The Majority Report with Sam Seder (general)

Trump can't get the votes together to pass the House's horrible healthcare bill yet. The importance of the Russia story in driving down TRump's numbers.

Digby, explains what the smart Republican move on healthcare would have been. The monstrosity of the Republican bill and how Trump attacked Obamacare from the Left. Did Trump back the Republicans into a corner on healthcare? Does Steve Bannon oppose "Ryancare". How Tom Price can still hurt Obamacare. James Comey lets the Intelligence Committee know that Trump is being investigated. The Republicans conduct on the Intelligence Committee. Is Nunes part of an investigation? Did Trump think he was dealing with the Russian mafia? And Neil Gorsuch's radical agenda and staged performance. Democrats question Gorsuch on corporate power and why he will almost certainly end up on the Court.

Isabel Gillies tells us the story of genuine kelly. Sam and Isabel's tennis and beer commercials. Isabel gets an Alexa. Teenagers and technology. Isabel's parenting methods and Isabel tells us watch the documentary series called Abstract the Art of Design.

Bernie Sanders calls out the democratic leadership. OMB Director Mick Mulvaney tells people to move to another state if they don't like the care that is offered in their states. Neil Grouch's cruel decision on a child with autism. Al Franken calls out Gorsuch for denying that Justices are political. Don Lemon burns the Freedom Caucus. Albee Hastings calls out Republican nastiness. Steve Mnuchin talks about Donald Trump's stamina.

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Chuck Schumer finally moves towards a filibuster on Neil Gorsuch. The importance of the FBI investigation into Trump. Did Trump deal with the Russian Mafia.

Zephyr Teachout, an Associate Professor of Law at Fordham University and a political activist explains Neil Gorsuch's radical and extremist understanding of economic and political power. Is Gorsuch going to go even further and getting money into politics? The disturbing nature of Judge Gorsuch's hearings. The frozen trucker case. Claiming a textual reading but inventing law. The Chevron decision and why Gorsuch does not follow precedent. What Gorsuch is signaling to the oligarchs. The Mercer and Koch effort to destroy democracy. The role of the Mercer family in defeating Zephr's run for Congressional run and money corrupting politics and Trump's violation of the Emoluments Clause.

And a unanimous Supreme Court overturns Neil Gorsuch's decision on students with disabilities and Neil Gorsuch in addition to being cruel is incredibly unfunny.

On The Fun Half: Samantha Bee uses Sam to rip Gorka apart. Why Democrats need universal programs. Bob Casey comes out for filibustering Neil Gorsuch. Intelligence Committee Chairman tips off the Trump Administration? Adam Schiff says the Nunes needs to not be a mole for the Trump Administration. Schiff also says the evidence of Russia's role in the election is more than circumstantial. Carl Bernstein explains why we are un uncharted territory. John McCain calls for a select committee on the Russia story. The Freedom Caucus killing Ryan's healthcare bill? Congressman Thomas Massie, says he wants to kill the healthcare bill in order to save Trump. Elizabeth Warren rips into Republicans for their horrific approach to healthcare and your calls and IMs.

 

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Chris Lehmann: editor, columnist, and author on how the current anti-PC fixation is an echo from the 1990's PC hysteria. Where Andrew Sullivan's problems with intersectionality came from. Sullivan's borderline crazy belief intersectionality is a "religion," contrasted with his softening of Charles Murray's "race science." Jonathan Chait, Andrew Sullivan, etc and their preoccupation and phobia of criticism from the left. Why are colleges allowing the American Enterprise Institute colonize their institutions?

Padraig O'Malley: Remembering Martin McGuinness - The story of Martin McGuinness and his struggle against violent oppression. McGuinness joining the IRA after Bloody Sunday. How conflicts evolve to higher level of violence. The history of the IRA and the Irish struggle. McGuinness' alleged role in the times of rising violence, and his belief there is "no peace without forgiveness."

