The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Political maestro Cliff Schecter explains why we are watching history being made for gay rights, why the right is freaking out, the role of culture in social change, why anti gay bigotry is the Alamo of the right, why the Republican establishment opposed the Arizona gay discrimination bill, why Democrats need to find a progressive and populist economic message, why President Obama finally dropped Social Security cuts in his new budget, how Republicans use Democrats pro austerity views against them, President Obama's terrible new judicial deal and more revelations from Chris Christie's bridgegate.

Film Guy Matthew Weiss explains to Matt and Michael why he thinks award season is vapid and stupid, why the Academy Awards have always been about propaganda, why Wolf of Wall Street was a mixed film and Philomena was a good one and he suggested that we check out the online streaming site Fandor.com and keep an eye out for the filmsHellaware and It Felt Like Love.

Bill O'Reilly thinks we can solve poverty through President Obama lecturing black children and more on the Bitcoin panic after the fall of MT Gox and your IMs.

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Journalist David Dayen explains how the Post Office could offer financial services, how the poor are exploited by predatory lenders and service providers, why the Post Office is a perfect place to provide basic financial services, how banking could save the artificial postal crisis imposed by Congress, how the Post Office could offer financial services now, why hardcore Republicans dominate the Post Office board of governors, why federal benefits would be delivered better through the Post Office, how the poor would save money and help overcome some of the hardships of our immigrant communities, how Postal banking could make a recession much less likely and how this can actually happen.

Andrew Cuomo's new political maneuvering reveals all of the pathologies of the Democratic Party elite.

On The Fun Half: Christian fanatic Bryan Fischer worries about "Big Gay", how reform happens, where the minimum wage should really be, neo-liberal foreign policy and lower wages at home, and your calls and IMs.

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Jodie Griffin, Senior Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge outlines the dangers of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner merger, why the customers lose in the current cable market, how Comcast undermines the online video market, what the DOJ will consider when it looks at the merger proposal? The broader standards that the FCC will provide, how a possible merger would impact the future of cable and broadband markets, why the FCC has undermined its own ability to enforce net neutrality, what would really save  an open Internet, the absurd arguments against net neutrality and determining the importance of the Netflix Comcast deal.

On The Fun Half: Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson sues to keep fracking from happening in his hometown, will universal Pre K mean Common Core testing for pre-schoolers? How for profit testing companies targeting Pre K, how eroding net neutrality creates more inequality, Arizona lawmaker who voted for the pro LGBT discrimination bill tells Anderson Cooper that "there is no discrimination" in Arizona, a petition on the We The People website asks President Obama to say "fuck Uganda" because of that countries horrible new anti Gay law and your calls and IMs.

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Journalist Kiera Feldman explains the history of the evangelical Patrick Henry College,the role of Patrick Henry in building a movement for Christian power in the federal government, how Patrick Henry avoids federal oversight, the culture of sexual assault at Patrick Henry and coverups by the Patrick Henry Administration, how the Dean of Student Life at Patrick Henry systemically blame the victims of sexual assault and rape, the evangelical self help book that blames women for sexual violence, the warped logic of Christian purity and the future of Patrick Henry College.

On The Fun Half: Republican lobbyist pushes for banning Gay athletes in the NFL, Rush Limbaugh uncovers the new liberal conspiracy in the NFL, the Bitcoin crash and the Libertarian demands for government protection and your calls and IMs.

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Journalist and Pando Daily contributor, David Sirota explains how PBS News is corrupted by corporate money, the former Enron trader, John Arnold, who wants to destroy public pensions, why handouts to the wealthy through corporate subsidies are leading to attacks on public pensions,  John Arnold funded PBS's Pension Peril series in violation of numerous PBS ethics rules, how PBS triad to hide Arnold's funding, why conservatives use PBS to launder their political agenda, how the underfunding of public journalism sets the stage for corruption,  PBS's absurd violation of its own ethics rules and how PBS finally backed down.

On The Fun Half: More ways Michael Bloomberg hurt the homeless, breaking down the new CBO's new report on increasing the minimum wage and joblessness, Random Rush, Virginia State Senator calls pregnant women "hosts" and your calls and IMs.

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John McDonough the Director of the Center for Public Health Leadership at Harvard explains Vermont's moves towards Single Payer healthcare, Dr. Cheryl Phillips Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Advocacy at Leading Age explains "Hot Spotting", and Robert Kraig of Citizen Action Wisconsin explains the Scott Walker threat and more! And for MEMBERS only! An interview from the Air America days with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog!

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Historian Lauren Coodley, discusses her new biography of progressive icon Upton Sinclair, Upton Sinclair: California Socialist, Celebrity IntellectualJonathan Voss a Senior Analyst at Lake Research explains the national popularity of progressive policy and Max Ritchman of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare on the fight to protect our social safety net.

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Ethan Rome the Executive Director, Health Care for America Now explains the connection between healthcare and the TPP, Shannon Brownlee Acting Dir. The New America Foundation Health Policy Program and author of Overtreated: Why too much medicine is making us sick  explains how over treatment is bad for our health and Simon Lazurus on  the Supreme Court and the Affordable Care Act.

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Climate scientist  Michael E. Mann  explains why we must stop Keystone XL, Maine Senate candidate Shenna Bellows, outlines her progressive candidacy and for Members Only! An interview from the new MR archives with Cornell University Professor Suzanne Mettler on why Americans benefit from but don't see the hand of the social safety net.

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Journalist Charlie Pierce explains why Fox does not want every kid to get a Valentine card, why the politics of cruelty have become official Republican Party policy, plutocrat Tom Perkins advocates a poll tax and says the rich should get more votes, why are the plutocrats getting even more insane? How Sarah Palin reinvented the right-wing grift, why there is no Republican Party anymore, the creepy emails sent to the Republican Caucus, the hilarious and slow death of the astroturf austerity group the Can Kicks Back, Kansas moves to discriminate against Gay people, the Chris Christie corruption scandal rolls on and the battle for an autoworkers union in Tennessee.

Christopher Rosen, senior entertainment at Huffington Post and old Majority Report friend is getting married, why is Rosen verified on twitter? Rosen tells Sam all the movies nominated for Best Picture and what his favorites were, why he thinks Twelve Years a Slave will win for Best Picture and what to expect from Darren Aronofsky's next film.

Why Tennessee has such regressive politics, how is the anti union push being covered on the ground in Tennessee? A perspective from Germany on the union drive at the Tennessee Volkswagen plant, why the ACA will help people leave bad jobs and your calls and IMs.

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