The Majority Report with Sam Seder

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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Direct download: 12-09-19-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:38pm EST

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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Direct download: 12-06-19-Brandon_Sutton-David_Feldman-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:49pm EST

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."

On the fun half: William Barr says "communities" that protest cops could lose "the police protection they need." Mayo Pete says rich kids should pay their own tuition. How socialists could win over their gun-loving conservative relatives. Why a free public option would work to drive down the cost of college, but not healthcare. Why is Ukraine a focal point of US foreign policy? Plus, your calls and IMs!

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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. 

And in the Fun Half: Mehdi Hasan gets the chance to remind CNN that Bernie is still leading across the first four democratic primaries, Mayor Pete moves the goalposts on his free college position, Michael Bennet dodges the free college question (and is still running for president), Sebastian Gorka wants to know if Charlie Kirk took a DNA test, Duncan Hunter is pleading guilty and we remember when he blamed his wife for the 60 campaign finance criminal charges against him, a Libertarian caller makes Sam's day, TruNews' "Jew Coup" and their White House Press Corps membership, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12-03-19-Anne_Nelson-pub.mp3
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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
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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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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
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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
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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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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
Category:general -- posted at: 3:48pm EST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 2:15pm EST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 3:19pm EST

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.

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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
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30pm EST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 3:45pm EST

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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Direct download: 11-04-19-Corey_Robin-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:58pm EST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 4:19pm EST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 1:44pm EST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 3:31pm EST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 3:19pm EST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 4:02pm EST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 3:22pm EST

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
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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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Direct download: 10-21-19-Virginia_Eubanks-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:32pm EST

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?

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Direct download: 10-18-19-Nomiki_Konst-Eric_Blanc-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:47pm EST

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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Direct download: 10-17-19-Matt_Karp-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:50pm EST

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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Direct download: 10-16-19-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:10pm EST

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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Direct download: 10-15-19-Rachel_Bitecofer-pub.mp3
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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.

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Direct download: 10-14-19-Naomi_Klein-Elif_Sarican-pub.mp3
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Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon), host of the Benjamin Dixon Show, and comedian and filmmaker Tim Heidecker (@timheidecker) join us for Casual Friday.

On today's show: Trump says Somalis have ruined communities, promises crackdown on refugees and immigrants.

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon), host of the Benjamin Dixon Show, joins us to break down the news. Support for impeachment is rising among voters and the Democratic Party establishment is finally on board. What does it mean for strategy going forward? Trump abandons the Kurds in Syria; US and Russia veto UN Security Council's statement on Turkey's invasion of Syria.

Comedian and filmmaker Tim Heidecker (@timheidecker) joins us to discuss his forthcoming movie, 'Mister America.' In this absurdist political mockumentary, Heidecker plays a bumbling failson who narrowly escapes a murder charge stemming from his EDM festival, then runs to unseat the San Bernadino county DA who tried to put him in prison. Sam then takes a walk down memory lane and plays the high concept trailer for his 1997 film, "Who's the Caboose?"

On the fun half: Rand Paul gets laughed at on "The View" when discussing economic inequality. Ben Shapiro rails against public schools teaching about gay rights. Bernie addresses our healthcare system, taking on everybody in 'History Is On Our Side' Instagram video. Durbin questions Neomi Rao, Trump's pick for DC circuit court, on her past writings about race. PG&E blackout map. Trump says he's not corrupt like Biden because he doesn't care about money, and "no one has ever heard the word emoluments before." Trump attacks Ilhan Omar as 9-11 minimizer, anti-Semite. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 10-11-19-Ben_Dixon-Tim_Heidecker-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:41pm EST

Good morning, this Thursday is another Sam/Michael hybrid episode. Today's show features an interview Sam recorded with Iowa University Law Professor Sarah Seo about her latest book, Policing the Open Road: How Cars Transformed American Freedom. Sam and Seo discuss how the rise of personal automotive transportation led Americans to expect and accept a seemingly ever-growing police state in America. Michael will host the Fun Half. We're live at noon EST.

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Direct download: 10-10-19-Sarah_Seo-pub.mp3
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Happy Yom Kippur! It's a Michael/Sam hybrid Wednesday featuring a recent interview Sam did with former North Carolina Representative Brad Miller on his latest piece in the American Prospect, "The 40-Year War: William Barr’s long struggle against congressional oversight."

On today's show: Bernie announces he's reducing number of 2020 campaign events.

Bradley Miller, former House Rep. from North Carolina's district 13, joins us to discuss his latest piece in the American Prospect, "The 40-Year War: William Barr’s long struggle against congressional oversight." In this piece, Miller explains how the US Attorney General and others on the right have sought to concentrate authority in the presidency and strip power from the legislature. Through this history, he contextualizes Trump's sweeping claims to unlimited executive power.

On the fun half: A caller describes her political journey and the crew discusses the failures of 1960s counterculture. World of Warcraft gamer Blitzchung calls for Hong Kong liberation. Joe DiGenova slams "illegitimate" impeachment inquiry that "violates due process." Turkish jets taking off in Diyarbakir for Northern Syria. Ecuador protests in Quito. Steven Reed becomes first black mayor of Montgomery, Alabama. Jesse Lee Peterson makes Cameo video about BETA Crowder's cold feet!

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Direct download: 10-9-19-Brad_Miller-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:39pm EST

The MR crew breaks down the news.

On today's show: Fox News: Charles Payne wants college players paid, Bill Hammered disagrees. Schiff responds to WH withholding Sondland testimony. Schiff says Sondland has text messages the State Dept is withholding. 2012: Trump on Turkey: "I have a little conflict of interest...It's called Trump Towers." Ron Johnson attacks press over Trump's Ukraine actions, deflects to 2016.

On the fun half: Ben Shapiro says Trump has no plan. Scott Walker and Pete Hegseth discuss Eric Holder's redistricting project "coup." Ellen Degeneres explains why she's friends with George W. Bush. Ellen show title on YouTube: "This photo of Ellen & George Bush will give you faith in America again." Eric Weinstein welcomes Ellen to the IDW. Bernie leave house for the first time since heart attack. Chris Morris on comedy in the Trump era. Trump says the military was out of ammunition when he came into office. A personal account of the situation on the ground in Syria.

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Ian Haney López (@IanHaneyLopez), Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at the University of California, Berkeley, joins us to discuss his book, 'Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America.'

On today's show: Brian Kilmeade is upset US is abandoning Kurds in Syria.

Ian Haney López (@IanHaneyLopez), Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at the University of California, Berkeley, joins us to discuss his book, 'Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America.' For the last half a century, the right has been running on coded and not-so-coded appeals to white identity politics, and the Democratic Party has not always known how to respond. Speaking with racial justice leaders, union organizers, and data scientists all over the country, Haney López builds the case that racial justice and economic prosperity must be combined into one message if the left wants to win back power in the US.

On the fun half: Report: voters in black neighborhoods wait an average of 29% longer. Thursday: Trump calls for investigation into Bidens by Ukraine and China. Rubio says Trump calling for China investigation was just him messing with the media. Jim Jordan refuses to give a straight answer on whether Trump should ask China to investigate political opponents. Jim Jordan accuses media and Democrats of performing "mental gymnastics" to make impeachment inquiry stick. Anthony Scaramucci records Cameo for #coldfeetcrowder. A caller on libertarian socialism. Doug Henwood's impeachment take. Timeline: declining share of taxes for America's richest. Meghan McCain speaks her truth on the Ben Shapiro show.

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Virgil Texas (@virgiltexas) from Chapo Trap House joins us for a freebie Friday.

On today's show: FEC chair Weintraub writes letter clarifying laws on foreign interference in elections. 4Doc on text messages from members of the Intelligence, Oversight and Reform, and Foreign Affairs Committees.

Virgil Texas (@virgiltexas) from Chapo Trap House joins us to break down the news. Impeachment: how Trump's current predicament compares to Watergate. Rep. Lee Zeldin contradicts publicly available info on foreign interference. Warren, Sanders release numbers; Bernie ahead of Warren. What to make of the Eric Levitz's recent analysis of Bernie vs. Warren? Kevin Sorbo on Coldfeet Crowder. Reporters filmed the encounter between NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, a Sikh, and a man in Montreal, Quebec. AOC town hall in Corona, NY crashed by LaRouche supporter on climate change and eating babies. Jacob Wohl's performance art on Cougar Liz. Rubio comments on Ukraine story. Senior Trump policy advisor Peter Navarro with Jim Scuitto on CNN newsroom, gets indignant when asked about Trump looking for help from China. Trump this morning in front of the chopper, says "you'll have to ask AG Barr if there's an investigation into Biden," but he's interested in fighting corruption.

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TODAY'S HEADLINES:

A stunning new report claims Trump removed the Ukrainian Ambassador because Rudy Giuliani said she was interfering with his investigation into Joe Biden. 

Meanwhile, here comes another one! A new whistleblower from inside the IRS says the Treasury Department tried to interfere with an audit of Trump’s tax returns.

And lastly, progressives warn of a stealth privatization effort by the White House as Trump signs an executive order aimed at undermining the Medicare for All movement. 

