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Anthony Abraham Jack, Assistant Professor of Education at Harvard University, joins us to discuss his book, The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students. 

On today's show: Ainsley Earhardt says waiters want tips, not wages; Brian Kilmeade says the waitstaff talent scouts might hear about you, too.

Anthony Abraham Jack, Assistant Professor of Education at Harvard University, joins us to discuss his book, The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students. Elite colleges and universities have begun admitting a more racially and economically diverse range of students in recent years. But once they get there, these students face difficulties that are not being addressed. From campus culture to food insecurity, Jack explores the areas in which colleges must improve if they want to adequately support students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

On the fun half: Predictions for how the Democrats will screw up tomorrow's Mueller hearings. Larry Kudlow says there's nothing to raise wages like private sector growth. Matt Walsh argues for a $0 minimum wage after negative McDonald's experience. Trump says he could wipe out Afghanistan and win the war in 10 days. Fake Susan Collins campaign ad: "Disappointed." ICE attempted to bring a TN man into custody; his neighbors formed a human chain to protect him and his son. Nadler says Mueller doesn't need to listen to DOJ request to remain within boundaries. DeBlasio says ConEd should become a public utility.

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Direct download: 7-23-19-Anthony_Abraham_Jack-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:27pm EST

Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop

TODAY'S HEADLINES:

Democrats and Trump agree on a budget deal that neither side will be completely happy with. (PBS)

Meanwhile, DOJ officials tell Robert Mueller make his congressional testimony on Wednesday as pointless as possible. (Splinter)

And lastly, Trump turns the cartoon super-villainy up to eleven, as the White House makes plans to take food stamps away from over 3 million Americans. (Daily Beast)

 

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NBC News reports Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her family have seen profits soar since Trump’s deregulation efforts and his massive tax cuts for the rich.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday predicted an imminent economic crisis unless the Trump administration and Congress quickly pass legislation to regulate the financial sector and significantly reduce middle class household debt.

Sen. Kamala Harris and Rep. Jerry Nadler introduced a bill on Tuesday that would expunge marijuana-based convictions and use tax revenue to help create trust funds for communities impacted by the War on Drugs. (Daily Beast)

Vice reports that 26% of all climate change references have vanished from .Gov sites since Trump took office.

And Axios reports that a Louisiana police officer who suggested on Facebook that Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez should be shot was fired from his job, along with a second officer who liked his post.

 

 

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On today's show: Ron Johnson says "love it or leave it" wasn't racist in the 60s. White House's Mercedes Schlapp: Trump is not a racist, he "stands with the people who support him." Stephen Bannon: core of Trump's platform is "deconstruction of the administrative state." Sam breaks down how Trump's been doing this and the threat it poses.

On the fun half: John from San Antonio on the latest primary polls. Con Ed foists intentional blackout on Canarsie; residents are pissed. Stephen Miller tells Chris Wallace Omar and squad are not patriotic, calling the country "garbage;" Chris Wallace pulls up old Trump tweet where he says the same thing about Obama. Cole James Cash on his impending Jesse Lee Peterson appearance. Mimi Rocha says Bernie Sanders makes her skin crawl. Dave Rubin destroyed by orbs and logic. Greg Abbott signs Texas Chik Fil A "free speech" bill into law. TP USA graphic is helping to abolish the electoral college. Hong Kong mob of "white shirts" beat up protesters who want greater autonomy from China.

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Direct download: 7-22-19-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop

TODAY'S HEADLINES:

Puerto Rico's governor says he’ll finish his term, will not run for reelection next year (Miami Herald)

Most Americans disagree with Trump's "go back" tweets (CBS News

Immigrants and their kids founded 45% of U.S. Fortune 500 companies (New American Economy)

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Axios reports Jared Kushner will travel to Jerusalem and several other capitals in the Middle East next week to discuss how to move forward with the Trump administration’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.

WaPo is reporting that congress is nearing a federal budget deal that would include few—if any—immediate spending cuts, and would lift the debt limit for two years.

AFP reports Israel began demolishing a number of Palestinian homes south of Jerusalem early Monday, a move which has drawn international concern.

And the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said in a statement that the Trump administration plans to revise the U.S. citizenship test to ensure that "it continues to serve as an accurate measure of a naturalization applicant's civics knowledge.” (NPR)

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Trump disavows his own supporters?

Good morning, Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon), host of the Benjamin Dixon show joins us today. Benjamin explains why even if Trump is defeated he has left sustained body blows on America, is the media starting to understand the Republican Party? Bill Barr backs Donald Trump and are our institutions failing? Joe Biden in trouble? Benjamin and Sam make debate predictions, of course never believe Trump apologies and the money behind the far right culture war.

On the Fun Half: Ilhan Omar is welcomed home in Minneapolis and gives an inspiring address. Marco Rubio, tests an incredibly lame defense of Republican racists. Debunking the Ilhan Omar anti semitism lies. A caller explains the future of the heartland and the climate crisis. Ronald Raygun, has a Rubin style insight. What type of campaign will 2020 be? Alan Dershowitz, explains he has a "perfect sex" record. Sanders, Warren and labor. Dan Crenshaw, does lame propaganda against raising the Minimum Wage and your calls & IMs.


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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop

TODAY'S HEADLINES: 

House Dems warn Omar in 'imminent danger' after Trump rally chants (POLITICO)

Trump Nominates Antonin Scalia’s Son as Labor Secretary (Mother Jones)

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris will face off again as lineups for CNN Democratic primary debates are set (CNN)

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Axios is reporting that John Delaney's senior team sat him down and told him to drop out of the presidential race by mid-August. Delaney’s reportedly spent nearly $19 million as a 2020 candidate since 2017.

The House on Thursday passed legislation to gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, following through on a key Democratic campaign promise and ending a six-month struggle within the caucus. (POLITICO)

The Hill reports that the Pentagon is preparing to deploy 500 troops to Saudi Arabia amid escalating tensions with Iran.

New York Times is reporting that after years of legal wrangling, the E.P.A. will not ban Chlorpyrifos, a pesticide which has been linked to developmental disabilities.

And lastly, Five-Thirty-Eight reports that there is only one US senator more unpopular that Susan Collins and that is Senate Majority leader, and self proclaimed Grim Reaper of of all things good… Cocaine Mitch McConnell.

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Good morning, joining Michael Brooks this Thursday on the Majority Report is Ben Burgis, author of Give Them an Argument: Logic for the Left, to discuss the 2020 Democratic candidates and their particular uses of logic to attract voters before they head to the polls. With the second round of Democratic debates only 2 weeks away, Michael and Ben examine how the format can be improved and better inform prospective voters. Burgis believes the debates have fallen to a state of "he said, she said" format where follow-up questions are little more than trivia. Burgis then explains what logic and rhetoric means in political discourse. Logic is the substance of your arguments while rhetoric is the way you describe those arguments. Burgis argues that logic without rhetoric is ineffective to convince people, but rhetoric without logic is like a gift wrapped box with nothing in it, aka Ben Shapiro. Burgis and Brooks look into some of the logically inconsistent arguments developing in the 2020 campaign, including the Medicare for All versus Medicare for Those Who Want It. In all polling on healthcare, the question is never "do you like your health insurance?" it's always "are you satisfied with your coverage?" which does not address people's real problems with their healthcare like keeping their doctor, actually using their insurance, and the complexities of in-network navigation, billing, or claims processing. But how do you convince someone who prefers reform over structural change? Burgis believes this is a hard argument to make because the details of Warren's "plan for that" platform is more palatable for voters who see structural reform as unrealistic, despite the fact that means-tested programs are always culled after they're initiated.

And in the Fun Half: Meghan McCain found a way to make the Squad v. Trump development about her agency, beyond 2020: removing the conditions that brought Trump, Bernie Sanders explains why the M4A criticism of "it can't be done" is baseless, Dave Rubin clip of the day, Puerto Rico is due statehood, diet and wellbeing in a socialized healthcare system, Lindsey Graham says a MAGA Somali would be a celebrity at the Trump White House, Ilhan Omar explains why Trump is both a racist and a fascist, Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein party at Mar-A-Lago, the next steps in forming a new Sudanese government, plus your calls and IMs!

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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop

TODAY'S HEADLINES: 

TrumpRally Erupts in Raucous Chants of ‘Send Her Back’ as Trump Goes After Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar (The Root)

Rand Paul blocks funding bill for 9/11 victims over hypocritical budget concerns. (ThinkProgress)

House Democrats voting to hold Barr, Ross in contempt. (Hill)

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

Joshua Trees are being wiped out by Climate Change (Earther)

Ebola Outbreak in Congo is declared a global health emergency (NYT)

DNC warns 2020 campaigns not to use FaceApp developed by Russians (CNN)

Democrats ask Labor Department to investigate Amazon warehouses (The Hill)

Widespread, oppressive and dangerous heat to roast much of the U.S. through the weekend (WaPo)

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On today's show, Elie Mystal, Executive Editor at Above the Law, joins us to discuss his cover story in the Nation, "Donald Trump and the Plot to Take Over the Courts."

Sam and Mystal take a 30,000 ft. view of Trump's judicial maneuvers before moving to particular judges and their legal records on the bench. Trump and McConnell have confirmed at least 123 federal judges, including 41 to the circuit court of appeals judges. 14% of all federal judges are Trump judges, and 22% of all circuit court judges are Trump appointees. McConnell was a huge roadblock for Obama entire legal project, with 116 vacancies at the end of Obama second time. With the benefit of hindsight, Sam and Mystal agree that the liberal progressive movement has not done the organizational work needed to bring left-leaning judges and lawyers to the federal bench. According to Mystal, the GOP knows how to play this game, the Federalist Society and Judicial Crisis network know how to slam liberal organizations like the American Constitution Society and ACLU as unhinged leftists.

Shifting gears, Mystal explains why your region's circuit court of appeals is the most instrumental in determining your state's laws. The final arbiter on the laws that affect your day-to-day life is your circuit court, the Supreme Court does not need to see every case that is appealed beyond the circuit court, leaving the final ruling at the circuit court. Mystal then breaks down Trump's worst of the worst confirmed judges. Starting with Don R. Willits, appointed to the 5th circuit, was once called the "most conservative" judge on the Texas Supreme Court by religious-right leader James Dobson of Focus on the Family. Willits has consistently ruled against LGBT protections in Texas and refused to recognize same-sex marriage licenses awarded in other states. Next up, Chad Readler. Readler was Jeff Sessions "right-hand man" in the DOJ's civil division where he defended Trump and Sessions' child-separation policies and ending DACA protections. And lastly, we have Amy Barrett, the handmaiden. Mystal says that conservatives have been saving Amy Barrett as their ace-in-the-hole for when Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies. Barrett will be the one who allows the GOP court to overturn 40+ years of precedent when they abolish Roe v. Wade and a whole host of other reproductive rights. Read the entire piece to get a better understanding of why the left needs to organize around the judicial system!

And in the Fun Half: Sam contemplates if he's having a stroke, Bernie isn't making friends at Washington Post 2020 Candidate forum, and won't be caught in a gotcha moment about bussing either, Dave Rubin gets Marianne Williamson on his program and it didn't go as planned, Marianne explains reparations and restitution for slavery, Rubin gets schooled, he pivots and takes her into the deep end on Iran, but Marianne sinks him instead, Elizabeth Warren asks why the acting Defense Secretary won't commit to ending relationships with his former employers at Raytheon, a Palantir co-founder calls Google and its employees "not a patriotic company," Emerald Garner delivers a powerful statement calling for Officer Pantaleo job to be terminated, how Bill Barr quashed the DOJ's investigation into Garner's death, plus no calls and no IMs!

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On today's show the MR team brings you the news. Sam breaks down the Trump administration's next step in eroding federal research agencies: forcing USDA scientists to relocate to Kansas City. USDA staffers had until midnight on Monday to decide whether or not they would relocate with the department's research branches to the midwest, a brazen move designed to distance scientists and their findings from legislators and policy makers in DC. Joe Biden's healthcare policy rollout hit a roadblock last night when his press secretary Symone Sanders was asked about her change of heart from 2016 when she promoted Bernie's Medicare for All plan to now promoting Biden's less expansive Obamacare plus plan. Symone Sanders' non-answers and pablum explaining why Biden's plan was better than Medicare for All is exactly what happens to press secretaries when there is no substance or popular demand for a policy like Biden's Obamacare expansion--the healthcare horizon has expanded beyond eliminating tax subsidy caps. And in the White House, Trump doubles down on his racist statements and says that his nakedly racist comments about the Squad were fine because "many people agree" with them. Trump is in full 2020 mode and knows the election will be about bases. Trump is betting on racism as his best tool to turn out republican voters next November. Sam then examines the Squad's responses to Trump and how they do politics better than anyone else in the Democratic Party. Their ability to synthesize their talking points, policy projects all while keeping their opposition in their sights, including Democratic House Leadership. The Squad can walk and chew gum while they seize power for the left.

