The Majority Report with Sam Seder

The Nation's Ari Berman, reported from the Supreme Court on the fate of the Voting Rights Act, explained what Justice Roberts doesn't like about the Voting Rights Act, the conservative "Wall Street approach" to voter suppression, why overwhelming political support for the Voting Rights Act is being used as a means to overturn it and is it possible that this could push electoral reform in Congress?

On The Better: epic Bob Woodward fail, what the Woodward emails reveal about the White House's plans for entitlements, a gun owner shoots at a shop lifter in an attempt to "mark him" and your calls and IMs,

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David Dayen, explained how sequester cuts will impact the economy, how long it will take to feel the Sequester, the politics of the sequester, why the local media is doing a better job covering the sequester, the teachable moment the Obama Administration is missing, why a government shutdown maybe the best anti austerity strategy and how will the media cover budget cuts.

A stunning exchange between Piers Morgan and a Pizza shop owner who gives discounts to customers carrying guns and Bob Woodward is furious at Obama for not ignoring Congress.

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Law Professor Susan Crawford, author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, explained why the Internet should be treated like a electricity, why Wired access is essential for success in today's economy, why private companies have no incentive to provide universal access, the industry push back against her ideas, why market concentration is so high in the wireless market and educating the public on the need for an communications policy.

On The Better Half: two Congressional Republicans come out for marriage equality, voters overwhelmingly think Republicans are out of touch including many Republicans, Boing works to contain its flammable batteries on its Dreamliner Jets, Random Rush and DKNY steals a photographers work and that is just the beginning of their ridiculous conduct.

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Nick Trioano co-founder of The Can Kicks Back, made the deficit hysteria case, but couldn't explain why we need cuts, Sam explained why cost savings in Medicare should come from efficiency, debated Social Security cuts, debunked life expectancy statistics, Trioano sold the "Confidence Fairy" hard and Sam wanted to know what "shared sacrifice" meant.

On The Better Half: Susie Madrak from Crooks And Liars broke down the deficit myth, more myths of medicare funding, the Sam Seder learning annex returned, an epic W impression, Matt gives an update on the WWE-Glenn Beck feud, and your calls and IMs.

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Cliff Schecter, explained how damaging the sequester would be, why America is held back by the lowest common denominator, can President Obama use the sequester as a teachable moment? Crowd boos mother of Aurora victim and John McCain is a jerk, the Chuck Hagel "Friends of Hamas" smear and Ohio Republicans go after Nuns for "voter fraud."

Huffington Post Entertainment Editor, Chris Rosen explained why he doesn't get to go to the Oscars, he and Sam debated Chris's job, he walked us through the nominations for Best Picture and gave Oscar predictions.

Italy's La Repubblica Newspaper, alleges that the Pope's resignation was triggered by the possibility of a new Priest sex scandal, debating the Obama foreign policy and your calls and IMs.

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Nick Turse, author of Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam explained the horrifying brutality inflicted on Vietnamese civilians, why the My Lai massacre was not an aberration, how "Kill Anything That Moves" was systemic a policy, the missing narrative Vietnamese civilians and how we can use Vietnam to better understand U.S. military interventions today.

On The Better Half: all the shocking ways that the Sequester will hurt the economy and society, Sam calls in an AM talk show host and calls him out on deficit fear mongering, Sam debates gun control with a caller and your caller and IMs.

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Pound of Flesh, author Helaine Olen explained her background as a personal finance writer, how the personal finance industry got started, the story of 401ks, the problem with Suzy Orman, how the financial services industry turns what are political problems into a personal problems, the genius of Occupy, the urgent need to regulate and the financial services industry.

On The Better Half: the hilarious story of how the fake Friends of Hamas story spread through the right wing media, CNN cuts off a conversation on conflict of interest to discuss Michele Obama's bangs, Sam debates the minimum wage with a Libertarian and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:08pm EST

"Katherine Harris", celebrated Presidents Day in Shelby County Alabama, reacted to President Obama's SOTU, explained that "white people have it hard enough" she and Sam argued about Stop and Frisk, the Jesus "entrance strategy", what's going on with Michele and Marcus Bachman and gives her take on the KeystoneXL pipeline.

Gary Cohen Director, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at the Department of Health A Human Services, explained how health exchanges will work and the why the exchanges have common national platforms.

On The Better Half: Fox does an "in depth" report on Pre-School education and shockingly get almost everything wrong, Ron Paul's UN crusade pushes forward, all wage gains captured by the 1%, retirement funds are decimated and Simpson-Bowles still pushing their snake oil and your calls and IMs.

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Cliff Schecter, explained why "moderate" Republicans voted to filibuster Chuck Hagel, why Republicans keep pushing Benghazi, how the Hagel debacle shows once again the urgent need for filibuster reform, Cliff's frustration with Harry Reid, why President Obama's new progressive rhetoric is so important, how President Obama is starting to make Republicans pay a political price for blocking progress and Marco Rubio repeats the same old Republican talking points.

Isabel Gillies and Film Guy Matthew Weiss, review their film recommendations, Isabel'sWin Win and Matthew's The Kid With A Bike, Isabel and Matthew compare Valentines Day experiences and Sam decides who gave the better movie recommendation.

On The Better Half: debating Zero Dark Thirty, how retirement benefits are taxed, Fox hosts laugh at 102-voter waiting in line to vote, Elizabeth Warren destroys banking regulators and your calls and IMs.

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr, explained why he was arrested for protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline at the White House yesterday, why the Pipeline is fraudulent, how it will destroy local economies and commons, why in cases where democracy has failed civil disobedience is necessary, how oil companies have bought Congress, why private corporate power is the greatest threat to democracy, how dirty industries run off corporate welfare, the job creation myth and why Kennedy does not think that the Pipeline will be approved.

On The Better Half: Ron Paul sues supporters through the UN, Marco Rubio offers ludicrous reason for opposing increasing the Minimum Wage, Scott Brown finds his true calling heads to Fox, Random Rush and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 02-14-13-Robert_F_Kennedy-JR-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:27pm EST