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Michael D'Antonio joins the program to discuss his latest book, The Shadow President: The Truth About Mike Pence.  Mike Pence has had his sights sent on the presidency since beginning his career in politics. D'Antonio  believes Mike Pence is the most powerful "Christian supremacist" in American history. Pence grew up in a typical New Deal Irish Catholic family before becoming an Evangelical christian and launching a career as an AM talk radio host who railed about homosexuals and extramarital affairs in the military. As a legislator for in 10 years in the House, Pence did not sponsor a single bill which later became law--but he was a great fundraiser. His fundraising prowess made him many friends on Capitol Hill and helped parlay his greater political ambitions. After being elected in deep-red Indiana, he set about passing conservative christian  laws (namely, RFRA) that most Hoosiers did not support. D'Antonio describes Pence's style of uncompromising governing as one that vacillates between dogmatically christian and mercenarily hard-core conservative. Given his less-than-mediocre track record, how did he end up as Trump's vice president? D'Antonio believes it's a combination of his relationship to the donor class and the christian right's belief that Pence is destined to assume the presidency--in the meantime Pence plays the roll of Daniel to Trump's Cyrus, to put it in biblical terms. Even still, given the amount of chaos in the White House, does Pence have a plan to accelerate his ascent to the presidency? D'Antonio thinks so--he sees real potential in a Pence/Haley 2024 ticket--the Trump presidency is not the final chapter of Mike Pence's political career.

And in the Fun Half: Would Sam be the face of Arby's net national ad campaign? Why Nancy Pelosi's proposed tax measures will hurt progressive causes, Sam to debate libertarian YouTube host Adam Kokesh, Mike Lee lets his libertarian freak flag fly at the Federalist Society, the coming civil war between the conservative and progressive political factions, an awesome MAGA tattoo, Ohio is gerrymandered to hell and its newest legislation is terrifying, a Kansas county commissioner's musings on the "master race," how utility subsidies and monopolies hurt consumers and constituents, the whisper campaign has begun--Seder Schumer primary 2020? Trump's new epistemological take on the Khasshogi murder, the student loan crisis will continue to become a greater issue, why progressives prefer Richard Ojeda to Kamala Harris. Plus your calls and IMs!

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It's Casual Friday here on the Majority Report and joining Michael Brooks are friends of the show Ana Kasparian of the Young Turks and comedy writer David Feldman of the David Feldman Show. Michael and Ana break down the midterm results and evaluate what the new class of progressive Democrats can do in next year's new majority house. How do progressives work pragmatically with the Democratic establishment in a productive manner without losing their convictions won in the 2018 midterms. Ana and Michael discuss the New York Times' bombshell Facebook report and debunk the myth of the "liberal"  Silicon Valley corporations. The belief that Silicon Valley is a vanguard of moral capitalism is no longer fantasy, it's delusion.

David Feldman thinks he's on with Sam only to find out it's Michael hosting today--he says he'll never another MR program again. Feldman lays out his media critique, journalistic outlets are not educating us, they're simply feeding the spectacle of Trump with an occasional segment where they fact-check habitual liars. On the democratic party, Feldman says it is time to fight like a dysfunctional family where the world outside thinks we're the ideal American family. However, there is hope in the incoming freshman can bring that fight. Feldman shares his most recent work with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and what it was like to meet Ted Cruz--who actually turned out to be charming.   Feldman explains how his old boss, Dennis Miller, with his decent into marginalized, bigoted madness, is performing the most high-concept satirical comedy we've ever seen--hilarious stuff. As for this week's movie recommendation, Feldman says Diabolique is a can't miss.

And in the Fun Half: Raygun wants to know how big a payday would Michael need to be the face of Arby's, how can progressives address Democratic Machine states, Ilhan Omar points out the double standard when a minority represents a majority white district, Jack Posobiec's Game of Thrones erotica featuring Donald Trump and Sansa Stark, Lou Dobbs' misinformation campaign is essentially elder abuse, Pod Save America are who we thought they were, Michael updates us on the state of the Brazilian politics, the problem with addressing racism with class arguments, plus your calls and IMs!

