The Majority Report with Sam Seder (general)

Sean Spicer makes another deranged case for smaller government.

Journalist Nelson Denis, explains the one hundred year anniversary of Puerto Ricans getting citizenship in the United States. America's second class citizenship for Puerto Ricans. The colonial treatment of Puerto Rico in America. Puerto Rico and the Cold War. The Jones Act and imposed austerity on the island. The legal structure of wealth extraction from Puerto Rico. Charles Herbert Allen the first civilian governor of Puerto Rico. The financial control board and the false narrative about Puerto Rico. Corruption, austerity and privatization The movement for Puerto Rican independence and the need to reform the Jones.

On The Fun Half: International Women's Day protests. The EPA scraps science terminology from it's website. Trump's OMB Director thinks that "insurance is not the end goal". Donald Trump not committed to the new healthcare bill. The GOP's Medicaid hustle. The CEO insurance provision. The GOP health plan and crisis of lottery winners on Medicaid. Al Franken is concerned about Jeff Sessions lying to the Senate. The Trump Administration considers separating mothers from their children at the Mexican border and IMs.

 

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Alexis Goldstein (@alexisgoldstein) to discuss how Wall Street will rob us via the GOP and Trump Admin. Wall Street's professed values for diversity and "pinkwashing." How bankers thought nationalization was more of a possibility post-financial crisis than lawmakers did. The current significance of Dodd-Frank and the reality of "over-regulation" rhetoric. How DeVos and Ben Carson can cause damage despite not knowing anything.

Then, Michael Shure (@MichaelShure) on the prospects for the GOP's cobbled together Obamacare replacement. Why Michael thinks the replacement will die in the House.

On the fun half - Bob Beckel says Trump is losing it, Chaffetz thinks medical debt is because people like iPhone, Ben Carson has thoughts on brains and slavery (but apparently not housing), Seb Gorka thinks VOICE is "un-American."

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Democrats raise big money for a Congressional election in Georgia. Donald Trump gives advice to school children. The Republicans deregulate everything. Our country is about to be much sicker, polluted and corrupt. ICE terrorizes the undocumented and Steve Bannon's racist inspiration.

On The Fun Half: James Comey demands that the DOJ clarify that Obama did not phone tap Donald Trump. George Stephanopoulos loses patience with Sarah Huckabee. Mark Levin's conspiracy theory travels. Trump and Ukraine policy. Carter Page has another bizarre interview. Roger Stones and Alex Jones spin a new conspiracy  and your calls and IMs.

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Political strategist Cliff Schecter breaks down the ongoing fallout from the Sessions revelations. The many Russian connections to the Trump Administration. The oligarch Administration. Did Jeff Sessions admit he committed perjury? The connected interests between Russia and the United States.

Congressman David Nunes threatens the press for investigating the Russia story and what is happening with the FBI? The Administration's savage EPA cuts and Rand Paul wants to read the Obamacare bill.

Andy Kindler does the drugs. Kindler's new CNN war. Andy rips into Van Jones and Andy joins Sam and Michael in mocking Dennis Miller.

On The Fun Half: Carter Page is an odd fellow and raises more questions about the Trump Administration. Carter Page also claims his civil rights were violated. Jess Sessions recuses himself.

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Jeff Sessions met with the Russian ambassador and lied about it.

Rebecca Kolins Givan, an Associate Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at Rutgers University, explains the thinking behind the push for privatization. Privatizing profit and socializing risk. Finance and making money off of public health services. The Post Office and rural mail delivery. How workers can organize in the face of cost cutting and privatization and the possibility for organizing in spite of the assault on the public sector and the distinct types of union organizing.

On The Fun Half: Jeff Sessions issues a new denial about meeting with Russians. We mock Jeff Sessions. The time Paul Manafort gave a really unconvincing explanation about Russia. Nancy Pelosi says Sessions needs to go. Racism caught on tape. More police brutality and your calls and IMs.

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We mock Gorka. Trump is laughed at for claiming to drain the swamp. Trump demonizes immigrants. Van Jones major fail on CNN. The Democratic response is a major misfire. Why buying insurance across state lines won't help and why "access" to healthcare means nothing.

On The Fun Half: Gorka on whether Trump considers Islam a religion. Trump's dangerous new immigration proposal. The mainstream media buckles for Trump. Uber's CEO rants like a jerk to a Uber driver. Alex Jones drops more science and your calls and IMs.

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Why Keith Ellison would have represented a progressive move forward for the Democratic Party. Why did establishment Democrats invest so heavily in blocking progressives movements. Left politics and anti Trump politics. Betsy DeVos, praises Jim Crow education and ICE agents are unshackled and immigrants are under attack across the country.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump can't even answer a Fox & a Friends question. Trump can't answer a simple question on cutting Social Security. Trump blames Obama for his raid in Yemen that killed several children and a Navy Seal. When Republicans are in power , the politics of cultural grievance come back into style. Tucker Carelson and Bill Nye "debate" climate science. Texas State Sen. Don Huffiness, freaks out on High School students who understand public education. Bernie Sanders laughs at Trump for being a fool and your call IMs.

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Bhaskar Sunkara (@SunraySunray), founder of "Jacobin" magazine, joins us on the show today. Where we stand after 1 month of the radical President Bannon. How the GOP retweets nazis while democrats shy away from embracing socialist democracy. What it means when Bannon and Norquist reference Lenin. Tom Perez and the DNC's atrociously limited imagination.

On the fun half - Republicans get reamed at town halls across the country, Seb Gorka gets called a charlatan, more on Tom Perez, Reince Priebus argues with Chris Wallace, Mnuchin, and Grassley and Rubio get castigated at a town hall.

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Sean Illing (@SeanIlling) joins us to discuss his article in Vox, "Richard Rorty’s prescient warnings for the American left." Who is Richard Rorty? How the Vietnam War led to a split in the left and to more cultural concerns and the price the democrats have paid for abandoning redistributionary economics. The extent to which Trump (and even Bernie Sanders) has proven Rorty's predictions.

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University of Florida historian @DrIbram joins 2 Dope Boys and a Podcast this week to discuss his book, “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.”

Tracing the genesis and circulation of racist and anti-racist ideas through American history. How our popular understanding of “racist” is far too narrow. Racist ideas in people victimized by racism, and the racial assumptions people can adopt about groups they’re from, from culture. Respectability politics, assimilationism and “uplift-suasion,” all the way back to the 1790s Abolitionists. How we determine “ways to do culture” that aren’t racially exclusive. How any culture can make itself look superior by standardizing it’s attributes and grading others against the standards. The importance of being an anti-racist vs. “not racist.”

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Historian Stephen Kinzer (@StephenKinzer) joins us to talk about his new book, "The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire." America's dueling impulses toward isolation and intervention. The unremembered prevalence of anti-imperialism at the turn of the 19th century. Complaints of "glut" as a rationale for taking foreign territories.

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Professor Rebecca Spang (@RebeccaSpang), historian of France at Indiana University, joins us today to discuss her book, "Stuff and Money in the Time of the French Revolution." How the crisis that led to the French Revolution resembles our modern debt ceiling standoffs. What revolutionary France can tell us about monetary theory. The social foundations of money.

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John Nixon, a former CIA analyst who was tasked with interrogating Saddam Hussein, joins us today to discuss his book, "Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein." How John began studying Iraq for the CIA in the late 90's. The amount of attention the CIA paid to regime change in Iraq during the Clinton admin. How John knew Saddam was a target for 9/11 the following day. How Iraq was a product of both the Bush and separate neoconservative agendas. How Saddam in 2002 was more concerned with delegating rule and writing literature.

 

 

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Cliff Schecter, reflects on the passing of Bob Michael a moderate Republican leader. Trump's popularity with Republicans and the insanity of Republican politics. Republican leaders have responsibility for creating Trump. Trump and Planet of the Apes. Trump thinks all black people know each other. Trump freaks out on a Jewish reporter. Trump is wrong about the drug crisis. Trump tries to explain how fake news can lead to real leaks and Trump rambles about Russia and it's crazy.

Is the Trump Administration going to use the National Guard to round up immigrants. Shep Smith calls out Trump. Sebastian Gorka is a hilarious hack and wants you to know in response to a question about being a Nazi sympathizer with an answer about not being a Communist. Guns, mental illness and terrorist watch lists. Russia and the Trump Administration and your calls and IMs.

On the Fun Half: Trump forces meatloaf on Chris Christie. Seb Gorka goes SJW on Jake Tapper.

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Journalist David Dayen, explains how the Trump Administration is moving behind the scenes to dismantle Obamacare. The ways the Trump Administration is already limiting Obamacare and the political strategy behind it. New instructions to the IRS. How Republicans are creating the death spiral for Obamacare. The Republicans hilarious reversal on Medicaid. What is the Democrats strategy? The Republicans new pension scam and why did Andrew Puzder get pushed out by the Republicans.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump remains insane. Maine and what happens next with Obamacare. Trump rambles about Russia. Trump  and the Republican Congress gives the extraction industry a big favor. Pat Robertson is sane in today's GOP. The Deep State and Trump. Trump is caught in a lie. Susan Sarandon called out for stupidity on Trump and your calls and IMs.

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Wosny Lambre (@BigWos) joins the show in studio today. Sorting through the multiple interpretations of the Trump administrations ongoing scandal regarding campaign contact with Russia. How to keep a level head when there is clearly a troubling amount of deep state activity.

And on the fun half - KellyAnne Conway's getting savaged for booking herself on shows proving life imitates SNL sketches, Trump responds to question about anti-semitism by boasting of his big electoral college win, Rand Paul states the obvious about the GOP intentions (or lack of) to investigate Trump, and Hugh Hewitt really wants Andy Puzder.

