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Bhaskar Sunkara (@sunraysunray), founder of Jacobin Magazine and author of 'The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality,' joins us.

On today's show: UAW workers explain bargaining demands to CNN anchor.

Bhaskar Sunkara (@sunraysunray), founder of Jacobin Magazine and author of 'The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality,' joins us to talk socialism. The difference between a democratic socialist and a social democrat and the idea of worker control. Historical examples of social democracy in action. Which sectors should the state control, and which should the workers? A brief response to the left-critiques of market socialism. How does democratic socialism fit into the left's current political project? Where do race and "status" fit in?

On the fun half: Trump asks campaign advisor Steve Cortes how he looks so WASPy and if he likes the Hispanics or the country more. Asked about the UAW GM strike, Trump says he's got the workers' support. WFP director explains why party endorsed Warren over Sanders. Chris Coons explains (walks back) his call to strike Iran. Ben Shapiro says nobody has yet described Kavanaugh's penis. Ben Shapiro time travels back to the '90s, says rap isn't music. Steven Crowder's bonkers gun insurance commercial. A caller recounts how MR helped him leave the Yang gang. TI asks Candace Owens which era of American history was so great for black people that she wants to bring it back.

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Direct download: 9-17-19-bhaskar_sunkara-pub.mp3
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Award-winning investigative reporter Ben Westhoff joins us to discuss his book, 'Fentanyl, Inc: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic.'

On today's show: Flashback: Kavanaugh lying to Blumenthal about "Renata Alumnus" yearbook. Bethany Mandel defends Kavanaugh putting his penis in Debie Ramirez's face. Roommate Avi Smolen says Mandel is not remembering correctly.

Author and investigative reporter Ben Westhoff joins us to discuss his book, 'Fentanyl, Inc: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic.' While heroin deaths have gone down in recent years, deaths from fentanyl and other drugs continue to climb. "Synthetic" drugs like K2, whereby chemists continuously change a drug's molecular make-up to stay a step ahead of the law, are also a problem. For this book, Westhoff investigated this phenomenon in detail, speaking with users, dealers, and law enforcement, even going so far as to pretend to be a drug dealer so he could tour the Chinese chemical factories that sell the precursors to fentanyl and other drugs. To fight overdose deaths, he recommends decriminalization, supervised injection facilities, free testing strips, and other harm reduction measures.

Dave Rubin finally blocks Sam; the crew looks back on the good times.

On the fun half: Chris Coons and Kilmeade come together for war with Iran. Brian Kilmeade says we must protect the world's oil supply. Schiff says intel director's refusal to reveal a whistleblower complaint is "deeply troubling." 2017: Biden retells the Corn Pop saga at Wilmington pool. Bernie explains fair housing and real estate reform. Chris Christie says Bernie was "visually unappealing" during debate. Buttigieg doesn't want policies that will "polarize" the country.

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Direct download: 9-16-19-ben_Wethoff-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:26pm EDT

Digby (@digby56) and comedian and prank call master Chris James (@theCJS) join us for Casual Friday.

On today's show: Biden's teeth fall out.

Digby (@digby56) of Salon.com joins us to break down the Democratic primary debates. The Democratic Party's move to the left. Biden's awful reparations answer. Jorge Ramos asks Bernie why he won't call Maduro a dictator. Beto explains why AR-15 will be a mandatory buyback. NRA Magazine in 1962: AR-15 "for military purposes." Jamie gives her take on Beto's framing.

Chris James (@theCJS), comedian and host of the Not Even A Show show on YouTube, joins us to talk pranking right wing media, including: Curt Schilling, JJ McCartney, Roger Stone on Infowars, and the deplorable who shut down his whole call-in operation afterwards.

On the fun half: Warren and Bernie explains the false choice of taxes vs. cost of healthcare. Biden says taxes will go up under Medicare for All. Warren and Bernie ask who likes insurance companies and paying premiums. Biden explains how his Medicare Choice opt in would work. Julian Castro responds to Biden's opt in, asks "Did you just forget what you said minutes ago?" Trump shares dystopian plan to "clean up" homelessness.

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Direct download: 9-13-19-Digby-Chris_James-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:49pm EDT

The remaining Democratic presidential candidates face off in the third primary debate. The MR crew does running commentary as Julian Castro, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O'Rourke, Cory Booker, Andrew Yang, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Joe Biden face off about climate change, healthcare, education, gun control, foreign policy, racial justice and more. Will anyone stand out in a way that's persuasive? Will ABC's moderators ever call on Bernie? Find out at twitch.tv/themajorityreport.

Direct download: 9-12-19-3rd_Debate-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:04pm EDT

Joining Michael Brooks today on the Majority Report is Daniel Bessner (@dbessner) to discuss his latest piece in the New Republic, "The Fog of Intervention." In it, Bessner explores Samantha Power's new memoir and diplomatic career leading Obama's foreign policy at the United Nations.

On today's show: Trump says vaping is dangerous and Melania has a son "together."

Daniel Bessner (@dbessner) joins us to discuss his latest piece in the New Republic, "The Fog of Intervention." In it, Bessner explores Samantha Power's new memoir and diplomatic career leading Obama's foreign policy at the United Nations. In her book, "A Problem From Hell: America in the Age of Genocide," she laid out the case for a kind of humanitarian interventionism that led to some of the worst foreign policy disasters in the Obama administration. Bessner lays out the problems with her approach and concludes with a few points on how Bernie Sanders' foreign policy presents a true vision of anti-imperialism.

On the fun half: Morning Joe endorses Biden because of electability: "best bet." Natural resources defense council staffer explains the water crisis in Newark. Brian Kilmeade says college sports are over if athletes get paid. Palestinian human rights attorney explains Israeli annexation plans. Tulsi "both sides" the situation in Kashmir. Stuart Varney says Warren would redistribute aid to workers.

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Direct download: 9-12-19-Daniel_Bessner-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:42pm EDT

The Majority Report crew brings you the day's top stories with special guest Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst).

On today's show: Tucker says John Bolton is "a man of the left." Rudy Giuliani pays tribute to 9/11 and America with fashy video from vet apparel company. AOC calls for impeachment vote for the record, calls out Pelosi. North Carolina redistricting is a literal lottery drawing. Dan Bishop hits all the right wing talking points at Monday Trump rally. Nomiki on which voters can be swayed to go for Bernie.

On the fun half: CNBC anchors share banks' fears of Elizabeth Warren presidency. Demonstrators outside Chris Coons' office to protest Steven Menashi judicial appointment. A Marxist-Leninist caller questions the likelihood that we can use our current liberal democracy to save the world. M4a advocate Ady Barkan questions Kamala Harris on her Medicare plan. Supporters of AB-5 cheer victory for app-based workers in CA capitol. On the possibility of future terror attacks, Trump threatens force greater than nuclear weapons. Ayanna Pressley on debt despair suicide and debt crisis.

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Direct download: 9-11-19-Nomiki_Konst-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:16pm EDT

Peter Edelman (@peterbedelman), Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy and the faculty director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown University Law Center, joins us to discuss his book, Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America.

On today's show: Trump says Bahamas refugees need paperwork for visas because "very bad people" will come.

Peter Edelman (@peterbedelman), Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy and the faculty director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown University Law Center, joins us to discuss his book, Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America. Despite being one of the richest countries on earth, America often treats its poorest citizens like criminals. In this book, Edelman traces the history of programs designed to help the poor and what went wrong in the neoliberal era that policymakers began criminalizing poverty and denying poor people, particularly poor people of color, the chance to get ahead.

On the fun half: Trump fear mongers about sanctuary cities, refugees, and voter fraud. John Bolton fired! Brian Kilmeade reads a text where he claims he resigned. The crew debates a libertarian caller. Trump says he will release "extremely complete" financial statements before 2020 election. Laura Ingraham doesn't expect NFL player to defend black college athletes who have been exploited by college athletic system. CAP lays off, replaces entire unionized news room; Neera Tanden tweets supporting unions through the years. Valerie Plame's spy movie 2020 Congressional race ad is crazy. A plug for WYOSayNo!, a progressive activist org in Wyoming.

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Direct download: 9-10-19-Peter_Edelman-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:07pm EDT

Good morning, journalist Christopher Leonard joins Sam to discuss his new book The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America. Join us at noon ET. Leonard's latest work has received high praise from leading journalists like Jane Mayer and Bryan Burrough because of its exhaustive research into the Koch's incredible private business network that exists across all planes of American life. Leonard explains how the Koch's business portfolio and its commodity research put the family business in the middle of all American life, from the things we buy to the government that legislates our society. Sam and Leonard explore the contradictions at the heart of the Koch family's libertarian philosophies, where the Kochs are the entrenched status-quo benefiting from government environmental policies and government subsidies which allow their oil refineries to thrive. Another foundational element of the Koch Brothers success is its status as a private company. Charles Koch never needed to answer to shareholders and could reinvest profits into the company, buy competitors, and enter new industries essential to American consumers. Sam and Leonard conclude their discussion examining the anti-union practices designed by Koch Industries and how those methods have increased worker productivity and reduced real wages over the past three decades. Looking towards the post-Charles Koch Industries, Leonard believes the future is still uncertain. While Charles' son Chase seems groomed for the next generation of Koch leadership, Leonard also thinks Charles' thinking has been embedded in the company's culture and will live on well after the longtime CEO's death. 

And in the Fun Half: CBP and USCIS test a border shutdown scenario with Bahaman refugees, Mike Pompeo threatens Taliban with war, Ben Shapiro says we can't make policy because of personal or moral failings, the case for reparations in 2019, the latest polls and reading the tea leaves of Biden's campaign, the popularity of the Green New Deal, what the next recession might look like, Pam Anderson explains her support for Julian Assange on The View, Elizabeth Warren pivots away from questions about her foreign policy and military budget votes, Mark Sanford thinks conservatives will vote for him in a 2020 GOP primary because of the deficit, a gun goes off outside an Alabama HS football game and we're freer than ever, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 9-9-19-Christopher_Leonard-pub.mp3
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Vox's Dave Roberts (@drvox) and Film Guy Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom) join us for Casual Friday.

On today's show: Biden wants to bring back CAFE standards at CNN town hall, spins his wheels, rambles.

Vox's Dave Roberts (@drvox) of Vox.com joins us to recap CNN's climate town hall. Who distinguished themselves, who looked foolish, and why did audience members have better questions than Wolf Blitzer? Bernie explains his labor bona fides and his commitment to a just transition. Warren says she doesn't want to nationalize energy utilities.

Film Guy Matthew (@langdonboom) joins us for some film talk. Kevin Sorbo antifa movie "Reliant": amazing, or the most amazing? A survey of what played at the Great Lakes Christian Film Festival. Matthew recommends the films of Hong Sangsoo, specifically: "In Another Country," "Right Now, Wrong Then" and Tale of Cinema."

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Flashback: Bill Burton risks the imagination of a new kind of possibility. Dave Rubin explains new show member terms of service. Ben Shapiro says left is implementing "top down policy," setting "dangerous precedent" with boycott of Walmart. Fox and Friends asks cops if they've been assaulted, nobody raises hands.

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Direct download: 9-6-19-Dave_Roberts-Matthew_Weiss-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:54pm EDT

On today's program, Michael Brooks hosts journalist Ronan Burtenshaw to discuss his latest in the Jacobin"Only Corbynism Can Defeat Boris." Join us as Brooks and Burtenshaw discuss how only a distinct democratic socialist position can defeat the right's No-Deal Brexit plan. Brooks and Burtenshaw review recent parliamentary history in the UK which has allowed for "zombie governments" to continue ruling while they do not have the votes necessary to administrate change. Brooks recounts Boris Johnson's political rise in the UK and how it compares and contrasts with Trump's "populism" in the United States. Burtenshaw says Johnson's PMQ (Prime Minister Questions) sessions were supposed to be a strength for the new PM. However, it has been a rather disastrous strategy for Johnson, where opponents like Corbyn have made Johnson look politically lost. Johnson now looks to switch gears, moving to the campaign trail, where he is heading to Wakefield, a Northern England working-class town, flanked by police to call for more "law and order" across the UK. Brooks and Burtenshaw also take a look at Dominic Cummings, Johnson's chief political advisor who was most recently the director of the Vote Leave movement which brought us to Brexit. Burtenshaw says Cummings understands that the most popular policies are left redistributive economics and right-wing nationalist sentiments. Cummings knows that the "moderate" positions in Parliament do not represent the interests of voters. 

Burtenshaw acknowledges that the new concern for the left in the UK is the realignment of class interests. Burtenshaw feels there are two paths to defeat Johnson. One is coalescing around the liberal center, pulling the labor party to the right with a broad alliance that is upholding "sensible policy." Burtenshaw thinks this board coalition that defends the status quo will not win because people are tired of waiting for things to get better in a political system that does not listen to them. Instead, Burtenshaw argues the Labor party should point out the Tory party's leaders and their interest in the financial sector, real estate, and the private school systems. The Tories will have to respond to this and forced to defend these deeply unpopular interests. Brooks and Burtenshaw conclude their discussion with policy proposals that Labor and the left can embrace and run on during the upcoming elections. 

And in the Fun Half: an update on the situation in Kashmir, Bernie on reproductive rights and climate catastrophe, Dave Rubin's Hitler apologia, Seb Gorka is hawking fish oil pills, Kamala Harris frames the climate crisis in the worst way possible, Warren makes clear personal consumption choices are not systemic reform, Bernie explains how a climate reform can curb military spending, Biden is off to a fossil fuel executive's fundraiser less than 24 hours after the Climate Town Hall, the "ethics" of "voting" "conversation," the UN Human Rights Council says the US, UK, and France are responsible for great human rights violations, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 9-5-19-Ronan_Burtenshaw-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:17pm EDT

On today's show, Steven Greenhouse (@greenhousenyt), author of, Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present and Future of American Labor. Sam and Greenhouse begin their conversation distinguishing the differences between labor and union power and a brief history of how labor gained strength during the FDR New Deal era. Union strength peaked in the 1950s and helped build the American middle class as we recognize it today. Greenhouse argues that the contemporary worker has the least power he or she has had since before the National Labor Relations Rights Act, which manifests itself in workers lacking paid sick leave and mandatory time off. Likewise, the decline in union membership helped provide the slim margin of victory for Trump. Take Wisconsin, which saw a 44% decline in union membership during Scott Walker's tenure as governor, over 177,000 workers. Given the assault on labor power over the last several decades, how can worker power reassert itself in the political landscape and rebuild strength? Greenhouse says the 2020 Democratic primary has shown a necessary change in the political discourse with candidates like Sanders centering policy proposals on union expansion. Sam and Greenhouse also consider policies like card check to make union organizing simpler. Sam and Greenhouse conclude their conversation discussing the extinction of labor reporting in American journalism. 

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Direct download: 9-4-19-Steven_Greenhouse-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30pm EDT

We're back from our August break! And we got a heaping pile of news for you, our dear listeners! On today's program, Sam and crew tackle the biggest stories from the last week including what the hell is going on in the United Kingdom, Joe Biden's fluid understanding of "truth" and "character," and the most recent developments in the 2020 Democratic field. Sam breaks down Bernie's new medical debt forgiveness proposal and what else it will do to alleviate people's bankruptcy problems. The crew also checks in with the Washington Post fact-checkers and their campaign to discredit the Bernie Sanders campaign. Sam closes out the free half with a tale from the deep archive about the time he interviewed Sean Hannity and asked the Fox host about the End Times.

And in the Fun Half: John from San Antonio endorses Brendan's MR deep archive selections, Donald Trump has a "great message" for Poland on the 80th anniversary of the Nazi invasion, the president shares his knowledge of FARC, the press can't drive a wedge between Warren and Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard is still in the presidential race, deciding who qualifies and who does not, avoiding the "rigged" storyline of 2016, what to do when you work for a small business a-holes, systemic racism in Michigan rears its ugly head, Ben Shapiro's guest says trans people are a threat to the family unit, reporters own the Boston straight pride organizers at their shitty press conference, Andrew Yang will keep printing a blank check for Israel, the difference between what happens when people stay home and when people vote third party, plus your calls and IMs!

