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Alex Sammon of the American Prospect joins Michael Brooks to discuss his piece, "Barack Obama's Legacy Is Narendra Modi." Sammon and Brooks dive into how the former president helped rehabilitate the prime minister on the global stage, which helped set the stage for Modi's current anti-Muslim agenda in India. The two explain how Modi deliberately allowed the 2002 Hindu riots in Gujarat to transpire while he was the state's Chief Minister; this made him even too toxic even for the Bush administration, which barred him from obtaining a travel visa to the US. After Modi won the Indian Prime Minister election in 2014, Barack Obama invited him to the White House to reform trade between the US and India and looked the other way to Modi's humanitarian crimes. Advisors like Steve Rattner gave cover to Obama when they made the media rounds to praise Modi's government as a model of economic and social justice. Brooks and Sammon explain the diplomatic horse-trading between Obama and Modi, where the Indian PM would open markets to US investment and Obama would ignore the Hindu nationalist's authoritarianism in India. Brooks and Sammon conclude their discussion with a broader examination of liberal foreign policy, and how it will always be subject to the interests of the business investor class. 

And in the Fun Half: an update on Modi from a listener in India, Thomas Friedman wants a Democratic coup from "the grown-ups," Warren her position on superdelegates is not different from Bernie's in 2016, a Washington Post data team investigates Evo Morales election from 2019, Mike Pence called to save us from Coronavirus, Trump explains why he made cuts to CDC and HHS, plus your calls and IMs! 

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On today's show: Bloomberg wedges in his "joke." Bloomberg defends Xi, claims he's not a dictator. Bernie defends past comments on Cuba and China, calls out Bloomberg's support of Xi. Bloomberg slips, admits he bought Congress. Warren attacks Bloomberg on NDAs, treatment of female workers. Chris Matthews asks Warren why she believes accusations against Bloomberg. Bloomberg says he would've had more trouble amassing his fortune as a black man. Bloomberg lies about stop and frisk; judge who ordered an end to stop and frisk calls out Bloomberg, Biden's lies on MSNBC.

On the fun half: Chris Matthews issues on-air apology for comparing Sanders' NV win to Nazis taking over France: "I was wrong." Trump says US corona virus cases are down to ten. Larry Kudlow says US has contained the corona virus, economy is holding up nicely. How Democrats should capitalize on Trump's mishandling of corona virus. John Kennedy questions and berates acting DHS Secretary re: corona preparedness. Indian rioters tearing down mosque spire. Trump asked about Modi's anti-Muslim policies, says travel ban is not religious discrimination because SCOTUS said so. Project Veritas catches ABC News correspondent criticizing corporate media. Fact checking vs. capitalism. How likely is the DNC to steal the nomination from Bernie at the convention?

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Direct download: 2-26-20-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:48pm EST

Syracuse University Professor of Political Science, Elizabeth F. Cohen, joins the Majority Report to discuss her new book, Illegal: How America's Lawless Immigration Regime Threatens Us AllIn it, Cohen chronicles the past century's history of immigration, white nationalism, and the militarization of the border in the 1980s.

On today's show: Pope of the Jews Ben Shapiro calls Bernie a JINO.

Elizabeth F. Cohen joins the Majority Report to discuss her new book, Illegal: How America's Lawless Immigration Regime Threatens Us All. The Trump administration has intensified the persecution of immigrants to a fever pitch in recent years. In this book, Cohen traces the history of immigration restrictions in the US and the factors driving them, from the Johnson-Reed Act of 1924, to the Hart-Celler Act of 1965, to the War on Drugs, to the post-9/11 era. She ends with some recommendations on how to improve immigration policy.

On the fun half: Mindy comes out for Bernie! Pete Buttigieg (or maybe Bane) calls in. Buttigieg copies Obama's speeches. Joe Biden closes speech in SC saying he's running for Senate. Jason Johnson says "oligarch" is hoity-toity language. Jason Johnson's oligarch list w/ net worth. Jason Johnson tells Nina Turner Bloomberg doesn't deserve the "oligarch" label. Tucker says corona virus will kill more people because of "wokeness." Bernie defends Cuba remarks, admires Castro's literacy program, disavows authoritarianism. Obama makes positive remarks about Cuba, Castro. Mike from PA dispels notions of a contested convention.

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Sam and the Majority Report crew are back from their hiatus to bring you the latest news stories, including Bernie's resounding win in Nevada, Trump's latest loyalist appointment, and updates on the most crucial court decisions in 2020.

On today's show: Bernie speaks about uniting a rainbow coalition to defeat Trump at San Antonio rally. Bloomberg says he will "make the whole country behave" in musical staged at fundraiser. A wrap-up of news from over the break, including: Supreme Court cases, troubling climate change stats, Greyhound bans ICE from its buses, EPA un-bands mercury, and China's handling of the corona virus. Kris Jansen on MSNBC sighs as she reports Latinx voters voted overwhelmingly for Bernie. Warren supporter takes down sign, explains why she will support Bernie. Eric Kingsburg, elder millennial, explains to Boomer dad why young people like Sanders.

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Direct download: 2-24-20-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
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Happy Friday! Sam hosts author Joe William Trotter to discuss his new book Workers on Arrival: Black Labor in the Making of America. Sam also interviews progressive candidate Jessica Scarane, who is running in the Democratic primary for Delware's Senate seat currently held by Chris Coons.

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Happy Thursday! Sam hosts Thom Hartmann to discuss his new book The Hidden History of the War on Voting: Who Stole Your Vote and How to Get It Back

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Happy Wednesday! Sam hosts author Stuart Schrader to discuss his new book Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American PolicingSam also interviews progressive candidate Andrew Romanoff, who is running in the Democratic primary for Colorado's Senate seat currently held by Cory Gardner.

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Happy Tuesday! Sam hosts Ganesh Sitaraman of Vanderbilt Law School to discuss his new book The Great Democracy: How to Fix Our Politics, Unrig the Economy, and Unite America. Sam also interviews progressive candidate Morgan Harper(@mh4oh), who is challenging Joyce Beatty in Ohio's 3rd District.

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Sam explains how his philosophy on primary challenges has developed.

Nancy Pelosi's primary opponent Shahid Buttar joined Sam to discuss his effort to unseat her from the left.

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Sam hosts Emma Vigeland of TYT (@EmmaVigeland) and Ben Dixon of the Benjamin Dixon Show (@BenjaminPDixon) to discuss the week's top stories.

On today's show: Hero takes selfie with Bloomberg, gets him to say "stop and frisk!"

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) joins us to discuss his discovery and viral propagation of the racist Bloomberg video. How do we get this information out to black voters to stop this oligarch from buying the Democratic Party and ruining our democracy? Ben has thoughts. NYT video on Tyquan, a stop and frisk target during Bloomberg's administration. 2008: Michael Bloomberg says ending redlining caused the housing crisis(!) Bloomberg claims we improve education by cutting teaching force in half, doubling class size. Study Hall offers microgrant for memes that spread the truth about Bloomberg. Warren attacks Bloomberg for trying to buy the election. Bloomberg's sexual harassment lawsuits. Bloomberg says he's friends with Trump. Bloomberg claims dummies in flyover states don't understand trans people.

On the fun half: Bill Barr says Trump's tweets make it impossible for him to engage in a cover-up. Kamala grills Barr in Mueller hearings. Giuliani is losing his mind on Ukraine disinformation. Former Ohio state wrestler testifies Jim Jordan called him crying on July 4th.

Virgil Texas (@VirgilTexas) of Chapo Trap House brings the wonk party re: the NH primary, voter turnout, and the biggest threat to Bernie.

Dennis Prager says it's not fair white people can't say the N-word. Katie Porter questions census director on RNC mailers "2020 Congressional District Census."

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Direct download: 2-14-20-Ben_Dixon-Emma_Vigeland-pub.mp3
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Happy Thursday! Michael Brooks hosts Eric Blanc, author of Red State Revolt: The Teachers' Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics, to discuss his experience organizing, the state of strikes in France, and why single-payer is the way forward on healthcare.

On today's show: Woman protests Bloomberg rally in Tennesee.

Eric Blanc, author of Red State Revolt: The Teachers' Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics, joins us. What's going on with the protests and strikes in France? How Emmanuel Macron's attacks on the French welfare state sparked an explosion in class struggle. How workers in red states managed to triumph in recent labor battles here in the US. How Medicare-for-all would help unions by taking healthcare off the bargaining table.

On the fun half: Bernie says he has more union support than Pete will ever have. Why the head of the Culinary Union in Nevada is spreading disinformation about Medicare-for-all. Bernie responds to James Carville's crusade against the Sanders campaign: He's a hack. One of Amy Klobuchar's biggest backers is an evil agribusiness company. Warren impliesss that Bernie has super PACs and ssssucks up to wealthy donorssss. If Bloomberg gets the Democratic nomination, should people vote for him? Bloomberg responds to pushback over his racist 2015 Aspen Institute speech about stop and frisk. Jumaane Williams says Bloomberg had 10 years to apologize for bad policies, says Bloomberg can't be bought because he's doing the buying. The Fat Jew takes a stand.

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Direct download: 2-13-20-Eric_Blanc-pub.mp3
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On today's show: Bloomberg with Christine Lagarde at the IMF in April of 2018 on the virtues of regressive taxation. Bernie wins NH primary! Trump to AG Bill Barr: "Congratulations" for undermining Roger Stone prosecutors. Trump asked about Roger Stone, says he has an "absolute right" to tell the Justice Department what to do.

On the fun half: Jordan Peterson's daughter gives weirdass "update" on her dad's health, news outlets uncritically convey it. Bloomberg is sorry he took so long to understand the effects of stop and frisk. Jamaal Bowman, Matt Binder tweet damning facts re: Bloomberg and stop and frisk. Bloomberg's horrible record on racial justice. Mark Levin calls Bernie a "radical statist Marxist" who has never changed a tire or taken blood and is racist for moving to VT. Ben Shapiro says Bloomberg was right to defend stop and frisk and that he distrusts Trump's criminal justice reform because "a lot of these people" are going to increase the crime rate if let out of prison. Trump still blames 2016 loss in NH on voter fraud, "hundreds of buses" from MA. Van Jones comments on CNN that Bernie is a phenomenon but cable pundits won't talk about him. Sunny Hostin takes Amy Klobuchar to task for her record as a prosecutor after highlighting her lack of support from POC. Nina Turner on with Chris Hayes responds to Culinary Union leadership attacking Bernie on healthcare in NV.

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Direct download: 2-12-20-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
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Happy Tuesday! We're previewing tonight's New Hampshire primary with Dave Weigel proprietor of the Trailer from the Washington Post. Looking back at the last week of electoral primary, Weigel says the most significant outcome from the Iowa app debacle was how it shifted the narrative, helping Pete Buttigieg surge in New Hampshire. Meanwhile, Weigel diagnoses what went wrong with the Biden campaign and explains how the Bloomberg 2020 campaign is changing the way billionaires can dictate a primary on the Democratic side. Sam and Weigel conclude their conversation with a discussion about how to motivate voters who low-information, low-stake voters to go to the polls in November.

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Direct download: 2-11-20-Dave_Weigel-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:37pm EST

Happy Monday! Sam is back from his quick trip to New Hampshire and is joined by the executive editor at the American Prospect David Dayen to discuss his latest, "Welcome to the Bullshit Economy," which examines why our economy rewards grift over competency. Sam and Dayen take stock of the Democratic Party leadership after its chaotic week in Iowa. Dayen expounds why projects like Shadow and Acronym typify our Bullshit Economy, where self-dealing and denial of responsibility are endemic to its survival at the expense of average Americans and our most essential institutions. Sam and Dayen also look forward to tomorrow's primary in New Hampshire and how it might shape the field for the Nevada caucus and the South Carolina primary. 

And in the Fun Half: Joe Biden's Dog Face Pony Soldier, Bernie Sanders' new defense against "socialist" critiques, Obama's record on the housing crisis, a ground report from Las Vegas ahead of the Nevada caucus, Pete Buttigieg McKinsey-speaks his way through his dread policing record, Amy Klobuchar offers empathy she can't deliver, how to convince your friends to not vote Bloomberg, the Kennedy legacy in Massachusetts, the importance of the Romney vote to remove Trump from office, Lindsey Graham completely flummoxed defending Rudy's claims that he "has the goods," Clinton's 2016 modeling problems, 

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Direct download: 2-10-20-David_Dayen-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:16pm EST

Comedian David Feldman (@David_Feldman_) and The New Republic's Alex Pareene (@pareene) join us for Casual Friday. And check out Alex's new podcast at the New Republic The Politics of Everything.

On today's show: 2017: Mayor Pete extols Bernie's ability to work across the aisle and the Senator's consistency. 2o2o: Pete says his issue with Bernie is his "my way or the highway" approach. The Iowa disaster, self-dealing, and the circle jerk of patronage that led to the Shadow/Acronym app situation. MSNBC analyst says it's disingenuous of Bernie to say he won Iowa. Jimmy Dore says Iowa is the reason we don't have serious policy discussion.

David Feldman (@David_Feldman_) joins us to talk the Democratic primaries, party unity, and being a lefty from way back.

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Direct download: 2-7-20-Alex_Pareene-David_Feldman-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:58pm EST

Happy Thursday, Michael Brooks hosts Connor Kilpatrick from the Jacobin to discuss "Mayor Pete Was the Kinda Kid Who Unplugged the Sega If He Was Losing" and the state of play in the Democratic primary and what will happen to the Pete Buttigieg campaign. Just as the interview with Connor began, Tom Perez tweeted that there would be a "recanvass" in Iowa, where the Iowa Democratic Party will double-check existing records, further delaying the final results in Iowa. The news all comes on the heels of reports that Bernie Sanders nearly closed the state delegate equivalent between himself and Pete Buttigieg. The IDP and DNC's seemingly endless failures on display this week has further illustrated the party's incompetence and the shortcomings of our current meritocratic system. Shifting gears, Michael and Connor explore Buttigieg's career history, his connections to different sources of institutional power, and why establishment Democrats have put their hopes into a college town mayor from Indiana for 2020. The two close out their conversation considering Sanders fundraising haul for January. 

And in the Fun Half: Briahna Joy Gray on the Sanders campaign organizing satellite campaign, the DNC recanvassing catastrophe, support for Omar Fateh in Minneapolis, reframing democratic socialism for 21st century Americans, Jason Johnson takes the mantle of the online billionaire-defender, the significance of Mitt Romney's vote to convict Trump on the abuse of power impeachment article, Lindsey Graham is mad, Sebastian Gorka calls Romney a millennial, we revisit Gorka's war college dissertation, inheriting the white supremacy and the "Bernie Bro" moniker, how we warp sociopolitical language and diminish its value, plus your calls and IMs! 

