The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Sam and Political strategist Cliff Schecter examine whether the mainstream media is finally waking up to the fact that the Republican Party is made up of far right extremists, the nature of the conservative media system why Republican Party has lost control and why the mainstream media needs to step up in calling out lies. Also are Right Wing media outlets just like Nigeria email scams? The Right's new assault on Planned Parenthood and Erick Erickson demands that the Republicans shutdown he government again. Also why Donald Trump is crushing the Republican Primary field.

Former Air America host and the Director of the new film project  Playing Gay explains to Sam how television helped open the door to marriage equality and the broader fight for LGBT rights. The former stigma of playing Gay roles and the importance of Will & Grace. The disgusting ways Gay people used to be portrayed in film and television and when do you remember your first image of a Gay person on television?

Donald Trump still dominating the Republican field because he is the perfect Republican. Rick Perry challenges Donald Trump to a Pull-Up contest. Chris Matthews goes after Bernie Sanders. Also your calls and IMs.

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Milton Allimadi, the publisher of Black Star News joins Michael to discuss Obama’s recent trip to Ghana and Ethiopia. How is Obama energizing African youth and fostering leadership and activism and what that can do for Africa. Why is Africa failing to utilize it’s vast arrays of natural resources and how can it detach itself from it’s colonial history? What is next for the continent?

On The Fun Half: Michael talks about the Middle East, Bernie draws 100,000 supporters across the country for internet rally, Noah the Intern is incapable of speaking into a microphone, Bernie draws 100,000 supporters across the country, prosecutor Joe Deters charges Cincinnati cop Ray Tensing with the murder of Samuel Dubose, Ferguson cops write a black comedy sketch. And of course, we (try) to take your calls, and read your IM’s.

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Educator and blogger Mercedes Schneider and Sam explore what No Child Left Behind has done to education, why punitive approaches to education fail, the myth of George W Bush's success in Texas and the destructive myth of the "lazy" teacher and the absurd argument that money does not matter in Public Education and why new reforms may lessen the stakes of high stakes testing.

On The Fun Half: Why vouchers don't work. The assault on Planned Parenthood continues and Mitch McConnell is a huge hypocrite. Malaysia gets a fake human rights upgrade to help make TPP happen. Smart ways to get Republicans to say even more stupid things. No one likes Chris Christie and he promises to ignore state laws on Marijuana when he is President (and we are amused). Donald Trump promises to tap Sarah Palin for a role in his Cabinet and its a smart move. Bernie Sanders leads the Republicans. Hillary Clinton's pathetic answer on Keystone.

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Jennifer Mittelstadt a historian at Rutgers University takes a deep dive with Sam into the problematic legacy of the New Deal and explains the political compromises that excluded women and minorities from many of the benefits of the New Deal, the evolution of the Corporate welfare state and what would a "New New Deal" look like.

On The Fun Half: Sam shares his babysitter nightmare. You can organize your own Bernie Sanders event for July 29th here! Mike Huckabee's compares President Obama to Hitler and that his Iran deal "will march Israelis to the doors of the oven". Daniel Kurtzer, who served as U.S. ambassador to Israel for four years under President George W. Bush, says that Mike Huckabee is engaging to incitement similar to what led to the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and also your calls and IMs.

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Professor Juan Cole explains how the climate crisis in Syria helped create the conditions that led to the creation of ISIL. Sea level rises and the next wave of instability in the Middle East. The importance of water in Israel/Palestine. Why Martin O'Malley's recent comments on climate change and ISIL has provoked so much rage on the right. Obama and the resurgence of Islamophobia. Is ISIL on its way out? Is the Turkish government soft on ISIL? How ISIL makes its money. How Arab states think about the Iran deal and is the nuclear agreement good for Israel?

On The Fun Half: a Cleveland cop pepper sprays Black Lives Matter activists for no reason. A Klan rally in South Carolina gets an amazing soundtrack. Policing and America's racial history. Bernie Sanders gets smart on Black Lives Matter and why Bernie is unique, important and powerful. Also your calls and IMs.

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Cliff Schecter joins us to talk about the recent shooting in Louisiana and gun control in America. He'll talk about how the right isn't truly pro-life and how this Planned Parenthood video is the latest in a pattern of punishing women's sexualities. And is the Iran Deal sustainable? Did we leave Senator Corker's bathrobe on the negotiating table?

And later in the show Isabel Gillies calls in to talk about her family and possibly a new book in the works? She recommends  her own movie Metropolitan (which is about to re-release for its 25th Anniversary) and the show Silicon Valley.

 

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Washington Post columnist and American Prospect Editor Harold Meyerson explains the history of Southern labor conditions. Why the South is making American labor conditions cheaper than China. Why new jobs aren't driving up wages. And why America is still defined by two labor systems: one southern and one northern.

Elizabeth Warren destroys another sleazy finance executive.

On The Fun Half: Rand Paul takes a chainsaw to the tax code and advocates for the worst tax plan ever. Bernie Sanders and Israel. Conservative Matt Lewis call for Republicans to repudiate Donald Trump and ends up destroying conservatism. Also your calls and IMs.

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Video footage reveals the completely unjustified arrest of Sandra Bland. What the death of Sandra Bland tells us about the systemic racism and abuse that African Americans face.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump makes political sense and reveals Lindsey Graham's cellphone number to the world. Donald Trump's China strategy is amazing. What Black Lives Matter is really saying. A terrifying new climate change study. A Maine Cop keeps calm under pressure. And your calls and IMs.

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Journalist David Dayen, talks about Netroots, Sandra Bland, and Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley poor responses to Black Lives Matter over the weekend.

Elon James, journalist and CEO of This Week in Blackness furthers the discussion with his take on Sanders and O'Malley at Netroots, what still needs to be done to empower the disempowered, and what we should expect moving forward.

On the Fun Half: Republican Caller wants to turn white-collar criminals into farmers and put horses on the border, Bernie Sanders and Black Lives Matter. Sam suggests that all Republicans should drop out until their ready to be serious about policy. Trump doxes Lindsey Graham, and as always your calls and IMS.

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Matt Duss the President, Foundation for Middle East Peace, explains how President Obama's foreign policy views going back to his first run for President led to the diplomatic breakthrough with Iran. What was the actual nature of Iran's nuclear program? The Bush Administration and the expansion of Iran's nuclear efforts. What sanctions remain on Iran after the nuclear deal? How do sanctions "Snapback"? Did Iran pursue a path of ambiguity in its nuclear program? Congressional leaders who want to destroy the Iran deal. What will Congress's role be in the Iran process. Barack Obama and the broader goals of Democratic foreign policy and why opponents of the deal will never be satisfied. And why Saudi Arabia and Israel object to the Iran deal.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump insults John McCain for being a POW and the RNC throws a hissy fit. Does Iran have secret nuclear facilities. Alex Jones says the UN wants to eradicate humanity and is making your kids gay. Can Donald Trump save Amtrak? Bernie Sanders and Black Lives Matter. Also your calls and IMs.

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