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Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon, co-founder of The North Star, and Film Guy Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom), join us.

On today's show: Sam sets a right winger straight re: his "suicide may be the only option" comments. Kid Rock says we can disagree and still be cordial but "screw that Joy Behar bitch."

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) joins us to discuss the latest news from Washington. Updates on the Mueller investigation: is Mueller setting a perjury trap for Trump? Joe Crowley undermined Barbara Lee's campaign for House Democratic caucus chair on his way out...sour grapes, much? And Chuck Schumer continues to be hopeless. Check out Ben's new project at https://buildingthenorthstar.com!

Film Guy Matthew (@langdomboom) joins us for some Casual Friday movie talk. The crew discusses Matt's master list of film picks, which can be found here. Can the crew still watch Woody Allen movies without feeling grossed out? Matt's pick for today: "Manlife," a documentary about a quasi-socialist movement that began in the Great Depression and eventually turned into a creepy religious cult. Take note, DSA.

On the fun half: Trump on Cohen's "Moscow Project" plea: "I was allowed to do whatever I wanted." Laura Loomer wears a Star of David, handcuffs herself to the NY Twitter office because she's being persecuted...for her racist tweets. Dave Rubin and Tucker Carlson say it's wrong for the left to claim Rudolph is about bigotry. Sam kicks off this year's War on Christmas with a clip from an old CNN appearance. Obama now wants credit for boom in US oil production: "That was me, people." Paul Ryan whines about "ballot harvesting" in midterms.

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Journalist Mike Mariani (@MikesMariani) joins us to discuss his latest piece in GQ, "The Would-Be Terrorist vs. the FBI."

On today's show: Trump says Michael Cohen is "a weak person" for taking another plea deal. Back in October: Eric Trump says Trump, Inc. had no business in Russia and KSA.

Journalist Mike Mariani (@MikesMariani) joins us to discuss his latest piece in GQ, "The Would-Be Terrorist vs. the FBI." In this piece, Mariani tells the story of Matthew Llaneza, a marginalized and mentally ill young man who was ensnared by an FBI anti-terror sting. After a stint in prison, Llaneza found work with a man who turned out to be an FBI informant. Over time, the informant ensnared him in a bizarre terror plot tailor-made to his particular psychology. Llaneza is just one of hundreds of people who've been targeted by FBI terror stings since 9/11. Mariani goes over the legal, media, and institutional reasons for this injustice.

On the fun half: Sinclair Media tries to distance itself from Boris Epshteyn's commentary on immigrants. Why isn't Mike Cernovich reporting on Jeffrey Epstein? Bolsonaro salutes John Bolton as he arrives in Brazil. Noam Chomsky on Bolsonaro and Lula. Bernie explains the next steps after Yemen procedural vote. Pompeo says there's no direct evidence of MBS's involvement in Khasshogi murder. Ivanka Trump on her wellness in Washington. Ben Shapiro does not understand economics or climate change. Plus your calls and IMs!

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Stephen Walt (@stephenWalt), Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School and author of The Hell of Good Intentions: America's Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy, joins us.

On today's show: Sam celebrates the one-year anniversary of Mike Cernovich's failed attempt to take him down.

Stephen Walt, Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, joins us to discuss his new book, The Hell of Good Intentions: America's Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy. In 1992, the Cold War was over and many anticipated the United States would preside over a new era of peace and prosperity. But that has not happened; in fact, quite the opposite. This failure, Walt argues, has been due to overzealousness on the part of bipartisan foreign policy elites to spread liberal values throughout the world and an unwillingness to hold people like John Bolton accountable for their mistakes.

On the fun half: Geraldo Rivera slams Fox News over coverage of migrant caravan being tear-gassed. Fox host: Cindy Hyde-Smith's "public hanging" comments aren't racist because she didn't say "lynching." Brian Kilmeade shocked GOP tax cuts led to GM job losses. Fox's Charles Payne fears capitalism is in trouble because Americans will see companies post record earnings amid massive layoffs and elect "a straight-up socialist." Bernie Sanders says war in Yemen is unconstitutional, issues call to action on Senate floor. British school boys beat up Syrian refugee. Boris Johnson's embarrassing outtakes prove he knows nothing. Michigan college hands out hockey pucks for kids to stop mass shooters with. Joe Rogan explains why Gavin McInnes is leaving the Proud Boys, gets some things wrong.

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Alyshia Galvez (@alyshiagalvez), author of 'Eating NAFTA: Trade, Food Policies, and the Destruction of Mexico,' joins us.

Sam answers a listener's question on the pitfalls of economic nationalism. Trump promises no auto plant closures in Michigan in 2016, the same thing to folks in Youngstown, OH in 2017. Paul Manafort thinks he's getting pardoned by Donald Trump, probably broke his plea deal.