And in the Fun Half:  Sam shares news of his ongoing right wing trolling projects, the time Gavin McInnes offered Sam $5,000 to go on his show, Gavin also made this offer to David Pakman, but really wanted to sure up the deal...so he called in, coincidentally Sam gets a call from "Bob Fandela" to talk about Right Wing Mandela's new Free Ideas show, Puerto Ricans are protesting after Governor Ricardo Rosselló's group chats leaked where he called for the death of the San Juan mayor and homophobic remarks about Ricky Martin, why Bernie Sanders needs to do well in South Carolina, turning out voters is more productive than pandering to the elusive purple suburban professional managerial class, why Medicare 4 All is popular across class and identity, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 7-16-19-Sam_Seder-PUB.mp3
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Welcome to Majority.FM's AM QUICKIE! Brought to you by justcoffee.coop

TODAY'S HEADLINES:

Trump steps up attacks on progressive congresswomen, says they 'hate our country' and Israel. (NBC)

WH projects $1 trillion deficit for 2019. (THE HILL)

Beto O'Rourke fundraising fell to $3.6 million in second quarter. (POLITICO)

And our QUICKER QUICKIES HEADLINES:

The Intercept is reporting that the margin of victory between Tiffany Cabán and Melinda Katz to be Queens's next top prosecutor is now less than one half of a percentage point, which has prompted a mandatory recount of more than 90,000 votes. 

WMUR reports that Kamala Harris has risen into second place in the latest New Hampshire primary poll conducted by Saint Anselm College.

More than 100 Amazon employees in Minnesota went on strike during Amazon Prime Day. The warehouse workers were protesting the company’s labor conditions and environmental impact. (GRIST)

NBC News is reporting that Sadie Roberts-Joseph, the founder and curator of the Baton Rouge African American Museum, was discovered dead in the trunk of a car Friday afternoon. A cause of death is not yet known.

The Green New Deal has picked up endorsements from two major Christian groups, calling the policy framework “what is needed to preserve and restore God’s great gift of creation.” (HUFFPO)

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On today's show, David T. Courtwright, author of The Age of Addiction: How Bad Habits Became Big Business and presidential professor emeritus in the Department of History at the University of North Florida, joins us.

On today's show: Mike Pence observes men in cages at Southern border.

David T. Courtwright, author of The Age of Addiction: How Bad Habits Became Big Business and presidential professor emeritus in the Department of History at the University of North Florida, joins us. Most people think of drugs and alcohol as the primary things associated with addiction. But people can become addicted to many other things. In this book, Courtwright explores the idea of "limbic capitalism," by which corporations exploit the body's limbic system for profit by getting people addicted to everything from sugary soft drinks to social media.

On the fun half: Nancy Pelosi faces off against progressive "squad" of AOC, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley. AOC on visit to border detention: "I believe them...this is a manufactured crisis." Heather Heyer's killer sentenced to life in prison. Fox and Friends laughs at Trump's racist tweets: "very comedic." Lindsey Graham says AOC and the squad are a bunch of communists. Newt says Trump sees an opportunity to attack the squad because of the fight between progressives and Pelosi. Ilhan Omar explains why politics is about wielding power, not sharing it to maintain status quo. Biden promoting his healthcare plan that doesn't include Medicare For All. Obama endorses Medicare For All before 2018 midterms.

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Sam at Netroots! Day 2.

Sam is joined by Adele Stan from Right Wing Watch,

Briahna Joy Gray and Winnie Wong from the Bernie Sanders campaign,

Jeff Hauser of the Revolving Door Project, Alexandra Rojas of Justice Democrats,

Adam Green of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Ryan Grim of The Intercept,

and Matt Christman, Brendan James and Virgil Texas of Chapo Trap House.

Also: Bernie gets an approving pat from a postal worker, Trump says Acosta did a great job as labor secretary, Brooke Goldstein claims Ilhan Omar "would be a member of the KKK" if she weren't in Congress, Pelosi admonishes "squad" not to tweet their complaints, David Dayen updates us on the White House's attack on asylum seekers, Tommy Robinson supporting thugs attack journalists outside parliament, Trump says the kidney "has a special place in the heart."

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Sam reports live from the Netroots Nation conference in Philadelphia.

On day one of Netroots, Sam speaks with Dean Obeidallah, host of SiriusXM's 'The Dean Obeidallah Show;" David Dayen, executive editor of 'The American Prospect;' David Weigel of The Washington Post; Sean McElwee and Julian Brave NoiseCat of Data For Progress; Jared Holt of Right Wing Watch; and Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA.

Also on today's show: Bernie tells Rachel Maddow that as president, he'd scare Mitch McConnell by going to KY and having a rally. Bernie says inequality is intentional, emphasizes need to take on the power structure. Gorka gets owned by prank caller. AOC asks Powell why the Fed keeps getting the rate of unemployment wrong, attacks the Phillips curve as discredited economic model. Ben Shapiro says Megan Rapinoe benefits from being an outspoken lesbian.

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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 EST

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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)

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

 

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

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

Good evening, welcome to the first 2020 Democratic debate watch show with the MR crew! We're live at 8:50 and will be covering the stage of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, Former Obama HUD Secretary Julian Castro of Texas, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington state, Former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland. We break down the candidate performances and look forward tomorrow's debate in Miami.

Corey Booker has pivoted to the left and looks to be positioning himself to be a Sanders or Warren VP. Will Corey Bookers' move to the left lead to a larger left exodus in the Democratic primary? Texas Beto and National Beto are in conflict and it is not work for him. John Delaney and Amy Klobuchar are the Bash Brothers of meaningless centrism. Elizabeth Warren did not dominate as much we expected, and everyone is falling behind the Sanders movement.

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Direct download: 6-26-19-DEBATE_1-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Joining Michael Brooks on today's Majority Report is Murtaza Hussain to talk about the right wing's secretive efforts to start a war with Iran and the writings of the fake journalist Heshmat Alavi.

On today's show: DSA-endorsed public defender Tiffany Cabán (most likely) wins Queens DA race.

Murtaza Hussain (@MazMHussain), journalist at The Intercept, joins us to talk about the right wing's secretive efforts to start a war with Iran and the writings of the fake journalist Heshmat Alavi. The return of "America first" paleoconservative who advocates turning the US from an empire to a white ethno-state. How pro regime change forces faked an Iranian journalist named Heshmat Alavi. (Read Hussain's report at The Intercept.) Jared Kushner lays out plans for the future of Palestine. The Trump admin's clueless efforts to buy the Palestinians out of the hope of statehood.

On the fun half: Japanese Americans protest children being moved to camps in Oklahoma. Meghan McCain makes child concentration camps at border about her and her family. Dana Loesch's Meghan McCain impression and Meghan's brunch tweet. Dave Rubin thinks government needs to intervene in the marketplace of ideas, specifically YouTube. USA women's soccer star Megan Rapinoe on going to WH: "I'm not going to the fucking White House." Gorka says the wall has to come before providing hygenic products to detainees. Trump says border conditions were worse under Obama. Dennis Prager says Google is censoring any conservative voices.

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Direct download: 6-26-19-Murtaza_Hussain-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:47pm EST

Matt Stroud (@MattStroud), author of "Thin Blue Lie: The Failure of High-Tech Policing," joins us.

On today's show: Trump misnames Iran's Supreme Leader. Trump says he does not need Congress to strike Iran.

Author Matt Stroud (@MattStroud) joins us to discuss his new book "Thin Blue Lie: The Failure of High-Tech Policing." While technologies like the taser were supposed to transform law enforcement for the better, in reality they've only made it "lazier, more reckless, and more discriminatory." In this book, Stroud looks at how corporate marketing tactics sold these items to police departments, and how they contributed to the mission creep and civil liberties violations on display in the modern police state.

Why Andrew Yang's UBI proposal poses a danger to the welfare state.

On the fun half: Project Veritas exposes YouTube and MR's conspiracy to censor right-wing ideas. John Bolton says his previous writing on regime change in Iran aren't part of his current advisory role, but he still believes them. Brian Kilmeade says CBP isn't running the Marriot or Hyatt. Lou Dobbs says there was widespread voter fraud in 2016 by "a large number of aliens." Bill O'Reilly says reparations can't happen because it will codify the idea that the US was founded by racist white men. Ilhan Omar does Sharia at Twin Cities pride parade. Beto's war tax idea. Obama campaign manager appears before health savings account investors, says m4a will not happen. Ben Stein says black people love to play the victim.

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Direct download: 6-25-19-Matt-Stroud-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:29pm EST

The MR Crew brings you a Monday news rundown, Bernie Sanders powerful critique of Trump's Iran war mongering and incompetence and the media's devotion to war. The humanitarian crisis at the border, the Administration and ICE lawyers defend denying basic care to children at the border. Sanders, very, very good student debt elimination bill.  Fox and Friends, can't handle Bernie's plan and its very funny. The census case and will the Supreme Court care at all about how bias they look?

On The Fun Half: How would the Sanders debt plan work? Congresswoman Jayapal, thanks Sanders for being the only federal official since 2015 to discuss the student debt crisis. AOC, shares her own student debt story. Chris Hayes and liberalism. An important correction on the "Norwegian" tanker story. A mass shooting in PA, receives no attention (you will never guess why). Donald Trump lies about his Administration's concentration camps. New rape allegation against Trump. Pete Buttigieg, has no plan to deal with police abuse in South Bend and protestors know it. Trump supporters resent being asked to care about kidnapped children and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 6-24-19-Sam_Seder-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:33pm EST

Happy Friday! Sam is out today, Michael Brooks fills in with special guests Ana Kasparian and Corey Pein to discuss the week in news, including the growing tensions with Iran, Joe Biden's past working relationship with segregationists, and the connection between climate change, UFOs and Posadism.

Greg Gutfeld: "War is like a video game, and that's good."

Ana Kasparian (@AnaKasparian), host and executive producer of The Young Turks, joins Michael to break down the week in news. Trump's pull-back on war with Iran: what's going on there? How 2019 is different from 2003, when the Bush administration marched us into the Iraq War. Vanity Fair's hatchet job on Bernie, Chrissy Teigen, and how the Warren campaign should respond. How the Netflix doc "The Edge of Democracy" shows Brazil's slide into fascism.

Corey Pein (@CoreyPein), author of "Live Work Work Work Die: A Journey Into The Savage Heart Of Silicon Valley" and host of News From Nowhere, joins us. What should we make of the latest declassified info on UFOs? Trump tells George Stephanopoulos he doesn't believe in aliens. Jamie explains Posadism and why it's gaining popularity at the moment. How do we prepare for the global warming crisis? Corey recommends some movies: 'Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit' (2005) and 'Hanna' (2011). Jamie recommends the TV adaptation of 'What We Do In The Shadows.'

On the fun half: Laura Ingraham says conquest is just how the world works. Conservative PM drags climate protester out by neck. Moro before Senate justice committee accused of sabotaging election. Stephanie Ruhle disingenuously scolds Bernie for calling out Biden for working with segregationists on prolonging segregation. A caller relates a skirmish with Dave Rubin.

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Direct download: 6-21-19-Ana_Kasparian-Corey_Pein-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:43pm EST

Good Thursday morning, joining Sam on today's Majority Report is journalist and scholar Leta Hong Fincher to discuss her book,  Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in ChinaThrough interviews with feminists and other leading Chinese activists, Hong Fincher illuminates the difficulties they face and their “joy of betraying Big Brother.” Hong Fincher explains the long arch of the Chinese feminist movement in China over the last half century. Underlying the birth of the feminist movement in China was the growth of the economy alongside growing wealth inequality between men and women while moving from a planned economy to a market economy especially in housing. Changes in housing law shut women out of home ownership during one of the biggest gain in personal wealth in the history of China and the world. Beyond housing, gender discrimination in the job market and university admissions run rampant--Chinese women have to score higher on tests for college and companies can openly state "women need not apply." So how did Chinese women mobilize with the country's extensive censorship and surveillance? According to Hong Fincher, activists have been incredibly resourceful using individual accounts across China's social media platforms even while they're constantly being shut down.  For example, when "#metoo" was shut down, activists used emojis and Chinese characters that sounded like the English words, "me too." Hong Fincher goes on to explain the Feminist Five, their jailing in 2015, and how their imprisonment activated a larger feminist movement across China. Considering the Chinese government's ability to silence dissidents or imprison others (the Chinese Uyghurs) Hong Fincher explains the reason why the Feminist movement has not been imprisoned en masse is because it consists mostly of mostly educated, urban Han Chinese women, half of the country's population. Sam and Hong Fincher end their conversation considering what the feminist movement means for the China's now 2-child policy and the population concerns of the country.

And in the Fun Half: Trump is glad Iran did not shoot down a manned drone and threatens Iran, hawks say Iran is working with Al Qaeda now, According to Meghan McCain she has the hardest job on TV, Ilhan Omar explains what radical love means, What the Fuck Chuck Todd lives up to his name, the Bernie Sanders email list and grassroots growth in America, how to talk about reparations for black Americans, plus your calls and IMs!

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On today's show, the MR team discusses Trump's lonely cabinet, the State Department's threatening posture towards Iran, the state of Medicare for All's popularity, and how the Democratic Party is losing its grip on House legislation.

