The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Cliff Schecter explains why Dennis Hastert was just indicted. The mystery of who Dennis Hastert was paying hush money to and why. The systemic corruption of Republicans in Congress. Republican suppression and the pull of reactionary politics. Josh Duggar's molestation charges and how the story would be covered if he was African American. Also why the Duggars show has finally been cancelled. Rand Paul's push to sunset the Patriot Act and why some conservatives are getting better on prison reform. The new Quinnipiac poll that has terrible news for Republicans.

Isabel Gillies explains why she is sending her kids off to sumer camp. Mimicking the hormonal behavior of a thirteen year old boy. Isabel's experience as a juror. Also a Isabel tells us to watch the movie Force Majure.

On The Fun Half: A Bizarre call into CSPAN that may shed light on the Dennis Hastert situation. A high School student wants Sam to get him on MSNBC. Rand Paul says blame the Republican hawks for ISIS. Is Donald Trump finally going to run for President? Also your calls and IMs.

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CREDO Action Vice President and Political Director, Becky Bond explains the broad outsider push for reclaiming our civil liberties and allowing sections of the Patriot Act to sunset. The fake reform bill that has moved through the House. Why the politics of the Patriot Act is fluid and why civil liberties can still win. The broader loss of American civil liberties over the last fifteen years. Credo Action's fight against the Medicare cuts that would help fund the TPP. Has the Medicare provision made it even more difficult for Democrats to back Fast Track and TPP.

Wisconsin Congressman, Mark Pocan, explains what his biggest with the Patriot Act are. The corporate giveaways and the undermined standards for labor and the environment. The stunning secrecy of the TPP document. The failure of labor standards to end the murders of labor organizers in Columbia. How TPP undermines regulation and threatens American sovereignty. How passing TPP could lead to Medicare cuts and what the state of play is on Fast Track Authority and TPP.

On The Fun Half: Sam gives a caller advice on what to do next with limited resources in a bad economy. More Global Warming Denial nonsense. Also your IMs.

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The Patriot Act stalls in the Senate. What reforms are in the USA Freedom Act? Bernie Sanders announces he is formally running for President in front of a big crowd in Burlington Vermont. How the media reports and distorts Bernie Sanders. How the delusional mainstream media treats Carly Fiorina seriously and mocks Bernie Sanders. Bernie Sanders continues to blow minds with his sane tax policies. The Koch Brothers are going to buy a lot of GOP candidates. Marco Rubio says Gay rights are "real and present danger" to religious freedom.

On The Fun Half: Lindsey Graham says that he does not trust the Iranians because he spent a lot of time in the "Pool Rooms". The right's assault on public education. The Left's big win in Alberta Canada. Right Wing Mandela is running for President. Louie Gohmert does not believe that Obama is going to takeover Texas he still blames Obama. And your calls and IMs.

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Journalist Masha Gessen, author of The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, explains the story of the Tsarnaev family and how they arrived in the United States. Tamerlan Tsarnaev's stalled boxing career and the crushed American dreams of the Tsarnaev family. Tamerlan Tsarnaev's interest in far right conspiracies. Terrorism and the opportunity for "belonging". Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hidden spiral that no one seemed to notice. Why Dzhokhar's defense failed and all of the questions that are still unanswered. Was Tamerlan a FBI informant? Also the FBI's odd role in the Boston Marathon investigation.

On The Fun Half: The poison pill that could kill TPP. Could an anti human trafficking provision destroy the "most progressive" trade deal ever. An Alex Jones fan calls in to debate Libertarianism. Also your calls and IMs.

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Medicare cuts to fund part of TPP and CREDO Action responds. Cliff Schecter explains Lindsey Graham's latest melodrama. The new Iraq invasion history re-writing. The lies that led to the invasion of Iraq. The major lies that led to the Iraq invasion. Why President Obama's not holding people criminally accountable allows for the re-writing of history. Holding Democrats accountable for voting for the Iraq invasion. Jeb Bush says accepting the scientific reality of climate change is "arrogant". The religious dog whistle in Jeb's demented stance. Also is Jeb already out of it.