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Direct download: 2-6-20-Conor-Kilpatrick-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:44pm EST

News with MR crew and Dr. Rob Davidson (@DrRobDavidson) joins us to discuss Medicare.

On today's show: Steve Kornacki explains the convoluted Iowa caucus delegate count.

Dr. Rob Davidson (@DrRobDavidson), ER doctor and Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Medicare, joins us. Davidson discusses his confrontation with Mike Pence over "block grants," a GOP strategy to force states to make cuts to Medicaid. What block grants mean and the major upcoming votes. How the Medicaid expansion has impacted patients. The longterm damage to productivity incurred by cuts to public healthcare programs. How doctors' conversion from small business owners to wage workers has impacted their support of m4a. Find out more at committeetoprotect.org.

On the fun half: Trump panders to POC (but not the ones from other countries) in SOTU. Trump lies about less people on food stamps. Trump lies about protecting patients with pre-existing conditions. Trump lies about USMCA. Rush Limbaugh surprised by medal ceremony which had been reported by multiple news outlets. Would the MR crew ever vote for Bloomberg? Trump says "stankuary." A caller on how unions in Nevada may play a role in that state's primary. Nancy Pelosi applauds Juan Guaido faster than anyone else at SOTU. Pelosi tears up Trump's speech #nancytheripper. Jason Johnson gets mad at Nina Turner for calling Bloomberg an oligarch. James Carville is losing it over Bernie Sanders and Democratic strategy.

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Direct download: 2-5-20-Rob_Davidson-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:29pm EST

We're live tonight from the Brooklyn to cover the Trump's State of the Union. We also breakdown the 62% reported results from Iowa caucus, the self-dealing plaguing American meritocracy and the Democratic establishment, and suffering Rush Limbaugh receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom. We close out the show with Democratic responses from Michigan Gretchen Whitmer and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

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Direct download: 2-4-20-SOTU-2020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:43pm EST

Sam and MR Crew host Benjamin Dixon, Ryan Grim, and Virgil Texas the evening of the Iowa Caucus!

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Direct download: 2-3-20-Iowa_Caucus.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:25am EST

Happy Monday! It's finally here, after more than a year of campaigning, the Democratic presidential hopefuls put in their final pitches before Iowans head to their local precincts to caucus. Dave Weigel of the Washington Post's The Trailer joins us to give the state of play in the Democratic race. And we'll be back for live coverage this evening around 8 PM EST. Weigel recounts his 60+ days in Iowa and fills listeners in on the story behind the scrapped Des Moines Register poll. In trying to predict how the 2020 Democratic primary will shakeup, Weigel admits it's hard to tell because of the lack of polling this cycle. Then, Sam compares the Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign to the Howard Dean campaign in 2004. Weigel then describes each candidate's closing message before tonight's caucus and why Buttigieg has not pulled away from the pack the way Obama did in 2008, despite imitating the 44th president's message. Sam and Weigel consider why power players have not attacked Sanders more comprehensively. Finally, the two conclude their conversation explaining the process for tonight's delegate count. 

And in the Fun Half: Chris Matthews' contempt for leftists, looking forward to Super Tuesday, how Trump will treat his exoneration, Chris Christie is right for almost 80 seconds about Mike Bloomberg, understanding China's economy, an upcoming mansplaining convention, the Bernie Sanders campaign's organizing has checked all the boxes in Iowa, reports from precinct captains, in 2016 Rachel Maddow congratulates Bernie's efforts to help Hillary, Rashida Tlaib is fed up with Hillary's comments about Bernie, how to best address Hillary's attacks on Bernie,

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Direct download: 2-3-20-Dave_Weigel-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:28pm EST

Happy Friday! Sam has a full slate to help recap the week's top headlines, including, Chris Hayes, David Roth, and Matthew Film Guy! Chris Hayes returns to the Majority Report for his first appearance in three years to discuss the Senate impeachment trial, Alan Dershowitz's absurd defense of executive power, and what lies ahead for senators up for reelection in purple states. Then, David Roth, formerly of Deadspin, is back to spread the word about the new Unnamed Temporary Sports Blog, which will publish the blogs the Deadspin writers couldn't after they resigned en masse last fall. Finally, Matthew Film Guy shares photos from Sundance Film Festival, where he did everything but go to film screenings. 

And in the Fun Half: John from San Antonio shares the latest polling and delegate counts in the Democratic primary, Donald Trump never discussed Biden corruption before the former Vice President launched his 2020 campaign, Trump's lies about farmers like he lies about any marginal group, an ER doctor tells Mike Pence that block grant Medicaid will hurt patients, right-wing Jewish family members, Jimmy Dore doesn't do his homework, Pam Bondi struggles during the question period of the Senate impeachment trial, manufacturing consent amongst capitalists, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 1-31-20-Chris_Hayes-David_Roth-Matthew_Weiss-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:25pm EST

Happy Thursday! Michael Brooks is back to host the Majority Report and is joined by Meagan Day to discuss her recent pieces in the Jacobin“How to Clean Up the Welfare State” and “Joe Biden’s Checkered Ethical History Is Fair Game for Criticism.” 

Michael and Meagan begin their conversation discussing the importance of door-knocking before your state’s primary. Meagan recounts her conversations with potential voters in California and how she discovered most voters are undecided, and organizers can have a significant impact on persuading them. Michael and Meagan go on to consider the Democratic primary and what the two frontrunners, Biden and Sanders, would look like matched up against Trump. Meagan points out that Trump has been giving a lot of attention to “Crazy Bernie” on the stump. She welcomes a 2020 election that centers whether or not it’s “crazy” to provide healthcare to all, climate justice, and other human rights. To Meagan, there’s a clear distinction between Trump and Bernie’s record on corruption and advocating for working people.

Conversely, Meagan argues, Biden does not offer such a clear difference between himself and Trump. She and Michael layout Biden's record of corruption and his efforts to reform social security. Biden's history makes him an easier target for Trump in a general election and would reinforce the impression that there's little distinction between the two candidates and not bring people to the polls. Michael and Megan conclude their conversation addressing the perception of the American welfare state and how expanding universal programs would help strengthen support for it. 

And in the Fun Half: TBT Biden's history of plagiarism, Bloomberg ads on MR videos, Klobuchar's damaging DA history, Jared Kushner and Netanyahu have no respect for the human rights of Palestinians, the utility of leftists appearing on Fox News programs, notes from the ground in Iowa, Bloomberg's NDA silencing, Big Gay Ice Cream is the best, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 1-30-20-Meagan_Day-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:08pm EST

Happy Wednesday! Sam  breaks down the latest headlines including the rash of anti-Bernie op-eds and ads landing just days before the Iowa Caucus. The arguments put forth by Jonathan Chait and David Frum fail to recognize the reality of the 2020 election and that its focus will center Donald Trump and defeating him. Their belief that Bernie Sanders is a uniquely unelectable candidate is unfounded for a variety of reasons all of which Sam explores in today's episode.

And in the Fun Half: reports from the Women's March in North Carolina, Kowalski defends the military budget in theory, the White House says Bolton's book contains top secret information that can't be revealed, some boots-on-the-ground reporting from Iowa, Libertarian Corn Pop calls in, Ronald Raygun explains the new Public Charge laws, college admission changes, Mindy's ex-husband loves Joe Rogan and will vote for Bernie,  plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 1-29-20-Sam-Seder-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:13pm EST

As the Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump continues into its eighth day, Sam is joined by historian Brenda Wineapple to discuss the impeachment of Andrew Johnson and her latest book, The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation

On today's show: March 2018: Lou Dobbs excited to welcome John Bolton back to White House. Lou Dobbs last night: John Bolton is a tool for the "radical Dims and the deep state."

Historian Brenda Wineapple joins us to discuss the impeachment of Andrew Johnson and her latest book, The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just NationWith the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, his VP Andrew Johnson became an unlikely successor to the president widely credited with ending chattel slavery in the US. Johnson then proceeded to use his executive powers to oppose many aspects of Reconstruction, pardoning rebel leaders and defying the will of Congress. Wineapple examines this history, from how Johnson ended up as Lincoln's VP in the first place, to his use of executive power to uphold white supremacy, to the precedent set by the Senate's verdict not to remove him from office. This history seems especially relevant in light of current events.

On the fun half: Country singer John Rich tries to stop a school from teaching about white privilege. Chris Matthews says Bernie wouldn't stop his car to help an average person. Counterpoint: Woman in wheelchair recounts how Bernie helped her avoid getting hit by a car. Steve Rattner on the need for a viable centrist to stop Sanders. Rattner says there's a lot of activity to stop Bernie. Pete Buttigieg, with a straight face: "Polls show I'm the best candidate to take on Trump." Buttigieg remembers Kobe Bryant's excellence on the basketball field. Ben Shapiro says Bernie would've aligned with USSR (hence Nazis) in WW2. Jay Sekulow's brother Jordan, 37, is drunk on TV. Sean Hannity says conspiracy to commit murder is not a crime. Pete Hegseth says the 21st century is 25 days old. Josh from Chicago gives an on-the-ground report re: canvassing for Bernie in Iowa.

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Direct download: 1-28-20-Brenda_Wineapple-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:38pm EST

Happy Monday, MR listeners! We're back with a full slate of news and joined by Nomiki Konst of the Nomiki Show.

On today's show: Trump reveals the moment he became pro-life at March For Life. Mitt Romney wants to hear from John Bolton. Bernie is surging in Iowa! Last week: Biden lies about freezing social security: "I didn't propose a freeze." Sunday: Biden defends stance on social security cuts/freezes: "That was over 20 years ago." Bernie won't apologize for critique of Biden's record on social security.

On the fun half: Kilmeade says it's a shame Bolton's manuscript was leaked, almost wrapped trial without any contention for witnesses. Sen. Mike Braun says his gut tells him nothing anyone said has changed his mind on impeachment...not particularly moved by Bolton. Bloomberg jokes at Jewish rally in Florida, says Bernie wants to turn America into a kibbutz. 2018: Trump says he was most concerned with Hillary picking Bernie as a running mate. Nomiki on what DNC committees do, how they could screw over Bernie. A caller on canvassing in Iowa. Ben Shapiro: "the left has canceled my friend Joe Rogan for praising Bernie Sanders!"

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Direct download: 1-27-20-Nomiki_Konst-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:25pm EST

Brandon Sutton (@PrettyBadLefty) and Film Guy Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom) join us.

On today's show: Fox Business reporter explains his scoop about Obama wanting to speak out against Bernie. Medicaid block grants under Trump outsource cuts to states. The significance of Obama-to-nobody voters and the prevalence of POC in that demo. The role of race and gender rhetoric, and how those categories are connected to class.

Film Guy Matthew (@langdonboom), official MR film critic, calls in to give us an on-the-ground report from the Sundance Film Festival.

The critique that Bernie hasn't been vetted: lol wut? What kinds of attacks could Trump use on Bernie? Warren confronted by mad dad who paid off daughter's student loans. Dan Crenshaw says student loan forgiveness is "buying votes." Sylvia Garcia explains how Senate Ukraine caucus supported Victor Sholkin's removal. TUESDAY: Josh Hawley says there are no new facts presented by House impeachment managers. FRIDAY: Tim Scott: House impeachment managers have not added a single fact to the record (despite votes to do so). Rick Scott is upset he can only drink water during the impeachment trial. Rudy on Fox and Friends sounding like a Q-Anon believer. Acting ICE director says they intend to deport DACA recipients if SCOTUS rules w/ Trump.

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Direct download: 1-24-20-Brandon_Sutton-Matthew_Weiss-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:47pm EST

Happy Thursday, Michael Brooks hosts Paul Heideman to discuss his latest piece in the Jacobin, "The Third Way is the Past. Socialism is the Future," which tracks neoliberalism's failures, particularly its rejection of the left, and why Democratic Socialism is on the rise. Michael and Heideman begin their conversation tracing the history of Third Way politicians, keeping it limited to parties that had a history aligned with social democratic policies. Heideman highlights programs like federal block grants as a policy change that pared back the welfare state and allowed states to divert funds away from the people and to partisan political projects which functioned to open the free markets. Michael and Heideman shift gears to the UK and Tony Blair's failure to maintain power after his blunders through the Iraq War alongside the marketization of the NHS and education policy in parliament. Heideman argues that Third Way politics in England imploded because New Labor had to own the Iraq War, while the Democrats could blame Republicans for our Mid East blunders. Third Way politics in America have eroded slowly during the Obama presidency after the 44th president's limited bailout reforms and growing wealth inequality. And while Clinton's loss in 2016 seemed like Third Way's demise, it may last a few years longer if Joe Biden can win in 2020. Michael and Heideman conclude their conversation considering why socialism is the best antidote for a runaway capitalist system controlled by oligarchs. 

And in the Fun Half: continuing the question of racism's core, useful tips for Bernie phone-bankers, Jim Messina says Bernie is the least electable Democratic candidate, Amy Klobuchar gets the much-coveted Comedy Writers endorsement, a look back at Bernie's consistency, TBT: Jim Messina's homophobic political ad from 2002, a clip of Michael's Lula interview, Zoe Lofgren makes a salient point--we need transparency in government, the Fox & Friends audience do not care about impeachment at all, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 1-23-20-Paul_Heideman-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:29pm EST

The MR crew breaks down the news.

On today's show: Chris Coons is setting himself up to be a power broker, block progressive agenda. Donate to his primary challenger at jessfordelaware.com! Biden rejects the claim that Bernie is ahead of the VP with black voters under age 35. Trump still complaining about Schiff paraphrasing, says WH has all the material. Jay Sekulow resentful of "lawyer lawsuits;" Adam Schiff responds. John Roberts reprimands lawyers/impeachment managers, reminds Senators of the dignity of the Senate.

On the fun half: Sam and Jamie speak with a surprisingly reasonable libertarian. Biden ad attacks Bernie ad on social security, says he's wanted to protect SS his entire career, will increase benefits. Bernie ad features audio of Biden saying he wants to cut SS in the '90s. 2008: Joe Biden says "absolutely" you have to put SS on the table. Joe Rogan says he'll vote for Bernie...wishes he'd pick Tulsi as running mate. Buttigieg has his "please clap" moment in NH. Josh from Chicago on canvassing in NH. How to support the Palm Beach County Tenants Union: @pbctenantsunionpatreon.com/pbtenantsrising. Kowalski invites Sam to a Polish heritage festival. Biden gets defensive with journalist re: Bernie's apology. A caller on the material origins of right-wing populism.