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Journalist Marcy Wheeler, explains why the Intelligence community has become worried about Trump and national security. Mike Flynn's Russia calls and why he lied. Was Flynn compromised by Russia and how that information became public. Did Trump direct Flynn. How Flynn's call was intercepted. Obama and the National Security State. Does the scandal end with Flynn? Congressional investigations into Russia and Trump. Why we need to know more about the hacks into the DNC. Why the investigations need to be secret. Russia's internal investigation and killing connected to the Trump dossier and is the FBI eyeing Trump.

On the Fun Half: The Trump Administration's threat to national security. When Michael Flynn led chants of lock her up about Hillary Clinton at the RNC. KellyAnne Conway running out of steam, can't keep up with Administration lies on Flynn. Sean Spicer finally wins one. What's next for Mike Fynn Jr? The lying and creepy Stephen Miller. Omarosa threatens a reporter and your calls and IMs.

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Why do conservatives exploit small children by turning them into pundits? Al Franken notes that Donald Trump is not being normal. What are sanctuary cities. The new ICE attack by the Trump Administration on immigrant communities. The human costs of Trump's attack on immigrants. We revisit Paul Ryan's recent lie about deportation forces. The horrific results of a mistaken illegal vote. Voters show up to town halls to preserve the ACA. Republican leader repeats death panel lie and a smart voter at a town hall calls Paul Ryan's healthcare plan "junk".

On The Fun Half: Stephen Miller lies and lies about illegal votes. Republicans off the record are concerned about Trump being a mentally unwell authoritarian. A tour of the Republican horror show. Sebastian Gorka gets schooled and talks nonsense on PRI's the world. Also Gorka wears a Nazi connected pin. Right Wing Mandela parties at Mar Lago. Can Democrats retake the House? And your calls and IMs.

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Cliff Schecter explains the Trump teams incredibly incompetence. Michael Flynn lied about his talks with Russia. Flynn's incompetence and bizarre ideas. Mike Pence gets drawn into the world of Trump corruption. Keeping pressure on Republicans. Jason Chaffetz confronted by his constituents in Utah. Democratic Congressman pushes for a Russia and Trump inquiry in the House. The disaster of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General and how Tom Price wants to destroy public health.

Film Guy Matthew Weiss reviews Jimmy Reefercake's latest song. Explains the latest in cannabis technology. What's the value of escapism. Why everyone needs to get political now. Sam filmmaking memories. Matthew tells us to watch Paul Schrader's Taxi Driver and breaks down the Travis Bickle era.

On the Fun Half: Neil Gorsuch, walks back his comments about Trump demoralizing the Court. Trump, gives the Japanese Prime Minister a weird handshake. Trump does not know what the START Treaty is but he does not like it. Republicans continue to face pressure for wanting to strip away peoples health insurance.

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Journalist and assistant professor of political science at Brown University, Alex Gourevitch, explains the reasoning by the calls for general strikes against the Trump Administration. The last general strike in America. America's violent labor history. The Ludlow Massacre. America's reactionary hostility to labor movements. The war on workers rights and lose of striking rights. Is not the wrong time to call a general strike? What is the class basis for progressive politics? Who is worse Trump or Pence? Why the call for the general strike ignores class issues. The harder work of organizing along class lines. Why it can't all just be about Trump and finding the right political synthesis.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump attacks Richard Blumenthal for lying about his Vietnam service. Neil Gorsuch, almost certainly lied about his resume. Sean Spicer says Coretta Scott King would back Sessions if she was alive. KellyAnne Conway promotes Ivanka's products from the White House. Joe Scarborough is getting worried. Sebastian Gorka, a Trump advisor will continue calling news "fake" as long as it criticizes Trump and your calls and IMs.

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Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, explains what is radicalism. Why radicalism is different from liberalism and incrementalism. Has America always had radicals. The 1990s and the "end of history". Tom Paine, America's original radical. Radicalism in times of crisis. The opportunities the Left has today. Why are people marching against Trump? How radicalism moves from saying no to articulating what it wants. The old order is dying, what about the next one? Organic movements and the importance of Black Lives Matter. Why we are behind the curve on inequality and basic social benefits. Long term strategy for radical change. Where Europe is further ahead and further behind and what we need to learn from reconstruction.

On The Fun Half Elizabeth Warren silenced after reading Coretta Scott King letter on Jeff Sessions hostility to voting rights. The Republicans whine about attacks on Sessions. Orrin Hatch worries about Jeff Sessions about wife. Bernie Sanders debates Ted Cruz. Anthony Weiner, healthcare and how he ruined the world. Jake Tapper and KellyAnne Conway get awkward. Donald Trump says his Muslim ban is "written beautifully". Right Wing Mandela breaks it down. Creepy Trump advisor promises to keep targeting the media and your calls and IMs.

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Did Neil Gorsuch lie about pro bono legal work?

Ian Millhiser, explains the nature of the Neil Gorsuch pick for the Supreme Court. The Mitch McConnell rule and why the Democrats should follow it. Filibustering Gorsuch and when the Republicans nuke the filibuster. The Chevron doctrine. Gorsuch's devious radicalism and why Gorsuch will occupy a stolen seat.

Betsy DeVos becomes Secretary of Education and Al Franken asks if Republicans would ever vote against other nominees.

On The Fun Half: Is Alex Jones is a sellout according to a former Infowars editor. Alex Jones says he would die for Trump. A disturbing Chatham House poll. Sean Duffy is incredibly stupid. Donald Trump, lies. Trump, thinks Obama likes him. Trump will not be invited to address the UK Parliament and your calls and IMs.

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Michael Kinnucan (@MichaelKinnucan) joins us to discuss his new article Why Republicans Are Impressive.

How the GOP war on medicaid illuminates how they go about achieving their agenda as opposed to democrats. How plutocrat money floats a cohort of insane republican lawmakers. How Democrats lost their way after the GOP majorities of the 80s and turned into a moderate corporate party of the status quo.

On the fun half - Trump responds to a Morning Joe segment on Twitter again, SNL goes in hard on Bannon, Spicer, and Trump, Trump says the US isn't as innocent as Putin, GOP slows its role on Obamacare, Tom McClintock gets chased out of a town hall, and Bernie calls Trump a fraud.

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Why did Trump warn Israel on settlements? Nikki Haley condemns Russia at the UN and we breakdown why.

Cliff Schecter, explains why things could be even worse with Trump supporters. Trump's disaster in Yemen. Where do you start with Trump and his endless crimes and violations. The leaks coming out of the Trump Administration. Are people in the intelligence services concerned about the danger that Trump poses? Trump's disastrous phone calls with foreign leaders. Republicans stole a Court seat and now we need to force them to get rid of the filibuster and the next nightmare that the Republican Congress is about to unleash.

Andy Kindler, tears into Sam Harris. Why Dave Rubin is incredibly stupid. Dennis Miller remains pains unfunny and Kindler and Sam and Michael mock him relentlessly and we mock Bill Maher.

On The Fun Half: Kellyanne Conway makes up a terrorist attack? Donald Trump is going to gut protections for consumers. Joaquin Castro starts talking impeachment. Trump and a coup. The #Bodegastrike takes Brooklyn. Crazy person Larry Klayman, sues President Obama.

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Sam debunks bullshit.

Foreign policy analyst Heather Hurlburt, explains what's constitutes foreign policy. Why the media focuses far to much on the military dimension of foreign policy. What is America's interest? How the Obama Administration ignored the environment and labor on trade. The radical breaks in foreign policy from the Trump Administration. How the Obama Administration believed to much in Obama's unique ability. What was Obama's foreign policy vision?. Syria and understanding a crisis before it happens and what are the first order fears of foreign policy experts.

On The Fun Half: The unfolding Trump disaster. Stupid attacks on Bernie Sanders. NPR's Steve Bannon coverage fail. Trump Administration ushers in Right Wing terrorism and targets Islam. Donald Trump rips Arnold Schwarzenegger and Arnold has the perfect response. Neil Gorsuch, founded a "Fascism Forever" club in High School. Mike Flynn threatens Iran. Trump's first Yemeni raid kills civilians including a an 8 year old American girl and your calls and IMs.

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Laurence Tribe a Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School explains the reasons for the foreign emoluments clause. The lawsuit against the Trump Administration focusing on the emoluments clause. The favors Trump receives from abroad and why that is an ongoing constitutional violation. What happens when the President does not follow the law? Why discriminating on the basis of religion is unconstitutional. The many ways the Muslim ban is unconstitutional. At what point are we in a constitutional crisis? Is impeachment the only answer. The Neil Grouch nomination and what Republicans have done to the Court and was Bush v Gore the original sin?

On The Fun Half: Wajahat Ali calls Steve Bannon President Bannon three times on CNN. More than half of Americans have no problem with the Muslim ban. The Muslim ban has already cost a life. Nancy Pelosi has a major fail in answering a question about Capitalism. Republicans running scared on Obamacare. Donald Trump probably know who Frederick Douglass is. Susan Collins votes against Betsy DeVos. Canadian progressive leader condemns Trump's Muslim ban and calls it fascist. How Senate Democrats need to grill Neil Grouch and your call and IMs.

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No President Obama did not set the stage for the Muslim Ban and we debunk nonsense spin and lies. Sean Spicer says we aren't doing anything "Extreme", we remember when Trump called his policy "extreme" twice. Sally Yates gets fired for not defending the ban as acting Attorney General. The unique danger of Jeff Sessions. Sam Harris won't take any responsibility for his support of horrific policies. Jeffrey Lord spins for the Muslim ban. Democrats start to finally play some hardball and Tom Price might be sinked at health.

