The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Political strategist Cliff Schecter, explains why Devin Nunes needs to be thrown off of the Intelligence Committee and a Republican Congressman suggests that Congresspeople work for the President. Jack Kingston, spins for Trump. What game is Devin Nunes playing and is the White House throwing him under the bus? Mike Flynn is in trouble, but does he have any real information. Paul Manafort is still probably the center of the crime. Is the Russia story about organized crime or espionage. Is Trump going to finish his term? Republicans pass legislation attacking funding for Planned Parenthood and the dangerous Republican assault on the environment.

David Earl Waterman and Maggi Mayfield the co-hosts of the YTunes Shuffle podcast, why did Waterman have an enemy of Sam on his show? How Sam alienates people. The unique format of YTunes Shuffle. Did Sam like Seal in the 1990s. Does Waterman know Louie CK? Why Maggi.

On The Fun Half: Joe Biden wants to know why Democrats didn't talk about the Middle Class in 2016. Have we got Trump wrong on women. The state of the Gorsuch battle. Claire McCaskill voices concerns about filibustering Gorsuch. The climate crisis and Florida.

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Tanya Erzen, an associate professor of religion and gender studies at the University of Puget Sound, joins us to discuss her new book: "God in Captivity: The Rise of Faith-Based Prison Ministries in the Age of Mass Incarceration", explains what brought her to work inside the prison system and the shift of state prisons in religion training centers. What are  Faith Based Character institutions? Religion and saving individuals instead of focusing on structure. The theology of conversion. What is the purpose of prison? The important of questioning the system inside prison. Coercion and freedom of religion in religious training in captivity. Private prisons and religion. Watergate and the conservative idea of prison reform and slavery and the modern prison system.

On The Fun Half: Why the military can't protect us from cybercrime. David Samson is sentenced to a year of confinement to his vacation home. Bridget Kelly sentenced for Bridgegate, but she promises to not be a scapegoat. Rick Santorum says coal jobs "breathe oxygen in the lungs"  of into small towns. Progressive religion and prison reform. Rein Priebus is Trump's caretaker. Angela Rye won't talk with "bigot" Joe Walsh. Another ICE horror story. Did Keith Ellison mess up? Random Rush and your calls and IMs.

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House Republicans vote to keep themselves in the dark about Trump's taxes. Why Tax Reform could be the next GOP Waterloo. Devin Nunes continues wandering around Capital Hill not resigning from the intelligence committee. Trump/Russia probably more money laundering than manchurian candidate. A holocaust survivor tells acting ICE director he's on the "wrong side of history."

On the Fun Half - Can Democrats take Tom Price's seat in Georgia's 6th? Trump voters beg him to stop tweeting, Trump makes a mistake after saying it's important not to make mistakes, ICE happy to not have to chase the dangerous guys, and your calls and IMs.

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Vox environmental reporter David Roberts explains the term tribal epistemology and how it explains contemporary politics. The climate crisis and the closing of the conservative  mind to objective reality. The origins of the Right's attack on science. Why conservatives don't believe in neutrality. Are there tensions inside the political Right? Do Americans want to restore institutions? The different types of populism. Are we sorting ourselves into two societies? Accepting the reality of how polarized we are and why so many liberals don't understand it. Why total post modernism will make journalism impossible and why journalists need to take sides in order to save journalism.

On The Fun Half; Trey Gowdy hilariously reverses himself on leaks in defense of Devin Nunes. Are Democrats going to win Tom Price's seat? How to sell expanding Medicare. Bill O'Reilly gets very racist talking about Maxine Waters. Former CIA officer comments on Nunes and his bizarre behavior. Glenn Beck almost tricks himself into supporting universal healthcare. Healthcare is a right. Oklahoma Republican thinks that rape and incest might be the will of God.

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Will Menaker (@WillMenaker), cohost of podcast Chapo Trap House, joins the show today. Will the democrats ever support Medicare for All? The Democrats' fetishization of complexity. Why the GOP has no room to offer a coherent healthcare policy. Ezra Klein selling out of single payer.

On the fun half - Reince Priebus says Trump guiding followers to watch Judge Jeanine segment bashing Paul Ryan was a coincidence, Bernie calls for a public option, the House Freedom Caucus is not ready to govern as they are insane, 60 Minutses embarrasses itself by having Mike Cernovich on, Koppel tells Hannity he's bad for America, Alex Jones apologizes for PizzaGate, and your calls and IMs. 

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Trump can't get the votes together to pass the House's horrible healthcare bill yet. The importance of the Russia story in driving down TRump's numbers.

Digby, explains what the smart Republican move on healthcare would have been. The monstrosity of the Republican bill and how Trump attacked Obamacare from the Left. Did Trump back the Republicans into a corner on healthcare? Does Steve Bannon oppose "Ryancare". How Tom Price can still hurt Obamacare. James Comey lets the Intelligence Committee know that Trump is being investigated. The Republicans conduct on the Intelligence Committee. Is Nunes part of an investigation? Did Trump think he was dealing with the Russian mafia? And Neil Gorsuch's radical agenda and staged performance. Democrats question Gorsuch on corporate power and why he will almost certainly end up on the Court.

Isabel Gillies tells us the story of genuine kelly. Sam and Isabel's tennis and beer commercials. Isabel gets an Alexa. Teenagers and technology. Isabel's parenting methods and Isabel tells us watch the documentary series called Abstract the Art of Design.

