The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Cliff Schecter is sad that Mitt Romney isn't running for President. Why Mitt didn't run. Why Mitt Romney is such a asshole. Jonathan Chait's whiney "PC Police" article for New York Magazine. "New Republic: Democrats and why we needed the blogosphere. Having platforms and absorbing attacks. Twitter and democratic discourse. President Obama pushes for an end to "mindless austerity" and wants more spending. Why we need to stop TPP.

Isabel Gillies invites Sam to this years Super Bowl Party. What's the best Clam Chowder? Isabel's dyslexia. Why Isabel is Tom Brady fan. What's the deal with "Deflategate"? And Isabel suggested Sherlock on Netflix.

On The Fun Half: Sam crushes the All In With Chris Hayes Fantasy Draft on MSNBC. Why Scott Walker is a dangerous candidate. Also your calls and IMs.

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Swarthmore College, Psychology Professor Barry Schwartz the author of The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less, explains why more choice is not always the best thing. The jam study? Finding the policy sweet spot. The policy implications of "Nudges". Choices and Libertarian fallacies. Asymmetric information and decisions in health. Finding the best decision making style for your life. Also the role of inequality in choice.

On The Fun Half: Sam competes on MSNBC's fantasy candidate draft. Scott Walker is going to make a strong run for President, because he is a far right extremist who is beloved by the establishment. A full rundown of the Republican clown car. Koch Brothers will spend a billion in 2016. Mike Huckabee says "trashy" women swear in New York. The insane Bryan Fischer finally gets fired. Also your IMs.

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Guardian journalist Ed Pilkington explains the shocking role of entrapment in the FBI targeting of environmental activists. The case of Eric McDavid and how he was entrapped by FBI informant. The bizarre story of "Anna" the FBI counter intelligent agent who infiltrated the environmental movement and the ongoing fallout of the FBI abuse of eco activists.

On The Fun Half: Michelle Obama makes a statement in Saudi Arabia, what really drives the Saudi and American relationship, Fox News lying more than ever and your calls and IMs.

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Erwin Chemerinsky the dean of the University of California–Irvine School of Law and author of the new book The Case Against the Supreme Court, explains why the Court has historically sided with the wealthy and powerful and why we reform is needed.

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Greece's left wing Syriza Party wins big and vows to reverse austerity and restore democracy. The lunatics meet up at the Iowa Freedom Summit and Sarah Palin gives an "amazing" speech.

On the Fun Half: Republican Congressman repeats all of the lies about the Minimum Wage in one small clip. Republican governors pursue regressive taxes on middle class and poor people. Fox News attacks Bibi Netanyahu for accepting a Republican invite to address Congress. Ebola under control in Liberia? Big shocker, the leader of Germany's anti Muslim movement, caught posing as Hitler. Iowa Senator, Chuck Grassley says overturning Citizens United could lead to abolishing the entire Bill of Rights! Also your calls and IMs.

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Cliff Schecter explains why we should not honor King Abadullah. Cliff wants to know where the President Obama of the SOTU address was the last five years? Where President Obama undercut his own message. The Republicans are committing to fighting voting rights. Expect more fake populist politics from the Republicans. Why the politics of mass inequality are shifting. Republicans agree climate change is real just not caused by humans. Democrat Bob Mendez goes insane on Iran negotiations. The stunning invitation from Republicans to Bibi Netanyahu to address Congress. Also Republicans trying to  hide their disgusting women's health politics.

Comedian David Cross was in Men In Black and he has a new movie he is working on called HITS. Why Masters of Atlantis is David's favorite book. What HITS is about. Why David isn't on Twitter. The limits of quantifying. Why David's new movie will be released on Bittorrent. Is fame a poison.

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Journalist Johann Hari, explains the motivation for his new book Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on DrugsWhy were drugs banned to begin with and what really creates drug addiction. Harry J. Anslinger the most important person you never heard of. Anslinger's racism and obsession with Billie Holiday. The racist roots of the drug war. The heroism of Billie Holiday and the white supremacist crusade that destroyed. Arnold Rothstein and invention of modern drug dealing. Why cartels are so violent. Former drug warriors who want to end the war on drugs. Debunking drug addiction myths. What we can learn from Portugal. Also why drugs are a social problem not an individual one.

On The Fun Half: why do we ignore poverty? the Sam Seder Libertarian Learning Annex reopens. We hear from our most incoherent libertarian caller. And the rest of your calls and IMs.

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Vermont Senator and progressive champion Bernie Sanders explains what President Obama got right at the State of the Union and why we are in record levels of inequality. The proposals that would help solve the poverty crisis and Why TPP and Fast Track trade authority are problems for inequality and transparency.

The beautiful moment when President Obama burned the Republicans.

Adam Green Co-founder, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, explains what President Obama got right in his SOTU. Why progressives won the rhetorical fight, but are Democrats really moving in a progressive direction? The obvious progressive ideas that are popular with everyone. Outlining the goal of debt free college. And how do we finally reform trade laws.

On The Fun Half: The great Charles Pierce breaks down the President's SOTU. Why poverty has disappeared from our political discourse. The role of Reagan, Clinton and race in ignoring poverty and the problem with middle class rhetoric.

Joni Ernst's Republican response and your IMs.

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Historian Ray Raphael, author of Founding Myths: Stories That Hide Our Patriotic Past,explains the distinction between history and heritage. Revolutionary activity in colonial Massachusetts. The problem with historical myths. How history records rebellions and why it matters. Why the Founders didn't want limited government. Why the Founders wanted the power to tax. What the right's favorite Ben Franklin quote really meant. Why originalism is a myth. Why the Founders hated influence and would always back campaign finance reform.

On The Better Half: Fox New's apologies for the fake "no go zone" story, Bobby Jindel does not get the message. Another Libertarian caller. Previewing the State of the Union. Tea Party leader wants to "own" MLK Jr., also MLK Jr. was a socialist. Rush Limbaugh, explains how to say "Selma with soul". Also your calls and IMs.

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Happy Martin Luther Jr! Day. Today’s show is a compilation of clips including excerpts from “The Frank McGee Sunday Report: Martin Luther King Profile,” NBC News, May 7, 1967, followed by a brief excerpt from a speech at Cleveland, Ohio, on April 28, 1967. Then extended excerpts of a sermon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on April 30, 1967, then the CBS evening news with Walter Cronkite reporting on the assassination on 4-4-68 and finally, Nina Simone singing “Why?” recorded live three days after the death of Martin Luther King,Jr.

Also Dr. King's first tv "interview" from the show The Open Mind - The New Negro hosted by Professor Richard D Hefner.

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