On The Fun Half: How to resist. Paul Ryan complains about defending the Muslim Ban on a hot mic. Sean Spicer argues that a terrorist attack on a Mosque in Canada should mean supporting the Muslim Ban. Republican Congressman David Brat is amused that women know what the CBO is. Bernie Sanders condemns the Muslim Ban and your calls and IMs.

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On today’s show anthropologist Scott Atran joins us to discuss his work on extremism and what can be done to restore open values. How Atran got his start in anthropology thanks to Margaret Mead. Engaging with power and the critique of power. The social networks of ideological fundamentalist groups like terrorists and Republicans. How "root cause" interpretations became popular for describing extremism. How "devoted actors" behave differently than "rational actors." Scott's reaction to UBI talk at Davos.

 

On the Fun Half: Trump says disastrous Muslim travel ban "working out nicely," ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero begs to differ. Protests take shape throughout the country on the second consecutive week of Trump's presidency. Steve Bannon thinks too many CEOs in Silicon Valley are not white. John McCain concerned Bannon is taking over NSC.

 

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Cliff joins us to look back on the 1st week of Trump. Can Trump handle the pressure? The DNC is falling behind it's base in mobilizing against Trump. How to judge the Democrats weak actions in voting for people like Ben Carson.

Isabel Gillies wants to know why people around Trump aren't resigning. Talking to your family about disaster contingencies.  Isabel recommends "All the Light We Cannot See," by Anthony Doerr, TV Shows The Crown and Victoria, and the film "Lion."

On the Fun Half - Trump's latest Vote Fraud source gets torn apart by Chris Cuomo, More from Trump's insane ABC interview, Trump shows off new decor around the oval office, a Trump fundraiser in Texas doesn't think the wall is a good idea after all.

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Donald Trump is clearly mentally ill.

David Dayen explains Donald Trump's first big broken promise (hint it's the one good thing he promised to do). Why Trump's are all over the Trump transition. Why the TPP was already dead. Why Trump is only interested in bilateral trade agreements. Why Trump's trade agreements could be even worse for workers and the environment and why would any Democrats vote to confirm any Trump nominees?

Boston's Mayor Marty Walsh vows to protect immigrants.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump is seriously mentally ill and a new ABC interview proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt. Carl Bernstein on CNN talks about rumors swirling around Trump's mental health. Minnesota Republicans push a massive protest suppression bill and your calls and IMs.

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Republicans wanted a leader like Donald Trump who would sign anything and take the attention. Trump's gag order across government agencies. Why the freeze on public information will cost jobs and threaten public health. Sean Spicer explains Trump's insanity. Donald Trump wants an investigation into voter fraud. Sean Spicer is accidentally racist in response to a question about the Trump teams racism. How Republicans are going to gut healthcare.

On The Fun Half: Trump White House has no White House comment line so people are calling his hotels. Greenpeace unveil a resist banner above the White House. How to influence large scale revolutionary change. The Red States need help. Melanie Trump does not deserve our sympathy. Trump says he is gonna send federal forces into Chicago. Jerry Brown fights back against Trump. The Trump budget cuts and your calls and IMs.

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The Roosevelt Institute's Mike Konczal, explains why austerity defined the Obama age. The foreclosure crisis and the Trump vote. The culture of limitation. Smart phones and the culture of ruthless efficiency. Lifestyle minimalism. Why the Obama Administration failed on foreclosure. why we didn't get the recovery we deserve. Obama's 2010 austerity pivot and why Republican extremism saved us from worse. Why Democrats create class tension by not creating universal programs. When markets don't work. Why success in the modern economy is not about individual efforts. Will Trumpism work? Why Trump won't actually do populism and fascism and Republican class warfare.

On The Fun Half: talking to rural America. The biggest problem with the Democratic Party. Melanie Trump's silent cry for help. James Comey stays on at FBI. Frank Luntz gets called a fascist and whines about it on Fox News. Glenn Beck back to his old ways. Bernie speaks out against the confirmation of Mike Pompeo as head of the CIA. Trump's real reason for visiting the CIA. Will Trump want to hear any critical intelligence on Russia. Michael Flynn still under investigation? Trump pulls out of TPP but never promised higher standards in trade and Trump attacks women globally and your calls and IMs.

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First with Murtaza Hussain (@MazMHussain).Trump as the final nail in the post-WWII / Cold War worldview. Critiquing Russia's and America's imperial power from the left, and how to regard institutions like NATO and the EU that are problematic but also under existential threat. Leftist internationalism in an age of anti-intervention.

Then, Bernie alum Melissa Byrne (@MCByrne)on the current necessity of the Democratic party infrastructure. Healing the schisms in the democratic party. Playing offense vs. playing defense. Support Melissa at melissafordnc.com

And on the fun half: Sean Spicer starts his time as Press Sec with a barrage of obvious lies, more on punching nazis, KellyAnne spouts "alternative facts."

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Live coverage of the inauguration of President Electoral Mr. Trump.

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Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi, author of Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus, explains why Trump is like Nixon because he represents so much of what is horrible about our society. Why Trump has no layers. When Trump gets it right. Will Trump supporters ever realize that he is scamming them? Rick Perry has no idea what being Secretary of Energy means. How did Trump pick his cabinet? Who is actually going to govern. What was Russia role in the election? The intelligence community and the Presidential election. Russia's connections to Trump. Is the FBI still eyeing Trump? And how is Matt going to focus on Trump?

On The Fun Half: Rick Perry no longer wants to get rid of the Department of Energy. Scott Pruitt, Trump's nominee for EPA says his personal belief on the science of global warming does not matter. Pruitt's relentless promotion of fracking. Elizabeth Warren exposes Tom Price's corruption. Elizabeth Warren exposes Tom Price's corruption. Bill O'Reilly and Dennis Miller are both relentlessly unfunny. Tom Barrack the Chairman of Trump's Inauguration wants a more "traditional" performer than Kanye  and your calls and IMs.

 

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Betsy DeVos is asked by Bernie Sanders if she would be nominated without campaign contributions and Al Franken demonstrates that she has almost no idea what she is talking about.

Tashaune Harden is a science teacher at Detroit’s César Chávez Academy and a vice president of the Michigan Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff explains how Betsy DeVos has created instability for students and teachers in the State Michigan. The difference between for profit and non profit charter schools. How Betsy DeVos has undermined accountability. What's the distinction between proficiency and growth? How for profit charter school exploit teachers and state budgets and what is "count day".

Elizabeth Warren grills DeVos on why she won't do anything to protect students from fraud. Senator Maggie Hassan demonstrates that Betsy DeVos won't protect kids with disabilities. Al Franken exposes DeVos's support for "conversation therapy". Tim Kaine grills DeVos on accountability standards and DeVos's interesting reasoning behind having guns in public school.

On The Fun Half: Judith Miller who laundered false intelligence on Iraq in the New York Times wants to know how many lives Chelsea Manning cost? Obama releases Oscar Lopez Rivera from prison. Chile and Betsy DeVos. Al Franken kills it on risk pools and your calls and IMs.

 

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Senate Intelligence Committee reverses itself on investigating the Trump and Russia connection. The FBI and Trump's connections to Russian banks. Why did James Comey interfere in the election? Did Trump box Republicans in on healthcare? Congressman Mike Coffman flees protestors who will lose their insurance if the Congress repeals Obamacare. Obamacare reaches it's highest level of popularity. Tom Price does want to "flaunt" his healthcare plan. Did Price engage in insider trading? More on the Republican high risk pool scam.

On the Fun Half: People terrified of losing their health insurance. Trump goes into with low approval ratings and almost certainly violating the Constitution. John Lewis will not go to Trump's inauguration and Trump throws a tantrum. Governor Paul LePage says John Lewis should be thanking Republicans and your calls and IMs.

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Dr. King’s first tv “interview” from the show "The Open Mind – The New Negro" in 1957, hosted by Professor Richard D. Hefner.

Beyond Vietnam, delivered on April 4, 1967 at Riverside Church in New York City.

MLK’s last speech “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution“ delivered at the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., on 31 March 1968.

Walter Cronkite reports King's assassination.

Nina Simone "Why?" live, 3 days following MLK's assassination.

 

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Did American intelligence officials warn Israeli intelligence not to share information with the Trump Administration?

Cliff Schecter is launching a new Podcast! An Unpresidented Podcast, Bigly. The intelligence community fallout with the incoming Trump Administration deepens. James Comey under investigation.  The FBI investigating the Trump campaign. Unending evidence of Russian connection with the Trump campaign. Why health savings accounts are a stupid answer to the health coverage crisis. A cancer survivor tells Paul Ryan that he is only alive because of the ACA. Why can't Republicans be honest that they don't want everyone to have health insurance and Paul Ryan lies about high risk pools.

Andy Kindler was way ahead of the curve on hating Donald Trump. Could Andy ever not be Jewish? Are comedians not joking about Trump because it's just not funny? Why Sam likes to hurt his career and Andy members the origins of Obamabot.

Rudy Giuliani is Trump's cyber security czar. Giuliani's own website is not secure at all. Trump's insane ethics conflicts. Is Russia hacking our TV Networks? Was Chris Matthews compromised?

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Donald Trump ignores a question from CNN and calls the reporter "fake news". Will the media defend itself against Trump.

Analyst, Dan Dicker explains why Rex Tillerson simply means an oil and gas based foreign policy. Exxon's investments in Russia. How Exxon will win in the new foreign policy. Rex Tillerson's foreign policy and the hunt for oil. Trump and Tillerson will be even more oil driven than Bush? Russia and the United States boxing in China? The Climate Crisis and the Trump earth destruction cabinet. The coming resource conflicts of the new century. What Iran sees coming. The coming energy price increase and are we headed to a human rights free foreign policy.

