The Majority Report with Sam Seder

6/30/15

Caroline Fredrickson the President of the American Constitution Society and author of the Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over, explains how women and African Americans were cut out of the benefits of the Social Safety net. How the southern politicians protected the legacy of slavery during the New Deal era. The ongoing reality of the oppression and abuse of farm and domestic workers. Sexism and economic justice. Why Home Care workers are not considered full public employees and the Supreme Court decision that set back organizing rights. Why are small businesses allowed to discriminate? President Obama's new rules on overtime pay and how government contracts can be used to improve labor standards.

On The Fun Half: Sam debates Michael Steele on what Donald Trump means for the Republican Party. Donald Trump's slimy new tax avoidance move. John Kasich is the most dangerous Republican Candidate. An irate caller demands an apology from Sam. Chris Christie announces he is running for President and calls for slashing Social Security and where Christies billionaire supporters? Rush Limbaugh says after getting rid of the Confederate flag the left will go after the American flag And your calls and IMs.

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6/29/15

Ian Millhiser the Editor of ThinkProgress Justice, explains why this has been an unusually positive term for the Supreme Court. The Roberts Court makes the right call on many decisions from Marriage Equality to fair housing. SCOTUS rules against the Obama Administration in regulating Coal Power plants. What will happen for Mercury regulation next? Reviewing the absurdity of the King V Burwell case. Justice Roberts annoyance with the King V Burwell case. How the Court decided on marriage equality. Are there limits to Justice Roberts conservatism? And has Justice Kennedy distinguished himself on race from his conservative colleagues.

President Obama sings amazing grace and uses Christianity for a bold and moving speech on race in Charleston. A wave of possible arsons hit Black Churches across the South. Peter King dismisses the threat from White Supremacist terrorists and dismisses a study showing that they have killed more people than Muslims terrorist groups. The Republican candidates double down in opposition to marriage equality and Senator James Inhofe says even his Gay friends oppose the marriage equality decision. Glenn Beck says Marriage Equality might force him off the radio.  Also your calls and IMs.

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6/26/15

We lost Cliff Schecter due to a bad phone connection. But, no problem, Sam explains the historic importance and power of the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of marriage equality. Justice Kennedy's decision and the Living Constitution. Justice Scalia throws a tantrum and the House passes Trade Adjustment Assistance.

Then, filmmaker, Giovanni Zelko, explains the thinking behind his new film The Algerian. What makes a terrorist? Politically motivated terrorism and religiously motivated terrorism. Why American policy  creates terrorists. Sleeper cells and where the real threat of terrorism is coming from. The possibility of coexistence and how you can see The Algerian.

On The Fun Half: The mainstream media catches up with the Majority Report and recognizes the threat that Donald Trump poses to Republicans. The best way to have a Guaranteed Basic Income. What are. Was Claire Mccaskill always a corporate shill? Police rules of engagement and Military rules engagement and your calls and IMs.

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6/25/15

SCOTUS upholds Obamacare in their decision on King V Burwell. Justice Roberts sums up the case in the most obvious way. The Right freaks out and Justice Scalia throws an epic tantrum. The Supreme Court, also upholds the real meaning of the Fair Housing Act. We hear a fresh Random Rush meltdown.

On The Fun Half: Bernie Sanders surges in the polls and Hillary backer Senator Claire Mccaskill unloads a silly and red baiting attack on Sanders. A new Gallup poll says that 47% of Americans would consider voting for a Socialist candidate. The South, guns and Slavery. Teenagers and opting out of mass testing. Random Rush. Martin O'Malley attacks Bernie Sanders on guns. Jim Webb defends the Confederate Flag and your calls and IMs.

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6/24/15 

Journalist Trudy Lieberman, explains why opponents and supporters of the Affordable Care Act are both spreading myths about the ACA. Is Obamacare unaffordable for many middle class consumers? Debating the costs of healthcare. How many families are choosing to take the penalty because the costs are to high? Why the Medicaid expansion is the best part of the ACA and how Republican Governors have harmed their people. How insurance has been shifted more and more onto consumers. Why we need full universal healthcare coverage. And why coops in the healthcare market may end up failing.

On The Fun Half: Two NYPD cops argued about who would call their supervisor after shooting Akai Gurley. Who is the MR team going to vote for? A powerful call from a on Islamophobia and the targeting civilians in the Middle East. Also your calls and IMs.

