The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Mychal Denzel Smith a Knobler Fellow at the Nation Institute explains the reaction on the ground in Ferguson to the stunning decision to not press charges against Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown, the juste system and the systemic disregard for black lives, how the Ferguson Police department targets the African American community and why the reform movement will continue.

Zoe Carpenter a Washington DC based reporter for The Nation explains how the government created "stop and frisk for Latinos", why the practice developed in New Orleans, how the pool of "deportable" immigrants was increased by Federal authorities, what undocumented immigrants are and how President Obama's reforms will influence the policy.

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Janeane Garofalo discussed the shocking decision of the Grand Jury night to indict Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown, the shocking push of the far right in American society, Grand Juries and Indictments, making the Police a military, the larger race crisis in America, debating Aaron Sorkin, the failures of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, Don Lemon makes a fool of himself again and "to old for this shit" montage.

On The Fun Half: dealing with a father who loves Fox news, Walking Dead  talk, the Garofalo diet, Obamabot relatives, should you argue during Thanksgiving, great Janeane movie lines, doing politics and entertainment and your calls and IMs.

And keep the conversation going on our morning thread

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Director, New Models of Policy Change, New America Senior Fellow Heather Hurlburt explains what led to the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, why Hagel stumbled as a leader of the Pentagon, the internal politics of the Obama White House, why Hagel will stay on even with Administration officials briefing against him, Hagel and the war on ISIS, what the White House look for in a new Defense Secretary, who the next Secretary of Defense will be? Jane Harman, Michele Flournoy, Jim Webb? Did Chuck Hagel overhype the ISIS threat? And why Heather wants Senator Tim Kaine as our next Secretary of Defense.

President Obama commits combat troops to Afghanistan through 2015 and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani allows night raids or "night operations" again and Israel passes a bill defining Israel as a "Jewish State".

On The Fun Half:  Andrew Cuomo won't say what causes global warming, the House Committee Report on Benghazi clears the Obama Administration of wrong doing, Chuck Hagel didn't want a Gitmo detainee released because of a discredited Fox News report, Rudy Giuliani says cops wouldn't have to patrol black neighborhoods because black people kill each other so much and your calls and IMs.

And keep the conversation going on our morning thread

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Political maestro Cliff Schecter explains the vital work of the Ohio Innocence Project, the proving of the innocence of Ricky Jackson who spent thirty nine years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. How Cleveland Police based their work on a made up story of a twelve year old, debunking death penalty myths, helping rebuild Ricky Jackson's life, President Obama's hisc announcement on immigration rights, President Obama's brutal record on deportations, creating a humane policy on immigration, Republicans on immigration reform, the problem with "moderate" Republicans and will the Torture Report get released by the Senate.

 Isabel Gillies explains her work on her next book, Isabel's writing on Halloween and the backlash she faced, managing kids on the Internet, phomo and young people, remebering director Mike Nichols, Isabel takes singing lessons, Isabel performs a song, childrens stories and little girls and Isabel suggested we all watch Rush

On The Fun Half: Uber targets journalists? Bernie Sanders schools CNN on immigration reform and your calls and IMs.

 

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Greisa Martinez a National Field Organizer with United We Dream explains her experience as a Dreamer and the story of how her family came to the United States and her father was deported. How long Greisa's father was in the United States before he was deported and why her family came to America. How families are torn apart by the current immigration system and what "mixed families" are. What its like living under the threat of your family being deported. What is President Obama expected to announce on immigration tonight and will the next President uphold progress on immigration reform. Why grassroots activism and the power of hearing the direct stories of the immigrant community is essential for change and progress.

Sam's frenemy Indy Mike joined us to explain why its so hard to be an "independent" in New York City, debates the merits of President Obama's expected Executive Action on immigration, why President Obama needs to be the "adult in the room", debating Reagan and amnesty and why Indy Mike objects to the process not the goal.

On The Fun Half: why we all have to agree is that the Republican Congress is crazy like at no other time, why the networks aren't carrying President Obama's announcement on Executive Action on immigration, the debate between process and policy with immigration reform, the legality of President Obama's Executive action on immigration, why the mainstream media keeps doing false equivalency, Bill Cosby demands AP not show a section of an interview where he asked a question about rape, Tommy Chong schools Fox's Outnumbered on healthcare, who should deliver broadband and your calls and IMs.