Rex Tillerson won't answer a direct from Tim Kaine on Exxon and climate change and Tillerson won't answer Rubio's questions on Putin ordering the killings of journalists and activists. Donald Trump has no idea what he's talking about Obamacare. Ben Carson heads to HUD. Elizabeth Warren wants to know if Trump will profit off of HUD. Is there more than one source and tape for the Trump allegations? Carl Bernstein calls K

On The Fun Half: Republicans move towards getting rid of Obamacare. Joe Lieberman still the worst after all these years. KellyAnne Conway a "Propaganda Minister". Congressman Mo Brooks talks about the "war on whites" and your calls and IMs.

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Donald Trump denies the new report on his activities with in and with Russia. Trump, rambles about hacking. Where did the Trump Russia report come from. Is there a video of Trump getting peed on? James Comey lies to Congress. Senator Ron Wyden’s savvy questioning. Al Franken pulls apart Jeff Sessions for lying about his record. Sheldon Whitehouse exposes Sessions for his religious extremism and Coretta Scott King’s damning letter about Jess Sessions.

On The Fun Half: Trump denies getting peed on in Russia. Is Trump’s Obama obsession even worse than we thought. Right Wing Mandela talks #Watergate. John Lewis movingly calls out the moral obscenity of the Sessions nomination. Should Al Franken run for President? How can the Press deal with a Administration that always lies? Trump foreign policy advisor says to ignore his tweets. KellyAnne Conway gets called out by Seth Myers. Should Democrats play more dirty?

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Today on the Wosny Lambre (@BigWos) joins us in studio to talk about the spectacle of Trump and the GOP's smash-and-grab assault on our democracy. Guys in KKK costumes crash Jeff Sessions' Attorney General hearings, and Susan Collins gives him credit for not letting murderous Klansmen walk free. Bernie lights up a CNN Town Hall with Chris Cuomo. Greg Popovich, Lebron James, and sports figures getting political.

On the fun half: more from Bernie's town hall, including a back and forth with a Trump-supporting small business owners. Bernie talks to a "moderate democrat" from discouraged about him "demonizing" top earners.

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Jeff Sessions was to racist for Reagan's America.

The Nation's Ari Berman explains why Jeff Sessions is a distinct and ruthless opponent of voting rights. Sessions racist and dangerous record. Why Sessions has never changed his opinions on opposing civil rights and voting rights. Does Sessions regret his anti civil rights record? Sessions and his horrific record on criminal justice. Why Sessions will be confirmed inspire of his dangerous record and why Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State is a big problem.

Reince Priebus says the Trump team does not really have time for ethics.

On The Fun Half: Meryl Streep calls out Trump. Right Wing Mandela calls out Streep. KellyAnne Conway whines on Fox News. Is the Green Party a fraud? UK Prime Minister needs to talk about Donald Trump's grabbing comments. Glenn Beck back to being a terrible person. What's really happening in Syria and your calls and IMs.

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Chris Cuomo and Kellyanne Conway battle on CNN and we hope they are both wrong.

Cliff Schecter on why the Democrats should try to make Trump pay for the wall. Tom Cotton, says Republicans need a replacement for Obamacare before it is repealed. The Obama Administration's failure to brand Obamacare. Why poor and conservative states rely on Obamacare. Approval of Obamacare depends on what you call it. How many Republicans need to be picked off in the Senate. The media's failures. North Carolina's smart new Democratic Governor. A Trump supporter who needs Obamacare explains why he voted for Trump and the hearings for Trump's crazy cabinet.

Judy Gold talks about Trump's twitter tirade about Arnold Schwarzenegger's low apprentice ratings. Why Judy hates Kellyanne Conway. Arnold wants Trump to learn from Lincoln. Why no major entertainers will perform for Trump. Are people getting more political? Why Mike Pence is the worst. More KellyAnne Conway and Sean Hannity owns Joe Scarborough.

Why Trump skips intelligence briefings. James Woolsey no longer advises Trump and your calls and IMs

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Political theorist and author Michael Walzer, explains the historical context of our present crisis. What the Left needs to do now. Why the Left is in crisis globally. The importance of defending social democracy. The three things the Left needs to do. Why we need to see the rise of the Right globally. The practical politics of the moment. Why the Left needs to articulate an aggressive Left message and build alliances to defend Constitutional Liberty. The difficult balancing act of today's politics. What cities need to do and the Left and Democrats.

On The Fun Half: Tucker Carlson gets destroyed by a writer from Teen Vogue. Mentally disabled white man beaten and tortured. Alex Jones goes to war against Glenn Beck. Republican contradictions over repealing the ACA heighten. Marsha Blackburn's Obamacare driven social media fail. Bernie Sanders knows how to fight Trump and your calls and IMs.

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President Obama tells Democrats not to rescue Republicans on healthcare.

Brooklyn College Professor and author Corey Robin explains the problem with the politics of fear and why the Left needs not to engage in fear based politics. The right position to fight Trump from. The Democrats confused response to Trump. How Trump and the Republicans are vulnerable. Why Hillary Clinton going to Trump's inauguration is a failure of leadership and strategy. Is Trump more dangerous than mainstream Republicans. Is splitting Trump from Republicans dangerous? Is trade policy an opportunity for the Left under Trump? Is Donald Trump like Jimmy Carter? Trump's conflict with the security establishment and Trump's political vulnerabilities.

On The Fun Half: Megan Kelly's parting shot at Fox News. Remembering the great Bob Beckel. Bill O'Reilly calls out something called "reverse McCarthyism". Trump's mob connected buddy Joey no socks Cinque and Jeffrey Lord has a great defense of Trump. Bernie Sanders celebrates Andrew Cuomo's new proposal to provide free college education in New York State and Cuomo is still a snake. What kind of Minority Leader will Chuck Schumer be? The Trump team is getting worried about getting rid of Obamacare. KellyAnne Conway sends mixed messages on healthcare on Morning Joe and your calls and IMs.

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Protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline hit the NFL at a Bears vs Vikings game. Republicans move to gut House Ethics. How the independent ethics panel worked. Trump pretends to oppose undermining ethics. Paul Ryan and the Republicans plan for unified Government. The strategy for fighting Trump and the Republicans. All the ways Republicans plan to destroy America and give money to rich people.

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump promises to get rid of Obamacare to a room full of disgusting people on New Years eve. How to get involved with local politics. Ronald Raygun calls in. The Editor of the Wall Street Journal will basically not call out Trump's lies. Trump and Ford lying about job creation. John Kerry says Israel must choose between land and democracy. Israeli elites and Palestine and your calls and IMs.

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2/8 Ronnie Kasrils: London Recruits: The Secret War Against Apartheid

On today’s show the South African freedom fighter and former Minister of Intelligence Ronnie Kasrils joins us to talk about the new film project London Recruits and the current state of South Africa.

-Using activism to break the silence of the police state. How the activists were able to maintain their cover as tourists. Denny Schecter’s expression of humanity by helping black cleaners mop up.

-Smuggling pamphlets and leaflets into South Africa and using stunts to get people’s attention with messages of liberation. “London Recruits,” as a project of internationalism and the importance of the film.

-Kasrils’ critique of the ANC. The achievement of toppling Apartheid. Kasrils’ belief they could have asked for more concessions especially on the economic front. The need for to challenge the current ANC from the left. Kasrils’ perspective on the Israel-Palestine conflict as reminiscent of apartheid.

Palin's 'Right-Wingin', Bitter Clingin'' Support for Trump

Published on Jan 20, 2016

Ted Cruz goes toe-to-toe with a Trump supporter, and loses

Published on May 3, 2016
 

LEAKED TAPE: Trump's TREMENDOUS Spokesman, Mr. John Miller

Published on May 13, 2016
 
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10/11 Cathy O’Neil: Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

Cathy O’Neil, author of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, explains how data can be bias. Who Defines success and algorithms. Big data hype and being “beyond morals”. Data and the war on teachers. Targeting teachers through data. Data-driven models to predictive policing and sentencing. The myth that numbers don’t mislead and algorithms and job discrimination.

Full Libertarian Debate: Sam Seder & Former Libertarian Presidential Candidate

 
Published on Jun 26, 2016

In this Majority Report clip, former Libertarian Party presidential hopeful Darryl Perry joins the show to debate Sam Seder. It doesn't exactly go all that well, and it definitely ends badly.

And for members, from the archive: Jeanine talks with the late Howard Zinn on Iraq and American's trust of government.

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8/26 David Daley: Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy

David Daley on his new book "Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy." “Operation Redmap,” and the GOP’s post-2008 strategy, largely successful, in strategically redistricting and gerrymandering as a way to make it easier for Republicans to win. What Dave learned actually walking the districts. The sophistication of gerrymandering in an age of big data. The upcoming referendums to lead to independent redisticting, and the court’s conception of the “efficiency gap.”

SHAMED: Fl. Gov. Rick Scott Flees Starbucks
Published on Apr 6, 2016
In this Majority Report clip, not only does someone recognize an elected state official and know his name, she scream-shames him right on out of her Starbucks of choice! Hero American Cara Jennings is one of the few proud citizens to pay enough attention to what a huge, corrupt asshole one of her state governors is and she screams at him on sight. It is a wonder to behold, this act of freedom and liberty, and Gov. Scott also does not even get his coffee.

For members, from the archive: Sam and Jeanine talk with the late Helen Thomas, famed White House correspondent, on how terrible George W Bush is.

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2/3 Jane Mayer: Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer author of Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, explains and the new role of oligarchs in American politics.

-The difference between now and the robber baron era. More people work for the Koch Brothers than the Republican National Committee. The Koch’s cultural project. The Powell Memo and the deep history of the American Right.

-How the actual “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” works. The war on academics and objective science. How we subsidize the Kochs and their toxic industries. Why the Kochs backed the bank bailouts.