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

CNN reports that President Trump mentioned the political prospects of Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren in a June 18 phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping. During the call, Trump reportedly told Xi that he would stay quiet about the violent Hong Kong protests as trade talks between the two countries progressed

From the BBC; Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam invoked emergency powers to ban face masks at the city’s pro-democracy protests, threatening offenders with one year in jail if they prevent themselves from being identified by police.

Bernie Sanders will participate in the next Democratic primary debate later this month, an aide confirmed Thursday, while the Vermont senator's wife reported that he is “up and about” following a heart procedure that forced him off the campaign trail.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry is expected to announce his resignation next month. Sources tell Politico that Perry’s exit is unrelated to Ukraine, however, the energy secretary is the subject of two congressional subpoenas targeted at Rudy Giuliani efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating Joe Biden and his son.

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Good morning, Eric Levitz joins the Majority Report to discuss his essay in New York, "The Bernie vs. Warren Debate We Need," and provide some clarity to the intra-left "Bernie or Warren" discourse. Sam and Levitz begin their conversation exploring the idea that "the American left's bark is louder than its bite." The left has helped shift the country's political discussion in the past several years and has gotten the ear of mainstream political elites and media, but it does not have the institutional power held by centrist Democrats like Schumer, Manchin, and Tester. Levitz argues that there's a gulf between the elite media discourse (which is young and left) and institutional power (which is old and rural) in terms of their desired goals and deliverable actions. Shifting gears, Sam and Levitz discuss the apparent differences between Sanders and Warren. For Levitz, it's not apparent that Sanders would stretch executive power more than Warren. The distinction worth making is that the two progressive frontrunners will push progressive policies through executive action more so than the leading centrist candidate Joe Biden. Sam also explains the political stakes of a Bernie Sanders presidency, and its commitment to a principled policy like Medicare for All. Calling for a vote on real progressive policy will draw more apparent distinctions within the Democratic party. Sam and Levitz conclude their conversation considering what constitutes the Democratic party now and what it would take to build a broader coalition of Democratic voters moving beyond 2020. 

And in the Fun Half: we have the president of Finland ask him a question, Trump would investigate the Bidens if he were Zelensky, Trump has decided his foreign policy actions in the Ukraine are now perfectly lawful, Corey Lewandowski is drunk on Fox Business News, the Blaze's Dave Rubin defends Jordan Peterson's enforced monogamy, the courtroom scenes from the Amber Guyger sentencing, the Ghost of Retroactively Classified documents calls from San Antonio, Ken Langone thinks Bernie Sanders wants to shoot him, Beto goes after Mayor Pete, but Yang is now the premier skater in the Democratic field, plus your calls and IMs!

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TODAY'S HEADLINES:

It was only a matter of time! Trump’s loyal number 2, Mike Pence, finds himself caught up in impeachment.

Meanwhile, House Democrats threaten to subpoena the White House as they get ready to launch a new phase of the impeachment inquiry. 

And lastly, the cruelty is the point; Trump considers making it nearly impossible for unaccompanied children to apply for asylum in the United States. 

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

A new USA Today poll finds that Americans now support impeaching Trump by 45% - 38%, and, more interestingly, 45% of Americans now support Trump’s conviction and removal by the Senate while just 35% do not. 

New York Times reports that the White House is moving to begin collecting DNA samples from hundreds of thousands of people booked into federal immigration custody each year for entry into a national criminal database.

A 37-year-old man from Cameroon died in US Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody Tuesday after suffering a brain hemorrhage, according to Congressional documents obtained by BuzzFeed News.

And some very important breaking news from The Wrap dot com; Conservative commentator Todd Starnes’ contract at Fox News is not being renewed. Starnes removal comes a few days after he said on his radio program on Monday that Democrats do not believe in the Christian God and instead may worship Moloch, a pagan god often associated with child sacrifice.

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On today's show: Bernie campaign announces his stent procedure. Sunday: Pompeo says he didn't hear Trump's call with Ukraine president Zelensky. Tuesday: Pompeo admits he was on the call with Zelensky. Gorka is in Rome with Pompeo, reveals the Obamagate house of cards is collapsing. Kevin McCarthy gives GOP's worst defense of Trump's convo w/ Zelensky. Ainsley Earhardt says Americans can't follow how Trump, Giuliani and Bill Barr are connected.

On the fun half: Warren vs. Bernie on taking corporate PAC money. Sam reveals the Crowder files! Jake Tapper alludes to Ohio state pedophile coach when discussing facts with Jim Jordan. Anand Giridharadas says taking back power is a zero sum game. Chris Coons says history won't look back fondly on a diverse democracy. The crew gives Jeff in Georgia tips on middle class values.

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TODAY'S HEADLINES:

ecretary of State Mike Pompeo reject Democrats demands for State Dept. officials’ testimony in impeachment depositions scheduled for this week.

Meanwhile, billionaire Tom Steyer launches a $3 million pro-impeachment ad campaign that will target vulnerable Republican Senators running for reelection in 2020. 

And lastly, the New York Times reports that Trump has suggested shooting migrants in the legs and filling a moat with snakes or alligators to help stop immigration.

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee raised a massive $125 million in the third quarter. For perspective; over the equivalent period in 2011, President Obama raised nearly $70 million for his re-election campaign. 

Politico reports that House investigators are looking into an allegation that groups — including at least one foreign government — tried to ingratiate themselves to President Trump by booking rooms at his hotels but never staying in them.

Three House committee chairmen sent a letter addressed to Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan on the grounds that the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “now appears to have an obvious conflict of interest,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

Pompeo’s participation in the call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president, the lawmakers wrote, renders him a witness in the congressional impeachment inquiry, and as a result, “he should not be making any decisions regarding witness testimony or document production in order to protect himself or the president.

And finally, Rudy Giuliani wants to sue congress. That’s right, Trump’s bumbling lawyer told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham that he wants to bring a lawsuit against House Democrats for investigating the president in the wake of revelations involving Trump's interactions with Ukraine. 

Ingraham called Giuliani’s proposal “novel” before ending Rudy’s legal fantasy when she reminded the former Associate Attorney General that members of Congress have immunity for anything they say on the floor.

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Marshall Steinbaum (@Econ_Marshall), assistant professor of economics at the University of Utah, joins Sam to discuss his latest piece in Current Affairs, "Cancelling Student Debt Reduces the Racial Wealth Gap." Michael Brooks hosts the fun half.

On today's show: Worker says he's going broke due to healthcare costs on his union plan, Amy Klobuchar responds that it's most important to let workers keep the plans they fought for.

Marshall Steinbaum (@Econ_Marshall), assistant professor of economics at the University of Utah, joins Sam to discuss his latest piece in Current Affairs, "Cancelling Student Debt Reduces the Racial Wealth Gap." In this piece, he lays out what student debt cancellation would mean for the economy and why progressives should be suspicious of anyone who calls it "regressive."

On the fun half: Yang's antiracist message and appeal to material interests are convincing 2016 Trump voters. Ro Khanna explains the difference right now between Bernie and Warren. A plug for the "1 million calls for Bernie" campaign. Get involved at berniesanders.com/call! Jamie answers a question on libertarian socialism. Bernie calls on young voters to change the course of the country. Pelosi backs Henry Cuellar over Justice Democrats' candidate Jessica Cisneros. James Mitchell, architect of CIA torture, says Trump is getting a raw deal like he did.

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TODAY'S HEADLINES:

Bernie Sanders raises a massive $25.3 Million in the third quarter - - possibly the largest haul from any 2020 candidate so far.

Meanwhile, CNN and The New York Times report that AG Bill Barr actually asked Trump to get Australia to help him review the origins of Special Council Mueller’s probe.

And lastly, a bunch of new polls are out and they’re showing a net 20-point swing in favor of impeaching and removing the Mad King from office.

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

Michigan Live reports that negotiations on a new contract for hourly General Motors workers restarted Monday after “positive signs.”

GM workers continued pickets and became eligible to collect strike pay as well on Monday, Sept. 30, the fifteenth day of a nationwide strike by more than 49,000 union members against automotive giant.

A report by ABC News found between 2013 and 2017 more than 25,000 children under the age of 10 were arrested in the United States. 

That number skyrockets for children between the ages of 10 to 12, to over 225,000 arrested during the same five-year time span.

And Republican Congressman Chris Collins is resigning his House seat ahead of guilty plea to insider-trading charges

The New York Republican, among Trump’s earliest endorsers, called the charges against him ‘meritless’ but is scheduled to change his plea Tuesday afternoon.

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Thom Hartmann (@Thom_Hartmann), progressive radio host and author, joins Sam to discuss his latest book, The Hidden History of the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of AmericaMichael Brooks hosts the Fun Half for members.

On today's show: Robert De Niro says "fuck em" to Fox News.

Thom Hartmann (@Thom_Hartmann), progressive radio host and author, joins Sam to discuss his latest book, The Hidden History of the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of AmericaWhile the Supreme Court frequently strikes down laws, that power was not part of its originally intended purview. In this book, Hartmann traces the history of the SCOTUS and "judicial review" as a concept, and argues why and how the citizens of the US should take back this power for themselves.

