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Happy Wednesday, joining Michael Brooks on today’s Majority Report is Loren Rodgers, Executive Director of the National Center for Employee Ownership to discuss a recent article featured in the New Republic. In America there are now over 7,000 employee owned businesses who revenue totals close to half a billion dollars. The history of employee ownership is one was designed and adapted to deal with the growing wealth inequality, namely investment banker Louis Kelso who was instrumental in designing Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs). Rodgers goes on to explain ESOPs have a history on both the right and left with both environmental conscious brands and christian brands both establishing ESOPs as a way to maintain their company values. Brooks and Rodgers go on to explore the current employee-owned related legislation and policy being promoted by legislators in Washington and on the 2020 campaign trail; particularly, Bernie and his state-run employee ownership centers and the US Employee Ownership Bank. Rodgers also says Kristin Gillibrand has taken up the lion's share of the employee ownership movement with her 2018 Main Street Employee Ownership Act.

On the fun half: Will the DA election in Queens be stolen from Caban? How not to challenge McConnell. Should tinkering with credit score formulation really be a priority now? Interracial marriage by jews is a new holocaust, says rabbi. Tucker does more bigotry against Ilhan Omar. A MR-listening moderate Nebraska farmer may run as a pro-M4A republican.

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Direct download: 7-9-19-Loren_Rogers-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:44pm EDT

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TODAY'S HEADLINES:

Federal judge rejects Trump administration’s bid to swap out lawyers for Census case on citizenship question (WAPO)

Migrant kids in Yuma report sex assault, retaliation from U.S. agents (NBC NEWS)

France to slap new 'ecotax' on plane tickets from 2020 (AP)

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

The government no longer wants Michael Flynn to testify against ex-partner (WAPO)

New North Carolina law allows prosecutors to charge drug dealers with murder (The Hill)

Top Senate Republican Wants to Rein In Tech’s Liability Shield (Bloomberg)

Two Republicans sue Ocasio-Cortez over Twitter blocks (The Hill)

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:43am EDT

On today's show, Sarah Reckhow (@SReckhow), co-author, Outside Money in School Board Elections: The Nationalization of Education Politics.

Reckhow and her co-authors looked at 5 cities where outside money was flooding into local school board elections including Indianapolis, Denver, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Bridgeport, CT. After pouring over close to a decade's worth of campaign contributions, Reckhow and her colleagues found that there was a huge surge of money coming from the beginning of Obama first term in 2008 to 2012 which found far greater sums of outside money being spent in school board elections. The research identified 132 donors who provided more than half the funding for candidates running on school reform (pro-charter) in the sampled cities. Reckhow points out, also, how reform candidates who raised this outside money also raised more money locally. The reform candidates we're 2.5x more likely to be elected while union-backed candidates won half of its races, a huge gain for school reform efforts. This led to a greater expansion of charter schools in the cities studied. These cities were studied by Reckhow and her colleagues because they're municipalities where the school board has the most authority in enacting education reform, like allocating funds to charter school funding. Reckhow concludes the interview pointing out that school board elections remain an important part of our local democracies where popular engagement can effectively combat outside money and interest.

And in the Fun Half: Dan Bongino does not seem to have the composure to a talking head--let alone a law enforcement officer, how to get blue collar voters on board with democratic candidates, Jesse Watters says women athletes would probably be paid more if they were more patriotic, Elizabeth Warren says she'll end the Israeli occupation of Palestine, the value of Bernie defining himself as a Democratic Socialist, "electability" and Biden, Andrew Yang v. Meghan McCain, Tom Steyer sends $100M into a blackhole, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 7-8-19-Sarah_Reckhow-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:21pm EDT

We're back from the July 4th holiday and got a piping-hot plate of news for you, our loyal listener. The big story coming into Monday is the bombshell indictment of Jeffrey Epstein on new charges of human trafficking. The charges first reported by the Daily Beast "allege that Epstein sexually exploited dozens of underage girls...molesting or sexually abusing them in his Upper East Side mansion or his palatial residence in Palm Beach." In an era where #MeToo has taken down powerful men across several professions, Epstein had, until this point, avoided any consequences for his heinous actions. According to Sam, this is a story of power and influence of one American billionaire. Hopefully this trial shows how Epstein was able to plead out so easily more than a decade ago and continue his behavior until 2019.

Meanwhile, the crisis at the border continues to spiral out of control. UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said this morning that she was "appalled" at the conditions. Immigrants rights lawyers who traveled to the Clint, Texas facilities said they have never seen or smelled such degrading and inhumane conditions in their careers. Of course, Donald Trump doesn't see it that way, he blames Democrats for the conditions at the border, saying the party's laxed position on amnesty is the sole reason for the facilities' conditions. Finally, it was revealed this weekend that DHS knew about the racist, misogynistic private Facebook group since at least 2016. But don't worry acting DHS secretary Kevin McAleenan says "any employee found to have compromised the public’s trust in our law enforcement mission will be held accountable."