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Direct download: 1-22-20-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30pm EST

Happy Tuesday! Author and organizer Jane McAlevey joins Sam to discuss her new book,  A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy, on how workers must continue to fight with broad-based supermajorities across the working class. McAlevey and Sam begin their conversation discussing the state of labor organizing in America during the Trump era and the recent progress of teacher unions across the country. McAlevey explains how Collective Bargain differs from her previous books and the need to reeducate the working populace on unions and their common misconceptions. McAlevey contextualizes the benefits of unions through Silicon Valley labor practices. She describes how tech become a new arena for organizing in 2020, where forced arbitration agreements leave workers with very little agency over their labor or workplace environments. There is no way around collective organizing if tech workers want to change their company's culture--it cannot happen in a top-down system. Beyond one's place of employment, looking at the state of the judiciary system and the campaign finance laws, the best (and possibly only) tool working people have in our society is to organize with strategic strikes that shut things down in the streets. That is how workers will win in a post-Trump era.   

And Nomiki Konst joins Sam for the Fun Half to discuss: Trump's grief over Notre Dame, the 'Middle Class' Joe fallacy, even Tom Brokaw recognizes it, Bernie's ground game in Iowa as the Senate Impeachment trial begins, why the Senate Dems resent Bernie, AOC on challenging the Democrats status-quo and fighting for public programs, the stupidity of the NYT split-endorsement, Protestors are frustrating Pete Buttigieg, former Breitbart lackey Kurt Bardella does not speak for everyday Democrats, plus one call from John in San Antonio!

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Direct download: 1-21-20-Jane_McElevey-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:19pm EST

Our compilation of MLK-related audio returns with a new addition this year with excerpts from this newly-released speech via The Root:

"Exclusive: Martin Luther King Jr. Talks Reparations, White Economic Anxiety and Guaranteed Income in Previously Unheard Speech"

Dr. King’s first TV “interview” from the show "The Open Mind – The New Negro" in 1957, hosted by Professor Richard D. Hefner.

Beyond Vietnam, delivered on April 4, 1967 at Riverside Church in New York City.

MLK’s last speech “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution“ delivered at the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., on 31 March 1968.

Walter Cronkite reports King's assassination.

Nina Simone "Why?" live, 3 days following MLK's assassination.

Direct download: MLK_DAY_2020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:09am EST

Happy Friday! Digby and Judy Gold join Sam and the MR Crew to discuss the top stories of the week, including the Lev Parnas revelations, impeachment heads to the Senate, and the breach of the Sanders/Warren non-aggression pact. Starting with *The Story*: Sam and Digby agree that the Sanders and Warren story is new, but it certainly does not deserve the amount of coverage provided by the media. Consider the fact that we were on the brink of war last week, and the president's impeachment trial will begin next week in the Senate. Meanwhile, the revelations from Lev Parnas' document dump shed new light on the Ukraine scandal and the interactions between Giuliani and his Ukrainian oligarch contacts. Digby and Sam go through all the players and key figures involved in the Ukraine quid-pro-quo. Finally, as impeachment moves to the Senate, Digby and Sam consider the limited press access permitted by Mitch McConnell and why Chuck Schumer isn't railing against the leader's decision. 

Then, Judy Gold joins Sam and asks how the hell can Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz possibly be working for the White House in 2020? Judy is at the end of her rope--Democrats need to win the White House back this fall. She's had enough of these assholes in the GOP. They conclude their conversation considering the reasons for having children.

And in the Fun Half: the Saga of American Action Network's "Stacy," John from San Antonio wonders if Elizabeth Warren is angling for a Biden VP spot, low information voters and Chris Hayes' classic TNR piece from 2004, Devin Nunes tries out a dozen lies about his relationship with Lev Parnas, while Donald Trump and Rudy are in the same boat, and if they're going down, they're going down together. 

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Direct download: 1-17-20-Dugby-pub.mp3
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Sam is joined by education writer Robert Pondiscio to discuss his latest book How the Other Half Learns: Equality, Excellence, and the Battle Over School Choice. Matt Binder joins us to host the Fun Half.

On today's show: Sam on the Bernie Sanders/Liz Warren post-debate exchange.

Sam is joined by education writer Robert Pondiscio to discuss his latest book How the Other Half Learns: Equality, Excellence, and the Battle Over School ChoiceSam and Pondiscio discuss the author's year embedding at Success Academy, one of New York's most contentious charter schools: his experience there, the ideas behind public charter schools, and what made Success Academy perform so highly. Sam asks: What about the fact that charter schools attract students whose parents are more motivated and engaged in their lives? Doesn't that skew the results, and maybe disadvantage kids whose parents are not as engaged? A spirited back and forth.

On the fun half: More Bernie/Warren analysis. Chuck Schumer on why he'll vote no on USMCA: it doesn't contain environmental protections. NYT questions Buttigieg on his role in downsizing, Canadian bread price fixing scandal. Kowalski on the inspiring possibilities of American farmers protesting for a Green New Deal.

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Direct download: 1-16-20-Matt_Binder-pub.mp3
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Good Wednesday morning, we're back from last night's debate coverage and ready to bring you the latest news on impeachment, our breakdown of Iowa debate, and the rest of the day's headlines.

On today's show: Trump says energy efficient lightbulb makes people look orange. Trump goes after energy efficient appliances. Warren refuses to shake Bernie's hand after debate. Karen Finney is upset about Bernie and his bros. Mika calls out CNN moderator Abby Phillips for framing questions to Bernie/Warren about their conversation. Amy Klobuchar forgets governor's name. Bernie talks Iraq, Vietnam, wars based on lies.

On the fun half: The View takes on Bernie bros, relitigate 2016, McMeghan says he hurt Hillary, has a problem with women. Stephen King anti-Collins billboard van parked outside his home, and hers. Brit Hume says Bolton testimony, whatever he says, won't move GOP senators. Schiff says Parnas documents show Giuliani was working in Ukraine with Trump's consent. November: Gun girl gets owned at Rutgers.

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Direct download: 1-15-20-Nomi_Konst-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:53pm EST

Sam and the crew bring you all the 2020 Democratic primary news in anticipation of tonight's debate in Des Moines, IA.

On today's show: Project Veritas catches Bernie volunteer Kyle saying DNC will be just like 1978. Also: saying Bernie's free college plan will educate people to not be Nazis. Trump labor department changes Obama-era rule on labor. WI judge orders purging of over 200,000 voters. On the Bernie Sanders sexism nothingburger: Warren statement claims Bernie told her a woman can't win in private convo. HEADLINE: Biden says sexism won't happen to him. Bernie encourages a third grade girl to run for office, and presidency. Bernie 1988: says a woman can win, asks if voters on the side of working people or corporate interests. Emily's list posts story: "Can a woman beat Trump? Some Democrats wonder if it's worth the risk." Ad against Republican Cory Gardner: He works for Trump, not Colorado.

On the fun half: A classic libertarian debate. Cheri Bustos won't say whether AOC's fundraising is helping the Democrats. Obama 2008: Reminding voters about Senator Clinton's track record. Obama 2008: Clinton is rewriting history with her Iraq War vote. An Iranian caller on the demonstrations against Iran's authoritarian government.

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Direct download: 1-14-20-sam_seder-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30pm EST

Sam is joined by Peter Jan Honisberg, professor of law at the University of San Francisco School of Law, to discuss his new book, A Place Outside the Law: Forgotten Voices from Guantánamo

On today's show: Friday: Mike Pompeo continues to shift story about "imminent threat" intel.

Sam is joined by Peter Jan Honisberg, professor of law at the University of San Francisco School of Law, to discuss his new book, A Place Outside the Law: Forgotten Voices from Guantánamo. How many people are still imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay and how/why the US has a base in Cuba. The narrow circumstances under which the Bush admin would release detainees. How the US purchased its prisoners. The heartbreaking stories of the Guantánamo prisoners, loved ones, and whistleblowers. The torture tactics used on prisoners. How whistleblower Matt Diaz unmasked violations of the Geneva Convention. The invention of the term "enemy combatant." Obama's broken promise to close the camp and what he could have done to make good on it.

On the fun half: Mike from PA sparks a convo about the latest Bernie/Warren kerfuffle. Warren says she's disappointed in Bernie campaign criticizing her supporters. Warren fundraising email blast about Bernie campaign's (alleged) critique of her electability. Politico poll reports same info as the "attack" on Warren. Gun girl Kaitlyn Bennett gets shut down by college student about bathroom hysteria. Trump says we're making great deals with the Saudis and they're paying for our troops. Mark Esper equivocates on Trump's claim about the embassies being targeted. Joe Biden at Brookings in July 2003: we need to go to Iraq and stay there for a long time. Biden endorses "prevention doctrine" in support of preventative wars.

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Direct download: 1-13-20-Peter_Jan_Honigsberg-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:54pm EST

Happy Friday! On today's show, Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon), host of the Benjamin Dixon Show. Sam and Ben begin their conversation considering the conclusion of the "Clinton Investigation," which will end in the coming weeks "with no criminal charges or other known impacts," according to the Washington Post. Switching gears to material and present issues, Dixon and Sam switch gears to the Congressional proposals from Elisse Slotkin, Barbara Lee, and Tim Kaine aimed at limiting the White House's military powers. The two then describe the tick-tock of how the Trump administration further destabilized US diplomatic relations in both Iraq and Iran after using faulty intelligence to deploy rash military actions. These developments alone are grounds for impeachment. With that in mind, McConnell's decision to endorse legislation that would dismiss articles impeachment means nothing; Pelosi can send new articles based on this week's actions alone. Considering the stakes in the Senate, where has minority leader Chuck Schumer been in all of this? Dixon and Sam conclude their conversation reflecting on billionaire ad spending in the 2020 election and Steyer's massive leap to 15% in the latest South Carolina Democratic primary poll.

And in the Fun Half: some positive veganism, ending the Hillary Clinton DOJ investigation once and for all, Sam agrees with Trey Gowdy's assessment that impeachment will hurt vulnerable GOP senators, Trump is back out on the campaign trail to sell the Suleimani assassination, Biden's history shows he's stuck in the era of bipartisanship and cutting social services, plus your calls and IMs!

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Happy Thursday, Michael Brooks is joined by Djene Bajalan to discuss the state of affairs in the Middle East and the United States' history of interference in Iran. Starting in 1953, Brooks and Bajalan discuss the CIA's role in removing Mohammed Mossadegh from power. Mosadegh was a staunch nationalist whose primary goal in office was to nationalize Iran's oil reserves, which at the time was under the control of the British Empire. Bajalan takes a broader view of Persia before the 1950s and Mosadegh's rule and the region's history with reclaiming its natural resources before foreign powers who were colonizing or warring in neighboring areas. Brooks and Bajalan also explore the Shah's role in disposing of Mossadegh and the monarchy's interests and its intersection between both domestic needs and international pressure. Bajalan then describes the developments which led to the overthrow of the Shah in 1979 and the coalition between Iranian leftists and Islamists leading the revolution behind the Ayatollah's rise. Bajalan and Brooks conclude the interview discussing the Iraq-Iran conflict of the 80s, Iranian President Mohammad Khatami's efforts to improve relations with America in the 90s, and the contemporary state of affairs between the US and Iran.

And in the Fun Half: Pence pushes the "sources and methods" defense as reason for not sharing any intel to Congress, Rand Paul and Mike Lee on yesterday's inadequate intel hearing from the White House, KT McFarland and Pete Buttigieg give boths sides of American ahistorical understanding of Islam and Iran, considering the Elizabeth Warren's campaign heading into the Iowa caucus, addressing the real concerns of anti-semitism from within the Jewish community, on providing healthcare to undocumented immigrants, plus your calls and IMs!

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The MR crew breaks down the news.

On today's show: Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrck says Trump is a multi-dimensional chess player. Time Magazine publishes consent-manufacturing piece on how to talk to kids about the Iran conflict. General McChrystal says Soleimani isn't that different from him in BBC documentary. Sunday: Pompeo avoids specifics of imminent threat, says it's Soleimani's history. Tuesday: Mike Esper says Soleimani threat was days away. Tuesday: Pompeo claims he's answered the "imminence question." Steve Schmidt claims that a hot war with Iran is now inevitable. Sam says all Democrats need to back checks on executive war powers.

On the fun half: A vegan libertarian calls in to debate Sam, combining two of his favorite flavors. Bloomberg judges hot dogs, women's looks on "The Apprentice." A caller updates us on the situation in Kashmir, the Farmington University scam. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) calls the White House's Iran briefing "sophomoric and utterly unconvincing." CBP officer speaks out about the horrors of family separation.

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Nathan J. Robinson (@NathanJRobinson), editor of Current Affairs, joins us to discuss his book, Why You Should Be a Socialist.

On today's show: An update on the fires in Australia. US government may start collecting people's DNA at borders. Kellyanne Conway spins Trump's tweet threatening to destroy Iranian cultural sites.

Nathan J. Robinson joins us to discuss his book, Why You Should Be a Socialist. Social democracy vs. democratic socialism. How utopian visions of a better world can be useful to those trying to make change. The "human nature" critique. The inhumanity of social Darwinism. Workplace tyranny vs. democracy. What's conservatism? What's liberalism? "What if the social safety net becomes a hammock?" and other critiques of socialism. The need to change the nature of work. The effects of Occupy Wall Street and Bernie Sanders. Why Bernie is a more "electable" candidate than both Biden and Warren.

On the fun half: WH press secretary Stephanie Grisham says Americans should trust our intelligence agencies now. Ron Johnson laments impeachment process, says relationships with foreign leaders will be impossible. Bernie goes after Biden directly for his role in Iraq War, the bankruptcy bill, cutting social security. Biden says nobody understood how Obamacare was going to work. Jon from San Antonio calls in with promising poll results for Bernie. Daily Wire host can't stand Netflix show where women fight with swords. Evangelical pastors perform laying of hands for Trump at rally. Trump takes a War on Christmas victory lap Jan 3rd. Warren shuts down Meghan McCain's defense of Trump on Iran on the View, still calls Soleimani a terrorist. Bernie compares current situation with Iran to the lead up to 2003 Iraq War. Pete Hegseth says he'd destroy Iranian cultural sites.

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Andrew Bacevich, the President of the Quincy Institute For Responsible Statecraft, joins us to discuss his book, 'The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory.'

On today's show: After Soleimani killing, Fox and Friends are cool with the deep state again.

Andrew Bacevich, the President of the Quincy Institute For Responsible Statecraft, joins us to discuss his book, 'The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory.' The history of the United States' militarized hegemony in the world following the Cold War. How the Carter Doctrine ensured America's access to oil. The bipartisan cowardice associated with Congress's deference to the president's powers of war. The effect of the Afghan papers. The post-Cold War belief that nat sec experts were 1.) correct, and 2.) repping our interests. The effect of Trump's purported isolationism on the 2016 election.

