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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.

Listen to the Mueller Report at here.

And in the Fun Half: White supremacists embrace Ben Shapiro's ethnic and religious Jew distinction, the new bombshell revelation in the citizenship census court case found on a deceased GOP operative's hard drive, Josh's 24-hr reading of the Mueller Report at the Arc in Long Island City, the effectiveness of worker co-ops, how Liz Warren can single-handedly take Biden down in debate, improving M4A messaging, and the problem with putting Russia interference above all other issues in America.

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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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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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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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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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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.

On the fun half: Brexiter accosts pro-Brexit MP, calls him a "remoaner." Rashida Tlaib warns Mnuchin that he should get a personal attorney. Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) questions Mnuchin about IRS memo on Trump's taxes. Pelosi says Trump administration is involved in a cover-up. Mike from PA on some encouraging election results in his state. Trump reacts to Pelosi.

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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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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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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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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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