Bernie Sanders calls out the democratic leadership. OMB Director Mick Mulvaney tells people to move to another state if they don't like the care that is offered in their states. Neil Grouch's cruel decision on a child with autism. Al Franken calls out Gorsuch for denying that Justices are political. Don Lemon burns the Freedom Caucus. Albee Hastings calls out Republican nastiness. Steve Mnuchin talks about Donald Trump's stamina.

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Chuck Schumer finally moves towards a filibuster on Neil Gorsuch. The importance of the FBI investigation into Trump. Did Trump deal with the Russian Mafia.

Zephyr Teachout, an Associate Professor of Law at Fordham University and a political activist explains Neil Gorsuch's radical and extremist understanding of economic and political power. Is Gorsuch going to go even further and getting money into politics? The disturbing nature of Judge Gorsuch's hearings. The frozen trucker case. Claiming a textual reading but inventing law. The Chevron decision and why Gorsuch does not follow precedent. What Gorsuch is signaling to the oligarchs. The Mercer and Koch effort to destroy democracy. The role of the Mercer family in defeating Zephr's run for Congressional run and money corrupting politics and Trump's violation of the Emoluments Clause.

And a unanimous Supreme Court overturns Neil Gorsuch's decision on students with disabilities and Neil Gorsuch in addition to being cruel is incredibly unfunny.

On The Fun Half: Samantha Bee uses Sam to rip Gorka apart. Why Democrats need universal programs. Bob Casey comes out for filibustering Neil Gorsuch. Intelligence Committee Chairman tips off the Trump Administration? Adam Schiff says the Nunes needs to not be a mole for the Trump Administration. Schiff also says the evidence of Russia's role in the election is more than circumstantial. Carl Bernstein explains why we are un uncharted territory. John McCain calls for a select committee on the Russia story. The Freedom Caucus killing Ryan's healthcare bill? Congressman Thomas Massie, says he wants to kill the healthcare bill in order to save Trump. Elizabeth Warren rips into Republicans for their horrific approach to healthcare and your calls and IMs.

 

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Chris Lehmann: editor, columnist, and author on how the current anti-PC fixation is an echo from the 1990's PC hysteria. Where Andrew Sullivan's problems with intersectionality came from. Sullivan's borderline crazy belief intersectionality is a "religion," contrasted with his softening of Charles Murray's "race science." Jonathan Chait, Andrew Sullivan, etc and their preoccupation and phobia of criticism from the left. Why are colleges allowing the American Enterprise Institute colonize their institutions?

Padraig O'Malley: Remembering Martin McGuinness - The story of Martin McGuinness and his struggle against violent oppression. McGuinness joining the IRA after Bloody Sunday. How conflicts evolve to higher level of violence. The history of the IRA and the Irish struggle. McGuinness' alleged role in the times of rising violence, and his belief there is "no peace without forgiveness."

On the fun half - Jeffrey Lord on Trump's "Americanese," Misogyny and anti-PC in the 'rational skeptic' communities, Al Franken hits Neil Gorsuch on his "Frozen Trucker" case, Amanda Carpenter slams Ivanka's nepotism, Whitehouse back into slamming Gorsuch, GOP Rep Massie gets 275 calls against Ryancare and 4 for it, and Wayne (Rex Tillerson) Tracker didn't want to be Secretary of State.

 

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Democrats focusing on the right things in the Neil Gorsuch hearings? Trump voters beginning to regret voting for him. Bill O'Reilly says that Trump should start telling the truth. Democrats need to offer universal programs. James Comey confirms Russia preferred Trump to Clinton. Trey Gowdy is a massive hack. James Comey shows his hand at the hearings on Russia's influence on the 2016 campaign. Congressman Nunes head of the Intelligence Committee says he has never heard of Carter Page or Roger Stone. Trump's tweets debunked in real time at the Comey hearing. Are the Democrats finally getting serious about populism in dealing with Neil Gorsuch? Al Franken grills Gorsuch and Sheldon Whitehouse calls out Gorsuch for corporate corruption.

On The Fun Half: Neil Gorsuch does more puppy dog face to hide his extreme views. Why Democratic appointed Judges are more honest than Republican ones. Tomi Lahren, gets in trouble for being pro choice. Kimberley Guilfoyle wants Snoop Dogg to be visited by federal marshals. Trump and criminals justice and your calls and IMs.

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FBI Director James Comey confirms that Russia's role in the election is being investigated. The hearings for Neil Gorsuch begin.

Sam interviews journalist Masha Gessen, who explains that Trump is attempting to create an autocracy. Trump's attacks on government and the media. The rules for fighting autocracy. How Trump is degrading public norms on corruption. Searching for signs normalcy. Trump's constant lies and how exhausting it is. Russia and the urge toward conspiracy theories. The importance of maintaining open debate. Is our system capable of resisting. Why the Russia story is a trap. Why we are frantically searching for a conspiracy when we need to protect our political space. Dealing with the reality of Americans supporting Trump and how to balance fighting autocracy and more traditional political battles.

On The Fun Half: Richard Spencer says Egyptians were made by white people. Angela Merkel and Donald Trump have a very awkward meeting. Trump does not regret tweeting conspiracy theories. The Republican horror show. Paul Ryan brags about supporting Donald Trump because of all of the awful things he is now able to do. Trump reaches a new low in popularity. The Clinton campaigns failures. Why Russia won't be a silver bullet and your calls and IMs.

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