The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Cliff Schecter mourns the loss of Leonard Nimoy and reflects on the cultural importance of Star Trek. The Department of Homeland Security funding bill and the ongoing Republican fail on immigration. Was winning bad for the Republicans? Why President Obama is paying no price for being progressive. Why the crazy right wing media will never stop and why Bill O'Reilly's fans will never care that he is a serial liar. O'Reilly's LA Riots lie. Also Scott Walker compares fighting public sector unions to taking on ISIS.

Film Guy Matthew Weiss is choked up by the loss of Leonard Nimoy. Sam reflects on doing Marc Maron's TV show. Sam and Matt lament Marc's psychological growth. Matthew tells us to watch the new film Wild Canaries. Also is Matthew's movie pick suspect?

On The Fun Half: Pat Robertson goes haywire on Net Neutrality and the "socialist takeover". Random CPAC. The "Duck Dynasty" guy talks about "loving you" at CPAC. Fast Track Trade Authority is bad for America and the world. Also your IMs.

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Micah Uetricht, the Web Editor of In These Times explains Rahm Emanuel getting forced into a runoff in the Chicago Mayoral race matters. The progressive politics of Rahm's opponent Chuy Garcia. The Chicago Teachers Union strike and the movement against Emanuel. Community activism and the response to the right wing Emanuel agenda. Also can Emanuel lose the election outright and the future of progressive urban politics.

Matt Duss the President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace explains the deeper conflicts behind the breakdown in the relationship between Israel and the United States. The strategic differences between the United States and Israel. Why Israeli voters are focused on economics. Bibi's cynical use of Iran his own political purposes. Tim Kaine will not attend Bibi's Congressional address and its a big deal. The distinction between American perceptions of Iran and the Palestinians. In spite of it all is Bibi still headed to reelection and the state of Iran negotiations.

On The Fun Half: Sarah Palin sells "I Stand With Bibi" T-Shirts. Andrew Cuomo announces a massive email purge in the middle of a public investigation into corruption in Albany. Rahm Emanuel is the absolute worst. More Bill O'Reilly lies. Pat Robertson says Yoga teaches you to speak "Hindu". Donald Trump makes news. Also your calls and IMs.

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Mother Jone's Senior Reporter Stephanie Mencimer explains what is at stake in the King v Burwell. the incredibly shaking reasoning King V Burwell. The odd plaintiffs who the far right recruited for the case. The bizarre reasoning and personalities behind the case. Also could the strange reasoning and plaintiffs behind the case effect the Supreme Court's thinking?

On the Fun Half: President Obama vetoes Keystone. Chicago Police are operating a "black site" that has included torture. Ron Paul says the Black Caucus were against war because they wanted more money for Food Stamps. Idaho lawmaker asks if woman can swallow camera for gynecological exam before medical abortion. Wow. Kansas State Senator wants to criminalize teachers who present materials that involve anything sexual. Jerry Seinfeld not that funny and racially problematic. Also your calls and IMs.

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Are Republicans going to shut everything else down again? The politics of the DHS debacle. Why domestic right wing terrorism is a much bigger threat than foreign Islamic terror groups. Why Republicans are failing so hard on immigration. Bibi Netanyahu's long fail. South African Intelligence leaks reveals that Mossad does not believe Bibi's fear mongering on Iran's nuclear program. Also America and Iran closer to a nuclear deal.

On The Fun Half: shocking! Climate denying scientists takes money from the fossil fuel industry and the Koch Brothers. Bill O'Reilly has always been a joke and liar. We remember when Al Franken destroyed Bill O'Reilly. No O'Reilly fan cares that he is a liar. Debunking yet more Milton Friedman. Random Rush and your IMs.

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Canadian journalist Jeet explains the colonial roots of the Right's perception of non-white writers. Why the sad case of Dinesh D'souza illustrates the non-white conservative pundit. Racism and upward mobility. Also the links between South Asians and African Americans in the struggle for human rights.

Also Walmart finally raises its wages and we explain why.

On The Fun  Half: the full Rudy Giuliani is a horrible person breakdown. The legacy of Malcolm X. The right's Oscar freakout over American Sniper and your calls and IMs.

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Sam hosts Marc Maron on a 2005 episode of the Majority Report and for Members only! segments from the deep archives of "Katherine Harris" in studio and Sam hosting the Air America Majority Report.

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Journalist and historian Rick Persltein explains how Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel is selling of to the private sector.

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On today's program we have two archive programs explaining different aspects of Health Care reform.  ProfessorAmanda Frost from American University explains the implications of the Supreme Court holding up the individual mandate. Also John McDonough a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, explained in 2014 the challenges Vermont faced in implementing Single Payers. And for Members only!! Marc Maron hosting the Sam Seder Show in 2006 with a call in from Sam.

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Former GTMO Guard and whistleblower, Joseph Hickman, author of the new book, Murder At Camp Deltaexplains the policies of torture and systemic coverup at GITMO. How the CIA uses GITMO and why there is no political will to uncover human rights abuses at the facility.

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Political strategist Cliff Schecter explains President Obama's tortured relationship with his AUMF. What authorization President Obama wants in his military campaign against ISIS. War Powers and the erosion of democracy. Mission creep and Iraq. The coming war between House and Senate Republicans. Also David Axelrod says President Obama was lying on being opposed to Marriage Equality when he ran for President on 2008.

Andy Kindler talks about Brian Williams. Andy Kindler was fired by The Daily Show? Who should replace Jon Stewart. The real problem with Jon Stewart. Andy's thoughts Charley Hebdo and anti Muslim bigotry. Is time for Bill Maher to apologise for his anti Muslim rhetoric? Sam's upcoming role on Marc Maron's Sitcom. Also Andy has more problems with Louis CK.

Scott Walker "punts" on whether or not he accepts evolution. Demented Rush Limbaugh says Scott Walker should say he dropped out of College so he wouldn't be accused of rape. Why did Scott Walker drop out of college? Debating the death penalty.  Also your IMs and your calls.

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