The Majority Report with Sam Seder

No President Obama did not set the stage for the Muslim Ban and we debunk nonsense spin and lies. Sean Spicer says we aren't doing anything "Extreme", we remember when Trump called his policy "extreme" twice. Sally Yates gets fired for not defending the ban as acting Attorney General. The unique danger of Jeff Sessions. Sam Harris won't take any responsibility for his support of horrific policies. Jeffrey Lord spins for the Muslim ban. Democrats start to finally play some hardball and Tom Price might be sinked at health.

On The Fun Half: How to resist. Paul Ryan complains about defending the Muslim Ban on a hot mic. Sean Spicer argues that a terrorist attack on a Mosque in Canada should mean supporting the Muslim Ban. Republican Congressman David Brat is amused that women know what the CBO is. Bernie Sanders condemns the Muslim Ban and your calls and IMs.

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On today’s show anthropologist Scott Atran joins us to discuss his work on extremism and what can be done to restore open values. How Atran got his start in anthropology thanks to Margaret Mead. Engaging with power and the critique of power. The social networks of ideological fundamentalist groups like terrorists and Republicans. How "root cause" interpretations became popular for describing extremism. How "devoted actors" behave differently than "rational actors." Scott's reaction to UBI talk at Davos.

 

On the Fun Half: Trump says disastrous Muslim travel ban "working out nicely," ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero begs to differ. Protests take shape throughout the country on the second consecutive week of Trump's presidency. Steve Bannon thinks too many CEOs in Silicon Valley are not white. John McCain concerned Bannon is taking over NSC.

 

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Cliff joins us to look back on the 1st week of Trump. Can Trump handle the pressure? The DNC is falling behind it's base in mobilizing against Trump. How to judge the Democrats weak actions in voting for people like Ben Carson.

Isabel Gillies wants to know why people around Trump aren't resigning. Talking to your family about disaster contingencies.  Isabel recommends "All the Light We Cannot See," by Anthony Doerr, TV Shows The Crown and Victoria, and the film "Lion."

On the Fun Half - Trump's latest Vote Fraud source gets torn apart by Chris Cuomo, More from Trump's insane ABC interview, Trump shows off new decor around the oval office, a Trump fundraiser in Texas doesn't think the wall is a good idea after all.

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Donald Trump is clearly mentally ill.

David Dayen explains Donald Trump's first big broken promise (hint it's the one good thing he promised to do). Why Trump's are all over the Trump transition. Why the TPP was already dead. Why Trump is only interested in bilateral trade agreements. Why Trump's trade agreements could be even worse for workers and the environment and why would any Democrats vote to confirm any Trump nominees?

Boston's Mayor Marty Walsh vows to protect immigrants.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump is seriously mentally ill and a new ABC interview proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt. Carl Bernstein on CNN talks about rumors swirling around Trump's mental health. Minnesota Republicans push a massive protest suppression bill and your calls and IMs.

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Republicans wanted a leader like Donald Trump who would sign anything and take the attention. Trump's gag order across government agencies. Why the freeze on public information will cost jobs and threaten public health. Sean Spicer explains Trump's insanity. Donald Trump wants an investigation into voter fraud. Sean Spicer is accidentally racist in response to a question about the Trump teams racism. How Republicans are going to gut healthcare.

On The Fun Half: Trump White House has no White House comment line so people are calling his hotels. Greenpeace unveil a resist banner above the White House. How to influence large scale revolutionary change. The Red States need help. Melanie Trump does not deserve our sympathy. Trump says he is gonna send federal forces into Chicago. Jerry Brown fights back against Trump. The Trump budget cuts and your calls and IMs.

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The Roosevelt Institute's Mike Konczal, explains why austerity defined the Obama age. The foreclosure crisis and the Trump vote. The culture of limitation. Smart phones and the culture of ruthless efficiency. Lifestyle minimalism. Why the Obama Administration failed on foreclosure. why we didn't get the recovery we deserve. Obama's 2010 austerity pivot and why Republican extremism saved us from worse. Why Democrats create class tension by not creating universal programs. When markets don't work. Why success in the modern economy is not about individual efforts. Will Trumpism work? Why Trump won't actually do populism and fascism and Republican class warfare.

On The Fun Half: talking to rural America. The biggest problem with the Democratic Party. Melanie Trump's silent cry for help. James Comey stays on at FBI. Frank Luntz gets called a fascist and whines about it on Fox News. Glenn Beck back to his old ways. Bernie speaks out against the confirmation of Mike Pompeo as head of the CIA. Trump's real reason for visiting the CIA. Will Trump want to hear any critical intelligence on Russia. Michael Flynn still under investigation? Trump pulls out of TPP but never promised higher standards in trade and Trump attacks women globally and your calls and IMs.

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First with Murtaza Hussain (@MazMHussain).Trump as the final nail in the post-WWII / Cold War worldview. Critiquing Russia's and America's imperial power from the left, and how to regard institutions like NATO and the EU that are problematic but also under existential threat. Leftist internationalism in an age of anti-intervention.

Then, Bernie alum Melissa Byrne (@MCByrne)on the current necessity of the Democratic party infrastructure. Healing the schisms in the democratic party. Playing offense vs. playing defense. Support Melissa at melissafordnc.com

And on the fun half: Sean Spicer starts his time as Press Sec with a barrage of obvious lies, more on punching nazis, KellyAnne spouts "alternative facts."

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Live coverage of the inauguration of President Electoral Mr. Trump.

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Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi, author of Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus, explains why Trump is like Nixon because he represents so much of what is horrible about our society. Why Trump has no layers. When Trump gets it right. Will Trump supporters ever realize that he is scamming them? Rick Perry has no idea what being Secretary of Energy means. How did Trump pick his cabinet? Who is actually going to govern. What was Russia role in the election? The intelligence community and the Presidential election. Russia's connections to Trump. Is the FBI still eyeing Trump? And how is Matt going to focus on Trump?

On The Fun Half: Rick Perry no longer wants to get rid of the Department of Energy. Scott Pruitt, Trump's nominee for EPA says his personal belief on the science of global warming does not matter. Pruitt's relentless promotion of fracking. Elizabeth Warren exposes Tom Price's corruption. Elizabeth Warren exposes Tom Price's corruption. Bill O'Reilly and Dennis Miller are both relentlessly unfunny. Tom Barrack the Chairman of Trump's Inauguration wants a more "traditional" performer than Kanye  and your calls and IMs.

 

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Betsy DeVos is asked by Bernie Sanders if she would be nominated without campaign contributions and Al Franken demonstrates that she has almost no idea what she is talking about.

Tashaune Harden is a science teacher at Detroit’s César Chávez Academy and a vice president of the Michigan Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff explains how Betsy DeVos has created instability for students and teachers in the State Michigan. The difference between for profit and non profit charter schools. How Betsy DeVos has undermined accountability. What's the distinction between proficiency and growth? How for profit charter school exploit teachers and state budgets and what is "count day".

Elizabeth Warren grills DeVos on why she won't do anything to protect students from fraud. Senator Maggie Hassan demonstrates that Betsy DeVos won't protect kids with disabilities. Al Franken exposes DeVos's support for "conversation therapy". Tim Kaine grills DeVos on accountability standards and DeVos's interesting reasoning behind having guns in public school.

On The Fun Half: Judith Miller who laundered false intelligence on Iraq in the New York Times wants to know how many lives Chelsea Manning cost? Obama releases Oscar Lopez Rivera from prison. Chile and Betsy DeVos. Al Franken kills it on risk pools and your calls and IMs.

 

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