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On today's Majority Report, UChicago Law Professor and former SCOTUS clerk, Justin Driver joins the program to talk about his new book The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind. In the book, Driver gives an engaging and alarming book that aims to vindicate the rights of public school stu­dents, which have so often been undermined by the Supreme Court in recent decades. Driver recounts the hallmark cases that have influenced both education policy and our understanding of the first amendment of our constitution. Driver also explains how Brown v. Board unanimous decision set of a fierce debate about how we understand integration and equality in our public schools. We're headed into an era where principals of previous ruled-upon cases are being reinterpreted by ideology in our newly confirmed conservative court system. Sam and Driver breakdown the idea of racial protection in the face constitutional colorblindness after decades of Justice Scalia and Thomas presiding over the court. The two end the interview discussing what we can do about the grim reality where corporal punishment is allowed in schools in 19 states across the country.

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Direct download: 11-15-18-Justin_Driver-pub.mp3
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Marcy Wheeler (@emptywheel), independent journalist at EmptyWheel.net, joins us.

On today's show: Stuart Varney drags AOC on Amazon, says "the young lady does not understand growth."

Marcy Wheeler (@emptywheel), independent journalist at EmptyWheel.net, joins us to discuss the latest on the Mueller investigation, including Jeff Sessions' firing, the potential number of indictments coming down the pike, and how Trump's decision to install loyalist Matt Whitaker as Sessions' replacement (and Mueller's boss) could backfire on him.

The incoming House reps for the Democrats vs. the GOP: spot the differences.

On the fun half: Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) talks voter suppression in GA, says Republicans "can't win elections fairly." Ainsley Earhardt says elections are less fun when they aren't called on election night. Matt Schlapp says the Florida recount is a "test run" for stealing the 2020 election for Trump. Mehdi Hassan of Al Jazeera breaks down Trump's lies in interview with Trump 2020 campaign staffer. Oklahoma state football coach Mike Gundy blames transfers on "liberalism" and "the snowflake." Mindy on the PA electorate. Two fan-created MR bingo cards!

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Direct download: 11-14-18-Marcy_Wheeler-pub.mp3
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John Sides (@johnmsides), professor of political science at George Washington University and co-author of Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America, joins us.

On today's show: Andrew Gillum talks Florida recount...in 2002 documentary.

John Sides (@johnmsides), professor of political science at George Washington University, joins us to discuss his new book, Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America. For this book, Sides researched voters' beliefs about how much the Democratic Party's policies helped black Americans, and found they grew substantially after Obama's 2008 election. Sides posits that Obama's election racialized US politics n a way they had not been previously, causing race, immigration and religion to play a major role in the 2016 presidential election.

In the fun half: AOC visits climate change protest in Pelosi's office. Amazon comes to NYC, granting Cuomo's wish for upward redistribution. Trumpy Bear: the hottest Xmas gift for QAnon truthers. Hyde Smith refuses to apologize for joking about "public hanging" in a state known for lynchings. Mike from PA calls in to report back on races in his state, call out Democratic Party and union officials who endorsed a GOP candidate. A caller discusses the "should we be socialists?" panel Sam hosted and the flawed understanding behind the statement "I don't want the government to make my shoes."

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Direct download: 11-13-18-John_Sides-pub.mp3
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Yochai Benkler (@YochaiBenkler), Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, joins us to discuss his new book, Network Propaganda: Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics.

On today's show: Trump thanks WW2 veterans, says "you look so comfortable" under rain shelter. Macron denounces nationalism as "a betrayal of patriotism" in rebuke to Trump at WW2 remembrance.

Yochai Benkler (@YochaiBenkler), Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, joins us to discuss his new book, Network Propaganda: Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics. For this book, Benkler studied media coverage of American presidential politics from the start of the election cycle in April 2015 to the one year anniversary of the Trump presidency. He found the right wing media was largely cordoned off from the center and the left, that center-to-left people had a much more diverse media diet than the right, and that right wing media was not constrained by journalistic standards like "truth." From technology to corporate monopolies, Benkler goes over the reasons for this divide, and posits some ideas for how to fix it. 50% of Republicans still trust the mainstream media, says Benkler, so maybe that's a good place to start.

