The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Think Progress Justice Editor Ian Millhiser explains what was at stake in the Harris v Quinn decision, how the right wing majority attacked healthcare workers, how the right is "weaponizing" the first amendment, how the Court can do more to destroy unions in the future and the radical departure from precedent in the Hobby Lobby decision.

Writer and activist Katie Klabusich explains how the Hobby Lobby decision will undermine women's health and rights, the shocking misogyny of the Roberts Court and the buffer decision and harassment of women at reproductive clinics.

On The Fun half: Rick Santorum thinks maybe the founders were right to restrict the right to vote, Facebook experiments on its users, Blackwater threatens to murder a State Department investigator and your calls and IMs.

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Rolling Stone's Guy Lawson explains the distinction between Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel, Mississippi Tea Party leader Mark Mayfield commits suicide, the FBI investigating Rupert Murdoch, the progressive Australian Prime Minister Murdoch destroyed, the tall poppy syndrome, will Murdoch's crimes catch up with him? The game of access journalism and how Donald Rumsfeld created arms dealing loopholes at the Pentagon.

Scott Lemieux of Lawyers, Guns & Money explains the Supreme Court decision on recess appointments, the history of recess appointments, why if the Republicans take control of the Senate they will not enforce labor rights, the McCullen decision and buffer zones, why the Supreme Court did not ban buffer zones outright and why the Supreme Court found that the Massachusetts buffer zone should have been less restrictive of speech.

IKEA raises its workers wages, is IKEA's CEO a Soviet plant? Massachusetts raises minimum wage to $11 an hour and your calls and IMs.

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Professor Philip Mirowski author of Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste: How Neoliberalism Survived the Financial Meltdownexplains the intellectual history of Neo-liberalism, what Neo-liberals believe, making capitalists think differently, the role of think tanks in Neo-liberalism, the mythology of market supremacy, how Facebook teaches you to be a Neo-liberal agent, shaming and Neo-liberalism, how policy movements are built, climate and the affordable care act and Neo-liberal power and how the left can respond to Neo-liberal dominance.

On The Fun Half: money and building progressive politics, Ann Coulter says that Soccer is a sign of America's "moral decay" and your calls and IMs.

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Thad Cochran wins his Senate Republican Primary against Chris McDaniel, McDaniels refuses to concede, will the media go on another "Tea Party is dead" binge? What Thad Cochran owes African Americans, the epic Tea Party money scheme, Right Wing Mandela launches his own Tea Party group, Supreme Court rules that police need warrants to search cellphones phones.

On The Fun Half: a Scott Walker voter commits serial voter fraud, how hard voting fraud is to get away with, Gary Oldman issues a epically stupid apology for his epically stupid Playboy rant, how to debunk the right, Federal Court strikes down another Gay Marriage ban, Random Rush, Scott Brown cheats on his pickup truck, North Carolina ignores a report on the economic costs of global warming and your calls and IMs.

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Independent journalist Beth Schwartzapfel explains the persistence of American prison labor, how little is provided to prisoners, half of prisoners have full time jobs, invented felonies and the end of slavery, how prison labor is exploited, why OSHA can't intervene to protect prison labor, the economic costs of imprisonment, the return of debtors prisons, is the right shifting on mass incarceration? Why we incentivise prisoners to continue committing crimes, paying prisoners a minimum wage, job training recidivism and private prisons and modern slavery.

On The Fun Half: closing programs that help workers, is Alex Jones shills for Iodine supplements, the Alex Jones strategy, new Chris Christie bridge scandal and more, Gary Oldman's insane Playboy interview and your calls and IMs.

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Foreign Policy journalist Ali Gharib explains why President Obama might be planning a drone war in Iraq, Obama's secret wars, the failures of Bush and Obama's foreign policies, why no one is addressing the roots of terrorism and what happens next in Iraq.

Also a Church seeks new members with an assault rifle raffle

On The Fun Half: Dick Cheney implies that President Obama might be guilty of treason but means "no disrespect", Judith Miller says we should no no accountability on Iraq, an Arizona State Senator investigates Chemtrails and the Tea Party not so into African Americans voting in Mississippi and your IMs.

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Cliff Schecter explains why Dick Cheney needs to be in prison for war crimes now, why Dick Cheney was right about Iraq in 1994, why Dick Cheney is even worse than other war promoters,Cheney's failures as CEO of Halliburton, the Cheney criminal enterprise, Governor Scott Walker accused of engaging in a criminal scheme, how far the Walker accusations could go, how creepy it is to meet Ralph Reed, more Chris Christie criminal investigations and why he is probably headed to jail.

Isabel Gillies debates who is more  tired with Sam, Isabel still does not have the Majority Report App, Isabel promises to listen to Sam's new radio show, Isabel's next book and she recommended the Ken Burns documentary  The Central Park Five and the horrifying racial politics of the Central Park Five.

On The Fun Half: the CIA's Osama Bin Laden devil doll, Rick Perry says " ‘I’m more Jewish than you think I am’ and your calls and IMs. And for Member's Only, an interview with Juan Cole from Ring of Fire.

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Terry Bradshaw does not trust Hillary Clinton on Benghazi, why the anti Muslim video really did play a role in the Benghazi attacks, more accountability for stupidity in today's world, battle for a major oil refinery in Iraq, why Iraq is falling apart, what airstrikes will mean in Iraq, why the Obama Administration wants Maliki to go, the return of Ahmed Chalabi, Megyn Kelly calls Dick Cheney and lets him off the hook and what Jonathan Chait gets wrong about the Iraq war debate today.

On The Fun Half: Glenn Beck's Iraq invasion apology contains a lot of lies, the Supreme Court rules in favor of a Hedge Fund over Argentina, House progressives push to protect net neutrality, Brian Schweitzer makes an ass of himself, debating education reform, Random Rush and your calls and IMs.

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Lina Khan a policy analyst at the New America Foundation explains why Amazon is not accountable to customers in the same way as Target, the tobacco settlement and how evidence is made public, how government regulation and private suits have a symbiotic relationship, why Jury awards hold corporations accountable, how a leading liberal justice began undermining civil torts, Mitsubishi V Soler Chrysler-Plymouth, how arbitration has been increasingly imposed on the legal process, why we need Class Action suits, why Congress, how corporate contracts are imposed and what one anti trust case against American Express tells us about the future of the ability to hold corporations accountable.

On The Fun Half: more information on what really doomed Eric Cantor, Obama captures Benghazi ringleader and Fox says its to help Hillary Clinton's book sales, debating the minimum wage, skills and wages, Alex Jone's Super Female Vitality and your calls and IMs.

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Holy Cross Education Professor Jack Schneider explains the implications and the problems with the Vergara v California decision, how and why do teachers improve? The trouble with standardized test scores, how American teachers are not supported, why we don't invest in professional development for teachers, the complexity of the American education system and why reformers don't like it, what school bureaucracy protects, the "brand: problems with public schools, why anti public school mythology is self fulfilling prophecy, how the idea of Charter Schools mutated and speaking out for Public Schools.

On The Fun Half: Random Rush, North Carolina Senate Candidate Thom Tillis says the "traditional population" in America is fairly stable, Republican Muslim student taunted at Heritage Foundation event on Benghazi, new Benghazi conspiracy theories and your calls and IMs.

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