Tulsi talks with Modi. How should Bernie's latest polls make us feel at this point in the primary? Emily Tisch Sussman says supporting Bernie over Warren shows your sexism. Harvey Weinstein calls Bernie sexist during 2016 campaign. Barbados PM calls for Venezuelan autonomy. The crew advises a caller on dealing with a neoliberal professor. Pete Buttigieg goes to UAW picket, totally blending in. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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TODAY'S HEADLINES:

Trump quotes a mega-church pastor on Fox News who warned of civil war if the President is impeached.

Meanwhile, a new study warns that big banks are offloading risky mortgages onto taxpayers as the climate crisis threatens to put many of those homes literally underwater.

And lastly, a federal judge blocks a Trump administration regulation would that keep migrant families to be detained for lengthy periods of time.

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

A new poll released by CBS News shows a majority of Americans and a supermajority of Democrats surveyed support an impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump.

The poll shows 55% of respondents approve of the impeachment inquiry, while 45% disapprove. 

The New York Times reports that Joe Biden’s presidential campaign has sharply scaled back his online advertising, cutting spending so severely since August that he is now investing only a fraction of what his top rivals are on Facebook and Google, the two dominant internet platforms.

From Politico: A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration’s effort to expand use of a process that fast-tracks undocumented immigrants for deportation without the involvement of immigration courts.

And the AP reports that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is denying a journalist’s claim that Johnson grabbed her thigh at a private lunch two decades ago. 

Sunday Times columnist Charlotte Edwardes says the incident took place when she worked at The Spectator, a conservative newsmagazine, while Johnson was its editor. 

Johnson also is under scrutiny for claims that an American businesswoman, Jennifer Arcuri, received money and perks from London coffers while Johnson was mayor of the British capital.

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Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan), columnist and senior contributor at The Intercept, joins us.

On today's show: Schiff asks why WH saw whistleblower complaint first, Maguire says it's unprecedented situation.

Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan), columnist and senior contributor at The Intercept, joins us to talk impeachment: The Democratic base wants it, but Pelosi and co are trying to rush it after fighting against doing it at all. Why are the Democrats being so squeamish? Some possible explanations. The political and moral case for impeachment. The role of Barr in covering up corruption. The role of Kurt Volker. The political perils of not impeaching.

Mitch McConnell stands in the way of marijuana banking bill.

On the fun half: Schiff characterizes Trump Ukraine transcript. Trump tells audience at UN that whistleblower should be punished for treason. Mike Quigley asks why State Dept. deputized Rudy Giuliani to handle Ukrainian diplomatic contact. Laura Ingraham asks Rudy why the State Dept. deputized him to deal with Ukraine. Dem Peter Walsh asks about the problem of Barr being at center of investigation. Tucker Carlson makes fun of Shep Smith, "dayside" Fox News. Imran Khan calls out US war efforts in Middle East, says US infrastructure sucks. How Bernie supporters should talk to Yang and Warren supporters. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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TODAY'S HEADLINES:

Trump is caught on tape suggesting that the whistleblower who filed a complaint against him should be executed.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the House Ways and Means is reportedly sitting on another explosive whistleblower complaint - - this one alleging that Trump attempted to influence an IRS audit of his tax returns.

And lastly, chaos at Fox News, where management is divided over whether to stay loyal to Trump heading into impeachment.

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

A new Morning Consult poll finds 43% of Americans support the start of an impeachment in inquiry, up 7 points from a weekend survey.

The New York Time reports the Trump has decided to slash the American refugee program by almost half. The administration said it would accept 18,000 refugees during the next 12 months, down from the current limit of 30,000 and a fraction of the 110,000 President Barack Obama said should be allowed into the United States in 2016, his final year in office.

Also from the Times; Allies of Joe Biden, reportedly concerned about his slipping poll numbers, are weighing whether to mobilize a super PAC supporting Mr. Biden and have held conversations with wealthy donors to gauge their interest in contributing money. 

A new study from Science Advances warns that severe climate related droughts could threaten 60% of the global wheat crop by 2100. 

And finally, a new LA Times poll finds that Trump is on track for the poorest showing by a Republican presidential candidate in California since the Civil War. According to the poll, just 29% of likely California voters say they plan to vote for Trump, compared with 67% who say they do not.

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Michael Brooks is joined by two guests this Thursday on the Majority Report: Author and historian Cal Winslow joins the program to discuss his piece about the ongoing protests by Blackjewel Kentucky miners, "No Neutrals in Harlan County." And Djene Bajalan also joins the program to discuss the Trump administration's plans to pull grant funding from UNC and Duke's joint Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies.

On today's show: Zelensky says he was not pushed by Trump, doesn't want to be involved in upcoming elections.

Author and historian Cal Winslow joins the program to discuss his piece about the ongoing protests by Blackjewel Kentucky miners, "No Neutrals in Harlan County." How Blackjewel stiffed their workers this time around and what workers are doing about it. The history of labor struggle in Harlan County and United Mine Workers' history as an industrial union. The openings Winslow sees in the current labor movement and the importance of bottom-up, rank and file organizing.

Djene Bajalan (@djenebajalan) also joins the program to discuss the Trump administration's plans to pull grant funding from UNC and Duke's joint Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies. How Betsy Devos and co are actually chilling free speech on college campuses despite all the noise about SJWs. Plus: analysis of the situations in Iran and Kashmir.

On the fun half: Maguire explains why he did not share whistleblower complaint. What's the best way to address criticisms Warren supporters make of Sanders? Trump suggest "fellas, work it out" diplomacy for Kashmir. Snowden on DNI whistleblower and the state of whistleblowers in US government. Vijay Prashad on imperialism in Trump's UN address. Group of Democrats sign letter urging better Brazil policy. Fox hosts lose it when accused of aping talking points from White House. Warren calls Medicare-for-all a "framework" without details. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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TODAY'S HEADLINES:

The Washington Post reports that the acting director of national intelligence threatened to resign if he couldn’t speak freely before Congress on whistleblower complaint

Meanwhile, a new report claims the whole Ukraine scheme began as effort to pardon former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort! 

And lastly, Trump’s pick to lead the Fish and Wildlife Service is linked to Monsanto AND anti-animal-protection groups.

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An adviser to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky told ABC News that Trump’s desire for the two leaders to discuss a possible investigation into Joe Biden was a precondition for their July 25th phone call.

Said the adviser: “It was clear that Trump will only have communications if they will discuss the Biden case. This issue was raised many times. Ukrainian officials understood.”

Newsweek is reporting that several prominent progressive groups are calling on House Democratic leadership to cancel a planned congressional hiatus for the first two weeks of October in order to help fast track House Democrats' impeachment inquiry.

A review of ad data by Sludge dot com finds that Facebook has accepted millions of dollars in advertising fees from hate groups and hate figures despite its anti-hate speech policy.

And BuzzFeed News reports that Trump's own lawyers suggested Democrats would have a stronger case to get his records if they were pursuing impeachment. 

 

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On today's show, Executive Editor of the American Prospect, David Dayen (@ddayen) joins the Majority Report to premiers the American Prospects new vertical, "The Day One Agenda." In it Dayen and other leading progressive media figures examine how a Democratic president can change the American state of affairs from day one in the executive office without resorting to abusing its authority. Sam and Dayen review some of the actions a Democratic president can take in January 2021 including a public bank option, enforce strong anti-monopoly measures through the FTC, legalizing marijuana, and cancel student debt. Sam and Dayen also discuss the House Democrats decision to begin an official impeachment inquiry, Nancy Pelosi's strategy, and why the Democrats have pivoted away from only concerning the House with "responsible governing." Check out the American Prospect series, The Day One Agenda here. 

And in the Fun Half: White House talking points are out in the open for all of us to see, Sam and Michael share their thoughts on how the impeachment inquiry will play out, Nate Silver reckons with losing his luster, Rudy Giuliani explains why he is the fall man for the Trump administration, flashback to William Barr's testimony on Trump administration investigations, Hogan Gidley tries out the first round of White House talking points to cool impeachment fervor, so does Kevin McCarthy, meanwhile Mark Sanford is in Iowa talking to college students about the national debt and deficit, plus your calls and IMs. 

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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop

TODAY'S HEADLINES:

Nancy Pelosi announces a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump and progressives demand the Speaker cancel recess to hold a vote as soon as possible. 

Meanwhile, Joe Biden’s poll numbers plunge as Elizabeth Warren takes the lead for the first time in a new national poll.

And lastly, a new UN Climate Report says the future looks pretty terrible for Earth’s oceans

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

Trump is already fundraising off House Democrats’ announcement of a formal impeachment inquiry. “I’VE DONE NOTHING WRONG. TRUST ME, YOU’LL SEE THE TRANSCRIPT,” the email read.

Politico reports that Tulsi Gabbard and Tom Steyer have qualified for the next Democratic presidential primary debate. Both candidates earned 2 percent support in a new poll in New Hampshire, enough to secure a spot on the stage in Ohio next month.

The Washington Post reports about a half-million students could lose access to free school meals under a Trump administration proposal to limit the number of people who qualify for food stamps. The move is drawing protests from congressional Democrats who say it will harm needy schoolchildren.

And Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has declared a four-month ban on the sale of any vaping products in the state on Tuesday, The Boston Globe reports. The ban, which is believed to be the first state-wide one in the U.S., will reportedly apply to sales of tobacco and marijuana e-cigarettes, and will take effect immediately. 