Alyshia Galvez (@alyshiagalvez) joins us to discuss her new book, 'Eating NAFTA: Trade, Food Policies, and the Destruction of Mexico,' in which Galvez examines the impact of NAFTA on the people of Mexico. By flooding Mexico with cheap corn and other goods from the US, NAFTA impacted many areas of life including nutrition, culture, and the ability of subsistence farmers to make a living in their communities. Galvez breaks down some of NAFTA's "sacred ideas" and makes the case for a trade policy based around human needs, rather than profits for the global 1%.

On the fun half: First Ole Miss Rhodes scholar calls out Cindy Hyde Smith as racist. Tomi Lahren rants about asylum seekers who are ungrateful for the help offered to them. MSNBC reporter debunks GOP claims that the caravan is violent. Boris Epshteyn justifies teargassing the people in the caravan. Trump says he doesn't believe the climate change report. Tom Delay says the national climate assessment is "a disgrace." Stefan Molyneux advocates for Poland and the white ethno-state. Do Democrats need to make a better case to the white working class? Plus, your calls and IMs!

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David Dayen joins Sam to discuss his recently published piece in the Intercept, "House Progressives are Facing an Unexpected Problem in their Quest for Committee Power." Dayen lays out the recent history of the Progressive Caucus and illustrates how it's growing--it will be three times the size of the Freedom Caucus when it entered the House in 2011. Considering that Pelosi needs virtually every Democrat to vote for her on the floor; Progressives recognized this and made a power play--they wanted leadership roles on all domestic policy committees. Roads to progressive legislation like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, or expanded Social Security run through these committees. Placing Progressives in these committees will reshape the types of legislation brought to a vote under a future Democratically controlled Congress and Executive branch. Dayen and Sam break down why Progressives in the past have not been able to enact meaningful legislation in the House--Dayen believes it's a long-standing practice of self-selection, where Progressives flock to the Judiciary committee and New Democrats maximize their power on financial committees. How can we on the outside effect these inside deals? Dayen believes it's on the media and constituents to talk about it, which in turn will pressure on our elected officials.

And in the Fun Half: our takeaways from the National Climate Assessment, Rick Santorum is giddy that the Trump administration released the NCA report on Black Friday, an AEI VP declares she's not a doctor and then obfuscating the NCA report, how the oil lobby owns the GOP and Mike Lee illustrates that case and point, the fallacy of "Innovation," Bernie's new book is out tomorrow, showing family members the Brett Kavanaugh hearing, why the asylum process has always been a problem, the sexual anxiety of alt-right bigots, Gavin explains why he's stepping down from the Proud Boys and also why white supremacy is not real, and the big electoral wins in Minnesota. Plus your calls and IMs.

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Today, Alex Rosenblat, researcher for Data & Society, joins us to discuss her new book "Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work." How Uber's incentive structure inserts itself into drivers' lives despite the initial promise of super-flexible hours. How conscious are drivers of the false-promise of "ride-sharing" as far as democratizing the economy. The regional difference between professionalized cities like NYC and smaller cities with less of an entrenched taxi industry. How and why Uber sells the idea that drivers are entrepreneurs.

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Before the MR Crew heads to Mar-A-Lago for Thanksgiving, we brief you on the latest stories including Trump using the DOJ to target political enemies, Matt Whitaker's dark money slush fund, and how Trump's acceptance of the Khasshogi killing green lights murder for the world's autocrats. We're live at 12:00 pm EST.

We begin with a clip where Ben Sasse stinks it up on late night, stating the government should function "as the founders intended." Sam then breaks down how the right wing media is portraying Trump's MBS pardon in the Khasshogi murder. Then, we head up to Massachusetts watch Seth Moulton's constituents boo him as the congressman tries to explain his relentless opposition Nancy Pelosi. Finally, a special guest, GOP Senate candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith calls into the program to tell us about her debate last night and why she read straight from her notes. Sam then asks Hyde-Smith if she thinks he has a chance in his 2022 primary challenge against Chuck Schumer.

And in Fun Half: Raygun has a bone to pick with Sam, Sam's 2022 Senate campaign video is bringing MR fans to tears, Sam talks Worcester with a caller, Steny Hoyer is a corporatist and we should focus progressive power on keeping him from becoming majority leader, an ex-libertarian caller explains how Ayn Rand turned him off libertarianism, a black caller thought Matt was black, eastern California is the state's last bastion of Republicanism, the GOP has no real morals, and student debt forgiveness is not a moral hazard. Plus your calls and IMs!

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Professor Bernard L. Fraga (@blfraga) joins us on today's show to discuss his new book, The Turnout Gap: Race, Ethnicity, and Political Inequality in a Diversifying America.  We're live at 12:00 pm ET.

Professor Fraga explains that there is a lack of mobilization of racial and ethnic minority groups in the American electorate. Specifically, Democratic candidates are not reaching out enough to Latino, African American, and Asian American voters. In most districts, candidates understand through basic demographics, white voter turnout is the decisive factor in a candidate's respective race. However, Fraga shows the stunning disparity in turnout between the white and minority voters. Election campaigns have become more racialized and now Democrats, who hold a smaller share of the white electorate, need to be more present in minority communities.  Republicans doubled down on white identity campaign rhetoric to turn out the large coalitions of white voters in very white states like WI, MI, PA, and OH. Fraga also reflecting on the midterms, voter suppression and election stealing, arguing that these things are happening in states where turnout is high and minority communities are mobilized in the electorate. If the Democratic Party believes its future is bright in a minority-majority America, they need to begin advocating for that national vision now.