On the fun half - Jeffrey Lord on Trump's "Americanese," Misogyny and anti-PC in the 'rational skeptic' communities, Al Franken hits Neil Gorsuch on his "Frozen Trucker" case, Amanda Carpenter slams Ivanka's nepotism, Whitehouse back into slamming Gorsuch, GOP Rep Massie gets 275 calls against Ryancare and 4 for it, and Wayne (Rex Tillerson) Tracker didn't want to be Secretary of State.

 

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Democrats focusing on the right things in the Neil Gorsuch hearings? Trump voters beginning to regret voting for him. Bill O'Reilly says that Trump should start telling the truth. Democrats need to offer universal programs. James Comey confirms Russia preferred Trump to Clinton. Trey Gowdy is a massive hack. James Comey shows his hand at the hearings on Russia's influence on the 2016 campaign. Congressman Nunes head of the Intelligence Committee says he has never heard of Carter Page or Roger Stone. Trump's tweets debunked in real time at the Comey hearing. Are the Democrats finally getting serious about populism in dealing with Neil Gorsuch? Al Franken grills Gorsuch and Sheldon Whitehouse calls out Gorsuch for corporate corruption.

On The Fun Half: Neil Gorsuch does more puppy dog face to hide his extreme views. Why Democratic appointed Judges are more honest than Republican ones. Tomi Lahren, gets in trouble for being pro choice. Kimberley Guilfoyle wants Snoop Dogg to be visited by federal marshals. Trump and criminals justice and your calls and IMs.

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FBI Director James Comey confirms that Russia's role in the election is being investigated. The hearings for Neil Gorsuch begin.

Sam interviews journalist Masha Gessen, who explains that Trump is attempting to create an autocracy. Trump's attacks on government and the media. The rules for fighting autocracy. How Trump is degrading public norms on corruption. Searching for signs normalcy. Trump's constant lies and how exhausting it is. Russia and the urge toward conspiracy theories. The importance of maintaining open debate. Is our system capable of resisting. Why the Russia story is a trap. Why we are frantically searching for a conspiracy when we need to protect our political space. Dealing with the reality of Americans supporting Trump and how to balance fighting autocracy and more traditional political battles.

On The Fun Half: Richard Spencer says Egyptians were made by white people. Angela Merkel and Donald Trump have a very awkward meeting. Trump does not regret tweeting conspiracy theories. The Republican horror show. Paul Ryan brags about supporting Donald Trump because of all of the awful things he is now able to do. Trump reaches a new low in popularity. The Clinton campaigns failures. Why Russia won't be a silver bullet and your calls and IMs.

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Sean Spicer says that British Intelligence may have been part of the imagined wired tap on Trump and Sam and Michael do a dramatic reenactment of Obama calling UK Intelligence.

Cliff Schecter reflects on the Dumdum Left and Trump. The perils of electing a sociopath. The sociopath proposal to cut Meals on Wheel and after school meals for poor children. Republicans cruel fairy tales that lead to making kids starve. Republicans dreamed about making people poor while they were drinking at the keg in college and more useless and cruel cuts proposed by Trump.

Film Guy Matthew Weiss explains why The Expanse is a good but not great show. Matthew's new eBay adventures. More filmmaking adventures with Matthew and Sam and Matthew tells us to watch the film: The Shop on Main Street.

On The Fun Half: OMB Head Mick Mulvany lies and lies about Meals on Wheels. Libertarians writer lie about Meals on Wheels. Reporters getting exhausted by covering Trump's fantasy life. Mick Mulvany talks dangerous nonsense about the climate crisis. Trump comes out for a even worse healthcare bill. Paul Ryan talks libertarian nonsense about health care and Bernie Sanders advocates sanity and compassion in health care. Ali Velshi debunks nonsense on health care and your calls and IMs.

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The disastrous Republican healthcare rollout and Trump is already throwing Ryan under the bus.