And keep the conversation going on our morning thread

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Naomi Klein author of This Changes Everythingexplains the fundamental organizing reality of the climate crisis and why the "right is right" on what addressing climate will mean for capitalism. Why the left should talk about climate change all the time and why they don't talk about it more. Why the "extraction worldview" allow us to think of ourselves as separate from nature. Why the 1980s were the worst time for establishing a serious policy on climate change. How mainstream environmental groups were compromised by becoming part of the Washington DC game and should we focus on confronting the fossil fuel industry or seriously investing in renewable energy? And defining the movement that needs to be built in order to reverse the climate crisis. 

On The Fun Half CNN's Don Lemon asks Joan Tarshis who has accused Bill Cosby of raping  her why she didn't bit her during oral sex, Bill O'Reilly gets the 2014 War on Christmas going and its the Muslims fault this year, two new move recommendations, Big Star and Beware of Mr. Baker, the Senate rejects Keystone for now, Senate fails to overcome filibuster on NSA reform and your calls and IMs. 

And keep the conversation going on our morning thread 

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Slate legal writer Dahlia Lithwick explains the exceptional lack of diversity on the Roberts Court, why the decline of empathy on the Court is reflected in narrow career paths that the Justices share. How movement conservatives shaped the Court in their image and why the left is so timid in response. Shared corporate backgrounds of many Justices and why the sharpest divisions in the Court are on social issues. Is Justice Roberts actually worried about the reputation of the Court? What's happening with the Burwell Case? Justice Alito has a big problem with Dahlia's writing on the Court and do the Justices sometimes decide to please the media? How the Roberts Court keeps moving the ball further to the far right and is this Court bold or timid in its ideological push?

On The Fun Half: turns out Solyndra didn't waste any tax payer money it made money and that's not the point. The real problem with nuclear power. Does the violence of Football reflect our culture and the importance of the Bill Cosby story. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon takes cannot answer if the "Buck Stops" with him over possible reactions to the grand jury findings in the Michael Brown murder case and your calls and IMs.

And keep the conversation going on our morning thread

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:15pm EST

ISIS beheads aid worker Peter Kassig, the state of the war on ISIS, how ISIS is consolidating its leadership of global Jihad, why the GOP wants to kill a deal with Iran, the internal politics of Iran, Senator Al Franken makes a excellent case for Net Neutrality and why all innovation is not all positive.

On The Fun Half: the ShirtGate controversy, Megyn Kelly accidentally curses on live TV, possibly name for new Mike Huckabee TV show, Rush Limbaugh is confused by the Bill Cosby rape allegations and wonders why they matter if they supposedly happened years ago. Plus your calls and IMs!

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Syndicated Columnist Tina Dupuy explains how she told her story of realizing she wasn't an alcoholic after a lifetime of thinking she was on NPR's This American Life, Tina's families experience with addiction and child abuse, rejecting the ideology of AA, the troubled teen industry and child abuse, the cult Tina's family was a part of, letting go of the idea of being an alcoholic,  the book Tina is writing on her experience,  how Tina's story got on This American Life and Tina suggested we watch the Birdcage .

Cliff Schecter explains the reasoning behind President Obama's aggressive post midterms strategy, Obama's progressive moves on student loans, Keystone Pipeline, immigration and Net Neutrality, why the Administration is finally using smart messaging, how the Grand Bargain austerity undermined the Obama narrative, what President Obama is going to do on immigration, what Democrats are positioning themselves to run as Vice President, the Republican "suicide bomber" caucus, why Republicans will not and do not have to govern now and how Democrats can really win with populism.

On The Fun Half: Healthcare reform saves lives, how many people will die if the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare, how Healthcare reform can still be saved, Alex Jones says Net Neutrality just like Hitler!! and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:17pm EST

Ben Adler a write for Grist explains the details of the new U.S.-China climate change agreement, what the U.S. and China are committing to doing to reduce emissions, the Chinese pollution crisis, how does the agreement fit within the broader reality of the climate crisis? What the deal does not address, pushing India and Brazil into greater action on climate change, the many reasons Republicans hate the deal and what this deal indicates about President Obama's agenda for the rest of his time in office.

Also incoming Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Jim Inhofe is absolutely insane on global warming.

On The Fun Half: when will Global Warming become real for people, do Jonathan Gruber's comments about the "stupidity about the American voter" matter, why the ACA was incredibly well debated, Maine Senator Angus King smacks down Fox & Friends for not wanting people to have health insurance, could we have had Single Payer instead? Random Rush and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 11-13-14-Ben_Adler-PUB.mp3
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