On the fun half: Cory Gardner defends his organization's accusation that "AZ election officials are cooking the books." Lou Dobbs says early voting leads to fraud, backs it up with nothing. Broflamingo from Las Vegas on racism and the right. MS GOP candidate says she'd attend a public hanging if her black opponent invited her. Danny in AZ discusses voting for the lesser evil as civic duty, not self expression. A caller tries to stump Jamie with a question on post-capitalist governance.

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Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) and Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) join us for Casual Friday.

On today's show: Trump "regrets" his "tone" over the past two years. Trump blasts "disgrace" Jim Acosta, "loser" April Ryan, suggests more reporters could lose credentials. Trump tells black CNN reporter Abby Phillips she "asks a lot of stupid questions."

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) joins us to discuss midterm election results and more. The need for structural reforms in campaign finance, gerrymandering and how elections are run. How do we get Democrats who will fight? Are there reasons to be hopeful? Signs of progressive shifts in deep red states. The history of black radicalism and the need for progressives who can speak to the black community and grassroots movements that can move the Democrats to the left. The importance of Florida. Check out Ben's new project The North Star

Trump says Mueller didn't go through Senate process and Whitaker did, so he's better. Seb Gorka: "direct line" between Jim Acosta's behavior and Tucker Carlson protest. Did antifa use the wrong tactics with Tucker Carlson?

Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) joins us for one of her semi-regular, profanity-laden rants. Trump says he didn't know Matt Whitaker and he's strong and respected by law enforcement. Judy's special wishes for Trump, Lindsey Graham, Chris Christie, and more.

Super-producer Matt Lech's Twitter war with Boris Epshteyn.

On the fun half: John from San Antonio on the Democrats' electoral strategy. Whitaker says Russian interference is a lie. Whitaker says Sessions' recusal was because of outrage from the left. Whitaker says only Christians should be judges in 2014. How likely are the Democrats to introduce a house of commons to better represent the working class? (Not very.) AOC can't afford an apartment in DC and Fox News assholes think that's hilarious. Conservatives' extremely racist protest of the recount in Florida. Mindy wants Democrats to be less timid.

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Direct download: 11-09-18-Ben_Dixon-Judy_Gold-pub.mp3
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On today’s show, Joseph Cirincione (@Cirincione), President of the Ploughshare Fund, joins Michael to discuss the future of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and why elected officials on both sides of the aisle are pleading with President Trump and John Bolton to keep the 30 year old Cold War treaty in tact. We’re live at 12:00 pm EST.

Joseph Cirincione of the Ploughshares Fund joins us to breakdown the history of nuclear and intercontinental missiles and how close we have gotten to using these weapons of mass destruction during the Cold War. Cirincione says there have been a dozen times where human error has brought us to the brink of nuclear annihilation–reason enough for both Democratic and Republican presidents to reduce our nuclear weapons for the better part of the last 50 years. However, that reduction process has stopped, and John Bolton has been at the forefront of ramping up ballistic missile production. Cirincione says the Democratic party’s gains in the House will help as a check against Bolton and the Trump administration and can lay the groundwork for the next set of denuclearization policies for America’s national security. Historically, the military has supported agreements like the INF treaty which allows them to monitor Russian arms and keep our national security abreast of what is happening with our adversaries. Cirincione says the current dialogue in Washington regarding nuclear arms and national security are basically recycled ideas from the 1950s–nukes everywhere. The current conservative call for nuclear proliferation goes had in had with the GOP’s border policy, practices of voter disenfranchisement, and calls for “law and order”: a drive for white American global hegemony. Meanwhile, in North Korea, Cirincione says progressives need to put aside their criticisms of Trump and root for the President to make further progress on a nuclear peace deal in North Korea–one that will lead to the removal of Kim’s plutonium enrichment plants. Michael and Cirincione end their conversation discussing the Iranian sanctions, Mike Pompeo’s insincere diplomacy in the Gulf, and what the 2019 congress can do to limit our role in Saudi war crimes.