-The influence of this money in the 2016 election season on the GOP side. How Donald Trump is the only Republican who they can’t control.

-Koch money and global warming denial and when the Kochs targeted Jane Mayer for a smear job.

"Kasich Thinks He Schools Jewish Scholars on Bible Basics"

Published on Apr 14, 2016
John Kasich manages to have literally no self-awareness whatsoever as he sets a new bar for arrogance whilst explaining Bible stories to Talmudic scholars—in this case, ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jews in Borough Park, Brooklyn. Talmudic scholars devote their lives to studying scripture. John Kasich seems to have a cursory knowledge of a children's Bible, or something along those lines. It would be embarrassing to watch if he wasn't such a terrible person.

And for members, from the archives: Sam spoke with Lewis Lapham on the characteristics of fascism.

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6/28 Mark Blyth: Brexit & the Global Failure of the Elite

Mark Blyth of the Watson Institute at Brown University explains why the Brexit is the chickens coming home to roost on austerity and inequality. How Brexit and Donald Trump show the failure of austerity, Right Wing politics and Neoliberalism. Why the public does not and should not distrust the elite. Why the Euro is awful and the EU is good and why the UK had the best of both worlds. What happened to the Greek economy and the stupidity of Eurozone economics. The failure of UK’s political class. Is the UK doomed? The politics of Europe. Where is the positive agenda. What’s disturbing about the Hillary Clinton candidacy and is there a positive agenda for the future?

Fox 'Meets the Trumps': The ULTRA-LUXURIOUS D.C. Hotel Tour

Published on May 27, 2016
In this Majority Report clip, Andy Kindler joins us as Greta Van Susteren "interviews" Donald and Melania Trump, for a segment that causes Upworthy's Parker Molloy to wonder, "Is [Van Susteren] being paid by the number of times she can say 'Trump?'" Indeed, Miss Molloy! Please do join us, there are three of these wonderfully illuminating clips.

3/15 Amanda Taub: Donald Trump & the Rise of American Authoritarianism

How do you measure authoritarian attitudes? The four parenting questions that reveal the authoritarian mindset. The Republican Party’s anxiety about social change and what voters that appeals to. How crisis can activate the authoritarian value society. Vox’s polling and fear of threats from foreign sources. Race and measuring response to authority. How many Democrats are authoritarian and what do we do about authoritarian politics?

And for Members: Sam talks with Thomas Frank (who joined us in 2016 to talk about his book "Listen, Liberal") to talk about his book "What's the Matter with Kansas?"

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8/16 Carol Anderson: White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

Carol Anderson a Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide,explains the roots of the racial crisis in Milwaukee. The history of progress and blowback against African American human rights. The “Black Codes” the laws against the Great Migration. Racism South and North. How White Rage works. How states responded to Brown v Board of Education. Public school funding and property taxes and what that tells us about race. The legal structure of second class citizenship for African Americans. Why class and race are connected but not the same issue and why the Right wants America to look like Apartheid South Africa.

Then, Jeb's son George, the current Texas land commissioner, endorses Donald Trump at an event. Published on Aug 9, 2016

And from the archives for members only, Sam and Jeanine talk to Jared Diamond on his book, "Collapse."

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Political strategist Cliff Schecter talks about Michael Flynn'e meeting with Austria's Neo Nazi Party. The Russia connection and Donald Trump. Where is Hillary Clinton? President Obama's failing leadership. The Dangers of Trump and the disaster Cabinet. Chuck Schumer's flawed approach. The Republicans war against democracy. Why Democrats have no strategy. The value of the fight and what Democrats need to do.

Isabel Gillies and Film Guy Matthew Weiss present their thoughts on the year. Worries about the dangers of the Trump era and are we losing our world? Will the Trump Presidency change culture. Why Matthew and Isabel are both gloomy. And fear makes you more ruthless and Isabel said we should watch Planet Earth and Matthew suggests we watch  L'Argent.

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The ethics free Trump transition. Corey Lewandowski says "drain the swamp" is chronologically low on the Trump priority. Donald Trump reverses himself on rigging the system and draining the system. President Obama takes steps to block Trump from creating a Muslim registry program. North Carolina Republican power grab and transgender discrimination. Can Trump's private security be reign in? Republicans will roll over for Trump. Maine Governor Paul Lepage works to undermine the will of the people for a minimum wage increase. Will Obamacare be saved? Random Rush. Newt Gingrich backs down and your calls and IMs.

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Hopefully Michigan's Governor is on the verge of getting indicted for his role in the Flint water crisis?

Digby explains, explains the FBI's reckless role in the 2016 election and why it's so dangerous. The absurd pick of James Comey as FBI Director by Barack Obama. Why there are no excuses for Comey's conduct during the election. The FBI and the far right infrastructure. Trump's private security force and the danger to democracy. The biggest dangers of the Trump Presidency. The terrifying Richard Branson interview about Trump's pathology. Democrats delusions about Republicans ruthlessness. Why the Press folds for authority and why are we still ignoring issues and focusing on Trump the person.

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On today's show Samuel R. Bagenstos (@sbagen) talks about his new article, "Civil Rights Déjà Vu, Only Worse." The playbook Trump's admin will use to attack government agencies once they're in charge. The perspective from career civil servants. How presidencies outlast their time in office through the bureaucracy, and how long it takes to deprogram damage by previous administrations, like George W Bush's. The GOP's pathological and insidious obsession with non-existent voter fraud.

On the fun half - Rep. Bill Huizenga unwittingly demonstrates why GOP health insurance plans are nonsense. Alex Jones tries to keep his audiences eye on the ball with regard to Obama's birth certificate. Scott Brown's daughter on CNN for some reason, on how she was able to look beyond Trump's racism. Trump concerned about Russian hacking... in 2014.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:02pm EST

Today: Ben Mankiewicz (@BenMank77) on Jerry Brown and the "fighting spirit" liberal democrats need.  How we'll never know how Hillary would've governed.The decline of the political class. What makes democratic leaders? The insidious effect television has had on our politics. Hunter S Thompson's lessons from the Hell's Angels and Trump's America. Making an aggressive case for progress.

On the fun half - Ed Miliband continues his career in stock photography, a reformed libertarian calls in, Ted Koppel takes on Alex Jones, a Russian ambassador is killed in Turkey, John McCain goes soft on Trump, and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:54pm EST

Journalist Guy Lawson explains why we are moving into another level of post-truth politics. How to think about the Donald Trump disaster. Why the Trump's conflicts of interest are a distraction from the decline of American Empire. The anger of Trump supporters. How can journalists cover Trump? When I dictator says something believe them. George W Bush and taking fundamentalism seriously. Making Trump own his many, many failures. Why Americans are not removed from geo-politics and history. Jared Kushner is dangerous. Taking Trump's language seriously.  Why didn't the Clinton campaign want to talk politics? The failure of the Democratic Party and why the press needs to step up.

On The Fun Half: The many, many reasons why Hillary Clinton lost. Protests meet the North Carolina Republican coup. Pat Robertson disses Sarah Palin. How to protest a racist. Trump thanks African Americans for not voting and our new Trump policy. Lindsey Graham says we need to do something about Russia hacks and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:46pm EST

Attorney and writer, Thomas Geoghegan, explains why the election was rigged for Trump and why the Constitution itself is rigged. Why the Presidency, Senate, House and Supreme Court are rigged. How the system is designed to benefit the rich and powerful. The Electoral College and undermining Trump. Why we need to get rid of the Electoral College. Moral authority and protest. Why Congress should object to counting votes from each state where the vote was suppressed. Why Democrats need to widen the divide. Why California and New York need to make voting mandatory and the only way to save the Democratic Party and the Country?

On the Fun Half: Keith Ellison makes the case to lead the DNC. The Republican coup in North Carolina. Rev. William Barber, breaks down what is happening in North Carolina. Tech titans bow down to Trump and Twitter is excluded. Journalist loses the job over and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 12-15-16-Thomas_Geoghegan-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:05pm EST

Journalist David Dayen, explains the history of the Exxon climate crisis coverup. The Exxon knew campaign. Trump's Oil and Gas Cabinet. The gutted FCC. Will Democrats raise the climate crisis during Tillerson's hearings? Wells Fargo stunning scams. Wells Fargo's cheap life insurance game and what Ta Nehisi Coates misses about Obama's legacy.

On The Fun Half: The COO of Energy Transfer Partners, says in a secret recording that Trump "gets it". Trump's earth destroying Administration. A Trump spokesperson says that finding out all members of the Energy Department who went to UN climate meetings is all about "intellectual" curiosity. Why did Trump voters on Obamacare vote for Trump?

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

Mara Einstein, author of Black Ops Advertising: Native Ads, Content Marketing and the Covert World of the Digital Sell, explains why Native Advertising corrupts journalism. How to tell the distinction between "branded content" and journalism and how to guard open information.

Corporations paying people to become "trust agents" on social media. How new is native advertising? How the press has devalued its credibility by lending it to advertisers, such as the infamous scientology ad in The Atlantic. Why the onus can't just be on individuals as consumers. The daunting challenge of regaining press credibility.

On the fun half - Reince defends the "chemistry" of installing Exxon at the State Department. Kanye visits Trump Tower. What flavors of Trump scams will we we get. Bernie combats right-wing folktales on MSNBC. Carly Fiorina, possible DNI, impressed by Trump's sports paraphernalia. And your calls and IMs. (43:45)

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

The politics behind Trump's phone call to Taiwan. What is a logical defense of speaking with Taiwan like this, Trump's lack of conduct notwithstanding. Background in US/Taiwan relations, back to the Chinese civil war between the communists and Republic of China. The narrative surrounding Trump's lack of preparedness. Taiwan's merits as a democracy with progressive leanings. The US's unfortunate history of using Taiwan to provoke China.

