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Digby (@digby56) and Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler ) join us.

Bernie Sanders announces Yemen resolution, War Powers Act used for the first time.

Heather "Digby" Parton (@digby56) joins us to break down the latest news from Washington. Kirstjen Nielsen blames migrants for 7-year-old's death. Will this be impetus for change? Michael Cohen sentenced to three years in prison. Judge Napolitano debunks all of Fox and Friends' Trump defenses. Andy Kindler (@andykindler) joins us for a classic Dennis Miller mock-a-thon.

On the fun half: John Solomon claims someone threw a taco at him on his way to Fox Business studio. Cohen says history will look fondly upon him to "bring this country together." Michael Cohen says he must now be the hero: "this task has fallen on me." Toobin blasts Rick Santorum for hypocrisy of defending immoral Donald Trump. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Joining the Majority Report's Michael Brooks today to discuss MBS, Trump, and US-Turkey relations is Steven A. Cook,  a senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Cook and Brooks look into how the Khashoggi murder has led to a large outpouring of moral outrage in DC and it has mobilized action against the Saudis actions in Yemen. But where was that outrage against the Saudis in 2015 when the war in Yemen began? Cook explains how the Houthis and Saudis have been opponents since the 1930s.

Cook and Brooks then break down the US history and involvement in the Arabian peninsula and how the infamous underwear bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, brought the Saudis war in Yemen to Obama's attention--precipitating American involvement in the Saudis' war. Cook also recounts his 2018 trip to Saudi Arabia and what Saudis thought about MBS, his plans for reform, and the war effort in Yemen prior to the Khashoggi killing. Cook was surprised to find out after the Khashoggi killing that Saudis saw criticism of MBS as typical behavior from the US media and an unfair treatment of their heir apparent. In his latest Foreign Policy piece, "Mohammed bin Salman Is Worse Than a Criminal. He’s a Symbol," Cook looks to explain to Saudis why Americans were outraged by the Khashoggi murder. According to Cook, MBS is stunned by the reaction to Khashoggi. Cook believes this might be the case because MBS and his leaders are closest advisors were not educated by leading western institutions like his predecessors and peers. Ideally, the Khashoggi murder should be a moment to shine a light on larger atrocities perpetrated by the Saudis, instead of a new low in what crimes America allows the Saudis to commit. Cook and Brooks wrap the interview looking forward to what's next in the Mueller probe as the investigation begins to explore the connections between Middle Eastern political operatives from the Saudis to the Emiratis and the Israelis.

And in the Fun Half: Meek Mill's new album is a banger, Iran's human rights record is not the issue with Khashoggi, Trump the Speed Freak, how far the Mueller investigation will go, why Neera Tanden and Center for American Progress is giving Charles Murray's think tank (American Enterprise Institute) thousands of dollars, Elon on the verge of tears talking about freedom of speech, Jamie Dimon doesn't give a shit about you or your economy, corporate astroturf campaigns to kill Medicare for All, an update on Nigerian elections, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam debates libertarian politics with activist and presidential candidate Adam Kobkesh (@adamkokesh). 

On today's show: Trump says refugees and asylum seekers are bringing disease and illness...Trump wants legal immigraton (while shutting down all legal avenues). Claire McCaskill says Schumer is a great Senate minority leader because he lets members vote however they need to.

Libertarian Adam Kokesh (@adamkokesh), of FreedomLine.com, joins us for a spirited exchange of ideas. Topics covered include: What do libertarians believe? What's their problem with the state's monopoly on violence? How do they propose to set up society in the absence of a centralized state authority? What does Sam find problematic about their political program?

On the fun half: Ann Coulter says the Democratic Party is united by "hating white men." Michael Cohen is going to jail! Here's a CNN montage of GOP officials shrugging off Trump campaign finance crimes. Rep. Steve King asks Google CEO Sundar Pichai for names of employees to see if they're liberals, demands to know why his granddaughter's iPhone shows negative ads about him. NBC rehabs Nikki Haley, lets her explain how she was effective under Trump. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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New York Magazine's Eric Levitiz (@EricLevitz) joins us to discuss his latest piece, 'The GOP Is Making Its Contempt for Democracy Clear. Will the Mainstream Media?'

On today's show: Sam takes apart Ezra Klein's mea culpa for being hoodwinked by Paul Ryan. Why did Klein take Ryan's "fiscal responsibility" seriously when others, like Paul Krugman, saw through it?