Yesterday, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan stepped down from his post after it was revealed that he and his son have a history of domestic violence. As Bolton and Pompeo ratchet up tensions with Iran, Shanahan was reportedly a check on the hawks calling for war; now with his exit, there is a vacuum in the White House and one less person on the National Security Council telling Trump that war with Iran would be catastrophic.

New polls from Kaiser Family Foundation and Navigator Research show that most Democratic voters are misinformed about Medicare for All. Only a quarter of Democratic are aware that the Sanders and Jayapal bill would completely eliminate deductibles, in fact, more Republicans (28%) knew Medicare for All would eliminate deductibles. The lack of clarity on M4A is a feature not a bug in Democratic leadership. Ironically, Democrats are running again on health care, but with a message less clear than 2018's campaign to protect the ACA. The horizon has expanded for the 2020 Democratic primary, hatred of Trump and threat of losing ACA protections will not bring about the same popular mobilization as platforms that include policies like M4A, the Green New Deal, student debt relief, and $15 minimum wage.

Joe Biden's Unite the Right tour through the 2020 Democratic primary continues to highlight his worst instincts. Last night, at a fundraiser in NYC, Biden stressed the need to reach out to the GOP, referencing his old Senate colleagues James Eastland and Herman Talmadge, segregationists who brought "civility" to American discourse. While Biden's staff say they lament him exemplifying segregationist, it doesn't seem like these examples will stop anytime soon.

Finally, Jimmy Dore...What you doin??

And in the Fun Half: Sam gives some relationship advice to a budding UK socialist, why it's Medicare for All and not Medicaid for All, explaining the Fox News "concentration camp" concern troll and what "never again" really means, Trump's 2020 kickoff, and why Boomers love Biden, plus your calls and IMs!

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Anna Merlan (@annamerlan), reporter at G/O Media (formerly Gizmodo Media Group), joins us to discuss her book, Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power.

On today's show: Trish Regan says deep state GOP is banging war drum to make Trump look bad before 2020.

Anna Merlan joins us to discuss her new book, Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power. Birtherism and how conspiracy theories have become weaponized by the powerful. Conspiracy theories in the black community and their basis in historical reality. What do conspiracy theories do for people and why do they so often go back to the Jews? Merlan's take on UFOs, Pizzagate, and Russiagate. How a more fair, just and democratic society would help stem the proliferation of conspiratorial thinking.

On the fun half: Tucker Carlson says Africans at Southern border could "change US completely and forever." Laura Ingraham says Congolese are "repopulating" Portland, Maine. Stuart Varney says AOC is wrong about Amazon "starvation wages," cites wages raised by Sanders campaign. Gorka reminds caller that Trump was a Democrat during Access Hollywood hot mic. Tom Cotton says Pelosi is siding with the Ayatollahs when she says she does not want war. Rep. Katie Porter of CA joins Democrats calling for impeachment inquiry. Kyle Kashuv gets grilled on Fox News.

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Direct download: 6-18-19-Anna_Merlan-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:23pm EST

Alex Hertel-Fernandez (@awh), Assistant Professor of Public Affairs at Columbia University and author of 'State Capture: How Conservative Activists, Big Businesses, and Wealthy Donors Reshaped the American States -- and the Nation,' joins us.

On today's show: Mick Mulvaney coughs through Trump's financial statement answer.

Alex Hertel-Fernandez (@awh), Assistant Professor of Public Affairs at Columbia University, joins us to discuss his new book, 'State Capture: How Conservative Activists, Big Businesses, and Wealthy Donors Reshaped the American States -- and the Nation.' How a "right-wing troika" of interest groups (Americans For Prosperity, the American Legislative Exchange Council, and the State Policy Network) work together to write and pass right-wing policy. How Scott Walker exemplifies this convergence. Why hasn't the left been able to replicate these networks? The differences between how left and wing funders engage with the projects they fund. How the left could model some of its infrastructure on the right in an effort to build power in the long term.

On the fun half: Trump says he will unveil a new healthcare plan for 2020 election. Israel unveils 'Trump Heights' settlement. Mayor Pete says he will keep embassy in Jerusalem if he becomes president. Andrew Yang agrees with dave Rubin that UBI is means to destroy the welfare state. NYT reporter explains how she found the youngest child separated from parents by CBP; now two years old, he can't yet walk or speak. Ben Shapiro says gay couples shouldn't adopt because there's a Mother's and Father's Day. Cops threaten to murder mother and child who took a Barbie doll from a store. Mitch McConnell explains why he will fill any 2020 Supreme Court vacancy. Pompeo says US will strike Iran if they need to protect international crude oil. GOP Senator Tom Cotton: "Unprovoked attacks" on oil tankers from Iran "warrant a retaliatory military strike."

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Direct download: 6-17-19-Alex_Hertel-Fernandez-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:31pm EST

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) and David Feldman (@David_Feldman_) join us for Casual Friday.

On today's show: Trump admin beats the drum for war with Iran. Owner of the "attacked" oil tanker disputes part of US account of attack. Does Trump really want to start a war or is he just fronting?

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon), host of The Benjamin Dixon Show, joins us to discuss the news from Washington. Does the Trump administration need public support to start a war with Iran? The implications of including the GOP's citizenship question on the census. Why are the Democrats hedging on impeachment when there's popular support for it? What the newly released debate stage assignments mean for the Democratic primary candidates.

Comedian David Feldman (@David_Feldman_) serves the MR kiddies a heaping dose of reality about slippery slopes, existential threats, and Joe Biden's exclusive focus on Trump.

On the fun half: John Hickenlooper tries to scare people away from Bernie with red-baiting crap about socialism. Bernie responds with FDR video. Hickenlooper's non-response to Bernie. Trump claims he answered all of Mueller's questions, Stephanopoulos says not on obstruction, Trump goes gangster. Gorka says you have to take oppo research if it comes from Norway. Trump claims on Fox and Friends that the electoral college favors Democrats. Lou Dobbs wants to fire the producer who failed to provide beautiful close-ups of Trump's proposed AF1 paint job. A plug for Socialism 2019. How to get active duty service members to be more progressive?

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Direct download: 6-14-19-Ben_Dixon-David_Feldman-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:47pm EST

Yesterday, after an important campaign speech in Washington, Bernie Sanders joined Sam to discuss what Democratic Socialism means in the 21st century and why freedom in America is predicated on economic Bill of Rights. Sanders looks at the biggest changes in America's history and explains why change does not happen from the top down. Instead, the key to social revolution and real change always happens from sustained grassroots efforts advocating of behalf of working people.

Contributing Editor at New York Magazine Andrew Rice joins Michael Brooks to discuss his piece, "The McKinsey Way to Save an Island," on how one consultant agency is charging more than a billion dollars for expert advice on how to make the island solvent once again. Much of Puerto Rico's debt trouble stems from the byzantine status of the island's bonds which were once seen as a safe investment for investors became a playground for more "creative" bonds like a rum and sale tax bond. Over the past several decades Puerto Rico has racked up $74B in bond debt and is now bankrupt. Rice and Brooks explore how Puerto Rico's vague colony status has created a precarious legal and financial situation for the island, its government, and ultimately its people. Rice goes spares no detail when describing the austere program prescribed by McKinsey and implemented by the US government oversight board known locally as la junta.  While cuts to schools, public safety, and privatizing the electrical grid are bad on their own, it's that much worse when it looks like McKinsey stands to directly benefit from its policies in Puerto Rico via its Investment Office. Turns out that the McKinsey Investment Office was highly invested in Puerto Rican bonds dating back to the 80s! McKinsey and the Oversight Board (after an internal investigation) both claim that there is no conflict of interest between the Investment Office and the firm's role in restructuring the Puerto Rican government. Rice and Brooks consider the role of consultant firms like McKinsey in government and whether or not their work ultimately benefits the public good and what a changing public perception means for the managerial class moving forward.

And in the Fun Half:  Nancy Pelosi's political malpractice, Trump's still open to opposition research from foreign countries, Tom Perez says Jay Inslee's climate debate is ultimately self serving, Marco Rubio says Democratic Socialism is incompatible with American values, Bernie channeling his inner FDR and the champions the former president's Economic Bill of Rights, Trump has another "pump me up" cabinet meeting session, Michael breaks down Lula's political prisoner status, plus your calls & IMs!

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Direct download: 6-13-19-Bernie_Sanders-Andrew_Rice-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:05pm EST

Fred L. Block, Professor of Sociology at the University of California Davis, joins us to discuss his new book, Capitalism: The Future of an Illusion.

On today's show: #NoKidsInCages installation outside Barclays Center. Citizenship question in census revealed to be geared toward helping GOP, non-Hispanic whites. Elijah Cummings explains why oversight committee needs census citizenship question documents, despite Trump admin's claim of executive privilege. AOC asks why the citizenship question was rushed into the 2020 census.

Fred L. Block, Professor of Sociology at the University of California Davis, joins us to discuss his new book, Capitalism: The Future of an Illusion. The meaning of the book's title and why Block chose to echo Freud's 1927 book on religion. While most people believe that capitalist economies are autonomous, self-regulating and unchanging, they are actually plagued by contradictions and heavily shaped by government policy. In this book, Block makes the case that greater democratic control over the economy would help it function better, not worse, should the world's superpowers manage to implement sweeping redistributionist and environmental reforms like the Green New Deal.

On the fun half: Jon Stewart asks Congress why they have not reauthorized 9/11 victims comp fund. Mitch McConnell acts surprised that the fund has nearly run out. Trump waves secret agreement with Mexico in front of press pool. Biden finger wags at young woman asking about reproductive rights. A call from our friend the Mooch. David Pakman wants listeners to stop asking other progressive hosts to answer questions about things he did not say. A plug for Extinction Rebellionl; get involved here. Fox News guest says nobody will work if Rashida Tlaib's UBI bill becomes law. Tiffany Caban explains why her candidacy for Queens DA goes beyond her and why she is ready for the office. Hong Kong protests against Chinese extradition law.

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Direct download: 6-12-19-Fred_Block-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:31pm EST

Ruben Andersson, anthropologist and associate professor at Oxford University's Department of International Development, joins us to discuss his new book, No Go World: How Fear Is Redrawing Our Maps and Infecting Our Politics.

On today's show: Reince Priebus joins the Navy. Matt Gaetz gets owned by John Dean: "Actually, Nixon did have a healthcare plan."

Ruben Andersson joins us to discuss his new book, No Go World: How Fear Is Redrawing Our Maps and Infecting Our Politics. How Andersson's last book led him to write this one. The history of cartography and the idea that monsters lurk at the edge of the known world. How these ideas were repurposed in the age of colonialism. How interventions like the War on Terror and militarized "border security" carry old methods of control into the present. How politicians use the rhetoric of emergency for short sighted political and economic gains. The need for a new narrative around concepts of "the other."

On the fun half: Nancy Pelosi is sick of talking about impeachment while we're trying to lower the national debt. Should Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders agree not to attack each other in the primary? How has knowledge of leftist movements of the past informed the MR crew's current outlook? Former ICE director Tom Homan says Trump's "bluff" worked, immediately walks it back. Trump says Mexico will stop denying secret aspects of tariff agreement soon. Sarah Sanders asked about details of secret Mexico Trump agreement: "Not going to get ahead of President Trump." Tammy Bruce is mad that California is expanding healthcare to some undocumented immigrants. A caller refutes Ben Shapiro using facts and logic. YouTube CEO can't give a coherent answer to question about LGBT issues on the platform. Bernie Sanders explains again that Medicare-for-all is not socialism.

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Direct download: 6-11-19-Ruben_Andersson-pub.mp3
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Ryan Grim (@ryangrim), DC bureau chief at The Intercept, Young Turks contributor and author of the new book, We’ve Got People: From Jesse Jackson to AOC, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement, joins us.

On today's show: Jonathan Swan shows that Bannon hasn't done shit on his European vacation.

Ryan Grim (@ryangrim), DC bureau chief at The Intercept, Young Turks contributor and author of the new book, We’ve Got People: From Jesse Jackson to AOC, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement, joins us. The AOC quote that inspired the book's title. How the leadership of the Democratic Party resisted Jesse Jackson's progressive 1988 campaign. Are the differences within the Democratic Party dispositional or ideological? How party elites are still using McGovern's failed 1972 campaign as a cudgel against the left. How the DCCC blacklist made it harder for Bernie Sanders to find campaign staff. Joe Biden's atrocious record on issues important to progressives. Elizabeth Warren's history as a legislator and creator of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

On the fun half: Rep. Katie Porter dunks on Bill Maher not being aborted by his mom. Ronald Raygun on the dangers of bigotry against idiots. Sam breaks down his arguments against Dave Rubin. Dave Rubin edits his video titles to make far right guests seem less extreme. Blaze correspondent wants crusade against Teen Vogue for its pro-choice content. Acting ICE director assures Fox that there are special provisions in the migration agreement that we don't know about. Sad Beto claims to be unfazed by sinking poll numbers in Iowa, which really excites Jamie for some reason. Brian Kilmeade rants against California offering Medicaid coverage to young undocumented immigrants, accidentally makes it sound good.

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Direct download: 6-10-19-Ryan_Grim-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:42pm EST

American Prospect Executive Editor David Dayen (@ddayen) and Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler ) join us.