Barry Crimmins and Sam remember the Boston comedy scene. Understandings Barry's unique relationship to stand up comedy. Why are progressives comedians called political and reactionaries are considered "fun". The time Barry Crimmins wouldn't shake Henry Kissinger's hand. Where you can see the Bobcat Goldthwait directed, documentary Call Me Luckyabout Barry's story as a victim of sexual abuse and evolution as a human rights activists. How Barry Crimmins took on AOL's profiting from child pornography. Barry's quest to get excommunicated and The Church's systemic coverage of abuse.

On The Fun Half: An amazing Libertarian caller wants to debate Reddits new anti harassment rule and devolves from there. We also have a global warming "skeptic" caller. Also your IMs.

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The Nation's John Nichols explains the power and importance of Bernie Sanders push for debt free college. Why progressive politics means creative politics. Can Hillary be progressive. Why fighting austerity is the defining question. Also why the TPP is all about corporate power and 1980s economic thinking.

Why Jade Helm the new far right conspiracy that won't  won't go.

On The Fun Half: George W Bush's CIA briefer admits the Administration hyped intelligence on Iraq. Bernie Sanders shocks Wolf Blitzer. Republicans want Obama to be nice to Saudi Arabia. Also Rafael Cruz has some new craziness. Also your calls and IMs.

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LA makes a major step towards a living wage as the city moves to raise wages to $15 an hour. The success of the Fast Food workers strikes and the grassroots push for a living wage across the United States. What raising the minimum wage means for most workers. Medicare cuts are going to help fund the TPP. Will this help the Democrats to get more aggressive against Obama's awful trade agenda. Elizabeth Warren is right on the trade deal says someone who actually read the bill.

On The Fun Half: Sam talks with Luis Lang a former Republican, whose experience of not being able to pay his medical bills led him to support progressive healthcare polices and leave the Republican Party. Wisconsin Senator, Ron John says he sort of trusts the Supreme Leader of Iran more than Obama. Hillary Clinton takes on the Hillary Heroin crisis. Bernie Sanders maybe going towards legal weed. Remembering Malcolm X's radicalism and how it relates to Harry Reid going after the Koch brothers. And your calls and IMs.

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Legendary blogger Digby (Heather Parton) explains the Republicans corporate agenda is stifled by democracy. Racist author Charles Murray's plan to subvert democracy through plutocrat funded lawsuits. The Republicans Scientology strategy and the end of regulation. How the Right can use the federal courts to destroy governments ability to protect the public good. Why the Right's shamelessness opens the door for a radical anti democratic push. What could the Left do to protect a plutocratic attack on the Courts. Why Fox News viewers are less informed than people who don't watch any news. Why the Fox News outrage machine won't allow the Republicans to ever move from the far right. Why the Republicans are probably the most successful minority party in world history. Also why a marginal Republican can win the 2016 nomination.

On The Fun Half: Lindsey Graham is running for President because "the world is falling apart". The delusional and reprehensible, George Pataki is running for President and we member the time that Sam owned him on TV. Random Rush. Did Bill O'Reilly beat his wife? And your calls and IMs.

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Yale Professor, Jacob Hacker explains why Republicans never pay for their extremism and economist Dean Baker explains how TPP will hurt hurt the American economy.

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Cliff Schecter explains just how disgusting and stunning it is that Republicans are cutting Amtrak spending the day after last weeks Amtrak crash that caused several deaths. Why the Republicans are undermining the American economy. Why more Amtrak funding would have saved lives. Why increasing infrastructure spending would be a win for everyone. Obama pushes the Senate to pass the awful TPP trade agreement. Does NAFTA threaten the Volker rule? Why TPP could do even more to undo financial regulation. How to play the far right on TPP. Jeb Bush can't decide whether he backs the invasion of Iraq or not.

Comedian Judy Gold explains acting in a new off Broadway musical, Clinton The Musical. Do Republicans go to play? What is it like to work with Louis CK? Jim Gaffigan's new show and why being in a play forces you to be on time. Are boys easer to raise? Rewarding kids sarcasm is it a good thing or a bad thing? Why Judy thinks we use our phones to much and listen to Jusy's new podcast.

On The Fun: Jeb Bush announces he is running for President by accident and gets schooled on ISIS by a College student. Also your calls and IMs.

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