On the fun half: Hassen Nasrallah says Hezbollah doesn't want to kill American civilians. Ayatollah clarifies: death to America means death to Trump and Bolton and Pompeo. Bloomberg gets pissed when asked about Soleimani, maybe doesn't know who he is? Chairman joint chief of staff Milley skeptical of conspiracy in Afghan papers. Bari Weiss uses anti-Semitism march to highlight Linda Sarsour relationship with Farrakhan. Friday: Ro Khanna says legislature needs to take control of war powers act. Voter explains his medical horror story to Bernie and the humiliation of being poor in America. Guaido gets Guaido'd: can't jump the fence at Venezuelan National Assembly.

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The New Republic's Alex Pareene (@pareene) and author/academic Vali Nasr (@vali_nasr) join us to break down the news.

On today's show: Flashback to 2015: Trump has no idea who Soleimani or Quds forces are.

Vali Nasr (@vali_nasr), Professor of Middle Eastern studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, joins us to discuss the Trump administration's pre-emptive strike against Iran. Who was Qasem Soleimani and why was he important in Iran? The reasons Soleimani is popular in Iran. How will Iran be compelled to respond? What responses are on the table?

November 2011: Trump says Obama will start a war with Iran to get re-elected. Pete Hegseth busts his load for tough leader Trump. Bernie's principled anti-war tweets. How would a war with Iran affect 2020? Ari Fleischer says Soleimani assassination could be a catalyst for Iranian freedom. Pompeo explains White House reasoning behind Soleimani assassination. DOD statement misnames Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Stuart Varney wonders if Congress can impeach a commander-in-chief at war. Australia is on fire, Cobargo residents upset with treatment by PM Scott Morrison.

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Happy New Year! The MR crew is back to catch you up on the headlines of the past ten days. Sam opens 2020 with a look ahead of what to expect from the Majority Report before the November's general elections, including live coverage of debates, the Iowa caucus, and Super Tuesday. In Washington, while Pelosi and McConnell remain at loggerheads with impeachment proceedings, vulnerable Republicans in purple states are hedging on a "no witness" trial. Meanwhile, Democrats in red states are standing their ground and publicly supporting a full trial in the Senate. Switching gears to the 2020 campaign, Sam looks at a Biden clip from a recent speech in New Hampshire where the former Vice President shares his feelings on running on a split ticket with a GOP running mate. Looking at the broader 2020 Democratic field, the crew breaks down Andrew Yang's commitment to Medicare for All, which doesn't offer something as meager as a public option. Sam closes out the free half of the show analyzing how Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran functions as war hawk virtue signaling.

And in the Fun Half: Mindy gets the first call of 2020 and wants to talk about Bernie's fundraising! Exploring the relationship between Bernie and MSNBC "road warrior" Vaughn Hillyard, a question about animal ethics puts Sam "in a bit of a corner," seems like Mike Bloomberg doesn't remember the Central Park Five and their lawsuit he fought while NYC Mayor, Ivanka Trump gets a holiday fluff interview on Face the Nation, Sam explains his Twitter back-and-forth with Norm Ornstein, plus your calls and IMs!

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Matthew Blackwell (@Matt_Blackwell), Associate Professor of Government at Harvard University, joins us to discuss his co-authored book, "Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics."

Why do certain parts of the US seem to be particularly "conservative" when it comes to race? "Behavioral path dependence" and the effects of institutions on behavior. How the growth of US slavery centuries ago still affects politics today. The linear relationship between the increase in enslaved people in an area to current racist political attitudes today: The more the whites were outnumbered by slaves, the more racist they became. The extreme reaction by white southerners to emancipation. The persistence of racist attitudes that originated during slavery and emancipation/reconstruction.

On the Fun Half Best Of:

#ColdfeetCrowder Steven Crowder Runs Away From Sam Seder Debate?!; Oct 2019

Kevin Sorbo Calls Out #ColdFeetCrowder For Running Away From Sam Seder; Oct 2019

Scaramucci Calls Out #ColdFeetCrowder For Hiding From Sam; Oct 2019

Gavin McInnes Uses Fake Name To Trick David Pakman On Show!!??; July 2019

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Author and documentary filmmaker Astra Taylor (@astradisastra), joins us to discuss her new book, Democracy May Not Exist, but We'll Miss It When It's Gone.

Despite having existed for a long time as a concept, true democracy has rarely been put into practice. Capitalism is inherently undemocratic and other truths popularized by Occupy Wall Street. Why OWS happened when it did. What kinds of lessons and political organizations came out of Occupy? What should have been done differently? Why the left can and should change the rules of the system to benefit the 99%.

 

On the Fun Half Best Of:

Candace Owens Forgets Her Own History During Bizarre Interview, Nov 2019

Ben Shapiro's Grift Falling Apart Before Our Eyes; Aug 27, 2019

Fake IRS Scam Caller Accidentally Calls A Talk Show Host, Feb 2019

 

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Author Johann Hari (@johannhari101 ) joins us to discuss his new book, “Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression — and the Unexpected Solutions.”

Author Johann Hari (@johannhari101 ) joins us to discuss his new book, “Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression — and the Unexpected Solutions.” The biological makeup of humans has not changed for many centuries, but depression, anxiety and addiction are on the rise. For this book, Hari traveled around the world and interviewed experts to identify the sources of our pain, including: Lack of control over one’s work conditions, childhood trauma, and the isolation of modern life. He traces many of these problems back to neoliberal capitalism, as well as forward to antisocial behavior as it manifests in the political sphere.

Best of Fun Half

Dave Rubin's Total Cluelessness Shocks Marianne Williamson, July 2019

Hollywood Didn't Care About Young Ben Shapiro's Feelings, Scripts, July 2019

And BullProg tells us where the MR FUN fun half break came from

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John Sides (@johnmsides), professor of political science at George Washington University and co-author of Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America, joins us.

John Sides (@johnmsides), professor of political science at George Washington University, joins us to discuss his new book, Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America. For this book, Sides researched voters' beliefs about how much the Democratic Party's policies helped black Americans, and found they grew substantially after Obama's 2008 election. Sides posits that Obama's election racialized US politics in a way they had not been previously, causing race, immigration and religion to play a major role in the 2016 presidential election.

Then, from May:

David Feldman then joins the program to discuss his "principles" and why in 2020 it's all about defeating Trump. While providing healthcare, food security, and government oversight are important things, the most important thing "in principle" is that we unit behind the candidate most likely to defeat Trump. Feldman says the threats of a inter-party circular firing squad and democrats staying home on election day are real and must be avoided at all cost. Additionally, Bernie is not reaching out to the middle class white males like Biden and cannot match Middle Class Joe because the former VP is just that, a middle class white male. While half the country doesn't have $500 for an emergency, Feldman understands, as a middle class man, who has experienced tragedy, that we start reaching out to the middle class and and then reach out to others from there. Feldman ends his interview explaining why it's important to take the advice of Rob Reiner in every aspect of your life.

Finally, also from May:

Sam and H. Jon Benjamin have a very uncomfortable interview about Benjamin's newish book, 'Failure Is An Option: An Attempted Memoir.' We're talking decades' worth of simmering resentment bubbling up to the surface uncomfortable. Seriously, why do we keep doing this?

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Today's Best Of:

On today’s show, Jamila Michener (@povertyscholar), Professor in the department of Government at Cornell University, joins us to discuss her new book, Fragmented Democracy: Medicaid, Federalism, and Unequal Politics. Medicaid is one of the most fundamental aspects of the US federal safety net, however it is fractured and constantly under attack by state governments, especially in GOP-controlled states. Michener explains that states have very expansive control over what they will and will not cover for its Medicaid recipients. The way that Americans provide care is fragmented and inconsistent. Michener says American social policy towards people living in poverty is one where we give people as little help as possible. States should have an much discretion as possible when dealing with its poor people. This is most illustrative in the difference between Medicare and Medicaid. In the former we have a nationalized program where the funding and policy is set by the federal program; and in the latter a program that is different from state to state, leaving a vulnerable class at the whims of its state’s balance sheet. Michener and Sam also consider lower class involvement in the political process and how their action or absence influences election outcomes. Finally, Michener describes the ground game for Medicare-For-All.

Best of Fun Half:

Dave Rubin Guest FREAKS When He Finds Out Dave Is Gay, May 2019

New Yorkers Flee Steve Doocy In Cringiest Fox Segment EVER, May 2019

Rogan And Pakman Address Sam Seder's Treatment Of Dave Rubin, June 2019

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On today's Best Of:

Tressie McMillan Cottom (@tressiemcphd), assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and author of 'Thick: And Other Essays' and 'Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy,' joins us.

On today's show: Lara Trump to federal workers not getting paid: "This is so much bigger than any one person."

Tressie McMillan Cottom (@tressiemcphd), assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University, joins us to discuss her book, 'Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy.' With the rise of neoliberalism came the "education gospel," which claimed workers could, and should, raise their wages by getting four-year college degrees at their own expense. While it did not turn out to be true, this myth fed a boom in for-profit colleges. Through her interviews with students, employees, executives and activists, McMillan Cottom paints a full picture of these predatory institutions, which disproportionately impact working class women of color.

On the fun half: AOC explains top marginal tax rates to Stephen Colbert. AOC tells Ta-Nehisi Coates that billionaires are immoral. Disingenuous tweet from conservative writer says that AOC claims that algorithms, which are driven by math, are racist. Ben Stein compares Ocasio-Cortez to Stalin, Hitler, Mao. Pod bro Jon Favreau asks Gillibrand if she'd abolish the filibuster for M4A or GND. Rev. William Barber calls out TN Governor Bill Lee to his face: "You can't say you love Dr. King and not support his agenda." Joe Rogan and Bari Weiss talk about how the radical left and right cause extreme backlash in people. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Best of Fun Half:

Seth Meyers ROASTS Meghan McCain's Idiocy To Her Face, May 8, 2019

Ben Shapiro Has Complete Meltdown, Storms Off BBC Interview, May 10, 2019

Fox Hosts Melt Down As Bernie Continually Owns Them During Town Hall, April 2019

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On today's Best of 2019:

Daniel Immerwahr  (@dimmerwahr), an associate professor of history at Northwestern University, joins us to discuss his new book, How to Hide An Empire: A History of the Greater United States.

On today’s show: Ben Shapiro claims Ilhan Omar is just as anti-Semitic as white nationalists. Quebec mosque shooter was reading Shapiro and other right-wing figures’ tweets before the attack.

Daniel Immerwahr  (@dimmerwahr), an associate professor of history at Northwestern University, joins us to discuss his new book, How to Hide An Empire: A History of the Greater United States. 19 million US nationals live outside the US proper, but they don’t have the same rights as US citizens. Looking at the history of places like the Philippines, which saw an attack nearly as deadly as Pearl Harbor in WW2, the Guano Islands, which the US annexed for fertilizer, and Puerto Rico, where an American Dr. Mengele named Cornelius Rhoads ran rampant in the 1930s, Immerwahr reveals a story of colonial domination that is swept under the rug to this day.

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And on the Fun Half best of:

Sam Seder Debates Anarcho-Capitalist Caller, Nov 2019

Rich Pastor Goes BALLISTIC When Asked About Private Jets, June 2019

Matt Gaetz DOCTORS Footage After Getting Laughed At During Hearing, June 2019

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Digby (Heather Parton) (@digby56) and Film Guy Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom) join us on the last show of the decade.

On today's show: Amy Klobuchar and Buttigieg spar over experience and winning statewide races.

Heather 'Digby' Parton (@digby56) joins us to wrap up the decade in politics. Occupy Wall Street and the rise of the left. The rise of the millennial generation and how the political conversation has shifted. The potential effects of impeachment. Digby's take on the debates.

Film Guy Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom) joins us to talk (spoiler alert!) film. 'Black Bear,' the movie Matthew edited, is headed to Sundance! Matthew and crew discuss the festival circuit, his class for seniors, and what movies we should watch over break, including: Rodrigo Garcia's "Nine Lives" and Miranda July's "Me and You and Everyone We Know."

Eric July, libertarian, has had it with weak libertarians debating roads. Giuliani brags about surviving hits by the mafia, FARC, "Islamic terrorists." Ben Shapiro values fetuses more than women. The Daily Wire's Michael Knowles advocates theocratic fascism to own the libs. Warren and Buttigieg have at it over closed door fundraising. Bernie owns up to Afghan vote, gives props to Barbara Lee. Bernie says he has zero billionaire donors, negs Buttigieg's donors compared to Biden. Bernie asked about lack of diversity on stage, talks about environmental justice for POC. Van Jones asks Warren if her criticism of Pete's wine cave is elitist.

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Our wrap-up from the December 19, 2019 Democratic debate.

The MR crew provides live commentary on the sixth Democratic primary debate, held at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. The field has been narrowed to seven candidates and the questions are surprisingly substantive! Watch as Bernie shows off his sassy personality, Biden manages not to crap his pants, Amy Klobuchar disciplines Mayor Pete, Yang ties everything back to UBI, and Warren says the word "selfie" about one thousand times.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:37pm EST

Good Thursday morning, Michael Brooks hosts anthropologist Isabel Peñaranda and sociologist Julián Gómez-Delgado to discuss the ongoing general strike in Columbia and their piece in the Jacobin, "Colombia's New Awakening." As Columbia joins the global wave of social unrest, can the popular uprising resist conservative president Ivan Duque's efforts to co-opt the movement and deliver change to a country beleaguered by inequality and militarization?

On November 21st, hundreds of thousands of people marched on the streets in Bogota, where Colombians gathered banging pans through the night for a week straight, protesting against neoliberal austerity policy measures like tax and pension reform. As the protests grew, all kinds of activists took their projects to the streets, including feminist groups, LGBT rights groups, and even anti-shark fishing groups--making the protests incredibly wide-ranging and varied.

Brooks and Gomez-Delgado examine the current president, Ivan Duque, whose disapproval rating is at 70%. Duque came to power in 2018 after he gained the endorsement of Alvaro Uribe, the country's most popular politician in the 21st century whose extractive policies and close ties military forces made him an enemy of the left.

Peñaranda then explains the history of left political suppression in Colombia and how that has helped form the current political unrest before the current conservative government. Brooks and Gomez-Delgado then explore US foreign policy and intelligence involvement in Colombia's domestic politics, specifically its role in pressuring communist communities in rural parts of Colombia.

Brooks, Peñaranda, and Gomez-Delgado conclude their conversation considering what the next steps are in the protests and why a South American-focused and localized discourse is essential to producing material benefits for working people.

