The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Political strategist Cliff Schecter explains what led to the fracking ban in New York and why taking on Andrew Cuomo was such a good idea. Why Single Payer isn't happening in Vermont. Did elizabeth Warren want Al Franken to endorse Hillary Clinton already? Why President Obama could give us a second stimulus right now with the stroke of a pen. What the new Cuba policy means and what actually changes now. The historic idiocy of the Cuba policy and the internal Republican and Democratic divisions on Cuba policy.

Tom Scharpling brings back The Best Show as a podcast. The time Tom lost money H Jon Benjamin. The future of the Podcast model. Who does Tom have a problem with? What to miss and not miss from terrestrial radio. Why Tom Scharpling is a big part of Sam's biggest career disasters. Our massive loss of privacy. Has social media robbed us of our ability to be critical. When will The Interview be available on streaming.  And Tom told everybody to watch the movie Blowout.

On The Fun Half: Bill O'Reilly claims victory in the War on Christmas. The head of the New York City Police Union accuses NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio of running a "revolution" out of city hall. Video shows NYPD officers holding and beating a twelve year old. Pat Robertson explains why Gay people are going "extinct". The FED punts on the Volker rule an your calls and IMs.

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Historian and author of An Indigenous Peoples History of the United States Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz explains how the settler colonial history of the United States defines it. Why the US Military is rooted in wars and mass killings against Native Americans. The Indian wars and our policy and history of never ending war. Slavery and genocide of the Native American population and the mentality of white supremacy. Also what we can learn from "Indigenous socialism". How labor was organized in Pueblo City States. Why the great "inventions" of the United States came from the first Americans,  the core myths the justify the genocides that created America. Also why you need to understand Andrew Jackson to understand America.

On The Fun Half: American government back AQ members negotiating with ISIS for a release of a hostage, how anti fracking activists won in New York, Vermont gives up on single payer healthcare for now, the Sam Seder Libertarian learning annex opens again and your calls and IMs.

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Labor attorney and the author of  Only One Thing Can Save Us: Why America Needs a New Kind of Labor Movement Thomas Geoghegan explains what we need to be saved from in the post labor union economy, why the young are in the most danger in the new economy, the bogus arguments for increased job training, why the modern economy is built on undermining workers, how Keynes explains the problems with the financial sector dominance of the economy, what Dodd Frank does not do, why low wages explain the American economic crisis, why we need a brand new and empowered labor movement, why more college is not the answer! And how we can draw on the German model to save America from the inequality crisis.

On The Fun Half: President Obama announces major breakthrough in US and Cuban relations, Sam remembers his time in Cuba, we are working more and getting paid less and your calls and IMs.

And continue the conversation on our morning thread

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Mohammad Khan a Senior Policy Associate at the Washington Park Project explains the secretive New York political group behind a new Charter School push. Who is behind Families For Excellent Schools and New Yorkers for a Balanced Albany. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's privatization agenda for public agenda. The Constitutional obligation of free public education and why charters are a trojan horse for destroying public education.

Why Elizabeth Warren won't run for President but will be an incredibly powerful Senator. Elizabeth Warren rips Citibank apart from the Senate floor. Ted Cruz own goals on the Republicans and helps Vivek Murthy get confirmed as Surgeon General. Why Jeb Bush will wage his bound to be a failure Presidential bid.

On The Fun Half: The Congressman you never heard of who inserted the Citibank provision on the Cromnibus, Senator Tom Coburn kills veterans Suicide prevention bill, wrongfully convicted former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman might be released from prison soon, NFL player Andrew Hawkins's moving explanation of why he has spoken up for Tamir Rice and John Crawford and your calls and IMs.

And continue the conversation on our morning thread

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M&M Look at  what caused the Sydney Siege? Religion or mental illness? The amazing Australian #illridewithyou movement, Uber's horrible response to the Sydney Siege. Also Dick Cheney lies on torture and why we needed a truth and reconciliation commission on torture and the rights bizarre new attacks on Net Neutrality.

Fox News distorts anti Police violence protests, shocking new video of Police interrogating John Crawford's girlfriend after killing him and your calls and IMs.

And continue the conversation on our morning thread.