Eric Levitz joins us to discuss his latest piece for New York Magazine, The GOP Is Making Its Contempt for Democracy Clear. Will the Mainstream Media? In this piece, Levitz explores how the media downplays GOP extremism, pointing the finger at news outlets that took the North Carolina GOP at its word when it asserted its efforts to disenfranchise voters were aimed at "fighting voter fraud." Given that one party is openly opposed to liberal democracy, Levitz argues, it's crucial for "objective" news sources to investigate their claims, rather than give them a neutral platform to spew extremist lies.

Sam accepts Brandon Straka (of #WalkAway)'s challenge to go on his show and debate him.

On the fun half: Dan Bongino fired from NRA TV; we recap his beef with Vic Berger. Trump threatens to shut down the government over the wall. (DO IT, says Jamie.) Jared Kushner says the White House has moved on from Khasshogi murder. In Brexit news, EU commission says they will not reintegrate; meanwhile, Teresa May hides in a car. The Mooch says he doesn't believe QAnon, then says sometimes Q is right. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Bernard E. Harcourt (@BernardHarcourt), the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of  Law and Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, joins us to discuss his new book, 'The Counterrevolution: How Our Government Went to War Against Its Own Citizens.'

On today's show: Gavin McInnes loses his CRTV show, is now unemployed. Fox and Friends say Trump can't fill vacancies because DC is expensive and government officials are underpaid.

Bernard E. Harcourt (@BernardHarcourt), the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of  Law and Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, joins us to discuss his new book, 'The Counterrevolution: How Our Government Went to War Against Its Own Citizens.' In this book, Harcourt traces the origins of our current militarized police state back to counter-insurgency methods used by colonial powers like France against Maoist insurrections like the Algerian Revolution. These include torture, "total information," and the idea that an occupying force must win the "hearts and minds" of a country's civilian population. After 9/11, the US military adopted these tactics and used them domestically as well as abroad.

On the fun half: Protesters interrupt "clean fossil fuels" panel at Poland Climate Summit. Fox News says there's no smoking gun after James Comey testimony...Trump tweets "no smocking gun" a few minutes later. Chuck Todd asks Tony Evers if he's reached out to Scott Walker and tried to negotiate with him. Drunk Columbia student cries over the accomplishments of the West in racist tirade. Rhode Island school system using collection agency to collect lunch debts. A libertarian argues with Sam about school lunches. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Journalist David Dayen (@ddayen) joins us in studio.

On today's show: Rex Tillerson uses rare public appearance to say Trump doesn't read.

David Dayen (@ddayen) joins us to discuss the latest news from Washington, including: How the Trump White House is working to dismantle the CFPB, most recently via the appointment of Kathy Kraninger. How the White House's postal report gestures toward privatization. Postal banking: what is it? Shake up in the House: AOC and Barbara Lee could gain influential committee appointments; these battles as proxy for larger fights within the party. Is David part of the cabal trying to torpedo Beto 2020? Chris Matthews panel explains why progressive left needs to get in line behind Beto. Chris Hayes asks NC Republican Party executive director why GOP did not recognize rampant fraud.

On the fun half: What purpose does social conservatism serve for the right and are socially progressive movements always going to undermine capitalism? American ambassador to Canada believes "both sides" on climate change. Medhi Hassan says it's weird how US press treats its elected officials. Trump on White House lawn announces plans to appoint Heather Nauert & Bill Bar. Plus, your phone calls!

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Daniel Bessner, professor at Washington University's Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and author of Democracy in Exile, joins Michael Brooks to explains his vision of an authentically left-progressive foreign policy. Bessner and Brooks begin by explaining what happened at senator Bernie Sanders' Sanders Institute’s inaugural conference, where thought leaders like Fernando Haddad, Yanis Varofakis and Sanders laid out plans for an international coalition as a counterbalance to our highly nationalistic political moment. A big concern for Brooks is the axis of far-right governments taking power in the Caribbean and South America and their cozy relationship with our current leaders, specifically John Bolton. How would a left foreign policy reorient these relationships that are so grounded in imperialism and resource extraction? Progressive voices in America need to build coalitions and show solidarity with the working-class people and left politicians in countries like Brazil, and use our position in the world to enable it--while still being aware of the nature of an imperialist history.  According to Bessner, investing in alternative energies in America would transform our policy in the Middle East. It would allow America to be less beholden to the Saudi family and allow the US to promote democratic and human rights values in Israel, Palestine, and beyond. An overarching theme Bessner wants progressives to remember is our own moral relativism throughout these foreign policy debates. In any scenario, we must be aware of our values and what we may be imposing on other people. And finally, Bessner and Brooks consider how changing a consumption-first mindset might underpin a robust left foreign policy.