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6/23/15 

Jacobin Editor,  Megan Erickson, explains the new technology myth spreading across Public Education. Paulo Freire's critique of the "banking" model of education and what is an abundance mentality in education. The movement towards privatising education and the business opportunity it poses. The private school chain in Peru that inspires privacy advocates in the United States. What really drives success in schooling. BF Skinner's terrifying vision of machine driven education and why "student centered" learning undermine students of the full possibility of education. "Scaling" individual teachers and why the corporate model undermines real reform. And why thinking about children as "capital" is wrong.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump's disgusting position on the Central Park Five. How the teaching profession has been degraded. The thirteen Democrats who backed TPA in the Senate. Jackie Mason says free speech is only for minorities now. South Carolina moves eliminate the Confederate flag. What taking down the Confederate flag means. Are teachers unions getting more radical? And your calls and IMs.

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6/22/15

Freelance journalist and Playwright Aurin Squire, explains the conversation we need to have about race. Why racism is a mental illness and the Right Wing media feeds it. The importance of not reacting and fostering dialogue and the importance of art in overcoming racism.

On The Fun Half: Republicans get big money from racist group leader that inspired Dylan Roof. Tony Blair secretly negotiates with Hamas. Dylan Roof's racist manifesto and why it sounds like so much other right wing garbage. Barack Obama gets frank on race on the Marc Maron podcast and the Mainstream Media freaks out and your calls and IMs.

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6/19/15

Cliff Schecter explains the overwhelming evidence that gun control works. Racism and the creation of the conservative movement. From the Civil War to the modern NRA and how the Right uses racism to advance its cause. Why the Republicans won't call the Charelston terrorist attacks racist. Jeb Bush's insane comments on the attack. Lindsey Graham claims on The View that the killings could have been motivated by a desire to kill Christians. Chris Hayes asks Mark Sanford why the Confederate Flag is still flying in South Carolina and how racism infests all of Republican politics.

Andy Kindler explains why his Website never changes. What to make of Marc Maron landing Barack Obama on WTF. Comparing Dennis Miller impressions. How delusional Jerry Seinfeld is. Who decides what is and isn't funny. Political Correctness is not killing careers and Donald Trump's deranged anti Mexican racism.

On The Fun Half: Sam talks about his eleven year anniversary. What having the Confederate Flag flying in South Carolina means. Also your calls and IMs.

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6/18/15

University of Rhode Island History Professor and author of The Long and Disturbing Story of Corporations Outsourcing Catastrophe, Erik Loomis explains the death toll of the fashion industry and the reality of corporate outsourcing. How sweatshops went global because of reform in the United States. The Bangladesh factory collapse of 2013 and debunking economic myths that justify corporate human rights abuses. Historical and Geographic distance from corporate abuse of labor and the environment. Why Libertarian politics will never safeguard the public good. The market as fundamentalist religion. How American companies still produce banned chemicals for shipment to oversees markets. Also what TPP will do to labor conditions around the world.

On The Fun Half: Fox News covers the Charleston race terror attack in the most grotesque way possible. Is Roger Ailes in trouble? Establishment Republicans run scared of Donald Trump. Did Donald Trump pay actors to appear at his Presidential campaign launch? We have a special guest call in. The persistent dangers of Right Wing terrorism. When will Right Wing leaders condemn Right Wing terrorism? Random Rush and also your calls and IMs.

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6/17/15

The Huffington Post's Ryan Grim, explains the new plot that the Republicans are hatching to pass Fast Track Trade Authority. What happens if Fast Track Authority passes in the House without Trade Adjustment Assistance. How Progressive Democrats are going to be extorted in the TPP process. Why the TPP fight is now in the Senate. What Democrats are in play in the Senate. Donald Trump's role in Fast Track and why he is actually going to be a big deal in the Republican Primary. Also what happens next for the Republican push on Fast Track.

On The Fun Half: Is Donald Trump the Bernie Sanders of the right? The impact of Bernie Sanders on the 2016 race. How Donald Trump will go after Hillary Clinton and fellow Republicans. Donald Trump explains his ISIS game plan. Random Rush. Libertarian talk show host gets sold a lemon from a used car dealer.

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