The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Professor Rebecca Spang (@RebeccaSpang), historian of France at Indiana University, joins us today to discuss her book, "Stuff and Money in the Time of the French Revolution." How the crisis that led to the French Revolution resembles our modern debt ceiling standoffs. What revolutionary France can tell us about monetary theory. The social foundations of money.

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John Nixon, a former CIA analyst who was tasked with interrogating Saddam Hussein, joins us today to discuss his book, "Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein." How John began studying Iraq for the CIA in the late 90's. The amount of attention the CIA paid to regime change in Iraq during the Clinton admin. How John knew Saddam was a target for 9/11 the following day. How Iraq was a product of both the Bush and separate neoconservative agendas. How Saddam in 2002 was more concerned with delegating rule and writing literature.

 

 

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Cliff Schecter, reflects on the passing of Bob Michael a moderate Republican leader. Trump's popularity with Republicans and the insanity of Republican politics. Republican leaders have responsibility for creating Trump. Trump and Planet of the Apes. Trump thinks all black people know each other. Trump freaks out on a Jewish reporter. Trump is wrong about the drug crisis. Trump tries to explain how fake news can lead to real leaks and Trump rambles about Russia and it's crazy.

Is the Trump Administration going to use the National Guard to round up immigrants. Shep Smith calls out Trump. Sebastian Gorka is a hilarious hack and wants you to know in response to a question about being a Nazi sympathizer with an answer about not being a Communist. Guns, mental illness and terrorist watch lists. Russia and the Trump Administration and your calls and IMs.

On the Fun Half: Trump forces meatloaf on Chris Christie. Seb Gorka goes SJW on Jake Tapper.

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Journalist David Dayen, explains how the Trump Administration is moving behind the scenes to dismantle Obamacare. The ways the Trump Administration is already limiting Obamacare and the political strategy behind it. New instructions to the IRS. How Republicans are creating the death spiral for Obamacare. The Republicans hilarious reversal on Medicaid. What is the Democrats strategy? The Republicans new pension scam and why did Andrew Puzder get pushed out by the Republicans.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump remains insane. Maine and what happens next with Obamacare. Trump rambles about Russia. Trump  and the Republican Congress gives the extraction industry a big favor. Pat Robertson is sane in today's GOP. The Deep State and Trump. Trump is caught in a lie. Susan Sarandon called out for stupidity on Trump and your calls and IMs.

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Wosny Lambre (@BigWos) joins the show in studio today. Sorting through the multiple interpretations of the Trump administrations ongoing scandal regarding campaign contact with Russia. How to keep a level head when there is clearly a troubling amount of deep state activity.

And on the fun half - KellyAnne Conway's getting savaged for booking herself on shows proving life imitates SNL sketches, Trump responds to question about anti-semitism by boasting of his big electoral college win, Rand Paul states the obvious about the GOP intentions (or lack of) to investigate Trump, and Hugh Hewitt really wants Andy Puzder.

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Journalist Marcy Wheeler, explains why the Intelligence community has become worried about Trump and national security. Mike Flynn's Russia calls and why he lied. Was Flynn compromised by Russia and how that information became public. Did Trump direct Flynn. How Flynn's call was intercepted. Obama and the National Security State. Does the scandal end with Flynn? Congressional investigations into Russia and Trump. Why we need to know more about the hacks into the DNC. Why the investigations need to be secret. Russia's internal investigation and killing connected to the Trump dossier and is the FBI eyeing Trump.

On the Fun Half: The Trump Administration's threat to national security. When Michael Flynn led chants of lock her up about Hillary Clinton at the RNC. KellyAnne Conway running out of steam, can't keep up with Administration lies on Flynn. Sean Spicer finally wins one. What's next for Mike Fynn Jr? The lying and creepy Stephen Miller. Omarosa threatens a reporter and your calls and IMs.

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Why do conservatives exploit small children by turning them into pundits? Al Franken notes that Donald Trump is not being normal. What are sanctuary cities. The new ICE attack by the Trump Administration on immigrant communities. The human costs of Trump's attack on immigrants. We revisit Paul Ryan's recent lie about deportation forces. The horrific results of a mistaken illegal vote. Voters show up to town halls to preserve the ACA. Republican leader repeats death panel lie and a smart voter at a town hall calls Paul Ryan's healthcare plan "junk".

On The Fun Half: Stephen Miller lies and lies about illegal votes. Republicans off the record are concerned about Trump being a mentally unwell authoritarian. A tour of the Republican horror show. Sebastian Gorka gets schooled and talks nonsense on PRI's the world. Also Gorka wears a Nazi connected pin. Right Wing Mandela parties at Mar Lago. Can Democrats retake the House? And your calls and IMs.

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Cliff Schecter explains the Trump teams incredibly incompetence. Michael Flynn lied about his talks with Russia. Flynn's incompetence and bizarre ideas. Mike Pence gets drawn into the world of Trump corruption. Keeping pressure on Republicans. Jason Chaffetz confronted by his constituents in Utah. Democratic Congressman pushes for a Russia and Trump inquiry in the House. The disaster of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General and how Tom Price wants to destroy public health.

Film Guy Matthew Weiss reviews Jimmy Reefercake's latest song. Explains the latest in cannabis technology. What's the value of escapism. Why everyone needs to get political now. Sam filmmaking memories. Matthew tells us to watch Paul Schrader's Taxi Driver and breaks down the Travis Bickle era.

On the Fun Half: Neil Gorsuch, walks back his comments about Trump demoralizing the Court. Trump, gives the Japanese Prime Minister a weird handshake. Trump does not know what the START Treaty is but he does not like it. Republicans continue to face pressure for wanting to strip away peoples health insurance.

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Journalist and assistant professor of political science at Brown University, Alex Gourevitch, explains the reasoning by the calls for general strikes against the Trump Administration. The last general strike in America. America's violent labor history. The Ludlow Massacre. America's reactionary hostility to labor movements. The war on workers rights and lose of striking rights. Is not the wrong time to call a general strike? What is the class basis for progressive politics? Who is worse Trump or Pence? Why the call for the general strike ignores class issues. The harder work of organizing along class lines. Why it can't all just be about Trump and finding the right political synthesis.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump attacks Richard Blumenthal for lying about his Vietnam service. Neil Gorsuch, almost certainly lied about his resume. Sean Spicer says Coretta Scott King would back Sessions if she was alive. KellyAnne Conway promotes Ivanka's products from the White House. Joe Scarborough is getting worried. Sebastian Gorka, a Trump advisor will continue calling news "fake" as long as it criticizes Trump and your calls and IMs.

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Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, explains what is radicalism. Why radicalism is different from liberalism and incrementalism. Has America always had radicals. The 1990s and the "end of history". Tom Paine, America's original radical. Radicalism in times of crisis. The opportunities the Left has today. Why are people marching against Trump? How radicalism moves from saying no to articulating what it wants. The old order is dying, what about the next one? Organic movements and the importance of Black Lives Matter. Why we are behind the curve on inequality and basic social benefits. Long term strategy for radical change. Where Europe is further ahead and further behind and what we need to learn from reconstruction.

On The Fun Half Elizabeth Warren silenced after reading Coretta Scott King letter on Jeff Sessions hostility to voting rights. The Republicans whine about attacks on Sessions. Orrin Hatch worries about Jeff Sessions about wife. Bernie Sanders debates Ted Cruz. Anthony Weiner, healthcare and how he ruined the world. Jake Tapper and KellyAnne Conway get awkward. Donald Trump says his Muslim ban is "written beautifully". Right Wing Mandela breaks it down. Creepy Trump advisor promises to keep targeting the media and your calls and IMs.

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