And in the Fun Half: how fascism is American Made, TBT Mark Blyth explains democracy in Brazil under Lula, Louie Gohmert reads lines from the Elders of Zion, Dan Bingo Bongo can't stand a migrant themed [checks notes] nativity scene? Friend of the show Nomiki Konst plays Tucker Carlson's game and wins, Mark Collett--a white nationalist--is a big fan of Tucker Carlson, how Marc Lamont Hill's blacklisting fits in with other black internationalists, autonomy in Asia countries, plus your calls and IMs!

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Juan Cole  (@jricole), Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan and author of Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires, joins us.

On today's show: Trump takes motorcade less than .1 miles from White House to Bush family service.

Juan Cole  (@jricole), Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, joins us to discuss his new book, Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires. In this book, Professor Cole investigates the claim that Islam and its teachings are violent. Through detailed historical research, he tracks the life of the prophet Muhammad and the founding of Islam to show that Islam was very much founded around ideas of peace at an extremely violent time in history. For more of Professor Cole's writing, check out his blog at juancole.com.

On the fun half: A caller claims Beto is better than "liar" AOC. Lindsey Graham says "there's a smoking saw" after meeting with Gina Haspel re: Khashoggi murder. Laura Ingraham compares protesting confederate statues to ISIS tearing down antiquity cities. Tucker Carlson suggests the government wants immigrants to "replace" Americans, sets up immigration and welfare state as mutually exclusive. Giuliani believes someone hacked his Twitter feed. RNC hacked; Trump in July talking about DNC security problems: "an embarrassment." Lawyers discuss next steps in Epstein case after settlement. AOC on climate action and the need for a Green New Deal. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12-05-18-Juan_Cole-pub.mp3
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Good morning everyone, on today's show Mother Jones writer Ari Berman (@AriBerman) joins us.

First, Joy Behar and Meghan McCain get into a shouting match after Joy suggest HW Bush was better on the environment than Trump.

Then, Ari Berman outline the desperate measure the GOP is using to hold on to their footholds in the Midwest and the South. How the media is unprepared for the nakedly anti-democratic nature of the GOP. The almost certainly criminal election fraud undertaken by North Carolina republicans, collecting and trashing absentee ballots of black voters. Why Republicans are just getting started in places like Ohio. Are democrats conscious of the severity of the GOP threat to democracy and do they have a plan to combat it?

On the fun half - Is the GOP's anti-democracy agenda to complex for people to follow? Sam Seder assesses his performance in the 2018 election and what it means for him vs. Virgil Texas in 2022. Wisconsin Republicans are anti-democratic criminals. Steve Scalise repeats lie about ten terrorists crossing the border every day. Trudeau calls Trump "Donald." Gorka calls Khashoggi a close friend of Bin Laden. Pamela Anderson has the last word on the Paris Riots. Plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 12-04-18-Ari_Berman-pub.mp3
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Independent journalist Marcy Wheeler (@emptywheel) joins us.

On today's show: MBS shakes Putin's hand at G-20 summit while Trump looks on jealously. Trump looks over at Peña Nieto and Trudeau before signing USMCA, says "let's go."

Marcy Wheeler (@emptywheel), of emptywheel.net, joins us to discuss the latest news on the Mueller investigation: The collapse of Paul Manafort's plea deal, Manafort's prison options (if he goes), the role of Michael Cohen, Jerome Corsi's cameo, the Guardian's flawed report on Manafort's link to Julian Assange, and what to look for going forward.

On the fun half: George HW Bush falls over vomiting at meal with Japanese PM Kiichi Miyazawa (RIP). Dan Bongino says most refugees are not asylum seekers, they're economic opportunists. Stuart Varney threatens the America left, says welfare state and dealing w/ climate change will only cause riots. Seth Moulton calls AOC's tweet in defense of Nancy Pelosi "offensive." Fox and Friends have on cop to talk about the dangers of reefer madness. Plus your calls and IMs!

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