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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:19pm EDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:40pm EDT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Direct download: 6-11-19-Ruben_Andersson-pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:23pm EDT

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

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

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

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

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