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Today our annual repeat of a compilation of labor speeches from FDR, Mario Savio, John Lewis, & more. Full live show returns tomorrow!

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Caleb Cain (@faradayspeaks) is a self-described "gamer who fell down the alt-right rabbit hole" before eventually making his way back to the left. He joins Sam to discuss the YouTube personalities who drove his radicalization as a young college dropout, what helped bring him back, and his current project of de-radicalizing white nationalists and far-right ideologues.

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Joshua Murray, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University, joins Sam to discuss his new book (co-authored with Michael Schwartz), "Wrecked: How the American Automobile Industry Destroyed Its Capacity to Compete."

At its peak in the 1950s and 1960s, automobile manufacturing was the largest, most profitable industry in the United States and residents of industry hubs like Detroit and Flint, Michigan had some of the highest incomes in the country. Over the last half-century, the industry has declined, and American automakers now struggle to stay profitable. How did the most prosperous industry in the richest country in the world crash and burn? In Wrecked, sociologists Joshua Murray and Michael Schwartz offer an unprecedented historical-sociological analysis of the downfall of the auto industry. Through an in-depth examination of labor relations and the production processes of automakers in the U.S. and Japan both before and after World War II, they demonstrate that the decline of the American manufacturers was the unintended consequence of their attempts to weaken the bargaining power of their unions.

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Katharina Pistor, Edwin B. Parker Professor of Comparative Law at Columbia Law School and Director of the Law School's Center on Global Legal Transformation, joins Sam to discuss her new book, "The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality."

Capital is the defining feature of modern economies, yet most people have no idea where it actually comes from. What is it, exactly, that transforms mere wealth into an asset that automatically creates more wealth? The Code of Capital explains how capital is created behind closed doors in the offices of private attorneys, and why this little-known fact is one of the biggest reasons for the widening wealth gap between the holders of capital and everybody else.

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Journalist Todd Miller (@memomiller) joins Sam to discuss his new book, "Empire of Borders: The Expansion of the U.S. Border Around the World."

The twenty-first century has witnessed the rapid hardening of international borders. Security, surveillance, and militarization are widening the chasm between those who travel where they please and those whose movements are restricted. But that is only part of the story. As journalist Todd Miller reveals in Empire of Borders, the nature of US borders has changed. These boundaries have effectively expanded thousands of miles outside of US territory to encircle not simply American land but Washington’s interests.

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Alexandra Minna Stern, professor of American Culture at the University of Michigan, joins us to discuss her book, 'Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right Is Warping the American Imagination.'

From a loose movement that lurked in the shadows in the early 2000s, the alt-right has achieved a level of visibility that has allowed it to expand significantly throughout America’s cultural, political, and digital landscapes. Racist, sexist, and homophobic beliefs that were previously unspeakable have become commonplace, normalized, and accepted—endangering American democracy and society as a whole.
Through careful analysis, Stern brings awareness to the underlying concepts that guide the alt-right and animate its overlapping forms of racism, xenophobia, transphobia, and anti-egalitarianism.

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Happy Friday! On today's show, Ben Mankiewicz from Turner Classic Movies and Matt Binder from Mashable join Michael Brooks to breakdown the news of the week! We're live at noon EST. Brooks is joined by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz to discuss new and upcoming films. The two begin their conversation with the existential question, "why are there so many goddamn superhero movies?" Mankiewicz gives a brief overview of the golden age of 1970s cinema and the economics of the blockbuster and studio consolidation in the 1980s. Shifting to politics, Brooks and Mankiewicz consider Trump's latest moniker, "the King of the Jews," the country's incapacity to express shock, and the president's bewildering charisma. Mankiewicz ends the interview with film recommendations, including Network, Three Days in the Condor, The Conversation, and Ace in the Hole.

Then, Matt 1.0, Matt Binder of the podcast Doomed, joins Brooks in-studio to discuss the growing Bernie Sanders movement and white nationalism embedded in State Department bureaucracy. Binder recounts his recent interview with Michael Hayden of the Southern Poverty Law Center who discovered Matthew Q. Gebert. Gebert was a State Department official who is involved in the white nationalist movement. Gebert was a rising star at the Bureau of Energy Resources even after his brother had reported him to the FBI, citing his brother's involvement in white nationalist groups around Washington. Brooks and Binder discuss the problem with covering hate groups on YouTube and social media, which cannot differentiate between those who promote toxic ideologies and those who cover and report on them.

And in the Fun Half for Freebie Friday: Andrew Miller from Amazon Watch explains the Bolsonaro government's involvement in the rainforest's raging wildfires, a reminder that Dave Rubin doesn't care about Brazilian deforestation, a flashback Friday: Wyatt Ingraham Koch, the coming Biden v. Trump Jello debate, plus your calls and IMs!

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Author Dale Beran (@DaleBeran) joins Sam to discuss his new book, "It Came From Something Awful: How A Toxic Troll Army Accidentally Memed Donald Trump Into Office."

On today's show: Brian Mier reports on fires in the Amazon, Bolsonaro's role. Author Dale Beran (@DaleBeran) joins Sam to discuss his new book, "It Came From Something Awful: How A Toxic Troll Army Accidentally Memed Donald Trump Into Office." The birth of the internet in '60s counterculture and its descent into nihilism in the neoliberal era. How the Something Awful forums gave birth to 4chan and 8chan. How Gamergate fed the rise of the alt-right, influenced the 2016 election, and impressed Steve Bannon. The widespread alienation feeding the rise of right-wing "YouTube dads" like Jordan Peterson and Stefan Molyneux.

On the fun half: Virgil Texas asks Tulsi if she's anti-imperialist. (Spoiler alert: she's not!) Is gun control a bad hill for the Democrats to die on? Trump declines to name his favorite Bible verse. Bernie's progressive platforms on labor, criminal justice, and the Green New Deal. Trump says he's looking at taking away birthright citizenship. How to stave off eco-fascism?

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The MR crew brings you the news.

On today's show: Trump wonders about Jewish loyalty and voting for Democrats. Wayne Allyn Root says Robert Mueller's investigation is about "penis envy," calls Trump "King of the Jews." Trump thanks Wayne Allyn Root for his kind words. Bernie says he plans to vote for a Jewish candidate this time around. Trump tries to neg Danish PM into selling him Greenland; she responds. Trump wants to send nukes to space. CBP won't give immigrants flu shots. DHS secretary unveils plans that will scrap the Flores agreement. Castro, Warren's immigration plans. Bernie's labor platform. Biden remembers when RFK and MLK were assassinated in the late '70s.

On the fun half: The Amazon rainforest is on fire, probably Bolsonaro's fault. Ronald Raygun on immigration policy. De Blasio's baby voice. Trump says administration is considering payroll and capital gains tax cuts. Energy secretary Rick Perry fooled by Instagram scam. Brian Kilmeade defends Trump's Jewish "loyalty" remarks. Sean Spicer is on "Dancing With the Stars." A lightning round where we take a bunch of calls!

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The MR crew brings you the news.

On today's show: Trump is upset nobody credits him for criminal justice reform. Greg Gutfeld says 1619 NYT Mag piece about slavery is designed to call Trump racist. Trump defends Larry Kudlow. Trump admin poorly positioned to deal with a recession, which might happen. Jill Biden says you need to suck it up and vote Biden because he's our best shot at beating Trump as new primary polls show tight race. Rashida Tlaib shares her experience in Palestine as a young girl and how dehumanizing it was. Ilhan Omar says we should withhold aid from Israel if it keeps interfering with US elected officials, violating human rights. Peter Beinart explains why Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are right to critique Israeli apartheid.

On the fun half: Ben Shapiro claims Donald Trump was not a Republican figure when he made birther claims. Flashback: Ben Shapiro pens columns in support of Trump, GOP electeds repeat birther claims. Brian Kilmeade is shocked American Jews don't support President Trump more. Pete Hegseth accuses Tlaib, Omar of supporting terrorism because of their stance on Israel. Tomi Lahren tells Crowder and Rubin to "debate Sam!" Will Biden win Super Tuesday, or run out of steam first? A caller extols the virtues of veganism.

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Direct download: 8-20-19-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
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On today's show, Joshua Specht (@joshspecht), author of Red Meat Republic: A Hoof-to-Table History of How Beef Changed America. The story of beef production in America begins at the cattle ranch, which was a tool of conquest in the West. In some places, cattle ranching resembled a paramilitary operation with settlers and natives fighting for land rights. Settlers looked to graze with their cattle while natives hunted what remained of buffalo populations. The federal government's decision to inter natives to reservations gave ranchers free rein and allowed them to build larger ranches with more heads of cattle. After ranching established itself, the meatpackers from Chicago and capitalists invested in the western farms, flooding the marketplace with meat and creating an oligopoly, or as the owners of the time called it, "holding both ends of the string." Sam and Joshua explore the meatpacking assembly lines in Chicago which inspired Henry Ford's auto manufacturing lines and was the focus of Upton Sinclair's 'The Jungle.' While Sinclair wanted to spark a socialist revolution amongst American workers, American consumers and politicians instead regulated the industry based on sanitation, with Roosevelt's Meat Inspection Act of 1906. Given the broad implications of beef's economic history, what does it mean to us now? Specht questions the short term impacts of meat and climate change; and how consumer prices are often used to deflect criticism of the industry, like labor rights and environmental concerns.

And in the Fun Half: Larry Kudlow is enjoying the August recess, Jimmy Dore has something against Justice Democrats, Killer Mike explains why a free college option is essential for America, Jesse Watters thinks he was a slave when he did chores, Pete Buttigieg fearmongers about the national debt, Fox News contributor says the prison system is maybe the least racist American institution, Ainsley Earhardt wishes the homeless would just disappear, plus your calls and IMs!


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TODAY'S HEADLINES:

A report finds that union workers at a Pennsylvania Shell plant had to attend a Trump speech in ordered to get paid for work.

Bernie Sanders unveils a plan to overhaul country's “dysfunctional criminal justice system.”

Large numbers of salmon are dying in Alaska because the water is too damn hot. 

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

Politico reports that Joe Biden will skip a big DNC meeting in San Francisco where 13 presidential candidates are expected to appear.

Also from Politico, a federal appeals court has rejected efforts to block the Trump administration from banning abortion referrals by federally funded family planning clinics, including affiliates of Planned Parenthood.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that each and every student enrolled in 77 schools operated under the Atlanta Public Schools district will be eligible for free breakfasts and lunches regardless of how much money their family earns. According to the paper, the students will begin receiving free meals at the start of the coming school year.

Grassroots organizers Ethan Todras-Whitehill and Catherine Vaughan of Swing Left discuss their plans to restore democratic accountability with The American Prospect.

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On today's show, The Host of the Benjamin Dixon Show, Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon ) and the renowned Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler ). Benjamin Dixon joins Sam to recap the biggest stories of the week including the change in Public Charge laws, the possibility of an economic recession, and Israel's decision to ban the first two Muslim American congresswomen from visiting the "only democracy in the Middle East." Sam and Benjamin agree that changes to the Public Charge laws function as a chilling effect, keeping immigrants from seeking entitlements and turning benefit programs into exclusionary services. Lost in Israel's decision to bar Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar is the role of BDS. Sam and Benjamin explain the BDS movement and why establishment Democrats and the GOP compare it to extremist ideology and antisemitism. Sam explains the changing role of AIPAC in American politics and Americans evolving feelings towards Israel in the 21st century. Michael Brooks joins the conversation to place the Israel-Palestine apartheid conflict in the broader context of boycott and divestiture movements in similar struggles. Andy Kindler makes his triumphant return to the Majority Report! Andy recalls the time Chris Cuomo threw him down the stairs at a party. Next, Andy and Sam go deep on Ben Shapiro's "Sunday Sitdown" with Dennis Miller, the worst conversation on comedy in recorded history.

And in the Fun Half: 2019's hottest collab: Bernie and Cardi B, Dennis Prager is giddy thinking racial tensions have diminished, the Fox & Friends C team lives up to its name, Trump brings back the road comic routine for 2020, Sam explains the Hoarse Whisperer "controversy," plus your IMs!

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TODAY'S HEADLINES:

Israel now says they will allow Rep. Rashida Tlaib to visit the country—but only as a private citizen.

An ex-Blackwater contractor is sentenced to life in prison for his part in a 2007 massacre of Iraqi civilians. 

Trump wants to buy Greenland. You heard that right folks, Greenland. 

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

A Fox News poll released Thursday showed Trump losing head-to-head matchups against four of the top Democratic presidential primary contenders.

Politico reports that top officials in the State Department bureau dealing with international institutions engaged in “disrespectful and hostile treatment” of staffers, including harassing some over suspicions that they were “disloyal” due to their suspected political views.

And lastly, Beto O’Rourke told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell on Thursday that he “will not in any scenario run for the United States Senate.” MSNBC

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Vijay Prashad (@vijayprashad), director of the Tricontinental Institute for Social Research and Chief Editor at LeftWord Books, joins Michael Brooks to discuss the on-going lockdown in Kashmir.

On today's show: Ben Shapiro says if you have to work two jobs to live, "that's a you problem."

Vijay Prashad (@vijayprashad), director of the Tricontinental Institute for Social Research and Chief Editor at LeftWord Books, joins Michael Brooks to discuss the on-going lockdown in Kashmir. Last week, the Indian government revoked the special status of Kashmir, Indian's only majority Muslim state. Since then, Indian and Pakistani troops have moved into the region and lines of communication--internet, phones, trains--have been shut down or severely limited. Vijay and Michael explain Kashmir's history and what's next for the region between two countries with nuclear weapons. Also: an update on the situation in Brazil.

On the fun half: Colbert says Bernie is stealing Trump's "fake news media" lines. Adam Carolla's hackish "low man" bit. South African expat wishes "both sides" in Hong Kong would stop. Hong Kong protests continue, protesters wear bloody eyepatches in solidarity with those injured. Pulitzer Prize winning journalist on why we need humanitarian aid in northern triangle. Truck drives into "never again" protest at ICE facility, then ICE officials pepper spray protesters. Beto 3.0, still running for president. Dave from Jamaica, Jamie and Michael discuss the politics of open borders.

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TODAY'S HEADLINES:

Stocks plunge and the Dow Jones tanks 800 points as warnings of a new recession begin to stack up. (CNBC)

Meanwhile, Bibi Netanyahu wants to block Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering Israel for a planned visit next week. (Daily Beast)

And lastly, Congressman Steve King tells a crowd of conservative voters in Iowa that centuries of rape and incest has actually been really good for the planet. (Des Moines Register)

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

The Washington Post reports an autopsy found that Jeffrey Epstein sustained multiple breaks in his neck bones. Experts told the Post this can happen in a hanging, but is more common in victims of strangulation.

BuzzFeed News is reporting that the Trump administration is proposing a new rule to let businesses with federal contracts cite religious objections as a valid reason to discriminate against their workers on the basis of LGBTQ status, sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, and other characteristics.

And lastly, for the first for first time ever, a Fox News poll shows that the American public is unfavorable to the NRA. The new poll also found that 67 percent of registered voters now support a ban on assault weapons and a whopping 56 percent currently disapprove of Trump’s job performance.

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News day with the MR team.

On today's show: CNN says Sanders campaign calling out pro-corporate bias is "really dangerous line." Noam Chomsky explains how the media and our education system manufacture consent. Round 3: Cuccinello says Statue of Liberty poem was about Europeans. Ronald Raygun gives details on "public charge" laws: their long history and the recent changes made by Trump admin.