And in the Fun Half: Donald Trump heads to his safe spaces after he's impeached: hot airmen, dead political opponents, and inefficient home appliances; Devin Nunes is cuckolding Lev Parnas, undocumented immigrants can now apply for driver's licenses in NJ/NY, Michael explores what happened in Myanmar and Aung San Suu Kyi's fall from grace, Congolese miners are suing tech companies like Apple and Telsa for unsafe working conditions in cobalt mines, what we talk about when we talk about Tulsi, Donald Glover's head-scratching Yang fundraiser, Bernie's new ad is takes aim at corporate contributions, general strikers in France dump cow shit before Macron's party event, laughing at Never Trumpers, plus your calls and IMs!

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On today's show: Guest on Lou Dobbs compares Trump's pissy letter to Pelosi to Lincoln's Gettysburg address. Flashback 2014: Trump says impeachment would destroy America. Doug Collins melts down in House rules hearing on impeachment. Kevin McCarthy says a future legislature will expunge this impeachment of Trump. Debbie Lesko says Democrats are "tearing families apart" with their impeachment. 1999: Lindsey Graham says impeachment is about cleansing the office. Susan Collins during 1999 impeachment: "I need witnesses...to get to the truth." Kowalski recommends some YouTubers. NY court throws out Manafort's mortgage fraud case.

On the fun half: A caller updates us on India's anti-Muslim citizenship law. Buttigieg was part of the McKinsey team that pushed to privatize the post office. Stephen Miller directed TPS policy via white supremacist website VDARE. Laura Ingraham says immigrants aren't afraid to live in shadow, now that they can get driver's licenses in New York. Border patrol officer interrogates bus riders in Ohio. Tory health minister uses Orwellian doublespeak to justify NHS shortcomings. Sanders surging in Iowa.

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On today's show, Ramesh Srinivasan (@rameshmediajoins us to discuss his book, 'Beyond the Valley: How Innovators around the World are Overcoming Inequality and Creating the Technologies of Tomorrow.'

On today's show: The New York Times' treachery against Cenk Uygur. Meghan McCain says it's her job to analyze politics, not ethics.

Ramesh Srinivasan (@rameshmediajoins us to discuss his book, 'Beyond the Valley: How Innovators around the World are Overcoming Inequality and Creating the Technologies of Tomorrow.' Tech companies like Facebook and Google have an increasing amount of power over people's lives. Mining citizens' data is enormously profitable, but what does the average citizen have to show for it? In this book, Srinivasan examines the disconnect between tech elites and users and lays out the case for a more democratic approach to information technology.

On the fun half: Steve King gets trolled by fake Christian-hating Starbucks owner on Twitter. YKS pranks MAGA chuds. Chilean cops suppress Telesur news team covering protests in Santiago. Ilhan Omar: "Yes, I am a radical!" Rudy Giuliani says Yovanovich was removed from Ukraine post because she was funneling money to Soros. Nazi photo posted to US military's official social media accounts. Trump tries to impress Kristi Noem, governor of South Dakota. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Meaghan Winter, author of 'All Politics Is Local: Why Progressives Must Fight for the States' joins us.

On today's show: Jeanine Pirro thanks Eric Trump and his wife for their help in the War On Christmas. Dennis Prager is a Jew who is happy to say "merry Christmas" because of "Judeo-Christian values."

Meaghan Winter joins us to discuss her book, 'All Politics Is Local: Why Progressives Must Fight for the States.' In 2016, the GOP gained their largest majority in state governments since 1928, and they've been using it to suppress voting rights and dismantle any remotely progressive legislation. Looking at a variety of case studies, Winter examines why the Democratic Party has abandoned state level politics, including: the priorities of wealthy liberal donors, the news media, the web of patronage w/r/t consulting firms, and the perceived threat posed by grassroots orgs. Winter ends on some positive examples set by donors in Colorado as well as national orgs like the DSA.

On the fun half: Bernie retracts endorsement of Cenk Uygur. Cenk calls out David Duke repeatedly in TYT interview. Clip from TYT interview shows it was clearly misreported by the New York Times. Lindsey Graham has made up his mind on Senate impeachment trial. Brian Kilmeade says Democrats should respect Jeff Van Drew's party change, his "voting his conscience" on impeachment. Chris Coons wishes John McCain were here to lead impeachment trial. James Comey obfuscates FISA concerns in IG report. Evo Morales says American democracy deceives people, no difference between Dems and Repubs w/r/t Latin America policy, monied interests run things. Pete Buttigieg tells teacher he will not remove (pro-charter, anti-union) Reed Hastings' name from Silicon Valley fundraiser. MAGA MMA fighter Colby Covington gets jaw broken in knockout match with Kamaru Usman. TYT's John Iadorola shows Dan Bongino what bulk buys look like on NYT bestseller list. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Sam hosts congressional candidate for CA-25 Cenk Uygur and Andy Kindler to break down an absolutely psychotic news week.

On today's show: House judiciary committee votes on articles of impeachment.

Cenk Uygur (@CenkUygur) joins us to discuss his Congressional run for Katie Hill's former seat in California's 25th district: Why he's running, the issues at play, and the lines of attack being used by his enemies. Go to Cenk2020.com to donate! Plus: impeachment.

Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) joins us to discuss the news of the day. Doug Collins is very mad at Dems for moving the vote from 11:30pm to 10am. Remembering actor Danny Aiello: "Papa Just Wants What's Best For You," "Dellaventura." Dennis Miller claims to be friends with David Bowie on David Spade's show.

On the fun half: Corbyn will not lead labor in another election. Owen Jones explains why Labor was split by Brexit vote. Sanders, Warren, Yang won't cross picket line to debate at Loyola Marymount University. McConnell says he will coordinate with WH counsel before Senate trial. Trump: "I wouldn't mind a long process." Trump supporters threaten violence, second civil war if Trump is removed from office. Joe Biden says m4a would force unions to give up healthcare they fought for. McConnell says he would appoint a justice to vacant seat in 2020. Juan Williams shows that Fox News FBI conspiracy theories are bunk, they flip out. The Bloomberg dance?! Fox guest Don Peebles compares impeachment to being executed for running a stop sign. Flashback: Sam argues estate tax with Peebles on Hayes.

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Michael Brooks hosts France-based journalist Cole Stangler (@ColeStangler) to discuss the ongoing French general strikes and his latest piece in Jacobin, "In Marseille, the French Left is Finally Uniting."

On today's show: Boris Johnson avoids reporters by hiding in a fridge. Corbyn responds, says he won't hide in a fridge like Boris.

Michael Brooks hosts France-based journalist Cole Stangler (@ColeStangler) to discuss the ongoing French general strikes and his latest piece in Jacobin, "In Marseille, the French Left is Finally Uniting." All across France, the flow of commerce has been disrupted by strikes in opposition to Macron's neoliberal reforms. The three things people are striking about. The connection between the current movement and the yellow vests. Why the socialist party imploded. How recent events un Marseille united different factions of the left. The role of green party.

On the fun half: Matt Gaetz goes after Hunter Biden's substance abuse in impeachment hearings. Hank Johnson tells Gaetz "glass houses." Jamie recommends feminist texts to Dave from Jamaica. Ro Khanna blasts the new defense budget passage. Ro Khanna calls for hearings on Afghan papers. Michelle Obama speaks out on GWB friendship: "our values are the same." The Five says Greta Thunberg is only famous because she advances the liberal agenda on climate change. (Yes, and?) Tony Soprano impersonator on Greta Thunberg being named Time's person of the year. Fox News attempts to create conservative white lady "squad." Tik tok hypes the general strike in France.

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On today's show the MR team brings you the news and Lori Wallach (@WallachLori) makes the case for the new NAFTA. Wallach who founded the Public Citizen Global Trade Watch explains the valuable parts of the new NAFTA including the gutting of the Investor State Dispute Settlement which corporations have extracted almost $400 million from North American taxpayers after attacks on environmental and health policies before ISDS tribunals comprised of three corporate lawyers. Wallach argues that "a U.S. pact largely eliminates extreme ISDS protections for foreign investors and anti-democratic tribunals sends a signal worldwide about the illegitimacy of the ISDS regime." Sam and Wallach also discuss the politics of the USMCA and how it will play with voters in 2020 presidential election.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Barbara Boxer debate the politics of the USMCA and ossification of Democratic thinking from the party's past generation of leaders, support the Cost of Living Adjustment strike at UCSC: http://payusmoreucsc.com, Trump hints at desire to categorize Judaism as a nationality, and your calls and IMs.

 

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Robert Kuttner (@rkuttnerwrites), founder and editor of The American Prospect, joins us. Read his piece on the Green New Deal here.

On today's show: FBI director Chris Wray acknowledges FISA errors but confirms FBI acted properly in launching campaign. Trump is shocked how badly the FBI behaved during the investigation. Trump on IG report: "This was an overthrow of government."

Robert Kuttner (@rkuttnerwrites), founder and editor of The American Prospect, joins us to discuss the Green New Deal and the necessity of radical change on a relatively short time frame. The political realities that make "de-growth" a less viable option. How the GND will echo the New Deal's regional development policies. The speed with which such a program will need to be enacted and the perfect storm of electoral victories and grassroots action that will be required to make it possible. The obstacles posed by corporate Democrats and the possibility of an alliance between leftists and left-liberals.

On the fun half: Schiff summarizes intel evidence as they pertain to impeachment articles. Schiff says we can't wait for the courts, the importance of free and fair elections. Jerry Nadler: Trump has already sought interference in each of his elections. Pelosi declares passing USMCA as a victory for the American people. Wilbur Ross: Democrats only passed USMCA because they wanted to bury damning IG report. Kevin McCarthy: Democrats should have passed USMCA sooner. Chris Cilizza buys GOP strategy hook, line and sinker. Lee Fang attempts to interview Devin Nunes on Lev Parnas. Howard Stern says Kissinger was the gold standard for Secretary of State in modern America. Hillary Clinton and Howard Stern mock Bernie's 2016 campaign promises, compare them to chocolate milk. Sick veteran updates Bernie on his medical debt in touching moment at rally. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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The MR crew brings you the latest news on impeachment and more.

On today's show: Trump says Jewish business people need to support him because of the wealth tax. Steve Castor arrives not with a briefcase, but a Whole Foods bag. Steve Castor opening statement: This is baloney! Owen Troyer from Infowars interrupts hearing. Mayor Pete wants to take money out of politics, doesn't count billionaire donors and closed-door fundraisers as part of that.

On the fun half: Joint chief of staff Mark Milley says our 18-year-long occupation of Afghanistan is just the beginning. Nancy Pelosi sponsors decent drug-pricing bill that is better with Jayapal's amendment (call your reps and tell them!). Mayor Pete says there's no timeline on having a conversation about opening closed door fundraisers. Pete throws shade at polite protesters at his rally in Iowa. Trump orders review of EPA water rules because "people are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times." Gordon Brown says Corbyn is a phenomena, speaks to people's frustrations, failures of neoliberalism. Pelosi explains why she didn't support Bush impeachment, knew there were no WMDs in Iraq. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Brandon Sutton a.k.a. Chad Vigorous (@PrettyBadLefty), host of The Discourse, and David Feldman (@David_Feldman_), host of The David Feldman Show, join us for Casual Friday.

On today's show: Doug Collins says it's unfair to question how Trump framed his diplomacy with Zelensky. Pelosi announces plans for house judiciary to draft articles of impeachment. Sam's case for why Biden's anti-Trump ad is bad. Joe Biden in 1988 says he has a higher IQ than questioner at town hall. Biden tells Sunrise activist to go vote for someone else.

David Feldman (@David_Feldman_) gives the MR crew a lesson in civility. Buttigieg compares national debt to climate change, says Dems need to take debt seriously.

On the fun half: Bernie Sanders explains why free college should be universal. Is Pete Buttigieg even smart? Firefighters in Paris push back cops amid nationwide general strike. Could we ever have a general strike in the US? 2011 Purdue pharma opioid sales rep song shows the corniness of evil.

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Michael Brooks hosts today's show and speaks with Ronan Burtenshaw (@ronanburtenshaw), editor of Tribune Magazine, about next week's elections in the United Kingdom. Will Corbyn's rise in the polls and revelations of Tories offer to sell off the NHS lead to Labour victories?

Fred Hampton on the importance of revolutionary education. Fred Hampton: "We're gonna fight racism with solidarity."

Ronan Burtenshaw (@ronanburtenshaw), editor of Tribune Magazine, joins us to talk about next week's elections in the United Kingdom. Labour has realigned and is now led by lifelong socialists. How Boris Johnson exemplifies "mask off" Tories. The Lib Dems' utter buffoonery. The UK media's all out campaign against Corbyn. What's with all the accusations of anti-Semitism? Eric Hobsbawm, Ed Miliband, and the Jewish left tradition. The possibility that Corbyn's Labour could activate new voters with its frightfully good manifesto.

On the fun half: Dave Rubin says Jordan Peterson helped him find religion. Lula dances in Brazil. Jeremy Corbyn on his vocation of public service. Hillary begrudges Bernie waiting to endorse her in 2016. Trump gets embarrassed on world stage in Biden campaign ad. Biden goes off on man at town hall for questioning him about his son's Burisma job. Trump says he's assessed the house intel report through Fox News anchors and Alan Dershowitz. Gregg Jarrett suggests someone else could have called Rudy Giuliani from Devin Nunes' phone. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12-05-19-Ronan_Burtenshaw-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:20pm EST

On today's show, the MR team reviews impeachment and news.

World leaders laugh at Trump's behavior in leaked video. Trump says Trudeau is two-faced. Noah Feldman explains history of impeachment, framers understanding. Noah Feldman on evidence presented and why Trump's actions constitute "high crimes and misdemeanors." Pamela Kaplan calls Collins on reviewing facts, says Trump's demands were an abuse of power that undermines democracy. Doug Collins gets upset about impeachment in opening statement. Law professor Pamela Karlan explains Trump's crimes with natural disaster analogy. John Turley says we're doing impeachment too fast(!), compares Dems to radical Republicans vs. Johnson. Turley claims during Clinton impeachment that we should stop "expanding the space for executive action."

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Direct download: 12-04-19-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:28pm EST

Happy Tuesday, Sam hosts journalist and academic Anne Nelson to discuss her new book, Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right. Sam and Nelson begin their interview with a play-by-play of how fundamentalist Evangelical Christians rallied behind Ronald Reagan during his the 1980 election and helped fuel his victory with a strong turnout in southern and southwestern states. Nelson also explains the foundational tenets of Christian Nationalism, and the role of "Biblical Inerrancy," which states the word of God is in the text of the bible, in Christian Nationalists policy projects. Nelson's book explores the history and impact of the Council for National Policy (CNP), the professional umbrella organization for the country's most influential conservative organizations and activist groups. Nelson explains how the CNP brokered a deal with Trump in 2016, which involved adding Mike Pence as his running mate and establishing an Evangelical Advisory Board in Trump's White House. Sam and Nelson conclude their discussion exploring the role of conservative media outlets like Salem Media, and their ability to fill the void where capital investors starved and killed local news organizations. 

