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Author and activist Peter Daou (@peterdaou) joins us to discuss his new book, Digital Civil War: Confronting the Far Right Menace.

On today's show: Billionaire Robert F. Smith to pay off class of 2019 Morehouse grads' student debt. Brian Kilmeade says desegregation was school choice and Fox & Friends now love loan forgiveness.

Author and activist Peter Daou (@peterdaou) joins us to discuss his new book, Digital Civil War: Confronting the Far Right Menace. While some would seek to minimize the importance of the online sphere in US political life, Daou contends that it has power and influence. From the influence of blogs to the radicalization of mass shooters on forums like 4chan, Daou builds a case that "online" should be respected terrain in our battle against the far right. Also: Daou on his friendly overtures to the progressive wing of the Democratic Party and why the Party needs to come together.

On the fun half: Medhi Hasan grills Guaido spokeswoman on why she would trust Elliot Abrams to bring aid and democracy to Venezuela. Nobody wants to talk to Steve Doocy about the nanny state. Farrage and Carl Benjamin milkshaked! Buttigieg slams Tucker and Ingraham during Fox News townhall. Bernie Sanders doesn't mince words with terrible NYT reporter not "doing her job." Bernie says he's not sorry for foreign policy record. Tucker Carlson calls Ilhan Omar a "symbol of America's failed immigration system."

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Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixonand H. Jon Benjamin (@HJBenjamin) join us for Casual Friday.

On today's show: The real reason the religious right is attacking abortion rights. Daily Wire's Matt Walsh says abortion = "destruction of evidence" in cases of rape and incest.

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon), host of the Benjamin Dixon Show, joins us to break down the news. How can the left fight these draconian abortion laws? The Democrats' kabuki theater. The media's attempt to manufacture consent for Joe Biden. Bill De Blasio enters the race. Will we be saved from war with Iran by John Bolton stepping on Trump's toes? 

Sam and H. Jon Benjamin have a very uncomfortable interview about Benjamin's newish book, 'Failure Is An Option: An Attempted Memoir.' We're talking decades' worth of simmering resentment bubbling up to the surface uncomfortable. Seriously, why do we keep doing this?

On the fun half: Conrad Black on Laura Ingraham after Trump pardons him of his financial crimes to let people know his pardon has nothing to do with his support or ass-kissing of Trump. Fox & Friends guest explains why we have to go to war with Iran. Laying out the new immigration plan, Trump says it will be merit-based. AOC questions pharma exec why they price gouge on PrEP drug Truveda. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Joining Michael Brooks on today's Majority Report is Laura Carlsen, a political analyst and director of the Americas Program at the Center for International Policy, to discuss Mexico under the presidency of Andrés Manuel López Obrador. While the mainstream media is happy to cover the humanitarian crisis at the US southern border, Carlsen provides a look into how Trump/Miller policy plays out south of the border. Carlsen has been reporting from Tijuana, hearing stories from those seeking asylum who have been held in icebox, chain-linked holding pens while their claims are processed. Carlsen and Brooks discuss the on-going violence in the Northern Triangle, the home of most refugees at the southern border, and how US policies, both foreign and domestic have led up to this point where Central Americans have been left no choice but to leave their homes. Beyond the border crisis, how has Amlo, a left populist elected official, placated and resisted Trump's policies that implicate Mexico? Carlsen points to the situation in Venezuela and Amlo's decision to back a mediation process to illustrate how the president has resisted the Trump administration's foreign intervention practices. Brooks and Carlsen conclude their discussion discussing the on-going drug war in Mexico and the US government's role in growing violence across Mexico.

And in the Fun Half: the importance of the the humanities, a listener is working on an ICE & immigration graphic novel, massive education protests underway in Brazil, Warren's bizarre Green Military policy plank, Pat Robertson doesn't think the Alabama abortion bill goes too far morally it just won't win in court, Ana Kasparian spills the tea on Meghan McCain, Joe Biden says he doesn't want to soak the rich, Means TV is the new Vice, dealing with rising right wing politics in Australia, Liz Warren flames the OCC director and his plan to protect the next Wells Fargo CEO, AOC asks the FBI why "domestic terrorism" cases are so closely tied to race and religious identity, TurboTax's "free" tax service is fraud, plus your calls and IMs!

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Activist and journalist Dennis Lewycky joins us to discuss his new book, Magnificent Fight: The Winnipeg General Strike.

On today's show: Joe Biden says once Trump is gone, GOP will have epiphany. Flashback: Obama says GOP "fever" will break after 2012 election victory.

Activist and historian Dennis Lewycky joins us to discuss his new book, Magnificent Fight: The Winnipeg General Strike. In May of 1919, 30,000 Winnipeg workers went on strike in a city of 130,000. Lewycky breaks down the history leading up to the strike, the factors that sparked solidarity from non-union workers and immigrants, and the kind of social justice unionism the workers favored. Also: How the strike helped win far-reaching reforms for all of Canadian society, its ripple effects in the years that followed, and why Canada developed differently from the US in this regard.