Christy Ford Chapin, an assistant professor of twentieth-century political history at the University of Maryland and author of" Ensuring America's Health: The Public Creation of the Corporate Health Care System", explains why America has a uniquely dysfunctional healthcare system. How did Blue Cross/Blue Shield get launched? Pre-paid physician groups and why they made sense. Has insurance companies distort medicine. Americans older fear of mega corporations. Lobbying power and modern modern medicine. The 1930s push for national health insurance. Truman's plan for universal healthcare and to destroy insurance companies. Opposition to public healthcare and why did the private insurance industry support Obamacare?H

On the Fun Half: Paul Ryan is humiliated by Jake Tapper. Paul Ryan says his own healthcare bill needs to revised in order to pass through the House. Tom Price has no soul. Trump's new Muslim ban gets blocked in Federal Court and some kid in the audience does not like it. If Trump wants someone to blame, blame Stephen Miller. Is Seb Gorky a Neo-Nazi. Trump's radical far Right Wing budget. Trump never forgets, Random Rush. The Trump Administration will make it easier for drones to kill civilians and your calls and IMs.

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Paul Ryan's healthcare plan is class warfare against the Middle Class and the Poor.

Journalist Angela Nagle, explains the long history of elite disdain for the masses that spans Left and Right. The Alr Right and Steve King's White Nationalism. How is the Alt Right different from the old Right? The Alt Right and the resurgence of over racism. Trump and civic conservatism and racism. Panic and racism. The younger people of the Alt Right. The problem with "I'm just joking" as a defense. The Left and Internet culture and the openings for the Alt Right. The Right and culture. Who cares about being edgy? And what would Alt Right policy look like?

On The Fun Half: Republican plans to undermine and hurt Obamacare. Former CBO director confirms that the Ryan plan is an attack on vulnerable Americans. Lindsey Graham, sees trouble ahead for the Ryan replacement plan. Leaked tape of Paul Ryan trash talking Trump behind his back back during the campaign. Congressman Joe Barton, gets booed after saying violence against women is a state issue. Why Trump needs parenting. Bernie Sanders with a powerful town hall in West Virginia.

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Steven Cook (@StevenACook), the Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations joins us on the show today.

Michael Flynn's blatant cooperation with the Turkish government. Turkey's history as a "Frenemy" to the US. Who is Fethullah Gülen and why did the Turks have Mike Flynn call him "Saddam Hussein?" Erdogan's upcoming attempt to consolidate the powers of the presidency in a referendum and why he called the Dutch "Nazi remnants" and how clashing with Geert Wilders and the Dutch right-wing nationalists helps both.

Then, Mike Hanna (@mjahanna) of Al Jazeera English joins us to talk about the UN in the age of Trump. The UN initiative against sex crimes. Is Nikki Haley answering to the State Department or the White House. How Trump could use the UN as a front to project his foreign policy in Syria and across the world. The UN's ability to cope with the political aspects of conflicts. South Africa and Jacob Zuma's corruption and successor. The unraveling of the African National Congress.

An on the fun half - Bernie says both parties forgot West Virginia, Steve King goes full racist, an update from Ronald Raygun on tumult in the immigrant communities, Brian Stelter goes hard at Sean Hannity, Theresa May laughs in a very alarming fashion, and your calls and IMs.

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Mike Flynn lobbied for Turkey and maybe also a Russian agent. The Republicans radical far right agenda.

Cliff Schecter explains the Republicans demented healthcare plan. The Republicans who oppose the Medicaid cuts. The radicalization of the Republican Party. Why the Republicans attacked the ACA from the Left and want to destroy from the right. Paul Ryan is an idiot and still gets credit from bad reporters for being wonky. Republicans are always dishonest about insurance and the Democrats failing message on healthcare.

Writer and filmmaker Stephen Elliot, explains filmmaking in the Trump era. His new series Drive and people losing it in the Trump era. Experiencing politics under Bush and Trump. why conservatives are bad at fiction writing and comedy. Sympathy and empathy. Can you find the humanity in Trump? Getting fired from every job Stephen has ever had. Where does the word bromance come from. Memories from the Dean campaign and having a constantly moving career. The love of working with actors and what's next.

The most epic interview interruption ever. Greg Gutfeld attacks Sam Seder and it's, Sad! Ali Velshi, explains to a inarticulate Republican Congressman why private healthcare does not work. Chris Hayes wants to know why the Republicans are rushing Obamacare repeal. Rand Paul hurting Trump?

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