The crew also breaks down Trump's stunning history lesson from July 4th. Who knew the colonials  won independence because of an effective air defense system? Sam wraps the free half of the show asking does Nancy Pelosi's have a plan beyond punching left and scapegoating her most popular caucus members?

And in the Fun Half: why Trump continues to limit asylum measures, the failures of ICE, John from San Antonio is frustrated with the lack of policy understanding from Bernie Sanders' supporters, John Delaney hides the ball on his "Better Care" plan which will not lower healthcare costs, a MAGA free speech guy says he's the first person ever banned from Tinder, Proud Boys and the cops are getting along nicely, Biden's plan for the court is no plan at all, and why Obama's vetting of Biden is all that matters in 2020, why Sam continues to dispel misinformation about Dave Rubin, what potential voters cast ballots for libertarian candidate Justin Amash, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 7-8-19-Sam_Seder-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:43pm EDT

Alex Pareene (@Pareene) stops by to discuss Trump's extra Freedom Fourth of July, impeachment, the democrats, and more!

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7/5 Casual Friday: Mid-Year Report! ft. Alex Pareene

Direct download: 7-5-19-Alex_Pareene.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

On today's show, The New Republic's, Matt Ford (@fordm), joins us to review the Supreme Court's latest term. Broadly speaking the term was mixed bag, with some small victories for the court's liberals, but mostly the court maintained its steady slide towards conservatism. While Republican presidents have appointed more justices over the past 50 years, those appointments have never been as conservative as Trump's appointments, Gorsuch and Kavanaugh. Ford believes that this Roberts court will become more conservative in the years to come. Ford and Sam review the Court's ruling on Kisor v. Wilkie, where the court decided not to overturn "Auer deference" where "courts defer to federal agencies’ reasonable reading of ambiguous regulations." While this sounds like a victory at face value a liberal court would not take it up in the first place. Ford explains in Elena Kagan's 5-4 majority opinion "added a five-part test that will give judges more room to scrutinize those regulations." And Roberts added to the majority opinion that the ruling would not impact the Chevron deference which conservative legal scholars have been railing against for decades. Sam and Ford then discuss the gerrymandering case (Rucho v. Common Cause) and census citizenship question case (Department of Commerce v. New York) and what those rulings will mean for the future of our democracy. Ford does not see a silver lining in the case of Rucho v. Common Cause beyond state supreme courts stopping gerrymandering. The GOP has been very explicit in its attempts to gerrymander its way to power in states like Wisconsin and the Supreme Court has now ruled that it cannot enforce gerrymandering guidelines. Granted, the Supreme Court did not entirely implode this term since it did not rule in favor of the Trump administration and the Commerce department on the citizenship question, and are now dropping the campaign to add the citizenship question to the 2020 census. Ford and Sam conclude with a look towards the court's next term including positive developments in criminal justice reform.

And in the Fun Half: the MSM is a little too excited to say Bernie is done, Third Way thinks anyone can beat Trump... except Sanders, Bernie's huge rally in Iowa City, assessing our biases, the NYT Sydney Ember problem, empathy and logic on the left, Dan Crenshaw picked a bad time to say the border situation is not true, Glenn Beck thinks migrants would prefer to sleep on the desert floor than the squalor DHS facilities, Lou Dobbs is hyped about the Trump July 4th militaripalooza, Meghan McCain feels like a "caged animal," how would progressives work with Biden, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 7-3-19-Matt_Ford-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:36pm EDT

On today's show, Jennifer L. Eberhardt, author of, Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, And Do. Dr. Eberhardt's take a look at the difference between what we understand in our culture as racism and the implicit biases we pick up within our society.  Through extensive studies including both clinical and social studies, Dr. Eberhardt addresses how racial bias is not restricted to a few bad actors but is present at all levels of society in media, education, and business. Sam and Eberhardt also discuss the plasticity of the brain and how exposure to diversity can help dispel bias and our seemingly innate prejudices. Eberhardt explains how her studies can be applied to larger systemic problems of bias, specifically in policing and corporate culture. By showing this implicit bias through clinical testing it's easier to show how prejudice and stereotypes can be systemic, beyond personal animus, and something that be unlearned. Moving forward, is it possible to isolate these influences of bias in the first place? Eberhardt believes exposure and contact to information and a diverse population is key to unlearning bias. Sam and Eberhardt conclude their conversation with an open-ended question: if we're all biased in some way, at what point does it turn to racism? Whether or not implicit bias turns to explicit racism, it can be as harmful in a slow eroding kind of way, as it exists alongside social norms.