On the fun half - Trump doth protest claims Russia intended to help him. John Bolton thinks it was an Obama false flag. Bernie is good at media, uses Russia question to challenge Trump on medicare and social security. Tony Blair reheats centrism.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:35pm EST

Political strategist Cliff Schecter explains why Trump supporters know nothing and get major facts wrong. 40% of Trump voters think he won the popular vote. Joe Manchin's play to protect minors health insurance. Should the Democrats be to undermine Trump or simply promote Democratic policies? Learning from the Bush years? The Trump nightmare cabinet and who is really making the picks. Betsy DeVos wants to destroy Public Education. Trump's EPA pick has a background of colluding with dirty energy companies and will the Labor Secretary pick be sacrificed?

On The Fun Half: The Republicans working toward greater inequality. Democrats should not help the Republicans destroy healthcare. Paul Ryan's plans to destroy public health. Why Hillary Clinton not running on policy was a major mistake. Donald Trump defends his plutocrat cabinet. Tulsi Gabbard defends Trump appointing Generals in a very disingenuous way. Mike Flynn's tweets "border on being demented" according to General Barry McCaffrey. Trump supporting College Students need safe spaces and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 12-09-16-Cliff_Schecter-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:58pm EST

Why Trump's Cabinet is a nightmare for the environment and workers and a giveaway to the Koch brothers.

Journalist and historian Rick Perlstein, talks about the danger posed by the authoritarian impulse of the Trump age. Lying and authoritarians. How news needs to work when the President always lies. Steve Bannon and the lying culture. The problem with NPR's Morning Edition. Mike Flynn is not an "orderly" thinker. The ideology of the news media. The media narrative and the danger of "redemption" stories. Understanding that the Trump family is like a Mafia family.

On The Fun Half: Trump's plutocratic pick for Labor Secretary. The next level of plutocracy.  Time Warner Chairman says Democrats who support overturning Citizens United are a bigger threat to the First Amendment than Trump. On Yahoo News Rep. Dana Rohrabacher freaks in defense of Russian human rights abuses. Ted Cruz is really disgusting. Trump lies about the Carrier deal and attacks a local labor union leader on Twitter. Meteorologist, Kait Parker calls out Breitbart for misleading on climate science and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:43pm EST

Mike Pence spins and lies about Mike Flynn's son's role in the transition team. The maneuver the Democrats could use to seat Merrick Garland on the Supreme Court. Lawrence Lessig says Hillary Clinton could have the right to be President because of Bush V Gore. The Brooks Brothers riot. The Far Right wing hack smearing Keith Ellison and why the Republicans are cornered on the ACA unless the Democrats bail them out.

On The Fun Half: Trump's threat to sanctuary cities. Hillary Clinton and the electoral College. How the Democrats need to play healthcare.  Bob Dole lobbies for Taiwan and remember when he did a Viagra ad? and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 12-07-16-Sam_Seder-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:58pm EST

How Republicans will dismantle healthcare.

Journalist Branko Marcetic, explains the creation of a mass National Security State under the Obama Administration. Killing American citizens without due process. Eric Holder's letter to Rand Paul and can an American Citizen be killed on American soil? The wars Trump inherits across the globe. Obama's failed record on secrecy and transparency. The Obama war on whistleblowers. Lessons from the Nixon era and can Obama do anything to reverse his dangerous National Security legacy?

On The Fun Half: Rush Limbaugh all of sudden is open to a stimulus. Why FDR was a great Liberal. Armstrong Williams explains why Ben Carson is becoming the head of HUD. Mike Pence lies on Morning Joe. Mike Flynn and his son are both insane. Trump's Boeing tweet and why it happened. The New York Times Public Editor makes a stupid case for outreach to Trump voters.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:07pm EST

Bhaskar Sunkara (@sunraysunray), founder of Jacobin magazine, on to discuss the assassination of Fred Hampton, and political organizing and activism in the age of Trump. The Jacobin article, "Politics is the Solution," written in the early hours following Trump's victory. The incredible inanity of Hillary's "America never stopped being great" response to "Make America Great Again." What is the natural constituency for centrist democrats?

On the fun half - How big of a headache will Dems make the cabinet confirmation process? Reince shows the GOP commitment to the Trump's New Mendacity. Trump bumble into Chinese/Tiawanese relations.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:21pm EST

Greg Gutfeld calls out the Trump victory tour.

Cliff Schecter explains why Trump's audiences are not excited about condemning racism. How Democrats regroup. How oppose Donald Trump. The Democrats need to filibuster all Trump Court nominees. Should Nancy Pelosi continue on as Democratic leader. How the Republicans play the media and money and progressive media.

Andy Kindler explains why he hates awful reporters and columnists even more. Andy can't stand the dumb-dumb Left. Adam Carolla's incredibly stupid new product. Still doing Trump material after the election. Doing comedy in the age of Trump and why Bill Baher is bad news.

Alex Jones loves Donald Trump. Dana Bash talks about Trump like he's a child. Charles Blow schools a Conservative hack on CNN. And your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 12-02-16-Cliff_Schecter-Andy_Kindler-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:06pm EST

Journalist David Dayen, explains why Trump's picks for Commerce and Treasury (Wilbur Ross and Steven Mnuchin) secretaries are both profiteers off of the housing crisis. Reverse mortgage schemes. Steve Mnuchin misery merchant. Wilbur Ross's outsourcing career in private equity and how he profited from the foreclosure crisis. The Obama failure on the Foreclosure crisis and the rise of Trumpism. The irony of the Obama age. Trump's Carrier deal and the Cure Bill.

On The Fun Half: the future of the Democratic Party. Trump is savvy. Facebook and disinformation. Barney Frank burns Scalia.

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Direct download: 12-01-16-David_Dayen-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:02pm EST

The Republicans war on health care and why we need to defend Medicare. The problems with Obamacare and the innate problems with health insurance. The components of Obamacare. The Medicare big lie. Why the Right will target Medicaid. The Paul Ryan and Tom Price plan to destroy public health care and make you pay more. Right Wing Mandela explains the transition. Donald Trump is a cable news addict. A demented Trump supporter freaks out at a crafts store.

On The Fun Half: The Trump Carrier deal. Why is Mitt Romney being considered for Secretary of State? Rand Paul understands Trump's psychology. Resisting Trump. Adobe's dangerous new text technology. Peter Hoekstra is an idiot and Scott Simon schools him on NPR. Bernie Sanders talks about the danger and insanity of Donald Trump. Why citizens need power beyond consumption and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 11-30-16-Sam_Seder-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:01pm EST

Today we have Cinzia Arruzza (@CinziaArruzza) on to discuss her piece in Jacobin, "The Dangers of Anti-Trumpism." The aesthetic similarities between Trump and Berlusconi. How they both made a virtue of lack of experience. How Berlusconi benefitted from attacks on his character, reminiscent of Trump's rise over the past year. How Italy's center-left failed to stand up to Berlusconi while also being true-believers in neoliberal policy. How should the left react to something like Trump's infrastructure plan?

On the fun half - Alex Jones goes off on Matt Taibbi, Trump wants to criminalize flag burning, Roger Stone says Trump may deign to prosecute Hillary now that she's passively involved in Jill Stein's recount efforts, and Trump spokespeople don't know the evidence of landslide.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:28pm EST

Today on the show: racial justice, labor & international activist Bill Fletcher, Jr. (@BillFletcherJr) joins us to discuss the passing of Fidel Castro and what the uncertain future portends for the left.  The time Bill met with Fidel Castro. Castro's charisma, and Castro on issues of race in present-day Cuba. A full accounting of Fidel Castro's legacy, in contrast to elite media portrayal. Castro's primary crime as one of challenging property relations. Cuba's support of national liberation movements. Bill's case for optimism and case that the "new majority" is here to stay. The economic anxieties of Trump's white nationalist vote.

On the fun half - Ted Cruz with a graceless subject change in order to not talk about Trump's pathological lying, Castro's meeting with Nelson Mandela, Trump doesn't care about conflicts of interest, Rick Perry and Vanilla Ice deliver crushing blow against War on Christmas.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:11pm EST

David Dayen (@DDayen) on why progressives should be skeptical of Trump's infrastructure plan, which amounts to a massive subsidization scheme to privatize infrastructure. Obama's options regarding a recess appointment of Merrick Garland

 

Then, Les Leopold (@les_leopold), Executive Director, The Labor Institute, on Trump's ability to intervene in Carrier's labor decisions and how Wall Street is the engine behind moving jobs overseas..

 
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Category:general -- posted at: 11:30am EST

Zack Exley (@zackexley) and Becky Bond (@bbond) on their new book on lessons from their time on the Bernie Sanders campaign: Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything (Paperback – November 18, 2016). "Distributed Organizing" and using technology to actually make contact with voters. How important an earlier start to the Bernie campaign could have been. Giving volunteers more responsibility, along with structure and accountability. Hillary's flawed data-driven get-out-the-vote efforts. How to counter Trump by going on the offensive on the left.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:30pm EST

Janeane Garofalo, talks about her rage at the Trump gangster Administration. Republican dirty tricks and the FBI. The delusions of the dumb-dumb left. Donald Trump's helpmate. The Walking Dead and Trump voters. David Gergen calls out Trump for not strongly condemning Neo-Nazis. The Trump White House is built around Islamophobia. Megyn Kelly calls out reporters for feeding questions to Trump, but won't revealing names. Kellyanne Conway says that Trump and the media share "joint custody" of the nation. Janeane takes Voicemail questions. Mike Pence refuses to answer questions about the Trump kleptocracy and why Republicans will always make us suffer.

