The Majority Report with Sam Seder (general)

Sam held it down on his own today, explained what is really happening with the fiscal cliff, praised Obama and Pelosi for holding firm on tax increases for the top two percent, but worried that hacks like Steny Hoyer keep calling for cuts in Medicare and Social Security and checked in on the latest in Republican insanity

On The Better Half: can you negotiate with the GOP? In sad news Karl Rove and Dick Morris are benched on Fox News, Dick Army leaves Freedom Works, Roger Ailes begged David Petraeus to run for President and Murdoch would have bankrolled his run, Cory Booker: nice guy and corporatist and Sam schools a young Libertarian on the purpose of education.

And keep the conversation going on the morning thread! 

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Freelance journalist Sarah Jaffe, explained the origins of the fast food workers strike in New York City, the logistical challenges of organizing fast food workers, the impossibility of living off of fast food wages, how the strikes grew out of community organizing efforts, the myth of teenage fast food workers and low paying jobs become middle class jobs through organizing.

Sam takes apart a plutocrat on Up With Chris, Obama fundraiser and multi millionaire real estate developer, Donahue Peeples made an disingenuous assertion about the Estate Tax and Sam called him out in epic fashion. Sam gives us the play by play.

On The Better Half: Listeners congratulate Sam for a job well done on Up With Chris, Sam is encourged by the Obama Administration's new negotiating strategy and Sam remembers TV battles with George Pataki and Thomas Friedman,

And keep the conversation going on the morning thread!  

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Cliff Schecter explained by President Obama's opening offer on grand bargain negotiations was hugely encouraging, how progressives are flexing more muscle what does Obama's new more aggressive negotiating strategy mean for his second term? Sam and Cliff chuckle over  charles krauthammer Civil War meltdown and assess how delusional the Romney campaign was/is.

Sam told Isabel Gillie's why he is in a bad mood, Sam explained why Skyfall sucked and Isabel recommended the documentary Secrecy and revealed that her father worked for the CIA.

A new song from Jimmy Reefercake, The UN recognizes Palestine, Bradley Manning's Court case begins with harrowing testimony on his treatment in detention, do Republicans want Kerry for Secretary of State? and Sam closes us out with a Random Rush.

And keep the conversation going on the morning thread!  

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The Nation's Sports Editor, Dave Zirin, talked with Sam about the legacy of Marvin Miller, the legendary leader of the Major League Baseball Player’s Association, explained how horribly Baseball players were treated before Miller began organizing them, the travesty of Miller not being in the Baseball Hall of Fame and will there be a NHL season?

Alan Charney of USAction, explained what progressive groups are doing to keep the pressure on Congress for tax increases on the wealthy and to protect the social safety net and why how Obama is important.

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Direct download: 11-29-12-Dave_Zirin-Alan_Charney-PUB.mp3
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Bill McKibben explained the Do the Math tour, the new evolution of climate activism, the fossil fuel divestment movement, the good news from Germany, why global climate talks are irrelevant until we break the power of the fossil fuel industry and what's coming next.

On The Better Half: a heart warming story, Glenn Beck ever more disgusting and desperate, a Idaho state politician peddles an insane plan for Romney to become President in January and Sam does not like Andrew Cuomo.

And keep the conversation going on the morning thread! 

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Direct download: 11-28-12-Bill_McKibben-PUB.mp3
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The New America Foundation's Lina Khan explained, the growth of agricultural monopolies, why farmers are serfs on their own land, how CongressionalRepublicans killed the Obama Administration's efforts to reform the industry and why the Administration folded on the issue and Sam and Lina map out where we go from here.

The Better Half: Will Republican billionaires smarten up? Filibuster reform is looking weak, is Walmart just a Mafia family? And former Florida Republican Party leaders admit that efforts to block early voting is about disenfranchising African American voters.

And keep the conversation going on the morning thread! 

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Journalist Osha Gray Davidson explained the rapid growth of renewable energy in Germany, the roots of the German sustainability movement,why there is more market stability in renewable energy and what the United States can do to follow the German lead.

On The Half: The deficit is shrinking fast, reporter Thomas Ricks destroys Fox on Fox, the rich are paying even less in taxes, Egypt's President Morsi grabs dictatorial powers and the war on men has been launched and Sam gives us some Random Rush.

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Financial fraud expert William Black explained why pushing for austerity in a economic crisis is illogical, how Europe plunged itself into a unnecessary recession and social crisis with austerity policies, why governments need to stimulate the economy,how Greece's debt crisis is fundamentally different from America's "debt crisis", what the IRS does with your cash if you send it in to pay your taxes and how a "grand bargain" would be grand betrayal of the middle class and the poor.

And for Members only! interviews from the Air America archives with Zach Galifianakis (@galifianakisz) and Ralph Neas ( former head of People for the American Way.

And keep the conversation going on the morning thread! 

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Director Jeff Orlowski explained what the "Extreme Ice Survey" is, the shocking collapse of the earth's glaciers, the centrality of climate change to our future, why climate change is the biggest issue that humanity faces, how is climate is measured scientifically and the success of his new movie Chasing Ice.

Linda McMahon gives bad checks and condoms to campaign workers for their work on her failed campaign, Lloyd Blankfein wants you to work more, Breitbart Website is just awful at comedy, a ceasefire in the Middle East and Wal Mart called out on CNN.

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Direct download: 11-21-12-Jeff_Orlowski-PUB.mp3
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Professor Stephanie Kelton explained the origins of the Bretton Woods system, why US policy makers still make policy as if we were in a gold standard world, why we will not become like Greece, what really creates hyper inflation, why the US can easily reach full employment

without inflation, the problem is demand, why the inflation of the 70s was not driven by government seeking full employment, why the "solutions" to the fiscal cliff will produce a fiscal crises, what is the best policy to follow now and how the economic debate is changing.

The Better Half: How to deal with a bad fiscal cliff deal deal, IMer Bushinchainz did not like the Stephenie Kelton interview and the coming Ross Douthat scanda

And keep the conversation going on the morning thread! 

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Direct download: 11-20-12-Stephanie_Kelton-PUB.mp3
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