On the fun half: Trump defends Cuccinelli and public charge law changes after Cuccinelli edits the poem on the Statue of Liberty. Fox and Friends explain why changes to public charge law are "common sense." AOC calls out Barstool Sports boss for publicly flouting labor law. Matt Walsh claims that Sam makes no arguments.

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Samuel Stein joins Sam to discuss his book, Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State. In this book, Stein shows how the $200T real estate industry has accounted for more than 60% of the global assets and how urban planning policy has enabled its tremendous growth.

On today's show: Ainsley Earhardt says it's great that kids are praying (after losing their home, car, and parents' jobs).

Samuel Stein, PhD candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, joins Sam to discuss his book, Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate StateThe history of real estate and how manufacturing capital once provided a check on real estate capital. The cycles of investment and disinvestment driving gentrification. How wealthy landowners got much of NYC re-zoned in the 1970s and how housing became hyper-commodified by a financialized economy. Rent control, tenants' unions, and other ways city dwellers can fight back. A brief history of the Trump family's real estate empire.

On the fun half: Ben Shapiro believes it's a conspiracy to link conservative tropes to white supremacist violence. Ken Cuccinelli offers to rewrite Emma Lazarus poem on the Statue of Liberty. Sonny Perdue mocks farmers as "whiners" amid trade war bankruptcies. Moscow Mitch protest in Kentucky. Biden gaffes, says he was VP during Parkland shooting. MSNBC anchor Ayman Mohyeldin pushes back after colleague wrongly scolds him on-air over immigration. Mohyeldin follows up on-air statement on Twitter: Trump has, indeed, expressed a preference for immigrants from Nordic countries. A Florida caller on the positive effects of Bernie's Joe Rogan appearance.

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Healthcare advocate Timothy Faust (@crulge) joins us to discuss his book, "Health Justice Now: Single Payer and What Comes Next."

On today's show: MSNBC's Vaughn Hillyard asked Iowa voter Bob Fisher which candidate he supports, he responds, "I'm white, old, they call me all kinds of name, who do you think?"

Healthcare advocate Timothy Faust (@crulge) joins us to discuss his book, "Health Justice Now: Single Payer and What Comes Next." The foundational issues with how the private health industry operates. Two-tiered systems and the issues with keeping private insurance around. Why the money for a single-payer system should be allocated locally whenever possible. How a single-payer system could replace the jobs lost in the transition. The role played by doctors and the need to pair single-payer with free medical training. Housing, nutrition, and other components of health justice beyond medical treatment.

On the fun half: Acting USCIS chief Ken Cuccinelli at the White House says, "Through the public charge rule, President Trump's administration is re-enforcing the ideals of self-sufficiency and personal responsibility ensuring immigrants are able to support themselves." Cuccinelli says "criminal investigations" resulting from ICE workplace immigration raids are "still ongoing." Reporter asks about the "huddled masses" language on Statue of Liberty; Cuccinelli says he's not prepared to take anything off the statue. AG Bill Barr claims he is "outraged" about the apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, vows to investigate. Nearly 100 people arrested for blocking the West Side Highway in anti-ICE protest. So many #JewsAgainstICE arrested at Amazon store the NYPD had to commandeer a bus. To get involved, visit CloseTheCampsNYC.com! Dan Bongino on Fox and Friends reacts to fencer Race Imboden kneeling during anthem: disrespecting the flag "shuts down conversation."

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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop

TODAY'S HEADLINES: Joe Biden mistakenly tells the press that he met with Parkland shooting victims while he was vice president. (CNN)

Meanwhile, Kamala Harris condemns Trump’s immigration raids part of campaign of terror hat will result in “flawed’”census. (Politico)

And lastly, Hong Kong International Airpot cancels all of its departing flights as mass protests continue for the 10th straight weekend. (Bloomberg)

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

Right Wing politician Alejandro Giammattei won the Guatemala presidential election Sunday, promising he would abolish the migration deal his predecessor made with the Trump administration.

A 26-year-old Palestinian gunman shot dead on Sunday was the fifth armed Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces near the Gaza border fence over the weekend amid rising tensions in the region.

The New York Times reports that guards at a Manhattan correctional facility tasked with watching billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein violated prison procedure the night of his apparent suicide.

And lastly, Donald Trump on Saturday promoted a conspiracy theory linking the Bill and Hillary Clinton to the death of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, the latest instance of the most powerful person in the world sitting on the toilet, tweeting conspiracy theories.

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Tom Scocca (@tomscocca) joins the MR Crew in studio to discuss his recent piece in Slate, "Where Taking the Concerns of Racists Seriously Has Gotten Us," and to recap the week's biggest stories.

On today's show: CNN reports that the two-month old baby orphaned in El Paso shooting was discharged from hospital, then brought back for Trump's photo op. Trump gives a "thumbs up" with the baby.

Tom Scocca (@tomscocca), politics editor at Slate, joins the MR Crew in studio to discuss his recent piece in Slate, "Where Taking the Concerns of Racists Seriously Has Gotten Us," as well as the week's biggest stories. The New York Times' boneheaded reporting on white supremacist violence. Bret Stephens claims the Democrats alienate "normal" Americans. NYT's Jon Weisman parrots white supremacist talking points. Joe Biden says at a Town Hall in Iowa "poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids." Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills elaborates on how he feels about Dolphins owner Stephen Ross hosting a re-election fundraiser for Trump. Ben Shapiro upset over Al Sharpton's cracker sponsorship. 11-year-old girl tearfully begs for her father's release following Mississippi ICE raids. Mike from PA on his debate with Destiny. Broflamingo on the Clintons' racism. CNN's Erin Burnett asks Nadler about impeachment, Nadler replies, "this is formal impeachment proceedings." Andrew Cuomo on CNN New Day says Democrats should come together to create a mental health database for gun buyers. Pete Hegseth on Varney and Co says global climate change is a hoax to control what people eat. A caller on the #RecallDunleavy campaign in Alaska.

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Good morning,  Branko Marcetic from the Jacobin joins Michael Brooks to discuss his recent story, "Why the Right Hates Ilhan Omar." Conservatives hate her because of her race and religion, but they also fear the organizing and fighting she has done for working people of all races and beliefs.

As Donald Trump launches his 2020 campaign with his most extreme white supremacist rhetoric to date, Ilhan Omar finds herself at the center of the right's sight. Brooks and Marcetic break down the reasons why the right has it out for Omar. The misconceptions about Ilhan Omar are many and varied, but her focus on universal programs like student debt forgiveness, renters rights, and Medicare for All has set her apart from traditional midwest centrist Democrats like Amy Klobuchar. Marcetic places Omar in the populist history of the upper midwest, comparing her campaign to Paul Wellstone's 1990 Senate run, and his populist platform which backed labor groups and voting against repealing the Glass-Stiegel Act. It's hard to remember now, but the event that put Omar on the GOP's radar was when she questioned Elliot Abrams during his confirmation hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Marcetic argues that Omar's foreign policy critique, which challenges US imperialism, most angers the right and the foreign policy blob in DC. Brooks and Marcetic conclude their discussion by comparing the right's demonization of Omar with its previous campaign to vilify Obama. The right's racist campaign against Obama was effective insofar that Obama continued the wars in the Middle East, increased drone warfare, and bailing out Wall Street. Omar has shown no intent to appease Republicans' interests even in the face of death threats and harassment in the press.

And in the Fun Half: convincing Mexicans to maintain left politics after AMLO, updates on the situation in Kashmir, why now is the time for serious debate within the Democratic Caucus, Michael debriefs his debate with Destiny on Twitch, a moment to appreciate Neoliberal John, conservative media's new populism, Sam Harris says white supremacists are simply "shitposting" when they do mass killings, Hondurans are in the streets protesting President Juan Orlando Hernandez after SDNY released corruption charges tying him to the cartel cocaine trade, an update on Lula's imprisonment in Brazil,  plus your calls and IMs!

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Margaret O'Mara (@margaretomara), Professor of History at the University of Washington, joins us to discuss her book, The Code: Silicon Valley And the Remaking of America.

On today's show: Latino communities afraid in the wake of the El Paso shooting. Trump says it's a "terrific" opportunity to thank cops and first responders in TX and OH.

Margaret O'Mara (@margaretomara), Professor of History at the University of Washington, joins us to discuss her book, The Code: Silicon Valley And the Remaking of America. Silicon Valley is an increasingly influential center of power in US society, but few Americans understand it very well. In this book, O'Mara tracks its development from the 1940s to the present day, from the role played by the Cold War-era government in funding early tech companies, to tech's involvement in the security state, to tech's hypocritical libertarianism, to why the tech world remains so homogenous to this day.

On the fun half: Trump suggests Dayton shooter was Antifa, Bernie, Warren supporter. Trump asked if he regrets using the same language as El Paso shooter, says illegal immigration is terrible for the country. White House spokesman claims Obama's condemnation of racism "take us to a dark place." Pat Toomey gives an honest answer about why he won't ban assault weapons: "They're popular." Don Jr. says Joaquin Castro sharing Trump donors in San Antonio is the same as the Dayton shooter's rape/kill list. Fox News tries to clarify differences between FEC report and rape/kill list, Don Jr. doubles down. Joaquin Castro explains the difference between "doxxing" and pointing out publicly available FEC info. Tucker Carlson says white supremacy is not a problem, but a "conspiracy theory used to divide the country." QAnon woman explains the power of the Q movement. Bernie tells Joe Rogan how we must redefine "greatness" for America, talks Wall Street speculation tax. Bernie tells Rogan he'll declassify UFO info because his wife would make him.

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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop

TODAY'S HEADLINES:

Poll: Biden leads 2020 Democrats while Warren surges and Harris drops. (The Hill)

Elizabeth Warren Leads the way among crossover donors. (WSJ)

Orange County, the place where Ronald Reagan said ”the good Republicans go to die" is now a place where Democrats outnumber Republicans. (OCR)

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

The AP reports that North Korea leader Kim Jong Un supervised a live-fire demonstration of newly developed, short-range ballistic missiles intended to send a warning to the United States and South Korea over their joint military exercises.

The Hill reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture may have violated the law with its decision to relocate two offices from Washington, D.C. to the Kansas City area.

Also from The Hill, New Mexico’s Democratic governor is pushing back against the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to help the state fight contamination from “forever chemicals” spread by a military base.

And from Forward.com, a letter sent by National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Emmer to party members identified three “left-wing radicals” that he says “bought control of Congress for the Democrats.” Surprise! They are all Jewish.

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Journalist Emily Guendelsberger, author of 'On the Clock: What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane,' joins us.

On today's show: Stuart Varney says Democrats raising the minimum wage to $15/hour is "basically" vote buying. Ainsley Earhardt once again brings up her friend's mayo restaurant.

Journalist Emily Guendelsberger joins us to discuss her new book, 'On the Clock: What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane.'  In the tradition of Barbara Ehrenreich's 'Nickel and Dimed,' Guendelsberger worked low-wage jobs at Amazon, McDonalds, and a call center, each of which represents a growing sector of the economy. Incorporating personal experience, interviews with workers, statistics, and psychology, she paints a disturbing picture of the threat to human health and happiness posed by corporate giants incentivized to treats their workers like robots.

On the fun half: Hannity and Bongino collaborate to end school shootings with retired cop patrol. Ben Shapiro says we'll have dumb political fights over gun control instead of reform. Brian Kilmeade defends 'invasion' term allegedly used by El Paso suspect. Beto tells press he can't call out Trump by himself, press needs to call out racism. Eddie Glaude Jr. explains American exceptionalism and why we're always shocked by our innate racism and dark past.

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TODAY'S HEADLINES:

The NRA spent $1.6 million lobbying against background check expansion laws in months leading up to the nations latest mass shootings. (CNBC)

Meanwhile, China confirms it will be suspending agricultural product purchases in response to President Trump’s new tariffs. (CNN)

And lastly, AOC rips Mitch McConnell after a picture surfaces of young men in ‘Team Mitch’ shirts ‘groping & choking’ cutout of her. (Raw Story)

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

From the New Food Economy; Those fuzzy brown bowls served at Chipotle and Sweetgreen restaurants that are supposed to be compostable actually contain something called "forever chemicals" that have been linked to cancer.

The Hill reports that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler will decide whether to move forward with articles of impeachment against President Trump by late fall of this year 

Politico is reporting that a leading climate scientist is quitting the Agriculture Department after two decades because of the Trump administration’s efforts to bury his study showing how rice loses nutrients due to rising carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The findings raise potentially serious concerns for the 600 million people globally who depend on the crop for most of their calories.

And, the Dallas Morning News reports that President Donald Trump, who plans to visit El Paso this week, still owes city more than $500K for expenses related to a rally of his in February.

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Igor Volsky, Executive Director of Guns Down America and author of 'Guns Down: How to Defeat the NRA and Build a Safer Future with Fewer Guns,' joins us.

On today's show: Beto responds to question about what Trump can do to unite country: "He's not tolerating racism, he's promoting racism." Trump addresses nation: "Hate has no place in America." May 2019: Trump says migrants are an "invasion," laughs when someone in crowd says "shoot 'em!"

Igor Volsky, Executive Director of Guns Down America and author of 'Guns Down: How to Defeat the NRA and Build a Safer Future with Fewer Guns,' joins us to discuss the latest mass shootings and what can be done to implement better gun control in the US. While it would not be un-thinkable to amend the second amendment down the line, there are many regulations politicians could enact now, should they choose to do so. Also: the outsized role played by Walmart. For more, visit WalmartMustAct.org and EmergencySenateSession.org.

Tucker Carlson, talking about migrant caravan, calls it "an invasion." Mike Huckabee, Stuart Varney, repeat the "invasion" rhetoric. Jake Tapper compares white supremacists to Palestinian leaders. Eddie Glaude Jr. says Mick Mulvaney can't acknowledge El Paso shooter is domestic terrorist: "There's an ideology at work here." Fox News guest blames mass shootings on video games. TX Lt. Governor says shootings happen because there's no more prayer in schools. Tim Ryan withdraws from presidential election, tells Republicans to "get their shit together." Charlie Kirk says young people engage in mass shootings because of climate anxiety, and it's the left's fault for feeding them lies. Pat McCrory says radical left antifa needs to be recognized the same as white supremacists. Soccer player Alejandro Bedoya uses on-field mic to call on Congress to end gun violence.

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On today's show, Alex Pareene joins us to discuss Mitch McConnell, election security, and why Marianne Williamson's platform is more durable than politicos think. We're live at noon eastern time.

In his first day back from debate coverage, Sam assesses the Sanders/Warren coalition and the wide-ranging demographics the two candidates cover. Alex Pareene explains Joe Biden's declining on-stage performance and why attacks from Cory Booker and Kamala Harris are beneficial to progressive left candidates like Warren and Sanders. While Biden is still in pole position, every candidate right of Sanders and Warren is taking his or her shot at the former vice president. Sam then explores the Sanders campaign strategy and its focus on organizing labor forces across the country. The progressives are ascending, and roles have flipped. The progressives have been center stage, and the centrist technocrats are on the outside.

Democrats have crossed a threshold with 118 Democratic Caucus members now in support of impeachment. Sam and Alex discuss what Pelosi will do now that the majority of her caucus supports impeachment proceedings. Next, Alex and Sam breakdown Mitch McConnell's resistance to the Senate's election security bills and why McConnell will fight to the death to keep money in politics. Likewise, why do Americans seem apathetic to expanding voting rights or securing election integrity?

Judy Gold joins Sam with a litany of rage. Some of her targets: Mitch McConnell, Trump's racism, Bill de Blasio's sideburns, MAGA people in her audience, Democratic indecision and infighting, and CNN's masturbatory patriotism. Judy wishes Jerry Nadler and Chuck Schumer would take a page out of Bernie Sanders' book on rage and mobilizing voters. Marianne Williamson's self-help is only for the rich and is all bullshit. But, ending on something positive, Judy says look to Puerto Rico's mass mobilization is something to aspire towards--get out there and do something!