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Brian Rosenwald (@brianros1), Coeditor-in-Chief of “Made by History,” a daily Washington Post history section, joins us to discuss his book, Talk Radio’s America: How an Industry Took Over a Political Party That Took Over the United States.

On today's show: Hannity and Giuliani reveal how State Dept. asked Rudy to go to Ukraine on behalf of American government. Trump says foreign aid is only an issue because European countries don't contribute enough to Ukraine. Ro Khanna says WaPo op-ed by seven freshman Dems was a game-changer in the Dem caucus w/r/t impeachment.

Brian Rosenwald (@brianros1), Coeditor-in-Chief of “Made by History,” a daily Washington Post history section, joins us to discuss his book, Talk Radio’s America: How an Industry Took Over a Political Party That Took Over the United States. The historical background of AM talk radio and Rush Limbaugh's rise. The financial incentives for politically homogenous programming. How Limbaugh influenced Newt Gingrich, who influenced the entire GOP. How Bush I was forced to kiss the ring. The birth of Sean Hannity. Why Air America failed.

Impeachment is finally happening: here's why it's bad for Joe Biden. Biden pitches Iowa swing voters: "It's up to them."

On the fun half: Trump says the media and academic institutions are threatening our history in low-energy UN speech. Trump says globalist SJWs are enabling human trafficking. Trump flubs religious freedom talking point. Reaction shot of people who work for Trump, including a sleeping Wilbur Ross. KT McFarland says it was Trump's "best speech ever." Trump says he would've won the Nobel Prize if it was awarded fairly. Michael Knowles says Greta Thunberg is mentally ill. Laura Ingraham compares Greta Thunberg to children of the corn. Stuart Varney asks if wealth tax and taking rich people's money will help poor people. A call from Bull Prog, composer of the "MR fun" fun half song.

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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop

TODAY'S HEADLINES:

A new report says Trump personally ordered a hold on Ukrainian military aid as Nancy Pelosi finally starts looking into impeachment. 

Meanwhile, centrist think tank Third Way is testing attacks on Medicare For All with help from some friends of Joe Biden.

And lastly, New York prosecutors reject Trump's “sweeping immunity” claim against a subpoena for his tax returns.

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

Officials in Afghanistan told CBS News Monday that dozens of civilians were killed during a raid on Taliban hideouts by U.S. and Afghan special forces in the southern province.

Bernie Sanders released a plan that seeks to cancel $81 billion in past-due medical bills for Americans, and a new Capitol Weekly poll in California finds Elizabeth Warren leading the Democratic presidential field with 29%, followed by Sanders at 21% and Joe Biden at 18%.

The Trump administration will effectively will end “catch and release” - the practice of detaining migrant families before releasing them into the U.S. while they await an immigration court hearing.

And Bill Weld, longshot candidate for the GOP nomination for president, accused Donald Trump of "treason" for pressing Ukraine's President to investigate Joe Biden and stated bluntly that the penalty for treason in the United Staes, “is death."

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On today's show, Robert Kuttner (@rkuttnerwrites) founder of The American Prospect joins the Majority Report to discuss his new book, The Stakes: 2020 and the Survival of American Democracy. 

Kuttner and Sam begin their conversation considering the Trump presidency in terms of his cabinet members. Kuttner says the "establishment" cabinet members that have left were the primary actors keeping Trump from enacting his most anti-democratic policies. Kuttner believes that without a robust economic progress Democratic opponent in 2020, Trump will win a second term and dismantle American democracy beyond repair. While Trump appears to be a unique threat to democracy, Kuttner argues that Democrats have been equally bad in presenting an alternative vision. Democrats got into bed with Wall St under the Clinton and Obama administration which helped lay the groundwork for a Trump presidency that tied racial resentment to economic anxiety borne out of the great recession. Looking ahead to next year's election, Kuttner and Sam discuss the latest Iowa polling showing Warren's momentum growing, and how the Trump/Biden race looks now that the Ukraine whistleblower story is all over the headlines. Considering the prisoner's dilemma of the Sanders and Warren campaigns, Kuttner and Sam speculate on what happens to the progressive left if and when the teams begin to attack one another. The two conclude their interview considering what the best way to manage capitalism under a future left-progressive presidential administration, how Democrats should proceed with impeachment and the possibility of a brokered convention in Milwaukee next summer.    

And in the Fun Half: Nancy Pelosi's "Dear Colleague" letter, Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani aren't quite on the same page about using aid to bribe Ukraine's president, Greta Thunberg exposes the hypocrisy of today's world leaders, Keeanga Yamatta Taylor shares her thoughts on black support for Bernie Sanders, Democrats are not suited to advocate for their constituents, dealing with political dissent amongst friends, starting a progressive media platform, plus your calls and IMs!

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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop

TODAY'S HEADLINES:

Impeachment is now looking very likely after Trump admits he talked to Ukraine about investigating Biden. 

Meanwhile, Trump plans to hold a religious freedom event at the UN on the same day world leaders gather there for an important climate summit. 

And lastly, the GOP has internal data that shows any ban on vaping could destroy their hopes Trump winning reelection in 2020. 

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

A New York judge has fined a Queen’s landlord $17,000 for threatening to Call ICE on a tenant. Lawyers for the city’s human-rights commission said they believe the case is first in the U.S. where an individual was penalized for threatening to call immigration authorities.

Politico reports that Trump’s reelection campaign team is growing increasingly worried about a repeat winning performance in Michigan, considered the “crown jewel” of his 2016 victory. The concern illustrates how Trump’s support in Rust Belt states that propelled him to the presidency is evaporating. 

An eight-vehicle motorcade for Vice President Mike Pence drove onto Michigan’s Mackinac Island on Saturday, where cars have been generally banned for over a century. The motorcade angered locals, as well as observers on social media, including Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who called the the long line of black SUVs “disgusting”.

And global women's rights advocates raised alarm Monday after a leaked letter showed the Trump administration is pressuring U.N. member nations to join an international anti-abortion coalition.

The letter, first reported by the Guardian and set to be presented Monday during a U.N. General Assembly meeting on universal health coverage, urges nations to oppose the creation of "a new international right to abortion."

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Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon), host of the Benjamin Dixon Show, joins us to break down the news, and we get on on the ground report from the Climate Strike!

On today's show: Fox News question why students are marching, Trump campaign member says they're compelled.

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) joins us to break down the news. Adam Schiff reads from intel community IG letter regarding whistleblower. Why is Pelosi flubbing the impeachment issue? What are the intra-left squabbles? Who's voting Biden and how to get them to vote for Bernie? Why did the WFP endorse Warren?

Chief youth correspondent Myla Seder joins us with a live, on-the-ground report from the scene of the climate strike. The size of the march, the signs. How much are kids talking about climate change? Spoiler alert: a lot.

On the fun half: Billy Bragg vs. Eric Weinstein on the topic of free speech. Weinstein goes on Rogan, complains about Sam's treatment of Dave Rubin. Delaney says we need to work with GOP on carbon tax to save the environment. Former CMS official explains why public option won't relieve healthcare costs. Mayor Pete goes after Warren on healthcare plan, says she's evasive. Labor Secretary nominee Eugene Scalia evades question on paycheck fairness legislation. Dan Crenshaw ignores and hides from vets who question his support of Trump. Ben Shapiro laments Oxford English Dictionary adding "they/them" as a pronoun. Instances of Ben Shapiro using "they" as singular. Straight pride parade press conference. Straight pride parade cost Boston PD nearly $700,000 in overtime. Trump says the whistleblower is a partisan whistleblower, his conversation with Ukraine was "a beautiful conversation."

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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop

TODAY'S HEADLINES:

Amid new reports that a high-level whistleblower complaint against Trump centers on Ukraine, Rudy Giuliani tells CNN, ‘Yeah, I asked Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden. So what?!’ 

Meanwhile, Colt, maker of the AR-15, is suspending its production of the rifles for civilians,  calling the move a “market-driven decision.” 

And lastly, prominent black leaders prepare to condemn attacks by Bernie Sanders supporters amid the fallout of the Working Families Party’s endorsement of Elizabeth Warren.

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

The number of birds across North America has dropped by nearly 3 billion since 1970, according to a report Thursday from Science Magazine. That's a 30 percent reduction in the populations, marking what National Audubon Society President David Yarnold calls, “a full-blown crisis."

Annual complaints to government intelligence watchdog hotline have more than doubled since Trump took office. According to public records numbers for the latest fiscal year are on pace to be even higher. 

Washington Post reports that Housing Secretary Ben Carson warned of “big hairy men” trying to gain admittance to women’s homeless shelter during his San Francisco HUD office visit. Three people present at the meeting told the Post that the comment was an attack on transgender women.

The Bernie Sanders’ campaign is urging the Democratic National Committee to demand that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo approves legislation to extend the state’s deadline to change party registration, which is less than a month away. 

And sevens months from his announcement, Bernie has become the first 2020 candidate to reach 1 million donors. It took Sanders nine months to hit a million the last time around, and it took Hillary Clinton almost a year to reach the milestone in 2016.

