The Majority Report with Sam Seder (general)

Former Middle East peace negotiator Daniel Levy explained what precipitated Israel's military action in Gaza, why Netanyahu chose to escalate the conflict, the internal politics of Gaza, how the citizens of Gaza have lived under blockade conditions for several years, Israel's lack of coherent strategy and how Israel's worst tendencies are reinforced by American policy makers.

On The Better Half: Rush wallows in self pity in Random Rush, why Sam does not want a Christmas tree and is Lindsey Graham listening to Sam?

And keep the conversation going on the morning thread!

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Direct download: 11-19-12-Daniel_Levy-PUB.mp3
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Cliff Schecter and Sam explained why Simpson-Bowles would tank the economy, where we can make smart cuts, all the money we waste on the Drug war, is Social Security safe?, are progressives drawing a line in the sand? a much more forceful President Obama and the Real John McCain.

Marc Maron talked about his record collection, what he worries about, his arc with Gina Gershon on the pilot of his tv show and recommended the documentary DR. Bronner's Magic Soapbox.

And before we got to the Better Half a new song from Jimmy Reefercake.

the Better Half: why did Hostess go out of business? Don't blame the Union, activists pressuring Macy's to drop Donald Trump's Cologne line, Sam overviews Israel's military action in Gaza and movements across college campuses for divestment from companies profiting from the Occupation.

And keep the conversation going on the morning thread! 

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Direct download: 11-16-12-Cliff_Schecter-Marc_Maron-PUB.mp3
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The National Priorities Project's Mattea Kramer explained the biggest misconceptions Americans have about the federal budget, what makes up most of the federal budget, why now is a great time for infrastructure investment, the best ways to deal with the deficit, why the fiscal cliff is a myth and some predictions on budget negotiations.

On the Better Half: Matt Bai writes something stunningly disingenuous and Sam nails him on it, the fiscal cliff is a bait and switch, Mitt Romney still a massive A-Hole and the head of the Maine Republican Party proves the GOP isn't just racist in the South.

And keep the conversation going on the morning thread! 

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Direct download: 11-15-12-Mattea_Kramer-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:41pm EST

Professor David Grabaer explained why our understanding of debt is flawed, why we keep telling ourselves a false narrative of debt, student loans and Occupy, how the debt crises and the ecological crises are the same thing, how the Rolling Jubilee will work and what is financial disobedience?

On the Better Half: Spanish banks hold up evictions in cases of extreme hardship after a woman commits suicide, floods threatening Italian economy accelerating due to climate change and Sam takes another Libertarian caller to the Sam Seder Learning Annex.

And keep the conversation going on the morning thread! 

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Direct download: 11-14-12-David_Graeber-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:39pm EST

BuzzFeed's Michael Hastings explained the full sordid details of the Petraeus affair, how the spying on David Petraeus is typical of today's surveillance state, The hypocrisy of the Washington Press, how Petraeus helped us scrub our record of disaster in Iraq, how he started to believe his own press and why we need a realistic perspective on the Military.

On The Half: the danger of cutting of unemployment benefits, why 96 percent of Americans benefit from government spending, Obama's 2011 grand bargain memo leaked and it does not look good, some in Louisiana and Texas want to Secede and Paul Ryan blames his tickets loss on "urban" voters.

And keep the conversation going on the morning thread!  

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Direct download: 11-13-12-Michael_Hastings-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:38pm EST

Sam and Cliff rejoice in the Republican meltdown, Karl Rove's public humiliation, the billionaires who wasted their money and why that's important, why the GOP still doesn't get demographics, Can the GOP adjust to reality? Sean Hannity's stunning new position on immigration and new progressive energy in Congress.

Comedian and Obama fan Andy Kindler then joined the show to discuss the big victories on election night. However, something weird happens to this "Obamabot" whenever Sam says our President's name.

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Direct download: 11-09-12-Cliff_Schecter-Andy_Kindler-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:43pm EST

The Huffington Post's Ryan Grim (the Nate Silver of Pot) explained wins for Marijuana decriminalization in Colorado and Washington, why attitudes are shifting on decriminalization, Obama's record on theDrug War, is opposing Marijuana turning into bad politics?, what;s the state of the Grand Bargain and the Fiscal Cliff, the advantages the Democrats and Republicans have, will Democrats hold firm? will Harry Reid save Social Security? And hoping for more Republican insanity?

On the Better Half,
has Paul Ryan's stock gone down?, Republican poll watching reports voting "irregularities" non-white people voting, the Republican freakout continues and debating the health affects from Marijuana

And keep the conversation going on the morning thread!

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Democrats win big and Republicans whine hard!

The Nation's Ari Berman, explained how progressives fought back against voter suppression, how Republicans used disenfranchisement to keep the House, how blocking the vote is starting to hurtRepublicans with the broader public, Sam and Ari say Democrats need to get serious about expanding the right to vote, Sheldon Adelson is incredibly stupid and Citizen United still very, very dangerous.

Firedoglake's David Dayen ran us through down ticket election results, great results on Gay rights, bold moves on Marijuna decriminalization, how the demographics favor a long term Democratic majority and and liberal victories need to start being reflected in policy.

And
A more progressive Senate, Bill O'reilly's loses all subtly in his racism, the Republican bubble still not penetrated, why its good that Michele Bachman won reelection, and the wonderful moment when Fox called Ohio for President Obama, Karl Rove's epic meltdown on election and what is Karl's  future?

And keep the conversation going on the morning thread!

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Direct download: 11-07-12-Ari_Berman-David_Dayen-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:17pm EST

Janeane "Katherine Harris" Garofalo wanted to know how Sam was doing after last weeks "plague", was confidant that Romney would win, commented on her  own history of voter disenfranchisement or "voter cleansing" and explained what are "sex pests" are.

And some smart and charming election thoughts from Myla Seder! And Sam's election prediction.

The Better Half: More racism from Rush, Matt and Michael give their election picks, other races we should keep in an eye on and some Random Rush.

And keep the conversation going on the morning thread! 

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Direct download: 11-06-12-Janeane_Garofalo-Myla_Seder-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:12pm EST

Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas gave us his election day math, predicted a comfortable Obama victory, Democrats holding the Senate and gaining some seats in the House. Sam asked if Paul Ryan's extremism was exploited enough?

Jeff Smith explained how Occupy responded to Sandy, wealth inequality and hurricane relief, Bloomberg's shockingly tasteless push to keep the New York Marathon going in the face of continued power outages and all the ways that Occupy is coordinating help.

CNN's Eric Erikson says election results don't matter because the rapture is coming, Fox and Friends have uncovered a new dastardly plot! And Mitt will lose because of the Hurricane according to Republican excuse makers.

And keep the conversation going on the morning thread!  

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Direct download: 11-05-12-Jeff_Smith-Markos_Moulitsas-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:26pm EST