And in the Fun Half: appreciating Bill O'Reilly's prose, taking the temperature of the disengaged electorate, the first Pareene "pause it," Jesse Watters praises Aetna and Blue Cross Blue Shield, Nikki Haley bravely uses emojis to protest Donald Trump's ambient racism, the Trump rally crowd applauds black attendees, Trump remembers the USSR, but not the Warsaw Uprising, and why TPP could sink an "electable" Democratic candidate in a general election against Trump, Jeff in Georgia offers himself up as a running mate to Sam's Libertarian ticket, plus your calls and IMs!

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Good morning, Djene Bajalan joins Michael Brooks to discuss the current state of Turkey and Erdogan's role in the Middle East. Plus, how might a Democratic president approach diplomatic relations with Erdogan's government? Michael and Djene kick off their discussion with an assessment of the Democratic field's foreign policy agendas. Djene believes the way forward on progressive foreign policy is taking a more holistic approach which goes beyond condemning interventionism and endless imperialism. Instead, it's time to start providing plans to keep bad actors like Saudi Arabia from escalating tensions in the Middle East, like Sanders' plan to withhold aid and arms sales. Michael and Djene then compare and contrast Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders' track record on foreign policy, with Warren's institutional pedigree and Sanders' citizen diplomacy. Djene next breaks down Tulsi Gabbard's center-left, anti-intervention foreign policy, and its inconsistencies like her relationships with Bashar al-Assad and Narendra Modi. Switching gears, Djene explores the latest round of Turkish elections which saw significant gains for opposition parties to Erdogan. The government has challenged these election results, and in some cases wiped election results and arranged new elections. Michael and Djene conclude their conversation considering Erdogan and his government as the prototype for global authoritarianism which has spanned over the world.

And in the Fun Half: Chris Matthews is a quant now, Bill de Blasio grills Biden on Obama's immigration record, Cory Booker explains why Biden's immigration stance plays into Republicans' immigration agenda, Neera Tanden says Democratic voters can't criticize the establishment if they want to win, Pharma is fighting M4A and the public option because why not, why Mike Gravel was snubbed from the CNN debates, Cornel West diagnoses the neoliberal panic in the Democratic party, Tulsi Gabbard lays out Kamala Harris' prosecutorial record very plainly, Marianne Williamson's constituents convince her to support M4A, CNN protects America's never-ending war policy, why Jay Inslee should remain on the debate stage, weighing the Sanders campaign against the Warren campaign, Ronald Reagan confirms he is in fact racist, Ben Shapiro says Flint was not a product of structural racism, plus your calls and IMs!

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The president’s intelligence watchdog tells top Senate Democrats that he can’t investigate how the White House handled security clearances for Jared Kushner and Ivanka unless Trump asks him to.
 
Meanwhile, Ben Carson gets booted off a Baltimore church’s property after attempting to hold a press conference there without permission. 
 
And lastly, Kentucky coal miners block train tracks in protest after their bankrupted employers stop paying them.
 
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From Politico, the Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced it is cutting interest rates for the first time in more than a decade, as a slowdown in global growth and the fallout from President Donald Trump’s trade wars cloud an otherwise solid U.S. economy.
 
Think Progress reports that the United States will officially leave the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty on Friday, undoing 32 years of nonproliferation efforts and marking what some worry will be a new arms race between Russia and the US.
 
The Hill is reporting that Arizona has filed a lawsuit at the Supreme Court, asking the justices to order the Sackler family — the owners of Purdue Pharma — to return billions of dollars in connection with their handling of the opioid epidemic.
 
And the New York Times reports that Jeff Epstein, the billionaire accused of sex trafficking, had one hoped to seed the human race with his DNA by impregnating women at his vast New Mexico ranch.
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We're back, live for the second Democratic debate from Detroit! Join the MR Crew as we breakdown the debate between (in stage order) Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro of Texas, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, ex-Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, venture capitalist Andrew Yang, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. We're live at 7:50 on Twitch!

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TODAY'S HEADLINES:
 
Five GOP lawmakers retire in just two weeks as Republicans brace for a wave of exits before the 2020 election.
 
Meanwhile, Ted Cruz begs Trump to give the rich another big tax cut after he’s done taking food stamps away from millions of Americans.
 
And lastly, California Governor Gavin Newsom thinks California has figured out a way to force President Trump to finally release his tax returns.
 
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Washington Post reports the Trump administration is set to announce that it will waive five different nuclear-related sanctions on Iran, preserving a key part of the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal.
 
Senate Democrats led by Tom Udall and Chuck Schumer rallied in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building on Tuesday to announce their plans to introduce a constitutional amendment to overturn the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision.
 
William Perry Pendley, Trump’s new head of the Interior Department's public lands agency, once championed selling off federally-owned plots. (EcoNews)
 
And from The Hill, the Trump administration wants to scrap restrictions on arsenic-laden waste from coal-fired power plants. The EPA has proposed lifting some regulations on coal ash, the residue left after burning coal, which is filled with hazardous substances that can leach into the water supply and cause health problems.
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Check out the MR crew's live coverage of the Democratic primary debate tonight starting at 7:45pm ET at twitch.tv/themajorityreport!

On today's show: Trump says he's the least racist person in the world. Trump says "the African American people" have been calling the White House, thanking him. Rush Limbaugh assures Fox & Friends audience that Trump is "not a racist." CNN pollster does centrism, says establishment Dems are worried Sanders and Warren are going too far left for the mainstream. (Counterpoint: the latest poll numbers.) Former Obama advisor Robert Wolf says most of the Dem candidates are moderates. Bernie pushes back on Kamala's "m4a" plan. Warren's trade policy proposal.

On the fun half: Nicholas Sarwark (@nsarwark), the chair of the Libertarian National Committee, joins Sam to discuss his potential run in the libertarian presidential primary. After assessing Sam's chances, the two have a spirited back and forth on healthcare policy, social security, and more.

Ben Shapiro complains about Bernie: "Greed is your religion." The crew dissects Dave Rubin's book. Mitch McConnell says calls of "Moscow Mitch" hurt his feelings. Ted Cruz booed at LAX because of ICE/kids in cages. Fox's Pete Hegseth says Rashida Tlaib has a "Hamas agenda." Supercut of Kamala Harris flip-flopping on m4a. Rand Paul says he'll pay for Ilhan Omar's trip back to Somalia.

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TODAY'S HEADLINES:
 
Republicans’ annual party retreat will take place in the same city President Trump recently called dangerous & filthy. (WaPo)
 
Meanwhile, rich parents in Chicago are literally giving up their kids to avoid paying full college tuition. (ProPublica)
 
And lastly, Mitch McConnell gets an excellent new nickname after blocking a bunch of bipartisan election security bills. (Axios)
 
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NBC News reports that an Instagram post connected to the 19-year-old who killed three people at a food festival in Northern California to a book that is a staple among neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
 
Also from NBC News, the Trump administration determined that more than 500,000 children would no longer be automatically eligible for free school meals under a proposed overhaul to the food stamp program, but conveniently left that figure out of its formal proposal.
 
2020 Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has announced a trade plan that would give labor and environmental groups more influence over trade deals; a major break from past Democratic administrations. (Politico)
 
And The Intercept reports that violence in Africa has spiked dramatically, with the number of “violent events” jumping 960 percent since the Pentagon started U.S. Africa Command operations in 2008.
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Jonathan M. Metzl (@JonathanMetzl), director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University, joins us to discuss his book, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland.

On today's show: Trump signing 9/11 first responders bill, says he was down in FiDi during 9/11.

Jonathan M. Metzl (@JonathanMetzl) joins us to discuss his book, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland. Metzl, a physician, wanted to understand why members of the white working class would vote against their own material interests, so he traveled to America's heartland. Looking at the role played by racism in pro-gun laws in Missouri, cuts to schools and social services in Kansas, and resistance to the ACA in Tennessee, Metzl examines the connection between racial resentment and policies that hurt all working class people, whites included.

On the fun half: Jake Tapper asks Bernie Sanders why he calls pharma c-suite "murderers." Tapper asks Rashida Tlaib if BDS is anti-Semitic and why she doesn't start a boycott of Egypt. Kamala Harris' disingenuous m4a proposal. Reddit thread shows how Dave Rubin has shadow banned "Sam Seder" from YT chats. Bernie Sanders explains diplomatic stance towards Israel. John Ratcliffe, new DNI chief, says he trusts Barr and Horowitz to get to the bottom of Obama administration's illegal surveillance of Trump. CNN anchor from Baltimore defends city after Trump's comments, chokes up. Baltimore woman asks why money is going to border and migrants while Baltimore struggles; Fox and Friends try to drive a wedge between US-born and foreign-born working poor.

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TODAY'S HEADLINES:
 
President Trump fires his Director of National Intelligence for telling the truth and then nominates a conspiracy theorist Yes Man for the job. (AlterNet)
 
Meanwhile, the number 3 ranked Senate Democrat calls for House to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump as nearly half of House Democrats now back an impeachment inquiry into the president. (TPM)
 
And lastly, Bernie Sanders tells CNN that he regrets voting for Joe Biden's 1994 “terrible” crime bill. (CNN)
 
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Politico reports the Supreme Court has lifted a lower court order blocking a key part of President Trump’s plan to expand his useless border wall with Mexico. (Politico)
 
From the AP; Nearly 1,400 people were detained in a violent police crackdown on an opposition protest in Moscow. This is the largest number of detentions at a rally in the Russian capital this decade. (AP News)
 
NBC News reports three people were killed, including a 6-year-old boy, and 15 were wounded Sunday after a gunman cut through a fence to avoid security and opened fire at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California. A suspect was shot and killed by police. A second suspect was still on the loose late Sunday. (NBC Bay Area)
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Digby (@digby56) and Anthony Fantano (@theneedledrop), host of the Needle Drop, join us!

On today's show: Trump walks into TP USA summit. TP USA uses fake presidential seal by accident.

Digby (@digby56), of Salon.com and Digby's Hullabaloo, joins us to talk Mueller hearings and the case for impeachment. As usual, Sam and Digby wonder what, exactly, the Democrats are smoking to be so risk averse at this point in the game.

Anthony Fantano (@theneedledrop), host of The Needle Drop, joins us to discuss Trump's efforts to free the rapper A$AP Rocky from Sweden's clutches. Anthony then discusses the relationship between pop and politics before giving personalized music recs to each member of the crew.

On the fun half: Trump says illegals are donning disguises and voting many times in California. Asked if she's trying to run the clock out on impeachment, Pelosi says no, "let's get sophisticated." Edited Ilhan Omar video shared by the right vs. what she actually said about the threat posed by white men. Donald Trump tells Hannity that Barr can share classified intel documents w/ Nunes. Hannity and Nunes speak in unison.

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Good morning, on today's Majority Report, Fernando Tormos-Aponte from Scholars Strategy Network joins Michael Brooks to discuss his recent piece in the Jacobin, "Puerto Rico Rises," to explain how the Puerto Rican people organized and mobilized for change in their government after leaks of Governor Ricardo Rosselló and his administration's callous communications. We're live at 12:00 pm EST.

Brooks and Tormos-Aponte begin the interview looking back at the now former governor, Ricardo Rossello, who Tormos argues has been bred for the governorship since his youth when his father, Pedro Rosselló, was governor of Puerto Rico and young Ricardo was educated at private schools and Ivy League schools in the States. Tormos-Aponte then details the leaked text group involving Rossello and his executives, which showed the government's corruption with its fiscal control board and the elected officials cruel remarks about Hurricane Maria victims and the LGBTQ community. But why did leaked group texts lead to the governor's resignation? Much of Puerto Rico's financial distress and growing poverty can be attributed to the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act or PROMESA, which established strict oversight of the island's finances and austerity leading to large cuts in the public sector. Beyond PROMESA's austerity, Puerto Ricans believe Rossello has not fought hard enough on their behalf, where budgets to education and law enforcement have been cut and the electrical grid privatized. According to Tormos-Aponte, the island has not seen such strong protests since 2001 when cross-sectional mass protests called for the removal of the US military from the island municipality of Vieques. Tormos-Aponte says the next steps in taking back the government are just as important as removing Rossello. This is a bottom up revolution that will investigate the debt issued to Puerto Rico and one that won't stop with Rossello, who "they know he's just a figurehead," says Tormos-Aponte. Brooks ends the interview asking how the continental 48 can extend solidarity to Puerto Rico. For Tormos-Aponte, it's a simple, advocate for a constitutional assembly in Puerto Rico decide its own future, whether that be statehood or outright independence.

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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop
 
TODAY'S HEADLINES:
 
Amid mass protests Puerto Rico’s governor finally announces his resignation, admitting he can no longer credibly remain in power. (TPM)
 
Meanwhile, President Trump vetos a a bi-partisan resolution to block arms sales to his good buddies in Saudi Arabia. (CNN)
 
And lastly, Nancy Pelosi denies the latest calls for Trump’s impeachment, following the testimony of special counsel Robert Mueller. (Politico)
 
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BuzzFeed News reports that a federal court judge in San Francisco on Wednesday blocked a policy banning asylum for thousands of Central Americans and others who cross through Mexico to reach the southern border, dealing a significant blow to the Trump administration’s effort to restrict immigration.
 
The Intercept is reporting Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner, who campaigned in 2017 as an unequivocal opponent of the death penalty, asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in a legal filing Monday night to declare the state’s death penalty system unconstitutional.
 
AP reports that a federal judge blocked new abortion restrictions in Arkansas minutes before they were set to take effect Wednesday, including a measure that opponents say would likely force the state’s only surgical abortion clinic to close.
 
House of Representatives has approved an anti-robocalling measure that would make it easier for the government to impose tougher penalties on illegal robocallers and fraudsters. (The Verge)
 
And the Dallas Morning News has a story today about Francisco Erwin Galicia, a Dallas-born U.S. citizen, who spent 23 days in the custody of the U.S. Border Protection in conditions that made him so desperate he says he almost opted to self-deport.
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The MR Crew breaks down Robert Mueller's appearance in front of the House Judiciary Committee.

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Anthony Abraham Jack, Assistant Professor of Education at Harvard University, joins us to discuss his book, The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students. 

On today's show: Ainsley Earhardt says waiters want tips, not wages; Brian Kilmeade says the waitstaff talent scouts might hear about you, too.

Anthony Abraham Jack, Assistant Professor of Education at Harvard University, joins us to discuss his book, The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students. Elite colleges and universities have begun admitting a more racially and economically diverse range of students in recent years. But once they get there, these students face difficulties that are not being addressed. From campus culture to food insecurity, Jack explores the areas in which colleges must improve if they want to adequately support students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

On the fun half: Predictions for how the Democrats will screw up tomorrow's Mueller hearings. Larry Kudlow says there's nothing to raise wages like private sector growth. Matt Walsh argues for a $0 minimum wage after negative McDonald's experience. Trump says he could wipe out Afghanistan and win the war in 10 days. Fake Susan Collins campaign ad: "Disappointed." ICE attempted to bring a TN man into custody; his neighbors formed a human chain to protect him and his son. Nadler says Mueller doesn't need to listen to DOJ request to remain within boundaries. DeBlasio says ConEd should become a public utility.

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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop

TODAY'S HEADLINES:

Democrats and Trump agree on a budget deal that neither side will be completely happy with. (PBS)

Meanwhile, DOJ officials tell Robert Mueller make his congressional testimony on Wednesday as pointless as possible. (Splinter)

And lastly, Trump turns the cartoon super-villainy up to eleven, as the White House makes plans to take food stamps away from over 3 million Americans. (Daily Beast)

 

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

NBC News reports Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her family have seen profits soar since Trump’s deregulation efforts and his massive tax cuts for the rich.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday predicted an imminent economic crisis unless the Trump administration and Congress quickly pass legislation to regulate the financial sector and significantly reduce middle class household debt.

