The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Cliff Schecter explains why the Democrats may not keep the Senate, the possible 50/50 Senate split, Mitch McConnell's war against the minimum wage and self enrichment, what Mitch McConnell thinks his job is, will McConnell's campaign manager face criminal charges, why Democrats might keep the North Carolina Senate seat,could Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu win the Democratic primaries in New York state? The competing narratives of Isis and what was the Neo-con strategy in the Middle East?

Film Guy Matthew Weiss explains the changing nature of Astoria, Weird Al Yankovic and the problem with modern comedy, the problem with the "sharing" economy, promoting Teachers Lounge and Matt shills for Jim Norton, Sam's evolving view of Continuum and Matthew suggested everyone watch the movie Ishtar.

More on the Project For A New American Century, And your calls and IMs.

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Journalist Patrick Cokburn explains how Isis developed out of Syria and Iraq, the origins of Isis in Al Quada in Iraq, Sunni repression in post Saddam Iraq, what Hillary Clinton misses about arming moderate rebels in Syria, what regional powers support Jihadi fighters, the strategic miscalculation with the Assad regime, the Sunni community and Isis in Iraq, the brutality of Isis, what accounts for Isis's power and military capacity, how Isis uses social media, Iran's hatred of Isis, the Kurdish strategy, why a Kurdish group considered a terrorist organization is most effective in fighting Isis, the choice between Assad and Isis, how fast is Isis growing? And how much of a global security threat is Isis?

On The Fun Half: Iowa State Senator admits to taking bribe to switch his support from Michele Bachmann to Ron Paul, Mitch McConnell's campaign manager implicated by the bribery story, the New York Times endorses Tim Wu for NY LT governor, Ben Stein explains that all tall young black men are armed and your IMs.

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Journalist Dana Goldstein author of the new book The Teachers Warsexplains why teachers are held responsible for the American inequality crisis, if we want teachers to make a broader impact why we need structural policy solutions, the gendered dynamics of teaching, why we can't support teaching in the age of austerity, the policy implications of merit pay, how the Obama Administration helped create the standardized test hysteria, what tests are meant for, the historical roots of the Teach For America model, what we can do to support teachers and what really harms inner city schools.

On The Fun Half: nine year old given Uzi and accidentally kills shooting instructor, New York Times declines to endorse Andrew Cuomo, why poverty is always the issue in education, President Obama's ambitious new global climate push, Random Rush and your calls and IMs.

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Professor William Lazonick explains how companies have turned from employment security, how corporate leadership structures are hurting the entire economy, what stock buy backs, how stock buy backs are different from traditional stock purchasing, how Ronald Reagan deregulated the stock market, why the FCC can't monitor buybacks, why stock rewards have become more and ore popular, the similarity between stock buybacks and pump and dump schemes, how these schemes keep wages down, the real story behind executive pay, why Reagan economic policies failed to put money in the economy, why real wages used to track productivity growth, the 1980s focus on stock price and the destruction of wages and the radical financial reform that is needed.

On the Fun Half: respectability politics and protesting police killing, Fox pundit Andrea Tantaros says Eric Holder is running the Justice Department like the Black Panthers, and your calls and IMs.

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Demos Senior Policy analyst Catherine Reutschlin explains how markets the libertarian myth of a color blind free market, how markets can perpetuate racism, private prisons, why the "sharing" economy is not color blind and how race and inequality cannot be separated.

D. Brian Burghart, editor of the Reno News & Reviews, explains the Fatal Encounters project, creating the only database of deadly police shootings in the nation, what he's learned since starting this crowdsourced national database project, how the local, state, and federal government doesn't want you to know the data behind police shootings and what you can do to help.

On The Fun Half: how ISIS uses social media, how progressives can respond to real security threats, Dinesh D'Douza compares Ferguson protesters to ISIS, new disclosures on the shooting of a young black man in Walmart in Ohio, Congresspeople taking the water bucket challenge voted to cut funding for ASL research and your calls and IMs.

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Cliff Schecter explains why the NRA isn't defending the rights of Ferguson's black community, the NRA's racism, militarized police and the African American community, where the situation in Ferguson stands now, all the issues that the crisis in Ferguson raises, the militarization of American society, the "stand your ground" culture, how the press is covering Ferguson and why we are still not getting past race in America.

Comedian and New York gubernatorial candidate Randy Credico explains his recent unjustified arrest, why Randy faces years in prison for getting abused by the police, Randy's rival for the Democratic Party nomination Zephyr Teachout, why to vote for Credico or Teachout in the Democratic primary, is Andrew Cuomo vulnerable? And why to vote for Randy for Governor.

Random Rush, could Andrew Cuomo actually lose? And your IMs.

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Citizen journalist Mariah Stewart explains the tension between the police and the African American community in Ferguson, the culture of police harassment of the black community in Ferguson, how Mariah began covering the Ferguson protests, the generational differences in the Ferguson protests, the difference between daytime and nighttime protests, is Ferguson calming down? the role of local schools and churches in Ferguson, why police are not wearing badges in Ferguson, the time Mariah was tear gassed and where the community goes from here.

On The Fun Half: Missouri Highway Patrolman threatening to kill a protester caught on tape, Don Lemon surprised to learn that a member of the National Guard in Missouri used the N Word, Missouri City Councilman blames his posting racist pictures on Facebook for being a Republican, St. Louis Police kill Kajieme Powell and your calls and IMs.

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Princeton's Eddie Glaude Jr. explains the larger meaning of the crisis in Ferguson and the murder of Michael Brown, "conflict porn" and why we don't get to the bottom of race in America, why white supremacy is the disease that undermines America, white supremacy can be practiced by anyone, the politics of respectability, President Obama's reluctance to engage on Ferguson is a expression of our racism, why shouldn't African Americans expect more from President Obama? the Police culture of abuse and harassment of African Americans, how Ferguson challenges the African American establishment, the intersection between race and poverty and why treating populations as disposable blocks America's democracy.

On The Fun Half: John Gibson uses the Michael Brown tragedy to remind everyone of what a complete idiot he is, Fox Radio host Todd Starnes says President Obama is behind "Michael Brown tragedy", Rick Perry indicted, James Foley beheaded by ISIS, why the police are out of control in Ferguson and why there is no accountability and your IMs.

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John Nichols explains what a progressive economic plan would look like and the state of the Netroots and progressive politics in 2014. Also for Members Only! from the Air America archives an interview with "Saddam Hussain" or Fred Armisen and a conversation with Rick Perlstein.

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A collection of interviews Sam conducted at Netroots Nation 2014, including with RJ Eskow a Senior Fellow at Campaign For America's Future, progressive Senate candidate Shenna Bellows explains why she is taking on Susan Collins in the Maine Senate race and for Members only! an interview from the Air America days with the great George Carlin.

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