On the fun half: Mike Cernovich whines to Dave Rubin about how hard it is being a public figure: The Vic Berger edit. Dave Rubin on left media outrage and inviting Mayor Pete to his program. Dave Rubin explains "single payer," meaning...not single payer. MR caller asks Dave Rubin if he'd debate anyone on the left, if not Sam Seder. Mike from PA on Biden's cynical game of make-believe. Alabama Democratic Senator debates GOP Senator on rape incest amendment to AL abortion ban (which was not included in final bill). Tom Cotton says it would only take two strikes to defeat Iran if we had to go to war. Sebastian Gorka on same-sex marriage in the cartoon Arthur: "This is a war for our culture." Jim Bakker's team is selling a $45 Trump & King Cyrus prayer coin.

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Sam analyzes yesterday's Supreme Court verdicts including the 5-4 decision to overrule Nevada v. Hall, a 1979 ruling that allowed an individual to sue a state in another state's courts. Sam explains why the conservative opinion will be used as precedent to "make it more difficult for lawyers to refrain from challenging settled law" as stated by Breyer in his dissent. Sam then goes deep on Trump's lasting legacy and his domination of the courts where he recently appointed his 38th appointment to the circuit courts, making 1 in every 6 circuit judges a Trump appointee. What can the Democratic Party do to thwart the GOP's judicial domination? Maybe run strong candidates in competitive Senate races instead of adding to the endless stream of 2020 Presidential candidates--i.e. Beto, Bullock, and Hickenlooper. Meanwhile, Trump's foreign policy team is gearing up for war in the Middle East as Pompeo visit allies and adversaries alike to share Bolton's plans to deploy 120,000 troops to the region. Sam then closes out the free half of the show with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's visit to the White House.

And in the Fun Half: why Bernie's support amongst young people is dropping, Ronald Raygun has reached his goal for his migrant bail fund and it's now a 501c and donations are now tax deductible, Pharma executives cut a rap video to market the company's strongest Fentanyl prescription, Sargon of Akkad says it's ok to joke about rape because British soldiers used their dark sense of humor to make it through war, Sam wonders where Ben Shapiro got the authority to decide who is and who is not a Real Jew, Georgia Senator David Perdue lies about pro-choice abortion laws, Candace Owens is now tenured at PragerU, the disturbing trend of alt-right teens on YouTube, the Democratic Party and its strategies to win the Senate, what is libertarian socialism, plus your calls and IMs!

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W. Fitzhugh Brundage, William B. Umstead Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, joins us to discuss his new book Civilizing Torture: An American Tradition.

On today's show: Biden doesn't want Medicare-for-all because it would let employers "off the hook" for healthcare.

W. Fitzhugh Brundage, William B. Umstead Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, joins us to discuss his new book Civilizing Torture: An American Tradition. America's early colonial settlers claimed to be creating a society free from the tyranny of the Old World, including the torture carried out by the Spanish Inquisition. But it quickly became apparent that wasn't going to happen. From colonial times to the Civil War to the rise of modern policing to the War on Terror, Brundage parses the state's numerous justifications for a practice that haunts our efforts at democracy to this day.

On the fun half: Booker compares Warren to Trump because she's campaigning on anti-trust. Poll: Dem voters considering numerous candidates. Will voters abandon Biden once he gets into specifics? Listener Evan asks Dave Rubin "will you debate Sam Seder?" Dave claims Sam's a "dishonest player" who spreads lies about him(!) Mike Pence tells Liberty U graduates to prepare to be "shunned," "ridiculed" for being a Christian. Larry Kudlow admits that US consumers will take brunt of tariff costs. Tom Cotton invokes troops, says we need to sacrifice in trade war with China. Brexit Party leader Nigel Farrage gets cross with BBC for asking if he's changed his stance on NHS, immigration, climate change, Putin. Michael Tracey's doomsday clock. Chelsea Manning says executive branch, especially Trump, wants to attack journalists, will use judiciary as rubber stamp. Manning explains why she may return to jail after May 16th court hearing.

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Happy Friday! Today on the Majority Report Michael Brooks is joined by Bhaskar Sunkara, editor of the Jacobin and author of the new book The Socialist Manifesto, and comedian David Feldman, host of The David Feldman Show, to recap the week's biggest stories. Bhaskar Sunkara calls in from his book tour to discuss his road to becoming one of the country's leading socialist thinkers and why he believes Americans are waking up to democratic socialist thinking in 2019. Brooks and Sunkara explain Marx and Engels efforts to expand the democratic franchise through unionization and organized workers parties which helped paved the way for what we now understand as democratic socialism. For all its successes, however, Sunkara concedes that socialist governing systems have suffered bureaucratic mismanagement, racism, and civil unrest; understanding the missteps of social democratic governing can help informs progressive Americans before capital mounts its inevitable arguments and fight against it. Moving to 2020, Brooks and Sunkara consider how Sanders can channel the anger of voters in a productive way that Trump cannot, but also wonder if Sanders' economic populism could engage more voters than Biden's voting-out-of-fear campaign.