On today's show: Joe Biden says he can no longer support the Hyde amendment.

David Dayen (@ddayen), executive editor of The American Prospect, joins us to discuss Joe Biden's retrograde "limited exposure" campaign. What effect will the debates have? What are his vulnerabilities? Also: Jay Inslee as single-issue climate change candidate, and Dayen's take on YouTube's response to Steven Crowder's homophobia. 

Comedian Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) joins us to discuss how his therapy is going, his complex feelings about Obama, his old friend Nick di Paolo, and Bill O'Reilly teaming up with Dennis Miller. Check out Andy's podcast, Thought Spiral.

Joe Rogan asks if harassing Carlos Maza is the same as calling Dave Rubin stupid.

On the fun half: Ben Shapiro doesn't understand why Crowder can't call someone a queer. Glenn Greenwald defends Crowder's right to be on YouTube (and monetized) on Tucker Carlson. Claire McCaskill derides partisanship, says Barack "Hussein" Obama did nothing to help it. Trump calls asylum seekers at the southern border "an invasion." AOC asks FBI why white supremacy is not domestic terrorism. Why is single-payer the only way to get everyone insured?

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Direct download: 6-7-19-David_Dayen_Andy_Kindler-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:27pm EST

Brian Mier (@BrianMteleSUR) of BrasilWire joins Michael Brooks to discuss the protests against austerity taking place in Brazil and their impact on Bolsonaro's policies and government.

On today's show: Bernie says the Waltons have not heard his message. Walmart worker shares her experience working for almost no money at all.

Brian Mier (@BrianMteleSUR) of BrasilWire joins Michael Brooks to discuss the protests against austerity taking place in Brazil and their impact on Bolsonaro's policies and government. Bolsonaro's unpopularity with the people and the mass demonstrations against him uniting student, unions, and the poor. The far-reaching implications of Marielle Franco's assassination. The hollowness of the charge of "corruption." The Bolsonaro government's underhanded treatment of Lula de Silva, illegal wiretapping, and petty moves to separate him from his girlfriend. The New York Times' shoddy reporting on Brazil. Brazil as a model for social democratic movements worldwide.

On the fun half: Bernie backed abortion rights a year before Roe v Wade. Elizabeth Warren explains how the Hyde amendment impacts poor women and women of color. Sudanese activist explains state of Sudan protests. Trump thinks the Irish border wall will work out well this time. Lauren Carlson explains on Democracy Now why US tariffs on  Mexico are "economic blackmail." Vic Berger's sad compilation of Steven Crowder's CPAC stand-up: "It's sad that kids who look up to @scrowder will only learn to hate, not to empathize." The Serfs explain YouTube's hate speech policy reform with the opening scene of Chernobyl. NY Public Advocate Jumaane Williams arrested outside Albany capitol while protesting for universal rent control. A plug for Shahid Buttar, a progressive running to primary Pelosi in 2020.

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Direct download: 6-6-19-Brian_Mier-pub.mp3
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On today's show: Bernie goes to Walmart shareholder meeting. Walmart CEO calls for Congress to raise the minimum wage.

Joe Biden drops in the polls, plagiarized many of the plans on his website. May 8: Biden tells ACLU rep in South Carolina he'd repeal the Hyde amendment. Biden's campaign says he still supports the Hyde amendment. Biden jokes about being in a woman's personal space at his townhall: "She pulled me close." GOP obstructs decent DACA bill. YouTube finds Steven Crowder's videos do not violate its hate speech policy. Jimmy Dore says Carlos Maza is a stooge who works for a military industrial complex media company, asks "what the fuck is wrong with you?" YouTube says it will now block supremacist content, demonetize other questionable content, including Steven Crowder. Maza calls YouTube's response "a joke."

On the fun half: Trump tells Piers Morgan the US has the best climate. Trump says tariffs on Mexico will bring companies back to the US...says he doesn't believe when others say Mexico is run by the cartels. Mitch McConnell says his party does not have much support for Trump's tariffs. Chris in Taiwan gives background on the Tiananmen Square protests: They were protesting for democracy, but also against neoliberalism. (Read Naomi Klein's "The Shock Doctrine"!) Trump says he barely saw any protesters in London. Laura Ingraham goes to plan B, says the protesters "didn't seem British."

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Direct download: 6-5-19-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:53pm EST

Author Rachel Louise Snyder (@RLSWrites) joins us to discuss her new book, No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us.

On today's show: Trump endorses the Chinese government's crackdown on Tiananmen Square protesters in 1990 Playboy interview.

Author Rachel Louise Snyder (@RLSWrites) joins us to discuss her new book, No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us. Domestic violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime in the US, but it's often swept under the rug as a private matter. The history of the laws around spousal abuse, which only became a crime in 1984. The income disparities in who gets charged and convicted. Some myths about domestic violence, and why they are wrong. Systemic changes that would reduce intimate partner violence and help victims get the services they need.

On the fun half: Trump says a new trade deal with UK would put NHS on the table. Corbyn says hands off NHS at anti-Trump rally in England. Boy says he "skipped A-level revision" to mow giant penis for Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders supports the Buzzfeed union. ICE detainee deaths were preventable: document. Ilhan Omar responds. Jared Kushner calls Russian contact in 2016 "a hypothetical." Hickenlooper booed after saying "socialism is not the answer."

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Author and documentary filmmaker Astra Taylor (@astradisastra), joins us to discuss her new book, Democracy May Not Exist, but We'll Miss It When It's Gone.

Despite having existed for a long time as a concept, true democracy has rarely been put into practice. Capitalism is inherently undemocratic and other truths popularized by Occupy Wall Street. Why OWS happened when it did. What kinds of lessons and political organizations came out of Occupy? What should have been done differently? Why the left can and should change the rules of the system to benefit the 99%.

On the fun half: Jared Kushner can't say what he thinks about birtherism or the Muslim ban. GOP Congressman Matt Gaetz gets an unspecified drink thrown at him. 2020 candidate John Delaney gets booed at CA's Democratic convention. Bernie says there's no middle ground on healthcare, abortion, other important issues. Warren swipes at Biden: "The time for small ideas is over." What is neoliberalism and why is it bad? Brian Kilmeade thinks it's crazy that Anand G criticized finance capital and Morehouse grad Robert Smith paying off student loans. Kirsten Gillibrand takes on Fox's fake news about infanticide during Fox appearance, Chris Wallace gets pissed. Iran foreign minister says Trump will not be making deals with Iranian leadership like he did in real estate.

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Direct download: 6-3-19-Astra_Taylor-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:44pm EST

Heather "Digby" Parton (@digby56) from Hullabaloo and Salon.com and comedian Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) join Sam to discuss the week in news.

On today's show: Supercut of Stephen Crowder's homophobic rants against gay Vox journalist Carlos Maza.

Heather 'Digby' Parton (@digby56) joins us to break down the news, including Mueller's press conference and the Democrats' cowardice. They don't want to impeach but have no alternate plan. What gives?

Michael Brooks calls in from his silent meditation retreat.

Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) joins us for our semi-regular catharsis. Where are the Democrats' balls? Meghan McCain says it's troublesome if there's a culture of hiding USS John McCain patches in the military. A discussion of Judy's new book, "Yes I Can Say That: And F*ck U If U Can't Take a Joke."

On the fun half: Bill Barr says he can so exonerate the president. Lou Dobbs reads Trump's mindless tariff tweet a few times as his brain ossifies. Elizabeth Warren explains wealth tax to "The View" audience. Bernie defends his efforts to get Hilary elected in 2016 after town hall participant calls him out. Megachurch pastor Kenneth Copeland can't explain why he should have a private jet. Gorka is mad about Mueller's press conference: "a disgrace to the uniform he once wore." A caller gives his perspective on religion and politics in the South.

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Direct download: 5-31-19-Digby_Judy_Gold-pub.mp3
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On today's Majority Report, Marcy Wheeler from emptywheel joins Sam to discuss Robert Mueller's press conference. Listen in for what's next as House Democrats weigh impeachment proceedings and the House Judiciary considers subpoenas for Mueller's testimony. Marcy joins Sam to break down what happened at yesterday's press conference, parsing Mueller's statement and why the special prosecutor felt compelled to dispel Bill Barr's summary findings that claimed to exonerate Trump of any wrong doing. With the special investigation now conclude, Marcy explains the links to conspiracy and why Mueller did not bring a quid-pro-quo charge, like the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Don Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. Sam and Marcy also discuss the troubling espionage charges against Julian Assange and the DOJ brought charges for Wikileaks 2010 actions and not 2016. Additionally, Marcy explains the developing charges against Roger Stone and his associates with Stone's confidant Andrew Miller set to testify on Friday against the flamboyant campaign manager. Taking a 30,000 foot view of the Mueller investigation, Marcy and Sam consider why global oligarchs, Wall St capital investors, and the Trump administration aligned so well in 2016. Sam and Marcy conclude their conversation discussing the reasons why she turned a source over to the FBI and the implications of that decision.

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Direct download: 5-30-19-Marcy_Wheeler-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:05pm EST

Sam speaks with investigative reporter and author Katherine Eban (@KatherineEban) about her new book, Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom

On today's show: Mueller says you can't accuse someone of a crime when there's no court to adjudicate it, as per OLC memos. William Barr downplays the role of the OLC memos in Mueller's decision not to charge Trump.

Author Katherine Eban (@KatherineEban) joins us to talk about her new book, Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom. While they were once hailed as a major advancement in affordable healthcare, generic drugs have caused a multitude of problems for patients. Drawing on accounts from whistleblowers, regulators, and FDA documents, Eban tracks how the generic drug industry turned from a righteous project to something that mirrored the pharmaceutical industry it was once trying to check.

On the fun half: Mueller says evidence was "insufficient" to bring conspiracy charge. Mueller says if obstruction happens, which it did, there needs to be accountability. Justin Amash on why he calls for impeaching the president. MAGA constituent asks Amash why he's Republican, Amash tells her he's the most fiscally conservative member of the House (as if GOP base still cares about such things). Mitch McConnell in 2016 says they won't have Senate hearing for open SCOTUS seat...but if the same thing happens in 2019, he will seat the next conservative judge. Weather man reporting on Ohio tornadoes is sick of the online haters who want to watch "The Bachelorette." Dave Rubin has delusions of grandeur on Periscope, feels "empowered" by all the haters. Milo's text convo with Dave. Eric Weinstein's "hateblinding" thesis. A member of the armed forces on why you should dive into socialism. The crew breaks down the problems with conspiracy theories and Jamie recommends a text on what's really wrong with the world: How To Overthrow the Illuminati.

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Direct download: 5-29-19-Katherine_Eban-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:22pm EST

Sean McElwee of Data For Progress joins us to discuss the Supreme Court decision to block gerrymandering rulings in Ohio and Michigan, and why on earth the DCCC is backing Dan Lipinski's pro-life Democratic platform.

On today's show: Asked why he agrees with Kim over Biden, Trump says the former VP "is a low-IQ individual." Amy Klobuchar says John McCain knew more than anyone that Trump was bad, muttered names of dictators to himself. Meghan McCain tells Amy to keep dad's name out of presidential politics.

Sean McElwee (@SeanMcElwee), co-founder of Data For Progress, joins us to discuss the Supreme Court's gerrymandering rulings in Ohio and Michigan. On Friday the Supreme Court threw out earlier rulings in OH and MI that said new maps must be drawn, putting any action on hold while it prepares to rule on partisan gerrymandering. Via their new "F*ck Gerrymandering" initiative, Data for Progress hopes to elect progressive Democrats to state legislatures who can re-draw Congressional districts in a fairer way, regardless of what the Supreme Court decides. Also: The DCCC's vendor blacklist is not working the way they intended. Sean breaks down why that is, what's at stake, and how you can support candidates like Marie Newman, a progressive running a primary campaign against anti-choice Democrat Dan Lipinski in Illinois. Donate to her campaign at marienewmanforcongress.com!

On the fun half: Cathy Young criticizes Dave Rubin for including white nationalists in the "new center." NYT reporter explains Chicagoans' feelings on Dan Lipinski and his 2020 primary. Former Hillary spokeswoman says Biden's "limited exposure" campaign is not a good idea. Liz Cheney says she supports sending troops to the Middle East. Ben Shapiro says Islam practiced science for practical reasons, while "the West" has for philosophical reasons; Juan Cole destroys his arguments with facts and logic. CBS News report on the consequences of last abortion clinic in Missouri closing: The impact will fall mostly on low-income women. Mehrsa Baradaran says capitalism cannot fix racial wealth gap. NYT soft-peddles Hope Hicks' "existential question" about whether or not to comply with subpoena.

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Direct download: 5-28-19-Sean_McElwee-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:43pm EST

On today's show, Mehdi Hassan (@mehdirhasan) from the Intercept and Al Jazeera joins Sam to discuss the case to impeach Trump and Film Guy Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom) to give us an update on his eBay store and some film recommendations. Mehdi and Sam begin their conversation talking about Justin Amash's recent Twitter threads outlining how both the Mueller report and Trump efforts to obstruct oversight efforts are grounds to begin impeachment proceedings. As for Pelosi's role in impeachment proceedings, Mehdi sees the Speaker's actions as somewhere between disingenuous and incompetent. Mehdi and Sam then discuss how Barr's new intel disclosure powers, coupled with the new Espionage Act charges against Assange, will chill investigations in journalism and transparency in government. And finally, Sam and Mehdi give their assessment on Iran and consider whether or not Trump will follow his hawk advisors calls for a new conflict in the Middle East. Then Matthew Film Guy joins Sam to share his movie pick of the week, "First Reformed," starring Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried.

