The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Corey Pein (@coreypein), independent journalist and host of The Baffler's 'News from Nowhere' podcast. Where the idea the killer identified as a Bernie supporter came from. How best to characterize the killers ideology as a fascism adapting itself to the 21st century. How fascists are co-opting the sloppy "free speech" arguments. Mainstream journalists' lack of experience with actual white supremacists.

On the fun half - Conservatives have jingogasm over Mad Dog Mattis boast, State Department secretary gets mind blown by question over US hypocrisy over Saudi Arabia and Iran, Chris Hayes goes off on lying Gianforte spokeskid Shane Scanlon, and your calls and IMS.

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Yale historian Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, explains his understanding of totalitarian regimes. How do institutions and democracies fall apart. Trump's fascist impulse. Terrorism and justification for unrelated things. Differences and similarities and historical examples. What Trump and Hitler share in common. Why we should not obey in advance. The importance of not relying on institutions to protect us. What is providing a check on Trump. Loyalty over law and fascism and how do we get out of the crisis?

On The Fun Half: Fareed Zakaria talks nonsense about conservatives on college campuses. Middle Schoolers don't want to be seen in a picture with Paul Ryan.Is Trump's support shrinking? Bernie Sanders interrogates Mick Mulvaney and your calls and IMs.

Cast: Sam Seder @samseder, Michael Brooks @_michaelbrooks, Matt Lech, @mattlech and Kelly Carey, @kellycarey. 

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Macron again out-gestures Trump in Brussels.

Violence-prone Greg Gianforte wins special election in Montana. What the loss means for Democrats going forward. Democrats need to go negative. Confirmation that Jared Kushner is under FBI investigation. What Trump's derision of NATO signifies.

On the fun half - Dems need to not be afraid smear Republicans, Corbyn closes in on May and says the War on Terror is not working, the natsec-deferential 4th Circuit surprisingly blocks Trump's muslim ban, Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone suggest people are getting high on food stamps, Ben Carson thinks poverty is a mindset.

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Journalist David Dayen discusses Republican Congressional candidate Rob Gianforte's assault of a reporter. Will progressive candidate Rob Quest make an upset in Montana? Why Gianforte lost it over the new CBO score for the Republicans healthcare plan. The CBO documents the endless failures and cruelties of the Republican healthcare bill. Is GOPCare in trouble in the Senate? Why the "choir" matters in politics. Will Democrats go populist and talk about monopolies and anti trust policies? Sinclair Broadcasting and monopolies. Jess Sessions lied on his security clearance form. Why Trump did not need to obstruct justice because the powerful don't face the legal system in modern America. Arthur Anderson, the Obama Administration and the creation of to big to jail.

On The Fun Half: Trump is a jerk, Mitch Landrieu gets real about why confederate monuments need to come down. What Trumpcare will do to healthcare in this country. Betsy DeVos is a danger to the nation's children. A racist outburst in Arkansas. Rush Limbaugh rambles about the future of Fox News.

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Mike Hanna, (@mjahanna) freelance presenter and former bureau chief for CNN in Jerusalem. What is unprecedented about Trump's decision to make his first trip abroad to "the world's great religions." What's happening inside Iran as the crucial context for middle-eastern prospects for peace. Trump's obvious natural affinity for authoritarian leaders.

On the fun half - John Podhoretz not sure if Michael Brooks is as bad as the holocaust, Hannity continues to melt down over the Seth Rich story, Trump talks cavalierly about nuclear war, the Trump admin dances with swords, a CIA agent says Trey Gowdy should get his ass kicked, and your calls and IMs!

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Trump budget goon Mick Mulvaney wants you to spare some compassion for high-earning taxpayers. Trump cuts social security. The end is nigh for Dodd-Frank. More intel officials give testimony unhelpful to for Trump. Bernie campaigns in Montana for Rob Quist.

On the fun half: Trump bumbles his way through the middle-east (and Israel), on capitalism vs socialism in America, Wisconsin voter suppression dealt setback in court, and your calls and IMs.

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Today, Steven Hahn, professor of history at NYU, on his new history of 19th century american empire-building, "A Nation Without Borders: The United States and Its World in an Age of Civil Wars, 1830-1910." Mexico and the Mississippi River valley as important and overlooked centers of 19c imperial power. How imperialism favored by slaveholders and apologists worked well with limited-government philosophies. American capitalism's development, alongside the state, following the civil war. The trans-Mississippi West and post-emancipation South as "imperial proving grounds" for American state capitalism. Why socialism was big in states like Texas, Oklahoma, and in the midwest.

On the fun half - Are democrats ready to ride single-payer to victory? Trump dances and curtsies in Saudi Arabia, HR McMaster blows some more of his integrity, Wilbur Ross gives creepy defense of "liberalizing" Saudi regime, Anderson Cooper said Jeffrey Lord would defend Trump pooping on his desk.

 

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Did President Erdogan order his bodyguards beat protestors in Washington DC?

Cliff Schecter celebrates the death of the very awful Roger Ailes. Shep Smith cries over Roger Ailes. How Ailes damaged the country and led the way to Trump. Fox News and damaging America with propaganda. Republicans don't know anything about the healthcare bill that they passed. Why Republicans don't know how to govern. Will Republicans lose the House? And the always awful Joe Lieberman, might be the next director of the FBI.

Judy Gold, reviews the rules for meeting with Trump for foreign heads of state. Jared Kushner is the worst. Donald Trump whines and denies criminal wrongdoing. What Judy is up to. Is Lawrence out at MSNBC? And debating the MSNBC lineup and the future of media.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump, Rob Ford and Russia. The potential Pence disaster. Elizabeth Warren grills Steve Mnuchin on a "21st century Glass Steal bill". and your calls and IMs.

Cast: Sam Seder @samseder, Michael Brooks @_michaelbrooks, Matt Lech, @mattlech and Kelly Carey, @kellycarey. 

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Roger Ailes is dead! Fox & Friends mourns his loss.

Sarah Jones (@onesarahjones), social media editor at the New Republic, joins us to talk about the terrible political mix that constitutes the New York Times editorial department. How the hiring of Bret Stephens is symptomatic of the New York Times lack of political imagination. Sarah's critique of Hillary apologies like Susan Bordo's "The destruction of Hillary Clinton" and "Lean-In" feminism.

On the fun half - On Chelsea Clinton's merit, Jake Tapper hits Trump for pity party, John Kelly tells Trump to stab the press, is capitalism to thank for technology, Chomsky says Bernie woulda won.

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Donald Trump told James Comey, that he hoped that "he could let this go" with regards to the investigation of Flynn. James Comey is releasing information on Trump. Are we close to impeachment or removal from office? Why there is more information coming from Comey. Putin offers to release a transcript of Trump's meeting with Russian officials. Secretary Tillerson, wants none of it. Did Trump out an Israeli intelligence operative who is undercover with ISIS. Mitch MCconnell, does not care if Trump revealed intelligence,  Ross Douthat's bizarre defense of Trump's criminality and Donald Trump whines about how he is being treated.

On The Fun Half: California charter schools win. Philadelphia elects a very progressive DA. Jesse Waters, in an extremely stupid way downplays the Comey scandal. Tucker Carlson's hilarious non-coverage of the election story. Donald Trump plagiarizes Legally Blond. Erdogan's bodyguards attack protestors in Washington DC and your calls and IMS.

Cast: Sam Seder @samseder, Michael Brooks @_michaelbrooks, Matt Lech, @mattlech and Kelly Carey, @kellycarey. 

Direct download: 05-17-17-Sam_Seder-PUB.mp3
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