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Direct download: 12-03-19-Anne_Nelson-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:21pm EST

Good Monday morning, the Majority Report is back from the Thanksgiving holiday with a new interview featuring journalist Liz Plank on her new book, For the Love of Men: A New Vision for Mindful Masculinity.  Sam and Plank begin their conversation discussing the need to expand the context surrounding gender discourse. Plank explains that we are more comfortable limiting boys in their actions in behavior in ways that evoke emotion or vulnerability. Yet, we have no issue promoting boys to perform violence, whether that be toy guns or certain video games. Considering the hierarchy of social roles, how they are gendered, and the value applied to them, Sam and Plank discuss how the state and American capitalism have shaped our understanding of masculinity in our culture. A foundational element of male identity in America is the role of "Provider." Sam and Liz discuss how, under capitalism, the part of Provider is magnified and brings stress that is not as prevalent in countries whose economies incorporate more elements of socialism. Closing out their conversation, Sam and Plank take on Sam's "zero-sum" discourse, what happens when white guys begin to lose their disproportionately large piece of the cultural and material pie? Plank concedes that there is a self-correction taking place in society and that white men are losing their entitlement, but, in the end, ending that entitlement will ultimately be a good thing as it will help bring more substantial equality. 

And in the Fun Half: a city-run grocery store in deep-red Florida, Mayor Pete's insincere free college proposal, John from San Antonio plants his Bernie yard sign and shares his latest thoughts on progressives need for delegates in 2020, Louie Gohmert and "the power of positive thinking" legal defense, John Kennedy double backs and reclaims his belief that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 elections, Bloomberg's unique take on dictatorship and democracy, Brandon Straka updates Walk-Away 2020, Mark Zuckerberg's private dinner with Donald Trump, Waleed Shahid from Justice Democrats explains the fight for Medicare for All, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12-02-19-Liz_Plank-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:37pm EST

Today, legal historian Martha S. Jones joins us to discuss her new book, "Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America."

Birthright Citizens tells how African American activists radically transformed the terms of citizenship for all Americans. Before the Civil War, colonization schemes and black laws threatened to deport former slaves born in the United States. Birthright Citizens recovers the story of how African American activists remade national belonging through battles in legislatures, conventions, and courthouses.

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Direct download: Marth_S_Jones_Friday.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30pm EST

Join Sam and the MR Crew as they talk about the week's biggest headlines and take your calls and IMs!

On today's show: Sam unboxes MR's belated 100k award from YouTube. Trump wonders why centennial coin celebrating women's suffrage wasn't made sooner. How Kavanaugh's latest opinion could drastically hobble the next Democratic-controlled government. Mainstream media tries to scare people into thinking Medicare-for-all is political suicide. A caller on the rolling general strikes in Colombia. A caller on how right-wing judges seal documents on public harm cases without justification. Donald Trump claims there's a war on Thanksgiving at Florida rally. Joe Kennedy refuses to acknowledge Russian hacking in 2016, even after Fiona Hill hearing. Melania booed by Baltimore students during opioid awareness speech. Harvard and Yale protesters storm field at half time. Captain of Harvard football team gives message of solidarity to protesters. Campus reform correspondent suggests the protesting students on financial aid would be the ones most hurt by disinvestment from fossil fuel and PR debt. M4a talking points to use on conservatives. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 11-27-19-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:13pm EST

Andrew Marantz (@andrewmarantz), staff writer at The New Yorker, joins us to talk about his new book, 'Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, And the Hijacking of the American Conversation.'

On today's show: Rahm Emmanuel says Bernie & Warren are walking away from the Democrats' traditional value system.

Andrew Marantz (@andrewmarantz), staff writer at The New Yorker, joins us to discuss his new book, 'Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, And the Hijacking of the American Conversation.' Over the course of two years, Marantz embedded with right-wing communities from the alt-light to out and proud Nazis. Tracking people like Mike Cernovich and Andrew Breitbart, Marantz paints a picture of how the far right uses addictively designed social media to blur the line between politics, media and technology and spread radical ideas.

On the fun half: John from San Antonio on Bernie's mini-surge. Bloomberg campaign manager says Bloomberg will not accept donations, will not raise outside money. DNC Vice Chair Michael Black gets Bill Hemmer pissed after calling Tucker Carlson a white supremacist. 2014 Bloomberg defends and justifies Israeli bombing of Palestinian hospital and school. Andrew Ross Sorkin says Bernie and Warren are trying to buy the election with "free stuff." Actor Hal Sparks' foolhardy attack on Sam. Stephen Moore calls for Trump to privatize social security, cut capital gains taxes. Bret Stephens whines about media attacks on billionaires.

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Direct download: 11-26-19-Andrew-Marantz-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:57pm EST

Sam is out today, Michael Brooks hosts Professor Djene Bajalan to discuss the growing protests in Iraq and Iran.

On today's show: Boris Johnson BBC edited clip of audience laughing at Johnson.

Djene Rhys Bajalan (@djenebajalan), Assistant Professor of Middle East History at Missouri State University, joins us to discuss the wave of protests in Iran and Iraq. Across the middle east, a growing discontent with the neoliberal economic order is driving people into the streets. The corruption of Shia militias in Iraq and the "opening" of Iraq to international capital. The gross inequality and cruel austerity driving protests in Iran. The effects of sanctions on Iran's economy. The state's attempts to suppress dissent. An update on the situation in Turkey and Syria.

On the fun half: Elon Musk's armored glass fails test at demonstration. A UK caller discusses the pitfalls of the private healthcare industry and an underfunded NHS. Labor MP John McDonnell calls out Richard Dearlove on WMDs and disastrous Iraq war. Pete Buttigieg says inner city kids need more role models of people education has worked for. Bernie dances with all the ladies after NH rally. Devin Nunes says he's suing CNN for reporting that Nunes was in Vienna with Ukrainian prosecutor. Giuliani says Trump won't throw him under the bus: "I have insurance." An update on the coup in Bolivia. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 11-25-19-Djene_Bajalan-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

On today's show, The New Republic's Alex Pareene joins us to discuss this week's impeachment hearings, the late entries into the 2020 Democratic primary, and his latest writings on both impeachment and the Democratic field in the New Republic. After exploring Chris Matthews' #fartgate scandal, Sam and Pareene dive into why Deval Patrick is entering the Democratic primary so late in the game. No candidate has ever won a primary or caucus after entering the contest so late. Pareene and Sam agree it's likely that Patrick is in the race to knock Warren's support in New England. Between New Hampshire's open primary and Patrick's broad support in Massachusetts, the former governor could hurt Warren's chances to win in her region. They also consider whether or not Patrick is in the race to be Joe Biden's VP pick, who does not seem likely to be a two-term president. And finally, where is Tom Perez? And why are there still ten candidates on the debate stage? Switching gears, Sam and Pareene take a wide-angle look at impeachment, including how it worked during the first impeachment of an American president, Andrew Johnson, and how congress used it as a tool to implement progressive policy during the Reconstruction Era. Sam closes out the show with the essential clips from yesterday's hearings, including Fiona Hill and David Holmes' thorough debunking of the conservative media's most trusted conspiracy theories. 

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Direct download: 11-22-19-Alex_Pareene-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:59pm EST

After 8+ hours of streaming on Wednesday, today's Majority Report features a breakdown of impeachment testimony from Kurt Volker, Tim Morrison, and George Sondland. Sam and the crew also assess candidates' performances during last night's Democratic debate in Atlanta. MSNBC hates Bernie, Pete says a whole lot of nothing, Klobuchar gets massive amounts of talking time, Biden is going to punch misogyny in the face, and more!

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Direct download: Pretape_Thursday.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:47pm EST

The Majority Report continues its live coverage of the House impeachment hearings of Donald Trump today at 9 AM EST with testimony from Gordon Sondland the US Ambassador to the EU.

This is only the first stream of the day. We'll be back live both for the hearings this afternoon and for the debate tonight.

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Direct download: 11-20-19-Sondland_Testimony.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:41pm EST

MR covers the impeachment hearings live.

On today's show: Vindman speaks to father about speaking truth to power. Williams on July 25th call, what the committee has asked her, and what she found unusual. Schiff shoots down the theory that Giuliani was freelancing. Vindman retells Bolton "drug deal" story, Vindman explains why he went to NSC IG after July call. Goldman walks Vindman through Trump's call, its lack of official US policy, Bidens. Goldman lays out April to May timeline. Schiff ties Giuliani investigations to Trump referring to Giuliani. Devin Nunes entering right wing conspiracies for the official record.

On the fun half: Josh from Chicago on Warren's disappointing "m4a" plan. Should Dems put everything important in one package? Lady Colin Campbell, British socialite, defends Prince Andrew, claims "pedophilia" is different from hiring an underage prostitute. Andrew Yang's personal high hopes dance: "technology!" Plus, your calls!

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Direct download: 11-19-19-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:20pm EST

Aaron Kleinman (@bobbybigwheel), Director of Research at the Future Now Fund, joins Sam to discuss the 2019 election results, Trump's position in Deep Red America, and what it means for 2020.

On today's show: John Bel Edwards beats Trump-backed Republican in LA governor's race. Last week: Trump says he needs a win in LA.

Aaron Kleinman (@bobbybigwheel), Director of Research at the Future Now Fund, joins Sam to discuss the 2019 election results, Trump's position in Deep Red America, and what it means for 2020. Is Trump affecting elections in red states? Is impeachment a factor? The narrative of urban vs. rural America and the impact of local news. What's driving increased turnout? Trump couldn't get Matt Bevin over the hump in KY. Why Democrats need to focus on local, material concerns. What do first time voters look like? The possibility of flipping Obama to Trump voters in IA. Maine: not necessarily a blue state.

On the fun half: First footage of Trump after leaving unplanned hospital visit. Barr goes after Democrats for "identity politics," says the left is undermining the rule of law. IDW update: Sam Harris says Sam engages in "psychopathic behavior." Harris says Sam Seder is an "ends justifies the means" actor and part of the banality of evil. A caller tells us how he ran for office in Bucks County, PA and almost won. Joe Biden explains why he's against marijuana decriminalization, calls it a gateway drug. Bernie Sanders tells Jorge Ramos that Morales removal in Bolivia is a coup. Journalist Teresa Bo pepper-sprayed during Live report from La Paz, Bolivia. Julian Castro calls out Buttigieg's lack of minority support. Bloomberg apologizes for stop & frisk at Brooklyn black church. Flashback: Bloomberg defends stop & frisk in Feb 2019. Prince Andrew says he has no recollection of meeting Virginia Roberts, the woman accusing him of rape. Prince Andrew says Virginia Roberts account of him is wrong because he was unable to sweat at the time. Prince Andrew says he will take all legal advice before testifying under oath. Should there be open borders for indigenous people? Plus, your calls!

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Direct download: 11-18-19-Aaron_Kleinman-pub.mp3
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Sam hosts Emma Vigeland from The Young Turks (@EmmaVigeland) and comedian Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) to recap the week's news, including impeachment, the 2020 democratic primary, and more.

On today's show: Yovanovitch on her order to leave Ukraine because her safety was threatened. Trump tweets about Yovanovitch during her testimony.

Emma Vigeland (@EmmaVigeland), correspondent and producer at The Young Turks, joins us to discuss the news of the day: Cenk's run for Congress, Roger Stone's conviction, Deval Patrick's entry into the fray, Tulsi vs. Hilary, the effect of impeachment on various races, and more.

Comedian Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) joins us for some cathartic yelling. Happy birthday, Judy!

On the fun half: Laura Ingraham says there's no attempted bribery in the Constitution. Wednesday: Trump says he never had a call with Sondland. ABC News talks to voters in IA, NH, SC about their thoughts on impeachment hearings. Charlie Kirk shouted down by Nick Fuentes fans at TP USA event. Charlie Kirk lies about his previous statement about why he didn't get into West Point. New Bolivian President's old tweet about ethnically cleansing the "Satanic" indigenous people. Stand-in president "brings back Bible" (literally) to Bolivian politics. Bernie Sanders speaks on paternalistic US foreign policy in Latin America. CBP commissioner Mark Morgan admits no new border wall construction has commenced.

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Direct download: 11-15-19-Emma-Vigeland_Judy-Gold-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:58pm EST

Good Thursday morning, today's show features a recent interview Sam recorded with journalist Stephen Kinzer about his new book, Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control. Kinzer and Sam begin their interview with a brief history of Allen Dulles and Sydney Gottlieb's obsession with mind control, which each man thought was essential to counter-intelligence during the Cold War era. Kinzer believes Gottlieb was one of the most powerful and unchecked government officials of the 20th century. Gottlieb was a quirky character who lived an alternative lifestyle at home, milking goats, studying Buddhism, but was carrying out psychological torture experiments under the CIA MK Ultra program; experiments that were reminiscent of Josef Mengel's work for the Nazis. Kinzer and Sam go through specific tests Gottlieb performed on unsuspecting subjects and what happened to the victims. Ultimately, Gottlieb discovered that extreme psychedelic drug overdoses could not produce mind-control, nor did it work as a truth-serum. That in mind, Kinzer posits that Gottlieb's MK Ultra tests are the dark prologue to future US torture programs, like CIA black sights and Abu-Ghraib.

And in the Fun Half: the real material implications of impeachment proceedings in the Senate, breakdown of the most important moments from yesterday's testimonies, Ben Shapiro & Joe DeGenova's brilliant defense of Donald Trump, and the CNBC anchors are light-headed over the new Warren anti-billionaire ads.

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Direct download: 11-14-19-Steven_Kinzer-pub.mp3
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Sam broadcasts the Trump impeachment hearings live! Today's hearings feature testimony from former top US Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor and George P. Kent, the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the European and Eurasian Bureau at the U.S. Department of State.

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Direct download: 11-13-19-Impeachment_Part_2-pub.mp3
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Sam broadcasts the Trump impeachment hearings live! Today's hearings feature testimony from former top US Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor and George P. Kent, the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the European and Eurasian Bureau at the U.S. Department of State.

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Direct download: 11-13-19-Impeachment_Part_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:06pm EST

Mark Weisbrot (@MarkWeisbrot), co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, joins Sam to discuss the military government takeover in Bolivia and Weisbrot's latest in the Nation, "The Trump Administration Is Undercutting Democracy in Bolivia."  Plus, Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst)

On today's show: Biden reminds voters he will get GOP support for legislation.