Sen. Kamala Harris and Rep. Jerry Nadler introduced a bill on Tuesday that would expunge marijuana-based convictions and use tax revenue to help create trust funds for communities impacted by the War on Drugs. (Daily Beast)

Vice reports that 26% of all climate change references have vanished from .Gov sites since Trump took office.

And Axios reports that a Louisiana police officer who suggested on Facebook that Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez should be shot was fired from his job, along with a second officer who liked his post.

 

 

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On today's show: Ron Johnson says "love it or leave it" wasn't racist in the 60s. White House's Mercedes Schlapp: Trump is not a racist, he "stands with the people who support him." Stephen Bannon: core of Trump's platform is "deconstruction of the administrative state." Sam breaks down how Trump's been doing this and the threat it poses.

On the fun half: John from San Antonio on the latest primary polls. Con Ed foists intentional blackout on Canarsie; residents are pissed. Stephen Miller tells Chris Wallace Omar and squad are not patriotic, calling the country "garbage;" Chris Wallace pulls up old Trump tweet where he says the same thing about Obama. Cole James Cash on his impending Jesse Lee Peterson appearance. Mimi Rocha says Bernie Sanders makes her skin crawl. Dave Rubin destroyed by orbs and logic. Greg Abbott signs Texas Chik Fil A "free speech" bill into law. TP USA graphic is helping to abolish the electoral college. Hong Kong mob of "white shirts" beat up protesters who want greater autonomy from China.

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TODAY'S HEADLINES:

Puerto Rico's governor says he’ll finish his term, will not run for reelection next year (Miami Herald)

Most Americans disagree with Trump's "go back" tweets (CBS News

Immigrants and their kids founded 45% of U.S. Fortune 500 companies (New American Economy)

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Axios reports Jared Kushner will travel to Jerusalem and several other capitals in the Middle East next week to discuss how to move forward with the Trump administration’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.

WaPo is reporting that congress is nearing a federal budget deal that would include few—if any—immediate spending cuts, and would lift the debt limit for two years.

AFP reports Israel began demolishing a number of Palestinian homes south of Jerusalem early Monday, a move which has drawn international concern.

And the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said in a statement that the Trump administration plans to revise the U.S. citizenship test to ensure that "it continues to serve as an accurate measure of a naturalization applicant's civics knowledge.” (NPR)

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Trump disavows his own supporters?

Good morning, Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon), host of the Benjamin Dixon show joins us today. Benjamin explains why even if Trump is defeated he has left sustained body blows on America, is the media starting to understand the Republican Party? Bill Barr backs Donald Trump and are our institutions failing? Joe Biden in trouble? Benjamin and Sam make debate predictions, of course never believe Trump apologies and the money behind the far right culture war.

On the Fun Half: Ilhan Omar is welcomed home in Minneapolis and gives an inspiring address. Marco Rubio, tests an incredibly lame defense of Republican racists. Debunking the Ilhan Omar anti semitism lies. A caller explains the future of the heartland and the climate crisis. Ronald Raygun, has a Rubin style insight. What type of campaign will 2020 be? Alan Dershowitz, explains he has a "perfect sex" record. Sanders, Warren and labor. Dan Crenshaw, does lame propaganda against raising the Minimum Wage and your calls & IMs.


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TODAY'S HEADLINES: 

House Dems warn Omar in 'imminent danger' after Trump rally chants (POLITICO)

Trump Nominates Antonin Scalia’s Son as Labor Secretary (Mother Jones)

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris will face off again as lineups for CNN Democratic primary debates are set (CNN)

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Axios is reporting that John Delaney's senior team sat him down and told him to drop out of the presidential race by mid-August. Delaney’s reportedly spent nearly $19 million as a 2020 candidate since 2017.

The House on Thursday passed legislation to gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, following through on a key Democratic campaign promise and ending a six-month struggle within the caucus. (POLITICO)

The Hill reports that the Pentagon is preparing to deploy 500 troops to Saudi Arabia amid escalating tensions with Iran.

New York Times is reporting that after years of legal wrangling, the E.P.A. will not ban Chlorpyrifos, a pesticide which has been linked to developmental disabilities.

And lastly, Five-Thirty-Eight reports that there is only one US senator more unpopular that Susan Collins and that is Senate Majority leader, and self proclaimed Grim Reaper of of all things good… Cocaine Mitch McConnell.

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Good morning, joining Michael Brooks this Thursday on the Majority Report is Ben Burgis, author of Give Them an Argument: Logic for the Left, to discuss the 2020 Democratic candidates and their particular uses of logic to attract voters before they head to the polls. With the second round of Democratic debates only 2 weeks away, Michael and Ben examine how the format can be improved and better inform prospective voters. Burgis believes the debates have fallen to a state of "he said, she said" format where follow-up questions are little more than trivia. Burgis then explains what logic and rhetoric means in political discourse. Logic is the substance of your arguments while rhetoric is the way you describe those arguments. Burgis argues that logic without rhetoric is ineffective to convince people, but rhetoric without logic is like a gift wrapped box with nothing in it, aka Ben Shapiro. Burgis and Brooks look into some of the logically inconsistent arguments developing in the 2020 campaign, including the Medicare for All versus Medicare for Those Who Want It. In all polling on healthcare, the question is never "do you like your health insurance?" it's always "are you satisfied with your coverage?" which does not address people's real problems with their healthcare like keeping their doctor, actually using their insurance, and the complexities of in-network navigation, billing, or claims processing. But how do you convince someone who prefers reform over structural change? Burgis believes this is a hard argument to make because the details of Warren's "plan for that" platform is more palatable for voters who see structural reform as unrealistic, despite the fact that means-tested programs are always culled after they're initiated.

And in the Fun Half: Meghan McCain found a way to make the Squad v. Trump development about her agency, beyond 2020: removing the conditions that brought Trump, Bernie Sanders explains why the M4A criticism of "it can't be done" is baseless, Dave Rubin clip of the day, Puerto Rico is due statehood, diet and wellbeing in a socialized healthcare system, Lindsey Graham says a MAGA Somali would be a celebrity at the Trump White House, Ilhan Omar explains why Trump is both a racist and a fascist, Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein party at Mar-A-Lago, the next steps in forming a new Sudanese government, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 7-18-19-Ben_Burgis-PUB.mp3
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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop

TODAY'S HEADLINES: 

TrumpRally Erupts in Raucous Chants of ‘Send Her Back’ as Trump Goes After Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar (The Root)

Rand Paul blocks funding bill for 9/11 victims over hypocritical budget concerns. (ThinkProgress)

House Democrats voting to hold Barr, Ross in contempt. (Hill)

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Joshua Trees are being wiped out by Climate Change (Earther)

Ebola Outbreak in Congo is declared a global health emergency (NYT)

DNC warns 2020 campaigns not to use FaceApp developed by Russians (CNN)

Democrats ask Labor Department to investigate Amazon warehouses (The Hill)

Widespread, oppressive and dangerous heat to roast much of the U.S. through the weekend (WaPo)

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On today's show, Elie Mystal, Executive Editor at Above the Law, joins us to discuss his cover story in the Nation, "Donald Trump and the Plot to Take Over the Courts."

Sam and Mystal take a 30,000 ft. view of Trump's judicial maneuvers before moving to particular judges and their legal records on the bench. Trump and McConnell have confirmed at least 123 federal judges, including 41 to the circuit court of appeals judges. 14% of all federal judges are Trump judges, and 22% of all circuit court judges are Trump appointees. McConnell was a huge roadblock for Obama entire legal project, with 116 vacancies at the end of Obama second time. With the benefit of hindsight, Sam and Mystal agree that the liberal progressive movement has not done the organizational work needed to bring left-leaning judges and lawyers to the federal bench. According to Mystal, the GOP knows how to play this game, the Federalist Society and Judicial Crisis network know how to slam liberal organizations like the American Constitution Society and ACLU as unhinged leftists.

Shifting gears, Mystal explains why your region's circuit court of appeals is the most instrumental in determining your state's laws. The final arbiter on the laws that affect your day-to-day life is your circuit court, the Supreme Court does not need to see every case that is appealed beyond the circuit court, leaving the final ruling at the circuit court. Mystal then breaks down Trump's worst of the worst confirmed judges. Starting with Don R. Willits, appointed to the 5th circuit, was once called the "most conservative" judge on the Texas Supreme Court by religious-right leader James Dobson of Focus on the Family. Willits has consistently ruled against LGBT protections in Texas and refused to recognize same-sex marriage licenses awarded in other states. Next up, Chad Readler. Readler was Jeff Sessions "right-hand man" in the DOJ's civil division where he defended Trump and Sessions' child-separation policies and ending DACA protections. And lastly, we have Amy Barrett, the handmaiden. Mystal says that conservatives have been saving Amy Barrett as their ace-in-the-hole for when Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies. Barrett will be the one who allows the GOP court to overturn 40+ years of precedent when they abolish Roe v. Wade and a whole host of other reproductive rights. Read the entire piece to get a better understanding of why the left needs to organize around the judicial system!

And in the Fun Half: Sam contemplates if he's having a stroke, Bernie isn't making friends at Washington Post 2020 Candidate forum, and won't be caught in a gotcha moment about bussing either, Dave Rubin gets Marianne Williamson on his program and it didn't go as planned, Marianne explains reparations and restitution for slavery, Rubin gets schooled, he pivots and takes her into the deep end on Iran, but Marianne sinks him instead, Elizabeth Warren asks why the acting Defense Secretary won't commit to ending relationships with his former employers at Raytheon, a Palantir co-founder calls Google and its employees "not a patriotic company," Emerald Garner delivers a powerful statement calling for Officer Pantaleo job to be terminated, how Bill Barr quashed the DOJ's investigation into Garner's death, plus no calls and no IMs!

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On today's show the MR team brings you the news. Sam breaks down the Trump administration's next step in eroding federal research agencies: forcing USDA scientists to relocate to Kansas City. USDA staffers had until midnight on Monday to decide whether or not they would relocate with the department's research branches to the midwest, a brazen move designed to distance scientists and their findings from legislators and policy makers in DC. Joe Biden's healthcare policy rollout hit a roadblock last night when his press secretary Symone Sanders was asked about her change of heart from 2016 when she promoted Bernie's Medicare for All plan to now promoting Biden's less expansive Obamacare plus plan. Symone Sanders' non-answers and pablum explaining why Biden's plan was better than Medicare for All is exactly what happens to press secretaries when there is no substance or popular demand for a policy like Biden's Obamacare expansion--the healthcare horizon has expanded beyond eliminating tax subsidy caps. And in the White House, Trump doubles down on his racist statements and says that his nakedly racist comments about the Squad were fine because "many people agree" with them. Trump is in full 2020 mode and knows the election will be about bases. Trump is betting on racism as his best tool to turn out republican voters next November. Sam then examines the Squad's responses to Trump and how they do politics better than anyone else in the Democratic Party. Their ability to synthesize their talking points, policy projects all while keeping their opposition in their sights, including Democratic House Leadership. The Squad can walk and chew gum while they seize power for the left.

And in the Fun Half:  Sam shares news of his ongoing right wing trolling projects, the time Gavin McInnes offered Sam $5,000 to go on his show, Gavin also made this offer to David Pakman, but really wanted to sure up the deal...so he called in, coincidentally Sam gets a call from "Bob Fandela" to talk about Right Wing Mandela's new Free Ideas show, Puerto Ricans are protesting after Governor Ricardo Rosselló's group chats leaked where he called for the death of the San Juan mayor and homophobic remarks about Ricky Martin, why Bernie Sanders needs to do well in South Carolina, turning out voters is more productive than pandering to the elusive purple suburban professional managerial class, why Medicare 4 All is popular across class and identity, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 7-16-19-Sam_Seder-PUB.mp3
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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop

TODAY'S HEADLINES:

Trump steps up attacks on progressive congresswomen, says they 'hate our country' and Israel. (NBC)

WH projects $1 trillion deficit for 2019. (THE HILL)

Beto O'Rourke fundraising fell to $3.6 million in second quarter. (POLITICO)

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The Intercept is reporting that the margin of victory between Tiffany Cabán and Melinda Katz to be Queens's next top prosecutor is now less than one half of a percentage point, which has prompted a mandatory recount of more than 90,000 votes. 

WMUR reports that Kamala Harris has risen into second place in the latest New Hampshire primary poll conducted by Saint Anselm College.

More than 100 Amazon employees in Minnesota went on strike during Amazon Prime Day. The warehouse workers were protesting the company’s labor conditions and environmental impact. (GRIST)

NBC News is reporting that Sadie Roberts-Joseph, the founder and curator of the Baton Rouge African American Museum, was discovered dead in the trunk of a car Friday afternoon. A cause of death is not yet known.

The Green New Deal has picked up endorsements from two major Christian groups, calling the policy framework “what is needed to preserve and restore God’s great gift of creation.” (HUFFPO)

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On today's show, David T. Courtwright, author of The Age of Addiction: How Bad Habits Became Big Business and presidential professor emeritus in the Department of History at the University of North Florida, joins us.

On today's show: Mike Pence observes men in cages at Southern border.

David T. Courtwright, author of The Age of Addiction: How Bad Habits Became Big Business and presidential professor emeritus in the Department of History at the University of North Florida, joins us. Most people think of drugs and alcohol as the primary things associated with addiction. But people can become addicted to many other things. In this book, Courtwright explores the idea of "limbic capitalism," by which corporations exploit the body's limbic system for profit by getting people addicted to everything from sugary soft drinks to social media.

On the fun half: Nancy Pelosi faces off against progressive "squad" of AOC, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley. AOC on visit to border detention: "I believe them...this is a manufactured crisis." Heather Heyer's killer sentenced to life in prison. Fox and Friends laughs at Trump's racist tweets: "very comedic." Lindsey Graham says AOC and the squad are a bunch of communists. Newt says Trump sees an opportunity to attack the squad because of the fight between progressives and Pelosi. Ilhan Omar explains why politics is about wielding power, not sharing it to maintain status quo. Biden promoting his healthcare plan that doesn't include Medicare For All. Obama endorses Medicare For All before 2018 midterms.

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Direct download: 7-15-19-David_Courtwright-PUB.mp3
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Sam at Netroots! Day 2.

Sam is joined by Adele Stan from Right Wing Watch,

Briahna Joy Gray and Winnie Wong from the Bernie Sanders campaign,

Jeff Hauser of the Revolving Door Project, Alexandra Rojas of Justice Democrats,

Adam Green of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Ryan Grim of The Intercept,

and Matt Christman, Brendan James and Virgil Texas of Chapo Trap House.

Also: Bernie gets an approving pat from a postal worker, Trump says Acosta did a great job as labor secretary, Brooke Goldstein claims Ilhan Omar "would be a member of the KKK" if she weren't in Congress, Pelosi admonishes "squad" not to tweet their complaints, David Dayen updates us on the White House's attack on asylum seekers, Tommy Robinson supporting thugs attack journalists outside parliament, Trump says the kidney "has a special place in the heart."

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Sam reports live from the Netroots Nation conference in Philadelphia.

On day one of Netroots, Sam speaks with Dean Obeidallah, host of SiriusXM's 'The Dean Obeidallah Show;" David Dayen, executive editor of 'The American Prospect;' David Weigel of The Washington Post; Sean McElwee and Julian Brave NoiseCat of Data For Progress; Jared Holt of Right Wing Watch; and Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA.