And in the Fun Half: Bernie slides to 4th in the latest CNN poll, a breakdown of the ProPublica CPB Secret Facebook group, one bad apple does spoil the whole bunch, harrowing images and video from inside the Clint, TX Customs & Border Patrol facilities, the argument for decommodifying housing, Donald Trump has started and defeated homelessness in America, Trump reaffirms that the Census citizenship question is about denying rights to immigrants, Greg Gutfeld admits Fox would be sounding alarm bells if Obama met with Kim Jong Un, Bernie's messaging on engagement, a Jimmy Dore story, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 7-2-19-Jennifer_Eberhardt-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:23pm EDT

Anthony McCann, journalist and author of 'Shadowlands: Fear and Freedom at the Oregon Standoff,' joins us.

On today's show: Joe Biden says kids in hoodies might become poet laureates and not just gangbangers. Biden re-uses gay waiter anecdote from 15 years ago.

Journalist and author Anthony McCann joins us to discuss his new book, 'Shadowlands: Fear and Freedom at the Oregon Standoff.' In 2016, an armed group of protesters led by Ammon Bundy occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon. In this book, McCann identifies numerous political currents highlighted by the incident, including: The influence of Mormonism on Bundy and the dangers of operating on pure ideology. The protesters' belief that property rights began when the US was colonized. The history of "state's rights" rhetoric and Bundy's many precedents. The surprising influence of Occupy Wall Street. The role played by the internet and privatization.

On the fun half: Biden's "electability" ratings drop following debates. Kamala Harris tries to clarify m4a stance, still unclear exactly what she wants. A caller from Oregon explains how environmental regulations and welfare reform have hurt rural people in her area. Trump gives his Monday morning QB take on Kamala and Biden, says he'll introduce busing legislation. Trump asked to clarify busing legislation, clearly has no idea what it is. Ivanka Trump hangs with the grownups at G20, tries to butt into their convo. Trump says businesses are calling America "the hot show." Trump says he's talking to world leaders about new student visas: "Smart person's waivers." Tucker says it's a reality that nation leaders do need to kill people. Bernie says he's got "no problem" with Trump meeting with Kim Jong Un, but it needs to be more than a photo op. "Jews against ICE" protests at Elizabeth NJ ICE facility. Political cartoonist fired for border cartoon of Trump golfing around dead migrants.

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Direct download: 7-1-19-Anthony_McCann-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:45pm EDT

Digby (Heather Parton) (@digby56) and Matt Binder (@MattBinder ) join us.

On today's show: AOC explains that there's no oversight of spending on Senate bill funding ICE.

Digby (Heather Parton) (@digby56) joins us to break down the latest news from Washington, including: the latest Supreme Court decisions, the Democratic debates, the new center of gravity in the Democratic Party, and how the race will change now that Biden has self-immolated in public. Also: the role of never-Trumpers and who stood out. 

Matt Binder (@MattBinder ), former MR producer/contributor and host of DOOMED w/ Matt Binder, joins us. An update on alt-right online communities. How much has the "movement" been hurt by the de-platforming of prominent leaders like Alex Jones, Milo, Cernovich et. al? The decline of Breitbart. How the YouTube algorithm turns disaffected young men into Pepes and/or the Yang Gang. Ben Shapiro says conservatives can be funny, he has written spec comedy scripts. Yang claims his mic was cut during Dem debate. Kamala Harris goes after Biden about bussing, Biden defends states' rights. Brian Kilmeade almost gets it: the GOP is racist.

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Direct download: 6-28-19-Digby_Matt_Binder-Freebie.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:25pm EDT

Good evening, welcome to the second 2020 Democratic debate watch show with the MR crew! We're live at 8:50 and will be covering the stage of former VP Joe Biden, VT Senator Bernie Sanders, CA Senator Kamala Harris, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, former CO Governor John Hickenlooper, Senator Michael Bennett, Rep. Eric Swalwell, orb mistress Marianne Williamson, and Andrew "Daddy Yangbucks" Yang. We break down the candidates' performances and look at who made a splash, who held it together, and who went down in flames.

Bernie comes out strong with "healthcare is a right." Kamala Harris owns Biden on race and integration. Bernie connects abortion rights and m4a. Buttigieg addresses the shooting in South Bend. Biden fumbles and gets owned. Hickenlooper warns of the dangers of socialism, repeatedly. Marianne preaches a revolution of love.

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Direct download: 6-27-19-DEBATE_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:47pm EDT