The Majority Report with Sam Seder (general)

Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) joins us today to discuss the ambiguity and paradoxes surrounding muslims in the "resistance" to Donald Trump. The surreal existence of Muslim Americans in 2017 as the most diverse religious group in America. How New Atheists resemble right wing fundamentalists.

On the fun half: Confederate monuments going down in New Orleans,  Jeff Sessions wants to blame Democrats for their government shutdown, Alex Jones says he slept with 150 women by the time he was 16, Gorka gorked at Georgetown, and a moment of appreciation of Cam'ron's politics.

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French voters send a neoliberalism and a neofascist to the runoff round of voting. Donald Trump claims that the electoral college favors Democrats and is genuinely insane. President Trump's war on the earth and your health. More lead in low income housing thanks to Republicans. Trump's war on the poor. The climate crisis deepens and why the planet can't survive the Trump presidency.

On The Fun Half: Most Trump supporters still support him. Ralph Peters makes some sense and demonizes Muslims on Fox News. Are we close to a government shutdown? Joy Reid attacks Bernie Sanders. Bernie Sanders is popular and the bizarre reasons people don't like him. Alex Jones compares himself to Thomas Jefferson and it gets crazier from there. Tucker Carelson attacks Mark Cuban from the Left. The last chance to stop the Keystone Pipeline.

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

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Jeff Sessions stunning attack on the Federal Judiciary and reveals his racism yet again. America’s chief lawyer had neo-confederate politics. Are we about to have another government shutdown over the border wall with Mexico? Why Trump is being treated like a lame duck. Why Republicans might be in serious trouble. The return of the Democratic civil war. Why are Bernie and Tom Perez endorsing an anti choice candidate? The big problem with the Democratic consulting class and why did Jason Chaffetz retire?

Andy Kindler mocks the amazingly awful Dennis Miller on the O’Reilly factor. The sad tale of Dennis Miller. What’s next for Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller. Why is Andy Kindler in a Twitter war with Ricky Gervais? Kindler explains his argument with Josh Zepps. Dave Rubin is incredibly stupid.

On The Fun Half: Kid Rock, Ted Nugent and Sarah Palin hang out with Trump and its just as disgusting as you would expect. Michael Reagan defends Bill O’Reilly’s sexual harassment and racism and your calls and IMs.

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

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Author Thomas Frank reflects on the end of the Bill O'Reilly era. The development of O'Reilly's persona. The renewed Sanders and Clinton battle. The bizarre anti Sanders bias of some of the Democratic elite. The Democratic elites failed belief in big data. Why Elizabeth Warren needs to run for President. The cult of the curator. The liberal obsession of creation. Do liberals worship professionals? Are we living an intellectual cartel? And monopoly media power in the digital age.

On The Fun Half: Bill O'Reilly is an absolutely terrible person. Was everyone complicit at Fox News. The Good Liars strike Fox News. Ivanka Trump is awful. Racist who punched a woman at Trump rally sues Trump for not covering his legal fees. The Patriots who wouldn't go to the White House. Alan Branch calls out Donald Trump for being disgusting. DSA affiliated Black Lives Matter candidate wins a City Council seat in Atlanta and your calls IMS.

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

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Ronnie Kasrils joins us from South Africa for the first part of the show. How Ronnie became involved in black liberation politics partially in response to the Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa on March 21, 1960. Mandela's refocusing of ANC toward mass struggle. Ronnie's work for the ANC in exile. Ronnie's journey to radicalism and parallels with the corruption of the American system. The longterm failure of keeping people engaged in politics. Why Ronnie is impressed with the state of civil struggle in America.

Then, Benjamin Dixon joins us to gauge the political and ideological rumblings of the democrats after strong showings in historically strong republican party districts.

On the fun half - Bernie almost literally dragging Perez in a more progressive direction on Chris Hayes, Fareed Zakaria doubles down on calling Trump presidential for launching missiles, Lindsey Graham BFFs with Trump now because he calls and launches missiles, and Jeff Flake gets his dumb pedantry about Merrick Garland smacked down at a town hall.

 

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Donald Trump threatens North Korea and demonstrates he has no idea what he is talking about. Georgia special election might be a win for Democrats. Trump records an anti Pelosi robocall in Georgia.

Journalist David Dayen, explains the hidden monopoly that drives up prescription drug prices. What are PBMs and why they matter. How drug companies are leveraged by PBMs and how to being PBMs under control. Who is Gary Cohen? Donald Trump's major recent policy reversals. Trump's new tune on China. The Trump Administration is still racist. Why the new NAFTA will probably look just like the TPP. Trump goes globalist and why Goldman Sachs policy and bigoted immigration policies can work together.

On The Fun Half: measuring the polls in Georgia. ICE's new crackdowns on immigrants. Tom Cotton confronted at a townhall for being a corporate shill. Dean Heller confronted for voting against women's healthcare at a townhall in Nevada and not giving clear answers on Obamacare. Senator Diane Feinstein flubs an answer on Single Payer healthcare. Congressman Markwayne Mullin, says he does not benefit from being in Congress and he does not work with his constituents because he pays taxes and your calls and IMs.

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Fox News celebrates the dropping of the "Mother of all Bombs" in Afghanistan. Trump's new move against transparency as protesters demand Trump release his tax returns. Turkey moves closer to dictatorship. Sassy Trump captures the essence of Trump's call for airstrikes in Syria. Trump blunders through North Korea policy. Democrats get momentum. More House Democrats sign on to Universal Healthcare and the war against the EPA intensifies.

On The Fun Half: Fox & Friends has a brand new and even more stupid team. Trump wants love from a White House tour and gets none. Republicans change their minds on bombing Syria with Trump in office. Alt Right troll threatens the Trump White House if they fire Bannon. Mike Cernovich, pretends he was assaulted in Texas at a anti Trump rally. Alex Jone's attorney says his client is a performance artist and your calls and IMs.

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Ganesh Sitaraman is an Assistant Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School. He joins us to discuss his new book, "The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic."

For members, Sam chats with pals Eugene Mirman and H Jon Benjamin on Air America.

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Henry Heller is Professor of Early Modern and Modern History at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. He joined Sam to discuss his new book, 'The Capitalist University: The Transformations of Higher Education United States'

For members, a conversation Sam and Janeane had with Gore Vidal.

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Henry Petroski, A professor both of civil engineering and history at Duke University, on his most recent book, The Road Taken: The History and Future of America’s Infrastructure.

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