And in the fun half: Trump wants Comey and McCabe charged with treason, Sebastian Gorka is stepping back into QAnon territory, Daniel Ellsburg warns against attacks on the press, the British left has no sympathy for Theresa May, Matt Walsh thinks doctors are assassins, the Nancy Pelosi doctored video is all over the right wing media sphere, Michael Knowles has a problem with immigrants waving flags from their homeland, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 5-24-19-Mehdi_Hasan-Matthew_Weiss-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:36pm EST

Joining Michael Brooks this Thursday is Miles Kampf-Lassin to discuss his piece, "No One Should Ever Listen to Anything Rahm Emanuel Has to Say About Politics" at In These Times. While the now former mayor of Chicago embarks on his path to punditry, Brooks and Kampf-Lessin hope to show why Emanuel should be ignored completely.

On today's show: Howard Stern says Bernie is a personal hero of his. Flashback: Bernie talks corporate media and censorship on the Howard Stern Show.

Miles Kampf-Lassin, web editor of In These Times, joins us to discuss his piece, No One Should Ever Listen to Anything Rahm Emanuel Has to Say About Politics." How Emanuel got his start fundraising for the Democratic Party and advising Clinton on neoliberal policies like NAFTA. His time on Wall Street working as an investment banker. How he pushed centrist candidates as chair of the DCCC. Emanuel's attempts to whitewash racist policies he pushed in Chicago, like shutting down schools and defending the police. His culpability in the murder of Laquan McDonald. What's wrong with the media that people like this continue to fail upward?

On the fun half: Lula describes treatment in prison. Lula explains the rise of the ultra-right across the globe and the left reaction. Lula talks class politics in Brazil and the difference between him and Bolsonaro. Elizabeth Warren's past defending Dow Chemical. EU elections: Jeremy Corbyn speaks against racism and kids going hungry in the UK. MP Laura Pidcock on what the Tories' austerity does. Baby face Snapchat filter applied to Ben Shapiro, Dave Rubin, Joe Rogan. Don Jr. says Dems are "beyond" socialism and communism. Stuart Varney says tax evasion is actually innovation. Commencement speaker at NYU doctorate program says professors need to support BDS.

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Direct download: 5-23-19-Miles_Kampf-Lassin-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:28pm EST

On today's show: Steve Mnuchin says the Harriet Tubman redesign of the $20 bill has been postponed. Beto says we don't have time to do Medicare-for-all because people are sick now. Rep. Sylvia Garcia asks Carson why HUD is looking to make children of migrants homeless. Ben Carson explains why he thought Katie Porter said "Oreo" yesterday. Ayanna Pressley asks Carson if he'd let his grandmother live in a HUD house the way they currently are. Thousands of immigrants suffer in solitary confinement in ICE detention centers.

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Direct download: 5-22-19-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:35pm EST

Journalist David Wallace-Wells (@dwallacewells), author of The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming, joins us.

On today's show: Alabama public TV pulls the 'Arthur' episode where two guys get married; Steven Crowder reacts. Nancy Pelosi still doesn't want impeachment proceedings, for reasons that all start with "p."

Journalist David Wallace-Wells (@dwallacewells), author of The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming and deputy editor of New York Magazine, joins us. How bad is the climate change threat, really? How one degree of warming will lead to 150 million additional deaths a year. The best use of our current efforts to counter climate change. The choice developing nations face between rapid economic growth that will lift people out of poverty and abiding by best carbon practices. How do we even get to a "we" when we have a system of global market competition?

The crew engages in a spirited discussion of what is to be done.

On the fun half: Study on 1960s pre-K program finds intergenerational benefits. Ben Carson confuses home foreclosures with cookies when grilled by Rep. Katie Porter. Trump complains judge only ruled in favor of Dem subpoena for his financial records because he's an Obama appointee. Jerry Nadler explains why oversight committee will hold McGahn in contempt. Jesse Watters endorses billionaires paying off student loan debt. Trump is pissed Buttigieg and Democrats are on Fox News. Leftist milkshakes "Ilhan must go" truck billboard. Ed Milliband gets egged, keeps calm and carries on. Laura Ingraham in 2018: These migrant camps are like "summer camp" or "boarding schools." Ben Shapiro defends Laura Ingraham's comments, calls out Buttigieg for secret extremism.

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Direct download: 5-21-19-David_Wallace-Wells-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:39pm EST

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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Direct download: 5-20-19-Peter_Daou-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:48pm EST

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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Direct download: 5-17-19-Jon_Benjamin-Ben_Dixon-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:03pm EST

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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Direct download: 5-16-19-Laura_Carlsen-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:20pm EST

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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Direct download: 5-14-19-Dennis_Lewycky-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:53pm EST

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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Direct download: 5-14-19-Sam_Seder-Pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:25pm EST

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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Direct download: 5-13-19-Fitzhugh_Brundage-Pub.mp3
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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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Direct download: 5-10-19-Bhaskar_Sunkara_David_Feldman-Pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:48pm EST

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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Direct download: 5-8-19-Michal_rozworski_Leigh_Phillips-Pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:24pm EST

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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Direct download: 5-8-19-Sam_Seder-Pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:13pm EST

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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The Washington Post's Dave Weigel (@daveweigel ) joins us from the campaign trail.

On today's show: Dennis Prager of Prager U says there's hardly any racism anymore except anti-white racism.

Dave Weigel joins us to share updates from the campaign trail. Despite being touted as the front-runner, Joe Biden has not drawn crowds as large as Bernie Sanders. The un-sorted, non-ideological character of rally attendees so far. How the idea of "electability" is driving voter preferences. How Bernie's presence in the race has caused other Democrats to pursue strategies not centered on economic populism. The lack of enthusiasm for the idea that we can get rid of Trump through impeachment.

On the fun half: Gorka goes on C-SPAN, says MBS is far better than Maduro and the Khashoggi killing wasn't as WaPo presented. Caller calls out C-SPAN for having on a known grifter and propagandist. Are Macron's policies in France the fault of Germany? Ro Khanna addresses concerns about a messy transition for healthcare workers, says wages will go up as a result of m4a. Mike Pompeo calls China's Muslim concentration camps "re-education camps," accuses host of "ticky tack" in pointing out he fudged the numbers. John Kelly joins board of Caliburn International, the for-profit company that runs the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in South Miami-Dade. Bernie responds to Biden calling himself "the most progressive" in the race. Bernie explains why he favors sweeping overhaul of healthcare system, addresses issue of wait times for popular doctors. Larry Kudlow does an ad for the economy. Twitch streamers mock Dave Rubin's refusal to debate Sam.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:39pm EST

Digby (Heather Parton) (@digby56) and Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) join us for Casual Friday.

On today's show: Mike Pence says Trump guarantees government will never penalize anyone for their religious beliefs again. 2015: Trump calls for total halt of Muslims coming into the US.

Heather "Digby" Parton of Salon.com joins us to discuss the Mueller report. Why claims of "there's nothing there" are premature. Chris Coons asks Barr if campaigns should inform FBI if foreign intel agencies offer them dirt. Kamala Harris grills Barr. Chris Wallace says Fox opinion shows will spin Mueller as nothing to see. The various issues around impeaching Trump.

Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) join us for some good, old fashioned trash talk. The crew parses more tweets from Dennis Miller. Stephen Moore "apologizes" for racist public housing joke about the Obamas.

On the fun half: Stephen Moore wonders why CNN is all the sudden so hostile to him. Joe Biden likes Dick Cheney, thinks he's a decent man. Elizabeth Warren tweet on her territorial relief act policy proposal. Tommy Robinson gets milkshaked. McKayla Wilkes: Steny Hoyer challenger. Oglala Sioux Tribe tells South Dakota governor in letter that she is "not welcome" on reservation.

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Professor Ben Burgis (@BenBurgis) joins Michael Brooks to discuss his new book, Give Them an Argument: Logic for the Left

On today's show: Meghan McCain says felons should not vote, terrorists should get death penalty.

Professor Ben Burgis (@BenBurgis) joins Michael Brooks to discuss his new book, Give Them an Argument: Logic for the Left. In this book, Burgis warns against leftists' dismissal of the right's "logic bros" and offers basic understandings of formal logic and informal fallacies which will strengthen progressive arguments in the political discourse. By reclaiming logic for the left, we can expose the ahistorical character of the right's arguments, win people over, and set the tone for healthy discourse in our own spaces.

On the fun half: Economist Jeffrey Sachs: US sanctions have devastated Venezuela and killed over 40,000 since 2017. Guaido calls for military help in Venezuela. Trump is so bored with Venezuela, calls Maduro "tough." Kamala Harris asks Barr if Trump admin asked him to investigate opponents. Chris Matthews' great virginity metaphor on Trump's call for special privileges in investigations. Beto makes the cool guy no fossil fuel pledge. Nazi Jovi Val gets triple-egged in Union Square! Ilhan Omar says those who attack Muslims also attack Jews...she will speak out against both.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:55pm EST

Journalist and author Robin Marty (@robinmarty) joins us to discuss her new book, Handbook For A Post-Roe America.

On today's show: Barr misleads Charlie Crist about awareness of Mueller team concerns about letter. Chris Van Hollen asks Barr (after he received Mueller's letter) if Mueller supported his conclusion.

Journalist and author Robin Marty (@robinmarty) joins us to discuss her new book, Handbook For A Post-Roe America. Between state-level restrictions and the possibility that Roe v Wade could be overturned, abortion will soon be illegal in some or all of the US. But according to Marty, Roe getting overturned could actually result in increased engagement around thie issue. In this book, she goes over the ways regular people can fight back against anti-choice policy, from making it an issue in the run-up to 2020, to participating in underground networks that help people get the care that they need. This future is neither distant nor hypothetical, so we need to start organizing now.

On the fun half: Stephen Moore "apologizes" for racist public housing joke about the Obamas. Stephen Moore admits he shouldn't have said men should be the breadwinners for the American family. Alyssa Milano says defeating Trump is the most important thing in 2020. 2011 Mulvaney says we can't afford to curb debt and deficit. The MR crew gives their opinions on reparations. CA bill would end childhood poverty; visit www.endchildpovertyca.org to join the fight. Pompeo says Cubans are intervening in Venezuela, will hold Venezuelans enacting violence "accountable." Pompeo says Russia kept Maduro from leaving Vz for Havana. How should progressive candidates approach pro-lifers?

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:51pm EST

Daniel Immerwahr  (@dimmerwahr), an associate professor of history at Northwestern University, joins us to discuss his new book, How to Hide An Empire: A History of the Greater United States.

On today's show: Ben Shapiro claims Ilhan Omar is just as anti-Semitic as white nationalists. Quebec mosque shooter was reading Shapiro and other right-wing figures' tweets before the attack.

Daniel Immerwahr  (@dimmerwahr), an associate professor of history at Northwestern University, joins us to discuss his new book, How to Hide An Empire: A History of the Greater United States. 19 million US nationals live outside the US proper, but they don't have the same rights as US citizens. Looking at the history of places like the Philippines, which saw an attack nearly as deadly as Pearl Harbor in WW2, the Guano Islands, which the US annexed for fertilizer, and Puerto Rico, where an American Dr. Mengele named Cornelius Rhoads ran rampant in the 1930s, Immerwahr reveals a story of colonial domination that is swept under the rug to this day.

On the fun half: Ro Khanna speaks against US involvement in the coup in Venezuela. Stephen Moore claims his writings against gender pay equity legislation from 2014 are not a problem. Joe Biden's campaign slogan is "Make America Moral Again" but he doesn't support Medicare-for-all. ALS sufferer Ady Barkan, speaking at m4a hearing, says healthcare must be a human right. Bernie compares his labor record with Biden's after Biden claims to be "a union man." Katie Porter explains Trump wants it both ways in investigations: he'll claim executive privilege or private citizen privilege when it suits him. Chase shames poor customers for #MondayMotivation.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:15pm EST

We are back live! The MR Team presents you with the news.

The MR team is back in action after its annual spring hiatus with a steaming bowl of news. Sam breaks down the Joe Biden 2020 campaign rollout which quickly turned into a stumble after his non-apology apology to Anita Hill, using Heather Heyer's death as the central point of his announcement video, and a surrogate's cynical attempt to diminish Elizabeth Warren's track record as a tough financial regulator.  Meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren's debt cancellation policy proposal looks like it would have a positive impact on the economy if implemented. And Sam closes out the fun half explaining the Mueller Report, its findings, and the problem with only seeing the Mueller Report through the lens of a media critique.