Also on today's show: Bernie tells Rachel Maddow that as president, he'd scare Mitch McConnell by going to KY and having a rally. Bernie says inequality is intentional, emphasizes need to take on the power structure. Gorka gets owned by prank caller. AOC asks Powell why the Fed keeps getting the rate of unemployment wrong, attacks the Phillips curve as discredited economic model. Ben Shapiro says Megan Rapinoe benefits from being an outspoken lesbian.

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Happy Wednesday, joining Michael Brooks on today’s Majority Report is Loren Rodgers, Executive Director of the National Center for Employee Ownership to discuss a recent article featured in the New Republic. In America there are now over 7,000 employee owned businesses who revenue totals close to half a billion dollars. The history of employee ownership is one was designed and adapted to deal with the growing wealth inequality, namely investment banker Louis Kelso who was instrumental in designing Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs). Rodgers goes on to explain ESOPs have a history on both the right and left with both environmental conscious brands and christian brands both establishing ESOPs as a way to maintain their company values. Brooks and Rodgers go on to explore the current employee-owned related legislation and policy being promoted by legislators in Washington and on the 2020 campaign trail; particularly, Bernie and his state-run employee ownership centers and the US Employee Ownership Bank. Rodgers also says Kristin Gillibrand has taken up the lion's share of the employee ownership movement with her 2018 Main Street Employee Ownership Act.

On the fun half: Will the DA election in Queens be stolen from Caban? How not to challenge McConnell. Should tinkering with credit score formulation really be a priority now? Interracial marriage by jews is a new holocaust, says rabbi. Tucker does more bigotry against Ilhan Omar. A MR-listening moderate Nebraska farmer may run as a pro-M4A republican.

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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop

TODAY'S HEADLINES:

Federal judge rejects Trump administration’s bid to swap out lawyers for Census case on citizenship question (WAPO)

Migrant kids in Yuma report sex assault, retaliation from U.S. agents (NBC NEWS)

France to slap new 'ecotax' on plane tickets from 2020 (AP)

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The government no longer wants Michael Flynn to testify against ex-partner (WAPO)

New North Carolina law allows prosecutors to charge drug dealers with murder (The Hill)

Top Senate Republican Wants to Rein In Tech’s Liability Shield (Bloomberg)

Two Republicans sue Ocasio-Cortez over Twitter blocks (The Hill)

 

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On today's show, Sarah Reckhow (@SReckhow), co-author, Outside Money in School Board Elections: The Nationalization of Education Politics.

Reckhow and her co-authors looked at 5 cities where outside money was flooding into local school board elections including Indianapolis, Denver, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Bridgeport, CT. After pouring over close to a decade's worth of campaign contributions, Reckhow and her colleagues found that there was a huge surge of money coming from the beginning of Obama first term in 2008 to 2012 which found far greater sums of outside money being spent in school board elections. The research identified 132 donors who provided more than half the funding for candidates running on school reform (pro-charter) in the sampled cities. Reckhow points out, also, how reform candidates who raised this outside money also raised more money locally. The reform candidates we're 2.5x more likely to be elected while union-backed candidates won half of its races, a huge gain for school reform efforts. This led to a greater expansion of charter schools in the cities studied. These cities were studied by Reckhow and her colleagues because they're municipalities where the school board has the most authority in enacting education reform, like allocating funds to charter school funding. Reckhow concludes the interview pointing out that school board elections remain an important part of our local democracies where popular engagement can effectively combat outside money and interest.

And in the Fun Half: Dan Bongino does not seem to have the composure to a talking head--let alone a law enforcement officer, how to get blue collar voters on board with democratic candidates, Jesse Watters says women athletes would probably be paid more if they were more patriotic, Elizabeth Warren says she'll end the Israeli occupation of Palestine, the value of Bernie defining himself as a Democratic Socialist, "electability" and Biden, Andrew Yang v. Meghan McCain, Tom Steyer sends $100M into a blackhole, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 7-8-19-Sarah_Reckhow-PUB.mp3
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We're back from the July 4th holiday and got a piping-hot plate of news for you, our loyal listener. The big story coming into Monday is the bombshell indictment of Jeffrey Epstein on new charges of human trafficking. The charges first reported by the Daily Beast "allege that Epstein sexually exploited dozens of underage girls...molesting or sexually abusing them in his Upper East Side mansion or his palatial residence in Palm Beach." In an era where #MeToo has taken down powerful men across several professions, Epstein had, until this point, avoided any consequences for his heinous actions. According to Sam, this is a story of power and influence of one American billionaire. Hopefully this trial shows how Epstein was able to plead out so easily more than a decade ago and continue his behavior until 2019.

Meanwhile, the crisis at the border continues to spiral out of control. UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said this morning that she was "appalled" at the conditions. Immigrants rights lawyers who traveled to the Clint, Texas facilities said they have never seen or smelled such degrading and inhumane conditions in their careers. Of course, Donald Trump doesn't see it that way, he blames Democrats for the conditions at the border, saying the party's laxed position on amnesty is the sole reason for the facilities' conditions. Finally, it was revealed this weekend that DHS knew about the racist, misogynistic private Facebook group since at least 2016. But don't worry acting DHS secretary Kevin McAleenan says "any employee found to have compromised the public’s trust in our law enforcement mission will be held accountable."

The crew also breaks down Trump's stunning history lesson from July 4th. Who knew the colonials  won independence because of an effective air defense system? Sam wraps the free half of the show asking does Nancy Pelosi's have a plan beyond punching left and scapegoating her most popular caucus members?

And in the Fun Half: why Trump continues to limit asylum measures, the failures of ICE, John from San Antonio is frustrated with the lack of policy understanding from Bernie Sanders' supporters, John Delaney hides the ball on his "Better Care" plan which will not lower healthcare costs, a MAGA free speech guy says he's the first person ever banned from Tinder, Proud Boys and the cops are getting along nicely, Biden's plan for the court is no plan at all, and why Obama's vetting of Biden is all that matters in 2020, why Sam continues to dispel misinformation about Dave Rubin, what potential voters cast ballots for libertarian candidate Justin Amash, plus your calls and IMs!

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Alex Pareene (@Pareene) stops by to discuss Trump's extra Freedom Fourth of July, impeachment, the democrats, and more!

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On today's show, The New Republic's, Matt Ford (@fordm), joins us to review the Supreme Court's latest term. Broadly speaking the term was mixed bag, with some small victories for the court's liberals, but mostly the court maintained its steady slide towards conservatism. While Republican presidents have appointed more justices over the past 50 years, those appointments have never been as conservative as Trump's appointments, Gorsuch and Kavanaugh. Ford believes that this Roberts court will become more conservative in the years to come. Ford and Sam review the Court's ruling on Kisor v. Wilkie, where the court decided not to overturn "Auer deference" where "courts defer to federal agencies’ reasonable reading of ambiguous regulations." While this sounds like a victory at face value a liberal court would not take it up in the first place. Ford explains in Elena Kagan's 5-4 majority opinion "added a five-part test that will give judges more room to scrutinize those regulations." And Roberts added to the majority opinion that the ruling would not impact the Chevron deference which conservative legal scholars have been railing against for decades. Sam and Ford then discuss the gerrymandering case (Rucho v. Common Cause) and census citizenship question case (Department of Commerce v. New York) and what those rulings will mean for the future of our democracy. Ford does not see a silver lining in the case of Rucho v. Common Cause beyond state supreme courts stopping gerrymandering. The GOP has been very explicit in its attempts to gerrymander its way to power in states like Wisconsin and the Supreme Court has now ruled that it cannot enforce gerrymandering guidelines. Granted, the Supreme Court did not entirely implode this term since it did not rule in favor of the Trump administration and the Commerce department on the citizenship question, and are now dropping the campaign to add the citizenship question to the 2020 census. Ford and Sam conclude with a look towards the court's next term including positive developments in criminal justice reform.

And in the Fun Half: the MSM is a little too excited to say Bernie is done, Third Way thinks anyone can beat Trump... except Sanders, Bernie's huge rally in Iowa City, assessing our biases, the NYT Sydney Ember problem, empathy and logic on the left, Dan Crenshaw picked a bad time to say the border situation is not true, Glenn Beck thinks migrants would prefer to sleep on the desert floor than the squalor DHS facilities, Lou Dobbs is hyped about the Trump July 4th militaripalooza, Meghan McCain feels like a "caged animal," how would progressives work with Biden, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 7-3-19-Matt_Ford-pub.mp3
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On today's show, Jennifer L. Eberhardt, author of, Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, And Do. Dr. Eberhardt's take a look at the difference between what we understand in our culture as racism and the implicit biases we pick up within our society.  Through extensive studies including both clinical and social studies, Dr. Eberhardt addresses how racial bias is not restricted to a few bad actors but is present at all levels of society in media, education, and business. Sam and Eberhardt also discuss the plasticity of the brain and how exposure to diversity can help dispel bias and our seemingly innate prejudices. Eberhardt explains how her studies can be applied to larger systemic problems of bias, specifically in policing and corporate culture. By showing this implicit bias through clinical testing it's easier to show how prejudice and stereotypes can be systemic, beyond personal animus, and something that be unlearned. Moving forward, is it possible to isolate these influences of bias in the first place? Eberhardt believes exposure and contact to information and a diverse population is key to unlearning bias. Sam and Eberhardt conclude their conversation with an open-ended question: if we're all biased in some way, at what point does it turn to racism? Whether or not implicit bias turns to explicit racism, it can be as harmful in a slow eroding kind of way, as it exists alongside social norms.

And in the Fun Half: Bernie slides to 4th in the latest CNN poll, a breakdown of the ProPublica CPB Secret Facebook group, one bad apple does spoil the whole bunch, harrowing images and video from inside the Clint, TX Customs & Border Patrol facilities, the argument for decommodifying housing, Donald Trump has started and defeated homelessness in America, Trump reaffirms that the Census citizenship question is about denying rights to immigrants, Greg Gutfeld admits Fox would be sounding alarm bells if Obama met with Kim Jong Un, Bernie's messaging on engagement, a Jimmy Dore story, plus your calls and IMs!

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Anthony McCann, journalist and author of 'Shadowlands: Fear and Freedom at the Oregon Standoff,' joins us.

On today's show: Joe Biden says kids in hoodies might become poet laureates and not just gangbangers. Biden re-uses gay waiter anecdote from 15 years ago.

Journalist and author Anthony McCann joins us to discuss his new book, 'Shadowlands: Fear and Freedom at the Oregon Standoff.' In 2016, an armed group of protesters led by Ammon Bundy occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon. In this book, McCann identifies numerous political currents highlighted by the incident, including: The influence of Mormonism on Bundy and the dangers of operating on pure ideology. The protesters' belief that property rights began when the US was colonized. The history of "state's rights" rhetoric and Bundy's many precedents. The surprising influence of Occupy Wall Street. The role played by the internet and privatization.

On the fun half: Biden's "electability" ratings drop following debates. Kamala Harris tries to clarify m4a stance, still unclear exactly what she wants. A caller from Oregon explains how environmental regulations and welfare reform have hurt rural people in her area. Trump gives his Monday morning QB take on Kamala and Biden, says he'll introduce busing legislation. Trump asked to clarify busing legislation, clearly has no idea what it is. Ivanka Trump hangs with the grownups at G20, tries to butt into their convo. Trump says businesses are calling America "the hot show." Trump says he's talking to world leaders about new student visas: "Smart person's waivers." Tucker says it's a reality that nation leaders do need to kill people. Bernie says he's got "no problem" with Trump meeting with Kim Jong Un, but it needs to be more than a photo op. "Jews against ICE" protests at Elizabeth NJ ICE facility. Political cartoonist fired for border cartoon of Trump golfing around dead migrants.

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Direct download: 7-1-19-Anthony_McCann-pub.mp3
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Digby (Heather Parton) (@digby56) and Matt Binder (@MattBinder ) join us.

On today's show: AOC explains that there's no oversight of spending on Senate bill funding ICE.

Digby (Heather Parton) (@digby56) joins us to break down the latest news from Washington, including: the latest Supreme Court decisions, the Democratic debates, the new center of gravity in the Democratic Party, and how the race will change now that Biden has self-immolated in public. Also: the role of never-Trumpers and who stood out. 

Matt Binder (@MattBinder ), former MR producer/contributor and host of DOOMED w/ Matt Binder, joins us. An update on alt-right online communities. How much has the "movement" been hurt by the de-platforming of prominent leaders like Alex Jones, Milo, Cernovich et. al? The decline of Breitbart. How the YouTube algorithm turns disaffected young men into Pepes and/or the Yang Gang. Ben Shapiro says conservatives can be funny, he has written spec comedy scripts. Yang claims his mic was cut during Dem debate. Kamala Harris goes after Biden about bussing, Biden defends states' rights. Brian Kilmeade almost gets it: the GOP is racist.

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Good evening, welcome to the second 2020 Democratic debate watch show with the MR crew! We're live at 8:50 and will be covering the stage of former VP Joe Biden, VT Senator Bernie Sanders, CA Senator Kamala Harris, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, former CO Governor John Hickenlooper, Senator Michael Bennett, Rep. Eric Swalwell, orb mistress Marianne Williamson, and Andrew "Daddy Yangbucks" Yang. We break down the candidates' performances and look at who made a splash, who held it together, and who went down in flames.

Bernie comes out strong with "healthcare is a right." Kamala Harris owns Biden on race and integration. Bernie connects abortion rights and m4a. Buttigieg addresses the shooting in South Bend. Biden fumbles and gets owned. Hickenlooper warns of the dangers of socialism, repeatedly. Marianne preaches a revolution of love.

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Good evening, welcome to the first 2020 Democratic debate watch show with the MR crew! We're live at 8:50 and will be covering the stage of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, Former Obama HUD Secretary Julian Castro of Texas, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington state, Former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland. We break down the candidate performances and look forward tomorrow's debate in Miami.

Corey Booker has pivoted to the left and looks to be positioning himself to be a Sanders or Warren VP. Will Corey Bookers' move to the left lead to a larger left exodus in the Democratic primary? Texas Beto and National Beto are in conflict and it is not work for him. John Delaney and Amy Klobuchar are the Bash Brothers of meaningless centrism. Elizabeth Warren did not dominate as much we expected, and everyone is falling behind the Sanders movement.

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Joining Michael Brooks on today's Majority Report is Murtaza Hussain to talk about the right wing's secretive efforts to start a war with Iran and the writings of the fake journalist Heshmat Alavi.

On today's show: DSA-endorsed public defender Tiffany Cabán (most likely) wins Queens DA race.

Murtaza Hussain (@MazMHussain), journalist at The Intercept, joins us to talk about the right wing's secretive efforts to start a war with Iran and the writings of the fake journalist Heshmat Alavi. The return of "America first" paleoconservative who advocates turning the US from an empire to a white ethno-state. How pro regime change forces faked an Iranian journalist named Heshmat Alavi. (Read Hussain's report at The Intercept.) Jared Kushner lays out plans for the future of Palestine. The Trump admin's clueless efforts to buy the Palestinians out of the hope of statehood.

On the fun half: Japanese Americans protest children being moved to camps in Oklahoma. Meghan McCain makes child concentration camps at border about her and her family. Dana Loesch's Meghan McCain impression and Meghan's brunch tweet. Dave Rubin thinks government needs to intervene in the marketplace of ideas, specifically YouTube. USA women's soccer star Megan Rapinoe on going to WH: "I'm not going to the fucking White House." Gorka says the wall has to come before providing hygenic products to detainees. Trump says border conditions were worse under Obama. Dennis Prager says Google is censoring any conservative voices.

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Matt Stroud (@MattStroud), author of "Thin Blue Lie: The Failure of High-Tech Policing," joins us.

On today's show: Trump misnames Iran's Supreme Leader. Trump says he does not need Congress to strike Iran.