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Writer and television producer Natalie Shure joins Michael Brooks on today's Majority Report to discuss her latest piece in the Jacobin"Elizabeth Warren's Health Care Plan Still Leaves a Lot of Unanswered Questions." Michael and Natalie begin their conversation considering the ways politicians have described Medicare for All as anything but a single-payer system that is free at the point of service. Despite previously endorsing Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All bill, Warren's new plan for Medicare for All remains murky. Warren's strategy as it exists now does not mention eliminating cost-sharing. According to Natalie, "while single-payer shifts costs entirely into taxes, plans that maintain cost-sharing redistribute those costs more heavily onto people with greater care needs — disproportionately sicker and poorer people and women." A big sticking point for Natalie in the healthcare discourse is the word choice of politicians who refer to reforms as "access to affordable health insurance." This is not the language of candidates who are interested in creating a robust public institution, like Medicare for All, but rather the message of candidates create a more efficient market that should be reformed but not abolished. Considering all this, do voters think that Warren will fight for a vigorous Medicare for All while she hedges her language on healthcare and has pledged to make government corruption her primary campaign concern. Michael and Natalie end their conversation looking back at the Obama administration's existential fight to get the ACA passed in 2010. Remember, the ACA was initially proposed with a public option only to strip that away and then watered-down by lobbyists and health insurance special interests in DC. It will take a grassroots, continued effort from voters, pressuring their representatives to pass a Medicare for All option because the insurance industry will throw everything it has at stopping Medicare for All. 

And in the Fun Half: updates from Oklahoma and Kashmir, the pedantry of the MR university, how to protect unions and expand them beyond 2019, how Bernie plans to help workers in the executive office, Michael goes deep on Bernie's housing plan, how to convince Warren supporters of Bernie's positions, the possibility of single-payer healthcare, Andrew Yang calls for the decriminalization of all drugs, Mayor Pete still wants to pay premiums, plus your calls and IMs!

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TODAY'S HEADLINES:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calls the attack on Saudi Arabia “an act of war.”

Meanwhile, an alarming “promise” made by Trump to an unknown foreign leader is reportedly what sparked the high-level whistleblower complaint that is currently being kept from Congress.

And lastly, a day after Trump denigrates the homeless, Bernie Sanders unveils a $2.5 trillion Housing For All Plan.

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

Politico reports that Speaker Nancy Pelosi has told Democrats that Corey Lewandowski deserved to be held in contempt of Congress, “then and there,” for his combative performance before the House Judiciary Committee. 

Businessman Daniel McCarthy, who is running for Senate in Arizona against Martha McSally, suggested this week that the US should annex Mexico. McCarthy says doing so could solve the nation’s immigration problem.

The AP reports that Israel is preparing for the prospect of a third election on Thursday, two days after an unprecedented repeat election left neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor his rivals holding a clear path to a coalition government.

And a new Fox News poll finds 59% of voters are extremely interested in the 2020 presidential election. That’s 27 points higher than around this same time in the last presidential cycle — and only one point off the record 60% extremely interested the week before Election Day in 2008.

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On today's show, the MR crew brings you the news and in the fun half, singer, songwriter and activist Billy Bragg (@billybragg) joins us!

On today's show: Bret Stephens says US military should strike Iran's navy. Judiciary counsel asks Lewandowski about truthfulness of TV appearances and testimony to special counsel regarding Mueller investigation, Lewandowski admits to lying on TV. Counsel asks Lewandowski why he enlisted Rick Dearborn to speak to Sessions. USDA getting rid of health inspectors in certain meat processing plants. Boris Johnson attempts photo op in children's ward, gets called out by dad for NHS cuts. Ro Khanna explains why M4A is essential for bargaining like UAW. Sara Nelson says UAW has one of the best health plans in the country but management can still hold it hostage. As elections begin, Netanyahu fear mongers that Arab turnout is high. A report from the scene of the UAW strike.

On the fun half (which is a FREEBIE today): Singer, songwriter and activist Billy Bragg (@billybragg) joins us to talk about his series of political pamphlets, "The Three Dimensions of Freedom." Fire as metaphor for capitalism. What "freedom" means to Bragg. The hypocrisy of free speech warriors who can't take criticism. The need for movements and vehicles of accountability.

Biden says child tax credit will "put 720 million women back in the workforce." Former ICE director Tomas Homan argues for private prisons, because they are more efficient. Naomi Klein warns against eco-fascism and the far right co-opting climate change. A caller pranks Sam.

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TODAY'S HEADLINES:

General Motors cuts off healthcare for 50,000 striking Union workers, a move that exposes the systemic inhumanity of the American healthcare system.

Meanwhile, New Mexico announces a bold new plan to provide free college for residents regardless of family income.

And lastly, Arizona progressives are looking to censure their Trump-loving Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema.

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are tied for first place among Democratic primary voters in California, while home-state Sen. Kamala Harris is running in a distant fifth, according to a new poll.

The Emerson University survey released Tuesday shows Biden and Sanders leading the pack in California with 26 percent support each, followed by Elizabeth Warren at 20 percent. No other candidate secures double-digit support in the poll.

CNN reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's grip on power seems to be slipping after Israeli media projected him neck-and-neck with centrist rival Benny Gantz, following a re-run general election on Tuesday.

And the Department of Justice is trying to get the profits from Edward Snowden’s new book. The DOJ filed a lawsuit on Tuesday alleging Snowden violated a nondisclosure agreement he signed while working with the government.

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Bhaskar Sunkara (@sunraysunray), founder of Jacobin Magazine and author of 'The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality,' joins us.

On today's show: UAW workers explain bargaining demands to CNN anchor.

Bhaskar Sunkara (@sunraysunray), founder of Jacobin Magazine and author of 'The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality,' joins us to talk socialism. The difference between a democratic socialist and a social democrat and the idea of worker control. Historical examples of social democracy in action. Which sectors should the state control, and which should the workers? A brief response to the left-critiques of market socialism. How does democratic socialism fit into the left's current political project? Where do race and "status" fit in?

On the fun half: Trump asks campaign advisor Steve Cortes how he looks so WASPy and if he likes the Hispanics or the country more. Asked about the UAW GM strike, Trump says he's got the workers' support. WFP director explains why party endorsed Warren over Sanders. Chris Coons explains (walks back) his call to strike Iran. Ben Shapiro says nobody has yet described Kavanaugh's penis. Ben Shapiro time travels back to the '90s, says rap isn't music. Steven Crowder's bonkers gun insurance commercial. A caller recounts how MR helped him leave the Yang gang. TI asks Candace Owens which era of American history was so great for black people that she wants to bring it back.

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TODAY'S HEADLINES:

80,000-plus unionized Kaiser Permanente healthcare employees plan to strike in October; the biggest labor action in the United States in over 20 years.

Meanwhile, the House Oversight Committee is investigating Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for a potential conflicts of interests between her official role and her family’s shipping company.

And lastly, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office subpoenas the last eight years of Trump's tax returns in its criminal investigation into the Trump Organization.

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

ProPublica reports that Trump’s National Labor Relations Board is attempting to cut Obama-era protections for millions of temporary workers a d fast-food workers. 

The Working Families Party endorsed Elizabeth Warren for the Democratic presidential nomination on Monday. Bernie Sanders finished second in the WFP's ranked-choice endorsement system between five candidates, according to the New York Times.

The Women's March revealed Monday that three founding board members who have been accused of anti-Semitism, financial mismanagement, and other detrimental behavior are being replaced by 16 new board members from across the U.S. 

And Edward Snowden said Monday that he would return to the United States if afforded a fair trail where the American public could hear why he leaked global surveillance documents to the press.

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Award-winning investigative reporter Ben Westhoff joins us to discuss his book, 'Fentanyl, Inc: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic.'

On today's show: Flashback: Kavanaugh lying to Blumenthal about "Renata Alumnus" yearbook. Bethany Mandel defends Kavanaugh putting his penis in Debie Ramirez's face. Roommate Avi Smolen says Mandel is not remembering correctly.

Author and investigative reporter Ben Westhoff joins us to discuss his book, 'Fentanyl, Inc: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic.' While heroin deaths have gone down in recent years, deaths from fentanyl and other drugs continue to climb. "Synthetic" drugs like K2, whereby chemists continuously change a drug's molecular make-up to stay a step ahead of the law, are also a problem. For this book, Westhoff investigated this phenomenon in detail, speaking with users, dealers, and law enforcement, even going so far as to pretend to be a drug dealer so he could tour the Chinese chemical factories that sell the precursors to fentanyl and other drugs. To fight overdose deaths, he recommends decriminalization, supervised injection facilities, free testing strips, and other harm reduction measures.

Dave Rubin finally blocks Sam; the crew looks back on the good times.

On the fun half: Chris Coons and Kilmeade come together for war with Iran. Brian Kilmeade says we must protect the world's oil supply. Schiff says intel director's refusal to reveal a whistleblower complaint is "deeply troubling." 2017: Biden retells the Corn Pop saga at Wilmington pool. Bernie explains fair housing and real estate reform. Chris Christie says Bernie was "visually unappealing" during debate. Buttigieg doesn't want policies that will "polarize" the country.

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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop

TODAY'S HEADLINES:

Several Democratic presidential candidates call for Brett Kavanaugh to be impeached after new allegations of sexual misconduct against the Supreme Court Justice.

Meanwhile, a new poll from CBS News finds that a majority of Americans want climate change to be addressed immediately.