And in the Fun Half: Trump's opposition towards oversight, Dave Rubin is getting his comeuppance online and we're definitely here for it but Dave just wants to get back to ideas, Trump is back on the stump and he's spinning lies faster than ever, She the People and Bernie Sanders, the alleged hackings in Florida elections and how to respond to its politics, Obama's role in the 2020 election, Buttigieg's response to why he fired a popular black police chief in South Bend leaves a lot unanswered, plus your calls and IMs!

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Author Kate Manne joins us to discuss her new book, 'Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny.'

 

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Edgar Villanueva joins Sam to discuss his new book, 'Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance.'

Following an impoverished upbringing, Villanueva embarked on a 15-year career working for various non-profit and philanthropic organizations. In this book, he critiques the ways philanthropy preserves existing power structures and argues for a better distribution of wealth, especially with regard to historically exploited and dispossessed communities.

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Sam is joined by author Chloe Thurston to discuss her new book, 'At the Boundaries of Homeownership: Credit, Discrimination, & the American State.'

While often touted as a sign of individualistic bootstrapping, middle class home ownership in the US is the result of a targeted set of government interventions going back to the 1930s. In this book, Thurston traces the history of government policy around home ownership, with special attention to who was excluded from accessing these kinds of resources (namely: women and African-Americans) and how these groups fought back against discrimination.

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Author Evan Thomas joins Sam to discuss his new book, First: Sandra Day O'Connor.

Sandra Day O'Connor made history as the first woman ever appointed to the US Supreme Court. In this intimate biography, Thomas draws on archives and interviews to paint a complete portrait of the pioneering justice, from her southwest childhood to her journey through law school to her 25-year career on the nation's highest court.

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Hannah Holleman, assistant professor of sociology at Amherst College, joins Sam to discuss her piece in Monthly Review, 'No Empires, No Dust Bowls: Ecological Disasters and the Lessons of History.'

In this piece, Holleman examines the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, an ecological crisis that drove tens of thousands of farmers from their land. In tracking how capitalist accumulation, settler-colonialism, and white supremacy contributed to the ruinous erosion of soil, Holleman spotlights the social character of these crises, building her case that in order to confront the problems wrought by climate change, we must confront the imperial system of capital itself.

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Jonathan Mahler (@jonathanmahler), staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, joins us to discuss his article, 'Planet Fox: How Rupert Murdoh's Empire of Influence Remade the World.'

88-year-old Rupert Murdoch currently sits atop the world's most powerful media empire. Mahler and co-writer Jim Rutenberg examine how Murdoch took a modest inherited newspaper business and turned in into a diversified conglomerate capable of influencing elections and policy around the world. From the rise of Margaret Thatcher to the push for war in Iraq to the current wave of right-wing populism (Trump, Brexit, et al.), Murdoch has proven a savvy foe of progressivism as he both shapes and capitalizes on prevailing trends in conservative politics.

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Good morning, today the MR crew breaks down the live news from Barr's Mueller Report press conference and the fight for the Democratic nomination's latest war of words between Bernie Sanders and the Center for American Progress. While the Mueller Report has ostensibly been released by the Department of Justice. However, to any shrewd political observer, Barr's press conference was a textbook demonstration of how a ruling party disseminates news. It's not a coincidence that Bill Barr gave a speech looking to exonerate Trump of any wrongdoing the day before the Easter and Passover holidays.

Taking a quick break from the Mueller Report, Sean McElwee from Data for Progress joins Sam to discuss the changing landscape and left-punching developing in the Democratic Party. For McElwee, this fight began with the DCCC decision to blacklist political vendors who work with candidates who primary sitting Democrats, even if that Democrats is an anti-choice right leaning official like Dan Lipinski. This decision has metastasized to an effort to squash the Justice Democrats and their desire to push the party left. It seems the Democratic leadership has forgotten the messages that won them the house in 2018: that they will concentrate on investigating Trump and advocate for voter rights policies like HR 1. Democratic leadership has capitulated to the bad faith Republicans demands to condemn and ostracize new Democratic members of Congress like Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. McElwee believes the reactions to the 2018 midterms comes down to a generational divide in the new Democratic majority. Pelosi, Hoyer, and Cummings wish things could go back to the "Beltway as Usual" while AOC, Omar, and Jayapal are trying to push a more aggressive party with bold reform like the Green New Deal and Medicare for All. McElwee and Sam wrap their discussion with an insider's look into how the DCCC and Democratic leadership is presented and consumes polling in DC.

And in the Fun Half: Barr's interpretation of Mueller's Findings reminds us of the SCOTUS Citizen's United ruling from Justice Roberts, Even Fox News thinks Barr sounded like a defense attorney, AOC's spokesman explains why Appalachian coal miners would dig the Green New Deal, John Bolton receives thunderous applause for [checks notes] restricting travel to Cuba, Kamala Harris apologizes for the punitive truancy laws she enacted as California AG, Beto wants to address corporate concentration by leaving Amazon alone, Quilette wonders if the IDW is ideologically diverse and decides Dave Rubin is right wing, Dave Rubin defends his Ideas Only platform, Bernie's call to eliminate private insurance, plus your calls and IMs!

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David Dayen (@ddayen) joins us to discuss Wendell Primus, the top aide to Nancy Pelosi who is trying to destroy single payer healthcare.

On today's show: Gov. Cuomo to sign Child Victims Act into law in NY. Republicans block Democrat-led efforts to tighten state vaccine laws. Fox News is freaking out in the wake of Bernie's town hall. Seema Verma comes on and explains why America can't have Medicare For All.

David Dayen (@ddayen) joins us to discuss Wendell Primus, the top aide to Nancy Pelosi who is trying to destroy single payer healthcare. How Primus' position as a "member/staffer" gives him the power to block progressive legislation without ever winning an election. Primus' Clinton era resignation from the HHS and subsequent rightward drift. The persistent notion that Democratic Party leaders must be protected from progressive ideas. Democrats and Republicans' divergent approaches to dealing with their bases. How Primus intervened on the wrong side of a battle over drug prices. Will the DCCC's attempts to impose party discipline backfire? For more, check out Dayen's article on Wendell Primus at The Intercept. Also Chain of Title, his book on the foreclosure crisis, and The American Prospect, of which he is now the executive editor!

On the fun half: Trump says Ilhan Omar has been very disrespectful of America, implies she's not American. Former NY police commissioner says Ilhan Omar is "infatuated with Al Qaeda." Liz Warren brings donuts to Stop and Shop picket line. Jexodus is back, baby! Now led by Jeff Ballabon, not millennials. Jeff Ballabon claims that Democrats are harboring anti-Semitism. Mindy climbs aboard the Bernie train. Pete Buttigieg says tone is important when reforming capitalism. Protesters at Buttigieg rally do homophobic(?) protest with Pete whipping Jesus while Satan cheers him on. MSNBC has mind-obliteratingly empty conversation about the "buzz" around Mayor Pete. Tressie McMillan Cottom explains how Wall Street exacerbated the for-profit college problem. Tennessee protesters at Capitol after House GOP passed voter registraton criminalization. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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John Patrick Leary (@JohnPatLeary), Associate Professor of English at Wayne State University, joins us to discuss his book, Keywords: The New Language of Capitalism.

On today's show: Bernie dominates Fox News town hall with #MedicareForAll pitch. Trump reacts to Bernie's performance. Bernie's closing remarks, an impromptu call and response, says most Americans agree with his platform.

John Patrick Leary (@JohnPatLeary), Associate Professor of English at Wayne State University, joins us to discuss his new book, Keywords: The New Language of Capitalism. In this book, Leary explores how the business language of late stage capitalism puts a futuristic spin on old forms of exploitation. How words like "innovation," "human capital," "nimble," "passion" and "grit" conceal the exploitative relationship between workers and bosses. Also: the origins of the term "meritocracy" and why it's problematic.

On the fun half: Martha McCallum freaks out over higher taxes vs. paying insurance premiums. Art Laffer says raising taxes will hurt the economy, bring on a recession. Chart: Fallout from Laffer's Kansas tax plan. Eric Swalwell is running for the Democratic nomination, says he wants "a team of rivals" in his cabinet. Trump says he has ridden "many a truck." Glenn Beck says if Notre Dame was an Islamic attack, we probably won't hear about it. Melinda Gates claims her philanthropy has not had an outsized influence on education. A plug for Shahid Buttar, a democratic socialist hoping to primary Nancy Pelosi. Donate here! The massive and ongoing Stop and Shop strike. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 4-16-19-John_Patrick_Leary-pub.mp3
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Caitlin Rosenthal, Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley, joins us to discuss her new book, Accounting for Slavery: Masters and Management.

On today's show: Sarah Sanders says Congress isn't smart enough to look over Trump's tax returns.

Caitlin Rosenthal, Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley, joins us to discuss her new book, Accounting for Slavery: Masters and Management. While some think that capitalism worked at cross purposes with slavery, the two were intertwined for much of US history. By looking at the complex connections between New World slavery and early capitalist development, as well as elements that have carried over into modern management structures, Rosenthal shows how the institution of chattel slavery influences our system of production to this day.

The Democratic establishment attempts to discipline the progressive wing of the Party; Bernie Sanders fires back.

On the fun half: Trump says migrants will be shipped to sanctuary cities after holding period, threatens to throttle sanctuary cities with undocumented immigrants. Chris Wallace explains why the administration's new immigration plan would be illegal/unfeasible. Pelosi plays down influence of AOC wing of the Party, says "it's like five people." Daily Wire writer says drag is blackface, transgender people cheapen womanhood. Stephen Moore says capitalism is more important than democracy. Cardi B endorses Bernie because he's been consistent for a long time. Fox & Friends tell Andrew Yang UBI "robbing other people of their ability to be a self-made success story." Dan Crenshaw says attacks on him are "a new low in partisanship and dishonesty." Should the Democrats advocate jailing bosses who hire illegal immigrants?

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Direct download: 4-15-19-Caitlin_Rosenthal-pub.mp3
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Sam is at the Torts Law Conference in Las Vegas. On Day Two, Sam speaks with Daniel Nigh and Archie Lamb of the firm Levin Papantonio about suits concerning faulty medications and the California wild fires. Also: Andrew Bederman, chair of the American Association for Justice PAC, on the unfair stigma around trial lawyers.

On the fun half: Supercut of Trump mentioning Wikileaks. Trump says Wikileaks is "not really my thing." Tulsi Gabbard warns against the DOJ extraditing Assange. Katie Porter stumps JP Morgan Chase's Jamie Dimon with questions about employee's income. Ayanna Pressley asks why banks still have overdraft fees and if CEOs believe they're a tool to punish the poor. Cindy Axne presses Dimon on why regulators should lower capital requirements. Trump supports Barr's spying claims. Ainsley Earhardt asks: If we found out Hillary Clinton's campaign was being spied on, don't you think everyone would be upset about that? NY Post weaponizes 9/11 to smear Ilhan Omar. Rep. Ilhan Omar fires back at Fox News on Colbert: "I am as American as everyone else." Dan Crenshaw "too busy" to talk benefits for victims of 9/11. Waleed Shaheed asks where Democratic leadership is in defending their progressive women leaders. Tomas Massie doesn't understand how a Bachelor's of Arts works.

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Sam is at the Trial Lawyer Conference in Las Vegas. Sam is joined by lawyers and movement leaders to discuss corporate malfeasance, a nationwide effort to extend statute of limitations for sexual abuse limitations, and the possibility of new and reformed human trafficking legislation. Sam will be back from Las Vegas again tomorrow with more tort lawsuit stories.

And in the Fun Half: the problems with the DOJ's extradition claims against Assange, Bill Barr is now the Trump Administration's fixer,

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Fox's Brian Kilmeade smears Rep. Ilhan Omar: "You have to wonder if she's an American first." Trump says Bibi re-election gives better chance of peace in Middle East. Dianna Buttu explains Palestnians' position on Israeli elections: "you either choose Trump or you choose Trump."

On the fun half: The crew addresses Bernie Sanders' book money. Trump visits George Washington's Mount Vernon estate, wonders why he didn't name it after himself. Tulsi Gabbard dodges interview with Ana Kasparian. Dave Rubin says he won't debate Sam. Candace Owens claims the Republican Party's Southern strategy wasn't real. Lee Atwater lays out Southern strategy in infamous 1981 interview. Mohammad Abu Salha recounts how his children were murdered by white nationalists. Steve Mnuchin gets served by Maxine Waters. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 4-10-19-Michael_Brooks-pub.mp3
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Sam discusses the Mueller investigation with Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald), journalist at The Intercept.

On today's show: Meghan McCain tells Joy Behar it's her job to listen to her.

Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald), journalist at The Intercept, joins Sam for a discussion of the Mueller investigation. The origins of the investigation. Should there have been an investigation? What's a scam and what's not? Glenn's critique of how the Mueller investigation was conducted, and how the media covered the story. What are the stakes? Should Sam apologize for having Marcy Wheeler on?