On The Fun Half: Christine Quinn and Chris Cuomo call out a Trump supporter for bullshitting on Neo-Nazis. The Republicans Supreme Court move and forcing support for Trump. An Irish Senator bravely calls out Trump's fascism and your IMs.

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Direct download: 11-21-16-Janeane_Garofalo-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:50pm EST

How we can already tell the Iran Deal has been a success by the fact we aren't talking about bombing Iran. The extreme danger and paradoxical opportunities of Trump's presidency. Trump doing his best to be the most sane person in his government. How to clarify and recalibrate our positions regarding Saudi Arabia and Iran. How the middle-east figures into Obama's plans to "pivot" to Asia, and how Trump's victory jeopardizes the move.

On the fun half - Reza Aslan on the danger of considering Islam "political" instead of religious. Reince Priebus won't rule out muslim ban. Steve Bannon's anti-Wall Street populism mixed with white nationalism. Neo-nazis rally in Washington DC. The Republican war on voting rights will intensify.

Direct download: 11-21-16-Trita_Parsi-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:41pm EST

Donald Trump's horrifying pick for Attorney General has a racist history and he isn't the worst pick.

Cliff Schecter, explains whether or not we should hope for chaos or not in the Trump Administration. The endless dangers the Trump Administration poses. Jeff Sessions too racist for Reagan's America. The most bigoted picks that Trump is putting forward. What's the best Democratic strategy? Trump's personal financial stakes in policy. Why Trump's Administration will be worse than pay to play and why Trump can't staff up with competence.

Isabel Gillies is deeply upset about the election of our deplorable President. What do you tell your kids? Protesting and authority. Authority and secrets and she suggest we watch Captain Fantastic.

 

On The Fun Half: Trump offers the position to CIA head to bigot Congressman Mike Pompeo. Trump supporter is chided for citing Japanese Internment Camps as a precedent for what we can do to Muslims. Michael Flynn, Trump's National Security Advisor is a major anti-Muslim bigot. Elizabeth Warren calls out Trump for hiring lobbyist and cronies and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 11-18-16-Cliff_Schecter-Isabel_Gillies-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:11pm EST

Freelance journalist Matthew Phelan, explains the role that Breitbart News played in the election. Clinton Cash and the connection between Breitbart and the New York Times. Who is Peter Schweizer and what is the Government Accountability Office. How the New York Times facilitated Right Wing propaganda. Andrew Breitbart and the corporate funding of the far right. How Steve Bannon made a fortune. Andrew Breitbart and Hollywood resentment. Why Steve Bannon is more dangerous. Breitbart and the destruction of ACORN. How the funding of the Right Wing web works. Who is Eric O'Keeffe? Breitbart's role in Brexit. Breitbart's connection to Trump and the dangerous Mercer family.

On The Fun Half: Barack Obama warns against nationalism and ethnic identity politics. Trump shuts out the press. Trump get's applauded at a swanky New York City Resturant and says "we will get your taxes down, don't worry". The disaster of the Trump transition and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 11-15-16-Matthew_Phelan-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:34pm EST

Keith Ellison announces his candidacy for DNC Chair and calls for solidarity and prosperity. Hate crimes on the rise. The three ways to understand what's happening in America right now. How to deal with Trump. Trump has absolutely no idea what he's talking about. Can President Obama make a recess appointment to the Supreme Court? Trump is gonna attack Abortion and women's health. Bernie Sanders is powerful on The View. All the ways Hillary Clinton's campaign screwed up and why we need to be vigilant.

On The Fun Half: Why did Democrats lose? Bernie Sanders needs to have greater power in the Democratic Party. A teacher explains how to address bias and racism in the classroom during the Trump age and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:45pm EST

Hello MR listeners! Today we have Wosny Lambre (@BigWos) IN STUDIO! to talk about cleaning house in the DNC, Donald Trump's victory, and what we are in for in the next four years. Trump hugs his new tutor, Barack Obama. Paul Ryan not into "nitty gritty" details like whether women will continue receiving birth control. The failure of our economic system and our roots in racism.

On the Fun Half: Bernie calls out Newt Gingrich for dismissing Trump's campaign's racist roots, a substitute teacher tells students their parents will be deported, and your calls and IMS. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:16pm EST

Cliff Schecter explains why we need to not freak out but also take steps to protect ourselves.  Why we all need to speak out. All the reasons why Clinton lost in spite of winning a clear victory in the popular vote. The Clinton campaign's pathetic economic message. The Democratic Party needs a complete cleanup and mass firing. Why we need Keith Ellison as DNC Chair. Chuck Schumer backs Ellison for DNC Chair and Obama's legacy.

Film Guy Matthew Weiss, explains using film to dig deeper into times of crisis. Why he wants more Michael impressions. Matthew suggests two movies Spring Summer Fall and Winter and spring and the Kingsman.

Keith Ellison was always right about Trump and Bernie Sanders sets the right tone. Racism spreads with horrifying examples from the rest of the country. Kim Guilfoyle says Trump never promised block Muslims. Van Jones corrects Trump pundits on CNN. Terrorism and playing into the plans of terrorists under Trump. Tom Cotton says waterboarding isn't torture and a Right Wing DJ who volunteered to get water boarded and admits it's torture. Donna Brazile get's called out and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:00pm EST

Adam Green, articulates just how horrible the political situation is now. Why progressives have an advantage now inside the Democratic Party. What we can learn from Republican strategy. Why we need Keith Ellison as head of the DNC. How progressives should handle Donald Trump. Rolling back the ACA. How do we acknowledge pain exists while combating bigotry? Why the Clinton campaign didn't work and how Trump used Bernie Sanders argument. How do we have a united opposition and maintain progressive positions?

Ari Berman of the Nation Magazine explains the role that voter suppression in the 2016 election. Why the media needed to focus on voter suppression much more closely. The many ways of voter suppression. How Democrats and progressives failed to protect the Supreme Court. Obama's missed the opportunity with the Supreme Court and what do Democrats do next.

The oddest troll on Twitter? Trump's cabinet picks.  Rudy Guiliani says President Obama shouldn't pardon Hillary Clinton. Glenn Beck tries to scurry back into Donald Trump's good graces. Omarosa says that Trump has a enemies list and a "long memory". Protests across the country against Trump. Tom Cotton promotes torture and your calls and IMs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:48pm EST

The MR Crew reacts to the catastrophic election of Donald Trump and a GOP Senate.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:41pm EST

Listen to the Majority Report's full night of election coverage.

Direct download: 11-08-16-Election-MEM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:17am EST

Professor Sam Wong from the Princeton Electoral Consortium, explains the methodology that Nate Silver is using in this election and why it isn't anti-Hillary, just pro frontrunner.  Why Hillary Clinton is almost certainly going to win the Presidency. How Donald Trump is contributing to social science research. The hot spots for getting out the vote. Will voter suppression hurt Democrats? Legal action against Republican suppression in North Carolina and keep and eye on New Hampshire and North Carolina.

Jack Hitt from Harpers Magazine calls in from North Carolina and reports that North Carolina voters are not that excited. How voter suppression works on the ground in North Carolin. What works for getting out the vote? The lack of excitement on the ground. The myth of undecided voter. The North Carolina Senate race is incredibly close.

On The Fun Half: James Comey clears Hillary Clinton again. No one tried to kill Donald Trump, but his supporters did beat up another silent protestor. Kellyanne Conway beefs with Jake Tapper. Donald Trump attacks Jay Z and Beyonce and Scottie Nell Hughes calls Molotov cocktails "mazel tov" cocktails. Barack Obama mocks Donald Trump. Trump is losing his mind. Ted Nugent is disgusting. Alex Jones gives an astute to read on Hillary Clinton. Sarah Palin is confused. and your calls and IMs.

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Direct download: 11-07-16-Sam_Wong-PUB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:44pm EST

The Law might finally be catching up with Chris Christie and Sam is incredibly happy.

Cliff Schecter explains the corruption of the New York FBI Office and why it is targeting Hillary Clinton. Is the Presidential race getting closer? Is our Democracy under attack from the Republican Party? Will voter suppression win Wisconsin and North Carolina for the Republicans? Why Democrats need to get rid of the Filibuster. Is America headed to Civil War? And why the Clinton email scandal is a big nothing.

The Good Liars (Jason Selvig and Davram Stiefler) who we have been following the whole elections cycle join us to discuss their new Netflix special Undecided. The Liars talk about shooting guns with Rick Santorum. The time Jeb Bush's campaign manager cursed the Good Liars. How the Good Liars fooled campaigns and when Carl Cameron lied on Fox News. The time the Liars went to Occupy. How a stunt with Donald Trump led to a full movie and why Jesse Waters is the worst.

Andy Kindler responds to Melania Trump calling out bullying on social media. Why Kindler hates CNN. Who has enabled Trump the most? Mark Halperin gets burned by Brian Williams. More Kindler Twitter battles. Trump's Hindi and Eric Trump thinks that David Duke deserves a 'bullet" in the head.

The Green Party isn't making a smart case. Peter Theil is dangerous and your calls and IMs.

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Professor Juan Cole of the University of Michigan and the creator of Informed Comment Blog explains the different factions fighting ISIL in Mosul. How ISIL is using Civilians as human shields. How many ISIL fighters are there in Mosul? The future of ISIL after it loses territory. What is Turkey's role in Iraq?  What Iraq's government needs to do to stop angering Sunnis. The four major parties in Iraq and why Iraq needs a labor party. Iran's role in Iraq and why Iraq's Shia Government is not particularly close to Iran. Why is Saudi Arabia bombing Yemen? Who are the Houthis. The air war against Houthis and why its a stupid and brutal strategy. Why is the United States backing Saudi Arabia in Yemen? And Hillary Clinton's traditional and regressive leadership in the Middle East.