Mark Weisbrot (@MarkWeisbrot), co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, joins Sam to discuss the military government takeover in Bolivia and Weisbrot's latest in the Nation, "The Trump Administration Is Undercutting Democracy in Bolivia."  Progressive reforms instituted by Evo Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president. How Morales reduced poverty and grew Bolivia's economy. The legal dispute over term limits that is being passed off as "vote tampering." Why the bourgeois media won't call it a coup. The United States' long history of intervening in other countries' elections to protect its interests.

On the fun half: Uber CEO says MBS killing Jamal Khashoggi was "a mistake." Candace Owens says she doesn't remember issues of race while growing up. Chesa Boudin on his plan for SF DA office. Mayo Pete up in new Iowa poll. CA transit cops handcuff, detain man for eating sandwich on platform. Tucker Carlson guest says refugees are causing climate change, Tucker says migrants despoil USA. Scott Walker fires first shots in the war on Christmas on behalf of Christmas.

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Direct download: 11-12-19-Mark_Weisbrot-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:19pm EST

Journalist and author Nicholas Shaxson (@nickshaxson) joins us to discuss his new book, The Finance Curse: How Global Finance Is Making Us All Poorer.

On today's show: Jamie Dimon says he can't solve problems of wealth inequality with his compensation.

Nicholas Shaxson (@nickshaxson) joins us to discuss his new book, The Finance Curse: How Global Finance Is Making Us All Poorer. How the world's major powers (minus the Soviet Union) established a postwar Keynesian economic consensus and imposed restrictions on finance at the Bretton Woods conference in 1944. The subsequent boom in economic growth. The rise of the private equity model and the use of tax havens by corporate interests. How the economy became increasingly financialized and what people can do to fight back.

On the fun half: Bret Stephens and Anthony Scaramucci on why Bloomberg 2020 makes sense. Pramila Jayapal explains why "choice" in private healthcare is a fallacy. Joe Biden is going to stick it to "Boldesero." Lula speaks on Bolsonaro. John Bercow: "I do not believe Jeremy Corbyn is anti-Semitic." Alabama student fakes being Trump supporter to say Epstein didn't kill himself. Don Jr., Charlie Kirk, & Kimberly Guilfoyle chanted down at book tour event. Trump on why he wanted DoJ to investigate Bidens/corruption in Ukraine. A call from the Little Rock teachers' strike. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 11-11-19-Nicholas_Shaxson-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:29pm EST

Alex Pareene (@pareene) and Film Guy Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom) join us.

On today's show: Meet the Press just making stuff up about Bloomberg and his potential campaign. Impeachment update: what are the political effects of this timeline? Pete Hegseth freshman dorm bong philosophy: "Trump is the whistleblower." Trump's defense against whistleblower accusations: completely inconsistent, really bad. Just what does Mike Bloomberg think he's doing?

Film Guy Matthew (@langdonboom) joins us to talk about what he's been up to and recommend a film: "Heaven Knows What," the 2014 film by the Safdie brothers based on the true story of a homeless drug user in NYC.

On the fun half: Steven Menashi squirms on LGBTQ record during Senate confirmation hearing. Morning Joe says Medicare For All is the worst political idea he's ever heard. The "my father" heavyweight title showdown: Don Jr. vs Meghan McCain. Ben Shapiro says left is too quick to say all of American history is brutal, compares slavery to family squabble.

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Direct download: 11-08-19-Alex_Pareene-Matthew_Weiss-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:47pm EST

Good morning, joining Michael Brooks on today's Majority Report is Professor Mohamad Junaid to discuss the on-going situation in Kashmir. Brooks and Junaid begin their conversation with an overview of Kashmiri history, including its constitutional autonomy and the recent decisions by Modi's government to revoke the region's relative independence. Junaid explains that the Modi regime wants demographic transformation in Kashmir, moving Hindu Indians into the territory as a means to make way for industrialists to exploit natural resources and development opportunities in the region. Brooks and Junaid describe the Kashmiri history behind self-determination, and why the historiography of "India v. Pakistan" is not only misleading but erases the Kashmiri people and feeds into Indian and Pakistani nationalism. Broadening the conversation, Junaid explains the extent to which China has been a player in the Kashmir conflict over the past half-century. China has not been a stabilizing diplomatic force in the region despite its vast economic and trade interests in South Asia. Considering the nuclear threat and potential for "hot war" in Kashmir, how should the global community respond? Junaid argues that the rise of right-wing populism does not help the situation in Kashmir. He posits that our democratic institutions need to be more representative of our societies as a whole. A holistic approach centered on economic rights and human rights is the best antidote to the rash of right-wing populism taking hold of governments across the globe.

And in the Fun Half: Ronald Raygun on Bernie Sanders' immigration plan, Bernie's workers Bill of Rights, Glenn Greenwald is assaulted by a Bolsonaro press apparatchik,  Dan Crenshaw values Israeli alliance over the 1st Amendment, Trump tells his supporters "we are the elite," Hillary and Chelsea are yucking it up with Trevor Noah about Jeffrey Epstein, Jesse Watters' mom is ashamed of her son, Laura Ingraham playing her old "demographic changes" white supremacy, Julian Castro roasts Mayo Pete on the Daily Show, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 11-07-19-Mohamad_Junaid-pub.mp3
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On today's show: Trump rally for Bevin on Monday: On prospect of Bevin losing: "You can't let that happen!" Andy Beshear declares victory in Kentucky. Matt Bevin in August: "If you support Andy Beshear you support Bernie Sanders' communism." PA swing districts swing to the Democrats. Dems flip seats in VA house of delegates, state senate. Bernie gains on Warren and Biden in latest Monmouth poll. Amazon spends $1.5 million to kill Kshama Sawant's campaign. Sondland revises his testimony to say there was a quid pro quo.

On the fun half: Mike from PA calls in to break down the issues at play in the PA elections and around the country, including: The preponderance of evidence that Berniecrats can win, the four types of voters, and why "turnout" campaigns make more sense for the Democrats than "persuasion" ones. Check out Mike's Twitch channel at twitch.tv/central_committee!

"Independent voters" in PA swing districts do CNN focus group on impeachment, Trump, divisiveness. Ainsley Earhardt can't believe Warren is polling so well with progressive policies. Gorka kicked off YouTube for continuing to play Imagine Dragons during show break. Audience member asks TPUSA how gay sex helps win the culture war. Plus, your calls!

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Direct download: 11-06-19-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
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Author Aaron Glantz (@Aaron_Glantz) joins us to discuss his new book, 'Homewreckers: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream.'

On today's show: Leon Cooperman is upset that Warren is going after billionaires.

Author Aaron Glantz (@Aaron_Glantz) joins us to discuss his new book, 'Homewreckers: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream.' The 2008 financial crisis saw countless Americans lose their homes while the banks that caused it suffered zero repercussions. Glantz outlines how crooks like Steve Mnuchin and Wilbur Ross caused the crash by preying upon the average American via poorly regulated financial products, and how the government then let them shift 100% of the blowback onto regular people. The alternate model set forth by FDR in which homes were saved. The story of Sandra Jolley, a consumer advocate who secured an $89 million whistleblower settlement on a reverse-mortgage foreclosure scheme by Mnuchin's bank.

On the fun half: John from San Antonio discusses activating non-voters, Matt Lieberman's GA Senate run. James O'Keefe leaks Amy Robach audio of ABC quashing Jeffrey Epstein investigation. Rally for Matt Bevin re-election in KY: Trump brags about Lou Dobbs calling him best president ever. Lou Dobbs calls Trump "president of 'we.'" Ilhan Omar: "Here in Minnesota we don't just welcome refugees, we send them to Congress." Ilhan says she endorses Sanders and his vision to end Western imperialism. Do former Trump voters deserve forgiveness (and universal programs)? CNBC report: Is the US still a "safe" country for refugees to apply for asylum in Canada from? Fox News guest, dog handler, ends interview with PSA about Jeffrey Epstein.

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Direct download: 11-05-19-Aaron_Glantz-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:58pm EST

Author Corey Robin (@CoreyRobin) joins us to discuss his new book, The Enigma of Clarence Thomas.

On today's show: Kevin McCarthy indignant about impeachment, Steny Hoyer says GOP is just getting mad now.

Corey Robin (@CoreyRobin), professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, joins us to discuss his new book, The Enigma of Clarence Thomas. While Clarence Thomas is currently the longest serving justice on the SCOTUS, he is not widely studied or understood. In this book, Robin explores the experiences that shaped his views and decisions, tying together strands including black nationalism, Afro-pessimism, patriarchy, and a belief in unfettered capitalism and state authority. At base, Robin argues, Thomas' belief in racism as an individualized, transhistorical, and impossible-to-vanquish force is similar to what liberals believe, yet also a primary driver of his conservative ideology.

On the fun half: How will impeachment affect 2020 turnout? Ben Shapiro on Sept 24: "No quid pro quo, no impeachment...no moving goal posts." Shapiro moving the goal post Nov 1: "There was a quid pro quo...the question is whether it was corrupt." Bernie says he wants to pay for m4a in a progressive way, but doesn't want to explain that now. Bernie explains costs difference for private insurance vs. m4a health coverage. Yang on m4a: "I'm adopting the label but not the bill." Buttigieg says Democrats need "humility" in new healthcare policies. Pelosi aide Wendell Primus' anti-m4a talking points. Pelosi does not support m4a in 2020 election. Graph: US life expectancy vs. that of other developed nations. Pelosi pledges commitment to pay-go and infrastructure week. MTA turnstile protest. Follow the organizers and get involved at decolonizethisplace.org!

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Digby a.k.a. Heather Parton (@digby56) of Salon.com and David Roth, former Deadspin editor, join us.

On today's show: Joe Rogan has had it with "classical liberals."

Digby (@digby56) a.k.a. Heather Parton, of Salon.com and Hullabaloo, joins us to discuss the latest impeachment news. Also: Elizabeth Warren's Medicare-for-all plan.

David J. Roth (@david_j_roth), former editor of the recently gutted Deadspin, joins us to discuss the sad fate of his website and the media business in general. The untimely execution of Gawker and subsequent desecration of its corpse by Univision. The false idea that journalists don't know how to run their own business. The pugnacious, erratic CEO Jim Spanfeller and how he terrorized (and ultimately ruined) Deadspin. The inherent grift of the big tech business model.

On the fun half: Chilean protester disables surveillance camera, is caught by crowd. Elderly couple applauds protesters in Chile. Katie Hill's final address at the House of Representatives. Alaska Rep. Don Young head butts constituent asking questions. Your Kickstarter Sucks and Chris James on the power of the Majority Report fanbase. Ken Klippenstein's reporting on internal FBI memos re: "black identity extremists" entered into the Congressional record. Ayanna Pressley asks Cuccinelli about WH decision to end medical deferred action for deportees. Plus, your IMs!

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Direct download: 11-01-19-Digby-David_J_Roth-pub.mp3
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On today's program, we planned to discuss, The Fallacy of Dynamic Scoring in Social Security and why we should use the first scenario in the Social Security trustee report, with Dr. Leonard Fleishman. Unfortunately, Brendan chewed through critical ethernet cables. The interview was lost, the show halted, and the MR team pivoted to its backup programming, Stoughton, Massachusetts' own Ken, Ken & Ken show. 

On the Ken, Ken, & Ken show, Ryan Grim joins the Deuce to discuss the vicious Squad and why ISIS and ICE are the same--unbelievable. The boys then explain the cruelty of the ABA in the face of Lawrence VanDyke's confirmation hearing to be a federal judge. Plus, the latest hot single from Lil Trump, "Impeach Deez Nutz." The gang also gets to your calls and IMs about all the lib losers who run our culture and the deep state. 

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Direct download: 10-31-19-Ken_Ken_Ken.mp3
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The MR crew breaks down the news.

On today's show: Tucker Carlson and Dave Rubin blame diversity and "woke" culture for California fires. Vindman testifies the Ukraine phone call transcripts have omissions he tried to correct. Police arrest Chicago teachers engaged in civil disobedience. Sex trafficking victim sues hotel chain for profiting off of sex trafficking. Rex Tillerson to appear in court for Exxon climate change case.

On the fun half: Meghan McCain dares Cory Booker to try to take her brother's gun away. Bill Hammer'd can't figure out this new NCAA student athlete pay resolution. A report from the Chicago teachers' strike. Biden gets laughs saying his hypothetical daughter pulled over by cops would be Caucasian. South Bend black community calling for release of South Bend police tapes. Kimmel mashes up Obama & Trump Bin Laden & al-Baghdadi speech. Has Trump cleared the way for the next president to reset foreign policy? A caller reports on the impending teachers' strike in Little Rock, AR.

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Direct download: 10-30-19-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:28pm EST

Harvey J Kaye (@harveyjkaye), Professor of Democracy at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay and author of Take Hold of Our History: Make America Radical Again, joins us.

On today's show: John Yoo and Laura Ingraham insinuate Vindman is a double agent.

Harvey J Kaye (@harveyjkaye), Professor of Democracy at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, joins us to discuss his book, Take Hold of Our History: Make America Radical Again. Max Lerner and the tradition of the "Marxist Democrat." The similarities our current crisis bears to that of the 1930s. FDR as political vehicle for worker self-activity. How Bernie Sanders has updated FDR's economic bill of rights. Thomas Paine's radical impulse. Bernie says "damn right" establishment Dems will support his agenda once he's in.

On the fun half: Fox says millennials support socialism because they have a "poverty mindset." Iraqi president dismayed by Trump's statements on Kurds' status. Kevin McCarthy says that even though Dems are starting a formal inquiry, it's still a sham. Kilmeade also insinuates Vindman's loyalty should be questioned. Former Congressman Sean Duffy questions Vindman's loyalty to America. TP USA debuts Instagram pop culture show, "POPLITICS." Jesse Lee Peterson says he'd moderate a debate between Sam and Steven Crowder. CBP changing communications policy, acting commissioner says "every state is a border state." Jeremy Corbyn lays out Boris Johnson's long list of lies. Plus, your calls!