And lastly, Purdue Pharma, the pharmaceutical company that raked in billions by addicting Americans to opioids is filing for bankruptcy. 

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

Politico is reporting that Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have warned Donald Trump that any firearm legislation that falls short of universal background checks for gun sales “will not get the job done.” The hard line from Democratic leadership comes as negotiations continue between the president and a group of rank-and-file senators.

A Census Bureau report found that the number of uninsured in the U.S. rose by 1.9 million people in 2018, which the Associated Press reports could be linked to Trump’s persecution of undocumented immigrants. The Census report found that the Hispanic community was the only major racial and ethnic category with a significant increase in their uninsured rate.

The Trump administration has released satellite photographs that it claims prove Iran was behind an attack on a Saudi oil field over the weekend. The Houthi militia, which operates in Yemen, has claimed responsibility for the strikes and Tehran has denied any involvement.

And nearly 50,000 members of the United Auto Workers walked off General Motors factory floors or set up picket lines early Monday as contract talks with the company deteriorated into a strike. The AP reports that workers shut down 33 manufacturing plants in nine states across the U.S., as well as 22 parts distribution warehouses. 

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Digby (@digby56) and comedian and prank call master Chris James (@theCJS) join us for Casual Friday.

On today's show: Biden's teeth fall out.

Digby (@digby56) of Salon.com joins us to break down the Democratic primary debates. The Democratic Party's move to the left. Biden's awful reparations answer. Jorge Ramos asks Bernie why he won't call Maduro a dictator. Beto explains why AR-15 will be a mandatory buyback. NRA Magazine in 1962: AR-15 "for military purposes." Jamie gives her take on Beto's framing.

Chris James (@theCJS), comedian and host of the Not Even A Show show on YouTube, joins us to talk pranking right wing media, including: Curt Schilling, JJ McCartney, Roger Stone on Infowars, and the deplorable who shut down his whole call-in operation afterwards.

On the fun half: Warren and Bernie explains the false choice of taxes vs. cost of healthcare. Biden says taxes will go up under Medicare for All. Warren and Bernie ask who likes insurance companies and paying premiums. Biden explains how his Medicare Choice opt in would work. Julian Castro responds to Biden's opt in, asks "Did you just forget what you said minutes ago?" Trump shares dystopian plan to "clean up" homelessness.

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TODAY'S HEADLINES:

During last night’s democratic debate in Houston, Joe Biden got roughed up so badly the poor guy’s teeth fell out!

Meanwhile, The Supreme Court’s Chief Justice John Roberts reportedly changed his vote at the last minute to keep Trump’s notorious census citizenship question.

And lastly, Trump’s ruthless war on the environment continues as the administration announces the repeal of Obama’s Clean Water Act.

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

The Republican-controlled Senate committee on Thursday rejected Democratic attempts to cut Trump’s latest border wall request and prevent him from again funding the project without congressional approval.

Politico reports the U.S. Air Force has lodged crews at Donald Trump’s Scotland resort up to 40 times since 2015. 

Although the number does not indicate how many of those trips occurred after Trump became president, crews of up to 40 people have stayed at the resort in at least four visits since September 2018.

Gregory Cheadle, the black man President Trump once described at a rally as “my African American,” has decided to leave the Republican party and run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives as an independent in 2020, according to PBS NewsHour. 

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The remaining Democratic presidential candidates face off in the third primary debate. The MR crew does running commentary as Julian Castro, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O'Rourke, Cory Booker, Andrew Yang, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Joe Biden face off about climate change, healthcare, education, gun control, foreign policy, racial justice and more. Will anyone stand out in a way that's persuasive? Will ABC's moderators ever call on Bernie? Find out at twitch.tv/themajorityreport.

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Joining Michael Brooks today on the Majority Report is Daniel Bessner (@dbessner) to discuss his latest piece in the New Republic, "The Fog of Intervention." In it, Bessner explores Samantha Power's new memoir and diplomatic career leading Obama's foreign policy at the United Nations.

On today's show: Trump says vaping is dangerous and Melania has a son "together."

Daniel Bessner (@dbessner) joins us to discuss his latest piece in the New Republic, "The Fog of Intervention." In it, Bessner explores Samantha Power's new memoir and diplomatic career leading Obama's foreign policy at the United Nations. In her book, "A Problem From Hell: America in the Age of Genocide," she laid out the case for a kind of humanitarian interventionism that led to some of the worst foreign policy disasters in the Obama administration. Bessner lays out the problems with her approach and concludes with a few points on how Bernie Sanders' foreign policy presents a true vision of anti-imperialism.

On the fun half: Morning Joe endorses Biden because of electability: "best bet." Natural resources defense council staffer explains the water crisis in Newark. Brian Kilmeade says college sports are over if athletes get paid. Palestinian human rights attorney explains Israeli annexation plans. Tulsi "both sides" the situation in Kashmir. Stuart Varney says Warren would redistribute aid to workers.

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TODAY'S HEADLINES:

North Carolina Republicans take exploiting 9/11 to a new low as the vote to override a budget veto in half-empty Assembly during a September 11th remembrance.

Meanwhile, the Daily Beast reports that Trump is thinking about giving a $15 billion bailout to Iran. I think I can actually hear John Bolton’s head exploding.

And lastly, the Israeli government is accused of planting a mysterious spy devices near the White House in order to capture Donald Trump’s cell phone contents. 

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

Newsweek reports that ICE is building a state-of-the-art urban warfare training facility that will simulate homes in Chicago and the Arizona area. 

The Supreme Court says Trump block migrant asylum claims at the border. Now, in order for Central American migrants to apply for asylum, they must now apply — and be denied — asylum in Mexico first.

CNN reports the Trump administration is considering destroying homeless encampments in California and moving residents to “facilities”. A group of White House officials are on what the call a “fact-finding trip” in Los Angeles this week.

And Bernie Sanders leads Joe Biden in New Hampshire, according to a new Franklin Pierce University-Boston Herald poll released on Wednesday. The poll shows that 29 percent of likely Democratic voters in the first primary state said they support the Sanders, while 21 percent are backing Biden and 17 percent in favor of Elizabeth Warren.

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The Majority Report crew brings you the day's top stories with special guest Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst).

On today's show: Tucker says John Bolton is "a man of the left." Rudy Giuliani pays tribute to 9/11 and America with fashy video from vet apparel company. AOC calls for impeachment vote for the record, calls out Pelosi. North Carolina redistricting is a literal lottery drawing. Dan Bishop hits all the right wing talking points at Monday Trump rally. Nomiki on which voters can be swayed to go for Bernie.

On the fun half: CNBC anchors share banks' fears of Elizabeth Warren presidency. Demonstrators outside Chris Coons' office to protest Steven Menashi judicial appointment. A Marxist-Leninist caller questions the likelihood that we can use our current liberal democracy to save the world. M4a advocate Ady Barkan questions Kamala Harris on her Medicare plan. Supporters of AB-5 cheer victory for app-based workers in CA capitol. On the possibility of future terror attacks, Trump threatens force greater than nuclear weapons. Ayanna Pressley on debt despair suicide and debt crisis.

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TODAY'S HEADLINES:

Republican Dan Bishop, the anti-trans bathroom-bill guy, narrowly wins last night’s special election in North Carolina. 

Meanwhile, the census finds that the number of Americans without health coverage is growing despite a strong economy.

And lastly, United Nations investigators say U.S.-led forces may have committed war crimes in Syria.

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

A report from NBC News reveals that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been blocking state law enforcement agencies from investigating student loan service companies by refusing to provide states with information relating to allegations of illegal activity in multiple states.

The Washington Post reports that the Trump administration’s plan to overhaul the housing finance system will make mortgages more expensive for minority borrowers and aspiring homeowners in the South, the Midwest and rural communities.

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds Trump is falling badly behind all of the leading Democratic contenders. At the top is Joe Biden who leads Trump by 15 points, Bernie Sanders by nine points, and Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris both have a seven-point edge over the president.

And a new CNN poll finds 60% of Americans say Donald Trump doesn’t deserve to be re-elected. Trump’s approval rating remains about where it was in mid-August, with 39% approving of the job he’s doing and 55% disapproving.

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Peter Edelman (@peterbedelman), Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy and the faculty director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown University Law Center, joins us to discuss his book, Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America.

On today's show: Trump says Bahamas refugees need paperwork for visas because "very bad people" will come.

Peter Edelman (@peterbedelman), Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy and the faculty director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown University Law Center, joins us to discuss his book, Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America. Despite being one of the richest countries on earth, America often treats its poorest citizens like criminals. In this book, Edelman traces the history of programs designed to help the poor and what went wrong in the neoliberal era that policymakers began criminalizing poverty and denying poor people, particularly poor people of color, the chance to get ahead.

On the fun half: Trump fear mongers about sanctuary cities, refugees, and voter fraud. John Bolton fired! Brian Kilmeade reads a text where he claims he resigned. The crew debates a libertarian caller. Trump says he will release "extremely complete" financial statements before 2020 election. Laura Ingraham doesn't expect NFL player to defend black college athletes who have been exploited by college athletic system. CAP lays off, replaces entire unionized news room; Neera Tanden tweets supporting unions through the years. Valerie Plame's spy movie 2020 Congressional race ad is crazy. A plug for WYOSayNo!, a progressive activist org in Wyoming.