And in the Fun Half: voting out of fear, Meghan McCain is who we thought she was, Dave Rubin claims social democracy can only work in entho-states, considering the “legacy” of Jeff Sessions, Trump’s acting AG, Matthew Whitaker, is the muscle-enforcer type he’s always loved, Whitaker was also once a scamming invention patent executive, how conservative commentators willfully misinterpret the transgender dialogue, where things stand in the Georgia and Florida race, plus your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 11-08-18-Joseph_Cirincione-pub.mp3
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The Washington Post's Dave Weigel (@daveweigel ) joins us to discuss the midterm election results.

On today's show: Woman describes why she voted for McCaskill: her husband was poor in America and died because he didn't have health insurance; Steve Doocy immediately moves onto MAGA chud.

Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) joins us to discuss the midterm election results. Turnout is up and Democrats out-performed their baselines. But Republicans did, too. Nancy Pelosi and bipartisanship: has she learned anything since 2010? Voter suppression in Florida. Trumpism proves resilient in Appalachia, which Democrats have largely abandoned. Where can Democrats win without running to the center? At least Scott Walker lost! How will Trump deal with it politically when the economy takes a dive? Vic Berger presents: "the Walk Away" rally.

On the fun half: Trump gets testy with media re: Russia indictment. Trump says he could stop Mueller investigation if he wanted to, but "I don't like stopping it politically." Beto O'Rourke says the f-word in concession speech. A caller says Democrats lost Appalachia by standing for nothing. Independent voters broke for Democrats because of healthcare, not immigration. Nancy Pelosi excited about protecting ACA, expresses it thusly: "Let's hear it for pre-existing conditions!" A caller defends Gillum's campaign strategy, blames racism and Trump's popularity.

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Direct download: 11-07-18-Dave_Weigel-pub.mp3
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Full coverage of the 2018 US midterm elections, featuring the MR Crew and special guests Nomi Konst, David Dayen, and more.

Direct download: 11-06-18-Midterms.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:38pm EST

Sean McElwee (@SeanMcElwee) of Data For Progress joins us to discuss his predictions for the midterms.

On today's show: Trump says he (kind of, maybe) regrets his tone over the past two years, but it's the media's fault.

Sean McElwee (@SeanMcElwee) of Data for Progress joins us to discuss his predictions for the midterms, and why he believes the most important results of this year's election will come in local and state races as well as the less-discussed local ballot measures. You can read more about it in Sean's latest op-ed at HuffPost, "This Election’s Greatest Wave Could Come Down-Ballot. Way Down-Ballot." And check out his post-midterms analysis at What The Hell Happened? 

On the fun half: Ronald Raygun gives some voter suppression tips for GOP-heavy districts. Does Sam have "old black guy" anger? Old woman cries after voting for Beto. MAGA women say they were denied service at NYC restaurant because MAGA. Chuck Grassley explains why Iowa and House still need Steve King. Hannity joins Trump onstage at rally. Claire McCaskill's bad leadership in MO. Former MO governor Jay Nixon's poor treatment of black potential voters. Jeff in GA says it's looking hopeful for Abrams. Mindy on her Trump voodoo doll. Ted Cruz wants to go to the bathroom, just like a real human would. Reverend Aaron of @Punks4Progress plugs some progressive candidates in NV.

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Direct download: 11-06-18-Sean_McElwee-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:08pm EST

On today's show: Ohio congressional candidate Danny O'Connor explains how GOP will take away your healthcare in debate against Republican Troy Balderson. Stacey Abrams calls her opponent Brian Kemp an "architect of voter suppression." Morning Joe reveals Trump once admitted he plays the race card: "I know it's bad, but it works." Trump says the media are the ones creating violence in America with their fake news lies. Steve Martin lookalike chants "CNN sucks!" outside a Miami Trump rally.

On the fun half: John from San Antonio (@cacophousminuti) on the nation's most flippable districts. Sam challenges Steven Crowder to debate in trippy video. "Reformed Republican" @chckpeas cons conservatives by pretending to join "walk away" movement. Why does the GOP hate Nancy Pelosi? Would employers use Medicare-for-all as an excuse to pay their workers less? Will the GOP stage a coup if the Dems win big? Some thoughts on government and "efficiency." Trump does not regret selling American bombs to Saudi Arabia, says Saudis just "don't know how to use" them. A plug for Professor Lawrence Brown's study of segregated Baltimore. How to talk to white liberals about the need for gun control. The difference between leftists and liberals.