Author Matt Stroud (@MattStroud) joins us to discuss his new book "Thin Blue Lie: The Failure of High-Tech Policing." While technologies like the taser were supposed to transform law enforcement for the better, in reality they've only made it "lazier, more reckless, and more discriminatory." In this book, Stroud looks at how corporate marketing tactics sold these items to police departments, and how they contributed to the mission creep and civil liberties violations on display in the modern police state.

Why Andrew Yang's UBI proposal poses a danger to the welfare state.

On the fun half: Project Veritas exposes YouTube and MR's conspiracy to censor right-wing ideas. John Bolton says his previous writing on regime change in Iran aren't part of his current advisory role, but he still believes them. Brian Kilmeade says CBP isn't running the Marriot or Hyatt. Lou Dobbs says there was widespread voter fraud in 2016 by "a large number of aliens." Bill O'Reilly says reparations can't happen because it will codify the idea that the US was founded by racist white men. Ilhan Omar does Sharia at Twin Cities pride parade. Beto's war tax idea. Obama campaign manager appears before health savings account investors, says m4a will not happen. Ben Stein says black people love to play the victim.

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The MR Crew brings you a Monday news rundown, Bernie Sanders powerful critique of Trump's Iran war mongering and incompetence and the media's devotion to war. The humanitarian crisis at the border, the Administration and ICE lawyers defend denying basic care to children at the border. Sanders, very, very good student debt elimination bill.  Fox and Friends, can't handle Bernie's plan and its very funny. The census case and will the Supreme Court care at all about how bias they look?

On The Fun Half: How would the Sanders debt plan work? Congresswoman Jayapal, thanks Sanders for being the only federal official since 2015 to discuss the student debt crisis. AOC, shares her own student debt story. Chris Hayes and liberalism. An important correction on the "Norwegian" tanker story. A mass shooting in PA, receives no attention (you will never guess why). Donald Trump lies about his Administration's concentration camps. New rape allegation against Trump. Pete Buttigieg, has no plan to deal with police abuse in South Bend and protestors know it. Trump supporters resent being asked to care about kidnapped children and your calls and IMs.

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Happy Friday! Sam is out today, Michael Brooks fills in with special guests Ana Kasparian and Corey Pein to discuss the week in news, including the growing tensions with Iran, Joe Biden's past working relationship with segregationists, and the connection between climate change, UFOs and Posadism.

Greg Gutfeld: "War is like a video game, and that's good."

Ana Kasparian (@AnaKasparian), host and executive producer of The Young Turks, joins Michael to break down the week in news. Trump's pull-back on war with Iran: what's going on there? How 2019 is different from 2003, when the Bush administration marched us into the Iraq War. Vanity Fair's hatchet job on Bernie, Chrissy Teigen, and how the Warren campaign should respond. How the Netflix doc "The Edge of Democracy" shows Brazil's slide into fascism.

Corey Pein (@CoreyPein), author of "Live Work Work Work Die: A Journey Into The Savage Heart Of Silicon Valley" and host of News From Nowhere, joins us. What should we make of the latest declassified info on UFOs? Trump tells George Stephanopoulos he doesn't believe in aliens. Jamie explains Posadism and why it's gaining popularity at the moment. How do we prepare for the global warming crisis? Corey recommends some movies: 'Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit' (2005) and 'Hanna' (2011). Jamie recommends the TV adaptation of 'What We Do In The Shadows.'

On the fun half: Laura Ingraham says conquest is just how the world works. Conservative PM drags climate protester out by neck. Moro before Senate justice committee accused of sabotaging election. Stephanie Ruhle disingenuously scolds Bernie for calling out Biden for working with segregationists on prolonging segregation. A caller relates a skirmish with Dave Rubin.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:43pm EDT

Good Thursday morning, joining Sam on today's Majority Report is journalist and scholar Leta Hong Fincher to discuss her book,  Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in ChinaThrough interviews with feminists and other leading Chinese activists, Hong Fincher illuminates the difficulties they face and their “joy of betraying Big Brother.” Hong Fincher explains the long arch of the Chinese feminist movement in China over the last half century. Underlying the birth of the feminist movement in China was the growth of the economy alongside growing wealth inequality between men and women while moving from a planned economy to a market economy especially in housing. Changes in housing law shut women out of home ownership during one of the biggest gain in personal wealth in the history of China and the world. Beyond housing, gender discrimination in the job market and university admissions run rampant--Chinese women have to score higher on tests for college and companies can openly state "women need not apply." So how did Chinese women mobilize with the country's extensive censorship and surveillance? According to Hong Fincher, activists have been incredibly resourceful using individual accounts across China's social media platforms even while they're constantly being shut down.  For example, when "#metoo" was shut down, activists used emojis and Chinese characters that sounded like the English words, "me too." Hong Fincher goes on to explain the Feminist Five, their jailing in 2015, and how their imprisonment activated a larger feminist movement across China. Considering the Chinese government's ability to silence dissidents or imprison others (the Chinese Uyghurs) Hong Fincher explains the reason why the Feminist movement has not been imprisoned en masse is because it consists mostly of mostly educated, urban Han Chinese women, half of the country's population. Sam and Hong Fincher end their conversation considering what the feminist movement means for the China's now 2-child policy and the population concerns of the country.

And in the Fun Half: Trump is glad Iran did not shoot down a manned drone and threatens Iran, hawks say Iran is working with Al Qaeda now, According to Meghan McCain she has the hardest job on TV, Ilhan Omar explains what radical love means, What the Fuck Chuck Todd lives up to his name, the Bernie Sanders email list and grassroots growth in America, how to talk about reparations for black Americans, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 6-20-19-Leta_Hong_Fincher-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:19pm EDT

On today's show, the MR team discusses Trump's lonely cabinet, the State Department's threatening posture towards Iran, the state of Medicare for All's popularity, and how the Democratic Party is losing its grip on House legislation.

Yesterday, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan stepped down from his post after it was revealed that he and his son have a history of domestic violence. As Bolton and Pompeo ratchet up tensions with Iran, Shanahan was reportedly a check on the hawks calling for war; now with his exit, there is a vacuum in the White House and one less person on the National Security Council telling Trump that war with Iran would be catastrophic.

New polls from Kaiser Family Foundation and Navigator Research show that most Democratic voters are misinformed about Medicare for All. Only a quarter of Democratic are aware that the Sanders and Jayapal bill would completely eliminate deductibles, in fact, more Republicans (28%) knew Medicare for All would eliminate deductibles. The lack of clarity on M4A is a feature not a bug in Democratic leadership. Ironically, Democrats are running again on health care, but with a message less clear than 2018's campaign to protect the ACA. The horizon has expanded for the 2020 Democratic primary, hatred of Trump and threat of losing ACA protections will not bring about the same popular mobilization as platforms that include policies like M4A, the Green New Deal, student debt relief, and $15 minimum wage.

Joe Biden's Unite the Right tour through the 2020 Democratic primary continues to highlight his worst instincts. Last night, at a fundraiser in NYC, Biden stressed the need to reach out to the GOP, referencing his old Senate colleagues James Eastland and Herman Talmadge, segregationists who brought "civility" to American discourse. While Biden's staff say they lament him exemplifying segregationist, it doesn't seem like these examples will stop anytime soon.

Finally, Jimmy Dore...What you doin??

And in the Fun Half: Sam gives some relationship advice to a budding UK socialist, why it's Medicare for All and not Medicaid for All, explaining the Fox News "concentration camp" concern troll and what "never again" really means, Trump's 2020 kickoff, and why Boomers love Biden, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 6-19-19-Sam_Seder-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:40pm EDT

Anna Merlan (@annamerlan), reporter at G/O Media (formerly Gizmodo Media Group), joins us to discuss her book, Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power.

On today's show: Trish Regan says deep state GOP is banging war drum to make Trump look bad before 2020.

Anna Merlan joins us to discuss her new book, Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power. Birtherism and how conspiracy theories have become weaponized by the powerful. Conspiracy theories in the black community and their basis in historical reality. What do conspiracy theories do for people and why do they so often go back to the Jews? Merlan's take on UFOs, Pizzagate, and Russiagate. How a more fair, just and democratic society would help stem the proliferation of conspiratorial thinking.

On the fun half: Tucker Carlson says Africans at Southern border could "change US completely and forever." Laura Ingraham says Congolese are "repopulating" Portland, Maine. Stuart Varney says AOC is wrong about Amazon "starvation wages," cites wages raised by Sanders campaign. Gorka reminds caller that Trump was a Democrat during Access Hollywood hot mic. Tom Cotton says Pelosi is siding with the Ayatollahs when she says she does not want war. Rep. Katie Porter of CA joins Democrats calling for impeachment inquiry. Kyle Kashuv gets grilled on Fox News.

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Direct download: 6-18-19-Anna_Merlan-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:23pm EDT

Alex Hertel-Fernandez (@awh), Assistant Professor of Public Affairs at Columbia University and author of 'State Capture: How Conservative Activists, Big Businesses, and Wealthy Donors Reshaped the American States -- and the Nation,' joins us.

On today's show: Mick Mulvaney coughs through Trump's financial statement answer.

Alex Hertel-Fernandez (@awh), Assistant Professor of Public Affairs at Columbia University, joins us to discuss his new book, 'State Capture: How Conservative Activists, Big Businesses, and Wealthy Donors Reshaped the American States -- and the Nation.' How a "right-wing troika" of interest groups (Americans For Prosperity, the American Legislative Exchange Council, and the State Policy Network) work together to write and pass right-wing policy. How Scott Walker exemplifies this convergence. Why hasn't the left been able to replicate these networks? The differences between how left and wing funders engage with the projects they fund. How the left could model some of its infrastructure on the right in an effort to build power in the long term.

On the fun half: Trump says he will unveil a new healthcare plan for 2020 election. Israel unveils 'Trump Heights' settlement. Mayor Pete says he will keep embassy in Jerusalem if he becomes president. Andrew Yang agrees with dave Rubin that UBI is means to destroy the welfare state. NYT reporter explains how she found the youngest child separated from parents by CBP; now two years old, he can't yet walk or speak. Ben Shapiro says gay couples shouldn't adopt because there's a Mother's and Father's Day. Cops threaten to murder mother and child who took a Barbie doll from a store. Mitch McConnell explains why he will fill any 2020 Supreme Court vacancy. Pompeo says US will strike Iran if they need to protect international crude oil. GOP Senator Tom Cotton: "Unprovoked attacks" on oil tankers from Iran "warrant a retaliatory military strike."

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Direct download: 6-17-19-Alex_Hertel-Fernandez-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:31pm EDT

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) and David Feldman (@David_Feldman_) join us for Casual Friday.

On today's show: Trump admin beats the drum for war with Iran. Owner of the "attacked" oil tanker disputes part of US account of attack. Does Trump really want to start a war or is he just fronting?

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon), host of The Benjamin Dixon Show, joins us to discuss the news from Washington. Does the Trump administration need public support to start a war with Iran? The implications of including the GOP's citizenship question on the census. Why are the Democrats hedging on impeachment when there's popular support for it? What the newly released debate stage assignments mean for the Democratic primary candidates.

Comedian David Feldman (@David_Feldman_) serves the MR kiddies a heaping dose of reality about slippery slopes, existential threats, and Joe Biden's exclusive focus on Trump.

On the fun half: John Hickenlooper tries to scare people away from Bernie with red-baiting crap about socialism. Bernie responds with FDR video. Hickenlooper's non-response to Bernie. Trump claims he answered all of Mueller's questions, Stephanopoulos says not on obstruction, Trump goes gangster. Gorka says you have to take oppo research if it comes from Norway. Trump claims on Fox and Friends that the electoral college favors Democrats. Lou Dobbs wants to fire the producer who failed to provide beautiful close-ups of Trump's proposed AF1 paint job. A plug for Socialism 2019. How to get active duty service members to be more progressive?

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Direct download: 6-14-19-Ben_Dixon-David_Feldman-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:47pm EDT

Yesterday, after an important campaign speech in Washington, Bernie Sanders joined Sam to discuss what Democratic Socialism means in the 21st century and why freedom in America is predicated on economic Bill of Rights. Sanders looks at the biggest changes in America's history and explains why change does not happen from the top down. Instead, the key to social revolution and real change always happens from sustained grassroots efforts advocating of behalf of working people.

Contributing Editor at New York Magazine Andrew Rice joins Michael Brooks to discuss his piece, "The McKinsey Way to Save an Island," on how one consultant agency is charging more than a billion dollars for expert advice on how to make the island solvent once again. Much of Puerto Rico's debt trouble stems from the byzantine status of the island's bonds which were once seen as a safe investment for investors became a playground for more "creative" bonds like a rum and sale tax bond. Over the past several decades Puerto Rico has racked up $74B in bond debt and is now bankrupt. Rice and Brooks explore how Puerto Rico's vague colony status has created a precarious legal and financial situation for the island, its government, and ultimately its people. Rice goes spares no detail when describing the austere program prescribed by McKinsey and implemented by the US government oversight board known locally as la junta.  While cuts to schools, public safety, and privatizing the electrical grid are bad on their own, it's that much worse when it looks like McKinsey stands to directly benefit from its policies in Puerto Rico via its Investment Office. Turns out that the McKinsey Investment Office was highly invested in Puerto Rican bonds dating back to the 80s! McKinsey and the Oversight Board (after an internal investigation) both claim that there is no conflict of interest between the Investment Office and the firm's role in restructuring the Puerto Rican government. Rice and Brooks consider the role of consultant firms like McKinsey in government and whether or not their work ultimately benefits the public good and what a changing public perception means for the managerial class moving forward.

And in the Fun Half:  Nancy Pelosi's political malpractice, Trump's still open to opposition research from foreign countries, Tom Perez says Jay Inslee's climate debate is ultimately self serving, Marco Rubio says Democratic Socialism is incompatible with American values, Bernie channeling his inner FDR and the champions the former president's Economic Bill of Rights, Trump has another "pump me up" cabinet meeting session, Michael breaks down Lula's political prisoner status, plus your calls & IMs!

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Direct download: 6-13-19-Bernie_Sanders-Andrew_Rice-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:05pm EDT

Fred L. Block, Professor of Sociology at the University of California Davis, joins us to discuss his new book, Capitalism: The Future of an Illusion.

On today's show: #NoKidsInCages installation outside Barclays Center. Citizenship question in census revealed to be geared toward helping GOP, non-Hispanic whites. Elijah Cummings explains why oversight committee needs census citizenship question documents, despite Trump admin's claim of executive privilege. AOC asks why the citizenship question was rushed into the 2020 census.

Fred L. Block, Professor of Sociology at the University of California Davis, joins us to discuss his new book, Capitalism: The Future of an Illusion. The meaning of the book's title and why Block chose to echo Freud's 1927 book on religion. While most people believe that capitalist economies are autonomous, self-regulating and unchanging, they are actually plagued by contradictions and heavily shaped by government policy. In this book, Block makes the case that greater democratic control over the economy would help it function better, not worse, should the world's superpowers manage to implement sweeping redistributionist and environmental reforms like the Green New Deal.

On the fun half: Jon Stewart asks Congress why they have not reauthorized 9/11 victims comp fund. Mitch McConnell acts surprised that the fund has nearly run out. Trump waves secret agreement with Mexico in front of press pool. Biden finger wags at young woman asking about reproductive rights. A call from our friend the Mooch. David Pakman wants listeners to stop asking other progressive hosts to answer questions about things he did not say. A plug for Extinction Rebellionl; get involved here. Fox News guest says nobody will work if Rashida Tlaib's UBI bill becomes law. Tiffany Caban explains why her candidacy for Queens DA goes beyond her and why she is ready for the office. Hong Kong protests against Chinese extradition law.

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Direct download: 6-12-19-Fred_Block-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:31pm EDT

Ruben Andersson, anthropologist and associate professor at Oxford University's Department of International Development, joins us to discuss his new book, No Go World: How Fear Is Redrawing Our Maps and Infecting Our Politics.