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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop

 

TODAY'S HEADLINES:

The United States is forced to pull an elite spy out of Moscow after Trump gave classified information to the Russians during an Oval Office meeting.

Meanwhile, almost every state in the Union is investigating Google now, sharply escalating the regulatory scrutiny facing the tech giant.

And lastly, tonight’s $20 million special election in North Carolina could be a preview of the bloodbath Republican are facing in 2020. 

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

Former congressional candidate Jon Ossoff said he will challenge Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue of Georgia. Ossoff says he will expand the network of supporters who helped him raise roughly $30 million in a 2017 special election he lost to Republican Karen Handel.

The Intercept has revealed that a Koch owned data mining company has been helping GOP candidates win elections by flooding voters with anti-immigrant online messages. 

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced the Trump administration is considering “Tax Cuts 2.0” ahead of the 2020 presidential election… 

And a new poll from ABC News and the Washington Post finds that 60% of Americans believe a recession is coming next year, helping to drop Donald Trump’s job approval rating down to 38%.

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Good morning, journalist Christopher Leonard joins Sam to discuss his new book The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America. Join us at noon ET. Leonard's latest work has received high praise from leading journalists like Jane Mayer and Bryan Burrough because of its exhaustive research into the Koch's incredible private business network that exists across all planes of American life. Leonard explains how the Koch's business portfolio and its commodity research put the family business in the middle of all American life, from the things we buy to the government that legislates our society. Sam and Leonard explore the contradictions at the heart of the Koch family's libertarian philosophies, where the Kochs are the entrenched status-quo benefiting from government environmental policies and government subsidies which allow their oil refineries to thrive. Another foundational element of the Koch Brothers success is its status as a private company. Charles Koch never needed to answer to shareholders and could reinvest profits into the company, buy competitors, and enter new industries essential to American consumers. Sam and Leonard conclude their discussion examining the anti-union practices designed by Koch Industries and how those methods have increased worker productivity and reduced real wages over the past three decades. Looking towards the post-Charles Koch Industries, Leonard believes the future is still uncertain. While Charles' son Chase seems groomed for the next generation of Koch leadership, Leonard also thinks Charles' thinking has been embedded in the company's culture and will live on well after the longtime CEO's death. 

And in the Fun Half: CBP and USCIS test a border shutdown scenario with Bahaman refugees, Mike Pompeo threatens Taliban with war, Ben Shapiro says we can't make policy because of personal or moral failings, the case for reparations in 2019, the latest polls and reading the tea leaves of Biden's campaign, the popularity of the Green New Deal, what the next recession might look like, Pam Anderson explains her support for Julian Assange on The View, Elizabeth Warren pivots away from questions about her foreign policy and military budget votes, Mark Sanford thinks conservatives will vote for him in a 2020 GOP primary because of the deficit, a gun goes off outside an Alabama HS football game and we're freer than ever, plus your calls and IMs!

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TODAY'S HEADLINES:

The US Air Force admits their crews have been staying a Trump's struggling Scottish resort a lot more since he became president.

Meanwhile, Corey Lewandowski is set to become the first Trump associate to have a public hearing with House Judiciary Committee.

And lastly, Hong Kong warns the United States Congress to stay out of their affairs after thousands of demonstrators march on the U.S. Consulate on Sunday to appeal for support from Washington.

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford formally announced his bid to challenge President Donald Trump for the White House on Sunday. He faces long odds in a fractured Republican Party.

CNBC reports that JPMorgan has created an index to track and quantify Trump’s tweets and their impact on bond volatility and the financial market.

Reuters is reporting that nearly a week after Hurricane Dorian made landfall, some 70,000 people are in need of food and shelter. Private forecasters estimated that some $3 billion in insured property was destroyed or damaged in the Caribbean.

And lastly, a Texas man was arrested in New York City on Saturday after he attacked the famous Wall Street bull with homemade banjo while screaming 'Fuck Donald Trump,' leaving a hole in its horn.

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Vox's Dave Roberts (@drvox) and Film Guy Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom) join us for Casual Friday.

On today's show: Biden wants to bring back CAFE standards at CNN town hall, spins his wheels, rambles.

Vox's Dave Roberts (@drvox) of Vox.com joins us to recap CNN's climate town hall. Who distinguished themselves, who looked foolish, and why did audience members have better questions than Wolf Blitzer? Bernie explains his labor bona fides and his commitment to a just transition. Warren says she doesn't want to nationalize energy utilities.

Film Guy Matthew (@langdonboom) joins us for some film talk. Kevin Sorbo antifa movie "Reliant": amazing, or the most amazing? A survey of what played at the Great Lakes Christian Film Festival. Matthew recommends the films of Hong Sangsoo, specifically: "In Another Country," "Right Now, Wrong Then" and Tale of Cinema."

Check out Matthew's work at Vimeo and more of his film picks at Letterboxd!

Flashback: Bill Burton risks the imagination of a new kind of possibility. Dave Rubin explains new show member terms of service. Ben Shapiro says left is implementing "top down policy," setting "dangerous precedent" with boycott of Walmart. Fox and Friends asks cops if they've been assaulted, nobody raises hands.

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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop

TODAY'S HEADLINES:

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to move the state’s presidential primary to February, which will definitely not help his good friend Joe Biden in anyway I’m sure. 

Meanwhile, the president of the coal miner’s union says “nobody” saved the coal industry. I think he means Trump. 

And lastly, protesters swarm an Amazon office near Boston over its contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement 

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

Michigan State University will be fined a record $4.5 million over its handling of sexual abuse allegations against Larry Nassar, the sports doctor who treated Olympic gymnasts and was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison after more than 150 women and girls said he had sexually abused them.

NBC News reports the death toll in the Bahamas has risen to 30 and is expected to rise dramatically in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, which pummeled the islands with sustained 180 mph winds for over a day and a half.

From Politico; Republican parties in South Carolina, Nevada, Arizona, and Kansas are expected to cancel their primaries to help make life hard for any of Trump’s Republican challengers. 

And Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has finally given up on his ridiculous campaign for the White House. In a letter to supporters, the billionaire said he’ll instead spend his warchest—said to be more than $100 million—on political reform and attempts to reduce inequality.

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On today's program, Michael Brooks hosts journalist Ronan Burtenshaw to discuss his latest in the Jacobin"Only Corbynism Can Defeat Boris." Join us as Brooks and Burtenshaw discuss how only a distinct democratic socialist position can defeat the right's No-Deal Brexit plan. Brooks and Burtenshaw review recent parliamentary history in the UK which has allowed for "zombie governments" to continue ruling while they do not have the votes necessary to administrate change. Brooks recounts Boris Johnson's political rise in the UK and how it compares and contrasts with Trump's "populism" in the United States. Burtenshaw says Johnson's PMQ (Prime Minister Questions) sessions were supposed to be a strength for the new PM. However, it has been a rather disastrous strategy for Johnson, where opponents like Corbyn have made Johnson look politically lost. Johnson now looks to switch gears, moving to the campaign trail, where he is heading to Wakefield, a Northern England working-class town, flanked by police to call for more "law and order" across the UK. Brooks and Burtenshaw also take a look at Dominic Cummings, Johnson's chief political advisor who was most recently the director of the Vote Leave movement which brought us to Brexit. Burtenshaw says Cummings understands that the most popular policies are left redistributive economics and right-wing nationalist sentiments. Cummings knows that the "moderate" positions in Parliament do not represent the interests of voters. 

Burtenshaw acknowledges that the new concern for the left in the UK is the realignment of class interests. Burtenshaw feels there are two paths to defeat Johnson. One is coalescing around the liberal center, pulling the labor party to the right with a broad alliance that is upholding "sensible policy." Burtenshaw thinks this board coalition that defends the status quo will not win because people are tired of waiting for things to get better in a political system that does not listen to them. Instead, Burtenshaw argues the Labor party should point out the Tory party's leaders and their interest in the financial sector, real estate, and the private school systems. The Tories will have to respond to this and forced to defend these deeply unpopular interests. Brooks and Burtenshaw conclude their discussion with policy proposals that Labor and the left can embrace and run on during the upcoming elections. 

And in the Fun Half: an update on the situation in Kashmir, Bernie on reproductive rights and climate catastrophe, Dave Rubin's Hitler apologia, Seb Gorka is hawking fish oil pills, Kamala Harris frames the climate crisis in the worst way possible, Warren makes clear personal consumption choices are not systemic reform, Bernie explains how a climate reform can curb military spending, Biden is off to a fossil fuel executive's fundraiser less than 24 hours after the Climate Town Hall, the "ethics" of "voting" "conversation," the UN Human Rights Council says the US, UK, and France are responsible for great human rights violations, plus your calls and IMs!

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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop

TODAY'S HEADLINES:

Joe Biden—who once promised not to take any money from the fossil fuel industry—is scheduled today to attend a fundraiser that’s tied to—you guessed it—a fossil fuel company.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon decides to take money budgeted for schools and daycare to pay for Trump's dumb fence-wall-thing.

And lastly, Republican congressman Steve King claims he drank from a toilet in a migrant detention center. His review? “It’s actually pretty good!” 