Chris Cillizza's amazingly stupid pro-FBI column and Barck Obama calls out James Comey.

On The Fun Half: President Obama's awful response to the Dakota pipeline. Megyn Kelly confirms that Roger Ailes sexually harassed her. Donald Trump has an episode and Trump targets Katy Tur. David Duke talks "CNN Jews" and freaks out at a Senate debate in Lousiana.  Also your calls and IMs.

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Nicholas Guyatt, a University Lecturer in American History at Cambridge University and author of Bind Us Apart: How Enlightened Americans Invented Racial Segregation,discusses the complexity of early American racial discrimination. How Illinois became an anti-Slave State. What is "Black Colonialism"? The distinction between American and British Anti-Slavery struggles. The movements to remove Native Americans and African Americans from America. Lincoln and Jefferson's race politics and class and race. Native American societies and Andrew Jackson's politics. Why White people fail the test of living in desegregated spaces and why today's racial politics is not as different today as it was in early American history.

On The Fun Half: Donald Tump hung out with a Mobster he pretended to never have met. He also hit on the gangster's daughter and the mafioso threatened to castrate Trump. Peter Beinart laughs in Corey Lewandowski's face. The new Wikileaks "blockbuster". Bobby Knight says there will be no "Bull Shit" in a Trump Administration. Chris Cuomo gets sexism. Sean Hannity gets all excited over a fake story and has to tweet an apology. Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate defends Hillary Clinton. White nationalists run robocalls for Trump and your calls and IMs.

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The history of the oil industry's intermingling with US intelligence and the subsequent history of colonialism, evident in the mentality of Energy Transfer Parters and the pipeline builders. How #NoDAPL represents "colonialism at home." The need for climate radicalism as opposed to spectatorship. How climate change will enter the system through the insurance industry. The geopolitical risks of China's plan to use Africa for future food growth. 

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On the fun half: Trump stiffs his pollster, Ben Carson worries about tax return "flutter," Jeanine Pirro slams James Comey, Trump continues Hindu outreach, and your calls and IMs.

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The Majority Report is taken over by Ken Ken & Ken. KKK gets to the bottom of why New Dork does not speak, defends Donald Trump and rates the Trump women. Michael Shure from TYT joins KKK and defends the libtard policies for Hillary and Obama. Why can't the media be honest about Mr. Trump's momentum? Why won't Michael be honest about Jewish power? Shure defends BLM and they call out Cenk Uygur.

Bud Light loses Seth Rogan and Amy Schumer. Random Hartmann and the KKK show takes phone calls.

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Cliff Schecter explains travesty of the  Bundy Ranch occupiers getting acquitted for their armed occupation of an Oregon Wild Life refuge. The invasion of Native American lands in North Dakota. Will the acquittal lead to more Right Wing terrorism? Racism and the rule of law. Can Trump win North Carolina or Florida and Democrats look set to retake the Senate?

Judy Gold likes the MR idea of Bruce Springsteen getting deputized to arrest Chris Christie. Judy Gold hates Chris Christie because she went to high school with guys like him. Conservative Amanda Carpenter calls out the GOP for sexism. The evolution of feminist humor and why isn't Hillary Clinton invited to Hillary Clinton events?

Alex Jones is most certainly not anti-semitic. Mike Pence is offended to be called out for voter suppression. Horrific abuse and attacks on Native American protestors in North Dakota and your calls and IMs.

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Jane McAlevey author of No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age, explains the distinction between organizing and mobilizing. Why organizing is reflective and face to face. Mobilizing after self-discovery. Why the Left needs to get back to back to basics organizing. The American South and organizing factory workers today. Organizing in the suburbs. Thinking strategically and understanding the working Americans are really hurting. Understanding the power of workers. What the Chicago Teachers strike got right. Constructing solidarity in post-industrial cities. What are "super majority" strikes and what are real strikes? And why narrative change isn't power.

On The Fun Half: Gary Johnson has a meltdown. Jennifer Rubin fails badly on with Bill O'Reilly. Tomi Lahren gets called out for enabling the alt-right.

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A major breakthrough for fighting global warming and ozone depleting pollutants in Kigali. China creates a new market for greener products. The left fights a carbon tax in Washington State. Newt Gingrich loses it on Megyn Kelly. Elizabeth Warren rips Richard Burr. Michael Savage says Beyonce is a threat to Western Civilization. Crazy Right Wing host says Obama was just a warm-up act for Hillary Clinton's full blown communism.  Elizabeth Warren says "nasty women" are gotta beat Trump and Katrina Pierson says adult performer  Jessica Drake who accused Trump of sexual harassment is just looking for attention.

On The Fun Half: former Libertarian Presidential candidate and Gary Johnson advisor Steve Kerbel defines Libertarianism. Steve thinks all taxes are theft. How to fund Government. What does the Department of Education do? Taxes and progress. What should we do with Medicare? Are doctors really hurting? It gets a bit uncomfortable and Steve has problems with the Civil Rights Act.

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The New America Foundation's Director of Open Markets Barry C. Lynn, explains what monopoly means in the American economy. The eyeglasses market and the obscene power of monopoly. Why are monopolies allowed? The American revolution and fighting monopolies. The Reagan and Clinton Administration's support of monopolies. Why Libertarians have no problem with corporate central planning. From Walmart to Amazon what creates the monopoly problem in today's economy. How Bill Clinton embraced monopolies in defense, media, and finance. Why today's plutocrats are a bigger threat than the plutocrats of the Gilded Age. Good signs from the Hillary Clinton campaign? Why America needs to support the EU in fighting Silicon Valley and why we need to stop the AT&T Time Warner merger.

On The Fun Half: Curt Schilling demands to know why Jews vote for Democrats. John McCain runs away from the press. Sam's question to Jill Stein and she gives an incredibly weak answer. Glenn Beck's latest scheme. Eric Bolling compliments Elizabeth Warren and your calls and IMs.

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Luke Mayville (@LukeMayville) joins us today to discuss his new book, "John Adams and the Fear of Oligarchy." John Adams' skepticism of "meritocracy" and the glorification of the rich. John Adams' understanding of "oligarchy," as opposed to the "meritocratic" elite of the counter-majoritarian Federalist Papers. What is true and untrue about Thomas Jefferson's "populism." Adams' heterodox views on elites and his argument for an aristocratic senate.

On the fun half - Trump threatens accusers in his Gettysburg Address, Reince is darn tired of people doubting RND support of Trump. KellyAnne Conway wants you to trust her about Trump's lack of transparency, Eric Trump lives in a bubble, Obama hits the campaign trail, and your calls and IMs!

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Attorney Gavi Mairone the founder of MM~LAW LLC, a law firm dedicated to advancing private human rights law, explains how he uses private lawsuits against major corporations to combat terrorism and human rights abuses. When banks and oil companies are complicit in terrorism. The Chevron case and kickbacks to the Saddam Hussain regime. How is terrorism is defined globally? Civil law and reciprocity. Defending the Yazidis and corporations fund terror.

Michael Watts an Attorney from Texas, explains how he defended himself in a criminal brought orchestrated against him. Was Watts targetted because of his support of Democratic candidates and his work against BP? The war against trial attorneys. The BP connection to the prosecution of Michael Watt. The Ron Johnson connection to the case and what the Watts case teaches us about abuses of the criminal justice system.

Elizabeth Graham, the director of Grant & Eisenhofer's complex pharmaceutical and medical device litigation practice, explains the case her firm is bringing against Conceptus a birth control device that causes serious health problems. How Conceptus and Bayer misled the FDA on its clinical trial and where the case goes from here.

On The Fun half: Donald Trump's successes and fails at the Al Smith dinner. Rudy Guiliani can't take a joke. Barack Obama savages Marco Rubio and your calls and IMs.

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Cliff Schecter explains how Trump went from having his best debate to his worst debate. Is Trump another far right candidate that Russia backs. Trump's shocking refusal to accept losing.  Donald Trump's calculated white supremacy. The obvious difference between Al Gore and Donald Trump. The disgrace of the lack of climate coverage in the debate and William Kristol has a meltdown on Morning Joe.

Thom Hartmann joins the show to discuss the Morning Joe and William Kristol freakout. Why Donald Trump is a natural leader of the Republican Party. Why the Republican establishment owns Donald Trump. The dark money that fuels Republican media. Why we are not going back to normal after Trump loses and will Hillary Clinton be more ruthless than Barack Obama? Pushing Hillary Clinton to the Left.

The exchange where Hillary Clinton dominated Donald Trump and when Trump wouldn't promise to accept the results of the election if he loses. How is Donald Trump's TV Network going to get rolled out? Why the Right is all about entertainment and Trump's insane comments on abortion. Trump says we need to take care of the "bad hombres". Trump calls Hillary a "nasty woman".

Ari Rabin Havt joins the discussion to ponder the next possibilities of what might happen on the Supreme Court. Obama's legacy, Merrick Garland and Citizens United. Chris Cuomo calls out Kellyanne Conway. How Pete Peterson corrupts public debate.

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Live from Las Vegas, October 19, 2016.

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Jacobin editor Peter Frase (@PeFrase) on his new book Four Futures: Life After Capitalism. How speculative fiction helps imagine future societies. What if it were possible to "escape" from the necessities of labor through automation. The possibility of post-scarcity and reality of ecological constraints. Abundance, equality, and their opposites, as determining factors for future societies.

On the fun half - Melania Trump comes to the defense of her husband, Nicki Minaj slams her. Paul Ryan warns of giving Bernie more Democrat Senators to work with, Wisconsin Trump supporters start a Paul Ryan Sucks chant. McCain promises to block Hillary's SCotUS selections.

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