And in the Fun Half: Stacey Abrams defends her accusations of voter suppression, Katherine Harris left us a bunch of weird voicemails, Trump's coalition continues to shock listeners, the failures of billionaires and their toxic mythos, Sam's Democratic Socialist fantasies, why AOC and Justice Democrats will continue to primary liberal  candidates, Fox News thinks AOC is the Steve Bannon of the left, Ivanka's emails are not news, POC Ben Shapiro is all the rage, the GOP would own federal ballot initiative, a new lens to consider Bolsonaro's election. Plus your calls and IMs!

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Michael D'Antonio joins the program to discuss his latest book, The Shadow President: The Truth About Mike Pence.  Mike Pence has had his sights sent on the presidency since beginning his career in politics. D'Antonio  believes Mike Pence is the most powerful "Christian supremacist" in American history. Pence grew up in a typical New Deal Irish Catholic family before becoming an Evangelical christian and launching a career as an AM talk radio host who railed about homosexuals and extramarital affairs in the military. As a legislator for in 10 years in the House, Pence did not sponsor a single bill which later became law--but he was a great fundraiser. His fundraising prowess made him many friends on Capitol Hill and helped parlay his greater political ambitions. After being elected in deep-red Indiana, he set about passing conservative christian  laws (namely, RFRA) that most Hoosiers did not support. D'Antonio describes Pence's style of uncompromising governing as one that vacillates between dogmatically christian and mercenarily hard-core conservative. Given his less-than-mediocre track record, how did he end up as Trump's vice president? D'Antonio believes it's a combination of his relationship to the donor class and the christian right's belief that Pence is destined to assume the presidency--in the meantime Pence plays the roll of Daniel to Trump's Cyrus, to put it in biblical terms. Even still, given the amount of chaos in the White House, does Pence have a plan to accelerate his ascent to the presidency? D'Antonio thinks so--he sees real potential in a Pence/Haley 2024 ticket--the Trump presidency is not the final chapter of Mike Pence's political career.

And in the Fun Half: Would Sam be the face of Arby's net national ad campaign? Why Nancy Pelosi's proposed tax measures will hurt progressive causes, Sam to debate libertarian YouTube host Adam Kokesh, Mike Lee lets his libertarian freak flag fly at the Federalist Society, the coming civil war between the conservative and progressive political factions, an awesome MAGA tattoo, Ohio is gerrymandered to hell and its newest legislation is terrifying, a Kansas county commissioner's musings on the "master race," how utility subsidies and monopolies hurt consumers and constituents, the whisper campaign has begun--Seder Schumer primary 2020? Trump's new epistemological take on the Khasshogi murder, the student loan crisis will continue to become a greater issue, why progressives prefer Richard Ojeda to Kamala Harris. Plus your calls and IMs!

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It's Casual Friday here on the Majority Report and joining Michael Brooks are friends of the show Ana Kasparian of the Young Turks and comedy writer David Feldman of the David Feldman Show. Michael and Ana break down the midterm results and evaluate what the new class of progressive Democrats can do in next year's new majority house. How do progressives work pragmatically with the Democratic establishment in a productive manner without losing their convictions won in the 2018 midterms. Ana and Michael discuss the New York Times' bombshell Facebook report and debunk the myth of the "liberal"  Silicon Valley corporations. The belief that Silicon Valley is a vanguard of moral capitalism is no longer fantasy, it's delusion.

David Feldman thinks he's on with Sam only to find out it's Michael hosting today--he says he'll never another MR program again. Feldman lays out his media critique, journalistic outlets are not educating us, they're simply feeding the spectacle of Trump with an occasional segment where they fact-check habitual liars. On the democratic party, Feldman says it is time to fight like a dysfunctional family where the world outside thinks we're the ideal American family. However, there is hope in the incoming freshman can bring that fight. Feldman shares his most recent work with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and what it was like to meet Ted Cruz--who actually turned out to be charming.   Feldman explains how his old boss, Dennis Miller, with his decent into marginalized, bigoted madness, is performing the most high-concept satirical comedy we've ever seen--hilarious stuff. As for this week's movie recommendation, Feldman says Diabolique is a can't miss.

And in the Fun Half: Raygun wants to know how big a payday would Michael need to be the face of Arby's, how can progressives address Democratic Machine states, Ilhan Omar points out the double standard when a minority represents a majority white district, Jack Posobiec's Game of Thrones erotica featuring Donald Trump and Sansa Stark, Lou Dobbs' misinformation campaign is essentially elder abuse, Pod Save America are who we thought they were, Michael updates us on the state of the Brazilian politics, the problem with addressing racism with class arguments, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 11-16-18-Ana_Kasparian-David_Feldman-pub.mp3
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