Debt Ceiling One Hour Special with David Waldman. 
    So, what’s in this debt ceiling deal, and more importantly, who won? At the moment, it seems that the correct people are angry.
    Kevin McCarthy has too many loose cannons rolling around to call this a done deal. The House Rules Committee meeting on Tuesday will give a better idea of what a lousy vote counter McCarthy is. It will also give us better idea on what Hakeem Jeffries is made of.
    Accountability has not finally come to Texas. For all the wrong reasons, Ken Paxton was impeached, simply a pawn in a petty Republican feud. Ok by me.

    • 59 min
    Kagro in the Morning - May 26, 2023

    Kagro in the Morning - May 26, 2023

    On today’s Special Friday KITM, David Waldman reports on the local and national news, the murderers, pedophiles, arsonists and catfishers, the cops and the criminals.
    We are also reaching the denouement of our present debt ceiling crisis. It’s either that, or a smash cut to black next week. The Democrats brought the house down in the final act, although it could have used a little more “Trump”. It always helps to have a great opening act though.
    If you thought the Democrats were on fire, you should have seen the dumpster Texas Republicans threw AG Ken Paxton into. If anyone can place the bar low, it would be the Texas Gop. Nonetheless, Ken Paxton managed to go even lower, for years, until he finally got under it.
    Speaking of being finally held responsible, Oath Keepers Founder Stewart Rhodes has been sentenced to 18 years in prison. That shouldn’t be a problem for a tough guy like Stewie, at least until he runs into the other tough guys he in put in jail. 
    Lifelong warrior against the forces of responsibility and accountability, Donald Trump is caught in a pinscher movement of his own making,  from defrauding the US government to serving corruption around the world, to withholding classified documents, to hiding classified documents, to rehearsing the hiding and withholding classified documents.
    Ace KITM Correspondent Rosalyn MacGregor reports that not only are Michiganders holding nine Trump lawyers accountable for their misconduct in the state, but they themselves have been demonstrating responsibility at the polls.
    Faculty members at the New College of Florida are voting to censure Ron DeSantis’ puppet Trustees for showing disinterest in performing their actual jobs. The Florida mom who sought to ban Amanda Gorman’s poem, yet approved the publication of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, asks how can a mom find the time to actually read all those things she promotes or obstructs?
    Georgia Gop Chair Kandiss Taylor has taken the time to read every one of the articles that unequivocally reflect her opinions, especially her opinion of a flat earth, and yet every day someone will try to shove their globes down her throat.

    • 1 hr 57 min
    Kagro in the Morning - May 25, 2023

    Kagro in the Morning - May 25, 2023

    One lone Karen was behind the ban on Amanda Gorman’s poem. Though Karen was pretty sure it was Oprah Winfrey’s.
    Greg Dworkin rounds up the reviews panning DeSantis’ attempted Twitter-based campaign launch.
    Rough seas ahead for Medicaid enrollees, if the Gop gets its way.
    Republican voters do like their big dummies though. The Oregonian Gop is in fact proudly illiterate.
    The judge in the other E. Jean Carroll lawsuit against TFG suggests the DoJ might want to take a moment to reconsider how wise it is to continue to pretend Trump was acting in his capacity as “president,” when he opened his fetid gob.
    The dog has caught the car, and the car turned out to be a leopard. Dobbs unites Ds, splits Rs.
    Hey, remember the debt ceiling? While we wait for possible armageddon, here are yet more hot takes on our various options. By the way, did you remember that the debt ceiling and the filibuster are cousins? I don’t know if Mike Lee knew that when he threatened to filibuster any deal he doesn’t like, but it’s true.
    Apparently, people at Fox News actually do know that “no means no,” when it comes to turning the screws on Tucker Carlson, anyway. Which is fine!
    Noted for the record, but deferred for further consideration: Ken Paxton is too scummy for the Texas Gop!

    • 1 hr 56 min
    Kagro in the Morning - May 24, 2023

    Kagro in the Morning - May 24, 2023

    David Waldman and Greg Dworkin! KITM Wednesday!
    Everyone expected Ron DeSantis to run for president. Except for maybe Ron DeSantis, who is probably pretty shocked that he did decide to go for it. Of course, if Ron did not run, $200 million would just be sitting in the bank, not going into anyone’s pockets, and what good is that? The actual surprise is that DeSantis will launch his presidential bid with Elon Musk, on Twitter. Here’s looking forward to the first DeSantis town hall on Tumblr. If CNN want to represent true journalism, they’d… but they don’t.
    There’s also Tim Scott announcing his candidacy. Yes, Republicans do enjoy their people of color (and women) as long as they’re smiling. Not enough to actually elect them, though.
    But who do the voters really want? Ok, but who else is there? Donald Trump will only be allowed to run for 20 minutes each morning during exercise time.
    Republican voters do like their big dummies though. The Oregonian Gop is in fact proudly illiterate.
    No one will be voting for anyone unless we rescue the economy soon. Which is a good a reason as any for Republicans to oppose saving it. They’d rather shoot their hostage than negotiate with President Joe Biden anyhow. Indeed, why not take this negotiation time to dispatch with a few more hostages?
    What if the press covered the Supreme Court as if they were real people?
    Non-woke investments aren’t as attractive once they are sued.

    • 1 hr 57 min

Customer Reviews

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139 Ratings

139 Ratings

plsrayl ,

A daily political fix

David, and his supporting cast of friends, has many quality insights to share on the politics of the day. He breaks everything down to the simple components and makes even the most complicated Congressional rules easy to understand. David is humble and talks exactly like he's sharing a chat with you over coffee in his kitchen. He doesn't shout, and is a sane voice in the midst of a political maelstrom. Thank you David!

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great stuff

great stuff

JasonLogic ,

10 year listener

When Obama was taking on Mitt, Kargo X was great to listen to for news and insight into what was going on. Still even after TFG, David Waldman and his cast of friends keep things humorous and enlightening. Highly recommend.

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