On the fun half: Netanyahu's party sends activists with body cameras to intimidate Arab voters. Judge blocks Trump's policy of making asylum-seekers remain in Mexico, purges Homeland Security officials for not being fashy enough. Trump says "our country is full." A discussion of Bernie Sanders, neoliberalism and "open borders." Sudanese protesters chant "revolution," call for the resignation of president al-Bashir. Ilhan Omar calls Stephen Miller a white nationalist, gets attacked by GOP. A plug for listener Cole James Cash's Ghetto News Network. Brazilians continue protests to free Lula. Should the left in the US and UK figure out what to do in the event of a right-wing coup? Henry Louis Gates Jr. says Trump admin is doing post-Reconstruction levels of voter suppression. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 4-9-19-Glenn_Greenwald-pub.mp3
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Dahr Jamail (@DahrJamail), author of The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption, joins us.

On today's show: Kirstjen Nielsen tells National Sheriffs' Association "don't believe the press" about treatment of immigrant children. NPR rehabilitating Neilsen image already: "Was this someone who believed in this policy?"

Dahr Jamail, staff reporter at Truthout, joins us to discuss his new book, The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption. What Jamail learned visiting locations around the world that are already experiencing the effects of climate change, like Alaska's glacier parks and Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The various factors contributing to the melting of glaciers and their practical effects on things like food prices. The politically destabilizing effects of climate change. Why the Green New Deal is better than nothing, but ultimately insufficient. The urgent necessity of a transition away from capitalism.

On the fun half: Trump, addressing Jewish Republicans, calls Netanyahu "your Prime Minister." Does the left need to do a better job appealing to "normies"? Trump calls asylum seekers "animals," says they look like they're "fighting for the UFC." Ali Velshi asks Howard Schultz if wealth inequality exists because of "political polarization." Obama warns against the "circular firing squad" among progressives. Katie Porter (D-CA) response to Obama: The resistance to new ideas is coming from leadership. Tim Ryan campaign launch: Russia is trying to divide us on social media. Larry Kudlow admits Stephen Moore has a "steep learning curve" ahead of him at the Fed. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 4-8-19-Dahr_Jamail-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:38pm EST

Alex Pareene (@pareene) joins us in studio(!) and David Feldman (@David_Feldman_) joins us by phone.

On today's show: Howard Schultz's bs immigration plan: Check your ego at the door, Congress. Howard Schultz pablum: "We need to live our values." Schultz, Beto, and Buttigieg's lack of ideology. Pareene breaks down the career of Mitch McConnell, from his beginnings as a Rockefeller Republican to his eventual pivot to Reagan conservative. McConnell's goals of keeping money in politics and destroying the regulatory state. The conventional wisdom that Republicans are scared of their base, while Democrats hate theirs. McConnell stumbles; Meghan McCain defends him from our cruelty.

Comedian David Feldman joins us for a far-ranging discussion of the Democratic Party's "big tent" and Michael's budding romance with Bari Weiss. Also: Bill O'Reilly complains about millennials dancing at a Fleetwood Mac concert.

On the fun half: Fox's Charles Payne says minimum wage destroys work ethic. Schultz wants to "reform" the VA; Pete Hegseth says vets are asking for too many handouts. A DACA recipient tells us why he's leaving the US. The crew's thoughts on the effects of international aid from non-profits. Will raising taxes in the US cause capital flight, and if so, how to deal with it? Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 4-5-19-Alex_Pareene-David_Feldman-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:35pm EST

Good morning, joining Michael Brooks on today's show is Mike Hanna to discuss the story behind how the Trump administration approved private nuclear development contracts to the Saudi regime.  Mike Hanna helps explain the Trump administrations role and the players involved in selling nuclear development contracts to the Saudis. Under normal circumstances, a presidential administration must first enter a "123 agreement" before selling nuclear contracts to foreign countries. According to Senator Bob Menendez the US "can only enter into [nuclear] force after Congress has reviewed it and evaluated whether the agreement meets the nonproliferation standards required by Section 123 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954."  The United States has no such agreement with Saudi Arabia, nor is there any plan for Congress to approve one especially given the Kingdom's murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Mike and Michael then discuss the status of the Iran deal and the recognition of the Golan Heights as part of Israel in the context of new Saudi nuclear development contracts. Mike and Michael conclude their discussion with a look at the upcoming Israeli elections, why some Israelis are concerned about Trump's unflappable support for Bibi Netanyahu's Likud party, and the Democratic party's shifting demographics and feelings towards Israel.

And in the Fun Half: Dave Rubin is the pure ideas man, why Beto is running, political violence in Nicaragua, UK military shooting at Jeremy Corbin targets, Bernie returns for a 2019 Fox News Townhall, Fox goes to a diner and gets rolled on higher taxes and GND, the Left Media March Madness bracket round of 16, an environmentalist leader in Brazil is murdered, remembering Lula's trial a year after his imprisonment, mobilizing minority voters to win elections, MSM's problem with Bernie Sanders, radical left christian organizing efforts in the south, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 4-4-19-Mike_Hanna-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:43pm EST

On today's show: Trump wants to abolish immigration judges. Kris Kobach, a possible pick for Trump's "immigration Czar," advocates for "processing towns" where asylum seekers are concentrated into "camps."

Neil Gorsuch rules that "cruel and unusual" must be decided based on the standards of 1787. Conservative claims win in WI supreme court race. Democrat wins Senate seat in PA special election. DSA-endorsed socialists win seats on Chicago's city council.

On the fun half: Trump wants investigators to explore the "oranges" of the Mueller report. WH spokesman laments disaster relief to Puerto Rico, says "that country" has mismanaged aid. Mollie Hemmingway on shutting down the southern border: "a little pain" is good for the country. A black voter gives his perspective on why many black people didn't vote for Clinton in 2016. Dave Rubin claims he never gets invited to campus by libs. Dereck Black, reformed white nationalist, says his white nationalist family loves Tucker Carlson. Woman explains why she voted for Trump after supporting Bernie as "kind of a joke." Black woman says she voted for Trump because he's a business man.

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Stephanie L. Mudge (@stephaniemudge), author of Leftism Reinvented: Western Parties from Socialism to Neoliberalism, joins us.

On today's show: Bernie explains policy that would outlaw right-to-work states.

Stephanie L. Mudge (@stephaniemudge), author of Leftism Reinvented: Western Parties from Socialism to Neoliberalism, joins us. In this book, Mudge examines the trajectory of left-leaning political parties in Germany, the UK, Sweden and the US. While the social democratic parties of Europe started out more socialist and labor-oriented than the Democratic Party in the US, their economic policies converged in the Keynesian era and into the neoliberal turn. Mudge focuses on the influence of experts on these policy decisions and argues that neoliberalism was a choice, not merely a response to economic forces beyond anyone's control.

On the fun half: Michael Tracey says that anyone other than journalists would lose their jobs after a mistake like Russia investigation. Tucker Carlson defends Bush's motives in Iraq war. Joanna Hausmann, comedian, woke-splains why US needs to intervene in Venezuela. Surprise: her dad is Guaido's pick for Venezuela's IDB representative. Ben Shapiro whines about AOC not debating him. Stephen Moore says he's new to this whole fed game. @TheSerfsTV discusses being de-platformed from Youtube by the alt-right. Tucker Carlson insults Chris Hayes, suggests Americans should treat climate change with skepticism after Russia investigation. Mehdi Hasan grills Israeli ambassador to UN on 2-state solution. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Author and law professor Khaled Beydoun joins MR to discuss his book American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear

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Author and law professor Khaled Beydoun joins us to discuss his book American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of FearIn this book, Beydoun looks at the scope and impact of domestic “war on terror” legislation in how it racialized Muslims and transformed everyday life within Muslim communities. How Islamophobia was built into US immigration law, and how it changed after 9/11. The strains of Islamophobia influencing Trump policies like the Muslim ban. Demographic shifts, white identity politics, and other factors driving Islamophobia today.

On the fun half: Mick Mulvaney says debate on  pre-existing conditions is over. Mulvaney says debate on preexisting conditions is over. Bernie says he will lower prescription drug costs by half when elected president. AOC says PR is experiencing a disaster the scale of 9/11...where is our response? AOC is surprised at the ineptitude of GOP and Fox News response to her and GND. Benny Johnson psyching up crowd at TP USA: "I've never seen so many white people in one room!"A plug for the Books to Prisoners program in Seattle; donate at bookstoprisoners.net. Beto O'Rourke campaign launch in El Paso: pure pablum. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon ) and Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) join us. Also: Sam debates Michael Tracey.

On today's show: Fox and Friends: Who needs a 300 page report when we have a 4 page summary?

Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon), founder of Progressive Army and host of the Benjamin Dixon Show, joins us. Ben's take on the Mueller report and what purpose people like Michael Tracey are actually serving when they go on Tucker Carlson uncritically. Trump's latest attack on the ACA. Joe Biden's attempts to use Stacey Abrams in the 2020 race. Kamala Harris' problematic record. Hannity asks how Rush Limbaugh does his job with "half his brain tied behind his back."

Comedian Judy Gold (@JewdyGold) joins us to let out some feelings about Trump and the Mueller investigation. It's okay to be angry!

Russia skeptic and "independent journalist" Michael Tracey (@mtracey) joins us for a spirited exchange. Does MR owe listeners an apology for having on Marcy Wheeler to talk about the Mueller investigation?

Jay Inslee explains why all Americans will be impacted by climate change. Trump slams amnesty lawyers & asylum seekers. Trump says people won't be able to watch TV because wind energy is inconsistent. Trump says he wants to campaign against Green New Deal. Pat Buchanan tells Laura Ingraham African Americans still haven't assimilated. Trump talks repealing ACA and how Republicans will make a much better healthcare system. Qanon line outside Trump rally wraps around corner.

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Good Thursday morning, joining Michael today is professor Daniel Bessner, author of Democracy in Exile, to discuss his latest piece in the Nation "Foreign Policy Beyond Good and Evil."  Bessner argues that as the 2020 primaries come into view progressives should be cautious about how Warren and Sanders understand international relations. Bessner and Brooks begin their conversations in the 1930s when the Western allied forces and Northern Atlantic countries confronted Nazi forces. During the Cold War, the United States cemented its foreign policy world view as democratic goodness versus evil which constituted anything standing in the way of Americans international agenda. Comparing adversaries to Nazis gives American foreign policy leaders license to endless militarism abroad. Bessner argues that we need to judge international leaders bad policies beyond "good and evil," comparing the Iranian regime to Nazism is neither accurate depiction nor productive to building a stable Middle East. So then, how can the Left advocate global humanitarian crises in American politics? Bessner believes that developing new domestic humanitarian aid policies would be a good first step, albeit an ambitious one, towards a more just global community. Bessner and Brooks conclude the interview sharing their thoughts on the foreign policy positives and negatives of the leading progressive candidates (Sanders and Warren) seeking the 2020 nomination. Bessner leaves the show asking listeners to consider all the ways in which the military is valorized in American life. If we want to reframe US militarism we must first disentangle all the ways the military pervades our culture and everyday lives.

And in the Fun Half: how leftist foreign policy would play in conservative America, Trump's thoughts on Russian troops in Venezuela, Cory Booker turns his So. Carolina townhall stage into a church pulpit, Tucker Carlson says CNN and MSNBC get their marching orders from Nancy Pelosi, where Mayor Pete lies on the left ideological spectrum, Bernie's new M4A ad, Boris Epshteyn calls in, the Alt-Right's various connections to the Christchurch shooter, Ben Shapiro as conduit to all far right radicalism, the UN's problematic stance on Mozambique's recovery efforts, a long horizon of our politics, the problem with Beto in a national election, how Jimmy Dore poison's the left political well, plus your calls and IMs!

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Elisabeth Rosenthal (@RosenthalHealth), author of An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How We Can Take It Back, joins us.

On today's show: Bernie Sanders says "get rid of the insurance companies," won't support anything but Medicare-for-all.

Elisabeth Rosenthal, editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News, joins us to discuss her book, An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How We Can Take It Back. The court case that could jeopardize the ACA. The most successful parts of the ACA. Why healthcare is so much more expensive in the US than everywhere else. How "sticky pricing" drives costs up. How the industry has worked around well-intentioned ACA regulations to charge even more. How proposed ACA fixes fall short of addressing price issues. The poor outcomes and limited choices patients see in a profit-driven system.

On the fun half: Pope doesn't want his ring kissed. Stacey Abrams politely declines to be used as a prop by Joe Biden. Joe Biden says "I wish I could have done something" about the way Anita Hill was treated. Barbara Lee asks Betsy Devos about racial inequality in school suspensions: Why did you rescind this order? Marc Pocan asks why the Department of Education would cut Special Olympics funding. Pennsylvania "epitome of religious intolerance": GOP lawmaker begs "God forgive us" prior to Muslim colleague being sworn in. Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell responds to aggro prayer. AOC says GND is not elitist, tell that to kids in the Bronx and Flint. How to react when ICE claims to be serving you a warrant. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Author and Talk Poverty Editor Pat Garofalo (@Pat_Garofalo) joins us to discuss his new book, The Billionaire Boondoggle: How Our Politicians Let Corporations and Bigwigs Steal Our Money and Jobs.

On today's show: A breakdown of the web of intrigue surrounding Felix Sater.