On today's show: Reince Priebus joins the Navy. Matt Gaetz gets owned by John Dean: "Actually, Nixon did have a healthcare plan."

Ruben Andersson joins us to discuss his new book, No Go World: How Fear Is Redrawing Our Maps and Infecting Our Politics. How Andersson's last book led him to write this one. The history of cartography and the idea that monsters lurk at the edge of the known world. How these ideas were repurposed in the age of colonialism. How interventions like the War on Terror and militarized "border security" carry old methods of control into the present. How politicians use the rhetoric of emergency for short sighted political and economic gains. The need for a new narrative around concepts of "the other."

On the fun half: Nancy Pelosi is sick of talking about impeachment while we're trying to lower the national debt. Should Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders agree not to attack each other in the primary? How has knowledge of leftist movements of the past informed the MR crew's current outlook? Former ICE director Tom Homan says Trump's "bluff" worked, immediately walks it back. Trump says Mexico will stop denying secret aspects of tariff agreement soon. Sarah Sanders asked about details of secret Mexico Trump agreement: "Not going to get ahead of President Trump." Tammy Bruce is mad that California is expanding healthcare to some undocumented immigrants. A caller refutes Ben Shapiro using facts and logic. YouTube CEO can't give a coherent answer to question about LGBT issues on the platform. Bernie Sanders explains again that Medicare-for-all is not socialism.

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Direct download: 6-11-19-Ruben_Andersson-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:23pm EDT

Ryan Grim (@ryangrim), DC bureau chief at The Intercept, Young Turks contributor and author of the new book, We’ve Got People: From Jesse Jackson to AOC, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement, joins us.

On today's show: Jonathan Swan shows that Bannon hasn't done shit on his European vacation.

Ryan Grim (@ryangrim), DC bureau chief at The Intercept, Young Turks contributor and author of the new book, We’ve Got People: From Jesse Jackson to AOC, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement, joins us. The AOC quote that inspired the book's title. How the leadership of the Democratic Party resisted Jesse Jackson's progressive 1988 campaign. Are the differences within the Democratic Party dispositional or ideological? How party elites are still using McGovern's failed 1972 campaign as a cudgel against the left. How the DCCC blacklist made it harder for Bernie Sanders to find campaign staff. Joe Biden's atrocious record on issues important to progressives. Elizabeth Warren's history as a legislator and creator of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

On the fun half: Rep. Katie Porter dunks on Bill Maher not being aborted by his mom. Ronald Raygun on the dangers of bigotry against idiots. Sam breaks down his arguments against Dave Rubin. Dave Rubin edits his video titles to make far right guests seem less extreme. Blaze correspondent wants crusade against Teen Vogue for its pro-choice content. Acting ICE director assures Fox that there are special provisions in the migration agreement that we don't know about. Sad Beto claims to be unfazed by sinking poll numbers in Iowa, which really excites Jamie for some reason. Brian Kilmeade rants against California offering Medicaid coverage to young undocumented immigrants, accidentally makes it sound good.

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Direct download: 6-10-19-Ryan_Grim-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:42pm EDT

American Prospect Executive Editor David Dayen (@ddayen) and Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler ) join us.

On today's show: Joe Biden says he can no longer support the Hyde amendment.

David Dayen (@ddayen), executive editor of The American Prospect, joins us to discuss Joe Biden's retrograde "limited exposure" campaign. What effect will the debates have? What are his vulnerabilities? Also: Jay Inslee as single-issue climate change candidate, and Dayen's take on YouTube's response to Steven Crowder's homophobia. 

Comedian Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) joins us to discuss how his therapy is going, his complex feelings about Obama, his old friend Nick di Paolo, and Bill O'Reilly teaming up with Dennis Miller. Check out Andy's podcast, Thought Spiral.

Joe Rogan asks if harassing Carlos Maza is the same as calling Dave Rubin stupid.

On the fun half: Ben Shapiro doesn't understand why Crowder can't call someone a queer. Glenn Greenwald defends Crowder's right to be on YouTube (and monetized) on Tucker Carlson. Claire McCaskill derides partisanship, says Barack "Hussein" Obama did nothing to help it. Trump calls asylum seekers at the southern border "an invasion." AOC asks FBI why white supremacy is not domestic terrorism. Why is single-payer the only way to get everyone insured?

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Direct download: 6-7-19-David_Dayen_Andy_Kindler-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:27pm EDT

Brian Mier (@BrianMteleSUR) of BrasilWire joins Michael Brooks to discuss the protests against austerity taking place in Brazil and their impact on Bolsonaro's policies and government.

On today's show: Bernie says the Waltons have not heard his message. Walmart worker shares her experience working for almost no money at all.

Brian Mier (@BrianMteleSUR) of BrasilWire joins Michael Brooks to discuss the protests against austerity taking place in Brazil and their impact on Bolsonaro's policies and government. Bolsonaro's unpopularity with the people and the mass demonstrations against him uniting student, unions, and the poor. The far-reaching implications of Marielle Franco's assassination. The hollowness of the charge of "corruption." The Bolsonaro government's underhanded treatment of Lula de Silva, illegal wiretapping, and petty moves to separate him from his girlfriend. The New York Times' shoddy reporting on Brazil. Brazil as a model for social democratic movements worldwide.

On the fun half: Bernie backed abortion rights a year before Roe v Wade. Elizabeth Warren explains how the Hyde amendment impacts poor women and women of color. Sudanese activist explains state of Sudan protests. Trump thinks the Irish border wall will work out well this time. Lauren Carlson explains on Democracy Now why US tariffs on  Mexico are "economic blackmail." Vic Berger's sad compilation of Steven Crowder's CPAC stand-up: "It's sad that kids who look up to @scrowder will only learn to hate, not to empathize." The Serfs explain YouTube's hate speech policy reform with the opening scene of Chernobyl. NY Public Advocate Jumaane Williams arrested outside Albany capitol while protesting for universal rent control. A plug for Shahid Buttar, a progressive running to primary Pelosi in 2020.

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Direct download: 6-6-19-Brian_Mier-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:51pm EDT

On today's show: Bernie goes to Walmart shareholder meeting. Walmart CEO calls for Congress to raise the minimum wage.

Joe Biden drops in the polls, plagiarized many of the plans on his website. May 8: Biden tells ACLU rep in South Carolina he'd repeal the Hyde amendment. Biden's campaign says he still supports the Hyde amendment. Biden jokes about being in a woman's personal space at his townhall: "She pulled me close." GOP obstructs decent DACA bill. YouTube finds Steven Crowder's videos do not violate its hate speech policy. Jimmy Dore says Carlos Maza is a stooge who works for a military industrial complex media company, asks "what the fuck is wrong with you?" YouTube says it will now block supremacist content, demonetize other questionable content, including Steven Crowder. Maza calls YouTube's response "a joke."

On the fun half: Trump tells Piers Morgan the US has the best climate. Trump says tariffs on Mexico will bring companies back to the US...says he doesn't believe when others say Mexico is run by the cartels. Mitch McConnell says his party does not have much support for Trump's tariffs. Chris in Taiwan gives background on the Tiananmen Square protests: They were protesting for democracy, but also against neoliberalism. (Read Naomi Klein's "The Shock Doctrine"!) Trump says he barely saw any protesters in London. Laura Ingraham goes to plan B, says the protesters "didn't seem British."

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Author Rachel Louise Snyder (@RLSWrites) joins us to discuss her new book, No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us.

On today's show: Trump endorses the Chinese government's crackdown on Tiananmen Square protesters in 1990 Playboy interview.

Author Rachel Louise Snyder (@RLSWrites) joins us to discuss her new book, No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us. Domestic violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime in the US, but it's often swept under the rug as a private matter. The history of the laws around spousal abuse, which only became a crime in 1984. The income disparities in who gets charged and convicted. Some myths about domestic violence, and why they are wrong. Systemic changes that would reduce intimate partner violence and help victims get the services they need.

On the fun half: Trump says a new trade deal with UK would put NHS on the table. Corbyn says hands off NHS at anti-Trump rally in England. Boy says he "skipped A-level revision" to mow giant penis for Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders supports the Buzzfeed union. ICE detainee deaths were preventable: document. Ilhan Omar responds. Jared Kushner calls Russian contact in 2016 "a hypothetical." Hickenlooper booed after saying "socialism is not the answer."

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Author and documentary filmmaker Astra Taylor (@astradisastra), joins us to discuss her new book, Democracy May Not Exist, but We'll Miss It When It's Gone.

Despite having existed for a long time as a concept, true democracy has rarely been put into practice. Capitalism is inherently undemocratic and other truths popularized by Occupy Wall Street. Why OWS happened when it did. What kinds of lessons and political organizations came out of Occupy? What should have been done differently? Why the left can and should change the rules of the system to benefit the 99%.

On the fun half: Jared Kushner can't say what he thinks about birtherism or the Muslim ban. GOP Congressman Matt Gaetz gets an unspecified drink thrown at him. 2020 candidate John Delaney gets booed at CA's Democratic convention. Bernie says there's no middle ground on healthcare, abortion, other important issues. Warren swipes at Biden: "The time for small ideas is over." What is neoliberalism and why is it bad? Brian Kilmeade thinks it's crazy that Anand G criticized finance capital and Morehouse grad Robert Smith paying off student loans. Kirsten Gillibrand takes on Fox's fake news about infanticide during Fox appearance, Chris Wallace gets pissed. Iran foreign minister says Trump will not be making deals with Iranian leadership like he did in real estate.

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Heather "Digby" Parton (@digby56) from Hullabaloo and Salon.com and comedian Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) join Sam to discuss the week in news.

On today's show: Supercut of Stephen Crowder's homophobic rants against gay Vox journalist Carlos Maza.

Heather 'Digby' Parton (@digby56) joins us to break down the news, including Mueller's press conference and the Democrats' cowardice. They don't want to impeach but have no alternate plan. What gives?

Michael Brooks calls in from his silent meditation retreat.

Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) joins us for our semi-regular catharsis. Where are the Democrats' balls? Meghan McCain says it's troublesome if there's a culture of hiding USS John McCain patches in the military. A discussion of Judy's new book, "Yes I Can Say That: And F*ck U If U Can't Take a Joke."

On the fun half: Bill Barr says he can so exonerate the president. Lou Dobbs reads Trump's mindless tariff tweet a few times as his brain ossifies. Elizabeth Warren explains wealth tax to "The View" audience. Bernie defends his efforts to get Hilary elected in 2016 after town hall participant calls him out. Megachurch pastor Kenneth Copeland can't explain why he should have a private jet. Gorka is mad about Mueller's press conference: "a disgrace to the uniform he once wore." A caller gives his perspective on religion and politics in the South.

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On today's Majority Report, Marcy Wheeler from emptywheel joins Sam to discuss Robert Mueller's press conference. Listen in for what's next as House Democrats weigh impeachment proceedings and the House Judiciary considers subpoenas for Mueller's testimony. Marcy joins Sam to break down what happened at yesterday's press conference, parsing Mueller's statement and why the special prosecutor felt compelled to dispel Bill Barr's summary findings that claimed to exonerate Trump of any wrong doing. With the special investigation now conclude, Marcy explains the links to conspiracy and why Mueller did not bring a quid-pro-quo charge, like the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Don Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. Sam and Marcy also discuss the troubling espionage charges against Julian Assange and the DOJ brought charges for Wikileaks 2010 actions and not 2016. Additionally, Marcy explains the developing charges against Roger Stone and his associates with Stone's confidant Andrew Miller set to testify on Friday against the flamboyant campaign manager. Taking a 30,000 foot view of the Mueller investigation, Marcy and Sam consider why global oligarchs, Wall St capital investors, and the Trump administration aligned so well in 2016. Sam and Marcy conclude their conversation discussing the reasons why she turned a source over to the FBI and the implications of that decision.

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And in the Fun Half: White supremacists embrace Ben Shapiro's ethnic and religious Jew distinction, the new bombshell revelation in the citizenship census court case found on a deceased GOP operative's hard drive, Josh's 24-hr reading of the Mueller Report at the Arc in Long Island City, the effectiveness of worker co-ops, how Liz Warren can single-handedly take Biden down in debate, improving M4A messaging, and the problem with putting Russia interference above all other issues in America.

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Sam speaks with investigative reporter and author Katherine Eban (@KatherineEban) about her new book, Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom

On today's show: Mueller says you can't accuse someone of a crime when there's no court to adjudicate it, as per OLC memos. William Barr downplays the role of the OLC memos in Mueller's decision not to charge Trump.

Author Katherine Eban (@KatherineEban) joins us to talk about her new book, Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom. While they were once hailed as a major advancement in affordable healthcare, generic drugs have caused a multitude of problems for patients. Drawing on accounts from whistleblowers, regulators, and FDA documents, Eban tracks how the generic drug industry turned from a righteous project to something that mirrored the pharmaceutical industry it was once trying to check.

On the fun half: Mueller says evidence was "insufficient" to bring conspiracy charge. Mueller says if obstruction happens, which it did, there needs to be accountability. Justin Amash on why he calls for impeaching the president. MAGA constituent asks Amash why he's Republican, Amash tells her he's the most fiscally conservative member of the House (as if GOP base still cares about such things). Mitch McConnell in 2016 says they won't have Senate hearing for open SCOTUS seat...but if the same thing happens in 2019, he will seat the next conservative judge. Weather man reporting on Ohio tornadoes is sick of the online haters who want to watch "The Bachelorette." Dave Rubin has delusions of grandeur on Periscope, feels "empowered" by all the haters. Milo's text convo with Dave. Eric Weinstein's "hateblinding" thesis. A member of the armed forces on why you should dive into socialism. The crew breaks down the problems with conspiracy theories and Jamie recommends a text on what's really wrong with the world: How To Overthrow the Illuminati.

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Sean McElwee of Data For Progress joins us to discuss the Supreme Court decision to block gerrymandering rulings in Ohio and Michigan, and why on earth the DCCC is backing Dan Lipinski's pro-life Democratic platform.

On today's show: Asked why he agrees with Kim over Biden, Trump says the former VP "is a low-IQ individual." Amy Klobuchar says John McCain knew more than anyone that Trump was bad, muttered names of dictators to himself. Meghan McCain tells Amy to keep dad's name out of presidential politics.

Sean McElwee (@SeanMcElwee), co-founder of Data For Progress, joins us to discuss the Supreme Court's gerrymandering rulings in Ohio and Michigan. On Friday the Supreme Court threw out earlier rulings in OH and MI that said new maps must be drawn, putting any action on hold while it prepares to rule on partisan gerrymandering. Via their new "F*ck Gerrymandering" initiative, Data for Progress hopes to elect progressive Democrats to state legislatures who can re-draw Congressional districts in a fairer way, regardless of what the Supreme Court decides. Also: The DCCC's vendor blacklist is not working the way they intended. Sean breaks down why that is, what's at stake, and how you can support candidates like Marie Newman, a progressive running a primary campaign against anti-choice Democrat Dan Lipinski in Illinois. Donate to her campaign at marienewmanforcongress.com!

On the fun half: Cathy Young criticizes Dave Rubin for including white nationalists in the "new center." NYT reporter explains Chicagoans' feelings on Dan Lipinski and his 2020 primary. Former Hillary spokeswoman says Biden's "limited exposure" campaign is not a good idea. Liz Cheney says she supports sending troops to the Middle East. Ben Shapiro says Islam practiced science for practical reasons, while "the West" has for philosophical reasons; Juan Cole destroys his arguments with facts and logic. CBS News report on the consequences of last abortion clinic in Missouri closing: The impact will fall mostly on low-income women. Mehrsa Baradaran says capitalism cannot fix racial wealth gap. NYT soft-peddles Hope Hicks' "existential question" about whether or not to comply with subpoena.

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