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Political maestro Cliff Schecter joins us to discuss the week in news. Createns come out and justify torture. The crappy CROmnibus. Right wing claim that Democrats actions on spending bill are hypocritical. Sunday marks two year since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Comedian Andy Kindler brings much needed levity to the Friday show. Sony files hacked, racist emails between Rudin and Pascal revealed. The Interview starring James Franco and Seth Rogen a wacky road trip comedy about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Sam Seder is not the starstruck type, unless Woody Allen is in the room. Andy auditioned for The People vs. Larry Flynt. How to alienate friends and destroy business relationships with Sam and Andy. Movie recommendation: Slums of Beverly Hills

On The Fun Half: More on the torture report. Jose Rodriguez on CBS This Morning explains why he destroyed CIA interrogation tapes. CIA unaware of pixelation technique?Hollywood Sadcast. Merits of labor laws and hours in the work week.Nathan from the UK with an update on changes post Scottish referendum vote. Your calls and IMs.

And continue the conversation on our morning thread.

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Stanley Aronowitz, Distinguished Professor in the Ph.D. Program in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and Director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Technology, and Work. He is the author of the new book, The Death and Life of American Labor: Toward a New Worker's MovementWhere were the seeds planted for the union movements demise? What role did the Cold War, New Deal, legalization of labor movement, and collective bargaining have in the death of the labor movement. How organizing changed (or didn’t) to keep up with evolving labor force. Impact of the Taft-Hartley Act. Fears of Communism and labor in America. Private pensions. Ten-point manifesto, for a new labor movement.

On The Fun Half: Psychologists James Mitchell & Bruce Jessen made big bucks on torture but they’re not interrogation experts. Editorial in New York Times by Eric Fair an interrogator at Abu Ghraib. Jason in Phoenix tries to take down Sam with every conservative talking point, spoiler alert, he loses.

And continue the discussion on our morning thread.

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Emptywheel's Marcy Wheeler, an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties reacts to the Senate Intelligence Committee's CIA torture report. Torture was ineffective. Detailed shocking abuses. President Obama protecting office of the president. Same authorization used to justify drone strikes. Will CIA Director John Brennan make the appropriate changes?

Rebecca Gordon, Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Francisco and for the university’s Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good. She is the author of  Mainstreaming Torture Ethical Approaches in the Post 9/11 United StatesThe terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 reopened what many people in America had long assumed was a settled ethical question: Is torture ever morally permissible? Within days, some began to suggest that, in these new circumstances, the new answer was "yes." Rebecca Gordon argues that September 11 did not, as some have said, "change everything," and that institutionalized state torture remains as wrong today as it was on the day before those terrible attacks.

On The Fun Half: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker wishes Jewish constituent ‘molotov’ in a letter. 2007 George Tenet interview on 60 Minutes, "we don't torture people." Has the ‘cromnibus’ crashed? Federal Government runs out of money in two days. Talking to your kids about politics. Your calls and IMs.

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Professor Kristen Buras the author of Charter Schools, Race, and Urban Space: Where the Market Meets Grassroots Resistance explains how charter schools took over New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina. Her case study of New Orleans—where veteran teachers were fired en masse and the nation's first all-charter school district was developed—shows that such reform is less about the needs of racially oppressed communities and more about the production of an urban space economy in which white entrepreneurs capitalize on black children and neighborhoods. Check out her debate with Sarah Newell Usdin, founder and CEO, New Schools for New Orleans HERE.

On The Fun Half: The Senate Intelligence Committee releases it's scathing CIA torture report summary. John Brennan still hanging on to the notion that torture saved lives. John McCain gives a laudable speech on the Senate Floor. Anthony Romero of the ACLU has an editorial calling on Obama to pardon all of key players in torture regime. FOX thinks the torture report was released to distract from Obamacare. Random Rush - Limbaugh still the most oppressed. Your calls and IMs.

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Teaser Monday...As demonstrators continue to protest police brutality nationwide Rush Limbaugh joins FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace to explain how "ungrateful" African Americans are. Limbaugh believes the real outrage in this case is that an American citizen died because of cigarette taxes.

On The Fun Half:  U.S. Rep-elect Glenn Grothman thinks the government is bribing single parents to stay unemployed and unmarried, will we or won't we see the CIA torture report? U.S. hostage rescue attempt in Yemen failed over the weekend, Chief Mark Kessler tells Alan Colmes that his videos were part of undercover government operation to take down anti-government militias, Rolling Stone University of Virginia rape story bad for the magazine and bad for rape victims, is broken windows policing the new stop and frisk? Your calls and IMs.

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