Author and Talk Poverty Editor Pat Garofalo (@Pat_Garofalo) joins us to discuss his new book, The Billionaire Boondoggle: How Our Politicians Let Corporations and Bigwigs Steal Our Money and Jobs. It's business as usual for cities to compete with each other to see who can offer the most generous tax subsidy to attract any given corporation. But does this actually work out in communities' favor? Using examples like Amazon, a New Jersey mega mall, and the entertainment industry, Garofalo explains why, despite being politically popular, these kinds of tax breaks are never a good deal for the people living in distressed areas.

On the fun half: Nancy Pelosi at AIPAC: The House "came together to condemn the anti-semitic myth of dual loyalty." Chuck Schumer equivocates Omar's statements with Trump calling neo-Nazis "very fine people." Is Jamie scaring people away from the left by talking about anarcho-communism? Bill O'Reilly says Fox is losing lots of money because of MediaMatters and MoveOn. 2014: Steve Moore says Brownback is under complete assault from left, austerity is not actually happening. 2014: Steve Moore says Brownback is creating jobs again...Kevin Price says the numbers look small, but we need perspective. Bernie calls for release of Mueller report. Kamala Harris takes photo with California AIPAC leaders. Pompeo says America has been "infested" by "insidious new form" of bigotry "in the guise of anti-Zionism." Pompeo extremely happy that Trump recognized Israeli control of Golan Heights. Republican Congressman asks "Are you a socialist or a capitalist? Yes or no?"

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On today's show, we respond to the Mueller Report.

Nunes says the Mueller report should be burned. Sam breaks down the findings that have been released so far. While not a complete exoneration, the Mueller investigation did not find evidence to support the two charges being investigated: collusion for purposes of tampering with the 2016 election, and obstruction of justice. But there's more that could come out when the full report is released, so stay tuned. Was Matt Taibbi wrong to compare the media's engagement around the Mueller investigation to its reporting around WMDs in Iraq?

Sam on the Jesse Lee Peterson show. Trump says he's fully exonerated, now we need to look at the other side. William Barr testifies that promising a presidential pardon would be a criminal act. Savannah Guthrie asks if Barr's judgment is impartial after writing that the president could not obstruct justice. Beto says he wants to means test Social Security on 2012 House campaign trail (oh hell no). Meghan McCain, speaking at AIPAC, insinuates that Ilhan Omar is not American. CBP detains 9-year-old US citizen, accuses her of lying about her identity. A brief exchange on the 2nd amendment. Fox guest explains why we need electoral college: "Balances & checks & balances." Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Virgil Texas (@virgiltexas ), co-host of Chapo Trap House and co-author of The Chapo Guide to Revolution: a Manifesto Against Logic, Facts and Reason, joins us.

On today's show: Pete Hegseth can't stand these damn identity politics. An entire Fox News segment dedicated to exploring Pete Hegseth's genealogical identity.

Virgil Texas of Chapo Trap House joins us for some wonkish talk of the 2020 field. Beto's appeal to voters What's the deal with #GravelGang? How about Andrew Yang? How much do the Democratic primary debates matter? What are Bernie's challenges at this point? How much does he need to win by to actually win?

Trump fumes and calls Fox's Maria Bartiromo "fake news" for grilling him on his attacks on John McCain. The MR crew is visited by a spirit that gives us insights into Trump one could only gain from another dimension.

On the fun half: Trump says Democratic candidates not attending AIPAC are anti-Jewish. Hegseth says candidates who skip AIPAC "may be anti-Semitic." One of Melania's platforms for her "be best" campaign is "opioid abuse." Trump explains how administration will cut off funding to colleges that de-platform right wing guests. Trump says he's been witnessing free speech problems for a long time, says he loves loans. Virgil recalls his run-in with the Yang Gang. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Good Thursday morning, joining Michael Brooks on today's Majority Report is Richard Beck to discuss his essay, "The Korean Peace Process" published in n+1. Beck breaks down American foreign policy on the Korean peninsula and it hasn’t done any real thinking in two years. Beck explains how all parties involved in the recent Vietnam Korean Peace Summit were on different pages. Coming out of Vietnam each side is two steps back from where they started, each side at least now has a more realistic understanding of what a peace agreement might look like in the near future. Beck explains how John Bolton has made it his agenda to offer no concessions to North Korea and demanded full denuclearization, a position untenable to Kim and his negotiators. Brooks and Beck broaden the conversation of how our foreign policy leaders treat authoritarian regimes with poor human rights records and how it is used to legitimize US intervention. With all this in mind Beck argues US media coverage of the Korean peace process is an inaccurate caricature of itself. Kim and Trump approach and role within their respective governments are mostly opposite. Beck then explores the role of China and Japan and each country's position on achieving peace on the Korean peninsula. Ultimately, Beck believes that if left to his own devices Trump would likely give up whatever he needed to in order to get a peace deal and the real prize for Trump, a Nobel Peace Prize--someone just needs to convince Trump that John Bolton is a "real bad guy."

And in the Fun Half: will social democrats gain support in Florida, some good political rap artists, the new poll tax in Florida, how Bernie is running against Trump, Stuart Varney doesn't understand why can't the CIA just take on Maduro, Elliot Abrams struggles to explain why Guiado should be recognized at Venezuela's legitimate president, an update on Lula and unrest in Brazil, the problem with Yang Gang, Warren's positions on white supremacy and medicare for all, plus your calls and IMs!

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On today's show: Katie Pavlich says US deserves more credit for ending slavery.

Beto releases fundraising figures, doesn't say how many unique donors he had. Former Beto staffer writes Facebook post saying he's not a progressive. Warren wants to abolish the electoral college in favor of popular vote, combat voter suppression.

On the fun half: Dennis Prager thanks Dave Rubin for pretending to be a liberal. Jordan Peterson sells lobster-branded merch, poses with Islamophobic fan. Ronald Raygun on David Pakman's plagiarism of the MR set. 'Pakman fan' tells Dave about Raygun. Bolsonaro defends posting the Carnaval golden shower video on Twitter. Bolsonaro defends his anti-LGBT administration, says he believes in traditional family lifestyle.  Bolsonaro says military intervention in Venezuela "may not be debated publicly." Jamie Dimon says the Green New Deal is not responsible economics. Plus, your calls and IMs!

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Author Johann Hari (@johannhari101 ) joins us to discuss his new book, "Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression — and the Unexpected Solutions.''

On today's show: AOC talks about the scarcity mindset with regard to NYC public schools.

Author Johann Hari (@johannhari101 ) joins us to discuss his new book, "Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression — and the Unexpected Solutions.'' The biological makeup of humans has not changed for many centuries, but depression, anxiety and addiction are on the rise. For this book, Hari traveled around the world and interviewed experts to identify the sources of our pain, including: Lack of control over one's work conditions, childhood trauma, and the isolation of modern life. He traces many of these problems back to neoliberal capitalism, as well as forward to antisocial behavior as it manifests in the political sphere.

On the fun half: Devin Nunes explains why he is suing Twitter. Brian Kilmeade says that Nunes is right to sue Twitter, says Covington kid won lawsuit. "Devin Nunes' mom" account mocks him with human centipede image. Court filing against "Devin Nunes' cow" account. "Devin Nunes' mom" account suggests Nunes frequents strippers in Vegas. Should the Democrats wait until after 2020 to try to impeach Trump? Hannity pokes fun at Glenn Beck's chalkboard days at Fox News. Glenn Beck spouts conspiracy theories about Ilhan Omar, socialism, et al. "Glenn Beck is sorry" image rehab tour (lol yeah right). Trump meets with Bolsonaro, craps on John McCain.

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Jason Hickel (@jasonhickel), author of The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions, joins us.

On today's show: Spotify sues Apple for monopolistic practices. Joe Biden's comments on New Left criticism: "Most progressive of anyone who would run."

Jason Hickel, author of The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions, joins us. Inequality between the global north and the global south has deepened since the 1960s. How colonizers enclosed common lands in India to force people to work for them. The process of colonization, resource extraction, and market opening that continues to enable the exploitation of the global south. How the US has rolled back the UN's reforms and propped up dictators. How the debt crisis of the '80s enabled a soft re-colonization. How Bill Gates and Steven Pinker are misrepresenting global poverty figures to make it look like everything's fine. Some policy prescriptions and how to sell them.

On the fun half: Mick Mulvaney says it's unfair to say Trump inspires white nationalism. Trump in 2016 says, "We'll be looking at a lot of different things" to remove Muslims. Egg boy, legend, eggs Fraser Anning, the Steve King of Australia. Egg boy gets put in headlock by the fash. Fraser Anning called out at airport. Bolsonaro egged by a woman. Egg boy remix. A caller's experience with pharma price gouging. Betsy McCaughey urges Trump to pay for border wall by ending "this asylum scam" of people fleeing to the US. Sam is burning up the polls in the libertarian primary. Plus, your calls!

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Digby (Heather Parton) (@digby56) and Film Guy Matthew Weiss (@langdonboom) join us.

On today's show: Donny Deutsch says he'd vote for Trump over Sanders.

Digby (@digby56) joins us to break down the news. The horrific mosque shooting in Christchurch, NZ. Trump's fashy boast of military and police support. More 2020 analysis: Beto's lack of program, Biden's chances, and more.

Film Guy Matthew (@langdonboom) joins us to talk film. How are things going in his senior citizens' JCC Learning Annex film class? This week's pick: Posse (1975), a woke Western directed by Kirk Douglas,

On the fun half: Sean Hannity has a bug on his face. PSA's John Lovett says Venezuela is a scenario where Trump is right in the wrong ways. Fox News says NZ's struggles with "how to deal with the immigrants" may have contributed to Christchurch mosque shootings. The Christchurch shooter's opinion on Trump. Candace Owens denies influence on Christchurch shooter. Jamie says Trump is to barbarism as Bernie is to socialism. Tucker guest says parents cheated college admissions because of diversity "racial preferences." Fox News' Katie Pavlich defends Trump's plane expertise: 'The guy has owned planes his entire life." Mike Pompeo says Senate resolution shows senators don't care about Saudi lives. Plus, your calls and IMs.

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Joining Michael Brooks on today's show is Liz Franczak to discuss her new essay in the Baffler, "The Century of Spin," and the origins of neoliberal sociopolitical culture. Liz Franczak recounts the story of Edward Bernays, who “pioneered the field of modern public relations after serving under Woodrow Wilson during World War I, overseeing propaganda initiatives aimed at selling the war to the public and maximizing recruiting efforts.”  Bernays and his intellectual contemporaries felt that state managed economies and social democratic programs were a slippery slope to fascism. The masses needed to be guided by the intellectual class to stay away from what they thought was creeping fascism. This idea of "guided democracy" was developed by Walter Lippmann, a public intellectual and contemporary of Bernays, who sincerely thought he and his cohorts needed to take care of the unwashed masses. Which led to the summit at Mont Pelerin where Lippmann and leading classical liberal thought leaders (like Friedrich Hayek) convened to shape a new free market-based society committed to unwinding the post-war social democratic state in the West. Franczak argues the neoliberal rationality has created a new understanding of the Self as primarily itemized human capital. And while Europe has a longer historical understanding of the self to disentangle neoliberal culture, America does not have that advantage. Now several decades removed from the Mont Pelerin summit, what does our society look like? Franczak points out the failures of the neoliberal technocratic state and the nationalist populist rage railing against it, but wonders where does the rest of the country go? We run straight to the brands and things that make us comfortable Amazon Prime purchases, Instagram, and the things that provide us structure and security.

And in the Fun Half: the Senate votes to end US involvement in the war in Yemen, Howard Schultz's Make-A-Wish campaign lays out its policy platform, Anand Giridharadas's warning to Beto O'Rourke, thoughts on DNC super delegates, nuclear energy waste and private ownership, another failed Brexit vote, how Andrew Yang's UBI misdiagnoses systemic economic problems, Laura Loomer's latest investigative flop, and how a high schooler got the GOP Lt. Governor of Texas to pose with an "Abolish ICE" painting, plus your calls and IMs!

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Rutger Bregman (@rcbregman), author of Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World, joins us.

On today's show: Nancy Pelosi says she's never wanted to impeach a president.

Rutger Bregman (@rcbregman), author of Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World, joins us. In his book, Bregman argues for utopian thinking and posits some big ideas for progress. Universal basic income: its curious history and how it could improve people's lives, if implemented properly. The 15-hour work week: how we could take advantage of automation technology to perform less wage labor without being thrown into poverty. The ideology that keeps both capitalist and centrally planned societies from shooting for a post-work horizon. The value of an open borders policy. Do we need to subjugate capitalism? And some commentary on Bregman's infamous Tucker Carlson appearance.

Breaking news about Paul Manafort.

On the fun half: Tucker Carlson's racist rant about Iraqis. Dave Rubin defends Tucker's non-apology. Sean Hannity congratulates Tucker on his vacation. Tucker calls Brian Stelter a eunuch. Jacob Wohl calls in fake death threats on himself using a "diversity officer" sock account. Fox's Liz Peek complains that the college admissions scandal will "become another cudgel" used for "beating up successful Americans." Tressie McMillan Cottom explains how the college admissions process is already wildly unequal. Meghan McCain defends legacies. GOP wants to pass "Cradle Act" where you can dip into your own Social Security money to pay for family leave.

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