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Direct download: 10-29-19-Harvey_Kaye-pub.mp3
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On today's show, Matt Stoller, author of Goliath: The Hundred Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy, joins Sam to discuss the history and future of antitrust and monopoly in America. Stoller says the inspiration for his book started with his work as a congressional staff member during the 2008 financial crisis and the Democrats' failure to hold the big banks accountable for their actions. Sam and Matt begin their conversation with the 1912 presidential election and the different regulatory responses from Teddy Roosevelt, Eugene Debs, Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson to the Robber Barron capital consolidation of the past decade. Moving forward to the 1930s, Stoller argues that capital powers (Mellon, Rockefeller, and JP Morgan) controlled much of federal policy. The New Deal was the experiment that showed democracy could work--breaking up financial autocrats, utility monopolies, and more. To quote Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, "We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." Sam and Matt then explore the story of Wright Patman, a populist democratic congressman from Texas, whose life work was to hold powerful banks and corporations to account through rigorous regulations from his seat as Chairman of the Banking Committee. Patman was forced out by the younger generation of Democrats in the 1970s, which Stoller refers to as the "Baby Watergate" generation of elected officials who championed racial justice at the expense of holding capital accountable. Stoller argues that the anti-monopoly and regulatory measures pushed by Patman and their material implications are critical to racial justice, and something that is missing from our discourse on race in contemporary America. Sam and Matt conclude their discussion with how conservative intellectuals reframed American history to minimize the victories of workers' rights, antitrust, and regulation efforts of the New Deal. And finally, Stoller explains how people can begin to understand themselves as members of a free and fair democracy and how to fight the manipulative efforts of financier and oligarchic class. 

And in the Fun Half: Donny Deutsch thinks M4A will sink Democrats in a general election, the new IMF chief applauds Trump's tax cuts, Dr. Drew says housing is not a solution to homelessness, Washington Nationals fans cheer "lock him up!" to Donald Trump, Joe Scarborough's textbook false equivalency on the "lock him up" chant, Chris Coons is sad Trump was booed at the baseball game because he's a traditionalist, Joe Biden actually asked Obama not to endorse him, and how SuperPACs are just a fact of life for Biden, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 10-28-19-Matthew_Stoller-pub.mp3
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Happy Friday! While Sam travels back from Las Vegas, the venerated Michael Brooks brings you this week's Casual Friday featuring Daniel Bessner from the University of Washington and activist/organizer Nomiki Konst.

On today's show: Bernie explains Medicare-for-all on Kimmel.

Daniel Bessner (@DBessner), Anne H. H. and Kenneth B. Pyle Assistant Professor in American Foreign Policy in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, joins Michael to discuss the situation in Kashmir. Also: the crucial differences between Warren and Sanders when it comes to foreign policy. Read his latest piece for Jacobin, "On Foreign Policy, Bernie Stands Alone." And check out his book, Democracy in Exile: Hans Speier and the Rise of the Defense Intellectual (The United States in the World).

Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst) joins us to break down the news. AOC: endorsement of Bernie is a function of needing leadership that works for working people. Ilhan Omar on why she endorsed Bernie. Nomiki discusses her new project MatriarchOrg, which will work to get progressive, working class women elected to Congress. Learn more and donate at www.matriarchpac.com!

On the fun half: Dave Rubin on the Joker movie. Jordan Peterson and his daughter (maybe) wrote a book on the benefits of an all-meat diet. Yang says he's most like Joe Biden, says he's open to being his running mate. Is the left going too hard on Facebook? A call from the picket lines of the paraeducators' strike in WA (follow and support them @Sumner_EA). Oakland librarian dragged by cops. Cops meet Oakland teachers and activists with violence and aggression. Why Mayo Pete is a huge liability for the Democratic Party. Tulsi echoes GOP talking points on impeachment inquiry during Hannity interview. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 10-25-19-Daniel-Bessner_Nomiki-Konst-pub.mp3
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Sam is back for day two at the Mass Torts Conference in Las Vegas. Chris Tisi first joins Sam to discuss the progress on the Talcum powder lawsuit and when Johnson & Johnson knew its product caused cancer in women. While the litigation moves through the courts, Tisi hopes the FDA will follow the lead of Canadian Drug regulators and label Talcum as a "not fit for human consumption." Attorney Matt Schultz joins Sam next to discuss potential litigation against Juul, the vaping giant owned by Altria. Schultz explains how the rise of vaping products, and particularly Juul, took a virtually nicotine-free generation and turned it into the most nicotine-addicted age since scientists started measuring it. Finally, attorney Wes Bowden joins Sam to discuss PFAS forever chemicals used across US military and naval bases. These forever chemicals do not disintegrate naturally in our bodies or environment and cause cancer even in the most trace amounts. Bowden says that there are approximately 6 million Americans currently receiving bottled water from the government because of high traces of PFAS found in their drinking water.

And in the Fun Half: Matt Gaetz says storming the SCIF was like '300,' the roast of Zuckerberg hosted by the women of the Democratic party, Ronald Ray Gun is learning a lot from Tim Pool, Jeff from Georgia is now the Boba Fett of the Majority Report, Sam brings on a new friend from Vegas who's against Medicare for All, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 10-24-19-Mass_Torts-pub.mp3
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Sam makes his triumphant return to Las Vegas for the Mass Torts Conference!

Jeff Gaddy from Levin Papantonio is Sam's first guest of the day to discuss the on-going multi-jurisdiction litigation going on against the opioid producers and distributors across America. Gaddy and Sam explore the extensive lawsuits against drug-makers and distributors and make sense of the various settlements decided in the past several months. Gaddy gives a play-by-play of how Judge Dan Polster separated the enormous case into more manageable cases, which helped bring about the first settlements in the opioid litigation. Gaddy and Sam conclude their conversation considering how drug companies declaring bankruptcy might affect these settlements and what that means for consumers.

Carissa Phelps, an author, attorney, and advocate for exploited youth, joins Sam to discuss litigation against hotel corporations and their liability role in child trafficking. Phelps explains the role of police calls, reports, and even Trip Advisor reviews, which all point to recurring instances of child abuse at hotels across the country. Phelps goes on to share her own experience being sexually abused and trafficked as a young girl; and why it motivated her to dedicate her life to abolishing child sex trafficking. Sam and Carissa also get into the thornier issues surrounding sex work decriminalization and FOSTA-SESTA. The two conclude their conversation considering the Jeffrey Epstein case and how it will measure society moving forward.

And in the Fun Half: Judge Rehnquist's special robe, considering the Senate vote on impeachment, the Sanders ground operation in Iowa, recounting the Tim Pool debate, Ilhan Omar demands our attention to Modi's agenda of ethnic cleansing, Shaq defends Daryl Morey's stance on Hong Kong protests and free speech, Kirstjen Nielsen's rehabilitation tour takes a spin through the Fortune Most Powerful Women's Forum, team Bernie cuts a good ad, debunking Larry Summers claim that a Wealth Tax is political suicide, Zuckerberg says there's no fact-checking on Facebook, plus your IMs!

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Direct download: 10-23-19-Mass_Torts-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:52pm EST

Good morning! Today Michael Brooks will host the Fun Half after Sam's interview with journalist Pamela Newkirk about her new book, Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business

On today's show: Trump says Obama did his Netflix while in office and that emoluments is "phony."

Pamela Newkirk (@PTnewkirk), joins Sam to discuss her new book,Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar BusinessIn their discussion, Sam and Pamela explore the business behind diversity in corporate America and why those resources have not created the arrayed workforce industry leaders claim to desire.

On the fun half: Fox and Friends economist Peter Morici says $50 million isn't that much. Ryan Grim explains the Bernie Sanders media blackout. Bernie and AOC interview with CBS on how her endorsement of him worked out. Montage of people agreeing with Bernie Sanders. Ben Carson leads the cabinet meeting in a Trump-focused prayer. Modi poses with Kissinger, Rice, & co for cursed photo. Lebanese journalist explains the protests in Beirut. Trump calls the impeachment inquiry "a lynching." Karen Bass says Trump's lynching comment is expected & racist. Lindsey Graham says Trump is right to call inquiry a lynching. A caller on the garbage politics of Lin Manuel Miranda. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 10-22-19-Pamela_Newkirk-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:05pm EST

Sam is en route to Las Vegas for the biannual Tort Law Conference. Michael Brooks hosts today's Fun Half after an interview Sam recorded with Professor Virginia Eubanks on her book, Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor. Join us as Sam and Eubanks discuss the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive models on the working poor in America.

On today's show: Jagmeet Singh final campaign video: "I Choose You."

Virginia Eubanks (@PopTechWorks) joins Sam to discuss her new book, Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor. Once upon a time, people without money were sent to "poor houses" where they were essentially incarcerated in exchange for basic services. Now this practice has returned in a high-tech way with the advent of sophisticated digital surveillance methods used to contain, investigate, discipline and punish the poor. Eubanks tracks this disturbing phenomenon through interviews with numerous experts and public benefit recipients.

On the fun half: AOC on how Congress members are pressured to abandon working class people. AOC on the "mass mobilization of working people" to win. Nina Turner on Bernie backing workers and his consistency. Sanders closing remarks, asks if people are willing to fight for the other who is not like them. Reporters share anecdotal stories/impact of AOC endorsing Sanders. Sam v. Tim Pool on utilitarianism and border detention centers. Mulvaney says Trump wanted Doral because he's still in the hospitality business. Mike Pompeo's non-answer on Mulvaney calling Ukraine deal quid pro quo. Protests in Santiago Chile. Updates on popular uprisings in Lebanon, Iran and Iraq. Rahm Emmanuel defends Warren's wealth tax. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst) and Eric Blanc (@_ericblanc) join us.

On today's show: Eric Blanc (@_ericblanc), author of 'Red State Revolt: The Teachers' Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics,' joins us to discuss the Chicago teachers strike. The participation of other school workers in the strike. The involvement of the wider community and the kind of "social unionism" on display. The strike's offensive character, whereby it seeks to roll back past cuts. The strike's racial justice elements. The DSA's efforts to materially support strikers. How this strike could impact other teachers around the country.

Mick Mulvaney says Trump Doral is the perfect location for the G7 summit. Mulvaney lays out the quid pro quo with Ukraine. How should the Democrats approach impeachment?

On the fun half: Mulvaney says climate change will not be on the G7 agenda at Trump Doral. Is Buttigieg going to pick up Biden's supporters and become a threat? Buttigieg on the right wing frame of ACA / m4a on the Ezra Klein show in April shows his massive pivot. Hogan Gidley spins the accusations from grieving parents 'ambushed' by Trump, who had their kid's killer waiting at White House. Chesa Boudin for San Francisco DA campaign video. Fox's the Five hates tipping baristas. Zuckerberg says tech power is people power. Eric Trump has similar energy. Why Yang's predictions on automation are garbage. Cancel culture hits Iowa. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Good morning, on today's Majority Report Michael Brooks hosts Matt Karp, professor of History at Princeton University, for his latest piece in the Jacobin, "Is This the Future Liberals Want?" Join as Karp and Brooks discuss the prospects of Trump in 2020 and the potential pitfalls of "progressive technocracy" defining the future of the Democratic party. Brooks and Karp begin their conversation exploring the broader course of the Democratic party's New Deal coalition politics transition away from working people. In losing this class configuration, Karp believes voters have put the individual politician above the policy platform, leaving the foundation of any movement unstable at best. Additionally, the restructuring of the global economy and left political parties moving away from class alignment have accelerated the political realignment underway across western democracies. Shifting gears, Brooks and Karp take on the political media discourse surrounding the "professional-managerial class" identity that the Democratic Party now upholds. Karp argues that this breed of Democrats does not have the fight that a material class-based party would in struggling for things like Medicare for All and Card Check. It's impossible to ignore the rate at which inequality is growing, which is why the professional class Democrats see Warren as a crucial candidate. But still, Karp and Brooks believe, given the track record of recent Democratic presidents, only a working class-driven candidate from the grassroots arm of the party can push through progressive legislation that produces material benefits for workers. The two conclude their conversation considering the challenges that a Bernie Sanders administration would face and how his grassroots movement would confront and mobilize against the capitalist class. 

And in the Fun Half: Bernie's debate performance and the Squad endorsement, recalling Bernie's defense of Ilhan Omar amidst anti-semitism attacks, remembering Elijah Cummings, assessing the Democratic primary field, the Serfs call in and share their charity drive stream, Kamala Harris can't stop talking about Twitter mods, updates on the Chicago Teachers' Strike, Warren's stance on Israel/Palestine, libertarians who like Bernie, Bullprog's story from the Minneapolis  Trump rally, Warren supporter tells Fox News the billionaires class bitches too much about taxes, plus your calls and IMs!

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The team brings you the news and a debate recap.

On today's show: Trump says the the Pence/Pompeo delegation is going to Turkey. Erdogan says he will talk to Americans when Trump talks to him. Tom Steyer spent $48 million on failed campaign that could have been used to improve US politics. Bernie calls out Biden on bad policy he's gotten done. Bernie calls out centrist Dems for not fighting the insurance and pharma industries. Warren explains the CFPB, Biden tells her "good job!" Bernie Sanders asked about taxing billionaires, pivots to wealth inequality. Labor is being taxed at a higher rate than capital as of 2018. AOC to endorse Bernie!

On the fun half: Buttigieg claims Warren is being evasive on healthcare. Buttigieg pivots away from his February answer on m4a. Former CMS administrator on why public options don't work for patients. Kamala Harris conflates anti-trust tech regulation & banning Trump from Twitter. Ilhan Omar's Bernie endorsement video. John King says Bernie's endorsements are too "urban" and "internet." Trump will never call Columbus Day "Indigenous Peoples Day." Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Rachel Bitecofer (@RachelBitecofer), of the Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy, joins us to discuss polls and 2020.

On today's show: Mike Pompeo won't answer if he met with Giuliani in Warsaw, Ukraine quid pro quo.

Rachel Bitecofer (@RachelBitecofer), of the Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy, joins us to discuss polls and 2020. The effect of polarization on the electorate and how independents actually behave. Trump's win numbers and the effects of protest ballots. How Clinton lost by running a "persuasion" campaign when she should have run a turnout one. The potential impact of impeachment. How a Democrat could lose in 2020.

On the fun half: Politicon publicly invites #ColdFeetCrowder to debate Sam. Trump says socialism in government in replacing American religion. Bill Barr says secularists hold all levers of culture, capital, except government. Liz Cheney says Erdogan is attacking Kurds because of impeachment proceedings. Chris Hayes defends Ronan Farrow amid NBC turmoil. CNBC anchor jokes: "Another Bernie plan, what's he after this time?" Harry Reid thinks Warren will move on Medicare for All if she needs to. Mike from PA pushes back against some of our guest's predictions.

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On this Indigenous Peoples' Day show, Naomi Klein (@NaomiAKlein) returns to discuss her new book On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal.

Bute before that, anthropologist and Kurdish Women's Movement Activist Elif Sarican (@elifxeyal) joins us for an update and background on the situation in Syria. The significance of women's equality to the Kurds. How are the Kurds reacting to Trump's surprise announcement and the Kurdish invasion.

And Naomi Klein discusses the need to recognize we're already suffering climate crisis and need to act with more urgency. New Orleans as a case study for climate crisis. Climate barbarism: what happens when cruel societies face climate crises. Why the Green New Deal framework is needed on top of environmentalism. The threat of climate apartheid and fortress borders as a response to climate crisis.

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