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

House Democratic Caucus chairman Hakeem Jeffries announced Wednesday that he is cosponsoring Medicare for All" legislation— a smart move considering Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is actively seeking to recruit a left-wing challenger to replace Jeffries in 2020. 

From Politico; the House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed the Department of Homeland Security for documents connected to Donald Trump's alleged offer to pardon officials who break the law while carrying out his immigration agenda.

Right Wing Watch reports that Alex Jones and his attorneys were denied an appeal regarding a lawsuit that alleges Infowars broadcast defamatory comments regarding the father of a child murdered in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary.

And the Daily Beast is reporting that Jacob Wohl, the serially incompetent right wing grifter known for his spectacular blunders, is wanted on a felony arrest warrant in California for the unlawful sale of securities. 

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On today's show, Steven Greenhouse (@greenhousenyt), author of, Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present and Future of American Labor. Sam and Greenhouse begin their conversation distinguishing the differences between labor and union power and a brief history of how labor gained strength during the FDR New Deal era. Union strength peaked in the 1950s and helped build the American middle class as we recognize it today. Greenhouse argues that the contemporary worker has the least power he or she has had since before the National Labor Relations Rights Act, which manifests itself in workers lacking paid sick leave and mandatory time off. Likewise, the decline in union membership helped provide the slim margin of victory for Trump. Take Wisconsin, which saw a 44% decline in union membership during Scott Walker's tenure as governor, over 177,000 workers. Given the assault on labor power over the last several decades, how can worker power reassert itself in the political landscape and rebuild strength? Greenhouse says the 2020 Democratic primary has shown a necessary change in the political discourse with candidates like Sanders centering policy proposals on union expansion. Sam and Greenhouse also consider policies like card check to make union organizing simpler. Sam and Greenhouse conclude their conversation discussing the extinction of labor reporting in American journalism. 

And in the Fun Half: mass shooter designed schools are under construction, the right is saying don't challenge the lawful gun owners, or they'll kill, Meghan McCain is so tired of liberals "virtue signaling" about mass shootings and not wanting to be killed, some Sam career advice, building coalitions across the left spectrum of politics, the best clips from PMQ at the yesterday's House of Commons session in the UK, Mike Pence is in Ireland and loving his stay (at a Trump resort), Hasan Minhaj surprises PM Trudeau with criticism of Canada's arm sales to Saudi Arabia, Ben Shapiro minimizes Trump's insane idea to nuke hurricanes, plus your calls and IMs!

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TODAY'S HEADLINES:

Ahead of tonight’s climate-change-focused town hall on CNN, Elizabeth Warren releases a new $3 Trillion plan to tackle global warming.

Meanwhile, Trump diverts more than $3 billion from U.S. military construction projects to fund his stupid border wall.

And lastly, a nice win for Democracy as a court gives state officials in North Carolina two weeks to redraw the GOP's gerrymandered district map.

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

British lawmakers on Tuesday rose up against Prime Minister Boris Johnson, moving to prevent him from taking the country out of the European Union without a formal agreement. 

The Cherokee Nation named former Obama appointee Kimberly Teehee as its first delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday. Although the treaty that created this nonvoting position is almost 200 years old, it had never been filled.

The AP reports that Walmart will discontinue the sale of handgun ammunition and also publicly request that customers refrain from openly carrying firearms in stores even where state laws allow it. 

And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell whined about his “Moscow Mitch” nickname during a radio interview on Tuesday, calling it “modern day McCarthyism.” McConnell said he can laugh about things like being called the Grim Reaper, but calling him Moscow Mitch is “over the top.”

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We're back from our August break! And we got a heaping pile of news for you, our dear listeners! On today's program, Sam and crew tackle the biggest stories from the last week including what the hell is going on in the United Kingdom, Joe Biden's fluid understanding of "truth" and "character," and the most recent developments in the 2020 Democratic field. Sam breaks down Bernie's new medical debt forgiveness proposal and what else it will do to alleviate people's bankruptcy problems. The crew also checks in with the Washington Post fact-checkers and their campaign to discredit the Bernie Sanders campaign. Sam closes out the free half with a tale from the deep archive about the time he interviewed Sean Hannity and asked the Fox host about the End Times.

And in the Fun Half: John from San Antonio endorses Brendan's MR deep archive selections, Donald Trump has a "great message" for Poland on the 80th anniversary of the Nazi invasion, the president shares his knowledge of FARC, the press can't drive a wedge between Warren and Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard is still in the presidential race, deciding who qualifies and who does not, avoiding the "rigged" storyline of 2016, what to do when you work for a small business a-holes, systemic racism in Michigan rears its ugly head, Ben Shapiro's guest says trans people are a threat to the family unit, reporters own the Boston straight pride organizers at their shitty press conference, Andrew Yang will keep printing a blank check for Israel, the difference between what happens when people stay home and when people vote third party, plus your calls and IMs!

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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop

TODAY'S HEADLINES:

Allies of Donald Trump are raising millions of dollars to target and harass editors and reporters working for major news outlets.

Meanwhile, the DNC tells Iowa and Nevada to scrap their plans to hold virtual caucus citing security concerns.

And lastly, Hong Kong’s leader denies that she offered her resignation to Beijing despite being recorded saying she would quit if she could.

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

Hurricane Dorian has been downgraded to a Category 3 storm after stalling over the Bahamas, where officials say it is responsible for the deaths of at least five people.

The Washington Post reports that House Democrats plan to make Trump's alleged involvement in a 2016 scheme to silence two women who claimed they had affairs with him a major investigative focus this fall

The Trump administration announced that it would reconsider its decision to force immigrants facing life-threatening health crises to return to their home countries, an abrupt move last month that generated public outrage and was roundly condemned by the medical establishment

The AP reports that tens of thousands of students in Hong Kong boycotted the first day of classes Monday as part of a citywide strike following another weekend of demonstrations. Teenagers spoke to the crowds from a stage with a backdrop that read: “With no future, there’s no need to go to class.”

 

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Today our annual repeat of a compilation of labor speeches from FDR, Mario Savio, John Lewis, & more. Full live show returns tomorrow!

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Caleb Cain (@faradayspeaks) is a self-described "gamer who fell down the alt-right rabbit hole" before eventually making his way back to the left. He joins Sam to discuss the YouTube personalities who drove his radicalization as a young college dropout, what helped bring him back, and his current project of de-radicalizing white nationalists and far-right ideologues.

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TODAY'S HEADLINES:

The Senate Democrats’ campaign arm is caught pressuring consultants not to work with a leading progressive candidate in Colorado.

Meanwhile, the death toll from an Ebola outbreak in Africa climbs to 2,000.

And lastly, Trump says the U.S. will drop military forces in Afghanistan to 8,600 under a new peace deal with the Taliban.

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

The final lineup for the third Democratic debate is set for a single night in Houston in two weeks on Sept. 12. The 10 candidates will appear on stage in the following order, from left to right: Amy Klobuchar, Booker, Buttigieg, Sanders, Biden, Warren, Harris, Yang, Beto, and Castro

Politico reports that the Democratic National Committee will recommend rejecting a plan for virtual caucuses in Iowa and Nevada, introducing a level of uncertainty in the caucus states ahead of the upcoming election season. 

Kay Ivey, Republican Governor of Alabama has apologized for participating in a racist skit that involved blackface when she was a college student. In a statement

And hurricane Dorian is set to turn into a Category 4 storm with winds topping 130 mph before it makes landfall on Labor Day. Models are predicting the full force of the storm could make it into the center of Florida. 

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Joshua Murray, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University, joins Sam to discuss his new book (co-authored with Michael Schwartz), "Wrecked: How the American Automobile Industry Destroyed Its Capacity to Compete."

At its peak in the 1950s and 1960s, automobile manufacturing was the largest, most profitable industry in the United States and residents of industry hubs like Detroit and Flint, Michigan had some of the highest incomes in the country. Over the last half-century, the industry has declined, and American automakers now struggle to stay profitable. How did the most prosperous industry in the richest country in the world crash and burn? In Wrecked, sociologists Joshua Murray and Michael Schwartz offer an unprecedented historical-sociological analysis of the downfall of the auto industry. Through an in-depth examination of labor relations and the production processes of automakers in the U.S. and Japan both before and after World War II, they demonstrate that the decline of the American manufacturers was the unintended consequence of their attempts to weaken the bargaining power of their unions.

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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop

TODAY'S HEADLINES:

Thousands of protesters jam the streets of London accusing the Prime Minister Boris Johnson of mounting a coup against Parliament.

Meanwhile, Trump tells the EPA to rollback restrictions on deadly methane pollution.

And lastly, Kirsten Gillibrand drops out of the 2020 presidential race.

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

The Trump administration said Wednesday that the children of some U.S. military members and government employees working overseas will no longer automatically be considered United States citizens.

Most voters disapprove of President Trump’s remarks calling American Jews who vote for Democrats disloyal, according to a new poll released by Politico on Wednesday. 

Detroit Free Press reports that FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents have raided the homes of UAW President Gary Jones as part of a nationwide sweep of sites tied to the autoworker union. The multiagency raids come as federal officials ramped up their corruption investigation of the autoworkers union — which is in the midst of contract negotiations with Detroit automakers.

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