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Direct download: 11-05-18-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
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Today, on Casual Friday, Digby joins the Majority Report to discuss the latest Trump tactics as we slam into Tuesday's midterms, and then Andy Kindler makes his Majority Report return to breakdown Dennis Miller's current relationship with the conservative movement. We're live at 12:00 pm ET.

Digby and Sam kick off Majority Report's 8th birthday show talking about cassettes, 8 tracks, and AM radio before diving into the news of the week.  Digby lays out how Trump's rhetoric became so over the top in the weeks leading up the midterms. The president's pollsters convinced him Republicans could keep the house, and, Trump being the excitable child he is, went to the well for more fear-mongering and appeals to racism. But, after the recent spate of race-driven terror attacks, Trump realized he lost the house. Now, Trump is just trying to salvage the Senate for the GOP. Sam and Digby then breakdown Trump's latest statements on the refugee caravan and what it means when the president of the United States says armed soldiers can shoot rock throwers.  If the Democratic Party takes back the house, how will Dems consolidate power and keep those Republican voters in the Democratic caucus--what happens when you expand the Democratic tent beyond the likes of Joe Manchin and Joe Donnelly? Finally, Sam and Digby consider the National Archive's decision to release Leon Jaworski's grand jury indictment suggestion from the Watergate investigation. The report is a roadmap for Mueller to suggest indictment depending on the findings from his investigation.

Sam is then joined by Andy Kindler where they catch up with their old buddy Dennis Miller and his new comedy special. Sam explains the Jacob Wohl conspiracy kerfuffle to Kindler, who can't believe what's going on with this 20-year-old spymaster. And finally, rounding out Friday's trio of conservative idiots, the guys review Bill O'Reilly's rant over how the media describes George Soros.

And in the Fun Half: a Holy War manifesto written by Washington state Representative Matt Shea, Kornacki and John from San Antonio are sharing a brain on polling expectations, Sema Verma explains her tasteless Medicare for All Halloween joke on Boris Epshteyn's show, the tautology of "Originalism" constitutional philosophy, canvassing for centrist Democratic candidates, Jay in New Haven takes a stroll down MR memory lane, what happened on Halloween, when YouTubers don't do their homework while critiquing MR. Plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 11-02-18-Digby-Andy_Kindler-pub.mp3
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Journalist Brian Mier joins the Majority Report to discuss Jair Bolsonaro's election in Brasil and his latest piece for Brasil Wire, "Why Bolsonaro Won: Beyond the Cliches."

On today's show: Dave Chappelle says Trump hasn't made this fascist wave, he's just surfing it.

Brien Mier, editor of Brasil Wire, joins us to discuss Jair Bolsonaro's election in Brasil and his latest piece for Brasil Wire, "Why Bolsonaro Won: Beyond the Cliches." In this piece, Mier argues that Bolsonaro's electoral victory would have been impossible if not for the violent suppression of Haddad supporters throughout the country, making his election illegitimate. Mier goes over Bolsonaro's alarming fascist credentials, the details of the plot against Lula, and what people in the US can do to put pressure on Bolsonaro's administration from the outside.

On the fun half: A caller questions Jamie's emphasis on Marxist analysis and socialist utopianism; the crew responds. Trump thanks Charlie Kirk for discovering Candace Owens. Candace Owens claims the media is trying to destroy Blexit, denies saying Kanye designed the Blexit aesthetic...but she totally did. Trump visits Pittsburgh synagogue, claims he was welcomed, makes Twitter video. Back in the real world, there were massive anti-Trump protests by mourners. Dennis Prager of Prager U explains his "when a woman isn't in the mood" series, yuck. Rodrigo in NJ explains how capitalism has undermined democracy in Brazil. A caller compliments our Halloween episode, rails against Jimmy Dore.

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Direct download: 11-01-18-Brian_Mier-pub.mp3
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