David Feldman then joins the program to discuss his "principles" and why in 2020 it's all about defeating Trump. While providing healthcare, food security, and government oversight are important things, the most important thing "in principle" is that we unit behind the candidate most likely to defeat Trump. Feldman says the threats of a inter-party circular firing squad and democrats staying home on election day are real and must be avoided at all cost. Additionally, Bernie is not reaching out to the middle class white males like Biden and cannot match Middle Class Joe because the former VP is just that, a middle class white male. While half the country doesn't have $500 for an emergency, Feldman understands, as a middle class man, who has experienced tragedy, that we start reaching out to the middle class and and then reach out to others from there. Feldman ends his interview explaining why it's important to take the advice of Rob Reiner in every aspect of your life.

And in the Fun Half: Ben Shapiro gets triggered by UK conservative Andrew Neil, Lula's first interview from prison, TP USA has to remove another white nationalist from its leadership ranks, and a trip to the Bernie archives from his first House election, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam speaks with Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski, authors of The People's Republic of Wal-Mart: How the World's Biggest Corporations Are Laying the Foundation for Socialism

On today's show: Fox News contributor says cartoons, children's books and movies are "merchants of socialism."

Sam speaks with Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski, authors of The People's Republic of Wal-Mart: How the World's Biggest Corporations Are Laying the Foundation for SocialismAs we move through late capitalism, major multi-national companies are held up as the ultimate expression of free-market capitalism, but Phillips and Rozworski argue that the Walmarts and Amazons are the best centrally planned economies in the world. Not only is planning on vast scales possible, we already have it and it works. The real question is whether planning can be democratic.

On the fun half: UK Momentum: "You are a socialist" ad. Kentucky Fried Comrade on why Nate Silver sucks so much now. Corbyn says why there must be a Labor Brexit, not a Tory Trump Farage Brexit. Mike Hanna: World reacts to Iran's decision to abandon parts of nuclear deal. Pompeo criticizes Bernie and Corbyn on Venezuela. CT Rep. Joe Courtney explains the Stop & Shop strike and why it's important for the right to organize. Delta union busting ad targets gamer union members. Trump reacting to supporters' call to shoot migrants: "only in the Panhandle!" Trump's rallies in battleground states are "fun."

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The MR crew breaks down the news.

On today's show: Trump's taxes show over $1 billion in losses. Fox and Friends' Ainsley Earhardt is impressed by all the things Trump has done in his life; Brian Kilmeade defends Trump's losses as "smart business." "Heartbeat" abortion ban passes in GA. 11-year-old rape victim in OH will be forced to carry pregnancy to term due to "heartbeat bill." Time to break some laws? Nancy Pelosi tells WaPo Trump is making himself "self impeachable." Jerry Nadler says we are currently in a constitutional crisis. US threatens new sanctions as Iran withdraws from part of nuclear deal.

On the fun half: Seth Meyers asks Meghan McCain if people need to be more careful in their critiques of Ilhan Omar. McCain's husband Ben Domenech blasts Seth Meyers on Twitter. Dave Rubin claims he never said Stefan Molyneux was part of the political center. Except in this video from 2016. Comedian Nick Di Paolo apologizes for giving the finger to dead Black Lives Matter activist Muhiyidin Moye in promo image, brags about trending on Twitter the same day as Sandra Bland. Sam spills the tea on Di Paolo, plays a clip of his appearance in "Beat Cops" (2003). Bernie Sanders takes Duke Cunningham to task for saying "homos in the military" in 1995. Uber driver explains need for strike in Bernie Sanders ad. Grover Norquist falsely claims the Trump tax cuts are popular, sputters about lower corporate taxes and utility bills.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:13pm EDT

Journalist Eric Blanc (@_ericblanc), author of Red State Revolt: The Teachers' Strike Wave & Working-Class Politics, joins us to discuss the recent wave of teacher strikes in red states.

On today's show: Trump retweets Jerry Falwell Jr.'s call for Trump to get two years added onto his term as "reparations" for Mueller.

Journalist Eric Blanc (@_ericblanc), author of Red State Revolt: The Teachers' Strike Wave & Working-Class Politics, joins us to discuss teacher strikes in red states. The forces that touched off the WV teachers' strike. How the weakness of unions in red states created an opening for more radical actions. The impact of the "education reform" movement of the early 2000s. How WV's history of labor militancy inspired the strikers. The ripple effect created in other states. The numerous misdeeds of the WV Democratic Party. Social justice unionism and the relationship between striking teachers and the community. How the same ethos could be applied to other fields like nursing. How successful have the strikes been? How the strikes have changed the electoral landscape for 2020.

On the fun half: Fox and Friends' Brian Kilmeade defends Trump's relationship with black athletes like Tiger Woods, Mike Tyson...and Ben Carson. Militia leader James Russell Bolton caught impersonating Mexican drug kingpin to grift his followers. Mnuchin refuses to turn over Trump's taxes to Congress. Sandra Bland's family calls to re-open investigation into her death after new footage surfaces. Angus King tells CNN of his concerns over John Bolton's desire for war with Iran. Mike Pompeo tells Arctic Council in Finland about the opportunities presented by the melting of the ice caps. Fox & Friends suggests Bernie is skittish about the "socialist" label, has Stuart Varney define it for them. Nobody wants to buy Milo's throne chair.

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